– The Royal Enfield Interceptor* 2018 marks the return of one of Royal Enfield’s most loved classic motorcycles. Hailing from a time when all that mattered was that the California sun was out and the surf was up, the new Interceptor retains every bit of charm that made it a legend.
– The new Continental GT 650 Twin is an evolution of the Continental GT 535, which in turn, was an evolution of the Continental GT 250 – the original Royal Enfield British café racer. Powered by the all-new 650 Twin, it looks every bit like its predecessor and performs even better.
Royal Enfield has finally taken the wraps off the much awaited Interceptor 650 Twin and the Continental GT 650 Twin at the ongoing EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy. This marks the first time in modern history that Royal Enfield has unveiled and will soon launch two bikes with a parallel-twin engine. Perhaps the most awaited motorcycle unveiling at EICMA 2017, both the Interceptor and the Conti GT 650 look delightful and evoke the memories of the Interceptor Mark I. Both, the Interceptor and the Continental GT 650 share the chassis and the engine. The Interceptor is more of an old-school roadster style motorcycle while the Continental GT 650 is the full-blown café racer as it was always.
The Continental GT 535 and the Continental GT 650 are almost fully different to each other. Royal Enfield says that these two bikes are just 5 per cent similar to each other. The idea behind these bikes was to bring California school to the middleweight segment. The engine as we know is a 648 cc parallel-twin motor, with a 270 degree firing order and is air-cooled. The reason for choosing a 270 degree crank, Royal Enfield says, is because it is the smoothest setup with the right feel and character. The engine gives out the good, pleasant vibrations during a power pull and there is a balancer shaft to reduce unpleasant vibrations overall. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox, with a slip-assist clutch. Royal Enfield built three 650 cc parallel engine prototypes with three different crank setups and finally chose the 270 degree firing order. The engine makes 47 bhp at 7,100 rpm and puts out a peak torque of 52 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
Siddhartha Lal, CEO, Royal Enfield, said that Royal Enfield is poised to be market leaders in the middle-weight motorcycle segment. The low-end grunt is what the customers love in RE bikes, the single cylinders that is and the company wanted to offer them something better, with more and accessible power and he believes that the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 Twin and the Continental GT 650 Twin are the right machines.
Royal Enfield will be launching the 650 Twin models in Europe first, by April 2018 and then bring the bikes to India, within the first half of 2018. So for all you Royal Enfield aficionados, your wait will be a bit longer. There is no word on expected pricing, but Siddhartha Lal has assured that it will be affordable. We still don’t have any information about the launching of the new Interceptor and Continental GT here in the Philippines and the rest of Asia.
We’ve seen this bike back then and we were able to witnessed its custom transformation from a stock bike to one of the most appealing Cafe 400 around the metro.
Gian Lasam is an avid rider whose passion and print business intertwines with his daily work routines. Lasam decided to buy a Motorstar Cafe 400 couple of months ago due to work loads and the wasted time that he experience when his on four wheels.
The first time I saw the bike was when Gian asked me to help him make a wakeboard rack for his ride. I invited him to the shop and I was amazed when I saw his Cafe 400, barely all stock at that time. “So what’s your plan for this bike?,” I remember asking that question to Gian. “Not much,” he replied. After few months, I saw his bike displayed during the 3rd Moto Builds Pilipinas with the wakeboard rack attached to his bike.
The Motorstar Cafe 400 is a standout day to day bike. With Gian’s backyard garage build design, knowing that some people don’t want this bike because it’s made in China, it gave the Cafe 400 a reputable and suitable big bike for the masses. Overall this bike can take you for a short ride in the twisties and enjoy its well balanced engine without the additional heat on your groin. Engine displacement is 400cc displacement. Yup and it’s highway legal.
Cafe 400 Specifications:
Single cylinder,185YMQ, oil-cooled, four-stroke
Bore X Stroke (mm)
Max. Power (kw/r/min)
Max. Torque (N.m/r/min)
Max. Speed (Km/h)
Manual, Multiplate wet clutch
Chain drive with 6 gears
110/80-18 or 130/70-18
L X W X H (mm)
Seat Height (mm)
Min. Ground Clearance (mm)
Max. Permissionable Weight (kg)
Dry. Weigth (kg)
Engine Oil (L)
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
Packing Size (mm)
1800 X 600 X 980
Packing Weight (kg)
Take a closer look at Gian’s custom Cafe 400
Gian Lasam is the owner and founder of IMPRINT CUSTOMS which specializes in printing designs and personalized apparels such as caps, shirts, stickers etc.
After reaching a staggering 100 million units produced worldwide, Honda has announced that a series of revamped 50 and 110 cc Super Cub models will return to the Japanese market as of next month. Manufactured in Japan, they will be available in both classic commuter and professional versions.
If there is one motorized vehicle that deserves to be termed as iconic, that has to be Honda’s Super Cub. The small, rugged two-wheeler has been constantly in production since 1958, with numerous variants and offsprings still pouring out from 16 Honda factories in 15 countries.
Among these, the basic Super Cub 50 and 110 are still in production in China and, as Honda has just announced, a new dedicated production line has been set-up at the Kumamoto factory in Japan. These two direct descendants of the original 1958 model have received a well-deserved revamp, ahead of delivery to Japanese dealerships on November 10.
The plastic costumes have undergone a discrete redesign, while the application of LED lights brings about some energy-saving freshness. The four-stroke single-cylinder engine has also benefited from a gentle touch of modern engineering and metallurgy, now employing tougher and lower-friction pistons and cylinders, as well as a host of present-day tidbits, like needle bearings, new oil filter, a dipstick to measure oil level etc.
In order to satisfy contemporary Japanese emission norms, the engine is fed via Honda’s PGM fuel injection system, and the exhaust system employs a new muffler incorporating a two-stage catalytic converter.
The new Super Cubs will be available in both classic and professional versions, the latter equipped with front and rear loading baskets, and rolling on 14-in wheels – in place of the typical 17-in tires we’ll find on the standard Super Cub, in order to make more room for loading space.
There will be a long list of fresh color options available, with two engine capacities on offer; a 50 cc single that produces 3.7 hp (2.7 kW), and a 8 hp (5.9 kW) 110 cc single.
Pricing in Japan will be JPY232,200 (approximately US$2,050) for the Super Cub 50 and 253,800 ($2,240) for the Pro version, while the 110 cc models will retail for JPY275,400 ($2,430) in standard trim and 297,000 ($2,620) in Pro.
The model year 2018 bears a distinct significance for the Super Cub, marking its 60th anniversary, and Honda plans to honor this at the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motor Show. In fact, the amazing record of 100 million Cubs produced cumulatively all over the world has been officially reached this month, and Honda celebrated it with a new dedicated area in its global website and a ceremony at the Kumamoto factory to inaugurate the new production line.
Apart from the Super Cub reissues, Honda is planning to unveil a new CC 110 model in Tokyo, and we also remember last year’s pledge for an electric EV-Cub coming in 2018.
It is indeed incredible that we were reporting on the 50-million production record in 2006, two years shy of the Cub’s 50th anniversary, and now Honda has doubled that in a matter of just another 11 years. It’s really hard to imagine any other vehicle ever contesting such a record, or even achieving anything close to that.
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show will be a bit more special for Super Cub fans, yet unfortunately most of the Cub-related novelties that Honda has in store for us will be exclusive privileges of the Japanese market – with the possible exception of the EV-Cub, if and when it comes.
As of now we don’t have any official report if the new reissue Honda Super Cub will hit the Philippine shores this year.
The yearly dapper celebration saw 700 modern classic motorcycle riders in one awesome gathering last September 24 for the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride manila 2017.
The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride was founded in Sydney, Australia by Mark Hawwa. It was inspired by a photo of Mad Men’s Don Draper astride a classic bike and wearing his finest suit. Mark decided a themed ride would be a great way to combat the often-negative stereotype of men on motorcycles, whilst connecting niche motorcycle communities together.
That first ride in 2012 brought together over 2,500 riders across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the founder to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.
The most affordable BMW bike to date, the BMW G 310 R street bike. Engineered by the studious Motorrad team in Munich, Germany, but assembled, with supervision, by TVS Motor of India, the G310R’s entry begins a new chapter of effective multi-national motorcycle innovation for both brands.
This rusty bike has captured our attention since its social media appearance last year as a collaboration project between Jerry Formoso Kustoms and the owner of Tattoo Lab Mr. Norman Saliot.
Prime time news slightly celebrity sensation and owner of Tattoo Lab Norman Saliot bought his rusty work horse from a friend with engine and chassis only. After his few minute of fame in the popular news network, Norman together with Jerry Formoso worked hard to finish this rusty project named “TurboRat.”
We had an opportunity to talk about his 2 exaust Honda TMX 125 turned in to brat cafe.
“Si Jerry Formoso ang tumulong sa akin sa pag buo kay turborat, lalo na sa pag welding, pag bend ng mga tubo, sa mga pag fabricate ng ibang pyesa at ibang idea. Yun ang ginagawa namin ayun dun sa drawing ko o plano. Yung tindig, yung korte, yung mga sukat at ibang maliit na detalye.”
“Si Turborat nabili ko sa isang kaibigan, kaso chassis at engine na may papel lamang ang nabili ko. Kaya madaming kulang na pyesa, kaya naghanap ako ng donor bike para mabuo ko si turborat. Tinulongan ako ng tatay ko na makahanap ng isa pang bike. Nong nakompleto ko na ang mga parts, kinausap ko si Jerry Formoso na kung pwede nya kong matulongan sa project ko dahil wala akong mga tools o equipment.” Norman Saliot added.
Bike Specs: Honda TMX 125cc Double head exhaust with Shinko tire E240 16×4.00 and Rear Set.
TurboRat’s rusty look gave a firm attitude to the bike. It mirrored Norman’s taste and style which complimented with the bike owner’s line of profession as a tattoo artist.
Check out “TurboRat” and other custom bike builds this Sept 11-13, 2017 at the Quarry Bar, Paranaque for the 1st ever INK & FUEL event proudly organized by Tattoo Lab’s owner and TurboRat’s master Mr. Norman Saliot.Tattoo, Music and Motorcycles plus products from the local moto and art industry.
The motorcycle craftsmen of Team Laguna Choppers headed by Mr. Elmer Reyes has done another great job in creating a unique tribute for the war heroes of the recent Marawi conflict in Mindanao during the History Con 2017.
Take a closer look at the Marawi Heroes Chopper
As the Team Laguna Choppers unveiled their most challenging creation, Mr. Elmer Reyes showed his passion and dedication in giving honor to all the soldiers who dedicated their lives for our country’s freedom.
“This bike is a reminder for all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in battle. We dedicate this bike to the heroes of Marawi Siege,” says Mr. Reyes.
As a nation, we experienced the turmoil and sufferings of our fellow kakabayans in Mindanao. We hope, this bike will serve as an inspiration to our fellow countrymen and to honor the courage and loyalty of our soldiers in the battlefield.
For the meantime the Marawi Heroes bike can be viewed at the Laguna Choppers HQ in San Pablo, Laguna. But soon after, it will be displayed at the Ayala Museum in partnership with Heroes Foundation.
Hand crafted by Laguna Choppers. Share this post and let the our countrymen know about this build.
The Braap Down is back! this time we will show you the best custom bikes at History Con 2017. The custom bike competition is one of the special highlights of the convention, not to mention the largest automotive display from classic cars and top of the line motorcycle brands.
Here is the rundown of the best custom bikes that you will see in History Con 2017.
Also, History Con takes part in honoring our heroes in Marawi City siege with a tribute custom chopper by Mr. Elmer Reyes and his team at Laguna Choppers.
This is the last day of History Con 2017 so hurry and go to the World Trade Center to catch the History Con 2017 fever!
HISTORY Con 2017, Manila’s biggest entertainment convention is back and promises a bigger, better, and bolder showcase at the World Trade Centre Manila from August 10 to 13.
Enjoy over 300 exciting exhibits and experiences, from historic and classic displays of traditional, as well as contemporary and popular cultures; including the first-ever ‘FYI Home & Living Fair’ and exclusive talks and workshops by your favorite stars.
Back by popular demand, Corey Harrison (Pawn Stars), Jaime Dempsey (Ride N’ Seek) and Justin Mott (Photo Face-off) returns to the Philippines, alongside “Horny” Mike Henry (Counting Cars), Danielle Colby (The Pickers), Ryu Lim (Forged In Fire), and Phoemela Baranda (Celebrity Car Wars). Popular international celebrities from FYI’s hit shows John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin (Tiny House Nation), and Adam Liaw (Destination Flavour) will also join the stellar line up.
This year’s world record attempts will feature special guests and internet sensations that took the world by storm. Get to watch professional freestyle basketball dunker Jordan Kilganon, also known as “The Dude who dunked in jeans,” as he performs multiple “Mission Impossible” attempts. His 50-inch vertical jump which allows him to do acrobatic dunks is a feat not to be missed. Catch Takeru Kobayashi, one of the world’s most extraordinary professional competitive eaters, who is widely known for breaking the world record in eating 50 hotdogs in just 12 minutes. After multiple hugely successful world record attempts and performances internationally, both Jordan and Takeru will take on the challenge at HISTORY Con on a new series of world record attempts right here in Manila.
Other special guests include Barry E. Wilmore (Captain, U.S. Navy), a veteran of two spaceflights who has accumulated a total of 178 days in space as a NASA Astronaut, and Dr. Ambeth R. Ocampo, award-winning and distinguished public historian whose research covers the Philippines in the 19th Century. Both honorable guests will be conducting exclusive talks respectively at the mega convention.
Making her debut appearance in the Philippines, Danielle Colby shares the art and antics of the trade with exclusive talks. The extraordinare holds down the fort at Antique Achaeology, the home base of The Pickers show on HISTORY.
Special highlights include the largest automotive display of cars and motorbikes. See your beloved international celebrities in action at the legendary motorcade rally with Jaime Dempsey and hands-on ‘live’ car airbrushing showcase by “Horny” Mike Henry. Check out the best of customized motorbike designs engineered by some of the most talented Filipinos.
Originally from the Northern islands of the Philippines, Ryu Lim has been practicing bladesmith since the age of nine. He is returning to the homeland and will be conducting “live” demonstrations on the test of blades forged by some of the best local artisans and bladesmith in the country.
Explore the ‘lenscape’ of photography with award-winning resident professional photographer, Justin Mott. He will be conducting a few exclusive photography masterclass sessions where participants will learn photography tips and tricks, including a hands-on photo walk to apply their learnings in an out-of-classroom experience. Participants are encouraged to bring along their DSLR cameras for the session.
Uncover the rise of popular culture at the comic strip as “Superheroes” come to life through the art and creative expression of “Cosplay” (costume play). Suit up as a character or even iconic national hero or personality to win great prizes. Explore the amazing display and special collectibles of superheroes, toys, and comics by creative talents in the Philippines and around the world.
Game for a challenge? An array of exciting indoor and outdoor activities will put you to the test, both physically and mentally. Participate in some of the thrilling combat activities such as shooting range, medieval battle, airsoft wargames, paint ball, archery attack, or even the urban assault’s daredevil motorbikes obstacle course. Bounce to the sensational new “bubble sport” or play a tactical “laser max” game of indoor laser tag.
This year, as part of HISTORY’s 10th anniversary celebration in Asia, 10 notable Filipinos who have had a significant impact on the nation’s life and culture will be awarded the HISTORY Maker Award at the closing ceremony. Who will make it to the list? Check out ‘live’ updates on HISTORY social community page on Facebook.
Get exclusive privileges when you purchase a HISTORY MAKER VIP ticket at P10,000, limited to 100 tickets only. Other ticketing tiers include HISTORY MAKER PASS at P1,500 for entire four-day access to the convention and regular GENERAL ADMISSION ticket at P250 for one-day access only. Tickets are on sale at SM Ticket outlets and www.smtickets.com.
Petron, the country’s leading gas station has an upcoming treat for us this August as they team up with the Italian Super car brand, Lamborghini.
PETRON | LAMBORGHINI SERIES
Starting August 15, Petron in collaboration with Lamborghini will have another exciting products for their avid customers as we fill up our cars and motorcycles in any Petron gas stations.
From Petron’s The Lamborghini Touch in 2015 and Petron Key to Lamborghini in 2016, for the first time in the Philippines, Lamborghini has once again partnered with Petron for limited edition Lamborghini caps, mugs and umbrellas.
SO YOU WANT TO GET YOUR HANDS ON A LAMBO?
For every Php500, single or accumulated purchase of Petron fuel or engine oil in participating service stations, customers may buy one (1) Lamborghini item.
Yup! This is another reason to experience best day at Petron!
#PetronBestDay #Petron #Lamborghini
Promo duration: August 15 to 31, 2017 in over 300 participating stations nationwide.