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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Honda MSX 125 RX-78-2 H2C Gundam Accessories in Thailand

gundam-msx125 A nice modification ideas to spice up the Honda MSX125 by installing this RX-78-2 H2C Gundam accessories. Available in Thailand. via: we forgot what page is it, but it is in FB.

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2014 Yamaha MT-09 previewed for dealers in Malaysia

2014-Yamaha-MT-09-Malaysia This was supposed to be a closed event for dealers but here it is the picture of the 3-cylinder 850cc Yamaha MT-09 that has been previewed in KL, Malaysia. Rumors said that this bike is going to be CKD and the price is going to be low. Some even says that it is even below RM50k.  

Modified Vespa with 4-cylinder engine

image This is one of the extreme mod of Vespa that I have ever seen. Splashed with usual Repsol white, red and orange for that different Vespa style and to show the engine that is from Honda. Not sure whether the engine is 600cc or 1,000cc. Even though, the mod is extreme, I still think this Vespa could be a daily ride for some people. Only if it is legal to on the road. Via: Biking for fun FB

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

2014 Yamaha FZ150i studio pictures leaked - is this the real thing?

2014-Yamaha-FZ150i-Malaysia-002 Three pictures that looks like official studio pictures of 2014 Yamaha FZ150i has leaked. Based on my observation, everything is looking almost perfect to be a real thing. HLYM website still doesn't show anything yet abou this FZ150i. We can see the small LC4V writings on the front mudguard, the accurate position of the FZ150i emblem on the side of the top fairing and the Deltabox sign on the frame. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Yamaha OW23 Agostini Race Bike

yamaha-OW23-agostini Another beautiful race bike from Yamaha. OW23 Agostini. Spoke wheel makes it looks classic and simple. A piece of dreams.

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Yamaha Cafe Racer

yamaha-cafe-racer It is Yamaha and it is cafe racer. That's all that we know. Just by looking at it we know it is fast and ready to tear the track. via: https://www.facebook.com/BikeShooter

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Arai SZ-Ram 4 Nakasuga open-face helmet - the evergreen livery we always wanted - RM1,900

arai-nakasuga Arai is one of the premium helmets brand that are popular in Malaysia. Premium helmets can be considered as the expensive helmets because the price tag is about 50 times higher than normal helmet (taking example of MS88 helmet at RM30 x 50 = RM1,500). Few things relate to this premium helmet quality. We can see the use of better material for the shell, more comfortable inner padding, outstanding paint quality and proven race track performance. This particular Arai SZ-Ram 4 Nakasuga is one of the beautiful livery that we can see in the SZ-Ram 4 lineup. It got that beautiful BIG eyes on the top of the visor and matching combination of red, white, yellow, black and silver colour all around the helmet. 

2014 Icon Airmada Spaztyk - metal-flake - estimated RM1,100

2014-Icon-Airmada-Spaztyk-Green.png-002 Helmet nowadays serve two purposes - 1. As a safety gear to protect from the elements of emergency and 2. As a product to show your personality. Manufacturers who knows about this will try to make the helmets as safe as they can and at the same time makes it as unique as it is never seen before. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

SHOEI Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS) [Video]

SHOEI-EQRS SHOEI Emergency Quick Release System or also known as the EQRS provides easy mechanism for paramedic team to remove the helmet. It can be seen as in the picture above with the red tab that shows the position of the EQRS mechanism to pull out the side padding easily. Nobody wants to be in this emergency situation but if it do happens, EQRS can prove its benefit. The system helps to minimise the critical injury reaction time as compared to the helmet without the mechanism. Further post-injury related case can also be minimised since there are no more cutting of the helmet padding which are critical if the riders got neck injury. EQRS are available for SHOEI X-12 and GT-Air. Check out the video embed after the jump:

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2014 ICON Airmada Bioskull full face helmet - estimated RM2,800

image Icon Airmada proves to be one of the helmet choices for riders with the benefit of air ventilation that is larger compared to other makes. It is also one of the most ferocious livery ever designed to a production helmet. Take this model, Bioskull, it looks like a monster robo-alien ready to chew its prey. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

TT Legends Documentary - Episode 6: Suzuka 8hr Race [Video]

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 6.49.49 PM After the race in Isle of Man, TT Legends documentary brings us to Japan for the Suzuka 8hr Race where team tackle the famous endurance there. Check out the video embed after the jump:  

TT Legends Documentary - Episode 5: The IOM TT (Part 2)

Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 6.44.40 PM Episode 5 is the continuation of the episode 4 where it take us to the Isle of Man TT for the wildest, fastest and the most dangerous road racing in the world. Check out the video embed after the jump:  

CMS Ceramic Racing 62mm Cylinder Block and Racing Camshaft for Yamaha 135LC, FZ150i - RM350

cms-ceramic-block Upgrade the performance of your Yamaha 135LC and FZ150i with this CMS performance package. Included with CMS Ceramic Racing AC2000 62mm cylinder block complete with piston kit and CMS Racing camshaft. Available for RM350 at Tan Motor (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tan-Motor-Parts-Accessories/255180444534762?ref=stream).

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ducati Malaysia introduces its latest addition to the Monster family – the 796 Corse Stripe - RM63,888 (basic)

09-IMG_002 Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) told the tale of a new Monster as it launched the 796 Corse Stripe at Ducati Centre Petaling Jaya today. The latest incarnation of the Monster series combines the user-friendliness of the 696 with the sporty nature of the 1100 and brings the magic of the mid-range back to the Monster family. "Still a roaring success more than 20 years after its sensational debut at the Cologne Motorcycle Show back in 1992, the Monster range continues to captivate motorcyclists across the globe with its subtle evolution. The 796 is a refined and sophisticated machine which boasts the unmistakable Monster style and has become the new 'urban icon' of hand built Italian naked motorcycles," said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, NAZA Group of Companies Joint Group Executive Chairman. Present at the event were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd. "This mid-sized Monster is bound to become a new favourite amongst Malaysian riders and we estimate that this model will contribute 35% of Ducati's sales for 2014. Available to the local market as Completely Knocked Down (CKD) units from Thailand, the Monster 796 Corse Stripe offers exceptional value for the price of RM63,888 (net selling price)," stated Datuk Wira SM Faisal. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

2012 Kawasaki Ninja RR in Indonesia - 150cc 28hp 2-stroke power - legend of the east

  2012-Kawasaki-Ninja-RR-150-002 Could be possible that Indonesia is the only country in the world to ever have the production of facelifted Kawasaki Ninja RR (or also known as the Ninja KRR-ZX150 in Malaysia)? This bike has been introduce to the world in 2012 for the Indonesian market. While they were enjoying their new ride of the facelifted Ninja RR with slimmer body and new styling, we in Malaysia are waiting for it to come here. Then, as of 2014, we heard that the 2-stroke Ninja KRR-ZX150 is going to be replaced with another bike that is equipped with 4-stroke engine. Based on this information, there will be no more hope for us to see this facelift bike to be available in Malaysia. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

World Superbike Championship (WSBK) Sepang Ticket are now available for sale

WSBK-ticket There is no other more official confirmation of the WSBK coming to Sepang, Malaysia than this revelation of WSBK 2014 ticket available for sale that is publicly shown at their website here. Tickets are priced at RM100 for the Main Grandstand North for the early bird and still available right now to buy. WSBK-hillstand The cheapest tickets available is at RM30 for the C2 Hillstand and that is affordable enough for everyone to start saving now. Based on my comparison to the tickets price, it seems that overall ticket price on every place is much cheaper than the tickets for MotoGP. This maybe due to their(SIC) perception about WSBK than is less popular than the MotoGP, but in my humble opinion, I think, there are many more people wanted to see the production bike being pushed to the limit on the track. At the same time, they can just go back to the shop to check out their favourite production that they like from WSBK race, which they cannot do if it was MotoGP. MotoGP is interesting too but the bikes are not production bikes, so the races are quite irrelevant to us who wants to look for something that we can buy afterwards. There is a saying,'You win on Sunday, you sell on Monday'. Whether it is WSBK or MotoGP, I'll heading for both of the races. Maybe F1 too. What about you? via: http://www.sepangcircuit.com/Ticketing-@-Buy_Tickets_Online-%C2%BB-World_Superbike_Championship.aspx

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Live picture of 2014 Naza Blade TBR Edition livery update - RM16,799 (basic)

2014-naza-tbr-250r A clearer picture of the 2014 Naza Blade 250R Two Brothers edition livery update. As we can see, it features different livery than the 2012 version. Price is at RM16,799 basic or RM18,000 on the road complete with road tax and insurance. via: https://www.facebook.com/BLHMotor

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

2014 Kawasaki 250RR Mono or 250SL launched in Indonesia - 250cc single-cylinder 28hp Ninja 150R successor

image Kawasaki Motor Indonesia finally have officially released Ninja 250RR Mono/250SL, the successor of their own 2-stroke Ninja 150R, as the world premiere of this global model. The name Ninja 250RR Mono or the Ninja 250SL is used in different market with different names but, carries no changes of the bike internals except for the minor changes of the livery graphics on the exterior. Ninja 250RR Mono will have its production in Indonesia for the global market. image The body comes with twin tubular steel chassis for strength and sportier handling of the bike but able to keep it low cost for the masses. Also seen there is the same wheel design which is used for the Ninja 250 2-cylinder that shows 10-spoke Y-shape wheel. image Overall design are made to be as sporty as its predecessor, Ninja 150R, which is based on super sports category. This mean it will have lower steering position for the rider to hug the tank and slips into the air bubble of the bike to avoid the wind. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Scorpion RP-1 GP CF Exhaust System for 2014 Kawasaki Z1000 - estimated RM3,300

Z1000-scorpion-exhaust Just after few weeks of the introduction of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000, Scorpion has prepared this Carbon Fiber RP-1 GP exhaust for the bike. This RP-1 GP can be a great first mod that should be done to the bike is doesn't meddle with the engine internal or even the electronics. Just plug and ride. Scorpion RP-1 GP exhaust system estimated price is RM3,300 and available by QBEE Motor.

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2014 Naza Blade 650R Two Brothers Racing edition - DOHC V-twin EFI - RM24,586 basic

Naza650R-TBR Naza Bikes has updated the livery of the Blade 650R TBR edition for 2014. The basic price is at RM24,586 which could be one of the lowest priced 650cc superbike on the market. The addition of the Two Brother Racing exhaust system will make the bike sounds nicer and upped the power of the 650R. The engine is actually based from Suzuki SV650N with DOHC V-twin configuration and equipped with electronic fuel injection. The bike model is based from the Hyosung GT650R which is a bike originate from South Korea. I have seen many of this bike on the highway in Malaysia and it seems that the riders are enjoying the bike. I wish somebody could lend me the bike to test it. via: cutout from AutoShowcase

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

2014 AGV K-3 SV - built in sun visor - estimated RM1,000

AGV-K-3-SV5   AGV has updated their K-3 base model to this 2014 model, the K-3 SV. SV stands for Sun Visor (thanks user rihuhs for telling me this) and as you can see there is the sun visor inside the helmet. Before this, the popular helmet from AGV that have sun visor is the AGV Stealth SV, but that one is not easy to find in Malaysia. Having the sun visor is a good thing in Malaysia since it can prevent the scorching hot sun blinding you from the road. Based on the JPJ regulation, it is illegal to use a dark or reflective tint visor, so, you can avoid it by using the clear visor on the outside and the darker sun visor on the inside. I think this K-3 SV is still not available in Malaysia as I checked in mudah. Maybe it will come in few more months and the price of RM1,000 is just the estimation on the current AGV K-3 without the SV is at RM750. Also check out the official info from AGV after the jump: 

Moto2 and Moto3 Pre-season Valencia Test - Moto2 Azlan P16, Hafizh P22, Moto3 Hafiq P4

ScreenShot083 Moto3 pre-season testing has shown a good start to Hafiq Azmi, who has also known as baby hulk, has finished in Session 3 at position 4 which is a good thing since he just started. The graphics of the baby hulk is nice and could be the next thing to put on your helmet. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 PATA Honda Team - WSBK Jonathan Rea #65, Leon Haslam #91, WSS Michael van der Mark #60, Lorenzo Zanetti #26

09-270114honrace_9 The team comprises the same rider line-up as in 2013 with British riders Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam riding the new Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP in the 14-round World Superbike championship which kicks off at Phillip Island in Australia on 23 February. Meanwhile, following their rookie seasons in 2013, Dutch rider Michael van der Mark and Italian ace Lorenzo Zanetti will challenge for honours on Honda's CBR600RR in the World Supersport series, which also starts at Phillip Island next month. The team presentation took place in front of hundreds of media and motorcycle racing fans on day two of the increasingly popular Motor Bike Expo at Verona. The show is taking place just 70km from the headquarters and factory of Pata, Italy's famous snack manufacturer which is title partner of the Pata Honda team for the second year. 11-270114honrace_2-pata_rea_11
Jonathan Rea -  Pata Honda World Superbike
It was quite difficult at times in 2013 and the season ended badly in injury, but my leg feels OK now. It's not quite 100% and I have some discomfort walking on it, but on the bike it's fine. This team feels like a family to me now and knowing all the faces and how the team works helps me to get the best out of the package and the people around me. We all share the same goals but it feels like there's been a change of mentality for this season – everyone is even more focused than usual. By the time we get to Phillip Island we will have tested a lot, and we're really pushing hard, so I think that if anyone is in good shape to challenge at the front when the season starts, it'll be me and my team. 16-270114honrace_3pata_halsam_1
Leon Haslam -  Pata Honda World Superbike
Last season was definitely one to forget for me. We started a little bit on the back foot and then I broke my leg just after round two. I'm training again quite strongly now and the team's been working 24-7 on the bike, mainly on the electronics, so we'll be aiming to maximise what we have from the start of the season and see where that puts us. It's fantastic to have Pata back on board this year – it's a really good, family-run company and I didn't really get a chance to show them what I'm capable of last year. I'd love to repay them with some podiums and some wins this season and have some good after-race parties! 05-270114honrace_5pata_mark_1
Michael van der Mark -  Pata Honda World Supersport
We have already tested the CBR600RR and there have been a lot of improvements which we noticed immediately. The team has overcome some of the big problems we had last year with some new software updates so we can head into the new season with some confidence. I was very happy with my first season in World Supersport and to get on the podium in my first race at Phillip Island was fantastic. So, it's great to be back with the team again and I can't wait to start racing again.  01-270114honrace_4pat_zanetti_1
Lorenzo Zanetti -  Pata Honda World Supersport
Yes, I think I improved a lot as a rider last year after quite a difficult start. The bike has definitely improved as well, especially in the electronics, and I think we have a good way forward for this coming season. I am really looking forward to working with this team again and to challenging for the podium in every race. [gallery ids="15457,15455,15454,15452,15450,15451,15449,15447,15456,15445,15444,15443,15441,15440,15439"]
Ronald ten Kate -  team manager
It's clear that 2013 wasn't a great year for us – the riders got injured quite heavily but, in a way, that allowed us to step back and review the whole situation, looking at the bike and what we would be needing for the coming season. So, we've had a big development plan and brought in a lot of parts for the bike. The electronics have been upgraded massively over the winter and we've got a good testing programme, so I think we can say we're better prepared than ever before. The new Honda Fireblade SP is good step forward, especially for road riders and those taking it on to the track. We're already using a lot of that upgraded technology like suspension and brakes, and the engine improvements will be useful, too. We're pulling out all the stops and with four talented and determined riders, I firmly believe that we can compete for race wins this season and even two championships.
Carlo Fiorani -  Honda Motor Europe
It is very nice for us to have Pata and Tonello and all our other sponsors with us again for the 2104 season. They have once again confirmed their support for this team, even though the results last year were not very good. We had two big crashes with our Superbike riders and we had many issues, so its good that we can retain the trust of our sponsors and we will try our hardest to reward their continued faith. The team has worked hard, even over the Christmas period, to make a competitive Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP for the 2014 season. The bike is a step forward from last year  and, of course, we will be pushing harder than ever to get some good results.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Alien Full Face Helmet - from the maker of Predator helmet - USD580

alien   The maker of the popular and different kind of helmet, Nlo-Moto,Russia, bring us this Alien full face helmet for riders. Previously, they have take the world by storm with the introduction of the Predator helmet in 2013. By the look of it, I think the base model for the Alien conversion is from AGV since the visor resemble the one AGV have very closely. Getting this helmet means that you are there to fight with the Predator for the reenactment of Alien vs Predator. via: http://www.nlo-moto.ru/helmet/alien

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Old Empire Motorcycle Lightning Cafe Racer Concept Artwork

OEM-Cafe-Racer-Art A beautiful piece of concept artwork from Old Empire Motorcycle (OEM) for a Cafe Racer named Lightning. Featuring a low stance and slim body. Timeless and making the cafe racer still relevant to this day. via: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pipeburn/158776627523351?ref=stream

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ARC R3 Open Face Helmet from Racing Boy - RM250

ARC-R3 Racing Boy has shown us for 2014 this ARC R3 open face helmet with 4 new colour graphics. It comes in blue, red, white and yellow. Personally I like the one in the yellow colour with the nice wavy lines graphics. This one is looking like a high-visibility colour style. The visor is long enough to cover up to your chin area and avoid wind or even water gets into your face from below. Price affordably below RM250, this could be your everyday helmet with the nicest style.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Josh Herrin Caterham Moto2 Bike for 2014

image Josh Herrin will be riding this Caterham Moto2 bike for the pre-season test. The unpainted black carbon fiber base colour is very nice with that contrast white texts on the body. I don't mind if this is the final livery for the 2014. Via: Caterham Moto2 FB

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Stories of Bike - Superb custom motorcycles and owner stories show on YouTube

Stories_Of_Bike_YouTube In the midst of the rush of adrenalin of the TT Legends documentary on YouTube, the proud moment of Malaysian Riders homegrown motorcycle show filmmaker on YouTube and now to add more fun, Stories of Bike, which is done by Cam Elkins from Bardwell Valley, Australia that combines his passion about motorcycle and his skill in videography which is also featured on YouTube. Cam Elkins has won the three awards from the Annual Australian Webstream Awards for best documentary, cinematography and editing. His work is published on YouTube for free viewing and I must say that the work done by him exceeds what I have ever seen for a motorcycle show. Even better that what you always see on channel 734 on Astro. Subscribe to Stories of Bike channel here and see the artwork of custom motorcycle and owner in a way you have never seen before. Here I embed his first video, Episode 1: Tunnels:  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Modded Kawasaki Flat-tracker based from ER-6

ER-6-flat-tracker.jpg Based from the engine of Kawasaki ER-6, this custom off road tracker looking very nice with that iconic lime green and horizontal twin exhaust pipe. The tank and the seat compliments the overall dirt bike look. via: https://www.facebook.com/KawasakiNewsUK

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2014 WSBK Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Team unveiled - Eugene Laverty #58, Alex Lowes #22

sbk-2014-il-team-voltcom-crescent-suzuki-presentat_hd_58419 If you were thinking why there is so much update about WSBK in the blog, it is because we want to prepare you for the WSBK that is coming on 8th June 2014 in Sepang, Malaysia. This time it is Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Team unveiling their new livery of the GSX-R1000 piloted by Eugene Laverty bearing the racing number 58 and Alex Lowes with the number 22. WSBK could be the one race that we can see Suzuki in racing that we have missed so much after their withdrawal in 2011 in MotoGP. What is great about WSBK is that, the bikes they used in the race series is the production bike that is heavily modified to fit the FIM regulation. This can raise the brand awareness and the bikes' aura since the bike is readily available on the market. Remember the date. 8th June 2014. via: http://www.motofan.it/notizie/sbk-2014-il-team-voltcom-crescent-suzuki-presentato-nel-dorset/16027?preview=1

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TT Legends Documentary - Episode 4: The IOM TT (Part 1)

iom The 4th Episode of the TT Legends documentary brings us to Isle of Man for the fastest, wildest and most dangerous road racing in the world. The show is very entertaining that it does not feels like a documentary at all. The bike is fast, the history is told and the legends lives on. Check out the video embed after the jump:  

MotoGP Sepang Pre-season Test 1 Day 3 - Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo and Espargaro hits the sub 2 minute lap time

image Records has been broken again on Day 3. We can now seen Marquez hits 1.59.533s, Rossi gets more action with 1.59.727s and Lorenzo with 1.59.866s. The top three are from factory racing team which is from Honda and Yamaha, but the 4th position by Espargaro at 1.59.998 is held by Open class NGM Mobile Forward Racing team. All the top 4 lap times recorded are under 2-minute which tells us that the rider are much more skillfull and the machine are now better in terms of power and handling. The results also shows that Open class team can be competitive too. The test concludes the MotoGP Sepang and they will comeback for Test 2 on 24-26th on the same month.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

MotoGP Sepang Pre-season Test 1 Day 2 - Honda Dominance and Rossi still catching up

image Honda dominates the day 2 test with one-two-three best lap times recorded. It was Marquez at the 1st position from Repsol Honda Team with sub 2 minute laptime at 1.59.926 on lap 38, Pedrosa at 2nd position and Stefan Bradl at 3rd position from LCR Honda MotoGP. At 4th position is Rossi which is now improving with his Yamaha YZR-M1 machine. Lorenzo is at 6th, just behind Alex Espargaro. There will be one more day to test and the records could broken again.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MotoGP Sepang Pre-season Test 1 Day 1 - Marquez fastest, Rossi catching up

image MotoGP Sepang Pre-season Test 1 Day 1 has concluded with Marc Marquez being the fastest man at 2.00.286. Following with him closely is the colourful guy we always know, Valentino Rossi, at 2.00.804, which differs at only 0.518. That is miliseconds, faster than the blink of the eye. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

2014 Superbike World Championship Kawasaki Team

image Kawasaki unveiled their team for 2014 Superbike World Championship with Tom Sykes as their rider for the Ninja ZX-10R. Via: MCN FB

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Malaysian Riders - homegrown motorcycle filmmakers at its best

ScreenShotSSD072 There is a void in Malaysian motorcycle video reviews that needs to be filled by someone who cares about the motorcycle arena here. Luckily, comes Malaysian Riders, which is a filmmaker for motorcycle. I have seen their video review work especially in the BMW HP4, which were great in videography and tells the story in real riders view. This could be the next best thing in motorcycle industry in Malaysia and you guys (and gals) should check them out. Maybe, sometime you can see some flaws in their video, but you should know they are on a very limited budget and what they have done is already great, imagine if we can give them more time to hone up their videography skills with better equipment, I guess they'll just be one force to be reckon with. You can subscribe to their Youtube channel here. Here I embed one of their video about Kawasaki Z800 review, which you can watched it after the jump: 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014 MV Agusta Turismo Veloce Lusso 800 - Luxury Fast Tourer

Turismo-Veloce_laterale-DXL The pure emotions involved in traveling, the feeling of the open road beneath you, the limits that get pushed further every day. MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800. A name that dates back to the early days of Meccanica Verghera, the company founded on the intuition of Count Domenico Agusta and that is now at the very pinnacle of motorcycling thanks to 75 World Championship titles and an incredible history blended with both mystique and performance. With the Turismo Veloce (literally Fast Tourer), MV Agusta has reinterpreted the tourer concept in the name of exclusivity, agility, ease of riding and performance. Unlike all of the heavier and oversized models offered by the competition, MV Agusta has chosen to utilize a compact and powerful 800cc engine. Turismo Veloce brings back the essence of Granturismo. It does so with its unmistakable lines and styling solutions which provide the practicality that no Grand Tourer can do without. It reiterates the same ideal with an approach to riding which makes the new MV Agusta the ground breaker for a new way of travelling. Turismo-Veloce_rossa-3-4-postL The Turismo Veloce celebrates the unique pleasure of Grand Tourismo with two models of MV Agusta: the first for traveling through time and space with the feeling of agility that only a complete but essential motorcycle can provide. The second is the Turismo Veloce Lusso whose very name suggests things that seem to have been forgotten in time. Lusso stands for an extraordinary level of accessories and technical solutions which include the innovative MVCSC system (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control) electronic stability control through the use of semi-active suspension, less bulky saddle bags which nevertheless can carry an astounding 60 litres and the new generation MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) inertial platform which includes the up&down EAS 2.0 electronic gear change system as well as the Anti Wheelie System. These features have never before been offered to a Touring bike. The standard equipment also includes an immobiliser, heated handle grips, Bluetooth connection and integrated GPS. Turismo-Veloce_rossa-part-04

DESIGN

Turismo Veloce captures the essence touring and transmits the emotions directly to the rider. It means mile after mile of sweeping through curves and bends, hours of riding in complete peace with a single aim: to arrive at your destination in the most enjoyable way possible. Turismo Veloce is the first real tourer that truly provokes new emotions. Designed for medium to long range touring, the Turismo Veloce was developed with an in-line three-cylinder 800cc engine. A milestone which further increases the wide range of machines. The design reflects the compact size of the engine, and the overall form of the bike is beautifully balanced. The saddle bags, which are critical components on any Tourer, simply flow seamlessly into the overall motorcycle design. On the Turismo Veloce the complete integration of aesthetics and function is a reality and the unique design a lesson of innovation. With the saddle bags removed, the Turismo Veloce becomes a true Sports bike as befits its MV Agusta name. With the saddle bags on, the Turismo Veloce remains slender, sleek and exclusive. The tail and headlight units use Full LED technology and add to the marked three-dimensionality of the bike while emphasizing the new layout of the three exit exhaust pipes. Turismo-Veloce_0739

FRAME AND SUSPENSION

The frame is unmistakeably MV Agusta - steel tubing at the front set off by aluminium alloy side plates - redesigned to meet the specific requirements of the Turismo Veloce. As a result, it is wider in the middle section and features special plates designed to act as an anchor for the centre stand. The Turismo Veloce makes good use of the rider and passenger saddle support and does likewise with the saddle bags thanks to a lightweight aluminium alloy support system. The suspension system has been developed to ensure maximum comfort when touring and dynamic performance in sports use. On the Turismo Veloce Lusso, the MVCSC 2.0 system, employing Sachs front forks and rear shock absorber, features a sophisticated electronic control system which, through continuous interventions to the hydraulic settings, provides the best possible response to all specific riding conditions. The ECU includes the inertial platform which supplies vital parameter readings which are key to the continuous suspension setting changes and employs the Skyhook algorithm. This algorithm has been was specially developed by MV Agusta. The system acts on the hydraulic compression and rebound readings when the bike is in motion.

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ENGINE AND ELECTRONICS

The perfect blend of agility and performance. The Turismo Veloce is a perfect example of this: its three-cylinder 800cc engine is a new interpretation of the advanced engine on which MV Agusta has based the expansion of its model range. Its size would lead you to believe it's a smaller engine thanks to the layout, and the three cylinders ensure excellent power output from low and medium revs then all the way up to the top of the rev range. This three-cylinder engine has many characteristics which make it a milestone for MV in terms of the technology applied to a standard production bike. The oil and water cooling systems have been integrated into the casting of the engine and this particular feature of the three-cylinder engine that gives it such an exceptional aesthetic impact and which allows it to blend in perfectly with the flowing lines of the Turismo Veloce. Under the cast and forged aluminium surfaces lies a counterrotating crankshaft derived directly from MotoGP. This was introduced as standard on the F3 675 and characterises the MV Agusta three-cylinder engine, not to mention the considerable impact it has on riding dynamics by significantly deceasing the effects of inertia when the bike changes direction. The precise application of fluid dynamic and thermodynamic principles, along with evolved electronic engine management systems have permitted specific fuel mapping settings to be designed to ideally suit both Tourismo and Sport riding modes on the new Turismo Veloce. The reference platform is the new second generation MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) which permits customizing the mapping with versatility being its strongest point. There are three preset mapping options. The Tourismo option offers fuel mapping specifically designed for touring and limits power output to 100 CV. The Sport setting increases power to the maximum output of 125 CV whereas the Rain option is for riding safely when there is little road grip and the Traction Control is automatically set to the maximum level. The fourth option, Custom, is also available whereby the rider individually selects various parameters to create the best possible set-up for the riders personal desires. Among the above mentioned customizing parameters are the engine torque curve in-line with power output (two levels), rev limiter cut in point (Hard or Soft), throttle sensitivity (three levels), engine braking (two levels), engine response (two levels) and, naturally, traction control (eight levels). The MVICS 2.0 system also includes the Anti Wheelie system offered for the first time on a Touring motorcycle. The evolved electronics system also features cruise control which lets the rider set and maintain a constant speed. The EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift) system is also present for the first time with clutch-less down-shifting and lets the rider select a higher or lower gear without having to use the clutch. The Turismo Veloce and Turismo Veloce Lusso will only be available with ABS. Access to the many parameters by which the rider can personalize the motorcycle is via new controls on the handlebars with an improved intuitive system that lets the rider make adjustments on the move without being distracted. Access to the menu is via dedicated buttons that make implementing changes to the management system parameters even quicker. The instrument panel on the Turismo Veloce displays the most important information and was designed specifically for this model. The panel features a 5" TFT colour display which provides access to the numerous electronically controlled parameters. On the Lusso there is also an evolved GPS system to enhance its Touring character. The GPS displays route information, fuel consumption and engine use. Thanks to the TFT panel being perfectly positioned, the rider never loses sight of the road and can travel in the safest way possible. Bluetooth communication as standard on the Turismo Veloce puts the rider, passenger and bike in constant communication and allows the experience to be shared with others using dedicated apps. [gallery ids="15358,15357,15356,15355,15354,15353,15352,15351,15350"] ENGINE Type Three cylinder, 4 stroke, 12 valve Timing system "D.O.H.C" Total displacement 798 cc (48.7 cu. in.) Compression ratio 13.3:1 Starting Electric Bore x stroke 79 mm x 54.3 mm (3.1 in. x 2.1 in.) Max. power - r.p.m. (at the crankshaft)** 92 kW (125 hp) at 11.600 r.p.m. Max. torque - r.p.m. 84 Nm (8.6 kgm) at 8.600 r.p.m. Cooling system    Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators Engine management system Integrated ignition - injection system MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with three injectors. Engine control unit Eldor EM2.0, throttle body full drive by wire Mikuni, pencil-coil with ion-sensing technology, control of detonation and misfire Torque control with four maps, Traction Control with eight levels of intervention Electronic quick shift MV EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift) Clutch Wet, multi-disc Transmission Cassette style; six speed, constant mesh Primary drive 19/36 Gear ratio First gear: 13/37 Second gear:  16/34 Third gear: 18/32 Fourth gear: 19/30 Fifth gear:        21/30 Sixth gear: 22/29 Final drive ratio 16/41 ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT Voltage 12 V Alternator 450 W at 5000 r.p.m. Battery 12 V - 11 Ah DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT Wheelbase 1420 mm (55,80 in.) Overall length 2080 mm (81.84 in.) Overall width 900 mm (35,41 in.) Saddle height 870 mm (34.23 in.) Min. ground clearance 140 mm (5.51 in.) Trail 108 mm (4.25 in.) Dry weight  207 kg (456.3 lbs.) Fuel tank capacity 20 l (5.28 U.S. gal.) PERFORMANCE Maximum speed* 240 km/h (149.1 mph) FRAME Type ALS Steel tubular trellis (MAG welded) Rear swing arm pivot plates material Aluminium alloy FRONT SUSPENSION Type Sachs "UPSIDE DOWN" semi-active telescopic hydraulic fork MVCSC (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control) Fork dia. 43 mm (1.69 in.) Fork travel 160 mm (6.30 in.) REAR SUSPENSION Type      Progressive Sachs, semi-active single shock absorber with hydraulic spring preload adjustment MVCSC (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control) Single sided swing arm material Aluminium alloy Wheel travel 160 mm (6.30 in.) BRAKES Front brake Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking disc and flange Front brake caliper Brembo radial-type, with 4 pistons Ø 32 mm (Ø 1.26 in.) Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 220 mm (Ø 8.66 in Rear brake caliper Brembo with 2 pistons - Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 ABS System Bosch 9 Plus with RLM (Rear wheel Lift-up Mitigation) WHEELS Front: Material/size Aluminium alloy 3.50" x 17" Rear: Material/size Aluminium alloy 5.50" x 17" TYRES Front 120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W) Rear 190/55 - ZR 17 M/C (75 W) FAIRING Material Thermoplastic ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT Included accessories Immobilizer - Heated Grips - Bluetooth Integrated GPS Text and images: http://www.mvagusta.it/en/turismo-veloce/turismo-veloce-lusso-800

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