Thursday, 17 May 2018

EU motorcycle registrations

EU motorcycle registrations up by +4.7 percent Q1; total PTWs -6.1%

ACEM, the Brussels based international motorcycle industry trade association, says that combined registrations of new motorcycles and mopeds in the EU (total Powered Two Wheelers/PTWs) reached 240,924 units during the first quarter of 2018, representing a decrease of -6.1% compared to same period of the previous year.

Registrations increased in some of the largest European markets, including Spain (32,170 motorcycles and mopeds, +11.5%) and the UK (24,609 units, +5.6%), remained stable in Italy (49,993 units, -0.6%) and decreased in France (47,081 units, -8%) and Germany (36,788 units, -13.5%).
Motorcycle registrations were up by +4.7% (203,853 units) during the first 3 months of the year. With 46,126 units (+1.4%), Italy remains the largest European motorcycle market, followed by France (36,979 motorcycles, +9.1%), Germany (36,058 motorcycles, +1.9%), Spain (29,063 motorcycles, +16.7%) and the UK (23,485 motorcycles, +7.4%).
Registrations in the moped segment were down by -40.2 percent (37,071 units) due in large part to the moped Euro 3/Euro 4 transition that became effective on January 1, 2018. The largest moped market in Europe was France (10,102 units, -41.5%), followed by the Netherlands (8,856 units, -35.3%), Italy (3,867 units,
-19.4%), Belgium (3,458 units, -14.8%) and Spain (3,107 units, - 21.4%).
Combined registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles reached 8,281 units during the first three months of 2018. This represents an increase of +51.2% compared to the same period of 2017. The largest European market in terms of volume was France with a total of 2,150 electric vehicles, followed by the Netherlands (1,703 units), Belgium (1,472 units), Spain (1,258 units) and Italy (592 units).
In motorcycle terms, a total of 1,726 electric motorcycles were registered in the EU between January and March 2018 (+118.5% on a year-on-year basis). The largest European markets for electric motorcycles are France (732 units, +228%), Spain (311 units, +161%), the Netherlands (202 units, +304%) and Germany (173 vehicles,
Registrations of electric mopeds reached 5,824 units (+50.8% compared to the first three months of 2017).


Energica reports good Q1

Italian electric sportsbike specialist Energica says it closed the first quarter 2018 with a current order book that exceeds the total of sales of the previous year.
Recently announced by Dorna as the “spec” bike for the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup, claimed to be the world’s first electric motorcycle competition, Livia Cevolini, CEO of Energica Motor Company S.p.A., said that “in the first few months of 2018 we have achieved an extraordinary result - our order book overtook total 2017 sales in just three months.

“This result was achieved thanks to the launch of our third model, the old school electric Eva EsseEsse9, and the involvement in the MotoE project. During 2017 we strengthened our presence in the U.S., appointing Stefano Benatti as CEO of Energica Motor Company Inc., who promoted the Energica operations already underway in California and worked on new commercial partnerships in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Texas.
“In Europe we improved our sales network adding new commercial agreements in Germany, France, Italy and started negotiations in Eastern Europe, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates”.
 Last year Energica became the first E-Bike manufacturer to join the CharIN e.v., an automotive industry consortium that was created to develop and promote the Combined Charging System (CCS) as the standard for charging battery-powered electric vehicles of all kinds.
Last year the company also achieved three important patents concerning crucial components used on each of its production bikes – the VCU (Vehicle Control Unit), Supply Unit heat management and its eABS technology.


25 years of Monsters

Ducati is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its now legendary and still popular ‘Monster’, arguably the start-point of the modern ‘Naked Style’ motorcycle concept and a landmark for any model series.

The first production ‘Monster’ left the factory in Borgo Panigale, Bologna, in 1993 after making its debut at IFMA, the then ‘Cologne Show’ that was ultimately replaced by INTERMOT in 1992. Designed by Miguel Angel Galluzzi, and initially touted as a “muscle bike”, “Il Mostro” (as it is known in Italian) is widely regarded as the bike that saved Ducati, accounting for around half of annual production by 2005.
In contemporary terms, 2014 saw Ducati introduce the Monster 1200 and 1200 S, with a water-cooled four valve 135/145 hp 1198 Testastretta 11 engine to replace the Monster 1100 Evo. For 2016 the monster family included the 1200 R - a more track-oriented version that was claimed at the time to be the most powerful Monster ever with 160 hp (120 kW) and a claimed 97 ft lb (132 Nm) of torque and +15 hp more than the Monster 1200 S - the same Testastretta 11° DS, 90-degree V-twin used in the Multistrada and Diavel.
The Monster 797 was unveiled in 2016 at EICMA and launched in India last year. This entry-level Monster is powered by an 803 cc Testastretta twin-cylinder, air-cooled engine that makes 73.9 hp (55.1 kW) and 69 Nm (51 ft lb). The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Ducati says that “since its presentation to the public and the press in 1992, this iconic Ducati model has brought a radical change to the world of motorcycles, creating a brand-new sector, the naked sports bikes, and generating one of the most devoted communities of enthusiasts”.
It's an important anniversary for Ducati. An original Monster 900 MY1993 is on display at the new Ducati Museum (as seen here), and a programme of activities and initiatives that will reach a crescendo at this year’s biennial 2018 World Ducati Week, the world's largest Ducati rally, held on 20, 21 and 22 July 2018 at the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit in Misano Adriatico.


Michael Dunlop to ride for Factory Paton SC-Project Team

The Northern Irish rider will compete alongside Italian Stefano Bonetti on the Factory S1-R Lightweight Paton at the 2018 Isle of Man TT.
Factory S1-R Paton won the Lightweight TT Race in 2017, showing a competitiveness that promptly attracted the attention of several privateer teams.
Michael Dunlop was the first rider in the whole history of the Isle of Man TT to have achieved a lap of the course in less than 17 minutes, as well as being one of the most successful TT riders. He is extremely competitive in every class, from the Supersport to the Superstock and the Lightweights.

Speaking about the deal, SC-Project Team owners Stefano Lavazza and Marco De Rossi said: “We are extremely happy that a champion like Michael is joining our Paton SC-Project Reparto Corse Team. Our collaboration with him started last year just with the supply of a SC-Project exhaust for the MD Racing Yamaha R6 he won the Supersport TT with.
“Michael was very satisfied with the product and he wanted to carry on our collaboration this year as well, with the supply of SC-Project exhausts for the S1000RR BMW and the CBR 600RR Honda he will ride respectively in the Superstock and Supersport races.
“His skills are well known to everyone, and we are well aware that a rider like Michael has victory as his sole focus. It is an honour for us and for Paton to have one of the fastest TT riders ever riding for our team. We are ready for the challenge of confirming Paton as the bike to beat on the Isle of Man”.
Paton S1-R Lightweight Project Managers Roberto Pattoni and Andrea Realini added: “To have Michael Dunlop onboard the purely Italian Paton is an honour. Some top riders got in touch with us, and this shows how well we have worked in these past few years, and now the acquisition by SC-Project is taking us to another level.
“The Bonetti and Dunlop duo will be a key element to improving our S1-R and to confirm Paton as the fastest Lightweight at the Isle of Man TT. We are sure that even Pep (founder of the Paton factory and Roberto’s father) would have appreciated such a hot blooded and passionate rider as Michael Dunlop. We can’t wait to start!”.


SWAP’S Industry ‘S818’ helmet

Based near Nice in southern France, the Sifam Group (founded in 1994 by Pierre Manuel) has a fast-growing own brand apparel range, for which they are the exclusive distributor, that we have featured in IDN recently (SWAP’S Industry). They are also one of the largest France based distributors with a wide range of famous name and own brand hard parts available from their 3,900 sq m headquarters warehouse. 

The SWAP’S Industry S818 helmet is made in a polycarbonate outer shell with upper and lower front air vents and a removable and washable inner liner in “ventilated and ergonomic double density foam.” Fitted with the Double D buckle system, the S818 weighs around 1,300 grams.
Available in flat black, white/red graphic, white/orange graphic, blue/yellow graphic, black/white graphic, orange/blue graphic, green/black graphic, the S818 is a “price point” product that is currently available to dealers “at a very attractive price”.
Sifam is particularly looking for new dealers in England, Germany and Benelux - enquiries can be sent to Sales Manager Joao Ramos (email below).



Galfer adds ‘Disc Wave’, brake pad and brake line applications

Spanish brake component manufacturer Galfer has added to its available range of ‘Disc Wave’ applications, including for the Kawasaki Ninja 400 (as seen here) and a range of applications including for the Yamaha XV/XVS 950 (2015 and up), and selected MBK, Piaggio Vespa/LML and Kymco applications.

New brake pad applications include the Yamaha R3, MT 03, X-MAX 300 and 125/150 cc N-MAX variants, the 2017 and up Honda CBR 1000 RR Yamaha and a range of new front and rear brake line kits for models such as the 2017 and up Yamaha R3 and R6.
Their new print catalogue details all their applications and is available from your distributor of choice and online.

The company has also announced that it has extended its sponsorship involvement with the Monlau Repsol Technical School through to 2019.
The brand and the school started a partnership in 1997 and the deal sees Galfer contributing to student training and providing material for the competition teams of the Barcelona based school. Monlau Repsol helps Galfer to develop and improve its braking products through race use in national and international championships.

The collaboration started when Emilio Alzamora entered the 250 cc World Championship. It was the school’s first project, and since then the partnership has won many important titles, such as the Márquez brothers Moto3 and Moto2 titles in 2012 and 2014. 



‘Arizona’ modular helmet

The KV31 Arizona Phantom modular helmet by Kappa offers a brand-new variety of colour options and is said to be “extremely appealing with its technically effective flip-front”, made in four bi-colour options as well as four single colour helmets.

The helmet has an aerodynamic shell and, as standard, is equipped with a nose guard and wind deflector, hypoallergenic removable and washable inner lining, an effective ventilation system including adjustable front and chin guard ventilation. It includes a Pinlock-ready visor, and an incorporated sun visor is equipped with an “easy-to-find and easy-to-use” control. The opening of the chin guard is activated via a central button, which can be clicked with just one gloved hand.

The shell is in thermoplastic material and the weight is 1,650 g. Options include a J303SK Bluetooth intercom/KH10 helmet holder and Pinlock anti-fog lens.



R6 Rearset Options

Italian parts manufacturer LighTech offers a full range of accessories for the Yamaha R6, including these adjustable rear sets kit (fixed foot pegs). They are also available with folding foot pegs, or as a top-of-the-line ‘R’ version with folding foot and toe pegs, titanium screws, special SKF bearings, carbon heel guards and red anodised supports for the foot pegs.

Seen here is what LighTech’s Export Sales Manager Michele Balboni describes as a “crossover” design - a standard rearset kit, but shown with optional folding aluminium footpegs and black carbon heel guards - demonstrating the versatility of the LighTech programme

LighTech CNC precision machine each of their aluminium products from a single solid block of high-grade, high-strength, lightweight aluminium alloy. Founded in 1997 LighTech manufactures and distributes over 7,000 Ergal/aluminium alloy products that are manufactured in six different colours, plus over 400 titanium products and a host of other accessories. LighTech has more than 2,500 authorised dealers all over the world.
Available in a selection of model match and custom colourways and finishes, additional products for the R6 include chain adjusters, swingarm spools, brake and clutch levers that deliver reduced weight and lever effort with improved feel (soft touch inserts and folding options offered), handlebar clip-ons and caps, license plate supports, protections systems including axle sliders/protectors and clutch/brake lever protection and guards) gas caps, oil filler caps, brake/clutch reservoir caps, a selection of carbon parts (front and rear fenders and covers) and high strength, reduced weight hardware options.