Sunday, 29 July 2018

Italian motorcycle registrations

Italian motorcycle registrations +9.76 percent for half year to June 2018

According to the latest data available from the motorcycle industry trade association in Italy (ANCMA) the Italian market continues to be among the strongest of Europe’s major markets.

New motorcycle registrations were down fractionally in June (-0.70 percent at 10,752 units), having been +18.48 percent in May (13,271 units) and are running at +9.76 percent for the first six months of 2018 (58,258 units).
In total PTW terms, the Italian market is +4.30 percent at 130,297 units YTD, having been worth a total of 204,406 PTWs in 2017 (+5.41 percent). This is the strongest first six months for total PTWs in Italy since 2011.
Scooter sales in Italy were essentially flat for the first six months at +0.28 percent, 72,039 units. The top sellers remain Honda’s Italian produced SH 150/300/125 series, followed by the Piaggio Beverly 300 ABS and Yamaha X-Max.
The top selling larger displacement machines have been the BMW R 1200 GS (2,588), Honda X-ADV 750 (2,494), Honda Africa Twin (2,295), Yamaha T-Max 500 (2,194), BMW R 12 GS Adventure (1,654), Yamaha Tracer 900 (1,636) and the Honda NC 750 X (1,357).


Ducati wins 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to reclaim crown as King of the Mountain

Legendary Ducati racer Carlin Dunne led the 2018 Spider Grips Ducati Pikes Peak team to victory and reclaimed the crown as King of the Mountain at this year’s annual running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), completing the “Race to the Clouds” in 9:59:102. This was Dunne’s fourth victory at Pikes Peak.

“We did it. We took the podium,” said Dunne, who notably was the first motorcyclist ever to traverse the 4,720-foot Pikes Peak race course in less than 10 minutes in 2012. “The Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak proved as amazing as we all hoped. It performed flawlessly, giving me everything I needed to get up the mountain. Pikes Peak is never an easy race, but the weather cooperated, and we clinched the victory for Ducati.”
This is Ducati’s seventh victory on the mountain since the company’s debut in 2008. Ducati and Dunne held the all-time course record from 2012 until 2017, a year in which Ducati was not part of the official race competition. Dunne’s previous victory in 2012 was achieved on the game-changing Multistrada 1200 S.

This year, Dunne secured the win on the new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak model. The new Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak showcases the versatility of a new, larger displacement 1262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine delivering 18% more torque in the mid-range. The bike is also paired with a redesigned chassis for increased stability.
Rounding out the Ducati team this year was new member Codie Vahsholtz, who finished in third with a time of 10:12:703. Vahsholtz is a Colorado native who comes from a family of Pikes Peak champions and has established a series of victories of his own.
This year, for the 96th running of the “Race to the Clouds,” Ducati partnered with Shell Advance, Brembo, Pirelli, Termignoni, Spider Grips, Ducati by Rizoma, Race Tech, Revl and Racing Cowboys.

Powersports Insiders

Fast Bike Industries of Hendersonville, North Carolina, U.S. importer for Italian suspension specialist Andreani Group, has also take on the British made Nitron range of shock absorbers and front suspension cartridge kits. The company says it currently sells to over 170 powersports industry dealers nationally.

Motonation has announced it is now the exclusive North American distributor of Trilobite Premium Aramid Fashion in North America. Trilobite apparel is designed and developed by Biker’s Crown/Rusty Piston in the Czech Republic and has never before been distributed in the U.S. With the Heritage, Urban and Travel collections, advanced protective materials used include Dyneema, Cordura Denim and patented Trilobitex.

BRP announced the creation of a Powersports Group and a new senior management member with the appointment of Bertrand ThiƩbaut as Powersports President. The new group brings together the Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo, Can-Am and Rotax product lines into a single operating unit. The Spyder and Evinrude lines will continue to be operated independently.

KTM is offering some $56,300 in contingency prize money for riders using 450 SX-F models in this year’s AFT Singles (American Flat Track) in the USA.

TCX Boots USA has posted contingency support to AFT Singles competitors for the 2018 season. The Italian-based company produces a wide range of motorcycle boots and has been a long-time supporter of AFT racers, including Harley-Davidson factory rider Sammy Halbert and Indian-mounted privateer Kenny Coolbeth. TCX’s contingency offering totals $10,000.

In November last year, Yamaha WaterCraft Group built its millionth ‘WaveRunner’ PWC (a VX Deluxe) at the Georgia facility where it has been manufacturing them for 29 years.

Organised by Delicate Promotions, the FIM sanctioned AMA Land Speed Grand Championship returns to the Bonneville Speedway near Wendover, Utah, on Aug. 25-30. Also known as the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the event features both American and international amateur land speed racing competitors vying for AMA and FIM records.

Travis Pastrana

Travis Pastrana abuses a perfectly good FTR750 to pay tribute to Evel Knievel

In Las Vegas on July 8 action sports superstar Travis Pastrana sought to channel Evel Knievel in front of an estimated 25,000 fans watching in person and many more tuning in live on television across North America.

Produced in partnership with Nitro Circus, “Evel Live” saw Pastrana pay homage to Knievel’s legacy as he set out to recreate three of the American legend’s most iconic jumps. Pastrana pushed the limits even further though, breaking Knievel’s famous car and Greyhound bus jump records before completing the epic Caesars Palace fountain jump that left Knievel grasping for his life 50 years ago.
“I’m thrilled to have had this opportunity to honour Evel Knievel, whose guts and showmanship created the foundation for action sports,” Travis Pastrana said afterwards. “Evel pushed himself and flew further on a motorcycle than anyone thought possible. So, with this modern-day tribute we wanted to bridge generations – from my parents’ generation who was inspired by Evel to the generation after me who may not know much about the original stuntmen who paved the way. To be able do that in Las Vegas and at Caesars Palace, where Evel’s legend was born, is so awesome.”
In just three hours and under the pressure of a live TV broadcast, Pastrana first topped Knievel’s 1973 jump over 50 crushed cars by soaring more than 143 feet in the air over 52 vehicles. 

Then he surpassed Knievel’s 1975 jump over 14 buses, flying nearly four stories high and covering a jaw-dropping 192 feet to clear 16 modern-day Greyhound buses. In order to make room for the massive set-up, these jumps required the production teams to take over the space behind Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s Las Vegas.
Afterwards, Pastrana took to the streets with a police escort to ride to the Caesars Palace jump site. Fans quickly lined Las Vegas Boulevard, exchanging high-fives with Pastrana from taxis and the side of the road as anticipation for the finale built. The motorcade quickly closed The Strip.
Then Pastrana faced the Caesars Palace fountain jump that nearly took Knievel’s life half a century ago after his infamous crash. As if that wasn’t daunting enough, given the expansion of Caesars Palace since Knievel’s ill-fated attempt, Pastrana had only a 200 foot run-in to accelerate to the 70 mph speed necessary to clear the fountain.
Pastrana also had to contend with stifling heat reaching 102 degrees and, just before the event, potential thunderstorms. Even in ideal conditions and if he hit his speed marks perfectly, Pastrana would land with just a few feet to spare. But, after arcing over the fountains, Pastrana touched safely down on the landing ramp to the roaring crowd and a flash of pyrotechnics.
This electrifying event paid tribute to Evel Knievel in every possible detail. From Pastrana riding an Indian Scout FTR750, a modern-day evolution of the flat track motorcycles of the past - and very different from the modern-day dirt bikes Pastrana usually rides – to the white leather suit and helmet decked out in American stars and stripes just like Knievel’s classic livery, these specifics illuminate how much Knievel achieved and the impact he has had on generations of fans.


Sidi hosts race stars
Picture - LorenzoFerraro/ATCommunication
At its annual motorcycle sector brand meeting at its Maser (Treviso), Italy headquarters in June, Sidi played host to its international distributors and a stellar line-up of its race stars, including, left to right, Ivan Cervantes, Bradley Smith, SIDI owners Rosella and Dino Signori, Alvaro Bautista and Xavier Simeon;


Entry-level MX gloves

The inventors of the Leatt-Brace have launched a comprehensive line of motorcycle gloves as part of their 2018 line. Their ‘Barely There’ GPX 1.5 glove is “engineered to provide an effective barrier of palm protection without compromising feel”, according to the Capetown, South Africa based company.

Purpose-built with an all-new Micron Grip palm, Leatt says that “the 1.5 sets a new standard for gloves in its class. It offers super strength and enhanced comfort without the high price tag”. 
The upper hand stretch material is lightweight and “offers superior airflow, whilst the pre-curved, seamless palm makes this a truly stealth glove - understated and slick, yet fully capable of providing protection against scrapes, the 1.5 glove is streamlined and structurally so light, it is easy to forget that it is being worn”.


Ilmberger Carbonparts

Ducati Carbon for racetrack and road

Ilmberger Carbonparts has a selection of parts for the Ducati Supersport 939 that have been created to “complement its curved shape” and a fairing that “highlights just the right parts”, according to Germany’s Carbon Guru Julius Ilmberger.

The idea was to come up with parts for a motorcycle that is fit for daily riding and touring with a racing look. “We especially liked the bike's versatility, which really inspired us,” said Julius. “For example, we created a rear bellypan, which flawlessly tops off the Supersport's appearance. The exhaust end cap and the number plate holder show a sportive design, and people like it!”
The following carbon parts will be available for the Ducati Supersport 939 starting spring 2018: front fender, rear fender, swingarm cover, exhaust end cap, lower exhaust end cap, rear bellypan, seat cover, number plate holder, airtube cover, cam belt cover, front sprocket cover and ignition switch cover. The parts are offered in gloss and matt.



Yoshimura for new Ninjas, G310R, R3 and KLX250

Performance exhaust manufacturer and race legend Yoshimura has several new applications for 2018, not least for the already popular 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Alpha T full system for Ninja 400

Using its race-proven Alpha T muffler to “shape the power characteristics of the new green machine, our engineers found great torque and hp that pulls throughout the range. Power is up with the Alpha T full system by +4.8% at maximum hp and +4.2% maximum torque.
“Our exclusive Works Finish gives this race system a golden titanium look after a heat cycle, and the sound is purely Yoshimura. Also available is our black powder-coated aluminium muffler bracket - a necessity if the rider wants to remove the rear footpegs to go racing”.

Alpha T slip-on for Ninja 400

The system features the race-bred and available separately Alpha T slip-on – “perfect for the new Kawasaki 399 cc twin engine, providing an impressive +3.3% at maximum hp and +2.2% maximum torque”. The Alpha T slip-on saves 3.3 pounds “and looks amazing with our exclusive Works Finish”.
Also available for the Ninja 300 with the full system delivering an impressive +17 percent increase in peak hp while reducing weight by 6 lbs. (2.7 kg), with the slip-on saving “over half the weight and adding +3.3% more hp”.

Race Series System for G310R

For BMW’s entry level G310R, Yoshimura’s race-bred R-77 Race Series System profile tuned for the BMW’s 310 cc creates +4.9% maximum hp and +5.6% maximum torque “while dropping over half the weight of the stock system - all with our durable Works Finish that maintains beauty for years to come”.
 For the 320 cc parallel twin Yamaha R3, the Alpha T Race Series full system with Works Finish provides a +9% maximum hp gain and a +4% torque gain, saving over half the weight of the OEM full system.

RS-2 slip-on for KLX250

Finally, for the return of the popular Kawasaki KLX250 (coverage for 2008-2018 models), the Yoshimura RS-2 slip-on has been updated to incorporate an O2 sensor that accommodates the new fuel technology on the KLX. The RS-2 has a weight saving of almost 3 lbs. (1.3 kg) over the stock unit – “with added power, torque and that distinct Yoshimura exhaust note”, according to the company. A fender eliminator kit is also available.