News 20 Feb 2010

General: Australian Motorcycle Expo has opened it doors

Motorcycle and jet ski enthusiasts look set to converge on the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in their thousands over the weekend.

Doors to the Australian Motorcycle Expo opened yesterday morning, with a number of feature bikes stealing the spotlight.

Kawasaki and Yamaha introduced a host of new and updated models to their 2010 range, with the latter also showcasing its unique concept commuter, the EC-f.

BRP’s Can-Am Spyder RT captured the spotlight on its stand. The touring model sees a host of additional creature comforts, including increased storage and advanced audio integration and the top-level RT-S even gets adjustable suspension and cruise control.

A special delivery on the Ducati exhibit was the Multistrada 1200, featuring a revolutionary electronic riding mode adjustment. The bike machine was freighted to Australia from Italy especially for this week’s event.

Piaggio’s X7 Evo 300 is sure to be a hit with scooter riders. The updated model benefits from a hefty torque boost and lowering of the RPM at which maximum horsepower is developed, amongst other features.

The ‘New American Motorcycle’ makers, Victory Motorcycles showcased a host of new bikes sure to see the brand continue its growth. Custom styling and endless accessory options define its range.

BMW’s exceptional S 1000 R is guaranteed to draw crowds at the expo. The Superbike has only just landed on Australian shores and is already creating huge hype. An optional BMW Motorrad Motorsport colour scheme is a strong reminder of the racing heritage it is built upon.

Suzuki’s Australian Superbike Champion Josh Waters was on hand to chat about his successful 2009 season and plans for a repeat performance as his 2010 campaign kicks off. Suzuki showcased a broad range of 2010 models, including the full GSX-R range and its recently released RMX450Z.

Event Manager Mark Petersen said the range of new bikes on display at the 2010 was extremely impressive.

“Once again the manufacturers have invested a lot of expense and effort into creating some very visually-exciting displays, as well as featuring a comprehensive range of motorcycles,” said Petersen. “There simply is no better place to sample so many brands and bikes under one roof.”

Complimenting the manufacturer display is a wide range of accessory and apparel exhibitors, plus an exciting entertainment program.

“The Yamaha Action Arena is set to go off all weekend long with freestyle jet ski, freestyle motocross, mini bike and trials riders entertaining the crowd with their skills,” Petersen concluded.

The event opens at 9am on Saturday and Sunday. A full list of times, features and exhibitors can be found online at