Moto Expo comes to Mel­bourne

Old Bike Australasia - - ON THE SHED -

Now ro­tat­ing bi­en­ni­ally be­tween Sydney and Mel­bourne, 2018 was the south­ern city’s turn to host the na­tion’s big­gest mo­tor­cy­cle show. The venue was Mel­bourne’s his­toric Show­grounds at As­cot Vale and de­spite un­sea­son­ably cool weather, most of the ma­jor mo­tor­cy­cle dis­trib­u­tors packed out the main hall with colour­ful dis­plays. Kawasaki used the oc­ca­sion to re­lease five new mod­els, in­clud­ing a new Ver­sys 1000, plus an un­ex­pected re­prieve for the retro W800, which will be seen next year in Café Racer form. Across at Royal En­field, the wraps were pulled off the range of new 650 twins, which were orig­i­nally un­veiled at the 2018 Expo in Sydney a year ago. This time it’s for real, with sales be­gin­ning in Fe­bru­ary 2019. The pric­ing for the quar­tet of mod­els was a pleas­ant sur­prise too, rang­ing from $8,440 for the Stan­dard model In­ter­cep­tor INC 650 and $8,640 for the Con­ti­nen­tal GT 650. Both these mod­els are also avail­able in Cus­tom and Chrome de­riv­a­tives at $8,640/$8,940 and $8,840/$9,140 re­spec­tively. The air-cooled two-valve en­gine uses a 270º crank, and pro­duce 47 horse­power. The all-new chas­sis was de­vel­oped at RE’s UK Tech­nol­ogy cen­tre by sub­sidiary Har­ris Per­for­mance. Other high­lights of the Expo in­cluded the new MV Agusta Turismo Ve­loce 800 Lusso SCS, the reap­pear­ance of the Peu­geot scooter range, new Tri­umph Street Scram­bler and Street Twin, and Yamaha’s amaz­ing new Niken with its dual front end grafted onto the suc­cess­ful MT- 09 triple.

ABOVE The new W800 Café from Kawasaki fea­tures retro style muf­flers, ana­logue in­stru­ments and a slip­per clutch. LEFT UMI Di­rec­tor Joseph Elas­mar (left) and Royal En­field’s Vi­mal Sumbly in­tro­duce the new 650 twins.

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