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Bike Life : September 6th 2011
1HERSA1 R012 DISCOVER RIDING REINVENTED ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES FOR EXHILARATION AND PEACE OF MIND. VEHICLE STABILITY SYSTEM An automoti e-li e system integrating traction and stability control with anti-loc bra ing or uni ue stability. DYNAMIC POWER STEERING (DPTM) The electronically controlled power steering system pro ides more com ort to the rider with a arying amount o assist when turning the handlebars. SEMI-AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION (SE5TM) No clutch le er or oot shi ter here. Your le t thumb shi ts, your ore nger shi ts down. Manual (SM5) also a ailable. The Can-Am® Spyder® RT and RS roadsters. With a uni ue, three-wheeled stance. Intuiti e, rider- ocused eatures. And head-turning magnetism. It's more than a new way to experience the open road. It's riding, rein ented. Disco er what thousands o riders already now at brp.com. © 2010 Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. (BRP). ®, TM and the BRP logo are trademar s o BRP or its a liates. Products are distributed in Australia by BRP Australia Pty Ltd. Read and pay special attention to your Operator's Guide and to the sa ety labeling on your ehicle. Watch the sa ety DVD or important in ormation concerning your ehicle and sa ety to reduce the ris o injury. Se ere injury, including death, can result rom ignoring warnings or through improper use o the ehicle. Always ride responsibly and sa ely. Follow all instructional and sa ety materials. Always obser e applicable local laws and regulations. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and appropriate protecti e clothing. 1 YEAR ROADSIDE ASSIST is pro ided by NRMA and its state and territory a liates. For ull terms and conditions please contact your local participating Can-Am dealership. www.westernmotorcycles.com.au 283 Mulgoa Road Penrith 2750 Ph: 02 4733 1733• Fax: 02 4733 0355 firstname.lastname@example.org Western Motorcycles SYDNEY ONSITE FINANCE AVAILABLE TO APPROVED PURCHASES FROM A LOW 8.49%. CONDITIONS APPLY, TO APPROVED PURCHASES. BikeLIFE 12 August 26, 2011 smh.com.au From Vespa's PX150 to the Honda PCX125, there's something for every rider at the Sydney Scooter Expo, writes Trevor Hedge. Old school . . . the ever-popular retro star, the Vespa PX150; (left) Honda's modern marvel, the PCX125. Retrotometro and in between Sydney scooter riders are expected to descend en masse on next month's inaugural Sydney Scooter Expo and 2011 National Scooter Rally. The free event, which runs from September 9-11, will be staged at the Honda Australia Rider Training Centre in St Ives and features free on-site parking for scooters and motorcycles. All of the big brands have committed to the event, with test rides available to suitably attired riders with a licence or learner's permit. More than 100 different models will be displayed, some for the first time in Australia. The undoubted star will be the reintroduced PX150. At 34 years young this iconic Vespa model is about as retro chic as it gets. Since its 1977 launch, Vespa has sold more than 3 million of the model made famous by Italian Giorgio Bettinelli in his books In Vespa and Brum Brum,a recount of his journeys around the world on a PX that saw him clock up more than 254,000 kilometres. This latest PX150 model is powered by a modern two-stroke engine fed by modern advances in electronic fuel injection. A kick start is retained to complete the look but the machines also start at the push of a button. Thanks to an automatic mixing system, there is no need to pre-mix the fuel before filling the eight-litre tank. Riders of the PX need to realise this model is pure retro chic, not only in the way it looks but also in the way it rides. No twist-and-go-style CVT for the PX purists, only a four-speed manual gearbox will do. Riding on tiny 10-inch rims front and back, with a spare tucked up under the side cover, the PX is not for everyone, but for the traditionalists nothing else will do; the first shipment of the $5990 machines is already sold out. Honda, as you would expect, takes a more modern approach to mid-capacity scooters and will showcase its brilliant PCX125. At $3990 the four-stroke PCX features a new idle-stop system that automatically cuts the engine after three seconds idling; the engine is automatically restarted on positive throttle application. The system can be disabled via a button on the switch block. It takes some getting accustomed to, but we quickly learnt to trust the system. Sipping only three litres per 100 kilometres, the PCX125 is the essence of convenient and economical city motoring. The PCX125 chassis is many steps above most entry-level scooters. Honda has an accessories line for the PCX as long as your arm. Vespa's PX150 and Honda's PCX125 will be the two very different stars of the show but with Piaggio, Yamaha, PGO, Daelim, TGB, Kymco, SYM, Aprilia, Torino, Manhattan and the California Scooter Company all displaying their wares, it's fair to say there will be something for everyone.
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