The Chinese and Motorcycle Business

You do know that China produces more than 24 million motorcycles every year, and exports 34 percent of them, yes? There are more than 200 motorcycle manufacturers in China and their output accounts for a touch over 50 percent of all the motorcycles made in the world.

And they are coming here. It is inevitable, even though our domestic ‘import’ motorcycles market is relatively small in comparison to other countries. It’s still a market and some of them are already here. Brands like Lifan, Keeway and Zongshen are being sold to people after a dirt-cheap, almost disposable little dirt or road going motorcycle.

Yes, they appear to be made of recycled noodle cans, good wishes and bamboo, but people are buying them. Actually the motorcycles from Lifan, Keeway and Zongshen currently on the market in Thailand are of decent quality.

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The 2018 Yamaha T7 Adventure Bike

At last year’s EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Yamaha showed us an adventure bike that generated a huge amount of hype. It was tipped to be the successor to the current outdated Yamaha ZT660Z Tenere.

Yamaha names it the T7 and although they were calling it a concept, it got a lot of Tenere Traqics oraying that it would go into production – and it will, but not until 2018. The company appears to have stopped production of the Yamaha XT660Z in Europe and is sitting on stock to meet demand until the Yamaha T7 arrives.

There has been no indication on price or when the Yamaha T7 will be available in Thailand. Assuming production goes ahead in 2018, after this year’s motorcycle show season, we would hope to see the motorcycle later next year. That will depend on the spec for Southeast Asia likely to want the MT-07 vertical-twin engine.

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The 2017 Honda CBR150R Repsol - Celebrate Marc Marquez's Birthday

On the 17th of this month, MotoGP champion Marc Marquez celebrates his 24th birthday just months after bagging the world champion title in the 2016 season of the premier motorcycle-racing series. Now under his belt are three championships won on Repsol Honda motorcycles, which have become dream machines for millions of motorcycle enthusiasts across the world.

There is no doubt that Marc Marquez’s momentous victory has driven the success of the new 2017 Honda CBR150R in many countries, especial in Southeast Asia. Built not only for circuit racing but also for street use, the MotoGP-inspired motorcycle has proven its versatility for riders wanting a dependable daily commuter.

During weekend, you can do your racing leathers and take to the track with your motorcycle in a bid to improve your personal best times.

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The Benelli 750cc Parallel-Twin almost Production Ready

Testing is underway one the Benelli 750cc parallel twin we first talked about May last year – suggesting it will be ready for an official reveal before the end of 2017.

Videos have emerged in China, where the Benelli 750cc is being developed by parent company Qianjiang., showing finished-looking motorcycles in action.

The as-yet-unnamed 750cc parallel-twin motorcycle is even proudly displayed at the firm’s headquarters, as seen in the picture.

The red prototype reveals there have been few changes made since our last article about the Benelli 750cc parallel-twin. The exhaust silencer has been mildly reshaped and there are new castings for both the main and pillion footpegs. The headlight is fractionally different and the rear brake caliper has been repositioned from above to below the swingarm.

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The Worst Road Users in Bangkok are the Motorcycles and Scooters

The last couple of weeks of 2016 and in the first week of 2017, I forced myself to ride a motorcycle only. So one week I had the Triumph Street Twin and the next a new Triumph Tiger. One I used for a slightly longer ride for a round trip to North-East Thailand and the Tiger I commuted to work on. Both are brilliant, despite me using them the other way round. The Tiger I should have ridden to North-East Thailand for the weekend and the Street Twin for daily commuting to work. Nonetheless, both kinds of motorcycles turned out to be tremendous fun. Clearly, they showed me what I was missing and what I was gaining.

Motorcycles have always held a dear place in my heart, and I will continue to yearn to own one. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, but someday I will go down that road. This story, however, is not going to focus on that aspect of riding but what I learned from those two weeks of riding.

First off, the longer weekend ride which happened the night before Christmas. The ride was with some friends, and turned out quite nicely. All of us on the ride bonded pretty well, and it clearly showed me that I just have to get out and ride some more. And that is exactly what I tried to do the following week, hoping to start off by at least riding to work. Turns out the commute is hell, and here on I’m going to think a hundred times before I ride to work. So what happened to turn me off this bad?

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The 2017 Ducati Diavel Diesel - Exclusive Special Edition

Ducati and Diesel unveil an important new initiative for their partnership: the exclusive Ducati Diavel Diesel, a motorcycle that seamlessly merges elements of the past and future.

The Ducati Diavel Diesel – of which only 666 numbered units will be produced – is the fruit of collaboration between Andrea Rosso, Creative Director of Diesel Licenses, and the Ducati Design Center.

To create the Ducati Diavel Diesel, the two style centers were inspired by a hyperkinetic dynamism of a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic world.

The result of this new collaboration was unveiled during the Milan Men’s Fashion Week at an event whose emotion-charged setting and music (performed by the Bloody Beetroots) provided the ideal backdrop for the new motorcycle. It will go on sale to the public, worldwide, starting from April 2017.

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Honda Riding Assist Technology - The Self-Balancing Motorcycle

Honda unveiled their Riding Assist Technology at CES 2017, held in Las Vegas. This technology utilities Honda’s robotics expertise to create a self-balancing motorcycle that considerably reduces the possibility of falling over while the motorcycle is stationary.

Taking a tangent from the conventional gyroscope technology, which adds a great deal of weight and alters the riding experience, the Honda Riding Assist motorcycle incorporates technology originally developed for the company’s UNI-CUB personal mobility device.

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The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 Confirmed

Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali last week revealed that Ducati is working on a four-cylinder engine for a road legal motorcycle that we should be seeing in two to three years. Claudio Domenicali was speaking at the firm’s race team press conference, confirming that technology from the new generation of MotoGP machines will be trickling down to their road legal superbikes. There are also huge ramifications for the World Superbike team, which will also get the new four-cylinder motorcycle for 2019.

When Claudio Domenicali says ‘four-cylinder’, he means a V4, and it seems probable that the capacity will be different for road and track, as it is now within the Ducati Panigale range.

While he wouldn’t put a finite time-frame on the project, WSB racing boss Paolo Ciabatti confirmed that the V-twin Ducati Panigale would continue to be developed for the next two years before being replaced. ‘We will race with the Ducati Panigale for 2017 and 2018, so obviously we will keep developing the engine to be competitive,’ Paolo Ciabatti said.

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Triumph for 2017 Strong on Retro Models

For 2017 no manufacturer is hitting the retro trail harder than Triumph, and with the timeless, classic appeal of the chrome clad Triumph Bonneville, why not?

The Triumph Bonneville, which is approaching the 60th anniversary of the celebrated ‘59 classic, is back as the Triumph T100, its gleaming blue-over-white fuel tank at the center of all of that chrome. There is also the Triumph T120 family, with Bonneville styling, whose models come in red and gray or blacked-out, each powered by Triumph’s new ‘high torque’ 8-valve, 1200cc engine.

More nostalgic yet might be the new Triumph Bonneville Bobber, which could just as well have been called the ‘Brando,’ for its 50’s lines. It is aimed squarely at the Gen Y crowd.

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The Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S

Ducati unveiled a pair of new sportbikes in October last year, the Ducati SuperSport and SuperSport S. Both very well received the Ducati SuperSport has an excellent performance and ideal for everyday use, while the Ducati SuperSport S has other higher specification components.

Both models have identical spec engines and transmissions. Engine is a 937cc (94 x 67.5), 12.6 to 1 compression ratio. Testastretta L twin with 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic and liquid cooled. Output is 113 horsepower with 967Nm of torque.

The Continental EFI has 53mm Mikuni throttle bodies with full Ride-by-Wire while the exhaust system is lightweight 2-1-2 with catalytic converter and twin Lambda probes and twin silencers to pass the latest exhaust emission standards. Transmission is comprised of a 6-speed gearbox with straight cut gears, wet multiplate clutch mechanically operated with self-servo action on drive and slipper action on over-run.

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