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  • Malaysian govt may withdraw bike convoy permission under RMCO, other freedoms may be restricted

    With the implementation of the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), many Malaysians seem to have forgotten the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging in many parts of the world and has not been eliminated or eradicated here. This caution seems to have fallen on deaf ears as many are taking a lackadaisical approach to prevention measures against the spread of the coronavirus.

    This was said by Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Deputy Minister (Security) during a press conference broadcast by Astro Awani. Saying the closing of the East Coast Highway (LPT) over the weekend where bikers were stopped and checked was an isolated incident, Sabri said this was the first occurrence and hoped it would not be repeated.

    “Police will take action against RMCO offences. However, if this continues to happen and there are mass gatherings, no social distancing, it is likely we will review the permission (for motorcycle convoys),” Sabri said. Sabri then gave the example of RMCO permissions for certain business premises being withdrawn and said the same could happen to motorcycle convoys.

    “Like restaurants or business premises that flout RMCO standard operating procedures (SOP), there are restaurants there were closed for not following SOP. I hope motorcycle convoy participants will adhere to SOP because if too many do not follow the rules, this will result in all convoys being banned,” said Sabri.

     
     
  • Police crackdown on bikers on LPT – 600 stopped

    Police cracked down on motorcycle riders speeding on the East Coast Highway (LPT) over the weekend, closing off the road entirely and diverting them for a check. This occurred at the R&R stations at Lanchang and Chenor in Pahang.

    Beginning at 2 p.m., the operation, dubbed Ops Tutup Khas went on for three hours, reports Berita Harian. Speaking to the press, Traffic Police Investigation department assistant director I Datuk Mohd Nadzri Hussain, said 600 riders and their motorcycles were examined during operation.

    358 summons were issued for various traffic offences and 20 motorcycles were seized. Involving 12 officers and 52 police personnel, assisted by five Department of Environment staff and 10 member of the National Anti Drug Agency, riders were examined for compliance to traffic regulation and their motorcycles for legal compliance, including noise restrictions.

    Amongst offences committed were expired licence and road tax as well as illegal modifications. “What I regret most is some of the rider were riding without a rear brake. This is dangerous not only to themselves but also other road users, ” said Nadzri.

    Meanwhile, three riders were found to be under the influence of narcotics while seven others were caught for environmental offences. “Many of these riders are youth and we advise them if they are interested in racing the highway is not the place but take it to Sepang instead,” Nadzri said.

     
     
  • Aston Martin AMB 001 undergoes track test in France

    Scheduled for delivery in the final quarter of 2020, the Aston Martin AMB 001 motorcycle is undergoing track testing at Pau-Arnos in France. A collaboration between Aston Martin and boutique motorcycle maker Brough Superior, the AMB 001 will be produced in a limited run of only 100 units and is provisionally priced, depending on options, at 108,000 euros (RM518,533).

    Current testing of the prototype AMB 001 will lead to production starting at Brough’s facility in Toulouse in the third quarter of this year. For this phase of the AMB 001’s journey to the finished product, data is being collected on on the bike’s behaviour, including cornering, braking, acceleration and riding dynamics.

    Power in the AMB 001 comes from a turbocharged V-twin mill, which, if taken from the current model Brough Superior SS100, will displace 997 cc. Aston Martin says the AMB 001 will deliver 180 hp, helped by the addition of an intercooler and oversized inlet manifold.

    Extensive use is made of modern engineering materials such as carbon-fibre, titanium and billet aluminium in the building of the AMB 001, including a frame and sub-frame made from carbon-fibre. A vertical aluminium fin bisects the AMB 001’s fuel tank, a styling touch throwing back to the days of Aston Martin’s Le Mans endurance racing cars.

    A distinctive touch is the double-wishbone front fork, similar to the nose gear suspension used in airplanes while the brake callipers are Brough Superior branded units. Inside the cockpit is a full-colour TFT-LCD while an aluminium band on the tank fin shows the AMB 001 edition number.

     
     
  • 2020 GPX Demon GR200R in Malaysia soon

    Following its recent launch in Thailand, the 2020 GPX Demon GR200R will be coming to Malaysia soon, with pricing to be announced. This Thailand brand is familiar to Malaysian riders, following the launch of the GPX Demon 150 GR in February last year.

    While the previous Demon 150 GR drew comments from riders about its resemblance to the Ducati Panigale, this time around the Demon GR200R looks a lot like a Yamaha YZF-R1. There will be no remarks about scooter wheels and the such as wheel sizing for the GR200R is now 17-inches, allowing for fitment of popular tyre sizes.

    The bump in displacement also moves the GR200R into ‘proper’ motorcycle territory, with the addition of liquid-cooling to the single-cylinder, 198 cc engine, wrapped in a trellis frame, produces 17.2 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. GPX Thailand did not produce any horsepower numbers but we would guess something between 16 to 19 hp would be appropriate.

    Power gets to the ground via chain final drive and a six-speed gearbox where a five-speed gearbox is the norm in this price segment. Braking uses hydraulic discs with a two-piston calliper and 276 mm disc on the front wheel and 220 mm at the back.

    Front suspension is done with non-adjustable upside-down forks with a seven-step preload adjustable YSS monoshock in the rear. Inside the cockpit is a full-colour TFT-LCD display showing all the necessary information while LED lighting is used throughout.

    Dimensionally the Demon GR200R fits into the quarter-litre class with a wheel base of 1,340 mm and overall length of 2,020 mm while seat height is 815 mm. GPX claims the weight of the Demon GR200R to be 150 kg while fuel is carried in an 11-litre tank.

    For Thailand, the 2020 GPX Demon GR200R is priced at 76,500 Thai baht (RM10,601) while the Demon 150GR had a Malaysian retail price of RM9,800 in 2019. For the Malaysia domestic market, current competition for the Demon GR200R includes the Modenas Pulsar RS200 at RM9,990 and in the naked sports range, the TVS Apache RTR200 V2.0 at RM10,950 and KTM Duke 200 at RM11,888.


     
     
  • 2020 Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally released for Europe

    Named after a desert in the Central Sahara region of Africa, the 2020 Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally has now been released for the European market. Drawing on DNA from the very first XT600 Tenere back in 1983, the Tenere 700 Rally, also known as the XTZ700SP, comes decked out in a colour scheme taken from the Gauloises Yamaha Paris-Dakar competition bike of the 80s.

    While Malaysian riders still wait for news of the release of the Yamaha XT700 Tenere, this is an upgraded version of a dual-sport motorcycle. There is an important distinction here, not every tall suspension motorcycle is designed to handle heavy-duty off-road with most offerings in the market biased towards the touring side of “adventure-touring.”

    This is shown by the use of upside-telescopic forks in front with 210 mm of travel and a mono shock with 200 mm of travel. Wheels are similarly sized for true dirt work with a 21-inch spoked wheel in front and 18-inch unit at the back, shod in 90/90 and 150/70 Pirelli Scorpion rubber, front and rear.

    Seat height and ground clearance are similarly biased towards off-road work, with the rider placed 895 mm off the ground, 20 mm higher than the standard Tenere 700 and 240 mm of air underneath the bike. Fuel for the Tenere 700 is carried in a 16-litre tank and weight, fully-fuelled and ready to go, is claimed to be 204 kg.

    Motive power comes from Yamaha’s 689 cc Crossplane 2 parallel-twin, with liquid-cooling, DOHC and four-valves per cylinder. Power with the standard equipment Akrapovic exhaust is claimed to be 72 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, with power getting to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive.

    Braking is done with twin 282 mm diameter hydraulic discs in front and a single 280 mm disc on the back wheel, with switchable ABS. Rally style lighting is done with a four-element LED headlight and an aluminium skid plate, radiator guard and chain guard are supplied as standard.

    Also designed for off-road work is the rubber grip pads, meant to provide extra knee and inner thigh grip during acceleration while standing up and off-road handlebar grips. The 2020 Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally is expected to arrive in Yamaha Europe dealer showrooms this July.

     
     
  • KTM unveils 2021 EXC motocross and enduro bikes

    Austrian motorcycle maker KTM has a reputation for making all-out motocross and enduro motorcycles that handle the dirt well and its 2021 KTM EXC range seems to be no exception. Comprising of three two-stroke and four four-stroke machines, the 2021 EXCs come in a range of displacements from 150 cc to 500 cc.

    Displacing 300 cc, the 2021 KTM 300 EXC TPI is a fuel-injected, two-stroke, single-cylinder that has proven itself in worldwide competition. Now in its fourth model year, the 300 EXC offers the benefits of a lightweight engine package that does not require adjustment or re-jetting for altitude, temperature or weight considerations.

    Along with electronically controlled lubrication, the 300 EXC TPI offers all the advantages of a racing two-stroke with none of the drawbacks. The 300 EXC TPI is accompanied by the KTM 150 EXC TPI, a lightweight racing motocross machine, as well as the 300 EXC TPI Erzbergrodeo, a limited edition “ready to race” bike loaded with performance upgrades and the 300 EXC TPI Six Days series.

    On the four-stroke side of the gallery is the 2021 KTM EXC-F range, with engines going from 350 cc to 500 cc. Very popular amongst enduro riders the 350 EXC-F, combining the weight of a 250 machine with the power of a 450.

    For 2021, the 349.7 cc mill on the 350 EXC-F weighs just 28 kg, wrapped in a chassis that comes in at 103.8 kg without fuel. Meanwhile, the 450 EXC-F and 500 EX-F weigh just two kg more, at 105.6 kg.

     
     
  • The life-sized Lego model of the Ducati Panigale V4R

    In case the Lego Technic Ducati Panigale V4R is not enough for you and the actual Panigale V4R at RM299,000 is too passe, here’s a life-sized Ducati Panigale V4R made from Lego Technic bricks. Taking about 400 hours, artist Riccardo Zangelmi built a 1:1 scale replica of Ducati’s top shelf racing super bike.

    The entire build consumed 15,000 Lego bricks and weighs some 180 kg, making it heavier than the actual Panigale V4R. Zangelmi tore down and rebuilt the model eight times during the course of construction and eschewed the use of CAD or other modelling software.

    No glue was used for the build and the main Lego Technic components used were beams and pins. In terms of colour, Zangelmi found himself using red, black, light grey most often in order to replicate the looks of the actual Panigale V4R.

    Displayed alongside the real thing during a launch event held at the Modena racetrack, the life-size Lego Panigale V4 R was unveiled by Ducati MotoGP team racer Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, along with Lego Italy general manager Paolo Lazzarin.

    “Participating in this LEGO Italia and Ducati project was the most professional challenge exciting I’ve ever dealt with. I went beyond all limits and I won by crossing the finish line in a team,” said Zangelmi. For the future, Zanglemi has ambitions to reproduce his Lego Ducati Panigale V4R, this time as a dynamic model.

     
     
  • Scrambler Ducati Club Italia for fight against Covid-19, exclusive to Scuderia Italia members

    For the fight against the Covid-19 global pandemic, which has left much of the European economy affected by lockdowns, Ducati has issued a very exclusive edition of its 2020 Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport Pro. Limited for purchase by Scuderia Club Italia members, the Scrambler Ducati Club Italia will have a maximum of 80 units made with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Sant’Orsola Hospital in Bologna, Italy.

    This is because the Scuderia Club, which comprises of vintage/racing car drivers, connoisseurs and enthusiasts, is limited to maximum of 80 members by charter. What this means is even if you want to buy the Scrambler Club Italia new, you can’t, you’ll have to wait till one of the members sells their bike, if ever.

    Scuderia Club Italia and Ducati have previously collaborated on a limited edition motorcycle exclusive to club members. This was back in 1995 with the production of 36 Monster 900 Club Italia motorcycles, sought after by collectors today.

    The Scrambler Ducati Club Italia comes with several items unique to this edition, including a red leather seat by Poltrona Frau, embroidered with the Club Italia logo. The exclusive seat is complemented by the metallic blue tank with bright red side panels, topped off by the Giugiaro-designed Ducati logo.

    Adding to the desirability of the Scrambler Ducati Club Italia is Termignoni exhaust cans in titanium and a fuel tank cap in machined billet aluminium, adorned with the Club Italia logo on the underside. Billet aluminium is also used for the LED indicators, brake and clutch levers, fluid reservoir covers, frame plugs and footpegs.

    Club Italia members were recently given an exclusive preview of the Scrambler Ducati Club Italia with several orders being placed for delivery in September 2020. Every Scrambler Ducati Club Italia comes with a a personalised bike cover, a certificate of authenticity and Bell helmet matching the bike.

     
     
  • 2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT colour update, RM58,888

    After being in the Malaysia market a year and half, the 2020 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT gets a colour update while pricing remains the same at RM58,888 recommended retail, excluding road tax, insurance and registration. The new colour options for the Tracer 900 GT are Reddish Copper dan Midnight Silver.

    Designed as a sports tourer, the Tracer 900 GT comes with the engine from Yamaha’s MT-09, a three-cylinder mill displacing 847 cc. Mated to a six-seed gearbox, the Tracer 900 GT produces 115 PS at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm.

    For braking, a twin set of 298 mm diameter discs on the front wheel do the job while the rear wheel has a 245 mm diameter disc, with two-channel ABS. As befits the ‘GT’ name tag, the Tracer 900 GT comes equipped with a quickshifter, cruiser control, fully-adjustable suspension, heated bar grips as well as a TFT-LCD instrument panel resembling the unit on the YZF-R1 super bike.

    Fuel for the Tracer 900 GT is carried in a 18.7-litre tank and 17-inch wheels indicate the bike is oriented more towards the touring side of things. Rider conveniences include a slip and assist clutch, two-level traction control that can be disabled, three ride modes and manually-adjustable windshield.

    Authorised distributor Hong Long Yamaha Motor (HLYM) offers a two-year or 20,000 km warranty for the 2020 Yamaha Tracer GT. For every purchase of a Tracer 900 GT, HLYM will be giving away a brake disc lock worth RM200.

     
     
  • Confederate Motorcycles becomes Combat Motors

    In a move to avoid possible negative publicity and backlash from the domestic unrest in the US by using the name, Confederate Motorcycles has changed its name to Combat Motors. From the original Confederate Motorcycles in 1991, which morphed into Curtiss Motorcycles and producing a range of electric motorcycles, the Confederate Motorcycles name was purchased by venture capital fund Ernest Lee Capital.

    Taking many of the previous Confederate Motorcycles design, assembly, sales, service and support team. owner Ernest Lee set up a production facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Using the Harley-Davidson FXDR as a base, a series of three new models was introduced this year – the Hellcat and the Hellcat Speedster, accompanied by a third model with an S&S engine, the Wraith.

    The new American made cruisers join the current model lineup – F-117 Combat Fighter, P-51 Combat Fighter, FA-13 Combat Bomber – which, along with the Wraith, come with an S&S V-twin displacing either 1,917 cc or 2,163 cc. Equipment options for Combat Motors builds include ST wheels, RaceTech suspension, Beringer Brakes, Motogadget electronics, a Bandit clutch and frames machined from billet 6061 or 7075 aluminium.

    “Our motorcycles are realized through a partnership with our various members of our team who design, build and distribute these one of a kind masterpieces. We feel that the new name better exemplifies the spirit and values of that team, said Lee. “Our brand is bigger than any one of us and needed to be something that would match the values of the company and the feeling that people get when they see our motorcycles for the first time,” Lee said.

    Support for previous and current model Confederate Motorcycle will continue from Combat Motors facility in Birmingham. This includes any owner who might be interested in a model update or re-branding their Confederate Motorcycle to the Combat Motors name.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 11 Jul 2020