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  • Yamaha EC-03

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    Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces the release of the new electric commuter “EC-03,” a model designed and engineered with the product concept of a “Smart Minimal Commuter.” Yamaha Motor will begin selling from September 1 in the Tokyo metropolitan area*1 and nationwide from October 1, 2010.

    The new EC-03 is a “zero-emissions” vehicle with a smooth and quiet ride that also allows the rider to enjoy lightness and slim design not found in conventional 50cc scooters. This model features a new high energy density 50V lithium-ion battery manufactured by SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Motor’s exclusive super-slim Yamaha Integrated Power Unit (YIPU), which combine to provide smooth running performance at all times.

    Furthermore, it achieves a running distance per charge of 43km (@ 30km/h on a flat road)*2 to provide the functionality and running performance desired for short-range transportation needs in the urban environment.

    This new model also features plug-in recharging from a 100V household electrical outlet (3-hole grounded type), excellent ease of manoeuvring thanks to its lightweight aluminium alloy frame and other features to ensure the high level of functionality and convenience as a “smart, minimal commuter” vehicle. Prior to its market release, advance orders for EC-03 will be accepted at designated dealerships beginning from July 15 in the Tokyo metropolitan area and nationwide from September 15, 2010.

    Leaders in a variety of fields are working to solve environmental problems and improve economic efficiency for the society of tomorrow by clustering or dispersing urban activity into a new structure, in which vehicles are used more selectively than they are now – e.g. automobiles for long-distance travelling while motorcycles for short-distance travelling. Small motorcycles offer excellent mobility for easy short-distance transportation, ideal for the transportation needs of the new society. They will provide still greater convenience and ease of use when they are powered by electricity.

    In 2002, Yamaha Motor became the first manufacturer to market a production-model electric commuter, the Passol, as a minimal commuter designed to play a role in next-generation urban transportation. Then in 2005, Yamaha Motor released the Passol-L and the EC-02 with further improvements in the motor and higher energy density batteries that combined to increase running distance per charge. Due to exclusive technologies, such as the electronic control technology garnered from Yamaha Motor’s PAS electrically power assisted bicycle development, these models offer a level of quietness and smoothness to the ride that only an electric vehicle can provide. As a result, they have been put to use in a growing range of areas besides short-range urban commuting, including use as rental vehicles in tourist areas and fleet vehicles in resorts.

    The new EC-03 has been developed as a “personal commuter” vehicle that is expected to find even more diverse uses in the future. For Yamaha Motor, this model is a manifestation of our efforts to develop new forms of “Smart Power”*3 as defined in our current medium term management plan.

    *3: New power sources, primarily for electric vehicles, designed to create a new paradigm of mobility.




    1) Super-slim power unit (YIPU) that provides outstanding power on starting and low-speed torque
    The super-slim power unit YIPU (Yamaha Integrated Power Unit) is adopted on this model.

    It features a direct-drive type in-hub motor to minimise drive power-transmission loss and computer control to calculate output based on rear wheel rpm and throttle position for smooth running performance. In combination with optimum gear settings, the built in electronic throttle and specially designed tires, this unit helps provide a silky-smooth and quiet ride. The newly designed motor and control unit help achieve added torque when starting and in the low-speed range (approximately 10%-15% more than the existing model).

    The basic structure of the super-slim power unit integrates into the rear hub (1) a super-flat surface opposing type brushless DC motor, (2) a super-compact controller, (3) a planetary type decelerator transmission unit and (4) a drum brake. To achieve even greater compactness, the unit is built into the rear arm. The motor features an anisotropic bonded magnet to help provide excellent performance when starting, in the middle speed range, and when climbing steep inclines.

    2) High energy density 50V lithium-ion battery

    The EC-03 mounts a newly developed high energy density 50V lithium-ion battery that also contributes to improved torque (power development) characteristics in the low-speed range. Furthermore, the battery charging is completed in approximately six hours and the running distance per charge is 43km at 30km/h on a windless flat road at 25°C, running in Standard Mode with a load (rider) weight of 55kg on a fully charged battery

    3) Plug-in type recharging

    The battery charging system is a plug-in type that increases convenience by making it possible to charge the vehicle where an electric outlet is available. The charger unit is built into the vehicle at the rear end of the seat, so charging is done by simply connecting the plug from the machine to the outlet (3-hole grounded type) by means of an electric cord. The electricity cost of one charge is about ¥18*4.

    *4: Average cost for a general customer of Tokyo Electric Power Company when charging the battery from zero to a full charge.

    4) Mutual-communication control system (YMCS)

    This model adopts a mutual-communication type controller YMCS (Yamaha Mutual Communication System) featuring exclusive Yamaha control technology. In this system the (1) battery, (2) controller, (3) charger and (4) meter systems operate constantly, exchanging data via a data exchange circuits to achieve integrated overall machine control. This enables automatic control of system activation, motor drive operation, ancillary drive, etc. in all conditions, including when the machine is on standby, when running and when being recharged. The result is easier operation for the user and smooth running performance.

    5) Lightweight aluminum alloy frame for easier machine handling

    The newly designed aluminium-alloy frame is lightweight and is designed with optimised pipe diameters and thickness to increase rigidity and improve handling stability. Furthermore, the effect of the optimised wheelbase and weight balance of the various components helps provide excellent straight-line running stability. The compact design with an overall length of just 1,565 mm allows it to fit in a standard apartment building elevator. This model is very space-efficient for parking and storage and can be kept indoors if desired. Due to the use of aluminium in the frame and wheels, the weight of the machine is just 56 kg, which makes it approximately 30% lighter than a gasoline engine model of the same class (based on Yamaha Motor survey). Also, the slim chassis and simple designs contribute to providing an aesthetic lightness as well.

    6) Other features
    Other features that come as standard equipment on this model include an electronic throttle built into the handlebar grip, a choice of two running modes*5, a PIN input type anti-theft device, a “High-function LED Meter Panel” with odometer and tripmeter switching function, key-operated pop-up type seat lock, a wire type helmet holder, luggage hook and more.

    *5: The EC-03 is equipped with a choice of motor modes to adapt to power output characteristics required for different running conditions. The Standard Mode is for normal riding and the Power Mode is for inclines.



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  • Solid Start To 2010 For Suzuki

    Suzuki Motorcycles has posted solid results for the first half of 2010, claiming a number of top selling motorcycles and featuring strongly in the majority of sales categories.

    According to the recent sales figures released by the FCAI, 48,842 motorcycles, scooters and ATVs were sold in the period 1 January to 30 June, 2010, a decline of 12.1 per cent when compared to the same period last year.

    "As this data demonstrates, the first half of the year was quite tough for many manufacturers, including Suzuki," Perry Morison, General Manager, Motorcycles, Suzuki Australia said.

    "Despite the decline however, we still experienced promising sales across the board."

    "Our ATV sales were up on last year, due to the new fuel injection KingQuad 400 series and the growing acceptance of power steering models by farmers."

    "The fuel injection RM-Z motocross models also experienced high sales, due in part to the great product reviews and the racing success these models have recently experienced.

    "The introduction of two new Suzuki models, the GSX1250FA and the RMX450Z, in the first half of the year as well as a revamped Bandit 1250 also helped drive our sales."

    Suzuki was the only Japanese distributer to record positive growth in ATV sales, with the all terrain vehicle category declining overall by 16 per cent in the first half of the year.

    The street bike range continues to perform impressively with a 3.6 per cent increase in sales in the past three months and Suzuki maintaining its dominance in the sports touring category with the top three best-sellers and five models inside the top ten.

    Suzuki's GSX-R powerhouses combined to take top spot in the supersport category, headed by the top selling 600cc supersport machine, the GSX-R600, which is also dominating the Australian Supersport Championship.

    Another strong performer from the first half of 2010 was Suzuki's off-road line-up, with the DR-Z400SM Super Motard named the top selling motard in Australia and the DR-Z400E continuing its dominance in the enduro category, claiming top spot with 608 units sold making it the sixth best-selling motorcycle so far this year overall.

    The DR200SE Trojan also retained its number one spot from 2009 in the Farm category, with the hardworking, value-packed bike selling 280 units so far this year, well clear of its closest competitor.

    Motocross champions, the Suzuki RM-Z450 and the RM-Z250 both recorded positive growth in the past six months, posting a 49.1 and 27.8 per cent increase in sales respectively.

    Suzuki is expecting to maintain a strong second half with competitive pricing and retail sales campaigns, as well as the early arrival of many 2011 models, including the best selling RM-Z450 and RM-Z250

  • Melbourne bike expo 2010

    Strong sales, new models and features get Melbourne bike expo up to speed

    For Immediate Release: 19 July 2010.

    Organisers of the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne are expecting the November 26-28 event to be one of the biggest on record with an overwhelming response to site sales at the mid-year mark.

    The expo is set to expand with the addition of the Australian Scooter Festival and Australian PWC Show, making it a ‘must-see’ for fans of all things two wheels and personal watercraft.

    As well as these new features, Event Manager Mark Petersen of Exhibitions and Trade Fairs suggested a number of new motorcycle models fresh from the EICMA world trade show were set to make their Australian debut at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    “Preparations for the event are gaining momentum on a number of levels,” said Petersen. “We have had an incredibly strong response from the industry rushing to secure exhibition space with over 60% sold to date, as well some hints from major manufacturers that some very exciting new bikes will be freighted direct from EICMA.

    “The addition of dedicated scooter and PWC displays will make for our biggest Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne yet.”

    An encouraging response from manufacturers and distributors will ensure a diverse range of new motorcycle models are on show.

    The entertainment and attraction schedule looks set to be packed to capacity with the country’s top freestyle motocross riders locked in alongside the ever-popular mini moto displays, plus more to be announced.

    Judges will determine the winner of the East Coast Custom Australian Custom Bike Championships presented by Heavy Duty Magazine and QBE Insurance, with a number of new entries set to go up against the winners from the Gold Coast Expo.

    Amongst a number of giveaways, visitors will also get the chance to enter the competition to win a $40,000 custom chopper thanks to Australian Motorcycle Imports.

    The new-look Australian Motorcycle Expo website ( will be visitors’ online destination for all event details, news and exhibitor information and will grow in the coming months as more features are revealed.

    The website will also provide visitors the opportunity to pre-purchase their entry tickets to the event.

  • Honda PCX 125 - Coming to Aus


    Honda's new PCX 125 scooter breaks the mould

    Honda Australia

    • Honda has released the PCX scooter, available in dealers mid August
    • The PCX offers PGM-FI, an Idle Stop Switch and 46 kms/litre
    • MLP only $3990 offering incredible value for money

    Every once in a while a new product hits the market that generates a lot more excitement than usual. For Honda this has come in a rather unassuming package - the PCX 125cc scooter.

    Whilst many might think there isn't much to say about yet another small commuter vehicle trying to make its mark, the PCX offers technology and styling never seen before at an incredible price of just $3990.

    Firstly, the PCX offers an extraordinary 46 kms to the litre* thanks mainly to an innovative Idle Stop Switch, a first for Honda.

    When the Idle Stop function is enabled, the engine will automatically stop running after 3 seconds of idling. It then re-starts when the throttle grip is twisted. Idle Stop mode is enabled or disabled via a convenient switch on the right handlebar.

    Secondly, the lightweight, liquid cooled engine features a Honda PGM-FI fuel injection system that ensures seamless, effortless power delivery via the smooth V-belt transmission, while also reducing emissions and fuel consumption. At the same time, it is surprisingly powerful, delivering quick starting acceleration that covers the first 50m in only 5.5 seconds.

    Thirdly, the PCX introduces a brushless ACG starter to a 125cc Honda scooter for the first time. This system has a dual purpose, functioning as a starter motor at ignition and afterwards generating electricity for such functions as the spark plug and lights.

    The starter's compact size allows the engine's size and weight to be reduced, while its low-friction operation results in high fuel efficiency and prolonged durability. The system also creates an amazingly hushed engine start-up.

    The new PCX was truly created for riders who desire the compact, economical advantages of a 125cc scooter and the modern, fashionable good looks more often associated with larger-displacement machines.

    Its unique front face and the flowing lines of its bodywork give it a dynamic and modern presence. A dark-tinted windscreen provides excellent wind protection, whilst its sleek contours integrate perfectly with the full-bodied front cowl.

    In every aspect, from its low-noise, low-emissions operation to its easy handling and contemporary image, the PCX is designed as a practical, fast and fun ride. And because it's a Honda, the PCX offers the rock-solid dependability for which the manufacturer is so well known.

    The PCX comes in three colours including Pearl Himalaya White, Seal Silver Metallic and Asteroid Black Metallic with an MLP of just $3990. It is available in dealers nationally from mid August.

    For full specifications, please go to:

  • Honda PCX 125


    Recently released in Europe, soon to be released in Australia. The full story on Honda's PCX 125.

    Honda Australia


    The popularity of small-displacement scooters is growing in Europe. Rising fuel prices and awareness of environmental issues have had an impact on the way we think about transport. However, the true appeal of a scooter is not just its low running costs and ability to cut through the city rush hour. It’s also about fun – the freedom and independence that only two-wheel transport can give.

    At Honda we aim to provide a scooter for every lifestyle, and our range includes luxury large displacement scooters as well as chic runabouts that can be seen all over town. All of them offer the highest Honda quality, the best technologies for their function and rock-solid dependability.

    The new PCX was created for riders who desire the compact, economical advantages of a 125cc scooter and the modern, fashionable good looks more often associated with larger-displacement machines. In every aspect, from its low-noise, low-emissions operation to its easy handling and contemporary image, the PCX is designed as a practical, fast and fun ride.

    Development Concept

    A scooter is as much a fashion accessory as it is a way of getting around, and so must feature the most up-to date styling. For those who use a scooter daily as an alternative to a car, carrying space and fuel economy are essential. Most modern riders also want a scooter that operates with the smallest possible impact on its environment; both the immediate surroundings in which it is ridden every day and the global climate.

    The new PCX fulfils all of these demands. It will be welcomed as an ideal first ride, a fun commuter and a reliable means of carrying out all kinds of daily tasks.

    It is also great fun to ride – the kind of scooter that will make every routine trip across town an enjoyable escape.


    At Honda, ‘small-displacement’ never means a compromise on comfort or style. The PCX is a perfect example of this principle. Its styling is youthful with a long, low and curvaceous shape.

    Its unique front face and the flowing lines of its bodywork give it a dynamic presence and a luxurious feel. By day, the PCX is a quick and convenient way to get around, for work or play. By night, it easily adapts to the smartest venues in the city. It can also whisk a rider, passenger and light luggage out of town for a weekend.

    Wherever it goes, its original styling and air of confidence give it the quality of a true trend-setter. A dark-tinted windscreen gives the scootera modern image as well as providing wind protection for the rider.

    Its sleek contours integrate perfectly with the full-bodied front cowl. Its dual headlight design is flanked by sleek, upward-slanting indicators, giving the front an exclusive look. The high-tech instrument panel has a speedometer needle that sweeps the dial at ignition, hinting at the fun to come. The cockpit also features an indicator for the engine’s innovative Idle Stop switch, a fuel indicator and other practical readouts, adding to the vehicle’s modern feel.

    The scooter incorporates a low seat height and long, spacious footrests creating a secure and relaxed ride feel that complements its smooth performance.

    The comfortable seat incorporates back support for the rider and a generous pillion area. Underneath, its lockable storage compartment holds a full-face helmet with room to spare. In addition, a convenient glove box is provided at the front. If more storage space is needed, the rear carrier can also carry a standard 26- litre top box (not included).


    The PCX makes its European debut in three basic colours, all designed to complement its dynamic styling and elegantly finished bodywork. All colour variants have a black seat and inner body, and black cast aluminium wheels. The main body colours for 2010 PCX models are:

    • Pearl Himalaya White
    • Asteroid Black Metallic
    • Seal Silver Metallic


    The technology built into the new PCX has been carefully chosen to create the most enjoyable experience possible in its class. Its engine operates with a quiet, smooth proficiency. With a lightweight, compact SOHC configuration, it is surprisingly powerful, delivering quick starting acceleration that covers the first 50m in only 5.5 seconds. It also integrates a liquid cooling system with the radiator built into the engine for compact size and light weight.

    The engine features a Honda PGM-FI fuel injection system that ensures seamless, effortless power delivery via the smooth V-belt transmission, while also reducing emissions and fuel consumption. The PCX delivers an impressive 46.0/45.1 km per litre,* which means plenty of riding enjoyment between trips to the service station to fill up its 6.2-litre tank.

    Idle Stop Switch

    The engine’s fuel efficiency is boosted even further by the addition of an innovative Idle Stop Switch, a first for Honda. When the Idle Stop function is enabled, the engine will automatically stop running after 3 seconds of idling. It then re-starts when the throttle grip is twisted. Idle Stop mode is enabled or disabled via a convenient switch on the right handlebar, and improves fuel efficiency by another 5%.*

    * Honda figures, obtained in test conditions. The fuel consumption figures for the PCX are:

    • 46.0km/l with Idle Stop (WMTC mode tested by Honda)

    Brushless ACG starter

    A brushless ACG starter also contributes to fuel economy. This system has a dual purpose, functioning as a starter motor at ignition and afterwards generating electricity for such functions as the spark plug and lights. The brushless system was pioneered on our 50cc Zoomer, and is applied here for the first time on a 125cc scooter. Its compact size allows the engine’s size and weight to be reduced, while its low-friction operation results in high fuel efficiency and prolonged durability. The system also creates an amazingly hushed engine start-up.  


    The distinctive form of the PCX is based around a tubular steel underbone frame. Complementing the low seat and extended foot area, the 1,305mm wheelbase creates a feeling of easy, stable balance. The turning radius is short, easing manoeuvres in tight spaces.

    High quality 14" tyres add to the comfortable ride. The lightweight five-spoke cast aluminium wheels are stopped by a smooth-acting Combined Brake System. This system effectively equalises the forces applied to a 220mm front disc brake and a sturdy drum brake at the rear, giving smooth, progressive braking that adds to stability and boosts confidence.

    The scooter’s suspension systems are developed for light, easy control and smooth comfort. A responsive ø31mm telescopic front fork and a compliant unit swingarm rear suspension with dual dampers combine to ensure a stable, cushioned ride.


    A range of specially tailored accessories will be produced by Honda Access for the PCX. These include a top box, a higher windscreen and an alarm.
    All Genuine Accessories are designed in parallel with the scooter to enhance its sophisticated styling and smooth handling.



  • Oops , PS not the new Importer

    Incorrect Media Release by Paul Feeney Group

    Peter Stevens Motorcycles is not the provider or supplier of product or warranty to the MV Cagiva brand for Australia in any other way than a retailer.

    Peter Stevens Motorcycles was disappointed to read the Paul Feeney Group Press Release that they have ceased operations as the MV Agusta and Cagiva distributor for Australia.

    Further we were surprised that PFG nominated Peter Stevens Motorcycles as the supplier of warranty to the MV Cagiva brand. This is incorrect

    PS Importers

  • MV Augusta Moves On in Aus

    The Paul Feeney Group takes this opportunity to advise the Australian Motorcycle industry and existing customers that effective as at the close of business Wednesday the 14th of July 2010 the Paul Feeney Group ceased operations as the MV Agusta and Cagiva distributor for Australia.

    Effective Today the 15th of July 2010, Product support for the MV Agusta and Cagiva brands with regard to service and warranty will be managed by Peter Stevens.

    Paul Feeney Group's long association with the MV Agusta and Cagiva brands has been the cornerstone of our development as an importer and distributor and we are confident that the brand will continue to be supported in the Australian motorcycle marketplace.

    We thank all MV Agusta and Cagiva dealers and customers, both past and present, for their support and wish them and the brand every success for the future.

    Kind regards,

    Jörg Hoffmann

  • Vespa World Days 2010


    Over 6,000 participants attend "Vespa World Days 2010". Portugal comes alive to the sound of the Vespisti.

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    From July 1 to 4, 183 Vespa Clubs from 14 different countries all came together in Portugal

     After four days of festivities, the Vespa World Days came to a conclusion in Portugal. Once again, thousands of enthusiasts flocked to the great global rally dedicated to the Vespa to celebrate the world's most famous scooter.

    After Zell Am See, Austria, which hosted the event last year, Cefalù in Sicily in 2008 and the Republic of San Marino in 2007, Fatima set the stage from July 1 to 4 for this year's edition of the world's largest international scooter rally.

    An incredible 183 Vespa Clubs signed up for Vespa World Days 2010, representing over 14 different countries: from neighbouring Spain to distant Macedonia, with clubs from Greece, Croatia, Norway, Austria, Germany and many other countries. This year's edition the largest number of fans yet, with over 6,000 participants at the rally. Once again, the event catered for the young and old alike: and both the youngest (6) and oldest (78) participants this year were from Portugal.

    The four day Portuguese event brought together countless Vespisti in celebration of the values of friendship, passion and adventure that the Vespa - an Italian icon recognised the world over - has symbolised for over 64 years. In true Vespa style, the event was one of incredible stories and once in a lifetime memories: such as the epic accomplishment of the German girl who set off from Würzburg and rode an astonishing 3,300 kilometres solo to come to Fatima and celebrate together with her Vespisti friends.

    As with every past edition, the key event in the rally was the great parade of Vespas that set off on Saturday morning. Thousands of Vespas joined forces to tackle the 105 Km route: after leaving Fatima early in the morning, the procession paraded through the entire city to then continue on to Bathala, Nazarè and, lastly, Alcobaca. The townspeople were treated to an unusual spectacle as their streets filled with an almost endless, multicolour convoy of scooters.

    The famous Portuguese city hosted a succession of events in celebration of the legendary scooter: with excursions to nearby towns, visits to museums in the area, parties, music and prize-giving ceremonies. On Saturday evening, the breathtaking Vespa Acrobatic Show wowed the entire Vespa Village: a display of fire and acrobatics with a group of five Vespisti performing spectacular feats in the saddle of a single vintage Vespa. The show was in homage to the Piaggio test riders who promoted the Vespa with incredible jumps and acrobatics in the 1950s and '60s.

    The first edition of the Vespa Trophy was also a resounding success. This touring trophy, which was inaugurated with this year's Vespa World Days, involved the participation of numerous Piaggio dealerships all over Europe. An incredible 1,027 European Piaggio dealers took part in this initiative, transforming themselves in honour of the Vespa into Piaggio Check Points to allow Vespisti to collect the most stamps possible in bid to win the Vespa Trophy 2010. Three members of the “Vespan e Salam” club in San Damiano D’Asti (AT) took the coveted trophy home after riding over 2,000 Km through four different countries.


    As they left Portugal, the Vespisti said their farewells to one another and already started making plans to meet again at the 2011 edition of the Vespa World Days. “Arrivederci a Oslo!”.

    Photos and further information are available at the Vespa World Days official website and the official Vespa World Club website

  • Honda Sales Update

    Honda in top spot after tough first 6 months. For 1st half, 2010.

    Honda Australia

    • Honda finished in the number one retail position for the first six months of the year according to FCAI figures.
    • Honda sold 10,554 units sold across the various two and four wheel motorcycle segments in Australia.
    • The CRF50F fun bike, TRX250 ATV, CB400 LAMS bike and SCV100 Lead Scooter were the highest selling in their class.

    9 July 2010 - There are indicators that the motorcycle market should pick up before the end of the year, according to Honda Australia's General Manager, Motorcycles, Tony Hinton, who is more than happy with the manufacturer's number one retail position for the first six months of the year.

    Honda sold 10,554 units sold across the various two and four wheel motorcycle segments in Australia during a continued sluggish period.

    "The market overall has struggled to gain momentum due to the global financial crisis and numerous interest rate hikes, but Honda's results have remained relatively stable with models such as the CRF50F fun bike, TRX250 ATV, CB400 LAMS bike and SCV100 Lead Scooter continuing to lead their class," Mr Hinton said.

    "We have had some issues to overcome like most manufacturers over the past 18 months, however, rates have settled down and consumer confidence should improve paving the way to stronger summer sales."

    "We are expecting to finish the year fairly well in a number of sectors including road bikes, and are pleased with how the first six months of the year has gone for us."

    Honda produced five of the top ten overall selling models for the period including the CT110P, CRF250R motocrosser and CRF230F farm bike.

    "We recently introduced a few new models into our line up including the retro CB1100, the very affordable VT750 and variations of the VT1300 chopper which are all doing very well."

    "For the second half of the year, we will be releasing an all new scooter that we think will be a big hit with the commuter market, and of course, offers all the Honda reliability and efficiency that our product development staff work so hard at to achieve."

    "Rider safety is also our priority as always, and we recently opened a new HART centre in Cranbourne, Victoria as well as moved our Queensland operation to a more suitable site in Brisbane."

    For information on Honda's current product line up and accredited Rider Training courses, go to:

  • Kymco Sales Update


    Kymco's flying high in 2010. Kymco comments on results for the 1st half, 2010.

    Kymco Australia


    In the first six months of 2010 the Australian motorcycle market has contracted by 12.1 percent against the same period last year, yet Kymco has again gone against the trend to increase total sales volume by a whopping 114.8 percent, according to results just released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

    FCAI results show that Kymco, while still in its early stages in Australia, owns an impressive 2.4 percent of the entire motorcycle market. Kymco has been one of the few scooter manufacturers to post growth over the same period last year with 22.5 percent sales growth in a market that has contracted by 8.4 percent.

    However, while the strong scooter result is further evidence of the rapid success of the Kymco brand, much of the growth has come from the incredibly successful launch of the company’s ATV and motorcycle range last year.

    Results released by industry data specialists ERG International shows Kymco achieved a national ATV market share of 3.7 percent in June – on its one year anniversary in the Australian ATV market – to compliment its 3.4 percent market share result for the entire first half of 2010.

    This result is predicated by an outstanding result in Queensland – Australia’s biggest ATV market – where Kymco is already becoming a dominant player with a market share of 5.7% the first half of 2010.

    The Victorian ATV results are also a fantastic story with Kymco grabbing 4.3% of the market for the first half of 2010.

    “Kymco has produced an exceptional performance so far in 2010 in tough market conditions to post an increase in sales of 114.8 percent on the same time last year,” said Kymco Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Stuart McLean.

    “There is an increasing demand for Kymco products as people become more brand aware, and with the expansion of our dealer network and new models being introduced, we are certain this result is only the tip of the iceberg for our brand in Australia.”

    “Our product range is exciting and fresh, and we continue to offer premium products at terrific value…and more and more customers are realising this.”

    Making the amazing growth result for Kymco even more impressive is the fact that over 70 percent of motorcycle brands lost significant ground on the same time last year.

    Kymco ATVs, motorcycles and scooters are world-renowned for quality, reliability and value and this is the reason so many people are turning to Kymco.

    For more information on Kymco, please call (03) 9580 0788 or visit

  • Kymco LAMS it up


    The complete range of Kymco Motorcycles and Scooters are LAMS approved.

    Kymco Australia

    Kymco has broad range of scooters and motorcycles with different levels of power, from 50cc to 500cc, so there is sure to be a model to suit everyone!

    Our CK 125 motorcycle model has become a favourite at training centres around Australia, with its easy to use gears and great functionality. The smooth 125cc, 4-stroke engine provides plenty of grunt, while the spacious riding position offers an incredible level of comfort to learn on.

    Derek from Melbourne motorcycle training centre Motorcycle Motion has over 15 years experience training new riders and believes that “the Kymco CK 125 is the perfect bike to learn on. When choosing bikes for our learning centre we ensure that they are user- friendly, confidence inspiring and not too heavy, and the CK 125 has ticked all the boxes.”

    “The CK 125 is easy to operate, has a low seat height, and is a rugged machine that can cope with many challenges. Also, mechanically the design is second to none and these machines can be put through their paces and rarely need maintenance.”

    The CK 125 is undoubtedly the commuter’s choice value-for-money machine that retails for $1,990 plus on road costs with a smart commuter look, twin shocks and a luggage rack as standard.

    “The CK 125 is ideal for learners, and excellent for inner city travel, offering enough power, while still falling in to the cheaper registration bracket for riders,” Derek said. Australia-wide training operator, Stay Upright, also use Kymco in their training fleet.

    Currently Stay Upright are using Espresso 150cc scooters and Agility 125cc scooters in their rider training centres. General Manager of Stay Upright Wayne Carter says,

    “It is essential that the bikes we use for training means are reliable, strong and easy to operate. With our long association with the Kymco brand we have found their products cover all of these essential elements,” said Wayne Carter, General Manager of Stay Upright.

    “Further when any parts are needed the support has been first class. We are a company that cannot afford for our bikes to be off the road for any reason. All Kymco models we have used have proved themselves to be popular with both staff and clients as well as very reliable.”

    Kymco motorcycles and scooters are value for money machines that are fantastic for learners, and excitingly come with a 2-Year Factory Warranty. There is a style, power and model to suit everyone. If you are after a small scooter to scoot around town Kymco has 50cc models that are sure to impress.

    One step up are the 125cc commuter motorcycles or the 125cc scooters, each of which have the power for open road travel, as well as the agility for inner city commuting. If you are after a show stopper, we have the powerful Xciting 500 scooter and Venox 250cc motorcycle that have the dominant looks and features.

    The complete range of Kymco motorcycles and scooters are great rides and more importantly are LAMS approved, so you must ask yourself- why not get a Kymco today?

    For more information on Kymco motorcycles and scooters please contact (03) 9580 0788 or visit


  • Vespa GTS 300 Super Review


    Its back, the Vespa GTS 300 Super. We've had a few short sojourns but this time its for real. One hundred picture photo gallery!

    Allen Drysdale



    We've been here before I know. has reviewed the GTS 300 a couple of times now but its one of those scooters you just don't mind "doing one more time". Actually ever since the GTS 300 left the garage I've continuously hinted for a return visit. So now we're lucky enough to have the Super for an extended period. How lucky are we? Read On........



    The GTS 300 Super (Super) in my mind is the king of scooters. Its not the most powerful, nor is it the largest, but it does have some credentials to be touted as maybe the best city commuter on the market today.

    You see the Super, like all Vespa's, runs an all metal body that acts like a stiff rigid chassis. All one piece, front to back, uniquely Vespa. You just cant compare it to anything else on the market. This is Vespa only territory and something that Piaggio has been perfecting for over 60 years. The consequence that this has on handling and dynamics, places the Vespa family firmly at the top of most scooter arguments.

    The Super has been born from the GTS family. Upgrades on the Super mainly stemmed around a revised suspension and engine package. From the GTS 250 we saw a different front shock, different spring rates. Rear suspension duties are still performed by two adjustable shocks. Other features on the Super include the mouth watering 278 cc Quasar engine rated at a handy 23 Kilowatts. The Super also received a tweak in both gearing and torque, providing a heap more low down grunt.

    The rest has been well documented. The GTS 300 comes in for a cosmetic overhaul. Touches of chrome, a rear side panel cut out and black wheels with polished rims. All helping set the theme for what is the sportiest of Vespa's. A black faced speedo, another cosmetic change, helps tell speed, fuel, temp and time. The front headlight is tinted, again small but noticeable. An immobiliser ensures the Super remains yours.

    A glovebox allows you to lock away smaller valuables, inside you will find a 12 volt charger. Other storage features comes in the form of a long pull out storage bin under the long flat seat. The seat opens via an electric push button up front near the ignition key. Great thing about the storage bin is that it removes easily, allowing access to the engine, also handy for a clean out. One minus is that the bin wont hold a full face helmet standing upright. There is two helmet hooks if required. A raised floor area and bag hook will allow for additional storage.

    The passenger sits comfortable up back with flip out footpegs that fold out nicely, tucking away inside the body when not in use.

    On the Road

    A clear winner in my opinion. The GTS 300 feels short in the wheelbase and very direct in the steering department. You can be caught out initially with just how quick the GTS will adjust to your input. Twist the throttle and power comes on immediately and in major doses. So combine great turn in with ample power and you have yourself an inner-city weapon. In the traffic light GP stakes it would be hard to see most things beating the Super to the other side. This continues quickly all the way to 100 km/h and beyond. If your doubling I suggest you give the pillion a heads up on when your about to give the Super a handful.

    The seating position is typically 'Vespa Upright". The wide seat will mean that even at an average height of just under 6 foot, you may still find it tough to get both feet flat on the ground. No issue, due to the Super's compact size, it will still be a pretty easy manage. The pillion gets a comfortable seating position with flip out footpegs. Performance seems unimpeded by adding a pillion.  

    Shocks on the back are adjustable if required. The single shock at the front has the Super Sport touch, a taught, firm yet compliant feel. Very sporty in the suspension department yet the perfect partner for that one piece metal body.  Dynamically speaking, the Super is very befitting of the badge.

    All the switchgear is very simple to use and quality in feel. The Vespa also comes equipped with both side and centre stands. The 12 inch wheel package may seem small on paper given ones performance, but as per all vespa's disregard the wheel size, its all about the chassis. Front and rear discs adorn the Super. Italians do good brakes and the Super is no exception. I found myself just using the rear, its more then enough to haul up the Super.

    My suggestion would be to add a flyscreen to the package from the get-go. Performance will be enhanced, the comfort factor increased significantly and your highway cruise will be become effortless. With something this capable a flyscreen will be the best "bang for your buck" dollar spend. Forget any other kind of performance mods, there not required,  just get a screen and complete the picture.


    With a scooter like the Super its all going to come down to how many dollars you have in the kitty. In my eyes the GTS 300 Super is worth every cent of the 10 grand "on road" asking price. Its a scooter that will challenge the way you ride, will inject a level of enthusiasm and feel into your daily commute. Its impeccable dynamics  and willing motor will ensure that boredom takes a back seat, actually it could never be an associated search term.

    I know its all pretty glowing and when you get into this premium sector it can be pretty subjective. The Super can be found wanting in the depth of storage, and feature wise you might feel it lacks the gadgets. Storage can be fixed with an optional box, gadgets well who cares, this is the Ferrari of scooters.   

    Around the city, it's hard to beat, on the freeway just add a small screen to the package, and away you go. You have to love the raw basic feel that the Super evokes. I haven't even started on the heritage value.

    Top marks go to the Super, its one of my favourite rides on two wheels. Good resale is another benefit of shelling out a little more first up. Give it a go, once you own such a capable scooter you wont be looking elsewhere, happiness will prevail.

    For further information check out

    Available in Black, Red and White. RRP $8990 + ORC  

  • TGB Bullet 150

    TGB Bullet 150

    Introducing the latest addition to the TGB model line up – The TGB Bullet 150cc

    TGB Australia

    Following from the success of the TGB Bullet 125cc released earlier this year, TGB are set to strike again releasing its bigger brother – the TGB Bullet 150cc.

    Key differences between the 125cc and 150cc versions include –

    • Increased power and torque - 7.5kw compared with 6.4kw (will comfortably cruise on 100km/h for all you highway commuters)
    • Redesigned front end with new twin head light
    • Waved front disc rotor
    • New dash display with large tachometer
    • New colours and graphics
    • Improved integrated rear tail light

    Manufactured in Taiwan, the TGB Bullet 150 is built to the exceptional quality standards we have come to expect from TGB and is further supported by a 2 year parts and labour warranty.

    And as if the look of the 125cc wasn’t enough to grab your attention, the TGB Bullet 150 has also received a cosmetic makeover with new and improved colours and graphics – available now in black, white, red and blue.

    TGB have no plans to discontinue the Bullet 125cc and plan to run the 150cc version alongside it at the retail price of $3390 plus on road costs (Bullet 125cc $2990 plus on road costs).

    For additional information or to find your local TGB dealer, please visit or phone 03 8363 1600.

    published 8/07/2010

  • Vmoto Electric


    Vmoto form an agreement to build the VX2 for Vectrix. Vmoto Limited takes 100% ownership of E-max.

    Vmoto Limited

    Vmoto secures OEM supply agreement with Vectrix 

    Vmoto Limited is pleased to announce it has today signed an agreement to OEM Manufacture for Vectrix, LLC its VX2 model electric scooter, North America’s largest and most reputable electric scooter manufacturer and distributor with over 100 dealers in place and sub distribution agreements with multinational retail selling points.

    Pursuant to the agreement, Vmoto’s wholly owned electric scooter manufacturing division, Emax, will manufacture and supply an initial shipment of 144 units of the VX2 scooter, which has been exclusively designed in partnership with Vectrix. The scooter will be powered by Silica Ion batteries and meet the stringent DOT import approvals required for personal transport vehicles in the USA. Under the terms of the agreement, Vmoto’s Emax will be the exclusive OEM Manufacturer and Vectrix will have the global exclusive sales and marketing rights for the VX2 scooter.

    Vectrix has been a market leader in electric scooters in recent years following the release of its premium maxiscooter line, the VX1. It now plans to expand its product offering by introducing its versatile all electric scooter class, the VX2 series. Vectrix being a premium brand leader with the highest level of quality products, is happy to offer this leading edge all electric scooter with its iconic design features and its multifunctional patented regenerative throttle technology that make it uniquely a Vectrix.

    Vectrix conducted extensive market research in relation to the USA market, such research indicating a potential market in the USA of 7000 units per annum. The minimum number estimated to be required by Vectrix over the next 18 months is approximately 2000 units.

    Vmoto’s Managing Director, Patrick Davin, commented: “It’s great for Vmoto to now have a presence in the USA market via this new OEM agreement with Vectrix. Vectrix is one of the pioneers of the electric scooter industry and are just the sort of company that Vmoto, through its acquisition of Emax, likes to associate itself with. Their experience in the electric scooter industry will also hopefully lead to a further mutual cooperation in relation to future developments by both companies. The USA has very big potential as the demand for environmentally friendly types of transport increases and we see this agreement as very significant step forward for our electric division. The initial order of 144 units is seen as an important stepping stone to bigger things.

    “We are looking forward to making this first shipment in August this year and I am sure it is the beginning of a very important relationship for both Vmoto and Vectrix.” In addition to the recent Vectrix deal, the electric division of Vmoto has also recently made container shipments to the MSA Group in Germany and is preparing shipments later this month for Spain and Australia. A number of trial shipments to other customers worldwide have also taken place.

    The recent acquisition of Emax and the transfer of its manufacturing to the Vmoto Nanjing manufacturing facility have now put Vmoto Emax in an excellent position to meet customer demand with no further restrictions applicable to its manufacturing capacity.

    Vmoto Emax also has a number of other distribution agreements being negotiated for the products produced in Nanjing and will advise the market as these new agreements are completed.


    Vmoto acquires remaining 40% of e-max electric scooters to take ownership to 100%

    Vmoto Limited is very pleased to announce that it has signed a Heads of Agreement with the minority shareholders in Vmoto E-Max Electric Vehicle Company, Nanjing, to acquire the remaining 40% interest in the issued capital of VE-Max and take Vmoto’s interest to 100%.

    E-Max is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electric scooters, with a Munich based development centre and a production base in China. As announced on 10 December 2010 and 21 December 2010, Vmoto owns 60% of VE-Max, following a payment of €1.0million to the existing E-Max shareholders and a €2.5million capital injection to the new company.

    Since January 2010, the existing management and manufacturing plant and equipment of E- Max have been transferred to Vmoto’s state of the art new scooter assembly plant in Nanjing, China. This transfer was concluded in mid May 2010 and mass production for a growing order book has now commenced from the Nanjing facility.

    Mr Patrick Davin, Vmoto’s Managing Director, today commented: “This is a well thought out strategic move by both parties. As we have worked with E-Max over the last 5 months, it has become clear that in order to run the operations to maximum effect in conjunction with our existing operations, we need to merge the group to run as one. Fortunately, the E-Max people have also seen that as Vmoto Limited continues to grow, their best return on investment to date will be to become shareholders of the parent company and enjoy the growth of the entire organisation, rather than just the electric division.

    “This comes at a time when the world’s focus on electric transport is accelerating, with many governments around the world pushing our type of products. Being one of the world’s biggest in this area means that our factory is seeing a constant flow of customers taking samples for their respective markets. The completion of Stage 2 of our factory cannot come fast enough.

    “This acquisition will bring significant cost saving benefits to Vmoto, with many duplicated positions being made redundant as the two teams merge into one. From a day to day management standpoint, there is no question that the operations will be easier to run.

    “There will be little change to the senior management team of the old E-Max and I look forward to working with them to meet increasing customer demand.”

  • FREE Motorcycle parking trial in Parramatta

    Motorcyclists in Parramatta CBD no longer need to feed their meters when parking in on-street car bays in a 3 month trial.
    Parramatta Council is trialing the hugely successful motorcycle parking policy that City of Sydney council implemented last year, under which bikes can park for free in on-street bays as long as riders abide by time restrictions.
    Councils and transport experts now realise that motorcycles and scooters present a solution to traffic congestion and are working to make things easier for two-wheeled commuters.
    Motorcyclists in the Parramatta local government area no longer need to purchase or display a ticket in a metered bay as council recognizes that it is virtually impossible for a motorcyclist to do so effectively. Tickets left on bikes often get stolen by car drivers or simply blow away in the wind.
    The 3 month trial will be presented to council on 23rd of August and if successfully ratified, will become permanent policy after that date.
    Both City of Sydney and Parramatta Councils are investigating unused spaces around the city; spots that are too small or too awkward for cars, and turning them into motorcycle parking hubs.
    Jacqui Kennedy, Director of the Motorcycle Network, has congratulated Parramatta Council on its sensible approach and hopes that other councils will soon follow suit.
    The Motorcycle Network website has undertaken to map all the motorcycle parking spaces in all major cities across Australia and has also released the information as an iPhone App.
    Riders can now find a parking spot quickly and easily using the iPhone app and website and an army of two wheel volunteers are notifying the Network of new spots as they are installed. Suggestions are flooding in to the website about "dead" spaces which councils can convert to motorcycle parking.
    Scooters are rapidly becoming the "green" solution for cities suffering from traffic congestion and pollution. The use of sustainable modes of transport bodes well for the future of councils such as Parramatta and City of Sydney.
    For further information and interviews contact Jacqui Kennedy on 0422 95 1815 or visit



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