A couple of new additions to the Malaysian motorcycle market were launched today at the Elite Speedway Karting Cicuit in Subang Jaya, Selangor. These are the CMC Ario 110 kapchai and the Italjet Buccaneer 250i retro-style cafe racer, at RM4,227 and RM16,430, respectively, with prices including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

Imported from China by Mofaz Motosikal and assembled and distributed locally by Chear Global, the Ario 110 and Buccaneer 250i are being brought to market to address a perception by the Selangor-based company that the local motorcycle market, specifically in the quarter-litre and kapchai classes, is changing. More performance is being demanded by the consumer, but at an affordable price tag, said Leong King Choon, chief operating officer of Chear Global.

The Ario 110 does not break any new ground in the small underbone motorcycle segment, with a 107 cc air-cooled, single-cylinder power plant putting out 6.4 hp at 7,500 rpm and 7.0 Nm at 5,500 rpm and fed by carburettor. Fitted with a four-litre fuel tank, the Aria 110 comes with a four-speed gearbox, and weighs a claimed 105 kg.

Rolling on 17-inch wheels front and rear, suspension is with telescopic forks and twin shock absorbers. Braking is done using a twin-piston hydraulic calliper on the front wheel, with drum brake at the back and the 2017 CMC Aria 110 comes in two colours – red and black.

Aiming straight for the current hipster trend for retro-styled motorcycles is the Italjet Buccaneer 250i, which carries styling straight out of the cafe racer design book. Fitted with a single Clubman seat, the Buccaneer 250i is comes with an air-cooled 250 cc V-twin mill fed by EFI and claimed to have a power output of 17.4 hp at 8,000 rpm and 19 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.

Power gets to the ground via a five-speed gearbox and final drive is by chain. Weight is claimed to be 128.5 kg with fuel carried in a 14-litre tank and seat height is listed at 820 mm, though the launch unit felt a lot lower than that when we sat on it.

Braking is done with a twin-piston single calliper grabbing a 280 mm diameter disc in front, and a single calliper clamping a 240 mm disc at the back. Suspension duties are performed by non-adjustable telescopic forks in front, and a single monoshock adjustable for preload props up the back end.

The 2017 Italjet Buccaneer comes in three colour schemes – Yellow Gold, Black and Matte Black. The 2017 CMC Ario 110 is available in authorised dealers immediately, while the Buccaneer 250i is scheduled to roll out by mid-October. Both motorcycles come with a one-year or 10,000 km manufacturing warranty, whichever comes first.

GALLERY: 2017 CMC Ario 110

GALLERY: 2017 Italjet Buccaneer 250i