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  • Naza World brings in Indian Motorcycles – not from India!

    There’s a new bike brand in town, and it’s Indian Motorcycles. Funny name, but think American Indian instead of India. Indian Motorcycles is an American brand focusing on easy riders and has a 110-year history of making two wheelers and was once the best selling brand with introduction of the first V-twin motorcycle in 1907. Currently, it’s more niche than mass and produces limited numbers from North Carolina, USA.

    Harmony Fabulous Sdn Bhd (HFSB), a company under Naza World, launched the brand at last weekend’s Bikepalooza 2011. HFSB is the sole distributor of Indian Motorcycles for both Malaysia and Singapore markets. Dato’ Razali Ibrahim, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports officiated the launch.

    HFSB is introducing four Indians locally, and they are the Chief Blackhawk and Chief Blackhawk Dark (Special Edition), Chief Vintage, Chief Classic and Chief Dark Horse. The Indian Chiefs are powered by a 1,721 cc air cooled pushrod PowerPlus engine with electronic fuel injection, linked to a six-speed transmission.

    The Indian Chief models are priced from RM225,000 to RM285,000, inclusive of three years free maintenance. A dedicated Indian Motorcycles showroom next to Naza Automall PJ is in the works and due for completion by February 2012. In the meantime, the bikes will be on display at Naza World PJ.

  • Ducati Monster 795: Sneak peak available at Lot 10, KL

    Next Bike Sdn Bhd, official distributor for Ducati in Malaysia, has been given the honour of launching Ducati’s latest model for the Asian market. The unveiling will happen on 20 October.

    In the meantime, they have set up a “Ducati Sneak Peek Box” placed outside the Lot 10 Mall on Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL. As its name suggests, members of the public can take peeks at the new model placed inside the box.

    “The new Monster is expected to further contribute to the growth of Ducati in Malaysia, this year alone the company has grown its sales volume by 100% where we expect to retail more than 200 units of Ducati. The introduction of Ducati Diavel in December 2010 had significantly increase our market share as we enter new market segments and with this new Monster, we expect to further capture more market share within the naked bike category,” said Naza Group Joint Executive Chairman, Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin.

    It’s more than just the box. Lot 10 is also hosting the Ducati Brand Experience Roadshow from now till 23 October. On show are Ducati bikes and merchandise. Visitors can also purchase MotoGP tickets (Malaysian GP happens on 23 October) from the Sepang Circuit booth at the roadshow. Next Bike says that roadshow visitors can earn themselves an opportunity to party with Valentino Rossi at the “Monster Party”.

  • Why riding a bike makes sense in these troubled times!

    We are stuck in difficult times. Fuel prices seem to be soaring beyond control; taxes are finding creative ways of making their presence felt in our pockets, prices of essential goods are higher than ever, almost everything is so much more inaccessible than they were say 10 years ago. If you’re a speed demon, then these are the dark ages.

    Filling up your tank to indulge in your passion now costs twice as much, if not more; the rise in global crude oil has even affected the cost of our precious grip inducing rubber!
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  • Aprilia Tuono V4 APRC and Dorsoduro 1200 launched in Malaysia – new Aprilia flagship showroom opens

    Amidst all the non-stop action from IIMS late last week was some local news on the motorcycle front, which we’re finally getting to here. Aprilia aficionados in Malaysia will be pleased to hear that there are two new models from the Italian marque to choose from as well as a spanking new venue housing all things Aprilia.

    The first of the two new bikes is the Tuono V4 APRC, the naked version of the RSV4 Factory – Malaysia is the first country in Asia to launch the model. The 1,000cc offering, which has 167.3 hp at 11,500 rpm and 111.5 Nm at 9,500 rpm for output figures and features Aprilia Performance Ride Control (APRC), is set to take the fight to the likes of Ducati Streetfighter S, KTM Super Duke R and the Triumph Speed Triple.

    The Dorsoduro 1200 is the other, and the Motard category offering, with 130 hp at 8,700 rpm and 115 Nm at 7,200 rpm, has an Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) system as standard fitment. The two bikes bring the Aprilia model lineup in the country to eight.

    Meanwhile, the new Aprilia flagship showroom in Kampung Baru was also launched along with the bikes. The 3S centre has a service area with eight bays, and the showroom features a Championship Corner where two almost exact replicas of championship racing bikes – a RSV4 Factory which was used by Superbike World Championship (SBK) winner, Max Biaggi in 2010, and a RS125R MotoGP bike – on display.

    The showroom will also have a merchandise store – opening next month – offering a wide range of Aprilia racing apparel and casual wear.

  • BMW Malaysia appoints Chear Motorrad as dealership

    BMW Malaysia has appointed Chear Motorrad as its newest BMW Motorrad dealership. Chear Motorrad is the sister company of Chear Motor (H.Q.), one of the largest distributors for motorcycles, accessories and parts in the country.

    Chear Motorrad is in the midst of establishing its new 4S (Sales, Service, Systems and Spare-parts) Motorrad dealership in Puchong, which is set to be ready for operation in September.

    With BMW’s motorcycle division in the country charting positive year on year growth since 2003, the latest dealership appointment is set to take things further. Last year, the company delivered 281 motorcycles, a 25% increase from the 225 motorcycles achieved in 2009.

    “This clearly shows that there is a growing demand for premium motorcycles in the country and with the appointment of Chear Motorrad, we will be able to meet and better serve this demand.” said BMW Malaysia MD Geoffrey Briscoe.

  • BMW Motorrad E-Scooter concept – electric path beckons

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    The folks at BMW Motorrad have come up with an electric scooter concept called the E-Scooter, which offers a comparable performance to a conventional maxi scooter, but in much cleaner fashion

    Conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between urban areas and the city centre, the E-Scooter provides the necessary sustained output and maximum speed for safe and reliable operation on urban motorways and when asked to carry two people.

    While no output figures are provided, BMW says that the development study has the necessary juice to be able to achieve acceleration figures within the important 0-60 kph range, and this is at the level of current 600 cc maxi scooters.

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    The E-Scooter has an operational range of over 100 km, and its battery can be charged at regular household power sockets, so no special charging station is required. When completely flat, the charging period for the unit is less than three hours, with shorter charging times for batteries that aren’t completely out of juice, of course.

    The charging device includes a charge cable, and in addition to other components like an ISO insulation monitor, high-voltage indicator and a high-voltage distributor, a DC/DC converter is included with the E-Scooter – it’s required to change high voltage to low voltage power for the 12V power supply and especially for the control units.

    There’s no main frame with this one – the aluminium battery casing, which also contains the electronic system required for battery cell monitoring, takes over the function of the frame. The steering head support is connected to this, as is the rear frame as well as the left-hand mounted, single swing arm with a directly hinged, horizontally installed shock absorber.

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    The E-Scooter has no hub motor with direct drive or planetary gearbox – instead, the primary electric drive is mounted behind the battery casing, while the secondary drive is made up of a toothed belt from the electric machine to the belt, pulley-mounted coaxially on the swinging fork pivot with drive pinion. From here, power transmission occurs via a roller chain to the rear wheel.

    There’s energy regeneration too, when the E-Scooter is decelerated in trailing throttle or when braking, and this offers between 10 and 20% increased range, depending on the driving profile.

    During travel, the electric machine and power electronics are liquid-cooled, as is the charging device during charging. An electric coolant pump ensures coolant circulation through the radiator, though the battery on the E-Scooter features an air-cooled system, chosen to save space.

  • BMW Motorrad bikes to get Dynamic Damper Control

    BMW has rolled out dynamic damper control across nearly all their new cars recently, and now BMW Motorrad is doing the same with their bikes.

    Motorrad’s DDC is a semiactive suspension system which reacts automatically to manoeuvres like braking, accelerating, and cornering on various road surfaces and analyses the situational parameters provided by sensors to set the correct level of damping at electrically actuated damping valves.

    DDC is linked to the DTC and ABS systems. The system recognises the control activities by the other systems and adapts the damping as the situation requires. The adjustments to damping depend on whether the springs are compressing or rebounding, with each process being controlled separately.

    Look after the jump for a full explanation on how the DDC system works.
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  • BMW Malaysia launch K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL bikes

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    BMW Group Malaysia introduced two new Motorrad models today – the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL. These two touring bikes feature the most compact inline six cylinder engines for serial production motorcycles to date.

    The engine in question is a 1,649 cc inline six pushing 160 hp at 7,750 rpm and 175 Nm of torque at 5,250 rpm, with 70% of the latter available from 1,500 rpm. The four-stroke unit has two overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. Top speed is “over 200 km/h”. At a constant speed of 90 km/h, fuel consumption is rated at 4.5 litres per 100 km; at 120 km/h it’s 5.7 litres per 100 km.

    Weighing in at only 102.6 kg, the engine by far the lightest serially produced inline six over 1,000 cc in the bike world. The K 1600 GT weighs in at 319 kg and the GTL at 348 kg.

    The rider has Rain, Road and Dynamic modes to choose from. There’s also the unique Electronic Suspension Adjustment II system, which allows the rider to adapt not only the rebound damping properties of the front and rear spring struts, but also the spring rest of the rear spring strut and spring rate, and thus the “hardness” of the bike’s overall suspension.

    These two tourers are very well equipped. Cruise control, adaptive xenon headlamps (with angel eyes!), an on-board computer and a 5.7-inch TFT colour display are among the kit supplied. The latter displays the BMW Motorrad Navigator IV system if one opts for it.

    The GTL variant has different seating and ergonomics from the GT. Its single-section, dual level seat together with the rider footrests are positioned further forward and lower, and the handlebars reach further backwards for a more relaxed riding posture.

    The GT is priced at RM158k and the GTL RM168k OTR excluding insurance. Gallery after the jump.
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  • BMW Motorrad Ride with Pride Campaign – duo on 20,000 km ride across Asia to raise funds and create awareness

    A couple of adventure-seeking philanthropists recently traversed Malaysia on BMW Motorrad F 800 GS motorcycles as part of a 20,000 km journey across the Asia-Pacific for a worthy cause.

    Morgan Parker and Alan Ng completed the Malaysian-leg of their Wheel2Wheel motorcycle enduro-adventure in aid of the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO), a non-government body set up to prevent violence and discrimination against women.

    The duo’s Wheel2Wheel independent non-profit project, which kicked off on March 1, aims to raise funds and awareness of grassroots-level charitable organisations by visiting them as part of the journey, involving 10 charities in 10 countries over 100 days. The project has so far raised USD $180,000 through campaigns over Facebook and Twitter.

    Parker and Ng started their travels from Hong Kong before heading across China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and now Malaysia. The next stop is Indonesia, followed by Timor Leste and finally, Parker’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia.

    The duo paid a visit to the Auto Bavaria BMW Motorrad dealership in Glenmarie on their custom-fitted F800 GS motorcycles after a four-day riding tour of Malaysia, having travelled over 1,200 km of highways and local trunk roads. The duo was greeted by an entourage from the Malaysian BMW Motorrad Owners Club, before embarking on a short ride to Genting Highlands with stopovers at Batu Caves and the Ulu Yam Lake.

    “The journey so far has been quite an interesting challenge with much of the terrain posing difficulties as well as spectacular beauty at the same time. However, the cause has made it all worth it as we have managed to see first hand, the work of the organisations such as the Women’s Aid Organisation in making a difference in the countries they operate in,” Parker said.

    He added that the duo have made many friends along their journey. “There’s just something about BMW Motorrad owners, their motorcycles and the spirit of adventure. Throughout my journey, I had the privilege of riding along side a few BMW Motorrad owners as they too journeyed across the terrain.”

    All the footage of the Asia-Pacific voyage will be compiled into a special Wheel2Wheel 10-part television series, which will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel in the second half of 2011. If you’d like to know more about the charitable initiative, find out here.

  • Boon Siew Honda launches the 110cc Wave Dash kapcai

    Boon Siew Honda has launched the new Honda Wave Dash this morning in KL. This 110cc cub (or kapcai, as these underbone bikes are more popularly called) is based on the Wave 110 that was launched early last year, but does not replace it or the evergreen EX5.

    The Wave Dash is a sportier option to the more conventional looking Wave 110, and is a big part of Boon Siew Honda’s plans to capture 50% market share in the mid size cub segment (110-115cc) this year.

    The Wave Dash shares the proven 109.1cc four-stroke engine with the Wave 110. It produces 6.22 kW at 7,500 rpm and 8.59 Nm at 5,500 rpm, figures that beat Yamaha’s Lagenda 115Z. The air cooled OHC unit is mated to a 4-speed transmission. There are two variants: the kick start RS and the RSR with electric starter. The former weighs 96 kg while the latter is 2 kg heavier.

    The bodywork of the Dash is obviously different from the Wave 110, and the colours and graphics are particularly striking (I like the one in HRC colours, officially called Vivacity Red). The headlight has migrated south and the instruments have a new design.

    The aerodynamic upper and lower cowl is said to reduce wind noise and help stability in high speed cruising. The RSR adds on the gold sport rims you see here. Another noteworthy feature is the “Double-glow Shuttle Lock System”, which glows in the dark.

    The first thing yours truly noticed at the launch was the bike’s tagline, which is “Kekasih Gelapku” in BM. My brain’s faulty auto translate took it to mean “Black Lover”, which doesn’t make any sense. To our relieve, Boon Siew clarified that the Wave Dash is meant to be a “Secret Lover” to its owners :)

    The Wave Dash RS is priced at RM4,998 while the RSR costs RM5,268, both with 1-year comprehensive single rider insurance. They will be available at all Boon Siew Honda dealers from 15 May.

    UPDATE: At the event, Boon Siew Honda also conducted the lucky draw for the “Beli & Menang” Honda Genuine motor oil campaign. The drawn winners are Kanhaa a/p Ai Ting from Kedah who won a Honda Icon and Gan Chin Keong who won himself a Honda Wave 125X Ultimo.

    Full gallery from the launch after the jump!
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Last Updated 27 Feb 2021