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  • Gov’t has no plans to lower bike licence age limit


    The government has no plans to lower the minimum age requirement for those looking to obtain a valid motorcycle riding licence, according to a report by The Star.

    Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the 16-year-old age requirement remain unchanged for those who want to apply for a valid licence. He was asked if the minimum age (to obtain a motorcycle riding licence) would be lowered since many students currently travel to and from school on their own vehicles.

    “We feel that those below the age of 16 are not mature enough to be on the road,” he said when replying to the question posed to him by Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff in the Dewan Rakyat recently.

    This year, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) revealed that about 93,600 students ride motorcycles to school without a valid licence, with the department urging parents to have their teenagers (aged 16 and above) to enrol in the MyLesen programme.

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    Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (Miros) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye also suggested that the minimum age to obtain a licence be reduced from 16 to 15 years. However, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is asking the government to do the opposite – increasing the requirement to 21 years instead.

    In a related matter, Ab Aziz also revealed that as of September this year, 231,788 summonses were issued to road users for various licence-related offences. This includes summonses for failing to renew their licence, using a driving licence not corresponding to the specific vehicle classification, and possession of a fake licence.

    He explained that the main reason why road users do not have a valid licence is not due to the cost related, but “attitude and poor understanding of the need to have one.” He added that programmes such as 1JPJ 1Community and MyLesen were meant to help youths obtain Class B2 motorcycle licences.

  • 2017 Suzuki V-Strom DL250 Concept shown in China


    Hot on the heels of the reveal of the 2017 Suzuki GSX250R, Suzuki has followed that up with the showing of another offering in the quarter-litre class, the V-Strom DL250. As reported by Indonesian news site, the baby V-Strom was shown at the 2016 China International Motorcycle Exhibition held in Chongqing.

    Possibly targetted at the 250 cc beginner market, the V-Strom DL250 could prove to be exceptionally popular throughout Asia, as there is a demand for long suspension travel small-displacement motorcycles that can handle the unimproved roads found throughout much of the region. Sharing major components with the GSX250R, the V-Strom DL250 carries a parallel-twin mill.

    Displacing 248 cc, the DOHC liquid-cooled power plants is stated to have the same output as the GSX250R, 25 hp at 8,000 rpm and 23.4 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. For what is touted by Suzuki to be a concept, the V-Strom DL250 looks to be an almost production ready model, with hard-case touring bags attached.

    What do you think? A variant for the 250 cc market that will garner interest from riders, or just another styling exercise that will go nowhere? have seen this before, of course, in the form of the KTN RS-3. Leave a comment with your thoughts and comments below.

  • 2017 Honda CBF190X shown in CIMA show, China


    It appears as if China is getting all sorts of small-displacement machine goodness, with the launch of the 2017 Honda CBF190X at the China International Motorcycle trade exhibition in Chongqing. Styled as a dual-purpose sports-tourer, the CBF190X complements the CB190R and CBF190R in Honda’s sub-200 cc model range, meant as affordable multi-purpose transport.

    Carrying a 184 cc SOHC single-cylinder air-cooled power plant that puts out 15 hp at 11,000 rpm and 15 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm, the CBF190X gets the power to the ground via a five-speed gearbox. Also dubbed the “Fight Hawk”, from the decals adorning the front cowl, the CBF190X looks be targetted at the low-cost, daily transport, minimal maintenance market.

    Styling wise, the CBF190X looks to be ticking all the right boxes, with an extended “beak”, and extended rear grab-rails that look ready to mount panniers. Single hydraulic discs front and rear do the stopping, mounted on alloy wheels.

    Currently destined for the China market, it remains to be seen if Honda will market the CBF190X to the rest of the world, which they might, considering the size of markets in countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and India. What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts, below.

  • VIDEO: Nicky Hayden rides 2017 Honda CBR1000RR

    With the launch of the 2017 Honda CBR1000RR at Intermot in September 2016, Honda has very clearly signalled its intention to contest the World Superbike Championship crown, and wrest it away from current title holders Kawasaki. The attempt takes the form of the Honda CBR1000RR SP2, a track oriented version of the road-going CBR1000RR SP road-going superbike.

    Carrying a 999 cc inline-four that puts out a claimed 189 hp at 13,000 rpm and 116 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm in SP form, the CBR1000RR is the seventh generation in a line of fire-breathing Fireblades going back to 1992, to the original CBR900RR. The new Honda superbike has also undergone a serious weight reduction programme, now weighing in at 195 kg wet – 16 kg less than the previous model.

    The new CBR1000RR also comes with a full suite of electronic riding aids, including nine-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), Selectable Engine Brake (SEB) and Riding Mode Select System (RMSS). A quickshifter is standard, and three settings for the downshift assist that works in conjunction with the ride-by-wire auto-blipping.


    On the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, the cylinder head is installed with larger valves, with narrower included valve angles but identical valve pitch to the SP, to retain cylinder head dimensions. The spark plugs are longer, with an optimised combustion chamber shape derived from the RC213-V MotoGP race bike.

    Ohlins performs the suspension work on the CBR1000RR, with an Ohlins Smart-EC, or semi-active, suspension. The front fork is a 43 mm NIX30 Smart-EC fully-adjustable unit, while the rear is suspended by a TTX36 Smart-EC absorber, also fully-adjustable.

    Availability of the Honda CBR1000RR SP will be March 2017, while the SP2 version makes its market debut in May the same year – both versions coming only in the Honda tri-colour scheme. We doubt Malaysian distributors Boon Siew Honda will ever import the CBR1000RR officially, which means the only units we will be likely to see locally will come from the grey market.

  • 2017 Suzuki SV650A in Malaysia – RM41,128, with ABS


    As the machine that arguably re-started the naked middleweight Japanese sports motorcycle, taking its cue from the 1993 Ducati Monster, the Suzuki SV650 has been around since 1999. For 2017, Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia has launched the Suzuki SV650A, at a price of RM41,128, including GST.

    First announced last year in November ahead of the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, the updated 2017 Suzuki SV650A goes “back-to-basics”, with a facelift that brings it back closer to its naked sports forebears. The fuel tank, which grew rather portly in the previous generation Gladius 650, has now been slimmed down.

    The Suzuki trellis frame has been retained, and the traditional round headlight has returned, giving the SV650A a blend of retro and modern styling. The 645 cc twin-spark V-twin Euro 4 engine gets new pistons and rings, along with a revised cooling system and exhaust, that bumps power up to 75 hp, an increase of 4 hp, while torque remains the same, but the 64 Nm now kicks in higher at 8,100 rpm.

    Some weight has also been lost for the ABS-equipped 2017 SV650, which now weighs 197 kg, down from the previous model’s 205 kg. The weight loss was achieved with the use of 140 new or re-designed components, with 60 new parts in the engine alone.

    Also new for 2017 is an LCD instrument cluster, replacing the old analogue tachometer/ LCD speedometer of the older model, with LED lighting all-round. New riders will appreciate the low rpm assist feature that keeps engine revs up during launch and low speed to prevent the SV650A from stalling.


    A low seat height of 780 mm will make Suzuki’s middleweight popular with many riders, especially for beginners and riders with short inseams. The 2017 Suzuki SV650A is priced at RM38,800, excluding GST. Including GST brings the price up to RM41,128. There are two colour options – Pearl Mira Red and Metallic Triton Blue.

    Competition for the 2017 Suzuki SV650A locally includes the Yamaha MT-07 at RM35,926, including GST, but the Malaysian model MT-07 does not come equipped with ABS. Another contender is the Kawasaki ER-6n at RM34,509, with GST, also without ABS.

  • 2017 Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer and Desert Sled teased ahead of Milan EICMA show in November

    Pending the big reveal at the EICMA show in Milan in November, Ducati has teased two new Scrambler models – the Cafe Racer and Desert Sled. Details are sketchy at the moment, which is not surprising, but it can be assumed the Cafe Racer model will probably feature clip-on or turned down handlebars, and with the provision of adding a Manx style race half-fairing.

    The Desert Racer will probably come with knobby tyres, and slightly raised suspension. Ducati’s Scrambler range – designed to appeal to the young, hipster crowd – comes in two flavours, an 800 cc or 400 cc V-twin, with stripped down styling reminiscent of the 1962 Ducati Scrambler.


    Featuring the last of the air-cooled Desmodue V-twins, the Ducati Scrambler comes with an extensive range of accessories from the official Ducati catalogue, and a wide selection of lifestyle items.We reviewd the 2016 Ducati Scrambler Icon earlier this year, and found ti to be a fun bike to ride, with the legendary Ducati handling.

    There are currently four models of the Scrambler Ducati available in Malaysia – the Icon at RM63,999, the Full Throttle, the Urban Enduro and the Classic, all at RM69,999. The 400 cc Scrambler Sixty2 goes for RM52,999.

  • Wire across Kesas highway bike lane – no injuries


    A Facebook posting that has been going viral alleges that a member of the Kesas Highway patrol was injured at the east-ward tunnel on the Kesas Highway bike lane at 5.35 a.m. on October 21st, 2016. The injury was supposed to have been caused by a strand of wire strung across the tunnel entrance.

    From a statement posted on the Kesas Highway Facebook page, no injuries were caused by the said wire, but instead it was found during a routine bike lane patrol. The statement adds that the wire was removed before any untoward incidents occurred, calling it an act of sabotage by irresponsible parties.

    Kesas has filed a police report, and said that the picture going viral on Facebook was taken from police investigations into the matter. Further to this, Kesas would like to remind all motorcyclists using the Kesas Highway between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. are allowed to use the main carriageway instead of the bike lane, for safety reasons.

  • Ducati 959 Panigale, Hypermotard 939, Monster 1200 R, XDiavel and Multistrada Enduro in M’sia, fr RM71k


    At a mass launch event in Petaling Jaya, held in conjunction with the 2016 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Ducati Malaysia unveiled five models new to the Malaysian market. These are the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale, Hypermotard 939, Monster 1200 R, XDiavel and Multistrada Enduro.

    When we tested the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale, we were quite taken with Ducati’s “entry-level” supersports bike. Ducati Malaysia has confirmed the retail price of this 157 hp 955 cc Euro 4-compliant Superquadro V-twin at RM99,999, including GST.

    For street-going fun in a light and nimble chassis, the event saw the reveal of the Hypermotard 939, 939 SP and Hyperstrada, all variants on the basic 939 engine. Pricing for the 2016 Hypermotard 939 is RM70,999, while neither pricing nor availability was provided for the Hypermotard 939 SP and the sports-touring Hyperstrada.


    Using the Euro 4 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11 that produces 113 hp, the 2016 Hypermotard series sees an increase of top-end torque by 10%, with an 18% improvement in torque at medium engine speed. An oil cooler is added to improve engine durability and reliability.

    Also known as “the bike that saved Ducati,” the 2016 Monster 1200 R made its Malaysian debut, at a price of RM139,999. Coming with the 1,200 cc Testastretta 11 DS ‘R’ engine, this V-twin delivers 10% more power and 5.5% more torque than the Monster 1200 S, at 160 hp and 131 Nm of torque.

    Standard fitment is an Ohlins steering damper, with updated suspension internals. The 2016 Monster 1200 R stands a little taller than the S version for better ground clearance during cornering, and weighs in at 180 kg, with two colour schemes available – Ducati Red and Thrilling Black.

    On the dual-purpose side of things, with an emphasis on the “go anywhere” aspect is the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. We tested the RM119,999 2016 Multistrada earlier this year, and the Enduro version – at RM129,999 – is more of the same, with a bias towards off-road riding.

    Coming with a 30-litre fuel tank, and semi-active Ducati Skyhook suspension, the Multistrada Enduro rolls on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. Three different paint schemes are available – Ducati Red, Phantom Grey and Star White Silk – as well as a full range of touring accessories made by Touratech for Ducati.


    The 2016 Ducati XDiavel is a cruiser interpreted by Ducati in its own inimitable way as a “power cruiser” that manages 40-degrees lean angle in corners. Retailing at RM135,999, the XDiavel is powered by by the Testastretta DVT 1,262 V-twin, that produces 156 hp and 128.5 Nm of torque at just 5,000 rpm.

    There are 60 permutations of riding position – four footrest positions, five seat positions and three different handlebars. Additionally, the rider can choose between a standard seat and comfort seat with backrest. The 2016 XDiavel is the first Ducati to use belt-drive.

    So there you go, five new Ducati models in Malaysia. Which one do your have your eyes on?

  • Budget 2017: PM Najib Razak announces RM29 million allocation to upgrade Federal Highway motorcycle lane

    The dangers of the Federal Highway bike lane

    A stern warning was issued by the police that all motorcyclists must use the dedicated motorcycle lane along the Federal highway.

    Bikers claim that the motorcycle lanes are unsafe to use – the lanes, specifically the tunnels, were poorly lit, and prone to flooding.

    We decided to see if there was any truth to these claims. You won’t believe what we discovered…

    Posted by Paul Tan's Automotive News on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

    During the announcement of the Malaysian Budget 2017 (Bajet 2017), prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that RM29 million will be allocated to upgrading the motorcycle lane on the Federal Highway.

    This includes enhancing the drainage system (to prevent flooding), as well as building two overhead ramps, as part of efforts to make it safer for motorcyclists who use the route. However, he did not disclose when the works will start and by when it is expected to be completed.

    As we revealed in our feature story, the Federal Highway motorcycle lane can be quite dangerous for those who use it, with poorly maintained roads, lack of proper signage, construction works, and poorly lit tunnels.

  • 2017 Suzuki GSX-R250 shown in China – 25 hp, 23 Nm


    With the confirmation that the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 will enter the market in 2017, along with the baby GSX-R125, Suzuki has now shown its offering at the other end of the sportsbike spectrum, the 2017 GSX-R250. Set to enter the crowded quarter-litre sportsbike class, the GSX-R250 follows design cues from the big Gixxer 1000 closely, according to reports carried in China online media.

    With the 248 cc parallel-twin engine taken from the Suzuki Inazuma, the GSX-R250 is claimed to produce 24.6 hp at 8,000 rpm and 23.4 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, and the quarter-litre Gixxer weighs in at 178 kg. Fuel is carried in a 15-litre tank.

    Braking is with a single disc front and rear, measuring 290 mm and 240 mm respectively, and seat height is a very rider-friendly 780 mm. Built in the Changzhou Haojue Suzuki Motorcycle facility in CHina, there are six colour schemes available for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R250 – Poseidon Blue, Glacier White, Cool Black, Fashion Black, Transparent Red/Black and Crystal Blue/White. Availability in the China motorcycle market is said to be November 2016.