Friday, 5 January 2018

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Motorcycle registrations down -7.14 percent in Spain YTD through November

According to the latest data available from ANESDOR, the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain, new motorcycle registrations were down by -6.51 percent in November at 10,991 units, having been marginally up by +0.7 percent in October (12,259 units).

For the period January to November 2017 new motorcycle registrations in Spain are reported at -7.14 percent (128,480 units).
Honda was the year-to-date market share leader at 20.9 percent (26,801 units) with Yamaha second (16.3 percent, 20,971 units), and Kymco third (11.2 percent, 14,379 units) followed by BMW, Piaggio Sym, KTM, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Peugeot.
Because of the statistical effects of Euro 3 pre-registrations at the end of 2016, in October ANESDOR has revised down its full-year 2017 forecast to -12.7 percent. However, that doesn’t take into account the fact that, from a dealer and consumer point of view, and regardless of how heavily incentivised, the Euro 3 carry-over inventory will have represented additional showroom sales that the 2017 registration figures can’t include. This will be a Europe-wide factor in the analysis of year-end new registrations and year-on-year comparisons.
The moped market in Spain in November was up by +52.30 percent (2,286 units) having been +31.6 percent (2,002 units) in October. At 19,892 units YTD the sector is +25.74 percent through November.
As elsewhere in Europe it should be noted though that mopeds are now going through a similar (if statistically smaller) pre-registration issue to that experienced in motorcycle sales at the end of 2016 - new EU emissions regulations for Mopeds came in to effect on January 1, 2018.
In total PTW terms Spain was up slightly at +0.15 percent in November (13,277 units in total) and is running at -4.12 percent (135,095) year to date.

KTM and Husqvarna

KTM and Husqvarna to race the World Endura Super Series (WESS) in 2018

For 2018, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Rock Star Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have announced that they will officially compete in the newly established World Enduro Super Series (WESS), starting with Portugal's Extreme XL Lagares on May 11-13.

Giving the series its full attention, KTM will have five riders competing in the entire eight-round championship with Taddy Blazusiak, Josep Garcia, Jonny Walker, Cody Webb and Nathan Watson; Husqvarna will field four riders - Graham Jarvis, Colton Haaker, Alfredo Gomez and Billy Bolt.

Graham Jarvis – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Effectively a new multi-discipline series, WESS will address the increasing diversification of enduro sport by bringing together selected Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Race style events into one championship.
KTM says that of particular interest to both brands “is the fact that amateur riders will compete alongside professionals in all events. Collectively, the series will bring together many thousands of competitors and spectators, ensuring high levels of engagement with fans at each stop of the series. 

Jonny Walker - KTM 300 EXC - Extreme XL Lagares - 2017

“Through extensive TV, print and new media coverage the championship and its eight unique and diverse races will enjoy extensive specialist and mainstream exposure.
“Requiring a wide range of skills and techniques, the WESS will challenge riders in ways no other series has in recent years. All competitors will need to adapt and rise to new challenges in order to be crowned the Ultimate Enduro Champion.”
After the Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal, the 2018 WESS will take in the Erzberg Rodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble (Austria), Le Trefle Lozerien AMV (France), Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania), Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland), Gotland Grand National (Sweden) and the Red Bull Knock Out in the Netherlands. One additional round is still to be confirmed.

EICMA 2017 review part 5

Innteck: The specialist off-road parts and accessories distributor (exclusive worldwide distributor of the Swedish made SKF two-wheeler sealing solutions), Innteck has had a busy few years with the establishment of a U.S. subsidiary and a move to larger premises at the start of 2017;


Airoh: 2017 saw the 20th anniversary of Antonio Locatelli’s first own brand helmets. Now sold in more than 60 countries, the on and off-road helmet manufacturer’s race and safety credentials have seen it become one of the major players in a crowded market at a time when the always cut-throat helmet market became over-supplied and under price pressure like never before. This year saw the company add the Enduro GP and Enduro 2 to its line-up of over 80 World Championships. At EICMA, Airoh added further to its award-winning range with three new high performance composite helmets - the small and lightweight ST 501 dual shell full-face, ‘Terminator Open Vision’ off-roader and the advanced design ‘Commander’ on and off-road dual shell modular convertible, with included sun screen and Pinlock visors;


Schuberth: The latest news from the German helmet manufacturer concerns a link-up with Head Up Display add-on manufacturer NUVIZ. Backed by a $10m strategic investment from KTM owner Stefan Pierer, the NUVIZ is the first stand-alone HUD unit to come to market, and Schuberth are believed to be the first helmet manufacturer to enter into a joint venture application partnership with the United States/Finland based start-up. The company will be offering the NUVIZ Head Up Display (HUD) as of spring 2018 with a specially designed Schuberth helmet mount and says that “as a result, the HUD needs no cables and is easy to use with the Schuberth C4 and R2 helmets”. Jan-Christian Becker, Schuberth CEO, says: “Schuberth stands for innovation and continuous development. We want to offer our customers the best solutions and the latest developments. For this reason, we are very proud to have NUVIZ as a partner, a company that offers the best and currently the only HUD for motorcycle riders worldwide. The HUD sits perfectly on our helmets and can be connected wirelessly with our SC1 communications system. This set-up gives the rider complete freedom”;


Ermax: Recently added to the French specialist’s extensive range of custom parts and accessories for the widest range of popular current makes and models include styling upgrades for the 2017 Kawasaki Z900, including a 30 cm sport style nose screen made in thermoformed PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate), a plastic noted for its high light transmission, extremely long service life, high resistance to UV light and weathering, and what is said to be the greatest surface hardness of all thermoplastics. Another benefit is its ability to take unlimited colouring options - Ermax are offering its nose screen in 16 colours, with 16 optional screen-printed designs available. Also available are model-specific thermoformed ABS two-piece belly pans, seat cowl, an undertail in stock Kawasaki colours, carbon or raw;


Rapid Bike: The Italian (DimSport) made range of add-on modules and racing parts is considered one of the most advanced and user friendly available for street, touring and sport bike riders of all levels of experience, with three product levels: Easy, Evo and Racing;


Moto-One Europe: Top selling products from the Italian apparel specialist include feature rich 3-layer ‘Rider’ 360 pants, ‘Jackson’ 360 3-layer smart jacket, ‘Vert’ 360 3-layer 4-season jacket with safety LEDs in 520D Cordura Nylon and ‘Luke’ riding/casual jeans with Kevlar insert;


‘Executive’ modular/crossover
helmet with P/J approvals

The Airoh ‘Executive’ helmet “has redefined the features of the full-face helmet as it can transform into a jet and a full-face thanks to the P/J double homologation, offering safety without compromises”.

Airoh says that while the chin guard of all the other modular helmets it has seen on the market has to be taken off and then put into a bag, with the ‘Executive’ the rider just has to press two glove-friendly side buttons to swivel their patented chin bar (“CHS” - Chin Guard Holder System) and house it on the back of the shell, without interference with airflow.
The equally ergonomic, retractable Pinlock equipped sun visor is also easily operated, flows effortlessly in eight positions and features button-free control from the middle.
The company says that the HRT (Highly Resistant Thermoplastic) ‘Executive’ shell was tested for three months in several different weather and environmental conditions, and “the results were outstanding” with it “fitting very well, the comfortable lining not compromised by the twin-modes of the helmet and with the visor offering an exceptional view”.
The ‘Executive’ “represents an innovative variation in the modular/crossover helmet segment and stands out for comfort, great manufacturing details, good aerodynamics and its usability”.


UFO Plast

X-Concept chest protector and Siachen body suit

Prolific Italian off-road parts, accessory and apparel specialist UFO Plast has followed up on the success it has had with its award-winning Limited Edition anti-shock ‘Diamond’ helmet with sliding visor system by introducing several more new lines and additions to existing programmes for 2018.

Designed to provide the highest protection with maximum comfort for all off-road riders, the new 100% Made in Italy X-Concept is the latest chest protector developed by the UFO Plast R&D team.
Characterised by an exclusive rigid plastic X-joint that is said to guarantee “a remarkable central strength without compromising its flexibility”, it has useful lateral supports, a fast and easy lock, large size removable straps to “make it extremely protective and versatile” and an internal EC-approved micro shock rear protection with an “accurate ergonomic design to enhance freedom of movement and optimise ventilation.”

Also seen here, the UFO Siachen body suit has been developed by adopting INUTEQ-DRY refreshing evaporative technology, which offers its best performance in low and medium humidity, non-extreme ambient conditions where the intensity of airflow on the body can determine the effects and duration of the refreshing action.
Lightweight and said to be extremely comfortable and lightweight, it adheres perfectly to the body thanks to its ergonomic design, and unlike many other body suits, it doesn’t require the use of refrigeration or chemicals to reduce thermal stress and fatigue and maintains a pleasant, fresh feeling for the rider.
UFO Plast says that “thanks to the unique technology used (it is not moistened or wet), the vest can be worn under other garments.  The exclusive cooling technology means it remains 100% dry inside and outside, has refreshing effects up to 15°C/59°F lower than ambient temperature for up to three days, is machine washable, has antibacterial properties, is easy to use and reuse and is EU-approved (EC REACH Regulation No. 1907/2006).”

Finally, UFO Plast has added to its popular Sirius and Bullet goggles with its “latest generation” Mystic – a price-point option that still has “cutting-edge features”, including extreme lightness, wide vision, ergonomic design, removable nose protection and excellent fitting to the radius of different curvature helmet models. The soft sponge cloth that lines the rim improves adhesion and prevents leaks of perspiration.



Updated ‘Portland’ urban jacket

Described as featuring a “timeless cut”, the two-layer ‘Portland’ urban jacket by Hevik is now offered in an additional colourway (Navy Blue), with the whole range now having “optimised fabric thickness” and further detail improvements such as an improved feel and comfort outer “wax cotton” layer.

‘Portland’ is a double-layer urban jacket with a fixed waterproof membrane and detachable thermal layer that can easily be worn for most of the year. The outer shell is made of cotton soaked in paraffin based wax. It has an array of front pockets and closes using a full-length zip, with wind stopping button-down flap.
Adjustments can be made by waist and cuff straps. The standard issue includes CE-approved protectors (Level 1) for shoulders and elbows and is back protector ready. Colourways are navy blue, black and grey in sizes from S to XXXL.



New Wunderlich corporate headquarters 

October saw the groundwork begin for a new corporate headquarters for German BMW parts specialist Wunderlich.

The company will relocate its operations from Sinzig am Rhein to Grafschaft Ringen in the Rheinland Innovation Park.
Founded in 1985 by owner and managing director Erich Wunderlich, the company has established an excellent reputation in the motorcycle industry with its innovative, high-quality products for BMW motorcycles and currently has 60 employees, of which 21 are engineers, technicians and master craftsmen.
Announcing the news, Erich Wunderlich said: “In our company, all departments from development and product management through to purchasing, materials management, production, quality management, sales, customer service, logistics, marketing, all the way to the flagship store are able to work on a connected and integrated basis. The new premises will enable us to expand while keeping that culture.”
The new facility will be 5,500 sq m, a substantial increase from the 1,800 sq m existing facility, and represent an investment of around 6m euro. “This means that the conditions are set for the future growth of the company,” added Felix Wunderlich. “The laying of the foundations for the Wunderlich GmbH corporate headquarters will take place later this year and the move-in date is planned for the turn of the year 2018/19.

The 6m euro investment will give the BMW parts specialist a 5,500 sq m facility