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Kemunculan peranti komunikasi untuk penunggang motosikal berikutan kemajuan dalam teknologi telefon pintar telah menambahkan banyak keseronokan ketika kita menunggang.

Ia juga telah mendorong pengeluar motosikal untuk mencipta ciri baharu pada motosikal mereka. Ciri komunikasi atau media motosikal tertentu boleh disambungkan ke telefon pintar untuk memainkan muzik, membuat panggilan keluar dan menerima panggilan telefon masuk, malah menyediakan navigasi skrin motosikal (skrin LCD atau TFT) dan melalui peranti komunikasi Bluetooth.

Beberapa pengeluar topi keledar juga telah mencipta topi keledar yang sesuai dengan peranti tersebut.

Jadi kini, peranti komunikasi ini bukan lagi barang mewah, sebaliknya menjadi suatu keperluan kepada penunggang motosikal. Sejujurnya saya mengatakan bahawa saya menentang penggunaan peranti itu apabila ia mula-mula muncul di pasaran. Sekarang, saya tidak pernah menunggang ke mana-mana tanpanya.

Berikut ialah beberapa faedah menggunakan peranti.

1. Komunikasi antara penunggang dan pembonceng

Tolong izinkan saya menceritakan suatu pengalaman.

Saya dan isteri saya berjelajah ke Pulau Pinang. Ketika kami sampai di Sungai Perak, dia memanggil saya dengan menunjuk ke hadapan. Saya ingatkan dia menunjuk ke arah sungai, jadi saya berpaling dan berkata, “Ya, sungai yang cantik.” Kemudian dia berkata sesuatu yang tidak kedengaran di dalam topi keledar. Selepas jambatan tiu, dia mula mengetuk saya dengan kuat supaya saya pergi ke tepi jalan. Ketika itulah dia menjerit, “SAYA NAK PERGI KE BILIK AIR LAH!”

Suasana menjadi muram sejak itu. Saya dipersalahkan kerana tidak memberi perhatian, dia meluahkan kenapa dia ditakdirkan dengan suami yang rosak pendengaran, yada, yada, yada.

Tetapi semuanya berubah sejak kami memasang peranti komunikasi Bluetooth dalam topi keledar kami. Tiada lagi salah dengan, tiada lagi jeritan melawan deruan angin, tiada lagi pergaduhan.

Inilah sebabnya semakin banyak sekolah menunggang advanced yang menggunakan peranti sedemikian kerana ia menyediakan komunikasi yang jelas antara pengajar dan pelajar.

2. Keselamatan

Samada anda menggunakan Waze, Peta Google, Petal atau mana-mana aplikasi navigasi lain, ia kadangkala memberi amaran melalui suara kepada anda tentang bahaya di hadapan. Anda boleh mendengar amaran ini semasa anda memandu, tetapi anda tidak boleh berbuat demikian apabila anda menunggang motosikal – melainkan anda menyambungkan telefon atau TFT anda kepada penyampai Bluetooth.

Pesanan suara ini juga menyediakan anda kepada jarak anda ke sesuatu simpang atau destinasi seterusnya. Oleh itu, anda tidak perlu memandang telefon atau skrin motosikal sepanjang masa.

Selain itu, dengan peranti komunikasi yang mempunyai ciri arahan suara pengguna, anda boleh memberikan arahan Siri atau Google Assistant di telefon anda, atau melalui ciri arahan suara terbina dalamnya bagi menukar lagu, membuat panggilan telefon, dan sebagainya, tanpa mengalihkan tangan anda daripada hendal atau pandangan anda daripada jalan di depan.

3. Membolehkan anda kekal berjaga

Menunggang kilometer demi kilometer di atas lebuhraya di bawah bahang matahari akan membuatkan kita hilang fokus dan mengantuk, walaupun di lebuh raya di tengah bandar. Jadi, mainkanlah beberapa lagu kegemaran anda atau mendengar stesen radio memecahkan kebosanan melalui peranti komunikasi anda.

Walau bagaimanapun, kami menasihati anda untuk menukar mod mental anda mengikut tempat anda menunggang dan keadaan trafik, apabila anda menghidupkan komunikator. Sebagai contoh, anda boleh menyanyi bersama lagu di lebuhraya terbuka, tetapi letaklah muzik di latarbelakang dan fokus pada tunggangan anda apabila anda berada di kawasan berpenduduk atau di dalam keadaan sukar seperti bandar, kampung, hujan, dsb.

4. Kelancaran dan keselamatan dalam konvoi motosikal

Ia amat membantu jika setiap peserta atau sekurang-kurangnya di kalangan individu penting seperti marsyal dalam konvoi untuk mempunyai komunikator. Isyarat tangan kadang-kadang tak cukup, atau ada individu di kelompok tengah yang malas nak sampaikan isyarat tangan daripada ketua konvoi.

Ia juga amat berguna dalam situasi peserta terpisah. Contohnya kalau tidak menggunakan peranti komunikasi, kumpulan-kumpulan yang terpisah akan mendapati ia sukar untuk menghubungi satu sama lain kerana satu lagi kumpulan sedang menunggang motosikal dan tidak dapat menjawab panggilan. Ini akan membawa kepada situasi bermasam muka.

5. Tidak terlepas panggilan penting

Walaupun ini bukan sebab utama saya memansang peranti komunikasi pada mulanya saya menghargai hakikat bahawa saya boleh menerima panggilan penting semasa saya menunggang. Ini amat penting tidak kira anda sebagai bos sesuatu perniagaan atau rider penghantaran.

The advent of the Bluetooth communicator following the advancement in smartphone technology has added much to the enjoyment of riding.

But it also prompted motorcycle manufacturers to adopt it and create a new feature on their motorcycles. The communications or media suites of certain bikes connect to the user’s smartphone to stream music, make outgoing and receive incoming phone calls, and even provide turn-by-turn navigation via their instrument cluster (LCD or TFT screen) and to a Bluetooth communicator.

Several helmet manufacturers have also designed their helmets to fit such device.

So now, the communicator is no longer a luxury item, instead it is a necessity for motorcycle riders. I will honestly say that I was against using the device when it first appeared on the market. Now, I never ride anywhere without one.

Here are several benefits of using the device.

1. Communication between rider and pillion

 

This is the obvious place to start. Please allow me to recount an experience.

My missus and I were riding to Penang. As we reached Sungai Perak, she called out to me by pointing ahead. I thought she was pointing at the river, so I turned around and said, “Yeah, nice river.” Then she said something which very muffled in the helmet. I couldn’t hear her. Passing the bridge, she began tapping my vigorously so I pulled to the side of the road. It was then when she yelled, “I WANTED TO GO TO THE BATHROOM!”

Needless to say it escalated from there. Me being blamed for not paying attention, that why was she fated to have a hearing-challenged husband, yada, yada, yada.

But it all changed when we installed Bluetooth communicators in our helmets. No more miscommunication, no more yelling into the wind, no more fighting.

This is also why more and more advanced riding schools are using such device as it provides clear communications between the instructor and students.

2. Safety

Whether you are using Waze, Google Maps, Petal, or any other navigation app, it sometimes warns you – audibly – of upcoming hazards that other nice motorists keyed in. You can hear this warning when you are driving, but you cannot do so when you are riding your motorcycle – unless you connected your phone or TFT to a Bluetooth communicator.

These voice prompts also prepare you the distance to the next turn or destination. As such, you do not have to keep down at the phone or screen.

Also, using a communicator, especially one which lets you issue voice commands via your phone’s Siri or Google Assistant, or through its built-in voice command feature, keeps you eyes on the road and hands on the handlebar.

3. Staying awake and alert

Droning for kilometre after kilometre on the highway while being baked by the sun will turn you brain off very soon, even if you are riding on an intercity highway. So, stream some of your favourite songs or listening to a radio station breaks the monotony.

However, we advise you to consciously switch between mental modes on where you are riding and traffic conditions, when you have the communicator on. For example, you can sing along to a song on the open highway, but push the music in the background and focus on riding when you are in populated areas or difficult conditions i.e. the city, kampungs, in the rain, etc.

4. Group dynamics and safety

It is especially helpful for every participant or at least among the key individuals such as marshals in a convoy to have a communicator. Hand signals are sometimes not enough, or some individuals in the middle of the convoy are lazy to convey them from the convoy’s leader.

Or in the situation of being separated, which always happens. The separated groups will find it difficult to reach each other as one group may be riding while the other group is trying to call. This will, without a doubt, lead to some sour faces.

5. Never miss a call

While this was not why I got a communicator in the first place, hence placing it last on the list. However, I do appreciate the fact that I can receive important calls while I am riding.

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES (2024) yang dinanti-nantikan telah diperkenalkan di Malaysia. Lebih dikenali dengan nama singkatan “Africa Twin,” ia menampilkan beberapa semakan penting, termasuk enjin yang lebih berkuasa dan keselesaan yang lebih baik.

Ciri-ciri utama:
  • Enjin 1084cc, sejukan cecair, OHC, berkembar selari menghasilkan tork 7% lebih tinggi. Kuasa maksimum ialah 75 kW (100.5) pada 7,500 RPM dan tork maksimum 112 Nm tiba pada 5,500 RPM.
  • DCT (Dual Cluth Transmission) telah disemak semula untuk memberikan rasa yang lebih semulajadi seperti melepaskan sedikit-dikit (lebih dikenali sebagai “half-clutch“) semasa pecutan daripada berhenti, dan antara gear pertama dan kedua.

  • Seperti biasa, mod “M” (manual) biasa dikekalkan, membenarkan penunggang menukar gear dengan menekan butang yang dipasang pada bar hendal.
  • Penunggang boleh bertukar antara mod “D” (drive) dan “S” (sport).
  • Semakan lanjut DCT termasuk pengesanan sudut mereng motosikal bagi mengelakkan kotak gear menukar gear semasa motosikal berada di dalam selekoh.

  • Suspensi Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERATM) kini merupakan ciri standard, berbanding menjadi ciri pilihan pada Africa Twin sebelumnya.
  • Sistem ini melaraskan redaman suspensi secara automatik berdasarkan keadaan tunggangan dan bergantung pada  lima mod suspensi (MID, HARD, SOFT, OFFROAD, USER) yang dipilih.
  • Pendikit ride-by-wire dikekalkan justeru menyediakan bantuan elektronik dalam ciri Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), kini diuruskan dengan sistem ukuran inersia enam paksi (IMU).

  • Penunggang boleh memilih salah satu daripada empat mod tunggangan: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL, atau OFF-ROAD.
  • Terdapat juga Wheelie Control dengan 3 tahap yang boleh dipilih.
  • Sistem ABS juga berfungsi bersama-sama dengan IMU untuk menyediakan penyelesaian brek yang lebih selamat pada semua sudut mereng.
  • ABS belakang boleh dimatikan untuk tunggangan off-road.

  • Roda depan 19-inci untuk kestabilan di atas jalan yang lebih baik sambil mengekalkan keupayaan off-road.
  • Kelegaan tanah minimum 220 mm.
  • Ketinggian pelana boleh dilaraskan antara 820 mm dan 840 mm tanpa alatan.

  • Pelana baharu dengan kusyen lebih tebal 15mm dan keluasan tambahan 8% untuk lebih selasa semasa perjalanan jauh.
  • Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports E 2024 menonjolkan fairing hadapan yang direkabentuk semula untuk memesong angin dengan lebih baik bagi mengurangkan kesan angin pada badan penunggang.
  • Paparan Maklumat Berbilang (MID) TFT 6.5-inci menyepadukan Apple CarPlay dan AndroidAuto.

Honda CRF11000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES (2024) boleh didapati mulai 19 Jun 2024 dalam dua pilihan warna iaitu Mat Ballistic Black Metallic dan Pearl Glare White. Harga jualan (bukan di atas jalan) ialah RM 119,388.

The much-awaited 2024 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES has been introduced in Malaysia. Better known in short as the “Africa Twin” it features several important revisions, including more power and better comfort.

Key highlights:
  • The 1084cc, liquid-cooled, OHC, parallel-twin engine provides 7% more peak torque. Maximum power is 75 kW at 7,500 RPM and maximum torque of 112 Nm arrives at 5,500 RPM.
  • The DCT (Dual Cluth Transmission) has been revised to provide a more natural, feathered (better known as “half-clutch”) feel during initial acceleration, and between first and second gears.

  • The usual “M” (manual) mode is retained, allowing the rider to change gears by pressing the handlebar mounted buttons.
  • The riders can switch between “D” (drive) and “S” (sport) modes.
  • Further revision of the DCT includes incline detection, to avoid the gearbox shifting while the bike is leaned over.

  • Showa Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (Showa EERATM) suspension is now standard, as opposed to being an option on the previous Africa Twin.
  • The system automatically adjust damping force based on the riding conditions, and depending on which of the  four suspension modes (MID, HARD, SOFT, OFFROAD) and a USER mode was selected.
  • The usual ride-by-wire throttle is retained hence providing electronic assistance in the Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) feature, now managed with a six-axis inertial measurement system (IMU).

  • The rider can select one of four ride modes: TOUR, URBAN, GRAVEL, or OFF-ROAD.
  • There is also Wheelie Control with 3 selectable levels.
  • Its ABS also works in conjunction with the IMU to provide safer braking solutions at all lean angles.
  • Rear ABS can be turned off for off-road riding.

  • 19-inch front wheel for better on-road stability while maintaining its off-road capabilities.
  • Minimum ground clearance of 220 mm.
  • Seat height can be adjusted between 820 mm and 840 mm without tools.

  • A new seat with 15mm thicker cushion and 8mm more area for more comfort on long rides.
  • The 2024 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports E shows a redesigned front fairing for better wind deflection to minimise wind blast on the rider’s body.
  • 6.5-inch TFT Multi Information Display (MID) integrates Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto.

The 2024 Honda CRF11000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES will be available from 19 June 2024 in two color options namely Mat Ballistic Black Metallic and Pearl Glare White. Selling price (not on the road) is RM 119,388.

Honda CBR250RR (2024) telah dilancarkan di Malaysia, bersama beberapa kemas kini tertumpu kepada prestasi enjin dan pengendalian.

Ciri utama baharu:
  • Nisbah mampatan dinaikkan kepada 12.5:1 daripada 12.1:1 dengan mengurangkan isipadu kebuk pembakaran daripada 7.55 cm3 to 70.0 cm3.
  • Diameter tekak port masuk telah dibesarkan daripada 21.4 mm kepada 21.6 mm.
  • Pemasaan injap kemasukan dikemas kini.

  • Piston dan ketegangan gelang minyak yang dioptimumkan untuk mengurangkan geseran.
  • Kemas kini ini menghasilkan peningkatan kuasa maksimum sebanyak 1 kW (1.34 hp) berbanding model sebelumnya, dan membawanya kepada 31 kW (41.6 hp) pada 13,000 RPM dan tork 25 Nm pada 11,000 RPM.
  • Ciri Assist dan Slipper Clutch dikekalkan, tetapi kini dilengkapi dengan quickshifter.

  • Suspensi depan dinaik taraf dengan fork jenis terbalik Showa Separate Function Fork -Big Piston – Big Piston (SFF-BP) 37mm.
  • Di sebelah ciri elektronik, Honda CBR250RR (2024) mempunyai pendikit ride-by-wire yang seterusnya menawarkan tiga mod tunggangan, iaitu Sport+, Sport, dan Comfort.
  • Bentuk fairing telah dirombak untuk apa mengikut konsep yang panggil “bentuk pantas agresif”, yang membawa kepada pengurangan rintangan udara sebanyak 6%.

“Dengan CBR250RR baharu, kami menyasarkan untuk memberikan pengalaman tunggangan yang tiada tandingan yang menggabungkan kuasa, ketepatan dan gaya,” kata Mitsuharu Funase, Pengarah Urusan dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Boon Siew Honda. “Ia adalah bukti komitmen Honda terhadap inovasi dan kecemerlangan dalam segmen motosikal supersport. Kami yakin peningkatan dalam prestasi dan reka bentuk akan memikat peminat motosikal di seluruh pasaran Malaysia.”

Honda CBR250RR 2024 hadir dalam dua warna – Mat Zodiac Blue Metallic dan Honda Tricolor, kedua-duanya dijual harga daripada RM27,999.

The 2024 Honda CBR250RR has been launched in Malaysia, and brings along several updates centred around engine performance and handling.

New key features:
  • Compression ratio is raised to 12.5:1 from 12.1:1 by reducing the combustion chamber volume from 7.55 cm3 to 70.0 cm3.
  • The inlet port throat diameter was enlarged from 21.4 mm to 21.6 mm.
  • Updated valve timing and lift.

  • Optimised piston and oil ring tension to reduce friction.
  • These updates produce a 1 kW (1.34 hp) increase of maximum power over the previous model, and bringing it to 31 kW (41.6 hp) at 13,000 RPM and 25 Nm of torque at 11,000 RPM.
  • The Assist and Slipper Clutch feature stays, but is now complimented with a quickshifter.

  • The front suspension is upgraded with 37mm Showa Separate Function Fork – Big Piston (SFF-BP) upside-down forks.
  • On the electronic front, the 2024 Honda CBR250RR has a ride-by-wire throttle which in turn offers three ride modes, namely Sport+, Sport, and Comfort.
  • The bodywork has been reworked for what Honda calls “aggressive speedy shape” concept, leading to a 6% reduction in air resistance.

“With the new CBR250RR, we aim to provide an unmatched riding experience that combines power, precision, and style,” said Mitsuharu Funase, Managing Director and CEO of Boon Siew Honda. “It is a testament to Honda’s commitment to innovation and excellence in the supersport motorcycle segment. We are confident that the enhancements in performance and design will captivate motorcycling enthusiasts across Malaysian market.”

The 2024 Honda CBR250RR  comes in in two colors – Mat Zodiac Blue Metallic and Honda Tricolor, both priced from RM27,999.

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is also known as PMX, warned that strict action including revoking their license will be taken against any party who increases the price of services or goods. The warning also includes parties entitled to diesel subsidies.

The action should be taken because the targeting of the fuel subsidy is implemented to help the needy.

“We know people think that we the Cabinet of Ministers have it easy, we have no heart, we don’t care about difficult people, raise the price… no.

“I personally held dozens of meetings so as not to burden (the people), so fishermen were excluded, so subsidies continues for fishermen, small farmers, school buses.

“School buses go up (service prices), but we warn you, you are subsidised and (yet) you hike prices, we will withdraw your license, and cancel your company,” he said.

School bus, express bus, and tourist bus services should not increase price

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Transport Minister, Anthony Loke said the school bus fare increase should not happen since the Subsidized Diesel Control System (SKDS) 1.0 for land public transport vehicles remains at the price of RM1.88 per litre.

Loke suggested that although the Government does not control school bus fares, operators should hold discussions with the Parents and Teachers Association (PIBG), while the ministry also ready to help from various angles to ease the burden on the parties involved.

School bus and express bus users are still subsidised through the use of ‘fleet’ cards, and the price of diesel for them is RM1.88 per liter compared to RM2.15 before.

Apart from that, he also said that the government does not provide subsidies for tour bus services since it involves the private sector.

“We have to understand this… if the tour bus is for tourism (and) this is for foreign tourists, not for daily use. So we do not (give) subsidies for the tourism sector.

Tow truck operator served notice

The towing service company that announced an increase in service prices on the grounds of diesel subsidy targeting has been given notice.

Director of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) Johor, Lilis Saslinda Pornomo, said a notice was given to the company and they must respond within 7 to 14 days.

“The notice is for the company to provide feedback, especially documentation evidence and reasons for the increase in their operating costs associated with the implementation of diesel subsidy rationalisation starting last Monday.”

Perdana Menteri Malaysia, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim yang juga dikenali dengan PMX, memberi amaran kepada mana-mana pihak yang menaikkan harga perkhidmatan atau barangan akan dikenakan tindakan tegas termasuk membatalkan lesen mereka. Amaran itu turut merangkumi pihak yang berhak mendapat subsidi diesel.

Tindakan tersebut harus diambil kerana penyasaran subsidi bahan bakar itu dilaksanakan untuk membantu golongan yang memerlukan.

“Sebenarnya ingat kita dalam Jemaah Menteri senang nak lakukan, tak ada hati perut, tak peduli orang susah, naikkan harga…tidak.

“Saya sendiri berpuluh kali bermesyuarat supaya jangan terbeban, maka nelayan dikecualikan, maka subsidi diteruskan untuk nelayan, pekebun kecil, bas sekolah.

“Bas sekolah naik (harga perkhidmatan), tapi kita bagi amaran, kamu diberi subsidi dan kamu naik, kamu jaga, saya tak tahu orang lain, kalau saya, jika kamu naik juga dalam keadaan kamu dapat subsidi, kami tarik lesen kamu, batalkan syarikat (kamu),” katanya.

Perkhidmatan bas sekolah, bas ekspress, dan bas pelancongan tidak patut naik harga

Sementara itu, Menteri Pengangkutan Malaysia, Anthony Loke berkata kenaikan tambang bas sekolah tidak seharusnya berlaku memandangkan Sistem Kawalan Diesel Bersubsidi (SKDS) 1.0 bagi kenderaan pengangkutan awam darat kekal pada harga RM1.88 seliter.

Loke menyarankan meskipun Kerajaan tidak mengawal kadar tambang bas sekolah, pengusaha seharusnya mengadakan perbincangan bersama Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru (PIBG), dengan kementerian turut sedia membantu pelbagai sudut untuk meringankan beban pihak terlibat.

Selain daripada itu, beliau juga berkata kerajaan tidak menyediakan subsidi untuk perkhidmatan bas persiaran memandangkan ia membabitkan sektor swasta.

“Jadi ini kita kena faham… kalau bas persiaran tujuannya untuk pelancongan (dan) ini untuk pelancong asing, bukan untuk kegunaan harian. Jadi ini kita tak (beri) subsidi untuk sektor pelancongan.

Pengusa bas sekolah dan bas ekspress masih diberikan subsidi melalui penggunaan kad ‘fleet‘, dan harga diesel bagi mereka ialah RM1.88 seliter berbanding dengan RM2.15 sebelum ini.

Syarikat trak tunda diberi notis

Sebuah syarikat perkhidmatan trak tunda kenderaan yang mengumumkan kenaikan harga perkhidmatan engan alasan pelaksanaan penyasaran subsidi diesel telah diberi notis.

Pengarah Kementerian Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Kos Sara Hidup (KPDN) Johor, Lilis Saslinda Pornomo, berkata notis diberikan kepada syarikat berkenaan dan mereka mestilah memberi jawapan dalam tempoh antara 7 hingga 14 hari.

“Notis itu bagi syarikat berkenaan memberi maklum balas terutama bukti dokumentasi dan sebab kenaikan kos operasi mereka yang dikaitkan dengan pelaksanaan rasionalisasi subsidi diesel bermula Isnin lalu.”

Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Revival (2024) telah tiba di Malaysia.

Seperti namanya, model itu adalah satu penghormatan, malah ia meraikan, Hydra Glide yang pertama pada tahun 1949. Model itu merupakan model yang penting buat The Motor Company, dengan menampilkan fork teleskopik redamana hidraulik bersama enjin Panhead menjadikannya bentuk motosikal Harley-Davidson yang bertahan hingga ke hari ini.

“Model Hydra-Glide Revival (2024) meraikan ulang tahun ke-75 pengenalan suspensi hadapan teleskopik Hydra-Glide pada tahun 1949 untuk model Harley-Davidson E dan F. Apabila model yang dilengkapi Hydra-Glide diperkenalkan, pelana motosikal Harley-Davidson FL yang ditunggang lancar merupakan cara yang menarik untuk ramai rakyat Amerika meneroka negara ini melalui rangkaian baharu lebuh raya antara negeri,” kata Harley-Davidson.

Warnanya serupa dengan model 1956 termasuk lencana tangki klasik “V.” Ia seperti menunggang melalui sejarah. Satu lagi sentuhan menarik ialah meter kelajuan ‘old school’, serta pengikat handel yang memaparkan logo Hydra-Glide dan nombor siri eksklusif setiap motosikal (hanya 1,750 unit akan dikeluarkan). Ia juga menampilkan cermin depan dua warna yang lebih tinggi (dan boleh tanggal) berbanding Heritage Classic, dengan bahagian bawah padanan warna yang anggun.

Pelana penunggang dihiasi dengan jumbai, kancing, dan jalur jahitan putih dengan jahitan kontras merah. Beg sisi memadankan suasana dengan rawatan berjumbai dan bertatah. Bagasi boleh dikunci dan tahan air.

Enjin Milwaukee-Eight V-twin 114 inci-persegi (1,868cc) dipasang dengan penapis udara bulat sama seperti zaman dahulu. Enjin itu menghasilkan 94 hp pada 4,750 rpm dan 119 lb.-ft. tork pada 3,000 RPM. Tidak cukup kuasa? Anda boleh carinya di dalam katalog Screamin’ Eagle.

Suspensi depan terdiri daripada sepasang fork teleskopik 49mm dengan teknologi injap dwi-lentur Showa. Penyerap hendakan boleh laras pra-beban tersembunyi di bawah madgad belakang manakala roda dan brek berjejari diambil daripada Heritage Classic.

Harga jualan Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Revival (2024) bermula daripada RM176,900. Sila lawati halaman Facebook Harley-Davidson Asia untuk maklumat lanjut dan kemas kini.
 

The 2024 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Revival has arrived in Malaysia.

As the name suggests, the model is an homage, in fact it celebrates, the release of the first Hydra Glide in 1949. The model was a groundbreaking model for the Motor Company, with featured telescopic hydraulically damped forks. Add on the Panhead engine and it became the shape of Harley-Davidson motorcycles that have survived to this day.

“The 2024 Hydra-Glide Revival model celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 1949 introduction of the Hydra-Glide telescopic front suspension for Harley-Davidson E and F models,” Harley-Davidson notes in its official press release. “When Hydra-Glide equipped models were introduced, the saddle of a smooth-riding Harley-Davidson FL motorcycle was an exciting way for many Americans to explore the country on the new network of interstate highways,” says Harley-Davidson.

Wearing a similar paint job from the ‘56 model including the classic “V” tank badges it is like riding through history. Another nice touch is the speedometer’s old-school aesthetic and it includes a custom insert on the bar risers, displaying the Hydra-Glide logo and each bike’s exclusive serial number (only 1,750 units will be manufactured). It also features a taller (and removable) two-tone windscreen versus the Heritage Classic, with a sleek color-matched lower piece.

The rider’s saddle is decked out with tassels, studs, fringe, and white seam piping with red contrast stitching. Hard-mounted saddlebags match the vibe with a tasseled and studded treatment. The luggage is lockable and water-resistant.

The 114ci Milwaukee-Eight V-twin (1,868cc) is fitted with a circular air cleaner just like the old days. The engine is rated at 94 hp at 4,750 rpm and 119 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 revs. Not enough power? Look through the Screamin’ Eagle catalogue.

The front suspension consists of a pair of 49mm telescopic fork with Showa’s dual-bending valve technology. A preload-adjustable shock is hidden under the rear fender while the laced wheels and brakes are pulled from the Heritage Classic.

The 2024 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide Revival is priced from RM176,900. Please visit the Harley-Davidson Asia Facebook page for more details and updates.

 

Honda bersedia untuk mengeluarkan motosikal dan kereta elektrik sahaja mulai 2040. Dengan kata lain, tiada lagi enjin pembakaran dalaman (ICE) berkuasa petrol baharu daripada pengeluar motosikal terbesar di dunia itu.

Rancangan ini dipaparkan di dalam ringkasan Taklimat Perniagaan Honda mengenai Hala Tuju Inisiatif Elektrifikasi dan Strategi Pelaburan 2024.

Menurut ringkasan itu, “Honda tidak mengubah kepercayaannya bahawa EV ialah penyelesaian paling berkesan dalam bidang produk mobiliti kecil seperti motosikal dan kereta, dan sasaran elektrifikasi Honda untuk menjadikan EV dan FCEV 100% daripada jualan kenderaan globalnya bermula 2040 kekal tidak berubah. Honda mesti melihat ke hadapan kepada tempoh popularisasi EV dan membina jenama EV yang kukuh dan asas perniagaan EV yang kukuh dari perspektif jangka sederhana hingga panjang.”

Honda mempunyai penyelesaian untuk menangani jarak perjalanan yang disebut lebih lanjut dalam dokumen. Motosikal elektrik ini akan menggunakan Pek Kuasa Mudah Alih Honda e: (Honda Mobile Power Pack e:/MPP) akan datang. “Honda akan memperkenalkan produk mobiliti mikro yang akan dilengkapi dengan 4 MPP di Jepun sebelum penghujung 2026.” Syarikat itu juga merancang untuk melancarkan dua motosikal elektrik baharu yang menggunakan 2 MPP hujung tahun ini.

Bagi bahanapi sintetik e-Fuels pula, Honda mengatakan bahawa mereka mendapati ia menarik tetapi teknologi itu masih belum matang untuk syarikat itu merancang produk masa depan mereka.

Honda is set to produce only electric motorcycles and cars from 2040. In other words, no more new gasoline powered internal combustion engine (ICE) from the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer.

This decision was highlighted in the manufacturer’s Summary of 2024 Honda Business Briefing on Direction of Electrification Initiatives and Investment Strategy.

According to the brief, “Honda has not changed its belief that EVs are the most effective solution in the area of small mobility products such as motorcycles and automobiles, and Honda’s electrification target to make EVs and FCEVs represent 100% of its global vehicle sales by 2040 remains unchanged. Honda must look ahead to the period of EV popularization and build a strong EV brand and a strong EV business foundation from a medium- to long-term perspective.”

Honda has a solution to address the issue of range, which is mentioned further into the document. These electric motorcycles will use the upcoming Honda Mobile Power Pack e: (MPP) which “Honda will introduce a micro-mobility product which will be equipped with 4 MPPs in Japan before the end of FY2026.” The company is also planning to launch two new electric motorcycles powered by 2 MPPs later this year.

As for the e-Fuels, Honda did say that they find it intriguing but that technology is not mature yet for the company to plan their future products on.

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