We build it, you make it your own

Yamaha Brisbane Expo Theme. We build it, you make it your own

Yamaha's stand theme for the 2014 Brisbane Expo is 'We build it, you make it your own' with the emphasis on accessories and customisation. The theme is designed to inspire customers and show the potential of Yamah's model range.

In order to showcase the theme, YMA has instigated the Brisbane Bolt Biker Build-off. Two magazines have created unique Bolts and showgoers are asked to vote for the winner.

Australian Motorcyclist has interpreted a shapeshifting Japanese fox complete with sidecar. And Cruiser and Trike magazine has gone a more traditional custom route with high bars, forward controls and gunfighter seat. Votes will be counted and the winner announced on Sunday, with the victor no doubt crowing about the result in an upcoming issue.

YMA has also created two factory custom Bolts using genuine accessories. We call them the Hell for Leather and Paint it Black models and they are currently available for just $13,999 and $12,999 RRP inc GST respectively.

Other custom models in the Star range include a café race Bolt undergoing the Deus ex Machina treatment, and the subtle yet equally impressive XV1900 Dark Star Roadliner conceived by Boris Mihailovic from AMCN and Bike Me website.

In the adventure segment we are showing our tried and tested XTZ660 Tenere that has been Australianised with custom suspension, bashplate, handguards, Pivot Pegs, rack and flight deck. Plus Lance Turnley from Trail Zone is in the process of creating a WR250R small capacity adventure bike with Dakar style fairing.

YMA follows a Win on Sunday, sell on Monday philosophy. Race bikes include Dan Milner's AORC/A4DE winning YZ250F as well as the YZ450F he debuted at the 2013 ISDE placing second overall - the best ever finish by an Aussie rider. We aslo have Luke Styke's MX Championship winning YZ250F, plus Rod Fagotter's Safari winning WR450F and Josh Green's Hattah winning YZ450F - proving that Yamaha is still dominant even in the more arduous long distance races. Representing Yamaha's FX road racing success in 2013 is a YZF-R1 race bike in new 2014 livery.

In the outdoor area, YMA is organising customer demo rides of the Star and fun bike ranges plus showgoers will be able to experience the all new Viking three seater Recreational Off Highway Vehicle (ROV). Viking is built Real World Tough to tackle tough conditions in the bush and is designed to appeal to farmers and recreational users alike.

In order to highlight YMA's commitment to safety, Rod Jenner will be demonstrating ATV safety and dirt bike riding techniques. Rod is a popular attraction at Field Days across the country and his instruction is invaluable, even for capable ROV, ATV and motorcycle users.

But the star attaction is the Dave McKenna stunt show. McKenna will highlight the YZF-R6 and new MT-09 - motorcycles that we built but he certainly made his own.

YMA is pleased to announce several new models plus important updates to our popular FJR1300 sports tourer and XTZ1200 Super Tenere adventure bike. Both are now fitted with electrically adjustable suspension. Adjustment to damping and preload can be made to the front and rear suspension by toggling the left hand bar switch, which makes changes easy to effect when confronted with our dodgy road conditions, luggage requirements and that significant other on the pillion seat.

A strictly limited number of 'E' models will go on sale alongside standard versions and the FJR is priced at $26,999 while the Super Ten is $21,999.

New models include the Stryker which sports 1300cc or 80 cubic inches of liquid cooled V-twin power in a raked out, low down chassis that sits just right on the blacktop. Stryker is a factory custom motorcycle designed for people who what the classic chopper look but also want something practical that will handle, stop and go like a roadster motorcycle

Stryker is available now in two colours - Midnight Black priced $14,999 and Matt Grey priced $15,299

YMA will reveal a motorcycle that strictly speaking is not a new model - because we have been manufacturing the SR400 for the Japanese market non-stop since 1978. The SR is a deadset legend of a motorcyle with timeless appeal and a soulful charm set to appeal to riders not even born in 1978.

One of the main features of the SR is it is kickstart only. The kickstarting ritual is something that SR owners take great pride in mastering - and with the new fuel injection and tranistorised ignition it is now much easier than it was back in the day.

The simplicity of SR400 lends itself to customisation, with firms like Deus creating a wide range of serving suggestions, one of which called the Street Hopper is on display at Brisbane. Deus customer builder Jeremy Tagand will be at the Yamaha stand on Saturday.

In addition to the Street Hopper, YMA has created the Daytona, which is built to emulate a 1960s Triumph of the same name using parts from the Japanese custom supplier Daytona.

Finally, YMA is pleased to announce a new direction in personal mobility called the Tricity LMW or Leaning Multi Wheeler. Tricity offers a confidence inspiring and fun ride. But what makes it exceptional is the fact that Tricity is significantly lighter and much more compact than existing 3-wheel models. Yamaha believe that its remarkable agility and easy handling character will make it attractive to a wide range of existing scooter riders as well as non-riders.

With an approximate weight of only 150kg, the Tricity is comparable to a small to medium sized 125cc two-wheel scooter. And by keeping the two front wheels as narrow as possible, Tricity is able to negotiate dense traffic with ease.

The new Tricity is powered by an automatic transmission 125cc 4-stroke engine that offers the best balance of performance, economy and weight.

It's Yamaha's intention to make Tricity the new 'standard city commuter' offering time efficient and cost effective travel to a wide range of commuters. YMA is trageting the end of this year for a release date.

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