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  • New Honda Forza 300 Arrives

    The eagerly awaited Honda Forza 300 arrives in dealers. The new Forza features ABS and is competitively priced at $6549 + ORC.

    Honda Australia


    Honda Forza 300 - Now in dealers.

    What better way to scoot around town this summer than on a powerful yet agile Honda scooter? Honda's brand new Forza 300, which arrived in Honda Dealerships this week, is the ideal mid-sized sporty scooter.

    Boasting practicality, power and excellent build quality this Italian inspired scooter from Honda is available for a competitive MLP of $6,549 (this is the Manufacturers List Price and excludes on-road and registration costs). Arriving just in time for the warmer months, the new Forza's long-range engine and usable practicality makes it perfect for both commuter travel and weekend highway trips.

    Delivering superb fuel economy as well as all-round usability and great cruising speed, the Forza is powered by a 279cc, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine. With a chassis designed to provide the usability and comfort of a sit-in scooter with some of the excitement and fun that a motorcycle delivers, the Forza will be enjoyed by riders of all abilities.

    The Forza's lightweight steel underbone frame is strong and extremely durable and ensures nimble handling and excellent stability at all speeds. Confidence is further enhanced thanks to the powerful front and rear disc brakes that are assisted by Combined ABS.

    Along with the capacity to accommodate two people in comfort, the Forza offers practical features such as an under seat space large enough for two full-face helmets, easily accessible dual fairing pockets and a large capacity lockable storage box beside the ignition.

    With its contemporary design, sculpted fairing and functional ergonomics, the Forza has a bold presence on the road. Enjoy the fun of two-wheeled scooter travel this summer and look good on Honda's brand new Forza 300.

    See your Honda Dealer for more information or to order yours today.

    Honda's new Forza 300 scooter is available in two sleek colours; Asteroid Black Metallic and Pearl Himalayas White.


    See the Forza 300 video

  • X10 and Yourban Now Here

    A quick update before the official launch. Piaggio X10 500 and Yourban 300 now available from your local Piaggio dealer.

    Allen Drysdale


    X10 500 and Yourban 300 Now Available

    The last remaining Piaggio models that were set to arrive shortly, have now actually arrived. Piaggio have notified dealers that the flagship X10 500 and the shorter, more compact, MP3 Yourban 300 are both now available through your local Piaggio dealer.

    The X10 500 is Piaggio's "top of the line" maxi. It features a host of impressive gadgets including electronic adjustable suspension, ABS and ASR(traction control). The X10 also features an in-dash USB outlet, a 12 volt outlet under the seat and wait for it - back lit controls on the handlebars.

    The X10 500 will have the option of running Piaggio's Multimedia Platform. A gadget that performs a host of on-board diagnostics and doubles as a GPS unit. The X10 500 will be available in a range of, would you believe, 5 colours!

    The 2nd addition is Piaggio's Yourban 300. This is Piaggio's shorter, more compact, 3-wheeler. The Yourban runs larger 13 inch diameter front rims (14 inch rear), is powered by Piaggio's super sweet Quasar 278 cc engine. The Yourban will be available in 4 colours. The Yourban 300 will be officially launched to press, alongside the X10, at the back end of August. All the details will follow.

    Find a Piaggio dealer - click here.


    Yourban 300

    •  $9,990 RRP
    •  Approx $10,990 Ride Away

    X10 500

    •  $11,990 RRP
    •  Approx $12,990 Ride Away

    Yourban 300


    X10 500 with box


    X10 500 Multimedia Platform


    X10 500 Electronic Suspension


    X10 500 Storage


    X10 Underseat


    Yourban 300 with box


    Yourban 300 storage

  • Honda CTX700 Series Has Arrived

    Making its way into Honda Dealerships this month, Honda's innovative new CTX700 series is set to shake up traditional riding. Offering comfort, technology and experience these new releases are fun to ride, offer excellent value for money and attention grabbing good looks.

    With three variations available, the naked cruiser CTX700N, the faired CTX700 and its Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) variant, the CTX700D, there is a CTX ideal for all styles of riding. Powered by a purpose built parallel-twin engine, the new series focuses on premium lightweight handling and excellent ergonomics.

    This innovative new concept motorcycle series can be enjoyed for inspiringly affordable prices. The un-faired CTX700N is just $9,049, the faired CTX700 an impressive $9,849 and the CTX700 with Honda's DCT is competitive at $10,849 (Manufacturers List Price stated, these prices do not include on-road or registration costs).

    The sophisticated, liquid-cooled, SOHC, eight-valve engine with Programmed Fuel Injection pumps out abundant torque in the low-end and midrange for easily accessible power. A rigid and compact diamond-shape steel frame, low centre of gravity and plush suspension help make the CTX700s responsive, agile and enjoyable over the long haul.

    Designed specifically for enjoying the open road, the CTX700 and CTX700D are the ideal travel partners for exploring the countryside either alone or two-up thanks to the open, roomy ergonomics, efficient fairing and sizeable windscreen.

    Embodying the same characteristics as the faired version, the CTX700N with its cruiser riding position and naked styling is a fun, friendly and comfortable motorcycle ideal for everyday rides and weekend trips.

    The CTX700D uses Honda's second-generation, automatic six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission which uses two hydraulically controlled clutches to deliver quick and smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes. All three variants boast an Antilock Braking System (ABS) ensuring full antilock functionality provides powerful and secure braking action in all conditions.

    Available in Black and Red, the CTX700N, CTX700 and CTX700D are available now in Honda Dealerships nationally.


  • Save on Kymco Like 125


    Never a better time to "Like" a Kymco Like 125. Now only $2795, ride away, no more to pay.

    Kymco Australia


    "Like" a Kymco Like 125 - $2795 Ride Away

    Kymco have announced a special "Ride Away" promotion on the top selling Kymco Like 125.

    The Like 125 is famous for its cool classic lines and fuel efficient 125 cc engine. The Kymco Like 125 makes the perfect commuter with class leading features including dual disc brakes, colour coded top box and twin rear shock absorbers.
    The Like 125 is also fitted with stylish alloy wheels. The comfortable seat will carry one person or two and the flat floor doubles as an extra storage area. The Like 125 will not only make your commuting cost effective, it will also be fun.
    The Kymco Like 125 blends style and efficiency with Kymco's renowned reliability and support. That's why there has never been a better time to "Like" a Kymco Like 125.
    The Kymco Like 125, only $2,795 ride away with a full 12 months registration. Available colours include pearl white, bright red and black. See your local Kymco dealer today.
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  • Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC Review

    If the need is speed, the Aprilia SRV 850 is now available for take off. Enter here to commence the countdown...

    Allen Drysdale


    Aprilia has taken a massive leap of faith in the SRV 850. Here is a scooter worth a little over $17,000 registered. With sales on the automatic Mana and Mana GT motorcycles being a little flat, how will the scooter focused SRV stack up? We spend a few weeks getting to know the worlds fastest production scooter.

    Aprilia SRV 850 ABS/ATC Review

    Without turning a wheel and the SRV is already making a number of go-fast claims. From the front superbike nosecone, to the Dorsoduro inspired rear tail. The racy white or black colour schemes with the go-fast stripes. The SRV 850 stickers are the big hint that something fast is going on here. For anybody who likes the burble of a twin, the SRV sounds sublime at idle. Ours was fitted with the optional Arrow slip-on - a flick of a switch is enough to get the heart racing.

    The SRV 850 is not overly new. It first started life as Gilera's GP800. When Piaggio made the decision to reposition the GP800 under the Aprilia banner, it renamed it the SRV 850. Totally understandable given the brands racing heritage and performance focus. A few design changes were made to bring it inline with the rest of the family, a few suspension changes were made to kerb some front-end gremlins. In its latest guise the SRV also adds ABS and traction control.

    The first thing you notice about the SRV is the well balanced weight. The SRV is no lightweight, and at 250 kilos it's surprising that there isn't that top heavy feeling that normally comes with something this heavy. Like every good Italian machine, you do get that nice sensation of quality. The dash, the plastics, the seat, the SRV does give off an expensive vibe.


    The seating position is low and for those that would normally struggle with taller machines, you should find the SRV manageable. Coming to a stop doesn't require that tip-toe feeling. The SRV has also lost the complexity of the semi-automatic Mana and this has been replaced with a simple "twist and go" CVT transmission. The SRV does run a chain final drive which will mean some additional maintenance is required.
    The SRV borrows its dash from the Piaggio Mp3 range. Same twin-round analogue dials with a central arrangement of digital readouts. The speedo can sometimes be difficult to read at a quick glance. Everything else is fairly easy to visualise. Trip, time and temperature is all digital. Speed, fuel and tacho is all analogue. The switch for the traction control resides on the right hand bar. Everything else is pretty much standard affair. I should mention the adjustable levers, though expected, they're still a nice touch. The adjustable mirrors with integrated blinkers, again these mimic those found on the RSV4.

    The storage options, whilst a little minimal, are still fairly manageable. Especially when taking into account the large diameter rear wheel and the need to shove an 839 cc motor into the double cradle frame. The underseat storage is enough for a full-face helmet and gloves only. The absence of a glovebox or any additional hooks is a bit painful but you can strap a bag to the large flat passenger seat. The decision quickly becomes box or no box. The optional box and rack resolves any storage fears. The box also increases passenger comfort no end. Remember though, fit the box and you will lose your sexy rear.

    The stats will tell us the SRV produces a whopping 88 Hp and 74 Nm of torque. Around town and the SRV has you darting for gaps quicker than you ever have before. On the open road and you have the ability to gather speed like no other scooter can. The SRV's engine is mounted in a way that reduces vibration and this means things remain really smooth. When accelerating from a standstill, you might feel a sensation of lag initially, you soon get over this by simply nailing the throttle. Man, does this thing get up and boogie.

    You can feel a little naked at higher speeds and anything above 110 km/h can have you being buffeted, mainly thanks to the small sports screen. Crouch down behind the screen and you're immediately in the slipstream, listening to that sweet twin revving itself into a lather. The SRV is clearly in the "Licence Losing" bracket. We saw an easy 180 km/h on the track (with more to come), the SRV should see 200 km/h and over given the right conditions.

    Through corners and the SRV remains well behaved. The rear will allow the rider to get really confident out of corners. The rear suspension comes with seven settings of preload adjustment. The rear shock is mounted horizontally and the swingarm itself is attached directly to the frame. Things are certainly nice and rigid without any flex.

    The front suspension is all scooter and the forks are only half-length, not full-length like on a motorcycle. You'll get a good dose of lean angle from the SRV. I found hanging off the SRV will get you the best results. Enter corners too hot and you can always slam on the rear brake and rip open the throttle coming out. In the SRV's case, power solves everything.

    Before our review I'd been doing a little research. Many were talking about the front suspension or the uneasiness at high speeds. In this latest generation, Aprilia definitely have this sorted. The SRV remains composed and when pushed hard or at ridiculous speeds, it's a similar story. The SRV is a well balanced machine, not razor sharp, just well balanced and a good compromise covering all bases.

    The addition of traction control is a real "nice have". You have 4 settings, on, complete off, sport and normal. I only felt it go into action once, this was in the slippery car park of a local shopping centre. In real world conditions, if the roads are damp or the type of riding calls for it, having the traction control engaged is very reassuring.

    The brakes on the other hand are some of the biggest available on any scooter today. Dual 300 mm discs on the front and a single 280 mm disc on the rear with park brake. Front and rear brakes are both Brembo and both brakes feature ABS. By the time we'd performed 1000 km's the brakes felt well bedded and super strong. Having ABS on a machine carrying this much speed potential is doubly reassuring. Having both ABS and traction in the one package, especially on a scooter with this much performance, is priceless.
    Fuel usage relates directly to the right hand. On average somewhere around 20 km/l is a good figure. Ride remarkably sensibly and you'll be above the average, ride with some intention and you'll be below. The fuel tank is a massive 18.5 litres in total. This should give the SRV a range of somewhere over 350 km's.


    So who'll be lining up to buy the SRV 850? My thoughts are that it'll be someone who likes looking fast. There is something about owning the fastest production scooter available. Look at me, hear me go past, I look like I'm going really-really fast. If this is important, you won't be disappointed and the SRV will easily do the trick, the SRV is the ultimate scooter show pony.

    Though, let's give the SRV some credit. When it comes to maxi scooters the SRV's engine is in another class. The SRV is so easy to ride, and given its lack of complexity and low seat height, the SRV can be ridden by just about anyone. The SRV will perform the daily commute or carve up your favourite country roads come the weekend. It'll probably even carve up your mates. The negatives were always going to be the initial purchase price, ongoing cost of ownership and lack of storage standard. These are obvious.

    The SRV is one cool customer. It's a unique piece of kit and that wonderful engine is the real differentiator here, especially when it's all piped up. If you don't like your scooters big, loud and fast, you'd better stand clear of this one. Otherwise, the SRV is a nice blend of easy to live with high performance with the added advantage of ABS and traction control. Book yourself a test ride, I'll bet you'll come out the other side smiling. 


  • BMW Scooters Free Fuel Offer

    Get a free $500 fuel card when buying any BMW scooter. Choose from C 600 Sport or C 650 GT. Offer ends September 30, 2013.

    BMW Motorrad

    C 600 Sport and C 650 GT - Save $500 Free Fuel

    Between August 5 and September 30 2013, all BMW C 600 Sport and C 650 GT Maxi-Scooters come with a $500 BP Fuel Card. The first $500 worth of riding fun is on us.

    Powered by the torquey and efficient 44 kW twin-cylinder motor both the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT will happily travel around 5,000 km on the BP Fuel Card. A fantastic way to kick off ownership of the segment leading Maxi-Scooters. 

    Both C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are LAMS approved and have redefined the premium scooter market segment with innovation and striking dynamic design. The combination of the outstanding riding properties of a motorcycle with the agility and comfort of a scooter, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT both deliver a unique riding experience.

    The free $500 BP Fuel Card offer is only available from participating authorised BMW Motorrad dealers for C 600 Sport and C 650 GT ordered and delivered between August 5 and September 30 2013.

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  • Piaggio Typhoon 125 Reduced


    Piaggio Australia sets a new national retail price for the Typhoon 125. Ride away now for $2990.

    Piaggio Australia



    Piaggio Typhoon Reduced : Now $2990 Ride Away

    Piaggio Australia's leading scooter brand announces a significant price reduction of the popular Typhoon 125 to $2990 ride away. A saving of $300.

    When we consider the time, cost and stress associated with everyday commuting from rising fuel prices, traffic congestion, crowded public transport and expensive parking it is easy to understand how a simple scooter can reduce them all.

    Piaggio's recent price reduction on the popular Typhoon 125 now makes it a lot less expensive to get started with a new low ride away price of $2990.

    Typhoon 125 is easy to ride - it's automatic, cheap to run - 30 klm to a litre, easy to park - find a corner and sneak it in, cut through the traffic - it's nimble and light and most of all it's fun!

    The Typhoon 125 comes with Piaggio's proven 125 leader engine with CVT automatic transmission, lockable under seat storage, sports styling and wide comfortable seat. It also comes with a 2 year unlimited klm warranty.

    The Typhoon is available through all Piaggio Vespa dealerships however be quick with the rising Aussie dollar the price can't last. 

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  • Piaggio 1st Half 2013 Results


    An interesting look at the Piaggio Groups 1st half results for 2013. Volume is down by 5.4% on a global level, outlook remains positive.

    Allen Drysdale


    Piaggio Groups 1st Half Results 2013

    As Piaggio continues to consolidate brands, models and reduce costs, the results are in for the first half of 2013. Whilst the European market continues to flounder, other global markets are picking up the slack. So here are some of the highlights that caught my attention in Piaggio's half yearly update to shareholders.

    • The European market continues to struggle, scooters are running at a total of 20% down on the previous year. (2012-13)
    • Piaggio has made the decision to manufacture Derbi in Italy and close down the Derbi manufacturing plant in Spain.
    • In June, Vespa launched the 946 to the European market. Followed this up with other global markets. 
    • India is the shining light with an 8.8 % growth across two wheels and commercial vehicles. 
    • Indian market will continue to perform thanks to the release of the new Vespa VX. (See below)
    • Piaggio still maintains a 26.6% share of the European scooter market.
    • Piaggio maintains a 22.5% share of the North American market.
    • Vespa sales have increased by 30% over the same period last year. (thanks to India)
    • The Moto Guzzi brand was 10% up over the same period last year. 
    • Piaggio shipped a total of 298,500 scooters, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. (First half 2013)
    • Aprilia releases the new Caponord. This model uses a new patented active suspension system.

    The overall global vision from Piaggio is a varied one. One of the major outlooks is to increase market share on the Indian market. This not only includes the VX, but also the entire commercial range. The VX is actually a version of the LX Vespa made especially for the Indian market. The VX adds different cast wheels, a 60 km/l, 3 valve engine and a basic dash. The VX sells for well under $2000 INR.  

    Otherwise, Piaggio is looking to increase its competitiveness by utilising all the benefits that come from manufacturing in Asia. Remembering, Piaggio built a new plant in Vietnam during 2012 and this has helped strengthen the brand across the Asian region. It will also continue to try and cut costs. Operating expenses are already down by 14.8 million in the first 6 months.

    You can bet Piaggio will go all out to maintain its current market share across Europe. It will do this by developing new models and staying relevant. Piaggio intend to release a 4 year plan by the end of the year.

    Vespa VX

  • Honda's Mark Collins Awarded Churchill Fellowship

    Honda Australia Rider Training National Manager, Mark Collins has been awarded a 2013 Churchill Fellowship which will enable him to investigate ways to improve motorcycle rider safety in Australia.

    Mr Collins is among just 109 Australians to receive this prestigious Fellowship in 2013. He will embark on a project to increase motorcycle rider safety by updating training methods and curricula in Australia through researching best practice systems in Japan, the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and the USA.

    Churchill Fellowships are awarded by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to innovative individuals who are filled with a spirit of determination and a desire to benefit their community. Each recipient undertakes a research project, travels the world and furthers their knowledge in their chosen field, before returning to make a real contribution to Australian society.

    Mr Collins was presented with his Fellowship at Government House Melbourne by the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC Governor of Victoria. Speaking after the event he said; "I am incredibly honoured to be the recipient of a Churchill Fellowship. I have been passionate for a long time about improving rider safety in Australia and I know from experience that there are many things we are doing here in Australia that are being done much more effectively overseas."

    With the objective of bringing back new methods and research findings that can be included into Australian rider training programs, Mr Collins hopes to advance the delivery of training courses, improve course outcomes and ultimately rider safety.

    Mr Collins went onto say; "I am incredibly fortunate to work for a manufacturer such as Honda who is a world leader in safety initiatives and through HART here in Australia, has been delivering a high level of rider training and licensing for over 20 years."

    The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established after the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 with the objective of perpetuating and honouring Sir Winston's memory by the awarding of Memorial Fellowships to be known as 'Churchill Fellowships'.

    Honda has a strong global commitment to supporting the community and Honda Australia has long been an active campaigner in rider safety.

    Honda Australia encourages proactive initiatives and applauds Mr Collins on his achievement.

    IMAGE: The Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC Governor of Victoria with Honda's Mark Collins at the presentation of 2013 Victorian Fellowships at Government House Melbourne