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  • Petron Blaze RON 100 fuel – list of all stations in M’sia

    Petron Blaze RON 100

    Petron Malaysia has announced an expanded list of stations that offer its latest Blaze 100 Euro 4M petrol. A total of 42 stations (31 in the Klang Valley, 11 in Johor) now carry the high performance fuel, up from just six at the initial launch in January 2016.

    Currently, Petron Blaze 100 is priced at RM2.60 per litre, 65 sen more than the RON 97. It isn’t regulated in the same way RON 95, RON 97 and diesel are, so any changes to its price (if any) may not necessarily happen on the 1st of each month. You can read up on RON 100 fuel here.

    Here’s the latest list of Petron stations in Malaysia that offer Petron Blaze 100:

    Klang Valley

    • Petron Jalan Maarof
    • Petron Sg Besi Toll Southbound
    • Petron Taman Tun Dr Ismail
    • Petron Kesas Westbound
    • Petron Mile 3 Federal Highway
    • Petron Damansara Kayu Ara
    • Petron Elite
    • Petron Bukit Bintang
    • Petron Lebuh Bandar Utama
    • Petron Taman Universiti
    • Petron Puchong Indah
    • Petron Subang Indah
    • Petron MRR2 Selayang
    • Petron Rahman Putra
    • Petron Bukit Lanjan SB
    • Petron Jalan Universiti
    • Petron MRR2 Bukit Antarabangsa
    • Petron IOI Park (new)
    • Petron Bukit Tinggi (new)
    • Petron Bandar Menjalara (new)
    • Petron Bukit Lanjan North Bound (new)
    • Petron Klang Parade (new)
    • Petron Puchong Utama (new)
    • Petron Jalan Gasing (new)
    • Petron MRR2 Melati (new)
    • Petron Mile 6 Cheras (new)
    • Petron Jalan Selangor SS (new)
    • Petron Sri Damansara 3 (new)
    • Petron Kampung Tunku (new)
    • Petron Jalan Kim Chuan (new)
    • Petron LDP KL Bound (new)

    Johor

    • Petron Skudai Toll Northbound
    • Petron Linkedua Southbound
    • Petron Gelang Patah
    • Petron Jalan Danga
    • Petron Puteri Wangsa
    • Petron Taman Daya 2
    • Petron Kebun Teh Utama (new)
    • Petron Taman Jaya (new)
    • Petron Pandan Ulung (new)
    • Petron Jalan Tebra (new)
    • Petron Jalan Yahya Awal (new)
     
     
  • Velomacchi Speedway edition backpack for bikers

    One of the truisms of riding a motorcycle on a daily basis is having to carry it all with you, literally. Unless you’re riding a Honda Gold Wing, or a bike equipped with panniers, bringing your daily essentials along with you means lugging everything around in a backpack. The big problem with most backpacks is that they are designed for walkers and trekkers, where the body is upright, and body movements are very different from riding a motorcycle.

    Velomacchi, based in Oregon, US, believes it has the answer with the Speedway roll-top backpack. From an asphaltandrubber.com report, the Speedway backpack is designed with the requirements of motorcyclists in mind. These include a properly water-proof compartment with a three-point rotating harness system that places the backpack close to the rider’s centre of gravity, and a magnetic clasp to hold everything together.

    The pivoting shoulder straps hold the backpack in one position on the rider’s back, as the rider moves around while maneuvering. Water-proof front pockets hold occassional gear, while a dedicated pocket lets the rider carry essential medical information. There is even a leash for keys and accessories, and a hands-free helmet clip.

    Velomacchi Speedway roll-top backpack (20)

    There is even provision to insert an optional water bladder for those long rides. The Speedway backpack is made from 1000D competition fabric that resists tears and abrasion, while the quilted backpanel is made from ballistic material with tuck-away straps. Capacity for the backpack is 25 litres – 20 litres in the main compartment and five litres in the pockets – and will accommodate a laptop easily.

    Available from purchase from the Velomacchi website, the Speedway backpack retails for USD299 (RM1,200). A range of matching laptop and tablet sleeves is also available for purchase, as well as other riding accessories such as gloves.



     
     
  • Vincent Series ‘C’ White Shadow sold for RM1.75 mil

    Vincent White Shadow Series C - 1

    At a time when the world’s fastest production car was the Jaguar XK120, with its top speed of 193 km/h, the Vincent Black Shadow could do 201 km/h, with drum brakes and girder forks. Vincents were expensive and rare, with only 1,507 Series ‘C’ 1,000 cc V-twin Black Shadows produced.

    Rarer still was the White Shadow, essentially a Black Shadow with the engine block and cases – melted down from Supermarine Spitfires – polished to a bare-metal shine. Vincent made only 15 White Shadows between 1949 to 1951, and most were lost to history. One unit popped up for auction at Bonham’s auction house in 2009, but little more was heard from this rarest of Vincents.

    Till recently, that is. According to an autoevolution report, a Vincent White Shadow appeared in the listings at Bonham’s for the Las Vegas motorcycle show in January. What is even more intriguing about this particular example, instead of having its bodywork painted black, as was the norm with both Black and White Shadows of the series, this one came painted red.

    From the factory, the Chinese Red colour was only used on the Vincent Rapide touring motorcycles, and how and why this particular White Shadow came to be painted this shade of red remains a mystery. This bike’s peculiar paint-job only came to light when the owner wanted to restore it in the 80s, and found red paint in the crevices of the girder fork.

    Retro-fitted with electronic ignition and Amal Mk II carburettors, the authenticity of this Vincent White Shadow Series ‘C’ is verified by the Vincent Owner’s Club. What does it cost? Well, this one sold for USD434,000 (RM1,750,000) at the Las Vegas auction in January.

     
     
  • 2016 Mugen Shinden Go electric racebike shown

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    Mugen today unveiled its 2016 Shinden Go electric racebike at the Tokyo motor show. The Shinden Go (which means “Magnificent Lightning Five” in Japanese) is designed to compete in the TT Zero class at the Isle of Man TT (IoMTT), where Mugen hopes riders John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey will ride the bike to success.

    The TT Zero Challenge class, started in 2009, is designed to showcase the future of clean energy in high performance motorcycles. TT Zero machines are required to be equipped with a power plant emitting zero carbon dioxide. While internal combustion engined bikes do three to six laps of the IoM course, TT Zero bikes only do one 60 km lap, a reflection of the current state of battery performance and capacity.

    New developments in battery technology, electric motor and the frame have been incorporated into the Shinden Go, from knowledge and experience accumulated over the past four racing seasons. Aside from improvements in the battery system and motor, the bike’s cooling system has also been re-designed to improve the efficiency of the electric motor.

    MUGEN-shinden_02

    Using a CFRP monocoque chassis for decreased weight and increased stiffness, the battery now resides inside the frame, improving aerodynamics. A cross-link rocker rear suspension, courtesy of M-Tec, decreases the physical size of the suspension, allowing room for a bigger battery.

    The 2016 Mugen Shinden Go’s oil-cooled, brushless electric motor is rated at a claimed 160 hp and 210 Nm torque. Weighing in at 250 kg, the 2016 Mugen Shinden Go is looking to beat the 2015 Shinden Yon’s lap time of 19 minutes 2.785 seconds at an average speed of 191.28 kmh, which gave the team first place at last year’s IoMTT Zero.

     
     
  • 2016 Triumph Street Twin Malaysia intro – RM55,900

    2106 Triumph Street Twin PR pics - 1

    Triumph motorcycles has officially introduced the 2016 Street Twin in Malaysia, with a retail price of RM55,900. We had a first look at the 2016 Street Twin when it hit the showroom floor two weeks ago.

    This announcement from official Malaysian Triumph distributor Fast Bikes is the first of a series of four Bonneville models for this year. These include the Bonneville T120, T120 Black and the much anticipated Thruxton R that are expected in the showroom soon.

    Using a brand new liquid-cooled 900 cc parallel twin, the Street Twin is the first of the “Bonnies” to use the engine, after the retirement of the previous air-cooled parallel twin that had a lineage dating back to the 1940s. The new engine will come in 900 and 1,200 cc versions, with ride-by-wire, and a slip-assist clutch driving a five-speed gearbox.

    There is a combination of new and old tech at work on the Street Twin. As standard equipment, the Twin comes with ABS and switchable traction control, while the single large speedometer now features a small LCD display providing all necessary information for the rider, including gear position indicator and fuel consumption.

    This retro-styled machine harks back to the hey-day of the British twin motorcycle, when the fastest bikes in the world came from England. The fuel tank is shaped much like Triumph’s models from the 50s and 60s, albeit now with a fuel pump to feed the EFI, instead of an Amal carburettor. A nice touch is the under-seat USB charging port.

    2106 Triumph Street Twin PR pics - 5

    Recognising that the Street Twin is likely to appeal to a broad range of riders, the seat height is a low 750 mm, lower than the Harley Iron 883 and the Ducati Scrambler, the Street Twin’s closest competitors. “Having already generated positive reviews from the world’s motorcycling media, the Triumph Street Twin is riding from strength-to-strength here for its official Malaysian introduction,” said Datuk Razak Al-Malique Hussain, chief operating officer of Fast Bikes.

    The 2016 Triumph Street Twin comes in five colours – Jet Black, Phantom Black, Matte Black, Silver, and Red – with cast wheels and LED rear lights. Retail pricing for the Street Twin is RM55,900 including GST, excluding road tax and insurance.

     
     
  • Shell #ShellSelamatSampai – road safety movement

    2016 MV Agusta Stradale 800 -2

    Since Merdeka, Shell Malaysia has been involved in road safety training at school level, with the Shell Traffic Games being held annually at school-level for the past six decades. Recognising that times, and public perception, have changed, Shell yesterday – in conjunction with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety and the Malaysian Road Saftey department (JKJR) – launched #ShellSelamatSampai, a programme designed to drive road safety behaviour in three strategic environments, namely secondary schools, universities and the community.

    Beginning with secondary schools, #ShellSelamatSampai will provide knowledge and practical training as part of the school’s official extra-curricular programme. This learning module is developed in collaboration with JKJR, with Shell providing funding for selected students that successfully complete the training to obtain their motorcycle licenses.

    At university and college level, “road safety bootcamps” will be held to teach students defensive driving, and have their motorcycles inspected by the Road Transport department (JPJ). Shell will also work with communities where schools, colleges and unviersities are located to create Shell Safety Zones, so that students can travel safely to and from school.

    2016 MV Agusta Stradale 800 -5

    During his speech, Datuk Seri Saripuddin Kasim, chief secretary of the Road Transport department, pointed out that the nation has to bear losses of RM9 billion a year as the result of road accidents and lost productivity, not to mention the human cost. “Studies by MIROS have shown that the segment of population most at risk from road accidents is the 18 to 25 age group,” said Saripuddin.

    In addition to this, Shell has also recently announced a partnership with MIROS to improve road safety through the International Road assessment programme (IRAP). This programme intends to provide a comprehensive evaluation of roads throughout Malaysia in order to improve road conditions and safety.

     
     
  • MV Agusta restructuring plan for financial problems

    Mercedes-AMG MV Agusta F3 800 Solar Beam (10)

    Despite closing 2015 with a turnover of 100 million euro (RM45 million), an increase of 30% over the previous year, MV Agusta are in financial hot water over its ability to finance continued commitments towards its current growth and development of new motorcycle models.

    With its 2016 order book back-ordered to 42% over last year’s figures, and 100 million euro in turnover, MV seem to have reached something of a tough situation with regards to continued funding. Creditors are reportedly pushing hard for some sort of settlement, to the tune of 40 million euro (RM180.7 million), with a 15 million euro (RM67.7 million) loan from Banco Popolare di Milano taking the lion’s share.

    Mercedes-AMG, holding a 25% stake in MV, has been rumoured to be looking into a larger stake in MV, but no news has been forth-coming, and something of a denial of such a thing happening has been issued by MV.

    Mercedes-AMG MV Agusta F3 800 Solar Beam (3)

    “MV Agusta has decided to hold its ground together with the employees and its creditors by means a composition with creditors proceeding to request continuity that will allow the company to be able to restructure and generate positive growth returns for its stakeholders,” said an official press statement.

    It remains to be seen what the final outcome will be, since the loan facility from Banco Popolare will immediately fall due should Mercedes-AMG drop its share-holding in MV below 20%. MV expressed confidence that its current financial liquidity issue will be resolved, but neglected to release any details of its proposed restructuring plan.

     
     
  • LIT Motors C-1 – the future of two-wheeled transport?

    Lit_Motors-C1_01

    Despite appearances to the contrary, the dominant form of transportation around the world is the motorcycle. This fact led LIT Motors founder Danny Kim to re-think what was required of a car as urban transport, and how to combine it with his other passion, riding a motorcycle.

    Based in San Francisco, US, LIT Motors – formed in 2010 – was Kim’s brain-child, an answer to the congested city streets and vehicle pollution created during rush-hour commutes. The fact that the majority of vehicles in cities are only occupied by a single occupant struck Kim as he was nearly crushed underneath a 4WD vehicle he was building.

    He wondered why he was building such a large vehicle when most people drive alone. Thus, the LIT Motors C-1 was born in 2013. Starting by going back to school to earn a degree in industrial design and sustainable transportation, the C-1 prototype was a fully-enclosed, single-seat, electric two-wheeler.

    Kim recognised the fact that while motorcycles stay upright only by virtue of the rider’s input, this would not be a workable solution for the C-1, which was intended as a replacement for the typical car, and marketed to non-motorcyclists. The solution to keeping the C-1 upright and stable was a pair of gyroscopes.

    The gyroscopes keep the C-1 up-right even when unattended, and are spin fast enough to prevent it from toppling even when pulled by an SUV. Steering is by-wire, and uses a car steering wheel. While motorcycles steer using counter-steering, the C-1 uses signals generated by steering movement to turn the motion into counter-steering, letting the C-1 lean into turns the way a motorcycle does.

    Lit_Motors-C1_02

    Powered by lithium iron phosphate batteries, LIT claims the C-1 has a top speed of 160 kmh, while 0-100 kmh is done and dusted in less than 6 seconds, and a range of 320 km per charge. The C-1 weighs in at a hefty 360 kg, due to the battery pack, gyroscopes and full-coverage bodywork.

    A mishap in 2015 left Kim bed-ridden for six months, and he has only recently resumed work. In the meantime, the LIT team has developed a new prototype, the EP4, which is under-going development. Pricing for the C-1 was listed as 24,000 USD (RM96,600) during its initial kickstarter campaign, but no word on what current or final pricing is likely to be.


     
     
  • 2016 Yamaha X-Max 250 cc scooter in Indonesia?

    Reports have emerged in Indonesian media that the 2016 Yamaha X-Max 250 cc scooter was showcased just before the screening of the Qatar MotoGP race on Indonesian TV recently. Rumours are rife that the maxi-scooter is due in the Indonesian market soon, as a range-topper to the 150 cc N-Max.

    The 2016 Yamaha X-Max is a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 249 cc scooter that has a power output of 20 hp and 21 Nm of torque. Available in Europe since 2014 with EFI and ABS, the Yamaha X-Max is marketed as a daily commuter alternative to a car.

    Differing names have been put forward for the Indonesian X-Max, with one website calling it the “M-Max”. The 2016 Yamaha X-Max is not available in Malaysia, but retails in Britain for 4,499 pounds sterling (RM25,636), while the Yamaha N-Max 150 cc scooter retails locally for RM8,812. An alternative to the X-Max is the 2016 Kawasaki J300 scooter, which retails for RM31,489.

     
     
  • BMW not interested in MotoGP, says Motorrad CEO

    2016 WorldSBK, Round 02, Buriram, Thailand

    Despite having a very successful business year in 2015, BMW Motorrad has unequivocally stated it has no intention to compete in MotoGP. According to an autoevolution report, BMW Motorrad CEO Stephan Schaller has stated that BMW Motorrad will concentrate its efforts towards developing road-going motorcycles and will not be forming a two-racebike team in the top-flight of motorcycle racing.

    With its coffers bulging, BMW Motorrad obviously does not have financial issues when it comes to racing. “BMW would obviously have the economic strength to participate in the championship, but we will not use it to have two riders racing in that category,” said Schaller.

    BMW has withdrawn from formally competing in championship racing, with its last effort being the World Superbike in 2013. However, it continues racing efforts with a support programme for privateers, with one million USD (RM4,000,000) being allocated as contingency funding. This funding will support “19 championships, 318 races in 23 countries, on six continents, with the overall winner and the top 15 riders collecting cash prizes,” as reported.

    While BMW Motorrad has no desire to compete in MotoGP, Austrian outfit KTM seems to be setting its sights forward to the future. KTM CEO Stefan Pierer had previously said that the boys from Spielberg would not enter MotoGP due to investment and financial issues, only to announce successfully testing its RC16 MotoGP bike.

    According to reports the RC16 is already putting out 270 hp, and KTM is looking to get even more horses out of the V-four engine. At the moment, KTM has signed up Bradley Smith, formerly of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP team, to spearhead its MotoGP efforts in 2016.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 12 Apr 2018