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  • 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC launched – limited edition of 750 units worldwide, pricing from RM135,132

    New from Triumph Factory Customs is the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC, priced from 25,000 pounds sterling (RM135,132). Produced in a limited production run of 750 units worldwide, orders for the Rocket 3 TFC are currently being taken at Triumph dealers.

    Based on the inline three-cylinder power plant from the Rokcet 3, the Rocket TFC features the largest engine capacity and torque of any production motorcycle in the world. The triple mill displaces 2,500 cc and produces more than 170 PS of power – a 13% increase from previous – and 221 Nm of torque, which we dare say, in Rolls-Royce parlance, is adequate.

    Triumph claims the Rocket 3 TFC is over 40 kg lighter than the now discontinued Rocket 3, which weighed in at 362 kg in road trim. This is achieved by the use of copious amounts of carbon-fibre, including the unique Arrow exhaust with carbon-fibre end caps and heat shields.

    Braking is upgraded substantially with the use of Brembo Stylema brake callipers, radial-mounted, with span and ratio adjustable Brembo MCS brake lever. Lightweight aluminium alloy 20-spoke wheels are used to reduce weight further, with the rear wheel mounting a 240-section rear tyre.

    Inside the cockpit if a full-colour angle-adjustable TFT-LCD screen which, with the installation of the optional Bluetooth module, allows for phone and playlist management, turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps and GoPro camera control from the handlebar pod. Riding aids include cornering ABS, traction control and four riding modes.

  • 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15 gets new colours in Indonesia

    For the Indonesia market, official Yamaha distributors PT Yamaha Indonesia has launched three new colours for the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R15. These are Blue, Yellow and Black, and come with new graphics to go compete in the hotly contested 150 cc market in Indonesia.

    Aside from the colours and graphics, there are no changes to the Indonesia market R15, still powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 155 cc mill with VVA, producing 19.5 hp and 15 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted through a six-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch, with chain final drive.

    Specifications for the R15 in Indonesia are identical to the Malaysian model with upside-down forks, monoshock and wider rear tyre – 100/80-17 in front, 140/70-17 at the back. Braking uses a single 282 mm disc on the front wheel, 220 mm disc in the rear and everything held together with a Deltabox frame and aluminium swingarm.

    Inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD instrument panel that displays engine speed, road speed, odometer, fuel consumption, gear position, fuel level and the usual warning lights. Aside from that, the panel is also equipped with a shift light and LED lighting is used for the headlight and tail light.

    We have reviewed the Yamaha YZF-R15 – selling at a recommended retail price of RM11,988 – previously, which you can read about here. What do you think of the colour options for the Indonesia market YZF-R15?

    Is it more attractive than the R15 we get in Malaysia? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

  • 2019 BMW Motorrad F750 GS and R1250 RT launched in Malaysia – priced at RM71,500 and RM139,500

    Alongside the launch of the C400 scooters, BMW Motorrad Malaysia also launched two other motorcycles, the 2019 BMW Motorrad F750 GS adventure-tourer and R1250 RT tourer, Priced at RM71,500 and RM139,500, respectively. Price includes road tax, but excludes insurance, and comes with a three-year warranty with roadside assistance.

    The F750 GS is based on the current model F850 GS but comes with aluminium alloy wheels in 19-inch front and 17-inch rear, shod with 110/80 rubber on the front wheel and 150/70 tyre on the back, showing its road-going design bias. Using the same engine as the F850 GS, the F750 GS carries a parallel-twin engine, liquid-cooled, displacing 853 cc.

    Mated to a six-speed transmission and chain final drive, the F750 GS produces 77 hp at 7,500 rpm and 83 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. This is a touch lower than the F850 GS’ power figures, which are 95 hp and 92 Nm of torque.

    Suspension on the F750 GS uses conventional 41 mm diameter telescopic forks in front with 151 mm of travel while the rear end uses a monoshock with 177 mm of travel. This is drop of 53 mm in front and 42 mm at the back compared to the F850 GS while seat height is similarly lower – 815 mm tall on the F750 GS against the 860 mm of the F850 GS.

    Other fittings remain the same on the F750 GS including twin 305 mm brake discs clamped by two-piston Brembo callipers in front and 265 mm single disc at the back, a 15-litre fuel tank, 6.5-inch TFT-LCD colour display, two-wheel ABS and Automatic Stability Control (ASC). Owners of the F750 GS also have the option of adding Dynamic ESA suspension or smartphone connectivity to the onboard system for navigation and infotainment.

    Moving on to the R1250 RT, this is the first model from BMW Motorrad using the updated 1,254 cc boxer-twin to be brought into Malaysia, and the mill has been updated from the previous generation R1200 RT, including BMW’s ShiftCam technology. The power plant produces 136 hp and 143 Nm of torque, compared to the 125 hp and 120 Nm from the previous 1,170 cc boxer, with power going through a six-speed box and shaft final drive.

    As a touring rig, the R1250 RT comes with a host of creature comforts for the rider, including electrically-actuated windshield, cruise control, audio system, luggage and automatic headlights. In terms of safety, coming as standard equipment is Hill Start Assist, Dynamic Brake Control and Integral ABS.

    This extends to the latest generation Dynamic ESA electronic suspension and optional smartphone connectivity as well as BMW Motorrad navigation. Rolling on 17-inch wheels, the R1250 RT is stopped by Brembo callipers on 320 mm twin brake discs with front suspension using BMW’s Telelever, while fuel is carried in a 25-litre tank.

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  • Kawasaki Japan ups stake from 19% to 30% in Malaysian bike maker Modenas – RM40.3 million value

    Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) has taken its stake in Malaysian motorcycle manufacturer Modenas from 19% to 30%. KHI has been a shareholder of Modenas since the latter began operations in 1995.

    This came about after the sale of 14.3 million ordinary shares were sold to KHI by Modenas’ parent company, DRB-Hicom. In monetary terms, the additional shares are valued at RM40.3 million.

    Aside from that, KHI has also purchased 52 million convertible preference shares in Modenas, which take effect should Modenas achieve certain conditions previously agreed upon by both parties. While the terms and conditions of the convertible shares were not disclosed, should the terms come into effect, KHI will increase its shareholding in Modenas to 48%.

    With the increase in shareholding, KHI will take a more active role in the operations of Modenas. “I believe it will augur a vibrant phase of customer-driven products for MODENAS, especially in the street bike and sports bike segment,” said Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar, managing director of DRB-Hicom.

    Modenas currently undertakes components machining for Kawasaki motorcycles, from its production facility in Gurun, Kedah. Inthe early years, Modenas motorcycles were based on Kawasaki products, notably the Jaguh, based on the Kawasaki Eliminator and the Kriss 110, taken from the Kawasaki Kazer.

  • 2019 AJP enduro motorcycles now in Malaysia – three 250 cc models, one 600 cc, from RM23k estimated

    New entry to the off-roading scene in Malaysia is AJP Motorcycles, with four models, the PR3 and PR5 in 250 cc capacity and the PR7 which comes with a 600 cc single. While pricing has not been determined as yet pending government approval, AJP Motorcycles distributor AJP SEA said pricing for the PR5 will range between RM23,000 to RM35,000, depending on model, while the PR7 will be priced at between RM55,000 to RM60,000.

    Taking its name from brothers Antonio and Jorge Pinto, AJP Motorcycles was founded in 1987 with a workshop preparing off-road motorcycles before making the transition to motorcycle manufacturing. The power plant for the PR5 is sourced from the ZhongShen works in China, with chassis manufacturing and final assembly in the AJP factory in Penafiel, northern Portugal.

    For the AJP PR3, there are three versions on offer – the Enduro, the Extreme and the Supermoto. All three use a single-cylinder, SOHC, four-valve liquid-cooled mill displacing 249 cc. The engine is fed by Delphi EFI through a 34 mm throttle body and mated to a six-speed gearbox.

    Power is claimed to be 30 hp at 8,000 rpm with torque rated at 27 Nm at 7,000 rpm with an electric starter making things easy whilst out on the trails. Able to be registered for road use as an enduro motorcycle, the PR5 comes with basic lighting front and rear.

    Seat height for the Enduro and Extreme models is 940 mm while the Supermoto seat height is set at 890 mm. Meanwhile, weight for the Extreme is 118 kg while the Enduro and Supermoto weigh in at 123 kg.

    Suspension for the PR5 uses ZF Sachs fully-adjustable forks in front, in 48 mm diameter and 300 mm of suspension travel while the rear uses a ZF Sachs fully-adjustable progressive monoshock with remote reservoir and 300 mm of travel. Braking is done with a two-piston calliper clamping a single 260 mm disc for the Enduro and Supermoto while the Extreme uses a 270 mm disc with a single-piston calliper and 220 mm disc for all PR5 models.

    For wheel sizing, the Enduro and Extreme roll on a 21-inch wheel in front shod in 90/90 rubber with a 18-inch wheel wearing a 100/80 tyre at the back. The Supermoto uses a 100/80-17 wheel in front and 130/70-17 wheel at the back.

    As for the PR7, this offering from AJP Motorcycles is designed for the adventure rider and overlander tourer. Coming with liquid-cooled, single-cylinder DOHC, four-valve engine displacing 600 cc made by SWM in Italy and fed by Delphi EFI with 45 mm throttle body, the PR7 is rated at 60 hp, while no number is given for torque.

    Using a six-speed gearbox, the PR7 rolls on a 90/90-21 wheel in front and 140/80-18 at the back. Suspension is provided by ZF Sachs, with a 48 mm fully-adjustable fork in front with 300 mm of travel and remote reservoir monoshock at the back with 280 mm of travel.

    Braking on the PR7 is done with a single 300 mm disc on the front wheel clamped by a two-piston calliper while the rear wheel is stopped with a 240 mm disc and single-piston calliper. Weight for the PR7 is 156 kg and seat height is set at 920 mm. A tablet is found inside the cockpit providing necessary information to the rider in rally style.

  • Review: 2019 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Sport – we test ride big bike rubber for the small bike rider, from RM100

    Tyres are essential for the performance of any motorcycle, that cannot be denied. A rider’s safety as well as enjoyment of the ride depends a lot on the tyres fitted to the motorcycle and Pirelli has now entered the small bike market with premium rubber in the form of the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Sport.

    While the small bike market – we’re talking about motorcycles in the 400 cc and below segment here – tends to lean towards the longevity over grip side of things, premium rubber has always been available. Pirelli, with their expertise in sports rubber for high-powered motorcycles, now has the Diablo Rosso Sport in small displacement motorcycle sizes.

    This means riders from kapchais up to middleweight sports bikes can now avail themselves of the same rubber superbike riders use. The benefit is, of course, the grip Pirelli is renowned for at the top levels of motorcycle competition made available to small bike riders who want that sort of performance.

    To this end, Pirelli invited to Buriram Circuit, Thailand, for a tyre test of the new Diablo Rosso Sport. For the one-day test, a range of motorcycles was provided, from 300 cc downwards, covering sports bikes, naked sports and kapchais from various manufacturers.

    There were two segments to the test, a track session with a variety of motorcycles ranging from 150 cc, such as the Yamaha MT-15 and a selection of 300s, including the BMW Motorrad G 310 R, Yamaha YZF-R3 and MT-3 along with the Honda CBR300R. The second part was a slalom test with underbone motorcycles fitted with Rosso Sport tyres using bikes such as the Yamaha Y15ZR V2.

    Read the full article on the 2019 Pirelli Rosso Sport tyre test after the jump.

  • 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 X and C 400 GT scooters launched in Malaysia, at RM44,500 and RM48,500

    Joining BMW Motorrad’s scooter lineup in Malaysia are the 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 X and C 400 GT priced at RM44,500 and RM48,500 respectively. This pair of mid-sized scooters are designed for the urban mobility segment with both carrying the same engine and are directly manufactured by BMW Motorrad in its China plant.

    Power comes from a 350 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder with overhead cam and four-valves, producing 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Power gets to the ground via a CVT gearbox and gear-driven final drive, reducing maintenance, while fuel consumption is claimed to be 3.5 litres per 100 km.

    Braking on the C 400 is done by 265 mm double-discs with four-piston hydraulic callipers in front and a single 265 mm diameter disc in the rear, clamped by a single-piston floating calliper. BMW Motorrad two-channel ABS is standard, as is automatic stability control (ASC).

    Wheel sizing is 15 inches in front and 14 inches in the back, suspended with 35 mm diameter telescopic forks and the rear end uses twin shock absorbers. Seat height for the C 400 is set at 775 mm while weight is claimed to be 204 kg for the C 400 X and 212 kg for the C 400 GT, in ride away trim.

    Under the seat, the compartment is big enough to accommodate one full-face and one open-face helmet, while two smaller storage compartments in the dashboard hold miscellaneous items. Rider conveniences include a full-colour TFT-LCD display, BMW Keyless Ride and BMW Motorrad Connectivity – which comes standard – connects the C 400 to the rider’s smartphone.

    This allows for rider control of functions such as telephone calls, navigation and music playlists, displayed on the LCD screen. Styling for the C 400 X is rather more rugged, following GS design cues, while the C 400 GT looks more like the RT-series bikes and BMW claims a top speed of 139 km/h for the C 400 X and 136 km/h for the C 400 GT.

    Colour options are Blackstorm Metallic, Moonwalk Grey Metallic and Alpine White for the 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 GT while the BMW Motorrad C 400 X comes in Zenith Blue Metallic, Alpine White and Black Storm Metallic. Availability of the C 400 GT and C 400 X in authorised BMW Motorrad Malaysia dealers is immediate.

  • REVIEW: Honda CB1100RS vs BMW R nineT vs Ducati Scrambler vs Kawasaki Z900RS vs Triumph Bonneville

    Alright, we get it, retro motorcycles are flavour of the month in the Malaysian motorcycle market at the moment with the call and price of nostalgia appealing to many riders, especially those who have taken care of life’s necessities and the fixed deposit has matured. So, in a momentary lapse of reason, the author had the idea of gathering retro bikes in the litre-class, available for sale in Malaysia via the official distributors, and seeing what was what.

    We gathered together, for the first Retro Bike Rumble, the 2019 Honda CB1100RS, the BMW Motorrad R nineT Racer, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport, the Kawasaki Z900RS and the Triumph T120 Black. This became an exercise in easier said than done and the logistics involved in doing so were… well… somewhat difficult.

    In this particular case, where comparison is being made in terms of design style rather than the basis of, say, outright performance, the main criteria became ‘does the bike look like it came from the 60s, 70s or 80s?’ The selection available to us did indeed cover the decades in question, all updated with technology from this millennium and reliability we take for granted.

    But, is a modern motorcycle dressed in retro clothes all that it is cracked up to be? Many, including the author, are oftentimes guilty of looking at the past through rose tinted glasses and saying things like, “they don’t make them like they used to,” and “get off my lawn!”

    Anyone who’s ridden a 90/90-19 Dunlop TT100 front tyre in the rain with brake pads made from wood – ok, they weren’t made from wood, it just felt that way – will recall some of their scariest riding moments, ever, and if you don’t, you’re weren’t riding fast enough. That being that, we set out to see if a modern retro bike would deliver fun, nostalgia and value for money, in that order.

    Read the 2019 Retro Bike Rumble after the jump.

  • 2019 Kawasaki Z400 SE ABS and Z250 ABS launched in Malaysia – RM28,755 and RM21,998, respectively

    Now in Malaysia are the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS and Kawasaki Z250 ABS naked sports bikes, priced at RM28,755 and RM21,998 respectively. Prices are recommended retail from Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) (KMSB) and do not include road tax, insurance and registration.

    The Z400 ABS comes in below the Z650 naked sports in Kawasaki’s lineup and carries a 399 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel-twin that puts out a claimed 45 PS at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm, fed by EFI. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, with assist and slipper clutch, and chain final drive.

    Braking for the Z400 ABS is done with a single semi-floating 310 mm petal disc clamped by a two-piston calliper while the rear brake uses a single 220 mm petal disc with dual-piston calliper, with two-channel ABS. Rolling on 110/70R-17 and 150/60R-17 rubber front and rear, respectively, the Z400 is propped up at the front with a 41 mm diameter telescopic fork and preload adjustable monoshock at the back.

    Inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD instrument panel with three user selectable display modes, similar to the unit found in the Z650. Lighting for both the Z400 ABS and Z250 ABS is with LEDs front and rear, with increased brightness and wider area of illumination.

    Seat height on the Z400 ABS is set at 785 mm and weight is 167, with fuel carried in a 14-litre tank. There is only one colour option for the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS – Pearl Storm Grey.

    As for the Z250 ABS, power comes from a 248 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel-twin producing 37 PS at 12,500 rpm and 23 Nm at 10,500 rpm. Using a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive, the Z250 is fed by EFI.

    A single 310 mm brake disc stops the front 17-inch wheel, shod with 110/70-17 rubber, while the rear wheel uses a single 220 mm disc with 140/70-17 tyre size. Front suspension is with a 41 mm telescopic fork while the rear monoshock is preload adjustable.

    Weighing in at 164 kg, the Z250 ABS carries fuel in a 14-litre tank, and seat height – cut 30 mm narrower – is 785 mm. The 2019 Kawasaki Z250 comes in one colour scheme – Candy Lime Green.

    Availability of the 2019 Kawasaki Z250 ABS at authorised KMSB dealers is effective immediately. Meanwhile, the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS will be in Kawasaki dealer showrooms from May 2019.

  • Allianz Motorcycle Plus insurance for small bikes

    Insurance provider Allianz Malaysia today held a soft launch for its latest product offering, Motorcycle Plus. Designed for the small bike market in Malaysia, those below 245 cc, Motorcycle Plus will be available to riders from 1 May, 2019.

    There are two versions of Allianz Motorcycle Plus on offer – Comprehensive and Third Party Only. Offered at no added premium, Motorcycle Plus Comprehensive provides accident cover of RM5,000 for death or permanent disability, hospital income of RM50 per day up to a maximum of 60 days and Special Perils protection for loss of motorcycle due to flood, landslide or other natural disaster.

    Meanwhile, also at no added cost, the third party option of Motorcycle Plus offers the above but excludes the Special Perils option. Motorcycle Plus is targeted at the lower end of the motorcycle population who are most disadvantaged when a mishap occurs, said Zakri Khir, chief executive officer of Allianz Malaysia.

    Speaking on the issue of the difficulty making insurance claims, Zakri said Allianz is pro-active in such matters. Citing the example of deaths or accidents reported in the newspapers, Zakri said he has staff who scan news reports daily and check the database, then getting in touch with the next of kin if the victim is a policy holder.


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Last Updated 11 May 2019