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  • Harley-Davidson Street 750 launched – RM62,888

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    Naza Prestige Bikes has introduced the Harley-Davidson Street 750 in Malaysia – the brand’s new entry-level Dark Custom lineup model is aimed at a new target audience for the brand here, specifically younger urban riders.

    The Street series cruiser – which is assembled in India – is powered by a Revolution X liquid-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin engine, the 750 cc unit good for 56 hp at 8,000 rpm and 59 Nm of twist at 4,000 rpm in terms of output numbers. The mill is mated to a six-speed belt-drive transmission.

    As standard, the bike comes equipped with black seven-spoke cast aluminium wheels, riding on 17-inch x 2.5-inch fronts and 15-inch x 3.5 inch rears. Black is the thematic colour here – the engine and covers are finished in the shade, as are the bike’s front end (fork gators and towers), pull-back handlebar and 2-into-1 upswept exhaust.

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    The Street 750’s understated, plain look is very much an invitation to customise it, and that’s what Naza Prestige is offering potential customers – the company has introduced a Naza World Customs programme in which a Street 750 can be dressed up any way an owner sees fit. Customised examples were on show at the launch at Harley-Davidson KL earlier today, providing a colourful contrast to the base bike.

    The customisation work is done locally by the company’s HD-trained custom builders, and a job takes about three weeks to complete – currently, there are three packages available as a guideline, but buyers will have the ability to mix and match elements not included in these. The customisation route starts from a basic price of around RM6,000.

    As for the Street 750 itself, the bike is priced at RM62,888 (including GST), and comes with a two-year factory warranty and a three-year/80,000 km extended warranty by Naza Prestige. It’s available in three colours – Vivid Black, Black Denim and Fire Red.

     
     
  • Vespa Sprint launched in Malaysia – 3V 150cc, RM15k

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    Official importer Naza Premira launched the Vespa Sprint in Petaling Jaya this afternoon. Today’s Vespa Sprint is said to be the spiritual successor of the classic Vespa S, marking the “return” of the Vespino. Nods to the original scooter include the sporty saddle (black cover with white line finish) and signature square headlamps.

    While the Sprint is unmistakably Vespa, there are modern touches to it like the LED daytime running lights, multifunction digital display and redesigned 12-inch aluminium alloy wheels. We think it looks cooler than the LX and LXV, and should be popular with Klang Valley’s growing population of bearded hipsters.

    The Sprint is powered by a 154.8 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine with three valves (two intake, one exhaust), single overhead cam and electronic fuel injection. It produces 11.7 hp (8.7 kW) and 12 Nm of torque, and is paired to a CVT automatic transmission.

    Designed in built at Piaggio’s Pontedera plant, the 3V engine is lighter and more fuel-efficient than a two-valve design. A new free-wheel electric starter and dry centrifugal clutch help bring fuel consumption down – at an average speed of 50 km/h, the Sprint will return 64 km/l.

    A redesigned frame means that the battery is moved into the central tunnel of the footrest, freeing up 16.6 litres of space in the helmet compartment. Vibrations are kept at bay by a new engine mounting system made up of two-position arms and a new front suspension that connects to the wheel via a hinged pin instead of screws. It’s equipped with Enhanced Sliding Suspension (ESS), while the brakes are 200 mm discs in front and drums at the back.

    Available in six colours – white, red, grey, blue, yellow and orange – the Vespa Sprint is priced at RM15,028 with GST, or RM15,617 on-the-road with insurance. All Vespa models come with a two-year or 20,000 km warranty.

    At the event, Naza Premira also announced the new Vespa Assist service. Supported by AAM Bikers Assist, Vespa Assist offers 24/7 breakdown assistance, free towing, minor on-the-spot repairs, plus AAM insurance, inspection and valuation services. New owners who register their Vespa after April 1 2015 are entitled to free Vespa Assist for one year. The dedicated hotline is 011-22031111.

     
     
  • Honda BULLDOG concept wants to be your best friend

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    The Honda BULLDOG concept has just been unveiled at the 2015 Osaka Motorcycle Show. Billed as a rider-friendly study on two wheels, the concept adheres to the theme of what Honda calls the “Lovable Touring Partner” – you have to love the Japanese!

    Powering the motorcycle is a 400 cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC two-cylinder engine – mated to a six-speed transmission – that’s been tuned to deliver an “easy to handle” power delivery. In staying true to its easy-going nature, the Honda BULLDOG concept rides on 15-inch wheels, front and rear, and its 730 mm seat height ensures a low, stable centre of gravity.

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    Storage compartments are aplenty with the inclusion of a carrier compartment for “camping-touring” while additional cargo capacity comes courtesy of an “accessory storage” space on either sides of the fuel tank. Styling wise, the motorcycle features simple yet charming cues such as the twin circular head lamps while the body itself possesses a stumpy, grounded stance.

    We’re not so sure about the contrasting turquoise highlights, though. While it may add a bit of colour and flair, it could end up looking like a refugee from the set of a B-grade sci-fi film – moto Tron tak jadi, perhaps?

     
     
  • 2015 BMW World Malaysia confirmed for April 17-19

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    Calling all BMW fans! The 2015 BMW World Malaysia exhibition has been confirmed with an official teaser site of the event now online. Set to take place on April 17 to 19 (from 10 am to 6 pm), the showcase will be held at the Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort. Tickets are already on sale from RM18.

    The theme for the 2015 show has been billed as “Innovation in Motion,” and will see the launch of six new BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad models. We’ll have to wait and see what these models are.

    For the first-ever BMW World event to be held in Malaysia, the BMW 328 Hommage concept will be brought in and showcased for all to see. Initially unveiled in 2011, the event will also serve as the 328 Hommage’s Asian debut.

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    The last (and closest, incidentally) BMW World showcase was held in Singapore last year. The event, then themed “Stories in Motion”, showcased models such as the BMW M1, the i3 and i8 pair as well as the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe and models from the MINI and BMW Motorrad brand.

    Mark your calendars down, everyone. This one looks set to be one heck of an exhibition indeed. More details can be had at the BMW World Malaysia microsite, you can buy your tickets there too. All proceeds from the tickets will be channeled to Agathians Shelter.

     
     
  • Highway Code test to be shared by car, motorcycle licence applicants, fees may be lower as a result

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    The Transport ministry has decided that car and motorcycle licence applicants will only have to take one Highway Code theory test, according to various reports.

    “Currently, those who wish to get a car or a motorcycle licence have to study the car and motorcycle modules separately, and have to sit for two tests. After receiving complaints (from driving schools), we decided that they would still need to study both the modules separately, but only take a single test,” Transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai told The Star.

    He added that the director-general of the Road Transport Department (JPJ) has already been requested to issue the directive to all driving schools.

    As a result, JPJ expects the licence fees to go down. “JPJ will implement the system as soon as possible for the convenience of all parties and I think the fee for driving licences will be lower after this,” Bernama quoted director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad as saying.

     
     
  • Vespa LT 150 3V IE launched in Malaysia – RM9,888

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    Naza Premira, the official importer and distributor of the Vespa brand, has launched the new (deep breath) Vespa LT 150 3V IE in Malaysia. Assembled in Vietnam, the new LT 150 comes with an air-cooled, 154.8 cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine with electronic fuel injection.

    Total power output is rated at 12 hp at 7,500 rpm and 12 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Transmission is of the CVT variety. Stopping power comes courtesy of 140 mm rear drum brake while the up front, a 200 mm disc brake is featured.

    A single arm with helical spring and double-acting hydraulic shock absorber makes up the front suspension setup while the rear comprises of a single shock absorber with adjustable preload feature for four individual settings.

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    “Vespa Malaysia has seen a vast growth and is gaining tremendous popularity in Malaysia market, with more people recognizing the brand as a lifestyle product rather than just a means of mobility,” said Datuk Wira Haji SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Naza Group CEO.

    In keeping with the distinct Vespa styling, the new LT 150 retains the trademark aesthetic appeal while electronic fuel injection improves efficiency by up to 30% when compared to its predecessor. It features a dual-toned saddle with embossed Vespa badging, Italian flags on both sides and signature round headlamp.

    The Vespa LT 150 3V IE is available in two colours – red and orange. Basic selling price is quoted at RM9,888.

     
     
  • Shell Win Free Fuel – win free fuel for up to one year!

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    Shell Malaysia today announced a new contest, dubbed ‘Shell Win Free Fuel’, in which up to 10,000 dedicated customers stand a chance to walk home with a share of over RM2 million worth of free fuel. The contest kicks off on December 23 2014 and will go one for 12 weeks before ending on March 15 2015.

    To participate, patrons are required to purchase a minimum of RM30 worth of any Shell petrol or diesel, including Shell FuelSave and Shell V-Power at any Shell station located across the nation. Following that, it’s as simple as answering one question and attaching the original receipt on the contest form.

    “At Shell Malaysia, we are committed to helping Malaysians make smarter spending choices on the road and in life. We understand that the rakyat are concerned with the rising cost of living, and we see this as an opportunity to ease their burden and give them one less thing to think about,” said Tuan Haji Azman Ismail, managing director of Shell Malaysia Trading and Shell Timur.

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    For each month throughout the contest period, three grand prize winners will be announced, with every one of them going home with up to RM10,000 worth of a year’s free fuel. In addition to that, a total of 835 customers will stand a chance to win RM200 worth of fuel each week.

    At the launch of the contest, Shell also showcased its Select deli2go mobile store – constructed out of a recycled shipping container – which offers customers a wide variety of refreshments, ranging from “baked gourmet pastries and scrumptious hotdogs to premium brewed coffee.”

     
     
  • Replacement of documents free for flood victims – JPJ

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    In light of the recent floods, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) has announced that it will not charge individuals who opt to replace missing/damaged documents including probational licences as well as registration cards and full driver’s licences (CDL).

    Datuk Sri Ismail Ahmad, JPJ director-general, has stated that the initiative was undertaken to provide as much financial aid to the victims as possible. The cost for a replacement copy of a learner’s licence is RM10 with probationary and full driver’s licences rated at RM20. Replacement registration cards for motorcycles and cars are priced at RM20 and RM50, respectively.

    To apply for a replacement, affected individuals need only to show up at respective JPJ quarters with the original damaged paperwork or an issue of a police report made in relation to the missing document(s).

     
     
  • VIDEO: Indian man performing yoga on his motorcycle

    Here’s something incredible to watch while you wait for the weekend to officially arrive. Gugulotu Lachiram has passion for both yoga and motorcycles, and he’s decided to bring them both together by performing yoga exercises on a moving motorcycle.

    Just watch the video above to see him pull off stunts that will probably put most of our local ‘supermen’ to shame, or perhaps even inspire them. Some of the stunts look physically impossible to pull off – watch out for one where he hangs off the rear of the bike. How does that weight balance even work?

    Of course, we don’t condone doing such stunts on public roads, or for that matter riding in such a manner in the first place. Always remember, safety should always be at the top of your mind – having a helmet on when you’re on a bike, very important!

     
     
  • Naza launches Aprilia Shiver 750 CKD Edition – RM44k, local-assembly in Malaysia to begin early 2015

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    Naza Premira has launched the CKD edition of the Aprilia Shiver 750, and has announced that local assembly of the model by Naza Bikes will begin next year – production will start in January at the Naza manufacturing facility in Shah Alam.

    Malaysia is the first country in which Aprilia has Shiver 750 assembly operations outside of Italy. A total of RM5 million is being invested in the development of the CKD assembly operations, with a further RM1 million set to be devoted to parts inventory.

    The facility in Shah Alam is capable of producing 1,200 units in the initial year of operation, but Naza Premira is targeting a more modest volume, aiming to sell 600 units of the Shiver 750 CKD Edition next year.

    Initially, the locally-assembled units will only be for the Malaysian market, but the company is exploring the prospect of increasing production capacity to between 3,000 to 5,000 units if expansion in the ASEAN region happens. The Shiver 750 CKD Edition will be the only model built here – all other Aprilia models will continue to be imported.

    The naked bike, which will be available in red and black, is powered by a V90 four-stroke longitudinal 90-degree V-twin 750 cc engine offering 95 hp and 81 Nm. Novelties include a Ride by Wire electronic throttle – the Shiver was the first bike in the world to be equipped with the tech when it was introduced in 2007.

    The Aprilia Shiver 750 CKD Edition is priced at RM43,888, and comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 21 Sep 2017