The latest figures released by the Motor Cycle Industry Association have shown an increase in demand for motorcycles, but it is not time to get carried away by this apparent success, according to the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA). “Demand for motorcycles in January was up 11.8 per cent on the same period last year, registering 5,458 units. However, this was expected as last year the market was flooded with a high volume of pre-registered bikes for sale,” said Stephen Latham, head of the NMDA.
Dunlop has received motorcycle manufacturer KTM’s Supplier Quality Excellence Award. The Austrian manufacturer rated Dunlop as an A+ supplier for the perfect supply of motorcycle tyres in 2016. Dunlop states that KTM is currently the fastest growing motorcycle manufacturer in the world.
Pirelli reports that the K-spec version of its Scorpion trail II has been optimised for several models of KTM motorcycle. The tyre is now available for models of the KTM 1190 Adventure built from 2013 onwards and 2015 and 2016 models of the KTM 1290 Super. The TL Scorpion Trail II (K) is available in size the front wheel size 120/70 ZR 19 M/C 60W and rear 170/60 ZR 17 M/C 72W size.
The National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) has revealed the results of its Autumn 2016 Dealer Attitude Survey. Stephen Latham, head of the NMDA said that he was “pleased to see that this year’s survey received a response rate of 33 per cent. Over the last few years there has been a view that brands with a low percentage of dealer responses have not necessarily been representative of the views of that network, and could skew the results either way. Therefore, in this survey, we have decided to suppress the results of three brands that had less than 15 per cent of their dealers completing the survey.”
Dunlop’s RoadSmart III has been homologated for the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure and the 1190 Adventure, reports Goodyear Dunlop. The Austrian manufacturer will fit the two bikes with size 120/70 ZR19 and 170/60 ZR17 tyres. According to the tyre maker, the previous-generation RoadSmart II was also used on the KTM adventure bikes and “worked flawlessly” with them.
Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM has chosen the Metzeler Sportec M7 RR as the original equipment tyre for its 690 Duke. The new mid-capacity naked will receive the Sportec M7 RR in size 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W) TL (M) for the front wheel and 160/60 ZR 17 M/C (69W ) TL for the rear.
The 2015 Freeride E has been officially launched in Saalbach/Hinterglemm, Austria. The ultra-innovative, electrically powered offroad machine, will be available in two versions and reach the dealers in a matter of weeks. The machines will cost around £10,000.