Saturday, 22 July 2017

Day 4 #Ride&Dive : Manila > Tanay : Collecting My Ride - The BMW F700GS


Got up and outta the hotel just before 10am in the morning as we're heading to pick up my ride here in the Philippines!


I've been warned by many that the traffic in the Philippines can be erratic, especially in Manila where it is often congested too, and I had my first taste of it here when Maynard picked me up on his Ducati Scrambler.


Let my expression tell you all about it...

Hahaha.


But! Nothing's gonna stop me from riding here so say a big "Hello!" to my ride for the trip! The BMW F700GS! :D


To be honest, I've always had this feeling of being intimated by touring motorcycles.. even till this day!


I'm not exactly very tall (standing at 165cm) and my arms are far from strong, hence such big bikes that have high CG never fails to reduce my confidence in handling them.

I'd be like "omg omg dunno can anot.. then if traffic jam how how".


Furthermore it was my first time riding in Philippines, where I had to get used to the bike while adapting to the erratic traffic here in Manila while checking out everything else around me and not forgetting, take photos on the go.... hah.


But the one thing that does help a bit is that I'm used to tipping toes when riding because.. that's what people who have short legs like me have to do hahaah. My very first bike was a KTM200 dirt bike and it was really high, so that's where I started!


Having said that, tipping toe on a light 95KG bike and a heavier 200KG bike when stationary or going on off road is veryyyy different. At the end of the day, you just tell yourself you can do it.. and before you know it, you're doing it :)


For a start, Maynard took me on a little tour around Manila city.



From the Manila Cathedral,


to Rizal Monument,


to taking random selfies with a tourist and the police officer,


and selfies with the traffic and people on the road LOL.


We then decided to escape the blazing heat and crazy traffic by heading out towards the mountains in Tanay!


Just a short hour ride to cooler weather yaaasss!


The road up to Cafe Katerina was nice, curvy and pretty smooth, a popular route that many local bikers enjoy during the weekends with friends. Sounds similar to how bikers from Kuala Lumpur would ride up to Genting just for a quick run. 


The view from here is pretty spectacular too, and the winds today were strong.


What a like about this place is that it's very un-commercialised. No fancy set ups, just raw local food and friendly people :)





To Be Continued..








Sunday, 11 June 2017

Taiwan: The All New Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter & Angel Scooter Tyre Launch 2017


It was just three months ago during Autumn where I was circling around the entire Taiwan on two wheels


and it sure feels good to be back again in this vibrant country for none other than..


 the launch of Pirelli's All New Diablo Rosso Scooter and Angel Scooter this Summer!


Now if you've ever been to Taiwan, you'd realize that their roads are dominated mainly by scooters.


I mean like, seriously.


I still clearly remember the day I was riding in Taipei city and was overwhelmed by the swarm of scooters zipping in all directions everywhere. It felt pretty intimidating riding amongst that huge volume of scooters and it didn't help that they were going fast!


The uprising of the scooter trend is happening not just in Taiwan but in fact, around the world.


We are seeing more consumers opting for bigger capacity sporty scooters (500 - 600 CC) like the Tmax or BMW C650GT etc., to meet the demands of their ever-changing lifestyle and transportation needs.


That's where the Diablo Rosso Scooter comes in to play,


while the Angel Scooter is catered for the smaller capacity bikes such as the Honda SH300i or PGOs where they're heavily used for transport as seen in Asian countries.


Speaking from my personal point of view where my both my Ducatis have been fitted on with the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III (city riding / occasional track) and



the Pirelli Angel GT (urban riding / touring), I can fully say that I'm satisfied with the benefits the respective tyres have delivered for the various motorcycling activities that I've been involved in so far.


Special thanks to Pirelli for the exclusive invitation to their Scooter's Press Launch here in Tai
Chung,


we were filled in with first hand information via the Product Presentation and it is indeed a delight to see the Scooter market benefiting from the Diablo Rosso and Angel families with their new tyre launch below:


Diablo Rosso Scooter 

As the name suggests, the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter is derived from the award-winning Rosso series where they share similar properties such as a sporty profile, high performance silica compounds and the signature "flash" racing tread pattern.


From urban environments to touring through windy mountain passes, riders would benefit with the tyre's optimal grip in different road conditions with agile handling and performance's consistency.



Angel Scooter

With new compounds added and going through a vulcanisation process for a stiffer structure, the Angel Scooter tyre is made for the daily commuter who uses their scooters all year round,


predominantly over short distances where the rider could benefit from the tyre's durability, comfort, ensuring more effective braking in short distances while maintaining an overall well-balanced behaviour.


If you've ever been to cities like Bangkok, Phnom Penh, or Taipei, and observe the general riding behaviour in those kinda erratic traffic conditions,

PC: bikebandit
you'd nod away as to how important is it to have motorcycling tyres that could deliver the needs of those bikers.


With the knowledge of all that technical stuff and written benefits and promised tyre properties, it's time to put those rubbers to the test.

From left: With team Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong

Beating the heat

Believe it or not, this is actually my first time riding a scooter,


and I must say, doing it in my full leather gears has never felt safer, LOL.


First few laps saw me getting accustomed to the tank-less and clutch-less automatic PGO motorcycle,


before the fun really kicked in when I found myself impressed with the maximum grip of the Angel Scooter tyres especially at the corners, which significantly boosted my confidence to make tighter turns as I clocked lap after lap.


An adequate amount of stability was observed during hard braking, even during the wet road test.


As we were testing the rubbers in a go-kart track which is much smaller and it comprises of sharper bends, we were able to experience the agility of the tyres when we had to go from a left to a right bend almost immediately.


Never knew these were what the higher-performance sporty scooters could achieve until I witnessed the other riders scraping their knee sliders like no tomorrow,

omg I look like I'm taking a stroll in the park while the rider behind me is on a hunt LOL

clearly enjoying the optimal grip and performance consistency of the Diablo Rosso Scooter tyres while indefinitely having a lot of fun through the ride on track!


Overall, with the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter and Angel Scooter encompassing a greater level of stability, agility and performance advanced through technology,


it could definitely see riders benefiting from an increased level of comfort when being out in different weather and road conditions, while ensuring a higher level of safety which no rider should ever be compromised of.

Diablo Rosso Scooter Sizes

Angel Scooter Sizes


Exhausted from the heat after the tyre testing track session, but all my energy level comes back up the minute I think about shopping in Taipei.


Girls will be girls, you know.

Special thanks to Pirelli for this exclusive invitation to the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Scooter & Angel Scooter 2017 launch! Much thanks to Pirelli Taiwan for such a well-organized event that enabled everyone present to have such an educational and wonderful experience.


Now that we've got the Scooter market some new shoes in place, it's time for me to slide into my very own pair as I gear myself for the non-stop shopping & eating marathon in Taipei city!





Find Your Pirelli Scooter Tyres at:
Hodaka Motoworld
10 Kaki Bukit Road #01-08
KB Industrial House
Singapore 416175