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  • 2020 Honda Wave Alpha in Malaysia, from RM4,339

    Updated for next year in Malaysia is the 2020 Honda Wave Alpha, which comes new front cowl and graphics. Pricing for the Wave Alpha is RM4,339 for the spoked wheel model while RM4,589 gets you the cast wheel variant.

    This represents a RM64 increase for the spoke wheel Wave Alpha’s 2019 price of RM4,275 while the spoke wheel model goes up by RM73 from the previous price of RM4,516. All prices exclude road tax, insurance and registration.

    Carrying a a 109.1 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder mill with four-speed gear box, the Wave Alpha produces 8.3 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.59 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Designed as a fuel efficient commuter motorcycle, the Wave Alpha has a 3.7-litre fuel tank, small under seat storage compartment and either electric or kick starting.

    Braking is done with drum brakes on the Wave Alpha spoke wheel model while the cast wheel version has a single hydraulic disc brake on the front wheel and drum at the back. Suspension is with telescopic front forks and twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers in the rear.

    Colour options for the 2020 Honda Wave Alpha are Vivacity Red, Pearl Nightfall Blue and Clipper Yellow. Availability of the Wave Alpha at authorised Boon Siew Honda dealers is from next week.

  • 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 launched, five new models

    For next year’s riding season, the boys from Hinckley have released the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900, which comes in five variants. These are the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro for heavy-duty riding, the more touring oriented Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro and the base model Tiger 900.

    Now Euro 5 compliant, the inline-triple in the Tiger has been given a bump in capacity to 888 cc from the previous 799 cc in the Tiger 800 and now produces 93.9 hp at 8,750 rpm and 87 Nm of torque at 7,250 rpm. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, final drive for the Tiger 900 is by chain.

    With five models in the new Tiger 900 range, Triumph has broadly divided the range into adventure touring and the more serious overlander tourer side of things. Main differentiation in nomenclature between models is the GT and Rally models, further divided into Pro variants.

    For the Tiger 900 GT, intended for adventure touring, the GT and GT Pro models come with 45 mm diameter upside-down forks with manual adjustment of compression and rebound damping and 180 mm of travel. Meanwhile, the rear end of the Tiger 900 GT comes with RSU manually adjustable preload and rebound monoshock while the GT Pro model gets electronically adjustable for preload and rebound damping with 170 mm travel.

    Moving up the range, the the Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro come with fully-adjustable 45 mm upside-down forks with 240 mm of travel while the rear gets a preload and rebound adjustable monoshock with 230 mm travel. For the base model Tiger 900, front suspension uses a non-adjustable 45 mm diameter upside-down forks and preload adjustable monoshock.

    Braking is done with Brembo Stylema 4 callipers clamping 320 mm discs across the range, with the GT and Rally models getting Optimised Cornering ABS that is omitted on the base model Tiger 900. Seat height is adjustable on all Tiger 900s by 20 mm, with the base and GT models with between 810 mm and 830 mm seat height and the Rally and Rally Pro models getting between 850 mm and 870 mm, the exception being the Low Ride Height (LRH) Tiger 900 GT with 760 mm to 780 mm.

    The instrument panel in the Tiger 900 is a 7-inch TFT-LCD with four display and four colour options. Optional Bluetooth My Triumph connectivity is available on the Tiger 900 GT and Rally and comes as standard equipment on the Pro versions.

    Riding aids have a similar upgrade, now with six riding modes in the Tiger 900 Rally Pro – Rain, Road, Sport, Off-Road, Rider-configurable and Off-Road Pro while the Tiger 900 Rally omits the Off-Road Pro and Rider-configurable mode. For the Tiger 900 GT, the GT model gets Rain, Road, Sport and Off-Road and the GT Pro gets an additional Rider-configurable mode leaving the base model Tiger 900 with only Rain and Road modes.

    LED lighting is found all-round on the Tiger 900 with LED DRLs while the GT Pro and Rally Pro models come with LED auxiliary riding lights. An up-and-down quickshifter comes standard for the Pro versions of the Tiger 900 and available as a option for the rest of the range.

    Other rider conveniences include a 5-volt USB power socket for charging and mobile phone storage under the seat and illuminated switches with a 5-way joystick, electronic cruise control and heated grips for the Tiger 900 GT and Pro range, omitted for the base model. The top-of-line Tiger Pro models also come with heated rider and passenger seats and tyre pressure monitoring system.

    Colour options for the 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally and Rally Pro are Matt Khaki, Sapphire Black and Pure White with graphics inspired by the Triumph Tramontana rally machine. The Tiger 900 GT and GT Pro are available in Korosi Red, Sapphire Black and Pure White and the base model Tiger 900 comes only in Pure White.

    GALLERY: 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro

    GALLERY: 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

  • 2020 Yamaha XSR155 arrives in Indonesia, RM10.8k

    After Thailand, it is now Indonesia’s turn to receive the 2020 Yamaha XSR155 naked retro, priced at 36.27 million Rupiah (RM10,783). For a 155 cc motorcycle, the XSR155 is a touch more expensive than the Yamaha YZF-R15 sports bike which goes for 36.07 million Rupiah (RM10,726), which retails in Malaysia for about a thousand Ringgit more at RM11,988.

    Indonesia market specifications for the XSR155 are identical to the unit sold in Thailand, powered by a single-cylinder, 155 cc, SOHC VVA mill fed by EFI. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the XSR155 produces 19 hp at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm.

    Despite being a basic retro-styled single, the XSR155 comes with LED lighting front and rear as well as a circular fully-digital display. Overall weight for the XSR155 is claimed to be 134 kg and fuel is carried in a 10.4 kg tank.

    Rolling on 17-inch wheels, the XSR155 comes shod with general-purpose tyres 110/70 and 140/70 sizes, front and rear, respectively. Suspension is done with telescopic forks in front and preload-adjustable monoshock at the back while braking use single front and rear hydraulic disc brakes and there is no sign that the XSR155 is equipped with ABS.

    Seat height on the XSR155 is 810 mm and there are two colour options – Matte Silver Premium and Matte Black Elegance. Aside from the base model XSR155, Yamaha Indonesia offers accessory packages for user customisation, examples being the Tracker and Sport Heritage.

  • 2020 Yamaha NMax updated and now in Indonesia

    After a couple of years in the market, the 2020 Yamaha NMax scooter has been given a fairly extensive makeover and is now in Indonesia. At a glance the 2020 NMax might look unchanged but on closer inspection, all the body panels are new.

    This includes the headlights which now come with LED DRLs and a windshield that is slightly curvier than before. Turn signals are now a little smaller and located lower down with swoopy side panels and new split rear lights that are similar to the unit used on the Yamaha XMax 250.

    Rider conveniences have been given a similar upgrade and the NMax now comes with Start-Stop, Smart Motor Generator and traction control. Also included is Keyless Start, USB charger and an all-new digital LCD instrument panel.

    For the panel, there is the option for the rider to connect to the Y-Connect app from Yamaha using a smartphone. Aside from displaying messages, calls and navigation, the app also allows the user to read information about the NMax and know its location.

    As for the engine, no changes have been made to the single-cylinder SOHC VVA unit that produces 14.9 hp at 8,000 rpm and 14.4Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Fuel is carried in a 6.6-litre tank and no pricing is available till the official Indonesia launch in 2020.

  • REVIEW: 2020 Triumph Street Triple 765RS naked sports – more of the same, but better, at RM67,900

    When the Triumph Street Triple 765RS was launched in 2017, replacing the Street Triple 675R, the boys from Hinckley took the streetfighter formula and made it better. Three years on, the 765RS has been updated, revised and redesigned to make a successful naked sports bike, priced at RM67,900 in Malaysia sans road tax, insurance and registration, same as the previous generation model – better.

    Riding the first generation 765RS at the press ride in Catalunya, Spain, the author was impressed enough with it to place an order for one immediately. It even made the 2017 Bike of the Year list in top place, so let it not be said we do not put our money where our mouth is.

    With three years between model changes, it is about right the Street Triple got a makeover, a suitable period of time to find out what the bugs are and get them sorted out, so to speak. Thus, when Triumph released the 2020 model, we were agog with anticipation.

    Excitement increased when we were informed Triumph Malaysia would receive the very first shipment of 2020 Street Triple 765RS from the factory. We wet our pants when told one of the units landing on our shores was marked with the author’s name.

    Wait, I hear you say, did you actually buy one of the 2020 765RS? The answer is yes, we did, and read the rest of the review to find out why.

    Read the review of the 2020 Triumph Street Triple 765RS after the jump.

  • FIRST RIDE: 2020 Triumph Street Triple 765RS, RM68k

    The all-new 2020 Triumph Street Triple 765RS, which was launched earlier this month at the 2019 Shell MotoGP at the Sepang International Circuit, is priced at RM67,900. That’s literally the same sticker price as before, but the 2020 model comes with a raft of updates, both mechanically and aesthetically.

    To start, the first thing to catch the eye is the new LED headlights, as well as vents featured on each side of the seat cowl, a design inspired by Moto2 race machines. Power comes from the same 765 cc, inline-triple engine but is tweaked to give 9% more torque in the mid-range.

    The engine makes 121 hp at 11,750 rpm and 79 Nm of torque at 9,350 rpm, and it’s now Euro 5 compliant. Similarly enhanced is the six-speed gearbox, which now includes shorter first and second gears to improve acceleration and an up-and-down quickshifter is standard. Engine response is improved thanks to lighter internals, and the bike’s dry weight is 166 kg.

  • 2020 Modenas Pulsar NS200 with ABS to be launched in Malaysia soon?

    The badging collaboration between Malaysia’s Modenas and world’s third largest motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj Auto of India has seen the introduction of the Modenas Pulsar NS200 and RS200, the Dominar J400 as well as the recently launched NS160. Hammy the Dirty Badger has heard that the Pulsar NS200 naked sports will receive ABS as a model update this December.

    This is still an unconfirmed rumour but since the Pulsar RS200 is offered with single-channel ABS, it only makes sense an essential motorcycle safety feature is offered in for the companion model. Currently, the Pulsar NS200 is on sale in Malaysia at a price of RM9,300, while the RS200 is priced at RM11,350 and the NS160 goes for RM7,577.

    It remains to be seen if the addition of ABS, whether single- or two-channel, will have an impact on pricing for the NS200. Typically, ABS-equipped motorcycles are priced at between RM1,500 to RM3,000 more than the non-ABS version at the base end of the motorcycle market.

    The current model NS200 and RS200 were launched in Malaysia in 2017 and marked Modenas’ first foray into the ‘real’ motorcycle market. Both come with a single-cylinder, three-spark plug, liquid-cooled power plant that puts out 24.5 PS at 9,750 rpm, and 18.6 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm.

    Fuel is carried in a 13-litre tank, and a standard telescopic fork holds up the front end, while a Nitrox monoshock props up the rear. Braking is done with a single hydraulic disc front and rear and weight is claimed to be 154 kg.

  • Vespa appoints Didi Resources as Malaysia distributor

    After discussions beginning last July, Piaggio Group, manufacturer of Vespa scooters as well as Aprilia and Moto Guzzi motorcycles, has ended their distribution agreement with Naza Premira and appointed Didi Resources as its Malaysian dsitributor. The distributor agreement will take effect January 1, 2020 for sales, service and spare parts.

    However, Naza Premira will continue to continue to honour all warranty agreements till the end of 2019. Naza Premira was the Malaysian distributor for the Piaggio and Vespa brands since 2010.

    “The appointment of Didi Resources is part of Piaggio’s business strategy to group the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi brands under a single entity to maximize efficiencies across all aspects of the business and reinforce customer commitment in Malaysia,” said Gianluca Fiume, Chairman & General Director of Piaggio Vietnam cum Executive Vice President Asia Pacific 2 Wheeler.

    With the addition of Vespa alongside Aprilia and Moto Guzzi, Didi Resources now represent the Piaggio brands in Malaysia under the Motoplex concept. The Motoplex store provides the full offer of the Piaggio, Vespa, Aprilia and Moto Guzzi brands in a single location, together with services, accessories, merchandising and entertainment.

  • 2020 Harley-Davidson Malaysia price list released, new H-D Malaysia branch opens in Kota Kinabalu

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    With full scale manufacturing operations happening at the Thailand plant from 2019, prices of 2020 Harley-Davidson (H-D) motorcycles in Malaysia have taken a significant drop, especially for the big touring rigs. The 2020 Harley-Davidson price list for Malaysia sees a rationalisation of prices, with savings of up to RM30,000 in the FLH class of touring V-twins.

    Notably, the FLHR Road King in Vivid Black can now be purchased for RM138,500, down from last year’s CBU price of RM176,900 with similar savings in the Colour, Two-Tone and Custom paint options. At the top of H-D’s touring motorcycle range, the Ultra Limited goes down to RM188,600 from RM220,700, a savings of RM32,100.

    For the Softail range where prices were already adjusted for CBU in 2019, not much change is seen in pricing, save for an average rise of about RM500 for most prices. All 2020 Softails are available in the base colour of Vivid Black or with a RM2,000 upcharge for colour, while Two-Tone, Custom and Custom Two-Tone options are available for significantly more.

    At the bottom of the range are the Sportsters which, like the Softails, are already available in Malaysia in CKD form with pricing attracting a very slight increase. At the top end of the range, the CVO and Trike models are priced from RM229,400 for the FLRT Freewheeler trike, topping out at RM419,700 for the FLTRXSE CVO Road Glide.

    In related news, operations have begun at H-D Malaysia’s new branch located in Kota Kinabalu Sabah with customer bikes being serviced and full showroom operations expected to commence in the first quarter of 2020, joining its branches in Malacca and Penang. This is inline with H-D Malaysia’s expansion plans with another showroom expected to open after location scouting is completed.

  • GrabBike (Beta) opens for registration in Malaysia

    Following the move by Transport Minister Anthony Loke to allow the provision of motorcycle ride sharing services in Malaysia, Grab has now launched GrabBike (Beta). The pioneer programme has been approved for a trial period of six months beginning January 2020.

    Currently open to service riders in the Klang Valley, applications are currently being accepted via Grab’s website. Conditions for GrabBike riders are a motorcycle not more than five years old from the date of registration, a valid motorcycle license and other conditions as imposed by the Ministry of Transport.

    Riders accepted into the trial programme will be provided with a Grab jacket and pillion passenger’s helmet free of charge. Applications should be forwarded to Grab before 2 December and successful applicants will be notified by 9 December to report for orientation and training.


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Last Updated 23 Nov 2019