Just recently, Kidd Code Racing Inc., the official distributor of Termignoni Exhaust Systems in the Philippines, has formally launched the TM Racing brand of motorcycles at the Ride PH Cafe event at the Metro Tent in Pasig City.
We had the honor of discussing our first-dibs experience with the TM Racing SMR 450 FI supermoto.
“This is the Ferarri of dirt bikes,” said Alvin Nazal, owner and CEO of Kidd Code Racing, Inc., as he proudly introduced TM Racing's lineup to the public. “To put it in perspective, a typical supercar, or a Ferrari, has lots of top-shelf hardware installed from the factory, like titanium valves, CNC-machined components, etc., etc.. That goes the same with all of our TM Racing motorcycles.”
TM Racing was established in 1977 when two childhood friends, Claudio Flenghi and Francesco Battistelli, sharing a common love for motorcycles and racing, decided to create an off-road motorcycle. In 1977, Flenghi ("Mr. Engine") and Battistelli ("Mr. Frame") left their previous jobs and combined their talents to create the first TM motorcycle in the town of Pesaro on the Adriatic coast of Italy. They chose the name TM by using the first letter of each of their son's first names (Thomas and Mirko).
Kidd Code Racing CEO Alvin Nazal (2nd from left) presents the ceremonial key to Vincent Pua, the first proud owner of a TM Racing SMR 530 FI
Their most affordable bike, the 125 2T (2-stroke) starts at PhP585,000 SRP, while their top-shelf bike, the 300 4T (4-stroke) twin-pipe dirt bike starts at PhP735,000 SRP. Perhaps what separates the TM Racing brand of motorcycles from the other brands here in the country is the availability of their supermoto models, like the SMR 450 Fi, which starts at PhP685,000. It is also available with a single-sided rear swingarm (Proarm) model, called the SMM 450 FI. The 528 cc SMR 530 FI and Proarm-equipped SMM 530 both retail at just PhP695,000.