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  • Motorcycles banned on KL-Putrajaya Highway

    Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has announced that bikes are not allowed to use the new KL-Putrajaya Highway because there are no special motorcycle lanes on the highway. According to the minister, the new KL-Putrajaya Highway does not have motorcycle lanes because of “lack of space”, as it ran through residential and industrial areas like Bukit Jalil.

    “We have to take all aspects into consideration especially safety as we cannot have motorcycles weaving in and out when there is limited space and when there is a bridge there,” said Samy Vellu.

    Toll rates for the new KL-Putrajaya highway varies according to different classes of cars. Rates for the Salak Selatan toll place are RM1.50 for cars, RM3 for small lorries, RM4.50 for big lorries, 80sen for taxis and RM1.50 for buses, while the rates for the Putrajaya toll plaza are RM2.50 for cars, RM5 for small lorries, RM7.50 for big lorries, RM1.30 for taxis and RM2.50 for buses.


  • Honda CBR150R: latest 150cc bike in Malaysia

    Honda CBR150R

    With fuel prices expected to go up in the next election, many will be looking at ways to reduce fuel expenditure. While Ratan Tata wants to convert motorcyclists into car drivers with the Tata Nano, there is no such thing here yet and for those who are already driving cars with small engines, the only way is to go down and replace the transportation method of certain short commutes with a bike instead of a car. I myself have purchased an old 2nd hand Kawasaki Victor for this purpose.

    One of the latest “hot” yet relatively affordable sports bikes in the Malaysian market is the Honda CBR150R, brought in officially by Boon Siew Honda Malaysia and it costs RM10,363.17 on the road including insurance. The Honda CBR150R is powered by a 150cc (149.4cc) 4-stroke carburetted single cylinder 4 valve DOHC engine with 11.0:1 compression and CDI ignition, mated to a 6-speed wet clutch manual transmission. It produces 18.98 PS at 10,500rpm and 13.5Nm of torque at 8.500rpm.

    The engine is water cooled with an electric fan that turns on automatically when needed. The bike has a 10 litre fuel tank which will cost RM19.20 to fill up at current RON97 fuel prices. Front suspension uses telescopic shocks while the rear is a monoshock. The meter panel has a speedometer, an RPM meter, a fuel gauge and a temperature meter. Brakes are discs at both the front and rear, sized 276mm and 220mm respectively.

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  • ECOSSE Titanium Series US$275,000 bike

    ECOSSE Titanium

    The Ecosse Titanium Series is the most expensive motorcycle in the world. It costs a hefty US$275,000 and there are only 10 units available, but here’s what you get in return for a little over a quarter million US dollars.

    It features the world’s first all-titanium frame, hence the Titanium Series moniker. Powering it is a 200 horsepower 2,150cc polished billet aluminium supercharged and intercooled V-Twin engine that makes 285Nm of torque, rather insane for a naked bike that weighs about 200kg.

    The front suspension system use fully adjustable Ohlins FG700 Superbike Gas with a titanium front axle, while the rear suspension is a fully adjustable Ohlins Racing Shock setup. The bodywork is clear-coated carbon fiber, which includes the fuel tank.

    Madness? You bet… click here for full specifications.

  • 10-year ban for doing a wheelie in Miami


    Our government should take a leaf out of this book – a new bill has been filed in Miami for new laws to be applied to motorcyclists – crazy antics will result in a 10 year license revocation and a mandatory stay in prison.

    “This guy did a wheelie. It’s unbelievable. These motorcycles passed us like we were standing still. They’re just blatantly riding in excessive speeds, putting themselves and other motorists in danger. It’s just too much,” said Miami state representative Carlos Lopez-Cantera when he witnessed the Miami rempits for himself.

    Once the bill is passed, it should be in effect next year.


  • Roehr Motorcycles V-Roehr

    V-Roehr Bike

    In 1995, passionate motorcycle enthusiast Walter Roehrich set out to build his dream motorcycle. His criteria was simple – light weight, powerful powerplant and GP-like handling. His first effort, the Rv500 was based on a 500cc two-stroke V-twin from a Yamaha YZ250 motocross bike. This was presented to the media in 2000. In 2004, Roehrich unveiled his Rv1000, a 120hp 936cc 60-degree 4-stroke V-twin.

    Harley-Davidson’s V-Rod, unveiled in 2002 captured Walter Roehrich’s imagination and he set about building his latest dream machine, the V-Roehr. The V-Roehr is powered by a 180hp, 1250cc Harley-Davidson Revolution engine. A supercharger is fitted to increase the Revolutions power output. The price for this limited bike (only 50 units are estimated to be produced in 2008), is US$44,995.

    Roehrich went for a unique chassis. The main structure is what appears to be a chromoly steel ‘deltabox’, with an aluminium subframe connecting the swingarm and foot controls. Roehrich describes his innovative setup as a ‘BiMetal’ composite beam frame. Lots of tasty components fill out the rest of the bike. Marchesini 10-spoke forged aluminium wheels, Ohlins suspension, Brembo radial 4-piston calipers up front, all wrapped in carbon-fibre bodywork which looks as if it was styled in Italy.

    Story by Ben Corley, more photos after the jump.
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  • Proton’s 1.5 liter motorcycle

    Proton LogoDid you read NST yesterday? Saw the weird Proton motorcycle? It’s a chopper-style bike done up in orange and features a 1.5 litre Megavalve engine from the old Proton Wira or Iswara 1.5. This engine is connected to the rear wheel via a single driveshaft with a 90 degree joint coming out of the Wira 5-speed manual gearbox.

    According to NST, The rear wheel is a 17″ Proton car wheel wrapped with 210/50 motorcycle rubber, while the front uses a 21″ motorcycle wheel with 80/90 motorcycle rubber. Even the brakes and calipers are from Proton cars.

    It’s quite a Frankenstein-like piece of madness really, and Proton is planning another prototype with a 1.6 litre Campro engine soon.

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  • BMW HP2 Megamoto now in UK showrooms

    The second product from BMW Motorrad’s ‘High Performance line has hit the showrooms this month in the UK – the BMW HP2 Megamoto. It is designed a street-legal twin-cylinder Supermoto, powered by a tuned version of BMWs iconic Boxer-twin engine, pumping out an impressive 113hp with 115Nm of torque.

    The use of lightweight materials such as carbon fibre gives the BMW HP2 Megamoto a weight of just 179kg, giving the bike an impressive power to weight ratio. A fully adjustable, top of the range Öhlins shock absorber ensures consistently stable rear-end feedback, whilst accurate steering is achieved with sturdy, upside-down 45mm Marzocchi front forks, and what holds it all together is a hand-built trellis frame chassis.

    Tony Jakeman, BMW Motorrads Marketing Manager said, “The Megamoto has been designed and built for those riders who strive to be different and want a top-end, high-quality motorcycle that has class leading performance, that is fast, fun and innovative. The bike typifies BMW Motorrads brand shift to producing an ever more diverse range of premium performance motorcycles that appeal to connoisseur riders.”

    More shots after the jump.
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  • Golf Mk1 with turbocharged Hayabusa engine

    Golf Hayabusa Engine Bay

    Remember the Smartuki? A Smart Fortwo with a Suzuki engine. Here’s a similiar engine in a chassis that looks alot less likely to topple over any moment – the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf! In a chassis that’s been stripped down to weigh 650kgs, the 1.3 litre Hayabusa engine has now been turbocharged to make over 350 horsepower. Not sure if these videos were recorded before or after the forced induction modification. Nevertheless, the engine sounds damn sweet. Three videos after the jump.
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  • MotoGP Technology: The Official Book (Hardcover)

    MotoGP has evolved over the years to become the F1 of the 2 wheeler world. Since it began in 2002, the world has seen the very highest levels of 4-stroke motorcycles. Over 180 pages of content. Niel Spalding has done beautiful work preparing this book, which is filled to the brim with photographs, and covers in-depth aspects of MotoGP Technology, showing the reader how the top MotoGP factory teams compete at the very highest level of 2 wheeler motorsport.

    Spalding writes about the main teams, including new entrant WCM, giving information on the engines and frames used. My only gripe is that MotoGP Technology: The Official Book doesn’t really go in-depth into the engineering side of things, but there are other books for that.

    MotoGP Technology: The Official Book covers the start of the 990cc, 4-strokes to 2006, the last year of the 990cc formula. Much of the book covers developments, team-by-team, and further sections cover components. The ‘teams’ sections provide an in-depth look at each team’s machine development & progress over the years, while the components sections cover specific parts of the bike, like frames, valve technologies, suspension, etc. After reading MotoGP Technology, you will understand how engine rotation affects handling during acceleration/deceleration, and how engine firing pulses, “Big Bang” for example, affect ‘rideability’ and traction.

    Arguably, the author tries to cover a LOT of information such little space, so die-hard fans may have some issues with the book, as things move on there could be more info released which may warrant a 2nd Edition. Nevertheless, Niel Spalding covers the 990cc MotoGP Formula well and MotoGP Technology: The Official Book makes a good buy for all but the most jaded motoring fan!

    Rating: 4/5 Stars
    Contributor: Ben Corley


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Last Updated 15 Apr 2021