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  • Proton Stingray motorcycle using carburetted 1.3L

    Proton Stingray

    This is the Proton Stingray, an experiment by the Proton Prototype Centre that took 2 months. Proton says they built the Proton Stingray to enhance skills and upgrade technical knowledge, but I fail to see what car-related skills could be gained from building a motorcycle from ancient parts such as the carburetted 12 valve 1.5 litre engine they used.

    The front suspension bits are telescopic shocks from the Kawasaki Vulcan 800 together with the front brakes as well, while the rear uses S45C mild steel and a ventilated disc brake from a Proton GEN2.

    Look after the jump for a hi-res gallery of the Stingray.
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  • DRB-HICOM increases Modenas stake to 70%

    Modenas LogoDRB-HICOM Berhad has purchased government investment arm Khazanah Nasional’s entire 15% (19.5 million shares) stake in Modenas for RM24 million, or RM1.23 per RM1 share.

    This move will increase DRB-HICOM shareholding in Modenas from 55% to 70%. The remaining 30% is held by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (19%) and Sojitz Corporation (11%).

    Modenas is short for Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn. Bhd and uses Kawasaki technology and parts for its motorcycles. It also rebadges scooters from Taiwanese scooter company PGO.

  • Honda Japan takes over Malaysian bike business

    Honda BikesHonda Motor Co has stepped into the Malaysian motorcycle market, taking over the Honda motorcycle business currently run by Boon Siew Sdn Bhd like it did a few years ago with the Honda car business, moving Honda cars from a franchisee brand in Malaysia to one run by the principals.

    Kah Assemblers Sdn Bhd currently manufactures Honda motorcycles in Malaysia. Sales is handled by Boon Siew Sdn Bhd, 100% owned by the Boon Siew family. Honda will buy 50% of the shares of Kah Assemblers Sdn Bhd in September 2008, currently 100% owned by Oriental Holdings Berhad.

    The new company will be called Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd and will be a 50-50 joint venture between Honda Japan and Oriental Holdings. The sales function will be transfered to the new Boon Siew Honda Sdn Bhd in January 2009.

    Honda models produced in Malaysia currently include the Honda EX-5, Honda Wave100, Honda Wave125, Honda Click and the Honda CBR150R.

  • Proton defends MV Agusta decision

    Proton LogoProton has responded to allegations/speculation that Proton’s disposal of its previously owned 57.75% shareholding in MV Agusta for a sum of 1 Euro was not carefully considered with an official statement today, following an announcement last week that Harley-Davidson was going to buy MV Agusta for 355 million ringgit.

    In the statement Proton said that due to the conditions and limited options available during that time it was in the best interest of the company to let MV Agusta go based on operational, commercial and financial consideration as at that point of time there was a real danger of MV Agusta falling into bankruptcy.

    The international investment bank appointed to advise Proton on its shareholding in MV Agusta had informed Proton that continuing to try to develop MV Agusta into a company with positive cashflow would require significant cash backing from Proton over a long period of time, which would result in the exposure of Proton to significant operational, financial and reputational risks.

    Proton also added that from an operations perspective it was advised that there was no way to integrate MV Agusta operations into Proton’s big picture.

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  • Harley-Davidson buys MV Agusta

    Harley-DavidsonWhat does Proton and Harley-Davidson have in common? In a few weeks time, both would have been owners of the MV Agusta Group, which owns the MV Agusta and Cagiva motorcycle brands.

    Harley-Davidson signed an agreement last week to purchase 100% of MV Agusta for 70 million Euros, or roughly 355 million ringgit. This sum includes clearing existing bank debuts of about 45 million Euros, or roughly 228 million ringgit.

    MV Agusta will continue to be operated from its Italian HQ but a new leadership team including a new Managing Director will be appointed. Claudio Castiglioni will continue to serve as the group’s Chairman, and Massimo Tamburini will continue as the group’s chief designer. Harley Davidson will also use MV Agusta’s European dealership network to expand its Harley Davidson and Buell motorcycle sales.

    “Motorcycles are the heart, soul and passion of Harley-Davidson, Buell and MV Agusta. Both have great products and close connections with incredibly devoted customers. The MV Agusta and Cagiva brands are well-known and highly regarded in Europe. They are synonymous with beautiful, premium, Italian performance motorcycles,” said Harley Davidson CEO Jim Ziemer.

    Hat tip to Nahar ARS.

  • Mahindra acquires Italian motorcycle firm

    Mahindra LogoIndian automaker Mahindra & Mahindra Limited, a company popular for their SUVs and trucks is putting a firm foot into the opposite end of the vehicle range with their recent acquisition of Engines Engineering S.p.A., an Italian engine design and manufacturing firm.

    Mahindra through its unit Mahindra Systech will begin R&D of small and fuel efficient engines for cars such as the Tata Nano and the upcoming Nissan-Renault-Bajaj ULC. Engines Engineering S.p.A. started off designing motorcycles, and some of its motorcycle clients include Ducati, Honda, and Yamaha.

    Mahindra did not say if it already had any clients who are looking for small engines or whether it is already in discussions with potential clients, but if there are no takers Mahindra can always build a small car themselves, since it is all the rage now.


  • Naza Group gets Harley-Davidson franchise

    Harley-DavidsonNaza Prestige Bikes Sdn Bhd is now the sole authorised dealer for Harley-Davidson motorcycles, clothes and accessories from the 5th of June 2008 onwards. The company plans to launch its flagship Harley-Davidson of Kuala Lumpur showroom by August 2008, with some of the first models to be made available are the limited edition range of Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Models.

    “The Naza Group has always been committed in bringing luxury brands to Malaysia and today marks another milestone for our motor division, as we celebrate the arrival of the ultimate motorcycle brand into the family. We are honored by the recognition, trust and confidence that Harley-Davidson has shown in Naza. Harley-Davidson represents a lifestyle in its own category that has big growth potential in the years to come. Our mission at Naza is to provide a solid platform for this rapidly growing brand. We plan on further enhancement with new additions, innovative facilities, and services, all of which will significantly contribute to the success of Harley-Davidson in Malaysia,” said Naza group of companies chairman SM Nasarudin.

    “Harley-Davidsons choice of NAZA Group as its partner was based upon NAZA Groups long history of success in Malaysia, where they have consistently met our international standards. We are confident that ‘Harley Davidson of Kuala Lumpur will help us to maintain and further strengthen our presence within this region,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President for the Asia Pacific region, Rod Copes.

    Other than a motorcycle and merchandise showroom, the new Harley-Davidson of Kuala Lumpur showroom will be equipped with a large fully equipped and air-conditioned service centre which will be connected online to Harley-Davidsons worldwide dealer support database. No idea where it will be though.

  • Tata to take up stake in MV Agusta?

    MV Agusta F4 Tamburini
    MV Agusta F4 Tamburini

    Apparently MV Agusta could have a new owner or at least a large shareholder in the form of Tata Motors, according to Italian bike magazine euroMoto. MV Agusta used to be owned by Proton and was disposed of a few years ago for a sum fo 1 Euro. Since then, MV Agusta’s new owners have not been able to do much with the company, and its ails continue, lacking funds to channel towards new product development.

    Source [ Translated ]

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  • Kelantan plans Mat Rempit race circuit

    The Kelantan government plans to build a special circuit for the state’s Mat Rempit to race and show off their stunts, which they currently do illegally all over the country’s roads and highways, endangering the life of all motorists.

    Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat says the circuit will help keep the Mat Rempit menace in check, and thus will not be a waste of public funds. The idea was suggested by Kelantan’s senior police officers.

    “Mat Rempit always make their mothers worry. When untoward incidents happen involving them, it’s pitiful to see their mothers, wives and children crying. We build a special circuit for them to let go their feelings and show off their prowess and heroics. The nurturing and moulding of Mat Rempit into good human capital would be done gradually. If young people want to show their prowess, there must be a suitable place for them to do so, and at the same time we inject advice and prayer into their motor riding activities,” says Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz.

    The usual formula for anyone who breaks the law to enforce, arrest, and punish. It seems that while other criminals face strict enforcement and punishment, Mat Rempits who are criminals by definition of law because of their dangerous behaviour on roads somehow get the benefit of “nurturing”.

    What about the other Rempits in other states? Will each respective state government spend taxpayer money this way too? How much would the Rempits be charged to use the circuit? Would they be charged at all? Who will pay for maintenance?

    Videos of typical Mat Rempit stunts can be found in the post linked below.

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  • Ghostrider: the robotic motorcycle


    The 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge is a 130 mile desert course – while this might seem mild compared to the Baja 1000 or other similiar off-road courses, what makes the DARPA Grand Challenge special is that the racers have to complete the course entirely without human control. That’s right – robots.

    There’s a whole load of videos over at The Great Robot Race‘s website, but there is one participant that stands out from the rest. Out of 12 participants which consisted of all-wheel drive machines, there was only one two-wheeler – the Ghostrider from Blue Team, which is a computer controlled motorcycle.

    Using an array of sensors, high speed high resolution 3D-capable cameras and a gyro to help maintain balance, the Ghostrider navigated the DARPA Grand Challenge course using GPS. Watch a video of the Ghostrider after the jump, and the rest of the participants over at The Great Robot Race.
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Last Updated 21 Oct 2021