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  • 946 Makes its Debut

    New Vespa 946 set to star at Melbourne Motorcycle Expo this weekend. Starts Friday, ending Sunday.

    Vespa Australia

     

     

    Vespa Piaggio at this weekends Melbourne Motorcycle Expo 

    Visitors to the Vespa Piaggio stand are in for a big surprise when the Melbourne Motorcycle and Scooter Expo kicks of this Friday. Vespa Australia have confirmed they have pulled all stops to get the latest 946, stylishly named 'Bellissima', onto the Vespa stand for Australia's first peek at the amazing new model. 'Bellissima' is the second edition of Vespa's unique 946 design and is limited to 40 units, most of which are expected to be snapped up by collectors. Features of the new model include the 150 3V engine and two stunning new colours, Metallic blue and Metallic Silver. It will be a huge coup for the brand if they get the new 946 into the country in time for the 3 day event with Vespa Australia saying they are very confident it will be unveiled on Friday.

    Piaggio and Vespa are the two best selling scooter brands in the country with over 32% market share and Piaggio management will be in town to have a close look at the local market with the companies Asia Pacific General Manager Simone Nicolai expected to visit the stand to unveil the 946 at 12:10PM and discuss all things Vespa and Piaggio.

    Also expected to draw plenty of attention will be the recently arrived all new GTS 300 Super Sport ABS in striking matte black paint work. Vespa sales have increased over 16% this year on the back of a totally new Vespa line up all of which can be seen at the show including the GTS 300 Super, GTS 250 and 150. The classic Primavera and sporty Sprint models will add a dash of colour; while ;sentimental favourite, PX 150 is expected to draw in the Vespa purists

    On the Piaggio side expect plenty of interest in the new Liberty S 150 which will be unveiled for the first time at the show also. Liberty S 150 takes Piaggio's popular tall wheeler in a new direction with totally new styling with an edgy Matt grey colour scheme. The full Piaggio range will be showcased including the amazing 3 wheeled Yourban 300, the brilliant BV350 and the technically advanced X10 500. The show is also a great opportunity to size up Australia's number 1 selling scooter, the FLY 150 i.e.

    What to expect: New 946, a must see & truly stunning, new front ends on the big GTS range, 12'' inch rims on the Sprint, Shimmering Blue GTS 300 Super, cavernous X10 Storage, plenty of colour.

    Links

    www.vespa.com.au
    www.piaggio.com.au

    Visit the Expo site

    http://troybaylissevents.com/motoexpo/


     

  • 2014 Vespa 946 Bellissima

    This years version of the 946 was released recently in Italy. The 946 Bellissima will arrive in Australia this December.

    Vespa Italy

     


     

    Vespa Bellissima 946

    The new 946 arrives this December. Last year it was the 946 Ricordo Italiano, this year it’s the 946 Bellissima.

    What’s new for 2014? The 155 cc, 3 valve engine will be introduced and the rear rack will now come standard. Colour options also get an update, Grey and Blue signify the change in model year. 

    The 946 is the complete showcase of Vespa technology. Anti Skid Reduction(ASR), disc brakes featuring ABS and the 946 will integrate Vespa’s Multimedia Platform(VMP). The dash is all digital and there are quality materials used throughout.

    Vespa Australia will be releasing 40 units only into the country and pricing is yet to be confirmed but we’d be thinking somewhere around $12,990 Ride Away.

    For further details and to get your name on one of the 40 units arriving, see your local dealer. Also, for further information, we’ve included the official Vespa Italy Eicma press release below.

     

    Vespa Official Press Release - BELLISSIMA VESPA 946, 2014 COLLECTION

    Vespa 946, the model of extraordinary exclusivity which has already become legend, presents Bellissima, the outstanding Collection 2014.
        
    Two new colours, Grey and Blue mark the new collection as well as the strict colours Black and White - now off list and delivered to the Vespa history - marked the production in 2013.

    The 2014 Collection pays homage to the highest levels of Vespa tradition and Italian design with elegant shades of silvery grey and blue. Timeless colours that perfectly interpret the bold and modern lines of the Vespa 946.

    Vespa has always been able to go beyond its initial function in the decades to become a unique point of view to interpret the changes in our society, accompanying the most profound social changes. The arrival of two colours so elegant on that masterpiece of engineering and high-level manufacturing that is Vespa 946 means recovery values ​​of classicism that are inherently linked to the history of the Vespa brand.

    The new collection is distinguished by the elegant new black aluminium alloy wheel rims and by the new design of the LED turn indicators, style details that distinguish the new series of the Vespa 946. The seat also changes taking on a smaller form than that seen on the first collection of Vespa 946. In this case as well it serves as reminder and complete reinterpretation of a distinctive sign of Vespa. The bold structure, made of aluminium, which caused a sensation in the first collection of Vespa 946 is confirmed in its design but reduces its size to accommodate a reduced seat that further enhances the stunning lines of the 946.

    THE EVOLUTION CONTINUES

    Vespa 946 continues the legacy of a humanistic approach to design, in which the human figure is at the same time creator and focus of the creative idea.

    An orientation to the definition of a unique object that comes from the Italian tradition of design, technique and precious workmanship.

    Conceived as a precious work of Renaissance art, but made ​​with the best technologies of the XXI century, the Vespa 946 is designed on a human scale.

    The attention to fuel economy and emissions reduction, the fully digital instrumentation, a beating heart and modern technology, perfect to cover the distances and cross the city, match to the finest materials in a masterful build quality so as to make it a unique design not only in the history of the Vespa but throughout the world of two-wheeled motor vehicles.


    CITIZEN OF THE WORLD

    In almost seventy years of history, and after more than 18 million units sold worldwide, Vespa has managed to unite youths of distant and different cultures through a single passion. First truly global brand of mobility Vespa has interacted with social environments distant from each other, creating different cultural phenomena, characteristics of the reality in which it has been able to immerse itself to take on the role of distinctive protagonist. It has accompanied revolutions of customs, music and youths. It has stood at the side of human advancement. It made them soar during periods of economic prosperity. And today it stands as one of the most renown Italian products sold around the world.


    A STYLE THAT REWRITES THE FUTURE

    The legendary silhouette of the Vespa has become part of design history. A few brilliant strokes of the pen gave birth to a symbol of Italian creativity and started an unbroken history of extraordinary success. A modern epic in which the main characters are fun and the freedom of movement, with unmistakable style, on every street around the world.

    A look at the 946 brings to mind the creativity and ingenuity that gave rise to the original Vespa. Behind the breathtaking lines of the first scooter with its monocoque body, advanced technology today is designed to make progress in a user and eco friendly view. As the MP6 prototype which serves as inspiration, the Vespa 946 seems to come directly from the best technology of its time.

    The concepts that inspired the sharpness of the forms of that distant prototype have been embraced and accentuated due to the possibilities that, nearly seventy years later, are now possible thanks to the most modern materials and advanced manufacturing processes.

    The completely open back of the Vespa 946 is accentuated by the elegant and bold solution of the suspended saddle. Only sophisticated aluminium die casting can support it, whilst maintaining a light appearance that never fails to please.

    The Piaggio Style Centre has performed important and innovative work on surfaces and sections with bold signs in mind, without betraying the softness of lines that every Vespa must have, to capture the eye in an alternation of concave and convex forms, which extend the general line giving new dynamism and modern appeal to the 946. Marked by lateral slits, the bare bodyshell has a vaguely biomorphic and futuristic shape.

    The 2014 Collection of Vespa 946 will feature a body only in tints of Blue, with seat and details of Black and Grey with Red seat and handlebars. Thus, as is tradition, it is a collection destined to go out of production within the end of the year so as to make all units of the Vespa 946 made ​​in 2014 authentic pieces that are both unique and unrepeatable.

    As always in the history of the Vespa, the body is a steel frame - now enhanced by the aluminium parts among which the fender and side covers - which also has a supporting function that houses and supports the engine, transmission and all the mechanical parts.

    Vespa 946 distils and condenses the best characteristics of Vespas which over the decades have preceded it, admirably entwining the best of the features of the various Vespa families.

    The front mudguard, fully in aluminium, covers with the usual elegance the 12 inch wheel. The same size as the rear wheel. The new Collection now features all new separable aluminium alloy wheel rims. The braking system, in search of maximum safety, is double disc and comes complete with two-channel ABS system controlled by a control unit with dedicated software.

     


    A MASTERPIECE OF ITALIAN CRAFTSMANSHIP

    Details such as the handlebars that feature sewn trim with needle and thread, aluminium parts fitted manually, one by one in monocoque steel body, a dedicated production line, more like an haute couture atelier than a production line make this Collection stand out. Vespa 946 is built by human skill, piece by piece, carefully crafted with glorification of manual labour as the most valuable Italian manufactured crafts.

    The section where the Vespa 946 is assembled is completely new, modern and features cutting-edge technology. The assembly line is unique, specifically designed and created for this milestone in the history of the Vespa, and offers a wonderful melange between the most advanced manufacturing technology and processing accuracy of craftsmanship.


    A JEWEL OF TECHNIQUE

    The suspension compartment of the Vespa 946 uses the traditional front swinging arm, one of the stylistic features of the Vespa since it first started production, while the rear suspension is distinguished by the use of an innovative solution. In fact, for the first time in the history of Vespa, the suspension consists of a gas unit with five preloaded adjustable positions mounted horizontally with a sophisticated progressive linkage system. A solution which has made it possible to recreate the pure and delicate lines of the rear of the Vespa 946.

    The lights are one of the hallmarks of the Vespa 946. They stands out in particular for the fact that the headlamp is manufactured using a full LED technology system with heat dissipation. The full LED technology is also featured on the tail lights with stylish turn indicators, redesigned for the Collection 2014, flush with the body so as not to affect the lines of the Vespa.

    The saddle, mounted on an aluminium support, is an extraordinary design element, capable of gracefully marking the overall design of the Vespa 946, at the service of functionality. Hinged to the body on a cast aluminium support, the rider and passenger saddle is made by hand of fine waterproof fabric.

    Vespa 946 is equipped with the innovative ASR traction control, an advanced electronic system which prevents slippage of the rear wheel, avoiding loss of adhesion and always ensuring optimal traction. A unique technological sophistication of the Piaggio Group, for the first time on Vespa.

    A MODERN AND ECO-FRIENDLY HEART

    The pulsating heart of the Vespa 946 is an extremely modern engine which reveals the lines of development of engines of the future, characterised by reduced fuel consumption and a dramatic reduction of gaseous and noise emissions.

    The single cylinder 125/155 cc 4 stroke, 3 valve, air cooled engine with electronic injection represents Piaggio Group's state of the art technology in scooter engines.

    The engine has been entirely designed, developed and manufactured in Pontedera, in the largest plant of the Piaggio Group, which is one of the most important and advanced research, development and production centres in the engine field worldwide. This engine is born from the challenge that the Group has taken on: to provide an increasingly more evolved customer with a product that guarantees performance, reliability and safety while also leading the field in respect for the environment.

    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 cooling system has been the subject of careful analysis in order to improve performance even further, thereby obtaining a significant reduction in terms of acoustics and power absorption.

    The injection system is state of the art in terms of functionality and rideability, with automatic idling control and closed-loop fuel mixture management with lambda probe. The three dimensional maps of advance, titre and injection timing are managed by a new generation control unit. Together with the trivalent catalytic converter, compliance with Euro3 standard is guaranteed with ample margin, also with a view to future legislation, increasingly stringent in terms of reduction of polluting emissions.


    Vespa 946 – Technical details

    Tradition and innovation: Monocoque body made ​​of sheet steel with aluminium elements: handlebar, saddle support, side panels, front mudguard, rearview mirrors supports.

    Maximum safety: 220 mm dual disc brake, ABS dual channel braking system, ASR traction electronic control system. Large 12 inch wheels, dismountable aluminium alloy wheel rims.

    Ecology and economy: 125/155 cc 3V engine, electronic injection, fuel consumption and emission reduction at the top of the category.

    Technology and style: LED headlamp with heat dissipating system, LED tail light and turn indicators, full LCD multi-purpose dashboard.

  • Kymco People GTi300

    Now in dealers, the much anticipated Kymco GTi300 has arrived in Australia.

    Allen Drysdale

     

    Kymco People GTi300 Arrives

    We’ve been waiting for this one for a while now, the People GTi300 from Kymco. The GTi300 shares the same engine as seen in Kymco’s Downtown 300. The engine is renowned for producing plenty of grunt, it’s almost 300 cc in capacity and outputs just over 21 kilowatts, so it's fair to say the GTi should be a real powerhouse.    

    Other features include 16 inch wheels at either end. Disc brakes can be found on both front and rear, though unfortunately the GTi comes without the option of ABS. Storage is helped by coming standard with a rear colour coded top box, there’s a flat floor with bag hook, and a small amount of room under the seat.

    From a size perspective the People GTi300 is fairly roomy and comfortable and comes with an upright seating position. Suspension is fully adjustable on the rear, dual shocks with the normal telescopic arrangement up front. The dash is a funky mix of analogue and digital.

    The People GTi300 has been priced competitively at $5990 plus on road costs and given the Australian market doesn’t currently have a 16 inch wheeled, flat floored scooter on the market, this is the gap the GTi300 should help fill immediately.

    Initial impressions are positive, the GTi300 literally hammers with endless power available everywhere - and it's vibration free. It’s a bit larger than I was first anticipating but once rolling there’s a good blend of both agility and comfort. The GTi would make a top shelf commuting option.

    To find your local dealer visit the Kymco Australia website http://www.kymco.com.au/scooters/dealers.aspx

    Available in the colours of Black, White or the Gold as pictured.

     

  • Scoot Into Summer With TGB

     

    Purchase a Bellavita 300, Tapo, 101S, Bullet or Bullet RS and get a FREE Mojo Bike valued from $349.

    TGB Australia

     

     

    Free Mojo Bike

    TGB Australia has launched a national campaign where buyers across the country receive a free Mojo Bike when they purchase a Bellavita 300, 101S, Tapo 50, Bullet or Bullet RS scooter.
     
    TGB Australia are getting customers ready for a scorching summer by teaming up with urban bicycle brand Mojo Bike, to give Aussies a summer to remember.
     
    Engineered for performance, TGB Scooters are efficient, reliable and fun, all of which are synonymous with the Aussie lifestyle.
     
     
    The Deal

    Find your nearest dealer www.tgbscooters.com.au


     


  • 2015 Vespa Range Launch

    Scooter Central and The Collaroy, formally known as the Surf Rock Hotel, is holding an event celebrating the release of the new 2015 Vespa Sprint and the rest of the 2015 Vespa Range.

    Simply RSVP as per below and enjoy a night dedicated to Vespa lifestyle. There will be nibbles, drinks and lots of talk about Vespa’s latest range of updates. Scooter Central will be showcasing the all-new Vespa Sprint.

    For more information contact Peter @ Scooter Central on 02 9938 5858.

    Event Information

    Where : The Collaroy
    Address : 1064 Pittwater Rd, Collaroy Beach, 2097
    When : 19th of November, 2014
    Time : From 7 PM
    RSVP : sarah@cardinalspin.com.au

    Quick Links


    www.scootercentral.com.au

    www.collaroyhotel.com.au 

     

  • New Kymco Scooters

    Kymco have stayed true to the scooter cause and released two new models during Eicma 2014.

    Allen Drysdale

    In an Eicma show that's been light on new scooter product, Kymco have launched two new maxi-style models. The new revamped Downtown and one called the Agility Maxi.


    Kymco Downtown 125/350

    The Downtown looks to be more than just a massage in style. Two capacities, a 125 for the European Region and a 350 model that will go up against Piaggio’s Beverly 350. The actual capacity of the 350 version is 321cc and power output increases to 30 horsepower. Kymco say they've reduced vibration and improved the efficiency of the liquid cooling system.

    The design and ergonomic changes for the Downtown are substantial. The front end is now dominated by LED lighting, and the rear end is just as bold with two large automotive style lights. Storage under the leather look seat will still hold two full face helmets. Two gloveboxes, one with a 12 volt charging station.

    Braking now utilises the latest Bosch Antilock Braking System. The front disc is 260 mm in size with 3 piston calliper and the rear is a 240 mm disc with 2 piston calliper. Wheel size is 13 inch on the rear and 14 inch on the front.

    I’d be expecting we'll see the Downtown in 2015, especially as this model provides an upgrade over the existing 300 version. The Downtown looks the goods and we already know how capable the existing model can be. Looking forward to riding this one.

     

     

    Kymco Agility Maxi 300

    Next an all new mini-maxi, the Agility Maxi 300i ABS. The Agility Maxi suggests a lighter, sportier and more compact model over the Downtown though size and weight specifications look fairly similar.

    The engine this time is a 271 cc, 2 valve unit that’s matched to a newly designed CVT. The new liquid cooling system finds its way here and the reduction in capacity will help with vibration and low speed smoothness. Power output is competitive at 23 horsepower.

    Styling is different to that of the Downtown, not quite as aggressive but still all-new. With a 13 inch rear wheel, storage is generous and will consume two full face helmets. The wheels themselves have been given a sporty appearance(not pictured here). The Agility Maxi also utilises the latest Bosch Anti-lock Braking System.

    The Agility Maxi is targeting commuters who are looking for a more sports orientated commuter. We’re unsure if the Agility Maxi will find its way here, the fact that many features align closely with the Downtown mean that maybe we won’t.

     

  • Suzuki Burgman 200

    The Burgman 200 arrives for sale in Australia. The official press release can be found inside.

    Suzuki Australia

    Official Australian Press Release - Suzuki Burgman 200

     

    First unveiled at the 2013 Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show last November as a market evaluation unit, the BURGMAN 200 is now available in Australia for riders demanding a luxury mid-sized scooter without the luxury price tag.

    Everything you thought you knew about smart, cool comfort is set to change. The BURGMAN 200's liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC engine is tuned for optimal performance at the low and mid-range revs used most for commuting and touring the town.

    Smooth is what you feel, quiet is what you hear and power and fuel efficiency of 30.1 km/litre* are what you have for enjoyable cruising on any city road.

    A capacious, 41-litre underseat storage compartment holds two full-face helmets. It also incorporates a lamp for extra convenience at night. Two front storage compartments provide 7.0-litre capacity, one is lockable with by the ignition key and the other is push-open for easy access. The lower lockable storage bay features a 12V DC outlet for charging electronic devices.

    Life with the BURGMAN can be summed up in a simple four-letter word: EASY. After all, you've got the space to carry a briefcase, a gym bag, or an extra helmet for a friend. Accept no compromises. The BURGMAN 200 is big enough to make its presence felt in rush-hour traffic and sleek enough to slip through an alley for a shortcut home.

    Slim bodywork helps you drive city traffic. A low seat and cutaway floorboards help you put your feet on the ground with ease. Plus, a 10.5-litre fuel tank expands your riding range to all corners of the urban landscape.

    The Burgman 200 is available now for a recommended price of $5,490*, in an elegant silver colour scheme and backed by a 12-month, unlimited kilometre warranty.

    For further information on the Suzuki BURGMAN 200, interested customers should visit their local Suzuki dealer, who can be found through the dealer locator on www.suzuki.com.au.

    *Recommended Price includes GST, excludes dealer delivery charges.



     

     

  • 2015 Yamaha TMAX 530

     

    Yamaha continues developing the TMAX, making sure it remains Europe’s number 1 maxi choice.

    Yamaha Europe

     


    Yamaha TMAX 530


    Yamaha, like most years, have massaged a little more from the TMAX concept. This year it’s mainly cosmetic with a new front fairing and LED lighting.

    More technically significant is the radial brakes and 41mm front fork upgrade. For security, a big issue in Europe, there’s now remote start and a long time coming is the availability of a 12 volt charger.

    Usually we see a Special Edition colour and this year we have the IRON MAX which features a number of gold coloured elements. Australia is likely to see the new TMAX well into 2015, though we'll have further information as it's released. Read more on the 2015 TMAX below.


    TMAX 530 Official European Press Release  

    The scooter that changed everything

    When the original TMAX was launched in 2001 it caused the European marketplace to sit up and take notice. This was a design like no other, and was to add a whole new dimension to the world of two wheels. With its motorcycle levels of performance and scooter comfort and convenience, this innovative and groundbreaking model was responsible for the creation of a whole new sector in the two-wheeled marketplace.

    The era of the maxi-scooter had arrived, and over the past decade the TMAX has gone on to become one of the most enduring and successful models ever created by Yamaha, with more than 200,000 units sold. During this period the model has undergone a series of major evolutionary changes that have kept it at the forefront of the maxi scooter market, and although many new competitors have arrived, the TMAX is still by far the best selling model in the category.

    Yamaha's research has shown that the TMAX inspires a high level of loyalty amongst its many thousands of owners, and each year a significant proportion of new sales are made to customers who are trading up from an older model TMAX. This unprecedented level of customer loyalty reflects the timeless and ongoing appeal of this model, and it reinforces Yamaha's engineers' commitment to ensuring that the needs and desires of our customers are the key target when any technical or stylistic change are introduced.

    For 2015 Yamaha will launch - at the same time - the new TMAX as well as the special version of this maxi scooter: IRON MAX. Building on the enviable reputation of their top-selling predecessors, these latest models share the same advanced engine and chassis specification and benefit from the same improvements for 2015, with the main differences between the two models being related to stylistic changes.

    With its range of exclusive design features, the IRON MAX special edition represents the ultimate expression of style and sophistication for the customer who wants the very best. Technically identical to the TMAX IRON MAX, the latest TMAX standard version comes with a specification that offers today's style-conscious commuters and leisure riders a new level of comfort and sophistication.



    2015 TMAX

    Every single change to the design and specification of this best selling model is made with the tastes and needs of our sophisticated and well informed customers in mind, and our aim is always to give them the style, performance and quality that they desire.

    That has been of course the development target of the 2015 model: not a revolution, but a solid evolution focused on many areas where Yamaha has listened to its customers' requests and general feedback.

    Redesigned front cowl


    For 2015 the latest TMAX's new-look face is equipped with angular new LED dual headlights, and the refreshed front-end design also features a central diffuser that replaces the previous model's position light. Located below the screen, this delta-shaped diffuser is designed to smooth out the airflow across the cowl and screen for better wind protection.

    New look mirrors feature longer and higher stems for improved manoeuvrability in confined spaces, and the Yamaha tuning fork logo is positioned lower on the cowl to emphasize the sporty new lines.

    Lightweight full LED dual headlights


    For the first time in its illustrious 14-year history, the TMAX is equipped with full LED headlights that offer the multiple advantages of being light, powerful and energy efficient. The new LED dual headlights are located slightly higher in the redesigned cowl for 2015, and this gives a lighter and more compact look.

    Another new feature is that the both of the LED headlights are always on - whether the switch is set to low beam or high beam mode - and this feature reinforces the scooter's charismatic and distinctive 'two-eyed' impression all the time. The TMAX's iconic look is accentuated by the adoption of dual LED position lights that shine through boomerang-shaped lenses, giving this class- leading sport scooter enormous visibility on the street, in the day or at night- time.

    New upside down forks

    The TMAX is justifiably famous for its motorcycle-style riding feeling, and the adoption of new upside down front forks for the 2015 model year is sure to further improve its reputation for unique and sporty handling performance.

    The new forks are equipped with strong and light 41mm diameter inner tubes, and as well as ensuring a precise steering feel and excellent high speed handling characteristics, this new front end reduces unsprung weight to give plush and responsive suspension characteristics for a more comfortable ride.

    New front mudguard


    Complementing the new upside down front forks is a redesigned front mudguard that gives the 2015 model a more refined and sporty image. With a wide, downward slanting front section and deep, angular sides, the mudguard protects the new forks and enhances the aerodynamics.

    Radial-mount front brake calipers


    Radial mount front brake calipers were originally developed for our supersport motorcycle range, and the latest TMAX is the first Yamaha scooter to be equipped with this high-performance system.

    A special feature of the new caliper design is that the mounting bolts are positioned facing forwards - rather than at 90 degrees to the discs - to give excellent rigidity balance and improved feel. The newly designed 4-pot opposed piston calipers are coupled with dual 267mm diameter floating discs that offer strong and effective braking performance.

    High quality sports instrumentation

    The new TMAX is fitted with a sophisticated and sporty instrument panel that features twin circular analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer, with precision look needles and numbers on black backgrounds - and for enhanced style and clarity the backlighting colour changes to red for the new model.

    Smartkey ignition and immobiliser system


    For added convenience the 2015 TMAX adopts a new Smartkey system. All the time that the rider is carrying the new key fob on their person they will be able to start the scooter simply by pressing a button. The new Smartkey system is also designed to control the remote engine immobilising functions including the steering lock and the seat opening, while the front storage lock and fuel cap lock require physical key insertion.

    Featuring a high quality metallic chrome finish with an engraved tuning fork logo, the new Smartkey highlights the sophisticated design of the renewed TMAX, and makes for easier and simpler operation.

    New 12V outlet

    Another feature that gives improved functionality is the new 12V outlet, enabling the rider to plug in a number of devices for personal use.


    TMAX

    New features

    • Newly designed front cowl
    • New shape LED dual headlights
    • Boomerang shaped LED position lights
    • 41mm diameter upside down front forks
    • Radial mount 4-pot front brake calipers
    • Newly designed front fender
    • Smartkey system for remote starting/immobilising
    • 12V power outlet

    TMAX

    Highlights

    • The original and definitive maxi scooter
    • Europe's top selling model in the class
    • A2 licence category
    • Dynamic design with unique TMAX DNA
    • Liquid-cooled 530cc 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine
    • Strong torque for outstanding acceleration
    • Lightweight die-cast aluminium frame
    • Motorcycle-type belt transmission
    • Dual 267mm front discs with new radial calipers
    • Large diameter 5-spoke aluminium wheels
    • 2-step adjustable windscreen
    • Underseat storage and glovebox


    TMAX IRON MAX

    Available from November 2014, the Special Edition of the TMAX, the TMAX IRON MAX, is equipped with a number of exclusive features that make it the most remarkable model in the Yamaha scooter line-up.

    The new upside down forks benefit from a gold coloured finish to the outer tubes, and along with the matching gold coloured front caliper caps, this high quality front end projects an exclusive image.

    Rider and passenger comfort is assured thanks to a specially made two-tone textured dual seat, and this special edition scooter also features aluminium footplates and special emblems on the instruments and tailpiece.

    The sophisticated and sporty instrument panel features twin circular analogue dials for the speedometer and tachometer, with precision look needles and numbers on black backgrounds - and for enhanced style and clarity the backlighting colour changes to white.

    To underline its unique appearance, Yamaha have developed an all-new colour specifically for this Special Edition model. Designed to give the TMAX IRON MAX a truly different and original look, the new Liquid Darkness colour finish is complemented by matt black wheels with grey pinstripes.

    TMAX IRON MAX Exclusive features

    • Gold-coloured upside down front forks
    • Brake caliper caps gold finished
    • Special new TMAX IRON MAX seat
    • Matt black wheel with grey pinstripes
    • Special metallic accents on inner headlamps
    • Aluminium footplates
    • Instrument panel with special finishing and white backlight
    • Special name emblems on instruments and tail
    • Dedicated Special Edition colour option
  • Piaggio's Electric Bike Project

     

    Piaggio try and fill the void between bicycle and scooter with an all new Electric Bike Project launched in Milan.

    Piaggio Group Europe

     

    Piaggio Electric Bike Project 

    Piaggio have launched a new Electric Bike at the Eicma show in Milan. Called the Piaggio Electric Bike, the bicycle is powered by a 250-350 watt electric motor, though what is interesting is that it also uses a CVT type arrangement and final belt drive. Fully developed by Piaggio the Electric Bike Project also utilises Piaggio's Multimedia Platform to alert owners on battery life and condition.

    The concept looks innovative and as more and more people look towards alternative forms of transport, especially throughout Asia, the Electric Bike Project is more that just a passing thought. See the unedited Piaggio press release below.


    Official Press Release - Piaggio Electric Bike 

    For almost seventy years Piaggio Group has been a worldwide leader in development, production and sales of newer and newer forms of mobility.
     
    The search for solutions that combine freedom and the simplicity of travel with quality of life and respect for the environment is a mission that the Piaggio Group has always pursued. Founded on research and technological innovation, the Piaggio Group's hold on the number one spot has been strengthened over the decades in products which have provide freedom to entire generations and revolutionised the concept of mobility itself several times, creating not only new means of transportation but inventing lifestyles, because mobility is always synonymous with freedom.
     
    The Vespa legend which was born in the post war era, the most agile and lightweight mopeds of the '60s and '70s, and then electric, bimodal vehicles and finally hybrid engines – the only one of its kind in the scooter world – are milestones in a cultural and technological leadership that has always characterised Piaggio Group's vocation for innovation, with the earliest electric vehicle actually dating back to 1975.
     
    Out of this unique heritage of style and technology, today the Piaggio Electric Bike Project is born, a completely new vehicle that meets the most advanced needs and the most modern mobility trends.
     
    Piaggio Electric Bike Project goes beyond the concept of an assisted-pedal bicycle and approaches the market as a vehicle that interprets the most progressive mobility needs at 360 degrees, no longer intended simply as the ability to move about, but also as the presence and sharing of information over the most modern network and interaction forms with your vehicle.
     
    Thanks to PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) technology, Electric Bike Project has an ultra advanced man-mechanical vehicle interface and guarantees constant data sharing with the world, giving you with the opportunity to interact from any location and with any environment in its physical, social and experience dimension.
     
     
    A Made in Piaggio electric heart
     
    The heart of the Piaggio Electric Bike is a 250W-350W electric power unit entirely designed, developed and built by the Piaggio Group. It is an ultra modern and extremely compact motor with a shape designed for perfect insertion in the elegant aesthetics of the Electric Bike. In fact, its axial-symmetric shape, in other words, designed around the pedal axle, allows it to include the entire electric motor hidden behind the sprocket in order to greatly reduce the aesthetic impact.

    But it is the entire powertrain (the motor, battery and control display assembly) of the Electric Bike Project that stands out for the technology it uses and for the functions it provides.

    The electric motor control system is completely innovative and was developed by Piaggio. It works thanks to sophisticated control algorithms which guarantee its reliability.

    The latest generation display is “contactless” and automatically powered via NFC near the control unit. The USB connection serves the dual function of being a smartphone charger and software update port. Diagnostics are also possible via smartphone by the rider, whereas for the service centre operations are possible via tablet – thanks once again to Bluetooth technology – for a more complete check.
     
    Piaggio Electric Bike Project, thanks to its technology, also stands out for its high level of safety: the dashboard control unit, batteries and electric motor are connected unequivocally. This means that the three units can operate only if they are connected and communicating with one another. For example, removing the display (which operates as an electronic key) when parking renders the Electric Bike effectively unusable.
     
    A GPS/GSM module is housed in the battery which functions both as a satellite antitheft device and a data transmission element from/for the battery. This way the charge status can be checked with a smartphone and you can receive the alert status on your device in the event of a poor charge, for example after a long period of disuse.
     
    The 400 Wh ion and lithium battery is elegantly housed under the saddle in correspondence to the vertical pipe and provides particularly long range, on average between 60 and 120 kilometres depending on the mode of use and surrounding conditions. The battery guarantees the highest possible level of safety and, as with all of the powertrain components, it is completely waterproof (IP 65).
     
    The Piaggio Electric Bike Project uses a belt drive combined with an advanced continuous variation automatic transmission, electronically assisted to always ensure the best possible ratio between an almost infinite choice of combination. This is technology that takes advantage of the Piaggio Group's extensive technical experience with this type of transmission.

     

     
     
    Connected to Electric Bike, connected to the world.
     
    Thanks to the PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) technology, your smartphone integrates functionally with Electric Bike via Bluetooth. PMP allows constantly new functions to be developed from the fine tuning of "classic" services such as navigation up to any number of opportunities for personalisation of the powertrain operating modes over and above the base settings. In fact, conventional electrically pedal-assisted bicycles offer a limited and determined number of pedal assistance level settings with a contribution from the motor that always stays proportional to the energy applied by the cyclist once the operating mode is selected. The Piaggio Electric Bike Project, thanks to the exclusive DEA (Dynamic Engine Assistance) technology, allows the user to program the assistance level provided by the electric motor at a percentage that is always variable in ratio to the power provided by the cyclist.
     
    Thanks to the possibility of varying the motor contribution, Piaggio Electric Bike is a true fitness machine where the cyclist can set his or her physical effort (for example, 100W of effort and a certain frequency of pedalling or maximum speed) leaving the motor free to increase or decrease its contribution based on the altimetric variations in order to comply with the set parameters which are consistent with the training program that the rider wants to achieve.
     
    Also, through PMP you will be able to select predefined power output modes throughout the arc of use, real "motor mappings".
     
    The PMP system, which can be controlled through your smartphone's screen, by buttons on the handlebar and with voice commands, is the base for virtually unlimited function developments. For example, the Smart Navigator calculates itineraries based on the routes recommended for cyclists (sourced from the web/communities), the altimetric profile of the route and the remaining battery consumption/range. It is therefore able to modulate on the route in order to obtain minimum battery consumption and to check motor power output to guarantee that you will arrive at your destination with the detected residual charge. Along the route the cyclist can report points of interest, road surface conditions, road work and any other type of information, thereby contributing to a web database that serves as a point of reference for the navigation software used by the riders in a community.

     
    But the utilities PMS offer go far beyond this: it ranges from weather forecast information to functions connected to fitness and allows users to use the Electric Bike as a training tool in order to monitor health information and to achieve goals in terms of bodyweight, heart rate and calorie burning. The possibility to compare the stored data provides you with the opportunity to challenge yourself on various routes for the purpose of continuously monitoring the progress achieved in terms of performance and physical fitness.

    Connectivity between the bike electronics and heart rate monitors, for example, allows you to manage the electric motor power output based on a heart rate goal (the lower this is the more the assistance provided by the motor will be). This way an athlete can load training programmes and manage his or her frequency on the route, in commuting you can choose not to exceed a maximum heart rate threshold for health reasons, or simply to keep from becoming overheated on your way to work.

     


     
    Pure Italian Design
     
    The elegantly sport design of the Electric Bike Project is the result of the Piaggio style centre which worked to combine the best and most distinctive Italian design with functionality and operating convenience.
     
    Modern style, refined solutions and simplicity are the keywords that inspired the Piaggio Group designers in their work.

    The result comes together in a frame made entirely in aluminium with a clearly sport look (diamond shape) that mounts a shock absorbed fork, also made in aluminium and which is available in various versions of Electric Bike Project starting from the classic male and unisex duo.
     
    From a stylistic point of view the challenge of seamlessly inserting the powertrain parts (electric motor, transmission and battery) into the frame was particularly successful, leaving the bicycle's lines rationally clean and undisturbed.
     
    In fact, the motor, designed around the pedal axle, remains hidden by the sprocket and the battery, which can be easily removed, is housed under the saddle on the horizontal pipe. And so the Electric Bike Project 's attention to simplicity and user-friendliness substantiates in shapes which have been conceived with functionality in mind and as a tribute to the elegance of Italian design.

     

  • Yamaha’s Tricity Launch

     

    Yamaha have just launched its all-new 3-wheeled 125cc Tricity scooter in Australia.

      

    Introduction 

    Yamaha's Tricity incorporates three-wheeled technology in a lightweight package that's affordable. The Tricity is targeting the inner-city set, new riders and those lacking confidence where two wheels is concerned.

    And whilst Yamaha has the price right at under $5,000 Ride Away, the Tricity will still be an experiment to establish a dedicated three-wheeled audience. Piaggio's own Mp3 has seen success(limited in Australia), and this can mainly put down to price. Will a sub 5 grand offering work?

    We sent our roving reporter, Pete Gailey out to the Tricity launch with an open mind on Yamaha's new offering. See Pete's initial thoughts below. We should see a long-term demonstrator hitting the Scootersales.com.au garage shortly. 

    See the official European Release HERE


    Yamaha Tricity 125

    Yamaha developed the Tricity with a focus on lightness, sportiness, agility and ease of use. Weighing in at only 152kg wet, it is by far the lightest, most compact and most agile 3-wheeler in the market.

    It has a parallelogram link suspension, independent tandem-type telescopic front forks which allows the front wheels to lean into corners much the same as the larger three-wheeled scooters like the Mp3 Yourban. It’s a simplified version and the only feature it lacks is the wheel locking mechanism.

    The Tricity comes with twin 14-inch aluminium front wheels and a 12-inch rear. The front end delivers smooth cushioning over bumps and provides a good level of stability. It has linked disc brakes front and rear, and with dual discs up-front, the Tricity stops on a dime. A newly developed liquid-cooled 125cc engine from Yamaha means that the Tricity is smooth, lively and very economical. Yamaha suggests 40 km/l and a range of 250 km’s.

    The 50:50 weight distribution and low centralised centre of gravity plays a major role in shaping the Tricity’s light and responsive handling, which really is that good. This philosophy of distributing the weight evenly between the front and rear wheels is the same as the approach used on Yamaha's MotoGP bikes. That’s probably because the Tricity is the brain child of Kazuhisa Takano who developed the chassis on Rossi and Lorenzo’s MotoGP bikes.

    The Tricity is well put together, with smart modern styling and an under-seat storage area that will fit a large full-faced helmet. The Tricity is comfortable with good ergonomics, it’s a quality piece of kit. Colour options will be Mistral Grey or Competition White.

    Yamaha are pitching the Tricity as a serious economical option for students and young urban riders (particularly females) and are pushing it as an economical first scooter choice for newbie’s. When you check the price, $4999 Ride Away, it becomes real bang for buck proposition. Yamaha are also offering fixed price servicing and low-cost replacement parts if needed.



    Kazuhisa Takano

    Pete’s Ride Impressions

    I thought that a 125cc three-wheeler would be a joke - how wrong I was. Sure it looked cool enough, the thin 14-inch wheels up front looked promising and the Tricity fitted my XL full-face Shark helmet under the seat(does not happen often). From the rear things look really sharp, in the flesh, the styling ticks a few boxes for me.

    What really hit me though, is the Tricity has a real lightweight feel, it’s well-balanced and a quality 125cc scooter. But you’d expect that from Yamaha. It’s Japanese chic, and goes really really well.

    Perfectly suited for the urban gridlock, the Tricity handles various commuting duties with ease. Small city lanes, speed bumps, pot holes, kerbs, bollards, traffic islands, handles roundabouts effortlessly and filters beautifully. There’s a slight lag off the lights, but at 30 km/h, the Tricity gets a second wind and it’s away, reaching arterial road speeds easily. The 3 disc brakes on this lightweight machine make braking feel amazing. Top speed was 98 km/h along the motorway, and I could have squeezed a few more had the traffic been lighter on our short test.

    We’ll have a long-termer shortly, but the Tricity turned out to be very impressive. The almost “insect-like” lightness and balance of the scooter was high-tech, you could feel the racing pedigree and the 125cc engine is a cut above most of the others out there.

    Sure, the Tricity is being pitched to young inner-city newbie’s but the reach could be widespread, especially when Yamaha offers fixed price servicing and low-cost replacement parts.

    All for $4999 Ride Away, Yamaha's Tricity impressed. 

     

     

     

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