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  • Sales of (RED) Vespa Will Raise Money For The Global Fund

    (RED) Vespa Against AIDS

    The Piaggio Group and (RED) announce the start of a partnership in support of raising funds to finance programmes that battle against AIDS.

    (RED) and Vespa

     



    Sales of (RED) Vespa Will Raise Money For The Global Fund
    The Piaggio Group and (RED) announce the start of a partnership in support of raising funds to finance programmes that battle against AIDS. Attending the event that launched collaboration between Piaggio and (RED) was also Bill Gates who, with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is one of the main global protagonists in the battle for health and wellbeing in developing countries.
     
    It will be Vespa, the most beloved and famous two-wheeler brand in the world, that develops a (RED) vehicle. From the sale of each unit, $150 (USD) will go toward supporting the activities of the Global Fund for the battle against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Two prestigious brands, recognised all over the world, combine forces in the battle for a world where no child will be born with the HIV virus.
     
    “The partnership with (RED), one of the most prestigious institutions in the world, represents another concrete commitment by Piaggio in this area”. The Piaggio Group CEO and MD, Roberto Colaninno, emphasises “We are happy and proud today to have been chosen by (RED) to represent the mobility sector as one of their partners. This will be a global collaboration between two organisations recognised all over the world as symbols of professionalism and excellence”.
     
    The Vespa (RED) that will be presented in its definitive form at the next Eicma show (Milan from 10 to 13 November) was on display today in Rome as a sneak peek during a Global Fund event at the National Institute of Health.
     
    The Vespas that are manufactured in partnership with (RED) will be sold in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the United States. The first group of Vespa (RED) vehicles will go on sale in December 2016, to coincide with (RED)’s Shopathon campaign.
     
    Founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) has contributed $350 million (USD) to the Global Fund in the battle against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. These funds have arrived in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia, with 100% of the resources destined to activities on site. (RED)'s support for the Global Fund has had an impact on more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment and consulting operations, as well as HIV tests and assistance services.
     
    Deborah Dugan, CEO, (RED) said: “ We’re honoured to have Piaggio join the AIDS fight with the launch of their iconic (Vespa) RED that will raise money to support the critical work of the Global Fund.”
     
    With more than 18 million vehicles sold around the world since 1946, Vespa is a unique case in the history of individual mobility. First introduced as the vehicle that would relaunch Europe in the post war era, it has become a symbol of freedom, uniting different generations all over the five continents and today it is a globally recognised icon of Italian style.
     
    The Piaggio Group has historically been sensitive to the problems connected with protecting the health of children. An example of this is the recent Vespa For Children initiative, an international charity that, in collaboration with the Bambino Gesù Hospital of Rome, paved the way for a medical-surgical programme at the National Hospital For Pediatrics of Hanoi in Vietnam.
  • Hunter Custom Scooter's Here

    Hunter Custom Scooter's Here

    The Hunter is Australia's first custom petrol powered 150cc scooter, street legal ready for you to cruise around town on. Turn heads on the street, show it off at the beach, add some fun to your commute to work, or cruise just for the enjoyment of it. 

    Hunter Scooter

     

    Australia's First Custom Scooter - Hunter Scooter Is Here!
    Scootersales.com.au were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to check out the new Hunter Scooter. This low, stretched scooter with fat rear tyre is definitely something else. Hunter are a new Australian boutique scooter company for the rider that wants something different (limited to 76 per year) with the ability to stamp their own personal mark on it through endless customisation options. After having fun riding it around Sydney's Eastern Suburbs it proved a real head turner. We look forward to getting to know Hunter Scooter and bringing you more updates and reviews. Luke Sommen of Hunter Scooter kindly introduced us to the 150cc model after just getting back from a factory visit and has reason to be excited.
    Customisable, powerful and seriously cool.
    The Hunter is Australia's first custom petrol powered 150cc scooter, street legal ready for you to cruise around town on. Turn heads on the street, show it off at the beach, add some fun to your commute to work, or cruise just for the enjoyment of it. Hunter have created it, now it’s up to you to customise it. While this very well could become your new passion, you also have some serious benefits to justify your Hunter purchase. Save money on fuel, rego, insurances, never pay for parking, minimise your time in traffic, legally lane split, use bus lanes (check your state’s road rules) all while reducing your carbon footprint!
    Owning a Hunter can also become a great hobby as you can spend hours tinkering, adding to, and customising your Hunter in your own garage or shed. With a myriad of aftermarket options this could be a life-changing purchase that will allow you to express your individuality in a mass produced world. If you don't have a garage but want to play around with your scoots, there are shared workshops where you can go and use their tools or mechanics that offer modifications. Contact Hunter Scooter for our current list of spaces available to help you deck out your ride.
    The Hunter Scooter look originated in the alleyways and chop shops of Tokyo in the late 1990’s, where ‘originality defined character’. These little bare-boned scooters were transformed into street beasts: with the addition of extension arms on the drivetrains, dropped suspension, cut off sports exhausts, front foot pegs for the cruiser look and, most importantly, a fat piece of rubber on the rear.
    These bikes set back their owners loads of cash in customisation. The first expense was their original purchase, which in most cases was in the form of a 50cc Ruckus or Zoomer platform. As customisation became more widespread, the availability of modifications for this type of scooter grew. Manufacturers were offering so many parts, spares and tweaks, bike owners were spending up to three times their original investment on parts to modify and separate their scooter from the pack. They look great, but took a lot of funds and hard work to get there.
    Hunter wanted to create something just as mean, but at an affordable price that has ‘street cred’ straight outta the crate. The Hunter Scooter has been many years in the making and they have been through many lengthy stages of research and development to get the fine tuning just right. Hunter Scooter have been able to source a great quality manufacturer with an output of 100,000 bikes a year, plus a state-of-the-art factory with high levels of quality control at international standards. We couldn’t be more excited about this incredibly cool bike, the first bike of its kind into Australia.
    With its four stroke 150cc air cooled motor, Hunters claim a top speed of 90km/hr. Although, Hunter Scooters have clocked it at 109km/hr at Eastern Creek Raceway just outside of Sydney with a slight headwind. This top speed is adequate for city commuting, running around town or heading to the beach.
    Hunter Scooter offer a 1 year/10,000km motor warranty. Although Hunter is a new company in Australia, the Hunter factory in China has been producing high volumes of bikes for local and American markets for over 13 years. Additionally, as these machines are hand-crafted using the latest technologies, each will yield unique characteristics and personalities. Rest assured you are fully backed by the Australian supplier who is also ordering OEM spare parts for your Hunter (including the fatty rear tyre).
    How much is a Hunter?
    Hunter Scooters retail for AUD $4990 + ORC (GST included).
    Contact www.HunterScooter.com.au for further information. First 76 Hunter Scooters are selling fast and generating a lot of interest so be quick to get one of the first in Australia. 
  • Get In Quick Before They All Scoot Out

    Honda's Scooter Sale

    Whether its for the daily commute, day trips or simply zipping down to grab a coffee from your local, Honda has you covered with great scooter deals on the PCX150, Dio 110, Forza 300 and Benly 110.

    Honda Australia

     

    Get In Quick Before They All Scoot Out

    Get scooting with Honda's Scooter Sale kicking off on July 1 until September 30 across the scooter range. 
    Whether its for the daily commute, day trips or simply zipping down to grab a coffee from your local, Honda has you covered with great scooter deals on the PCX150, Dio 110, Forza 300 and Benly 110.
    With a rich history of innovative technology, unrivalled practicality and ultimate enjoyment, Honda has a scooter for every rider.
    The PCX150 is Honda's worldwide best seller, a stylish machine of remarkable value, innovative design and thrifty fuel efficiency.
    With Honda's Idle Stop Switch, which reduces fuel consumption while stationary by automatically stopping the engine after three seconds at idle, and re-starting instantly when the throttle grip is twisted. 
    For something smaller the Dio110 is a winning choice, with a spirited 110cc engine and sleek, attractive styling. The ergonomically sculpted one-piece seat accommodates a passenger with ease, offers convenient storage and plenty of legroom for optimum rider and passenger comfort. 
    The 5.2 litre fuel tank coupled with a four-stroke engine with PGM-FI fuel injection and electric start offers superb fuel economy.
    The Forza 300 is Honda's mid-size, sporty scooter, ideal for commuter travel, weekend tours or highway riding.
    With a powerful 279cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine with PGM-FI feul economy offering excellent all-round usability and great cruising speed.
    Big enough to accommodate two people in comfort, the Forza's flowing bodywork also provides superb weather protection, and space for two full-face helmets under the seat.
    For a workhorse designed for carrying luggage or loads, the MW110 is the ideal choice as Honda's purpose built delivery scooter.
    Powered by an economical 108cc engine with PGM-FI fuel injection for optimal reliability and packing a generous 10L tank to get more deliveries done.
    The Benly also offers confident handling and good manoeuvrability thanks to a rigid and lightweight frame, ideal for a congested urban/city environment. 
    Honda's current scooter range is LAMs approved and ready for action.
    What ever your needs make sure you take advantage of Honda's Scooter Sale and race into your local Honda dealer before September 30.
    For more information on the entire Honda range visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go towww.hondamotorcycles.com.au.
    *Only at participating Honda Dealer. While stocks last. Terms and conditions apply. See in store for details. Available between July 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016. 
  • Aprilia Distribution Changes

    Piaggio Group, John Sample Automotive And PS Importers Agree to the Transfer of Moto Guzzi and Aprilia Motorcycles/Scooters Distribution for Australia.


    John Sample Automotive Pty Ltd | PS Importers Pty Ltd | Piaggio Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

     

    Piaggio Group, John Sample Automotive And PS Importers Agree to the Transfer of Moto Guzzi and Aprilia Motorcycles/Scooters Distribution for Australia.

    We are pleased to announce that by mutual agreement John Sample Automotive Pty Ltd, Piaggio Group and PS Importers Pty Ltd agree to transfer the Australian distribution of the iconic Italian motorcycle brands Moto Guzzi and Aprilia to PS Importers. John Sample Automotive introduced Aprilia Motorcycles into the Australian market in 1997 and later added the iconic Moto Guzzi brand to its stable in 2003.
    “We have greatly enjoyed the privilege to distribute and build such iconic brands in Australia. However we believe this consolidation of the brands will ensure the economies of scale necessary for them to grow and thrive in an ever changing and increasingly competitive industry. We now pass the baton to PS Importers who we know will manage the brands and the dealer network with professionalism and passion. We thank our loyal and passionate retailers and customers for the many years of support to such an incredible product.” said John Sample Executive Chairman, John Sample Group. 
     “For PS Importers it makes great sense to add Moto Guzzi and Aprilia to our current Piaggio and Vespa scooter distribution in Australia.  We have a strong relationship with Piaggio (manufacturer of Piaggio Scooters, Vespa, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia) and this further enhances our product offering of the best European brands. We’re pleased to carry on the great work of John Sample Automotive and are looking forward to the opportunity to grow the Moto Guzzi and Aprilia brand experience in Australia” said Paul Chiodo Managing Director PS Importers. 
    “Piaggio Asia Pacific wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to John Sample Automotive, for the strong determination, tenacity in driving the brands forward and for the excellent collaboration with the team. We are proud of JSA’s efforts, in inspiring the racing spirit of Aprilia, harnessing the core brand values of authenticity and tradition for Moto Guzzi, creating meaningful connections with the community at large, as well as implementing excellent aftersales support and customer care.
    Piaggio Asia Pacific is proud to extend the partnership with PSI. The consolidation all four of Piaggio Group’s brands; Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi under PSI is a natural progression, as this will reinforce the strength of Piaggio Group brand presence in Australia. We look forward to working closely with PSI in this mutually beneficial partnership, and we are extremely confident that PSI’s strong background in the motorcycle industry, technical knowledge, proficiency as well as credibility, will bring to the table, great success for our brands in the future” said Simone Niccolai Managing Director Piaggio Asia Pacific
    The transfer of distribution will happen over the coming months and is expected to be completed in 2016. Dealers and owners should see little impact during this time, with a seamless transition planned by the 3 parties for the continuity of customer service, motorcycle and service parts supply and warranty administration.   
    For more information on all models view: Vespa.com.auAprilia.com.auMotoGuzzi.com.auPiaggio.com.au.
  • Ultimate City Scooter Arrives For Kymco

    Billed as the ultimate city scooter, the Taiwanese manufacturers latest offering brings inner-city dwellers a practical layout and confidence inspiring ride. 


    Mojo Motorcycles/Kymco Australia

     

    Ultimate City Scooter Arrives For Kymco
     
    KYMCO’s new-model onslaught rolled on this week with the arrival of the new Agility 16+ 200i city scooter at dealerships across the country.
     
    Billed as the ultimate city scooter, the Taiwanese manufacturers latest offering brings inner-city dwellers a practical layout and confidence inspiring ride.
     
    “The effort around Agility 16+ 200i has been laser-focused on delivering practical features that make great sense in the city environment,” explained KYMCO Australia’s Michael Poynton.
     
    The fuss-free features include expansive lockable storage courtesy of the included top case, under seat area and front glove box compartment.
     
    That same glove box compartment conceals a 12V DC outlet capable of recharging electronic devices on the go.
     
    Additional city focused features include an effortless centre stand to make parking simple, a steering lock to deter theft and room to carry a pillion passenger.
     
    The attention to inner-city requirements doesn’t end with the practical layout.
     
     “We wanted Agility 16+ 200i to be stable and confident in its handling but agile enough to easily out manoeuvre the obstacles of day-to-day life in city,” said Poynton.
     
    “The larger 16-inch front wheel, fresh suspension configuration and disc brakes really knocks that criteria out of the ball-park.”
     
    The new model gets the same proven four-stroke, fuel-injected 163cc engine as its retro styled cousin, the Like 200i.
     
    The engine is coupled to a simple twist and go transmission and its fuel injection has been carefully mapped to maintain consistent economy yet still spring to life when escaping traffic. 
     
    Agility 16+ 200i delivers standout styling with a sharp, clean urban design that features an integrated lighting layout, cut-off front screen and ten-spoke wheels.
     
    The design is available in a choice of three colours and also accommodates a flat floorboard and wide front fairing to provide riders protection against any weather.
     
    The new Agility 16+ 200i city scooter is supported by a three-year warranty program and is available in dealers today.
    About KYMCO 
    Customers have turned to KYMCO for unmatched quality, unsurpassed capability and unequalled value for more than 50 years. With 2015 sales and revenues of more than $1.34 billion, KYMCO is a recognised global leader in the manufacture of scooters, all-terrain and utility side-by-side vehicles. A group of Taiwanese businessmen partnered Japan’s Honda Corporation to found KYMCO in 1963. The Japanese influence introduced an unrelenting focus on constant improvement and quality. In 2016, KYMCO will produce more than 1.2 million vehicles for export to 100 countries.
    About Mojo Motorcycles
    After just 12 years, Mojo Motorcycles has established itself as Australia’s most exciting and fastest growing motorcycle company. The Melbourne-based company imports and distributes globally recognised brands including CFMoto and Sherco. The company supports a retail network of almost 90 dealers which continues to grow. Mojo Motorcycles has built its base on offering customers quality motorcycles, scooters and ATV’s.
  • Peter Stevens Adelaide Scooter Ride Event!

    Adelaide Scooter Ride Event

    Sydney has had their ride, now it's time for Adelaide's turn! Join us for the Adelaide Scooter Ride Event on Saturday 4th June! 

    Peter Stevens Adelaide and Vespa Australia

     



    Join us for the Peter Stevens Adelaide Scooter Ride Event!
     
    WHEN:
    Meet on Saturday 4th June, 2016 at 12:30pm for a 1pm departure.
     
    WHERE:
    Meet at  Peter Stevens Adelaide, 221 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA, 5000. 

    THE RIDE:
    We will begin from Peter Stevens Adelaide and will finish at Cibo Espresso Torrensville. In case of wet weather please contact Peter Stevens Adelaide for updates. 
    RSVP:
    RSVP: Peter Stevens Adelaide (08) 8212 1494 
     
    We hope to see you there!
  • Sydney Scooter Ride Review

    Sydney Scooter Ride Review

    Scooter Central, Vespa Australia and Sydney put on a perfect combination of weather, hospitality and good times for todays Sydney Scooter Ride.

    Scooter Central & Vespa Australia

     



    Great Day For A Sydney Scooter Ride
    Scootersales.com.au were very happy to be invited and attend todays Sydney Scooter Ride hosted by one of Sydney’s leading Vespa/Piaggio dealerships, Scooter Central.
    In true Scooter Central style all riders were made to feel welcome at Scooter Central in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with a smile and a coffee, what better way is there to start a Sunday morning?
    Sydney didn’t disappoint with the weather either with temperatures in the mid twenties and glorious sunshine, the perfect combination for a ride with a great bunch of fellow scooter riders. After a good chin wag at the shop, mainly about each others rides (from the classic Vespa PX’s to the modern Piaggio BV 350ie and three wheelers) the thirty plus riders took to their respective scooters and then to the streets. 
    Scooter Central led the pack of riders along Sydney’s iconic Northern Beaches passing Dee Why, Narrabeen, Mona Vale and heading all the way north, even winding around Whale Beach Road to take in more coastal views and eventually stopping at Governor Phillip Park at Palm Beach for well earned cakes and refreshments.
    Riders were then able to relax in the park, talk about the ride, their scooters and checked out the Palm Beach Markets. All-in-all an enjoyable morning was had by all. 
    A big thank you goes out to Scooter Central, Brookvale and Vespa Australia for supporting such an event. This is what the scootering lifestyle is all about! 
    Stay up to date with the latest events by liking Scootersales on Facebook.
  • Sydney Scooter Ride Event

    On Sunday 22nd May 2016 Scooter Central, Brookvale will be hosting an enjoyable group ride on Sydney's beautiful Northern Beaches. 

    Scooter Central & Vespa Australia

     



    Join us for the Sydney Scooter Ride Event!
     
    WHEN:
    Meet on Sunday 22nd May 2016 at 9am for a 9.30am departure
     
    WHERE:
    Meet at Scooter Central, 551 Pittwater Road, Brookvale, NSW 2100

    THE RIDE:
    We will begin from Scooter Central and travel up Pittwater Road to the Palm Beach Market at Governor Phillip Park. Refreshments will be provided on the day! In case of wet weather, please check: www.scootersales.com.aufor updates. 
    RSVP:
     
    We hope to see you there!

  • The Vespa Desert Racer

    What do you do when you’ve got almost 16kms to cover between the starting line and the campsite when you’re on the salts flats? You make the meanest Vespa around, that’s what. 

    Throttleroll.com, Jeff Crow Photography, Supacustom & Vespa Australia

     



    The Vespa Desert Racer
    While out on Lake Gairdner in South Australia for a week of land speed racing on the salt flats, a workhorse was needed for PS Imports Director Paul Chiodo for traversing the deep desert sand and rocky terrain between homebase and the starting line for the Triumph Salt Racer.  While the Piaggio Typhoon 125 that was in use was fine for the lake, it battled against the harsher Australian landscape. An idea had now sparked, and a collaboration was created between Melbourne based Supacustom and Vespa Australia to create a machine that could tackle the tough terrain for those all-important beer runs (and other jobs, we’re sure).
    The basis for this zippy desert racer would be a 2015 Vespa Sprint 150 I.E 3 valve, chosen for its classic look, clean lines and new 3 valve motor. “One of the challenges of this project is finding, adapting and fitting parts that will take the VDR to Desert racing stardom. As far as aftermarket scooter parts go; desert racing / off road components are not high on manufacturer’s priorities. For this reason, we have had to improvise and pick the best option that will work – often with heavy modification. As our parts started to arrive the anticipation started to build, and we soon found that each part created its own series of problems.” This would be no simple stripping of parts and bolting on of new ones as the project began to grow, and by Paul Chiodo’s own admission the build started to get “out of hand”, not that that’s a bad thing.
    The crew got to work stripping the body back to a bare shell, with any and all redundant parts being cut from the body. To make sure this Vespa was good and sturdy for it’s forthcoming life of desert abuse its body was reinforced in the forward and aft, and side-to-side.
    “We all agreed that getting the seat shape right was key to the look of the bike – we knew the standard seat had to go. Visually the shape and composition of the seat has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the VDR. We also planned to mount pivot pegs on the scooter which will be located significantly further back than the normal foot position. This will totally change the seating position moving the weight further aft, while also helping to un-weight the front wheel making the scooter much easier to ride in sand. These factors have all contributed to scrapping the original seat and making a new base from scratch.”
    The team determined now that the best way to create a new seat would be out of fibreglass, using packing tape to mask off the areas that were to be moulded. “We then used the West Epoxy System, with some very light fibreglass twill to carefully layup 5 layers over our mould. The thin twill worked really well in capturing the detail of the seat base.” Once the initial layup was complete the base was reinforced with some heavier fibreglass cloth with the edges being refined using epoxy resin and micro balloon filler. “Once this had set we trimmed the base and began to prepare the base for pouring expanding foam to create some volume.”
    To help dodge any pesky rocks and the like, the scoot was raised up 3” and was fitted with Bitubo Nitrogen fully adjustable gas shocks along with some 12” knobbies for the front and rear. “We allowed the engine to breath better with a forward facing alloy air box fabricated by Ross at Supacustom. 3 uni filter air filters ensure this is not an asthmatic Vespa!”
    The end product would be a super aggressive, nimble Vespa the likes none have ever seen. A beauty to look at – but a mean ***. Just like the Australian bush it was built for.
    Credits go to awesome custom bike blog Throttleroll.com for the article, photos from a man who can capture the best adventure sports moments Jeff Crow jeffcrowphoto.com and last but not least the genius build from Supacustom in Melbourne along with Vespa Australia. Thanks to all for bringing this special take on the classic Vespa.
  • The Ute Scoot Is Here

    The Ute Scoot has landed in Australia. One of the most cost efficient and practical ways to deliver anything, anywhere, anytime. 

    SYM Australia

     

    SYM's New Ute Scoot Is Here!
    The Ute Scoot has proven itself in the European market and is backed in Australia by Select Scootas who have been distributing and backing their scootas since 1999.
    Select Scoota's company philosophy is to deliver a quality product, at a competitive price with exceptional service. So here's a delivery scooter the really delivers!
    The Ute Scoot is based off the tried and true SYM Orbit model with it's reliable and punchy 125cc motor to get you around town. This new model has been purpose build to be the new delivery alternative for the Australian market. The 125cc motor is suited to city and suburban streets (not one for the freeways as I'm sure you may be tempted to load it up with your camping gear and ride off into the sunset when you see the size of the storage box) but is surprising zippy and capable of getting up to 70-80km quickly without any trouble and can be pushed over the 90km/h.
    The Ute Scoot main feature is that it boasts a huge 139 litre carrying capacity with its custom build reinforced fibreglass box and it's steel base bracket double shocks allow for a 45kg load. 
    The first application that comes to mind is when looking at the large insulated box is home delivery's but there are many other uses for this scooter such as mobile hairdressing, emergency call outs, mobile gym/outdoor fitness instructors, small delivery and courier applications, call out trades people, the list is as large as your imagination. If you need something moved and want the convenience, ease of parking and general efficiency to move on a scooter the Ute Scoot could be the transport means you are looking for. 
    The large clean white box is also a great place to market your business by branding it with your company details and use it as a mobile billboard.
    SYM really have thought things through by adding a large 9 Litre fuel tank (similar size 125cc scooters tend to have a 5-6 litre capacity), less stops mean greater efficiency and in the delivery game time can often mean money so this will alleviate frequently making pesky fuel stops. Other nice features are the 12 inch wheels and front disc brakes for added safety.
    Next time you order home delivery and here the doorbell ring, make sure you look outside, there is a good chance it is going to be delivered on a SYM Ute Scoot.
    For more information on this model visit utescoot.com.au or to locate your closest dealer visit Scoota.com.au.
    We look forward to seeing how this scooter gets adopted into the Australian market.
  • New BMW C 650 Sport & GT

    BMW has launched its new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters with an extensively modified drivetrain, retuned suspension and increased standard features ensuring they continue to deliver both practical and efficient urban commuting.


    BMW Australia

     


    New BMW C 650 Sport and C 650 GT Maxi Scooters
    BMW has launched its new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters with an extensively modified drivetrain, retuned suspension and increased standard features ensuring they continue to deliver both practical and efficient urban commuting along with trademark BMW sports performance and grand tour cruising.
    • New BMW C 650 Sport and C 650 GT maxi scooters offer practical and efficient urban commuting with long distance sports performance and touring comfort. 
    • Retuned twin cylinder 647cc engine and significantly upgraded CVT delivers more responsive acceleration, higher 180km/h top speed and EU4 emission compliance. 
    • Revised suspension tuning and damping provides optimal balance of dynamic handling and ride comfort
    • All new body design for C 650 Sport offers a sharper sports-focussed aesthetic and greater visual differentiation to C 650 GT grand tourer.
    • New Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) standard on both models.
    • Redesigned instruments improve visibility and readability in all conditions
    • New automatic LED daytime riding light available as part of an optional Highline package for both models that also includes seat heating, heated grips and tyre pressure monitoring.
    • Redesigned centre stand requires 30 per cent less effort to jack up
    Building on the strength and history of the BMW Motorrad brand and its outstanding motorcycle lineup, BMW first launched its maxi scooter C 650 range in Australia in 2012 and now with further mechanical improvements and for the Sport, a completely new body design, the range is set to appeal to a much broader market.
    General Manager of BMW Motorrad Australia, Andreas Lundgren said the two BMW C 650 maxi scooters combined practicality and cost efficiency with maximum riding enjoyment and touring comfort making them ideal for all environments.
    "With their improved performance, ride comfort and dynamic handling, both BMW C 650 models deliver the excellent ride qualities that BMW motorcycles are renowned for with the agility, comfort and convenience of a maxi scooter," Mr Lundgren said.
    "At the same time, the all-new sharper and more athletic design of the C 650 Sport offers greater differentiation to the stylish comfortable elegance of the C 650 GT tourer providing plenty of appeal for a broad diversity of customers."
    Both models share the same powerful 44kW/63Nm 647cc twin cylinder engine that has been retuned for improved performance and efficiency to meet the latest EU4 emission standards.
    Driving through a significantly upgraded Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the engine delivers improved off-the line response, a higher 180km/h top speed and fuel consumption of 4.6l/100km at a constant 90km/h.
    A new stainless steel exhaust system, now only fitted with a rear silencer, gives both scooters a throaty sonorous soundtrack.
    Together with the drivetrain improvements, the new C 650 models also benefit from retuned spring and damper rates for the 40mm front upside down forks and rear swing arm suspension that provides excellent highway speed stability with easy manoeuvrability in city traffic.
    The suspension maintains the generous 115mm travel of the previous models with the additional fine-tuning optimising the balance between sporty handling and superb ride comfort.
    Big 15-inch light-alloy wheels further enhance the comfort, stability and agility of the maxi scooters while the new standard Automatic Stability Control (ASC), in addition to ABS, delivers maximum safety when braking or under throttle.
    The new C 650 Sport that replaces the previous C 600 Sport, is immediately recognisable thanks to its leaner streamlined aesthetic with a sculpted front fairing, visible forks and sharply raked windscreen sitting atop the distinctive BMW "split-face". 
    In side profile, a dynamic line rises to the rear where the highly visible swing arm, white painted rear spring for the spring strut, and twin pipe silencer on the right hand side enhance the sporty silhouette and define the C 650 Sport as a product that sits easily within the BMW Motorrad family.
    The design of the C 650 GT has been fine tuned as well with new rear side trim panels and rear LED light unit while both models feature redesigned instrument dials for better readability in all light conditions.
    The distinction between the two models is also evident in the handlebar design with Sport's wider flatter bars and streamlined seat design prompting a more forward oriented riding position while the higher bars and large comfortable seat with an integrated backrest on the GT are perfect for long distance cruising.
    Both new C 650 models also offer an extensive list of practical comfort and convenience features and ample storage space. 
    Standard adjustable windshields, with electric control for the C 650 GT, an automatic park brake that is activated when the side stand is folded down, and a revised design for the centre stand that requires 30 per cent less effort to jack up all ensure the C 650 is very easy to live with.
    With an LED-illuminated, 60-litre storage space under the seat, the C 650 GT offers best in class storage that is complemented by two front glove compartments, one of which features a standard power socket and automatic locking function. 
    While the Sport model's slender rear end offers a smaller storage space, BMW's innovative Flexcase concept that enables a downward extension of the base of the storage compartment when the scooter is parked ensures there is still sufficient room to securely store two helmets.
    BMW C 650 Australian Pricing*
      
                BMW C 650 Sport:
                 $14,150
            
                BMW C 650 GT:
                $14,990
            
    * Manufacturer's Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges, which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries. Visit BMWmotorrad.com.au to find your closest dealer.
    Design - sharper styling for dynamic C 650 with C 650 GT elegance refined
    As an integral part of the BMW Motorrad range, the new C 650 maxi scooters are stylistically defined by a similarity to their motorcycle kin with a contemporary dynamic aesthetic and premium finish.
    That kinship can be seen in such features as the front upside down forks, rear single-sided swing arm suspension and dual front brake discs - all of which are clearly visible - together with the characteristic BMW front "split face". 
    Visually, the new C 650 Sport offers a significantly leaner and more athletic appearance compared to its C 600 Sport predecessor with all new bodywork and a slightly longer 25mm overall length.
    Built around a steel tubular frame sitting on a 1591mm wheelbase, the C 650 Sport measures 2180mm long and 877mm wide including mirrors with a seat height of 800mm. An optional 780mm low seat is also available.
    At the front, the pronounced V shape, angular symmetrical headlights and sharply-raked adjustable windshield give the BMW C 650 Sport a strong and agile appearance. This is carried through the streamlined sculpted front fairing and side body panels in contrasting colours to the slender tapered rear end with its luggage mount atop the LED taillight.
    This sporty design flair is reflected in the three new colour choices available for the C 650 Sport being Valencia Orange Metallic Matt, Blackstorm Metallic and a solid Light White.
    Designed as a comfortable tourer, the C650 GT maintains its stylish elegance that has been further refined with new rear side trim panels, handlebar trim and LED rear light unit. 
    With its higher handlebars, larger electrically adjustable windshield and higher rear vision mirrors, the C 650 GT offers a more upright and relaxed riding position suited to comfortable extended periods in the saddle.
    Given its cruising focus, the C 650 GT is 55mm longer and 39mm wider than the Sport with an overall length of 2235mm and width of 916mm with a slightly higher 805mm seat height. 
    Like the Sport model, the C 650 GT is offered in three new colours with contrasting panels including the Blackstorm Metallic and solid Light White with a classy Frozen Bronze Metallic as the third colour option.
    Cockpit - refined design for improved practicality and comfort
    Both new BMW C 650 models benefit from a redesigned circular instrument cluster with the analogue speedometer featuring a new scale and orange-coloured lighting for superb readability in all light conditions. 
    Likewise, the large LCD screen with its integrated engine speed display and fuel gauge also features orange lighting while the entire instrument cluster with integrated indicator lights has been designed to ensure minimal reflection in the display.
    The large seats and rear grab handles have also been further refined to improve aesthetics and practicality with both models able to comfortably accommodate two people with large footboards for the pillion passenger on the GT and fold-down foot pegs on the Sport.
    Securely parking the scooters has also been made easier with a revised design for the centre stand requiring 30 per cent less effort to jack the scooter up.
    Both the C 650 models also offer generous LED-illuminated storage capacity with a 60-litre space under the seat of the GT that easily accommodates two helmets in addition to two forward glove compartments, one with a standard power socket and automatic locking function.
    The leaner Sport model also includes the two forward compartments while the underseat storage features BMW's innovative Flexcase. When the scooter is parked, a drop down flap connected to the base of the storage unit with a pliable, waterproof Kevlar-based material extends downward enabling the storage of two helmets. 
    When travelling the Flexcase is folded up with the unit fitted with a safety switch to prevent the engine from being started if the Flexcase is open.
    Drivetrain - CVT and powerful parallel twin make perfect performance partners
    While the new BMW C 650 Sport and C 650 GT continue to use the same 647cc parallel twin cylinder engine as the previous model, refinements to the engine, a new exhaust system and in particular, substantial modifications to the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) have resulted in improved performance and full compliance with the latest EU4 emission standard.
    Generating a maximum power of 44kW at 7750rpm and peak torque of 63Nm at 6000rpm, the double overhead camshaft, four-valve electronic fuel injected engine provides superb performance and efficiency with a top speed of 180km/h and fuel consumption of 4.6l/100km at a constant 90km/h.
    To provide a low mounting position and centre of gravity, the engine's cylinder bank is tilted forward by 70 degrees while the highly efficient cooling system with an aluminium radiator provides reliable and effective heat dissipation in all conditions ensuring optimum comfort for the rider.
    For the new model C 650 maxi scooters, the CVT has undergone significant modifications with revised clutch components and a broader transmission ratio spread that has increased from 2.42 to 2.95 providing more optimal use of the engine's power.
    This has resulted in improved acceleration, particularly off the line and at low engine speeds, along with a 5km/h increase in top speed compared to the previous C 650 GT/C 600 Sport.
    Like the previous models, the new exhaust system is made of stainless steel but with only a rear silencer and no front silencer, it provides the C 650 with a particularly full sound.


    Dynamics - optimal balance of ride and dynamic handling
    In order to deliver trademark BMW ride comfort and dynamic handling, both the new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT feature a suspension set up that is more reminiscent of its motorcycles than other scooters.
    At the front the upside down forks feature a generous 40mm tube size while spring rates for both models have been reduced by ten per cent to fine tune the balance of handling and ride comfort.
    The rear suspension continues to use a torsionally rigid die-cast aluminium single swing arm that has also been retuned for the new models to ensure maximum directional stability. At the same time, with 115mm of spring travel at both the front and rear, the C650 provides outstanding comfort over all road conditions.
    Aiding the comfort, agility and excellent handling of the C 650 models are large five-spoke 15-inch alloy wheels fitted with 120/70 R 15 tyres at the front and wider lower profile 160/60 R 15 tyres on the rear.
    In true BMW Motorrad tradition, the new C 650 Sport and C 650 GT are both fitted with superb brakes to ensure the highest levels of safety in all road and weather conditions. At the front are twin 270mm discs with a single 270mm disc on the rear with both fitted with dual piston floating calipers.
    The grip width of both brake levers can be adjusted across five different settings to provide efficient ergonomics tailored to individual riders and both models are fitted with the latest Bosch two-channel anti-lock brake system that monitors front and rear brakes independently.
    The new maxi scooter models also feature as standard an Automatic Stability Control system that reduces engine torque when drive slip or a loss of traction is detected by the engine management system.
    Equipment - comfort, convenience and customisation

    As well offering an outstanding riding experience, the C 650 models feature a range of clever innovations and equipment to deliver superb comfort, convenience and safety.
    In the cockpit, the instrument cluster with its circular analogue speedometer and large LCD screen provides a range of information including a comprehensive trip computer that displays such things as average fuel consumption and speed and distance to empty from four litres of fuel, along with date and time, temperature, warning messages and service information.
    Automatic functions also improve convenience with the C 650 models featuring an indicator reset function that automatically deactivates the turn signals after 10 seconds or a distance of 210 metres.
    Another clever innovation fitted as standard to the C 650 Sport and C 650 GT is the automatic park brake activated by the side stand. When the stand is lowered, a cable automatically locks the rear brake caliper providing secure parking on all gradients. 
    Both models are available with an optional Highline Package that further enhances the comfort and convenience.
    The package incorporates seat heating, heated grips, tyre pressure monitoring, white LED indicators (Sport only) and automatic daytime running lights. When activated, the LED daytime running lights automatically switch between the daytime function and low beam including the front parking light when the light falls below a certain level such as when travelling through a tunnel. 
    In addition to Highline Package, other options include an alarm system, a vast range of storage accessories, canopies and covers, BMW Motorrad navigation systems, and smartphone cradle and USB charger to connect to the standard 12V power socket in the front storage compartment.
    For more information or to find your local BMW Dealer visit BMWmotorrad.com.au.
  • New Piaggio Medley

    Piaggio Medley is the new easy scooter, fully loaded and technologically advanced, that combines the benefits of a lightweight high wheel with the comfort and features of a superior class scooter. 

    Piaggio Australia

     



    New Piaggio Medley
    Piaggio Medley is powered by the new iGet 125 and 150cc engines, electronically fuel injected, liquid cooled and with 4 valve timing. A new family of single cylinder engines that raises the bar in terms of quality, reliability and emissions containment.
    Start & stop, ABS, “light guide” technology, record cargo capacity: Piaggio Medley was born to be a leader, embodying the values of quality, style and technology.
    The agility of a metropolitan vehicle combined with the dynamic character of a high wheel and the convenience and cargo capacity of a large scooter resulted in the Medley, the new Piaggio that combines ultra-modern values of rationality, technology and style. Medley blends practicality, technical innovation and beauty in the purest Italian style, fully comprehending the continuously evolving needs of a public in search of mobility solutions that go beyond the usual scooter formula. With Medley nothing is sacrificed.
    Piaggio Medley skilfully combines the benefits of a chassis characterised by large diameter wheels, which guarantee superior rideability and road holding compared with smaller wheeled scooters, and the benefits of a classic scooter, its protection, its cargo capacity and the comfort of its large saddle when riding two-up.
    The high wheel scooter has been very successful, divided up into lightweight and manoeuvrable vehicles characterised by an easy ride and economic operating costs, and more substantial sized vehicles with qualities such as sturdiness and performance. Piaggio, the European leader among major global scooter manufacturers, a company with a unique heritage as the creator of new forms of light mobility, has been an innovator in the high wheel segment with both easy and lightweight scooters such as the Liberty, as well as with scooters that have spectacular performance and exclusive technical features such as the Beverly range.
    Medley achieves the goal of creating a new class of Piaggio high wheel scooter that combines the benefits of an agile and lightweight scooter with those of a larger and higher performance high wheel.
    Coming standard with the “Start & Stop” feature which, by managing engine switch-off and start-up during stops, contributes to containing fuel consumption and emissions as well as two-channel ABS, Piaggio Medley therefore boasts an equipment package that is normally reserved for superior class scooters. Two 4-stroke engines from the new i-get family are available - 125 and 150 cc - both liquid cooled with 4 valve timing and electronic fuel injection. This is a new family of engines designed and developed by Piaggio which boasts a scooter engine research and development centre, one of the most advanced in the world.
    Frame and chassis: sturdy, easy to ride and lightweight 
    The bearing structure of the Piaggio Medley is based on a new “low single cradle” type frame made of steel tubing reinforced with pressed steel that contributes to its overall sturdiness, maintaining a low and convenient seating position.
    The front end is characterised by a fork with 33 mm stanchions in diameter, whereas a pair of double acting shock absorbers and coil springs with preload adjustable to 5 positions work at the rear axle. Thanks to this configuration, to the large wheel rims (16” front and 14” rear) made of aluminium alloy with an elegant six split spoke design and the tyres (100/80 front and 110/80 rear), Piaggio Medley guarantees riding comfort, road holding and stability worthy of higher class vehicles, while the contained weight, 132 kg kerb weight, allows the rider to maintain all the agility and manoeuvrability that are the strong points of lightweight scooters.
    The powerful braking system handles active safety - made up of two 260 and 240 mm disc units with double piston floating callipers - with ABS as standard equipment. Each wheel has a sensor and a tone wheel to detect revolutions which instantly reads the speed and deceleration of the wheel with respect to that of the vehicle. The sensors dialogue with a 2-channel hydraulic control unit which activates the ABS system if one of the two wheels decelerates abruptly with respect to the vehicle, avoiding locking and ensuring stability and efficient braking even on road surfaces with a low friction coefficient. Piaggio Medley is also equipped with a “tilt sensor”, a safety device that deactivates the Start & Stop system, switching off the engine, in the event of a fall.
    Practical, dynamic, lightweight and stylish
    As occurs in the automotive field, in the two wheel sector the combination of different vehicle architectures also leads to the birth of new lightweight mobility formulas.
    Inspired by the important, modern and elegant lines of the bigger sibling Beverly, the new Piaggio Medley introduces concepts of light weight and dynamism that are ideal for city use of the vehicle.
    The 16” front wheel, in addition to providing stability, safety and comfort, vertically streamlines the entire front end. The wheel rims are aluminium and boast an elegant six split spoke design. The front shield has a spacious glove compartment that can be easily accessed from the rider's seating position. The front view stands out from the classic high wheel scooter look. The surfaces are more extended, all to the advantage of aerodynamic protection and therefore riding comfort, although Medley maintains a clear lightweight look which, combined with the most classic Piaggio style re-interpreted in a modern key, gives the vehicle a unique and distinctive personality.
    The metallic vertical element (the “tie”) stands out in the centre of the front shield, thereby accentuating a certain family feeling with recent Piaggio production. Also, the innovative LED daylight running lights and headlight become true somatic distinctive traits. 
    The handlebar, shaped to guarantee protection of the rider, houses a refined instrument cluster with a chromium frame. The digital display makes a complete set of information available (total and trip odometer, external temperature, “service” icon, digital clock, battery status icon and ice danger icon), all selectable using the Mode button on the right hand electric block, while the complete arrangement of warning lights keeps tabs on all the functions, starting with the “Start & Stop” feature, that can be deactivated using the right hand electric block, and then moving along with the classic “injection check”, fuel reserve, oil pressure, ABS activation and Immobiliser indicators.
    The saddle, large and comfortable even on the passenger section, has an electric opening latch controlled from a button on the handlebar as well as the traditional mechanical latch located in the leg shield back plate glove compartment. The style of the glove compartment is coordinated with the rear part of the handlebar and the saddle, recreating an area similar to a car dashboard and there is even a USB socket inside, useful for charging your smartphone. There is also a convenient, retractable bag hook in the leg shield back plate.
    Along the entire body of the Medley the alternating concave and convex surfaces, guided by decisive and arched lines, gives the vehicle a dynamic, but compact look.
    A rear light cluster with daylight running lights achieved with red LEDs and opalescent diffraction type optics brings the shape of the vehicle to an original end. Even in night riding conditions, as with the front daylight running lights, the guided light in classic Piaggio style makes the vehicle unique and recognisable. 
    The rear end, particularly sleek, maintains contained dimensions despite the large helmet compartment with an amazing 36.2 litres of space, enough to hold two flip up helmets, truly exceptional for a high wheel. This result is obtained thanks to the well designed shape of the tail and the repositioning of the fuel tank at the centre of the footboard. It is a solution that increased cargo capacity in the helmet compartment, providing further benefits such as the possibility of refuelling without dismounting and better rideability on the road because of the improved weight distribution, now more centralised.
    Engines: the new Piaggio i-get generation 
    Piaggio Group motoring technology has always aimed to create increasingly more advanced powerplants in terms of low fuel consumption and emissions (including noise), as well as increasing service intervals. Armed with the most important engine and scooter research and development centre in Europe, and one of the best in the world, Piaggio has developed unique technologies and skills in house that contribute to the construction of engines today which are in line with the strictest standards in the world.
    On Piaggio Medley a new family of engines called i-get is introduced, available in 125 and 150 cc engine with electronic fuel injection, four valve timing and liquid cooling. These are engines at the top of their respective categories in terms of performance and environmental friendliness. 
    The new Piaggio patented Start & Stop system called RISS (Regulator Inverter Start & Stop System) also makes its début on the new scooter. This system, the result of Piaggio's technological know-how, does away with the traditional starter motor, which is replaced by a brushless “direct mount” electrical unit, in other words, installed directly on the crankshaft. This provides several benefits: extremely quiet start-up, lighter weight and more reliability, less fuel consumption. The Piaggio Start & Stop automatically switches off the engine 3 to 7 seconds after the vehicle stops (depending on whether or not the engine has reached the correct operating temperature). A slight twist of the throttle instantly restarts the engine, in complete silence, given the absence of the traditional starter motor. If the side stand is lowered or if the tilt sensor is activated, the ECU bypasses the Start & Stop function.
    The new Piaggio i-get 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 was aimed at optimising the efficiency of each individual part in order to contribute to maximising performance. In the initial testing phases alone more than one million kilometres were logged in the intense search for reliability. Each and every one of the new engines' components, from the exhaust to the internal design of the gearbox cover, all the way to the new air filter, has been designed to make the ride smoother, quieter and more comfortable, and to increase the life of the engine.
    A large portion of the Piaggio technical work had to do with the maniacal attention to reducing friction through the introduction of bearings on every rotating part, in the timing and in the crank gear geometry, with the cylinder axis shifted to reduce losses due to friction on the piston. The mechanical noise of the new i-get engines is also extremely low thanks to a reduction in play and an optimisation of the materials and shapes.
    There are many completely new engine parts on the new family of engines that equip the Medley:
    • thermodynamics (head, cylinder, piston, rocker timing with rollers); also, all of the parts in motion have been optimised to reduce weight and operating friction.
    • the crankshaft, for a clear reduction in vibrations.
    • starter: no longer the classic gear drive starter motor, but now an electric “direct mount” type “brushless” motor on the crankshaft. The result is the total absence of friction in order to obtain a quiet, durable and reliable starter.
    • cooling system, with radiator built into the engine: this reduced the overall weight of the vehicle and the warm-up times (thermal management), with clear benefits in terms of consumption and emissions.
    • the gearbox cover, to reduce the noise even more.
    • the latest generation double toothed belt to minimise passive losses, once again all to the advantage of consumption and emissions.
    • the gearbox setting that improves rideability, performance and consumption. 
    • the air filter, which improves filtering action to reduce intake noise.
    • new built-in engine electronic control unit with the S&S management part (Alternator, S&S Inverter, RISS), entirely developed by Piaggio.
    The eighth-litre version is credited with power of 9 kW at 8,250 rpm, whereas the more powerful 150 cc puts out 11 kW at 7,750 rpm. These are numbers that translate into quick engines on the road, specifically designed and built bearing in mind the needs of the rider for daily use in city and metropolitan environments. These are riding conditions characterised by frequent starts and stops which require elasticity, quick acceleration and a smooth ride. These characteristics are ensured by excellent torque (11.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm for the 125 cc and 14.4 Nm at 6,400 rpm for the 150 cc) which provide Medley with excellent acceleration both from a stop and in motion, partially to the credit of the truly low overall weight.
    The new Piaggio Medley engines guarantee lengthy service and maintenance gaps. Fluids and filters are changed every 10,000 km and valve clearance only needs to be adjusted every 20,000 km.
    Overall fuel consumption benefits from the optimisation of each and every component: mileage on the WMTC cycle reaches 47.5 km/l for the Medley 125 (45.9 km/l for the Medley 150).
    Versions and colours
    The new Piaggio medley is available in two versions. Medley and Medley S. The latter stands out for the use of the more sporty anthracite grey colour on the trim, such as the wheel rims, the passenger grab handle and the upper plastics on the footboard. The Medley S colour variants are: Rosso Ibis, Nero Grafite and Blu Sport (all with black saddle and interior). Piaggio Medley, on the other hand, favours more traditional and elegant colours, such as Bianco Perla, Grigio Titanio (both with brown saddle and interior) and Blu Midnight (with black saddle and interior). These colour schemes are combined with aluminium colour trim (such as the wheel rims, the silencer heat shield, the passenger grab handle and the upper plastics on the footboard). 
    Accessories 
    The line of accessories for Piaggio Medley is born under the sign of technology at the service of functionality. It is a complete line of accessories designed for the Piaggio Medley which increase comfort and potential uses.
    The lines, materials and refinement of the windshield give the new Piaggio scooter the best possible protection against the weather, also accentuating the elegance of its shape. The smaller top fairing highlights the spirit and sporty character of the Medley.  Great attention was given to cargo capacity. To match the spacious helmet compartment, Piaggio offers the classic 30 litre top box, spacious enough for 2 Piaggio Style helmets, and the brand new 37 litre top box that further extends the maximum cargo capacity. Both of the top boxes are naturally available colour coded to match the vehicle and can be fitted with a passenger backrest.
    To guarantee maximum safety, the anti-slip mat can be installed. The dedicated leg cover is the ideal completion for those who ride year round. On the other hand, for those who do not use the scooter in the winter, a waterproof vehicle cover is available, dedicated and personalised with the logo, which has specific openings for the windshield and the optional top box. 
    The line of accessories does not neglect the theme of vehicle security: the mechanical saddle-handlebar anti-theft system available for Medley is convenient and simple to use. The innovative electronic anti-theft system, which is self powered and characterised by the lowest power absorption on the market, adds the immobiliser deterrent and a powerful siren to combat any attempt at tampering.
    On Medley several technologically advanced systems can be installed simultaneously, such as the bike finder (to find your vehicle quickly in crowded areas and to open the saddle using the remote control), the Piaggio Sound System (a sound system to reproduce information, trip directions or music, using the body of the vehicle as a diffuser) and the Piaggio Multimedia Platform. This last item is the exclusive Piaggio multimedia platform that lets you connect your smartphone to Medley via Bluetooth, thereby obtaining even more trip information, as well as vehicle status information, in addition to a convenient geo-localisation system that makes it easy to locate your scooter even in the most chaotic areas of the city. The PMP application can also indicate engine rpm, instantaneous power and torque values, the lean angle achieved on turns, instant and average fuel consumption and the battery voltage. It also automatically provides directions to the closest petrol station when you are low on fuel, as well as indications on how to ride in order to achieve the best possible fuel consumption. All of the information displayed can then be analysed and downloaded to your computer later. No other vehicle on the market today can be equipped with the same technological features guaranteed by the Piaggio accessories range.
  • Downtown 350i ABS Arrives

    KYMCO has dropped the entry price of its Taiwanese-made Downtown 350i ABS maxi-scooter to $6,490 plus on-road costs, marking a $1,000 drop over its 2015 counterpart. 

    Kymco Australia

     



    Facelifted KYMCO Maxi-Scooter Arrives With Price Drop
    KYMCO has dropped the entry price of its Taiwanese-made Downtown 350i ABS maxi-scooter to $6,490 plus on-road costs, marking a $1,000 drop over its 2015 counterpart.
    The price realignment comes as part of a significant model update which offers a host of revised performance and safety features, including a fresh 320cc fuel injected engine.  
    KYMCO Australia’s Michael Poynton said Downtown 350i ABS now represented better value than ever thanks to the combined price drop and enhancements. 
    “Downtown has long been a winning package for KYMCO and our new entry-level price will further underline the formidable value that it represents.
    “A long list of new updates on this year’s model is another significant plus for Downtown that we expect will push it way beyond any competition in the market,” said Poynton.
    The update list is headed by a fresh fuel injected, liquid-cooled, 320cc four-stroke engine that has been carefully mapped to deliver more responsive power across a lower rev range.
    Aside from the new engine, buyers of the refreshed model will also note the restyled cowling and lighting features, widened foot board and smoother CVT automatic transmission configuration.
    Advanced safety features carry over unchanged from the previous model with Bosch ABS braking technology returning.
    Poynton noted the inclusion of ABS technology reflected the company’s commitment to rider safety and further demonstrated their drive toward delivering unequalled value.
    “Our competitors will always offer ABS technology at a considerable premium but we choose to offer it as a standard inclusion and really believe it’s a must have feature for this type of product.”
    Other features that remain unchanged include the segment leading under-seat and in-dash storage, advanced integrated lighting with LED highlights and superior instrumentation cluster featuring LCD multifunction display.
    The suspension again features dual five-position adjustable rear shocks and telescopic forks to deliver responsive handling and advanced road holding ability.
    The updated Downtown 350i ABS maxi-scooter is set to roll into Australian showrooms as early as next week and is supported by the factories three-year warranty program.  
    For you closest Kymco Dealer visit the locator at Kymco.com.au.
     
    About Kymco
    Customers have turned to KYMCO for unmatched quality, unsurpassed capability and unequalled value for more than 50 years. With 2014 sales and revenues of more than $1.34 billion, KYMCO is a recognised global leader in the manufacture of scooters, all-terrain and utility side-by-side vehicles. A group of Taiwanese businessmen partnered Japan’s Honda Corporation to found KYMCO in 1963. The Japanese influence introduced an unrelenting focus on constant improvement and quality. In 2015, KYMCO will produce more than 1.2 million vehicles for export to 100 countries.
  • Autumn Scooter Ride Event

    Autumn Scooter Ride Event

    Welcome in Autumn with the Peter Stevens scooter ride day!

    Vespa Australia

     



    Autumn Scooter Ride Event

    Welcome in Autumn with the Peter Stevens scooter ride day! Get out and meet fellow scooter riders for a fun Sunday ride.
     
    When
    Sunday 3rd April 2016 at 9am
     
    Where
    Meet at We Are Combi Cafe, Shop 1 / 140 Ormond Road, Elwood to enjoy a morning smoothie, coffee or both!

    The Ride
    We will commence the ride down Beach Road with a pit stop in Mordialloc. The ride will continue along Nepean Highway to Federation Square where we can peruse the Autumn Design and Craft market at the Atrium.
     
    RSVP
    Peter Stevens Melbourne (03) 9602 5833
  • Honda's Cheeky New Grom Means Business

    Honda's Cheeky New Grom!

    Lightweight, hard-hitting and a whole lot of fun, the 2016 Honda Grom is like no other. Set to touch down on Australian shores mid-2016 with a special limited launch offer of just $3,999 ride-away.

    Honda Australia

     



    Honda's Cheeky New Grom Means Business
    Lightweight, hard-hitting and a whole lot of fun, the 2016 Honda Grom is like no other. Set to touch down on Australian shores mid-2016 with a special limited launch offer of just $3,999 ride-away*, the new compact commuter is set to take the Australian market by storm.
    The Honda Grom has wowed riders all over the world with serious fun factor packed into a simple, lightweight design and now Australian riders will get to experience all that the fiery pocket rocket has to offer.
    Designed to allow all riders to experience the exhilaration of a Honda motorcycle, the funky machine boasts outstanding ergonomics that are all about excitement.
    Built around Honda’s well-proven and super-efficient fuel-injected 125cc engine, the Grom delivers ample power and smooth torque with complete ease.
    Complementing the famed power-plant is a compact chassis that features a sturdy steel frame, inverted front fork, mono-shock rear suspension and powerful hydraulic disc brakes on lightweight 12-inch wheels.
    The mini-streetfighter blends exuberance and practical performance with the attitude and style to stand alone.
    The bold stance is evident throughout the entire design, from the fuel tank and side panels that integrate cleanly to give an edgy outlook, to the unique stacked LED headlight that offers a distinctive, ultra-modern face. 
    Completing the mischievous guise with a compact, upswept tail unit, higher pillion seat and short, under-slung exhaust, the Honda Grom means business on the streets.
    The punchy motorcycle will be available in Metallic Pearl Valentine Red, Lemon Ice Yellow and Matte Axis Grey when it hits Australian shores later this year.
    Hurry in, because the launch offer of $3,999 ride-away* is limited to motorcycles delivered before 31 July 2016.
    For more information about this exciting new model and to lock in your order before they sell out, visit your local Honda Dealer, call 1 300 1 HONDA or visit www.HondaGrom.com.au.
    *The motorcycle must be delivered by 31 July 2016 and stocks are limited. Only at participating Honda Dealers. Visit www.hondagrom.com.au for full terms and conditions.
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