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  • 2014 Suzuki Burgman 650

    2014 Suzuki Burgman 650

    Whilst the spec sheet remains the same, Suzuki have added a new colour for 2014. The Burgman 650 is now available in Metallic Silver.

    Suzuki Australia

    2014 Suzuki Burgman 650 

    We recently reviewed the Burgman 650 and came away chuffed with its surprising user friendliness and all-round ability. The Burgman is renowned for its highway ability but we actually found the big Maxi to be commuter friendly.

    The feature list is as long as your arm with an injected 638 cc twin cylinder engine and a massive 50 litres of underseat storage. Choice of 3 drive modes - drive, power or a manual mode that allows you to thumb through six pre-set speeds. Brakes feature ABS and there is even an electric screen and powered mirrors that both retract with a flick of a switch.

    For 2014 the price of the Burgman 650 remains unchanged with a recommended retail price of $13,590 + dealer and government charges.

    See the official Suzuki Australia press release below. See our recent Burgman 650 review here.



    Suzuki Australia Press Release

    Suzuki Australia is pleased to announce the arrival of the latest version of its automatic touring cycle masterpiece - the 2014 Burgman 650.
    The Burgman 650 maintains the all-new styling, reduced weight and improved fuel economy it inherited in 2013, while maintaining its user-friendly power.

    "The Burgman 650 continues to upgrade all riders to business class with a raft of user friendly technologies designed to ensure maximum comfort and performance", said Suzuki Australia Motorcycles National Marketing Manager Lewis Croft.

    From every angle, the Burgman 650 displays smart technology and superior quality with sharply styled multi-reflector headlights, dual multi-reflector tail lights and a triangle section muffler ensuring a sleek look while also satisfying the most stringent emissions regulations.

    An expansive, thickly padded seat allows plenty of space for two people to sit comfortably for long stretches and includes an easily adjustable rider backrest, while electronically-controlled height adjustable windscreen ensures maximum comfort for all riders.

    The Burgman 650 boasts a surfeit of storage spaces, including a 50-litre under-seat storage compartment, enough for two standard size full-face helmets, plus three front compartments for smaller items, one containing 12v DC accessory outlet, and an additional cable lock allowing the rider to secure a helmet outside the compartment.

    The Burgman 650 is powered by a 638cc, twin-cylinder, computerised fuel-injected powerplant delivering exceptionally smooth performance, while the O2 feedback system with catalyser boosts fuel efficiency and minimises emissions.

    The automatic transmission delivers excellent control and is adjustable by a push of a button on the handlebar, allowing riders to choose between three different modes - two fully automatic (Drive and Power) and Manual.

    The Drive mode increases efficiency at normal road speeds and provides smooth, linear, power delivery for easy riding, the Power mode delivers more punch for spirited riders and the manual mode allows the rider complete control via six pre-set gear ratios.

    The easy-to-read instrument panel keeps the rider fully informed and features the Eco Drive Indicator to encourage optimum fuel efficiency, with a light appearing when the Burgman 650 is operated in a fuel-efficient manner.

    The Antilock Braking System (ABS) helps maximise control by preventing the wheels from locking during excessive braking.

    For increased security, the Burgman 650 is equipped with a Suzuki Advanced Immobiliser System (SAIS), and also a magnetic cover over the ignition switch which only opens with the correctly coded key.

    The Burgman 650 is the king of comfort, combining a truly luxurious ride with easy to read and operate controls, fantastic wind protection and with exceptional smooth performance to match. Whether it’s going down to the local shops or touring across the country, you can do it in comfort and style aboard the Burgman.

    Available in stylish new colour; Metallic Grey, the 2014 Burgman 650 is on sale now with a recommended price of $13,590*.

    For further information on the 2014 Burgman 650, interested customers should visit their local Suzuki dealer, who can be found through the Dealer Locator on

  • New Aprilia Australia Website

    Fresh face for the Australian Aprilia importer. New design and much easier to navigate website launched.

    Allen Drysdale


    New Aprilia Australia Website 

    Aprilia have launched a new website showcasing the 2014 Aprilia Motorcycle and Scooter range sold here in Australia. I'm sure you'd agree, it's a much cleaner looking site with a nice easy to use menu structure.

    See all the latest models sold, find a dealer or book a test ride. Catch up on all the latest news or shop online for Aprilia merchandise. It's all there.  

    Worth noting the Sportcity 300 or 300 Street Cube is no longer listed as a current model. This is a real shame given this was probably one of the best commuter scooters ever made. Take that as a warning peoples, what's in dealers will be it.

    We also have the latest 2014 scooter brochure available for download - click here

    See the new Aprilia Australia website @


  • 2014 Suzuki Burgman Executive

    Performance and style has arrived, the latest Burgman 400 Executive scooter by Suzuki.

    Suzuki Australia



    2014 Suzuki Burgman 400

    The latest version of Suzuki's stylish executive scooter - the Burgman 400 - is now arriving at Suzuki Australia dealerships.

    "With its combination of exhilarating performance, comfortable ride, stylish and safety, the Burgman 400 offers an exceptional package," said Suzuki Australia Motorcycles Marketing Manager Lewis Croft.

    The plush suspension, works in tandem with the sleek, aerodynamic fairing to provide excellent protection from the elements. In addition, the stepped seat, easily adjustable backrest and concave floorboards provide comfortable seating mile after mile for the rider and passenger.

    The 400cc single cylinder engine offers strong acceleration, while an advanced fuel injection system provides crisp throttle response. ABS^ provides added peace of mind when stopping and it also has an automatic clutch and V-belt drive for smooth power delivery.

    On the road, the comprehensive and easy-to-read instrument cluster incorporates a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, twin trip meters, clock and indicators for ambient temperature, average fuel consumption, fuel level and coolant temperature.

    The Burgman 400 ABS comes with thoughtful storage solutions, with an illuminated underseat storage compartment that accommodates two full-size helmets, as well as three front compartments with lids that allow quick, easy access to smaller items.

    The 2014 Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS will go on sale in mid-January for a recommended price of just $10,090*. Customers wanting further information should visit their local Suzuki dealer, which can be found via the Dealer Locator on

    ^ ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves and corners.

    *Recommended price includes GST, excludes dealer delivery and government charges.

  • Racecourse Motors MY 2013 Sale

    2014 is fast approaching. Sydney scooter dealer, Racecourse Motors clears all remaining 2013 floor stock.

    Racecourse Motors Randwick


    Racecourse Motors 2013 Floor Stock Clearance

    Racecourse Motors is having a 2013 model year clearance, making way for fresh new models in 2014. Reductions have been taken across all brands including Aprilia and TGB. There are many more reductions instore with spot specials on accessories, apparel and gift ideas.  

    See more at    

    TGB Bellavita 125 / 300

    • 125 cc $3490, Save $500
    • 300 cc $4990, Save $1000



    Aprilia Sportcity 125 MY 13

    • Was $3690
    • Now $3490 with free box 


     Aprilia SRV 850 MY 13

    • Saves $1000's
    • $15,990 with box and pipe 


    TGB X Motion 300 MY 13

    • Was $5,990
    • Now $5,490


    Aprilia Sportcity 300 MY 12 

    • Save $400
    • $6990 Ride Away


  • National Scooter Rally 2014 Jindabyne

    Tickets start selling for the 2014 National Scooter Rally to be held at The Station Resort, Jindabyne.



    2014 National Scooter Rally - Jindabyne, 7th - 10th March, 2014

    Rally packs are now on sale for the 2014 National Scooter Rally. Rally packs include the usual goodies plus a BBQ hosted at The Station Resort on the Saturday night. Each pack only costs $45.

    All makes and models are welcome, this includes auto scooters, geared scooters, vintage and contemporary.

    A rally itinerary can be found by visiting the National Scooter Rally website. The organising club for the 2014 event will be the Canberra Swarm.

    See more @

    2014 Show and Shine 

    A Show and Shine will be held as per previous events.

    • Best Auto up to 150cc –
    • Best Auto over 150cc – SS Scooter Engineering
    • Best Geared up to 150cc – Ace Scooters
    • Best Geared over 150cc – Ace Scooters
    • Best Maxi – Suzuki
    • Best Custom/Modified – SS Scooter Engineering
    • Best Vintage (Pre 1977) – Corazzo Design
    • Best Unrestored/Rat – Motorini
    • Best in Show – SS Scooter Engineering
    • Furthest Ridden – The Station Resort

  • Vespa 946 Now Available

    One of Vespa's most anticipated releases, the new 946 'Ricordo Italiano' is now in Vespa stores Australia wide.

    Vespa Australia


    Vespa 946 Now Available

    Strictly limited and hand built, the 946 has proven to be the manufacturer's most popular pre-ordered model.

    Less than 60 of this limited production bike, designated the 'Ricordo Italiano' edition have been imported into Australia.

    With pre-orders so strong and remaining stock drying up quickly, aspiring Vespa owners will need to hurry to their nearest Vespa dealer if they are hoping to secure one of the few remaining examples.

    Find a Vespa Dealer

    Vespa 946 - Technically Speaking

    Tradition and innovation: Sheet steel body with aluminium parts: handlebar, saddle support, side panels, front mudguard, rear-mirror supports.

    Maximum safety: 220 mm dual-disk brake, two-channel ABS braking, ASR electronic traction control. Large 12” wheels, modular aluminium alloy wheel rims.

    Eco-sustainability and fuel economy:
    125 cc 3V engine, electronic injection, best-in-class fuel consumption and emissions.

    Technology and style: LED headlight with heat dissipation system, LED tail light and indicators, full LCD multifunction instrument panel 


  • Adiva AD3

    AD3 concept turns into reality. The Adiva AD3 will be launched throughout Europe and Japan by March, 2014.

    Allen Drysdale


    Adiva AD3

    I remember seeing Adiva a few years back at Eicma, they had taken their two-wheeled roof scooter and developed an all new three-wheeled concept. Adiva already sells the two-wheeled AD version in 125 and 250 cc formats.

    The AD3, the 3 standing for three wheels obviously, was on show in Paris this week and looks set to launch across Europe and Japan by March next year. The AD3 will be powered by Kymco's 300 cc engine and Adiva will follow this with 400 and 500 cc versions at a later date.

    The Adiva AD3 is an interesting concept, it blurs the line between car and scooter and offers a mountain of convenience with a storage capacity of 90 litres. It also weighs in at 202 kg and has a reported low seat height of 700 mm. Wheels are 13 inch and fuel capacity is 12 litres in total.

    Italian media has announced a price of $6,500 Euro, not bad really for a vehicle with so many features and benefits. Not for Australia this one, but interesting regardless.



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  • Aprilia SR MAX 300 Box Offer

    For a limited time receive a free rack and box with every SR Max 300 purchase. Offer also available on SR MT and Scarabeo 200.

    Aprilia Australia



    Aprilia SR Max 300 - Free Box Offer

    John Sample Automotive, Australian importers of Aprilia motorcycles and scooters are pleased to announce an exciting Genuine Accessories campaign on the Aprilia SR Max 300.

    Every customer purchasing a new SR Max 300 will receive a FREE Rear Rack & Top Box valued at $185.00. The 33lt top box features a black painted lid and is large enough to fit a full face helmet.

    This new Genuine Accessory Campaign is effective immediately. The free top box and rack offer is also available with the purchase of any Scarabeo 200 or SR MT 125 so whatever capacity scooter you’re looking for Aprilia’s got you covered!

    Contact your nearest Aprilia Scooter dealer today! Visit for further information.






  • Sydney Motorcycle Show Wrap

    The Motorcycle Show was held over the weekend in Sydney, people flocked to what will be the final show for some time.

    Allen Drysdale


    Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show 

    The FCAI announced on Friday that the Sydney Show would be taking a momentary holiday. The Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre is about to get a complete remodel and the show will be taking a break with it. This, nor the bad weather, seemed to deter the public though. Crowds flocked to catch a glimpse of the latest two wheeled offerings. And whilst scooters were somewhat overshadowed with the sheer number of bikes on display, there were still plenty of stories to tell from the weekend.

    Vespa - Piaggio rolled out a new all-white stand that is said to highlight the colours that Vespa actually use. Not surprisingly Vespa did showcase the new 946 front and centre. The 946, which arrives early December, has outsold supply, even at the $13,000 price point. The Piaggio brand showcased Yourban 300, BV 350 and X10 500. All these were on show for the very first time.

    Honda's stand was massive as usual and reflective of the brands number 1 status in Australia. On display Honda had Dio 110, PCX 150, Forza 300 and Integra 700. All four scooters are crackers with the Forza 300 only just being released here in Australia. Sorry to say though, the trusty long running Today 50 has left the building. News is the Integra looks like it will get a slight 75 cc capacity increase for 2014. This, and a few refinements that include more power, more torque and better fuel economy. Honda will actually launch 13 new or upgraded motorcycles in 2014.

    Aprilia were on hand displaying their latest range and this included the powerful SRV 850 super scooter. Scarabeo, SR MT, SR MAX and SR 50 made up the Aprilia scooter fleet. Tex and Bundy - as usual - captured the publics attention. Tex and Bundy get around Australia on a Moto Guzzi NTX supporting all kinds of needy charities. This does sound like nothing unusual except that Bundy is a dog and travels everywhere on the Guzzi's fuel tank. (See picture below)

    Yamaha displayed the BWS and a new colour for the TMAX 530, which for the first time features ABS - introducing Granite Grey and Competition White for 2014. Exciting news is that Suzuki had an evaluation version of the Burgman 200 on display. The Burgman 200 is made in Suzuki's Thailand facility and features an injected, liquid cooled engine with massive storage. Read more about the Burgman 200 here. Burgman 650 Executive and the Burgman 400 ABS completed the Suzuki story.

    BMW were in birthday celebration mode. BMW made a host of significant motorcycle releases at the show including the naked version of the 1000 cc superbike and the BMW R nineT custom. Both these bike were fresh from Eicma. BMW scooters remained unchanged with Sport and Touring models on display. Torino were prominent with a host of budget offerings including the Famosa and the Areo Sport. Torino have just moved to a new premises in Sydney's Inner West. Torino has now moved to bigger digs in Bridge Rd, Stanmore. Last of all Tonnelli displayed delivery scooters, the retro 60's and mixed this up with a few road registrable monkey bikes.  

    Visitation to the show looked well up on previous years which is quite heartening for the two-wheeled industry. Friday numbers were the best on record since 2004. More numbers as we have them.