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  • DBKL to remove cycling lane separators immediately

    In a meeting today to address the issue at City Hall (DBKL), the cycling lane separators paultan.org mentioned in an earlier report will be removed with immediate effect. The decision was taken during a meeting, convened by DBKL with project stakeholders Urbanice, an NGO under the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government, town planners AJM Planning and Urban Design Group (APUDG), Cycling Kuala Lumpur, Bicycle Map Project, and bike share provider oBike.

    In a statement to Utusan, Datuk Mahadi Che Ngah, project management executive directorfor DBKL said the action was taken after the lane separators were said to pose a danger to road users, especially motorcyclists. “DBKL will study the issue after receiving objections from road users,” he said.

    Speaking separately to paultan.org, Jeffrey Lim, project coordinator for Cycling Kuala Lumpur, Bicycle Map Project, said problems like these were teething problems and to be expected, and remained positive that a suitable outcome would be found. “Advocacy is a life-long process and it never ends. Everything changes. It’s about how we adapt and collaborate, working towards a positive outcome. The key message here is trust,” said Lim.

    The cycling lanes were created ahead of the ninth World Urban Forum to be held on February 7 to 13 for the use of delegates attending the conference, and thereafter remain part of the road infrastructure to be used by cyclists in the central business district. Controversy over the lane separators and painted lanes arose after photos on Facebook emerged showing a motorcyclist allegedly having suffered a spill after encountering the painted lane during wet weather.

    Planned as a legacy project to be utilised by future users, the KL cycling lane is the first phase of the Kuala Lumpur Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. The plan is proposed to run across a five-year period and aims to increase the number of pedestrians and cyclists in the city centre, thereby reducing congestion.

    Up to 4 million vehicles enter the city every day. A study conducted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) found that less than 10% of city inhabitants walk and less than 0.1% cycle.

     
     
  • 2018 Yamaha YZF R-25 in new colours – RM20,630

    Popular as ever with the quarter-litre crowd is the 2018 Yamaha YZF R-25, which now comes in new colours and its price is unchanged from 2017 at RM20,630, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration. For this year, the R-25 comes in Blue or Black, with corresponding colour wheels.

    The 249 cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine is unchanged as well, with four-valves per cylinder and a power figure of 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Fed by fuel injection, the R-25 carries its fuel in a 14.30 litre tank, with everything suspended in a “diamond” frame. Weighing in at 166 kg, the R-25 rolls on 17-inch wheels with single hydraulic discs, front and rear and ABS is omitted.

    Seat height is set at 780 mm, and inside the cockpit is an analogue tachometer with accompanying LCD panel displaying all necessary information. Suspension with with standard telescopic forks in front, and a pre-load adjustable monoshock in the rear.

    Availability of the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R25 is at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia dealers is this month. Competition for the R-25 in Malaysia includes the Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL single-cylinder at RM17,499 and the Ninja 250 twin at RM21,121 as well as the Honda CBR250R at RM21,940 and slightly further up the range is the KTM RC250 with ABS at RM21,081.

     
     
  • 2018 Adiva AD1 and AD2 three-wheelers coming to Malaysia – manufacturing hub to be established

    Interesting news for the Malaysian motorcycle market in the shape of Italian three-wheeler maker Adiva, who is launching the 2018 Adiva AD1 200 and Adiva AD2 400 three-wheelers in the third quarter. Manufacturing a range of roofed three-wheelers ranging in size from 125 cc to 400 cc, Adiva uses various Peugeot engines for power.

    Touting itself as a global brand with engineering sourced from various countries including Japan, and manufactured in Taiwan, Adiva offers a range of six three-wheelers. The AD1 and AD2 have been previously launched in Singapore, imported from Taiwan.

    However, for Malaysia, a brand-new corporate entity has been formed for distribution of the Adiva AD 1 and AD2, with assembly done by DNC Asiatic. According to some predictions, the AD1 and AD2 will be launched towards the end of the year.

    With regards to local assembly, DNC Asiatic representative Nik Danial Nik Mahmood is putting in effort to establish Malaysia as an manufacturing centre for Adiva in South-east Asia and China. Should all go to plan, Adiva will be the first international motorcycle brand to select Malaysia as a production hub.

    Elaborating on this, Nik Danial said Malaysia has several unique advantages compared to Thailand and Indonesia that makes it attractive to overseas manufacturers. He said one examples of this is Malaysia does not require the manufacturer to invest in the construction of a new manufacturing facility, and allowed to choose a third-party as an assembler.

    GALLERY: 2018 Adiva AD1 200


    GALLERY: 2018 Adiva AD2 400

     
     
  • Boon Siew Honda opens first Impian X store in Johor

    To increase the level of service for Honda riders, Boon Siew Honda Malaysia has opened its first Impian X concept showroom in Johor. The showroom, located in Gelang Patah, includes a one-stop sales and full equipped service centre, catering to Honda motorcycles and scooters up to 300 cc.

    Building on the current Impian Honda Shop which was first introduced in 2010, Honda Impian X takes customer service up a notch from normal motorcycle workshops by providing a waiting lounge. Complimentary beverages and free Wi-Fi is provided.

    Inside the service facility, Impian X technicians are trained to properly maintain and service Honda motorcycle, and equipped with proper tools and advanced diagnostic service aids, using only genuine spare parts. In addition, buyers of new Honda motorcycles will be given Pre-Delivery Safety Advice (PDSA) by a safety instructor, providing education on road safety.

    “With the launch of the Honda Impian X, Boon Siew Honda is expecting a 21% increase in sales over the next 12 months,” said Nobuhide Nagata, managing director and chief executive officer. For 2018, Boon Siew Honda is looking to open a further 10 Honda Impian X concept showrooms across the nation, with the next two locations in Perak.

    In 2017, Boon Siew Honda recorded a total sales volume of 120,613 units, an increase of 16% over 2016. Johor contributed 14% of that number, totalling 16,000 units, and was Boon Siew Honda’s second highest sales contributor.

     
     
  • KL Cycling Corridor bike lane separators a danger?

    Many motorists in Kuala Lumpur are now aware of the blue Cycling Corridor lanes on city centre roads. These lanes form the Cycling Corridor and Network, with the working title Bike4U and are due to be officially launched on February 9.

    Intended for use by delegates attending the ninth World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur from February 7 to 13 and thereafter by local cyclists, the cycling lanes connect the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to various hotels where the delegates are staying. The lanes are a voluntary collaboration between Urbanice, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government and town planners AJM Planning and Urban Design Group (APUDG).

    Also involved in the creation of the cycling lane system are Cycling Kuala Lumpur, Bicycle Map Project, bike share provider oBike and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). Originally envisaged to cover 11 km of city streets, the first phase of this five-year plan – which kicked off in April 2017 – now has 5 km designated as cycling lanes.

    The lanes are marked by blue road paint, demarcated by lane separators that measure some 50 mm tall, and designed as a passable barrier. It is intended to safely separate slower moving cyclists from the main traffic flow.

    However, Facebook postings have emerged stating the separators are a danger, especially to motorcyclists, and the cyclists themselves, should either stray from their respective lanes. Speaking to Jeffrey Lim, project coordinator for Cycling Kuala Lumpur, Bicycle Map Project, he emphasised that the lane separator or divider is a physical barrier, an added feature to deter encroachment and ensure, to a certain degree, the safety of users in their respective designated lanes.

    Asked about the concerns of riders falling should they run over the separator, Lim said, “Yes, there are concerns, of getting caught and falling, there are also concerns of encroachment and causing hurt or fatality to the non-motorised vehicles or pedestrians due to encroachment by motorised vehicles.” Lim said that this separator was chosen as being the most neutral, as seen from photos provided from the Cycling KL Facebook page.

    Commenting on the blue paint used to demarcate the cycling lanes, where a Facebook user alleges he slipped on the wet surface while riding his motorcycle, Lim said to the best of his knowledge the paint has anti-slip properties, within certain conditions and limits.

    “In practise it’s never used to cover lanes in its entirety, only used sparingly where extra caution and demarcation is needed. But in this instance, it has been used throughout. I believe as a higher impact, for visibility and introduction of a new segregated lane,” he said.

    The aim of the Bike4U project – part of the DBKL cycling and pedestrian master plan – is to provide connections for urban workers and dwellers to transport hubs such as bus and train stations. The aim of the project is to reduce traffic congestion in the city centre, and reduce the use of cars for short point-to-point journeys within the city.

    In addition, the project intends making conditions better and safer for both cyclists and pedestrians. “It’s a transition, and everyone is doing it in the best interest to make it work, with the limitations and circumstances that we are faced with,” said Lim.

     
     
  • 2018 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk II “Airforce” by DMOL

    While many know the name Moto Guzzi in connection with a very eclectic collection of tranverse V-twin motorcycles, less obvious is its connection with aviation, in the person of its co-founder, Giovanni Ravelli. To acknowledge this fact, and commemorate Ravelli’s birthday 130 years ago, Death Machines of London (DMOL) has released “Airforce”, a custom cafe racer based on the Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk II.

    Starting with a 1982 Le Mans Mk II, DMOL – previously featured on paultan.org with the Triumph-based DMOL02 “Up yours copper”, a tribute to journalist and author Hunter S Thompson – rescued it from a yard in southern Italy, where it had been lying after a disagreement with a truck, rusting away outdoors in the sun and salt air.

    Finding the engine to be in fairly good condition, DMOL replaced the bearings, seals and gaskets, with the cylinder heads completely refurbished and gas-flowed. A pair of 36 mm Dell’Orto carburettors were fitted, coupled with velocity stacks and open slash cut headers made in-house.

    Attention then turned to the legendary Moto Guzzi “Tonti” frame, which, in its day, rated right alongside Ducati’s famous trellis for handling prowess. A custom head stock was made, increasing the rake by 3 degrees to 30, and a Moto Guzzi California swing arm was braced and mated to the frame with a cantilever monoshock.

    Bodywork for Airforce is hand-built and custom-made, and the entire affair was then coated in “Airforce Grey”, a custom colour created specifically for this build. The wheels are from California hubs in 21 x 3.00, and modified to carry a hand-spun aluminium cover on the rear wheel.

    The front end is taken from an Aprilia RS250, highly modified, customised, re-valved and re-finished, while the rear monoshock is sourced from suspension specialists Hagon. For front end braking, Airforce uses Brembo four-piston callipers, coupled with an RCS master cylinder, clamping custom 300 mm diameter steel discs made by DMOL to resemble a drum brake.

    As with everything DMOL makes, the devil is in the details, and the specifications list for Airforce is very extensive. As is their wont, DMOL makes a lot of stuff in-house, including the clip-on tubes, grips, and internal throttle, along with pegs and controls working on a modified Stucchi gear change linkage.

    Reverse levers, also made by DMOL and dubbed Inverse Levers IN01, are precision machined from aircraft grade aluminium, and will soon be available for purchase from the DMOL catalogue. Inside the cockpit, the speedometer was redesigned, then precision etched in nickel silver and brass, with dimmable radial illumination and starting Airforce is done with a quarter-inch guitar jack with immobiliser.

    Going old school for the bodywork, all the aluminium panels on “Aircraft” are hand-beaten on wooden bucks, in the traditional manner. All the bodywork was left unfinished to show the dimples and dents left behind by hand-forming, something usually covered up with body filler and paint.

    However, the inside of the front-fairing was painted in high-gloss, and the concave lower of the fuel tank is polished to reflect this. A double-skinned belly pan covers the exhaust pipes, and an Italian leather seat features a hand-stitched with an air-flow pattern to give the impression of movement.

    In Malaysia, Moto Guzzi, located at The Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya, carries the V7 III Stone (RM66,900), V7 III Racer (RM81,900), V7 III Special (RM71,900) and V7 III Anniversario (RM80,900). Also available is the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer at RM73,900 and V9 Bobber at RM74,900.

     
     
  • 2018 CFMoto MT650 sports-tourer in Malaysia soon?

    In the Malaysian middleweight motorcycle segment, there is a multitude of choices for the rider, and a rumour has emerged that a new model will be entering the scene, the 2018 CFMoto MT650 adventure-styled sports-tourer. Originating in China, the MT650 is made by Zhejiang CFMoto Power, located in the Yuhang Economic Development Zone in Hangzhou.

    Carrying a 649 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin, CFMoto claims the MT650 puts out 71 hp at 8,750 rpm and 62 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm, fed by EFI. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive, and the whole package comes in at 213 kg, wet.

    Suspension uses upside-down forks with 140 mm of travel, and a monoshock with a 45 mm stroke is located asymmetrically at the back, with twin disc hydraulic brakes. Rolling on 17-inch wheels, the MT650 carries fuel in a 18-litre tank – range is claimed to be 400 km – and seat height can be set at 840 or 820 mm, which is user selectable.

    From the CFMoto website, there are two colour options for the MT650 – Royal Blue and Pearl White. Inside the cockpit a monochrome LCD instrument panel is installed, split into separate readouts for engine and road speed in one panel, and other information on another.

    It is not known if the MT650 will come to Malaysia with fitted luggage, although it is shown on the website, and a USB charging port is standard fitment. From what paultan.org has managed to find out, the 2018 CFMoto MT650 will come to Malaysia in April, and will be priced below RM30,000.

    In the local market, direct competition for the CFMoto MT650 will be the Kawasaki Versys 650, priced at RM38,869, including GST. Another option in this weight class would be the Honda CB500X at RM31,893, with ABS bringing the price up to RM35,391.

     
     
  • 2018 Ducati Desmosedici GP revealed – winter testing at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia this January 28 – 30

    Coming tantalising close to winning the 2017 MotoGP championship, Ducati presented its 2018 Ducati Desmosedici GP race machines at its Borgo Panigale factory. Despite an awesome effort by Italian Andrea Dovizioso, who eclipsed his team mate Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo with 261 championship points to 137, Ducati is making an evolution, rather than a revolution, in the GP bike’s design.

    Now clad in a red and grey livery, the Desmosedici GP is said to bear a close relationship with Ducati’s top-of-the-line superbike, the recently launched Panigale V4. Gone are the aerodynamic winglets from the previous two seasons, on grounds of safety, and the wings on the Desmosedici GP are now faired into the bodywork.

    “Last year was a superb and very successful one, and we also learnt a lot of things on which we can continue to work this year,” said #4 rider Dovizioso, who finished with six wins last year. “Our bike still had certain characteristics that made life difficult on several tracks and for 2018, we have focussed on improving these aspects because we must always be in a position to fight for the podium, at every circuit,” he said.

    Meanwhile, three-time world champion Lorenzo, who rides the #99 Desmosedici GP, failed to impress in 2017, managing only two third places and one second place finish. “2017 was quite a difficult year for me, because I didn’t even win one race and at the start of the championship I wasn’t able to fight for the podium,” said Lorenzo. “I’d like to repay the passion and the support we receive from Ducatisti all over the world with lots of wins and, if possible, with the world title,” he continued.

    Going into the 2018 MotoGP race season, winter testing is being held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) on January 28 to 30. Season proper begins with the Grand Prix of Qatar on March 8, and the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix will be held on October 28.

     
     
  • REVIEW: Triumph Street Triple 765RS, 765S and 675R

    In its middleweight naked sports range, Triumph has had resounding success with the Street Triple 675, since its launch in 2007. Riders found a lot to like about the 675, with its light weight and nimble handling.

    Last year, the boys from Hinckley followed the 675 up with the Street Triple 765 and raised the performance stakes a notch with the RS version, designed with an eye to track use. Triumph did not forget the “normal” rider though, producing the 765 in R and S versions.

    But, curious minds want to know, what is different? Are there enough differences between the S and RS as to justify the almost RM18,000 price difference between the base and top models, at RM49,900 and RM66,900 respectively?

    Moreover, is the performance gap between the new all-singing, all-dancing 765 RS that much better than the previous-generation 675 R, which was, in itself, no slouch in the handling stakes, both of which made the paultan.org Top Five bikes list two years running.

    Here’s the thing, and it is full disclosure time, the author has the Street Triple 765 RS in the stable, and the 675 R was a recent resident. So, when Triumph Malaysia gave us the Street Triple 765 S for review, the riding writers from paultan.org took the chance to put all three side-by-side, to find out what was what.

    Read the full review of the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS, 765 S and 675 R after the jump.

     
     
  • 2018 Honda CB300R and Super Cub Thailand launch

    2018 CB300R

    With annual sales in Thailand for 2017 reaching 1.42 million units, from a market total of all brands of 1.82 million units, AP Honda has cemented its position as Thailand market leader for the 29th year in a row. Building on this success, AP Honda has launched the 2018 Honda CB300R and Super Cub.

    Taking design cues from the Neo Sports Cafe concept motorcycle and the soon to be released CB1000R, the CB300R carries a 286 cc DOHC, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant fed by PGM-FI. The thumper engine puts out 30.9 hp at 8,500 rpm with peak torque rated at 27.5 Nm at 7,500 rpm.

    Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, and wet weight is claimed to be 143 kg. Fuel is carried inside a 10-litre tank and Honda claims the CB300R will get over 300 km in range from a full tank.

    Honda’s big bike technology has trickled down to the CB300R, in the form of 41 mm diameter upside-down forks and radial-mount four-piston brake caliper, with single floating brake disc. Two-channel ABS is standard and driven by inertial management unit (IMU), technology taken from Honda’s superbikes.

    Inside the cockpit an LCD display displays all the necessary information and lighting is with LEDs front and rear, including turn signals. Seat height is a rider friendly 799 mm and the CB300R offers lower maintenance requirements in the form of low-friction piston rings, high-density core radiator and iridium spark plug.

    As for Honda’s evergreen Super Cub, this motorcycle has soldiered on from the fifties, and is developed for the market under the “Japanese Forever Retro” design concept. Dubbed the Super Cub 110 in Japan, this utility motorcycle carries a 109 cc air-cooled engine that produces 7.89 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Fuelling is by Honda’s PGM-FI and power gets to the ground via a four-speed centrifugal clutch gearbox and chain final drive, with drum brakes front and rear. The seat is a two-piece assembly, allowing the rider to remove the pillion seat, turning the Super Cub into a solo mount.

    GALLERY: 2018 Honda CB300R

    GALLERY: 2018 Honda Super Cub

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 18 Jan 2018