Thursday, 5 November 2015


Piaggio reports increases in Vespa, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia sales

In reporting its financial performance for the first nine months of 2015, Piaggio say is has consolidated its leadership on the European powered two-wheeler market with a 15.1% overall share (up from + 14.6 percent for the first six months of 2015) and a 24.4% share of the scooter sector, which it says is some 11 percent ahead of its nearest competitor. The company says it also maintained a strong position in the North American scooter market, with a 19.7% market share.

In scooters, the Group reported higher revenues for the Vespa brand (+6.8%). Motorcycle revenues also improved with an increase of +32.9%.
Turnover rose +35.7% for the Moto Guzzi brand and +23.4% for the Aprilia brand, thanks to "the success of the main new product entries launched by the Piaggio Group in the first half of the year: the V7 II 750, Audace and Eldorado 1400 motorcycles for Moto Guzzi, and the RSV4 RR and RF, Tuono 1100 Factory and RR and Caponord 1200 Rally for Aprilia".
In the first nine months of 2015, the Group sold 251,000 two-wheelers (259,500 at 30 September 2014), generating net sales of 701.1 million euro, an improvement of 6.5% from 658.4 million euro in the first nine months of 2014. The figure includes spares and accessories, where sales totalled 97.4 million euro (+9.7% from the first nine months of 2014). 

The company says it saw revenue growth in all its lines of business (two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, spares and accessories) and in all its main geographical areas (EMEA, India, Asia Pacific), assisted by a positive exchange rate effect, with net sales of 610.7 million euro in the EMEA and Americas areas (+6.4% on the first nine months of 2014), 260.3 million euro in India (+9.8%) and 131.7 million euro in Asia Pacific (+9.7%).
Group consolidated net sales in the first nine months of 2015 totalled 1,002.6 million euro, an improvement of +7.7% from 930.8 million euro at 30 September 2014.
Turnover in its powered two-wheeler sector was 701.1 million euro, an increase of +6.5% from 658.4 million euro in the first nine months of 2014 (the figure includes spares and accessories).
The Piaggio Group closed the first nine months of 2015 with profit before tax of 30.5 million euro, compared with 36.5 million euro at 30 September 2014. Income tax for the period was 12.2 million euro (14.6 million euro at 30 September 2014), with an impact on pre-tax profit of 40%.
The first nine months of 2015 closed with a net profit of 18.3 million euro, compared with 21.9 million euro for the year-earlier period.
Among investments in Group industrial assets, a particularly important project is the new automated paint shop at Piaggio’s industrial facility in Pontedera (Pisa), work on which is nearing completion. In 2014, investment at Pontedera included the insourcing of high-precision aluminium machining operations, with the opening of a dedicated shop. The new paint shop is a completely robotised operation. It will be completed in early 2016, enabling Piaggio to improve still further finished product quality and efficiency on all vehicle paint processes.
The total workforce of the Piaggio Group at 30 September 2015 numbered 7,527 employees (7,510 at 31 December 2014). The Group’s Italian employees numbered 3,688, unchanged from the previous year.
In the first nine months of 2015, the Piaggio Group sold 396,200 vehicles of all kinds worldwide, compared with 417,200 in the year-earlier period.

On 29 September 2015, the Moody’s rating agency downgraded the Piaggio rating from Ba3 to B1, with a stable outlook.
On 13 October 2015, in Manhattan, Piaggio Group Americas, the Piaggio Group subsidiary based in New York, opened the Group’s first multi-brand flagship store in America, in line with the strategic guidelines of the Motoplex store programme. The new Group store is located at 6 Grand Street, at the heart of downtown New York. The dealership offers the top Piaggio Group brands such as Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi.


KTM unit sales +17 percent for first nine months

KTM have reported nine-month 2015 worldwide unit sales up by +17 percent to 135,332 vehicles and an increase in revenue to € 759.1 million (+18% over the first nine months of 2014), with revenue at € 759.1 million (+18 percent).
This increase resulted in EBIT (Earnings Before Income Tax) of € 76.1 million, up by +24 percent over 2014 and representing a 10 percent EBIT margin for the first nine months.
The company says it expects a further increase in both sales and revenue in the final quarter of its financial year and therefore for 2015 overall.


Kawasaki unit sales +24 percent in Europe for Q3 2015

Kawasaki is reporting that its motorcycle, ATV (All Terrain Vehicle), Utility Vehicle and PWC (Personal Watercraft/"jet ski") unit sales to dealers in Europe for the third quarter of 2015 (their Q2 2015/2016 financial year) are up by nearly 20 percent at 26,000 units compared to 21,000 units for the year-ago quarter.

Sales in the United States were 40,000 units, of which 19,000 were motorcycles, compared to 36,000/16,000 for the year-ago quarter.
In emerging markets the company reports 146,000 unit sales, compared to 201,000 for the corresponding period in 2014 (Q2 of their 2014/205 financial year); with domestic sales "flat" at 9,000 units for a total of 221,000 units worldwide (compared to 261,000 in 2014).
Total net sales revenue from worldwide motorcycle, ATV, Utility Vehicle and PWC unit sales was Yen 143 Billion, up from Yen 137.7 Billion in 2014 despite the global drop in units sold because of improved sales in "developed" markets (EMEA and North America) compared to the decrease in lower value units sold in emerging markets, mostly Indonesia.
Kawasaki is leaving its full 2015/2016 net sales and operating income forecast unchanged and is forecasting full financial year motorcycle and related vehicle sales of 60,000 units in Europe, 104,000 units in North America (of which 51,000 are anticipated to be motorcycle unit sales) and 531,000 units worldwide.
Kawasaki says its before-tax ROIC (EBIT/Capital Investment) from its motorcycle and related products division was 13.6 percent in the three months to September 30th 2015, compared to 12 percent in the three months to July 31st 2015, and 7.3 percent in their full 2014/2015 financial year return of 7.3 percent - again reflecting strengthening sales of higher priced products in higher value markets.
Overall corporate performance of all divisions saw the company record Yen 26.878 Billion for the six moths to September 30th 2015, compared to Yen 18.185 Billion for the year-ago period on total net sales of Yen 708.194 Billion, compared to Yen 633.422 billion with EPS (Earnings Per Share) up by over 48 percent.

Ilmberger Carbon Parts

BMW R1200 R carbon parts

German specialist Ilmberger Carbon Parts has turned its attention to BMW’s R 1200 R(LC) with a programme of 24 replacement parts designs that "offer a very modern combination of aesthetics, dynamics and design", according to owner and founder Julius Ilmberger.

"Our team has been working on these designs for more than four months to work out every hand-made detail for precision-fit and highest possible quality. They not only give BMW’s powerful all-rounder the look of being lighter and more agile, but the weight saving improves performance and handling".

The range includes fenders, tank side panels, water-cooler covers and an engine spoiler, triangle frame cover and an exhaust heat-shield and a windshield.
All Ilmberger carbon panels for road use come with type approval, and all Ilmberger parts are sealed with a TUV certified plastic coating and dispatched with an ABE general operating permit.

Founded in 1991 (they celebrate their 25th anniversary next year), Ilmberger has become the leading international supplier of replacement and custom carbon parts in Europe and offers access to a programme of around 1,000 different racing parts options for most popular makes and models of streetbike, from Aprilia models to Suzukis and Triumphs.



Motoz 'Arena' and 'Xtreme' hybrids

Following the release of its 'Mountain' hybrid trials inspired off-road tyre in 2014, specialist Australian manufacturer Motoz has added to the programme with their new 'Xtreme' and 'Arena' hybrids.

The 'Xtreme' hybrid features the same R&D DNA as their multi-award winning 'Mountain' and the same proven tyre carcass with concave and lock system, reinforced sidewalls and flexible tread zone.

The unique asymmetric tread design, best known for its trials climbing characteristics, is combined with "serious off-road cornering ability and more drive on loose surfaces, mud and sand."
The reversible 'Arena' is a MX/Trials hybrid with reinforced sidewalls and a 'Terrapactor' inspired motocross tread design. Featuring minimised weight, a combination organic/synthetic rubber compound for durability and a super-flexible tread zone, Motoz say this is "the perfect tyre for enduro cross, extreme enduro and technical closed circuit events, creating more traction over technical terrain, artificial and rutted circuits".


Peugeot Scooters UK

Metropolis - improved power and ground clearance

Peugeot Scooters UK offer this sports exhaust slip-on silencer for their Peugeot Metropolis 3-wheeler, developed for them by British aftermarket exhaust manufacturer Scorpion. 

Said to boost the engine’s power by 5%, it is fully road legal, and has a 400mm long T304 stainless steel sleeve with a flared oval construction for extra ground clearance - enabling riders to take full advantage of the 3-wheeler’s 39-degrees of lean.
Fitting is straightforward thanks to a 38.5mm OD connecting pipe that is designed to slip over the original header pipe. Weighing in at just 4kg, it is less than half the weight of the original system, (8.4kg).
Noise output is similar to the original (within 1%), with a "distinctive audible note". A removable ‘db killer’ is fitted as standard.
Scorpion silencers for the Peugeot Metropolis are available internationally to all dealers from Three Cross Motorcycles, Peugeot  Scooters’ UK importer.

Peugeot Scooters UK


Zyklon, Twister and Redbike

New for the 2016 riding season, these versatile CE-norm approved Zyklon touring boots by German manufacturer Kochmann are made from matt cow's leather with Hipora membrane for all-weather waterproof and breathable riding.

Zyklon touring boots

Safety features include pre-formed ankle protectors, gear reinforcement and safety reflectors; an inner zip ensures easy access and a good fit.
The Twister sneaker combines safety features with a "perfect sneaker look". Ankle and gear reinforcements ensure protection; available in two colour combinations.
Kochmann's own-brand 'Redbike' helmets programme for 2016 includes two new designs - the jet RB-780 in pilot-style design, with integrated tinted visor, available in two shell sizes with high quality textile lining and clear or tinted visor.

Retro-look jet RB-764

The new version of the retro-look jet RB-764 comes in classic racing blue-orange colours with brown textile lining and fake leather surround. Both helmets will be available in March 2016. For orders until the end of March, Kochmann has a special dealer offer - buy 12 helmets and you only pay for 11.

Kochmann Motorradstiefel


MT-09 accessories

Prolific German parts maker Ernst Fehling Gmbh & Co. has released details of new products for the ABS version of Yamaha's top-selling MT-09.

Manufactured in-house from steel at their Wickede, central German factory and finished in black powder-coat, seen here are an engine guard with three-point mounting, side case luggage carrier and top case rear rack.

Founded in 1945, and still owned and operated by founder Ernst Fehling's family descendants, these are just the latest three of thousands of product items, fitments, applications and designs offered by the company for most popular current and recent makes and models of sportsbikes, tourers and naked style machines.
In addition to engine guards and luggage carrier options, including mounts for leading luggage systems such as the Givi/Kappa Monokey range, the company offers dealers access to one of the largest handlebar programmes manufactured in Europe.