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  • 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and XE launched

    Building on the success of its Modern Classics range, notably the Triumph Street Scrambler, English mnaufacturer Triumph has launched the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and 1200 XE retro bikes. The Scrambler 1200 XC is designed for both on- and off-road use while the Scrambler XE is intended for heavy-duty off-roading with a road focus.

    Both Scramblers carry Triumph’s 1,200 cc High Power Bonneville parallel-twin specifically tuned for off-roading, with 88.7 hp at 7,400 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 3,950 rpm on tap. This translates to 12.5% more power than the Bonneville T120 retro street bike and 38% more torque than the 900 cc 2019 Street Scrambler.

    New for the Scrambler range is full-colour TFT-LCD instruments with two user-selectable layout themes as well as the ability to be personalised with the rider’s name. New to the Scrambler 1200 is riding modes which include Road, Rain, Off-road and Sport modes with a fifth user configurable setting while the Scrambler XE adds a Off-road Pro mode which turns off ABS and traction control.

    The Scrambler XE also ups the standard equipment stakes a notch with Optimised Cornering ABS and Cornering Traction Control, courtesy of the inertial measurement unit. LED lighting is used on both Triumph Scramblers, including LED DRLs and LEd back-lit instrument switches on the handlebar pods.

    Rider conveniences include keyless ignition, torque assist clutch for reduced lever effort, USB charging point under the seat and cruise control. Turn-by-turn navigation is provided by Google in a first for the motorcycle world, which is activated with the optional Bluetooth module and connection the rider’s smart phone via the Triumph app which also allows for integrated phone and music operation and integrated GoPro camera control, a world’s first.

    Suspension for the Triumph Scramblers is a collaboration with Swedish suspension specialists Ohlins for the adjustable long-travel read shocks, while Showa provides the adjustable front forks. For the XC, the Showa forks provide 200 mm of travel, while the XE gets longer legs with 250 mm travel.

    Braking uses Brembo Monobloc M50 callipers on twin 320 mm floating discs with a single Brembo two-piston calliper at the back clamping a 255 mm disc. The Monobloc M50s are Brembo’s premier road-going brakes and commonly used on top-of-the-line superbikes as well as the Triumph Street Triple 765 RS.

    Seat height on the Scrambler 1200 XC is set at 840 mm while the more off-road oriented XE comes in at 870 mm, with no word on weight, but we would hazard a guess at something near the 230 kg point. Wheels are side-laced spoked affairs on the Scramblers, 36-spoke 21-inch in front and 32-spoke 17-inch in the rear and shod with Metzeler Tourance tubeless tyres.

    Triumph intends for both the Scrambler 1200 XC and 1200 XE to be customised to the rider’s needs with over 80 accessories available from the official catalogue, including two inspiration kits – the ‘Escape’ for touring and ‘Extreme’ for off-road duty. Colour options for the 2019 Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC are Jet Black/Matte Black and Khaki Green/Brooklands Green while the Scrambler 1200 XE comes in Fusion White/Brooklands Green and Cobalt Blue/Jet Black.

  • REVIEW: 2018 BMW Motorrad R 1200 RT – RM127,900

    Before the ubiquitous presence of long suspension adventure bikes as touring rigs came on the scene, most riders made do with a standard motorcycle to travel long distances. Slap a pair of panniers on either side of the seat and a fairing of sorts on the front, and you have a touring motorcycle, which is what the 2018 BMW Motorrad R 1200 RT, priced at RM127,900, is.

    That BMW Motorrad does this well is not really a surprise. The autobahns in Germany are the type of roads the RT was designed for, going back to the R-series twins of the 60s.

    As a long distance mile-muncher, the RT is meant to ferry the rider, a pillion and assorted luggage across massive distances in a day on paved roads. But, that is the obvious stuff, anyone looking at the R 1200 RT knows it’s a tourer and that is what it does.

    So, what’s different about this motorcycle review? What else can you do with a big RT aside from cruising down the highway, comfortably ensconced behind that electrically adjustable windscreen, listening to the puerile pap the DJ is spouting over the radio?

    When BMW Motorrad Malaysia handed us the keys to the R 1200 RT, we had already heard good things about the bike from our industry colleagues Wahid and Norick. But, is a barn storming autobahn cruiser what is needed on Malaysian roads?

    Read the full review of the 2018 BMW Motorrad R 1200 RT after the jump.

  • 2019 Honda CBR150R updated for Indonesia market

    In neighbouring Indonesia, the small displacement motorcycle market is especially bouyant, notably for sports models like the 2019 Honda CB150R. For the coming year, Indonesian Honda distributor PT Astra Honda has updated the CBR150R, incorporating several improvements and cosmetic changes.

    Most obvious change for the 2019 Honda CBR150R is the graphics, which now comes in four variants including Repsol racing livery. Aside from that, the windshield is now taller and the headlights have a sharper profile.

    Other changes include the installation of a wave petal design front disc brake while the front and rear suspension settings have been revised. Inside the cockpit, the digital instrument panel now comes with a coloured backlight.

    From the safety point of view, the CBR150R now comes with ABS and Honda’s Emergency Stop Signal that flashes the rear brake light under hard braking. Aside from that, the CBR150R’s other equipment remains unchanged in 2019.

    The engine is still a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 149 cc mill mated to a six-speed gearbox that produces 16.8 hp at 9,000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. Depending on the colour choice and whether the buyer selects the ABS or non-ABS versions, the 2019 Honda CBR150R retails for between 33.8 million rupiah (RM9,241) and 38.7 million rupiah (RM10,581).

  • SPYSHOTS: 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT in Malaysia

    Spotted at the R&R area in the vicinity of the Hong Leong Malaysia factory in Sungai Buloh, Selangor were a trio of Yamaha Tracers, Yamaha’s offering to the adventure-touring market. In this series of photos sent in by a reader, one the bike bears the Tracer 900 GT and Yamaha badges, while the other two, despite the hidden branding, carry the matte blue paintwork of the new Tracer 700 GT.

    However, it was unable to be determined if the engines were the three-cylinder of the MT-09 or the two-cylinder of the MT-07. If we were to say the matte blue machines are the Tracer 700 GT, there are differences in the appearance of the engine and swingarm.

    This is because the Tracer 700 GT has a radiator hose leading from the water pump to the right side of the engine, which appears to be missing from the photos. The Tracer 900 GT was launched in Europe in November of last year and comes with riding conveniences like a quickshifter, cruise control full-adjustable suspension and an instrument panel taken from the YZF-R1.

    Carrying the three-cylinder mill from the MT-09, the Tracer GT produces 115 PS at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm, with power getting to the ground via a six-speed gearbox. In Malaysia, the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer 900 retails for RM53,681.

  • 2019 Benelli RFS150iLE limited edition – RM7,488

    If you feel the Yamaha Y15ZR and Honda RS150R supercubs are a little too mainstream, the 2019 Benelli RFS150iLE Limited Edition might suit the bill at RM7,488. Coming in a limited production run of 5,000 units, the RFS150iLE is clad in the Italian Tri-Colore, commemorating the birthplace of the Benelli brand.

    As part of the exclusivity – a certificate of ownership with the signature of Marco Bellucci, Chief Technical Director of Benelli, is provided – of the RFS150iLE, adjustable brake and clutch levers are standard. At the rear end a Kayaba monoshock is fitted with the front end propped up by non-adjustable upside-down forks and white pinstripes grace the front and rear wheels.

    Power for the RFS150iLE comes from a liquid-cooled, triple-spark, single cylinder 149 cc power plant that produces 15.5 hp at 8,500 rpm and 13 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm. The gearbox is a six-speed, wet-clutch unit with chain final drive.

    The RFS150iLE’s unqiue three-spark plug cylinder head configuration – called B3SP – is designed to optimise fuel efficiency and produce optimum power, while reducing emissions. A single hydraulic disc is used, front and rear, for braking, the front carrying a 240 mm petal disc while the rear is a 220 mm unit.

    Fuel for the RFS150iLE is carried in a 4.8-litre tank under the seat, and weight is claimed to be 126 kg. Seat height is set at 787 mm, and top speed for this supercub is claimed to be 100 km/h.

  • 2019 Honda CRF450L and CRF250RX unveiled, updates for rest of Honda CRF enduro bike range

    Honda presents new 2019 CRF line-up at the MXGP of the Netherlands

    Unveiled during the MXGP of Netherlands recently were the 2019 Honda CRF450L and CRF250RX, along with the updated Honda CRF enduro motorcycle range. Emphasising reliability and ease-of-use in the dual-purpose role, the CRF450L takes the CRF450R moto­crosser as its basis.

    Fully street legal and coming with a side stand, the CRF450L has a larger fuel tank for extended range, LED lighting and a single-cylinder mill tuned for bottom end power. Of note is the CRF450L’s first service interval of 32,000 km.

    The other new ‘crosser for Honda is the CRF250RX, using the CRF250R as a starting point and intended for closed-course cross-country riding. Like the CRF450L, the CRF250RX comes with an 18-inch rear wheel, 8.5-­litre fuel tank and three-level launch control from HRC.

    Honda presents new 2019 CRF line-up at the MXGP of the Netherlands

    Siblings to the CRF450L, the CRF450R and CRF450RX, now come with three-level HRC launch control and Renthal Fat Bar handlebar that sits on a four-way adjustable yoke. The CRF450R gets a 2.5 hp and 2 Nm boost in power and torque, thanks to a revised cylinder head, intake and exhaust.

    Updated for 2019, the Honda CRF250R gets a power bump in the bottom end through the use of a 2 mm smaller diameter throttle body and revised cam, intake and exhaust profiles. The CRF250R also gets three-level HRC Launch Control in addition to the three ride modes along with a new two-­piston front brake calliper, adjustable Renthal Fatbars and black rims.

  • 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro revealed

    Updated for next year’s riding season is the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro, revealed ahead of its official launch at the EICMA show in Milan this coming November. Improvements have been made to the Multistrada 1260 Enduro’s ridability and ease-of-use along with more power being made available lower down the rev range.

    The new 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT with variable cam timing fitted to the 1260 Enduro gives 158 hp and is smoother in the bottom of the power band. According to Ducati this allows for fewer gear changes, allowing the rider to concentrate on the business of enjoying the ride.

    A Ducati DQS up-and-down quickshifter is now standard, along with riding modes and a new ride-by-wire setup that gives precise throttle control. This is couple with Bosch Cornering ABS, cornering lights, wheelie control, traction control and vehicle hold control in the Multistrada 1260 Enduro’s suite of riding aids, all of which can be controlled from the Ducati Link app and the rider’s smart phone.

    Rolling on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels, the 1260 Enduro has a recalibrated Sachs semi-active electronic suspension with 185 mm travel at both ends. Fuel is carried in a 30-litre tank, which Ducati says will give 450 km of range and then some.

    The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be available in Ducati Red and Sand, appearing in European Ducati dealerships early in the year. A full range of accessories is available from the official Ducati catalogue, including Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro packages.

  • 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R revealed ahead of Vegas show

    Ahead of the official launch at the AIMExpo show in Las Vegas, US, Kawasaki has released details of the 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R, its supersports offering that goes up against the Yamaha YZF-R6. More of a model update than an entirely new machine, the 2019 ZX-6R does bring a number of improvements to the table.

    The mill on the ZX-6R is a liquid-cooled, 636 cc four-cylinder that produces 130 PS at 13,000 rpm, 136 PS when Ram Air kicks in. Torque is rated at 70.8 Nm at 11,000 rpm with fuelling done with 38 mm diameter individual throttle bodies and oval sub-throttles.

    A new feature on the ZX-6R is Kawasaki’s Assist and Slipper clutch, which reduces hand effort at the clutch lever and rear wheel hop during hard downshifting. Also new is the upshift-only quickshifter on the six-speed gearbox, with gear ratios adjusted for better response lower down the rev-range.

    On the suspension side of things, 41 mm diameter Showa Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP) fully-adjustable upside-down forks are fitted, combined with a fully-adjustable monoshock mated to Kawasaki-s bottom link Uni Trak rear suspension. Braking uses twin Nissin four-piston monoblock callipers in front, clamping 310 mm diameter semi-floating discs, with ABS.

    With the ZX-6R’s DOHC, 16-valve engine now Euro 4 compliant, Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) has been added into the mix, giving three ride modes. Lighting uses LED elements throughout and inside the cockpit is a combination analogue/LCD display.

    The 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R ties everything together with a twin-spar cast aluminium frame and fuel is carried in a 17-litre tank. Seat height is set at 830 mm and curb weight for the ZX-6R is claimed to be 196 kg.

    According to the Kawasaki US website, the 2019 Kawasaki ZX-6R is set to retail at 10,999 USD (RM45,686) for the ABS-equipped version. From specifications posted on the Kawasaki Europe website, there are two colour choices for the ZX-6R – Lime Green/Ebony/Metallic Graphite Gray and Metallic Flat Spark Black/Ebony.

  • 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 world premiere – 8 km/h faster

    In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Yamaha YZF-R1, Yamaha Japan today launched the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 and YZF-R3. while the YZF-R3 is intended to the Europe, US and other markets, the one Malaysian riders will be most excited about is the YZF-R25.

    Several major changes have been made to the long-serving R25, notably in the area of bodywork and fitment. Yamaha claims top speed is now 8 km/h more than the previous model, through the use of aerodynamic bodywork that lowers the drag coefficient, or Cd.A, to 0.323 from 0.347.

    The engine room stays the same in the 2019 R25, with the same parallel-twin, liquid-cooled mill producing 35.5 hp at 12,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm, fed by EFI. The fairing is now what Yamaha calls a “cross-layered” item that mimics the bodywork on the YZF-R1 and YZF-R1M.

    Inside the cockpit, a full LCD display is found, which also provides the rider with an adjustable shift timing light. On the suspension front, upside-down forks, non-adjustable, are fitted, clamped by an aluminium triple crown that resembles the unit on the R1/R1M.

    Dry weight is the same as the previous generation R25, at 166 kg, but no details on fuel tank capacity. Braking is still done with single hydraulic discs, front and rear, and the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 will be offered in both ABS and non-ABS versions along with three colour options – Yamaha Racing Blu, Matte Black and Matte Red.

  • 2019 Yamaha MT-15 launched in Thailand, 155 cc, VVA

    Launched during the inaugural Thailand MotoGP at Buriram the previous weekend was the 2019 Yamaha MT-15 naked sports. Despite looking a lot like the Yamaha M-Slaz 150, the MT-15 is a different motorcycle.

    As can be seen in the video posted by Yamaha Society Thailand (starting at minute 24:20), the MT-15 most resembles the other bikes in Yamaha’s MT family, like the MT-07, MT-09 and MT-10. The seat on the MT-15 is also different, being a single unit compared to the M-Slaz’ two-piece seat assembly.

    Although no specific details were released by Yamaha Thailand, we would assume the MT-15 takes most of its internals and running gear from the Yamaha R15, recently launched in Malaysia. This would mean the MT-15 uses the same single-cylinder, 155 cc mill with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA).

    In the R15, the engine is claimed to produce 19.3 hp with 15 Nm of torque. Power is transmitted through a six-speed gear box with Assist and Slipper clutch.

    Other items that appear to have been ported over to the MT-15 from the R15 include the aluminium alloy swingarm, negative monochrome LCD meter and upside-down front forks. Considering the current model FZ150i naked sports has been in the Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia catalogue for the longest time, do you feel it is time for an upgrade?

    All things being equal, there is every likelihood our neighbours Indonesia will see the launch of the 2019 Yamaha MT-15 before Malaysians do. What do you think? Should HLYM bring in the MT-15 as a catalogue companion to the YZF-R15? Leave a comment, below.


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Last Updated 01 Nov 2018