As a result ofthe Europeanreorganization of Honda, the Japanese brand ends theimportercontract forMX/Offroad modelswithHMMotoinItaly. HM Moto has been the importer for the Honda MX/Offroad model line for over 25 years.
In the future Honda will use their own organisation called RedMoto.
HMMotois not only theimporter ofHonda MX/Offroad models inItaly,but also an importantpartnerindeveloping thesemodels. HMMotoalso sells their 'own' modelsunder the brand nameHM, including the popular street-legal CRF450/500 Supermoto models.
Hopefully this is not the end of the street legal Honda CRF Supermoto's in Europe.
The Suzuki DR-Z 400 is one of the most popular and best selling Supermoto's. It's reliable and fairly cheap. But it's seriously outdated now. The bike has been the same for 12 years now except for some color changes.
DR-Z SM rider Park Pitman wants this to change. He wants Suzuki to give the people a new DR-Z.
Goldentyre riders in the World and European Championship have been struggling with their tyres at the start of the season. Now it seems that they will need to search for a different tyre supplier because Goldentyre just announced that they will no longer provide service at the World, European and Italian Supermoto Championships:
“In the light of recent events, we at Goldentyre have decided to take time off for an immediate, irrevocable and momentary pause for reflection with regards to providing team service and assistance at the SM European and Italian World Championships. Having received no support from any company or organization to warrant our presence there, and in consideration of the fact that further cost increases are foreseen, it is no longer a viable or sustainable option under current global economic conditions.
We shall continue to develop our products matching performance both to durability and top level racing. Goldentyre’s attention will immediately and smoothly shift its focus to those markets, at home, in Europe and overseas, that are currently on the rise and, in line with company policy, increasingly receptive to our products.”
There hasn't been a lot of news about the acquisition of Husqvarna by Pierer industries. But now there is. And it's not good.
Asphaltandrubber reports that Pierer Industries announced that the Husqvarna factory in Varese will be closed down until further notice. All 211 factory workers are being let go, only the marketing and sales departments are staying.
It appears that Husqvarna already has a big supply of bikes build for 2013. Maybe a bit too many if you think about the declining sales in the offroad sector.
Seems like BMW has left the company in worse shape than Pierer expected.
Pierer himself stated in an interview with Cycleworld that he wants Husqvarna to concentrate on new models for the coming years. A completely new range of bikes is being expected. A new 450/250 MX/Enduro bike and a new range of 125/250/300 two strokes.
He specificly mentions a return to Supermoto for Husqvarna including a big bore 650cc-690cc bike for the streets.
Sounds like a great plan to me, I hope Pierer knows what he is doing.
Nieuwsmotor.nl has had a phone interview with the new owner of Husqvarna Motorcycles Stefan Pierer. They talk about the reason why Pierer has bought Husqvarna and what his plans are for the brand.
This part was esspecially interesting for us Supermoto riders:
"We will work with Husqvarna to return to its origins. We therefore will soon be back in motocross and then in supermoto, both sports in which Husqvarna has previously been dominant. Within the next year will make a appropriate motorcycle developed with the specifications and character that fits with Husqvarna."