2014 KTM RC390 Review – lightweight and track-ready -RM27,500

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Supersports is one of the popular bike category for so long. The category exudes speed and performance. This has been to the factor that supersports styling is the style used in professional racing namely in MotoGP and WSBK.
The particular supersports from KTM, the RC390, embodies the statement of speed and performance really well. It got all the packages to be a great supersports bike. Great chassis, great engine, high performance and of course great design.

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Looks
KTM RC390 is an interesting bike in terms of design. When I see the concept first by KTM, it looks very sharp and carry the silhoutte of the KTM RC250GP which is being used in Moto3 racing series. What’s even better is that, the concept has been taken into the production with minimal changes in the overall design. It is still sharp, and most important, it is different than the rest of the supersports in its category. The iconic double front headlamp with double J LED fairing light is distinguishable from far to be a KTM. The rear lights also very interesting with a strong presence of the red light bar. This has to be one of my favourite rear light design so far. It looks different, creative and feels like it is designed by someone who knows bikes and love it very much.  Continue reading “2014 KTM RC390 Review – lightweight and track-ready -RM27,500”

2015 Honda New Concept Model “BULLDOG” – 400cc 2-cylinder active outdoor bike

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Honda unveiled the world premiere of the BULLDOG as an exhibition model (concept model) at a press conference, at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015.

The BULLDOG promotes a new world of leisure with motorcycles. The model was developed with the concept “Lovable Touring Partner,” and was designed to go beyond the boundaries of conventional leisure motorcycles, to actively enjoy outdoor life.   Continue reading “2015 Honda New Concept Model “BULLDOG” – 400cc 2-cylinder active outdoor bike”

2014 Yamaha X-Max 125, 250 and 400 in Europe – the smaller brother of T-Max – starts from £3,999 (RM21,734.90)

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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).   Continue reading “2014 Yamaha X-Max 125, 250 and 400 in Europe – the smaller brother of T-Max – starts from £3,999 (RM21,734.90)”

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

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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.    Continue reading “KTM 200 Duke Radiator Guard – the better guard for your radiator – RM80”

2014 Yamaha SR400 – 35 years of heritage

2014-Yamaha-400-SR-EU-Matt-Grey-Studio-001 Anyone who was old enough to ride a motorcycle in the 1970s will remember the fanfare that greeted the launch of the original Yamaha SR models. Inspired by the dual purpose XT500 which was launched a few years earlier, the single cylinder SR400 and SR500 were announced in 1978, and went on to become some of Yamaha’s most popular and enduring models.

With their relaxed torque output, slim and agile chassis design and classic styling, the Japanese-market SR400 and European-market SR500 became firm favourites with enthusiasts who were looking for a simple machine that captured the very spirit of sports motorcycling. In many European countries including Germany, Austria and Belgium, groups of SR500 owners formed enthusiasts’ clubs, many of which still run to this day. To underline its appeal, the SR500 went on to win consecutive ‘Moto of the Year’ awards from Germany’s Motorrad magazine – one of the highest circulation motorcycle titles in Europe. During the same period the bike was establishing a cult following in Europe and Japan, with many SR models being handed down from father to son.  Continue reading “2014 Yamaha SR400 – 35 years of heritage”