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  • GALLERY: 2018 BMW Motorrad HP4 Race – RM491,420

    Designed specifically as a track weapon, the 2018 BMW Motorrad HP4 Race is a showcase of BMW’s engineering prowess. As with all halo motorcycles, such as the Honda RC213V-S and Ducati 1299 Superleggera, the HP4 Race comes with a commensurate price tag – RM491,420, sans GST.

    This is a savings of RM29,480 from the GST price of RM520,900 and the specifications of the HP4 Race would justify it. Its carbon-fibre frame weighs 7.6 kg, weighing a full third less than the S1000 RR’s 11.6 kg aluminium frame.

    Producing 215 hp at 13,900 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm from its inline-four, liquid-cooled, DOHC 16-valve power plant, the HP Race uses a six-speed, straight-cut gear transmission and chain final drive. Rear wheel hop under heavy downshifting is modulated with a slipper clutch.

    While most make do with three or four levels of traction control, the HP4 Race gives the rider 15 levels of adjustment, including engine braking control. Four ride modes are standard – Wet, Intermediate, Dry 1 and Dry 2 – as is datalogging, lap timing and GPS.

    Also included in the HP4 Race’s electronics suite are a pit lane speed limiter, launch control, wheelie control, spring travel and brake pressure sensors. The rider’s position is also adjustable with eight-position footrests, adjustable handlebars and seat height, adjustable steering head angle and swingarm centre of rotation.

    Naturally braking and suspension is from the very top shelf, with Brembo GP4-R callipers using titanium pistons to clamp a pair of 320 mm diameter discs in front, actuated by a Brembo RCS 19×18 master cylinder. A pair of Ohlins FGR300 forks is mated with an Ohlins SD052 steering damper in front and Ohlins TTX36 GP monoshock in the back.

    Carbon-fibre wheels complete the fit-out, giving the HP4 Race a wet weight of 171 kg, ready to go. Limited to 750 units worldwide, the HP4 Race is hand-built by a dedicated team in Berlin, Germany, and comes solely in BMW Motorsport livery.

  • Malaysian racer Hafizh gains points in French MotoGP

    After finishing just outside the points with a 16th place in the previous MotoGP in Jerez, Spain, Malaysian racer Hafizh Syahrin made amends in the race at Le Mans, France. Finishing in 12th position, Hafizh, popularly known as “El Pescao” or “The Fish”, garnered four points, bringing his world championship total to 13.

    Recovering from an injury suffered during training in Spain a few weeks ago, Hafizh started the race in 18th position, fighting his way up to mid-pack, finishing 34.962 seconds behind the race winner. Meanwhile, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team mate Johann Zarco crashed out on lap 8 of his home race despite starting from pole position with a time of 1’31.185.

    Hafizh’ 13 points puts him within three points of rookie rival Franco Morbidelli of Italy, who rides for EG 0,0 Marc VDS on a Honda. Hafizh has previously stated his goal this year is to win the “Rookie of the Year” title.

    In Moto2, Khairul Idham Pawi (20), riding for Idemitsu Honda Team Asia finished 15th, earning him a single world championship point, his first for the 2018 season. Adam Norrodin, riding for Petronas Sprinta Racing in Moto3, crashed with one lap to go with the race won by Spaniard Albert Arenas of Angel Nieto Team Moto3.

    The 27-lap MotoGP race at Le Mans was won by Spaniard Marc Marquez of Repsol Honda with a time of 41’49.773 with Italians Danilo Petrucci and fan favourite Valentino Rossi coming in second and third, respectively. The MotoGP circus moves to Mugello, Italy on June 3 for the Oakley Italian Grand Prix.

  • BMW Motorrad removes GST from motorcycle prices

    In response to the Ministry of Finance directive that goods and services tax (GST) will be set at 0% effective June 1, BMW Motorrad Malaysia has released an updated price list for their motorcycle models. BMW Motorrad stated that the 0% GST rate will remain in effect till further notice is received from the Ministry of Finance.

    This reduction in tax does make some of the BMW Motorrad models slightly more attractive to the rider who purchases brand new. Its best-selling model, the R1200 GS adventure bike in base trim now goes for RM97,100, down RM5,800 from RM102,900.

    The bigger R1200 GS Adventure goes from RM114,900 to RM108,421, a drop of RM6,479. Reductions at the lower of the scale are much less, of course, with the G310 GS going for RM28,223, down RM1,677 and the mid-range F800 GS now priced at RM58,415, down from RM61,900.

    In the sports bike stage, the R1200 RS sports-tourer can be yours for RM96,157, a reduction of RM5,743 from the GST attached priced of RM101,900. Meanwhile, the S1000 RR super bike is now priced at RM102,761 from RM108,900, dropping RM6,139 with the removal of GST.

    As for the naked sports category in BMW Motorrad’s catalogue, the top-of-the-range R1200 R goes from RM97,900 to RM92,383 while the G310 R shows a less significant drop of RM1,508, going from RM26,900 to RM25,392. In the touring category, BMW Motorrad’s big six-cylinder machine, the K1600 GTL drops RM9,592 from RM169,900 to RM160,308.

    Greatest savings comes from the track-only HP4 Race, dripping in carbon-fibre and going to RM491,420 from RM520,900, a drop of RM29,480. What do you think dear reader? Is this enough to make you feel the effort of changing the government was worth it?

  • 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider, Softail Slim and Heritage Classic now in Malaysia, from RM121k ex GST

    Now in the Harley-Davidson showroom in Petaling Jaya is the 2018 Harley-Davidson Low Rider at RM120,800, the 2018 Softtail Slim at RM123,000 and 2018 Heritage Classic beginning from RM148,100. All prices for 2018 Harley-Davidsons in Malaysia exclude GST from June 1, 2018.

    Carrying the Milwaukee 8 1,745 cc V-twin, the Low Rider comes in two versions for Malaysia – in Vivid Black at RM120,800 and in Wicked Red as pictured for RM122,700, dropping from RM128,048 and RM130,062. Fed by EFI, the Low Rider puts out 149 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm.

    A variant on its Softail line, the Softail Slim comes with bobber styling and the Milwaukee 8 engine, displacing 1,745 cc and producing 145 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm. Pricing for the Softail Slim in Vivid Black is RM123,000 and coloured paint will cost RM124,800, coming down from RM130,380 and RM132,288 for GST prices, respectively.

    The touring version of the Softail, the Heritage Classic, comes with 1950s styling and saddlebags. It is powered by two versions of the Milwaukee 8 – the 107 at 1,745 cc and 145 Nm of torque and the 114 which displaces 1,868 cc and 155 Nm of torque.

    As for pricing, the Heritage Classic comes in three paint options – Vivid Black, Colour and Two-tone. For the Heritage Classic 107, Vivid Black costs RM148,100, Colour at RM150,000 and Two-tone goes for RM152,000, while the Heritage Classic will cost RM160,000, RM161,800 and RM163,800, respectively.

  • 2019 Triumph Street Triple 765RS in new colours – priced at RM62,900, 765S at RM49k, 765R at RM57k

    With the change in Malaysian government and much news about GST being zero-rated, the 2019 Triumph Street Triple 765RS is updated for the model year in two new colours – Matte Black and Crystal White. The price of the Street Triple 765RS is now estimated to be RM62,900, which excludes GST, but is pending approval from the authorities.

    Mechanically unchanged from the 2017 model, the 765RS carries Triumph’s trademark inline-triple with DOHC and 12-valves, producing 121 hp at 11,700 rpm and 77 Nm of torque at 10,800 rpm. Fuelling is done by multipoint sequential fuel injection and ride-by-wire throttle.

    Power gets to the ground via a quickshifter equipped six-speed gearbox with slip-assisted clutch and chain final drive. A full electronics suite comes with the 765RS, including five ride modes and switchable traction control and ABS is standard.

    Braking is done with Brembo’s top-of-the-line M50 four-piston radial monobloc calliper brakes, grabbing 310 mm diameter discs in front. Suspension also uses high-end components, comprising of a Showa 41 mm diameter upside-down fork in front and Ohlins STX40 monoshock in the rear, both fully-adjustable.

    Other models in the Triumph Street Triple 765 range are the base model 765S at RM48,900 and the low seat 765R at RM56,900. The 2019 Triumph Street Triple 765RS in new colours is available for sale at Triumph Malaysia.

  • VIDEO: Petronas Sprinta “Experience to Believe” ride

    Here is a video of the Petronas “Experience to Believe” ride to Phuket, Thailand. Held in conjunction with the launch of Petronas Sprinta with Ultraflex motorcycle lubricant, the cross-border ride saw some 35 riders take part, which culminated with the launch event at Patong Beach during Phuket Bike Week.

    The ride was flagged off by Petronas vice president of Downstream Marketing from the Petronas station at Technology Park Malaysia on April 10. The Petronas bikers were led by Mohd Khalid Mohd Latiff, Petronas Lubricants International (PLI) Asia-Pacific regional head.

    Petronas is committed to both the Asia-Pacific and global market as a lubricant supplier and aims to be one of the world’s top five lubricant and mechanical fluids suppliers by 2019. “Regardless of its purpose, extensive usage and exposure to heavy traffic puts a lot of stress on the engine,” said Giuseppe D’Arrigo, group chief executive officer of Petronas Lubricants International.

    Designed to provide reduced engine stress and longer bike life, Petronas Sprinta with Ultraflex was developed in the newly launched Petronas Global Research and Technology Centre in Turin, Italy. Petronas Sprinta comes in several versions – F900, F700, F300 – to suit different performance applications and size of motorcycle engine.

  • 2018 Honda EX5 cub in new colours – from RM5,150

    Legendary Malaysian motorcycle, the 2018 Honda EX5 kapchai is updated for the new year in new colours, and priced at RM4,859 for the kickstart version in Pearl Magellanic Black and Pearl Nightfall Blue with spoked wheels. Meanwhile, the electric start Honda EX5 comes in Pearl Nightfall Blue, Space Magenta Metallic and Candy Scintillated Red with cast wheels and can be had for RM5,404.

    Prices include GST but exclude insurance, road tax and registration. With the updated EX5 designed to attract a younger customer demographic, Boon Siew Honda has sold over 2 million EX5 models in Malaysia since its launch in 1987.

    The EX5 is powered by a air-cooled, single-cylinder, OHC engine that displaces 109.17 cc and is claimed to produce 8.35 hp at 7,500 rpm and 8.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. A four-speed constant mesh gearbox with wet centrifugal clutch gets power to the ground.

    Fuel from the 4.3-litre tank is fed to the engine by Honda’s PGM-Fi and suspension is with telescopic forks in front and dual shock absorbers in the back adjustable for pre-load. Both the electric and kick start versions of the EX5 come with drum brakes front and rear.

    New graphics adorn the front fairing, tail piece and side covers with chrome emblem and passenger grab rail underscoring the retro look of the EX5. Weight for the 2018 Honda EX5 is claimed to be 97 kg for the spoked wheel version, while the cast wheel model weighs in at 99 kg and deliveries are expected to arrive at authorised Honda dealers this week.

  • Is the Honda V4 superbike making a comeback?

    A rumour that keeps popping up time and again is Honda will be making a V4 superbike to run alongside its current model CBR1000RR. This is not without precedent, as back in the early 80s, Honda made both the CB-series of inline-fours together with the VF/VFR range of V4 engines.

    Considering the VF engine morphed from a fire-breathing racebike into a range of softer sports-tourers like the VFR1200 and VFR800, news of the Honda V4 going back to its sports bike roots is rather exciting. Unfortunately the rumour has been floating around the internet for the last two decades, as pointed out by website Asphalt and Rubber.

    While the CBR1000RR, now in base, SP1 and SP2 versions and soon to be released in Malaysia, produces some 189 hp in base trim, 200 hp is the industry norm for four-cylinder superbikes, and is the number Honda has to achieve. That the CBR1000RR has always been a somewhat light machine counts in its favour, assuming Honda translates that into the rumoured V4.

    Honda’s V4 mill has always been positioned as a versatile engine, gracing the V45 Interceptor, Sabre naked sports and Magna cruiser in 1983, the year of its market introduction after being shown in Cologne in 1982. As a racebike, the V4 served well in the RC30 from 1988 to 1993, with the RC45 taking over till 2000, when it was replaced by the RC51 V-twin.

    Currently, Honda offers the V4 in the VFR1200F and VFR800 sports-touring machines, along with the limited edition RC213V-S and the ST1300. Boon Siew Honda Malaysia has not released pricing for the 2018 Honda CBR1000RR but the Honda RC213V-S is available for purchase at a price of “about RM1.1 million.”

    GALLERY: 2017 Honda CBR1000RR

    GALLERY: 2017 Honda RC213V-S

  • Zulfahmi drops out of 2018 Moto2 championship

    After being a last minute replacement for Hafizh Syahrin in the 2018 Moto2 World Championship, Malaysian racer Zulfahmi Khairuddin announced he is leaving SIC Racing Team after only four races. The termination is by mutual agreement and effective immediately.

    Zulfahmi came to SIC Racing Team from two seasons in the Supersport World Championship, where he raced a Kawasaki ZX-6R with Orelac Racing. During the 2018 Moto2 season, Zulfahmi only managed a best of 26th position at the Argentina Grand Prix and retired after nine laps during the last race at Jerez, Spain.

    “After the last race in Jerez, I find it very difficult for me to make any sort of improvement in my results since the start of the season. After careful thought and deep discussion with the team, I have decided that it was best for me to end my Moto2 career,” said Zulfahmi.

    However, Zulfahmi will still be involved in racing in his current role as the mentor in the SIC-backed ‘Impian ke MotoGP’ programme – a programme to unearth raw talents in two wheeled racing. ” I would like to thank Zulfahmi for his hard work and dedication after four rounds in the championship,” said Datuk Razlan Razali, chief executive officer of SIC.

    “I’m aware it was difficult for him to adapt to the super competitive Moto2 championship even with his experience in the World Supersport Championship,” Razali said. “But at that time, Zulfahmi was the available option we had judging from his experience. Although he may not quite be ready physically and mentally to race in Moto2, he took the challenge in his stride and did give his best in each of the rounds,” Razlan continued.

    Meanwhile, fellow Malaysian Hafizh Syharin also faced mixed fortunes at the previous MotoGP in Jerez, finishing in 16th position despite injuries sustained whilst training on a bicycle. Hafizh, better known to fans as “El Pescao” or The Fish, has nine points in the MotoGP championship standings.

  • REVIEW: 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS – the killer cometh

    Way back in the 1970s, when disco ruled and ABBA topped the charts, the Universal Japanese Machine, or UJM, was king of the roads. 40 years later, it appears the UJM has returned in all its glory as the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS, priced locally at RM67,900 for the base model, and RM69,900 for the Special Edition.

    Right about now we will be seeing angry retorts from readers about how this machine is over-priced for rolling nostalgia and this is all, well, someone’s fault. But as they say, thankfully, Malaysia is still peaceful, and we have the chance to ride our wonderful highways with the latest addition to the retro bike fad.

    When Kawasaki Motors Malaysia launched the Z900 naked sports a year or so ago, one thing that struck us was the four-cylinder mill would make a good basis for a retro bike. While some might like the Sugomi design trend, riding a motorcycle that looks like a Transformer is not everyone’s cup of motor oil.

    Thus, the announcement of the Z900RS made us sit up, and seeing it in the flesh at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy, last year made us want to ride it all the more. What would be the same, and what is different?

    When Kawasaki handed us the keys to both the Z900RS and Z900RS SE, the boys from put the pair of retros through the paces. To say we had some expectations for the way these bikes would perform would be putting it mildly, as the author has pretty much ridden every naked four-cylinder Kawasaki made since the appearance of the first Z1.

    Read the review of the 2018 Kawasaki Z900RS after the jump.


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Last Updated 21 Jun 2018