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July 2014 - Posts

  • Scooterworld's New Look

     

    Sydney CBD dealer Scooterworld and Close Motorcycles renovates Redfern location.

    Allen Drysdale

     

     

    New Look Showroom

    Most Sydney riders would know Scooterworld and Close Motorcycles. Located on Cleveland St in Redfern, Scooterworld and Close Motorcycles have been at the same corner location for many years.

    Recently Yamaha joined the establishment, introducing a location where learner riders can see the Yamaha range of motorcycles and scooters in a central CBD location. Scooterworld and Close also sell Kymco scooters, along with other brands like Daelim, Hyosung and TGB. They service most makes and models.

    We recently visited and found both the scooter and motorcycle business had gone through a major renovation, the workshop has also come in for an overhaul. The showroom now looks amazing, the workshop looks just as clean and professional.

    See for yourself by visiting Scooterworld and Close Motorcycles at the corner of Regent and Cleveland Streets, Redfern - or call 02 9318 0314.

    www.scooterworld.com.au
    www.closemotorcycles.com.au

     

  • Corazzo's New Look

     

    Corazzo International has a new online home in Australia. Corazzo launches new look website.

    Corazzo International



    New Look Corazzo Website

    Corazzo International has launched a new look website. The site features the entire Corazzo catalogue in an easy to browse format, and if you like what you see, you can simply make a purchase or locate your nearest Corazzo stockiest. 

    At www.corazzo.net.au you'll find Corazzo favourites like the legendary 5.0 or see latest releases like the Men's leather Corso, the amazing new Viaggio or take a look at the latest in winter gloves, the Inverno. All designed by Corazzo with features that really work. Plus it helps that everything looks Corazzo cool. 

    Corazzo designs and manufactures riding apparel for motorcycle and scooter riders. Corazzo prides itself on combining style with the latest in impact protection, uses quality abrasion resistant materials and makes visibility a priority.

    Visit the new home of Corazzo in Australia. Same location, different look and feel, easier to use.





  • FCAI First Half Sales 2014

     

    First half sales for 2014 show learner motorcycles are still having a negative impact on scooter sales.

    FCAI

    Official FCAI Release - 2014 First Half Update  

    Australians purchased 53,396 new motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and scooters in the first half of 2014, with road motorcycle purchases making up 40.6 per cent of these sales.

    While sales in the road motorcycle segment were up 2.2 per cent, total motorcycle, ATV and scooter sales were down 0.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

    Releasing the half-year motorcycle sales figures, the FCAI said Honda was the leading volume manufacturer for the period 1 January to 30 June 2014, with 12,212 sales. Honda was followed by Yamaha with 9,034 sales, Kawasaki with 5,341 and Suzuki with 4,758.

    Honda also led the volume race in the road motorcycle market, selling 19.7 per cent (4,269) of the total 21,672 road motorcycles sold. Honda was followed closely by Harley-Davidson with 18.4 per cent (3,985) of sales. Kawasaki came in third, selling 13.4 per cent (2,914).

    In the road motorcycle segment, KTM sales increased by 109 per cent, Indian by 100 per cent, BMW by 42.8 per cent, Yamaha by 28.9 per cent, Aprilia by 25.5 per cent and Moto Guzzi by 19.4 per cent.

    In the 2014 January to June period, off-road motorcycles represented 31.7 per cent of the total motorcycle, ATV and scooter market. The 16,903 total sales represent a decrease of 1.7 per cent on January to June 2013 figures.

    Yamaha was the leading brand in the off-road motorcycle market, selling 27.1 per cent (4,579) of the 16,903 off-road motorcycles sold. Yamaha was closely followed by Honda with 26.9 per cent (4,541) of sales and KTM with 15.3 per cent (2,587).

    ATV sales increased 2.9 per cent compared to the same period in 2013, with 298 more units sold. Honda regained its position as the largest selling ATV manufacturer, selling 26.8 per cent (2,877) of the 10,721 ATVs sold. Honda was followed by Polaris with 22.9 per cent (2,456) of the ATV market, and Yamaha with 16.6 per cent (1,783).

    The popularity of scooters continues to decline with overall scooter sales down 15.4 per cent in the first half of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. Piaggio was the top seller in the scooter market, selling 16.4 per cent (673) of the total 4,100 scooters sold between January and June 2014. Vespa came in second with 14.2 per cent (583) of sales and Honda came in in third with 12.8 per cent (525).

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  • Europe Releases Tricity

    Europe Releases Tricity

    The official European launch of Tricity has taken place in the home of Yamaha Motor Europe, Amsterdam.

    Allen Drysdale

     

    Yamaha Tricity

    Pricing has been confirmed for the new Tricity in Europe. The new three-wheeled commuter will cost Europeans around $3,500, meaning when we see the Tricity later in the year, expect pricing to be rather competitive.

    The Tricity breaks new ground for three wheeled vehicles, it’s by far the lightest three-wheeler currently available. The Tricity will weigh in at just 150 kilos wet, compare this with Piaggio’s Yourban at around 200 kilos or the average weight of a 125 - 150 class scooter at around 120 kilos.

    Yamaha’s Tricity uses Yamaha’s newly developed Leaning Multi Wheel technology(LMW). The front wheels themselves are 14 inch in diameter and the brakes are linked or as Yamaha calls it “Unified”(UBS).  

    The Tricity is powered by a new 125 cc engine that’s liquid cooled and fuel injected producing 8.1 kw’s of power. The Tricity distributes its weight 50:50 between front and rear. The seat height is low and the floor is large and flat.

    The Tricity will offer obvious benefits in a friendly commuting package that will be relatively affordable. Some might see the 125 cc capacity as not enough but for local commuting duties the Yamaha Tricity could be a game changer, in Europe especially where the capacity and roads will suit this concept.

    Dates are yet to be confirmed on the Australian release, Europe will see the Tricity on sale and in dealerships during August.

     

     

  • Yamaha TMAX 530 ABS Review

     

    QUICK RIDE: we get a short taste of how things stack up on the latest version of Yamaha’s TMAX 530, now with ABS.

    Allen Drysdale

     

    Yamaha TMAX 530 ABS 

    Yamaha first released the 530 version of the TMAX mid-last year, it came with a range of updates over the previous 500 version, which in itself had been updated continuously since 2001. At the time of testing the new 530, I remember thinking that this was the ultimate scooter - refined, fast, great handling, it fitted me like a glove.

    In Europe, the TMAX 530 was initially available in two versions, ABS and non-ABS. We in Australia were initially served up the non-ABS version and this was quickly replaced with the ABS version.  The TMAX 530 ABS is 4 kilos heavier over the non-ABS version and that’s where the comparisons end. Yamaha Australia updated colours at the same time, there are now two new options, Tech-Graphite and Competition White.

    The TMAX is blessed with an engine that’s linear and smooth, it has a really nice throaty character about it. The class leading parallel twin features dry sump lubrication, 4 valves per cylinder and a host of minor upgrades that gave the 530 engine better low to mid-range response. It’s a cracker and easily the pick of maxi scooter engines on the market today. The 530 produces more than acceptable power down low and counters this with blistering power and speed over 80 km/h.

    The engine is housed in a frame that’s a work of art. This one piece aluminium unit is paired with full-through front suspension and a rear swing arm arrangement that distributes weight like that of a motorcycle. The balance is telling and the TMAX puts its power to the ground in a way that's immediate and connected. This has all been helped by a new belt drive that’s externally visible. It’s made from special materials to reduce flex and extend maintenance life. 

    The TMAX 530 was given a host of further updates that we covered in last years review. The modern angular looking dash that houses a large analogue speedo and rev counter, these are split by the central digital readout. The angle theme is carried through the front end styling and the rear end is basically gorgeous and mimics that of Yamaha’s R1. There’s new mirrors that fold in both forward and rear directions, new 5 spoke alloy wheels and the TMAX was given an LED lighting package that’s becoming today's norm. The front manually adjustable screen was new also.  

    The brakes were upped in diameter, 282 mm’s with dual discs on the front featuring 4-pot callipers, and a single rear in the same size that’s also used by the park brake. The brakes are good enough to match the performance of the machine and now that they feature ABS standard, the braking picture is complete. The levers are fully adjustable.

    Storage is surprisingly forgiving especially when you take into consideration the TMAX uses a motorcycle type frame and a 15 inch rear wheel. The seat itself is a quality item that’s comfortable for both rider and passenger, the passenger gets perched high in true sports bike fashion. The nicely stitched seat opens towards the rear and the quality strut support helps with opening and closing duties. There’s additional storage on either side of the dash, it’s again enough to be useful.

    Handling and manners around town are actually a great deal of fun. Things feel thin and manoeuvrable, you can steer the TMAX through gaps normally only held for smaller commuters. The mirrors will fold inward if things get really tight, and when rolling, the mirror positioning itself provides excellent rear vision. On open roads the TMAX becomes a sports bike muncher with excellent throttle response. The TMAX would surprise many a top notch sports bike in the way it can hold fast corner speeds, carry the rear brake and hammer the throttle out of corners - it’s fast.    

    The TMAX is still one of my all-time favourites. The TMAX remains for me one of the most competent all-round maxi scooters on today's market. The TMAX will do it all, it’ll commute, tour or scratch and its only competition or alternative with similar kind of performance would be BMW's scooter range. The TMAX combines the balance of a superior chassis, suspension and an engine that's been refined over and over again. Now Yamaha Australia have introduced ABS, the picture is complete.

    Yamaha TMAX 530 Review

     

     

     

     

  • Sprint and Primavera with ABS

     

    Piaggio release ABS versions of Vespa Sprint and Primavera for the European market.

    Allen Drysdale/Piaggio Press

     

    Vespa Sprint / Primavera ABS (Europe only)

    Things have been fairly busy for the Piaggio group lately. First it was the release of the all new Primavera and next came the Sprint, scooters that would replace the long running LX and Vespa S.  If you've been following Primavera you'd know that it had its Australian debut last month in Melbourne and it's now available in 125 and 150 versions in dealers across Australia. The now larger Primavera is all-new and far more dynamic than the scooter it replaces. Making all the difference is the larger one piece metal body with different engine mounting points and a change in front suspension.

    The Sprint on the other hand, we have not seen, yet I'd be expecting this 2nd half of 2014. The Sprint adds 12 inch wheels, the rectangle headlight and cool looking multi-spoke alloys. The Sprint has been on sale in Europe and the USA in a non-ABS version for the past few months. This latest update or release now sees an ABS option for the Sprint/Primavera range in Europe only.

    For Australia, I'm guessing we will see a non-ABS version of the Sprint and a continuation of the non-ABS Primavera, this will keep retail prices respectable. It's all happening for Vespa in the 2nd half of 2014, along with the Sprint, expect new versions of GTS 300 and GTS 300 Super Sport with ABS and traction control.

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  • Aprilia SR MAX 300 Update

     

    Update: Ongoing thoughts on our extended test of the Aprilia SR MAX 300.

    Allen Drysdale



    Aprilia SR MAX 300 Update

    We’ve been commuting for just over a month now on Aprilia’s SR MAX 300, getting to know Aprilia’s mid-capacity maxi in the daily throws of Sydney traffic and adjoining fast moving motorways.

    The Aprilia SR MAX retails for near on $8000 on the road registered. No, it’s not cheap, but this is a scooter at the pointy end of the market when it comes to ability, quality and performance. The SR MAX is made and fully imported from Italy.

    The SR MAX utilises Piaggio’s 278 cc engine as shared with Vespa’s GTS range and many of the other models in the group. It’s tried, tested and remains the benchmark for mid-capacity scooter engines. In real life, the engine spins up nicely to just over 7000 rpm and on the spec sheet this is where the SR creates its peak power.

    Cruising along Sydney’s motorways comes easy for the SR MAX and it’s where this scooter clearly differentiates itself from the majority of other mid-capacity scooters. The fairing provides good weather protection and with the addition of wind deflectors that move air around the rider, it works. The large screen is manually adjustable over three settings, again it’s fairly large and protective.

    The chassis for me is the secret of the SR's success. It’s long because the chassis originally started life as a 500. The SR MAX makes the most of its size and it can blend agility with a sure-footed nature that many other scooters could only wish for. The large 15 inch front wheel is partnered with a 14 inch rear and the combination works well.

    You sit on the SR MAX, initially you might feel like you're perched. The SR MAX is not overly heavy so being tall in the seat is probably the biggest issue here for the shorties. One of the benefits of height is when turning into a corner with ample ground clearance. This can become a game of how confident you are as a rider, the SR MAX will continue to lean over as far as you’re willing to take it.

    Brakes are disc either end and initially the front felt a little vague until I really latched onto the front lever. From here this seemed to bed in the brakes nicely and now the SR MAX pulls up in a brisk fashion and the feel is responsive.

    The central frame helps significantly with handling. There is the big difference when comparing a scooter in this layout to one with a flat floor. The additional handling benefits are significant. Sometimes though this can limit storage, but in the SR MAX’s case, the options are still fairly generous. There’s lots of room under the seat, and with the free box option, I’ve never found myself short yet. My helmet stores in two locations, under the seat or in the box itself.

    Fuel consumption will be reported when we have some clearer figures. I wouldn’t see it any different from other 300 class Piaggio scooters, but where the SR MAX does differ is in the massive 15.5 litre fuel tank. Trips to the petrol station remain rare and if you're only doing local commutes you might just be carrying enough fuel for a months worth of riding.

    Pillion accommodation is also worth a mention given its large, flat and comfortable. There will be no complaints from the other half. The dash and switchgear is nice and functional and includes range till empty, trip counter and clock. The dash though does look a little dated and some kind of blinker "left on" warning indicator would be nice.

    At the moment all of our trips have been local, cross-city type trips where motorways speeds have limited the SR MAX to 100 km/h, for the SR this remains easy work. The SR is quick from standstill, will reach 80 km/h before you know it and remain in the zone without losing momentum. Next we’ll look at how the SR MAX handles longer distances and freeway type speeds.  

    The SR MAX has been a nice addition to the garage, a scooter that has very little limitations when it comes to commuting in large capital city type environments. Its smooth, fast and efficient and because it was originally built for the 500 engine, somehow the 300 capacity just feels more at home. Aprilia states it developed the SR to keep going long after the city boundaries end. We’ll place this on the agenda and prove it on our next round of updates.

    Till then it’s happy commuting.

     

     

     

     

  • New Primavera Website

     

    Vespa Australia have launched a website showcasing all you need to know about the new Primavera

    Vespa Australia

     

     

    New Primavera Website

    A new website coinciding with the release of the Vespa Primavera is now live. The website includes Primavera features, images, videos, a section on how it’s made and the colours currently available in Australia.

    The new micro-site is your one-stop-shop for everything Primavera. Visit the micro-site at www.vespaprimavera.com.au

    Vespa Primavera Links 

     


  • Long Term SR MAX 300

     

    New machine joins the Scootersales stable. The SR MAX replaces Scarabeo 200 as our next long term proposition.

    Allen Drysdale

     

    SR MAX 300 Long Term

    It helps when you can really get to know a scooter. Being able to live each and every day with the one model helps you get acquainted, a bit like actually owning it. The SR MAX was one of the highlights of 2013. On paper the SR MAX was hard to judge with its large chassis matched with only 278 cc's, though how that acquainted to the road was the surprising part. This is one very sure footed commuter with handling and dynamics that put it well and truly in front of many of the competition.

    We’ll get to see over the next three months how things hold up on the day to day front. Aprilia have supplied the glistening white SR MAX 300 with a factory 33 litre top box, otherwise it’s all standard. The box is actually part of a current promotion where the SR MAX comes kitted with a free rack and box package.

    We will keep the thoughts flowing over the next three months.

    Links

    Article - Free rack and top box promotion

  • New Piaggio Vespa Releases

     

    European release of new BV 350 and Vespa SuperSport. Small updates only for these two class leaders.

     

    2014 BV 350 SportTouring

    If you were hanging on waiting to see what the next update would be for the BV 350, wait no longer. The 2014 BV will receive some small cosmetic updates only. Body trim and colour variations along with a new seat. Matt Black is one colour being being added to the range.

    Updated colours I'm sure will flow through to the Australian market where the BV has continued being a well sort after machine. The BV features a class leading 330 cc engine that combines the performance of a 400 cc scooter with the efficiency of a 300. The BV also features some extremely lengthy service intervals on moving parts and this includes the unique wet clutch arrangement.

     

    2014 Vespa GTS SuperSport

    The SuperSport receives the same treatment as the rest of the GTS range. Recently we did see the addition of ABS and traction control (ASR) added to the GTS 300 and GTS 300 Super in Europe. The other change was a slight revision of the horn cover, bringing it into line with the rest of the Vespa family. You can see that press release here.

    Expect the new GTS 300 SuperSport to make it our way. We expect the GTS range to be upgraded in the 2nd half of 2014, so GTS 300 Super and GTS 300 SuperSport both getting the upgrade - though do expect a price rise for ABS and ASR. Australia looks like keeping the GTS 250 ongoing, so no holding out for the GTS 300 i.e. as sold in other markets around the world.

    Europe will also see the GTS 300 Touring upgraded with ABS and ASR, that model we won’t see here in Australia.  

     

     

  • New Corazzo Viaggio Jacket

     

    Corazzo Design launch new Men’s multi-season coat. One jacket fits all!

    Corazzo Design

     

     

    Men's Corazzo Viaggio 

    The Viaggio is the latest jacket to join the Corazzo range. Designed from the ground up by the Corazzo Design Team who made sure they included every conceivable feature possible. Features like waterproof YKK zippers, internal waist adjustment and removable quilted liner. It doesn’t stop there with multiple pockets including an internal pocket large enough to carry your iPad.

    When the weather turns warm the Viaggio features large vents under the arms and across the shoulders ensuring optimum airflow. In the colder months and it’s time for the internal quilted liner. Wear on it’s own or zip into the Viaggio and utilise the extended elastic cuffs with thumb holes. The Viaggio even accepts the Corazzo Heated Vest as an accessory.

    We then have all the regular features that make Corazzo, Corazzo. Abrasive resistant outer shell, 3M reflective for riding after dark and the latest in Knox armour that’s located in the elbows, shoulders and back. The Viaggio has the lot.

    Viaggio in Italian stands for journey, trip or voyage, Corazzo believes that if you own a Viaggio, you will certainly travel - whatever the season.

    For more visit http://corazzo.net.au/viaggio

    Corazzo Viaggio - RRP $299.00

    Features

    • 500 Denier abrasive resistant nylon
    • 3M reflective strips
    • Removable Knox armor in shoulders, elbows, and back
    • Waterproof YKK zippers
    • Removable quilted liner  (can be worn separately)
    • Extended sleeves in liner including thumbholes
    • Chest & forearm Pockets
    • A number of other pockets with weather protected lining & zippers
    • Adjustable cuffs
    • Internal waist adjustment
    • Rear adjustable zippers will alleviate bunching when seated
    • Two-way front YKK zipper will alleviate bunching when seated
    • Rear & underarm ventilation
    • Wind resistant
    • Water resistant
    • Round neck with soft touch fabric
    • Integrates Corazzo Heated Vest

     

     

     

  • Honda's Low Finance Offer

    Honda offers 1.99% finance on a range of models including the NC750 maxi scooter.

    Honda Australia

     

     

    Honda are offering low finance rates on selected scooters and motorcycles from July 1st. This includes the new Honda Integra NC750D, Honda's automatic dual clutch maxi (DCT). The NC750D Integra was recently revised and released with a bunch of changes and upgrades. The Integra has been included in the Honda 1.99% comparison rate finance offer.

    See more on Honda's Integra at the following links.

    Honda Press Release - Honda 1.99% Low Finance Offer 

    You’ll need to be quick but Honda has just made a select range of its award-winning motorcycles more affordable than ever.

    For three months from 1 July 2014, Honda Dealers across the nation are offering an amazing 1.99% comparison rate on a wide range of Road and Dirt bikes.

    To make the deal even sweeter, there’s no Application Fee. Honda’s limited-time low finance comparison rate applies to a wide range of motorcycles, and that’s on top of already great prices.

    You can pay just 1.99% comparison rate on Honda’s CBR125R and CBR250R Sportsbikes, CB400 and NC700S Naked, or the NC750D Scooter. Honda’s low rate is also available on its VT400, VT750S, VT750C and the CTX700NA Cruisers, or the VT1300CX Chopper. There’s even limited-stocks of the VFR800F (excluding 2014 model) Sports Tourer available at a 1.99% comparison rate.

    Also if you want to get down and dirty, take a look at Honda’s CRF250L Trail bike or the CRF250X and CRF450X Enduro weapons, as they’re included in the limited-time low finance offer too.

    The 1.99% comparison rate will save you hundreds on the price of these new Honda Motorcycles but it’s an offer that’s only valid until 30 September 2014.

    So there’s never been a better time to get aboard a Honda, whether you are starting out, a seasoned rider or upgrading your ride. See your nearest Honda Dealer for more details, ring 1 300 HONDA or go to honda.com.au 

     

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