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  • 2019 CFMoto 250 NK now in Malaysia – RM12,800 for standard, RM13,800 for NK SE with ABS and TFT-LCD

    Malaysia’s quarter-litre motorcycle class sees the introduction of the 2019 CFMoto 250 NK which comes in two versions – the standard model at RM12,800 and the 250 NK SE with is priced at RM13,800 and adds ABS and a TFT-LCD screen. All prices exclude road tax, registration and insurance with styling for the 250 NK done by Kiska Design.

    Powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine displacing 250 cc, the 250 NK puts out 22 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm and while no power figures were provided, a figure of 20 hp would not be out of the question. Fed by EFI, the 250 NK gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive with electric starting.

    A steel tube trellis frame ties everything together, with non-adjustable upside-down forks in front and a pre-load adjustable monoshock in the rear. Rolling on 17-inch wheels with 110/70 and 140/60 tyres front and rear respectively, the 250 NK uses single brake discs on each wheel for stopping, with a two-piston hydraulic calliper on the front and two-channel ABS for the SE model.

    Also differentiating the 250 NK SE is a colour TFT-LCD screen inside the cockpit, switchable between two displays while the base model gets a monochrome LCD screen. LED lighting is found throughout the 250 NK, along with LED daytime running lights.

    Wheelbase is 1,360 mm between wheel hubs, making the 250 NK a fairly compact motorcycle and seat height is a rider friendly 795 mm. Fuel carried in a 12.5-litre tank and the 250 NK weighs in at 151 kg.

    There are two colour options for the 2019 CFMoto 250 NK – Electro Silver and Nebula Black and availability at authorised CFMoto dealers is from January for the standard model, while the 250 NK SE ABS will be in dealer showrooms in February. Every 250 NK comes with a two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty while the engine is covered under a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

    GALLERY: 2019 CFMoto 250 NK SE ABS


    GALLERY: 2019 CFMoto 250 NK standard

     
     
  • 2019 Dakar Rally: KTM Red Bull takes 18th victory – Australian Toby Price grabs overall win despite injury

    Despite suffering the effects of a wrist broken during training for the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru, Australian Toby Price, riding for KTM Red Bull, romped home to take the overall lead with a winning margin of 9 minutes 31 seconds. Price came in ahead of overall second place winner team mate Matthias Walkner of Austria with a total time of 33 hours, 57 minutes 16 seconds across the 10-day stage race.

    Making it a KTM Red Bull one-two-three was Sam Sunderland of Great Britain, 13 minutes 34 seconds behind. Rounding out the top five was Pablo Quintanilla of Chile and American Andrew Short, both riding Husqvarnas.

    Starting the last 112 km stage in reverse order of race standings, Price was last rider to leave the line, behind closest rival Quintanilla. However, the Chilean fell during the stage, handing victory to Price.

    Price, who only clinched the overall race lead in stage eight, is no stranger to victory at the Dakar Rally, having previously won the race in 2016. “It was so tight going into the stage this morning, both Pablo (Quintanilla) and I knew we would have to push right from the start. Unfortunately for him, he went too hard off a dune but he really deserves a win too – everyone that starts this race deserves a win,” said Price in a post-race interview.

     
     
  • 2019 Yamaha NVX 155 and Y15ZR get Doxou bodywork

    In the South-east Asia market, many motorcycle models are sold across border and of late, there has been a trend for bikes in one country to wear the bodywork and graphics intended for another market. This is especially true of riders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

    For fans of Yamaha motorcycles, some of the most aggressive styling comes from Vietnam, with the current 20th Anniversary bodywork. For 2019, the Yamaha NVX 155 (RM9,988 in Malaysia) and the Yamaha Y15ZR (RM7,888) – sold in Vietnam as the Exciter 150 – get limited edition Doxou bodywork in colours and graphics unique that market.

    Setting the Doxou bodywork apart is the overall matte blue paintwork combined with reddish bronze but even more outstanding is the light blue wheel at back and black with blue stripe in front. This is set off by the bold striping and Doxou graphics.

    Aside from the Doxou graphics and colours, the Y15ZR remains the same as the facelifted model with full LCD meter. The engine is also the same, a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled mill displacing 150 cc, matched to a five-speed gearbox and producing 15.4PS at 8,500 rpm and 13.8 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm.

    Meanwhile, the NVX 155 scooter comes with a 155 cc single-cylinder power plant that pumps out 14.8 hp at 8,000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The liquid-cooled engine comes with variable valve actuation (VVA) and is fed by EFI, with power transmitted through a CVT gearbox.

     
     
  • 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 gets official accessories – pricing in US starts from USD 4,999 (RM20,566)

    While Malaysian riders await the launch of the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 – launched in Jakarta, Indonesia in October, 2018 – the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 gets an official accessories package. This includes an additional Sports Pack which features a taller wind shield.

    The YZF-R3 is claimed to be 8 km/h faster than the previous model and carries a 321 cc, liquid-cooled parallel twin that puts out 42 PS at 10,750 rpm and 29.6 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. Weighing in at 169 kg, Yamaha says the YZF-R3 has 50-50 weight distribution to give optimum handling.

    New for both the YZF-R3 and R25 is 37 mm diameter upside-down front forks and revised rear monoshock. Fuel for the YZF-R3 is carried in a 14-litre tank and seat height is 780 mm.

    Accessories for the YZF-R3, which will translate to the YZF-R25 when it is launched in Malaysia, include race-style alloy footpegs, swingarm bobbins and LED indicators to complement the LED head and tail lights. Also available is an Akrapovic exhaust and in the Sports Package, taller wind shield, license plate holder and frame sliders.

    There are two colour options for the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R3 – Yamaha Blue and Power Black – priced at USD 4,999 (RM20,566) for the non-ABS version and USD 5,299 (RM21,801) with ABS. Availability of the YZF-R3 in Europe is from January 2019 while it is currently on sale in the US.

     
     
  • Child seats, rear seat belts, bus passenger lap belts mandatory from 2020, says JKJR director-general

    While rear seat belt use has been mandatory in Malaysia since 2009, enforcement has been somewhat lacking but that is about to change, says road safety department (JKJR) director-general Datuk Rosli Isa. Speaking at the launch of the Kawasaki Malaysia Road Safety Campaign 2019, Rosli told media enforcement will be stepped up in 2019, with usage being compulsory come 2020.

    Also included in the mandatory use list for Malaysian motorists is child seats for children under age 12 and lap belts for bus passengers. “While the law for use of rear seat belts in cars has been in place since 2009, enforcement has been erratic,” said Rosli.

    “This will change by 2020, and the government is serious about it from the standpoint of safety,” Rosli continued. “There is an accident every minute and a fatal accident every 70 minutes,” said Rosli, citing police traffic accident statistics for 2018.

    However, enforcement will take a soft approach for 2019. “We want people to get used to the idea that use of the safety equipment in the car, including child seats, is important,” he said.

    “This does not mean everyone will get let off easy,” said Rosli, “enforcement officers are doing their job to ensure safety on Malaysian roads, and this requires co-operation from all road users.” Speaking on the issue of motorcyclists being confined to the left lane and speed limited, Rosli said the matter is still under evaluation and no firm decision has been made.

    Meanwhile, during the press conference, Selangor deputy traffic police chief DSP Sahimi Husin said Ops Sepadu will be held over the Chinese New Year holidays to crackdown on traffic offences and reduce road accidents. “Ops Sepadu will begin on January 28 and continue till after the holidays on all major highways and federal roads,” said Sahimi.

     
     
  • Kawasaki Malaysia holds free bike safety checks

    As part of its annual Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign 2019, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia conducted free safety checks for motorcycles in conjunction with the Chinese New Year. A 16-point safety check on any brand of motorcycle was conducted by Kawasaki technicians at a service point located at the south-bound Sungai Besi toll.

    Along with the safety checks, riders also had the chance to participate in a helmet exchange campaign where old helmets were replaced by new units. Other riders also availed themselves of high-visibility riding jackets handed out free of charge.

    Speaking on behalf of Ahmad Faez Yahya, executive director of Kawasaki Malaysia, managing director Datuk Jeffery Lim said this year’s Kawasaki safety campaign is the fourth such campaign being held to coincide with the upcoming holiday season. “For 2019, the Kawasaki Road Safety Campaign is focused on reducing the accident and fatality rate on Malaysian roads,” said Lim.

    With the theme, “roads are not for racing, obey the law,” Lim said this was to raise awareness amongst motorcycle riders about all aspects of road safety and proper techniques whilst riding. The event was officiated by Datuk Rosli Isa, director-general of the Road Safety Department.

    During his speech, Rosli said use of child safety seats and rear passenger seat belts will be made compulsory from 2020, along with seat belts for bus passengers. Citing police statistics, Rosli said there is a road accident every minute on Malaysian roads, with a fatal accident every 70 minutes and 1.2 million vehicles registered every year and 3 million not having valid road tax.

     
     
  • Malaysian motorcycles to be confined to left lane?

    A proposal has been forwarded by a Whatsapp based group called Safety First to transport minister Anthony Loke for motorcycles on Malaysian roads to be restricted to the left most lane. The 500 member group said the ban on riders using the middle and right lanes was to reduce fatalities amongst motorcyclists and for their own safety, Bernama reported.

    Additionally, road safety department director-general Rosli Isa said the department is considering limiting the speed of motorcycles 150 cc and below to 70 km/h on the basis the cause for most fatal road accidents is speed. Rosli said, from department statistics, out of 6,742 fatal road accidents in 2018, 60% involved motorcyclists and pillion riders.

    However, Loke has come out to say while he is aware of the proposal, it will have to be reviewed. “If we want to reduce fatal accidents we definitely have to reduce motorcycle fatalities … we are open to suggestions but we need to evaluate its implementation. We can always agree to the proposal but most importantly how are we going to enforce it?” he said in a The Malay Mail report.

    The transport ministry has not made any decision on the proposal as yet, Loke said. He added he was aware weak enforcement has contributed to a rise in road accidents and that enforcement and existing regulations would be tightened.

     
     
  • 2019 Honda Wave Alpha and Beat in new colours – Wave pricing from RM4,275, Beat priced at RM5,365

    Entering 2019, Boon Siew Honda Malaysia is introducing new colours for two models, the 2019 Honda Wave Alpha and 2019 Honda Beat scooter. The Wave Alpha kapchai with spoked wheels comes in black, blue or red and is priced at RM4,275.

    Meanwhile the cast wheels version retails for RM4,516 and is available in black, blue or yellow. As for the Beat scooter, priced at RM5,365, there are four colour options to choose from – red, magenta, blue or black.

    Aside from the new colour options, there are no changes to the specifications for either Honda two-wheeler. The Wave Alpha comes with a 109.1 cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder mill with four-speed gear box and produces 8.3 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.59 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Touted to be a fuel efficient commuter, the Wave Alpha has a 3.7-litre fuel tank. There is a small under seat storage space and starting is with either electric or kick start.

    As for the Beat scooter, which entered the Malaysian market in 2016, it is powered by a 108.2 cc engine with low friction technology fed by PGM-Fi. The Beat produces 8.77 PS at 7,500 rpm and 9.14 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm, weighing in at 94 kg and 4-litre fuel capacity.

    Other features on the Beat are Combined Braking System, Smart Lock System that holds the brakes when the engine is started and Side Stand Switch that switches off the engine when the stand is down.

    GALLERY: 2019 Honda Wave Alpha


    GALLERY: 2019 Honda Beat

     
     
  • 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 V 3.0 with two-channel ABS on sale in India – pricing from 139,000 rupees (RM8,077)

    While many Asian countries, including Malaysia, already have the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 in their respective markets, none have an ABS equipped model. This has now changed with the introduction of the two-channel ABS YZF-R15 in India, priced at 139,000 rupees (RM8,077).

    With the addition of ABS, the India market R15 now weighs in at 142 kg, compared to the base model R15 at 139 kg. To differentiate the R15 ABS from the normal R15, different graphics are applied but all other specifications remain the same.

    The R15 comes with a single-cylinder, 155 cc, liquid-cooled power plant with VVA and produces 19.3 hp and 15 Nm of torque. Power goes through a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive with slipper and assist clutch and the R15 comes with three colour options – Thunder Grey or Racing Blue at 139,000 rupees (RM8,077) and Darknight which is priced at 141,000 rupees (RM8,188).

    Coming with a monochrome LCD meter inside the cockpit, the India market R15 is shod with the same wide tyres as the Malaysian market model – 100/80-17 in front and 140/70-17 at the back. The R15 ties everything together with a Deltabox frame and aluminium alloy swingarm with single brake discs front and rear.

    However, the Indian Yamaha YZF-R15 comes with conventional telescopic forks instead of the upside-down units we get locally. The addition of ABS increases the price of the R15 by 12,000 rupees (RM700) over the base model, while in Malaysia, the R15 comes without ABS and at a recommended retail price of RM11,988.



    GALLERY: 2018 Yamaha YZF-R15 Malaysia

     
     
  • BMW Motorrad Malaysia offers 3 year bike warranty

    While most motorcycle manufacturers in Malaysia typically offer a two-year warranty, BMW Motorrad Malaysia goes one up on the competition with a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty on motorcycles registered from 1 January 2019. The warranty applies to motorcycles purchased through authorised BMW Motorrad dealers and covers manufacturing or material defects.

    Repairs will be done through authorised BMW Motorrad service partners and will not be charged should it be a valid warranty claim. The three year warranty is also valid worldwide which will be a plus for overland riders and long distance tourers.

    In addition, qualifying customers will also receive BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s Road Side Assist programme which takes effect alongside the three-year manufacturing warranty. Under the programme, BMW Motorrad riders are assured of 365-days, 24-hour support in case of emergencies such as road side breakdowns and towing.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 19 Jan 2019