Thursday, 23 July 2015

German motorcycle registrations

German market recovers to pre-recession levels

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany (the IVM) shows that new motorcycle registrations there were +17.56 percent in June (at 12,030 units), compared to down by -4.26 percent in May.

For the year-to-date the market in Germany is +5.12 percent at 69,412 units, compared to 66,033 units for the first six months of 2014. This is the best June and best first half of the year seen in Germany since 2008.

In total PTW terms the German market was +15.42 percent in June (17,746 units - the best since 2008) and +4.95 percent at 96,066 units for the first half of the year, also the best since 2008.

The best selling motorcycle in Germany for the all-important first six months of the year was the BMW R 1200 GS, with 5,130 units sold. Second was Yamaha's MT-07 (2,306 units); third was BMWs R Nine T (1,915 units); fourth was the Yamaha MT-09 (1,780 units); fifth was the Kawasaki ER-6n (1,695 units).

In sixth place was the BMW S 1000 R (1,466 units); seventh was the BMW R 1200 R (1,422 units); eighth was the Kawasaki Z 800 (1,259 units); ninth the KTM 690 SMC (1,033 units); with the Ducati Scrambler tenth (1,019 units).

ACEM's 2015 annual conference

Innovation and mobility will be the key themes of ACEM's 2015 annual conference

The theme of ACEM's 2015 annual conference will be "Let's innovate! L-category vehicles? Today’s smart choice for the future". 

The event will take place on 24 September 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel, 19, Rue du Parnasse, Brussels. The conference will run from 12:30 to 17:00 and be split into two main sessions ...

The place of L-category vehicles in the European Union

This first session will set the scene for the conference. Policy-makers, industry representatives and key stakeholders will exchange views on three main areas of importance to the L-category vehicle industry (i.e. powered-two and three wheelers and quadricycles)

  • Current European transport policy and the revision of the White Paper on Transport
  • Recent economic developments and trends in the sector
  • The impact of legislation on the European L-category vehicle market

The panel debate will be followed by a Q&A session with attendees and the press.
Unlocking the potential of innovation

The second session will specifically look at how European research policy can support companies to develop innovative and advanced vehicles and technologies for the transport of the future. This part of the conference will feature thought-provoking presentations from leading industry experts on ongoing research projects funded by the EU through the European Green Vehicles Initiative (2014-2020).
Speakers and panellists at the event will include:

  • Gwenole Cozigou - Director for Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains in the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Wim van de Camp - Member of the European Parliament in the TRAN, INTA and CONT committees and Rapporteur on the European Parliament own-initiative report on the European Commission's White Paper on Transport
  • Stephan Schaller - ACEM President and BMW Motorrad President

  • Antonio Perlot - ACEM Secretary General

To register follow the links at


Suzuki announces "NEXT 100" mid-term management plan

Suzuki has announced a new five-year "mid-term" strategic management plan that calls for a strengthening of its "management base" as the company heads towards its 100th anniversary in the year 2020.

The company says that in order for the group to "continuously grow" for its next 100 years, it will "globally develop manufacturing bases and overhaul working procedure" as one corporate team to "enhance corporate value and aim for sustainable growth."

Named the "SUZUKI NEXT 100" plan, the basic policy calls for the company to “develop products of superior value by focusing on the customer”, and focus on the selection of products "which clearly define [the] characteristics of Suzuki" in the 150cc and up market, with sport as the backbone.

The company is targeting unit growth in Europe that calls for its present 50,000 level to grow by 40 percent to some 70,000 units by 2019 and by 20 percent to 60,000 units in the United States.

The primary target in growth terms is the high-value northern hemisphere, but with growth in Asia and other emerging markets the company is targeting 2m units in total by 2019 - a 13.6 percent increase from the 1.76m sold in its 2014 fiscal year.

Priorities include a shortening of its development time and the consolidation of manufacturing and a 30 percent increase of productivity at its Hamamatsu, Japan factory.

The company's automotive activities have returned to profit following the downturn, but its motorcycle business continues to lose money, having only managed to post a profit once (100m Yen in 2013) since 2008.

Motorcycle sales the Netherlands

Motorcycle sales +8.3 percent for first six months in the Netherlands

According to figures released by the motorcycle industry trade association in the Netherlands (RAI), motorcycle sales were up +8.3 percent in the first six months (7,326 units), with moped registrations at +15 percent (8,998 units).In June motorcycle sales were up +13.1 percent (1,330 units), with moped sales at +20 percent for June (1,880 units).

The best selling motorcycle brand in the first six months of the year in the Netherlands was BMW with a 16 percent market share (1,172 units); followed by Yamaha second with a 15.2 percent share (1,116 units),  with Kawasaki third with a 12.2 percent share (895 units).
Piaggio was the top selling moped manufacturer with a 22.3 percent market share (2,011 units); followed by Kymco in second with a 20.6 percent share of the Dutch moped market (1,853 units) and Sym third with a 14.7 percent market share (1,325 units).


Honda and Triumph accessory options

GERMAN manufacturer Fehling is offering luggage options and crash bars for Honda’s 2004 and later CTX 700 N and Triumph Thunderbird Storm Commander LT models.

Black powder-coated products for CTX 700 N include engine protection bars, side rails to support soft bags, a minimal tubular rear rack, a sissybar with integrated pillion pad, rear rack and ‘Flex’ top case carrier and side case holders, which can be used to mount the base plates from a number of hard luggage manufacturers, including Givi and Kappa.

For the Triumph Thunderbird Storm Commander LT Fehling has 38mm oversized engine and radiator protection bars in chrome, a chrome rear luggage rack and driver and pillion sissybars with back pad and carrier.



Upgrades for MT-09 Tracer

PUIG has a range of bolt-on parts for Yamaha's popular and versatile MT-09 Tracer.


Available in a light smoke finish, their new touring screen complete with multi-adjustable bolt-on visor is supplied with hardware and instructions for what is said to bean an easy install, offering improved windblast protection.
For a sportier screen option, Puig's Racing screen is made from high impact acrylic, and supplied with mounting supports. Available in clear or in dark or light smoke and colour options including red, blue, or black.

Puig’s ABS plastic engine spoiler has been styled in carbon look or matt black to follow the lines of the MT-09 and protect the lower section of the motorcycle.

Billet aluminium footpegs by Puig feature a rotational system to adjust their position; sold in pairs for rider and passenger, they are available in black, silver, red, blue or gold.
Puig also offer PRO frame sliders in high-impact nylon with a wide surface compared to conventional designs for improved protection.



Rainers gloves

RAINERS Sports’ extensive line-up of gloves now includes these race-inspired leather SPV-5 and Omega options. 


The SPV-5 includes leather flexors on the thumb and fingers for improved flexibility. There are TPU protectors for the knuckles and palm, and the glove is lined with polyester. 


The short Omega glove also uses TPU plus carbon fibre across the knuckles, with non-slip, leather reinforcements on the palms. The Omega also has a polyester lining and flexion points on the fingers for comfort and movement. 




Dominator GTX jacket launched with new bike build

REV’It! has marked the launch of its new touring jacket, the Dominator GTX, and 20 years of product development by building a two-wheel drive project bike named REV’IT!#95.
Rev’It! say they used customer feedback to develop the Dominator GTX jacket as a modular concept. Designed to offer protection from wind and rain, it uses a Gore-Tex membrane bonded to a 3L outer shell. Ventilation panels and zippers make it usable in hot conditions.

For rider protection the Dominator GTX is equipped with new Seeflex CE-level 2 shoulder and elbow protectors, a Seesoft back protector and Gore-Tex Pro Talisman shoulder and elbow panels. The jacket also comes prepped for an Adventure neck brace, and additional safety features include laminated reflection taping, safety seams and a detachable kidney belt. Internal zips mean a challenger cooling vest can be worn, and the outer shell is hi-vis vest friendly.
The REV’IT!#95 project was named for the year 1995, when Rev’It! began designing motorcycle clothing. Rev’It’s creative director Gerbrandt Aarts brought together Gregor Halenda, Chris Cosentino and Scott Kolb, a team of artists, designers and engineers to convert a KTM 950 Super Enduro into an all-wheel drive machine, with the adaption of a Christini kit.

“Over the years, our products’ complexities have increased alongside their features”, said Aarts. “All Rev'It! products are highly functional with an a brand signature approach to advanced but straightforward design. This design vision has been transmitted to the motorbike, which features advanced technology in a simple and honest presentation - putting the parts that improve the rider's experience on display”.



MT-09 2:1

ITALIAN exhaust specialist Zard is now offering a full 2-into-1 system for the Yamaha MT-09. 

Available in both street legal homologated and racing versions, the steel construction is claimed to be half the weight of the OEM exhaust, offering increased performance  and a removable DB killer. Options include a carbon end cap and black ceramic coating