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  • 2019 Michelin Pilot Street 2 tyre launched at Sepang

    In the growing small displacement motorcycle and scooter market in South-east Asia, tyre choice is becoming more important as riders become more knowledgeable and demand greater performance for the money they spend. For Michelin, this need is answered with the 2019 Pilot Street 2, replacing the outgoing Pilot Street.

    Coming in a new silica blend, Michelin claims the Pilot Street 2 gives better wet weather performance along with longer tyre life, depending on riding conditions and style. The tread pattern on the Pilot Street 2 is derived from Michelin’s experience in MotoGP and closely resembles its rain racing tyre.

    Primarily designed for the small motorcycle commuter who does heavy mileage on an annual basis, the Pilot Street 2 is capable of delivering sporting levels of grip when needed. Additionally, this performance edge transfers into the wet says Ross Shields, Michelin’s Asia commercial director, two wheel.

    This is obtained from the thread pattern of the Pilot Street 2 which has progressive lateral grooves and smaller centre grooves to clear water from the contact patch. From TUV testing, the Pilot Street 2 is 4.4 seconds faster over a 1.2 km long test track than two of Michelin’s other competitors in this market segment.

    The Michelin Pilot Street 2 comes in sizing suitable for small displacement motorcycles with 17-inch wheels, with front tyre sizes from 60/90-17 to 120/60-17 while rear tyre sizing starts at 70/90-17 all the way up to 150/60-17. For the 70/90-17, 80/90-17, 90/80-17 and 100/80-17, the tyre is bi-directional, with tyre rotation depending on whether it is fitted on the front or rear wheel.

    For the scooters, tyre sizes range from fitments for 10-inch wheels, as well as 14-inch and 16-inch wheel sizes, which Michelin says caters for about 85% of motorcycles and scooters in the Asian market. “Pricing for the 2019 Michelin Pilot Street 2 will be close to the previous Pilot Street,” said Shields and is expected to be available in Michelin Malaysia dealers by the end of September.

     
     
  • VIDEO: RON100 versus RON95 in Malaysia – can Petron Blaze100 fuel provide more hp and torque?

    So, you’re gathered at the mamak with your friends when “expert number one” mentions that you should use a fuel with a higher RON rating for your car because it provides better performance. At the same time, “expert number two” says this is utter hearsay, and you don’t need to pay the price premium. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

    We’re not excepted from such discussions/arguments, and to shed light on the topic, we decided to carry out a little experiment involving a variety of vehicles, including cars and bikes, which should cover about 95% of all new vehicles in the country.

    To do so, we compared the effects of using Petron Blaze100 against Blaze95. The former is the first and only high-performance RON 100 fuel in the market today, and is manufactured locally at Petron’s own refinery in Port Dickson.

    As for the vehicles used, we brought in a Mazda 2 to represent a typical city car, while for larger family cars, there’s the popular Proton X70. Moving on, we have the Mercedes-Benz C 300 (premium segment), Peugeot 208 GTi (performance hatchback) and Toyota 86 (sports car), while bikes used are the Honda CB250R and Triumph Street Triple 765 RS.

    With a mix of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged engines, we ran dyno tests on all the vehicles using both Petron Blaze100 and Blaze95 to compare the horsepower and torque gains/losses with each fuel. After compiling the data, we’re presenting the results to you in this informative video, so sit back and enjoy.

     
     
  • 2019 GIVI Explorer: 2,500 km around Malaysia

    Now in its seventh year, the 2019 Givi Explorer was a 2,500 km, eight-day journey across Malaysia. Why do this you ask? Well, the original Givi Explorer, in Patagonia, was basically a group of Givi buddies taking a multi-day, epic ride in South America.

    The tradition has continued over the years, with rides to places such as the Golden Triangle, South Africa, Morocco and now, in 2019, Malaysia. For its first visit to Malaysia, all stops were pulled out to ensure the Givi Explorers had a memorable journey and more importantly, a safe one.

    Covering the length and breadth of Malaysia, the Givi Explorer ride was designed to showcase some of the highlights of the country. Naturally, as befits a ride organised by manufacturer of motorcycle luggage and accessories, the bikes, a mix of adventure-tourers from across the spectrum, came fitted with a prime selection of Givi products.

    This included hard luggage such as the aluminium Dolomiti cases for that authentic overlander adventure tourer look to soft luggage suitable for sports bikes and daily use. Also on display were riding outfits custom made for the Givi Explorer ride, personalised to each rider.

    There was a one-off riding clinic with coaching by Dakar Rally racer Jeremias Israel who was representing Givi in the 2019 Givi Rimba Raid off-road motorcycle enduro organised by Givi and local racer and stunt rider Acoi Pangkolo. Attended by about 20 riders, the majority of whom were racing in Rimba Raid, the clinic taught the bike control skills required for off-road racing.

    Read the rest of the 2019 Givi EXplorer Malaysian Adventure ride, here.

     
     
  • 2019 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition launched – 765 units available worldwide, RM81K

    Rumors of a full-fairing version of the Triumph 765 circulating for a while are now laid to rest with the launch of the 2019 Triumph Daytona Moto2 765 Limited Edition, with pricing starting from 15,765 pounds sterling (RM81,230). To be produced in a limited run of 765 units worldwide, the Daytona Moto2 765 capitalises on Triumph’s involvement with the Moto2 world championship as engine supplier.

    Taking the inline-triple from the Triumph 765 naked sports, the Daytona 765 produces 128 hp at 12,250 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 9,750 rpm – up from the 765’s 121 hp and 77 Nm. Mated to a six-speed gearbox equipped with up-and-down quickshifter, the Daytona Moto2 is an officially licensed motorcycle from Dorna Sports, organisers of the MotoGP championship, the first ever.

    Inside the engine, internal components derived from Triumph Moto2 power plant include titanium inlet valves, stronger pistons, MotoGP™-spec DLC coated gudgeon pins, new cam profiles, new intake trumpets, modified con rods, intake port, crank and barrels, and an increased compression ratio – 12.9:1 from 12.6:1.

    As befits a race-derived machine, the Daytona 765 comes with a single-piece cockpit and carbon-fibre-fairing painted in a combination of Carbon Black, Graphite Grey and Aluminium Silver. The use of carbon-fibre extends to the rear unit, front mudguard, hugger, upper chain guard and race-spec lower chain guard.

    While Triumph did not release any weight number for the Daytona Moto2 – the standard 765 has a claimed dry weight of 166 kg – more weight is saved by using a clear anodised finish versus powder coating. Brembo’s Stylema brake callipers are used on the front wheel and suspension is done by Ohlins with 43 mm diameter NIX30 front forks and TTX36 rear shock, fully-adjustable.

    Inside the cockpit, a full-colour TFT-LCD screen features a Moto2 branded start up screen and a machined billet aluminium top yoke has the bike’s edition number laser etched. The ride-by-wire throttle comes with five ride modes – Rain, Road, Rider Configurable, Sport and Track and a lap timer is included in the display.

     
     
  • 2019 Benelli Leoncino 250 and TRK 251 now in Malaysia – pricing starts from RM13,888

    Now in Malaysia are two new models for the quarter-litre class from Benelli – the 2019 Benelli Leoncino 250 and TRK 251 adventure tourer – both with with pricing at RM13,888 for the standard model while ABS brings the price up to RM14,688. Prices do not include road tax, insurance or registration and deliveries for the TRK 251 begin at the end of August.

    Similar in styling to its bigger sibling the Benelli TRK 502, the TRK 251 comes with single-cylinder, 249 cc DOHC mill, mated to a six-speed gearbox with chain final drive and fed by EFI. While no torque figure was supplied, the TRK 251 produces 26.8 hp at 10,500 rpm.

    The TRK 251 is designed for touring with windshield, upright seating position and 18-litre fuel tank. LED lighting is used all-round with a monochrome LCD display in the cockpit while suspension uses upside-front forks and monoshock at the rear.

    Braking is done with hydraulic callipers with a four-piston unit clamping a 280 mm diameter disc in front while a single-piston calliper grabs a 240 mm disc at the back. There are three colour options for the Benelli TRK 251 – Rudy Red, Titanium Grey dan Jet Black – and primary competition in Malaysia is the Kawasaki Versys X-250 at RM23,789.

    Alongside the TRK 251 is the Leoncino 250, sold alongside the middleweight Benelli Leoncino (RM29,288), which bears a passing resemblance to a retro scrambler model sold by the ‘other’ Italian brand. In common with the TRK 251, the Leoncino 250 comes with a single-cylinder, 249 cc, DOHC mill producing 26.8 hp at 10,500 rpm and 21 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm.

    Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive with the Euro 4 compliant engine fuelled by EFI and 37 mm diameter throttle body.A 41 mm diameter upside-down fork holds up the front while a preload-adjustable monoshock holds up the back.

    Braking is the same as the TRK 251 with a 280 mm diameter disc and four-piston hydraulic calliper in front and 240 mm disc with single-piston calliper in the rear. LED lighting is used all round and a monochrome LCD display shows all the necessary information the rider needs.

    Fuel is carried in a 12-litre tank and the Leoncino 250 rolls on 17-inch wheels shod with 110/70 rubber in front and 150/60 at the back. The Benelli Leoncino 250 comes in three colour options – Pearl Brown, Italian Red dan Titanium Grey – and is slated to arrive in authorised Benelli Malaysia dealer showrooms in September.

    GALLERY: 2019 Benelli TRK 251


    GALLERY: 2019 Benelli Leoncino 250

     
     
  • 2019 GPX Racing Legend 250 Twin and Raptor 180 launched in Thailand – RM10,784 and RM8,071

    Hailing from across the northern border with Thailand is GPX Racing, with the newly launched 2019 GPX Racing Legend 250 Twin priced at 79,500 Thai baht (RM10,784). paultan.org previously reviewed the GPX Racing Demon 150GR and 150GN, as well as the GPX Racing Gentleman 200.

    Coming into the full quarter-litre class, the Legend 250 features retro naked sports styling with all the design cues you would expect to see from a motorcycle of the 70s or 80s. Carrying an oil-cooled parallel-twin displacing 234 cc, the Legend 250 did not come with any power numbers, but something like 20 hp would be reasonable.

    Power goes through a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive and the engine is fed by GPX Racing’s own EFI system. Fuel is stored in a large for its class 14.5-litre fuel tank – most of the Legend 250’s competition use 10-litre fuel tanks and the whole package weighs in at 154 kg, with the instruments housed in a single round binnacle.

    Unlike it’s competition, the Legend 250 uses twin disc brakes on the front wheel, clamped by dual-piston hydraulic callipers while the back wheel has a single disc stopped by a single-piston calliper. Suspension is with upside-down telescopic forks in front and twin YSS gas-filled shock absorbers at the back, adjustable for pre-load.

    The two-toned retro styled seat on the Legend 250 is 790 mm from the ground, making it accessible to almost all riders and lighting is LED all round with three colour options available – red, gloss black and matte black. There was no word as to when the 2019 GPX Racing Legend 250 Twin might be coming to Malaysia.

    Meanwhile, the 2019 GPX Racing Raptor 180 is a naked sports bike in true hooligan style, coming with a single-cylinder air-cooled 180.8 cc mill. Fed by GPX fuel injection, power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Coming with a claimed weight of 135 kg, the Raptor 180 carries 11.5-litres of fuel in the tank and GPX Racing says the bike will do 110 kmh. LED lighting is use throughout and inside the cockpit is a full LCD meter panel.

    Seat height is a full-sized motorcycle 820 mm with suspension using upside-down forks in front and a YSS gas monoshock at the back. Braking is done with single discs front and rear on 17-inch wheels and there are four colour options – violet, red, black and white.



    GALLERY: 2019 GPX Racing Legend 250 Twin


    GALLERY: 2019 GPX Racing Raptor 180

     
     
  • Malaysia Gojek push by minister Syed Saddiq?

    Malaysian minister of Youth and Sport, Syed Saddiq, has come out on Twitter saying he wants a motorcycle taxi service like Gojek to be implemented. As reported by Bernama, Saddiq sought the views from the nation’s youth on his Twitter account as to whether such a service should be made available in Malaysia.

    This is with the intention of enabling young Malaysians to participate in small business models such as a motorcycle taxi service. “Malaysian youth, I need your voice to help the mat motor, are you agreeable with the gojek (sic) economy?” twitted Saddiq.

    Citing Thailand and Indonesia as examples, Saddiq said thousands of job opportunities were created with Gojek in less than a year. Netizens weighing in on Saddiq’s Tweet were in favour of the proposal, with 90% agreeing to the launching of such a ride service.

    However, both the previous transport minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and the current minister, Anthony Loke, have not endorsed such a service. Liow said a motorcycle taxi service would come with a higher risk of accidents while Loke stated there are no plans to implement such a transport service.

     
     
  • 2019 MotoGP British Grand Prix sees Bradley Smith step in for Petronas SRT’s injured SuperKIP

    Malaysian Moto2 racer Khairul Idham Pawi, better known as “SuperKIP” to his fans, will be sitting out the 2019 British MotoGP on 25 August at Silverstone. His seat will be taken by Englishman Bradley Smith, who is currently racing in the 2019 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup and last raced a Moto2 machine in 2012.

    After crashing during testing at Jerez in May, Khairul underwent surgery on his right hand with a partial amputation of the little finger, causing him to miss eight rounds, the greater part of the 2019 Moto2 race season. Previously, his place was filled in by Italian Mattia Pasini and German Jonas Folger.

    Despite attempting a comeback at the Czech Grand Prix at Brno, pain caused Khairul to pull out of the race. A second surgery was performed in Barcelona to insert a screw into the reconstructed bone in his finger.

    Smith expressed excitement at the chance to race at his home Grand Prix, being based some 30 minutes from Silverstone. “Honestly, it’s going to be quite strange to jump onto a Moto2 bike for the first time since 2012, because the championship has changed quite a lot. I’ve followed the changes very closely with the new engine and a little more torque and power, but it’s still going to be very different for me,” he said.

     
     
  • 2019 Yamaha XSR 155 launched in Thailand, RM12k

    New entry into the Thailand market is the 2019 Yamaha XSR 155, priced at 91,500 Thai baht (RM12,364). This naked sports comes in retro styling and is targetted to the young rider looking for something different from the Yamaha MT-15 or YZF-R15.

    Carrying the Yamaha VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant displacing 155 cc, Yamaha Thailand did not supply any power or torque numbers for the XSR 155. However, based on the R15 which comes with a similar engine, a figure of 19.3 hp with 15 Nm of torque would not be out of the question.

    Fuelling is by EFI while power gets tot the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive. 10 litres of fuel is carried in the tank while seat height is 810 mm off the ground and the XSR 155 has a claimed weight of 134 kg.

    Suspension is with telescopic forks in front and a monoshock at the back, adjustable for preload. Braking is done with a single disc front and rear, with hydraulic callipers.

    There are four colour options for the 2019 Yamaha XSR 155 – Premium Grey, White/Red Sports Heritage, Black Elegance and Green Wanderlust. Rolling on 17-inch alloy wheels, the XSR 155 is shod with 110/70 rubber in front and 140/70 at the back.


     
     
  • 2020 to see Triumph-Bajaj partnership go live?

    It appears India’s motorcycle maker Bajaj Auto will be entering a manufacturing partnership with Triumph UK, with a formal contract being signed by the third quarter of 2020. This was reported in financial site Money Control, quoting a statement from Rakesh Sharma, executive director of Bajaj Auto.

    Discussions between the two firms have been on-going for two years, with much speculation and rumours about what form such a contract would take. “All the principles of engagement (between Bajaj Auto and Triumph) have all been satisfactorily and amicably resolved. These are now embedded in a formal contract, which is in its last stages of preparation,” said Rakesh.

    According to Rakesh, discussions are already on-going with regards to manufacturing as well as research and development with the contract itself nearing finalisation. “…there is nothing left to debate in it. It is just a matter of transcribing the principles into a (formal) language,” he said.

    Reports say the partnership between Triumph and Bajaj will be similar to the current manufacturing arrangement Bajaj has with Austrian bike maker KTM. The major difference is while Bajaj holds a 48% equity share in KTM, the arrangement with Triumph will be a straight forward manufacturing contract.

    Triumph currently operates an assembly plant in Manesar, Haryana with 13 models sold in the Indian market with 978 units sold in India out of a total 64,752 bikes sold worldwide. The Bajaj plant in Chakan will see Triumph motorcycles built alongside current brands KTM and Husqvarna.

    It is envisioned that Bajaj’ own brand will cater for the entry-level market with KTM and Husqvarna filling the 200 cc and above niche while Triumph will be targetted to the higher end. Bajaj also supplies Malaysian bike maker Modenas with four models – the Pulsar RS200 and NS200, the V15 and the Dominar 400.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 21 Sep 2019