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  • PG Bugatti fixie – RM176,580, and you can’t ride it out

    If you’ve bought a bicycle lately, especially if you’re shopping for a high-end, lightweight two-wheeler, some of the prices might have given you sticker shock. In the case of the PG Bugatti fixie – a fixed single-speed bicycle – you will pay USD 40,000 (RM176,580) and PG won’t let you ride out to show-off to your buddies.

    Working together with bicycle designers PG – who count Orlando Bloom, Lady Gaga, Christoph Waltz and Bryan Adams as customers – Bugatti has commissioned 667 examples of this carbon-fibre framed fixie, designed to match the Bugatti Chiron. What sets this bicycle apart is it is touted to be the lightest bicycle in the world, at below five kg.

    Manufacturing of the PG Bugatti is done in Germany by Bernd Kussmaul, and the rest of the builder’s list reads like a who’s who of the European bicycle industry, including carbon wheel specialists Lightweight, component maker THM-Carbones and Schmolke Carbone. The frame of the PG Bugatti is built by Italian Formula 1 carbon-fibre experts Merelli.

    “We had the vision of building the ultimate bicycle to go with the ultimate car. Ultimate in design, workmanship and performance,” says PG chief executive officer Manuel Ostner. Upon request, customers of the supercar builder can have their bicycles matched to their own Bugattis.

    This extends to special paints, carbon-fibre in various colours and numerous types of leather. The caveat though, as the PG Bugatti is the “lightest special urban bike in the world”, PG’s websites states “the special bike is a piece of sports equipment which is not intended to be used on public roads.”


     
     
  • MyPrihatin to help urban poor get licensed from Apr 15

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    The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be helping the urban poor obtain a motorcylce license with the help of MyPrihatin. The programme will be launched on April 15, according to a report in The Sun.

    “The programme targets Malaysians aged 16 and above to obtain the B2 motorcycle riding licence. We (JPJ) are collaborating with driving institutes to implement the programme in assisting the people, especially school students, to obtain a B2 licence at a discounted rate of RM299 compared to the regular rate of RM360,” said JPJ director general Datuk Seri Nadzri Siron.

    More touch points will also be introduced for those to assist those with are not able to afford a license, Nadzri added. A total of 141,369 people – mostly students – took part in the MyLesen programme up to December last year, which was part of a people-centred civil service initiative launched by the transport minister in September 2015.

    The report added that the MyLesen programme has also been extended to aspiring lorry and bus drivers looking to obtain a Goods Vehicle Driving License (GDL). “The demand for lorry and bus drivers is high and for those who have the GDL, we assure they will be able to find employment as lorry and bus drivers,” Nadzri said.

     
     
  • 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 power figure released – 116.7 hp

    The last man standing in the supersports 600 class, the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6, has had its horsepower number officially released – 116.7 hp at 14,500 rpm. This is coupled with a claimed torque figure of 61.7 Nm at 10,500 rpm, all coming from a 599 cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four.

    With Honda removing the CBR600RR from its line-up this year, and Suzuki following suit with the GSX-R600, only Yamaha and Kawasaki are left from the Japanese big four that still offer a pure 600 cc supersports machine in the catalogue. With the Kawasaki ZX-6R overdue for an update, Yamaha has been pro-active and done this to the YZF-R6.

    Coming with six-mode traction control, and an additional “off” mode for track use, Yamaha has built-in traction control to suit all levels of rider. The software is designed to eliminate any unnatural feeling when it intervenes, and also compensates for rear tyre wear to give consistent performance.

    This is coupled with the YZF-R6’s up-shift only quickshifter, to give efficient acceleration through the six-speed gearbox. Up front, the R6 gets a front end with styling cues taken from Yamaha’s flagship superbike, the YZF-R1.

    On the suspension side of things, 43mm YZF-R1 type front forks with YZF-R6 specific settings are installed, working together with 320 mm diameter YZF-R1 type front brakes with radial four-pot calipers. Suspension is fully-adjustable front and rear, where the back is suspended with a KYB monoshock.

    New for 2017 is an aluminium 17-litre fuel tank that shaves weight on the YZF-R6, while also aiding rider movement and at the same time giving the rider grip when in the racing position. A magnesium sub-frame shaves more grammes off the YZF-R6, reducing weight by 1.2 kg over a similar steel assembly, and bringing wet weight to 190 kg.

    This weight-loss also extends to the magnesium engine head and case covers, and the aluminium frame and swingarm. A titanium exhaust end-can caps off the Yamaha YZF-R6, emphasising the reason for this machine is performance and handling.

    Coming in Race Blu and Tech Black, the YZF-R6 will come with an extensive range of official performance accessories, some of which are intended for racing purposes only. The 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 will be released worldwide in April. However, our source in Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia has confirmed that the YZF-R6 will not be officially imported.

     
     
  • 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS official Malaysia price – RM49,158 for Z900, RM50,959 for special edition

    The official Malaysian price for the 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS has been released, and it has been set at RM49,158, including GST. Joining the Z900 ABS is the 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS Special Edition, which goes for RM50,959, including GST.

    As the replacement for the Kawasaki Z800, the Z900 ABS is an all-new machine, which shares little with its predecessor except for general styling. The Z900 carries a 948 cc liquid-cooled, inline-four engine that puts out 124 hp at 9,500 rpm 98.6 Nm of torque at 7,700 rpm – 13 more hp than the Z800.

    Adding to the improvements made to the previous generation Z800, the Z900 now comes standard with a slipper clutch that stops wheel hop and chatter during hard downshifts. The instrument panel is now an LCD screen that shows the three ride modes, along with a shift-light incorporated into the tachometer.

    The base model of the Z900 comes in Grey, while the Special Edition is available in Blue. The Special Edition Z900 ABS comes equipped with a single seat cover, meter cover, DC outlet, radiator screen, sliders, engine covers, front-axle sliders and special graphics.

    Also included in the special edition version are OEM Kawasaki tank pad and knee pads. The 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS will be available at GT World Ninja, Ninja Shops and Kawasaki authorised premium dealers on April 8.


    GALLERY: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS
    GALLERY: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS US version

     
     
  • 2017 BMW Motorrad K 1600 GT in M’sia – RM159,900

    BMW Motorrad’s uber-luxury grand touring motorcycle, the BMW K 1600 GT, is now in Malaysia. Retailing at RM159,900, including GST but excluding road tax, insurance and registration, this touring machine is the epitome of big six-cylinder motorcycles.

    The K 1600 GT’s power plant is now Euro 4 compliant, with new catalytic convertors, and puts out a claimed 160 hp at 7,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 175 Nm at 5,250 rpm. The inline-six engine is said to be the lightest in its class, at 102.6 kg, and comes with new engine mapping and a fuel system with carbon canister for fuel tank ventilation, cutting down on emissions.

    Introduced worldwide last year in October, the 2017 K 1600 GT now comes standard with BMW Motorrad’s Dynamic ESA, standing for electronic suspension adjustment. This semi-active suspension borrows technology from BMW’s M-series cars – the internal valves are shared with the M3 and M4 – and provides optimum suspension damping in all riding states and regardless of load.

    This gives the K 1600 GT two ride modes – the standard “Road” setting which gives optimum comfort and traction, and “Dynamic”, which provides a tighter damping setup. Modes can be changed with the press of a handlebar button, and spring pre-load can be adjusted independently of damping.

    More convenience is given to the rider with the inclusion of reverse assist and Shift Assistant Pro. On the K 1600 GT, reverse assist is activated by pressing a switch on the left handlebar pod, and holding on the starter button, while Shift Assistant Pro allows for clutch-less up- and down-shifts, giving quicker gear changes and eliminating that “jerk” when the clutch is pulled.

    Setting off on the BMW K 1600 GT is with Keyless Ride, and starting and unlocking can be done with a button or using the transponder key. Adding to the ease of riding built into BMW’s big tourer is Hill Start Control, that allows the rider to stay in control when riding off on an incline without having to balance the brake and throttle.

    On the right side of the fairing, a small lockable storage compartment conceals a USB charging port, while the instruments incorporate a colour TFT LCD screen along with a separate navigation system. The windscreen is an elecrically powered unit that raises and lowers at the touch of a button.

    There are three colour options available for the 2017 BMW Motorrad K 1600 GT – Black Storm Metallic and Mars Red Metallic. The third option, Lupine Blue Metallic, sees the K 1600 GT’s drivetrain finished in black.

     
     
  • South Australia starts motorcycle lane-filtering rules

    Motorcycle lane-filtering is to be allowed on roads in the state of South Australia, beginning April 15, 2017. This change in road rules is implemented by the South Australia Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) on safety grounds, in order to reduce a rider’s “risk of being hit from behind by an inattentive driver.”

    The move is to improve safety for motorcycle riders as it will allow greater control over exposure to traffic, particularly from vehicles following behind. From the DPTI website, “South Australia is aligning our laws with similar laws interstate. Lane filtering is currently allowed in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland, and is being trialled in the ACT.”

    There are several restrictions in place for motorcycle lane-filtering in Australia, foremost amongst which is only full motorcycle license holders are allowed to do so. Other restrictions include filtering only when traffic is at 30 km/h or less, and no filtering at school zones and pedestrian crossings, or between parked or moving cars and a kerb.

    Learner riders and P-permit holders are not allowed to lane-filter, and riders are forbidden from using bicycle, bus or tram lanes to filter. Failure to abide by these lane-filtering rules will attract an AUSD 363 (RM1,232) fine, and three demerit points on the rider’s license.

    In Malaysia, and a lot of other ASEAN countries, motorcycles splitting lanes in traffic has been accepted practice for decades. However, with the increase in traffic density on urban roads, the margin for error has diminished, with the resulting increase in collisions and broken wing mirrors.

    Kapchai riders are notorious for this, weaving in between cars at unsafe speeds. On the other hand, as an experiment, the author tried riding Kuala Lumpur city roads the same way he would in, say, Europe or US states, excluding California, where lane-splitting is legal.

    What was found is that Malaysian drivers are unused to this, and the fear factor of being rear-ended by an inattentive driver playing with the mobile phone increased tremendously.

    What do you think? Is the attitude of both Malaysian drivers and riders in need of improvement? Should lane-filtering continue to be accepted traffic practice locally? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions below.

     
     
  • 2017 Honda Wave Dash Fi launched – from RM5,860

    Accompanied by a fashion show by Tarik, a hip-hop dance ensemble and a parkour demonstration, Boon Siew Honda Malaysia launched the 2017 Honda Wave Dash Fi at the eCurve Mall in Petaling Jaya. Facelifted for 2017, the Honda Wave Dash Fi comes in two variants – the single disc brake Type S model at RM5,860.74 and the two-disc Type R with disc brakes front and rear at RM6,178.74, including GST.

    The Wave Dash Fi carries a 109 cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox with centrifugal clutch. Power is claimed to be 8.6 hp at 7,500 rpm, dan 11.61 Nm torque at 6,000 rpm, up from the 8.38 hp and 8.42 Nm torque of the previous year’s model.

    Fuel consumption for the Wave Dash Fi has also seen an improvement, now rated at 1.63 litres/100 km, from the 2016 figure of 1.70 litres/100 km. The 4.0-litre fuel tank is located under the seat, as is a small storage compartment that can hold miscellaneous items.

    Weighing in at 102 kg for the ‘S’, and 104 kg for the ‘R’, the Wave Dash has a four-speed gearbox and final chain drive. Honda offers the Wave Dash Fi with a 20,000 km or two-year warranty.

    The standard ‘S’ and ‘R’ model Honda Wave Dash Fi comes in three paint choices – blue, black and red. A Wave Dash F1 ‘R’ in special Repsol paint scheme is available at RM6,337.74, including GST. All prices exclude road tax, insurance and registration.

     
     
  • Highway concessionaires instructed to provide dedicated motorcycle shelters along highways

    All Malaysian highway concessionaires have been instructed to provide motorcycle shelters along highways under their area of responsibility. This instruction comes from the Public Works department (JKR) citing concern over the safety of motorcyclists taking shelter under fly-overs and bridges when it rains.

    According to JKR, such shelters are necessary as stopping by the roadside under bridges to avoid inclement weather is unsafe, Bernama reports. In a statement, JKR stated the design of such shelters should place emphasis on the safety of motorcyclists, and should incorporate all necessary safety elements.

    In addition, JKR believes special motorcycle lanes should also be built along highways, considering the increasing number of fatalities involving motorcyclists along highways. Such safety measures will include guide lines for motorcycles, as well as the amenities and design for motorcycle lanes.

    Meanwhile, the Malaysian highway authority has proposed that the building of dedicated motorcycle shelters along highways should be made compulsory and part of the conditions of the concession agreement.

     
     
  • Kenstomoto MechaStallion – the fourth awakens

    Malaysian designer Kenny Yeoh, under the eponymous Kenstomoto label, has released his fourth special, the Kenstomoto MechaStallion. Based on the Honda CBR250R, Yeoh has taken Honda’s quarter-litre sportsbike and worked it over in the Zaku mecha-style.

    For those not in the know, Zaku are the antogonist “mecha”, or piloted mobile suits, from the Japanese manga and anime series Mobile Suit Gundam and its various spin-offs. In the case of the MechaStallion, Yeoh has brought back the cyclopean single headlight, in common with the Zaku suit with its single-lens “eye”.

    As is typical of Kenstomoto builds, the MechaStallion is a single-seater, with the rear sub-frame consigned to the scrap heap, along with the pillion foot-pegs. A diminutive pod, perched on two steel risers, carries the tail- and brake-lights, which are LED units.

    The steel risers are actually a single piece, attached to a honey-comb 3D printed side-piece. Yeoh explains the rear bodywork was designed this way to provide strength and allow the bike to be moved around easily by placing a hand on the rear pod.

    Comprising of several discrete pieces, the body work is 3D printed from ABS plastic. The front end is made up of five pieces, while the side pod and radiator cover come with six and two pieces, respectively, while five different pieces make up the tail cover.
    Read the full article after the jump.

     
     
  • 2017 Yamaha YZF-R25 in two new colours – RM20,630

    For 2017, authorised Yamaha distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia, has announced two new colour schemes for the quarter-litre Yamaha YZF-R25 sportsbike – Racing Blue and Matte Black. The recommended basic selling price of the YZF-R25 stays unchanged from 2016 at RM20,630, with GST, and is available at authorised Yamaha dealers immediately.

    Using a liquid-cooled parallel-twin with four-valves per cylinder, displacing 249 cc, the R25 produces 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. With EFI feeding the engine, power gets to the 140/70-17 rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox.

    Braking is a single-disc in front grabbed by a dual-piston caliper while a single-piston caliper is installed at the rear. Wet weight for the 2016 Yamaha YZF-R25 is 166 kg, and fuel is stored in the 14.3 litre fuel tank. Seat height is a rider friendly 780 mm.

    The previous 2016 colour schemes – blue and matte grey – are now discontinued. Rivals to the Yamaha YZF-R25 locally include the Kawasaki Ninja 250 which retails for approximately RM22,000 excluding GST and the KTM RC250 with ABS, which goes for RM21,081 with GST.

    GALLERY: 2016 Yamaha YZF-R25