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Test Drive Jeep Gladiator, Not Canned Offroader

When we hear the word Jeep, what is imagined in our minds is a tough car, macho and a whiz in bulldozing offroad tracks. Jeep seems to be an idiom for those who like to adventure in the wild with 4x4 vehicles.

It can't be denied. The company, founded in 1945, has this reputation. The brand, which is now under the Stelantis umbrella, is known for its reputation as a 4-wheel drive car with incredible toughness. That toughness is what makes Jeep imaged as an off-road and touring vehicle that is identical to those who have an adventurous spirit.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator


Lately the variety of TYPES of SUVs makes the choice also more and more. Various SUV characters come with designs, technologies, and capabilities that adjust the needs of various consumers as well. About ten years back, even the mention of an SUV could already be owned by a hatchback that was only made taller and given additional body panels to provide extra protection.

The market and consumer desires may grow. But for a true SUV manufacturer like Jeep, there is a unique and different way to offer a car that can fulfill many activities. Indeed, if you look at the current Line up of Jeep models, there are already compact dimension models and affordable prices, for those who may not need full SUV capabilities. Just look at models like the Jeep Renegade or Compass that tend to be developed into concrete jungle SUVs.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator

Another case if you look at the Jeep Wrangler Gladiator, a double cabin that has extra dimensions compared to the regular Wrangler double cabin. You could say this Gladiator is a variant of the Wrangler that maximally combines the needs of utility, practicality, attention-stealing style, as well as offroad abilities that need not be doubted. Because it's basically a Jeep Wrangler.

In dimensions this car is already significantly longer than the Wrangler Long Wheelbase. The overall length reaches 5.5 meters more, exactly 5,539 mm, compared to the Wrangler 5 doors along 4,785 mm. The Gladiator's wheelbase also swelled to 3,487 mm, nearly half a meter compared to the Wrangler Long Wheelbase. So you could say that this Gladiator is a Wrangler Long-Long Wheelbase. Just imagine, this car is also longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class long wheelbase.

In Indonesia, the Wrangler Gladiator launches with Rubicon trim, which is the highest option for the base of the oldest models from Jeep. Debuted in January 2021, Gladiator carries a variant of the 3.6-liter, non turbo, 285 hp Pentastar V6 engine, which still relies on a conventional automatic transmission aka torque converter system in this car.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator

Curious about the giant and long design like this limousine, we also tried gladiator which is now marketed by PT DAS Indonesia as the official distributor of Jeep in the country. We want to know what this car is used as a daily mobility partner. Not only that, the performance invited dirty-dirt alias playing offroad is also something we want to prove in the test drive this time.

City Cruiser

Looking at its anatomy, Jeep designed the Wrangler Gladiator as an all-terrain service vehicle with greater transport capabilities. The wheels alone are wrapped with MT (mud terrain) type tires, which need not be doubted performance to scratch the ground and mud.

But looking at the current automotive market conditions, more and more people are buying expensive high-performance SUVs to use in the city. Therefore, we want to feel also how to be a capital poser who only uses Gladiator on asphalt roads and maybe move from one mall to another. 

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator


With a length of more than 5 meters, the Jeep Gladiator is tricky enough to drive in the city. Especially if you take it across a rather narrow residential area with a small corner corner. Then considering the position of the front wheel that is very advanced to have a short approach angle, it needs adaptation to get used to inviting it to swerve on the streets in the city.

Long wheelbase and extra large tub becomes a challenge to invite Gladiator to become a city cruiser, especially when in the parking area of the mall or office. The end of the tub or rear bumper that is far enough from the rear wheel axis must be admittedly quite troublesome to park backwards. If successful, it is also with the condition of the bonnet position jutting more forward than other cars in the parking building. Yes at least Gladiator can be more visible and still steal the attention even if it's just silence.

Fortunately this car is still fairly normal height, not increasing more than the regular Wrangler. So to bring it into a parking building with low ceilings is no more troublesome than the length. Moreover, as a true SUV from birth, a high sitting position also facilitates the execution of maneuvers from behind the wheel.

Jeep Gladiator
Jeep Gladiator


With the V6 engine, the output for leisurely driving is linear. Not so explosive when the gas pedal is stepped on, although the torque is more than 350 Nm. The pace is polite enough to drive casually in the middle of dense city traffic like Jakarta. The conventional automatic transmission also feels still smooth to change gears driven casually. Indeed, if at the beginning of the acceleration of gear shift is fairly late, until it touches 2,000 rpm and makes the engine quite roar.

While still in a stationary state, the steering wheel feels heavy rotated, a consequence of the large dimensions of the wheels and tires. But if you have driven the weight from the steering wheel immediately lost, like a modern SUV or a regular car, so inviting Gladiator to devour the track in the city is not tiring.

Oh yes, speaking of dimensions, driving this car in inner-city traffic must also be considered the width. Because the shape of the fender that is wider than the base body also needs precision calculations, at least so as not to nudge other road users such as motorists. In addition, this factor also needs to be considered when going to park backwards, both in the parking lot and in your own home.

With a tall ground clearance, exactly 283 mm, so bulldozing damaged asphalt is not a big thing. It's like a human straddling a pebble. Then even though it is high, the suspension is also not too soft, feels firm and steadily reduces the body roll that usually occurs in SUVs. The character of this suspension makes it more comfortable when invited to pass quite fast on the motorway.

And speaking of on the motorway, this Jeep Gladiator is like I said it feels like a mainstream modern SUV in general. Stay comfortable and steady to drive. The most important thing to note is the steering wheel that is not developed as impressively as a sports car, there are conditions we must quickly correct the steering wheel even though it goes straight. Then although mt tires produce noise that is quite noisy, the sound is not so disturbing into the cabin. This means that the insulation given by Jeep deserves a thumbs up.

Offroad

Incomplete feels already with jeep Wrangler but does not invite him to step on the offroad terrain that becomes his natural habitat. Moreover, as a standard Wrangler is available transfer case to move from 2WD mode to 4H and 4L. There are even some supporting features that will make playing offroad easier and more practical in this car.

The offroad field we chose is the Pagedangan track which is located in bsd area, South Tangerang. This area with a stretch of red soil and some muddy sections presents a track that is representative enough to prove the performance of the Wrangler Gladiator, although not yet to extreme levels. Especially with already equipped with MT type tires, meaning playing on artificial offroad tracks in this city should not be a difficult challenge.

Straight away the track steps back and back, steep climbs and mud become the target of testing. Before that, the drive system was moved to 4H mode aka 4WD with a high gear ratio. With this 4H mode although linear, torque to be used uphill can be quickly devolved by simply playing the gas pedal. Because itself on a fairly wide track, so maneuvering to turn around does not feel bothered even though Gladiators along it.

Actually more curious is the extent of the articulation or distance of the suspension when bulldozing offroad roads. So in the asymmetrical obstacles of the row, we try how the chassis. Although long and wide, it's easy for this obstacle we go through. With different wheel positions in front and back or right and left, gladiators can still stand in fairly flat conditions. It feels firm on the asphalt, the suspension is very flexible on contours like this.

The scorching weather conditions during testing make the red dirt track quite hard, so it is not so difficult. Then some steep climb obstacles become the next target. With a very short overhang, so it's very easy to start going uphill at a sizable angle. Even without having to go into 4L mode, pentastar engine torque is still very capable of being invited uphill. Just play the momentum and set the pressure on the gas pedal.

Satisfied with successfully devouring these climbs, we try to pass from the opposite direction that is downhill. With the same mode, going through a steep descent is enough to hold the speed with the brake pedal so as not to slide freely. Looking at the slope indicator in Off Road Pages, the angle of this derivative is already at 23 degrees. We tried again down in this steepness, but by trying hill descent control that can only be active when in 4L mode. With this feature, the drivetrain automatically holds the wheel when it goes on steep descents instead of brakes.

Curiosity arises when you see some parts of the track that are flooded. Wrangler Gladiator we directly directed to a puddle that looks quite deep. Surely the base is soft enough to be mud. We are confident enough to devour the puddle with 4H mode. Sure enough, although the depth is up to half the tire, to go through it is enough to go constantly and play the steering wheel rotation in order to get traction. This is one of the advantages of MT tires used.

Starting from a shallow puddle of mud to quite deep, many times we libas without obstacles. Even the diff-lock feature is completely untouched, which can be activated when it needs optimal traction through the same right and left wheel rotations. There is a diff-lock activation option only for the front wheel, rear wheel, or all at once to all wheels.

The need to play offroad accommodated quite complete by Jeep on this car. All supporting information can be accessed through Off Road Pages which show tilt angle indicators, drivetrain mode, as well as temperature and oil pressure. All of that can be accessed through Uconnect which is integrated into Jeep's built-in infotainment. But with its such large dimensions, Jeep does not provide a 360-degree camera that can facilitate visibility in extreme terrain. The camera is only behind and in the front.

It's clear that the Wrangler Gladiator is an offroad vehicle that has no doubt about its capabilities and specifications. Its longer dimensions, mainly because an enlarged tub provides a higher utility value. And to wade through the streets of the city, this car can very steal the attention, especially if dirty by the mud used offroad. This jeep can be an option if the latest Mercedes-Benz G-Class is considered too expensive and the Land Rover Defender is less dashing.

Yamaha Fazzio Hybrid Vs Lexi Practical Battle: Design, Specifications, Features and Accommodation

PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) again offers the latest products by launching Fazzio Hybrid Connected some time ago. In total, the tuning fork now has 14 portfolios of motorcycles offered to the public.

Adu Praktis Yamaha Fazzio Hybrid Vs Lexi: Desain, Spesifikasi, Fitur, dan Akomodasi

Fazzio claims YIMM as a completely new product, bringing new designs and technologies to compete in the market. It becomes interesting if we compare with his brother Yamaha Lexi, with a difference of Rp 510 thousand approximately who is the most complete?

Before entering the core of the discussion, Yamaha Fazzio Hybrid connected was released to the market with a price tag of Rp 21.7 million to Rp 22 million OTR Jakarta. While Lexi is offered in 3 options ranging from Rp 22.21 million to Rp 27.81 million OTR. Well in this article we will look at the cheapest variant of both.

Design

In consumer segmentation, actually these two motors have different targets. The Fazzio is in the regular skutik category from Yamaha, while Lexi is positioned as an option in the maxi segment of NMax, Aerox, and XMax.

In terms of design both Fazzio and Lexi are equally interesting, this problem actually goes back to consumer taste. Fazzio was born as a skutik with a modern classic look, while Lexi is hatched as a matik maxi that offers comfort and elegant visuals. 

Yamaha Lexi

Alluding to the look of the Fazzio, this matik comes with an 'out of the box' design from the habits of other Yamaha products. You could say there is an element of stroke of italian motorcycles like Vespa. It can be seen from the shape of the headlights and front body that carries the tie component aka front tie. But for the middle body to the stern, the design becomes all-boxing that is at first glance similar to the look of the Yamaha QBIX.

While Lexi carries the DNA of a Yamaha bongsor stick and at the same time becomes a variant with the lowest engine cubication in her family. In general, visually this matik resembles NMax, the curve of the body is dominated by a rounded shape with a line pull to the stern of the back. If examined have a wide front body, the side body is slightly enlarged, the handlebars are high and relaxed, and the footrest evenly accommodates the rider's legs.

Specifications

In the mechanical heart, both have a completely different mixture and output. In this case, although Fazzio is equipped with light hybrid technology can not outperform the Lexi.

From the data revealed by YIMM, Fazzio is equipped with a 125 cc, 1-cylinder engine, SOHC, liquid cooling, and has been injected. On paper it has a maximum power of 8.3 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak torque of 10.6 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The engine is mated to Blue Core Hybrid plus Smart Motor Generator (SMG) technology whose function is to provide additional power for the first 3 seconds when the gas lever is rotated, while also maximizing its fuel efficiency.

Yamaha Lexi

While Yamaha Lexi is armed with a more performing engine although not yet ducked hybrid technology. It packs a 4-stroke SOHC, 1-cylinder engine, liquid coolant, and injection mixer that promises 11.7 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 11.3 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Yamaha Lexi engine already uses Blue Core technology with variable valve actuation (VVA) support.

This VVA has the task of regulating valve openings, the purpose of which is to adjust the fuel supply to the combustion chamber. As a result, the power is evenly distributed throughout the engine rotation but still economical fuel consumption. Oh yes, Lexi has also been equipped with SMG as in Fazzio.

Feature

You need to know the cheapest Fazzio trim is equipped with a full digital meter panel, electric power socket, keyless & answer back system, hazard lights, stop start system, LED lights in front, double hook, SMG, smart lock, to side stand switch.

The price difference in Fazzio is only allocated to color choices only. Fazzio Neo as the cheapest type has a glossy color and Lux as the most expensive model is melted with matte kelir aka doff.

While the standard Lexi or the cheapest variant for Rp 22.21 million features led headlights, power sockets, wide-dimensional tires, full digital meter panels, hazard lights, SMG, side stand switch, smart lock, and stop start system. Unfortunately for the cheapest variant is not yet equipped with a keyless &answer back system as in Fazzio.

Dimension

Lexi became the 'bontot' child in the Yamaha Maxi. This bike is designed compact but focuses on driving comfort with footrest space that can be adjusted by the rider.

Based on the data, the standard Yamaha Lexi has a length of 1,970, a width of 720 mm, a height of 1,135 mm with a wheelbase of 1,350 mm. The ground clearance plays at 13 mm, 785 mm high, and fill weight at 112 kg.

Furthermore, the skutik uses an underbone frame, telescopic fork front suspension, double suspension at the rear, and swing arm unit as its swing arm. Well for the total capacity of the fuel tank can down gasoline up to 4.2 liters

While fazzio as a new product has a compact dimension as well. It has a length of 1,820 mm, a width of 685 mm, and a height of 1,125 mm. The wheelbase is 1,280 mm, the ground clearance is 135 mm, the seat height is 750 mm, the content weight is at 95 kg, and the fuel capacity is greater at 5.1 liters.

Furthermore, this matik uses an underbone frame, telescopic front suspension and a single suspension at the rear.

Accommodation

This section is no less important when you determine a motorcycle that can support daily activities. Okay straight away, Fazzio with smaller dimensions turned out to be smarter to maximize accommodation.

He has a main trunk of 17.8 liters that can be used to put 1 half-face helmet. Once the helmet comes in there is still room to store luggage such as raincoats or jackets, gloves, and others.

In front there is a closed console that can be used to store smartphones. Then on the right there is a special room to store drinking bottles, which if not used for tumblers can be used to carry other items. Don't forget, Fazzio also has a double hook feature that can carry more goods and is safe.

What about Lexi? The main trunk under the seat is smaller at only 12.8 liters and cannot be used to store helmets. The accommodation in front is also not as large as fazzio.

Choose which one?

With all the data presented above, then which is more feasible to be moved? If the reason you buy a motorcycle for the need to be able to carry goods and have a larger volume of fuel tanks Fazzio is the right choice.

Especially with hybrid technology and the new design it brings to make this bike more attractive to have. Yes, the visuals are fresher, the novelty, and certainly not much on the streets.

Meanwhile, if the need for extra comfort, Yamaha Lexi has more capital here. Caste he also falls into the maxi category that offers an elegant design, gambot body, and qualified legs. Congratulations on deciding!

Yamaha XMAX 2022 Launches with New Uniform in Indonesia, The Price Is Unchanged

 PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) again provides a refresh for its premium matik product, Yamaha XMAX 250. 

Changes made are fairly minor, which offers 2 new color options Matte Green and Metallic Red. The presence of this new color also complements the existing signature black.

Public Relations Manager, YRA & Community PT YIMM, Antonius Widiantoro in his official statement said, the new color offering on XMAX is expected to answer the needs of consumers about premium scooters from Yamaha.

Yamaha XMAX 2022
Yamaha XMAX 2022

"Yamaha continues to innovate products not only in terms of technological features, design, and engine performance, but also through the presence of special colors that are often trendsetters in the national motorcycle industry. Yamaha also wants to introduce new color innovations through the Yamaha Maxi skutik family, namely Matte Green and Metallic Red. We are optimistic that these two colors will get a positive reception in the community because it can increase pride while driving, "said Anton, his nickname.

Matte Green is billed as the latest special color innovation of the tuning fork. Premium and fashionable elements owned by XMAX are further strengthened through the combination of doff green and black colors that are present on the motor body. While both wheels are painted in gold (gold) is quite compatible with the main color on the body.

And for the Metallic Red variant on the XMAX, the use of red steel that was previously doff type is now changed to glossy with the addition of minimalist striping that reads Xmax 250 black on the right and left side of the motor body cover. Overall the visuals look masculine, simple, and unsightly to look at.

Specifications and Features of Yamaha XMAX

No change in the engine sector and features, XMAX still packs a 250 cc engine propelled sohc 1-cylinder liquid that spews 22.5 horsepower at 7,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 24.3 Nm achieved at 5,500 rpm.

As for its features, the headlights and rear are LED, comes a keyless key, a digital analog combination meter panel that displays general information in the form of residual gasoline, temperature, clock, speedometer, tachometer, and other indicators.

Still talking features, XMAX is also equipped with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) 2-channel brakes, traction control (TCS), manual windshield settings, hazard lights, power sockets, and a very large main trunk up to 36 liters.

Prices Stay the Same

If interested in buying this gambot matik, the price with the new color option was no increase compared to December 2021. Yamaha XMAX is still sold with a price tag of Rp62 million OTR.

For information, Yamaha XMAX was first present in Indonesia in 2016 ago and sold at an initial price of Rp57.25 million OTR. Already almost 6 years ago, this bike did not get a big change in the body display sector and also the mechanical heart, YIMM only did color refreshes only.

Get to know the Seres SF5, an Electric Car from DFSK

 DFSK presents Seres SF5 electric vehicle at GIIAS Surabaya. The power is equivalent to a sportscar. The luxury of technology is not playful, a lot of potential contained. He was deliberately exhibited to show the quality of the manufacturer in driving an electric car. Also part of building brand awareness in the midst of the siege of other manufacturers in Indonesia. Let's get to know more closely.

Seres SF5
Seres SF5


Sportscar performance

Seres SF5 pocketed a lot of energy like a sportscar. It adheres to an all wheel drive (AWD) motion system powered by a high performance dual electric motor. The driver is presented with the SEP200AC dynamo as the main driver. Maximum power flow is 255 kW (347 PS) at the front and behind the HW150 with 150 kW (204 PS) of power. If ditotal, the power touches 551 PS. Then the maximum torque of the Range Extender EV version penetrates 820 Nm. It only takes 4.7 seconds to shine from 0-100 kph. This ability is equivalent to sporstcar in general.

So that the sensation of driving is more fun and can suit travel preferences. Seres SF5 features a number of surfing mode options as well as electronic setup support. You can choose from five driving styles, four modes of travel, three steering modes and two braking modes to adjust the required driving style. Then the battery uses Li-ion powered by 35 kWH. The driver can use fast charging to charge the battery 80 percent in less than 1 hour.

Seres SF5
Seres SF5

If you don't find a charging station during the trip. Seres SF5 is equipped with Intelligent Extended Range Technology. It is a 1.5-liter turbo engine that is the same as the DFSK Glory i-Auto. The engine can only be used when the electrical energy conditions in the battery are left about 20 percent. It can go up to 1,000 kilometers. So prisip works like an electric car but carries the internal combustion engine only as a generator. Not for wheel drive. It is also different from the Nissan e-Power whose battery cannot be charged independently.

The electrical energy generated and owned by Seres SF5 can be used for various things. It's not limited to just driving. For example, used as an energy source of household electrical appliances, such as water heater kettles, audio speakers.

Seres Pilot Safe Driving Intelligent Assistant System

He received the support of a driving assistant through the Seres Pilot Safe Driving Intelligent Assistant System. This feature is the latest generation based on user habits. The device is supported by 16 sensor points. Allows the vehicle to read the condition of the road and drive accurately.

The combined features include Lane Change Assistant, Lane Change Warning, Side Door Opening Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High-Speed Pilot Assistance, Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise. Then there is Automatic Emergency Braking, Traffic Jam Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Speed Limit Assist and 360 Panoramic View. The advantages and modern design of Seres SF5 can now be witnessed directly at GIIAS Surabaya 2021, Grand City Convex, East Java.

"DFSK brought the Seres SF5 to show how capable and technological development we have today. The company continues to be committed to bringing new technologies more sophisticated. As well as supporting consumer mobility so that it can bring better quality of life over time," explained, Achmad Rofiqi, PR & Media Manager of PT Sokonindo Automobile. 

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Specifications and Features, Which One To Choose?

 PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS) two-wheeled division officially launched the new sports bike Gixxer SF 250 at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2021. The presence of this bike then enlivened the 250 cc 1-cylinder sports market which was first inhabited by Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL.

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL


Competing in a market that is arguably that skinny niche, who is most deserving to be moved? In this article we will discuss the comparison of specifications, features, and price gaps.

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Design

First we alluded to the design of the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. Conceptually he comes as a touring sport then the riding position is not too lower than the Ninja 250 SL.  

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250


The front fascia looks sporty with a light silhouette made slightly similar to the GSX600R. While the fairing design is also quite attractive, there is a kind of vent to fulfill aerodynamic functions.

If you are aiming for a quarter-liter fairing bike with a sporty look but and there is a touring feel, the Gixxer SF 250 can be taken into consideration.

While for those of you who prefer a racy look and thick sporty aura, Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL can meet that. The driving position is quite 'intimidating' through the use of the handlebars of his underyoke model. From the front, side, up to the stern of the sharp line pull is consistently present on the motorcycle made by the green gang.

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Dimensions

At a glance these two motors they both have a minimalist body shape, compact, and proportional to a 250 cc motor.

Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL
Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL



Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 has a length of 2,010 mm, width of 740 mm, height of 1,035 mm, ground clearance of 165 mm. As for weight, this bike only weighs 161 kilograms with a fuel tank volume of up to 15 liters.

Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL has a length of 1,935 mm, a width of 685 mm, and a height of 1,075 mm. Then for ground clearance is 165 mm with a total weight of 151 kilograms. Oh yes, the fuel tank is able to down gasoline up to 11 liters.

If compared, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 appears more gambot than Ninja 250 SL. But Suzuki products are heavier, the difference is 10 kilograms.

Performa Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL

Although carrying an engine that is both 1-cylinder it turns out that both package different enjis construction and technology. It is possible to adjust to the concept carried by these two motors.

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is equipped with a 249 cc engine, SOHC, 1-cylinder, 4-valve, 4-stroke, oil cooler (SOCS), and has injection. The manufacturer claims, with the use of the pacemaker it is able to produce maximum power up to 25.6 PS at 9,000 rpm and peak torque of 22.6 Nm at 7,500 rpm engine rotation. The output is channeled through a 6-speed clutch manual transmission.

While Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL comes with a 249 cc, 4-Tak, single cylinder engine, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid coolant, injection-powered. The power it produces is 28 PS at 9,700 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 8,200 rpm. This power is channeled with a 6-speed manual transmission.

On paper, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL is superior to the performance sector. Moreover, this bike also has a total weight that is lighter up to 10 kilograms, which certainly affects acceleration and speed when driven on the road.

Feature Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL

Well when buying a motorcycle of course this sector is also not spared to be considered. We'll start first from Suzuki.

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is equipped with LED front and rear lighting system, but for sein marker still carries a conventional bulb. He also uses a full LCD meter panel, and dual ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) braking.

While Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL for the lighting system all still use ordinary halogen bulbs. Then it has not embedded the abs active safety feature on the front and rear wheels.

Nevertheless, this compact sports bike has applied a full LCD meter panel that provides important information from the vehicle.

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL Price

The question is, who is more affordable? Of the set prices offered by both brands, Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL is the cheapest.

He is priced at Rp 35.9 million OTR with white and green kelir options, while Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 sold for Rp 49.3 million comes in a choice of colors Triton Blue / Silver (100th Year Anniversary Edition), Metallic Triton Blue, and Metallic Matte Black.

Choose which one?

Ending in the conclusion, who is more deserving to buy? The answer is only you can determine, yes adjusting to the needs and budget.

But if you can give advice, if you are looking for a 250 cc sports model with a new look in the Indonesian market, then the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 can be considered. This bike is also suitable for riders who are more concerned with economy and comfortable to drive.

Meanwhile, if you want to appear more aggressive and racy, then Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL has that. The engine already carries DOHC, liquid cooling, and has a maximum power of up to 28 PS.

The price offered is also cheaper than the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. But you will get a bike with that-that-so-it-so, because the 250 SL has long been unable to update.

Ferrari SP3 Daytona, a Retro-Style Race Car

Ferrari SP3 Daytona
Ferrari SP3 Daytona

Along the way, Ferrari has always managed to present iconic models. This time, the Italian manufacturer introduced a limited edition model launched by Ferrari to become a new member of the Icona series model family, the SP3 Daytona. The new hypercar was introduced at the same time as the Mondial Finali in Mugello, Italy. Although carrying the latest technology, but in the form it brings the feel of a strong vintage race car.

Ferrari SP3 Daytona is a continuation of the Icona series that ferrari previously presented through the monza SP1 and SP3 duo introduced in 2018. For the SP3 Daytona inspired by endurance racing cars in the classic era, the form is at first glance similar to the LaFerrari Aperta. Hypercar designed by Flavio Manzoni and his team adopted the design of the Ferrari P3/4, P330 and 412P that became Daytona champions in his time.

Ferrari Daytona SP3
Ferrari SP3 Daytona

LaFerrari base was taken to build this car, which was wrapped in a series of references to the design of Ferrari cars in the 1960s. Starting from the front, a large bumper and splitter design was adopted from the 330 P4 (1967), accompanied by a taper snout. The front fascia is still equipped with bulging fenders and the typical width of a race car. Not quite there, the classic impression Ferrari gives through the headlights with a 'pop-up' mechanism on the sleek headlight.

Dramatic design touches are shown through the stroke of the lines on the side intakes in front. Then the butterfly wing-style door is also applied which is integrated with cooling air ducts, as once used by the 512 S (1969-1970). The integrated intake of the door makes the side profile can be made cleaner, especially for the curve of the rear fender. While the five crossbar wheels used are given Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires developed specifically for SP3 Daytona.

Ferrari SP3 Daytona
Ferrari SP3 Daytona

The stern display is arguably the most dramatic aspect of this car. Ferrari seems to make it look like a concept car with a retro feel, especially from the horizontal LED strip of its taillights. The design is integrated with a series of elongated blades, accompanied by a large carbon fiber diffuser and a trapezoidal double exhaust that shouts the sound of the V12 engine.

The exterior design of the SP3 Daytona is claimed by the Prancing Horse to have the highest level of passive aerodynamic efficiency among all models. This is thanks to innovative solutions on efficient heat disposal management of mechanical components. In addition, it is also due to the smart design on cooling channels and downforce producers. The most innovative of these there is a pair of channels in the underside of the car that connect to the rear wing.

Minimalist Retro Interior


The design elements of the LaFerrari continue to the cabin section of the SP3 Daytona, with a dashboard layout and a pair of fixed seat positions. The seat trim and some interior ornaments are inspired back from the 60s race car, where the racer sits in a seat that only has pads attached to the chassis. The seating position is even more relaxed than other Ferrari models, approaching the single seater.

The instrument panel is as fully digital as the latest model, with a curved 16-inch screen integrated with infotainment. While the steering wheel has adopted buttons with haptic touch as in the SF90 and Roma, which still equipped Manettino. The same is seen in the center console, for the transmission mode settings.

Although it looks similar to the LaFerrari, but the car that also has a carbon fiber monococcal does not accompany the hybrid powertrain. Ferrari took the traditional step for the SP3 Daytona, using only a naturally aspirated V12 engine. Even all chassis and bodywork components are made from composite materials to minimize weight.

The 6.5-liter F140HC-coded V12 engine of the 812 Competizione has 829 hp and 697 Nm of torque, which can scream up to 9,500 rpm. Engine output is channeled to the rear wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch F1 transmission with a limited-slip differential. Acceleration of 0-100 km / h is crucified in 2.85 seconds and top speed at 340 km / h. Other flagship features still include SSC 6.1 (Side Slip Angle Control) and FDE (Ferrari Dynamic Enhancer).

The limited SP3 Daytona as the Icona series will only be produced as many as 599 units. Each is priced around 2 million Euros aka equivalent to Rp 32 billion more. But unfortunately the claim is that all units of this car have been sold. It said all 499 monza SP1 and SP2 owners had bought them, and the remaining 100 were offered to selected consumers by Maranello. 

KTM 390 Adventure Test Ride: Two Realms Don't Matter

KTM, an Austrian brand, is trying its luck aiming for the two-wheeled entry-level market by packing products made a little similar to its big bike bikes. The warmest in the Indonesian market, they launched a motorcycle with the adventurous hangout KTM 390 Adventure at the end of August 2020.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure

At that time, this motorcycle was released with the status of local assembly aka CKD (Completely Knock Down) at the assembly facility owned by PT Penta Jaya Laju Motor (PJLM) in Gresik, East Java. The beginning of the launch, the price tag was set at Rp 119 million, but in October it was controlled to Rp 139 million OTR Jakarta.

It does not count the most recent bike if you assess this year, but it never hurts to try how comfortable and what are the advantages offered by the bike. Of course we will also find out the shortcomings of this adventurous bike.

At least I have tried KTM 390 Adventure for approximately 5 days testing it on asphalt roads and rock tracks. Drive 266.4 kilometers from Tangerang city to Jonggol area, West Java and return safely home.

KTM 390 Adventure Test Ride: Two Realms Don't Matter

KTM 790 Adventure design

It is not a new strategy when the design of premium motors is passed down on the manufacturer's entry-level products whose purpose is to smooth sales. KTM one of them, they made 390 Adventure has details similar to the older brother, KTM 790 Adventure. The most identical part is the shape of the headlights that have a rectangular visual split into 2 parts. Next is the shroud design near the fuel tank that has sporty DNA exactly its 790 cc engine.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


If these two bikes are juxtaposed, you would agree if the KTM 390 and 790 betel nut tub are halved. The difference is of course in terms of dimensions, weight, and some other details such as the appearance of the drill, set of legs, of course the contents of the cylinder. Overall, as an adventurous motorcycle, the KTM 390 Adventure has a thick aura as a tough-looking motorcycle that is ready to be driven in various terrains.

Driving Position

So what about the driving position? From the design of the KTM 390 Adventure body he has a fairly tall but slender shape. The dimensions of the length play at 2,154 mm, width 900 mm, and height 1,400 mm. While for the wheelbase at 1,430 mm with the lowest distance to the ground 200 mm and the height of the seat at 855 mm.

This body concoction is indeed classified as high for the posture of Indonesians in the range of 170 cm. I myself have a height of 172 cm with a weight of 75 kilograms both feet can not tread perfectly on the ground. Nevertheless, outsmarting it is quite easy, just tilt the buttocks either to the left or right and one leg is sure to tread perfectly.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


But another thing with the position of the hand, KTM 390 Adventure may I say absolutely not intimidate the rider. He's got a wide, tall and slightly forward handlebar profile. So the hand can open straight so that the sitting position when riding becomes more relaxed.

I have proven myself to ride this motorcycle for 2 hours with road conditions that tend to be jammed as far as 80 kilometers from Tangerang City to around Jonggol, West Java limbs do not feel excessive symptoms of aches. Moreover, the character of the seat in my opinion is quite comfortable, soft, and not slippery.

Engine performance

Speaking of technical, from the official website of KTM Indonesia, this motor is armed with a 373 cc engine, DOHC, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooling, and has an injection power. Yes, the engine is identical to the KTM 390 Duke but I think it's more fun to ride paired on the 390 Adventure frame.

With the pacemaker, this motor is able to produce maximum power up to 43 horsepower at 9,000 rpm engine rotation and peak torque touching 37 Nm at 7 thousand rpm. The first impression when turning the gas lever, KTM 390 Adventure has the torque that rhinoceros. The power is filled linearly, from low, medium, to upper engine rotation.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure

Moreover, coupled with a ratio gear suit that is not too short, so it feels fun to drive on asphalt roads which of course to pursue torque and power to hi-rev. As a record the vibration resulting from the 1-cylinder configuration engine is quite felt, especially on the soles of the feet to the hands of the rider.

Ease and preoccupation of driving is also supported by embedding Quick Shifter (up &down) technology. The character is quite smooth, does not over-stomp, and there is an option to turn it off. But during use, I prefer to continue to activate it because it is very helpful, changing gears without the hassle of pressing the clutch lever again.

I am detailed, KTM 390 Adventure is still suitable for reliable driving in the middle of the city. Asking stop and go no doubt, the torque is available at all times but friendly to novice riders.

The distribution of heat produced by the engine is fairly friendly, used to jam the hot character is still on the verge of normal. Groin, calf, buttocks do not feel excessive heat, it feels like riding a quarter-liter Japanese motorcycle. The key is in the use of curved or curved radiators plus 2 fans at once.

Dna this motorcycle is indeed thick as an adventurous vehicle that is more inclined in uneven terrain. But when used on the asphalt road it feels good to be invited fast to sometimes forget the speed needle is already at 100 kilometers per hour.

To stop the pace and offset its performance, the KTM 390 Adventure is equipped with 1 caliper 4 piston braking with a 320 mm disc in front of which is radially mounted. While in the back escorted braking a single disc 230 mm 2 piston directed by ByBre.

Then what if used on roads that are not smooth rocks, damaged such as in the area of Mount Kapur, Jonggol, West Java? I have to admit this bike gives a great sensation. Moreover, KTM 390 Adventure already carries the OFFROAD ABS feature, which if activated automatically disconnects the ABS sensor on the rear wheel. If you meet the ground, and open the gas lever, you will be invited to dance on the motorcycle. Once gassed, the rear wheels will scratch the ground wildly.

If you want to control the motor more independently, you can also turn off the traction control feature through the settings button on the left switch. Guaranteed, once the gas in the ground field the rear wheel will spin firmly and if you have a wheelie (lifting the front wheel) must have the pleasure of driving this bike.

Feature

The value of the KTM 390 Adventure feature, this bike is the most complete questionable technology in the entry-level adventurous motorcycle class. There are at least 10 features that the manufacturer offers as below:

  • Quickshifter (up & down)
  • Cornering ABS
  • Motorcycle Traction Control
  • ABS (onroad & offroad)
  • KTM My Ride Navigation
  • Upside Down adjustable (compression & rebound)
  • Rear suspension adjustable (compression & rebound)
  • TFT Panel Instrumen
  • Ride-by-wire
  • Lampu full LED.

Handling and Construction of the Legs

Now we surgically for handling, KTM 390 Adventure has a soft character and fairly nurut to be invited to shimmy on urban streets. It feels easy to slip in the middle of a traffic jam, the handlebars are not heavy making it easier for me to maneuver.

But for those of you who are new to driving it must be careful, especially on narrow roads. As explained above, he has a wide handlebar plus embedding of handguard components that are sometimes enough to make a nook when slipping. If you're used to it, it's not a problem.

To bulldoze the corner with a slightly falling riding style, this bike provides a sensation like a sport bike berfairing or naked. Confidence also increases because it has been equipped with ABS Cornering devices.

All the positives about handling are supported by the construction of slick legs. In front of the upside-down type made by WP Apex with a diameter of 43 mm with a travel of 170 mm available preload and rebound settings. While the rear shock absorber applies the monoshock type with 177 mm travel which also has the option of preload rebound settings.

Bulldozing uneven roads or speedtrap feels smooth and almost feelless. Like an offroad motor with DNA adventure, this bike also uses 19-inch rear-size alloy wheels on the front bow and 17 inches at the back. For the front wheels use 100/80 profile tires and at the back using a tire size of 130/80 which are both tubeless types.

Fuel consumption

Regarding fuel consumption, I conducted a test based on the average fuel in mid (Multi Information Display). As for the driving style using mixed methods, sometimes digeber and also sometimes walking casually.

From the information on the meter panel, recorded the number of one liter of gasoline can travel a distance of up to 30.2 liters. The figure was obtained after exploring up to 266.4 kilometers from Tangerang City to the Gunung Batu area, Jonggol West Java.

The result I categorize quite well for a motor engined almost 400 cc, arguably has similarities with the fuel efficiency of a 250 cc motor.

Conclusion

Ending in conclusion, KTM 390 Adventure is in the category of comfortable motorcycles to ride in urban areas. The limbs do not feel excessive aches, indeed must be accustomed to the dimensions of the handlebars that are wide enough and sometimes a little difficult to slip.

On uneven roads aka rocks are also slick to be used, especially in the damping sector. Stable motors bulldoze holes, speedtraps, and mounds that are not too high.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


It's just that for the record, this bike is very difficult to neutralize and quite annoying when stopped at a red light or in traffic. The rest is a vibration of the machine that is quite felt in the toe to the hand.

Even so, the handling, suspension, power, and torque of the KTM 390 Adventure is fairly good, especially in the entry-level motorcycle segment. Well, with a price tag of Rp 139 million, you can enter the list of adventurous motorcycles that you can buy.

And it feels suitable also for those of you who are interested in going up the class to a large engine cubication, considering this bike is quite easy to drive and does not intimidate riders despite the beginner category.

First Drive MG HS Magnify i-Smart

First Drive MG HS Magnify i-Smart -  Cutting-edge technology games are very clearly utilized as the selling point of today's SUVs. More precisely in the realm of device connectivity and automatic control support. The contestants in the struggle of large SUVs to small crossovers even like believing that these two highlights are the most potent in recent times.

MG HS Magnify i-Smart
MG HS Magnify i-Smart

Can be seen in the refinement of various existing models or the arrival of cute and modern players. In general, without comparing classes, arguably the most interesting of all current players is Wuling Almaz RS. It adopts internet-based connectivity between cars and smartphones that is comprehensive enough to set up an Advanced Driving Assist System (ADAS) and is sold with attractive price tag. Even the suv lineup in the premium strata is not necessarily as complete as him.

But maybe Almaz RS is not the only model that looks super sophisticated on the market. Because immediately paving a new product from MG that is no less interesting, no less great, and also remains a relatively affordable alternative. The MG HS Magnify i-Smart, sets up internet-based connectivity, voice command for feature operation, and complete ADAS support. It is planned that it will be inaugurated on June 2, 2021. But before that, I had the opportunity to try this British branded SUV.

What's New Is Just an Infotainment System

Basically, mg HS this one is not a new model. The name "Magnify" is used to assign a new variant level. Airs in the top layer of the MG HS atmosphere. It has not been said how much it will cost. Even so, it is expected not to reach Rp 500 million when referring to the current highest price at Rp 435.8 million with Jakarta OTR status.

MG HS Magnify i-Smart
MG HS Magnify i-Smart


For the price of the Honda CR-V the middle variant but prepare a proposal for more attractive features from the most expensive type of the main player. How great is it? Later explained. But when viewed, at first glance there is no obvious difference from the existing version of the highest trim, Ignite. Still in the initial design phase of HS with the sensation of mazda-an, including the business of choosing fashion and trinkets completeness.

From the eyes to the feet it looks very familiar. Indicates an SUV carrying non-inferior supplies. Examples on the main lighting LED projector plus sein sequential integrated DRL. Also the rear combination light of the diode glow. The most noticeable is the black layer on the roof in the form of panoramic sunroof boosting style and prestige following the use of 18-inch rims of ash dwiwarna and alloy polish.

Without involving the role of the device first, the operation of access is very identical ignite trim. Offer all the facilities of the present. Call it a smart entry in the form of a button on the door. Can unlock without needing to be busy with a pants pocket. Arm muscles are greatly lightened when it comes to opening the trunk because with one touch the door can open or close electrically.

Enter the cabin, soft material play and red dominance over black instantly greet. Frenetic components of sporty sensations are not stripped away anyway. Including an electric bench style bucket seat intact to shortcut sport driving mode on the steering wheel.

MG HS Magnify i-Smart
MG HS Magnify i-Smart


Modern sensations are then emitted with electrical and digital smells. Includes a complete electric parking brake auto hold function, a combination of screen instrumentation and needles, up to the touchscreen infotainment system as the center of control of various features. All of that then aired classy ambient lighting in the style of premium cars.

However, when I first glanced at the style of the entertainment interface, HS Magnify's unit was enough to amaze me. Play an elegant monochrome color selection that hints at more ability. Arguably, this is the main and only difference visually from ignite trim. Smartphone integration to dual zone climate control is available. The main difference is the existence of smart navigation maps in it. But not limited to style and navigational ability, it actually plays an important role in magnify differentiation.

Today's Supplements Are Successful in Making It Smarter

If departing from the eye is indeed fleeting like the usual MG HS Ignite with a new infotainment system. Even so, the "i-Smart" emblem attached to the trunk indicates that it is more than that. Serve internet-based connectivity until the driving assistant is active. Well, embedding the technology behind the body is guaranteed to provide a different driving experience.

The package itself is divided into four pillars, namely Smart Check, Smart Command, Smart Connect, and Smart Drive. The main highlight is the device connection through the MG i-Smart application. It gives smartphones the ability to access vehicle information and features without being hindered by distance – as long as each side of the car and smartphone has a stable internet connection.

How functional and what is it really necessary? Please value yourself. Smart Check offers capabilities such as Remote Vehicle Control. Smartphones can be used to power the engine and air conditioner before traveling, activating lights or horns to find parking positions, following operating the door lock. Its security is then maintained by a special password when operating the feature.

MG HS Magnify i-Smart
MG HS Magnify i-Smart

From the smartphone can also check the condition of the vehicle through Remote Vehicle Diagnosis. Quite comprehensive from the status of the door, cabin temperature, to the tire wind pressure. Furthermore, there is a Geo Fence to limit the vehicle's area of motion. Will give a notification when penetrating the digital fence. Yep, at least it can bring calm when being left behind or used by other users.

To note, the reality of the relationship between smartphones and cars is not only smooth. Yep, because it depends on how well the internet signal catches each side. There are times when the operation cannot be executed due to a bad signal.

A pretty good feature is located in the Travel Plan. You can prepare a time plan and travel destination before leaving. One more ability in the form of MG Touch Point to find out where the nearest MG service is located.

Further to Smart Command, this plot will facilitate travel while increasing the potential for driving safety. Not foreign, indeed. The vehicle can respond to the command of English-language sounds from the driver in the operation of the feature. Just call the assistant by saying "hello MG".

It can't recognize Indonesian but that doesn't mean it's a little ability. Sixty standard samples are provided to set up infotainment systems, vehicle features (windows, sunroofs, air conditioners, etc.), telephone, radio, music, and navigation. But besides that, the system is also intuitive. You can also recognize everyday languages such as "I'm cold", "I'm hungry", and others.

MG HS Magnify i-Smart
MG HS Magnify i-Smart


Yes, hungry vents to MG voice assistants will be responded to with a selection of restaurants nearby. It is included in the third pillar, MG Connect. The system can display travel guides and smart navigation through Point of Interest (POI) determination. All based on the internet. Meanwhile, smartphone integration can be done via Apple CarPlay or EasyCon for the Android operating system. All of this can be enjoyed in the new infotainment system at HS.

Try an Active Driving Assistant

ADAS technology seems to be mushrooming to lower castes. Transmitted to one by one models on the market without the need for exorbitant ransom. MG HS Magnify did not escape the spread. Wrapped in MG Pilot technology that falls under the fourth pillar of i-Smart, smart drive. Without lingering, I invited HS Magnify from the preview location at The Springs Club Gading Serpong, Tangerang.

One other new function can be enjoyed directly on the infotainment system when exiting the parking lot. MG HS Magnify is much more capable of blind spot detection. Because it is not limited to blind spot area indicators and Rear Cross Traffic Alert as in the Ignite variant. It adopts exterior cameras on various sides to display 360-degree images. Moreover, the left and right side blind spots of the front wheel are opened respectively with the addition of fender animation. Open the inner eye to areas that are difficult to monitor in order to maintain the exterior health of the car from the recklessness of the driver. Impressive, it makes it feel quite premium.

Brought forward, the i-Smart offers ride-load lightening inside and outside the city. Yep, the sensor and camera suite allowed HS to adopt the Adaptive Cruise Control feature. Just press the button at the end of stalk cruise control, the constant rate following the adjustment of speed with the vehicle in front of it is able to provide. But in addition, its function can also be used when traveling or at low speeds through Traffic Jam Assist.

The movement of the car in front can be followed well automatically up to a predetermined speed. Even so, the execution is not as smooth as the disopiri chauffeur Rolls Royce most experienced in the world. Especially when braking, there is little doubt as to how strong the caliper bite should be given to the system. Just a little bit is without feeling a disturbing pound. Towards a sense of natural control just hasn't arrived yet.

Not limited to lightening the burden of the driver, the system can also improve safety. Help avoid the risk of wretched front crashes with the presence of Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Not trying to be direct but quite calming when he found out he had pre-harm help. Meanwhile, other support in the form of Intelligent High-beam Control that can set the lights away so as not to dazzle other drivers.

The guard post driving position in one lane does not miss enlivening this new variant HS technology package. These include Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, and Lane Keep Assist. It said it needed to cross the speed limit of 60 kph in order to activate the system. Because it rotates in a dense area, it is rather difficult to go constant in that number.

At least I can get an idea of his ability. Of course, to be able to drive in one lane needs a road sign that is read because the logic of the car based on the patron mark. When switching lanes without activating the indicator, immediately the system provides audiovisual warnings along with steering wheel vibrations so that the driver can immediately be aware of the direction.

It's still a fun SUV

Despite all the technology, MG HS Magnify is still a comfortable SUV and happy to be invited to drive. From the composition of the supporting handling favors unchanged. The front MacPherson Strut suspension arrangement and rear Multi-Link are on a rigid but not hard spectrum. It will not feel floating, believed to be passionate when taken to a winding mountain area.

MG HS Magnify i-Smart
MG HS Magnify i-Smart


Same with the drive. Although not being the most powerful unit in a medium-extraction monococcal SUV is quite enough. Relying on a 1,500 cc turbo four-cylinder unit can produce 162 PS of power at 5,600 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1,700-4,400 rpm. Making it even more interesting is the utilization of a 7-speed DCT power distributor. Make the gear shift feel deft and on target. Not to mention embedded car response regulator with three driving modes.

Extra connectivity support and ADAS clearly complement the MG HS's main weapon for alluring. Basically, it can be concluded as an alternative that should not be escaped from the main players sedimentation. It's about the price and the reward. If it is really priced at less than Rp 500 million, less interesting what? It offers additional technology in addition to features that are actually quite complete and classy. If in doubt, there's nothing wrong with trying first. We just wait for certainty how interesting MG HS Magnify i-Smart at the launch moment later.

Test Ride BMW G 310 GS

 The birth of the BMW G 310 GS in Indonesia cemented the German manufacturer in the entry-level adventure motorcycle market. This unit is built specifically for bikers who are adventuring. This iron horse has a modern design. And the most important thing is that this bike is easy to ride and very suitable with the posture of Indonesian riders.

The design of the BMW G 310 GS is quite similar to the older brother, because it is indeed a descendant of the GS series adventure motorcycle (Gelände / Straße). The engine base is taken from the street version of the G 310 R that has been sold in Indonesia first. And we've tested this iron horse to the core, what impressed us? Let's find out.

BMW G 310 GS
BMW G 310 GS


Typical Riding Position of the GS Family

When he first climbed on top of his body, his seat was quite high. Yes, including a tall motorcycle and recorded to have a seat height of 835mm. However, with a posture of 173cm feet it is still easy to reach the ground although a little jinjit. Initially this reduces confidence in riding the BMW G 310 GS, let alone the distribution of heavier loads in front. But it turns out that's not the case when taken riding. High seating seems to give the misfortune to devour various contours of the road.

When both hands start sticking out into the handlebars, the body becomes a bit upright and slightly leaning forward, but still gives a relaxed position. Not too high or low. Although wide profile, the motor is still easy to operate. From there it all creates comfortable driving ergonomics. We give a plus to this. The characteristics of GS driving are still created. The view becomes wider when driving.

We think the 310 GS is very indulgent for riders. Realized from the shape of the seat that has a soft contour, both for the driver or the defector. With such a design, the rider's body can be supported properly and comfort can be maintained.

BMW G 310 GS
BMW G 310 GS

As a long-distance adventure bike, is it comfortable to use everyday? We think it could be, but you have to compromise on a warm machine when stop &go conditions are excessive. The clutch is also relatively light, the hands are not easily sore. Gear shifting is fairly smooth, but when looking for neutral teeth is quite difficult. Fuel consumption is recorded at 20.4 Kpl when used to drive as far as 104 km. This figure we got through the G 310 GS digital instrument panel is very informative.

Responsive Performance

The key boy started turning towards ON and the engine we turned on with an electric starter. The rhythm of the engine sounds strong, the gas openings are also fairly responsive. But do not be surprised when you hear a tickling sound, because it is one of the characteristics or characteristics of European motorcycles. The vibration of the engine was very felt until the groin, but all of it was closed when it opened the gas and heard the roar of the engine.

The performance we can imagine. Although classified as an entry-level GS that only has a capacity of 310 cc, the jambakan from transmission 1 to 3 is really felt. Every shift of gear, the breath is quite long. When trying it on the highway, to overtake a larger vehicle feels easy. Despite the character of the overstorke (80mm x 62.1mm), the lower spin is no break. The energy from the gas openings of each tooth is also responsive.

BMW G 310 GS
BMW G 310 GS

We have also tried it in light off-road terrain in Jonggol Area, West Java. And the first sentence that was passed at that time, 'really fun'. Yes, when going through the path of makadam and land, this iron horse can devour easily. Power channeled to the rear wheels through the Z-ring chain can be maintained. When faced with a steep incline, the performance is quite good. No need to twist the gas to high rpm, just open the gas a little this motor can go uphill and accelerate quickly. That's because this motor has abundant torque in every transmission.

On a factory note, the BMW G 310 GS adopts a 313 cc, Water-cooled, single-cylinder 4-stroke engine. Uniquely, the position of the cylinder is rotated 180 degrees and somewhat tilted. So, the intake hole, throttle body, and air box move forward, and are located under the comstir. The advantage is to produce maximum power and save fuel use. It can also increase the stability of the motor when used in high speeds.

It is capable of exhaling power up to 34 Hp at 9,500 rpm, as well as a maximum torque of 28 Nm at 7,500 rpm. With a fairly large torque, it clearly makes this motor very easy to bulldoze a fairly steep incline. How's the dealer? BMW is still adopting conventional transmission systems. The result of this collaboration with TVS uses a six-speed gearbox without the help of advanced electronic devices.

Handling and Suspension

The left hand begins to pull the clutch lever and the right foot begins to press to enter the first gear. The gas pedal is rotated, a concern because of its tall dimensions and the weight distribution in front seems to disappear. Control is also agile, still suitable for use in skids on the dense streets of the capital. The clutch also feels soft and the gear shift is fairly smooth. Plus a relaxed driving position, due to the wide handlebars and ergonomic foot position.

BMW G 310 GS
BMW G 310 GS


The weight of the G 310 GS is actually not a problem even though it weighs 169.5 kg. No extra energy is needed to be able to maneuver during touring trips. When passing through steep terrain dominated by bumpy and perforated tracks, the tubular type chassis and shock absorbers from Showa also support stability.

The use of upside-down supplements with a diameter of 41 mm in front and back of a single makes the motor slam feel comfortable. When going through the hollow asphalt road at high speed also do not need to worry about bottoming. Because the distance of the second play of the shock absorber is estimated at 180mm.

But if you want to maneuver in the corner, you have to be a little careful when pressing the brake lever inside. Because the front suspension immediately ambles and makes the body lean forward. However, the braking system has advanced supplies. It has been embedded anti-lock braking system (ABS) dual channel.

Braking hardware with a 300mm disc on the front was bitten by a radially mounted four-pot Bybre caliper. Back with 240mm disc. Given the GS's lightweight off-road aspirations, ABS can be disabled via a neat integrated button on the left switchgear console.

Control can also be maintained because it uses a combination of tire profiles wide enough. On the legs with a cast wheel 19 inches in diameter at the front and 17 inches at the back. Each uses premium tubeless Metzeler Tourance tires measuring 110/80 and 150/70. The contours of the installed tires enter the dual purpose category, so it feels good on the asphalt road and safely passes through rocky terrain.

Character Design

First impression when receiving the key, this motor has compact dimensions. The BMW G 310 GS looks chunky and carries GS DNA from its older brothers. Starting with off-size front and rear alloy wheels, long-travel suspension, as well as a 'beaked' front, it proudly shows itself as a member of the GS family. The motorcycle looks very characterful.

BMW G 310 GS
BMW G 310 GS


In the console, it is full digital. Unfortunately the screen still uses a regular LCD instead of a full-color TFT unit. It is rather difficult to see information about rpm openings, gear positions and fuel doses due to the reflection of sunlight. For us maybe it doesn't matter because our feeling is already integrated with the bike.

Dimensionally it is far from R 1200 GS, but this small GS still gives a mighty impression. The high and wide view is pretty awesome. The front uses the same headlights as its brother naked bike type, but the face is very different. That's thanks to a large ADV-style beak and a small windshield on it. This windshield looks fit and works well. Provide some level of wind protection and allow plenty of refreshing air to the chest and helmet.

The GS side profile is also very interesting, thanks to the molding of each side panel that is similar to the older brother. Although it looks big, the tank can only hold 11 liters of fuel. Plus the shroud flanking the gasoline container leads forward. In that section it is made into three parts. Because the GS we use is an adventure variant, there are additional engines and bodyguards, so it looks dashing and sturdy. In addition, of course, to increase safety if the motor falls.

More interestingly he uses a gold upside down suspension. He also has a protector under the machine. While the fatbar area is actually left plain without a handguard. Nevertheless, pinned reflectors in the front fender. Provide extra security from the side.

He uses the model seat fused, pursing in the driver's section and wider in the disengaged part. The GS uses fender-mounted taillights. Coupled with a large aluminum luggage rack, so it can be directly applied with a storage box and also serves as a double handle. For us, that component is useful for tying the tail bag.

Conclusion


BMW Motorrad Indonesia successfully presents adventure motorcycles that play in the 300 cc class segment (dual purpose model). In addition to a thick look with European style, engine torque is enough to try the enduro medium track.

In addition, it is very adequate for daily use in the city. Moreover, the suspension character is soft, of course, makes the rider even more in love with this G 310 GS. Regarding the use of off-road terrain, there is no doubt, he is ready to be invited to dirt or heavy maneuvers though.

BMW G 310 GS
BMW G 310 GS

On the other hand, we are quite sure that by replacing the more rugged dual purpose type tires, he was able to be invited to a slightly more extreme adventure track terrain. Handling is very comfortable, braking safety with abs system is also able to make the motor not easily slip. Unfortunately the G 310 GS does not present a variant with finger model wheels that are able to move dynamically over uneven road surfaces compared to more rigid cast wheel models.

BMW G 310 GS can be an attractive option for those of you who are looking for an adventure bike in the 300cc class. With prices offered Rp 133 million (Standard) and Rp 142 million (Adventure) off the road, it offers comfort that is not owned by its competitors.

Test Ride KTM 390 Adventure

Test Ride KTM 390 Adventure - KTM, an Austrian brand, is trying its luck aiming for the two-wheeled entry-level market by packing products made a little similar to its big bike bikes. The warmest in the Indonesian market, they launched a motorcycle with the adventurous hangout KTM 390 Adventure at the end of August 2020.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure

At that time, this motorcycle was released with the status of local assembly aka CKD (Completely Knock Down) at the assembly facility owned by PT Penta Jaya Laju Motor (PJLM) in Gresik, East Java. The beginning of the launch, the price tag was set at Rp 119 million, but in October it was controlled to Rp 139 million OTR Jakarta.

It does not count the most recent bike if you assess this year, but it never hurts to try how comfortable and what are the advantages offered by the bike. Of course we will also find out the shortcomings of this adventurous bike.

At least I have tried KTM 390 Adventure for approximately 5 days testing it on asphalt roads and rock tracks. Drive 266.4 kilometers from Tangerang city to Jonggol area, West Java and return safely home.

KTM 790 Adventure design

It is not a new strategy when the design of premium motors is passed down on the manufacturer's entry-level products whose purpose is to smooth sales. KTM one of them, they made 390 Adventure has details similar to the older brother, KTM 790 Adventure. The most identical part is the shape of the headlights that have a rectangular visual split into 2 parts. Next is the shroud design near the fuel tank that has sporty DNA exactly its 790 cc engine.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


If these two bikes are juxtaposed, you would agree if the KTM 390 and 790 betel nut tub are halved. The difference is of course in terms of dimensions, weight, and some other details such as the appearance of the drill, set of legs, of course the contents of the cylinder. Overall, as an adventurous motorcycle, the KTM 390 Adventure has a thick aura as a tough-looking motorcycle that is ready to be driven in various terrains.

Driving Position

So what about the driving position? From the design of the KTM 390 Adventure body he has a fairly tall but slender shape. The dimensions of the length play at 2,154 mm, width 900 mm, and height 1,400 mm. While for the wheelbase at 1,430 mm with the lowest distance to the ground 200 mm and the height of the seat at 855 mm.

This body concoction is indeed classified as high for the posture of Indonesians in the range of 170 cm. I myself have a height of 172 cm with a weight of 75 kilograms both feet can not tread perfectly on the ground. Nevertheless, outsmarting it is quite easy, just tilt the buttocks either to the left or right and one leg is sure to tread perfectly.

But another thing with the position of the hand, KTM 390 Adventure may I say absolutely not intimidate the rider. He's got a wide, tall and slightly forward handlebar profile. So the hand can open straight so that the sitting position when riding becomes more relaxed.

I have proven myself to ride this motorcycle for 2 hours with road conditions that tend to be jammed as far as 80 kilometers from Tangerang City to around Jonggol, West Java limbs do not feel excessive symptoms of aches. Moreover, the character of the seat in my opinion is quite comfortable, soft, and not slippery.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


Engine performance

Speaking of technical, from the official website of KTM Indonesia, this motor is armed with a 373 cc engine, DOHC, 1-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid cooling, and has an injection power. Yes, the engine is identical to the KTM 390 Duke but I think it's more fun to ride paired on the 390 Adventure frame.

With the pacemaker, this motor is able to produce maximum power up to 43 horsepower at 9,000 rpm engine rotation and peak torque touching 37 Nm at 7 thousand rpm. The first impression when turning the gas lever, KTM 390 Adventure has the torque that rhinoceros. The power is filled linearly, from low, medium, to upper engine rotation.

Moreover, coupled with a ratio gear suit that is not too short, so it feels fun to drive on asphalt roads which of course to pursue torque and power to hi-rev. As a record the vibration resulting from the 1-cylinder configuration engine is quite felt, especially on the soles of the feet to the hands of the rider.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


Ease and preoccupation of driving is also supported by embedding Quick Shifter (up &down) technology. The character is quite smooth, does not over-stomp, and there is an option to turn it off. But during use, I prefer to continue to activate it because it is very helpful, changing gears without the hassle of pressing the clutch lever again.

I am detailed, KTM 390 Adventure is still suitable for reliable driving in the middle of the city. Asking stop and go no doubt, the torque is available at all times but friendly to novice riders.

The distribution of heat produced by the engine is fairly friendly, used to jam the hot character is still on the verge of normal. Groin, calf, buttocks do not feel excessive heat, it feels like riding a quarter-liter Japanese motorcycle. The key is in the use of curved or curved radiators plus 2 fans at once.

Dna this motorcycle is indeed thick as an adventurous vehicle that is more inclined in uneven terrain. But when used on the asphalt road it feels good to be invited fast to sometimes forget the speed needle is already at 100 kilometers per hour.

To stop the pace and offset its performance, the KTM 390 Adventure is equipped with 1 caliper 4 piston braking with a 320 mm disc in front of which is radially mounted. While in the back escorted braking a single disc 230 mm 2 piston directed by ByBre.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


Then what if used on roads that are not smooth rocks, damaged such as in the area of Mount Kapur, Jonggol, West Java? I have to admit this bike gives a great sensation. Moreover, KTM 390 Adventure already carries the OFFROAD ABS feature, which if activated automatically disconnects the ABS sensor on the rear wheel. If you meet the ground, and open the gas lever, you will be invited to dance on the motorcycle. Once gassed, the rear wheels will scratch the ground wildly.

If you want to control the motor more independently, you can also turn off the traction control feature through the settings button on the left switch. Guaranteed, once the gas in the ground field the rear wheel will spin firmly and if you have a wheelie (lifting the front wheel) must have the pleasure of driving this bike.

Feature

The value of the KTM 390 Adventure feature, this bike is the most complete questionable technology in the entry-level adventurous motorcycle class. There are at least 10 features that the manufacturer offers as below:

  • Quickshifter (up & down)
  • Cornering ABS
  • Motorcycle Traction Control
  • ABS (onroad & offroad)
  • KTM My Ride Navigation
  • Upside Down adjustable (compression & rebound)
  • Rear suspension adjustable (compression & rebound)
  • TFT Instrument Panel
  • Ride-by-wire
  • Full LED lights.

Handling and Construction of the Legs

Now we surgically for handling, KTM 390 Adventure has a soft character and fairly nurut to be invited to shimmy on urban streets. It feels easy to slip in the middle of a traffic jam, the handlebars are not heavy making it easier for me to maneuver.

KTM 390 Adventure
KTM 390 Adventure


 But for those of you who are new to driving it must be careful, especially on narrow roads. As explained above, he has a wide handlebar plus embedding of handguard components that are sometimes enough to make a nook when slipping. If you're used to it, it's not a problem.

To bulldoze the corner with a slightly falling riding style, this bike provides a sensation like a sport bike berfairing or naked. Confidence also increases because it has been equipped with ABS Cornering devices.

All the positives about handling are supported by the construction of slick legs. In front of the upside-down type made by WP Apex with a diameter of 43 mm with a travel of 170 mm available preload and rebound settings. While the rear shock absorber applies the monoshock type with 177 mm travel which also has the option of preload rebound settings.

Bulldozing uneven roads or speedtrap feels smooth and almost feelless. Like an offroad motor with DNA adventure, this bike also uses 19-inch rear-size alloy wheels on the front bow and 17 inches at the back. For the front wheels use 100/80 profile tires and at the back using a tire size of 130/80 which are both tubeless types.

Fuel consumption

Regarding fuel consumption, I conducted a test based on the average fuel in mid (Multi Information Display). As for the driving style using mixed methods, sometimes digeber and also sometimes walking casually.

From the information on the meter panel, recorded the number of one liter of gasoline can travel a distance of up to 30.2 liters. The figure was obtained after exploring up to 266.4 kilometers from Tangerang City to the Gunung Batu area, Jonggol West Java.

The result I categorize quite well for a motor engined almost 400 cc, arguably has similarities with the fuel efficiency of a 250 cc motor.

Conclusion

Ending in conclusion, KTM 390 Adventure is in the category of comfortable motorcycles to ride in urban areas. The limbs do not feel excessive aches, indeed must be accustomed to the dimensions of the handlebars that are wide enough and sometimes a little difficult to slip.

KTM 390 Adventure
 KTM 390 Adventure



On uneven roads aka rocks are also slick to be used, especially in the damping sector. Stable motors bulldoze holes, speedtraps, and mounds that are not too high.

It's just that for the record, this bike is very difficult to neutralize and quite annoying when stopped at a red light or in traffic. The rest is a vibration of the machine that is quite felt in the toe to the hand.

Even so, the handling, suspension, power, and torque of the KTM 390 Adventure is fairly good, especially in the entry-level motorcycle segment. Well, with a price tag of Rp 139 million, you can enter the list of adventurous motorcycles that you can buy.

And it feels suitable also for those of you who are interested in going up the class to a large engine cubication, considering this bike is quite easy to drive and does not intimidate riders despite the beginner category.