Thursday, 12 November 2015


BMW announces G 310 R, targets 200,000 units annually by 2010, to add 400 more dealers

The BMW Group has set its motorcycle segment new targets for the coming years. By introducing additional models and entering new market segments, the company aims to win new customers worldwide, increasing deliveries of motorised two-wheel vehicles to 200,000 units by 2020.

The new BMW G 310 R

"We want to sustain our profitable growth in the motorcycles segment over the coming years and make a lasting contribution to the success of the BMW Group," commented Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce and Aftersales. "To achieve this, BMW Motorrad will develop its business with new products and expansion in growth markets".
 Entry into the segment below 500 cc will "lay the foundation for growth", according to the company, starting with the world premiere of the new BMW G 310 R - a "compact, agile single-cylinder motorcycle that has been specially designed for the growing Asian and South American markets, as well as Europe".
"With the BMW G 310 R, BMW Motorrad is bringing a genuine premium offering to the segment below 500 cc", said Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad. "We will also be expanding our urban mobility offering in this class – including bikes with electric drivetrains".
Notwithstanding this new development, BMW say their core business will "remain the exclusive premium segment" above 500 cc. The company says it is market leader in 26 countries and sold more than 121,622 (+11.5% year-on-year) vehicles worldwide in the year to the end of October - almost reaching last year’s record level of 123,495 units after just ten months in 2015.
BMW says the R nineT (launched in 2013) is an important growth driver, with more than 8,600 units already delivered in 2015. They say that they intend to "build on the success of our classic models with the BMW R nineT Scrambler derivative, which will celebrate its world premiere at the EICMA motorcycle show on 17 November.
"With the countless possibilities for individualisation offered by the BMW R nineT and the BMW R nineT Scrambler, we see tremendous potential in the US market, in particular", said Schaller.
BMW Motorrad will continue to extend its retail network to keep pace with the planned global expansion. By 2020, the number of dealerships will increase to 1,500 from over 1,100 today.

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Spain sees +29 percent increase in 751+cc motorcycle market in October

According to the latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Spain (ANESDOR), the motorcycle market there is down a little in November at -2.29 percent (10,942 units) following a 25-month sequence of increases, but is still at +19.4 percent for the first ten months of the year (114,608 units). 

Registrations of road-going motorcycles were up by +13.6 percent in October (3,184 units), with models of over 751cc up by +29.1 percent.
In moped terms the Spanish market was -7.51 percent in October, but is still +6.81 percent for the year-to-date (13,489 units); in total PTW terms the market was - 2.97 percent in October, but is +17.75 percent for the year-to-date (128,097 units).
ANESDOR say the lower number of working days in October 2015 compared to October 2014 will have been one of the factors in the slight decline. Secretary General Jose Maria Riano points to the fact that the market in Spain has already surpassed last year's 12-month market in just 10 months (110,396 motorcycle registrations in 2014, 124,593 total PTW registrations in 2014).
Riano again repeated ANESDOR's call for greater government support for the sector, especially in terms of VAT incentives and in licensing/driver permit costs - which he says would help address the issue of the aging bike park in Spain.
Honda lead the way in Spain in market share terms (18,873 units), followed by Kymco, Yamaha, Piaggio and Suzuki. The top selling model in Spain so far this year is Kymco's Agility City 125, followed by their Super Dink 125 and Honda's SH 125. The Piaggio Liberty 125 was the top seller in October.

UK motorcycle registrations

UK motorcycle registrations +15.35 percent for first ten months of 2015

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in the UK (MCIA) shows new motorcycle registrations there for October at +19.27 percent (7,729 units - the best October figure for nearly a decade) and +15.35 percent for the year-to-date (94,214 - the best first nine months the UK has seen for nearly a decade).

In total PTW terms, October was +14.22 percent (8,504 units) and is +12.43 percent for the year-to-date (102,229 units). Total moped sales in the UK so far this year are down -13.4 percent at 8,015 units.
The 'Naked' style (+27.8 percent/27,425 units YTD) and Adventure Sport sectors (+25.5 percent/15,207 units) are the strongest growth markets in the UK, with Sports/Tour and traditional Touring models the primary sectors that are losing sales so far this year (-4.4 percent and -14.1 percent respectively).
In displacement terms the fastest growing part of the market in the UK is the 'middleweight' 651 - 1000cc market, which is +26.9 percent YTD. Total scooter sales in the UK (27,392 units YTD) are basically 'flat' at -0.0 percent.
Honda were market share leaders in the UK in October, selling 1.365 units; followed by Yamaha, Lexmoto, Triumph, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, BMW, Piaggio, KTM and Suzuki.
The UK 'bike park' is now said to stand at 1.2 million units - a figure that has remained largely static since 2011; 34,600 people passed the motorcycle rider test in the UK in 2014/15 - which is some 4,000 more than in the previous 12 months; the MCIA says that some 4.6 billion km (2.8 billion miles) were ridden on two wheels on the roads of the UK in 2014 - a figure that has remained largely static since 2011.

Comment by Editor, Robin Bradley

Suddenly the EU wants to be our friend!

The news about the C-ITS research consortium being established, initially by collaboration between BMW, Honda and Yamaha, is the kind of industry initiative that has the EU purring.
The announcement came a few days after this year's 11th annual ACEM conference in Brussels had showcased the dramatic distance travelled by the motorcycle industry in the past decade.
From being seen as part of the problem by many EU, national and regional policy regulators and planners, the volte-face that has been seen has been dramatic.
All kudos to our trade associations, riders’ rights groups, motorcycle manufacturers and transport specialists for investing so much effort and resources, and achieving so much against a climate of extreme challenge to the industry and against a background of negativity about the place of motorcycling in forward-facing transport and infrastructure policy making.

kudos to our lobbyists

From being seen as excessively polluting, inherently unsafe and fundamentally anti-social, motorcycles, PTWs in general, are now recognised for the positive contribution to transport policy they can have, and that now riders are the victims of road safety issues rather than the authors of other road users' misery, potentially valuable contributors to the EU's urban mobility transport policy objectives and represented by consumer and industry lobbyists who have listened and acted.
We have a lot to thank Dutch MEP Wim Van de Camp for - a classic case of the right man being in the right place at the right time, and we also have a lot to thank those who started the ball-rolling twenty years ago with initiatives such as the establishment of ACEM and seemingly simple ideas that have subsequently punched well above their weight - the annual MEP motorcycle ride has been a huge such example of first class PR for riders everywhere.
The EU Parliament's report on the implementation of the White Paper on Transport, launched by the Commission in 2011, and that Mr Van de Camp and well wishing fellow traveller MEPs successfully steered through the minefield of procedure that could have hijacked it at any stage, clearly sets out policy imperatives that formally and permanently place motorcycles on the transport "good guys" agenda.
At the ACEM conference, that coincidentally was staged just a week or so later, EU Commission staffers were falling over themselves to embrace the opportunity to associate themselves, their departments and their policy perspectives with this new-found best-friend of Europe's forward-looking march towards transport nirvana.
The EU calculates that traffic congestion currently costs the European economy about 1 percent of its GDP every year. At present some 4 bn people worldwide live in urban/suburban environments; that figure is expected to be around 6.5 bn people by 2050.
Already some 73 percent of Europeans live an urban/suburban lifestyle; that figure will exceed 80 percent in the 2040s. Reliable independent academic research has shown that if just 10 percent of car drivers were to swap to PTW use in making their time-consuming relatively short distance urban journey, congestion would be reduced by 40 percent! Indeed a 25 percent migration onto two wheels would eliminate it altogether.
With some 36 million PTWs in use on Europe's roads, approximately one in every 10 EU citizens of riding age already uses or has regular access to use of a PTW.
That means that 10 cents in every Euro spent by local, regional, national and European level administrators has motorcycling connections; 10 percent of the salary of every politician and bureaucrat, including EU Commission employees, has got motorcycle DNA in it somewhere, somehow.
Now that we have the EU's attention, the industry must make the most of it. As Stephan Schaller pointed out, the current recovery in registration numbers is a start, but having lost 55 percent of our market in less than ten years, there is a long way to go.
The investment being made by the manufacturers in technology, safety and reduced environmental impact, and the response that we have now had from the EU, has opened the door to our industry being able to reverse that decline and build further on that by the mid-point of the 21st century.

Swiss motorcycle registrations

Swiss motorcycle registrations +17.37 percent for first nine months

According to the latest data released by MotoSuisse, the motorcycle industry trade association in Switzerland, motorcycle registrations there in September were +5.81 percent (1,474 units), having been +21.89 percent (1,480 units) in August; +17.37 percent for the first nine months of the year (25,326 units).

In total PTW terms the Swiss market is +20.84 percent (4,123 units); +12.85 percent in August (3,513 units) and is running at +9.75 percent for the year to September 30th 2015 (44,351 units).
Yamaha is market leader in total PTW terms, having sold 9,427 units (compared to 7,650 in 2014), with Honda second (5,789 units) and BMW third (3,735 units), followed by Vespa and Harley-Davidson.
In motorcycle terms Yamaha has the largest market share in Switzerland so far this year (4,747 units), followed by BMW, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Honda.
The top-selling models so far in 2015 are Yamaha's MT-07 and MT-09, followed by BMW’s R 1200 GS, the Ducati Scrambler and the MT-09 Tracer.
The fastest growing sector of the Swiss motorcycle market in displacement terms is the 251-500cc power-band, which is up by +51.28 percent for the year-to-date, followed by the 751-1000cc market, which is up by +34.66 percent for the year-to-date.

Motorcycle Trade Expo

January's UK Dealer Expo set for further growth

As the UK motorcycle industry continues to see healthy increases in new registrations the market is expected to end 2015 at +8 percent over 2014, and next year's European motorcycle industry show season will kick off with the 21st annual Motorcycle Trade Expo at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry, England, from January 24th - 26th.
This year's event saw a 20 percent increase in visitor numbers, with the return to the Stoneleigh Park venue being well received by dealers and vendors after seven years at the less user-friendly Birmingham NEC.

The final three day attendance was confirmed at 3,794 visitors, representing 1,638 businesses.
Europe's largest and oldest motorcycle industry dealer/trade-specific expo saw more than 160 exhibiting companies benefit from the up-turn in the UK motorcycle market.
Speaking about the timing, venue and format of the show, organiser Mark Mayo told IDN that "Team Expo is committed to making Expo 2016 an even bigger success. It is no secret that Expo’s January dateline is overwhelmingly supported by the retail trade as the perfect pre-season launch pad to appraise new products and services all under one roof. Expo’s proven three-day, trade only format provides the perfect environment for dealers to evaluate and buy at the right time for their business".
The organisers have worked hard to develop a series of incentives and initiatives to bring the UK market together in ensuring that the expo is a success, and Mark went on to say that "Expo offers all exhibitors real value for their investment. For example, our "20 Club" initiative will be extended and all exhibiting companies that actively promote attendance at the show to their dealer network will benefit from a 20% reduction in the cost of their booth space.
"For over twenty years Expo has been bringing the trade together. During that time the show has grown to become the most successful and dedicated motorcycle trade- only event in Europe".
The organisers are rigorous in their efforts to ensure a trade-only attendance, and the facts surrounding Motorcycle Trade Expo are impressive. Research says that 85 percent of Expo visitors are decision makers (Managing Directors, Directors, Owners, Managers or Dealer Principals); 68 percent of visitors return each year, with 13 percent of 2014 visitors attending for the first time; 80 percent of visitors report that they visit to do business for the new season and take advantage of show deals; and a massive 9 out of every 10 visitors say they found their visit worthwhile.


Heavy duty KTM 'Belleville' style clutch springs

The latest addition to Californian manufacturer Barnett's extensive off-road clutch components line are these heavy duty 'Belleville' type clutch springs for select ‘12-‘15 KTM models. Made of heat-treated high carbon content spring steel, they are said to be 20% stiffer than the stock spring they directly replace. Barnett say that "for optimal performance, install a Barnett Dirt Digger clutch plate kit along with the spring".  Barnett, USA;

CNC Racing

Multiple options for Multistrada

Italian sportsbike parts and accessory specialist Luca Fornaini of CNC Racing has unveiled an entire programme of model-specific custom options for Ducati's award-winning 2015 Multistrada.

CNC Racing is well known for their clutch actuators, and now the 30 percent effort-saving improvement of their design is available to Multistrada riders. CNC footrests have been researched for the ergonomics of the Multistrada and new cranks for the gear change side and rear brake are also available, and a gear holder flange in coloured Ergal alloy or Titanium delivers "exclusivity".

Among the accessories dedicated to vehicle protection, new front and rear wheel buffers protect the feet, fork and wheels while an ABS sensor protector is available in matt carbon. Weight improvements include phase inspection covers in Ergal, counterweights in light alloy, Ergal hardware, risers and oil plugs - all adding to the personal touches and optical enhancements that help make a bike stand out from the crowd.



New Variator, transmission cooling and Maxi Scooter exhaust options

Italian scooter performance specialist Polini is promising "incredible acceleration and never-ending engine power progression" with their new Maxi Hi-Speed Variator for the Peugeot 125.

Featuring the new lubricating system seen on all new Polini Variators, this new Maxi Hi Speed has rollers with improved sliding surfaces thanks to a new polishing treatment, a case-hardened bushing made of special tempered and ground chromed-nickel steel, and a large internal compartment that contains the grease, inside of which there a special spring allows constant grease distribution on the pin, even during the hardest conditions of use.
Thanks to this new technology Polini say the performance is constant and consistent and it is no longer necessary to modify the roller calibration to find the best engine efficiency - the rollers have a coating made of a new mixture of nylon and aramidic fibres, which allows for reduced service costs and increased wear resistance and performance as well as improved bush and pin lubrication.
Also seen here, their “Air Speed Drive” fan delivers twin cooling of the transmission assembly with what the company describes as a "decisive" improvement in the aeration inside the crankcase, consequently increasing both engine performance and belt life. The Polini Speed Drive and Ceramic Speed Drive for Piaggio and Yamaha models include the Air Speed Fan too.
Meanwhile the company has also announced an expansion to its range of homologated stainless steel and aluminium exhaust muffler options for maxi scooters (some with catalytic converters) with designs available for selected models such as the Yamaha Xenter 125/150 2011/14, Piaggio X10 350 2012/15, Gilera Runner VXR 200 4T 2006/07, the 2015 Honda Forza, and the 2014/15 Peugeot Metropolis 400.
The company says they deliver "increased power, pickup and an "energetic" sound that stays within parameters thanks to their tested noise management materials.
The exhausts can be made of stainless steel or of black anodized light alloy, according to the Maxi scooter model and are sold together with a stainless steel racing pipe.