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  • 2014 TMAX 530 ABS

    As seen at last years Sydney Motorcycle Show, the Yamaha TMAX 530 now comes with ABS for 2014.

    2014 Yamaha TMAX 530 ABS 

    Yamaha have released details of the 2014 TMAX 530. The only change is the addition of ABS which is now available standard. With ABS comes a $500 price increase, the TMAX now priced at $13,490 plus on-roads and dealer delivery charges.

    Colour availability is a choice of Tech Graphite or Competition White.  For a full rundown of the TMAX 530 see the Eicma launch press release here or the Australian TMAX 530 press release here.

    Yamaha Australia Press Release Extract

    Following the release of the TMAX 530 sports scooter, YMA is pleased to announce the addition of ABS braking for 2014.

    "Anti-lock braking is especially effective on a scooter with automatic gearbox because stopping is not assisted by downward gear shifting. Plus the learner status of the TMAX attracts newcomers to this model who will benefit the most from this safety feature," explains YMA Marketing Manager Laurie Carleton.

    2014 TMAX 530 key features at a glance

    • Torque rich 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, 530cc engine
    • Redesigned CVT unit for increased driveability
    • Lightweight belt drive and aluminium swing arm, saving weight and redistributing weight frontward, for more engaged, motorcycle-style riding
    • NEW ABS front brakes with 267mm discs and large 282mm rear disc brake
    • Forged aluminium side stand, LED tail light, reshaped rear view mirrors, and 5-spoke wheels
    • Compact, aerodynamic 2-step adjustable windscreen
    • Striking dashboard design with separate analogue speedometer and tachometer
    • Strong, lightweight die-cast aluminium frame with optimised rigidity balance
    • Large diameter wheels with wide tyres for stability and handling
    • Motorcycle telescopic front forks and strong rear suspension
    • Dual seat with passenger grip for comfort

  • 2014 Honda Integra


    Honda will launch a shedload of new bikes this year. One of them is the 2014 Honda Integra maxi scooter.

    Allen Drysdale


    2014 Honda Integra

    Honda will launch the next generation Integra in the 2nd quarter of this year. The Integra idea was to integrate motorcycle dynamics into a scooter platform. Behind it all was Honda’s development of the New Concept 3-bike platform. The Integra, the NC750S and NC750X are all part of the one family.

    Now we see Honda improve the concept further. The changes on the previous model are fairly substantial and having tested the Integra when first launched, they all make perfect sense.

    The Integra’s revised seating position will make life easier. The seat remains 790 mm from the ground but Honda has shaved 40 mm from the mid-section. This will allow an easier reach to the ground. There’s an extra 80 mm of leg room and the floor has been expanded for greater relaxation on longer rides. Underseat storage has also been improved.

    The engines capacity has been given an extra 75 cc of capacity, an extra balance shaft has also been added. The power is up (40.3 Kw) and the torque output likewise. The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) has been refined with new advanced software being used.

    Everything else we know. Fantastic fuel consumption, motorcycle type handling, awesome ABS brakes, adjustable levers and that truly unique Dual Clutch Transmission.

    Colours or pricing is yet to be announced. Europe gets two versions, the Integra 750 S or the Integra 750. I’m hoping we will see the S version. Sporty factory colour schemes that give it a little character - love the gold wheels. Or in standard trim, for 2014, it looks to be white or matt black. 




  • Honda Forza 300 Review


    Quick Spin : Since being released the Forza 300 has hit the ground running. We were lucky enough to take one for a quick spin.

    Allen Drysdale



    Anyone who has ridden at length on Honda’s PCX 150 would see this as a familiar feeling. Whilst around town life's a breeze, out on the freeway if constant speeds over 100 km/h are needed, the 150 can be left a little short. That's where the Forza 300 comes into the picture.

    Firstly, the Forza has all the attributes to make it the perfect commuter. For starters, the Forza features ABS brakes standard. Alloy wheels feature good sized rubber, 14 inch on the front and 13 inch on the rear. The body itself provides awesome levels of weather protection. The wide rakish fairing and small screen balance air perfectly over the rider.

    Storage levels are massive. The compartment runs full length of the seat, there’s room for a helmet at the very front, and enough room for one at the rear. In-between there’s plenty of usable storage and it doesn't stop there, the Forza features two smaller storage compartments up-front. One is lockable and completely waterproof - it opens from a switch located on the dash. It's also where the 12 volt charger resides.

    The seat itself is dominated by a large central lumbar support for the rider and a huge pillion seat that’s complemented by large rubber flip-out footpegs. The handlebars are positioned perfectly, they're exposed and the look is premium. The dash likewise, with two large analogue dials featuring speed and engine speed. Either side is two smaller gauges with fuel and temperature. Centrally there’s a clock, odo and kilometres travelled, the Forza also reports average fuel consumption. Additional switches on the dash take care of the seat opening duties, the weatherproof glovebox and the centrally mounted fuel filler.

    The engine comes in at 279 cc in capacity. It’s a 4 valve unit with liquid cooling and fuel injection that produces a hefty 19 Kw’s of power. Honda claims the new engine is based on that of the SH300. The new engine delivers a little less power and overall torque. Though it does win out in providing excellent fuel economy and it feels much smoother and less vibey. The fuel tank itself holds 11.6 litres and this is good enough for well over 300 km’s.

    Suspension combines twin shocks at the rear with 35 mm telescopic forks on the front. As previously mentioned, the Forza features twin disc brakes with Honda’s own combined braking system(CBS). Brakes are easily up to the task. The front disc measures 256 mm's and the rear comes in at 240. The Forza’s proportions when parked can look a little large and the measurements do tend to back this up. Length measures in at just over two metres (2,166 mm). The Forza weighs in at 194 kilo's wet.  

    Once moving - size is all but forgotten, the centre of gravity is low, the seat height is extremely low at just 716 mm's. The Forza's power delivery is smooth and steady and speeds over 100 km/h are achieved with ease. There's good doses of torque everywhere and the best word to describe the Forza is well balanced and very learner friendly. Our experience over a short period would suggest fuel consumption is as reported. On average between 3.7 and 3.9 Litres / 100 km's.

    The rider has the option of placing feet forward or flat and because of the low seat height you quickly build confidence. The only handling negative is that things can get a little harsh over rough surfaces, this and the seat, sometimes it can feel a little thinly padded. An obvious trade off for being able to store a helmet directly under the rider. Though like I said, balance is the name of the game, the Forza is an extremely easy to ride, sure footed scooter that provides plenty of presence and feel on the road. Plus it's a very comfortable scooter where the pillion is concerned, one of the best.  

    The Forza is an all-new scooter for Honda and one that's extremely competitive when compared with the class. The Forza 300 exudes quality and refinement, it's extremely efficient and is more than capable of freeway speeds - It also comes with a host of class leading features. Storage and ABS are just two of the highlights in a package that has a recommended retail price of just over $6500. Most people in the market for a 300 capacity scooter are normally either making the move up or they're often trying to balance the needs of commuting and light touring. The Honda will perform both these tasks in a refined and efficient package, just as you'd expect from the big H.  

    Honda has also developed a host of factory accessories to suit the Forza. That list and the recommended retail prices can be found below. The Forza's rear rack can easily adapt to taking a box, you'll require a mounting plate and the Forza is box ready.

    If you're in the hunt for a 300 class scooter the Forza is a must see, better still, take one for a test ride. See for more.


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  • 2014 Honda PCX 150


    Honda will release a new PCX for 2014 with a host of significant upgrades.

    Allen Drysdale

    2014 Honda PCX 150

    Honda will upgrade the PCX in 2014, and not just a simple upgrade either, the 2014 PCX will add some nice style and technology enhancements.

    The design itself is now more modern with significant changes to the front and rear of the PCX. Lighting is following the trend and is now LED front and rear. The new reshaped seat has now been given strut support to hold it up whilst open.

    The dash has been given a facelift with a new central digital element that includes a clock. There’s also now a hazard switch. Honda has increased storage space in the front glove compartment and also added a 12V charger. The fuel tank is now 8 litres in total and will provide the PCX 150 with a range of 350 Km’s.

    Weight is up by a kilo (thanks to the new larger capacity fuel tank), now 130 Kg’s fully wet. Power output and capacity remain the same, output is rated at 10 Kw’s and the capacity is still 153 cc. Colours offered in Europe will be Pearl White, Silver, Red, Matt Black and Gloss Black.  

    The PCX has found popularity throughout the world for its all-round usability and value. The handling is fun, the reliability bulletproof and the efficiency is top shelf. Now with these latest changes Honda will only enhance an already class leading package. Can’t wait for this one.

    Australian colours and specifications may differ slightly when the model reaches Australia, Honda Australia are yet to confirm the exact details. The PCX 150 will arrive in the 3rd quarter of 2014. 


    Honda PCX150 2014 - Technical specifications

    Type Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC 2-valve
    Displacement 153 cc
    Bore x stroke 58 x 57.9 mm
    Compression ratio 10,6:1
    Maximum power 10 kW (13.6 hp) @ 8,500 rpm
    PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
    Fuel tank capacity 8.0 litres
    Consumption 44 km/l

    Dimensions ( L × W × H) 1,930 x 740 x 1,100 mm
    Wheelbase 1,315 mm
    Saddle height 760 mm
    Ground clearance 135 mm
    Weight in running order and with full fuel : 130 kg


    Front 31 mm telescopic fork , 100 mm travel
    Rear aluminium swingarm with twin shocks , 75 mm stroke.

    Front 5-spoke aluminium
    Rear 5-spoke aluminium
    Front Tyre 90/90 - 14
    Rear Tyre 100/90 - 14

    Front 220mm hydraulic disc with 3-piston calliper, with CBS
    Rear Drum 130 mm , with CBS


  • FCAI 2013 Sales Results

    The official figures for 2013 have been counted. Overall motorcycle industry just down overall on the previous year.


    Piaggio Fly 150 is Australia's Number 1 selling scooter for 2013

    Official FCAI Release - 2013 Sales Results 

    Australians bought 113,289 new motorcycles, ATVs and scooters in 2013. Road motorcycles were the most popular choice, with almost 39 per cent of buyers taking a road bike home. Around 34 per cent of buyers purchased an off-road bike, almost 19 per cent bought an ATV and around 8 per cent acquired a scooter. 

    Releasing the 2013 motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales figures, Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber said Honda was the leading volume manufacturer for 2013 with around 22 per cent of the market. Honda sold 25,432 motorcycles, ATVs and scooters. 

    “Honda was followed by Yamaha with almost 18 per cent of the market [20,087 sales]. Kawasaki was third with around 10 per cent [11,683] and Suzuki was fourth with 9.5 per cent [10,818],” Mr Weber said.

    “Yamaha led the market for off-road motorcycles, selling more than 29 per cent [11,553] of the total 39,013 off-road bikes sold. Yamaha was followed by Honda with around 26 per cent [10,317] and KTM with around 16 per cent [6,211].

    “The 39,013 off-road bike sales total is a 3 per cent increase on 2012 off-road bike sales of 37,836.

    “Honda was the top seller in the road bike category, selling more than 20 per cent [8,998] of the total 43,724 road bikes sold. Harley-Davidson was second with almost 19 per cent [8,217] and Kawasaki was third with around 16 per cent [6,852].

    “The 43,724 road bike sales total is a slight [0.3 per cent] increase on 2012 road bike sales of 43,613.

    “Honda was also the leading brand in the ATV market, selling more than 23 per cent [4,938] of the total 21,072 ATVs sold.

    “Piaggio topped the list in the scooter market, selling almost 17 per cent [1,573] of the total 9,478 scooters sold.

    The 113,289 total 2013 sales figure is 2.2 per cent lower than the 2012 sales result of 115,837.

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  • I Will Ride More in 2014

    BMW celebrate the new year by offering some great ride away deals. Sport and GT scooter models both reduced.

    BMW Motorrad



    BMW's range of Maxi scooters include the C 600 Sport and the C 650 GT touring model. Both scooters offer motorcycle performance in a scooter body. Exceptional brakes, premium motorcycle suspension and a host of BMW factory accessories available for both.

    Both BMW scooters share the same liquid cooled, fuel injected, twin-cylinder engine, claimed output is 44 Kw @ 7500 rpm. Both feature BMW's class leading ABS brakes with dual 270 mm discs on the front and a single 270 mm disc on the rear.

    The Sport and the GT cater for different markets. The Sport's dimensions are smaller, it's thinner and as the name suggests, it's sports focused. The GT is touring focused with a lower seat height, it's wider and it's been developed around rider and passenger comfort. Rider lumbar support, electric screen with wind deflectors, huge 60 litre storage capacity.

    Having tested both scooters, it's clear that BMW when developing the scooter range focused on performance - motorcycle type performance. These are both very fast scooters with class leading brakes, suspension and ABS.

    BMW Motorrad is celebrating the New Year with ride away deals on MY 13 models. The C 600 Sport is $12,990 ride away whilst the C 650 GT is $15,990 ride away. Both models offer standard features like heated seat and grips, LED indicators, daytime riding lights and tyre pressure monitoring. 

    For a full rundown on both BMW scooters see our launch report here. The full BMW press release is below including ride away deals and offers across the entire BMW Motorcycle range. You will ride more in 2014!

    BMW Australia Official Press Release

    BMW Motorrad celebrates the New Year with great ride away opportunities.

    BMW Motorrad is helping to fulfill 'I will ride more this year' resolutions with fantastic ride away offers that provide great savings on selected 2013-plated models.

    Whether you're just getting your license, planning that big trip or wanting to head out on the weekends, BMW Motorrad will make it easy.

    The 'I Will Ride More' offer includes the supremely versatile and LAMS approved G 650 GS at $9,990* plus the F 700 GS and F 800 GS dual purpose machines for $13,490* and $16,990* ride away respectively. The stylish K 1300 S sports tourer is $24,990* ride away and the classic boxer-powered R 1200 R roadster is offered at $19,990* ride-away.

    LAMS approved maxi scooters, the C 600 Sport and C 650 GT are also on offer for $12,990* and $15,990* ride away respectively.
    BMW Motorrad is also offering an Akrapovic titanium / carbon slip-on muffler valued at $1,000 with every 2013-plated S 1000 RR, the perfect complement for this outstanding performance motorcycle.

    Additionally, for a limited time, customers who purchase an F 800 GT will receive a bonus set of panniers valued at $1,060*. All BMW panniers can be locked to the motorcycle and can be keyed to suit the ignition key for security and simplicity.

    The F 800 GT panniers have a total capacity of approximately 55 litres and each side can hold up to 10 kg. There's space for one helmet (on the right hand pannier) and both panniers have a wide base for easy packing.

    According to General Manager BMW Motorrad Australia, Tony Sesto this is the perfect opportunity to make 2014 your year to ride.

    "These 2013-plated models include many factory options in the ride away price, giving you even greater value; everyone should jump behind the bars of a BMW and make the perfect start." said Sesto.


    Promotional Brochure Download

    Promotional Summary 

    C 600 Sport
    650cc inline 2 cylinder Maxi Scooter
    LAMS approved
    Standard Features
    ABS, adjustable screen, flexcase storage
    Options Included
    Heated seats and grips, daytime riding lights, tyre pressure monitor, white LED indicators
    Ride away: $12,990*

    C 650 GT
    650cc inline 2 cylinder Maxi Scooter
    LAMS approved
    Standard Features
    ABS, electric adjustable screen, 60 litre storage space, LED indicators
    Options Included
    Heated seat and grips, daytime riding lights, tyre pressure monitor
    Ride away: $15,990

    G 650 GS
    650cc single cylinder
    LAMS Approved
    Standard Features:
    ABS (switchable), heated grips,
    optional low suspension or centre stand
    Options Included:
    Auxiliary power socket
    Ride away: $9,990*

    F 700 GS
    800cc inline twin
    Standard Features:
    ABS (switchable), heated grips,
    on board computer, pannier fastenings,
    centre stand, white LED indicators.
    Options Included:
    Traction control, electronic
    suspension adjustment, tyre pressure
    monitor, comfort seat
    Ride away: $13,490*

    F 800 GS
    800cc inline twin
    Standard Features
    ABS (switchable), heated grips,
    on board computer, pannier
    fastenings, centre stand,
    white LED indicators
    Options Included
    Traction control, electronic
    suspension adjustment, comfort seat
    Ride away: $16,990*

    R 1200 R
    1200cc 2 cylinder Boxer
    Standard Features
    ABS, traction control, electronic
    suspension adjustment, tyre pressure
    monitor, heated grips, on board
    computer, sport windscreen,
    white LED indicators
    Options Included
    Luggage grid
    Ride away: $19,990*

    K 1300 S
    1300cc inline 4 cylinder
    Standard Features
    ABS (switchable), heated grips,
    on board computer
    Options Included
    Traction control, quick shift,
    electronic suspension adjustment,
    tyre pressure monitor,
    luggage grid
    Ride away: $24,990*

    *Recommended Promotional Ride Away Price with no other optional extras (apart from those included, if any). Offer applies at participating BMW dealers, while stocks, last to selected 2013 complianced motorcycles ordered and delivered between 6 January 2014 and 31 March 2014 and cannot be combined with any other offer. Excludes any 'special edition' models. Price may vary according to individual circumstances and may vary between BMW Motorrad dealers and states/territories. Stock may vary between BMW Motorrad dealers. Excludes fleet, government and rental buyers. Consult your participating BMW Motorrad dealer for further details. BMW Group Australia reserves the right to change or extend the offer. Bonus muffler and panniers cannot be redeemed for cash.