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    Join us for the Royal Alloy SG virtual launch event from the comfort of your home! We'll be releasing information regarding specification, price & more. Don't miss out!
    Welcome Royal Alloy to Singapore and join us as we tune in to the launch of Royal Alloy in Singapore!
    Event will start 8pm SGT, 20th March 2021.
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    When Can-Am trotted out news of its 2021 On-Road vehicle lineup this week, the headline on the press release was how the brand was successfully attracting new, younger, and more diverse riders to the riding community. The numbers we were given—approximately a third of Can-Am On-Road owners are female; close to 50 percent of Can-Am Ryker owners are new to the sport, and 72 percent are under the age of 55—were enough to make us take notice; traditional two-wheel manufacturers would kill for those kind of stats.

    Halfway down the press release, Can-Am also let us in on the notion that its 2021 lineup “remains incredibly fun and easy to ride,” which seemed like another way of saying that most of last year’s models are returning, but with just a few minor changes. Let’s take a look at what’s new for 2021.
    The Can-Am On-Road lineup consists of two core models: the Ryker and the Spyder. The Ryker is the lower-cost, more accessible machine and encourages customization, with an aesthetic geared more toward younger, urban riders.

    The Can-Am Spyder, on the other hand, is split into two trims: the Spyder F3 and the Spyder RT. The F3 is all about bold muscular styling—what Can-Am calls the “American customer,” while the RT leans toward more comfortable ergonomics and touring amenities like cargo space. The Spyders are all powered by an inline-triple Rotax 1330 ACE engine. And priced at well over SG$40,000 here in Singapore, it is on wonder that the Spyder is a rare sights on Singapore roads. What's more unfortunate is that one recently caught on fire right here in Singapore and that means that they're even rarer now!
    2021 sees three trim levels in the RT family: the RT base model, the RT Limited, and the new, exclusive Sea-to-Sky version, which gives a nod to the iconic Sea-to-Sky Highway in British Columbia. The upscale STS model brings enhanced luxury, comfort, and convenience in the form of new wheels, trims, and badging for a unique premium look, as well as adaptive foam seats that reduce pressure points during longer rides. It’s not a limited edition, but Can-Am says it’ll be available for the 2021 model year only.

    Both the touring-oriented Spyder RT and RT Limited received complete redesigns in 2020, so this year it comes down to new color options. The Spyder RT starts at $23,299, while the RT Limited model, which gets an integrated backrest, heated seats, and more storage capacity, retails for $27,299. The top-of-the-line STS edition adds to the Limited model with an exclusive Highland Green colorway, painted top case, titanium-colored machined wheels, and special badging and cargo bags. MSRP is $29,799. New accessory options include adjustable side wind deflectors and LED floorboard lights, as well as new removable LinQ storage bags. Prices quoted above are for the North-American market and we'll just have to wait and see what they'll be priced at once it lands on our shores.

    In the Spyder F3 line, we see a total of five models for 2021, with slight variations in performance, suspension, electronics, and cargo capacity. All are adjustable ergonomically. The solo-saddle F3 base model starts at $15,999, while the sportier F3-S adds 10 hp and gas-charged Fox shocks, cruise control, and a sport mode with bigger gauges for $18,999. The F3-S Special Series for 2021 adds a sportier grille, passenger seat option, orange frame highlights, a bigger digital gauge with BRP Connect capability, and a special Gravity Grey color, all for $19,999. Next up is the F3-T, which, as you might guess, adds a bit of touring capability with installed 21-gallon side cases and a windshield, as well as a four-speaker sound system; that’ll run you $21,499. New colors include Glacial Blue Metallic. Last is the Spyder F3 Limited, which gets all those previously mentioned amenities and adds a passenger backrest, self-leveling rear suspension, heated grips and footboards, as well as a top case and six-speaker sound system. Cost is $24,499.

    The Can-Am Ryker lineup has also been refined for 2021, but it still retains a focus on accessories and personalization. Since its launch in 2018, Can-Am says the Ryker has been hugely successful in attracting new, previously hard-to-reach riders. For 2021, the family sticks with the two models that have served it from the beginning.
    The base model Ryker is still the main draw, especially given the attractive price tag, which starts at $8,799. At this level you get a choice of a 600cc or 900cc Rotax engine (as displacement goes up so does price), tool-free ergonomic adjustability, and a vast catalog of accessory options.

    The Ryker Rally Edition starts at $11,499 and comes standard with the 900cc engine, rally tires, upgraded suspension, and protection components for both bike and rider. Rally mode means you can cut loose in the dirt and have even more fun. New accessories for both models include the Adventure windshield for more wind protection, as well as new body panel options and the option for the LinQ cargo bags.

    After the model breakdown, Can-Am was also keen to tout its ongoing outreach to riding schools, saying it collaborates with more than 150 riding schools throughout the US and Canada as part of its Can-Am Rider Education Program (REP). It also claims that 80 percent of the 28,000-plus participants who’ve completed the REP since 2016 did not previously have a license to ride. And we can all agree that those stats are encouraging for the whole powersports industry—enough to be headline news.

    For more info see: can-am.brp.com.

    Kappa Premium Motorcycle Bags are now available in Singapore through distributor Racing World!

    As part of this new product launch, all Kappa products are at introductory pricing for a limited time only!
    Click through to the link below to shop now:

    Born in 1956 as Cappa, the young brand was developed in Italy under the guidance of Paolo Vettore, standing out thanks to its practical and technical products characterised by attention to detail.
    For 60 years Kappa has been dedicating all its efforts to improving the lives of bikers.
    The road, space and horizons take on the lead roles, our story and that of our products is the background for each of your adventures.
    Kappa has chosen to tell and share its passion for two wheels, doing its best day after day, trip after trip, with each solution and in every material used, dedicating everything to the individual who lives on their motorcycle.

    Peugeot Motocycles shows its new logo, distinguishing itself as not limited to just scooters. Is the 125cc and 300cc P2X on the way? And by the way, yes, that is how Peugeot spells "Motorcycles" - as Motocycles.

    Peugeot may be well known on two wheels for their scooter range, but a little while back they decided to ditch the ‘Scooters’ from their name and go for ‘Motocycles’ instead. 
    Interestingly, searching Peugeot motocycles on a popular search engine will show two websites at the top, the first reading ‘Peugeot Motocycles - the oldest manufacturer of scooters’ with a dedicated website, the second being ‘Peugeot Scooters’ with another dedicated site. 
    Weirder still, the Peugeot Motocycles website has the old ‘prancing lion’ logo, whilst the Peugeot Scooters site has the new ‘Peugeot Motocycles’ logo. Looking at the listed range on the site, and there are no motorcycles (yet). Now, I understand the need to distinguish from the Peugeot cars brand, but it seems like there is a lot going on here.

    I’ve got to admit, for a smaller capacity bike, the P2X really does look impressive, and an option I’m sure plenty of Class 2B riders would be keeping an eye on if the tyres ever hit the road. And the 125cc P2X does look a lot like the Honda CB150R (or CB125R is you're going by Boon Siew Honda's official imported version). This would be another entry into the super popular retro-street Class 2B segment.

    Perhaps an electric motor version is on the way, instead. Definitely an option for a motocycle/scooter company that’s been around since 1810, and making two-wheeled motor-cycles since 1898 (when they literally stuck a motor on a cycle, see what we did there). 
    We’ll keep an eye out, but the new logo looks really cutting edge and modern, and we really like it. 

    Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio sign a letter of intent to set up a swappable electric batteries consortium for motorcycles and light electric vehicles. 
    ANNOUNCED on the 1st of March 2021, the four manufacturers (Honda, Yamaha, KTM & Piaggio) have signed a letter of intent to set up a swappable electric batteries consortium for motorcycles and light electric vehicles. 

    They will all collaborate on batteries that can be switched amongst their future electric model lineup, meaning a universal battery cell that can be used across all models. It may not be something that we see on the roads and in use any time soon, but it’s a clear sign of intent that they are all planning for the longevity of use for their electric vehicles, as well as promoting the use of electric power with increased availability.

    From the release: ‘The aim of the Consortium will, therefore, be to define the standardized technical specifications of the swappable battery system for vehicles belonging to the L-category; mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles. By working closely with interested stakeholders and national, European and international standardization bodies, the founding members of the Consortium will be involved in the creation of international technical standards.’

    This new consortium, however, will begin its activities in May 2021, and it seems invitations have been sent to other manufacturers to join their initiative. At the end of all this, we (the consumers) will likely win out, just as much as they do. A swappable battery across makes and models would mean ease of use and much quicker recharging times by physically swapping an empty battery for a full one - it's not a new concept by any means, but the big manufacturers jumping on board certainly signals their intent going forward.
    Noriake Abe, Managing Officer of Motorcycle Operations for Honda, said: 
     “The worldwide electrification effort to reduce CO2 on a global scale is accelerating, especially in Europe. For the widespread adoption of electric motorcycles, problems such as travel distance and charging times need to be addressed, and swappable batteries are a promising solution. Considering customer convenience, standardization of swappable batteries and wide adoption of battery systems is vital, which is why the four member manufacturers agreed to form the Consortium.
    Honda views improving the customers’ usage environment as an area to explore cooperation with other manufacturers, while bringing better products and services to customers through competition. Honda will work hard on both fronts to be the ‘chosen’ manufacturer for customer mobility.”
    Takuya Kinoshita, Executive Officer and Chief General Manager of Motorcycle Business Operations for Yamaha, said:
    “I believe the creation of this Consortium holds great significance not just for Europe but the world as we move towards establishing standards for swappable batteries for light electric vehicles. I’m confident that through work like this, the technical specs and standards, that currently differ by regional characteristics or the state of the industry in different markets will be unified, and, in the future, will help lead towards maximizing the merits of electric power for customers on a global level.”
    Electric motorcycles and scooters are the future whether you like it or not, and with such heavy investments by industry leaders, this can only mean good things for the future and competition and demands drives improvements and investments which is ultimately good for the end consumer. While it might not seem likely right now, an electric motorcycle could very well be the norm in the near future.

    The 2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 gets Euro 5 approval, an IMU, and fresh looks. Being closer to the Panigale V2 & V4 than ever, would this be the most value-for-money Ducati to get?
    It’s been four years since Ducati revamped the SuperSport. For 2021, it gets an overdue rework complete with updated styling, a contemporary electronics package, and a new name. Now dubbed the SuperSport 950, the road-biased sportbike from Borgo Panigale will appear in Singapore sometime over the next few months, and we will await for the latest confirmed pricing from Ducati Singapore - but expect it to cost quite a bit less than the flagship Ducati Panigale V4.

    Ducati Senior Designer Julian Clement, who penned the 2017 SuperSport as well as the Panigale V4 and Scrambler Icon, chipped away at his original design to give the SuperSport 950 an aggressive look more in line with the Panigale family. While the tank and tailsection appear unchanged, the front fairing and side fairings are new. The fairings feature prominent side extractors and the front end has a look reminiscent of the 1099/1199/899 Panigale.

    The redesigned extractors are inspired by the Panigale V4 and are designed to pull hot air away from the rider. The SuperSport 950 has the same 937cc Testastretta 11° engine as before, but it’s now Euro 5 approved. Horsepower and torque figures remain unchanged. Ducati claims the engine produces 110 hp at 9,000 rpm and 69 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. New for 2021, the SuperSport gets a hydraulic clutch, replacing the cable-actuated unit of the outgoing model.

    Other than the design, the big news is an updated electronics package featuring a Bosch six-axis IMU managing cornering ABS, traction control, and wheelie control. Ducati Slide Control, as found on the Hypermotard 950 and Panigale V4, is conspicuously absent—though perhaps not missed, considering the SuperSport is destined for neither hooliganism nor racetrack dominance. The electronics package has three ride modes to allow complete adjustability, as is Ducati’s MO. Adjusting parameters is simple thanks to the new 4.3-inch TFT dash.

    The SuperSport 950, like its predecessor, is available in a base and an S model. The latter replaces the 43mm Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock with a 48mm Öhlins fork and Öhlins shock.
    Heated grips, semi-rigid bags, and a taller windscreen are available as accessories. Given the price point and category, we’d love to see the SuperSport 950 come with cruise control and heated grips as standard. While heated grips are available as an accessory, it does feel rather uncharitable of Ducati not to include them, at least on the S model.
    Given its famous name, one can’t help but pause and consider the SuperSport’s lineage for a moment, especially in light of its new, aggressive looks. Specifics of the design, specifically the swooping LED headlight and front intake layout, are seen throughout much of the current Ducati lineup, suggesting a unifying design language intended to produce a strong brand identity.

    Parent company VW/Audi follows a similar strategy with its automobiles, so it’s interesting to see Ducati follow suit more than ever. That isn’t to say it’s necessarily a directive from corporate ownership, or that such a directive would be a bad thing. It’s not even a new strategy for the brand, but it’s becoming more and more realized across the range.
    In the ’90s, Miguel Galluzzi’s 900 Supersport and Massimo Tamburini’s superbikes shared the limelight without resembling each other even a jot, and were neither the better nor the worse for it. Please note: This observation contains no qualitative assessment or nostalgia, but is merely put forth as a point of contemplation for those sipping their morning espressos and daydreaming of Ducatis.

    KYMCO (Kwang Yang Motor Company) introduced their Like 150i, which is a perfect integration of retro, elegance and luxury in one machine. KYMCO Like 150i is a stunning blend of the classic styling that meets modern technology.

    Key improvements on the new Like 150i are a completely new 9.9KW, four-valve engine that boasts an impressive power increase over its predecessor (Like 200i), making it one of the most powerful scooter in its class. Further refinement has made the scooter smoother, quieter and that results in a more comfortable ride.

    Traditional telescopic front fork and twin adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. High rigidity, lightweight 12” wheels contribute to the Like’s agile handling. With nothing but the best in safety, the Like 150i is fitted with front and rear Bosch ABS brakes, the most reliable and fastest acting emergency braking system in the market.

    Modern features include LED lighting, USB charging ports and KYMCO’s Noodoe dashboard technology where you can pair your smart phone with the dashboard display. KYMCO’s Noodoe Technology is an interactive dash that connects your smart phone to the scooter, provides smart navigation, has a customisable dash display, allows the rider to create their very own display and shared through the Noodoe cloud – an online social community.

    KYMCO Singapore authorised distributor: Motor Sport Pte Ltd

    KYMCO Singapore
    Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
    Tel: +65 6281 9778
    For a limited time, Motor Sport Pte Ltd (Singapore’s sole authorised agent for KYMCO), is having a promotion that includes:
    SHAD 39L Box SHAD Carrier Handphone holder 1 x Raincoat 2 x GPR GK-09 **(Colour based on your bike choice) 1 x DVR DV-123 

    Harley-Davidson just revealed the long-awaited Pan America adventure motorcycle, the company’s first foray into the highly competitive ADV space. This bike also marks the introduction of the (presumably) modular liquid-cooled V-twin Revolution Max engine that was shown in the Pan America, Custom, and Bronx concept bikes. It’s a big day for the MoCo.

    “From its inception more than a century ago, when many roads were little more than dirt trails, Harley-Davidson has stood for adventure. So, I’m very proud to present Pan America as the first adventure-touring bike designed and built in America,” said Chairman and CEO Jochen Zeitz. “The Pan America models exude that go-anywhere spirit, shared today by riders in the U.S. and around the globe who want to experience the world on a motorcycle.”
    First adventure-touring bike built in America? A moment of silence for the Buell Ulysses, please.

    I’ll get straight into the Pan America’s details in a second, but I think you should read the details with a price in mind. In the USA, the Pan America starts at $17,319. For reference, the base Honda Africa Twin is $13,999, the base Suzuki V-Strom 1050 is $13,399, the KTM Super Adventure S is $18,599 and the base BMW R 1250 GS is $17,995 if you could ever find one. The Yamaha Super Ténéré feels close in price and purpose at $16,299. Of course, there are many other ADV options out there, and to compare all of them against the Pan America would be an article in itself. These numbers are intended to give some reference for Harley’s positioning for this bike, especially for readers who don’t spend much time around adventure motorcycles. We'll check back with Harley Davidson Singapore to get our local pricing but expect it to be priced similarly to other premium ADV options from the likes of KTM and BMW.
    With that out of the way, let’s see what Harley’s got for us.

    The Pan America, “Harley-Davidson’s explore-it-all machine for riders who see touring as detouring,” weighs in at 534 pounds (242.2kg) wet in base trim. It’s powered by Harley’s new Revolution Max 1250 engine, a liquid-cooled, 60-degree, DOHC V-twin with variable valve timing and hydraulic self-adjusting lifters. It has a bore of 105 mm, a stroke of 72 mm, and a total displacement of 1,252 cc, breathing though a washable filter and a full stainless exhaust.
    The new engine has a 13:1 compression ration and wants 91 octane for best performance, though Harley says the knock sensor permits the use of lower octane levels if needed. Magnesium covers help keep the weight down.
    The Revolution Max 1250 produces 150 horsepower at 9,000 revs, with 94 foot-pounds of torque coming on at 6,750, all with an average fuel economy of 46 mpg (est. city/highway), according to Harley-Davidson. With its 5.6-gallon (21.2 litres) aluminum tank, the Pan America should be good for around 250 miles (402 km) per fillup. Happily, the Pan America includes cruise control as standard.

    The frame is actually three components that bolt to the engine: a forged aluminum “mid-structure” with steel trellis sections up front and under the tail. An aluminum swingarm, cast as a single piece, brings up the rear. The seat height can be adjusted from a high position (35.2 inches) to a low position (34.2 inches) without tools to suit a wider range of riders. More on that later, with the Special’s semi-active suspension.
    Styling and design
    The Revolution Max was built to be stiff enough to serve as a stressed member in the middle of the chassis, where it’s on full display. Harley didn’t want to hide their new engine or its clean, distinctive lines. In fact, take another look at how nothing crosses in front of the right “display side” of the bike except the exhaust. The left side has a little more going on, sure, but the overall execution manages a premium look in the utilitarian ADV space. Harley compared the styling to that of “a good multi-tool… function [leading] form.” The bike features integrated grab rails and luggage mounts for the adventuresome tourer. Wheelbase is among the longest in the class at 62.2 inches, which makes sense with Harley’s expectations for passengers and plenty of luggage.

    The production bike sports the same basic design we saw with Harley’s initial concepts: minimal bodywork, a stepped seat, radiator covers along the sides, and a polarizing bullnose that’s equal parts Road Glide and light bar. I think it looks tough with a U and two Fs. According to Harley, its wide shape is especially beneficial when off-road riding in low-light conditions. We see a similar windshield to the concept’s, too, now with four positions of adjustability that can be raised or lowered while riding with your clutch hand.
    The Pan America is available in two versions. Let’s look at the standard version first, then we’ll get into the up-spec Pan America 1250 Special and its additional features.

    Base Pan America 1250s are Vivid Black, like this.
    Braking and rider assists
    Harley made sure that the Pan America shipped with a suite of rider aids to stay competitive. “This broad collection of technologies is designed to match motorcycle performance to available traction during acceleration, deceleration and braking,” says Harley. Brembo supplies the dual radial monobloc calipers up front, as well as the master cylinder and adjustable lever.
    The touchscreen locks while riding to prevent distracted disasters. Pull over to use the touch feature or navigate menus while riding with the handlebar-mounted buttons.
    On the rider assist front, Harley bestowed the Pan America with their Cornering Rider Safety Enhancements package which includes (deep breath) “Cornering Enhanced Electronically Linked Braking, Cornering Enhanced Antilock Braking System, Cornering Enhanced Traction Control System, Cornering Enhanced Drag-Torque Slip Control System, and Hill Hold Control.” These systems use input from the bike’s IMU to stabilize the motorcycle and increase confidence. They are lean-sensitive, just like the rest of the flagship ADV bikes out there.

    The paint upgrade for the plain Pan America is this River Rock Gray. Look at how neatly the engine is framed from this angle.
    The Pan America’s five modes are also rider aids in their own way. You’ll get Road, Sport, Rain, Off-Road, and Off-Road Plus on the base model, with an additional two custom modes for the Special. 

    All these assists and features are managed with the Pan America’s 6.8-inch TFT display. This screen is touch-capable as long as the motorcycle is not moving; you’ll have to use the button controls by the handgrips for changes on the fly. The tilting, anti-glare dash connects with smartphones, as you’d expect, to handle calls and music, while navigation “is supplied by the free Harley-Davidson® App for iOS or Android.” Harley’s ride-planning tools came highly recommended in our motorcycle GPS article, so here’s hoping for more of the same. 

    The stock wheels and tires are suitable for light off-roading. If you look closely at the rider's gear, you'll see that Harley partnered with REV'IT! for branded ADV gear to match the new bikes.
    Wheels and suspension
    The Pan America’s cast wheels measure 19 inches in the front and 17 inches in the back, shod in Michelin’s new Scorcher Adventure tires that were developed specifically for this bike. They look like bulked-up Scorcher 32s to my eyes. Harley recommends moving up to the Anakee Wild for anything more than a fire road, and even offers them as a factory upgrade. Tubeless laced wheels are a $500 factory option.
    The base Pan Am has a fully adjustable, 47 mm fork and a preload-adjustable RSU, all from Showa. Harley claims the rear shock linkage keeps the rear suspension compliant enough for on-road duty, yet strong enough for thrashing in the wild. You’ve got seven and a half inches of travel here, with 8.3 inches of static ground clearance.
    The base Pan America will be available in Vivid Black or, for an additional $250, River Rock Gray. Read on if you want all the bells and whistles on your Harley ADV bike.
    Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250

    The Pan America 1250 Special is built to compete with the premium ADV crowd.
    For an additional $TBC and 25 pounds of weight, the Pan America 1250 Special is aimed at the premium ADV market. The big story here is Harley’s semi-active front and rear suspension with what they call “Vehicle Load Control,” or VLC. This system uses inputs from various sensors to automatically adapt the bike’s damping to “the prevailing conditions and riding activity.” The Special’s VLC can even weigh its rider, passenger, and cargo to instantly adjust the rear preload settings for optimum sag.

    Here's the white/orange design that we first saw on the concept. I don't think anyone will mistake it for a KTM.
    A factory-installed option called Adaptive Ride Height (ARH, +$TBC) can push these abilities even further. ARH gently lowers the bike to its shortest suspension setting at stops so that the rider can get a foot (or two) down. It’s fairly sophisticated, too, with plenty of customizability. The Pan America lifts back up once underway. 
    Other features include TPMS, a center stand, brush guards, a skid plate, an adjustable brake pedal, heated grips, wind deflectors, (another deep breath) a steering damper, and adaptive cornering lights.
    Maybe a small step for ADV, but one giant leap for H-D
    The Pan America’s success hinges on several factors. Will its specs, innovations, and real-world performance woo customers away from the other compelling options on the market today? How will the Harley community treat a liquid-cooled adventure-tourer that doesn’t have a square inch of chrome? And will dealers get on board with Harley’s new direction?
    One line stuck out to me in Harley’s presentation: “The fact that you’re being so polarized about it is a really healthy reaction to have.” These motorcycles will need more than spec-sheet speculation and a cinematic introduction video to be judged, and we can’t wait to get our hands on one for a future first ride review. Look for the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 and Pan America 1250 Special to arrive in dealerships starting in May 2021.
    2021 HARLEY-DAVIDSON PAN AMERICA 1250 AND PAN AMERICA 1250 SPECIAL Price (MSRP) $TBC Engine 1,252 cc, 60-degree, liquid-cooled, four-valve, V-twin Transmission
    final drive Six-speed, chain Claimed horsepower 150 @ 9,000 rpm Claimed torque 94 foot-pounds @ 6,750 rpm Frame Steel trellis, aluminum midsection Front suspension Showa USD 47 mm fork, adjustable for preload, compression, and rebound, semi-active option available; 7.48 inches of travel Rear suspension Showa monoshock, adjustable for preload, semi-active option available; 7.48 inches of travel Front brake Dual Brembo radial-mount calipers, 320 mm discs, ABS Rear brake Brembo floating single-piston caliper, 280 mm disc, ABS Rake, trail 25 degrees, 6.2 inches Wheelbase 62.2 inches Seat height 31.8 inches (laden with 180-pound rider) Fuel capacity 5.6 gallons (21.2 litres) Tires Michelin Scorcher Adventure, 120/70R19 front, 170/60R17 rear Claimed weight 534 pounds (base, wet) (242.2 kg) Available 2021 (TBC) Warranty 24 months More info https://harleydavidson.com.sg/

    The article below is contributed by Robin Low (@mainman on SBF):
    Credits: https://robinlow.medium.com/electric-motorcycles-in-singapore-888adb754083

    We are probably not ready for disruption in Singapore yet.

    Yes, the first registered electric motorcycle I’ve seen has arrived in Singapore, and no, it is not a Tesla or a Superbike — it is actually a very utilitarian Aidea AA-cargo — 3 wheeled bike.
    I’ve owned and ridden a Zero Motorcycle, and it feels exactly like a big motorcycle, except that it is completely silent, torquey, and has a short-range.

    Not a bad bike, easily goes 140km/h, but the range is only about 200km per charge.
    My other motorcycles have about a 300–400km range and go faster.
    I’ve owned many other motorcycles before, from old carbureted bikes, and now riding fuel injection motorcycles. And I’m curious about electric vehicles and how they start to progress.
    So after some research, here is some information to let you learn more about electric motorcycles (in Singapore).
    1. They need to adhere to international safety/homologation standards as well as local requirements.
    Like any vehicles that go on the road, they need to be homologated and pass certain standards. There are rigorously tested before you can even buy one. As electric vehicles are new, the standards are almost always engineered for safety.
    Unlike PMDs, homologated electric motorcycles need to go through more stringent tests and documentation needs to be submitted. When the electric motorcycle is homologated, you can buy the insurance and get a license plate to ride it on the road like any other motorcycle.

    2. Charging standards (Combined charging system, CCS).
    A nationwide electric vehicle (EV) charging standard TR25:2016 has been established for the EV charging system in Singapore, so all-electric motorcycles need to comply with that standard.
    Singapore adopted CHAdeMO and Type 2 charging. Under TR25, there are two national public charging standards: Type 2 (AC) (slow charging) and Combo 2 (DC) (fast charging).
    However, there are a few charging standards in the world. There are type 1 connectors and type 2 connectors. There are also Direct DC charging which are way more advanced that can change the way electric vehicles are charged. But don’t worry, many of these new electric vehicles are equipped with multiple connectors.
    Tesla also has their own charging standards which offer superfast charging.
    Charging electric vehicles is way more advanced (and heavy) than your normal charging of your PMD. All-electric vehicles will have Battery Management System (BMS) and it is responsible for managing the optimum performance of the battery pack.
    Overcharging and deep discharging can degrade the battery, and the BMS determines the right amount of current that can safely go in and communicates with the motor controller to prevent cell voltages from going too low. BMS also does cell balancing as the individual cells may hold charges differently over time.
    BMS will auto step down AC current and convert to DC for charging.
    In the case of the Japan Built Aidea electric motorcycle, it has a Japanese Quality Controlled BMS for charging, and another BMS for the battery which also monitors the temperature, voltages, and current as well.

    3. Motorcycle safety.
    All-electric motorcycles need to be tested for safety as well. The brakes, suspension, motors need to perform as they should. For now, the brake system is the same hydraulic disc brake system found in all motorcycles, so there is no difference between electric bikes and petrol bikes.
    For this bike, a standard three-wheeler bike or a trike. (Class 2B motorcycle) The width fits perfectly into a motorcycle parking lot and it is no different from any other trike.
    It has a windshield and a roof, and for our tropical weather, it also has windshield wipers and spray nozzles to clean off dirt and water for safer riding.
    The electric motors are also power rated, and there are generally 2 classes, L2e (Don’t need a license but not available in Singapore) and L5e (require a motorcycle license to ride on the road and the highway.
    Generally, electric bikes have a lot of torque, and they accelerate fast but don’t expect them to have a high top speed.
    Suspension-wise, most electric bikes need to be tuned to the weight. This Aidea electric motorcycle has a unique articulated tilting/suspension: a system for rear 2 drive wheels. So it can be quick, nimble, and safe.

    4. Storage Capacity.

    When you have a lot of torque, why not carry a lot of cargo?
    I feel that for now, electric bikes work great for delivery and logistics. With a lot of torque, they can carry a lot of loads.
    I feel that this Aidea AA-Cargo bike is a great example. It is a 3-wheel vehicle (13-inch large-diameter wheel — 1 front wheel and 2 rear) equipped with right and left independent rear suspension, windshield, wiper, and roof. It provides a large loading platform with a maximum loading capacity of 100kg.
    Fitting a big box in the rear with 2 wheels for stability, make delivery safer. The 2 wheels and rear suspension system is dedicated to load-bearing and has the best center of gravity to be stable.
    Is it time to buy an electric motorcycle?
    I feel that the technology is starting to get matured but local laws and the policy environment have not caught up yet.
    I do agree that driving/riding electric vehicles are 0 emission and great to go around with, but in Singapore, there is a lot of talks, hypes, and even fuel hikes, yet it still costs a lot to own one.
    e.g foreign countries have good incentives for owners to turn in ICE for electric motorcycles
    Like buying a hybrid car earlier, taxes do not make sense for cost savings unless you are in the logistic business. There will be a lot of cost savings if you ride 70km a day like a Singpost dispatch rider and the fuel cost you save will be significant.
    Currently, the insurance companies have not caught up and it will be hard to buy vehicle insurance. There are also not enough charging stations although when they are built, it would also mean that the early adopters can charge without any competition.
    Sadly, duties, reg taxes, and taxes already overwhelming the ICE with a zero growth, would create an even high entry barrier, especially for such safety and quality-built motorcycles like the Aidea, with a higher price, due to its tech and battery alike all EV.
    Even though the government seems to want to promote electric vehicles, policies make it a penalty for early adoption = until the dubious mfg come in like our PMD and PAB
    Robin Low

    Yamaha's Singapore official distributor and exclusive agent - Hong Leong Corporation, is having a special launch promo pricing and free goodies are included for the launch of the 2021 Yamaha D'elight 125!

    Yamaha Singapore Official Distributor

    Hong Leong Corporation - Yamaha Motor Singapore
    Address: 178 Paya Lebar Rd, Singapore 409030
    Phone: 6749 0588
     Click HERE to ENQUIRE now on the Yamaha D'elight 125! Special price for SBF members! 
    Price OTR (on-the-road excluding insurance): S$12,800
    Freebies: Rear Carrier Box + Rear Rack (and more! Enquire in-store for more information!)
    This nimble, agile, and LIGHTEST in its class 2B scooter weighs just 101kg and will be the ideal transport along Singapore's congested roads. The age-old debate on whether you need a Class 2B, 2A or 2 scooter in Singapore can be laid to rest if all you are looking for is a point A to B transport that is easy to handle and maneuver. Its lightweight also means that the power to weight ratio, fuel economy, will be best in class!

    The little scooter is an affordable bike, economical to own, and easy to ride (like most scooters, to be honest). The bike has a slim body and compact body, making it easy to park just about anywhere. It has pretty classic scooter styling that’s neither polarizing nor too boring. Powering the little bike is a 125cc Blue Core engine with a CVT transmission. That means it’s a twist-n-go machine.
    “Featuring a fresh and new unisex look, the latest D’elight scooter delivers all of the above—and much more! It’s the lightest urban commuter scooter, making it more enjoyable to ride and easier to maneuver—and the compact dimensions mean that it’s ideal for getting through traffic jams,” the product description reads.

    The model is equipped with a 125cc air-cooled engine capable of 8.4hp at 7,000rpm and 9.8Nm of torque at 5,000rpm. And just like the NMax 125, the performance and economy of the D’elight is enhanced by Yamaha’s Blue Core and Start & Stop technologies. Suspension components include an 81mm telescopic fork and 68mm unit swing, while a hydraulic single disc in front and mechanical leading trailing drum in the rear provide stopping power.
    The Japanese company claims that this is “the lightest scooter in its class” at just 101kg, despite the large underseat storage that can fit a full-face helmet. The 12-inch front and 10-inch rear wheels, as well as the lightweight six-spoke alloys, contribute to the bike’s weight-saving measures.

    Lastly, the scooter gets a complete makeover, featuring a redesigned front cowling and headlight that is more rounded, not to mention a new LED position lamp and flashers. Its analog meter also features an LCD screen and warning lights.

    The 2021 Yamaha D’elight 125 is available in Milky White, Power Black, and Velvet Green. For more product information, please refer to: https://www.hlcorp.com.sg/motorcycles/products_overview.asp?cat=1&id=146

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