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  • Locally-blended Repsol bike lubricants now available

    UMW Lubricant International (ULI), the official distributor for Repsol lubricants, recently unveiled the latest Repsol motorcycle oil products. No better time than MotoGP time, since Repsol is one of the most famous names in the top motorcycle racing series.

    The new line is locally-blended with the same technology and formulation from Spain, but ULI says that the lubes are produced and packed for the local market to adapt and perform better in local conditions.

    The Repsol Moto 4T Formula SAE 40 is for four-stroke motorcycles that require good lubrication in all riding conditions. Recommended for use in air and water cooled four-stroke engines and two-stroke motorcycle gearboxes, it provides good protection to extend engine life.

    Repsol is one of the world’s top ten private oil companies in terms of size, and the brand was launched in Malaysia exactly a year ago. Click here and here to read more.

  • Shell oil, goodies up for grabs at MotoGP this weekend

    Those attending the annual Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) at Sepang International Circuit this weekend (October 19-21), check out the Shell Advance booth for free lubes and gifts.

    Shell Advance is giving away packs of motorcycle engine oil, toolsets, hand towels, hand fans and water bottles daily from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm at its marquee, which will be located at the entrance to SIC, while stocks last.

    All one needs to do to win is to take on the “How far will you go for Shell Advance?” challenge at the booth. Those who purchase Shell Advance oil during the three days will get to collect a set of three limited edition Shell Advance-Ujang stickers. They are quite funny, as you can see below.

    Freebies aside, booth visitors can take part in the Kinect challenge, while a cartoonist from the popular Ujang comic will be there to draw caricatures for free.

  • Shell Advance contest sends four to Spanish MotoGP

    It pays to try, as four lucky Shell Advance customers found out. Come November, Ryan Lau from Sarawak, Lim Lay Cheng from Penang and Johoreans Ong Kim San and Ong Wan Eng will be in Valencia, Spain, to watch the Spanish MotoGP. They participated and won in Shell Advance’s ‘Key to Freedom’ SMS-based contest.

    Held from June 1 till August 31, ‘Key to Freedom’ was open to customers who purchased a 1-litre pack of Shell Advance Ultra 4T, AX7 4T, AX5 4T, VSX 2T or SX 2T motorcycle oils. 9,000 entries came in. Besides the grand prizes, the lucky four will also have the opportunity to win a Ducati Monster worth RM60,000 during the all-expense paid trip.

    They were announced as winners at the Shell Advance ‘Battle of the Bands’ Finale at Hard Rock Café KL recently. Ran concurrently with the contest, ‘Battle of the Bands’ saw 10 up-and-coming local bands that garnered the highest number of online votes among the 20 selected by Shell Malaysia and featured on Youtube battle it out on stage.

    The Jespers, a six-man band from KL took home the grand prize of RM8,000 cash while the second and third prize of RM4,000 and RM2,000 went to The Black & Blues and Maya Opera respectively. This is the second year that Shell had organised the band competition following great response last year.

  • Boon Siew Honda unveils the CRF250L dual-purpose

    Boon Siew Honda has announced that the road-going enduro-style Honda CRF250L, which is powered by a liquid-cooled, four-stroke DOHC single-cylinder 250cc engine, will arrive in showrooms at the end of this month. Mention of its intended arrival on these shores was made back in February when the CBR1000RR and 2012 Gold Wing were officially unveiled.

    It’s based on the legendary XL series and is equipped with a semi-double cradle steel frame chassis, and transmission consists of a new six-speed gearbox and clutch that has been designed to cope with the demands of off-road riding.

    Features include disc brakes, a Pro-Link rear suspension and Showa shock absorbers as well as 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels. The CRF250L, which is available in Extreme Red, will go for RM22,688.

    Speaking of the CBR1000RR, the 999cc inline-four superbike is available starting from today for RM96,500 (in Pearl Sunbeam White) and RM95,900 (in Victory Red and Graphite Black) for the non-ABS versions, while the C-ABS-equipped variant goes for RM107,600 in Pearl Sunbeam White and RM107,000 in Victory Red and Graphite Black. The prices look to have been revised slightly from the point of introduction in February.

  • VIDEO: Audi RS5 races up Pikes Peak, with a Ducati!

    Audi owns superbike maker Ducati, and here’s a video to remind everyone of the acquisition that happened earlier this year, and promote the machines that will race up Pikes Peak.

    The 1:55 clip stars Audi’s RS5 and Ducati’s Multistrada 1200 S against a Pikes Peak backdrop consisting 12.42 miles and 156 turns up the 14,110 feet mountain. It gives us great sweeping views of Pikes Peak, so we can put in place some mental images of “the race to the clouds” to go along with the live reports that have been streaming in from Colorado, USA.

    The video illustrates some famous Pikes Peak points, such as the sequence of hairpins called the Ws. As you can see, there’s not much room for error!

  • BMW HP4 supersports bike based on S1000RR

    BMW has unveiled the latest bike to join its High Performance (HP) range – the BMW HP4. Like its other HP siblings (HP2 Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport), its based on an existing Motorrad model, which in this case is the BMW S1000RR. It is the first four cylinder bike in the BMW HP family.

    The BMW HP4 provides the homologation basis for the use of BMW motorcycles in motorcycle racing categories such as superbike and superstock categories. It has a standard passenger seat cover for a monoposto look. There’s also a passenger seat package as an ex works option, which includes the passenger seat as well as the passenger footrests.

    Fitted as standard is a Dynamic Damping Control DDC system, which allows dynamic damping adaptation of the pside-down fork and spring strut to the specific situation on the road. The damping is adapted to the current manoeuvre or road surface by means of sensor-supplied parameters via electrically controlled regulation valves. In this way, the HP4 offers optimum damping in every situation, handling long and short shocks virtually perfectly so as to provide maximum traction and safety.

    The new HP4 is fitted with the water-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine with a peak output of 193 hp at 13,000 rpm and a max engine speed of 14,200 rpm. Its maximum torque of 112 Nm is reachedat 9,750 rpm. The torque has been perceptibly increased in the 6,000-9,750 rpm range. In “Rain” mode there is now a smoother output and torque curve available between 2,500 rpm and 8,000 rpm. This is plenty of power considering the HP4 weighs just 199kg including a 90% full tank of petrol.

    The rear tyre of the HP4 uses a 200/55ZR17 size. As for the brakes – the HP4 has Brembo monoblock calipers and 9x floating brake discs at the front as well as an upgraded Race ABS system. There are four different ABS modes to be picked from – rain, roads, racetrack and slick. Unlike the RR where horsepower is tuned down to 163hp in rain mode, the engine’s maximum 193hp is available in all four ABS modes.

    BMW has equipped the HP4 with a shift assistant, where you can do clutchless upshifts if you want. Downshifts still require you to use the clutch, and if you touch the clutch it disengages the shift assistant.

  • BMW Motorrad C evolution prototype – the e-scooter moves closer to serial production

    Following on the path set by the E-Scooter and Concept e electric two-wheelers from last year, BMW Motorrad has unveiled the C evolution, a near-production prototype e-scooter.

    The C evolution features an electric drive via drivetrain swing arm with liquid-cooled alternator, tooth belt and planetary gear. Power output is 11 kW continuous (35 kW peak), and the 8 kWh capacity lithium-ion battery pack offers an operating range of up to 100 km per charge. Top speed for the bike is 120 km/h.

    Charging is accomplished via the integrated charging device, either at a regular household socket or a charging station. When the battery is completely flat, charging time ideally lasts less than three hours.

    The car-type charging socket – currently the only one of its kind in an electrically powered two-wheel vehicle – is located behind a cover in the footwell at the front left. The charge cable required is housed in a storage compartment on the right-hand side of the footwell, fitted with a mains plug to fit the respective national system.

    As for the electric drive, it’s powered via a drivetrain swing arm, with the liquid-cooled alternator positioned behind the battery casing and integrated in the swing arm. The secondary drive is via a tooth belt from the alternator to the rear belt pulley on the output shaft – power is transferred to the rear wheel via a planetary gear.

    Like the E-Scooter concept, there’s energy recuperation, both in coasting mode and when braking, and the range of the white and electric green-coloured two-wheeler can be extended by 10-20% depending on riding style.

    There’s ABS and a disc brake system, with twin discs in front, and wheel control as well as suspension and damping is taken care of at the front by an upside-down fork with a 40 mm diameter fixed fork tube and at the rear by a spring strut placed on the left-hand side, directly controlled and adjustable at the spring mount.

    At the front, the C evolution rolls on a five-spoke light alloy 3.5 x 15 die-cast wheel, while the rear wears a 4.5 x 15-inch wheel. Wrapping the wheels are special lightweight Metzeler Feelgreen tyres with optimised rolling resistance.

    Other features include a centrally located daytime running light, and the serial production model will feature a helmet compartment at the rear

  • Boon Siew introduces the new 125cc Honda Future

    Boon Siew Honda recently unveiled what it calls “Malaysia’s first long-distance moped bike”, the Honda Future. According to Boon Siew, their new kapcai is capable of traveling a maximum distance of 338 km on one full tank of petrol (5.6 litres) in the ECE40 Mode, which is best in class, and 100 km more than what the Wave 125 X Ultimo can do.

    The Future is powered by a new 125 cc air-cooled engine. The four-stroke SOHC unit has 7.6% better fuel economy compared to the Wave 125, it is claimed. The Future’s rated 60.3 km/l is a 0.5 km/l improvement over the older bike. Quite substantial.

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    Other key features include the 19-litre U Box that can fit a full-face helmet, a side battery casing for easy access, push-seat function and automatic key lock shutters. The Future also comes with rear LED lights, a blue-lit speedometer and a fog light.

    In line with its role as a “long-distance moped” the Future has a wider seat, and the clear distinction between rider and pillion translates to better long distance comfort. A molded front design that eliminates the use of screws reduces vibration and sounds from the front cover.

    Three variants are available. Variant 1 features an electric starter, spoke wheels and front disc brakes, Variant 2 gets sports wheels, electric starter and front disc brakes, while Variant 3 combines the electric starter, sporty wheels and front/rear disc brakes. Choose from Coral Orange Metallic, Pearl Magellanic Black and Euphoria Red Metallic.

    Priced from RM5,578 to RM5,998, Boon Siew expects the Future to be as popular as the amazingly evergreen EX-5

  • Vespa – first 3S centre opens in Petaling Jaya

    Naza Premira, the official distributor of Vespa scooters in Malaysia, has launched the brand’s first 3S centre in the country. The 3,000 sq. ft. facility is housed as an extension of the Naza Automall in Petaling Jaya and includes a workshop area with three service bays. As for the showroom, a variety of Vespa scooters, accessories and lifestyle items can be found on display there.

    The company has plans to open a further four showrooms by the end of this year, in Penang, Melaka, Johor Bharu and Puchong, which is great news for fans of the iconic Italian brand.

  • Ducati Malaysia introduces the Diavel and Monster Art

    Ducati Malaysia recently launched Thai-assembled versions of the Ducati Diavel. Just so you know, the Thai Ducati’s are destined for countries in the Asia Pacific region.

    The Diavel’s 1,198.4 cc engine, which is mated to a six-speed transmission, is capable of generating 162 hp at 9,500 rpm and 127.5 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm. The Ducati tips the scales at 208 kg. The bike comes complete with features such as ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes.

    The Diavel is available in two versions and colours. The standard bike is in black and the Diavel Carbon comes in red. Ducati Malaysia is asking RM109,888 for the Standard and RM126,888 for the Diavel Carbon.

    At the same event, Ducati Malaysia also introduced Monster Art exclusively for the Ducati Monster 795. Five colour schemes were introduced, all based on MotoGP. This includes GP11-Valentino Rossi, GP11-Nicky Hayden, Ducati Corse, Imola 72 and Darmah.

    The Monster 795 with Monster Art is priced at RM61,900. For RM65,900, our Monster 795 with Monster Art will be further fitted with Termignoni exhaust. Do note that these prices are only available for a limited time.

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Last Updated 20 Jul 2017