Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Gilera Fuoco 500

If I have the money, and fulfilled all my financial obligations, this is something that I want in my garage. Gilera Fuoco 500 is a fun scooter. Just as fast as you want it to be and as comfort as a commuter should be.

I just that bored that day. As we decided to go for a new TTS location, I still think the fun of going is the journey itself. So I called up Mok, to try out his scooter what it felt to be on a three wheeler. He is always kind enough to give the assist.

Don't bother about the key chain. That is free.
When I got the key, I'm kinda impress on the key itself. It's look more a car's key than a bike's. But that's nothing special. Until I found out the seat are being open by the remote key. Hah! Fuel cap are to be open from here. There's a helmet sign almost on it, but I didn't explore the function.

Press on the button and I make believe the door is open.

The compartment are big. Technically, I didn't pour any water inside to see how many litres it could go. The info should be on Gilera website. It can hold a fullface helmet and Gong's most important finding, to hold a laptop. 17' still can go I think. Note the light in the compartment, very convenient as I when to the TTS that night.

Instrument panel is continental. Easy read even on bright daylight. Warning and monitoring light are highly noticeable. Two trip meter available and reminder for service also there.

The tricky fork locking module (I don't know what it's actually called) are left on the right handside. Once you master this mechanism, there's no need to put your feet on the ground even the scooter are stopped on the redlight. But it takes a while to get the use of it. I mean in just a few minutes.

Hazard light and pass button within reach. Horn needs to be upgrade. European doesn't like it loud. But here it's more like necessity.

492.7cc cubic engine produce enough power delivered to the rear wheel on the CVT automatic variable speed drive with torque assistance. You'll top up to 150km/h easy on this, more if you outspoken it for a while.

Looks like a bug. A lazy old caterpillar actually. But looks always are deceiving.

Remember there's three tyres to maintain here.

From this angle. It's just weird.

Exhaust sounds like a plain scooter. The tail may looks like a plain plastic, but it's really stiff.

Supercharger on board.
I'm teasing you!
Great built quality and finish.

The suspension works well. Cornering ability is outstanding. But you have to get use of the two wheels response.

I have no idea.

Comfort are well position sitting posture. You'll love to travel long hours on this scooter. Handbrake and all purpose gripper are located in the center. Yes... there's a handbrake. But don't try doing 180 with this okay.

While travel on the long hours, the seat are well design to get you comfy. Malaysia flag doesn't come as standard. That airbrush cost him about RM800 more. Hmm...

I love this Scooter, but as the price tag is RM45K, it should be for the market such as a car's lovers would get a Smart.

Konvoi Sambutan Maulidur Rasul

"Wahdah Pemangkin Khaira Ummah" tema sambutan Mailur Rasul (S.A.W.) peringkat kebangsaan untuk tahun ini. Saya dilaporkan lebih 1,000 penunggang motosikal bekerjasama untuk menjayakan sambutan kali ini. Sambutan untuk tahun 1430H/2009M tahun ini dirasmikan oleh Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Wathiqu Billah Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah 9 Mac lepas (Isnin) bertempat di Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur.

Acara konvoi motor beramai-ramai merupakan upacara penutup bagi majlis ini.

Confirm susah nak jaga 1,000 anak yang masing-masing ada paling kurang 50 ekor kuda nak jaga. Fuh...

Kawasaki Z1000 sentiasa kelihatan tegap dan mantap.

Semua peserta dapat anak baju (vest) termasuk member kita seorang yang sempat melarikan diri sebelum kena hujan.

Biasa naik 80bhp punya mesin, ni dapat 1,400bhp! Dengar ada kes tutup throttle tiba-tiba jugak kat atas tu... Kalau perhati betul-betul nampak kepala Gibsi tengah hulur keluar posing depan lens aku.

Saudara FJR lansung tidak menghiraukan beribu moto diluar. Dapat naik van OB RTM harga lebih RM20juta lagi syok. (Aku pun.... Hehehe...)

TTS @ Precinct Diplomat, Putrajaya

I think we finally hit the fair spot for our TTS. Remy suggest me to survey a new location in Putrajaya. I went there with my wife and found out it was great. Precinct Diplomat was launch somewhere on July 2006. Most of the shop over there are still available to let or sale. The place is quite, full of open space and are excellent twisties to enjoy along the way.

For me & Amir , we have to travel about 23km to get here. On Epol side, he has to travel 16km if he go through Jalan Bangi Lama, passing Nuclear Malaysia and through Jalan Ayer Hitam. Najib & Remy will have to travel about 21km. Poji & Abg Indra have at least 37km in hand. Yan & Hazmi about 14km. Mud 21km. And Abg Is should be somewhere 17km. I calculate this based on GPS route. There might be a shorter distance since I set my GPS for the fastest route.

I count at least four 24 hours restaurant open for a nice cup of teh tarik. The food here looks quite nice too.

Decent parking space. And the ambient felt nice.

It should be a busy streets in a few years to come. Right now, it's just great.

Google maps register the Precinct location. It's all highway, so you can enjoy full blasting along the way - like Najib demonstrate on the way back.

I think this should be fair to all of us. Pelita Bangsar has been an eye catcher, great food and easy parking space - at least for the bike. It'll remain to be one of our regular TTS spots. This new location is something else. The silence of the night will be broken by our mufflers noise. Absolutely safe parking spaces. Still have cucimata sceneray as well. Astro for late night football macthes. And, riding together to get to this place is.. priceless.

BTW, sorry to Abg Raja sebab dah pindah kat Sungai Tua... hehehe.. Baru jumpa la... Duduk Bangi kan senang. Ca Alif But.....

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Tyre Guide

Since some of us keep asking what the best tyre for the usage, I'll try to guide you guys on what I know. I'll briefly talk about the top three manufacturer that is Bridgestone, Pirelli and Michelin, just because it's easily available here. So this will leave out Avon, Continental, Metzeller and so on. And I'll only talk about supersports, sports, and sportstouring categories. I know jack about motards, enduro, cruiser and so on...


To direct compare them with each other, for supersports & sport tourer, price indicated are roughly the market price for 120/70 and 190/55 a set, you may get cheaper in the street or a little higher from what I said. Don't brag on the if the price here is lower from the street. Just bargain.

1. Track oriented use first, street second.
  • Michelin Power Race - RM 1,300.00 (my choice personally)
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-003 - RM 1,500.00
  • Bridgestome Battlax BT-002 - RM 1,200.00
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa - RM 1,500.00
  • Pirelli Dragon Corsa Pro - RM 1,500.00
  • Pirelli Dragon Corsa - RM 1,400.00

2. Street Riding first, Ocassional track day
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 - RM 1,000.00
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-015 - RM 950.00
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-014 - RM 950.00
  • Pirelli Diablo Corsa III - RM 1,400.00 (my choice personally)
  • Pirelli Diablo Corsa - RM 1,200.00
  • Michelin Pilot Power - RM 1,200.00

3. Street Everyday Riding - Touring style
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-021 - RM 1,000.00
  • Bridgestone Battlax BT-020 - RM 1,000.00
  • Pirelli Angle ST (unreleased)
  • Michelin Pilot Road 2 - RM 1,000.00 (my choice personally)
More to come...