Friday, October 24, 2014
Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus technology unveiled in Sepang, Malaysia - first motorcycle oil made from natural gas - available in Jan 2015
[caption id="attachment_17865" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Shell Malaysia Trading MD Tuan Haji Azman Ismail (3rd from left) with Shell Lubricants Global Marketing GM Andrew Hepher and Motorcycle Oil Tech Manager Leo Kin Mun at the new Shell Advance Ultra soft launch[/caption] Shell provided a sneak peek into the Shell PurePlus Technology that will soon be incorporated into the Shell Advance Ultra premium motorcycle oils. This technology produces a high quality base oil from natural gas, instead of crude oil, yielding superior performing lubricants. The combination of these base oils and advanced additive technology will produce Shell Advance Ultra premium motorcycle oils with improved performance benefits. Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process, developed over 40 years of research that converts natural gas into crystal-clear base oil with virtually none of the impurities found in crude oil. The base oil is produced at the Pearl GTL plant in Qatar, a partnership between Shell and Qatar Petroleum, and the world's largest source of GTL products today. GTL base oil provides enhanced viscosity, friction and volatility performance compared to more prominently used traditional base oils made from crude oil. Through the integration of the gas value chain in Qatar and Shell's global Lubricants Supply Chain, Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology will be made available to motorcyclists in Malaysia from January 2015.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Round seventeen of the 2014 MotoGP™ season takes place at Sepang International Circuit, a circuit defined by its high ambient temperatures and humidity, and a fast, technical layout.
Measuring approximately 5.5 kilometres in length, Sepang is characterised by two long straights that end in extreme braking zones which demand high levels of stability from the front tyre. The rest of the circuit is a mix of high and low speed corners that combine to generate significant stress on tyres, with this circuit being one of the more demanding in terms of tyre development.
With the severe braking zones being such an integral part of the Sepang Circuit, Bridgestone has developed a new hard compound front slick tyre that riders will get to use in a race setting for the first time this weekend. This new development offers the same excellent braking stability and durability of the previous hard compound front slick, but with better cornering and warm-up performance.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Round 15 - Australian MotoGP: Rossi wins at Phillip Island to lead Yamaha clean sweep - 1st Rossi, 2nd Lorenzo and 3rd Smith
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi won his first race at Phillip Island in ten years as the Italian rider led a Yamaha clean sweep of the top three podium positions at the Australian Grand Prix. Rossi started from eighth on the grid but was able to make up positions in the opening laps of the race and by the third lap was in third position. Rossi then got involved in an entertaining battle with teammate Jorge Lorenzo and after trading places a few times with his teammate, eventually seized second place from Lorenzo with ten laps remaining. Rossi then found himself in the lead of the race after Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez came unstuck at turn 10 on lap eighteen and the Italian rider went on to cross the finish line 10.836 seconds ahead of his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP stablemate Lorenzo. Finishing in third place for his first premier-class podium was Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith a further 1.5 seconds behind Lorenzo.
Next Bike Sdn Bhd (Ducati Malaysia) delighted members of the press and Ducati Club Malaysia with the exclusive preview of a renewed classic, the Ducati Scrambler, just ahead of the launch of Asia Ducati Week 2014. The reveal took place at the Beach Club in Kuala Lumpur and unofficially kicks off a sensational week of Ducati product launches, thrilling activities and celebrations that coincide with the Malaysian MotoGP weekend at the Sepang International Circuit.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Yamaha YZF-R3 has made its appearance in Yamaha UK. On the first impression, it looks very much like the YZF-R25 that has been released in Indonesia. This one carries bigger engine at 320cc with 2-cylinder DOHC configuration. Power maxes out at 42PS which is good for this bike in this category. Check out the tech specs after the jump:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it will begin sales of a rechargeable electric-powered blade snow thrower, Yukios e (SB800e), in Japan in mid-November 2014 through Honda power products dealers (including authorized Honda agricultural power products dealers, home centers and motorcycle dealers.) The easy-to-operate Yukios e is designed for quiet and speedy snow removal for household use or for small-sized parking lots or other facilities.