Wednesday, 7 October 2015

C-ITS safety research consortium

Yamaha, BMW Motorrad and Honda to collaborate on creation of PTW-specific  C-ITS safety research consortium

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd., BMW Motorrad, and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. have announced that they are to collaborate to enhance Cooperative-Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS) applications in powered two-wheelers (PTWs) and will be working together to establish a consortium named the Connected Motorcycle Consortium.

According to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by all ACEM manufacturing members in 2014 (European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers,, C-ITS features will be introduced from 2020 onwards. In order to accelerate this process, the three manufacturers will begin their cooperation in the field of C-ITS straight away.
The new cooperation was announced on October 6th 2015 at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux (France), the world’s largest event for intelligent transport systems and services. The three partners also encouraged other motorcycle manufacturers to join the consortium so as to further increase safety in powered two-wheelers.
"In order to speed up more motorcycle-specific safety developments, we intend to cooperate to promote a successful implementation of C-ITS in motorcycles and scooters", said Mr Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer at Honda Motor Co., Ltd.. 

'we encourage other companies to join us'

Mr Takaaki Kimura, Chief General Manager of Technology Center and Executive Vice President and Representative Director of Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd. added that "Our companies are already active members of the Car2Car Communication Consortium, in which we work with car and truck makers and other stakeholders on common specifications and standards. We came to realize that the specific requirements of motorcycles are beyond the scope of that consortium, however. The next logical step is therefore to enter into a cooperation dedicated solely to the challenges relating to powered two-wheelers".

The collaboration, initially between BMW, Yamaha and Honda, is an unprecedented step forward for the motorcycle industry with the announcement coming just days after the 11th annual ACEM conference

"Our aim is to promote a timely and comprehensive use of cooperative ITS systems in powered-two wheelers offering the potential to improve safety. We therefore encourage other companies to join us", explains Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Executive Vice President Development BMW Motorrad.

The European Motorcycle Manufacturer Association welcomes the initiative. Antonio Perlot, ACEM Secretary General, stated: "This initiative is fully in line with the ACEM road safety strategy and shows the willingness of the motorcycle industry to increase safety for riders based on very concrete and practical developments".
ITS technologies will contribute to motorcycle safety.
If well considered and properly deployed, ITS technologies offer the potential to further increase safety, security and efficiency in all transport systems, in particular for motorcycles.
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) require the integration of information and communications technology including transport infrastructure, vehicles and users. Basic applications currently exist in GPS navigation systems, where real-time traffic information is provided such as rerouting advice based on traffic jams ahead. For road transport in particular, interoperable networked wireless communication between vehicles can enable road users to make coordinated and informed decisions about their route as well as allowing safer manoeuvring in busy urban environments.

'ITS technology is expected to generate particular safety benefits for PTW users'

ITS technologies are expected to generate particular safety benefits in regard to powered two-wheelers (PTWs), not least by offering a level of electronic communication which can be shared between riders and drivers of other road vehicles.
The three companies have already gained experience of connected vehicle technology in several European field tests. Together with car makers and major suppliers, BMW Motorrad participated in simTD (, a large scale field test carried out on connected vehicles in the greater Frankfurt area in Germany. Honda and Yamaha participated in DRIVE C2X (, a Europe-wide ITS field test project.
In view of the challenges experienced in these real world tests, the three manufacturers are now joining forces to evaluate the principles of cooperative intelligent transportation systems (C-ITS) to enhance motorcycle safety.
Motorcycle ITS systems will be different from those for cars
ITS systems designed for cars cannot simply be transferred to motorcycles. Due to the limited space available, electronic systems have to be smaller and be resilient to water, dust and vibration.
Since motorcycles exhibit different driving dynamics, software development and algorithms need to consider special requirements.

AIMExpo 2015

AIMExpo - one week to go

The third annual AIMExpo (Orlando, Florida, October 15-17) will open its doors on Thursday next week to high hopes and great anticipation among the domestic US powersports industry vendor community.

Although it generally takes at least five years for a new industry expo project to build a convincing visitor base, the event certainly has the backing of the industry in the United States with over 500 parts, accessory and apparel exhibitors confirmed, some 17 OEMs expected to exhibit new-for-2016 models and operate demo rides.

Recently acquired by the MIC (the Motorcycle Industry Council), the organisers are anticipating attendance from all 50 of the US States and from some 50 different countries, with advance registrations said to be running "significantly up" compared to the same time last year.

AIMExpo is the first motorcycle industry expo to make a convincing attempt to bring what are often referred to as "European Expo Values" to the North American Powersports market with the combination of two days of trade (October 15/16) followed by two days of consumer attendance (October 17/18) proving to be "an ideal whose time has come" in the US expo context, according to founder, Show Director and former MIC Chairman Larry Little.

"Many thought we were being over-ambitious when we first announced the project back in 2012, and while there is still a long way to go, we believe that, with the backing of the US and international motorcycle industry, we are creating an important  new product showcase opportunity for our exhibitors, a valuable new business opportunity for American motorcycle dealers, and an all-new opportunity for American motorcycle enthusiasts and riders to see what the market has to offer them in the months and years ahead".

The line-up of familiar name motorcycle and powersports industry vehicle manufacturers confirmed as exhibitors and demo ride providers includes Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Arctic Cat, Can-Am/BRP, Kymco, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson and Zero Motorcycles; a full list of exhibitors can be found at the show website.

The line-up of European businesses that are now eying AIMExpo as their pathway and their portal for the domestic US market is fast becoming an impressive "who's-who" of many of the familiar names from the European show circuit - check out this selected list ... Brembo (Italy), Frenotecnica/Brenta (Italy), Nolan (Italy), CZ Chains (Czech Republic), Delta Braking (Czech Republic), INTERMOT (Germany), Ermax (France), Ferodo (Italy), Forma Boots (Italy), Galfer (Spain), GB Racing (UK), GIVI (Italy), Premier Helmets (Italy), Held (Germany), InnTeck (Italy), Interphone (Italy), IXS (Switzerland), K-Tech (UK), Liqui Moly (Germany), Malossi (Italy), Marchesini (Italy), Ariete (Italy), MIVV (Italy), Motorex (Switzerland), MRA (Germany), Mugen Race (Italy), Mupo (Italy), NEXX (Portugal), Oxford Products (UK), Polisport (Portugal), Powerbronze (UK), Pro-Bolt (UK), Pro-X (Netherlands), Puig/Motoplastic (Spain), R&G (UK), SBS Friction (Denmark), Schuberth (Germany), Stylmartin (Italy), SW Motech (Germany), TCX Boots (Italy), TecMate International (Belgium), Touratech (Germany), Wunderlich (Germany).

AIMExpo will feature an exhaustive (and no doubt exhausting!) programme of seminars and business networking opportunities organised by domestic US trade journal PowerSports Business (PSB) and already has the backing of an impressive line-up of industry associations, organisations and sponsors - such as the MIC itself, Motorcycle Safety Foundation, ARRA, Off Road Business Association, the Italian Trade Commission, ATVSA, ROHVA, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, the American Motorcyclist Association, the FIM, and the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building.

There can be no doubt that this year's attendance will build on that seen so far and demonstrate to the industry that the project has that all-important ingredient for a successful future - momentum.

2015 MX Des Nations

Holders France take 2015 MX Des Nations win

This year's (69th) FIM Motocross of Nations (held at Ernée, France, September 26/27) saw the holders and home team take the win by just two points over Team USA.

The 1,517m Circuit Raymond DEMY, situated in the Pays de Loire region, is a hard-pack clay dirt circuit, with half of the 111 riders in the field choosing to use Pirelli Scorpion MX32 tires.
Romain Febvre, the newly crowned MXGP champion for 2015, who was in the French team for the first time, took the overall Open classification title, winning both his races.
Team Belgium claimed third place, with Estonia 4th, Switzerland 5th and The Netherlands 6th.
The 2016 event will be staged at Maggiora, Italy, with the Glen Helen Raceway at San Bernardino, California, hosting in 2017.

Japanese made motorcycle exports

Japanese made motorcycle exports to Europe down again

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Japan (JAMA) shows Japanese made 250cc+ motorcycle exports to dealers in Europe down again in August (-14.07 percent, 7,285 units) and down by -2.13 percent for the year-to-date at 100,147 units.

That is the second lowest first-eight-months figure since the late 1990s and down from nearly 320,000 in 2007. The picture is no better when small cc machines are added into the equation, with total PTW exports in August down by -3.39 percent (10,233 units) and down by -1.46 for the YTD (111.216 units).
In the United States Japanese made 250cc+ motorcycle exports to dealers are -13.01 percent for August at just 5,501 units and -31.14 percent for August (50,617 units) and -6.07 percent for the YTD at 50,617 units - the lowest there since 2010 and down from some 257,000 in 2007.
Worldwide Japanese made 250cc+ motorcycle exports were down by -6.07 percent in August at 18,833 units and are -9.90 percent for the YTD at 209,212 units.
A lot more Japanese brand motorcycles and small cc machines are now coming into Europe and the USA from subsidiary and affiliate factories elsewhere in the world, but the data still makes alarming reading as the historically market-defining "Big Four" look increasingly like a "Big Two plus a few other models", as European and American manufacturers take ever increasing shares of a much smaller market in Europe and North America.

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Motorcycles up over 22 percent for first nine months in Spain

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry association in Spain (ANESDOR) shows motorcycle registrations in September at +19.06 percent (12,597 units) and +22.26 percent for the year-to-date (103,677 units).

In total PTW terms registrations were +17.23 percent in August (14,054 units) and are +20.46 for the year-to-date (115,863 units). Moped registrations are also up in Spain - one of the few markets in Europe where they are at +8.63 percent YTD.
The 2014 ACEM data shows Spain registering 111,460 new motorcycles and 124,953 total PTWs, making it Europe's 4th largest market; 2015 is on track to be Spain's best year since 2011, with the trade association forecasting 150,000 new PTWs registered by the end of the year.
ANESDOR Secretary General Jose Maria Riano says that "This positive trend represents 25 months of uninterrupted growth ... with millions of Spaniards choosing two wheels for their daily commute".
However, he is still calling on the Spanish government to do more to boost the sector: "The sector needs measures for fleet renewal as the average age of Spain's motorcycle park is some 14 years. Changes to the present tax framework could incentivise replacement of older machines with newer and environmentally better models".


OptiMate accessory line-up expanded

The versatile and fast growing OptiMate programme of powered accessory connection and charging options offers riders the most comprehensive range available.

New OptiMate cables and a USB charger come with the DC 2.5mm axial connector that is found on all popular heated apparel/clothing/batteries. Cables for heated apparel applications are heavy duty and weatherproof, with 16AWG/1.31mm 2 cable rating at 10 Amps and thick SPT-2W PVC rubber covering for a very low temperature rating of -40°F/-40°C.

Available cables include weatherproof battery leads, Auto socket/Ducati/MV Agusta and other charger adapters, splitters, various cables and adapters for BMW, Victory and Triumph.

Each cable is delivered with in-line seals to keep electrical connections dry. An extensive range of USB chargers with different connection options are also available. PDF downloads with images and specifications of all the accessories are available at



R1 replacement exhaust

EXAN has responded to the launch of the 2015 Yamaha R1 with the introduction of a complete replacement exhaust system for the bike. 

The silencer used in the system, which has been designed for track use, is available in four different materials - steel satin clear, satin black steel, titanium or carbon. Equipped with a removable dB Killer, it is also available in full titanium for further weight saving.



Bolt-on covers

R&G say their 2015 specification Race Series engine case covers range has been track proven to offer maximum protection in case of a crash and are widely used in the MCE British Superbike Championship.

New features on this upgraded design include a replaceable puck on the impact face to further enhance protection by providing more material to grind through. It also offers an easy, low-cost fix in the case of a minor slide.

The ultra-lightweight covers are made from 4mm polypropylene; the slim-line design ensures maximum ground clearance. The covers are an easy bolt-on install over the original engine case and require no adhesives, silicone or epoxies.



Italian style R 1200 GS accessories

ITALIAN parts and accessory manufacturer Rizoma has a wide selection of model-specific and universal-fit styling upgrades and functional improvement products available for most popular makes and models - seen here is a selection for the BMW R 1200 GS ABS and GS Adventure.

Exhaust guards - machined from solid aluminium for additional protection to the front header pipe

4mm skid plate - equipped with a light that switches on for 30 seconds when the side stand is lowered, illuminating the area below the bike for secure stand placement

Billet aluminium replacement for the plastic OE heel guard kit

Items include mirror adapters, protectors, handlebar caps, indicator light adapters and cable kits, crossbar, front and rear brake and clutch fluid reservoir caps, clutch and brake levers, rider and passenger peg options, adapters and touring isolation mount kits, pivot and rear hub covers, swingarm hole plugs and frame hole cap kits, heel guard kit, skid plate, exhaust guard, radiator guards, headlight guard kit and side stand base.

TUV approved CNC machined billet aluminium rally pegs with hollow body and removable steel teeth

Easy install headlight guard - in plexiglass and CNC machined billet aluminium

Drawing from a heritage of manufacturing aluminium components since the 1960s, Rizoma's motorcycle business was founded just over 10 years ago. Now employing 60 people, Rizoma now exports over 1,300 parts and accessories worldwide.



ZEGA Pro2 luggage

GERMAN adventure tour parts and accessory specialist Touratech's new 38-litre ZEGA Pro2 rugged aluminium pannier system for the BMW R 1200 GSLC/Adventure; features include a recess on the right-hand pannier to allow it to fit neatly against the exhaust; closer to centreline positioning and reduced overall width (approx. 95 cm). The stainless steel pannier racks are scratch and rust resistant.

An "innovative attachment system" is designed for true single-handed operation, according to the company - the mechanism operates entirely from the outside via a single lever; the design means there is no need to open the lid to remove the pannier.

Touratech say that the stainless steel and fibreglass-reinforced plastic construction has produced a "rugged, stable and reliable system that can stand up to the toughest conditions". Further refinements include an improved sealing strip, a tough webbing carry handle, optimised ventilation system and accessory holder brackets with appropriate base plates as standard for carrying extras. Available in 38 or 45 litres in natural aluminium, anodised or black anodised finishes.


Monday, 5 October 2015

ACEM Conference Report

ACEM Conference Report - Stephan Schaller calls on EU to provide a "clear and predictable regulatory framework"

Themed 'Let's Innovate', in this first part of our reports on last week's ACEM motorcycle industry conference in Brussels, we report on BMW Motorrad’s and ACEM’s serving President Stephan Schaller's positioning of the motorcycle industry as "the solution to the mobility needs of millions of people across Europe"

Stephan Schaller pointed to three key criteria that successful regulations should meet and described the current situation as creating "considerable uncertainty and costs for our industry and making production planning very challenging"

This year's 11th annual ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles) motorcycle industry conference (Brussels, September 24th 2015) was staged just two weeks after the European Commission adopted the European Parliament's report on the implementation of the 2011 White Paper on Transport.

As reported in MotoWEEK last week, that report set the seal on twenty years of lobby activity that have, finally and successfully, confirmed motorcycles (indeed all PTWs, three- wheelers and light vehicles) as having a valuable role to play in future-facing transport planning and drawn a line under an era in which PTWs have often appeared to be regarded as a part of the problem rather than a part of the solution where traffic congestion, road safety and environmental impacts have been concerned.

The Parliament's report calls for the specific design and arising benefits of L-category vehicles to be "adequately taken into account and reflected in EU transport legislation and guidelines".

This year's two-part ACEM conference saw the most dramatic proof yet that the needs of our industry to have motorcycle use "stimulated and facilitated" (as the report states) is now an equal partner at the top-table of road use with all the invited speakers from the EU referencing the valuable asset that Europe's 36m PTWs represent in the context of commission transport policy objectives.

Left to right - Antonio Perlot, ACEM General Secretary; Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA, Europe; Karen Vancluysen, Executive Director of POLIS (European Cities and Regions Networking for Innovative Transport Solutions); Geoff Meade (Meade-Davis Communications - moderator); Barbara Bonvissuto, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Grow, European Commission; Wim Van de Camp, MEP, member of the EU Parliament's Transport Committee and Committee on Internal Trade (IMCO); Cristina Marolda, Policy Officer, DG Move, European Commission

The event attracted more than 130 attendees representing businesses, EU policy-makers, national administrations and stakeholders.

The discussions addressed a wide range of topics, including the mainstreaming of motorcycling into relevant EU policies, as well as its inclusion in national, regional and local transport plans and the importance of balanced and supportive European legislation for the sector.

In his keynote speech, Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad and the current serving President of ACEM, said that despite the collapse in PTW registrations by some 55 percent in the years between 2007 and 2014 (compared to a 25 percent decline in the passenger car market) there are now, at last, reasons to be optimistic about the prospects for the sector.

"Although it is still too early to speak about a recovery, the latest statistics indicate that registrations in some European markets have stabilised. Registrations between 2013 and 2014 have recovered by at least 2 percent, and the market figures for the first half of this year show that trend continuing".

For the future he called on policy makers to now give our industry a "clear and predictable framework, a framework that supports the competitiveness of our sector, a framework that creates a positive environment for the use of our vehicles. Of course we recognise that all markets need standards and regulations in order to function properly. All vehicles must comply with the same requirements. However, some aspects of the type approval regulations, which will be applied to our industry from 2016, are still open.

"Whilst we do recognise the efforts put in by the European Commission, I must nevertheless state that more efforts are needed."

"The current situation creates considerable uncertainty and costs for our industry; it also makes production planning very challenging. In our opinion the type approval regulation must comply with three simple principles. First it must be technically feasible; second it must be based on solid economic assessments; third it must not increase prices for consumers beyond levels acceptable in the market".

Schaller went on to address the motorcycle industry's support for EU trade agreement initiatives, such as with the United States and elsewhere, that will allow European motorcycle manufacturers to improve their international competitiveness and create further jobs and wealth here in Europe.

He also applauded the EU for the efforts it is making to stimulate and support innovation and pointed to the motorcycle industry's track record of "constantly reinventing itself, constantly developing new products that meet customers’ expectations and needs.

"Innovation is part of our industry's DNA. Innovation is a central part of what we do and of what we will continue to do in the future. However, innovation is also about finding solutions to real problems and finding new ways of thinking. In this sense I strongly believe that we need to look at transport in a different way and in an innovative way.

"For example, the European Mobility bill that has just been finished, and most of the discussions associated with it, focussed mainly on three means of transport - cars, public transport and cycling. The picture was not complete - the L-category of vehicles was missing even though they are part of the solution. L-category vehicles are not just a means of transport, they are the solution to the mobility needs of millions of people across Europe.

"They are cost-efficient, they are agile and easy to park. They are the smart choice to move around a city. They are also part of the solution to traffic congestion and to "small logistics" in the urban context. I believe it is important to keep the facts in mind in order to have a fruitful debate about transport policies at European, national and local level.

"A step in this direction was taken with the 2011 White Paper of Transport. We are confident that the upcoming White Paper on Transport Policy will continue in this direction and will acknowledge further the important contribution that L-category vehicles make and will continue making in the future".

The background to the focus on the importance of urban mobility to European transport policy, and its importance as a primary business opportunity for the motorcycle industry, can be found in one simple series of facts - in 1950 some 750 million people lived in cities worldwide.

By 2014 this number had reached nearly 4 bn, and some 2.5 bn more people are expected to be living in urban areas worldwide by 2050. Some 73 percent of Europe's total population currently resides in urban areas, and this figure is set to reach around 80 percent or more by 2040.

According to ACEM the European Commission's Joint Research Centre estimates that traffic congestion currently costs the European economy about 1 percent of its GDP every year.

Research has shown that if just 10 percent of car drivers were to swap to a moped or motorcycle, congestion would be reduced by 40 percent - congestion being eliminated completely by a 25 percent swap!

To say nothing of the environmental, economic and time-saving benefits that would amount to a very big pile of new helmet, apparel, luggage, performance parts, accessory and service/workshop item sales!

Further reports on the conference will appear in upcoming editions of MotoWEEK and in the next print/digital edition of International Dealer News, and can also be found at

Suzuki vs. VW

Suzuki vs. VW - the war is over

The failed link-up between Suzuki and VW has finally reached its end-game with VW being forced to sell its near 20 percent stake back to Suzuki; in response Suzuki has sold its 1.5 percent stake in VAG to its subsidiary, Porsche, for around $300m, taking Porsche's share in VAG to 52.2 percent of its common stock (32.4 percent of its capital stock).

The link between the two stems from a December 2009 deal that was designed to give Suzuki access to VW’s small diesel engine technology in exchange for an improved platform to exploit revenue potential in India and other Asian markets where Suzuki's automotive interests are well established.
However, the deal started to unravel as early as June 2010, just seven months after the deal was struck, with the dispute spilling into the public domain a year later.
Suzuki blamed VW, claiming that the German car maker was treating them like they were a subsidiary and not a partner, and refusing to deliver on the promised technology share. For their part VW took umbrage at Suzuki continuing to buy small diesels from other manufacturers (including Fiat) - something that the Japanese car maker claimed it was still entitled to do under the terms of the agreement if it so chose or deemed it necessary.
Suzuki served VW with legal notice, accusing it of breaching the terms of their agreement in October 2011 and immediately filed for arbitration. After a protracted legal stalemate, an international arbitration court ordered VW to allow Suzuki to exercise its first right to buy back VW’s shareholding "at a reasonable [market] price" at the end of August this year.
Describing it as feeling like he had a "small bone stuck in the back of his throat", Osamu Suzuki, the 85 year old Chairman, immediately announced their intention to do so; VW stating that the "co-operation between the two companies has now been ended".
Suzuki paid VW some $3.8 bn for the stake two weeks ago (around 120 million shares), sparking a 5 percent rise in Suzuki's share price - despite the fact that VW originally paid Suzuki $1.9bn for the shares when the deal was agreed, and also despite Suzuki taking a considerable hit on its 1.5 percent stake in VW.
Given the present difficulties VW is facing, and the background of family warfare and rival ownership groupings the fact that Suzuki sold its stake to Porsche, allowing the sportscar maker to increase its already controlling stake in VW still further, has not gone unnoticed.
Given the present difficulties that VW is facing, and the background of family warfare and rival ownership groupings, the fact that Suzuki sold its stake to Porsche, allowing the sportscar maker to increase its already controlling stake in VW still further, has not gone unnoticed.

EU new motorcycle registrations

EU new motorcycle registrations +9.6 percent for first seven months of 2015, +1.1 percent in France

The latest data released by ACEM, the Brussels based trade association for the motorcycle industry in Europe, shows a total of 810,986 PTWs and three-wheelers registered during the first seven months of 2015 in the EU - an increase of +3.9 percent over the same period of 2014.

Of those 613,711 units were motorcycles, a +9.6 percent increase over the same period of 2014, with strong growth in most of the EU's primary markets - such as +21.9 percent in Spain (82,194 units); the United Kingdom, +15.6 percent (67,349 units); +8.6 percent in Italy (125,062 units); +6.5 percent in Germany (114,191 units) and, confirming the trend data, France is up at +1.1 percent for the first seven months of the year at 105,43 units.
In total PTW terms the overall performance of the French market is still suffering from the same headwinds being faced for lower cc unit sales in much of Europe, down by - 2.5 percent (156,610) units, but the picture was a little better elsewhere in the EU for the first seven months - with total PTW sales +20.6 percent in Spain, +13.2 percent in the United Kingdom, +5.4 percent in Italy and +0.9 percent in Germany.
Moped sales continue to languish throughout the EU, with sales in July down by around 3 percent and for the year to date down by 10.7 percent, with only Spain showing growth of the major markets, +9.7 percent YTD - France, the UK, Germany and Italy are all down; however, dealers and manufacturers alike will be reassured overall by the strong, regular growth now being seen further up the market's retail price range.

Italian new motorcycle registrations

Italian new motorcycle registrations + 13.52 percent in first eight months of 2015

The latest data from the motorcycle industry trade association in Italy (ANCMA) shows a +20 percent increase in new registrations in August (2,501 units) and 13.52 percent for the year to date (50,015 units).

In total PTW terms Italy was +16.89 percent in August (8,463 units) and +8.77 for the year to date (132,975 units - the best first eight months performance in the Italian market since 2012).
As is the case elsewhere in Europe, the fastest growing style-sector of the market in Italy is 'Naked' design machines, +31.6 percent for the year to date (19,982 units) and in power-band terms the 751 to 1,000 cc sector is the fastest growing with +37.63 percent (15,404 units).
Of the 132,975 total PTWs sold so far in 2015 the three top-sellers have been Honda's SH 150/300/125 series (15,846 units between them); the top-selling model of 500cc or greater is Yamaha's TMAX; the top-selling motorcycle is BMW’s R 1200 GS (a combined total of 4,194 of the GS and Adventure variants) were sold, followed by Yamaha's MT-09 Tracer and then Ducati's Scrambler with 2,093 units sold in their home market so far this year.

Japanese manufacturer exports

Japanese made/brand 250+cc motorcycles to Europe flat for first seven months of 2015

The latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Japan (JAMA) shows Japanese manufacturer exports of 250+cc machines to Europe from Japan down by -21.01 percent in July 2015 (7,531 units) and about flat (-1.05 percent) for the year to date at 92,862 units.

Exports to the United States were down a massive -45.12 percent for July, at 4,224 units, and tracking down -32.84 percent at 45,116 units for the year to date - that compares to 249,001 units for the first seven months of 2006.
Worldwide 250cc+ Japanese manufactured exports are at -10.26 percent for the YTD at 190,379 units - that is the lowest ever first seven months figure ever (certainly for twenty or thirty years) and by way of a comparison the corresponding figure was 577,259 units a decade ago (the first seven months of 2006).
Total Japanese brand, Japanese made PTW exports to Europe are at -1.26 percent for the YTD (100,983 units); -29.31 percent to the United States (62,496 units); -8.62 percent worldwide (246,352 units compared to 762,784 units for the first seven months of 2006).
A lot more Japanese brand motorcycles and small cc machines are now coming into Europe and the USA from subsidiary and affiliate factories elsewhere in the world, but the data still makes alarming reading as the historically market-defining "Big Four" look increasingly like a "Big Two plus a few other models", as European and American manufacturers take ever increasing shares of a much smaller market in Europe and North America.

Spanish new motorcycle registrations

Spanish new motorcycle registrations +22.71 percent for YTD

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain (ANESDOR) shows new motorcycle registrations in Spain at + 22.46 percent for August (9,412 units), having been +27.14 percent in July (17,520 units).

For the year to date the market in Spain was +22.71 percent (91,079 units), having been +21.54 percent for the first six months of the year. This is the best August market performance in Spain since 2009, the best YTD figure since 2010 and marks 24 consecutive months of uninterrupted growth, according to ANESDOR.
Moped sales were fractionally down in Spain in August but are +9.37 percent for the year to date (10,729 units). In total PTW terms Spain was +19.06 percent in August and +20.92 percent for the first eight months of the year (at 101,808 units).
Jose Maria Riano, the General Secretary of ANESDOR, says that the current trend points towards 150,000 total PTE registrations being achieved by year end, but that "this figure is far from our goal of [market] sustainability of 250,000 units" and, while acknowledging some examples of progressive PTW-friendly policies at local administration level, he called on the National Government to do more to recognize and promote the economic, environmental and transport benefits offered by PTWs.

Free Spirits

Triumph conversion parts

ITALIAN Triumph parts specialist Free Spirits is now offering a black coated belt guard for its own belt drive conversion for Thruxton, Scrambler and Bonneville models.

Also seen here is a dual disc front hub for twin front brake conversions. CNC machined, it can be used with the bike’s original spokes and hub and uses 25mm Speed Triple axle compatible bearings. Free Spirits owner and chief engineer Marcello Fontana suggests the use of ’05 or later Speed Triple USD forks, or Speed Master forks, to provide suitable brake caliper mounts to complete the conversion.

Marcello says the hub is ideal for use on Bonneville, Thruxton and Scrambler models with spoke wheels.


CNC Racing

Adjustable footrests for Monster models

ITALIAN sportsbike parts and accessory specialist CNC Racing has added to their large range of specialty components for Ducati models with new footrests for the Ducati Monster 821, 1200 and 1200S - Sport and Touring versions. 

Machined from solid one-piece billet blocks, the passenger footrests have an extension for improved comfort in touring applications, pivot-style used for sports riding installations.
The driver footrests are fully adjustable, with two positions and height as well as backward position - a great deal more versatility than offered with the stock footrest.
They can be used with the traditional gearbox, with the gearshift brake levers installed with a double-bearing arrangement, which means they can be slide-adjusted -20mm through to +15mm compared to stock.



GPR for Rivale 800

GPR is now producing a line of handmade exhausts for the MV Agusta Rivale 800. 

The range of options being made available by the Italian specialist manufacturer includes the new double Thunderslash line, TIG welded by hand from stainless steel, the GPE Evo line, and the Albus silencer - an Albino exhaust finished with a white ceramic coating.