Friday, 12 January 2018


Triumph records best sales for 30 years

For its 2016/2017 financial year (the period ending June 30, 2017) Triumph Motorcycles has posted total global revenues of GBP £498.5 million, up by £90.9 million (+18.23 percent) on sales of some 63,000 units (up from around 56,000 in the previous financial year).

Selling in more than 57 countries worldwide and with a recently announced mid-size model non-equity partnership with Indian conglomerate Bajaj Auto (48 percent owner of KTM) under its belt, profits were up by 46 percent (+£8.1 million) at £24.7 million.
More than 86 percent of Triumph sales are outside the UK; Triumph dealers in the United States are pretty much selling all the bikes they can get, most of the time, and their November 2013 created Indian subsidiary sold some 1,300 bikes in 2016/17, taking them to around 4,500 units sold there in the four years since the company was set up.
Triumph is headed up by founder John Bloor’s son Nick Bloor as CEO and has launched five new and updated models in the past 12 months – the Street Triple, Bonneville Bobber Black, Speedmaster and Tiger 800 and 1200 adventure tourers. With the deal to replace the 4-cyclinder Honda CBR 600RR engine with a race-tuned 160 bhp, and the 765cc Triple as the ‘spec’ engine for Moto-2 racing in 2019 likely to throw further spotlight on the British manufacturer, the future is looking good for Triumph Motorcycles.


Touratech now trading under new ownership

Following the takeover of Touratech AG by Happich GmbH on January 1st, 2018, the newly founded Touratech GmbH has now commenced operations at its Niedereschach, Germany location.

Almost all employees were taken over on January 1, with production, sales and administration and logistics continuing under the new ownership.
 The company says that “the management team around the CEO of Alberto Reinhart and the new owner Marc Pelzer will be working over the next few weeks and months to ensure that the corporate structures are adapted to the strategic direction of the company and that the products are available in time for the motorcycle season.
“Touratech GmbH will continue to be the leader in motorcycle equipment for adventure and travel,” promises Alberto Reinhart, CEO, “and we will continue to provide Touratech products in the premium segment for the motorcycle manufacturers and world travellers with an optimised product portfolio in the future to offer our well known top quality.
“After a period of intensive restructuring, the state-of-the-art production facility and the new logistics center ensure even better product quality and faster and more efficient delivery processes.
“Service-oriented branches throughout Germany and an efficient network of distributors around the globe guarantee customer-oriented advice, competent service and reliable availability of the products.
“As part of the Pelzer Swiss Holding AG, Touratech is now well positioned to continue shaping the motorcycle and travel scene as innovative trendsetter”.

Austrian motorcycle registrations

Austrian motorcycle registrations -0.23 percent through Q3 2017

The latest data released by the motorcycle trade association in Austria (Arge2Rad) shows registrations of new motorcycles of over 125cc for the third quarter down by -3.73 percent (3,175 units) and are broadly “flat” at -0.23 percent (12,180 units) for the year-to-date.

Overall PTW registrations for the third quarter of 2017 were down by -3.22 percent (12,284 units) and are running at -2.76 percent YTD (36,614 units).
In its home market KTM is motorcycle market share leader, having sold 3,125 units; in total PTW terms Vespa is market share leader (5,443 units) followed by KTM, Honda (2,875 units), Yamaha (2,194 units), Derbi fifth (2,167 units) and BMW sixth (1,865 units).
In 2016, new motorcycle registrations for the full year in Austria were up by +19.54 percent at 15,004 units (the market was flat in 2015 at 12,551 units). In total powered two-wheeler terms, registrations were up by +12.52 percent (43,621 units) for the full year. In January this year, Austria became the second country in Europe (after the UK) to launch an e-mobility purchase incentive programme. 

EICMA 2017 review part 6

Wunderlich: Felix Wunderlich, Head of Product Management and Development. One of the best-known players in the crowded BMW parts and accessories space, product design and quality have always been a hallmark. One major differentiator for Wunderlich has been its engineering creativity with a track record of customised BMWs, special editions and concepts that have become a highlight of the show calendar;


Rusty Pistons: The Czech Bikers Crown owned and operated apparel brand combines classic Cafe and retro styling in a range of riding and casual apparel that has the contemporary ‘Zeitgeist’ nailed. “It is easy to take a piece of clothing, have it printed and present it as authentic, however, this is not the case with Rusty Pistons. Authenticity is in our DNA. Our brand is not only based on great design, but we put the accent on the use of advanced techniques and materials. “Good” is not “good enough” for us. We know that our customers deserve more than that, therefore we want to give them perfect fashion clothing spiced with outstanding design ideas that is as great on the road as off it. A line aimed at a specific group of demanding enthusiasts who seek the same values as us”;


Kriega: The British luggage and accessory specialist’s tough, durable and ergonomic off-road luggage range features a new, flexible mounting system – the OS Base – which allows any combination of heavy duty Hypalon construction OS-Packs to be mounted to virtually any Enduro or dual-sport bike without the need for pannier frames;


Puig/Motoplastic: The award-winning manufacturer is celebrating another WSBK Championship win this year as a ‘sportive’ and technical partner to KRT (Kawasaki Racing). Following the launch of a new generation of sport and touring windscreen options for naked style bikes such as Yamaha’s MT-09, another recent new product is the precise fit, round-finish edge, model-specific Z-Racing screen design for the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR. Available in dark smoke, light smoke, clear, carbon look, black, blue and red, it is made of 3 mm “high impact” acrylic and “optimised for rider protection and airflow” - using the company’s virtual wind tunnel - providing 43% improvement on aerodynamic wind protection compared to the OE fitment, but still using the OE hardware for mounting;


LeoVince: The newly launched LV-10 and Black Edition slip-ons have been developed in collaboration with Moto2 and Moto3 teams. Other recent new products from the Italian exhaust specialist include race-inspired GP One slip-ons for KTM Duke 125/390 and RC 125/390 models. The compact design is made in AISI 304 stainless steel and finished with a high temperature resistant metallic ceramic-based black paint. They are EU-approved and easy to install with the supplied laser-cut connection bracket enhanced with features such as metallic ceramic-based black paint, laser-etched LeoVince logo and modern sandblasted end cap. Other recent new lines include EU-approved AISI 304 stainless steel ‘Classic Racer’ style exhausts for the 2016-2017 Triumph Bonneville T100 and Thruxtons;


Magura: The patented technology used in Magura’s precision-manufactured master cylinders is said to significantly improve response of brake and clutch systems. Initially developed for the racetrack, its "Advanced Seal Technology" prevents the penetration of air into the hydraulic system - its HCT hydraulic system uses a slotted piston with a stationary primary seal that is fully compatible with all brake systems, with or without ABS, to reduce the internal friction, improving the performance of the brake and clutch and avoiding damage in the case of ABS kickbacks;


J.Juan: The big news from the Barcelona region based international motorcycle braking systems manufacturer is of the formation of a new division – J.Juan Electronics – to lead research and development in to new generation data capture, connectivity and safety for integration into motorcycle handling systems for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead with future Powered Two-Wheelers of all kinds. Already a leader in braking technology with manufacturing in Europe, India, China and, soon, North America, the new division will be headed up by Maurizio de Lucia;


Digades: Two years ago, the German manufacturer was the first to market with a retro-fit aftermarket E-Call system. Its award-winning ‘dguard’ automatic crash detection system with integrated theft alarm function detects an accident and automatically connects the driver with the emergency call center. If he or she is still able to speak, they can inform the call center about their injuries; in case the driver isn't responsive anymore, ‘dguard’ sends the GPS coordinates to the emergency call center, which will activate the appropriate measures;

PBR Sprockets

PBR “rubber dampened” front sprockets

PBR Sprockets has added to its range for 2018 with an innovative approach to the chain sprocket, taking its steel sprocket and injecting the drilled holes with rubber.
The company says that the result “is a combination of an extremely high strength sprocket that handles the power with an extraordinary fluidity and quietness” - almost a semi-isolation mount effect in terms of the interface between the energy dissipation from the chain and the sprocket body and shaft.

Gum sprocket

“Compared to the conventional bonding and use of glue, the long-lasting rubber ensures the same reliability, but eliminates the problems that can be encountered when making sprockets with glue seals.
This new design is exclusively available from PBR for all street and race models and the more powerful off-roaders.
Also seen here, PBR’s line of tempered carbon steel C45 rear sprockets for street bikes has been expanded with new applications for 2018 street sport bikes.

C45 street sprocket

PBR says its production process involves an induction temper on the whole of the sprocket teeth area, making it more resistant to sprocket wear, improving chain life and improving the reliability of chain/sprocket settings on long distance journeys and in between service intervals.
For off-road applications, PBR’s all-new precision CNC-machined C45 steel C-Light rear sprockets are said to “feature all the latest design and manufacturing advances and technical innovations to ensure robust yet lightweight sprockets that can handle the serious duty demands placed on them”.

C Light

Said to offer improved quality and reliability, with an attractive weight reducing hole design, they are available in different sizes and colours and can be combined with PBR’s front sprockets range on Enduro and two/four-stroke Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha and KTM models.


Twin Air

‘IceFlow’ coolant protects to -26 degrees

Dutch specialist Twin Air has added a high performance, biodegradable coolant to its product line for on and off-road motorcycles and ATVs/UTVs.
Known for its filtration products (especially their dual stage pre-oiled foam filters – the range was recently extended to include Adventure bike applications such as the Honda ‘Africa Twin’) and intake system accessories, ‘IceFlow’ is a ready-to-use coolant “formulated for long-lasting protection of all metals inside today’s motorcycle cooling systems, without harming the water pump seals,” says Twin Air’s Bart Ghielen.
“Our goal was to create the coolant of choice for extreme off-road conditions as well as on-road usage year-round, in all climates, and make it totally eco-friendly.” The new coolant offers the added assurance of an extreme freezing point (-26ºC/-14.8ºF).
‘IceFlow’ is Mono Propylene Glycol-based, silicate-free and formulated with demineralised water and cutting-edge nanotech and organic additive technology. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.
Twin Air filters are OEM-specified for 20+ motorcycle companies, and the company says that they “remain the choice of more world and national champions than all other filters combined”, which in a competitive market sector is quite a credential.



F1 and GT rear mirrors

Said to offer a great degree of adjustability through three-axis of rotation, Spanish manufacturer Puig has launched these precision-fit CNC-machined billet aluminium GT (homologated) and F1 (non- homologated) rear mirrors. Available in four different formats, combining black and silver anodised colours, the mirrors fit all bikes' handlebars or fairings (adapters needed for some applications).
Motoplastic, Spain;


‘Legend’ classic leather gloves

As successor to their best-selling ‘Ohio’ gloves, Orina’s new ‘Legend’ touring leather gloves are lightweight and “offer a number of improvements over their predecessor: the leather is now even more robust and comfortable, the foam padding on the knuckles is supplemented by a Carbolex protector on the palm side, and the index finger and thumb now include conductive material, which allows the wearer to operate most modern devices with touch screens.”

‘Legend’ gloves are CE certified in accordance with EN13594 and satisfy the European safety regulations for motorcycle gloves.