Visitors to this week’s Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne will get the first look at 2011-spec bikes creating a buzz both on home soil and overseas.
The 26-28 November event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be attended by all of the big brands, and will offer myriad options to riders, regardless of their age, experience level or choice of category.
The most anticipated arrivals in this multi-million dollar showcase include:
Featuring a new 200hp engine, new frame and new suspension, Kawasaki’s newest litrebike flagship represents the first complete redesign since the Ninja ZX-10R’s debut, and offers a significant jump in base performance. Designed to enable a greater number of riders to experience the thrill of riding a superbike at the limit, the new 2011 Ninja ZX-10R ABS is loaded with cutting-edge technology. New features like Kawasaki’s new race-type traction control system (S-KTRC) and supersport-grade ABS (KIBS) are there to assist riders explore the limit.
A showstopper in Milan, the aggressive new Diavel features a Testastretta 11-degree engine pushing 162 horsepower, a dry weight of 210 kilograms and the latest in Ducati technology: ABS, traction control and ‘Sport’, ‘Touring’ and ‘Urban’ user modes to enhance the rider’s experience. Ducati’s power cruiser comes in two versions – standard and carbon. The latter features ‘a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components from carbon fibre bodywork to forged and specially machined Marchesini wheels,’ and is sure to be a focal point on the manufacturer’s display.
Aprilia Dorsuduro 1200
Italian brand Aprilia gives the maxi-motard category a shake with the Dorsoduro 1200, building on the solid foundations of its previous 750. The 2011 model is powered by a 90-degree V-Twin, and hands ultimate control to riders who can control the power output to their liking. Sport mode makes use of its full 130 horsepower, Touring too, but with a smoother delivery. Rain mode ensures a better ride when there’s less traction to be found. Radial four-piston Brembo brakes bring the bike to a stop and Sachs adjustable suspension is fitted front and rear.
Slated for public release in the first-quarter of 2011, the Thailand-produced CBR250R looks set to make its mark as a major player in the entry-level market. Honda’s supersports-inspired machine is designed around an all-new 249.4mm single-cylinder engine with liquid cooling, an efficient 4-valve DOHC cylinder head and PGM-FI fuel injection. This single-cylinder configuration makes for a lighter, more compact and more fuel-efficient powerplant that also boasts a supremely usable torque curve. As befits a machine with performance and versatility, the CBR250R uses a six-speed transmission to make light work of riding at any speed. The six ratios work with the bike’s power delivery to optimise acceleration and deliver both refinement and economy when cruising.
BMW K1600 GT and GTL
Ever since BMW Motorrad presented the concept study Concept 6 in autumn 2009, the new 6-cylinder in-line engine installed in it has caught the imagination of many motorcycle fans. With the new K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL, BMW motorcycles are now available for the first time with a 6-cylinder in-line power unit developed in-house. In addition to safety, equipment and comfort, prestige and dynamic performance are the key criteria for a supreme touring bike. They combine maximum agility and riding dynamics with a luxurious overall package. With an engine output of 118 kW (160 bhp) and a maximum torque of 175nm, their 6-cylinder engine provides superb propulsion in all conditions.
Triumph Speed Triple
Triumph’s Speed Triple has evolved dramatically since its first release 16 years ago and the 2011 model receives a fresh interpretation of the personality-packed original. Visitors will notice a new pair of headlights replacing the distinct round design of models past, but there’s a whole host of changes to be found including an all-new aluminium chassis which saves around 2kg on its predecessor, and a 7hp boost. The new America and Speedmaster models are sure to create a buzz, too.
The Suzuki stand will celebrate 25 years of GSX-R at the event and the 2011 incarnation of the GSX-R750, first released in 1985, is sure to be a showstopper. The 2011 GSX-R750 features advanced engine technology, with broader power delivery, improved throttle response and lower emissions and is built on a shorter, compact wheelbase with simplified and lighter aerodynamic bodywork.
From road to dirt, and Suzuki’s RM-Z450, the AMA/World Supercross and Motocross champion, gets a host of upgrades for 2011 including the very latest cylinder head, piston, crankshaft, throttle body, cam shafts and valve springs.
These are just some of the exciting new models set to break cover, and join a comprehensive range of machines from a diverse range of manufacturers. Keep an eye out for some special edition and prototype bikes including the Victory CORE, set to be seen for the first time outside of the United States.
Victory Motorcycles Industrial Design created the CORE to show what a performance cruiser of the future could look like. It consists of only the essentials: engine, frame, wheels and front suspension.
Its unique cast aluminium frame was made by pouring molten aluminium over a sand core, which was removed when the casting was complete.
Covers will come off a new Victory Motorcycles model on opening day of the Expo – be there to see it first-hand.
The scooter and PWC components of this year’s exhibition add a new element, with a range of options for recreational users and commuters.
In addition to over 100 interactive exhibits, the show will also feature regular ‘expression sessions’ in the Yamaha Action Arena with the best in freestyle motocross, trials and mini bikes throwing down some incredible tricks.
Visit www.motorcycleshow.com.au to pre-purchase tickets online and for further event information.
Children (5-15 years): $13. Under 5 FREE.
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $46