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SCRAM!: Yamaha WR250F

Here at Most Fun Gym motocross track, there’s a hill with a 50-degree/100 metre gradient which we utilize to teach students how to climb inclines. If they could handle it, it meant that they had acquired the fundamental techniques of bike control especially in the key areas of body balance and throttle modulation to overcome their inherent fears. Passing this "syllabus" would make them more confident in dealing with the other more challenging sections of the track.It’s not as easy [...]

May 10, 2016 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Enduro motorcycles, Yamaha, motorcycle riding school, supermoto, Motocross motorcycles, Supermoto motorcycles, motocross bike, Motocross bikes, Winmaster, Shark, Furygan, Most Fun Gym, Motocross

HIGH FLYER: MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800

The air-conditioning seemed to have been set to ROAST.The crew on that long-haul flight had given me the “shut up or we’ll eject you” kind of glare when I requested for the a/c to be turned up, so there I sat, sweating and itching like I had fleas, in an ultra-modern Boeing 777-300ER.Peeking up and down the aisles, there were rows upon rows of hundreds of also sweaty passengers, doing a variety of things to kill time: Staring out into the distance, sleeping peacefully or [...]

March 23, 2016 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Sport-Touring motorcycles, sport tourer, MV Agusta, sport touring bikes, 2016 motorcycles

GENTLEMAN'S ROCKET SHIP: BMW R 1200 R

In the movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” secret agent Harry (Colin Firth) is your typical suave, soft-soken, and perhaps a little haughty umbrella-toting London gentleman. In one of the scenes, he was enjoying a drink with his would-be prodigy, Gary (Taron Egerton) in a pub when a group of ruffians confronted them. Harry coolly got up to leave, but the group’s leader denigrated him with some truly deprecating slurs. Harry replied, “Manners maketh man. Do you know [...]

March 21, 2016 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Standard/Naked, Naked motorcycles, Standard motorcycles, 2016 motorcycles

AFFORDABLE IS COOL: Naza Cruise 650 FB

AFFORDABLE IS COOL: Naza Cruise 650 FB

The expat’s face was all red and shirt wet with perspiration as he pushed the stroller along the sidewalk. His struggle to acclimatize to the heat and humidity was vivid as he grimaced under the sun. I was gearing up to leave as he got closer. He smiled and his eyes widened when he saw the muscular, low-slung, black bike. “Nice V-Rod there, man!” he remarked as he hurried by. I just mouthed off, “Thanks!” A few steps later, he stopped dead in his tracks, like [...]

March 13, 2016 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Cruiser, Cruiser motorcycles

MULTIBELLA: Ducati Multistrada 1200

MULTIBELLA: Ducati Multistrada 1200

Time to slow down. I’m not implying that I’m a good rider, but I kept leaving my 2 buddies behind. This was a beautiful day for a ride. It was just us, no traffic, bright sunshine, and the beautiful scenery along the Sungai Koyan-Ringlet road. But I just kept going faster. I saw them in my mirrors and let them close to 2 bike lengths behind. Up in front was a long, decreasing radius right-hander. A quick peek at the speedo. 130km/h. I held the throttle open while lining up the turn [...]

February 19, 2016 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Ducati, Riding Impressions, Sport-Touring motorcycles, sport touring bikes, 2016 motorcycles

MIGHT IS RIGHT: Victory Cross Country Tour

MIGHT IS RIGHT: Victory Cross Country Tour

 I parked the bike a few metres away from the famous Penang Road chendol stall. The chendol is a must whenever one’s in Penang, what more on a hot day like this. I returned to find a small crowd surrounding the bike. A few were already posing for pictures with it. Everywhere I went, it was like people had just spotted The Rock and they couldn’t help to stop and stare, snap pictures. And ask questions. Many questions. The interrogation started as soon as I got near it: [...]

January 09, 2016 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, motorcycle touring, Victory motorcycles

SWEET AND SPICY: Naza N5 SE

SWEET AND SPICY: Naza N5 SE

After riding the N5 for an extended period of time, I went for Korean food. Anyone who’s tried Korean food will tell you that the kimchi arrives first even before the drinks. You see, my first experience with kimchi wasn’t... fun. Seeing the cabbage sitting in reddish-orange liquid, I immediately thought was it was fermented beancurd. I was also ignorant to the fact that Koreans love spicy food, and the kimchi was actually Korea’s national dish. So I took to the kimchi like [...]

December 06, 2015 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Riding Impressions, Naza motorcycles

HAIL TO THE KING!: Yamaha Y15ZR

HAIL TO THE KING!: Yamaha Y15ZR

When Yamaha launched the first generation 135LC, it marked a new standard for underbone (more commonly known as kapchai) motorcycles.Typical of Yamaha, it featured a striking design mated to a powerful four-valve, liquid cooled (hence the LC moniker) engine, all bolted onto a great handling chassis. The market swooned over the bike, snapping up virtually every unit produced, including the limited Extreme Spirit edition which had a 5-speed gearbox and manual clutch.The second generation LC was [...]

December 02, 2015 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Yamaha, 2016 motorcycles, Kapchai, Moped

BRITISH DEFIANCE: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx ABS

BRITISH DEFIANCE: Triumph Tiger 800 XCx ABS

25th October 2015 marked the 600th anniversary of the decisive English victory against the French at Agincourt (modern day Azincourt) in the Hundred Years’ War. The battle was well documented and is the centerpiece of William Shakespear’s play, Henry V. Having invaded France since 13th August 1415, the remaining 9,000-man English troops had marched for 420 kilometres in two and a half weeks, hence had little food left and many suffered from illnesses such as dysentery. The French, [...]

November 14, 2015 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, Triumph, Adventure bikes, Dual-Sport/Adventure, Adventure motorcycles, Dual-Sport motorcycles, dual sport bikes, Riding Impressions, adventure tourer, Off-Road motorcycles, Triumph motorcycles, Dual-Sport

BANTAM BRAWLER: KTM Duke 250

BANTAM BRAWLER: KTM Duke 250

  As you could recall, Eurotech Wheels Distribution (better known as KTM-CKD) launched their latest models based around their new 250cc engine back during Ramadhan.While different engine capacities are meant to cater to different licensing and tax structures in different countries, it’s no secret that the Duke and RC 200 are losing out to the newer Yamaha R25 here. KTM had to respond. The 390cc models sales wasn’t affected as much, though.So, here come KTM’s [...]

October 13, 2015 Wahid Ooi Abdullah Reviews, Road Tests, KTM