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  • Ducati Malaysia triple launch – 2019 Ducati Panigale V4, Multistrada 1260 S, Monster 821, from RM69k

    It was a triple launch for Ducati Malaysia at the Ducati Malaysia Premiere 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, with the public showing of the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4, Multistrada 1260 S and Monster 821. Pricing for the Panigale V4 is RM129,900 for the base version, while the Panigale V4 S – had a ride on it here – goes for RM169,900, a drop from the post-GST prices of RM133,900 and RM173,900.

    Meanwhile, the update for the Ducati Multistrada 1260 S, the Bologna firm’s take on the adventure-tourer, is priced at RM129,900 in Ducati Red and RM130,900 in Grey. Famously known as the bike that saved Ducati, back in the 1990s, the Monster 821 is currently Ducati’s middleweight naked sports bike comes in two flavours, Ducati Red and Classic Yellow, priced at RM69,900 and RM70,900 respectively.

    The Panigale V4 is Ducati’s first superbike to use its production V-four engine, the 1,103 cc Stradale which produces 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm. Fed by four oval throttle bodies with an equivalent diameter of 52 mm, coupled to variable length intake manifolds, the Stradale V-four’s valve movement uses Ducati’s Desmodromic mechanical valve actuation.

    Updating the 2016 Ducati Multistrada 1200 S is the Multistrada 1260 S, with 158 hp at 9,500 rpm and 129.5 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm coming from its 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT V-twin. Equipped with a Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) that allows for clutchless up- and down-shifts, the Multistrada 1260 S comes with Ducati’s Skyhook Sachs electronic suspension.

    The new 1260 Testastretta mill is claimed to give more low- to mid-range torque, especially at 4,000 rpm where Ducati says the engine spends most of its time. Rider conveniences include a Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) which controls Cornering ABS, Ducati Cornering Lights and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), along with Vehicle Hold Control for uphill starts.

    Freshly updated is the Ducati Monster 821, which now comes with LED lighting all-round, a full-colour TFT-LCD screen coupled with three riding modes, power modes and Ducati Safety Pack which provides Bosch ABS and traction control. Producing 1090 hp at 9,250 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm, the 821 carries on the Monster tradition of the original hooligan bike.

    All three Ducati machines – the Panigale V4, the Multistrada 1260 S and Monster 821 – are on display at authorised Ducati dealers. Every Ducati sold via authorised Malaysian distributor Next Bike and its dealers comes with the DucatiSmart Service Program, a two-year free service for parts and lubricants, or up to 30,000km, including Desmodromic service.

  • Yamaha Malaysia produces rider safety booklet

    Following on from previous road safety campaigns, Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) has launched its Ride Preparation Awareness programme. This programme is conducted in cooperation with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Malaysia Motorcycle and Scooter Dealers Association (MMSDA).

    The aim of the programme is to raise awareness amongst riders on the importance of safety on the road. The programme comprises of a video and safety booklet produced by HLYM and the Road Safety Department (JKJR).

    HLYM dealers will screen the video in their respective showrooms while a short safety briefing, aided by the safety booklet, will be given to each purchaser of a new motorcycle or scooter.

    “Based on observation, we found many new owners of motorcycles are unaware of basic safety requirements on the road. With this programme, we hope to instil the correct attitude to new riders, and that they will be a good example to other road users,” said Datuk Jim Khor, managing director of HLYM.

    Content in the safety booklet includes information on proper riding equipment, safety checks before riding and early diagnosis of potential problems with the bike. Also included are tips on riding in the rain as well as reminders on road rules and regulations.

  • Convoy Marshals no power to stop or divert traffic

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    Responding to negative publicity generated by privately organised ‘convoys’ on public roads, Malaysian police have come out to say that any convoy escort or marshal cannot control traffic. From a statement posted on Facebook, the use of marshals in any competition, convoy or any sort of programme on public roads must be accompanied by traffic police.

    Road users and the public are not obliged to follow the instructions of the marshals if they do things such as asking you to give way, stopping at an intersection, diverting your vehicle and others. Action can be taken against any individual or group that performs traffic control duties without the presence of traffic police under Section 21 of the Police act 1967 or Section 79(2) of the road Transport Act 1972.

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    Most of us have seen this happen on the toll highways and public roads in Malaysia when your rear view mirror is filled with blinking lights and you are told to move over. Or you might be at a traffic light and a motorcycle stops in the middle of the intersection and holds traffic to allow a ‘convoy’ through.

    At this point, you realise the convoy comprises of private cars or bikes and the marshals are not actually traffic police but rather, a rider on a big bike wearing a flourescent vest with the word ‘MARSHAL’ emblazoned on the back. We hope that with this statement from police, there will be no more incidents of convoys on highways and roads bullying other road users and clogging up traffic.

  • 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough in Malaysia – RM75,000

    Recently unveiled in the presence of Simone Niccolai, managing director of Asia Pacific 2Wheeler, Piaggio Asia Pacific is the 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough, priced at RM75,000. However, there are a limited number of V7 III Roughs available to early birds at an introductory price of RM69,900.

    This brings the number of versions in the V7 III family to six with the addition of the Rough, Carbon and Milano to the current model range of the Stone, Racer and Special. The V7 III Rough is dressed in what Moto Guzzi calls “an urban country style” that resembles the classic scrambler motorcycles of the 70s.

    Carrying the traditional tranversely-mounted Moto Guzzi 744 cc V-twin, with two pushrod-actuated valves per cylinder, the V7 III Rough has 52 hp at 6,200 rpm and 60 Nm at 4,900 on tap. Fed by single throttle body Marelli EFI, power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive.

    Standard on the Rough, as with all V7 III bikes in the range, is two-channel ABS and switchable two-mode traction control. The modes on the traction control can be changed by the rider to dry, rain or off, as desired.

    Setting the V7 III Rough apart from its siblings is semi-knobby tyres mounted on spoked wheels – an 18-inch in front and a 17-inch hoop in the rear. Seat height on the Rough is 770 mm, making it easy for a range of riders to mount and wet weight is claimed to be 209 kg.

    Fuel for the 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough is carried in a 21-litre tank and the seat with special stitching is unique to the Rough. Also unique to the V7 III Rough are the aluminium side covers and front mudguard.

    Suspension on the Rough is traditional telescopic forks in front, protected by rubber gaiters for that authentic “retro” look and twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers in the rear. Braking is with a single 320 mm disc in front, grabbed by a Brembo four-piston calliper and single 260 mm disc on the back wheel.

  • 2018 Yamaha NVX 155 GP Edition on sale – RM10,606

    Commemorating Yamaha’s long history of MotoGP and Grand Prix championships is the 2018 Yamaha NVX 155 GP Edition, which retails for RM10,606. Also available at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha dealers is the base model Yamaha NVX 155, which can be had at a price of RM9,906.

    The NVX 155 is a sporty take on the Yamaha NMax 155 scooter, with its 155 cc engine rated at 14.8 hp at 8,000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder SOHC mill comes with variable valve actuation (VVA) and power is transmitted via a CVT gearbox.

    Coming with front ABS as standard, the NVX 155 features an LCD instrument panel in the cockpit and also has keyless start. A 25-litre storage compartment can be found under the seat, along with a USB charging port for the rider’s electronics.

    Other rider conveniences include remote opening for the fuel door and seat. Suspension is with telescopic fork in front and twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers in the back.

    Rolling on 14-inch wheels, the 2018 Yamaha NVX 155 GP Edition does braking with a single hydraulic disc, front and drum at the rear. Availability of the NVX 155 GP Edition from Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia authorised dealers is before the end of September and purchasers will receive an exclusive NVX GP Edition riding jacket and certificate of ownership.

  • Motorcyclist almost loses head to wire trap in bike lane

    A motorcyclist almost lost his head, and his life, after riding into a fishing line strung across the motorcycle lane on the Gombak exit of the DUKE highway. Facebook user Mohamad Afiq Izwan Ismail said the incident occurred at the motorcycle lane exit before the turn-off into Taman Rowther and Taman Koperasi Polis 1, Gombak, said a report in The Star.

    In his Facebook post, university student Mohamad Afiq wrote that he suffered a cut on his neck and his helmet was damaged. “This is not a myth, as it happened to me. There’s some heartless human being who placed this trap near the corner … this is a fishing line, which is rough,” he said.

    Mohamad Afiq added many riders were afraid to use the motorcycle lane at night, for fear of encountering such booby traps and becoming the victim of muggers or worse, losing their life. Speaking to The Star, Mohamad Afiq said he did not expect his post to go viral, saying his intention is to warn other riders in the area to be careful.

  • 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon in Malaysia – RM123k

    Termed by its maker as a “muscle motorcycle”, the 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon is now in Malaysia and priced at RM123,000. The basis of the Audace Carbon is the same as the base model Audace, save for some carbon-fibre fittings that differentiate it.

    The entirety of the Audace carbon is murdered out in matte black, set off by the contrasting red paint on the cylinder head covers, front Brembo brake callipers, stitching on the seat and lettering on the wheel rims. Aside from that, the side panels on the fuel tank and the front mudguard are made from carbon-fibre.

    Motive power comes from the 90-degree transverse V-twin, with 1,380 cc producing 96 hp at 6,500 rpm and 121 Nm of torque. The mill is Euro 4 compliant and power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox.

    Power is controlled from the ride-by-wire throttle giving the Audace Carbon ride modes and traction control, along with cruise control in terms of riding aids. The three ride modes on the Audace Carbon are Veloce, Turismo and Pioggia, translating to Sport, Touring and Rain.

    Weighing in at an all-up weight of 299 kg, the Audace Carbon carries fuel in a 20.5-litre tank and seat height is 740 mm, with a 720 mm low seat being an extra cost option. Rolling on an 18-inch wheel in front and a 16-inch hoop at the back, the Audace Carbon uses telescopic forks and twin pre-load and compression adjustable shock absorbers with remote reservoirs for suspension duties.

    Braking is done on the Audace Carbon by twin 320 mm discs and single 282 mm disc, front and rear, respectively, grabbed by Brembo callipers. Orders are being taken for the 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon at the Moto Guzzi showroom located at The Gasket Alley in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

  • 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT shown

    Revealed ahead of the official launch in a few months is the 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS and R 1250 RT, the Munich firm’s update on its legendary boxer twin. Coming in two flavours, the R 1250 GS is a completely new machine for the adventure-touring segment, while the R 1250 RT is intended for high speed, long distance highway cruising.

    New to the venerable boxer engine is BMW’s ShiftCam, a first for BMW Motorrad, which gives variable valve timing to improve fuel consumption and meet emissions standards. Applied on the intake side, the two intake valves open asynchronously, allowing for efficient combustion.

    Also new for the R 1250 is a toothed chain for the cam drive, replacing the previous roller chain. Along with twin-jet injectors, this gives the new 1,254 cc R 1250 engine a power output of 136 hp at 7,750 rpm and a torque number of 143 Nm at 6,250 rpm, eclipsing the previous numbers of 125 hp and 125 Nm of torque from the R 1200’s 1,170 cc boxer.

    Standard in the R 1250’s suite of standard riding aids is Automatic Stability Control (ASC) – traction control, in other words – and Hill Start Control (HSC), which keeps the R 1250 at a standstill without rider intervention when starting off on an incline. Available as an ex-works option is Riding Modes Pro which gives additional riding modes, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), ABS Pro, Hill Start Control Pro and Dynamic Brake Assistant (DBC).

    Full TFT-LCD colour screens now display all the necessary information the rider needs – a 6.5-inch unit in the R 1250 GS and a 5.7-inch display in the R 1250 RT. On the RT, this is supplemented with an analog speedometer and tachometer as well as LED lighting throughout, with LED daytime riding lights being a factory fitted option.

    For rider comfort, the seats on the GS and RT versions of the R 1250 are adjustable and should this prove insufficient, a range of optional seats is available from the BMW Motorrad catalogue. BMW’s in-house custom shop, BMW Motorrad Speziale, also provides a range of custom accessories for both big boxers.

    Riders intending to purchase a R 1250 for next year’s riding season will have the two option for the GS, which are two basic finishes and two style variants – touring and adventure. For the R 1250 RT, there is one basic colour, two style variants and the Option 719 Spezial available.

    With over 700,000 units of the GS-series motorcycle sold since 1980 with the launch of the original R 80 G/S, BMW has set the stage for the adventure bike segment. It can be assumed with BMW’s proclivity for chasing every single market niche, the RS sport-touring and R naked sports versions of the R 1250 will probably not be too far behind.

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad R 1250 RT

  • Vespa limited edition scooters in Malaysia – Vespa 946 (RED), Sprint Carbon and Sei Giorni, from RM17,400

    Distributor of renowned Italian brand Vespa in Malaysia, Naza Premira, has introduced three limited edition scooters – the 2018 Vespa 946 (RED), Vespa Sprint Carbon and Vespa Sei Giorni. Pricing for the lifestyle scooters are RM66,000 for the 946 RED, RM17,400 for the Sprint Carbon and RM38,000 for the Sei Giorni.

    Created as a project for (RED), the global fund to fight HIV/AIDS, the 946 (RED) carries a 125 cc, three-valve, single-cylinder engine that drives a CVT gearbox. Every sale of a 946 (RED) triggers a donation of 150 USD (RM620) to (RED) which buys 500 days of medication for a HIV/AIDS victim.

    Dressed in a shade of red unique to this model, the 946 (RED), like its sibling the 2016 Vespa 946 Emporio Armani, comes with steel bodywork, complemented aluminium components such as the mudguard and side covers. LED lighting is used throughout and a full LCD instrument panel can be found inside the cockpit.

    Targeted at the youth market is the Sprint Carbon, powered by Vespa’s i-Get 150 cc air-cooled single-cylinder mill that produces 13.9 hp at 6,000 rpm. Coming in matte black paint with red accents, the Sprint Carbon comes with a rectangular headlight and rolls on the 12-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

    Commemorating the Sei Giorni or Six Days race held in 1951 in Varese, Italy, the Sei Giorni carries a 300 cc engine that produces a claimed 21 hp at 7,750 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Painted in Verde Matt (Matte Green), the Sei Giorni is styled like the Vespa racing scooters of the the 50s, with the headlamp mounted on the front mudguard and and a small flyscreen mounted on the handlebars.

    The seat on the Sei Giorni is styled to resemble the single seat of a racing scooter and vent cutouts in the front fairing as well as the exposed round-tube handlebar reflect this scooter’s racing heritage. All three Vespa scooters come with ABS on the front and rear hydraulic disc brakes and are available for viewing at selected authorised Vespa dealerships and outlets in Malaysia.

    GALLERY: 2018 Vespa 946 (RED)

    GALLERY: 2018 Vespa Sprint Carbon
    GALLERY: 2018 Vespa Sei Giorni

  • 2019 Benelli Leoncino Trail scrambler, RFS150i Limited Edition kapchai and TRK 502X adventure previewed

    Shown during the launch of the 2019 Benelli VZ125i scooter were the 2019 Benelli Leoncino Trail scrambler and 2019 Benelli TRK 502X middleweight adventure bike. The Benelli RFS150i Limited Edition was also on display, with all three models due to be launched soon although no pricing was given.

    All three motorcycles from Benelli via authorised distributor MForce Bike Holdings are enhanced with suitable accessories, complementing the current standard models in the catalogue. This gives riders a choice of something different and exclusive.

    As an example, the TRK 502X is decked out in adventure style accessories, amongst which are a skid plate, rear box and panniers and spoked wheels in 19 and 17-inch sizes, front and rear, respectively. Suspension on the TRK 502X has also been upgraded, with the 502X standing a little taller than the base TRK 502.

    Meanwhile, the Leoncino Trail comes with much the same accessories, making it a scrambler variant of the standard Leoncino. Also coming with a 19-inch wheel in front and 17-incher in the back, the Leoncino Trail is fitted with dual-purpose tyres and a small wind deflector with the digital instrument panel and LED lighting of the base model carried over.

    On the RFS150i Limited Edition, the major difference is graphics, which use the Italian Tri-Colore as a theme along with grey wheels with red stripes. Upgraded accessories on the RFS150i Limited Edition include rubber grips, aluminium alloy sports bar levers and a yellow monoshock spring, although it is not known if this is a graphic change or a suspension upgrade.

    GALLERY: 2019 Benelli Leoncino Trail

    GALLERY: 2019 Benelli TRK 502X
    GALLERY: 2019 Benelli RFS150i


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Last Updated 01 Sep 2018