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A motorcyclist was killed after hitting a car door that was opened by a car driver in Kampung FELCRA Teratak Batu, Jalan Pasir Puteh-Machang yesterday.

Pasir Puteh District Police Chief, Superintendent Zaizul Rizal Zakaria said the driver of a Proton Persona stopped his car at the side of the road and opened the door to get out. At the same time, the victim riding a Honda Dash motorcycle from the same direction hit the car door before losing control and was thrown into the opposite lane.

Unfortunately, the victim was hit by a Perodua Alza that came from the opposite direction and crashed into the victim.

In the incident at 11.30 am, the 37-year-old victim died at the scene due to head injuries.

“The deceased victim was taken to Tengku Anis Hospital, Pasir Puteh for a post-mortem examination while the two car drivers were not injured.

“The case is being investigated in accordance with Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987.

“Any individual who has information regarding the incident can go to the nearest police station or contact the traffic investigating officer, Inspector Henry Dass Tevatus at 016-5072413,” said Superintendent Zaizul Rizal.

We featured the news about a couple who are riding a motorcycle in the Kembara Jelebu-Makkah to perform the Hajj. They had to use the Himalayan Range route as the route through Myanmar was unsafe due to conflicts in that country. However, they faced an anxious moment when his wife was struck with AMS.

Mohd. Rahmat Mohammed Amin, 38, when contacted by Berita Harian, said they faced a worrying moment when his wife Nurazlinda Mohamad, 36, was struck with acute mountain syndrome (AMS) at an altitude of 5000 meters while passing through the Lhasa-Tibet route in the Himalayan Range.

“Thankfully, there were residents who happened to be passing through the route and helped my wife by giving her oxygen and taking her in a car.

“They forbade her to ride on a my motorbike and instead they put the wife in a car before being taken to a lower area on the route.

“Someone also gave my wife a glucose drink and now my wife’s condition is getting better,” he said.

Mohd. Rahmat said they had to endure riding in blizzard conditions with temperatures ranging from one to 0-degrees Celsius twice during the five days on the route,

With about 700km left before reaching the China-Nepal border, the cold weather had also disrupted the journey which was already a day later than the original schedule. Therefore, he will try to reach the border of Nepal on Monday.

He also hopes that Malaysians can pray for their affairs throughout the journey to be simplified so that they arrive safely in Makkah on May 5.

Mohd Rahmat and his wife started their motorcycle journey from Jelebu on March 19, crossing 13 countries covering a distance of 14,000km.

AMS occurs when a person is exposed to extreme altitude for more than 2 hours due to lack of oxygen. Please refer to the infographic from Mount Kinabalu’s Facebook page below.

 

The MV Agusta Enduro Veloce has been launched.  It is a new MV, instead it is “just” the third name for the Lucky Explorer 9.5.

It was initially called the Lucky Explorer 9.5, as an homage to the Lucky Strike-sponsored Cagiva Elefant which won the Dakar Rally in the ‘90s. Last year, the name was then changed to the LXP Orioli after Edi Orioli who rode that Elefant to that victory. And now, the MV Agusta Enduro Veloce. Production will begin in May 2024 and are expected to arrive in overseas dealers’ showrooms before the end of the year.

As such, the current bike is the same as the aforementioned LXP Orioli.

Highlights:
  • 931cc inline-three-cylinder engine producing the 124bhp and 102Nm.
  • The engine has a counter-rotating crankshaft to reduce the crankshaft’s gyroscopic effect.
  • Fully adjustable 48mm front forks and adjustable for preload only monoshock provide 210mm of travel.
  • Brake brake calipers are Brembo Stylema, gripping 320mm discs.
  • Eight levels of traction control i.e. five for road, two off-road settings, and one for wet surfaces.
  • The rider can input whether he is using on-road or off-road tyres and the traction control system will have distinctly different settings.
  • Other electronic features such as engine braking control with two settings, launch control, cruise control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear wheel lift control.
  • Four riding modes (yes, they are separate from traction control), Urban, Touring, Off-Road, Custom All-Terrain.
  • Traction control data is fed into a six-axis IMU.
  • A 7-inch TFT display, and the usual MV Agusta backlit handlebar controls.
  • Colour options are any colour you want as long as it is Ago Red and Ago Silver (two tone).
  • Recommended selling price in the UK is £21,800 (RM130,789.10).

There will not be five MotoGP rounds in Iberia in the future, said Dorna’s CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta.

The Iberian peninsula consists of Spain and Portugal. As it currently stands, they have the highest number of MotoGP rounds of any region. They are:

  • Portugese Grand Prix at the Alrgarve International Circuit.
  • Spanish Grand Prix at the Angel Nieto Jerez Circuit.
  • Catalunya Grand Prix at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.
  • Aragon Grand Prix at Motorland Aragon.
  • Valencia Grand Prix at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Spain has four GPs, in addition to three test sessions year round. Such monopoly by a single country has fans questioning the need and reasons.

However, in light of Liberty Media’s purchase and the new owner of MotoGP from 2025, there will be a shakeup in the championship’s schedule. It is because the company is aiming for more than one Grand Prix in the United States.

The United States is an important calendar as the country is a major motorcycle market, plus it is the sole representative of both the American continents after Argentina’s withdrawal.

On the other hand, the calendar is already nearly at its maximum of 22 possible rounds. This means certain venues will need to make way for one or two additional American rounds. As such, the ready candidates would be those in the Iberian peninsula, or more specifically, Spain in order to retain the Portugese GP.

This was confirmed by Ezpeleta when asked by GPOne.com, ‘Definitely, but not until 2027. We cannot have more than 22 Grand Prix per season and certainly in the future, there will not be five in the Iberian Peninsula’.

Apart from Spain, Italy is the other country to host more than one GP per year, namely the Italian GP at Mugello and San Marino GP at Misano.

Aprilia is ready to defend their Africa Eco Race (AER) title which they won on their first attempt on the Tuareg 660.

The Noale-based manufacturer took the victory of the 15th AER race in January this year, which saw Jacopo Cerutti beating the favourite pairing of Pol Tarres and Alesssandro Botturi on the Yamaha Tenere T7.

Aprilia’s commitment to theAER followed an encouraging result in the Tuareg 660’s debut race in the 2023 Transanatolia Rally (TAR). Although Yamaha took the win, Aprilia finished third with Francesco Montanari riding.

Aprilia had also won the Italian Motorally Championship with Cerutti in 2023, apart from the Africa Eco Race and Transanatolia Rally. The team will also defend this title.

Jacopo Cerutti said during the announcement of the project, “We won on our debut, so expectations are high. The goal is to win the Italian Championship again and strive for the best possible performance in Africa. I started training immediately after the Africa Eco Race, and I feel in good shape for the new season.”

Francesco Montanari added: “I am training and preparing as hard as possible. I hope to repeat last year’s performance and improve my results, especially in the Africa Eco Race. We are also determined for the Italian Championship, and I’ll try to do my best.”

The project is now called Aprilia Tuareg Racing and is even more ambitious than before, with them competing in:

  • Africa Eco Race is scheduled for 28 December 2024 – 12 January 2025.
  • Italian Motorally Championship begins on 20 April.
  • Hellas Rally Raid from 24 May – 2 June
  • Transanatolia Rally scehduled for 31 August – September 7.

Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO, said: “After such an extraordinary debut last year, both in Italy and in Africa, expectations are very high. The goal is to confirm our leadership in this new sector. We have a historic and important name as Tuareg, and to see such a beautiful and powerful motorcycle in its natural habitat is a source of pride for Noale.”

The Thai motorcycle industry sees an 11% decrease in the 1st quarter of 2024.

The Kingdom’s motorcycle market had enjoyed three years of consecutive growth previously, making it the sixth largest motorcycle market in the world. However, there were only 454,795 motorcycles sold (-11%) in the first three months of the year

Honda, while retaining their top spot, saw a decrease of -9.9%. Their closest rival Yamaha has lost -10.6%. Following in third was Piaggio with a decrease of -29.6%, and local brand GPS who sees a massive -52.2% drop.

However, it is not all doom and gloom for some emerging brands such as Lambretta who saw a +29.8% increase, Lion +302%, and EM +1,534%.

However, the drop is not due to over saturation. Instead, it is due to Thailand’s current economical state which is already in recession due to high household debts, lack of stimulus (investments) and economic reform. The country’s economy is the slowest in the region.

Despite hopes that the economy rebounds this year, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has reduced its 2024 growth forecast for Thailand’s economy to 2.2%-3.2%, from the 2.7%-3.7% predicted in November. The forecast was based on a 1.7% GDP growth in Q4 2023, driven by exports and private investment, but a 3% drop in government spending.

Several Thai news outlets had already predicted a decrease in 2024 motorcycle sales in as early as January 2024.

Thailand is the 5th largest major motorcycle manufacturing base with a capacity for 2 million motorcycles, behind China (23 million), India (20 million), Indonesia (8 million) and Vietnam (3 million).

There are 7 motorcycle manufacturers in Thailand. They are Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW, Triumph and Ducati.

Analysts of a market research firm expect rationalization measures (including the withdrawal) of targeted subsidies will not have significant negative effects on consumers and businesses.

TA Securities also said the government should continue to reduce subsidies and increase income despite political pressure to achieve the annual deficit target of 4.3 percent for 2024 compared to 5.0 percent in 2023. Deficit reduction is expected to increase confidence in the government’s ability to reduce deficit and debt.

They added, the Fiscal Responsibility Act states to achieve a three percent fiscal deficit target between 2026 and 2028.

TA Securities also expects a gradual increase in fuel prices at the pump.

An increase in the price of RON 95 petrol by 40 cents per liter can reduce subsidies by RM10 billion. It is based on the indication of a subsidy reduction of RM11.4 billion to RM52.8 million in the 2024 Budget.

Regardless, the firm said the B40 and M40 groups to a certain extent should receive cash assistance from the government to offset the negative impact of rising prices of petrol and other goods.

They also explained that those income groups will realize their purchasing power is smaller.

“For example, translating an increase of 40 sen as 20 percent based on the current price of RON95 at RM2.05 per litre, the average consumer who spends RM300 a month on petrol will see an increase of RM60 a month in their monthly bill,” he said.

TA Securities said, following the price increase following the implementation of the targeted subsidy, it is important for the government to focus on effective monitoring and enforcement of regulations. The move is to prevent unethical businesses and individuals from exploiting the situation by dramatically increasing the prices of their goods and services.

Malaysia’s young racer, Qabil Irfan Azlan is ready to challenge the international riders in the first round of the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) 2024 at the Jerez Circuit, this weekend.

Qabil is the country’s sole representative at the tournament in the Moto4 class. He feels he has adapted to the machine in a test session last month.

“This is my first experience in Europe, I usually come here for the race only. My preparation is to practice with the machine and do fitness training. I also train as usual in this month of Ramadan.

“Before this, I participated in the test session in Jerez. I am confident with the bike and also the management of the team. Regardless, I have to learn more and I hope to be able to compete in the front group and win,” said Qabil as a rider for VHC Frando Racing from Spain .

Previously, the move of ZK Racing and the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to ESBK was to expand the wings of Qabil’s career after he showed excellent performance to emerge world champion in the 2023 MiniGP World Series Championship.

In the meantime, the Chief Executive Officer of SIC, Azhan Shafriman Hanif said, his side has high hopes for the young rider.

“It’s not easy for a young man like Qabil, who is only 12 years old but has the opportunity to race in Europe. Our hopes are quite high for Qabil to do his best. Under Zulfahmi, we are confident that Qabil will achieve the excellence he deserves.

“For KPI, in the first year, we estimate to be in the top 15. He will also race in the 190cc Malaysian MiniGP Series,” said Shafriman when met after the SIC 2024 Ramadan Iftar, yesterday.

Chinese manufacturer CFMoto adds the CFMoto 450 CL-C cruiser (or bobber?) to their 450cc lineup.

As part of the 450 CL lineup, “CL” denotes classic while the last “C” designates it as a cruiser. The case of the 450 CL-X, the “X” means the bike has some off-roading capability.

Highlights:

  • It utilises the same twin-cylinder, 449cc engine as the CFMoto Ibex 450 adventure bike, with the same state of tune.
  • The powerplant produces 44 hp at 8,500 RPM and 44 Nm of torque at 6,250 RPM.
  • The engine also uses the now ubiquitous 270-degree crank configuration and dual counterbalancers.

  • Power is sent six-speed gearbox, with slipper clutch.
  • The engine is carried by a chromoly steel tube frame.
  • Front suspension consists of a pair 37mm upside-down forks.
  • The rear is supported by a monoshock and twin-spar swingarm.

  • A four-piston, radially-mounted J.Juan caliper grabs a single 320mm disc in the front.
  • Front and rear wheels are 16-inches.
  • Bosch ABS is standard for both ends.
  • A round 3.6-inch TFT display. It does not appear to feature connectivity, though.

  • Fuel capacity is 12-liters.
  • CFMoto claims a curb weight of 181kg.

Truth is, the bike does not only invoke memories of the Triumph Bobber, but many parts do look like the Bobber’s. Check out the engine fins and engine capacity plate on the side of the cylinder. That fuel tank, round headlight, etc.

Anyhow, the CFMoto 450 CL-C cruiser does look good and at a more affordable price.

Edaran Modenas Sdn. Bhd. (EMOS), the wholly owned subsidiary of Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn. Bhd. (MODENAS) celebrated the successful launch of its fourth All-Star showroom, Kawasaki Johor Bahru today. 

The grand opening was officiated by Qbee Ng, Director of Kawasaki Johor Bahru, saw together with EMOS Chief Executive Officer Roslan Roskan, CEO, and Chief Marketing Officer George Kashiwagi.

During the ceremony, Kawasaki Johor Bahru and EMOS handed over three units of the recently launched Modenas ZX25-RR to its first owners in Johor.

Drawing a crowd of 700 people, the event also featured exciting activities including test rides, lucky draws, and various family-friendly entertainment.

Managed by Qbee Superbike Sdn. Bhd., KJB was officially appointed as a Kawasaki All-Star Dealer – the first in Johor – in March 2023. Founded by Qbee Ng, who started off as a motorcycle mechanic, in 1987, Qbee Superbike has grown into one of the nation’s largest motorcycle importers and exporters., now holding the title of an official Kawasaki All-Star Dealer.

“In celebration of our 1st first anniversary as an official Kawasaki All-Star dealer, the opening of Kawasaki Johor BahruKawasaki Johor BahruKJB signifies our commitment to building the Kawasaki brand in Malaysia. The showroom serves not only as a platform to showcase the latest Kawasaki technology and products, but also as a community hub for motorcycle enthusiasts to share their experiences and stories,” Qbee Ng said.

EMOS plans to open eight more by December 2024. The new ZX-25RR is now available at all authorised Kawasaki All-Star dealers.

For inquiries or additional information about the dealer showroom, please visit the official KAWASAKI website at https://www.kawasaki.com.my/kawasaki/shop. The new ZX25RR is now available at all authorised Kawasaki All-Star dealers. The latest news on MODENAS and Kawasaki bikes is also available at 

Stay updated on the latest news by visiting the official MODENAS and/or KAWASAKI Malaysia website at https://modenas.my/v2/ and/or http://www.kawasaki.com.my/home, or by calling . You can also reach out via the Toll-Free Line at 1-800-880-008 or the WhatsApp Careline at +6019-570 8135.

MForce Bikes Sdn. Bhd. also launched the SYM Maxsym TL508 maxi scooter alongside the SYM Husky 150.

According to the press release, it has a perfect body configuration with 50/50 weight distribution to ensure excellent handling performance.

Highlights and features:
  • There is only one variant unlike the Husky 150, with three colour options available, namely Indigo Blue,
    Storm Gray, and Jet Black.
  • Its introductory selling price is RM46,888.00, excluding road tax and insurance.

  • The engine is enlarged from 465cc in the Maxsym TL500 to 508cc in the current Maxsym TL508.
  • The parallel-twin produces 45.0 hp (33.5 kW) at 6,750rpm and 49.9Nm of torque at 5,250rpm.

  • A 12.5-liter fuel tank feeds the engine.
  • There are traction control (TCS) and dual-channel ABS, too.

  • As per the Husky, the TL508 also features a TFT screen, although its size was not stated in the press release.
  • There is also no mention if the rider can connect his smartphone to the TFT.

  • Keyless ignition is standard.
  • Full LED lighting and signals.

  • Adjustable windscreen.
  • Seat with anti-slip cover, with waist support for the rider and passenger.

  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
  • Online genuine parts purchase service by MForce Bike Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

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The much-awaited SYM Husky 150 was launched in Malaysia yesterday, by the official country distributor MForce Bike Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

MForce says the SYM Husky 150 was “Inspired by adventure features,” and that it “is  a scooter full of personality.” In simpler terms, it is an addition to the adventure scooter bandwagon.

Highlights and features:
  • There are two variations: Standard, and Special Edition.
  • The RM9,998.00 Standard version is offered in Ebony Black, and Pure White.

  • While the RM10,298.00 Special Edition variant gets Matte Green, and Wolf Gray.
  • Its engine is a 150cc, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valve unit which produces 14.5 hp (10.8 kW) at 8,000

  • RPM and 14.5 Nm of torque at 6,000 RPM.
  • Enlarged 15-litre fuel tank.

  • 5-inch TFT instrument panel with auto dimming, plus day and night display modes.
  • Keyless locking and ignition system with an emergency ignition mode if the key’s battery is weak.

  • Rider assistance features such as Traction Control System (TCS) and dual-channel ABS are standard.
  • Fully LED lighting and signals.

  • Two years or 20,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.
  • Online genuine parts purchase service by MForce Bike Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

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