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Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd (EMOS), a subsidiary of Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (MODENAS), and distributor of Kawasaki bikes in Malaysia, has launched fresh designs for the Kawasaki Z900 ABS, Kawasaki Z900 SE, offering Malaysian riders a wider array of options.

For starters, the Z900 SE is now available in two new colours – Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray. This is priced at RM55,900.

Down the price list is the Z900 ABS which is now available in Candy Persimmon Red and Ebony and is priced at RM44,900.

Both the Z900 and Z900 SE models come equipped with integrated riding modes, power mode selection, and three variations of KTRC traction control, ensuring a versatile riding experience.

The inclusion of an assist and slipper clutch, coupled with horizontal back-link rear suspension inspired by Kawasaki WorldSBK machinery, offers strong performance across all Z900 models.

For riders seeking elevated refinement, the Z900 SE offers striking gold-colored inverted forks and an Öhlins S46 rear shock with a remote preload adjuster.

The Z900’s updated color palette introduces a fresh Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Dark Gray combination, alongside the classic Ebony/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray option.

Additionally, the new Candy Persimmon Red/Ebony colorway injects vibrancy into the lineup, while the Z900 SE introduces a dynamic Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Candy Lime Green variant with a distinctive green frame. These models are now available in select dealer showrooms.

As this is just an aesthetics upgrade, there is no change in terms of the powertrain.

Just as a refresher, the Z900 is powered by a 948cc, four-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid cooled engine making 123.6hp and 98.6Nm of torque.

For those seeking top-tier quality with the HJC brand, the RPHA series stands out, with the RPHA 91 Carbon offering a lightweight, yet comfortable and safe helmet option.

Following the gradual implementation of the ECE 22.06 helmet standard starting in 2022, HJC embarked on a comprehensive overhaul of its helmet lineup. At the pinnacle of its touring range sits the RPHA 91, now available in a sleek Carbon edition. This iteration represents a lighter and more advanced version of the premium RPHA 91 introduced in 2023, distinguished by its lightweight shell construction.

The RPHA 91 Carbon employs PIM Evo matrix technology in its shell construction, which not only reduces weight but also enhances protection and safety. Carbon fiber’s exceptional impact absorption and dissipation properties contribute to the helmet’s lightweight design, with a weight of approximately 1,600 grams (1.6kg) for a size M. The carbon shell is available in four sizes, covering a range from XS to XXL.

In addition to its lightweight construction and premium materials, the RPHA 91 Carbon retains the high-end features of the standard model. These include HJC’s ACS ventilation system, a 3D screen with tool-free disassembly, and a Pinlock 120 anti-fog film.

The helmet also features a drop-down sun visor with adjustable settings for optimal comfort and vision. For riders who wear eyewear, the internal foam includes cutouts, and the helmet is designed to accommodate HJC’s smart communicator system.

As for pricing and availability, the HJC RPHA 91 Carbon is priced differently in specific markets, as such prices may vary depending on your location. But just for reference, the Carbon commands a premium price starting at 699.99 euros, or approximately MYR3595 for plain versions. The helmet is offered in plain black as well as graphic options featuring red and white color schemes, with graphic variants retailing for 779.90 euros, or about MYR4000.

Ducati Malaysia has announced the debut of the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini, a striking fusion of Ducati’s performance prowess and Lamborghini’s luxury heritage.

The Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini – A Surprising Collaboration:
Continuing the legacy of collaboration between these two iconic brands, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini pays homage to their shared heritage. Drawing inspiration from Lamborghini’s Huracán STO (Super Trofeo Omologata), this special edition motorcycle features a bespoke livery and design elements echoing the sleek lines of its automotive counterpart.

Highlighted Features:
– Design Inspiration: Taking cues from the renowned Huracán STO, the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini showcases stylish rims with titanium locking nuts and carbon fiber finishing reminiscent of the Huracán STO. Its front mudguard, belly pan, fuel tank side covers, and passenger seat cover emulate the airflow ducts of the Huracán STO, while the rider seat is adorned with exclusive Alcantara.
– Powerful Performance: Propelled by the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini Edition delivers an impressive 208 hp, employing MotoGP-derived desmodromic distribution. Equipped with racing-inspired dry clutch and Akrapovic approved silencers in titanium and carbon fiber, it ensures an exhilarating ride.
– Unique Livery: Adorning a distinctive livery featuring the STO logo and the number 63, symbolising Lamborghini’s founding year, the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini boasts the same paint scheme as the Huracán STO. With “Verde Citrea” as the primary body color and “Arancio Dac” as the contrasting hue, it exudes Italian elegance and performance.

Dennis Michael, Chief Operating Officer of Ducati Malaysia, expressed pride in housing two of these exclusive bikes in Malaysia, emphasising the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini’s embodiment of innovation and heritage shared by Ducati and Lamborghini enthusiasts in Malaysia.

During the unveiling at Ducati Kuala Lumpur, the first limited edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini was presented to Datuk Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin.

Priced at RM460,900, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini epitomises the essence of Motor Valley, offering discerning riders a blend of style and performance in a rare and exclusive package.

Midweight adventure bikes have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, a trend that some publications say originated with the introduction of the KTM 790 Adventure. Subsequently, several other manufacturers have joined the fray, producing their versions of capable adventure-enduro machines. Many of today’s midweight ADV bikes focus on adventure by showcasing impressive off-road capabilities while maintaining commendable on-road performance.

When it comes to Japanese manufacturers, Yamaha initiated the trend with the Tenere 700, followed by Honda and Suzuki unveiling the XL750 Transalp and V-Strom 800DE, respectively. At present, Kawasaki has not yet presented a twin-cylinder model beyond its road-oriented Versys 650.

The focus of today’s narrative is Suzuki and the V-Strom 800DE. Suzuki boasts a rich heritage in rally racing, notably in the Paris-Dakar Rally, where the DR 350 and the DRZ 400 dual-sport machines demonstrated the brand’s capabilities. Subsequently, the formidable big-bore single-cylinder DR 650 showcased its prowess. Building on this heritage, Suzuki is launching a special-edition variant of the V-Strom 800DE named the Djebel, a tribute to the highest mountain in Tunisia, extending from the Atlas Mountains.

Suzuki introduced the V-Strom 800DE Djebel at the 2024 Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. Adorned in a distinctive retro-themed livery, Suzuki describes the motif as symbolising the bike’s aspiration for limitless travel. The bike features Suzuki’s classic white and blue color scheme, with gold accents on the forks and wheels providing a visually striking touch. Beyond aesthetics, the Djebel edition is equipped with Dunlop Trailmax Raid tires, enhancing its off-road capabilities. Additionally, it features a titanium slip-on exhaust from Akrapovič.

However, concerning specifications and features, the special-edition adventure bike maintains the standard V-Strom 800DE specs. It is powered by a 776cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine. Positioned as the spiritual successor to its 650cc V-Twin engine, it delivers increased power and torque, boasting 83 horsepower and 73Nm of torque. The Djebel edition also incorporates advanced electronics, including switchable ABS, multiple ride modes, traction control, and an up-and-down quick shifter.

Initially introduced in the Italian market, the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Djebel carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of 13,900 euros, equivalent to approximately RM60,907. It is unclear if this model will be offered for the local market.

The refreshed 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM ABS have arrived with updates that include new paintjobs, graphics, LEDs and even a suspension overhaul. Both bikes are updated by the same 233cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine and the same six-speed gearbox. But there is quite a bit that is different underneath the two bikes.  We break it down for you:

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S

In terms of suspension, the KLX230 S gets a 37mm telescopic front fork with 7.8-inches of suspension travel, complemented by a rear Uni-Trak linkage offering 8.9-inches of travel at the back with preload adjustability. Kawasaki reports that the revised aluminium swingarm sheds about 1.2 kilograms compared to the previous generation swingarm.

The 2024 KLX230 S rolls on a 20-inch front and a 18-inch rear wheel. It’s available in both ABS and non-ABS variants, featuring petal disc brakes at the front and rear. The brakes vary slightly between the ABS and non-ABS versions, with the ABS model sporting a 265-millimeter front brake disc and the non-ABS model equipped with a 240-millimeter front brake disc instead. In both cases, a 220-millimeter rear brake disc gets the job done.

The seat height is a more accessible 33-inches. The curb weight stands at 133 kilograms. LCD instrumentation and smartphone connectivity via Kawasaki’s Rideology The App are standard on this motorcycle.

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 SM

The 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 SM benefits from the same engine, ergonomics, and subframe modifications as the 2024 KLX230 S but adds a more supermoto-oriented character to the mix.

Instead of the 20-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels found on the KLX230 S, the 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 SM boasts a pair of 17-inch wheels at both ends. As for brakes, a 300mm semi-floating petal front disc handles braking up front, while a single 220-inch rear disc takes care of things at the rear.

Suspension-wise, riders get an inverted 37-millimeter front fork, as well as the Uni-Trak rear linkage also present on the KLX230 S. Spring settings are slightly firmer to accommodate the road-biased nature of this machine. Similarly, the footpegs on the SM feature rubber pads to reflect their street orientation.

A new LED headlight, a two-toned and flattened-out saddle, and a redesigned tank/shroud/cowl unit complete the KLX230 SM package for 2024.

Kawasaki markets its motorcycles in multiple regions worldwide. Consequently, pricing and availability may vary depending on location, but for Malaysians, prices may be expensive due to the falling value of the ringgit.

The KLX230 S for example is priced at RM23,620 while the KLX230 S ABS is priced at RM25,032. The KLX230 SM though is priced at RM26,500.

However, expect these prices to change should these bikes hit the Malaysian market. Since Kawasaki bikes are assembled and distributed by Modenas which means those prices could be lower. If the Ringgit does not fall further that is.

BMW is no newcomer to electric technology, whether in its two-wheeled or four-wheeled divisions. However, the electric bikes from BMW have been mainly limited to scooters, but according to reports, a change may be on the horizon.

The BMW CE 02 and CE 04 are certainly distinctive in the electric scooter market, with their considerable size and extended wheelbase hinting at performance surpassing the standard 125cc equivalent.

While BMW is said to be developing a smaller electric motorcycle, potentially derived from its G 310 range, recent patent filings suggest that the company is also working on a more potent electric motorcycle. The patents, disclosed by Cycle World, outline the foundation for a high-performance electric motorcycle exceeding the capabilities of a 300cc equivalent.

 The proposed motorcycle follows a similar approach to some other electric manufacturers, like the Harley-Davidson LiveWire, by employing an aluminium battery and electronics case as a monocoque structure. This design allows modular components around the monocoque, enabling adaptability for various categories. For instance, the steering head attaches to the front of the monocoque structure and can be replaced with a different design suitable for another category.

Cycle World also speculates that BMW’s expertise in the four-wheeled electric segment positions it advantageously in the two-wheeled market. BMW’s focus on electric technology and addressing the primary challenge of electric powertrains—range—by leading advancements in lighter and longer-lasting solid-state batteries suggests that the initial electric motorcycles from BMW may target urban riding and commuting with relatively short ranges. However, this expertise could also position the German company to pioneer advancements in electric touring and adventure motorcycles.

These segments are of considerable interest to all manufacturers due to their significant consumer base in contemporary times. BMW, in particular, values these categories, as evident in its decision to introduce an all-new 1,300cc combustion engine to refresh its R GS range at the end of the previous year.

GoPro and Forcite Helmets jointly disclosed a significant development in the form of a signed acquisition agreement, wherein GoPro is set to acquire Forcite Helmet Systems. While the completion of the deal is pending, it is anticipated to finalise in the first quarter of this year.

Both companies outlined their collaborative strategy, with immediate plans for their teams to continue working together seamlessly. GoPro expressed its intention to expedite Forcite’s vision of enhancing the safety and dynamism of motorcycle experiences through technologically advanced helmets, with a long-term objective of extending this technology to other helmet categories.

Aside from developing a GoPro-branded line of helmets, the company announced plans to collaborate with other leading helmet brands to integrate technology into their products.

Forcite Helmets, in a statement, shared the excitement about the acquisition and the prospect of joining forces with GoPro to scale their businesses and foster innovation. The Forcite team expressed their eagerness to contribute to the collaboration, citing GoPro’s global brand recognition and digital imaging expertise.

GoPro plans to reveal more details about the acquisition during its upcoming earnings call with investors scheduled for February, offering a comprehensive overview of the strategic move and its anticipated impact on the company’s future endeavours.

CFMoto is pushing the boundaries of motorcycle technology with its pursuit of an advanced electronically adjustable semi-active suspension system. This innovation, outlined in a recently disclosed patent application filed in 2022, envisions a cutting-edge setup that employs a front-facing camera to scan the road ahead. The captured images are then processed by a computer, which rapidly interprets the data and dynamically adjusts the suspension, pre-empting bumps and optimising the riding experience.

This concept mirrors advancements seen in the automotive industry, with Mercedes pioneering camera-based road-scanning systems like “Magic Body Control” and “Road Surface Scan” a decade ago. The idea of preemptive road-sensing technology dates back to the 1980s when Nissan introduced a sonar-based adaptive suspension utilising ultrasonic sensors.

In the realm of motorcycles, current semi-active suspension systems typically rely on stroke sensors within the suspension itself. These sensors monitor the suspension movements’ distance and speed, feeding data to a computer that adjusts damper settings in real-time. CFMoto’s patent marks a departure from this norm, introducing a camera-based approach to read the road surface.

The patent showcases this active suspension system in CFMoto’s 1250 TR-G, a flagship model primarily utilised by law enforcement in the British market. This motorcycle, with its BMW-inspired design, conceals a 1,279cc V-twin engine developed in collaboration with KTM. CFMoto and KTM have a joint venture, allowing CFMoto to incorporate KTM’s engine designs into various models, including the 1250 TR-G.

The current iteration of the 1250 TR-G, produced since 2020 and just recently introduced in the Malaysian market, boasts a host of technological features, including a substantial 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel, keyless start, tyre-pressure monitoring, built-in navigation, and a radar system. Despite initially being equipped with non-active Marzocchi parts, the latest patent indicates CFMoto’s inclination towards incorporating active suspension, potentially elevating the bike’s performance further.

The patent details a shock absorber control system incorporating a camera to capture road surface information, enabling adjustments to the front and rear shock absorbers’ damping based on the transmitted data. The document delves into the technical aspects of damping adjustment, featuring adjustable valves in the fork and an actuator in the rear shock that alters oil pressure and volume in response to road conditions.

While the patent showcases this technology on the 1250 TR-G, there’s potential for its integration into other CFMoto models, including those available in the UK, opening up new possibilities for enhanced riding experiences across the brand’s lineup.

Modenas has been the official distributor and assembler of Kymco products in Malaysia since 2016, and has done a splendid job at it.

Growing from strength to strength, Modenas has now introduced the AK550 Premium.

The 550cc puts out some impressive numbers as well – 51hp, 52Nm and a twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a final belt drive for a smooth delivery. The fuel tank measures in at 15 litres, which will cost about RM30.75 for a full tank based on today’s RON95 prices.

The features on offer are equally as impressive as well such as upside down forks, twin-discs measuring 280mm at the front and 260mm at the rear grabbed by Brembo callipers with ABS.

The ABS system is said to be the fastest acting system on the market and and are lean-sensitive as well.

Besides that, there are also dual power modes as well – Power and Rain. This works in conjunction with the Traction Control system that ensures you never run out of grip in any situation.

For those who spend a lot of time on the highway, there is a cruise control system as well as an electronically adjustable wind shield for added comfort.

And just to ensure your devices don’t run out of power, the AK500 comes with USB ports as well.

Practicality is of course to be expected for any scooter of this category, and the AK550 does not disappoint with underseat storage that is good for a full face helmet and one open facer. Besides that, there are also two glove compartments up front which can be used to store smaller items as well.

Tech is also central to the AK500 experience with a system called Noodoe that is basically a navigation system which Kymco says allows riders to focus on the road. But there’s always Waze and Google Maps in case you don’t want to download another navigation system,

One handy piece of tech though is the Find My Ride function that is part of the Noodoe app. This lets you locate your AK550 in a crowded parking lot, something that all of us have surely experienced in a crowded shopping mall.

The Kymco AK550 Premium is now in Malaysia for RM65,600.

CFMoto Malaysia has started the year by shocking the industry with the introduction of the most affordable grand tourer in the Malaysian market.

The CFMoto 1250TR-G which looks like its the sibling of the previous-generation BMW RT, is priced at just RM88,888.

It’s a shocking price for a bike that looks this good and exudes luxury and good looks in almost any angle.

It is powered by a 1,279cc V-Twin engine that makes 140hp@8500rpm and 120Nm at 7000rpm, which is plenty for highway cruising. Interestingly, this engine was co-developed by KTM and is the largest-capacity and most powerful motorcycle in China.

The engine provides the bike with a top speed of 220km/h.

It also boasts some decent tech such as cruise control and a 12.3-inch TFT multi media interface (MMI) instrument panel. This also comes with bluetooth connectivity so you can playback your favourite music through the standard JBL speakers.

There’s also full LED lighting system, daytime running lights, and an electronically adjustable wind screen. A tyre pressure monitoring system rounds off the tech equipment.

In terms of performance, besides the impressive power output, there’s three riding modes – Sport, Comfort and Rain. And helping to put down power is a quickshifter that is provided as standard equipment.

Suspension duties is managed by Marzocchi shocks and absorbers which are said to be more than good to manage the bike’s 300kg kerb weight.

Stopping power is provided by 320mm dual-discs up front and a 270mm single disc at the rear, gripped by Brembo callipers equipped with ABS capability.

CFMoto Malaysia said that the 1250TR-G has undergone a localisation test spanning 50,000km to ensure that the bike performs at its finest in Malaysian conditions.

The CFMoto 1250TR-G will be available at all authorised dealers next week with buyers having a choice of two colours. It also comes with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

After years of waiting and months of teasing, Triumph has finally unveiled the all-new Daytona 660.

The new Daytona is set to carry on the character of its predecessor and promises an exhilarating sports performance experience coupled with top-notch quality, capability, and specifications, the new Daytona 660 also showcases a significant evolution of Triumph’s distinctive 660cc triple engine.

 

The revamped engine now boasts 95PS peak power at 11,250rpm and 69Nm of peak torque at 12,650rpm, offering a seamless, responsive, and linear delivery of power across the entire spectrum.

With a 17% increase in power and a 9% boost in torque compared to its counterpart, the Trident (which also uses the same engine), the Daytona 660 comes equipped with a fresh exhaust system featuring 3 into 1 headers and a compact underslung exhaust, producing a distinctive and unmistakable sports soundtrack.

The new bike’s chassis is described as well-balanced, combined with agile sports handling, and is said to ensure an unmistakable riding experience. Showa upside-down big piston 41mm forks, Showa preload adjustable monoshock RSU, and radial four-piston brakes with twin 310mm discs and braided brake lines enhance the bike’s performance. Michelin’s new Power 6 tires further contribute to the exceptional ride quality.

Boasting a rider-friendly design, the Daytona 660 features a 810mm seat height, narrow stand-over, and optimized bar and footpeg positions. Rider-focused technology includes three riding modes (Sport, Road, and Rain) that optimize throttle response and traction control settings, along with an Emergency Deceleration Warning system that activates hazard lights during heavy braking.

The bike’s multi-functional instruments include a color TFT screen integrated into a white-on-black LCD display, compatible with the My Triumph Connectivity System. This system enables turn-by-turn navigation, phone interaction, and music control, all easily accessible through the switchgear for added convenience while riding.

The Daytona’s iconic design DNA receives a fresh interpretation with a bold and aggressive stance, highlighted by distinctive twin LED headlights and minimal bodywork. The three available color options feature a striking ‘660’ race-inspired graphic, adding to the bike’s allure.

As expected from Triumph, the Daytona 660 offers more than 30 Genuine Triumph Accessories, allowing riders to tailor their bike for enhanced performance, comfort, style, and practicality.

With a 16,000-km service interval, a two-year unlimited mileage warranty, and strong residual values, Triumph ensures a competitive cost of ownership.

Speaking of cost, there is no word on pricing as yet.

Honda has recently unveiled significant technical updates for its 2024 CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade, enhancing its performance capabilities. However, a new patent application suggests that the company is also working on visual revisions aimed at increasing downforce while minimizing drag.

One noticeable change to the 2024 CBR1000RR-R SP is the adoption of MotoGP-inspired hoop-style winglets on the front, replacing the previous side-mounted versions. While these winglets contribute to increased front-end downforce, they also introduce additional drag compared to a cleaner fairing design.


The patent application reveals a redesigned shape that aims to strike a balance between reducing drag and maintaining downforce. The innovative design relocates the winglets closer together in the bike’s nose, utilizing a system of intakes and vents to direct air over internal surfaces within the nose.

Honda’s patent explains that by incorporating inverted wing shapes into the front cowl, downforce can be increased without the need for additional wings, ultimately reducing aerodynamic drag. The result is improved motion performance, including maximum speed and acceleration, leading to enhanced fuel consumption performance.

Key visible components of the new design include prominent intakes on each side of the screen near the handlebars and a secondary set of intakes lower down inside the concave section just below the nose’s leading edge. The internal bodywork’s shape, revealed in one drawing in the patent application, showcases an aggressively angled wing profile.

Apart from creating downforce and reducing frontal area, the design claims to offer additional aerodynamic benefits by directing airflow more efficiently over and around the rider. The patent suggests that the discharged air serves as an air curtain, reducing wind protection for the rider and minimizing the bike’s frontal size when viewed head-on, resulting in further drag reduction.

While the patent drawings feature the CBR1000RR-R SP, Honda emphasizes the adaptability of this design for various supersport-style bikes. By securing a patent for this innovative approach, Honda aims to prevent competitors from replicating the same advancements in their designs.

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