Archive for November, 2011

Yamaha perform price surgery

Great news for customers that thought that some Yamahas were out of reach! Recognising the competitive nature of the market place, the Japanese brand have today, announced a price review on some key models.
In a statement, their spokesman Simon Belton stated ‘‘Yamaha continue to look at offering the best value for our customers, striving to give not only our customers the best product but continuing to produce exciting motorcycles and scooters of the highest quality for our customers to enjoy well into the future.’‘
Shown below are the 2012 models affected and the new prices are effective immediately.
XT1200Z £11,999
YZF-50WGP £12,999
YZF-R1 £11,999
Fazer8-ABS £7,999
Fazer8-50WGP £7,499
Fazer8 £6,999
YZF-R6WGP £9,499
YZF-R6 £8,999

November 21st, 2011  |  Published in News, Yamaha

Motorcycle buying guide

Deciding on which motorcycle to buy can be a tough decision, especially if it’s your first ever motorcycle. So what happens when you’re bombarded with a huge number of brands and models and you just don’t know which type of bike may suit you best?

Luckily for all of you who are looking to buy a motorcycle from Metropolis, our experts will help you decide on which motorcycle will suit you perfectly.

So, which motorcycle has your name written all over it? Well, firstly you’ll need to take your riding experience into account. If you’re a beginner then definitely stick to a motorcycle that has a low cylinder volume (such as a 250cc); engines with smaller and fewer cylinders are not only easier to ride, but also easier to maintain and a fraction of the price of a motorcycle with more cylinders. Experienced riders on the other hand may want to opt for a motorcycle that boasts a much higher engine.

The next factor to consider is your motorcycles’ purpose. Are you looking for something to cruise around on? Maybe you’re looking for a bike that is perfect for off-road riding? Whatever your needs may be, there’s something for everyone here at Metropolis

November 17th, 2011  |  Published in News

Yamaha and Akrapovič join forces

*Visitors to this year’s EICMA Show in Milan will be able to see the launch of an exciting new partnership between two of the industry’s most respected brands. Yamaha and Akrapovič – the industry’s leading manufacturer of innovative and exclusive exhaust systems – have joined forces.*

Having sponsored the Yamaha MotoGP team in 2011 and Yamaha’s WSB team for many years, Akrapovič has already built up a strong and mutually-beneficial working relationship with Yamaha. Both companies are now pleased to announce that for 2012 and beyond, a wide range of Akrapovič exhausts for Yamaha’s key motorcycle and scooter models will be available exclusively through Yamaha’s European official dealer network.

The after-market exhaust business is an extremely important and competitive part of the overall accessories market, and with both companies sharing the same high levels of commitment to durability, ergonomics, quality and design, the Yamaha/Akrapovič tie-up is good news for Yamaha customers and Akrapovič devotees throughout Europe.

The new range of exhausts for Yamaha motorcycles and scooters has been fully developed and produced by Akrapovič, and will feature a laser-engraved Yamaha model-specific logo as well as the Akrapovič logo. Most of the latest on-road exhausts are fully street legal and are homologated for EU sound and emissions regulations, and for circuit-only use the range will also include competition-specification exhausts for selected Yamaha bikes.

Phase one of the programme will see the launch in December 2011 of a range of Akrapovič exhausts for Yamaha’s leading on-road models, which will be followed by phase two, the release of high-performance exhaust systems for our YZ-F and WR-F 4-stroke off-road bikes at the beginning of 2012.

The Akrapovič range will cover Yamaha’s main 2012 motorcycle and scooter models as well as some pre-2012 versions of these models. Further details will be announced in December 2011.

ABOUT AKRAPOVIČ Leadership in exhaust system solutions and excellence in innovative titanium technology. Akrapovič is the leading manufacturer of premium exhaust systems for motorcycles and performance cars. It is also a leader in carbon parts and the innovative use of titanium. Akrapovič exhaust systems are known for their impact on performance, their lightness, durability and sound.
Founded by former motorcycle racer, Igor Akrapovič, twenty years ago in Slovenia it has grown to international prominence by the successful support of leading racing teams. To-date 63 World Champions, have achieved their success with Akrapovič exhaust systems. The Company operates from state-of-the-art factories in Slovenia, employing 500 people and it distributes its products through over sixty countries.

Akrapovič celebrates its 20th birthday this year.

November 8th, 2011  |  Published in News

Ducati unveil innovative 1199 Panigale Superbike and present exciting 2012 range

Ducati has unveiled the long-awaited 1199 Panigale Superbike alongside its entire 2012 range in a stylish Press Conference at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy. Setting a new benchmark in the motorcycle industry with their ground-breaking and innovative new Superbike, the Italian manufacturer’s incredible line-up of dream motorcycles are now set to be exhibited from 10-13 November at EICMA 2011, the 69th edition of the Milan International Motorcycle Show.

The impressive theatre presentation of Ducati’s 2012 models also gave Gabriele Del Torchio, President of Ducati Motor Holding, the opportunity to announce the positive business performance of the Bologna-based company. In a market challenged by economy difficulties, Ducati has continued to increase its market share, production volumes and global sales, confirming their solid position and underlining the efficient and well organised business structure that will now serve the company in the coming years.


November 8th, 2011  |  Published in Ducati, News

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