Thursday, 30 June 2016

ACEM conference

“The safe ride to the future” – ACEM conference, September 7, Brussels

Following the postponement triggered by security concerns in Brussels, ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the international motorcycle industry trade association, has announced a new date for its 2016 conference.
Slated for 7 September 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel, 19, Rue du Parnasse, Brussels, from 12:30 pm, the theme for this year’s half day conference is “The safe ride to the future”.
With motorcycles playing an increasing role in urban and leisure mobility across the European Union, bringing together administrators, regulators and transport policy planners remains of increasing importance as motorcyclists remain vulnerable road users requiring dedicated attention.
Through Europe’s trade associations, the industry continuously works to ensure high safety levels for powered-two wheeler users. Yet, there is a clear case for increased cooperation between manufacturers, policy-makers and other key stakeholders.
The conference will feature two panel sessions – the first will be ‘Devising an effective motorcycling safety policy for Europe’, followed by ‘Working across boundaries for motorcycling safety’.
“The safe ride to the future” will explore how all relevant players can take up this challenge and better work together to further improve motorcycling safety in Europe. The conference will cover key aspects of motorcycling safety such as advanced vehicle technology, human behaviour, road infrastructure, as well as the interaction between these.
As part of the conference, ACEM will launch its new European Training Quality Label and will organise an exhibition on motorcycle safety technology.

German motorcycle registrations

New motorcycle registrations up again in Germany

The latest statistics released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, show new motorcycle registrations up by +11.33 percent in May 2016 at 12,650 units for the months, and up by +4.05 percent at 59,705 for the first five months of the year.

These are the best May and first five month sales figures seen in Germany since before 2009.
In total PTW terms the German market was +9.43 percent in May (18,079 units) and is +2.96 percent year-to-date (80,637 units).
The top selling model in Germany in May was BMW’s R 1200 GS (4,141 units), way ahead of Yamaha’s MT07 in second (1,777 units) with Honda’s new CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ third (1,754 units).
Indeed, with five models in the top ten and nine in the top twenty there is no surprise that BMW is market share leader in Germany for the first five months of the year, taking a 17.71 percent share (14,279 year-to-date, +3.73 percent over their 2015 market share for January to May in a total PTW market that is +2.96 percent YTD).
Yamaha is second (10,149 units, 12.59 percent market share YTD), followed by Honda (9,944 units YTD, 12.33 percent market share), KTM, Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, Piaggio, Suzuki, Ducati and Triumph.

Yamaha ‘Yard Built’

The Wrenchmonkees’ Yard Built XSR900 'Monkeebeast'

Seen here is one of the entries in this year’s Yamaha ‘Yard Built’ programme – a converted XSR900 from Yamaha’s “Sport Heritage” range by Danish specialists The Wrenchmonkees.

'Monkeebeast' is not the first ‘Yard Build’ to come out of their Copenhagen workshops, and widely regarded as one of the most influential builders on the European custom scene, Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator Cristian Barelli said that "we have worked with them since we began the Yard Built project and have collaborated on some really ground-breaking machines. This latest build is brilliant; it shows clearly that their design is constantly moving forward and evolving, ahead of the game!
“I'm really happy that they have shown that with some clever modifications, but no cutting or welding to the frame, you can transform the XSR900 into something completely different."
Taking the XSR900 from a street machine to an all-terrain beast comes courtesy of Borrani 17" spoke wheels with black rims, 9mm stainless spokes and black hubs. The Borrani wheels get Continental TKC tyres and the rear end has been beefed-up with a K-Tech shock, Gilles Tooling chain adjusters and a TRW rear brake disc and steel braided brake lines. 

A Wrenchmonkees one-off custom seat, Gilles Tooling rearsets, modified with enduro footrests, a Magura handlebar and Biltwell Renegade grips add to the details. Braking at the front gets an upgrade with a Nissin radial front brake master and steel braided brake lines. Motogadget push buttons clean up the contact point and an MT-03 style headlight and LED rear light have been added.
AnSC Project exhaust caps, a modified MT-09 system with a Wrenchmonkees one-off powdercoated aluminium rear fender, front fender and engine guard complete the custom look.
Selected XSR900 parts designed for ‘Monkeebeast’ will soon be available directly from the Wrenchmonkees.

Austrian motorcycle registrations

Austrian motorcycle registrations +4.62 percent for Q1

The latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Austria (arge2Rad) shows the decline in the motorcycle market there to have been reversed for the first quarter of 2016, with new motorcycle registrations +4.62 percent at 2,748 units. In 2015 the Austrian new motorcycle market had recovered to end the year +0.24 percent at 12,551 units after a slow first nine months.
In total PTW terms, the market was up by +4.55 percent for the first quarter at 7,699 units, after being down by -4.19 percent for 2015 at a year-end total of 38,766 units.
The ACEM data for 2015 puts the Austrian market in 9th place in overall EU terms, but confirms the continuing difficulties seen in most European markets when it comes to moped sales in the Austrian market with - 7.9 percent over 2014 (13,499 mopeds registered in 2015).
Motorcycle market share leader in Austria so far this year is BMW, followed by KTM, in their home market; Honda, who are up to third place after finishing 2015 in fifth place, Yamaha, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Ducati and Triumph.
The BMW R1200 GS was top-seller, followed by Honda’s new CRF 1000 L ‘Africa Twin’ and Yamaha’s MT-07.

Comment by Editor, Robin Bradley

German motorcycle industry worth 11 billion euro a year

The motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, the IVM, staged a half day conference in Cologne in May at which Chief Executive Reiner Brendicke presented the outcome of a research project that sought to establish the size and importance of the German motorcycle market in economic terms.
Described as a “cross-cutting” sector, one that involves several kinds of economic activity and has its impacts across several fields of commerce in Germany, Brendicke introduced his findings by saying that “the motorcycle industry in Germany is an extensive network which takes its value from the engineering service, individuality, design and life in general in terms of its economic importance and now, for the first time, we have been able to document just how deep the integration of the motorcycle industry goes in social and economic terms”.
The background for the research has been the cycle that the German market, like all others in Europe, has been through in the past decade. Ours is a market in which the quality and popularity of our products have always been subject to macro-economic, demographic and wider social issues over which we, as a specific market, have very little influence.

11 percent of Germans own a PTW

As has been done by ACEM, the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association for Europe, Brendicke sought to once and for all draw attention to and define the considerable economic impact that our modest little backwater of capitalism actually has as a part of the bigger picture in the one language that everyone can understand – money.
His conclusion is that the value of the motorcycle industry to the economy of Germany is not quite so modest after all. Okay, compared to the biggest of economic beasts such as automotive, technology, energy, construction and the like, the motorcycle industry is small, yes, but in the land of the “Mittelstand”, small really is beautiful.
As a specialty industry, the narrow definition annual turnover of 7.3 billion euro uncovered by Mr Brendicke and his team starts to look more than respectable.
Indeed, it starts to look like the kind of economic contribution that regulators, administrators and politicians would be well advised to help nurture.
That turnover figure takes account of the production, sales and repair of motorcycles and scooters in Germany, together with production and sales of parts and accessories. However, taking the collateral impacts of the motorcycle business into account – the ancillary services and products it funds – the broader definition turnover becomes 11.6 billion euro in Germany alone.
The IVM report concludes that every 400th generated euro in the German economy and every 330th job in Germany are directly or indirectly created by the motorcycle industry. Direct employment is put at 28,600 jobs, created by the sale and repair of motorcycles, with a further 22,500 or more jobs being created in the wholesale and ancillary industries.
This can then be extrapolated to a total broad definition of 130,000 jobs in total being created by the impact of motorcycle industry activity in Germany.
In the past three years total German exports have increased by 11 percent. In the same period the German motorcycle industry has seen its exports grow, in real terms, by some 46 percent; from 2005, when exports were worth some 980 million euro, it has grown a decade later to be worth 1.7 million in exports in 2015 – that is 0.15 percent of total German exports.
In addition to the economic value of the production and sale of motorcycles and the equipping of riders, the IVM also points to the economic value of their use – the savings in terms of parking provision costs, the savings in time costs, congestion reduction and the estimated savings of greenhouse gas emissions – put at the equivalent of 39,343 tons of CO2 a year.
In 2014 the population of Germany was put at 82 million people; the number of motorcycles and scooters in use in Germany is put at being over 5.9 million. With some 66 percent of the German population (men and women) being, broadly speaking, of typical riding age (15–65), that equates to a PTW ownership rate of nearly 11 percent - or more than one in ten Germans of estimated riding age owning a motorcycle, scooter or other form of PTW. On the same math (33m PTWs owned by an estimated typical riding age population of 335 million), this is slightly ahead of the EU average of just under 10 percent owning a PTW.
On a narrow basis ACEM estimate that the motorcycle industry makes a direct contribution of around 35 billion euro and 155,000 jobs to the economy of the EU – meaning that Germany’s contribution is around a quarter, and a third of the overall EU impact of the motorcycle industry on the overall EU economy.
No surprise then that the IVM should consider its findings worth profiling. Also no surprise if they are hoping that doing so will see the recent moment of epiphany that has seen the European Commission conduct a volte face and accept the motorcycle industry as a valid and valuable partner in achieving its economic, transport and environmental aims replicated in the Federal Republic.
Progress has been made in Germany recently in terms of the licensing changes that hit the market hard – as it did and continues to do in all of Europe’s big five markets – and trickle-down from the Central Commissariat in Brussels is starting to result in somewhat more enlightened thinking where the role of PTWs in public policy making in Europe is concerned.
Research such as this produced by the IVM is invaluable in framing the arguments in favour of allowing the motorcycle industry to be seen as a part of the solution, not the problem, so compliments and congratulations to the IVM on their findings!

Dutch motorcycle market

Dutch market worth 4,074 new motorcycles in Q1

According to Dutch trade association RAI Vereniging, total PTW sales in the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2016 were 12,094 units, which is +3.14 percent over the first quarter of 2015, with mopeds at 8,020 of those units and motorcycles at 4,074.
According to ACEM data, the Dutch motorcycle market was up by +9.5 percent in 2015, with Dutch trade association data putting the total number of new motorcycle registrations there at 11,345 units for the year.
An additional 756 new “speed registered” e-bikes, or “fast electric bikes with badge”, were sold in the Netherlands in the first quarter of 2016, +1.0 percent over the first quarter of 2015.
ACEM puts the total PTW and related powersports vehicle market in the Netherlands at 77,619 units in 2015, which was up by +5.5 percent over 2014.
The largest motorcycle sector in the Netherlands was the Street/Naked sector, which accounted for around 29 percent of the Dutch market, with Off-Road/Enduro models taking another 28 percent of sales.
BMW was market share leader in the Netherlands (1,808 units sold there in 2015 - 614 of them were the R1200GS), followed by Yamaha (1,690 units - the MT-09 was their top seller), Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Harley-Davidson, KTM, Ducati and Triumph.


ST 701 full-face helmet

The new ST 701 full-face helmet from Airoh is made in two different shell sizes and created for combination dual-purpose use as a touring or sport helmet.

The outer shell is made up of a multi-axial system that includes high strength, lightweight carbon fibre, making the ST 701 one of the lightest helmets in its category, according to Airoh brand owner and manufacturer Locatelli. The EPS inner shell uses four different densities, which help shock absorption and comfort. The shell features highly evolved and carefully researched aerodynamics, a powerful internal ventilation system, an extra-wide visor with a wide field of vision, visor positioning that prevents internal fogging and a retractable sun visor with included Pinlock original lens.




Kevlar Pro gloves

New from German specialist Orina, these Kevlar Pro gloves wear their "Kevlar outside, not on the inside".

The concept is simple according to Orina - to "place the Kevlar where protection from impact is needed most - on the outer shell.  Instead of the standard usage of placing it inside the gloves, we have taken advantage of its protective qualities and used it on the back hand area, resulting in a glove that is lighter and thinner without compromising safety in any way".
The company says that for added security Carbolex protectors are located on the knuckles and on the edge of the hand. The kangaroo leather on the palm is reinforced with extremely abrasion-resistant SuperFabric, providing for "perfect grip and fit".
"Safety should not compromise comfort, so the back of the glove is padded with shock-absorbing EASA FOAM, with stretch inserts located on the back side." Orina say that a touring version of this glove is also available - their Kevlar Evo.



Andreani for Ducati Scrambler and KTM WP AER 48

To improve the performance and comfort of the Ducati Scrambler, Italian suspension specialist Andreani offers a full range of products to tune the suspension of this popular series of models.

Manufactured in Sweden by Öhlins and available from Andreani, this conventional FG 434 front fork, equipped with 43 mm gold anodised inner tubes, is completely adjustable (compression, rebound and spring preload) and offered with Ergal CNC-machined triple clamps. Also available, the Öhlins 46 DR shock absorber has a 46mm piston with a 16mm piston rod and is adjustable in rebound and spring preload.
Also available and developed by the Andreani Group’s R&D department is an exclusive Andreani adjustable cartridge equipped with a 20 mm diameter piston. Adjustable in compression, rebound and preload, it features a sophisticated hydraulic system that is said to improves the bike’s handling and responsiveness, especially in turns and under braking.
The Andreani items for the Ducati Scrambler are available internationally at Andreani Group authorised distributors.
Also seen here, Andreani’s R&D department have responded to customer requests with a new cartridge kit developed specifically to improve the 2016 KTM WP AER 48 fork.
It is designed to eliminate the air chamber and instead uses a cartridge leg with a dedicated spring rate, precisely tuned for the bike model and rider’s weight, with a new setting provided for the hydraulic leg.

The kit, which features adjustable spring preload, is available for every KTM 2016 MX equipped with the WP AER 48 fork, except the SX250 2 stroke.
Andreani say the new kit improves the fork's sliding, ensures a greater stability under braking, reducing braking distance and increasing comfort for the rider in every condition.