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  • 2019 SYM Jet14 200 and Mio 110 now in Malaysia, priced at RM7,888 and RM5,888 respectively

    Entering the Malaysia market is the 2019 SYM Jet14 200 and Mio 110 scooters, priced at RM7,888 and RM5,888, respectively. Pricing does not include road tax, insurance and registration and deliveries to authorised SYM Malaysia dealers begins next week.

    Following on from the SYM Jet14 125 scooter, the Jet14 200 is targetted at the 150 cc scooter market, notably the Yamaha NMax (RM8,409). Fitted with 14-inch wheels, a new feature on the Jet14 200 is front-wheel ABS which works on a 260 mm hydraulic disc brake while the rear wheel is stopped with a 220 mm diameter hydraulic disc.

    Coming with a 168.9 cc single-cylinder air-cooled OHC power plant that is Euro 4 compliant, the Jet14 200 produces a claimed 11.8 hp at 8,000 rpm and 12.2 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Fed by EFI, the Jet14 uses CVT and belt final drive as is normal for scooters in this market segment.

    Seat height is set at 780 mm while weight is claimed to be 134 kg with fuel carried in a 7.5-litre tank. There are three colour options for the SYM Jet14 200 – Cedar Brown, Jet Black, and Steel Gray and an additional feature is an immobiliser switch under the seat, which also storage for one full-face helmet.

    For the smaller budget scooter segment is the Mio 110 which is targetted at the lady rider for daily urban riding. Up 10 cc from the previous generation Mio 100, the Mio 110 is driven by a 111 cc OHC air-cooled, single-cylinder engine which is good for 7.37 hp at 7,000 rpm and 7.3 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Starting is with both electric and kickstarter and the engine is Euro 3 compliant with fuelling by EFI. Seat height is 720 mm and weight for the Mio 110 is 93 kg, making it easy to handle for all riders.

    Coming in three colour choices – Paper Mint, Flamingo, and Matte Black – the Mio 110 rolls on 10-inch wheels with a 160 mm diameter disc brake in front and drum brake at the back. Both the SYM Jet14 200 and Mio 110 come with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty against manufacturing defects.

    GALLERY: 2019 SYM Jet14 200

    GALLERY: 2019 SYM Mio 110

  • 2019 Givi Bella Ride and Camp in Pangkor

    Celebrating lady riders around the world, the 2019 Givi Bella Ride and Camp enters its second edition this year with a trip to Pangkor island. Attended by 22 Malaysian lady riders, the ride also saw the handover of the relay baton for the Women Riders World Relay.

    The relay was formed to raise the profile of women riders around the world, who are oftentimes marginalised in a male dominated sport and hobby. Representing Givi Bella in the relay was Givi brand ambassador Anita Yusof, who completed her solo round-the world ride in 2016 and is the first Muslim female to do so.

    Flagging off from the Givi factory in Bukit Beruntung, Selangor, the ladies rode to Lumut, Perak, where they caught a ferry. On arrival, the Givi Bella riders camped out on the beach, with the highlight of the trip being a beachside barbeque.

    Other activities were held, including a beach aerobics session supervised by one of the rider. Givi Bella encourages Malaysian women riders to join its events and get-togethers, with notification available on social media.

  • 2019 Yamaha 135LC SE updated, priced at RM7,118

    Another updated underbone machine from Malaysian Yamaha distributors Hong Leong Yamaha Motorcycles (HLYM), this time the 2019 Yamaha 135LC SE, which comes in a new colour – Knight Blu – and graphics. Pricing is set at RM7,118 excluding road tax insurance and registration which is up RM250 from the base model Yamaha 135LC at RM6,868.

    Differences from the 135LC SE and the 135LC are cosmetic, apart from the earlier mentioned new graphics, the SE model comes with racing stripes with the model name on the wheel edges. Carried over from the 2019 135LC released in June 135LC is a front cowl horn cover, side panel air scoops, new engine protection cover and revised instrument panel.

    Carrying a 134 cc, single-cylinder, SOHC liquid-cooled engine, the 135LC SE produces 12 hp at 8,500 rpm and 11.79 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. A four-speed rotary automatic gearbox and chain final drive gets power to the ground with the engin being fed by carburettor.

    Braking is done with a single brake disc on the front wheel, clamped by a single-piston calliper while the rear wheel uses a drum brake. The front comes with conventional telescopic forks while the back end is propped up with a monoshock with preload adjustment.

    The 135LC SE has a claimed dry weight of 105 kg and seat height 775 mm off the ground. Expected to arrive in authorised HLYM dealers beginning September 21, every 135LC SE purchased also comes with a brake disc lock worth RM100.

  • 2020 ARRC AP250 class see entry of new Malaysian Team Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing

    Ahead of the 2020 Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) season for the Asia Production 250 class (AP250), new entry to the grid Team Idemitsu Boon Siew Honda Racing (IBSH) will be ‘testing the waters’ with a wildcard entry this weekend’s round in Sepang International Circuit (SIC). As the sixth leg of the ARRC AP250 season, this round at SIC was deemed to be an ideal time for IBSH to use homeground to its advantage and scope out the competition.

    Young Malaysian riders Muhammad Syarifuddin Azman (18) from Selangor and Muhammad Idlan Haqimi Raduan (15) from Negeri Sembilan will be competing as wildcards on the Honda CBR250RR and managed by . The AP250 class, which made its debut in ARRC in 2015, is currently dominated by Thai and Indonesian riders.

    Aware that the level of competition will be stiff, neither rider is underestimating the challenge they face. “I am both excited and nervous about this wildcard. The AP250 class is not an easy class to debut in. There are a lot of strong and aggressive riders on the grid,” said Syarifuddin.

    Other rider on the Malaysian IBSH team, Idlan is also looking forward to the AP250 race with both riders having moved up the ranks in Honda’s racer development programme. In Syarifuddin’s case, he was twice crowned champion in the Malaysian Cup Prix in 2016 and 2018 while Idlan was 2018 champion in the Honda One Make Challenge race series.

    Speaking during the launch, Keiichi Yasuda, managing director and CEO of Boon Siew Honda, said competing in AP250 with a new team fills a vacuum in Boon Siew Honda’s talent development programme in Malaysia. The new IBSH team slots into a talent development path for young Malaysian riders that includes the Petronas Malaysian Cub Prix, Thailand Talent Cup, European Talent Cup, Asian Talent Cup and FIM Asia Road Racing Championship.

  • 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 in new colours, RM11,988

    After a year since entering the Malaysia market, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 is now updated with new colours and graphics, while pricing remains unchanged at RM11,988, recommended retail without road tax, insurance and registration. The new colours are Race Blu, Matte Yellow and Matte Black and the YZF-R15 comes with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty.

    The YZF-R15 is powered by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine with variable valve actuation (VVA) and dsiplacing 155 cc. This allows the YZF-R15 to produce a claimed 19.3 hp and 15 Nm of torque with power getting to the ground via an assist and slipper clutch mated to a six-speed transmission.

    Although only having 155 cc, the YZF-R15 is decked out for sporty riding, including wider tyres – 100/80-17 infront and 140/70-17 at the back – along with a 282 mm diameter front brake disc on the front wheel and 220 mm disc at the rear. Standard equipment is a monochrome LCD instrument panel, Deltabox frame and aluminium swingarm with fuel carried in a 11-litre tank and 137 kg weight.

    Inside the cockpit, the digital instrument panel displays the usual rpm, speed, odometer, fuel consumption, gear position indicator, fuel capacity and warning lights. Additionally, a gear shift warning light is included and LED lighting is used all round.

    What we get in Malaysia is the high spec model, identical to the ones sold in Indonesia and Thailand which comes with upside-down forks. Other markets, such as India, get slightly down-spec’ed version to cut costs by using a conventional telescopic fork.

  • 2019 Honda ADV 150 scooter arrives in Philippines

    Launched at the 2019 GIIAS show in Indonesia, the 2019 Honda ADV 150 adventure scooter is scheduled for its public unveiling in the Philippines this week. This was reported by Top Gear Phillipines via its motorcycle editor Aris Illagan who writes the Moto Sapiens section.

    A photo has appeared on Honda Philippines social media showing the silhouette of the ADV 150 with a teaser tagline that it is being launched soon. Consequently, photos have appeared on various Philippines social media sites showing ADV 150s being unloaded at a dock and inside information obtained by Top Gear Philippines has confirmed this.

    The ADV 150 is powered by a 149.3 cc, single-cylinder SOHC mill, producing 14.5 PS at 8,500 rpm and 13.8 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm with Idling Stop. Taking styling cues from its larger sibling, the Honda X-ADV, the ADV 150 is fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi and power is transmitted via an automatic gearbox and belt drive.

    There are two versions of the ADV 150 in Indonesia, the Combined Braking System (CBS) version and the ABS variant, which are priced at 33.5 million rupiah (RM9,908) and 36.5 million rupiah (RM10,795), respectively. Braking is done with hydraulic discs, the front disc using a two-piston calliper while the rear is stopped with single-piston unit.

    Seat height on the ADV 150 is set at 795 mm while weight is 132 kg for the CBS model and the ABS ADV 150 comes in at 133 kg. Fuel for the ADV is carried in a 8-litre tank and a 28-litre storage space is found under the seat.

    Inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD meter that closely resembles the units installed on the X-Adv and the CRF1000L Africa Twin. LED lighting is used throughout the ADV 150 and the manually adjustable windshield has a high and low position.

    In Indonesia, the ADV 150 is sold alongside the Honda Vario 150 eSP and PCX 150 scooters, which are priced from 23.6 million rupiah (RM7,002) and 28.9 million rupiah (RM8,574), as well as the SH150i, retailing for 39.9 million rupiah (RM11,838). So, it looks like our ASEAN neighbours Indonesia and Philippines are getting the ADV 150 well before Malaysia, which begs the question, when will it be our turn?

  • Honda PCX scooter to use four-valves and VTEC?

    Spreading widely across the internet are several patent drawings that are said to have been registered for a new scooter in Japan. Looking at the photos we obtained from website Kojintekibikematome, the engine illustrations were posted together with a scooter that strongly resembles the Honda SH150i.

    While the SH150i, a proper step-through scooter, is not sold in Malaysia, it shares components in common with the Honda PCX 150. If these photos are genuine, then this could mean the engine might be used for a forthcoming model of the PCX.

    The PCX 150 has been updated, being sold together with the PCX 150 hybrid but the power plant is still the same eSP 149 cc unit with two-valves and a single overhead cam. Meanwhile, close competitor the Yamaha NMax comes with a 155 cc, four-valve mill with variable valve actuation.

    From the patent drawing, it looks like this new engine design registered by Honda for its new scooter will come with four-valves per cylinder with two small intake valves and slightly larger exhaust valves. Seen from the side, the part labelled number 69 appears to be a small solenoid controlling the valve timing.

    If correct, this would be an adjustable valve timing system much like Honda’s VTEC that is common on Honda car engines. Aside from Honda cars, VTEC has previously made an appearance on the middleweight Honda CB400.

    Through variable valve timing, an engine can produce both optimum power and fuel efficiency, depending on the engine rev limit and the way the vehicle is driven or ridden.

  • 2019 Honda Activa 125 BSVI launched in India – from RM3,932, three model variants, with PGM-Fi

    Now in India is the 2019 Honda Activa 125 BSVI scooter, coming in three model variants and with pricing starting from 67,490 Indian rupees (RM3,932). Complying to India’s Bharat Stage VI emissions standards, the equivalent to Euro 6, the Activa 125 comes with a host of features new to the India market, but well known to riders in ASEAN.

    Amongst these are Honda’s Idling Stop System (ISS), the ACG starter which performs double duty as a quiet starter and alternator, Enhanced Smart Power (eSP) which improves engine efficiency through optimised combustion and minimising engine internal friction. Carrying a 124.9 cc which is now fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi, Honda says the Activa 125 BSVI is 10% more fuel efficient than the previous generation Activa with carburettor.

    No power figures were mentioned, but we would hazard a guess at about 9 hp and 11 Nm of torque for a scooter in this class and the claimed improvement in fuel efficiency with the use of PGM-Fi is not unreasonable. Transmission is via CVT and belt, as is the norm and a new feature for the India scooter market is the side stand indicator with starter safety cut out.

    The new instrument panel is a combination digital/analogue unit, with the digital portion being a small monochrome LCD panel that now displays real-time fuel consumption, fuel gauge, range to empty and mileage. LED lighting is used for the head light and turn signal while the rear light is redesigned for a sleeker look.

    Baking uses Honda’s Combi-Brake System (CBS) which equalises braking force between front disc and rear drum brakes with the rear suspension having a three-step adjustment. Inside the cockpit a front glove box can be used to store miscellaneous items while an 18-litre storage space is found under the seat.

    There are three variants to the 2019 Honda Activa 125 BSVI – Standard at 67,490 Indian Rupees (RM3,932), Alloy at 70,990 Indian Rupees (RM4,134) and Deluxe is priced at 74,490 Indian Rupees (RM4,338). No information was supplied regarding trim levels but available colour options are Rebel Red Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, Heavy Grey Metallic and Pearl Precious White.

  • 2020 Indian Motorcycle lineup with 1.9-litre V-twin

    As a result of listening to rider feedback, select models in the 2020 Indian Motorcycle lineup will come, for the first time, with its Thunder Stroke 116 V-twin. Displacing 1,901 cc in metric measurement, the Thunder Stroke twin is air-cooled and features 168 Nm of torque.

    The Thunder Stroke 116 mill will be standard in the following Indian Motorcycle models – Springfield Dark Horse, Chieftain, Chieftain Dark Horse, Chieftain Limited, Chieftain Elite, Roadmaster and Roadmaster Dark Horse. The current model Thunder Stroke 111 1,819 cc power plant will also be available for the Chief Dark Horse, Chief Vintage, Chieftain Classic and Springfield.

    Coming with a blacked out finish and chrome accents, the Roadmaster Dark Horse features a streamlined fairing, slammed saddlebags, 19-inch front wheel with open fender and an extended reach Rogue gunfighter seat. Standard fitment on the Roadmaster Dark Horse along with the 116 engine is a touring trunk, lower fairings, heated grips and a mid-adjustable windscreen.

    As Indian Motorcycles top of the line premium market bagger, the Chieftain Elite will come with streamlined fairing and slammed saddlebags for 2020 along with a PowerBand audio system 50% louder than the standard model. For the coming year, the Chieftain Elite comes in a two-tone Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Candy paint job, with matching motor highlights and badging, Precision Machined Elite wheels, Pinnacle mirrors, Select floorboards, and a Flare Windshield.

    Also updated for 2020 is Indian Motorcycle’s Ride Command with Connected Services, a completely redesigned infotainment system for next year’s riding season. Displayed on a 7-inch screen, the 2020 Ride Command comes with a new quad-core processor for better display performance with new features including traffic and weather overlays, predictive destination search and improved customisable displays.

    Handling for the 2020 Springfield and Chief Dark Horse is improved with the installation of a 17-inch front wheel that gives more front end stability. As for the 2020 Roadmaster, weight has been reduced with a redesigned trunk rack for a different style.

    2020 colour options for Indian Motorcycles with the Thunder Stroke 116 include the Chieftain in Titanium Smoke, Chieftain Dark Horse in Thunder Black Smoke, Ruby Smoke and Titanium Smoke, while the Chieftain Limited comes in Thunder Black Pearl, Radar Blue and Thunder Black Pearl with graphics package. Meanwhile, the Chieftain Elite can be had in Thunder Black Vivid Crystal over Wildfire Red Candy, as mentioned earlier.

    The Springfield Dark Horse comes in Thunder Black Smoke, Sagebrush Smoke and White Smoke for 2020, while the Roadmast has four colour choices – Thunder Black, Burgundy Metallic, Pearl White over Titanium Metallic with black pinstripe and Titanium Smoke over Thunder Black Smoke with silver pinstripe. Rounding out the stable of Thunder Stroke 116 Indian Motorcycle cruisers is the Roadmaster Dark Horse which comes in three paint options – Thunder Black Smoke, White Smoke and Ruby Smoke.

  • Malaysian police crack down on Yamaha Y15ZR mods

    Ever popular amongst younger Malaysian motorcycle riders is the Yamaha Y15ZR, better known as the “Y Suku.” However, Malaysian police are taking a dim view of illegally modified Y15ZRs, citing the danger it poses to both the rider and the road using public.

    This was said by Bukit Aman Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department (JSPT) deputy director Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain during a press conference after a police operation on commercial vehicles at the Duta toll plaza on the weekend. In a report, JSPT officers have been instructed to focus on this trend of modifying Y15ZRs.

    “According to current JPJ rules, any modification that is not approved by JPJ is an offence and can be penalised, including confiscation, regardless if the owner is a well known celebrity or an ordinary citizen,” said Nadzri. “This trend of modifications will be continuously monitored by police as well as JPJ through road blocks to detect illegal modifications,” he said.

    “For example, if a motorcycle is sold with a specified top speed of 110 km/h, don’t modify the engine to reach 140 km/h,” Nadzri strongly asserted. “This is against the law and the motorcycle may not be capable of handling the increased top speed, leading to a rise in fatal road accidents,” he continued.

    During the six day operation on commercial vehicles, a total of 1,384 summons was issued for a variety of offences committed by commercial drivers. Further to that, 18 drivers aged between 30 and 40 of buses and lorries were held after testing positive for drug use, with Nadzri saying police will not compromise on offences committed by commercial drivers with a strong suggestion for commercial transport companies to conduct constant testing and monitoring of their drivers.


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Last Updated 21 Sep 2019