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    Ducati’s legendary naked bike - the Ducati Monster, showed up in 1993, a Massimo Tamburini-designed beauty with a steel trellis frame and Ducati’s infamous L-twin on full display. It was a hit, but even with a blue-chip name behind the drawing board, it was a parts-bin special. That, friends, ain’t the case here.

    The 937cc Testastretta L-twin pushes out 111 ponies to push the new Monster’s insanely lithe 366-pound dry weight. Backing that up is 68.7 pound-feet torque at 6,500 rpm. As is de rigueur with Ducati, it sucks its air and gas through desmodromic valves. Peak power hits at 9,250 rpm, which should mean the Monster’s power curve is nice and friendly.

    The power is sent through a new gearbox that has an up-and-down quickshifter as standard.
    To lose all that heft, Ducati went for broke, chucking the iconic trellis in favor of an aluminum “front frame” that apes the Panigale V4′s. The new cradle bolts straight to the engine from the headstock and is extremely compact. Out back, the subframe is now glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP in Ducati marketing speak), which Bologna says saves 4.2 pounds. The wheels shed another 3.75 pounds, and the swingarm has been slimmed by 3.5.

    Coupled with the weight loss, the new Monster is narrow, and has a stock seat height of 32.3 inches. If you’re more compact, Ducati will sell you a seat to lower the bike to 31.5 inches, and if you’re of truly Napoleonic proportions, you can throw in a lowering spring to get the seat down to just 30.5 inches off the deck.

    The 2021 Ducati Monster gets all of Borgo Panigale’s standard technological fare, including cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, and launch control. All of those interventions can be configured to your liking, or specified in one of the bike’s three riding modes. The riding modes (Sport, Urban, and Touring) are controlled via a switch on the bars and a 4.3-inch TFT dash keeps the rider updated.

    Last but not least, for 2021 Ducati is unveiling decal sets to help buyers separate their Monster from the crowd. The Monster will be available in Ducati Red and Dark Stealth with black wheels or Aviator Grey with red wheels in ’21, though price varies by color. If you want a small windshield and a pillion cover, you’ll need to upgrade to the Monster Plus, which is available in the same three hues.

    The 2021 Ducati Monster will hit dealers in April 2021, with prices to be confirmed for the standard bike in Ducati Red. Monsters in Dark Stealth and Aviator Grey are also available and these bikes are expected to cost more as is with the norm with Ducati. There will also be a Ducati Monster Plus (not the Ducati Monster S??) that will also be expected to be priced higher. We will check in with Ducati Singapore and update here with the prices once we have them!
    2021 Ducati MonsterTechnical Specifications and Price
    Price: S$TBC (Awaiting confirmation from Ducati Singapore) Engine: 937cc, liquid-cooled, Testastretta V-twin; 4 valves/cyl. Bore x Stroke: 94.0 x 67.5mm Compression Ratio: 13.3:1 Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection w/ 53mm throttle bodies; ride-by-wire Clutch: Wet, multiplate slipper and servo-assist; hydraulic Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain Frame: Aluminum Front Suspension: 43mm inverted fork, 5.1-in. travel Rear Suspension: Monoshock, adjustable for spring preload, 5.5-in. travel Front Brakes: Radial-mounted Brembo 4-piston M4.32 calipers, radial master cylinder, dual 320mm semi-floating discs w/ Cornering ABS Rear Brake: Brembo 2-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS Wheels, Front/Rear: Light alloy cast wheels; 3.5 x 17 in. / 5.5 x 17 in. Tires, Front/Rear: Pirelli Diablo Rosso III; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17 Wheelbase: 58.0 in. Rake/Trail: 24.0°/3.7 in. Seat Height: 32.3 in. Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal. Claimed Wet Weight: 414 lb. Warranty: 2 years, unlimited mileage Available: Mid 2021 Contact: ducati.com



    SBF
    Not unlike the major Japanese players, Kymco has constantly sought to improve its product offerings to cater to the ever-increasing demands of motorcyclist. Gone are the days that owners just want a no-frills cheap motorcycle to get around but even the entry level models now comes packed with modern technology like ABS, smartphone integration, and many many more!

    We wrote on the Y-Connect from Yamaha as well as the RoadSync from Honda and today, we bring you the Kymco Noodoe which is now available from all bikes and scooters available from Kymco's exclusive distributor in Singapore - Motor Sport Pte Ltd (KYMCO Singapore).
    KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motor Sport Pte Ltd

    KYMCO Singapore
    Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
    Tel: +65 6281 9778
    Noodoe Navigation, a revolutionary navigation experience designed for riders from the ground up, is officially available worldwide at the App Store and Google Play. Riders can now experience the completely new, rider-centric Noodoe Navigation.
    Noodoe Navigation is designed to allow riders to focus on the road, putting their safety first. Through its ROAD-FOCUSED NAVIGATION concept, Noodoe Navigation presents riders with the number of intersections on riders’ side of the street before their next turn instead of continuously telling them the distances to the next turn, which requires riders to stare at the screen constantly.

    Noodoe Navigation Proved to be Truly Rider-Centric in Test Ride
    Before the official launch of Noodoe Navigation, KYMCO invited hundreds of riders for a real world road test throughout Europe and Asia. Over 90% of the riders were satisfied with the Noodoe Navigation. Meanwhile, more than 80% of the riders wanted to choose Noodoe Navigation over other navigation systems. Moreover, more than 80% of the riders would go as far as recommending Noodoe Navigation to other riders.

    The following are the most favored features of Noodoe Navigation:
    ● At-a-Glance Directions
    When on the road, riders only have a short period of time to glance at the scooter's dashboard. Therefore, this rider-optimized navigation system has a consistent place on the dashboard for every piece of information. Information is presented in a simple and clear manner, with critical information fixed in optimal areas. Riders can always see what they want at a glance because the user interface of Noodoe Navigation is intuitively designed and easy to use.
    ● Street-Countdown Indications
    Through the street-countdown indication feature, riders can simply count down the number of streets left before a turn, without the need to repeatedly look down. This allows riders to stay focused on the road as they approach their next maneuver. During the entire ride, there are no unwanted alerts or interruptions. Riders can confirm the approach of the next turn whenever they want.
    ● Pre-Ride Destination Entry
    Riders can specify a destination on their phones before leaving home, so they don't have to enter the address into the scooter's navigation. When riders turn the key on, the destination automatically transfers from their phone to their scooter. Riders are all set before they start their journey.

    ● Personalized Journey Navigation
    Riders can enter up to 5 multiple destinations on their phone at once. As riders turn the key on, all 5 locations seamlessly transfer to the scooter to create the corresponding navigation journey they desire. This is especially useful when riders want to enjoy leisure riding or follow a scenic route along the way. Mrs. Wei, one of the test riders, has nearly 5-year experience in using navigation system for commuting and traveling. She pointed out, “The Pre-Ride Destination Entry feature is very convenient compared to other navigation systems. The design of user interface is easy to use, and the information is less likely to be misread.”
    Noodoe + Ionex
    For the owner of a KYMCO Ionex scooter, the combined Noodoe-Ionex experience elevates riders to the next level. Riders can pick an Ionex charge point including the Ionex energy stations through the Ionex mobile application on their phone and automatically have the location transferred to Noodoe Navigation. “Noodoe elevates the scooter navigation experience to a whole new level,” said Allen Ko, Chairman of KYMCO. “With Noodoe, the riders get a safer, more enjoyable, and overall the most heart-winning riding experience.”
    Official video from Kymco presenting the Kymco Noodoe:
     

    SBF
    The Singapore Police Force on Tuesday (April 13) warned of a new type of scam targeting delivery personnel from parcel and food delivery companies.
    As part of the scam, victims would first receive a cash-on-delivery order via their company’s delivery mobile application. 
    Under the pretext of making payment for the delivery, the scammers would then ask for the victims’ mobile phone numbers via the delivery app, claiming that this was to transfer the money to them via PayLah!. PayLah! is an e-payment app used by DBS and POSB banks.
    The victims would receive a one-time password (OTP) and would be prompted to log in to their PayLah! accounts and key in the password, under the impression that it was required in order to receive the payments.
    They would then receive a notification that their PayLah! accounts had been linked to a Google Pay account.
    “Upon reaching the delivery location, the victims would realise that there is no one to receive the delivery,” the police said.
    “They would then discover unknown transactions on their bank accounts.”
    Tips to avoid getting scammed:
    Never give your one time pin (OTP) to ANYONE If the order is for cash on delivery, make sure to use cash or PayNow transactions to keep yourself safe, only giving your mobile phone number You will never need to "log in" to approve receiving a payment - RED FLAG! Be mindful of deals that are out of the norm as these have a higher chance of being scams Always consult a trusted friend if you find a particular transaction or request fishy The police advised app users to confirm the transactions they are making before keying in OTPs.
    “Inform your bank if you realise your PayLah! account has been linked to other accounts without your authorisation and report any fraudulent transactions made on your bank accounts to your bank immediately”, they added.
    Members of the public may provide information on scams at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness or through the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.

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    Special promotion with Le Bistrot Du Sommelier for Vespa owners by Mah Pte Ltd!
    Vespa Scooters are distributed exclusively in Singapore by:

    Mah Pte Ltd
    www.mah.com.sg
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393

    Indulge in a special Vespa Pic Nic treat in the middle of the city!
    From the revolutionary Vespa Primavera, the Vespa Pic Nic is born - created with features that give off the vibe of a relaxing picnic day. 
    Celebrate the launch of Vespa Pic Nic in Singapore, and live more spontaneously. Check out our event coverage of the Vespa Pic Nic launch here:
    Flash your Vespa key at Le Bistrot Du Sommelier and get an exclusively curated picnic box at just $55 nett. Serving size is for 4, so grab a few friends and hang out together!
    Le Bistrot Du Sommelier
    53 Armenian St, Singapore 179940
    Vespa owners also enjoy 5% off Le Bistrot Du Sommelier’s wines and ala carte menu.
    Come on down to 53 Armenian Street (next to Singapore Management University) and check out the new Vespa Pic Nic, while you indulge in a tantalising collection of hearty, tasty, classic French food and an unusual selection of natural wines.
    Promo ends 31 May 2021, so hurry down now.

    SBF
    Unique Motorsports is holding their blowout sale on their current top-of-the-line ASV levers for your motorcycle! Normal price of the ASV C5 levers are priced at S$220 each, and a set would usually set you back S$440 for the pair without installation. Take advantage of Unique Motorsports promotion now and get BOTH the clutch and brake lever INSTALLED for S$280 everything included! Details below!

    Prices have never been this low and ASV has a wide range of applications and you can be sure that they would suit your motorcycle perfectly!
    From Unique Motorsports on their ASV Guarantee:
    All ASV levers include a guarantee against breakage. That's right, you break your ASV lever, we replace it! No charge, No catch, No excuses. If you break your ASV lever, we will fix it or replace it. If you are not happy with your lever for any reason, we will do what ever it takes to make you happy. We have the best guarantee in the business and back it up in writing. No other lever manufacturer offers this incredible guarantee. Customer service is our top priority. We are not satisfied until you are completely happy with our product.
    Special Promotion Deal:
    C5 SERIES Unbreakable Clutch & Brake Levers (5 years warranty), Brake & Clutch Lever + Installation
    S$280!!!

    Contact Unique Motorsports

    (UM @ Kaki Bukit) ~ 1 Kaki Bukit Ave 6 #02-54 S(417883)
    Izz 92278999 / 68446378

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    Open: Monday to Friday 10am-6.30pm
    Open Saturday: 10am-5.30pm
    Close Sunday & PH
    For more awesome deals from Unique Motorsports, be sure to check out their vendor folder location here:
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    Last September BMW filed trademark applications for three new ‘M’ branded motorcycles – the M1000RR, M1300GS and M1000XR. Now the first of those machines has been unveiled and it’s aimed squarely at bringing BMW into contention for the WSB championship.

    The standard BMW S 1000 RR, which has been around since it emerged in 2009 as a Superbike World Championship contender, uses a water-cooled 999-cc inline four-cylinder engine producing 205 horsepower with a redline at 14,600 rpm and a top speed of 185 mph. A solid foundation, then. Now, the M 1000 RR (or M RR for short) makes 212 hp at 14,500 rpm and has a higher redline at 15,100 rpm thanks to a bunch of internal upgrades.
    On the list are lighter two-ring forged pistons, titanium con rods, machined intake ports and lighter, slimmer rocker arms, while a titanium exhaust system opens things up and saves nearly 7.5 pounds of weight. Beyond the engine, the M division also gave the M RR carbon fiber winglets and a unique windscreen that generate up to 35.9 pounds of downforce at 189 mph. The bike's swing-arm is lighter than the S 1000 RR, giving it a slightly longer wheelbase, and special M-specific suspension tuning takes things even further. Stopping the bike's M carbon fiber wheels are four-piston twin-disc M brakes in the front and a two-piston single disc in the rear.  We'll go into more details on the individual components later on.

    BMW says these changes have been developed for sport racings and "perfected for the road." That means this race-focused bike features daily rider comforts like heated grips, hill-start control, and ABS Pro settings for rain, road, with a dynamic mode. 
    The M1000RR is BMW’s equivalent to Ducati’s Panigale V4R – a homologation special, designed to meet FIM WSBK and Superstock rules offering increased performance and race-tuning potential compared to the normal S1000RR. It’s built around a revised version of the S1000RR’s Shiftcam inline four, now rated at 209bhp (212PS, 156kW) in road-legal form, plus race-inspired weight loss, suspension and aerodynamics to create a package that comes in at a mere 192kg ready-to-ride. In short it’s the most potent street-legal production bike BMW has ever made, and one that gives the firm the best chance yet of getting the racing success that’s eluded the firm in the decade since the S1000RR was launched.

    Let’s start with the changes to the engine. While the capacity of BMW’s Shiftcam four-cylinder is already right at the limit, and its variable valve timing and lift offers greater tuning potential than its fixed-valve-timed rivals, BMW has still found ways to improve it.
    The big changes are the adoption of new pistons – 12g lighter each – longer and lighter titanium con rods, slimmer and lighter rocker arms and a higher 13.5:1 compression ratio. Those add up to a 500rom higher redline, now 15,100rpm, five extra horsepower at 14,500rpm and greater performance than the normal version all the way from 6000rpm to the redline.

    Peak torque of 83lbft at 11,000rpm is unchanged, but the M1000RR gets a 46 tooth rear sprocket instead of the normal 45 tooth design, giving shorter overall gearing that will inevitably result in stronger acceleration.
    The engine’s intake ports are also tweaked, with new geometry to improve flow, while the titanium exhaust valves get new springs.
    The 2mm longer titanium con rods reduce lateral loads on the pistons, adding to the bike’s race tuning potential. Each rod weighs a mere 85g despite the vast forces it needs to cope with.

    Like the S1000RR, the M1000RR has variable-length intake trumpets, but they’re shorter than before to improve top-end performance. A new Akrapovic titanium exhaust system cuts a remarkable 3657g from the weight of the stock pipe, totalling just 7780g.
    In terms of outright performance, BMW claims the M1000RR reaches 62mph (100km/h) around 0.1 to 0.2 seconds faster than the S1000RR and hits 125mph 0.4s quicker. Not vital on your daily commute, but significant in the race to the first corner.
    The usual, bafflingly vast array of riding modes (rain, road, dynamic, race) are increased further with an extra three ‘Race Pro’ settings (Race Pro 1-3), while the M1000RR also gets BMW’s highest-spec IMU-assisted traction control and a wheelie control that can be finely adjusted in ‘Race Pro’ modes to tailor the precise amount of front wheel lift you’d like. Race Pro also adds three engine brake settings.

    Launch control, an up-and-down quickshifter and a pit lane speed limiter are also standard, as is a ‘Pro’ version of BMW’s hill start control with adjustable settings (although if you haven’t mastered hill starts, maybe the M1000RR isn’t for you…)
    The engine changes might be significant, but the M1000RR’s aero updates are more noticeable. Like an increasing number of its rivals, the BMW has grown wings.
    While we’ve recently seen BMW developing advanced active aerodynamics, its first production foray into the field is with conventional fixed-position winglets on either side of the nose. Designed to help keep the front of the bike down during acceleration, allowing the rider to use more throttle without wheelying, the BMW winglets are intricately-designed carbon-fibre parts that are claimed to create as much as 13.4kg of downforce at 186mph.
    The M1000RR also gets a new, taller windscreen that BMW claims reduces wind resistance and offsets the extra drag of the winglets so top speed isn’t reduced.

    BMW says that during tests with Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty, the M1000RR was 0.5s to 0.7s per lap faster with the winglets fitted than without. Speaking of lap times, the firm says that BMW World Endurance rider Markus Reiterberger, on a stock M1000RR fitted with slicks, was just 2.101s slower than Tom Sykes and 1.590s slower than Eugene Laverty when they were riding full WSB-spec machines that were 15hp more powerful and 15kg lighter.
    While we had been hoping that BMW might have used the lessons learned on the HP4 Race to bring carbon-fibre frame technology to the M1000RR, the firm has stuck with the normal aluminium chassis. That’s probably as a result of having to meet the strict €40,000 WSBK price cap for homologated street versions of the racers – something the M1000RR does with ease, with a UK list price of £30,935. (We'll check back in with BMW Motorrad Singapore to see how much the landed cost will be, if it even arrives on our shores)
    The chassis might be familiar but the M1000RR gets new suspension geometry with a 23.6 degree head angle and 3mm less fork offset. Wheelbase grows from 1441mm to 1457mm in the process, thanks in part to a swingarm that’s 11.7mm longer than the normal version. The swingarm pivot point is also more widely adjustable than on the stock S1000RR.
    At 192kg, the bike’s weight is 5kg less than the normal S1000RR, largely accounted for by the 3.7kg lighter exhaust system. The wheels – BMW’s ‘M’ carbon rims – are also 1.7kg lighter than the normal aluminium ones.
    Other chassis tweaks include milled alloy triple clamps and revised rear suspension geometry that increases the rear ride height by 6mm. It’s all slowed down by new ‘M’ brakes developed with Nissin with lighter calipers and thicker discs than the stock S1000RR.
    While the bike’s on-board view is largely familiar the TFT dash gets customised displays for the M1000RR, and if you splash out an extra £4100 for the ‘M Competition Package’ you get an activation code that allows comprehensive data logging to be downloaded via the bike’s OBD port.

    That M Competition Package also brings the software for a GPS lap timer trigger and an array of milled alloy parts including levers and footrests, the ‘M’ carbon package and a 220g lighter swingarm as well as the firm’s newly-released M-Endurance chain, which is DLC-coated to prevent wear and eliminate the need for regular adjustment. A pillion seat cover completes the somewhat pricy set.

    Will the M1000RR be what it takes to bring BMW into contention in WSBK? The firm will certainly be hoping so. At the time of writing Sykes and Laverty are languishing in 11th and 13th places in the WSBK championship table and the firm is last of the five regular manufacturers in the constructors title race, behind Kawasaki, Ducati, Yamaha and Honda. Only Aprilia is behind BMW, and the Italian firm has only appeared in wildcard races with a single privateer bike this year.

    SBF
    A perfect fit to the iconic Vespa Primavera is the acclaimed Italian motoring brand's newest concept, the Vespa Pic Nic. Born out of a creative idea that matches the lifestyle of those that retain a sense of freedom and curiosity with nature, the Vespa Pic Nic set is a perfect limited-edition iteration of the Primavera that was launched in the '60s and beloved by those who have passion for new experiences.
    Vespa Scooters are distributed exclusively in Singapore by:

    Mah Pte Ltd
    www.mah.com.sg
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393
    Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members!
    Besides standing out for the special features in terms of design that set the mood of a modern rustic chic picnic in every detail, this limited edition set fulfils the need for a fresh breeze. The model comes in three colours:
    White Innocenza Green Relax Grey Materia
    White Innocenza

    Grey Materia

    Green Relax
    The launch event for the Vespa Pic Nic was held on the night of the 14th of April 2021, beautifully hosted by Mr Eugene Mah, Managing Director of Mah Pte Ltd and members of the media and customers were on hand to see this latest creation from the Italian brand.
    As usual, the event was a huge success, with Mah's classic hospitality the highlight of the day (in addition to the Vespa Pic Nic of course!). Paired with great food and wine, this event was a good welcome and sign back to days of old before the pandemic. Of course, all safe distancing measures and legal requirements were met.

    Our friends from @TRI333PLE hard at work
    The machine price of the 2021 Vespa Pic Nic is S$7,300 with all the goodies you see attached coming with the bike in its stock configuration. Aside from the special colour palette, the Pic Nic comes with Vespa's original front rack with a picnic mat, as well as a rear wooden box that is created specifically for the Pic Nic. The machine price is S$500 above the standard Vespa Primavera 150 and we think this represents excellent value.
    What's more, the Vespa Pic Nic 150 will be limited to ONLY 9 units in Singapore, with 3 of each colour, so if you want to get your hands on one of these beautiful Italian scooters, please contact Mah Pte Ltd soonest to secure your unit.

    Vespa Pic Nic is created with features that give off the vibe of a relaxing picnic day. The signature belt in beige adds a touch of rustic chic elegance to the livery of the scooter. The front rack, as well as the rear rack (standard equipment on Vespa Pic Nic), have one brown strap respectively, that not only embellish the look of the vehicle but are also functional items to tighten to the Vespa Pic Nic the items to be carried with you in your journey out of town.

    The rustic character of the set is reflected also in the brown details of the livery such as the footrest and the dedicated stickers that complete a harmonious ensemble. The unique saddle is designed only for the Vespa Pic Nic: different shades of brown are tailored to provide the most sophisticated look and never-before-experienced comfort. The small Italian flag positioned on the saddle strap is a further reminder of the origin of this wonderful bike, whose body, as per Vespa’s signature, is completely made of steel. The beauty of the scooter is ultimately highlighted by the chromed details of the crest, the white outlines of the shield and the white rims.

    Vespa Pic Nic range is equipped with 12"-wheel rims, made of aluminium alloy and with a five-spoke design, specially conceived in white by Piaggio Group’s Italian design centre. They bring out the chicness of the scooter, ensuring a ride in style for the young spirits that are constantly on the lookout for an enjoyable escape from the city.

     
    Meanwhile, the Vespa Pic Nic comes with accessories and merchandises that complete the unique experience with the scooter. The picnic blanket, enriched by the embossed Vespa Pic Nic logo, and the special rattan basket (with fixing kit which allows the basket to located firmly on the rear rack) with leather details create the vintage vibe of a classic stylish picnic. The picnic kit is completed by the white cooling bag (inside the basket) where food and drinks can be stored once the journey outdoor begins. Special Vespa tumblers, available in grey and white, are designed to keep your drink at the temperature you want. A branded fedora hat, a tote bag (which is available in white and grey) and a white T-shirt with heritage graphic, are also available to level up the outfits of the picnickers who are enjoying their carefree trip in the countryside.

    In terms of experience, riding the Vespa Pic Nic will definitely be a smooth ride. It is driven by modern one-cylinder four-stroke 150 cc iGet engines, air-cooled and equipped with electronic injection and 3-valve distribution. Each detail from the exhaust to the inner structure of the transmission casing was designed to provide a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. The control unit contains a barometric sensor, which ensures always optimum combustion under all conditions and at all altitudes. The engine power and torque delivered thus reach new levels of steadiness and reliability, also in city traffic, characterised by continuous “stop and go”.

    The engines are environmentally friendly and perform at the top of their category, making the Vespa especially perky both under city traffic conditions and in open-road stretches. This brilliant performance comes together with extremely low fuel consumption.
    Vespa Scooters are distributed exclusively in Singapore by:

    Mah Pte Ltd
    www.mah.com.sg
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393
    Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members!
    An iconic symbol of style and timeless beauty, Vespa Primavera's latest variety arrives perfectly to steer us from the dark clouds looming over us in these strange times. Find time, especially this summer season, to have an enjoyable moment together at the park or in your own backyard with family and loved ones while staying safe at home. As we all know, a picnic is not just a social gathering but also a time to breathe and savour every single moment of the day.


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    Yamaha's entry for the Class 2B street bike market comes in the form of the Yamaha MT-15, or Yamaha MTN155 if you are being technical. Like its elder siblings, the MT-07, MT-09, etc, it adopts the MT moniker and goes by the tagline - "The Dark Side of Japan". Its name is not just the only thing that takes after the much more powerful motorcycles however, as you can tell from its looks, that a lot of styling and design cues are also inspired from the larger Class 2 motorcycles. This two wheeler is more focused on design and positioned as a street racer.
    Yamaha Singapore Official Distributor

    Hong Leong Corporation - Yamaha Motor Singapore
    Address: 178 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409030
    Phone: 6749 0588
     Click HERE to ENQUIRE now on ANY Yamaha Motorcycles! Special price for SBF members! 

    This is the naked or street version of Yamaha R15 (which we have reviewed here) with slightly different capabilities. The overall look of the bike remains same as MT series and the bike is more oriented to city like driving conditions and priced at S$14,000 (including COE, excluding insurance) prices itself right up against similar offerings from Honda and other Japanese manufacturers. Will MT15 carve out a niche for itself? Let’s find out.

    Styling & Design
    Well, as soon as you see the bike, your eyes get stuck on it. The bike looks muscular and its headlamp makes it more special. The headlamp cluster is equipped with twin-LED position lamps which gives the impression of eyes and a LED projector lamp positioned beneath it.  Hence it appears to resemble Transformer (fictional character) and makes it unique in this segment.

     
    The 10-litre tank is shaped in such a way that it provides a muscular look to the bike and air-intakes further accents this trait too. The handlebar is a single-unit and keeps you in an upright and comfortable riding position, unlike the racing position on the Yamaha R15. The quality of bar end weights and switches are excellent and goes to show the excellent qualities of the Yamaha brand.

    Coming to the rear of the bike, the tail lamp is integrated at the rear of the seat. The exhaust sound complements the feel of a sports bike and has a nice tune to it. The single-seat design and rear fitted foot pegs give you a slightly more aggressive riding position on the bike but even riding on longer journeys, the ride is very compliant and smooth. The seat though is plushy for the rider enough so that you could actually go long-distance touring on the MT-15.

    Engine & Performance
     
    Engine Type: Liquid -cooled , 4 -stroke ; SOHC , 4 -valves Displacement: 155 cm3 Max. Power: 13.9 kW . at 10000 rpm Max. Torque: 14.4 N - m at 8500 rpm Compression Ratio: 11.640.4 : 1 Bore x Stroke: 58.0 x 58.7 mm Ignition System: TCI( Transistor Controlled Ignition ) Starter System: Electric Transmission System: Constant mesh , 6 - Speed Lubrication: Wet sump Fuel Tank Capacity: 10L Oil Capacity: 1.05 L The MT-15 gets the same 155cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that we have seen in YZF-R15. For MT15, the engine gets even more refined low-end torque. It generates 19.3hp power at 10,000rpm and 14.7Nm of torque at 8,500rpm. The motor is mated with a 6-speed gearbox.

    Since the engine is refined for more low-end torque, handling traffic and congested streets is a much easier task for the bike. This has been possible due to 52-teeth sprockets compared to 48 teeth on the R15. It helps in initial faster acceleration but after 100kmph, the R15 leaves MT15 far behind. The maximum speed we attained was 130kmph but the R15 can go above 140kmph. The bike gets telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear which can save you from small potholes although harsh bumps will have no compassion on your back, it is always a trade-off!
    Ride & Handling
    The MT-15 is a clear winner for the city-like driving conditions. Riding in lower gears at traffic situation is not a problem for this bike. Second gear can reach 40kmph speed easily and its mid-range punch is striking too. The bike remains stable at lower speeds even on higher gears.

    The MT-15 gets VVA tech which adds some more power to the ride through its variable-valve-actuation technology - This helps with mid-range torque as well as maintaining excellent fuel economy as your ride the motorcycle. It also get a slip and assist clutch facility which reduces the chances of wheel locking. The bike only gets single-channel ABS however while R15 get dual channel which is just another difference between the 2 siblings. Cornering is not really an issue in this bike.
    Our Conclusion
    To sum up, it will not be wrong to say that bike is practical for all purposes and can astonish you with its striking looks. The bike can be used for day to day riding and even deliveries if you're up for it, and if you want nimbleness and fun bike then MT15 perfectly fits in your bracket. Striking good looks, excellent technology, and build-quality and warranty backed by the official Yamaha distributor in Singapore - What more can you ask for? (Cheaper COE probably..)

    P.S. You can watch this review from an MT-15 owner done by @Farhan Tre:
     

    SBF
    Honda gives its CB1000R naked some love for 2021 with a sophisticated blacked-out look and a few choice upgrades. The bike will be available this May starting at S$TBC. Although it will be available to dealers in May, it doesn't mean you will be able to get one in May however. We must apologise in advance as we understand from Boon Siew Honda that they will not be bringing in the Black Edition of the Honda CB1000R until the current 2020 models have been sold out - and who knows how long that would take!

    The new styling gives the machine its 2021 moniker, the CB1000R Black Edition, and touches just about every visible part of the bike. Honda used black plating and black anodizing techniques on the subframe, swingarm pivot plates, exhaust system, front suspension, and handlebar clamp among numerous other places.

    In addition to the bold new colorway, the CB1000R gets a new three-level quickshifter for clutchless upshifts. A slip/assist clutch smooths out wheel hop on hard downshifts.
    Honda fitted a new 5-inch TFT instrument panel to the bike also.

    The CB1000R Black Edition is powered by a 998cc inline-four fit with ride-by-wire and four ride modes. Honda Selectable Torque Control is included to help dial performance in a variety of conditions. It utilizes a steel backbone frame suspended by a Showa SFF Big Piston fork, fully adjustable, and a Showa shock with spring preload and rebound damping adjustability. Four-piston radial-mount calipers grip two full-floating 310mm discs at the front while a single-piston caliper and 256mm disc handle braking duties at the back.

    Honda utilizes LED lighting throughout, highlighted by a classic round headlight that emphasizes the brand’s Neo-Sports Café aesthetic, of which the CB1000R is a hallmark example. Other premium design features include a flangeless fuel tank, aluminum alloy detailing, a new rear splash guard that mounts directly to the swingarm, and a passenger seat cover.

    The only available colorway for 2021 will be, you guessed it, Graphite Black.
    2021 Honda CB1000R Black Edition Technical Specifications and Price
    Price: S$TBC Engine: 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 4 valves/cyl. Bore x Stroke: 75.0 x 56.5mm Compression Ratio: 11.6:1 Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI w/ 44mm throttle bodies, ride-by-wire Clutch: Wet, multiplate, slip/assist and quickshifter Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain Frame: Steel backbone Front Suspension: Showa 43mm SFF-BP USD fork, fully adjustable; 5.2 in. travel Rear Suspension: Showa shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.2 in. travel. Front Brake: Radial-mounted 4-piston calipers, 310mm floating discs w/ ABS Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 256mm disc w/ ABS Wheels, Front/Rear: 17 in./17 in. Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70-17 / 190/55-17 Rake/Trail: 24.7°/3.8 in. Wheelbase: 57.3 in. Seat Height: 32.7 in. Fuel Capacity: 4.3 gal. Claimed Curb Weight: 467 lb. Warranty: 12-month, transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty Available: May 2021 Contact: https://www.boonsiewhonda.com.sg/  

    SBF
    Article by CarBuyer.com.sg, kudos to Deyna Chia for the awesome writeup!
    TRIUMPH Motorcycles are distributed exclusively in Singapore by:

    Mah Pte Ltd
    www.mah.com.sg
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393
    Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members!

    This is Triumph’s new Tiger 900, and if you’ve never looked at the Tiger before, or don’t know what it is, this might be the best time to change your perspective because the Tiger has changed much more than its stripes. 
    Like the preponderance of SUVs in Singapore, adventure bikes have dominated motorcycle sales in recent years. As a result, you can get off-road styled bikes of every shape and size – even a scooter.
    While the Japanese 2A ‘light’ adventure offerings, such as the Honda CB400X, are the equivalent of an everyman’s Honda HR-V, the European mid-weight adventure bike segment is for those who want a bit more of everything, without going full-on safari around town.

    The brief here is for a bike that’s lithe enough for that intra-city commute through murderous traffic (yes, the jams are back), comfy and tough enough for long distance trips (when it’s finally “safe” to ride northwards), and with enough oomph to beat other commuters in the traffic light-to-light dash and more.
    This Tiger 900 is totally new, despite the familiar styling cues. Its predecessor, the Tiger 800, was a solid and sometimes stolid choice, first debuting in 2010 and updated twice in its life-cycle (2014, 2018), but it was clear Triumph needed something totally clean-sheet to, well, triumph.

    The new bike is made in Thailand, and like some Ducatis, as well as cars from the Land of Smiles (and more protests), that’s not a problem – in fact it’s the opposite. 
    The build quality of the Tiger 900 is visibly up two notches over the Tiger 800. For example the silver segments on the fairing are painted-on, not stickers, encased in a generous thick layer of clear coat. Sporting an all-new chassis, subframe and suspension,  smaller headlight (LED lighting with daytime running lights, complete with removable headlight protector) and revised fairing. 


    As usual with the Tiger models, there’s a dizzying array of versions to choose from. In Singapore the lineup consists of the entry-level Tiger 850 Sport, then the 900 models: GT Low, GT Pro, and Rally Pro. The GT models being road-centred, and the Rally models being more ‘proper’ adventure and off-road ready. The model ridden here is the GT Low, which is almost 50mm lower than the standard model thanks to the seat and unique suspension layout.
    Compare that to the 800mm-plus seat height of other adventure bikes, and the Tiger makes a much easier time of it with no tiptoeing, and pushing it is relatively easy too thanks to its 194kg wet weight, and 5kg lighter than the Tiger 800.

    While we don’t usually need to opt for shorter seats, being 1.8-metres tall, we can see how the GT Low would be a boon for riders of a smaller stature. The seat has two height settings – 760mm and 780mm – and we chose to set the seat in the “high” position, and this meant full sole contact on the ground and bent knees.

    Unexpectedly, we found the sitting position to be ergonomic, with no complaints from the knees, the 10mm narrower handlebars (complete with handlebar guards) positioned just right, resulting in a neutral, neither sit-in nor sit-on position. The riding position allowed for easy steering, so easy in fact, the bike responded really well to successive left-right-left flicks. So quick and so composed, the Tiger 900 felt much like the Street Triple – and that’s saying a lot!
    The more powerful three-cylinder engine is certainly responsible for that too, the new 900cc unit is Euro V compliant, producing 10 percent more torque (87Nm at 7,250rpm) and nine percent more power in the mid-range rpm, but with the same peak power of 94hp at 8,750rpm.

    That translates to more power and better acceleration all-round, and is enjoyably punchy. The Tiger 900’s engine pulls really hard from 4,000 to 4,800rpm, tapers, then picks up again from 5200rpm to 7000rpm, even in sixth. The fly-by-wire throttle is seamless, reducing the usual lurching when rolling-off and getting on the throttle again immediately.

    On the downside, there was some buzziness from the engine, especially above 6,000rpm, possibly a result of the new firing order, which also makes the bike sound more like a parallel twin than the much-loved Triumph triple burble/whine. 
    What I found unusual was buzziness in the engine, particularly above 6000rpm, apparently a result of the new 1,3,2 firing order, a departure from the 120 degree configuration from the earlier engines. Aurally, the Tiger 900 sounds more like a Yamaha TDM with its 270 degree parallel twin, i.e. sounding more “twin” like than the classic Triumph “triple” exhaust note. Even the characteristic high pitch whine is now muted. 

    It was happy leaning to a considerable 40+ degrees, at which point the adventure-sized 19-inch front wheel would require more, perhaps excessive, handlebar input to increase lean angle. Tackling sweepers spiritedly would also cause a bit of rear wheel bobbing (evident by tyre wear), a characteristic of softly-sprung adventure bikes, but we were able to mitigate that by increasing the preload a few clicks.
    As for non-spirited daily riding, the Triumph’s broad power band, agile handling, and low seat make easy work of the urban jungle, and without panniers the bike’s not particularly broad either. The GT Low doesn’t have an up-down quickshifter, available as an option, and standard on the GT Pro and Rally Pro. We did notice that there was some heat directed at the right knee, though if you don’t wear shorts, nor spend 15 minutes on end in traffic it shouldn’t be a problem.   

    Like any self-respecting Euro adventure bike now, the Tiger’s brimming with technology on all fronts, and it is quite well-specced. 
    On the safety front, Brembo Stylema front brakes deliver good power and feel, even with one finger, and that’s helped along by riding modes (Rain, Road, Sport, Off-Road) and a new optimized cornering ABS and traction control, with IMU (inertia measurement unit).

    The Tiger 900 now sports a 7.0-inch TFT display for a dashboard, which apart from having four layout styles to choose from, also includes a half screen Turn-by-Turn navigation, which requires option hardware, and operation via the My Triumph app.
    Triumph has clearly thought this through, since a waterproof handphone compartment complete with charging capability is provided under the passenger seat. Additionally, the battery is now accessible under the rider’s seat by simple removal of a plastic shroud.

    Underseat phone charger is a nifty feature

    In competition, the BMW F 850 GS and Ducati Multistrada 950 are the closest, with a similar size, spec, though you pay more for the premium badge of course. Like Triumph always does, the Tiger 900 offers lots of bang for the buck in comparison. 
    If we were in the market for an adventure bike agile enough for daily commute, long tank range (each fill up is good for 350km), characterful engine and exhaust note, at a price tag reflective of the world economy, the Tiger 900 would be on that short-list without a doubt. 

    TRIUMPH Motorcycles are distributed exclusively in Singapore by:

    Mah Pte Ltd
    www.mah.com.sg
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393
    Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members!
    Triumph Tiger 900 GT 
    Engine    888cc, inline 3 Power    94hp at 8750rpm Torque    87Nm at 7250rpm Gearbox    6-speed manual  0-100km/h    Not quoted  Top Speed    Not quoted Wet Weight    198kg  Seat Height     760-780mm Agent    Mah Motors (www.mah.com.sg) Price     S$29,419.05 machine price Availability    Now Verdict     Feature-packed, well rounded middle-weight adventure bike that handles like its highly regarded brethren, now accessible to a wider audience.



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