Thursday, 25 August 2016

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +3.25 percent for first seven months

The latest statistics released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, show new motorcycle registrations down by -9.53 percent in July at 10,010 units and +3.25 percent for the first seven months of the year at 83,088 units – the strongest first seven-month market performance seen in Germany since before 2009.

In total powered two-wheeler terms the market in Germany was down by 10.88 percent in July (15,443 units in total), but remains up for the year-to-date at +1.85 percent (115,490 units so far in 2016).
The top selling model in Germany so far this year is the BMW R 1200 GS (5,468 units), followed by Yamaha’s MT-07 (2,446 units), Kawasaki’s ER-6n (2,137 units), Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ (2,038 units) and the BMW R nineT as fifth strongest selling model so far this year.
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 seven months of the year in its home market, having sold 18,897 units for a 16.36 percent market share (actually down a little from the 19,254 units they sold in the first seven months of 2015).
Yamaha is second with a 13.06 percent market share (15,079 units sold YTD), Honda third with 12.15 percent of the German market (14,020 units), KTM in fourth place with 9.83 percent (11,355 units) and Kawasaki fifth with 7.53 percent (8,691 units).
Sportsbikes have taken 30.43 percent of the new motorcycle market in Germany so far this year (25,281 units), with Enduro bikes the second largest sector at 24.17 percent of the German motorcycle market (20,079 units); so-called “classically styled” bikes (Naked style models mostly) are the third most popular style of bike in Germany so far in 2016, taking 21.63 percent of the market (17,972 units), followed by “Chopper” style bikes being the fourth most popular sector (12.79 percent, 10,624 units YTD).

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.

Italian motorcycle registrations

Italian motorcycle registrations +18.57 percent for the first seven months of 2016

The latest data released by the Italian motorcycle industry trade association (ANCMA, Milan) shows new motorcycle registrations for the first seven months of 2016 up by +18.57 percent at 57,018 units for the year-to-date. In July the market was worth 7,587 new motorcycles, +1.87 percent compared to July 2015.

Total PTW registrations were -7.75 percent in July (22,368 units) and are +11.37 percent (138,883 units) for the first seven months of the year.
The scooter market in Italy was up by +6.85 percent for the first seven months of the year at 81,865 units.
The top selling motorcycles in Italy so far this year were BMW’s R 1200 GS (2,811 units), the Honda ‘Africa Twin’ (2,446 units), Yamaha’s MT-09 ‘Tracer’ (2,030), Honda’s NC 750 X (2,020 units) and Ducati’s Scrambler 800 (1,831 units).
The largest market sector in Italy in the first seven months of the year was the ‘Naked’ style bike market, which at 20,302 units was up by +20.69 percent as a share of the overall motorcycle market, followed by the Enduro market (18,688 units, +28.45 percent).


Harley busted – Federal penalties “agreed” for “defeat device” violations

Harley-Davidson has settled a dispute with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which will see it pay an agreed civil fine of $12 million and stop selling illegal aftermarket devices that cause its motorcycles to emit illegal levels of pollution.
The dispute centers on sales of some 340,000 “super tuners” that enabled motorcycles since 2008 to pollute the air at levels that are outside of the parameters that Harley should be observing in the context of their EPA product certification approval – in essence, Harley has been caught selling what the EPA regards as “defeat devices”.
According to the U.S. government, the sale of such “defeat devices” violates the Federal Clean Air Act. Harley was also accused of selling more than 12,600 motorcycles that were not covered by an EPA certification governing clean air compliance.
The settlement calls for Harley to stop selling the super tuners by August 23, and buy back and destroy all such tuners in stock at its dealerships. EPA said the modified settings increase power and performance, but also increase the motorcycle’s emissions of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides.
Harley will also spend $3 million on an unrelated project to reduce air pollution, the U.S. Justice Department said.
In a statement, John Cruden, Head of the Justice Department’s environmental and natural resources division, said “Given Harley-Davidson’s prominence in the industry, this is a very significant step towards our goal of stopping the sale of illegal aftermarket defeat devices that cause harmful pollution on our roads and in our communities.”
The statement went on to say that “Anyone else who manufactures, sells or installs these types of illegal products should take heed of Harley-Davidson’s corrective actions and immediately stop violating the law.”
Since January 2008, Harley-Davidson has manufactured and sold two types of tuners, which when hooked up to Harley-Davidson motorcycles, allow users to modify certain aspects of a motorcycle’s emissions control system.
The announcement comes amid greater scrutiny on emissions and “defeat devices” by U.S. regulators after Volkswagen AG admitted to using illegal software to evade U.S. emissions standards in nearly 600,000 U.S. vehicles.
“This settlement immediately stops the sale of illegal aftermarket defeat devices used on public roads that threaten the air we breathe,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.
Harley must obtain a certification from the California Air Resources Board for any tuners it sells in the United States in the future. For any super tuners that Harley-Davidson sells outside the United States in the future, it must label them as not for use in the United States.
EPA said it discovered the violations through a routine inspection and information Harley-Davidson submitted.
In its own statement, Harley-Davidson sought to play the “good corporate citizen” card, while disagreeing with EPA’s interpretation of the law.
“This settlement is not an admission of liability, but instead represents a good faith compromise with the EPA on areas of law we interpret differently, particularly EPA’s assertion that it is illegal for anyone to modify a certified vehicle even if it will be used solely for off-road/closed-course competition,” said Ed Moreland, Harley-Davidson’s Government Affairs Director. “For more than two decades, we have sold this product under an accepted regulatory approach that permitted the sale of competition-only parts. In our view, it is and was legal to use in race conditions in the U.S.”
Harley-Davidson, one of many suppliers in the aftermarket performance parts industry, has safeguards in place to educate dealers and customers on the implications of installing Harley-Davidson performance products on their Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This includes clear product labeling of competition-only products and detail on what performance enhancements are considered street legal and for competition-use only, the legal consequences of tampering with emission controls and components, and what enhancements would void the vehicle warranty.
“Concern for our U.S. customers and dealers weighed heavily in reaching this compromise with the EPA,” said Moreland. “By settling this matter, we can focus our future attention and resources on product innovation, rather than a prolonged legal battle with the EPA.”
At one stage Harley’s share price had fallen as much as 8 percent after news of the allegations had surfaced in a U.S. lawsuit filed in Washington before the settlement was announced. On Monday 22nd Harley’s shares opened trading at $53.65 – only a tad off the pre-announcement level.

Swiss motorcyle registrations

Swiss registrations down again

After having been up by over +17 percent in 2015, the latest data from the motorcycle industry trade association in Switzerland (MotoSuisse) shows new motorcycle registrations there down by 542 units in July (-18.45 percent, 2,395 units) and down by -7.57 percent for the first seven months of 2016 at 20,367 units YTD.
In total PTW terms the July market in Switzerland was down by -20.71 percent compared to July 2015 (4,513 units) and is running at -9.45 percent for the year-to-date at 33,282 units so far in 2016.
In motorcycle market share terms Yamaha has top spot, having sold 3,812 units YTD, with BMW second (2,543 units), Harley-Davidson third (2,405 units), Honda fourth (2,232 units) and Kawasaki fifth (2,020 units) year-to-date.
Yamaha’s MT-07 was top seller (806 units), followed by Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’, the BMW R 1200 GS, with Yamaha’s MT-09 fourth and the Kawasaki Z 800 fifth.

Andreani Group

Andreani dealer e-commerce tool; KTM Minicross and CRF 250 Showa air fork cartridges

Dealers can now buy products direct from Italian suspension specialist Andreani using the new e-commerce section of their info-packed website – more than 10,000 items are available at

 Andreani is offering KTM SX 50/65 Minicross cartridges that are said to considerably improve performance and handling. The kit is easy to install thanks to the compatible plugs, with the cartridges featuring preload and rebound adjustment with springs set to the rider's weight.
Also seen here, Andreani's cartridge kit for the Showa air fork on the Honda CRF 250 is said to considerably increase the fork flow for improved handling and comfort thanks to the sophisticated hydraulic system.

Easy to install due to the fully compatible plugs, the Andreani cartridge has an anodised aluminium cap with preload adjustment. The kit also includes a spring set on the rider's weight - versions for the Suzuki RMZ 450 and Kawasaki KXF 450 are coming soon.



XSR 700 accessories

Italian specialist LighTech has unveiled new and exclusive accessories for the Yamaha XSR 700.

The company has a range of model-specific designs as well as “classics” from their primary parts design programme for Yamaha’s entry-level “modern classic”.
Model-specific designs include a radiator guard kit, frame slider kit and front LED turn signals and supports that are 100 percent CNC machined from a solid block of high-grade, high-strength, lightweight aluminium and available black or silver anodised.

Other products available for the XSR 700 include two-colour handlebar caps, black anodised and homologated mirrors, aluminium rider and passenger footpegs, lever guards, replacement brake and clutch lever kits, front and rear wheel axle protectors, oil filler caps, clutch and brake reservoir covers and more.

Founded in 1997 by Fabrizio Furlan, LighTech make and sell over 7,000 high strength, lightweight parts and accessories in aluminium and Ergal alloy and over 400 titanium items – from bolts and protectors such as frame sliders to controls, rearsets, lights, chain adjusters and covers.



ISDE 2016 Limited Edition 'Aviator 2.2'

Italian manufacturer Airoh is in its second year as a main partner of the ISDE series, and to recognise their involvement, the company has released a special edition of its iconic 'Aviator 2.2' helmet with tailormade graphics that pays tribute to this year's host nation, Spain.

The special Aviator 2.2 ISDE 2016 Limited Edition features an instantly recognisable red and yellow Spanish flag colour scheme and engrained "mud stains" as a tribute to one of the toughest events in the motorsport calendar - the vintage styling of the special edition is a reminder of the days of Jet style MX helmets with separate chinguards. Each of the limited edition helmets will carry a sequentially numbered plate, highlighting the unique nature of this product.
Aviator 2.2 is made from 100% Carbon Kevlar, "making it one of the lightest (950 g) and best performing helmets of its class", according to the company. Additional features include an expanded field of vision, an exclusive peak for maximum protection from the elements and an interior made from "revolutionary materials, ensuring optimal ventilation and breathability".

This will be the 91st staging of the ISDE, a competition that started in 1913 and changed from the ISDT (International Six Day Trials) to representing the wider world of Enduro racing (as it had become known) in 1981. It is being staged at the Circuito De Navarro in northern Spain from 11 to 16 October (, when some 700 riders are expected to represent 35 countries.
Last year France claimed a controversial 4th consecutive win when it was staged in Slovakia - the Australian team believing they had a strong claim on being awarded the win! Airoh's investment in the event will see their brand message being beamed into some 300m plus households, with 89 countries expected to take the TV coverage.