Honda CBR500R, CBR650F and CB500F (Honda offering Cash incentive)

From the 1st May until 30th June, there are 500 Honda Dollars* available on the the CBR500R, CBR650F and CB500F, offering a choice across the Supersport, Sports Touring and Naked categories.

If you are in the market for a punchy Supersport machine, then the CBR500R has you covered, LAMS approved and promising riders the best of both worlds: power and practicality.

The CBR500R is ideal for the morning commute or a weekend road trip, thanks to a large 16.7 litre fuel tank.

The CBR500R features LED lighting and the big 41mm adjustable pre-load front forks have external preload adjusters which are all about setting up the ideal feel, just like a 1000cc sportsbike. This feature means as you grow in experience, the CBR500R grows with you.

2018 Honda CBR500R
2018 CBR500R Graphite Black, Silver Stripe.

Sophisticated Pro-Link® single-shock rear suspension offers nine-stage spring preload adjustability, which allows adaptation for different riding situations (i.e., riding with a passenger, cargo etc.)

Those after something slightly bigger and in the Sports Touring genre can look no further than the CBR650F. From headlight to tail light, it screams performance and agility, ready to take you on a journey away from the repetition of everyday life.

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Hitting Honda dealers this month, the super sharp 2018 CBR650F is LAMS approved and will be available for $9,999 MLP.

Designed to conquer corners with ease, it offers a sporting edge but makes no compromise to rider lifestyle. The high-set handle bars offer a more relaxed riding position and twin 320mm front discs and single 240mm rear disc with standard 2-channel ABS, offers confident and controlled stopping power.

From the Naked category, the CB500F is the perfect entry level bike for beginners being LAMS approved but also a whole lot of fun for riders of all experience levels.

2017 Honda  CB500F
2017 Honda CB500F

Due to its compact dimensions, the CB500F is adaptable to a wide variety of needs thanks to its great urban ability as well as enjoyable, out-of-town performance, matched with excellent fuel efficiency.

Adding a shot of street fighter style is its sharp stripped back bodywork, which bares Hondas famed 471cc DOHC engine and steel diamond-tube frame.

The CB500F has a large 16.7-litre fuel tank, LED lighting, spring preload adjustable front forks and standard 2-channel ABS for enhanced safety.

With a variety of colour options available across these three models, there is certainly something for everyone during Honda’s ‘Power Up’ 500 Honda Dollar sale.

For more information visit your nearest Honda Dealer, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

*HondaDollars may be used in store to purchase accessories, servicing or reduce purchase price. $500 HondaDollars when purchasing a new CBR500R, CB500F
or CBR650F. HondaDollars are redeemable in store and are not redeemable for cash. HondaDollars include GST. Available between 1 May and 30 June 2018. Only at
participating Honda Dealers. Accessories shown not included. Overseas models shown.

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 (You can drive one too)

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

Driving this car literally changed my life.

I can now segment my life between before the Lambo, to after the Lambo.

The feeling of acceleration in the Lamborghini Huracan is unrivaled in any other car I have driven.

Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

The way this V10 engine and All Wheel Drive traction puts down powere, seems to defy gravity.

Prancing Horse Drive Experiences offer day events where you can drive these machines and enjoy great food and good chat as well.

Watch the video here 

Check out the full stats of the Huracan here;
Lamborghini Huracan – Prancing Horse Drive Experience

Along with the day, there is also an accomplished photographer that spends the day taking amazing photos for your memories, his name is Erik Rosenberg and can be found below;
Erik Rosenberg Photography

Author: Rob Charlwood

Triumph launches the new Bobber Black and Speedmaster

I was so excited to be invited to the Triumph Australia launch of the all new Triumoh Bobber Black and the Triumph Speedmaster.

Both built with the same 1200cc engine, there all new Triumphs have Harley Davidson and Indian motorcycles in there cross hairs.

This launch party was held in Sydney at the Wayward Brewery Co and delicious beers and burgers flowed all night.

Amongst the hundreds of guests some noticeable ones were Charley Boorman of “The Long Way Down” fame, Mark Hawwa, the founder of “The Distinguised Gentlemans Ride”and John “Roothy” Rooth.

Author: Rob Charlwood

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Check out the Triumph Bobber Black here

Check out the Triumph Speedmaster here.

MV Agusta Brutale 800

Summer doesn’t have to end when you have the chance to get a great deal with the Endless Summer offer now on at MV Agusta Dealerships. Until May 31, 2018 you can have the chance of owning a new 2017 Turismo Veloce 800 or Brutale 800 with FREE on-roads.

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The Tursimo Veloce 800, hailed as the most technically advanced MV Agusta touring motorcycle, has earned its reputation as the new benchmark in its class with elegant design and packed with features to make each ride an addictive pleasure. Whilst in the naked sports bike category, the Brutale 800 stands alone as the next evolutionary step from the historic Brutale family and the pinnacle of MV Agusta race track orientated and developed motorcycles.

2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR
2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR.

 

Whichever you choose, you can be sure you are riding the very best from MV Agusta, handmade in Italy.

To know more, visit your closest dealership or register for a test ride.

Brutale 800

  • Handmade naked road bike
  • 800cc triple engine
  • EAS 2.0 quick shift up/down
  • Counter-rotating crankshaft for agile steering
  • Performance gearbox and slipper clutch
  • Bosch 9 Plus ABS with Rear-wheel Lift Mitigation

Tursimo Veloce 800

  • ‘Bike of the Year’ winner
  • Lightweight 800cc triple engine
  • Touring egonomics incl. adjustable screen and bluetooth
  • EAS 2.0 quick shift up/down
  • 4 Engine maps
  • 8 levels of traction control

 

Quintrex 570 Freedom Cruiser

We’ve had this little Quintrex Freedom Cruiser in the Throttle Downunder stables for coming on about 5 years now.

It has been a great little boat, used primarily on Sydney Harbour but it has the convenience to be easily towed anywhere that you want to go. We have frequently towed it to the NSW South Coast and used on Jervis Bay.

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Powered by a 135 Horse Power Mercruiser sterndrive, it really belts along quick and easy in smooth water. However in the common Sydney Harbour and Jervis Bay afternoon chop is does become uncomfortable. At no stage does it ever feel unsafe, but watching a fiberglass equivalent boat roar past on the way home with greater ease is a little frustrating.

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Being Alloy though does have its advantages. Allow boats make it possible to beach your boat with greater peace of mind, also trailer recovery is a breeze and it is much lighter to tow than it’s fibreglass equivalent.

Passing beneath the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House makes you really appreciate what it means to be a boatie. In Australia we are so lucky to be able to visit vast and remarkable places with a boat and to have such wonderful experiences. The Quintrex freedom Cruiser can take you anywhere there is water.

Sydney Harbour has so many little coves to anchor and swim but out favorite is almost always Store Beach over near Manly. A lovely deep water bay but safe for swimming and exploring the bushland behind bhind the beach, infact I have been coming to this beach since I was about 4 years old on our family boat.

Then when it’s time to head home the Quinnie is easy to recover on the trailer, fasten down and hit the road.

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SUZUKI SV650 AVAILABLE IN BOTH LAMS AND FULL-POWERED VERSIONS FOR MY18

Suzuki’s SV650 will be available from Australian dealerships in both learner approved and full-powered platforms for MY18 release, both are due to arrive next month carrying a manufacturer’s recommended price of $10,190 ride away.

 

The “SV” designation in the SV650 stands for many things: Sporty V-twin, Superior Value, Simple and Versatile. Quite simply is a concept that an owner experiences rather than defining. Loaded with capabilities and exuding personality, daily commutes or weekend excursions on twisty roads are an easy and unforgettable ride.

 

Today’s mid capacity street motorcycle market is mostly powered by parallel twins or inline four-cylinder engines. Suzuki believes its unique 645cc V-twin offers the best engine character for this type of segment thanks to the linear power it delivers throughout the rev range.

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The Suzuki V-twin engine is a marvel of engineering and superb versatility. While at lower RPMs, this engine delivers powerful torque that’s easy to handle and a deep throaty sound. Open the throttle to the mid-range, and the power of the engine responds linearly and smoothly, yet always under your control. Finally at higher RPMs, the V-twin cruises along with performance ready to go, even in higher gears.

 

The full-powered version punches out an impressive 56.0kW @8,500rpm with 64Nm of torque @8,100rpm.

 

In Learner Approved trim the output is lowered to 35kW @8,500 rpm with 56.5Nm of torque at 4,000rpm and is tuned to deliver strong torque in the low-to-mid rpm range whilst also conforming to the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) requirements.

 

The beautifully crafted trellis frame is constructed of lightweight steel material allowing an overall slimmed down appearance while proudly showcasing the robust V-twin engine.

 

Measuring in with a low 785mm seat height, the narrow, streamlined seat is designed to be nearly flat from front to back, giving riders a superior degree of visibility and grip in the upright position. In addition, a luggage loop is available for securing cargo.

 

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Large 290mm dual front disc brakes and 240mm rear brake disc provide incredible stopping performance and control. Compact and lightweight, the SV650 features state-of-the-art ABS technology manufactured by Nissin, thus making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance.

 

Packed full of the latest Suzuki technology, such as the handy Low RPM Assist function which raises engine rpm during take-offs or when navigating slowly through city traffic. The Suzuki Easy Start System makes engine starting a breeze with just one touch of the starter button.

 

Both models with be available in the stunning Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White colour schemes.

 

For further information on the MY18 Suzuki SV650 range, interested customers should visit their nearest Suzuki dealer, who can be found through the dealer locator on suzukimotorcycles.com.au

 

 

 

 

TOYOTA 86 RACING SERIES “BIGGER AND BETTER” IN 2018

**Greater rewards for young-gun drivers**
**$150,000 in series prizemoney **
**Series alumni making their marks nationally**
The third year of the Toyota 86 Racing Series for aspiring drivers promises to be bigger in every way with new entrants, greater rewards and more races.

Overall prize money has been increased to $150,000 for the 18-race grassroots series that features identical 2.0-litre Toyota 86 sports cars.

Series placegetter cash has been extended to eighth place while retaining the previous top-three place rewards of $50,000, $30,000 and $15,000.

The monetary value of the coveted Kaizen Award, for continuous improvement, is now $35,000. It includes a fully funded trip to compete in a round of New Zealand’s 86 racing series and a session at the Mark Larkham Training Academy.

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The class of 2018 introduces 15-year-old Broc Feeney, son of top-level 1980s motorcycle racer Paul Feeney.

Returning drivers include Tim Brook, the series lap record holder at two circuits, who is building a new car for this year.

The 2018 competition has been extended to six rounds and four States adding South Australia with its new Bend Motorsport Park for the first time.

The action kicks off next month at Phillip Island and includes the Sandown enduro weekend in September and the famed Mount Panorama circuit in October, before concluding in Newcastle.

Toyota’s vice-president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the Toyota 86 Racing Series has found and nurtured some impressive young driving talent, with six drivers in the 2017 top ten aged under 22.

“The Toyota 86 Racing Series was created as an affordable, grassroots racing series to foster new talent. Looking at the series alumni after just two years, it has already proved its worth,” he said.

“Inaugural series winner Will Brown is a perfect example, claiming back-to-back class victories in the Bathurst 12 Hour and recently winning the Peter Brock Medal for combining outstanding driving ability with a sportsman-like attitude.

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“The 2017 series winner Jimmy Vernon and rival Cameron Hill, who has the most series victories to date, are both stepping up to GT-series drives in 2018.

“The Toyota 86 Racing Series offers impressive rewards and provides the opportunity for all entrants to showcase their talents on the national stage.”

Competitors in the series can benchmark themselves against experienced guest drivers at each round and seek advice from specially assigned driver mentors.

The racing versions of the Toyota 86 sports car are fitted with a roll cage and performance kit developed by Neal Bates Motorsport and ‘control’ Dunlop road tyres.

Series sponsors include Hino Motor Sales Australia as the official truck provider and Toyota Genuine Motor Oil, which all competitors must use as engine lubricant. The series is managed and organised by AirTime Autosport.

There are three races at each venue, with competitors given a set of four new tyres after qualifying.

The 2018 calendar is: Phillip Island, April 20-22; Townsville, July 6-8; Bend Motorsport Park, August 24-26; Sandown, September 14-16; Mount Panorama, October 4-7 and Newcastle, November 23-25.

A test day for confirmed entrants will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 3.

The Toyota 86 Racing Series
The Toyota 86 Racing Series is designed to provide an entry point and training ground for up-and-coming drivers, offering a confirmed prize pool of $150,000. Open to variants of Toyota’s cult-classic sports car, the series is part of the support program at selected rounds of the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

For regular updates and more information go to toyota.com.au/86/racing-series.

Toyota motorsport
Toyota has a proud international motorsport history spanning more than 60 years. It became the first Japanese car manufacturer to enter international motorsport when it contested the 1957 Round Australia Trial. This is why many people consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport. Today, Toyota contests the FIA-sanctioned World Rally Championship, World Endurance Championship which features the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the gruelling Dakar Rally. Closer to home, the Toyota 86 Racing Series seeks to develop the talent of tomorrow as Australia’s premier grassroots circuit-racing category. Toyota also supports the Neal Bates Motorsport team in the Australian Rally Championship.

2018 Volkswagwen Polo Comfortline

Representing the most significant generational change to a Volkswagen since the arrival of the class-leading Tiguan SUV almost two years ago, the sixth generation Polo redefines its segment being more sizable than a Golf of Mark 4 (1998) vintage yet priced significantly below the current Mark 7.5 Golf.

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VOLKSWAGEN’s mould-breaking new Polo hatchback arrives in Australia priced from $17,990.

Being built on Volkswagen’s exceptionally modular MQB platform (which serves in its various sizes vehicles as varied as the Golf and the forthcoming Tiguan Allspace seven seat SUV), the Polo 6 is ostensibly a city car that boasts a greater luggage capacity at 351 litres than rival brand vehicles from the next segment up such as Mazda3, Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza.

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Despite having grown out of its class, the Polo 6’s new three-cylinder turbo petrol engine ensures that it retains performance and efficiency comparable to the much smaller outgoing Polo, which won Australia’s major car of the year awards on its release in 2010.
Rivals of the Polo continue to offer obsolete naturally aspirated engines and four speed automatics – to say nothing of plastic steering wheels.IMG_0075

“Even the entry level manual Polo 6 features the Golf’s elegant, flat bottomed leather wheel with multi-media controls,” says Ben Wilks, Volkswagen Australia’s
General Manager of Product and Marketing.
“That literal touchpoint is emblematic of the Polo having graduated from its class not only in terms of physical growth, but in sophistication. The Polo 6 is obviously more up-market than rival cars. We’re talking less than $18K for fixtures such as a soft-touch dash top, wide touch screen and dual USB
charging ports. Apple Car Play and Android Auto remain standard.

“In terms of safety there’s autonomous emergency braking, six airbags, stability control and fatigue monitoring and reversing camera as standard.”
Initially, the Polo 6 comes in Trendline or Comfortline specification (with different tunes of the 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo petrol engine) plus a limited run
Launch Edition.

2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG
2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG.

The Polo GTI (with a 147kW/320Nm turbo four) and the Polo beats arrive later in the year.
Polo 70TSI Trendline
5 speed manual
$17,990
7 speed DSG
$20,490
Standard Features:

15 inch steel wheels
Front Assist with City EB and pedestrian monitoring
Driver Fatigue Detection
Low tyre pressure indicator
Multi-Function Display (MFD Plus)
Leather multi-function steering wheel
8 inch infotainment system
App-Connect, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Bluetooth phone connectivity
2 x USB ports
Rear View Camera (RVC)
Cruise control
Air conditioning
Height adjustment for front seats
Power windows
Electrically heated and adjustable exterior mirrors
Split/folding rear seat

Polo 85TSI Comfortline
6 speed manual
$19,490

7 speed DSG
$21,990
Standard Features:
As above plus:

15 inch alloy wheels
Automatic headlight function
Rain sensing wipers
Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Front centre armrest
Comfort cloth upholstery

Polo Launch Edition
6 speed manual
$20,490

7 speed DSG
$22,990
Standard Features:
As above plus:

16 inch alloy wheels
Inductive wireless charging
Dark tinted rear window glass
Front fog lights
Dark tinted LED tail lights

Options:
Metallic/Pearl Effect paint $500 (all models)
Driver Assistance package
(Comfortline and Launch Edition) $1,400
Includes:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Blind Spot Monitor with rear traffic alert
Park Assist with front and rear parking sensors
Manoeuvre braking, front and rear
Power folding door mirrors
Proactive occupant protection system

2018 Volkswagen Polo 85TSI Launch Edition DSG

Author: Rob Charlwood

V8 Supercar Racecar drive day

It’s Sunday morning, and while everyone is still sleeping off hangovers, this week I’m fuelling myself with a strong coffee and heading out to Sydney Motorsport Park to Drive some V8 Supercars.

Sydney Motorsport Park SMSP is located just off the M4 in Western Sydney, and is the some to Sydney Drag way, Eastern Creek Go Karts, 4WD training, a Skid Pan and of course the racing track.

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Once checking in, we were taken into Suite 9 to attend a complete driver briefing for our session. Essentially safety was the most important topic, along with just driving within your abilities and to totally trust your instructor that will be with us on the drive.

Once that was down it was time to suit up, and somehow get this overweight middle-aged body into the car.

This was my first time on a track and my goal for the day was to learn as much as I could from the instructor in the short 8 laps that I had. As this was my first time, I was getting overtaken by faster drivers, and during this time the instructor told me what part of the road to get on and held the wheel to make sure no mistakes were made.

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The instructor encouraged me to concentrate on smooth fluid techniques rather than overall speed, and I feel that I learnt as much as I could in the small amount of time. By lap 5 through to 8 I really felt a good flow and lap times improved a lot.

Once my 8 laps were done as a driver, it was time for me to jump in “Hollywood” George’s car, and have him take me on a 3-lap sprint as a passenger. Cleary the pace was so much faster than mine, and it was great to see the small things I learnt, actually be put into practice at super high speeds.

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All in all, the day was a great experience at Fastrack V8 Racecar Experience and I would highly recommend it to others, and I would love to do it again some time soon. I was just a little disappointed at some of the in car footage being shot through a camera with a cracked lens, but other than that, a great experience.

Fastrack V8 Racecar Experience

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