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    Yesterday, on the 16th of February 2021, the official Budget 2021 of the Singapore government was unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat. It was a budget that was looked forward to by most as we wanted to see what sort of assistance, grants, and changes will be made to the living costs of ordinary Singaporeans during this unprecedented pandemic.
    While some increases were to be expected as the government digs deep into the reserves of Singapore to help those in society that requires more aid, we also looked to them to give grants and support in various other aspects that would help Singaporeans tide across this period.
    Being SingaporeBikes.com, we will not touch on most of what was introduced at Budget 2021 yesterday, but there was a particular section concerning motorcyclists and bike owners in Singapore that might affect you to a certain extend, depending on what class of motorcycle you have, and how much you use your bike.
    Scroll to the end of the article for a real-life example of how this would affect your bike ownership!

    Increase in Petrol Duty (per litre)
    There will be an increase in the duty of petrol of 23.4% (or absolute 15 cents) for RON98 petrol grade.
    There will be an increase in the duty of petrol of 17.6% (or absolute 10 cents) for RON92 and RON95 petrol grades.
    This essentially means that the variable cost of using your motorcycle increases the more that you use it as this fee increase is peg to actual fuel consumption, i.e. distance that you travel on your motorcycle. Most motorcycles, with the exception of high-powered superbikes like Ducatis, the Yamaha R1, or the BMW S1000RR, uses either RON92 or RON95 in Singapore so we can expect most bikers to be affected at an increase of $0.10 per litre, or an average of $0.50 per full tank fill-up.

    Rebates to Bolster Petrol Duty Increase
    While the government has taken the difficult measure of increasing our petrol duty to offset eating into our reserves over the past year to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to encourage the use of EV modes of transport moving forward, they have realised that most bikers use our vehicles to work, maintain our livelihood, and thus have sought to introduction additional measures and rebates to soften the impact of this duty increase.
    There would basically be a:
    One-off road tax rebate of 60% of your annual road tax payable Petrol duty rebate in cash ($80 for owner of Class 2B bikes, and $50 for owners of Class 2A/2 bikes) Regarding road tax rebate (from LTA):
    In the short run, this would mean that you would actually be better of cashflow wise, and depending on the motorcycle that you ride, it would be an estimated 1-2 years before the long-term effect of higher cost of petrol will start to kick in.
    Enough of numbers, they give most of us a headache. So, what does this ACTUALLY mean for you as the end user - Let's look at a real life example:
    Yamaha NMax 155
    Fuel capacity: ~6 Litres Fuel economy: ~43km/l Road Tax: $62.56 per year Average mileage per year: 20,000km Price of RON95 (previous/now after petrol duty increase) $2.15 / $2.25 Savings:
    Road Tax Rebate: 60% X $62.56 = $37.54
    Petrol Rebate: $80
    Total = $37.54 + $80 = $117.54
    Petrol Cost Per Year (Increase):
    20,000km / 43km/l = 465 Litres per year
    465 X $0.10 increase = $46.5
    Time to breakeven:
    $117.54 / $46.5 = ~ 2.5 years
    This would mean that within the first 2 and a half years of your bike ownership, you would be better off cashflow wise due to the road tax rebate and petrol voucher, however, after this initial period, the actual cost of ownership and expenses pertaining to travelling on a motorcycle would increase.
    What would this mean for you? Do you use your bike as a weekend toy or are you a food delivery rider? We reckon that with this petrol duty increase, those that use their motorcycles for delivery work would be much more affected than those who use their motorcycles less.
    Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

    The Honda CBR150R was a popular and fun little motorcycle back when it was sold in Singapore many a years ago, but if you thought that bike was a weapon, wait till you hear about this 2021 version of the CBR150R that Honda has just launched. This is the sister-bike to the super popular Class 2B cafe racer in Singapore - The CB150R Exmotion, but dressed in sportsbike fairing and a more aggressive stance.

    At first glance, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for the CBR250RR, because that’s exactly where the new 150 derives its design inspiration from. The funky headlight design, sharp fairing and neat tail section all mimic the 250RR and give the new CBR150R an intentful and aggressive appearance.
    The next most noticeable feature on the new bike is that lovely new golden upside-down (USD) fork. We were pretty impressed to see a simple Showa USD fork on the Honda CB150R Exmotion, but the CBR150R takes things up a notch because the unit you see here is the revered SFF-BP separate function big-piston fork - the same kind used on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R.

    Another new piece of kit on the 2021 CBR150R is the slipper clutch, which not only reduces rear wheel hopping and locking during aggressive downshifts, but also claims to cut down lever effort by 15%.
    To bring the little CBR properly up to date, Honda has thrown in a smart and well-laid out fully-digital LCD instrument cluster complete with fuel consumption data and a gear position indicator. The motor remains pretty much the same: a 149cc liquid-cooled 4-valve single churning out 17.3PS and 14.4Nm. This means that it’s down on power compared to the Yamaha R15 V3 but actually produces slightly more torque.

    Honda offers the new CBR150R in two versions, with and without ABS, and the variant with the safety feature will set potential buyers back an additional S$1-2,000, if the reference from when the ABS and non-ABS version of the CB150R Exmotion was sold in Singapore.
    We're not sure if Singapore agent of Honda motorcycles, Boon Siew will be bringing in the CBR150R but you can count on the parallel importers bringing over a few units to our shores with how sweet the 2021 Honda CBR150R is looking. There will be an alternative now for those who are looking for a Class 2B sportsbike but have never warmed up to the Yamaha R15 V3.
    What do you think? Would you pick the Honda CBR150R or the Yamaha R15, and why? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
    Full launch video of the 2021 Honda CBR150R courtesy of Honda Indonesia:

    The Special Action Unit (UTK) is a special team within the Royal Malaysian Police's (PDRM) elite team that has specialise expertise as a tactical assault team. Now the motorcycle special team known as Unit Tindak Khas (UTK)  or Rapid Assault Team (RAT) has received 24 new units of BMW R 1250 GS added to their fleet.

    The German-made adventure motorcycle by BMW is the latest asset of the PDRM with the ability to coordinate operational skills. It meets the criteria required by the RAT whom are specially trained in the tactical handling of two-wheeled vehicles in any situation.

    These team members are also selected based on their abilities and skills in accordance with their assignment as a fast-moving assault team, especially in the built-up area scenario. PDRM's goal for the RAT squad is as a force multiplier on existing ‘special operations’ capabilities to address the threat of terrorism and high-profile serious criminal activities.

    The new BMW R 1250 GS will certainly be up to the task and helps the RAT to look the part. Do you think the Malaysian or Singaporean police are cooler on their motorcycles? Let us know in the comments below!

    If you were to make a list of the most practical motorcycles available on the market, the Honda NC750X would have to rank on it. If you were to ask a Singaporean biker what the most popular Class 2 motorcycle around was, the answer would also probably be the NC750X.
    Adding to the NC750X's credibility also would be that one of our favourite local SG vlogger, @Farhan Tre, rides a NC750X for his daily shuttle between his motorcycle reviews - need we say more? By the way, you can check out more of Farhan's and Zar's adventures here: 
    P.S. Farhan, we need more touring vlogs on your NC750X once the borders are open!

    The adventure-styled street bike is designed to be an all-rounder, and it packs a number of purposeful features into its design. Scroll down for more technical details and Honda's official launch video of the 2021 Honda NC750X at the end!
    And we can say, the 2021 Honda NC750X variant is no different, as Big Red has doubled-down on this approach on its 745cc parallel-twin machine.
    Getting now Euro5 homologation, as is the trend this year, the 2021 Honda NC750X boasts a mild horsepower gain (58hp / 43.1 kW), thanks in part to a redline that is now 600 rpm higher (thanks to improved valve timing).

    Honda has also revised the gearbox, using shorter ratios for first, second, and third gear, while a slipper clutch reduces lever load and keeps the ride smooth when you’re banging down through the gears.
    The ride-by-wire throttle means that there are now three riding modes, and Honda has now included three levels of selectable traction control.
    The option of a dual-clutch transmission remains for the 2021 model year, which for bonus point, Honda says that nearly half of all NC750X buyers select.
    Moving on, the 2021 Honda NC750X tips the scales at the curb at 471 lbs (214 kg) in its non-DCT form, while the dual-clutch transmission will add 22 lbs (10 kg) of mass to the motorcycle. Both variants offer a 13 lbs reduction from the previous year’s models.

    That weight loss is due in part to a new chassis, which uses variable wall thickness – good for a 4 lbs weight savings. This also allowed for more storage space in the bike, along with a revised airbox design, which found another 2.6 lbs of weight loss.
    Of course, the Honda NC750X is all about ride practicality, and 2021 is no different.
    The engine sips fuel, the faux fuel tank gives way to an even bigger storage space (23 liters, up from 22), and the seat height has been reduced by 30mm (800mm / 31.5 inches, in total), thanks to a reduction in suspension travel.
    Revised bodywork, a new windscreen, LED lighting package, and LCD dash round out the update for the 2021 model year.

    Maybe not the pavement-pounder that immediately jumps to mind when you’re thinking about two-wheeled fun, but it is hard to argue with the practical side of the 2021 Honda NC750X.
    2021 Honda NC750X and NC750X DCT Specs 
    Type: Parallel twin
    Displacement: 745cc
    Bore and stroke: 77 x 80mm
    Maximum power: 58 horsepower @ 6750 rpm
    Maximum torque: 51 ft-lbs @ 4750 rpm
    Compression ratio: 10.7:1
    Valvetrain: SOHC; 4 vpc
    Transmission: 6-speed (DCT: Fully automatic 6-speed)
    Clutch: Manual (DCT: Fully automatic)
    Final drive: Chain
    Frame: Diamond w/ steel tube
    Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm fork; 4.7 inches
    Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; 4.7 inches
    Wheels: Cast aluminum
    Tires: Dunlop Trailmax D609
    Front tire: 120/70 × 17
    Rear tire: 160/60 x 17
    Front brake: 320mm disc w/ 2-piston Nissin caliper
    Rear brake: 240mm disc w/ single-piston caliper
    ABS: Standard
    Wheelbase: 60.0 inches (DCT: 60.4 inches)
    Rake: 27 degrees
    Trail: 4.3 inches
    Seat height: 31.5 inches
    Fuel capacity: 3.7 gallons
    Estimated fuel consumption: 67 mpg
    Curb weight: 471 Pounds (DCT: 494 pounds)
    Glint Wave Blue Metallic Mat Ballistic Black Metallic Grand Prix Red Pearl Glare White
    Here are 8 facts about the new 2021 Honda NC750X to keep you informed while we wait for the arrival of this beast here in Singapore!
    1) Peak horsepower is up a tad, along with a 600 rpm lift in the rev ceiling. The forward-canted parallel twin puts out a bit more than one more horsepower than last year.
    2) There are now three riding modes, plus a customizable mode for the DCT version. Along with the modes comes a new full-color LCD display. Honda also says its Honda Selectable Torque Control has been refined—it adjusts engine compression braking to prevent the rear wheel from skidding during deceleration.
    3) With the new power delivery comes a change in gear ratios. The bottom three gears are lower than last year, increasing off-the-line acceleration.
    4) The 2021 Honda NC750X’s suspension is shorter than last year, and so is the seat height. Fork travel is shortened by 0.7 inches and rear suspension travel is down 1.2 inches. While that might discourage off-roaders, the seat height is an accommodating 31.5 inches—1.2 inches lower than last year.
    5) Weight is down by 13 pounds (5.9kg).
    6) Dunlop Trailmax D603 tires are now employed. Earlier versions of the X ran this tire.
    7) The storage area in the traditional fuel tank location is now 23 liters. That’s an increase of over one liter.
    😎 Smartphones will always be charged thanks to a standard USB port.
    9) We don’t have prices or an arrival dates for the 2021 Honda NC750X—standard or DCT versions. We will check in with local Honda distributor Boon Siew Honda and update here once we hear anything. In the meantime, hang tight and hope that the COE prices will drop!

    Honda's Official Launch Video of the 2021 Honda NC750X:

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    NORTON Motorcycles has just opened its new state-of-the-art production and manufacturing facility in Solihull near Birmingham. Norton Motorcycles is just a month or two away from swinging open the doors of its new production facility in Solihull.

    We’ve known about the Norton relocation for some time, with the firm’s interim CEO, John Russell talking extensively about the move when he was interviewed in recent times. It was also clear that Norton was not going to do things by half when it came to finding a new home. It needed a bespoke building, not an office that was converted into a production facility.

    To facilitate this, Norton’s owners TVS have poured a multi-million pounds investment into the renowned British brand and given it a brand new production base that is due to open in March.
    The premises will be the central hub for all of Norton operations, providing a permanent base for all staff. The new headquarters will be home to design, engineering, purchasing, sales, marketing, and support teams as well as the skilled production team that is resuming the manufacture of motorcycles.

    The new manufacturing facility will make use of modern-day, quality-assured production processes. Skilled technicians will deploy bespoke bike building techniques and state-of-the-art new manufacturing equipment to ensure all bikes are built with great precision and quality, a hallmark of both Norton and TVS Motor Company. Norton will resume production of the Commando Classic model at the Solihull site, building a limited quality to honour customers that had ordered and paid for a deposit on these bikes. Production of the V4SS will commence soon and the full opening of the facility is expected in Q1 2021.

    Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director of TVS Motors, said:
    “The opening of the new headquarters represents a significant step forward for Norton Motorcycles. The opening of this state-of-the-art facility will create the foundations for a sustainable long-term future of Norton. The new bikes will meet the world class standards our customers expect.

     “2020 has been a tough year for the world but we are excited to be moving into our new home and we are delighted this has been created by the Norton and TVS teams in just 9 months. This new facility underpinned by strong quality processes will produce bikes truly worthy of the illustrious Norton brand and take it into the future. We are setting out to create a future for the company, our employees, our customers and our partners that lives up to the highest expectations and enable Norton to once again become the real force its history deserves.”

    It is amazing to see a resurgence of the Norton Motorcycles brand, which is undoubtedly one of the most famous and beloved British brands to have made it on the international stage. While Norton might have had some troubles over the last couple of years - we'd pretty certain that under new owners TVS that Norton can start getting back on the right track.
    Are there any Norton lovers in Singapore? We have our fingers crossed that the official distributor will be relaunching with a bang once production is up to speed.
    An a bonus, here's a picture of some beautiful Norton Motorcycles based here in Singapore from the Norton Motorcycle Club Singapore:

    This year might have gotten off to a shaky start, but 2021 has redeemed itself. After a two-year sabbatical, Kawasaki dropped the news: The KLR650, king of the KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) ADVs, is back. And at first glance, the bike thrifty backcountry explorers love most appears to be blissfully unadulterated. Sure, the list of new-for-2022 features is pretty long, but wisely enough, Kawi seems to have addressed many of the affectionate grumbles aimed at the previous version while maintaining its bare-bones “I’ll take you wherever you want to go as long as you don’t mind if it takes a while” personality.

    We're loving the "Desert Storm" paintwork on this 2022 Kawasaki KLR650
    One point to note before reading this article however, is that it has been a common problem in Singapore for a long time that there is no established Kawasaki agent here locally and Kawasaki owners have been heading up north to our neighbours in Malaysia to procure spare parts or even whole Kawasaki motorcycles. The number of Japanese motorcycles in Singapore are dominated by the likes of Yamaha, Honda, and even Suzuki and if you wanted a Kawasaki motorcycle, you'd probably have to get one indented from a local parallel importer or bike shop. So before you get all excited over the 2022 Kawasaki KLR650 - be prepared that this ADV bike might never actually reach our shores.
    Now on the the first-look review of the 2022 Kawasaki KLR650:
    For this new refreshed model, rather than, say, shoehorning in the parallel twin from the Versys 650, for example, Kawasaki simply added DFI fuel injection to the previous model’s tried-and-true 652cc liquid-cooled single. Kawi also made a few tweaks it says boosts midrange torque, such as revised intake and exhaust cams and a narrower exhaust pipe with smoother bends. A certain portion of KLR Nation (you know who you are) should warm up their “back in my day” stories, as Kawi also seems to have fixed The Doohickey; the cam chain guide is said to be stronger, made from new materials, and with a new shape.
    The KLR’s gearbox is still stuck with just five gears. But revised third gear dogs, a new finishing process on the fourth and fifth gears, and new thrust needle clutch release bearings should make things a bit smoother and more robust in demanding riding conditions. Speaking of which, suspension both fore and aft is stiffer, the 300mm single front brake disc is 20mm larger than before, and the 240mm rear disc is 1mm thicker for better heat dissipation.

    KLR650 brakes
    Brakes on the previous KLR650 were a weak point; a larger 300mm front disc with optional ABS should help. 
    New “dual purpose ABS,” developed in partnership with Bosch, allows for some wheel slippage; Kawasaki says that this results in a natural braking feel off-road, while the on-road feel is “like normal ABS with a less sensitive setting.” It’s unclear whether ABS is switchable, but purists can rejoice, as it’s optional on the standard KLR650.
    Black rims holding tube-type tires are said to be stronger than before, with larger axles. The swingarm is 30mm longer with a 2mm-longer pivot shaft, improving the KLR’s stability and highway road manners. Foot-pegs are pushed out 10mm to match the 10mm-wider handlebar, and both are rubber mounted for buzz-free comfort on those long slogs in between the dirty bits.

    KLR cockpit
    The 2022 KLR’s cockpit: a new LCD instrument, wider, rubber-mounted handlebar, wider mirrors, a taller, two-position adjustable windscreen, an integrated accessory mounting bar, and two optional power sockets (standard on the Adventure and Traveler models).
    At its core, however, the KLR is still a no-frills adventurer. Despite its new LED headlight and pumped-up generator, the 2022 KLR650 still only manages 80 watts of available power for accessories like heated grips and a GPS. Its 6.1-gallon fuel tank, reshaped for a comfortable fit between the knees, will carry you well off the beaten path, and the new LCD instrument includes a gas gauge in addition to two tripmeters and a clock, but no tachometer.
    There will be two standard 2022 KLR650 models, one with ABS and one without, as well as two travel-ready models, the KLR650 Adventure and the KLR650 Traveler. The Adventure comes equipped with a set of 21-liter hard plastic top-loading side cases by Shad; LED auxiliary lights; engine guards; and two power sockets, one standard cigarette lighter adaptor and one USB. The Traveler comes with two power sockets and a 42-liter plastic Shad top case large enough to fit an off-road-style helmet.

    2022 KLR650 Adventurer
    The 2022 KLR650 Adventurer (shown in Cypher Camo Gray) comes with engine guards, auxiliary lights, and Shad side cases. Shad top case is standard on the KLR650 Traveler model.
    Pricing for the 2022 Kawasaki KLR650 (Singapore pricing TBC if available - Prices below are for US market)
    At $6,699 for the non-ABS model, $6,999 with ABS, and $7,399 for the Traveler, Kawasaki has managed to hold true to one of the most endearing aspects of the KLR650′s personality: a reasonable price-tag.

    KYMCO just unveiled 4 new scooters through a virtual launch in the last quarter of 2020. One of the scooters that caught the eye of many of our readers is the KRV – a 175cc scooter loaded with lots of features which are usually reserved for the bigger, flagship models. Although the news did not get much traction in South-East Asia, we'd reckon if the scooter was bound for Singapore shores, this would get many scooter riders to sit up in their seats and take notice.

    Being a 175cc automatic scooter, the Kymco KRV is one of the largest displacement Class 2B scooters should it actually make it to Singapore. In the land of the "kiasu", getting a Class 2B license means that you are legally allowed to ride any motorcycle or scooter up to an engine capacity of 200cc, however, most of its competition currently have engine capacities ranging from 125cc to 155cc. The last larger displacement Class 2B scooter that we saw in the past was the super popular Gilera Runner ST200 - and we reckon its horsepower, speed, and engine displacement played a big part.
    Bigger engine
    The KRV is powered by an SOHC 4 stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder. It's actual displacement is 175.1 cc. It produces 16.7 PS at 7,500 rpm and 15.68 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.

    Like most modern scooters today, the KRV’s styling cues possess aggressive lines. Its lights are powered by LED technology instead of conventional bulbs. These help to give it a distinct look on the road.

    Flat floor
    Compared to most scooters, KYMCO opted to go with the traditional flat floor design to give the rider more legroom. This would be more akin to the Piaggo Vespa rather than the more popular Yamaha NMax and Honda PCX.
    Fuel tank capacity
    The center mound is usually where maxi-scooters keep the fuel tank. Having a flat floor doesn’t mean that the KRV is short on fuel tank capacity, though. In fact, compared to the other scooters in its class, the KRV boasts a bigger fuel tank capacity at 7.2 liters, which could translate to less visits to the gas station.
    Convenience features
    Another feature evident is its keyless system. Like many of the newer scooters, keys are being ditched for a fob that broadcasts a radio frequency to the bike. This makes it harder to steal. In addition, it's also more convenient for the rider who no longer has to fumble through his pockets to start his bike.
    It also comes with an integrated power socket for charging phones, which is now a standard feature on higher end 150cc scooters these days. Thankfully, it's not inside a compartment, letting you plug your phone while it's mounted over the handlebar.

    If you take a good look at the upper right photo, you'll also notice the scooter has an integrated passing light on the left handlebar. This may seem like a minor addition but to many delivery riders, this is invaluable, especially at night when riders can easily by cut off by cars that don't see them.
    Traction Control System (TCS)
    Traction control is a new feature we're seeing in more entry level scooters. It works by cutting off engine power in the event the onboard computer senses too much rear wheel spin, resulting in a loss of traction, which then could lead into an accident. The computer is always measuring the traction level and adjusts the throttle delivered to the rear wheel as needed.

    This technology is usually reserved for bigger and more expensive expressways-legal motorcycles. If KYMCO opts to bring the KRV here, it could be one of the few pioneers for the technology in the sub -200cc segment.
    From what we've seen, the KRV is pretty packed with features that are usually reserved for bigger bikes. If KYMCO decides to bring the KRV here, with all these innovations, it could give it a leg up over the current competition.
    What do you think of the Kymco KRV? If this is a scooter you'd be interested in, do give the local distributor Kymco Singapore (Motor Sport Pte Ltd) a shout - if enough of us asks for it, we're pretty sure they'd be incline to consider.
    In the meantime, if you're looking for something else within the Kymco range, reach out to Kymco Singapore and mention SingaporeBikes.com (SBF) for a special SBF member pricing + additional freebies!
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    KYMCO Singapore
    Blk 3006 Ubi Road 1, #01-350, Singapore 408700
    Tel: +65 6281 9778

    We’ve always been big fans of Triumph’s Speed Triple since it came on the scene all the way back in 1994. And for 2021, it’s brand new – oh, and it’s lighter, more powerful and more aggressive than ever.

    When Triumph updated their Speed Triple back in ’18, they really did craft a lovely machine that was easy to ride and confidence inspiring; in a world where it was mainly insanely-powered hypernakeds populating the litre bike naked scene, it came in with just 150 horsepower, a softer stance, and well, a bit of a gentle personality.

    But then again, it lacked that savage edge that comes with strapping straight bars on an insane engine and chassis combo, which meant it didn’t quite have that zest of some of its rivals. But for 2021? Well, with their all-new Speed Triple 1200 RS, it’s looking like all of that has gone out the window – and for good bloody good reason.

    When we say this is an all-new machine, we aren’t pulling your plonkers – we really do mean it. Everything has been built for this very bike; from the dash at the front to the exhaust at the rear, the whole lot is new – and yes, that is including the engine and chassis, meaning that this really is the real deal. For starters, the brand spanking new 1160cc Triple motor is now not only larger in capacity than before, but is also a whopping 7kg lighter than the old lump – yet even so it’s beefier than ever, offering an extra 650rpm before you hit the redline compared to the previous generation.

    Thanks to the work Triumph have put in, the new Speed Triple is pumping out an extra 30 horsepower (to make 178 horses) and an extra 8Nm of torque (to make 125Nm) than on the previous model, which when coupled with the 10kg weight saving overall (yes, ten!) is the largest increase in power-to-weight since, well, ever for Triumph on this model. They really have gone to town, meaning everything from the intake at the front to the exhaust valve at the back is new, including gifting the 1200 RS with a new slipper clutch and smoother stacked gearbox.

    Triumph have told us that not only is it an absolute peach at the top end, but it’s also incredibly good at the bottom as well, thanks to the low inertia from the engine – 12% less than before, to be exact. They’ve even managed to pack in a load of their Moto2 knowhow to not only make it incredibly fast and responsive, but also reliable as well – meaning that service intervals are a whopping 16,000km.

    But that’s not all folks, oh no. They’ve then taken this pretty potent-sounding powerplant and stuck it in a new lightweight cast aluminium frame that is not only tighter, narrower and more compact, but it’s also a whopping 17% lighter than the previous one. Couple that with a weight distribution that edges further both further forward and lower, and it’s pretty obvious that Triumph have worked their socks off to make the Speed more aggressive and sporty than ever before; especially so as they’ve improved the improved ground clearance as well.

    Couple that with high-spec fully adjustable Öhlins 43mm NIX30 USD forks and an Öhlins TTX36 Monoshock, Brembo Stylema stoppers and some super sticky Metzeler Racetec RR rubber, and it looks like Triumph really are onto a winner when it comes to fast road and track action.
    And that’s without even delving into the tech behind the new Speed Triple 1200 RS; the old one was definitely no dinosaur in terms of equipment, but even so Triumph have given the new Speed a whole new dash and operating system, which they tell us makes things not only easier to change settings on the fly, but is also easier to read exactly what info you need. It comes equipped with five riding modes that includes an enhanced ‘track’ mode, alongside Triumph Connectivity as standard – just in case you fancy hooking up your phone or GoPro to your bike.

    The electronics are run through an IMU and as you can imagine it comes with all the bells and whistles, that Triumph have been working hard in improving for minimal intervention whilst riding: we’re talking traction control, front wheel lift control and cornering ABS, alongside linked brakes, to get you stopped as quickly as possible. There’s a new ‘shifter & ‘blipper with a variable position sensor for the very crispiest gearshifts, and even a lithium battery, alongside LEDs all round, and self-cancelling indicators. Oh, and keyless ignition, but thankfully for this model, you can open the fuel cap without the key, and even disable it if you fancy, for extra security.

    But one of the best parts? Well that has to be the price. You see, it’s not just performance figures that have risen it the hypernaked class, but the cost has also shot up. Triumph’s new Speed Triple 1200 RS comes in at £15,100 (SGD27,515 before COE/ARF/Tax/Insurance) on the road, which is incredible considering the goodies it comes with, and how much the competition comes in at (especially if its Italian).

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    We are excited to share that Auto Exchange has just gotten in a brand new fleet of motorcycles consisting of the latest and hottest 2021 models for you to try and experience for yourself! Read to the end of the post to see actual pictures of the motorcycles!
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    Class 2B: Yamaha NMax V2 2021, Lambretta, Yamaha MT-15, CBF190TR, FZ-S, Honda ADV150 Class 2A: Honda CB400X, Kawasaki Versys 300, Yamaha XMax Class 2: Kawasaki Z1000, Yamaha TMax, Honda X-ADV We have worked out this deal with Auto Exchange so that if you are in the market to rent a motorcycle, there is no further reason to look anyway else!
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