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L-category vehicles sold in the EU comply with strict pollutant emission limits. Also, they have a limited environmental impact

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Press release - ACEM comments to the GEAR 2030 report
19 Oct 2017

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers, ACEM, reacted to the GEAR 2030 report, published yesterday by the European Commission. ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller appointed President of the Connected Motorcycle Consortium
16 Oct 2017

Prof. Dr. Karl Viktor Schaller, Head of development of BMW Motorrad, was appointed President of the Connected Motorcycle Consortium, CMC, during its annual conference on 12 October 2017 in Munich, Germany.

Mr Schaller will continue the work started by Mr Tetsuo Suzuki, Operating Officer of Honda Motor Co., who led the consortium since its creation in October 2015. Commenting on the importance of the CMC, Mr Schaller said: “Our aim is to promote the comprehensive use of cooperative safety systems for motorcycles at an early stage in order to exploit their potential for increasing safety as well as riding pleasure. This is why we are inviting other companies to join in”.

ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said: “Connected vehicle technology will shape the future of mobility in Europe. The CMC – which builds on ACEM’s memorandum of understanding on ITS – will be essential to successfully deploy advanced ITS solutions. These technologies will have profound effects not only in terms of road safety but also in terms of transport sustainability, efficiency and management”.

The CMC will focus on joint motor show appearances as well as events in 2018 in order to showcase the latest safety system developments for two-wheeled vehicles. A foretaste of what is to come was given at the CMC Conference 2017 by the BMW R 1200 RS ConnectedRide prototype and two prototypes based on a Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin and a Yamaha Tracer 900 using a common architecture.

The next important date in the CMC calendar is the ITS World Congress from 29 October to 2 November 2017 in Montréal, Canada. This will be the world’s biggest event focusing on intelligent transport systems and services. At the round-table-talk on 1 November, the CMC will conduct an in-depth discussion on the topics of connected networking and V2V communication with experts from the US, Europe and Taiwan.

About the Connected Motorcycle Consortium

The CMC is an R&D platform to foster cooperation in research and development in the field of C-ITS. It is open to a wide range of organisations including motorcycle OEM, automotive companies, automotive part suppliers and research institutions. The key objective of the CMC is to promote timely and comprehensive use of C-ITS systems offering the potential to improve safety for motorcyclists.

The CMC was created in 2016 by BMW Motorrad, Honda and Yamaha. Since then, more members have joined the consortium: Kawasaki, KTM and Suzuki (development members) as well as ACEM, the Technical University of Dresden, the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt, VUFO GmbH and the Würzburg Institute for Traffic Sciences (associate members).

For more information about the CMC please visit 

Press photos (use free of rights)

Photo 1 - Dr Viktor Schaller (BMW Motorrad) and Mr Tetsuo Suzuki (Honda Motor's Operating Officer) - JPG 

Photo 2 - CMC photo family - JPG



Access to RMI for mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheels and four-wheels vehicles
03 Oct 2017

Vehicles live a thorough life after manufacturing and consumer purchase. While they are designed with the concept of “durability” in mind, their regular maintenance and occasional repair are essential to ensure that they remain roadworthy and that consumers enjoy them to the fullest for the longest period possible.

Whether the vehicles are maintained and repaired in the manufacturers' authorized network or by an independent aftermarket operator, the vehicle manufacturers strive to make available all necessary technical information as required by EU Regulation 168/2013 on type-approval of L-category vehicles.

The information is provided to all independent operators on a non-discriminatory basis, including to independent repairers, manufacturers and distributors of repair equipment, tools or spare parts, publishers of technical information, automobile clubs, roadside assistance operators, etc. 

To access the different RMI websites please click on any of the logos below. 

Electric vehicles can take full advantage of the features of mobility in urban areas
02 Oct 2017

ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot participated in the International Motorcycle Federation’s annual debate “Motorcycles and scooters: a new boost for electric mobility?”, which took place on 28 September 2017 at the Stanhope Hotel in Brussels.

Panelists included representatives from the STORM Eindhoven Project, Scooty (e-scooter sharing platform), the European Commission, Transport & Environment and FIM, and discussed the challenges and opportunities tied to the deployment of electric motorcycles and scooters in Europe.

Mr Perlot said: “Motorcycles and mopeds fitted with internal combustion engines have high fuel efficiency levels and are already making a valuable contribution to the sustainability of Europe’s transport systems”.

“At the same time, motorcycle manufacturers are also bringing to market new electric models which can take full advantage of the features of mobility in urban areas: trips in high-traffic density zones, short travelling distances, and limited availability of parking spaces”.

Mr Perlot emphasized that “motorcycles ad scooters must always be eligible to the financial and tax incentives developed for other electric means of transport. We also need further support for charging infrastructure in European cities”.


  • Total registrations of electric mopeds, motorcycles and quadricycles between January 2017 and June 2017 in the EU reached 13,089 units. This represents an increase of 30.5% compared the same period of 2016, when 10,576 units were registered.
  • During the first six months of 2017, 10,204 electric mopeds, 1,995 electric motorcycles and 1,610 quadricycles were registered in the EU.
  • The countries with the highest number of motorcycles registered were: France (615), Spain (444) and Germany (325) and Austria (146). The largest registrations of mopeds were recorded in France (3,116), the Netherlands (2,516), Belgium (2,013) and Spain (774).
  • For more market data about electric vehicles please visit: 
  • For more info about FIA’s event please visit:

Press contact

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua. ACEM Communications Officer
+32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

ACEM to organise roundtable on motorcycling and ITS technology
22 Sep 2017

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers will organise a roundtable titled ‘Motorcycle talk ITS’ at the next edition of the ITS World Congress. The discussions will be moderated by the ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot and will take place on 1 November at the Palais des Congrès Convention Center, Montreal, Canada.

Motorcycle industry experts, including representatives of the CMC (Connected Motorcycle Consortium), European, Asian and American policy-makers and other stakeholders will discuss key issues as: the potential of C-ITS to significantly improve motorcycle safety, the risk of transferring ADAS from cars to motorcycles without dedicated engineering solutions, the need for interoperable C-ITS applications, as well as the impact of automated cars on motorcycle safety.


  • Claire Depré. Head of the ITS Unit, European Commission’s Directorate General for Mobility and Transport
  • Robert Kreeb. Chief, Intelligent Technologies Research Division, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Huei-Ru Tseng. Deputy Technical Manager at Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute
  • Hennes Fischer. Senior Advisor at Yamaha Motor Europe
  • John Lenkeit. Technical Director at Dynamic Research Inc
  • Matthias Mörbe. Engineering Two-Wheeler and Power Sport at Robert Bosch GmbH


If you wish to attend and participate in the discussions please register at: 

Place and time of the roundtable

Palais des Congrès Convention Center (room 515 ABC), Montreal, Canada.
1 November between 16:45 and 18:00.

Additional information

For further information about this roundtable please contact the event organizer: Dr Veneta Vassileva, ACEM’s safety coordinator:  or visit 

About ACEM

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations. About 156,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

ACEM manufacturing members, which include some of the largest multinationals in the sector, are: BMW Motorrad, Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), Ducati Motor holding, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO, MV Agusta, Peugeot Scooters, Piaggio, Polaris Industries, Renault, Royal Enfield, Suzuki, Triumph Motorcycles and Yamaha.

The AFDM receives the ACEM-DVR European Training Quality Label
18 Sep 2017

The French Association for the Training of Motorcyclists (AFDM, Association pour la formation des motards) has been awarded the European Training Quality Label by ACEM-DVR. The award follows an on-the-sport inspection of ADFM’s programme “Stages of perfectionnement” carried out by independent experts on 13 and 14 May 2017. The programme delivered by the AFDM was considered to be a robust and high-quality post-license scheme that helps motorcyclists to substantially improve their riding skills.

The AFDM, a non-for-profit organisation that has been working to promote motorcycle training in France for more than 35 years, also applies different quality monitoring systems in the riding schools that are part of its network, to ensure that their programmes are delivered to a high standard.

Commenting on the award, Dr. Veneta Vassileva, ACEM’s safety coordinator, said:

“We are delighted to announce that the AFDM is the first French organisation to have been granted the European Training Quality Label. This award is a testament to the quality and to the long-standing commitment of the AFDM in the field of road safety. We are particularly impressed by the quality of the work done by the AFDM and would like to encourage French riders to apply to these training programmes”.

“Only 10 months after the launch of the European Training Quality Seal, 21 training programmes in different countries have already been assessed and awarded the label. We hope that more training providers will soon apply and that this scheme will make a positive difference for the safety of motorcyclists in Europe”.

About the European training quality label

The European Training Quality Label is a label that helps riders to clearly and easily identify high-quality post-license training programmes. This voluntary certification procedure is open to a wide range of organizations based in Europe, including, amongst others, training schools, motorcycle manufacturers and public authorities. Voluntary post-license training is vital since it allows riders to increase their safety awareness, as well as enhance their hazard perception skills.

About ACEM

The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM) represents manufacturers of mopeds, motorcycles, three-wheelers and quadricycles (L-category vehicles) in Europe. ACEM members include 18 manufacturing companies and 17 national industry associations. About 156,000 jobs depend on the motorcycle, moped, tricycle and quadricycle industry in Europe.

About DVR

The German Road Safety Council (DVR) is a German NGO active in the field of safety. It deals with policies related to traffic engineering, traffic law, awareness-raising campaign and traffic education. DVR coordinates a wide range of activities for its 200 members, including the European Training Quality Label. To learn more about DVR please visit: 

Press contacts

Manuel Ordonez de Barraicua
ACEM Communications Officer
+32 (0) 22 30 97 32.

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