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Melbourne 2008 Motorcycle Expo

It comes around every year giving big kids the opportunity to experience the childhood feeling of being in a candy store.

Jason Tubnor

The 2008 Melbourne Motorcycle Expo will again get all the scooter enthusiasts salivating at another vast array of models and brands.


This year’s show features most of the big brands represented in Australia and they have a lot to show off as they fight it out for your business at this red carpet event.  You will find Honda, Piaggio, Vespa, Gillera, Hyosung, Suzuki, Yamaha, Aprilia, Derbi, and electric maestro, the Vectrix.


Along with the great range of scooters on display, there are also some great accessories and useful products that will make your scootering life even more comfortable and convenient.  The long-awaited helmets by Momo are also there for the viewing.


Let me take you on a virtual tour of the event:


Honda is in the first stand (front, left) that you will find as you enter the exhibition hall.  They have their whole range on display from the Today 50 through to the Silverwing maxi.  The highlight of the stand would have to be the new SH300i that has just been introduced to the Australian market.  Our European cousins have been enjoying this scooter for a while and now we are lucky to have the chance to enjoy it too.  The [around] 300cc market is heating up rapidly and this would have to be one of the front runners in the category.


Next stop was the combined Piaggio/Vespa/Gillera stands.  Noticeable highlights include a stripped-down MP3 showing how the skeleton and technology work on this technologically advanced scooter.  A custom, FOX branded paint scheme really pimped up the looks of a standard white Vespa.  How could one pass up a close look of the newly released Vespa GTS 300 Super with its traditional full analogue dash, minimalist look and piped trim seating?  You’ll see what all the fuss is about.


Suzuki and Yamaha have their current scooter catalogue on display giving you the opportunity to check out scooters that some retailers might not carry in stock.  We were hoping that Yamaha might have been launching the new BWS at the show, but it was not to bee.


Moving along to the Aprilia stand, I was presented with their entire range of scooters (albeit not every model, as some share the same chassis).  My favourite and what I think will be a front runner in the hotly contested 125cc market, is the Sportcity One.  The quality, fit and finish are just top notch, having that same feeling that you get with the Sportcity 125 and 250.  The other addition to the Aprilia line-up is the revised Mojito sporting the Californian blue colour scheme, has more bling than today’s rap artist and is finished off with a snake/crocodile themed seat covering.  If you like classic and fat retro’s, this would have to be your new ride.


Continuing on in a clockwise direction is the Derbi stand.  Derbi has elevated itself to the top spot of sports scooters in Australia.  Yes there are bigger cc and faster scooters, but it isn’t all about straight line speed.  The Derbi holds its own against these bigger scooters and even a lot of sports bikes through the twisty stuff, which means you can have your scooter and the carrying capacity as well as real performance to boot.  Derbi have the Rumbla, GP1 250 and the limited edition GP1 50 Racing on display.  The GP1 50 Racing blows all the conventional scooter design rules out of the water, with its chain drive to rear wheel and sports bike inspired rear swing arm, it sure is a scooter for the 50cc enthusiasts.  Derbi has a special on for the show - if you put down a $1000 deposit on your new Derbi at the Melbourne show, you’ll receive $1000 off the recommended retail price of that model.  It’s too good to believe, so if you are in the market or have been considering picking up a new Derbi, then this is the time to buy.  The special will only last while the show is on in Melbourne and is only available on the stand at the show.


Opposite the Derbi stand, you’ll find the Momo stand with their new range of helmets that are due for release on the Australian market.  There are quite a few in the scooter community that have deposits on these helmets but are actually yet to see one in the flesh.  This is your chance to be one of the lucky few to see them before they appear in stores across the country.


Rounding out the show is the ever impressive Vectrix.  This scooter is light years beyond any other scooter on the market as it is a highway capable electric scooter.  It is one scooter that a lot of councils across the country are choosing to purchase for their law enforcement officers due to their low environmental impact and low maintenance requirements.  If you choose green energy, it can be 100% carbon neutral in the re-fuelling stakes.  I believe this will be the future of scooting.  You can have a preview or buy and own one to be part of a new scooting revolution.


The show truly is a brilliant work of art with manufacturers laying out the canvases of their new pieces of work.  The Melbourne Motorcycle Expo never disappoints.



New Yamaha TMax stands out in Yellow


Stripped down MP3 from Piaggio on Display



More Melbourne Motorcycle Pictures


published 31/10/2008


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