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  • 2024 Husqvarna Vitpilen 901 due to enter market?

    2024 Husqvarna Vitpilen 901 due to enter market?

    A teaser video on Husqvarna Motorcycles social media page shows what looks like the upcoming Husqvarna Vitpilen 901 naked sports. Seen riding on a dirt track, the Vitpilen 901 looks to be using the engine from the KTM 890 Duke, and not the 990 Duke with the all-new two-cylinder engine.

    This is logical because the engine is also used by Husqvarna in its Norden 901 adventure-tourer, priced at RM98,900 in Malaysia, as well as the KTM 890 Adventure. The 899 cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve, parallel-twin produces 105 hp at 8,000 rpm and 100 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm when used in that configuration.

    Probably a good example of badge engineering, KTM, which owns the Husqvarna name, as well as GasGas and the WP Suspension brands, is leveraging on its engineering and manufacturing facilities to produce rebodied bikes to suit market tastes.

    For design, the Vitpilen 901, Vitpilen meaning “White Arrow”, follow the design language set by the Vitpilen 701 and the Vitpilen and Svartpilen (Black Arrow) 401 closely. Expect to see a truncated subframe at the rear, shorter than the unit used on the KTM Duke series bikes.

    From the video, it is seen the Vitpilen 901 comes with 43 mm diameter WP Apex upside-down front forks, the same units used on 2023 890 Duke GP and the 2024 990 Duke. With these specs, we can also expect the Vitpilen 901 to be using the same brakes as the 890 and 990 Duke.

    The Vitpilen 901 also differs from its Duke siblings with the use of an externally braced swingarm, a departure from the curvy unit used on the Dukes. Setting the Vitpilen apart is the oversized round headlight, as well as the taller, more upright riding position with wider handlebars.

     
     
  • Selangor BikeCare-1000 aid scheme ends March 1

    Selangor BikeCare-1000 aid scheme ends March 1

    Applications for the Selangor state BikeCare-1000 aid scheme is open till March 1. This programme is exclusively for Selangor-born Malaysian citizens aged 18 years and older as well as not blacklisted in the Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS).

    The BikeCare-1000 scheme pays the hire purchase deposit, insurance and registration fee on a new motorcycle for the applicant. Organised under the Workers’ Empowerment Programme (UPPS) of the Selangor state government, the scheme is intended for gig workers, namely those working in the delivery sector.

    Selangor BikeCare-1000 aid scheme ends March 1

    Applicants, aside from being born in Selangor must provide the following documents, Malaysian identity card, guarantor’s (family member) identity card, bank statement and a copy of motorcycle licence. Also required is a copy of the applicant’s latest salary slip.

    Completed BikeCare-1000 application forms can be forwarded to the UPPS office on the fifth floor of the Selangor state government administration building in Shah Alam. Application forms can also be submitted online to the Pautan Ini website.

     
     
  • 2024 Honda RS-X 150 new colour for Malaysia, RM9.8k

    2024 Honda RS-X 150 new colour for Malaysia, RM9.8k

    For 2024 in Malaysia, the Honda RS-X gets a new colour, while pricing goes up by RM100 to RM9,798. Pricing does not include road tax, insurance or registration and stocks of the RS-X in new colour scheme will be in authorised Boon Siew Honda showrooms beginning February 22.

    The new colour option is Mat Ion Blue Metallic, which joins the 2023 Honda RS-X paint schemes of Lemon Ice Yellow and Candy Caribbean Blue Sea, along with the Trico Edition in Repsol racing colours. Every RS-X comes with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty against manufacturing defects.

    Other specifications for the Rs-X in Malaysia remain unchanged, with power coming from a single-cylinder mill displacing 149.16 cc and fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi mated to a six-speed transmission and chain final drive. The RS-X gets 15.8 hp at 9,000 rpm with 13.6 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.

    Braking for the RS-X is done with single hydraulic discs front and rear, with the front wheel getting single-channel ABS. Wheel sizing is 17-inches, wearing 90/80 front and 120/70 rear tyres.

    The RS-X carries fuel in a 4.5-liter tank while a digital meter with gear position indictor is found in the cockpit. LED lighting is used for the twin head and single tail lights while weight is listed at 122 kg and seat height is set at 795 mm.

     
     
  • Malaysian Hakim Danish races in 2024 JuniorGP

    Malaysian Hakim Danish races in 2024 JuniorGP

    Malaysian racer Hakim Danish dons national colours for the 2024 JuniorGP championship in Europe. With the 2022 Asia Talent Cup Championship under his belt, 17-year old Terengganu boy Hakim will race for SIC Racing-Msi, under the aegis of the MTHelmets-MSi team.

    The team will be managed by Zulfahmi Khairuddin, while the crew will comprise of three Malaysians and a European. As the sole entry for MSi in the JuniorGP, hopes are resting on Hakim for a good showing in 2024.

    Malaysian Hakim Danish races in 2024 JuniorGP

    Zulfahmi Khairuddin (left) and Hakim Danish

    Hakim previously spent 2023 racing in the JuniorGP and Red Bull Rookies Cup, and the series is seen as a stepping stone into the big leagues of MotoGP, starting with Moto3. The FIM JuniorGP Championship will begin on April 21 2024 at the Emilia-Romagna Circuit, Italy season opener.

    “Throughout the off-season, I have been training to build a strong foundation in preparation for the season ahead. I want to do my best for myself, my team, and to learn as much as possible to showcase my best performances even in my rookie year. I also want to thank SIC (Sepang International Circuit) and KBS (Ministry of Youth and Sport) for continuing to believe in and support me,” said Hakim.

     
     
  • 2024 MotoGP: Aero bikes dominate in 2024 Winter Test

    2024 MotoGP: Aero bikes dominate in 2024 Winter Test

    Winter Test is back at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) for the 2024 MotoGP season and this season’s race machines are sporting all sorts of aerodynamics. From the “Cadillac fins” of the Ducati Desmosedicis, the multi-level “Fast and Furious” Ah Beng wings of the Aprilias, all the teams had something to show.

    Aprilia raised some eyebrows with its Nachtjäger Matratze tail extension on the GP machine.In a social media video, it was explained the multi antenna fin is a collection of pressure point sensors to collect data on airflow behind the rider.

    The benefits of aero were readily apparent during the three days of Winter Test with the SIC MotoGP lap record now standing at the 1″56″ mark. Ducati stamped their superiority over proceedings, with Jorge Martin of Ducati satellite team Prima Pramac Racing showing his hand early with a 1:56.854 lap time.

    2024 MotoGP: Aero bikes dominate in 2024 Winter Test

    Not to be outdone, incumbent MotoGP world champion Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia of the works Ducati Lenovo Team turned in a 1:56.682 on the final day of testing, giving him the accolade of fastest rider at Sepang Winter Test. Not to be outdone, Bagnaia’s team mate, Enea “The Beast” Bastianini clocked a 1:56.915, for third at the conclusion of the test.

    It was all smiles in the Ducati camp with three of the 2024 Desmosedicis occupying the top three places, and six of their seven full-time riders sitting in the top eight. Rounding the list of riders in the 1:56 club was Alex Marquez of Gresini Racing MotoGP with a time of 1:56.938.

    Meanwhile, Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Fabio Di Giannantonio of Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team and Pedro Acosta of Red Bull GasGas Tech 3 came in the top 10. The sole Japanese factory team entry into the top10 was Repsol Honda Team’s Joan Mir, with a 1:57.374.

    As for multiple world champion Marc Marquez, now with Gresini Racing MotoGP after leaving Repsol Honda with 10 years under his belt, the Spaniard found the Ducati Desmosedici GP23 quite agreeable. This was shown with his 1:57.270, giving him a competitive time compared to his previous stints with the HRC RC213V post 2020 crash.

    2024 MotoGP: Aero bikes dominate in 2024 Winter Test

    The other Japanese factory representative on the grid, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP with ex-world champion Fabio Quartararo, managed 11th place with a time of 1:57.525. This time would have been enough to give Quartararo pole position at SIC in 2020 but three years and despite a testing moratorium during the Covid years, time has marched on and Yamaha has its work cut out for them on the YZR-M1.

    New team on the block, Trackhouse Racing from the US, taking over from Datuk Razlan Razali’s RNF Racing after the team spectacularly imploded at the end of the 2023 MotoGP season, complaints about rear tyre grip from the Michelin were heard. Maverick Vinales managed a best Winter Test position of 12th on the Aprilia RS-GP, while Miguel Oliveira managed a best of 18th.

     
     
  • Biker blocks car using Smart Lane on toll highway

    Biker blocks car using Smart Lane on toll highway

    With the 2024 Lunar New Year balik kampung exodus in full swing, the Smart Lane system is in effect on certain stretches of Malaysia’s toll highways. Done to alleviate traffic congestion on the highway especially during the pre- and post holiday travel period, the Smart Lane implementation during specific times and dates seems to have escaped one motorcyclist.

    In a video shared by user anthraxxx781 on social media, a biker is seen stopping his motorcycle on the emergency lane, blocking the path of a car. This is not a one-time occurrence as it has happened in the past.

    The rider then gets off his bike and confronts the driver, presumably to tell the driver off for using the emergency lane which is not allowed during normal days.

    However, in several public announcements, vehicles on the toll highways are allowed to use the emergency lane during specific times and dates. This was reported in a paultan.org article, here.

    Just to recap, the SMART Lane goes in effect beginning February 8, and lasts till February 18, with other dates applicable for certain stretches of highway. The full list is as follows:

    • from Bukit Tambun to Juru Toll Plaza – KM150.9 to KM150.5 (northbound)
    • Bandar Cassia to Sg Bakap layby – KM155.3 to KM156.0 (southbound)
    • Gua Tempurung to Gopeng KM306.7 to KM297.0 (northbound)
    • Slim River to Sungkai KM367.3 to KM354.0 (northbound)
    • Sungkai – KM354.0 to KM356.0 (southbound)
    • Rawang R&R to Sg Buaya – KM439.5 to KM435.5 (northbound)
    • Exit of Petron NKVE to Subang – KM11.2 to KM13.3 (northbound)
    • Nilai to Seremban R&R – KM280.0 to KM286.0 (southbound)
    • USJ overhead bridge to Seafield – KM6.1 to KM8.1 (northbound)
    • Port Dickson to Seremban – KM260.0 to KM263.1 (northbound)
    • Air Keroh to Jasin layby KM194.5 to KM 184.0 (southbound)
    • Kulai to Senai – KM27.0 to KM19.0 (southbound)
    • Senai to Kulai – KM19.0 to KM27.0 (northbound)
    • Dato Onn to Pasir Gudang – KM4.5 to KM1.9 (southbound)
     
     
  • 2024 Yamaha TMax Tech Max new colours for Malaysia – pricing remains unchanged at RM74,998

    2024 Yamaha TMax Tech Max new colours for Malaysia – pricing remains unchanged at RM74,998

    2024 Yamaha TMax Tech Max Dark Magma

    For this year, the 2024 Yamaha TMax Tech Max comes in new colours for the Malaysia market, with a recommended retail price of RM74,998. The new colour schemes are Dark Magma and Tech Black while pricing remains the same as previous, excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

    A two-year or 20,000 km warranty is provided against manufacturing defects while every purchase of the TMax Tech Max comes with a free disc lock worth RM100. The TMax Tech Max comes standard with Garmin navigation display – by subscription with the first month at RM27 – on the 7-inch TFT-LCD screen with three display modes.

    Power comes from a two-cylinder DOHC, 560 cc engine producing 47.6 hp at 7,500 rpm and 55.7 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm with power going to the rear wheel via automatic transmission and belt drive. As befits its name, the TMax Tech Max comes loaded with Yamaha’s latest in scooter technology.

    2024 Yamaha TMax Tech Max Tech Black

    This includes heated seat, heated grips, electric screen and cruise control, along with the aforementioned 7-inch TFT-LCD on screen navigation. The long seat and wide floorboards are designed for improved rider and passenger ergonomics with the rider’s back rest adjustable fore and aft by 30 mm.

    LED lighting is used throughout, including projector LED headlights and new tail light that forms a ‘T’ when lit up. Other riding conveniences include smart key access for starting, under seat storage and fuel filler cap, as well as locking the centre stand.

    The TMax Tech Max comes with two power modes as well as traction control, while tw0-channel ABS is standard equipment. Weight for the Tech Max is listed at 220 kg with 15-litres of fuel in the tank while seat height is set at 800 mm.

     
     
  • Yamaha Tenere 700 official Malaysia CKD price, RM70k

    Yamaha Tenere 700 official Malaysia CKD price, RM70k

    After its Malaysia market preview in September 2023, the 2024 Yamaha Tenere 700 now has official pricing, RM69,988, and this dual-purpose machine is brought in CKD. Pricing excludes road tax, insurance and registration and there is only one colour option available – Icon Blue.

    Price for the Malaysia market Tenere 700 compares against ASEAN neighbours Thailand and the Philippines where it is sold at RM58,394 and RM51,912 in 2021. The Tenere 700 was initially scheduled for local market introduction in 2022 and due to the vagaries of the exchange rate and supply chain issues plus inflation hitting Malaysia, pricing has seen an increase since then.

    Power for the Tenere 700 comes from Yamaha’s Crossplane 2 liquid-cooled parallel-twin displacing 689 cc. Power is rated at 72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm with 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, fed by EFI and getting to the ground with chain final drive and a six-speed gearbox.

    Information is displayed on a TFT-LCD screen along while riding aids are oriented towards off-road use for the committed dual-purpose rider. Wheel sizing is also biased to dirt riding with a 21-inch wheel wearing 90/90 rubber and a 150/70 tyre on an 18-inch wheel at the rear.

    Yamaha Tenere 700 official Malaysia CKD price, RM70k

    As suits a true off-road motorcycle, The Tenere gets long travel suspension with 43 mm diameter upside-down front forks with 210 mm of travel and 200 mm travel adjustable monoshock at the back. If you feel the Tenere 700 is too hard-core, the more road-oriented Tracer 9 GT is sold by Yamaha in Malaysia, priced at RM69,988.

    The Tenere 700 weighs in at 205 kg and fuel is carried in a 16-litre tank which gives a claimed 350 km range. A double-cradle tubular steel frame ties everything together and seat height places the rider 880 mm off the ground.

     
     
  • 2024 Pirelli Scorpion Trail III adventure-touring tyres, for sporty touring riders, with better wet weather grip

    2024 Pirelli Scorpion Trail III adventure-touring tyres, for sporty touring riders, with better wet weather grip

    Developed for the sporty adventure-touring motorcycle rider, the 2024 Pirelli Scorpion Trail III sport-touring tyre performance on asphalt and is suitable for light off-roading. Sharing DNA with the Pirelli Diablo sports tyre, the Scorpion Trail III is what Pirelli calls a street enduro tyre.

    The Scorpion Trail III offers stability even under fully-loaded conditions in the wet as well as low road noise. This is achieved by the use of alternating central and transverse grooves in the tyre pattern, with the iconic Pirelli ‘flash’ featuring prominently.

    This is followed by the integration of the central grooves into the shoulder, giving stability and grip on dirt roads. More rubber is thus presented to the road surface, increasing the performance of the Scorpion Trail III overall.

    New rubber compounds are used in the zero belt construction of the Scorpion Trail III. The rear comes with a dual-compound radial with a soft compound on the shoulders using plasticising resins that optimise cornering grip.

    The Scorpion Trail III is available is various sizes to suit adventure-touring and road motorcycles in a variety of sizes. For those with 19-inch front wheels, a 120/90 with matching 170/60-17 rear will be hitting the international market in the second half of 2024.

     
     
  • 2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE, Z900 ABS new colours for Malaysia, pricing starts at RM44,900

    2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE, Z900 ABS new colours for Malaysia, pricing starts at RM44,900

    2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE

    Getting new colours for the Malaysia retro motorcycle markets are the 2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE and Z900 ABS, priced at RM55,900 and RM44,900, respectively. While the retail price excluding road tax, insurance and registrati9on for the Z900 SE stays the same, the Z900 ABS sees a RM1,000 jump from the previous price of RM43,900 under Modenas.

    The Z900 ABS is now available in a Candy Persimmon Red/Ebony paint scheme while the Z900 SE now comes in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphene Steel Gray. A two-year unlimited mileage warranty comes with every Z900 purchased and are now available in selected Modenas Kawasaki dealer showrooms.

    2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE, Z900 ABS new colours for Malaysia, pricing starts at RM44,900

    2024 Kawasaki Z900 ABS

    Both the Z900 SE and Z900 ABS come with the same engine, a liquid-cooled, inline four-cylinder mill displacing 948 cc, with 16-valves and DOHC. Power is rated at 125 hp at 9,500 rpm with a peak torque of 98.6 Nm at 7,700 rpm.

    Power gets to the rear wheel via chain drive and a six-speed assist and slipper clutch equipped gearbox. Seat height for the Z900 is set at 805 mm with weight claimed to be 211 kg with 17-litres of fuel in the tank.

    2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE, Z900 ABS new colours for Malaysia, pricing starts at RM44,900

    Differentiating the Z900 SE from the base model Z900 ABS is the inclusion of radial-mount Brembo M4.32 radial-mount monobloc brake callipers with Brembo 300 mm diameter semi-floating discs in front. The Z900 ABS gets axial-mount Nissin four-pot units on twin 300 mm diameter discs while two-channel ABS is standard equipment on both Z900s.|

    For suspension, the Z900 SE gets 41 mm diameter upside-down forks with gold anodised fork legs, adjustable for rebound while the rear end gets an Ohlins S46 monoshock, with remote preload adjustment and adjustable rebound. The Z900 is fitted with an upside-down fork finished in black with rebound adjustment and a monoshock with rebound and preload adjustment.

    GALLERY: 2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 SE


    GALLERY: 2024 Modenas Kawasaki Z900 ABS

     
     
  • Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini in M’sia, RM460k

    Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini in M’sia, RM460k

    Launched in 2022 as a limited edition, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini is in Malaysia, priced at RM460,900. Of the 693 units produced, 630 base model and 63 designated Speciale Clienti for Lamborghini owners, only two units have been brought into the country and one is already sold.

    Inspired by the Lamborghini Huracan STO, the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini comes with front mudguard, tank cover, belly pan and tail, new components, grille extractors, vents and air intakes mimicking the Sant’Agata Bolognese supercar. Carbon-fibre is used extensively on the special edition, with the fibre pattern and weave identical to the Huracan STO.

    Additionally, the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini’s forged rear wheel has an identical pattern to the wheel used on the Huracan STO, held on by a special titanium wheel nut designed by Lamborghini and not available for sale. As for the seat, Alcantra leather is used, adding to the unique look and feel of this special edition Streetfighter V4.

    The centre tank cover is adorned with a metal plate showing the name of the model and the serial number of the bike. The number is also machined from solid in an aluminium insert on the ignition key and appears on the TFT dashboard during ignition, together with a celebratory animation showing the Ducati and Lamborghini badges and silhouette of the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini.

    Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini in M’sia, RM460k

    Decked out in Verde Citrea/Arancio Dac, one of the specific colour combinations unique to the Huracán STO, the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini has Brembo discs and brake callipers in Arancio Dac, the latter with a contrasting black logo while the Öhlins stays and fork legs are black.

    No others changes to the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini, carrying a Desmosedici Stradale V4, displacing 1,103 cc, rated at 208 hp at 13,000 rpm with 123 Nm of torque at 9,500 rpm. In Malaysia, the 2024 Ducati Streetfighter V4 is priced at RM141,900 while the Streetfighter V4S with electronic suspension goes for RM165,900.

     
     
  • 2024 Modenas Kawasaki ZX-25R SE new colour for Malaysia, pricing remains unchanged at RM33,900

    |2024 Modenas Kawasaki ZX-25R SE new colour for Malaysia, pricing remains unchanged at RM33,900

    Just a colour update for the 2024 Modenas Kawasaki ZX-25R SE, with pricing remaining unchanged at RM33,900 excluding road tax, insurance and registration. The new colour option is Stormcloud Blue, a blend of Metallic Phantom Silver and Ebony with Slate Blue accents, which replaces the current Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Grey/Ebony livery.

    Meanwhile the Kawasaki Lime Green/Ebony colour scheme remains while stocks last. The ZX-25R SE in new colours can be viewed at all authorised Modenas Kawasaki dealers at the end of February 2024. A two-year unlimited mileage warranty is provided against manufacturing defects.

    No others changes for the ZX-25R SE from last year’s model, with power coming from an inline four-cylinder, liquid-cooled and displacing 249.8 cc, mated to a quickshifter equipped six-speed gearbox. Power is claimed to be 51 PS at 15,500 rpm with a peak torque of 22.9 Nm at 14,500 rpm while top speed of the ZX-25R is reported by Kawasaki to be 197 km/h.

    2024 Modenas Kawasaki ZX-25R SE new colour for Malaysia, pricing remains unchanged at RM33,900

    Suspension for the ZX-25R SE uses preload-adjustable upside-down front fork and monoshock. Braking is done with single hydraulic discs front and rear with Kawasaki brand four-piston calliper in front while two-channel ABS is standard.

    Weight for the ZX-25R is 180 kg with seat height set at 785 mm with 15-litres of fuel carried in the tank. Inside the cockpit a TFT-LCD screen displays all the necessary information while LED lighting is used throughout.

     
     
  • REVIEW: 2023 Yamaha X-Max, RM23,998 all-rounder

    REVIEW: 2023 Yamaha X-Max, RM23,998 all-rounder

    With the first generation Yamaha X-Max 250 taking the Malaysia scooter market by storm, the updated 2023 Yamaha X-Max 250, priced at RM23,998, was placed in the hands of the paultan.org crew for review. That the X-Max 250 is popular cannot be denied, with buyers complaining of long waiting lists and lack of stock from Hong Leong Yamaha Motor dealers.

    There is also the issue of above retail pricing at the dealer level but as distributor Hong Leong Yamaha has pointed out, pricing is recommended retail and it has little control over dealers who wish to charge a premium. But that is a story for another time and what we want to see is what’s new, what’s improved and how is the second generation X-Max different from its predecessor.

    The scooter market in Malaysia has exploded since 2022, with distributors and dealers reporting high sales numbers in the 2022/2023 period. Things might’ve cooled down somewhat since then as life returns to normalcy.

    REVIEW: 2023 Yamaha X-Max, RM23,998 all-rounder

    Except for a certain segment of the Malaysian vehicle population who have come to realise there is a definite benefit to riding a two-wheeler, most especially a scooter, as traffic returns to the level of lunacy it was at before the pandemic.

    Traffic notwithstanding, the X-Max is a popular choice with Malaysian scooter riders for its versatility and ease of use. This time around, with the upgrades received, we think the bar has been raised a little higher for 250 cc segment scooters in Malaysia.

    Read the full review of the 2023 Yamaha X-Max 250 after the jump.

     
     
  • 2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE Djebel shown at MBE

    2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE Djebel shown at MBE

    Harking back to the days of the original Paris-Dakar Rally is the 2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE Djebel. With colour reminiscent of the original Paris-Dakar rally raid Suzuki DR650 and the DR Big from the 90s, the 800 DE Djebel takes its name from the Arabic word djebel, meaning mountain or mountain range, while the Djebel name was used by Suzuki for a dual-purpose 250 previously.

    Revealed at the Motor Bike Expo (MBE) in Verona, Italy, the 800 DE Djebel is clad in Suzuki’s famous blue and white race colours of two decades ago. Aside from the dose of nostalgia, the Suzuki name is emblazoned on the side of the fuel tank in white on a deep blue background.

    Contrasting stripes of light blue and blue are used, a styling cue that is very much taken from the 1990s. More Suzuki blue adorns the front mudguard, sump guard and tail piece, while an Akrapovic exhaust is fitted, exiting on the right of the V-Strom 800 DE Djebel.

    Setting the 800 DE Djebel apart from the standard model V-Strom 800 is the use of gold-anodised wheels front and rear, along with gold-anodised fork legs. Dunlop TrailMax Raid tyres are fitted, with the aforementioned Akrapovic exhaust in titanium.

    2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE Djebel shown at MBE

    Showa suspension gives 220 mm of travel in the adjustable upside-down front forks while the rear monoshock with remote gas reservoir is adjustable for preload. Rolling on 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, the V-Strom 800 DE gets a ground clearance figure of 220 mm and a seat height of 855 mm.

    Power for the V-Strom 800 DE comes from a parallel-twin displacing 776 cc with 270-degree crankshaft and DOHC, producing 83.1 hp at 8,500 rpm with 78 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. In Malaysia, the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE retails at RM60,800 excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

     
     
  • 2024 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Ten celebrates “The Clan”

    2024 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Ten celebrates “The Clan”

    Celebrating a decade of the Moto Guzzi owners group is the 2024 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Ten. The Moto Guzzi owners group, dubbed “The Clan” was formed in 2014 and today has over 50,000 members with the “Ten” in the V7 Stone Ten name celebrating a decade of membership.

    Differentiating the V7 Stone Ten from the standard V7 Stone model is the graphics on the fuel tank. This takes the form of a black-and-white chequered band on the right of the fuel tank and a glossy black band on the left, offset by red pinstriping laid over a base coat of glossy white.

    The fuel tank is adorned with the Moto Guzzi Mandello eagle logo in red on either side. This is complemented by the rear shock absorber springs painted red while the seat sports red stitching.

    A Moto Guzzi “Ten” plate is fastened to the handlebar clamp denoting the unique nature of the V7 Stone Ten. In addition, bar end mirrors are installed, giving the V7 Stone Ten a sporty “cafe racer” style.

    Engine wise, things stay the same with the 853 cc transverse V-twin producing 66.5 hp at 6,700 rpm and a maximum torque of 74.9 Nm of torque at 4,900 rpm. The valve covers are painted graphite grey while the Moto Guzzi logo in red is painted on the wheels.

    Rounding out the equipment fit out on the V7 Stone Ten is an Arrow exhaust in black, with “Moto Guzzi by Arrow” printed on the end can. In Malaysia, the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone retails at RM62,900 before road tax, insurance and registration, or approximately RM66,500 on-the-road, while arrival of the V7 Stone Ten in the local market is yet to be confirmed.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated Feb 22, 2024