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  • 2017 Yamaha T7 Concept 649 cc adventure bike teased

    After a series of photos released during the 2016 EICMA show, Yamaha Europe has taken the covers off the 2017 Yamaha T7 Concept, an adventure bike said to be carrying a two-cylinder power plant taken from the Yamaha MT-07. The photos were shot during a first look exclusive by Italian online journal

    As successor to the legendary Yamaha XT600, the T7 concept has big shoes to fill, and its styling follows Yamaha 450 Dakar off-road racers closely, with tall front end and narrow seat. The humped aluminium fuel tank is also in keeping with adventure bike styling, and we would hazard a guess at tank capacity being in the order of 17- or 18-litres, or so.

    The parallel-twin, liquid-cooled 270-degree Crossplane, 649 cc engine from the MT-07 is very much in evidence, and the T7 concept is likely to put out similar power figures – 73.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. However, it can be safely assumed that for the “adventure” nature of the T7, the torque figure will take a bump with a corresponding decrease in peak horsepower.

    Spoked wheels and knobby tyres are installed, in keeping with the bike’s design style, with generous ground clearance provided by the taller KYB suspension. A massive skid plate is obvious, as is carbon-fibre bodywork, although it is not known if these items will make it to the final production model of the T7.

    Up front a four-LED projector headlight array is covered by a tall windscreen, and an Akrapovic exhaust is fitted. Again, it is not known if these prototype items will be what the Yamaha customer will get, but it certainly looks the part.

    Adventure bikes are popular as a motorcycle design style, and many riders like the tall, upright seating position which gives a commanding view of traffic, as well as the ability to add luggage, increasing the functionality of the bike. In Malaysia, the 2017 Yamaha MT-07 retails at RM36,795, and we would assume the 2017 Yamaha T7 Concept, when it enters production, will be priced somewhat similarly as the “entry-level” into Yamaha’s bigger displacement bikes.

    From the example of the Yamaha T7 Concept adventure bike shown in the photos, it certainly looks to be a late-stage prototype, or perhaps even a pre-production model, judging from the level of fit and finish, and will probably be on public display at this years’s EICMA show.

    What do you think? Do we deserve a machine like this from Yamaha? Perhaps Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia will heed the readers’ call and bring this middle-weight adventure bike in to go against the likes of the Honda CBR500X and Benelli TRK502. So, leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions below.

  • 2017 Vespa Sei Giorni – when racing scooters ruled

    Back in 1951, in the mountains near Varese, Italy, a group of Vespas called Piaggio Squadra Corse (racing team), took nine gold medals in a gruelling competition called “Sei Giorni” or “Six Days”, beating dedicated off-road motorcycles in the process. To commemorate the event, and celebrate the pending 2017 edition of the Sei Giorni in September, Vespa has released the limited edition 2017 Vespa Sei Giorni.

    Based on the current model 2017 Vespa GTS, the limited numbered edition Vespa Sei Giorni carries a 300 cc that produces a claimed 21 hp at 7,750 rpm and 22 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant is Euro 4 compliant, and is fed by EFI.

    Coming with ABS as standard, the Sei Giorni has design touches that hark back to the racing Vespas of the 50s and 60s. The headlamp is relocated, mounted low on the front mudguard, while a small flyscreen provides a little wind protection to the rider.

    LEDs are used in the front turn signals and double as DRLs, while a USB charging port is found inside the front compartment. Fuel for the Sei Giorni is carried in a 8.5-litre tank, and Vespa claims the scooter will do a top speed of 118 km/h.

    Coming only in Verde Matt (Matte Green), the Sei Giorni carries the racing number ‘6’ – for the six-day race – on the front cowl and rear flank, in keeping with the race-inspired style of this scooter. The seat is upholstered in a black leather material, and is designed to mimic a racing “hump” at the rear, like the racing scooters of classic times.

    A full range of accessories from the official Vespa catalogue is available for the Sei Giorni, including 42-litre luggage, taller windscreen and front and rear luggage racks. No word from Vespa as to what the 2017 Vespa Sei Giorni might cost, but the current model Vespa GTS 300, which the Sei Giorni is based on, retails for approximately for RM36,000.

  • 2017 MV Agusta motorcycles get Euro 4 compliance

    With Euro 4 emissions control being compulsory for motorcycles in 2017, Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta, sometimes in the news for the wrong reasons, has said its inline three-cylinder models – the full-fairing F3 675 and F3 800 sports bikes, as well as the Dragster RR naked sports, are now compliant. Euro 4 standards require a reduction of exhaust gas and noise emissions by 50% and 48%, respectively, over Euro 3.

    While a reduction in power is usually expected from meeting new emissions standards, MV Agusta claims the F3 675 still manages to meet the previous claimed power figures of 128 hp at 14,500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque at 10,600 rpm. Meanwhile, the F3 800 is said to pump out 148 hp at 13,000 rpm, with a peak torque of 88 Nm at 10,600 rpm.

    Other upgrades to the F3-series machines include a revised Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) with enhancements to engine management algorithms and ride-by-wire efficiency. This means the relationship between throttle twist and power delivery on the F3 bikes is more efficient and direct.

    Also in compliance with Euro 4 is the Dragster RR, which puts out 140 hp at 13,100 rpm and a maximum torque of 86 Nm at 10,100 rpm. Innovations introduced for the MV Agusta F3 range are shared with the Dragster RR, with new fuel mapping specific to this model, and eight-level traction control, along with an upgraded EAS 2.0 electronic shifter.

    In Malaysia, the 2017 MV Agusta F3 675 and F3 800 models are not available at the moment. However, the MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster RR is on sale at a price of RM112,771, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

  • Moto Guzzi Flagship Centre opens in Petaling Jaya

    With the return of italian motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi to Malaysian shores, and the recent launch of the V7 and V9 series of transverse V-twins, Moto Guzzi has launched its flagship centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Located in The Gasket Alley in the heart of Petaling Jaya, this centre provides sales and service to Guzzi customers.

    The service centre is staffed with mechanics trained by Moto Guzzi, and headed by Azman Jaafar, while Mark Ng leads the sales team. Aside from the flagship centre in Petaling Jaya, Moto Guzzi also has a dealer in Penang, Sheng Fatt Motor, with plans for two more dealers to be appointed next year in other locations.

    “With the reintroduction of Moto Guzzi to Malaysia, we intend to bring in a new core of riders who appreciate the classic design of Moto Guzzi,” said Simone Niccolai, managing director of Asia Pacific 2 Wheeler, Piaggio Asia Pacific. “We also believe that the location of the Moto Guzzi flagship centre in The Gasket Alley will provide riders with a different experience, a one-stop centre for everything motorcycle,” he added.

  • Continental to showcase inductive wireless charging for electric cars and bikes at Frankfurt 2017

    Automotive components maker Continental has big ambitions to make the life of an electric vehicle driver easier – it will be showcasing its inductive wireless charging solution at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, which it says will change the way people use and charge their vehicles.

    Said to work with both cars and bikes, the system enables the driver to simply park over the charging pad on the ground to start charging. “At present, there can be any of a number of reasons why EV drivers are reluctant to use every available opportunity to recharge their vehicle. If it’s cold outside or wet they may not feel like getting out and grappling with the charging cable.

    “We have to make recharging more practical and user-friendly. Inductive charging technology will be a big step towards achieving this,” said Continental expert Thomas Röhrl. The company claims that because the system requires virtually no effort on the part of the driver, it will improve the overall energy balance and increase the vehicle’s available range at any given time.

    Drivers are automatically authenticated as soon as the vehicle approaches the charging pad, and are guided into the space via a micro-navigation system. A human-machine interface indicates when the vehicle is parked correctly and confirms that charging is started. The system has a positioning tolerance of more than 10 cm, allowing the best possible power transfer from the ground pad to the vehicle.

    Induktive Ladeloesung reicht von der Fahrzeugpositionierung ueber die elektronische Kommunikation, das Lademanagement bis zur Sicherheitsueberwachung und Datenabfrage

    The ground pad works with a receiver pad mounted on the underside of the vehicle, allowing for a charging rate of 11 kW – equivalent to a kilometre of range added every minute. “So in the space of a 20 minute shopping trip, the available driving range can be increased by up to 20 km,” says Röhrl.

    A number of safety features have been incorporated into the system, such as an integrated gap-monitoring function that can detect a foreign object between the ground and vehicle pads and immediately interrupt power transmission. The ground pad itself can withstand a load of up to 500 kg.

    Continental says that because the charging pad is located either on the ground or recessed into it, the system can be easily integrated into confined parking spaces compared to a bulky wallbox, and there’s also a reduced risk of vandalism.

    The company is also working to standardise inductive charging systems, drafting technical recommendations as a member of the German standardisation project for inductive charging interoperability (StiLLe).

  • REVIEW: 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 – big fun sometimes comes in small packages

    In Malaysia’s quarter-litre motorcycle segment, buyers truly are spoiled for choice. There is everything from low-end commuters, to naked sports, to full-on full-fairing racers.

    For Kawasaki Malaysia, it offers customers in the small-displacement market a current choice of four machines, in single and two-cylinder, naked and with bodywork. For Malaysian riders, these machines have proven popular due to a combination of price point and performance.

    But a new direction is being taken this year for Kawasaki in the very competitive 250 cc class, with the introduction of the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250. This adventure-styled machine gives riders another choice, if naked sports or race-styled bikes don’t tickle their fancy.

    During the media launch of the Versys-X, we had the chance to sample the bike across a mix of highways, B-roads and light off-road. While the short stint did not give us much of chance to really “push” the Versys-X, we did like what we saw, and felt.

    Being handed the keys to the Versys-X 250 for review, then, gave us our chance to put this little twin through the paces. Come with us and see what we thought of the little Versys.

    Read the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 review after the jump.

  • GIIAS 2017: 2017 Honda CBR250RR Special Edition Indonesia- “The Art of Kabuki”, from RM20,399

    While Malaysia still gets the previous generation Honda CBR250R quarter-litre sports bike, PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) has released the 2017 Honda CBR250RR Special Edition “The Art of Kabuki” in Indonesia. Dressed in a Kabuki, or traditional Japanese dance-drama, motif, the CBR250RR Special Edition was presented to the public at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2017.

    Taking the vivid colours used in Kabuki make-up, the CBR250RR sports a red frame, black shock absorber and asymmetrical paintwork on the wheels – black in front and white at the back. This special edition machine commemorates the first anniversary of the launch of the Honda CBR250RR, where had a first look.

    Only 100 units of this special edition will be produced, and sold through PT Astra’s Honda Wing dealer network. “The world premiere of Honda CBR250RR has been waits by sport bike enthusiast and rewrites the new market of supersport 250cc. We are optimist this unique special edition appearance increase emotional bonding with their bike,” said AHM marketing director Thomas Wijaya.

    Carrying a 249.7 cc liquid-cooled eight-valve parallel-twin power plant, the CBR250RR pumps out 36 hp at 12,500 rpm and 23.3 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. New for the CBR250RR is ride-by-wire, which in Honda parlance gives the rider “total control” with fuelling by Honda’s PGM-FI, and there are three ride modes.

    Power for the CBR250RR gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, and final drive is by chain. The chassis is a steel truss frame affair, welded together with steel mounting plates for the swing-arm.

    Braking is done with single callipers front and rear, the front disc being a 310 mm diameter unit clamped by a dual-piston calliper and the rear disc measuring 240 mm with single-piston calliper. Seat height is set at 790 mm, and weigh is claimed to be 165 kg for the base model, and 168 kg for the ABS version.

    Fuel for the CBR250RR is carried in a 14.5-litre tank and top speed is claimed to be 179 km/h. As for pricing, the 2017 Honda CBR250RR Special Edition “The Art of Kabuki” is being sold, ex-Jakarta, at a price of 70.825 million Indonesian rupiah (RM22,744).

    Meanwhile, the standard model options for the 2017 Honda CBR250RR come in non-ABS and ABS flavours, with four colour options. Pricing for the Anchor Gray Metallic and Matte Gunpowder Black models are 63.525 million rupiah (RM20,399) for non-ABS while the ABS version goes for 69,525 rupiah (RM22,326).

    Further up the price list are two colour options, Honda Racing Red which comes in non-ABS and ABS versions at 64,125 million rupiah (RM20,592) and 70,125 million rupiah (RM22,519), respectively. The Honda CBR250RR Repsol Edition comes with ABS only, and is priced at 72,375 million rupiah (RM23,241).

    Meanwhile, Malaysian Honda 250 fans have to make to with the 2017 Honda CBR250R single-cylinder, while waiting for the upgraded CBR250RR. What do you think? Should Boon Siew Honda bring this mean machine in as soon as possible, at a reasonable price?

  • 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 UK launch – RM25,665

    In the quarter-litre class, it appears as if the adventure bike cum touring segment is getting a lot of attention from the major manufacturers, with Suzuki launching the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 in the UK at a price of 4,599 pounds sterling (RM25,665). Designed for the commuting and light-touring segment, the V-Strom 250 is also targeted at fresh license holders.

    Carrying a liquid-cooled SOHC parallel twin displacing 248 cc, the V-Strom did not come with any power figures published, but we would hazard a guess at about 32 hp and 24 Nm of torque, figures similar to the other contender in its class, the Kawasaki Versys-X 250. The twin-pot power plant is fed by EFI, and power goes through a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Suspension on the V-Strom 250 is conventional, with the traditional telescopic fork up front and a monoshock propping up the rear end, adjustable for pre-load. Fuel is carried inside a dual-purpose styled large tank with a capacity of 17.4-litres, theoretically giving the baby Strom a range of over 500 km, and a range of official accessories is available, including panniers and top box.

    The V-Strom 250 rolls on 10-spoke alloy wheels shod with IRC tyres using 17-inch hoops at the front and rear, indicating that this machine is biased rather more towards road use. Inside the cockpit is a multi-function monochrome LCD screen displaying all the necessary information, while a round halogen headlight lights the way ahead and an LED tail light does duty at the back.

    Braking is done with single hydraulic discs on each wheel, the front wheel carrying a dual-piston calliper, and the V-Strom 250 comes in both ABS and non-ABS versions. Weight for this quarter-litre adventure machine is claimed to be 186 kg for the non-ABS version, while the ABS-equipped V-Strom 250 weighs 2 kg more at 188 kg with seat height set at a rider-frienly 800 mm.

    There are three colour choices for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 250 – Solid Dazzling Cool Yellow, Metallic Diamond Red and Pearl Nebular Black – and Suzuki UK showrooms are expected to take delivery in October. In Malaysia, the closest competition to the Suzuki V-Strom 250 is the Kawasaki Versys-X 250 at RM23,789 and the KTNS 3 at approximately RM13,000.

  • 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 and Monster 797 launched at Naza Merdeka Autofair – RM85,900 and RM55,900

    Launched at the Naza Merdeka Autofair were the 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950 and Monster 797, at RM85,900 and RM55,900, respectively, including GST. Both machines represent the entry-level into their respective Ducati ranges, the Multistrada and Monster series bikes.

    First seen at EICMA in Milan, Italy, in 2016, the Multistrada 950 carries a 937 cc Testastretta 11, liquid-cooled, V-twin engine that produces 113 hp at 9,000 rpm and 96.2 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. Design language for the Multistrada 950 follows the rest of the Multistrada range, and it is lighter than its big Multistrada 1200 sister at 229 kg compared to 239 kg.

    Seat height is set at 840 mm, with 820 and 860 mm seats available as options, compared to the standard 825 to 845 mm adjustable unit on the Multistrada 1200. Standard on the 950 is power and four riding modes, and the Ducati Safety Pack which provides three-level ABS and eight-level traction control.

    Fuel for the Multistrada 950 is carried in a 20-litre tank, and suspension travel is a generous 170 mm with a 19-inch wheel in front and 17-incher at the back. Brembo four-piston Monobloc calipers clamp 320 mm discs on the front wheel, and the rear uses a 265 mm disc.

    Harking back to the original Monster 900’s roots of an air-cooled V-twin, the 2017 Ducati Monster 797 carries a 803 cc power plant that is rated for 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and 67 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm. The Euro 4 compliant engine is fed by EFI with twin butterfly 50 mm throttle body.

    Braking for the Monster 797 is done by Brembo M4.32 radial calipers clamping 320 mm discs with Bosch two-channel ABS as standard equipment. Front suspension is with 43 mm diameter KYB upside-down forks, while the back end is propped up with a Sachs monoshock, adjustable for pre-load and rebound.

    Wet weight for the Monster 797 is claimed to be 193 kg, with fuel carried in a 16.5-litre tank. Seat height places the rider 805 mm above the ground. As part of the Merdeka Auto Fest in Naza World Auto Mall, Naza is offering special deals on cars and motorcycles till August 13.

    GALLERY: 2017 Ducati Monster 797

    GALLERY: 2017 Ducati Multistrada 950

  • 2017 Vespa S 125 i-GET and Piaggio Medley S 150 ABS launched – RM12,603 and RM18,327, respectively

    New introductions to the scooter market in Malaysia are the 2017 Vespa S 125 i-GET and Piaggio Medley S 150 ABS, priced at RM12,603 and RM18,327, respectively, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Both retro-styled scooters are designed for urban use and use i-GET engines with EFI.

    Coming with two-channel ABS, the 2017 Piaggio Medley S 150 carries a 155 cc four-valve SOHC Euro 4 compliant engine that uses with engine start-stop, and puts out 15 hp at 7,750 rpm and maximum torque of 14.4 Nm at 6,400 rpm. Transmission is with a dry centrifugal clutch driving an automatic CVT gearbox.

    A 260 mm hydraulic disc brake is mounted on a 16-inch wheel up front, while the rear has a 240 mm disc brake on a 14-inch wheel. Saddle height on the Medley S places the rider 799 mm off the ground, and fuel is carried in a 7-litre tank. Suspension on the 2017 Piaggio Medley S 150 ABS used a conventional telescopic fork up front and twin shock absorbers in the rear.

    Under the seat is a storage compartment big enough to 2 flip-up or modular helmets. Three colour choices are available – Red, Blue and Black.

    For the 2017 Vespa S 125 i-GET, this model replaces the Vespa S 3V, and now comes with Vespa’s fuel-injected i-GET engine, which comes under Euro 3. Power is claimed to be 10.1 hp at 7,600 rpm and torque at 10.2 Nm at 6,000 rpm.

    Seat height on the S 125 is set at 785 mm, and kerb weight is said to be 114 kg. In front is an 11-inch wheel stopped by a 200 mm disc, and at the back is a 10-inch wheel with 110 mm disc brake.

    Two half-face helmets can be stuffed under the seat, and the 2017 Vespa S 125 i-GET comes in four colour options. These are Verde Matt (Matte Green), Rosso Matt (Matte Red), Grigio Titanio (Titanium Grey) and Arancio Taormina (Taormina Orange).

    GALLERY: 2017 Piaggio Medley S 150 ABS

    GALLERY: 2017 Vespa S 125 i-GET


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Last Updated 17 Aug 2017