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Boon Siew Honda has unveiled the its latest addition to its dependable kapcai range – the Honda EX5 Dream FI. Billed as a motorcycle “specially designed” for the local market, the EX5 Dream FI supersedes the EX5 Dream 110, launched in 2013. It is the first model in its class to feature Honda’s PGM-FI (programmed fuel injection) technology for improved fuel efficiency and performance.

The Honda EX5 Dream FI is powered by an air-cooled, four-stroke 110 cc engine which puts out a total of 8.4 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Transmission is that of the four-speed constant mesh variety with a wet-type automatic centrifugal clutch. As for the (adjustable) suspension setup, 81 mm telescopic forks are featured up front with 68 mm twin forks at the rear.

Compared to its Dream 110 predecessor, the Dream FI boasts a larger 4.3 litre fuel tank. As a result, the Dream FI possesses an operational range of 250.7 km compared to the 214.4 km figure touted by the Dream 110. Fuel consumption is also improved with a 58.3 km/l quoted on the ECE 40 test cycle. The Dream 110 could only manage 53.8 km/l on the exact same test cycle.

In terms of its dimensions, the EX5 Dream FI measures in at 1,923 mm in length, 696 mm in width and stands at 1,046 mm. Wheelbase is recorded at 1,212 mm. Two variants are available, a kick starter version sits alongside an electric (self) starter model. The former tips the scales at 98 kg while the latter, at 99 kg.

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Styling wise, the Honda Dream EX5 FI features a revised headlamp design with the Honda emblem beneath it now marked out in chrome. Elsewhere, a chrome heat cover on the exhaust outlet projects a more premium image while the rear taillamp assembly now feature side indicators with a separate housing – a move made to fulfil UNECE safety regulations for motorcycles.

Other improvements over the outgoing EX5 Dream model include a reworked instrument cluster for improved legibility in conditions with less than desirable amounts of lighting. Prospective customers can choose from three different colours – Euphoria Red Metallic, Vital Blue Metallic and Mariana Purple Metallic. The latter is a deep violet hue that is almost black under all but the harshest of lighting.

Prices for the Honda EX5 Dream FI begin at RM4,299 and RM4,529 – the former figure is for the kick starter variant. Prices exclude both GST and on-the-road costs. A two-year/20,000 km warranty is offered. Boon Siew Honda aims to sell 37,200 units of the EX5 Dream FI annually.