Sunday, 4 February 2018


BMW - seventh consecutive
all-time sales high

BMW has reported that its 2017 worldwide deliveries of motorcycles and scooters increased by +13.2% to 164,153 vehicles, with strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.
The strongest growth was recorded in Europe in 2017, where an all-time high was achieved – growth was driven by France (16,607 units / +24.3 %), Italy (14,430 units / +17.3 %), Spain (11,193 units / +17.6 %) and the UK / IE (9,550 units / +8.7 %).

Overall around +15.0 % more vehicles were delivered in Europe than in 2016. Their Asian market also continues to grow - China and Japan are among the Asian markets with the strongest double-digit growth. In India the BMW Group’s own sales subsidiary has begun successfully selling BMW motorcycles.
Germany is once again the largest single market for BMW Motorrad at +7.1 percent / 26,664 units sold; making it the leading brand in market share terms in its home market.
For the first time, more than 50,000 units of the two R 1200 GS and GS Adventure travel enduros were sold; sales of the traditionally strong R Series increased significantly overall; and thanks to the new R nineT model variants (“Pure”, “Racer” and “Urban G/S”) sales in the flat twin boxer segment increased strongly by +9.6% to a total of 86,090 motorcycles.
Worldwide, the sports-oriented BMW S Series with the S 1000 RR Supersports bike, the S 1000 R Power Roadster and the S 1000 XR Adventure bike sold 21,752 units in 2017 (13.3 percent of all BMW units sold). Introduced in 2017 and described as an “agile all-rounder”, 11,595 units of the G 310 R and G 310 GS models were sold, with demand reported to be strong in Europe, South America and Asia.
Sales of the 6-cylinder models “are also developing very positively. Already in its first year of sales, the K 1600 Bagger, which is aimed especially at the US market, is proof of the unbroken trend towards large-capacity, emotional touring bikes”.
Timo Resch, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, said: “With 6,719 units sold and a 50% increase in sales, our 6-cylinder models are among the big winners of 2017. After Germany, the USA will remain an important market for BMW Motorrad in the coming years, too. We will continue to increase our involvement in this important market in order to strengthen BMW Motorrad’s position there.
“We are also responding to the special US market requirements with the K 1600 Grand America recently presented at the Milan motorcycle show by also consistently expanding our sales structure. In 2017 we proved ourselves to be the innovative leader in many areas.
“The exclusive HP4 RACE with its lightweight carbon fibre frame and wheels attracted great attention. We also responded to the need for increasing digitalisation expressed by customers – launching our multifunctional instrument cluster with 6.5 inch full-colour TFT display, featuring a wide range of navigation and communication functions. This feature is now being rolled out to further models too.
“We expect to see further growth in sales for our vehicles in 2018, and we are looking forward to seeing the demand for the completely new F 750 GS and F 850 GS and the much-anticipated C 400 X midsize scooter. Expanding our urban mobility product range is a key sector for the future of BMW Motorrad”.


KTM Adventure Rally returns

KTM has announced that its second European KTM Adventure Rally will be held in Sardinia at the end of June 2018.

“A KTM Adventure Rally is for those who want to fully embrace the KTM ‘Ready to Race’ spirit, sharing tarmac and dirt passes in incredible surroundings to form lasting friendships and unforgettable memories with likeminded riders – including KTM ambassadors and employees”.
The event opportunity will be exclusive to the first 150 KTM Adventure-owning riders who sign up.
Complementing existing established KTM Adventure events that have taken place annually in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and South Africa, 2017 saw the first European staging in Bardonecchia.
“The exclusive group of riders got to experience incredible road and off-road riding in the mountainous area of Northern Italy. Following customer feedback, the beautiful island of Sardinia has been chosen for 2018 for KTM Adventure owners to conquer its incredible variety of endless sea view sandy trails, twisty mountain passes and extreme off-road routes with unexplored terrain”.


Leatt GPX 4.5

Off-road specialist Leatt, best known as originators of the award-winning ‘Leatt-Brace’ have “stepped up their game for 2018, launching a new entry-level helmet”.
The Leatt GPX 4.5 helmet is described as “bringing Leatt’s proven safety technology to your local track at a very attractive price point”.
It is equipped with 360ยบ Turbine Technology, which is said to help reduce the risk of concussion-level head impact by up to 30% and rotational acceleration to the head and brain by up to 40%. 

Eleven turbines, made of an energy-absorbing material which hardens on impact, are strategically placed inside the helmet. The multi-density, V-shaped impact foam moulded directly to the outer shell does not only reduce its volume by 10%, but is also said to transfer up to 20% less rotational forces to the neck, head and the brain.
“This triple-density construction (dual density V-Foam plus 360° turbines) dampens all kinds of harmful forces – from low impact to high speed”. Certified and tested for both ECE 2205 or DOT, the weight of the ECE helmet is from 1,150 g (the DOT version is from 1,300 g/2.86 lbs). 


Rapid Bike

Rapid Bike shift assist

This new up/down shift assist “represents a big step forward in terms of quick-shifting”, according to Italian add-on and racing parts manufacturer Rapid Bike - a ‘Blipper’ - for models equipped with ‘ride by wire’.

Said to “reach unmatched technical standards” and “designed to deliver outstanding performance to race track enthusiasts and further improve riding experience”, the new shifting device exchanges information with their EVO and RACING add-on modules via CAN bus, allowing it to perform auto-calibration of shifting kill-time relative to the pressure applied in both directions - the upper and the lower gear - while matching the specific engine configuration.
This new accessory actually inherits all the benefits and advantages of Rapid Bike’s previous ‘all around quick shifter sensor’, including full compatibility with their YouTune, to manage the pressure level applied for activating shifting operations and modulate the engine response sensitivity when opening the throttle control. The new up/down shift assist will be available in early 2018.


CNC Racing

GP style brake cooling air duct kits

New from CNC Racing in Italy, these GP ducts for most popular late model Superbike 1000 and 'Naked' style models are said to be the result of collaboration with the best MotoGP and SBK teams - they are the kind of brake cooling airways used in the world championships. 

The kit contains two autoclave formed carbon ducts available in polished or matt; model-specific fixing kits additionally available, including black finished metal brackets and stainless steel fixing screws. The list of applications is updated weekly with new bike models and can be checked on their website.
CNC Racing, Italy,


Enduro strut-handlebar

By popular demand, LSL has reintroduced the classic Enduro handlebar with strut, a handlebar of the 70s, then obligatory on a XT or XL of that time.

Similar in form to their naked bike handlebar, this design also suits a street bike and has the same ABE certificate. Traditionally made from steel tubing, and with 22 mm tube dimension, the MX 2 is also perfect for all BMW Boxer models of the 80s and 90s and is offered either black powder-coated or in chrome. 

If the handlebar already exists, but a different look is wanted, then the LSL strut is available on its own, and far from just being an optical accessory, it adds genuine reinforcement to 22mm handlebars, especially for riders of Superbikes like the GSX 1400 or XJR 1300, improving stability, even at speeds of over 200 kmh. The strut also fits the most popular conical handlebars and serves as a clear optical improvement. Made from aluminium with a 13mm diameter; clamps CNC-machined and black anodised.


Bonamici Racing

From track to street with Bonamici

Genuinely race-bred and CNC-machined from single blocks of high-grade, lightweight aluminium alloy, Italian specialist Bonamici’s accessories are among some of the best designed top-end quality parts on the market.

Seen here is their new accessory line for the popular Suzuki GSX-R 1000 2017. Bonamici’s top-selling products include their unique rearsets – the use of bearings completely eliminates friction on the levers for durable, smooth, trouble-free reduced-effort use.
They have a spring for the assisted return of the rear brake lever, and the footpegs can be adjusted in nine different positions. Available as standard in black anodised finish, but additional colour and custom options are available for these and for all of Bonamici’s accessories such as the handlebars, engine cover protectors, lever guards and complete lever kits.

Also seen here, Bonamici CNC billet aluminium alloy (Ergal) rearset and engine cover protectors for the 2017 Triumph Street Triple. These versions are seven-position adjustable and can be used with conventional or reverse shifting set-ups, with or without quickshifter.



Monster 797 license plate kit

Italian manufacturer Evotech has a new license plate mount available to replace the stock design on the Ducati Monster 797. 

Compatible with all the OEM mounting points, it gives a 30-degree angle and comes as a complete kit and will accept Evotech, Kellermann, CNC Racing, Highsider and all other aftermarket turn signals on the market.
Delivered in a briefcase, this plate holder is of “exceptional quality and an exemplary finish,” according to the company. It corresponds to the dimensions of the approved plates.
Evotech recommend ordering it with their approved 4-LED plate light with built-in voltage regulator; a reflex reflector and retro-reflector are also available.