News 16 Nov 2009

General: Diverse range of bikes for Sydney Motorcycle Show


Just days remain until the doors to the 2009 Sydney Motorcycle Show open and organisers are confident of delivering a value-packed, variety-driven event to two-wheel enthusiasts of all ages and levels of experience.

Over 110 exhibitors will fill the dome and halls of Sydney Showgrounds from Friday November 20 to Sunday November 22, showcasing the best there is to offer in new motorcycle models and accessories, apparel, safety gear and services.

The presence of all major motorcycle manufacturers and distributors will ensure choice without compromise for experienced or first-time riders.

Event Manager Mark Petersen expected the diversity of manufacturers and models to attract large crowds over three days.

“The Sydney Motorcycle Show draws riders from all backgrounds to browse and compare over 600 new bikes from all sectors of the market,” said Petersen.

“Our exhibitors have responded in enthusiastic fashion to create what we believe will be the biggest, most informative and most entertaining show to date.

“As Australia’s economic conditions continue to improve, we expect the resilient motorcycle market to move forward at a steady rate once more.”

Much of show-goers’ attention will be focused on the models that will dominate dirt and rule roads in 2010.

Harley-Davidson will introduce an update to its popular XR1200X while also adding the all-new Iron 883 to the versatile Sportster range.

Accessorised versions of models from its XL, Dyna, Softail and Touring categories round out a comphrensive exhibit.

Throwing down the challenge to Harley-Davidson is Victory Motorcycles, making its first-ever appearance at the Sydney Motorcycle Show.

Dubbed ‘The New American Motorcycle’, the brand brings a number of full-sized cruisers and tourers to the fore.

All-new additions to its V-twin touring range are the Victory Cross Roads and Victory Cross Country, powered by the 1731cc ‘Freedom’ engine and featuring unique custom styling.

Visitors to the BMW Motorrad exhibit will get an up-close look at the highly-anticipated BMW S 1000 RR ahead of its Australian showroom release, slated for early 2010.

The Supersport warrior features an all-new, race-bred 999cc water-cooled, DOHC, sixteen valve, inline four-cylinder power unit, plus ABS brakes and race-style Quickshift as standard.

The manufacturer’s highly-acclaimed F Series will see a new addition, the BMW F 800 R.

The sporty naked bike delivers what its dynamic exterior promises – lightning sprint power and precise rider handling without compromising comfort.

Yamaha started from scratch on its revolutionary new YZ450F motocrosser, introducing a range of new features as a result of its success and extensive testing on the racetrack.

Fuel-injection and a new Bilateral Beam aluminium frame top the list of improvements and it is sure to be a big favourite with showgoers.

Other exhibit highlights will include the new YZF-R125 and Dakar-inspired ‘go anywhere’ XTZ660 Ténéré.

Kawasaki updates it successful motocross range with the exciting new KX450F and KX250F models receiving a range of engine and chassis enhancements.

For the young and young at heart come the KLX110 and KLX110L, all new for the new year. Torque, horsepower are increased and control is improved through new spring and damping rates.

Superior strength meets class-leading lightness in Husqvarna’s new TE250, which will be a strong competitor in the enduro range with its fuel-injected four-stroke engine.

Triumph will introduce the baddest version yet of its 2.3 litre Rocket III, the Rocket III Roadster.

The Roadster moves out of cruiser territory and transcends into that of the ultimate muscle streetfighter, bringing with it the biggest torque figures found on any production motorcycle, powered by an uprated version of Triumph’s iconic three-cylinder 2,294cc powerplant.

Suzuki will introduce significant upgrades to its RM-Z250, hot on the heels of a dominant championship win in the domestic Supercross championship.

Developed in competition, the bike receives engine, chassis and suspension developments in addition to Suzuki’s fuel injection technology, a first for a production 250cc motocrosser.

Suspension, brake and bodywork developments compliment a re-designed engine and chassis aboard the new lighter and more compact Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Raked-out chopper styling makes Honda’s VT1300 a clear standout. A high-mount steering head, slim fuel tank, ultra-low seat, fat rear tyre and stretched wheelbase help to create a milestone machine that all riders are sure to appreciate.

These models represent a fraction of the floor space and enthusiasts will delight in experiencing more than 600 new models from these and other manufacturers, with expert advice readily available.

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