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Asco Motors Launches Bikes

Asco Motors sold 20 Yamaha Xtreme motor cycles during its trial period in the last three months. “When you buy in March, you get a free Yamaha guitar,” Mr Sims said.
15 Mar 2020 13:56
Asco Motors Launches Bikes
Rosarina Fonmanu on the new Yamaha Xtreme motorcycle. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

Asco Motors stepped up its line of motorcycles yesterday when it launched the Yamaha XT 125X bikes in Suva.

Chief executive officer and director Craig Sims made the comment and said the move marked a transition from agricultural bikes and scooters.

Asco Motors sold 20 Yamaha Xtreme motor cycles during its trial period in the last three months.

“When you buy in March, you get a free Yamaha guitar,” Mr Sims said.

Fiji Motorcyclists Association

Fiji Motorcyclists Association president Rodney Fong said the Yamaha Xtreme was the ideal mix that would appeal to a huge cross section of society.

“It’s the ideal solution to farmers, resort owners, commuters who put up with the tiresome wait in traffic jam.”

Where people would wait in traffic for an hour to get from Nasinu to Suva, it takes a motorcyclist minutes to travel the same distance during peak hours, Mr Fong said.

“Asco Motors are the only dealers that have pushed for years for motor cycle safety.”

Mr Fong said the price, just under $5000, was a worthy investment given its use of minimal fuel.

“The cost of fuel for a week is cheaper than bus fare,” he said.

Filtering through traffic, which motorcyclists do, is not illegal in Fiji, he said.

“It’s so easy to get through traffic.

“We can filter through lanes.”

There are 450 motorcyclists in Fiji, Mr Fong said.

“Asco Motors has helped us build that up, and will continue to boost that branch of the vehicle industry.”

Freedom Riders Association

Secretary for Freedom Riders Association Abdul Rahim said the Yamaha Xtreme was the best bike for Fijian roads.

“It’s light, easy to use, nimble and terrific for our road conditions,” he said.

Mr Rahim said the association was working on changing the social perception of motorcyclists being dominantly male.

“There are women riders but they don’t mix around much.”

The association was formed last year and has 40 members Fiji-wide.

Mr Rahim said vehicles and motorcyclists were guided by the same rules.

He said visibility was a requirement for motorcyclists.

Save time and money

Asco Motors marketing officer Rupert Boulton said an owner of the new Xtreme bike claimed he paid $3 a week on fuel that covered his daily travel between Suva and Nausori.

“It’s cheaper than weekly bus fares for the same distance.

“Its the next step from a scooter to a real motorcycle for commuting and weekend fun.”

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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