Interviewing a Thai Sprocket manufacturer

Wichai Suwankhajit, 35, the Managing Director of D.D. Sprocket (Thailand) Co., Ltd and Sprocket Specialist (Thailand) Co., Ltd., runs one of Southeast Asians leading motorcycle sprocket factory and is regarded to be in the top list of motorcycle spare parts manufacturers in Thailand.

He started in the sprocket manufacturing business about 11 years ago, with a relative small budget, which he saved while working with his fathers construction company. In that time motorcycles where in Thailand a very popular transportation and he was thinking that it was a good idea to start a business to supply motorcycle spare parts.

While researching the market, for information about motorcycle spare parts manufacturers. He was introduced to an established motorcycle sprocket factory what was for sale by one of his friends; Mr. Wichai studied the possible domestic and exports market to analyze the market potential. Mr. Wichai believed that buying an established sprocket factory would create market advantage over building a business from scratch.

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Yamaha Looking Good in First and Third on Day One

The first day of qualifying at Vallelunga went well for the Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team today, with Corser claiming provisional pole and Haga just behind in third.

The day started off wet and quite cool following overnight rain, with temperatures only hitting 19°C compared to the scorching 50°C experienced during testing here in July. The difference in weather conditions meant that the data gathered in the test proved less helpful than hoped during this morning's free practice. But both Corser and Haga didn't let this faze them and got on with the job of finding the best set-up for the conditions. By the end of the session Corser was fastest with Haga in fourth.

This afternoon's qualifying session was a dry affair, giving the team the chance to find a dry set-up.

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Max Biaggi 4th at Vallelunga Italy

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra rider Max Biaggi ended the first day of qualifying at Vallelunga in Italy with the fourth fastest time, even though he was not really pushing hard.

He spent most of the day working on a good bike set-up so that he could get comfortable on the bike as team mate Yukio Kagayama was still feeling the effects of his crash in the last round at the Eurospeedway Lausitz where he broke a bone in his right hand. Despite the pain and discomfort, he managed to post the 14th quickest time of the day.

Aussie Troy Corser (Yamaha) set the fastest time in today's qualifying with a lap of 1:37.537 just ahead of his fellow countryman Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha) third.

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Introducing the Aprilia Mana 850 Motorcycle

Aprilia anticipates the future and introduces the Aprilia 850 Mana, a taste of things to come, to the world.

With its exclusive and unmistakably Italian design, the Aprilia 850 Mana is unique among motorcycles. Its revolutionary Sportgear transmission is electronically controlled to deliver unrivaled riding pleasure. No ordinary motorcycle, the Aprilia 850 Mana is destined to change the riding habits of bikers all over the world.

Thanks to Aprilia, motorcyclists can now discover a whole new approach to riding. The Aprilia 850 Mana is a tast of things to come and packed with ultra-sophisticated, rider-friendly technology. Never has a motorcycle been so versatile, so proactive, or so fun to ride.

Motorcycling has taken a giant leap into the future with the Aprilia 850 Mana. Aprilia has always been ahead of its time, and often the first to develop technology other manufacturers have preferred to leave on the back burner.

But never before has Aprilia's forward thinking and talented R&D department dared to create such an innovative and revolutionary motorcycle. No ordinary motorcycle, the Aprilia 850 Mana is destined to change the riding habits of bikers all over the world.

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Introducing the Yamaha Giggle 2008 model

Fun and function tickle each other's ribs in the shape of the all-new 50cc Yamaha Giggle, the first ever Yamaha four-stroke scooter of this engine size to feature in the market.

As well as cutting edge styling and a large of under-seat storage space, the Yamaha Giggle features a three-valve engine, a mini-EFI system and dual-stage catalysts, making it not just friendly, but also environmentally friendly.

When you are looking for something different, stop here. Because with Yamaha Giggle we have something for true individuals.

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Yamaha Motorcycles New Models 2008

Yamaha unveiled it's exciting new range of 2008 Power Two Wheeler's and scooter range about 10 days ago.

This year Yamaha has something for everyone, whether you are track inspired, want to take your adventures off road or are looking for smart city commuting solutions.

We have picked out three of our hero products but for the full overview visit the 2008 Motorcycles and Scooters overview page, please see the link at the bottom of this feature, where you can see at a glance what has been launched this autumn.

Catch the extreme. Using Yamaha's racing heritage and passion for being first, the new YZF-R6 is bursting with refinements and technology taken from the track.

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Looking at 2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R Supersport

The Kawasaki Ninja 250R. Quick, Affordable, Fuel Efficient, Easy to Ride, Bangkok friendly and Great Looking, this bike offers authentic Ninja style and performance.

One look at the new Kawasaki Ninja 250R tells everyone that this bike is the genuine article. With a new full-fairing similar to the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R and the Kawasaki ZX10R supersport bikes, a single kicked-up muffler, UNI-TRAK rear suspension, high-performance petal disc brakes and a dual seat, this is the most stylish performer in its category.

Compact size, exceptional personality and a low price tag highlight Kawasaki's new 2008 Ninja 250R quarter-liter performer. Considering how much fun it is to ride and the fact that it's easy to handle in Bangkok traffic and still enough of a bike to ride rural up-country, it's no wonder the Ninja 250R has been a strong seller. Its successful blend of a rider-friendly engine, easy-to-operate chassis and superbike styling worthy of its Ninja moniker, this model was developed to offer real world performance to riders of all skill levels and goes to show that good things do come in small packages.

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Steven Tyler Launches Red Wing Motorcycle Company

Steven Tyler (lead singer of Aerosmith), in collaboration with Mark Dirico and AC Custom Motorcycles, today launched Red Wing Motorcycle Company. Red Wing Motorcycles are the fusion of rock and roll artistry and superior engineering. Imbued with Tyler's sense of style, each motorcycle is as comfortable to ride as it is sexy.

Tyler's artistic vision drove the outrageous design of the custom motorcycles, each hand crafted and hand signed by the legendary rock star.

"You get on one of these bikes and you can ride for days," Tyler said. "These bikes are sick, rugged, and just damn cool. And they're amazing to look at."

These motorcycles were made to ride. With a 35% increase in horsepower to the rear wheel compared to a stock Harley Davidson, and every inch handcrafted and tailor engineered, they are as hot to drive as they are to look at.

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Yamaha Intent on Closing the Gap at Vallelunga

This Sunday sees the penultimate round take place at Vallelunga, near Rome in Italy and, with only two rounds to go and 41 points separating Haga from first place, this race is key to Yamaha's fight for the championship.

The previous round at Lausitz could well prove to be a corner stone in Haga's title fight as he took a win and second place, cutting the gap between him and first place by 25 points. The impact of this result will only really be understood after this weekend's race.

Vallelunga is a new circuit on the WSB calendar but it won't be totally new to all the riders following a testing session there in July. Built in 1959, the track was originally a sand mile oval but it has been upgraded over the years and is now set to host its first WSB race.

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Biaggi Set for Home Race

Team Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra head to the 12th round of this year's championship at Vallelunga in Italy anticipating a good result for hometown hero Max Biaggi.

A huge turn out of fans is expected at the track, situated 15 minutes or so from the Italian capital of Rome. Although it will be a 'home race' for Biaggi, he has not raced there for over 10 years; he has tested at Vallelunga two times - once last November and in July this year - but knows that the weekend ahead will not be an easy one, as the other top teams have also tested there. His team mate Yukio also took part in the July tests, but the coming race weekend will be a hard one as he has not yet fully recovered from his recent knee and hand injuries.

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