Thursday, 21 April 2016

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations down for first quarter

According to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany (IVM, Essen), new motorcycle registrations in March were down by 11.31 percent at 19,413 units; year-to-date the German market is down by -4.85 percent so far, at 28,752 motorcycles for the first quarter.

In total PTW terms March was down by -11.18 percent (25,274 units), and the total PTW market in Germany is -4.86 percent (at 37,883 units) for the year-to-date.
The top-selling motorcycle in Germany in the first quarter of 2016 was BMW's all conquering R 1200 GS (2,367 units), followed by Honda's new CRF 1000 'Africa Twin' (969 units), Yamaha's MT-07 (780 units), the BMW S 1000 XR and BMW R nine T.
Six out of the top 10, and 10 out of the top 20 best selling motorcycles in Germany in the first quarter of 2016 were BMW models, so no surprise that they are market share leaders there at 27.17 units (7,812 units, +3.36 percent).
Honda were second at 11.14 percent market share (3,204 units), which puts them up by +10.71 percent for the first quarter, which is no doubt thanks in large part to the popularity of the new CRF 1000L 'Africa Twin'. KTM is third (10.44 percent share), Kawasaki fourth (10.18 percent share), Yamaha fifth (9.74 percent share).

BMW Motorrad

BMW Q1 sales +7.7 percent

BMW Motorrad achieved its best start into the new motorcycle season to date with a solid growth of 7.7 percent. In the first three months of 2016, 33,788 motorcycles and maxi scooters were delivered to customers (previous year 31,370 units). In March BMW Motorrad delivered 16,465 vehicles worldwide (previous year 15,912 units), amounting to a 3.5 percent growth in sales.
BMW says it has achieved its best start into a new motorcycle season, with unit sales +7.7 percent for the first three months of 2016 at 33,788 motorcycles and maxi scooters.
In March BMW delivered 16,465 vehicles worldwide, up by +3.5 % compared to March 2015.
Heiner Faust, Head of Sales and Marketing, said that "we have started the new motorcycle season with our best first quarter sales of all time. With a solid growth of +7.7%, we remain firmly on course for success following the record year in 2015".
In the first quarter BMW recorded its best growth in Europe and Asia, with Spain (2,190 units, +39.2 %), Italy (3,125 units, +6.4 %) and Great Britain (1,984 units, +9.2 %) doing particularly well for them. Germany still remains their strongest single market with 5,668 units (+5.6 %) sold in the first quarter, followed by France (3,230 units, + 2.4 %). In China BMW has increased sales by +74.4 % to 853 units sold compared to the first three months of 2015.
Their best selling model remains the R 1200 GS travel enduro and its sister model, the R 1200 GS Adventure. In the first three months more than 11,391 "flat-twin" GS motorcycles were delivered to customers worldwide. Their next best sellers are the S 1000 RR (2,385 units) and the S 1000 XR (2,206 units).
Sales of their long running F Series, the F 700 GS and F 800 GS, are also up and the company says that the new C 650 maxi scooters "are also fully on target".

Polish registrations

Polish registrations down in March

According to the latest statistics released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Poland (PZPM), the number of new motorcycles registered there in March was down by 20.81 percent at 2,081 units, with the year-to-date -8.88 percent at 3,733 units. New mopeds were -41.56 percent in March (1,727 units) and are -41.43 percent (2,944 units) YTD, making the total of new PTWs YTD in Poland 6,677 units (-26.88 percent).

However, that is only part of the story where the Polish market is concerned. Poland is an important market for used vehicles - used motorcycles imported into Poland and first registered there were also down in March, at -18.64 percent (6,070 units) and are -13.53 percent for the YTD at 11,331 units.
Used mopeds were also down in March (-36.05 percent) and are -20.99 units for the YTD, making the total of used PTWs receiving a first registration there -55.56 percent YTD (6,815 units); putting the combined total of new and used motorcycles at -12.42 percent for the first three months of the year, with the total new and used PTWs at -20 percent YTD (19,573 percent).
Although comparisons with Europe's other major markets are not precise, as this is the only market where imported used vehicles are recorded in such numbers, they are units that are being registered in Poland for the first time (rather than domestic re-sale units), so on this basis 125,455 units registered there in 2015 made Poland Europe's 5th largest total PTW market behind France, Italy, Germany and Spain (when these Polish trade association statistics are compared to ACEM's reporting for new units in the EU).


Ducati off-road riding academy

In a sure sign that brand development knows no bounds, Ducati is hosting a series of off-road riding courses on the Multistrada 1200 Enduro for riders to learn and improve safe off-road riding skills whatever the terrain.

Beppe Gualini and a highly qualified team of instructors will head-up the courses, with courses for riders of all levels of experience from novices to expert enduro enthusiasts.

Located at Castello di Nipozzano in Tuscany, the historical estate of the Marquis of Frescobaldi, DRE (Ducati Riding Experience) Enduro, an off-road Academy will be designed to let participants "develop the skills needed to leave the asphalt behind and deal with low-grip conditions, building up a store of experience and sensitivity that will also make road riding safer".

From June to September 2016, DRE Enduro will hold eight technical, theoretical and practical sessions over a total of 36 hours. Participants will be divided up into small groups according to experience and riding skill; they'll then ride the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro and "enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to learn and improve their riding skills thanks to the know-how and experience of their qualified instructors, headed by former Paris-Dakar rider Beppe Gualini".

Courses are designed for all riders, whatever their level of skill or experience - "everyone will be able to enjoy the outstanding versatility of the new Ducati maxi-enduro, improve their riding style on every type of terrain, and do so in complete safety".

Castello di Nipozzano is an ancient fort 30 km from Florence, and the vast grounds surrounding the Castle, with awesome views and wide open spaces make it the perfect venue for the Ducati Academy. 

Beppe Gualini has taken part in over 65 such races (having competed in no less than ten Paris-Dakar events) and he'll be offering participants the benefits of all his experience in both the theoretical and practical sessions.

The DRE Enduro package also includes the food and wine experience: during daytime and evening meals at the Castello, participants will be able to savour the traditional dishes of Tuscany with their distinctive flavours and first-class ingredients.

DRE Enduro 2016 dates:
3-4 June 2016
4-5 June 2016
15-16 July 2016
16-17 July 2016
2-3 September 2016
3-4 September 2016
16-17 September 2016
17-18 September 2016   

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Spanish motorcycle registrations +16 percent for first three months of 2016

According to the latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Spain (ANESDOR), the motorcycle market there was up by +16.21 percent for the first three months of 2016, 28,499 units so far.

Because Easter meant fewer selling days, sales in March were broadly flat compared to March 2016 at -0.70 percent (10,812 units), meaning that the underlying trend remained positive.
In moped terms the Spanish market was -0.08 percent in March and is running at -2.48 percent so far in 2016 (3,147 units). In total PTW terms the market was -0.63 percent in March at 12,002 units, making it +14.36 percent for the first three months of 2016 at 31,644 units.
At the end of 2015 ANESDOR announced that it expected the strong growth seen in 2015 to continue, with total PTW registrations for 2016 reaching some 162,000 units - that would be further growth of around 9 percent from the 148,000 units sold in 2015 - 131,595 of which were motorcycles (+19.55 percent over 2014).
At the time Jose Maria Riano, the General Secretary of ANESDOR, had said that "2015 was a very positive year for the sector in Spain", and that in looking beyond the statistics "the motorcycle is clearly the choice of transport for millions of citizens in Spain, especially for their daily commute - PTWs are a major solution for mobility in Spain, reducing travel times between 50 and 70 percent, and reducing congestion and pollution".
Pointing to the greater age of the PTW fleet in Spain than is the case in neighbouring and nearby countries, he had again repeated his call for greater government support for the sector, "the average age of PTWs in Spain is 14.7 years. Despite the growth in new registrations the fleet actually aged further in 2015 - pointing to a strong growth in the total motorcycle park here. We believe that a review of the financial framework in which the PTW industry operates is needed in Spain and that simplifying driving licences would also favour fleet renewal".
After seeing the March and 2016 first quarter statistics, Riano said that "this data shows the continued recovery of the two-wheel sector in Spain, however, these three recent months have been warmer and drier than normal. There is still a long way to go - the figures are still well below the market sustainability level we wish to see - our goal is to see annual sales of 250,000 units".


New brake system for Trials models

Based near Barcelona, Spanish brake and cable specialist J. Juan celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. Fast forward to the 21st century, and in 2011 it established Braktec, a specialist off-road brake and clutch products brand following its acquisition of Spanish manufacturer AJP Industrial's brake systems division.

Thanks to the J. Juan design and manufacturing pedigree, Braktec celebrated its first Trials World Championship within two years, and EICMA last year saw the company introduce a number of important new product initiatives.
Closely associated with trials and off-road brands such as Ossa, Montessa, Ducati (Mototrans), Sanglas (Yamaha) and others, the AJP deal was the foundation for the launch of Braktec as a brand platform for growth driven by new manufacturing technology and new product designs.
The new mono block 4-piston caliper seen here is said to deliver significantly improved braking power and response in a service-friendly, durable design specified to meet the rigours of trials riding.

The company is a regular fixture at Trials, Enduro and Motocross World Championships (and at the Dakar Rally), and the company is also well known for its durable, fatigue-reducing precision hydraulic clutch system components.
Their new height-adjustable, lighter weight, super-strong clutch and brake lever assemblies and master cylinders are said to produce increased power and improved response, requiring reduced braking and gear change effort in all temperatures.
The company says that their testing has shown "100 percent reliability" for a system that is said to be entirely maintenance-free. It is delivered fully assembled, ready for installation and is available with a choice of anodised lever, master cylinder and reservoir cap colours.


Joker Machine

Triumph ignition relocation bracket

American parts and accessory manufacturer Joker Machine is offering a solution for the hard to reach headlight-mounted ignition switch on all Standard/T100 Bonneville, Thruxton and Triumph Scrambler models with a bracket that allows it to be relocated below the left or right side of the tank.

A must when using custom fork tube mounted headlight brackets, it is designed to mount as close to the frame as possible with no exposed hardware other than the 2 alloy frame bolts. It is fully CNC machined from a solid block of 6061-T6 aluminium and available in hard black or clear anodised and chrome plated finishes.


LSL Motorradtechnik

Scrambler Clubman

With so many OEMs rushing for retro and scrambling for Scramblers, one of the leading European specialists who has been "keeping the flame alight" since "motorcycles of character" were last in vogue with the volume manufacturers is LSL Motorradtechnik of Krefeld in Germany.

Headed-up by former Harley dealer Jochen Schmitz-Linkweiler, he founded LSL in 1984 - at a time when the current styles that are now becoming mainstream were being replaced by superbikes.
However, the '60s and '70s styling that spent so many years on the fringes of motorcycle design is now back in the spotlight. What was once considered righteous but radical is now driving new unit sales as naked and retro streetbikes form the vanguard of the search for new riders with beards and the return to growth.

In addition to his extensive parts and accessory programme, Jochen's business has become well known for its special projects, especially its 'Clubman' series, and with a handful of "fellow travellers" in the European motorcycle industry can lay claim to being among the pioneers of bringing custom in from the cold, of making it respectable and making it desirable.
Always quick to embrace OE platforms with potential with frame styles and powertrain packages of their own devising, LSL's latest 'Clubman Series' project is a reinterpretation of the current production Ducati Scrambler.
With its characteristic v-twin and classic space-frame, the Scrambler provides an excellent basis for self-expression - as the results of Ducati's 'Custom Rumble' dealer competition have proved.

LSL's priority is to liberate the Bologna 800 from its street chains and set free its true off-road spirit.
Ride performance is dramatically improved by the replacement of the less than convincing stock front end with Ohlins upside down forks and an off-road facing 19" front wheel. An LSL X-01 X-Bar handlebar and CNC milled 'Extreme' rider footpegs create a new riding dynamic that is enhanced by proven elements from motorcycle design history such as the round lamp, classic-based seat and short fenders.

Further details from the LSL offer include the adjustable short-style levers, 40mm offset triple tree set, sprocket cover, license plate bracket, Clubman mirrors and adjustable passenger pegs, which complete the look.
LSL developed the Scrambler Clubman as a joint venture with specialist luggage brand Hepco & Becker of Pirmasens in Germany, who used it to showcase the launch of their new soft luggage line - the crash bars are theirs too.