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  • 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 for Malaysia – pricing from RM99,900 base, RM115,900 for Special

    Recently unveiled to the world, the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 adventure-tourer now has a price for Malaysia, with base model pricing are RM99,000 and the Pan America 1250 Special at RM115,900. Pricing does not include road tax, insurance or registration and will depend on accessories selected.

    The Pan America 1250 is Harley-Davidson’s (H-D) attempt to penetrate a new motorcycle market following falling sales in its traditional domain on large capacity cruisers. The two Pan America models on offer are differentiated by the use of semi-active electronic suspension on the Pan America Special.

    Motive power comes from H-D’s Revolution Max 1250 V-twin, which pumps out 150 hp and 127 Nm of torque from 1,250 cc, with power coming at a peak of 9,500 rpm. The Revolution Max mill follows modern engine design with liquid-cooling, four-valve per cylinder, twin spark plug heads and variable valve timing.

    Gearbox design also moves away from H-D’s traditional design language, with the six-speed gearbox now combined in a single case with the engine, instead of separate engine and gearbox cases. Weight also matches the competition in its class, with the Pan America 125 weighing 242 kg, with the Special tipping the scales at 254 kg and 21.2 litres of fuel is carried onboard.

    Braking uses radial-mount Brembo four-piston mono block callipers grabbing twin floating brake discs. Wheel sizing is with a 19-inch front wheel wearing 120/70 rubber, while the back is fitted with a 17-inch unit, shod with a 170/60 Michelin Scorcher.

    Instrumentation is also fully up-to-date, with a 6.8-inch TFT-LCD full-colour display, including Bluetooth connectivity. LED lighting is used throughout, with the six-element headlight fitted with cornering lights.

    Delivery of the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 – in both base and Special versions – is expected in Malaysia around April or May. Pre-orders are now being taken at Harley-Davidson of Petaling Jaya.

  • Swappable Batteries Consortium by Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio for common EV battery standard

    A Swappable Batteries Consortium for Motorcycles and Light Electric Vehicles will be established with the aim of standardising swappable batteries for electric powered vehicles. This comes from a Letter of Intent signed by Honda, Yamaha, KTM and Piaggio as founding members of the consortium.

    The consortium aims to establish a standard technical specification for swappable batteries, typically used in urban mobility vehicles. For Europe, these take the form of ‘L’ category vehicles such as mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles.

    Activities to further this goal will begin May 2021, with the goal of encouraging the use of light electric vehicles with shortened charging times and lowering vehicle and infrastructure costs through the use of a common battery standard, thereby leveraging on economies of scale.

    Honda and Yamaha have previously trialled swappable battery systems, with Honda implementing an experimental battery sharing programme in Bandung, Indonesia, in 2018. Meanwhile, Yamaha has been developing high-performance prototype electric motors for cars and motorcycles as an OEM supplier.

  • Loud bike exhausts in Malaysia, what’s the big noise?

    A recent crackdown by Malaysian police, in cooperation with JPJ and the Department of Environment (DOE), on motorcycles with loud exhausts has the local biking community up in arms. Many of them are complaining of unfair persecution, along with allegations of revenue raising and going after easy targets while other, more serious offences like handphone use while driving and not using rear seatbelts, go unpunished.

    Amongst issues raised is testing carried out using approved procedures and with calibrated equipment, and are personnel involved trained to determine what exactly constitutes a transgression against the law? Aside from this, trying to obtain the relevant Malaysian standard(s) defining what is an overly loud exhaust sound is an exhausting experience, needing reference to industry colleagues in the design and manufacturing side of things.

    No doubt, overly loud pipes are a nuisance, both for four- and two-wheelers, but there doesn’t seem to be any action taken on the other side of the equation. So, why the furore and why this campaign which many feel is placing a necessary but over the top focus on two-wheelers where the maximum RM2,000 fine or six months jail is perhaps a case of the punishment not fitting the crime?

    Part of the reason is of course the movement control orders Malaysia has endured over the past year where traffic levels, especially in urban areas, has dropped dramatically. This means the ambient noise level to which city dwellers are accustomed is gone, and any sound will now be heard clearly.

    Especially so in the case of motorcycles with loud exhausts where the length of exhaust piping and size of exhaust can is both shorter and smaller, allowing for more of the engine noise to escape into the environment. This then makes loud motorcycles an easy target, for it is easy to pinpoint the source of the noise and take immediate action, something that is more difficult to do when traffic is heavy.

    But, what action is being taken by the police to enforce this source of noise pollution? Some cars are equally as responsible for this, not to mention buses and lorries.

    Regular campaigns are conducted by police, JPJ and DOE on all road vehicles, of course. We usually see them on highways and major thoroughfares, a long line of vehicles parked by the side and being tested for noise and emissions.

    For Malaysia, motor vehicle conformance to approved design and performance is governed by the Motor Vehicle (Construction and Use) Rules 1959, enforced by both police and JPJ. Many on the Malaysian internet have taken to saying the act is out of date and should not be enforced, or amended to reflect the current state of vehicle technology.

    This is indeed the case, as the 1959 Rules were updated under a Federal Gazette dated 15 December 2011, filed by the Attorney General Chambers. Under the aegis of the Road Transport Act 1987, which is the current Act being enforced, the amendments came into effect 1 January, 2012.

    Under a long list of amendments covering miscellaneous items such as Isofix points, position of lights and other things necessary for the safe operation of four- and two-wheeled vehicles, item 12 states UN ECE Regulation 41 Uniform concerning the approval of motorcycles with regard to noise applies.

    What this means is any motorcycle sold in Malaysia is governed by UN ECE Regulation 41 with regards to noise levels under the vehicle type approval (VTA) process. VTA is given by JPJ before any motor vehicle is approved for sale on local roads and we are given to understand by colleagues in the industry, the type approval process is strict but entirely according to regulation with any exceptions having to obtain approval in writing by the Director-General of JPJ.

    So far, so good, we know the relevant regulation applying to motorcycles and noise emissions. This then begats the question, what about the testing process? How does an enforcement officer determine an accurate sound level for a motorcycle being tested?

    This is where it starts becoming… complicated. The ECE regulation lays out a rigorous test methodology for both “ride by” and stationary testing. Variables such as ambient noise level, location of testing, engine speed and even ambient temperature and relative humidity is taken into account.

    We know this because in the course of our research, the author read every single line of the Motor Vehicle (Construction and Use) Rules 1959, Road Transport Act 1987 and the UN ECE regulations. If any reader is interested, please send us an email and relevant links will be provided, but fair warning, the documentation is an instant cure for insomnia.

    Returning to the matter at hand, roadside testing is now being carried out in various locations, with Malaysian social media filled with posts and videos of bikers being stopped, large and small machines alike. This raises the question of, is testing carried out properly?

    Noise levels can be subjective, especially in an open environment, unless the exhaust is obnoxiously loud enough that there can be no doubt. This usually applies to motorcycles having aftermarket exhausts fitted, the riders wanting the look and style of a performance exhaust, but not wanting to pay the price for a properly made and tested item.

    There are performance exhausts that conform to UN ECE Regulation 41, of course, but they are usually very expensive by local standards, having to incur the cost of research, development and testing. For most riders, the cost of buying such an exhaust is worth the price, because riding a motorcycle is as much an audiotory experience as anything else.

    The growl of a well made performance exhaust is actually pleasant to the ear, and the scream of an inline-four, the howl of a triple or the rumble of an Italian V-twin is a joy for the senses. Not so much when the rider opts for a cheap knock-off of a known brand, with thinner metal skin and baffles untuned for proper noise attenuation (this is another issue in and of itself and could be the subject of a future article if enough interest is shown.)

    Thus, the crackdown on noisy exhausts, for which no one is to be blamed except the riders themselves. There are posts asking why are authorities targeting bikers, and no action is being taken against the shops selling such non-compliant performance accessories.

    This is a case of willing buyer, willing seller and an argument can be made for a small but legitimate market selling non-compliant pipes for off-road and track use, exhibitions and competitions. If there is no demand for loud pipes that look the part but impart zero performance benefit except making noise, then the author wouldn’t be writing this article and you, dear reader, would not be reading it.

    But there it is, and here we are. A properly made performance exhaust, for both cars and bikes, will change the exhaust note to something more pleasant and perhaps with a very small power gain. For real performance to be realised from a modern vehicle’s exhaust system, it is not simply a case of changing the end can.

    Photo courtesy of Half Light Photographic

    A whole host of changes has to be made to the exhaust system, including exhaust headers, the intake system, the cam timing and the engine management. No, putting on the made in China cold air intake from the local accessory shop and welding on a tabung exhaust can is not going to give you much and in almost all cases from experience, you actually lose power from your engine, at best maybe power stays the same as before.

    So, what is to be done? If you’re a motorcycle rider and want your steed to sound pleasantly exciting but remain inside the confines of the law, get an exhaust from a reputable supplier with the UN ECE marking. Car drivers, you are not forgotten, the marking you should look for is under UN ECE Regulation 51, and believe you me, the long arm of the law will be coming for you sooner or later.

  • 2021 Honda Wave 125i launched in Malaysia, RM6,449

    Updated with new colours for this year is the 2021 Honda Wave 125i, priced at RM6,449 for the two disc brake model. The 2021 Wave 125i two disc brake price is up RM150 from the 2019 pricing of RM6,299 while the Wave 125i disc/drum brake version, previously priced at RM5,999, is discontinued.

    New colour schemes for 2021 are Extravagant Gold Metallic, Candy Scintillate Red and Pearl Nightfall Blue. The Wave 125i has also been updated for emissions, with the engine now Euro 4 compliant.

    Fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi, the Wave 125i’s 124.9 cc, air-cooled mill gets 9 hp at 7,500 rpm and 10 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Otherwise mechanically unchanged aside from emissions compliance, the Wave 125i gets power to the ground via a four-speed rotary gearbox with centrifugal clutch and chain final drive.

    The instrument panel has also been redesigned slightly for 2021, with new panel graphics and gear indicator display, while LED lighting is used for the headlight. A storage compartment displacing 18-litres is found under the seat, with fuel contained in a 5.4-litre tank, with weight listed as 107 kg.

    A two-year or 20,000 km warranty is offered against manufacturing defects for the 2021 Honda Wave 125i. The Wave 125i will be available at all authorised Boon Siew Honda Malaysia dealers from March 5.

  • 2021 MotoGP: Petronas Sepang Racing unveils racing livery – Valentino Rossi joins team with Morbidelli

    In a move much anticipated by racing fans, MotoGP racing legend Valentino Rossi joins Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team (SRT) for the 2021. During the online team presentation, this year’s racing livery for the SRT MotoGP team were unveiled, showing the Yamaha YZR-M1 race machine with Rossi’s signature day-glo yellow racing number 46.

    This extended to the Dainese race suit worn by Rossi, with yellow accents on the sides, gloves and boots. Meanwhile, team mate Franco Morbidelli, who retains his seat from last year, was rather more subdued in Petronas teal green, but expressing confidence in improving and building on his performance last year.

    Speaking to media, SRT team principal Datuk Razlan Razali said he does feel the team is in any way inferior to the factory teams and in fact, is on par in many respects. Touching on the issue of Rossi coming into the team, Razlan mentioned that Rossi has expressed his delight in SRT’s professional lineup.

    For 2021, the SRT lineup includes Rossi and Morbidelli in MotoGP, Xavi Verge and Jake Dixon in Moto2 and John McPhee and Darryn Binder in Moto3. SRT had a stellar season in 2020’s pandemic shortened racing season with six race wins and grabbing the best privateer team crown.

  • GALLERY: BMW Motorrad F850GS 40 Years GS Edition

    Announced a few weeks ago, BMW Motorrad Malaysia has publicly launched the 2021 BMW Motorrad F850GS “40 Years GS Edition”, with a price tag of RM85,500 on-the-road without insurance. This special edition of the F850GS comes with yellow on black graphics commemorating BMW Motorrad’s GS-series adventure motorcycles and is RM6,000 more expensive than the standard 2019 F850GS.

    The “GS” or “Gelande Strasse” logo is embossed on the seat cover, as well as the radiator cover. Yellow hand guards, anodised gold spoked rims – 21-inch in front and 19-inch at the back – and luggage rack as standard equipment further set apart the 40 Years GS F850GS.

    Aside from that, the special edition F850GS is also equipped with BMW Motorrad’s Comfort, Touring, Dynamic and Active packages. These provide riding amenities such as keyless start, hand warmers, tyre pressure monitoring as well as riding conveniences such as cruise control, quick shifter, ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control and four ride modes.

    In other technical aspects the 40 Years GS Edition is similar to the standard model GS, with power coming from a two-cylinder mill displacing 853 cc. Power is claimed to e 95 hp at 8,250 rm and 92 Nm of torque at 6,250, mated to a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Braking on the F850GS is done with twin 305 mm discs with two-piston callipers in front and a 265 mm disc with single-piston calliper at the back. Also standard equipment on the F850GS 40 Years GS Edition is a centre stand, omitted from the standard model F850GS in Malaysia.

    2021 BMW Motorrad F850GS 40 Years GS Edition

  • 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic in Malaysia, RM154k

    Following the BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition, launched in Malaysia October last year and priced at RM149,500, the 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic is officially launched with a price tag of RM154,500. The R18 Classic is differentiated from the R18 First Edition with a host of accessories, as well as the use of a 16-inch front wheel as opposed to the 19-inch unit on the First Edition.

    The standard package on the R18 Classic includes an windshield, passenger seat and removable panniers. Also standard equipment is cruise control and LED fog lights in the front, with three ride modes – “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock”.

    Otherwise mechanically identical to the R18 First Edition, the R18 Classic comes with BMW Motorrad’s largest ever boxer engine, displacing 1,802 cc. Mated to a six-speed separate gearbox and exposed shaft drive like the R5 which inspired it, the R18 gets 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 158 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

    Riding conveniences include, aside from the aforementioned cruise control, Hill Start Control, Reverse Assist, Dynamic Brake Control, Engine Drag Torque Control and keyless start. Aside from that, an extensive range of accessories is available from the official BMW Motorrad catalogue.

    Suspension on the R18 Classic is done with telescopic forks in front, while the back end is held up by a monoshock, adjustable for preload and compression. Braking is done with twin four-piston callipers clamping 300 mm brake discs with a single four-piston calliper at the back on a 300 mm disc with BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.

    The R18 Classic weighs 365 kg, fully-fuelled and ready to go while seat height is set at 710 mm with fuel carried in a 16-litre tank. There is only one colour option available for the 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic – Black Storm Metallic with white hand-painted pin striping.

    GALLERY: 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic

    GALLERY: BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition

  • 2021 BMW Motorrad S1000RR now in Malaysia – standard at RM121,500, M Package at RM138,500

    Now in Malaysia is the 2021 BMW Motorrad S1000RR, which comes in two model variants, the standard at RM121,500, and the S1000RR M Package, tagged at RM138,500. Pricing for the BMW Motorrad S1000RR and S1000RR M Package are on-the-road, excluding insurance.

    Motive power for the S1000RR comes from a liquid-cooled inline-four displacing 999 cc, with four titanium valves per cylinder and BMW’s ShiftCam variable valve timing. Power output is rated at 207 hp at 13,500 rpm with 113 Nm metres of torque at 11,000 rpm.

    Riding aids as standard fitment on the S1000RR include Dynamic Brake Control, four ride modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race – plus three customisable race modes, with launch control and pitlane speed limiter, along with Riding Mode Pro and BMW Motorrad Race ABS. Also standard is Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as well as a quick shifter or Shift Assist Pro while Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), previously an M Package only option, is now included.

    LED lighting is used throughout and a full-colour TFT-LCD display shows all the necessary information. There are three colour options for the standard model S1000RR – Blackstorm Metallic, Hockenheim Silver and BMW M Sport colours of Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red.

    For the M Package variant of the S1000RR, selecting this model option gives you carbon-fibre wheels, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) M Sport seat and lightweight M Package battery. Only one colour option is available for the S1000RR M Package in Malaysia which is the M Sport colours of Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red.

    In terms of weight, the standard model S1000RR is listed at 197 kg, fully-fuelled and ready to go, while the S1000RR M Package is 3.5 kg lighter, at 193.5 kg, due to the carbon wheels. Fuel is carried in a 16.5-litre tank and seat height is set an 824 mm, with 814 mm and 849 mm tall seats being an option.

    Optional items include M Carbon footpegs, M brake and clutch levers, tinted windshield as well as a bubble windshield in plain or tinted versions. Also available is the M Datalogger and Laptrigger, a calibration kits, along with a bike cover with ‘M’ logo, a tank bag and rear seat bag.

  • 2021 CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage in Malaysia year end?

    Launched in Malaysia as a brand back in 2019 with the CFMoto 250NK, followed by the CFMoto 250SR, a hint has been dropped by importers KTNS Holdings that the 2021 CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage will be coming to the local market by year’s end. Strongly resembling the Ducati Diavel, the 700CL-X Heritage is styled as a “power cruiser” with drag bike styling.

    Powered by a liquid-cooled parallel-twin, the 700CL-X Heritage produces 73 hp at 8,500 rpm and 68 Nm of torque from 6,500 rpm with the engine fed by Bosch EFI. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox equipped with slipper clutch and chain final drive.

    Suspension at the front is done with KYB 41 mm diameter upside-down forks, adjustable for preload with compression and rebound adjustment in separate forelegs. At the rear, a KYB monoshock holds up the rear end and is adjustable for preload and rebound.

    The CL700-X Heritage is stopped by single hydraulic J Juan disc brakes on the 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel, with ABS as standard equipment. Claimed to weigh 196 kg wet, fuel is carried in a 13-litre tank and seat height is set at 800 mm.

    LED lighting is used throughout on the CL700-X Heritage with a monochrome LCD panel as instrument display. Other riding conveniences include a USB charging port and cruise control as standard with colour options being Twilight Blue and Coal Grey.

  • 2021 Triumph Bonneville range gets model updates

    2021 Triumph Bonneville T120

    Comprising of five models and one limited edition variant, the 2021 Triumph Bonneville “Modern Classics” range gets engine updates and weight reduction. The entire Bonneville lineup gets Euro 5 compliance in the engine room along with improvements in engine response and lower emissions.

    Topping Triumph’s Modern Classics are the 2021 Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, carrying the 1,200 cc High Torque parallel-twin. This year’s T120s are 7 kg lighter than previous, coming with lightweight aluminium wheels rims.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

    Braking has taken a serious upgrade, with the T120 now coming with Brembo brake callipers on twin brake discs. Cruise control is now standard fitment and software for riding modes has been revised, while the instruments sport a new fascia.

    Colour options for the 2021 Bonneville T120 are Jet Black, Cordovan Red and Silver Ice or Cobalt Blue and Silver Ice with the two-tone paint schemes complemented with hand-painted gold pin striping. The T120 Black comes with blacked out wheel rims, grab rail, engine covers, mirrors, headlamp bezel, indicators, and exhaust with a brown bench seat and there are two colours – Jet Black or Matte Jet Black/Matte Graphite with hand-painted silver stripes.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville T100

    A step down the range is the Bonneville T100, with a 900 cc parallel-twin, now made Euro 5 compliant and putting out 65 PS at 7,400 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm, 10 PS more than previous. Engine response has been improved and the twin now revs 500 rpm higher.

    For suspension, new forks improve handling while the front brake calliper is now a Brembo unit. Overall, the T100 has lost 4 kg and features black powder coated engine and cam covers with service intervals now 10,000 km between visits to the workshop.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin

    Seat height on the T100 is 790 mm and a USB charging port is found under the seat. Paint choices include Lucerne Blue/Fusion White or Carnival Red/Fusion White with silver pin striping and solid Jet Black.

    The 2021 Street Twin has a 900 cc parallel-twin identical to the unit in the T100 with 65 PS and 80 Nm of torque, but has a lower 765 mm seat height as well as Brembo front brake calliper. Revisions for 2021 include new cast alloy wheels, a more comfortable seat, new bodywork and improved finish and detailing with three colour options available – Cobalt Blue, Matte Ironstone and Jet Black.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin Gold Line

    Joining the Street Twin is the limited edition Street Twin Gold Line, to be produced in a run of 1,000 units. Coming in Matte Sapphire Black with hand-painted gold lining, the Street Twin Gold Line is fitted with a new side panel featuring a custom Street Twin logo and each bike comes with a certificate of authenticity, personalised with its VIN number.

    As for the Bonneville Speedmaster, its Euro 5 compliant 1,200 cc parallel-twin delivers 78 PS at 6,100 rpm and 106 Nm of torque at 3,850 rpm, with 90% of the torque available through the rev range up to 5,750 rpm. Seating accomodations have been improved, with the very low seat height of 705 mm now featuring lumbar support and deep foam construction, while the pillion seat – swappable for the solo rider look or installation of a luggage rack – is now 11 mm thicker for better passenger comfort.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

    Handling wise, the Speedmaster now comes with 47 mm diameter Showa front fork while the rear preload-adjustable monoshock is retained. Braking sees a similar jump in spec with the inclusion of twin Brembo callipers in front and there are three colour choices – the new Fusion White/Sapphire Black and Red Hopper.

    Rounding out the Triumph Bonneville range is the Bobber, which now features a 16-inch front wheel and larger 47 mm diameter forks, giving it that “hunky” style. New blacked out engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover, with Led lighting used throughout.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

    The seat on the Bobber, set at 690 mm, is adjustable either “up and forwards” or “down and backwards”, allowing the bike to accommodate different leg lengths, something that was an issue on the first generation Bobber. The instruments are angle-adjustable to suit the seat positions and for 2021, the Bobber comes in Matter Storm Grey/Matt Ironstone, Cordovan Red or classic Jet Black.

    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville T120

    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville T100
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin Gold Line
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
    Gallery: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber


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Last Updated 27 Feb 2021