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REVIEW: Kawasaki Ninja 300

24 May

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Other than the increase in engine capacity from 249cc to 296cc, there’s really not much difference between Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 twin-cylinder over its 250cc sibling. Both machines share the same chassis, full fairing, front/rear suspension, rims/wheels and tyres. Other than the engine capacity bump, the other differences are rather small, which range from the former comes equipped with ABS and smoother acceleration towards top speed – both features which the latter either is lacking or struggling to achieve.

The Ninja 250/300 series and their cousins, the Kawasaki Z250/Z300 twin-cylinder bikes are virtually the same design, apart from the engine capacity and horsepower boost. Going by these specifications, their performances should be the same, right?

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Uh, not really.

Acceleration-wise and reaching the top speed, both the 300cc bikes are of course much faster than their respective 250cc siblings. But where performance is concerned between the Ninja 300 and Z300, there are some differences, which only the experienced rider could feel.

The Z300 is easier to ride and more agile than the Ninja 300. This may come as a surprise as normally, a full fairing version handles better than its naked counterpart but that is not the case here. The Z300 gets up to 185km/h quite easily, the Ninja 300 could not – the closest it recorded was 173km/h on the straights! Other than a mild buzz and slight vibration on the Z300, there’s no wind resistance encountered when getting it towards the top speed.

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But tried doing the same with the Ninja 300, it seems reluctant to hit faster speed as the Z300. 165km/h was its “top” before it gradually reaches 173km/h after a few minutes of straight road riding with the throttle fully open!

Another oddity between the pair is the Z300 seems to be good at negotiating twisty left-handers while the Ninja 3oo is best at tackling right-handers. This tendency is hard to fault, though as it could be my imagination that both bikes seem to be better than the other where left and right cornering are being done. Most Malaysian bikers will say it is easier to negotiate a left hander than the right as we drive/ride on the left, not the right.

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But for a person who have mastered both sides on cornering, this shouldn’t be the case with both bikes. I had overshot twice with both bikes while negotiating twisty old roads – left handers with the Ninja 300 and right-handers with the Z300. Overshot a corner means understeer technically but if that was the case, the fault should be evident with either side, not just one.

Suspension performance, whether front or rear, weren’t at fault other for the inability of both bikes to handle the corners. So I guess the guilty part should be with the default tyres both machines are fitted with – Thailand-made IRC Road Warrior type, which is standard item on all CKD bikes assembled there for Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha.

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When lane filtering during traffic congestion, the Ninja 300 is the better of the two as its narrower clip-on handlebars allowed it to clear the tighter situation than the wider option of the Z300.

Other than those differences between the pair, both the Ninja 300 and Z300 perform more or less the same in most situations including fuel consumption and braking ability, thanks to the ABS fitted to them.

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EOS 80D @ VW Malaysia’s Unveiling of the Vento sedan

19 May

Ever since Sunway Group bought over the Mall a few years ago, had it shut down for renovation and completely refurbished to emerge as the new Sunway Putra Mall, I have yet to step foot into the venue. Until today.

There’s too many shopping malls nowadays, both in KL City and Petaling Jaya, and all of them offer more or less the same products and services that I have no specific reason to visit the newer ones, including any recently refurbished types as the location is out of the normal routes I used to go or riding solo on new motorcycles for review purpose.

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Today marked my first ever visit to the Sunway Putra Mall for 2 reasons:

1) Further field test of the new EOS 80D DSLR camera

2) VW Malaysia’s launch of the Vento sedan

Brought 2 lenses to the event, the EF 8-15mm f/4L FE USM and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens, which should be adequate for a car launch event. Eventually, all the images were captured using just the latter as there’s not much advantage for using the former for maximising the creative effect an Fisheye lens is capable of.

As for the Vento cars, they are all locally-assembled and are available in three variants; the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, with prices ranging from RM79,888 for the Trendline to RM86,888 for Comfortline and RM93,888 for the Highline.

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The Vento Highline is powered with the award-winning 1.2l turbocharged direct injection TSI engine with an output of 105PS. Paired with the 7-speed automatic transmission DSG with a maximum torque of 175Nm, the Vento is the sedan with the highest torque in its class. With superior drivability and performance, fuel consumption is remarkable at 5.5l per 100km. The Vento Highline is also rated 5-star by ASEAN NCAP for its range of safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Being the impatient blogger I am, the technical presentations were boring for me, and they don’t interest me at all. Don’t get me wrong but as far as I am concerned, whether the launches are of motorcycles, cars, cameras, cellphones, computers, other tech gadgets and TVs – such presentations are all boring to me. These products are all announced elsewhere prior to them being made available in Malaysia, and any info about them, I can get them online. What’s more important to me is seeing the actual items up close, and due to that, I went out of the mall area to snap photos of a red Vento that was parked for the public to view, rather than wait for the presentation to end. It was also an opportunity to test the new EOS 80D’s ability t render colours accurately, such as the photo shown below.

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According to Volkswagen, both the Vento 1.6l Comfortline and Trendline comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox with Tiptronic function with an output of 105PS, maximum torque of 153Nm and fuel consumption of 6.5l per 100km.

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When it comes to looks, the Vento embodies the Volkswagen design DNA that perfectly balances form and functionality. Its stylish chrome grills and side contour lines, coupled with a solid stance, gives the Vento a dynamic exterior that is contemporary and elegant. According to Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia, the Vento is a sedan that has it all – performance, design, safety and innovation. “We are pleased to introduce the Volkswagen Vento to the local market. As the latest Volkswagen model to be assembled locally with our partner, DRB-Hicom, the Vento plays a vital role in our strategy to making our cars more accessible and affordable to Malaysians. And with the introduction of the multiline, we believe that there is a Vento to suit everybody’s needs.”

As per Volkswagen’s commitment to building stronger and safer cars, the new Vento is also constructed using laser welding which is standard for all Volkswagen vehicles. This is a testament to German automotive engineering.The strategy behind the Vento multiline is to cater to a wider audience and provide them with a range of options to suit their needs and budgets.

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Trendline – An entry level choice for consumers who want to own a continental car at a great price. The Trendline is for the no-frills customers who prefers the Vento in its purest form.

Comfortline – The mid-variant is great for consumers who are looking for a balance between technology and safety. The Comfortline fits best with customers who know what they want.

Highline – Top-of-the line choice for consumers who want optimum performance, advanced technology and safety features. The Highline is for those who want the best and highest specs in their car.

 
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Honda’s Nicky Hayden wins Race 2 of SepangWorldSBK

15 May

Photos courtesy of WorldSBK.com

Honda World Superbike Team’s Nicky Hayden crossed the line in Sepang on Sunday to take his first ever win in World Superbike. The American, a rookie in the class, took off from the pack in a supreme display of speed and control in difficult conditions. Ducati’s Davide Giugliano came home second after a late charge, ahead of reigning Champion Jonathan Rea.

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Sunday in Sepang saw sun replaced by rain as a downpour hit the circuit just before the WorldSSP Race was due to start. As the weather conditions worsened and the World Supersport Race was postponed until after WorldSBK, the riders had a long look at the sky in preparation for a Wet Race.

A cautious line up threaded through turns 1 and 2 for the first time as the front row of Sykes, Rea and Lowes was joined by Honda rider Nicky Hayden from the second row. Hayden, who is a veteran of the track but a WorldSBK rookie, then began to pull a gap on second placed Rea as riders behind battled for position.

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With grip tricky to judge, only Kentucky Kid Hayden seemed confident in the initial laps, with Rea remaining behind in P2 as Lowes and Sykes struggled. With the top three settled as Hayden, Rea and Davies, it was second Aruba.it Racing – Ducati rider Davide Giugliano who then began to set the fastest laps of the track and caught teammate Davies. After shadowing the Welshman, Giugliano then made his move and took the position, heading off after Nicky Hayden in pursuit of a victory.

The Italian came home P2 after the late charge, as Rea passed Davies to lock out the podium in P3, in head of his Welsh title rival who crossed the line in P4. Defending Champion Rea remains the only rider on the grid to have been on the rostrum in every race.

Honda’s Michael van der Mark moved up from his P10 grid position to end the race in P6 after a spectacular last corner against Alex De Angelis after a race of spectacular duels, with Aprilia rider De Angelis also making good progress from his starting position as he recovers from injury.

Tom Sykes, after starting from pole, suffered in the conditions in Malaysia and eventually crossed the line in P8. Anthony West, riding as replacement for Sylvain Barrier at Pedercini, lived up to his reputation as a maestro of wet conditions as the Australian came home in the top 5, giving the team their best result of 2016 so far and proving second Kawasaki on Sunday.

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Leon Camier, after another top ten result in Race 1, came home P9 in the wet on Sunday afternoon, with Markus Reiterberger completing the top ten for Althea BMW after a mechanical problem forced the German to retire in Race 1.

Rea increases his title lead once again, as the paddock now heads to Donington Park for Round 7.

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Tom Sykes took his first win of Sepang in Race 1

14 May

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes took his first ever win in Sepang from P1 on the grid, after smashing the Best Lap in Tissot-Superpole qualifying. Teammate and reigning Champion Jonathan Rea came home second for a KRT 1-2, ahead of Aruba.it Racing – Ducati rider Chaz Davies.

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The big winners off the line in Race 1 proved to be Pata Yamaha’s Alex Lowes and Honda’s Michael van der Mark, with Lowes taking the lead from P2 on the grid and van der Mark slicing through from tenth to P6, before KRT duo Rea and Sykes moved through on the Yamaha. Sepang veteran Nicky Hayden, after initially losing out off the line, soon fought back up into the top 5 to chase down the lead group.

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Sykes began to pull a gap on teammate Rea, who found himself chased by key Championship rival Chaz Davies. The Yorkshireman also set a new Lap Record on Lap 2, his first flying lap of the track, on his way to a commanding lead and victory. Jonathan Rea on the sister ZX-10R followed his teammate home to P2 after eventually shaking off the challenge of Ducati’s Chaz Davies.

Davies was the lead Ducati in Race 1 once again as the Welshman took his Aruba.it machine to yet another podium to cement his consistent challenge, and teammate Davide Giugliano, after missing the Round in 2015 due to injury, fought for position in the second group before crossing the line in P6.

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Markus Reiterberger made good on his promise in Sepang as the rookie of the track and impressed for Althea BMW, leading a charge back up the field to P4 in a stunning show of pace, until suffering a mechanical problem that forced him to retire. Teammate Jordi Torres also found great pace Race 1 in Sepang as the Spaniard fought to the front of the second group to take P4.

Alex Lowes, after a run off in the first half of the Race, staged an impressive fight back to take P5 and score a good haul of points for Pata Yamaha as the team run only one bike after Sylvain Guintoli’s crash in Imola.

Honda duo Nicky Hayden and Michael van der Mark had a race of opposites as the American suffered more towards the end of the Race and his Dutch teammate moved up the through the field. After the duo met in the middle on track, van der Mark was able to take his veteran teammate on the penultimate lap to come home just ahead of Hayden in P7.

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Anthony West, riding for injured Sylvain Barrier at Pedercini, moved up in the Race from his grid position to come home in P9, an incredible result after only getting on the bike for the first time on Friday. MV Agusta rider Leon Camier suffered in the early part of Race 1 in Sepang but fought back steadily to close out the top 10 and Aprilia duo Lorenzo Savadori, fastest on Friday, and recovering teammate Alex De Angelis, were both running in the points before being unable to see the flag due to separate incidents on track. Josh Brookes beat Sepang veteran Karel Abraham over the line in the Milwaukee BMW inter-team battle, ahead of Lucas Scassa, a replacement rider, and Xavi Forés for Barni Racing Team. Grillini rider Josh Hook was the final points scorer, with the Australian rookie closing out the top 15.

 
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MSI GT72S Donimator Pro G Tobii and the Vortex G65 Launched @ Low Yat Plaza

12 May

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As late as 2007, Taiwan’s MSI computer was widely known for its graphics cards and gaming motherboards than the reliability of its line-up of high performance notebooks. Being the underdog against a number of international brand including compatriots like Acer and Asus, it was easy then for the Malaysian office to loan me any model for a review.

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That was then. Over the years, especially from 2011 onwards, the MSI brand became famous globally as it make inroads into a segment that has more or less being “abandoned” by the major names in notebooks – gaming laptops due to increase competition from video games by the likes of Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s Playstation and Nintendo’s Wii.

As with most cases of an underdog becoming a global titan, original supporters like me were either ignored or got myself cancelled from the list of invitees for future events, partly due to the high turnover of staff and the newer ones, who have no idea that hardcore supporters like yours truly exist. So it was somewhat of a surprise that I received an official invitation from the local MSI office to attend its latest launch two new products – GT72S Donimator Pro G Tobii and the Vortex G65. The event was held in Kuala Lumpur’s Low Yat Plaza in Buki Bintang area.

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MSI’s goal is to become the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. MSI is also an active participant in international gaming tournaments cooperating with the gaming giants Blizzard and ESL. Unanimously acclaimed by gaming enthusiasts and eSports players around the world, MSI is proudly the world’s leading gaming brand!

The GT72S Donimator Pro G Tobii is one of MSI’s most powerful notebook and it is also the world’s first to Feature the acclaimed Eye-Tracking Technology and NVIDIA G-SYNC. MSI has partnered with Tobii Tech, the global leader in eye-tracking technology, to integrate eye-tracking function into the GT72S gaming laptop. With this technology, the GT72S will offer deeper game immersion and most realistic experience available. MSI first highlights the GT72S Donimator Pro G Tobii gaming notebook in South East Asia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, for visitors to experience eye-tracking technology.

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GT72S Donimator Pro G Tobii is powered by 6th Gen. Intel Core i7-6700HQ processors GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5 graphics with G-SYNC feature. G-SYNC’s revolutionary performance is achieved by synchronizing display refresh rates to the GPU in the GeForce GTX-powered system, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag. The results are instantly appearing scenes, sharper looking objects and super smooth gameplay. GT72S that packs powerful NVIDIA G-SYNC technology will give gamers a stunning visual experience and a serious competitive edge.

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Vortex G65 delivers ultimate performance and extreme functions to gamers just as Formula 1 level racing car to the highest class auto racing competition. Like an officially designed racing car, Vortex G65 has taken all circumstances into consideration for its product design. Users hence don’t need to MOD the machine anymore for the Vortex G65 already being the most compact, powerful and the coolest of all current generation desktop PCs.

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MSI aims to lead the way in the e-Sports scene in Malaysia, and already has plans for plenty of tournaments throughout 2016. These tournaments and gaming-related events will foster a better and larger e-Sports community in Malaysia, and showcase MSI products as the No.1 brand in gaming. For more information on http://www.gameplan.my/

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Jonathan Rea signs for 2017-18 seasons with Kawasaki Racing Team

12 May

Photos courtesy of WorldSBK.com

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The most successful partnership on the grid in 2015 is set to continue for another two years as Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki Racing Team sign up for 2017 and 2018. Rea, who won the title with Kawasaki in his first year in the team, also leads the current Championship standings by a 35 point margin and has won 19 races with the outfit since the beginning of last season.

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“I am so happy to extend this partnership with the Kawasaki Racing Team and continue the great relationship I have with all the Kawasaki engineers and fans,” said Rea. “It is clear that our objectives and way of working are very well matched so it makes perfect sense to extend this for two more seasons. With all the incredible memories we have made so far and are now creating, I am 100% confident that we will enjoy working together and develop the Ninja ZX-10R into the future. I would like to thank Kawasaki and all the KRT staff for their full support and belief in my potential. With this in mind I am now even more focused than ever to win the WorldSBK Championship in 2016 to make it back to back wins.”

Rea is the current points leader in the 2016 title chase and has won 5 races so far as he attempts to defend his crown and win back to back Championships. After a record-breaking start to the partnership with KRT in 2015, the strength of the pairing makes them a key benchmark on the WorldSBK grid.

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“We have now two great riders in KRT,” added Team Manager Guim Roda. “Two World Champions and the goal is to keep them for the next two years. Rea is an experienced rider with a young spirit and big motivation, open to learning and improving race-by-race. This gives us even greater potential to have an even better rider in two years’ time. His big credit in this KRT project is to give us the pressure to give the best to him. I know clearly that the mechanics, crew, technicians, team staff and all KHI engineers will do our best to cover his expectations.”

Rea will be pushing his Ninja to the limit once more this weekend at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, as the WorldSBK paddock touch down near the capital city of Kuala Lumpur for Round 6 and the reigning Champion sets his sights on victory once more.

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Naza Premira Launches Vespa S125 Scooter in Kuala Lumpur

12 May

Naza Premira Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Vespa scooters in Malaysia, has revealed its latest model for the local market, the Vespa S125, in an event held earlier this morning at the Garage KL rendezvous point today.

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Vespa S 2-Gray“The Vespa S125 embodies the heritage of legendary models from the 70’s, such as the Vespa 50 Special and the Vespa Primavera, offering a trip down a the memory lane.” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of Naza World Group of Companies.

“It is the sportiest and most youthful Vespa’s ‘small body’ available. The lines express dynamic character and youth, with their clean and essential, but definitely spirited, sections. It is a Vespa that makes minimalist design its distinguishing feature in order to definitively win the approval of the young enthusiasts.” Datuk Wira SM Faisal added.

The Vespa S125 features a square headlight, more decisive looking mudguards and saddle profile that are key features which go extremely well with the red shock absorbers and new instrument It also has a new mask located on the front shield as well as the ‘tie’ which distinguishes all new generation Vespa. The horn guard on the shield and the crest on the front mudguard forgoes the elegant chromium finish, taking on a much more aggressive black colour, with the five-spoke wheel rims in the same hue. There’s also new guard located on the footboard which comes embellished Five colours are offered: Taormina (Orange), Rosso Dragon (Red), Nero Vulcano (Black), Monte Bianco (White) and Grigio Titanio (Matte Grey).

Vespa S 1-WhiteThe Vespa S125 comes equipped with a new and highly technologically advanced 124 cc, 4-Stroke, 3-valve power train that is optimised for performance, extremely low fuel consumption and The new crankshaft, with reduced button and bench capacity, the pivoted cam axle on the bearings and roller rockers have significant improvement in operating friction, all to the benefit of The bore and stroke values are now respectively reduced and increased to get better torque and acceleration response. The 3-valve timing solution improves intake and increases engine efficiency with innovative timing system that improves fuel mixture loading movements in the cylinder, further refined by new spark plug position that simultaneously ensures improved cooling of the components in the head, as well as simplified maintenance.

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EOS80D_017The cooling system went through careful analysis wth thermo fluid dynamic simulations to improve performance and obtain significant reduction in mechanical noise and absorbed power. The fuel injection system features a continuous cycle automatic idle management and continuous cycle fuel mixture management with the introduction of an efficient Lambda probe and a latest generation ECU that takes care of managing advance mapping, fuel mixture and timing.

There’s also a new free-wheel electric starter that is more quiet and efficient, an automatic dry centrifugal clutch that has been calibrated to maximise performance and fuel economy at low speeds. The 3V system weighs less than its 2V predecessor and provides clear improvement of performance with maximum power improved by 7.1 per cent and increased maximum torque by 10.3 per cent.

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Acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h drops 2 percent and top speed is increased by 2.2 per cent. Despite the significant performance enhancements, fuel economy is drastically improved 30 per cent from the previous 50 km/l to 55 km/l.

For Malaysia, the new Vespa S125 is priced at RM10,988 which includes a two-year manufacturer warranty and a one year AAM Bike Assists membership. Also, the first 70 units of the Vespa S125 comes with a limited edition decal.

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Sepang WorldSBK Pre-Event: Visiting Batu Caves

12 May

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WorldSBK headed into capital city Kuala Lumpur ahead of Round 6 of the 2016 Championship for a pre-event in two halves. The first destination was the Giat Mara Centre to meet students studying to be mechanics, followed by a pit stop at the Batu Caves for a touch of tourism. With a lot of enthusiastic faces on hand, the welcome was warm from the students and fans alike.

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Jonathan Rea, Nicky Hayden, Leon Camier, Josh Hook, Jules Cluzel, Jordi Torres and Zulfahmi Khairuddin first tried their hand at making “Teh Tarik”, a local tea drink, as the students looked on. Competition was never far away and Nicky Hayden set the first benchmark, before Fahmi and Rea hit back with a little creative competition. Riders then answered some questions from the floor before meeting Minister of Rural and Regional Development, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

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Lunch was served with the guest of honour, before the short journey to the Batu Caves got underway and the searing Malaysian heat greeted the riders once again. The Batu Caves are set in limestone cliffs, with a spectacular staircase offering visitors the chance to climb up and explore them. Whilst fans were taking an interest in the WorldSBK stars, the riders then took a few selfies with the object of their own desires as some primate company sidled up to say hello.

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Nicky Hayden was the first to make contact as the Kentucky Kid offered his open top coconut to the monkey closest to him, and the response was positive as the primate drank and shared a toast with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion. Jules Cluzel also made a monkey friend, and Jonathan Rea took the opportunity for a selfie with the wildlife as more of the creatures made their way down the stairs.

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After the monkey business it’s back to racing business on Friday in Malaysia, as the riders check out the new track surface at Sepang International Circuit for Round 6 of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship.

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SanDisk Upgrades its Mobile Memory Solution Products

10 May

SanDisk Corporation has just launched its upgraded line-up of Mobile Memory Solutions (MMS), designed exclusively to meet the evolving storage needs of digital consumers. The unique storage devices, backed by SanDisk’s ground-breaking flash technology have been engineered to offer a seamless user experience while storing or transferring content.

With laptops and compact digital cameras facing fierce competition from tablets and smartphones globally, it makes sense for SanDisk to diversify from its core products of manufacturing memory cards and pendrives to include mobile storage products for the ever growing mobile computing segment.

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With the proliferation of digital content, personal content is driving the need for more capacity and higher performance memory. Consumers are not only capturing content, but also keep and share content.

In 2015, IDC estimated consumers would capture and share over 1.6 trillion digital images, seven out of 10 on a mobile device1, and they expect this will continue growing. With this rising trend, users want to be able to easily share and store their content across multiple devices and operating systems – in a seamless, intuitive and secure way. The era of capturing, keeping and sharing content has driven a new level of requirements and a variety of solutions are required to meet consumers need for more storage. Coped with this trend, SanDisk has introduced new offerings in its Mobile Memory Solutions range, which will enable users to lead a truly mobile lifestyle.

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Peter Mah, Regional Director, APAC, SanDisk said, “Keeping in mind the growing storage needs of consumers, we realized this is the opportune time to reinvent our range. Our new offerings give users the luxury of capturing, sharing and saving loads of data speedily without worrying about storage limitations. We are committed to delivering innovation solutions and are hopeful that consumers will enjoy using our new range of storage devices.”

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SanDisk’s upgraded Mobile Memory Solutions range now comprises of – reinvented SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive, 200GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick, SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card, SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 128GB and SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive.

Drive, users can automatically back up their camera roll and contacts, and watch popular video formats straight from the drive3. The iXpand Flash Drive also includes encryption software that password-protects files, allowing people to share their content while keeping sensitive files secure across devices4.

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The iXpand Flash Drive features a redesigned app, the iXpand Drive app, which offers new features and an improved user experience. Giving users the option to save space instantly, the app now has a camera function so users can shoot and save photos or videos directly to the drive. The app also allows users to automatically back up content from popular social networking sites, as well as playback iTunes music within the app. The iXpand Flash Drive app is available for download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and launches when the iXpand Flash Drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad – allowing for immediate storage expansion, access to the user’s content and easy file management.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card – Featuring World’s Fastest Transfer Speed

The SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card enables action camera, drone and smartphone users to offload huge video files at unprecedented speeds. The new card, available in 64GB* and 128GB capacities, delivers transfer speeds of up to 275MB/s6 to offload high-quality content at record speeds. Featuring Class 10 and UHS Speed Class 3 (U3), the SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II card is perfect for capturing Full HD and 4K Ultra HD video7 on the latest action cams, drones and smartphones. It also includes a USB 3.0 card reader to conveniently offload files to a PC.

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SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II cards are backwards-compatible with UHS-I host devices, performing up to UHS-I speeds allowed by the host device. Also designed for today’s durable devices, the cards can keep up in extreme environments. SanDisk Extreme PRO microSDXC UHS-II cards8 are shockproof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and X-ray-proof.

SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive – New Mobile Flash Drive for USB Type-C Devices

SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive, designed specifically for next-generation devices is a sleek, new drive featuring a versatile and powerful USB Type-C connector for quick file transfer between USB Type-C enabled mobile devices, laptops, tablets and future devices.

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SanDisk-Mobile5SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive is available in up to 128GB* and delivers USB 3.1 performance of up to 150MB/s, making it SanDisk’s fastest and highest capacity USB Type-C offering. The USB drive features a slim, retractable design to protect the reversible connector and is compatible with the SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android.

The app, which is available for free through the Google Play Store, auto-launches upon insertion of the drive into a compatible device, allowing immediate access to the user’s content and easy file management. The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive is the company’s first dedicated USB for Type-C ready devices.

The new drive complements the company’s suite of USB Type-C flash memory solutions which range from dual USB drives to portable SSDs. The SanDisk Ultra USB Type-C Flash Drive features a five-year warranty, and is available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.

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“Intelligent Emergency Call”, BMW Motorrad’s eCall motorcycle system

03 May

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Getting help to the scene of an accident or emergency as fast as possible can save lives. This applies especially to motorcyclists. For this reason BMW Motorrad has developed the optional “Intelligent Emergency Call” system which is intended to get help to the accident or emergency scene as fast as possible.

In the case of an accident, a vehicle-integrated eCall system can make the difference between life and death. As already shown in 2011 as part of a pan-European eCall trial involving BMW vehicles, emergency services were able to respond more quickly and get to the scene of the accident 40 to 50 per cent faster. The European Commission in charge of the trial at the time, estimated that using an eCall system would save up to 2,500 lives every year also saving €26 billion in the process.

eCall was used for the first time in BMW automobiles in 1999 in Europe. In 2007, the BMW Group extended this safety system by establishing an intelligent and cross-border call center infrastructure. From 2018, eCall will become mandatory for all new cars. Thanks to the synergy effects with BMW Automobiles the system is expected to be available for the first time in a BMW motorcycle ex works as an option from beginning of 2017.

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Satellite-supported localisation of the emergency site In the case of an emergency or an accident, the intelligent eCall system, which is either automatically or manually triggered, sends out the position data, i.e. the coordinates of the motorcycle accident site, to the qualified BMW Call Center to initiate the rescue chain. The current position as well as information for determining the direction of travel are transmitted to simplify locating the motorcyclist in hard-to-find locations such as motorway junctions.

eCall requires a connection to the mobile phone network in order to trigger the rescue chain. In the “intelligent emergency call” option, the connection is established via the permanently installed mobile communication unit. For the connection no specific mobile operator is required. All that is necessary is at least one operational mobile provider. The service will be made available in all European countries.

The intelligent emergency call takes three scenarios into account:

Scenario 1: Automatic triggering in the case of a bad fall / collision. The emergency call is automatically triggered without time delay, sending a message to a qualified BMW Call Center. The accident victim/rider is taken care of by the BMW Call Center via audio connection until the emergency service arrives. Help is sent out in any case even if there is no response. A display in the instrument cluster shows that the eCall has been initiated. An acoustic signal is also set off. In this case the rider cannot cancel the emergency call any more.

Scenario 2: Automatic triggering in the case of a minor fall / collision. In this case the emergency call is only triggered after 25 seconds before sending a message to the BMW Call Center. If no help is necessary after only a non-serious accident, the accident victim/rider has the opportunity of cancelling the emergency call at the press of a button. If he does not cancel, the rescue chain is initiated as in scenario 1. A display in the instrument cluster shows that the eCall has been initiated. An acoustic signal is also set off.

Scenario 3: Manual triggering by pressing a button In this case the eCall is triggered manually by pressing the SOS button on the right handlebar end, e.g. for calling help for other road users in need. A message is sent to the BMW Call Center and a voice connection is established. A voice connection is mandatory if the eCall was triggered manually before further measures are initiated. Here too, the accident victim/rider is also given the opportunity to cancel the emergency call at the press of a button or by turning off the ignition. The intelligent emergency call can only be triggered manually when the motorcycle is stationary with the ignition on.

The “intelligent emergency call” system recognises non-emergency situations The emergency call is not triggered automatically in non-emergency situations (e.g. if the bike falls over in a stationary position or in accidents at low speeds with no other traffic user involved, a shock to the bike when riding over a pothole or while off-road riding (e.g. small jumps or riding over obstructions).

Ergonomically designed control unit featuring loudspeaker and microphone: The “intelligent emergency call” option is located on the right side of the handlebar and is both ergonomic and compact. In addition to the cover protected SOS button used for triggering or cancelling an emergency call, a microphone and loudspeaker have also been integrated.

Sophisticated situational detection sensors: Sensors on the motorcycle detect which event occurred. A crash sensor detects events such as collisions with another vehicle or crashing into an obstruction. A banking angle sensor detects high and low-siders, i.e. which position the motorcycle is in.

Native speaker voice connection to the BMW call center: The intelligent emergency call system, available in a BMW motorcycle for the first time, constitutes a premium service with international coverage. When a voice connection is made, the rider can communicate with the BMW Call Center in his native language. This is a stand-alone feature which is highly effective in an emergency situation. The optional “intelligent emergency call” will be rolled out in Germany first and then also introduced quickly to further European markets and models.

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