Thursday, 22 June 2017

Italian new motorcycle registrations

Italy – new motorcycle registrations +3.09 percent for first five months of 2017

According to the latest data released by ANCMA (the Milan based motorcycle industry trade association for Italy), new motorcycle registrations were up by + 12.32 percent in April (11,928 units), having been approximately “flat” for April 2017 at +0.13 percent (9,928 units), they are now running at +3.09 percent for the year-to-date at 42,230 units.

Allowing for mopeds and low cc scooters, total PTW registrations in Italy were +13.91 percent in May (28,630 units), having been -9.85 percent in April (21,494 units) and are now running at +2.37 percent (95,612 units) for the first five months of the year.
Scooter sales are +1.82 percent for the period January to May inclusive, at 53,409 units; Honda’s SH 150/300/1256 variants are the top sellers (14,225 units between them); followed by Piaggio’s Beverly 300 ABS (3,406 units), the Yamaha TMAX 500 (2,093 units) and the 350 non-ABS Beverly (1,930 units); Yamaha sold 1,198 units of the 300 TMAX variant and Honda sold 1,168 units of their X-ADV 750.
The top selling motorcycles in Italy so far in 2017 are BMW’s R 1200 GS (2,029 units); Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ (1,641 units); Yamaha’s MT-09 ‘Tracer’ (1,335 units); Honda’s NC 750 X (1,334 units); the Ducati Scrambler 800 (1,218 units); and BMW’s R 1200 GS ‘Adventure (1,213 units).
In sector growth terms, the Touring (+13.36 percent, 6,433 units) and ‘Naked’ (the largest sector by style, +10.88 percent, 15,429 units) markets are showing the strongest growth; Enduro models, the second largest in Italy by styling sector, were -4.56 percent (13,300 units) for the year-to-date, with sportsbike models +6.83 percent (2,293 units).
The 126-200cc sector has seen strongest growth in power-band terms so far this year at +14.98 percent (11,798 units); with the 201-250cc market down by -50.95 percent (1,490 units). The 601-750cc market is +7.89 percent (10,643 units YTD), the 751-1000cc market is +3.71 percent (13,769 units) and the over 1000cc market is +4.54 percent YTD (12,298 units). The biggest market in Italy in displacement terms remains the 251-500cc market (22,645 units, +4.08 percent YTD).
For 2016 motorcycle registrations in Italy were +21.49 percent at 75,936 units, a third straight year of growth; total PTW registrations were +13.26 percent for the full year at 193,814 units – also a third straight year of growth (the Italian market having fallen to a low of 153,933 total PTW registrations in 2013). Scooter registrations were +117.88 percent for 2016 at 117,814 units.


Ducati turnover and sales continue to grow

The year 2016 was another positive one for Ducati – the company delivered 55,451 motorcycles to customers all over the world, recording an increase in sales for the seventh consecutive year (+1.2%; 642 more motorcycles than in 2015). The result translated into a turnover of €731 million, with an increase of +4.1% compared to 2015 (€702 million). 

At the end of the fiscal year 2016, Ducati also contributed an operating result of €51 million (2015: €54 million) and an operating margin of 7% to the Audi Group.
“The continuous evolution of our range, both in terms of quality and technology, the constant development of our dealer network and the effectiveness of a strategy based on investments aimed at the products, the quality and the customers, have enabled the company to continue on its growth curve,” declared Claudio Domenicali, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati Motor Holding.
European markets have made a significant contribution to achieving this result, many of them reporting double-digit growth. In Italy sales have risen by +20 percent, while in Spain sales rose by +38%. The number of motorcycles delivered in Germany increased by +8 percent compared with the previous year.
The United States confirms its position as Ducati's number one market, reaching a quota of 8,787 motorcycles delivered to customers. Among the non-European markets, the significant performance of the brand in China, where Ducati doubled the previous year’s result (+120%), is notable. Motorcycles sold in Brazil increased by +36% and by +215% in Argentina.
This year has seen the launch of seven new models: the 1299 Superleggera, the Ducati SuperSport, the Multistrada 950, the Monster 797, Monster 1200 and two new versions of the Ducati Scrambler - Scrambler Cafe Racer and Scrambler Desert Sled. Ducati is currently selling through more than 780 dealers in over 90 countries.


Kellermann launch new premium dealer strategy

Aachen, Germany based motorcycle lights manufacturer Kellermann GmbH has introduced a new Premium Dealer programme, initially in Germany.
The new CEO of Kellermann, Dr. Stefan Wöste, highlighted the important role of their sales partners in the success of the company. “Our dealers and sales partners have been vital contributors to the success of Kellermann in the last almost 30 years. That has made us become one of the market leaders in the LED indicators market,” he said.
From April 2017 a new website has offered a separate B2B dealer shop with new discount rates, and registered dealers can also be displayed on a geographical map.
Kellermann says it will separate their partners into four segments: Dealers, Dealers & Workshop, Premium Dealers and Premium Dealers & Workshop. 

“Premium Dealers will not only benefit from further improved terms and conditions, but will also be able to showcase the Kellermann products live and in action with a newly developed display,” said Wöste. “We know that our products convince customers who are able to see them in use. While it is not always possible to show products installed on a motorcycle in a dealership, this new display will showcase our products ideally and support the dealer’s sales pitch in the best possible way”!
Dealers who want to work with Kellermann, or upgrade to the new Premium Dealer level, should register online at at the dealer shop.

Japanese made motorcycle exports

Japanese made motorcycle exports to Europe +24.7 percent for first four months of 2017

The latest data released by JAMA (the automotive trade association in Japan, which includes representation of motorcycle manufacturers among its membership) shows exports of 250cc+ Japanese made motorcycles to Europe up by a massive +61.44 percent in April 2017 (29,867 units), having been up by +4.48 percent in March (23,853 units) to make them +24.69 percent for the first four months of the year (101,810 units).

For the full year 2016 exports of 250+cc motorcycles to Europe were +18.83 percent at 180,290 units – the best full year performance experienced by the Japanese factories in Europe since the 201,000 exported in 2010, but still a long way south of the 420,000 exported in 2007 and 461,000 in 2000.
Japanese manufactured total PTW exports to Europe were +24.88 percent in February (28,767 units), “flat” for March at +0.05 percent (24,201 units) and up by +55.01 percent in April (30,510 units), putting them at +21.35 percent for the first four months of 2017 (104,064 units in total so far). They had been +17.83 percent for the full year 2016 at 201,182 units in total - the best annual number for Japanese made PTW exports to Europe since 2010 (228,722 units).
Motorcycle shipments from Japan to the USA were -20.48 percent for the first four months of the year at just 27,057 units, having been -9.36 percent for the full year 2016 at 72,458 units; worldwide Japanese made 250+cc motorcycle exports were +9.64 percent for the same period (157,075 units – the highest since 2012), having been +2.34 percent for the full year 2016 (322,602 units).
Total worldwide Japanese manufactured PTW exports were +4.81 percent for the first three months of 2017 (185,863 units), having been +2.61 percent for the full year 2016 at 428,619 units – their second lowest in the 21st century, having bottomed out at 417,000 in 2015; they peaked at 1.641m units in 2000.
The increasing number of units being made by the Japanese manufacturers elsewhere in Asia, the US and South/Central America goes some way to explaining the data, though the majority of higher value, larger displacement Japanese brand machines, especially those being sold in Europe, are still made in Japan.
Their overseas factories are primarily engaged in making and selling scooters and smaller capacity units in 'emerging' markets (where import tariffs are high) and in making ATV/UTV units, especially in the United States, where demand for such machines is strongest.


New test rig for brakes

Spanish manufacturer Galfer has developed a new inertia dynamometer test rig for brake friction control – allowing the accurate testing of pads and discs and the materials they are made from and the manufacturing processes used to make them.

Based on the company’s 60-plus years of experience in developing and manufacturing friction materials, the rig is the result of some 30 months of development, and it has been in use at its Granollers facility near Barcelona since 2016.
Described by the company as a key component in their research, development and innovation of brake components, this versatile tool is able to simulate braking conditions and variables, and to control and analyse key performance parameters such as speed, braking power, coefficient of friction, fade effect, pressure on the lever and in the pump, sensitivity to that pressure, caliper, pad and disc temperature and resistance and durability.

Tests can be customised for OE and OES standard validations and certification as well as for developing new materials. The vast range of applications allows simulation of every kind of vehicle, from a scooter at 40 km/h to a custom motorcycle weighing more than 450 kg.
Using real telemetry data in the bench testing programme (obtained at closed speed circuits, with speeds in excess of 350 km/h) has marked a “real milestone in our research, design and innovation”, said Export Sales Manager Ivo Bristot.
“The test rig is driven by an electric motor with a max. power of 285 CV (210kW) and has state-of-the-art digital technology. It has a speed range of 0-360 km/h and temperature range of up to 800 degrees centigrade, meaning we can broaden and deepen the test parameters we are able to subject our materials and products to, speed up the testing and validation process, and quickly respond to new market opportunities and demand from our distributors and dealers. It really does take brake testing into a new dimension. Everybody should check out the demonstration video on our website”.

Omnia Racing

Robby Moto race-ready street bike parts

Italian distributor Omnia Racing is offering dealers the prestigious Italian made race-derived parts programme by Robby Moto Engineering (RME).

Founded in 1996 by Gianpaolo Neviani, the race team turned top end manufacturer’s SPECIAL PARTS programme started 11 years ago with racing rearsets, now a staple of the WSBK paddock, and a firm favourite with sportsbike riders the world over – riders who place a premium on genuine race engineering and race proven parts designs and engineering.

In keeping with the original ethos of World Superbike racing, materials (Ergal alloy, titanium, aluminium) and engineering are specified with the intention of making genuine race parts available for street use – the range stretches from rearsets, triple clamps, chain adjusters, handlebars and clip-ons to camshafts, pistons, connecting rods, fuel tank caps, fork preload adjusters, quick action throttles, rear brake pumps, workshop tools and front/rear stands.
RME’s elegant, lightweight and race-ready designs are internationally renowned and available internationally for most popular Hypersport and Superbike makes and models through Omnia Racing.


BMW Motorrad

Connected future

BMW has presented a vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels - the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, the design study “unites digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels. It treads new paths and moves beyond established conventions, both with regard to design and technology,” the company says. 

“The Concept Link is not based on today’s concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs, the technical architecture and the digital reality of today’s users. The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment,” said Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad.
A reverse gear ensures that it is easy to manoeuvre, making it ideal to park in tight city spaces. The classic instrument cluster has been dropped. Instead speed, navigation and battery information is projected onto the windshield directly into the rider’s field of vision. Secondary information is displayed on a large-surface panel located below the handlebars. The panel enables a large number of possible ways of interacting with the outside world and for communicating with other vehicles.
The rider equipment is also connected to the vehicle. To highlight this connection, a motion on the arm of the jacket opens and closes the sliding door of the luggage compartment. A stitch on the arm signifies the active area.

Andreani Group

Bonneville and Street Twin suspension kit; Oil recovery tub

Italian suspension specialist Andreani Group is offering a model-specific kit for the Triumph Street Twin 900 and Bonneville T100 / T120 (2015 and up). The kit is based around Öhlins traditional FG 433 (gold version) forks and FG 434 (black version) to better control the front wheel and improve riding stability and comfort.

The kit includes complete CNC-machined triple clamps, wheel axle with spacers, front fender, lights housing, instrumentation and brake caliper supports; it is completely Plug & Play, as it is easy to mount and fully adaptable with all original components.
Also seen here, and developed in-house by Andreani's R&D department, is a stainless steel oil recovery tub specially designed to avoid any kind of oxidation. They look good, are easy to fit and measure 70cm in length, 35cm in height and 23.5cm in width, with a 3cm outer diameter final tube.

Andreani International Sales Manager Luciano Ubaldini says that “we have been asked several times where we get our oil recovery tubs, which we use for our workbenches for shock and front fork oils. Now, as we needed to build some new ones for our own workstations, we decided to build extras to give our customers the special, but strictly limited opportunity to buy them”.



‘Seattle’ Evo riding sneakers

Italian specialist Stylmartin’s ‘Seattle’ sneakers are crafted in oily suede leather and now come in a wider range of sizes (36-47), catering to the needs of urban women riders.

The “comfortable fit” of this sneaker is due to “lasting”, a method that improves foot support, with the upper, insole and outsole shaped and completed around the last. Adding to comfort are anatomical, removable and micro-perforated insoles for breathability. The oily suede leather upper is water repellent treated; internally it has a waterproof and breathable membrane and PU malleolus protectors. Additional features include reinforced wear and tear areas such as the gear shift. The ‘Seattle’ is CE certified to level 2 (EN 13634:2015).
Two sets of laces are included as standard (black with fluo yellow edges and distressed grey), and it comes in black with vintage finishes. A further touch of hi-viz yellow is mirrored in the rear reflex insert.



Accessory kit for Yamaha Tracer 700

Kappa’s model-specific accessory kit for Yamaha’s Tracer 700 medium-size touring bike includes cases, bags and a top case to make the bike more versatile.

Consisting of two quick-release side case racks, the KLR2130 rack supports all cases in the Monokey range, including the aluminium, squared KVenture; the KLXR2130 rack is dedicated to the pair of streamlined and compact K33 side cases with the Monokey side attach system. The KZ2130 rack makes a wide choice of Monokey and Monolock top cases available; a pair of Tracer 700 specific side frames allow safe fitting of panniers and a bag with Kappa's Tanklock system has been designed for the Tracer 700 gas cap.
Aerodynamic screens, engine guards and mud flaps are available, with three specific screens to allow tuning of the aerodynamics. Their KD2130S model has a tinted finish and is 12 cm higher than the original (51 x 41 cm); the KD2130ST model is transparent and 17 cm higher (56 x 41 cm); the third option is a low, matt black sports model (KD2130BO) - unobtrusive and ideal for summer, according to Kappa. There is a choice of two model-specific engine guards in 25 mm steel tubing, front protection, and a universal rear mud flap with Tracer 700 mounting kit.
Additional parts include a pair of universal extra halogen lights, which can be positioned on the engine guard tube or mounted with an LS2130; ABS extensions for the standard Yamaha handguards provide increased protection; an aluminium and steel support allows the ground footing of the Tracer's side stand to be increased, and a bracket is available to mount GPS/smartphone holders behind the screen, using the two standard struts.

KAPPA S.r.l.