Thursday, 15 June 2017

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Motorcycle registrations +3.43 percent in Spain in May

According to the latest data available from ANESDOR, the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain, new motorcycle registrations in May were +3.43 percent (up from the -14.71 percent seen in April) at 14,424 units. For the first five months of 2017 the market is -5.8 percent (60,061 units).

In moped terms May was +6.87 percent (+15.67 percent in April) at 1,618 units; for the year-to-date moped sales in Spain are +19.0 percent (7,138 units).
General Secretary of ANESDOR Jose Maria Riano has welcomed the growth saying that “after a slow start to the year, one influenced by the same Euro 3 effect seen elsewhere in Europe, the motorcycle and wider powered two-wheeler and light vehicles markets in Spain are showing healthy growth again.”
ANESDOR say that sales of mid-displacement motorcycles by +14 percent in May with 5,500 units registered, representing 38 percent of total PTW sales. Scooters were down a little in May (-0.7 percent) compared to May 2016 with 8,619 units sold – some 60 percent of the total PTW market in Spain.
Riano has again pointed to the age of the motorcycle fleet (“park”) in Spain (at an average of 14.7 years old) and called on the government to start incentivising replacement of older machines with new models through fiscal reform initiatives.
To mark World Environment Day (June 5, 2017) ANESDOR released data concerning e-bikes in Spain, saying that so far this year ( to May 31st) 1,099 two-wheel electric vehicles (motorcycles and mopeds) had been registered, which is up by +66 percent on the first five months of 2016.


Yamaha hits 500th Grand Prix racing victory milestone

Yamaha is celebrating a momentous landmark in its successful motorcycle racing history with  Maverick Viñales having secured their 500th race win at the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit in France. 

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM, the global governing body of motorcycle racing) has officially declared that, according to their statistical records, Yamaha has enjoyed victories in the 125cc (47 wins), 250cc (165 wins), 350cc (63 wins), 500cc (120 wins) and MotoGP class (105 wins), adding up to a sensational 500 Grand Prix wins in total.
Out of all Yamaha riders, current MotoGP class racer Valentino Rossi is the biggest achiever. His love story with the YZR-M1 has been going strong for many years and has resulted in 55 wins to date. Teammate Viñales has only been competing as part of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team for five races, but has established an impressive 60% victory rate on the Yamaha, thanks to his wins in Qatar, Argentina and France.
Yamaha‘s list of Grand Prix victors is full of legends - Jorge Lorenzo (44 wins), Phil Read (39 wins), Eddie Lawson (26 wins), Wayne Rainey (24 wins), Kenny Roberts Sr. (24 wins), Bill Ivy (21 wins), Carlos Lavado (19 wins), Luca Cadalora (13 wins), Giacomo Agostini (12 wins), and many more.
To give an overview of the magnitude of the effort put in by all its Grand Prix riders, Yamaha has created a micro website, which features a special 500th victory video, an infograph, some of the best historical photographs of Yamaha‘s 56-year Grand Prix racing run, as well as overviews of all the victories, riders and bikes that made this massive achievement possible.


IVM elects new President

German adventure touring specialist Touratech hosted the annual general meeting of the IVM, the German motorcycle industry trade association, in June.

The newly elected IVM board members, together with Touratech founder and host of the IVM annual general meeting Herbert Schwarz, from left to right: Herbert Schwarz, IVM President Ralf Keller, Yamaha Germany, First Vice President Henning Putzke, BMW Motorrad, and President and representative of the aftermarket Ronald Kabella, Bucher AG/Motorex. The re-elected Second Vice President Ralph Zimmer is unfortunately missing.

Among the news to come from the meeting was the election of a new IVM President following the resignation of BMW’s Heiner Faust, who has moved to the Munich manufacturer’s automotive division.
Replacing him is former Vice President Ralf Keller, of Yamaha Motor Germany, with Henning Putzke of BMW Motorrad as first Vice President and Ralph Zimmer, of Piaggio Deutschland, as second Vice President, and Ronald Kabella, of Bucher AG/Motorex, Switzerland, as a representative of the supply chain and aftermarket.

Australia motorcycle sales

Motorcycle sales down in Q1 in Australia

According to the latest data released by Australia’s Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the market there suffered a -13.4 percent decline in the first quarter of 2017 compared with the same period in 2016.
Sales for the 2017 first quarter totalled 21,794 units compared with 25,160 for the same January – March period in 2016. The first quarter decline comes after a busy 2016 in Australia, in which the industry recorded its best annual result since 2009.
Both the road and off-road segments recorded declines during the first three months of 2017, with road bikes down -15.5 percent and off-road down -15.3 percent. The ATV/SS market showed only a small drop of -1.3 percent.
Scooter sales, which have been in slow decline for several years, fell by -22.3 percent. Piaggio remained top seller in the scooter market with 293 sales. Second place was taken by Vespa with 240 sales, and Honda third with 198 sales.
Harley-Davidson retained its top selling status overall among the road bikes with 2,261 sales for the first quarter, followed by Honda (1,943 sales) and Yamaha (1,455).
The top selling manufacturer in the off-road category was Yamaha with 1,734 sales; followed by Honda with 1,467 sales and KTM (1,393).
Polaris led the ATV segment with 1,244 sales. It was followed by Honda with 908 sales, and close behind it in third place, Yamaha with 845 sales.
In overall market share terms, Honda was “top dog” selling 4,516 units in total, followed by Yamaha (4,094 units), Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, KTM and Suzuki.
The top selling road bike in Australia in the first quarter was Honda’s NBC110, which was also the best selling learner approved motorcycle scheme model (LAMS); Harley’s FXSB (Softail Breakout) was the top selling cruiser; Piaggio’s Fly 150 the top selling Scooter;  Yamaha’s YZF-R3A and WR450F topped the sports touring and Enduro sectors respectively; Harley dominated the tourers, and Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ was the bestselling Adventure tourer, with their CRF 450R the top MX/off-road machine, and the ‘GROM’ the bestselling naked style bike.


Optional extras from GIVI

In addition to its most famous product lines such as cases, helmets and bags, GIVI also makes a number of other useful accessories designed to improve the standard set-up, protection, riding comfort, luggage capacity and safety of many popular motorcycle models.

Their FB range of fairing upper brackets includes the 12mm diameter screen bracket seen here that holds a GPS or smartphone above the control panel, fully compatible with bike sat navs Tom Tom Rider 40-400-410 and all Garmin Zumo using GIVI's dedicated supports. The company says that “our FB range of fairing upper brackets is guaranteed to be compatible with both original screens and GIVI screens.” The bracket is at present available for the Yamaha Tracer 700 and 900, Honda NC750X and Kawasaki Versys 650, with more applications being added regularly.

Also available is a light mounting kit for bikes with no engine guard. GIVI’s model-specific LS kits (the Versys 650 version is seen here) have a 25mm diameter tube structure that can also be used for hooking on an action camera. Pairs of GIVI lights presently available are their S310 high-beam halogen, the S320/S321 LED fog lights - at present also available for BMW R nineT and R1200 RT, Yamaha Tracer and Honda NC750X.

GIVI’s RM01 universal rear mud flap fits with model-specific mounting. Made of ABS with an inner metal core, the bracket fits to the left side of the swingarm - available for Yamaha Tracer 700 and 900, Honda NC750X and S and Kawasaki Versys 650.

GIVI S.r.l.

Nitron Racing Systems

Adjustable Nitron shocks for MT-10

Founded in 1998 and with headquarters in Oxfordshire, England’s famed ‘Motorsport Valley’, British manufacturer Nitron has launched a new fully serviceable upgrade shock range for the new Yamaha MT-10. With the damper fluid under pressure from the nitrogen gas charged cell, the performance from the shocks are far more temperature stable and the feel is under heavy or prolonged use if more consistent. 

Nitron shocks feature a full range of adjustable features including rebound damping to fully adjustable independent high/low speed compression – with a far wider and more linear range of adjustment that the OE unit it replaces; 14 or 16mm induction hardened, super polished piston rod; progressive cellular bump stop; Teflon lined “Ultimate Low Friction” spherical bearings and a “FLEXaLIGHT” coated silicone steel spring.
Pre-set in production, their gas pressurised 40mm R1 large piston mono-tube damping system is said to offer all riders immediate improvements in both handling and ride, in particular under hard and prolonged conditions. For more confident and experienced riders the extra adjustment functions of the R2, R3 and 46mm Race Pro versions allow settings to be tailored to their own requirements and preferences.

For quick and easy ride height adjustment, an easy to use remote, hydraulic pre-load adjuster (HPA) option is recommended for improved convenience. The mono-tube shock body has a hard anodised titanium finish and spring finish options include standard Nitron blue or titanium black.
Nitron uses state-of-the-art dynamometers, 5-axis CNC machines and the latest 3d CAD techniques and brings considerable machining, materials technology, hydraulics, bike engineering and F1 racing experience to their shock absorber design programmes.



Comms ready ‘Uptown’ and ‘Droid’ flip-up

Caberg’s elegant new ‘Uptown’ classic jet style helmet has been “conceived for the touring world, while also being ideal for everyday urban use,” according to the Italian manufacturer.
Available in two 1,150 +/-50gr polycarbonate shell sizes, two front air vents and rear extractors deliver excellent ventilation and features include Caberg’s exclusive Double Visor Tech system with glove-friendly inner sun visor. The extra wide aerodynamic outer transparent visor is anti-scratch treated and prepared to fit the Pinlock lens; lateral ratchets prevent the visor from rubbing against the shell.


The micrometric buckle makes for safe and easy adjustments, and a ring means secure attachment of the helmet to the bike. The removable and washable lining is made from breathable fabrics and ‘Uptown’ is preset for use with Caberg’s ‘Just Speak S’ Bluetooth wireless communication system, which allows the rider to communicate with the passenger and their cellphone, to connect to a GPS system and to listen to music through an mp3 player or mobile phone. ‘Just Speak S’ uses the Bluetooth A2DP profile.
Also seen here is Caberg’s ‘Droid’ flip-up – “a model with an aggressive look and a distinct identity, with avantgarde technical solutions for the most demanding touring riders.”
Available in two 1,550 gr +/- 50 gr polycarbonate shell sizes, the chin guard has two individually adjustable air vents to drive air directly to the inner surface of the visor, avoiding misting even during extreme weather conditions, according to the company. The glove-friendly ventilation system has a wide adjustable front vent and inner air channels and two additional chin guard vents.


Caberg say they were the first Italian manufacturer to introduce a flip-up and that the experience gained has resulted in a design that has received the dual P/J homologation which, among other benefits for the stocking dealer and their customers, allows the helmet to be ridden with the chin guard open thanks to the lever on the left side of the helmet – when in the ‘J’ position this lever locks the chin guard in the fully open position, avoiding accidental closing.
‘Droid’ is also equipped with Caberg’s exclusive Double Visor Tech system with anti-scratch treated inner sun visor and anti-scratch/anti-fog clear outer with Max Vision Pinlock lens.
The ‘Droid’ has an entirely removable and washable lining and is made with high-grade hypoallergenic and transpiring fabrics, spectacle-friendly cheek pads and is Caberg ‘Just Speak S’ comms system ready.



WRP off-road discs

These WRP (Italy) brake discs for off-road bike applications are a “superb alternative to the original rotors”, according to Export Sales Director Francesco Fabbri.  

“Other than being attractive to the eye, compared to OEM discs important technical features of WRP discs include faster braking response, improved heat dissipation and excellent brake pad contact with constant brake pad cleaning”.
Made in Europe, all WRP brake discs are laser-cut from plates of AISI 420 grade stainless steel and heat-treated to improve strength and endurance.
The front discs are available either in standard or oversize 270mm dimensions, with floating disc versions of the oversize also available. They are available for most popular off-road racing bikes.