Thursday, 30 July 2015

Gas Gas

Gas Gas liquidation?

IT would appear that attempts to secure a future for Spanish trails bike manufacturer Gas Gas Ossa have failed.

According to this press release text issued by the company on July 20th, and posted on the Gas Gas UK website on July 21st, it is still hoped that a new owner may buy the assets as a going concern and recommence production.

Dear customers, partners and friends,

We are contacting you with this update regarding the current situation with the company.

As you all know, in recent months the company has gone through several legal proceedings in order to renegotiate the debt and to continue operations. Unfortunately, despite the valiant efforts made to achieve this goal, it has been impossible to reach and finally they have declared to proceed with the liquidation of Gas Gas Motos SA.

In this process, the current management team, the receivers and the council representatives of all employees are working full-throttle to collect all of the necessary information to begin the process of selling the factory and to close the subsequent sale process with potential buyers in the fastest way possible.

The target set by the sale of the production unit is to be able to reactivate the Gas Gas Motos factory in a way that allows us to produce our motorcycles, both enduro and trial, and ensure a solid and sustainable long term viability of the company.

During this stage of the sale process of the production unit, we at Gas Gas will make our utmost efforts to ensure the level of service in the areas of spare parts as well as in the after-sales department in order to avoid penalizing our customers during this period.

From Gas Gas, we convey our sincere thanks for your support during these months and wish to convey our total conviction on the feasibility of satisfactory results during the production unit sale process.

Best regards,



In 2013 Gas Gas received a EUR 4 million investment by an international consortium, and in 2014 the Catalan government agreed to provide Gas Gas with a further EUR 2 million to fund a recovery plan for the company, a plan that included acquisition of new technology to improve their two and four stroke engine production.

Last year, it was announced that Gas Gas would merge with Ossa and re-launch that brand, having previously agreed to share production facilities and personnel. Ossa was re-launched in 2009, three decades after its closure, and were believed to be producing around 800 trials motorbikes. At this time it is unclear as to whether or not the Ossa brand and prospects for its production is wrapped-up in this latest development, but it is very likely that it is.

Gas Gas itself was founded in 1985, so was hoping to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. It is estimated that the company was producing some 9,000 bikes per year as recently as 2012/13, exporting to over 50 countries and generating some 500 direct and indirect jobs in Catalonia, north of Barcelona.

Salon de la Moto

Salon de la Moto 'Paris Show'

THIS year sees the 'Paris Show' return to the French capital's much re-modelled primary exhibition centre at Porte de Versailles from December 1st - 6th 2015.

The Salon de la Moto, Scooter, Quad et Equipement (to give it its full title) is staged every other year, alternating with INTERMOT and Cologne, Germany, and after being cancelled during the depths of the recession is now continuing to build back its audience and working hard to attract young riders in particular.

France in general, and Paris in particular, have become notoriously difficult markets for the motorcycle industry in regulatory terms, despite regulators there being exposed to several well-researched projects that point to the congestion, emissions and journey time reduction advantages of PTWs for urban mobility.

Of all of Europe's "big five" motorcycle markets, the French market continues to languish with the best hope for 2015 being that dealers there continue to see a slow-down in market decline followed by some stabilisation in 2016.

With that being the hope, the primary motorcycle manufacturers, parts and accessory importers and distributors, and the small but high-quality domestic French component and apparel manufacturing and brand owning community, is expected to come out in force for the show.

There appears to be positive market sentiment and attitude - Thierry Archambault, the Deputy Chairman of the CSIAM (the International Automobile and Motorcycle association in France), says that "the two-wheel manufacturers, members of CSIAM, are working relentlessly to promote the show, so two-wheel fans can discover the many great new motorcycle and scooter models and parts, accessory and apparel programmes that will be launched for 2016.

The latest data available from CSIAM (January - April 2015) show that the total number of motorcycles, scooters and Quads/ATVs sold in France stood at 58,851 units, down by -4.0 percent over the first four months of 2014.

However,  motorcycles and scooters of all displacements were down by only 2.7 percent (48,415 units); better still sales of motorcycles over 500 cc were approximately level with the first four months of last year, at just over 30,000 units, meaning that the prospects for a successful show and better business environment for the industry in France in 2016 are good.

The show is open to the public for six days, with Monday November 30th and Tuesday December 1st (through to 4:00 pm) reserved for trade and press visitor admittance.

Polish registrations

Polish PTW registrations up nearly 18 percent in first half of 2015

THOUGH still relatively small in new motorcycle registration terms, the motorcycle market in Poland is an interesting one - especially in terms of parts and accessories.


Chosen by Polaris for their first European manufacturing facility, Poland has been a leading choice for motorcycle parts and accessory manufacturing for a long time.

Mostly out-source manufacturing for western European brands, the past 10 years has seen a growth in the number of Polish parts makers now selling to importers and distributors in the rest of Europe, and a growth in the number of domestic Polish importers and distributors representing leading European brands there.

Well placed to sell to other emerging northern, eastern and central European markets, all sectors of powersports activity have seen evolution there - the country even has a small but thriving custom bike scene with some Polish builders winning prizes at custom bike shows in Western Europe in recent years.

Speedway racing and the off-road/dirt-bike markets have always been a staple there, but as infrastructure has improved, so too has the street and performance bike market.

Pre-owned motorcycles imported to Poland (from Germany in particular) are a huge part of the market there (which is very good news for the parts and accessory sector), and according to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Poland (PZPM), new and first time registered used motorcycles grew strongly in the first six months of 2015.

Nearly 50,000 new and used motorcycles were registered in Poland in the period January to June, which is up by over 63 percent over the first half of 2014, and by far the highest number since before 2010 - the cut-off point for PZPM data.

Of those 13,825 were new units (as opposed to first time registered used machines), which is a massive 184 percent increase on the number of new motorcycles registered in Poland in the first six months of 2014 - nearly 28 percent of all motorcycle registrations.

In addition, some 15,913 new mopeds are reported as registered in Poland during the first half of the year, although that is down by over 31 percent from 2014; with an additional 22,801 used mopeds registered there for the first time (-26.41 percent).

In total Poland was worth over 72,000 new and used PTWs in the first half of 2015 (over 68 percent of them were new or first time registered used motorcycles), a figure that is up by nearly 18 percent over the first half of 2014 and the highest seen since 2012.

Swiss motorcycle sales

Swiss motorcycle sales up by over 16 percent for first half of 2015

ACCORDING to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Switzerland the motorcycle market there was up by 16.66 percent for the first six months of 2015 at 19,019 units (from 16,303 for the first half of 2014).

For June the Swiss market was worth 3,608 motorcycles, up by nearly 25 percent compared to June 2014.

In Scooter terms the Swiss market was down by 6.52 percent at 11,878 units for the first six months. In total PTW terms therefore the market in Switzerland was up by nearly 14 percent in June (6,201 units) and by 6.51 percent for the first six months of the year (30,897 units.

Yamaha is the market leading manufacturer, taking top spot in motorcycle and scooter sales terms (3,827 motorcycles in the first six months for a 43.71 percent market share and 2,942 scooters). BMW is the second largest motorcycle brand, followed by Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Honda.

MT-07, the top-selling motorcycle in Switzerland for the fist six months of 2015

The top-selling motorcycle in the first six months of the year was Yamaha's MT07 (1,012 units), followed by their MT-09 (744 units), the BMW R 1200 GS (474 units), Yamaha's MT- Tracer (418 units) and Ducati's 803 Scrambler (384 units).

The top-selling scooter in Switzerland in the first six months of the year was the Vespa Primavera 125 3V (754 units). Kymco is the top manufacturer in a Swiss ATV market that was up by nearly 20 percent in the first half of the year (896 units in total).

Nearly 64 percent of the 19,019 new motorcycles registered in Switzerland in the first six months of 2015 were in the 751cc+ class.

The health of the Swiss market was evidenced by the excellent attendance at this year's Swiss Moto exhibition in Zurich in February this year; in 2016 the expo will be staged from 18 - 21st February.


KTM unit sales +25.6 percent for first six months of 2015

KTM has announced another record sales performance, for the fist half of 2015, selling 88,531 vehicles worldwide - an increase of +25.6 percent compared to the first six months of 2015.

Revenue was up at EUR 515.1 million compared to EUR 410.3 million for the first six months of 2015; EBIT increased to EUR 50.3 million (+49.7% compared to the EUR 33.6 million for the first six months of 2014) representing an EBIT margin of 9.8 percent for the period January to June 2015.


CE homologated boots

FURYGAN's Gene Evo is a CE homologated casual style technical boot offered with or without a waterproof and breathable Sympatex membrane. Gene Evo has a suede leather and Polyamide exterior with reinforcement over the toes for the gear selector, a large lace cover and protection for the ankle, heel and toes. 

Gene Evo

Also fitted with a Sympatex membrane, the CE certified Jet uses D3O for rider protection, has a cowhide leather upper with D3O protector on the malleolus alongside reinforcement on the heel and toes and anti-slip anti-torsion soles. 


D3O protection and a Sympatex membrane are also found in the cowhide leather Ted boot, which has D3O protectors on the malleolus, reinforcements on the heel and toes and also an anti-slip anti-torsion sole. 




Full system for MT-09

LEOVINCE has created a model specific LV ONE full system for the 2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer. The E-approved, stainless steel system features a carbon fibre mounting bracket and lightweight Technopolymer end cap.. The silencer body on the system is available in a choice of sand blasted stainless steel or carbon fibre. 



Reduced-wear clutch disc kits

SURFLEX is celebrating 65 years since it became the first Italian company to produce only motorcycle clutches and now remains the only one doing so. Surflex manufactures a wide range of clutch assemblies and components for OEM and after-market, often offering improved durability and better performance.

Their vast range includes spare parts for all popular current makes and models, English and German bikes of the ‘30s, all Japanese bikes of the last forty years, and the historical Italian brands of the post-war period.
Surflex clutch disc kits for the Honda CRF 150 RB and TRX 500 ATV quad

Among the additions to its line of clutch option components for Japanese bikes are six aluminium core friction plate and five steel disc kits for Honda’s CRF 150 RB and a seven friction plate kit for the TRX 500 ATV quad. A kit of four upgraded springs is also available for the CRF, and the friction material used by Surflex is said to dramatically reduce the wear of the cast aluminium pressure plate.

Surflex has further expanded its clutch disc packages with the introduction of a kit for the Honda CRF 250R

Surflex has also extended its clutch range for Honda’s CRF family of bikes to include a new disc kit for the 250R. Interchangeable with the original, it has seven-plus-one friction plates with lightweight aluminium cores along with seven steel discs.



Piston kit options for 2015 50-300cc off-roaders

VERTEX Pistons has updated its range of Replica, Race and Pro Race piston options for two-stroke off-roaders (50 to 300cc capacity). The company states that their replacement pistons are durable designs offering significant performance increases. 

Their Race pistons are manufactured from silicon charged aluminium alloys using a gravity cast process. They feature a single ring to reduce their friction, a racing profile and an anti-seize film coating. 

Forged aluminium with a high silicon content is used in the production of their forged Pro Race pistons, made from high silicon content aluminium that is said to deliver guaranteed performance endurance.
Vertex’s Replica pistons are similar to OEM, but are claimed to have increased performance due to a molybdenum disulphide anti-seize film coating and are available for oversized bores in engines that have been fitted with big bore kits.