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  • Boon Siew introduces the new 125cc Honda Future

    Boon Siew Honda recently unveiled what it calls “Malaysia’s first long-distance moped bike”, the Honda Future. According to Boon Siew, their new kapcai is capable of traveling a maximum distance of 338 km on one full tank of petrol (5.6 litres) in the ECE40 Mode, which is best in class, and 100 km more than what the Wave 125 X Ultimo can do.

    The Future is powered by a new 125 cc air-cooled engine. The four-stroke SOHC unit has 7.6% better fuel economy compared to the Wave 125, it is claimed. The Future’s rated 60.3 km/l is a 0.5 km/l improvement over the older bike. Quite substantial.


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    Other key features include the 19-litre U Box that can fit a full-face helmet, a side battery casing for easy access, push-seat function and automatic key lock shutters. The Future also comes with rear LED lights, a blue-lit speedometer and a fog light.

    In line with its role as a “long-distance moped” the Future has a wider seat, and the clear distinction between rider and pillion translates to better long distance comfort. A molded front design that eliminates the use of screws reduces vibration and sounds from the front cover.


    Three variants are available. Variant 1 features an electric starter, spoke wheels and front disc brakes, Variant 2 gets sports wheels, electric starter and front disc brakes, while Variant 3 combines the electric starter, sporty wheels and front/rear disc brakes. Choose from Coral Orange Metallic, Pearl Magellanic Black and Euphoria Red Metallic.

    Priced from RM5,578 to RM5,998, Boon Siew expects the Future to be as popular as the amazingly evergreen EX-5

     
     
  • Vespa – first 3S centre opens in Petaling Jaya

    Naza Premira, the official distributor of Vespa scooters in Malaysia, has launched the brand’s first 3S centre in the country. The 3,000 sq. ft. facility is housed as an extension of the Naza Automall in Petaling Jaya and includes a workshop area with three service bays. As for the showroom, a variety of Vespa scooters, accessories and lifestyle items can be found on display there.

    The company has plans to open a further four showrooms by the end of this year, in Penang, Melaka, Johor Bharu and Puchong, which is great news for fans of the iconic Italian brand.

     
     
  • Ducati Malaysia introduces the Diavel and Monster Art

    Ducati Malaysia recently launched Thai-assembled versions of the Ducati Diavel. Just so you know, the Thai Ducati’s are destined for countries in the Asia Pacific region.

    The Diavel’s 1,198.4 cc engine, which is mated to a six-speed transmission, is capable of generating 162 hp at 9,500 rpm and 127.5 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. The Ducati tips the scales at 208 kg. The bike comes complete with features such as ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes.

    The Diavel is available in two versions and colours. The standard bike is in black and the Diavel Carbon comes in red. Ducati Malaysia is asking RM109,888 for the Standard and RM126,888 for the Diavel Carbon.

    At the same event, Ducati Malaysia also introduced Monster Art exclusively for the Ducati Monster 795. Five colour schemes were introduced, all based on MotoGP. This includes GP11-Valentino Rossi, GP11-Nicky Hayden, Ducati Corse, Imola 72 and Darmah.

    The Monster 795 with Monster Art is priced at RM61,900. For RM65,900, our Monster 795 with Monster Art will be further fitted with Termignoni exhaust. Do note that these prices are only available for a limited time.

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  • Honda will be taking part in the 2013 Dakar Rally

    Honda will be taking part in the Dakar Rally, which is to be held in January 2013 in South America; assuming the world is still around then. Honda will participate as a works team in the competition’s motorcycle class.

    The Japanese team is not green when it comes to racing bikes in the Dakar Rally. They have competed nine times in the Paris-Dakar Rally from 1981 to 1989, and added five trophies into their cabinet. The team is to be called Team HRC. The riders for the team will be Portuguese Helder Rodrigues (third in the 2012 Dakar Rally), Brazilian Felipe Zanol (who is a veteran in motocross and enduro races), Sam Sunderland of UK and Javier Pizzolito of Argentina.

    Honda will field is a prototype machine based on the CRF450X. The bike is well known in the enduro-racing world as it combines ease of handling with superior strength. Kit parts will be available to teams that want to modify their CRF450X for the race.

     
     
  • GIVI releases two new boxes – E30RN, E350RN

    Want to install a new “boot” for your kapcai? GIVI Asia has released two new models, the E30RN and E350RN. They are motorcycle boxes, not new Kawasaki models!

    Both the E30RN and the E350RN can hold weights of up to 3 kg. The E350RN, which is the bigger of the duo, has a volume limit of 35 litres. They feature GIVI’s new and enhanced reflectors for better visibility. Speaking of visibility, bikers, please also ensure your rear light is working.

    GIVI says that for maximum safety protection and to enjoy their one-year global warranty, these GIVI boxes are recommended to be used with the monorack system produced by GIVI. The E30RN retails for RM164 while the larger E350RN is yours for RM245. 

     
     
  • Kawasaki D-Tracker 150 launched, priced at RM9,689

    Kawasaki Malaysia has recently launched a Motard-styled D-Tracker 150. It is billed as a ‘dual sport bike specifically tuned to deliver maximum on-road fun and off-road excitement.’

    The bike features a high tensile steel perimeter frame to enable solid handling in extreme conditions. Reinforcing the frame is an up-side-down fork suspension or 35 mm inverted cartridge style front telescopic fork for better stability and comfort riding.

    It also features a five-step adjustable Uni-trak swingarm that offers progressive handling feedback for better control and balance at any speed. The bike rides on 14 inch wheels.

    The 144 cc, four-stroke SOHC engine is capable of delivering 11.7 hp at 8,000 rpm with a  maximum torque of 12 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Stopping ability comes from the single-piston caliper disc brakes found in the front and rear.

    Other salient points of the bike come in the form of its headlamp and ignition. The extra bright Diamond Crystal headlamp throws out more light and has a wider coverage area. As for the ignition, the conventional kick-start is accompanied by an electric ignition system for added convenience.

    The Kawasaki D-Tracker 150 comes to you are a retail price of RM9,689 without registration and insurance.

     
     
  • Art of Speed show to feature ‘Kustom Kulture’ and hot rods, the first such event in Malaysia

    The Art of Speed show will be happening on 23-24 June at Publika, Solaris Dutamas. Art of Speed is billed as Malaysia’s first “Kustom Kulture” and hot rod show featuring all things “custom”. The show’s tagline is “celebrating art in automotive culture”. Still don’t understand? Viewing the pics below will help :)

    Switchblade, a rockabilly (rock n’ roll + hillbilly) lifestyle boutique cum diner based in Publika is the organiser of this event. “We have been planning this show since the past one year. It should be able to entice various crowds that are into hod rods, body tattoo, fixed gear bicycles and photography. We are also inviting airbrush artists to display their work,” said Asep Ahmad Sastrawidjaja, MD of Switchblade.

    To be held at Publika’s The Square and White Box, Art of Speed is modeled after the successful Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. KickAss Choppers from Jakarta and Thor Chops and Kustoms from Bangkok will be flown in for the event, along with their jaw dropping machines, of course.

    Besides modified metal, visitors will also get to view artwork in various formats – canvas, poster, moving visual, sculpture and rolling art. Decky Kaitaua Bahjanoon, am Indonesian director of photography that made his name in Europe, will be setting up a gallery within the show.

    The highlight of the weekend event will be the Midnight Cruise where traffic police will be escorting a parade of customised choppers and hot rods around KL city.

    Organisers are expecting 50 machines (American muscle cars, Japanese old school, hot rods and choppers) displayed and 10,000 visitors over the weekend. Performing artistes include Altimet, The Malayan and LOKA Band, among others.

     
     
  • Buy Shell Advanced, win Ducati Monster and a trip to Valencia to watch the Spanish MotoGP

    Enough about winning dream cars; how about winning a dream bike instead? Shell Malaysia is giving you a chance to win a Ducati Monster worth RM60,000. And to sweeten the deal, a VIP trip to watch the Spanish MotoGP in November 2012 is thrown into the mix as well.

    So here’s how to win it. Buy a one-litre pack of Shell Advanced Ultra 4T, 4X7 4T, AX5 4T, VSX 2T or SX 2T motorcycle oil. You’ll find a nine-digit unique code inside the front label of each pack, which gives you one chance to enter the Shell Advance ‘Key to Freedom’ contest. Answer the simple question correctly via SMS, you could be one of the 10 will fly to Spain to watch the race and find out who wins the Ducati.

    You can also increase your chance to go to Spain by using your unique code to vote for your favourite band featured on the Shell Advance ‘Battle of the Bands’ Youtube page.

    For more information to both contests, visit your nearest Shell station, bike workshop and Shell’s webpage.

     
     
  • Honda Gold Wing launching May 31, RM174,900

    The Honda Gold Wing is by no means an ordinary bike. And here’s the new one. Boon Siew Honda will be launching the 2012 Gold Wing on May 31, 2012 and will be available at all authorised Impian Honda shops.

    The bike comes at an on-the-road price of RM174,900 with two colours to choose from – white and black. No, really. The official names of the colours are Pearl Fadeless White and Graphite Black.

    The new Gold Wing is powered by a 1,832 cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. The powerplant features PGM-FI tech that promises crisp throttle response and low emissions. The engine also comes with a HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic converter that makes sure this bike complies with EURO 3 emission regulations.

    A five-speed gearbox is partnered with the engine; the fifth is essentially an overdrive that allows for low rev cruising. The transmission cancels out the side-to-side torque effect.

    Being a touring bike, the Gold Wing gets some luggage capacity. The pannier cases, fairing pockets and top box give a luggage capacity of over 150 litres. There’s also a 2.8 litre central storage compartment to store small personal items.

    Like previous examples, this Gold Wing also comes with an audio system with surround sound. The system can be hooked up to an iPod, iPhone or USB stick and is compatible with MP3, WMA and AAC formats.

    For riding comfort, the bike features a new weatherproof seat cover and urethane seats to comfortably cushion the posterior. The seat and foot warming system ensures that the rider and passenger enjoy a nice temperature throughout the journey.

    Handling of the bike is neutral and responsive, thanks to the Pro-Arm Rear Swingarm. The low centre of gravity also improves stability and low-speed balance.

    There’s some convenience engineered into the bike as well. With a push of a button, the rider can engage the slow-speed reverse gear. Cruising is also made easier with a lightweight electronic cruise-control system, which comprises of a 16-bit ECU-based, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.

    There are six settings in which the windscreen can be adjusted, which makes it safer when riding through rough winds. Safety is enhanced with ABS and Combined Braking System that bites the front and rear brakes evenly.

    More information of the bike can be obtained at www.boonsiewhonda.com.my or phone 1-800-88-3993 (during office hours).

     
     
  • Naza opens largest Ducati Centre in Asia, launches the 1199 Panigale – 195 hp, 164 kg, from RM160,888

    Naza officially opened the largest Ducati Centre in Asia this afternoon. Officiated by Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, the 15,000 sq ft Ducati Kuala Lumpur is located next to the Naza Automall in Petaling Jaya, facing the Federal Highway.

    The new 4S Ducati Centre consists of a showroom, coffee lounge (by Dome), Ducati Club Lounge, fitness centre, merchandise square, a pre-owned Ducati showroom and an after-sales centre. The latter has eight service bays and a suspension tuning room. Naza describes Ducati KL as a “home away from home” for local Ducatisti and visiting riders.

    “Naza has been given the option of becoming the distributor of Ducati bikes in any country where Ducati has yet to appoint a distributor. In other words, Naza will be involved in the total globalisation of Ducati distributorship with the blessing of Ducati Holding,” said Naza Group’s Joint Executive Chairman Datuk Wira SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin.

    “The same approach is also being discussed with other international brands that are currently in Naza’s stable,” he added.

    At the launch ceremony, Ducati Malaysia also officially unveiled its latest model, the 1199 Panigale. First seen at the 2011 EICMA show, the Panigale is the Italian brand’s flagship supersports bike. Powered by the latest Superquadro L-twin engine, this little red beast has 195 hp (at 10,750 rpm) and 132 Nm of torque made at 9,000 rpm.

    Designed on a “blank canvas”, the Panigale is 10 kg lighter and 25 hp more powerful than the model it replaces. Weighing just 164 kg, the 1199’s power to weight ratio is 1.19 hp per kg. Needless to say, performance is devastating. Not one for the amateurs, that’s for sure!

    The Panigale is equipped with Ducati Riding Mode, which combines seven “class-leading” tech. They are the latest gen ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati Quick Shift, the new race-derived Engine Brake Control and Ride-by-Wire. All the trickery is shown on a full colour TFT screen.

    The 1199 Panigale is priced between RM160,888 and RM209,999. With limited units due to strong global demand, and Naza’s order book already exceeding 20 names, it’s already a winner at launch.

    Ducati is gaining ground in Malaysia for sure. Naza shifted 300 units in the first quarter, of which 70% was contributed by the Monster 795. Malaysia is currently the second largest market in Asia for the Italian marque, which has just gone under German ownership. Yes, VW’s Audi unit is acquiring Ducati, read the full story here.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 06 Jul 2019