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  • 25 km/h limit for micro-mobility vehicles in Malaysia?

    A proposal from the Town and Country Planning Department (PLANMalaysia) covers a new guideline on the use of micro-mobility vehicles on the road. This includes a proposal to limit the speed of micro-mobility vehicles such as beam scooters and the like to 25 km/h, reports national news agency Bernama.

    Scheduled to be forwarded to the Ministry of Transport (MOT), PLANMalaysia Director-General Dr Alias Rameli said the department is finalising the micro-mobility guideline. Other areas covered under the guideline include road marking and specific routes as well as a mandated speed limit.

    Saying such micro-mobility vehicles can move as fast as 50 km/h, Dr Alias feels regulation is a better option than outright banning. Such micro-mobility vehicles reduce carbon emissions while being zero noise and convenient, especially for urban use.

    Plans are being made to adapt micro-mobility vehicles to suit existing laws and regulations under the aegis of local governments and the Road Transport Department (JPJ). Upon finalisation, the plan will be forwarded to the Housing and Local Government Ministry (KPKT) as well as the MOT.

    Such micro-mobility devices are currently banned from use on Malaysian public roads, gazetted under the Road Traffic (Prohibition of Use of Certain Microbility Vehicles) Rules 2021 and in effect since December 17, 2021. The ban covers mopeds, personal mobility aids (i.e. motorised wheelchairs, mobility scooters) and personal mobility devices (i.e. e-scooters, hoverboards, skateboards, kick scooters).

    The MOT defines micro-mobility vehicles as those powered by electricity, an internal combustion engine, or human power, or human power combined with any of the previously mentioned two, with a maximum speed of 50 km/h. While bicycles are also considered a type of micro-mobility vehicle, MOT has ruled these are not prohibited from roads, although riders must still comply with existing rules under the Road Transport Act and Road Traffic Rules.

     
     
  • JPJ tests and inspects All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV), Vehicle Ownership Certificate (VOC) required

    JPJ Director-General Datuk Zailani Hashim examines a CFMoto CForce 1000 ATV with Jimmy Goh of Promas Technology

    A Vehicle Ownership Certificate (VOC) is required for all vehicles used off-road in Malaysia under Section 7 of the Road Transport Act 1987, says Road Transport Department (JPJ) Director-General Datuk Zailani Hashim. Under the Act, no person shall own or use a motor vehicle unless that vehicle is registered with JPJ with failure to comply subject to a fine of not less than RM2,000 and not more than RM10,000.

    Zailani said this during a testing and inspection session for All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) intended for off-road use at the Promas Technology proving ground in Bertam, Pulau Pinang. He further explained registering an off-road vehicle has benefits, including proof of ownership and eligibility for vehicle loans and financing.

    “JPJ is supportive of the recreational off-road ATV industry and will assist all players in the local industry to obtain Vehicle Type Approval (VTA),” Zailani said. As of June 2022, JPJ has approved vehicles from three manufacturers eligible to be registered for off-road use – Promas Technology, CFMoto and WMoto.

     
     
  • Kove Motorcycles entering Malaysia market soon?

    If you’ve not heard the name Kove Motorcycles, based in Lhasa, Tibet, don’t worry, you might just see the brand name in Malaysia some time in the future. From a Cycle World report, the “Kove Hyper” brand name has been trademarked in Malaysia, along with the Philippines, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Mongolia.

    Kove, better known in its home market of China under the name Colove, or Tibet Summit Colove Motorcycle Sales, has previously produced motorcycle designs that… strongly resemble… offerings from other manufacturers, notably from Japan and also a 500 cc BMW Motorrad GS look-a-like. What is new from Kove is news of a four-cylinder 400 cc inline-four with a claimed 16,000 rpm redline and peak power of 72.4 hp at 13,500 rpm.

    Alongside the 400 cc four-cylinder screamer, Kove has also shown designs for an 800 cc parallel-twin, similar to the KTM Duke 790/890. Since the actual 790/890 two-cylinder mill is already manufactured in China for KTM by CFMoto (and used in the CFMoto 800MT adventure-tourer), it remains to be seen if the design is used under licence, similar in design or an outright clone.

    Colove is a company under the Tibet New Everest Industrial Group, founded in 1995 and entering into a partnership with scooter maker Kymco in 1998 to import the CB and GY6 engine production system and manufacturing technology. The company has production facilities in Chongqing, Taizhou Zhejiang, Jiangmen Guangdong, Chengdu, Yanshi Henan, Xinhua Henan, Renqiu Hebei, Linyi Shandong and Wuwei Gangsu, producing medium and large displacement motorcycles, commuting motorcycles as well as three-wheelers and electric vehicles.

    In recent years several brands from China have entered the Malaysian market, notably under the banner of MForce Holdings who currently market the Benelli, CFMoto and WMoto brands locally, among others. What do you think? A four-cylinder 400 making 72 hp sound exciting, especially if you value things like engine reliability and longevity?

     
     
  • 2022 MotoGP: Fabio flops at Assen as MotoGP goes on summer break, riders’ championship gap closes

    A rare mistake from 2022 MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo of Monster Energy Yamaha during the Assen TT round in The Netherlands sees the world championship points gap close. Chasing race leader Francesco Bagnaia of Ducati Lenovo Team, with Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia Racing in second right alongside, Quartararo lost the front wheel pushing Espargaro into the gravel whilst wiping out.

    Espargaro, who managed to stay upright, rejoined the race to eventually finish fourth. This came about in a last minute dive bomb into Timmer Chicane, passing both Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Jack Miller of Ducati Lenovo Team in what could be the passing move of the year for this MotoGP season.

    Meanwhile, Quartararo fell off again at De Strubben corner, this time leaving his Yamaha in the gravel and walking away limping, with insult added to injury after race stewards handed down a penalty for the racing incident. As for race leader Bagnaia, it was a classic show of leading from start to finish, the Italian handing the Ducati team the race win, and his third top podium place of the year.

    With Quartararo’s Did Not Finish (DNF in Assen), and with his three wins this season, the Frenchman remains on top of the riders’ championship table with 172 points after 11 races. Nipping on his heels in second is Espargaro, also with three wins this season and 151 points, with three-race winner Bagnaia in fourth in the championship with 106 points, while Johann Zarco of Pramac Racing Ducati is in third with 114 points after finishing third in Assen.

    The MotoGP circus goes on summer break for the month of July after the postponement of the round in Kymiring, Finland to 2023. Racing resumes at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone on the weekend of August 7th.

     
     
  • KTM 450 Rally Replica dual-purpose off-road racer

    Drawing on its prowess in motorcycle off-road and rally racing is the 2022 KTM 450 Rally Replica from the maniacs in Mattighofen, Austria. Not just a motorcycle with off-road looks, the 450 Rally Replica carries the same equipment as KTM’s rally motorcycles.

    As a limited production motorcycle, of which only 70 will be made, the 450 Rally Replica is designed to compete in the Dakar Rally, complete with a tall instrument gauge and navigation screen tower. As for the fuel tank, aside from the unit located in front of and between the rider’s legs, an auxiliary fuel tank is installed in the rear, giving a total fuel capacity of 33-liters.

    Underneath the plastic bodywork, a chrome-moly trellis frame differs from the unit used in KTM’s EXC-F 450, being built to a race specification, with aluminium alloy swingarm. Fully-adjustable suspension is used on the 450 Rally Replica, a 48 mm diameter WP XACT forks in front matched to a WP XACT Pro monoshock, with an adjustable steering damper located in front of the tank.

    To reduce rider fatigue during long distance stage races, the 450 Rally Replica’s ergonomics was developed based on feedback from professional off-road motorcycle racers. Despite the seat looking thin, the material it is made of provides support as well as grip.

    In the engine room, a 449.3 c, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder mill comes with a Keihin Engine Management System (EMS). This is complemented with an airbag with twin intakes while a standard fitment Akrapovic takes care of the exhaust gases.

    Of special note on the 450 Rally Replica is the six-speed Panel gearbox, with gear ratios taken directly from the KTM Factory Racing Dakar Rally machines. As befits a purpose built racing motorcycle, the 450 Rally Replica tips the scales at 139 kg.

     
     
  • Temiang-Pantai road now special patrol zone – PDRM

    With the multitude of incidents reported on the Temiang-Pantai road, Negeri Sembilan, police have designated it as a special patrol sector. Speaking during a press conference at the Negeri Sembilan police headquarters, Negeri Sembilan Chief of Police Datuk Ruslan Khalid said this is to prevent the public from stopping on the road shoulder and emergency lane, as well as to ensure road safety.

    “The road which has been dubbed “New Zealand” has attracted public interest to stop and take photos as well as for exercise. As a safety measure, police are making this a special patrol sector, especially in the mornings,” said Ruslan, “with at least two patrol shifts a day,” as reported by Sinar Harian.

    Ruslan said between June 8 to June 20, 43 patrols were conducted and 120 individuals were given safety advice on the Temiang-Pantai road. Meanwhile, between January and Jun of this year, 115 summons were issued for various offences, notably those regarding stopping by the road shoulder.

    “The patrols will involved 173 personnel from both the Nilai and Seremban District police headquarters as the road falls under both jurisdictions, and will also involve personnel from the state headquarters,” he said, “as of today, there have been two fatal accidents on the Temiang-Pantai road, involving a motorcyclist and a cyclist.”

     
     
  • BMW Motorrad unveils R 1250 GS Trophy Competition

    For this year’s edition of the 2022 GS Trophy adventure race in Albania, BMW Motorrad has unveiled the purpose built R 1250 GS Trophy Competition edition of its famed adventure-touring motorcycle. The GS Trophy is touted as a challenge for both rider and machine, with entry not determined by entry fee but via elimination rounds held in the rider’s country of origin.

    While the previous round of the GS Trophy used the F 850 GS as its competition vehicle, this year’s edition sees the return of the R 1250 GS, of which 126 will be made specifically for this race. Taking the basic underpinning of the R 1250 GS, BMW Motorrad’s big adventure-touring bike has been accessorised for heavy duty off-road race use.

    The R 1250 GS Trophy Competition comes in a Lightweight Uni/Gravity Blue Metallic Matte paint scheme and is adorned with GS Trophy graphics. AS always, the competitor’s name and country of origin adorns the front of the R 1250 GS.

    Aside from that, an aluminium skid plate is fitted to the bottom of the R 1250 GS as well as headlight protection, with other protection including cylinder head covers, crash guards, TFT screen protector and enduro style side stand foot. Adjustable brake and gear foot levers are also fitted, and Metzeler Karoo 4 tyres replace the standard fitment Karoo 3, along with a Rally seat, sports windshield and Akrapovic exhaust.

    The R 1250 GS is powered by the legendary BMW Motorrad boxer twin, displacing 1,254 cc with ShiftCam variable valve timing. Power for the R 1250 GS is claimed to be 136 PS at 7.750 rpm with 143 Nm of torque available at 6,250 rpm with a six-speed gearbox and shaft final drive.

     
     
  • China police go electric with CFMoto 300GT-E e-bikes

    As the world’s largest market for electric vehicles, it comes as no surprise city police forces in China will be using electric motorcycles (e-bikes), specifically the CFMoto 300GT-E. Aside from savings realised from the elimination of fuel consumption and simplified routine maintenance for the police force, combustion engined motorcycles are banned from or have limited usage in major cities in China such as Beijing and Shanghai.

    The 300GT-E is described by CFMoto as “purpose-built to meet the demands of police departments across China’s mega cities.” This is not Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster cruising the streets of Mega-City One but the 300GT-E is said to be designed to provide a wide range of performance and designs from a single platform, giving rise to speculation future e-bike models will be forthcoming from the Hangzhou, China motorcycle maker.

    Power for the 300GT-E comes from a. liquid-cooled, mid-mounted motor rated at 18 kW and governed to a top speed of 120 km/h. While this may not sound like much, for the 300GT-E’s intended duty of patrolling city streets, should prove more than adequate.

    Range is claimed to be 150 km from the battery pack which has fast charging capability. Connectivity to police databases and onboard communication is done via a 7.0-inch TFT screen which includes cloud-based vehicle status and live location navigation.

     
     
  • Zapp EV i300 e-bike debuts at Goodwood, from RM31k

    Making its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK is the App EV i300 electric motorcycle (e-bike), designed for use in the urban environment. There are four model variants of the i300 in Zapp EV’s initial lineup – the i300 Carbon Launch Edition at 7,995 pounds (RM43,146), the i300 Carbon and i300 Bio, both priced at 6,995 pounds (RM37,749), and the i300 Ocean, at 5,750 pounds (RM31,031).

    The i300 features an exoskeleton frame that is intended to be minimalist and lightweight, with the entire package weighing 92 kg without batteries, 102 kg with batteries installed. With seating for one, the i300 gets a claimed 60 km of range while in Eco mode, supplied by twin 72V Lithium-ion battery packs weighing 6 kg each and rated at 720 Wh.

    Charging time from 20% to 80% battery capacity using a standard domestic socket takes under 40 minutes while time to full charge was not disclosed. Motive power comes from a air-cooled permanent magnet motor rated at 14 kW, or the equivalent of 20 hp, giving the i300 a zero to 50 km/h time of 2.2 seconds and a governed maximum speed of 96 km/h.

    Power goes to the rear with a carbon-fibre belt, and the i300 rolls on 14-inch wheels, shod with 120/70 and 140/60 rubber. Braking is done with a single floating 255 mm disc on the front with radial-mount four-piston calliper while the rear gets a 220 mm disc and two-piston calliper, while two-channel ABS is standard equipment.

    The i300 comes with a wide range of customisation options, including three seat colours and six paint options for the front cowl/fender. Body material options include NONA-carbon composite, NONA-natural composite and ocean recycled plastic, with modular-interchangeable under-seat storage and diamond cut wheels in a range of colours.

     
     
  • 2022 Malaguti Madison 150 in Thailand, RM9,899

    With a brand name almost a century old, Italian scooter maker Malaguti enters South-East Asia with the 2022 Malaguti Madison 150. Sold in Thailand, the Madison 150 is priced at 79,800 Thai baht (RM9,899), placing it below its local market rivals such as the Yamaha Aerox 155, Yamaha NMax 155 and Honda PCX 160.

    As is typical of Italian design, the Madison 150 is attractively styled to appear to the younger crowd, together with full LED lighting. Power comes from a liquid-cooled, single-cylinder 149.3 cc engine, mated to a CVT transmission and belt final drive. Power figures for the Madison 150 were not disclosed, but the specifications sheet for the Madison 125 in Europe lists a 11 Nm torque number.

    Modern riding conveniences are included with the Madison 150, including keyless start with immobiliser, LCD digital instrument panel and USB charging port. The seat on the Madison 150 comes in a contrasting red shade with a small undersea storage compartment.

    Rolling on 14-inch wheels, the Madison 150 wears 100/80 rubber in front and a 120/70 tyre in the rear, stopped with a combined braking system. Suspension is done with telescopic forks in front and twin shock absorbers at the back.

    Overall weight for the Madison 150 is 142 kg with seat height set at 755 mm, and 10 litres of fuel is carried in the tank while a non-adjustable windshield is standard equipment. For Thailand, the Madison 150 is available in four colour options – red, dark green, white and red.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 30 Jun 2022