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October 2008 - Posts

  • Melbourne Motorcycle Show

     The only guaranteed winner this weekend
    There's a guaranteed winner in Melbourne this weekend for fans of horsepower, and it will cost less than $50.

    Forget the frocks, fillies and champagne flutes, the family value pass to the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne is just $44 dollars, giving 2 adults and 2 children entry to the event and all of the horsepower hungry attractions on offer.

    A number of interesting story and picture opportunities exist, including:

    - Images of the world's most expensive production motorcycle, just under 200k
    - Images of families attending the event, with mini bikes for kids from 3 years old right through to luxury cruisers for the more experienced rider
    - A lineup of the state's most incredible 20 custom bikes/choppers participating in the Australian Custom Bike Championships - lots of chrome, bling and horsepower, worth at least 100k each
    - Freestyle motocross demonstrations inside the hall, riders backflipping over 70 feet high at 4 daily shows
    - Mini bike team performing a range of tricks - adult riders on kids' bikes!
    - Over 500 brand new motorcycles from every major manufacturer/distributor, a sign of the industry's continuing healthy growth and booming sales records
    - A lineup of new scooters for Melbourne commuters, some awesome new fashion concepts including helmets and gear

    ...Plus much more. The eighth event is shaping up to be the biggest on record, with more floor space and exhibitors than ever before.

  • Out of the Blue Honda announces SH 300i coming to Australia

     

    Honda is planning for a huge show at the 2008 Australian Motorcycle Expo, the biggest yet for the number one manufacturer in Australia.

    Honda’s comprehensive motorcycle range, including the award winning CBR1000RR Fireblade, space age DN-01 cruiser, RC212V MotoGP bike, brand new CRF450R and ARX1500 Personal Watercraft will all be on display, as will the majority of their road and off road bikes and scooters.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to snap a photo with the “Honda Girls”, buy something from the merchandise range at special show prices (including race wear), and grab some free stickers and temporary tattoos for big and little kids alike.

    Of interest to Melbourne commuters, Honda’s full range of popular and incredibly fuel efficient scooters will be there including the all-new SH300i, always popular Today50, powerful Silverwing, Lead100 and much more.

    For those after luxury, the Honda Gold Wing Lounge will exhibit the latest versions of the most comfortable and elegant cruising bike on the market. With an airbag (deployed for viewing), GPS and premium audio system, the Gold Wing needs to be seen to be believed.

    The Snowy Ride group will also be on hand to provide information on their annual Honda sponsored fundraising event, and to offer all visitors the chance to win an amazing custom painted CBR1000RR Fireblade.

    Well known Victorian policeman Senior Constable Rod Lay, Honda’s World Police Games champion and eco friendly ‘online off road tours’ organiser, will also be on hand to show off his competition winning dirt bike as well as talk to kids about responsible riding.

    Those interested in training can have a go on the Honda Australia Riding Training (HART) Riding Simulator, a virtual tool used to develop riders’ hazard perception skills. HART instructors will also be available to talk about training options for both new and returning riders.

    For racing fans, full replica versions of the 2008 Australian Superbike Championship winning CBR1000RR ridden by Glenn Allerton will be on hand, as will the exact bikes used to win this year’s Australian Finke and Safari desert races and Australian Off Road Championships including the CRF450R and CRF250X.

    The Australian Motorcycle Expo begins on Thursday, 30 October at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre and finishes on Sunday, 2 November 2008.

     

  • Aprilia Sportcity One 125

     Full Gallery SEE HERE


    Arriving into dealerships this week the all new Aprilia Sportcity One 125 which will retail at just $3490 + ORC.

    Aprilia Australia

    The Aprilia Sportcity One is safe, agile, and able to beat city traffic in comfort and style – and with negligible running costs. This king of the metropolitan jungle is designed precisely as an everyday, urban commuter and just loves to nip through city traffic. The Sportcity One uses advanced technology to reduce costs (both purchase cost and running costs) and to deliver exciting performance. Even the standard equipment is impressive.

    DESIGN: A TRUE SPORTCITY


    With its decisive, simple yet distinctive lines, one glance is enough to see that the One is a true Sportcity. The compact yet protective front shield, generous seat, passenger grab handles and flat platform all compress maximum spaciousness into minimum space. Neither does the Sportcity One’s essential design stop it offering one of the best under-seat storage compartments in its class, with enough room for a full face helmet.
    Thanks to an exceptionally rational design and clever use of space, the Sportcity One gives you all the benefits of a prestige large wheel scooter at an unrivalled price. The Sportcity One’s quality to price ratio is simply the best on the urban scooter market.

    Compact size, comfort and practicality have always been winning features of the Sportcity range. Now, on the Sportcity One, they are taken to the logical next step. Superbly agile, the Sportcity One is the perfect antidote to traffic despite its spaciousness and comfort. Its generous, anatomically shaped seat offers plenty of room for rider and passenger. Its flat platform also provides ample space for bulky objects.  
    The passenger grab handle is ergonomically shaped. And the complete but rational instruments deliver all the information you could possibly need, in a clear and intuitive manner.

    CHASSIS

    Designed for maximum rationality, the Sportcity One’s frame is a classical open cradle frame in high strength steel tube. Thanks to careful engineering, this frame delivers excellent rigidity and gives a confidence-inspiring ride and an excellent level of active safety.

    With 32 mm stanchions and a wheel travel of 85 mm, the hydraulic fork effectively smoothes out even the roughest road surfaces.

    As with all scooters of the type, the engine-transmission assembly acts as swingarm and is damped by an adjustable shock absorber. A particularly generous wheel travel of 84 mm (one of the best for this category of scooter) achieves a smooth ride even on uneven and damaged road surfaces.

    To keep the Sportcity One as compact as possible, 14 inch wheels have been combined with generous tubeless tyres (120/70 at the front and rear). Combined with the excellent frame, this suspension and wheel system gives the Sportcity One excellent stability and a truly intuitive ride that anybody can enjoy. A powerful 220 mm front disc with a two-piston floating caliper, plus a dependable 140 mm rear drum mean instant stopping.

    THE ENGINE

    Modern and ecological four stroke engines make Sportcity One nippy in traffic as well as safe and comfortable. Thanks to advanced design and ultra-efficient combustion, the engine is sporty, clean running, and impressively economical to run. Simple design means robustness and reliability too. Both engines feature forced air cooling and a carburettor fuel system. Both models are equipped with a catalytic converter and conform to Euro 3 standards.
     
    Thanks to the Sportcity One’s light weight, the 125 cc engine offers miserly fuel consumption as well as giving a top speed of 90 kph and the ability to tackle all traffic conditions.


    COLOUR SCHEMES


    The Sportcity One 50-125 is available in energetic and elegant colour schemes: Aprilia Black; Wave Blue; Supreme Yellow, Excalibur Grey.


    ACCESSORIES



    •    Kit windshield;
    •    Kit sportive windshield;
    •    Top Box New Concept 32 lt, optional seat cushion;
    •    Luggage rack;
    •    Anti-vibrant weights bars.

    Download the European Sportscity Brochure HERE

    Note: Australia will also see the 50 cc 4 stroke (Nov 2008) and 50cc 2 stroke versions (Late 1st Quarter 2009) of the Sportcity One

     

     

  • Vespa GTS 300 Super Video - On the Road

    At the launch of the Vespa 300 GTS Super in Sydney. 

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  • Aprilia Mojito 125

    Meet the new Aprilia Mojito 125. With a new set of features and a sharper price its sure to appeal to those looking to become instantly cool.

    Scootersales.com.au

    When the highest level of technology meets personality beyond comparison, the result is an Aprilia scooter. Aprilia has always explored new roads, with vehicles that may seem to be bold adventures into the world of design, but which inevitably are destined to create new market segments. The Mojito is one of these.

    A unique scooter with a style of its own and extremely easy to ride. Unmistakable at a glance, with a unique design and character, and a vast range of finishes compared to other offers, the Aprilia Mojito is the perfect means of transport for those who want to stand out from the crowd on the city streets.

    The Mojito is immediately recognizable as a vehicle in a class of its own, with excellent characteristics of urban mobility in a truly one-of-a-kind style.
    It’s a scooter whose classic lines will never age with time. Inspired by the world of cruisers, its design is characterised by simple and elegant lines, high-quality paintwork and elegant chrome.

    The “naked” handlebars, in true custom style are another distinctive characteristic of this classic scooter which has always been very popular on the European market.

    Now, the Aprilia Mojito has been revamped both in its look and equipment, while remaining faithful to the unmistakable style and unbeatable practical qualities. New materials, even more attention to detail with great practicality thanks to the flat footboard in a scooter which is extremely easy to ride, also because it has the lowest seat in its category, making it perfect also for people who are approaching the world of two-wheelers for the very first time.
    Available in two cylinder capacities, to meet any kind of mobility requirements, whether urban or suburban.

    In brief, these are the latest innovations for the new Mojito:

    - New Euro 3 125cc engine
    - New trim on the leg shield
    - New integrated, painted pillion handle
    - White indicators
    - Painted rear of leg shield
    - New chrome lateral transfers
    - New “reptile skin” effect seat


    Richer finishes and higher quality materials make the Mojito even more exclusive. New trim, new indicators and a new seat with a particular “reptile skin” finish, make the Mojito even more elegant and exclusive. There is also a new integrated pillion handle providing improved comfort and safety for the passenger.

    However, Mojito still comes with all the qualities that owners have appreciated over the years in all European countries. The combination of the 12-inch front wheel with the 10-inch rear wheel offers just the right mix of agility and stability, guaranteeing the best road-holding in any situation.

    The flat footboard, has always been the ideal solution for a scooter dedicated to urban commuting like the Mojito. The spacious underseat storage compartment can hold a jet helmet, and the seat is still only 750 mm off the ground (755 mm for the 125), one of the lowest seat heights in the scooter segment so users of any height can always reach the ground and easily handle the vehicle. Despite the rich look, the Aprilia Mojito is extremely compact, which makes it the perfect vehicle for getting through rush hour traffic.

    The Mojito engines have a genuine environmental conscience with extremely low fuel consumption. Both single cylinder engines guarantee great performance with the maximum respect for the environment.
    Thanks to the new 125 Euro 3 engine, the Mojito 125 is perfect not only for getting about town, but also for fast, smooth-flowing traffic on suburban roads. A powerful engine, respectful of the environment, makes the Mojito 125 lively and safe outside the city centre.

    The powerful brakes let you stop the scooter in every situation. The large front disc (190 mm) is assisted by an effective rear drum brake. Used together the brakes stop the scooter fast, with an extremely short braking distance and excellent control on any kind of road surface.

    Inspired by the world of the Custom-Cruisers, the Aprilia Mojito is also a point of reference for its equipment and accessories. The rich catalogue of original Aprilia accessories lets you customize the scooter to your own personal taste. The list of accessories includes: Complete large windshield, New Concept 32 litre black textured top (with optional backrest), Luggage rack kit, Side protection kit, Side stand.

    RRP $5990 + ORC

    For more info see www.aprilia.com.au

    Download the Specification Brochure HERE


  • Vespa GTS 300 Launch - Sydney 21/22nd October 2008

    The Vespa GTS 300 Super will be launched in Sydney this week and Scootersales.com.au will bring you this new model from every angle.

    Scootersales.com.au

    This week celebrates the launch of the new Vespa GTS 300 Super in Australia and Scootersales.com.au will have all the first hand ride impressions, videos and pics covering every angle of this icon model.

    Stay tuned as we bring you most of the action as near as can be "live" direct from the launch in Sydney this week. 

    To start the ball rolling check out the gallery of every lifestyle picture of the new GTS 300 Super available from Piaggio. 

    CLICK HERE 

    For all the Piaggio Company Info and specs on this model check out our previous article HERE

  • Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber pictured on a Vespa

    Saw this doing the rounds in the press over the weekend. A pregnant Namoi Watts and and her man on a new Vespa

    Three things that caught my eye.....

    1/New GTS 300 Super 

    2/The Vespa looks great in white with that front grill and the red shock !

    3/ And the AGV open face that Naomi is wearing looks the goods.


     

     

  • PGO Libra 50/125

    Looks like everybody is trying to come up with an urban style commuter with all the basics of what we love in a scooter 

    And thats what PGO have come up with when they developed the Libra (not sure about the name hey Beverly!)

    Available in 125 4 stroke and 50 cc 2 stroke the Libra could be seen as copying Agility, Orbit or maybe the Cygnus yet thats really not an issue as it does have a set of nice chunky lines  and some styling cues around the front that set it apart.

    Flat floor, Digital Dash, luggage hooks,wavy disc on the front, ignition lock that opens the seat and room for a jet sized helmet the Libra has some nice features indeed. 

    Anyway will we see it in Australia? We will have to wait and see.....

    thanks to Scooter-Infos.com for the pics and info 

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Kymco Downtown 300i ABS

    Hot off the press is the new Kymco Dowtown that is to be launched in Milan this year 

    Distinguishing features are its Italian design cues.

    The Kymco Dowtown 300i ABS features things like Fuel Injection, ABS, Twin full helmet storage and tyre pressure sensors which send inflation readings to the dash. 

     

  • Suzuki Burgman GSX - R Inspired 400 concept

    Sweeping the rounds of the internet from the Annual American Suzuki Conference being held in Las Vegas is this GSXR family inspired creation 

    A video has been posted on you tube and the pics look pretty professional, meaning if enough interest comes its way we just might see the the 400 go from concept to production

     

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  • More on Safe Routes Rally

     
    VACC ‘Safe Routes’ Scooter Rally – Share the Experience

    Melbourne’s streets are about to be buzzing with the sight and sound of hundreds of scooters.

    More than 400 riders are expected at the VACC ‘Safe Routes’ Scooter Rally 2008.

    Meeting at Luna Park, St Kilda, from 10.00am on Sunday 26th October, the cavalcade will leave at 10.30am and ride, en masse, to Waterfront City Piazza, Docklands.

    As well as the camaraderie, the occasion also provides scooter owners with an opportunity to press the State Government for changes to road design and traffic management to make scooter riding safer for scooter commuters.

    “VACC is recommending the implementation of signed ‘Safe Routes’, safety boxes, access by scooter riders to certain designated bicycle lanes and allowing boxed turns at certain busy intersections,” VACC General Manager, Communications and Marketing, Tim O’Brien said.

    “Scooter sales are booming. Some brands are up nearly 60 percent on last year. They are a cheap alternative to cars, they benefit the environment because they leave a tiny carbon footprint, they reduce congestion on roads and they reduce pressure on city parking spaces.

    “It is time for the Government to take them seriously and to accommodate scooters in our road planning and traffic management systems,” Mr O’Brien said.

    The Rally forms part of this year’s Community Safety Day. 50,000 people are expected to attend the occasion at Docklands – making it the largest event in Victoria during the month-long campaign.

    There will be a high wow factor as helicopters, fire trucks, boats and other vehicles used in rescues and emergencies will be on show at Docklands. Also on display will be Victoria Police and Ambulance historic vehicles, and displays by the Coast Guard and Defence Forces.

    “VACC and Scooter riders are very much looking forward to being part of Community Safety Day. We are also keen to work with VicRoads and the Government for creative solutions to make scooter riding safer for all,” Mr O’Brien said.  

    (For images, maps and details of the VACC ‘Safe Routes’ Scooter Rally, please click here)

     

     

  • New Peugeot Speedfight 3

    Peugeot has chosen the Cologne show as the site for unveiling Speedfight 3, the new flagship of its 50cc range.

    Peugeot / Pics by Scooter Infos

    It’s only natural that this honour should go to the German market, where Speedfight has been the reference sport scooter for nearly 10 years, capturing a full 25% of the market.

    Peugeot’s excellent performance in Germany over the years is largely owing to Speedfight. In a market that has traditionally favoured sport models, Peugeot became the country’s top choice for 50cc vehicles in 2007, with a 23.4% share of the market.

    With sales of its two sport models, Speedfight and Jet C-Tech, surpassing 11,000 units, the brand acquired 45.6% of the market for 50cc sport scooters. That impressive market dominance can be credited to a highly complementary product offering with an immediate impact across Europe, since Peugeot now ranks second among 50cc manufacturers.

    The king is dead, long live the king!


    The year 2009 will mark a turning point: 12 years after the launch of Speedfight and eight years after its redesign (Speedfight 2), Peugeot is replacing its star product with Speedfight 3. It’s something of a revolution in the world of two-wheelers, as the sun sets on a legend that managed the historic feat of selling 500,000 units!

    That success was due to its inimitable look and the multiplying array of special series inspired by the racing world. In all, no fewer than 15 different models made their appearance, from the first, sporting the colours of the Prost Grand Prix stable, to the incomparable 206 WRC whose design, a replica of the Peugeot car by that name, will remain the top-selling two-wheeler of the 2000s.

    So, with a market launch scheduled for the spring of 2009, Peugeot harbours some major ambitions for Speedfight 3. It’s an entirely new product from its cycle machinery to its accessories, not to mention styling that’s nonetheless still clearly inspired by its predecessor. Boasting a more refined design, enhanced ergonomics and a more comprehensive range of accessories, Speedfight 3 is making its mark as the embodiment of change in continuity.

    A matter of style


    If we had to choose one word to associate with Speedfight, “look” would certainly be the most appropriate. The vehicle’s captivating headlights and feline look were the source of the Speedfight magic at work during its entire market run.

    With that in mind, the brand’s marketing experts encouraged the designers to let the Speedfight style and personality show through on Speedfight 3. There’s no radical change in the overall silhouette, just a gradual evolution that suggests a transition to a new generation of scooters. The designers have reinterpreted a familiar formula by adding a touch of modernity inspired by the motorbikes of today.

    Guided by an aesthetic approach that betrays an obvious link, the tauter lines of Speedfight 3 add an extra bit of energy and excitement. The look up front has been
    refined with more prominent headlights and added air intakes to bring out an attitude that’s unmistakably more sport-minded. With a less dominant chassis, the
    back end has sleeker lines to enhance the focus on the hungry air vents.

    Micro-bulb blinkers in the rear give the Speedfight 3 a more engineered look, while the new, streamlined dual-arm racing mirrors accentuate its sporty appeal. For the handlebar, stainless steel has replaced aluminium on the endpieces, and there’s now an aviation fuel cap on the fuel tank.

    Thanks to a wealth of technical and aesthetic details, Speedfight 3 now has a look that’s significantly more modern, with a more aggressive stance than its predecessor.

    A change in engineering strategy

    From a technical standpoint, Speedfight 3 does nothing halfway. The engineers threw out the old formulas that were developed in response to market demands and a clientele that was growing older and larger in size.

    The cycle parts have been completely redesigned with a focus on ergonomics, including a totally new chassis. The vehicle has gained an additional 12 cm in overall length, with 3 cm added to the wheelbase, for markedly improved capacity. By contrast, the seat height is unchanged at an ideal 800 mm. At the same time, the seat has been streamlined at thigh level to make it easier for smaller drivers to reach the ground, and widened for greater comfort.

    In the biggest change from Speedfight 2, Speedfight 3 replaces the single arm fork with an impressive Ø 32 mm hydraulic fork that more closely reflects the driving philosophy behind this new engine. Road handling is enhanced with new 13” wheels (1” larger) and the presence of a push shock on the water-cooled engine. The especially compact fuel tank has been relocated to the centre of the vehicle under the floor pan, ensuring a lower centre of gravity that provides a significant boost to road handling.

    Customer safety is an absolute priority for Peugeot, and Speedfight 3 boasts impressive safety features like an oversized 215-mm Shuricane front disc brake— 20% larger than on the previous version! Coupled with a dual-piston radial caliper, this technology—inspired by that of the biggest sport motorbikes available—vaults

    Speedfight 3 once and for all into the category of exceptional 50cc vehicles.

    Top-flight accessories

    The faultless engineering on Speedfight 3 hasn’t led Peugeot to overlook the accessories. In fact they’re even better than before, thanks to constant innovation. For the driver, the analogue speedometer has given way to a superb, semi-digital instrument panel that’s both modern and comprehensive. It combines striking red backlighting around the tachometer with ice blue backlighting for the digital components.

    These two colours, red and blue, convey power and technology, a combination of passion and cool mastery, the interplay between hot and cold. The full-featured digital instrumentation includes a speedometer, clock, two kilometre odometers and a radial coolant temperature gauge (on the liquid-cooled version). The analogue needle on the tachometer spins against a white background that displays the sharp new Speedfight 3 logo.

    The resolutely modern Speedfight 3 has entered the entertainment age with a 12V socket that can be used to plug in a stereo system with woofer, amplifier, two speakers and handlebar controls, so you can listen to your favourite music on an iPod or MP3 player connected via a simple USB port. A dual-function 12V socket also lets you recharge your cell phone while you drive. Simple, technologically advanced, efficient, easy to use and stylish: features that sum up the Speedfight 3
    spirit.

    When it comes to storage, Peugeot hasn’t forgotten that any sport driver worthy of the name takes a full-face helmet along—one that can now be stored effortlessly under the seat, secured by an antitheft system. This storage space can now be accessed from the ignition switch for greater convenience. 1 driver, 3 engines

    Though less extreme than its big brother, Jet C-Tech, which comes in just one engine model (liquid-cooled only), Speedfight 3 aims to capture the middle ground.
    The initial offering will include a choice of two different two-stroke carburetor-fed engines: a more economical air-cooled version, and a higher-performance watercooled version.

    This gives customers a wide array of options: they can choose between a great-looking scooter at an attractive price or the uncompromising
    pleasure of total sport driving.

    In a first for a sport scooter at Peugeot, the range of engine models will be expanded next fall to include an air-cooled, 4-stroke 50cc version that consumes less fuel, in preparation for the likely transition from the EURO 2 to the EURO 3 standard aimed at protecting the environment.

     

  • Vectrix the Clean Green Machine

    City of Mandurah Rangers now use Vectrix for getting around town. Vectrix Electric now $13990 + ORC

    Vectrix Australia

    The City of Mandurah is continuing to cut its corporate greenhouse gas emissions with the purchase of an electric scooter for ranger services.

    The Vectrix scooter is a zero-emmisions vehicle that will cost about $50 a year to run based on electricity costs to charge the batteries. It can drive at 110 km/h on a two hour charge and has on-board batteries with a 10 year lifespan.

    City chief executive Mark Newman said the council had decided to gradually replace its vehicle fleet with lower emissions producing vehicles as part of its commitment to the Cities for Climate Protection Program.

    As well as buying the electric scooter, we have replaced many petrol-driven cars with diesel cars, bought two hybrid vehicles, introduced bicycles for staff on short trips and we will soon buy our first hybrid truck," Mr Newman said.
    "The new scooter is also safer for our parking officer because it is more powerful than the scooter previously used and will allow him to keep up with traffic flows on major roads."

    The Vectrix Electric Scooter now retails for $13990 + ORC

    For more information on Vectrix Electric Scooters Australia Wide

    Phone: 0396769133

    info@vectrix.com.au

     

     

     

  • Peugeot Concept HYmotion3 compressor

    Peugeot release new three wheeled concept at the Paris International Motor Show. A mix between car and scooter that incorporates Peugeot's latest hybrid technology.

    Peugeot Press

    Occupying a half-way house between the world of the scooter and the car, the HYmotion3 compressor is a highly original proposal designed to facilitate urban mobility. Attractive thanks to its dynamic, streamlined and futuristic style ; it is an interesting concept combining numerous benefits (size, safety and comfort) with ‘‘HYmotion’’ hybrid/petrol technology.

    This new generation technology creates a three wheel drive vehicle, benefiting safety and driveability and combining economy with an environmentally-friendly specification (CO2 emissions of only 47 g/kph in the combined cycle, zero in electric only mode).

    The HYmotion3 compressor concept is a means of transport with no affiliation to a particular type of vehicle. With its three wheels and its streamlined body, it is something of a missing link between two worlds which to date are quite distinct: that of the scooter and that of the car. With an electric motor in each of its two front wheels, coupled at the rear with a petrol engine, it brings into play very innovative hybrid technologies allowing each of its wheels to provide motive power.

    In a world of intensifying urban traffi c where everyone is trying to save time, where oil prices are skyrocketing and the environment is more than ever a priority, design departments are vying in ingenuity to develop solutions for the future.

    Giving full rein to their creativity and expertise, two separate Peugeot teams converged on a similar idea and finally worked in tandem to develop a particularly original
    project: the HYmotion3 compressor. This ‘‘concept car’’, or rather ‘‘concept scooter’’, is based on the extensive experience of Peugeot Motorcycles, specialists in the scooter field, as well as the creativity and innovative capabilities of stylists and engineers working for Automobiles Peugeot.

    To create this concept, Peugeot was able to draw on its extensive experience in the world of transportation enabling each individual, according to their age or their needs, to choose from among the Marque’s cycles, motorcycles and cars.

    This vehicle offers an ideal mix of the benefi ts of a scooter and particular characteristics of a car.

    Its design is based on three wheels for maximum stability, safety and driveability. Its width of 82 cm enables it to thread a path through urban traffic with all the efficiency of a two-wheeler. The front windscreen extends to the rear of the vehicle to form a highly effective shield against bad weather for the rider and passenger.

    In addition, regulations in France allow the vehicle to be driven with a B licence only, giving it a wide range of potential customers.

    Finally, this vehicle incorporates HYmotion technology, also featured on other concept-cars in the Peugeot exhibition space at the Paris Motor Show. This new generation hybrid technology incorporates the supercharged petrol engine already featured in the Peugeot Satelis scooter. With a power of 15 kW (20 bhp) driving the rear wheel, it is combined with two electric motors, each with an output of 3 kW, located in the front wheels.

    This configuration develops a maximum power of 21 kW (29 bhp) for a particularly low fuel consumption of 2.0 litres/100 kph and CO2 emissions of 47 g/kph in the combined cycle, or 0 in electric only mode. The design of the HYmotion3 compressor, with its three wheel drive, provides positive benefits for both safety and driveability.

    Thanks to its extreme hybridisation, the HYmotion3 compressor concept creates a new benchmark in terms of safety (improved traction and braking), practicality and environmental-friendliness, offering original versatility at one with its environment.

    Style Sharing ‘‘DNA’’

    On the basis of a frame designed by Peugeot Motorcycles, Peugeot car stylists unveiled a resolutely sporty and avant-garde design which also captures the spirit of their latest creations, for example the 308 RCZ concept car.

    Two polished aluminium roll-over bars support the ‘‘bubble’’ which protects the two occupants. This use of materials is strongly reminiscent of the RCZ concept.

    These bars make a significant contribution to the vehicle’s overall personality and balanced proportions. In addition to the comfort provided by this structure, the bars end in a handle which can be used by the rear passenger. To preserve the vehicle’s clean lines, there are no rear-view mirrors, this function being carried out by
    two display screens on the instrument panel offering optimal rear vision.

    Viewed from the front the vehicle creates a strong impression of modernity with its row of light emitting diodes (LEDs) on either side of the base of the front windscreen. These provide highly efficient lighting and also ensure that the vehicle can be seen easily in traffic.

    Tapered front mudguards, strong lines and hi-tech rear lights… each detail adds to the dynamism of the HYmotion3 compressor. A dynamism which bears a strong resemblance to models in the Peugeot car range…

    HYmotion technology

    Operating principle: simple, efficient, automatic and transparent for the user

    The vehicle’s petrol engine has a power output of 15 kW (20 bhp). It is the supercharged 125 cc engine featured in the Peugeot Satelis scooter, this modern engine is widely acclaimed for its performance in its market segment.

    In addition to this method of propulsion, the vehicle also has another mode of traction. Two electric motors, one in each wheel, are present at the front of the vehicle. With a power of 2 x 3 kW, they are powered by ‘‘lithium-ion’’ batteries and recharged by an energy recovery system which operates during deceleration and braking.

    Therefore, there are no mechanical connections between the front and the rear, everything being controlled electronically (‘‘by wire’’), allowing optimisation of the available space.

    The HYmotion3 compressor can therefore be ridden in a number of different ways:

    in electric only mode (when starting up, at low speed and when decelerating, for a range of up to 10 kph at stabilised speed),

    in petrol engine only mode, at a constant speed on the open road, when the engine attains its optimal efficiency,

    with the petrol engine / electric motors combined:

    . during phases of acceleration for additional power (‘‘boost’’ function), the latter can attain a maximum of 15 + 3 x 2 = 21 kW (29 bhp),
    . in three wheel drive mode, when road conditions warrant it.

    In fact, the layout of this electric/petrol hybrid system allows three wheel drive under all circumstances, benefiting safety and driveability.

    This hybrid technology, as well as its special innovative layout, is an important vector of research and development for Peugeot. Known internally as ‘‘HYmotion’’, this system is presented in multiple formats, featuring different types of engine, on Peugeot’s stand at the Paris Motor Show. This concept demonstrates that the technology can be installed in any type of vehicle. In addition, different types of conventional engine can be combined with different types of electric motor.

    HYmotion technology in this case is particularly miniaturised to ensure an environmental performance of the highest order.

    The suspension and the structure are designed to take account of this technology’s application. The parallelogram type front suspension (i.e. with tilting wheels) has a transverse damper at its centre and ensures optimal driveability and vehicle stability.

    These technical components are located on the wheel hubs, therefore reducing the vehicle’s centre of gravity following the example of the low-slung tubular frame.

    Braking, rendered more effi cient by the presence of an ABS system, it relies on three ventilated discs and, above all, the front electric motors, which recover energy to recharge the batteries. This assembly (three wheels + electric motor braking) also reduces the braking distance by around 30% compared to a two-wheel scooter equipped with traditional brakes.

    Another system contributing to the vehicle’s efficiency is the STOP & START system. This system switches the petrol engine to standby mode during stop phases (at a red traffic light or a stop sign, in queuing traffic, etc.) or when the vehicle is being driven in electric only mode.

    This allows significant gains in terms of fuel consumption and emissions, particularly in dense traffic conditions. It also allows the petrol engine to be restarted instantaneously and ‘‘transparently’’ for the driver when necessary. Note that when being driven in electric only mode, the HY motion 3 compressor is ideally suited to city use since it generates no CO2 emissions or pollutants and is silent in operation.

    The end result is a three-wheel drive vehicle offering reduced fuel consumption in the combined cycle of 2.0 litres/100 kph and CO2 emissions of 47 g/kph!

    Performance doesn’t suffer either, since with a maximum power of 21 kW (29 bhp), its acceleration and in-gear acceleration is equivalent to what would have been possible with a single cylinder 400 cc engine.

    Here too, the hybridisation of technologies makes it possible to combine the benefi ts of an ultra-compact urban vehicle with three-wheel drive, while at the same time offering environmentally-friendly credentials.

    Environmentally-friendly and efficient technologies: research goes on


    To tackle the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, and with the prospect of fuel prices rising ever higher, Peugeot has made the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions a key facet of its product policy, both with regard to motor cars and motorcycles. In fact Peugeot is making a key contribution to the position of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group as a world leader in the market of cars with a rate of CO2 emissions below 120 g/kph

    In the market for motorised two-wheelers, Peugeot Motorcycles is also very much to the fore. Peugeot Motorcycles has been innovating since 1996 when it launched the Scoot’Elec, the market’s first compact electric scooter.

    In 2002, Peugeot Motorcycles developed and perfected engines with electronic fuel injection in line with the strictest anti-pollution standards, thereby helping to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions while improving performance and driveability.

    In 2006, weight and aerodynamic tests carried out in the wind tunnel saw the Satelis scooter obtain the best SCx on the market and, as a result, offer one of the lowest fuel consumptions in its segment.

    Since 2008, Peugeot Motorcycles has included a 50 cc, 4-stroke scooter in its range offering particularly low fuel consumption, the V-Clic.

    With HYmotion technology, benefi ting from experience derived from previous technological demonstrators (307, 307 CC and 308 Hybrid HDi), the HYmotion3 compressor represents a major advance in terms of ‘‘customer’’ benefits. These benefits include: safety, driveability, economy and also environmental-friendliness.

     

     

  • Motorcycle/Scooter Sales On The Rise

     


    The scooter market is set for a positive return in 2008 as it drives two wheeled sales, increasing by 14.5% on last year.

    FCAI

    Record numbers of Australians are turning to two-wheeled transport for everyday commuting and recreation.

    Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show that 96,281 motorcycles, scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) were sold to the end of September, a five per cent increase on the same period last year.

    "It is encouraging to see that the motorcycle market continues to show such positive results in the current economic circumstances," FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

    The scooter segment was a key driver of the growth in the marketplace, recording a 14.5 per cent increase on a year ago.
    "The increasing popularity of scooters reflects the community's concerns with higher fuel prices, road congestion and city parking," Mr McKellar said.

    Year-to-date, road bikes remain the most popular segment in the marketplace recording 36,128 sales (10.8 per cent increase) compared to the off-road segment's 33,897 sales (2.0 per cent decrease), ATV's 14,541 (2.2 per cent increase) and scooters with 11,715 sales (14.5 per cent increase).

    "There is now an exciting array of models on offer in all segments, meaning everyone from experienced to first-time riders should have no problem finding a motorcycle to suit need their needs," said Mr McKellar.

    Honda retained the number one spot in the total market with 22,573 sales, followed by Yamaha with 20,599 and then Suzuki with 12,743.

    Honda also dominated sales in the road bike segment achieving 7,703 sales, ahead of Suzuki with 5,667 and Harley-Davidson with 5,644.

    Cruisers retained leadership of the road bike sub-segments (9892 sales), ahead of 250cc (8035 sales) and sports road bikes (6296 sales).

    In the off-road class, Yamaha secured the top spot with 11,338 sales, followed by Honda with 9,793 and Suzuki with 4,476 sales.

    Enduros remain the most popular model in that segment (10,431 sales), ahead of motocross (9,859) and then mini bikes (8,464).

    Honda achieved the top-selling position in the ATV sector with 4,079 sales, followed by Yamaha with 3,952 and Suzuki with 2,437.

    In the scooter segment, SYM held the top spot with 1,806 sales, ahead of Piaggio (1493) and Yamaha (1329).



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