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  • 2018 EICMA: 2019 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory and Tuono 1100 RR – 175 hp and electronic suspension

    Super naked sports bikes are intense fun and Aprilia is joining the fray with the release of the 2019 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory and V4 Tuono 1100 RR. Both naked sports bikes receive a slew of electronics upgrades designed to enhance the riding experience.

    Both V4 1100s come with Aprilia’s legendary 65-degree V-four engine, tuned to produce 175 hp at 11,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. Both the Factory and RR versions of the Tuono V4 are fed by Magneti Marelli 48 mm throttle bodies and ride-by-wire, giving the rider a choice of three ride modes – Tracl, Sport and Race.

    Main difference between the Factory and RR is in the area of suspension, with the RR making do with Sachs 43 mm diameter fully-adjustable forks and full-adjustable Sachs monoshock. Meanwhile, the Tuono Factory is equipped with Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension front and rear, along with an electronically controlled Ohlins steering damper.

    Braking is done by Brembo with M4.32 MonoBloc four-piston callipers, grabbing twin 330 mm diameter stainless steel floating discs in front and single 220 mm disc at the back. Seat height on the both the Tuono Factory and RR is seet at 825 mm and fuel is carried in a 18.5-litre tank.

    Naturally a full suite of riding aids is supplied, controlled by a 4.3-inch TFT-LCD screen, including Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC) which gives traction control, wheelie control, launch control, cruise control, quick shifter and pit lane speed limiter, all of which are rider customisable. ABS is provided by Bosch with its 9.1 MP advanced multimap cornering ABS.

    The 2019 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR comes in either Sachsenring Red or Magny-Cours grey while the Tuono Factory is available in Superpole graphics. As for tyre choices, the Tuono Factory comes fitted with a Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa in 200/55 while the RR has a 190/55 Pirelli Diablo Rosso III.

     
     
  • 2018 EICMA: Aprilia shows RS 660 Concept sportsbike

    While more known for its race-purposed V-fours, Italian motorcycle maker might be expanding its sports bike range with the showing of the Aprilia RS 660 Concept at the EICMA show in Italy. The RS 660 was developed with close attention to aerodynamics, premium components and electronics as well as a new engine.

    According to Aprilia, the RS 660 Concept is the result of research into aerodynamics including design cues taken from the racing world to produce a bike that is compact and fun to ride. The RS 660 is sculpted to optimise airflow and and produce differing levels of down force according to user needs.

    For the chassis, lessons learned by Aprilia is translated into the RS 660 and results in a lightweight aluminium chassis and swingarm. This includes a special mount for the rear suspension that provides optimum response without use of any additional suspension linkage.

    Motive power comes from a new two-cylinder engine displacing 660 cc that uses the 1,100 cc V-four mill as a basis, developed in-house by Aprilia. This engine configuration was chosen for being compact, efficient and with lower heat emission as well as giving Aprilia designers a free hand in developing the frame.

    Looking toward the future, Aprilia says the RS 660 Concept will form the foundation of a range of middleweight sports machines. It hopes this lead to Aprilia becoming a major player in the motorcycle market not only in Europe, but also in America and Asia.

     
     
  • 2018 EICMA: 2019 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport shown

    Drawing on its racing heritage, the boys from Mandello del Lario have launched the 2019 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport. Somewhat reminiscent of a flat tracker, the V9 Bobber Sport comes with a lowered single-seat saddle and drag bars.

    Carrying the 90-degree transverse V-twin that is a Moto Guzzi design trademark, the V9 Bobber Sport produces 55 hp at 6,250 rpm and 61.9 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. A single dry-plate clutch and six-speed gearbox delivers the power to a double-jointed drive shaft with bevel gear.

    The engine is blacked out and complemented by the slip-on exhaust, painted matte black. Twin Ohlins shock absorbers grace the rear end, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound.

    Decked out in a shade of orange specific to the model, the V9 Bobber Sport also comes with aluminium side panels and the Moto Guzzi eagle mascot coming in a burnished metal finish. Rubber fork gaiters give the V9 Bobber Sport that authentic retro style.

    Oversized tyres are used on the 2019 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport for the flat tracker look coupled with a shortened front mudguard. The headlight now sits in a lower position between the forks and is topped by a small black aluminium fairing.

    In the Malaysia, the 2018 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber retails for RM60,000 excluding road tax, registration and insurance while the 2018 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is priced at RM59,000.

     
     
  • 2018 EICMA: 2019 KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R revealed – 95 hp, 189 kg, 15,000 km service interval

    Coming hot on the heels of the Yamaha Tenere 700 is the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure, intended to take Austrian firm KTM’s hooligan bike reputation to the new arena. Based on the KTM 790 Duke “The Scalpel”, the 790 Adventure comes in two flavours – the base 790 Adventure and the more off-road oriented 790 Adventure R.

    Coming with the latest iteration of KTM’s LC8 engine, the twin-spark, 799 cc, liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin produces 95 hp with power transmitted through a stacked sequential six-speed gearbox and PASC slipper clutch. KTM claims enough fuel is carried in the 20-litre tank for 400 km long trips and service intervals are 15,000 km between visits which is a long period for a machine spending time in less than ideal riding conditions.

    Chrome-Moly steel is used for the 790 Adventure’s frame, intended to be strong and light with die-cast alloy swingarm. Rolling on a 21-inch spoked front wheel and 18-inch rear, the 790 Adventure is suspended by WP Suspension 43 mm diameter upside-down front fork with rebound and compression damping adjustment in separate legs, giving 200 mm of travel.

    At the back is a WP Apex monoshock with 200 mm of suspension travel, adjustable for preload. A WP steering damper is also fitted as standard.

    Main difference between the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R is in suspension travel, wth the 790 Adventure R getting 240 mm of suspension travel, front and rear. Tyres are also different with the 790 Adventure coming with road-friendly Avon Trailriders and the 790 Adventure R shod with Metzeler Karoo 3.

    Inside the cockpit is an LCD panel showing all the rider needs to know and LED lighting is used throughout, including KTM’s current design trademark of bifurcated headlight. A full suite of riding aids comes with the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure, including traction control, cornering ABS, off-road ride mode and off-road ABS which disables ABS on the rear wheel.

     
     
  • 2018 EICMA: 2019 Yamaha Tenere XTZ700 revealed

    After a long hiatus, Yamaha returns to the middleweight adventure-tourer market with the 2019 Yamaha Tenere XTZ700, first shown as the Yamaha T7 Concept a couple of years ago. This was followed by the Yamaha Tenere 700 World Raid Prototype which went on a world tour.

    The Tenere 700 carries Yamaha Crossplane 2 liquid-cooled parallel-twin displacing 689 cc and producing 72.4 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Fed by EFI, the Tenere gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    As befits an adventure tourer designed for use on less than ideal surfaces, the Tenere 700 uses an 43 mm diameter upside-down fork with 210 mm of travel in front and a monoshock at the back that gives 200 mm of travel. Braking is with twin 282 mm diameter discs in front and a single 245 mm disc on the rear wheel with switchable ABS.

    Rolling on 21-inch and 18-inch rear spoked wheels, the Tenere is shod with 90/90 rubber in front and 150/70 at the back. Standing 880 mm tall at the seat, the Tenere 700 carries fuel in a 16-litre tank – said to be good for about 350 km range – with 240 mm of ground clearance.

    A double-cradle tubular steel frame surrounds the Tenere 700’s engine and mounts the multi-link rear swingarm, with a claimed wet weight of about 205 kg. Lighting is with a four-element LED headlight, as shown on the World Raid Prototype while a monochrome LCD display shows all the necessary information.

    In Malaysia, official distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia offers the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer for the light adventure-touring market at a retail price of RM53,681. Other options in the local market for the adventure-touring segment include the Triumph Tiger 800 XRX and XCX, priced at around RM75,000 as well as the new to the market BMW Motorrad F 850 GS with a rumoured price of around RM78,000.


     
     
  • 2018 EICMA: 2019 Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle specs revealed – orders taken Jan 2019

    Taking a major departure from its very traditional V-twin motorcycle line up is Harley-Davidson (H-D) with release on specifications for its first electric motorcycle, the 2019 Harley-Davidson Livewire. First shown as a prototype in 2014, the Livewire will go on sale in January 2019, the first of a range of H-D electric motorcycles (e-bike) by 2022.

    Using a permanent magnet electric motor that produces torque from zero rpm – H-D neglected to announce any performance numbers – Livewire is said to handle well at all speeds with performance and range targetted at the urban street rider. Electrical power is stored in lithium-ion cells surrounded by a finned, cast-aluminum housing.

    A separate 12-Volt lithium-ion battery provides power for lights, controls, horn and instrument display. Charging is done via the on-board Level 1 charger located below the seat or a Level 2 or 3 DC Fast Charge (DCFC) charger.

    Styling on Livewire is rather more like a motorcycle than the traditional H-D cruiser, with lines mimicking H-D’s Sportster range. Suspension and braking is brought into the modern era with adjustable Showa SFF-BP front forks, Showa BFRC monoshock and Brembo radial-mounted Monobloc front brakes clamping 300 mm diameter twin discs.

    Standard on the 2019 Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorcycle is a touchscreen full-colour TFT-LCD display which is tilt-adjustable for optimal viewing angle that comes with Bluetooth connectivity. Also standard equipment on Livewire is ABS and traction control with seven riding modes – four factory settings and three custom modes.

     
     
  • 2018 EICMA: 2019 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR shown

    After ten years of sterling service in the superbike arena, BMW Motorrad has replaced the previous generation S 1000 RR with the 2019 BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR. BMW’s 2019 superbike comes with a completely new engine and suspension with a design brief of making it faster on the track, lighter and easier to control.

    The new inline-four power plant in the S 1000 RR now makes 207 hp at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm, up from the previous model’s 199 hp at 13,500 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm. It should be noted that Motorrad has developed a very linear torque curve for this motor, with 100 Nm of torque being available from 5,500 to 14,500 rpm.

    With an eye to performance gains from weight loss, the new engine is 4 kg lighter and comes with variable valve timing and stroke on the intake. As for overall weight, the 2019 S 1000 RR has lost 10 kg over the previous bike’s 208 kg, coming in 11 kg lighter at 197 kg.

    This includes weight savings from an exhaust system that is 1.3 kg lighter and adding the M Package drops overall weight down to 193.5 kg. That BMW Motorrad is serious about saving weight can be seen in the redesigned Full Floater Pro rear suspension, which saves 300 grammes from the last generation.

    The new suspension also places more of the load on the frame and engine itself, with force applied directly to the engine via the shortest possible force vector. BMW Motorrad says the new S 1000 RR has significantly better riding dynamics with new riding geometry and weight optimisation.

    Dynamic Damping Control, Motorrad’s version of electronic semi-active suspension, is now an optional item for the S 1000 RR. Now featuring new valve and control technology, there is a shim package available for aggressive track use.

    A total of seven ride modes are available for the S 1000 RR – four as standard and three more with the optional Pro Modes package. The standard modes are Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race while the Pro Mode module adds three ride modes that are user customisable for Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS and wheelie detection as well as torque delivery and engine braking.

    Also available with the Pro Modes module is launch control and pit lane speed limiter. Standard fitment on the S 1000 RR is HP Shift Assistant Pro which gives up-and-down quickshifting in a reversible shift pattern for race use.

    Inside the cockpit is a 6.5-inch TFT-LCD screen with four display option – Pure Ride for road use while Core 1 and 2 mimic an analogue display and Core 3 uses a bar graph display. There are two colour options for the 2019 S 1000 RR, which are Racing Red and Motorsport.

     
     
  • VIDEO: 2019 MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro

    Whilst Malaysia no longer has an official distributor after the demise of Moto Varese earlier this year, we still get a look at the 2019 MV Agusta Burtale 1000 Serie Oro. With an engine closely based on the World Superbike Championship MV Agusta F4 RC race bike, the Serie Oro takes the mill and puts it in a naked sports chassis.

    While MV Agusta has had its financial trials and tribulations over the past year, it cannot be denied it makes some beautiful motorcycle, with its company tagline being “motorcycle art.” Touted as being the most powerful naked sports, MV Agusta has not released any official numbers for the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro.

    However, we would hazard a guess at something close to 200 hp, based onthe 212 hp power output of the road-going F4 RC superbike. The current Brutale range consists of three-cylinder 800 cc machines, making the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro the come back of MV Agusta’s four-cylinder nakeds.

    From the video, it can be see the Brutale 1000 Serie Oro is up-to-date in design with the full-colour TFT-LCD screen and LED lighting all-round. something we’ve seen used to good effect in the MV Agusta Stradale 800 and Brutale 800 bikes we’ve had on review. It remains to be seen if the famed brand from Varese, Italy will make a comeback to Malaysian shores, with the last news being that MV Agusta was in discussions with a new distributor.

     
     
  • 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R released, now with wings, rest of Ducati Panigale Superbike range gets updates

    Superceding the Ducati Panigale 1299 V-twin at the top of its superbike range is the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R, joining the current Panigale V4 and V4 S. Carrying the V-four Stardale engine, based on the Desmosedici racing engine used in MotoGP, the Panigale V4 is, according to Ducati, the closest thing you can get to the race machine, complete with winglets,

    Compared to the 214 hp, 1.103 cc V-four Stradale engine in the Panigale V4 S, the V4 R carries a 998 cc V-four (to comply with racing rules) that makes 221 hp at 15,250 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm. Fed by EFi with elliptical throttle bodies, the Panigale V4 Stradale engine claims a power-to-weight ratio of 1.1 hp per kg in standard trim.

    Equipped as standard with an up-and-down quickshifter, the V4 R naturally uses the best available components from Brembo and Ohlins. The front wheel is stopped by twin 330 mm diameter semi-floating discs clamped by Brembo M4.32 Monobloc callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO as standard.

    Suspension is an Ohlins fully-adjustable titanium nitrided NPX fork while the rear end is help up by a fully-adjustable OHlins TTX36 monoshock. However, the more road-oriented Panigale V4 S gets Ohlins semi-active NIX30 and TTX36 electronic suspension.

    Claiming a wet weight of 193 kg, fuel for the V4 R is carried in a 16-litre tank with a monoposto or single-seat as standard. A full suite of electronic riding aids comes as standard equipment including riding nd power delivery modes.

    In its arsenal of tricks, the Panigale V4 R also comes with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO. Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Slide Control and Engine Braking Control. An aluminium alloy single-sided swingarm carries a Marchesini forged aluminium wheel and a lithium-ion battery cuts weight.

     
     
  • 2019 Honda Africa Twin colour updated – from RM76k

    Updated in new colours for the next year is the 2019 CRF1000 Honda Africa Twin, with pricing starting from RM76,399 for the base model CRF1000AL with ABS. Other models in the CRF1000 range are the CRF1000DL with ABS and DCT gearbox at RM82,999, the CRF1000AL2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports ABS at RM76,699 and CRF1000DL2 Adventure Sports with ABS and DCT at RM86,299.

    The new colour scheme on the CRF1000 Africa Twin is Matte Ballistic Black Metallic. This complements the current choice of Honda’s corporate colours of Blue/White/Red.

    Power for the Africa Twin comes from a 998 cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin with SOHC that produces 93 hp at 7,500rpm with 99 Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Power gets to the ground either via a traditional six-speed gearbox or Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and chain final drive.

    Updates for the 2018/2019 riding season include a new airbox and exhaust internals, lighter balancer shaft, air pump in the clutch housing, lithium-ion battery and ride-by-wire. Main difference between the base model CRF1000L and the Adventure Sports version is the fuel, the base model coming with a 18.8-litre tank while the Adventure Sports comes with a 24.3-litre long-range tank.

    Other differences include seat height – the CRF1000AL coming with a two-position seat at 870 mm and 850 mm for high and low settings while the Adventure Sports version has a seat height of 900 mm in low position and 920 mm in standard. The CRF1000L Adventure Sports also come with longer wheel travel at 252 mm and 240 mm, front and rear, while the base version has 230 mm and 220 mm wheel travel.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 01 Nov 2018