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  • Buy Shell Advanced, win Ducati Monster and a trip to Valencia to watch the Spanish MotoGP

    Enough about winning dream cars; how about winning a dream bike instead? Shell Malaysia is giving you a chance to win a Ducati Monster worth RM60,000. And to sweeten the deal, a VIP trip to watch the Spanish MotoGP in November 2012 is thrown into the mix as well.

    So here’s how to win it. Buy a one-litre pack of Shell Advanced Ultra 4T, 4X7 4T, AX5 4T, VSX 2T or SX 2T motorcycle oil. You’ll find a nine-digit unique code inside the front label of each pack, which gives you one chance to enter the Shell Advance ‘Key to Freedom’ contest. Answer the simple question correctly via SMS, you could be one of the 10 will fly to Spain to watch the race and find out who wins the Ducati.

    You can also increase your chance to go to Spain by using your unique code to vote for your favourite band featured on the Shell Advance ‘Battle of the Bands’ Youtube page.

    For more information to both contests, visit your nearest Shell station, bike workshop and Shell’s webpage.

  • Honda Gold Wing launching May 31, RM174,900

    The Honda Gold Wing is by no means an ordinary bike. And here’s the new one. Boon Siew Honda will be launching the 2012 Gold Wing on May 31, 2012 and will be available at all authorised Impian Honda shops.

    The bike comes at an on-the-road price of RM174,900 with two colours to choose from – white and black. No, really. The official names of the colours are Pearl Fadeless White and Graphite Black.

    The new Gold Wing is powered by a 1,832 cc liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine. The powerplant features PGM-FI tech that promises crisp throttle response and low emissions. The engine also comes with a HECS3 oxygen-sensing catalytic converter that makes sure this bike complies with EURO 3 emission regulations.

    A five-speed gearbox is partnered with the engine; the fifth is essentially an overdrive that allows for low rev cruising. The transmission cancels out the side-to-side torque effect.

    Being a touring bike, the Gold Wing gets some luggage capacity. The pannier cases, fairing pockets and top box give a luggage capacity of over 150 litres. There’s also a 2.8 litre central storage compartment to store small personal items.

    Like previous examples, this Gold Wing also comes with an audio system with surround sound. The system can be hooked up to an iPod, iPhone or USB stick and is compatible with MP3, WMA and AAC formats.

    For riding comfort, the bike features a new weatherproof seat cover and urethane seats to comfortably cushion the posterior. The seat and foot warming system ensures that the rider and passenger enjoy a nice temperature throughout the journey.

    Handling of the bike is neutral and responsive, thanks to the Pro-Arm Rear Swingarm. The low centre of gravity also improves stability and low-speed balance.

    There’s some convenience engineered into the bike as well. With a push of a button, the rider can engage the slow-speed reverse gear. Cruising is also made easier with a lightweight electronic cruise-control system, which comprises of a 16-bit ECU-based, motor-actuated throttle mechanism.

    There are six settings in which the windscreen can be adjusted, which makes it safer when riding through rough winds. Safety is enhanced with ABS and Combined Braking System that bites the front and rear brakes evenly.

    More information of the bike can be obtained at or phone 1-800-88-3993 (during office hours).

  • Naza opens largest Ducati Centre in Asia, launches the 1199 Panigale – 195 hp, 164 kg, from RM160,888

    Naza officially opened the largest Ducati Centre in Asia this afternoon. Officiated by Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, the 15,000 sq ft Ducati Kuala Lumpur is located next to the Naza Automall in Petaling Jaya, facing the Federal Highway.

    The new 4S Ducati Centre consists of a showroom, coffee lounge (by Dome), Ducati Club Lounge, fitness centre, merchandise square, a pre-owned Ducati showroom and an after-sales centre. The latter has eight service bays and a suspension tuning room. Naza describes Ducati KL as a “home away from home” for local Ducatisti and visiting riders.

    “Naza has been given the option of becoming the distributor of Ducati bikes in any country where Ducati has yet to appoint a distributor. In other words, Naza will be involved in the total globalisation of Ducati distributorship with the blessing of Ducati Holding,” said Naza Group’s Joint Executive Chairman Datuk Wira SM Faisal SM Nasimuddin.

    “The same approach is also being discussed with other international brands that are currently in Naza’s stable,” he added.

    At the launch ceremony, Ducati Malaysia also officially unveiled its latest model, the 1199 Panigale. First seen at the 2011 EICMA show, the Panigale is the Italian brand’s flagship supersports bike. Powered by the latest Superquadro L-twin engine, this little red beast has 195 hp (at 10,750 rpm) and 132 Nm of torque made at 9,000 rpm.

    Designed on a “blank canvas”, the Panigale is 10 kg lighter and 25 hp more powerful than the model it replaces. Weighing just 164 kg, the 1199’s power to weight ratio is 1.19 hp per kg. Needless to say, performance is devastating. Not one for the amateurs, that’s for sure!

    The Panigale is equipped with Ducati Riding Mode, which combines seven “class-leading” tech. They are the latest gen ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Electronic Suspension, Ducati Quick Shift, the new race-derived Engine Brake Control and Ride-by-Wire. All the trickery is shown on a full colour TFT screen.

    The 1199 Panigale is priced between RM160,888 and RM209,999. With limited units due to strong global demand, and Naza’s order book already exceeding 20 names, it’s already a winner at launch.

    Ducati is gaining ground in Malaysia for sure. Naza shifted 300 units in the first quarter, of which 70% was contributed by the Monster 795. Malaysia is currently the second largest market in Asia for the Italian marque, which has just gone under German ownership. Yes, VW’s Audi unit is acquiring Ducati, read the full story here.

  • Audi to buy Ducati for 860 mil euros, making it 12 for VW

    Audi has announced that it is acquiring Ducati from Invest industrial Group, with the deal reportedly set to cost 860 million euros. The Italian motorcycle marque is set to join the Vokswagen empire as the 12th brand under its portfolio.

    It will be the third Italian brand under the VW fold – Lamborghini and Italdesign being the others, with the purchase bringing along the Italian company’s expertise on design and light engines. The transaction will be completed as quickly as possible once authorised by the competition authorities.

    The acquisition price is certainly higher than that originally bandied about earlier, but cements a move on to the two-wheeled path for the group, which VW chairman Ferdinand Piech apparently wants to pursue. It will also allow VW to take on BMW on the bike front.

    In 2011, Ducati sold around 42,000 motorcycles and generated revenue of some 480 million euros, and employs around 1,100 staff. Its racing activities are currently focused on the Ducati official factory team in the MotoGP class of the Motorcycle World Championship and in the Superbike World Championship, supporting competitive private teams.

  • Ducati Streetfighter 848 launched by Next Bike – RM99,333

    Next Bike Sdn Bhd, the importer and distributor of Ducati motorcycles in Malaysia, launched the Ducati Streetfighter 848 bike at its showroom in Taman Tun this afternoon. Ducati’s Streetfighter naked bike is not new, but this 2012 model year 848 is, featuring a smaller 849 cc L-Twin engine in place of its big brother’s 1,099 cc unit.

    The Italian bike maker says that the 848 “adds everyday accessibility” to its famous naked sport bike family. The Testastretta 11, Desmodromic, liquid-cooled engine makes 132 hp at 10,000 rpm, compared to the bigger engine’s 155 hp at 9,500 rpm.

    The sexy thing is suspended by front Marzocchi 43 mm fully adjustable forks and progressive linkage rear suspension with a fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. To stop the 169 kg (dry) bike, you’re looking at double 320 mm semi-floating discs and radially mounted monoblock four-piston Brembo calipers up front. The rear disc is a 245 mm unit with two-piston floating calipers.

    Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA) and ABS are available on the Streetfighter 848, which comes in three colours, black, yellow and red. The nett selling price is RM99,333, and you can find out about 100% financing schemes at Next Bike outlets.

    This unveil comes after the October 2011 introduction of the (relatively) affordable Monster 795 and last month’s launch of the beast called Diavel AMG, and Next Bike is in a bullish mood.

    “In the first quarter of 2012, we expect to sell more bikes than our total sales volume in the whole of 2011, an astonishing growth that reflects our economic prosperity and the growing sophistication of Malaysian buyers,” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal, Joint Group Executive Chairman of the Naza Group.

    The Streetfighter is quite a sight, so enjoy the gallery below!

  • Ducati Monster Diesel: not an oil burner, but fashion tie-in

    No, it’s not what you think, despite the headline. Rather, it’s a new customised version of Ducati’s naked bike – working in conjunction with fashion house Diesel, Ducati has come up with the Monster Diesel, with its own dedicated Capsule Collection.

    The bike was unveiled alongside the new collection at the Diesel store in New York-Soho last week, and will head on to the Rome and Tokyo-Shibuya outlets later this month.

    With Ducati’s flagship Monster 1100EVO providing the canvas for the new motorcycle creation, Diesel’s founder Renzo Rosso and the Ducati Design Centre guided stylists to a military-inspired theme, supposedly to express the core values of the partnership.

    The version gets an exclusive ‘Diesel Brave Green matte’ livery to offer a rugged military vehicle feel, while the front brake calipers are finished in shocking yellow to give a strong reminder of the model’s performance heritage.

    As for the dual-branded clothing collection, that one is composed of eleven different styles, with the range including essential slim-fitting biker jackets, sweats, tees, a unique five pocket in raw denim and a set of accessories. All pieces are characterised by pure biker attitude, with clean technical details and bold Diesel graphics, such as the treated rubber prints recalling the burnt rubber of the bike’s tyres.

    The Monster Diesel is set to go on the market from late July onwards, the clothes earlier, in mid-April, and they’ll be available in select Ducati dealers besides the host of Diesel stores worldwide.

  • UMW introduces locally-blended Repsol product range

    Five months after it officially launched the Repsol range of automotive lubricants in Malaysia, UMW Lubricant International (ULI) has unveiled a complete range of locally-blended Repsol lubes, which covers both passenger car as well as motorcycle oils.

    The full range of Repsol lubricants – including passenger car motor oils, from synthetic right down to mineral base formulations – has been introduced, and these are being blended locally at ULI’s plant in Shah Alam.

    According to Megat Shahrul Azmir, UMW’s executive director, Engineering and Manufacturing Division, the blending of these oils at the ULI plant is operationally supervised and overseen by Repsol Spain. “Therefore by virtue of working hand in hand, ULI can guarantee that the quality of the product is not compromised,” he said.

    Prior to the introduction of the local range, ULI had been importing Repsol’s lubricants for passenger vehicles, motorcycles and diesel engines since the brand’s market debut in July last year.

    Alongside the launch, ULI also announced its strategic business plan to penetrate into the Malaysian and regional market. Chief to this is the expansion of the dealer network to ensure greater accessibility to the products for consumers. Megat said that a total of 300 dealers have been appointed to date, and the network is expected to expand to more than 500 outlets by the end of 2012, including in East Malaysia.

    In terms of market share, ULI has lined up numerous marketing initiatives to promote the brand this year, and says it is confident that by the end of 2012 the Repsol brand should be able to successfully capture at least 4% of the market share in the country.

  • Reports: Four goes two, as Audi looks to buy Ducati

    Ah, it looks like the four rings has serious aspirations to go the two-wheeled path – reports indicate that Audi has been given the first rights to buy Italian superbike manufacturer Ducati, this despite the latter’s recent cooperation deal struck with Mercedes-Benz’ AMG unit.

    A deal has apparently been struck that gives Audi until the middle of next month to finalise the purchase, with the going price reportedly in the region of 250 to 300 million euros, though some reports indicate that the sum may be lower, towards the 100 million mark.

    The move for Ducati, which is on the market, is part of VW chairman Ferdinand Piech’s dream of going the bike path in what’s called Project Eagle. The reports add that the original plan called for a revival of the German brand Horex, which made bikes in the 1930s. The lack of clout with the name, however, means that Ducati is a far finer prospect to contemplate, even if it is encumbered by debt.

    Audi isn’t the only company which has taken a fancy to the Italian – Mahindra and Hero from India, as well as Daimler and VW are also potential suitors. Ingolstadt, however, has the exclusivity deal in place, so it’s the front runner in the race to get the bride.

  • Evolve Motorcycles Xenon – for the Tron aficionado

    Here’s something for Tron fans – a replica of the Light Cycle, and it’s real. Workable, too, running on electric power, and it even lights up. Based on the Parker Brothers Choppers’ Light Cycle design, this one is called the Xenon Light Bike.

    Built by Evolve Motorcycles, the bike – which made its official debut in Milan late last year – features a 40,000 watt motor powered by a custom lithium-ion battery system, with two range variants available. The basic Xenon has a 60aH battery, and offers a 48 km range, with a three-hour charge time needed.

    There’s also the xr, which doubles the battery capacity and has an up to 160 km operating range, with an extra hour needed to juice the battery up to full. The design features 32-inch hub-less wheels, a hand-crafted fiberglass frame and the use of OLED light tape, the last to give off that glow. Not cheap at US$55,000, but then, this isn’t quite the ordinary.

  • Modenas launching new bike, brand ambassador tomorrow

    National motorcycle company Modenas is launching a new bike tomorrow, as hinted by teasers released on its Facebook page. With the headline Pencetus Evolusi, the teasers show parts of the new kapcai (it could also be a scooter) such as the tail, nose and graphics.

    The DRB-Hicom owned company will also unveil its first ever brand ambassador – who do you think he might be?

    The Pencetus Evolusi teasers hints at an underbone that’s higher up in the food chain than Modenas’ previous launch, the affordable RM2,948 100cc KRISS MR1. The brand also launched the CTric electric bike last year. Anyone here with any experience with the rechargeable bike?


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Last Updated 23 Sep 2021