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    It has been announced that the Malaysia Road Transport Department (JPJ) is offering a 70% discount on traffic summonses starting today. This includes cases that are blacklisted as well. The discount will kick in for two months, from 13 April to 13 June 2021.

    According to transport minister Wee Ka Siong, the discount is being offered in conjunction with JPJ’s 75th anniversary. The discount will involve 3.5 million active summonses identified from 2010 to March this year.
    Those who would like to make payment of the summonses can do so at all JPJ offices and online through the department’s official portal.

    “I encourage the public to pay their summonses online to avoid congestion at JPJ offices,” Wee told reporters after JPJ’s 75th Platinum Jubilee celebration.
    If you currently have any summons outstanding for Malaysia, you might want to use this opportunity to settle them before the borders open so that once COVID restrictions have been relaxed, you would be able to go touring up north without worries!
    Find out more on how to check for summon on your vehicle and pay them via the JPJ website here:
    https://www.jpj.gov.my/en/web/main-site/undang-undang-en/-/knowledge_base/law/summons-payment-method JPJ has further introduced JPJeQ, an online waiting queue system today as a method to avoid the 3Cs (crowded, confined and close) at all JPJ premises and counters.
    “The mobile application will allow customers to choose the JPJ branches which are less crowded and use QR codes to get the waiting number, and it is a friendly app to people with disabilities and senior citizens,” Wee added.

    The 39-year-old owner of a motor workshop Fong Kim Exhaust System Pte Ltd in Ubi was charged in court on Thursday (May 6 2021) with three counts of performing illegal vehicle modifications.

    Raymond Tan Chia Long, the owner of Fong Kim Exhaust Racing Development, was charged under the Road Traffic Act with replacing the exhaust systems of two cars with unapproved systems on three separate occasions. 
    Court documents show the alleged offences occurred in June 2019, September last year and March this year, with one car getting its exhaust system replaced twice. 
    For performing illegal vehicle modifications, first-time offenders face a fine of up to S$5,000, up to three months in jail, or both. 
    The penalties are doubled for repeat offenders. 
    Modifying a vehicle illegally is a serious offence, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a media release on Thursday. 
    “Such illegal exhaust modification affects the durability and reliability of the vehicle, and increases the safety risks to both the driver and other road users,” said the LTA. Such modifications can also result in excessive noise, causing public nuisance, it added.

    Only LTA approved exhausts such as SC Project will be allowed for sale by retailers
    The agency noted that motorists must seek its approval before modifying exhaust systems. 
    “Only certified exhaust systems, which have undergone stringent testing in compliance with international standards, and are compatible with that particular make and model of the vehicle will be allowed,” it said. 
    “These exhaust systems are also required to meet the prevailing noise and exhaust emission requirements set by the National Environment Agency.”
    It added that vehicle owners should check if their planned modifications comply with LTA’s guidelines before proceeding. Information on vehicle modifications are available on the agency’s One Motoring website.

    Aftermarket coloured/LED lights such as those on these Yamaha Aerox kups are also not allowed
    “LTA takes a serious view of illegal modifications as they may pose serious safety and environmental hazards,” it said. 
    Senior Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor said in Parliament in March that stricter penalties and regular enforcement have reduced the number of illegal vehicle modifications in Singapore, from about 1,800 per month in 2015 to around 550 per month last year. 
    In the past two years, LTA has issued an average of 610 notices of offences per month to owners of illegally modified vehicles, said Dr Khor then.
    LTA does not provide further details on this statistics, of how many such offences are for motor cars and how many are for motorcycles. Some of the more 'popular' illegal modifications for motorcycles include unapproved exhaust systems, tint visors, naked handlebars, and aftermarket LED lights.
    With this harsher clam down on illegal modifications in Singapore, with the law now punishing not just the owner of the vehicle, but also the workshop that assist in modifying the vehicle, does this spell the start of the end of individual styling and modifications of our beloved rides?
    Hardest hit commercially with this new ruling would be the workshops that currently hold high inventory levels of non LTA-approved exhausts and other such illegal modifications. Some workshops have gotten around this law by stating with their sale invoices "For off-road and private road use ONLY".
    If you want to know what modifications are allowed, you can refer to LTA's website here:
    What do you think of LTA's move to clamp down on workshops and retailers that aid in illegally modifying vehicles? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the comments section down below!

    SINGAPORE - A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing three motorcycles, and is due to be charged in court on Friday (May 7).
    The motorcycles were reported stolen from estates in Woodlands, Canberra and Redhill on Tuesday and Wednesday, said the police.

    The suspect was identified through ground inquiries and images from police cameras, and was arrested on Wednesday, they added.
    All three motorcycles have been recovered.
    The man will be charged with theft of motor vehicle, which carries a prison term of up to seven years and a fine.
    The police advised motorcycle owners to adopt measures like:
    Park your motorcycle in well-lit areas; Install an anti-theft alarm for your motorcycle; Use a motorcycle canvas to cover the motorcycle, securing both ends;  Use additional locking devices such as disc brake locks or install a suspension guard; Remove the ignition key and lock the motorcycle, whenever it is left unattended; and Do not leave spare keys inside the motorcycle box. Over the past couple of years, there have been more instances of motorcycle theft happening within Singapore so always keep your prize possession safe and make it less attractive for thefts to target!

    Late last year Honda gave us word that a new, redesigned MSX 125 would be hitting most parts of the world as a 2021 model. Changes revealed on the global model gave some hints though, like the addition of a fifth gear, a new headlight, Euro 5 certification for the engine, and a full styling revamp, but we were left to ponder what the price tag or when would it be available.

    As noted in last year’s Euro release, the MSX 125 will also have new bodywork and a Euro 5-spec engine with a five-speed gearbox. As we’d hoped, the MSX 125 will get those major revisions, including a reworked 125cc engine and a five-speed transmission. The two-valve single-cylinder mill has a higher compression ratio (now 10.0:1) and meets Euro 5 emissions standards, and the addition of the fifth gear gave Honda the opportunity to add a larger 38-tooth final-drive sprocket for a bit more snap.

    The 125cc two-valve engine has a narrower bore and longer stroke than its predecessor (50mm x 63.1mm compared to 52.4mm x 57.9mm) as well as a higher compression ratio of 10.0:1 (9.3:1 previously). Another big part of the makeover for the 2022 model year is the new bodywork with pared-down styling. Because the MSX 125 has always been about easy customization, owners can get at the four main body panels via six big fasteners, allowing them to pop the panels off the steel backbone frame and mix and match colors for a simple way to swap looks. Also on the styling front is a new look for the engine, exhaust, wheels, and swingarm, which all get blacked out for a more up-to-date vibe; the wheels keep their signature 12-inch size, but feature a new design with a five-spoke pattern.

    You might notice a subtle change with the seat too; it’s flat rather than stepped and gets thicker padding. With that comes a new subframe, though the frame and suspension remain unchanged, and Honda is quick to point out that the saddle is still an easily cleared 30 inches off the tarmac. You’ll also see a more robust LCD display with provisions for a gear change indicator added to the speedo, tach, fuel gauge, clock, and twin tripmeters. Dig even deeper and you’ll find out that the mini moto’s 2022 iteration (the MSX 125’s third) now has a replaceable oil filter, ditching the previous oil spinner and screen for easier maintenance. There’s a redesigned exhaust pipe and muffler now designed as two separate parts, which should give customizers way fewer fits.

    For 2021, the MSX 125 has also boosted fuel capacity a smidge to 6 litres.
    As a bonus—or at least, instead of an unwelcome surprise— Honda is keeping the price tag in line with last year’s model, at a suggested US$3,399 for the base trim in the US market. Boon Siew Honda Singapore currently does not list the MSX 125 in their price list but we'll have a clearer picture of pricing in Singapore once the new revised models starts to hit our shores.

    But there are tastier options too, like the new special SP version which sports a gold finish on the fork, wheels, and brake calipers, and tucks in a yellow shock spring out back for an extra pop. Then there’s the higher-spec MSX 125 ABS, which again is expected to cost a premium over the base model.

    To sum up, the 2022 MSX 125 can be had in Queen Bee Yellow or Matte Black Metallic for the base trim; the MSX 125 SP with its stylish graphics and gold finishes for slightly more; or the MSX 125 ABS, available only in Candy Blue, for a higher premium on top of that. The bikes will be available sometime in 2021 and we will update on availability soon.

    Yamaha’s neo-classic versions of the MT-07 and MT-09 are getting style upgrades for the 2021 model year. The XSR700 and the XSR900 pack all the wallop of their modern-looking counterparts, but their paint and bodywork hearken back to the heady days of the RZ350 and its smoky ilk.
    For 2021, both bikes will be available in an oh-so-retro combination of Dynamic White and Garage Metal, set off with a killer set of gold or black wheels and subtle black stripes. This colorway definitely calls those radical ’80s rockets to mind.

    Mechanically, the bikes are much the same as they were in 2020. The XSR900 soldiers on with the 847cc version of the crossplane triple, which is being replaced in the MT-09 for 2021 with an 890cc mill. The XSR700 is still rocking the 689cc parallel twin from its MT-07 stablemate.

    Neither bike is just a pretty face, as they each come with a raft of electronic gadgetry to keep hooliganism from turning bleak. The XSR700 carries ABS brakes bolted to lightweight aluminum rims and model-specific details like the single-piece saddle and teardrop mirrors.

    Those who opt for the 2021 Yamaha XSR900 will get adjustable suspension, ABS brakes, and an assist-and-slipper clutch. It also rocks a single-piece seat bearing the XSR900 logo, teardrop mirrors, and a retro front fender.

    Both models are currently available from Yamaha's exclusive distributor in Singapore Hong Leong Corporation Pte Ltd. OTR price for the XSR900 Heritage Edition is S$27,870, while the XSR700 will set you back S$26,320 (prices are subjected to change depending on the current COE prices).
    2021 Yamaha XSR700 Technical Specifications and Price
    PRICE S$26,320 ENGINE 689cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8-valve BORE x STROKE 80.0mm x 68.6mm COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1 FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection CLUTCH Wet, multiplate; cable actuation TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 73.8 hp @ 9,000 rpm CLAIMED TORQUE 50.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm FRAME Aluminum twin-spar FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm fork; 5.1-in. travel REAR SUSPENSION Single shock, adjustable preload; 5.1-in. travel FRONT BRAKE Dual 282mm hydraulic discs w/ ABS REAR BRAKE 245mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.0-in. / 17 x 4.0-in. TIRES, FRONT/REAR Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp; 120/70-ZR17 / 180/55ZR-17 RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/3.5 in. WHEELBASE 55.3 in. SEAT HEIGHT 32.9 in. FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal. CLAIMED WET WEIGHT 410 lb. WARRANTY 1 year, limited AVAILABLE NOW CONTACT http://www.hlcorp.com.sg/motorcycles/ 2021 Yamaha XSR900 Technical Specifications and Price
    PRICE S$27,870 ENGINE 847cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder 4-stroke; 12 valves BORE x STROKE 78.0 x 59.1mm COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1 FUEL DELIVERY Yamaha Fuel Injection w/ YCC-T CLUTCH Wet, multiplate assist and slipper; cable actuation TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 115 hp @ 10,000 rpm CLAIMED TORQUE 65 lb.-ft. @ 8,500 rpm FRAME Aluminum twin-spar FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm inverted fork, adjustable for preload and rebound damping; 5.4-in. travel REAR SUSPENSION Single shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping; 5.1-in. travel FRONT BRAKE Dual 298mm hydraulic discs w/ ABS REAR BRAKE 245mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum; 17 in. / 17 in. TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17 RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/4.1 in. WHEELBASE 56.7 in. SEAT HEIGHT 32.7 in. FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal. CLAIMED WET WEIGHT 430 lb. WARRANTY 1 year, limited AVAILABLE NOW CONTACT http://www.hlcorp.com.sg/motorcycles/

    With the recent hoo-ha surrounding the PSB-approved certification fiasco, have yourself a peace of mind and protection by getting a PSB-approved Shoei helmet from the exclusive distributor in Singapore - Chong Aik International Pte Ltd.
    They have the widest range available in stock and by buying from the exclusive distributor, you can be assured of the best aftercare service in the industry! Quote "SingaporeBikes.com" and they might do you a special deal!

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    Yamaha has recently announced that the Yamaha Tracer 7 GT will be coming to international markets for 2021, positioned to be the younger sibling to the currently available Yamaha Tracer 9 GT.

    The Tracer 7 GT is powered by the same crossplane twin that’s found in the MT-07, which has already proven itself to be a fun and capable powerplant. Plopping that mill into an upright touring motorcycle would put a lot of midsize, legacy touring rides currently available like the Versys 650 or V-Strom 650, on high alert. Especially if the bike is competitively priced.

    The addition of Yamaha accessories, like side cases, a taller and wider windscreen, and an updated seat, give it some notable credentials that others in the same segment sometimes lack. Add to that the preload- and rebound-adjustable suspension front and rear, and you have a very capable midrange sport-touring bike.

    The Tracer 7 GT's engine has also been updated, particularly in light of the fact that Yamaha has given the engine platform the necessary updates to comply with Euro 5 regulations. It’ll want to make sure it squeezes as much juice from the engine as possible.

    Although details are still scarce, we'll update back once we hear more information from Yamaha themselves or when Hong Leong Corporation (Yamaha Singapore) starts to have an ETA on this motorcycle.
    Yamaha Singapore Official Distributor

    Hong Leong Corporation - Yamaha Motor Singapore
    Address: 178 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409030
    Phone: 6749 0588
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    AIDEA's electric 3-wheeled motorcycle "AA Cargo" has received and completed its homologation to be used on Singapore's roads, and this is inline with the distributor's original target date of getting the AA Cargo on our roads by Q1 2021. While this is not the first EV motorcycle to grace our shores, it is definitely one of the first one that is heavily skewed towards cargo and food delivery riders. With a maximum payload of 120kg, it should be able to tackle most of the jobs required of delivery riders.

    The introduction of Aidea's AA Cargo was created to meet the growing demand for delivery is considered to be a part of the company's activities to achieved a sustainable society, and it will play a role as an environmentally friendly and socially friendly mobile mode of transport.
    The AA Cargo is available in 4KW model (available now) and a 8KW model that should be coming in the near future. You only need a Class 2B license to ride the 4KW model and with the theoretical horsepower rating of the 8KW model, it should also fall under the Class 2B licensing rules but we'll have to wait and see what LTA says.

    Our good friend, Mr Zaihan from TNP, also known as bikerboy, recently wrote on the AA Cargo scooter as well as states that it will have a machine price of S$18,000, and assuming current COE prices of S$8,000, it would make the OTR pricing of the Aidea AA Cargo a whopping S$26,000 before insurance and road tax!
    The 4KW variant that is currently available has a range of 160km and a top speed of 70km/h.
    AIDEA is a new mobility brand from Japan that was born at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. AIDEA's mission is to solve environmental problems and contribute to society through next-generation ZEVs (Zero Emission Vehicles).

    Many people will be convinced when they hear that its predecessor was the Italian motorcycle manufacturer ADIVA, which was founded in 1996. It's easy to see that the motorcycle inherits the unique style proven by ADIVA, with its retractable roof with wipers, rear box, and three-wheel system. In addition, AIDEA is characterized by the fact that it is fully electric and is produced under strict Japanese quality control.
    Also, don't overlook the infusion of authentic Italian design that blends the storefront with the modern, including the appointment of Claudio Zancini as a product designer, who created the Bimota TESI H2, which made its shocking debut at last year's EICMA 2019.
    More on the Aidea AA Cargo:
    The company says that its unique body configuration, which includes a highly stable three-wheeled structure with a large all-weather screen and roof, a fully flat cargo bed that can accommodate a variety of boxes, independent left-right suspension rear suspension, and large 13-inch wheels, solves many of the problems associated with conventional business motorcycles.

    It is equipped with a high-capacity lithium-ion battery of about 4kWh, which can be fully charged in 3 hours from a standard 200V power supply.
    The biggest advantage of the AA Cargo, which is an EV, is that it emits no CO2 and is environmentally friendly. It does not emit exhaust gas like an engine motorcycle and is quiet, making it ideal for companies that handle food products, and should contribute to improving their brand image. In addition, the running costs, including electricity and maintenance, are less than half those of fuel-powered motorcycles, so a considerable cost reduction effect can be expected when considering large-scale operation over a long span of time.
    Furthermore, as a unique mechanism, the reverse function is convenient for parking and maneuvering in narrow alleys. It is also noteworthy that the motorcycle is equipped with convenient mechanisms that take advantage of the advantages of three wheels, such as a "roll lock" to lock the motorcycle's left and right inclination and a "parking brake" to lock the motorcycle's front and rear movement.

    According to Mr. Narita, marketing director at AIDEA, the current segregation is that the front two wheels are medium-sized motorcycles for leisure and the rear two wheels are small motorcycles for business. The reason for this is that the priority for leisure motorcycles is to avoid tipping over when the front tires lose grip or the steering wheel gets caught on a bump, while the priority for business motorcycles is to keep the load on the back of the motorcycle as stable as possible.
    Distributed by: Aidea Singapore (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aideasg/)

    Earlier in the year, we did an article on the launch of the all new 2021 Aprilia RS660 that was soon to arrive on our shores. It has been one of the most anticipated sports bike launch out of the Italian manufacturer Aprilia to come out for quite some item.
    You can read our previous review of the Aprilia RS660 here:
    As we expected, the direct competitor to the Yamaha R6 was launched to much fanfare and its performance did not disappoint. The Aprilia RS660 is now available from Aprilia's distributor in Singapore - Mah Pte Ltd and can be yours for a machine price of S$28,000 - which does seems like a bargain after you consider what comes stock on the bike and also its latest suite of technological improvements.
    Mah Pte Ltd is making the deal even sweeter now however, by throwing in a extended warranty and servicing package if you purchase the 2021 Aprilia RS660 now as part of their launch promotion (And this is a testament to their belief in the build quality and reliability of the Aprilia brand!):
    Top up S$1,000 and enjoy
    3 years unlimited mileage warranty 3 years service package (oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs and valve clearance!) To take advantage of this deal, head over to Mah Pte Ltd today to look at their range of Aprilia sports bike available and you might just find yourself riding home on a new Italian stallion!

    Mah Pte Ltd
    Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232
    Phone: 6295 6393

    The Husqvarna Norden 901 concept revealed at last year’s EICMA show promised to be more than just another bike—it would be a machine that brought the Husqvarna brand into a new mainstream market, appealing to riders who’d never considered the company’s products before.

    Now it’s clear that the Norden is following in the footsteps of the firm’s Vitpilen and Svartpilen models, making the leap from concept to production with a minimum of changes compared to the show version and bringing with it an innovative style that’s instantly recognizable as one of Husqvarna’s growing range of road-focused bikes.
    The Norden in these spy pictures is clearly close to production-ready, featuring many of the components that we’d expect to be missing from a prototype that’s earlier in its development cycle. The headlight and windshield, for instance, are usually among the last parts to appear on test bikes, but they’re present and finished-looking on this model, as are elements like the metalized skid plates under and to either side of the engine and even the two auxiliary lamps that were a key element of the concept’s look.
    Have there been changes compared to last year’s show bike? Sure. Those lights are all different—the Norden concept’s aux lamps were yellow-tinted units with four LEDs behind each lens, and here they’re replaced with single LED white units, while the main headlight is also distinctly different. On board, the show bike featured an unusual dash with two stacked color LCD displays that could show a single image across both screens. Here we see a much more sensible single screen that appears to be borrowed from KTM’s latest 1290 Super Duke R. And that’s far from the only KTM component on view here; in fact, the Norden is rather like a Husky-shaped veneer over an existing KTM. The frame is pure KTM 890 Adventure, as is the 889cc parallel-twin engine. It’s KTM’s LC8c unit in its biggest-capacity form, and depending on the final state of tune power is sure to be somewhere between the KTM 890 Duke R’s 121 hp and the 890 Adventure’s 105 hp.

    Like the 890 Adventure and the 790 Adventure before it, the Norden uses an unusual plastic fuel tank that’s wrapped over and around the engine, doubling as much of the bodywork. The bulk of the gas is held in two side-mounted sections—seen on either side of the engine with aluminum panels on them on this prototype—but the tank also arcs up and over the top of the bike, providing a conventionally placed fuel filler in front of the rider. While similar in concept to the KTM 890 Adventure’s tank, it’s a different unit as the rear sections of the radiator cooling vents are molded into it, and needed to be shaped to suit the Norden’s distinctive, neo-retro look.
    The swingarm, WP suspension, and KTM-branded brake calipers all appear to be directly from the 890 Adventure as well, and it’s likely that the Austrian bike’s spec sheet is a good guide to what to expect from the production version of the Norden 901. That means a dry weight in the region of 432 pounds, about 8 inches of suspension travel at each end, and electronics including Bosch 9.1 MP cornering ABS, lean-sensitive traction control, and riding modes that include an “off-road” setting.
    The wheels appear to be the same size as the KTM 890 Adventure, too, which means a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear—a setup that’s more off-road biased than most adventure bikes on the market. That means the Husqvarna should sit in a position of being slightly more luxurious and touring-oriented than the 890 Adventure it’s based on but without losing much of the KTM’s ability away from the beaten track. For more road-biased adventuring, the upcoming CFMoto MT800 uses many of the same KTM-sourced components but in a package designed with pavement use in mind.

    Had 2021 been a normal year, replete with major international motorcycle shows, we’d have expected to see the production version of the Norden 901 revealed at EICMA in Milan. However, with the November event canceled, many firms, including Husqvarna, appear to be opting to unveil new bikes individually and nearer their on-sale dates. Since the Norden isn’t expected to reach showrooms until well into 2021, it might be a while before the final version is given an official unveiling.

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