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    Hot on the heels of their recent press release in the local newspapers and various motorcycle blogs, Scorpio Electric has step forward to unveil their first model which is expected to be released in 2022, the Scorpio Electric X Model Prototype.

    This will be the first of many prototypes that will pave the way to the series production of Singapore’s first fully built electric motorcycle.
     The X’s concept is guided by the brand’s core values of design, technology and performance. The X is a fresh approach into the market with its bold expression, characterized by a high level of detailing.

     Designed to enhance urban mobility, smart connectivity via a mobile app ensures security, efficiency and utmost convenience. Category-leading performance, targeting more than 100km/h and a range of 200km on a single charge, the X combines beauty with power. “The future is electric. We believe we can make a difference by ushering in a new era of cleaner and more efficient way of transportation,” commented Melvin Goh, Chief Executive of Scorpio Electric.
     Pre-orders for the X will open later this year, timing to be announced.

    More About Scorpio Electric
    Scorpio Electric is a global brand and electric vehicle company specializing in electric motorcycle manufacturing with a focus in performance. The company aims to be a global brand and technology innovator in the two-wheel electric space and are looking to create a stylish, visually appealing product that has symbiotic relationship to the user through smart capabilities, with the intention to reduce the world’s carbon footprint.
    More About EuroSports Global
    Established in 1998, EuroSports Global has a long history in the specialisation of distribution of ultra-luxury and luxury automobiles and provision of after-sales services. The company’s Automobile Sales business retails new ultra-luxury and luxury automobile brands and pre-owned automobile brands comprising mainly Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Touring Superleggera.
    EuroSports Global is the sole authorized dealer for Lamborghini in Singapore since 2002 and Indonesia since 2018, the exclusive importer and distributor for Alfa Romeo in Singapore since 2004 and the exclusive distributor for Touring Superleggera in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia and non-exclusive distributorship in the PRC since October 2012. EuroSports Global is investing to develop a sustainable mobility solution in the form of a fully electric motorcycle under the brand, Scorpio Electric.





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    Being one of Japan’s big four, Kawasaki is one of the principal players in the motorcycle industry. With a history of manufacturing motorcycle for well over 100 years, Kawasaki has successfully planted itself all around the globe.
    In general, the last year 2020, was a pretty good year for Kawasaki. The highlight of the year for Kawasaki includes the comeback of the iconic ZXR250 in the form of Ninja ZX-25, the revival of Meguro brands of motorcycles and last but not least the next-gen updates for 2021 models.

    Although things were going pretty smooth, Kawasaki saw a drop in sales in South East Asia because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, Kawasaki was expecting to see a loss of about 5 billion yen [47 million dollars] in operations for 2020.
    In November 2020, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) announced that the company will spin off its rolling stock [Train division] and motorcycle & engine business later this year in October 2021 as a part of a major restructuring.
    Kawasaki told the media that spinning off the business will speed up decision making and offer products and services that sync with customers. Besides this, Kawasaki also mentioned that they would improve their financial situation and strengthen inter-industry cooperation via joint development of advanced safety technologies, development of electric drive to catalyse growth and market revitalization.
    Hearing Kawasaki specifically pinpointing the sluggish sales in the South East Asian region triggered us to take a closer look at the brand in Malaysia. It has been a long time since Kawasaki has had any significant presence in Singapore and Kawasaki owners and lovers had to venture up North to Malaysia to purchase spare spares and other accessories as Kawasaki bikes were few and far between in Singapore.

    We had a slight glimmer of hope a couple of years back when the popular Kawasaki Ninja 400 was launched in Singapore and we saw a flurry of importations from bike dealers and importers as they expected the model to be pretty sought after. A few months after launch and after the first few bikes were delivered however, the interest slowly died down and we are back to the 'good old days' where the other Japanese brands such as Yamaha, Honda, and even Suzuki are much better represented in Singapore by their authorised distributors.

    In Malaysia however, Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is the sole importer, assembler and distributor of Kawasaki brands of bikes in Malaysia. However, things have been a bit too quiet with Kawasaki Motors lately. Could this be because Modenas is cooking up a big plan directly with Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) behind the scene? Well, without further ado, let’s get right into the details.

    National motorcycle company Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (Modenas) and KHI have had a long and successful relationship beginning with the former’s incorporation in 1995 with KHI owning a 19% equity in Modenas. In case you didn’t know, Modenas actually manufactures parts for Kawasaki.
    After a successful 24 years run, in April 2019, KHI upped its stake in Modenas from 19% to 30% equity. The disposal of the shares by DRB-HICOM “The Group” was for a cash consideration of MYR 40.3 Million (USD 9.97 Million) based on a wiling-seller-willing buyer basis.
    Fast-forwarding to 2020, during the National Automotive Policy 2020, Modenas’ Chief Executive Officer Roslan Roskan told the press that Modenas would be assembling and marketing nearly 8 Kawasaki models in Malaysia which are below 700cc.  Roslan Roskan also shared that an initial investment of MYR 5 Million had been made to set up a dedicated Kawasaki production line in Modenas’s Gurun plant to make this all happen.
    Besides this, according to sources, last year Modenas planned to produce 1000 units + of the Modenas Ninja 250 in partnership with Kawasaki by H2 of 2020. As of January 2021, there haven’t been any updates on this or the plans of manufacturing sub-700cc Kawasaki models. We believe COVID-19 pandemic has played a major role in Modenas’ 2020 plan.

    On another note, recent reports hint Modenas would be going all out with Kawasaki, taking over more than just the planned sub-700cc models. However, neither Kawasaki nor Modenas have officially announced anything yet.
    What baffled us the most was the figures of newly registered Kawasaki motorcycles in Malaysia for Q4 last year (2020). According to reports within October 2020 and December 2020, only 55 units of Kawasaki motorcycles were newly registered in Malaysia. To put this into perspective, 88,243 units of Yamaha and 48,782 units of Honda motorcycles were newly registered within the same period last year in Malaysia.
    What’s worse is that upon enquiring several motorcycle dealers in Malaysia; we were told that the stocks of Kawasaki motorcycles are running really low. We also heard about Suzuki making a come back under Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd.  So as a brand where is Kawasaki heading to in Malaysia?
    To clearly understand the situation we personally got in touch with a few parties. We were told that Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd would part away with KHI later this year, 2021 (as far as they know). This means there is a high possibility that Modenas would take over the Kawasaki brand in Malaysia and proceed with the earlier proposed plan very soon. While this sounds positive, it would also mean that the bikes branded and sold under the Kawasaki brand would actually be built by Modenas and not the actual JDM models from Japan.

    Especially with KHI’s recent announcement on the spin-off and restructuring; we think things would take a good (or bad depending how you look at it) turn for Kawasaki as a brand in Malaysia as well. Well, we can only speculate at this point; so let’s wait and see what are KHI’s and Modenas’s future plans for Malaysia.
    If KHI does indeed exit the Malaysia market and sell it intellectual rights to Modenas, i'm afraid of what this might mean for Kawasaki owners and enthusiasts in Singapore as it would not be the same as purchasing a motorcycle branded Kawasaki but is actually built and developed in Malaysia by Modenas. Not to mention the lack of spare parts for the older Kawasaki models plying our roads today.
    What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below! Or should one of the bigger motorcycle players step up to the plate and take over the distribution of Kawasaki in Singapore? That might be interesting..

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    Few motorcycle manufacturers have gained the mass appeal and iconic heritage of Honda's CB line of bikes. What could be considered as the company that made superbike performance more accessible to the masses in 1969 with the CB750 Four, Honda continues to have an extremely rich lineup of motorcycles bearing the iconic CB nameplate. In Japan, Honda has re-launched the iconic CB1300.

    The biggest and baddest of the inline-four UJMs, the CB1300 is equipped with a fuel-injected 1,284cc inline-four. Rated at a decent 111 horsepower, the CB1300 isn't built for sheer performance. Unlike its supersport counterparts, bikes like the CB1300 are meant to be capable all-rounders. This means the CB1300 can be a bike you could use to commute to work, and gobble up miles of highway and twisty roads on the weekends. At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the new Honda CB1300 is still the same as the iconic machine of the late 80s and early 90s. 
    Honda has launched the new CB 1300 range of bikes in Japan, which are offered in four trims, the Honda CB 1300 Super Four, the Honda CB 1300 Super Four SP, the Honda CB 1300 Super Bol D'or and the Super Bol D'or SP. The first two trims are naked roadsters, while the Bol D'or and Bol D'or SP feature a semi-faired design. The Honda CB 1300 range is powered by a 1,284 cc, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which makes 111 bhp at 7,750 rpm and 112 Nm of peak torque at 6,250 rpm.

    Just like the iconic machine, both iterations of the CB1300 have made a comeback: the Super Four and the Super Bol D'or. The Super Four gets the iconic roadster aesthetic with a fuel tank, tail, and body panels shaped similarly to the iconic machines. On the other hand, the Super Bol D'or gets a half fairing and an angular headlight that gives the bike more touring ability and protection from wind buffeting. Subsequently, both the Super Four and the Super Bol D'or get standard and SP versions, with the latter featuring more premium color schemes.

    The Honda CB 1300 isn't built for sheer performance, but designed to be capable all-rounders, to be used as a daily rider, occasional highway duties and weekend twisty mountain road leisure riding. The design is inspired by the iconic Honda machine of the late '80s and early '90s. The Super Four gets the iconic roadster aesthetic with a fuel tank, tail, and body panels shaped similarly to the iconic machines. The Super Four Bol D'or gets a half fairing and an angular headlight that gives the bike more touring ability and protection from wind buffeting.

    All variants feature the same double cradle frame, and on the regular models, suspension is handled by a simple telescopic front fork and twin rear shocks. The SP models have similar suspension, but the units are slightly higher-spec from Ohlins, with a lot more adjustability. In terms of electronics, the Honda CB 1300 range features standard ABS, traction control, cruise control and three riding modes, Standard, Sport and Rain. The new Honda CB 1300 range is unlikely to be launched in Singapore.
    Underneath the Super Four and Super Bol D'or styling, the CB1300 features the same double cradle frame for both machines. The suspension system, albeit rudimentary, is adequate for city riding and the occasional spirited mountain ride. It's composed of standard telescopic forks and a mono-shock at the rear. As far as prices are concerned, the CB1300 Super Four is pegged at 1,562,000 Yen (around $19,900 SGD), while its SP counterpart will set you back 1,936,000 Yen, or the ballpark of $24,700 SGD. The Super Bol D'or with its gorgeous fairing comes in at 1,672,000 Yen ($21,300 SGD), while the SP comes with a sticker price of 2,046,000 Yen, or a hefty $26,100 SGD. The prices quoted above of course are before all the taxes, ARF, COE, and other costs involved with purchasing a motorcycle in Singapore.

    Honda CB1300 Super Four SP

    Honda CB1300 Super Four Bold'Or SP

    Honda CB1300 Super Four

    Honda CB1300 Super Four Bold'Or
    While the 1,300cc CB1300 is unlikely to make it to Singapore's shore, we certainly hope that Boon Siew Honda will bring back the CB400 Super Four - the most popular Class 2A naked street bike in Singapore since the start. What do you think? Would you still buy a Super Four with the amount of Class 2A options available? And would you go for the standard naked CB400 or the extremely rare and limited CB400 Bol D'or?

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    The trend shift towards electric mobility solutions has been quite evident, with more and more manufacturers joining the line-up and going ‘Green’ governments around the world are also encouraging the clean electric mobility solution initiative. Now a motorcycle manufacturer synonymous with performance could be planning to enter the EV space in the near future. Piaggio Group, which owns brands such as Vespa and Aprilia, has recently been found trademarking the name Aprilia "eSR1" which has cause quite a bit of stir in the motorcycling world.

    According to a media report, Italian premium motorcycle manufacturer Piaggio has filed patents for a new trademark eSR1 in the European market leading us to believe that the company is planning to bring an electric-powered scooter under the Aprilia brand. While the brand has not officially revealed if it plans to bring an electric scooter the evidence is in the moniker itself. The ‘SR’ marque is used for scooters in the brand’s two-wheeler portfolio and the ‘e’ prefix could be short for electric. The design of the logo is also quite similar to the one’s branded on the ICE powered scooters.
    It is also being speculated that Aprilia eSR1 will share its powertrain and technology with other Piaggio group of products, specifically Vespa Elettrica which is already on sale in many international markets. Since it is a common practice by Aprilia to share technologies among its sibling brands this shouldn’t come as a surprise. This means Elettrica’s electric motor and batteries could be repackaged for Aprilia eSR1.

    The Vespa Elettrica - From which the eSR1 is expected to borrow its drivetrain from
    If eSR1 borrows its powertrain and technology from Vespa, much of its development would already be complete even though the e-scooter hasn’t yet been revealed in flesh. This means that launch of the new Aprilia scooter could be as early as next year for European markets.

    In terms of design and styling, the new electric-powered Aprilia could be based on the internal combustion engine-powered Aprilia SR-series scooter which is currently not sold in the Singapore domestic market but is being sold elsewhere in Asia. The powertrain could be borrowed from the Vespa Elettrica which is currently for sale in the international market. 
    The Vespa Elettrica is powered by a Piaggio electric brushless motor coupled to a lithium-ion battery and makes use of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) to recharge during deceleration. The power unit is rated to generate 4kW of maximum power and 200 Nm of torque at the wheel. The battery pack manufactured by LG Chem is a 4.2 kWh 48V 86 Ah lithium-ion battery that has a life of 1,000 cycles and has the capability of propelling the e-scooter to a top speed of 70 kmph. The battery can be charged using a 220V outlet which takes approximately 4 hours to recharge. 

    If the powertrain is employed on the Aprilia eSR1, the brand is likely to tune it for higher performance and offer a sportier experience to the rider. The brand is also likely to bring the electric-powered scooter to the Singapore market and compete with rivals such as the Scorpio X and the recently spied Suzuki Burgman Electric. 

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    CandyMotor, one of Singapore's most established and popular bike accessories shop, launched their towing service as an additional arm of the business just 1 week ago on the 12th of January 2021 with an announcement made on Facebook. Just barely 5 days since that announcement however, they have had an incident with a customer that has hogged headlines all over Facebook and various riding groups today (17th January 2021).

    Apparently, based on various sources that we have seen, a customer (Mr Yusof) reached out to CandyMotor on Sunday morning at 9am to request for a tow at 10am at Tampines Street 22. CandyMotor being ever efficient, reached the location at 930am instead of the initial estimate time of 10am only to be faced with a cancellation request from the customer.
    Said customer then proceeded to block CandyMotor's towing number from WhatsApp and no further correspondence was had, and there was no offer of payment even though the towing truck has arrived at the location as requested.
    CandyMotor in due frustration (which is completely understandable) then proceeded to post on Facebook about the incident and at 1230pm, the said customer reached out to CandyMotor and threatened legal action under the PDPA act as his phone number was published within the screenshots of the conversation. CandyMotor has since hidden the customer's phone number in their subsequent screenshots.
    You can see the conversation screenshots attached:

    The original post on Facebook has garnered over 300 comments and over 300 shares as of the time of this publication and has gone viral with bikers in Singapore divided over who is in the right and who is wrong.
    From our unbiased perspective (SBF does not have any ties to CM or Mr Yusof),
    What the customer could have done better:
    He could have offered a small token of goodwill payment for the trip made down by the towing team although the towing was not required in the end He could have followed up with CandyMotor promptly when the service was not required so as not to incur time and fuel wasted by the towing team Not block the CM team but instead engage with them on a suitable settlement for both parties What the CM team could have done better:
    Not publish the customer's contact details as this is in violation of the PDPA act Follow up with customer from another number privately Require pre-payment before dispatch to customer's location Put SOP's in place to prevent or reduce instances of 'aeroplane' customers As a business, there will always be such pitfalls and 'bad' customers - to take it in their stride and learn from this It is very rare in any incident for any one party to solely take all the blame and responsibilities and from this, we can see that both parties could have taken certain steps to mitigate this issue.
    What do you think? How would you react if you were in this situation? Let us know in the comments section below!
    P.S. If you ever need a tow, SBF has a consolidated list of towing services around Singapore so that you will never be left stranded! You can find the List of Motorcycle / Bike Towing Services in Singapore here:
    P.P.S. Support Ms Candy and her team and show them that not all bikers are 'pilots'!

     
    We have reached out to Mr Yusof for his side of the story and this thread will be updated with new information at a later date.

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    For the month of January 2021, Kymco's exclusive distributor in Singapore - Motor Sport Pte Ltd, is having a massive blowout sale on LIMITED units of the Kymco Xciting 400I and this sale will only last until 31st January 2021. On top of CASH discounts that are too low to list online, there are FREE gifts worth up to S$1,700 and many other included goodies.
    Undoubtedly one of the most popular Class 2A scooters in Singapore, right after the standard offerings from Yamaha and Honda, the Kymco range of scooters and maxi-scooters are a common sight on our roads due to their value-for-money pricing, tons of technological features, and handsomely good looks.

    Additionally, the Xciting 400 is the largest displacement scooter in the Class 2A range, with most of its competitors coming in at only 300cc (can you say "bang for your buck").
    January 2021 Promotional Offer:
    Cash discount (too LOW to publish online! Inquire in store!) S$1,700 of freebies and goodies 3 free engine oil servicing 1 year unlimited warranty coverage SHAD branded rear top box DVR (incl installation and warranty) Helmet Raincoat VERY limited units are available so contact Motor Sport Pte Ltd today to secure your unit! Remember to quote "SINGAPOREBIKES.COM (SBF)" to get the best price from them!
    MOTOR SPORT PTE LTD (SHOWROOM)
    Blk 3006, Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
    6281 9778 
    MOTOR SPORT PTE LTD (WORKSHOP)
    Blk 3007 Ubi Road 1, #01-446 Singapore 408701
    6749 6717/8
    KYMCO XCITING 400 Features
    ABS system made by BOSCH (German Engineering) Belting from Mitsubishi (Japanese Engineering) All parts made and assembled directly at KYMCO Factory (Taiwan) Keihin EFI System






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    The Yamaha Sniper is distributed by Yamaha's Singapore authorised distributor:

    Hong Leong Corporation - Yamaha Motor Singapore
    Address: 178 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409030
    Phone: 6749 0588
     Click HERE to ENQUIRE now! Special price for SBF members! 
    If this is the future of the underbone (affectionately known locally as a "cub" or "kup kia") - we want one!

    HERE IS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE YAMAHA F-155 (CONCEPT) WHICH WAS SHOWCASED DURING THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW 2021 YAMAHA EXCITER 155 VVA.


    Yamaha Vietnam ended the year with a bang last week with the launch of the much anticipated Yamaha Exciter 155 VVA. During the launch, alongside the production Exciter 155 VVA,  Yamaha Vietnam presented the Prototype F-155 moped concept developed by Yamaha Japan.

    Although it gets inspiration from the production Yamaha Exciter 150 and the new Exciter 155, the Yamaha F-155 concept is entirely different from the ground up. According to sources, Yamaha Japan spent around USD 100,000 (approximately SGD 135,000) in the development of this prototype. Given it is a moped prototype, it’s safe to say Yamaha has poured in a lot of cash in the development of this beast. So the question is, how special is it?

    Starting with the design, the F-155’s styling is sharp and aggressive. Upfront, it closely resembles the front fascia of the Yamaha Exciter, however, Yamaha has given the F-155 numerous added touches to make it more special.

    If you look closely,  the F-155 gets MotoGP inspired winglets upfront alongside a functional ram air intake in the centre.
    On the inside, the F-155 features a minimalist handlebar and instrument cluster which blend in well with the sharp look of the bike.

    To make it look more sporty Yamaha has added in a lot of ducts and vents on the side. The F-155 is a single-seater so it features a multilevel sporty seat.
    At the rear, the F-155 features R1 inspired rear cowl and taillight design. Moreover, to make it look more muscular, Yamaha has added in a twin underbelly exhaust system as well a set of sportier alloy wheels. We personally love how the orange accent complements the stealth matte grey base colour.

    On the inside, unlike the Yamaha Exciter, the F-155 is built around a delta box frame and gets an aluminium swingarm. In the case of the suspension, the F-155 features an upside-down fork at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. As for the brakes, the F-155 features a 2 pot calliper upfront and single-pot calliper at the rear.

    In the case of the engine, Yamaha hasn’t announced any details yet. However, sources claim the model uses a 155cc liquid-cooled engine that’s found on the new Exciter 155 VVA. However, thanks to the deltabox frame, the engine looks bigger and looks a lot more packed than usual.

    Would the F-155 ever make it into production? Well, most likely not. However, judging from the Exciter Concept 202X badge found on the side, we think Yamaha would most likely use the F-155 as the design benchmark for the next generation Exciter/Y15ZR/Sniper. We can't wait!

    Let us know what you think about this exciting development from Yamaha in the comments section below! With such an awesome looking bike, Yamaha might just have the edge over Honda when it comes to low-displacement runabouts unless Honda launches an exciting concept soon!


     

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    For those of you who have been itching to hit the race tracks once again at Sepang or Pasir Gudang (sadly, RIP) but are unable to do so due to the current COVID-19 restrictions have always been able to find some solace right here in Singapore by attending track days organised by the fantastic team over at SingaMoto.

    Just an example of a recent track day time attack battle which they held at the KF1 was held last year in December and we here at SBF have posted the event in our calendar over here. And if you've been meaning to scratch that itch again, fret not because the next one will be held very shortly on the 23rd of January 2021 at the same location. You can RSVP for that event in our event calendar here.

    For the layman motorcycle rider however, if race days and high-octane competition is not your thing, we have good news for you! SingaMoto has started a "Members Night Academy" which you can sign up for just S$550 per year and there will be weekly classes held on how to prepare your race bike, how to properly join a race, and many other lessons!

    For just the price of a year's membership, you will get exclusive access to weekly track time and personal coaching, discounts of products and services, member's price for races and track-days and much more. If this is something you are keen on, do contact them at  8201 5132 / 9720 4367 and quote "SingaporeBikes.com (SBF)" to let them know we sent you!
    SingaMoto has just commenced their first weekly lesson and here are some pictures for your enjoyment!







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    With the rainy monsoon season upon us, there have been more incidences in the news and various biking groups that more and more potholes have been appearing on Singapore's roads. This has also lead to an increase in bikers meeting with an accident or even fatal outcomes as unlike our four-wheel counterparts, a pothole could actually do some serious damage to us motorcyclist.
    Especially so in Malaysia, where potholes have been taking the centre stage in news lately, ever since Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar met with a minor accident caused by a pothole, and two unfortunate deaths reported after the incident.

    We're so used to seeing and avoiding potholes that sometimes we forget how dangerous it can be especially for those who are riding bicycles or motorcycles. 
    While statistics in Singapore are not publicly shared, referencing from our neighbours up north we can see that potholes are actually a very serious problem. “A total of 4,091 public infrastructure complaints were received by the ministry and PWD till November 30. From the total, 1,473 complaints were regarding damaged roads. All complaints have been processed and action has been taken by JKR. Almost 200,000 potholes were found and repaired through monitoring and patrols by PWD in 2019 while 64,000 potholes were recorded with action taken as of last June,” the statement read.
    So, what causes potholes and why are there so many of them during the rainy season?

    According to Universiti Putra Malaysia Department of Civil Engineering lecturer Prof Dr Ratnasamy Muniandy, there are several reasons for this. 
    Potholes form when there are cracks on the roads, which, over time, joins and causes the road materials to dislodge. 
    "There are couple of factors involved in road failure. It can be road design, it can be material design, sometimes construction and not forgetting environmental factors such as moisture and temperature," Dr Ratnasamy told Rojak Daily in an interview in 2018.

    In the same year, the Malay Mail wrote an article quoting Public Works Department (PWD), the Malaysian Highway Authority (MHA), the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) regarding the issue. 
    In the article, all four departments have insisted that the standards of roads in the country meets the standards set by World Road Association, of which Malaysia is a member of.
    The association specifies clear standards for the design and safety aspects of road.
    The departments said that problem occurs when third party contractors are involved.

    City Hall had said that 70 per cent of potholes and damaged roads were caused by sub-par remedial works by contractors, especially those hired by utility and development companies.
    The other departments echoed the statement. Rapid development also does not help the situation. 
    What can be done?

    Dr Ratnasamy said that in light of the shortcomings in the road pavement performance, universities worldwide, including UPM, have been working on technologies to make roads better. 
    One of the technology the university has worked on is called the Fiber Mastic Asphalt (FMA). 
    "Fiber Mastic Asphalt is basically asphalt mixture that has more fiber in it. Fibers basically forms a micromesh. 
    "Micromesh is like tiny steel fibers in concrete and so on," he explains. 
    FMA helps to prevent the drain down of water and keeps the binder in the mixture for a long time. This makes the road structure itself stronger and more resistant towards environmental elements such as moisture. 
    If our roads aren't that bad and meets the standards that most developed countries follows, perhaps it's time to look at technologies such as FMA to make the roads last longer. 
    That, and perhaps taking stern action against contractors that damage our roads, might just be what we need.
    How to report an incident to the LTA?
    If you notice a pothole on the road (or any other road defects) that has recently developed, is large enough to cause harm to a motorcyclist, or will cause danger to other road users, the best thing that you can do as a motorist is to report the issue to LTA immediately for them to take action and to get the issue sorted by fixing the said pothole.
    You can do this either via filing a report via the ONEMOTORING app on your phone MyTransports.SG - Android / Apple
    Or the other method would be to contact LTA directly at the hotline below: Customer service hotline: 1800 2255 582
    Have you ever been involved in an accident due to a road defect or pothole on the roads? Please share with us your views and tips for other riders to be safe, especially during this rainy season! Ride safe and defensively!


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    SingaporeBikes.com (SBF) has tied up with local motorcycle and bike rental company - Auto Exchange Bike Rental, to offer to all SBF members an UNBEATABLE price on bike rentals for the month of January 2021! Read below for special offer!

    Auto Exchange has a fleet of over 150 bikes, ranging from Class 2B all the way up to Class 2. All of their bikes are:
    Brand new, excellent working condition, latest model version Full insurance coverage (including commercial delivery) CHEAPEST in the market - Why pay more for COE bikes? Comes with rear top box, handphone holder, just ride and go! (subject to availability) No guarantor required Flexible arrangements and no-frills service
    Whether you want to try out being a delivery rider and do not want to commit yet to purchase a new motorcycle, or if your bike is in the workshop and you need something else to get around, or even if you just want to test the brand new Yamaha NMax V2 before making a purchase - Auto Exchange is the one-stop shop for all your rental needs!
    List of bikes available:
    Class 2B (ONLY $25 PER DAY!!) - BRAND NEW Yamaha NMax V2, Yamaha Aerox, Honda ADV150, Yamaha FZ-S V3, Honda CB190X Tourism, etc Class 2A (ONLY $35 PER DAY!!) - Yamaha XMax, Honda Super4, etc Class 2 (ONLY $60 PER DAY!!) - Kawasaki Z1000, Honda X-ADV, Yamaha TMax, etc
    Prices quoted are NETT and there are no hidden charges. Look no further with brand new quality bikes at the LOWEST price possible in Singapore.
    All you have to do to rent a motorcycle from Auto Exchange is to click on the online booking form located here and a sales representative will get in touch with you within 1 hour.
    Alternatively, you can contact Auto Exchange at +65 8500 0420 ( WhatsApp - https://wa.me/6585000420 ) and quote "SingaporeBikes.com (SBF)" to take advantage of the offer today!
    Auto Exchange Motorcycle Rental
    Address: 81 Ubi Ave 4, #01-16, Singapore 408830
    P.S. SBF members are also entitled to FREE rental days for longer term rentals (>5 days).


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