Piaggio loses Chinese copycat case

Italian motorcycle and scooter company Piaggio has lost a landmark battle with Chinese scooter manufacturer Zhejiang Zhongneng over copycat designs. The case began in 2014 and has just been concluded with Piaggio over their Vespa LX scooter which has been around since the end of World War II. China didn’t decided the winner, either. It was …

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Yamaha Gogoro battery swap electric scooter

Yamaha unveils battery swap electric scooter

Battery swap technology has received a boost with Yamaha unveiling their EC-05 electric scooter with Gogoro lithium-ion battery packs you can easily swap at a convenient roadside vending machine. The Yamaha scooter is a partnership with Taiwanese scooter company Gogoro Global. Taiwan seems to be the epicentre of swappable battery tech with Kymco last year …

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Ducati Super SOCO electric scooters $5000 spark

‘Ducati’ electric scooter under $5000

A Ducati-branded Chinese-made electric scooter will be imported by Perth-based company Vmoto through Urban Moto Imports, arriving in July for under $5000. When we announced the Italian manufacturer had signed the unusual deal to allow Chinese Super Soco electric scooters to carry their brand, Ducati Australia said they would not be sold here. They also …

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Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Ducati signs deal for electric scooters

Whoever thought they would hear the words “Ducati” and “electric scooters” in the same sentence? But now it seems Perth-based Vmoto who manufacturers in China has signed a licence agreement with the Italian manufacturer to make luxury electric scooters under the Ducati brand. They claim they will be sold worldwide through current distribution networks. However, …

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Hartford Classic 250cc

Rising costs attract Hartford bike imports

The cost of living is driving more riders to smaller motorcycles and scooters, says Hartford Australia who is importing small-capacity Taiwanese machines. Ballina-based importer Joe Fisher says scooters and learner bikes have “gone crazy” despite a slow market. “I come from a time when the industry was formed on XL250s and Belstaff jackets,” he says. …

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Lambretta V200 Special

Lambretta V200 Special has flair

After several years as a trendy merchandise and clothing brand, Italian-origin Lambretta has returned to our market with a range of scooters, topped by the V200 Special. The range includes V50 and V50 Special ($3590), V125 and V125 Special ($4290), V200 and V200 Special ($4990) and limited-edition Pirelli ($5390). (All are retail prices and do not …

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Vespa Elettrica electric scooter

Vespa debuts Elettrica electric scooter

The best thing about the Vespa Elettrica electric scooter is that it is almost a complete mirror of the iconic petrol-powered retro model. And, of course, just like the standard Vespa, it is twist-and-go-throttle so there is one less hurdle among scooter riders crossing over from an internal combustion model to an electric. Vespa Elettrica …

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Lambretta Pirelli Limited Edition V200 Special

Lambretta adds Pirelli V 200

Lambretta scooters has returned to the Australian market and “hit the floor running” with six models and a Pirelli Limited Edition V Special 200 arriving soon. Pirelli V 200 scooters run on their Angel tyres and feature two-tone matte grey/black with red highlights and special badges and numbering. Only 999 are being made and Australia …

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