Sydney Motorcycle Show
The show for 2011 returned to Darling Harbour with crowds turning out in big numbers.
Crowds flock to the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show.
The Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter show has been held in recent years west of the city, at the Homebush Olympic site. This year the show returned to Darling Harbour, and so too, did the crowds. This crowd was the largest I've seen at any show in Australia for a long-long time. Darling Harbour sure can pull the numbers.
Over the three days, importers showcased the latest and greatest motorcycles. The star attraction for a great deal of bike fans was the release of the Ducati 1199 Panigale, just weeks after its first showing in Milan. Impressive if you like bikes.....
From a scooter perspective the show had a minor representation, though we still had a few things to get excited about. Here's a short wrap on the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show.
Senior management from Korea were present for the weekend, getting a first hand look at the Australian market. Daelim's stand reflected the commitment the importer is making to the market here locally.
Daelim for the first time had the new Besbi 125 on display. The Besbi (aka Amici) will retail for $2190 plus. A 125 cc scooter that has a really cool retro look. Daelim have picked up the quality control duties, the Besbi should make for a great entry level commuter.
Another scooter which has started gaining traction is the unique and original B Bone 125. Also on display we had the S1 and Daelim's entry level sports contender to the motorcycle market, the VJF 250.
Motorsport Importers were present with the PGO brand. On display was the all new G Max 220i, the X Hot 150 and the cute retro Ligero 150. We have both the G Max and the Ligero in the garage presently for review, the brand is starting to kick some goals. Quality would have to be the main reason, PGO has a solid reputation.
The G Max 220i is now on-sale in Australia. Around $4700 (plus) will get you riding a scooter that makes a great base for a few modifications. Handling as expected from our test model has been sensational.
Motorsport Importers also showcased Zues helmets, a brand they also distribute in Australia.
The current Aprilia range was on display, though we didn't get to see any of the anticipated "New" model releases for 2012. Aprilia announced the new Scarabeo 200 which will launch in January, this model is currently in production and will soon be on a boat heading downunder. The SRV 850 is coming, the new super scooter will make it here in 2012. This one will instantly become the king of sports scooters, the style is all RSV4.
Another announcement was that the SR Max is also coming to Australia in 2012. For those that remember the Gilera Nexus, the SR Max will look familiar. The SR Max will be available with the 278 cc Piaggio Quasar motor. The SR Max 300 will fill a big void in the mid-capacity sports market.
On display we had the current range including a tricked up blue Mojito that looked very classy with an additional screen and chrome crash bars.
Vepsa had the current model range on display with the GTV 300 "Vie della Moda" front and centre. Though for this show, it was all about Piaggio who had two new models being released for the first time.
First up the Piaggio Liberty 150 i.e.. This one will arrive early in 2012. This is the first scooter we will see in Australia out of the new Vietnam manufacturing facility. A large wheeled commuter scooter the Liberty will retail for around $3500 plus. Large wheels and a motor that is shared with the current LX Vespa range. Should make for a solid commuter.
Next from Piaggio was the Typhoon. Initially a 125 cc scooter that will line up in direct competition with the Aprilia Sportcity One. The Typhoon differentiates itself by using 12 inch balloon tyres. It also has that chunky Typhoon family resemblance. The Typhoon hits the market in December. A 125 cc initially, a 50 cc 2 stroke to follow.
Honda had the EV Neo on display. An electric cargo carrying scooter that forms part of the Honda companies green push.
More importantly for our market, Honda had the new Dio 110 on display. A smallish large wheeled scooter that will retail for only $2490 nationally. The Dio or Vision has been produced and manufactured in Thailand for the world market. Looks like a great little commuter scooter, and being a Honda, it's sure to be efficient and as reliable as they come.
Honda has been enjoying great success with the PCX 125 and things should continue to grow strongly with the introduction of the 110 cc Dio.
For this show Yamaha had the current range on display. This consisted of the Vity 125, the BWS 125, the Majesty 400 and the sporty TMAX 500. Yamaha have recently released a multitude of models in Europe, though no word on when we will exactly see these arrive here.
I think it's more a case of "watch this space" with Yamaha for 2012.