Thursday, 20 September 2018

UK motorcycle registrations

UK motorcycle registrations +3.73 percent YTD to August

The latest data from the MCIA (the Motorcycle Industry Association) shows motorcycle registrations in the UK at +11.68 percent (6,924 units) for August, having been -0.28 percent (8,967 units) for July and running at +3.73 percent YTD (70,875 units).

The UK moped market continues to be down at -21.66 percent YTD (3,426 units), with total PTW registrations running at +2.20 percent YTD (74,301 units).
All sectors of the UK market are up except for the Adventure Sport market, which is flat YTD at -0.5% (12,668 units), and the traditionally strong Supersport market, which continues its decline in the UK, down by -6.2% YTD at 5,951 units.
The largest sector is the traditionally styled (or ‘Naked’ style) market at 24,105 units YTD (+10%), with the scooter market up by 4.3% at 13,117 units.


Autonomous motorcycle tech will benefit V2V

BMW has presented its first autonomous motorcycle technology demonstrator at its Miramas testing ground 2018 Techday in southern France.

Developed by a team led by graduate engineer Stefan Hans, a R 1200 GS was shown to be able to independently drive off, accelerate, circle a winding test track and independently slow down safely to a stop.
The company says that “the underlying technology should serve as a platform for development of future systems and functions to make motorcycling even safer, more comfortable and increase the riding pleasure. 

“The aim of the prototype is to gather additional knowledge with regard to driving dynamics in order to detect dangerous situations early on and thus support the driver with appropriate safety systems while turning at intersections or when braking suddenly”.
Other technology projects demonstrated included cornering lights, laser headlights and a motorcycle frame manufactured completely using a 3D printing process - including the rear swinging arm. BMW Motorrad is able to leverage synergies from R&D work done by the automotive division where 3D printed parts production has already made its way into series production for various vehicles. BMW says “the advantage of 3D printing lies in the complete freedom to design components that could not be produced in other ways.
“The innovative processes used in the production of motorcycle chassis components, such as frame, swinging arm and wheels, use lightweight, high-strength carbon - already industrially manufactured in the BMW HP4 RACE”.
BMW believes that the rapid pace of digitisation will change the future of motorcycling. “BMW Motorrad is taking two-wheeler needs into consideration for tomorrow's world of transport and preparing for it technically. Above all, V2V communication between vehicles is in the foreground, further enhancing safety and comfort for the motorcyclist through digital networking”.


Tiger 800 XR and XC 2018 accessories

Kappa has utilised over 60 years of design expertise in creating accessories for the Tiger 800 XR and XC, models with an impressive heritage that first appeared in the International Six Days Trial in 1936.

For both models, Kappa has created a multitude of accessories including bike-specific mounting kits for a three-piece set of cases (side panniers and top case), a tank bag, enlarged windscreens, engine guards, kits to attach additional headlights and a mudguard for the rear wheel.

KR6401 is a rear attachment kit, which includes a Monokey case supporting plate (max. load 6 kg) and could house the square aluminium K-Venture or models from the Garda range. Alternately, KRA6401 is made of anodised aluminium and specifically designed for the Monokey case. KLR6413 is a quick release side pannier holder for the Monokey range and Retro Fit (for attaching side panniers including K-Venture).
BF02K is a bike-specific flange to mount on the tank cap that allows use of the tank bags equipped with the Tanklock quick attachment/release mechanism, which could hold Kappa’s 16-litre RA311R.
KD6413S is a bike-specific windscreen in smoked finish, offering an increased height of 2 cm (47 x 41 cm, H x L). KD6413ST has a transparent finish and an increased height of 14.5 cm (58.5 x 43.5 cm).
KN6409 is a bike-specific tubular engine guard in black with 25 mm diameter tubes. LS6413K is an attachment kit (from 21 mm to 25 mm) for the Kappa KS310 (halogen) or KS322 (LED) supplementary lights on the tubular engine guard.
KMG6401 is a bike-specific rear mudguard in black ABS, covering the upper and internal part of the wheel. Finally, 01SKITK is a specific screw kit for installation of the KS900A Smart Bar, a support for electronic devices.




Top-End Piston Kit
Developed by VP Italy to make the repairing process of 2 and 4 stroke off-road bikes easier, more practical and economical, its Top-End Piston Kit range has been further expanded to adapt to even more motorcycles, including all 2018 models. 

Kits for 2 stroke bikes include piston (replica or race), top-end gasket kit and wrist pin bearing. The 4 stroke kits include piston (replica or high compression), top-end gasket kit and free cam chain.
VP says these kits have the advantage of including all the required parts to update and renew the thermal section of the engine at a very convenient cost. In particular, by purchasing the Top-End Piston Kit for 2 stroke bikes, you spend more than 10% less than what you would spend purchasing every single product.



Pinasco shock absorbers and crankshaft assembly

Our thanks to Venice area scooter parts specialist Bettella for information about two of its new Pinasco programme stock replacement upgrades for late model Lambretta and Vespa applications.

The LI-TV3/DL/Special rear shock absorber series are a double action design that “represents the technological developments in the field of adjustable suspension that European standards require”.
Made with the highest quality materials, Pinasco shock absorbers feature adjustable CNC machined rings and chrome plated, double action steel springs.

With an adjusting millimetric ring, the suspension is able to preload the spring and to create a calibration compression which changes according to the needs of the rider. The company says that “these shock absorbers are the perfect combination of sportiness and riding pleasure and give amazing feeling, comfort, performance and maximum safety.

Also seen here, this replacement crankshaft for T5 Vespa models is an “upgraded and powerful new design” with a 52 mm stroke, new displacement and durable, high-performance PTFE inserts that are said to increase the pressure at the low rpms demanded of urban and heavy traffic riding.


Moto One

Moto One ‘Jackson 360’ – all seasons versatility

Italian specialist Moto One’s ‘Jackson 360’ for men and women is a versatile, all-seasons “Smart All In One” 520D Du Pont Cordura nylon jacket.
The abrasion resistant outer shell protects in critical use and can be worn directly over the base layer, the insulating mid-layer, or the WP breathable AKL membrane. Used in conjunction with the shell, the WP breathable membrane keeps the rider dry and warm, but can also be used as a single layer as a raincoat.
The 3M Thermolite quilt thermal liner, combined with the WP membrane layer, provides additional insulation.
Additional features include Hi-Viz pocket on the left arm for a “Safe ID”; NFC-QR Code card that contains safety information; removable CE approved armour in shoulders and elbows; pocket for CE approved back protector; large ventilation system openings on chest, arms and back; cargo pocket on back with WP zip; double adjustment button on arm with double settings and “Ergoneck” with micrometric adjustment settings.



The MIVV formula for the revamped KTM 390 Duke

Italian exhaust manufacturer MIVV has four Euro 4 options for the KTM 390 Duke – three versions of their compact, curved and sporty race-bred GP (carbon, titanium and black stainless steel), two versions of the brushed stainless steel, high-temperature resistant Suono (stainless steel and black stainless steel) with carbon end caps and mounting brackets, and the recently introduced Moto2 derived, weight saving stainless steel M2 with optional No-Kat-tube.

KTM 390 Duke
In their standard configuration all MIVV’s KTM 390 options are said to be noise and emissions compliant and to improve performance.
Also seen here are MIVV options for Honda’s 745cc, 8-valve, parallel twin-cylinder X-ADV automatic DCT gearbox Maxi Scooter.
In its stock configuration the X-ADV is said to produce 55 hp at 6,250 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm. MIVV says their model-specific GP increases power by +0.7 Hp and +1.0 Nm with weight savings of -1.9 kg; available for the X-ADV in carbon, titanium and stainless steel (with a brushed “Black Satin” effect version also available).

MIVV options for Honda’s Maxi Scooter

The company’s ‘Speed Edge’ has a unique hexagonal design, “excellent performance” with a performance increase of +1.20 Hp and +1.10 Nm, and weight savings of -1.2 kg; two versions are offered - the main body in brushed or black stainless steel, both fitted with carbon end caps and stainless steel mounting brackets.
Two versions of the MIVV Suono are available - stainless steel version with a main body in natural stainless steel and brushed satin black. The performance of the Honda X-ADV gains +0.8 Hp and +0.7 Nm, with weight savings of 1.2 kg. All MIVV options have removable dB-Killer and No-Kat tube options.



Caberg Drift Evo in full carbon

Caberg’s Drift Evo Carbon is an ECE 22.05 communications-ready 1,250 g (+/-50 g) full-face helmet in two shell sizes with a “completely redesigned removable and washable inner lining (including the padding on the chinstrap) with size-change custom-fit cheek pads for optimum custom fit; the lining is made in hypoallergenic and transpiring fabrics,” also with removable lower wind stop.

The rear spoiler is designed to enhance the aerodynamics at higher speed, reducing the turbulences and giving a “sporty and aggressive look to the helmet”.
The Drift Evo quick release visor mechanism allows visor self-adjustment to guarantee a close contact of visor and window beading. The transparent anti-scratch visor mechanism has a sprung double movement, meaning it does not have to be manually adjusted to avoid incoming water or air; a left side visor mechanism lever stops the positioning of the visor at 0.5 cm from the window beading to avoid or eliminate fogging - further reduced by the adjustable Pinlock lens Max Vision; the integrated DVT (Double Visor Tech) anti-scratch sunshade visor adjusts with a lateral lever.
The lower vent on the chin guard drives air directly to the inner side of the visor to avoid misting, the vent on top channels fresh air inside the helmet through numerous air grooves with a rear vent to discharge hot and stale air.