What a fabulous round up for the 2006 Australian Motorcycle Expo, again, all the big names were there, Honda, Kawasaky, Suzuki, Harley Davidson, BMW and so on. Our biggest disappointment was the absence of Franco and Prozac Choppers, though he did assure me today that he would be back making an even bigger blast in 2007 and I am totally sure he will be true to his word. Check out some of the pics and get on down there before you miss out, it ends on Sunday 8th October, 2006.
Another new brand has come to town, Arqin Motorcycles. It is really impressive to see that there are companies and individuals who are giving it a red hot go in Australia, it is what we need, a little competition for the big brands, it allows us as consumers a variety of choice. For instance, look at Hyosung, their stand this year is fantastic, a few years back no one knew their name and now it is almost a house hold name, well done Hyosung and we wish the same to Arqin, stick it out and we are sure the Australian people will give the underdogs a go. All we Aussies want is quality and service at an affordable price.
The turn out at the 2006 Australian Motorcycle Expo was quite impressive. When we were walking out of the media presentation and saw the public queue awaiting entry we were astounded, it was enormous, though it flowed quite well, so don't be alarmed, it is an easy entrance into this years two wheeled heaven.
Chief Bikenut says: I could honestly camp out at the expo for the whole weekend amongst these gorgeous pieces of art, these two wheeled machines that provide us with such a heartful of emotion and excitement. Bikes to me are an extension of our soul, the need for freedom, let your soul run free I say and get yourself on two wheels. I must have taught a handful of people how to ride a motorbike and I think it was I that gained the most from their experience, because through them I relived my first experience of riding a bike, you could not get me off, mind you, my first ride I ended up in crutches for a month but nevertheless, my second ride was while I was on crutches, this will help you to understand what enjoyment I got out of riding a motorbike, hence when I teach anyone else I am somehow a little selfish, as I watch their eyes and facial expressions and it gives me the same high as I had when I first learnt to ride. It is truly a love affair and with any love affair there are consequences but it does not stop us from falling in love now does it, no, we as humans just learn to get what we can out of life as it is too short so we look for the feel good drugs (natural drugs - you know, hormones) and my natural drug is my Wife and my Bike, girl I need a ride, girl I need my bike, on that note, asta la vista baby, ride on...
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What the organisers of the 2006 Australian Motorcycle Expo had to say:
More than 37,000 motorcycle enthusiasts have attended the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 6 – 8 October.
A number of manufacturers have used the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne to display new models to the public for the first time ever. Models released at the event included the MV Augusta F4 1000 Senna, Suzuki 2007 GSX-R1000, Moto Guzzi Norge and Australian Custom Cycles’ Hell Bound range.
While there were a number of products on display for the die-hard motorcycle enthusiast, a range of dirt bike competition events were also conducted which captured the attention of the general public.
This included the Honda FMX Indoor Nationals which constituted the second round of the 2006 FMX Pro Tour. The freestyle motocross competition saw fifteen of the best riders in Australia do battle against each other and well-recognised Metal Mulisha member, Todd Potter.
The Honda FMX Indoor Nationals was won by Melbourne resident, Blake ‘Bilko’ Williams, with Matt ‘Schuie’ Schubring and Cam ‘Sincs’ Sinclair rounding out the top three in the most prestigious competition conducted for the sport in Australia.
Following the success of the freestyle competition a second FMX show was conducted on the second night of the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne where riders competing in the previous night’s competition, provided individuals with an overview on the development of one of the most popular extreme sports in Australia.
The first and second rounds of the 2006 Yamaha Stadium EnduroX were also conducted at the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne. The event is also part of the 2006 Pro Tour.
Chris Hollis and Peter Boyle each won a round of the dirt bike competition which was conducted on a purpose built track which featured a number of endurance based obstacles such as a hill climb, along with challenging log and water crossings.
Peter Boyle currently leads the 2006 Yamaha Stadium EnduroX and will be out to claim the title at the third and final round of the series to be conducted at the Melbourne Ball Park on the 25 November.
According to Mark Petersen, Organiser of the Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne the event was a huge success with a range of individuals attending the event which contained something for everybody.
“This year’s Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne reflected the many aspects of motorcycling which make it a favourite pastime to so many people in so many different ways,” Petersen said.
“There was something for everybody at this year’s Expo – from the rider who uses a scooter to get to and from work right through to the individual who spends in excess of $50,000 for a purpose built machine which they can cruise the highway on. Even the dirt warrior who competes every weekend at club based motocross tracks could see the latest products available.”
“The racing events were extremely popular with the Honda FMX Indoor Nationals and Yamaha Stadium EnduroX both well attended. The Australian Motorcycle Expo Melbourne was one of the few places individuals with an interest in these sports could witness the best riders in Australia do battle.”
The Australian Motorcycle Expo will now move north to Brisbane for the inaugural show to be conducted in Queensland. The event will be conducted at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 3- 5 November.