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ROYAL ENFIELD LEADS THE LEISURE MOTORCYCLE SEGMENT IN THE UK

The Interceptor 650 becomes the highest selling motorcycle in the middleweight segment.

Continuing to dominate the middleweight motorcycling segment (250cc-750cc), Royal Enfield added yet another feather to its cap as the Interceptor 650 and the Himalayan achieved new records in the UK. Royal Enfield’s quintessential, modern classic roadster, the Interceptor 650 has been the best selling motorcycle in the UK for June 2020 (as per MCIA data for the more than 125cc motorcycles category). The Interceptor 650 has also been the highest selling naked style motorcycle in the UK for the last 12 months (as per MCIA data from June 2019 – June 2020), along with the Royal Enfield Himalayan at No.4. This is a remarkable feat, and a first-of-its-kind by any Indian two-wheeler manufacturer, selling in the UK.  

Speaking about this achievement Vinod K. Dasari, CEO Royal Enfield said “Our vision is to expand and lead the middleweight motorcycling segment across the world. Towards this vision and further strengthening our position as a truly global brand, Royal Enfield has been consistently focusing on widening its footprint in international markets and creating engaging experiences for enthusiasts. Since its launch, the Interceptor 650 has been gaining momentum among consumers, and has won several awards globally. Dominating the mid-segment in the UK for a year, is a truly remarkable achievement that we are very proud of. We are equally delighted with the success of our adventure-tourer Himalayan which has been among the top 5 best selling middle-weight motorcycles in the UK consistently over the last 12 months.  This response from our customers in the UK has propelled Royal Enfield to become one of the fastest growing motorcycle brands in the UK” 

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Further speaking about the Interceptor 650, Vinod K. Dasari added, “The Interceptor 650 marked the beginning of a new chapter and was the first truly global motorcycle from Royal Enfield. It has paved the way for us to grow from strength to strength; by building more awareness and aspiration for the brand in international markets, and by growing the 500cc+ category more than 4-times in India. Both, the Interceptor 650 and Himalayan have brought in a lot of first time buyers into Royal Enfield and we believe these motorcycles have a strong potential to grow our international markets.” 

The Twins have contributed to the success of Royal Enfield in the APAC region too since their launch. The heritage-inspired two cultural icons from the 1960s deliver oodles of torque across the power-band coupled with a unique burbling exhaust-note, bringing to life the pleasure of pure motorcycling across any and all riding situations. Across markets, customers have cherished their association with the Twins.

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Vimal Sumbly, Head Business APAC shared “We are delighted to share that Interceptor since its launch in the APAC region has been garnering a very good response among our customers and communities. We have over 4,500 Interceptor customers across our markets who subscribe to timeless styling coupled with contemporary performance.

The quintessential modern-classic roadster was on an awards winning spree in the region. It won some of the most prestigious awards across Thailand, Australia and Philippines markets. In Thailand, the Interceptor won the “Best Modern Classic in the Middle-Weight category award two years in a row by the coveted Grand Prix group, in Australia it won the “Best LAMS Retro Award by Bike Sales Australia” and in Philippines we won the “Best Roadster Award” by C! magazine. 

Launched in September 2018, the Interceptor 650, the quintessential roadster, soon shot to popularity across global markets. Underpinned by an ethos of fun and approachability that make for pure riding experiences, the Interceptor 650 has emerged a true world-beater by winning several awards and accolades including Indian Motorcycle of the Year 2018, MCN’s Best Naked Motorcycle of the Year 2019 and several other top honours. In India the Interceptor 650 has won almost all awards in its category, and has performed exceedingly well. Since its launch, the upper end (500cc and above) of the mid-sized motorcycling segment has grown over four times, between FY 2019 and FY 2020. 

The Royal Enfield Himalayan has redefined adventure touring in India and across the world, and managed to carve a niche within the adventure touring segment. Inspired by Royal Enfield’s 60 years of enduring history in its spiritual home – The Himalayas – the motorcycle has been an accessible and engaging option for riding enthusiasts. 

This success of the Interceptor 650 and the Himalayan in the UK is also a testimony to the consistent efforts put in by Royal Enfield across its international markets to build more consumer touchpoints and curate deeper, more engaging experiences. Led by the Interceptor 650 and the Himalayan, Royal Enfield has recorded an overall volume growth of 96% across its international markets in FY20, with Europe registering 100% growth over last year. In the UK, Royal Enfield has made significant inroads in expanding its retail footprint to 67 customer touch points. The brand has also invested in expanding its marketing, sales and service teams to manage this growth. 

RIDE RETRO WITH THE YAMAHA XSR155

A legend rises with the newest addition to Yamaha’s XSR series of Neo-Retro models; a new hobby for Sports Heritage enthusiasts. The XSR155 has arrived.

The XSR155 is powered by a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke SOHC, single-cylinder 4-valve 155cc fuel-injected engine with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA)and mounted in a Deltabox frame. Its styling inherits the XSR Series identity of combining timeless styling with the latest components crafted with Racing DNA. Further, it was designed to invoke a sense of freedom unique to its 155cc displacement class. The design combines the qualities of retro models and modern sport bikes and sits outside the three established categories of “Supersport,” “Naked” and “Retro.” It is a combination of authentic, retro exterior and all the motorcycling traditions behind it with exciting performance derived from the latest technology.

Its features include a Full LCD digital speedometer designed with an authentic retro style with an easy-to-read panel that includes a transmission indicator.

This model features an inverted front fork with excellent strength-rigidity balance. This provides excellent shock absorption performance and a handling with good feeling of road contact and feedback from the front wheel, as well as solid front-end rigidity.

A classically styled seat design that gives you freedom of riding position; as well as the drip shaped tank model that comes with a cover made of high-quality material and a fuel capacity of 10.4L.

 The LED headlight and taillight combines the simple, compact and authentic design of the XSR series.

The Front and rear tires come with a tread pattern material for a variety of road conditions. It has 17-inch wheels, being 110/70 in the front and 140/70 in the rear.

The Assist and Slipper Clutch system enables smooth down shifting that mitigates the effects of engine braking during deceleration.

Its intricate design pays true homage to the XSR design philosophy. It is highly customizable, and builders are allowed countless interpretations in which they can express their creativity. Those who don’t want a full rebuild can choose from various bolt-on accessories that can either enhance the standard style or turns it into a Café Racer or Tracer themed ride.


The Yamaha XSR155 has arrived and will satisfy your craving for old-school style that stands out on modern roads and keeps up with the technology of today.

It is available in the Yamaha Flagship Shop, the YZONE and Yamaha Rev Zones nationwide with an SRP of 162,000 and is available in Garage Metal and Tech Black.

The New Yamaha XSR 155- A Neo-Retro Designed Small Displacement Bike

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So the rumors are true, the new XSR 155 from Yamaha will soon be available in the Philippines for an SRP of PhP162,000. Slow clap for Yamaha, slow clap…

The XSR 155 is an entry-level motorcycle that is positioned under Yamaha’s sports heritage category. Although we’ve predicted this move by Yamaha couple of years ago, we’re glad that Yamaha listened to the motorcycle community by releasing this neo-retrofilled Japanese steed, perfect for your day to day commute and Sunday cafe rides without shedding out so much for gas money because of its 155.1cc liquid-cooled engine. Also it has a six-speed gearbox so you will not experience those “Kaya pa ng isang gear” moment when you’re testing out its max top speed.

The fuel tank’s capacity is 10 liters, which we doubt you’ll be stopping by at a gas station not so more often. It also has a front and rear disc brakes. Walang ABS kaya wag ka nang umasa.

The XSR 155 may take its styling inspiration from retro motorcycle but has all the modern ingredients to keep its followers salivating. The XSR 155 features a full LED headlamp, a digital instrument cluster, a full LED taillamp and an inverted fork to make it more retro and macho looking at the same time.

This all-new naked bike from Yamaha was launched in Thailand in August last year and was released in Indonesia in December. Since then many rider communities including the Yamaha fanatics here in the Philippines have been waiting for its availability in the local market.

We’ve seen some custom builds using the XSR 155 as their base bike like this APOCALYPSE bike by K-Speed from Thailand.

Yamaha Thailand commissioned K-Speed to transform a new XSR155 into something that’s worth your buck. We will dwell on this custom bike feature soon.

According to motopinas.com,  the new XSR 155 from Yamaha will soon be available for an SRP of PhP162,000.

Corona Virus Lockdown: Eight Binge-Worthy Motorcycle Documentaries to Watch Now!

Trying to avoid public places and coronavirus? Itching to ride? Daydreaming of those back roads that you always wanted to hit? Stay home and binge these motorcycle documentaries on Redbull TV.

Here are some binge-worthy boardsports documentary now available on https://www.redbull.com/int-en/collections/films.

South to Sian

On boards, on bikes, by boat and four-wheel drive, Harrison Roach and Zye Norris’s journey is to discover if, in these days of GPS and WiFi, the dream of a true pioneering surf adventure is still possible. Watch it here. https://www.redbull.com/int-en/films/south-to-sian.

Greasy Hands Preachers

A diverse group of souls are united in their rejection of a traditional life. Instead, they’ve found their own path to enlightenment in their garages, a sense of purpose and a connection to a global family born of building and riding motorcycles. Watch it now!

The Silent Samurai

Enjoy a look back at Dani Pedrosa’s motorcycling career as seen through the eyes of his coach, friend and former MotoGP star Sete Gibernau. Relive the key moments that made him one of the most talented riders of his generation. Watch it now!

Marquez Unlimited

Marc Márquez’s journey to his eighth world title.

After undergoing major surgery and rehabilitation between seasons, Marc Márquez returned for the 2019 MotoGP™ season determined to claim back-to-back victories. Watch the full documentary now on Red Bull TV.

On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter

In 1971, On Any Sunday, directed by Bruce Brown, wrote its place in motorcycle history. Here, taking his father’s original documentary as a model, Dana Brown explores the global culture of motorcycling as a sport, a hobby and a practical necessity. Watch it now!

One Track Back | The Matthias Walkner FULL Documentary

Matthias Walkner, the daredevil in the world of rally raid biking, made the impossible possible: after a heavy crash at the 2016 Dakar Rally, sidelining his career, he gets crowned Dakar Rally champion only two years later. Hit play!

Andrea Dovizioso: Undaunted

Follow Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso through a challenging season – one that saw him defy injury and his critics to win races and finish runner-up in the MotoGP™ world championship. Watch it now, click here.

Racing Together

Motorcycle racing’s journey.

Discover the history of motorcycle racing through its key personalities, from former legends to today’s multi-title-winning, globetrotting riders, such as Mick Doohan, Valentino Rossi and Marc Márquez. Watch it here.
We encourage everyone to stay home, just sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

Yamaha XSR700 Scrambler by Capêlo’s Garage and Elemental Rides

ANY CUSTOM YAMAHA XSR700 that BIKE EXIF feature is sure to spark discussion about the base bike’s design. The XSR700 draws criticism for its cluttered mechanics and hunched fuel tank—and both of those are hard for custom builders to get around.

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This heavily upgraded XSR700-based scrambler rises above both those challenges. It’s a collaboration between Portuguese builders Nuno Capêlo (Capêlo’s Garage) and Ricardo Santos (Elemental Rides), and was built for Yamaha Portugal.

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It’s not the first time Nuno and Ricardo have worked together for Yamaha Portugal—they built an SR400 two years ago that clearly impressed.

This XSR700 was commissioned as part of Yamaha Europe’s Yard Built program, with builders from nine different countries delivering bikes. The project’s theme was ‘Back to the Dirt,’ and this XSR has dirt creds by the bucketload.

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“I talked with Ricardo,” Nuno tells us, “and he was totally in. His first ideas were very similar to mine, so I stopped everything I was doing and started sketching. After a lot of drawings exchanged with Ricardo, we quickly got to the final image of the bike.”

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The XSR700 has good bones and a punchy and versatile motor. But Nuno and Ricardo wanted to improve its off-road capability—and give it a neo-retro look, inspired by the iconic Yamaha dirt bikes of the 70s and 80s. So they called it the ‘XSR700 TT’ for ‘True Tribute.’

READ MORE OF THIS YAMAHA XSR 700 ON BIKE EXIF WEBSITE, CLICK HERE.

Legacy and Pass It On with “Rocket” Iron Macchina’s Mini Offroad Pocket Bike

When you become a Father, you will make sure to give everything to your son or daughter. Even the things that you love the most, your career, passion and hobby. Iron Macchina Customs’ Symon Cantos, came up with a unique birthday gift to his son, a mini offroad pocket bike named Rocket.

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We had a little chat with Symon about this project.

“The bike is based on an old pocket bike that I bought from my mechanic. He mentioned that he wanted to sell it since it’s just sitting in his garage for quite some time and haven’t been used. I had an idea to use the bike to build my Sons 1st motorcycle for his 4th birthday. And we did.”

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“When we got the bike, it was in bad condition, and the only thing that can be used is the engine, rims and front suspension. So i decided to design a new chassis based from an XR200 we built last year. Using a small Jig, we fabricated the chassis and swing arm, fully reinforced it to make it more functional and reliable. Fabricated a tank, seat, triple-Ts, bought new brakes, carburetor, hand grips, chain and other parts for the engine and mechanical.”

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“We used Royal Enfield Handle bars, bike brake levers and new tires. We also fabricated the front and rear fenders, front plate cover, side chassis panels, tank alluminum accent and exhaust. Powdercoated most of its parts, chromed telescopic forks, exhaust and painted the tank dark army grey/green. Oh we almost forgot the the training wheels. Hehe We built the bike for 2 weeks and was unveiled on my Sons birthday and he was really excited to see it. I named the bike “Rocket” since it fits my sons personality because he’s really playful and talkative. – purely a happy kid.”

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Keep It Dirty 2020: MOTO BEACH MAYHEM Online Registration

The event that ignited the flat track racing culture in the Philippines is back! Let’s get diirrtyy this coming April 17-18, 2020 at Panicsican, San Juan, La Union Philippines for the KEEP IT DIRTY: MOTO BEACH MAYHEM!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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Click here to view the map coming from Surf Town San Juan La Union.

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We encourage everyone to register online to avoid the hassle of registering on paper on the day of the event. And most especially, to secure the right jersey size for you.

 

 

The Learning Curve: Yamaha XSR 900 Cafe by Coco Moto Manila

We all have something that we are really obsessed with. A fine line between the perfect build and the passion for creating a masterpiece from a stock, boring and out of the box motorcycle. But not this Japanese speed turner.
We met Anton Lau, owner of Coco Moto Manila a few years ago in one of the first bike nights in Ropali Classics.
4 years ago, realizing that doing what one loves is key to happiness, Anton “Coco” Lau decided to drop everything and start building bikes. He first took a welding class. Shortly thereafter he spent another year as an apprentice with a local builder to learn metal-shaping and hone his skills further.
Fast forward to 2020, Anton Lau has almost perfected his craft in shaping metal through the help of Wild Custom and Kratos Custom Cycles.
The Japanese Super Star, Yamaha XSR 900
This Japanese legend was born to rule. The XSR 900 is an authentic performance motorcycle that blends Yamaha triple‑cylinder technology with neo‑retro style.

It blends Yamaha’s world-class engineering with standout neo-retro style, creating a new type of machine for riders looking for an authentic and honest motorcycle that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Drawing influence from Yamaha’s classic “XS” series of motorcycles, the XSR oozes class, with exposed aluminum details, retro-influenced bodywork, stepped seat and custom lighting and instrumentation.
The XSR900 features a thrilling 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine based on the FZ-09™. The compact motor offers the best balance of both 2- and 4-cylinder designs, with an exciting, torquey and quick-revving engine character.
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Last year, Anton finally opened his own shop Coco Moto Manila. He was lucky enough to have a brand new Yamaha XSR900 roll into his shop for a custom job. The owner was going to use the Yamaha as a track bike with the intention of riding it to and from the track, so it still had to be street legal. Working closely with the owner, both builder and client agreed on an overall design.
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Coco then started to hand shape an aluminum quarter fairing around clubman handlebars. A bezel was machined to house the stock headlight and an acrylic wind shield bolted on.
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The subframe was treated to a new tail section. Looking more like an aircraft; the tail turned the bike into a single-seater with a seat bump – much needed for the torquey XSR. The belly pan was worked around the engine, pipes, and the rear set. Giving the bike more track specific fairings.
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CocoMoto was satisfied to not put on too much and instead opted to just hand brush all the raw aluminum fairings.  “I wanted it to be track-ready but also look custom when ridden on bike nights” the builder said.
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The Bike now showcases how far CocoMotoManila’s skill and style has evolved – a nod to post WWII hot rodders and custom builders who learned their trade from the aviation industry.
Like Coco Moto Manila on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/coschopshop/
All photos courtesy of At Maculangan.

No Speed Limit: How Kilometers Per Hour (KPH) Throttle its Way to the Philippine Moto Scene

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Starting a brand nowadays will give you a painstaking amount of time and effort to establish. It needs perseverance, passion, and acceptance from the community that you’re targeting. But there are few passionate individuals who strived for the best to be one of the most notable brands for the Philippine custom bike community. It’s a staple tag line for speed nuts and riders, and that’s Kilometers Per Hour.

The kilometers per hour is a unit of speed, expressing the number of kilometers traveled in one hour. 

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Kilometers Per Hour shifted gears and started a passion project and collaboration between a designer and a photographer. KPH wanted to combine art with their passion for bikes and to create something that people with the same interest would like and relate to.

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Started by two passionate entrepreneurs, Kharren Granada and Jericho Ramos, KPH is a clothing line that caters to the local motorcycle scene. KPH is currently producing bandanas, shirts, and they are working on expanding their products in the future.

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Kilometers Per Hour’s goal is to contribute more life and energy to the motorcycle scene by providing lifestyle wear that is one of a kind and tastefully crafted.

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The lifeline of KPH is the community that it caters to. The custom motorcycle scene is steadily growing and it’s a niche that thrives in creativity and passion of the riders for two wheels.

We will see more of KPH in the Philippine custom bike scene. Let’s support KPH and let’s support local Filipino owned brands.

Instagram account, instagram.com/thekilometersperhour/

Facebook: facebook.com/thekilometersperhour/

 

 

Drogon: A Yamaha Virago 750 Victorian Era Concept Cafe Racer by Kila Adame

Dakila “Kila” Adame’s dream of having his own higher displacement Cafe Racer bike has been fulfilled. After some stumbling blocks and mishaps due to dishonest builders, perseverance and his passion for two wheels prevailed.

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Recently, Kila shared the story of his build in Moto Builds Pilipinas Facebook Group. Here’s what Kila shared.

“I wanted to share with you my humble cafe racer and Wolfy’s big brother, “DROGON” – a legendary Yamaha Virago 750.”

READ: Wolfy: Kila Adame’s SYM Wolf 125 Mid-Sized Brat Cafe

“Probably you have known me before or at least knew my story. For months, I have been rebuilding this motorcycle trying to repair all that was destroyed. And finally, I somewhat managed it.”

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Inspired by the aesthetic of victorian-era combined with retro style, this kind of cafe racer made Kila decide to put again all such uniqueness from his small displacement bike Wolfy and give Drogo a meaner look.

“I wanted to make something that is evocative of the past, yet is something new since this is my first big bike cafe racer that I long dreamt of. So, I decided to change the color of the tank into not just ordinary gray but put back into basic yet styled form of a brushed metal scheme with same logo (some would say it is similar like that of the Witcher’s logo from Netflix) And since, I like putting leathers, I made it to a point to put it all around my virago. From tank armor, to the seat, grip, I made it look like it complements the style, Thanks to superb craftmanship of Sir Chris and Valor of Iron & Hide Custom that made the leather design possible. And adding to that steampunk look, I put a fuel gauge alongside the logo to make it old school.”

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“I would like to thank Sir Hermo who helped me a lot to put new parts with my Virago and to everyone who believed in me.”

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“I am still grateful that even though I have gone through the bad experience of building a cafe racer still, a lot of people gave me moral support through the rough times and made me believe that there are a lot of people who are good in this world.”

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Kila’s concept for his Yamaha Virago 750 has a unique touch, drawing his inspiration from Medieval times, this bike will surely be a head-turner. The stunning leatherwork gave the bike a dragon-like appeal, and with that signature Yamaha V-Twin Engine’s roar, Drogo will surely put up a blaze whenever this bike speeds up on the highway.

Who knows, you might see this bike next year during the Makina Moto Show.

Good job Kila!