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  • 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 in Malaysia June 21, RM77.9k

    Official pricing for the 2021 Aprilia Tuono 660 has been announced by Malaysian distributor Didi Resources, with the Italian middleweight naked going for RM77,900. Available in Malaysia beginning June 21, pricing for the Tuono 660 does not include road tax, insurance and registration and there is only one colour option, Concept Black with the other colour options, Iridium Grey and Acid Gold unavailable for the moment.

    Taking the parallel-twin engine from the recently launched Aprilia RS660, the Tuono 660 gets 95 hp at 10,500 rpm and 67 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. and a low power version is available for new riders. Throttle control is with ride-by-wire and twin 48 mm throttle bodies take air from the airbox with racing-style head-on air inlet.

    Five ride modes are available for the Tuono 660, three preset and two customisable. Included in the suite of riding aids is traction control, wheelie control, engine braking, engine mapping and cruise control.

    Kayaba provides the front suspension on the RS660, with upside-down telescopic forks adjustable for rebound and preload. At the back, a preload and rebound adjustable moonshock is fitted, mounted to the asymmetric swingarm.

    Braking is done with twin radial-mounted Brembo four-piston callipers grabbing 320 mm double discs, mated to a Brembo radial master cylinder with braided metal brake hoses as standard. The rear uses a two-piston master calliper clamping a 220 mm brake disc while two-channel ABS is standard.

    Fuel is carried in a 15-litre and and the Euro 5 compliant engine is claimed to use 4.9-litres per 100 km. Kerb weight for the RS660 is 183 kg with seat height set at 820 mm.

  • 2021 Yamaha NMax in Malaysia, new colours, RM8,998

    Coming in new colours for the 2021/2022 season is the 2021 Yamaha NMax 155 scooter, priced at RM8,998. The new colour options for the NMax 155 are Power Grey and Icon Grey and pricing is recommended retail and does not include road tax, insurance and registration.

    Motive power stays the same for the NMax 155, with 14.9 hp at 8,000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm from the single-cylinder, SOHC, 155 cc VVA engine. As is customary for scooters in this class, power gets to the ground via a CVT gearbox and belt final drive.

    For the current generation NMax, LED lighting is now standard throughout, with the headlight assembly containing four low LED beams and twin high beams. However, turn signals still use standard bulbs while the tail light is a four-strip LED unit.

    The instrument panel in the NMax 155 uses a monochrome LCD that displays all the necessary information, and standard fitment is smart key operation, a USB charging port and idle start-stop. Under the seat, there is a 23.3-litre storage compartment while 7.1-litres of fuel – up from the previous generation NMax’ 6.6-litres – is stored in the tank.

    Suspension on the NMax 155 uses telescopic forks in front and twin shock absorbers at the rear end, adjustable for preload. Braking is done with single hydraulic disc brakes front and rear, clamping identically sized 230 mm diameter discs with no ABS for the Malaysia market.

    ABS for the Nmax 155 is standard equipment in Thailand and Europe, while in Indonesia, it is available as a model variant. Availability of the 2021 Yamaha NMax 155 at authorised Hong Leong Yamaha Motor dealers is immediate.

  • 2021 MV Agusta F3 Rosso unveiled – 147 hp, 88 Nm

    As red as the robes of a Catholic cardinal, the 2021 MV Agusta F3 Rosso sports bike joins the Varese motorcycle maker’s Rosso lineup. Alongside the MV Agusta Brutale, Dragster and Turismo Veloce in Rosso form, the F3 Rosso has now reached its 10th anniversary, having first been released in 2011.

    Sharing the same Euro 5 compliant inline three-cylinder power plant as its siblings, the F3 Rosso gets 147 hp at 13,000 rpm and 88 Nm of torque at 10,100 rpm from 798 cc. Fuelling uses an Elder Nemo 2.1 ECU, controlling MV Agusta’s MVICS 2.1 ignition system with six injectors, fed through 50 mm throttle bodies with Mikuni ride-by-wire throttle.

    The F3 Rosso’s electronics suite includes torque control with four maps and eight level traction control. An electronic up-and-down quickshifter is fitted to the six-speed gearbox with chain final drive.

    For suspension, the front of the F3 Rosso uses 43 mm diameter Marzocchi upside-down forks, adjustable for compression, rebound and preload, with 125 mm of travel. At the back, a Progressive Sachs monoshock, full-adjustable, gives 130 mm of wheel travel.

    Braking is done by Brembo, with four-piston, radial-mount monobloc callipers clamping 320 mm steel brake discs while the rear wheel is stopped with a Brembo two-piston calliper. Standard fitment is Continental MK100 cornering ABS, with rear wheel lift mitigation.

    Inside the cockpit is a full-colour TFT-LCD 5.5-inch display, and controls include launch control, Bluetooth connectivity, GPS, MV Ride App for navigation, engine control, riding aids setup and Mobisat tracking (Europe only). The F3 Rosso tips the scales at 173 kg dry, with 16.5-litres of fuel contained in the tank and set height is set at 830 mm.

  • FMCO: Only jogging, non-contact sports, no cycling

    With the implementation full lockdown under the third movement control order 3.0 (MCO) from June 1 to 14, restrictions have been placed not only on work travel but also recreational activities. For now, only jogging and non-contact sports that are done alone is permitted in open areas, while cycling is not allowed.

    This is provided the minimum of two to three metres separation distance is adhered to. Such recreational activity is allowed only in the neighbourhood where participants reside, and should be done within the standard operating procedure (SOP) which states there should be no outdoor activities after 8pm.

    Senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this in an announcement on the MCO, reported by The Malay Mail. Touching on religious observance, Ismail Sabri said solat activities in mosques and suraus are limited to only 12 committee members and no other activities are allowed, with the same restrictions applying to non-Muslim places of worship.

  • Malaysian police: Use the motorcycle lanes or else

    Motorcyclists using the Federal highway are reminded to use the motorcycle lanes provided or face punitive action. This applies to the section of the Federal highway from kilometre 16 to kilometre 34, heading towards Klang and on the opposite towards Kuala Lumpur.

    Lamenting the fact that many motorcyclists still fail to use the lanes provided, ACP Mohamad Fakhruddin Adbul Hamid, Petaling district police chief, said failing to use the lanes is dangerous to both the riders and other road users. He also noted that many motorcyclists are using toll entries and exits as short cuts to avoid using the motorcycle lane bypass around the toll plaza.

    Failure to use the motorcycle lane is an offence chargeable under Section 79 (2) of the Road Transport Act, 1987, said Fakhruddin. He added that 193 summons have been issued to motorcyclists breaking this rule and reminded motorcyclists to use the motorcycle lane at all times, failing which action would be taken.

    Commenting on incidents at police road blocks set up during the Covid-19 Movement Control Order, Fakhruddin said four accidents were recorded on the Federal Highway. These accidents were the result of driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving and failure to pay attention to traffic, resulting in damage to police equipment at the road block.

  • REVIEW: 2021 Yamaha MT-25 – all the naked you need

    With the Yamaha YZF-R25 proving to be popular with the younger riders in Malaysia, Hong Leong Yamaha Motors upped the ante by releasing the 2020 Yamaha MT-25 naked sports last year, with a RM21,500 recommended retail price tag. This particular segment of the domestic motorcycle market is very competitive in the price and performance area but we were sure, when handed the keys for the review unit, the MT-25 would acquit itself well.

    Here’s the thing, the author has always, always, liked small Yamaha engines, in the quarter-litre class and below. As we have mentioned in other reviews of Yamaha motorcycles and scooters, if there is one thing Yamaha does well, it is making small displacement engines that produce a lot of power, relatively speaking, and never fail to leave a grin on the rider’s face.

    In this, the MT-25, as well as its full-fairing sports bike sibling, the YZF-R25, have set something of a benchmark for the Malaysian quarter-litre market. Immensely popular amongst young riders across all races, the R25 is much favoured for its turn of power and acceptable handling for its class.

    For the MT-25, Yamaha Malaysia is perhaps hoping to repeat the success it had with the R25. That the local market was dominated across the first half last decade by the Kawasaki Z250 in both twin and single-cylinder forms, is neither here nor there.

    That was then, this is now, and the MT-25 is with us, adding another option for the Malaysian naked sports market. But, can it follow in the footsteps of its sportier sibling, and is it, dare we say, more fun than the R25?

    Read the full review of the 2021 Yamaha MT-25 after the jump.

  • Petronas Sepang Racing Team Ohvale MiniGP bike -limited edition of only 46 units, priced at RM48,401

    To be produced in a limited edition of only 46 units is the Petronas Sepang Racing Team (PSRT) Ohvale GP-O Special Edition MiniGP bike. Priced at 9,600 euro (RM48,401), the Ohvale GP-0 MiniGP is clad in PSRT racing livery and orders can be made on the dedicated website.

    Displacing 160 cc, the PSRT version of the Ohvale GP-0 comes with an upgraded chassis to accommodate taller riders with the whole clad in Petronas race colours and the fairing featuring carbon-fibre winglets, mudguard and front panel. Parts and fittings on the PSRT GP-0 are CNC machined and coated black, mimicking the look of the PSRT MotoGP race machines.

    The single-cylinder engine is fed by Dell’orto carburettor while an Arrow exhaust takes care of engine waste products. Each PSRT GP-0 comes with a spare parts kits and tools including a range of gearbox sprockets and pinions, contained in a custom PSRT case.

    Suspension is with Mupo front shocks and Ohlins monoshocks, both fully-adjustable with braking using J Juan callipers and discs, front and rear while special Diablo Superbike 10-inch tyres are made by Pirelli. Inside the dashboard, an Alfano digital dashboard features Bluetooth connectivity and GPS for recording lap times.

    Coming with the edition number engraved on the upper triple clamp, each GP-0 PSRT MiniGP bike is provided with a pair of PSRT tyre warmers specific to this edition, as well as front and rear bike stands. Pre-orders to the PSRT Ohvale GP-O Special Edition MiniGP bike are being taken now for expected delivery in September 2021.

  • 2021 SM Sport 110R gets graphics update, RM4,018

    For the value-for-money side of the Malaysian underbone motorcycle market, the 2021 SM Sport 110R gets graphics updates for the year. Pricing for the 110R is now RM4,018, a minimal change from the 2017 price of RM4,105, excluding road taxinsurance and registration with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty against manufacturing defects.

    New colour options for the SM Sport 110R include red, black and blue, replacing the previous model colours of Bumblebee Yellow, Ocean Blue and Ruby Red. Other specifications remain unchanged, including the use of LED lighting for the turn signals and brake light, as well as the provision of LED DRLs.

    Mechanically, the engine room in the 110R sees no change, with a single-cylinder air-cooled, Euro 3 compliant mill. Power output is claimed to be 6.4 hp at 7,500 rpm and 7 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm mated to a four-speed rotary gearbox with centrifugal clutch.

    Braking is done with a single 220 mm diameter disc in front, mounted to an machined alloy wheel carrying a tubeless 17-inch tyre, while a drum on the 17-inch wheel does the duties at the back. Suspension uses conventional telescopic forks in front and twin shock absorbers in the rear, adjustable for preload.

    A four-litre fuel tank is located under the seat, along with a 10-litre storage compartment which also contains a USB charging port. Overall weight is claimed to be 105 kg and availability of the SM Sport 110R at authorised SM Sport dealers is immediate.

  • Piaggio One electric scooter set for launch May 28

    Set to debut at the 2021 Beijing Motor Show on May 28 is the Piaggio One electric scooter (e-scooter). In an online teaser on its Instagram page, Piaggio has shown the Piaggio One, decked out in a dark yellow with modern scooter styling.

    Aside from the usual marketing spiel, there few other details on the One e-scooter such as motor power and battery size as well as that important consideration for personal electric vehicles, speed and range. However, we do know there will be a digital colour instrument panel with ambient light sensor, full LED lights, a keyless start system and two motor maps.

    Also likely to be included is connectivity to the rider’s smartphone, which we assume will use an app to manage the onboard systems and information such as range and battery charge level on the One. Expect a USB charging port as well and Piaggio says the One is a lightweight vehicle for the urban rider, with a comfortable riding position, low seat and flat roomy footplate, and pull-out footpegs for the passenger.

    Found under the seat is a storage compartment but no details on whether it is big enough to accommodate a helmet and other miscellaneous items. Suspension is done with a single shock absorber in front on a single-sided link fork while the rear is propped up with twin shock absorbers.

  • 2021 Ducati Monster gets accessory and graphics kits, arrival in Malaysia expected in Q4, priced at RM74,000

    Revised, reworked, revamped and eliciting divided responses from fans, the all new 2021 Ducati Monster and Monster Plus now come with a range of accessories and dress up graphics kits. For Malaysia, was informed the 2021 Ducati Monster will likely be landing on local shores around the fourth quarter, and pricing is estimated to be “around RM74,000, about the same price (as the previous generation Ducati Monster 821) plus 5%.”

    As listed in the official Ducati Performance catalogue, the Monster accessories allows owners to stamp their own identity on their naked sports motorcycle. Using the online configurator available on the Ducati website, customisation options can be selected and viewed.

    After choosing the desired options, the Monster buyer can share the configuration list friends as well as their preferred Ducati dealer, allowing for the bike to be priced up and ordered, if desired. There are two styling kits available for the Monster owner who likes to play “dress up”, the Pixel kit and the GP kit.

    The Pixel kit consists of a tank cover, seat side panels, seat cover, headlight fairing and front mudguard. This gives the Monster “an even more aggressive and modern look,” according to Ducati.

    Menwhile, the GP kit provides a tank cover and side panels styled in the manner of Ducati Corse race machines and comes with a choice of graphics reflecting Ducati’s racing heritage. Both kits come in colours to suit the three colours currently available for the Monster and Monster Plus – Ducati Red, Dark Stealth and Aviator Grey – with two graphics kits, Corse and Logo, available in complementary and matching colours.

    In addition, there are two exhaust options available from Ducati Performance, one being the Euro 5 homologated Termignoni exhaust silencer, which gives the Monster a sporty look. The other exhaust option is the Termignoni racing exhaust with dedicated fuel mapping and is not road legal.

    Other accessories available for the 2021 Monster include a functional engine belly fairing, matched to the body colour and tail tidy. Rizoma adds a range of accessories machined from billet aluminium for the Monster, including bar weights, footpegs, brake and clutch fluid reservoirs.

    Launched in December 2020, the Ducati Monster replaces the Monster 821 and is powered by a Euro 5 compliant Ducati Testastretta 11 V-twin. Power output is claimed to be 111 hp at 9,250 rpm with 93 Nm of torque at a peak of 6,500 rpm.

    The new design has proven to be polarising to the Ducatisti, die-hard followers of the Borgo Panigale motorcycle maker. The iconic trellis frame, a signature of the Monster since its introduction in 1995, gone and replaced by a Ducati Panigale V4 inspired monocouque frame that is 4.5 kg than previous with the new design swingarm lighter by 1.6 kg.


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Last Updated 17 Jun 2021