ScooterCommunity  

Scooter
Community

in

This Blog

Syndication

ADVERTISEMENT

Archives

Scootersales.com.au News

May 2010 - Posts

  • TGB Hawk 150

     

    TGB release the Hawk 150. For just $3290 + ORC it might just sell as quick as it looks.

    TGB Australia




    TGB is well known in Australia. With a range of product covering most capacity segments, TGB continues to push the envelope to improve quality and value. 

    Introducing the Hawk 150, the long overdue replacement for the honest yet reliable 303 RS 150.  

    Firstly the new Hawk 150 looks smart, fresh graphics and new colours are available. Red and Black are the two choices here. Other noticeable cosmetic changes include the front gold forks and carbon look mirrors borrowed from the bullet range.

    The front brake now sports a wave disc and when matched with the gold calliper it looks quite trick. The Hawk 150 also comes standard with twin adjustable rear shocks, aluminium footboards, full helmet storage, centre and side stands.

    Plenty of room for two people and a 4 stroke 150 cc motor with enough power to commute or pillion without fuss. Large 13 Inch alloy wheels with good quality Maxxis rubber complete a nice sporty package.

    Price has been set for the Hawk 150 at just $3290 + ORC. TGB also have the option of a 125 cc Hawk for just $2990 + ORC. With the 125 you just minus a rear shock and take away 25 cc of capacity. Power is rated at 6.5 KW for the 125 and 7.9 KW for the 150. 

    Actually when you look at it TGB have a great range of sporty commuter scooters all around that 3 thousand dollar mark. Bullet 125, Hawk 125 and now Hawk 150. Nice one TGB....

    TGB Hawk 150 RRP - $3290 + ORC

    • 118 KG
    • 7.9 KW
    • 1270 mm wheelbase
    • 790 mm Seat Height
    • 6.8 Litre Fuel Capacity
    • 2 Year Nationwide Warranty

    See more at www.tgbscooters.com.au

     

    Posted May 31 2010, 12:34 PM by allen with no comments
    Filed under:
  • The Million Paws Walk

    The RSPCA joins Kymco Australia for a bit of healthy Competition.

    Kymco Australia

    Every man and his dog took part in this year’s Million Paws Walk on May, 16th. The event took place to celebrate responsible pet ownership and to raise money for the RSPCA. And Kymco was there to lend a helping hand.

    Kymco representatives were at the New South Wales leg of the Million Paws Walk with a stand in tow for animal lovers to check out the Kymco range.

    The Kymco stand was also there to promote a competition running at the moment to help raise money for the RSPCA. Entrants of this competition have the chance to win one of two fabulous Kymco Scooters, the Sento 50 valued at $3,390 ride away and the brand new Agility RS 125 valued at $3,190 ride away.

    The Sento is a classically designed scooter with a single cylinder 4T 50cc engine with high fuel efficiency. The Agility RS is a stylish, economical scooter built with a 125cc 4-stroke engine to ensure high sports performance and handling for its users, with the air-cooled engine providing enough power and riding stability for any rider. These attractive scooters with high-class features are sure to attract many fans, so get involved for the chance to win!



    To enter this Kymco RSPCA competition entrants must organise and participate in a Cupcake Party. As the name would suggest, the party involves cooking many delicious Cupcakes and raising donations for the RSPCA. For every $100 donation raised and entered on to the RSPCA website you will receive one entry into the draw (www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au).

    The more money you raise the more entries you get!

    The official national Cupcake Day celebration takes place on Monday 16th August, 2010. The Kymco RSPCA scooter competition will close on September 27th 2010.




    So please do get cooking to be in the chance to win a Kymco scooter and lend a helping hand to the RSPCA.

    Kymco is a proud supporter of the RSPCA and is of course of the finest pedigree.

    For more information on Kymco, please call (03) 9580 0788 or visit www.kymco.com.au

     

  • Piaggio Beverly 2010

    See Scootersales.com.au for full picture gallery ........

    After nearly a decade of history and success, Piaggio Beverly gets a full revamp in style and technology.

    Piaggio Press

    THE ALL NEW PIAGGIO BEVERLY - Overseas Release Only

    The new Beverly boasts a stylish, unique look and offers safety and performance levels in line with the reputation of the scooter that has dominated the market during the first decade of the millennium.

    Available in the 125 and 300 cc engine capacity versions, the Beverly stands out for its top-of-the-class equipment and finish.

    Piaggio Beverly is the scooter that revolutionised the market with its nimble handling, reliability and safety and went on to become the top-selling model in the competitive, prestigious segment of high-wheeled scooters.

    Over 270,000 units sold from 2001 to date bear witness to the huge success of the Piaggio Beverly, that has earned a reputation as an agile, safe scooter ideal for riding in town that also offers guaranteed comfort and reliability for short and medium range touring.
    For the year 2010, Beverly is coming back fully revamped both in style and technology and promises to dominate the next decade.



    Design

    The elegant, sophisticated lines of the new Piaggio Beverly stem from a careful review of its traditional styling elements that evolved into a totally new, elegant design that is a strong reminder of the Beverly's past and success history.

    The front end is eye-catching, with the new dual-reflector headlight assembly and the turn indicators integrated into the innovative LED daylight running lights at the sides of the distinctive chrome element in the middle of the leg shield.
    The Beverly's character is stronger than ever.

    Classic styling gives way to a more contemporary design. Dynamism and elegance merge into a sportier look and the sleek, slimmer tail echoes the lines of the new front end and is topped off by top-notch taillight with LED stop and daylight running lights. The innovative use of colour and materials lends the new Beverly an automobile-style look. The two-colour scheme of the bodywork, with coloured parts alternating with aluminium-look painted inserts blends in with the matching coloured saddle and interiors. The innovative metal-look finish central element running along the vehicle enhances its sleek lines and its muscular, dynamic attitude. The details of handlebar, leg shield back plate and central tunnel - that fits a new, motorcycle-derived tank cap - complement the unique, unmistakably Italian design of the scooter.

    Beautiful and elegant, comfortable and functional, the new Piaggio Beverly is even more comfortable than its record-breaking predecessor.
    The geometry of the triangle dictated by saddle, handlebar and footrest has been revised for improved rideability and offers a better fit for taller riders, while retaining the Beverly's distinctive riding position, that gives the rider a motorcycle-style feeling of total control.

    The saddle with different ride heights for rider and passenger - a distinctive feature of this model - has been re-modelled to facilitate foot to ground reach and new foams have been used to improve density and ensure the utmost comfort. The saddle can be conveniently released using the handlebar button or the lever in the glove box in the leg shield back plate.

    The helmet compartment was also fully re-designed and now offers 50% more capacity, making it the roomiest in its class and the only one capable of accommodating two full jet helmets. Again, the helmet compartment, now lit by a courtesy light, includes a convenient document compartment.
    Load capacity is complemented by the practical luggage rack with integrated passenger grab handles, the match coloured glove box incorporated in the leg shield back plate and the retractable bag hook.

    A turn of the key is all it takes to realize that the stylish design is backed up by advanced technology and a top-class equipment level.
    Exhaustive, easy to read instruments with sophisticated pale blue lighting offer full information ready at a glance. The dashboard includes three round elements (speedometer, water temperature and fuel level indication) and a modern LCD offering trip meter, digital clock, battery voltage and ambient temperature indications, a set of warning lights for the immobilizer, fuel reserve, high beam, turn indicators, oil pressure and fuel injection system check lights.

    The headlight sports a pair of halogen lamps for maximum brightness, whereas the daylight running lights use contemporary LED technology, ensuring high reliability and long life coupled with such benefits as lower consumption and high efficiency.
    In addition, the new LED lights lend the new Beverly a captivating, unique look.



    Chassis

    Gritty engines and unique, effective chassis have been the key success factors of the most coveted high-wheeled scooter since its inception. Once again, the new Beverly's technology provides nimble, exhilarating riding and guaranteed top performance.

    The double-cradle frame in high-strength steel and pressed sheet metal sports a conventional fork with 35 mm stanchions up front, while rear suspension is handled by a pair of double-acting helical-spring shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload offering 4 different positions. Especially developed for the new Beverly, they ensure optimal absorption of road bumps while delivering a neutral response and accurate handling.

    Sturdy chassis, large wheels with 20-spoke light-alloy rims (16” x 3.00” up front and 14” x 3.50” at the rear) and large tyres (110/70 and 140/70, respectively) make for top-of-the-class riding comfort and road holding, while retaining superior handling and tractability.

    Active safety is handled by the revised, powerful braking system. The front brake sports a large 300 mm semi-floating disc, the largest in the class, with double-piston floating calliper and a new 12-mm pump, delivering powerful, smooth braking. The rear brake features a 240 mm disc. This results in nearly half the effort required to pull the brake levers in order to obtain the same deceleration.



    Engines

    Piaggio Beverly comes with two different engines, with 125 and 300 cc capacity, both featuring electronic injection system.

    The 300 cc single-cylinder 4-stroke 4-valve engine with electronic injection delivers a maximum power of 22.2 hp at 7,250 rpm, with a torque output of 23 Nm at as little as 5,750 rpm. With such specs comes a throttle response to match, coupled with feisty performance, making the new Beverly ideal both for tackling congested town traffic and for long-range touring in full comfort, whether riding solo or two-up.

    The new Beverly's 125 engine is also equipped with electronic injection, significantly cutting consumption (- 20%) and maintenance costs (- 20%). In addition, the new ECS (Electric Cooling System) water cooling absorbs less energy and helps reduce fuel consumption.

    With both engine capacities, the new Beverly is fast, sporty, spirited, and silky smooth thanks to electronic fuel injection, but also silent running and environment friendly. The oil-bath free wheel system reduces noise on start-up, whereas quiet running is enhanced by the new engine casing that also ensures improved drive train cooling.


    Colours

    Beverly 300 ie and 125 ie will be available in the elegant colour schemes Perseus Bronze, Pearl White, Midnight Blue, Cosmo Black and Antares Red.

    Accessories

    As the ultimate city scooters, Beverly 300 ie and Beverly 125 ie are complemented by a range of accessories to enhance their comfort and versatility in everyday use:

    • 36-litre top box, bodywork coloured, with comfort backrest matching saddle colour, capable of accommodating one flip up helmet and one full jet helmet with visor
    • 48-litre top box, bodywork coloured, with comfort backrest matching saddle colour, capable of accommodating 2 flip up helmets 
    • Copter helmet with long visor; it is compatible with the removable Bluetooth system IDIPHONE (optional). Available colours: Bianco Perla / Brown - Bronzo Perseo / Brown - Midnight Blue / Black - Nero Cosmo / Brown
    • Top fairing
    • Windshield 
    • Leg cover
    • Scooter cover
    • Electronic antitheft system

     

  • Premium Gear Clearance

    Ducati, Spyke & Vemar Giant Two Day Warehouse Relocation Clearance!

    WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SPACE, REAP THE BENEFITS! IMPORTER PRICES TO BE OFFERED AND NEVER REPEATED. A WEEKEND OF UNBELIEVABLE SAVINGS UP TO 90% OFF THIS 5 & 6 JUNE!

    An incredible event will feature never-to-be-seen again deals on a range of casual gear, riding gear and accessories, merchandise and various other importer materials from three big brands in motorcycling - Ducati, Vemar and Spyke. Don't miss out - make your way to our warehouse for this Australian first sale at importer prices!

    Stock up on all your casual cloPremium thing as well as drastically reduced casual gear, riding gear, historical merchandise, posters and importer materials from your favourite Italian motorcycle brand - Ducati. Spyke leather suits, jackets, gloves and boots will be on sale at unbelievable prices, and Vemar road helmets will be flying off the shelves at prices so low they will never, ever be repeated!

    Located at the NF Importers warehouse, Cnr of Holker St and Slough Avenue, Close to Sydney's Olympic Stadium - follow the red arrows and signs from Silverwater Road. Park your car in the designated car park and follow the red arrows through to the Warehouse entry where bargains await.

    Start your winter off with fantastic buys for the whole year! Be the bearer of good news - tell all your friends and family, everybody's welcome to attend this amazing Sale Event of 2010!

    WHO: Ducati, Spyke & Vemar

    WHAT: Giant Apparel & Collectable Sale including - leather suits, Jackets, gloves, boots, posters and fashion apparel.

    WHEN: Saturday 5 June, 8:00am-5:00pm
    Sunday 6 June, 10:00am-4:00pm

    WHERE: Cnr Holker St & Slough Av, Silverwater NSW
    (Rear of Unit 34, Loading Dock via Rachael Close)
    Follow the signs from Silverwater Rd!

    WHY: Because 90% off is INCREDABLE!

    DON'T MISS OUT - importer prices will never be repeated!


  • SYM Citycom 300i White

     

    The Citycom 300i turns up dressed for the occasion. In what else but a white suit, black tie.

    Allen Drysdale


     

    SYM Citycom 300i

    It's official. White is now the new black. 

    Like many competitors, SYM has followed suit, giving the Citycom 300i a fresh new vibrant white colour scheme.

    The differences are clear, the new colour transforming this scooter, you may even be excused for thinking that this is a new model.

    From the pictures you may also notice new gloss black painted wheels, these enhanced by the red painted callipers. Other features like the black painted rear passenger grabrail and other critical panels look smart up against the starkness of the white.

    Look at the gallery below and you will also notice the seat has been given a dose of red stitching.

    Everything else remains the same, the Citycom 300i has always been fully featured, go anywhere machine.

    Just look at the features list:

    • Fuel Injected, Liquid Cooled, 263 cc, 4 Valve Engine
    • 16.9 Kw Output
    • 16 Inch wheels front and back
    • Disc brakes front and back
    • Lockable glovebox with 12 V charger
    • Dual adjustable rear shocks
    • Massive storage under the seat 
    • Side and centre stands
    • Centralised low fuel tank  
    • Twin halogen headlights
    • Bag hook
    • 5 In 1 Ignition

    The Citycom 300i retails for $6990 + ORC. Capable of just about anything, take a look at the Citycom "Outback Adventure" if you need further proof.

    See full 300i gallery Here http://www.scootersales.com.au/News-3400-sym-citycom-300i.aspx#gallery

    Additional Citycom 300i Links


  • A Scooter Poem

    AFFAIR
     
     
    I LOVE TO RIDE MY SCOOTER
    IT GETS ME HERE AND THERE
     
    IT REALLY IS A GREAT COMMUTER
    IT EVEN HAS A SPARE
     
    IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO FUEL HER
    AND PARKING’S ALWAYS THERE
     
    MY VESPA IS A HOOTER
    BUT SOME DRIVERS SHOULD TAKE CARE
     
    DO I HAVE REALLY TO TOOTER
    SHE SHOULD HAVE SEEN ME THERE
     
    I LOVE TO RIDE MY VESPA
    MY LATEST LOVE AFFAIR
     
     
     
    By Michelle Muldoon , The Scooter Shop Carringbah Sydney

  • Piaggio Fly 150 Review


    Piaggio introduces larger capacity Fly 150. More get up and go for Australia's Number 1 selling scooter.

    Allen Drysdale

     

    Introduction

    When Piaggio first set up shop in China, assumptions were made of how quality might be perceived by the scootering public.  Piaggio needed to introduce a range of scooters that could easily compete directly with lower priced imports. The Fly was one of these.

    We needn't of worried as a few years down the track, the proof is in the product. The Fly range in Australia has been a huge ongoing success, cementing itself as one of Australia's ongoing class leading scooters. This year Piaggio have released the larger capacity 150 version of the Fly and its shot straight into the No1 sales position.

    So is it all smooth sailing for new larger capacity Piaggio Fly. We check it out..... 




    Features


    There's nothing that literally jumps out and grabs you about the Fly. This isn't putting it down, the Fly just takes a fairly conservative stance. Soft rounded lines, non offensive, the Fly does its best work by appealing to everyone, and not just one single group.

    When we the last met, Piaggio had been hard at work adding clear blinker and taillight lenses, some nice touches of chrome to the 125 model. The 150 version carries on with the same theme and you wouldn't tell them apart, other then for the designated badging on the side of the scooter. Though no need to change the mould here. Things look nice and stylish as they are, thankyou very much.

    When choosing a scooter I find its best to sit down and ask yourself some prudent questions. Create some boxes that need to be ticked and set about looking at models that fill that set criteria.  So what do I look for when choosing a budget commuter scooter?

    Well first of all a good deal of storage. Meaning I would like a flat floor, a bag hook and true full face helmet storage under the seat. I'd also like some helmet hooks please to lock my helmet outside the scooter if required. Oh and yes, a lockable glovebox would be nice as well.

    A nice comfortable riding position is a must. I'd like a compliant ride that's not too sharp and not too soft. Somewhere in between. And yes I want to be able to pillion comfortably. So this means the rear shock has to be fully adjustable, it needs to be flexible.

    Id also like an easy to read dash that just gives me what I need to know. Fuel, Speed and a clock would be great.  I do like seeing behind me so mirrors are important and I like mine nice, wide and large.

    I want 12 inch wheels if I can, nice broad profile tyres and good brakes, must be a disc upfront. Apart from this I just want all the controls to work in a reassuring quality way.

    Now, am I asking too much for over 100 km/h performance, reliability and that renowned Piaggio efficiency? Well in answer to your question, no your not, the Fly 150 has all the answers.

    You can now see why the Fly is so popular, it ticks all boxes, fills all the basic requirements. It has all the features to have you living happily ever after.

    With the Fly 150 everything you could ever want in a budget commuter has been well thought out. Piaggio has clearly got it sussed, though after more then 60 years of scooter production and design, you would hope so.

    If I was to be critical the only features missing standard on the Fly might be a need for a 12 V outlet and a side stand, both issues are easily solved.

     



    On the Road

    When we first reviewed the Fly 125 the conclusion was one of not too harsh, not too soft, but just somewhere in-between. Its very much the same with the 150 version, very non offensive, not asking for too much commitment from the rider.

    So for commuting duties it all makes sense. There's an easy reach to the bars, the seat is broad and flat and there's enough space to accommodate a multitude of shapes and sizes.

    The 12 inch wheel package helps the commuting cause, lots of grip coming from those broad profile tyres. They also help with the braking duties, the front disc pulls the Fly up pretty much without fuss. The rear drum brake is your steadier, though there's ample stopping power front and rear combined.  

    The handling is best described as neutral, suiting the job description at hand. The single rear shock does its best to soak up all the bumps and potholes that litter our roads.  You may need to do a little adjustment to suit your size and weight. The Fly feels lower then many and you get the feeling this ships built for comfort.

    So what's changed on the Fly. The increase in engine capacity to 150 cc is a welcome addition. On paper the Fly ups the anti from 7.6 Kw to a very credible 8.9 Kw. Weight on the other hand remains the same at just 115 kg. So the overall performance gain is noticeable.

    The leader derived engine has never been a high revving beast and its all to do with nice progressive amounts of torque being delivered. The Fly thrusts forward at steady pace, its all very smooth. With the new Fly 150 you just get more of it. So "seat of the pants", you can feel an all round lift in usable power.

    In hilly situations the Fly is now less likely to slow, at higher speeds the Fly 150 will maintain and hold these comfortably. Two up the Fly just felt alot more at ease. So your not going to feel a huge performance boost from a standstill, you will feel it across a broad spectrum of situations.

    Other small factors why I like the Fly. The mirrors are some of the best in the business, wide and easy to see anything that may be following. The rear passenger comfort is first class, great seating position and really sturdy grab handles are provided.



    Conclusion

    I can feel alot of Piaggio's past in the Fly.  The Fly is not just a combination of metal and plastic, its a well thought out package combining the things that have made Piaggio such a successful scooter manufacturer.

    The Fly will not overwhelm you with acceleration, it wont ask you for extreme levels of riding commitment. The Fly just gets on with the job at hand, its all round usability needs to be commended.

    When choosing a scooter you should also factor in the brand. The Piaggio brand brings peace of mind. You just know that the Fly will start, stop and do everything nature intended it to do for a long time to come. Servicing will be easy and living day to day on the Fly will be a low maintenance affair.

    So there you have it. The Fly 150, its no surprise that this is Australia's best selling scooter. For 3 grand its the ultimate box ticker.   

    • Warranty is 2 years unlimited kilometres from date of purchase.
    • 1st Service at 1000 Km's and then every 5000 Km's after that.
    • MLP is $2990. See more @ www.piaggio.com.au

     

     

     

     
  • TGB Tapo 50

     

    A sum of parts that will surprise for the price point. The Tapo 50 from TGB, budget scootering taken to a new level.

    Allen Drysdale

    Introduction

    What you may not know about TGB is that the name "TGB" actually stands for something.  The "Taiwanese Golden Bee" company was formed back in 1978. Since then TGB has been developing its very own blend of scooters, motorcycles and ATV's for various export markets. Being an export company with a huge customer base in Europe, TGB continue to develop models with these larger markets in mind.

    In Australia we also share our own unique history with TGB. Models like the 101S 50 have spent a fair amount of time in the spotlight as Australia's number one selling scooter. So welcome the TGB Tapo 50, a new model by TGB aimed squarely at the youth market of Europe. Do we benefit from this? You bet we do.....



    Features

    TGB have long dedicated themselves to building solid reputable 50 cc 2 stroke scooters. The TGB Tapo 50 is the latest incarnation, its been compiled using all the good ideas.

    First up you need to remember the Tapo has a price point of just under $2000. Yep just $1990 plus your state and dealers on road costs.

    And whilst styling may be reminiscent of models gone by, the Tapo 50 feels a whole lot different. Very much like every new model coming out of the TGB factory these days, very Euro, very solid and reassuring. But onto the features......

    Front brakes look and feel smart. Up front we have a wave disc with single piston calliper that looks a treat painted gold. Working back to the handlebars, these are covered by a newly designed fairing that houses a dash layout that again has a very cool euro feel to it. I love the front mudguard, it keeps reminding me of many of those hypersport motorcycles that are out now.

    The Tapo 50 features a flat floor and bag hook, under the seat its full face helmet territory all the way. Whilst under the seat you'll find a handy 12 volt charging socket. The 2 stroke oil reservoir is located here also. The long flat seat means the Tapo will accommodate a number of shapes and sizes, its a comfortable riding position.  

    The rear rack is a really solid quality item. The top box ready the rack can be used with confidence in hauling the Tapo up and onto its well balanced centre stand. A side stand compliments the package.

    The mirrors are direct from the Bullet range, top quality, not plastic and flimsy. Whilst where on the subject of sharing parts we should mention the wrap around exhaust which finds its way onto the Tapo. Again a couple of top quality parts not really associated to the budget 50 lifestyle. 

    Being a 50 cc 2 stroke means that the Tapo has a fair amount of zing off the line. The Tapo's motor punches out a competitive 4.9 hp, and its power you feel immediately.

    Another nice feature are the pin-striped alloy wheels. These are shod with better then budget Maxxis road rubber. Front suspension is borrowed from the 101S whilst the rear gets away with just a single shock. 




    On The Road

    The Tapo accelerates surprisingly briskly from standstill. Like any good 50 cc 2 stroke motor, you get that sudden pleasant surge of power that has you moving comfortably with the surrounding traffic. The Tapo has a nice growl coming from the wrap around exhaust. If your not seen on the road then your definitely going to be heard.

    There is actually enough torque to accelerate up gradual inclines, and bar larger hills, the Tapo will pace itself at a steady rate. Remember in standard trim the Tapo is restricted to 50 Km/h. That said it reaches the mark quickly (for a 50), you can feel yourself being limited so my guess is there's plenty to come.

    The light, thin nature of the Tapo will have you cornering better then any GP racer in no time at all. Its actually a bag of fun, the Tapo handles the roads with a high level of reassurance. I'm positive that some of this maybe due to the 12 inch Maxxis rubber, but the whole package does feel a notch above other 50 cc TGB models (all bar the Bullet of-course).

    Maybe its the rubber, maybe its the alloy wheels, but you do come away thinking your not on a scooter with an under 2 grand retail.

    The brakes are more then adequate, and remembering the Tapo 50 weighs a mere 94 Kg, it was always going to pull up easily. The wave disc set up just enhances the level of feel.

    Living day to day with the Tapo should be relatively fuss free. Maintenance items like 2 stroke oil are easily accessed under the seat. You add fuel at the rear,  access to the tank is gained via the ignition key. With a lack of weight the Tapo is extremely easy to manoeuvre . Placing the Tapo on the centre stand, it just glides back without any effort what so ever. All in all a very low maintenance scooter to live with.

    The dashboard is nice and visual, I like the new centralised speedo, its a welcome upgrade. Just a clock please Mr TGB.




    Conclusion

    Easy to service and maintain, a 50 cc 2 stroke scooter has got to be one of the most efficient forms of transport on the road today. Nothing beats short commutes on a 50, cheap on fuel, servicing, inexpensive to purchase.

    If your daily commute involves suburb to suburb commuting then scooters like the Tapo should be very much in the mix when it comes to choice.

    The Tapo 50, like I've said throughout , is a definite step forward in quality and feel. You can see the target, it has the Euro 50 market firmly in its sights. There are no rattles, nothing loose, just a really solid reassuring feel. It looks cool, its fun to ride and there's plenty to play with if tinkering is your thing.

    So there you have it, cheap to run, cheap to purchase, but certainly not cheap on quality. The sum of parts surprising for the price point.

    And finally if your in one of those states that allows you to ride a 50 on a car licence then its just another reason to give the Tapo a chance. 



     

    Posted May 18 2010, 09:07 AM by allen with no comments
    Filed under:
  • New SYM Website

     

    Select Scoota, importer for SYM Scooters, launches new website.

    Allen Drysdale

    Select Scoota have a rich history when it comes to the Australian scooter scene.

    A long term importer, distributor and supporter across a broad range of products, these days the major focus lies heavily on one major brand, SYM. 

    So onto launching a new "Scoota" website where you can browse all the latest news, products and dealer information. Its another step forward for the family based SYM team here in Australia.

    The site covers items like "how to get a licence" and also outlines the history of the "Select Scoota" company here in Australia. You even get to meet each member of the SYM team.

    So a new face for SYM in Australia has emerged, clean and simple. It can be found at www.scoota.com.au

    See some of the key areas of the new website by following the links below:

     

     

  • Revolution Scooters 12TH BIRTHDAY

     

    A company who made its name selling scooters on the Gold Coast. This month Revolution Scooters turns 12 years old.

    Allen Drysdale




    In 1998 the business once known as Scootopia started selling scooters on the busy Ferry Rd. In his first year of business owner George Rallis sold 13 scooters in total. Today the business known as Revolution Scooters sells over 250 scooters annually across two locations.

    The business had been steadily progressing from 1998 right through to 2006. From 2006 to 2008 demand for scooters increased tenfold and its in this period that Revolution Scooters opened its 2nd premises at Burleigh Heads.

    A true pioneer of scooters on the Gold Coast, Revolution now stocks only the best brands. Specialising in the sales and service of Vespa, Piaggio, Gilera, Hyosung, Kymco and LML.

    Mr Rallis is a strong believer that scooters offer a viable alternative form of transport.

    "Scooter ownership is inexpensive, on around $5 you can travel about 150 km's. For most people this is their weekly commute". he said.

    "This is where scooters come into a league of their own. Registration is cheaper too at just $220 a year for a single seater."

    "And Buyers can expect to pay anywhere from just $2000 for an entry level scooter on the road." said Mr Rallis.

    To celebrate the 12 year milestone, this month will see Revolution Scooters holding a 12th Birthday Sale. A number of models across a number of brands have been reduced extensively just for the event.

    Watch the banner below to see a great spread of savings available this month at Revolution Scooters.

    Come in and say Hi to George and the team. Share in Revolutions 12th Birthday Celebrations. 

    See a list of specials - HERE 

    Visit the website @ www.revolutionscooters.com.au


    CLICK HERE - FOR KYMCO MOTORCYCLE 12TH BIRTHDAY SAVINGS




  • Piaggio Fly 150 Still No 1

    Piaggio Fly remains the top selling Australian Scooter YTD.

    Piaggio Australia

     


    According to the latest FCAI figures (Jan - Apr 2010) Piaggio’s FLY was once again Australia’s top selling scooter and also the 7th highest selling Road Bike! The Vespa LX50 & Piaggio Zip 50 also made it into the top 10 selling scooters list.
     
    “The Piaggio Fly is a premium brand scooter in the entry level of the scooter market and owners have recognised the excellent value”, said Piaggio Sales Manager Gavan Moody. “Buyers are telling us that they want a well priced scooter but they also want the confidence that comes with owning a reputable well established scooter brand like Piaggio”.
     
    The Piaggio Fly 150 is priced at just $2990 plus ORC.
     

     
    About Piaggio

    The Piaggio company, nestled in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Pisa, first invented scooters in 1946 when it produced the first ever Vespa. Today, Piaggio continues to produce scooters under three brands: the classic Vespa, the sporty Gilera and the contemporary Piaggio. In Australia, the Piaggio brand offers an extensive range of quality Italian scooters from 50cc to 500cc. Piaggio is the choice for discerning commuters who insist on a modern design with the quality that can only come from 60 years experience as a specialised scooter company.
     
    Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in "Roman Holiday" were only the first of a long series of international actors and actresses to be seen on the world's most famous scooter. In photo shoots, films and on the set, the Vespa has been a "travel companion" for names like Raquel Welch, Ursula Andress, Geraldine Chaplin, Joan Collins, Jayne Mansfield, Virna Lisi, Milla Jovovich, Marcello Mastroianni, Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Gary Cooper, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nanni Moretti, Sting, Antonio Banderas, Matt Damon, Gérard Depardieu, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson.

    Visit us @ www.piaggio.com.au


  • The Scooter Shop Gold Coast

     

    The Scooter Shop Gold Coast, new location, new look, same great service. Take the tour.

    Allen Drysdale



    This month we see the launch of the all new look "The Scooter Shop, Gold Coast"

    The Scooter Shop recently moved to the automotive hub of Southport, on Ferry Road. And no move generally takes place without a haircut and "The Scooter Shop" has been transformed into a funky "Scooter Boutique".

    Specialising in the sale of scooters new and used, accessories and service, The Scooter Shop answers the call for cheap commuting on the Gold Coast.

    Drop in and meet Adam and the team at the all new look "The Scooter Shop".

     

    Find them @ 2/54 Ferry Road, Southport or call them on 07 55 913744

    Or  even visit them online @ www.thescootershop.net.au

    To celebrate the launch Adam also has some great specials for the month of May:

    A Free Top Box during May on every scooter sold

    Also find some great individual savings on the following models:

    • TGB 101S $2000 Ride Away
    • TGB Tapo $2200 Ride Away
    • TGB Bullet 125CC $3500 Ride Away
    • Madass 50cc $2100 Ride Away
    • Sachs Amici $2700 Ride Away

     

    Take the 360 Tour

    http://www.youtube.com/v/tn2Bmi0pHm0 <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tn2Bmi0pHm0">http://www.youtube.com/v/tn2Bmi0pHm0</a></p>

  • PIAGGIO MP3 LT Sport

     

    Piaggio MP3 LT, the first “over 125” scooter that you can ride with a normal driver's licence, sports a new, stylish white livery.

    Piaggio Press

    European Release Only

     

    Thanks to many exclusive details, this special version offers the same versatility and safety features typical of the MP3 family in a dynamic, decisive looking package enhanced by the white bodywork and contrasting black accents.

    The decisive, gritty look of the MP3 LT “Sport” is a savvy mix of elegance – with its sleek white paintwork – and sporting accents provided by the many dark details. Such contrasting elements combine together to convey a feeling of strength and character, anticipating the performance levels of the modern 300cc and 400cc engines.

    Among the distinctive features of the new MP3 LT “Sport” are the 10-spoke wheels, the inner coating of the headlight assemblies, the front cowl and passenger handgrips with their gritty, shiny black colour theme, as well as the burnished plates.
    The racing look is further enhanced by the protective fumé windshield. The broad, ergonomic saddle provides maximum comfort and ample space for rider and passenger, while its premium materials and red relief stitching make a bold statement about the sporty character of the new MP3 LT “Sport”.

    Gritty and eye-catching, Piaggio MP3 LT “Sport” maintains all the advanced solutions, as well as the safe, fun riding characteristics that have made the first three-wheel scooter such an outstanding success.

    Piaggio MP3 LT is the ideal solution for all those who know the scooter to be a great solution to their urban mobility needs, but who have never made the change because they do not hold a motorcycle licence: thanks to its larger front track of 465 mm, the Piaggio MP3 LT can be ridden by holders of a normal driver's licence even though it is available with two different powerful 300ie and 400ie engines offering far greater performance than the 125 cc engines to which driver's licence holders were previously restricted.

     



    MP3 LT 300ie “Sport” is equipped with the new water-cooled Piaggio single-cylinder 4-stroke 4-valve 300cc engine with electronic injection, definitely more torquey than its 250cc predecessor (delivering 23.2 Nm at 6,500 rpm compared to the 21 Nm of the 250). On the road, these numbers translate flexibility and pick-up from low speeds that turns any route into a riding pleasure. The brand-new 300 cc also boasts an absolutely impressive technological supremacy: state of the art Ride by Wire technology for electronic throttle control.

    The Piaggio MP3 300ie “Sport” does not have any mechanical connection between the throttle grip control and the throttle valve located in the intake duct that modulates the amount of air to mix with the petrol. The result of the electronic control is an optimised air/fuel mixture, which turns into smoother power delivery and therefore into enhanced riding comfort, lower consumption and fewer emissions.

    The 400cc Piaggio engine is a 4-valve, 4-stroke unit with liquid cooling and electronic fuel injection. This engine is the top of the LT range with a power output of 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 37.6 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

     


  • PIAGGIO MP3 300 ie 400 ie

     

    A unique, innovative three-wheeled design with two front wheels. European Release Only.

    Piaggio Press




    Experience levels of safety and roadholding that would be impossible with a two-wheeler, matched with power and verve: pure fun for maximum riding enjoyment. A new concept of mobility that transcends the purely technical aspect of transport to revolutionise the city streets.

    For 2010, the MP3 range has been updated in both style and technical content: the medium engine size has now grown to 300 cc to deliver more low-end torque and improve fuel economy.

    Launched in 2006, the Piaggio MP3 astonished the world with its two independently sprung, tilting front wheels: an absolutely innovative technological solution that redefined the very concept of dynamic stability.

    For 2010, the mid-sized engine variant of the MP3 has grown to 300 cc. The larger new engine capacity offers significant benefits in terms of both performance, with more low-end urge, and fuel consumption. Across the range, new front and rear light clusters emphasise the sleekness of the forms and add a touch of elegance to the unmistakable silhouette of the new MP3 family.

    The mid-sized engine variant of the Piaggio MP3 has grown from 250 to 300 cc.

    The new 300 cc engine with electronic fuel injection delivers 22.5 hp at 6,500 rpm, and produces a maximum torque of 23,2 Nm at 6,500 rpm: values that are better than the output offered by the 250 unit replaced by the new engine. These figures translate to greater responsiveness and even more sparkling performance, making the Piaggio MP3 300 ie capable of long range commuting in complete comfort.

    The 300 cc version of the MP3 introduces a groundbreaking technological first for its class: state of the art Ride by Wire technology for electronic throttle control. On the new Piaggio MP3 300 ie, there is in fact no mechanical connection between the throttle grip and the throttle valve located in the intake duct, which modulates the amount of air mixed with the fuel. The result of the electronic control is an optimised air/fuel mixture, which turns into smoother power delivery and therefore into enhanced riding comfort.

    Piaggio MP3 40 ie is driven by the powerful and reliable, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooled and electronically fuel injected 400 cc engine, topping the MP3 range with an impressive 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 37.6 Nm at 5,500 rpm.

    Piaggio MP3 300 ie and MP3 400 ie boast elegant styling and premium equipment for class beating comfort. The elegant looks are emphasised by a car-like grille, premium trim, a blue-tinted windscreen and the practical rear grab-handle with incorporated passenger backrest.

    The new headlights, now with silver backing, and the new taillight emphasise the sleek forms of the MP3, as well as ensuring optimum visibility in both daylight and night conditions.

    Comfort is guaranteed by the wide, ergonomic saddle, designed to ensure the maximum space for both rider and passenger, as well as the large windshield that provides excellent protection against wind and rain. Last but not least, the helmet compartment, accessible from both the saddle and the rear hatch, offers unbeatable space, with an incredible 65 litre capacity for carrying objects up to a metre in length.




    Piaggio MP3: out of this world.

    Riding the Piaggio MP3 is an experience that revolutionises the very concept of mobility, with the dual wheeled front suspension system ensuring levels of stability in curves far superior to any normal scooter. At speed, even when riding behind other vehicles, the Piaggio MP3 remains glued to the road and always delivers maximum performance in total safety. The benefits of the three wheel revolution can be felt particularly on wet roads and in other riding conditions that are critical for conventional two-wheelers.

    On city and urban streets, Piaggio MP3 is unrivalled in terms of safety: cobblestones, poor surfaces, tramlines and manhole covers are dispatched with previously unattainable ease and stability.

    Measuring no more that a maxi scooter and boasting incredible agility, the Piaggio MP3 is completely at home in the city centre. It is also safe remarkably easy to park, as the electrohydraulic front suspension hold system means that it remains upright even without using the stand.
    The revolutionary Piaggio MP3 boasts incredibly short braking distances unmatched by anything else in the scooter world: even when just using the front brake, the powerful triple disc brake system and incredible grip of the front end ensure stopping distances 20% shorter than the best performing scooter.

    When the road leaves the town behind, the Piaggio MP3 really shows what it is made of. Road holding, cornering safety and lean angle unattainable for conventional scooters guarantee immense riding satisfaction on fast country road.

  • Aprilia Scarabeo 500

     

    Back on the market at a new price point of $8990 + ORC. The Scarabeo 500 returns.

    Allen Drysdale




    Its back! Aprilia's Lightweight Maxi Scooter.

    The Scarabeo 500 i.e. has forever been a favourite amongst those that want to combine a regular sized chassis with maxi scooter power. The Scarabeo 500 delivers the best of both worlds.

    Having recently disappeared from the Australian Line-up, the Scarabeo 500 now finds itself back with an increased 492 cc capacity and a lower under $9000 price point.

    The Scarabeo 500 still comes with a whole host of premium features. Check them out ;

    • 492 cc, 4 Valve, Fuel Injected Engine 
    • Adjustable Windscreen
    • Analogue Digital Dash
    • Security System
    • Remote Opening Seat
    • Large Underseat Storage Area
    • Fold Away Passenger Footrests
    • Glove Box with 12 Volt Charger
    • Twin Rear Adjustable Shock Absorbers
    • Twin Disc Front/Disc Rear
    • Manageable Compact Chassis
    • 13 Litre Fuel Tank

    Having 29 Kilowatts of power in a chassis weighing only 189 Kg means the Scarabeo 500 has a power to weight ratio of just 6.5 Kg/Kw, one of the best in its class.

    Having owned the 500 myself I know it all too well, the all-round usability and convenience that can be sourced from just one model is amazing. Tour interstate one day, commute around the city the next, its all very user friendly.

    A number of factory accessories are available for the Scarabeo 500 i.e., this model range has become an institution in its homeland of Italy. Everything from larger screens, top boxes and tunnel bags being available.

    As well, with the increased value of the Australian Dollar the Scarabeo 500 returns with an all new price point, just $8990 + ORC.

    Available now from your local Aprilia Dealer, colours available are Black and Silver. 

     

    Aprilia Scarabeo 500 Links

     

     

     

     

     

     

More Posts Next page »

©2007 ScooterSales.com.au