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BMW Launches M 1000 RR 50 Years M Anniversary Edition

 BMW Motorrad launches M 1000 RR 50 Year M Anniversary Edition. This limited production unit is wrapped in a complete package. One of them offers the M Competition Package. To give a special impression, this superbike appears in Sao Paulo Yellow color and is affixed with the historic 50 Years BMW M emblem.

Shown in striking colours, this anniversary model fits the M philosophy. Coming with the racing spirit of nearly 100 years of motorcycle construction by BMW Motorrad and 50 years of BMW M vehicles. Therefore, the M 1000 RR 50 Years M comes with the M Package 50 Years optional.

BMW Launches M 1000 RR 50 Years M Anniversary Edition

Packages offered in this special edition include an M 50th Anniversary badge, M GPS lap time trigger software, rear seat cover and passenger kit, a lighter silver anodized aluminum swingarm and a maintenance-free DLC-coated M Endurance chain.

The optional package also includes aluminum and carbon parts which are given with the M logo. For M Billet the kit consists of billet aluminum engine guard, folding brake and clutch lever, adjustable M rider footrest, front brake lever guard. Medium Carbon M Package includes carbon front and rear fenders, top fairing side panels, left and right carbon tank covers, carbon chain guards and sprocket covers.

The base price for the M 1000 RR is $32,495 (Rp476 million). If you take the optional 50-year M package, there will be an additional cost of around $4,500 (Rp66 million). Or in total this special unit is sold for $36,995 (Rp542 million). For your information, the M 1000 RR that has been sold in Indonesia costs up to Rp. 1.6 billion off the road.

Specifications of M 1000 RR

Since it only includes an anniversary edition display, the specs are still the same as the regular version. The BMW M 1000 RR is equipped with a parallel four-cylinder engine with a capacity of 999 cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled with an enhanced fuel injection system. And combined with BMW ShiftCam technology.

Its configuration to vary the valve opening and closing times has been modified comprehensively towards a racing sport machine. Its power output reaches 212 hp at 14,500 rpm with a peak torque of 113 Nm at 11,000 rpm, plus a maximum speed of up to 15,100 rpm. It does 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.1 seconds and peaks at 190 mph (306 km/h). 

In addition, the manufacturer also added a winglet at the front which gives a racing accent. Mounted on each side of the fairing and designed to help keep the front of the bike low during acceleration. It also allows the driver to use the full throttle without having to worry about wheeling.

According to BMW, the installed winglets have been tested on the race track and in the wind tunnel. Made of carbon fiber, this component clearly produces qualified aerodynamics to obtain faster lap times.

Another secret of the M 1000 RR why it can go fast is because there is a reduction in weight. It weighs only 192 kg or 5 kg lighter than the S 1000 RR. The weight reduction is due to the 3.7 kg lighter exhaust system. Carbon 'M' rims which are also 1.7 kg lighter than the normal aluminum ones. Using a 17-inch racing ring model wrapped in 120/70 tires at the front and 200/55 rear.

For speed stoppers rely on Nissin products, but redeveloped by the M division to be able to provide maximum braking stability and control capabilities, on the road and on the race track. Front uses lighter radial calipers with thicker dual discs than the standard RR. In general, the disc clamp has a blue anodized coating combined with the M logo.

A range of driving modes are also provided, the same as the S 1000 RR. There is Rain, Road, Dynamic, Race. But there is an improvement for it, namely the Race Pro setting (Race Pro 1-3). It also gets the highest specification features from BMW, such as the latest generation Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), quickshifter down shift and DTC wheelie function with a 6-axle sensor box.

Existing wheelie controls can be carefully adjusted in 'Race Pro' mode. From there, there are also three additional brake settings. Interestingly, he was also given a launch for a perfect race start and a Pit-Lane-Limiter for precision speed on the pit track. And Hill Start Control Pro for easy start on mountain slopes.

As a complement, the information system on this motorbike is displayed through a 6.5-inch TFT screen. A more comprehensive data presentation can be displayed using an optional package that offers the use of an M GPS laptrigger and an M GPS data logger (Original BMW Motorrad Accessories) via the instrument cluster's OBD interface.

M . history


If you are not familiar with BMW's history, in 1972 BMW Motorsport GmbH was founded as BMW's official motorsport division. With the idea of bringing all of BMW's motorsport activities together under one roof and building high-performance racing vehicles, including motorcycle racing. The BMW 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Light Construction) debuted as BMW Motorsport GmbH's first race car in 1973

The BMW 3.0 CSL made its debut at the European Touring Car Championship in the 1973 season. At that time, BMW Motorsport's three-color scheme of blue, purple and red was used against a snow-white background which is still defining to this day. Then the updated version is Blue - Dark Blue - Red which determines the appearance of the BMW M logo and BMW M vehicles to date.

The legendary color scheme can also be found on the first BMW M vehicles developed for the road in the second half of the 1970s. That color also characterizes the upcoming racing vehicles and their motorsport success. For example, in 1978 the M1 super sports car and beyond, until the Formula 1 race car driven by Nelson Piquet won the Formula 1 World Championship in 1983. BMW also tasted off-road success in the 1980s at the Paris-Dakar rally.

Not only in the world of racing cars, BMW's incredible success and innovation also comes from motorsport. Even in the first decade of the company's history, BMW and motorsport were associated with such unforgettable names as Ernst Jakob Henne and Georg "Schorsch" Meier.

The legendary "Schorsch" Meier victory in his supercharged BMW in the 1939 Senior Tourist Cup on the Isle of Man is unforgettable. 75 years after “Schorsch” Meier's success in the Senior TT, Michael Dunlop is back to success in 2014 with the BMW S 1000 RR. And in the years that followed, RR left its mark on the Tourist Trophy with further victories. It is this historic racing heritage that BMW is celebrating with the 50 Years of the M Package M 1000 RR.

Ducati x Bulgari Produces Luxury Chronograph Watches, Only 1,000 units in the World

 Ducati and Bulgarian announce a new partnership. This collaboration between two iconic Italian brands shares a vision of innovation, design and a passion for fashion. The collaboration between the two gave birth to the Bulgari Aluminum Ducati Special Edition chronograph. An elegant sports watch produced in a limited edition.

The Bulgari Aluminum Ducati Special Edition changes the standard for luxury sports watches. To celebrate the partnership between the fashion and jewelry company and the legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer, this timepiece is limited to only 1,000 units.

Ducati x Bulgari Produces Luxury Chronograph Watches, Only 1,000 units in the World

This watch represents excellence, performance and enthusiasm in one package. This chronograph features a stunning dial in Ducati red with three athletic subdials inspired by the Ducati lap counter graphic: black background, white index and red ball. The hour markers also refer to a design inspired by the racing world of Italian motorcycle manufacturers.

Andrea Ferraresi, Ducati Centro Stile Director said that the collaboration with Bulgari is based on many elements that the company has. “First and foremost the fact that it is another Italian brand whose design is more than a corporate asset. The lighting, obsessive attention to detail, use of fine materials and the creation of distinctive designs are instantly recognizable. These are the values that have inspired us in this project. Working on this project with Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Executive Director of Bulgari Product Creation, with whom I have known for 15 years, is a way to unite our passions: motorcycles and high-end watchmaking,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, Bulgari Product Creation Executive Director said he was very pleased to visit the Ducati factory in Borgo Panigale in Italy and exchange ideas with Andrea Ferraresi. There discuss the many similarities between motorcycles and watches, our shared passion for mechanical beauty and the Italian design approach.

“For this particular collaboration, the Bulgari Aluminum model became the natural choice due to its combination of materials, sporty character and iconic look. The red color and the easily recognizable font we used for the numbers on the dial are a nod to the charming world of Ducati motorcycles,” explains Fabrizio.

This watch is made of premium material. It has a 40mm diameter aluminum case with iconic bezels and a black rubber band. While the crown suppressor and chronograph are made of titanium. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters and tenth of a second precision is guaranteed by the BVL 130's automatic mechanical movement, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

To prove the originality of the limited edition part, the titanium back case is engraved with the Ducati brand and production number, which has an anti-wear DLC coating. The watch comes in an anodized aluminum case that is matched with rubber inside and a soft touch surface that bears the Ducati and Bulgari logos.

For Ducati, collaboration with another Italian brand like Bulgari is an opportunity to celebrate the excellence of Made in Italy. At the same time, it is an opportunity to offer a passionate Ducatisti experience and product beyond the world of motorcycles that enhances beauty, technology and passion.

To get this luxury watch, you can directly open the official website of Bulgari. The price listed there is €5,000.00 or around Rp. 77 million, including

Mitsubishi Sales in Indonesia Become Number One in the World

 A positive achievement was achieved by PT Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI) in a globally recognized sales record. In the 2021 fiscal year, from March 2021 to April 2022, MMKSI recorded sales of more than 114,265 units. This achievement contributed more than 12 percent to Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) sales globally and named MMKSI as the largest contributor to MMC retail sales globally.

Mitsubishi Sales in Indonesia Become Number One in the World

The results obtained by MMKSI increased by 60,186 units or by 111 percent when compared to sales in the previous fiscal year. Indonesia ranks as the distributor with the best retail sales performance, followed by the United States and Japan in the top three positions.

Naoya Nakamura, President Director of PT MMKSI, said that this positive achievement has triggered MMKSI's enthusiasm to continue to provide the best products and services to consumers in a sustainable manner. This includes the entire vehicle ownership process, which is in line with MMC's commitment to Indonesia as the most important and strategic country for MMC in the global market.

"We hope that Mitsubishi Motors' achievements can make a positive contribution to the automotive industry, economic growth and the interests of society at large," said Nakamura in a statement, Monday (23/5/2022).

Once again, Xpander's flagship products, including the Xpander Cross, dominate the sales composition of Mitsubishi Motors in Indonesia. This product contributes more than 49 percent. The next position is followed by L300 with an achievement of 24.4 percent. Next is the Pajero Sport model with a contribution of 17.4 percent. The Triton, Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV models account for about 9 percent.

April 2022 Achievements


MMKSI also recorded positive sales results in April 2022. The three-diamond brand managed to sell 10,003 units. This result makes Mitsubishi maintain its market share at 13.3 percent. 

Mitsubishi's total sales above consist of sales of passenger cars of 6,601 units. Commercial vehicles sold 3,402 units.

Regarding the most popular models, the New Xpander and New Xpander Cross dominate with a record sales of 4,218 units. This achievement contributed 42.2 percent to total sales in April 2022.

The second best-selling model is the Pajero Sport with a record 2,381 units. This achievement makes the popular SUV contribute 23.8 percent.

Next, the L300 model sold 2,028 units or contributed 20.3 percent. The Triton model recorded sales of 1,348 units or contributed 13.7 percent of total sales. This achievement is slightly similar to Mitsubishi's global sales record.

The Xpander and Xpander Cross models are able to maintain a market share in the small MPV segment of 27.1 percent. Pajero Sport maintains a market share of 50.3 percent in the medium segment of the 2,500 cc SUV with 4x4 and 4x2 drives. The L300 is also able to maintain its position in the 4x2 small pick up segment with a market share of 62.8 percent. Finally, Triton was able to secure the 4x4 pickup segment with a 45.3 percent market share.

In addition to introducing new products and several special variants, in the 2021 fiscal year, MMKSI initiated an increase in customer satisfaction through strengthening the consumer experience based on the addition of a variety of services. This includes interactive and digitized services that are increasingly accessible to consumers. The positive sales results were supported by the expansion of the dealer network to support unit sales, spare parts and after-sales services.

In March 2022, MMKSI presented the latest branding concept, "Life Adventure" which supports the adventures of many people's lives in Indonesia, to be part of an amazing and challenging journey together, and develop a more successful and proud life to strengthen the position and image of the Mitsubishi brand. Motors in the country.

When the BMW R NineT Is Turned Into an Airplane-Inspired Work of Art

 First released in 2014, the BMW R NineT is a standard retro motorcycle that's easy to customize. Because it adopts a boxer engine, separate wiring harness, detachable subframe chassis and light fixture that can be removed with just a few bolts. Due to its modular nature, hundreds of professional and amateur builders have made it very easy to customize the R9T.

Of the many custom R9T models in the world, one stands out the most. Namely art from Wayne Buys. This man from South Africa has arguably given a new perspective in the world of custom towards a 1.170cc boxer engine motorcycle.

custom BMW R NineT

Wayne Buys took his inspiration from the aerodynamic shape of the WW2 era fighter jet. The result of his work he dubbed 'Strom'. Almost all the components he made himself in his garage. His magic garage is called FabMan Creations and it's where he builds all the custom parts. Ranging from stainless steel exhaust systems, fenders, and custom aluminum motorcycle parts. He also offers repairs as well as welding.

The Storm project he worked on featured a series of aluminum bodywork. It is made by hand, using a homemade English wheel. Here he works in free form, without a single sketch, render, or template. His metal forming skills were self-taught.

The body kit made to cover the R9T is actually made of aluminum sheet. Even more impressive was Wayne shaping them by hammering each panel into a tree stump. Overall, he made the entire body panel for 8 months.

The constructions he makes are like pieces of a puzzle. The panels lock onto each other via tiny Allen head fasteners that look like rivets on a plane. Wayne's bodywork consists of a custom tail section, round tank cover, headlight cover, wheel and fender cover, swing arm cover and full-length cover. Aluminum panels are also visible on the sides of the tank to channel cool air to the cylinder head.

There are two small intakes on either side of the fully closed front fender directing air to the brakes. While the intake at the rear is equipped with a fan, helping to cool the repositioned oil cooler. There is another fan up front to cool the electronics, all of which are under the tank cover. And there's a mesh panel at the top to help the hot air escape.

The exhaust is very hidden. The header is hidden from view, exiting through three ports on either side of the belly. The vent box under the header helps stop hot air from gathering inside.

The same considerations go into the control area. Wayne made a pair of aluminum handlebars that clamp the fork, effectively acting as a clip-on. The turn signal is at the end of the handlebars, and the rearview mirror is only attached to the right of the handlebars. Wayne also built a custom reverse lever, as well as the internal throttle.

All cables run inside the handlebars, with the brake and clutch master cylinders tucked under the bodywork. At the top there is a dedicated dashboard built with the Acewell speedo, as well as a few push buttons to perform basic functions. Storm does not use the ignition but with the remote to turn it on.

The Storm was actually ordered by one of the customers who brought the BMW R nineT straight to his garage. Consumers want something that is inspired by aircraft and has a very aerodynamic design. And the result looks like it's just a button press to take off.

This BMW R NineT-based “Storm” motorcycle from FabMan Creation retails for €25,000 EUR. Those interested in purchasing or ordering their own custom motorcycle can contact FabMan Creations via its website. (Bgx/Tom)


Toyota continues to prepare for the birth of the Innova Hybrid, HR is considered the most important thing

 After the Ministry of Industry first mentioned the plan for the birth of the Hybrid Innova product last year, Toyota continues to prepare for the presence of this new product. Based on the latest information, the Innova Hybrid will be ready to be present at the end of 2022.

"Hopefully we will keep planning. We will prepare the product at the end of the year so that it can be enjoyed by the people of Indonesia in the not too distant future,” said Indra Chandra, Project General Manager of Toyota Daihatsu Engineering & Manufacturing (TDEM) in a virtual seminar entitled 'University Research Activities as Part of Efforts in Developing the Vehicle Population. Electrification', last Friday (20/5/2022).

Toyota continues to prepare for the birth of the Innova Hybrid, HR is considered the most important thing

Although it does not mention the name of the product in question, this info clearly points to the latest Innova product. Actually echo the presence of Toyota's new hybrid product which was already present several years ago. The latest, in fact, a lot of leaked news about the shape and testing came from India, which was found to be conducting road tests. Then about the name, several sources revealed that the name Innova Hycross will be used for the newest electrification product.

Furthermore, Indra said that preparations for the presence of the electrification product were continuing. One of them is human resources (HR) who are ready to produce these modern vehicles as well as several completely different things related to the production of electric vehicles.

“Such as handling batteries that pay attention to shock, humidity and other factors. Unlike send machine (conventional). Machines are more durable. Not to mention factory handling. It is a process that must be prepared carefully,” said Indra.

“Besides, we have never before handled such high voltage in a vehicle. So far 12 volts. Suddenly told to work above 300 volts and above. At the beginning, everyone was afraid to see the orange cable,” said Indra.

This HR issue was also mentioned by Bob Azam, Corporate Affairs Director of PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN). According to him, National Human Resources consisting of academics, students, the younger generation, and all Indonesian people have a strategic role and become an important element in the era of electrification.

"Seminar activities and research development from various universities in Indonesia can be a medium for public advocacy to develop and improve the quality of human resources gradually so that they are ready to contribute to making Indonesia a global player towards a future of carbon neutrality," said Bob.

Toyota also gave three universities the opportunity to develop electric vehicles. Using Toyota Calya as its base, the three universities involved are the Ten November Institute of Technology (ITS), the University of Indonesia (UI) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

In addition, Toyota also invited several other universities such as Gajah Mada University (UG), Udayana University (UNUD), and Sebelas Maret University (UNS) to present research results related to electric vehicles. Some of the discussions included the projection of the electric vehicle market in Indonesia, research on the development of the electrification ecosystem and the perceived challenges, BEV conversion activities with roadworthy capabilities, and the development of battery research to support the potential for domestic battery development.

Specifically, research on the potential for EV market development, based on the UI Institute for Economic and Community Research (LPEM FEB), revealed that of 1,000 respondents throughout Indonesia, most of them wish to own an electric car. It's just looking at the time, aka wait and see, developments in the next one to four years. The projection is that in 2035 there will be 1.3 million motorized vehicles with electrified BEV vehicles of around 6 percent, HEV 19 percent. However, with a note there is a massive incentive that must be given by the government.

According to Bob, research results from universities both on ecosystems, BEV conversion, and battery development can also be input or consideration for roadmaps in realizing the electrification era in the country. This includes Toyota's steps to show Innova EV research some time ago.

Regarding the selection of Calya to be converted into an electric car, Bob said this was a proposal from the university. One of them is because this car is close to the people and affordable.

“Is the Calya going to be an electric car? We (Toyota Indonesia) aspire that all of these models have electrification options, whether hybrid, EV, etc., all of which have electrification options. So consumers have a choice and we consider the availability of energy in Indonesia," said Bob.

Bob hopes that all Toyota consumers, from the lowest to the highest segments, will experience electrification of vehicles. This makes it not only the upper class people who get EV incentives who are able to buy electrified vehicles.

Toyota currently offers electrification features in hybrid form. There are four models offered, namely the New Camry Hybrid, New C-HR Hybrid, New Corolla Cross Hybrid and Corolla Altis Hybrid. The price tag starts from IDR 519 million to IDR 813 million.

Why is the New Honda HR-V No Longer Using an Electric Sunroof?

 Launched last March, the Honda HR-V came as a new person that was very different from before. Not only can it be seen from the design which is much more revolutionary, but also the features and turbo engine that are the mainstay.

It's not wrong if only two months have passed, the order has already exceeded 8,700 units. Even because of that, buyers have to queue for months to get the unit.

Why is the New Honda HR-V No Longer Using an Electric Sunroof?

Although welcomed positively, the Honda HR-V is not without its shortcomings. Most striking, the new panoramic roof which now uses a cover or sun shade that must be removed and installed manually. Even though the panoramic roof curtains can be operated electrically in the previous generation.

More than that, even now the Honda HR-V uses a fully fixed panoramic roof model. This means that the glass roof cannot be opened. While the previous generation has an electric sunroof that can be opened.

"The reason is because we want to provide a different driving experience, namely with a larger panoramic roof. This unique roof allows the driver and front passenger to enjoy an even more pleasant view up," said Yoshitomo Ihashi, Large Project Leader of All-new Honda. HR-V Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Automobile Operations, Monozukuri Center virtually to the media crew during the Media Test Drive of the Honda HR-V at the Mandalika Circuit (23/5).

Furthermore, he said if using the sunroof model as before, then there must be a frame and components of the sunroof opening and closing mechanism. So that the panoramic roof cannot possibly be sized like that of the latest Honda HR-V.

He gave a similar reason to answer questions about the sun shade which is also no longer electric. "If you use an electric model, you need space to place all the mechanical and electrical components," continued Yoshitomo Ihashi.

The Honda HRV Media Test Drive activity lasted for three days from May 23 to May 25, 2022. The first day we were invited to taste the asphalt of the MotoGP race track at the Mandalika circuit using a Honda HR-V RS turbo engine.

After that, we also had the opportunity to tour the island of Bali with the Honda HR-V SE with a 1.5 liter non-turbo engine the next day. Curious how the story goes? Wait for the review in the next article, okay!

Guide To Donating Your Car

 

Guide To Donating Your Car

You Don't Have to Write a Check to Help

 

The biggest winner in the car donation process is usually the donor and not the charity recipient. But if you take your time, ignore the quick and easy television appeals, and find a reputable, high-performing charity that will make the most of your donation, then you can maximize the amount that actually gets to charity and minimizes your risk of an IRS audit. 

  • Find a Charity that Directly Accepts Car Donations
    If at all possible, avoid the for-profit intermediary organizations that advertise so pervasively to handle your car donations. By finding a charity that handles the transaction themselves, you can ensure that 100% of the profits remain at the charity. It's possible that the charities you already support have a car-donation program that you don't know about. Check with them first. If not, do a little research, and find a high-performing charity that does the kind of work you like, in the region you wish to target, and does that work well.

  • Make Sure Your Intended Organization is a 501 (c) (3)
    While many organizations can claim non-profit status, donations to 501 (c) (4) organizations are generally not tax-deductible. These are political organizations with permission to lobby our government; like Disabled American Veterans or the National Rifle Association. Make sure your intended recipient has 501 (c) (3) public charity status.

  • Transfer the Car Correctly to the Charity
    Some charities will ask you to leave the assignment of ownership space on the charity donation papers blank, so they don't have to re-title the auto. If your charity asks this of you, find another charity. If you don't formally sign your car over to the designated nonprofit, you will be held responsible for any parking tickets that are subsequently incurred, or liable if it's used in a crime. Remember, the charity you give the car to will probably not use your car to deliver meals to the needy, but will simply sell it as quickly as possible. When someone buys it from them at auction and doesn't bother to register that car, it's still yours in the eyes of the law.

  • Use Fair Market Value (FMV) for the Car
    There are several exceptions which allow you to use the Kelley Blue Book or a NADA guide, but you must use the FMV, not simply the highest value listed for the year and make of your car. Use the FMV when:

  • instead of selling the vehicle, the charity keeps and uses it,

  • the charity makes improvements to the car before selling it,

  • your car is sold at a discounted price to a person with a low income,

  • or if the car is worth less than $500.

Otherwise, you can only deduct the amount that the charity sells the car for at auction as indicated on the written receipt the charity sends you.

  • Complete Your Paperwork
    Non-cash donations are the most common triggers of IRS audits, so it is important to keep thorough documentation of a car donation. Specifically, if your car is valued over $250, then you need to obtain and retain a written acknowledgment from the charity. Additionally, if your car is worth more than $500, you must complete section A of the IRS Form 8283 and attach it to your yearly taxes. Furthermore, if your car is worth over $5,000, then you must have an independent appraisal and fill out Section B of IRS Form 8283.
     

For more information, please see IRS Publication 4303, A Donor's Guide to Vehicle Donations.