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  • 2022 QJMotor SRT800 and SRT800X Malaysian launch – SRT800 priced at RM39,888, SRT800X at RM42,888

    After a quick preview back in January, the 2022 QJMotor SRT800 and SRT800X are now officially launched in Malaysia, priced at RM39,888 and RM42,888, respectively. Pricing does not include road tax, insurance or registration and stocks are expected in MForce dealer showrooms for delivery in July for orders placed now.

    Intended as the successor model to the Benelli TRK adventure-touring motorcycle series, the SRT800 comes with typical German and Italian inspired adventure bike styling. Power for the SRT800 comes in the form of a parallel-twin displacing 745 cc.

    Fed by EFI, the Euro 5, DOHC, 8-valve, liquid-cooled engine is claimed to produce 75 hp at 8,500 rpm, with 67 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power gets to the ground via an assist and slipper clutch equipped six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Differentiating the SRT800 and the SRT800X are the wheels, with the SRT800 coming with cast alloy wheels while the SRT800X gets spoked wheels. For wheel and tyre sizing, the SRT800 wears 120/70 front and 180/55 rear rubber on 17-inch wheels.

    Meanwhile, the SRT800X gets tubeless spoked wheels, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear, shod with 110/80 and 150/70 sized tyres. Suspension is done with adjustable upside-down forks in front and preload and compression adjustable monoshock at the back.

    Brembo supplies twin four-piston callipers for the front wheel on 320 mm discs and and a single-piston calliper clamping a 260 mm disc at the rear, with Bosch two-channel ABS as standard equipment. The SRT800X comes standard with aluminium top and side boxes.

    Inside the cockpit a 5-inch TFT-LCD full-colour display displays all the necessary information. The SRT800 weighs 254 kg with 810 mm seat height while the SRT800X comes in at 260 kg, with seat height set at 835 mm, while fuel capacity is identical at 18.5-litres.

     
     
  • 2022 MotoGP: Suzuki withdraws from competition

    Japanese motorcycle maker Suzuki in discussions with MotoGP organisers Dorna about its withdrawal from competition. In a MotoGP statement, Team Suzuki Ecstar intends to end its participation in MotoGP at the end of the 2022 season.

    Citing the current economic situation, Suzuki is forced to drastically reduce racing expenditure. Instead, the Hamamatsu firm will focus on developing new technologies using all its human and financial resources to concentrate on “big changes that the Automotive world is facing in these years.”

    Suzuki resumed racing in MotoGP in 2014 under the Team Suzuki MotoGP banner after a three-year break. In 2020, Joan Mir gave Suzuki its first rider’s championship win after a 20-year absence.

     
     
  • 2022 Triumph street bike range gets colour updates

    Colour updates only for the 2022 Triumph street bike range, with the Triumph Rocket 3 GT power cruiser getting two new schemes. For the world’s biggest engined production motorcycle, the 2,300 cc Rocket 3 GT is now available in two-tone Carnival Red/Sapphire Black and Sapphire Black.

    Meanwhile, stable mate the Rocket 3 R is now available in Matt Silver Ice while last year’s paint choices of Silver Ice/Cranberry Red and Phantom Black are carried over. In Malaysia, the Rocket 3 GT is priced at RM136,900 while the Rocket 3 R is tagged at RM130,900.

    Moving on to Triumph’s roadster range of naked sports machines, the Speed Triple 1200 RS is now available for order in Matt Baja Orange, with last year’s colour options of Matt Silver Ice and Sapphire Black still available. Meanwhile, the Street Triple 765 RS is only available in a shade dubbed Carbon Black, accented with the RS logo in gold.

    Accompanying the 765 RS is the Street Triple 765 R, which can be purchased in this year’s catalogue colour of Matt Carbon Black. Rounding out the colour changes for Triumph’s road bikes is the Street Triple 660 RS.

    New colour option for the Trident 660 RS is Matt Baja Orange/Matt Storm Grey while the previous paint selections of Silver Ice/Diablo Red, Matt Jet Black/Silver Ice and Sapphire Black are still available. Fast Bikes, official Triumph distributor for Malaysia, is now taking orders for the 2022 Triumph motorcycle range with stocks currently available in Triumph Malaysia showrooms nation wide.

    GALLERY: 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT Carnival Red/Sapphire Black


    GALLERY: 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 R Matt Silver Ice
    GALLERY: 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS Matt Baja Orange
    GALLERY: 2022 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS Carbon Black
    GALLERY: 2022 Triumph Street Triple 765 R Matt Carbon Black
    GALLERY: 2022 Triumph Trident 660 RS Matt Baja Orange/Matt Storm Grey

     
     
  • 2022 Royal Alloy GP125 and GP180 get colour updates for Malaysia, priced at RM12,497 and RM15,525 OTR

    2022 Royal Alloy GP180

    For the retro scooter scene in Malaysia, the 2022 Royal Alloy GP125, priced at RM12,497, and the GP180, retailing at RM15,252, get colour updates. Prices for the GP125 and GP180 are unchanged from 2021 and is on-the-road, excluding insurance.

    Matte Black is used for th GP125’s new colour scheme, while the GP 180 now comes decked out in Metal Blue. Otherwise there are no other changes for the GP125 and GP180 with power coming from a single-cylinder air-cooled engine.

    The GP125 gets 9.65 hp at 7,500 rpm and 9.2 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm with fuelling by EFI. Power goes through a belt drive and CVT transmission, as is typical for scooters in the category.

    2022 Royal Alloy GP125

    Braking uses single hydraulic discs on the 12-inch front and rear wheels, shod with 110/70 and 120/70 tyres. The GP125 weighs 130 kg with 10.5-litres of fuel carried in the tank, while a storage compartment inside the front cowl includes a USB charging socket and pocket for the rider’s smartphone, as well as space to store incidentals.

    As for the GP180, a 169 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder produces 10 hp at 7,250 rpm while torque is rated at 10.6 Nm at 5,250 rpm. All other specifications remains the same as the GP125, save that the GP180 comes fitted standard with ABS.7

    GALLERY: 2022 Royal Alloy GP180 Metal Blue


    GALLERY: 2022 Royal Alloy GP125 Matte Black

     
     
  • 2022 Yamaha 135LC V8 Fi SE Malaysia, RM8,198

    With Malaysian rider interest in the 2022 Yamaha 135LC Fi showing no signs of abating, here’s a look at the 135LC Fi SE, priced at RM8,198 excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Sold alongside the base model Yamaha 135LC Fi which retails at RM7,798, the SE comes with a model specific colour scheme and some extras.

    It should be noted the 135LC Fi, in base and SE model forms, is available only in Malaysia with it being unavailable in other ASEAN countries. Now in its eighth design iteration earning it the euphemism “V8” or “Version 8”, this year’s 135LC Fi is the first major makeover for the 135LC since it was launched in Malaysia in 2006.

    Differentiating the 135LC F1 SE from the base 135LC Fi is the cover set colour, in a shade called Desert Storm. Fans of the 135LC Fi can expect to see this paint choice offered for 2022 and 2023 before it is replaced, going by previous Hong Leong Yamaha new motorcycle model release practice.

    The 135LC Fi is powered by a Euro 4 compliant 135 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled mill fed by EFI. Power is claimed to be 12.4 hp at 8,000 pm while 12.2 Nm of torque is available at 6,000 rpm, almost similar numbers to the previous model Yamaha 135LC with 12 hp at 8,500 rpm and 11.79 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Aside from the colour scheme setting the 135LC Fi SE apart, a storage compartment comes as standard equipment, giving the rider some space for miscellaneous items. Also standard is a USB charging port for the rider’s electronics, located inside the compartment.

    Complementing the Yamaha Y16ZR (RM10,888) and Yamaha Y15ZR (RM8,498) which fall into the “Supercub” category with standard motorcycle gearbox and clutch, the 135 LC Fi instead remains true to its kapchai roots, with power going through a four-speed rotary gearbox and centrifugal clutch to the rear wheel, with chain final drive. A useful design change to the 135LC Fi comes in the form of a slightly bigger fuel tank, 4.6-litres compared against the outgoing 135LC’s 4-litres.

    The 135LC Fi tips the scales at 109 kg, adding 4 kg over the previous generation 135LC. Also new for the 135LC Fi is the instrument panel, a monochrome LCD display taken from the Y16ZR.

    No surprises on the suspension front, non-adjustable telescopic forks on the front 17-inch wheel and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the back. Braking uses hydraulic discs front and rear with the cast alloy wheels shod in 70/90 and 80/90 rubber.

     
     
  • 2022 Harley-Davidson LiveWire S2 Del Mar LE launched – limited edition of 100 units, RM66k

    Second in its range of electric motorcycle (e-bike) offerings after Harley-Davidson (H-D) spun LiveWire off as its own separate brand, the LiveWire S2 Del Mar Launch Edition is now in the market, priced at approximately USD 15,000 (RM65,761). Made in a limited initial production run of 100 units on pre-order, the bad news is LiveWire has sold every single unit of the S2 Del Mar LE.

    Registration is being taken for the production version of the S2 Del Mar, though no information was forthcoming from H-D as to when this might take place. H-D has yet to release detailed specifications of the S2 Del Mar, including power rating of the motor and battery pack capacity.

    What information is available states the S2 Del Mar will produce the equivalent of 80 hp or more, with an estimated range of 160 km with the battery us gin Level 1 and 2 charging, though charging times were not mentioned. Weight is targeted to be 197 kg, with a zero to 100 kmh time of 3.5 seconds or better.

    From the press photos released, we can see the S2 Del Mar follows a flat tracker/scrambler design style, with an LED headlight in the same oblong shape as used in the Sportster. The S2 Del Mar is obviously targeted at a younger, urban audience, eschewing the use of chrome and other superfluous adornments, giving it a purposeful silhouette.

    The motor on the S2 Del Mar is located amidships, like the Livewire, with final drive by belt. The battery pack is located where the engine would be in a traditional motorcycle, with finning putting the viewer in mind of a big single-cylinder thumper.

    Braking is done with Brembo callipers front and rear, with the S2 Del Mar looking like it rolls on rather chunky 17-inch wheels. Other modern accoutrements include upside forks, a monoshock at the rear and rather more modern (and functional) motorcycle steering geometry.

     
     
  • Harley-Davidson Pan America makes appearance in “Fast X” movie, ridden by Jason Momoa

    Filming is proceeding apace on “Fast X” (also known as Fast & Furious 10), with an on screen appearance by the Harley-Davidson Pan America adventure-tourer motorcycle (priced from RM99,900 in Malaysia). Ridden by action star Jason Momoa, the tenth movie in the “Fast and Furious” film franchise recently saw director Justin Lin leave the set, citing “creative differences” with the studio, Universal Pictures.

    With Lin replaced by director Louis Leterrier, filming has resumed in Rome, Italy, where Momoa was seen riding the Pan American dressed in leather pants and a snakeskin jacket in keeping with his role as the film’s villain. The Pan America itself has been modded for the film, bearing little resemblance to its real world form.

    Decked out in black paint, the Pan America’s exhaust piping is now a pair of straight pipes painted in red-orange. The headlight cowl, and headlight, is gone, replaced with the flat black plate with vent holes, mimicking the number plate used on flat track racers.

    The instrument panel is now a smartphone or small LCD display of some sort while the seat unit is modified to suit filming duties. What does remain is the Revolution Max 1250 V-twin with the Harley-Davidson “Bar and Shield” logo adorning the fuel tank.

    This time around, Momoa plays the villain of the piece, saying, “it’s fun, I get to play the bad guy, which I haven’t gotten to do for a while. Now, I get to be the bad boy. A very flamboyant bad boy. A little panache!”

     
     
  • Malaysian Hakim Danish shines in FIM Euro Talent Cup

    It appears competing in the 2022 FIM European Talent Cup (ETC) championship agrees with SIC (Sepang International Circuit) Racing’s Hakim Danish, with a podium place after last weekend’s racing in Portugal. Taking place at the Estoril Circuit, Portugal, in the opening race of the 2022 FIM JuniorGP season, Hakim placed fifth in Race 1, and gained his first ever podium spot with a second place finish in Race 2.

    Starting Race 1 in 10th position, Hakim fought hard against a crop of young European talent to grab fifth place. “For me, Race 1 was tiring because I was fighting hard to control my bike against other fast riders,” said Hakim after the race.

    However, the mechanics from team Monlau got cracking and made improvements to Hakim’s Honda NSF250 race machine ahead of Race 2. Despite starting from 12th on the grid, Hakim fought his way through the pack to finish second behind Joel Esteban of Aspar Junior Team and ahead of Rico Salmela of Estrella Garcia Racing Team.

    “I am really happy with Race 2 because this is my first time being on the European Talent Cup podium. The feeling of the bike is better than Race 1 all thanks to my team,” Hakim said. Hailing from Terengganu, Hakim is sponsored by SIC Racing, under the tutelage of Zulfahmi Kahiruddin of ZK Racing.

     
     
  • Dat Bike Weaver 200 leads e-bike charge in Vietnam – RM10,466, 200 km range, 6 kW electric motor

    After recently securing 5.3 million USD (RM23.22 million) in venture capital, Dat Bike is bringing electric motorcycles (e-bikes) to Vietnam. Recognised by the Vietnam Ministry of Transportation as Vietnam’s first domestically made e-bike, Dat Bike has raised 10 million USD (RM43.81 million) in funding since its founding in 2019.

    Dat Bike currently offers two e-bike models, the Weaver and Weaver 200, with a direct-to-consumer distribution model via two physical stores in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as online sales. Led by Son Nguyen, Dat Bike e-bikes are designed by the company and 80% of its suppliers are located in Vietnam.

    Starting with the Dat Bike Weaver, Nguyen addressed the issue of comparable performance with a standard combustion engined motorcycle, with the Weaver, powered by a 5 kW motor and delivering an 80 km/h top speed with 100 km range, equal to a 100 cc motorcycle. Charging time using domestic current was listed at three hours.

    Dat Bike has since released the Weaver 200, building on the Weaver, with upgraded performance and range. The Weaver 200 will deliver a top speed of 90 km/h, with a range of 200 km on a single charge. The Weaver weighs 120 kg, with a 6 kW motor and a 72 Volt, 68 Ah lithium-ion battery pack.

    The Weaver 200 features regenerative braking and connectivity to the rider’s smartphone including auto lock/unlock functionality with proximity detection. Pricing for the Weaver 200 is reported at USD 2,389 (RM10,466) while the Weaver is listed at USD 1,739 (RM7,619).

     
     
  • 2022 Yamaha Tricity 125 scooter updated for Europe

    Updated for this year in Europe is the 2022 Yamaha Tricity 125 three-wheeled scooter. Designed primarily for urban commuting, the Tricity 125 has been on the market since 2014 and like its bigger three-wheeler sibling the Yamaha Niken, has built up a cult following.

    New for 2022 is the Euro 5 compliant 125 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine, with Yamaha’s Blue Core engine efficiency design, engine stop-start and variable valve actuation (VVA). Fed by EFI, the Trinity’s power output is claimed to be 9 hp at 7,500 with 11.7 Nm of torque coming in at 7,250 rpm.

    The Tricity 125 uses an LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) Ackermann steering with dual front wheels for increased stability and traction at the front end. Ride comfort and stability is increased with a redesigned chassis while revised twin shock absorbers at the rear deliver a high-quality ride.

    Twin 220 mm diameter front brake discs and a single 230 mm unit at the back come with Yamaha’s Unified Braking System (UBS), or combined braking, where the front and rear brakes are proportionately activated during stops to increase stability and safety. Weight for the Tricity 125 is listed at 156 kg, with 7.2 litres of fuel carried in the tank.

    Seat height is set at 780 mm and under the seat, a storage space large enough for a single full-face helmet can be found, and this is complemented by a storage cubby for miscellaneous items inside the front cowl. Inside the cockpit, a monochrome LCD instrument panel features Bluetooth connectivity to the rider’s smartphone using Yamaha’s MyRide app.

    Other riding conveniences include LED lighting, keyless start and a larger footboard area for rider accessibility and a greater range of riding positions. The Yamaha Tricity 125 is available in Europe in three colour options – Icon Grey, Matte Grey and Milky White.

     
     
 
 
 

Latest Fuel Prices

PETROL
RON 95 RM2.05 (0.00)
RON 97 RM4.31 (+0.37)
RON 100 RM5.10
VPR RM5.70
DIESEL
EURO 5 B10 RM2.15 (0.00)
EURO 5 B7 RM2.35 (0.00)
Last Updated 12 May 2022