Coast Powersports is a motorcycle store based in Morphett Vale, but are they any good? This unbiased review is based on our research and opinion.
We have no business relationship with Coast Powersports and aren’t compensated for reviews. Just like you, we’ve been into numerous motorcycle dealerships in Adelaide and it’s hard to know who to trust, right?
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Coast Powersports in Morphett Vale
This is a dealership about 20km from Adelaide’s city centre to serve the entire southern region. Whether you’re into KTM, Yamaha or Kawasaki, you’ll find it here.
They also have a lot of used bikes coming in all the time. Some riders upgrade right there on the spot with a trade-in and they need to move these used bikes on pretty quickly, so you could get a great deal here.
When they started
We feel that it’s really important to know the history behind the dealership. Just like the big name brands like KTM who you know have been around the block for years, we want to know that this isn’t some shop that started yesterday.
These guys have been serving southern Adelaide now for more than 20 years in their same spot at 220 Main South Road, Morphett Vale.
Mark Flynn the dealer principal runs a closeknit team where most of them have been there for years helping out customers with buying decisions and providing servicing/mechanical advice and parts.
Coast Powersports reviews
Right – the nitty gritty of it all. Does Coast Powersports have a good reputation? Are their mechanics any good?
We decided to evaluate both their Google and Facebook and found a reassuring amount of positive reviews averaging 4.8 stars. This is impressive as the industry norm is around 4.3 stars.
Clearly they’re doing a great job at what they do and that is customer service. Some dealerships have totally forgotten this in a world of technology and social media.
Can you order online with this mob? Not really. They are a traditional dealership who hasn’t caught the online wave just.
Also, they only have a Facebook page and Instagram as well. Most other dealerships have just a Facebook page with the occasional post, unfortunately.
Just remember that most of their customers aren’t hooked on social media and prefer to be out there riding all day everyday.
What’s on offer
Not only can you buy a new or used motorcycle for the road or dirt, but you can also pick up your apparel at the same time. Are you a KTM fanatic? There’s plenty of merch here.
In addition, there are heaps of spare parts for most modern motorcycles. Some complaints do stem from Coast Powersports not having everything in stock and needing to order from Adelaide or even Sydney.
One alternative is online parts stores but again you’ll be waiting a few days and could miss a weekend ride. It’s always good to call up a dealership if you’re chasing a particular part.
Oh! And let’s not forget the ATVs, Rhinos and Waverunners here. They are southern Adelaide’s biggest personal watercraft dealer as well.
Final verdict on Coast Powersports
The final question is: Should you buy from them? Well – quite certainly they are built on a solid reputation with years of experience in the same location.
We would essentially say YES! They know their KTM’s, Kawasaki’s and Yamaha’s very well. If you’re chasing a Honda or Suzuki then you may wish to look elsewhere, though they have bargains on used models quite regularly.
Either way, they have strong reviews and a reputation in the industry for excellence. Twist that throttle and get out there!
GC Motorcycles in Prospect are one of Adelaide’s most well-known motorcycle stores, but are they worth spending money with?
We’ve written this very unbiased review based on our opinion and research online. There is no business relationship between us and GC Motorcycles and just like you, we’re just committed to helping consumers make a choice.
Let’s get into it!
GC Motorcycles Review
We’re just like you and have been into quite a few of Adelaide’s dealerships in the past few months. Because of this experience we’re able to fairly figure out who’s running a proper operation.
These guys are really into motorcycle tyres and you’ll find heaps of sizes in stock at their Main North Rd dealership. There are also a lot of parts too as well as apparel and new bikes on the floor.
What’s important when analytizing any dealership for their reputation is their history. These guys have been in business since 1987, not some store that just started up yesterday.
Over the years they have built quite the reputation in Adelaide as the go-to place to get some good tyres that last for miles and miles. Because of this established reputation among Facebook groups, they now have around 200 customer reviews.
They look after road bikes and dirt bikes across Adelaide and surrounding towns. Sometimes they even offer a mobile service if you’re not able to bring your bike in due to registration issues.
GC Motorcycles customer experiences
Unfortunately, there are some complaints about GC motorcycles and the prices charged. Negative reviews have cropped up over the years.
Mistakes do happen and people are generally going to stuff up occasionally on the job. We’d love to see them put more effort into their website and social media presence. This is severely lacking compared to other fully set up operations.
Tyre Nerds is the online shop for GC Motorcycles and serves Adelaide as a specialist motorbike store with thousands of tyres in stock for racing on the track, dirt bikes as well as scooters.
So then is it worth heading into GC Motorcycles? Well with anything – call around for good prices. They aren’t the only motorcycle tyre shop in Adelaide but have a strong following in the racing scene.
There are times though where you are really limited for size depending on the bike you have. If that’s the case, then you may just have to go with their offer. Given their extensive history in the same spot and loyal customer base, we’re included to recommend them if you’re looking for genuine service.
Just remember that their prices include a fitment and balance.
Moto Adelaide is the #1 BMW Dealership in Adelaide as well as stocking Honda, KTM and Husqvarna. But are you getting a genuinely good deal?
We’ve created this unbiased Moto Adelaide review to provide an opinion to consumers. There is no commercial relationship with us and this South Australian motorcycle dealership.
Frontaer is simply a brand that helps people get out there on their ADV and dirt bikes. We’ve built our site to help you and a prime example is our guide showing the best Adelaide dirt bike riding spots. There ain’t no excuses now about where to ride! 😀
Moto Adelaide Review
There are some good dealerships out there and there are some shonky ones as well. Shopping around is always a good idea so you know you’re genuinely getting the best deal in the market.
However, using an online parts store is sometimes a bad idea as you have to wait days for parts to come in from the eastern states. Argh!
This is why going into a dealership like Moto Adelaide in Melrose Park could be a good idea. They sell dirt bikes and road bikes too generally for the older crowd.
Inside the dealership
Heading inside and you’ll find a friendly crew who really knows their motorcycles. This isn’t one of the smaller shops with used bikes everywhere.
Everything is clean and fresh with that strong smell of ‘new’! Rubber, paintwork and apparel – it’s all here.
There is plenty of parking on site or you can park on one of the side streets. There is certainly space to bring a trailer in if you’re buying an unregistered MX bike.
What are customers saying about this dealership? We looked online and found most of them were happy with the service they got from Moto Adelaide.
However, not everyone is happy. There are complaints stemming from not having every part in stock and also the place being busy on weekends.
That’s typical of most dealerships actually. Whether you order parts online or simply go into a dealership and order those parts, you’ll still have to wait.
Social media channels
What’s important is knowing that these guys are investing into their customers. Are they on social media? We checked out Moto Adelaide which are. Well, their Facebook account here is reasonably active as is their Instagram page with some stunning photos of riding destinations.
You won’t find them on other channels though. Most of their demographic such as the BMW riders hardly use social media anyways.
Most stores in the United States have progressed towards using YouTube as a channel to show products. We look forward to seeing Australian stores like this follow suit in the near future and catch this trend.
What to expect
With any dealership who prides themselves on service, you can expect to be looked after here. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a trail bike or a road bike, they have staff that are very knowledgeable.
One real letdown is the inability to order online. We’d love to see a click-and-collect service as no one wants to be waiting in line for parts. Even a delivery-on-demand service would be helpful too.
Final verdict on Moto Adelaide
So would we recommend them? Sure, but only for the right customer. If you’re into the blue and red bikes, then they only sell used Hondas and Yamahas here. Sorry.
You’ll also find other dealerships on the northern side of Adelaide to save you the trip too. Either way – based on our experiences and research, Moto Adelaide has been around a long time and does look after their customers.
Melbourne is home to some great riding spots whether you have a registered trail bike or unregistered dirt bike. Here are the best dirt riding spots around!
Frontaer has done the research for you. As a brand dedicated to the offroad riding and adventure motorcycling scene, we’re dedicated towards helping customers know where they can ride.
Melbourne dirt bike riding spots
Some of these will charge you an entry fee while other spots are completely free to ride, such as forest trails. Either way, you’ll finish the day with sore muscles but with a smile on your face.
Will you need transport? Well, unless you’re an adventure motorcycle or dual sport rider, then yes.
Most of Melbourne’s best dirt bike riding spots are in the Yarra Ranges National Park. This will require a recreational or full registration plus a licence for each rider which means kids can’t ride here in most cases.
One alternative is an MX club which we’ll mention on this list too.
If you’re looking for enduro, trail and motocross tracks near Melbourne then you’ve found it. These will all require at least one hour of driving from the city centre but they’re all worth it!
Let’s jump straight in for those ready to twist the throttle. Here are Melbourne’s best dirt bike riding spots:
1. Labertouche (Larby)
One of the most popular areas in Melbourne for dirt bike riding is Labertouche (the locals call it Larby) with heaps of tracks and hill climbs. It’s only half an hour from Berwick and is the best day-trip riding spot which is why we’ve ranked this #1.
While you’re there, do the Western and Gentle Annie Tracks which are a total blast!
2. Neerim South
More-so popular with motocross bikers, it’s still a great spot to find some tight technical sections that aren’t too rutted out. It’s loam and clay here which can get really sticky in the wet months.
This is a place you gotta get to! There are plenty of tracks to explore here and you’re only 20 minutes outside of Geelong. A lot of the local dirt bike riders know this riding spot like the back of their hand.
You’ll find all types of riding here and the surface is a bit sandy. Long sweeping sections paired with tight technical stuff.
4. Kinglake West
Kinglake West is a dirt bike haven but is also popular with 4x4s especially on weekends. Look out around corners and be aware of the other dirt bike and mountain bikers that also share these tracks.
Most Melbourne riders with a few seasons behind them have been out to Noojee. It’s a clay service which makes things a bit slippery in the wet but the flow of the tracks make up for this quite easily.
If you decent drive with the trailer, then head over to Welshpool. Because of the distance it’s a little less popular but is great for the enduro rider who wants faster flowing tracks, not tight technical stuff.
7. Mount Taylor
Right – this is going to take a bit of commitment as it’s a couple of hours out of Melbourne. Mount Taylor is really the start of the high country and a place where epic trails begin, so worth the trip!
Every trail bike rider has to head to Glenmaggie at least once. Some riders say they’ve done this place 5 times and still haven’t found all the tracks, so that’s certainly saying something here!
You can ride dirt bikes in Wesburn but only when it’s NOT raining. The surface is quite boggy and most riders simply struggle. Even the 4×4 guys generally stay away from this place otherwise they’re winching all day long.
10. Big River
Big River is a really good spot outside of Melbourne to ride dirt bikes including unregistered motocross to Enduro bikes. You will still need a recreational-rego to ride here during daylight hours.
We really like Rubicon and there are certainly quite a number of tracks to explore. The place gets closed in summer sometimes when bushfires do threaten the area.
Sure – it’ might be small but still an awful lot of fun to be had here! It’s less popular so you’re not fighting over the trails with other offroad users which is a real plus for organized group rides.
13. Wye River
Not the best but Wye River does deliver some good riding tracks. It’s a fairly long drive to get there (up to 90 minutes) for kinda average riding though so keep that in mind. Do the rest first!
14. Broadmeadows Motocross Park
Head over to Cambellfield for the highly popular Broadmeadows Motocross Park. This is a pretty open area and they welcome beginners all the time. Rates are as follows:
Fee per day
70cc and below
70cc to 230cc
250 and above
The family rate is $225 annually
It’s a very family-centric place with 2 of their 3 tracks reserved just for kids from 4 years old to teenagers.
15. Nunawading & District Motocross Club
Another great motocross club to get to is Nunawading & District Motocross Club which you’ll find in Vermont South. Regular races are held but unlike Broadmeadows there is only 1 track here.
16. Ride Park
Just about every MX, supercross and trail bike rider heads here when they’re new. Ride Park is located at 395 Parwan South Road, Parwan and uniquely grooms their tracks daily.
If you’re a registered trail bike rider then the crowds here especially on weekends can be daunting. It’s the type of place where MX riders go to hone their skills and we recommend you head into the forest instead if you have registration on your dirt bike.
17. Tangil State Forest
One of the best dirt bike riding spots is Tangil State Forest! You basically have the Finns Loop, Good Luck Look and East Tanjil Loop sections to ride a motorcycle. You’re actually allowed to camp here as well.
Bairnsdale really has something for everyone. If you want to get into top gear or simply get through some tight technical sections, it’s quite enjoyable for all riders. Group rides sometimes operate here.
19. Tarago State Forest
Because this is a state forest, you will need to be registered. Unregistered dirt bikes even ridden by children aren’t legally allowed to be ridden here. If you have the rego, then you’ll love all the hidden tracks and trails.
20. Latrobe Trail Bike Area
Trail bikes often head to Latrobe State Forest on weekends which is east of Neerim South. There are only 2 main tracks – the Patrol Road loop and Latrobe River loop but you can also explore other dirt bike riding spots in the region within the same day. This makes for a great day trip from Melbourne.
21. Lerderderg State Park
Lerderderg State Park is certainly worth the mention and it’s one trail bike riding spot which isn’t as well known. Be warned though that police and local Parks Victoria rangers do patrol this area quite often on their DRZ-400Es.
22. Wombat State Forest
Daylesford residents often head into Wombat State Forest as their chosen trails with their dirt bikes. And you know what? There isn’t any reason that those from Melbourne can’t do the same.
23. Frankston City Motorcycle Park
Have we left the best until last? We think we have! Frankston City Motorcycle Park is quite impressive and welcomes people from all backgrounds. Yes, it’s more-so a MX track but it’s great for children learning to ride a dirt bike in a controlled environment.
There are 5 different tracks here which is quite impressive. Kids are more than welcome with a PeeWee track sectioned off just for them without the intimidation of bigger riders.
Melbourne riding spots explained
So there we have it! Just remember to do your research and check if the spot where you want to ride is still open, as some places do get closed without notice with Rangers/Police issuing fines.
Another word of caution: WEAR YOUR GEAR. Don’t think that just because you’re close to Melbourne that medical teams can get to you easily. Some of these spots are seriously rugged and tough to access. A helmet just isn’t enough.
We’re only speaking to a small minority nowadays which are commonly the disrespectful riders out for a weekend ride on the trails. They’re the type with the super loud exhaust bikes who get areas shut down because of their behaviour.
Trust us – a proper helmet, quality dirt/MX boots or adventure motorcycle boots, gloves, jersey, trousers and pads are needed at a minimum. We often see more and more trail and enduro riders opting to wear neck braces which we encourage.
In addition, it can get seriously hot in summer so pack a hydration pack full of water.
Need some more tips? We’ve written the ultimate dirt bike riding tips guide for beginners to help you become a better rider no matter where you are located.
Have we missed anything?
Let us know in the comments if you’ve come across an enduro, trail or motocross track near Melbourne that should be added to this list. Even if you’re an adventure bike rider, we’d still love to know where else to ride as would the offroad motorcycling community!
Xtreme Powersports Australia is a motorcycle parts store based in Mount Gambier who has both an online and offline presence, but are they worth it?
We decided to do a bit of research as we didn’t see too many customer reviews or experiences out there on the internet. We’re coming to you with an unbiased opinion and have no business relationship with Xtreme Powersports Australia.
Let’s jump straight in
Xtreme Powersports Australia
Based at 68 Stuart St, Mount Gambier in South Australia, these guys don’t really sell dirt bikes. Instead they mainly focus on parts.
We previously reviewed Blue City Motorcycles who can serve you very well if you’re in town. What they lack is the depth of parts available unfortunately with stuff often needing to be carted in from Adelaide or the eastern states.
So Xtreme Powersports Australia sells not just parts but a whole heap of other gear too. If you’re looking for riding gear, jet ski parts or simply batteries then you’ll be certainly looked after here.
Just remember that we’re very much unbiased here and are simply sharing our opinion. We don’t get paid to do store reviews.
Most people who have used Xtreme Powersports Australia have enjoyed the experience. Complaints are rarely found but remember that some people do make mistakes along the way – it’s just human error.
Things like making customers wait is something they could improve on. With any store, they always have room for improvement here folks.
You’ll find their eBay store to be going quite strong and it’s where most of their sales come from for both ATVs and dirt bike parts.
When they started
We believe the history behind a company is important. When did they start and why? Are they truly knowledable about what they sell?
These guys started over 10 years ago and have since built quite a following. Their friendly staff have a motorcross and supercross background across both the South Australian and national levels.
Going forward it seems they continue to grow year on year.
Social media following
It’s really hard to find much about these guys on social media. They don’t have a YouTube or Instagram page which is where most dirt bike riders hang out nowadays when they aren’t twisting full-throttle.
You’ll find their Facebook page here which doesn’t have much traction with the occasional post. This means they’re either out riding all day every day or busy fulfilling online orders or just simply serving customers in-store.
Is it a red flag? Not really. We’ve found dirt bike stores in country areas typically aren’t up to speed on consumer trends and rely on existing relationships built over years.
Final verdict on Xtreme Powersports Australia
So would we recommend them? They started in 2008 and their Facebook page started in 2014. When you look at their eBay store there is 30,000 feedback suggesting strong reviews at 99.7% rating.
They stock just about everything under the sun for jet skis, ATVs and dirt bikes. Shipping can be a little slow if you live in the eastern states, but worht the wait considering how much you can save compared to the big guys in town like MX Store.
It’s clear that these guys mean business and if they have what you need – We’d say go for it!