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  1. "The future is EV" - This is a statement we've heard time and time over, and there are certain prevalence of this happening around us as we see mainstream brands of motorcar start introducing EV models into their range, and the latest news from our 4-wheel cousins is the arrival of Tesla setting up its direct-sales showroom here in Singapore. If that's not a testament to the market potential, we don't know what is. Why EV? It's called Petrolhead and not ElectricHead, right?! There are several reasons why the EV market is gaining traction, few amongst which are that they are greener and thus better for the environment, which is all the hype these days. They cost lesser to run in the long-term as you do not have to pay for petrol or diesel. And lastly, the performance of EVs have surpassed that of what the traditional engine can deliver. While prices for electric vehicles (cars and motorcycles) are rather prohibitive at this point in time (we'll touch more on this later), the prices are slowly but surely dropping as technological advances make it cheaper to manufacture, and being able to sell a larger number vehicles would also drop the average pricing to consumers. With that introduction to electric vehicles done, let's dive into what has been making waves in the local motorcycling scene here in Singapore over the past few weeks. Sneak peek of the Energica EVA EsseEsse 9+ If you are a biker, you would have noticed several media agencies such as The New Paper (shoutout to Biker Boy!), @TRI333PLE, @SBF, and a few others posting up pictures of what looks to be a very futuristic looking, sports naked bike, albeit without an exhaust pipe. That bike, or to be clearer, that electric EV bike, would be the ENERGICA EVA EsseEsse9+. The Energica range of electric motorcycles, are the world's first high-performance production EV motorcycles to have hit the roads in recent years, and in Singapore more specifically, is the first full production electric motorcycle marque, focusing on the higher-end market, to be launched here. Energica is distributed in Singapore by Ifyni Pte Ltd. We speak to Mr Eugene Mah (Operations Head of Ifyni Pte Ltd) later on in this article so read to the end to find out more! P.S. For those of you who think that's a familiar name, it is because Eugene is also the Managing Director of local motorcycle powerhouse - Mah Pte Ltd. What models of the Energica range are coming to Singapore and what are the prices? So, Energica has 3 models in its range, namely the Energica EGO, Energica EVA Ribelle, and Energica EVA EsseEsse9. The bikes listed here are in descending order of their prices as well - cool, right? All models listed above come in the standard variant, which is already very adequately equipped, or an upgraded RS/+ model with even more power and battery capacity. We will also have dedicated reviews of each of the models coming to SingaporeBikes.com in the very near future so be sure to check us out if you have a particular model in mind! First up - the Energica EGO (Prices starting from S$80,800) https://energica.ifyni.com/energica-ego/ The Energica EGO first appeared on the scene at EICMA in 2013. It was then a culmination of years of electric racing competition, with numerous victories including the 2010 TTXGP European Championship and runner-up for the 2011 TTXGP World Championship. Energica has also been appointed to be single manufacturer for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup until 2022. This is the sportbike variant within Energica's range. It does the 0-100km/h in a whopping 2.6s so it'll be sure to give the Ducati V4 a run for its money. Secondly, - the Energica EVA Ribelle (Prices starting from S$74,400) https://energica.ifyni.com/energica-eva-ribelle/ The Energica EVA Ribelle is the naked version of the Energica EGO, with the same torque, power, acceleration and range; the only key differences being riding position and top speed. If you want a true electric streetfighter, aggressive with an urban mojo, or an assertive-yet-upright riding position instead of the typical track day crouch, choose the EVA Ribelle. But like its cousin the EVA EsseEsse9, the EVA Ribelle easily transforms into a long-distance sport-touring bike with the simple addition of side panniers, windshield and tank bag. The Energica EVA Ribelle has the same linear 215 Nm – 159 lb-ft torque as the EGO, the same 21.5 kWh long-range lithium-ion battery with up to 400 km – 249 miles of city range, the same suspension and performance options, and all the technological amenities. Not enough? Opt for the “RS Version” for even more off-the-line velocity. Last, but definitely not the least - the Energica EVA EsseEsse (Prices starting from S$69,000) https://energica.ifyni.com/energica-eva-esseesse9/ This is the motorcycle that Ifyni first brought into Singapore and the bike that the local media was invited to test. Aside from a little stationary drop (sorry Eugene!), we loved every single bit of our first EV motorcycle experience. It is something that you have to test, ride, and push to the limits, to find out what all the hype is about. The EsseEsse is a modern take on the classic racer, and being priced the lowest among the range, would make a very good introduction to the mature rider into the world of electric superbikes. SingaporeBikes.com has reviewed this bike so expect a first look and review article to be published shortly! Interview with the "Boss Man" - Mr Eugene Mah, Operations Head - Ifyni Pte Ltd Although well-versed in the motorcycle trade here in Singapore and being part of the Mah Group, it is still daunting to be the first-mover in an industry that has for so long been dominated by the internal combustion engine. We speak with Eugene Mah to find out what drove him to engage and represent Energica, what he sees for the future, what can we expect with regards to Government policies, and how you can get your hands on a Energica electric motorcycle, to test and to own! What is your vision for the electric motorcycle industry here in Singapore - in the near to mid future? EM: We hope that electric motorcycles can be given as much recognition as all ICE vehicles, (including 4 wheelers) to be a mode of transport and of course, to make it affordable and accessible to everyone. Right now the focus is on EV cars (EV charging lots are for 4 wheelers, none for 2 wheels), and it seems that guidelines always overlook the 2 wheelers. We hope that having EV bikes out earlier, we would not be forgotten when these guidelines are being drawn as we try to move towards the green movement. Also, the boundaries of performance has been pushed with the introduction of performance electric vehicles. In general, when customers think of electric, they consider it a more economical mode of transport (which it is) but the Energica, after having tried it, really surpasses any performance motorcycle that is readily available. What is the targeted group of buyers you are looking to reach? EM: Understandably, the Energica is a bike that is in the higher-priced segment and appeals to the early adopters and those who are drawn by the performance and technology behind it. Do you see electric motorcycles as complementary to your existing business or will there be a shift in consumer consumption from gas to electric in the future? EM: Ifyni business is all about electric. We are a small enterprise that is fully focus on the electric business. Whether there is a shift, I think it's not an if but a when. In terms of motorcycles, I don't think it's a one or the other, I still feel the joy of that rumble between my legs on an ICE but as a rider, that exhilaration from the punch of a performance EV is really addictive. Basically, the ICE is what I hold dear, but the EV gives me that thrill. As the first high performance electric motorcycle distributor in Singapore, are you lobbying with LTA to similar incentives to e-motorcycles like they do EV cars? EM: One word - yes, definitely. (Ok that's 2 words) Are test rides available to the general public? EM: At the moment, due to the interest, we are basing it on invite only. Are pre orders open? And if so, when can customers expect delivery for the above models? EM: Yes they are! We are looking to supply from October onwards but it could be earlier base on the model booked. For interested buyers, how do they get their hands on one?! EM: Email to [email protected] Right now Energica doesn't have a showroom and will sell through the dealers. Are they any expansion plans for Ifnyi to expand out of Singapore at this stage? EM: We are always open to opportunities and the right partners should it present itself! There you have it, from the Boss Man himself! This is a very exciting time indeed for the motorcycling industry in Singapore, and the use-cases for EV motorcycles can range from sportbikes like those used for the FIM Enel MotoE™ championships, to delivery riders for when petrol would not contribute such a high running cost as charging your EV motorcycle should be quite a bit cheaper! We have articles coming on the in-depth review of the Energica EVA EsseEsse 9+ so do stay tune for that! What do you think of EV motorcycles? Do they have a place in our future? Let us know in the comments section below! For more information, check out: Ifyni Pte Ltd - http://www.ifyni.com/ Energica - https://energica.ifyni.com/
  2. 1921 - 2021, MOTO GUZZI CELEBRATES ITS CENTENARY ON 15 MARCH Mandello del Lario, March 2021 – On 15 March 2021, Moto Guzzi will celebrate its first legendary 100 years. A century of history, splendid motorcycles, triumphs, adventures and extraordinary personalities, who together built the legendary Eagle Brand. Moto Guzzi celebrates this exceptional milestone at a time when it is enjoying a fresh new season of success. Moto Guzzi distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! The motorcycle range has been extensively renewed, with the deployment of state-of-the-art technical features in terms of electronic rider aids, while the brand values of style and authenticity have been kept intact. Each Moto Guzzi motorbike is constructed at the Mandello del Lario plant with craftsmanlike care and commitment to a unique, authentic identity, skilfully balancing the classic Moto Guzzi style with cutting-edge technology and reflecting a construction philosophy that creates an exclusive relationship between the bike and the rider. Piaggio Group Chairman and CEO Roberto Colaninno said: “The Moto Guzzi centenary is a proud moment both for the Piaggio Group, which was joined by the Eagle brand in 2004, and for Italian industry as a whole, not just the motorcycling sector. A capacity for innovation, boldness in moving ahead of the times, a competitive spirit, love for the product and meticulous attention to production quality are the skills that over the years Moto Guzzi has combined with its unique relationship with the local community. Ever since 1921, every Moto Guzzi bike that has gone out into the world has been built at the Mandello factory, the place where the company was set up exactly one hundred years ago. All this will continue through its second century of history. Moto Guzzi is an example of all-Italian excellence,” added Colaninno. “It has gone down in our country’s history without ever losing its youthful spirit and continues to inspire genuine passion among thousands of Guzzi bikers all over the world.” The eagle logo, the unmistakable Moto Guzzi emblem, has in itself helped to create the legend of a brand that has always been indissolubly tied to the history of Italy. The spread-winged eagle dates back to the military service of the company's founders, Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi, in the Italian Royal Navy’s Aviation arm during World War One. It was during the war that the two friends, and pilot Giovanni Ravelli, decided to go into motorcycle manufacturing once the conflict ended. Ravelli was killed in an accident in 1919 and was never able to achieve his dream. Guzzi and Parodi chose the Eagle as their symbol to commemorate their companion. Over its one hundred years, Moto Guzzi has won victories on racing circuits around the world, raising the Italian flag for an impressive 14 World Championship Titles. It was the motorbike of the speed record, the symbol of growth of a country looking to the future, the motorcycle of the police force and the army, and extended its vocation to the international stage, equipping the Californian Police and, more recently, the police forces in Berlin and many other European cities, as well as the sovereign’s escort in Jordan. Moto Guzzi is also the motorcycle of the Corazzieri, the elite corps that escorts the President of the Italian Republic. From the very start, Moto Guzzi has been the motorcycle of choice for long-distance travel. It was 1928 when Giuseppe Guzzi reached the Arctic Circle on his GT “Norge”, starting a tradition that still continues, with travellers setting off on their Moto Guzzi bikes every day, somewhere in the world, bound for distant lands. Today Moto Guzzi is a core division of the Piaggio Group, Europe's leading constructor of motorcycles and scooters, which has conserved Moto Guzzi’s original characteristics, promoted its values and returned it to a forefront position. The move back into competitive racing with the Moto Guzzi Fast Endurance Trophy, to be held this year on a European scale, and a new family of motorbikes have brought Moto Guzzi back to a prime market position and introduced its name to a younger public. The classic V7, which has just come out on the new 850 twin cylinder, and the classic enduro V85TT intended for travel and designed for comfort and easy riding, are the best-sellers of a brand that has been enjoying a revival for a number of years. Moto Guzzi has always been admired and respected by bikers all over the world, whatever motorcycle they own, and bikers will be the protagonists of Moto Guzzi World Days at Mandello del Lario from 9 to 12 September, the clou event in the festivities for the Moto Guzzi centenary, the main celebration for this special anniversary. Moto Guzzi World Days has always been an unmissable occasion for bikers and now makes its eagerly awaited comeback, ten years after the last edition. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts will arrive from every corner of the planet to enjoy a unique and unforgettable event, made possible thanks to the collaboration between Moto Guzzi, the Comitato Motoraduno Internazionale and the municipality of Mandello del Lario. 100 YEARS OF HISTORY FOR THE MOST AUTHENTIC NAME IN WORLD MOTORCYCLING It was 15 March 1921 when the “Società Anonima Moto Guzzi” company was established, for the “manufacture and sale of motorcycles and any other activity related or linked to the metalworking industry". That was the moment when the founders, Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi, chose the spread-winged eagle as the company logo, in memory of their comrade-in-arms Giovanni Ravelli. The trio had served together in the Royal Navy's Aviation arm, where they had developed the idea of setting up a business to build innovative motorcycles once the war had ended. Ravelli died in 1919 during a test flight and his two friends decided to commemorate him with the symbol of the air division. The eagle has been the symbol of Moto Guzzi since then, and rapidly became a world-famous trademark. This was the beginning of an industrial enterprise based in Mandello del Lario – in the factory where Moto Guzzi bikes are still manufactured today – that has gone down in the history of world motorcycling, producing bikes that have become part of the collective imagination: bikes like the GT 500 Norge (1928) ridden to the Arctic Circle by founder Carlo Guzzi’s brother Giuseppe, the Airone 250 (1939), the Galletto (1950), which powered mass motorisation in the postwar period. The 1950s saw the debut of the wind tunnel – a world first in the motorcycle industry, and still open for visits today at the Mandello factory – the brainchild of a close-knit team of extraordinary engineers including Umberto Todero, Enrico Cantoni and a designer whose name would quickly acquire legendary status: Milan-born Giulio Cesare Carcano, father of the incredible Otto Cilindri, or V8, with a top speed of 285 km/hour (1955), and the prototypes that won 15 world speed titles and 11 Tourist Trophy titles between 1935 and 1957. In the 1960s, after the lightweight two-wheelers Stornello and Dingo, Moto Guzzi brought out the 700 cc 90° V-twin engine with cardan shaft final drive, destined to become the symbol of the Mandello manufacturer on such legendary models as the V7 Special, the V7 Sport, the California and the Le Mans. The engine was consistently evolved on this architecture and today, flanked by cutting-edge electronic control features, powers the most popular Moto Guzzi two-wheelers, such as the V7 range, the V9 Roamer and Bobber, and the great V85TT tourer, the world’s first-ever classic enduro. To celebrate the centenary, the entire Moto Guzzi range is also available in the special Centennial Livery, in an exclusive edition for 2021 only, inspired by the legendary Otto Cilindri racer. Moto Guzzi celebrates this extraordinary birthday with a 2021 full of initiatives that will culminate in the GMG - Giornate Mondiali Moto Guzzi, scheduled to be held in Mandello del Lario from 9 through 12 September. The GMG - Giornate Mondiali Moto Guzzi are always a must-attend event for any enthusiast and, eagerly anticipated, they are back ten years after the last edition. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts will flock from all over the world to experience a unique and unforgettable event, made possible by the collaboration between Moto Guzzi, Motoraduno Internazionale Committee and the municipality of Mandello del Lario. For such a special occasion, Moto Guzzi will produce a limited series of their models in a special Centennial Livery, which will be available on V7, V9 and V85 TT only throughout 2021. An exclusive, elegant and attractive colour scheme, evocative of a unique heritage, drawing its origins from the aesthetics of legendary bikes which made motorcycling history, first and foremost, the 8-cylinder of 1955. A mad and visionary idea, an extraordinary bike created to compete in the World Championship 500 class, a project so bold that it was ten years ahead of all global motorcycle production. This milestone in motorbike history has an extremely elegant colour scheme in its purely racing essence, combining the satin-finished metal of the fuel tank with the green of the fairing and the leather on the seat. Colours that also characterised the 350 Bialbero, one of the most victorious bikes in history, the unbeatable dominator of the 350 class in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing, with the amazing record of 9 consecutive world titles (5 Rider and 4 Manufacturer) from 1953 to 1957. Green was also the first colour “worn” by a Moto Guzzi with the Normale, the first model, and probably the most iconic of the Eagle’s colours. The Style Centre reinterpreted it in a modern approach with a matt finish and associated with metallic colours the express the solidity and authenticity of the Larian brand. The body colours are matched with a saddle covered with a natural coloured material, like that of leather, to highlight the typically Italian attention to detail. Other distinguishing details are the eagle in a gold finish and the dedicated logo that graphically celebrates Moto Guzzi’s 100 years. 100 YEARS OF HISTORY FOR THE MOST AUTHENTIC BRAND OF GLOBAL MOTORCYCLING More specifically, it was 15 March 1921 when the "Società Anonima Moto Guzzi" was established with the goal of "Manufacturing and sales of motorcycles and any other activity pertinent or connected to the metal mechanical industry". And it was precisely in that moment, in memory of one of the founders’ brothers in arms, that the eagle with spread wings was chosen as the new company’s symbol. Since then, the eagle, which quickly gained notoriety all over the world, has been Moto Guzzi’s symbol. And so, the operational headquarters were opened in Mandello del Lario – in the same plant where Moto Guzzi are still produced to this day – an industrial enterprise that had marked the history of global motorcycling through bikes that have become a part of the collective imagination such as the GT 500 Norge (1928) ridden to the Arctic Circle by Giuseppe Guzzi, brother of founder Carlo, the Airone 250 (1939), the Galletto (1950) which contributed to mass motorisation in the postwar period. In those years, the wind tunnel was opened – the first in the world in the motorcycling segment, which can still be visited in the Mandello plant – greatly desired by a close-knit team that included extraordinary engineers the likes of Umberto Todero, Enrico Cantoni and a designer who would soon become a legend: Milan native Giulio Cesare Carcano, father of the incredible 285 km/hour Otto Cilindri (in 1955) and the prototypes which, between 1935 and 1957, won no fewer than 15 world speed titles and 11 Tourist Trophies. In the ’60s, after the Stornello and Dingo light motorcycles, Moto Guzzi breathed life into the 700cc 90° V-twin with cardan shaft final drive, destined to become the very symbol of the Manufacturer from Mandello through legendary models like the V7 Special, V7 Sport, California and Le Mans. This engine has been consistently evolved on this architecture, all the way to driving, supported by the most advanced electronic control features, the most popular modern Moto Guzzis such as the V7 and V9 range in the Roamer and Bobber versions and the V85 TT traveller, the first ever classic enduro in the world.
  3. At the recent launch event of the all new 2021 Triumph Speed Twin, there was another new product category that Triumph Motorcycles UK launched as well - although not being a brand new motorcycle, the pick-up rate through the media circles were not as vast. Fret not though, over here at SingaporeBikes.com - we will be sharing with you this latest bit of technology gadget that Triumph owners can look forward to using on their motorcycles. At the time of this press release however, the Triumph Beeline device, app, and mapping services are not yet available for the South-East Asia market (that includes Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand for all you overlanders out there) but expect the adoption to come some time in the near future. The Triumph Beeline device currently support markets in UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. TRIUMPH Motorcycles are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! Direct from Triumph's press release, it states about the Triumph Beeline: "A new collaboration between Triumph and Beeline, the award-winning navigation brand, brings you a dedicated Beeline navigation system in a unique Triumph-branded package. Designed to give Triumph riders all the benefits of this incredibly easy to use and elegant navigation system, with a minimal, stylish, and robust alloy design. Perfect for all Triumph motorcycles, particularly the iconic Bonneville modern classic range." First things first, the purists amongst you may ponder why a motorcyclist would need a sat-nav, often it’s part of the fun getting lost on roads with a vague idea of knowing where you need to be. But that’s the beauty of the Beeline system - by connecting the machined alloy unit to the Beeline app on your smartphone, you can set your destination and press go for pointers in the right direction. Setting the navigation mode to ‘route’ will give clear turn-by-turn instructions to follow, or ‘compass’ with an arrow to give you location of your pre-determined location. It’s all visual cues (no audio alerts), with a clear backlit display doing all the proverbial talking. The unit can also be used as a speedometer, clock, and trip computer with route tracking & sharing. Your rides are stored on the Beeline app, so you can view your routes after the ride to see where you ended up going - and how many miles you covered. Securely mounted to any motorcycle with quick-release twist-lock system, the unit comes as standard with a universal elasticated strap mount to fit any handlebar setup. You can also choose to buy wing-mirror mounts, permanent bar mounts or choose a sticky-pad mount for the IP67 waterproof Beeline unit to live on, too. With genuine 30-hour battery life, the unit can be charged with the USB charging cable that it comes with, with a 2-year out-of-the-box warranty (1 year more than the standard unit) with free lifetime app & software updates. Once the Triumph Beeline is available in Singapore, we'd be sure to reach out to Mah Pte Ltd for a test unit! Specs & Features: 30-hour battery life 2-year warranty Free lifetime app and software update USB charging cable Elasticated strap mount and quick start guide included Speedometer, clock, and trip computer Route tracking and sharing Metric and imperial information options GPX route import option
  4. Launched in 2018, the Triumph Speed Twin set the benchmark for how a Modern Classic performance roadster should ride and feel thanks to its class-leading handling, thrilling and responsive engine, advanced rider technology and beautiful, modern custom style with category-defining premium finish and detailing. TRIUMPH Motorcycles are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! An award-winning motorcycle, the Speed Twin has been a great success and a customer favourite. Recognised for having the power and torque of the Thruxton R in an even more accessible set up, the Speed Twin delivered the contemporary custom style and engaged ride of the Street Twin, with even more premium and beautiful details and touches. And now for 2021, the Speed Twin brings an evolution in every dimension, from power and performance, to handling, technology and style - making it the perfect combination of character, style and genuine sport performance. Higher Performance – Significant Engine Update - 3PS more peak power, now 100PS at 7,250rpm - More mid-range power and torque - Peak torque now lower down the rev range, with 112Nm at 4,250rpm - More responsive with a 17% reduction in inertia - Lower emissions and fully Euro 5 compliant - High 10,000 mile / 16,000km first major service interval Better Handling - Even more precise, agile and dynamic modern roadster ride - New higher specification Marzocchi USD forks with cartridge damping - New higher specification Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers - New higher specification Metzeler Racetec RR tyres - New lightweight cast aluminium wheels - Comfortable, engaged riding position for a confidence-inspiring, intuitive feel Enhanced Technology - Upgraded riding modes – Road, Rain and Sport - High specification of standard equipment: o ABS and switchable traction control o LED lighting with DRL headlight (market specific) o Torque-assist clutch o Under-seat USB charging socket o Immobiliser More Premium Style and Detailing - New stylish 12-spoke wheels - New brushed stainless-steel twin upswept silencers - New anodised headlight and mudguard mounts - New distinctive tank graphics - Three contemporary colour schemes 50+ Custom Accessories - Genuine Triumph accessories for added style, practicality and security The all new 2021 Triumph Speed Twin will be available in Singapore starting from August 2021, pricing TBC. Higher Performance Significantly updated for 2021, the Speed Twin’s characterful 1200cc High Power Bonneville twin engine now has even higher performance, as well as lower emissions, making it fully Euro 5 compliant. The engine now delivers 3PS more peak power with 100PS at 7,250rpm, plus more power in the mid-range than the previous generation. Alongside the incredibly strong and linear power delivery, the 2021 Speed Twin also has a fuller torque curve, with peak torque of 112Nm arriving more than 500rpm lower down the rev range compared to the previous generation. The responsiveness of the Speed Twin engine has also been enhanced, thanks to a 17% reduction in inertia obtained via a new lightweight crankshaft and alternator. These enable the engine to spin up faster than the previous generation, and rev harder for longer, with a red line now 500rpm higher than before. In addition, new high compression pistons, revised ports and a new cam profile complete the list of performance enhancements. The distinctive sound of the Bonneville Twin is amplified by the new brushed stainless steel megaphone twin upswept sports silencers, that have been carefully crafted for a deep, throaty roar to match the Speed Twin’s legendary name. The innovative and uninterrupted exhaust header run cleverly conceals the catalyst box, delivering the characteristic clean-line “straight-run” design. As with all of the models in Triumph’s Modern Classic range, the cost of ownership is kept low thanks to the high first major service interval of 10,000 miles / 16,000 kilometres. Better Handling Already acknowledged for its superb, sure-footed comfortable handling, the new generation Speed Twin benefits from a number of significant upgrades for an even more precise, agile and dynamic ride. New for 2021, the Speed Twin comes equipped with higher specification upside down 43mm Marzocchi front forks with cartridge damping, bringing a more confidence-inspiring and comfortable ride with 120mm wheel travel. These are perfectly matched to the twin rear suspension units with adjustable spring preload, and 120mm rear wheel travel, both precisely tuned for even better handling and the perfect modern roadster ride. Further enhancing the new generation Speed Twin, braking performance is improved with new higher specification Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc front brake calipers and twin 320mm Brembo discs. Alongside the Nissin 2-piston floating rear caliper with 220mm disc, and ABS fitted as standard, these deliver a stronger initial braking-bite, more feel and better fade characteristics. Ensuring incredible grip, precision and high-speed stability, new Metzeler Racetec RR tyres are fitted as standard for the 2021 model, along with new cast aluminium wheels, 17” on both front and rear, with a lightweight 12-spoke design. A beautifully balanced motorcycle, the Speed Twin brings an intuitive and confidence-inspiring ride. The ergonomics are perfectly proportioned with an accessible 809mm seat height, a slim stand over width, tapered handlebars and a comfortable roadster foot-peg position, which are 38mm further forward and 4mm lower than the Thruxton, providing the rider with a more relaxed riding position. Enhanced Technology The new generation Speed Twin is packed with rider-focused technology, including a sophisticated ride-by-wire system that ensures precise throttle control and enables three riding modes: Rain, Road and Sport. These have been enhanced for 2021, adjusting both the throttle response and traction control settings to suit the rider’s preference. The riding modes can be changed at the touch of a button while on the move, to respond to any change in riding conditions, maximising rider confidence and safety. The rider can also choose to switch the traction control off independently through the instrument menu. The bike is also equipped with an LED rear light and indicators, and, where market legislation permits, the signature LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) is incorporated into the headlight. The contemporary 3D clocks incorporate a digital menu system accessed by the scroll button mounted on the handlebar. This provides the rider will all of the key information, including gear position, two trip settings, fuel level and range-to-empty, as well an average and current fuel consumption, access to traction control settings and TPMS indicator if fitted as an accessory. Other rider focused technology includes an under-seat USB charging socket, an accessory Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and an immobiliser with transponder integrated into the premium Triumph branded key. More Premium Style and Detailing In addition to the new 12 spoke cast wheels and twin upswept sporty silencers with brushed stainless-steel headers, the Speed Twin is characterised by its signature-shaped 14.5L tank with knee indents, beautiful bar end mirrors, sculpted side panels and stylish bench seat. Premium details and finishes are harmonised across the bike, including brushed aluminium front and rear mudguards with new mounts, plus brushed aluminium side panel finishers and heel guards. Additional premium touches and details can be found in the new anodised headlamp mounts to compliment the painted headlamp bowl, classic Monza fuel cap and clear anodised aluminium swingarm. For 2021, the Speed Twin is available in three paint schemes: the new vibrant and lustrous Red Hopper scheme, the sophisticated Matt Storm Grey with subtle yellow accents, or the timeless Jet Black. The Genesis of a Motorcycle Icon Changing the face of motorcycling, the original 1938 Triumph Speed Twin, with the world’s first successful parallel twin engine packaged into a game changing chassis, was a revelation to ride. Its smooth dynamic handling and superb responsive feel established Triumph as the number one motorcycle marque globally for performance and handling, setting the template for all that followed, and earning a global reputation for being the first real ‘riders bike’. For 2021, the new Speed Twin sets the benchmark all over again for its balance of torque-rich performance, agile and dynamic handling, and stunning contemporary custom motorcycle design and character. 50+ Custom Accessories The 2021 Speed Twin is the perfect platform for personalisation with over 50 custom accessories that riders can add to enhance the style, practicality and security of their bike. These range from multi-function LED indicators, to quilted seats and luggage, knee pads, engine embellishers, head bolt covers, sump plates, heated grips and many more. All genuine Triumph accessories have been designed and developed alongside the bike itself, to the same exacting standards, to ensure perfect integration and excellent durability, and all come with the same two-year unlimited mileage warranty. SPECIFICATIONS Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin Capacity 1200 cc Bore 97.6 mm Stroke 80 mm Compression 12.1:1 Maximum Power 100 PS / 98.6 bhp (73.6 kW) @ 7250 rpm Maximum Torque 112 Nm @ 4250 rpm Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection Exhaust Brushed stainless steel 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers Final Drive O ring chain Clutch Wet, multi-plate torque assist clutch Gearbox 6-speed CHASSIS Frame Tubular steel, with steel cradles Swingarm Twin sided aluminium Front Wheel Cast aluminium alloy 17” x 3.5” Rear Wheel Cast aluminium alloy 17” x 5.0” Front Tyre 120/70 ZR17 Rear Tyre 160/60 ZR17 Front Suspension Ø 43mm USD Marzocchi forks, 120mm travel Rear Suspension Twin RSUs with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel Front Brakes Twin Ø 320mm discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS Rear Brakes Single Ø 220mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS Instruments Twin dial analogue speedometer and tachometer with LCD multi-functional displays DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS Length 2099 mm Width (Handlebars) 778 mm Height Without Mirrors 1097 mm Seat Height 809 mm Wheelbase 1413 mm Rake 22.3° Trail 91.5 mm Wet weight 216 kg Fuel Tank Capacity 14.5 litres FUEL CONSUMPTION Fuel Consumption 5.1 litres / 100 km CO2 Figures 116 g/km Standard EURO 5 CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data are measured according to regulation 168/2013/EC. Figures for fuel consumption are derived from specific test conditions and are for comparative purposes only. They may not reflect real driving results.
  5. For the past several years, the middleweight naked sportbike class has kept its party going at a fever pitch. Street-ready motorcycles with sporting blood in them have helped keep the motorcycle industry’s wheels turning. And ready to shake its moneymaker at this party is the all-new 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660. Naked bike enthusiasts have held the Tuono moniker near and dear to their hearts for nearly two decades now. What was originally a stripped-down, sit-up version of the RSV Mille known for effortless wheelies evolved into a stripped-down, sit-up version of the RSV4, also known for effortless wheelies. The Tuono V4 delivers all the thrills and chills of a superbike in a more comfortable package and comfort certainly doesn’t diminish capability. The Aprilia Tuono 660 follows the same principle by taking the Aprilia RS 660 middleweight sportbike, tossing on a set of handlebars, shaving off some plastic and fiddling with geometry to make the RS 660’s sporting prowess and technological sophistication even more applicable to the street. There’s more to it, of course, but that’s the gist. If you have even a whiff of sport riding inclinations, a design brief like that has already piqued your interest. Now, let me hold your attention: the 659cc parallel-twin is an absolute gem, raring to go with its 270-degree firing order and a raspy exhaust note that will have Tuono V4 owners doing a double-take at bike night. Packing a 100 horsepower punch at 11,500 rpm and 50 lb-ft of torque at 10,500 rpm, the final blow to the Tuono 660’s competition is its stellar 403-pound wet weight, creating an impressive power-to-weight ratio (all figures claimed). Nearly 80% of the Tuono’s torque is available at a low 4,000 rpm, perfect for darting around traffic or lunging out of canyon apexes. It pulls and pulls hard up to around 9,500 rpm, where things level off nicely. Crucially, the Tuono’s powerplant doesn’t overwhelm. It excites, inspires and eggs you on as you dive into and out of corners, but it’s one that intermediate riders can handle and advanced riders can fully exploit. Although the 660 twin borrows some design features from Aprilia’s V4s, like the varied length intake funnels, electronically operated 48mm throttle bodies, a 13.5:1 compression ratio, an 81mm bore and basic cylinder head design, it is a unique animal and far more approachable. It feels tame at low rpm but revs up freely and energetically, revealing devilish charm to those who heartily twist the throttle. On the other hand, the Tuono’s rubber-mounted footpegs damped the vibration unlike the Aprilia RS660, and the optional up/down quickshifter is excellent — both marked improvements over the RS. What sets the Aprilia Tuono 660 apart from the crowd is the superbike-derived APRC (Aprilia Performance Ride Control) electronic suite, which includes five throttle maps, 3-level ABS, 3-level traction control, cruise control and engine braking management. There is also an optional Continental IMU that activates cornering ABS, lean-angle-sensitive traction control and cornering headlights. That being said, the standard electronics worked admirably, stepping in when needed and with predicable levels of intervention. Throttle maps include Commute (mellow), Dynamic (aggressive) and Individual (tailor to your liking). And when you switch from Road to Race on the full-color TFT dash, two more throttle maps appear: Challenge (preset) and Time Attack (customizable), which replace the speedometer with a lap timer. Based on the RS 660 chassis, the Tuono 660’s lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame uses the engine as a stressed member, but it uses two mounting points instead of three to reduce rigidity and enhance response at a street pace. Beyond that, the triple clamp offset is updated, resulting in a slightly steeper 23.9-degree rake for more agility, and the wheelbase is marginally shorter at 54.3 inches. While the specs suggest a more nimble machine than the RS600, the biggest impact on handling is the upright riding position, wide handlebar and lower footpegs. Once settled into the reasonably comfortable 32.3-inch saddle, the Tuono 660 is a willing partner, ready to be chucked and hustled through every turn with little input. The same can be said at low speeds, thanks to generous lock-to-lock steering — something Tuono V4 owners will envy, for sure. Another notable change is to the sporty KYB suspension. Still featuring preload and rebound damping adjustment at both ends, the Tuono only allows adjustment in one fork leg, unlike the RS660. The suspenders are set up for the streets and gobble up rough roads like nobody’s business while keeping the bike in shape during spirited riding. I’d prefer more compression damping because g-outs can unsettle the otherwise rock-steady chassis, but most riders will be in good shape, and we wouldn’t shy away from a rip at the racetrack, either. Braking hardware is more premium than what you’ll find on most middleweight sportbikes, with a pair of Brembo 4-piston front calipers grabbing onto 320mm floating discs and a 2-piston Brembo rear caliper squeezing a 220mm disc, both offering great feel and stopping power. Boiled down to its finer points, the Aprilia Tuono 660 takes up an exciting position within the jam-packed middleweight class. On one side are the more affordable, less powerful and less sophisticated Japanese offerings like the Honda CBR600R, Kawasaki Z650 and Yamaha MT-07. On the other side are other European middleweights that, while more comparable to the Tuono’s price tag and technology, are on the higher end of the middleweight spectrum, such as the Ducati Monster (937cc), KTM 890 Duke R and Triumph Street Triple 765 R, and thus offer more performance. In between sits the Tuono 660. The Tuono 660 and RS660 are essential parts of Aprilia’s strategy. They attract new customers to the brand, and they serve as stepping stones to its higher-displacement models. Now Aprilia has middleweight counterparts to its popular, powerful Tuono V4 and RSV4 lineups. Tuono, which means “thunder” in Italian, is a name that carries serious weight in the naked segment. The new Tuono 660 lives up to the legend while adding a new dimension to the paradigm. Agile, user-friendly, wickedly fun and properly sporty, the 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 brings a lot to the party. To take advantage of this deal, head over to Mah Pte Ltd today to look at their range of Aprilia sports bike available and you might just find yourself riding home on a new Italian stallion! Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 Specs: Base Price: To be advised Website: www.mah.com.sg Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl. Displacement: 659cc Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 63.9mm Horsepower: 100 horsepower @ 10,500 rpm (claimed) Torque: 49.4 lb-ft @ 8,500 rpm (claimed) Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated wet slipper clutch Final Drive: O-ring chain Wheelbase: 54.3 in. Rake/Trail: 23.9 degrees/4.1 in. Seat Height: 32.3 in. Wet Weight: 403 lbs. (claimed) Fuel Capacity: 4.0 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on
  6. The new rule is 2! For a limited period, @Mah Pte Ltd is running a "2" promo! - interest capped at 2% for the first 2 years - 20% off all accessories - S$200 voucher Drop us a mail at [email protected] or Whatsapp any of the sales guys below! Julien - https://wa.me/6588288248 Roy - https://wa.me/6582228081 Mahfuz - https://wa.me/6581124041 *Promotion is valid for the following brands ONLY - Triumph - Piaggio - Vespa - aprilia - Moto Guzzi - SYM - indian - Beta Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393
  7. Earlier in the year, we did an article on the launch of the all new 2021 Aprilia RS660 that was soon to arrive on our shores. It has been one of the most anticipated sports bike launch out of the Italian manufacturer Aprilia to come out for quite some item. You can read our previous review of the Aprilia RS660 here: As we expected, the direct competitor to the Yamaha R6 was launched to much fanfare and its performance did not disappoint. The Aprilia RS660 is now available from Aprilia's distributor in Singapore - Mah Pte Ltd and can be yours for a machine price of S$28,000 - which does seems like a bargain after you consider what comes stock on the bike and also its latest suite of technological improvements. Mah Pte Ltd is making the deal even sweeter now however, by throwing in a extended warranty and servicing package if you purchase the 2021 Aprilia RS660 now as part of their launch promotion (And this is a testament to their belief in the build quality and reliability of the Aprilia brand!): Top up S$1,000 and enjoy 3 years unlimited mileage warranty 3 years service package (oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs and valve clearance!) To take advantage of this deal, head over to Mah Pte Ltd today to look at their range of Aprilia sports bike available and you might just find yourself riding home on a new Italian stallion! Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393
  8. Special promotion with Le Bistrot Du Sommelier for Vespa owners by Mah Pte Ltd! Vespa Scooters are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Indulge in a special Vespa Pic Nic treat in the middle of the city! From the revolutionary Vespa Primavera, the Vespa Pic Nic is born - created with features that give off the vibe of a relaxing picnic day. Celebrate the launch of Vespa Pic Nic in Singapore, and live more spontaneously. Check out our event coverage of the Vespa Pic Nic launch here: Flash your Vespa key at Le Bistrot Du Sommelier and get an exclusively curated picnic box at just $55 nett. Serving size is for 4, so grab a few friends and hang out together! Le Bistrot Du Sommelier 53 Armenian St, Singapore 179940 Vespa owners also enjoy 5% off Le Bistrot Du Sommelier’s wines and ala carte menu. Come on down to 53 Armenian Street (next to Singapore Management University) and check out the new Vespa Pic Nic, while you indulge in a tantalising collection of hearty, tasty, classic French food and an unusual selection of natural wines. Promo ends 31 May 2021, so hurry down now.
  9. A perfect fit to the iconic Vespa Primavera is the acclaimed Italian motoring brand's newest concept, the Vespa Pic Nic. Born out of a creative idea that matches the lifestyle of those that retain a sense of freedom and curiosity with nature, the Vespa Pic Nic set is a perfect limited-edition iteration of the Primavera that was launched in the '60s and beloved by those who have passion for new experiences. Vespa Scooters are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! Besides standing out for the special features in terms of design that set the mood of a modern rustic chic picnic in every detail, this limited edition set fulfils the need for a fresh breeze. The model comes in three colours: White Innocenza Green Relax Grey Materia White Innocenza Grey Materia Green Relax The launch event for the Vespa Pic Nic was held on the night of the 14th of April 2021, beautifully hosted by Mr Eugene Mah, Managing Director of Mah Pte Ltd and members of the media and customers were on hand to see this latest creation from the Italian brand. As usual, the event was a huge success, with Mah's classic hospitality the highlight of the day (in addition to the Vespa Pic Nic of course!). Paired with great food and wine, this event was a good welcome and sign back to days of old before the pandemic. Of course, all safe distancing measures and legal requirements were met. Our friends from @TRI333PLE hard at work The machine price of the 2021 Vespa Pic Nic is S$7,300 with all the goodies you see attached coming with the bike in its stock configuration. Aside from the special colour palette, the Pic Nic comes with Vespa's original front rack with a picnic mat, as well as a rear wooden box that is created specifically for the Pic Nic. The machine price is S$500 above the standard Vespa Primavera 150 and we think this represents excellent value. What's more, the Vespa Pic Nic 150 will be limited to ONLY 9 units in Singapore, with 3 of each colour, so if you want to get your hands on one of these beautiful Italian scooters, please contact Mah Pte Ltd soonest to secure your unit. Vespa Pic Nic is created with features that give off the vibe of a relaxing picnic day. The signature belt in beige adds a touch of rustic chic elegance to the livery of the scooter. The front rack, as well as the rear rack (standard equipment on Vespa Pic Nic), have one brown strap respectively, that not only embellish the look of the vehicle but are also functional items to tighten to the Vespa Pic Nic the items to be carried with you in your journey out of town. The rustic character of the set is reflected also in the brown details of the livery such as the footrest and the dedicated stickers that complete a harmonious ensemble. The unique saddle is designed only for the Vespa Pic Nic: different shades of brown are tailored to provide the most sophisticated look and never-before-experienced comfort. The small Italian flag positioned on the saddle strap is a further reminder of the origin of this wonderful bike, whose body, as per Vespa’s signature, is completely made of steel. The beauty of the scooter is ultimately highlighted by the chromed details of the crest, the white outlines of the shield and the white rims. Vespa Pic Nic range is equipped with 12"-wheel rims, made of aluminium alloy and with a five-spoke design, specially conceived in white by Piaggio Group’s Italian design centre. They bring out the chicness of the scooter, ensuring a ride in style for the young spirits that are constantly on the lookout for an enjoyable escape from the city. Meanwhile, the Vespa Pic Nic comes with accessories and merchandises that complete the unique experience with the scooter. The picnic blanket, enriched by the embossed Vespa Pic Nic logo, and the special rattan basket (with fixing kit which allows the basket to located firmly on the rear rack) with leather details create the vintage vibe of a classic stylish picnic. The picnic kit is completed by the white cooling bag (inside the basket) where food and drinks can be stored once the journey outdoor begins. Special Vespa tumblers, available in grey and white, are designed to keep your drink at the temperature you want. A branded fedora hat, a tote bag (which is available in white and grey) and a white T-shirt with heritage graphic, are also available to level up the outfits of the picnickers who are enjoying their carefree trip in the countryside. In terms of experience, riding the Vespa Pic Nic will definitely be a smooth ride. It is driven by modern one-cylinder four-stroke 150 cc iGet engines, air-cooled and equipped with electronic injection and 3-valve distribution. Each detail from the exhaust to the inner structure of the transmission casing was designed to provide a smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. The control unit contains a barometric sensor, which ensures always optimum combustion under all conditions and at all altitudes. The engine power and torque delivered thus reach new levels of steadiness and reliability, also in city traffic, characterised by continuous “stop and go”. The engines are environmentally friendly and perform at the top of their category, making the Vespa especially perky both under city traffic conditions and in open-road stretches. This brilliant performance comes together with extremely low fuel consumption. Vespa Scooters are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! An iconic symbol of style and timeless beauty, Vespa Primavera's latest variety arrives perfectly to steer us from the dark clouds looming over us in these strange times. Find time, especially this summer season, to have an enjoyable moment together at the park or in your own backyard with family and loved ones while staying safe at home. As we all know, a picnic is not just a social gathering but also a time to breathe and savour every single moment of the day.
  10. Article by CarBuyer.com.sg, kudos to Deyna Chia for the awesome writeup! TRIUMPH Motorcycles are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! This is Triumph’s new Tiger 900, and if you’ve never looked at the Tiger before, or don’t know what it is, this might be the best time to change your perspective because the Tiger has changed much more than its stripes. Like the preponderance of SUVs in Singapore, adventure bikes have dominated motorcycle sales in recent years. As a result, you can get off-road styled bikes of every shape and size – even a scooter. While the Japanese 2A ‘light’ adventure offerings, such as the Honda CB400X, are the equivalent of an everyman’s Honda HR-V, the European mid-weight adventure bike segment is for those who want a bit more of everything, without going full-on safari around town. The brief here is for a bike that’s lithe enough for that intra-city commute through murderous traffic (yes, the jams are back), comfy and tough enough for long distance trips (when it’s finally “safe” to ride northwards), and with enough oomph to beat other commuters in the traffic light-to-light dash and more. This Tiger 900 is totally new, despite the familiar styling cues. Its predecessor, the Tiger 800, was a solid and sometimes stolid choice, first debuting in 2010 and updated twice in its life-cycle (2014, 2018), but it was clear Triumph needed something totally clean-sheet to, well, triumph. The new bike is made in Thailand, and like some Ducatis, as well as cars from the Land of Smiles (and more protests), that’s not a problem – in fact it’s the opposite. The build quality of the Tiger 900 is visibly up two notches over the Tiger 800. For example the silver segments on the fairing are painted-on, not stickers, encased in a generous thick layer of clear coat. Sporting an all-new chassis, subframe and suspension, smaller headlight (LED lighting with daytime running lights, complete with removable headlight protector) and revised fairing. As usual with the Tiger models, there’s a dizzying array of versions to choose from. In Singapore the lineup consists of the entry-level Tiger 850 Sport, then the 900 models: GT Low, GT Pro, and Rally Pro. The GT models being road-centred, and the Rally models being more ‘proper’ adventure and off-road ready. The model ridden here is the GT Low, which is almost 50mm lower than the standard model thanks to the seat and unique suspension layout. Compare that to the 800mm-plus seat height of other adventure bikes, and the Tiger makes a much easier time of it with no tiptoeing, and pushing it is relatively easy too thanks to its 194kg wet weight, and 5kg lighter than the Tiger 800. While we don’t usually need to opt for shorter seats, being 1.8-metres tall, we can see how the GT Low would be a boon for riders of a smaller stature. The seat has two height settings – 760mm and 780mm – and we chose to set the seat in the “high” position, and this meant full sole contact on the ground and bent knees. Unexpectedly, we found the sitting position to be ergonomic, with no complaints from the knees, the 10mm narrower handlebars (complete with handlebar guards) positioned just right, resulting in a neutral, neither sit-in nor sit-on position. The riding position allowed for easy steering, so easy in fact, the bike responded really well to successive left-right-left flicks. So quick and so composed, the Tiger 900 felt much like the Street Triple – and that’s saying a lot! The more powerful three-cylinder engine is certainly responsible for that too, the new 900cc unit is Euro V compliant, producing 10 percent more torque (87Nm at 7,250rpm) and nine percent more power in the mid-range rpm, but with the same peak power of 94hp at 8,750rpm. That translates to more power and better acceleration all-round, and is enjoyably punchy. The Tiger 900’s engine pulls really hard from 4,000 to 4,800rpm, tapers, then picks up again from 5200rpm to 7000rpm, even in sixth. The fly-by-wire throttle is seamless, reducing the usual lurching when rolling-off and getting on the throttle again immediately. On the downside, there was some buzziness from the engine, especially above 6,000rpm, possibly a result of the new firing order, which also makes the bike sound more like a parallel twin than the much-loved Triumph triple burble/whine. What I found unusual was buzziness in the engine, particularly above 6000rpm, apparently a result of the new 1,3,2 firing order, a departure from the 120 degree configuration from the earlier engines. Aurally, the Tiger 900 sounds more like a Yamaha TDM with its 270 degree parallel twin, i.e. sounding more “twin” like than the classic Triumph “triple” exhaust note. Even the characteristic high pitch whine is now muted. It was happy leaning to a considerable 40+ degrees, at which point the adventure-sized 19-inch front wheel would require more, perhaps excessive, handlebar input to increase lean angle. Tackling sweepers spiritedly would also cause a bit of rear wheel bobbing (evident by tyre wear), a characteristic of softly-sprung adventure bikes, but we were able to mitigate that by increasing the preload a few clicks. As for non-spirited daily riding, the Triumph’s broad power band, agile handling, and low seat make easy work of the urban jungle, and without panniers the bike’s not particularly broad either. The GT Low doesn’t have an up-down quickshifter, available as an option, and standard on the GT Pro and Rally Pro. We did notice that there was some heat directed at the right knee, though if you don’t wear shorts, nor spend 15 minutes on end in traffic it shouldn’t be a problem. Like any self-respecting Euro adventure bike now, the Tiger’s brimming with technology on all fronts, and it is quite well-specced. On the safety front, Brembo Stylema front brakes deliver good power and feel, even with one finger, and that’s helped along by riding modes (Rain, Road, Sport, Off-Road) and a new optimized cornering ABS and traction control, with IMU (inertia measurement unit). The Tiger 900 now sports a 7.0-inch TFT display for a dashboard, which apart from having four layout styles to choose from, also includes a half screen Turn-by-Turn navigation, which requires option hardware, and operation via the My Triumph app. Triumph has clearly thought this through, since a waterproof handphone compartment complete with charging capability is provided under the passenger seat. Additionally, the battery is now accessible under the rider’s seat by simple removal of a plastic shroud. Underseat phone charger is a nifty feature In competition, the BMW F 850 GS and Ducati Multistrada 950 are the closest, with a similar size, spec, though you pay more for the premium badge of course. Like Triumph always does, the Tiger 900 offers lots of bang for the buck in comparison. If we were in the market for an adventure bike agile enough for daily commute, long tank range (each fill up is good for 350km), characterful engine and exhaust note, at a price tag reflective of the world economy, the Tiger 900 would be on that short-list without a doubt. TRIUMPH Motorcycles are distributed exclusively in Singapore by: Mah Pte Ltd www.mah.com.sg Address: 1179 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 328232 Phone: 6295 6393 Contact them today for special deal for SingaporeBikes.com members! Triumph Tiger 900 GT Engine 888cc, inline 3 Power 94hp at 8750rpm Torque 87Nm at 7250rpm Gearbox 6-speed manual 0-100km/h Not quoted Top Speed Not quoted Wet Weight 198kg Seat Height 760-780mm Agent Mah Motors (www.mah.com.sg) Price S$29,419.05 machine price Availability Now Verdict Feature-packed, well rounded middle-weight adventure bike that handles like its highly regarded brethren, now accessible to a wider audience.
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