Thursday, 14 January 2016

Motorcycle Trade Expo 2016

"If it’s new, it’s at EXPO"
By Andy Mayo, of British Dealer News and co-organiser of Motorcycle Trade Expo

Europe’s biggest motorcycle trade show opens at Stoneleigh Park near Coventry, UK, on the 24th January, in time to help dealers save money and boost their profits by stocking all the latest products, bikes, scooters and services.

Motorcycle Trade Expo (24-26 January) has attracted more than 175 exhibitors keen to showcase their 2016 ranges. As a taster, BDN’s bumper 84-page Show Guide previews all exhibitor offerings, has a 15-page preview of new product launches, and carries news of an array of money-saving Expo-only special offers.
Entry to the show (and parking!) is free, as is the help and advice provided by business and legal experts at the ever-popular "Knowledge Shop".
For the first time, Expo 2016 has a Training Provider Area to bring dealers up-to-date with the demands of new technology in the workshop. Technicians increasingly face unfamiliar technology, and proper training can save time and money.

On the subject of boosting profits, increasing numbers of dealers are taking on electric bicycles, or pedelecs, which feature heavily at this year’s show. Public demand for pedelecs is growing and exhibitors report huge increases in sales.
Last year was the best for the powered two-wheeler industry in the UK since 2008 and, with registrations for the 12 months confidently predicted to hit 114,000 and reach around 124,000 in 2016, this would be a great time to attend Expo and make the best possible preparation for 2016.
Visiting dealers also have a great chance of winning £1,000s in the Expo mega-prize draw. Free entry tickets are available from the website:

Dainese and Alpinestars

Italian apparel majors in airbag wars

It was always going to happen at some stage - Dainese and Alpinestars appear to be in legal dispute over their airbag technology designs.

Alpinestars has responded to Dainese sending some of its German dealers "cease and desist from selling" threats with a statement that seeks to correct what it sees as erroneous press reports about an allegation by Dainese that it has infringed patents connected with the gas inflation technology and construction of its Tech-Air Street Airbag system.
The allegations made by Dainese S.p.A in proceedings launched in Italy against Alpinestars refer to the assembly of the bag itself, the physical material piece that contains the gas in an inflation and "not with any reference to any other parts or Alpinestars’ Tech-Air street system’s use of an algorithm for registering when the airbag deployment should occur".
Alpinestars says that Dainese instead "makes claims that the physical construction of the bag in the Tech-Air system infringes upon Dainese patents" and that "in Germany, Dainese has made direct requests to certain retailers, that they cease and desist from offering for sale the Alpinestars Tech-Air Street system" but that "no legal action has been taken against Alpinestars and neither has Alpinestars withdrawn any of its products from the German market".
Launched in November 2014, Alpinestars says its Tech-Air Street system was the world’s first "self-contained street airbag system that independently functions without the need for sensors to be installed on the bike and the subsequent need to link a specific motorcycle to the airbag system used by the rider".
Alpinestars says that all claims made against them and/or their retailers by Dainese "are disputed" and that it is "taking the appropriate legal measures to ensure that any such unfounded allegations will not prevent distribution and sales of the Tech-Air Street system".
Alpinestars points to its own research and development at its in-house Advanced Technology Department, undertaken since 2001, and says that its Tech-Air Street system is based on its own technology creation, and the physical bag used is from "known airbag technology, used within the automotive industry", and that it "does not infringe upon third parties' intellectual property rights".

Japanese manufacturer motorcycle exports

Japanese manufacturer motorcycle exports to Europe down by over 7 percent for first 11 months of 2015

According to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Japan (JAMA), Japanese motorcycle manufacturer exports to Europe declined again in November, down by -18.33 percent (12,835 units) and stand at 129,318 units for the first 11 months of 2015 (-7.88 percent).

In total PTW terms, exports to Europe were -16.46 percent in November (14,124 units) and are down at -5.86 percent for the first 11 months of 2015 (146,765 units).

The picture continues to be bad for Japanese made motorcycle exports to the United States, with November down at -53.84 percent (6,426 units) compared to November 2014 and down by -33.25 percent for the first 11 months of 2015 (72,202 units).

The increasing number of units being made by the Japanese brands elsewhere in Asia, the US and South/Central America goes some way to explaining the data, though the majority of higher value larger displacement machines are still made in Japan with their overseas factories primarily engaged in making and selling scooters and smaller cc units in 'emerging' markets (where import tariffs are high) and making ATV/UTV units - especially in the United States.

Total worldwide Japanese manufacturer motorcycle production is on the increase though, with this year's annual total expected to be higher than the 597,058 units produced by them in 2014 (563,309 units in 2013). However, in 2007 (for example), prior to the global economic downturn, the Japanese manufacturers were producing more than double that figure at 1,676,097 units worldwide.

EICMA 2015 Part IV

EICMA 2015 part IV

Motoweek presents a selection of "Milan Show" exhibitor and product news. In a year that saw long-delayed R&D investments finally result in a tsunami of new product initiatives, exhibitors capitalised on the positive business environment and strong international industry visitor attendance seen this year ...

BREMBO: The company reported +15.6 percent growth in global sales revenues across the group for the nine months to September 2015; the motorcycle market is 9.7 percent of Brembo's total sales revenue and was +10.6 percent for the first nine months of 2015;

AMPHIBIOUS: Six new products launched at EICMA include the universal MultyBag that turns into a practical shoulder bag, the FrontBag, a universal bag to "bring accessories and travel with the maximum comfort", and the X-Light Pack, a 255g ultra-light backpack;


ERMAX: New products from the French manufacturer include nose-screen designs for models such as the Yamaha NMax, TMax and Kymco Downtown 125, all available in a choice of colours and graphics, and as stock replacements, or offering higher rider protection;


SW-MOTECH: New products from the German luggage and accessory specialist include their new 'Legend' line of retro inspired luggage, their new 'Rearbag' and new 'Blaze' 28/42 litre capacity panniers made in 1680 denier Ballistic-nylon with internal stiffening and waterproof inner bags;


AXO: Latest news is of the addition of limited edition Tony Cairoli gear sets to their 2016 line-up. The eight-time motocross world champion was involved in designing these variations of their 'Motion gear' jersey and pants line - this is AXO’s second phase of a four-release programme of new 2016 gear in order to sustain brand momentum and interest;


ROOF: New for 2016 from the French helmet specialist, their 'Desmo' modular helmet features "automatic visor control" by an exclusive and patented desmodromic mechanism, venturi air-vents and new "silent lining" with air channels and visor sealing using three patented sealing techniques;

Barnett Clutches & Cables

Clutch spring conversion kits - Yamaha

Barnett's US made coil spring conversion kits include a CNC precision machined billet aluminium pressure plate and six heavy duty coil springs to replace the stock diaphragm spring and pressure plate on select Yamaha models. These spring conversion kits are said to provide a more progressive, controllable clutch engagement compared to the OE diaphragm spring.

Multiple spring pressure options make them ideal for stock replacement and high performance applications. Installation is ‘bolt-on’ with no modifications required - it simply replaces the stock pressure plate/spring assembly. Barnett suggest that for maximum performance a set of Barnett clutch plates could be installed with the spring conversion kit.
The kits are available for the Yamaha V-Max (thru ’07), Royal Star, Road Star, XVS1100 V-Star, 1986-98 XV1100 Virago, FJ1100/1200, XJR1200/1300, FJR1300, XTZ12 Super Tenere, XV19 Raider/Roadliner/Stratoliner (thru 2012), YZFR1 (thru ’03), MT-01 and YXZ1000R SXS.



Reissa membrane 'Neo' jacket

The short, versatile sporty looking three-quarters length 'Neo' jacket from Germas is made in nylon with wind/watertight and breathable REISSA membrane - a three-layer microporous membrane with a PU (polyurethane) coating and varying pore sizes. It has PU protectors at the elbows amd shoulders, Temperfoam back protection, reflective areas, 'AirVent' ventilation, multiple adjustment combinations and a flexible collar. GERMAS, Germany;



EXAN Ducati Scrambler exhaust options

Italian exhaust specialist Andrea Nova has turned his attention to the Ducati Scrambler with new EXAN brand exhaust options.

Two silencers are available - their more classically styled Conical Type II and the more extreme X-BLACK Ages.
Both are available in Satin Steel and Black Steel - the Conical has a steel end cap, the X-Black a more radically styled rhomboid shape in carbon.
Also available, the EXAN complete system "high" option provides a completely different, sinuous look for the Scrambler, with manifolds and fittings made in steel and silencer/end cap choices and combinations in a choice of finishes (Satin Steel, Black Steel, Titanium, Carbon etc) from their Conical and X-Black programmes.

In all cases, the weight reduction means increased performance, and the db killer can be removed for track use.



Namib jacket and Terrain touring trousers

Hevik's first four-season, 3-layer jacket, the Namib has been developed for "extensive on road use". Waterproof and multi-layered, the external material is treated, waterproof polyester creating an initial barrier with added protection from the 'W-Strider' internal waterproof/breathable membrane and thermal lining providing further protection. Both layers can be removed in warmer weather, to which the jacket adapts with forced air vents on the chest, sleeves and rear; four waterproof pockets are an added plus.

For added comfort Hevik has included double adjustments on the sleeves (anti-flotation), and also adjustments on the waist, wrists (straps) and on the sides. The sleeve cuffs have clips to keep the two internal removable layers in place. The jacket is equipped with standard CE protectors, fitted on the shoulders and elbows, and it also has a pocket which holds an approved back protector.
Their new Terrain trousers complement the jacket or can be purchased separately. They share the 3-layer concept needed to counteract climate changes when riding. The addition of a breathable 'W-Strider' membrane and thermal lining protects against wind and rain, and in summer the garment can be stripped down and become cooling, thanks to its front air vents. Constructed from polyester and nylon, the trousers also have classic CE protectors on the knees and more reinforcements on the hip area. For added comfort there are fold panels on the knees for easier movement, stretch fabric on the inside of the pant's legs, wide adjustments at the bottom of the leg with triple-strap closure and clip button waist closure.



'Shiver' touring boots

These new high and low-cut version 'Shiver' unisex touring boots from Stylmartin, said to be a "touring boot with an excellent cost to performance ratio", were shown at EICMA as additions to the 12 designs of Touring boot that Stylmartin offer.

Made with an upper in waterproof microfiber that "possesses all the waterproof and comfort features needed for all riding conditions", internally 'Shiver' has a waterproof lining and semi-rigid thermoplastic inserts positioned to protect the malleolus and shin, with thermally formed reinforcements to protect the toe and heel areas.

The company says that the 'Shiver’ is "extraordinarily comfortable and can be worn for hours on end, on or off the motorcycle". With silver reflex details at the rear, the insole is removable, and for handy fastening, the boot is equipped with a long zip and flap, with Velcro upper section fastening and an anti-static and oil resistant rubber sole.