New entry into the Malaysia kapchai market is the 2019 WMoto Cub Classic, priced at RM4,588 without road tax, insurance or registration. Distributed by MForce Bike Holdings, the Cub Classic is a take on the classic step-through cub, but with modern conveniences.

Powered by a single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC engine displacing 109.22 mated to a four-speed rotary gearbox, the Cub Classic produces some 6.4 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Fuelling for the Cub Classic is indeed classic, using a carburettor but Wmoto claims the engine is Euro 3 compliant.

Although designed in the traditional kapchai manner, the Cub Classic does come with modern equipment such as LED lighting throughout, USB socket for charging electronics and instrument panel with coloured lighting. Suspension is with upside-down forks in front and twin shock absorbers in the back, adjustable for preload, along with electric starting although a kickstarter is fitted.

Another convenience for the rider is a parcel rack on the front mudguard, a hook and small cargo basket below the handlebars. A special feature of the Cub Classic that will make it attractive to small businesses is the rear seat can be easily removed, exposing a cargo rack for carrying goods.

Rolling on 17-inch wheels, the Cub Classic weighs in at 100 kg, with fuel carried in a 4-litre tank under the rider seat. The 2019 WMoto Cub Classic comes in three colours – matte red, matte green and matte black – and a two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty is standard.