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  • The New Vespa GTS Range

    New Vespa GTS Range

    We get the low down on the new model details for the Vespa GTS Range - both 150 i-GET & 300 e4. Get a closer look at changes and features.

    Vespa Australia

     



    GTS Range 150 i-GET & 300 e4
    Introducing the new Vespa GTS range bringing together the style, comfort, performance and safety of the Vespa brand. Both elegant and extremely robust, the Vespa GTS range has come to epitomise the grit and sporting spririt of the large frame Vespa.
    The Vespa GTS Super and Super Sport blends not just sportiness and performance, but also distinctive character. Vespa has once again proven its talent for elegant sportiness with classic lines and accentuated detail showcasing their sporty and youthful nature.
    Now powered by the totally new i-Get engine (150cc) and Quasar engine (300cc) for inner city and longer distant transport these new models boast improved performance and increased efficiency and continue the legend of the large bodied Vespa. Let's look a little closer at the updated below.
    Design 
    • LCD dashboard
    • New tail lamp
    • New saddle (SS with ribs ,image) 
    • New muffler style
    • LED front positioning lights
    • Single armed front suspension with helical spring
    Added Convenience
    • Electric remote opening system on saddle
    • Bike finder
    • USB port
    Engine
    • New i-get engine (150cc) & Quasar (300cc)
    • Liquid cooled
    • Electronic fuel injection
    • Start & Stop (150cc only)
    Safety & Security
    • Two channels ABS system
    • ASR traction control system (300cc only)
    • Safe electric side-stand
    • Immobiliser
    • Tilt sensor
    The New 150 i GET 4 Valve Watercooled GTS 150
    Piaggio now introduce the Vespa GTS 150 to the family of “i-GET” (Italian Green Experience Technology).
    Every technical detail, both internally and externally is new. All designed to reduce noise fuel consumption and emissions while propelling the bike along at speeds readily accepted in the urban environment.
    This new family of long-stroke engines provides a quick response to the throttle thanks to the high torque available at low rpm. The compact design provides a low centre of gravity to improve manoeuvrability.
    The 4-valve timing and the patented Start & Stop system complete a technical framework that is the new benchmark for the market.
    Start & Stop Technology (GTS 150 only)
    The RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System), patented by Piaggio as the Start & Stop System, eliminates the old style starter motor design and replaces it with a simple and highly efficient brushless system mounted directly fitted on the crankshaft. This allows the engine to turn off when sitting at stop and instaneously restart at the turn of the throttle.
    • Engine starting: The starting process is familiar; turn the key, apply a brake and press the start button, but the difference is that the engine starts silently, without the traditional starter motor noise.
    • Activation / Deactivation of the RISS: The system is activated by selecting “AUTO” on the handlebar switch. When activated the system turns off the engine when the scooter has been stationary for between 3 and 7 seconds.
    This results in the combined benefits of reduced noise, fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. The RISS is equipped with a control system which overrides it automatically if the battery is low.
    The advantages are:
    1. Silent ignition
    2. Increased reliability
    3. Lower engine fuel consumption
    Front LED position lights
    The on board technological level of Vespa GTS increases also in the lighting system, thanks to the LED technology. Front positioning lights are made by LED lights, a modern and elegant solution. As for the exclusive and elegant Vespa GTS, the lights are perfectly integrated into the turning indicator, in this way the front shield remains clean and stylish.
    ABS. Antilock Braking System (GTS 150 & 300)

    GTS 150 and 300 Provide Dual Channel ABS as a standard feature. The ABS operates on both front and rear wheels, guaranteeing optimal vehicle control in all atmospheric conditions, a key consideration for people riding in city streets on a daily basis.
    The system consists of a control unit and sensors that monitor and regulate braking power If the rider brakes too sharply, they risk wheel lock.
    The ABS automatically intervenes to reduce the braking pressure and stop the wheels from locking. The control unit performs these adjustments up to 10 times per second
    ASR - Anti Slip Regulation (GTS 300 only)
    ASR system uses the ABS electronics and sensors to compare the speed of rotation of the two wheels. When the sensors detect excessive speed of the rear wheel than the front, the control unit intervenes cutting the engine toque by spark advance reduction and, if necessary, also on the injection system to prevent slippage and prevent loss of vehicle control.
    Quasar engine (GTS 300)
    Quasar 300 Engine: Now Even More Environmentally Friendly
    The 300 Quaser is the benchmark for the compact performance CVT engines. The 300cc is a single cylinder engine, 4 stroke, 4 valve, electronic injection, liquid cooled, and can deliver maximum power of 15,6 kW at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 22 Nm at just 5,000 rpm, ensuring quick throttle response and extremely brilliant performance in general. With a high-cylinder engine, GTS Super 300 gives the rider a great performance experience which other scooters do not have. Meets strict enviromental e4 emission requirments.
    Tilt sensor
    Further safety enhancements include the Tilt Sensor. In the event of the bike falling the Start Stop system is automatically disabled and the engine turns off.
    Fully Electronic Immobilizer
    Standard anti-theft immobilizer integrated in the ignition key. The immobilizer is activated automatically by removing the ignition key, and locks the engine control unit functionality, making the scooter unusable; the operation of the system is indicated by a special flashing indicator on the dashboard.
    Bike finder & Opening the saddle
    • Remote unlocking of the saddle (via remote control)
    • Quick Vehicle Recognition System through starting of the indicators pics
    USB Port
    The left side of front glove box compartment includes the lever for mechanical opening of the saddle and a USB port for easy charging of smartphones and other electronic devices.
    Colour Collection
  • VESPA “SEI GIORNI” – At The Origins Of The Legend

    VESPA SEI GIORNI

    From the legendary story of the "Sei Giorni" and its victorious epic deed, a legendary model is reborn. A special and numbered version of the most powerful and technologically advanced Vespa of all times. 

    Vespa 

     



    VESPA “SEI GIORNI” – At The Origins Of The Legend 

    The technology and touring vocation so typical of the Vespa GTS family meet the history and most genuine sport tradition of Vespa. 
    And so the Vespa Sei Giorni is born, a special version, produced in numbered edition, heir to the original Vespa Sport “Sei Giorni”. A model that became part of the legend, built specifically for the taxing “Sei Giorni Internazionale di Varese” regularity competition of 1951, where it was the undisputed protagonist, earning 9 gold medals.
    Characterized by the large body made strictly in steel, perfect for moving about elegantly in the city but always ready for travel and adventure, Vespa GTS is the technical base for the new Vespa Sei Giorni that uses the most powerful engine in the history of the most famous and beloved scooter in the world. It is a modern and technological 300 Euro 4, a single cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooled, electronic injection engine capable of putting out 15.6 kW (21.2 CV) of power at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 22 Nm at just 5,000 rpm. These are values that ensure extremely quick response in acceleration and extremely brilliant performance all around.
    A unique style, inspired by the origins of Vespa
    The style of the new Vespa Sei Giorni is unmistakeably reminiscent of Vespa's classic nature. Characteristic elements are the “faro basso”, in other words, the low position of the headlight assembly on the front fender, as well as the handlebar like the one on the original Vespa Sei Giorni like on the Vespas of that period, characterized by the simplicity of the exposed metal pipe. A solution with great stylistic charm and rational construction that the new model implements, enhancing it with elegant circular instrumentation with an analogue speedometer on a white background. This is reminiscent of the original Vespa style but with an ultra-modern technological package that ensures a wealth of information for the rider. 
    Another distinctive element of the front end on the Vespa Sei Giorni is the burnished windshield that elegantly shields the instrumentation.
    The general aesthetics follow the style of the most sporty Vespas with the black number plate taken directly from the livery of the Vespa used by the legendary Squadra Corse from the '50s and it is enhanced by all black parts - such as the wheel rims and the silencer - and by gritty red details.
    The sporty spirit of the Vespa Sei Giorni is also highlighted by the single-seat look saddle (but actually passenger approved) in dual covering and piping, electrowelded stitching on the seating area in contrast with the white stitching. Lastly, on the leg shield back plate, the “Special Edition” plate bearing the serial number is a reminder of the unique nature of this special model.
    Comfort and safety
    Vespa Sei Giorni makes those values typical of the Vespa GTS range its own such as style, comfort and safety: like all the large body Vespa versions, Vespa Sei Giorni boasts a spacious helmet compartment and a large and comfortable seating area. The ergonomics are perfect Vespa, enhanced by the comfort of the large body; the seating is natural and allows total control over the vehicle and absolute comfort even for long distances.
    The USB port is a standard feature, located inside the compartment of the leg shield, while the front turn lights house a series of LED that act as day running lights. On the safety front, the ABS antilock braking system is standard equipment. 
    Accessories 
    For Vespa Sei Giorni, as for all the Vespa GTS versions, the windshield, the spacious 42 l top box and the top box bracket are available. The front and rear luggage racks are among the most requested and appreciated accessories that characterise Vespa's personality in a strong and distinct fashion as well as its long touring history. The chrome perimeter guard kit is just one of the chrome accessories and guarantees maximum Vespa protection while offering a strong aesthetic personality. In order to offer even more comfortable seating, a saddle is also available with the more classic two-up configuration, also available with double covering and piping.
    The leg cover in thermal material, easy to install, offers driving comfort all year long. The set of accessories is completed with the vehicle cover, the mechanical anti-theft system, the electronic anti-theft system, the non-slip rubber mat, the genuine leather bag and the Tom Tom Vio GPS unit in a special Piaggio Group edition.
    Last but not least, one of the most characteristic and highest technology accessories is the Vespa Multimedia Platform, which lets your smartphone communicate with your Vespa, obtaining a true sophisticated multi-function on board computer capable of simultaneously displaying information such as the speedometer and rev counter, but also instantaneous engine power and torque, longitudinal acceleration, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, trip information and much, much more.
    In addition to the accessories, clothing specifically dedicated to this prestigious, limited edition Vespa is available, such as the jet helmet with visor, in the same style and colour as the vehicle and enhanced by the “Sei Giorni” logos, leatherette shell finishing and interior with anti-allergen treatment. Along with the T-shirt, cap and cotton bag, these accessories accompany the Vespa rider on every trip in unmistakeable “Sei Giorni” style.
    Vespa Sei Giorni: the origins of a legend
    The year was 1951 and the Piaggio Squadra Corse astonished the racing world, triumphing over real off-road motorbikes in one of the hardest and most prestigious competitions. In the post-war period, regularity competitions were in their heyday: these were taxing trials on extremely hard routes, hundreds of kilometres long. An extraordinary test bench for man and machine.
    The most prestigious competition was the Sei Giorni Internazionale which, in its 26th edition, was held in Varese.
    The ten Vespas at the start were welcomed with overall scepticism: what could they possibly hope to achieve against real motorbikes designed for competitions? But Vespa, with the model created specifically for that race starting with the Sport version, dominated to take no less than 9 individual gold medals. It was a crushing supremacy achieved on impervious off-road routes and with a pure speed trial on the Monza circuit that also earned Piaggio the Industry Gold Medal as the only Italian team to win the trial.
    The Vespa “Sei Giorni” which took its name from that victory, was very similar to the standard model aesthetically, differing primarily with its larger fuel tank, the more streamlined shield and the larger right side bag to host the carburettor on the cylinder. That Sei Giorni model is one of the absolutely most legendary in the history of Vespa: it is now highly sought after by collectors and it is one of the most valuable Vespas in the world since it was produced in a limited edition, only around 300 units, obviously destined for the regularity competitions.
    We will keep you posted as soon as we hear further release information for Australian market.
  • BMW Motorrad Concept Link

    The BMW Group is presenting its vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels. It treads new paths and moves beyond established conventions both with regard to design and technology. 

    BMW Group

     



    BMW Motorrad Concept Link

    Munich. At the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este 2017, the BMW Group is presenting its vision of zero-emission urban mobility on two wheels: the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100, the design study unites digital connectivity with the demands of urban mobility on two wheels. It treads new paths and moves beyond established conventions both with regard to design and technology.
    "The BMW Motorrad Concept Link stands for a new understanding of urban mobility. It links the digital and analogue world and places the focus on the rider and his mobility needs. In the way it links functionality and digitalisation it performs both as a means of transport as well as a communication device. For me the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, with its timeless and reduced style, is more than a concept – it is rather a symbol for a new era." explains Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design of BMW Motorrad.
    Design as a distinguishing and segment-defining feature.
    The special character of the concept vehicle becomes clear right away thanks to the completely new design language. "The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is not based on today's concepts, but rather meets the basic functionality needs, the technical architecture and the digital reality of today's users. The technical realities of electric drive – such as the flat energy packs in the underfloor and the compact drive on the rear wheel – allowed us to create a highly distinctive design which shapes a new segment. The resulting expressive power of the vehicle is absolutely new for BMW Motorrad and breaks with all conventional viewing patterns." explains Alexander Buckan, Head of Vehicle Design at BMW Motorrad.
    The low-slung, stretched body and the flat seat combined with the diagonally rising front section create a modern yet distinctive silhouette. The use of colours emphasises this even further: the front trim in Liquid Metal Titanium contrasts with the semi-matt black body. The colours are oriented diagonally which underlines the dynamic potential of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link.
    Tailor-made for the requirements of urban mobility.
    The new and emphatically function-driven architecture provides a high level of riding pleasure due to the E-drive. The BMW Motorrad Concept Link is ideally suited to meet the requirements of modern urban mobility with fast acceleration and easy handling. Due to its low overall height, getting on is easy from the side or even from the back. A reverse gear ensures that it is easy to manoeuvre, making it ideal to park in tight city spaces.
    The seat bench can be adjusted lengthwise to suit every preference. The proportions also make room for new storage space. In the centre section, underneath the seat bench, a luggage compartment offers versatile storage opportunities. The rider can access this quickly and easily at all times using a sliding door. With its new architecture, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link combines riding pleasure and functionality in an ideal way.
    Clear shapes and modern technology.
    Taking a closer look, clear lines, large-area surfaces and simple, precise shapes emphasise the state-of-the-art look of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link. The two-tone colour design reinforces this further. A large matt black area, the technical heart, shapes the core of the concept. It stretches from the front to the rear, and in addition to the tyres and front lights, also integrating the drive unit and the suspension elements. The two iconic LEC front lights are characterised by minimalist design. Their clear-cut layout and the slim contours accentuate the modern and trail-blazing visual appeal of the front section.
    The powerfully expressive contours of the side panels framing the dark core of the vehicle, optimise aerodynamics and also provide protection against wind and weather. The sides of the wheels are completely covered, underscoring the contemporary overall visual appeal.
    The BMW Motorrad Concept Link also deliberately showcases the technology used as part of the design package.  That is why the side panels don't completely cover the side section at the rear. Instead they stretch across the vehicles side like little wings allowing views of the technical elements like drive unit, cooling ribs, single-sided swing arm, spring strut and tooth belt. At the same time they help improve aerodynamic air flow.
    The iconic rear lights have been integrated into the rear side panels in the form of two C-shaped light elements.
    Deliberate contrasts and numerous individualisation options.

    Contrasts are deliberately played on in conjunction with the clear shapes of the BMW Concept Link to give it a powerful and impressive appearance. The orange-coloured cables connecting battery pack and drive on the right side are highly contrasting in appearance and make a clear and self-assured statement. Their diameter already hints at the power in the drive unit.
    The seat bench also makes both a functional and visually powerful statement, the flat seat area being kept separate from the vehicles body. This emphasises the lightness of the side view thereby highlighting the agile and easy handling. The seat bench allows views of the aluminium structure within.
    It can be adapted to suit different needs in numerous ways. It can be either a sporty single-seater, a seat bench for two or anything in between giving the concept vehicle a distinctive visual and functional character.
    Further customisation options, such as side panels in different colours or different windshields, allow the rider to express his personality, making the BMW Motorrad Concept Link the ideal companion for any situation.
    Connecting rider, vehicle and environment.

    Inspired by the BMW Motorrad Vision NEXT 100, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link interprets the connection between rider, vehicle and the environment for urban use. It keeps the rider connected while riding, thereby
    expanding his mobile world by providing him with new opportunities. Among other things, the Concept vehicle knows what's in the rider's calendar and therefore his next destinations. As a result it can plan the fastest or most scenic route and even select the most suitable music if required.
    The focus is also on being able to enjoy the riding experience without any distractions. The classic instrument cluster has been dropped. Instead speed, navigation and battery information is projected onto the windshield directly into the rider's field of vision. Secondary information is displayed on the large- surface panel, which matches the design perfectly and is located below the handlebars. The panel enables a large number of possible ways of interacting with the outside world and for communicating with other vehicles. The touch sensitive surface of the large-size panel displays and controls extensive infotainment, connectivity and routing information. Freely programmable, touch- enabled buttons on the handlebars allow the rider to access preferred and frequently used functions without having to remove his hands from the handlebars.
    Intelligent rider equipment.
    The interaction between vehicle and rider wear holds great potential with regard to rider safety, comfort, functionality and riding experience. On the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the rider equipment is also connected to the vehicle. To highlight this connection, a motion on the arm of the jacket opens and closes the sliding door of the luggage compartment.
    A stitch on the arm signifies the active area. The rider wear is also a fashion statement and deliberately not recognisable as motorcycle gear. Light shoulder and elbow protectors have been integrated into the stylish short coat made of water-repellent loden cloth. However they are not visible in the modern cut of the coat.
    With the combination of the emission-free, dynamic drive, a new design language, connectivity and fashionable yet functional rider equipment, the BMW Motorrad Concept Link embodies BMW Motorrad's understanding of the future of urban mobility.
    For more information on BMW Scooters in Australia visit BMWmotorrad.com.au.

  • PIAGGIO's 130th Anniversary

    The Piaggio Group today celebrated its 130th anniversary with an event at the Vetra Theatre in Milan, attended by Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno. The celebration offered a window on the future of today’s leading European player in light mobility.

    Piaggio Group

     


    ROBERTO COLANINNO: “A GLOBAL SUCCESS, FOUNDED ON THE ABILITY TO IMAGINE THE FUTURE”
    The Piaggio Group today celebrated its 130th anniversary with an event at the Vetra Theatre in Milan, attended by Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno. The celebration was packed with significant moments, and offered a window on the future of today’s leading European player in light mobility. Those present included Jeffrey Schnapp, author of the book FuturPiaggio and AD of Piaggio Fast Forward, and Stefano Belisari, aka Elio, the front man of “Elio e le Storie Tese”, who has always had a passion for classic Piaggio vehicles.
    Since the company was established in the second half of the XIX century, its history has been interwoven with the extraordinary economic, civil and cultural growth of Italy and Europe. With the creation of the Vespa scooter, and having designed and produced a wide variety of cargo and passenger vehicles, Piaggio has become a worldwide symbol of Italian industry, revolutionising the concept of mobility, a synonym of freedom, on a number of occasions.
    The Milan event was the occasion for the presentation of the book FuturPiaggio – 6 lezioni italiane sulla mobilità e sulla vita moderna [FuturPiaggio – 6 Italian lessons on mobility and modern life], a luxury book published in a limited numbered edition by Rizzoli. The volume has a unique and extremely sophisticated graphics design, inspired by an example of excellence in the history of publishing, Fortunato Depero’s bolted book from 1927, a clear reference to the Group’s industrial vocation and innovative spirit.
    FuturPiaggio looks at milestones in the history of Piaggio, examining its most iconic products and the story of its men and brands (Vespa, Piaggio, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia, Derbi, Scarabeo and Ape), names with a rich history and always at the cutting edge of innovation. A story now projected towards the future thanks to Piaggio Fast Forward, the Group company based in the USA, which has unveiled a new concept in mobility with innovative projects such as Gita and Kilo, the smart cargo robots presented in Boston a few weeks ago and currently under development and testing.
    In covering the Group’s 130-year history, the book ranges from the roots of Moto Guzzi to the advanced motorcycling technology achievements at Aprilia Racing, from the creation of the Vespa to the worldwide success of the Piaggio brand as the Group expanded on the international stage. The pre-war period also has an important place and, like the other sections of the book, is illustrated with fascinating archive images, many never previously published, which recount an often surprising story.
    At the same time, the luxury book also takes a look at the future, without neglecting the challenges awaiting the Piaggio Group as it prepares to confirm its role as a leader in the new age of mobility, or "movibility", as the book’s author, Jeffrey Schnapp (Professor of Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature at the Department of Architecture and Design at Harvard), calls it in a Manifesto set out in the publication.

     


    FUTURPIAGGIO - 6 LEZIONI ITALIANE SULLA MOBILITA’ E SULLA VITA THE VOLUME
    Limited numbered edition
    Bolted card with case
    84 “Japanese” four-page signatures (for a total of 336 pages of which 172 on sight) 31.5 x 24.5 cm - 500 colour and black/white images
    FuturPiaggio – From the foreword by Piaggio Group Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno
    Piaggio was founded in the highly productive climate of Italy’s industrialization, fast becoming one of its leading actors and aligning its industrial development with the country’s extraordinary economic and civil growth. In the post-World War Two period, and after having concerned itself with the design and production of the most diverse forms of the transport of goods and people, Piaggio took its name and that of its products around the world, thus becoming the very symbol of Italian and European industry, linking its name to the theme of mobility that has always been synonymous with freedom.
    Businesses, like living organisms, have their own genetic code, an intimate trait that marks their existence, guides their actions, and, lastly, determines their fate. Piaggio has based its history and success on a love for innovation, on the capacity to imagine a future invisible to others, and to understand, interpret, and hence, satisfy people’s needs, even the needs of those who are beginning their lives today, wherever they may be in the world. It has done so for 130 years, and it continues to do so today.
    Today Piaggio and its brands are actors on the global stage, providing innovative mobility solutions both in mature Western markets and in the emerging countries. Piaggio is in India, Vietnam, and China, accompanying the economic and social development of countries and populations that are the locomotive of the world, seeking solutions and new proposals to the theme of mobility to make everyone’s life, at every latitude, easier and more sustainable.
    Our product range goes from small scooters to sports motorbikes, which also play leading roles on the race tracks and in the world’s top competitions, from commercial vehicles to revolutionary ones, such as the first and most widespread hybrid-powered scooter in the world, from the sumptuous motorcycles designed for endless distances to icons of elegance like Vespa, unanimously recognized as one of the symbols not only of style but also of Italian culture.
    With the third millennium now under way, Piaggio is a group that operates in the world, and that distributes its points of excellence around the world, because we want to be at the forefront wherever ideas are created, wherever innovation and lifestyles are born that will influence the decades to come. For this reason Piaggio Fast Forward has its headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts, where research, the university, visions of the future, technology, and business forge positive synergies.
    The Piaggio Group remains deeply committed to playing a leadership role in this emerging, expanding universe of mobility, where scooters, motorcycles, and other light mobility vehicles will become ever smarter, and ever more connected and interconnected. Innovation means vision and imagination as well as rigor and technical know-how.
    In a few decades our planet’s population will double, and megalopolises whose dimensions we can only imagine will accommodate tens of millions of people. The challenges that these scenarios, together with the progress of new technologies, pose us are a testing ground never before faced by the human race. Mobility and therefore the social relations in these new urban environments, the eco-sustainability of complex systems like that of transport, the interaction between vehicles, networks, users, and environments, are just a few of the trials that we shall be facing in the next few years.
    The challenge will be to be able to speak to the new generations, and interpret their needs that we still do not know about. In an extraordinary moment of technological, economic, and social transformation, we are called to do something different and harder than 'simply' learn from our history: we must cherish its lessons and, at the same time, continue to write it, pursuing the road of continuous innovation, following with coherence and vision the same values that underlie our work and that have guided us for over 130 years.
  • New Honda SH150 Is Coming

    One of Europe’s most popular scooters, the SH150 is coming to Australia in March. 

    Honda Australia

     



    The New SH150 Is Scooting To Aus!
    One of Europe’s most popular scooters, the SH150 is coming to Australia in March.
    The 2017 SH150 is on a mission to provide fun and fuss-free transport down under and can be picked up for an MLP (manufacturers list price before on-roads) of $4,999.
    With LED lighting and a large glove box which houses a 12V power socket; the SH150 will keep you charged and get you where you need to be in style.
    The 153cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled 2-valve engine is a masterpiece of mass centralisation. The radiator, rather than being mounted at the front of the machine has been built into the engine itself for a much simpler and lighter layout.
    With a focus on efficiency and engine performance, the SH150s PGM- FI settings and key fuel-saving technology including Idle Stop coupled with an easy to handle chassis, make for an ultimately practical commuter.
    Fitted with Honda’s Combined Breaking System – CBS and lightweight 16-inch aluminium die-cast wheels are key to its sure-footed handling ability and stability on a variety of road surfaces.
    To make daily life on board the SH150 that little bit more convenient, the fitted with the Honda Smart Key system.
    The Smart Key itself resides in the rider’s pocket and does away with the need to constantly insert and withdraw a key for ignition, fuel cap and seat.
    Available in Pearl Dark Ash Green and Pearl Jasmine White; to check out this exciting new model, scoot over to your local Honda dealer,
    call 1 300 1 HONDA or visit www.hondamotorcycles.com.au.
  • Perth's Valentine’s Vespa Ride

    Come and explore the Perth Hills with the Vespa Riders of Perth and Ace Scooters! 

    Ace Scooters & Vespa Australia

     



    Calling all Perth Vespa riders!

    WHEN:
    Sunday 12th February 2017 at 9am sharp
    2nd pick-up leaving at 9.30am Guildford Hotel, James St, Guildford WA

     

    WHERE:

    Ace Scooters, 10 Mercer Joondalup, WA



     

    THE RIDE:

    After a ride through lower Swan Valley we will head up to the Perth Hills following Tooyay Rd. Half way to Gidgegannup, we will turn towards Parkerville and cross the Great Eastern Highway at Mundaring. After a coffee stop in Parkerville or Mundaring Weir, we will then ride through the famous Mundaring Weir Rd and meet at 12pm for lunch at Kalamunda Hotel. 


    For further information simply visit:


    Vespa Valentines Ride - Ace Scooters, the Ace Scooters Facebook page or the Vespa Riders of Perth Facebook page.

     

    RSVP:

    Ace Scooters

    fredy@acescooters.com.au

  • Sydney Vespa Ride Day

    Help celebrate the launch of the Vespa Club of Sydney with the Sydney Vespa ride day!

    Vespa Australia, Scooter Central & Sydney Vespa Club

     



    Calling all Sydney Vespa riders!
    Help celebrate the launch of the Vespa Club of Sydney with the Sydney Vespa ride day!
     
    WHEN:
    Sunday 11th December at 9am
    WHERE:
    Meet at The Grounds of Alexandria at 9am for a 9:30am departure. 2 Huntley St, Alexandria NSW 2015

    THE RIDE:
    We will begin from the Grounds of Alexandria and will stop at a service station along the way. From there, we will finish at the Blue Mountains National Park for a walk around and scenic photo opportunities.
    RSVP:
    Scooter Central: susan@scootercentral.com.au or The Vespa Club Sydney: secretary@vespaclubsydney.com.au
     
    We hope to see you there!

  • Introducing The New, Limited Release Vespa Sprint ‘Adventure’

    Vespa Sprint ‘Adventure’ Release

    Vespa's adventurous Sprint inspires and challenges the imagination carrying intrepid owners to all corners of the planet.

    Vespa Australia

     

    Introducing The New, Limited Release Vespa Sprint ‘Adventure’
    Vespa strives to innovate and to change the way people move; Vespa is more than just a ride, Vespa is an adventure offering the thrill of the open road and building comradeships that are forged with fellow travellers daring to break from the everyday routine.  
    Vespa Australia are proud to announce the release of the Vespa Sprint Adventure, a custom  Vespa Sprint 150cc ABS equipped to tour with black matte details and travel accessories, including front and rear folding racks  and a smoked fly screen as standard features.  Vespa Sprint Adventure is limited to 38 units only and two very unique colours: Jungle inspired Matt Green and Desert inspired Matt Sand. Both colours boldly evoke a prevailing sense of adventure, passion and freedom.
    With 70 years of history and more than 18 million units sold worldwide, Vespa has united generations from distant cultures through a passion to ride and explore. Be it a bustling city in India or a desert track in Africa, Vespa is the first truly global brand of mobility. Vespa has bridged the gaps of social environments and cultural diversity making it the most famous and beloved brand in the world.  It remains today a young and striking icon, offering innovative and market leading models to suit the discerning taste of even the youngest customers.
    Uncompromising in style, Vespa Sprint Adventure is designed with the traveler in mind through comfort and technology. The Sprint Adventure comes with Vespa’s i-Get air cooled engine with electronic injection and 3-valve timing. Each and every detail, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable. The injection system has been optimised and improved in terms of efficiency; the ECU now has a barometric sensor that guarantees optimum combustion every time, in any condition of use and at any altitude. Maximum  power and torque increases  respectively to 9.5 kW at 7,750 rpm and 12.8 Nm at 6,500 rpm and reach new levels of ride ability, making Sprint Adventure quick in both city traffic of constant “stop and go” and on long stretches of open road. 
    ABS braking system:  The Vespa Sprint Adventure includes the latest rider safety features with front wheel ABS, guaranteeing front wheel stability, vehicle control and efficient braking even on low friction, coefficient surfaces such as wet or dirty asphalt.
    With extremely limited numbers of this model please contact your local dealer to check one out today.
    Vespa Sprint Adventure MLP: $7,090 + ORC
  • Vespa Elettrica at EICMA

    Vespa Elettrica at EICMA

    The Piaggio Group invests in electric motors to redesign the mobility of the future. Introducing the Vespa Elettrica project, the new mobility solution.

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    VESPA ELETTRICA – The Mobility Of The Future According To Vespa
    The Piaggio Group invests in electric motors to redesign the mobility of the future.

    Introducing the Vespa Elettrica project, the new mobility solution according to the most elegant and beloved two-wheeled brand in the world that takes a step into the future in complete consistency with the values that have accompanied its history.
    Over four billion of the seven billion people residing on Earth live and work in heavily populated urban areas. New supercities are constantly springing up and, becoming increasingly interconnected, a phenomenon which is set to drive economic and social development. Today almost 80% of the world's GDP is generated in these huge urban metropoles, which in turn consume 80% of the world's energy. Higher and higher numbers of people are flocking to these cities, whose size is increasing to accommodate them despite the risk of social collapse owing to liveability problems. The world's 600 largest cities are now home to 20% of the world's population and they generate more than 50% of global wealth.
    The mobility sector is facing a change of scenery that poses epoch-making challenges connected to the environment, pollution and the quality of life.
    In its most advanced developments, the electric engine is currently the favoured solution for the requirements of this new mobility.
    A technological and cultural challenge
    The Piaggio Group, whose tradition in electric motors dates back as far as the mid-seventies and who launched the first and best-sold hybrid scooter, is investing in the electric mobility of the future, presenting the Vespa Elettrica project at Eicma 2016.
    It was only right that such a big challenge would be tackled under the wing of the Vespa brand.
    Vespa has changed the lives of entire generations all over the world, always giving the most advanced answer to their desire for mobility that has skilfully interpreted and evolved while still remaining true to itself.
    On the back of more than 18 million models, over 1.5 million of which have been sold in the last decade alone, such global success has turned the brand into a universal symbol of elegance and technology.
    Now the Vespa Elettrica project confirms the Piaggio Group's commitment, not only to people mobility, but to a desire to change the way in which people move.
    Because of the excellence of this project, the Piaggio Group is assessing the most advanced players in the sector on a global level to develop innovative technological electric motor solutions together. This concept will be translated into the final version of the Vespa Elettrica, for which production and sales are planned for the second half of 2017.
    The Vespa Elettrica will, first and foremost, be a true Vespa, bringing the very latest in electric technology to a vehicle that will retain all the features that have been vital to its success.  The style, agility, ease of use and riding pleasure will be the same as the Vespa we have always known, with the addition of technological and innovative connectivity solutions. A perfect mix of excitement, technology and environmental friendliness that only Vespa can create. Like it has always done in its first seventy years of history.
  • 2017 Honda At EICMA

    More Of The 2017 Honda Line Up Announced At EICMA, Milano.

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    More Of The 2017 Honda Line Up Announced At EICMA, Milano
    The 'Blade' is out of the bag with confirmation the Standard CBR1000RR will join the Fireblade SP and SP2 to complete the CBR1000 line-up for 2017.
    Announced this morning at EICMA in Milan; the CBR1000RR will come to Australia with ABS as standard and be available in Matte Ballistic Black Metallic and Victory Red. 
    The "Total Control" design approach has been continued through the standard model as well, with a focus on cornering, acceleration and braking. 
    This 25th anniversary CBR1000RR has a 14% improvement in power-to-weight ratio thanks to a weight reduction of 15 kg and has a 10 horsepower increase. 
    Fully loaded with a cutting-edge electronics package, the CBR1000RR is underpinned by the "Next Stage Total Control" concept, with nimble handling and amazing acceleration. 
    Honda has also revealed 5 other key models destined to hit Australian showrooms in 2017.
    A new CB650FL and CBR650FL have been announced, both four-cylinder models will see Showa Dual Bending Valve front forks and revised Nissin brake Calipers. 
    The CB650 is a stripped back, tough looking machine for 2017 and the CBR650 has redrawn bodywork highlighting the engine and aggressively pumps up the Super Sport styling. Both will be available in Australia in Matte Gunpowder Black Metalic and Millenium Red. 
    A new CRF250L is also due - available as standard or with the option of ABS, namely the CRF250LA.
    There will be the addition of the CRF250 Rally or CRF250RLA to the adventure line up, which will excite those keen to start some off road touring.
    The motto which underpinned development of the model rings true to the finished product, an entry level adventure bike – "The Dakar Replica: For the weekend adventurer!" 
    Finally the SH150 scooter will make a come back into the Aussie marketplace and will be available in two colours; Pearl Jasmine White and Pearl Dark Ash Green. 
    More information on all models including specs will be available in the coming days. 
    For more information on the entire Honda range visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au
  • New KYMCO Delivery Scooter Hits Aussie Shores

    New Kymco Delivery Scooter

    Kymco Australia welcomes the new Kymco Agility Carry, a purpose built delivery scooter designed to transform the way we deliver. 

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    New KYMCO Delivery Scooter Hits Aussie Shores

    The delivery service industry is a rapidly growing movement in Australia with innovative start-ups, cottage industries and funky new delivery systems revolutionising the micro transport industry. Delivery services are branching out to much, much more then your local pizza shop.
    “Urban congestion has increase demand for functional and versatile delivery solutions,” said Kymco Australia Director Michael Poynton. “The purpose built Agility Carry is our answer to your delivery needs.”
    Competitively priced, functional carry racks front and rear, economical to run and maintain.
    “The Agility Carry is the perfect delivery scooter for those who need an efficient, affordable and versatile transport solution,” said Mr Poynton.
    Load limits are 15kg on the front and 30kg on the rear, the rear carrier also can be set up with an optional 85 litre box with large rearward opening lid. Under seat storage is also a handy addition that a number of competitors miss out on.
    Powered by a proven air-cooled four-stroke 125cc single cylinder engine that is efficient and economical to run with low service costs.
    Twist-and-go variable automatic drive makes ease of daily operation, especially in the hustle and bustle of the inner city. Large 180mm disc brake up front and sturdy suspension give the bike great stopping power, comfort and light handling in-between deliveries.
    The Agility Carry is an impressive blend of modern craftsmanship matched with practical transport solutions, far superior to any rival delivery scooter. From only $3390 ride away the Agility Carry is an extremely affordable transport solution.
    KEY FEATURES
    • Purpose built delivery scooter with front and rear carrier racks for a balanced load
    • Front carrier with 15Kg loading capacity
    • Rear carrier with 30kg loading capacity
    • Optional 85-litre cargo box for rear carrier
    • Economical air-cooled four-stroke 125cc engine
    • Large under-seat storage that fits an open face helmet
    • Large front disc brake, 180mm diameter for safe stopping
    • Bright halogen headlamp for clear visibility
    • Conveniently located fuel cap with key for easy refuelling
    Available in four colours, Orange, Bright Blue, White and Black
    For further information visit the Agility Carry microsite www.kymcocarry.com.au
  • Vespa Primavera and Sprint now with ABS

    Vespa Primavera & Sprint ABS

    Vespa have realeased exciting new versions of their popular Sprint and Primavera modelswith a range of technical updates to include ABS and improved efficiency.

    Vespa Australia

     



    Vespa Primavera and Sprint now with ABS
    Once again, Vespa confirms dedication to cutting-edge technology proving to be one of the most modern and safest vehicles in the world with the introduction of improved versions of Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint; 2 models which are heirs to the legendary “Vespino” that have charmed and transported entire generations worldwide. Increased specification now includes the most significant upgrade to ABS standard on all 125 and 150 cc versions of Primavera and Sprint. Additional innovation comes in the form of the upgraded Piaggio i-get powerplant, capable of ensuring brilliant performance, reduced consumption and extremely high overall efficiency.
    A USB port is now fitted in the glove compartment and electric saddle release is a new and handy improvement while the Primavera features larger 12” diameter wheels with new spoke design. 
    ABS standard on all 125 and 150 Models
    An electronic, single channel ABS braking system is now standard on Sprint and Primavera 125 and 150cc models, a technical advancement designed to increase safety. The ABS system, developed specifically for the Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint, is extremely compact leaving the kerb weight virtually unchanged. The advantages of ABS are tangible in terms of safety and riding confidence on the road, where riders will discover Sprint and Primavera offer dynamic qualities and exceptional stability; something learners in particular will fully appreciate.
    Upgraded Italian Green Experience Technology (i-Get) engine: maximum quality and reliability.
    Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint i-Get power plants are single cylinder engines, completely new both in terms of mechanical components and electronic parts. The upgraded power plants are the result of a design philosophy that sets new and more advanced quality and reliability levels as its primary objectives. Every aspect of the design process was aimed at increasing the efficiency of each individual component, thereby working together to maximise performance and minimise consumption and emissions (not only polluting emissions but also sound emissions). With a testing phase of more than one million kilometres, the new i-Get engine is a testament to the attention to quality and reliability in the development process. 
    Changes include:
    • the crankshaft, with 24% increased inertia compared with the previous engine for a decisive reduction in vibrations and a smoother ride.
    • A new starter motor, decidedly quieter.
    • A new gearbox cover, to reduce the noise even more and increase strength.
    • New exhaust system makes the engine quieter and at the same time ensures a pleasant sound.
    The i-Get power plants that equips Vespa Primavera and Vespa Sprint are ultra-modern, single cylinder 4-stroke 125 and 150 cc air cooled engines with electronic injection and 3-valve timing. Each and every detail, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable. The injection system has been optimised and improved in terms of efficiency and the result is an engine which is environmentally friendly and capable of performance at the top of the category. The i-get 125 cc and 150cc engines both feature improved power and torque. 
    Versions and colours
    The new Vespa Primavera comes in 125 and 150 cc engine capacity versions and is available in 5 colour schemes: Rosso Dragon (with black saddle), Nero Vulcano (with red saddle), Blu Midnight (with beige saddle), Montebianco (with red saddle) and a brand new colour, Grigio Seta (with red saddle.)
    The Vespa Sprint in 150 cc will be available in 3 new colours: Grigio Titanio, Rosso Matt and Verde Muschio while the current colours of Rosso Dragon, Montebianco, and Blue Midnight are retained. All Sprints are fitted with a black saddle.  
    Wide range of accessories
    A wide range of accessories to customise your vehicle and improve riding comfort are also available. The Primavera top box in matching colour is available and can also be fitted with a matching back rest to colour coordinated to the seat. 
    A high quality, methacrylate windscreen, tall or low design and customised with the Vespa logo is also available. Chrome front and rear luggage racks with laser engraved Vespa logo are a popular choice for the tourer and one of the most classic accessories. Chrome perimeter kits, floor mats and covers are also available as are electronic alarms and mechanical cable anti theft items.  
    Primavera & Sprint ABS are available now at Authorised Vespa dealers.
    MLP
    Primavera 125 / 150: $5790 / $6590*
    Sprint 150: $6690*
    *MLP does not include on road costs which are additional costs for registration and dealer handling applicable in each state.
  • Vespa Settantesimo: 70 Years

    Vespa Settantesimo: 70 Years

    A range of special edition models celebrates the first seventy years of a universal legend. 

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    Vespa Settantesimo: 70 Years Of Vespa
    A range of special edition models celebrates the first seventy years of a universal legend. 
    In the Spring of 1946 the first Vespa rolled off the assembly line in Pontedera. On the 70th anniversary of that historic moment Piaggio celebrates an incredible milestone. 
    After more than 18 million units produced, Vespa has released 3 celebratory models in limited numbers with the inimitable elegance that made Vespa the most famous and beloved scooter in the world. 
    Three models which truely embody the modern charm of the Vespa tradition and design, three models filtered through seven decades of stylistic evolution, three models finished i an exclusive chromatic azzuro 70 colour scheme unique to these three special models. 
    Vespa celebrates the history of a vehicle that went beyond its function of agile and fun commuting to become a symbol of style and functionality. Today Vespa is not just a scooter, it is the most famous and beloved two-wheeled vehicle in the world.
    Over the decades Vespa has brought together generations from all cultures and united them with a single passion. Vespa is the first truly global brand in mobility interacting with social environments at all ends of the spectrum. Vespa has led fashion, music and youth revolutions. It has accompanied populations through development and growth. It has sped them along in all phases of economic well-being and today it is one of the most popular and well-known Italian products in every corner of the globe. Vespa's cult following is a symbol of timeless elegance.
    And so three models - the quick and agile Primavera, the GTS flagship and the iconic PX - celebrate this incredible milestone with a special series in an exclusive chromatic look: Azzurro 70 colour scheme, a special colour that draws from the best Vespa tradition and makes its début on this unrepeatable occasion. The colour scheme enhances and highlights the charm of the Vespa design, filtering through seven decades of stylistic evolution.
    The Vespa Settantesimo range is also made truly special through a series of additional personalisations including a new and elegant dark brown coloured saddle, finished with contrasting beige piping and embossed with the Vespa Settantesimo logo elegantly placed at the height of the passenger seat. The Vespa Settantesimo models are also characterised by a dedicated graphic on the inner leg shield and the wheels are finished in a contrasting shade of grey to compliment the Azzuro paint. A classic chrome rear luggage rack is fitted to each model and holds an elegant leather bag, colour coded to match the saddle and bearing the seventieth anniversary logo.
    The Vespa PX holds a special place in this celebration (in the eternal 150 cc engine capacity), a timeless legend which, thanks in part to its manual four speed gearbox, remains a legendary and inimitable model. To celebrate its seventieth birthday Vespa could not neglect the Primavera, the model that best interprets the youngest and cheekiest spirit of the range. With the introduction of ABS in the 150 engine version, it also confirms its attention to safety and continuous technological upgrades which has always marked Vespa's history. The Vespa GTS 300 also takes on the festive look, the large body Vespa is the sportiest and most powerful, with the most cutting-edge technology.
    All 3 are available now in limited numbers through the authorised Vespa dealer network. For your local dealer visit Vespa.com.au
  • New Piaggio Medley 150

    New Piaggio Medley 150

    Australia’s best selling Scooter brand Piaggio has released a totally new and innovative new commuter, the Medley 150 i-GET into the market. 

    Piaggio Australia

     

    New Piaggio Medley 150 i-GET
    Australia’s best selling Scooter brand Piaggio has released a totally new and innovative new commuter, the Medley 150 i-GET into the market. Medleys dynamic design will satisfy the most sophisticated commuter looking for more than simple transport with a specification list not previously available in the tall wheel, midsize category. As the name suggests Medley brings together multiple elements of style, technology and practicality in a dynamic, lightweight and versatile commuter. Medleys fashionable styling will appeal to new generation of commuters who are looking for transport that visually reflect their modern cosmopolitan lifestyle.   
      
    The Piaggio Medley was launched at an exclusive 'Men, Medley and Mo’s' event where the model was presented to the press in a really cool way by going over all the new models features and Peter Stevens Importers HQ in Melbourne before heading to Uncle Rocco's Barber for a feed, beer and haircut. The event highlighted the features and functionality this versatile and stylish model. Practicality with style, something Piaggio do so well. 
    Medley’s totally new design is based around a new light weight chassis and debuts an all new liquid cooled i-GET motor (Italian Green Experience Technology) packed with advanced electronic technology. Medley 150 i-GET continues Piaggio commitment to efficient environmentally friendly transport through a new ‘stop / start’ feature designed to stop the motor when stationary and restart instantly at the turn of the throttle. The compact power plant also complies with stringent e4 emission standards making it extremely fuel efficient yet powerful enough to travel easily and comfortably at 100 kph. Front and rear ABS braking provide rider confidence on the road while the electronic anti theft immobiliser deters theft while parked. Additionally there is a USB, daylight front and rear led lighting, tilt sensor and detailed analogue dash with digital display to relay clear and functional rider information.
    Styling is contemporary high wheel design brilliantly and proportionally scaled down from the popular Beverly 350 to provide excellent comfort and manoeuvrability in a more compact design. Riders benefit from the large saddle which conveys a sense of space while a slightly elevated passenger seat provides a relaxed seating position which includes flat fold out pegs and security through a well positioned grab rail. The electric seat release lifts the saddle with spring assist to reveal a huge under seat load space. 
    Riding comfort is an absolute premium with Medley. Piaggio invested heavily in the development phase to ensure noise and vibration is reduced to a minimum. On the road large wheels provide stability. Light weight, 132 kgs, combines with a low centre of gravity to provide manoeuvrability and twin rear adjustable shockers provide comfort. The location of the fuel filler in the central tunnel is easily accessed.  
    Piaggio dominate scooter sales in Australia and the arrival of Medley 150 i-GET will see it placed between the best selling FLY 150 and the larger Beverly 350. Medley 150 iGET is available in two versions: Standard in Bianco Perla and Grigio Titanium and an ‘S’ version with grey and black trims in Nero Vulcano and Rosso Ibis.
    A range of accessories include rear top box and screen, Piaggio Multi Media platform and Piaggio sound system will enhance the capacity and experience. 
    Medley 150 iGET manufaturer list price is RRP $5290 plus ORC ($5390 for the S model) and will come with Piaggios 2 year unlimited klm warranty and feature 10,000 klm service periods.  For more information and stockist lists go to: www.piaggio.com.au.
  • Brisbane Scooter Ride Event

    Brisbane Scooter Ride Event

    Brisbane Motorcycles are hosting a fun scooter ride and all are welcome on Sunday 31st July 2016. 

    Brisbane Motorcycles & Vespa Australia

     



    Join us for Brisbane Scooter Ride Event!
    WHEN:
    Sunday 31st July 2016 at 10:30 am for an 11am departure
    WHERE:
    Meet at Brisbane Motorcycles, 205 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor QLD 4030

    THE RIDE:
    We will arrive at Cleveland Point by 12:00 pm to enjoy fish and chips in the park near the Light House Café
    RSVP:
    Brisbane Motorcycles
    (07) 3357 4333
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