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    "The future is EV" - This is a statement we've heard time and time over, and there are certain prevalence of this happening around us as we see mainstream brands of motorcar start introducing EV models into their range, and the latest news from our 4-wheel cousins is the arrival of Tesla setting up its direct-sales showroom here in Singapore. If that's not a testament to the market potential, we don't know what is.

    Why EV? It's called Petrolhead and not ElectricHead, right?!
    There are several reasons why the EV market is gaining traction, few amongst which are that they are greener and thus better for the environment, which is all the hype these days. They cost lesser to run in the long-term as you do not have to pay for petrol or diesel. And lastly, the performance of EVs have surpassed that of what the traditional engine can deliver. While prices for electric vehicles (cars and motorcycles) are rather prohibitive at this point in time (we'll touch more on this later), the prices are slowly but surely dropping as technological advances make it cheaper to manufacture, and being able to sell a larger number vehicles would also drop the average pricing to consumers.
    With that introduction to electric vehicles done, let's dive into what has been making waves in the local motorcycling scene here in Singapore over the past few weeks.

    Sneak peek of the Energica EVA EsseEsse 9+
    If you are a biker, you would have noticed several media agencies such as The New Paper (shoutout to Biker Boy!), @TRI333PLE, @SBF, and a few others posting up pictures of what looks to be a very futuristic looking, sports naked bike, albeit without an exhaust pipe. That bike, or to be clearer, that electric EV bike, would be the ENERGICA EVA EsseEsse9+.
    The Energica range of electric motorcycles, are the world's first high-performance production EV motorcycles to have hit the roads in recent years, and in Singapore more specifically, is the first full production electric motorcycle marque, focusing on the higher-end market, to be launched here. Energica is distributed in Singapore by Ifyni Pte Ltd. We speak to Mr Eugene Mah (Operations Head of Ifyni Pte Ltd) later on in this article so read to the end to find out more! P.S. For those of you who think that's a familiar name, it is because Eugene is also the Managing Director of local motorcycle powerhouse - Mah Pte Ltd.

    What models of the Energica range are coming to Singapore and what are the prices?
    So, Energica has 3 models in its range, namely the Energica EGO, Energica EVA Ribelle, and Energica EVA EsseEsse9. The bikes listed here are in descending order of their prices as well - cool, right? All models listed above come in the standard variant, which is already very adequately equipped, or an upgraded RS/+ model with even more power and battery capacity. We will also have dedicated reviews of each of the models coming to SingaporeBikes.com in the very near future so be sure to check us out if you have a particular model in mind!
    First up - the Energica EGO (Prices starting from S$80,800) https://energica.ifyni.com/energica-ego/

    The Energica EGO first appeared on the scene at EICMA in 2013. It was then a culmination of years of electric racing competition, with numerous victories including the 2010 TTXGP European Championship and runner-up for the 2011 TTXGP World Championship. Energica has also been appointed to be single manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup until 2022. This is the sportbike variant within Energica's range.

    It does the 0-100km/h in a whopping 2.6s so it'll be sure to give the Ducati V4 a run for its money.
    Secondly, - the Energica EVA Ribelle (Prices starting from S$74,400) https://energica.ifyni.com/energica-eva-ribelle/

    The Energica EVA Ribelle is the naked version of the Energica EGO, with the same torque, power, acceleration and range; the only key differences being riding position and top speed. If you want a true electric streetfighter, aggressive with an urban mojo, or an assertive-yet-upright riding position instead of the typical track day crouch, choose the EVA Ribelle. But like its cousin the EVA EsseEsse9, the EVA Ribelle easily transforms into a long-distance sport-touring bike with the simple addition of side panniers, windshield and tank bag.

    The Energica EVA Ribelle has the same linear 215 Nm – 159 lb-ft torque as the EGO, the same 21.5 kWh long-range lithium-ion battery with up to 400 km – 249 miles of city range, the same suspension and performance options, and all the technological amenities. Not enough? Opt for the “RS Version” for even more off-the-line velocity.
    Last, but definitely not the least - the Energica EVA EsseEsse (Prices starting from S$69,000) https://energica.ifyni.com/energica-eva-esseesse9/

    This is the motorcycle that Ifyni first brought into Singapore and the bike that the local media was invited to test. Aside from a little stationary drop (sorry Eugene!), we loved every single bit of our first EV motorcycle experience. It is something that you have to test, ride, and push to the limits, to find out what all the hype is about. The EsseEsse is a modern take on the classic racer, and being priced the lowest among the range, would make a very good introduction to the mature rider into the world of electric superbikes.
    SingaporeBikes.com has reviewed this bike so expect a first look and review article to be published shortly!
    Interview with the "Boss Man" - Mr Eugene Mah, Operations Head - Ifyni Pte Ltd
    Although well-versed in the motorcycle trade here in Singapore and being part of the Mah Group, it is still daunting to be the first-mover in an industry that has for so long been dominated by the internal combustion engine. We speak with Eugene Mah to find out what drove him to engage and represent Energica, what he sees for the future, what can we expect with regards to Government policies, and how you can get your hands on a Energica electric motorcycle, to test and to own!

    What is your vision for the electric motorcycle industry here in Singapore - in the near to mid future?
    EM: We hope that electric motorcycles can be given as much recognition as all ICE vehicles, (including 4 wheelers) to be a mode of transport and of course, to make it affordable and accessible to everyone. Right now the focus is on EV cars (EV charging lots are for 4 wheelers, none for 2 wheels), and it seems that guidelines always overlook the 2 wheelers. We hope that having EV bikes out earlier, we would not be forgotten when these guidelines are being drawn as we try to move towards the green movement.
    Also, the boundaries of performance has  been pushed with the introduction of performance electric vehicles. In general, when customers think of electric, they consider it a more economical mode of transport (which it is) but the Energica, after having tried it, really surpasses any performance motorcycle that is readily available.
    What is the targeted group of buyers you are looking to reach?
    EM: Understandably, the Energica is a bike that is in the higher-priced segment and appeals to the early adopters and those who are drawn by the performance and technology behind it.
    Do you see electric motorcycles as complementary to your existing business or will there be a shift in consumer consumption from gas to electric in the future?
    EM: Ifyni business is all about electric. We are a small enterprise that is fully focus on the electric business. Whether there is a shift, I think it's not an if but a when. 
    In terms of motorcycles, I don't think it's a one or the other, I still feel the joy of that rumble between my legs on an ICE but as a rider, that exhilaration from the punch of a performance EV is really addictive. 
    Basically, the ICE is what I hold dear, but the EV gives me that thrill.
    As the first high performance electric motorcycle distributor in Singapore, are you lobbying with LTA to similar incentives to e-motorcycles like they do EV cars?
    EM: One word - yes, definitely. (Ok that's 2 words)
    Are test rides available to the general public?
    EM: At the moment, due to the interest, we are basing it on invite only.
    Are pre orders open? And if so, when can customers expect delivery for the above models?
    EM: Yes they are! We are looking to supply from October onwards but it could be earlier base on the model booked.
    For interested buyers, how do they get their hands on one?!
    EM: Email to [email protected] Right now Energica doesn't have a showroom and will sell through the dealers.
    Are they any expansion plans for Ifnyi to expand out of Singapore at this stage?
    EM: We are always open to opportunities and the right partners should it present itself!

    There you have it, from the Boss Man himself! This is a very exciting time indeed for the motorcycling industry in Singapore, and the use-cases for EV motorcycles can range from sportbikes like those used for the FIM Enel MotoE™ championships, to delivery riders for when petrol would not contribute such a high running cost as charging your EV motorcycle should be quite a bit cheaper!
    We have articles coming on the in-depth review of the Energica EVA EsseEsse 9+ so do stay tune for that!
    What do you think of EV motorcycles? Do they have a place in our future? Let us know in the comments section below!
    For more information, check out:
    Ifyni Pte Ltd - http://www.ifyni.com/
    Energica - https://energica.ifyni.com/

    The ComfortDelGro Driving Centre in Ubi, as well as its branch office and service points in Kovan and Tampines, are shut with immediate effect from today, the 15th of July 2021.
    "We were informed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) today that there are four Covid-19 cases linked to our driving centre. Accordingly, we have been directed to close our operations for two weeks," Ms Tammy Tan, ComfortDelGro's group chief branding and communications officer, told The Straits Times.
    The closure took place with immediate effect, it said in a Facebook post at 5pm.

    Statement issued on CDC's website
    According to a statement published just hours ago on the homepage of the driving centre that is located in Ubi:
    In accordance with the Ministry of Health's directives, ComfortDelGro Driving Centre (Ubi, Kovan and Tampines) will be temporarily closed with immediate effect, from now till 29 July 2021.
    Traffic Police Tests
    All Theory and Practical tests booked for the period from 4.25pm on 15 July to 29 July 2021 will be cancelled and fees will be refunded by the Traffic Police.
    Lesson Cancellation and Refund
    All physical lessons (practical, simulator, internal evaluation, eTrial test, 2B circuit training, 2A & 2 orientation, VPC and LDCS) that are scheduled at our Centre from 4.25pm on 15 July to 29 July 2021 will be automatically cancelled and lesson fees will be refunded into your store-value account. Automatic cancellations of these lessons will not affect your cancellation count. Online theory lessons will be conducted as scheduled.
    Driver Improvement Point System (DIPs) and Safe Driving Course (SDC)
    DIPs and SDC courses scheduled from 16 July to 29 July 2021 will be cancelled and the fees will be refunded into your store-value account. Please check online for the next available date. If you are affected by the Letter of Offer’s validity period, please approach the Traffic Police for an extension.
    All eAppointments scheduled from now to 29 July 2021 will be cancelled.
    Membership extension for School and Private Learners
    As a gesture of goodwill, we will also automatically extend the membership of all learners by six months. This applies to all valid school and private learners’ membership.
    We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding and patience as we do the best we can to address your concerns via LiveChat and our online Enquiry Form during this period. We will continue to keep you updated through our Facebook and website should there be further developments.

    The ever familiar "Motorcycle Training Reporting Counter"
    It is not known if the closure will be extended once contact tracing measures begin and what steps the centre will be taking to disinfect the premises before it re-opens on the 30th of July.
    We will update this article as more information is released. If you have friends or family who are currently a leaner rider from CDC, please share this article with them to inform them!
    If you would like to know more, you can follow us on SingaporeBikes.com or our Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news and happenings in the local motorcycle scene.

    Class 2 learner motorcycles located at CDC

    Following up on our 3 part series on what is the flagship product from Cardo, our dear friends over from @Farhan Tre and @ilyazar take to the YouTube screens to do an unboxing, first look, and overview of the Cardo Packtalk Bold - Distributed in Singapore exclusively by Chong Aik International Pte Ltd.
    Find out how it helps them on their vlogging journey, riding with friends, and ultimately these communication units will be one of their BEST accessories when the borders finally open and they resume their touring adventures!
    If you like what you see and want to get a set for yourself, check out the direct links below to see how you can purchase your very own set today!
    You can visit their Shopee links here to purchase and get them delivered right to your doorsteps!
    CARDO PACKTALK BOLD (JBL) DUO: https://shopee.sg/CARDO-Intercom-System-Packtalk-Bold-Duo-(Sound-by-JBL)-i.292911042.5348334741?fbclid=IwAR1fusXoLaX4NsLrhBbjeqrC8ItS_AQN4h63J08DC3LXV963P0GMzH_wNO0
    As Cardo’s SOLE AUTHORISED DISTRIBUTOR in Singapore, Chong Aik provides:
    ✅ 3-Year Warranty (For Packtalk Black)
    ✅ 2-Year Warranty
    ✅ 1-to-1 exchange (For parts deemed faulty not due to wear and tear)
    *With proof of purchase: Invoice
    Cardo is distributed exclusively in Singapore by Chong Aik International Pte Ltd

    45 Desker Road, Singapore 209576
    Phone: (+65) 6294 2532/1
    Open on: Mon-Fri: 09:00am-06:00pm / Sat: 09:00am-05:00pm
    If you've missed the previous review of this awesome communication unit by @TRI333PLE, do check out their video here:

    Mandello del Lario, March 2021 – On 15 March 2021, Moto Guzzi will celebrate its first legendary 100 years.

    A century of history, splendid motorcycles, triumphs, adventures and extraordinary personalities, who together built the legendary Eagle Brand. Moto Guzzi celebrates this exceptional milestone at a time when it is enjoying a fresh new season of success.
    Moto Guzzi distributed exclusively in Singapore by:

    Mah Pte Ltd
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393
    Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members!
    The motorcycle range has been extensively renewed, with the deployment of state-of-the-art technical features in terms of electronic rider aids, while the brand values of style and authenticity have been kept intact. Each Moto Guzzi motorbike is constructed at the Mandello del Lario plant with craftsmanlike care and commitment to a unique, authentic identity, skilfully balancing the classic Moto Guzzi style with cutting-edge technology and reflecting a construction philosophy that creates an exclusive relationship between the bike and the rider.
    Piaggio Group Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno said: “The Moto Guzzi centenary is a proud moment both for the Piaggio Group, which was joined by the Eagle brand in 2004, and for Italian industry as a whole, not just the motorcycling sector. A capacity for innovation, boldness in moving ahead of the times, a competitive spirit, love for the product and meticulous attention to production quality are the skills that over the years Moto Guzzi has combined with its unique relationship with the local community. Ever since 1921, every Moto Guzzi bike that has gone out into the world has been built at the Mandello factory, the place where the company was set up exactly one hundred years ago. All this will continue through its second century of history. Moto Guzzi is an example of all-Italian excellence,” added Colaninno. “It has gone down in our country’s history without ever losing its youthful spirit and continues to inspire genuine passion among thousands of Guzzi bikers all over the world.”

    The eagle logo, the unmistakable Moto Guzzi emblem, has in itself helped to create the legend of a brand that has always been indissolubly tied to the history of Italy.
    The spread-winged eagle dates back to the military service of the company's founders, Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi, in the Italian Royal Navy’s Aviation arm during World War One. It was during the war that the two friends, and pilot Giovanni Ravelli, decided to go into motorcycle manufacturing once the conflict ended. Ravelli was killed in an accident in 1919 and was never able to achieve his dream. Guzzi and Parodi chose the Eagle as their symbol to commemorate their companion.

    Over its one hundred years, Moto Guzzi has won victories on racing circuits around the world, raising the Italian flag for an impressive 14 World Championship Titles. It was the motorbike of the speed record, the symbol of growth of a country looking to the future, the motorcycle of the police force and the army, and extended its vocation to the international stage, equipping the Californian Police and, more recently, the police forces in Berlin and many other European cities, as well as the sovereign’s escort in Jordan. Moto Guzzi is also the motorcycle of the Corazzieri, the elite corps that escorts the President of the Italian Republic.
    From the very start, Moto Guzzi has been the motorcycle of choice for long-distance travel. It was 1928 when Giuseppe Guzzi reached the Arctic Circle on his GT “Norge”, starting a tradition that still continues, with travellers setting off on their Moto Guzzi bikes every day, somewhere in the world, bound for distant lands.

    Today Moto Guzzi is a core division of the Piaggio Group, Europe's leading constructor of motorcycles and scooters, which has conserved Moto Guzzi’s original characteristics, promoted its values and returned it to a forefront position.
    The move back into competitive racing with the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy, to be held this year on a European scale, and a new family of motorbikes have brought Moto Guzzi back to a prime market position and introduced its name to a younger public. The classic V7, which has just come out on the new 850 twin cylinder, and the  classic enduro V85TT intended for travel and designed for comfort and easy riding, are the best-sellers of a brand that has been enjoying a revival for a number of years.

    Moto Guzzi has always been admired and respected by bikers all over the world, whatever motorcycle they own, and bikers will be the protagonists of Moto Guzzi World Days at Mandello del Lario from 9 to 12 September, the clou event in the festivities for the Moto Guzzi centenary, the main celebration for this special anniversary.
    Moto Guzzi World Days has always been an unmissable occasion for bikers and now makes its eagerly awaited comeback, ten years after the last edition. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts will arrive from every corner of the planet to enjoy a unique and unforgettable event, made possible thanks to the collaboration between Moto Guzzi, the Comitato Motoraduno Internazionale and the municipality of Mandello del Lario.


    It was 15 March 1921 when the “Società Anonima Moto Guzzi” company was established, for the “manufacture and sale of motorcycles and any other activity related or linked to the metalworking industry". That was the moment when the founders, Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi, chose the spread-winged eagle as the company logo, in memory of their comrade-in-arms Giovanni Ravelli. The trio had served together in the Royal Navy's Aviation arm, where they had developed the idea of setting up a business to build innovative motorcycles once the war had ended. Ravelli died in 1919 during a test flight and his two friends decided to commemorate him with the symbol of the air division. The eagle has been the symbol of Moto Guzzi since then, and rapidly became a world-famous trademark.

    This was the beginning of an industrial enterprise based in Mandello del Lario – in the factory where Moto Guzzi bikes are still manufactured today – that has gone down in the history of world motorcycling, producing bikes that have become part of the collective imagination: bikes like the GT 500 Norge (1928) ridden to the Arctic Circle by founder Carlo Guzzi’s brother Giuseppe, the Airone 250 (1939), the Galletto (1950), which powered mass motorisation in the postwar period.
    The 1950s saw the debut of the wind tunnel – a world first in the motorcycle industry, and still open for visits today at the Mandello factory – the brainchild of a close-knit team of extraordinary engineers including Umberto Todero, Enrico Cantoni and a designer whose name would quickly acquire legendary status: Milan-born Giulio Cesare Carcano, father of the incredible Otto Cilindri, or V8, with a top speed of 285 km/hour (1955), and the prototypes that won 15 world speed titles and 11 Tourist Trophy titles between 1935 and 1957.

    In the 1960s, after the lightweight two-wheelers Stornello and Dingo, Moto Guzzi brought out the 700 cc 90° V-twin engine with cardan shaft final drive, destined to become the symbol of the Mandello manufacturer on such legendary models as the V7 Special, the V7 Sport, the California and the Le Mans. The engine was consistently evolved on this architecture and today, flanked by cutting-edge electronic control features, powers the most popular Moto Guzzi two-wheelers, such as the V7 range, the V9 Roamer and Bobber, and the great V85TT tourer, the world’s first-ever classic enduro. 
    To celebrate the centenary, the entire Moto Guzzi range is also available in the special Centennial Livery, in an exclusive edition for 2021 only, inspired by the legendary Otto Cilindri racer.

    Moto Guzzi celebrates this extraordinary birthday with a 2021 full of initiatives that will culminate in the GMG - Giornate Mondiali Moto Guzzi, scheduled to be held in Mandello del Lario from 9 through 12 September.
    The GMG - Giornate Mondiali Moto Guzzi are always a must-attend event for any enthusiast and, eagerly anticipated, they are back ten years after the last edition. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts will flock from all over the world to experience a unique and unforgettable event, made possible by the collaboration between Moto Guzzi, Motoraduno Internazionale Committee and the municipality of Mandello del Lario.
    For such a special occasion, Moto Guzzi will produce a limited series of their models in a special Centennial Livery, which will be available on V7, V9 and V85 TT only throughout 2021.

    An exclusive, elegant and attractive colour scheme, evocative of a unique heritage, drawing its origins from the aesthetics of legendary bikes which made motorcycling history, first and foremost, the 8-cylinder of 1955. A mad and visionary idea, an extraordinary bike created to compete in the World Championship 500 class, a project so bold that it was ten years ahead of all global motorcycle production.
    This milestone in motorbike history has an extremely elegant colour scheme in its purely racing essence, combining the satin-finished metal of the fuel tank with the green of the fairing and the leather on the seat. Colours that also characterised the 350 Bialbero, one of the most victorious bikes in history, the unbeatable dominator of the 350 class in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing, with the amazing record of 9 consecutive world titles (5 Rider and 4 Manufacturer) from 1953 to 1957.
    Green was also the first colour “worn” by a Moto Guzzi with the Normale, the first model, and probably the most iconic of the Eagle’s colours. The Style Centre reinterpreted it in a modern approach with a matt finish and associated with metallic colours the express the solidity and authenticity of the Larian brand. The body colours are matched with a saddle covered with a natural coloured material, like that of leather, to highlight the typically Italian attention to detail.
    Other distinguishing details are the eagle in a gold finish and the dedicated logo that graphically celebrates Moto Guzzi’s 100 years.

    More specifically, it was 15 March 1921 when the "Società Anonima Moto Guzzi" was established with the goal of "Manufacturing and sales of motorcycles and any other activity pertinent or connected to the metal mechanical industry". And it was precisely in that moment, in memory of one of the founders’ brothers in arms, that the eagle with spread wings was chosen as the new company’s symbol. Since then, the eagle, which quickly gained notoriety all over the world, has been Moto Guzzi’s symbol.
    And so, the operational headquarters were opened in Mandello del Lario – in the same plant where Moto Guzzi are still produced to this day – an industrial enterprise that had marked the history of global motorcycling through bikes that have become a part of the collective imagination such as the GT 500 Norge (1928) ridden to the Arctic Circle by Giuseppe Guzzi, brother of founder Carlo, the Airone 250 (1939), the Galletto (1950) which contributed to mass motorisation in the postwar period.

    In those years, the wind tunnel was opened – the first in the world in the motorcycling segment, which can still be visited in the Mandello plant – greatly desired by a close-knit team that included extraordinary engineers the likes of Umberto Todero, Enrico Cantoni and a designer who would soon become a legend: Milan native Giulio Cesare Carcano, father of the incredible 285 km/hour Otto Cilindri (in 1955) and the prototypes which, between 1935 and 1957, won no fewer than 15 world speed titles and 11 Tourist Trophies.
    In the ’60s, after the Stornello and Dingo light motorcycles, Moto Guzzi breathed life into the 700cc 90° V-twin with cardan shaft final drive, destined to become the very symbol of the Manufacturer from Mandello through legendary models like the V7 Special, V7 Sport, California and Le Mans. This engine has been consistently evolved on this architecture, all the way to driving, supported by the most advanced electronic control features, the most popular modern Moto Guzzis such as the V7 and V9 range in the Roamer and Bobber versions and the V85 TT traveller, the first ever classic enduro in the world.

    Now in its third generation, Yamaha’s prominent sport-tourer — now called the Tracer 9 GT — is new from the ground up. It has a larger, more powerful engine, a new frame, and a state-of-the-art electronics package that includes semi-active suspension. The machine price from local Yamaha agent - Hong Leong Corporation is a very palatable S$27,800 - which prices it far below many of its competitors, but don't assume that Yamaha have cut corners because with this latest 2021 version, they've raised the bar even higher!

    As the platform has evolved so has its name, starting with the original FJ-09 in 2015 and continuing with the Tracer 900 GT in 2019. For the latest update, the Tracer 9 GT gets a lightweight aluminum frame made using the latest casting technology to strategically reduce bulk. Like its predecessors, the new Tracer uses the inline triple from the MT-09, which is lighter, more fuel-efficient, and complies with Euro 5 emissions standards. An increase in displacement (890cc, up from 847cc) should yield more power and torque, though Yamaha does not quote figures. D-Mode now offers four presets for varying throttle response and power. The 6-speed transmission has an assist-and-slipper clutch and a new quickshifter.

    The focus on weight reduction continues to the longer, lighter, and stiffer swingarm, resulting in a slightly increased wheelbase, which should improve stability and traction, and new forged aluminum wheels also reduce unsprung mass for improved handling. Curb weight is now 485 pounds, up 9 pounds from last year’s model.

    The use of new technology wasn’t limited to design and development. The new Tracer 9 GT is fitted with an integrated electronic control package, enabling Yamaha to incorporate a number of new features. This includes a 6-axis IMU that continually feeds data to the new KYB semi-active suspension, which electronically adjusts rebound and compression damping in the fork and rebound in the rear shock in real-time to suit the terrain and conditions. It also stabilizes the chassis under braking and acceleration and offers two modes (Sport and Comfort).

    The IMU also feeds data to the new rider aids which can be adjusted to preference or completely turned off, these include lean angle-sensitive traction control, slide control, wheelie control, and cornering lights. The ABS is newly equipped with a brake control system, and riders can choose between two levels of intervention. Yamaha’s YCC-T throttle-by-wire system now includes Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (ASPG), which uses a sensor and a magnet to detect throttle opening and send corresponding signals to the throttle valves. ASPG uses a spring, slider, and gear to produce variable resistance to the grip creating a natural throttle feel. An additional D-Mode has been added providing four preset running modes that adjust throttle response and power. Cruise control and heated grips are standard.

    As with the previous model, dual 298 mm discs provide the bulk of the stopping power, now with the addition of a new radial Nissin master cylinder, which promises a more linear supply of hydraulic pressure for excellent controllability.

    Riders of various sizes will appreciate the Tracer 9 GT’s new adjustable footpegs, which along with the dual-height seat and adjustable handlebar on the previous model allow ergonomics to be customized.
    The Yamaha Sniper 155 is distributed by Yamaha's Singapore authorised distributor:

    Hong Leong Corporation - Yamaha Motor Singapore
    Address: 178 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409030
    Phone: 6749 0588
     WhatsApp to ENQUIRE now! Special price for SBF members! 
    With cruise control, a large windscreen, and standard hard saddlebags, the 2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT is ready to hit the road. It’s available in 3 colour ways here in Singapore:
    Icon Performance Tech Kamo Redline

    2021 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT Specs
    Machine Price (before COE & Insurance): S$27,800
    Website: http://www.hlcorp.com.sg/motorcycles/products_overview.asp?cat=6&id=141
    Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder w/ 4 valves per cyl.
    Displacement: 890cc
    Bore x Stroke: 78.0mm x 62.1mm
    Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper clutch
    Final Drive: Chain
    Wheelbase: 59.1 in.
    Rake/Trail: 25.0 degrees/4.3 in.
    Seat Height: 31.9/32.5 in.
    Wet Weight: 485 lbs. (claimed, does not include side cases)
    Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gals.

    Racing World is having their MASSIVE mid-year sales with over 100 items on offer and clearance pricing. If you have an existing helmet, gloves, or other apparels to trade-in, get further discount off the already rock bottom pricing!

    Visit Racing World: 8 Ubi Road 2 Zervex #01-14/#01-11 Singapore 408538
    E-Shop: https://www.singaporeracingworld.com/
    For more promotions and deals from Racing World, do visit their vendor folder on SBF located here:
    Visit Racing World @ 8 Ubi Road 2 Zervex #01-14/#01-11 Singapore 408538, 10am to 7pm, Closed on Sunday and PH
    Or shop online @ www.singaporeracingworld.com
    NOTE: Trade-In promotion only valid for walk in customers
    Take this opportunity to upgrade your riding apparels and gears!

    Below are excerpts from Vaune's blog, you can check out her site here: https://vaunephan.blogspot.com/
    Road trips on a bike has been a yearly affair for me. Yearly in the sense, I tend to go on multiple touring trips every year if possible

    Be it hopping on my own bike and heading up North, through the causeway and into Malaysia/Thailand, or a "Fly & Ride" trip where I'd jump on a plane and travel to the destination of my choice before renting a bike there and exploring the country on two wheels. 

    Well, I'm extremely grateful that the last motorcycling road trip I did (that was completely epic as always) was just early last year in India where we rode into the Himalayas and even experienced some snow, but... LAST YEAR FEELS LIKE 1,000 YEARS AGO!!! 

    Thanks (but no thanks) to the relentless pandemic, all these roads trips have came to complete hiatus since last March. We weren't even allowed to step out of our house due to the circuit breaker measures unless for medical emergencies, groceries or takeaway foods only. 
    It was a really dark and gloomy year. 

    Fast forward into 2021, travel bans are still on but hey, at least we can head out for a ride in a group of 5! Or 2.. or 8... depending on the different types of measures that kick in at different times of the year lah uh.   
    If you'd like to head out for a relaxing sunset ride before catching up with your mates over dinner together, check out the itinerary below! This short and sweet 45KM road trip focuses on the West side of Singapore, exactly in the direction where the sun sets so if the weather is clear, you can be sure to enjoy a scenic ride through the whole route, with the skies painted in orange, blue or purple hues. 

    Doesn't matter what bike you ride, as long as it's a two wheelers, I bet ya it'll be enjoyable. The route consists of mainly tarmac, but there's a tiny section that takes you off road but not to worry, it's nothing your bike can't handle. Just throttle through only   Meeting Point - Seah Imm Carpark 
    Here's the meeting point because the carpark is huge and has plenty of space to cater to any group size meeting up. Anyway, with the Covid-19 measures, how big can the group gathering be nowadays right.. Haha. 

    Do take note though that there seems to be two Seah Imm Carparks, be sure to head to the one that's nearest to the Seah Imm bunker. 
      In the event your bike breaks down for some reason even before the ride begins (maybe cuz you too long never ride it and it decides to throws a tantrum), fret not as DirectAsia Insurance offers their motorcycle policy holders 24 hour vehicle breakdown assistance. Just give them a call and they'll arrange for a tow service while you see who'd allow you to ride pillion to continue the road trip LOL.  
    In fact, if your fellow biker friends is insured with DirectAsia Insurance's Any Rider optional benefit, you guys may take turns to ride the bike! Credit to nparks   Seah Imm Carpark to 99 Bends Once everyone is all gathered, it's time to dive right into the fun around the corners! Well, for bike and car enthusiasts, the fun is usually AT the corners right? 

    Known to be one of Singapore's most dangerous roads, the twisties and sharp corners through South Buona Vista road aka 99 Bends will have you leaning from right to left. It is a two-way traffic so do watch out for vehicles traveling in the opposite direction and while you're having fun, please ride safely and at your own pace!  It is quite an accident-prone area and if unforeseen circumstances happen, it is beneficial to be well protected with a comprehensive insurance like what DirectAsia Insurance offers that can help cover you for Personal Accident and Medical Expenses so you can focus on recovery without worrying about the bills.
    But let's hope none of that happens yeah.
    Credits to flickr 99 Bends to MacDonald's West Coast Park
    Next, continue on through Prince George's Park and head on over to a drive-thru at MacDonald's West Coast Park to grab a drink or even some light snacks to soothe all that adrenalin that's still pumping through your veins from whizzing through the 99 bends earlier on. It's important to hydrate wherever you are, and even more so when riding. 
    Have your phone or credit card ready for a safe and contactless payment, collect your order next and enjoy it outdoors with green foliage all around in the park! (Subject to prevailing Covid-19 measures at the point in time).
    MacDonald's West Coast Park to The Hives NTU
    Continue on through West Coast Highway before merging on to Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) and take exit 18 for Pioneer Road North towards Benoi Sector. 
    Credits to timeout With some energy refilled during a short break at MacDonald's, how about checking out some cool architecture next, like the "Dim Sum Basket Building" located at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore.
    Credits to ntusg
    Officially known as The Hives, this SGD $45 million building was designed by British Designer Thomas Heatherwick and it was completed 6 years ago, in 2015. It consists of 12 eight-storey towers and houses 56 corner-less classrooms.  Definitely an instagram-worthy spot you don't wanna miss with your bike!
       The Hives NTU to 40 Lamp Posts
    Lim Chu Kang road is home to where the cemeteries are, and it is also where Tengah Air Base is located at.
    Credits to straitstimes Because the road is so straight, the Republic of Singapore Air Force have actually used it a couple of times as a temporary runway for their fighter jets to take off and land. Having said that, it is actually more famously used for illegal motorcycle or car drag races in the past, like these two silly drivers who were being charged for illegal racing and speeding of up to 178KM/H. 
    There are speed cameras installed there now to deter illegal racers so please don't attempt to be a straight road hero here. Just enjoy the scenic ride through all 40 lamp posts as the sun sets beautifully in front of you
    Credits to timeout 40 Lamp Posts to Sarimbun Beach (Jalan Bahtera)
    Talk about taking the road less travelled, here's where tarmac ends and onto a little bit of off road we go! If you Google the history of this location, you'll learn that it was where the Japanese troops first invaded Singapore, marking the start of World War II here in February 1942. 
    The terrain here consists of many potholes and does not have any street lamps so it's best to avoid arriving here at night as it can get really dark. 
    Instead, I'd say try to reach here before 7:15PM, turn off your engines for awhile and enjoy a really quiet and tranquil sunset by the beach. In terms of crowd, there's usually practically no one here so you can have the views all to yourselves!
    Credits to tripadvisor
    Sarimbun Beach to Neo Tiew Crescent  Time flies when you're having a good time and guess what? It's dinner time! Y'all must be all hungry by now, so head on over to a bike / car friendly parking restaurant like Garden Asia Bistro. 
    Credits to timeout
    What I personally like about this place is that it has free parking, ample space to accommodate group size of up to 20 - 30 bikers, has an idyllic setting to just chill out and relax after the whole road trip. Plus, food and drinks here are reasonably priced and the quality is not bad! A great way to wind down the evening, catch up with friends and perhaps plans on where the first road trip would be for you once borders reopen!

    Whether you're on a mini road trip of your own or just heading out on your bike, stay well protected and be properly insured! DirectAsia Insurance not only have one of the most competitive rates in town especially with NCD30, but after being insured by them for the last 7 years, I know they always have us bikers interest at heart ❤️ so do check them out. Don't forget to quote "Vaunephan5" to enjoy even more savings off your motorcycle policy!

    Together, we can ride out this pandemic safe and sound.

    NOTE: Affected students will have received an SMS with regards to this notice. Please cancel your lessons with immediate effect and you will be refunded for lessons booked. Student who are turned away at the centre without cancelling your bookings will not be refunded. Full article and information below:
    SINGAPORE - Customers of Bukit Batok Driving Centre (BBDC) who live in the Bukit Merah View area will be temporarily barred from entering the centre from Monday (June 28) in the light of an "active cluster" of Covid-19 cases in the area.

    In a post on its website on Sunday, the centre said BBDC students who live in Bukit Merah View were told to cancel existing lesson bookings immediately, and that no refunds for their lessons would be given if they are denied entry to BBDC.

    Announcement from BBDC's website
    "The affected customers will receive an SMS from us. Customers with existing lessons, please cancel your lesson immediately," the centre wrote in the post.
    BBDC added that affected customers should monitor its website for the latest information on when they will be allowed entry into their premises again.
    Those taking theory or practical tests were instructed not to cancel their test, but to wait for more information from BBDC.
    When contacted by The Straits Times, BBDC general manager Ang Koh Kwee said the centre had decided on the measure as it has "a group of customers from (Bukit Merah View)".
    "We have big groups of customers and staff on our premises, and lessons are conducted one-to-one, so we didn't want to take the risk of infection and advised them to temporarily cancel their lessons instead," he said.

    Mr Ang also said that those who cancel their lessons in advance will be refunded their lesson fees. He added that the centre is unable to confirm when it will resume lessons for affected customers, but will reconsider its decision in a week's time, depending on the number of new Covid-19 cases reported daily.
    University student Nat Tan tried to book a theory test for July 8, but received an SMS telling her to cancel the class because she is “residing in an active Covid-19 cluster”.
    “I think it’s really unfair that they’re asking all those who live near or within the Bukit Merah cluster to cancel classes," said the 21-year-old. "I’m fully vaccinated, and I’ve not been to any of the affected places or asked to get tested, so why am I being banned from entering the school?”
    Another driving school, the Singapore Safety Driving Centre, told ST that it will be allowing entry to customers residing in Bukit Merah View as long as they produce a negative test result prior to lessons.
    ST has contacted the Ministry of Health for comments.
    Earlier in May this year, students attending lessons at ComfortDelGro Driving Centre were turned away if their TraceTogether data showed that they had been in close proximity with Covid-19 cases.
    The centre reversed its decision after MOH and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office commented on the issue, saying that businesses should not use exposure alert information on the TraceTogether app to grant or deny access to their premises.
    Article reproduced with edits from The Straits Times - Gabrielle Ng

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    We have some very exciting news that we are now able to share with you peeps here on SingaporeBikes.com, albeit not the full launch yet as we all love a bit of suspense, but knowing what we know, this new bike from Kymco is going to be a game changer in the sector that it operates in.
    KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motor Sport Pte Ltd

    KYMCO Singapore
    Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
    Tel: +65 6281 9778
    We review and cover the launches of a lot of motorcycles here at SingaporeBikes.com and it is not often that we come across an offering the excites us as much as this one.

    While we cannot tell you what the actual bike is at this time, we can have some fun by sharing some pictures and letting you have a guess of what model is this!

    Here are some clues:
    More power and higher CC than its competitors Full LED lighting, Key-less technology, and the latest tech you could want in a runabout BELT-drive transmission (almost a rarity in this segment) Independent unit rear swingarm (world's first in this segment!)
    What do you think this bike is? We cannot wait to review it and will share the full review article once it has arrive on our shores in the coming weeks.
    Please post your guesses down in the comments section below - WRONG guesses only!

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