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Thursday, July 31, 2014

KTM RC390 and RC200 coming to Malaysia this October 2014

image Just a little bit late than rumored earlier for the launch in Q2 2014, now we are getting closer to see the arrival of the Race Competition series from KTM in October. As featured in Berita Harian today, Eurotech is predicting to sell about 5,000 units of the bike soon. Based on this number, I can guess that KTM has already studied their competitors and thr market in Malaysia and the 5,000 units can mean that this bike going to be competitively priced along with the supersports style Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki Ninja 250SL.  

2014 Yamaha 135LC Extreme Spirit 5-speed livery - now in orange - RM6,988

image If I'm not mistaken, this is the third livery update for the Yamaha 135LC ES 5-speed in Malaysia. It was first introduced in 2011 with 2 colours that is the black/red and white/blue livery. After that, it is being updated with grey/black livery which got mixed reception about the colour that looks not quite special.

2014 Yamaha 135LC Extreme Spirit 5-speed livery - now in orange

image If I'm not mistaken, this is the third livery update for the Yamaha 135LC ES 5-speed in Malaysia. It was first introduced in 2011 with 2 colours that is the black/red and white/blue livery. After that, it is being updated with grey/black livery which got mixed reception about the colour that looks not quite special.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Games: Highway Rider for Android - entertaining motorcycle game

image Searching for a good free game about motorcycle on Android is not an easy task. Some game are very simple but not taking the physics correct so that it feels very cartoon. Until I stumble into this game, Highway Rider. It features a motorcycle street challenge with a great physics up to a point you cannot even hit the cones on the road. You hit it, you'll crash. And when you crash, the game will tell you what injuries you get and how much the medical cost. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Z250SL vs 2014 KTM 200 Duke Non ABS

2014 Kawasaki Z250SL

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2014 KTM 200 Duke Non ABS

Model / Comparison 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL 2014 KTM 200 Duke Non ABS
Bore x stroke 72.0 x 61.2 mm 72 mm x 49 mm
Displacement 249 cm³ 199.5 cm³
Engine Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 1 Cyl DOHC Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
CDI Keihin, Transistorized Ignition Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment (BOSCH EMS)
Power (kW) 20.6kW (28hp)(9,700rpm) 19 kW (25HP) /10,000 rpm

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Specs Comparison: 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL vs 2013 Kawasaki Z250

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2014 Kawasaki Z250SL 1-cylinder

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2014 Kawasaki Z250 2-cylinder

A technical specs comparison of the 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL 1-cylinder and 2013 Kawasaki Z250 2-cylinder. Both are good bikes with different characteristic. Check out the comparison below.
Model / Comparison 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL 2013 Kawasaki Z250
Bore x stroke 72.0 x 61.2 mm 62.0 mm x 41.2 mm
Displacement 249 cm³ 249 cm³
Engine Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 1 Cyl DOHC Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 2 Cyl DOHC
CDI Keihin, Transistorized Ignition Digital
Power (kW) 20.6kW (28hp)(9,700rpm) 23.5 kW (32HP) / 11,000 rpm

Monday, July 21, 2014

2014 Kawasaki Z250SL launched - RM15,739 !!!

image 2014 Kawasaki Z250SL just launched today at eCity Hotel, Subang Jaya. The most important details that you all should know that the price is RM15,739 (basic price)!!!. That is lower than what we expect at RM16,700. Kawasaki Motors Malaysia really listens to you guys. So, get the bike before Hari Raya. More news will be coming up soon and will update you guys about.

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Honda Street Cub mods - the good made better

HondaC70-StreetCub-004 Street Cub is a modified Honda C50/C70 made to look modern but at the same time holds it unique flair of the Honda design. This craze has been taking over Malaysia and it is easy to find Street Cub like this anywhere in Malaysia. In fact, I also got to see one at my place in Banting. It is sure looking good. The mods include the use of wide front and rear tyre to make it look like a chopper stance. The rear mudguard is shortened to expose more of the wide tyre.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup Recruitment to Start on 1st August 2014

SATC Great news for aspiring MotoGP™ riders from 13 to 20 years of age! The ultimate talent contest for young Asian motorcycle riders is ready to recruit the stars of 2015. The 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) application period will open soon and talented young riders are being invited to apply for selection, with candidates from Australia and New Zealand also eligible for participation for the second staging of the competition. The Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup, currently in its inaugural season, will begin accepting applications for the 2015 season through its official website www.asiatalentcup.com from August 1 till September 5, 2014. Riders born between 1st January 1994 and 1st February 2002 are eligible to apply. This was officially announced at a 'buka puasa' reception hosted by Shell Advance for the seven Malaysian riders participating in this year's Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup and their families.  At the reception, Shell Malaysia handed out 'duit raya' and hampers to SAATC riders Muhammad Shafiq Rasol, Muhammad Helmi Azman, Fakhrusy Syakirin Rostam, Muhammad Shafiq Ezzariq, Nazirul Izzat Muhammad Bahauddin and brothers Muhammad Adam and Muhammad Ibrahim bin Norrodin. Also present at the reception was Sepang International Circuit Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Razlan Razali and Moto3 riders, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Amirul Hafiq Azmi.  Datul Razlan took the opportunity to give a pep talk to the Malaysian riders ahead of the second half of the season that will resume on September 19 - 21, 2014 with Round 5 in Sepang.  Thereafter, three more races remain – Round 6 in Motegi, Japan, on October 10 – 12,  and Round 7 and 8 in Sepang on October 24 till 26 in conjunction with the 2014 Shell Advance Malaysian MotoGP.  

Saturday, July 19, 2014

2014 Racing Boy Front Fork for Yamaha 135LC V1 and V2 - nice alloy style

2014-racing-boy-front-fork-135LC-001 Yamaha 135LC is one the most tuned bike in Malaysia and maybe in the neighbouring countries too. Racing Boy knowing this has made a special alloy front fork to replace the stock fork that you have on your 135LC. So far, I don't know how this front fork will help you to get better handling since there are no information about it yet, but in the mean time, it is sure looks good. Racing Boy is known for making high quality aftermarket parts and always improving their products if they got to know there are problem with it. Check out the image after the jump to see the look of it fitted to 135LC: 

Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Yamaha MT-09 official colour choices - Orange, Grey and Purple - RM54k (basic)

MT09_Orange   CBU model of the Yamaha MT-09 has make its way to Malaysia. It is a street naked bike that is radical in design philosophy. Powered by 850cc inline-3 engine, it can maxes out 115PS at 10,000RPM and torque at 87.5Nm at 8,500RPM. There are three colour choices for the MT-09 and I think the one that stands out the most is this one in orange. Other than that, you can opt for grey or purple. Hits the jump for the 2 more colour: [caption id="attachment_17143" align="aligncenter" width="500"]MT09 Grey MT09 Grey[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_17142" align="aligncenter" width="500"]MT09 Purple MT09 Purple[/caption] 2014 Yamaha MT-09 price is RM54,000 basic or about RM56,116.05 on the road including road tax, insurance and registration. mt-09-0range mt-09-orange2 Images above from Official Yamaha Malaysia website and BLH Motor FB.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014 Honda VTR Type LD 250 in Japan - the naked beauty Japs V-Twin machine - JPY598,320 (RM18,743.26)

2014-Honda-VTR-Type-LD-005 Honda Japan released this beautiful naked machine based on the V-Twin VTR-F 250. The style of the fairingless VTR shows the beautiful red Trellis frame that is usually associated with the Italian bikes. Considering this is a high performance 250cc with liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, the naked setup here really looks interesting and different that the most bike chassis/engine setup that usually uses diamond frame with 1 or 2-cylinder parallel engine only. There are very few details about the engine other than the 250cc V-Twin that we already know, but luckily we know the power generated by the engine. It is measured at 30ps (29hp) which is a healthy power from a 250cc engine. As a comparison, the CBR250R 1-cylinder engine can provide 27hp at its crank. 2014-Honda-VTR-Type-LD-001 This one in red might confuses you with popular Italian model, the Ducati Monster M600. It got all that Italian flair that relates to V-Twin engine, short and stubby look and alsi the red Trellis frame. There are one great benefit from the Japanese machine as we always knows that is reliability, low-maintainance and cheaper that its Italian counterpart. Anyway, this Honda VTR Type LD have no competition from the Italian since there are no 250cc naked bike with this kind of style from there! 

2014 Yamaha X-Max 125, 250 and 400 in Europe - the smaller brother of T-Max

6-2014-Yamaha-XMAX-125-ABS-EU-Absolute-White-Studio-002 Yamaha T-Max 530 is a maxi-scooter most riders knows on their head. Some are thinking what if the design of the T-Max trickle down to a smaller capacity scooter. You have your question answered with this Yamaha X-Max 125  that packs the iconic maxi-scooter look of the T-Max. The scooter is equipped with 124cc of 1-cylinder liquid-cooled 4-stroke SOHC engine that can provide healthy power at 10.55kW (14.15hp) at 9,000RPM and torque at 11.94Nm at 6,750RPM. The fuel delivery system is fuel-injection so fuel efficiency are now taken care of. Since this is a scooter as we know it, it features automatic transmission that is carried out by V-Belt drive. Not just that, the X-Max 125 also features 267mm front disc brake with 2-piston caliper and at the rear 240mm disc brake with 1-caliper system (or 245mm for ABS version).  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Round 9 German: Marquez maintains his momentum with stunning Sachsenring victory

Marc-Marquez---Repsol-Honda---German-MotoGP-race-winner Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez heads to the summer break with a perfect win record after mastering mixed track conditions at Sachsenring to claim his ninth victory of the 2014 MotoGP season. Memories from the last round at Assen came flooding back for the riders as the heavens opened just before the thirty-lap German Grand Prix was due to commence, resulting in sections of the circuit being wet at the start of the race. The mixed conditions left the riders having to face a decision on whether to start with slick or wet tyres, with nine riders starting from the grid on slick tyres, and the remaining fourteen starters starting from pit lane on slick tyres after pitting-in on wet tyres during the warm up lap. After a chaotic start to the race, Marquez adapted to the drying track best and by the fifth lap had taken the race lead. Despite the less than ideal track conditions, Marquez was able to lap faster than he did in completely dry conditions last year and his quickest lap of the race near the end of the Grand Prix was just two-tenths shy of the Circuit Record Lap. On the other Repsol Honda, Dani Pedrosa also lapped at a fearsome pace to take second place just 1.466 seconds behind his teammate, while Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Jorge Lorenzo made a fine return to form by finishing in third place for his third podium of the year. 

Spyshot: Another Yamaha YZF-R25 spotted at Sg Buloh [Video]

ScreenShot005 Another shot, this time in video, of the elusive Yamaha YZF-R25 has been spotted at Petron Bandar Baru Sg Buloh. This stream of spyshots that has been sent byour readers just show that there are many who are interested about this YZF-R25. In fact, they recognized the shape and silhouette of the bike even it is being painted black without any decals. The video is not very good since it is taken in secret, but you can at least listen to the engine for the first in Malaysian road. Video is after the jump:  

Friday, July 11, 2014

2015 Honda CB300F unveiled in USA - naked version of similar CBR250R - USD3,999 (RM12k))

2015_CB300F_2000x1275_Red_42515B This has come to a surprise to see the availability of the naked version of the CBR300R as it is similar to the CBR250R in Malaysia. It looks so good and the stance looks aggressive. In Malaysia, we just recently got the CBR250R dual headlight but in the USA, they got the naked CB300F. It is lighter than CBR300R at 348 pounds since there is less fairing. Naked bike also have its advantages over its full-fairing version especially in the urban style of riding. The seating is more upright, but lower in seat height so you can flick your bike easier and look way above the traffic in front of you for easy manouvre to go back from work. 

Safety caliper bolt - keep your brake caliper away from theft - RM150

security-bolt-brake-caliper-001 Original brake caliper is expensive and they have been tested by the manufacturer to work in its best performance under extreme performance. The price of the brake caliper can goes from RM800 to RM2,000 per piece depends on the caliper configuration whether 1, 2 or 4-piston setup. It is also a prized item for thief. If it is being stolen, two things are going to happen; 1. You are going to ride home in the most unsafe riding mode and 2. You need to break your bank account to replace the caliper if the insurance doesn't cover it. You can minimise the chance of the brake caliper being stolen by using this safety bolt to replace the stock bolt to your caliper to the fork. 

Spyshot: Closer look of the Yamaha YZF-R25 in Malaysia

  yamaha-r25-malaysia2 Another Yamaha fans tipped us about this image of the upcoming Yamaha YZF-R25 in Malaysia. The YZF-R25 tested is in the stealth black colour to avoid people noticing it but it can't stop those observant eyes to snap this pic of the beautiful machine. It has been rumored that the YZF-R25 is due to come to Malaysia for the first quarter of 2015. Price is expected at RM25k (estimation only).  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 Yamaha MT-09 Street Rally in UK - the more radical version -

2014-Yamaha-MT-09-Street-Rally-EU-Tech-Graphite-Static-011 The base model of the Yamaha MT-09 has been given an upgrade in terms of the styling also on the chassis for the motard look. Few items are added that is longer fuel tank shrouds, side number plates and fork covers to make this bike shows more extreme style. Seating position also rised and more flatter shape are made. This will give higher riding position and easier for you move back and forth on the flat seat. The headlight are given covers for a great sharp look. The handlebar are also given a treatment with the use of the knuckle cover. 

MotoGP 14 game now available - ride among the best - USD39.99

  motogp14.jpgMotoGP 14 has come out for gamers out there and this game will surely test your skills about riding. It includes the champions from the past and also the current riders that races in MotoGP today. MotoGP 14 will be a great game for you know more about MotoGP history and in no time you'll remember more details about MotoGP that your friend who are not playing the game. Available in PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and also PC.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

HJC Coin Box - show your motor style on your desk

hjc-coinbox The image above is not actual helmet but a replica made for coin box. This could be a great item to add on your desk and at the same time instill the habit of saving money. Priced is around RM50-60, much cheaper than actual HJC RPHA-10 full-face helmet. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/agmotorsb?fref=photo

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Monday, July 7, 2014

2014 Ronax 500 - 2-stroke machine racebike that ready for the road - EUR100k (MYR433,120) only 46 units

ronax500 Ronax from Germany has relived the glory of 2-stroke 500cc machine in 2014 with this Ronax 500 beauty. Made only to 46 units, this 80 degree V4 2-stroke counter-rotating crankshaft engine can push out 160hp at 11,500RPM to its 6-speed gearbox. The bore and stroke are measured at 54 x 54.5cm that is almost squarish that makes it able to be balance in terms of torque and horsepower. Electronics are also added with two mappings for sport and rain. This bike really brings back the memories of 2-stroke era in 1970s and all the way to 2000s where there are so many fast 2-stroke roaming anywhere in the world including in Malaysia with the presence of Yamaha TZM 150, Honda NSR150RR/SP, Kawasaki K1, Kawasaki RR, Suzuki Panther, Suzuki Gamma and RG Sports. This Ronax 500 doesn't cheap though. It is priced at EUR100,000 or directly converted to RM433,120. Check out the specs and more pictures after the jump: 

Friday, July 4, 2014

2014 Yamaha MT-09 now available in shops in Malaysia - RM54k basic, RM56,116.05 OTR

Yamaha-MT09-malaysia-002 It has now arrived in shops and you can go there to get a closer look of the dark side of Japan, the Yamaha MT-09. I personally liked the pilot light on the side of the headlight that's different that other pilot light style that we have seen in other bikes. The overall design of the bike is aggressive and makes sure that it will get noticed when it is on the road.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Yamaha and Valentino Rossi Set to Continue with Two-Year Contract Extension

rossi-2 Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd is delighted to announce that it has signed a new two-year agreement with Valentino Rossi. The nine-time world champion will continue to race with Movistar Yamaha MotoGP for the 2015 and 2016 MotoGP World Championship seasons. The announcement comes midway through an excellent season for the MotoGP veteran. Rossi currently sits in second in the standings having taken four second place finishes and a total of five podiums from eight races so far this year. Lin Jarvis - Managing Director, Yamaha Motor Racing
"I am very happy that we have concluded the agreement with Valentino for 2015 and 2016. Since his return to Yamaha in 2013 it's been a very positive experience for everybody involved. After two difficult years 'away from home' Valentino returned last year, not only to us but also to his beloved YZR-M1. Fans of racing across the world were happy to see him rediscover his competitive performance and witness him take pleasure in riding and having fun again on two wheels. The "fun factor" is crucial to Valentino to get results – in fact when he first joined us in 2004 one of the most important motivations for his move to Yamaha was his desire to create an environment where he could enjoy racing. His enjoyment is obvious to all who meet him at the MotoGP events or who see him race on TV and is reflected in his excellent race results this year where he is currently in second position in the World Championship. We look forward to the next two and a half years together and it is our intention that Valentino will remain with Yamaha until the end of his sporting career and beyond."
Valentino Rossi
"I am very happy to announce that I have signed a new contract with Yamaha to continue together in MotoGP for the next two years. I am very proud of this announcement. It's very important to me because I really enjoy working with my crew and all the guys from the team, both the Japanese and European members that have been with me almost my entire career. It's great because this was my target; I wanted to continue, I am feeling good and I'm motivated to keep giving my best. I am very happy that I can keep riding my YZR-M1, that has been my love for so many years and will still be my love this year and the following two seasons. A big 'Thank You' to everybody, I will try to keep giving the maximum to arrive in front and make good races. Enjoy!"


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight now appears on Boon Siew Honda website

image Boon Siew Honda has updated their website to feature this 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight that has been launched last week. I'm waiting for this update by them for me to check out the technical specs. What I'm looking for is the power rating. From what I've read from the brochure and the website, it is stated that the maximum output for this CBR250R is 20.2kW at 8,500RPM and torque at 23.3Nm at 7,500RPM.

Yamaha 135LC is going to be 150cc and named Jupiter MX King in Indonesia?

MX_king A hot news from TMCBlog has shown this decals of the rumored Jupiter MX King which is said to feature Jupiter MX 135cc engine base but upgraded to 150cc. However, it is not known this bike will be a moped like the current Jupiter MX, or naked like the Suzuki Belang R. In my opinion, since this is named the same as the Jupiter MX, it should be made to be like the moped style. This has been rumored for a very long time since the Jupiter MX engine (also known as the 135LC in Malaysia) have the same engine base as the Vixion (FZ150i). 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

RC213V MotoGP Machine Joins Asama Hill Climb

rc213v-asama Asama Hill Climb is a popular event started in 2012 in Komoro City, Nagano, where visitors enjoy a city parade as well as demonstration performances of automobiles and motorcycles. As the third year of the event, thanks to the cooperation of parties related to this event, the public road was closed during the hill climb performance, and that made the racing machine performances possible, which can generally be seen only at circuits. From Honda, the RC213V for FIM Road Racing World Championship Moto GP class joined this event, and performed an exhibition ride. The rider on the machine was Takumi Takahashi, who is now on the top of the ranking for the All Japan Road Race Championship this season. A test riding with the CBR1000RR was scheduled on Friday, June 13, the day before the event, but, due to the bad weather with hail, Takahashi had no choice but to rehearse with an automobile. He first rode the bike on the course just on the day of the event. On Saturday, June 14, the exhibition ride for the event was held twice. A cheer went up from the large audience for the RC213V riding on the public road, which you can not see anywhere else. 

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