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  • VIDEO: 2017 BMW Motorrad G 310 R – RM26,900

    Malaysian riders waited a while for the 2017 BMW Motorrad G 310 R to appear, and when it did, it was priced at RM26,900, including GST, which made many sit up and take notice. As the collaboration between BMW Motorrad and TVS of India, the G 310 R is BMW’s foray back into the sub-500 cc market after a break of nearly four decades.

    When we took the G 310 R out on review, we found it to be a fairly competent all-rounder, with good handling and reasonable rider comfort. Braking, with Brembo’s Bybre brand, was also fuss-free and good.

    Coming as it does with a 313 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power that puts out a claimed 34 hp at 9,500 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. Riding the G 310 R on the highway, power delivery was good, and there was enough speed to break the speed limit for an almost continuous four-hour run.

    The reversed cylinder orientation on the G 310 R has the intake facing forward, letting the engine be tilted a little further backward to place weight over the rear wheel, while giving the exhaust a straight path to the rear. This allows for a better centre of gravity, and is claimed by BMW to improve the bike’s handling.

    Wet weight for the G 310 R is said to be 158 kg, and fuel is carried in an 11-litre tank. Braking is done with a four-piston caliper and single 300 mm disc in front, while the rear disc is a 240 mm diameter unit, and two-channel ABS is standard.

     
     
  • It’s 2017. Where is the HUD helmet you promised me?

    After a well publicised meltdown involving spending investors’ money – some 24 million USD (RM100 million) – on such necessary technical development items like Dodge Vipers, a Lamborghini rental and a “research” visit to a strip club, many thought the promise of an augmented techonology helmet with heads up display (HUD) from Skully was gone. This has now changed, with news emerging that the Skully AR1 helmet might still make a return.

    With the purchase of the assets of the bankrupt Skully, Inc. by Ivan and Rafael Contreras, co-founders of the original company, a new entity has emerged called Skully Technologies, and the goal of actually bringing the Skully HUD helmet to market. While many feel cheated by the disappearance of their Kickstarter funds, Contreras has said, “we recognize that hundreds of Skully helmet enthusiasts around the world have contributed to this product and were understandably disappointed that they never received one. We are determined to make this right.”

    It remains to be seen whether this promise will be fulfilled, but after displaying some prototypes and the testing of a pre-production model on the previous Skully website, it could be surmised that it is now a matter of picking up the pieces, and getting their act together.

    Meanwhile, Japanese designer Arata Oono, founder and CEO of Borderless has come up with the CrossHelmet X1, a tech-driven helmet that offers volume control on smart devices, a rear-view camera, twin HUDs, and smartphone/Bluetooth connectivity. Having previously had a hand in the design of the Yamaha MT-09, Oono has launched a Kickstarter campaign on September 12, and has met the goal of raising 190,000 USD (RM796,000) for the 1,799 USD (RM7,536) helmet.

    For early adopters of the CrossHelmet X1, there are still some places for early adopters to obtain this tech helmet at a special price of 1,399 USD (RM5,861). Hurry though, as a quick check of Borderless’ Kickstarter page shows the amount being raised is still rising, and places are limited.

    As for BMW Motorrad’s Connect Ride helmet, not a lot has been heard from the boys in Munich, save a statement that the helmet would be put into production “in the medium term”. The initial concept for Connect Ride, was shown in 2011, but it was found to be slow, and rather clumsy.

    In January 2016, pictures of a prototype were shown a the Consumer Electronics Show in the US, along with a video displaying the helmet’s capabilities. Since then, all has gone quiet, though the EICMA show in Italy this year might show some developments.

    What do you think, dear reader? Are HUD helmets a boon or a bane to the motorcycle rider? Will it help in road awareness and safety? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.

     
     
  • 2017 CMC Ario 110 kapchai and Italjet Buccaneer 250i cafe racer now in Malaysia – RM4,227 and RM16,430

    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

     
     
  • 2017 Rough Crafts Ducati Scrambler – “Jab Launcher”

    Motorcycles that are blacked out, stripped down and looking supremely fast have become a trademark of Taiwanese outfit Rough Crafts, and founder Winston Yeh is back with another of his creations, this time a pugilistic cafe racer dubbed “Jab Launcher”. Based on the 2016 Ducati Scrambler Icon – read the paultan.org review here – this build was recently featured in Motorcycle News.

    The Jab Launcher came to life at the request of a friend who liked Ducatis and street bikes with racer-like styling according to Yeh. “Something like a Panigale is too much for him as he never sees himself taking it to the track, so when the Ducati Scrambler was unveiled, he instantly told me that it would be the best base for his cafe racer,” he said.

    Yeh does indeed have a reputation of using a stock motorcycle, and turning it into something from the fevered dreams of an over-caffienated hipster. Proof of this can be seen in two previous Rough Crafts creations – the Rough Crafts X MV Agusta “Ballistic Trident” and the split personality Yard Built Yamaha XSR700 “double-style”.

    Taking the 2016 Scrambler Icon, Yeh set out on a quest to make it “lighter, cleaner and tougher.” A single-sided swingarm from the Ducati Monster 1100 was swapped in, taking the place of the double-armed standard unit, and Gears Racing provided a rear shock absorber to give this custom bike the correct stance.

    Up front a pair of upside-down forks purloined from the Ducati 1199 Panigale superbike were installed, and given the blacked-out treatment. An added benefit is Jab Launcher now has suspension adjustability in front, something missing from the stock standard Scrambler.

    To make the forks fit, a CNC Racing triple clamp was machined to fit the Scrambler headstock. Complementing the build is a pair of BST carbon-fibre wheels, which reduce weight and improve the Jab Launcher’s handling.

    Yeh had issues with the stock Scrambler seat, which he felt was too heavy and visually unappealing, so he made up a pair of carbon-fibre side panels which were then mated to a cafe racer seat and tail with the stock tail light retained. This allowed for the visual line from the bottom of the tank to flow into the seat unit without any frame modifications.

    Wanting to clean up the top-end of Jab Launcher, Yeh relocated the single round instrument pod into the fuel tank. “We always like a clean cockpit, but the modern electronic system makes removing the gauge a huge headache,” said Yeh.

    “So we decided, instead of going through the pain of replacing the original, we modified the gas tank to relocate it instead, which opens up the front end and gives it that super stripped-back look without losing any function,” he continued. Braking for this Taiwanese custom is by Beringer, and various machined parts from the Rough Crafts catalogue complete the build.

    Engine modifications were kept to a minimum, save for the addition of a Sprint Filter performance air filter. Yeh says that while mods to the original Ducati Scrambler were minimal, “we didn’t do anything internally, but just reducing weight and upgrading the suspension and brakes makes it an incredible ride. It’s almost like a completely different bike.”

    In Malaysia the 803 cc 2017 Ducati Scrambler Icon is priced at RM52,499, while the 1299 Panigale retails for RM172,999. Other models in the Scrambler range include the Urban Enduro, Classic and Full Throttle priced at RM62,999 and the 400 cc Scrambler Sixty2 at RM49,999, as well as the recently launched Desert Sled and Cafe Racer at RM68,999.

     
     
  • VIDEO: 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster teased

    A new cruiser is about to hit the motorcycle scene, the 2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster, as seen in this teaser video. Touted as the new British icon, the 2018 Speedmaster is set for an October 3 release date at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience in Hinckley.

    From what little can be seen of the motorcycle shown in the video, the Speedmaster will probably carry the current iteration of Triumph’s Modern Classic engine, a parallel-twin in either 900 cc or 1,200 cc displacements, and will join Triumph’s Bonneville Bobber as part of its cruiser range. Spoked wheels and forward-set foot controls are also shown, along with the classic Triumph tank badge.

    A good guess will be the inclusion of ABS, which is now mandatory for all European market motorcycles, along with traction control and/or ride modes, which are standard on most of Triumph’s Modern Classic such as the Speed Twin, Street Scrambler and Thruxton R. The previous generation Speedmaster came with an 865 cc parallel-twin closely patterned after American iron cruisers.

     
     
  • Jonathan Rea chases third WSBK title with Portimao win, Carrasco first female winner of SSP 300 race

    A double win on the weekend at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimao, Portugal for Kawasaki Racing Team’s (KRT) Jonathan Rea sees him extend his 2017 World Superbike (WSBK) championship lead to 431 points, 120 points ahead of KRT team mate Tom Sykes at 311 points.

    With 11 wins in the season, Rea has a chance to wrap up the WSBK championship when the circus moves to France for the race in Magny-Cours in two weeks time. This will make it the 30-year old Northern Irishman’s third consecutive WSBK title, riding the 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR.

    Beaten to top place on the podium were Michael van der Mark of Pata Yamaha in second, with Marco Melandri, riding for Aruba.it Racing Ducati, in third. Earlier in June this year, Rea clocked up Kawasaki’s 100th WSBK race win at Donington Park, England.

    Meanwhile, on the same weekend, the World SSP 300 race saw a female racer win at world championship level. Riding for Spanish outfit ETG Racing, Ana Carrasco Gabarrón, aged 20, took her debut victory in the series riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300.

    Gabarron, who comes from Murcia, Spain, beat Italian Alfonso Coppola of SK Racing and Spaniard Marc Garcia of Halcourier Racing who come in second and third, respectively, riding Yamaha YZF-R3s. Gabarron started her motorcycle racing career in Moto3 in 2013, before moving to SSP300 in the WSBK series, and currently stands at seventh in the rider rankings.

     
     
  • Suzuki Burgman hydrogen fuel cell trial by UK police

    In an effort to reduce harmful vehicle emissions in the Greater London area, hydrogen-powered Suzuki Burgman scooters are on test by the London Metropolitan police (the Met). The trial of the hydrogen fuel cell scooters will last 18 months and be used by Community Support officers based at the Alperton Deployment Centre.

    Developed in partnership with British fuel cell technology company Intelligent Energy, the use of the hydrogen-powered Burgman scooters will allow the Met to assess its suitability for various roles, and understand where this clean technology could be adopted across its fleet in the future.

    The Burgman scooters are on loan from Suzuki, and the trial will be run at no cost to the Met. Maintenance and fuel costs will be borne in collaboration with the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) in Coventry, which develops and promotes the use of low carbon emissions vehicles.

    “Suzuki is extremely honoured to be able to showcase the Burgman Fuel Cell and gain valuable feedback from this important trial with the Met,” said Nobuo Suyama, Suzuki GB managing director, “operational data from the trial will be gathered and used to support Suzuki zero emission vehicle development programmes.”

    Commander Neil Jerome for Territorial Policing said, “Being the UK’s largest police service we constantly have vehicles on the roads and therefore it is our aim to make our fleet as clean as we can, whilst maintaining operational capability.” In Malaysia, the 2017 Suzuki Burgmann ABS maxi-scooter retails at a price of RM47,700.

     
     
  • VIDEO: Akrapovic exhausts, superbikes and pure love

    Over the last decade or so, Akrapovic, based in Slovenia and founded by Igor Akrapovic, has become the de facto standard for performance motorcycle exhausts worldwide. A ride up the mountain on any given Sunday will see a slew of superbikes on the road fitted with Akrapovic end cans, or full exhaust systems in either steel or titanium.

    In the video above, a selection of current model superbikes – the Honda CBR1000RR, BMW S1000RR, Yamaha YZF-R1, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Ducati 1299 Panigale and Aprilia RSV4 – are fitted with Akrapovic exhaust systems and taken around an unnamed racetrack. The voice-over is clear, riding superbikes is a passion, and something those who do not ride will not understand.

    Fitting a performance exhaust to a motorcycle in a quest for those last few ponies of power is not new, of course, riders and racers have been doing it for decades. But the bark of a superbike performance exhaust is an aural symphony, in the right environment. Just don’t forget your ear-plugs.

     
     
  • 2017 BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition – RM6,995

    Taking the Marina Bay Blue Metallic paint from the BMW M5, the 2017 BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition is set to retail at a price of 1,400 euro (RM6,995). With only 500 examples being produced, the M Bike Limited Carbon uses a hydro-formed aluminium frame with carbon-fibre forks and joins the other M Bikes in BMW’s human-powered two-wheeler range.

    Aside from the forks, the Carbon Edition also uses a seat post and spacers made from carbon-fibre. Biased towards city use on paved roads, Continental CruiseCONTACT tyres are installed, in a 28 x 2.0 size.

    Each Limited Carbon comes with a certificate of authenticity listing its edition number. Equipment fit-out is from Shimano, with an XT long-cage derailleur and BR-M315 hydraulic disc brakes.

    The rest of the equipment is standard off-the-shelf Shimano stuff, including the crank and flat pedals. The 2017 BMW M Bike Limited Carbon Edition is available from selected BMW dealers. Paultan.org was informed that Malaysia is not likely to be included in the list of dealers selling the M Bike.

     
     
  • 2017 Triumph 765 S Malaysia price – RM52,900

    The “base” model of Triumph’s middleweight sports bike range, the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 S is now on sale at a price of RM52,900, joining its siblings, the ‘R’ LRH Low Ride Height and top-of-the-line ‘RS’ models, priced at RM55,900 and RM66,900, respectively. All prices include GST, but exclude road tax, insurance and registration.

    Launched during a special track day session at Sepang International Circuit, the media were given the opportunity to test two models on the track – the 765 RS, which we first took on a ride during its international media launch in Catalunya, Spain, and the 765 S, where we had a single session, enough to give us an initial ride impression.

    Carrying the Hinckley firm’s trademark inline-triple, the 765 S puts out 111 hp at 11,250rpm, and 73 Nm of torque at 9,100rpm from the DOHC, liquid-cooled, 12-valve power plant. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Standard equipment on the 765 S is two riding modes – rain and road – with ABS and Triumph Traction Control, and the instrument panel is the same monochrome LCD affair taken from the previous generation Street Triple 675. Suspension at the front is a new specially developed and tuned upside-down Showa SFF front suspension with 110mm of travel, and a preload-adjustable Showa mono shock at the rear with a piggyback reservoir and 124mm rear wheel travel.

    Shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa rubber, the 765 S has braking done by Nissin four-pot calipers in front, with a single Brembo caliper at the back. There are two colour options for the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 S – Diablo Red and Phantom Black – and LED DRLs are fitted in the re-shaped headlights.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 21 Sep 2017