Deus Ex Machina (Custom Motorcycle Shop visit)

Deus Ex Machina Customs started in Australia in 2006. Started with some custom motorcycles then grew into the international retail and custom lifestyle leaders.

Camperdown in Sydney’s Inner West, is the original, custom motorcycle builders garage, along with a hugely popular Cafe/Restaurant on the same property.

After a delicious Deus Ex Machina breakfast, I walked next door to the Deus Ex machina show room to check out the amazing custom motorcycles and to buy a couple of Deus T-Shirts too.

If you are in Sydney be sure to visit, If you are from over seas definitely put this place on your list of MOTO destinations to visit.

Full of Cafe racer style bikes (Scrambler, Tracker)

Deus Customs and Cafe
98-104 Parramatta Road, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
(02) 8594 2828
http://deuscustoms.com

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2018 X-Class Mercedes-Benz (Review and Driving Impressions)

This Mercedes-Benz X-Class review comes from a very rainy and miserable Central Coast.

This is Mercedes-Benz’s first attempt at the lucrative Dual Cab, 4WD Ute market, and they have done a great job with the X-Class.

There are many more improvements coming this year with a larger, more powerful V6 Diesel engine punching out up to 180KW and 550 Nm of torque.

Exciting times ahead for Mercedes-Benz Australia.

Visit our friends at http://www.mbgosford.com.au/ to test drive the all new Mercedes-Benz X-Class now.
Mercedes-Benz Gosford
373 Mann Street, Gosford, 2250
T: 02 4320 0922

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2018 Toyota Corolla in OZ by August (NEWS)

TOYOTA BOOSTS COROLLA HATCH PERFORMANCE

**Power increase, better economy for new petrol engine**
**New manual and CVT transmissions**
**Hybrid variants across the range**
Toyota’s next-generation Corolla hatch will gain a substantial boost to performance with the introduction of an advanced new 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.With an increase in engine capacity of 10.5 per cent, the new engine adopts Toyota’s latest combustion and control technologies to lift maximum power by 21.4 per cent to 125kW while peak torque has gained approximately 15.6 per cent to 200Nm.

While torque is higher at all engine speeds, two new transmissions contribute to improved fuel efficiency.

A new six-speed intelligent manual transmission is available with rev-matching on downshifts. The new gearbox is lighter and shorter, making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions, which contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

2018 Corolla Interior

The engine will also be available with an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT with 10 programmed shifts as well as a sport mode and paddle shifters.

Its innovations include the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT, resulting in powerful and predictable acceleration.

New Corolla hatch, due in Australian showrooms from August, benefits from a new platform that underpins its sportier, more athletic design and a more engaging drive with improved handling and ride comfort.

The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform delivers a low centre of gravity, improved front-to-rear weight balance and body rigidity that has been improved by 60 per cent.

The new range will be offered with hybrid variants across all equipment grades, expanding the line-up from the current model’s single hybrid variant.

The hybrid system is an improved version of the 1.8-litre Atkinson Cycle powertrain in Prius and will rival its sibling’s excellent fuel economy.

Comprehensive standard safety technologies in the new Corolla hatch include the latest pre-collision system with pedestrian detection* and autonomous emergency braking.

This system is able to detect vehicles or pedestrians at night as well as during the day, and it can also detect cyclists during the day.*

Other new technologies include Lane Tracing Assist** – a hands-on, driver-assist system that reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips.

A new Road Sign Assist** will offer the ability to identify certain stop, give way, do not enter and speed limit signs. The safety package extends to active cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.

New Corolla will offer leading-edge technologies and features, starting with LED headlamps, an upgraded multimedia system and an electric park brake.

Grade-dependent equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-inch satellite navigation screen^, dual-zone air-conditioning, a 8-speaker JBL sound system, keyless smart entry and start, 7-inch colour multi-information display, colour head-up display and wireless phone charger.

Toyota’s vice president sales and marketing Sean Hanley said the new Corolla is a premium, high-quality hatch focused on performance and technology.

“Corolla will remain very competitive and affordable in the Australian market – and we expect it to continue as Australia’s best-selling car, a position it has held for each of the past five years,” Mr Hanley said.

“With its sharp design, increased safety, new petrol engine and transmissions, improved hybrid drive, larger interior and great new features, Corolla will continue to be the car of choice for a broad cross-section of the motoring public,” he said.

Corolla is Toyota’s most popular model in Australia with a cumulative total of 1.4 million sales representing more than one-fifth of all Toyota vehicles sold in this country.

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* Pre-Collision Safety system with Pedestrian Detection is a driver assist feature only and not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving. Pedestrians may not be detected in certain conditions including low and harsh light, where partially obstructed from view, where clothing or movement obscures or effects body contours, persons under 1 metre or over 2 metres tall and where carrying or pushing large objects.
** Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist is a driver assist feature only, designed to operate when certain technical conditions are met and is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver remains responsible at all times for safe driving.
^ Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.

2018 Honda Monkey Bikes

Get ready for Monkey magic when the new Monkey hits Australian streets in July and will be available from $5,999 Ride Away!

With its chunky tyres, glossy fuel tank and big, comfortable padded seat, the Monkey is unmistakable, a timeless figure loved all over the world.

The new Monkey model offers riders a premium take on the cult classic, boasting the first-class craftsmanship and quality demanded when a crowd favourite is re-imagined for present day.

The historical 3D Old Wing design Honda logo, chromed steel high-level front and rear mudguards – plus the chrome exhaust shield, circular mirrors and high-rise handlebars – all pay homage to the original and a host of modern touches bring this genuinely iconic machine into the next phase of its life.

The digital full-LCD circular meter features a speedometer, odometer with two trip meters and six-segment fuel level indicator.

All lighting is LED; the ‘wave’ pattern key (which also wears the Old Wingmotif) features an ‘answer back’ system that makes the lights flash at the push of a button to allow easy location in crowded car parks.

The single channel ABS breaking system operates with an IMU to mitigate rear ‘lift’ under strong braking and the Monkey features premium USD forks and twin rear shocks.

The air-cooled horizontal 125cc single-cylinder engine with PGM-FI and a 4-speed gearbox is simple, robust and tuned to deliver useful about-town performance.

The Monkey’s steel backbone frame is perfect for the wide variety of conditions the machine is sure to be ridden in.

Oval in cross-section, the swingarm echoes the circular design theme that runs through the bike.

For Australia, there are four exciting colours to choose from – Banana Yellow, Pearl Nebula Red, Pearl Glittering Blue and Pearl Shinning Black.

For more information on this exciting new model head into your Honda dealer today, ring 1 300 1 HONDA or go to www.hondamotorcycles.com.au

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.

2018 Honda CBR650F
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

Watch Video here⇓⇓⇓

Check out the Triumph Bobber Black here

Check out the Triumph Speedmaster here.

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.

Review Here >>>>>>>> Watch review here

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

2018 Royal Enfield 650 Twins – Continental GT & Interceptor

2018 Royal Enfield has had TWINS??

I’ve been a motorcycle lover since I could walk. My father always spoke about his riding days on BSA’s, Harley’s and Triumph’s, and these styles have always been the ones I loved the most too.

Today I popped into Royal Enfield Sydney to have a look at their brand new 650cc Twins……and they are spectacular!!!

Watch Video here >>>

There is a Continental GT, based on the British Royal Enfield Café Racer style, that really took my eye. The seating position was sporty but not to the extent that and old bloke like me would get sore and cramped.

The second twin was the Interceptor. This had a more classic stance and a slightly higher seating position that could also be easily modified into a Scrambler style if so desired.

Both Twins are running the same engines and chassis, powered by at 650cc air and oil cooled Twin engine. Royal Enfield did plenty of research to finally land with a 270 Degree Firing Angle to create the best efficiency, torque, and also finding the most pleasing sound.

Royal Enfield’s Single Cylinder models are known and love for that “Big Single” thump, and wanted to develop a nice rumble with the Twins.

These 2 were on display only with the demo models arriving later in the year for test riding.

If you’d like to go in the draw to be the first person to test ride these beautiful bikes, get on down to Royal Enfield Sydney at 336 Parramatta Rd, Burwood NSW 2134 before 17th February 2018, get your photo taken on the bike and share on socials with the Hashtag #RETwinsSydney

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Thanks to Royal Enfield Sydney for having me today, and I look forward to test riding and reviewing any of their bikes soon.

Author: Rob Charlwood

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