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Perth Motorcycle and Scooter Show

Today is the third and final day of the Perth Motorcycle and Scooter Show being held at the Perth Convention Centre.  The economic downturn has meant that its a very different show to previous years, with none of the Japanese manufacturers, BMW, Harley or Ducati bringing their all-singing-all-dancing stands along.  This year the the stands showing these products were all set up by local dealers - a bit short of their normal glitz, but more than made up for in enthusiasm.

A few manufacturers bucked the trend, and it showed.  Triumph in particular were mobbed.  I'm not a bike fan, but I must admit there is something about Triumph that really appeals to me.  I guess its the same thing that attracts me to Vespa.  Timeless classics externally, but now all about high technology.  Its a great marriage, and you can see why Triumph has largely been unaffected by the downturn.  Hyosung are also in attendance with their well priced product (and their new fuel injected models), and unsurprisingly KTM also had a stand, however given that they are Perth based it would have been a shocker had they not been here.

On the scooter side, most brands were also mainly those shown by dealers.  The two Scootamoto dealers had the Select and Kymco product, Zoot Perth were there with their scoots, as were Scooters and Buggies,and MCI showing Loncin product.   Vmoto were in attendance, but like KTM, they are Perth based (and share the same distributor, so it would have been a surprise if they weren't.

We were delighted to be on easily the biggest scooter stand at the show.  Whilst not being the full bells and whistles stand that they have over east, it easily had the most presence, and has been attracting the usual amount of attention.  Scooters are no longer the snigger, snigger product at what has traditionally been a very bike focussed event, and the Vespa marque in particular is getting the same level of respect that the more established bike brands are seeing.  Its a great opportunity to catch up with some of the customers whom we don't see to often due to that 10,000km service interval... but an even better opportunity to showcase the product to a greater number of people than you get through the shop.  Additionally Frank from The Scooter Shop (the one in Freo, not the one in Tas) was running a test ride facility at the show where visitors could take the Vespa and Piaggio scooters for a quick ride around the stunt arena, with the three-wheelers proving immensely popular. The only disappointment is that the new fuel injected Vespa 125s and 150 didn't make it over here in time for an official unveiling at the show.

Today is the final day, so if you haven't had a chance to get down yet, try and attend.  The MAD (Make A Difference) charity ride is taking place to day, ending at the Show, so if the weather holds up we expect to have record attendance at this years show. 

At the end of the day, the Motorcycle Division of the WA Motor Traders Association had its AGM, and I had the honour of being elected Chairman unopposed for the third year.  I'd like to think its because no-one thought they'd be able to do a better job, but I suspect that its because no-one else wants to.  However with so many issues regarding safety, and a full review of licensing in the pipeline, there are too many things that could negatively impact riders that sitting on the sidelines just isn't an option.

So if you get a chance, get down to the show - hopefully I'll see you there!



Jubbo70 said:

Congrats Steve! Sounds like you won't have that much time any more to sip coffee and contribute to the forums!!! ;)

Keep up the good work. It's great knowing someone like you is in there representing riders and the issue that arise for this category of road users!

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About steve@ace

Full-time Scooter dealer (and part-time scooter hack) in the northern burbs of Perth, WA. Proprietor of Ace Scooters (in case you hadn't guessed), retailing Vespa, Piaggio, Gilera, Derbi, Daelim and Hyosung scoots and associated accessories, servicing and repairs.