The Yamaha M-Slaz - Yamaha Entry M-Serie Naked-Bike


There’s not doubting the Yamaha M-Slaz visual appeal; at first glance it could easily be mistaken for an up-spec version of the Yamaha MT_03. The sporty single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 150cc engine is, borrowed from the YZF-R15, might only make just over 17 horsepower and 11Nm torque.

The chassis of the Yamaha M-Slaz has a heck of a cast list: upside down front forks, radial four-pot brake caliper, Deltabox-style steel frame, beefy asymmetrical swingarm, Y-shaped thin aluminum-alloy spoke wheels and a fashionable grey primer finish as per the Yamaha MT-10, MT-09 and MT-07.

With the superior exhaust design, a closer-fit belly pan and neater fuel tan, seat and tail unit, the Yamaha M-Slaz looks in a different class to some rivals.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Motorcycle Racing isn't what it used to be


Motorcycle racing never stands still – good job really as that would be most boring!

In a bid to serve up a crowd and TV audience-pleasing spectacle, series owners are constantly trying to find ways to make the action more accessible and more compelling. And, of course, more profitable.

The likes of Dorna (MotoGP and WSB) and MSV (BSB) don’t just organize races for the fun of it. Right now there are some major changes in the motorcycle market that are making race organizers nervous. The most pressing issue seems to be the imminent extinction of the supersport 600 road bike.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Local Made Motorcycle Riding Jeans - The Denim Pants that Protects


Being a responsible motorcycle rider dictates that you wear all your riding gear whenever possible. But a pair of riding pants don’t really look cool on the now so popular retro cafe racer, do they?

Nor does sitting in a coffee shop while wearing them or going to work in them. But if your answer was ditching them altogether, think again, for riding jeans are the solution you never realized you needed.

Regular denims are tough as it is, but motorcycle riding jeans are specifically designed to take on a much more severe beating. Infused with materials such as T400 Lycra, 600D fabric and in the premium ones. Kevlar, they provide a superior level of abrasion resistance.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

The Headwave TAG turn your Helmet into an Acoustic Device


If you’re one of those riders who like to spend hours leisurely cruising along highways, listening to music that makes your ride more enjoyable, you may want to keep your eyes peeled for this one. The Headwave TAG is an adhesive acoustic device that is called a Concert Capsule, and fits onto your helmet and literally makes music through vibrations.

Yes, you read that right. It doesn’t have any speakers that you’ll need to stick inside your helmet and slightly change the way it fits. It turns your helmet into a music device and harnesses vibrational energy from an Exciter, which in-turn sends audio waves through your helmet itself, for a rather unconventional surround sound experience.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

What Makes a V4 Engine So Special?


Engine configuration is a compromise, and for a motorcycle it’s a vital one considering its interaction with the rest of the machine – both in terms of package and dynamically. However, there’s clearly more than one way to do it since there are a wide variety of possible motorcycle/engine configurations that work well, with all of their creators claiming that they are the panacea. So let’s think about the advantages and disadvantages of some…

Width is probably the most important dimension regarding how a motorcycle feels, especially for the novice rider. Simple, then: let’s build a single or a V-twin. While this is good for width at the top of the engine, the gearbox is probably the widest part – getting the gears and the clutch on a single shaft dictates this. So a two-cylinder bank probably gives the minimum practical width. And a V-configuration is nearly always more expensive to manufacture than an inline one for any given number of cylinders, too.

Of course wel all like performance, and to generate it more cylinders always helps. This is because for the same capacity and bore/stroke ratio smaller cylinders give a shorter stroke, and this, within mechanical limits, gives the ability to rev. The Honda VFR800F engine has the same bore and stroke of the original 800 from 1998, which shared its bore and architecture with the Honda RVF759R (RC45) superbike, so it can clearly make power.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Historical Shah Alam Stadium Hosts FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 Finale!


Round , Shah Alam Stadium, 17 – 18 December 2016. Gates will drop for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship 2016 series at the world-renowned Shah Alam Stadium on 17 and 18 December 2016 from 9AM – 6PM (+8:00GMT), with over 20 international riders from 14 countries contending for the last time for overall standing and championship title.

Home to Selangor FA and host to countless global concert tours and football competition including the Chelsea FA and Arsenal FA’s friendly match against Malaysia’s national team, the stadium has the capability to hold a capacity of 80,372 audiences. This remarkable moment for the FIM Asia Supermoto Championship will transform its vicinity into a show stunning track to crown the overall champion of the 2016 series.

Satheswaran Mayachandran, CEO of Asia Supersports Group, said that the stadium has its charm and is the perfect venue to host the finale. “Shah Alam Stadium has a strong history and reputation in hosting various international sports and activities. Crowning the championship’s overall champion will be historical for the race.”

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Yamaha YZF-R3 engine problems after recall fixed


I have to confess that these past few months have been a bit busy. Most of us have been on the road for the most part. This meant the Yamaha YZF-R3 has been a bit neglected of late. Hence the low amount of kilometers on the clock.

The last time you heard about the little blue machine, everything was hunky-dory, and I was just waiting for some new tires. Around the same time, Yamaha had issued a recall of Yamaha YZF-R3. This was to replace some faulty components – the oil pump assembly and the clutch pressure plates. To be honest, I hadn’t had any problems such as clutch slippage or oil pump failure, so I was considering ignoring the recall. But then I decided against that. Why take a risk? So off it went to be fixed.

Now that the motorcycle is back, I really can’t tell any noticeable difference. But considering you really don’t feel anything wrong with the clutch or oil pump till they start malfunctioning, this isn’t saying much. But since the motorcycle also got a full service along with the recall, it has become a lot smoother and feels a lot tighter. It’s come back with a nice layer of polish on it too, and it looks shiny and new.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Forged Wheels or Cast Wheels


Casting is relatively simple: first you create a mold, then you pour molten metal into it. This only works for simple shapes though. Casting thin sections, for example, is difficult, as the liquid metal cools quickly as it enters these and solidifies before they’re filled.

Forcing the metal in under pressure fills the mold more quickly, giving the metal less time to cool, but this causes bubbles to form.

This is a problem for two reasons. One is that it weakens the metal, so you need more to retain enough strength, and it weighs more. Second, it means you can’t machine the metal very much. Go too deep and you’re into the porous inner, which means you get a much weaker structure and, on a wheel, it might not be airtight either.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

The Lego Technic BMW R1200GS Adventure Set


It can be siad that today’s Lego sets feature too many unique parts capable of building only specific models. Surprisingly, the same has also become applicable for the more mechanically-inclined Lego Technic sets.

Gone is the era where you had only generic parts and you could build whatever your imagination let you. But we really don’t mind when the only model you can build is a faithful replica of a BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycle.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)

Lightweight Wheels Worth Buying?


Some motorcycle owner asked me are lightweight wheels worth buying. A few years back I fitted a set of lighter BST carbon-fiber rims to my Ducati 1098. I was very impressed about the lighter wheels, and would recommend them to anybody who can afford them, especially if the motorcycle has heavier cast items like the Ducati Multistrada from the person who asked about lightweight wheels.

I have used lightweight wheels over the past 10 years, and have never been disappointed by the performance they deliver. Whether you’re on road or racetrack, the significant reduction in unsprung mass dangling at the end of your fork and swingarm is revelatory.

Continue Reading

  • Currently 0.00/5
Rating: 0.00/5 (0 votes cast)
Advertising

Poll

How many times have you crashed your motorcycle in the last three years?

  •  Never
  •  Once
  •  Twice
  •  Three times
  •  Four times
  •  Five times
  •  More than 6 times
  •  More than 10 times
This poll has 0 more questions.
Results
Other polls | 8,360 votes | 19 Comments
TMEA MEMBER
Thai Motorcycle Enterprise Association
Events
Site Events
Wednesday 30-Nov - Monday 12-Dec
Motorcycle Thailand on Facebook
Motorcycle Thailand on Facebook
My Account
Advertising