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    AirAsia has launched its food delivery service in Singapore. The Malaysian budget airline broke into the highly competitive Singapore market on March 2, 2021. The latest venture is called AirAsia Food.
    In an AirAsia statement issued to the public, it mentioned that it already has onboarded 500 riders in Singapore.

    AirAsia Food Riders - Estimated Earnings & Application Process
    Riders who wish to join AirAsia Food can expect to earn S$700 a week on average by fulfilling 10 orders per day for six days a week, estimates Mr Lim Ben-Jie, head of e-commerce for the AirAsia app. That means an average order fee for the rider of S$11.67! Far outweighing any of the competitors available in Singapore currently!
    If you are keen on becoming a rider for AirAsia Food, you've come to the right place. As of now, the current link for riders who are looking to join as a rider (within Singapore), the link is:
    The application process takes within 1-2 working days and applicants will be informed via e-mail on whether or not their application was successful.

    Impact on F&B Retailers & Onboarding
    There are at least 24 food-and-beverage outlets listed on its platform, with some 300 food operators are in the process of being included. Those already on board include the famous Swee Choon Tim Sum and Maki-san.
    On the consumer end, AirAsia Food has pledged to make delivery fees 5 per cent lower than its competitors, which comes up to taking a cut of about 15 per cent commission. Other existing food delivery platforms in Singapore can charge up to 35 per cent commission.
    How This Impact Consumers - CHEAPER Deliveries!
    From now till March 16, AirAsia Food is offering a two-week free delivery for orders within 8km to encourage users to download its app and starting ordering through AirAsia Food.
    Orders can be made through AirAsia's app, where flights can also be booked, or via the AirAsia Food website.
    To order through AirAsia Food or to explore their platform, you can head to the AirAsia Food website here:
    AirAsia Super App (Apple): https://apps.apple.com/sg/app/airasia/id565050268
    AirAsia Super App (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.airasia.mobile

    AirAsia Group’s chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said AirAsia Food will be cheaper because it is no frills and cuts out extra services.
    He said AirAsia Food won't have maps for consumers as a way to cut cost: "We don’t think you really need to know where your driver is, because that costs us.”
    AirAsia is intending on moving into the fresh produce delivery market in Singapore next, with a firm target on local incumbents GrabMart.

    After Singapore, AirAsia Food plans to launch in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in 2021.
    The most ambitious idea is the plan to launch -- within the next two to three months -- a yearly pass where customers can book unlimited flights from Singapore to another Southeast Asian country and enjoy free food delivery.

    Racing World is back with YET another offer for SingaporeBikes.com members!

    This time on offer is the Parani M10 motorcycle bluetooth headset. If you're looking for a no-frills, simple and easy to use value for money headset, this might just be the one for you!
    PARANI M10 Motorcycle Bluetooth® Headset (comes with 1 year warranty)
    Retail: S$129.90 each
    Promo Price (Buddy Deal - 2 units): S$149.90 (That's just S$74.95 each! A massive 42% discount!)
    SHOP ONLINE NOW - Click on link below to purchase!
    Parani is designed for one thing: to support your ride as seamlessly as possible. It simply offers the essentials to your ride: crisp, clear audio and communication with other Parani users. Riders are guaranteed to have the best experience without breaking the bank. It’s all about giving you the control and flexibility you want on your journey.
    Find our more information @ https://parani.com/

    On this episode of Ride or Bust (great bunch of guys doing some great work!) - We have with us the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Liqui Moly Asia Pacific, Mr Brendan Ang as he shares his thoughts on what the brand has done in Singapore, how it has maintained its #1 position by engaging with the biking community and being passionate bikers themselves, and also how they continuously improve their products from YOUR feedback!

    If you ever want to become a Liqui Moly ambassador here in Singapore or get involved with the Liqui Moly brand, watch the video below and learn more!
    P.S. Brendan's favourite form of transport is on 2 wheels! Don't take our word for it, there is video evidence!
    Liqui Moly products are researched, developed and manufactured in Germany. Your competent partner for lubricants, additives, chemical fluids and care range for automotive and industrial.
    Liqui Moly has been raising the bar in terms of quality and service for the past 60 over years. This is the brand that moves and fills with enthusiasm. The ultimate brand for you, your trust is our most valuable award.

    Although this raid happened a couple of years ago in 2019, it is a good reminder for all bikers that when you see a deal that is too good to be true, it most probably is. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, more and more consumers are turning to online marketplaces such as Lazada, Shopee, Qoo10 and other platforms to make their purchases. While this technology is certainly the future and not something that we can ignore, we must practice prudency when making such purchases and not be lured by their low prices.
    Tests by Shell Malaysia found that over 30 percent of engine lubricants sold in hypermarkets and unofficial online stores are fake. This is a SHOCKING statistic.

    Among the counterfeit products being found during the raid, it seems that the more popular brands that are being replicate are those from Shell, Castrol, Petronas, and Honda.

    Retailers selling counterfeit engine oils has been ongoing in the industry for a long time. Unlike other tangible goods, it is almost impossible to tell a 'real' engine oil from a 'fake' product as trying to tell the difference from one liquid to another is next to impossible.

    From the pictures below, you can see that such factories (usually based in Malaysia or other South-East Asian countries) fill up what seems to be authentic looking bottles with huge tanks of what we can only assume is subpar quality oil, and we're not even sure if it's engine oil to begin with! These subpar quality oils can be bought for as low as USD2 per 4-litre bottle, and is then on sold to the unsuspecting customer for many more times the price.

    While you might think you are getting a good deal, in the long-run, this can be very detrimental to your engine and might cost you even more when you start to face engine troubles. The issue is consumers are usually drawn in by their ultra-low pricing and at first glance would be unable to identify if the product that they have just purchased is authentic or not.

    Here are 3 tips to ensure that you do not be duped by retailers when making your next engine oil purchase:
    If it's too cheap to be true, it probably is. This goes without saying. Discount levels of between 10-20% is reasonable in the engine oil industry, especially if you are buying a package that consist of engine oil, transmission oil, and other products that are made by the manufacturer. If you are looking at discounts of 50-80%, that should raise a red flag. Buy from a reputable shop or retailer. Visit your favourite local retailer or purchase from "official" shops in the various shopping platforms. This can ensure that you will be getting authentic products as such businesses would be less likely to risk their reputation selling counterfeit products. Verify your purchase via online checking tools, manufacturer websites, and being generally educated by reading websites such as SingaporeBikes.com! More often than not, most manufacturers websites have a info page to distinguish their real products from the counterfeit ones. This might help you save your engine by not running unknown oil through it in the long run! As long as you go through the above steps, you should be safe in making your purchase and also keeping your motorcycle's engine happy for a long time to come!
    Last but not least, if you are due for an engine oil change or any other lubricant within your motorcycle, we highly recommend the most popular lubricant brand for motorcycles in Singapore - Liqui Moly!

    You can find a full list of their authorised workshop partners here and you can be sure that what you are purchasing is 100% authentic!

    The helmet is one of the most important safety gear a motorcyclist can have. It is so important that in most countries around the world, it is mandated by law that a rider on a moving motorcycle must be wearing a helmet or be subjected to a fine. It is the only apparel of a motorcyclist that is mandated by law.

    And us as bikers, also know the importance of GOOD safety helmet, which is why we don't spend shelling out hundreds, even thousands of dollars on a good lid, as there is nothing more important than you life! Safety aside, it is one of the 'bling' items that a motorcyclist has and we know many bikers who are guilty of having multiple, high-end, and nice looking helmets just because we can and want them.
    Having said that, we scoured the UK SHARP crash helmet testing data to find out which helmet brands are the ones you can trust – the ones that’ll give you the best protection in an accident.

    Only SHARP testing data gives comparative scores so we can see how well helmets perform relative to each other. So that’s what we use. It’s not perfect and some brands are excluded but it’s the best data we’ve got.
    So, here are the results of our latest survey – using updated data from 2016-21 (6 years!) and showing which are the safest crash helmet brands. If you’re after a new helmet and haven’t got time to read our reviews, you might want to consider one of these brands.
    Here's a spoiler, SingaporeBikes.com vendors Racing World and Chong Aik both claimed the 1st and 2nd spots respectively. Good job guys!
    Note: Helmet safety data and ranking is independently verified and tested by SHARP UK, SBF is reporting the results "as-is" with no changes to the ranking.
    1) AGV

    Italian helmet maker AGV rises to the top spot for 2021 from number 2. AGV has been making very fine helmets since 1947 and, of course, they’re known for be-lidding the hallowed head of Valentino himself – and let’s face it, he’s not going to put just any old lid on now is he? Actually, he might if the price is right. But anyway, of 6 helmets tested since 2016, three scored maximum 5 stars (Corsa R, Pista GP-R and Veloce S) and the rest were four stars, showing you really can trust an AGV. Wowzers – incredible job AGV!
    AGV is distributed in Singapore exclusively by Racing World:

    Racing World
    Shop Online @ www.singaporeracingworld.com
    Address: 8 Ubi Rd 2, #01-14 / #01-11 Zervex, Singapore 408538
    Phone: 6509 6006
    2) Shoei

    Shoei are known for producing more expensive, well-built helmets at the top end of the market. All of which shows in their amazing ranking in our safety review. Across all 13 Shoei helmets tested ever, they’ve scored an average of 4.15/5 and of their most recently tested helmets, both the X-Spirit III and Ryd scored maximums. A massive Well Done Shoei!
    Shoei is distributed exclusively in Singapore by Chong Aik:

    Chong Aik International Pte Ltd
    Shop Online @ www.chongaik.com
    Address: 45 Desker Rd, Singapore 209576
    Phone: 6294 2532
    3) Shark

    Storming up the chart this year from No. 8 is quality French maker, Shark Helmets. They’ve had 7 helmets tested by SHARP in the last five years with an average score of 4/5 stars. Which is no surprise because whatever the style of helmet and whatever it’s been made of, every helmet tested by SHARP scored scored 4 stars which is an awesome performance (plus the chin bars on both modulars (including the Evo-One 2) scored 100% – which is a real rarity). All in all an amazing job from the French helmet masters.
    4) HJC

    HJC are in our top 10 for the third year and in 2021 make their way up to fourth place. It’s a particularly great score because HJC specialises in lower priced helmets – so you don’t have to max out your credit card for great protection. They hit this spot partly because of old favourites like the five star rated HJC FG-ST and partly because their newer C70 polycarbonate lid hit a five star safety rating too. Overall, their 6 most recently tested helmets scored 4/5 SHARP stars sending them sky rocketing North. Nice one HJC!
    5) Arai

    Down from number one last year, Arai’s been let down by the (relatively) lowly three stars scored by the Renegade V and the (now replaced) Axces III which were tested in 2020. Which is a shame because they were on a great run – with both the QV Pro and RX-7v scoring maximum 5 stars for safety in recent years.
    6) Caberg

    It’s kind of a joint fifth really, because Caberg scored an average of 4/5 stars across their four helmets tested over the last four years – which is the same as Arai. But we nudged them down from Arai because there’s fewer helmets in the test. Other than that, it’s another excellent performance from Italian maker Caberg, with the 5 star rating of the Duke II really helping out their cause. In fact, across all 16 Cabergs tested since SHARP began, their average is a fantastic 4.3 stars. Immense. And really goes to show how you can generally trust a Caberg helmet.
    7) Nolan

    In seventh place is the daddy of the Nolan group brands. Every single one of the thirteen tested Nolan helmets has scored 4/5 stars in the SHARP safety test. Just Wow. What’s also notable is that each of their tested flip-up helmets scored 100% when it came to keeping their chin bar fully locked – which really isn’t easy to do. That’s a real testament to their design, manufacturing and quality control excellence.
    😎 X-Lite

    Fellow Italian helmet bods, X-Lite, are part of the Nolan Group too, so it’s no surprise they’re slap bang next to Nolan in our top 10. Over the years and 11 helmets tested by the SHARP labs, no X-Lite helmet has ever scored less than 4/5 stars. Amazing. And if we see a few more helmets being tested by SHARP, I really wouldn’t be surprised to see them floating up very near the pointy end of our safest helmets brands list.
    9) Bell

    At No.9, Bell are still doing great but their three star Bell Qualifier DLX MIPS has spoiled their party a bit, meaning they’ve slipped down from 4th place a couple of years ago. Having said that, Bell has scored a massive 4.4/5 across all 14 tested helmets over the years, which is the highest rating of any helmet brand overall. But because we weight recent reviews more heavily, that was enough to push Bell down the rankings a few places.
    10) MT

    Scoring higher than many of the big boys (we’re looking at you Schuberth and Scorpion!) budget Spanish lid maker MT squeezes in at 10. Of their six tested helmets, one scored a maximum 5/5 stars, two scored 4/5 and three 3/5 putting them in a very healthy tenth. That’s a particularly incredible position when you realise the average price of an MT helmet is under £100! Top job MT.

    Honda Motorcycles Singapore, through their agent Boon Siew Honda, have been teasing the launch of the Honda Forza 750 in the last couple of weeks. We have now received official confirmation from the trade that the first 2021 Honda Forza 750 (codename NSS750) has been registered on our roads and is available for order officially.
    Initial stocks are low at the moment but if you're quick enough, you shouldn't have to wait too long to collect your brand new Forza 750. We're taking a look here today at the new flagship maxi-scooter from Honda and see how it stacks how against the tried and tested Yamaha T-Max from its Japanese competitor. Being priced at S$34,000, the Forza is quite a bit more example than the T-Max that is priced at S$28,000 from local agent Hong Leong Yamaha, that's a 20% premium over what is already one of the best maxi-scooters in the market!
    Read the article below and let us know if you think the Forza is worth the premium over the T-Max? Would be cool to hear your comments!
    P.S. Singapore bike reviewers and vlogging team @TRI333PLE have been granted exclusive FIRST RIDE review video of the 2021 Forza 750 - We'll update the links here once the video has been uploaded on SBF!
    Video now live!

    Honda’s Integra (old name of the Forza) debuted back in 2012 as a spin-off of the ‘NC’ range of economy-focused twins. For 2020 it’s reborn as the Forza 750 with a higher-spec chassis, sharper styling and a more powerful engine.
    Apart from an update in 2014 that saw the Integra gain an alloy swingarm and the same 745cc engine that the rest of the NC line gained that year, replacing the previous 670cc version, it’s been left unchanged since its debut, and its age has started to show. The 2021 transformation into the Forza 750 helps not only revive the bike with a technical overhaul but aligns it with the Forza model range, which now runs all the way from 125cc to 745cc to give a broader span of capacities than any other scooter line-up.

    It’s fair to say that the Integra hasn’t been a huge sales success. While its siblings – the NC750S, NC750X and X-ADV – have no problem finding customers, the Integra is the slowest seller of the range, despite arguably being the most practical. Despite their very different appearances and purposes, the NC750S,NC750X, X-ADV and Integra share the same basic engine and frame, with changes to the suspension and bodywork to differentiate them. The Forza follows the same formula, but borrows inspiration from the vastly stronger-selling X-ADV.

    While the tubular steel frame is the same, the Forza 750 gains the X-ADV’s swingarm and a pair of 41mm upside-down forks instead of the dowdy-looking right-way up forks of the Integra. New wheels – 17in at the front and 15in rear – are added, along with twin radial-mount, four-pot Nissin front calipers on a pair of 310mm discs, where the Integra had a single 320mm disc and two-piston caliper.

    The engine is the same 745cc parallel twin – derived from the Honda Jazz car’s four-cylinder – as used in the NC range, the Integra and the X-ADV, but it’s been reworked to meet Euro 5 emissions limits, gaining a few more horses in the process.
    Always an engine tuned for economy rather than performance, the 2021 Forza 750’s version of the twin is rated at 59hp, 5hp more than the version offered in the 2020 models using it. The peak comes at 6750rpm, still low revs but 500rpm higher than the old version. Peak torque is also up, from 68Nm to 69Nm (50.15lbft to 50.89lbft) at 4750rpm. Economy is officially listed at 78.5mpg, enough to squeeze a theoretical 230 miles from each 13.2 litre tankful of fuel. 

    Three riding modes – standard, sport and rain – are joined by a user-definable setting where you can select engine power, engine braking and traction control levels.
    As before, the power unit’s party piece is Honda’s DCT twin-clutch transmission. Using two mainshafts – one for 1st, 3rd and 5th gear, the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th – each with its own clutch, the electronically-controlled transmission can have two gears engaged at the same time and switch between them seamlessly by disengaging one clutch and engaging the other. It can be used in fully-automatic mode, using a programmed shift pattern to change ratios depending on engine revs, throttle position, speed and gear, or in manual mode with triggers on the left bar to change up or down. As with the engine, there are three selectable riding modes for the transmission and a ‘user’ mode, allowing you to tailor how high the engine revs before upchanges in automatic mode.

    The Forza 750 might be the biggest thing for 2021 in Honda’s scooter range but it’s not the only update. There’s also a new Forza 350 to replace the old Forza 300 model and a tweaked 125 for 2021
    Practicality was always the Integra’s strong suit, offering bike-like performance, handling and range with scooter-style ease of use and storage space. The Forza 750 follows the same path with 22l of luggage room under the seat, plus niceties like a USB socket in the luggage compartment and a small glovebox in the right hand fairing panel.

    A new 5-inch TFT colour display replaces the old LCD unit, including a built-in smartphone voice control system to allow voice control of calls, music, emails and navigation via Bluetooth (you’ll need a helmet-mounted headset, of course), with bar controls also offering control over the system.

    A keyless system, with a fob that can stay in your pocket, controls the ignition, fuel cap, steering lock and seat lock. When fitted, it also controls the optional top box’s lock. Honda has also fitted a clutch mechanism to prevent the steering lock from being broken using brute force, a favourite method among bike thieves.
    At 235kg wet the Forza is no featherweight, but it’s 3kg lighter than the X-ADV. However, the motorcycle-style NC750 is significantly lighter, at 217kg for the ‘S’ model and 220kg for the ‘X’ version.

    Price in Singapore for the Forza 750 has been confirmed by Boon Siew Honda to be at S$34,000, including COE @ S$7,500.

    With a true capacity of 330cc, the new model is a full 51cc bigger than the old 279cc model with a stretched bore and stroke helping to push power up from 24.8hp to 28.8hp. Although peak torque is unchanged at 27.2Nm, Honda says there’s considerably more power and torque all the way from 3500rpm than the old model, helping push top speed up by 5mph from 80mph to 85mph.

    Of course, the engine changes are really a response to Euro 5 emissions rules, coming into force in 2021, and to meet them Honda has altered the valve timing and lift, added a lighter crankshaft and a revised air intake with larger throttle bodies and inlet valves. Of course, there’s a new exhaust as well, along with revised porting of the engine for better efficiency.

    The bike’s styling is evolved rather than completely revamped, with a familiar look but new details including an electric screen that now has more travel, plastic grab handles rather than alloy, saving weight, and revised fairing side and nose panels.
    Like the 750, the Forza 350 gets a keyless ignition with a fob that unlocks the steering, ignition, luggage space and – when fitted – the optional 45l top box. Honda’s smartphone voice control system, as used on the Forza 750, is an option on the 350.

    Weight is unchanged at 182kg, and while prices are yet to be announced the Forza 350 is likely to be in the same ballpark as the S$17,250 Forza 300 it replaces, with sales due to start in early 2021.
    At the bottom of the Forza range, the Forza 125 is tweaked for 2021, with cosmetic updates to the front and side fairing, the rear side panels and the engine cover, and like the Forza 350 it gets a longer-travel electric screen that adjusts 40mm more than the old model.

    The chassis is unchanged but the 15hp SOHC single gains switchable ‘HSTC’ traction control for 2021, as well as tweaks to meet Euro 5 emissions limits. As with the old version, there’s an idle-stop system to squeeze as much range as possible out of the 11.5l fuel tank; Honda reckons you could get as much as 300 miles between fill-ups thanks to economy of 120mpg.
    The same ‘smart key’ keyless system that’s used on the 750 and 350 Forza models also appears on the 125, locking the ignition, seat compartment and the optional top box when it’s fitted.
    The Forza 125 is however not available in Singapore and it would be interesting to see if local agent Boon Siew Honda actually brings the Class 2B Forza into our markets to compete with the ever-popular Yamaha NMax 155.
    Honda Forza 750 Technical Specification
    Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder
    Bore & Stroke
    77mm x 80mm
    Compression Ratio
    10.7 : 1
    Max. Power Output
    43.1kW @ 6,750rpm(35kW/6,000rpm)
    Max. Torque
    69Nm @ 4,750rpm(65/4,000rpm)
    Oil Capacity
    PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
    Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.2 litres
    Fuel Consumption
    Battery Capacity
    ACG Output
    Clutch Type
    Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
    Transmission Type
    6-speed dual clutch transmission
    Final Drive
    Diamond; steel pipe
    Dimensions (L´W´H)
    2200m x 790mm x 1484mm
    Caster Angle
    Seat Height
    Ground Clearance
    Kerb Weight
    Type Front
    φ41mm USD,120mm stroke
    Type Rear
    Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 120mm travel
    Type Front
    Spoke Wheel
    Type Rear
    Spoke Wheel
    Rim Size Front
    17M/C x MT3.50
    Rim Size Rear
    15M/C x MT4.50
    Tyres Front
    Tyres Rear
    ABS System Type
    2-channel ABS
    Type Front
    310mm double hydraulic disc with radial 4-piston caliper
    Type Rear
    240mm single hydraulic disc with 1-piston caliper
    5inch color TFT Meter
    Security System
    Smart Key system

    EVOS Esports, the leading esports organization in Southeast Asia, has garnered the support of Yamaha’s ‘Generation 125’ as an official sponsor. This new collaboration by Generation 125 supports the younger generation to continue developing the esports industry further in Indonesia.
    EVOS Esports is proudly headquartered in Singapore and is the #1 esports gaming team within South-East Asia, just like SingaporeBikes.com!

    Generation 125 is the nickname for Yamaha 125cc’s matic motorbike users consisting of FreeGo, Fino, X-Ride, Mio series, and the latest product named GEAR 125 adapts the character of the current generation with the design, technology, and features that are ‘Definitely Cool’, ‘Definitely Uphill’, ‘Definitely Strong’, ‘Definitely Economical’ and ‘Definitely Reliable’ which will make users ‘Win More’ because they gain more value in the same price range as a 110cc matic motorbike. This is what keeps Generation 125 ahead because they are the younger generation who are passionate, dare to bring positive changes, never give up, geared to win in everything including esports tournaments.
    Takeyama Hiroshi, Deputy Director of Marketing of PT. Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (PT YIMM) said, “The high enthusiasm of the younger generation in the esports industry is the motivating factor for Generation 125 in collaborating with EVOS Esports; in supporting the achievements of Indonesia’s younger generation. Yamaha’s ‘Generation 125’ product has now become the choice of the younger generation as a companion in their daily routine, thus this collaboration is expected to further increase the enthusiasm and optimism of Indonesia’s younger generation to continue to advance and move forward. With EVOS Esports, let’s: Let’s GEAR UP, GAME UP, and Win More! ”

    Mr Ivan Yeo - Co-founder & CEO of EVOS Esports
    In spite of the global pandemic, the economic scales are certainly tipped in favour of the gaming industry and the region’s juggernaut is positioning itself keenly on the cusp of the coming wave.
    “This year and next are going to be very interesting years for the gaming industry. It’s going to grow this year for sure and as the gaming industry grows, Esports and gaming YouTubers as a subset, are going to be beneficiaries,” Co-founder and CEO of EVOS Esports Mr Ivan Yeo predicted.
    Generation 125 as the official sponsor for EVOS Esports, marks a breath of fresh air for the esports industry, which is getting a lot of support from various industries in developing the esports ecosystem in Indonesia.
    Hartman Harris, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer of EVOS Esports added, “We are excited to partner with Yamaha as they enter the esports industry for the first time in Southeast Asia. Through the “125 Generation Wins Many” campaign, EVOS Esports and Yamaha hope to reflect the spirit of the younger generation to be advanced and fast, especially in the esports and transportation industry.”
    Generation 125 will now work together with EVOS Esports to support the ability and enthusiasm of today’s younger generation who are brave, active, smart and rational in making choices because they are always thinking ahead.

    Yamaha Singapore Official Distributor

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

    During Singapore Budget 2021, there was a notice that the petrol duties will be increased across the board. This has a direct impact on drivers, riders, and commercial vehicles who ply the roads everyday.
    To lessen the effect of this petrol duty increase at the start, DPM Heng Swee Keat shared some rebates, grants, and one-off payments that will be paid out to owners of vehicles to soften the impact of this duty increase.

    While information was sacred during the budget announcement, we now have official confirmation from LTA on the items that will be paid out as well as the time frame.
    Basically, there is going to be:
    60% road tax rebate for 1 year additional PDR (petrol-duty rebate) to be disbursed from mid-May either via GIRO or PayNow ($80 for Class 2B bike owners, $50 for Class 2A bike owners, no PDR for Class 2 bike owners) There is no need to sign up for these rebates, they will be automatically credited to your account as registered in your LTA record or SingPass.
    What do you think now that we have more clarity on the scheme? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the comments section below!
    If you'd like to find out more on what was shared earlier and also look at a real life example, please refer to our earlier article here:

    PIAGGIO Group has been able to strengthen their sales across the very unusual year of 2020, with sales across all brands accumulating a total of 207,000 sales. 

    These sales are 6% greater than the totals for 2019, which would have been around 195,000 units. The total sales across all two-wheel vehicles in 2020 sat at 1,455,000, in the European market, which by all accounts is impressive for a challenging financial year.
    In Singapore, the number of motorcycles registered in 2020 under the Piaggio Group are as follow:
    Aprilia - 969 units Derbi - 10 units Gilera - 0 units Moto Guzzi - 108 units Piaggio - 5,185 units Vespa - 1,499 units Total - 7,771 (or 3.75% of Piaggio Group's total sales)
    This is significantly higher than Ducati's Singapore share of global sales which stands at just 0.23%.
    Hats off to you, Piaggio (group) and local distributor Mah Pte Ltd - always good to see the two-wheel industry doing well, for obvious reasons!
    If you're looking for any motorcycles under the Piaggio Group umbrella, do give them a shoutout and let them know SingaporeBikes.com sent you and you might just get a special SBF deal!

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

    The Piaggio Group has impressed with their offerings in recent years, with both motorcycles and scooters, with plenty more on the way. For scooters alone, the market share was marked at 24% of total sales falling under the Piaggio Group umbrella. 
    This umbrella extends to cover various brands, including Vespa, Piaggio, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Gilera, and Derbi. 
    Strong growth in their motorcycle sales for Aprilia is attributed to their successful 2020, with further launches underway for Aprilia, including the Tuono 660 & RS660 which we’re eagerly anticipating. Moto Guzzi sales are also seemingly on the up, particularly with their new celebratory Centenario editions being released. 

    Key factors for their performance were the Vespa scooters, the Moto Guzzi V85TT, the growth of the Aprilia brand in the motorcycle segment, and the success of the Piaggio brand in scooters.

    2021 is already off to a bright start for Piaggio, with the launches of new motorcycles on the horizon - this includes the Moto Guzzi V7, the Aprilia Tuono 660, and the new Beverly (a new Piaggio electric scooter that arrives in June). 

    If you are keen to know how other motorcycle manufacturers are doing, we did an article on Ducati's sales performance in FY2020 which you can read here:

    Canadian electric bike firm Damon have given us another glimpse of their flagship Hypersport model. The bike shown appears to be the Premier edition complete with Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes and a single-sided swingarm.

    For the uninitiated, new kids on the block Damon came out swinging last year with the Hypersport, a bike with a category-defying claimed 200hp, 200-mile range, 200mph top speed and 200kg weight. The batteries, they say, can also be charged to 80% in just 45 minutes with a combined charging system.
    Not content with these bold performance claims, Damon also said the bike’s CoPilot electronics complete with 360-degree HD cameras will keep you safe as you ride. Plus, at the flick of a switch, the handlebars and footpegs physically move between sportsbike and touring ergonomics.

    All of this may sound optimistic for what is essentially a new manufacturer, but Damon have worked with BlackBerry on the software for their safety systems, brought on technical expertise from the defunct Alta Motors and bought up the IP portfolio of Mission Motors, too.

    Damon say this new version represents 12 months of evolution and optimisation and includes tweaks to the bodywork, a more powerful motor, a higher voltage battery configuration, new handlebar controls and a new 7in recessed LCD display.

    The new version will be fully unveiled in the coming weeks, keep an eye here on SingaporeBikes.com for more information as we have it.

    Most electric bikes revealed thus far from the likes of the Scorpio X and the Vespa Elettrica have been scooter variants with their traditional gasoline engines replaced with an electric motor, but with this new bike from Damon looking like it could be a Ducati in disguise, would it make you reconsider your thoughts about owning an electric motorcycle? Think of all that torque you could have from 0rpm onwards!

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