Exciting New BMWs Put To The Test

F 750 GS Test Ride

City Coast Motorcycles was one of twelve Australian dealerships to attend the International BMW Motorrad Conference in Sardinia, Italy. Dealer Principal Timothy Sim had the opportunity to experience first-hand an impressive line-up of new models.

Sardinia offered a quality mix of scenic on-road and off-road riding, which Tim says would be hard to beat:

“We were so lucky to explore the fun, windy roads along the coast and then head into the mountains via some amazing off-road, rocky trails.”

Tim tested three new releases from BMW Motorrad which will arrive later this year at City Coast Motorcycles; the F 850 GS, the F 750 GS and the C 400 X. Here are his thoughts:

F 850 GS

Check out Tim’s GoPro footage of the all new BMW  F 850 GS  here:

“The motor has character and is very exciting. When the engine hits its sweet spot at about 6,000 revs it just comes alive. The F 850 GS feels comfortable instantly, like a proper dirt bike. You can do everything; you can ride it smoothly and even aggressively off-road, like a motocross bike. Compared to the previous model, the way the weight has been changed with the fuel tank moved further forward completely improves the handling into a precise and well-balanced machine. The added features of the TFT screen, quick-shift and cruise-control just make it the ultimate adventurer.”

F 750 GS

NEW F 750 GS
“The F 750 GS is perfect for on and off-road riding. Again, its improved engine is what impressed me, whilst the handling is also brilliant. Whether you’re an experience dual-sport rider or starting out, this bike will give you a lot of confidence and fun. Now it has the same features as the R 1200 GS, like the TFT screen, quick-shift and cruise-control giving it the perfect balance.”

C 400 X

BMW C 400 X

“Wow! This is a really fun machine. We rode through small Italian villages, then curvy mountain roads. The C 400 X has a surprising amount of power and very precise handling. What an awesome commuter, with amazing under-seat storage for your helmet. The Comfort Package adds the TFT dash, along with heated grips and heated seat. Any motorcyclist would enjoy owning one of these because you cannot help but have a smile on your face.”

F 850 GS Test Ride
If you would like further information about these forthcoming models please call in and chat to Tim or Dean.

Schuberth Helmets Now Available!

Schuberth E1 Helmet
City Coast Motorcycles Wollongong is excited to announce it is now your Schuberth stockist. The German manufacturer’s impressive portfolio includes protective headwear for the police force, fire brigade, Formula 1 sports and motorcycling.

Schuberth has redefined the flip-up helmet and earned bragging rights as the winner of the Best Brand category for 12 years in a row by Europe’s largest motorcycle magazine, Motorrad.


Whether on the motorway, a country road or gravel track, this innovative adventure helmet allows the rider to experience the full intensity of every moment while enjoying the highest level of comfort and astonishing flexibility. The Schuberth E1 unites the functionality and safety of a modern flip-up design with the look, feel and off-road capability of an adventure helmet.

Schuberth E1 Helmet at City Coast Motorcycles

The new E1 not only looks like it was built for adventure, it has everything a helmet needs for use off the beaten track, too – from the large, multi-position shield to optimal air flow for arduous off-road use. Because the adventure only really begins when the tarmac runs out. And even though it may not look like it when the helmet is closed, the chin piece of the E1 can be swivelled up complete with visor and shield. This is a proper adventure helmet that is also a proper flip-up helmet.

The E1 was developed in Schuberth’s in-house wind tunnel to ensure it features low wind resistance, thus allowing for high speeds on the motorway, and a slippery shape making it a very quiet helmet too. Because adventure has nothing to do with strained neck muscles and battered eardrums…


Schuberth has written the next chapter in the history of the flip-up helmet with the compact C4. The latest generation helmet represents the new-benchmark for touring and sports riders with the highest demands. It is as impressive at high speeds as it is on extended rides and it’s only on closer inspection that you can tell it’s a flip-up helmet at all!

C4 Schuberth

The Schuberth C4 sets new standards when it comes to Bluetooth® and radio connectivity. It not only features an integrated antenna as standard, but two pre-installed loudspeakers, a boomless microphone and slots for the optional new SC1 communication system and re-chargeable battery developed in collaboration with SENA. Now you can experience “Plug and Play” in the truest sense.

SC1 for C4 helmet

But the new C4 doesn’t just look fantastic, it was developed in Schuberth’s Air and Acoustics Lab. Its perfect aerodynamics predestines the helmet for use at great speed, thus making it an attractive proposition for demanding sport riders.

The factory-fitted anti-fog visor of the C4 is designed in such a way that the upper edge doesn’t impinge on the field of vision, even when a more aggressive riding position is adopted.

WINNER: Best Flip-up Helmet of 2017 – Motorrad

Schuberth City Coast Motorcycles

Moto Touring Transylvania

Geoff Rides in Romania

Moto touring is a growing industry and City Coast Motorcycles founder Geoff Sim is a keen two-wheeled tourist.  He’s adventured through the wilds of South Africa, traversed Russian roads and tackled the sand dunes of The Simpson Desert.  But he counts his recent tour of Romania as one of the most memorable.

The ‘Discover Romania’ package is a nine day (seven days riding) experience taking you deep into the heart of Transylvania. Yes, it has THE Dracula castle. The tour boasts fairy tale landscapes, middle-age monasteries and culture to-boot. The route also takes in the Transfagarasan Road, described by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May of TV’s Top Gear as “the most amazing road we have ever seen!”

Geoff rides in Romania

“There were many mountain passes with magnificent tar roads, spectacular scenery and magic motorcycle corners, over long distances,” said Geoff.

The itinerary was a complete loop encompassing the Carpathian Mountain chain, with Bucharest as the departure point. All motorcycles were supplied.

“The bikes were BMWs including the F 700 GS, the F800 GS and R 1200 GS. They were all well maintained,” Geoff said.

The standard of lodgings impressed Geoff, such as a beautiful old mansion and grounds “done up” as a resort:

“Accommodation was very good and Romania is a very cheap country to travel in,” he said.

Geoff rides in Romania
Geoff toured with Ride In Romania, an Official Partner of BMW Motorrad.
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City Coast Motorcycles Top Ten 2017

Counting down our Top Ten favourite moments of 2017. City Coast Motorcycles has had an exciting year, keeping active at the heart of the motorcycling community. We’ve staged events – large and small – many for charity – and we’re proud of them all! Follow us in 2018 – the best is yet to come…

Our First Santa Charity Ride!

City Coast Motorcycles presents The Litas Wollongong Santa Ride
Xmas Ride by Paul Jones

City Coast Motorcycles wrapped up its busy year of events presenting The Litas Wollongong Santa Ride. The occasion, held on Saturday December 9th, was a mixed social event supporting Wollongong’s famous Santa Charity Pub Crawl. Participants were encouraged to dress festive and to tinsel up their bikes. A total of 20 merry riders were in attendance.

Organiser Jane from City Coast Motorcycles said she was excited about building the ride in 2018:

“We’ve been proud to help establish the Litas Wollongong and help grow their membership. The Santa Ride was the perfect opportunity to do something fun in the public eye for a good cause. I am certain we’ll be able to double our numbers next year,” Jane said.

The Litas are a world-wide, all female motorcycle collective of 3500+ women, from over 150 cities and 19 countries. You can read more about them here.

Our thanks to the PCYC Wollongong, Paul Jones and the North Gong Hotel.

City Coast Motorcycles Ladies Torque

Ladies Torque at City Coast Motorcyccles

City Coast Motorcycles recently presented its first ever Ladies Torque Night. Interested customers were treated to bike maintenance advice from Beau, a preview of Merlin Riderwear, a rider safety talk, an introduction to our ladies riding group – the Litas Wollongong, as well as fantastic lucky door prizes from Motul Australia. Importantly, this was an opportunity for new riders to ask questions in a non-confronting environment, as well as get to know other riders in their home town.

Thanks to everyone one who attended; we appreciate all the great feedback and look forward to the next one!


City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam


The City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam was back for its third year at i98fm Illawarra Convoy on November 19. Thousands massed to watch many of Australia’s biggest names in FMX throw down at the region’s biggest charity gig.

Just a day before the world class fmx stage was under rainwater, but Peter Yates and the Yatcon Civil crew pulled out all the stops to make sure the event went ahead for the kids.

Our resident FMX fanatic Justin “Bushy” Bush mastered the mic while the riders owned the arena. The talent list was on point with Robbie Maddison, Chucky Norris, Luke McNeill, Tom Robinson, Cory Bozzola, Alex Bucholtz, James Martin, Jake Bowen, Dylon Mcdonald, Scott Perry, Ben Richards, Tom Richards, Codie Rooney, Will Schwarz and Oliver Hutchinson.

Fans lined up to receive a personally signed copy of Maddo’s children’s book. There were Skullcandy giveaways, mini-bike races, a best whip comp and monster FMX moves. The energy in the crowd was electric, photographers took position and the riders delivered.

Robbie Madison returned for his second year to the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam.
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam


A day like this cannot happen without a huge team effort. City Coast Motorcycles would like to thank the performers, Pete and Shez Yates of Yatcon Civil, M J Rowles, Zach Hofer, Norm Rees, Brown’s Graffix, Skullcandy Australia, Yamaha Motor Australia, Fish Fingered, CMG Audio, Headstrong Films, Freerider MX Magazine, i98fm and the Illawarra Community Foundation.

City Coast Motorcycles also had its first Illawarra Convoy lead bike team and truck, raising a combined total of $18,842. Read our windup and view images HERE.

Spreading that Convoy Spirit

For three years City Coast Motorcycles has supported the region’s favourite community charity – i98fm Illawarra Convoy – through our world class FMX Show with Yatcon Civil.

In 2017 we took a step up, additionally fundraising as a lead bike team with David Drain of Kembla Heights Bowlo. Fun events held throughout the year, such as the Convoy Fall Ball, Convoy Demo & Classic Show ‘N Shine and Convoy Bowls Off as well as corporate donations took our total to $17,242.

On Sunday November 19, we rode for baby Emerson, who sadly passed away at the tender age of six months and 27 days from Type A SMA, a terminal spinal condition.

City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy

Also for the first time, City Coast Motorcycles had a dedicated Convoy truck, captained by Adam and Amy Woodward with thanks to Taylor’s Heavy Haulage. Our truck raised an additional $1,630 with huge thanks to Longwall Hydraulics.

City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy. Image by Grahame Logg
Image by Grahame Logg
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy
City Coast Motorcycles Illawarra Convoy

Heartfelt thanks to our 2017 supporters:

Kembla Heights Bowling and Recreation Club
Jarrod and Kylie at Park Engineering
Wollongong Motorcycle Club
Adam and Amy Woodward
Taylor’s Heavy Haulage
Longwall Hydraulics
Brookes Engraving
Val Tools
Bairds Boar Bags
The Hired Guns
Point2point Shuttle
Hello World Wollongong
The Back Doctor Shellharbour
MX Experience
Hairhouse Warehouse Wollongong Figtree & Shellharbour
Triumph Motorcycles
Bailey Roberts Group
Charlies Liquor Barn Unanderra
James Berriman from Bowls Australia
Greg Oshea
WC Livestock Transport
Swan Transport
Sarah’s Coffee Van
City Beach Function Centre
Balance Point Yoga
Naked Tan
Artique Hair and Beauty
Street Beatz
WC Livestock Transport
Kurtosh Wollongong
Motul Australia
Belinda Clarke Neves
Nail Candy
Mark Rigby
Marty Haynes and the crew at i98fm

Keep an eye out for our story on the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam COMING SOON!

Maddo Returns for Convoy Jam

Local legend Robbie Maddison is returning for his second year to the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam. He headlines with many of Australia’s top FMX performers, including Nitro Circus’ Chucky Norris, stunt rider Luke McNeill and Tom Robinson who created the famous “twist top” at Red Bull X-Fighters in Madrid.

Robbie Maddison City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam
The freestyle motocross spectacle is one of the main events at i98fm’s Illawarra Convoy at Albion Park this Sunday November 19. It all starts at 8.30 with riders warming up, then three unforgettable shows throughout the day.

City Coast Motorcycles’ resident FMX fanatic Justin “Bushy” Bush has worked hard behind the scenes with Peter Yates from Yatcon Civil to unite world class performers on a world class FMX stage.

“This year we’ve got stacks up our sleeves to keep the kids entertained:  From FMX to scallywagging on minibikes to autograph signings to cool giveaways from Robbie Maddison and Skullcandy”, said Bushy.

The event is free and being produced with the support of Yatcon Civil, City Coast Motorcycles, i98 FM, M J Rowles Landscaping Supplies, Yamaha Motor Australia, Browns Grafix and Fish Fingered.

City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam

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Make Memories with Us and i98fm Illawarra Convoy

Imagine riding this sidecar in Illawarra Convoy
Image by Keogh’s Vision Photography

Imagine being front and centre in this sidecar!

The countdown is on to i98fm Illawarra Convoy on Sunday November 19. For our third year, we are excited to present the City Coast Motorcycles Yatcon Civil FMX Jam which boasts the biggest lineup of freestyle motocross riders in the nation. You can read more about that HERE.

The Kembla & City Coast Motorcyles Lead Bike TeamIn 2017, we joined forces with David Drain from Kembla Heights Bowling and Recreation Club to form the Mt Kembla & City Coast Motorcycles Lead Bike Team. Together, we have organised fundraisers like the Convoy Fall Ball, Convoy Demo Day & Classic Show N Shine and Convoy Bowls Off. Every dollar from these events goes to the Illawarra Community Foundation which is the wheels behind our beloved Convoy. We have been humbled watching the work of the Foundation, such I98fm Illawarra Convoyas assisting with the redevelopment of the Children’s Ward at Wollongong Public Hospital.

We are calling on corporate sponsors to contribute to our lead bike bid. Any donation is greatly appreciated. The highest corporate sponsor will win a memorable Convoy ride in the pictured Ural Retro side car, captained by Greg Oshea. The second and third top corporate sponsors will also receive a spot in the Mt Kembla City Coast Motorcycles Lead Bike Team on the day.

Please email your sponsorship offer to jane@citycoastmotorcycles.com.auAll donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Should you require a tax invoice one will be distributed by The Illawarra Community Foundation.

Thank you, Illawarra for your support ♥