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Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Harley-Davidson Street 750 


One of the highlights of my trip to the Harley-Davidson of Korea was the first sneak peek of the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and unfortunately it won’t be available in the our region (Asia Emerging Markets) until 2015. The Street 750 is one of the most talked about model and this could be attributed to it being the featured bike in the recent Captain America: The Winter Soldier blockbuster movie.

The Street 750 is a great example of having its Dark Custom accessories to beautify the motorcycle. This model feels just nice for my size since its smaller than the ones I rode and I felt the Street 750 will create a timeless experience for riders alike.

What made it different from other Harleys is that the Street 750 uses its first all-black exhaust ever since its original Cafe Racer back in the 70s. So it’s good to have that modern vintage feel with a Dark Custom attitude that makes you crave to own one.

The Street 750 uses the all-new Revolution X engine (pure Harley-Davidson V-Twin engine) which is specifically designed for urban riding. It sports a smooth shifting 6-speed transmission. The chassis is pretty lean and narrow for easy handling (which is ideal for me) and plus the seat is super low.

There is so much to boast about the H-D Street 750 but my knowledge of H-D motorcycles haven’t gone deeper just yet. Price wise, I am not really sure but apparently it’s one of the affordable range out there. So far, it’s only available in India and some parts of Europe.

If you want to read more about the Harley-Davidson Street 750, you can click here and it has better description of the said model.

Thank you once again to Harley-Davidson of Korea for giving us this special privilege last weekend. I am truly grateful and honoured by your special invitation.


The ladies unveiling the Harley-Davidson Street 750 to members of the media at Harley-Davidson of Korea

Look at that beauty – the Harley-Davidson Street 750

One of the ladies having a feel of the Street 750

The Dark Custom Matt Finish on the Street 750

One of the media from Vietnam posing with the Street 750

Eka from Indonesia poses with the Street 750

Apparently Peter from Thailand is a celebrity and he has quite a following on instagram @petercorp

A hot dealer from Harley-Davidson Taiwan

A Malaysian TV celebrity Michelle (Football Overload) poses with the Street 750 and it was an honour to have met you in person

The image says it all



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Seoul Day 2 

H-D Day 

Check out the commercial video for Harley-Davidson on #stereotypicalharley 😀

H-D is a short form for Harley-Davidson and the international media from Asia Emerging Market were fortunate enough to be invited for a Dark Custom event and Friday event was definitely a full day for us but of course, with a flavour of fun.

Of course, one of the best part was meeting new faces of the media from different countries. Brunei Harley-Davidson falls in the Asia Emerging Market and this includes Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Guam (I hope I didn’t forget any country). Also present for the Dark Custom event are the AEM dealers of Harley-Davidson and representing Brunei was Pg Musa, the General Manager of Harley-Davidson Brunei (Sri Sentosa Sdn Bhd).

It was a great mixture of people from the media as they are now focusing their attention more to social media as Harley-Davidson’s target market have shifted to the “Young Adult” market. Hence, the emergence of Dark Custom accessories for Harley-Davidson have made a huge difference in their market positioning for H-D bikes.

I finally get to learn more about Harley-Davidson but not extensively. I truly admire the vision of Harley-Davidson and where they are now.. We always have a specific perception about H-D owners but from the commercials that they have been playing shows the different kind of professions that H-D owners, ranging from a police officer to an entrepreneur and even some geeky kid. Well, even after the short workshop that we all did, I was dreaming to even ride one myself but the only problem is that it’s not that easy to master the art of riding. But once you mastered it, it’s all good..

A great welcoming reception from Harley-Davidson of Korea

Welcoming the dealers of Asia Emerging Markets of Harley-Davidson

The lady is from Taiwan H-D dealer and pretty too

The countries that were invited for the Dark Custom event

Cultural performances of Korea

Cultural performances of Korea

Marc Mcallister, VP and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Harley-Davidson blowing his candles to commemorate his birthday

The cake is pretty good too 😀

On the second day of my Seoul trip, all of us headed for the Harley-Davidson of Korea headquarters in Seoul and wow… I was super impressed with the showroom and it feels like an one-stop centre especially for those working in the Harley-Davidson of Korea environment. They have a canteen even, a gym at another building and what caught my eye is a room play area for kids. This really shows how much Harley-Davidson of Korea take care of their staff and employees. Their corporate culture is very solid and they are easy to bond with too especially our designated trainers 😀

We were first briefed at the showroom where it showcased two of H-D bikes and accessories for the bikes. We also learnt that there are more than 6,000 accessories available for H-D bikes as mentioned by Johnny who handles Parts and Accessories for Harley-Davidson of Korea.

Then we proceeded to the workshop area of Harley-Davidson which is quite impressive. They don’t call them mechanics but they positioned them as “technicians”. Coolies. Apparently, the lady explained to us that there are 5 different levels/tiers in the Harley-Davidson of Korea Technician Registry (maintenance area). First being the “staff”, then the “technician” followed by “advanced technician” then you will be promoted as “expert” level but the money shot is being the “master” and it’s not that easy to achieve that level apparently. One of the “master” from Korea took him at least 7 years to reach that status and he is a smart one too.

The other interesting concept that Harley-Davidson of Korea Technician Registry does is that all the personnel under this department will buy their own tools and such as they will give them ownership and responsibility and they are given a special discounts as well and the warranty for their tools is a life-time one. This approach kinda prevent tools at the workshop to disappear and the technicians do take care of their tools by even naming and locking their tools to prevent them from missing.

Soon after the briefing, we were greeted by the arrival of the AEM dealers who arrived on a bus being lead by Harley-Davidson riders and all of us enjoyed the welcoming cultural performance by the Koreans who came out from the Harley-Davidson container *interesting* After that, Harley-Davidson surprised a birthday celebrant who is no other than Marc Mcallister, the Vice-President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Region of Harley-Davidson.

It’s never to go up the ranks at the Harley-Davidson of Korea Technician Registry. One of the earliest masters took 7 years to gain that status.

I’m beginning to love Harley now

Loving the 48

Our trainers for the day

The Jumpstart section but I didn’t get time to try this

Our personal trainer Csec Lee and he has been in Harley-Davidson of Korea for 3 years now and he’s such a sporting guy too.

No, I didn’t bring my car all the way to Korea 😀

What a beauty!!

Now here comes the challenging part of me – riding a Harley *lol* We were given different stations to go through and learning how to ride a Harley. Our trainer was awesome and I managed to complete three stations but the hardest part of the riding lessons was riding up the slope and I slightly burned my inner calf because the steel pipes were pretty hot and my pants didn’t have proper material to withstand the heat.

The workshop concluded with a mini-competition of having the Dark Custom look and all the media were given a one hour task to wear any apparels and merchandise from the store and showcase to the audience and the one with the most votes get to keep all the merchandise and apparels he or she wore. Awesome!! Sadly, I missed out but a few of new buddies voted for me *awwww*

Overall, a great experience and thank you so much for the hospitality, Harley-Davidson of Korea and thank you to Sri Sentosa for making this trip possible.

A big thank you to Iskandar Shahril, Timothy Soh and Biresh Vrajlal for assisting us during our stay in Korea. You made it a worthwhile experience and to my new friends, let’s keep in touch 😀

The Dark Custom dress up competition but I didn’t win. Otherwise, I get to keep all the merchandise and clothes I wore.

This guy is the Brand Ambassador for H-D in Vietnam

She’s one hot lady and her name is Michelle from Malaysia. I didn’t recognise that she’s a host for Football Overload on Astro Supersport #fail

We had to do 5 poses with the Harley and get voted on

Voted for you but too bad, you didn’t win :p

The lady on the left from Guam won the competition

Our consolation – $170 worth of H-D merchandise and apparel.. Wooohooo



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


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Seoul Day 1 

Wow, I have to admit that I truly enjoy being in Seoul and the thing is I have not explore to other places of interest apart from three or four places yesterday. I do understand now why my friends keep saying to stay a bit longer or so. I have already extended two nights at least in Seoul which is a total of five nights. However, the Wednesday’s arrival didn’t really count since we arrived 10:15pm and by the time we reached the hotel, it was already past midnight.

I’m currently in Seoul, Korea for a rare, exclusive coverage of the Harley-Davidson where the principals and marketing side (international media) are invited for Dark Custom (Harley-Davidson) event tonight. The previous event by Harley-Davidson was back in October 2013 where Harley-Davidson celebrated their 110th Anniversary (Do read Izam Said’s coverage on that). So this time round I was invited by Harley-Davidson under Asia Emerging Market (AEM) Harley-Davidson for media coverage and of course, under the principal of Sri Sentosa Sdn Bhd, the sole dealership of Harley-Davidson in Brunei Darussalam.

So technically, yesterday was considered Day 2 but since I landed two hours before midnight, so I will still mark 1st of May as Day 1 in Seoul 😀 Yesterday was free and easy as I only had to pick up the media kit from Harley-Davidson. Hence, I took the opportunity to explore some parts of Seoul and learning a bit of the culture. Surprisingly, I have not picked up a single Korean language just yet *lol*

Anyway, I’m just gonna share with you some pictures I documented along my journey in Seoul.

Pretty cool that these taxis use gas instead of petrol. The grey taxis are slightly cheaper than the orange ones. The black (deluxe taxis) are the most expensive

Plenty of choices to choose from. Well, only three if you wan a dongle for your wifi and it’s on rental basis. The price range is around $5-10 per day depending how many days you want to use it for. There’s almost a $400 penalty charge should you lose the mifi gadget.

The 4G is pretty fast here and my limit is 1 Gig per day. Not bad 😀

Thank you Siti for this handbook guide from the Brunei Embassy in Korea. I have yet to catch but hopefully in the weekend 😀

Thank you Pg Musa for arranging this trip and big thanks to Harley-Davidson Asia Emerging Markets and Sri Sentosa Sdn Bhd for this opportunity

I’m super impressed with the service at Ritz-Carlton Seoul. The lady on the left served me on the first and her name is April and she was simply super helpful and even went an extra mile on the F&Q I asked. The lady of the right is Sherry and I almost got mistaken her for April when I talked to her the following day *lol*

April even walked me to the taxi after calling the taxi for me. How sweet!!

The main reason why I’m in Seoul right now *bless*

A pretty cool welcoming from Harley-Davidson upon my arrival at my room at Ritz-Carlton Seoul

Sugar high

I highly recommend this place because of its service. It’s one of the most expensive hotels in the area but it’s definitely worth it for the service they provide

My bedroom is spacious

Met up with Alice and Richard yesterday and we went for some sightseeing around Seoul

Both did their caricature

But they weren’t impressed with the outcome *lol*

The Love Museum. You should check it out


I love their subway. Thank you @alimoomoo for your help. Almost got stuck when I bought the wrong ticket *lol*

It’s sad to know this happened and I was using this tube line just last evening

Trying out the Harleys today

The media was lucky to see the much anticipated Street 750 which won’t be available until 2015. Awwww… And Michelle, you are damn pretty 😀

This is the scenario in my room every night *lol*



Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


DPMM FC takes on Woodlands 

Steve Kean speaking to ranoadidas on tonight’s match against Woodsland
Steve Kean is confident that DPMM FC can gain all three points against Woodlands tonight. DPMM FC is one of the highest scoring team in the S•League and they already have scored 24 goals in 9 games while Woodlands only have netted 10 goals and lie in 8th place, 10 points behind DPMM FC.

The odds will favour DPMM FC who travel to the Woodlands’ den tonight and Woodlands will be wary of the attack of Rodrigo Tosi (9 goals) and Roy O’Donovan (8 goals). However, Rosmin Kamis is likely to bench again with Sairol for precaution measures as both are still healing to 100% fitness.

On the plus points, Kean was happy with how Hendra and Azwan Salleh have done well in their respective positions in the absence of the two key players. Hendra’s game has improved and showed maturity on the pitch in the last home game drubbing 4-1 against Balestier Khalsa FC. He also relish the prospect of Rosmin and Hendra to link up in the near future should Roberto Alviz gets suspended for collecting a handful of yellows.

Steve Kean did agree that the league has its unpredictability as other teams such as Warriors FC are also in the title hunt only two points behind league leaders DPMM FC. He did say that the number of matches played by defending champions Tampines Rovers FC play a part in Tampines’ dropping points.

DPMM FC coach is aiming for a win but he’s confident that his defenders have learnt from the lessons of conceding a late goal against Balestier as they were close to reach a run of 3 consecutive clean sheets.

He is wary of Woodlands’ gameplay and they are definitely no pushovers as they surprised everyone when they caused an upset against Tampines Rovers FC few weeks ago. Kean have seen how Woodlands play their game but the coach turn his attention in DPMM FC’s gameplay.

The partnership of Tosi and O’Donovan will be Woodlands’ biggest worry but home side do have a talented midfielder, Taufiq Ghani who was influential in the victory over Tampines Rovers. Will Woodlands pull another scalp or will DPMM FC continue their rich vein of form in the S•League?

The match will be played tonight at Woodsland Stadium 7:30pm

Roy O’Donovan and Joe Gamble chilling at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf prior to boarding on their flight to Singapore

DPMM FC players checking in, bound for Singapore yesterday morning


Seoul bound 

The main reason why I’m heading to Seoul

Yeeehaaa… This is it!!! My first ever trip to Seoul. Well, I’ve been there technically but only means of transit. So this is a different scenario as I will be in Seoul, South Korea, for my first ever coverage on bikes specially Harley-Davidson. So it’s a very much privilege and truly honoured that Asia-Pacific Harley-Davidson chose me to attend the event this week at Seoul.

As you know, Harley-Davidson in Brunei is pretty good in terms of demand and the sole dealership for Harley-Davidson in Brunei is Sri Sentosa Sdn Bhd which is also a major sponsor for DPMM FC’s 2014 season. They have a showroom at the Berakas industrial area and they even sell clothes, merchandise and most important of all, the Harley-Davidson’s accessories.

I will talk more about the Harley-Davidson event soon and do catch my instant updates on my instagram handle @ranoadidas. Thank you, once again, Sri Sentosa and Harley-Davidson for this opportunity and of course, I shall be documenting my adventures in Seoul.

Thank you, Sri Sentosa for the t-shirt 😀

Even their bags have logo

I never knew how thick the catalogue can be for Harley-Davidson’s accessories

Check out the Harley-Davidson bikes at Sri Sentosa showroom

Check out the Harley-Davidson bikes at Sri Sentosa showroom

They even have clothes for children

They have wide range of clothes and merchandise


Accessories also sold at Sri Sentosa

The Tri-Glide Ultra is here 😀

Ah, the disadvantage of being a PR




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