Friday, 9 December 2016


EU ‘Big 5’ motorcycle registrations +7.5 percent through October

The latest data released by ACEM (the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association) shows motorcycle registrations in the largest European Union markets were up by +7.5 percent in the 10 months to October 2016 at 700,098 units.

The strongest market performance among the “Big 5” was recorded in Italy, where motorcycle sales were up by +11.5 percent for the first 10 months of the year at 178,060 units.
Spain was +10.3 percent at 127,265 units; the UK was +8 percent at 102,616 units; Germany was +5.6 percent at 151,189 units, and as such the largest market so far this year; with France modestly but reassuringly up at last at +2.4 percent at 140,968 units.

Parts Europe

Dutch dealer wins Dunlop/Parts Europe KTM Duke raffle prize

Nils Imhoff from American Bike Store in the Netherlands will soon be finding out just how cool the KTM Duke 390 is, because he is the lucky winner of the Parts Europe and Dunlop raffle. 

From left:  Raoul Smits, EMEA Sales Manager Motorcycle & Racing, Goodyear & Dunlop, Nils Imhoff, American Bike Store, Xavier Williart, Sales Manager Europe, Parts Europe

Parts Europe’s German Sales Agent Diana Rausch was Lady Luck and drew their invoice-number out from the many dealers who had purchased 40 Dunlop tyres or more in the period from June 1st 2015 to May 31st 2016, or ordered 10 Dunlop tyres or more in the qualifying period from June 1st until October 30th 2016. 

Among Parts Europe’s 2017 catalogue releases, their ‘Tires, Tools, Lubes and Chemicals’ is a specialty guide to the service and maintenance products available to dealers throughout Europe from their 16,500 sq m Wasserliesch/Trier, Germany warehouse

The bike, equipped with Dunlop tyres, and the shipping, was paid for by Dunlop. Nils Imhoff was invited to join Parts Europe at EICMA where Raoul Smits, EMEA Sales Manager Motorcycle & Racing for Goodyear & Dunlop Tires, and Xavier Williart, Sales Manager Europe for Parts Europe, handed over the keys of the Dunlop-Parts Europe Duke to Nils during the show.

UK motorcycle registrations

UK motorcycle registrations +8.09 percent for January – October inclusive

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in the UK (MCIA) shows that new motorcycle registrations for October were essentially level with October 2015 (actually +0.21 percent at 7,745 units).

For the year-to-date registrations are +8.09 percent at 101,832 units - the highest comparable figure since before 2009.
New moped registrations were up by +0.65 percent on low volume in October (780 units), but are down by -8.22 percent for the year-to-date (7,354 units sold so far in 2016).
Total PTW registrations were up by +0.25 percent in October (8,525 units) and are +6.81 percent for the year-to-date (109,186, also the highest first 10-month market performance in the UK since before 2009).
The Trail/Enduro, Scooter, Custom, Naked-style and Adventure Sport markets are the strongest growing sectors of the UK market so far this year, at +19.8 percent (5,514 units), +14.3 percent (22,860 units), +5.1 percent (8,946 units), +11.8 percent (30,687 units – the largest single market sector in the UK so far in 2016), and +7.1 percent (16,281 units) respectively.
The small displacement scooter market is -9.4 percent for the YTD (6,699 units). The traditionally strong UK Supersports market is -5.2 percent YTD at 11,574 units, with Touring models down by -10.6 percent at just 2,153 units YTD.
Market share leader in October was Honda (1,522 units,) followed by Yamaha (1,216 units), Lexmoto (671), Triumph (507) and Kawasaki (421 units).

News Briefs

In response to the Brexit triggered exchange rate instability (the GBP has lost considerable value relative to the Euro since the summer), Ducati has announced an average 4.8% price rise on existing models for the UK market effective January 1st 2017.

Pirelli’s Diablo Rosso III has been chosen by Ducati as original for the new Monster 1200/S in 120/70 ZR17 M / C (58W) TL (D) front and 190/55 ZR 17 M/C (75W) TL rear (D) sizes for both versions. The Mk III Diablo Rosso is said to feature a twin-compound construction (rear) with high percentages of silica, racing-derived profiles and a tread pattern that is an evolution of the flash symbol already present on the Diablo Supercorsa.

British Cafe Racer style helmet specialist Davida has updated is popular ‘Speedster’ open-facer with a v3 that sees it receiving dual approval markings – meeting ECER22-05 and DOT FMVSS No. 218.

Following its acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Peugeot’s scooter business, giant Indian conglomerate
Mahindra has acquired ownership of the legendary BSA brand as the major players in the Indian PTM market continue to jockey for strategic and brand positioning.

Omnia Racing of Naples, Italy, offers dealers access to a massive range of branded parts and accessories – among them the high-tech Nitro range of shock absorbers and the legendary British made Hagon suspension programme.

INTERMOT say that their 2016 attendance was up at 220,000 visitors. A big part of the increase is thought to be due to the debut of ‘INTERMOT Customized’, the new show-within-show concept that plays host to the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building, and saw Hall 10 at Koelnmesse emerge as the acclaimed new international headquarters event for the fast-growing custom motorcycle market. Some 70 percent or more of show visitors are reported as visiting ‘INTERMOT Customized’ – making it the #1 best attended custom bike show in the world.

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +7.33 percent for first ten months

The latest statistics released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, show new motorcycle registrations up by +37.22 percent in October at 4,760 units for the month – the best October market performance in Germany since before 2008.

Cumulative new motorcycle registrations for the first 10 months of the year are +7.33 percent at 104,733 units so far – also the best first 10-month market performance in Germany since before 2008, when there had been 97,694 registrations for the corresponding period.
In total powered two-wheeler terms, the market in Germany was up by +28.76 percent in October (7,637 units) and is +5.49 percent for the year-to-date at 149,975 units.
The top selling model in Germany so far this year is the BMW R 1200 GS (6,615 units), followed by Yamaha’s MT-07 (3,224 units), Kawasaki’s ER-6n (2,511 units), with the BMW R nineT now up to fourth best seller (2,370 units), ahead of Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ (2,249 units) and BMW’s S 1000 XR sixth (1,827 units).
With six models in the top 20 sellers list, it is no surprise that BMW remains motorcycle sales market share leader in its home market for the first 10 months of the year, having sold 22,861 units for a 15.24 percent market share (down a little from the 22,962 units they sold for a 16.15 percent market share in the first 10-months of 2015).
Yamaha is second with a 13.30 percent market share (19,954 units sold YTD), Honda third with 12.12 percent of the German market (18,175 units), KTM in fourth place with 9.90 percent (14,843 units) and Harley-Davidson, having overtaken Kawasaki for fifth spot, with 7.16 percent (10,743 units).
Sportsbikes have taken 30.43 percent of the new motorcycle market in Germany so far this year (31,869 units), with Enduro bikes the second largest sector at 24.01 percent of the German motorcycle market (25,148 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 22.00 percent of the market (23.041 units), followed by “Chopper” style bikes as the fourth most popular sector (12.67 percent, 13,269 units YTD).


CB500X luggage options

Barcelona, Spain based luggage manufacturer NAD is offering SHAD brand cases and bags that will increase the load capacity of Honda’s CB500X.

Their SH36 side cases mount with their new 3P side mounting system – an integrated, light and easy to mount design concept. With enough capacity to hold a XXL full-face helmet, they have “an elegant design and innovative shapes”. Its structural frame is said to give more rigidity and seal to make them lighter than other cases of similar characteristics.
For the tank, the small, magnetically mounted SL12 features reflectors and a compartment for Smartphones with touch screens.
The “practical and sporty” SH 39 is said to be the lightest of its class, with an optimised interior volume; all SHAD top cases include the plate and hardware.



Racing Pro 10W/40 4-stroke MX engine oil

Motorex Racing Pro 10W/40 4T Cross is a synthetic reinforced mineral oil that has been developed for MX race use.
Features include high temperature stability and sheer strength, and high-tech additives to overcome the conflicting demands of a wet motocross clutch on the one hand, and the lubrication of a highly tuned and very high-revving four-stroke racing engine on the other.
The Motorex Racing Pro 4T Cross meets all requirements demanded by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda for the use in their factory machines and motocross bikes.
“But you don’t have to be a works rider in order to use this MOTOREX racing oil“, emphasizes Ronald Kabella, Director Powersports of the Swiss oil refiners. “Any hobby racer will also benefit from the performance of this high-tech lubricant due to the increased engine output and optimised engine reliability”.



MIVV power gain options for ‘Africa Twin’

Italian exhaust manufacturer MIVV has a selection of replacement muffler and full system options for Honda’s popular CRF 1000L ‘Africa Twin’.

Back in 1993 the MIVV R&D department developed exhaust set-ups for the ‘original’ XRV 750 ‘Africa Twin’, and now, 23 years later, with Honda having brought the iconic brand name back, like so many long-established aftermarket vendors, MIVV are now offering AT V 2.0!
Two mufflers are available from MIVV’s Sport range - ‘Oval’ and ‘Speed Edge’, with both available in two street legal versions for a 4-option line-up.
All are equipped with a removable dB killer, with the additional option of a “No Kat” tube, also in two versions - one of which is compatible with the factory silencer, the other additionally compatible with MIVV’s own header pipe design.
The top-of-the-line ‘Speed Edge’ features a “crushed” body on the inner side, so it hugs the motorcycle chassis and provides weight savings. It uses anchoring straps and a carbon end cap (3K twill impregnated with special resins to resist high temperatures). The body is in stainless steel, available for the Africa Twin in Steel Black finishes.
Weight savings of more than 6kg are available with up to +2.2hp and +3.4 Nm power and torque gains for the street legal ‘Oval’ with the carbon end cap at 4,600 rpm; with weight savings and increased power of +1.59hp with +2.44 Nm torque for the street legal ‘Speed Edge’.