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  • Shell Advance 4T roadshow finale – Diavel on display

    Yes, the first two legs of the Shell Advance 4T roadshow in Penang and Johor Bahru were a success, drawing some 5,000 and 8,000 visitors respectively, and now the show enters its final stretch in KL – the all-day event on April 16 will take place at Berjaya Times Square.

    Activities will include a best-dressed motorcycle competition, radio-controlled mini-bike races and various Nintendo Wii and iPad games featuring attractive prizes. As part of its on-ground promotions, Shell will be giving visitors a chance to win 300 free packs of the new Shell Advance 4T motorcycle oils during the event.

    Besides the relevant range of motorcycle oils, the roadshow finale will also showcase a trio of Ducati bikes, led by the new Diavel.

  • BMW Motorrad enters big scooter world with Concept C

    BMW Motorrad isn’t a name synonymous with scooters, but is looking to enter the big scooter market, as previewed by this Concept C. If birthed, which is very likely, BMW’s maxi scooter will enter a market that has the Suzuki Burgman, Yamaha TMAX, Honda Silver Wing and Gilera GP 800 – the latter with an 839 cc V-Twin.

    The Concept C sees BMW put “maximum possible emotion to its interpretation of this subject” and also familiar design cues. This monster has the so-called “split face” and a twin-tipped front spoiler in the style of models such as the S 1000 RR.

    The body lines sweeping up to the bike’s rear underscore its active riding character, says BMW. Sportiness and dynamism are also displayed by the close cut, speeder-style windscreen. Also notice the aluminium look bash plates with the air intake adopted from the famous GS.

    Tech wise, the Concept C features a complex monolever mechanism with hollowed-out shaft connected to a visible suspension strut. In this concept, front-wheel control takes the form of an upside down fork. The stable twin disc brakes up front features two radial brake calipers. In addition, there’s a single disc brake at the rear and ABS.

    While electric drive is a future possibility, the Concept C features internal combustion engines. It’s powered by a new, two-cylinder inline engine paired to a CVT. Engine power, torque, and therefore performance “will be moving towards the top of the segment” it’s claimed, although no figures are given. By the way, the Gilera GP 800 packs in 75 hp and 76 Nm of torque, so BMW will have to top that to be the top dog.

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  • The Harley-Davidson Blackline – a Softail for the young

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    It’s stripped to the core, this one is. Harley-Davidson has introduced the new Blackline motorcycle in its Dark Custom lineup, effectively a Softail symbolising defiance, designed for younger riders with that bit of a rebel streak in them.

    With an internally counter-balanced Twin Cam 96B V-Twin engine rigid-mounted within the frame, the styling spotlight shines on the Big Twin engine dressed in black and silver, with machined highlights reminiscent of the Big Twins of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s.

    The engine – matched to a six-Speed Cruise Drive transmission – is capped off by a fuel tank shaved smooth and low, and the rider hugs the frame on the lowest two-up seat ever offered by Harley-Davidson.

    Instrumentation is compact and tucked, and there’s just enough shine to make the black parts look blacker. The chopped fender, narrow, split drag handlebar, and slammed speedometer contribute to the lean and linear nature of the bike that gives the Blackline its name.

    The Softail chassis utilises rear suspension control provided by coil-over shock absorbers mounted horizontally along the frame rails below the powertrain, out of sight. So, while the swingarm section replicates the lines of a vintage hardtail frame, the suspension performance and handling on this one are thoroughly modern.

    Other styling cues include a blacked-out horseshoe oil tank recalling the original on the 1936 ELsmooth, black rims on profile laced aluminium wheels with black anodised rims hearkening back to the 1930s and a chopped rear fender made famous by post-WWII riders, bobbed high-and-tight. The bike rides on 21 x 2.15 inch front and 16 x 3 inch rear wheels, with Dunlop D402 MH90-21 front and MU85B16 rear rubbers.

  • Shell introduces new Advance 4T range of motorcycle oils

    This one’s for them bike enthusiasts, then. Shell Malaysia has launched a new range of motorcycle oils called Advance 4T, available in four clearly tiered and easily differentiated products designed for specific types of bikes and performance requirements.

    The new product range features newly-developed RCE Technology, designed to deliver reliable oil performance by helping remove deposits and maintain viscosity for better protection, better control via smoother gear changes and slippage prevention as well as a more enjoyable ride by reducing vibration and engine noise.

    At the top of the range is the new Advance Ultra 10W-40 fully synthetic oil, and Shell says the API SM/JASO MA2 oil – which is priced at RM45 per litre grey-coloured pack – delivers up to 80% better oxidation control, 78% better piston deposit control, 27.4% better sludge control and 48% better valve train protection compared to standard industry test limits.

    Next, there’s the new Advance AX7 10W-40 synthetic technology oil for high performance power bikes. In a blue package and priced at RM28 per litre, it’s designed to boost the performance of standard bikes and mopeds.

    The Advance AX5 15W-40 premium multi-grade oil is perfect for standard bikes and is proven to enhance the performance of mopeds. This API SL/JASO MA-rated oil, packaged in a bright yellow container, is priced at RM19 per litre. For moped owners, there’s the Advance AX3 20W-40 multigrade, which offers smoother performance and a more responsive riding experience. This one comes in a bright red packaging and goes for RM15.30 per litre.

  • Swigz electric superbike makes sensational racing debut

    The Swigz Racing all-electric superbike has made history in its global racing debut, powering to two podium spots in two races at the Auto Club Speedway in California last weekend.

    Despite only six laps of pre-race testing from Saturday’s practice session and a cold and overcast day, the privately owned and developed machine managed to live up to its promise to match gasoline-powered bike lap times on Sunday.

    Swigz Racing owner and bike rider Chip Yates achieved third place in the premier WERA Heavyweight Twins Superbike race, having started on the third row of the grid, and unbelievably went one better in the WERA Heavyweight Twins Superstock race to finish second and post the fastest lap of the race at a 1:39.792. The bike was recorded at 254 kph on the straight.

    “This was an absolutely epic race weekend for our team; we had to overcome some technical difficulties on Saturday but we fixed everything and came back Sunday to score two podiums, a huge top speed, and post competitive gasoline bike lap times with no further technical issues to slow us down,” Yates said.

    “We are a small and entirely self-funded team, and together with a small group of very loyal sponsors, are solely responsible for the development, patenting and building of this superbike. What a humbling experience for our small team to develop and build a machine that can beat gasoline bikes from the top manufacturers on their own terms – I was nearly brought to tears as I crossed the finish line both times!”

    No more calling an electric bike a wuss, at least not this one.

  • Mission Motors unveils Mission R electric racing superbike

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    Another electric superbike has come about, and this one is set to compete in the TTXGP racing series in 2011. San Francisco-based Mission Motors has introduced what it tags as an entirely new race-ready design, called the Mission R. At the heart of it all is a liquid-cooled three-phase AC induction motor offering 14.4 kWh and 141 hp, housed in a package smaller than that in a current 600cc petrol equivalent.

    Built by the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors, in this case MissionEVT, the unit offers 156 Nm of torque at the crank from 0 to 6,400 rpm, and performance specs include a top speed of over 260 kph in a single gear. A MissionEVT 100kW motor controller offers customisable regenerative braking maps as well as throttle maps, allowing the user to tune the bike to his preference.

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    Meanwhile, the Mission R’s chassis features an entirely new design for integrating and balancing the weight and volume of a large EV battery pack into a motorbike, and the chassis is wrapped in a new and aerodynamic industrial design by Tim Prentice of Motonium, with a small frontal-area and aggressive ergonomics.

    All vehicle and ride data is accessible via WiFi or 3G connections, and MotoGP-spec components from Öhlins, Brembo, and Marchesini round out this built-for-racing package.

  • Electric superbike set to go racing against petrol racebikes

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    Next month will see the start of a rather intriguing two-wheeled battle, that of electric versus gasoline, as the world’s most powerful electric superbike goes head to head against conventional gasoline-powered race bikes in a professionally organised road race in the US.

    The Swigz Racing bike will compete against the likes of racing superbikes such as the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8 at the Auto Club Speedway in California in January, though it will make its track debut later this month in a private test.

    By February next year, the 194 hp and 400 Nm electric superbike – which features a bespoke KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) among the host of tech on board – should become the most powerful road racing motorcycle of any kind being actively campaigned.

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    Excluded from the FIM and TTXGP Championships for electric motorcycles, which set a new 250kg maximum weight limit for 2011 (the bike weighs 266 kg), Swigz Racing’s owner Chip Yates, who is also the bike’s rider, said the decision was made to take the platform forward in the competitive environment of gasoline bike racing.

    With a power to weight ratio that is slightly better than 600cc bikes, the machine will begin the 2011 season by competing in the WERA Pirelli Sportsman Heavyweight Twins Superbike class, where its power to weight ratio puts it in the middle of the field, though a more than 20% increase to its current 194 hp has been planned after the first race.

  • Naza Group announces its displays for KLIMS

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    Visitors to the Naza Group’s display at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show, which begins on Dec 3, will be able to catch some RM20 million worth of supercars and superbikes on show.

    The displays will be made up of products from the Group’s luxury car brands – Ferrari, Maserati and Brabus – as well as from Chevrolet, Peugeot and Kia. On the motorcycle front, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Piaggio, Aprilia, Vespa, Gilera and Naza Bikes stuff will be on show.


    Naza is slated to unveil several products at the show, including the Maserati Gran Cabrio, Vespa LX150, Harley-Davidson Softail and its star display, the Ducati Diavel, which is being flown in especially for the show’s opening on Dec 2.

    Among the other highlights are the Camaro SS Bumblebee, made popular in the hit movie Transformers 1 & 2 and the Cruze of the World Touring Car Championship (also seen in the latest Hawaii Five-O series) at the Chevrolet booth.


    The Group is giving away some neat prizes at the show – 10 NAZA Blitz scooters, with one scooter to be given out each day during the 10 days of the show. Visitors who purchase their KLIMS’10 tickets online stand a chance to win a 3-days/2-nights self-drive getaway, with a choice of either a Chevrolet Captiva or Harley Davidson Sportster 48 to get you there and back, courtesy of the Group

    Elsewhere, activities such as a mini-treasure hunt and a charity photo shoot have been planned. And if you purchase a car or motorcycle from Naza World during the show, you stand to win the Grand Prize of a Mercedes-Benz SLK200 Roadster and a Honda ST 1300 valued at RM230,000 and RM102,000 respectively.

  • AMG – official car partner for the Ducati MotoGP Team

    AMG’s sponsorship of the Ducati MotoGP Team marks the first step in a new joint-marketing journey. I guess the two companies think their target customers are quite alike – which pretty much can be summarized in a few words – rich men who love speed.

    “I am very pleased that we are able to announce our strategic cooperation with Ducati today. AMG and Ducati ideally complement each other, as both companies share the same values: racing as the driving passion, and high performance plus exclusivity as the central brand messages of both AMG and Ducati. This long-term cooperation will help us to jointly access new customer groups,” said Ola Källenius, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

    “I am especially proud to have AMG as one of our sponsors for the MotoGP Team. I am also very pleased that our joint marketing activities are well under way. In AMG we have found a partner who perfectly reflects our brand values of high performance, motorsport, excitement and our sense of unmistakable style and design,” said Gabriele del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati.

    During selected AMG events, participants will be able to test ride Ducati motorcycles, and Ducati customers will similarly have the opportunity to try out the latest AMG high-performance cars at events. Joint events are planned for the members of the AMG Private Lounge, in which more than 13,000 AMG customers worldwide are registered.

    What do you think – are Ducati riders more similar to AMG customers or BMW M customers? Not that such a marketing partnership would ever happen – BMW has their own Motorrad bikes to accompany their M vehicles, and that includes the new S 1000 RR!
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  • Move aside Monster, here comes the Ducati Diavel!

    Ducati has a way with names. Why a cocktail of letters and numbers (CBR1000RR for instance) when you can just call the thing by whatever feel it gives you. Case in point is this, Ducati’s new model that will make its world debut at the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan next month. It’s called the Diavel, Bolognese for devil.

    Pronounced Dee-ah-vel, the name was born early in the development process of the bike. When the prototype was wheeled out in front of a group of Ducati engineers and technicians for the first time, one man saw its rear silhouette and exclaimed in the Bolognese dialect: “Ignurànt comm’ al diavel!” or “Evil, like the devil!” in English.

    From then on, Diavel became the internal nickname for the project, now made official. Apparently, this was also how the legendary Monster was named 20 years ago.

    Built to have a commanding presence, lightweight and agile, the Diavel “will take the man-motorcycle relationship to the next level in absolute comfort”. It won’t be lacking in performance with a Testastretta 11° engine and just 207 kg to haul. Features include ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes.

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Last Updated 27 Feb 2021