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  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT update – new colours, ride modes, spoked wheels, new Travel model variant

    Getting new colours for this year is the 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure-tourer, with three options – Nero Etna, Giallo Mojave and Rosso Uluru. Aside from the, the rider gets two more options in the ride mode menu and a model variant joins the lineup.

    Other updates have been made to the air-cooled transverse V-twin engine, now coming with more torque in the low and mid-range from revision to the rocker arms and pushrods as well as the V85 TT’s engine management. Engine size and power numbers stay the same – 853 cc, 80 PS at 7,750 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm – as does the six-speed gearbox and shaft final drive.

    For the riding aids, the three riding modes – Street, Rain and Off-road – are joined by Sport mode for sporty performance on the road and Custom, which allows the rider to adjust settings to suit personal preference. Everything is controlled through a flu-colour TFT-LCD panel and cruise control is standard with the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia Bluetooth interface being an extra cost option.

    Wheels on the V85 TT are now tubeless spoked units which weigh 1.5 kg less than before, reducing the sprung/unsprung weight ratio. Joining the V85 TT range is the ‘Travel’ model variant, giving riders a preset factory option package.

    The Travel adds a taller windscreen and side panniers from Moto Guzzi’s Urban series. Also standard is auxiliary LED riding lights, heated hand grips and Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia module. For Malaysia, the 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT retailed at RM79,888, with the V85 TT Special listed at RM81,888.

     
     
  • Scorpio Electric Singapore shows X Model prototype

    Covers have been taken off the Scorpio Electric X Model prototype electric scooter and pre-orders will be taken later in 2021. Based in Singapore, Scorpio Electric believes the future is electric and the X Model prototype “can make a difference by ushering in a new era of cleaner and more efficient way of transportation,” says Melvin Goh, chief executive officer of Scorpio Electric.

    Designed for use in the urban environment, Scorpio Electric aims for the X Model to achieve speeds above 100 km/h and have a range of 200 kilometres. Hard technical details are scarce but from the press photos, the X Model looks to have a centrally mounted motor using belt drive to the rear wheel.

    No word about the battery pack either, but we assume it’s a lithium-ion unit, possibly removable for remote charging and swapping. Depending on the battery pack capacity, a charging time of six to eight hours would be likely using domestic current.

    Smartphone connectivity with a mobile app is standard fitment. This allows rider to activate security function, manage ride navigation and location as well as be notified of potential faults.

    Suspension for the Scorpio Electric X Model uses gold-anodised upside down forks in front and a monoshock at the back, adjustable for preload and mounted on the single-sided swingarm. Braking for the X Model is done with single hydraulic discs front and rear and a full-colour TFT-LCD instrument panel is located in the cockpit.

    As for pricing, no numbers were forthcoming but a figure of 10,000 Singapore dollars (RM30,450) before taxes and certificate of entitlement (COE) has been reported.

     
     
  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber updated

    Updated for this year is the 2021 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber, which come with the V-twin engine derived from the Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure-tourer. The bright colours of the previous generation V9 are gone replaced with two stealthy options – Grigio Lunare for the V9 Roamer and Nero Essenziale matte on the V9 Bobber.

    In the engine room is an air-cooled, transverse 850 cc V-twin putting out 65 hp and 73 Nm of torque, compared to the 55 hp and 62 Nm of torque from the previous model. The frame on the V9 has also been revised, featuring a strengthened headstock to increase stability and ride feel.

    A six-speed gearbox and shaft drive gets power to the rear wheel. Enhancing rider comfort is rubber-mounted footpads that minimise vibration.

    Model specific updates include a new saddle for the V9 Bobber, along with aluminium side panels and a short front mudguard. Also updated is a new digital instrument cluster and LED lighting is used throughout, with DRL in the shape of the Mandello eagle.

    The V9 Roamer is differentiated from the V9 Bobber by the use of wider front tyre and blacked out engine trim and black exhausts. In Malaysia, the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer was sold at a price of RM59,300 but is currently sold out.

     
     
  • 2021 Honda EX5 35th Anniversary Edition, RM4,783

    Celebrating a Malaysian motorcycle icon, Boon Siew Honda is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Honda EX5 with the 2021 Honda EX 35th Anniversary Edition. There are two variants on offer, priced at RM4,783 with spoked wheels and RM5,009 for the cast alloy wheels version.

    Perhaps as evergreen and simple as a motorcycle can be, the 35th Anniversary EX5 carries the legendary Cub engine, a single-cylinder, air-cooled 110 cc mill, fed by EFI. Producing 8.5 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.62 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm, the EX5 uses a four-speed rotary gearbox and centrifugal clutch.

    Fuel for the EX5 is carried in a 4.3-litre tank under the seat with mechanical drum brakes front and rear. Telescopic forks port up the front end and twin shock absorbers do the job at the back with the engine using electric and kick starting as standard.

    There are two colour choices for the EX5 35th Anniversary Edition – Euphoria Red Metallic and Pearl Nightfall Blue. For the spoke wheeled EX5, the passenger grab rail and head light surround come in black, while the cast wheeled version features the headlight surround and grab rail in chrome.

    The 2020 Honda EX5 35th Anniversary Edition comes with a two-year or 20,000 km manufacturing warranty. The EX5 35th Anniversary is available immediately at all Boon Siew Honda authorised dealers in Malaysia.

     
     
  • 2021 Honda CBR150R in Indonesia – from RM11,290

    A new contender has entered the 150 cc fully-faired sports bike arena in the form of the 2021 Honda CBR150R. There are two versions on offer, the base model CBR150R without ABS at 39.3 million rupiah (RM11,290) and the CBR150R ABS at 40.2 million rupiah (RM11,550).

    Closest rival to the CBR150R in Malaysia is the Yamaha YZF-R15, priced at RM11,988, without ABS. The 2021 CBR150R follows the sports styling of the Honda CBR250RR (RM25,999 in Malaysia) closely, coming with twin headlights and LED lighting all round.

    The CBR150R is powered by a single-cylinder, 149 cc, DOHC mill mated to a six-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch. Power is claimed by Honda to be 17.1 PS at 9,000 rpm and 14.4 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm, which compares against the 19 PS at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm of the R15’s 155 cc, VVA engine.

    A pair of gold anodised non-adjustable upside-forks give the CBR150R the proper “racing” looks and the rear end is held up by a preload-adjustable monoshock. Braking is done with single hydraulic discs front and rear and the CBR150R rolls on 17-inch wheels shod in 100/80 rubber in front and 130/70 at the back – the R15 uses 100/80 front and 140/70 rear tyres.

    Weight for the CBR150R is claimed to be 139 kg (137 kg for the R15) and fuel is carried in an 11-litre tank. There are five colour options for the 2021 Honda CBR150R – Victory Black Red, Honda Racing Red, Dominator Matte Black, Matte Black and the MotoGP Edition which comes in Repsol racing livery.

     
     
  • Silence ‘e-moto’ scooter in UK market, from RM15k

    New entry into the UK urban electric mobility market is the Silence ‘e-moto’ electric scooter range, which consists of four models. These are the entry-level Silence S02 LS with 35 km range and 50 km/h top speed priced at 2,695 pounds sterling (RM14,925) and the 3,595 pounds sterling (RM19,909) Silence S02 LS Long Range with 145 km range and 100 km/h top speed.

    The S02 LS and S02 LS Long Range are designed for door-to-door delivery services and urban business use. A 2 kWh Lithium-ion battery and 1.5 kW hub-mounted motor powers the S02 LS while the S02 LS Long Range gets a 5.6 kWh battery pack, with the smaller 27 kg battery requiring a charge time of between three to four hours and the larger 40 kg pack taking six to eight hours.

    Rounding out the range is the Silence S02, retailing at 4,695 pounds sterling (RM26,000) with a 7 kW hub-mounted motor fed by a 5.6 kWh battery pack. Charging time takes six to eight hours on domestic current which gives 127 km range and a governed top speed of 90 km/h.

    At the top of the Silence line-up of electric scooters is the Silence S01 with 100 km/h top speed and 127 km of range. Similar to the Silence S02, the S01 uses a 7 kW hub-mounted motor and 5.6 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack.

    A unique feature of the Silence e-scooters is the battery pack. Detachable like many others of the tyre, the Silence battery pack comes with a handle and fold out wheels, allowing the battery pack to be easily transported for charging off-board.

    For on-board charging, a 3-pin UK plug hooks up the Silence to any 220 volt socket. Full suite of electronics is standard equipment, including the Silence app for Android and iPhone that allows the rider to check charge status as well as remote lock/unlock from his or her phone.

    The app also allows the owner to share a key code, letting friends unlock and start the Silence without needing a physical key. The on-board GPS receiver lets the owner know where the Silence is at all times and the Silence app gives navigation using Google Maps.

    Combined braking is also standard, with the left hand lever activating both brakes and the right hand lever only the front while a low-speed reverse gear is provided, letting the owner manoeuvre the Silence easily. Necessary information is displayed on the LCD screen and there are three performance modes – City, Eco and Sport – with four colour options, white, black, grey or green.

     
     
  • 2021 MSBK: Round 2 postponed till further notice

    Another casualty of the current Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed on Jan 13 is the Malaysian Superbike Championship (MSBK), slated for the weekend of January 20 to 22 at Sepang International Circuit (SIC). This second and final round, consisting of three races, is a carry-over from the 2020 MSBK, which was delayed due to the first MCO.

    Two Wheels Motor Racing (TWMR), organisers of MSBK, regret the postponement. “With the Movement Control Order again in place from January 13 to 26, 2021, we have had no choice but to postpone the second and final round. At this juncture, we are not yet able to provide an alternative plan and we thank the teams and riders for their patience and understanding,” said Ron Hogg, director of TWMR.

     
     
  • 2021 MotoGP: Official Sepang Winter Test cancelled

    In a somewhat anticipated announcement, the cancellation of the Shakedown Test and Official Sepang Test has been announced by FIM, IRTA and Dorna Sports. The Sepang Winter Test was scheduled to take place at Sepang International Circuit in February and its cancellation will impact race bike testing and development.

    Aside from race bike testing, riders use winter testing to polish skills and reacquaint themselves with their race machines. However, the second winter test at Losail circuit in Qatar is scheduled for March 10th to 12th. Race organisers Dorna will advise of further changes and updates pending changing conditions.

    The cancellation is a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown and travel restrictions persisting around the world. For Malaysia, the government imposed a two-week movement control order (MCO) on January 13 on five states – Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor and Sabah – and further declared a state of emergency on January 12.

     
     
  • TEASER: 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200RS – Hinckley’s big-bore naked sports to launch January 26

    After paultan.org getting wind of it in June last year, the boys from Hinckley have released a teaser for the 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200RS, due for worldwide launch on January 26, 2021. From the short 22-second teaser video, the Speed Triple 1200RS comes with the new look LED headlights with twin DRLs, similar to the units used on the Street Striple 765RS.

    Photos show a new design tail light, an OLED unit flanked by what appears to be LED brake lights. In the photo of the headlights, the twin units are slanted like the ones installed on the 765RS, bisected by a central air intake, and the glow highlights a carbon-fibre mudguard, adorned with the Triumph ‘T’.

    Few other details have been released, but the gold anodised upside-down fork legs indicate a premium product either from Showa or Ohlins, full-adjustable, of course. Similar can perhaps be expected at the back end, with a full-adjustable Ohlins monoshock much like the unit found on the 765RS.

    It wouldn’t be out of the question to expect semi-active electronic suspension, given that the ‘RS’ tag is reserved for Triumph’s top-of-the-range sports bikes. This would be in keeping with the Street Triple’s current competition like the Ducati Streetfighter V4S and Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, both of which feature electronically adjustable suspension.

    As surmised in our earlier article, displacement for the Speed Triple has taken a bump to 1,200 cc from the previous 1,050 cc. As for horsepower, with rivals like the Streetfighter V4S putting out over 200 hp, we can safely guess the Speed Triple 1200RS will not be far behind.

    Other goodies that Triumph Speed Triple fans can expect will be braking by Brembo, though whether it will be the M50 units fitted to the 765RS or the lighter and stiffer Stylema callipers currently de rigueur for today’s super bikes. Also expect a full-colour TFT-LCD, with Triumph’s Bluetooth connectivity and app possibly being an option.

     
     
  • 2021 Honda CB1300 Super in Japan – four variants

    A blast from Honda’s retro past is the 2021 Honda CB1300 Super, a throwback to the days of the large displacement inline-fours of the 1980s. There are four variants of the CB1300 Super – the base CB1300 Super Four at 1.562 million yen (RM60,648), CB1300 Super Bol D’Or at 1.672 million yen (RM64,903), CB1300 Super Four SP at 1.936 million yen (RM75,141) and CB1300 Super Four SP Bol D’Or at 2.046 million yen (RM79,415)

    Powered by the Honda SC54E liquid-cooled, DOHC four-valve per cylinder inline-four, producing 113 HP at 7,750 rpm and 112 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm., fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi. A six-speed, wet clutch gearbox sends power to the rear wheel and something of an anachronism for big bikes in this day and age, a slipper clutch is not fitted.

    However, the riding suite includes Honda Selectable Traction Control (HSTC) that provides three ride modes – Sport, Standard and Rain – and ride-by-wire throttle. Also included as standard equipment is cruise control and available as a 26,950 yen (RM1,045) optional accessory is an up-and-down quickshifter.

    Suspension on the CB1300 Super Four and Super Bol D’or uses Showa 43 mm diameter adjustable telescopic forks while twin adjustable shock absorbers are mounted in the rear. The SP version of the CB1300 Super uses Ohlins gold-anodised adjustable telescopic forks and twin Ohlins adjustable shock absorbers.

    For the CB1300 super, braking is done with twin Nissin hydraulic callipers with the SP model coming with twin Brembo M4-32 callipers. Inside the cockpit, a properly retro twin analogue speedometer and tachometer round gauges are used, bisected by a monochrome LCD display showing information such as gear position, fuel gauge and ride modes.

    Fuel for the CB1300 Super is carried in a 22-litre tank and weight is listed as 266 kg for the Super Four and 272 kg for the Super Bol D’or, the extra weight is accounted for by the quarter-fairing worn by the Bol D’or. Seat height is 780 mm and LED lighting is used throughout, albeit in properly old school style round headlight and tail light styled in the previous generation CB-series Hondas.

    Colour options for the CB1300 Super Four and Super Bol D’or are Pearl Sunbeam White with red frame or two-tone Beta Silver Metallic with black frame, matched to gold-painted wheels with the Bol D’or version getting gold-painted engine covers mimicking the cast magnesium pieces used on the original Bol D’or race bike. Meanwhile, the SP version of the Super Four and Super Bol D’or come in a choice of Candytone Red or Blue over Pearl Metallic White, complemented by a contrasting stripe in blue or red, and matched with black wheels and frame.

    The Bol D’or, or Golden Cup, is a French 24-hour endurance motorcycle race, with a team of three riders sharing a bike. Popular with the French two-wheel racing community, the Bol D’or celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2016, with Honda winning the race six times in a row from 1985 to 1990, its last race win occurring in 2018, contested by Freddy Foray, Josh Hook and Mike Di Meglio.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 23 Jan 2021