Friday, 7 July 2017

UK motorcycle registrations

UK motorcycle registrations -13.46 percent January to May

The latest data released by the MCIA (Motorcycle Industry Association) in the UK still makes for disappointing reading, even allowing for the Euro 3 inventory pre-registration cross-over.

Motorcycle registrations in March were -11.29 percent (13,818 units), -15.28 percent in April (9,743 units) and are -9.64 percent for May (10,264 units) – which is also behind the 2015 market performance. For the year to date the UK market is -13.46 percent with 41,689 units sold.
Moped sales were -24.25 percent in April (-29.27 percent in March, -25.82 percent in April) and are running at -24.11 percent year-to-date (2,502 units).
In total PTW terms the UK was down -10.48 percent in May at 10,792 units (-15.91 percent in April/10,283 units) and the market is running at -14.14 percent year-to-date (44,191 units).
‘Naked’ style bikes remain the most popular in the UK (13,095 units YTD), followed by Adventure Sport models (7,970 units YTD); the scooter market has seen sales drop by 25.2 percent YTD (7,542 units) and the historically dominant Supersport market is down -24.6 percent (4,333 units), with Touring and Sport Touring models off -13.9 percent and -11.8 percent respectively.
In power band terms the only growth seen is in the 651-1000cc market (+0.3 percent YTD, 12,780 units) and above 1000cc with sales of the largest machines +1.3 percent YTD (9,780 units); the combined 651+cc market was worth 22,560 so far this year, which is around 50 percent of the total.
The best-selling ‘Naked’ style motorcycle model in the UK in May was Triumph’s Street Triple RS; their Bonneville Bobber was the best-selling Custom style bike, with BMW’s R 1200 GS topping the Adventure Sport sector; Kawasaki’s Z1000 SX was the best-selling Sport Tourer.
Honda is overall market share leader (motorcycles and scooters), having sold 2,075 units in the UK in May; followed by Yamaha (1,534), Triumph (1,149), BMW (907) and Kawasaki (688).


Many major OEs now
signed up for AIMExpo,

Columbus, Ohio, September 21-24

Following the decision to relocate AIMExpo from Orlando, Florida, to the midwestern United States, the events division of the MIC (Motorcycle Industry Council), which owns and operates the expo, has announced that it now has exhibit involvement from “most of the major OE motorcycle manufacturers with significant North American sales.”

With the motorcycle division of Polaris (Indian Motorcycle and Slingshot) and Harley-Davidson announcing that they will exhibit for the first time, and BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products – Can-Am, See-Doo and Ski-Doo) renewing their commitment, many analysts are now forecasting that the event will have reached “critical mass” in terms of its ability to attract dealers.

Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager of organiser MIC Events: “Some 41% of powersports dealers and 50% of the US population reside within 500 miles of AIMExpo’s new location in the city of Columbus”

Other motorcycle and powersports industry vehicle manufacturers to have confirmed their plans to exhibit include Honda, American Lifan, KTM, CFMoto, Textron Off-Road (including the recently acquired Arctic Cat), Kawasaki, Suzuki, Kymco, Yamaha, SSR Motorsports/Benelli, Hisun Motors and Spanish trials and e-bike specialist Torrot Gas Gas. Additionally, BMW are providing corporate demo rides at AIMExpo Outdoors.
As this edition of IDN went to press, the only major omissions appear to be Triumph, Ducati and Piaggio/Vespa, which is a real surprise, given how well each claim to be doing in the U.S. and their stated ambitions to grow their sales and dealer networks further.
Notable European aftermarket vendors confirmed already include Akrapovic, Puig/Motoplastic, Avon Tyres, Beringer Brakes, Continental, Polisport, EBC Brakes, Givi, PROX Racing Parts, Heidenau, Motorex (who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year), SW-Motech, NEXX, Ohlins, UFO Plast, TecMate, Wind Trading and Oxford Products.
“At this time, some 80 percent of the available floorspace is contracted,” Larry Little, Vice President & General Manager of organizer MIC Events, told IDN Magazine when we spoke with him in June. “Some 41% of powersports dealers and 50% of the US population reside within 500 miles of AIMExpo’s new location in the city of Columbus. This central location and ease of access offers all attendees the opportunity to engage with the greater powersports industry like never before.
“From a manufacturer’s point of view, the timing is perfect as it offers an opportunity for new model year launches to be shown to a consumer audience soon after the ranges have been introduced to dealers.”
AIMExpo is trade only for its first two days, September 21/22, followed by two public/consumer days at the weekend, September 23/24, a schedule that provides the North American powersports industry with a similar expo formula to the one that has been commonplace at world leading motorcycle industry shows such as INTERMOT (Cologne, Germany) and EICMA (Milan, Italy).
Little went on to say that “the show’s platform was created to shine a spotlight on American industry as well as the world’s largest recreational powersports market. The European style two-day trade/two-day consumer attendance formula will mean all our 500 plus exhibitors will be appreciated by media, trade and consumer audiences alike.”

News Briefs

KTM Industries AG has sold its 24 percent minority interest in AGM Durmont Austria GmbH to the previous majority owner and parent company AGM Group of Troy, Michigan, USA - a multinational manufacturer of vehicle interiors, lighting and electronic components in the automotive industry.

A report in the US says that sportbike sales dropped by -4.7% over a 12 month period that ended in October 2016. According to the data set put together by Statistical Surveys Inc., 75,469 sportbikes were registered in the United States during the prior 12 months, compared to the 79,225 motorcycles that were registered the previous year.

In the US Polaris has launched what it says is a first in youth off-road vehicles – to date the single-seat Polaris ACE 150 EFI is the industry’s only single-seat youth model with a protective cab frame. It gives kids of 10 years and older “the single-seat freedom enjoyed by their adult counterparts,” said Craig Scanlon, Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Chief Retail Officer.

US distributor SpeedMob has added the Italian EVR Special Parts line of premium race products to its burgeoning range of European brand products. EVR was founded in 1994 by former racer Edo Vigna – the man credited with having, in effect, invented the slipper clutch. EVR produces world class wet and dry slipper clutches, carbon fibre airboxes and other race components.


Kawasaki unit sales up in “developed markets” for 2016-2017 fiscal

For their full year 2016-2017 (the period to March 31st 2017) Kawasaki is reporting net sales from its Motorcycle & Engine division of 313.0 bn yen, down by -6.1 percent (-20.5 bn yen) from the same period of 2015/2016; with operating income down by -25.5 percent at 11.7 bn yen. It ascribes the decline to the appreciation in the value of the yen during the period and in the sales of motorcycles to its “emerging markets”.
Total worldwide motorcycle, UTV, ATV and PWC unit sales in the full year were 540,000 units (up from 524,000 units 2015 – 2016); of which 153,000 were motorcycle sales in “developed markets” (up from 135,000 units and generating 112.6 bn yen), 321,000 were sales in “emerging markets” (down from 328,000 and generating 86.9 bn yen) and 66,000 units were utility vehicles, ATVs and PWC (up from 61,000 and generating 73.3 bn yen).
The Motorcycle (and Engine) division delivered 20 percent of overall corporate net sales, down from 22 percent in 2015-2016.

SBS Friction

SBS introduces three brake disc ranges

Leading motorcycle brake pad manufacturer SBS Friction has now added brake discs to its product range.
The new SBS disc range is “dedicated to riders who appreciate quality components on their bikes”, says Chief Sales Officer Christel Munk Pedersen. “These new discs are made here in Europe with designs that are based on our extensive race and street know-how and experience”.

The programme comprises three lines - a Standard range, which meets the demands for OEM replacements that offer durable and comfortable braking; the SBS Signature discs - specifically designed to increase brake feel, performance, comfort and looks; and an oversized discs line especially for off-road use.
 “We have been in braking for more than 50 years and offer the most comprehensive brake pad range in the market. By adding brake discs as well as brake shoes and accessory parts such as brake pins, we are now able to offer a very strong and attractive product portfolio, underlining our status as the brake specialist.
“Our distributors will now have all frequently sold brake wear parts in one unique, respected and well-established brand. This will support their sales and marketing activities and on the logistics side, they will be able to improve order handling and logistics operations due to “one-stop brake parts shopping and our customer support, with commercial and technical services, will be able to help distributors and dealers with even more braking products”.
The SBS Standard line has the application-specific shape, construction and dimensions to make them a true OEM replacement disc. “Typically they have the round contour that is preferred by riders who want to stay with the original visual appearance of their bike”, says Pedersen.

For those who want to upgrade their braking set-up, the SBS Signature Design range of discs features characteristics that improve on the OEM and replacement discs. “They offer increased performance and design features that improve the capability to get friction material constantly cleaned off the disc surface. With its SBS Signature Design, the line also appeals to those who want to visually upgrade their bike and stand out from mainstream looks”.
SBS’ oversized discs have larger diameters than the OEM product they replace and are typically used for off-road front brakes, offering increased stopping power and better brake feeling. 
“When it comes to quality, it has been important for us to offer a product range that matches the high level expected of our brake pads.
“We are known for delivering a high quality standard with focus on performance, comfort and durability, and we haven’t compromised with these new discs. The SBS name is thought of as a quality stamp and is our customers’ and their riders’ guarantee of quality”.


Parts Europe

Icon TiMax-Collection and Tuscadero ladies jacket

Parts Europe has two new product lines available in their popular ICON apparel programme - one is the return of a favourite, the other a new opportunity for women riders to enjoy real comfort.

The ICON TiMax-Collection has returned, interpreted with a modern twist and featuring D3O impact protectors and a removable vest liner. What is staged as a battle against dragons and fire in the Youtube video also looks almost as anarchic in this updated ICON design. Sturdy leather, massive titanium plates and a powerful design are features of a jacket that is available with matching long or short gloves and riding pants with integrated flex zones in the knee area and removable D3O impact protectors.
Also seen here, ICON say that the ‘One Thousand’ Tuscadero jacket is a high quality textile jacket with leather panels that has been “developed for women who take riding a bike seriously, with an anatomically correct ergonomic fit that is designed to deal with the miles”.

The pyramid leather panelling around the shoulders “not only looks great, but offers additional protection. Rugged but soft textile that can withstand a rain shower is combined with a complete D3O impact protector kit (including back protector) and removable SatinCore vest liner”.



Introducing the Kellermann Bullet Atto – “small, powerful and perfectly formed!”

Aachen, Germany based manufacturer Kellermann GmbH have added to their award-winning, popular, premium bullet lights programme with a new design - the Bullet Atto, an extremely small and spectacularly bright indicator.

Company CEO Dr Stefan Wöste says: “The Bullet Atto is compact with excellent illuminating power and our smallest indicator ever”.
The light surface of the Atto would fit four times on a 1 cent coin – this reduction in indicator unit size offers completely new styling options for the motorcycle. “In fact, the Bullet Atto basically disappears on the motorcycle. This indicator will only grab the attention when it really has to”!
The Bullet Atto flashes with the intensity of Kellermann’s larger, but still quite discreet, bullet lights with “maximum illuminating power at minimal size, in short - sensationally small, spectacularly bright”!

The optimised light channelling is managed through a smart system of lenses and reflectors. In addition to Kellermann’s established high power LED technology, their R&D team used new EXtranz technology for the first time - Extreme Optical Transparency technology.
The complete electronics of the Bullet Atto are in the casing; this indicator can be plugged into the 12 volt net directly, and is approved (in Europe) as front or rear indicator.
Suitable for 12 volt DC applications, the integrated circuit-operated 330 KHz design is protected by long life “Protection Guard”. The company, having been a target for product counterfeiting in the past, has their design and technology covered by European Design Protection; the Atto (a metric unit prefix denoting a factor of 10 to the -18 … in other words, very small!) is manufactured in a high quality metal housing and mounts with a M5 x 0.5 x 6.5 fastening screw.



Bonneville T120 parts

Italian accessory specialist GIVI has turned its attention to the Triumph T120 with a model-specific range that includes luggage racks, mounting systems for side bags and cases, ‘Race Café’ style mounting kits and engine guards. GIVI’s model-specific component designs can be added to with selections from their extensive ranges of universal fit accessories, tankbags and saddlebags.

Their SR6410 rack, in black anodised steel, is designed to match the shape and finish of the stock grab rail; the PL6410 is a gloss black sidecase holder for Monokey cases (aluminium Dolomiti DLM30 side cases pictured); and the TMT6410 is a model-specific mounting frame for a pair of MT501 vertical load Metro-T line thermoformed sidebags utilising the new ‘Multilock’ branded mounting system. 

Also available is a T120 specific kit for mounting a bag above the round headlight of GIVI’s Bonneville ‘Race Café’ screen - available in natural colour, anodised aluminium or anodised black, and a 25mm T120 specific engine guard in black anodised steel to protect the engine cylinders.

Bags can also be attached to the tank, saddle or rear rack, and GIVI recommends their Metro-T line MT504 5-litre thermoformed magnet-mount bag and MT502 30-litre bag/backpack.

GIVI S.r.l.

Monday, 3 July 2017

German new motorcycle registrations

German new motorcycle registrations -8.21 percent for the first five months of 2017

The latest statistics released by the German motorcycle industry trade association (IVM) for the period to the end of May 2017 are still showing evidence of the effects of the rush to pre-register Euro 3 inventory before the December 31st 2016 deadline.
In motorcycle registration terms the market is up slightly at +1.56 percent compared to May 2016 (12,847 units, up from 12,650) after a dismal April which saw registrations running down by -25.29 percent at 13,674 units (compared to 18,303 in April 2016), but the cycle may have been affected by the serious weather that plagued most of Germany for some 10 days or so.

For the year to date the German motorcycle market is put at -8.21 percent (54,803 units) for the first five months, with total PTW registrations YTD at -12.19 percent (70,810 units).
As usual these days, BMW’s R 1200 GS is the top seller in Germany so far in 2017 (5,004 units sold), with Kawasaki’s Z 650 jumping to second best seller (1,598 units), Yamaha’s MT-07 third (1,543 units), BMW’s R nineT fourth (1,522 units) and Honda’s CRF 1000 ‘Africa Twin’ fifth (1,462 units).
With five models in the top 10 selling list, it is again no surprise that BMW is market share leader so far this year in Germany, with 15,171 units sold in total for a 21.42 percent market share and 6.25 percent unit gain over the 14,279 units they sold in the first five months of 2016.
Honda is second with 9,298 units sold so far for a 13.13 percent market share; Yamaha is third (10.21 percent share, 7,231 units sold); Kawasaki fourth (9.24 percent share, 6,542 units), and KTM take the fifth spot from Harley-Davidson (7.93 percent share, 5,612 units).
Though distorted by the rush to pre-register Euro 3 inventory towards the end of the year, 2016 saw new motorcycle registrations in Germany up by +15.01 percent at 117,587 units – the best annual market performance in Germany since before 2008. In total Powered Two-Wheeler terms (PTW), the German market was +14.81 percent for 2016 at 172,846 units – also the best German market performance since before 2008.

Comment by Editor, Robin Bradley

Our increased edition size – a good sign for the parts industry?

As we head into the summer riding season, the new registration statistics from around Europe remain an uncertain market indicator.

The overall EU numbers from ACEM in Brussels, for the first quarter of 2017, as expected show the impact of the Euro 3 carry-over inventory pre-registration problem – as manufacturers, importers and dealers rushed to register thousands, indeed tens of thousands, 2016 production bikes before the January 1st deadline at which all new registrations had to be of the updated Euro 4 compliant models.
The result has been zero mileage pre-registered motorcycles choking showroom floor space and being offered at deep discounts with generous incentive packages.
This hasn’t been a serious problem everywhere, but it certainly has been for the ‘Big Five’ EU markets (Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the UK), and it certainly has affected the market’s centre of gravity for the first quarter.
However, the individual national trade association releases for April and, in several cases, May, showed that not only had Euro 3 cast a long shadow, but that some degree of market softness has started to affect sales.

Ironically, at a time when most broader economic indicators, particularly in much of the Euro currency zone, are showing that consumer confidence, incomes and spending is on the increase and unemployment coming down, gradually, in most of Europe, the motorcycle market appears to be on the edge of stalling.
It is hard to think of any other explanation. Most of the licensing and training issues, though still challenging, are pretty much unchanged in the last 24 months. Also, to judge by the attendances at the growing number of “New Generation” bike shows and outdoor events that are proving increasingly popular in Europe, I’m not sensing any major sea change in the gradually growing popularity of riding in general - especially not in the robust adventure touring and urban mobility sectors - despite the softness in the scooter and moped statistics.
Indeed, among the emerging generation of “Millennial” consumers, the theoretical synergy of their predisposition for individual self-expression in a social rather than isolated context, appears to continue to commend motorcycling as a viable, fashionable and motivating transport option and lifestyle choice.
What is more, the innovation we are seeing in terms of rider communications, safety, connectivity and many other forms of technology, suggests that we, in fact, are still only at the start of that upward curve – there’s no question that the direction of the travel of the motorcycle ownership and riding experience is being in equal part driven by, and driven to meet, the lifestyle and transport expectations of these new, young consumers.
As they age and go through the same evolutionary cycle that saw the children of the fifties, sixties and seventies become high value and acquisitive boomers, the post digital watershed generations appear to be natural born candidates for the motorcycle’s own evolving offer.
The socially rejective and largely negative ‘vibe’ of the Gen-X pre-Millennials evidenced characteristics that saw them rebel the other way, away from anything that was even vaguely associated with the consumption and lifestyle choices of their parents and grandparents.
What goes around really does appear to be coming around again now though, with the equally decisive “rediscovery” of two wheels, and as such it is therefore hard to think anything other than that either everyone has hugely underestimated the Euro 3/Euro 4 impact, or overestimated the improvements in incomes and employment rates among younger, 18-34 consumers.
The fact though is that despite all the auguries, the market still remains much smaller than it was in 2008. As Stephan Schaller (CEO, BMW Motorrad, and retiring president of ACEM) has rightly said before now, we lost around 50 percent of our market in five years.
In the context of such a dramatic shrinkage of the motorcycle industry’s base, it remains, even now, difficult to view the recovery that has been seen since the second half of 2013 as anything other than modest - fragile even. One senses that any flap of a butterfly’s wings could still be a portent of danger ahead.
In all probability, what we are seeing is simply a combination of the two factors at play – Euro3/Euro 4 hangover, and a still very slow trickle down of theoretically better economic indicators into bigger ticket item spending. Hopefully that means that what we are seeing so far this year in the new motorcycle registration statistics to date, will prove to be a time limited effect.


Energica MY 2017 updated

Modena, Italy based high performance E-bike manufacturer Energica has achieved the European Euro 4 homologation and as a result has announced new, increased specs for its 2017 Ego and Eva models.

Energica Ego Lunar White - increased power (Photo: Damiano Fiorentini)

Energica Ego, the electric sportsbike, now offers a higher power output of 145 hp, and Energica Eva, the electric streetfighter, revealed 108 hp. The maximum power of the Ego is now reaching 107 kW (constant maximum power at 6.000 rpm), while Eva has now 80 kW (constant maximum power at 6.000 rpm). The value of the maximum torque is increased too - for the Ego it goes from 195 to 200 Nm, while for Eva from 170 to 180 Nm.
Energica says that with the Euro 4 homologation, the new Energica 2017 model year will have the OBD diagnostics (on board diagnostics). As per European regulations, the Energica motorcycles will have standard software that will communicate with a universal diagnostics tool, so any workshop will be able to get access to the data.

Polish new motorcycle registrations

Polish new motorcycle registrations reported as -33.3 percent in May

It no doubt has a lot to do with Euro 3 carry-over inventory being pre-registered in December, but according to the latest statistics released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Poland (PZPM), the number of new motorcycles registered there between January and May was down by -31.04 percent (at 7,006 units) and in May was down by -33.26 percent (2,013 units). 

New moped registrations were down by -1.67 in May at 3,053 units (having been up by +38.22 percent in March and down by -10.44 in April), giving a YTD total of 9,318 units. Total new PTW registrations were -17.24 percent in May (5,066 units) and are -14.42 percent for the YTD (16,324 units). The PZPM say that this is “the worst result of new PTW registrations in May since 2005.”
However, new model registrations are only part of the story where the Polish market is concerned. Poland is an important market for pre-owned vehicles from elsewhere in Europe, receiving their first registration in Poland, and they provide valuable service, maintenance and PG&A income for Poland’s franchised and independent motorcycle shops and the vendors they buy from.
Used motorcycle sales were -5.44 percent in March (7,316 units) and -2.07 percent YTD (26,822 units); used moped sales were -12.44 percent in May and are -+10.52 percent YTD (3,588 units); total used PTW sales were -6.42 percent in May (8,414 units), and overall are running -3.15 percent YTD (30,410 units).
In total, new and used motorcycle registrations were -13.24 percent in May (9,329 units) and are -9.91 percent YTD (33,828 units); new and pre-owned mopeds in Poland were -4.77 percent in May (4,151 units) and are +0.14 percent YTD (12,906 units); total new and pre-owned PTW registrations were -10.80 percent in March (13,480 units) and were -7.41 percent overall (46,734 units) in Poland for the first five months of 2017.
The full year 2016 saw 25,844 new motorcycles registered in Poland, with estimates of the net of Euro 3 pre-registrations suggesting that the market was down by some 6 percent/2,500 units over 2015. New and used motorcycle registrations combined were up by +1.43 percent for 2016 at 83,298 units. The total number of new and used/first registered PTWs of all kinds, including the pre-registrations of carry-over Euro 3 inventory in Poland, was down by -6.49 percent at 117,309 units for 2016. Poland is the EU’s 9th largest market for new motorcycle registrations and the 7th largest total new PTW market, according to ACEM statistics.


Piaggio unit sales +10.3 percent worldwide for Q1 2017

For the first quarter of 2017, the Piaggio Group posted profit before tax of 2.5 million euro, up +17.9% compared with 2.1 million euro in the first quarter of 2016, and closed the first quarter of 2017 with net profit of 1.5 million euro, an increase compared with 1.3 million euro in the first quarter of 2016.

In the first quarter of 2017, the Group sold 82,500 two-wheelers worldwide (up +10.3% from 74,800 in the year-earlier period), generating net sales of 218.9 million euro, an improvement of 5.2% from 208.2 million euro in the first quarter of 2016. The figure includes spares and accessories, on which turnover totalled 29.7 million euro, an increase of +4.6% from the year-earlier period.

Piaggio says it continued to strengthen its European two-wheeler market share, taking 14.2% of available sales (13.6% in the first quarter of 2016), and 26.4% (24.5% in the year-earlier period) in the scooter sector with a lead of almost 10 percentage points from its nearest competitor.
Highlights in the scooter sector included good results for the Vespa brand, with the Aprilia brand also performing well. Performance was also positive in high-wheel scooters, with a healthy performance in motorcycle markets thanks to a +7.1% increase in Moto Guzzi sales.
The Group maintained a particularly strong presence on the North American scooter market, with a share of 21.6%; it is also committed to strengthening its position in motorcycles in North America. In January 2017, the Piaggio Group announced the strengthening of its distribution network after reaching the important milestone of 200 Motoplex stores in Europe, the Americas, Oceania, Asia and India. Launched only two years ago, the Group multi-brand stores are in parallel and additional to their traditional outlets.


Italian suspension options for late model Triumphs and BMWs

Italian suspension specialist Matris has a selection of new products available for several of the currently best-selling makes and models, including the BMW R nineT 1200 Scrambler and Racer, 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber 1200 and Street Scrambler 900, and the 2016 Thruxton 1200R.

Twin-shock for 2017 Street Scrambler

To customise settings and performance of the BMW vintage Boxer R nineT Scrambler and Racer, model-specific products include Matris’ multi-adjustable hydraulic rear shocks (M46KD, M46K and M46R) equipped with hydraulic spring preload adjuster, a fully adjustable hydraulic cartridge fork kit (F15K), as well as a “price point” FKE fork spring kit, all ready to fit without any modification to the original fork.

2016 Thruxton 1200R Cafe Racer

Also available are adjustable and “speed sensitive” steering damper kits (SDK & SDR) for sport riders, to reduce shaking and provide greater safety at high speed, and an IKS knob-hydraulic spring preload to fit and upgrade the OEM rear shock.
For the custom style 2017 Bonneville Bobber 1200, Matris has rear shocks (M40D) available in the black/black, black/chrome and black/orange options to optimise the minimalist look.

Rear shocks for the 2017 Bonneville Bobber 1200

For the front Matris is offering a fork kit series (FKE & FSE) with spring set and preload adjustment, and a hydraulic cartridge kit (F15K) to convert the factory non-adjustable original fork into a fully adjustable unit, allowing a greater custom setting with dedicated spring rates, tuneable to the weight of the rider. The fork kits are a fully reversible install with no modification to the original fork required for assembly.
To customise the settings and performance of the 2017 Street Scrambler, Matris’ multi-adjustable hydraulic rear twin-shocks (M40D and M40KC) are available in chrome and Black-Edition styles, and their fully adjustable hydraulic cartridge fork kit (F15K) and less expensive FKE and FSE fork spring kit are all ready to install without any modifications to the original fork.

BMW R nineT 1200 Scrambler Racer

Finally, for the “timeless and legendary” 2016 Thruxton 1200R Cafe Racer, Matris has added model- specific products to customise and improve the handling and performance, with dedicated spring rates based on the rider’s weight.
The rear suspension twin set is adjustable on compression, rebound, length and spring preload, with two options available, the base line M40D and the top line M40KC, all available in “Chromed” or “Black-Edition”.
For the front fork, Matris has developed an economic hydraulic kit (FRK) and two options of fully adjustable hydraulic cartridge kit – a standard (F12R) and new sealed (F25SA) kit that will allow a greater custom setting. These fork kits are also fully reversible with no modification to the original fork required for assembly.


Vertex Pistons

VP Italy adds ‘B2B’ platform

VP Italy (Vertex Pistons) has added a new ‘B2B’ e-commerce tool to its website “in order to offer a more efficient service to its sales force, distributors and dealers”.

“This is a secured area for our resellers where they can choose and order anything from the extensive product ranges we offer”, Marketing Director Lina Saccani Vezzani told IDN.
Those product ranges include VP’s own Vertex replacement and performance pistons and piston kits and noted American brands such as Arrowhead, Cylinder Works, Fuel Star, Hotcams, Hot Rods, Pivot Works, Wrench Rabbit, All Balls and Motobatt.
“From this platform, you can also access our extensive library of technical information and have direct contact with the several sales and technical departments within our company”.


‘Shamal’ summer gloves

Named for the hot summer wind that blows from the north and sweeps through Iran and the Arabic peninsula, Hevik’s new ‘Shamal’ summer gloves are made from microfibre, with the addition of mesh (also for the lining), Lycra and leather inserts on the palm. 

There is a ventilation system for the fingers and wrists, and additional features include light fabric contrast pleats and the side band that extends to the knuckles, hiding the EVA-injected protection.
‘Shamal’ summer gloves come in two colour schemes - the base is dark grey with three-dimensional silver elements; the green version has light touches of neon yellow, and the palm is light grey. Closing is by adjustable wrist strap and the gloves are compatible with the most recent touchscreen technology.

HEVIK S.r.l.