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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gold Coast - Australian Motorcycle Expo 2009

The Australian Motorcycle Expo Gold Coast kicks off this Friday.

Formerly known as the Australian Motorcycle Expo Brisbane (past two years held in the Brisbane Convention Centre), the Australian Motorcycle Expo will bring the largest motorcycle exhibition ever seen in Queensland including the latest in motorcycles, scooters, ATVs, apparel, accessories and motorcycle-related services.

Some of the highlights include -

BMW HP2 Sport - The fastest, sportiest and lightest Boxer-engined sports bike yet, ready for the road or track. Aimed at purist sports riders, this model features parts making their first appearance in a BMW production machine, including race shift, forged alloy wheels and MotoGP-inspired dashboard.

Harley-Davidson XR1200 - The Motor Company's proud history of evolution continues with the XR 750 inspired XR 1200. The bike features XR 750 inspired styling and livery, a 1200cc high performance powertrain, specifically developed Dunlop Qualifier tyres and unique lightweight cast wheels with dirt track inspired design.

KTM 990 Supermoto R - This machine combines irrepressible power and effortless handling. The KTM engineers did their utmost to develop a "machine" that would exploit to the fullest every last inch of leeway in road traffic certification: Fully adjustable 48 WP chassis, ultra light chromium molybdenum tubular trellis frame, enhanced seat ergonomics for perfect drifts as well as "R"adial brake performance from Brembo all ensure pure pleasure in the curves.

Kawasaki ZX-6R - The new ZX-6R features a wealth of upgrades including improvements to the engine, chassis, suspension, exhaust, instrumentation, brakes - in fact virtually every aspect of the new Ninja ZX-6R is new and improved for 2009. For those really wanting to stand out from the crowd, the new model is also available in Monster Energy styling, and will be on display at the Gold Coast.

MV Agusta Brutale 989R - This exciting model has an increased capacity and accordingly upgraded specifications in the braking and suspension areas that will see it represent excellent value for the discerning buyer and compliment the 2009 Brutale 1078 RR, which will see only its second show outing at the Gold Coast event. Showgoers should also keep an eye out for the exotic F4CC, 1 of only 100 ever made, with a pricetag to match at $185,000.

Triumph Thunderbird - Designed to take on the best in the cruiser category, combining sleek and modern custom styling with strong performance and great dynamics, the Thunderbird delivers an authentic cruiser experience in a uniquely Triumph package. The bike features an all-new 1599cc parallel twin-cylinder motor with six-speed gearbox and belt drive. The engine, with a bore and stroke of 103.8 x 94.3mm, will develop in excess of 75bhp in standard trim and produces more than 100 lb/ft of torque.

Suzuki GSXR-1000 - A lighter, more-powerful and more-responsive new 999cc engine is packed with race-bred technology and boasts a class-leading power-to-weight ratio, taking the legend of Suzuki's flagship GSX-R to the next level. With a range of other major developments including an all-new chassis, a revolutionary new front suspension system, enhanced brakes and sleek, wind tunnel-refined bodywork, the all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is ready to own the racetrack.

Yamaha YZF-R1 - Rather than look exclusively to additional electronic aids to further enhance the new YZF-R1's performance and controllability, Yamaha's engineers opted for a mechanical solution. The defining and most influential feature of the new motorcycle is the use of an innovative new 998cc engine which has been developed from the YZR-M1 MotoGP design, which Valentino Rossi piloted to victory last year. The most significant piece of technology to be seen on the compact, new, high-performance engine is its race-developed crossplane crankshaft, which delivers outstandingly pure torque characteristics and high levels of traction.

Doors to the event open at 10am each day, with extended hours (until 9pm) on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets start at $13, with the family pass, $44 for two adults and two children, offering best value.

Visit www.australianmotorcycleexpo.com.au for more information.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Lancefield Motorcycle Poker Run

The "Ride for Eliza" on Sunday 22nd February 2009 is being dedicated to children with cancer, the aim is to raise enough money to direct it towards children's cancer research.

Lancefield Motorcycle Poker Run raises funds for the Cancer Council of Victoria through Relay for Life.
Start and finish is at Old Mack's Hotel in Lancefeild. Registration and egg and bacon breakfast starts at 8:00 AM with takeoff at 10:00 AM. See web link for more information.

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