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June 2010 - Posts

  • Lambretta Merchandise

     

    A unique opportunity exists for those after genuine Lambretta merchandise. The Lambretta brand now on sale at Scooteria.

    Scooteria

    Lambretta Clothing and Accessories - Now on Sale 

    Lets face it, the Lambretta brand carries some serious weight.

    Sydney retail outlet Scooteria has picked up a range of Lambretta apparel and accessories for those scooter enthusiasts that want the real deal.

    All merchandise and accessories are genuine Lambretta.

    As for price all items are selling for less then the comparable "price tag" on sale in the UK.

     

    • Lambretta T-Shirts just $35
    • Lambretta Jackets just $90
    • Lambretta Belts just $70
    • Lambretta Beanies just $25
    • Lambretta Jeans just $120
    • Lambretta Wallets just $50


    This is a genuine Lambretta brand merchandise clearance sale. Once these items are sold that's it. ** Sizes and styles may vary in-store. Give Scooteria a call for further details on 02 9557 8500

    or visit www.scooteria.com.au

  • Scooter off the Centre Stand

    This handy hint covers the sometimes troublesome art of getting your scooter off the centre stand.

    Scootersales.com.au

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    Introducing Murray Walters : the Dealer Principal of Sydney's Scooter Central.
     

    Scooter Central located at Brookvale is home to the leading scooter brands and has a large range of accessories including Corazzo Scooter Wear. The great thing about Murray is that he has the ability to explain the finer art of scooters in an easy to understand language.

    Being day to day in the business Murray will take time out to pass on his advice and knowledge on topics that interest us.

    Find out more about Scooter Central here @ www.scootercentral.com.au

     

  • VACC supports new motorcycle on-road coaching trial



    VACC, the peak Automotive Industry body in Victoria, has backed the introduction of a new on-road coaching trial for novice motorcycle riders.

    ‘VicRide’, launched by the Minister for Roads and Ports, Tim Pallas, aims to find new ways of improving rider skills and ultimately cutting road trauma.

    VACC, along with the Victorian Motorcycle Advisory Council (VMAC), has previously called for such an on-road training scheme.

    “This is a valuable initiative and one that most certainly could result in saving lives,” VACC Executive Director, David Purchase, said.

    “All Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) are legitimate road users but are amongst the most vulnerable. A motorcyclist will often come off second best in a crash, and so any attempt to improve road skills and reduce the road toll is to be welcomed.

    “This scheme will provide novice licenced riders with the opportunity to benefit from the experience of professional coaches. Riders will be given a taste of suburban and country riding and will be expected to keep a log of their subsequent on-road experiences. We expect to see the riders who do take up this pilot scheme will develop life saving safe-riding skills,” Mr Purchase said.

    Victoria is the first place in the world to adopt such a trial. No other on-road motorcycle safety program has been implemented on such a large scale, or will be evaluated so comprehensively.

    “Our hope is that every rider will eventually have the opportunity to experience the coaching course and that, one day, it may become part of PTW licence training,” said Mr Purchase.

    “It is also good to see that the $2million budget is funded from the TAC motorcycle levy. While the levy is not popular, in this instance the funds raised are going directly into education and rider training. However, where we are disappointed with the VicRide trial is that it does not apply to scooterists. Scooter riders are also vulnerable road users that would equally benefit from on-road rider training.

    “That said, this is a positive approach and an opportunity to remind all road users to respect one another, whether they are on four or two wheels, or on foot,” Mr Purchase said.

    For more information on VicRide: on-road coaching trial, go to www.monash.edu.au/muarc/

  • LX 150 i.e. Rosa Chic

     

    Limited number of "Rosa Chic" Vespa LX 150 i.e. will arrive in Australia ready for summer. Is your name on one?

    Allen Drysdale


    Timelessly elegant design and a compact steel body come together to create a nimble Vespa that stands out in the hurly-burly of urban traffic.

    Ever since it first appeared in 1946, the Vespa has escaped stereotyping of any kind. The Vespa started the scooter phenomenon and went on to sell over 17 million units in five continents. Its design and technical content have evolved continuously over the years, while always remaining faithful to the original spirit of the Vespa as a vehicle that is easy to use and accessible to all, but with inimitable class.

    The 125 and 150 cc versions of the Vespa LX now boast a sophisticated new electronic fuel injection system. Cleaner running engines offering lower fuel consumption, smoother power delivery and enhanced riding pleasure. Vespa reconfirms the technological supremacy which, together with its unique, inimitable style, lies at the core of its timeless success.

    The LX range is currently available in  Red " Rosso Dragon", Blue "Blue Midnight" and Black " Nero Gaffite"

    Now add a limited shipment of "Rosa Chic". A limited number of Rosa Chic Vespa LX 150 i.e. are earmarked for Australia due to arrive around September.

    See your local Vespa Dealer for more information.

    Visit www.vespa.com.au for details.



    About Vespa

    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.

    There is only one Vespa and it remains the iconic scooter brand with its unique metal-bodied design. The first Vespa was invented in 1946 by the Piaggio Company and helped liberate a war-torn Italy. Nestled in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Pisa, Piaggio continues to produce scooters under three brands: the classic Vespa, the sporty Gilera and the contemporary Piaggio. In Australia, Vespa has an extensive range of quality Italian scooters from 50cc to 300cc.

  • Boreen Point 2010

     

    The Scooteroo Boreen Point Scooter Rally is on again. Scheduled for the 23rd/24th of October 2010. Book Now!

    Scooteroo


    Following the success of the Australian National Scooter Rally held in Stanthorpe it's time for another scooter rally, Boreen Point!

    Now in its 4th year, we have seen the event move from strength to strength. The rally is held in the scenic little town of Boreen Point just north of Noosa. Be sure to book your spot on what will be a fantastic overnight run.

    Onsite accommodation is available with a range of double or single bunk rooms. A limited number of camping spots on the grounds of the Apollonian Hotel are also available. There is alternative accommodation within walking distance of the main meeting area.

    The famous pig-on-the-spit will be back and breakfast is now included in the price. The DJ will be cranking up the tunes so be sure you pack your dancing shoes and brush up on your karaoke voice. There will be prizes and giveaways.

    See last years photos on www.scooteroo.com.au

    Costs are as follows note all prices include a portion for entertainment as well!

    Drinks not included but are able to be purchased from the bar!

    • Rooms Double for 2 people includes double room, dinner and breakfast for 2 people $168 total - 5 rooms available
    • Rooms Bunks contains for 4 beds per room includes bed, dinner and breakfast per person $74 each - 5 rooms available
    • Camping for 1 person includes 1 x tent site, dinner and breakfast for 1 person $70 each
    • Camping for 2 people includes 1 x tent site, dinner and breakfast for 2 people $122 total
    • Camping for 3 people includes 1 x tent site, dinner and breakfast for 3 people $174 total
    • Own or no accommodation for dinner and breakfast only 1 person $52 each


    We will bring a van that will travel with us for those unable to carry all their camping gear.

    Be quick as bookings have already started to fill!

    All inquires and bookings contact Ben on (07) 3252 5333 or ben@scooterlife.com.au

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    Download the Booking Form Below

    http://media.scootersales.com.au/Files/boreen/BoreenPointRegistrationForm2010.pdf

  • Honda Appoints New Motorcycle Sales Manager


    17 June 2010 - Honda is pleased to announce that Mr Sam Schepis has been appointed to the position of National Manager - Motorcycle Sales effective June 21, 2010.

    Sam has been with the company for over 11 years and during his time has worked within a number of departments, most recently as Motorcycle Territory Manager for Vic/Tas.

    For seven years prior to this, Sam acted as Assistant Parts Manager where he focused on the continuous improvement of service to Dealers and customers.

    Having recently completed his MBA at LaTrobe University, Sam also holds additional qualifications in business including transports, logistics and marketing management.

    "I am excited to be part of such a dynamic and strong sales team at Honda," he noted.

    "My aim is to maintain our strength in the market by making Honda the first choice for new and existing customers of motorcycles, ATVs and scooters."

    Honda's General Manager, Motorcycles, Tony Hinton said it is an interesting time for the motorcycle industry in Australia as we adjust to the new market conditions.

    "We have some exciting things planned for the next twelve months at Honda and I am confident we will experience a very successful second half of the year."

    "We are very much looking forward to Sam heading up the sales team during this time."

  • Striking Genius

     

    Strike, is proud to launch its exciting new "Two Wheel" friendly Strike Genius GPS unit.

    Strike



    Brisbane based motoring technology company Strike, is proud to launch its exciting new motorcycle friendly Strike Genius GPS unit. According to Strike CEO Chris Ryan, the new GPS unit is the outcome of extensive research highlighting that motorcyclists are eager to find a GPS that is suitable for a motorbike.

    “Motorcyclists spoke and we listened,” said Chris Ryan. The motorcycle Strike Genius GPS is designed to handle the rugged conditions of the Australian outback, the busy streets of the city, the open stretches of the highways, and all the weather conditions you can throw at it.

    Unique features of the product include a raised top and sides to help protect the screen from glare giving the rider the best possible screen clarity, and a glove friendly touch-screen ensuring that the device is convenient and easy to use. The large screen icons and user-friendly software supported by Sensis Whereis Maps, make dialling in your destination a breeze. 

Another perk of the product is, the Genius can automatically record the rider's history whenever the device is on and the data can then be downloaded to Google Earth. This allows users to view trip details, such as speed, location, etc and share it with their fellow motorcycle riders.

    The motorcycle mount that comes included is easy to install on your ride and allows you to securely clip the Strike Genius GPS unit in and out as needed. Riders receive instructions via the earphone headset (included).

    “We are truly proud to deliver a motorcycle GPS product designed by riders for riders.”

    To purchase a Strike Genius Motorcycle GPS, head to your nearest motorcycle accessories store (check location stockists) or visit Strike’s retail website www.strike.com.au to buy online. At an affordable $499 (including GST), it’s an essential investment for every motorbike enthusiast.


    About Strike

    Strike was started in 2001 by young (at the time) entrepreneurs Adam Rockett and Chris Ryan who had a vision to create a business built on innovation both internally and externally. In true entrepreneurial spirit Adam and Chris didn't have a clue what they were doing at the outset, but through belief in themselves, a lot of work, some valuable hard lessons and a great deal of experience they both grew with Strike to become what they are today.

    Strike now exports to over 79 countries worldwide, is the largest distributor of bluetooth motoring technology in Australia and is one of the fastest-growing distributors of electronic products in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Scala Rider G4

    Strike has recently welcomed on board its newest product range, the Cardo Scala Rider G4 Headset and the G4 Powerset.

    Strike




    The innovative G4 range redefines the notion of high-end communication for motorcycle helmets and is riding its way to transforming the Bluetooth industry.

    The G4 features a unique 4-way communication intercom between two bikers and two passengers or 3-way intercom among three separate bikers. Multi device connectivity, including mobile phone, A2DP (Bluetooth stereo), FM radio with RDS, intuitive button controls, and wire connectivity to iPod/MP2 player makes the G4 the stand out device on the Australian and world-wide arena.

    The Scala Rider G4 offers multilingual status announcements allowing bikers to maintain smooth and safe handsfree communication whilst on the move. The Scala Rider G4 Headset retails for an affordable $399 and can be purchased online at www.strike.com.au or at a Strike dealer in your area.

    If you want to up the anti of the G4 then the G4 Powerset ($699) is for you. The G4 Powerset offers two factory paired Scala Rider G4 headsets in one package for immediate motorcycle use. Encased in a chic, streamlined body, the Scala Rider G4 PowerSet offers Bike to Bike intercom at a remarkable range of up to 1.6km.

    Like the G4 Headset, the Scala Rider G4 Powerset comes with all of the same features, but allows for more power to talk with your fellow riders.

    For riders who are concerned that their helmets are too tight, Strike recommends the corded microphones, which are also available with both Scala Rider units.

    Another perk of the product is there’s no need to manually disconnect from the intercom or music to receive calls or GPS instructions as the built-in technology solves this completely.

    Both the Scala Rider G4 and the Scala Rider G4 Powerset can be installed on almost all motorcycle helmets and all it takes is a convenient five minutes to install. Once installed, users can access the product’s software updates at www.cardoupgrades.com. Contact Strike’s team today to find out more, call 1300 792 044 to speak to a consultant.

     



    G4 Features

    • Two/Three/Four-Way Intercom — the G4 allows four riders (two drivers and two passengers), three riders (three separate bikers) or two riders (rider-to-rider or rider-to-passenger), to conduct intercom conversations at distances of up to 1.6 km*. The headset offers full duplex (simultaneous talking/listening) capability as well as mobile phone call conferencing between riders, between rider and passenger, or with outside callers.
    • Multi-Device Compatibility — the G4 can connect with virtually any portable Bluetooth device including mobile phones, MP3 players and compatible GPS units (for in-helmet voice instructions). It can also connect with non-Bluetooth MP3 players and GPS units via its embedded jack, as well as the entire line of Scala Rider headsets.** Each G4 headset can be actively connected to one Bluetooth device and two other Scala Rider headsets at one time.
    • A2DP Stereo Music — taking advantage of A2DP, the latest Bluetooth stereo music transfer technology, the G4 can receive CD-quality music from any MP3 player with A2DP capability.
    • Built-In FM Radio with RDS and scan and seek features with six station channel memory.
    • VOX Activation allows users to make voice-controlled hands-free intercom calls as well as phone calls with answer; voice dial and call reject functions.
    • AGC Technology automatically adjusts the headset volume based on ambient noise and driving speed.
    • PLC Technology – provides improved audio quality in dense urban surroundings
    • Software Upgrades Download (requires Windows™ XP or Vista)
    • Spoken Status Announcements - multi-lingual in-the-ear announcements tell users to whom or to which device they are connected to.

      “Cardo’s new Scala Rider G4 takes all the power of wireless communications and entertainment today, and puts it in one amazing package. There’s no Bluetooth headset on the market that revolutionises a biker’s riding experience like the G4.” says Chris Ryan, CEO of Strike – Cardo’s exclusive Distributor “This is our most exciting motorcycle headset yet — a breakthrough that can greatly improve enjoyment and safety for single riders or groups, passengers and drivers alike.”

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    About Strike

    Strike was started in 2001 by young (at the time) entrepreneurs Adam Rockett and Chris Ryan who had a vision to create a business built on innovation both internally and externally. In true entrepreneurial spirit Adam and Chris didn't have a clue what they were doing at the outset, but through belief in themselves, a lot of work, some valuable hard lessons and a great deal of experience they both grew with Strike to become what they are today.

    Strike now exports to over 79 countries worldwide, is the largest distributor of Bluetooth motoring technology in Australia and is one of the fastest-growing distributors of electronic products in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Bring A Buddy And Save This Winter At HART

    16 June 2010 - Winter is a great time to finally book in for your motorcycle permit or licence with Honda Australia Rider Training's (HART) "Bring a Buddy" deal offering great savings for you and a friend.

    Anyone who books into a learner's or licence course in July, August or September at any of HART's Victorian or Brisbane centres will get $25 off. Bring a friend and you will both receive $50 off!

    Victoria

    • Centres located at the new Cranbourne site, Somerton and Kilsyth
    • "Bring a Buddy" deal valid on Learner's and Licence courses
    • Course costs include the use of a 250cc motorcycle or 50cc scooter, helmet and gloves, as well as testing and VicRoads fees.
    • Free same day retests for those participants who may get nervous during their initial attempt at the test.

    Queensland

    • "Bring a Buddy" deal valid at new Slacks Creek, Brisbane location
    • One and two day licence courses only
    • Course costs include the use of a 250cc or 600 cc motorcycle or 50cc scooter, helmet and gloves, as well as testing and associated fees.

    HART Victoria offers one day and two day Learner Permit courses and testing. The two day course has been designed for students who have never ridden before, whilst the one day course requires that students are familiar with motorcycle riding skills and techniques.

    The course includes exercises such as braking and slow riding, as well as cornering and eye direction, all aimed at introducing the rider to the essentials of skilled and safe road riding.

    The HART licence course addresses practical skills such as straight line braking, corner braking, cornering lines, counter steering, slow speed riding and exercises which combine different skills within the one exercise.

    According to HART's National Manager, Mark Collins, courses are designed to cover all aspects of motorcycle and scooter riding, not just the skills required to pass the licence test.

    "The content and exercises delivered at HART courses typically exceed the state licensing requirements," he said.

    "Training new riders to be confident and skilful is only part of HART's mission, as we are just as focused on preparing riders to handle many different roadcraft issues and situations they will face on the road."

    HART has long been considered the preeminent provider of rider training and licensing in Australia. Highly qualified instructors deliver state-of-the-art teaching methods to over 19,000 riders each year from the Victorian, Queensland and New South Wales locations.

    They are the only rider training company in Australia to use rider simulators to improve Hazard Perception. HART is fully owned and run by Honda Australia who, apart from being a subsidiary of the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer, is also one of the world's largest trainers of motorcyclists.

    For more information on HART's programs including learner, licence, refresher, intermediate, advanced, ATV and Off-road programs, go to: www.hartridertraining.com.au or phone (03) 9270 1377.

  • Kymco Supports Ride to Work Day

    Kymco supports this fantastic cause on June 21st, 2010. Get on your bike or scooter, make a difference.



    “Riding in winter?” you ask. Winter comes with the stigma of less scooters and motorcycles and more car travel. But after experiencing the crisp morning air and cool breeze on your face you are sure to change your opinion of riding to work.

    The International Ride to Work Day is on the 21st June, 2010 and is a fantastic opportunity for you to get your motorcycle or scooter out of the garage and enjoy the pleasures of riding.

    Scooters and motorcycles are the best car alternative, with bikes and scooters reducing travel time as well as having high economic and environmental benefits. “The Ride to Work Day is a great opportunity for people to recognise the benefits of scooter and motorcycle travel,” says Kymco CEO Stuart McLean. “Kymco’s ergonomic scooter and motorcycle designs are economically and environmentally friendly to help decrease pollution and increase efficiency.”

    The Ride to Work Day is designed to help improve our nation’s flexibility and make a serious impact into reducing carbon emissions- by making motorcycle and scooter travel a must.

    The advantages to scooter and motorcycle travel are endless! Cost savings, less congestion, easy parking, time savings and of course reduction in greenhouse effects!

    Why wouldn’t you get on your bike?!?

    So please get on you bike and enjoy year round riding that will save you time and help the environment. And most importantly, ride to work on June 21st, 2010.

    Don't forget the Kymco EOFYS Sale. 

     


  • Aprilia Melbourne City

     

    The new home for Aprilia and Moto Guzzi in Melbourne.

    Aprilia Melbourne


    Guess What? Its New, its Fresh, that's Aprilia Melbourne City.

    Scooter Market is now trading as Aprilia Melbourne City and has moved to a slick new showroom at 120 Johnston Street, Collingwood.

    Aprilia Melbourne City is a fully dedicated Aprilia & Moto Guzzi showroom and technical service centre. Aprilia Melbourne City also stocks your favourite accessories including Corazzo Scooter Gear.

    Supported by sister company GPS Imports, Aprilia Melbourne City gives clients a one stop shop to experience all things Moto Italia.

    Come and say Hi to Mark (the new guy) , and experience a little taste of Italy in the heart of Melbourne. Aprilia Melbourne City, the new home of Aprilia in Melbourne.

    published 16/06/2010

     

  • TGB Hawk 150 Now here

     

    TGB releases new Hawk 150. New colour scheme, new low price. $3290 + ORC

    TGB Australia



    The TGB Hawk 150 has arrived, dressed up, and ready to thrill. New stickers and colour schemes are the order of the day and the TGB Hawk 150 has the competition covered when it comes to that dedicated sports look. Right on target you might say.....


    Some may recognise the Hawk 150 as a new look 303 RS. Thats the previous model designation from TGB, the new model copping a name change and fresh paint. 

    Price wise, we see the new Hawk 150 being introduced at $3290 + ORC. The Hawk 150 represents a tried and trusted platform with a unique sports style, at a very competitive price. 

    All the basics are covered. Check out these features:

    • 13 Inch Wheels, Sporting Maxxis Quality Rubber
    • Twin Adjustable Rear Shocks 
    • Strong Multi Purpose Rear Rack
    • Full Helmet Storage
    • Aluminium Floor Boards 
    • Alloy Wheels 
    • Sports Handling 
    • Side and Centre Stands
    • 8.0 Kw 150 cc Motor 

    We took some time out riding the new Hawk 150. Look out for an upcoming review. In the meantime you can find the Hawk 150 at your local TGB agent. 

    Or see more at www.tgbscooters.com.au



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  • SYM HD200 EVO

     

    New look HD 200 EVO hits the mark. New look features, same $4990 + ORC price.

    Select Scoota



    Nobody could argue. The HD 200 Evo from SYM is one of the best all-round commuters on the market today. A cracking motor, large 16 inch wheels, stunning handling and ergonomics. Well now add impressive looks into the equation as the HD 200 Evo has just gone through a minor transformation.


    The HD 200 has always been a favourite of mine. Its one scooter that just goes about its daily business, wanting nothing in return, the HD stays well under the radar. So like its big brother, the Citycom 300i, the HD 200 Evo now comes with a few touches that we think make a world of difference. 

    New gloss black painted wheels, red painted brake callipers, new plastics, new red stitched seat. The HD 200 Evo has had a full makeover. 

    What remains though is a truly wonderful commuter that's feature rich. Features include:

    • Liquid Cooled 171 cc Motor
    • Fuel Injected
    • Highway Capable 
    • 16 Inch Wheels 
    • Twin Disc Brakes
    • Flat Floor 
    • Full Comprehensive Dash
    • Dual Rear Shocks 
    • Underseat Storage
    • Top Box Ready Rear Rack
    • 4 Year Warranty
    Look out for an upcoming review on the HD 200 Evo. Till then you can find the "New Look" HD 200 Evo at your local SYM agent.

    Find the home of SYM at www.scoota.com.au. The SYM HD 200 Evo retails for $4990 + ORC. 

     

  • Sachs Amici 125 Long Termer

     

    We rate life using a Sachs Amici 125 as a daily commuter. So what's it like on a scooter costing under $2500? We find out

    Allen Drysdale




    We tested the Sachs Amici earlier in the year and came away impressed. The Amici was not only inexpensive to purchase but also had a great deal of the basics covered. Well a few months down the track and the Scootersales.com.au long term Amici has become the daily go-too machine. Plenty of short trips, the odd destination, the Amici gets a start most days of the week. Which brings me to a few impressions of what its been like living with the Sachs Amici long term.

    The Sachs Amici 125 has a fair bit going for it, for example the style. The Amici is what you'd normally call endearing, cute even. If I'm after a classic looking scooter then the Amici covers the basics. Smooth lines, curves in all the right places and touches or chrome to offset the solid colours. Not too big, not too small, aesthetically its a nice scooter to look at. I love the front grill and I'm also a fan of the rear taillight.

    From the riders seat nothing changes. Comfortable flat seat, typical classic riding position. And by that I mean everything is very upright, the handlebars are close and my feet are nestled nicely on the flat floor. Its all very non offensive and still to this day, never a chore to get on and ride. The fact that its also light and easy to manoeuvre helps with its simple easy to live with nature. 

    The most impressive point for me comes down to the engine/transmission combination. This is one aspect that still continues to impress. The acceleration from standstill to 80 km/h belies the price point. Its smooth and continuous, with a steady flow of power that serves its purpose. Its not neck cracking but its reliable and perky, above par for the price point. In our experience the Amici's top speed is limited to around 90 km/h. As we've added km's to the odometer, the Amici has grown in its ability. The more kilometres the better, better top end speed, faster off the mark acceleration.

    You need at least 500 km's on the clock before you start feeling the true vibrant nature of the Amici. 

    Handling on the Amici 125 is solid with nothing loose or rattling around, again above par for the price point. And the Amici continues to cope well with the daily bump and grind that is Sydney's roads. Sure it will crash its way over some of the larger bumps and potholes but overall its actually nice and compliant, keeping a true line. Because the wheelbase is so small you actually get accustomed to how quick the Amici reacts to steering inputs. And because of the low weight its actually extremely easy to manage. Its a no hassle proposition and I like that in a scooter, especially if its all about quick short runs.

    Bodywork, fittings and finish have all stood the test of time well. The Amici has now been graced with a few washes. Its also garaged daily so we really haven't tested overall life outdoors but like all scooters you keep them clean, they last longer.

    Fuel usage is another aspect of scooter life you only really get to make an opinion on over time. The Amici holds about 6 litres of fuel so fill ups wont and don't, break the bank balance. In fact fuel becomes nothing more then a passing thought. You get around 200 km's on a tank and when you fill up your just using what loose change you have left in your wallet. The fuel gauge wont give you an overly accurate representation of what's left in the tank so its best to get used to how many km's your riding style will take you. So for example as the gauge reads empty the Amici is still holding around 2 litres of fuel in the tank.

    Switchgear has been another aspect of the Amici that has been fault free to date. Initially I had a brake light issue (light staying on), this being most likely down to a switch that needed to settle in. Fixed itself actually, no issue since.

    I've ridden the Amici in hot weather, cold weather and recently in many of the torrential Sydney downpours. A good measure of the Amici's reliability has been to take it out in the rain. The Amici has stood up in all weather conditions and continues to start and function as intended. Now if the Amici wont start.... Its most likely you've left the sidestand down as the Amici has a sidestand cut-out switch. Its so far caught out a few members of the family!

    As for storage, I've accomplished countless trips to the shops where multiple bags of groceries can be stacked on the floor. So at this stage the need for the optional top box hasn't been required. Mostly my helmet is stored by locking it externally using the helmet hook provided. I've even run the Amici two up, fully loaded with luggage, bound for Sydney airport.

    One minus might be the centre stand. You normally like a scooter to glide back onto the stand, the Amici will take a little more effort. I do like the sidestand though, its one I can use with confidence on all occasions.


     

    Summary 

    Overall life with the Amici has been a breeze. Initially the Amici did feel tight, though as the km's have been piled on, so too has its enthusiasm for the road. The Amici 125 is best suited to life under 90 km/h but that said, its where I do 99 % of my riding anyway. As a daily run-around its been faultless. It tackles and satisfies a multitude of tasks where I just need to get from point A to point B quickly. 

    Again it all comes back to that old adage, price and purpose. The Amici is priced under $2500 + ORC ($2290 to be exact), the value for money equation is sensational. The fact that it also looks good, goes well and will satisfy a multitude of daily commuting tasks speaks highly for the Amici.

    After a cost effective run about with a cheeky classic style, that's the Sachs Amici 125. Available in a black, pale blue, pale pink,red and white. Optional Top Box is available.  

    For more information go to www.sachsbikes.com.au

  • Scooteria Commits

     

    Scooteria shows its commitment to the Sydney scooter market by signing on for a further 5 years.

    Scooteria Sydney





    SCOOTERIA TO STAY IN STANMORE !!!

    Scooteria has re-signed at its current address of 150 Parramatta Rd, Stanmore.

    This week Scooteria committed to a new 5 year lease. This is excellent news for Sydney scooter riders who seek predictability and reliability for their sales and servicing needs.

    This long term commitment provides stability to the Sydney scooter network which has undergone significant change in the last 2 years.

    Scooteria retails a number of brands that include Vespa, Piaggio, Gilera, SYM, MOJO, TGB as well as the Sachs. 

    See more @ www.scooteria.com.au



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