Thursday, 14 July 2016

EU motorcycle registrations

Motorcycle registrations +8.5 percent in EU markets January - May 2016

The latest data released by ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles), the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association, shows that motorcycle registrations in the EU were up by +8.5 percent for the first five months of the year.

A total of 416,938 motorcycles were registered between January and May 2016, against 384,366 during the same period of 2015. Year-on-year motorcycle registrations increased in the largest European markets, including Italy (93,730 units, +18.5%), Spain (55,768 units, +13.1%), the UK (48,571 units, +8.5%), Germany (81,206 units, +3.0%) and France (69,607 units, +1.4%).
A total of 534,744 powered two and three-wheelers were registered during the first five months of 2016 in the EU. This represents an increase of +5.5% compared to the 507,106 vehicles registered during the same period of 2015. 

Registrations performed positively in key markets, including Italy (103,542 units, +16.8%), Spain (61,696 units, +12.3%), UK (51,872 units, +8.8%), Germany (94,873 units, +2.0%) and France (99,596 units, +0.5%).
A total of 117,806 mopeds were registered during the first five months of 2016 in the EU, whilst 122,740 had been registered during the same period of 2015. This represents a decrease of -4.0%. Moped registrations increased in the Netherlands (25,803 units, +3.2%) and Italy (9,812 units, +2.6%). They decreased in France (29,989 units, -1.4%), Germany (13,667 units, -3.4%) and Poland (8,925 units, -27.2%).


BMW’s R 5 Hommage – “keeping it simple”

BMW launched its legendary R5 80 years ago – a bike that, at the time, represented a significant technological development that was to influence motorcycle construction right through to the 1950s. Inspired by the 500cc factory racing machine of 1935, it was one of the ground-breaking sports motorbikes of the late 1930s, featuring a new concept in lightweight frames among its notable firsts. 

To mark the 80th anniversary of the BMW R 5, BMW Motorrad honoured this icon of its two-wheel heritage at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2016, Italy, with a special model: the BMW R 5 Hommage.
At the core there is an original 500 cc two-cylinder engine provided by motorcycle enthusiast Sebastian Gutsch. This Boxer engine was damaged in a race and provided the starting point for creating the BMW R 5 Hommage.
As befits a custom bike, the Hommage bike was elaborately hand-crafted from scratch. Ronny and Benny Noren were called upon to produce the parts according to the specifications of the BMW Motorrad Design Team.
The two-cylinder 4-stroke Boxer engine of the R 5 was completely newly designed at the time and had an output of 24 bhp at 5,500 rpm. The valve drive was taken care of by two camshafts powered by a timing chain. Thanks to the likewise newly designed frame made of electrically welded oval tubing, the light R 5 reached a top speed of 135 km/h, making it almost as fast as the R 17 with 33 bhp 750 cc, which is one of the reasons it was so frequently used for racing, just like the engine selected for the BMW R 5 Hommage, which was damaged during a race.
The steering head is slightly more tilted to give the R 5 Hommage greater presence and expressive stance, while at the same time underscore the fact that it belongs to the custom bike world. As far as the frame is concerned, the focus here was on the oval shaped tubes which were such a striking feature of the original. Together the frame and fuel tank draw a continuous line from the steering head to the rear wheel hub, giving the side view a touch of elegance. The hand-made steel rear fender perpetuates the minimalistic layout.
A particularly defining feature in terms of the appearance of the original R 5 was the telescopic fork - new at the time - whose characteristic fork covers were aerodynamically shaped at the level of the headlamp.
The heart of the BMW R 5 rests within the minimalist proportions of the Hommage bike. The technical highlight of the engine is the specially developed supercharger, which in the BMW R 5 Hommage now significantly boosts the output of the original 500 cc power unit of 26 bhp to achieve a contemporary accurate level.
A completely newly built stainless steel exhaust system ensures that this increase in power is appropriately reflected in terms of sound.
Other contemporary accents are provided by the new rear wheel suspension, the modern piston brake system and the elaborately designed front and rear wheel hub. The latter combines the brake system and spoke mount in a single formal unit - a detailed reflection of the minimalistic concept embodied by the BMW R 5 Hommage.

MV Agusta and Pirelli

“Diablo Brutale” Made-in-Italy special

MV Agusta and Pirelli have collaborated on the creation of a one-off special edition Brutale 800 to celebrate the collaboration between the two Italian brands, selection of Pirelli as the OE tyre for the Brutale 800, and Pirelli’s recent Diablo Rosso III tyre launch.
Dubbed “Diablo Brutale”, it is “a tribute to the design, craftsmanship, sportiveness and high technology of the latest Supersport tyre of the DIABLO family”.

MV Agusta and Pirelli have been working together for several decades, and Pirelli has been MV’s sole OE tyre supplier since 2011, and the “Diablo Brutale” is designed as a “Made-in-Italy” showcase.
“Diablo Brutale” is described by MV as presenting “an attractive matt black colour, which is interrupted only by a luminous red as a reference to the tyre logo. MV Agusta has decided to pay homage to the new Pirelli tyre through some graphical elements. The DIABLO ROSSO III logo appears on the tank’s side, while the typical ‘thunder’ groove of the tread pattern, which represents a tyre’s trademark, appears on the tank as well as on the front fender, plus both sides of the tail. Both the Pirelli logo and the red “D” of DIABLO appear next to the MV Agusta logo on the top of the tank.
“Pirelli has decided to equip this special with a set of DIABLO ROSSO III with a red colour dedicated graphic, just like the details that give the Brutale the unique spirit of the Diablo.
“With the new Brutale 800, MV Agusta questioned the style, engine, equipment and chassis of the previous model with a unique goal: giving birth to the best Brutale ever. The same goal was achieved by Pirelli with the development of the DIABLO ROSSO III, the direct descendant of the renowned and highly rated DIABLO ROSSO™ II, which raises the bar of sport riding even higher than the previous model and extends the qualities of its predecessor, strengthening its features in terms of handling and grip, with long lasting performance”.


Ducati Pikes Peak “Race to the Clouds” replica kit

Ducati North America has announced a new limited edition Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak 100th anniversary replica kit to celebrate the centennial of the historic “Race to the Clouds” in Colorado. 

Ducati, the “official motorcycle partner” of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), is honouring the centennial of this historic race as well as commemorating its six PPIHC victories and current course record by making 400 of these kits available with a 2016 Multistrada purchase.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. First competed at in 1916, this year marks the 100th anniversary and 94th running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
Sometimes dangerous, often controversial and always difficult, the route up the mountain is a tortuous 12.42 mile, 156 turn challenge that starts at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,115 foot summit of “America’s Mountain”, as Pikes Peak is known.
A combination of automotive, three-wheel and motorcycle test, as the drivers climb towards the summit, the thin air slows reflexes, saps muscle strength and robs engines of 30% of their power at the summit. The current record is 08:13.878, set by Sebastien Loeb in 2013.
Earning multiple victories at the race since 2010, the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak is being described as “one of the most significant race bikes that represents Ducati North America’s racing heritage.” Created specifically for the centennial anniversary of the PPIHC and exclusively for North America, production will be limited to 400 replica kits – with each kit included with the purchase of a new 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak special from a US authorized Ducati dealerships.
With race-inspired looks, the motorcycle is differentiated by dedicated components including adjustable high-performance Öhlins suspension and a Ducati Performance exhaust by Termignoni. The kit is being provided free of charge to all current owners of this model and is included free of charge with any new purchases.

Tecmate - OptiMate

Touring friendly dual USB charger

Ideal for BMW and Triumph models and other bikes fitted with 12mm DIN sockets, this new dual USB O-105 charger by OptiMate delivers 3300mA through two 90° opposed dual USB sockets. Riders can power and fast-charge two power-hungry devices at the same time.

The ergonomic design delivers perfect outlet positioning even for side-mounted 12V DIN sockets; it protrudes only 38mm (1 ó") from the side socket, and the 90° USB outlet allows your phone’s USB cable to be routed close to the side of the motorcycle.
Equipped with bike battery protection, it is ideal for tourers and rally goers wanting to charge their phones, cameras and other devices after parking the bike.  The O-105 shuts off 3 hours after the engine stopped running or if the battery is already weak, and will warn you and shut down the instant the voltage drops to 12.3V (+/- 40% charge level).
The weatherproof plug and seal design is perfect for riding in any weather, it seals at insertion of the USB cable and the ‘ride tested’ rubber cap keeps the unused USB socket watertight at speed.


UFO Plast

Race and enthusiast off-road accessories

Fuelled by their continued race success, Italian off-road apparel and accessory specialist UFO Plast has further new and updated product lines for 2016.
The company's range is "diverse" to say the least, providing everything the leisure or race off-rider could require.

Made in Italy by UFO Plast to ensure maximum comfort during off-road riding, the 'Demon' body belt is designed for the best possible lower back support. Equipped with Velcro double adjustable fasteners, it has polypropylene supports mounted on a reinforced elastic structure. Available in adult and child sizes in a range of colours.
UFO Plast's Italian made 'Morpho Fit' is "an innovative addition to our range of knee protection jointed braces for sport performances". Among the main features are an ergonomic structure made of special plastic polymer, total support of the knee joint in specific areas (all crucial ligaments and patella), size adjustment for perfect fit, and adjustable tibial support. 

The sealed stainless steel structural four-sided joint allows proper movements of the knee with a hyperextension limit system that has several adjustment choices. The internal thermoformed, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic foam is easily removable for cleaning, there is support for the boot contact point with the boot, and all materials are water resistant and anti-corrosive. 

UFO Plast already offers easy-mount 100 percent Italian made replacement kits for the original plastics on 2016 KTM MX and enduro models. Made in shock and weather resistant materials, the OE colour-match kit includes front and rear fenders, front number plate, side panels and radiator covers for standard tank. Kits are also available for 2016 Husqvarna and Kawasaki 450 models, with more models being added all the time.



DESTINO Adventure combination boot-in-boot concept

Having successfully entered the riding suits, helmets and gloves markets, German adventure tour specialist Touratech is now bringing out its own touring boots as the next step in its range of in-house developed motorcycle gear.

The DESTINO Adventure is said to combine a high level of protection with numerous comfort features, and what Touratech says are several completely new functions. As with its approach to the rest of its apparel range, the DESTINO is a combination product - a touring and enduro boot, a sporty motorcycle boot and leisure shoe all in one, with functional and safety features combined in a novel integrated concept.
Rather than being geared to one particular use, the company says the design considerations focused on the rider’s needs in a different range of situations - reflecting the mixed-use that adventure tour riders subject their machines  to, and all their accessory and apparel products too.

Made from waxed, full-grain leather, the boot is reinforced with protectors - an impact-resistant polyurethane toe cap and heel protector with a metal cap that can be screwed onto the tip of the boot supplied for off-road riding, and a plastic shin guard protects against frontal impacts.
A robust insert in the sole effectively prevents the foot twisting and bending in a fall, but at the same time is said to be supple enough to allow the foot to roll while walking. The oil and petrol-resistant rubber sole has a chunky tread to provide a secure footing on more slippery surfaces.

Features include an extra-wide opening and three rugged buckles, which can be precisely adjusted in length thanks to a finely pitched adjustment system. On the shaft of the boot, a soft top edge made of Cordura keeps the wet and dirt out; the outer shoe is deliberately not made to be waterproof. This is because the range of uses for the DESTINO Adventure includes off-road touring. Special design solutions such as a stitched-through sole make it impossible to use a membrane in the outer shoe, and a membrane installed directly beneath the upper material would prevent the boot drying quickly if it ever gets soaked.
Instead the waterproof and breathable climate membrane is integrated into the inner shoe. Patented OutDry technology means it can be worn separately as a fully functional, washable shoe in its own right, as well as providing the internal comfort and weather proofing for the boot.
A retractable, coated stainless steel cable concealed behind the top buckle means the boot can be attached to the motorcycle while just using the shoe. The anti-bacterial footbed can be renewed, if necessary, or replaced with an optionally available comfort insole.
Available from the spring of 2016, Touratech is claiming a world-first for this concept, saying it marks a next logical step with a multi-purpose approach that first appeared with their Compañero touring suit, namely high-spec riding gear system components that can also be used as functional outdoor clothing - apparel designed for the destination as well as the journey.


SIP Scootershop

SIP opens new facility

Over 1,400 enthusiasts attended the grand opening of German specialist’s SIP Scootershop new 6,000 sq m headquarters facility in May.

Highlights included in-house dyno testing, tours of the extensive inventory in the new warehouse, demonstrations of the firm’s state-of-the art order processing and dispatch systems, music, fun and food!
Founders Alex Barth and Ralf Jodl, Vespa enthusiasts to the core, started out by making their own parts in response to what was poor availability of the items they wanted at the time, and by 1994 they had become a fixture at scooter runs and brought their first catalogue out in 1996.

The company has grown almost continuously since it opened for business 22 years ago, and has expanded and moved several times until now being able to create their own bespoke facility dedicated to the scooter and related parts and performance markets.
Visitors came from as far away as Russia, France, Italy, Vietnam and even India, and Ralf, Alex and their dedicated team can be rightly proud of what they have achieved, and of the new architect designed palace of scooter loveliness that will serve their international customer base for years to come.
The company carries more than 24,000 scooter parts and lifestyle items in stock at any one time, and with a multi-lingual sales staff, the company is able to dispatch most orders on a same day basis.