Thursday, 27 July 2017

Polaris Industries

“Indian motorcycle unit sales increased significantly” in Q2

Polaris Industries has reported second quarter 2017 sales of $1,364.9 million, up +21 percent, from $1,130.8 million for the second quarter of 2016.
Adjusted net sales for the second quarter of 2017, which excludes the impact from the Victory Motorcycles wind-down, were $1,358.8 million compared to $1,130.8 million in the prior year period.

Motorcycle segment sales, including its PG&A related sales in the second quarter of 2017, was $198.0 million, a decrease of -13 percent compared to $228.4 million reported in the second quarter of 2016, which included $6.2 million of Victory motorcycle unit, accessory and apparel sales versus $54.0 million of Victory sales reported in the second quarter of 2016 - driven by new product introductions and increased awareness of the brand.
This increase was more than offset by significantly lower Slingshot sales. Motorcycle gross profit for the second quarter of 2017 was $21.1 million compared to $38.9 million in the second quarter of 2016. Adjusted for the Victory wind-down costs of $8.9 million, motorcycle gross profit was $30.0 million, down from the second quarter last year due primarily to lower Slingshot volume. 

Polaris CEO Scott Wine: “Performance improved in many parts of our business during the quarter, particularly within our international and PG&A businesses”
“Performance improved in many parts of our business during the quarter, particularly within our international and PG&A businesses,” says Polaris CEO Scott Wine. “The powersports industry remained very competitive and headwinds persist, but we were encouraged by the return to growth in our Side-by-Side business and continued strength and aggressive share gains for Indian Motorcycles.
“In a weak motorcycle industry, Indian continues to demonstrate how a complementary combination of exciting new bikes, strong dealer execution and overall brand momentum can prevail. Dealer engagement is a corporate priority and from profitability to delivery and communications, the consistent progress we are making is augmenting our retail results. We still have a lot of work to do as we establish the foundation of a renewed growth platform.”
Off-Road Vehicle (“ORV”) and Snowmobile segment sales, including its respective PG&A related sales, were $845.5 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $799.3 million for the second quarter of the prior year.
Polaris’ new Aftermarket segment sales, which includes Transamerican Auto Parts ("TAP"), along with the company's other aftermarket brands of Klim, Kolpin, Pro Armor, Trail Tech and 509, increased significantly to $224.4 million in the 2017 second quarter compared to $12.1 million in the 2016 second quarter.
International sales to customers outside of North America, including PG&A, totalled $191.2 million for the second quarter of 2017, up twelve percent from the same period in 2016.
The company has increased its sales guidance and narrowed its earnings per share expected range for the full year 2017.


KTM sets new Pike’s Peak record

The 2017 KTM 1290 Super Duke R claimed a new outright motorcycle record on June 26 for the demanding and iconic Broadmoor Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, with racer Chris Fillmore at the controls. 

Riding on a Super Duke prepared with readily available KTM PowerParts in the Two Wheel and Heavyweight Division - the top motorcycle class - Fillmore posted a time of nine minutes 49.625s on the winding 4,302 metre high, 19.99km, 156-turn closed road near Colorado Springs, USA. Fillmore, a former AMA Superbike racer for HMC KTM, was a rookie at the event. 

Not surprisingly KTM are very pleased with themselves and said of the bike: “With a mountain of torque and peak power now at 177 hp, the 1,301 cc LC8 V-twin engine is the benchmark for naked sportsters. Titanium inlet valves and new combustion chambers make for an increased compression ratio, while shortened intake funnels and an exhaust flap with a smart actuator system result in the smoothest, widest 1290 Super Duke power band ever. Torsionally rigid WP split forks with separate damping circuits receive stiffer springs and a sportier set-up. At the rear, the WP shock absorber also gets a stiffer fork spring and a set-up set for high speed excellence.”

Parts Europe

Parts Europe/Dunlop promotion winner

Earlier this year Parts Europe again teamed up with Dunlop to offer free tickets to the 2017 Motorcycle Grand Prix of Germany at the Sachsenring on 1st/2nd of July.

Jonatan López Estradera, Thomas Stoffel, Manager Sales Capability at Goodyear Dunlop Tires D/A/CH, Simon Michelmann, Manager Sales Business Motorcycle Goodyear Dunlop Tires, Elisabet Perez Valiente, Pau López Perez, Matthias Twelker, Purchasing Parts Europe

Dealers who ordered four Dunlop Sportsmart 2 Max tyres in one order from Parts Europe during the period from May 15 to June 16 were automatically entered into a prize draw.
The winner was from Spain, Jonatan López Estradera, of Mountain Motos, and he received two tickets, access to the Dunlop VIP lounge right above the Start/Finish area, access to the pit lane and the opportunity to visit the paddock. The prize also includes one night in a hotel close to the race circuit and dinner.

Wind Trading

W2 boots

Italian distributor Wind Trading has added to its popular W2 boots programme with these two new all-weather touring boots.  

Designed for “optimal fit and comfort”, according to Export Sales Director Francesco Fabbri, they have front inside shin protections combined with a real leather upper shoe, and an inner liner coupled to a rainproof, breathable membrane.
Other features include double density rubber outsoles, ankle protections, replaceable anatomical footbed and a double closure system with zipper and Velcro. They are available in classic black in sizes from 39 to 47.



Sport and Touring handguards

Spanish manufacturer Puig Hi-Tech Parts has launched new Sport and Touring handguards for the MT-09 and XSR900. Made of ABS plastic and with model-specific fittings, Puig offers two options - a Touring version, with increased protection, and a Sport design with a more stylish look.


Both come with instructions for easy assembly and with an adhesive kit to personalise them. These same handguards also fit MT-07, XSR700 and previous models of MT-09 and XSR900. The Sport version is available in matt black and carbon look; the Touring version is only available in matt black.



Rebelhorn apparel – versatility, style and protection

Rebelhorn is a popular riding apparel brand, introduced by leading Polish distributor Powerbike in 2010. Already being exported to 10 different countries, the company offers dealers access to a programme of over 140 products for four of the strongest selling sectors of the market - Tour, Street, Classic and Sport.

Runner II jacket - “very comfortable and classy. The Runner II jacket offers perfect fit and protection”. Made in 100% full grain cow leather with a soft and breathable, moisture-wicking polyester mesh lining; features include the ‘Rebel Clima System’; the ‘Rebel Protect System’ featuring CE elbow and shoulder protectors, back protector pocket and double or triple stitching, and the ‘Rebel Ergonomic System’
Hardy Pro jacket - “packed with features that truly set a new standard. Designed with the modern touring rider in mind, Hardy gives a flexible fit, perfect ventilation and incredible comfort”. Made in 500D Cordura Nylon and Ballistic with a polyester mesh lining, the ‘Rebel Dry System (a detachable waterproof and breathable REISSA membrane ensures water resistance); and ‘Rebel Clima’, ‘Protect’ and ‘Ergonomic’ systems


Brand Marketing Manager Joanna Sobiecka told IDN that “Rebelhorn is a brand that we have created from scratch. From the initial assumptions through the concept and design solutions, ending up with rigorously quality controlled finished products.
“We use modern materials and advanced technologies. Each product with the Rebelhorn logo is carefully thought out, and therefore functional. We continually seek out new materials and solutions, add innovative features and then exhaustively test garments where it matters - on real motorcyclists, on the road.

Fuel II boots - “offering paramount protection, while allowing you to make incredibly precise and incredibly minute inputs at incredible speeds; fully CE certified to EN13634” - fault-tolerant, very light and modern microfabric material; non-slip, oil resistant outsole securely sustains the foot on the footrest; strengthening for gearshift lever; interchangeable sliders; tough heel protector provides solid protection; antibacterial insole provides freshness; mesh interior guarantees good air circulation and thermal comfort; large flexible panel for freedom of movement

“The exhaustive product evaluation process includes analysis of how they perform in impact and accident conditions. We conduct in-house testing and spend a lot of time researching improvements. Therefore, we can guarantee to our dealers that each product they sell with the Rebelhorn logo is comfortable and functional.
“The wide selection of motorcycle clothing that we offer means that the Rebelhorn brand offers dealers versatility with comfort and riding conditions and preference options for every type of ride”.



SHAD - 25 years of expansion 

Spanish luggage manufacturer SHAD (NAD S.L.) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Founded and still owned by Jaume Xicola, and now operated by his son Jaume Xicola Jr as CEO, SHAD are based north-east of Barcelona and have become a force in the motorcycle luggage market, winning multiple awards for their designs and respect for the quality of their manufacturing.

In the 25 years since the business started with its original first 22 litre top case, more than 1,500 products have been developed with that same aim of “improving the urban and touring motorcycle experience”, says Jaume Xicola Jr.

SHAD employs some 190 people at its 28,000 sq m facility north-east of Barcelona
“Design and innovation have been, from the beginning, the main values for SHAD. The development of new solutions for motorcycles and the registration of its own patents, 3 in the last 3 years, we have constantly focussed on R&D, and that commitment to design and technology was recently rewarded. Our international 2017 Red Dot Award, for the SH58X and SH59X ‘Expandable Concept’, proves that we will enter our next 25 years with the same focus on quality and innovation.”
The “Expandable Concept” allows riders to tune the capacity of their luggage to their journey requirements in up to three capacity increments. This latest award adds to the 2015 Red Dot and the 2017 German Design Award, awarded to the SH36, which Xicola says makes the SHAD brand “the most awarded motorcycle case brand in the world.”
In addition to its 28,000 sq m Barcelona facility, where it employs some 190 personnel, the company has an extensive commercial network in more than 70 countries on 5 continents. It currently offers over 1,000 individual part numbers and also has two production centres in China (Shanghai) and Indonesia (Jakarta), which allow it to give local supply and support to the company’s international operations – 75 percent of sales are in Europe, but Xicola says its Asian business is growing rapidly and that they sell in 80 countries in total.

CEO Jaume Xicola Jr.: “SHAD is the most awarded motorcycle case brand in the world – the latest is our ‘Expandable Concept’ that allows riders to tune the capacity of their luggage to their journey requirements”

As well as selling to the replacement and retro-fit aftermarket through their SHAD trademark, NAD is an OE supplier to many leading motorcycle manufacturers, including Yamaha, Honda, BMW, KTM, Piaggio and Kymco. As well as sponsoring, as technical provider, the Superbikes World Championship, SHAD participates in 15 motorcycle fairs in Asia, America and Europe, promoting its “Engineered for Riding” philosophy.

Gilles Tooling

Gilles GP Light 2 clip-ons

After 17 years, Gilles Tooling has updated its popular GP Light clip-ons with new design features that continue to bring track ergonomics to street bike solutions. Noted for its very light, very strong construction, the new GP Light 2 clip-on weighs just 670 g for the pair and features laser-etched markings for easy position adjustment to the fork.

An easier change tube bolt design and separated clamp and tube bolts reduce the risk of damage to the fork in a crash. 

Also seen here, Gilles’ options for the Panigale 959 include award-winning Variobar-2 options, chain and axle adjusters, swingarm spools, foldable footpegs, grips, Maximum Performance programme brake and clutch levers, their VCR38GT rear set, and lightweight, high strength Japanese made Galespeed wheel designs.