Thursday, 22 October 2015

EU motorcycle registrations

EU motorcycle registrations +10 percent for first eight months of 2015

According to the latest Europe-wide data released by ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association for Europe, new PTW registrations in EU markets were +4.2 percent to the end of August 2015 (901,552 units).

Registrations were up in Spain (102,358 units, +20.4%), the UK (80,639 units, +13.3%), Italy (151,374 units, +5.7%), and Germany (145,257 units, +0.8%). They decreased in France (173,711 units, -2.5%).
Cumulative motorcycle registrations grew by +10.2% during the first eight months of 2015 on a year-on-year basis. A total of 676,842 motorcycles were registered in EU markets between January and August 2015, against 613,945 during the same period of 2014.
Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in all key European markets, namely Spain (91,683 units, +22%), the UK (74,527 units, +15.9%), Italy (133,588 units, +9.1%), Germany (127,196 units, +7.3%), and France (114,396 units, +0.9%).
Motorcycle registrations in Europe's five largest markets (Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the UK) accounted for 88 percent of EU new motorcycle registrations for the first eight months of 2015.

A total of 224,710 mopeds were registered during the first eight months of 2015 in the EU, against 251,619 for the same period of 2014; a decrease of -10.7%.
Moped registrations increased in Spain (10,675, + 8.0%), but were down in France (59,315 units, -8.6%), the UK (6,112 units, -11.3%), Italy (17,786 units, -14.3%) and Germany (18,061 units, -29.4%).
ACEM's 2014 annual data shows total EU motorcycle registrations at 798,328 units (up by some 60,000 units over 2013) and at 842,203 units for EU and EFTA markets combined (also some 60,000 units up on 2013).
ACEM's 2014 annual data shows total EU PTW registrations at 1,099,018 units and at 1,156,569 units for EU and EFTA markets combined (down by some 11,000 units on 2013 in both cases).
ACEM's 2014 annual data shows total EU moped registrations at 340,468 units (down by some 40,000 units compared to 2013) and at 354,044 units for EU and EFTA markets combined (down by some 42,000 units compared to 2013).
ACEM data is generally published some weeks later than the new registration statistics released by the individual major market national trade associations and will differ from those numbers for reasons of timing, compilation and sources used.
ACEM gathers data for as many European markets as possible, including EFTA nations that are outside of their EU reporting (Norway and Switzerland for example), but statistics from some of Europe's smaller EU and EFTA markets (Malta, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Slovakia for example) are not always available within the timescales of their compilation requirements.
A comprehensive presentation of current and archive data and an industry newsletter sign-up tool is available at

2015 American International Motorcycle Expo

2015 AIMExpo wraps final day amid applause
As doors closed on the 2015 American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) applause filled the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) where consumer attendees on the packed show floor joined the 561 exhibitors in celebrating the event’s third year in Orlando.

Jeremy Cupp wins Championship of the Americas

The inaugural AIMExpo Championship of the America’s featured a slew of radically designed, hand built bikes by North America's top custom builders. These bikes and builders were met with a standing ovation during the award ceremony that crowned builders in four unique classes and culminated in the choosing of a Free Style champion to represent AIMExpo at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Cologne, Germany.

Among the winners was Bill Dodge from Bling Cycles who won the Retro Custom Class, Jim “Preacher” Goodrich from Preachers Hot Rod Cycles won the Performance Custom Class and Dell Battle from Dangerous Dezigns won the Street Custom Class. The Free Style winner who was selected by his peers and AIMExpo judges alike was Jeremy Cupp from LC Fabrications. A masterpiece of craftsmanship, Jeremy built a flawless chassis from raw metal to house a motor constructed with a Ducati head mated to a Buell bottom end. Congratulations to Jeremy and good luck in Cologne!

AMA Hall of Fame

Returning as a featured event at AIMExpo, the AMA hosted its 2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony inside the convention center on Saturday night. Kicking off the night was a VIP reception leading into the awards ceremony. Emotional acceptance speeches highlighted the night, and the evening came to a close with a particularly heart-felt speech from Legend Award Winner Wayne Rainey. The class of 2015 included Alex Jorgensen, John Kocinski, Keith McCarty, John Parham, Rodney Smith and Richard Teerlink.
Booth Winners

For the second year, AIMExpo handed out booth awards to exhibitors that went above and beyond with the design of their respective booth area. Four different awards were given – a rookie award for a large and small booth and a veteran award for a large and small booth – with exhibitors being scored on booth design, branding, creative design, interactive experience, social media, staffing and overall appearance. This year’s rookie winner for a booth under 400 sq. ft. was Standard Motorcycle Co., while the rookie winner for a booth 400 sq. ft. or larger was Bates Footwear. In the returning exhibitor class, the booth under 400 sq. ft. winner went to Forma Boots, and the 400 sq. ft. or larger booth taking the top honors was BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

Italian motorcycle registrations

Italian motorcycle registrations +14 percent for first nine months

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Italy (ANCMA) shows new motorcycle registrations there for September up substantially over last year's September volumes at 4,555 units (+25.83 percent).

For the first nine months of this year they are up by 14.45 percent at 55,070 units.
In total PTW terms September was +17.80 percent (14,876 units) and the Italian market is running at +9.57 for the year-to date (147,851 units).
The top selling motorcycle in Italy so far this year is the BMW R 1200 GS (2,772 units), followed by Yamaha's MY-09 Tracer (2,451), the Ducati Scrambler (2,243), Yamaha's MT-07 (1,802) and BMW’s E 1200 GS Adventure (1,762 units).
Honda take all three of the top spots in the Italian Scooter market with over 18,000 of their SH 150/125/300 sold so far this year.
Naked style bikes (+32.91 percent), Sport bike models (+19.95 percent) and Touring models (+19.36 percent) are the growth sectors in Italy, with the strongest growth in displacement terms coming in the 751-1000cc market (+38.93 percent) and 501-600cc power band (+19.73 percent).

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +6.18 percent for first nine months

According to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany (IVM, Essen) new motorcycle registrations in September were down a little at -1.81 percent compared to September 2014 at 6,013 units, but are +6.18 percent for the year-to-date (94,110 units - the best first nine month market performance in Germany since 2008).

In total PTW terms the German market was actually up by +3.46 percent in September (9,926 units) and is running at +6.99 percent for the year-to-date (136,233 units - also the highest for the first nine months of the year since 2008).
Last year the German market saw 96,823 new motorcycles registered for the full 12 months (140, 609 total PTWs), and it is possible that these figures will be exceeded this year with a month or two to spare.


Honda releases details of new concepts

In advance of its exhibits at the Tokyo Motor Show and EICMA, Honda has unveiled three concept models that it has been working on. All three have been much speculated on in the Media, but these are the first official pictures and details to be released…


Light Weight Super Sports Concept

Said to be designed with the key phrase of “strong presence”, this next-generation super sport concept is described as featuring a look "possessing a sense of speed derived from its long nose and low crouching position. The combination of surfaces - creating a sense of hardness and solidity - and sharp edges, emphasize the aggressive look. Moreover, the exterior featuring matt-black-based, low-contrast graphics underlines its beauty and eye-catching form".


Honda describes the Neowing as an "unprecedented three-wheeled vehicle that offers the cornering feel and sporty ride of a large-sized motorcycle while realising excellent stability at low speeds. It is said to be equipped with a hybrid system that combines "a horizontally-opposed 4-cylinder engine and electric motor to generate plentiful torque for powerful acceleration. With the adoption of an original Honda linkage mechanism on its front wheel, this concept model proposes new values with advanced styling that emphasizes the mechanical fascination of a two-wheeled motorcycle model".

EV-Cub Concept

Honda says this personal commuter model for short-distance commuting follows the concept of an “easy-to-handle and economical motorcycle” that they have been pursuing since the creation of the first-generation Super Cub. "Placing the battery, a heavy component, at a low position in the middle of the body allows easy mounting and dismounting. Moreover, ease-of-handling was pursued through concentration of mass and lowering of the centre of gravity. In consideration of ease-of-use in a broader range of environments, the battery itself was made detachable and rechargeable using a standard home wall socket.


Versys accessories

POWERBRONZE has extended its product range with the launch of new parts for the ’10-’14 and ’15 Kawasaki Versys models.

The ABS belly pan is available in gloss or matt black, white or carbon look, with the option of gold or silver coloured mesh.
The two-seat cowl versions fit without modification and can be ordered in the choice of gloss or matt black, white or carbon look finishes.

For the ’15 Versys, Powerbronze crash posts are CNC machined from high impact plastic and aluminium.
Swingarm and fork protector kits for the ’15 Versys are made of injection moulded high impact plastic and supplied with the necessary high tensile studs (de-embrittled), washers, nuts and compression sleeves.



Touring Screen

WUNDERLICH, the German BMW aftermarket parts specialist, is now offering a touring screen to fit the ’14-onward S 1000 R. Higher than the standard screen, it is said to have a "flowing profile for enhanced wind protection" and a "flip" at the top to help reduce turbulence and wind noise.

The company states that the new screen is made from an optically pure UV-resistant material and that the edge is laser-rounded and polished for a safe and attractive finish. Supplied with TÜV certification.



X-Black V-Strom Oval

EXAN now has its handmade X-Black Oval silencer, with trapezoidal design carbon end cap, available for the Suzuki V-Strom.

It is offered (with steel fittings) in four different materials - satin stainless steel, light black satin stainless steel, carbon and titanium.
Lighter than the original silencer, it is equipped with a removable DB Killer for track riding, and is said to deliver improved horsepower, torque and throttle response.
The X-Black is also available for the BMW S1000 RR and R 1200 GS/Adventure, Kawasaki Z1000, MV Agusta F3 and Brutale 800, and Triumph's Speed Triple, amongst other current models.

Founded by Andrea Nova in 1996 (Exan will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year), the company undertakes all aspects of its exhaust manufacturing in-house, at its facility near Milan, including dyno-testing of all its designs.



'Power' jacket

FURYGAN has added the Power jacket to its product line. The CE homologated Power jacket is made from 1.4mm full grain leather (the same material that Furygan uses for its race suits) reinforced with Furygan’s waterproof-treated ‘Skin Protect’ lining for increased tear and abrasion resistance.

The shoulders and elbows have what is described as a new generation of CE D3O protectors and a back protector pocket will take the available ‘Central Back’ type level-1 and ‘Full Back’ type level-2 D3O back protector options.

Additional features include integral racing sleeves, which are said to offer comfort and mobility, a thermal padded and removable vest lining with aluminium chest inserts to protect against the cold, two connecting zips on the elastic belt, with additional snap claws, stretch panels behind the elbows, bi-stretch panels in the back and behind the shoulders, Neoprene inserts on collar and the wrists and adjusters at the waist.