2013 Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show
Grab your own hanker chef and sunnies for the glut of shiny, new metal at Australia’s biggest motorcycle spectacle this weekend: the Sydney Motorcycle and Scooter Show.
Held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, this year’s three-day extravaganza opens its doors tomorrow and will feature a host of major unveilings from many manufacturers, hundreds of bikes on display and the latest in motorcycle and scooter products and accessories.
BMW will kick off proceedings with its retro-inspired R NineT naked bike, a tribute to the German brand’s 90 years of motorcycle production, and the S1000 R naked bike, a stripped-down version of the company’s ballistic track weapon, the S 1000 RR.
Also recently unveiled at Milan and now at Sydney will be two new Triumph models: the Thunderbird Commander and Thunderbird LT cruisers as well as the new V-Strom 1000 ABS from Suzuki.
Austria’s hardcore brand, KTM, will be lifting the covers off two all-new models: the two-stroke Freeride 250R and the 1290 Super Duke R, a 180hp, V-twin naked monster.
Kawasaki will be unveiling three motorcycles, the limited-edition 2014 Ninja ZX-14R Special Edition, equipped with Ohlins suspension, as well as the 2014 Ninja 1000.
Taking centre stage on the Honda stand will be the draggin’ and baggin’ Goldwing F6B tourer.
Ducati will be showcasing the 899 Panigale, a super-mid version of the Italian maker’s jaw-dropping 1199 Panigale, featuring a brand-new Superquadro engine.
Compatriot Aprilia, meanwhile, will display a number of new models including the Tuono V4 R ABS superbike and its sports flagship, the 2014 RSV4 R APRC ABS.
Yamaha is sure to set tongues wagging with its recently launched MT-09 three-cylinder naked bike and the all-new Bolt cruiser, a ‘blank canvas’ for custom-bike builders to take the fight to Harley-Davidson’s Iron 883. There’ll also be a display of the ‘Blue Team’s’ latest reverse-fed, fuel-injected motocross machines.
Speaking of cruisers, the famous Milwaukee brand will exhibit its latest range including the Fat Bob FXDF while its much-younger rival, Victory, will have its entire range on show. Then there’s the return of America’s oldest motorcycle marque – Indian – which is sure to pull the rug from Harley’s feet with its trio of Chieftains.
On the flipside, scooter fans are well catered for with Piaggio displaying its latest updated models including the unique MP3 Yourban, upmarket X10 Maxi scooters and the new BV350, a popular city/urban commuter.
Italy’s iconic scooter brand, Vespa, will be unveiling the 946 flagship, a handcrafted model that’s already sold out in this current, one-off colour.
For those seeking adventure at the show, the outside Action Arena and indoor Trials Arena will be entertaining all visitors, with a packed schedule of performances from the Showtime FMX team, KTM stunt rider Lukey Luke and Jack Fields Hell Team Trials display, plus plenty more dare-devils to wow the crowds.
World-renowned motorcycle adventurer Charley Boorman, among other motorcycle personalities, will be conducting his Charley Boorman Live Tour from the show.
Seniors and children (5-15 years): $14
Children under 5: Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $48
Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre
Darling Harbour, NSW
For further details and to purchase tickets, go to www.motorcycleshow.com.au