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Number one Dutch sports designer REV’IT! and Alvaro Bautista confirm the continuation of their partnership, which started 3 years ago.
The 29 year old Spanish rider, battling for podium in 2014 again on the Go & Fun Honda Gresini ‘factory option’ bike was the highest ranked REV’IT! rider in 2013, finishing 6th in the overall championship with 171 points, just 17 points behind Carl Crutchlow and 15 points ahead of Stefan Bradl. Especially the results in the second half of the season are very promising for the start of the new racing season as the progress shown was remarkable.
Come and check out our complete line up of REV’IT motorcycle riding gears and apparels now available at select Motoworld shops!
Motoworld Philippines, the most trusted distributor of world class brands such as GIVI, Komine, LS2, Pole Position, Putoline, RS Taichi, Zeus, and many more quality products for both motorcycles and riders alike open its newest branch last January 25, 2013 at second floor of SM City Marilao on McArthur Highway, Marilao, Bulacan.
LS2 Helmets, one of the worlds’s leading helmet brands, extend their generous donation thru Motoworld Philippines for the typhoon Haiyan victims that devastated the southern part of the country last year.
Receiving LS2’s donation is the Saturday Posers Group (SPG), a group of motorcycle enthusiasts that have started community-building programs for the typhoon victims that is focused on shelter and livelihood projects.
Motoworld Philippines extend their heart-felt gratitude to LS2 Helmets for being part of the effort in selflessly helping typhoon Haiyan victims.
This is a welcome development for ALL road users.
With more Filipinos expected to use public transport when classes start this coming week, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has started accepting complaints via email as well.
Are company mergers the only way forward for the Chinese motorcycle industry?By David McMullan the Englishman in China, International Editor of ChinaMotor Magazine email@example.com
Last Christmas I tentatively hosted a gathering of the luminaries and minions of the Chongqing motorcycle industry. The meeting, at my house, was a success as most attendees agreed that they were facing the same problems as each other when considering the future direction of the industry. Inspired by this I started the Chongqing Motorcycle Industry Council, members of which would convene on a monthly basis in an informal fashion (in a local pub) to chew the fat over future export market development and technical upgrading. The council includes export clerks and managers, technical and research and development staff and of course journalists. All are agreed on the future shape of the industry, one of merger.
Back in 2009 Chinese motorcycle heavyweight Loncin bought out fellow manufacturers Kinlon adding their weight to a company which already boasted a technical working relationship with BMW. This merger propelled Loncin to the status of biggest motorcycle exporter in China and was surely a sign of the shape of things to come. Although the motorcycle giants are safe enough in their autonomy the smaller sized companies are vacuuming each other up at a rate of knots.
Back in 2006 there was over 240 motorcycle companies operating production lines in Chongqing alone, a good proportion of them ‘one line’ export factories that provided super-cheap models for the African and domestic markets. Unlike India in which the Hero Group and Bajaj share a huge proportion of the market the Chinese market was shared by a multitude of smaller companies. The number of Chongqing factories still operating is now down below 90.
Smaller companies have joined to become middle-sized companies in an effort to compete with India on traditional markets and to expand their range to pastures greener. A typical example of this was explained to me by Troy Ma, an ex export clerk for Kington-Liyang. At the last council meeting he reported “Kington’s supply chain and buying power was not big enough for the company to expand in certain areas including the development of a ‘dual fuel’ petrol/CNG motorcycle engine and a range of dirt bikes with DOT and EPA for the US market. They were approached by a rival company called ‘Andes’ and after negotiation it was decided to merge the two companies to increase buying power of parts and increase the supply chain. This is a phenomenon happening all over China. Here in Chongqing Vision, a company that produces motors and electric-vehicles has joined with Motorhead to attack the South American market. In Zhejiang province the biggest rivals to the Chongqing companies are Keeway (the company that own Italian marque Benelli) and in Guangdong province it is Qiangjiang. They have been snapping up smaller companies for the last few years and have expanded their influence world-wide.”
It is evident that the Chinese industry has stepped up its efforts to shake the dreadful reputation of the first wave of motorcycle exports. It has also increased the distribution of spare parts to the extent that now Chinese motorcycles have evolved from 3rd world transport tools to very useful commuter bikes in developed countries; but this is not enough. For Chinese companies to truly compete with the Japanese giants in terms of quality and brand recognition will require intensive investment. Investment requires huge financial resources which may only be found by conglomerating existing companies in to ‘super-companies’ that can compete with the Japanese and Europeans on a level playing field. Collaborating with existing foreign motorcycle companies has been complementary for the bigger firms, but also restricting as Loncin found out after receiving help developing their 600cc. For some reason this model will not be available for export.
To finally achieve parity with the Japanese and European giants it is imperative that Chinese machines make a mark on international motorcycle events. Zoe Fu of ChinaMotor Magazine explains “the bigger companies are aware that they have to emulate the development of Honda as a bench-mark of the industry. Honda’s success in the Isle of Man TT was paramount in enforcing their brand as a world leader. As yet only Loncin have raced at the very top level in moto125 although Shineray produce top quality off-road models and have had success at international level. Many people feel it is only with big collaborations that this transition can occur.
There will never be only 4 motorcycle companies like in Japan, but when you consider that the number of working factories has halved in the last 7 years and is still dropping, and the number of units exported is rising, it would be no surprise if the number of motorcycle companies operating in 2020 was under 20! If this happens as expected these super-factories will be a match for anyone in the world”
With 6 Chinese motorcycle companies now producing 600cc motorcycles it would seem that the first step of the industry evolution has happened. The willingness of the Chinese motorcycle industry to invite a delegation from FIM to the CIMAmotor exhibition this October has surely signalled a positive intention to involve themselves more with international motosport, Joo Jiang independent motorcycle exporter and fellow member of the Chongqing council opines “at the moment I don’t think that the motorcycle companies know the best way to involve themselves in international racing, and then on to create brand names that are world recognised, if they can get the right advice from the correct organisation that will go a long way to entering Chinese bikes in to world sports. As far as the domestic situation is concerned we have a brilliant race circuit at Shanghai (which is fully compliant with FIM regulations) and another international class circuit at Zhuhai. I think we first need to concentrate on a first class domestic ‘Superbikes’ series and the rest will follow naturally.”
MANILA, Philippines – An $80,000 motorcycle stolen in Texas last year from Hollywood screenwriter Skip Woods has been recovered in the southern Philippines, officials said Thursday.
The custom-made chopper was found Tuesday by police in Cagayan de Oro city, said Jose Justo Yap, regional director for the National Bureau of Investigation.
An unidentified man, believed to be a member of a group of car thieves, died in an alleged shootout with police early Tuesday in Caloocan City.
A manhunt is ongoing for four Central Luzon policemen believed to be involved in motorcycle thefts.
Senior Superintendent Roberto Aliggayu, Nueva Ecija police director, said a police team has been formed to track down PO1 Noel Santiago Barrientos and a certain PO1 Gatbunton, both assigned in Bulacan; a certain PO1 Iral of the Pampanga Provincial Public Safety Company; and PO2 Marana of the Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija police.
Piaggio USA President/CEO, Paolo Timoni, hinted at a new and improved version of they yet unreleased (at least in the USA) Piaggio MP3 Hybrid. The much awaited gas/electric vehicle has been currently offered only in the 125cc model might just be receiving an upgrade to the 300cc engine which is currently being used in both the Vespa GT Super 300 and the Piaggio MP3 300.
Here is the excerpt from the interview.
The cost of the now-300cc vehicle was not disclosed, and it will get about 100 mpg, compared to about 65 mpg from a 250cc gas-only MP3. It is expected to be a “niche” product because it will cost more having both an electric and gasoline powerplant. But, said Timoni, “It will kick the ass of the Prius!”
Another thing to look forward to. It might just cost and arm and a leg as well as an organ or two but, heck, green is in.
Timoni speaks about a lot of other interesting in his interview. From the status of Piaggio worldwide as well as the state of the Motorcycling industry in the USA. Check out the interview here.
President Arroyo has signed the Mandatory Helmet Act of 2010 that requires all motorcycle drivers and their passengers to wear helmets at all times and imposes stiff penalties on violators.
Republic Act 10054, authored by Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., is aimed at protecting motorcycle drivers, back-riders as well as pedestrians from injuries and death in accidents.
The law, however, exempts drivers of tricycles – a motorcycle with a side cab, which is a common mode of transport in the country – from wearing helmets.
“From narrow streets to major thoroughfares, motorcycles and scooters are a common sight every day and night. Wearing helmets will greatly reduce fatalities in road accidents and would also (foster) a sense of discipline in all motorcycle riders,” he said.
Revilla said it took a long while to see his measure enacted into law. There are an estimated 3.5 million motorcycles registered in the country.
“After more than two years of pushing this bill, our long wait is finally over,” Revilla said. “The passage of this measure will not be fulfilled if not for the support of our motorcyclists and the motorcycle manufacturers and dealers who are aware of the danger of not wearing a helmet.”
He said studies have show that good helmets and their proper use are estimated to be 37 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries and 67 percent effective in preventing brain damage to motorcycle drivers and their passengers.
Under the law, those who will be caught not wearing protective helmets face a minimum fine of P1,500 and a maximum penalty of P10,000.
The law requires the Department of Trade and Industry to conduct mandatory tests on all locally manufactured and imported motorcycle helmets in the country.
Manufacturers and importers of motorcycle helmets are also required to secure a Philippine Standard mark or an import commodity clearance before they can sell and distribute their products or pay a fine of P10,000 to P20,000 if they violate the provision.
The Italian press is abuzz.
Italian newswire MF Dow Jones reported that McKinsey & Co Inc. (a management consulting firm advising leading companies on issues of strategy, organization, technology, and operations) has been contracted to study possible merger between Ducati and Piaggio, two Italian superbrands in the two-wheel motorcycle industry. But the news agency didn’t say where it got the information. [READ MORE...]