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  • 2017 Modenas Pulsar NS200 and RS200 launched – RM9,222 for NS200, RM11,342 for RS200

    As part of its resurgence in the Malaysian market, Modenas has launched the 2017 Modenas Pulsar NS200 naked sports and RS200 full-fairing sports bike. Retailing at RM9,222 and RM11,342, including GST, for the NS200 and RS200 respectively, these quarter-litre class machines are a new direction for Modenas, in collaboration with manufacturing partner Baja Auto of India.

    Both of Modenas’ new machines carry a single-cylinder, three-spark plug, liquid-cooled power plant that puts out 24.5 PS at 9,750 rpm, and 18.6 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. Fed by fuel injection, the RS200 puts out one horsepower more than its naked sports NS200 sibling.

    Rolling on 17-inch wheels, the NS200 and RS200 get a 300 mm single brake disc in front, with a 230 mm unit at the back, and single-channel ABS is fitted, making it a first in Malaysia at this price point for a full-sized motorcycle. Fuel is carried in a 13-litre tank, and a standard telescopic fork holds up the front end, while a Nitrox monoshock props up the rear.

    Colour options for the Modenas Pulsar NS200 are Red/Black and Black, while the RS200 comes in White/Blue and Black. Availability for the Pulsar NS200 and RS200 is from today at selected Modenas dealers and can be viewed at over 210 authorised Modenas dealers nationwide by this week.

    GALLERY: Modenas Pulsar RS200

    GALLERY: Modenas Pulsar NS200

  • Zero Engineering customs now in Malaysia – price for Type 5 and Type 6 at RM190,800, Type 9 at RM212,000

    Zero Engineering – originating in Okazaki, Japan but now based in the US – is known for its minimalist, stripped-down custom motorcycles, and is now in Malaysia. Commonly referred to as the “Zero style”, a design theme inspired by a sense of austere refinement, there are three Zero Engineering Customs in Malaysia, the Type 5 and Type 6, at RM190,800, and the Type 9i at RM212,000, including GST.

    Made in very limited quantities each year – 30 units of the Type 5, 24 of the Type 6 and 50 of the Type 9i – Zero Engineering machines are rolling works of art, and targeted at the discerning motorcycle connoisseur. Using an S&S V-twin engine as its basis, each Zero Engineering bike carries a rigid frame, as with the Type 5 and Type 6, or a multi-link frame, used in the Type 9i.

    Founded by Shinya Kimura in 1992, Zero Engineering is said to be Japan’s first custom motorcycle shop, and rapidly gained a reputation for giving its bikes a raw, unfinished look that draws out the beauty of the materials used in the build. This is shown in the Type 6 and Type 9i that were provided to for a close look and photoshoot.

    Since builds of this nature are not concerned with power as much as aesthetics, there were no horsepower or torque figures provided for the S&S engines used in the bikes, but we can tell you the Type 5 carries a 1,337 cc S&S air-cooled V-twin, while the Type 9i has a 1,333 cc S&S Evolution engine, also air-cooled.

    Power for the Type 5 gets to the ground via a Primero Riviera five-speed box, while the Type 9i uses a five-speed Baker gearbox, and final drive is with a three-inch wide belt. Both machines we viewed came with closed primary drives, but the buyer of a Zero Engineering custom has the choice of an open primary.

    All up weight for this pair of custom cruisers, as be imagined, is not light, with the Type 5 clocking in at 260 kg, while the Type 9i comes in at 280 kg. As custom-engineered vehicles, naturally, the prospective Zero Engineering customer has a wide range of choices when it comes to parts and accessories, as well as customisation.

    Zero Engineering was kind enough to let us take a short spin on the Type 9i around the area of the Dash Box Hotel in Cyberjaya, and we grabbed the chance to see what riding a piece of motorcycle art would be like. Get on the bobber-style seat, the Zero Engineering Type 9i is low to the ground, and stretches out a long 2.33 metres in front of and behind the rider.

    The front suspension, a girder fork, has by design a short travel, and the multi-link rear suspension is the same. Taking a short cruise around the area, the Type 9i performed well on smooth roads and corners, but bumps and ruts did upset the bike a little.

    Potholes, however, were simply steam-rollered over by the sheer bulk of the Type 9i, but cornering needed some thought, as the Type 9i, while easy enough to turn in, required some shoulder effort to drop into the corner.

    Both Zero Engineering bikes are certainly eye-catching, with numerous design details and engineering touches that show the amount of thought and work that has gone into the engine, frame and rolling gear. Zero Engineering Malaysia is in the process of moving into The Gasket Alley in Section 13, Petaling Jaya, where the Type 6 and Type 9i will be on display.

    GALLERY: Zero Engineering Type 5
    Zero Engineering Type 9i

  • 2017 Honda CBR250R in Malaysia – from RM21,940

    While Malaysian riders wait with bated breath for any news of the CBR250RR sportsbike, Boon Siew Honda has announced the release of the 2017 Honda CBR250R. Pricing for this updated quarter-litre full-fairing sportsbike starts at RM21,940 and goes up to RM22,258.

    Powered by a 249.6 cc, liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder power plant, the CBR250R has a claimed power output of 27 hp at 8,500 rpm and 23.1 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, with final drive by chain.

    The instrument cluster for the CBR250R features an LCD display at the bottom, showing speed, fuel, coolant temperature and odometer, while the tachometer is an analogue unit. Fuel is carried in a 13-litre tank, while weight is claimed by Boon Siew Honda to be 161 kg.

    New colours for 2017 for the Honda CBR250R are Black, Millennium Red and Lemon Ice Yellow. Pricing for the CBR250R in Black is RM21,940, while the Millennium Red and Lemon Ice Yellow versions go for RM22,258, with all prices including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

    Availability for the Honda CBR250R in authorised Boon Siew Honda dealers begins tomorrow, with a two year or 20,000 km warranty. In the meantime, inquiring minds want to know, will the Honda CBR250RR ever make it to Malaysian shores, with ABS and at a reasonable price?

    GALLERY: 2016 Honda CBR250RR

  • Ducati Smart Service adds two years of free service parts and lubricants to current warranty period

    Purchasing a new Ducati motorcycle from authorised distributor Next Bike will now entitle the owner to two years or up to 30,000 km, or three scheduled service visits, for service parts and lubricants, including service of the Desmodromic valve train. Called Ducati Smart Service, the programme adds on to the current two year unlimited mileage warranty applied to the purchase of all new Ducatis.

    Depending on the model, a Ducati Desmodromic service typically costs from RM3,200 to RM4,800. With Ducati Smart Service, the owner only has to fork out between RM890 to RM1,400 for labour.

    Ducati Smart Service begins from May 2017, and is only available at all authorised Ducati dealerships and service centres nationwide. The aim of the service is to provide a more satisfying and premium experience to Ducati owners.

    In addition, Ducati Malaysia will be launching six new models in 2017. These are the Multistrada 950, Monster 797, Supersport and Supersport S, Scrambler Café Racer and Scrambler Desert Sled.

  • Malaysian Muhammad Akid graduates from Valentino Rossi’s third VR46 Riders Academy Mastercamp

    Fledgling Malaysian racer Muhammad Akid Aziz (18) has graduated from Valentino Rossi’s VR46 Riders Academy in Tavullia, Italy, after attending a gruelling five-day mastercamp. Under the tutelage of three-time English Flat Track Champion and two-time American and European Flat Track Champion Marco Belli, Akid was joined by Thailand’s Peerapong Boonlert (18), Indonesia‘s Anggi Setiawan (18), Japan‘s Shota Ite (15), Australia‘s Brandon Demmery (19) and Canada‘s Tomas Casas (17).

    Training at the VR46 Riders Academy is by full-time instructors teaching the students various riding techniques as well as providing them with the necessary technical knowledge to make it at World Championship level. Riders put their skills to the test in various racing activities on Yamaha YZ250Fs at Rossi‘s Motor Ranch, on Yamaha YZF-R3 sportsbikes at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, and on mini-bikes at a go-kart circuit.

    “I am very happy to have been given this experience. It was all very new for me, because I never experienced riding on a flat track before. It was a little bit of a challenge at first, but I‘m sure these new skills will put me in a position where I can make more of my future as a racer,” said Akid, who follows in the footsteps of Malaysian racer and fellow VR46 academy alumni Kasma Daniel Kasmayudi.

    Akid showed his skill by winning a short MiniGP race, which he said was the most exciting part of the programme for him, being the first time he is riding a two-stroke machine. VR46 Mastercamp students also got to meet Valentino Rossi in person during a special session at Tavuilla.

    Now in its third edition, the Yamaha VR46 Master Camp is a non-profit programme put together by Yamaha and its partners in collaboration with the VR46 Riders Academy. Riders for the VR46 Riders Academy are selected by Yamaha distributors worldwide, based on the riders’ talent and promise in racing, and places cannot be bought.

    3rd Yamaha VR46 Master Camp: Day 5 Review

    The fifth day was the moment of truth. The Master Camp riders had 3 races to show us what they got – and they delivered! Watch them race Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi at the Motor Ranch, as well as the graduation ceremony and last week's highlights. #theExperience #theMasterCamp Luca Marini LM97 Official Marco Bezzecchi #12 Official VR46 Riders Academy Official

    Posted by Yamaha VR46 Master Camp on 15hb Mei 2017

    3rd Yamaha VR46 Master Camp: Review Video Day 3

    So you want to race at a World Championship level? Day 3 really gave the Master Camp riders an impression of what it takes to get there. #theExperience #theMasterCamp

    Posted by Yamaha VR46 Master Camp on 13hb Mei 2017

  • 2017 Triumph Ride Day is back – test rides available for 765 RS, Bonneville Bobber and Street Scrambler

    Triumph Malaysia has always been for the ride, a keen advocate of the “try before you buy” business model, and thus, the Triumph Try Day is back for 2017. This time around, riders will get the chance to get their leg over the 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber and the Street Scrambler, both new additions to Triumph’s Modern Classics range.

    Riders interested in taking these two new retro-styled machines out for a spin can do so at the Triumph showroom in Section 13, Petaling Jaya on 20th May, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also available for a test ride is the 2017 Triumph Street Triple 765 RS, the whole series of Triumph motorcycles are available for public test rides.

    The “Modern Classics” series of the recently launched Triumph Street Twin, Bonneville T120 and Thruxton R are also available for test rides. Other models in the Triumph range are also available for testing, such as the Tiger XrX, XcX and Tiger 1050.

    During the Triumph Try Day light refreshments will be served, as well as mystery gifts. A full range of Triumph merchandise is also on sale in the showroom.

    Riders are required to bring their riding gear, including helmet, gloves and proper shoes. Riders will not be allowed to ride in shorts, and are reminded to bring their identification and motorcycle license, which should be a minimum “L” for the “B-full” class.

  • 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X gets Yoshimura exhaust can

    As new direction for Kawasaki in the quarter-litre class, the 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is a dual-purpose styled light tourer designed for commutes and middle-distance rides. Motorcycle performance specialist Yoshimura has issued an R-77 type exhaust can for the Versys-X, which in Europe and the US, comes in a 300 cc version.

    Changing over to the Yoshimura slip-on exhaust drops weight by 1.8 kg over the stock item, and being an approved Kawasaki accessory, makes it street legal in most countries. The can comes in Yoshimura’s “Works” finish, which is basically a brushed satin steel.

    Yoshimura has not said anything about any expected horsepower or torque gains, but it can be assumed a rise of three or four ponies will not be out of the question. A carbon-fibre end cap is fitted on the slip-on can, and a stainless-steel exhaust guard is included.

    Also designed to lose a little weight and tidy up the back end of the Versys-X is a fender eliminator kit – some of you may know it as a tail tidy – that replaces the stock unit with a carbon-fibre piece that brings the license plate and turn signals up high and tight.

    The Yoshimura Versys-X exhaust is priced at 459 USD (RM1,980) while the fender eliminator kit goes for 139 USD (RM599), ex-works. The 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 250 is priced in Malaysia at RM23,789 inclusive of GST, but excluding registration, insurance and road tax.

  • MotoGP to remove paddock girls from the racing grid?

    Despite the enlightened times we live in, where discrimination against women is frowned upon and, in many countries, illegal, paddock girls, sometimes known as “race queens” or “umbrella girls”, have been a fixture in four- and two-wheeled motorsport for decades. However, the Iniciativa per Catalunya Verds (ICV), a political party in the province of Catalunya, Spain, is looking to have paddock girls restricted at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the Catalunya Grand Prix.

    Seeking to have restrictions placed on clothing worn by the paddock girls, the ICV is also looking to balance the gender bias on the track, with the addition of grid boys. Speaking over Spanish radio station Cadena Ser Catalunya, Jordi Manils of the ICV said the role of grid girls at the circuit is not fitting in the 21st century.

    The restrictions ICV is asking for is inclusive of all future events held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, which might include Grand Prix. “What it does is objectify and vex women with a role in which they are a simple object and an ornament of the situation,” said Manils.

    Forwarding such a proposal will require the agreement of a councillor from another political party in the township, a move which would not be difficult, according to a report, and a vote being taken after the motion is tabled. The Jerez city council had previously proposed a ban on paddock girls for the Spanish Grand Prix, which was rebuffed by MotoGP organisers Dorna.

    Some quarters have asked for the practice of having paddock girls as part of race teams and racing festivities be stopped, in a bid to attract female fans to the sport. Others have said that, in a male-dominated paddock, the image of the only females on the grid purely as “decoration” is sexist.

    A few teams seem to have agreed with this view, ceasing the use of paddock girls as part of their racing promotional activities. Pull&Bear Aspar Ducati have stopped including paddock girls in the team, saying such a practice is no longer part of their, or their sponsor’s, image in 2017.

    What do you think dear reader? Are paddock girls a part of the racing atmosphere on any given grid or paddock, or is such a practice an anachronism in this day and age? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions, below.

  • SPYSHOT: 2017 Yamaha NVX/Aerox seen in Malaysia

    Spotted testing on the highway around Bukit Beruntung to Rawang is the 2017 Yamaha NVX, or Aerox, as it is known in some markets. Sent in by readers Hatta Phuah Bazlan and Ila Cokobies, this scooter, launched at the Sepang International Circuit last year, was spotted while the reader was on a journey to Kuala Lumpur.

    Using the same liquid-cooled, SOHC four-valve single-cylinder with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA) as the 2016 Yamaha NMax, power for the NVX is claimed to be 14.8 hp at 8,000 rpm and torque at 14.4 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Driving a CVT gearbox, the NVX features bulkier styling than the NMax, notably in the fairing.

    A 25-litre storage compartment is found under the seat, and there is a small glove box on the right side of the dashboard for miscellaneous items. A key feature of the 2017 NVX is its keyless start, letting the rider push a button for engine start without having to use a key.

    Fuel for the NVX is carried in a 4.5-litre tank, and engine start-stop is standard, in line with Yamaha’s “Blue Core” engine design philosphy. The instrument panel is an LCD display, whichs shows the rider all the necessary information.

    Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia has said the NVX will be competitively priced, with an estimated production of 300,000 units per year, across ASEAN. The 2016 Yamaha NMax is priced at RM8,812, including GST, excluding insurance and road tax.

    GALLERY: 2017 Yamaha NVX/Aerox 155 Sepang launch

  • Kawasaki Test Ride roadshow at Melawati stadium, Shah Alam – Z900, Z650, Ninja 650 and Versys X-250

    To promote the new 2017 motorcycles in Kawasaki Motors Malaysia’s catalogue, the Kawasaki Test Ride roadshow will be held at the Melawati stadium in Shah Alam on May 14, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. On display are the Kawasaki Z650 ABS, Ninja 650 ABS, Z900 ABS and Versys-X 250, and visitors can take test rides on these new models.

    Test riding will be done on a specially laid-out course that will allow riders to test the capabilities of these bikes. Kawasaki motorcycle owners can get their motorcycle serviced during the event.

    There is no labour cost for the service, and will be performed by highly trained Kawasaki Exclusive Service Centre (KESC) Glenmarie personnel. Nestle Malaysia will be providing Nescafe coffee for visitors, and other participating brands include Alpinestars motorcycle apparel, Shoei helmets and Bridgestone tyres.

    The four-cylinder 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS retails for RM49,158, and the Z900 Special Edition goes for RM50,959. For the full-fairing Ninja 650, pricing is set at RM37,189, while the Ninja 650 Special Edition retails for RM38,189, and the naked sports Z650 is priced at RM35,609.

    For the quarter-litre Versys X-250, the retail price for this small displacement dual-purpose tourer is RM23,789. All prices include GST, but exclude registration, road tax, and insurance.

    GALLERY: 2017 Kawasaki Versys X-250

    GALLERY: 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS
    GALLERY: 2017 Kawasaki Z650 ABS
    GALLERY: 2017 Kawasaki Z900 ABS


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Last Updated 25 May 2017