Thursday, 7 July 2016

World Ducati Week

2016 World Ducati Week concludes with a record-breaking attendance

The ninth edition of World Ducati Week, the international get-together of Ducati fans and enthusiasts at Misano, Italy, that is held every two years, has come to a close with a record-breaking attendance – some 81,000 people are said to have been there at some stage of the weekend.

Staged at the Misano World Circuit ”Marco Simoncelli” from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 July, Ducati say “the bikes and the fans were the true stars of this incredible event. In three days the crowd attendance for this ninth edition is estimated to be 25% up on the 2014 record, when around 65,000 people came to Misano.

World Ducati Week 2016 Claudio Domenicali, CEO Ducati Motor Holding

“Ducati fans came to Italy’s Adriatic Riviera from all five continents, representing 66 countries throughout the world. 60% of the motorcyclists at WDW2016 came from Italy, with the remaining 40% confirming the strength and appeal of the Ducati brand all over the world: Europe, USA, Canada, Brazil, UAE, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Japan and even Sri Lanka, Puerto Rico, Bahrein, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Guatemala, Angola and China, from where four people came to Misano on board Ducati Multistrada 1200 bikes.
“World Ducati Week 2016 confirmed the major evolution that Ducati has been going through over the last few years. The slogan for WDW2016 was “More than Red”, which means strong roots in the world of sportsbikes, but also new models for new segments, like the XDiavel, the new Ducati cruiser, the Multistrada 1200 Enduro and the new Scrambler Sixty2 400 and the Scrambler Flat Track Pro. These three recent additions to the Ducati range allowed the participants in WDW2016 to live new and unique experiences.
“The surface area figure in this record edition of WDW is also significant, with around 90,000 sqm of space occupied inside the Misano World Circuit, 80% up on the 2014 edition. This allowed more and more unique opportunities to be offered, such as the DRE Enduro, or the Scrambler Flat Track School, a course to learn how to slide safely on oval gravel tracks. There was also a massive presence of Scrambler bikes in the circuit, and the first ever Scrambler Reunion brought in more than 2000 ‘Scramblerists’ from all over the world. There was also more space for entertainment such as exhibitions and the celebration of the 90th anniversary of Ducati. 
“Much attention was also paid to an eco-friendly management of the event. This is an important achievement for Ducati and the WDW, which received an ISO 20121 certificate, the first example of an event of its kind in the world of two wheels.
“The high point of the three intense and exciting days of WDW2016 came on Saturday 2 July, the day of maximum attendance. As well as the numerous activities on the weekend schedule, there were also two entertaining and exciting races reserved for Ducati MotoGP and Superbike riders of today and yesterday: the “Scrambler Flat Track Race by TIM” (held on Friday and won by Andrea Dovizioso) and the “Diavel Drag Race by Shell Advance” (held on Saturday and won by Scott Redding). The two races saw head-to-head competition between riders of the calibre of Casey Stoner (two-time MotoGP World Champion, in 2007 with Ducati), Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team), Loris Capirossi (ex-MotoGP rider for Ducati), Chaz Davies ( Racing – Ducati Superbike), Troy Bayliss (three-time World Superbike champion with Ducati), Regis Laconi (ex-factory Ducati rider and winner of the Drag Race in 2014), Scott Redding (OCTO Pramac Yakhnich) and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing).
“On Saturday evening, CEO Claudio Domenicali and the Ducati riders greeted all the Ducatisti from the stage of the Santamonica stadium at Misano Adriatico, and then revealed the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario, a special, limited edition version of the Italian Superbike, created to mark the 90th anniversary of Ducati, which was on July 4. The stage then truly came to life with a spectacular rock concert by Italian legend Piero Pel├╣, who kept the crowd happy before making way for a live broadcast of the EURO2016 football match between Germany and Italy. At the same time there was also the traditional ‘Rustida’, the massive barbecue organised by the Adriatic Riviera lifeguards, where all the Ducati management help to grill and serve the classic ‘piadina’ to everyone present.
“As was to be expected, the ‘Closed Room’ with its sneak preview of the new 2017 Ducati SuperSport bike was a great success. Ducati enthusiasts and fans were even prepared to wait hours under the sun to enjoy this special and exclusive preview”.

French motorcycle registrations

New motorcycle sales “stable” in France

Thierry Archambault, Deputy President of French trade association CSIAM, and Eric de Seynes, the Chairman of the CSIAM motorcycle branch, have described new motorcycle registrations in France as “stable” in releasing data for the first four months of 2016.
New motorcycle registrations were 45,188 units for the period January to April 2016, which is marginally down by -0.65 percent compared to the first four months of 2015.
Yamaha was market share leader (8,299 units YTD, 18.37 percent market share), with their MT-07 the best selling model in France so far in 2016 (1,709 units, actually down a little on the first four months of 2015).
Honda took second place (7,051 units for a 15.60 percent market share) with their new CRF 1000 L and D ‘Africa Twins’ entering the market, with a combined 1,120 units sold in the first four months.
BMW was third with a 10.27 percent market share (4,642 units), and their top-seller, the R 1200 GS (770 units), was one of three BMWs on the first 15 best selling list.
Kawasaki was fourth (4,360 units, 9.65 percent market share) with their ER6 and Z800, both selling well (1,107 and 1,101 units respectively).
Piaggio was fifth, followed by Harley-Davidson, Suzuki, KTM, Triumph and Kymco.


BMW Intelligent Emergency Call system

BMW is launching an optional “Intelligent Emergency Call” system, which is intended to get help to the accident or emergency scene as fast as possible. Research has shown that in the event of an accident, a vehicle-integrated eCall system can make a big difference in response time – up to 40 to 50 percent faster.

The European Commission in charge of the trial on which these findings are based estimates that an eCall system could save up to 2,500 lives every year; also saving €26 billion in the process.
BMW was the first manufacturer to use eCall in Europe in its cars in 1999. In 2007, the BMW Group extended this safety system by establishing an intelligent and cross-border call centre infrastructure. From 2018, eCall will become mandatory for all new cars, and the company says that thanks to the synergy effects with its automotive division, the system is expected to be available for motorcycles the first time, as an option, from beginning of 2017.  

In the case of an emergency or an accident, the intelligent eCall system, which is either automatically or manually triggered, sends out the position data, i.e. the coordinates of the motorcycle accident site, to the qualified BMW Call Centre to initiate the rescue chain. The current position, as well as information for determining the direction of travel, are transmitted to simplify locating the motorcyclist in hard-to-find locations such as motorway junctions.
eCall requires a connection to the mobile phone network in order to trigger the rescue chain. In the “intelligent emergency call” option, the connection is established via the permanently installed mobile communication unit. For the connection no specific mobile operator is required. All that is necessary is at least one operational mobile provider. The service will be made available in all European countries.
The emergency call is automatically triggered without time delay, sending a message to a qualified BMW Call Centre. The accident victim/rider is taken care of by the BMW Call Centre via audio connection until the emergency service arrives. Help is sent out in any case, even if there is no response. A display in the instrument cluster shows that the eCall has been initiated. An acoustic signal is also set off. In this case the rider cannot cancel the emergency call any more.
In this case the emergency call is only triggered after 25 seconds before sending a message to the BMW Call Centre. If no help is necessary after only a non-serious accident, the accident victim/rider has the opportunity of cancelling the emergency call at the press of a button. If the rider does not cancel, the rescue chain is initiated. A display in the instrument cluster shows that the eCall has been initiated. An acoustic signal is also set off.
The eCall can be triggered manually by pressing the SOS button on the right handlebar end, for example for calling help for other road users in need. A message is sent to the BMW Call Centre and a voice connection is established. A voice connection is mandatory if the eCall was triggered manually before further measures are initiated. Here too, the accident victim/rider is also given the opportunity to cancel the emergency call at the press of a button or by turning off the ignition. The intelligent emergency call can only be triggered manually when the motorcycle is stationary with the ignition on.
The emergency call is not triggered automatically in non-emergency situations - e.g. if the bike falls over in a stationary position or in accidents at low speeds with no other traffic user involved, a shock to the bike when riding over a pothole or while off-road riding (e.g. small jumps or riding over obstructions).
The “intelligent emergency call” option is located on the right side of the handlebar and is both ergonomic and compact. In addition to the cover-protected SOS button used for triggering or cancelling an emergency call, a microphone and loudspeaker have also been integrated.
Sensors on the motorcycle detect which event occurred. A crash sensor detects events such as collisions with another vehicle or crashing into an obstruction. A banking angle sensor detects high and low-siders, i.e. which position the motorcycle is in.
The intelligent emergency call system constitutes a premium service with international coverage. When a voice connection is made, the rider can communicate with the BMW Call Centre in his native language. This is a stand-alone feature, which is highly effective in an emergency situation. The optional “intelligent emergency call” will be rolled out in Germany first and then also introduced quickly in further European markets and models.

Swiss motorcycle registrations

New motorcycle registrations down in Switzerland

The latest data from the motorcycle industry trade association in Switzerland (MotoSuisse) shows new motorcycle registrations in Switzerland down in April 2016 at 4,734 units (from 5,106 units in April 2014) and down by -10.35 percent for the first four months of the year so far at 10,446 units (from 11,652 January – April 2016).
Yamaha are market share leader so far in 2016 (1,865 units), followed by BMW, Honda, Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, KTM, Ducati, Triumph, Suzuki and Aprilia in 10th place.
The top-selling model so far in 2016 in Switzerland was Yamaha’s MT-07 (482 units), followed by Honda’s new XRD 1000 L ‘Africa Twin’, the BMW R1200 GS, Yamaha’s MT-09 Tracer and the Kawasaki Z800. Yamaha have four models in the top twenty, Honda two and BMW five.
Total PTW sales in Switzerland were down by -9.37 percent in April, and are running -11.67 percent for the year-to-date at 16,414 units so far in 2016.
The top selling scooter so far this year in Switzerland has been the Vespa Primavera 125 3V; Yamaha are scooter market share leaders, followed by Honda and Vespa third.


Kawasaki waves goodbye to W-series

Some fifty years since its launch, Kawasaki has announced the end of the iconic W-series of four-stroke vertical twin motorcycles; the W800 “Final Edition” marks the end of an era. 

With a limited number available for the 2017 season, fans and enthusiasts across Europe have a last chance to experience the contemporary descendant of the famous W-series that first emerged from the Kawasaki factory in Akashi, Japan, in the mid 1960s. Suitably christened the W800 “Final Edition”, the last model in the line is resplendent in its remarkable Candy Brown and Candy Sunset Orange paint scheme.
The W800, with its authentic retro look and feel, is considered by many to be a modern day classic. The clean and simple lines of the beautifully sculpted air-cooled, 4-stroke vertical twin motor displaces 773 cm3, complete with a bevel gear driven camshaft, contributing to the carefully considered heritage engineering approach and stunning visual appearance. Attention to detail abounds and gives the W800 an exquisite quality and nostalgic beauty, complete with its distinctive tank badge resembling that of the original W-series, highlighting the long-lasting heritage of the W800.
The family tree of the W800 and the W-series itself can be traced back to 1966 when Kawasaki introduced its “great grandfather”, the W1. Equipped with a robust and reliable 650cc engine and 50hp, the W1 was the very first large capacity, high performance four-stroke under the Kawasaki banner and turned out to be a true manufacturing milestone – especially in the American market, where it helped set the foundations for the brand in a huge, motorcycle-hungry market.
Echoing the lines and the engineering essence of the original W1, Kawasaki later introduced the W650 in 1998, which was enthusiastically embraced by a new legion of fans both young and old, proving that true style never really goes out of fashion.
Selecting retro overdrive, the Japanese manufacturer then introduced the W800 in 2011, extending the W-family line further still. All the generations of the W-series possess authentic quality and classic beauty, and Kawasaki has concentrated on delivering a mixture of high-tech with heritage in a seductive retro package throughout the modern W series. Now, sadly, the line must end as the current machine will not meet future European motorcycle regulations.
Celebrating over 50 years of the W-family, Kawasaki hopes this last-in-line “Final Edition” will highlight the heritage of the W800 once more and prove a fitting end to the W-series, according to the Corporate Planning Director for Kawasaki Motors Europe, Mr. Morihiro Ikoma.
“It’s never easy to say goodbye to an old friend, especially one as iconic as the W800. Paying homage to the W-series with this “Final Edition” is therefore a truly fitting end to a long and successful line of machines.”

Swedish motorcycle sales

Swedish motorcycle sales +11.88 percent for first four month

The latest data from McRF, the Swedish motorcycle industry trade association, shows new motorcycle registrations at +16.18 percent for April 2016 at 2,197 units after being down in March, (by -8.05 percent) and +11.88 percent for the YTD at 4,051 units.
 In total PTW terms April in Sweden was +14.34 percent for the first four months (3,755 units) and is +9.47 percent at 6,904 units for the YTD. Moped sales were also up in April at +11.84 percent and are now running at +6.22 percent for the year-to-date (2,853 units).
Per Johansson, CEO of McRF, said that “these figures show that the interest remains high for motorcycles and mopeds in Sweden, and with technological advances in recent years such as sophisticated ABS systems, efficient traction control and tire pressure monitoring, Swedish consumers are becoming increasingly convinced that motorcycles are a safe transport option”.
For the full-year 2015 motorcycle sales were up by +14.4 percent at 9,424 units, with Mopeds +22.8 percent at 10,635 units, and all categories of MotoCross models worth an additional 2,707 units, putting the Swedish market at 22,766 total PTWs.
In related powersports vehicle terms, the Swedish market was worth 7,198 ATVs in 2015 (+9.9 percent), 5,840 snowmobiles (+16.7 percent) and 2,911 'Quadricycles' (+13.4 percent) for a combined total motorcycle, PTW and powersports vehicle market of 38,715 units.
Next year's MC Massan Swedish motorcycle show ( will be held in Stockholm from 26 to 29 January 2017.


SBS DC Dual Carbon Classic

Derived from their more than 25 years of experience in World Superbike & Moto GP championships, and inspired by their successful championship-winning SBS DC Dual Carbon pads, SBS has introduced a touch of modern technology for classic bikes with pads formulated specifically for classic racing.

Modified and developed for production with the same processes, machinery and quality inspections as the DC, and tested and approved in European classic endurance series races by their partners, the SBS DC Dual Carbon Classic is said to deliver a smooth initial bite, ideal for the construction of classic motorcycle front forks and superior brake power and front-end feel.

The high thermal stability and reduced disc wear due to transfer film technology make the DC Classic a versatile, reliable and durable pad that brings modern race bike braking standards and technology to older bikes.



Kevlar lined 'Indigo' motorcycle jeans

These new Kevlar lined men's and women's fit 'Indigo' jeans from Hevik are part of a wide range of Hevik jeans for riders that also comprises their 'Stone' jeans (as featured in IDN before), with new 'Titan' jeans being added later in the summer.
Features include external knee protector pouches with Velcro closure, "boot cut" legs and a fashionable "distressed look" fabric, which conceals the reinforced Kevlar lining. Passive safety is addressed by providing removable padding for the hip area and CE approved knee protectors, which can be removed from the outside and adjusted for height.
The same features can be found on the 'Indigo' Lady model, which, together with the necessary adjustments to ensure fit, also feature a comfortable, elasticated, removable and windproof waistband.

HEVIK S.r.l.


Kawasaki ZX-10 R 2016 accessories

The latest new model to get the ABM treatment is the 2016 ZX-10 R with a selection of ergonomic styling parts and individually adjustable items for the handlebar area.

Their ‘multiClip’ sporty short handlebar comes as an installation-ready kit with all necessary parts, has laser scaling for symmetric and correct adjustment of all positions, ensuring safety against twisting through triple-clamping on the fork. The handlebar tube is bent 5 degrees for optimum adjustment of the angle (can be adjusted up to 40 mm) and made from black, hard anodised CNC-machined aluminium.
The black powder-coated licence plate holder has a seamlessly adjustable licence plate angle and offers a perfect fit and adjustable indicator insertion. Supplied with all necessary mounting parts, excluding indicator.

ABM’s 2016 170-page German/English catalogue can be ordered free from their website

Their 6-way adjustable anodised ‘synto’ and ‘syntoEvo’ levers can be adjusted while riding and come in short or long styles – available in a selection of colours, they are said to provide excellent grip and feeling.
ABM’s abrasion resistant Nylon crash pads and axle are made from highly resistant material with pressed-in aluminium socket. The crash pads are impact-absorbing damper caps with a special lamella profile.
Their ‘scio’ (seen here) and well known ‘cube’ design brake fluid reservoirs are available with a sight glass made from Jena glass.
Finally, their easy to mount repair stand-up bobbin protects the swingarm against scratches, even after multiple use, and the steering stop protector, which protects the original steering stop, has a flexible rubber profile with a Polyamid core in black.



S-Line summer, all-seasons and adventure jackets

French distributor Sifam is extending its S-Line motorcycle clothing range with the addition of CE-approved summer, all seasons and adventure jacket designs.

all seasons

Their S-Line summer jacket is made from durable and robust 6000D Oxford polyester with hard-mesh inserts for comfort and air-flow. Arm and waist adjustment features progressive tightening for improved ergonomics and 3D mesh at the neck delivers further structure and ventilation.
The interior mesh lining delivers optimal ventilation, and protection is provided by CE-approved soft shells at the elbows and shoulders, with a removable back protector available in any size from S to XXXL.


The S-Line all-seasons jacket has the addition of two zipped vents and a removable thermal lining, while the S-Line adventure jacket features three zipped vents in addition to the removable thermal lining, CE-approved soft shells at the elbows and shoulders and a removable back protector.