Thursday, 18 August 2016


Clubman XSR-Roadster

With the launch of the XSR 700 at the end of last year, Yamaha launched a winning Retro all-rounder, and German specialist LSL has used it as the platform for their latest ‘Clubman’ conversion special.

Changes include improved handlebar and footpeg positioning, in which the handlebar position was lowered and brought further forward, and can further be adjusted with their well known 2Slide eight position forward control, so the riding position can be individually tailored.
The front end has had a make-over with a small Six-Days headlight, CNC-machined holders and an artistically shaped instrument holder, plus an aluminium fender with model-specific holders. A small LED rear light in classic oval shape underline the retro-classical look of the XSR, at the rear further emphasized by the MT-60 Pirelli tyre profile.
Further details include adjustable levers, aluminium rear mirror and adjustable passenger pegs.



Moto di Ferro's XV950 'Speed Iron'

Yamaha's latest Yard Built creation is a “true Italian beast”, a tracker style build with understated design, showing true metallurgy craftsmanship. The Moto di Ferro Yard Built XV950 'Speed Iron' is the brainchild of Italian builder Marco Lugato.

Marco is one of those builders who has had oil in the blood from a very early age, first riding off-road and then as a professional road racer, his credentials are without question. After a career in racing followed by some years honing his craftsmanship in various workshops, Moto di Ferro (Iron Motorcycle) was born in 2009 as a custom house.
The concept for 'Speed Iron' comes from Marco's passion for speed. He wanted to create a motorcycle with strong design statements combined with soft lines. Thick tyres were important, but not at the expense of rideability. Those thick tyres were wrapped around beautiful Borrani rims, with the front suspension getting swapped out for VMAX forks.
A hand-made aluminium tank and rear seat unit take the weight down and complement the hand-made aluminium side panels. The front brake discs were increased to 320mm and benefit from VMAX calipers for proper stopping power. An Acewell odometer provides just the right amount of data for the rider and an Arrow exhaust adds the soundtrack.
Other parts completing the look include Tarozzi footpegs and LSL dumbbells. A hand-made rear frame sets the clear lines tone, and an aftermarket headlight and stop lights integrated into the turn signals keep everything super clean.

Polaris Industries

Polaris reports worldwide motorcycle sales +23% in second quarter

Minnesota based Polaris Industries, manufacturer of the fast growing Indian Motorcycle and Victory Motorcycle brands, reported its second quarter 2016 motorcycle sales (to June 30th 2016) were up by +23 percent worldwide.

Its “Global Adjacent Markets” sales increased 14%, while Off Road vehicle (ORV) and Snowmobile sales were down -6%, which was slightly better than expected.
Second quarter total sales totalled $1,130.8 million, up one percent from last year’s second quarter sales of $1,124.3 million.

"International sales totalled $170.5 million"

The +23 percent increase in motorcycle segment sales, including its respective PG&A sales, was worth $231.3 million. All brands grew sales during the quarter. Gross profit increased 63 percent to $39.8 million or 17.2 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $24.5 million or 13.1 percent of sales in the second quarter of 2015.
North American consumer retail demand for the Polaris motorcycle segment, including Victory, Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot, was up mid-teens percent during the 2016 second quarter, while overall 900cc and above motorcycle industry retail sales were down mid-single digits percent in the 2016 second quarter. 

Polaris CEO Scott Wine: “I am proud of how our employees and dealers have dedicated themselves to working through the current difficult environment”

Gross profit for the total company decreased 11 percent to $284.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared to $319.4 million in the second quarter of 2015.
“Our team’s diligent and methodical execution drove a modest increase in second quarter sales despite a strong year-over-year sales comparison, a weaker retail sales environment and product recalls. Our all-out assault on costs continued to make progress during the quarter, generating earnings that finished in-line with our updated guidance. As we move into the second half of the year, we are redoubling our commitment to providing our consumers with the safest and most reliable vehicles in the industry while building a platform to return to profitable growth,” commented Scott Wine, Polaris’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“I am proud of how our employees and dealers have dedicated themselves to working through the current difficult environment, from the recall announcements to weaker industry trends. Dealer inventories are in-line with expectations. Our new Huntsville, Alabama plant began producing RANGERS at the beginning of June and Slingshots in early July, and our growing lean capabilities are driving factory inventory reductions and increased cash flow, while our customer excellence initiatives are enhancing our capabilities to deliver world-class sales and service to our consumers”.
International sales to customers outside of North America totalled $170.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, including PG&A, an increase of five percent from the same period in 2015. International sales on a constant currency basis were up seven percent in the 2016 second quarter.

Austrian motorcycle registrations

Austrian motorcycle registrations +4.04 percent for first six months of 2016

The latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Austria (Arge2Rad) shows registrations of new motorcycles of over 126cc up by 1.21 percent in the second quarter of 2016 at 6,126 units, and up by +2.25 percent for the first six months of the year at 8,910 units – confirming the start of market recovery in Austria first seen in the final quarter of 2015.
In total, powered two-wheeler registrations were up by 3.82 percent for the second quarter of the year in Austria at 17,260 units, and are +4.04 percent (24,959 units) for the first six months of the year.

Free Spirits

Triumph Twin brake kit


This new Gold Series Brembo 4-piston front brake caliper kit for Triumph Bonneville Street Twin comes complete with a CNC machined black anodised mounting bracket, fully floating front brake rotor with high-quality braking track, Ergal aluminium hub and centres. It is said to mount easily on existing fittings, is suitable for models with ABS and it uses the OEM master cylinder and brake line and includes the brake pads. Free Spirits say that their kit "allows the wheel to remain centred in the stock position, increases braking power and modulation, is fast and easy to assemble, requiring no modification".
Free Spirits, Italy,

Arrow Special Parts

New exhausts by Arrow

Proving their all-round design and manufacturing capabilities, here are three very different kinds of exhaust systems for three very different kinds of motorcycles by Arrow Special Parts from near Perugia in Italy.
First of all, going to their impressive race heritage and credentials, it is a difficult task to improve on a bike that has just won the WBK, but in the case of the impressive 2016 Kawasaki ZX10R, that is exactly what Arrow say they have done.
Arrow’s R&D department have come up with no less than 11 different new (street legal and racing) exhaust systems and four competition racing kits. All slip-on silencers can be installed on original headers, removing the OE catalytic converter, thanks to a model-specific mid-pipe design.

Arrow say the dyno tests results are excellent - the power on the rear wheel, with the original exhaust, is around 185hp, which increases to around 186hp with the Arrow slip-ons and reaches 192hp (with a "great improvement" in torque at low and medium engine range) with the "half system" made by the silencers and the link pipe, removing the OE catalytic converter.
At the other end of the motorcycle spectrum, 'Urban' is a new system for Maxi-Scooters. Offered with new materials and optional catalytic converter, Arrow say that the 'Urban' is a "giant step in innovation", incorporating a "heap of new features".

Those features include a shorter silencer with Superbike 'Race-Tech' style diamond shape, completely re-engineered interiors with a new silencing system, swingarm mounts that are welded to the silencer body, eliminating the adapting plate and improving durability, and a "Racing" style header with optional catalytic converter.
Available in stainless steel with black painted finish or in aluminium, with clear or "dark" finish (and rear end cap with matt black finish), Arrow say the street legal system with a removable dB-Killer delivers reduced weight and improved performance.
If the ZX10R is at one end of the motorcycle spectrum, and with the generation of large displacement Maxi-Scooters at the other, then Metric Cruisers are right in the mid-market.
Arrow's new 'Rebel' exhausts for Japanese cruisers is their first entry into an exhaust market that rewards style as much as performance.

The company says that "eye-catching design and breathtaking sound" are the hallmarks of their new 'Rebel' line, with stainless steel alloy headers, "black ceramic" coated silencer, removable baffle, plug(s) for the oxygen sensor and carbon fibre rear end cap.
Street legal, Arrow say the new designs deliver up to a 40 percent weight reduction and up to a 10 percent increase in power.
They are available for Kawasaki Vulcan S650 2014/2015 and Yamaha XV (Bolt) 950 / 950R 2014/2015, with new model applications to follow, and work is in progress to extend the range to other bikes.



ZX-10R rear-set options

Italian parts manufacturer Bonamici offers precision CNC machined billet Ergal aluminium alloy rear-sets for most popular current production sportsbikes, and these latest designs for the 2016 Kawasaki ZX-10R 2016 are described as "robust, effective and fully adjustable".

The design uses bearings to completely eliminate the friction on the levers and a spring for the assisted return of the rear brake lever.
They are available in two kits - for conventional shift use and one that includes Bonamici's electronic quick-shifter for reverse shifting use.



Upgraded 'Tornado-2' features 'Seeflex' protectors

Dutch apparel specialist Rev'It! has updated its popular 'Tornado' textile jacket/pants combo, and the "Three Season" second generation 'Tornado-2' now features upgraded materials, protection and colourway options.

The outer shell now incorporates rugged materials like PWR/shell 750D mesh and PWR/shell 1000D at key impact points. Rev'It! proprietary 'Seeflex' CE level 2 protectors have been installed at the shoulders, knees and elbows, and thin, flexible 'Seesmart' CE level 1 protectors come as standard at the hips. The mesh outer shell is fitted with a 2-in-1 detachable rain and thermal liner, and the jacket has been upgraded for compatibility with their 'Challenger' cooling vest, HV connector vest and 'Strapper' suspenders.
It is available in black, silver/black and sand/black for men, and black and silver/black for women riders.