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Remember we posted about a possibly more powerful BMW R18 in the works? The news was true, but it turned out to be something bigger, in the form of the BMW R20 Concept.

“The BMW R20 concept is a mechanical masterpiece,” says Markus Flasch, Head of BMW Motorrad, who was peering under the cover in that previous post. He also went on to say, “The Big Boxer is its centre.”

Yes, it is 2000cc Boxer engine and it is air-oil cooled. BMW engineers designed new cylinder head covers, belt cover, and oil cooler to accommodate the news 2-into-2 exhaust arrangement.

The double-loop chrome-molybdenum steel frame is new, too, obviously. Mounted onto it is the new double-sided Paralever swingarm which was shown in the previous post. It is much shorter than the R nineT’s with a correspondingly shorter driveshaft. BMW says doing so balances the engine’s drive torque (a longer shaft will result in higher torque being applied to both ends, like a see-saw).

The R20 Concept further displays some nice details such as Ohlins suspension, slotted disc rear wheel, 6-piston front brake caliper, and 4-piston rear brake caliper.

The R20 Concept made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. That is significant because BMW concepts that debut at the show will lead to production.

It has to be said that the twin-cylinder Boxer is BMW’s signature engine. There are two variants, one air-oil cooled used in the R18 lineup, while another is the high-powered and liquid-cooled version utilised by the R 1250/1300 lineup.

The 2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 was launched at the Malaysia Autoshow 2024 today.

While the bike’s retro-futuristic design is inspired by the SG650 Concept, it is still acts as a blank canvas for customisation and personalisation among enthusiasts the world over. In fact, RE calls it “the ultimate canvas for personalization, reflecting a blend of raw creative energy, anarchic custom culture, and the iconic Royal Enfield DNA.


Main features:
  • Utilises RE’s proven 650 engine platform.
  • The engine is a 648cc parallel-twin with air-oil cooling, and SOHC.

  • It produces 34.6 kW (46.4 hp) at 7,250 RPM and 52.3 Nm at 5,650 RPM.
  • The high torque at that low RPM means it is tuned for acceleration, which is perfect for the urban environment.

  • The front suspension consist of 43mm Showa upside-down separate function big piston forks.
  • Rear suspension duties are handled by a pair of RSU shocks with 5-step preload adjustment.

  • The front wheel is 18-inches, while the rear is 17-inches.
  • Its braking system is made up by a single 320mm disc up front, and a 300mm disc at the back.

  • The headlamp, in all its funky attributes has LEDs.
  • The digital-analogue instrument panel is equipped with the Tripper navigation system.

  • The new Royal Enfield Wingman app which provides data such as live updates of the bike’s location, fuel and engine oil levels, service reminders, and so forth.
  • There is also a USB charging port to keep your device from running out of juice while on the go.

  • Its ergonomics can be summed up as accessible, with mid-set foot position, a low 795mm seat height, and easy to reach handlebar position.
  • Royal Enfield has some 31 Genunine Motorcycle Accessories for the Shotgun 650 including bar end mirrors, sculpted solo seat, contrast-cut billet rims, etc.

  • There is also a range of Royal Enfield apparels to match the lifestyle.
  • There are four unique colourways: Stencil White, Plasma Blue, Green Drill, and Sheet Metal Grey.

  • Selling price for the 2024 Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 begins from RM 34,900.

Pre-booking is open for all-new 2024 Royal Enfield Himalayan 

At the same time,  pre-bookings for the all-new 2024 Royal Enfield Himalayan is now open.

The official premiere of the bike will take place on 8th June 2024, at JioSpace Petaling Jaya.

The long-awaited 2024 Honda ADV350 scooter has finally arrived in Malaysia. It was launched at the Malaysia Autoshow 2024.

As a member of the Honda ADV range, it is an adventure scooter embodying the concept of “Urban Adventure Scooter.” So it is suitable for daily riding in crowded city streets.

However, a scooter of this size also makes it suitable for long-distance travel, whatnot with almost the same features as the larger X-ADV (750) model.

Main highlights:
  • The design is similar to its big brother, the Honda X-ADV.
  • Powered by a 330cc, single-cylinder, SOHC, liquid-cooled engine equipped with PGM-FI fuel as well as enhanced Smart Power Plus (eSP+) techonologies.
  • The engine produces 21.5 kW (28.8 hp) at 7,500 RPM and a torque of 31.8 Nm at 5,250 RPM.


  • The engine oil tank capacity is 1.8 liters.
  • The ADV350 uses a CVT transmission, and not a manual DCT like the X-ADV.
  • Front tyre size is 120/70 on a 15-inch rim.
  • Rear tyre size is 140/70 on a 14-inch rim.

  • The front brake disc size is 256mm, while the rear is 240mm.
  • The anti-lock braking (ABS) feature is standard and is a dual-channel system for the front and rear wheels.
  • What is interesting is the Emergency Stop Signal (ESS – Emergency Stop Signal) feature which is the first time on a scooter. The tail light flashes when the rider brakes suddenly.

  • The underseat storage space can accommodate two full-face helmets.
  • Digital instrument panel with Bluetooth link.
  • Fuel tank capacity 11.7 liters.
  • Weight is only 186 kg.

There are 3 colour options, namely Mat Candy Tulip Red, Pearl Smokey Gray, and Mat Gun Powder Black Metallic (no blue). The recommended selling price of the 2024 Honda ADV350 is RM 33,999 without registration, road tax, and insurance.

There are two new colours for the 2024 Yamaha XMAX.

The Yamaha XMAX (or also unofficially called the XMAX 250) remains popular since its launch in Malaysia back in 2018. There were doubters of the model’s survivability back then due to its price but the naysayers have been proven wrong. In fact, the XMAX range consisting of the 125cc, 250cc, and 300cc variants are the best selling scooters in the world.

There were several cosmetic updates since, leading up to the latest variant launched in 2023. This latest update gave the bike a 4.2-inch TFT screen which features the Yamaha Y-Connect and Garmin StreetCross Connectivity navigation function, adjustable windscreen, new DRL (daytime running lights), and mirror mounted front turn signals.

The 250cc version we have is powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC engine which produces 16.6 kW (22.5 hp) at 7,000 RPM and 24.3 Nm at 5,500 RPM.

Our review of the bike found that it is fast and handles very well for a scooter which had us scraping the centre stand numerous times through corners.

So, for 2024, the new colours are Icon Black and Ruby Red.

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor set the 2024 Yamaha XMAX ‘s recommended selling price at RM 24,498.00 excluding registration fees and insurance coverage. It is covered by 2 years or 20,000km warranty (whichever comes first).

Buyers will receive a Yamaha disc lock worth RM 100.

Please visit Hong Leong Yamaha Motor’s official website for more details.


The Ducati Diavel V4 wins the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award 2024.

We know what you are thinking: There were other motorcycle manufacturers who won the award, too, so does it not seemed watered down? Well, the particular recognition obtained by the Ducati Diavel V4 sets it apart from the others because the formal title is “Red Dot Award 2024: Best of the Best.”

This award represents the latest in a string of such award for Ducati, beginning with the 1199 Panigale in 2013, by the XDiavel in 2016, and by the Diavel 1260 in 2019.

The Diavel V4 is the essence of a power cruiser (although Ducati does not call it that), highlighting a muscular and aggressive presence including the massive 240mm rear tyre mounted on five-spoke machined alloy rear wheel. Then there are the four exhaust tips arranged like the barrels of a rotary cannon. But typical of an Italian motorcycle, it is not all brawn, but beauty in its elegant lines, too.

And let us not forget the eye-socket flattening grunt from the Granturismo V4 engine. Yet the bike handles superbly even on twisty roads that will punish sloppily ridden sportbikes.

The Red Dot Award 2024 is only one of such awards for the Ducati V4. It has also received other recognitions such as the Good Design Award, which the oldest global recognition in the design sector, besides the Special Mention at the German Design Award 2024 which was assigned by the German Design Council.

Founded in 1955, the Red Dot Award celebrates the most original and deserving proposals for style and innovation. The award is given by a jury of experts in product design, communication design and design concepts, who this year gave the Diavel V4 the important title of “Red Dot Award 2024: Best of the Best”, the highest recognition of the competition, reserved exclusively for creations capable of setting a new standard in the benchmark sector.

The 2024 Red Dot Award ceremony will be held on June 24th in Germany, at the Aalto Theatre in Essen. The award winners will be exhibited in the Red Dot museum in Zollverein, also located in Essen and now part of the UNESCO world heritage.

You may visit the website page dedicated to the design principles of the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer.

The Diavel V4 (link to the dedicated page here) is available in dealerships in the Ducati network in the classic Ducati Red or in the glossy Thrilling Black version.


Suzuki Malaysia unveiled three exciting models yesterday, namely the 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX, 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R, 2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800. The unveiling was held at the Malaysia Autoshow 2024, at MAEPS Serdang.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

Its mouthful name notwithstanding, this model leads the Suzuki lineup and is touted as “The Supreme Sport Crossover.” The manufacturer wanted to create a model that is versatile, hence blending the performance of a superbike with features and comforts of an adventure bike. The result is a superb sport-tourer.

Main features:

  • 999cc, DOHC, inline-four, which produces 112 kW (152 hp) at 11,000 RPM and 106 Nm of torque at 9,250 RPM.
  • The GSX-S1000GX is the first Suzuki motorcycle to employ the Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension (SAES).
  • The SAES builds on a version of Hitachi Astemo’s Showa EERA series suspension, which employs electronically controlled versions of the SFF-CA™ inverted telescopic front forks and a BFRC-lite® link-type monoshock at the back.

  • Twin-spar aluminium frame, with the swingarm being brought over directly from the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
  • Brembo monobloc 4-piston brake calipers up front.
  • Rider’s electronic assist Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-α) suite is brought over from the Suzuki Hayabusa.

  • The suite includes Power Mode, Smart TLR (Traction, Lift and Roll Torque) Control, and Active Damping Control as standard, but the rider can customise each parameter.
  • A 6.5-inch full-color TFT LCD multi-function display features a scratch-resistant surface, an anti-reflective coating, and support for displaying smartphone app content.
  • Smartphone connectivity in conjunction with the free SUZUKI mySPIN app* provides access to contacts, maps, music, phone, and calendar functions.
2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

Suzuki dubs this model as the “The New Era of Superbike.” What it specifically means is superbikes that are useable as a daily ride with accessible power output and friendly ergonomics.

Main features:

  • It utilises the 776cc parallel-twin shared with the naked GSX-8S and V-Strom 800, which uses a 270-degree crankshaft and firing order that mimics a 90-degree V-Twin. Think of the discontinued SFV/Gladius 650.
  • The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) provides advanced electronic rider assist systems including Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS), the Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS), Ride-by-wire Electronic Throttle System, Bi-directional Quick Shift System, Suzuki Easy Start System and Low RPM Assist.

  • A custom 5-inch color TFT LCD multifunction instrument panel.
  • Hitachi Astemo (Showa) SFF-BP* inverted front forks, paired with a Hitachi Astemo (SHOWA) link-type mono-shock rear suspension with preload adjuster.

  • Bi-directional quickshifter as standard equipment.
2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800

This is Suzuki’s road-biased midrange adventure bike, which is practical for everyday use and long-distance rides, with some off-road capabilities.

Main features:

  • It utilises the 776cc parallel-twin shared with the naked GSX-8S and GSX-8R, which uses a 270-degree crankshaft and firing order that mimics a 90-degree V-Twin. Think of the discontinued SFV/Gladius 650.

  • The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.), including Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS includes the Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS), Ride-by-Wire Electronic Throttle System, Bi-directional Quick Shift System, Suzuki Easy Start System, Low RPM Assist and Two-Mode Antilock Braking System.

  • Hitachi Astemo (Showa) SFF-BP inverted front forks are paired with a Hitachi Astemo (Showa) gas-pressurized rear shock absorber with hand-adjustable spring preload settings.
  •  7-spoke cast aluminum wheels, 19-inch front and 17-inch rear.
In a nutshell

The three bikes were unveiled for the public’s view at the show from now until 26 May 2024. These three models will be officially launched at the end of the year, and their prices will be known by then.


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