Thursday, 8 September 2016


Yamaha motorcycle sales revenue -9.4 percent global for January - June 2016, but Europe unit sales up

Yamaha have released their financial results for the first six months (January to June 2016) of their 2016 financial year.

Net sales of motorcycle products overall were 477.5 billion yen (a decrease of 49.5 billion yen or 9.4% compared with the same period the previous fiscal year), and operating income was 18.1 billion yen (a decrease of 4.0 billion yen or 18.0%).
For unit sales in developed markets, while Europe experienced an increase due to the effect of the launch of new products such as the MT-10 and XSR900, North America saw a decrease due to the planned reductions in distribution inventories, leading to overall unit sales on a similar level to the previous year. Although net sales and operating income both decreased due to the appreciating yen, they both remained in the black.
Unit sales in the emerging markets of India, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand increased, but decreased in Indonesia and Brazil due to market slumps etc., leading to overall unit sales on a similar level to the previous year. While net sales decreased, operating income was on a similar level to the previous year thanks to the effects of product mix improvements and cost reductions etc. absorbing the effects of local currency depreciation.
In terms of Yamaha’s overall global corporate results, the period saw net sales of 778.3 billion yen, (a decrease of 50.4 billion yen or 6.1% compared with the same period the previous fiscal year), and operating income was 65.4 billion yen (a decrease of 8.0 billion yen or 10.9%). Due to foreign exchange losses etc., ordinary income was 55.3 billion yen (a decrease of 19.1 billion yen or 25.7% against the same period the previous fiscal year), and net income for the half year attributable to parent company shareholders was 32.4 billion yen (a decrease of 19.7 billion yen or 37.8%).
Developed markets experienced a decrease in sales and income compared with the same period the previous fiscal year due to the appreciating yen. In the emerging markets motorcycle business segment, while net sales decreased due to lower unit sales in Indonesia, Brazil, etc., operating income was on a similar level to the previous year thanks to the effects of cost reductions such as product mix improvements and promotion of the platform transition absorbing the effects of local currency depreciation. In addition, development costs related to future growth were systematically invested across the entire company.
For the first half consolidated accounting period, the U.S. dollar traded at 112 yen (an appreciation of 8 yen from the same period the previous fiscal year), and the euro at 125 yen (an appreciation of 9 yen).


Honda resumes production at Kumamoto factory

Honda has finally been able to confirm the full resumption of production at its Kumamoto factory following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake in April.

Honda say a company-wide all-out effort has been made to resume work, and that as per the original target to restore the plant by mid-August, Honda is now ready to continue production at the Kumamoto factory.
After the earthquake, production was suspended from the night of April 14. On May 6, the factory resumed the supply of parts for Honda production operations outside of Japan, and then on May 13, the factory resumed assembly of power products.
As for the worst affected motorcycle production, the factory resumed assembly of key models on a reduced volume basis on June 6, and since then the volume has increased in stages. Now, the FUN line, a production line for large-sized motorcycle models (including the CRF1000L Africa Twin), has also resumed production, with overall production virtually normalised as of August 22, 2016.


BMW ‘Pure&Crafted’ 2016

The second edition of BMW’s ‘Pure&Crafted’ Festival in Berlin was staged at the former Postbahnhof in front of a sell-out 8,000 strong audience.
With acclaimed appearances by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Mando Diao and many others, and what BMW claim is “an entirely unique combination of music, motorcycles and New Heritage lifestyle, the Pure&Crafted once again fully lived up to its name with passion and charm. The festival will take place for the third time in Berlin in the late summer of 2017”.

Features at the two-day event included custom bike workshops, a ‘General Store’ vendor area, the Motodrom (said to be the oldest wall-of-death still on the road), the Rollin’ Eyes Motorcycle Culture Photography Show, specially chosen for Pure&Crafted, and a selection of the best films from the NY Motorcycle Film Festival.
Still only in its second year, the festival “featured a superb range of musical entertainment”, but “once again this year, those who love custom culture and the associated lifestyle were able to immerse themselves in a world that remains unique in the German festival scene. 

“As in 2015, the custom bike scene formed a central element of the event - the Wheels Area was the “perfect place for visitors to talk shop, admire the machines and even do some tinkering at the open-air stands” of the likes of Berham Customs, Krautmotors and The Curves, and “the Berlin public had the opportunity to see many other custom workshops, too”.
There were also numerous “exceptional motorcycles to be viewed” at the BMW Motorrad Truck, and the Kids Corner, a new feature this year, saw the “bikers and mechanics of the future able to put their skills to the test, while their parents had their beards trimmed and their hairstyles perfected at the General Store, or simply enjoyed exploring stands such as those of Indigo People, Süssmädchen and Gestalten”.

Swiss 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.


KPR radiator protector

Italian brand Kappa has developed a series of "stone-proof", durable, bike-specific stainless steel radiator guards to complement their already available engine and sump guards. The mesh pattern used is designed to allow the correct airflow for the engine concerned; they are available for popular current models, including the Yamaha MT-09 850 Tracer (2015/16), Yamaha XSR 700 (2016), Honda NC750X (2016), Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom (2014/15), Kawasaki Versys 650 (2015/16), BMW R1200 GS (2013-15)/BMW R1200 GS Adventure (2014-15), BMW S1000 XR (2015), Ducati Multistrada 1200 (2015), Ducati Scrambler 800 (2015) and Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1200 (2016).
KAPPA S.r.l., Italy,


iFT waterproof summer leather gloves

German glove specialist Orina has launched two new waterproof leather gloves: Eagle 3650 and Michigan 3430.

Eagle 2650

Made with iFT technology, these gloves are “very light and have a perfect grip. Beneath the supple, high quality Technalin Gold cowhide leather outer shell, the AquaFit membrane ensures that the glove is 100% waterproof and breathable. The anti-bacterial TEXTRA lining absorbs sweat and wicks it away from the skin”, the company says.

Michigan 3430

For more protection, the edge of the hand has been reinforced either with SuperFabric or a Carbolex protector. Stretch inserts on the fingers and shock-absorbing SD gel pads at the palm “provide for optimal freedom of movement and more comfort”.


Vertex Pistons

High compression and OE replacement scooter pistons

Italian piston specialist Vertex (VP Italy) has further new product lines for this year that were introduced at EICMA in November 2015.

Among them were new 2 and 4-stroke scooter pistons that are described as designed to “improve and optimise the performance of the most popular 2016 scooter models”.
Specific piston designs are offered for the Yamaha T-Max 530, available in OE Replica and High Compression versions, and for other makes and models such as the Piaggio Vespa ET 4 and Leader 125 4T, Aprilia D-Tech injection 50 2T and for Honda SH 125 4T.
Vertex 2-stroke pistons are cast rather than forged, so they can hold a higher silicon content. Because 2-strokes have lower cylinder pressures compared to 4-strokes, Vertex say their gravity cast aluminium alloy 2-stroke pistons can contain 18 percent silicon, decreasing thermal expansion. This means they can operate at tighter tolerances compared to forged pistons and deliver better wear characteristics, prolonging piston life by decreasing wear on the piston skirt.


HP Corse

Hydroform ‘Black’

The latest creation from the collaboration between Italian exhaust manufacturer HP Corse and hydroforming specialist Steelform are these new black ceramic coated steel mufflers from the Hydroform line. Available for a growing selection of the most popular 2016 models, the hydroforming process allows the creation of weld-free shapes and exhaust gas flow management techniques in steel thicknesses and profiles that wouldn’t be possible with any other technology – available in street legal and race versions.
HP Corse, Italy,