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Wednesday 23 November 2022

News Briefs

BMW Group has announced Q3 "Deliveries" of 51,778 units for its motorcycle division, +5.7% over the year-ago quarter. Revenues arising from motorcycle sales were € 822m (+28.1%), EBIT margin was +4.5 pts., and pre-tax profit from its motorcycle segment was € 89m, up from € 40m for Q3, 2021. Likely full-year "Deliveries" are forecast as having a "slight increase" over the 2021 full-year figure of 194,261 units.

Designed for local and last mile delivery, the Arcimoto 'Deliverator' has been named overall "EV of the Year" in the annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards. "The awards program recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global automotive and transportation technology markets." Meanwhile, Arcimoto has been named the "Best Pod Company" in the Micromobility 1st Annual Rider's Choice Awards. The company stated that "while we're not quite sure what a pod is, we're pretty certain we've got the best one!" 

Zero Motorcycles has partnered with Austin, Texas based Rollick - the leading relationship technology provider for the Marine, Powersports and RV industries - to "power a better buying experience for customers and dealers." Zero has rolled out Aimbase, Rollick's industry-centric lead management platform. The company will soon include RollickDR, the digital retailing solution. "The platform will provide dealers with a more tailored experience when handling leads across systems and primarily in their preferred CRM provider." 

In the United States, the NHTSA has issued a recall on certain H-D Trike, CVO Trike, Touring and CVO Touring motorcycles - potentially affecting nearly 200,000 models. The issue appears to be a potential unintended brake light activation. NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V781000. 

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) is staging an online conference on December 6, 2022 (14:45 CET). "The Motorcycle Industry’s Vision for Decarbonisation" will discuss the motorcycle industry’s latest net zero initiatives in the context of the EU's climate targets and the industry's Vision 2030+. 

Citing a "forever changed way that consumers shop" in the post-Covid world, Comoto (Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles etc.) owned online retailer RevZilla has opened another brick-and-mortar store, this time at Costa Mesa, California. However, Comoto appears to have concluded that "online shopping doesn't afford customers the ability to try on merchandise before hitting the checkout button. That can be an obstacle, or even a deterrent, when considering expensive gear. For RevZilla, physical stores not only address this barrier to purchase, but also allow the brand to interface directly with its customer base." Who'd a thunk it! 

Italy's Piaggio Group has opened another of its multi-brand experience Motoplex flagstore dealerships in the United States - this time in Atlanta, Georgia. The project is an expansion of its existing relationship in Georgia with Piaggio dealer Adam Gati's Southeast Motorcycles of Savannah. Located at 6401 Spring Street in Douglasville, the store will be designed to be a destination hub for Piaggio's premium brands - including Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Piaggio. The Italian manufacturer now has hundreds of such stores worldwide, many in markets such as Montreal, Shanghai, Milan, Mexico City, Berlin, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Dubai. 

Eugene, Oregon EV designer Arcimoto says it has recorded a "record setting" third quarter in 2022, with 150 vehicles produced and 74 customer vehicles delivered - "representing an approximately 80% increase in customer vehicles delivered compared to Q2." 

Tucker is adding New Zealand electric utility bike maker UBCO to its product catalog in 2022. As you may recall from our previous coverage of UBCO's offerings, the company specializes in bikes with a 2X2 drivetrain. Currently (and perhaps fittingly), that includes two models: the 2X2 WRK and the 2X2 ADV. From trails to traffic, UBCO presents its 2X2 lineup as the type of electric workhorse bikes that are tough enough to handle whatever your daily routine requires.   

Sources: AMD, IDN, FT, Reuters, PSB, MPN, BDN, MCN, AP, Bloomberg, MSNW, Electrek,,,, Cycle World,