Thursday, 23 August 2018

Spanish motorcycle registrations

Spain motorcycle registrations +17.14 percent for first six months of 2018

The latest data released by the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain (ANESDOR) shows motorcycle registrations up by +4.62 percent in June (17,557 units), +18.28 percent in May (17,070 units), and running at +17.14 percent for the first six months of 2018 (79,217 units) - the best first half year market performance in Spain since before 2009.

Moped registrations remain down though at -32.44 percent for June, -29.78 percent for May, and are running at -24.90 percent (6,697 units) for the first six months of the year. This puts total PTW registrations at +12.24 percent YTD (85,914 units sold).
The top-selling larger displacement machines so far this year were the Yamaha MT 07 (1,267 units), Kawasaki Z900 (1,529 units), Yamaha T-Max 500 (1,145 units), Honda X-ADV (886) and BMW R 1200 GS (857).
Market share leader is Honda, followed by Yamaha, Kymco, Piaggio and BMW.

American Report

Polaris Industries Inc. has joined the Fortune 500 list of largest companies in the United States. Not a market cap., profits or revenues listing as such, the Fortune 500 lists businesses by total revenues for their fiscal years - Polaris is in its 64th year and achieved a ranking of #496. It lists publicly held companies along with privately held companies for which revenues are publicly available.

Garland, Texas based UTV/SxS vehicle assembler Sportsman Country is being acquired by Jinhua, China based electric and off-road vehicle and component manufacturer Kandi Technologies. Sportsman assembles and distributes under the Massimo, Benneche and Linhai brands.

Polaris has announced it is to open a new distribution center in Fernley, Nevada, 165 miles NE of Sacramento, California. The 475,000 sq ft facility will be a multi-brand operation on a 37-acre site, supporting Polaris’ growing aftermarket, parts, garments and accessories businesses. Its PG&A division achieved nearly $2 billion in sales in 2017. Proximity to west coast consumers and Pacific Rim facing ports are cited as factors in the choice of location.

Following news that it had moved its U.S. headquarters to Plano, Texas, Canadian BRP, maker of Sea-Doo watercraft and Ski-Doo snowmobiles, is reported to be poised to spend some $385 million on acquisitions to expand its product line-up. Group sales in 2017 are reported at $3.4 bn, and CEO Jose Boisjoli is targeting growth to $4.6 bn by 2020.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) 2016 annual report of “ATV-Related Deaths and Injuries” (issued January 2018) once again affirms the decade-long downward trend in fatalities and injuries related to ATVs - down -29% for the period 2007 to 2013.

BRP has garnered six prestigious Red Dot product design awards for its Sea-Doo Spark Trixx PWC, Can-Am Maverick X3 and Trail SxS vehicles, Evinrude E-TEC 150-200 hp G2 outboard engine, Ski-Doo snowmobile REV Gen4 platform and LinQ snowboard/ski rack for Ski-Doo snowmobiles.


Cornerstone-laying ceremony - the Wunderlich way

Leading German BMW parts and accessory specialist Wunderlich has broken ground on its new corporate headquarters in the Innovation Park Rheinland at Grafschaft Ringen. The Wunderlich Performance Scrambler was the highlight of the cornerstone-laying ceremony in July, with more than 120 guests from the worlds of politics, industry, trade associations and press at the invitation of Wunderlich GmbH’s two managing directors - Erich Wunderlich and Frank Hoffmann. 

Wunderlich has established itself as an internationally successful company and worldwide specialist in the production and sale of high-quality components for BMW motorcycles. The company continues to enjoy steady growth and has reached the limits of the space available at its current site in nearby Sinzig.
Reiner Brendicke, the General Executive Manager of the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM), delivered a welcome speech to the guests after which Erich Wunderlich, who founded the company in 1985, celebrated their “innovativeness, creativity and the pleasure we take in top quality” by having one of their concept bikes, a BMW R 1200 GS LC, heavily modified as a performance scrambler, showcasing many of the company’s latest products, lifted by crane into the foundation.
When the facility is finished it will be the centre piece of an exhibition area that will be included as an homage to Wunderlich production excellence - “the entire building has been designed to showcase Wunderlich design and production quality values”. Atmospheric lighting will be added, and a top cover made of walk-on sapphire glass, so future visitors will be able to see it from above.
Wunderlich currently employs 70 people, sells 3,700 products and components, with 20,000 items in stock at any time. The new building will have a 5,000 sq m surface area and is being built using “innovative, sustainable building technology, featuring a cantilever cube as its administrative wing.


Off-road billet clutch baskets

Legendary Californian specialist Barnett has new CNC precision-machined billet clutch baskets. Made from durable high-grade aluminium alloy, they feature patented, replaceable stainless steel inserts to prevent grooving of the basket where the clutch plate tabs make contact. 

Oil passage windows are also machined into the basket to increase oil flow to the clutch plates, which results in cooler operating temperatures and a longer clutch life. Grade 8 quality fasteners are included, with a backing plate where applicable.
Select applications come with the centre kicker gear already installed. These baskets are available for popular 80 cc and up off-road motorcycles and sport ATVs.


Rick’s Motorsport Electrics

Vintage rectifier/regulator upgrade unit

Hampstead, New Hampshire based Rick’s Motorsport Electrics is one of the recognised world leaders when it comes to replacement and upgrade electrical system components for the widest range of late model and older vintage motorcycles.
That’s not to say there is anything outdated about the company’s manufacturing processes and product designs, and its new lithium-ion-friendly rectifier regulators are a case in point.

There has been a huge need in the vintage motorcycle market especially for a rectifier/regulator that works in conjunction with contemporary lithium-ion batteries, and Rick’s Motorsport Electrics has stepped up to develop them.
The voltage set point on these units is 14.0 (+/- .2).  “We worked closely with leading battery manufacturers redesigning and testing until we got it right,” says company president Rick Shaw.  The company is adding new applications all the time and they come with the same attention to detail, precision manufacturing and one-year replacement warranty that their existing product lines are known for.
Often an upgraded combination unit compared to the original equipment part that replaces the rectifier and regulator with a single part, a selection of present applications includes most older Honda models and selected best sellers from other manufacturers.



Dell’Orto is official Data Acquisition partner

Legendary Italian performance specialist Dell’Orto has been chosen as the Official Data Acquisition partner for the MotoE championship that gets underway in 2019.

Dell’Orto is the selected Data Acquisition Partner for the performances that will be achieved by the series ‘Spec’ bike – the Energica Ego Corsa

The agreement will see the Italian company play a vital role in the Cup, supplying the data acquisition system from inception until the end of 2021 in an initial three-year deal. As the ECU supplier for the Moto3 World Championship, Dell’Orto are the “perfect partner with whom to take on the challenge of MotoE - sharing the same values and commitment to progress that make the FIM Enel MotoE World Cup such an exciting project and challenge”. 

Dell’Orto will provide a state-of the-art package, including data logger, inertial measurement unit, suspension and brake sensors, along with a tyre monitoring system.
Andrea Dell’Orto, Executive Vice President, went on to say that “in the near future, sustainable mobility will be based on different solutions that combine electric propulsion with the combustion engine, and Dell’Orto wants to take part in this challenge. As we invest in new talents in Moto3, we will invest in new technologies in MotoE. We are always ready to embrace new challenges!”
“I’m delighted that we can once again deepen our relationship with an existing partner and build for the future together,” added Pau Serracanta, Managing Director of Dorna Sports. “To have a company such as Dell’Orto on board with MotoE is an important step, sharing as we do our commitment to progress and new challenges.”
At the time of writing the Energica Ego Corsa MotoE machine was due to make its next public track appearance for a demo lap at the Circuit de Barcelona, Catalunya, in the hands of 1999 MotoGP World Champion Alex Crivillé.


Ninja 250/400 shock options

British suspension manufacturer Nitron has introduced shock absorber upgrades for Kawasaki’s 250 and 400 Ninja that give “worthwhile and impressive performance” improvements.

The company says that “extensive road and track testing and development has resulted in some very impressive improvements”. Their entry level NTR R1 offers a revised spring rate with preload adjustment, combined with a one-way adjustable mono tube gas shock.
Their higher specification NTR R3 is a 3-way adjustable shock, which will give ”a wide range of independent adjustments for rebound as well as high and low speed compression settings”.
The company says that each Nitron shock is built to order, and that they are also able to offer the further option to request road or track bias settings - “ensuring that the Ninja becomes a far more capable bike tailored to suit the riders’ own requirements”.
An intermediate price-point NTR R2 is also available, and the company also offers a hydraulic preload adjuster, which they recommend for intermittent passenger use.


SIP Performance

SIP Performance ignitions for Vespa and Lambretta models

German specialist SIP Scootershop welcomed over 2,000 visitors to their state-of-the-art 6,000 sq m facility at Landsberg, Germany, in early May. They welcomed enthusiasts from as far afield as Malta (six scooter riders who made the whole journey on their Vespas) as well as Switzerland, Austria, Italy and England. 

Highlights included a Vespa Club information booth, rare scooter models from the 1950s and a used scooters and parts and accessories market, and the company plans to welcome visitors again in May 2019.
Recent new products from SIP include these new SIP Performance ignitions for Vespa models (Lambretta ignitions coming soon). Manufactured with the assistance of VAPE, a major European producer, SIP’s Ralf Jodl says that the electrical functions of these “high-end ignition systems are representative of state-of-the-art modern technology. Due to the eight coils included on the stator-plate, enough power (110 W) is created at tick-over revs to fully illuminate the Vespa’s lighting. 

Performance ignitions for Vespa models

“We have both AC and DC versions available, and we recommend the DC type if you wish to power digital components such as the SIP speedometer, or you require a high battery loading charge. The CDI module is available as a ‘Road’ version with a static ignition point, similar to the original item, or as a ‘Sport’ version that includes a variable ignition point which advances at low revs.
“This increases the available torque - especially at the lower end - and the ignition point is then gradually retarded as the rpm rises into the power-band. This also helps reduce the combustion temperature while simultaneously providing an increased rev-range”.
The pick-up on the stator-plate is split into two and arranged on top of one another instead of next to each other, as with the original design. This eliminates the possibility of false positioning during the initial set-up “due to the sloppy manufacturing tolerances included on many Vespa engine casings, crankshafts, stator-plates and flywheels. The exact ignition point is clearly marked with a precise line on both the flywheel and stator-plate, which allows exact positioning during assembly and makes a strobe-lamp set-up unnecessary”.
Jodl says that one of the most important advances achieved is the production of the fly/fanwheel unit as a single component - avoiding a riveted inner mounting-cone and an uneven rotation. He says this greatly reduces engine vibration while also noticeably extending the working life of the flywheel side crankshaft bearing.
The precisely balanced one-piece, twelve-finned fanwheel is CNC-machined from solid aluminium and delivers an identical volume of cooling air to the cylinder as the original PX 125 and PK items from Piaggio throughout the whole rev-range. “The amount delivered by most aftermarket ignition systems is easily surpassed by our design, without preventing higher motor speeds.
“The flywheel intended for the small frame Vespas weighs 1,300 g, and for the large frame 1,600 g, making them both considerably lighter than their original counterparts. This primarily improves throttle response, but leaves the motor easily manageable in urban traffic and while carrying a pillion. Our SIP - VAPE flywheels are 100% compatible with the original flywheel remover type.
The specifications mean this is no NOS or replica part, but a genuinely contemporary upgrade that can also power additional electrical components such as a fuel pump, lambda sensor heating, USB power port etc. Installation is genuine Plug & Play without the need of a strobe-lamp due to precise ignition point markings – the single woodruff key slot on the crankshaft mounting of the flywheel avoids incorrect set-up.; the “perfectly arranged” rotational mass is said to mean improved throttle response and it delivers optimum cooling performance - identical to the original straight-finned type.
The SIP ‘Sport’ version has an rpm-linked variable ignition point and the complete kit includes CDI, fly/fanwheel, rectifier (DC) and regulator (AC).
Also seen here, the SIP Scootershop “CLASSIC” bag and suitcase line fit old and new models of all makes “better than a plastic case”. Available in different sizes and materials, in water-repellent and robust canvas look nylon, imitation leather and high-quality genuine leather.

The shapely bag/case mounts on the front or rear luggage rack using four mounting straps. Water repellent and dimensionally stable, it has a large main compartment, expanding side compartments and ships inclusive of rain cover.