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  • Honda MSX125 – new Monkey is made in Thailand

    Honda MSX125-04
    There’s a new cheeky fella in town, and this latest Monkey is made in Thailand. The Honda MSX125 (Mini Street X-treme 125) carries on the tradition of the original, small-wheeled leisure bike, defined by Honda in 1963 with the iconic Monkey.

    Honda says that the MSX125 is small enough to be “supremely manageable” (shot in Bangkok, the video below perfectly showcases the new Monkey’s agility) yet has a “fully-fledged feel” thanks to a selection of standard sized motorcycle parts.

    “It is part mini-bike, part motorcycle, with engaging performance matched to confident handling and styling that combines a sense of fun with a tough, urban edge,” the press release adds.


    The MSX125 is powered by the well-proven and efficient 125 cc fuel-injected engine from the Honda Wave 125i kapcai, which has been refined for better economy and smoother power/torque delivery. The 9.7 hp four-stroke engine is paired to a four-speed gearbox and clutch.

    Complementing the power train is a compact chassis that features a sturdy steel frame, inverted 31 mm front forks, monoshock rear suspension, hydraulic disc brakes (two-piston caliper holding a 220 mm disc in front, single-piston caliper and 190 mm disc at the back) and lightweight 12-inch wheels sporting wide, low profile tyres.

    Four colours are available – Asteroid Black Metallic, Pearl Himalayas White, Pearl Queen Bee Yellow and Pearl Valentine Red. Since it’s made in Thailand, the new Monkey could swing its way here in the future.

  • Indonesian city plans to ban women straddling motorbikes, with only side-saddle seating allowed


    Women in Indonesia’s Lhokseumawe city could soon be banned from “riding” motorcycles as we know it. Lhokseumawe, a city in the province of Aceh, has ordered female pembonceng not to straddle motorbikes behind male riders, the BBC reports. Instead, sitting “side-saddle” on a bike is encouraged.

    “When you see a woman straddle, she looks like a man. But if she sits side-saddle, she looks like a woman,” said Suaidi Yahya, mayor of Lhokseumawe, who added that the new rule aims to save people’s “morals and behaviours.”

    Leaflets have been sent out to government offices and residents to inform them about the regulation. Under it, the mayor says that women passengers are only allowed to sit “side-saddle” because straddling the bike seat violates Islamic values. The local government will be evaluating the regulation in a month, after which it could turn into a by-law, Yahya added.

    Not everyone agrees with the new ruling, and one of them is Jakarta-based Muslim activist Ulil Abshar Abdalla. “How to ride a motorbike is not regulated in Sharia. There is no mention of it in the Koran or Hadiths,” he said on his Twitter account, referring to the second most sacred text in Islam after the Quran.

    “In a democratic country, what is claimed to be Sharia must be assessed by the public’s common sense if the government aims to turn the regulation into law,” Abdalla added. Aceh is the only province that follows Sharia in the world’s largest Muslim country.

  • BMW Motorrad’s new F800 GT succeeds F800 ST

    The new BMW F800 GT succeeds the F800 ST, now with it’s 798cc two cylinder engine making 90 horsepower at 8,000rpm, which is a 5 horses boost over the ST. It also has a maintenance-free secondary drive via toothed belt. It’s got the latest generation of Motorrad ABS as standard, and has the option for Automatic Stability Control ASC and Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA.

    Here’s the rest of the technical changes:

    • Increased output of the F 800 GT as compared to predecessor model. ?66 kW (90 bhp) at 8,000 rpm. (F 800 ST: 62.5 kW (85 bhp) at 8,000 rpm).
    • Newly designed trim in more dynamic look with further improved wind and weather protection. New paint finishes.
    • The latest generation of BMW Motorrad ABS, now as standard.
    • Automatic Stability Control ASC (ex works option / special accessory).
    • Electronic Suspension Adjustment ESA (ex works option / special accessory)
    • Convenient adjustment of rear spring mount using handwheel.
    • Suspension optimised in terms of ride stability and comfort.
    • New, lighter wheels in dynamic design.
    • Adapted ergonomics for increased touring comfort with higher handlebars and repositioned footrests.
    • Enhanced seating comfort for rider and passenger.
    • New handlebar switch panels and front brake fluid expansion tank.
    • New vibration-free and double-butted aluminium handlebars.
    • Cockpit with new dial faces for speedometer and engine speed display as   well as an extended range of information.
    • Load capacity increased by 11 kg to 207 kg.
    • New exhaust system with optimised heel protection.
    • Turn indicators in smoke grey.
    • Newly developed luggage system (special accessory).
    • New connection of BMW Motorrad Navigator IV to handlebar clamp (special accessory).
    • Power reduction to 35 kW (48 bhp) (ex works option / special accessory).

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  • Honda Spacy and PCX bikes launched by Boon Siew

    Boon Siew Honda recently launched two new motorcycles, the Spacy and PCX. Both are global automatic transmission models already sold in Europe, America and Asia. The Spacy is a basic 110 cc model while the PCX is a bigger and better equipped bike.

    The Spacy is powered by a fan-cooled, four-stroke, 110 cc single-cylinder OHC engine powered by Honda’s V-Matic Technology. Boon Siew highlights the bike’s fuel economy, which stands at 41.5 km per litre based on the ECE40 mode test.

    The spacy is spacious. An 18-litre XL-sized U-Box can swallow a full-face helmet and the fuel tank is relatively big at 5.2 litres. The floor panel has been made larger, the seat wider, and the front inner box can fit a 500 ml water bottle and other small items.

    Other notable features include a brake lock lever function, tubeless tyres and a “Side Stand Switch” feature which auto shuts the engine when the side stand is down.

    Available in Magellanic Black, Euphoria Red Metallic and Pearl Metalloid White, the Spacy is priced at RM4,999 OTR with a one-year comprehensive single rider insurance and a warranty period of two years or 20,000 km. Another colour, Luminous Orange, will be available in March 2013.

    Meanwhile, the PCX is described as a “luxurious and feature-laden” bike, and it looks the part. For the first time, Honda’s Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system is made available in an automatic transmission bike. The 153 cc single-cylinder, four stroke, liquid-cooled SOHC engine does 50.2 km per litre, bettering its smaller brother.

    Helping fuel efficiency is a new Idling Stop System, which automatically stops the engine when it is idle after three seconds. The system has an ACG starter, which permits smooth starting, eliminating typical noise from the starter gear engagement or meshing. The engine restarts automatically when the throttle grip is twisted.

    Combined Brake System (CBS) operates between the front disc, three-piston caliper and rear drum, equalising the braking forces for smoother and more effective braking. Side Stand Switch is also available here.

    Other features include 14-inch aluminium wheels with tubeless tyres, dual “grand headlight” with position lamp, console box for personal items, a 25-litre U-Box and a pop-up opening fuel tank.

    The PCX is comes in two variants. The RM10,888 Deluxe comes in Pearl Metalloid White while the RM10,688 Standard variant can be had in Pearl Magellanic Black or Radiate Grey Metallic.

    A large hi-res gallery of the two bikes is after the jump, including detail shots of all the features.
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  • BMW C600 Sport, C650 GT maxi scooters launched

    BMW Group Malaysia has launched the C600 Sport and C650 GT maxi scooters, priced at RM65,000 and RM68,800 (OTR without insurance) respectively. Both Motorrad models are powered by the same 647cc inline twin-cylinder that produces 60 hp at 7,500 rpm and 66 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm, while transmission is handled by a directly integrated CVT.

    The engine features a 90-degree offset crank pin, 270-degree ignition spacing and two balancer shafts driven by spur gears, which help keep noise and vibration levels at bay. BMW Motorrad claims a CO2 emission figure of 0.01 grams per km and an average fuel consumption of 4.8 litres per 100 km at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

    As their names suggest, the Sport is meant to be the sportier of the two, while the GT tends more towards comfort and touring ability. As such, the latter has bigger panel parts to provide more protection against the elements and more storage spaces, including a 60 litre under-seat compartment, two smaller compartments along the front of the leg well and one with internal lighting in the tail.

    The Sport’s shorter tail features a flexible stowage space concept called BMW Flexcase, which involves the use of Kevlar-based elastic in the tail base that can be stretched downwards to increase stowage capacity. Both scooters have a power socket in the left storage compartment to recharge a mobile phone.

    Fully fuelled, the Sport tips the scales at 249 kg; the GT is 12 kg heavier, resulting in a 0-100 km/h time of 7.1 and 7.5 seconds respectively.

    Both models have two-rotor disc brakes up front and a single disc brake at the back, with ABS fitted as standard. According to BMW Motorrad head Fazli Shukor, ABS will be standard on all Motorrad models from next year onwards. The two scooters are also the first by BMW to have LED DRLs, adding to the emphasis on safety.

    An LCD integrated into the instrument cluster displays, amongst others, engine speed, fuel and oil levels, distance travelled, service information and average fuel consumption amounts and rate. A CAN bus (Controller Area Network) electrical system networks the instrument cluster, ABS and engine controller as well as the alarm system, immobiliser and tyre pressure control (RDC) where specified.

    The Sport can be had in Cosmic Blue Metallic Matt, Titanium Silver Metallic and Sapphire Black Metallic shades, and the GT in Sapphire Black Metallic, Platinum Bronze Metallic and Vermillion Red Metallic. Optional accessories include a luggage rack and top case.

    Fazli said at the launch that 25 bookings have already been received for the first batch of 40 scooters. As of September this year, BMW Malaysia has delivered a total of 5,014 BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad vehicles throughout the country, 14% up from the same period last year.

    Gallery after the jump.

  • Locally-blended Repsol bike lubricants now available

    UMW Lubricant International (ULI), the official distributor for Repsol lubricants, recently unveiled the latest Repsol motorcycle oil products. No better time than MotoGP time, since Repsol is one of the most famous names in the top motorcycle racing series.

    The new line is locally-blended with the same technology and formulation from Spain, but ULI says that the lubes are produced and packed for the local market to adapt and perform better in local conditions.

    The Repsol Moto 4T Formula SAE 40 is for four-stroke motorcycles that require good lubrication in all riding conditions. Recommended for use in air and water cooled four-stroke engines and two-stroke motorcycle gearboxes, it provides good protection to extend engine life.

    Repsol is one of the world’s top ten private oil companies in terms of size, and the brand was launched in Malaysia exactly a year ago. Click here and here to read more.

  • Shell oil, goodies up for grabs at MotoGP this weekend

    Those attending the annual Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) at Sepang International Circuit this weekend (October 19-21), check out the Shell Advance booth for free lubes and gifts.

    Shell Advance is giving away packs of motorcycle engine oil, toolsets, hand towels, hand fans and water bottles daily from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm at its marquee, which will be located at the entrance to SIC, while stocks last.

    All one needs to do to win is to take on the “How far will you go for Shell Advance?” challenge at the booth. Those who purchase Shell Advance oil during the three days will get to collect a set of three limited edition Shell Advance-Ujang stickers. They are quite funny, as you can see below.

    Freebies aside, booth visitors can take part in the Kinect challenge, while a cartoonist from the popular Ujang comic will be there to draw caricatures for free.

  • Shell Advance contest sends four to Spanish MotoGP

    It pays to try, as four lucky Shell Advance customers found out. Come November, Ryan Lau from Sarawak, Lim Lay Cheng from Penang and Johoreans Ong Kim San and Ong Wan Eng will be in Valencia, Spain, to watch the Spanish MotoGP. They participated and won in Shell Advance’s ‘Key to Freedom’ SMS-based contest.

    Held from June 1 till August 31, ‘Key to Freedom’ was open to customers who purchased a 1-litre pack of Shell Advance Ultra 4T, AX7 4T, AX5 4T, VSX 2T or SX 2T motorcycle oils. 9,000 entries came in. Besides the grand prizes, the lucky four will also have the opportunity to win a Ducati Monster worth RM60,000 during the all-expense paid trip.

    They were announced as winners at the Shell Advance ‘Battle of the Bands’ Finale at Hard Rock Café KL recently. Ran concurrently with the contest, ‘Battle of the Bands’ saw 10 up-and-coming local bands that garnered the highest number of online votes among the 20 selected by Shell Malaysia and featured on Youtube battle it out on stage.

    The Jespers, a six-man band from KL took home the grand prize of RM8,000 cash while the second and third prize of RM4,000 and RM2,000 went to The Black & Blues and Maya Opera respectively. This is the second year that Shell had organised the band competition following great response last year.

  • Boon Siew Honda unveils the CRF250L dual-purpose

    Boon Siew Honda has announced that the road-going enduro-style Honda CRF250L, which is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC single-cylinder 250cc engine, will arrive in showrooms at the end of this month. Mention of its intended arrival on these shores was made back in February when the CBR1000RR and 2012 Gold Wing were officially unveiled.

    It’s based on the legendary XL series and is equipped with a semi-double cradle steel frame chassis, and transmission consists of a new six-speed gearbox and clutch that has been designed to cope with the demands of off-road riding.

    Features include disc brakes, a Pro-Link rear suspension and Showa shock absorbers as well as 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels. The CRF250L, which is available in Extreme Red, will go for RM22,688.

    Speaking of the CBR1000RR, the 999cc inline-four superbike is available starting from today for RM96,500 (in Pearl Sunbeam White) and RM95,900 (in Victory Red and Graphite Black) for the non-ABS versions, while the C-ABS-equipped variant goes for RM107,600 in Pearl Sunbeam White and RM107,000 in Victory Red and Graphite Black. The prices look to have been revised slightly from the point of introduction in February.

  • VIDEO: Audi RS5 races up Pikes Peak, with a Ducati!

    Audi owns superbike maker Ducati, and here’s a video to remind everyone of the acquisition that happened earlier this year, and promote the machines that will race up Pikes Peak.

    The 1:55 clip stars Audi’s RS5 and Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S against a Pikes Peak backdrop consisting 12.42 miles and 156 turns up the 14,110 feet mountain. It gives us great sweeping views of Pikes Peak, so we can put in place some mental images of “the race to the clouds” to go along with the live reports that have been streaming in from Colorado, USA.

    The video illustrates some famous Pikes Peak points, such as the sequence of hairpins called the Ws. As you can see, there’s not much room for error!


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Last Updated 08 Apr 2021