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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rok Bagoros on KTM Duke 125 for GoPro - when the time stops (slow-mo video)

Rok is presenting his newest video project called " when the time stops" that is filmed only with the GoPro cameras. The young Slovenian KTM factory stunt riders wants to show the inside, more detaled view in his tricks on the 15HP KTM motorcycle. Back in the 12. century on Hungarians royal territory in the city named Murska Sobota a castle was build. Back then they had fests where they were dancing and singing on the yard outside or inside the castle. Centuries later a different kind of dance showed up. Dancing with a motorcycle. Rok Bagoros known as stunt rider with a smooth and agressive riding style shows some of his elegant moves on his bike as they did in the past with their dancing. Filmed & edited: Dominik Pelc Video embed is after the jump 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Freddie Spencer's Honda NS500 and NSR250 Race Bike

The days when race bikes are elegant, simple and powerful. Two-stroke supremacy. 

Monday, November 28, 2011

My Yamaha 135LC Extreme Spirit 5-speed Review

I have been using Yamaha 135LC Extreme Spirit 5-speed for almost for 4 month now. I have made a wish to myself that I will buy a new first model of this Yamaha 135LC Extreme Spirit 5-speed, and now my wish has been granted. My review will focus on my experience and knowledge about this popular bike starting from the first day I get it out from the shop to this day. Previously, I have been writing about Yamaha 135LC Extreme Spirit 5-speed, whether it is a good buy or not here. For me, the answer is both yes and no. Why?  

SHOEI X-Twelve Full Face Helmet

[caption id="attachment_7413" align="aligncenter" width="316" caption="SHOEI X-Twelve Reverb TC2"][/caption] The demands that a world-class racer puts on his or her equipment may be second to none, but that hasn't stopped SHOEI from producing a pure racing helmet that can also meet the needs of today's performance-driven enthusiasts. Born from racing, the X-Twelve combines integral feedback from professional racers around the globe with SHOEI's 50 years of helmet building experience, the very latest in technology, and the most advanced materials known to man. Track certified by the fastest riders on the planet, the X-Twelve's innovative features unite to form the most progressive racing helmet on the market.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2013 Toyota GT 86 - The Official FT-86 [Gallery and Video]

[caption id="attachment_7374" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Toyota GT 86"][/caption] It is due for release in June 2012! Finally, Toyota has make official press release for the most elusive machine ever, the Toyota GT 86. The Toyota FT-86 Concept to Toyota GT 86 is great iteration of this machine since it helds it heritage of the drift spirit of the Toyota AE 86. The GT 86 from this front quarter view looks muscular and the stance looks fast. The wheel used is the 17" with 15-spokes (ten silver spokes and 5 gray spokes) and have the 86 logo on it. [caption id="attachment_7377" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="GT 86 logo"][/caption]

Looks closely to the metal emblem on the car and you can see it is flat-boxer piston with 86 number which makes up the logo on the center. Excellent design!

The headlamp is equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) setup with daytime running light.

The low ground clearance is one of the lowest we can find in Toyota production. It features the ultra-low center of gravity at 475mm. The driver position are also taken care of by taking seat as far back possible along with low hip point for maximum driver control.

Light weight overall design weighing just 1180 kg. Lighter weight means better acceleration, better stopping and better handling.

Rear view looks good with the double exhaust setup with the black rear diffuser. The tail lamp will be some sight you are going to see after this on the road.

6 speed manual or automatic transmission featuring paddle shift. This one in the picture is the 6 speed manual and left hand drive since it is for UK release. The 365mm steering is the smallest in Toyota lineup for now. Air-con console features digital display. It is also good to see if this machine features the navigation system as standard.

Check out the windows frame. There isn't any! I love to see this kind of frameless window. It reminds me of old Subaru Impreza.

It looks good in any angle you see it. The small rear spoiler is a nice touch, but I think it should be bigger!

Front engine, rear wheel drive with almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The real distribution is 53:47.

Comes with 200HP 2.0 litre 4 cylinder boxer engine. The engine is horizontally opposed piston setup with 1,998cc displacement. The bore and stroke is at 86mm and that make this engine to deliver linear horsepower and torque. The same bore and stroke is being used by Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

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The price for the Toyota GT 86 is £28,000 (or USD43,233 or MYR137,718.924)

Official press release from Toyota UK below:

The anticipation is over: the new Toyota GT 86 sports car makes its world debut at the 2011 Tokyo motor show. The compact 2+2 model, one of the most keenly awaited new cars of the coming year, will go on sale in the UK in June 2012.

The Toyota GT 86 has been conceived as an entirely driver-focused machine, designed to deliver the core qualities of the classic sports car experience. That means precise, instant response to the smallest throttle and steering inputs and the kind of performance that appeals to those for whom driving is a passion, not a necessity. The Toyota GT 86 is built on a new platform, with a highly aerodynamic bodyshell stretched tight over the car's mechanical elements. Rather than fitting a heavy, large capacity powertrain, Toyota has opted instead to go back to its sporting roots, installing a compact, front-mounted, free-revving petrol engine that drives the rear wheels. This four-cylinder "boxer" unit generates 197bhp at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 6,600rpm, giving the Toyota GT 86 brisk, engaging performance. The powertrain is matched to the world's most compact four-seat design to create a car that benefits from light weight, low inertia and a low centre of gravity to achieve the best possible power-to-weight ratio. For the driver that means lively, accessible performance and dynamic character with minimal intrusion from electronic systems. Packaging The Toyota GT 86 measures 4,240mm long, 1,285mm high and 2,570mm wide, dimensions which make it the most compact four-seater sports car available today. Both the powertrain and the driving position have been set as low and as far back as possible to achieve the best balance: the car has a near-perfect 53:47 front-to-rear weight distribution. The flat-four engine format and the driver's hip point – the lowest of any current Toyota production model – together give the Toyota GT 86 an ultra-low centre of gravity, at just 475mm. The Toyota GT 86 makes the most of a light kerb weight, making it easy for drivers to exploit its nimble handling and cornering poise. The suspension features MacPherson struts at the front and double wishbones at the rear. The car rides on 17-inch wheels and is fitted with ventilated disc brakes fore and aft. World's first horizontally opposed engine with D-4S The Toyota GT 86′s engine is the result of a joint Toyota and Subaru development programme that brings together their technical know-how and mutual passion for sports cars. Toyota has added its D-4S injection technology to Subaru's new, horizontally opposed, naturally aspirated 1,998cc four-cylinder boxer engine. This system features separate twin injectors for both direct and port injection, and a high 12.5:1 compression ratio, increasing power and torque across a wide range of engine speeds without sacrificing fuel efficiency and environmental performance. The flat-four engine has equal bore and stroke of 86.0mm and drives through either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The manual offers quick, precise shifts using a tactile, short-throw lever; the automatic transmission can be controlled using paddle shifts mounted on the steering wheel. Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential to give the best possible grip in all driving conditions. The ABS and switchable vehicle stability control systems have been tuned specifically to deliver dynamic stability at the limit of the car's performance envelope with minimal electronic intervention to help preserve the purity of the driving experience. Design The design of the Toyota GT 86 successfully works within the technical constraints of achieving the most compact dimensions possible, a low centre of gravity and aerodynamic performance inspired by motorsport technology, while also displaying evocative, sweeping styling that recalls Toyota's sports car heritage. Toyota's new design language informs the styling, as in the way attention is focused on the lower part of the car with the large lower grille. Elsewhere the "keen" approach can be witnessed in the clear, expressive lines. The lower grille's "scorpion" look gives the Toyota GT 86 a more powerful appearance, with further sporting details including the model-specific 17-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and the "86″ piston logo that denotes the car's special powertrain configuration. On board, the ergonomics and function of every element the driver interacts with have been scrutinised to make driving the car as natural, instinctive and rewarding as possible. For example, the steering wheel has a 365mm diameter, making it the smallest ever fitted to a Toyota, and it is trimmed in buckskin, developed from exhaustive feedback from test drivers on how to achieve the best steering performance and grip. The three-meter instrument cluster is arranged around a large tachometer, its design benefiting from close attention to the positioning of the displays, markings and typeface. The result is the best possible visibility and readability. The driver-focus of the cockpit is further reinforced by the carbon-effect trim, all-black roof lining, red stitching on the upholstery, aviation-style rocker switches and lightweight, aluminium pedals. Toyota's 50-year sports car heritage The Toyota GT 86 may be launched as the world's only current sports car to feature a front-mounted, horizontally opposed engine and rear-wheel drive, but it cannot claim to be the first. That honour is held by Toyota's two-cylinder boxer-engined Sports 800, which the company began developing in 1962. Since then, Toyota has established a long history of producing exciting, driver-focused sports cars with a front-engine, rear-wheel drive format that have proved as popular with the public as they have been successful in competition. The beautiful 2000 GT, a coupe powered by a 2.0-litre straight-six engine, was first displayed at the 1965 Tokyo motor show and helped establish Toyota's global reputation as a sports car manufacturer. Launched in 1971, the first Celica models featured rear-wheel drive powertrains and were praised by enthusiasts for their agility. All four Supra generations came with straight-six engines and rear-wheel drive, while from 1984 the MR2 won recognition as one of the best handling sports cars in motoring history. The inspiration for the Toyota GT 86, however, is the Corolla GT (or Levin) AE86, a car with an enduring reputation for delivering sheer excitement and capturing the fundamental joy of driving. Its front-engine, rear-wheel drive package, compact dimensions, light weight, impeccable balance and superior power-to-weight ratio made it a must-have choice for rallying and circuit driving throughout its production life, from 1983 to 1987. Here in the UK the GT claimed two British Touring Car Championship titles and a series of top-level rally victories. The Toyota GT 86 is a genuinely lightweight machine that offers the intimacy and involvement of a car that can be driven as though an extension of the driver's body. In this way, it perfectly recaptures the exhilarating spirit of the last of the AE86. And, with numerous customisable parts, its shares its predecessor's aim to be an affordable car that will evolve with its owner.
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via: JONSIBAL: source: Toyota UK

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Bell & Roland Sands Design RS-1 RSD Flash Helmet

20111127-070158 PG.jpg The Bell RS-1 here features the lightweight Kevlar/fibreglass shell, Bell's Velocity Flow Ventilation air circulation system and super stable aerodynamic profile. The price is also modest at USD349.95.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Volkswagen Jetta Ads - The Car for Bikers?

[caption id="attachment_7365" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="VW Jetta Ads"][/caption] I just watched the VW Jetta ads for the South Africa. It is a fun ads to watch. The two riders taking a ride with their classic bike (I think it Kawasaki) to meet their rider friends. On the way there, many things happens to them. Falling into river, getting dust to their face and many more. The video embed is after the jump 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Subaru Impreza STI S206 NBR Challenge Package

[caption id="attachment_7358" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Subaru Impreza STI S206 NBR Challenge Package"][/caption] Available in 100 units only for Japan. It comes white color along with the carbon-fiber roof. This Impreza is special model to commemorate the victory in Nurburgring 24-hour race. Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of the Impreza, has able to make a carbon roof that is lightweight and manages to lower the gravity of car for better handling. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lagenda 115ZR Switch Panel is better than 135LC

20111124-092251 PTG.jpg Yamaha 135LC Switch Panel

20111124-092305 PTG.jpg Yamaha Lagenda 115ZR Switch Panel I have been using 115ZR and 135LC interchangebly in this few month, but my primary ride is the 135LC.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Three Concept bikes from Yamaha for Tokyo Motor Show 2011

[caption id="attachment_7319" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="Yamaha Moegi Y125"][/caption] Yamaha Moegi Y125 This bike combines the retro and modern looks of a what motorcycle origin is. It takes a cues of a bicycle with the big wheel (I think it is 20-inch wheel), simple bike frame and that small headlight. Mixed together with 125cc engine, it has become a moped, which previously is known for a motor-powered bicycle. IMO, this is a great idea from Yamaha and I wouldn't think twice to buy it if the price is right. 

Valentino Rossi Ford Fiesta WRC Monza Rally Car Livery

[caption id="attachment_7306" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="Valentino Rossi Ford Fiesta WRC Monza Rally Car Livery"][/caption] Rossi will be racing in this car for the Monza Rally Show which is dedicated to the late Marco Simoncelli. We can see the number 58Sic on the car along with the the VR46 and sun and moon motif wording on the car. The base car used is the Ford Fiesta WRC which is getting more popular everyday. The livery is designed by Aldo Drudi. Other racers that are taking the dive into the car racing is Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and Claudio Sorti.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Twin Jet-engine Custom Harley Davidson

[caption id="attachment_7303" align="aligncenter" width="628" caption="Twin Jet-engine Custom Harley Davidson"][/caption] Robert Maddox made this bike for a customer who are trying to get a 200-mph bike to join the club. Anyway, the customer might just have canceled the idea and now this bike is up for sale in eBay. The price for buy-it-now is at USD25,000. The engine of this bike are indeed from jet-engine, in this case it came in twin setup. The bike are custom made from 1929 Harley Davidson and looking nice with the red livery. The tyre used are the narrow type to minimise the rolling friction.  

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Racing Boy SP579 Wheel for KSR110 - RM400+

[caption id="attachment_7289" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="Racing Boy SP579 Wheel for KSR110 Red"][/caption] Racing Boy has released new wheel design for KSR110. It comes in three colours - red, gold and blue. And yes, it is NOT available for 135LC, Wave or any other bike yet. 2 more pictures of the gold and blue wheel after the jump 

Subaru BRZ Concept STI - The Proper Legend Styling

[caption id="attachment_7282" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Subaru BRZ Concept STI - the headlamp looks like it is mad at you. GRRRRR!!!"][/caption] We are all waiting patiently to the launched of this AE-86 replacement the FT-86, or in this case the Subaru BRZ. Subaru has shown a new version of the BRZ that is the Concept STI. STI are very close to Subaru and their products are one of the greatest such as the Subaru Impreza WRX STI Version. 

J's Racing Modified Honda CR-Z

20111120-053128 PTG.jpg Honda CR-Z is looking better every day. Better if K20A is put inside there.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Suzuki GW250 is Suzuki Inazuma 250

20111119-082236 PTG.jpg Inazuma mean lightning in Japanese. This name IMO is a better name for the recently launched Suzuki GW250 in Haejue, China. Suzuki Inazuma 250 are making its appearance to fight with Kawasaki Ninja 250R, Honda CBR250R and Hyosung ATK 250. The design of the Inazuma are taken from the cues of the popular B-King which is at 1400cc capacity. Sometimes, Inazuma are also referred as the baby B-King.

Engine Protector with lots of airflow from Y-Teq

20111119-123150 PTG.jpg I just installed an engine protector from Y-Teq. This model is better than previous model than we have seen before since this have a mesh wire that provides good air flow to cool the engine. This one is also looks nice since it came with red Yamaha logo that complements the colour of red/black combination of the 135LC ES 5-speed. Price is at RM35.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Honda NSR150SP Swimming in Bangkok Flood [Video]

20111118-090531 PTG.jpg Desperate times call for desperate measures. This NSR150SP has been seen swimming inside the flood that happened recently in Bangkok. The rider has modified the exhaust pipe outlet to a level higher than the bike seat. The air inlet are also modified to be placed on the dashboard. This is to make sure both air flow from the carb to the exhaust not being filled with the flood. You must see the video, after the jump

Millyard Viper V10 - 8,000cc Superbike!

[caption id="attachment_7260" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Millyard Viper V10"][/caption] MM reader, All Blacks, has sent me a message about this Millyard Viper V10 superbike. This bike is an one-off motorcycle made by British engineers Allen Millyard. The engine is taken from Dodge Viper's 8,000cc V10 which produces more than 500bhp

How Using Big Bore Cylinder helps to give More Power

20111118-103516 PG.jpg At first, I only thought that by using big bore block to your bike it can only increase the amount of fuel and air that gets into the combustion chamber. Since more fuel and air get burned inside the combustion chamber this will give more power for every power stroke. I thought that is the only way the power is affected. Now I know one more factor affecting the engine power by using big bore cylinder block that is about Compression Ratio. I have written about it here. By using big bore block, you only increase the bore size, but the length of the stroke remain unchanged. When this happens, you actually increasing the compression ratio. Compression ratio is increased because you have bigger bore size with the same combustion chamber size between the TDC and the head. Higher compression ratio = higher power. That is why sometime we heard about conrod being broken when a rider upgrading their block to bigger bore size. This is due to the fact that high compression ratio will give higher stress to the engine parts especially the conrod. HISPEED from Thailand has a higher strength conrod for use with 135LC which have thicker rod construction for better handling of the stress of high compression ratio of the modified engine. IMO, if you upgrade your 135LC to 62mm cylinder block like the one from UMA Racing which is ceramic coated, the stress is still able to be endure by the stock conrod, but when you use bigger size bore like the 65mm X1R cylinder or the custom 71mm block, I think you need to use higher strength conrod. I also have heard about few 135LC riders use Modenas Jaguh 175cc conrod because of the strength of it. This information is valid for all bike whether about Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki or any bikes. I only use 135LC as a reference. Hope it helps you a bit!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Midalu FGR 2500 V6 - 2.5L Naked Bike from Czech at EICMA 2011

[caption id="attachment_7244" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="Midalu FGR 2500 V6"][/caption] Czech superbike manufacturer has shown their bike, the FGR 2500 V6 which comes in 2,442cc 90-degree V6 configuration engine. The water-cooled engine produces 240hp (for comparison, 135LC is 12hp) and 200Nm of torque (135LC, 11Nm) which is enormous amount of power for this monstrous bike. The seat and fuel tank are made from carbon-fiber to reduce weight with 6 exhaust pipe on the rear end. The dry weight of this bike is 270kg supported with front and rear suspension from the ever popular Ohlins. Stopping power provided by Brembo. It only takes 2.5sec for this bike to move from 0-100km/h and all the way to its top speed at 320km/h. Fuel consumption is at 6-8 liter per 100km (135LC, about 2.8 liter for 100km), which is not bad for this expensive machinery with big engine. Full technical specs and more pictures after the jump  

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Next Honda Sport 150 Might Feature Trellis Frame

[caption id="attachment_7238" align="aligncenter" width="460" caption="Trellis Frame for next CBR150R?"][/caption] Honda Sport 150 might be featuring the beautiful Trellis frame on their next model. Honda Sport 150 are said to be the CBR150R or the CS1 with 150cc engine. Trellis frame are popular in many naked bike since it provides great chassis integrity with great looks too. It has been used in another Honda bikes such as the Honda VTR250. 

Monday, November 14, 2011

2012 Kawasaki Bikes Launched in Malaysia: Versys 1000 (RM75k), W800 (RM58k) and ZZR-1400 ABS (RM99k)

[caption id="attachment_7231" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Kawasaki W800 - RM58,000"][/caption] Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has launched 3 new model of their bikes in Malaysia for 2012 lineup with prices starting at RM58,000 in 3 different categories. The first one is the Kawasaki W800 which is designed to have classic and traditional look taken for the cue of Kawasaki W1 which is a popular bike long time ago. Next one is the Kawasaki Versys 1000 which is the upgrade from Versys 650 with larger engine capacity. The last one is the Kawasaki Ninja ZZR1400 ABS which is a new model recently launched in US. Kawasaki W800 is derived from the Kawasaki W1 which is being produced in 1966. At that time, it was the largest capacity bike from Japan and show the world that Kawasaki is in the big capacity bike arena. The design has not been changed much from the original model and this will make classic bike lover happy.  

Sunday, November 13, 2011

KTM Unleashes Next Generation Of Innovative Motorcycles At EICMA 2011!

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KTM, the 'Ready to Race' sports motorcycle specialist goes to EICMA, World`s leading motorcycle fair in Milan with exciting new motorcycles for the model year 2012. True to its commitment to produce bikes designed for ultimate sporting pleasure, KTM is at EICMA with innovative new machines for all surfaces that encapsulate the work and dedication of the company's R & D department and the collective passion of everyone at KTM's headquarters in Austria.
Hubert Trunkenpolz, CSO, KTM Power Sports AG: "Our message for the future is clear. KTM focuses on any surface more than ever on the strength of our products. The innovations that we are showing here in Milan are a perfect reflection of our innovative, sporting and strong engagement." Introducing the 690 Duke Renowned for producing winning offroad bikes and fresh from a season of unparalleled success in MX World championship competition, KTM has also long turned its attention to street bikes. Now, just one model year on from the introduction of the highly successful 125 Duke, the entry level bike that has captivated the attention of not only young riders across Europe and beyond, KTM is proud to unveil the 690 Duke at EICMA. Based on more than 20 years of experience in LC4 motor technology and 18 years after the launch of the very first Duke, this single-cylinder bike is a dynamic but comfortable machine with even more power, brand new ABS, very impressive riding characteristics and a cutting edge design that is both new and typically KTM. The 690 Duke represents the very essence of the KTM philosophy and dedication for producing bikes that deliver pure riding pleasure and sporting satisfaction.   [caption id="attachment_7208" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="KTM Duke 200 Official Picture"][/caption] 200 Duke follows success of entry level 125 Duke Following the unprecedented success of the 125 Duke in 2011, which rocketed to the top of the 125 cc bike segment sales in the first six month of its release in the early summer of 2011, KTM now presents the equally attractive 200 cc version. This is a sporty small motorcycle that produces 19 kW (26 hp) that more than matches its little brother in impressive handling and typical KTM design language. The 200 Duke continues the success story of the KTM Duke models and the only small thing about it is the price.   [caption id="attachment_7205" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="KTM Freeride E - E is for Electric"][/caption] Freeride E: the evolution of revolution KTM has taken on the challenge of developing an electrically driven offroad sports motorcycle for mass production and has become the first of the major motorcycle companies to do so. This exciting, sports-oriented, environmentally friendly bike is the culmination of three intense years of hard work and a commitment to innovation. The Freeride E embodies all the collective KTM experience garnered during years of development of conventional combustion-driven models and has resulted in a motorcycle that is not only pure KTM but also globally unique. The electric motor, developed in-house, is the throbbing heart of this dynamic machine that is not only emission free but is also almost silent. The Freeride E is proof of KTM's drive and determination to take on a highly complex project and successfully transform it into a bike that offers intense riding pleasure in the spirit of pure offroad sports. 2012 is only the beginning of what represents a challenging, but electrifyingly exciting new segment in tune with the demands of today's society. [caption id="attachment_7204" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="KTM 350 Freeride"][/caption]

350 Freeride The sport of motorcycling is at the very apex of the KTM philosophy. That is why for 2012 the company has also produced a second Freeride model with a conventional drive. Building on the extremely well balanced engine characteristics of the 350 cc engine that has served KTM's Motocross and Enduro competition bikes so well in the past two years, the 350 Freeride is a lightweight bike capable of translating the thrill of the classic Enduro experience into one that requires the least amount of physical exertion. The 350 Freeride is the perfect introduction to the thrill and exhilaration of Enduro sport. Indeed with this bike, Enduro has never been easier.

Let the curtain go up on the World of KTM at EICMA 2011 KTM is proud to present new developments, innovations and updates right across its model range at EICMA 2011. In addition to the four outstanding new models there have been numerous improvements to existing models. The 690 SMC R and the 690 Enduro R have been completely revised to be more powerful and feature a fresh new design. Whether it is updating the 990 SM R to include ABS in 2012 or giving the 990 Super Duke R a pillion, the KTM development team, driven by pure passion, continues its mission to develop the world's best sports motorcycles.

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Aprilia SR Motard 50/125

[caption id="attachment_7200" align="aligncenter" width="586" caption="Aprilia SR Motard 125"][/caption] Aprilia not only focused their bikes lineup to just big capacity machine, but now they have surprised us with this SR Motard which comes in 50cc and 125cc variation. If you think you have seen this bike before, you are correct, since this bike is based on the Gilera Typhoon bike. SR Motard is the name given, but why it's called Motard? According to the press release by Aprilia " the soul about more "fun" of Aprilia sport bikes is certainly linked to the world of Supermoto bikes. Nate as an elaboration of road bikes off-road, supermoto have successfully combined the ease of driving of the motorcycle enduro set-up and performance of asphalt. The new SR Motard, in the SR family of sports scooters, contain the spirit of the great Supermoto SXV Aprilia Dorsoduro and the likes. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Honda CRF250L - motocross with CBR250R base

20111112-124244 PTG.jpg Finally the motocross that has been rumored to use the single cylinder engine taken from the CBR250R model. This will give easy maintainance since there fewer cylinder to look after to. This also mean that this CRF250L is much more tamer and much more suited for beginner rider. Launching on Tokyo Motor Show 2011.

Friday, November 11, 2011

2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000

[caption id="attachment_7188" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="2012 Kawasaki Versys 1000"][/caption] One of the favourite touring bike by many riders. Reliable, tough and easy to maintain. Coming in 1000cc model with revised item such as the frame for better long distance riding. Rumored to be launched tomorrow at COTY2U. Thanks to Hasni Fitri for the tips! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Milan: Honda Bikes Lineup

[caption id="attachment_7179" align="aligncenter" width="580" caption="Honda NC700S"][/caption] Honda has unveiled at least 16 of their bikes whether all-new model or just minor upgrade at their booth in EICMA, Milan. It happens that bikes starting from 50cc and all the wat up to 1800cc has seen its love by Honda. 

2012 Ducati 1199 Panigale S Unveiled

Ducati has unveiled the long-awaited 1199 Panigale Superbike alongside its entire 2012 range in a stylish Press Conference at the Teatro Dal Verme in Milan, Italy. Setting a new benchmark in the motorcycle industry with their ground-breaking and innovative new Superbike, the Italian manufacturer's incredible line-up of dream motorcycles are now set to be exhibited from 10-13 November at EICMA 2011, the 69th edition of the Milan International Motorcycle Show. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

2012 Ducati Panigale 1199?

20111107-045503 PTG.jpg Is this the 2012 Ducati Panigale 1199 for the unveiling in EICMA, Milan?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

2012 MV Agusta Brutale 675 - the naked F3

20111106-122909 PTG.jpg MV Agusta has done everything that it should to make this Brutale one of the best naked bike ever on its lineup. The design of this bike are perfect. It looks brutal and it looks powerful. The competitor of this bike came from Ducati Monster 795/796 and Triumph Speed Triple. What's even better is that this Brutale is about 100GBP cheaper that the Speed Triple.

Quick Facts about Valencia MotoGP

20111106-111513 PG.jpg 1. Valentino Rossi have jacket and helmet with 58 tribute number. 2. Loris Capirossi will have his last MotoGP here and he is riding his bike with number 58 (his real bike number is 65). 3. Kevin Schwantz will ride Marco Simoncelli's Honda San Carlo Gresini bike with 58 number for the 2-minute of noise ride before the start of the race. 4. Bradl has won the Moto2 champhionship when Marquez withdraws from the race due to injury. 5. Ducati team has its best qualifying and free practice here. At one time, Valentino Rossi was the number 1 on the time sheet, before Stoner breaks it in the final minutes.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Shinko EVO SR877 Update - Riding in the Rain

[caption id="attachment_7155" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="Dirt all over after the water from the rain has dried"][/caption] It is about time for me to update the review of the Shinko EVO SR877 that I have used to my Lagenda 115ZR since May 2011. This time it is about riding in the rain. I picked up my Lagenda 115ZR after test riding the Axelo for Kapcai magazine. At that time, there is a little drizzle and I was thinking whether to take my bike on the road or not. Then, I think, this is a good time to test the Shinko SR877 on wet condition. So, I did. I ride it in the rain. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Very Big Thanks to QBEE Motor Group for the Sepang MotoGP Experience

[caption id="attachment_7151" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="K1 Grandstand ticket (RM73) + T-shirt for me courtesy of QBEE Motor Group"][/caption] Here I would like to say my thanks to QBEE Motor Group Sdn Bhd, the company that brings us the Shinko Motorcycle Tyres from Korea and the BMC Air Filters from Italy, for their support to small time blogger like me. I'm honoured to have the recognition by QBEE Motor Group which has noticed the importance of Internet media such blog. It is also good to know that Manfred from QBEE Motor Group has invited me to go to Sepang MotoGP and sponsored me a K1 Grandstand ticket. That is actually my first MotoGP experience. Usually I just sit at home at watched it on TV. I remember that sometime I need to skip class just to watched the MotoGP which happens Sunday, which is not a weekend in Kelantan! At that time, the most popular rider is Mick Doohan with his Repsol Honda livery and single-sided swing-arm. It was a beautiful bike at that time. Now, the Honda glory has been liven up by Casey Stoner who just wins the 2011 MotoGP championship.  


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