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  • Sydney Motorcycle Show

     

    Crowds flock to the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show.

    The Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter show has been held in recent years west of the city, at the Homebush Olympic site. This year the show returned to Darling Harbour, and so too, did the crowds. This crowd was the largest I've seen at any show in Australia for a long-long time. Darling Harbour sure can pull the numbers.

    Over the three days, importers showcased the latest and greatest motorcycles. The star attraction for a great deal of bike fans was the release of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, just weeks after its first showing in Milan. Impressive if you like bikes.....

    From a scooter perspective the show had a minor representation, though we still had a few things to get excited about. Here's a short wrap on the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show.


    Daelim Scooters


    Senior management from Korea were present for the weekend, getting a first hand look at the Australian market. Daelim's stand reflected the commitment the importer is making to the market here locally.

    Daelim for the first time had the new Besbi 125 on display. The Besbi (aka Amici) will retail for $2190 plus. A 125 cc scooter that has a really cool retro look. Daelim have picked up the quality control duties, the Besbi should make for a great entry level commuter.

    Another scooter which has started gaining traction is the unique and original B Bone 125. Also on display we had the S1 and Daelim's entry level sports contender to the motorcycle market, the VJF 250.

      

     


    PGO

    Motorsport Importers were present with the PGO brand. On display was the all new G Max 220i, the X Hot 150 and the cute retro Ligero 150. We have both the G Max and the Ligero in the garage presently for review, the brand is starting to kick some goals. Quality would have to be the main reason, PGO has a solid reputation.

    The G Max 220i is now on-sale in Australia. Around $4700 (plus) will get you riding a scooter that makes a great base for a few modifications. Handling as expected from our test model has been sensational.

    Motorsport Importers also showcased Zues helmets, a brand they also distribute in Australia.

       

     


    Aprilia


    The current Aprilia range was on display, though we didn't get to see any of the anticipated "New" model releases for 2012. Aprilia announced the new Scarabeo 200 which will launch in January, this model is currently in production and will soon be on a boat heading downunder. The SRV 850 is coming, the new super scooter will make it here in 2012. This one will instantly become the king of sports scooters, the style is all RSV4.

    Another announcement was that the SR Max is also coming to Australia in 2012. For those that remember the Gilera Nexus, the SR Max will look familiar. The SR Max will be available with the 278 cc Piaggio Quasar motor. The SR Max 300 will fill a big void in the mid-capacity sports market.

    On display we had the current range including a tricked up blue Mojito that looked very classy with an additional screen and chrome crash bars.

     

      


    Vespa/Piaggio


    Vepsa had the current model range on display with the GTV 300 "Vie della Moda" front and centre. Though for this show, it was all about Piaggio who had two new models being released for the first time.

    First up the Piaggio Liberty 150 i.e.. This one will arrive early in 2012. This is the first scooter we will see in Australia out of the new Vietnam manufacturing facility. A large wheeled commuter scooter the Liberty will retail for around $3500 plus. Large wheels and a motor that is shared with the current LX Vespa range. Should make for a solid commuter.

    Next from Piaggio was the Typhoon. Initially a 125 cc scooter that will line up in direct competition with the Aprilia Sportcity One. The Typhoon differentiates itself by using 12 inch balloon tyres. It also has that chunky Typhoon family resemblance. The Typhoon hits the market in December. A 125 cc initially, a 50 cc 2 stroke to follow.

      

      

     

    Honda

    Honda had the EV Neo on display. An electric cargo carrying scooter that forms part of the Honda companies green push.

    More importantly for our market, Honda had the new Dio 110 on display. A smallish large wheeled scooter that will retail for only $2490 nationally. The Dio or Vision has been produced and manufactured in Thailand for the world market. Looks like a great little commuter scooter, and being a Honda, it's sure to be efficient and as reliable as they come.

    Honda has been enjoying great success with the PCX 125 and things should continue to grow strongly with the introduction of the 110 cc Dio. 



     

    Yamaha

    For this show Yamaha had the current range on display. This consisted of the Vity 125, the BWS 125, the Majesty 400 and the sporty TMAX 500. Yamaha have recently released a multitude of models in Europe, though no word on when we will exactly see these arrive here.

    I think it's more a case of "watch this space" with Yamaha for 2012.

     

      

  • Piaggio Typhoon 125


    Sports Style - Entry Level Price

    Typhoon, a great Piaggio success story, returns to Australia from early December 11', sharper and sportier than ever.

    New edgy styling and graphics plus the addition of the performance and reliability of the 125 Leader engine will see the Typhoon reach out to a whole new buyer.

    Features include

    • All new restyled sports look with distinctive graphics.
    • Reliable Euro 3 compliant LEADER 125 air cooled engine
    • Large section rim and tyre combination for broader appeal
    • Automatic CVT transmission
    • Large lockable under seat storage area
    • Three colours choices: Nero Lucido (Black), Bianco Cult (White), & Grigio Titanio (Grey)
    • 2 year unlimited KLM warranty


    All this for an incredible MLP: $2990

    "The sports styling and versatile design of Typhoon will appeal to a broad range a buyers while retaining excellent value for money, commented Piaggio Sales Manager Gavan Moody."

    About Piaggio / Vespa

    The Piaggio company, nestled in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Pisa, first invented scooters in 1946 when it produced the first-ever Vespa and helped liberate a war-torn Italy. Vespa remains the iconic scooter brand with its unique metal-bodied design. Today, Piaggio continues to produce scooters under the classic Vespa brand, the sporty Gilera brand and the contemporary Piaggio brand.


    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.

    In Australia, PS Importers is the sole importer of this iconic and popular range.

     


  • Vespa S 150 i.e

     

    From December 2011 the Vespa S will be available as the S150, replacing the ever popular S125. The new 150 cc EFI engine marks a significant performance increase for the sports orientated S model.

    Features include…..

    • Air-cooled LEADER engine with advanced EFI
    • More power and improved low end torque for better fuel economy.
    • Retains the retro ‘S’ styling including black piped seat
    • Large under seat storage
    • Available in three colours: Rosso Dragon (Red), Nero Lucido (Black) and Monte Bianco (White)
    “The ‘S’ range represents the sporting spirit of Vespa and this updated model benefits significantly from the larger capacity 150 engine” commented Vespa Sales Manager Gavan Moody.

    About Vespa

    The Piaggio company, nestled in the Tuscan countryside between Florence and Pisa, first invented scooters in 1946 when it produced the first-ever Vespa and helped liberate a war-torn Italy. Vespa remains the iconic scooter brand with its unique metal-bodied design.

    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.

    Today, Piaggio continues to produce scooters under the classic Vespa brand, the sporty Gilera brand and the contemporary Piaggio brand. In Australia, PS Importers is the sole importer of this iconic and popular range.

     

  • The Ultimate Sportcity Cube

     

    Racecourse Motors Aprilia Sportcity Cube 300.

    What started as a simple mechanical project, quickly turned into a crime of passion. Take a bog-stock Sportcity 300 and turn it into a razor like commuters dream.

    The Sportcity 300 delivers the perfect mix of power, speed and handling. Add some fun bits and the the package takes on a whole new lease of life. We were lucky enough to take this one for a burn. Not only does it increase mid-range punch it also gives the Sportcity a meaty growl under heavy acceleration. The package helps with visibility on the road and ups the points in the street-cred stakes.

    To give you a guide here are the modifications performed by the Racecourse Motors Team:

    • Malossi Multivar, which includes new variator, complete with light weight rollers and rear pulley.
    • Malossi Kevlar Drive Belt.
    • Akrapovic Slip on Exhaust System (Silencer Option Included)

    Racecourse Motors are offering a full turnkey performance solution from purchase through to modification.   

    The Malossi kit/Akrapovic Exhaust System fully fitted is just $1270. Or ..........

    Buy a new Aprilia Sportcity 300 Cube for $8499 completely fitted with the Malossi Multivar and Akrapovic Exhaust System.

    If the photo's don't speak enough volume about this Scoot, head down to Racecourse Motors at Randwick today to check it out for yourself!

    For more information contact Allan @ Racecourse Motors Randwick

    Phone : (02) 9314 7700

    Website : www.racecoursemotors.com.au

  • 2012 Motorcycle/Scooter Show Sydney

     

    For many manufacturers it is a case of first stop, EICMA, second stop, the Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show, with a number of new bikes breaking cover for the first time in Australia.

    The November 25-27 event will bring the best new sports bikes, cruisers, tourers, dirt bikes, scooters, ATVs and more, direct to enthusiasts across one all-encompassing show floor.

    The anticipated arrival of Ducati’s groundbreaking new Superbike, the 1199 Panigale, has been confirmed and will be a major drawcard.

    The Italian manufacturer claims it compromised nothing in creating a bike that was 10kg lighter but packed an extra 25hp.

    Moving to the new monocoque chassis results in a bike capable of setting new power-to-weight and torque-to-weight benchmarks.

    Ducati’s acclaimed ride and power modes are present, along with the ride by wire system, electronic suspension, traction control, ABS, engine brake control, quickshift and a data analyser with an integrated GPS function for the track.

    12 years after it introduced the first of its highly-successful range of WRF enduro bikes, Yamaha is set to uncover its anticipated 2012 WR450F.

    The Japanese manufacturer has gone back to the drawing board with the bike.

    Among the major changes are the development of a new aluminium bilateral beam frame and twin-chamber front and rear suspension, both of which draw influence from the newest in the YZ motocross range.

    A fuel injection system has been added and can now be tuned by the pocket-sized power tuner which proved so popular on the new YZ450F.

    The Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC is another machine that will prove popular to the purists with its sophisticated electronics management package.

    Intelligent traction, wheelie and launch control are customisable to the rider with a variety of settings, and a quick-shift system allows shifting without throttle release or use of the clutch.

    Aprilia’s success on the World Superbike stage has resulted in a production motorcycle derived directly from the race track.

    The cost-friendly RSV4 R, also benefiting from the APRC system, will also be on show.

    Other anticipated releases set for the show include the Suzuki GSX-R1000L2, 2012 Yamaha YZF-R1, 2012 Honda CBR1000RR, 2012 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, Triumph Sprint GT, Victory Cross Country Tour, Can-Am Outlander 800R X MR, Husqvarna Nuda 900R, KTM 690 Duke, plus more.

    Race bikes, race replicas, concepts and historic machines will also create a strong talking point across the many and varied exhibits.

    Browse a full range of exhibitors online at motorcycleshow.com.au.

    The Sydney Motorcycle & Scooter Show is Australia’s largest showcase of everything on two wheels, featuring a comprehensive display of bikes from all major manufacturers and products and services from a range of industry specialists.

    Tickets (available pre-purchase at motorcycleshow.com.au or at the gate)

    Adults: $20 / Seniors: $14 / Children (5-15 years): $14 (Under 5 years free) / Family: (2 adults and 2 children) $48

    Opening Hours

    Friday Nov 25: 10am-8pm / Saturday Nov 26: 9am-6pm / Sunday Nov 27: 9am-5pm

     

  • Kymco K-XCT 300

     

    Kymco K-XCT 300 - Overseas Model Only - Australia TBA

    The all new Kymco K-XCT 300. On first glance I was thinking maybe just another scooter from Kymco. At second glance, the Kymco K-XCT 300 is actually an all new compact-maxi.

    What is appealing here is that this scooter has all the attributes of being a top class commuter. I've been getting around on the Downtown 300 now for a few months and I would claim the Downtown as being the quickest 300 class scooter on the road. So versatile in the way it performs, motorways or around town, any mission is taken on without fear or thought.

    So a compact version of the Downtown with the same G5 engine/transmission really appeals. This format is extremely comfortable, has ample storage and offers fantastic weather protection. A one scooter fixes all type solution. ABS is an option and all the appealing features of the Downtown, I'm seeing the same here on the K-XCT, just in a compact chassis. 

    So no word if it will arrive in Australia, though like the People GT 300i released last year, both these scooters would make a great addition to the current Australian Kymco line-up.



    Whilst on Kymco, Eicma also saw the release of the Xciting 400. We have seen that SYM will bring the Maxsym 400 to Australia early next year but not so sure if this model will make it here. I don't have too many details on the Xciting as yet. Though I am guessing it's like the 500 model currently sold in Europe, now with a new 400 cc powerplant. Pictures are all I have.  

    Anyway bring on the K-XCT 300!

     

     

  • Honda EV Neo Electric Scooter


    Check out Honda's brand new EV-neo Electric Scooter at the 2011 Sydney Motorcycle Show on November 25-27. This progressive new model is a step towards the zero emission society Honda has long been working towards.

    The EV-neo electric scooter was first conceived with the aim of offering convenient, clean transport that could help daily commuters get more enjoyment from their daily lives. Designed for short trips such as deliveries, the EV-neo is an electric motorcycle offering quiet performance and satisfying power.

    Styling for the new concept EV-neo electric scooter was very important, Honda aimed to make the design both open and familiar in feel, it was important for the EV-neo to transcend the style of the current era. Honda leveraged the innovative layout made possible by its EV technology. The EV-neo is clean, simple and modern in its style and as it has been designed to fulfil business requirements it is trustworthy and dependable.

    The EV-neo is a scooter that will encourage people to see a fresh side to their surroundings and it will heighten the fun of two wheeled transportation.

    Honda pioneered the electric motorcycle segment in 1994, when the company leased 200 CUV-ES electric scooters to national and local government agencies in Japan. Now Honda presents EV-neo.

    Visit the Honda stand at the Sydney Motorcycle Show at Darling Harbor on November 25-27, 2011 to see this progressive new model.

    It's a Honda and is a step towards a future society with zero emissions.

    www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

  • BMW C 600 Sport - C 650 GT

    There have been drastic changes in the requirements for individual mobility concepts, specifically for conurbations. The challenges facing inner city traffic in future will be growing traffic volume, rising energy costs, and greater stringency of CO2 stipulations.

    The BMW Group has recognised these challenges and is developing series solutions for the mobility needs of today and tomorrow. As an integral part of the BMW Group, BMW Motorrad is also dealing with the issues of individual single track mobility and the future needs of customers. In this context, BMW Motorrad is expanding its business activities to include urban mobility.

    As its first offers on this sector, BMW Motorrad will be presenting two premium vehicles on the maxi scooter segment. The BMW C 600 Sport and the BMW C 650 GT combine the outstanding riding properties of a motorcycle with the specific agility and conceptual comfort of a scooter for a new kind of dynamic riding experience.

    The new maxi scooters will be built at the BMW Motorrad plant in Berlin.


     

    Two dynamic maxi scooters for sports and touring.

    The differing characteristics of the concepts behind these two maxi scooters appeal to a wide target group: the C 600 Sport for the riders with sports ambitions, and the C 650 GT for customers attaching greater importance to comfort and touring ability.

    Irrespectively of their differing concepts, the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT present the unique design language of BMW Motorrad, setting new standards on this segment in this category as well. Modern and dynamic, they are the perfect examples of the BMW Motorrad design philosophy.

    Powerful 2-cylinder inline engine with CVT and characteristic sound.

    The 2-cylinder inline engine of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT is an all new development by BMW Motorrad with a displacement of 647 cc. In both models, its rated power output is 44 kW (60 hp) at 7500 rpm, and its max torque of 66 Nm is available at 6000 rpm. The power is transferred via a directly integrated CVT, or continuously variable transmission.

    The engine owes its low position and therefore low centre of gravity to its cylinder bank, which is inclined to the front through 70°. The characteristic sound and low vibration levels are the result of the 90° crank pin offset, 270° ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts driven by spur gears.

    An electronic fuel injection system supplies the four valves under the two overhead camshafts. Oil is supplied from a dry sump with double oil pump, and an efficient cooling concept optimises the thermal equilibrium in the 2-cylinder engine.

    The exhaust system is made completely of stainless steel and complies with motorcycle specifications. Fitted with a closed loop catalytic converter and an oxygen sensor, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT fulfil today the Euro-4 emission limits of tomorrow.

    Suspension with playful handling and best riding stability.

    One objective in the development of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT was to combine directional stability at high speeds on the motorway with playful handling in city traffic and clear feedback to the rider – just like a motorcycle.

    Accordingly, the design of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT suspension features a torsionally rigid hybrid interconnection of a tubular steel bridge frame and a diecast aluminium unit at the swingarm bearing. In addition, the 2-cylinder inline engine functions as a bearing element, presenting a particularly rigid construction for stable and high precision response.

    The greatest possible riding stability is also provided by the bearing for the cast light-alloy single swingarm with coaxial centre of rotation.

    Also the suspension elements fulfil more fastidious needs for sporting character and comfort. At the front, an upside down fork presents a generous fixed fork diameter of 40 mm. The tail presents a reclining spring strut on the left side. The spring travels are each 115 mm, as they also occur quite commonly on the motorcycle sector. Also the tyre widths and cross sections of the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT are aligned to motorcycle dimensions.

    Powerful braking system with BMW Motorrad ABS fitted as standard.

    The new C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are fitted with a generously sized braking system consisting of a two-rotor disc brake at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, each 270 mm in diameter. At the same time, the BMW Motorrad ABS fitted as standard ensures maximum possible safety.

    Multifunctional instrument cluster and optional LED daytime running light.

    The instrument cluster of the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT presents a large, easily readable LCD display with integrated engine speed readout and an analogue speedometer. The instrument cluster presents considerably more functions than usual in this vehicle class.

    For the first time, BMW Motorrad is also offering an LED daytime running light as an optional equipment feature on its C 600 Sport and C 650 GT.

    C 600 Sport with the world premiere FlexCase.

    The FlexCase for the C 600 Sport is an innovative stowage space concept.

    A flap in the tail base under the seat enlarges the stowage space on the stationary vehicle. This can be used e.g. to hold two helmets.



    The highlights at a glance

    • Efficiency optimised 2-cylinder inline engine with high torque and CVT.
    • The most powerful and efficient engine of its class.
    • Compact design with dry sump lubrication.
    • Power output 44 kW (60 hp) at 7500 rpm, max torque 66 Nm at 6000 rpm.
    • Punchy sound and low vibration levels thanks to the 90° crank pin offset, 270° ignition spacing, and two balancer shafts.
    • Low fuel consumption and low emissions thanks to electronic fuel injection and closed loop catalytic converter.
    • Suspension concept similar to a motorcycle; particularly rigid and hence more stable suspension system of tubular steel bridge frame and diecast aluminium unit at the swingarm bearing.
    • Generously dimensioned upside down fork with 40 mm standpipe diameter.
    • Swingarm with wide bearing base and reclining spring strut on the side.
    • Swingarm's centre of rotation coaxial with the output shaft, so constant chain tension and reduced reaction torques.
    • Low maintenance, encapsulated secondary drive via roller chain in oil bath.
    • High level of active safety thanks to generously sized braking system and dual channel ABS fitted as standard.
    • Hold brake engaged automatically via the side stand.
    • Multifunctional instrument cluster with onboard computer.
    • Optional LED daytime running light and way home function.
    • Either sporty, dynamic or luxurious, elegant in the characteristic BMW Motorrad design language.
    • Generously sized stowage space. C 600 Sport with the world premiere FlexCase as an innovative stowage space concept.
    • Powered (C 650 GT) or manual (C 600 Sport) windscreen adjustments for the optimal protection against wind and weather.
    • Three colour variants for each.
    • Extensive equipment and custom accessories of the familiar high BMW Motorrad quality.




    The differences between the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT at a glance

    The sporty, dynamic scooter BMW C 600 Sport is characterised by a seat positioned for extremely active riding. This was made possible by the arrangement of the foot boards, seat, and handlebar in an ergonomic triangle. More fastidious needs for touring and long distance capabilities, on the other hand, are fulfilled by the luxurious C 650 GT. The rider and passenger can therefore adopt a more relaxed sitting posture that is highly appreciated especially over long stretches. The ergonomics designed for even greater passenger capability and comfort can be felt in particular on a more comfortable seat with adjustable backrest for the rider in conjunction with a higher handlebar and comfortable floor boards in lieu of separate footrests for the passenger. In addition, the C 650 GT presents a larger, powered windscreen for even better protection against wind and weather.

    Ergonomics

    •      C 600 Sport with dynamic seat position as a result of flatter handlebar, sporty seat design for both one and two persons, and sporty footrests for the passenger; seat height 810 mm.
    •      C 650 GT with emphatically comfortable seat position as a result of higher handlebar, more comfortable and larger seat with adjustable backrest for the rider, and foot boards for the passenger as well; seat height 780 mm.

    Windscreen

    • C 600 Sport with windscreen adjustable mechanically to three positions.
    • C 650 GT with larger windscreen adjustable electrically over 10 cm for even greater comfort and protection from wind and weather.

    Body and design

    • C 600 Sport with sporty, spartan panels. The lean tail with the dynamic upswing and emphatic body edges lend it lightness and dynamics.
    • C 650 GT with an organic design language emphasising comfort attributes. Generously sized panel parts for outstanding comfort and protection against wind and weather.

    Headlights, turn indicators, rear light

    • C 600 Sport: front turn indicators integrated in the panelling, twin circular headlights with two side lights on the left and right, LED rear light cluster with single turn indicators
    • C 650 GT: front turn indicators integrated in the mirrors, twin circular headlights with side lights between them presenting a vertical light strip of three elements, LED rear light cluster with integrated turn indicators.

    Stowage space

    • C 600 Sport with world premiere FlexCase and hence variable stowage space concept in the tail under the seat. Despite its sporty, spartan tail section, two helmets can be easily stowed in the parked vehicle.
    • C 650 GT with a large stowage space of about 60 litres in the tail for taking two helmets and other utilities.

    Colours

    •       C 600 Sport:
    1. Cosmic blue metallic matt
    2. Titanium silver metallic
    3. Sapphire black metallic
    •       C 650 GT:
    1. Sapphire black metallic
    2. Platinum bronze metallic
    3. Vermilion red metallic
  • Vespa GTS 300 i.e 2012

     

     



    Design


    The lines of the shield, strictly in steel, are those of the successful Vespa GTS series which, launched in 2005, redefined the technical and aesthetic standards of the most sporty Vespa. The rear light group, the rich instrument panel, the large saddle with a dynamic line, the evocative rear luggage rack, are just some of the distinctive signs of a decisive and strong charactered Vespa.

    The original placement of the daylight running light in the cowl by the horn is an explicit reminder of the Vespas from the 1950s which gives a further touch of elegance to this version.

    At the front, Vespa GTS 300 can be immediately picked out of a crowd by the chromed moulding on the mudguard. The visual flow of the modern and decisive lines of the cowls, the round and sloping front headlight, the passenger footrests which fold out from the body, are characteristics which make the Vespa unique and they are highlighted in the line of the new GTS 300 i.e.

    Vespa GTS maintains the fundamental characteristics which makes every Vespa a unique vehicle in the scooter world: the monocoque body, made entirely from steel: a construction philosophy which ensures legendary sturdiness, reliability and superior rigidity, all to the advantage of riding precision.

    Its perfect ergonomics and the natural seating position have always contributed to the easy ride of the Vespa. The saddle of the new Vespa GTS provides superior comfort even on medium to long routes. The meticulously crafted trimmings and double stitching bear witness to the care and attention to detail which makes every Vespa stand out.

    The spacious storage compartment under the saddle can hold two demi-jet helmets plus other objects, while the space in the leg shield back plate is ideal for smaller objects such as sunglasses, documents, mobile phone and anything else that the rider may need to keep within reach. The analogue instrument panel is practical and functional with white numbers which contrast well against the black background.

    Body and chassis architecture

    The Vespa body, made entirely in steel, also acts as the monocoque chassis. Since 1946 it has been the characteristic which has always made Vespa stand out from other scooters.

    Within the body of the Vespa GTS 300 Super, beneath the seat, is the fuel tank. In spite of an impressive 9.2 litre capacity offering outstanding range, the tank does not compromise under-seat storage space or access to the engine once the helmet carrier has been lifted off (no tools required). Complementing the legendary rigidity of the steel body, the Vespa GTS 300 Super boasts a chassis architecture featuring 12” wheels shod with a 120/70 tyre at the front and a 130/70 tyre at the rear.

    The front suspension uses the classic link arm layout, a traditional feature in Vespa history with excellent dynamic functional characteristics. At the rear, two pre-load adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers are fixed to the transmission crankcase and exhaust support. Vespa GTS 300 boasts high braking power thanks to two 220 mm discs.

    A new 300 engine for Vespa GTS

    The new 300, single cylinder 4 stroke, 4 valve, liquid cooled, electronic injection engine provides maximum power of 22 HP at 7,500 rpm and puts out a maximum torque of 22.3 Nm at just 5,000 rpm: values which guarantee the Vespa GTS quick throttle response and extremely brilliant performance, making it an ideal vehicle both in city traffic and for touring, even at long range, in complete comfort, whether alone or with a passenger.

    The new Vespa GTS engine is fast, sporty, spirited and silky smooth thanks to electronic fuel injection, but also silent running and compliant with the strictest anti-emissions standards (Euro3). An oil bath free wheel system reduces noise on starting, while normal use is attenuated by new engine casings, that also contributed to improved transmission cooling.

  • TGB Bellavita

    The all new TGB Bellavita has been getting some significant attention at Eicma 2011.

    Here is what we know so far :

    • The Bellavita will be available in both 125 and 300 class versions.
    • Both will be liquid cooled.
    • Both will be fuel injected.
    • Both will be coming to Australia early 2012.

    Get ready for this one. Quality, fit and finish is said to be top notch. It also happens to have that classic shape and style spot-on. A budget classic, large capacity, good quality Asian scooter - just what the doctor ordered.

    More information as we get it.......

     

     

     

  • Piaggio Beverly SportTouring

     

    The high wheel best seller from Piaggio, with more than 300,000 vehicles sold, has been the undisputed market leader from ten years, extends its inimitable features of urban commuter into a sports theme, mixing performance, comfort and riding pleasure into a unique model.

    Introducing Beverly SportTouring, a version which is attractive, gritty and at the same time elegant, where all of the experience and state of the art scooter technology of the Piaggio Group is concentrated in terms of safety, performance and reliability.

    Beverly SportTouring is the first model from Piaggio equipped with the brand new 350 engine, a product made to obtain the maximum power of a 400, but with a size, emissions levels and management costs comparable to those of a 300 cc.  

    The new SportTouring has a combined braking system or, the first scooter in the world, a built in ABS system with ASR traction control for maximum safety even in emergency and poor grip conditions.  

    To handle its enhanced performance, the new SportTouring mounts a larger 150/70 rear tyre in order to guarantee the maximum in terms of stability and road holding.

    A new engine: minimum space, maximum performance.

    On the Beverly SportTouring the brand new single cylinder 350, 4 stroke, 4 valve, electronic injection and water cooled engine makes its debut - state of the art Piaggio Group technology in scooter engines.

    This is an engine designed to provide performance comparable to a 400 cc engine, but with compact dimensions and reduced weight in line with a 300 cc engine.

    The new thermal group was specifically studied to optimise fluid dynamics, by adopting solutions which allow performance to be enhanced, increasing fuel economy at the same time. The new design also contributes to a significant reduction in emissions.
    The stroke and bore values (69 mm x 78 mm) were selected to guarantee improved output at intermediate RPMs and with partial loads as well as greater operational flexibility.

    The new 350 engine was conceived with a dry crankcase lubrication system with reed valve, which allows a reduction of both power losses due to flutter, and volume of the oil sump and the engine size.

    Particular attention was given to reducing internal friction during design of the new engine: the timing rockers now have rollers, to the advantage of noise reduction and mechanical efficiency.

    On the transmission front there are also new improvements, characterised by a new, multi-disc automatic clutch in oil bath, which ensures improved and more consistent output over time, even in conditions of high thermal stress. A special automatic lubrication system guarantees constant cooling of the system in any operating conditions.

    These technical solutions, together with a new CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) developed ad hoc for this engine, provided savings in terms of weight of about 10 kg compared to a 400.

    The performance, comparable to that of a 400, – with maximum power of 24.5 kW (33.3 HP) at 8,250 rpm and maximum torque of 32.2 Nm (3.3 kgm) at 6,250 rpm – place the new Beverly SportTouring at the top of its category.

    Minimum size and maximum performance, for greater savings: thanks to the new engine, the management costs of the Beverly SportTouring are kept at the same level as a 300 scooter, while offering a reduction of maintenance expenses. In fact, service is scheduled at intervals of 20,000 km, with an oil change at an intermediate 10,000 km only.

    Fuel economy information is also excellent: thanks to the new engine, Beverly SportTouring gets an average distance* of more than 30km/l, for an overall range grater than 330km.

    *WMTC 3.1 cycle


    Chassis architecture: motorcycle efficiency with the comfort of a scooter.

    The brilliant engine performance is enhanced by an original and extremely efficient chassis, a point of excellence for all of the Beverly models from the beginning. Once again, the new Beverly SportTouring's technology provides agility, efficiency and riding pleasure at the highest levels.

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

    While maintaining the great agility and handling of an urban commuter, the new Beverly SportTouring ensures top-of-the-class road holding, thanks in part to the large wheels with double 5-spoke light alloy rims (16” x 3.00” up front and 14” x 3.50” at the rear) and large tyres (110/70 and 150/70 respectively).

    Combined braking, ABS and ASR: powerful and safe in any situation.

    In terms of active safety, the new Beverly SportTouring does not shy away from confrontation, thanks to its powerful braking system, at the top of its category. The front brake sports a large 300 mm semi-floating disc, where a 3-piston floating calliper operates, while a 240 mm disc is mounted at the rear. The two discs operate in synergy, thanks to the combined braking system (for the version without ABS only): acting on the right lever the two side pistons up front are activated, while the left lever operates both the third piston up front and the rear brake. A distribution valve operates in series with the left lever, calibrating the front brake pressure based on the rear pressure in order to prevent lightening of the rear wheel and to keep the vehicle balance neutral.

    The new Beverly SportTouring is the first scooter on the market which can be equipped with the ABS/ASR package for optimum vehicle management even in the most delicate situations, such as in the event of a sudden loss of grip in emergency acceleration or braking.

    Both the wheels are equipped with a tone wheel and a sensor for instantaneous detection of rotation speed. The sensors are connected to a two channel hydraulic control unit which, through servo valves regulates the pressure to the braking system, activating the ABS at the moment in which the wheel tends to lock up.

    The final result is total and constant grip for the tyres, with a consequent decrease in the braking distance.

    The ASR feature, combined with the ABS system, represents a further step forward in terms of active safety. Thanks to the ASR, output power is automatically reduced when the sensors detect imminent skidding of the rear wheel. This measure contributes to preventing loss of control, on bumpy or low grip surfaces.

    The ASR can be easily disabled using the dedicated control on the handlebar so that, in any case, the rider is always able to get clear even in particular conditions (i.e.: starts on uphill slopes, on dirt roads, etc.). Engagement and disabling are indicated by an indicator light on the instrument panel.


    Style: gritty and elegant, true Made in Italy spirit.

    The decisive and elegant style of the new Beverly SportTouring stems from a careful and harmonious evolution of the distinctive styling of the Beverly family, searching for a subtle balance between the refined simplicity, so typical of all the best Made in Italy products and the numerous new details with a sport flavour.

    Even at first glance, the Beverly SportTouring stands out with its smoked windshield which, besides emphasising its sport spirit, improves aerodynamic protection for the rider.

    Instead of the chromium finishings, there are matte and brushed details – such as the front “moulding” – which, enhancing the complex surfaces, gives the new SportTouring a more decisive, sport and elegant character, all at the same time.

    The exhaust is also new, standing out because of the two ribs on the heat shield and the exclusive grey/flat black colouring, as well as the doubled 5-spoke wheel rims which were chosen in glossy black.

    The touring spirit of this new Beverly comes out in the numerous details, designed to provide a riding experience characterised by maximum comfort, from the saddle which has two-level seating, separate for rider and passenger – a distinctive element of this model from the beginning – which is available on the SportTouring in two colours, black and red (to match the interior finishing) and made precious by the exclusive relief stitching, ideally reminiscent of the most beautiful sports car interiors.

    The new SportTouring shares the spacious helmet compartment with the entire Beverly range: illuminated by a courtesy light, it is one of the largest in the category and can hold two full jet or one flip up helmet, in addition to documents, for which a dedicated space is provided.

    Load capacity is complemented by the practical luggage rack, with integrated passenger grab handles, the match coloured glove box incorporated in the leg shield back plate and the retractable bag hook.

    Colours

    The unique look of the new Beverly SportTouring is completed by an exclusive range of colour combinations and interior matches selected to enhance shapes and the sport character of the scooter: matched with the new Argento Cometa, a matte colour which enhances the shapes and surfaces even more, and the Nero Cosmo, the more “aggressive” livery, are the interiors, red embossing and saddle, which for the more classic Blu Midnight, Rosso Antares and Bianco Luna, are instead of black

  • Vespa Quarantasei

     

    Vespa provides a hint towards the future. New 3 valve engines will see Vespa take the brand well into the future.

    Vespa

     

    Only those who have made mobility history can imagine its future.

    Since 1946 Vespa has been established as a unique case of style and technology, meeting the demand for freedom of entire generations and pointing the way for the world where individual mobility is concerned, synonymous with emancipation.

    For sixty five years Vespa has continuously renewed its legend, tirelessly evolving its concept of form - function.

    Essence of style

    Today, after more than seventeen million vehicles on roads all over the world, and just like what happened in the post war era, Vespa unveils a possible future.

    It does it with a homage to its patriarch, the MP6 prototype, which gave origin to the most famous scooter in the world, an insuperable example of Italian style and creativity.

    Distilling the purest essence of those traits which marked the aesthetics of individual mobility forever, and enhancing the lines which made it famous, the Pontedera Style Centre projects the Vespa to a possible future where citations and projections, tradition and innovation, come together without solutions of continuity. Once again, Vespa manages to be ahead of the times, projecting itself into a future marked by creativity and unique styles.


    Techno(eco)logical milestones

    Vespa Quarantasei (forty-six, the name refers to the year in which the first Vespa was manufactured) opens a window to the future in technology as well.

    The beating heart of the Vespa Quarantasei is an extremely modern engine which unveils the development lines of motoring in the new future, characterised by low fuel consumption and decreased gas and sound emissions.

    The single cylinder 125 cc 4 stroke, 3 valve, air cooled engine with electronic injection represents Piaggio Group's state of the art technology in scooter engines.

    The new engine has been designed, developed and manufactured entirely in Pontedera, Piaggio's largest plant, which is one of the most advanced engine development and production centres in the world. This engine is born from the challenge that the Piaggio Group has taken on: to provide an increasingly more evolved customer with a product that guarantees performance, reliability and safety while also leading the field in respect for the environment.



    An extremely modern engine

    The innovative 3 valve timing which characterises the Vespa Quarantasei engine allows optimisation of the load motion in the cylinder both in terms of tumble and swirl as well as optimal positioning of the spark plug, increasing combustion performance and at the same time guaranteeing optimum cooling of the parts inside the head.

    For all of the bodies in motion bearings have been used in order to keep internal friction to a minimum: the timing rockers have a roller, all to the advantage of reducing noise and increasing mechanical efficiency, the camshaft is on bearings as well as the entire final drive.

    The cooling system was carefully analysed, even through thermal fluid-dynamic simulations, in order to further improve performance, thereby obtaining significant reduction in terms of absorbed power and acoustics.

    The injection system is state of the art for functionality and rideability, with automatic idle control and closed-loop titre management with a lambda probe. The three dimensional maps of advance, titre and injection timing are managed by a new generation control unit. Together with the trivalent catalytic converter, compliance with the Euro3 standard is more than guaranteed, even in anticipation of future standards which will be increasingly restrictive in terms of containment of polluting emissions.

    Performance, with a maximum power at crankshaft of 8.7 kW at 8,250 rpm and maximum torque of 10.3 Nm at 7,000 rpm (for the 125) and 9.7 kW at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque of 12.6 Nm at 6,500 rpm (for the 150) place the new engine at the top of these respective categories.


     

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