Friday, 28 October 2016

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +6.23 percent for first nine months

The latest statistics released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, show new motorcycle registrations up by +38.08 percent in September at 8,303 units for the month – the best September market performance in Germany since before 2008.

Cumulative new motorcycle registrations for the first nine months of the year are +6.23 percent at 99,973 units so far – also the best first nine-month market performance in Germany since before 2008.
In total powered two-wheeler terms, the market in Germany was up by +29.27 percent in September (12,831 units) and is +4.48 percent for the year-to-date at 142,338 units.
The top selling model in Germany so far this year is the BMW R 1200 GS (6,356 units), followed by Yamaha’s MT-07 (3,068 units), Kawasaki’s ER-6n (2,459 units), Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ (2,216 units) and the BMW R nineT (2,170 units) as the fifth strongest selling model in Germany so far this year.
With seven models in the top 20 sellers list it is no surprise that BMW remains motorcycle sales market share leader for the first nine months of the year in its home market, having sold 21,656 units for a 21.31 percent market share (actually down a little from the 21,309 units they sold for a 23.01 percent market share in the first nine months of 2015).
Yamaha is second with a 11.98 percent market share (11,975 units sold YTD), Honda third with 11.53 percent of the German market (10,495 units), KTM in fourth place with 10.50 percent (10,495 units) and Harley-Davidson overtaking Kawasaki for fifth spot with 10.20 percent (10,198 units).
Sportsbikes have taken 30.54 percent of the new motorcycle market in Germany so far this year (30,533 units), with Enduro bikes the second largest sector at 24.01 percent of the German motorcycle market (24,007 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 21.99 percent of the market (21,985 units), followed by “Chopper” style bikes as the fourth most popular sector (12.59 percent, 12,585 units YTD).

Yamaha Yard Built

Yamaha Yard Built - XSR700 ‘Otokomae’ by Ad Hoc Café Racers

One of the latest builds in Yamaha’s Yard Built programme is this customised XSR700 by David Gonzalez of Ad Hoc Café Racers of Barcelona, Spain.

No stranger to customising Yamaha motorbikes, Gonzalez has already received international recognition for his work with the XJ650 and XJ750, stripping and re-working the classic machines before finishing with just the right amount of powder-coated, one-off pieces to make a mark. For the Yard Built XSR700 ‘Otokomae’, he has created a street tracker with style, a tough, mean custom with bold colours that really stands out from the crowd.
“I really like this crazy style David has created”, commented Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Coordinator Cristian Barelli. “The tough ‘street tracker’ feel really fits well with the XSR700 and the paint job is something totally unique. He made sure to follow our golden rule of no cutting or welding to the frame of the bike, so it really does prove with this build that you can customise your XSR to really stand out from the crowd without any major fabrication work. The custom detail is very well crafted without compromising the rideability of the XSR700, keeping the fun factor”!
To get the Ad Hoc look, David started at the front, adding a number of genuine Yamaha parts from other models. These included an MT-09 stem and handlebar set, front forks, disc brakes, brake master cylinder and clutch from the YZF-R6 and front light and bracket from the MT-01.
Borrani rims and Michelin rubber keep everything the right way up and the original fuel tank remains, cleverly hidden by a custom shell built in four modular parts. The radiator was painted black to blend with the engine block and the air filter box has been removed and replaced with power filters to open up central space.
The standard XSR700 exhaust is removed in favour of a rather more aggressive sounding full SC Project system and a rear subframe is custom made to bolt on, allowing access to tools and battery. Ride height gets a lift by 15mm with a Gears Racing shock, and a custom seat is added with high quality cowhide. At the front clever fork sleeves incorporate the front turn signal and the bike is finished with Old School blue and yellow Yamaha Racing colours, giving a modern, light-hearted twist to stand out.


XJR 1300 accessories

Well known German accessory manufacturer Fehling offers dealers access to one of the largest handlebar, luggage carrier system and engine protection ranges in the industry.
Seen here are new accessories for 2015 and up Yamaha XJR 1300 models, including their 3-point mount engine guard, luggage carrier and rear rack.

Fehling design and make all their own products in-house at their factory near Dortmund in Germany. Founded in 1945 as specialist metal forming and processing engineers, the company specialises in motorcycle parts, currently employs around 25 people and is still in the founder's family ownership.


Parts Europe

“Unbreakable” bending brake and clutch levers

Distributed in Europe by Parts Europe, ARC are a remarkable specialist company based in Santa Ana, California.

Founded in 1999 by Bob Barnett, ARC is widely regarded as the number one ‘Go-To’ source for the best dirt bike brake and clutch levers in the world.
Their lifetime warranty, “unbreakable” bending brake and clutch levers are made from race-proven proprietary Memlon composite. ARC are widely respected for their manufacturing quality and for the intelligent design solutions they have come up with time after time.

Their Memlon composite is lightweight and flexible, which avoids breaking when a rider crashes. Perfect for dirt bikes, the levers are available for several KTM (SX/EXC/Freeride), Husqvarna (TC/FC) and other popular dirt bikes. The perches are made of anodised aluminium in blue or orange.



Companero World2 riding suit

It is already five years since Touratech presented its first in-house developed touring suit - the Companero Worldwide. It featured an All-Weather Add waterproof and breathable outer layer worn over the lightweight inner "summer suit", into which the protectors are integrated, with the outer jacket making an excellent casual as well as riding jacket.

With their new Companero World2 Touratech has built on this tried and tested principle, one which has stood up to the rigours of all imaginable climate zones, with an updated design with a new improved air-flow fabric in the ventilated zones - Cordura Air.
The inner summer suit is now even airier, yet at the same time more resilient. Cordura 500 is used as the base material, while the additional shoulder and elbow layers are made of even stronger Cordura 2000, with another new material, incorporating woven reflective threads, used for the reflective areas.

The over-jacket of the All-Weather Add has also received a textile makeover, with an even lighter, extremely rugged three-layer laminate by W.L. Gore now used. The over-jacket features two air vents on the front and has YKK Aquaseal zippers. A zip-close air outlet opening is located on the back at shoulder blade height, and several tailoring details have been modified to enhance fit.
All protectors meet the latest Level 2 standard, but Touratech say that the most significant change is in how the All-Weather Add is stored. Instead of a zip-on pocket, it now comes in a slender backpack with expanding zippers. The backpack straps ensure optimum weight distribution and can be discreetly concealed when not in use. Because the zips on the Companero World2 are identical to those on the previous model, jackets and trousers from both suits can be combined.
Available in black/grey/yellow or all-black, the new version continues Touratech’s collaboration with German manufacturer Stadler.



Zard for R nineT

Italian exhaust specialist Zard is offering a complete 2:1:2 titanium racing exhaust with extractable dB killer for BMW’s popular R nineT. Described as “entirely hand-made by their best craftsmen”, it features aluminium end caps and weighs just 3.5kg compared to 8.8kg for the OE system. Zard say this new system delivers a “sharp increase in acceleration, a substantial increase in maximum power and an attractive sound”.  ZARD S.r.l, Italy,

Team Metisse

Protecting the MT-10

German parts and accessory specialist Team Metisse has its X-PAD crash protectors available for Yamaha MT-10 already. Described by owner Horst Edler as “a perfect combination of design and functional technics thanks to our Metisse Impact Absorber System (M.I.A.S.), fitting is very easy and done in a few minutes”. Fork and swingarm sliders (with integrated paddock stand mount) also available. TEAM METISSE, Germany,


Motoz Super Mousse

Australian off-road tyre specialist Motoz “likes making products for riders who like to experiment”, according to owner Rick Atkinson, so “we’ve made our mousse in a large size range and with a durable formula that allows riders to mix and match to achieve different levels of simulated tyre pressure.  

“We haven’t necessarily focussed on making mousse to fit only our tyres, but we’ve made them to appeal to users of most tyre brands”, Rick told IDN.
He says that the price is pitched below the major brands, to increase the retail attraction, and that monthly production ensures regular supply for lower distributor inventory levels while maintaining retail availability. 
Rick went on to explain that “lube is critical to mousse life, and ours comes with a generous 75ml tube, where most others only come with 50ml.  Our lube has been specifically formulated to be tacky and to remain distributed throughout the tyre cavity without the need for gimmicks”.

MOTOZ Pty Ltd.