Friday, November 17, 2006

Another Night With Techno

November 16th, 2006 at 06:00pm, I drive my scooter to the JMS (Jakarta Motorcycle Show) again, because there is something that I want to clear it first. Something about the cooling system of Techno GT 150.



Here is the machine. Lets take a look closer to the cooling system.



This engine is still using Air/Fan Cooling system. Why Kymco is still using this technology on 150cc CVT engine? According to some article on the internet, 150cc CVT engine will produce higher heat than can not be cooling down by only Fan System. It can only using Liquid System. May be there is some secret that Kymco try to offer to us.



See picture above, It said KMAP (Kymco Magnesium Apply Production). According to the Kymco.com.tw, this machine using Magnesium-Alumunium alloy. What I know is this alloy is superb light. Key to Nonferrous said that this alloy will be more cooler. And the most amazing is, this is aerospace technology. Damn, from where does Kymco has this technology!

Back to the heat. If this alloy can release heat better than other alloy, then may be Kymco calculation is correct, that this machine do not need Liquid Cooling system. The answer is simply, because this alloy is cooler.



May be this Fin will help the cooling process. Air flow coming from this fin will flowing to the back. Blowing the hot air backward that blowed by the fan onto the engine surface.



Look at the bottom of this machine, you will see the secondary air that control the emission. They put it on the left side, differ than other type that put on the right side. But this will not effect the emission, because it just only the placement. Left or right is just the same.

Wait, something strange with the muffler.



There is a bolt on the muffler. What is this bolt function after all? I read on some bike magazine. To test bike emission, it should be plug some device on the front, middle and the rear muffler, so the test will be more accurate. May be this bolt is a preparation for this test. If so, then this is a great functionality.



Another feature that I like is, they put a plate in the middle of the shock absorber to protect the electricity from water, sand and dirt, so it will not come up. Yup, I'm so amaze by this, because this is very clever solution to protect the electricity when the road is not in perfect condition.



On the mid stand there a cube that make the stand to stop on the proper place. I think this is funny, because of the shape. Another question is, how strong is this cube can hold up to the high pressure of this machine weight plus the rider when they sit on?



I call it a safe hook, just like SR-125. Why I said that, because when you park this machine and lock it. You can place your stuff on this hook and lock it by pushing it. Your stuff can not be remove until you open your handle lock and this hook will release automatically. Unless they cut down your stuff tie.



The key is just like JR-100. It does not have a shutter key yet! I don't know why, because SR-125 SE+ has this feature. Last I remember that in Taiwan this product had launched before the shutter key invented by the engineers. But if they launch in Indonesia, I said this will be a step back technology. Because in Indonesia, SR with shutter key function is launched before Techno. This key has a great function. Turn to left end to open the baggage and turn to right end to open the gasoline cap.



The speedometer is so futuristic, but I'm so sorry I can not take a good picture of it. May be picture from kymco.com.tw will be a perfect to describe it.



This speedometer is a combination between analog and digital. Speed on the above are analog. The RPM meter are digital, sign by a light that will light the bottom indicator. Odotrip, watch, gasoline capacity are also digital.



The mirror design is very unique and exclusive. See the arrow. When I saw it, first thing in my mind is, "is this mirror had broken?" But when I look closely, it not. This is like a two piece alloy that joined together. The engineers made this mirror is so good, event I do not know how to plug this mirror, I don't see any nut on it. May be they cover it. Very interesting.



Last thing I want to said that the seat has a writing "Techno GT" that same design as the sticker. Cool.