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  • Yamaha BeeWee 125 Released


    Yamaha’s funky BeeWee scooter has received a radical makeover turning from caterpillar to butterfly for 2011.

    Yamaha Australia

    The new model benefits from Yamaha's experience with 4-stroke single cylinder engines and combines performance and resilience in a stylish package.

    Agile and responsive, this uniquely styled and attitude-filled BeeWee runs a 125cc fuel injected air-cooled engine to offer the power and punch necessary to negotiate the trickiest traffic. A host of other features make longer rides more comfortable, too. The large seat provides ample room for a pillion passenger, with a sturdy grab rail offering added comfort. And underseat storage is great for stowing essentials.

    The agile BeeWee 125 tackles whatever the day throws at you: from tight, twisting back roads to busy urban high streets. Big, wide, all-terrain style 12inch tyres ensure you maintain a great connection with the road, whether it’s a potholed street or a wet gravel path. Great levels of balance, grip and ride comfort mean you can easily handle any weather and conditions. Off-road grade dual rear shock absorbers take you smoothly over the urban landscape.

    The heavy-duty frame is built to withstand the demands of a daily commute in rush-hour traffic, and is matched with an extra-wide handlebar for great control and flexibility, making it easier to negotiate jams. A short wheelbase makes the BeeWee 125 exceptionally agile and simple to manoeuvre in tight city streets.

    The masculine, rugged, good looks of the new BeeWee 125 – complete with heavy-duty exposed frame, dynamic dual headlights, striking graphics and a specially-designed logo – are the ideal complement to city living, whether commuting to work or enjoying a weekend ride with friends.

    Extra design touches include an artfully designed instrument panel, which offers vital machine information at a glance, and ample underseat storage for a full-face helmet.

    The BeeWee 125 has the power and performance to back up its rugged, urban looks. The 125cc, 4-stroke, fuel injected, air-cooled engine offers immediate acceleration whenever you turn the throttle, ensuring you have the power to overtake safely and pull away from the lights with confidence.

    Combined with the grippy tyres and easy handling, it creates the kind of riding character that was made for cities. Electronic Fuel Injection reduces emissions and also makes the engine incredibly efficient, so it’s easier on your pocket, too.

    Designed to be shared, the BeeWee 125 features a comfortable pillion seat for two-up riding. The power of the 125cc engine – plus the easy handling offered by the extra wide handlebars, short wheelbase, grippy tyres and offroad grade dual rear shock absorbers - mean that even with a passenger on the back, your journey will be smooth and simple.

    And on top of this, Yamaha’s renowned engineering know-how keeps maintenance down to a minimum. You can trust the BeeWee 125 to take you anywhere you want to go – looking good, and on time.

    The BeeWee 125 is available in Avalanche White and Midnight Black priced at a reasonable $3399 RRP inc GST.

    Key features for BeeWee 125:

    • New, rugged 125cc city commuter
    • Unique design includes exposed frame
    • Fun, sporty styling
    • Clean and efficient air cooled, 125cc, 4-stroke engine
    • Electronic fuel injection
    • Lightweight chassis for agile, responsive handling
    • Grippy, all-terrain style 12inch tyres
    • Dual rear shock absorbers designed to cope with even the toughest roads
    • Dual headlights for secure road presence
    • Space for rider plus passenger
    • Underseat storage accommodates a full face helmet
    • Stylish, easy-to-read instrument panel




  • Armadillo Scootawear


    Shop online and prepare yourself for the winter elements that may lie ahead. It helps to be prepared...

    Armadillo Australia


    As it gets colder we start searching the cupboard for a jacket that will keep you a fair bit warmer and protect you from the winter elements.

    One option might be that you need to buy something a little more suitable. One such option might be the Armadillo brand who carry a range of fashionable jackets out of the UK.

    Using d30 armour protection (just in case), the Armadillo range is made to suit all riders and climates, being based in the UK helps get this right, especially for winter.

    Armadillo Australia has made it easy with an online shop that makes it a fairly simple process to purchase your new jacket. If you'd rather try one on for size, you can do that also, by visiting one of the many Armadillo retailers nationally.

    It's very timely to take a look at the range of Armadillo Scootawear before the depths of winter set in. Keeping warm whilst riding will not only make you feel better, it will also make you concentrate. It also helps if you look good at the same time....

    Visit the Armadillo site to see what's on offer for winter and watch the video below to see how good you could look in an Armadillo jacket.

    Visit for more information.

  • Patricia Piccinini Exhibition


    An exhibition where a Vespa can be turned into an artform. Win a Piaggio Zip 50 by attending the Art Gallery of South Australia.



    David from Scootaround has given us the tip on an exhibition that is currently taking place at the Art Gallery of South Australia. 

    Patricia Piccinini will be displaying a series of works, private and new. Us scooter riders may know her work specifically from a series of sculptures using the Vespa ET as a base.

    I remember these images doing the rounds of the net, especially in the scooter circles I travel. The ET Series Vespa all shaped and styled to take on an animal form, the works generally symbolising family and togetherness. For those in the know they were instantly recognisable.

    You can visit the works at the Art Gallery of South Australia, by doing so, register to win a Piaggio Zip 50. Scootaround are sponsoring the prize and supplying the Zip. For more info see the links below...


    Key Links

    For more information, see the Art Gallery event page.

    For further details on the artist herself, see Patricia's website here.

    Download the exhibition brochure here also...


    Scootaround are located at 581 Tapleys Hill Rd, Fulham. They currently stock Vespa, Piaggio, Gilera, TGB, Sachs, Kymco and more.

  • Yamaha Tops 1st Quarter Sales


    Yamaha Motor Australia has topped the first quarter retail figures and leads the MC and ATV sales charge in 2011.

    Yamaha Australia


    The blue brand has a healthy 18.8% motorcycle market share from Jan to Mar compared to Honda's 14.8%. ATV retails are equally bouyant with Yamaha again at the top of the pile with 25.2% share against second placed Honda at 23.8%.

    Yamaha continues to dominate the off road sector of the MC market with sales of YZF motocross bikes once again ruling the roost. Other stand-out models include the newly released YZF-R15 which comes straight in at number three in its class and the learner legal FZ6R which tops the sports touring category.

    Yamaha continues to dominate the fun bike sector occupying five of the top six best selling spots including first and second place with PW50 and TT-R50E. Special mention also goes to TT-R250 - which is currently Australia's best selling 250cc enduro bike - and the AG200 which is the most popular farm bike. Both have both posted large retail increases.

    In the cruiser sector, Yamaha's XV650/A continues to appeal to a wide range of riders with its low seat height and leaner approval status.



    Offering a great product at the right price is a given but it's no longer good enough to post strong retail results. YMA strives to offer more and one of the main reasons for our increased market share is the strong business partnership we share with our dealer network.

    Business initiatives such as restocking bonus, profit retention scheme and comprehensive promotional packages place our dealer network at a competititve advantage and mean they can offer more to our customers," says Yamaha Motor Australia's Director/General Manager Steven Cotterell.

    "The great news is that the market looks to be expanding, and Yamaha is in the ideal position to capitalise on market growth. The first quarter figures suggest that we are heading in the right direction. The product is excellent, the systems are in place, and our dealers are firing on all cylinders," continues Cotterell.

    Here is a snapshot of Yamaha's business initiatives designed to give Yamaha dealers a unique advantage in the marketplace:




  • Aprilia and Moto Guzzi back in Brisbane

    John Sample Automotive, Australian importers of Aprilia & Moto Guzzi motorcycles and
    scooters are pleased to announce the appointment of a new dealer to represent their brands in
    Brisbane. Brisbane Aprilia and Brisbane Moto Guzzi officially opened for business on April 1st
    and is part of the long standing and extremely successful Tony Armstrong Motorcycle group at

    Tony Armstrong has been the driving force behind Springwood Suzuki for the past 26 years
    which has seen the business grow to become Australia’s #1 Suzuki Dealer for 15 consecutive
    years and Can‐Am Spyder Dealer of the Year 2009 and 2010.

    Tony Armstrong’s background in the motorcycle business started as a road racer in the early
    1980’s and culminated in him winning the Australian Superbike Championship in 1987. After
    achieving he’s racing goals Tony turned he’s attention to the development of he’s motorcycle
    business in Springwood which has grown from a small team of just 5 staff into one of the most
    successful dealerships in the country with an enthusiastic staff of 30.

    Kris Matich, General Manager for John Sample Automotive said “we are both proud and
    pleased to welcome the Tony Armstrong team to represent Aprilia and Moto Guzzi in Brisbane.
    Tony Armstrong has a very experienced and dedicated team on both the sales and technical
    sides of the business and importantly to us they have a passion for Italian Motorcycles and for
    excellent customer service.”

    Tony Armstrong, Founder and Dealer Principal said, “We are very familiar with both Aprilia and
    Moto Guzzi and have watched these brands develop in recent years. Aprilia has grown in its
    status as a leading Sports Bike brand and testament to this is their winning the 2010 World
    Superbike Championship. Moto Guzzi is one of just a few true heritage brands in our industry
    and 2011 marks their 90th Anniversary which is quite an achievement for any company. My
    company celebrates its 26th Anniversary this year so I know a thing or two about longevity and
    what it takes to stay in business. My team is very excited to welcome these two fine brands to
    our business and we look forward to great success together”

    Picture caption:

    John Sample Automotive Regional Account Manager, Mark Immer with General Manager Peter
    Mant of the new Brisbane Aprilia & Moto Guzzi Dealership at Underwood.

    Addional quotes from Tony Armstrong

    “I’m very proud to announce this partnership with John Sample Automotive and the Aprilia/
    Moto Guzzi brands.

    “Aprilia has always had a fantastic model range and finish quality, and I’ve just ridden the new
    RSV4 and WOW it’s unbelievable!”

    “Moto Guzzi, after receiving our initial order and demonstrators, I’m really impressed with that
    classic styling and build quality with such a smooth engine with an amazing amount of torque.”

  • Auto Italia 2011

    This years Auto Italia returns to the lawns of the Old Parliament House. If you're into Italian 2 and 4 wheelers, place this one in the diary.



    Auto Italia 2011 / 17th April 2011 

    Auto Italia 2011 is on again and it continues to attract a large gathering of Italian 2 and 4 wheel fans. This year Auto Italia will be paying homage to the Fiat brand.

    Our good friend Nico from Motorini has told us that Italian two wheelers will play a big part, just as they have in recent years. That includes brands like Vespa and Piaggio, not forgetting those Italian motorcycle brands like Moto Guzzi.

    This years Auto Italia will return to the lawns of the "Old Parliament House", a unique location for such an event.  

    For those interested in travelling from interstate, even entering the event, special accommodation rates have been negotiated at Rydges Capital Hill.

    For those ready to soak up the atmosphere on two wheels Nico will be running a scooter ride from Motorini on the 16th of April, departing at 4PM. The group will take a nice casual ride followed by an evening meal. Nice....

    You can find out more about Auto Italia by going to

    Or to find out more about the scooter side of things, or the ride on the day prior, contact Nico @


  • Kymco Surges Ahead


    Kymco surges ahead as a leader in the Australian motorcycle market, celebrating the biggest ever retail month in March.

    Kymco Australia


    • Number one scooter brand for Quarter 1 2011 and the month of March
    • Australia’s fastest growing ATV brand with 118% growth and 5.1% national market share for Q1 2011
    • Total sales growth of 58% in Q1 2011 over the same period last year
    • The seventh largest motorcycle brand in the country with 4.0% of the total market in Q1

    Kymco celebrated its biggest retail month ever in March, with the rapidly growing Taiwanese brand taking the market by storm with its range of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs to bolster an outstanding Q1 performance. In only its third year in the Australian motorcycle market, Kymco is already beginning to replicate the same levels of success enjoyed by the global powerhouse around the world.

    During Q1, Kymco increased total sales volume by a staggering 57.6 percent over the same period in 2010, according to results recently released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI).

    Making this growth even more impressive is the fact that 2010 itself was a record-breaking year for Kymco. This result saw Kymco annex 4.0 percent of the total motorcycle market during Q1, this Q1 result saw Kymco rise to become the seventh largest motorcycle brand in Australia, only five units short of the number six position.

    Posting its best ever scooter result during March, Kymco leapt to a clear lead as the number one scooter brand in the country with a market share just shy of 20 percent. This result reflects growth of 77 percent over Q1 2010 in a market that is only up 6.4 percent. With several new models still to be released over coming months and a range that is the envy of the industry, the Kymco scooter business is showing no signs of slowing down.

    “We kicked off this year aiming to become the number one scooter brand in Australia and we are ecstatic at our results so far,” said Kymco Australia & New Zealand Chief Executive Officer, Stuart McLean.

    “You only need to take one look at our range, and one look at the pedigree of the Kymco brand, to understand how we’ve achieved this growth and why there is plenty more growing to come.”

    “We provide a scooter range that is stylish, reliable, offers value for money and is backed up by an outstanding dealer network – these factors will continue to underpin our success.”

    Not to be outdone, Kymco ATVs also faired well, with its biggest retail month ever in March securing the Taiwanese manufacturer 5.1% of the national ATV market for Q1 and 118% growth over the same period in 2010. After just one-and-a-half years in the Australia n ATV market, Kymco ATVs have already established an enviable reputation for their reliability, toughness and after sales support, qualities that will no doubt facilitate even greater growth over the course of 2011.

    “Kymco apply a philosophy of ‘simplicity of design- with the correct features’ with their ATV range and this is why many Australian farmers are turning to Kymco to get the job done,” said Mr McLean.

    “Not to mention that Kymco’s Research & Development team have spent an abundance of time in Australia to ensure they are manufacturing ATVs that are tailored to suit our very unique conditions Down Under.”

    Capping off these outstanding Q1 results, Kymco’s range of < 250cc motorcycles also demonstrated solid growth over the early stages of 2011, establishing the brand as a leader of the learner and lower
    capacity motorcycle market.

    “At Kymco, we work under the principles of integrity, quality, passion and customer service t o drive our business further to meet the needs of local Australians,” said Mr McLean.

    “Our brand is becoming more and more recognisable to Australians, who are no w understanding the global power of Kymco, who are the fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world with an annual production capacity of over 700,000 units.”

    “These results are a reflection of the quality of this brand, the quality of the products and the quality of our people. Watch this space for more growth from Kymco over coming months.”

    For further information about the Kymco range, please visit


  • 1st Quarter Sales Update 2011


    Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) provide some cause for optimism.



       Piaggio Fly 1st  YTD                           Piaggio Zip 2nd YTD                           SYM Red Devil 3rd YTD

    Official figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) provide some cause for optimism that motorcycle sales are at a turning point. In particular ATV and Scooter sales have grown, however the industry remains concerned that Off-road and Road bike sales are still below last year’s figures.

    The figures show that over 22,900 units were sold in the first quarter of 2011. This is slightly down on the same period last year (1.2 per cent).

    Sales to the agricultural sector of ATVs have increased by over 34 per cent representing some 4,509 units. In addition, sales of Scooters have increased, growing by 6.4 per cent (2,969 units) compared to March 2010. 

    “These latest sales figures provide clear evidence of an emerging recovery in sales of new motorcycles,” FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar said.

    "Manufacturers are continuing to tempt buyers with very competitive offers, and as new models come on to the market, opportunities to take advantage of positive retail conditions abound.”  

    “As always it is best to stick with those brands that have a proven long-term commitment to service, quality and the local industry," he said.

    "Industry remains concerned about the continuing impact of low quality imitation and unsupported ‘grey’ imports which are available in the marketplace, but which are not captured in the official figures. Consumers are advised to ensure that the product they are purchasing is a genuine and legitimately imported product supported by the local manufacturer," Mr. McKellar said.

    In a turnaround compared with recent results, the road bike sector was most popular with 8,699 units sold compared to the off-road sectors’ 6,854 units.

    During the first quarter of 2011, Yamaha has staked a claim for the highest sales with over 4,600 units sold, followed by Honda with 3,821 and Suzuki with just over 3,100 units.



    Download the summary report
    Download the Top 10 figures

  • Vespa Turns 65


    The 65th Anniversary of one very special brand. The Vespa brand turns 65 on the 23rd of April, history is once again created.

    Vespa Italy

    Another piece of Vespa History is created

    A week dedicated to the Vespa scooter and 65 years of uninterrupted success ends in Rome with a parade of Vespa devotees through the city centre.

    The birthday of the world’s most famous best-selling scooter – more than 17 million vehicles sold – is the 23rd of April, the day when the patent that gave the go-ahead to mass production of the very first version, the Vespa 98cc, was filed in Florence.

    While the Vespa’s success is closely tied to the history of mobility and changing lifestyles in Italy and around the world, its growth continues unabated: with 133,000 scooters shipped in 2010, eleven thousand more than in 2009, the Vespa has beaten the 100,000 sales threshold every year for the past five years. Its impressive performance stems from a regular flow of new models and versions that has boosted sales figures to almost triple the 50,000 Vespas sold in 2003. And the Italian scooter is set for further growth, with the global expansion of production and sales operations: Vespa production is due to begin in India in 2012, after the opening of the factory for the Vietnamese market in the second half of 2009.

    In Rome, under the shadow of the Colosseum and the Imperial Fora, Piaggio is presenting the new Vespa entries for 2011 to the Italian and international press. Together with the Vespa PX – the model that best symbolises the enduring myth of the Vespa with more than 3,000,000 scooters sold worldwide, making the PX the best-selling Vespa ever – three brand new special editions are making their debut: Sport, Touring and Vie della Moda, covering the full Vespa range from 50cc to 300cc in the two classic small-frame and large-frame sizes (vespino and vespone) and targeting three different user classes, so that everyone can choose the Vespa that best suits their personal style.

    Vespa PX - Coming Soon

    The Vespa in its purest form resumes its place as an enduring legend. The ideal link between the history of the world’s most famous scooter and its future, the Vespa PX is available in the two most classic versions, 125cc (Europe Only) and 150cc.

    Backed by worldwide sales of more than 3,000,000 scooters, the PX has a specific position as a classic scooter in the modern Vespa range, the natural choice for people looking for a Vespa equipped with a handlebar-mounted four-gear transmission together with the unmistakeable timeless design that has successfully seen off all imitations.

    The Piaggio PX 150 is being released in Australia shortly for a recommended retail price of $5990 + ORC. In Italy, Piaggio is offering the Vespa PX 150th anniversary unity of Italy, an exclusive version in a smart white livery with red-white-green trims for the Italian flag and the official 1861-2011 150th anniversary logo.

     (Europe Only) Vespa PX 150th anniversary unity of Italy


    Vespa Special Editions - LXV, Touring Editions Europe Only

    The Vespa Touring special edition targets Vespa fans who want a scooter customised for touring: standard chrome carriers and a rounded windshield give the Vespa GTS and Vespa LX an extra touch of class and enhance rider protection.

    The Sport special edition embodies the Vespa values of style, comfort, safety and sportiness, continuing the legacy of models from the past like the Vespa GS 150 of 1955, the 180 SS of 1964 through to the T5 “Pole Position” of 1985. The legshield back plate of the Vespa S is emblazoned with the original “Sport” badge, while the Vespa GTS flaunts the “SuperSport” badge. The suspension is enhanced with a racing-red finish for the front spring, a detail that distinguishes the Vespa GTS Super and Vespa S.

    The Vie della Moda special edition focuses on the “retro” lines of the Vespa GTV and LXV; sophisticated glamour is the key for a vintage fashion reinterpretation of the stylistic hallmarks of the 1950s and 1960s. Fitted with powerful ultra-modern 300cc and 125cc engines, the Vespa GTV and Vespa LXV “Vie della Moda” deliver a scintillating performance of outstanding elasticity, with the electronic injection system keeping consumption and emissions to a minimum.