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  • 2016 TVS Akula 310 based on upcoming BMW G310R

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    The impending late 2016 launch of the BMW G310R, its entry into the quarter-litre market has generated a lot of interest, and BMW Motorrad’s Indian partner, TVS, has raised that a notch with the Akula 310, a full-fairing concept bike shown at the New Delhi Auto Show.

    The Akula – which means ‘shark’ in Russian – uses carbon-fibre for its bodywork, but the underlying frame and engine are straight off the G310R. This collaboration between BMW Motorrad and TVS is perhaps an indication of how seriously BMW is taking the small-capacity motorcycle market.

    As reported by website asphaltandrubber, the only real detail about the Akula 310 is its weight, just shy of 136 kg. With its racetrack-ready looks, the 2016 TVS Akula 310 looks set to go straight up against the major competition in this segment such as the KTM 390/250RC and Yamaha R25/R3.

    GALLERY: 2016 BMW G310R

     
     
  • 2016 Yamaha 135LC price confirmed, up to RM7,068

    Following the release of the brochure for the 2016 Yamaha 135LC, local distributor Hong Leong Yamaha has confirmed that the facelifted 135LC will be launched in March, and retail for RM7,068, including GST.

    The 2016 Yamaha 135LC comes with three new colour schemes – red, white and blue – with the white paint scheme coming with wheels in a contrasting shade of red. The engine of the 135LC is carried over, with a 134 cc liquid-cooled single cylinder that puts out 12 hp at 8,500 rpm. Torque is 11.8 Nm at 5,500 rpm.

    Other changes to the 2016 135LC include LED pilot lights, a revised rear light design that incorporates a new high-mounted brake light and grab-rail, and a new chin visor. The 2015 135LC retailed for RM6,858.

     
     
  • 2016 Honda CBR250RR to start production in August?

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    Honda’s rumoured replacement for the CBR250R, the 2016 CBR250RR, is rumoured to be going into production in August this year. The CBR250RR was previewed as the “Light Weight Super Sports” concept at last year’s Tokyo motor show. The quarter-litre class is hotly contested in developing markets like ASEAN, and a new Honda 250 is long overdue.

    The 2016 CBR250RR will be a parallel-twin, and is said to be coming with a bunch of riding aids and controls taken from its bigger engined siblings in Honda’s range. Production is reported by visordown to likely be in Honda’s plants in either Indonesia or Thailand, which might mean the new quarter-litre Honda may hit the south-east Asian market first.

    The Honda CBR250RR’s closest rival is the Yamaha R25, and the Ninja 250. The Honda CBR250R retails from RM21,728 in base form, to RM25,650 for the Repsol version with ABS, inclusive of GST. The Yamaha R25 retails for RM20,206 inclusive of GST, while the Ninja 250R retails for around RM22,000, excluding GST.

    GALLERY: Honda Light Weight Super Sports concept


    GALLERY: Yamaha R25

    GALLERY: Kawasaki Ninja 250

     
     
  • Mad biker Myers to attempt fastest wheelie – on ice!

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    Almost everyone calls bikers mad, and sometimes for good reason. Hailing from Wisconsin, US, Cecil “Bubba” Myers is attempting to break the world record for the fastest wheelie, on ice. Myers is poised to make his attempt on a 200 hp Kawasaki H2 after several practice runs in late January on Lake Koshkonong, near Fort Atkinson in Wisconsin, where he recorded speeds of between 218 to 225 km/h.

    The previous ice wheelie record, set by Myers’ compatriot Robert Gull, is 206.9 km/h. “That was just a practice day, but it went phenomenally well,” Myers said.

    Myers is assisted by Ryan Suchanek, the original holder of the ice wheelie record. The Kawasaki H2 that he is riding is fitted with studded ice tyres, to increase traction on the slippery surface. During the attempt, the bike will be wheelied between two timing beams, set-up 100 metres apart. The motorcycle’s speed as it trips the beams is recorded, and an average speed reading is taken.

    His biggest concern, not surprisingly, is the amount of grip he is going to have available. “The ice is pretty much unpredictable,” Myers said. “On the pavement you get excellent traction with the heated up tyre. With the ice tyre you get traction, but it’s not predictable traction.”

    No stranger to wheelie speed records, Myers has twice travelled to the UK to participate in the annual World Wheelie Weekend, where he has recorded a speed of 215.6 km/h while standing his bike on its rear wheel for one kilometer.

     
     
  • Police identify 20 accident hotspots in Klang Valley

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    The police has listed 20 accident hotspot locations in the Klang Valley – where crashes involving deaths or serious injuries frequently occur – for motorists to look out for, reported The Sun.

    The locations, which Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief DCP Datuk Law Soon Hong said had the highest accident rates according to statistics and figures, include:

    • Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2)
    • Sprint Highway
    • Jalan Kuching
    • Jalan Loke Yew
    • Jalan Cheras
    • Besraya Highway
    • Jalan Tun Razak
    • Jalan Duta
    • Jalan Ipoh
    • KL-Seremban highway
    • Jalan Klang Lama
    • DUKE Highway
    • Jalan Kepong
    • Jalan Ampang
    • Jalan Segambut
    • Jalan Genting Klang
    • Jalan Pudu
    • KESAS Highway
    • Jalan Sungai Besi
    • Federal Highway

    “Motorcyclists were the most common cause of fatal accidents followed by failure to pay attention while driving,” Law said. “Last year, a total of 120 accidents were recorded compared to 119 in 2014 at the hotspots.”

    He added that the Chinese New Year Ops Selamat 8/2016 will continue until February 16 – with at least 300 traffic police officers being deployed in the city.

    Law also said that a total of 489,543 summonses were issued for traffic offences last year, amounting to RM9.7 million. “We plan to come down hard on those who violate traffic laws including imposing maximum fines,” he added.

    Meanwhile, members of the public who are returning to their hometowns this Chinese New Year were advised to fill up the Balik Kampung information form and submit it to the nearest police station – according to Law, the information could assist the police in monitoring the areas concerned.

     
     
  • 2016 Honda CBR150R due to be released in Indonesia

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    The 2016 Honda CBR150R is due to be released in Indonesia “in a matter of days”, according to an internal source in PT Astra Honda Motor, Honda’s Indonesian distributor. According to Kompas Automotif, the 2016 CBR150R will be at least “65% different” from its predecessor.

    “We plan to launch the CBR150R on Valentine’s day, February 14,” said the unidentified source. Some of the differences over the outgoing model include LED lighting and improvements to the engine, frame and graphics. This full-fairing sportsbike has proven popular in Indonesia with the younger set, and Astra Honda is hoping to continue its success. The previous CBR150R came with a 149 cc single-cylinder DOHC engine that pumped out 17.2 hp and 13 Nm of torque.

    Rumour has it that the 2016 Honda CBR150R will be launched at the Sentul circuit in west Java by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. The price for the 2015 Honda CBR150R is 29.9 million rupiah (RM9,025) for the standard and 30.5 million rupiah (RM9,206) for the Repsol version.

    GALLERY: 2015 Honda CBR150RR

     
     
  • VIDEO: Things NOT to do when you’re at a fuel station

    Here's what NOT to do when you're at a fuel station…

    Posted by Paul Tan's Automotive News on Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Refuelling is something that most of us do every week or so, sometimes more. Thing is, though, not everyone is aware of what you can and cannot do at fuel stations. To address this issue, do watch this short public service announcement, brought to you by Petronas Primax, featuring Driven Web Series hosts.

    The most common mistake is leaving your engine running while refuelling. Fuel is obviously flammable. In fact, it’s not just the fuel itself; even the fumes are flammable. The last thing you want is to ignite it. An engine that’s left running presents potential sources of fuel igniters, be it the hot exhaust system or even sparks from the electronics. There’s a reason why some vehicles require the key to access the fuel filler cap.

    Next up, using your mobile phones or, God forbid, smoking while at the pumps. Burning something within the vicinity of the station can be absolutely catastrophic. As for mobile phones, vape or any other electronic devices, it’s about preventing risks. There’s a chance, no matter how small, that they may cause an electrical spark. The odds are tiny, but there’s no point in taking that risk. It’s best to avoid such a risk altogether.

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    Bikers, it’s a must to get off your motorcycle before refuelling. Bike fuel tanks are much smaller than those in cars, and they usually have very short filler necks or none at all. When you’re filling up to a full tank, there’s a bigger chance of fuel spilling out. And when that happens, where will the fuel go? Right down to the hot engine, where it might catch on fire. It that happens, the last place you want to be is there sitting on the bike.

    In short, safety should not be taken lightly, be it out on the roads, or at fuel stations. On that note, Petronas has launched its Chinese New Year Coffee Break campaign for 2016, serving 880,000 cups of free coffee at 142 Petronas stations on the weekends of February 6 to 7 and February 13 to 14.

    Happy Chinese New Year and remember, stay safe on the roads, and continue your journey with Petronas Primax.

     
     
  • 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan launched in India

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    Adventure touring is a much glamourised sport in the motorcycle world, with all the major manufacturers putting out a version of a large dual-purpose, go-anywhere bike. To that end, Indian firm Royal Enfield, purveyor of a distinctly retro style based on bikes designed way back in 1949, have launched the Himalayan, designed specifically for the rugged touring conditions in India.

    Siddhartha Lal, chief executive officer of Royal Enfield, said, “large adventure tourers that currently define this category, do not fare well in the Himalayas as they are very heavy, extremely complicated, intimidating and not really designed for this environment. With its purpose-built ground-up design, the Himalayan is a simple and capable go-anywhere motorcycle that will redefine adventure touring in India.”

    The 2016 Himalayan uses an all-new 411 cc overhead cam, single-cylinder engine, which Royal Enfield says will form the basis of its new long-stroke LS410 engine series. This is coupled with a 15 litre fuel tank which gives approximately 450 km range. This might not sound like much as far as dual-purpose bikes go, until you realise a 411 cc engine doesn’t really guzzle gas the way a GS1200 might.

    Of note is the frame, designed by English motorcycle engineering firm Harris Performance. Royal Enfield bought over Harris last year, and have tapped into the firm’s 30-year history of making performance and racing frames for motorcycles. The Himalayan’s frame features luggage mounting points for hard panniers, soft luggage and jerry cans.

    According to Royal Enfield, the 2016 Himalayan has an ergonomical sync between footpegs, handlebar and seat height to provide the rider with a comfortable perch for long-distance riding on rough roads. The seat height is a rider-friendly 800 mm, allowing for most to get both their feet flat on the ground for stability at stops.

    The rest of the bike is kept as simple as possible, recognising the fact that in India, qualified technical help might be few and far between. The design philosophy of a simple rugged adventure tourer extends to the instrument cluster, that keeps track of speed, direction, ambient temperature, travel time, service intervals and multiple trip distances.

    Throughout 2015, Royal Enfield has been testing the Himalayan both in the UK and in India, subjecting the bike to a variety of riding styles and conditions. The 2016 Royal Enfield Himalayan is currently an Indian-market only bike, and no official word on pricing has been released.

     
     
  • Yard Built Yamaha V-Max CS_07 Gasoline dragster

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    When Yamaha introduced the V-Max back in 1985, it turned the motorcycle world up-side down. At the time, road motorcycles broadly fell into three different camps – the standard, with a small or no fairing, designed to fit most roles, the sports bike, a trend began in earnest by the Suzuki GSX-R1100 H-model, and cruisers, with a look popularised by Harley-Davidson. The V-Max, with its 1,200 cc V4, followed none of those styles.

    It was a big bruiser of a bike, with stunning acceleration and torque, and didn’t go round corners particularly well. But bikers across the world loved it for its purity of purpose – straight-line speed, and not much else. Bespoke bike builders roCkS!bikes – based in Oporto, Portugal – is continuing its CS series of Yard Built bikes with a Yamaha V-Max fitted with monocouque bodywork dressed in Yamaha’s yellow, black and white racing livery to commemorate the Japanese company’s 60th anniversary of motorcycle production and 30 years of the V-Max.

    Taking the drag-bike look a little further, the CS_07 Gasoline is the brain-child of Alexandre Santos and Osvaldo Coutinho, whose initials give their Yard Built series the model moniker. Taking away the low-slung seat of the original, the Yard Built V-Max now has a seat propped up at the level of the handlebars, and the swingarm has been stretched out a little in the drag-racer style. The overall look mimics Yamaha’s RD48 racing two-stroke from 1961.

    The hand-built monocouque body comes off as one piece from the bike, and what appears to be the fuel tank covers the K&N air filter housing sitting on top of the 1,679 cc engine, like the unmolested V-Max. The actual fuel tank is under the seat, helping to lower the centre of gravity and improve the bike’s handling. Grip is aided with the addition of a Mickey Thompson rear slick, and LSL footpeg adapters and clip-ons keep the rider in control.

    Brembo brake and clutch master cylinders look after the hydraulic end of things, and a custom genuine handcrafted leather seat cossets the rider. Other design touches include a Rizoma fuel cap, Motogadget grips, bar-end ring-type turn signals and custom-made 18-inch spoke wheels. No price has been released, but it is assumed that purchasing a custom-built work of motorcycle art will not be cheap.


    GALLERY: 2016 Yamaha V-Max 60th Anniversary Edition

     
     
  • Mercedes showrooms to sell MV Agusta bikes in EU

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    Mercedes-AMG appears to be capitalising in a big way on their partnership with Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta. With rivals Audi owning Ducati via their subsidary Lamborghini, and BMW having been in the motorrad business for almost a hundred years, Mercedes-AMG seems to be wanting their own slice of the cake as well.

    Giovanni Castiglioni, president of MV Agusta, revealed during the unveiling of the 2016 Brutale 800 that 127 Mercedes dealerships across Europe will carry MV Agusta motorcycles on their showroom floors. This news comes on the back of MV announcing higher sales figures in 2015.

    This revelation is significant, as in Europe, BMW dealers do not sell BMW motorcycles unless they are also Motorrad dealers. The same applies to Audi and Lamborghini dealers, unless they specifically apply to be Ducati dealers as well.

    Along with this announcement, MV is also bolstering its range with six new models in 2016, and are looking to consolidate the brand to bring it on par with BMW and Ducati in terms of name recognition.

    Mercedes-AMG acquired a 25% stake in MV Agusta in November 2015, and since then have collaborated on the F3 800, which is due to enter limited production this year. MV Agusta was sold under controversial circumstances to Gevi Spa by Proton Holdings in 2006 for the sum of one euro.

     
     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 18 Jan 2018