Thursday, 13 August 2015

ACEM Conference

ACEM Conference - innovation and mobility September 24th, Brussels

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.
This first ("The place of L-category vehicles in the European Union") will focus on the main areas of importance to the PTW, 3-wheel and quad markets and cover current European transport policy and the revision of the White Paper on Transport, recent economic developments and trends in the sector and 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.
The second session ("Unlocking the potential of innovation") will look at how European research policy can support companies to develop innovative and advanced vehicles and technologies such as electromobility. This will feature 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, MEP 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 and ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot.

To register follow the links at

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Motorcycle registrations +27 percent in Spain in July

ACCORDING to the latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Spain (ANESDOR) new motorcycle registrations there were up by over 27 percent in July at 17,520 units for the month, taking the total for the year-to-date to 81,656 units, which is nearly +23 percent.

This was the best first seven month market performance since 2011 and the best July market performance in Spain since 2009.
In total PTW terms July was +24 percent (19,493 units and +21 percent for the year-to date (91,141 units; moped sales were modestly up in July (at just under + 2 percent) and running at around +11 percent up for the year-to-date (9,485 units).
Jose Maria Riano, General Secretary of ANESDOR, said that "With July we have seen 23 months of continuous growth and we will approach 150,000 units this year. This is still far  out from goal of market sustainability though, which we see as being around 250,000 units a year - which is not an over-ambitious target, given that the market in Spain saw more than 395,000 units registered in 2007".
Market leader so far this year for new motorcycle registrations is Honda with a 16.2 percent share at 13,243 units (up 11 percent over 2014). Kymco is second with 14.9 percent, with Yamaha third (14.4 percent); Piaggio fourth (9.1 percent); Suzuki fifth (6.6 percent); followed by Sym, BMW, Kawasaki, Keeway and Peugeot.

Sweden - motorcycle registrations

Sweden - motorcycle registrations up nearly 12 percent for first six months

Positive news from Sweden where the market growth seen in 2014 has continued for the fist six months of 2014.
According to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Sweden (McRF) motorcycle sales were up by 11.8 percent at 6,174 units, with small cc PTWs (mopeds etc) up by +21.7 percent at 5,442 units.

Managing Director of the McRF in Sweden

For June motorcycle registrations were +13 percent at 1,119 units; with small cc PTWs (mopeds etc) +32.4 percent at 1,393 units.
Per Johansson, the Managing Director of NcRF puts the turnaround in Sweden down to several factors. "Low interest rates, high employment and, not least, pent-up need to trade-up. Many have waited a year to trade-up but now decided to acquire a better and more modern motorcycle".
He especially cites the safety standards of new vehicles as being a big motivator with consumers. "The technological developments in the past five years mean a lot for safety - there have been big advances in brakes and lights for example, to name just two important drivers of improved safety and improved public perception of two-wheel safety".

Motorcycle registrations in Sweden 'bottomed-out' in 2012 at some 7,000 units; they grew in 2013 (approx 7,300 units) and 2014 saw the market recover to around 8,100 new motorcycle registrations.
The total number of motorcycles registered in Sweden (the "motorcycle parc") continued to grow throughout the downturn and that maybe the delayed-spend factor that Johansson is referencing - from around 285,000 units in 2007 it had reached over 315,000 by the end of last year.
The top selling models in Sweden last year were the BMW R 1200 GS & R 1200 GS Adventure in top place, the Yamaha MT-09 second, the Kawasaki Z800 & Z800e third, Kawasaki ER6n & ER6F fourth with Yamaha's MT-07 fifth.
Street bikes took 29 percent of the market in Sweden last year; Adventure bikes second at 18 percent (the KTM 1190 Adventure and 1190 Adventure R and 690 SMC and 690 Enduro were the sixth and seventh best sellers in Sweden in 2014); custom style motorcycles (principally Harley-Davidsons) took 12 percent of the market, equal with scooters, with off-roaders accounting for 11 percent and tourers 8 percent.
Some 34 percent of the bikes sold in Sweden in 2014 were over 1,000 cc; with 19 percent 751-1,000cc and 15 percent between 601 and 750cc.
Sweden's principal motorcycle expo, MC Massan, will be staged in Gothenburg next year, January 28th-31st (it alternates between there and Stockholm).


Givi outfits the MT-07

GIVI has launched a line of accessories for Yamaha's MT-07, which includes a range of top cases, saddlebags, tank bags and windscreens.

Once fitted with Monokey/Monolock specific rear racks there are a range of top box options for use on the mid-weight naked Yamaha, ranging from the 52-litre Trekker, made in reinforced techno-polymer, to the V47 (47 litres) or smaller 27-litre B27.
Further rear luggage options include model specific pannier holders for Givi V35 Monokey side cases and a holder for Easylock side bags or soft side bags, like the 3D600 or WP405.
Tank bag options for the MT-07 are available in a variety of capacities and install using the Tanklock fixing system. Bag choices include the XS306 tank bag, expandable to 25 litres, or the four-litre 3D603 thermoformed tank bag.
Givi also offers weather protection with the A2118 black windscreen and a set of handguards made from ABS.



Premier Helmets

Trophy retro helmet

This 70s retro style helmet is available as a moulded DCA fibre shell (carbon, Dyneema and aramidic fibre) mixed with expoxy resin, or in full carbon as seen here.

The internal shell is moulded in different EPS densities to offer the best energy absorption in case of an impact.
The homologated visor has an anti-scratch treatment and is attached to the shell with glove-friendly buttons. The inner lining is made from anti-allergenic sanitised fabric with synthetic leather finishes. The cheek pads are made with synthetic leather, and the retention system has a Double D ring fastener.
Premier say that, as with all their helmets, the Trophy is homologated to ECE 22-05; it is available in four graphics (tri-composite fibre only) and a selection of mono colour versions.


Barnett Clutches & Cables

Off-road billet clutch baskets


BARNETT’S clutch baskets are CNC machined from aluminium and feature replaceable stainless steel inserts that are said to prevent grooving of the basket where the clutch plate tabs make contact. Oil passage windows are machined into the basket to increase oil flow to the clutch plates to provide cooler operating temperatures and a longer clutch life. 

Included with each basket are grade 8 quality fasteners and where applicable a backing plate is included too. Select applications come with the center kicker gear already installed.
Barnett’s billet clutch baskets are available for popular 80cc and up off-road motorcycles and sport ATVs. 


Gilles Tooling

GT-Shield lever guards

GILLES Tooling's new GT Shield design meets the requirement for mandatory lever guards on closed circuit tracks.

CNC-machined from billet aluminium with fibre glass reinforced plastic, the use of off-set spacers means the guards can be adapted to various lever lengths.
The downward sloped design leaves enough space to place the hand at the outside of the handlebar.

Compatible with most Supersport bikes’ original handlebars and Gilles own GP Light and Variobar handlebars, a special version is offered for stock BMW handlebars. Matching GT Shield clutch lever guards are also available.



Forcefield Moto Collection

FORCEFIELD has released details of its 2015 Moto Collection, which includes new upper body protection and armoured shirts. 

Their complete CE Level 2 upper body protection system, the EX-K Harness, features multiple adjustment points for optimum flexibility and comfort, made with energy-absorbing Nitrex Evo material and reinforced with Kevlar thread for added strength and durability. It has a central front zip, neck brace location point and back, chest, shoulder and elbow armour.
It is available in three modular options - Adventure (torso, shoulders and elbows), Flite+ (torso and shoulders), or Flite (torso only). 

The new Pro Shirt X-V has a highly breathable ‘BeCool’ technical base layer shell featuring fully removable CE approved armour located at the elbows, shoulders, back and chest. The large NEVO 7010 chest protector is a one-piece design for improved rib and sternum protection; the same material is used for the back protector, while Nitex Evo armour is used for the elbows and shoulders.
To ease access into the shirt, it has a side entry zip and ‘Evo Vent Zones’ for cooling air flow through the shirt. 
The Pro Shirt X-V-S is a short sleeved version of the Pro-Shirt X-V, sharing the same safety and comfort features. 



R1 slip-on

AKRAPOVIC’s slip-on features a new-shape muffler design that is said to have been inspired by the mufflers on the 2014 Yamaha YZR-M1 machines ridden by Rossi and Lorenzo in MotoGP. 

The titanium muffler comes with a carbon fibre heat shield, is lighter than stock, is a plug-and-play exhaust that needs no remapping or other parts. ECE and EC approved and United States CARB and EPA noise compliant.
An optional lightweight titanium link pipe is said to yield more power and increased torque, and turns the slip-on exhaust into a full system.


Arrow Special Parts

MT-09 Tracer exhausts


YAMAHA’S MT-09 Tracer is the latest motorcycle to have the option of being upgraded with an exhaust from Arrow. The company’s range of silencers for the MT-09 is street legal to European Standard 97/24/EC ch. 9. Silencer options include the X-Kone and the Thunder with a choice of material used in the construction of the bodies and end caps. A collector kit to work with the silencers is also available for the '13-’15 models and is street legal with the use of Arrow catalytic convertor.