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Kymco DT X360 adventure styled scooter arrives in Australia

Kymco DT X360

Kymco are getting adventurous in 2022, with the introduction of their DT X360 adventure crossover scooter to Australia.

Kymco DT X360 Scooter

Based on the Downtown 350i platform, Kymco say the DT X360 is capable of light off-road terrain thanks to its dual-purpose tyres. Other features on the DT X360 include the wider handlebar to assist in maximising leverage while the higher seating position (800mm) maximises rider visibility.

Kymco DT X360 Scooter

Compared to the Downtown 350i, the DT X360 also has a shorter wheelbase and isn’t as high or long. Other noteworthy features include traction control, keyless ignition, all-LED lighting, a full-colour LCD digital screen and two USB ports.

Kymco DT X360 Scooter

Underseat storage is roomy as well: enough to accommodate at least two helmets, and the retail price for the DT X360 is $8790 plus on-road costs, available in an orange and black livery.

Kymco DT X360 Scooter

The DT X360 produces power and torque figures of 28.4 hp (21.2 kW) and 30 Nm from the punchy 321 cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, four-valve single-cylinder engine. There’s an effective range of about 300km between fuel stops, care of a 12.5 litre tank.

Kymco DT X360 Scooter
Michael Poynton – Director of Kymco Australia

“There’s been plenty of interest around the DT X360, and for good reason with its wider remit than your normal scooter, and with all that outstanding Downtown DNA, the foundations for an excellent scooter are already there – but this time with the ability to take on a wider variety of terrain. Kymco’s engineering prowess is exceptional – and recently endorsed by Harley-Davidson’s electric motorcycle arm choosing the Taiwanese manufacturer as a strategic partner – and the DT X360 is yet another shining example of its ingenuity.”

Kymco DT X360 Scooter

The DT X360 is now on sale at Kymco scooter dealers nationally. To find your local Kymco dealer, visit www.kymco.com.au/dealers-scooter.

Kymco DT X360 Scooter

Kymco DT X360 adventure scooter specifications

Kymco DT X360
Engine Liquid-cooled, four-valve, SOHC single-cylinder
Capacity 321 cc
Bore x stroke 75.3 mm x 72 mm
Compression ratio 10.7:1
Fuel system EFI
Power 28.4 hp (21.2 kW) at 7250 rpm
Torque 30 Nm at 5750 rpm
Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission
Clutch Automatic
Frame Steel tube
Front suspension 37mm fork, 110mm travel
Rear suspension Twin shocks with preload adjustment, 108mm travel
Front brakes 260mm discs with three-piston floating calipers, Bosch ABS
Rear brake 240mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper, Bosch ABS
Wheels 14-inch (f), 13-inch (r) 
Tyres 120/80-14 (f), 150/70-13 (r)
Length 2165 mm
Width 780 mm
Height 1290 mm
Wheelbase 1545 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Wet weight 194 kg
Fuel capacity 12.5 litres
Price $8790 plus on-road costs
Colour Black/orange
Warranty Three years unlimited kilometres 

Source: MCNews.com.au

Pista 50 and 125 scooters arrive in Australia

Pista scooters arriving in Oz from $2940 ride-away

Joining the scooter segment in Australia is the Pista 50 and Pista 125, with the latter arriving in both a carbed and EFI version, offering great value for those looking to get started on two wheels or riders who want a second bike to run around town on.

The Pista scooters will come in 50 cc two-stroke and 125 cc four-stroke versions

On sale through a robust network of more than 20 dealers Australia-wide and distributed by PS Importers, the Pista 50 and 125 scooters are sport-inspired and run LED lighting for a modern look.

Lighting is LED on all models

Sharp rideaway prices start at $2940 for the Pista 50 and $3740 and $4190 for the Pista 125 carburetted and EFI models respectively. All three LAMS-approved commuters complete with generous levels of standard equipment and a 12-month/30,000km warranty (including parts and labour).

The two-stroke Pista 50 cc is available for $2940 ride-away

For a limited time, the Pista 50 and 125 models come with a complementary topbox and mounting rack, representing up to $109 of free added value (excludes EFI model).

The Pista 125 cc will be available for $3740 (carb) and $4190 (EFI) ride-away

The Pista 50 is powered by a 50cc two-stroke single-cylinder engine, with 12-inch wheels, a low centre of gravity and a wet weight of just 93 kg for maximum agility and versatility. Being a 50cc moped, the Pista 50 can be ridden legally in Queensland and Western Australia on a regular driver’s license. 50cc models are also much cheaper to register in some states, in Victoria, for example, it is less than $150 to register a scooter under 60cc for 12 months, that’s less than a third of the price of registration for an electric scooter.

Electric and kick start are featured on both the Pista 50 and 125

Both Pista 125 models up the ante with the force of a flexible 125cc four-stroke engine as well as 13-inch wheels and a combined braking system. Choose from the Pista 125, fuelled by a tried-and-true carburettor, or the Pista 125 EFI for punchier performance and optimum fuel efficiency.

The Pista dash
Standard Pista scooter equipment:
  • Contemporary, sporty styling
  • Generous underseat storage to accommodate an open-face helmet
  • LED lightning with daytime-running lights
  • Front disc brake
  • Blue backlit LCD/analogue dash with fuel gauge and clock
  • Sidestand with safety switch
  • Centrestand
  • Luggage hook
  • Convenience and backup of both electric and kickstart
A free top box is featured on the Pista 50 and Pista 125 carb’d models

The Pista 50 and 125 scooters are available in three colourways: White Edition/Blue, White Edition/Flame and White Edition/Carbon.

Pista 125

Genuine accessories include the choice of a 31-litre top case in either Matte black ($99) or Matte black with white insert ($109). A mounting rack is included.

Pista 125

For more information see the Pista Scooters Australia website, or check out their dealer locater to find your nearest stockist.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Kymco Agility RS125 $3290 R/A until March

Kymco Agility RS125 now $3290 ride-away

Kymco Australia are offering a national ride away promotion for the Agility RS125, which includes features like a phone holder, USB charging port and rear carrier rack.

Kymco Agility RS125 now available for $3290 ride-away
Kymco Agility RS125 now available for $3290 ride-away

The promotion will run until March 31, 2022 and, during that period, the RS125 will retail for $3,290 ride away.

The Agility RS125 is powered by an efficient 125cc, air-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder engine with a twist-and-go CVT automatic transmission to get you around town.

Kymco Agility RS125
Kymco Agility RS125

It has a low seat height of 785mm, with plenty of room for a pillion passenger.

Front disc and rear drum brakes deliver increased stopping performance in all riding conditions, with telescopic fork and rear mono-shock provide stable handling.

Kymco Agility RS125 with front disc brake
Kymco Agility RS125 with front disc brake

An easy to use centre stand makes parking a breeze with a side-stand also fitted.

The headlight is a halogen, however indicators and rear light are all integrated into the bodywork.

The Kymco Agility RS125 includes a rear rack and underseat storage
The Kymco Agility RS125 includes a rear rack and underseat storage

The Kymco Agility RS125 being LAMS legal, makes for a perfect starting point, being a light, easy to manage machine, ideal for city and surburban conditions.

A phone holder and USB charging point are also standard on the Kymco Agility RS125
A phone holder and USB charging point are also standard on the Kymco Agility RS125

Available in black/white and black/green colour combinations, the LAMS-approved Agility RS125 is also supported by a three-year factory warranty. Contact your local Kymco dealer for more information.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Ducati’s two-stroke 100 Brio scooter

Ducati’s second attempt at a scooter – 100 Brio

With Phil Aynsley

The second of Ducati’s scooters appeared in 1963, ten years after the Cruiser, and was very different in concept. Instead of being a four-stroke aimed at the luxury market (if such a thing existed in 1952), the Brio was a much more basic two-stroke. Interestingly it was designed by Gio Ponti who was also responsible for the company’s Dufono intercoms – not to mention the Pirelli Tower in Milan.

Ducati’s 2-stroke 100 Brio scooter

The Brio was initially released with a 48 cc fan-cooled motor but was joined by a 100 cc model (seen here) the following year. Apart from the increased displacement the 100 had a longer seat with corresponding larger engine cover and bodywork. It also used eight-inch wheels compared to the 48’s nine-inch.

The Ducati 100 Brio was good for 76 km/h.

The 100 cc motor made seven horsepower at 5200 rpm which propelled the 80 kg machine to a top speed of 76 km/h. The 48’s figures were far more modest – boasting just 1.5 hp, weighing in at 63.5 kg, and good for 50 km/h.

While primarily aimed at the domestic market some were exported to the US. This scooter was sold by Ghost Motorcycles in New York.

Ducati’s 2-stroke 100 Brio scooter

The initial scooter boom had largely passed by the time the Brio entered the market and as they didn’t offer anything that the established Vespa and Lambretta models had, thus they proved to be another poor selling Ducati scooter and were discontinued in 1968.

Source: MCNews.com.au

The first European four-stroke scooter – Ducati Cruiser

Ducati Cruiser Scooter

Phil Aynsley

There has, in recent years, been some speculation that Ducati might introduce a scooter. If they do, it is to be hoped that it proves to be more successful than their previous efforts! What were they you ask?

Ducati Cruiser

Way back in January 1952, when all the company made were Cucciolo variants, they jumped into the deep end of the scooter market with the introduction of the Cruiser. Exceptionally advanced for the time it was the first 4-stroke scooter made by a European manufacturer.

Ducati Cruiser

The OHV 175 cc motor was paired with an automatic gearbox (another first) which used a hydraulic torque converter and crown wheel/pinion drive to the rear wheel. Another innovation was the use of an electric starter.

Ducati Cruiser

At a time when nearly all bikes and cars used 6V electrics the Cruiser employed 12V and a large 32Ah battery. A patented front suspension design that used a hydraulic shock absorber and rubber damped rear suspension were fitted. The substantial bodywork was by Ghia.

Ducati Cruiser

Unfortunately the weight of 154 kg and complexity of the design resulted in both poor performance and reliability issues. Initially the motor made 12 hp but this was reduced to 7.5 hp to meet new regulations which limited scooters to 80 km/h – which didn’t improve matters.

Ducati Cruiser original paperwork

After only about 2000 being built it was discontinued in 1954. These days they are highly prized! This is an original, unrestored example.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Vespa Day Around The Bay to be held on December 19

Vespa Day Around The Bay 2021
December 19 – Geelong to Yarraville

The 2021 Vespa Day Around the Bay kicks off the morning of Sunday, December 19, but there’s just one question: How far will you go? One leg, two legs or right around Port Phillip Bay for a total of 322.6 km?

Vespa Day Around The Bay

Now in its ninth year, the annual charity ride this year celebrates Vespa’s 75th anniversary with swarms of Vespa owners coming together for an epic ride of good vibes and a great cause.

A $10 rider levy will raise funds for the Vespa Club of Melbourne’s favourite charity: Khmer Association for Development (KAD) – a local Cambodian non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious organisation involved in several community-level programs. These include health, education, vocational training, media, governance, agriculture and children’s rights. The Vespa Club of Melbourne has to date donated more than $40,000 to the Cambodian charity.

Vespa Day Around The Bay

Whether you’re a Vespa enthusiast or passionate scooterist, the Vespa Day Around the Bay can be as long or short as you make it, with a choice of eight departure points, scattered around the bay including Geelong, Yarraville, St Kilda, Chelsea, Mornington, Sorrento, Queenscliff or Portarlington. Simply register at a meeting point and collect your badge.

Amid the classic Vespa models, keep an eye out for special 75th editions of the latest Vespa Primavera 150 and GTS 300 models, distinguished by their historic ‘Giallo Zolfo’ livery, striking TFT display and iconic leather wheel bags.

Vespa Day Around The Bay 2021

Vespa 75 Years Young

As it celebrates its 75th birthday, Vespa surpasses the milestone of 19 million units produced, including almost two million in the last decade alone. These are 19 million stories of guys and girls, entire generations who dreamed of and gained their freedom astride a Vespa.

The Vespa is much more than just a scooter. It is a global cultural phenomenon. Credited with kickstarting the post-war Italy revival, it became a symbol of freedom and elevated Italian design the world over. Even today, it remains on display at New York’s MoMA, capturing the hearts and minds of all who pass before it!

Vespa Day Around The Bay

From the moment it burst onto the scene in a nation that was in a post-war rebuilding phase and brimming with ideas, creativity and hope, Vespa has represented a zest for life and a desire to embrace the future. It has become an icon of freedom and emancipation for young people the world over, combining effortless, distinctive ‘Made in Italy’ style with cutting-edge technology.

2021 Vespa Day Around The Bay Itinerary

  • 6.45 am, Geelong
    • The Edge Cafe. Refuel at Yarraville so you can make it home.
  • 8.30 am, Yarraville
    • Main ride leaves from Dad and Dave’s Cafe (Bus station). Good breakfast and coffee, too.
  • 9.00 am, St Kilda
    • Shakespeare Grove car park along Luna Park. A big meeting point! Be ready to go when the ride arrives.
  • 10.40 am, Chelsea
    • Morning tea from 10am by members Stefan and Ira at their home at 8 Village Crescent, Chelsea. Thank them very much.
  • 11.30 am, Mornington
    • Wilson’s Road. Regroup only. Don’t gear down. We ride as soon as the tail rider arrives.
  • 1.00 pm, Sorrento Ferry
    • $20 cash for Vespa Club members/$30 cash others (usually $39). Have small notes ready to pay Julie as you pass through the gate.
  • Lunch is on the ferry. Bring something nutritious to eat, (or use the kiosk). We need you fed and alert for the rest of the ride.
  • 1.45 pm, Queenscliff
    • Ride to Portarlington. Don’t miss the beauty of this ride. We’ll refuel there. ‘Buddy up’ and share the pumps to save time. We’ll ride to Geelong where we’ll say farewell to the Geelong riders.
  • 3.30 pm, Leave Geelong, through Corio and Lara
    • North of Little River we’ll join the freeway for 15 minutes. Unavoidable if we are to get you home. Don’t worry, we’ll ride as one big convoy at a speed to suit all, and we’ll look after you all the way.
  • 4.30 pm, Main ride arrives for drinks at Vault bar, Yarraville.
Vespa Day Around The Bay

Source: MCNews.com.au

$36,000 ‘Christian Dior’ Vespa 946 heading for Australia

Vespa 946 Christian Dior Limited Edition

Vespa and Parisian fashion house Christian Dior both founded in 1946 and have presented a collaboration in the form of the Vespa 946 Christian Dior Limited Edition of which only 946 will be produced. They carry a hefty price tag of $36,000 ride-away when they arrive in Australia in strictly limited numbers.

Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior

On the Vespa 946 Christian Dior, the body in steel, is enhanced by aluminium parts including the mudguard and side covers – wearing a cream white with dedicated Christian Dior graphics.

Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior

Numerous gold-coloured satin-finished parts: the rear luggage rack, the circular aesthetic elements under the seat, the bag hook, the aluminium mirror brackets, the hand grip ends, the profile that runs along the perimeter of the shield, the “neck-tie” decorations, and the edges and hubs of the aluminium alloy wheel rims.

Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior

The saddle support is covered with the iconic Dior Oblique pattern, designed by Marc Bohan in 1967.

Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior

The seating area of the saddle, on the other hand, is covered in dark blue leather, as are the hand grips, hand stitched and covered.

Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior

Available in Australia in extremely limited numbers, the Vespa 946 Christian Dior has a rideaway price of $36,000. Visit your nearest Vespa dealership for more information.

Vespa 946 Christian Dior

Vespa 946 Christian Dior features

  • Monocoque body made of sheet steel with aluminium elements: handlebar, saddle support, side panels, front mudguard, rear view mirror supports.
  • 220mm dual disc brake, ABS dual channel braking system.
  • ASR traction electronic control system.
  • Large 12-inch wheels, dismountable aluminium alloy wheel rims.
  • 150 cc 3V engine, electronic injection, top-in-class fuel consumption and emissions reduction.
  • LED headlamp with heat dissipating system, LED tail-light and turn indicators
  • Full LCD multi-purpose dashboard.
Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior
Vespa 946 Christian Dior

Source: MCNews.com.au

Melbourne Scooters opens in South Melbourne

Melbourne Scooters now open for business

Melbourne Scooters is now calling all Vespa enthusiasts, passionate scooterists and keen commuters! As Melbourne’s newest premium Vespa and Piaggio dealership, it’s ready to get you going for all your scootering desires.

Melbourne Scooters opens

Melbourne Scooters is a one-stop shop for all your scooter needs, including sales and servicing iconic Vespa models as well as contemporary commuters from Piaggio.

Melbourne Scooters

Covering a sizeable 200 square-metre area, the specialist store showcases more than 20 scooters on its newly polished concrete floor including Vespa GTS 150 and GTS 300 Super Tech models as well as Piaggio Medley and Beverlys. The darling of the showroom, however, is a Vespa Primavera Pic Nic in the eye-catching Verde Relax livery and replete with picnic rug and cane picnic basket ready to live out its future owner’s local Roman Holiday.

Melbourne Scooters

Also on display is an ever-expanding collection of premium Vespa accessories and merchandise. Melbourne Scooters is owned and operated by avid scooterist and industry identity Bhupesh Kukreja who, along with his passionate team, has more than 12 years’ experience restoring and maintaining Vespa and Piaggio products while utilising the latest service technology.

Bhupesh Kukreja

“This has been such a massive undertaking under incredibly challenging circumstances, but we love Vespa and Piaggio, and we’re passionate about scooters – it’s what we know and what we’re good at. To say we’re relieved and super excited to be finally opening our doors is a huge understatement. So come on in, check out our store, chat with our passionate team and be prepared to fall head over heels for the heritage and romance of Vespa!”

Melbourne Scooters – Bhupesh Kukreja

Melbourne Scooters is conveniently located on 162-168 Ferrars Street, South Melbourne – on the inner fringes of Melbourne’s CBD, cafes and restaurants and the hugely popular South Melbourne market. To book a service or to arrange a test ride, contact Melbourne Scooters.

Melbourne Scooters

Ph: (03) 9699 6000
[email protected]

Melbourne Scooters

Source: MCNews.com.au

Kymco Like 150 S scooter range expands

Kymco Like 150 S

Kymco have just released the new Like 150 S scooter in an eye catching orange paint scheme, and now we’re also receiving a matte black version due at the end of October.

Kymco Like 150 S will soon arrive in Australia in Matte Black
Kymco Like 150 S will soon arrive in Australia in Matte Black

Price for the matte black version remains the same as its sibling, with a great value price tag of $4,490 plus on-road costs.

The Like 150 S is based on the popular Like 150 R platform, but styled with a more streamlined dash, slimmer headlight, new pillion grabrail, new front vent and new muffler cover.

Kymco Like 150 S
Kymco Like 150 S

In addition, black has become the more dominant trim compared to the original chrome and silver, with piping, forks, front vent, headlight bezel, mirrors all covered.

The 150 cc, four-valve, fuel-injected single-cylinder engine produces 9.9 kW (13.3 hp), and other Like 150 S highlights include a CVT transmission, light-weight aluminium rims, preload-adjustable rear suspension, USB charging outlet and LED lights.

Kymco Like 150 S
Kymco Like 150 S

The Like 150 S also has ABS on the front and rear, meeting the Australian government’s mandate that all motorcycles and scooters over 125cc must have the braking technology by November 1, 2021.

Contact your local Kymco for more information on the Like 150 S, or to find out where or when you can check one out in person.

Kymco Like 150 S
Kymco Like 150 S

2021 Kymco Like 150 S

2021 Kymco Like 150 S Specifications
Engine Liquid-cooled, four-stroke SOHC single-cylinder
Capacity 150 cc
EMS Electronic fuel injection
Max power 9.9 kW (13.3 hp)
Transmission Twist and go CVT automatic
Front suspension Telescopic fork, 95 mm travel
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable for preload, 86 mm travel
Front brakes 220 mm disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
Rear brake 220 mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
Wheels 12 inch
Tyres 110/70-12 front, 130/70-12 rear
Dry weight 115 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 6.8 litres
Price $4,490 plus on-road costs
Colour Orange or Matte Black
Warranty Three years, unlimited kilometres

Source: MCNews.com.au

Piaggio takes patent wins against Peugeot in Italy, France

Three-wheel tech row

The Tribunal Judiciaire of Paris and Court of Milan have just handed down rulings, finding Peugeot Motocycles guilty of infringing a European patent on the technology of the Piaggio MP3 three-wheel scooter with the Peugeot Metropolis model, which allows it to lean like a motorcycle.

While still subject to appeal, the decisions are a win for Piaggio, while Peugeot have been sentenced in France to pay damages of 1,500,000 euro, as well as further infringement and legal expenses, while prohibited from the sale and marketing of any models containing the patented technology.

In comparison, in Italy, Peugeot are prohibited from importing, marketing or selling three-wheel scooters with the technology, with fines for every vehicle sold 30 days after the announcement, with all currently available vehicles also having to be withdrawn from sale on threat of further fines.

Peugeot Motorcycles is owned by a subsidiary of Indian manufacturer Mahindra Two Wheelers, after being acquired in 2019. The Metropolis model had previously been described as being designed and built in France.

Piaggio Group has noted that its sizeable R&D investments have put it at the cutting edge of three-wheel vehicle technology, winning the Piaggio MP3 a leadership position on the market. The MP3 has been around since 2006, running dual front wheels and a single rear wheel, with a parallelogram style front steering setup, which allows the vehicle to lean, despite being a three-wheeler.

Piaggio MP3 300 Business
Piaggio’s MP3 has been around since 2006 offering a leaning three-wheeled scooter

The suits are part of a wider range of activities against counterfeiting pursued by the Piaggio Group for years, involving continuous monitoring of competitor products and of international patent databases.

Source: MCNews.com.au