Gambar Paten Honda Freed Generasi Ke-2

Setelah hampir 8 tahun lamanya (Honda Freed diperkenalkan di Jepang pada tahun 2008), Honda akhirnya sudah mengarah pasti kepada peluncuran generasi ke-2 dari Honda Freed. Setelah beberapa foto Honda Freed generasi ke-2 difoto di berbagai jalan di Jepang menggunakan kamuflase, kini gambar minivan kompak besutan Honda tersebut sudah beredar luas di dunia maya melalui gambar paten.

Cukup banyak perbedaan pada generasi ke-2 Honda Freed yang patut dibahas. Desain yang mengusung ke tema sporty ini memberikan banyak peningkatan pada visibilitas pengendara dengan penambahan kaca pada pilar A serta penggunaan kaca depan dengan model kaca mata yang seharusnya menambahkan visibilitas secara vertikal. Untuk lebih jelasnya silahkan lihat gambar berikut.

Semua informasi yang ada mengarah pada peluncuran mobil ini pada akhir Q3 2016 atau awal Q4 2016 (sekitar September- Oktober) di Jepang.

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Honda Brio Platform Review

Honda is no stranger on making a platform for a car, albeit shares less than one can imagine, until the Honda Brio. Supposedly launched in 2010-2011 period in Indonesia the Brio had several delays due to natural disasters, Thailand flooding and Japan earthquake. Superstitious people would chalk it up to bad foretelling of the car, itself a new endeavor, a new car to slot in below the Fit/Jazz. In Indonesia, the Brio is supposed to be put in the new category of low cost green car category which was in legislation hell. There are plenty who oppose this new “cheap” car regulation, citing that it will increase traffic congestion and further increase subsidized fuel consumption. Not waiting for the regulation, Honda finally launched the Brio in 2012 in Indonesia to a lukewarm reception. The 1.3L engine was praised for its power and the 5 speed auto is class leading but not much else to talk about the car, as the Brio is a no frill, no specialty car and it shows.

The dinkiest Honda

Brio cheap interior is acceptable and usable, but the (only) adequate second row seat and the very cramped cargo space makes it less than ideal as Honda “young family first car” and more of a second car for established family. Unlike the previous entry level Honda, the Fit/Jazz, the Brio utility is sorely lacking. The smart seat that allows for cavernous cargo is none existent on the Brio, worse still, the car’s cargo space is the smallest in the class. There’s also the issue of the all glass rear hatch. The market perceives it as a total effort to reduce costs and increase the risk of losing the entire rear hatch on a rear crash situation. The biggest gripe of all lies in its pricing. The car was priced starting at Rp. 149 million, at that time, very expensive for a car that still offered manual window and the range topper was priced at Rp. 170 million. In retrospect, a good condition second generation – second hand low mileage Honda Jazz worth less of the Brio and the range topper is too close to entry level third generation Honda Jazz, both of which offered bigger space, better utility and power. The sales are so dire that rumors flew around that the car got discounted more than 20%, the biggest for a Honda in recent history.

Then, the LCGC regulation came to effect and the Brio finally receives its final specification, a 1.2L engine per the regulation. Like a breath of fresh wind, the regulation made the entry level Brio quite an affordable car, even the range topper fully equipped with automatic windows is priced roughly about 20% cheaper than the outgoing 1.3L (ironically per the discount). Sales pick up but the perception of success is never associated with the car. Apparently, the Brio isn’t Honda perfect weapon to gain significant numbers. In 2012, Honda was number 7 in Indonesia.

Then 2013 came and rumors about a long wheel base 3 row seats Brio heated up. There was quite uproar in the automotive scene in Indonesia since Honda doesn’t have an entry level 3 row seat that is extremely popular in Indonesia (Avanza/Xenia, Grand Livina). The only 3 row seats Honda offered in Indonesia is the Freed, and its place on the market is quite premium. Thankfully, by proxy of always offering (near) premium products, the market thinks of Honda as a premium brand, number 7 notwithstanding. The Brio, at first regarded as not so much as Honda savior is now starting to show why Honda made it in the first place. Think of the Brio not as a singular product but more of a variant from a scalable platform.

As a platform, the Brio received its first variant with the Brio Amaze or just the Amaze. A sedan version of the hatch, it was launched in India with plenty of excitement; the first affordable sedan from Honda. Unlike the Brio, the Amaze comes equipped with a respectably sized trunk and made it a true young family first car. Not just a variant, the Amaze was specifically created to adhere to India sub 4 meter car tax exempt regulation.

AMAZE-ZING! It’s a pun…

The Amaze has a longer wheelbase than the Brio, at 2405 Millimeter, it’s 60 Millimeter longer than the Brio and the review shows. The Amaze has more usable knee room for the second row occupants, and the added trunk, at 400 liters are top of the class in India. For better or worse, the Amaze dashboard is lifted directly from the Brio, with a slight chrome trim here and there. The overall design of the Amaze is still largely Brio, with front half of the Amaze is basically a Brio with body painted bumper part. It’s the back half of the car that defines the Amaze as its own design.

The idea of a long wheelbase Brio seems not too far fetched with the Amaze creation. The Amaze shares plenty of the Brio frame and equipment that an astute fan should’ve been able to guess the design elements of the long wheelbase Brio would look like.

Then the third variant of the Brio made official by Honda Prospect Motor (Honda Indonesia) as the Mobilio in 2013. At 2650 Millimeter, the Mobilio wheelbase is a whopping 30,5 Centimeter longer than the Brio. Just like the Amaze, the car comes out looking like the Brio even though with some clever design changes. First visual elements that people noticed are slightly fuller and longer bumper like the Fit/Fit Shuttle, making the front of the car more balanced with its additional length. The second striking visual element is the thunderbolt side body motive and flowing glass panel on the third row. To say that the Mobilio is visually striking is an understatement. Compared to its competitors back in 2013 the Mobilio is subjectively more pronounced in term of design, especially the RS trim, with its bold chrome in your face and projector headlights. It’s a testament to Honda designers because the Mobilio front end is basically the Brio, so much so in fact that Brio owners can change their car to look like a Mobilio, even the more upscale looking Mobilio RS.

Mobilio – The fancy MPV

The Mobilio being a front engine – front wheel drive car offers lowered stance and extra rearward space like its competitors. Compared to its rivals, the Mobilio sits in the lower end of the spectrum at a height of 1603 Millimeter and the head room is adequate for the class, Freed this is not. Inside, the Mobilio dashboard is lifted straight from the Brio, just like its Amaze cousin. Chrome trims here and there, some wording and lighting but it’s still Brio’s dash. The Mobilio second row is decidedly huge, knee room and shoulder room is generous, 2 adults and 1 children can sit comfortably (three adults can fit if necessary). The third row knee room is actually okay, however the raised floor (because the fuel tank sits underneath the third row) forced people with tall build has to seat knee up, almost squatting.

Brio, Amaze and Mobilio, all share this same dashboard panel until 2016

Mechanically, the Mobilio is bestowed with two engine choice in India, the 1.5L i-VTEC gasoline engine and the newly developed 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine while other countries where it’s sold the car is only available in gasoline trim. It also has two choices of gearbox, a 5 Manual gear and a newly developed CVT. The CVT is Honda’s own second generation that comes equipped with torque converter. With the torque converter, off the line acceleration improves dramatically, and it does feel like it has more power down low according to my own experience. I drove the first generation Jazz with CVT and off the line acceleration is certainly not the car strong point, but the Mobilio CVT does deliver better acceleration on wide open throttle condition especially on “S” gear.

Being quite low, the car has quite pleasurable driving demeanor, especially with the standard engine being a 1.5L i-VTEC unit that is proven reliable and pumps out respectable 118PS. The 5MT is standard Honda, it’s not S2000 but more than adequate for daily driving with effortless clutch resistance. The CVT as mentioned is very nice on road. Much like any CVT, it offered silky smooth acceleration albeit people who are not used to CVT will feel weird about not feeling any gear changes.

In Indonesia, the Mobilio became perennial best seller with massive adoption and for the first time ever in the history of history, Honda Mobilio became part of Indonesia biggest taxi fleet, Blue Bird, breaking more than two decades of Toyota domination.

Mobilio RS – The fancier MPV

The Mobilio sales is so great, it beats the long running Daihatsu Xenia as the second best selling 7 seater in Indonesia, itself a great accomplishment that none before it ever came close. In April 2014, Honda even managed to land third best selling brand in Indonesia beating the likes of Suzuki and Mitsubishi which is surprising because Honda doesn’t sell commercial vehicles unlike those two. At the end of 2015, Honda secured its third place well above Suzuki.

Completing Honda onslaught of taking Indonesia market by storm is yet another variant of the Brio, this time an SUV variant. Around May of 2015, rumors are strong that Honda is going to have a 7 seater SUV derived from the Mobilio. Some quick to point out that the car is just going to be another dress up like Nissan Grand Livina X-Gear or Chevrolet Spin Activ, with extra body cladding, accessories and jacked up ride. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong as the official design sketch of the car shows a heavily modified Mobilio with completely different front end, revised rear end, and completely new dashboard and interior trim.

The BR-V as it’s christened by Honda Prospect Motor shows Honda engineering skills at its best. The BR-V is essentially a jacked up Mobilio, but the thoroughness of changes made it stood out.

Rhinoplasty at its best

First of all, the front end receives a major overhaul featuring angular front end which gives the car a strong rugged character, usually a design trait demanded from an SUV. The standard projector headlights gives it a premium look, and the body cladding gave the car that extra girth synonymous with SUV. From the front, nobody can challenge the car from the platform it was based on. The side and rear however gave its Mobilio heritage loudly. You can point out from the side that BR-V is rooted from Mobilio from the window frame kink, and the rear even though extensively reworked features the same frame rear glass panel with modified rear light. Inside, the massive change in dashboard almost make the BR-V a class higher than the Brio or Mobilio, with angular dashboard design that seemingly lifted from the Jazz/City.

Mechanically, by Honda Indonesia website, the car receives slightly more powerful engine with 120PS (Mobilio 118PS), a new ratio for the CVT unit and a 6 speed manual transmission. All running on a wider 16″ track.

Visually, the changes are more than skin deep though. From the specifications, the car grew taller, wider and longer. One thing to note is that the BR-V wheelbase is actually 10 millimeter longer than the Mobilio; A very peculiar trait. You can chalk up the size increase from the width, height and length of the car because of the stylized bumper and body cladding, but wheelbase is an absolute measurement of the space between the wheel axles and additional 10 millimeter means theoretically the BR-V offers better leg room than the Mobilio.

Sitting inside the BR-V second row however, I feel no different to the Mobilio, still generous leg room, and with enough width to seat 2 adults comfortably. To my great delight and surprise, it’s the third row, which offers improvement especially the headroom. On the Mobilio my head hit the roof liner with the seat fully reclined, but on the BR-V, I have about 3 Cm of clearance with the same seating position. The third row seating position like Mobilio is still not very well comfortable for my build, but the additional headroom is a very welcome change.

In short the BR-V, at first looks like a Mobilio with revised front end is basically a bigger car inside than the Mobilio, even excluding the body cladding, bumper and roof rack. This is quite the news and one that Honda should put in its marketing materials. I myself visited 5 of Honda dealership in my town checking out the BR-V, and only one salesperson daring enough to accommodate my aggressive questioning. So I sat on both Mobilio and BR-V, and I experienced first hand that the BR-V offers improvement in higher ceiling.

Oh by the way, any of you readers from Jakarta, Indonesia and interested on buying a Honda, please give a shout to Mr. Suno from Honda Mugen Pasar Minggu. Very helpful salesperson. Tell Michael sent you.

All the Brio based car shares this style of dashboard from 2016, with the BR-V at the top end having Multi Information Display (real time fuel consumption meter)

The Brio, Amaze, Mobilio and BR-V completes Honda first attempt to mass produce a platform with minor retooling and many parts sharing. In Indonesia the numbers speaks for themselves, the increase in Honda sellout year on year is massive, pushed by Brio and Mobilio sellout. However not everything is fine as in India, the Brio and Mobilio sales have been lackluster, only the Amaze helps Honda bottomline from the platform. The main problem lies in the India market itself. As a market with 1+ billion population, India is considered a veritable cash cow for many automotive brands, both domestic and import. As such, potential buyers are flooded with choice. It seems that the Brio with its barebone design and to some extent the Mobilio cannot survive in a competitive market. A stark contrast to Indonesia market where 7 seater MPV is only dominated by Toyota/Daihatsu collaboration Avanza/Xenia for almost two decades, which used as a benchmark really is not that high to begin with.

Personally, I want some changes to the platform, but only slightly. The biggest change I want is to make the floor flat from the first row to the second row seat structure (right now the floor only flat up to the leg area of the second row). This way, the third row will have a natural leg room while the bench seat sits on top of the fuel tank/spare tire/utility space. The new Toyota Sienta uses this kind of seating arrangement to great effect. It’s very simple on paper but perhaps slightly difficult to cram all under smaller package like the Mobilio and BR-V, however the result would be a better seating position for adult on the third row.

For a first effort, the Brio platform offers a good… Well… Platform…. For Honda to develop. Its modularity might hold the key for Honda approach in the future for developing countries. However lesson should be learned from India, the Brio should leverage its cost saving in economy of scale only and not doubling down on cost benefit ratio by choosing cheap material and simplistic interior. The Fit, Civic, CR-V and Accord might be Honda most recognized global model, but will the Brio platform able to be integrated to Honda mainstay portfolio? Only time will tell, and one I eagerly awaits what’s in store for the second generation.

IT ALL STARTS NOW: 2015 Acura NSX

With a new slogan, “Precision Crafted Performance”, Acura finally unveiled its king in slumber, the second generation NSX on Detroit Auto Show with a fizz, a buzz, and a poof.

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The Acura NSX concept dated from three years ago is obsolete as the production model has bigger dimension and gain plenty of surface detail while losing some minor ones. Most notable is the bigger side intake pods and the bigger hood vents, now positioned more towards the middle of the hood. The rear loses some intricate detail but retains some unique details such as sculpted opening at the base of the trunk. The front fascia screams Acura through and through with the signature LED jewel eye headlights and the now sedated beak which now looks a lot like Mazda signature smile with massive openings. Many are as  king about what the purpose of those three huge opening is on the NSX concept NSX chief engineer, Ted Klaus giving an explanation, it is to cool the electric motor and components as well to provide aerodynamic ground effect as the air comes out from the hood vents towards the back.

The unique floating c pillar, made famous by gothic church architecture dubbed a flying buttress serves both as structure and aerodynamic aid. It is stated that as air sucked into the front of the car, it comes out from the hood vent, flows through the flying buttress and give the rear an aerodynamic push.  The NSX rear, largely unchanged from the concept, features a huge bottom diffuser and two openings near the edge of the bumper. This is also an aerodynamic aid as air exits through it to help with down force. By Ted Klaus statement, an active aerodynamic aid (mostly in the form of electronically controlled rear wing) is not needed for NSX as it achieved all of its aerodynamic function from just its design.

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The biggest change and one that is very important for the car is the change of engine from a transversely mounted naturally aspirated V6 combined with electric motor, to longitudinally mounted turbo charged V6 combined with electric motor. Even though the combined output from the original design should be respectable, it would not be enough in the world of big V8 and turbocharged engines from the likes of Nissan GT-R and the new German performance line. Being transverse, the engine package will be compact to allow many utilities such as bigger trunk like the original NSX. But like the original NSX, it was damn hard to add more power to a transverse drivetrain, adding turbocharger is almost impossible without major change in the internal tubing, wiring, and mounting. There are even rumors about major infighting in Honda about the engine choice as the American team wanted a turbocharged engine while the Japanese team wanted a naturally aspirated one. Somehow, logic prevailed, and the NSX finally gets its much deserved turbocharged unit.

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Why the NSX needs to go the force induction route? Because a lot of things really, but mostly it’s all about future proofing the car. The original NSX went through its 15 years of life with just two engine revision, with 20 horsepower increase between both. If somehow Acura didn’t go into the 6 year cycle to update styling and power, with a turbocharge engine, they can just increase boost, refine the engine mapping and get more power easy. For comparison, Nissan GT-R, was launched with “only” 480 horsepower back in 2009. The same engine now produce 545 horsepower in the base trim while the performance Nismo variant gets 595 horsepower, an increase of 115 horsepower in 6 years from the same engine.

Ted Klaus stated that the NSX will come “north” of 550 horsepower, and like the Civic Euro Type R, that number is a base estimate with production version gaining more power . With this route, Acura can easily offer an NSX Type S with around 600 horsepower.

The NSX utilizing a hybrid setup also should achieve great numbers on paper, especially for spec hunters who only see numbers instead of real life performance. An internal combustion engine achieves its maximum power at peak engine rotation, which takes time. Compounded with turbochargers which takes time to spool to boost the engine, you’ll have plenty of “where is the power” moment or the famous “Vee-TACH just kick yo!” when the engine finally reaches peak power. With an electric motor which provides peak power as low as 1000 RPM, it can help boost the engine power early before the turbocharger spooled and provides boost on the top.

Another technical aspect to note is the new dual clutch 9 speed transmission. Honda introduced its own developed dual clutch 8 speed transmission for the new line of Acura TLX and ILX. While there’s a ZF sourced 9 speed transmission that is being used on the V6 version of TLX and rumored to be available on the upcoming Honda Pilot, it is a single clutch design aimed to increase fuel efficiency rather than outright performance.

It’s too early to say that Acura is back to form of its greatest era, the nineties. The Legend, a car with classical design, performance and value that rivals the Germans. The Integra, a car that proves engine size is nothing without balance. The NSX, a supercar with sense, reliability and value. Those three cars opens up what defines Acura as a performance luxury brand. Over the years however, Acura became diluted, chasing an imaginary numbers which should be the domain of Honda. The pursuit of performance grinded and Acura became a Honda+ solution, down to its mechanics.

The NSX was not the start, Acura TLX was the breakthrough product for the brand. Yes it uses Accord engine and platform, but even just using a different transmission, it is enough for the car to differentiate itself from the supposedly “pedestrian” brand. It would be great if the Acura brand can get its own platform, but that’s another story, as everything starts now.

For an abridge design change for the NSX, here it is, in its 3 glory years of development.

Informasi Resmi Honda CBR 250R

Pada tanggal 27 Oktober lalu, Honda meluncurkan website yang didekasikan untuk motor terbarunya yaitu CBR 250R. Informasi yang tercantum didalamnya sangatlah banyak, dan saya merekomendasikan Anda untuk mengunjungi website tersebut. Untuk blog ini saya hanya akan menyadur informasi yang saya anggap penting.

Mendunia adalah konsep yang digunakan oleh Honda untuk CBR 250R karena motor ini adalah motor pertama yang diciptakan Honda untuk pasar global. Dari Amerika hingga Thailand, Argentina hingga Jepang, Indonesia hingga Portugal, CBR 250R hadir dengan konsep “Sport Quarter for One World” atau kalau boleh saya terjemahkan menjadi “motor 250cc untuk satu dunia”. Dikarenakan motor ini ditujukan untuk satu dunia, insinyur Honda melakukan pendekatan satu untuk semua dimana pengendara baik pemula dan tingkat lanjut dapat menikmati kelincahan motor sport tanpa halangan. Adapun juga pendekatan satu untuk semua ini digunakan untuk mendapatkan motor yang nyaman untuk digunakan sehari – hari baik dari segi konsumsi bensin maupun tenaga yang dihasilkan.

Indahnya kombinasi pendekatan satu dunia ini terletak dari kemampuan insinyur Honda menggabungkan sebuah mesin yang benar – benar baru tanpa ada satu komponen pun yang diambil dari motor Honda lainnya (kecuali teknologi yang mendasarinya) dan casis yang diciptakan untuk semua orang di seluruh dunia ini. Berbicara soal mesin, mesin 250cc yang digunakan pada CBR 250R adalah mesin satu silinder 4-tak berpendingin cairan dengan tenaga sekitar 25-26 pk (estimasi dari gosip yang beredar di Internet) dan mengusung uji emisi Euro – 3. Berikut adalah spesifikasi CBR 250R resmi dari Honda:

Total panjang × Total lebar × Total tinggi (m) 2.035 × 0.720 × 1.125
Jarak roda (m) 1.370
Jarak kolong kendaraan (m) 0.145
Tinggi bangku (m) 0.780
Berat (kg) 161 (STD) 165 (ABS)
Kapasitas penumpang 2
Jarak putar minimum (m) 2.5
Tipe mesin CS250RE, satu silinder DOHC 4 tak berpendingin air
Kapasitas mesin(cm³) 249
Dimensi × Langkah piston (mm) 76.0 × 55.0
Rasio kompresi 10.7
Sistem bahan bakar Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Tipe starter Self-starter
Tipe pengapian Pengapian baterai transistor
Tipe lubrikasi Wet sump
Kapasitas tangki bensin (L) 13
Clutch type Wet multiplate with coil springs
Transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Rasio gigi transmisi 1-speed 3.333
2-speed 2.118
3-speed 1.571
4-speed 1.304
5-speed 1.115
6-speed 0.963
Reduction gear ratio (primary, secondary) 2.808 / 2.714
Caster angle/Trail (mm) 25º00´/ 95
Ukuran ban Front 110/70-17M/C
Rear 140/70-17M/C
Tipe rem Front Hydraulic disk
Rear Hydraulic disk
Tipe suspensi Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)
Tipe rangka Diamond

Cara insinyur Honda menjawab kompatibilitas motor ini hingga lolos uji emisi Euro – 3 namun tetap menghasilkan tenaga sangatlah sederhana. Kombinasi mesin satu silinder dengan langkah piston yang pendek mengijinkan mesin CS250RE berputar hingga RPM tinggi dengan pembagian torsi yang melimpah. Namun kombinasi konverter katalitik beserta sensor oksigen dengan sistem induksi udara memastikan bahwa mesin CBR 250R bertenaga dan tetap ramah lingkungan.

Harapan penggemar dunia motor agar CBR 250R menggunakan mesin dua silinder seperti kompetitornya memang tidak dijawab, namun Honda menggunakan mesin satu silinder untuk alasan – alasan yang masuk akal:

  1. Mesin satu silinder mencapai tenaga maksimal dalam satu revolusi (satu piston), oleh sebab itu torsi berlimpah sudah diperoleh pada putaran mesin rendah.
  2. Dengan satu kepala silinder, perbaikan mesin tipe ini lebih mudah dan cepat.
  3. Mesin satu silinder umumnya ringan, memberikan rasio bobot per tenaga kuda yang lebih baik.

Adapun kekurangan mesin satu silinder adalah ketidakmampuannya untuk menghasilkan tenaga pada putaran mesin tinggi dan mesin memiliki potensi getaran yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan mesin dua silinder. Untuk menjawab masalah getaran mesin, mesin CS250RE menggunakan sebuah sistem penyeimbang (balancer) untuk meminimalkan getaran. Meskipun begitu, Honda tidak melakukan apapun untuk mengatasi karakteristik mesin satu silinder yang lemah menghasilkan tenaga di putaran atas. Tentunya, kredo CBR 250R satu untuk semua tidak berlaku untuk pembalap jalanan yang hanya mementingkan trek lurus saja. Insinyur Honda menghadirkan CBR 250R sebagai solusi motor sport dengan kenikmatan bermanuver sebagaimana layaknya motor sport.

Enak/tidaknya sebuah motor tidak hanya bergantung kepada kekuatan mesin saja. Karakteristik casis, suspensi dan posisi duduk juga menjadi pemikiran yang penting oleh insinyur Honda untuk CBR 250R. Tema kreasi CBR 250R oleh Honda adalah motor dengan potensi manuver tinggi yang bisa digunakan untuk sehari – hari, untuk perjalanan panjang maupun untuk dibawa ke trek balap. Menemukan titik tengah diantaranya adalah pekerjaan rumah yang secara sukses dituntaskan oleh insinyur Honda.

Lima poin yang dituntaskan oleh insinyur Honda mengenai casis CBR 250R adalah:

  1. Posisi duduk: Honda CBR 250R diciptakan untuk satu dunia, yang berarti tinggi rendah pengendara dan kondisi jalanan satu dunia menjadi fokus insinyur Honda mencari posisi duduk yang paling ideal. Honda menemukan panjang kaki rata – rata 78 Cm adalah panjang ideal yang mengijinkan pengendara motor CBR 250R dapat dengan nyaman menapakkan kakinya ke jalanan ketika motor sedang berhenti.
  2. Titik gravitasi: Pemosisian massa terberat (mesin) yang rendah dan menjorok ke depan menghasilkan keseimbangan berkendara yang baik di setiap kecepatan.
  3. Suspensi pro-link: Penggunaan suspensi pro-link untuk ban belakang menghasilkan kestabilan berkendara yang baik dengan sistem suspensi progresif yang berubah secara perlahan sesuai dengan kondisi jalan. Adapun suspensi pro-link pada CBR 250R memiliki 5 opsi preset yang dapat disesuaikan ketika berkendara dengan penumpang, membawa barang dan kebutuhan lainnya tergantung selera pengendaranya.
  4. Rem cakram ganda dengan kompon baru: CBR 250R menggunakan kompon kampas rem berbasis resin dengan kekuatan sintered. Alhasil, kinerja rem yang baik dengan harga yang masuk akal.
  5. Rem ABS: Untuk negara tertentu, CBR 250R hadir dengan opsi ABS untuk keamanan. Dengan sistem ini, rem mendadak tidak lagi mengunci roda dan dapat membuat Anda terpelanting dari motor ataupun tergelincir di jalanan yang basah.

Adapun di Indonesia belum ada kepastian mengenai tanggal resmi peluncuran CBR 250R. Akan tetapi bisa dipastikan bahwa Honda akan memboyong motor ini di acara Jakarta Motorcycle Show yang berlangsung dari tanggal 3 November hingga 7 November. Isu yang berhembus saat ini adalah Honda CBR 250R akan dibanderol dengan harga 45 – 50 Juta Rupiah.

Dengan diluncurkannya CBR 250R ini, Honda seakan menabuh genderang perang kepada Kawasaki. Namun apakah ini sebuah tindakan reaktif dari Honda? Tentu tidak. Sebagaimana kita tahu, perencanaan produk membutuhkan waktu bertahun – tahun, terlebih lagi Honda meluncurkan produk ini secara global di 22 negara termasuk Indonesia. Produksi akan dimulai di Thailand dan India untuk diekspor ke negara – negara tujuan, oleh sebab itu lah mengapa Honda CBR 250R diluncurkan di kedua negara tersebut.

Honda CBR 250R mengusung sebuah era baru dalam dunia sepeda motor. Sebuah motor yang dirancang untuk memenuhi semua kebutuhan pengendaranya di dunia, dengan memperhitungkan semua kondisi jalan buruk dan baik, dengan memperhitungkan posisi berkendara yang optimal untuk pengendaranya dan dengan memperhitungkan kombinasi tenaga dan kepedulian Honda terhadap lingkungan.

Indonesia dengan potensi pasar sepeda motor yang besar sudah siap untuk menerima CBR 250R dalam bentuk apapun. Desain yang menarik dipadukan dengan citra merek Honda yang berkibar jaya di negeri tercinta seakan menjadi bumbu pelengkap saja karena Anda dapat melihat sendiri di jalan raya Kawasaki Ninja 250 berlalulalang tanpa tandingan.

Inikah motor pertama saya? Bisa jadi… Dengan dukungan gubernur Jakarta untuk menaikkan tarif parkir menjadi Rp. terserah perjam untuk mobil dan tidak adanya rencana untuk memperbaiki kondisi transportasi umum, sudah pasti industri motor Indonesia akan tumbuh pesat. Terimakasih pak gubernur untuk membulatkan keputusan saya membeli motor.

Sumber:

Situs CBR 250R resmi world.Honda.com

Kelemahan mesin satu silinder

Foke u setujui kenaikan tarif parkir

Flu Babi dan Lapo Favorit Saya

Peringatan akan sesuatu yang membahayakan memang sebuah hal yang patut untuk disebarkan secara luas. Akan tetapi, peringatan akan sesuatu yang salah hanya akan menimbulkan kepanikan yang tak berujung.

Sekali lagi saya dihubungi oleh orang tua saya perihal flu babi dan anjuran untuk tidak memakan daging babi untuk sementara waktu. Alasannya adalah, orang tua saya menonton acara berita yang menghadirkan salah seorang menteri dan disebutkan bahwa untuk sementara jangan mengonsumsi daging babi. Tentu saja, orang tua saya langsung percaya karena yang menyatakan hal tersebut adalah seorang menteri… Tidak perlu cerita panjang, saya langsung mengirimkan dokumen resmi dari WHO ke orang tua saya untuk dibaca.

Seperti halnya kasus hoax Phenylpropanolamine, masyarakat kita terkadang memercayai sesuatu langsung dari mulut ke mulut tanpa klarifikasi dahulu… Contoh yang lebih konkrit? Anda cukup berteriak “MALING!!!” sembari menunjuk kepada seorang lelaki setengah baya di tengah kerumunan, seraya pasti lelaki tersebut akan dikerumuni massa dan dipukuli tanpa sebab.

Dokumen resmi dari WHO menjelaskan bahwa “Flu Babi” tidak dapat menular melalui daging babi yang sudah diolah dengan panas minimal 70 derajat celcius. Titik. Hal ini serupa dengan perlakuan terhadap daging ayam yang dicurigai terkontaminasi “Flu Burung”, Anda cukup memasaknya dengan panas yang sama. Seperti kita ketahui, rata-rata orang memasak dengan suhu 100 derajat lebih dengan cara menggoreng atau merebus. Jadi, apabila Anda memasak daging tersebut dengan cara konvensional, tidak ada hal yang perlu ditakutkan.

Adapun dokumen resmi WHO menyatakan bahwa “Flu Babi” memiliki kemungkinan tinggi berasal dari kombinasi “Flu Manusia” dan “Flu Burung” yang menjangkiti seekor babi dan bermutasi menjadi “Flu Babi” atau secara klinis disebut sebagai H1N1.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dan lengkap, silahkan unduh/download dokumen resmi WHO dari link dibawah ini…

http://www.who.int/entity/csr/swine_flu/swine_flu_faq_26april.pdf

Perihal penjualan daging babi yang menurun. Menurut saya pribadi, itu hanyalah sebuah euforia tanpa dasar. “Flu Babi” berawal dari Meksiko dan hanya bisa menular dari manusia ke manusia, kecuali manusia yang telah tertular “Flu Babi” berdekatan dengan babi, barulah terjadi kemungkinan sang babi terjangkit virus tersebut.

Tadi pagi saya menonton berita CNN mengenai seorang wanita Korea menjadi “suspect” “Flu Babi”, karena dia baru kembali dari Meksiko. Semua orang yang ada di pesawat tersebut langsung diperiksa secara medis dan wanita Korea ini masih menunggu hasil laboratorium dari Amerika perihal vonis kesehatannya.

Meksiko sendiri merupakan “Ground Zero” atau pusat penyebaran “Flu Babi” di dunia. Jadi, apabila kerabat Anda baru pulang dari Meksiko atau negara-negara tetangganya, terutama Amerika Serikat… Berhati-hatilah apabila mereka merasakan gejala flu… Bukan berhati-hati mengonsumsi daging babi.

Saya hanya lebih cemas terhadap kultur masyarakat yang gemar membuang ludah sembarangan. Karena ludah yang mengering lebih rentan menyebarkan virus secara “air-born” dibanding cara penyebaran virus lainnya.

Sedikit bacaan di kala senggang:

Pernyataan departemen agrikultur Amerika Serikat perihal konsumsi daging babi

Situs resmi WHO

Aman makan daging babi berita MSNBC

Happy New Year And More Witty Comments!

Happy New Year everybody!

A new year a new day, same old life… I never get those who thinks about new year is a fresh start in life. This is just another day, a new year yes, but still old self, still old world, and still same people, opportunities and problems we will face each day. So just a greeting and nothing more I guess.

For this blog, updates will be like last years, which means when I have the time. Still though, when I updates it means I’m updating it like bees on nectars, you can expect huge updates whenever I feel like it.

There is some who I would like to thanks to though, and that goes to Singapore Honda Club forumers. Who apparently points out that I have to back up my writings with every proof posable, as not to let me become the target of stupid other automotive fanboys.

This website will always be my place of hidden love to Honda, because currently, I drive a Suzuki product.

Last year, most people who visits my site came looking for Honda Accord Euro/Acura TSX and Honda Freed information. Well, Honda Accord Euro has been launched everywhere, including Japan, and the Freed is still enroute towards ASEAN. In Indonesia at least, there’ s some photos of the Freed undergoing testing, complete with removal of the H badge. However, there’s words that the Freed will be denied of its Indonesian fans… Well, with increasing tax, and rising material prices, it’s good enough that people still buys a car this year.

So, to sum it up, have a good year and be seeing you.

New Feature Added… Like This Blog Needed One…

Okay, work, live and everything in between prohibits me to continually updates this blog. So I’m going to put use this blog like any blog there is, a place to put my inspirations and thoughts… Although still focusing on Honda related stuff. But truth be told, the form of this inspirations and thoughts will be more of a chatter, so from here on end, there’s a new category on this blog, chatter.

The occasional extensively long post will be here now and then, but more or less the short chatter is here to stay.