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  • 2018 Sur-Ron “White Ghost” e-bike – below RM11,700

    Electric motorcycles, or e-bikes, are coming out in the market faster than lightning, with most major manufacturers having one or two in the design or production pipeline, not including current major players Energica, Zero and Brammo. A new player in the field is Sur-Ron, from China, with its current offering, the “White Ghost”.

    Claimed to come with a sub USD 3,000 (RM11,700) price tag, the White Ghost is designed for short urban trips. Carrying a 10 kilowatt electric motor that is the equivalent of 13.4 hp, this e-bike has a 100 km/h top speed powered by a 4.2-kilowatt hour, 60-volt battery that takes three hours to go to full charge.

    Power is transmitted through a two-speed, dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, apparently a first for a China made e-bike. Suspension is with upside-down telescopic fork in front with a monoshock in the rear, and ABS is standard equipment.

    This is enough to carry the White Ghost to a distance of 100 km, depending on which of the three riding modes is selected. The first two modes – Economy and Sport – are self-explanatory while the third mode, “Turbo”, boosts power by 20% for 20 seconds to allow for over taking or riding uphill.

    Several modern conveniences are included in design of the White Ghost, including a storage space where the fuel tank would be for a normal motorcycle. Also included is full LED lighting all-round, with the headlight being a two-element projector light unit flanked by two DRLs, which Sur-Ron calls “Soul-Eye”.

    At the back, the brake lights and indicators are integrated, changing colour and flashing as necessary. On the inside of the fairing, green LEDs add “atmosphere lighting” to the White Ghost, combined with cornering lights that come on as the rider leans the e-bike.

    Activating the White Ghost is with a keyless fob, which also includes a vehicle location feature and functions as a flashlight. The 2018 Sur-Ron White Ghost is currently under-going type approval and homologation in China for export sales.

  • Valentino Rossi signs with Yamaha for two more years

    Seven-time MotoGP world champion – nine times world champion in total – Valentino Rossi has signed for two more years with Yamaha, extending his tenure with the factory team to 2020. 39-year old Rossi will enter his 13th season with Yamaha, ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail circuit this March 16, riding the Yamaha YZR-M1.

    During his time with Yamaha, Rossi garnered 56 first places, 43 second places and 35 third places, across a total of 206 races, with 365 Grand Prix starts across all classes. Moreover, out of Yamaha’s 500 Grand Prix victories, Rossi posted 55 wins, representing a single rider contribution of 11% to the total.

    By 2020, Rossi will have been racing for 25 seasons, coming off last year’s season of six podium places, with a single victory in Netherlands, and a fifth place in the 2017 MotoGP championship standings. Rossi owns the VR46 Racing Team, and has dropped hints that he will enter the team in MotoGP after his retirement.

  • 2018 Vespa GTS Super 300 in Malaysia – RM27,072

    Shown to during a visit to its assembly facility in Vietnam last year, the 2018 Vespa GTS Super 300 is now in Malaysia at a price of RM27,072, including GST but excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Designed for use as a stylish urban commuter, the GTS Super 300 epitomises Vespa’s classic design style, a blend of sports and performance on city streets.

    Carrying Vespa’s fuel-injected, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-valve Quasar engine, the Super 300 is claimed to put out 21.2 hp at 7,750 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The GTS transmits power through a CVT gearbox with torque servo and a centrifugal dry clutch, in typical scooter fashion.

    Suspension at the front is a single-arm unit with coil spring and hydraulic shock, while the rear end is propped upright with a pair of shock asborbers featuring four-position pre-load. Two-channel ABS is standard fitment, paired with traction control, with the front and rear wheels stopped by 220 mm stainless steel discs.

    The Super 300 rolls on 12-inch hoops front and back, shod in 120/70 and 130/70 tubeless rubber, respectively. The LED headlight is a new feature for the Super 300 GTS, along with an LCD instrument panel with analogue speedometer and electric remote saddle opening.

    Rider conveniences include a USB port for easy charging of electronic devices, standard anti-theft immobiliser and bike finder feature. There are four colour options for the 2018 Vespa GTS Super 300 – Monte Bianco (White), Verde Spreanza (Green), Grigio Titanio (Grey) and Giallo Gelosia (Yellow).

  • Cagiva of Italy to return as an electric motorcycle?

    Malaysian riders will have fond memories of the Cagiva Mito, a screaming seven-speed two stroke 125 that ripped up local roads. After laying dormant for several years under the ownership of MV Agusta, Asphalt and Rubber reports Cagiva will be coming back to the market as an electric motorcycle (e-bike).

    After receiving fresh capital injection, MV Agusta is now in a position to develop some of its assets, and one of these is Cagiva, a make renowned in the 80s and 90 for a series of seriously capable dual-purpose machines, notably the legendary Cagiva Elefant. “I believe in electric. There is a great potential, and we are making a project there – under another brand – which is Cagiva,” said Giovanni Castiglioni, chief executive officer of MV Agusta.

    According to the report, a range of off-road e-bikes will be developed to enter the lightweight, fun bike category. “We are investing in lightweight fun vehicles, bikes. Let’s say in-between… it’s a family. It’s a family that goes between a bicycle to a Zero-type bike, but different,” Castiglioni said. ealier reported MV Agusta was considering bringing back the Cagiva name, and it appears this will be so, despite there not being a racing dual-purpose or small track weapon in the stable. As for the parent company, the Brutale four-cylinder is proceeding apace, with a public showing at the end of 2018 rumoured.

  • Motorcycle ownership transfer fee reduced for Sabah and Sarawak – inline with Peninsular Malaysia at RM3

    Motorcycle ownership transfer fees for Sabah and Sarawak has been brought inline with the rate for Peninsular Malaysia, which is RM3. In a press statement issued by the Ministry of Transport, the new fee is effective April 1.

    While the current ownership transfer rate for Peninsular Malaysia RM3, in Sabah it is RM40 while in Sarawak, a fee of RM5 is charged. The fee standardisation is to help reduce the financial burden for Malaysians, especially those in the B40 group, which is households with a monthly average income of less than RM3,860.

    A total of 12,933,042 motorcycles of all capacities were registered and on-the-road in Malaysia, as of June 2017. For the previous year, 496,000 motorcycles were registered and in January 2018, 50,000 motorcycles were sold, representing a 5% increase over the same period last year.

  • 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 enters market end April

    First shown as a concept just over a year ago at the EICMA show in Italy, the 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 will be on sale in markets worldwide by the end of April. While Husqvarna is owned by Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM, this does not mean the Vitpilen 701 is a re-badged KTM 690 Duke.

    Styling for the Vitpilen 701 is very different, bearing more of a street bike design, versus the stunt bike ethos of the Duke. The Vitpilen carries a 692.7 cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine – based on KTM’s LC4 – that produces a peak horsepower of 75 hp and 72 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm.

    The thumper mill is fed by EFI and controlled with ride-by-wire while power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox. The hydraulically activated slipper clutch is an APTC unit made by Adler, also found on the KTM 690 Duke.

    As is customary for both KTM and Husqvarna, WP provides the suspension for the Vitpilen 701, with 43 mm diameter upside-down forks in front and a WP monoshock at the back. Brembo does the braking, with four-piston callipers clamping 320 mm discs in front, and a single-piston floating calliper on a 240 mm disc at the back, controlled by Bosch 9M+ two-channel ABS.

    For a middleweight street bike, the Vitpilen is light, weighing in at 157 kg sans fuel, but loses out almost 10 kg compared to the 148 kg dry weight of the 690 Duke. Fuel for the Vitpilen 701 is carried in a 12-litre tank, and seat height is set at 830 mm.

    The 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 is also joined by the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, both with a 375 cc single-cylinder that produces 44 hp, making them counterparts to the KTM 390 Duke. Vitpilen means “White Arrow” while Svartpilen means “Black Arrow” in Swedish, the paintwork reflecting their names.

    GALLERY: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 701

    GALLERY: 2018 Husqvarna Vitpilen 401

  • REVIEW: 2017 BMW Motorrad R1200 RS – RM101,900

    If you’re in a hurry, are on paved roads riding a motorcycle, not much can beat a big sports-tourer with most manufacturers havimg one in the catalogue. But when it comes to mile munching and doing some low-level flying on the highway, the 2017 BMW Motorrad R1200 RS, priced at RM101,900 including GST, has a reputation for standing out.

    While the current market taste for large displacement adventure tourers does not seem to showing any signs of dying out – the author equates this to the trend for buying SUVs that never see any surface rougher than an unsurfaced parking lot – riders should not miss out on what makes sports-touring motorcycles emphasise the word “sports”.

    In the case of the R1200 RS, this bike empitomises the Blitzkreig approach to motorcycle touring, very fast, very precise and take no prisoners. Drawing on BMW’s legendary boxer engine, which boasts a lineage going back to 1921 with the introduction of the M2B15, the R1200 RS takes a formula introduced by the boys from Munich in the late 70s and early 80s and further refines the definition of sports-touring.

    The main criteria for a sports-tourer, regardless of whether it is on the sports or touring side of things, is speed, and comfort. We were curious to find out if the R1200 RS would deliver on these points, as the author has fond memories of riding a K100 RS, also known as the “Flying Brick”, across both west and east Europe just over two-and-a-half decades ago.

    So, BMW Motorrad were kind enough to hand us the keys to the R1200 RS, and told us to go have fun with it. What this meant was us taking the R1200 RS for a hunter-killer mission on Malaysian highways, picking off stray cars who think motorcycles have no place on the roads.

    Read the review of the 2017 BMW Motorrad R1200 RS after the jump.

  • FIRST LOOK: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS – from RM67,900

    Retro bikes, there are more and more of them these days, sprouting like mushrooms after the rain. Capitalising on a previous model in a manufacturer’s catalogue from at least three decades ago, brought up to date, seems to be an easy way to make money and this is what Kawasaki seems to have done with the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS, priced at RM67,900, with the SE, or Special Edition, going for RM69,900, including GST.

    Now, retro is as retro does, and motorcycles of this ilk are more about presentation than “go”. But, about four decades ago, Kawasaki made the baddest, maddest four-cylinder sports bike you could buy, the 1973 Z1.

    The thing is, the Z1 was high tech for the time, and was the bike all the riders wanted, till Suzuki came and kicked everyone’s butt but that’s another story for another time. So, what was high tech back then is obsolete today, but it does not stop some riders from hankering after an “image” of a by-gone age.

    When Kawasaki first released the Z900 naked sports, with its inline-four, a thought went through our minds that this would make a good basis for the reintroduction of a bike in the style of the Z1 and the Zephyr, and, well, Kawasaki went ahead and did it.

    With the recent launch of the Z900RS – truth be told we are waiting for the Z900RS Cafe Racer variant we had a look at in Milan – Kawasaki Malaysia, before allocating proper review units, allowed the local moto-journalists a taste test, as it were. So, what did we think of the Z900RS?

    Read the our impression of the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS after the jump.

  • Master plan for KL bicycle/pedestrian lanes out soon

    As promised, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is in the midst of preparing a Kuala Lumpur pedestrian and bicycle master plan, which it says will be completed soon. According to the Federal Territories ministry, the new plan and its elements will ensure safe, comfortable and efficient pathways for pedestrians and cyclists in the city, Bernama reports.

    “The scope for the preparation of the pedestrian and bicycle master plan comprise the physical and non-physical aspects,” the ministry said in a written reply to a question posed at the Dewan Rakyat.

    “The physical aspect means carrying out the feasibility study on land use, network plans and preparation of infrastructure and facilities, while non-physical aspect means preparing the proposal for awareness, safety, enforcement and community engagement programmes,” it added.

    The ministry said that DBKL will ensure that these pathways will meet the highest standards possible and follow internationally-recognised guidelines and comply with national laws.

    The study is a response to the controversy surrounding lane separators installed earlier this year on blue cycling corridor lanes in the city centre. Protests were brought forward over the implementation of these bicycle lanes arose after it was alleged the lane separators used were a danger to other road users, notably motorcyclists.

  • 2018 Harley-Davidson Malaysia prices – from RM56k

    After a successful launch party of the new Harley-Davidson Petaling Jaya showroom, the new Harley-Davidson (H-D) distributor, Didi Resources, has released the 2018 Malaysia pricing for the entire range of H-D models. For 2018, H-D has three primary model groups – Touring, Softail and Sportster, with four models making up the Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) range.

    Special H-D models as are the Police and Trike machines, with the made in India Street 750 and Street Rod rounding up the stable as the entry-level into the H-D lifestyle. Within the line up of the “proper” H-D motorcycles, there are also several anniversary models, celebrating 115 years of the American motorcycle.

    Of note is H-D’s new power plant, the Milwaukee 8 V-twin, which comes in three displacements, the 107, which equals 1,750 cc, a 114, displacing 1,870 cc and a 117, coming in at 1,919 cc. All have two spark plugs and four-valves per cylinder, push-rod actuated and the 114 and 117 Milwaukee 8s come with oil- and liquid-cooled heads.

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    Coming in at a low price of RM56,710 – for a Harley V-twin – is the 2018 Harley-Davidson Street 750 in Vivid Black. As earlier stated, the Street 750 is the base, entry-level model H-D bike, and is targeted at the young rider and developing Asian markets, where it is joined by the 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Rod, which we rode in Singapore.

    Moving up in capacity, we come to the Sportster series of bikes, which displace either 1,200 cc or 883 cc. The base model Sportster is the Iron 883, which was reviewed by in 2016. There are two variants to the Iron 883 – colour at RM86,072 and Hard Candy paintwork priced at RM89,782.

    See the full 2018 Harley-Davidson Malaysia price list after the jump.


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Last Updated 15 Mar 2018