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  • GALLERY: BMW Motorrad F850GS 40 Years GS Edition

    Announced a few weeks ago, BMW Motorrad Malaysia has publicly launched the 2021 BMW Motorrad F850GS “40 Years GS Edition”, with a price tag of RM85,500 on-the-road without insurance. This special edition of the F850GS comes with yellow on black graphics commemorating BMW Motorrad’s GS-series adventure motorcycles and is RM6,000 more expensive than the standard 2019 F850GS.

    The “GS” or “Gelande Strasse” logo is embossed on the seat cover, as well as the radiator cover. Yellow hand guards, anodised gold spoked rims – 21-inch in front and 19-inch at the back – and luggage rack as standard equipment further set apart the 40 Years GS F850GS.

    Aside from that, the special edition F850GS is also equipped with BMW Motorrad’s Comfort, Touring, Dynamic and Active packages. These provide riding amenities such as keyless start, hand warmers, tyre pressure monitoring as well as riding conveniences such as cruise control, quick shifter, ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control and four ride modes.

    In other technical aspects the 40 Years GS Edition is similar to the standard model GS, with power coming from a two-cylinder mill displacing 853 cc. Power is claimed to e 95 hp at 8,250 rm and 92 Nm of torque at 6,250, mated to a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Braking on the F850GS is done with twin 305 mm discs with two-piston callipers in front and a 265 mm disc with single-piston calliper at the back. Also standard equipment on the F850GS 40 Years GS Edition is a centre stand, omitted from the standard model F850GS in Malaysia.

    2021 BMW Motorrad F850GS 40 Years GS Edition

  • 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic in Malaysia, RM154k

    Following the BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition, launched in Malaysia October last year and priced at RM149,500, the 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic is officially launched with a price tag of RM154,500. The R18 Classic is differentiated from the R18 First Edition with a host of accessories, as well as the use of a 16-inch front wheel as opposed to the 19-inch unit on the First Edition.

    The standard package on the R18 Classic includes an windshield, passenger seat and removable panniers. Also standard equipment is cruise control and LED fog lights in the front, with three ride modes – “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock”.

    Otherwise mechanically identical to the R18 First Edition, the R18 Classic comes with BMW Motorrad’s largest ever boxer engine, displacing 1,802 cc. Mated to a six-speed separate gearbox and exposed shaft drive like the R5 which inspired it, the R18 gets 91 hp at 4,750 rpm and 158 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

    Riding conveniences include, aside from the aforementioned cruise control, Hill Start Control, Reverse Assist, Dynamic Brake Control, Engine Drag Torque Control and keyless start. Aside from that, an extensive range of accessories is available from the official BMW Motorrad catalogue.

    Suspension on the R18 Classic is done with telescopic forks in front, while the back end is held up by a monoshock, adjustable for preload and compression. Braking is done with twin four-piston callipers clamping 300 mm brake discs with a single four-piston calliper at the back on a 300 mm disc with BMW Motorrad Integral ABS.

    The R18 Classic weighs 365 kg, fully-fuelled and ready to go while seat height is set at 710 mm with fuel carried in a 16-litre tank. There is only one colour option available for the 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic – Black Storm Metallic with white hand-painted pin striping.

    GALLERY: 2021 BMW Motorrad R18 Classic

    GALLERY: BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition

  • 2021 BMW Motorrad S1000RR now in Malaysia – standard at RM121,500, M Package at RM138,500

    Now in Malaysia is the 2021 BMW Motorrad S1000RR, which comes in two model variants, the standard at RM121,500, and the S1000RR M Package, tagged at RM138,500. Pricing for the BMW Motorrad S1000RR and S1000RR M Package are on-the-road, excluding insurance.

    Motive power for the S1000RR 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 207 hp at 13,500 rpm with 113 Nm metres of torque at 11,000 rpm.

    Riding aids as standard fitment on the S1000RR include Dynamic Brake Control, four ride modes – Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race – plus three customisable race modes, with launch control and pitlane speed limiter, along with Riding Mode Pro and BMW Motorrad Race ABS. Also standard is Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as well as a quick shifter or Shift Assist Pro while Dynamic Damping Control (DDC), previously an M Package only option, is now included.

    LED lighting is used throughout and a full-colour TFT-LCD display shows all the necessary information. There are three colour options for the standard model S1000RR – Blackstorm Metallic, Hockenheim Silver and BMW M Sport colours of Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red.

    For the M Package variant of the S1000RR, selecting this model option gives you carbon-fibre wheels, Dynamic Damping Control (DDC) M Sport seat and lightweight M Package battery. Only one colour option is available for the S1000RR M Package in Malaysia which is the M Sport colours of Light White/Racing Blue Metallic/Racing Red.

    In terms of weight, the standard model S1000RR is listed at 197 kg, fully-fuelled and ready to go, while the S1000RR M Package is 3.5 kg lighter, at 193.5 kg, due to the carbon wheels. Fuel is carried in a 16.5-litre tank and seat height is set an 824 mm, with 814 mm and 849 mm tall seats being an option.

    Optional items include M Carbon footpegs, M brake and clutch levers, tinted windshield as well as a bubble windshield in plain or tinted versions. Also available is the M Datalogger and Laptrigger, a calibration kits, along with a bike cover with ‘M’ logo, a tank bag and rear seat bag.

  • 2021 CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage in Malaysia year end?

    Launched in Malaysia as a brand back in 2019 with the CFMoto 250NK, followed by the CFMoto 250SR, a hint has been dropped by importers KTNS Holdings that the 2021 CFMoto 700CL-X Heritage will be coming to the local market by year’s end. Strongly resembling the Ducati Diavel, the 700CL-X Heritage is styled as a “power cruiser” with drag bike styling.

    Powered by a liquid-cooled parallel-twin, the 700CL-X Heritage produces 73 hp at 8,500 rpm and 68 Nm of torque from 6,500 rpm with the engine fed by Bosch EFI. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox equipped with slipper clutch and chain final drive.

    Suspension at the front is done with KYB 41 mm diameter upside-down forks, adjustable for preload with compression and rebound adjustment in separate forelegs. At the rear, a KYB monoshock holds up the rear end and is adjustable for preload and rebound.

    The CL700-X Heritage is stopped by single hydraulic J Juan disc brakes on the 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel, with ABS as standard equipment. Claimed to weigh 196 kg wet, fuel is carried in a 13-litre tank and seat height is set at 800 mm.

    LED lighting is used throughout on the CL700-X Heritage with a monochrome LCD panel as instrument display. Other riding conveniences include a USB charging port and cruise control as standard with colour options being Twilight Blue and Coal Grey.

  • 2021 Triumph Bonneville range gets model updates

    2021 Triumph Bonneville T120

    Comprising of five models and one limited edition variant, the 2021 Triumph Bonneville “Modern Classics” range gets engine updates and weight reduction. The entire Bonneville lineup gets Euro 5 compliance in the engine room along with improvements in engine response and lower emissions.

    Topping Triumph’s Modern Classics are the 2021 Bonneville T120 and T120 Black, carrying the 1,200 cc High Torque parallel-twin. This year’s T120s are 7 kg lighter than previous, coming with lightweight aluminium wheels rims.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black

    Braking has taken a serious upgrade, with the T120 now coming with Brembo brake callipers on twin brake discs. Cruise control is now standard fitment and software for riding modes has been revised, while the instruments sport a new fascia.

    Colour options for the 2021 Bonneville T120 are Jet Black, Cordovan Red and Silver Ice or Cobalt Blue and Silver Ice with the two-tone paint schemes complemented with hand-painted gold pin striping. The T120 Black comes with blacked out wheel rims, grab rail, engine covers, mirrors, headlamp bezel, indicators, and exhaust with a brown bench seat and there are two colours – Jet Black or Matte Jet Black/Matte Graphite with hand-painted silver stripes.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville T100

    A step down the range is the Bonneville T100, with a 900 cc parallel-twin, now made Euro 5 compliant and putting out 65 PS at 7,400 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 3,750 rpm, 10 PS more than previous. Engine response has been improved and the twin now revs 500 rpm higher.

    For suspension, new forks improve handling while the front brake calliper is now a Brembo unit. Overall, the T100 has lost 4 kg and features black powder coated engine and cam covers with service intervals now 10,000 km between visits to the workshop.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin

    Seat height on the T100 is 790 mm and a USB charging port is found under the seat. Paint choices include Lucerne Blue/Fusion White or Carnival Red/Fusion White with silver pin striping and solid Jet Black.

    The 2021 Street Twin has a 900 cc parallel-twin identical to the unit in the T100 with 65 PS and 80 Nm of torque, but has a lower 765 mm seat height as well as Brembo front brake calliper. Revisions for 2021 include new cast alloy wheels, a more comfortable seat, new bodywork and improved finish and detailing with three colour options available – Cobalt Blue, Matte Ironstone and Jet Black.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin Gold Line

    Joining the Street Twin is the limited edition Street Twin Gold Line, to be produced in a run of 1,000 units. Coming in Matte Sapphire Black with hand-painted gold lining, the Street Twin Gold Line is fitted with a new side panel featuring a custom Street Twin logo and each bike comes with a certificate of authenticity, personalised with its VIN number.

    As for the Bonneville Speedmaster, its Euro 5 compliant 1,200 cc parallel-twin delivers 78 PS at 6,100 rpm and 106 Nm of torque at 3,850 rpm, with 90% of the torque available through the rev range up to 5,750 rpm. Seating accomodations have been improved, with the very low seat height of 705 mm now featuring lumbar support and deep foam construction, while the pillion seat – swappable for the solo rider look or installation of a luggage rack – is now 11 mm thicker for better passenger comfort.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster

    Handling wise, the Speedmaster now comes with 47 mm diameter Showa front fork while the rear preload-adjustable monoshock is retained. Braking sees a similar jump in spec with the inclusion of twin Brembo callipers in front and there are three colour choices – the new Fusion White/Sapphire Black and Red Hopper.

    Rounding out the Triumph Bonneville range is the Bobber, which now features a 16-inch front wheel and larger 47 mm diameter forks, giving it that “hunky” style. New blacked out engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover, with Led lighting used throughout.

    2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

    The seat on the Bobber, set at 690 mm, is adjustable either “up and forwards” or “down and backwards”, allowing the bike to accommodate different leg lengths, something that was an issue on the first generation Bobber. The instruments are angle-adjustable to suit the seat positions and for 2021, the Bobber comes in Matter Storm Grey/Matt Ironstone, Cordovan Red or classic Jet Black.

    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville T120

    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville T120 Black
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville T100
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Street Twin Gold Line
    GALLERY: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster
    Gallery: 2021 Triumph Bonneville Bobber

  • 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 adventure-tourer – will the road less traveled be enough?

    Entering a very crowded adventure-touring motorcycle segment is the 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America and higher-spec Pan America Special. This pair of motorcycles represent Harley-Davidson’s (H-D) first foray into a market niche dominated by the likes of the Ducati 1260 Multistrada, KTM Super Adventure 1290, Triumph Tiger 1200 and the gold standard for the market, the BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS.

    Including the recently updated Suzuki V-Strom and Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin, there is no shortage of options for the rider who wants to tackle mixed surface riding, or at least look the part. On paper, the specifications for the Pan America tick the right boxes.

    Powered by the H-D Revolution Max 1250 V-twin, the Pan America gets 150 hp and 127 Nm of torque from the 1,250 cc mill which revs to a peak of 9,500 rpm. This is achieved with liquid-cooling, four-valves per cylinder, twin-plug heads and variable valve timing with power going through a six-speed gearbox, which, in a departure for H-D, is now combined with the engine in a unit construction instead of being in a separate housing.

    There are two variants of the Pan America offered, the base model Pan America 1250, and the Pan America 1250 Special, which comes with semi-active electronic suspension. Weight for the Pan America is brought into the norm for this market, tipping the scales at 242 kg wet – the Special weighs 254 kg wet – and 21.2-litres of fuel carried in the tank.

    Braking is done by Brembo, with radial-mounted four-piston monoblock calliper on the front wheel on twin floating brake discs while the rear end. For wheel sizing, the Pan America 1250 rolls on a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear, shod on 120/70 and 170/60 Michelin Scorcher rubber.

    For suspension, no brand names are mentioned but the front end of the Pan America is suspended with a 47 mm upside-down fork, fully-adjustable for the Pan America, electronic for the Special. The rear uses a monoshock, again, fully-adjustable for the base model, electronic for the Special, with adjustable ride height being an option.

    Inside the cockpit, things take a turn for high tech with a 6.8-inch TFT-LCD full-colour display that includes Bluetooth connectivity to the rider’s smartphone. Led lighting is used throughout including an LED headlight that comes with six-element cornering lighting.

    The 2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 is scheduled for market release in March 2021. As for pricing, in the UK, the Pan America 1250 is tagged at 14,000 pounds sterling (RM79,438) while the Pan America 1250 Special goes for 15,500 pounds sterling (RM87,950), with final pricing depending on model options and accessories selected.

  • Buell Motorcycle is back – 10 new motorcycles by 2024

    After a troubled half decade, American motorcycle maker Buell Motorcycles is back in business with a range of motorcycles. These include a fully-faired sportsbike, an adventure tourer and a hill climb racer, as well as a naked sports model.

    As listed on the company’s website, these four models form the basis of a catalogue of 10 new motorcycles by the 2024 model year. In a press release, Buell states this will also include small- and medium displacement motorcycles and is exploring ideas for an electric motorcycle, saying that it welcomes collaboration with other manufacturers in this area.

    Buell is known for its out-of-the-box ideas regarding motorcycle design, including use of perimeter disc brakes on the front wheel and fuel carried inside the frame. For the 2021 Buell 1190 RX, this fully-faired sportsbike is powered by a 1,190 cc V-twin producing 185 hp at 10,600 rpm and 137.8 Nm of torque at 8,200 rpm.

    As for the adventure tourer model, which goes up against the Harley-Davidson Pan America in its US home market, Buell says the 1190 Super Touring has a mill that pumps out 185 hp. Designed by Joey Ruiter, known for his somewhat offbeat designs like the Consumer Car and Moto Undone, the 1190 Super Touring is set to hit the market in 2023.

    The original Buell Motorcycles was founded 1983 by Erik Buell, producing over 20,000 motorcycles using the Harley-Davidson 72 degree V-twin. After being acquired by Harley-Davidson in 1998, the brand was axed in 2009 by management, with Buell Motorcycles coming back under the banner of EBR Motorcycles in 2016.

  • Aprilia Moto Trainer now in Motoplex Malaysia – ride any racetrack in the ultimate motorcycle video game

    Now in Malaysia and hosted at Motoplex Petaling Jaya is the Aprilia Moto Trainer, fitted out with a 2020 Aprilia RSV4 Factory. The moto trainer, as its name implies, is a training aid used by motorcycle racers to practice lap times at racing circuits around the world, including Malaysia’s home of motorsports, Sepang International Circuit (SIC).

    The Moto Trainer rig consists of a hydraulically actuated platform that holds a super bike, telemetry sensors and a control unit with LCD display, controlled via a remote. The displays shows an onboard view of the track as ridden by a ‘ghost’ rider, with the Moto Trainer rider’s aim being to match as closely as possible the lap time displayed.

    If you’re curious, the lap time for Sepang on the Moto Trainer is the MotoGP qualifying time of 2 minutes 2 seconds. Not quite a video game, per se, the Moto Trainer will record and display the rider’s throttle input, braking, lean angle and gear shifting, all of which have to match the trace of the ghost rider’s data.

    The closer the graphs match, the better the lap time, with the Moto Trainer awarding a percentage score and ranking. Not just a matter of whacking the throttle open, control inputs and bike movements have be timed and measured precisely, to record that perfect lap.

    For the Aprilia RSV4 Factory used in the simulator, the throttle, front and rear brakes and gearshift are wired for feedback into the Moto Trainer. Secured to a cradle, the front fork is hydraulically controlled to simulate braking and cornering movement while the whole rig allows the rider to lean up to 60 degrees on either side.

    Aside from letting the rider work on his or her control inputs in hustling a superbike around a racetrack, using an actual superbike, or in the case of professional racers, their own race machine, lets riders work on other items such as body positioning.

    Suffice it to say, when was invited for a short introductory session on the Moto Trainer, enough data was collected for what was expected to be a brief overview of the training rig to turn into a full-on two-and-a-half hour episode of looking at graphs, examining data curves and fine tuning body position. The Moto Trainer was rather more physical than expected, real effort required to muscle the bike down into turns and over to the other side, with the rider drenched in sweat after multiple sessions.

    As can be expected, the sound and fury of riding an actual motorcycle on a racetrack at pace is missing, along with other inputs and sensations such as g-forces, weight transfer and the force of the wind trying to tear you off the bike at 280 km/h. Nonetheless, the Moto Trainer gives racers the chance to practice riding multiple racetracks, in a controlled, safe and repeatable manner, with data collection making it easy to find where time can be saved or lost, as the case may be.

    In case you are interested, the Aprilia Moto Trainer costs 12,000 euros (RM58,844) excluding shipping and taxes. For those wishing to try out the Moto Trainer, it is not currently open to the public and simulator rides are by invitation only.

  • 2021 Aveta VS110 now in Malaysia – RM3,588 OTR

    New entry into the Aveta Malaysia stable of budget-conscious underbone motorcycles and scooters is the 2021 Aveta VS110, priced at RM3,588, on-the-road with a 20,000 km or two-year warranty against manufacturing defects. This kapchai is the fourth model, following the Malaysian introduction of the Aveta DY90, RX110 and Ranger 110.

    Powered by a 113 cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled, four-stroke mill fed by carburettor, the VS110 produces a claimed 6.5 hp at 8,000 rpm and 6.8 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Power goes through a four-speed rotary gearbox with centrifugal clutch, as is customary of motorcycles in this class, with chain final drive.

    Weighing in at 83 kg, the VS110 carries fuel in a 4-litre tank and there are four colour options – Cyan, Blue, Red and Black. Braking is by mechanical drum front and rear and the VS110 rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels.

    Front suspension is done with conventional telescopic forks and the rear end is held up with twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers. For comparison, direct competition to the VS110 is the Honda Wave Alpha which comes with a similar engine capacity and specification but also includes a front hydraulic disc brake and is priced at RM4,589 excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

  • 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 available with lowering kit

    It is not likely Malaysian riders will get to see the 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 locally outside of grey imports, though this dual-purpose middleweight is available in both Thailand and the Philippines in the ASEAN market. What is interesting is the Tenere 700 is offered in the Philippines with a factory lowering kit.

    Comprising of two components, the Tenere 700 kit comes with a lowering kit and a lower seat, reports The standard seat height on the Tenere 700 is a lofty 870 mm – the rather more hardcore Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally places the seat 890 mm off the ground – which presents something of a challenge for some Asian riders.

    Adding the lowering kit and low seat drops the seat height by 35 mm to a more manageable 835 mm. The Tenere 700 retails at 619,000 pesos (RM51,912) and the lowering kit and low seat are priced at 9,600 pesos (RM803) and 4,500 pesos (RM376), respectively.

    The Tenere 700 was first launched in Europe in 2019, developed from the Yamaha T7 Tenere Concept Dakar Rally off-road race bike. It made its way to the Thailand market in May 2020, price tagged at 439,000 Thai baht (RM58,934) before debuting in the Philippines in 2021.

    Carrying Yamaha’s Crossplane 2 liquid-cooled parallel-twin displacing 689 cc, the Tenere 700 produces 72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Fed by EFI, the Tenere 700 gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Targeted towards the rider who does more work off-road than on tarmac, the Tenere 700 is less an adventure-touring machine – Yamaha provides the Tracer 900 for this – and more dual-purpose riding. This is shown in the 43 mm diameter upside-down forks with 210 mm of travel and a 200 mm travel monoshock at the back.

    Tyre sizes are also oriented for off-road use, 90/90-21 rubber in front and 150/70-18 at the back. The Tenere 700 weighs in at 205 kg and fuel is carried in a 16-litre tank which gives a claimed 350 km range while braking is done with twin 282 mm diameter hydraulic discs in front and a single 280 mm disc on the back, and switchable ABS is standard.


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Last Updated 27 Feb 2021