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  • 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 now in India – RM10,248

    Riders in India have a new choice in the market with the introduction of the new generation 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. Priced at 170,655 rupees (RM10,248), there are two colour options for the Gixxer SF 250 – silver or black.

    The Gixxer SF 250 is powered by a four-stroke, oil-cooled, single-cylinder SOHC 249 cc mill, mated to a six-speed trnsmission and chain final drive. Power is claimed to be 26 hp at 9,000 rpm and torque is rated at 22.6 Nm at 7,500 rpm with fuelling by EFI.

    Rolling on 17-inch wheels, the Gixxer SF250 is fitted with 110/70 rubber in front with telescopic forks, while the rear uses a 150/60 tyre and monoshock suspension. Hydraulic single disc brakes with callipers by Bybre, Brembo’s house brand, are fitted front and rear, complete with two-channel ABS.

    Inside the cockpit, a digital display shows everything the rider needs to know, with LED lighting in the front and rear lights. Weighing in at 161 kg, fuel for the Gixxer SF250 is carried in a 12-litre tank and seat height is set at 800 mm.

    As a comparison to other models in the quarter-litre market segment, the 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 comes in lowest in power numbers against its main rivals – the Yamaha YZF-R25 (35.5 hp/22.6 Nm), Kawasaki Ninja 250 (38 hp/23.5 Nm) and Honda CBR250R (27 hp/23.3 Nm). In Malaysia, official distributor Suzuki Assemblers is concentrating on the big bike market, having given up its small bike assembly facility three years ago.

     
     
  • Honda clocks 300th MotoGP race win in France

    With Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda winning the MotoGP 2019 Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans, Honda now has 300 victories at the top level of two-wheeled motorsport under its belt. With this weekend’s win, beating off a strong challenge by the Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, Marquez now has 47 MotoGP wins with 3 first places this season after five races.

    Honda won its first World Motorcycle Championship race back in 1966 at Hockenheim, Germany, with Jim Redman riding the RC181. This was followed by racing legend Mike Hailwood a few races later with a win in Brno in the then Czechoslovakia, today known as the Czech Republic.

    After decade languishing in the doldrums, Honda, through racing arm Honda Racing Corporation or HRC, mounted the podium with “Fast” Freddie Spencer riding the NS500 with a win at Spa-Francorchamps in 1982. That year also saw the first win by a Japanese rider in the 500 cc world championship, Takazumi Katayama winning the Swedish Grand Prix at Anderstop.

    In 1985, Spencer performed his feat of winning the 250 and 500 classes in one year, using the NSR500 for the premier championship. The NSR500 would go on to collect a total of 132 race wins with riders Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner, Alex Criville and Eddie Lawson.

    In the Honda stable, Mick Doohan found the most success with Honda race motorcycles with 54 top podium places, followed by Marquez with 47. Valentino Rossi won 33 races with HRC, while Dani Pedrosa, who retired from the Honda team last year, won 31 and Spencer, 20.

     
     
  • 2019 KTM 790 Adventure in Malaysia – RM78,800

    Eagerly awaited by Malaysian adventure riders is the 2019 KTM 70- Adventure, which now has an official price of RM78,800. Announced by official distributor Eurotech Wheel Distribution, the price for this CBU motorcycle excludes insurance, road tax and registration.

    However, only pricing for the 790 Adventure has been released with no news about the higher spec 790 Adventure R. Rumour has it that documents have been sighted that the 790 Adventure R will be sold in Malaysia at a price of RM84,400 but this has not been verified.

    Using a new version of the KTM LC8c two-cylinder mill, the 790 Adventure’s engine displaces 799 cc and produces a claimed 94 hp and 88 Nm of torque. This is matched to a six-speed gearbox and KTM’s Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC).

    Equipment fitted to the 790 Adventure includes ride-by-wire, traction control, cornering ABS, offroad ABS and offroad ride mode. Braking is done with twin 320 mm diameter discs in front clamped by four-piston callipers and the rear wheel with a 260 mm disc and two-piston calliper while fuel is carried in a 20 litre tank.

    Rolling on spoked wheels – a 21-incher in front and 18-inch at the back – suspension for is by WP with a 43 mm upside-down fork and preload adjustable monoshock. Competition for the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure in Malaysia includes the Triumph Tiger XCX at RM74,900 and the BMW Motorrad F 850 GS at RM79,500.

     
     
  • 2019 Honda CB250R and CRF250 Rally updated – priced from RM22,999 and RM26,999, respectively

    Updated for the Malaysia market are Honda’s quarter-litre motorcycles, the 2019 Honda CB250R naked sports and Honda CRF250 Rally dual-sport. The CB250R is now priced at RM22,999 for the Graphite Black and Matte Krypton Silver Metallic versions while the Candy Chromosphere Red retails for RM23,499.

    Meanwhile, the dual-sport CRF250 Rally is priced at RM26,999 with available colours being Extreme Red and Black. Prices do not include road tax, registration and insurance.

    Mimicking the look of the larger CB1000R Neo Sports Cafe, the CB250R comes with a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 250 cc power plant producing 27.2 hp at 9,000 rpm and 23.2 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive and two-channel ABS braking is standard.

    Fuel for the CB250R is contained in a 10.5-litre tank and weight is claimed to be 145 kg. Coming with full LED lighting throught, the CB250R features upside-down forks, preload-adjustale monoshock and an LCD digital instrument cluster.

    Designed to be a full-capable dual-sport machine with the ability to handle pavement and dirt, the CRF250 Rally comes with a 250 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC single-cylinder power plant. Power is claimed to be 24.4 hp at 8,500 rpm while torque is 22.6 Nm at 6,750 rpm.

    Standing 895 mm tall in the saddle, the CRF250 Rally comes with 43 mm diameter Showa upside-down forks and Showa monoshock at the back. Braking with two-channel ABS is done with hydraulic discs front and rear and the CRF250 Rally weighs 157 kg. Delivery to Honda dealer showrooms will be at the end of May, 2019.

     
     
  • Triumph Motorcycles and Williams F1 to work on future electric motorcycle project, Project TE-1

    British motorcycle maker Triumph and Formula 1 team Williams F1, through its engineering arm Williams Advanced Engineering, are in a two-year partnership to develop technology for a future Triumph electric motorcycle. Dubbed Project TE-1, the project also involves expertise from project partners Integral Powertrain and WMG at the University of Warwick as well as government agency Innovate UK.

    Led by Triumph who will be looking into advanced motorcycle chassis design and power delivery, Project TE-1 aims to achieve innovations and breakthroughs in e-bike technology, notably in the areas of battery design and integration which will be headed by Williams Advanced. A custom electric motor will be the responsibility of Integral Powertrain from research into power-dense electric motors and silicon carbide inverter, integrated into a single motor housing.

    Meanwhile, WMG will provide electrification expertise through research and development, with consideration for the commercial impact, through modelling and simulation based on future market needs. Funds and administration for Project TE-1 will be administered by Innovate UK, who will also provide support under the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy UK.

    There will be four main phases of the project with the key aim being increased systems integration. “Project Triumph TE-1 is one part of our electric motorcycle strategy, focused on delivering what riders want and expect from their Triumph, which is the perfect balance of handling, performance and usability,” said Triumph Motorcycles chief executive officer Nick Bloor.

     
     
  • 2019 Yamaha YZF-R125 gets Monster MotoGP livery

    In Europe, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R125 – Malaysia gets the Yamaha YZF-R15, priced at RM11,988 – now comes in Yamaha Monster Energy MotoGP racing livery. Dubbed the YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition, this special issue of the R125 arrives in Yamaha Europe dealer showrooms this month.

    The colour scheme of the YZF-R125 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Edition closely mimics the YZR-M1 MotoGP race machines of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales. Monster Energy signed up as main team sponsor to Yamaha MotoGP after Spanish telco Movistar declined to renew its sponsorship contract for 2019.

    Coming with variable valve actuation (VVA), the R125 puts out a claimed 14.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 11.5 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm from its 124.7 cc, liquid-cooled single-cylinder, four-valve, SOHC engine. This compares against the 19 hp at 10,000 rpm and torque of 14.2 Nm at 8,500 rpm manufacturer’s number from the YZF-R15, which carries a 155 cc mill.

    Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox that uses an assist and slipper clutch, and chain final drive, while fuelling is with EFI. Upside-down telescopic forks, 41 mm in diameter, are used in front while the rear end is propped up with a preload-adjustable monoshock.

    Braking is done with single discs front and rear, 292 mm and 220 mm in diameter, respectively, clamped by hydraulic callipers. Weight, ready to ride, for the R125 is 142 kg and seat height is 825 mm, with fuel carried in a 11.5-litre tank.

     
     
  • FIRST RIDE: Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 V-twin

    It is easy to make disparaging remarks about Harley-Davidson and its products – too expensive, too old, too slow, they say. This is not helped by overall market sentiment about H-D – especially in the US home market – with falling sales and an ageing rider demographic to contend with.

    So, with a big hurdle ahead, what does a motorcycle maker do? In H-D’s case, it comes out with a new engine, the Milwaukee 8 V-twin, Harley-s first all-new engine since the water-cooled Porsche-developed power plant used in the VRS-series bikes, better known as the V-Rod.

    Now, we use the word ‘new’ advisedly. An air-cooled V-twin design with pushrod valve actuation dates from somewhere before the Second World War and in this day and age, an engine displacing above 1.5-litres in a motorcycle is something of an anachronism.

    In the case of the Milwaukee 8, the venerable V-twin is given an update with eight-valves per cylinder, counter-balanced and rubber-mounted. According to Harley, vibration on the Milwaukee 8 mill has been cut by up to 75%, to attract new riders unaccustomed to the ‘feel’ of a Harley engine whilst still retaining the purists who want something vibrating between their legs.

    To that end, Harley-Davidson Malaysia invited a group of media to ride the Milwaukee 8 engine – a taste test as it were – to see for ourselves what the whole fuss was about. This took the form of several bagger Harleys, in both Milwaukee 8 and previous generation Evo engine form, in an escorted ride down to Malacca.
    Read about the First Ride of the Harley-Davidson Milwaukee 8 after the jump.

     
     
  • 2020 completion date for Taman Melati to Kampung Baru bicycle lane, says DBKL

    Kuala Lumpur’s bicycle lane programme will get a further boost with a new route from Taman Melati, Setapak to Kampung Baru, expected to be completed by 2020. According to Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd, director of planning for Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), this initiative is to expedite travel for those living in the respective areas.

    “We find that Sungai Bunus has a well-organised road where we can add lanes for cyclists, pedestrians and for exercising,” said Mohd Najib in a Bernama report. “If anyone wishes to cycle to their work place, it won’t take long, only 20 minutes to here (Sungai Bunus) from Taman Melati,” Mohd Najib said.

    Eliminating the drive to work will help lower carbon monoxide emissions and raise awareness on the importance of keeping rivers clean, saying this during the Rediscover Sungai Bunus Fun Cycle programme in conjunction with the World Earth Day. The 7 kilometre cycling event, organised by LA21, the Department of Drainage and Irrigation (DID) and DBKL, was attended by 200 participants from public and private sectors.

     
     
  • Ducati moves into e-scooters with V Moto China JV

    With electrification of vehicles coming ever closer, performance motorcycle manufacturer Ducati is teaming up with China scooter maker V Moto, based in Nanjing, China. V Moto currently produces the Super Soco brand of e-bikes and its electric scooter is the CUx.

    The announcement was made by V Moto, saying the agreement will be for “official products under the license of Ducati”. According to V Moto, the e-scooter will be a for a luxury version of the scooter at a premium price, reports electrek.co.

    The new Ducati e-scooter will be distributed and sold via V Moto’s current dealer network but marketing aspects will come under the purview of Ducati.

    While Ducati has previously said it was developing an electric motorcycle, this deal “will allow Ducati’s fans to have the opportunity to access premium and high quality 2-wheel electric vehicles supplied by Vmoto and create more confidence to Vmoto’s expanding distributors especially in Europe,” said Charles Chen, managing director of V Moto.

    The CUx is powered by a 2.8 kW Bosch electric motor – the equivalent of 3.75 hp – and has a top speed of 45 km/h. A 1.8 kWh 60-volt battery pack with a recharge time of between seven to eight hours gives up to 75 km of range and a front facing dash mounted camera performs as a dash cam and action camera.

     
     
  • 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure spotted in Malaysia

    Newest addition to the Moto Guzzi stable, the 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure-tourer, was spotted in Petaling Jaya by eagle-eyed paultan.org reader Ilyas. Seen waiting at the traffic lights, the pair of camouflaged V85 TTs were accompanied by a Moto Guzzi V7 III, with the location being no surprise as the Moto Guzzi showroom at The Gasket Alley is situated close by.

    This could mean the impending launch of the V85 TT adventure bike will be soon, pending VTA approval. The V85 TT is a design departure for Moto Guzzi which over the past decade or so have mainly produced motorcycles in their classic styling language.

    Carrying an air-cooled, transverse V-twin with two valves per cylinder and displacing 853 cc, the V85 TT produces 80 hp at 7,750 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Fuelling is by EFI and ride-by-wire via a single 52 mm diameter throttle body and power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive.

    Suspension is with 41 mm diameter upside-down forks adjustable for preload and rebound, while the rear end is held by by a single shock mounted on the right side, preload and rebound adjustable. Braking uses Brembo four-piston radial-mounted callipers on dual 320 mm stainless floating discs on the front 19-inch wheel with a two-piston floating calliper and 260 mm diameter disc stops the 17-inch rear wheel.

    Inside the cockpit is a full-colour TFT-LCD screen that incorporates a USB outlet on the left, with control of three ride modes – Road, Rain and Off-Road, and the Moto Guzzi MIA app which connects to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Two-wheel ABS is standard and the level of intervention is determined by the ride mode selected, with Off-Road mode giving ABS only on the front wheel.

    Fuel for the 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT is carried in a 23-litre fuel tank while weight is claimed to be 229 kg, ready to roll and seat height is set at 830 mm. In Malaysia, competition for the V85 TT includes the Triumph Street Scrambler at RM64,900 and the Ducati Scrambler range, starting from the Scrambler Icon priced from RM55,900 up to RM69,900 for the Desert Sled.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 11 May 2019