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Monday, April 28, 2014

Unstoppable Marquez wins Argentina Grand Prix

Marc-Marquez---Repsol-Honda---Argentina-MotoGP-race-winner Another dominant display from Marc Marquez this weekend culminated in the Repsol Honda rider winning his third race in a row at the Argentina Grand Prix. Starting on pole, Marquez found himself as low as seventh place during the opening laps of the race, before he charged through the field to take the lead on lap seventeen. Marquez ultimately won the race by 1.837 seconds from teammate Dani Pedrosa, who has now finished on the podium at every race this year. In third place for the Argentina Grand Prix was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo, the Spanish rider leading the first sixteen laps of the race after taking the holeshot into the first corner. Clear skies and calmer winds than yesterday resulted in the best track conditions of the race weekend, with a peak track temperature of 45°C recorded during the race. The warmer conditions resulted in all riders selecting the hardest rear slick option available; hard compound for Factory Yamaha and Honda riders, and medium compound for the Ducati and open-class entrants. Front tyre choice saw six of the twenty-three starters select the hard compound front slick, with the remaining seventeen riders selecting the medium compound front. Tyre performance throughout the race remained consistent, with Pedrosa setting the fastest lap time of the race on lap twenty-two. Marquez's perfect win record gives him seventy-five championship points, while Pedrosa is in second place on fifty-six points. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi remains third in the championship classification on forty-one points after finishing in fourth place today. 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

2011 Yamaha Crypton 110 - the Lagenda 110 in other countries

rossi-crypton110 Rossi has been riding this Yamaha Crypton 110 that is released in the year 2011 for the MotoGP in Argentina. The Crypton 110 basically is the same bike with the Yamaha Lagenda 110 that we have in Malaysia before it is being replaced with the Lagenda 115Z/ZR. The differences that we can see is the use of sportier front fairing and different headlight. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Marquez masters tricky conditions to lead Argentina practice

Marc-Marquez---Repsol-Honda---Argentina-MotoGP-FP2 Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez got to grips with the challenging track surface at Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo, posting a lap time of 1'39.313 to finish quickest in Friday practice at the Argentina Grand Prix. Marquez's quickest lap was set using the medium compound front and hard compound rear slicks, the same combination his teammate Dani Pedrosa used to achieve the second-quickest time of 1'40.396. Third quickest today was NGM Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaro, who set a personal best time of 1'40.566. Track conditions were poor on the first day of the race weekend, with heavy deposits of sand and a lack of rubber on the asphalt combining to reduce grip levels and increasing tyre wear. The dirty track and low track temperatures in FP1 resulted in very high abrasion levels for the rear tyre, but conditions marginally improved for FP2 which helped return grip and tyre wear to a more reasonable level. Today's peak track temperature of 34°C was recorded at the end of FP2. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

2014 Icon Airframe Statistic - a good way to present the idea of safety

20140425-094454 pm.jpg Icon has unveiled a unique way to present the idea of safety with its Airframe Statistic full-face helmet. The helmets shows the part of the helmet the injury can happen to the riders' head. As we can see the lower area that is the chin area is the area where it shows the highest statistic of injury when accident to happens to the head. That should be a good reason to wear a good quality full-face helmet.

2014 Naza Blade 250i Naked SE unveiled - the most affordable in its category at RM13,988 (basic)

2014-Naza-Blade-250i-Naked-SE-0022 NAZA Bikes Sdn Bhd has launched the latest edition of the widely popular NAZA Bikes Blade, the Blade 250i Naked SE. The locally made model is expected to be yet another Malaysian favourite. Present at the official launch were En. Abdul Hamid Ismail, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Special Assignment NAZA World and En. Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of Naza Two Wheels NAZA World, joined by 30 NAZA Bikes dealers nationwide. 

2014 Yamaha YZF-R15 Officially Unveiled in Indonesia - the R series for the mass - Rp 28 million (RM7,890)

[caption id="attachment_16247" align="aligncenter" width="488"]2014-Yamaha-YZF-R15-SupernovaRed-Indonesia 2014 Yamaha YZF-R15 Supernova Red Indonesia[/caption] Yamaha YZF-R15 has officially landed in Indonesia. Will not be coming to Malaysia soon. That's all we need to know right know. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rumors: 2014 Kawasaki 250SL (RR Mono) are coming to Malaysia this year - successor of KRR-ZX150?

2014-KawasakiNinja250SL-Yellow-002 A replacement for the Kawasaki Ninja KRR-ZX150 is needed as the UNECE regulation in 2014 has been implemented in Malaysia that makes the 2-stroke is no longer being able to be produced. A logical step that we can see is to replace the identical bike that can give about the same power of the 150cc 2-stroke bike. Kawasaki Ninja KRR-ZX150 can produce 29.6 hp which is a strong number for the 150cc lightweight 2-stroke bike. 

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 3: Argentina, Termas de Río Hondo

2014 sees MotoGP™ return to South America for the first time since 2004, as Argentina's Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo hosts round three of the season.
Measuring 4806 metres in length, the Termas de Río Hondo circuit is characterised by numerous fast, long-radius corners that are expected to result in one of the highest average speeds of the year. The high speeds, hard braking zones and high camber angles of some corners results in this circuit being one of the more severe for tyres on the MotoGP™ calendar.
The Rio Hondo circuit has an unbalanced layout with nine right-hand corners compared to just five left-handers. However, the left-hand corners tend to be more severein nature than the right-handers and in particular corners such as turn six and eleven generate high tyre temperatures, so the overall loads placed on the left and right shoulders of the tyres are similar. This means the rear tyre allocation for this circuit will be symmetric.
The overall severity of the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo means the rear tyre allocation features rubber compounds from the harder end of the scale. Rear slick tyre options for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders are the medium and hard compound rear slick, while the Ducati and open-class riders have access to the soft and medium compound rear slicks. As the Rio Termas Hondo circuit is a new addition to the World Championship, Bridgestone's dataset for this circuit is limited, while a wide range of weather conditions could also be encountered. As a result, a special front slick tyre allocation will be offered for this weekend's Argentina Grand Prix to ensure riders have enough options to deal with the potentially variable track conditions. The riders will be able to choose from three front slick options - the soft, medium and hard compound front slicks - instead of the usual two front options offered per race weekend.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"I am happy to see MotoGP return to South America after almost a decade as it such a passionate region for motorcycle racing. This is an important market for Bridgestone and it pleases me that we will be able to showcase our advanced technology to a whole new audience. The large number of fans present at last year's test at Termas de Río Hondo was a good indication of the reception we can expect this weekend, and I hope to see a huge crowd welcome the sport back to Argentina. From a racing perspective, none of the factory teams tested at this circuit last year so it will be interesting to see which riders are able to adapt themselves to the demands of this very fast circuit. This weekend will be a busy one for our engineers as they will be tasked with helping the teams get the best out of the tyres at this new circuit."
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Division
"The Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo is a new addition to the MotoGP in 2014, and our test at the circuit last year shows it is one of the harshest circuits on the calendar for tyres. This circuit has a high average speed with some sections featuring high-camber angles, while corners like turn six are large radius, high-speed corners that generate very high tyre loads. The circuit is interesting in that although there are nine right-handed corners compared to five left-handed corners, the left shoulder of the tyre experiences higher temperatures than the right shoulder, due to the left-handers generally being faster, more demanding corners. As we have limited data for this track, we have decided to have a special allocation for the front tyres this weekend to ensure maximum safety for the riders. Both our front and rear tyre allocation for this race has to provide high levels of durability, stability and resistance to overheating, so we will provide tyres formulated from our harder rubber compounds for the Argentina Grand Prix."

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 Movistar Yamaha YZF-R15 - only 5 unit in the world

20140422-111830 pm.jpg Only 5 units of this 2014 Movistar Yamaha YZF-R15 has been made by YIMM in Indonesia as the special model for the introduction of Yamaha YZF-R15 there.

Monday, April 21, 2014

10 Reasons Why You Should Attend WSBK Sepang this 6-8th June 2014

logo_sbk   10. This is the time to experience new kind of world class racing by world class riders. We can also expect some MotoGP riders who are now in WSBK like Toni Elias. 9. The chance to see familiar road bike in action. YZF-R1, ZX-10R, Panigale 1199, GSX-R1000 and many more. 8. Tom Sykes will be there too riding the ZX-10R. He is 2013 WSBK champion. 7. eni will be the dominant sponsor for the race. They will want to make a presence there, so, there might be a great offer of their products on sale. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Confirmed: 2014 Honda CBR250R will follow the double headlight design as of the CBR300R coming this 24th April to Japan - estimated RM18,254

cbr250R-cbr300r Honda Japan has give a confirmation about the availability of the CBR250R that will use the double headlight design as of the recently introduced CBR300R in Thailand. This is logical and actually cost effective since the similar design will use similar parts hence minimizing the variety of the parts that the factory needs to prepare. I have read earlier that this CBR250R will be the global model along with the CBR300R. I'm thinking that for the country specific regulation, the country might get the CBR300R or CBR250R but not both. We have seen that Thailand got the CBR300R, so Malaysia and Indonesia might be getting the CBR250R. 2014-cbr250rThe design of the 2014 CBR250R is absolutely interesting which is sportier and much more race-like in terms of the appearance. The highlight of the design is the use of the double headlight that looks like the CBR1000RR (a.k.a The Rabbit). In my opinion, the double headlight looks much more modern and looks more 'balanced'. The design is different than the 2011 CBR250R which follows the design cues of the VFR1200. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2014 Yamaha YZF-R15 arriving to Indonesia on 23rd April - Rp 28 million (RM7,952)

R15-Indonesia Our neighbouring country, Indonesia, will be getting the Yamaha YZF-R15 on 23rd April which is just few days away. YZF-R15 has been talked about for a very long time in Asean especially in Malaysia and Indonesia due to the resemblances of the engine and chassis, but differs in the fairing type of the Yamaha FZ150i or the Vixion in Indonesia. Many riders of FZ150i in Malaysia and Vixion riders in Indonesia are asking why the YZF-R15 are not marketed here since the engine and chassis are the same which should be no problem in terms of maintenance and parts availability. This dream has come true to Indonesian riders as they are getting the YZF-R15 soon, but not yet to Malaysian riders. Arrghhh!!! Yeah, I feel you. [caption id="attachment_16189" align="aligncenter" width="640"]2014-Yamaha-YZF-R15-001 2014 Yamaha YZF R15 Indonesia version[/caption] YZF-R15 has been released earlier in India and known as the R15 Version 2.0, which means that this bike is already on its 2nd version in production. The Indian have included the sariguard (the rear tyre cover to prevent womens' sari stuck to the rear tyre) but this one in Indonesia doesn't include that item. 

AGV Sport Riding Jacket brought in by QBEE Motor

AGV Sport Jacket Founded in 1985, AGV sport sought to introduce more technical features into motorcycle apparels instead of relying on style alone as was the common practice. AGV sport products have consistently won best in class awards from numerous motorcycle publication around the world. A high tech "helmet" mentality drives the development of all AGV Sport's products. AGV sport provides a motorcyclist with a line of both affordable entry level products hand crafted in Italy. These line of AGV Sport Jackets that Qbee Motor Group bringing in is a high quality line that suits with asian warm and rainy climate (well vented and waterproof) with affordable pricetag. More info can be obtained at:

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2014 MV Agusta F3 800 AGO - the 15 times World Champion legend continues in 300 units - estimated RM108k

MV-Agusta-f3-800-AGO-003 Tricolour, gold and that Number 1: the fairings of the champion evoke the exhilarating world of racing and the atmosphere of the tracks where the legend of the unbeatable MV Agusta Grand Prix bikes was born. These bikes made Giacomo Agostini a motorcycling legend and have now re-emerged from the past thanks to the most faithful replica ever: the F3 800 AGO, packed with unsurpassed technology that provides jaw-dropping performance and unparalleled riding pleasure.
Electronic engine and traction control play a pivotal role, ensuring the F3 800 AGO delivers tip-top performance at all times. Practical handlebar controls let the rider choose from among three different pre-set power delivery modes. And those hungry for more personalised performance will be delighted to hear that the F3 800 AGO allows configuration of the control parameters, including the traction control settings (8 levels, disengageable). MV-Agusta-f3-800-AGO-021 Thanks to the MVICS (Motor &Vehicle Integrated Control System), the rider has absolute control over the set-up process and can thus truly benefit from the exceptional versatility that brings out the technical qualities of the bike whatever the riding conditions, on the road and racetrack alike. Like a real racing bike, the F3 800 AGO even lets the rider choose - together with a host of other parameters - the ratio between throttle twist and throttle body opening. MV-Agusta-f3-800-AGO-016 Performance and safety go hand-in-hand even on the racetrack, which is why the F3 800 AGO features the sophisticated ABS Bosch 9MP with Race Mode and the RLM system, which prevents the rear wheel from lifting off the asphalt under hard braking. Awesome deceleration is ensured by a top-notch braking system, which features two 320 mm front discs, radially mounted Brembo monobloc 4-piston calipers and a 220 mm rear disc. The light, compact ABS system prevents any unwanted and potentially dangerous wheel lock while simultaneously ensuring the shortest possible braking distances under critical riding conditions (e.g. hard braking in the wet). MV-Agusta-f3-800-AGO-014Perfection is hidden in every detail: the alloy foot pegs, machined from solid aluminium, and other aluminium items make the F3 800 AGO a stunning example of function-focussed exclusivity. Every single component is carefully designed to make this MV Agusta even harder-hitting, faster and more sensational on road and track than ever. MV-Agusta-f3-800-AGO-024The use of carbon fibre on the front and rear fenders gives the F3 800 AGO real racing panache, making the bike even lighter and enhancing the already excellent power-to-weight ratio. Another key contribution comes from the gorgeous forged rims, which save a full 2 kilograms compared to the standard version. A sports-style plate holder emphasises the flowing lines of the tail, underlining its thoroughbred racing pedigree. MV-Agusta-f3-800-AGO-019The F3 800 AGO is unique in every detail. A silver plaque attached to the steering yoke shows a progressive number certifying that the F3 800 AGO is one of MV Agusta's most exclusive creations. Only a limited edition of 300 such bikes will be manufactured and on each one the fuel tank will carry the personal autograph of 15-times world champion Giacomo Agostini. A tangible thrill, then, for MV Agusta devotees and fans of the world's greatest-ever motorcyclist, to be experienced, quite literally, every time they sit astride the bike. Lastly, each of these incomparable bikes will be delivered together with a special certificate signed by Giacomo Agostini himself, providing additional proof of the uniqueness and originality of this latest MV Agusta legend.   [gallery ids="16178,16177,16176,16175,16174,16173,16172,16171,16170,16169,16168,16167,16166,16165,16164,16163,16162,16161,16159,16158,16157,16156,16155,16154"]

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yamaha Continue Partnership with TOYOTA Racing Through 2014

ToyotaYamaha Yamaha Motor Europe (YME) will continue as an 'Official Supplier of TOYOTA Racing' for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. As part of the collaboration, YME will stimulate TOYOTA Racing's team mobility by providing Yamaha EC-03 electric (2-wheeler) units for the rounds of Silverstone, Spa and Le Mans. YME began providing TOYOTA Racing with EC-03 electric vehicles at the start of the team's participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2012. The season resulted in an impressive three wins from six races, TOYOTA Racing receiving the Team Rookie of the Year Award from the FIA, and ultimately being named as the best new WEC team of 2012. The 2013 season also featured several highlights. TOYOTA Racing scored multiple podiums and ended the season on a high with a victory at the final round in Bahrain.
The EC-03 is Yamaha's solution to pollution, noise, and high costs in petrol, making the vehicle ideal for short-distance, urban travel. The pure electric vehicle has zero emissions and can charge from any common wall socket through the use of a cable that can be found underneath the seat. The EC-03 is also equipped with a silent operation feature, but this does not mean it suffers in power: this environmentally friendly vehicle comes with a switch that allows riders to enhance the performance capabilities by changing from the Standard mode to the Power mode all with the press of a button on the digital screen.
For 2014 TOYOTA Racing has revealed the technologically-advanced TS040 HYBRID car that will compete in the championship. The four-wheel drive vehicle includes the new TOYOTA HYBRID System - Racing, specially developed in response to the revised WEC technical regulations that require a 25% reduction in fuel usage compared to 2013, with savings achieved through powertrain, aerodynamics and driving style efficiencies. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 Yamaha FZ150i unveiled in Malaysia - RM8,538 (basic)

IMG_0269 The wait is over. Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia (HLYM) has finally bring us the awaited 2014 Yamaha FZ150i with the new refreshed facelift that is already released earlier in Indonesia. Many riders in Malaysia who looking for a great fuel-efficient 150cc bikes are holding up their money to wait for this bike. In Indonesia, this bike is named as the Yamaha V-ixion Lightning to distinguish itself from its predecessor. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 AGV K3 SV has arrived to Malaysia - RM1,290

20140416-100617 am.jpg Full face helmets are now common in Malaysian riders riding gear as many are now knows the importance of safety. Other than safety, helmet also one kind of item that can shows the riders personal artistic preference. Some prefers gothic look, some prefers colourful livery and some just prefers plain type. 20140416-113943 am.jpg AGV K3 has been a popular entry level full face helmet of choice since the design is the same with some of the design used by Valentino Rossi in MotoGP. The quality are backed by AGV expertise in safety gear for racing. One thing to note is that the helmet is made in China under the quality control of AGV which should be enough to assure you that this helmet is high in quality. 20140416-114120 am.jpg Now, AGV K3 has come back in 2014 with one additional model the AGV K3 SV. The differences of this K3 as compared to K3 SV is the addition of the Sun Visor, hence the acronym SV. It retains the quality and the safety standard as the usual AGV K3 but you now can bring your AGV K3 SV for day or might riding as the sun visor can protect you from the elements. This AGV K3 SV is already available in Malaysia and you can contact Mr. Ley at 017 682 0341 to get more info about. I have bought my AGV K3 from him. For now, I'm happy with my AGV K3 but wished it could the feature the SV all along.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kawasaki Naked Variant of RR Mono is in the works - Z250SL

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A naked variant of the Kawasaki RR Mono or the 250SL is in the works right now and said to be released first in Indonesia as soon as 30th April. That is just about two more weeks ahead. It carries the code Z250SL which tallies with the current naming of the Kawasaki models as of Z250. This naked variant of Z250SL will have the same 1-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that provides 28hp. The single cylinder engine are slim enough to make the bike to be packaged in a chassis that is no more wider than a 150cc bike. Simply said, 250cc in 150cc package. Slimmer bike will give better handling in traffic and the bigger engine of 250cc will give proper speed you have the chance to use on the open road. What's even with this Z250SL is that the price is said to be lower than the full-fairing variant 250SL. Will it comes to Malaysia? That is always the question that I wish I could answer. I'm just as clueless as you guys about it. Via:

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Unfortunate End to Texas Grand Prix Weekend for Movistar Yamaha - Rossi 8th, Lorenzo 10th after the jump start penalty

1-lorenzo Grand Prix of the Americas at the COTA circuit in Austin, Texas proved to be a difficult one for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders with Valentino Rossi taking eighth and teammate Jorge Lorenzo taking tenth. After a less than perfect start that saw him drop from sixth on the grid to ninth, Rossi re-grouped and started to work his way back through the pack. Displaying his trademark efficiency the nine-time world champion made short work of the opening laps, passing Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and finally Cal Crutchlow for fourth in turn seven. Rossi then began to close down Andrea Iannone and looked confident of scoring a podium finish until a sudden loss of grip on the right side of the front tyre left him unable to keep his pace, dropping him to eighth which he held to the line. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo experienced his second Grand Prix weekend to forget today, making a jump start at the beginning of the race and receiving a ride-through penalty as a result. He pitted immediately at the end of the opening lap and re-joined at the back of the field in 23rd. The four-time world champion then showed his dedication and professionalism, working hard to move back through the pack to earn his first championship points of the season. As he crossed the finish line he did so in tenth position, less than four seconds from Rossi in eighth. The eighth place finish gains Rossi a further eight points to give a total of 28, dropping him to third on the overall standings. Lorenzo's tenth place earns his first championship points of the season, putting him in 16th with six points.  

MotoGP Round 2 - Circuit of The Americas Results: Marquez makes it back-to-back victories, Dani Pedrosa on 2nd and Dovizioso first podium for Ducati since September 2012

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez capped off a perfect weekend at Circuit of The Americas by winning his second successive Americas Grand Prix ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa.
The race started in dramatic fashion after Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo jumped the start and as a result had to relinquish his race lead and enter the pits to serve a ride-through penalty. This gifted the race lead to Marquez who was able to consistently lap in the 2'03 time bracket to quickly build a gap over the rest of the field. At the chequered flag Marquez crossed the finish line 4.124 seconds of Pedrosa in second place, while Andrea Dovizioso finished in an impressive third place to score his first podium with Ducati.
Intermittent rain fell earlier in the day but track conditions were dry for the race, although track temperatures were considerably lower than yesterday. The peak track temperature during the race was 33°C, ten degrees cooler than yesterday afternoon. The medium compound rear slick was the preferred race option, with sixteen of the twenty-three riders on the grid selecting this option, while six Open-class riders selected the soft compound rear slick. In similar fashion to the season-opener in Qatar, only race winner Marquez selected the hard compound rear slick. All riders selected the medium compound front slick for the race. The improved track conditions compared to last year resulted in quicker race pace this year, with Marquez setting a new Circuit Record Lap time of 2'03.575 on lap three, while the overall race time was nine seconds quicker than last year.
Marquez's two wins from two races sees him lead the championship standings over teammate Pedrosa by fourteen points, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi is a further eight points behind and third overall in the championship points table. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2012 Kawasaki ZX-6R 636 with Scorpion RP-1 GP - make your bike sounds closer to the MotoGP bike - RM3,400

scorpion-rp-1gp-ZX6R Rafi Superbike has uploaded a test about this Scorpion RP-1 GP slip-on exhaust on his YT channel. I was amazed to hear the sound of the Kawasaki ZX6R 636 fitted with Scorpion RP-1 GP that really feels like the acceleration sound of a MotoGP bike. It got that nice top end scream just before you hit the gear level that pumps out the adrenalin to make you go faster. You can go fast, but please do it on track! Check out the video embed after the jump: 

Spyshots: Hyosung (Naza) Exiv 250 spotted - rumored RM13-14k

naza-exiv-250-002 Hyosung Exiv 250 has been spotted on the road probably for testing before going to be launched.  The overall look of the bike is quite 'edgy' as of there is many edges of the bike's body. The tank and the front shroud shows a cyber-like design with that sharp styling. On my first observation, it also looks a little bit like the KTM RC8 styling. naza-exiv-250-007 Rear suspension is handled by the monoshock system but at acute angle like the one as used in Kawasaki ER-6. This kind of rear monoshock setup are popular in naked bike category as it is exposed and shows the street-cred it is looking for. The exhaust system is the short and stubby type like the one we have seen in Yamaha XJ-6. This will give a good kind of style that naked bike should be. The chassis is unmistakenly Trellis Frame in the color white that complements the overall 'purity' looks of the bike. 

MotoGP Round 2: Marquez smashes lap record in qualifying at Circuit of The Americas

Marc Marquez's dominance at Circuit of The Americas continued as the Repsol Honda rider set a new Circuit Best Lap record of 2'02.773 in qualifying, beating the record he set last year by a third of a second to take pole position.
Marquez out-qualified his teammate Dani Pedrosa by 0.289 seconds, while LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl completed an all-Honda front row by finishing third quickest with a best lap time a tenth of a second slower than Pedrosa. All riders on the front row used the combination of the medium compound front and rear slicks during their time attack in Qualifying Practice 2.
Conditions today were similar to yesterday, with cool and windy conditions in the morning session followed by warmer temperatures in the afternoon, with a peak track temperature of 43°C recorded during Qualifying Practice 2. The thirty-minute FP4 session was used to assess race tyre options and all three rear slick options brought to this circuit were utilised. For the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, both the medium and hard compound rear slicks were used to good effect today and should figure on the grid for tomorrow's race. For the Ducati and Open-class riders, the medium compound rear is the preferred option, although some riders will elect to use the soft compound rear for the race. Front-end stability while cornering and braking is extremely important at Circuit of The Americas and this is evident with the harder, medium compound front slick being the most popular option.
The weather forecast predicts a slight chance of rain for tomorrow's twenty-one lap Americas Grand Prix which starts at 1400 local time (GMT -5). The riders will have one last chance to confirm their race setup during the twenty minute Warm Up session at 0940. 
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main) & Hard (Alternative)
Weather:  FP3 - Dry. Ambient 22-23°C; Track 27-28°C (Bridgestone measurement)
                 FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 27-28°C; Track 42-43°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Honda CB1100 R by Takahiro Yositomi, Japan

Honda-CB1100R-takahiro-004 One of the most colourful CB1100 R that I have ever seen. Colourful but nicely executed. The front headlight that is square makes it retro. The inline-four cylinder engine at 1,100cc makes it enjoyable to ride. The exhaust is seen modded that shows this bike is ready for the track. Owned by Takahiro Yositomi from Japan. 

KTM 200 Duke Radiator Guard - the better guard for your radiator - RM80

KTM-Radiator-Guard-200-Duke Available in Malaysia, you can now fit this standard parts for India's KTM Duke radiator guard. The material is made from plastic but by the way it looks, it is thick enough and can withstand the weather elements. The price is also affordable at less than RM80. For me, this is a better radiator guard as compared to the ones made by aluminium or even steel since this one doesn't restrict airflow and the ducts are angled for better air to go through it. This plastic radiator guard as OEM part for the India's 390 Duke.   

2014 Vespa LXV 150 3V launched by NAZA Premira - 3V is 3-valve engine that gives out 55km/l

2014-vespa150 NAZA Premira Sdn Bhd, the sole and official importer and distributor of Vespa scooters in Malaysia, launched the latest stunning addition to its range, the LXV 150 3V fuel injection, earlier today.  This newest Vespa to be introduced to the Malaysian market combines the iconic Italian brand's vintage style with the most advanced Piaggio technology. Present at the official launch were Mr. Judah Sangaran, Area Sales Manager of Piaggio Asia Pacific; Mr. Abdul Hamid Ismail, Senior Vice President, Diversified Division, Naza Group Of Companies and Mr. Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels Division, NAZA Group of Companies. "In this model, Vespa has shrewdly combined the key elements of its popular classic designs with the latest Piaggio technology; creating a snazzy ride with low fuel consumption, smooth power delivery and enhanced riding pleasure for scooting through the urban traffic or enjoying longer, laid-back journeys out of town," stated Mr. Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels Division, NAZA Group of Companies. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Honda's 1000cc 109HP Mean Mower - Fastest Lawnmower in the World at 187.61kmph

[caption id="attachment_16050" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Honda 1,000cc 109HP Mean Mower Honda 1,000cc 109HP Mean Mower[/caption] Honda's Mean Mower has officially broken the Guinness World's title for the Fastest lawnmower, averaging 187.61km/h (116.57mph) to break the previous record by over 45km/h. The successful Guinness World Records attempt took place under the watchful eye of a Guinness World Records Adjudicator at the IDIADA Proving Ground, in Tarragona, Spain, on Saturday 8th March 2014. Behind the wheel was Piers Ward of BBC TopGear Magazine, who had previously achieved a fastest speed on Mean Mower of 140km/h (87mph). At around 16:20 CET on the 2000km North Straight at IDIADA, Piers eclipsed the previous record of 141.35km/h (87.83mph), set in May 2010. The speed was measured through a 100 meter speed trap, overseen by official timers, Timing Solutions Limited. To meet Guinness World Records regulations the mower had to record the same run, in both directions, within an hour – with the average speed taken of these two runs. Additionally, to qualify for the record it needed to cut grass and to look like a lawnmower; both of which it did successfully. With all of these criteria met, the Guinness World Records Adjudicator officially declared the success of the record attempt just before 18:00 CET on Saturday 8th March. 

2014 Grand Prix of The Americas Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Preview

After a two-week break, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is on its way for the second round of the season: the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on the 13th of April. The 2014 season may have only just started, but the GP riders have already displayed some intense racing at the Losail circuit in Qatar. The first race of the season was full of action and drama, a preview of what is to come at Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The first Grand Prix of the year was an event of mixed emotions for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP. Valentino Rossi had a brilliant start to the season, starting from tenth on the grid, the Italian battled through the field to fight Marc Marquez for victory. In the end the Doctor settled for second, with only 0.259 seconds between them. Rossi aims to continue his form at COTA and improve on last year's sixth place. Jorge Lorenzo had a challenging start to his 2014 campaign. The Spaniard led the pack at Qatar after one of his iconic fast starts, but unfortunately crashed out of the race on the first lap. This weekend he sets out to put his name on the score board at the Texas Grand Prix, where he took third position last year. The Circuit of the Americas was constructed in 2012. The 5,513m long track is run counter-clockwise and has a mixture of fast straights and tight hairpins. There are 20 corners in total, 11 left turns and 9 right turns, and the longest straight is 1,200m. COTA is not typically described as a 'Yamaha-circuit', but with the use of last year's data to make amendments, the YZR-M1 should be competitive nonetheless. 

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 2: Circuit of the Americas, Austin

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
After a successful debut event last year, MotoGP™ returns to the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas with legions of American fans set to be thrilled after an intense season opener at Qatar.
The Circuit of the Americas packs every type of corner into its 5.515 kilometres making it one of the more technical venues on the calendar. Elevation changes, the longest straight in MotoGP™, and a combination of slow and fast corners makes the circuit a real challenge for the riders and tyres. The fast, sweeping corners require high levels of edge grip, while drive grip from the centre section of the tyre is also important as there are many hard acceleration zones at this track. The riders approach a top speed of almost 350 km/h down the 1200 metre-long back straight, so excellent front tyre stability is required for the hard braking zone into turn twelve.
Overall, the layout of the Circuit of The Americas places similar loads on both shoulders of the rear tyres, yet the presence of high speed right-hand corners at turns sixteen to eighteen and turn six, means the temperature of the right shoulder of the rear tyre reaches a higher level than the left side, even though there are more left-hand turns. Consequently, asymmetric rear slicks with slightly harder rubber on the right shoulders are offered for this circuit.
Open class and Ducati riders will be offered the soft and medium compound asymmetric rear slicks, while the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders can utilise the medium and hard compound rear. With front-end feel important through the faster sections of the track, the front slick options for this circuit – the soft and medium compounds – are selected for the best combination of grip and stability. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Modenas GT128 and Ace 115 Edisi Harimau Malaya

modenas-gt128-harimau-malaya Modenas has updated the livery two of their bikes that is the Modenas GT128 and Modenas Ace 115 to this new livery named 'Edisi Harimau Malaya'. Harimau Malaya is the iconic name for the Malaysian football team that is themed with the colour black and yellow. It is inspired from the tiger that is found in Malaysian forest. It represents the spirit of the Malaysian people that have the perserverance to fight for their dreams.

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SummerNats Malaysia: The largest congregation of classic, custom, hot rods, muscle and super cars and motorcycles - 29 Aug to 1 Sep 2014

05 SummerNats Malaysia Launch Australia's biggest automotive event, Summer Nationals or SummerNats, is coming to Malaysia and for motor heads, the hosting of the very first SummerNats Malaysia is going to be the start of a huge annual pilgrimage for custom and collectible car and motorcycle lovers. Promoted by JPM Motorsport, SummerNats Malaysia will be held at the Sepang International Circuit over four days from 29 August to 1 September 2014. The prestigious event was officially launched today by Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, the Minister of Tourism and Culture Malaysia together with Mr Russell Avis, General Manager of SummerNats Australia, Mr J.P. Chin, Founder of JPM Motorsport and witnessed by Ms. Susan Kahwati, Senior Trade & Investment Commissioner of the Australian Trade Commission in Malaysia & Brunei and Datuk Razlan Razali, Chief Executive Officer of Sepang International Circuit. "This is the first international debut for SummerNats and it's going to be big!" said JPM Motorsport Founder, J.P. Chin. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Naza World Sponsors Petronas Raceline Malaysia In 2014 MotoGP Full Season



Furthering its foray into the world of motorsports, NAZA World has announced its sponsorship of team PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia in the Moto2 class of the 2014 World Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP). At a press conference held in NAZA Automall Petaling Jaya today, NAZA World said that the team and its 20 year-old rider, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah (Hafizh), would be sponsored for a full season.



Present at the press conference were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheel Division; En Mohd Rishalizam Mohd Noor, Head of Company, NAZA Bikes Sdn Bhd; En Mohd Azhan Shafriman Bin Hanif, Manager of the Alliance Management, Group Strategic Communication Division, Petronas and Mr Barry Leong, manager of team PETRONAS Raceline Malaysia.



"Hafizh Syahrin is national icon and a great role model to many young Malaysians out there. Through our sponsorship of the Petronas Raceline Malaysia team we aim to cement the NAZA Group of Companies' role in promoting a healthy sporting culture and lifestyle among the youth in the country," said Datuk Wira HJ SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, NAZA Group of Companies Joint Group Executive Chairman.  

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Akrapovic Slip-on Muffler for Honda CBR300R 2014

2014-CBR300R-Akrapovic-004   Akrapovic is ready to be installed to the 2014 Honda CBR300R as recently shown in Thailand. 

2014 Yamaha Fazer in India - 150cc sports tourer

2014-Yamaha-Fazer-150-India-002 I think the Yamaha Fazer here embodies the sports tourer spirit even though it is only 150cc. The front headlight looks like the YZF-R15 with that sharp styling. Having only half-fairing, this bike makes it easier to be taken to the offroad occasionally. The seat height at 790mm makes it good enough for most of the Indian and Asian riders. The long windshield is the symbol that this bike is ready to be taken for long distance journey. The engine are carburetted air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC with 2-valve measures at 153cc. Maximum power output is 14PS at 7,500RPM should be enough for the riders to enjoy slow and steady journey. If you want faster riding journey, buy bigger bike la. The frame is diamond type or also known as the Deltabox as of the FZ150i here in Malaysia. This chassis setup is one of the most critical aspect of chassis development in motorcycle world, as it provides lightweight construction but rigid and strong frame. We can also see the rear suspension is using the monoshock suspension that can provide excellent handling. Front brake is handled by 2-piston caliper put to the ground with that lovely 5-spoke wheel. Rear brake is managed by drum brake which should be enough to stop the 14PS bike. More about the Yamaha Fazer technical specs and pictures after the jump: 


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