The All-New Suzuki GSX-R150 Now Available


The new Suzuki GSX-R150, which is essentially a completely newly developed fully faired 150cc sportbike. When we looked at the engine specification on paper we had doubts about the performance, the engine is the smallest, only 147.3cc, compared to the Honda CBR150R and Yamaha YZF-R15. When we first rode the GSX-R150, we came back impressed. The 147.3cc single-cylinder, DOHC valve, liquid-cooled engine was smooth and revved freely, while the chassis resulted in a motorcycle that handled exceedingly well.

The designers of the Suzuki GSX-R150 have clearly borrowed some design futures from the latest Suzuki GSX-R1000. Just looking at the motorcycle and you will directly see that it’s a GSX-R family member the DNA is unmistakably present.

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Rating: 3.38/5 (8 votes cast)

Pedrosa First, Marquez Second in Repsol Honda 1-2 podium


Dani Pedrosa took a master-class victory at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, starting from pole position, leading the race from the first corner to the chequered flag, and setting the race’s fastest lap on the way to taking his 30th win in MotoGP, the 53rd in his career.

In winning the 3,000th Grand Prix race ever held, Dani also earned the Repsol Honda Team’s 100th victory in the MotoGP class and became the only rider to have won at least one race for 16 consecutive years. Dani is now fourth in the Championship, with 52 points.

To complete a perfect weekend for the Repsol Honda Team, Marc Marquez scored a brilliant second-place finish after chasing his teammate for 27 laps. The reigning World Champion is now third in the standings with 58 points, just four down on the leader.

Tomorrow the Repsol Honda Team and a few other MotoGP teams will take part in a one-day post-race test.

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Ducati again for Sale?


Volkswagen are considering a sale of Ducati as part of their mission to streamline the business in the wake of the emissions scandal, according to the Reuters news agency.

VW are said to have appointed investment specialists Evercore, who are apparently evaluating possible options for the sale after VW’s Audi division purchased the brand in 2012. Although the exact price has never been confirmed, the 2012 purchase of Ducati was said to be worth approximately 860 million Euro.

Reuters says their source told them that Ducati have annual earnings of 100 million Euro before tax, which would give the company a valuation of between 1 to 1.5 billion Euro.

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Rating: 3.09/5 (11 votes cast)

The Benelli 1200 Big Bore Triple-Cylinder Engine


About 6 months ago we brought you the first pictures of Benelli’s future 1200cc touring bike and now we have seen images of the new three-cylinder engine that’s going to power it and also, more than likely, a big-bore adventure bike.

These pictures, from a Chinese design patent, reveal in detail Benelli’s new triple cylinder engine. While they show the name Qjiang – reflecting Benelli’s Chinese ownership by the QiangJiang Group – the cam cover still proudly bears the Benelli name. Although partially hidden by hoses feeding the oil cooler, there’s also what appears to be a ‘1200’ script on the right-hand side of the cylinder casting.

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Rating: 2.71/5 (7 votes cast)

With New Bike Down in Deep Gravel


As a adventurous motorcycle rider, the least noble place to suddenly find yourself is on the ground. Yet there was, spooned up companionably with my latest adventure bike, in soft, deep gravel.

‘Damn it!’ I shouted angrily at the blue sky and actually relaxed a bit after I noticed a few clouds, my left knee and ankle pinched awkwardly under the heavy machine. Yes I was perturbed, but I wasn’t quite seeing red.

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Rating: 2.86/5 (14 votes cast)

The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 vs Honda CBR150R


People have asked me, why the latest Yamaha YZF-R15 is the better 150 class sportbike in Thailand... The answer to start with, the single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine now has in the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R15 model a displacement of 155.1cc as compared to 149cc in the existing model. This is mainly due to a larger cylinder bore of 58mm as compared to 57mm in the outgoing model. The compression ratio has gone up from 10.4:1 to 11.6:1. The engine also gets variable valve actuation for an even torque curve.

The engine and performance figures for the Honda CBR150R has not much changed since it was reintroduced with PGM-FI (fuel-injection) system.

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Rating: 3.18/5 (22 votes cast)

The Continental RoadAttack 3 - Sport-Touring Tire


Continental’s new RoadAttack 3 is the latest addition to the hugely important sports-touring tire segment, a development of the popular and capable RoadAttack 2 Evo, Continental claim the new RoadAttack 3 gives improved wet grip, which was the RoadAttack 2 Evo’s only real stumbling block, as well as increased feel and increased durability.

Continental say they’ve achieved this by developing a new tread pattern, which now features a Drainage Groove design that uses lateral channels to help shed water away from the surface for increased wet grip. A wider slick center section helps with acceleration and durability, while a chunkier side-block design improves side-grip capabilities in the dry.

Continental say warm-up time has been improved, thanks to added silica in the tread compound. All these new features are key to what Continental calls Grip Limit Feedback, which is designed to give the rider a better feel of what the tires are doing in all situations, especially at the limits of grip.

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Rating: 3.00/5 (22 votes cast)

The BMW HP4 Race Launched - The Carbon-Fiber Revolution


BMW shocked everyone at the last EICMA motor show in Milan when it unveiled the carbon-framed HP4 Race. Now, a few months later, BMW has revealed the production version – and it’s everything we’d hoped for.

BMW Thailand didn’t want to tell us the price, but outside Thailand the BMW HP4 Race Carbon will go for about 3.2 million THB and with only 750 examples on offer, only a few of which are heading to South East Asian countries, it’s a showy demonstration of BMW’s technical prowess, with the carbon-fiber chassis as its centerpiece. But the firm’s commitment to carbon construction is such that this could well be a precursor to more mainstream road-going models.

BMW is pioneering three new carbon construction techniques in the HP4 Race.

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Rating: 2.44/5 (18 votes cast)

MotoGP - Rossi Clinches Second Place at Circuit of The Americas


Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi secured a superb second place at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Teammate Maverick Viñales was on the move in the early stages, but a slide down the track in lap 2 prevented him from completing the race.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi showed an impressive pace in the Grand Prix of The Americas to claim his third consecutive podium finish of the season. Teammate Maverick Viñales was looking confident, but his race ended prematurely 20 laps before the end.

Rossi was strong out of the gates and settled into third position exiting the first corner. He chased Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa in the opening laps, careful not to let them clear off into the distance.

With 15 laps to go the Italian went wide in the first corner and got into a scrap with Johann Zarco. After a touch between the two Yamaha riders in turn 4, the Doctor was pushed wide, but he quickly rejoined the track and held on to third position.

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Rating: 3.00/5 (22 votes cast)

Getting a Old Honda CB400 Back on the Road


A friend of us runs a successful motorcycle repair shop and does general servicing. His bread and butter is servicing anything with two-wheels regardless the engine size. He loves it when non-abused Honda Wave or similar motorcycles come in for their annual services. What he does not live is elderly Japanese four-cylinders coming in with a string of problems, with multiple causes and a big bad dark cloud hanging over parts availability.

Personally we love nursing an ailing old Japanese gem back into good health and loathe working on bland modern big bike commuters, so when our friend had a problematic Honda CB400/4 he asked the customer if he would be happy with hiring some external experts, who were more geared up for errant classics. Of course we never will call ourselves experts regarding an old CB400/4s…

The elderly diminutive Honda four-cylinder had various medical complaints, but the most frustrating was its inability to start and run, making it paramount for us to collect it in one of our pickup trucks. Oddly, I had never ridden an Honda CB400/4 this old and that wasn’t about to change unless we could figure out what was wrong with it.

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Rating: 3.00/5 (19 votes cast)
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