2011 Yamaha XJ6 has been previewed on 18th March along with the launch of 2011 Yamaha 135LC. It is confirmed said to be available on June(mudah.my source) or July(arenakereta.com source). This CKD version of 600cc bike are said to be the challenger for Kawasaki ER6n and ER6f which is priced below RM43k. XJ6 are said to be 4-in-1 bike like the Ducati Multistrada, means you can drive this bike anywhere there is a road.
I’ve found this interesting read from Kawasaki website while browsing for their bikes lineup for 2011.
This PDF file of Kawasaki Ninja Story 1984-2009 tells how Ninjas has evolved and undergo revolution for lighter weight, better handling and greater design. My favourite Ninja is the ZX-6R. For me, this bike has the balance of lightweight and power which I can say feels like a pocket rocket. Small but fast. But nowadays even the 1000cc bike has weight that almost as light as the 600cc bike with the introduction of aluminium chassis and lighter plastic fairing.
Everytime the name MV Agusta is mentioned, I can’t help myself to think that it was once owned by Proton of Malaysia. How I wish Proton never sell this marquee. There are many handovers after Proton has sold it to GEVI SpA and now, it is own by Harley-Davidson of USA.
MV Agusta , with their tagline ‘Motorcycle Art’ really integrates what is being defined as the intersection of technology and art blended together. I like how the three-muffler exhaust comes out on the right side of the bike finished in the same colour as the wheel. This is different that what I always see in most superbikes; underseat or just plain cylindrical(or trioval) muffler.
The wheel itself is the stylish and have proper look for a superbike that speaks lightweight and power. The attention to details that the engineers have put in the design of this bike are pure passion and pure Italian.
The diamond-like headlamp makes it noticeable with just a glance, but you might mistaken it for F4. F3 as opposed to F4, is the 3-cylinder engine which is more compact than the 4-cylinder engine of F4. For 3-cylinder engine, the F3 got 675cc of displacement compare to F4 at 1000cc. The real advantage of 3-cylinder is the compactness that makes is narrower and lighter, therefore handling, acceleration and stopping should be better. The overall look of the F3 compliment each other and adds each other parts strength in looks. I have heard an engineer said that ‘if it looks good, it should performs as good as it looks, but first, it needs to looks good’. I haven’t ride this bike yet, but with that statement, I hope the ride and its performance are as good as what I expect.
I never thought I were to like this MV Agusta F3 675cc superbikes. If you never know or never want to know about it, you just might missed out the great design in the superbikes world.
Price is estimated at MYR110,000.00 (my estimation).