Legendary Malaysian motorcycle, the 2018 Honda EX5 kapchai is updated for the new year in new colours, and priced at RM4,859 for the kickstart version in Pearl Magellanic Black and Pearl Nightfall Blue with spoked wheels. Meanwhile, the electric start Honda EX5 comes in Pearl Nightfall Blue, Space Magenta Metallic and Candy Scintillated Red with cast wheels and can be had for RM5,404.

Prices include GST but exclude insurance, road tax and registration. With the updated EX5 designed to attract a younger customer demographic, Boon Siew Honda has sold over 2 million EX5 models in Malaysia since its launch in 1987.

The EX5 is powered by a air-cooled, single-cylinder, OHC engine that displaces 109.17 cc and is claimed to produce 8.35 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. A four-speed constant mesh gearbox with wet centrifugal clutch gets power to the ground.

Fuel from the 4.3-litre tank is fed to the engine by Honda’s PGM-Fi and suspension is with telescopic forks in front and dual shock absorbers in the back adjustable for pre-load. Both the electric and kick start versions of the EX5 come with drum brakes front and rear.

New graphics adorn the front fairing, tail piece and side covers with chrome emblem and passenger grab rail underscoring the retro look of the EX5. Weight for the 2018 Honda EX5 is claimed to be 97 kg for the spoked wheel version, while the cast wheel model weighs in at 99 kg and deliveries are expected to arrive at authorised Honda dealers this week.