Thursday, 28 July 2016

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +5.28 percent for first six months

The latest statistics released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, show new motorcycle registrations up by +11.16 percent in June at 13,373 units and +5.28 percent for the first six months of the year at 73,078 units – the strongest first half year market performance seen in Germany since before 2009.

In total powered two-wheeler terms, the market in Germany was up by +9.38 percent in June (19,410 units) and is +4.14 percent for the year to date (100,047 units).
The top selling model in Germany so far this year is the BMW R 1200 GS (4,908 units), followed by Yamaha’s MT-07 (2,135 units) and Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ (1,942 units).
With eight models in the top 20 sellers list, it is no surprise that BMW is total PTW sales market share leader for the first six months of the year in its home market, having sold 16,856 units for a 16.85 percent market share (up by +0.43 percent in unit terms over the 16,784 they sold in the first six months of 2015, when they scored a 17.47 percent market share).
Yamaha is second with a 13.12 percent market share (+3.35 percent over the first six months of 2015 in units sold terms), with Honda third (12,173 units, 12.17 percent market share), KTM fourth (9,753 units, 9.75 percent share) and Kawasaki fifth (7,718 units, 7.71 percent share).

BMW Motorrad

BMW sets new sales record for first half of 2016

BMW Motorrad closed the first half of 2016 (January – June inclusive) with a new sales record for the fourth time in succession. They supplied 80,754 motorcycles and maxi scooters to customers worldwide as of June 2016 (78,418 units in first half of 2015, +3.0 percent).

The world's most popular travel enduro, the R 1200 GS, remains unrivalled as the top-selling BMW Motorrad model

At 14,993 units (compared to 15,490 in June 2015), sales in the month of June were -3.2 percent compared to June 2015.
Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing: “As of June 2016 we were able to set our fourth six-month record in succession, at the same time supplying more than 80,000 motorcycles and maxi scooters to our customers by the middle of a year. Based on this positive development, we will now strive to achieve another sales record for the year as a whole.”
The company says that the strongest growth stimuli are mainly coming from the major European motorcycle markets of Spain (+22.6 %), Italy (+6.9 %) and France (+5.6 %). The smaller markets of South Eastern Europe also saw “pleasing growth. The Chinese market in particular is continuing to show considerable growth potential for BMW Motorrad with a dynamic increase in sales. As compared to the equivalent period of the previous year, sales increased by 74.3 % to 2,388 units. Sales in Thailand (+62.6 %) and Japan (+10.4 %) were also well above the previous year”.
Germany remains the traditionally largest market for BMW Motorrad. With 13,792 (+2.0%) units sold, BMW Motorrad is the overall market leader there. In the relevant segment over 500 cc capacity, BMW Motorrad also leads the market in Spain, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.
The world's most popular travel enduro, the R 1200 GS, remains unrivalled as the top-selling BMW Motorrad model. Now in its fourth year of sales, supplies increased as compared to the previous year by 3.8 % to 14,630 vehicles. Demand for the sibling model, the R 1200 GS Adventure, has likewise continued to increase in what is now its third year of sales. 11,732 (+12.5 %) units were supplied in the first six months of the year.
Indeed, 44.5 % of all Boxer GS motorcycles were ordered in the Adventure variant this year.
On third and fourth position are the Adventure model S 1000 XR (5,480 units) and the Supersports bike S 1000 RR (5,291 units), both of them powered by high-performance 4-cylinder BMW engines.
The touring classic R 1200 RT (5.123 units) follows in fifth place, followed by the custom bike R nineT (4.629 units). Now enjoying a cult status, this classic Boxer motorcycle has far surpassed expectations in terms of its sales figures.
Demand for the C 650 maxi scooter is also well above the previous year. As of June, 5,259 units (+73.2 %) were sold of the new edition of the two premium scooters. In addition to this, 447 BMW C evolution electric scooters were supplied in the same period (+1.4 %).
As Heiner Faust says: “In spite of a much tougher competitive environment, our two top-sellers, the R 1200 GS and GS Adventure, are asserting themselves very impressively on the market. All other new models of the last two years are also contributing to sales success. Our sporty S models S 1000 XR and S 1000 RR have made it to third and fourth position in our sales ranking. And the C 650 maxi scooter - launched at the turn of the year - is going down extremely well with our customers. Nonetheless, trade is being solidly supported by our attractive model portfolio as a whole.”
In the second half of the year, BMW Motorrad expects the sound level of demand for current BMW products to continue. At the same time, additional stimuli will be provided by the second model of the BMW “Heritage” world of experience, the new R nineT Scrambler (market launch from September 2016), the new G 310 R (market launch from October 2016) and attractive model facelifts in the Boxer and F series.

Italian motorcycle registrations

Italian motorcycle registrations +21.63 percent for the first six months of 2016

The latest data released by the Italian motorcycle industry trade association (ANCMA, Milan) shows new motorcycle registrations for the first six months of 2016 up by +21.63 percent at 49,431 units for the year-to-date.

Total PTW registrations were +6.10 percent in June (23,086 units) and are +15.89 percent (116,424 units) for the first six months of the year.
The scooter market in Italy was up by +11.99 percent for the first six months of the year at 66,993 units.
The top selling motorcycles in Italy so far this year were BMW’s R 1200 GS (2,380 units), the Honda ‘Africa Twin’ (2,364 units), Honda’s NC 750 X (1,861 units), Yamaha’s MT-09 ‘Tracer’ (1,836 units) and Ducati’s Scrambler 800 (1,525 units).
The largest market sector in Italy in the first half of the year was the ‘Naked’ style bike market, which at 17,253 units was up by +22.9 percent as a share of the overall motorcycle market, followed by the Enduro market (16,403 units, +32.79 percent).

Motorcycle registrations in Spain

Motorcycle registrations in Spain +13.82 percent for first six months of 2016

According to the latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain (ANESDOR), the motorcycle market there was up by +15.25 percent in June (17,484 units – the highest since June 2010) and is +13.82 percent for the year-to-date at 73,012 units (also the highest since 2010).

Moped registrations were -11.9 percent in June, but are +1.98 percent for the first six months of the year at 7,661 units.
Total PTW registrations were +13.75 percent in June (19,149 units) and are +12.35 percent (80,676 units) for the first six months of 2016.
For the year-to-date Honda is market share leader in Spain having sold 12,453 units for a 17.1 percent market share, followed by Yamaha (10,851 units, 14.9 percent share) and Kymco (8,651 units, 11.8 percent share).
The top selling motorcycle in Spain in the first six months was the Kawasaki Z800 with 1,617 units sold.
Reacting to the news, ANESDOR Secretary General Jose Maria Riano said that “the sector continues to grow apace, supported by the commercial efforts of brands and improving expectations about the economy of our country”.
However, Riano went on to say that the “73,012 motorcycles registered so far this year represent a low figure for the Spanish two-wheel ‘park’ and lie still far from the goal of long-term market sustainability”.


G.Hybrid Gore-Tex touring boots

New from Italian boot specialist Gaerne is this multi-functional 'G.Hybrid' design packed with technology to suit a wide range of riding styles and conditions.

The leather upper features Cordura inserts, with additional front and rear elastic inserts on the instep area. Additional features include a practical closing system with zip and Velcro strap, and increased breathability due to the internal waterproof Gore-Tex extended membrane.
Further protection to critical areas and riding friendly additions include tough, durable thermoplastic protectors on the ankle and shin area, gear protection, reflective yellow fluo details for better visibility, even in low light conditions, an anatomic and removable inner sole and an advanced design anti-slip rubber sole for excellent grip on and off the bike.


BC Battery Controller

New BC K900 EDGE battery charger 

Manufactured in Italy by Forlettronica, this new ‘BC Battery Controller’ brand version BC K900 is said to be the only 6/12V battery charger on the market that is compatible with the CAN-Bus system on BMW motorcycles.

Said to be more compact and offering improved performance, the stylish design delivers a maximum charging current of 1 Ampere. The user can select among three different charging programmes for 6V or 12V batteries, and for charging the battery directly through BMW 12V sockets controlled by the motorcycle CAN-Bus system.
Sales & Marketing Manager Andrea Capelli told IDN that the “cutting-edge 8-step charging technology makes it compatible for recovering, charging, desulfating and maintaining all kinds of lead-acid batteries from 1 to 100 Ah, including sealed and gel ones. Smart and automatic, BC K900 EDGE can stay always connected to the battery, even in case of long-term inactivity of the vehicle. A LED bar indicates the selected programme, the charging cycle and any operating anomalies”.
Backed by a 3-year warranty, the emphasis of the new lightweight case is on portability, but it can also be wall-mounted. The package includes a BMW adapter together with a waterproof battery cable with eyelets and a cable with insulated clamps. 



New 2016 KTM clutch kits

The newest additions to the Barnett line-up of KTM clutch kits are complete kits for the 2016 250 Freeride, 2016 250/350 SX-F/XC-F, 2013-‘16 1190 Adventure and 2014-‘16 1290 Superadventure/Superduke R. These kits feature clutch plates with our exclusive Kevlar friction material, tempered steel drive plates and a set of heavy duty, heat-treated clutch springs. Barnett clutch kits provide a stronger, more positive engagement and are designed for more oil flow to increase clutch life.   All clutch kits are quality checked for correct stack height prior to packaging and manufactured in-house in the USA. To order, contact your dealer or order online.


V-Strom engine guard


Following the release of parts designs for Suzuki’s 650cc Versys earlier this year, German specialist Fehling has now announced a series of accessories for 2012 and up DL 650 V-Strom models, including the protection guard seen here, made from 38mm steel tube and black anodised.
Fehling, GERMANY,