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  • MyLesen B2 license assistance programme launched – RM2.7m allocation for 9k people from the B40 group

    MyLesen B2 license assistance programme launched – RM2.7m allocation for 9k people from the B40 group

    Transport minister Anthony Loke and minister of home affairs Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution launched the national level MyLesen B2 programme in Sungai Petani, Kedah yesterday.

    The MyLesen B2 programme is a government initiative to offer 9,000 people from the B40 group assistance in obtaining the B2 class motorcycle license. RM2.7 million has been allocated for this purpose under Budget 2023, and the cost of tests and lessons is RM300 per candidate.

    The Sungai Petani event saw the first batch of 306 candidates from the B40 group, students, OKU and special needs students taking part.

    Loke said that the government intends to expand the MyLesen programme to include the public service vehicle (PSV) license and Class E license for buses.

  • JPJ, PLUS to focus on motorcycle accident hotspots on the highway – more enforcement on 3 streches

    JPJ, PLUS to focus on motorcycle accident hotspots on the highway – more enforcement on 3 streches

    PLUS and JPJ are coming together to put more focus and increase collaboration to reduce accidents involving motorcyclists on PLUS-operated highways. This was announced at a Q1 2023 KPI meeting of the two parties in Jelapang, Perak yesterday.

    Three hotspots on the North South Highway have been identified. “Based on records, the stretches of Kuala Kangsar – Ipoh Utara, Nilai – Bandar Ainsdale and Seremban – Port Dickson have been identified as hotspots that chart high motorcycle accident rates, especially on weekends, Friday to Sunday,” said JPJ’s senior director of enforcement Datuk Lokman Jamaan.

    He added that the road transport department is ready to increase observation of these hotspots and other locations to try to reduce accident rates. It includes the aspects of enforcement and continuous advocacy from JPJ with the cooperation of PLUS.

    Based on records, over 60% of road accident deaths on the PLUS highway are from motorcycles.

  • 2023 Ducati Panigale V4R in Malaysia, RM458,900

    2023 Ducati Panigale V4R in Malaysia, RM458,900

    A road racing tour de force, the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4R is now in Malaysia, priced at RM458,900. Launched at the new Ducati KL showroom the Panigale V4R joins the Panigale V4 base model and the Panigale V4S, priced at RM159,900 and RM199,900, respectively.

    Peak power for the Panigale V4R is now 240.5 hp in full race setup when using the race track only exhaust. In road mode, the new 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R V-four gets a redline of 16,500 rpm in sixth gear (16,000 in other ratios provided in the race kit) and delivers 218 hp at 15,500 rpm while remaining Euro 5 complaint.

    Ducati’s racing technology is sued in the Panigale V4R, with “gun drilled” titanium connecting rods – a first ever for road-going motorcycles – taking a leaf from the armaments industry with a 1.6 mm diameter oil gallery in the rod. The hole runs the length of the rod, allowing passage of oil from the head to the small end, thereby improving lubrication and reliability.

    2023 Ducati Panigale V4R in Malaysia, RM458,900

    Pistons are now five grammes lighter, a 2% reduction in weight from previous, reducing inertia and increasing engine speed. Intake cams get 1 mm greater lift which is combined with 5 mm shorter, variable length, intake trumpets. This improves breathing at high revs and increases maximum power when the Panigale V4R is fitted with the racing exhaust.

    More weight reduction is found in the dry clutch assembly, lighter by 800 grams. This is achieved by making the clutch assembly smaller by 24 mm in both diameter and axial length.

    The aerodynamics package is more efficient with new two-element wings – main and flap – giving the same aerodynamic load, but in a compact and thinner form with size reduced by 40% and 50%, respectively. The extractors in the lower fairing has been modified and complies with the WSBK regulations while on the left side, an air intake cools the quickshifter sensor.

    Fhe forks and monoshock remain mechanically adjustable with the front Ohlins NPX25/30 fork getting 5 mm more travel. The rear TTX36 shock absorber gets hydraulic preload adjustment and goes from 312 to 316 mm centre distance, with 4 mm more travel while adjusting the swingarm pivot to the +1 position increases rear height by 20 mm.

    17-litres of fuel is carried in the tank and maintains the raw, brushed aluminium finish of the ‘R’ Panigale motorcycles. For track use, the Panigale V4R gets expanded power modes and a new “Track Evo” display on the dashboard. Each gear gets specific engine mapping with revised Full, High, Medium and Low power delivery modes and the new throttle control is 50% smaller with radial and axial clearances reduced.

    For racetrack use only, there is the optional Ducati Performance DTC EVO 3 software which allows fitment of slick and rain tyres. This activates a flashing rear light, as required by racing regulations in case of rain, and replaces the Street Riding Mode with Rain Mode as well as adding a Pit Speed Limiter.

    2023 Ducati Panigale V4R in Malaysia, RM458,900

    Adding the full Akrapovic titanium exhaust reduces weight by 5 kg and comes with dedicated mapping for racetrack use only, affecting the traction, power, wheelie and riding modes and ups power to 237 hp. Weight saving is also seen in the magnesium wheels which reduce weight by 700 grams over the stock lightweight forged aluminium items.

    A full set of performance accessories is available from the Ducati Performance catalogue, including racing footpegs, Pit Stop accessory package with tyre warmers and stands, and carbon-fibre bodywork including brake cooling ducts. In Malaysia, the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4R was priced at RM299,000.

  • 2023 Ducati Monster SP now in Malaysia – RM98,900

    2023 Ducati Monster SP now in Malaysia – RM98,900

    After its worldwide launch in January the 2023 Ducati Monster SP is now in Malaysia, priced at RM98,900. The Monster SP joins the current model Ducati Monster, priced at RM75,900, with pricing not including road tax, insurance and registration.

    The SP version of Ducati’s entry-level naked sports adds some performance goodies that improve handling. These take the form of adjustable Ohlins front forks and Brembo front brake callipers, replacing the base model’s non-adjustable KYB upside-forks and Brembo M4.32 Monobloc callipers.

    Standard equipment for the Monster SP are Pirelli latest Diablo Rosso IV tyres as well as Termignoni road-legal silencers. Rounding out the specifications list is a steering damper and lightweight lithium-ion battery.

    The Ohlins upside-down forks are in 43 mm diameter, gold-anodised, upside-down and fully-adjustable while weighing 0.6 kg less than the standard items. Brembo Stylema callipers are used for stopping power, clamping 320 mm discs on aluminium flanges, saving a further 0.5 kg over stock.

    Weight reduction is the order of the day with a lithium-ion battery, r4educign weight by a further by 2 kg, giving the Monster SP a wet weight of 184.9 kg versus the standard Monster‘s 188 kg. The addition of a steering damper and Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres further improves the Monster SP’s stability under acceleration and cornering during sporty road riding.

    2023 Ducati Monster SP now in Malaysia – RM98,900

    Capitalising on the improved handling and braking, t he electronics suite in the Monster SP is revised from standard. The riding aids now include a Wet mode, along with the Sport and Touring, designed to offer greater safety on the bikes on wet surfaces along with cornering ABS, traction control, launch control and wheelie control.

    Looks for the Monster SP are also different, with a red saddle integrated with the tail in side profile. The Monster SP logo on the passenger seat cover and the Ducati logo on the fuel tank are larger and inspired by graphics on the Panigale V4 and Ducati’s MotoGP campaigns.

  • Continue with drag racing strips says Ismail Sabri

    Continue with drag racing strips says Ismail Sabri

    Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob exhorted the government to continue the project to build a drag racing circuit in every Malaysian state. The project was announced in the 2023 Budget during Sabri’s tenure as Prime Minister.

    In the budget, RM20 million was allocated for the construction of drag racing circuits to give youth the opportunity for involvement in motorsports in a controlled and safe environment, as reported by Bernama. Sabri said this would allow motorsports professionals to train the youth and develop new Malaysian motorsports talents.

    “The lack of proper platforms and motorsports complexes is one of the sources of social issues amongst youth such as illegal racing, road hooliganism and loitering,” said Sabri. He suggested the Ministry of Youth and Sports visit completed drag strips in Terengganu and Johor to understand the intent of the project and the aspirations of youth towards motorsports.

    Continue with drag racing strips says Ismail Sabri

    “In Johor, the construction is a bare minimum with just the drag strip and safety fencing compared to Terengganu which has a higher cost for the construction of a grandstand,” Sabri said. “Meanwhile, for the Jempol, Negeri Sembilan drag strip that was completed last year in joint venture with the private sector, involved a cost of RM1.3 million for the local council and state government,” he added.

    Yesterday, Minister of Youth and Sport Hannah Yeoh said in reply to a question from Kalabakan Member of Parliament Datuk Andi Muhammad Suryady Bandy the proposal from the previous government to construct drag racing strip in every state would not be continued. Yeoh said this is due to the high maintenance cost as from the requirement for monitoring by specialists.

  • 2023 Kymco KRV 200 enters European scooter market

    2023 Kymco KRV 200 enters European scooter market

    Entering the European scooter market is the 2023 Kymco KRV 200, which the Taiwanese manufacturer says is the first of a new generation utilising its Power Transmission Module (PTM). With PTM, the KRV 200 takes maxi scooter technology down to the smaller displacement scooter class.

    Unlike the usual small displacement scooters with the engine and CVT transmission integrated as part of the swingarm, the KRV 200 mounts those components in the frame. Final drive to the rear wheel uses a belt, like maxi scooters in the 500 cc and above category.

    The benefit of PTM is a reduction in unsprung weight, giving better handling characteristics to the KRV 200. This also gives the KRV 200 a 50/50 weight distribution between front and rear wheels with a low center of gravity.

    2023 Kymco KRV 200 enters European scooter market

    Power for the KRV 200 comes from a 175 cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine fed by EFI. Power is rated at 17 hp at 8,000 rpm with 15.6 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm.

    Suspension is done with 33 mm diameter telescopic forks and a preload-adjustable monoshock in the rear. Forbearing the KRV 200 gets hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, with 27- mm diameter and 240 mm diameter rear discs and two-wheel ABS is standard equipment.

    Standard equipment also includes traction control, which is switchable by the rider using the left handlebar pod control. Wheel sizing for the KRV 200 is 13-inches, shod with 110/70 front and 130/70 rear tyres.

    LED lighting is used throughout on the KRV 200 with and LCD panel displaying the necessary information inside the cockpit. A storage compartment large enough to hold a single full-face helmet is found under the seat.

    Other riding conveniences include two USB charging sockets, found in the front cowl and in the storage compartment as well as keyless start. Weight for the KRV 200 is listed at 143 kg, with 7.4-litres of fuel in the tank and seat height is set at 795 mm.

  • 2024 Ducati Monster now in Iceberg White colour

    2024 Ducati Monster now in Iceberg White colour

    Just a colour update for the 2024 Ducati Monster and Monster Plus which now comes in Iceberg White. The Iceberg White paint option with red seat joins the current choices of Ducati Red and Aviator Grey, while the previous Dark Stealth option is dropped.

    Current pricing for the Monster in Malaysia is RM75,900. The new Iceberg White Monster is expected in Ducati showrooms in Europe mid this year while stock for Malaysia would be more likely towards year end or early 2024.

    Things are unchanged inside the engine room with a Testastretta 11 V-twin pumping out 111 hp at 9,250 rpm and 93 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Power goes through a six-speed gearbox with slipper clutch and chain final drive.

    For suspension a non-adjustable 43 mm diameter upside-fork with 130 mm travel holds up the front with a preload-adjustable monoshock in the rear. Braking is done with Brembo M4.32 Monobloc four-piston callipers on 320 mm discs while a single 245 mm disc and Brembo calliper stops the rear wheel.

    2024 Ducati Monster now in Iceberg White colour

    A complete suit of electronic riding aids gives wheelie control, launch control and cornering ABS, complemented by three ride modes and eight-level traction control. A TFT-LCD display measuring 4.3-inches displays all the necessary information and the optional Ducati Multimedia System module gives Bluetooth connectivity to the rider’s smartphone.

    14-litres of fuel is carried in the tank while weight is listed at 188 kg wet with seat height set at 820 mm. Full LED lighting issued throughout on the Monster, including directional LED turn signals inset into the front body cowl below the fuel tank.

  • 2024 WSBK sees Toprak ride for BMW Motorrad WSBK

    2024 WSBK sees Toprak ride for BMW Motorrad WSBK

    Scott Redding on the BMW Motorrad M1000RR

    Making a move in 2024 to the BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK factory team is World Superbike (WSBK) champion Toprak Razgatlioglu. Razgatlioglu won the championship in 2021 with Pata Yamaha and next year will campaign with ROKiT BMW Motorrad on the BMW Motorrad M1000RR.

    The 26-year old Turk has competed in WSBK since 2018. Winning races in his debut season, Razgatlioglu has 168 WSBK races under his belt, resulting in 33 wins and 93 podium finishes. In his 2021 championship season, Razgatlioglu clocked 13 race wins, 29 podium places and three pole positions.

    However, his fight to retain his WSBK crown in 2022 was derailed by Alvaro Bautista of Aruba.IT Ducati whilst multiple championship winning team Kawasaki Racing also threw a spanner in the works. Meanwhile BMW Motorrad Motorsport WorldSBK, formed in 2019, currently comprises of riders Scott Redding and Michael Van Der Mark.

  • 2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR now in Malaysia, RM129,500 for Style Passion, RM149,500 for ‘M’ Sport

    2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR now in Malaysia, RM129,500 for Style Passion, RM149,500 for ‘M’ Sport

    2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR M Package

    Getting its Malaysian introduction is the 2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR superbike, priced at RM129,500 for the “Style Passion” base option. The other choice is the “M Package” which bumps the price up to RM149,500 with all prices on-the-road without insurance.

    In 2021, the Style Passion option for the S1000RR was priced at RM121,500 while the M Package was tagged at RM138,500. There are only single colour options for the 2023 S1000RR in Malaysia – Style Passion in Racing Red and the M Package in Lightwhite with BMW M Sport graphics.

    Accounting for the price difference between the Style Passion S1000RR and the M Package is carbon-fibre wheels. Other lightweight components for the M package include a lithium battery and racing footrests, as well as an ‘M’ seat with BMW Motorsports logo.

    As with all BMW Motorrad ‘S’ series motorcycles, power 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 210 hp at 13,500 rpm – a 3 hp increase over the 2021 model – with 113 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm.

    Redline for the S1000RR is now set at 14,650 rpm, taking into consideration BMW Motorrad’s efforts in the World Superbike Championship. Improvements have also been made to the handling, with steering head angle reduced by half a degree and offset of the triple clamps reduced by three mm, serving to increase feedback and accuracy from the front wheel.

    2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR now in Malaysia, RM129,500 for Style Passion, RM149,500 for ‘M’ Sport

    2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR Style Passion

    Further handling improvements come from the aerodynamics setup on the S1000RR, new winglets giving more downforce during acceleration and pushing the front wheel down on the tarmac while the taller windscreen gives the rider better protection at high speeds. The S1000RR’s tendency to wheelie is reduced, allowing for later braking and increased cornering stability.

    Riders can now avail themselves to Brake Slide Assist and Slide Control which allows the S1000RR to be slid into corners using one of two preset drift angles. Using the steering angle sensor, the rear wheel is allowed to slip when braking into or accelerating out of a corner, enabling rear wheel drift until the preset limit is reached and traction control intervenes.

    2023 BMW Motorrad S1000RR now in Malaysia, RM129,500 for Style Passion, RM149,500 for ‘M’ Sport

    Other riding conveniences include four ride modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race – as well as BMW Motorrad Race ABS, Hill Start Control (HSC), Shift Assist Pro quickshifter and M GPS Laptrigger. A USB port is included while a shorter number plate holder with rear wiring harness optimised to delete the tail light and turn signals for racing purposes is standard.

    Also included as standard is the Dynamic Package, inclusive of Riding Mode Pro, HSC Pro, Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Dynamic Damping Control (DDC). Adding to the equipment list is cruise control and heated handlebar grips.

  • Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha form research association for small hydrogen engines

    Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha form research association for small hydrogen engines

    Kawasaki prototype hydrogen powered motorcycle

    Japanese motorcycle makers Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha have obtained approval from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to form a technological research association. Dubbed Hydrogen Small mobility & Engine technology (HySE) the association intends to develop hydrogen-powered engines for small mobility alongside special members Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Toyota.

    The association will address issues facing hydrogen-powered engines including fast flame speed and large region of ignition which results in unstable combustion, and the limited fuel tank capacity in small mobility vehicles. Members of HySE will conduct fundamental research into hydrogen-powered engines, leveraging on relevant expertise and technologies from gasoline-powered engines.

    Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha form research association for small hydrogen engines

    Research responsibility is divided between members of HySE. Research for model-based development of hydrogen-powered engines falls under Honda while Suzuki will conduct element study on the functionality, performance, and reliability of hydrogen-powered engines.

    Meanwhile, Yamaha will study the requirements for a hydrogen refuelling system and hydrogen tanks for small mobility vehicles. The auxiliary equipment required for a fuel supply system and tanks, and the equipment installed between the fuel tank and the injector comes under the aegis of Kawasaki.


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Last Updated May 31, 2023