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  • 2020 Yamaha MT-07 to come with turbocharging?

    Very popular in the Malaysia market is Yamaha’s MT-07 but the model is getting a little long in tooth now, after its launch in 2015. However, a couple of photos have emerged, sourced from and, showing what is purported to be a Yamaha MT-07 with turbocharging.

    These patent drawings show a two-cylinder mill with a turbocharger installed, with the exhaust headers siamesed into the turbocharger and the forced induction air going up the left side of the engine. Turbocharging for motorcycles is not new, of course, with all the Japanese manufacturers coming out with a forced induction motorcycle back in the 1980s.

    Turbocharging for motorcycles fell by the wayside by the mid-1980s, with developments in intake tract and cylinder head engineering delivering all the power riders could handle without the complexity, weight and lag of using a turbocharger. But with increasingly tightening emissions regulations – Euro 5 comes into force in 2020 – manufacturers have been looking for ways to get better power output from their bikes without flouting the law.

    This means small capacity engines with forced induction to make up for the shortfall in power that comes with meeting emissions standards, a page taken from car engine makers. It remains to be seen when and how the future Yamaha MT-07 might do this without the disadvantage of turbo lag.

    The 2019 Yamaha MT-07 carries a 689 cc, liquid-cooled, Crossplane two-cylinder that produces 73.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. Priced at RM38,288 excluding road tax, insurance and registration, the MT-07 comes in Race Blu and Matte Grey for Malaysia.

  • 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 scooters in Malaysia soon

    A teaser video has appeared on BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s Facebook, showing the 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 scooter with a caption saying its urban two-wheelers, the C 400 X and C 400 GT, will be in Malaysia soon. Featuring BMW Motorrad Connectivity, the C 400 pairs with the rider’s smart phone and allows got navigation, playlist management and answering phone calls.

    The C 400 X and GT will join the BMW Motorrad C 650 Sport and C 650 GT scooters in Malaysia, priced at RM68,500 and RM72,500, respectively. While no information has been forthcoming on pricing, we hazard a guess at the C 400 range of scooters coming in around the RM45,000 price point.

    Carrying a 350 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder with overhead cam and four-valves, the C 400 produces 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Power is transmitted via a CVT gearbox, as is the norm for scooters and BMW claims a top speed of 139 km/h for the C 400 X and 136 km/h for the C 400 GT.

    Rolling on 120/70 ZR-15 and 150/70 ZR-14 cast aluminium alloy wheels, the C 400 is braked by 265 mm double-discs with four-piston hydraulic callipers in front and a single 265 mm diameter disc in the rear, clamped by a single-piston floating calliper. BMW Motorrad ABS is standard, as is automatic stability control (ASC).

    Suspension is with 35 mm diameter telescopic forks and the rear end is propped up twin spring struts, adjustable for preload and an aluminium swingarm. Seat height for the C 400 is set at 775 mm while weight is claimed to be 204 kg for the C 400 X and 212 kg for the C 400 GT, ready to roll.

    Fuel capacity for the C 400 is 12.8-litres with fuel consumption claimed to be 3.5-litres per 100 km. Colour options from the BMW Motorrad catalogue include Blackstorm Metallic, Moonwalkgrey Metallic and Alpine White for the C 400 GT while the C 400 X comes in Zenith Blue Metallic, Alpine White, Black Storm Metallic, though it has not been confirmed which colour schemes are likely to make it to Malaysia.

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 GT

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 X

  • 2020 BMW GS Trophy race to use BMW F 850 GS

    While it is known the 2020 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy race will held in New Zealand, it has been announced that, for the first time, the race will be a point to point journey and not a loop. Additionally, the two-wheeled weapon of choice for BMW’s overland trophy race will be the BMW Motorrad F 850 GS and not the R 1200 GSA, as in previous editions.

    The race will encompass both the North and South islands of New Zealand and will take place from February 9 to 16, 2020. A combined Malaysia/Phillipines team in amongst the list of entries, which also sees first time participation from the Middle East, North Africa and the Netherlands.

    Now in its seventh edition, the BMW GS Trophy race was first held in Tunisia, followed by Southern Africa, Patagonia, Canada, Thailand and most recently Mongolia. National teams are drawn from various countries around the world, including an all-female team from the top three female riders from the list of participants, who are selected during qualifying rounds.

    Using a liquid-cooled parallel-twin that produces 95 hp at 8,250 rpm and 95 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm, the F 850 GS is BMW Motorrad’s middleweight adventure bike, replacing the popular F 800 GS. In Malaysia, the BMW Motorrad F 850 GS retails at RM79,500 on-the-road, excluding insurance.

    GALLERY: 2019 BMW Motorrad F 850 GS

  • 2019 Honda CB650R and CBR650R launched in Malaysia, priced at RM43,499 and RM45,499

    Launched at the 2019 Malaysia Autoshow were the 2019 Honda CB650R and Honda CBR650R, priced at RM43,499 and RM45,499 respectively, excluding road tax, insurance and registration. The middleweight duo replace Honda’s outgoing CBR650F four-cylinder which featured in the RM50,000 Motorcycle shoot out last year.

    The DOHC, 649 cc sixteen-valve inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled mill is shared between the CBR650R and CB650R and puts out 93.8 hp at 12,000 rpm and 64 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm, fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi through 32 mm diameter throttle bodies. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and assist and slipper clutch with chain final drive.

    Also common between Honda’s new middleweights is the suspension, which uses a Showa separate function upside-down fork (SFF) in front – 6 kg lighter than previous. At the back is a monoshock with 10-position preload adjustment, attached to a cast aluminium swingarm.

    Braking is done with radial-mount Nissin callipers in front grabbing 310 mm discs with a single calliper and 240 mm drake disc on the rear wheel. Two-channel ABS is standard, as is Honda’s version of traction control, called Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

    Aside from the obvious difference in styling, where the CBR650R is a fully-faired sports bike while the CB650R follows Honda’s Neo Sports Cafe naked sports design, the CBR650R weighs in at 207 kg while the CB650R tips the scales at 202 kg. Fuel is carried in a 15.4-litre tank while seat height is set at 810 mm for both bikes.

    Inside the cockpit an all-new LCD instrument display can be found, with LED lighting now used in the front and rear. Colour options for the 2019 Honda CBR650R are Grand Prix Red and Matte Gun Powder Black Metallic, while the CB650R comes in Candy Chromosphere Red and Graphite Black, with delivery to Honda Big Wing showrooms expected to be next month.

    GALLERY: 2019 Honda CB650R
    GALLERY: 2019 Honda CBR650R

  • Modenas axes 175 cc supercub engine, new COO Roslan takes over, fresh RM1.3 million investment

    In a media session today, a new development has risen with regards to the 175 cc single-cylinder engine developed by Modenas. After a long wait for the engine to emerge in a new Modenas product in the supercub category – some seven years by rough estimate – it has been confirmed the engine project has been axed.

    This was confirmed by DRB-Hicom managing director Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar on the cancellation of the Modenas 150 cc engine project. According to Syed Faisal, the engine was designed according to the emissions standards of the time and to bring the engine specification up to Euro 4 or Euro 5 level would not be cost effective.

    With the cancellation of the engine project, what happens next for Modenas? No details were forthcoming save news of a RM1.3 million investment to establish 45 Modenas service centres this year.

    Modenas is also evaluating incentives given to its dealers to ensure they remain competitive in the current motorcycle market. More importantly, after its collaboration with Bajaj in 2017 and the introduction of several rebadged models, Modenas is evaluating a new strategic partner to increase its competitiveness.

    After the launch of the last rebadged model, the 2018 Modenas Dominar 400, Modenas has remained quiet of late. It was also announced a new chief operating officer has taken the helm at Modenas, Roslan Roskan, who reported for duty last week.

  • 2019 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 RS in Malaysia – RM109,900 excluding road tax, by special order only

    Triumph’s flagship naked sports bike is in Malaysia and is priced at RM109,900, excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Taking the existing three-cylinder Triumph engine as a basis, the boys from Hinkley have found an extra 10 PS and 4% more torque and lowered weight by 3 kg from 105 new engine parts.

    The inline-triple now pumps out 150 PS at 10,500 rpm and 117 Nm of torque at 7,150, with ride-by-wire and multipoint sequential EFI. A six-speed gearbox and chain final drive gets power to the ground with assist clutch that lowers lever effort.

    A new aluminium sub-frame lowers weight on the Speed Triple RS to 189 kg dry, 3 kg down from the 191 kg dry of the previous generation 1050. The single-sided swingarm from the previous model is retained, matched with new 10 spoke gloss finish wheels.

    Braking is now done with Brembo 4.32 Monobloc four-piston radial-mount callipers in front, grabbing twin 320 mm floating discs and a single Brembo calliper at the back clamping a 255 mm diameter disc. Suspension on the Speed Triple RS is premium, with Ohlins 43 mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping giving 120 mm travel and fully-adjustable Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with 130 mm rear wheel travel.

    Switchable two-wheel cornering ABS is standard, and traction control mated to a new inertial measurement unit (IMU) along with five ride modes gives the Speed Triple RS rider what Triumph touts as the most advanced Street Triple ever. Inside the cockpit an angle-adjustable full-colour TFT display shows everything the rider needs to know, including six different display modes.

    Other rider conveniences include cruise control, DRL headlights and for the Speed Triple RS only, keyless start. Colour options for the 2019 Triumph Speed Triple 1050 RS include Crystal White or Matte Jet Black while the lower specification Speed Triple S with Showa suspension, priced at RM97,900, comes in Jet Black or Crystal White.

  • 2019 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 in Malaysia – the “Flying Fortress” is priced at RM172,000 and by special order

    Available by special order, the 2019 Moto Guzzi was unveiled in Malaysia and is priced at RM172,000, excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Designed in the bagger style, with low slung rear boxes and large handlebar mounted fairing, the MGX-21 has been given the moniker “Flying Fortress” and is Moto Guzzi’s flagship touring rig.

    Meant to travel long distances in comfort, the MGX-21 was first unveiled in 2017 and is meant to be a showcase of Moto Guzzi’s engineering prowess. The MGX-21 power plant uses Guzzi’s trademark transverse air-cooled V-twin, displacing 1,380 cc and producing 96 hp at 6,500 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

    Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and shaft final drive, with fuelling done by Magneti Marelli using ride-by-wire. This allows for three-level traction control and the MGX-21 comes with three ride modes – Veloce, Turismo and Pioggia, translating to Sport, Touring and Rain, respectively.

    Also standard fitment is two-channel ABS and cruise control, as befits the MGX-21’s intended purpose as a touring cruiser. The MGX-21 is decked out in carbon-fibre and in terms of riding accessories, inside the cockpit is a monochrome LCD display and entertainment system with 25 W per channel amplifier.

    Bluetooth connectivity also for the connection of up to five devices, including the rider’s smartphone. This gives the rider the ability to make and receive phone calls and manage the music playlist. Of note is the 21-inch front wheel, with carbon-fibre covers over an aluminium alloy base that gives the MGX-21 a distinctive front-end.

    Brembo does the braking for the MGX-21, front and rear, with radial-mounted four-piston callipers on the front stainless steel floating discs. Suspension in the front is with 45 mm diameter telescopic forks while the rear end is propped up with twin remote reservoir shock absorbers adjustable for preload and rebound.

    The saddle sets the rider at 780 mm off the ground and wet weight for the MGX-21, without fuel, is said to be 341 kg. Orders for the 2019 Moto Guzzi MGX-21 can be placed at the Moto Guzzi showroom in The Gasket Alley, Petaling Jaya.

  • 2019 Yamaha Y15ZR M’sia price released – RM8,168

    Pricing for the 2019 Yamaha Y15ZR V2 has been disclosed and the very popular ‘Y Suku‘ will retail at a recommended price of RM8,168, excluding road tax, insurance and registration. The much awaited update to the Y15ZR was launched last month during the Malaysian Cub Prix championship round in Jasin, Melaka.

    The latest Y15ZR is offered in four colour choices – Striking Cyan, Blazing Red, Storm Blue and Dynamic Grey. Distributors Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) is also offering, free of charge, a brake disc lock worth RM100 for all purchases of the Y15ZR.

    Main update to the Y15ZR V2 is in the headlight, which comes in a new shape and uses LED lighting. Meanwhile, the instrument panel now uses a monochrome LCD panel.

    Going by specifications for the Y15ZR V2 in other ASEAN markets, some dimensions have been changed from the out going model, with an increase in length and width by 15 mm and 20 mm, respectively, while the seat height is up by 15 mm, along with an additional 2 kg in weight. Some of the weight gain can be attributed to the new front tyre size, now a 90-/80-17 as well as revised rear suspension.

    A new front mudguard has been fitted to accommodate the bigger tyre size and on the handlebars, new fittings are the passing light and engine kill switches. From the mechanical side of things, the Y15ZR V2 still uses the same single-cylidner, liquid-cooled, 150 cc engine producing 15.4 PS at 8,500 rpm and 13.8 Nm at 7,000 rpm.

    A five-speed gearbox gets power to the ground with chain final drive and fuel is carried in a 4.2-litre tank. The 2019 Yamaha Y15ZR V2 will be available in authorised HLYM dealer showrooms beginning next week.

  • FIRST RIDE: 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260S – looks like a cruiser, feels like a cruiser but isn’t a cruiser

    Over the last decade or so, Ducati, purveyor of fine performance motorcycles that are high strung like a thoroughbred racehorse, has not been afraid to come out with designs that break the mould, so to speak. When the Diavel first debuted in 2011, pundits were perplexed.

    While the Diavel did come with what is accepted as the traditional cruiser engine configuration, a V-twin, it certainly didn’t behave as such. Most put the Diavel in the “muscle bike category” and many dismissed it as a motorcycle for the poseur and the hipster coffee run.

    But the 2019 Diavel is, in Ducati’s words, “about 90% new” in this is not just a makeover of the current model. While the Diavel silhouette is retained, major rework of the suspension, braking and ergonomics of the 2019 Diavel does indeed underscore the fact that this is a very different machine from the previous-generation Ducati Diavel.

    So, what is a Diavel 1260, in this case the ‘S’ model we rode? For one thing, the inevitable comparison with offerings from that American firm will come to fore, as well as its sibling, the Ducati XDiavel. In the case of the XDiavel, its forward set controls and belt drive aim it towards the American cruiser market, while the Diavel 1260 is rather more ‘sporty’ in intent.

    What this means is the XDiavel will be sold alongside the Diavel 1260, with each targeted at a specific rider demographic. But, is this a case of a base design being slotted into model variants?

    As we were to find out, being invited for the international media test of the Diavel 1260S in Spain, things are not always what they seem, and the the new Diavel is definitely not a cruiser of any sort, though it does contain some of that laid back riding style DNA. Here’s what we discovered riding the new Diavel in the mountains around Marbella.

    Read the first look at the 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260S after the jump.

  • Foreign motorists with outstanding traffic summonses won’t be banned from entering Malaysia, for now

    Bukit Aman will discuss with relevant authorities to see if there’s a need to blacklist, and subsequently prevent foreign motorists with outstanding traffic summonses from entering the country, The Star reports.

    Inspector general of police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, said there’s presently no instructions from the government to the authorities, including the police, to implement such a course of action. “Our operation to identity traffic offenders, including foreigners, is routine and on-going from time to time,” he told reporters at the recent launch of the Southern Region Police band at the Johor Police Contingent headquarters.

    This follows Singapore’s new ruling to bar foreign vehicles with outstanding summonses from entering the republic. When asked to comment on the move, Mohamad Fuzi said “we don’t interfere with Singapore’s ruling as it is their prerogative.”

    To recap, Singapore authorities said that all foreign motorists who enter Singapore must abide by the country’s laws and settle any outstanding fines for any vehicle-related offences. Those who continue to disregard outstanding fines will not be allowed to enter the country.

    Singaporean news portalToday reported that 50 foreign vehicles were denied entry at Woodlands and Tuas since the ban was implemented on April 1. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said all offenders were turned away and diverted to separate parking spaces to be processed, although it’s unclear if this caused the usually long queues that motorists had complained about.

    Those who plan to enter Singapore should check if there’s any outstanding fines, and they can do so online through the AXS website and settle them promptly.


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Last Updated 11 May 2019