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  • CFMoto V-Night 150

    For genuine sports appeal in a smaller bike, nothing beats the big ‘sports bike’ look of the new V- Night 150. The full fairing aerodynamic design adds to the performance its powerful 4-stroke engine puts out.

    Down to the real details, with a single cylinder, 4-stroke 150cc liquid cooled engine, the CFMoto V- Night is fast and nimble on the road. Electric starting on the V-Night gets riders going instantly.

    With wide tyres on 17” wheels, the V-Night 150 has outstanding grip on the roads for agile and responsive steering. Petal disc brakes front and rear complemented with class leading suspension top off the CFMoto V-Night, making it one of the safest, most comfortable rides on the road- no matter the conditions.

    Digital instrumentation and twin halogen headlights on the V-Night cap off this impressive package.

    The CFMoto motorcycle range is continuing to grow and the introduction of the V-Night is only one of the many exciting developments. Also this month CFMoto has also launched the powerful 650NK road bike that is impressing motorcycle enthusiasts nationwide.

    Each model in the CFMoto motorcycle range is LAMs approved and a guaranteed head-turner, with gleaming chrome, quality build, advanced technology, comfort and design riders have come to expect from CFMoto over its 20-year history.

    Established in 1988, CFMoto is fast becoming one of the world’s largest manufacturers of power driven products, and has been taking the Australian market place by storm. Offering a quality product range and fantastic price points with sound warranty support, CFMoto is set to continue to grow exponentially. CFMoto manufactures over 600,000 vehicles a year.

    And backing up CFMoto’s world renowned product quality is the fact it has been awarded ISO9001 – the world manufacturing quality assurance rating.

    Supported by a 2-Year Factory the CFMoto V-Night is one hell of a motorcycle made for the road.

    Currently, for every motorcycle purchase CFMoto is offering customers a FREE* CFMOTO Rider Jacket valued at $299.

    For further information in regards to CFMoto and this promotion, please visit or your closest CFMoto Dealer.

  • Vespa World Days London

    Vespa World Days 2012

    The sixth edition of Vespa World Days, the great rally of all the world’s Vespa Clubs, has ended in London, clocking up an extraordinary success.

    Four days of festivities and friendship, an extended meeting in the name of the Italian scooter that has always brought together whole generations of enthusiasts from every country. 

    Over three thousand Vespa scooters, members of the world’s more than 780 Clubs, arrived in London to invade The 02 exhibition centre in Greenwich, the venue for the 2012 Vespa Village. Two thousand club members took part in yesterday’s great gala dinner, the celebratory highlight of Vespa World Days.

    Last night also saw the announcement of the Vespa Club winner of the highly sought after Vespa Trophy, the tourist competition organised for Vespa riders with 1,752 check points in 25 countries, in cooperation with more than 2,000 Piaggio Group dealers around the world. The 2012 edition has been won by an Italian club, Sirmione, whose members travelled a distance of 1,610 km on their Vespas to reach London. The loudest cheers and enthusiasm were attracted by the groups of “scooterists” from Canada and Argentina.

    The world rally in London was also an opportunity to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UK’s first Vespa Club. The formation of associations (which began in Italy practically together with the launch of the Vespa, in 1946) is a phenomenon that continues to grow, with 40 National Vespa Clubs now belonging to the Vespa World Club, and more than 780 registered local Vespa Clubs, for a total of more than 40,000 members around the world.
    And it would be impossible to count the rallies organised spontaneously every year by the fans of the world’s most famous two-wheeler. In Italy alone, more than 100 events were held for enthusiasts last year.

    Today, Sunday, is the day for goodbyes. Vespa riders of all ages, on the saddle of the many models that have made the Italian scooter a timeless legend, are setting off for home, and promising to meet up again next year, at the 2013 world rally, which will be held in Hasselt, Belgium.
    Vespa World Days 2012 was also celebrated on the web. The Vespa devotees in London provided photos and text recounting their journey to the British capital and the rally in continuous posts to the website, which followed the event in real time. Vespa fans also took full advantage of the special pages set up on the social networks:, and Hashtag #vwd2012

  • Aprilia SRV 850 ABS-ATC


    Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC

    SRV 850 is derived from the experience Aprilia has gained over decades of success in the most prestigious and selective world competitions including Superbike, where the extraordinary RSV4 is the 2010 world champion with first-rate rider Max Biaggi, the five time world champion who is currently once again the ranking leader in the championship.

    The relationship with the Aprilia Superbike, winner of all the 1000 cc supersport comparative reviews in 2012 conducted by the sector's most authoritative specialised magazines in Europe, is clear just by looking at the design. The bold lines enhance the dynamic nature of the vehicle and its truly unique technical characteristics. The front section is the extreme summary of Aprilia stylistic language: the triple headlight, the dynamic air intakes under the light assembly and the racing top fairing are elements that the SRV 850 has in common with the bike that revolutionised the super sport world. In fact, the SRV 850 constitutes the point of contact between the scooter world and the motorcycle world. The details do not betray the expectations: the two aluminium half-handlebars, the rear light assembly with LED technology and the instrument panel complete with a multi-function digital display are all clearly inspired by the two-wheeled sport world.  

    SRV 850 ABS/ATC achieves the ambitious goal of maximum improvement, introducing ABS and ATC for the first time ever on a vehicle in this category: the former prevents the wheels from locking up during braking; the latter ensures maximum rear tyre grip during acceleration in any conditions. Refined technologies that the Aprilia Research & Development department has fine tuned for the specific needs of this exceptional scooter.


    Aprilia SRV 850 conquers another first: after being deservedly crowned as the most powerful, fastest and technological scooter on the market today, it has also become the first (and one of the only) in the maxi sport segment to have the double ABS/ATC system, thus reaching a level of technical sophistication until now reserved for the most exclusive motorcycles on the market.

    The ABS system keeps the wheels from locking up during braking or on wet asphalt; ATC ensures maximum rear tyre grip, even during the bolder type acceleration permitted by the plentiful power of the twin cylinder 90° V mounted on the SRV 850. Safety and control are at the service of all in urban commuting as well as during sport riding outside of the city environment.

    The ABS and ATC systems installed on the SRV 850 each use a dedicated electronic control unit, directly connected to the two sensors located on both wheels which read motion by means of specific tone wheels. Therefore, despite the fact that they use the same sensors, the activity directed toward two systems is different: for the ABS, the detection systems located on the wheels measure their speed instantaneously. When deceleration of one is greater than that of the other, the system is activated. The electronic control unit sends the signal to another hydraulic type control unit through a servo valve which removes or restores pressure to the hydraulic system until reaching a value which allows grip to be recovered, preventing the tyres from locking up. This way the best braking performance possible is obtained, depending on the conditions of the asphalt, guaranteeing stability for the vehicle and safety for the rider.

    For the ATC system, the two speed sensors allow the control unit to determine the vehicle's speed of progress at any given time, informing the engine ECU through the sophisticated CAN-bus communication system. When the rotation speed of the traction wheel is found to be greater than that of the front wheel, the control unit determines the slippage of the rear wheel and intervenes on the ignition advance and injection timing to limit the driving torque produced by the engine, thereby preventing loss of grip.

    This way the rider can focus on the task at hand with the guarantee of always having the best possible transfer of power to the ground. The Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC traction control system, in addition to being turned on or off, can also be adjusted to one of two positions. The sensitivity in Sport mode (indicated by the special warning light on the instrument panel) is less intrusive and therefore perfect for providing the most satisfying sport ride experience possible for the more adventurous rider possible, with the certainty that the ATC system will intervene if absolutely necessary. The goal of the operating logic in standard mode, on the other hand, is to keep the rider, no matter how experienced, safe in any conditions, both weather and asphalt and it is the ideal solution for day to day city riding.

    The presence of sensors on the wheels, the sliding button on the right hand electrical block (which controls the ATC operating mode) and the adhesive decals, distinguish the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC version.


    Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC is powered by a mighty twin cylinder 90° V, the first and only installed on a maxi scooter, with a performance level capable of making it the fastest and most powerful in the world. The “twin” has an effective displacement of 839.3 cc and is equipped with a 4 valve per cylinder, single overhead cam timing system and twin spark plug ignition; it is liquid cooled and fuelled by electronic injection. It reaches maximum power of 55.9 kW (76.0 HP) at 7,750 rpm; maximum torque is 76.4 Nm (7.8 kgm) at 6,000 rpm, specifications that place the SRV 850 ABS/ATC at the top of its category.

    The technical specifications of this extraordinary engine are the same as the unit mounted on the SRV 850, one of which is the stand-out feature of the crankshaft and transmission group designed with a rotational motion opposite that of the wheels in order to obtain a significant reduction of rotating inertia and the gyroscopic effect, all to the advantage of handling. In order to reduce vibrations the engine is mounted to the frame in an elastic way, while the exhaust system is free from the frame. The aluminium swingarm, on the other hand, is solidly secured to the frame, guaranteeing stability and traction, the latter perfected by the chain final drive.


    The performance provided by the power train can be taken advantage of thanks to the SRV 850 ABS/ATC chassis characteristics. The frame follows a double cradle layout and is made from steel tubing with reinforcing plates. Simulations and road tests have demonstrated that the SRV 850 has a coefficient of stability at full power similar to a motorcycle (1 rad/sec), almost twice as high as a conventional scooter. The high level of rigidity translates into an extraordinary feeling of sport riding control, where the SRV 850 ABS/ATC can reach lean angles in turns of up to 45°. The suspension is made up of a hydraulic shock absorber mounted laterally in a horizontal position, adjustable in spring preload to an astonishing seven positions and an aluminium fork with 41 mm stanchions.

    The motorcycle style wheel rims (16" at the front and 15” on the rear) with five hollow spokes, are manufactured in aluminium in order to minimise unsuspended mass and to guarantee great riding precision. Overall performance is also helped by standard equipment radial tyres, 120/70 at the front and 160/60 on the driving wheel.

    The braking system at the front uses Brembo Gold Series double piston floating callipers and two 300mm semi-floating steel discs. On the rear the floating calliper with two opposing pistons grips a 280 mm steel disc. The standard equipment is completed by hydraulic piping covered in metallic braid and levers which can be adjusted to 4 positions. Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC has a parking brake which is engaged by a convenient lever located in the leg shield back plate.



    SRV 850 ABS/ATC is available in two colour schemes, Competition Black and Racing White. It shares the same range of accessories as the SRV 850, quality products designed to enhance comfort and its hi-tech spirit.

    • Titanium and carbon silencer designed by Arrow with a bolt-on system that has a DB Killer, significantly lighter compared to the original exhaust. The Euro 3 silencer is EU approved for street use and it ensures a deeper and sportier sound.
    • A Gel Sport Saddle which, showing of an absolutely sporty design, provides maximum riding comfort thanks to an isothermal gel insert in the rider seating area. 
    • The Quick release top box kit can hold a flip up helmet and a full jet helmet with visor. The upper shell is colour coordinated with the vehicle and equipped with a backrest to provide maximum comfort for the passenger even on long trips. The top box is made from the same material as the saddle, in carbon-look fabric with red stitching.
    • An electronic alarm complete with wiring harness.
    • A smoked-effect tinted windshield, in high quality methacrylate to guarantee maximum protection and the best riding comfort in any weather conditions.
    • A leg cover that also extends the functionality of the new Aprilia even into the winter season. Equipped with anti-theft, easy to install, the leg cover provides maximum stability even at high speed and increases passive safety thanks to reflective inserts. The waterproof saddle cover is built-in.
    • A protective bike cover in black waterproof material with thermobonded seams and the Aprilia logo, reflective strip, transparent window for the license plate and chain ring covered in PVC. The cover features an adjustable elastic band on the edge that ensures a correct fastening and bags to cover any accessories such as top box and windshield.
    • Anodized aluminium footrests which can be installed without any modifications thanks to the connections already predisposed on the bike. These integrate perfectly with the standard equipment footrests, maintaining the anti-slip feature. 
    • Mechanical handlebar lock anti-theft device, a quick, practical and convenient system which, when not in use, stays secured between the seat and footrest. The anti-theft device is extendible with a special accessory in order to secure the scooter to a pole.
    • Modular frame cover front mudguard “carbon look” to enhance the sport character of the Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC.
    • Tom Tom GPS navigator installation kit, which includes the bracket and mounting hardware.

  • Corazzo Trench now in Stone


    The New Stone Turiste Trenchcoat

    Introducing the Corazzo Stone Ladies Trench or Turiste Trenchcoat as we like to call it. If you thought it looked sexy in black, just take a look at the stone.

    The Turiste Trenchcoat is a statement in fashion. Cut above the knee, double breasted, off centred zipper. Smart, professional, sexy.

    Technically speaking the Turiste Trenchcoat is an all purpose jacket that includes removable armour in the shoulders, elbows and back. The Turiste Trenchcoat is made from waterproof-breathable fabric that is also abrasion resistant.

    The belt is piped with 3m reflective materials for nighttime visibility. The Corazzo Turiste Trenchcoat is both function and fashion working in harmony. Mrs.Peel would have been proud. The Corazzo Turiste Trenchcoat is now available in two colours, stone or black.

    Price is $299.00

    Visit dealers @ Or for further details.

  • Vespa World Days 2012


    Vespa World Days 2012 

    London, 15 June 2012 – Attendance by Vespa devotees at the 6th Vespa World Days, which began yesterday in London and is preparing for a second evening of partying tonight, has surpassed all expectations.  

    Riding in from all over the world, 2,500 members of the more than 780 Vespa Clubs around the globe have met up in London at “The O2”, the futuristic exhibition area that dominates the Greenwich peninsula.

    The huge arena hosting the Vespa Village and the many stands of the national clubs and associations has been invaded by hordes of Vespa scooters, from the rarest models of greatest historic value to the models in the current range.

    Today was also the day of the World Vespa Club Congress, the annual meeting of the Presidents of the Vespa World Clubs, during which voting took place on the location of the next Vespa World Days, after London and last year’s event held in Gjøvik, Norway. The committee has made it official, the venue for 2013 will be Hasselt, in Belgium.

    A mood of excitement is also building up for the presentation ceremony for the Vespa Trophy, the competition among Vespa travellers, all fully paid-up Vespa Club members, who collected points during their journey to London, with photos and special stamps in their Travel Books. The ceremony, involving more than 2,000 Piaggio Group dealers from all over the world, will take place tomorrow night during the gala dinner, to be attended by thousands of enthusiasts.

    Vespa World Days in London is also the occasion to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the UK’s first Vespa Club. The formation of associations (which began in Italy practically together with the launch of the Vespa, in 1946) is a phenomenon that continues to grow, with 40 National Vespa Clubs now belonging to the Vespa World Club, and more than 780 registered local Vespa Clubs, for a total of more than 40,000 members around the world. And it would be impossible to count the rallies organised spontaneously every year by the fans of the world’s most famous two-wheeler. In Italy alone, more than 100 events were held for enthusiasts last year.

    For Vespa lovers unable to come to London, Vespa has organised a website where they can follow the Vespa World Days program in real time:, with continual updates and photos of the activities taking place. This year, the great event is also on the social media, on the official Vespa pages:, and on Hashtag #vwd2012.

  • 2012 Sydney Scooter Expo

    Sydney Scooter Expo 2012 

    Download the 2012 Expo Flyer here

    We're getting all fired up here at Our annual Sydney Scooter Expo is drawing ever closer and we have just received our 2012 artwork for the event. 

    The Sydney Scooter Expo is the only one of its kind in Australia. An event where you can rock up and see all the latest scooters from all the major brands on display. All in one place, all on one weekend. 

    What makes the expo so special is that you can book a selection of test rides over the weekend. Each manufacture will provide a selection of models for you to sample over the weekend. We'll post that list here shortly. You simply register and turn up ready to ride. Registration will open at the end of July 2012. 

    Be sure to check back here shortly for updates. The event will also incorporate the 2012 Scooter Muster. This will involve a series of group rides over the weekend in and around Sydney.  

    See you at this years 2012 Sydney Scooter Expo. Further information can be found here.....

  • Vespa LX 3V

    A few small cosmetic changes are all we can see in the flesh. Visually and from the press release below we can see that items like the horn cover and instrument panel have come in for slight updates. Other changes include a lower seat height and the word Vespa embossed between your feet. All in all, Piaggio are leaving the LX alone when it comes to styling. Why change the classic benchmark?

    What Piaggio have changed is the engine and running gear. Bringing what was a relatively old engine into the 21st century. Power is up, top speed is up, performance is up, whilst fuel economy is down. Adding a 3 valve head will allow the engine to breathe and torque has been increased thanks to the change in bore and stroke. What is amazing though is the claimed 30% improvement in fuel efficiency, this being helped by an advanced fuel injection system. Service intervals have been lifted to a whopping 10,000 km's.

    This (the engine) is an area where Piaggio have spent time and money getting it right. The new 3V engine is now a global one. The Vespa LX 3V needed to satisfy multiple markets and indeed needed to be a generation ahead of the past.

    We are yet to ride, touch or feel a new LX 3V. Actually we don't even know when it will make it here to Australia. You do get the feeling though that Piaggio have answered the call of technology and brought the LX into the present day. 

    Please find the European Only presser below. Australian release and configurations not yet announced.


    European Press Release Only 


    Vespa is one of the symbols of Italian style and elegance. In more than 65 years of history Vespa has gone beyond its commuting function, identifying itself with a style of life that has its roots in values such as freedom, beauty, respect for the world around it.

    Vespa has become a citizen of the world, distributed on five continents in more than seventeen million units.

    Vespa, in the various eras it has seen, has always represented the cutting-edge of technology. Characterised by an extremely advanced bearing body concept, built entirely out of steel, Vespa marked the evolution of individual mobility.

    Vespa LX and Vespa S are the best selling two wheeled vehicles in Europe and, at the same time, the best selling European vehicle in the USA, renewing a technological first today with the adoption of new, highly advanced 125 and 150 cc engines which set a new global benchmark for high fuel economy and low emissions levels.

    From 1946, its birth year, Vespa has been able to change the habits of city transportation, introducing for the first time a simple, practical and dynamic way to move about, combined with a trend setting elegance which immediately became a classic, popular with users from all over the world and from every generation.

    A genuine icon of metropolitan transportation, the Made in Italy representative in the world for style and refinement, the most beloved urban pleasure vehicle for its sturdiness and reliability and distributed over sixty-six years of history in more than seventeen million units on streets all over the world.

    Vespa's most obvious capability has always been that of continuously redefining its technical and stylistic characteristics, without ever betraying the distinctive spirit of an easy, accessible, but singularly classic vehicle. This is a fortunate habit that the current LX and S models follow.


    The evolution of Vespa has always maintained the concept of form/function as a core element. Development over time has taken place in observance of some indispensable and consolidated technical and stylistic choices, constantly innovating its content. A new engine makes its début on the Vespa LX and Vespa S, rightfully considering the cutting-edge in this segment and destined to last over time with its excellent performance and minimum consumption and emissions levels. With the new and highly technologically advanced 125-150 4Stroke 3 Valve power train, Piaggio once again opens a window to the future of motoring technology.

    It is a single cylinder 4 stroke air cooled engine with 3 valves (2 intake and 1 exhaust) single overhead cam and electronic fuel injected. It was designed and built in the Pontedera plant, in some of the most advanced research & development centres in the world, with the goal of increasing performance and fuel economy and lowering polluting emissions. In order to obtain greater performance a scrupulous study to decrease friction and improve fluid dynamics was conducted.

    The new crankshaft, with reduced button and bench capacity, the pivoted cam axle on the bearings and roller rockers have made a significant improvement in operating friction, all to the benefit of performance and fuel economy. The bore and stroke values are new (respectively reduced and increased), to the benefit of torque and acceleration response. In the search for the best performance/fuel consumption ratio, the 3 valve timing solution is the most effective because it improves intake, increasing engine efficiency compared to conventional 2 valve engines. The innovative timing system thereby lets us improve the fuel mixture loading movements in the cylinder; the combustion process is further refined by the new spark plug position which simultaneously ensures improved cooling of the components in the head, as well as simplified maintenance.

    The cooling system was the object of careful analysis, even through thermo fluid dynamic simulations, in order to further improve performance and thereby obtaining a significant reduction in mechanical noise and absorbed power. The fuel injection system is extremely advanced, with a continuous cycle automatic idle management and continuous cycle fuel mixture management with the introduction of an efficient Lambda probe. A latest generation ECU takes care of managing advance mapping, fuel mixture and timing.

    The new free wheel electric starter, more quiet and efficient, goes perfectly with an engine so rich with technological content. Also, the automatic dry centrifugal clutch has been calibrated with the goal of maximising performance and fuel economy at low speeds. The 3V also has the important advantage of weighing less than its 2V predecessor.

    The 3 valve technology in the Vespa LX and Vespa S 125 and 150 cc engines provides clear improvement of performance compared to the previous generation engines: maximum power of the 125 is improved by 7.1%, and maximum torque by 10.3%; acceleration time from 0 to 60 metres drops 2%, and top speed increases by 2.2%. The same is true of the Vespa LX and Vespa S 3V 150 cc: maximum power and torque increase respectively by 6.3 and 7.8%, with a decrease in the time it takes to go from 0 to 60 metres to the tune of 5% and a 3% increase in top speed.

    Despite the significant performance enhancements, fuel economy is drastically improved (about 30% better compared to previous generation engines), while service intervals are now extended to every 10,000 km. The new 3V engine allows for extremely contained operating costs: in one year of use (during which the Vespa customer rides an average of 4,000 km), this allows a savings of about 34 litres of fuel which corresponds to an extra 1,500 km.



    Vespa is attractive not only for its refinement in technological choices, but also for the passion and excitement that it conveys. On the new Vespa LX 3V the shape of the body favours pleasantly sober sections, definitely elegant and unquestionably “Vespa”. Vespa LX is reminiscent of the stylistic themes established by modern lines, moulded into the most classic Vespa tradition, enriched with new design ideas that highlight the heritage of the brand. The Piaggio Style Centre focused particularly on the “tie”, that is, the central, embossed cover that runs from the handlebar until it grazes the mudguard, which has by now become the Vespa's refined distinguishing feature. This gives the front a modern look, at the same time abandoning a few of the rounded shapes from the predecessor, all to the advantage of decisively more modern lines. In this context the chromium mask that conceals the horn is the final touch of class, confirmed by the ever present crest, also chromium plated, fixed on the mudguard, elements that are explicitly inspired by the historic Vespa models.

    The front mudguard follows more decisive lines and covers the 11 inch tyres, which shod an elegant 5 spoke aluminium wheel rim. The upper part of the shield, large and protective, is characterised by the mask that englobes the round headlight, another feature which is clearly reminiscent of the history making Vespa models. On the side, the steel mirrors were designed to give the rider the best possible view, but without spoiling style and finish. Another touch of class is provided by the handgrips which bear the Vespa logo. The numerous chromium parts which adorn the front of the vehicle are taken from others on the rear, such as the headlight frame and the stylish passenger handgrips.

    Particular attention to detail was given to the instrument panel with its revamped graphics which provide higher visibility in any lighting conditions. The large Vespa LX 125 and 150 3V instrument panel includes a speedometer and odometer, the fuel level indicator, digital clock and a series of service warning lights such as direction indicators, low and high beams, fuel reserve and engine oil level, as well as lubricant. The Vespa LX 125 and 150 3V come standard with the immobiliser anti-theft system which is indicated by the LED in the instrument panel.

    In the Vespa LX leg shield back plate there is a functional glove box, extremely handy for daily use to store small objects like rain gear, sunglasses or gloves. The load capacity is also ensured by the large helmet compartment which can accommodate a helmet, as well as the bag hook, indispensable for taking full advantage of the large footboard. Another distinctive feature of the new Vespa LX lies precisely here - in the footboard: the centre protection in plastic has been embellished by the Vespa logo, a widely followed custom in the four wheel world.

    The success of Vespa has also been determined by the perfect balance between the front and rear volumes, where the large footboard plays a deciding role as a joining element between the shield and the body panels that conceal the engine. Particular care was given to the realisation of the saddle, with respect both to style and practicality. From the first point of view, the popular material used for the covering and the particular stitching make it a true and proper design article. The foam selected for the padding and the anti-slip covering combine with one of the lowest heights off the ground (775 mm for the LX 50 and 785 mm for the LX 125 and 150), a feature that relaunch the on board comfort of a vehicle which is famous for perfect ergonomics for a rider and passenger of any stature.

    Chassis architecture: the only solution of its kind in the world

    A peculiar and indispensable characteristic of the Vespa has always been the steel support structure, which acts as a solid and sturdy chassis. This is a construction tradition which is unique, precious and refined, realised with cutting-edge industrial process. It is a high quality technical choice which has the privilege of making the Vespa sturdy, practically indestructible, at the same time providing stability and riding precision.

    The front suspension is one of Vespa's most original elements. Although boasting aeronautic origins, it was initially introduced to make changing the front tyre immediate in case of a flat. Thanks to the numerous and constant advancements over time, the single side arm equipped with a dual action shock absorber has become an effective solution to make the ride even more comfortable. On the Vespa LX 3V the movement of the swinging arm is structured on roller boxes that reduce operating friction to a minimum.

    In the most classic of traditions, the rear suspension on the Vespa LX 3V is made up of a dual action spring shock absorber with 4-setting adjustable preload in order to better adapt the dampening characteristics depending on the load and the rider's preferences.

    The wheel rims are made from aluminium and boast a refined, five spoke design: the 11” front is shod with an 110/70 tyre, while the 10” rear takes a 120/70, both tubeless. To make the Vespa LX 3V safe in any conditions, the braking system uses a 200 metre diameter disc on the front and a 110 mm drum on the rear, which is both powerful and can be modulated, also well suited for entry level riders.

    The new Vespa LX range consists in 4 models: the 125 3V, the 150 3V and two 50 cc engines, one 2-stroke and the other a 4 valve 4-stroke, both air cooled.

    The colour range offers (for all models) five different schemes: Nero Vulcano, Montebianco, Rosso Dragon, Blu Midnight, Verde Portovenere. The same technical features of the Vespa LX are found unchanged on the special, more protective series suited for out of city travel, called the Touring version, available in the Marrone Terra di Toscana colour scheme.


    Vespa S embodies the heritage of legendary models from the 70's, such as the Vespa 50 Special and the Vespa Primavera, offering a trip down a charming memory lane. It is the most sporty and youthful Vespa “small body” available. The lines express dynamic character and youth, with their clean and essential, but definitely spirited, sections. It is a Vespa that makes minimalist design its distinguishing feature in order to definitively win the approval of the youngest enthusiasts. The square headlight, the more decisive design of the mudguards and the profile of the saddle are the unmistakeable key features of the Vespa S, which go extremely well with the red colour of the shock absorbers and the brand new instrument panel graphics.

    In 2012 the Vespa S has new aesthetic details which make it even more effervescent and sporty. At the same level as the Vespa LX, on the S version the mask located on the front shield is new as well as the "tie", which by now distinguishes all new generation Vespa vehicles. For the occasion, the instrument panel graphics have been revamped, while the horn guard on the shield and the crest on the front mudguard forgive the elegant chromium finish, taking on a much more aggressive black colour. The five-spoke wheel rims are the same colour. On the Vespa S, as with the LX, the new plastic guard located on the footboard comes standard, embellished with the Vespa logo.

    Four engines for four versions: like the Vespa LX, Vespa S is available in a 50 cc (with a 2-stroke or 4 valve 4-stroke engine), 125 and 150 cc versions, the latter two equipped with the innovative electronic fuel injection 3 valve engine, at the top of its category for performance and for the extremely low fuel consumption and polluting emissions. An engine which boasts operating costs reduced to a minimum, thanks in part to the service intervals which have been extended to 10,000 kilometres.

    The 2-stroke 50 cc engine in the Hi-Per2 series is intended for riders looking for more brilliant performance, perfect for getting around quickly in the city. The 4-stroke 50 cc engine boasts modern 4 valve timing that provides more lively acceleration: it is, in fact, the most powerful 4-stroke 50 cc engine on the market, with its 4.35 HP produced in a very linear way, along with excellent fuel economy and contained polluting emissions.

    There are four colour schemes available: Nero Lucido, Montebianco, Rosso Dragon, Azzurro Mediterraneo. The special Sport version, is available in the aggressive Nero Abisso colour scheme.


    A rich dedicated range of accessories

    • Top box: colour coded to match the vehicle and bearing an embossed Vespa logo, it has a capacity of 32 litres.
    • Top box internal bag: made from high quality leather and heavy weaved cotton. 
    • Top box backrest: a useful accessory to guarantee maximum comfort for the passenger. Available to match the standard saddle and the optional leather saddle.
    • Windscreen: made from 4 mm thick anti-theft and scratch proof methacrylate.
    • Chromium plating: various chromium plated accessories such as the front and rear luggage rack, perimeter body guards and front mudguard protectors. All embellished with a laser inscribed Vespa logo.
    • Top fairing: an extra touch of elegance and sportiness, with transparent or tinted glass.
    • Floor mat: useful to protect the footboard and to ensure maximum grip in any conditions.
    • Vehicle cover: an indispensable accessory to protect your Vespa when it is not in use.
    • Genuine leather saddle: hand made from high quality materials, it is available in dark red or tobacco.
    • Handgrips: made from billet aluminium and covered in eco-leather, they are available in red, black and brown.
    • Leg cover: practical and quick to install, this provides excellent protection from cold temperatures and inclement weather. It comes with a saddle cover and built in anti-theft.
    • Electronic anti-theft system: the maximum in theft prevention. It has dedicated cabling.
    • Mechanical anti-theft system: a practical system that locks the handlebar, convenient because it does not require the rider to bend over in order to activate it and clean because it is not inserted in the wheels. when not in use, it remains between the saddle and the footrest (it does not take up space under the saddle).


    Posted Jun 12 2012, 11:14 AM by allen with 1 comment(s)
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  • Honda Integra 700 Review



    Is it motorcycle or scooter? That is a question we were asked many times over. In the end you needn't worry, the Integra can be anything you want it to be.

    Allen Drysdale


    My expectation when Honda announced pricing on the Integra was to see it somewhere in the vicinity of 15 thousand dollars. Normally we get punished on pricing here in Australia. The Integra retails for around 8000 Euros overseas. To my surprise the Integra landed in at just 11 grand. This alone was enough to get the juices flowing. After spending some serious bonding time I soon realised the Integra has a lot more going for it.


    In short the Integra is a motorcycle dressed in scooter clothing. I like to think of the designers taking the comfort and ergonomic advantages of a scooter and placing them over the top of a motorcycle chassis. This is exactly what the Integra is, sharing the same frame, engine and suspension as the NC700S motorcycle and wrapping it all up in a scooter fairing.  

    Being a motorcycle the Integra features big wheels. The 17 inch front is matched by a 17 inch wheel on the rear. The brakes are disc front and rear, again big and powerful with Honda's combined braking system featuring. A massive 320 mm single disc - 3 piston caliper on the front and a 240 mm disc on the rear. In normal Honda fashion the brakes are linked and feature ABS.

    The engine is a 670 cc inline twin. Peak power of 38 Kw and a huge 62 Nm of torque at just over 4500 rpm. These outputs are shared with the NC700S motorcycle and are not the normal detuned figures we can often see. The engine is liquid cooled and runs Honda's PGM-FI programmed fuel injection system.

    The chassis is also shared with the NC700 motorcycle. The engine is placed low to help with the overall centre of gravity.  The rear suspension is a pro-link, monoshock set-up . The front suspension is full, all the way through, 41mm motorcycle forks. The final drive is via chain.

    Now for the scooter bits. The body is every bit scooter, you sit upright, extremely well protected. The bars fall easily to hand, are positioned high for comfort and ease of control. The screen is near perfect and makes the most of deflecting the elements. The front fairing also plays a part in doing the same. Apart from the tallish seat height, the seating position is all scooter. Will fit most, taller riders will need to perform the knee test.

    The dash is a multi-function digital type. Two trips, fuel, time. tacho and gear selector information. Being digital it makes the whole "one" glance thing visually simple. Any storage is good storage, though here things get tight. A wallet and phone compartment sits just below the dash. The underseat storage will accommodate some wet weather gear and that's about it. The Integra does feature a helmet wire to lock away your helmet when parking. The rear passenger seat is wide and flat with ample tie-down points. A 12 V charger lives under the seat.

    The fuel tank capacity is 15 litres. The Integra also features a centre and sidestand combined. In neutral the sidestand can be activated without cutting the engine and I found this handy. The other handy feature is the handbrake which will hold you stationary at lights and makes things safe when parking on angles.

    Which leads us to the most significant feature on the Integra. A dual clutch automatic transmission that sets this machine apart from any other scooter. In its 2nd generation the gearbox features three modes. Automatic drive mode, automatic sport mode and manual shift using the plus or minus buttons on the left-hand bar. Changing between each mode is simple and once shown, once is enough, it all comes natural. In drive and sport mode the transmission is a full six ratio gearbox where gears are automatically selected by taking speed into consideration. In manual mode you can hold and change gears on your time. 

    On The Road

    Here the Integra takes the best of both worlds and applies them well. In short the Integra handles and performs like a motorcycle yet has the protection and comfort we love in a scooter. The Integra is as easy as hitting the starter, selecting drive and twisting the throttle. The engine fires up immediately and throttle response is instantaneous. In drive things remain sedate, relaxed even, a few vibes are evident. In drive mode the Integra quickly finds the highest gear available to get the best in fuel efficiency. Performance is ample and cruising around town is as easy as twist and go.

    After a few days getting accustomed to the handling we select sports mode. Here is where the fun starts. Gears are held for longer, revs are higher, everything becomes urgent, forget about any vibes. With it comes a rise in the sound effects and with it comes a big smile on the dial. The Integra loves this mode. Ride it with a little aggression and the Honda responds well. You quickly gain in confidence knowing the Integra will not be held back through limitation. High ground clearance, big wheels, motorcycle suspension and powerful brakes. You soon find yourself holding revs and losing the care factor behind saving fuel.

    You can choose manual mode if needed, for me it's a waste, a bit of fun for a while as you power up through the gears using the plus button. Though I soon lost interest heading back to full automatic sports mode. Place all your concentration into the ride and let the Integra do the hard yards on selecting the right gear. Just as it changes up it also changes down, so engine braking not normally associated with a scooter is there. And even in automatic mode, if you want some immediate urge, you can always manually hit the minus button and downshift.

    Handling is all motorcycle, incredibly competent and very sure-footed. The Integra is largish (at first anyway) and at 230 kilos it has some weight behind it. Which is not all down low and for some it will take a moment to come to terms with motorcycle-type balancing issues. Once accustomed, the Integra can feel relatively small and it's only when low speed manoeuvring do you once again notice the weight.

    The brakes are big and powerful and you tend to forget what a great job they do. For most of the time I let the transmission do all the work of slowing the Integra down. It helps in traffic and when riding quickly into corners you come to trust a downshift or two happening prior to tipping-in. So my riding style consisted of feathering the left hand lever, on the gas, concentrating on the road ahead. When emergency braking you do need to realise this is not a 150 cc scooter, something I would often forget about when getting carried away in the city.

    And on the city subject, I ended up finding the Integra particularly friendly. Easy to park thanks to the centre stand and easy to manoeuvre with the engine off. I would eventually need some optional luggage and you could spec it up with a box and panniers if needed. After this though, you could head out of the city, point and cruise anywhere you wanted. Abundant power, comfortable riding position and extensive weather protection from the front fairing and screen.



    We probably could have written this review in a couple of lines. Living with the Integra is like having a motorcycle that incorporates some of the things we loves about scooters. Easy riding position, great weather protection and the convenience of an automatic transmission. The Integra can be and is so much more..... A smart commuting tool, a tourer, a fun machine. The Integra is adaptable to so many applications. It's one of those machines that if you had to make a choice "which one will I keep" you know the Honda is going to do everything you ask of it. With that ever reliable Honda nature that comes standard.

    Who is the Integra for? For many it will be a convenient step in coming off a motorcycle. Easier to manage, easier to live with, storage is not an issue, I'll just get some luggage. Though for me I do see the Integra as a stepping stone also. For those wanting to expand the horizons, not wanting to give up some of the reasons why they love scootering. This is an area the Integra can fill with confidence.

    So the Integra is a hybrid motorcycle. Take it for a ride, not just around the block and you'll find yourself falling for this one. For those looking for that next step after a scooter, the Integra could very well answer the call. Price is right, convenience and comfort are not lost in the transition. The ability to ride anywhere in Australia on one machine is an added bonus. This is an intelligent two-wheeler.

    Warranty is 24 months. For more information visit


  • SR Max 300


    Aprilia SR MAX 300

    More sporting choice please! The Aprilia SR MAX 300 will arrive shortly into Australia. 

    We have been talking about it for a while, the Aprilia SR MAX 300 has finally been confirmed. This July will see the first batch arrive.

    If the MAX looks somewhat familiar that's because it was once the Gilera Nexus. Though one quick glance and you'll notice the MAX gets the full Aprilia cosmetic makeover. 

    The Aprilia SR MAX features the following:
    • 14 Inch Rear / 15 Inch Wheel Front
    • Injected, 4 Valve
    • Liquid Cooled, 278 cc
    • Disc Brakes F/R
    • 15.5 L Fuel Tank
    We are champing at the bit to get our hands on the MAX. We should get an early introduction to the model and we'll bring you that update over the coming weeks.

    Sounding excited? Yes, the landscape has been a little bare when it comes to scooters of the sporting variety. Let alone one that reflects the look of that guys bike that runs around in World Supers. What's his name..... Yes that's right, MAX Biaggi. 

    To get a taste of the MAX for yourself take a trip to your local Aprilia dealer today. Find one at: Aprilia Dealer Directory




    Posted Jun 05 2012, 12:45 PM by allen with 2 comment(s)
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  • Steve the Ace - Part 4

    Well it’s officially now winter, and whilst certainly the morning temperatures know it, the sun is pleasantly confused.  A good thing too since this weekend is a long one for us West Aussies.  Mind you, I’m going to be spending most of it marking Uni papers – the things one has to do to supplement the paltry income you make from running a scooter business. 


    Almost half-way through 2012, and the market seems to be shaping up nicely.  The Typhoon 50 is proving to be the sports 50cc that we have been waiting for, and seems suitably robust.  Not one single warranty issue yet, touch wood, on the 35 or so that have left the building.   Interestingly sales of the Typhoon don’t appear to have impacted our Zip sales, and overall we already have our best Q2 sales figures since we opened – and we’ve still got a month to go!  Is this the start of the recovery that we’ve all been waiting for, or just having a particular gap in our product line-up filled?  Well given that the sales of the Zip don’t appear to have been impacted, and the fact that the harbingers of doom still seem to be in full voice, I’m tempted to suggest that the latter reason looks most likely.  As I’ve said before, we’ve been hanging out for a scooter like this for a long time, so we’re glad that it’s showing the results we’d hoped for, particularly in a market now saturated with scooters priced at $1000 less!

    Another interesting development is the growing use of mobile devices being used for web-browsing.  The internet is increasingly playing a larger role in our daily lives, and from a marketing perspective it’s been our major source of new business since we started.  However the smaller screen and different interface on smartphones means that menu’s that work well on mouse driven devices, don’t work so well on touchscreens, so we’ve developed a new smartphone interface. If you haven’t seen it, go to our homepage and scan the code into your phone.  Now all I need is to work out how to get our location into people’s SatNav programs…

    I’ve been keeping an eye on some of the news stories on Scootersales recently.  Innovation really seems to be coming to the fore, with the Lit Motors gyroscoped scoot and the Smart scooter from Mercedes seemingly closer to becoming a reality.  However we are experiencing a real resurgence in sales of the PX.  Always the choice of enthusiasts, half the fun is stamping your own mark on one of these little beauties, and with the strong dollar and a massive range of aftermarket parts, you can easily and quite cheaply make something completely original and unique.  The PX is a living classic -  35 years old, and still going strong. There aren’t many vehicles on the market who have stood the test of time like the PX, and even fewer where so many of the 3 million or so PX’s that have been manufactured are still in daily use.  They aren’t for every scooter rider, of course, but I’d make the contention that if you are serious about your scooter passion, you should at least take one for a spin. We’ve recently put on a new blue PX demo.  We’ll be making a few modifications to spice it up a little, but it’s available for anyone to get their geared license on, obligation free.  I love my PX – its return last year has been one of the great scooter stories of the decade.


    But what of industry matters?  Well in WA, it does sound like we will finally be moving to the LAMS model at the beginning of 2013.  Everyone of course knows that WA stands for Wait Awhile, but I don’t think it should be obligatory.  Given the dearth of 250cc scooters on the market, we can’t wait for this legislation to come through.  We are also seeing some action from the WA Police on the increase in scooter theft.  They are trialling the use of an underseat alarm system which is cheap, and hopefully effective.  Of course the biggest problem is the lack of adequate security in many of the lower priced machines on the market.  Some of these might as well not have locks.  Unfortunately it has “trained” the local opportunists into thinking that every scooter is nickable, often only resulting in the better stuff being damaged in their futile attempts.  I’m thinking of getting stickers made up informing them that this scooter has an immobiliser, but I suspect that many of them can’t read. A cable lock through the front wheel seems to provide a very obvious deterrent for the would-be vandals.  If you haven’t got one, make the investment – we are offering 10% off security items as part of our ongoing commitment to resolving this problem.

    Next week we have the industry association state chairmen’s meeting in Adelaide.  It’s always interesting to see how each state seems to be shaping up, and what issues are appearing on the radar.  Till next month.

  • CFMoto Free Jacket Promotion


    To celebrate the launch of the all-new CFMoto 650NK and V-Night  road bikes to the CFMoto range- CFMoto Australia are excited to announce the have extension of the CFMoto FREE* RIDER JACKET promotion for another three months!

    From now until the end of August, all CFMoto customers that purchase a new CFMoto motorcycle or scooter will receive a FREE* CFMoto Rider Jacket, valued at $299*!

    The CFMoto Rider jacket features reflective piping and logos for increased night time visibility, Velcro cuffs, heavy duty material on impact points and a zip out inner.

    Safety is a key feature when riding on Australian roads and with a safety approved riding jacket given as a gift to customers when purchasing a CFMoto motorcycle or scooter there is no reason not to get on two wheels.

    “CFMoto scooters and motorcycles are renowned for their quality build, reliability and value for money,” says CFMoto National Sales Manager, Alan Collins.

    “To celebrate the fact that due to popular demand, our range is growing and we are still the fastest growing motorcycle brand in the country, we have decided to extend the jacket promotion to reward our growing customer base!”

    This month, CFMoto will be launching the highly anticipated CFMoto 650NK motorcycle to the Australian market. The 650NK sports an innovative parallel-twin engine, the 649.3cc complemented with liquid-cooling and ECU ignition. With Electronic Fuel Injection as standard the CFMoto 650NK exudes power and performance from the first glance.

    While the sports appeal of the new 650NK will whet the appetite of CFMoto customers, the 650NK also features dual front disc brakes and a rear disc brake, and features high quality Kayaba suspension for class leading comfort and precision.

    “The 650NK has already grabbed great reviews from some of the most highly respected Australian motorcycle publications and we cant wait to get more Australians on this bike, so that they to can share their own reviews.”

    CFMoto manufacturing is based in Hangzhou, China, and while a relatively new brand in Australia, has an established global network. With over 30 years build experience, technology, reliability, quality build and value for money are attributes tied with all CFMoto products.

    Supported by a 2 year part and labour warranty, fantastic price points and an extensive nationwide dealer network, CFMoto is the brand of choice for more and more Australians.

    Get in store today and receive a FREE* riding jacket when purchasing a CFMoto motorcycle or scooter.

    To find your closest CFMoto dealer and get your hands on a CFMoto, please call (03) 8363 1600 or visit

    *$30 postage and handling fee applies to every jacket claim.

    Offer ends 31st August, 2012

  • Yamaha's Biggest Sale Ever

      Yamaha is ramping up promotions across a wide range of models in its June Biggest Ever Sale event.

    For the month of June, every Yamaha will be available with a 5.99% YMF super loan with rates fixed at up to 60 months. This covers the convenient consumer loans as well as the low document primary producer loans that Yamaha Motor Finance is renowned for.

    As part of an all-encompassing finance offer, Yamaha is also running cashbacks on selected models while other models receive free on road costs and free insurance when you finance with YMF.

    There are also a host of free products offered on a range of models such as mufflers, fuel cards, riding gear, accessories, plastics kits and farm kits.

    Yamaha customers are well catered for in Yamaha’s Biggest Ever Sale event which covers all models until the end of June

    Plus all utility vehicles are covered with a three year extended warranty in addition to the 5.99% 60 month super loan.

    Full details of all the promotions covered in Yamaha’s Biggest Ever Sale are overleaf, or can be found here

    There has never been a better time to buy a blue bike, so hurry into your participating Yamaha dealer, because the sale ends on 30 June 2012!

  • Walz Hypermodified TMAX


    Last year Yamaha challenged three of the world’s best custom bike builders to transform the VMAX into something unique that reflects their own individual style – this year the task is even harder. After enjoying the challenge so much last year, these three visionaries of motorcycle customisation have each approached Yamaha and asked for the chance to break new ground in 2012. This year will see them Hyper Modify the Yamaha TMAX and push the boundaries of what riders expect from a maxi-scooter, in the process shaping history and becoming the first to radically customise a scooter into something truly ground breaking – just like the TMAX.

    Since its launch in 2001, the TMAX has revolutionised the maxi-scooter world, introducing a new element of sporting ability as well as an aggressive and angular look to the class. It is a scooter like no other, and this year the new 2012 TMAX’s dynamic look will be taken to the Max…and beyond.

    As with the Hyper Modified VMAX, the custom builders who get to put their own unique stamp on the TMAX are Californian wild man Roland Sands, French creative genius Ludovic Lazareth and hardcore German customiser Marcus Walz. With Sands and Lazareth still hard at work stripping down the standard TMAX and shaping their new creations from its bare bones, Marcus Walz is now ready to unveil his vision of the TMAX. Lazareth and Sands, who will be presenting their creations in the summer and autumn months respectively, have now discovered just how hard their task will be to match Walz’s TMAX…

    Known for his aggressively styled machines with lowered suspension and radical lines, Walz’s focus was to create a bike that looks powerful and intimidating without losing its ability to perform on the road. More accustomed to creating hardcore cruisers, Walz relished the task of Hyper Modifying the VMAX so much he was the first to approach Yamaha with the concept of building a TMAX using his unique design and fabrication skills to create scooter customisation history. The results speak for themselves as he reveals his radical Hyper Modified TMAX.

    “With the Hyper Modified TMAX I have tried to keep the bike very clear and recognisable as a TMAX, I didn’t want to create a spaceship out of it!” said Walz.

    “I concentrated on keeping the stock lines and optimising every detail while reducing the bike’s weight. I have removed close to 14 Kg from the TMAX, mainly by changing the exhaust, fitting a lightweight lithium racing battery and removing the pillion grab handle and as many plastic panels as possible.”

    “Modifying the look of the TMAX was very hard as there is no custom scooter market so I had to create the parts for the bike myself. The high gloss carbon fibre panels on the TMAX’s bodywork are all unique to this machine and took a long time to perfect, but they give it a far more aggressive and sporty look without losing the essence of the TMAX. I have also modified the handlebar area of the bike to give it a radical naked bike image and mounted the mirrors on the end of the bars to give it the impression of a café racer when in town. Taking inspiration from the Hyper Modified VMAX I created last year I have given the TMAX a sporty-styled seat unit. The seat is constructed of three different styles of black imitation leather with blue stitching – "I don’t believe in using real leather, I only use imitation leather on my creations."


    “To make the TMAX stand out in a crowded city the paint is a very special blue – the same blue that a Formula 1 team use. I built a bike for World Champion Sebastian Vettel and I looked at the colour I was using and thought ‘that is perfect’. I had planned to paint the TMAX gold to match the Hyper Modified VMAX but this colour didn’t feel right. I took a panel from Vettel’s bike, held it against the TMAX and the contrast between the gloss carbon with high gloss blue paint and the matt plastic original body panels of the TMAX was stunning. It had to be painted that colour.”

    “To be honest I hope to keep this bike for myself once I have finished the project, it is a perfect bike for the city and is totally cool because it is so different. I love riding it and find it much easier in town than a bike with gears – but it also draws a crowd. Some of my customers saw me modifying the TMAX and asked if I had gone crazy – now they have seen the results a lot of them have ordered TMAXs from Yamaha!”

    As the TMAX revolutionised its world, these three far-sighted leaders of the customisation world are changing the way people perceive maxi-scooters. They have proven there are no boundaries when it comes to individualisation and taken scooters to the Max…and beyond.

    For full details on TMAX Hyper Modified, please go to:

    For information on Marcus Walz, please go to: