Archive for July, 2010

Honda Come Try It Dirtbike Day

Monday, July 26th, 2010

The complete range of Honda Fun, Motocross and Enduro models from 50cc to 450cc will be available to ride on Honda’s own off-road tracks.
For safety, juniors and inexperienced riders will run on a separate track.
Riders are invited to ride 2 models of their choice.
Please register and book-in online by visiting

2011 Model RM-Z450

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

2011 RM-Z450

2011 RM-Z450

The 2011 model RM-Z450 is now available in Australia, but this one’s essentially just a carry-over of the 2010 hardware.

But that’s not necessarily a negative, as the current model 450 is still a serious contender in the world and a plethora of domestic championships around the world, including the Australian title where Cody Cooper dominated the recent round in Wodonga (Vic).

The 2010 model came out with a horde of major updates, including a new cylinder head, piston, crankshaft, throttle body, camshafts, valve springs and radiator.

And it continued: a new, more rigid, twin-spar aluminium frame, as well as a fresh subframe, linkage and swingarm tracking on fully adjustable Showa suspension with revised spring and damping settings.

Competitors who compete on the RM-Z in motocross and/or supercross are also eligible to register for Suzuki’s Support Rider program, offering contingency payments on selected national and state race series. More information on that is available at

The 2011 RM-Z450 costs $11,590, available in Suzuki’s traditional champion yellow/black livery.

Bayliss Pours Cold Water On Comeback

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Troy Bayliss

Troy Bayliss set not to return to World Superbikes

Troy Bayliss has now decided to remain permanently on the sidelines and has knocked a potential world superbike comeback on the head.

Although he hasn’t lost his mojo — the three-time world superbike champion set the fastest time in a recent Ducati test at Misano — the 41-year-old won’t rejoin the title that has made him a legend of the sport.

“I have made up my mind and I won’t be coming back to the racing but I will undertake one more superbike test later this year, just before the Imola SBK round, as agreed with Ducati at the start of the season.”

Riding a ‘development’ Ducati, Bayliss was the fastest rider on track at Misano, ahead of world superbike incumbents Michel F

abrizio and Noriyuki Haga.

2010 Vic MX – Sponsored Senior Rider

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

MXTV catches up with Ryan Perry and he tells us what it has taken for him to rise through the ranks and score a Peter Stevens sponsored ride.

Yamaha’s Imposing Super Tenere

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Yamaha’s Super Tenere

Yamaha’s New Super Tenere

Yamaha’s all-new parallel twin adventure tourer, the Yamaha Super Tenere, is now on sale for $21,490 ride away.

Yamaha first displayed the Super Tenere in an amazing cloth and hard parts ‘sculpture’ at last November’s Tokyo motor show, and we haven’t had to wait long to see the real thing.

The bike “inherits the spirit of the legendary Tenere models that drove an era of Yamaha dominance during the 1980s and ’90s in the Dakar Rally”, and is powered by a liquid-cooled 1199cc eight-valve parallel twin, which has a close-firing 270-degree crankshaft, a side-mounted radiator, and wide-ratio six-speed transmission.

The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCCC-T) incorporates a traction control function which adjusts, based on speed sensors, both ignition timing and fuel injection to control power delivery.

The traction control has three modes: off, TCS1 (strong) and TSC2 (limited). And there are also two different power curves: S for sports riding, and the milder T for touring.

Yamaha claims 110hp (80.9kW) at 7250rpm, which puts it right into the adventure touring mix.

Wheel sizes are 19 (front) and 17-inch (rear) respectively, and seat height is in the window of 845-870mm. Wet weight is 261kg with 23lt of fuel, and suspension travel is 190mm front and rear.

The Super Tenere’s competition includes the BMW R 1200 GS, Triumph Tiger, Honda Varadero, Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom, Moto Guzzi Stelvio and the Ducati Multistrada.

Triumph Thunderbird Wins ‘Cycle World’ USA – ‘Cruiser of the Year Award’ for the second successive year

Monday, July 19th, 2010

2010 Triumph Thunderbird

2010 Triumph Thunderbird

Cycle World, a leading motorcycle publication in the USA, and home of the cruiser motorcycle, this week confirmed the Triumph Thunderbird as its ‘Cruiser of The Year’ for the second year running.

The 1600 parallel twin cruiser from Triumph won this prestigious award at its launch in the summer of 2009, in the USA, the world’s largest and most demanding cruiser motorcycle market.  To repeat this for 2010 is a phenomenal achievement for the UK firm.

“The Thunderbird continues to receive great acclaim both from independent journalists and also from its growing customer and fan base. To win this award in the USA for the second year running is an outstanding achievement for everyone involved at Triumph – our designers, manufacturing and support staff, our dealers and of course our customers – who know their motorcycles” said Paul Stroud, Triumph’s Sales & Marketing Director.

The Thunderbird is available with a wide range of Triumph Genuine Accessories allowing customers to personalise their motorcycle.

The Thunderbird forms part of a range of award winning motorcycles from Triumph. Go to for details.

Learner Demo Day, Ringwood Report

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Peter Stevens Ringwood branch ran its first LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme) demo day on Saturday 10th June with 13 models from Suzuki, Kawasaki, Hyosung and Vespa available for evaluation. Experienced riders were also welcome and a number of fully licenced riders were keen to try the 650cc mid-size LAMS machines which make such brilliant commuter bikes.

But this was a day was designed specifically for riders who had just obtained their Leaner’s Permits and some had never ridden on the road before. So the Peter Stevens staff carefully devised a test route around Ringwood that avoided all the ugly traffic snarls but was still interesting to ride.  After completing the 15km ride, the guests enjoyed a sausage sizzle and were presented with giveaways from Swann Insurance

Learner Demo Day at Ringwood

Learner Demo Day at Ringwood 10th July 2010

and Hyosung Motorcycles.

The day ran very smoothly, there were no mishaps at all and the rider training organizations (mainly Honda Australia rider Training and Stay Upright) are to be congratulated for providing new riders with the practical safety and bike handling skills that can make motorcycling such a great pleasure.

Peter Stevens Motorcycles confirmed as an authorized Honda Goldwing Dealer

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Peter Stevens Motorcycle now has Honda Goldwing

Peter Stevens Motorcycle now has Honda Goldwing

Peter Stevens Motorcycles is delighted to confirm that it has been appointed as an authorized Honda Goldwing dealer by the Honda Motorcycle distributor, Honda MPE Pty Ltd, at two locations in Victoria. For the first time in many years serious touring bike enthusiasts will have the convenience of dealer support in two easy-to-reach locations at 339 Elizabeth St Melbourne and at 21Mercer St Geelong without the need to travel to a distant suburb in outer Melbourne. The Peter Stevens stores will cater well for the Goldwing owner with the largest possible range of quality accessories as well as large state of the art service centres. Both these Peter Stevens branches already have stock of the latest version of the Goldwing Standard and the Goldwing Luxury Edition as well as demonstrator units. And the current colours of Burgundy, Pewter Silver or Monterey Blue can be viewed side by side. The Goldwing Luxury is a truly impressive touring motorcycle with many unique features including:

  • An industry-first integrated motorcycle airbag system
  • Satellite navigation system with built-in display console
  • Premium audio system
  • A smooth, powerful 1832cc horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine with 5-speed transmission with reverse.
  • Integrated pannier cases and rear trunk provide a total of 147 litres of luggage capacity.
  • Ergonomically designed seating featuring a low height of 740 mm with integral hip-rest and side support for all-day riding comfort.

The Goldwing is a highly sophisticated motorcycle incorporating the very latest technology and their owners deserve the highest standard of technical support. The service team at Peter Stevens will take great pride in keeping the Goldwing running exactly as Honda had intended. Our factory trained technicians are fully equipped to ensure all service procedures are strictly followed to ensure trouble free motorcycling on interstate trips. The Goldwing Standard model in Burgundy and the Luxury model in Pewter Silver Metallic or Monterey Blue Metallic are all in-store now.

Peter Stevens Motorcycle
339 Elizabeth St Melbourne 3000.
Ph 03 9602 5833
Peter Stevens Motorcycles
21 Mercer St Geelong Vic 3220
Ph 03 5221 0400

Pretty in Pink!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Vespa will soon release the ultimate two wheeled fashion statement. Vespa’s popular LX150ie scooter will be available for a limited time only in a stunning metallic pink, appropriately named ‘Rosa Chic’.

The Fashionista shouldn’t dilly dally as Australian Vespa dealers are taking orders now for this strictly limited production run in this fabulous colour.

“For years we have been asked for a Vespa in pink and finally the dreams of many have come true” said Vespa’s Gavan Moody. “I just hope no one misses out, but it is sure to happen”.

The LX150ie is one of Vespa’s most popular models, a perfect combination of size, power, economy and overall user friendliness that has endeared it to Vespa aficionados’ around the globe. The Italian designed and crafted Vespa continues to blend tradition values and style with modern day expectations.

Hyosung’s New Old School Cruiser

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Hyosung Aquila Classic

Hyosung's new old school cruiser the Aquila Classic

Hyosung Australia is to expand its cruiser presence in Australia, with the 678cc Aquila Classic to go on sale in September this year.

The belt-driven machine, called the ST7 in overseas markets, is more old school than the ‘performance’ GV650 it’s based on, with sweeping guards, chunkier tyres and a chrome tank-mounted instrument console.

There’s a set of dual pipes, and other features include a 41mm telescopic fork, complete with a rangy 33-degree rake, and forward mounted controls. The rear features preload-adjustable twin shocks.

The seat height is 704mm, and there’s a well padded leather seat. The claimed wet weight is 229kg, and there’s a large 18lt fuel tank.

The engine is a stroked version of the GV650′s to produce the extra 31cc of capacity, and the fuel injected 90-degree V-twin is claimed to produce 62hp at 8000rpm and 63Nm at 7500rpm.

The Classic will also be available in 650cc LAMS form, with pricing to be announced on both models closer to the release date. Accessories will include taller screens and bags.