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  • BMW Motorrad shows Active Cruise Control for bikes

    While four-wheeled vehicles have had active cruise control for a while now, BMW Motorrad is presenting its application for two-wheelers as well. Developed in conjunction with its technology partner Bosch, the BMW Motorrad Active Cruise Control (ACC) for bikes aims to provide a comfortable and safer riding experience.

    Primarily designed for the touring rider, ACC automatically regulates the speed set by the rider and the distance to the vehicle in front. When the vehicle in front slows down, ACC slows the motorcycle down accordingly and keeps a set separation distance as determined by the rider.

    Setting ACC is done using using a button, which allows for setting of both motorcycle speed and separation distance. Information is displayed on the instrument panel with two selectable control characteristics – Comfortable or Dynamic – with distance control switched off in Dynamic mode.

    When cornering, speed will be limited by the ACC, taking data from the inertial measurement unit and rider’s desired lean angle. When lean angle is increased, intervention by the ACC is reduced and braking and acceleration dynamics are limited in order to maintain a stable cornering line.

    This avoids upsetting the bike’s balance through abrupt braking or acceleration by the ACC and BMW Motorrad clearly states ACC is only meant to be a riding aid with the rider needing to intervene when necessary. It should be noted ACC only responds to moving vehicles and stationary vehicles – like at the end of a traffic jam or at traffic lights – are disregarded by the system.

  • 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 now in White Rosso colour scheme, Malaysia launch in July pending approval

    Released in 2019, the Ducati Panigale V2 is the Bologna firm’s middleweight racetrack weapon and for 2020 comes in a new colour scheme of White Rosso. Coming to Ducati dealers in July 2020, the Panigale V2 in in the new paint will be sold alongside the traditional Ducati Rosso Red.

    The clinical white paint scheme on the Panigale V2 is broken up with red accents in the front air intakes and the deflectors of the upper half-fairings. This is complemented with wheels painted in Ducati red, giving the Panigale V2 a futuristic, minimalist look as well as a V2 logo on the lower fairings.

    Carrying the 955 cc Superquadro V-twin in a monocoque frame, the Panigale V2 puts out 155 hp at 10,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 9,000 rpm. In keeping with the sporting nature of the Panigale V2, 70% of the maximum torque is constantly available beyond 5,500 rpm, giving that famous V-twin drive out of corners.

    As tested by in Jerez, Spain, last year, the Panigale V2, despite the road-going hardware, is more at home on the track. The single-sided swingarm makes a comeback into Ducati’s sub-one litre catalogue, after being absent on the Panigale 959.

    Suspension is done with 43 mm diameter fully-adjustable Showa Big Piston Forks (BPF) in front and an adjustable Sachs monoshock at the back. Braking is by Brembo, with M4.32 monobloc callipers activated by a radial brake master cylinder with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tyres providing grip.

    For Malaysia, a date has yet to be announced for the launch of the 2020 Ducati Panigale V2, although a source tells us it will be “this July pending type approval.” Pricing is also yet to be announced, but previous conversations with Ducati Malaysia have indicated efforts are being made to bring the Panigale V2 “below the RM120,000 price point.”

  • 2020 BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition arrives in Malaysia this October, RM156,500 excluding insurance

    For those awaiting BMW Motorrad’s retro-styled cruiser, good news is the 2020 BMW Motorrad R18 First edition will arrive in Malaysia this October, and priced at RM156,500 on the road, excluding insurance. The R18 First Edition is limited to only 18 units for the Malaysia market and takes styling cues from the classic 1936 BMW R5.

    The R18 carries BMW Motorrad’s largest opposed-twin to date, an air-/oil-cooled boxer displacing 1,802 cc. For those interested in knowing, the R18 puts out 91 hp at 4,750 rpm but the torque figure is 158 Nm at 3,000 rpm, good enough for pulling tree stumps out of the ground, shall we say.

    Fed by EFI and twin spark plugs per cylinder, all the R18’s torque is available from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm, making the torque curve about as flat as a tabletop. A minimalist design language permeates through the R18, with the engine prominently displayed in the old school twin-loop steel cradle frame.

    In a nod to the R5, the R18’s shaft drive is exposed and viewers can be entertained by the sight of the steel prop shaft spinning. However, modern riding necessities are not neglected with the R18, coming as it does with three standard riding modes – “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” – along with switchable automatic stability control (ASC).

    Other riding aids include hill start control, reverse assist and engine drag torque control (MSR). Suspension uses conventional telescopic forks, hidden monoshock and the R18 rolls on spoked wheels for that authentic retro look.

    The R18 First Edition in a classic black finish with white pinstriped paintwork along with chrome accents, a seat badge and “First Edition” chrome badge on the side covers. Bookings are being taken by BMW Motorrad Malaysia authorised dealers for the 2020 BMW Motorrad R18 First Edition.

  • 2020 BMW Motorrad S1000XR in Malaysia, RM121,500

    Something of an unsung hero in BMW Motorrad’s range of motorcycles is the 2020 BMW Motorrad S1000XR sports-tourer, now in Malaysia and priced at RM121,500, on-the-road excluding insurance. Going on a small diet, the 2020 S1000XR weighs 10 kg then its predecessor and with power optimised for the mid-range and ridability.

    Weight savings were gained with a 19% lighter swingarm, a lighter Euro 5 compliant exhaust system and a 5kg weight reduction in the engine. This is coupled with BMW Motorrad’s “Flex Frame”, where the S1000XR’s engine takes on more load bearing from the frame, becoming part of the bike’s riding dynamics.

    The S1000XR’s inline-four engine is derived from the S1000RR super bike and produces 165 hp at 11,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque at 9,250 rpm. Fourth, fifth and sixth gear ratios have been made taller to take advantage of the S1000XR’s meatier mid-range and reduce noise and vibration at higher speeds.

    New for the S1000XR is engine drag torque control (MSR) which works in conjunction with a smoother and self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch. MSR on the S1000XR is electronically controlled and reduces rear wheel slip during hard acceleration or downshifting.

    Suspension is done with BMW Motorrad’s Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) that comes with an electronically controlled upside front-fork and rear monoshock. Riders wanting adjustable damping modes and automatic load adjustment have to purchase Dynamic ESA Pro, available as a factory-fitted option.

    A full suite of riding aids comes with the S1000XR, including Hill Start Control Pro, four ride modes and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) which also provides wheelie control. Optional extras include cruise control, adaptive turning lights and HP Shift Assistant Pro quickshifter.

    The 2020 BMW Motorrad S1000XR comes in two colour options – Ice Grey and Racing Red/White Aluminium as well as an extensive accessories catalogue. The S1000XR will be available in Malaysian BMW Motorrad dealers from July.

  • 2020 MV Agusta Brutale RR revealed, 208 hp, 116 Nm

    After the launch of the limited edition Rush 1000, MV Agusta has now released the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale RR. While not exactly an all-new naked sports motorcycle, MV Agusta has taken heed of riders’ needs and made this year’s Brutale RR more accessible.

    According to Brian Gillen, MV Agusta’s R & D director, the 2020 Brutal RR is designed to accommodate riders of every skill level, be it the seasoned sports bike rider or a rider coming into the MV Agusta stable for the first time. This has been done with revisions to the ride software and electronic suspension, in this case Ohlins NIX EC upside-downfront forks and EC TTX mono shock.

    Inside the engine room, the Brutale RR has had its inline-four cylinder mill leaned on slightly, now making 208 hp at 13,450 rpm and 116.5 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm. A central timing chain reduces camshaft flex while radial valve technology, similar to that used in Formula 1, is combined with titanium con rods to reduce reciprocating mass, allowing the Brutale RR to increase its rev limit.

    Overall engine friction has been reduced with a redesign of the Brutale RR’s oil feed system, which features a semi-dry sump. This allows for oil to be separated from the engine’s moving parts while still supplying the necessary lubrication.

    More attention has also been paid to engine noise from the Brutale RR, especially with the tightening of Euro 5 regulations. The gears in the six-speed gearbox have been redesigned and cut to reduce noise and friction, supplemented by engine casings that absorb noise.

    Inside the cockpit, a 5-inch TFT-LCD screen displays the necessary information and for the Brutale RR, there are numerous options for the rider, controlled via switches on the handlebar pod. These include four rides – Sport, Race, Rain and Custom – and the rider is able to customise any of the Brutale RR’s engine mapping options via the MV Ride App and the bike’s Bluetooth connection.

    This includes navigation displayed onscreen as well as the ability to create and share routes. The Brutale RR’s riding aids are tied into an Elder EM2 engine management system, developed specifically for MV Agusta’s four-cylinder power plant and includes front wheel lift control, launch control and a quick shifter.

    Braking is done with Brembo Stylema four-piston callipers clamping twin floating 320 mm diameter floating discs with Brembo radial master cylinders for both brake and clutch. At the back is a 220 mm steel brake disc with Brembo two-piston calliper and everything is controlled by Bosch 9 Plus ABS with rear wheel lift mitigation.

    No pricing has been provided for the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR as yet but the limited edition Rush 1000 with similar specifications is priced at 34,000 euro (RM162,000). In Malaysia, MV Agusta no longer has representation after the collapse of the Demak group and DNC Asiatic motorcycle assemblers.

  • 2020 Kawasaki ZX-25R launching in Indonesia, July 10

    Much awaited by quarter-litre motorcycle fans especially in Malaysia and South East Asia, the 2020 Kawasaki ZX-25R will be launched in Indonesia on July 10. The announcement was made via a video posted by Kawasaki Indonesia and shows the ZX-25R in two colours, all black like Kawasaki’s Winter Test bikes and in corporate colours of Kawasaki Racing Green.

    Setting the ZX-25R apart from the current crop of sports 250s is the inline four-cylinder mill with liquid-cooling and DOHC, along with a 17,000 rpm rev limit. As tested in Jerez, Spain by Kawasaki World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes in saddle, the ZX-25R is capable of speeds above 160 km/h out of the box.

    A racing version of the ZX-25R has also been, loaded with performance bling and destined for a Japan race series. This is done with the addition of a carbon-fibre fairing, A-Tech seat and tank pads, Beet Nassert Evolution Type II titanium exhaust and Dunlop Sportmax 13SP tyres.

    In standard form, the ZX-25R comes with a quickshifter, selectable rider modes and traction control, bringing big bike technology down to the small displacement market. Suspension is of similar spec, with Showa’s SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) 37 mm diameter upside-down fork in front and a Horizontal Back-Link mono shock in the rear.

    No power figures have as yet been released for the ZX-25R and readers will have to wait till all is revealed at the Indonesia launch. What do you think? Does the ZX-25R need to be released in Malaysia? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.

  • Malaysian govt may withdraw bike convoy permission under RMCO, other freedoms may be restricted

    With the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), many Malaysians seem to have forgotten the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world and has not been eliminated or eradicated here. This caution seems to have fallen on deaf ears as many are taking a lackadaisical approach to prevention measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

    This was said by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Deputy Minister (Security) during a press conference broadcast by Astro Awani. Saying the closing of the East Coast Highway (LPT) over the weekend where bikers were stopped and checked was an isolated incident, Sabri said this was the first occurrence and hoped it would not be repeated.

    “Police will take action against RMCO offences. However, if this continues to happen and there are mass gatherings, no social distancing, it is likely we will review the permission (for motorcycle convoys),” Sabri said. Sabri then gave the example of RMCO permissions for certain business premises being withdrawn and said the same could happen to motorcycle convoys.

    “Like restaurants or business premises that flout RMCO standard operating procedures (SOP), there are restaurants there were closed for not following SOP. I hope motorcycle convoy participants will adhere to SOP because if too many do not follow the rules, this will result in all convoys being banned,” said Sabri.

  • Police crackdown on bikers on LPT – 600 stopped

    Police cracked down on motorcycle riders speeding on the East Coast Highway (LPT) over the weekend, closing off the road entirely and diverting them for a check. This occurred at the R&R stations at Lanchang and Chenor in Pahang.

    Beginning at 2 p.m., the operation, dubbed Ops Tutup Khas went on for three hours, reports Berita Harian. Speaking to the press, Traffic Police Investigation department assistant director I Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain, said 600 riders and their motorcycles were examined during operation.

    358 summons were issued for various traffic offences and 20 motorcycles were seized. Involving 12 officers and 52 police personnel, assisted by five Department of Environment staff and 10 member of the National Anti Drug Agency, riders were examined for compliance to traffic regulation and their motorcycles for legal compliance, including noise restrictions.

    Amongst offences committed were expired licence and road tax as well as illegal modifications. “What I regret most is some of the rider were riding without a rear brake. This is dangerous not only to themselves but also other road users, ” said Nadzri.

    Meanwhile, three riders were found to be under the influence of narcotics while seven others were caught for environmental offences. “Many of these riders are youth and we advise them if they are interested in racing the highway is not the place but take it to Sepang instead,” Nadzri said.

  • Aston Martin AMB 001 undergoes track test in France

    Scheduled for delivery in the final quarter of 2020, the Aston Martin AMB 001 motorcycle is undergoing track testing at Pau-Arnos in France. A collaboration between Aston Martin and boutique motorcycle maker Brough Superior, the AMB 001 will be produced in a limited run of only 100 units and is provisionally priced, depending on options, at 108,000 euros (RM518,533).

    Current testing of the prototype AMB 001 will lead to production starting at Brough’s facility in Toulouse in the third quarter of this year. For this phase of the AMB 001’s journey to the finished product, data is being collected on on the bike’s behaviour, including cornering, braking, acceleration and riding dynamics.

    Power in the AMB 001 comes from a turbocharged V-twin mill, which, if taken from the current model Brough Superior SS100, will displace 997 cc. Aston Martin says the AMB 001 will deliver 180 hp, helped by the addition of an intercooler and oversized inlet manifold.

    Extensive use is made of modern engineering materials such as carbon-fibre, titanium and billet aluminium in the building of the AMB 001, including a frame and sub-frame made from carbon-fibre. A vertical aluminium fin bisects the AMB 001’s fuel tank, a styling touch throwing back to the days of Aston Martin’s Le Mans endurance racing cars.

    A distinctive touch is the double-wishbone front fork, similar to the nose gear suspension used in airplanes while the brake callipers are Brough Superior branded units. Inside the cockpit is a full-colour TFT-LCD while an aluminium band on the tank fin shows the AMB 001 edition number.


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Last Updated 04 Jul 2020