Opinion: Left Lane For Motorcycles?

Over the past week, there was words making waves on the internet to restraint motorcycles below 150cc to only 70 km/h and to retain the said category of motorcyclists to the left lane of the highway on the social media.

A statistic shared by the Road Safety Department (JKJR) with a concerning figure, a whopping 60% of 6,742 deaths involves motorcyclists and pillion riders. Dato Rosli Isa, director of JKJR, said this proposal was called to reduce the rate involving motorcycle deaths.

Sure there is a group of motorcyclists may seem to be riding very carelessly and dangerously on the roads. They endanger their lives and they might just ‘bring someone along’.

However, I would like to argue on a few things relating to the above – not finger pointing though.

Last year, Iqram has interviewed JKR on the project to upgrade the motorcycle lane along Federal Highway since 2016. It is said that the project was to be completed by October 15th 2018 but let’s see, it’s coming to the end of January 2019 now and the upgrade works have not concluded. A media friend of ours recently commented that he has ridden on the new bridge at Jalan 222 albeit it is not yet ready for use.

How long more do the motorcyclists have to wait? For several years now, I have not rode on the Federal Highway, there are just too many risks during rush hour waiting to happen. Iqram was involved in an accident just last year, as he was filtering through traffic, a driver decided to change his lane without taking precautions, causing a mess. A big thank you to the driver, Iqram suffered from slipped disc and is slowly recovering currently.

Then there’s also drivers who are not bothered about the safety and well-being of another road user. Refer to the below photo to know what I’m trying to tell.

We still have drivers who are ignorant with the usage of rear fog lamps. This car’s fog lamp was so bright at night I could not stay behind, I was not directly behind but I’m affected still, hence, forcing me to slow down in order to let the person go farther before continuing my journey at regular cruising speeds.

He is not the only one, though. Here, we have another idiot who has modified their fog lamps, even so, why do you need to switch it on when the weather is perfectly clear?

And then there is also the proposal for motorcyclists to stick to the left lane, but that is one thing. Limiting them to 70 km/h is just utter bollocks. An eight tonne lorry is probably cruising between 80-100 km/h, not to mention the speeding express buses, how the hell could you come up with the idea for a motorcycle to be limited to 70 km/h? You must be mad to have even thought of that.

I thought the person who came up with the silly idea ought to travel on a motorcycle every day, or just shut their trap.

Harga Petrol: Februari 23 – Mac 1 | Petrol Naik, Diesel Kekal

Kementerian Perdagangan & Hal Ehwal Negeri (KPDNHEP) telah mengumumkan harga bahan api bagi minggu terakhir dari 23 Februari hingga 1 Mac.

Harga terbaru bagi RON 95 dan RON 97 adalah RM 2.08 dan RM 2.38 seliter, masing-masing naik 10 sen.

Harga diesel pula kekal pada RM 2.18 seliter.

Harga-harga bahan api diatas bermula dari jam 00:00 tengah malam ini.

Harga Petrol: Februari 16-22 | Petrol Naik, Diesel Kekal

Kementerian Perdagangan & Hal Ehwal Negeri (KPDNHEP) telah mengumumkan harga bahan api bagi minggu ketiga bulan Februari dari 16hb ke 22hb.

Harga terbaru bagi RON 95 dan RON 97 adalah RM 1.98 dan RM 2.28 seliter, masing-masing naik 1 sen.

Harga diesel pula kekal pada RM 2.18 seliter.

Harga-harga bahan api diatas bermula dari jam 00:00 tengah malam ini.

2019 MotoGP Is Go! Red Bull KTM Race Teams Show New Colours In Austrian Unveiling

KTM’s best, largest and most ambitious assault on MotoGP Grand Prix racing was unveiled a short distance from the factory in Mattighofen, Austria this afternoon. Riders and staff from Red bull KTM Factory Racing and Red Bull KTM Tech3 were introduced by KTM management as part of the company’s most comprehensive line-up to face the FIM World Championship.

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NEWS: New Helmet Homologation Delayed – FIM

The Grand Prix commission which comprises of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta, Paul Duparc, Herve Poncharal, and Takanao Tsubouchi, and the SBK commission composed of Messrs. Gregorio Lavilla, Franck Vayssie, and Takanao Tsubouchi, in separate meetings on February 5th 2019 have decided to push the new requirement mandate to June 3rd instead of the beginning of the 2019 season.

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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Conclude Successful Sepang Test

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP wrapped up the first official IRTA test of the 2019 season today at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had a lot of work to do. They spent the three days trying a number of testing items as well as new Michelin tyre compounds. The team-mates secured fifth and tenth place respectively in the overall standings.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have completed their testing programme at the Sepang International Circuit today. The third and last eight-hour session was crucial to collect some final data, as the team-mates tried new aero parts. They rode until the very end of the session, not letting any time go to waste. They ultimately took fifth and tenth place respectively in today‘s timesheets as well as in the overall 2019 Sepang MotoGP Official Test results.

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Petronas Yamaha SRT Squeeze Maximum from Sepang Test with Morbidelli in Top Ten

A three-day test at the Sepang International Circuit ended on a high today for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, with Franco Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo and the whole team having made the most of the available track time as they clocked up 2,128km on their Yamaha YZR-M1 machines and making great progress throughout. Morbidelli and Quartararo improved their lap times on each day of the test, edging into the 1’59s today to finish up in eighth and sixteenth place respectively.

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First Step to 2019 MotoGP Complete as Long Malaysian Test Stint Finishes in Sepang

Continued high temperatures and improving grip around the long Sepang layout saw lap-times tumble into new record territory on the third and final day of work in Malaysia. Pol Espargaro, Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira were able to increase their pace to find lap-time in the 1min 59 bracket as the riders wearily notched almost 200 laps between them in what was their fifth day circulating Sepang.

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Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Round Off Very Positive Sepang Test

The final day of testing in Malaysia saw a move away from race simulations and testing of major parts, and instead the focus was shifted to more minor adjustments. This allowed Joan Mir his chance to work on race pace and gave Alex Rins the time to try new front and rear tyres. Although all four riders, counting also on Sylvain Guintoli and Takuya Tsuda, also collected useful information about the 2019 package.

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