Thursday, September 25, 2008

2009 Kawasaki ZX-10R

The awesome Kawasaki ZX-10R gets a new color for 2009. It's called Pearl Stardust White. I'm betting the same impact as the Pearl Wildfire Orange.

Forget the race raicing, time to change the skin. I want one. Huhuhu...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Motul 300V vs Mobil 1 Racing 4T

Fuel hike causes everything to go up. Engine oil is no exception. I've been using Motul 300V 10W40 for quite some time now, I remember on getting it for RM 75 per liter. It is an amazing oil. The gear changing and engine running are so smooth compare to other oil. I usually stick to a brand very much, but that doesn't mean I'm not open for other option. So, since the price for the Motul 300V is not that reasonable for me anymore, I'm scouting for another brand... So why not try the best oil (for me) that I use for my car since the first day the I bought it, Mobil 1.

If you do some googling, it's quite surprise when they compare the Mobil 1 MX4T with Motul 300V. Here, the Mobil 1 is half the price of Motul 300V... I must say there is something wrong the Motul distributors here, not the quality of Mobil 1. There is a test between 26 different types of motor oil for wear test, rust protection, gear performance and shear stability. Come out for a surprise, Mobil 1 & Motul 300V scores all the way, including Torco T4SR Racing oil and AMSOIL MCF.

From what I felt, I've clock my bike about 2000km, doing Sunday awanas, track day and distance ride. I may say I love this oil too. The engine are smooth and the gearing too as well, but gearing performance I must say I loved Motul 300V more. So should I stick to Motul? Nope, this Mobil 1 is far good enough for me with half of it's price.

Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 was previously known as Mobil 1 MX4T 10W-40.
Source Mobil 1 has my trust for more that 10 years now. Keep up the good work guys!

Motul 300V is a special oil. Ah Meng place it in special section.

Retail price for the Motul 300V, at RM 95 per liter, you need 4 bottles of that for a liter bike, plus labour and oil filter... Huhu... Do the math.

2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R Monster Energy Special Edition

Huhu... Thought the '09 ZX6R looks already awesome in the standard paint.
This one looks much much more better.

Saving A Punctured Tyre

On my way back from the Kuantan Ride, I got myself a puncture tyre scenario. Stopped at Tol Bentong to check it out, I gave a thumb up to Damien, Tok Mat, Abg Suindra and Yan who is ready to assist me informing them that it's OK for me to ride, I suspect it is just a small leak.

Next morning, I went to Mok to seal the leak.

Ah Wah is a great and neat mechanic.

Detecting where the puncture is. This little small holes troubles me all the way from Karak last night. Drop my rear tyre pressure to 17psi. Lucky it is a tiny puncture, when the air slowly exit, you feel the effect while cornering. When countersteer a bike, the bike will stay on it's lean position after stop applying the force. Instead, the bike goes up again, I have to force the handle bar few times just to take one constant apex. If it's a big hole, I don't think I can ever get the bike to lean if there's no air in the rear tyre. Lucky me. Alhamdulillah.

Found the problem. Marked it. And time to solve it.

This seal from the inside are very good. I'm very confident with this method rather that sealing it from the outside. The seal rubber is like 200 times larger than the punctured hole. My tyre will feel as good as before.

Previous and next pictures doesn't really have colour in them. I guess I snap how colorful Motosikal Mok looks like on a bright sunny day.

Putting it back again.


Have to do the balancing all over again. Taking his time to make it all right.

A little penetrating oil on the hub there. Cleans dust inside.

Time to put all back together. And I'm ready to roll again.

2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R

The article has been copy & paste from here :

The 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R was unveiled at the Kawasaki Dealer Show in Texas this weekend. Team Green's supersport contender comes with a long list of improvements including a 22-lb weight reduction, improved bottom-end to mid-range power and racy ZX-10R-inspired bodywork to a paddock near you.

Use of lighter materials like magnesium case covers, lighter camshafts, lighter starter and a few minor weight saving treatments combine to pare away a few pounds. More importantly is that Kawasaki says they have made significant improvements to both bottom end and midrange power while smoothing out the delivery by implementing a couple tuner tricks to improve 'combustion efficiency'. The application of the 'double bore velocity stacks' is supposed to specifically help with midrange power as well. By incorporating a stack within a stack it should provide the benefits of multiple length stacks without employing variable length technology or some variation thereof. It will still utilize a slipper clutch and cassette-style 6-speed transmission. If these changes provide the significant boost that Kawi claims then it will address one of the issues we had with the 2007-2008 Ninja ZX-6R.

The previous ZX-6 was the heaviest of the current crop of Japanese super sports so we expect it to tip the scales at the 380-lb range, without fuel if the numbers pan out as advertised. A low-slung exhaust system, which locates the pre-chamber underneath the bike, will keep weight low and centralized.

Changes to the chassis include a 2-piece aluminum subframe that is narrow and light, a revised ram air intake casting that doubles as the support for gauges and mirrors in an effort to further reduce weight. Showa's new Big Piston Front (BPF) 41mm fork features a large-diameter internal piston, which is supposed to reducing the effects of damping pressure and eliminating the heavier internals found in cartridge-style forks. Kawasaki says this will improve frontend feel and decreasing turn-in effort. In addition to the new fork, steering geometry is altered significantly. This year the ZX features 24-degree rake and 4-inches of trail compared to 25-degree and 4.3-inches on the 07-08 model. Quicker steering, lighter weight and more power could put the 6R back in the hunt in the middleweight class comparisons. The same Ohlins steering stabilizer from the ZX-10 has found a home on the ZX-6R.

Kawasaki made it very important that the company's commitment to racing is an important part of the plan so expectations are high for the 2009 Ninja ZX-6R. It will be available in Lime Green, Metallic Black, Candy Blue, Flat Black and in Monster graphics with an MSRP of $9,799.

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 599cc
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression ratio: 13.3:1
Fuel injection: DFI with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles, two injectors per throttle body
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: X-ring chain
Rake / trail: 24 deg / 4.0 in.
Frame type: Aluminum perimeter
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
Front suspension/wheel travel: 41 mm inverted Showa Big Piston Front fork with top-out springs, stepless compression and rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension/wheel travel: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, top-out spring and pillow ball upper mount, dual-range (high/low-speed) stepless compression damping, 25-way adjustable rebound damping, fully-adjustable spring preload / 5.2 in.
Front brakes: Dual 300mm petal rotors with dual radial-mounted, four-piston, four-pad calipers
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper
Overall length: 82.3 in.
Overall width: 27.8 in.
Overall height: 43.9 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Seat height: 32.3 in.
Curb weight: 421.2 lbs.
Color choices: Lime Green, Metallic Diablo Black/Flat Super Black, Candy Surf Blue/Flat Super Black
MSRP: $9,799
Warranty: 12 Months

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Kuala Lumpur - Tanjung Lumpur Buka Puasa Ride 19th September 2008

List of participants :
From left : Abg Suindra ZRX1200, Najib Z750s, Tok Mat GTR, Tok Mat +1, Abg Mat Nor, Damien +1, Damien ZX14, Epol ZX14, Abg Aziz FRJ1300, Bedah ZX6R, MAggie FJR1300, Pojie ZX6R, Allan ZX9R, Yan Z750, Fadhil CB400 and Mat ZX10R behing the camera.

It was an enjoyable ride. Tok Mat was leading the pack, I join him after RnR Temerloh and he blast his GTR all the to way Kuantan. Huhu... Not for the fainted heart.

Like a superhero.
I was gasping Tok Mat and Epol smoke.

Our meeting point. BHP Tol Gombak.
Don't worry, nobody open up a bottle in there. It is just so nice to get cooled on that bright sunny day.

Mr. Najib thinking way ahead to get ahead from everyone.

So sad for Amir, already geared up and ready to roll, but his bike disagree. He need to send his bike back to Ah Hoi due to problem arise from his rear brake. Not everyone have a bright day too, Hazmi's house had a brake in and Abg Man called up sick.

I'm not sure what Epol is thinking. But I bet it has got something to do with the tummy.

We stop, refuel and refresh (RnR Hehehe..) at Temerloh. Few other bikers stop to rest.

How much fuel goes in from Gombak to Temerloh? RM 10.00?

Huh? Still not stopping heh?

I can't record anything between the stops. I think Tok Mat is too fast.
We stopped at Tol Exit Kuantan to stretch anything that is need to the stretch.

Smoking is refreshing. But smoking is unhealthy. But smoking is nice. But smoking is a waste. But smoking is nice. See how nice factor overrules all.

Abg Mat Nor always smiling.

Arrival of Mr. Damien and wife, Allan just behind him.

All of us arrive just time for bukak puasa. The background sky is still blue. Tanjung Lumpur is about 20km from the Tol Exit. There's lots of people here, enjoying their buka puasa hour. The place that we go to is Ana Ikan Bakar Petai, the last end of all the restaurant there. Good food, nice menu and nice service. Thumbs up!

Why on earth do I snap an ikan bakar that is still wrapped inside?
I didn;t even snap enough food shots too.. maybe I'm that hungry as well.

Somebody is feeling the ride effect. Who?

I think I zoom in close enough. BTW, that mouth watering goes to the rice, not the ikan bakar. Huhuhu...

Mega glass.

More snapping after the meal.

More chit chat.

..and more chit chat.

Riding tips?

After the meal, head down to Kopitiam. A refeshing hot coffee is just what we need before heading back down again. But funny, everyone ordered iced coffee. I got myself an iced lemon tea as well.

We split into two groups. Some of us wanna stay at Kuantan a night. Me, Tok Mat, Abg Suindra, Yan and Damien choose to head home. Fuel up my bike and reset the fuel gauge on my GPS. This little tool is very handy.

Scene from RnR Temerloh. The was seven of us on five bikes. It's was 20min past midnight. And we had about an hour journey left to go.