Sunday, November 9, 2008

National Bikers Week 2008

28.29.30 November 2008

National Bikers Weekend (NBW) at Singapore's new iconic Singapore Flyer serves not only as a perfect venue for thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts, race professionals, bike clubs and individual riders to gather and celebrate motorcycle culture in Singapore, but aims to fuse a national motoring identity to all Singaporeans.

Not only is NBW an exciting weekend event for all motorcyclists from all walks of life, it is a lifestyle festival targeted at bikers and their families! That's right bring down your loved ones and while you immerse yourself in motorcycling culture, there will be lifestyle booths and fun-filled activities for all visitors and kids to the Singapore Flyer such as spa treatments, ladies and men's fashion sales and supervised children rides on mini-motorcycles. We aim to make sure that not only will you enjoy yourself as a biker, but your family will too!

With that in our agenda be prepared to have some fun with the very best in eye-popping new 2009 motorcycles on display and heart-stopping, adrenaline pumping stunt action by international motorcycle superstar Oliver Ronzheimer!
Oliver Ronzheimer is world-ranked amongst the best motorcycle stunt artists and entertainers in the business and has been riding motorbikes since the age of 8. Oliver is now recognised to be one of the best riders Europe's elite has ever seen with his popular and friendly style with spectators and his sense of humor interacting with them. In fact he holds the World Record and an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for jumping without a ramp over 38 persons! Hardworking and naturally talented, the Oliver Ronzheimer motorcycle stunt show is an event not to be missed at National Bikers Weekend!

With Motor Culture Asia and Singapore Bikes Forum in full support of this event, genuinely expect the very top motorcycle brands and rider merchandise to be present at this iconic National Bikers Weekend. The new Yamaha VMax and Aprilla Mana are just some of the never-before-seen motorcycles that will be unveiled at NBW.

We hope to see you at Singapore's biggest celebration of motorcycling culture, the National Bikers Weekend 2008 held at the Singapore Flyer. Together, we will show the nation the excitment and fun of being a Singapore biker.

Singapore Flyer Pte Ltd
30 Raffles Avenue
Singapore 039803

MotoGP stars launch the all-new 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 in Vegas

Yamaha's superstar MotoGP team, including Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo, Colin Edwards and James Toseland, have assembled to throw their star power behind a completely reworked 2009 R1 launch in Vegas - but the magnificent machine barely needs any help to stand out on its own. The first of the bleeding-edge litrebikes to experiment with an uneven firing order for huge low-end torque and maximum corner exit grip, the Yamaha has been completely redesigned as a major model upgrade for 2009. One hundred and eighty two horsepower (before ram air kicks in) and 206 kilgorams dripping wet, for less than US$15,000 - aren't these magnificent times for motorcycle fans to live in?

While the 2007-8 R1 was already the technophile's dream of the superbike class, with its fly-by-wire electronic throttle management and variable length air intakes, the bike has received a major model overhaul for 2009, redesigned from the engine out. At the heart of the new R1 is an all-new engine, which is the first of the roadgoing superbikes to use an uneven firing order at 270-180-90-180 degrees as opposed to the 180-180-180-180 degree firing order used by the rest of the field.

Unevenly spaced power pulses were a hot topic in MotoGP at the dawn of the 990cc era, when it was found that by staggering the power pulses into uneven groupings, the rear tyre would seem to grip better out of corners as the gap between pulses allowed the rubber to grab the road a little better. Top-end power might drop, and the bikes didn't feel as fast as the evenly spaced models, but the additional traction out of corners made for better lap times.

The 2009 R1's engine doesn't seem to lose out on top-end power - peaking at a claimed 182 horsepower before ram-air even gets started - but the big bang-lite firing order should make for a more urgent low-end and midrange. Coupled with the variable length intakes and intricate electronic throttle management, the new bike should be an animal right through the rev range, and a much better roadbike for it.

Despite the completely new frame and bodywork, Yamaha has chosen to retain the underseat exhausts of the R1 even as other manufacturers move to a more compact stubby side-exit system. Bulky and uncomfortably hot for pillions, Yamaha openly admits the underseat pipes have been retained primarily for looks - and this is a category in which the R1 has always excelled.

Availability is yet to be announced, but the R1 will sell for US$12,390 in its traditional blue, or US$12,490 in white, yellow and black. More expensive than its Japanese competitors, perhaps, but then it carries more MotoGP technology than any of them - and its looks have always placed it as an item of desire.

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2009 Suzuki Gladius SV650

Engine: 645 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90 V-Twin
Bore Stroke: 81.0 mm x 62.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5 : 1
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive: N/A
Overall Length: 2130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width: 760 mm (29.9 in.)
Overall Height: 1080 mm (42.5 in.)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in.)
Ground Clearance: N/A
Wheelbase: 1445mm (56.9 in.)
Curb Weight: 202kg (446lbs)
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Lynk type, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload 7-step adjustable
Brakes Front: 2-piston calipers, 290 mm disc, twin
Brakes Rear: 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear: 160/60ZR17M/C (69W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.5 L (3.8 US gal)
Color: Black, Blue/White

2009 XJ6 Diversion ABS

Virtually every feature on this attractive new 600 has been designed to ensure that the new XJ6 Diversion delivers all of the style, fun and ease of use that today’s middleweight rider is looking for. Its newly-developed 600 cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke inline 4-cylinder engine has been designed to deliver a smooth band of easy-to-handle power, making the XJ6 Diversion an ideal machine for new and experienced riders. The new tubular frame is designed to deliver easy handling, and its clean lines emphasize the bike’s slim appearance. Lightweight cast wheels keep unsprung weight low, allowing the 41mm front forks and Monocross rear suspension to deliver a smooth ride and good roadholding. For added comfort the new XJ6 Diversion is equipped with adjustable handlebars – and ABS is available as an option.

Features -
New 600 cc inline 4-cylinder engine
Easy-to-handle power delivery
New frame for easy handling
Lightweight cast wheels
Available with ABS

Engine -
Engine type Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, forward-inclined parallel 4-cylinder, 4-valves, DOHC
Displacement 600 cc
Bore x stroke 65.5 x 44.5 mm
Compression ratio 12.2 : 1
Maximum power 57.0 kW (78 PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 59.7 Nm (6.1 kg-m) @ 8,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Fuel System Fuel injection
Clutch type Wet, multiple-disc
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant mesh 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Fuel tank capacity 17.3 L
Oil tank capacity 3.4 L

Chassis -
Chassis: Aluminium, diamond shaped
Front suspension system Telescopic fork
Front travel 130 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm (mono cross)
Rear travel 130 mm
Caster angle 26º
Trail 103.5 mm
Front brake Dual discs, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake Single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70 ZR17M/C (58W) (tube less)
Rear tyre 160/60 ZR17M/C (69W) (tube less)

Dimensions -
Length 2,120 mm
Width 770 mm
Height 1,210 mm
Seat height 785 mm
Wheel base 1,440 mm
Minimum ground clearance 140 mm
Wet weight 211 kg / ABS: 216 kg