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Aussie actor the face of Chinese motorcycle

Aussie actor Shane Jacobsen who famously starred in Kenny and fronted the short-lived Australian version of Top Gear is now a brand ambassador for CFMOTO Australia a Chinese motorcycle and all-terrain brand.

Despite the only promo shots supplied by CFMOTO Australia being Shane with a farmer’s ATV, importer PR honcho Mark Fattore confirms the petrol head does indeed ride motorcycles and they are lining up a second photoshoot now.

“Ambassadors don’t overload you with availability times,” he says.

It could be a good PR move to employ such an iconic Aussie actor as the face of a Chinese company during these days of strained relationships.

Michael Poynton, director of CFMOTO importer Mojo Motorcycles told us last year during the height of the trade war with China that they had not experienced any backlash against Chinese products with their retail numbers still increasing.

And why not?

The “cold war” is between the Australian Government and the Chinese Government (or Chinese Communist Party which is effectively the same thing), not the people of the two countries.

Besides, it hasn’t stopped Aussies buying Chinese-made products from Harvey Norman in record amounts (if you’re reading this, Harvey, give the Jobkeeper funding back!).

Michael says having Shane Jacobson in the “CFMOTO family” is a “is a massive shot in the arm in terms of expanding our brand recognition and supporting our ever-expanding two and four-wheel portfolios”.

“Since we entered the Australian market, we’ve had an unwavering focus to be the best we can in some hotly contested battle grounds. The farm sector is one of those.”

Shane Jacobsen face of CFMOTO Australia
Shane Jacobsen face of CFMOTO Australia

“In many ways that hard work has paid off and we’re already a strong force, but having Shane as an ambassador for CFMOTO is a massive shot in the arm in terms of expanding our brand recognition and supporting our ever-expanding two and four-wheel portfolios.”

The official press release from CFMOTO Australia says he is eager to “play with the entire product range it has – which is a lot!

a view of the DC100 and the DC Classic, under spotlight, likely at a reveal from Davinci Tech

“I can’t wait to share my stories and experienced of enjoying the bikes and vehicles in the CFMOTO stable with the world and, let’s be honest: it’s not a job, it’s a joy and privilege, but hey someone has to do it.”

Shane is best known for his breakout performance as Kenny in the eponymous 2006 movie for which he won an AFI award for best lead actor in a feature film.

Since then, his body of work across film, television and theatre has been voluminous.

Highlights include his portrayal of Brant Webb in the telemovie Beaconsfield, playing the role of Barry Tregear in Irish Jack on the ABC, starring alongside legendary Aussie Paul Hogan in Charlie & Boots and working with Jeremy Renner in The Born Legacy and Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.

His theatre credits include Rocky Horror Show, Mother and Son, Shane Warne The Musical and Guys N Dolls.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

KTM, Husky defy road bike slump

KTM and, to a lesser extent Husqvarna, have defied the Australian road bike sales slump of -11.9% last year, according to official statistics from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries released today.

Whatever KTM is doing, it seems to be working because the company, together with its acquisition Husqvarna, is also defying the worldwide downward motorcycle sales spiral.

They were the only two road bike companies in Australia to register positive growth last year: KTM was up 292 (18.3% to 1889 for the year and Husqvarna was up 64 (24.2%) to 329.

Despite a 2% drop in off-road sales, the result was enough to help KTM leapfrog Suzuki into fourth place overall for the first time.

At the other end of the scale was Honda which dropped 24.4% in road bike sales, its biggest fall in more than a decade.

Harley-Davidson topped road bikes despite dropping 643 (7.9%) to 6462, ahead of Honda, with Yamaha third.

Massive slump

The figures are the worst for road bikes since 47,752 were sold in 2016.

That’s a catastrophic slump of 16,771 sales or 33% in just four years.

The disastrous road bike figures should lead to the usual January sales, with MV Agusta the first with free on-road costs for any in-stock model.Slump

We don’t know MV Agusta’s sales figures because they are one of 23 minor manufacturers not included in the FCAI stats as they are not members.

The other missing brands are Benelli, Bimota, Bollini, CFMoto, Confederate, Daelim, EBR, Hyosung, Kymco, Laro, Megelli, Mercury, Norton, PGO, Royal Enfield, SWM, SYM, TGB, Ural, Viper and VMoto.

Road Bike sales

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Aprilia

129

194

-33.5%

BMW

2470

2835

-12.9%

Ducati

1368

1512

-9.5%

Harley Davidson

6462

7019

-7.9%

Honda

5306

7019

-24.4%

Husqvarna

329

265

24.2%

Indian Motorcycle

803

836

-3.9%

Kawasaki

3865

4396

-12.1%

KTM

1889

1597

18.3%

Moto Guzzi

125

125

0.0%

Suzuki

2303

2686

-14.3%

Triumph

1787

2122

-15.8%

Yamaha

5145

5702

-9.8%

TOTAL

31981

36308

-11.9%

Total sales

Australia’s total motorcycle market including the ATV/SSVs, fell 6045 to slump 6.1% to 89,199 which was a 35.8% market share.

Also, for the first time in ages, fewer road bikes were sold than off-road bikes which were down only 543 to 31,981 (38.5% market share).

ATV/SSVs accounted for 20.1% of total sales, which was a 8.5% slump to 17,906 mainly due to the drought.

The only good news was scooters which again took an increased share of the total sales with 5.6%, up 125.9% to 5014, but off a low base.

However, figures could be even higher as many of the non-included companies in the figures are manufacturers of small-capacity scooters.

Total bike/scooter/ATV sales 

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Aprilia

202

334

-39.5%

BMW

2675

2922

-8.5%

BRP Australia

2358

2423

-2.7%

Ducati

1368

1512

-9.5%

Harley Davidson

6462

7019

-7.9%

Honda

20819

22735

-8.4%

Husqvarna

2555

2251

13.5%

Indian Motorcycle

803

836

-3.9%

Kawasaki

8962

9376

-4.4%

KTM

7670

7497

2.3%

Moto Guzzi

125

125

0.0%

Piaggio

671

863

-22.2%

Polaris

5119

5443

-6.0%

Suzuki

6934

7557

-8.2%

Triumph

1787

2122

-15.8%

Vespa

744

884

-15.8%

Yamaha

19945

21145

-5.7%

TOTAL

89199

95044

-6.1%

Despite Honda dropping 8,4% overall, it retained the number one spot with 20,819 sales (23.3% market share).

Yamaha was second with 19,945 sales (22.4% share), followed by Kawasaki (8962, 10.0%), KTM (7670, 8.6%), and Suzuki (6934, 7.8%).

It should be noted that the figures only include FCAI members so 23 minor manufacturers are not included.

2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout
Breakout 114 was the top-selling cruiser

They are mainly small-volume importers Norton, Hyosung, VMoto, Benelli, Bimota, Bollini, CFMoto, Confederate, Daelim, EBR, Kymco, Laro, Megelli, Mercury, MV Agusta, Norton, PGO, Royal Enfield, SWM, SYM, TGB, Ural and Viper.

Top 10 by Category – Cruiser

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Harley Davidson

FXBRS

885

794

11.5%

Harley Davidson

XG500

838

944

-11.2%

Kawasaki

Vulcan S

635

670

-5.2%

Honda

CMX500

630

746

-15.5%

Harley Davidson

FLFBS

461

453

1.8%

Yamaha

XVS650/A

445

515

-13.6%

Harley Davidson

FLSB

444

312

42.3%

Indian Motorcycle

Scout

404

496

-18.5%

Harley Davidson

FXBB

354

491

-27.9%

Harley Davidson

FLSL

231

209

10.5%

Top 10 by Category – Sport Touring

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Yamaha

YZF-R3A

835

712

17.3%

Kawasaki

Ninja 650L

249

304

-18.1%

Yamaha

MT09TRA

185

161

14.9%

Yamaha

MT07TRL

127

118

7.6%

Kawasaki

VERSYS-X 300

119

130

-8.5%

BMW

S 1000 XR

118

149

-20.8%

Kawasaki

Ninja 1000

98

148

-33.8%

Honda

CBR650FL

91

331

-72.5%

Suzuki

GSX-R125

88

83

6.0%

Yamaha

YZF-R15

72

97

-25.8%

Top 10 by Category – Touring

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Harley Davidson

FLHXS

353

272

29.8%

Harley Davidson

FLTRXS

200

118

69.5%

Harley Davidson

FLHTK

178

143

24.5%

Harley Davidson

FLHRXS

128

119

7.6%

Harley Davidson

FLHTCUTG

111

117

-5.1%

BMW

R 1250 RT

111

5

2,120.0%

Yamaha

FJR1300

108

108

0.0%

Indian Motorcycle

Chieftain

95

73

30.1%

Harley Davidson

FLHXSE

91

95

-4.2%

Harley Davidson

FLRT

65

75

-13.3%

Yamaha MT-10 bargain hunter 4
Yamaha MT-10 is one of the few naked bikes to increase sales

Top 10 by Category – Naked

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Honda

CB125E

1013

1113

-9.0%

Yamaha

MT07L

901

1002

-10.1%

Yamaha

MT-09

749

738

1.5%

Honda

GROM

536

715

-25.0%

Yamaha

MT03LA

463

616

-24.8%

KTM

390DUKE

336

356

-5.6%

Kawasaki

Z900RS

282

393

-28.2%

Honda

Monkey

244

266

-8.3%

Yamaha

MT10

241

220

9.5%

Yamaha

XSR700LA

235

318

-26.1%

Top 10 by Category – Super Sport

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Kawasaki

NINJA 400

989

1089

-9.2%

Honda

CBR500R

481

618

-22.2%

Honda

CBR650R

347

0

100%

Ducati

Superbike

205

86

138.4%

Yamaha

YZF-R1

167

151

10.6%

Honda

CBR1000RR

166

121

37.2%

Suzuki

GSX-R1000

136

124

9.7%

KTM

RC390

132

254

-48.0%

Suzuki

GSX-R750

128

212

-39.6%

Ducati

959 Panigale

98

156

-37.2%

Top 10 by Category – Scooters

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Honda

NSC110

1109

597

85.8%

Suzuki

ADDRESS

779

495

57.4%

Vespa

GTS 300

368

389

-5.4%

Honda

MW110

307

207

48.3%

Piaggio

Fly 150

298

309

-3.6%

Honda

WW150

276

295

-6.4%

Yamaha

GPD150A

224

126

77.8%

Vespa

PRIMAVERA 150

210

236

-11.0%

Yamaha

XMAX300

197

169

16.6%

Piaggio

Medley 150

121

95

27.4%

Top 10 by Category – LAMS Approved

January – December 2019 compared to January – December 2018

Manufacturer

Model

Total

YTD 2019

YTD 2018

% CHAN

Yamaha

WR450F

1206

1136

6.2%

Honda

NSC110

1109

597

85.8%

Honda

CB125E

1013

1113

-9.0%

Kawasaki

NINJA 400

989

1089

-9.2%

Yamaha

MT07L

901

1002

-10.1%

Harley Davidson

XG500

838

944

-11.2%

KTM

300EXC

837

1052

-20.4%

Yamaha

YZF-R3A

835

712

17.3%

Suzuki

ADDRESS

779

495

57.4%

KTM

500EXC

762

746

2.1%

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Make kid’s ATVs & SxS safety a priority during the festive season

FCAI urges families to stay safe on ATVs and SxS


The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries is urging families to make ATV and SxS safety a top priority when riding this holiday season, with the period typically seeing a high incidence of accidents.

With Christmas holidays being an opportunity to visit friends and family on properties around the country, properties where ATVs and SSVs are used as versatile farm machinery, the temptation for younger riders to take these vehicles for a spin can be high and have fatal results.

Honda Pioneer 500 SXS
Honda Pioneer 500 SXS

That’s why the FCAI have highlighted the known safety practices when operating ATVs and SSVs these holidays. It is especially important to supervise younger riders and ensure they only ride age appropriate vehicles and wear appropriate safety equipment.

Children are over-represented in off-road vehicle fatalities every year in Australia. Of the 15 ATV and SSV related fatalities in 2019, five were children riding vehicles designed for adults. Four of these were operating or riding as a passenger in an SSV; and one was operating an ATV that was recommended for older age groups.

Honda TXR90X
Honda TXR90X

Alarmingly, it appears that in the four SSV incidents, the occupants had not used the seatbelts, doors or netting that are ‘built in’ safety devices designed to reduce harm. The result – the occupants were ejected or crushed in the incident.


Safety Guidelines for SSV use

  • Operators should be 16 years of age and hold a valid licence.
  • Passengers must be tall enough for the seat belt to fit properly and to brace themselves if needed, by placing both feet firmly on the floor and being able to reach the hand hold.
  • Don’t carry more passengers than there are seats available, and never in the cargo area.
  • Always wear a helmet, eye protection and other protective gear.
  • Keep doors and side nets closed. Keep your whole body inside the SSV.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Stick to off-road areas and don’t use sealed roadways.

Safety Guidelines for SSV ATV

  • Riders must be 16 years of age to operate an adult size ATV.
  • Always wear a helmet, eye protection and other protective gear.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single seat ATV.
  • Be trained and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and warnings.
  • Never overload your vehicle and reduce loads on difficult or steep terrain.

Parents should ensure that these safety guidelines are carefully followed, with the FCAI wishing everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas break alongside this safety message, and again urging parents to take special care with their children when farm machinery and motorised vehicles are used.

Source: MCNews.com.au