Thursday, 4 May 2017

German motorcycle registrations

German motorcycle registrations +8.74 percent in March

The latest new model registration statistics released by the IVM, the motorcycle industry trade association in Germany, show that the “New Year Hang Over” from the pre-registration of Euro 3 compliant inventory, before the Euro 4 deadline became effective on January 1st 2017, is finally working its way out through the reported statistics.

The IVM put total new PTW registrations for March at +3.6 percent (26,183 units) comparted to March last year, and starting to catch up on a year-to-date basis with the statistics showing registrations at -6.87 percent (35,281 units) for the first three months. The monthly and year-to-date statistics do not take account of the Euro 3 inventory registered by December 31st 2016 but sold from dealership showrooms and elsewhere as pre-registered zero mileage models in January, February and March 2017.
In motorcycle terms, March is reported as being +8.74 percent (21,109 units), with the first three months of 2017 at -1.63 percent (28,282 units).
The top selling motorcycle in Germany in the first three months of 2017 was BMW’s R 1200 GS (2,739 units), followed by their R nineT variants (1,218 units) and Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ third (844 units).
With nine models in the top twenty best sellers, it is no surprise that BMW is market share leader for the first quarter in Germany with 8,868 units sold for a 25.14 percent total PTW market share (up on their first quarter 2016 market share performance).
Honda is second (4,566 units sold for a 12.94 percent total PTW market share), with Yamaha third (3,593 units, 10.18 percent share), Kawasaki fourth (3,515 units, 9.96 share), and KTM fifth (2,367 units, 6.71 percent share).
In motorcycle market share terms, BMW is even further ahead of its rivals with 30.36 percent; Kawasaki is second with 12.09 percent (their Z 650 and Z900 are the fourth and fifth best-selling models) with Honda third (11.62 percent), Yamaha fourth (10.05 percent) and Harley-Davidson continuing their growing success in Germany fifth at 7.56 motorcycle market share with 2, 137 models sold in the first quarter.


Jakarta flagship store is Ducati’s largest

After being awarded the position of Honorary Investment Advisor to the Thai Board of Investment in Bangkok and meeting the Thai Prime Minister, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali flew on to Indonesia recently to visit the world’s largest Ducati store.

 “Our importer in Indonesia, PT Garansindo Euro Sports, has done a superb job of interpreting Ducati brand values”, said Claudio Domenicali. “The Jakarta showroom presents our products as true works of art in a well thought-out, decidedly premium setting. Plenty of space, a multi-floor display, attention to detail, the exhibition of vintage bikes, an entire floor dedicated to the Scrambler, welcome areas and a top-notch service area make this store one of the best in the world”.

“Ducati Asia are delighted that Mr Domenicali has taken time from his busy schedule to visit Indonesia today”, said Marco Biondi, Regional Sales & Marketing Director Asia. “After just one year we are very proud to see the world’s largest Ducati store here in Asia, and we are also very happy to see the brand growing so strongly across Indonesia. The support today from the Ducati Owners Clubs and fans shows the level of passion here, and we look forward to a very successful future”.
At 3,000 square metres, the Ducati flagship store in Indonesia, situated in Jakarta and opened last year by Racing Ducati Superbike Team star Chaz Davies, now represents Ducati’s largest store in the world.


Improved GS aerodynamics and comfort

ZTechnik's new GS fairing winglets are said to raise the performance and comfort level of the 2013 and later R1200GS for both touring and off-road riders. The extensively tested design extends the performance of the bike’s windshield by diverting buffeting underdrafts and turbulent air from the rider’s cockpit. 

Manufactured from tough, durable but lightweight and scratch resistant 4.5mm Quantum hard coated polycarbonate, ZTechnik say that “this material has the strength to handle the rugged off-road environment, and our state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and attention to detail are evident in the smooth radius edge, precision forming and excellent fit.
“These designs are fuller and higher than the small OEM cockpit fairing parts and proven to improve the riding experience in all types of riding conditions, from touring to adventure riding”.
They mount easily to existing points on the motorcycle in less than 15 minutes – mounting screws with special offset bushings keep the plastic away from the painted bodywork of the bike. All hardware is included.
All ZTechnik polycarbonate products are protected by a 3-year warranty against breakage. These GS fairing winglets are compatible with ZTechnik VStream windscreens, OEM windscreens and other windshields, as well as with ZTechnik's Z5220 windscreen stabiliser kit and ZTechnik headlight guards.



‘Black Line’ cases for Africa Twin

As part of their KVenture range, introduced in 2015, Kappa are now offering a classic three-piece set of squared aluminium ‘Black Line’ cases for the Africa Twin maxi Enduro with a Monokey mounting kit.  

The wide range of parts and accessories offered by Kappa for the CRF 1000L includes four spoiler/windscreen designs, each one different in shape and degree of protection, all able to mount to the OE fairing, using the factory fixing points; also available are engine guards, a carter protector and manifold protectors.

KAPPA S.r.l.


Versatile ‘Aviator’ 2.2

The ‘Aviator’ 2.2 from Airoh represents an evolution of the popular, original ‘Aviator’ design, the 2.1, inspired by the helmets worn by champions in world competitions that is said to be “perfect for use off or on the road”.
Made entirely from Carbon Kevlar, and therefore said to be one of the lightest helmets in its class at just 950 g, there are two shell sizes, a wide field of vision, numerous vents and an emergency system that allows quick removal of the control pads (A.E.F.R. - Airoh Emergency Fast Remove). The helmet is equipped with a dust filter and the inner lining has been designed and made with “the latest generation of materials to provide optimal ventilation and maximum breathability even under prolonged use”.
Accessories include the Airoh Go-Pro support kit for mounting a video camera on the extension spike, covers for the upper air intakes for use in rain or mud, as well as the screws and toolkit that allow for independent configurations. Aviator 2.2 is available in several colours, including black and white.



Ducati Superbike sintered clutch kits

Available for many Ducati Superbike clutch set-ups, leading European clutch specialist Surflex (based near Milan, Italy) has OE replacement sintered clutch disc kits available that are engineered for the high performance, torque-heavy demands of some of the most powerful superbikes on the market.

“It is a product of highest quality”, says Surflex, “100% Made in Italy, and backed by the experience gained in 65 years of pioneering manufacturing OE and replacement friction plates.
The company’s goal is still the same today as it was when it started - to improve performance for all bikes, and the kit “Modifying Surflex” was created for the purpose – using a very carefully researched and tested fine grade mixture with selected metal dusts, that have been sintered at high temperatures.
Surfex say their materials do not crumble, releasing dangerous dusts for the clutch and other engine parts, and they keep their friction properties and resistance to abrasion, even when the clutch is working for long periods at temperatures that conventional organic friction materials cannot handle.



Öhlins for MX/Enduro, MT-07, Africa Twin and custom builds

Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Swedish suspension specialist Öhlins updated several of its product lines with new applications at EICMA last November and introduced brand-new products such as their TTX ‘Flow’ “radical” rear shock for MX and Enduro applications.

STX 46 piggyback shock

First seen in IDN immediately after the show, it was developed for racers, but also delivers “unrivalled bike stability and traction” whatever the surface. Based on their established TTX technology and patent-pending internal pressure regulation and all-new ‘spool’ check valve system for rapid response, it “calms down the chassis” and delivers “improved traction comfort and predictability”.

‘Retro’ 43 front forks
NIX 22 cartridge kit

Also seen here, Öhlins are regularly reconfiguring the valves, coatings and materials of their shocks for new applications, and the popular NIX 22 cartridge kit is now available for the MT-07 (and XSR700), with the STX piggyback shock absorber technology now tuned for Honda’s CRF 1000L Africa Twin.
Designed to complement their STX rear shock absorber option and FSK 100 fork spring kit, the NIX 22 features compression damping in the left leg and rebound in the right. Said to be easily installed into the 22mm stock Yamaha MT-07 fork, Öhlins say it is a suitable upgrade for any road and track rider.

TTX ‘Flow’
For the Africa Twin Öhlins’ engineers have developed an STX 46 piggyback shock with remote spring preload adjuster for tuning of both the compression and rebound damping and adjustment from dirt to road and back again. Öhlins say that the improved traction and stability is very noticeable during acceleration and in cornering.
Finally, EICMA also saw a debut of a new Öhlins 43mm conventional universal fork, the ‘Retro’ 43, aimed specifically at builders in the fast growing custom motorcycle market.
The unit has been specifically designed for custom bike builders who want to give their machine “high-end suspension performance with a stunning custom look”. The kit has been developed in response to massive demand for Öhlins products from bike builders all over the world, including the legendary Roland Sands Designs team in the USA.
On the outside, the ‘Retro’ 43 comes with the familiar Öhlins Racing design in either black or the well-known gold version, whilst inside is the same NIX cartridge technology, bringing features such as the left leg compression and right side rebound damping adjustment to a custom-build fork for the first time.
With suspension quality at a premium in one-off custom bikes, the 130mm stroke and 800mm length of the ‘Retro’ 43 offer stability, tunability and “great bump absorption to ensure a smooth and comfortable ride”. For custom build versatility, the fork bottoms are delivered without brake caliper and fender mountings, enabling it to be easily adapted to custom configurations and any base model or donor bike.

“Öhlins engineers regularly reconfigure valves, coatings and materials of their latest products for new applications, such as with the newly tuned NIX 22 cartridge for the MT-07”

Robert Brinkmark, Öhlins Product and Marketing Manager, remarked: “The custom motorcycle scene continues to grow from strength to strength, and our latest ‘Retro’ 43 fork offers bike builders the world-renowned Öhlins performance in a stylish and sleek design. The NIX technology inside the fork ensures quick and simple adjustment to ensure the ride is as smooth as possible”.



“Adapted technology” suspension upgrade for Africa Twin

New for spring 2017, Showa is releasing a “Premium Upgrade Kit” for the Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin, using the “adapted technology” they developed for the Honda CRF450 RALLY Dakar Rally machine.

The new fork uses Showa’s ‘Emerald Coating’ on the inner tubes and rear cushion - a multi-layer titanium based surface treatment - and ‘Dimplush’ coating on the outer tube (think about it as being like the surface of a golf ball, but on a microscopic level -  a machined micro surface texture that creates pockets that retain oil). Both are processes that result in reduced friction and improved suspension performance, responsiveness and durability.

An off-road specific setting that can be operated without the use of a tool and while wearing gloves allows riders to adjust spring and damping force characteristics on rough roads.

Showa say that the combination of these technologies on an on/off-road machine “helps to achieve outstanding, comfortable ride feel and handling stability in off-road conditions and drastically enhance the off-road and street performance on all kinds of road and surface conditions”. 



Italian detailing for Britain’s Triumphs

Italian parts and accessory manufacturer Rizoma is always quick to cast its eye over the new models as they are introduced, and following launch of accessories for the BMW R nineT Scrambler, they have come up with a slew of options for three recent Triumphs – the Thruxton R, Bonneville T120 and the Street Twin.

Thruxton R

Depending on the model, starting at the front, Rizoma options include headlight fairing with billet aluminium adapter and lens grill, front fender, clip-on handlebars, risers, replacement mirror options, engine guards, marker lights, grips and levers.
Riding accessories include replacement pegs and adapters, tank caps, aluminium covers, rear fenders, LED lighting options, including fog auxiliaries, and supports for back and side bags.

Bonneville T120

Street Twin

Additional detailing can be added with a selection from engine protection bars, head covers, engine covers, ‘Rally’ style rider pegs with replaceable steel teeth, an adjustable shift lever, adjustable ‘3D’ brake and clutch levers, brake and clutch fluid tank caps, and alternate exhaust end cap options for the OEM exhaust.