Max Spencer from Bribie Island smiles after his test ride on a new Honda Goldwing GL 1800 at the Ulysses AGM in Maryborough.
Max Spencer from Bribie Island smiles after his test ride on a new Honda Goldwing GL 1800 at the Ulysses AGM in Maryborough. Alistair Brightman

New bikes put to the test by Ulysses club members

THE last time Max Spencer took a Honda Goldwing for a test ride, he ended up buying one the next day.

On Tuesday, the Ulysses member was overcome with a sense of deja vu as he was one of the first in Australia to take one of the latest models - the GL 1800 - for a spin.

Featuring all the bells and whistles - airbags, six-stacker CD player, heated seats and voiced-activated speaker control - the bike is making its Australian debut at the 2013 Ulysses AGM in Maryborough.

The particular bike Mr Spencer, a Bribie Island resident, took for a test ride would set you back about $40,000.

"I wanted to see what it was like ... I'm very interested in the safety features," he said.

"I'm impressed."

On Wednesday, Indian Motorcycles, one of the oldest names in the industry, will unveil it's new Thunder Stroke 111.

"This is the first time the engine's been revealed outside the US," Indian Motorcycle's Australian marketing manager Adrian Givoye said.

"The last Indian was released in the early 1950s. You could say it's been in hibernation ever since."

He said already 20 deposits had been taken Australia-wide - and there were several pending from Ulysses AGM attendees.

The Thunder Stroke 111 will be officially launched at the piazza at 3.30pm.

Manufactures such as BMW, Suzuki, Yamaha and CF Moto are also showcasing their latest models at the AGM.



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