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After months of stagnation, Bajaj has finally introduced the eagerly awaited Pulsar NS200.

Though not yet fully introduced, a new TV commercial has shown an upgraded LED headlight featuring integrated LED DRL, signaling a departure from the previous model’s design.

The 2024 Pulsar NS200 also boasts a redesigned digital instrument console and updated switchgear, echoing the recent enhancements observed in some of the top-spec variants of Pulsar N150 and N160.

The outgoing NS200, introduced in 2012, has maintained its semi-digital instrument console with minimal changes. The new LCD digital instrument screen features Bluetooth connectivity, facilitating seamless integration with the Bajaj Ride Connect App.

Users gain access to a wealth of information, including calls, text messages, mobile signal strength, battery health, and turn-by-turn navigation. The revamped switchgear introduces a dedicated Mode button for navigating the functions of the new LCD instrument display.

The Bajaj Pulsar NS200 receives a visual makeover with sportier graphics, decals, and the introduction of new color options. The existing color palette includes Glossy Ebony Black, Metallic Pearl White, Cocktail Wine Red – White, and Pewter Grey – Blue.

While retaining much of its mechanical prowess, the NS200 continues to feature USD forks and standard dual-channel ABS. The braking system consists of 300 mm and 230 mm discs at the front and rear, respectively, along with a Nitrox mono shock absorber at the rear. Both front and rear wheels are fitted with 17-inch tires (100/80 front and 130/70 rear).

Powering the NS200 is the same 199.5 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, triple spark, 4-valve, FI DTS-i engine, delivering 24.5 PS of maximum power and 18.74 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.

With these updates, the 2024 Bajaj Pulsar NS200 may see a modest price increase.

For Malaysians, the Bajaj Pulsar is known as the Modenas Pulsar since it is assembled and distributed by the national bike maker.

The Pulsar has enjoyed success since it offers good value for money. But the updates have stopped for a while and the Pulsar now looks and feels dated as compared to the competition. So it is about time that the Malaysian model is updated.

During the 2023 EICMA event in Milan, Honda unveiled the NX500 and CBR500R. Among the highlights was the revelation of a 400cc variant of the NX500, now introduced as the NX400 in Japan. Serving as the successor to the 2013 400X crossover model, the NX400 inherits its legacy while bringing forth a range of enhancements.

Also new to the range for the Japanese market is the updated CBR400R.

The 2024 NX400 emerges as a contemporary street adventure motorcycle, showcasing a refreshed design and upgraded features. Noteworthy additions to both the NX400 and CBR400R include Honda Selectable Torque Control and a vibrant 5-inch full-color TFT display. Through the integration of the Honda RoadSync app, riders can seamlessly connect their smartphones via Bluetooth, granting access to calls, messages, music, and turn-by-turn navigation.

In terms of aesthetics, the 2024 CBR400R receives a facelift with modifications to the headlamp cowl, headlight, and tail light. The incorporation of new ducts, adorned with winglets and slits on the middle cowls, enhances the bike’s sporty allure. Colour options for the CBR400R include the striking Grand Prix Red and the understated Matte Ballistic Black Metallic, the latter presenting an alluring all-black theme. These color schemes are also available for the NX400, alongside the Pearl Glare White option, adding to the visual appeal of both models.

Physically, the 2024 NX400 boasts larger dimensions, measuring 2150 × 830 × 1390mm compared to the CBR400R’s 2080 × 760 × 1145mm frame. The NX400 also features a longer wheelbase of 1435mm, while the CBR400R measures 1410mm. Additionally, the NX400 offers superior ground clearance at 150mm, compared to the CBR400R’s 130mm.

Weighing in at 5kg heavier than its counterpart, the NX400 tips the scales at 191kg.

Wheel specifications differ as well, with the NX400 sporting 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels, while the CBR400R opts for 17-inch wheels on both ends.

Both models feature a braking setup comprising double discs at the front and a single disc at the rear, ensuring optimal stopping power. Furthermore, the inclusion of features such as the Showa SFF-BP inverted fork and assist and slipper clutch further enhances the riding experience, building upon the foundations laid by their predecessors.

Both models also run on the same Honda 399cc, NC65E water-cooled, twin-cylinder engine. Both bikes offer the same amount of power – 46PS and 38Nm of torque, and the same gearbox with identical gearing. They also share the same 17 litre fuel tank. So the real question is whether you like to ride sitting up or a more aggressive sportier sitting position.

Full specifications are available below, and as for pricing, the CBR400R is priced at 863,500 (RM27,526) Yen while the NX400 is priced at 891,000 Yen (RM28,403). All prices do not include local taxes and are subject to change in your local market.


Triumph has unveiled an array of new features and upgrades for its Tiger 1200 family in 2024, elevating the range to new heights of advancement and sophistication. The enhancements encompass refined engine performance, improved comfort and ergonomics, enhanced cornering capabilities, reduced seat height with Active Preload Reduction, and vibrant new color options.

According to Triumph, the renowned 1160cc triple engine now offers an even smoother and more controlled riding experience, particularly at low speeds, while retaining its distinctive triple character derived from its T-plane crank. The engineering team at Triumph has fine-tuned the engine by modifying the crankshaft, alternator rotor, and balancer to enhance engine inertia, along with corresponding adjustments to engine calibration. These refinements result in heightened smoothness during acceleration and deceleration, especially noticeable at lower speeds. Additionally, an updated clutch design ensures a smoother engagement when shifting into first gear.

Furthermore, Triumph has prioritised all-day comfort for riders embarking on long-distance journeys with the Tiger 1200. A revised engine balancing strategy contributes to a smoother and more refined engine performance, enhancing comfort across various rider touchpoints. Borrowing from the successful Explorer models, dampened handlebars and risers have been incorporated into the GT Pro and Rally Pro, providing a smoother ride and improved mirror visibility.

The rider seat has undergone a redesign, featuring a flatter profile to offer riders more space and reduce fatigue during extended trips. Additionally, the accessory low seat, which lowers the seat position by 20mm, has been redesigned for enhanced comfort. A longer clutch lever has also been introduced to provide additional space for riders’ fingers, further enhancing comfort on extended journeys.

Triumph has raised the cornering ground clearance of the Tiger 1200 GT Pro and GT Explorer models by adjusting the footpeg positions, thereby increasing rider confidence during cornering maneuvers. The introduction of the Active Preload Reduction feature allows riders to lower the seat height by up to 20mm simply by pressing the ‘Home’ button for one second on the switch cube as the Tiger 1200 slows to a stop.

The Tiger 1200 is now available in some markets in four variants, featuring new colors for 2024. The Tiger 1200 GT Pro and GT Explorer are offered in striking Carnival Red, in addition to Snowdonia White and Sapphire Black. The Tiger 1200 Rally Pro and Rally Explorer come in stylish new Matt Sandstorm and Jet Black options, alongside the popular Matt Khaki.

Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer, expressed enthusiasm for the 2024 updates, highlighting their potential to enhance the riding experience and expand the Tiger 1200’s global appeal. Since its debut in 2021, the latest generation Tiger 1200 has garnered significant sales success worldwide, with the Tiger 1200 GT Explorer notably chosen by Enduro World Champion Ivan Cervantes for his Guinness World Records feat of covering the greatest distance on a motorcycle in 24 hours.

The collaboration unveiled in March 2023 between BMW Motorrad Motorsport and NORDOEL has resulted in the creation of a fuel aimed at mitigating the environmental impact of racing. Through the integration of advanced technologies and sustainable production processes, a fuel has been formulated to uphold engine performance while notably curtailing CO2 emissions during production. The CO2-reduced fuel, known as RacE-Fuel WSBK R40-A, boasting a regenerative share of at least 40%, will make its official debut at the onset of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) season in Australia.

Initial trials with the alternative fuel were successfully conducted in January in Jerez, Spain, and Portimao, Portugal. These trials followed extensive development hours at the engine testing facilities in Munich. During the trials in southern Europe, the ROKiT BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, and BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Test Team honed the efficiency and performance of the alternative fuel for motorsports.

The competitiveness and usability of the regenerative fuel RacE-Fuel WSBK R40-A, complying with the FIM regulations requiring a minimum of 40% “non-fossil” content for 2024, were affirmed. Consequently, RacE-Fuel WSBK R40-A stands as the pioneering regenerative fuel based on MtG (Methanol-to-Gasoline). Ongoing development endeavours seek to deepen insights from previous experiments and identify potential areas for enhancement.

A competitive frenzy has long been unfolding in the realm of superbikes. Motorcycle manufacturers are pushing the limits, each vying to unleash more power, refine electronic aids, engineer wilder aerodynamics, and innovate beyond boundaries to enhance track performance. BMW Motorrad, in its latest move, has introduced active aerodynamics to its M and S 1000 RR models.

In BMW’s patent proposal, the conventional static aerodynamic winglets, increasingly seen on superbikes, undergo a transformation into active components. While static winglets effectively stabilise motorcycles in straight-line acceleration and reduce wheelies, they falter in corners where airflow dynamics become unpredictable, posing challenges for riders and trailing competitors.

The integration of dynamic elements enables BMW engineers to mitigate airflow disruptions in corners, redirecting it strategically to amplify overall downforce through the bends without compromising track stability. The patented system ensures that regardless of the bike’s lean angle, the winglets maintain parallel alignment with the road surface, optimising downforce application—an engineering feat poised to revolutionise track performance.

It’s evident that BMW’s strategic focus with this technology lies in enhancing its competitiveness in World Superbike Championship (WSBK) events rather than catering to casual riders traversing local roads or highways. While the technology may eventually trickle down to consumer models like the S 1000 RR, akin to the incorporation of cutting-edge features from MotoGP into commercial motorcycles, it’s worth noting that active aerodynamics remain prohibited in MotoGP, reserved exclusively for professional riders.

What may transpire for average consumers is akin to a homologation special like Ducati’s Panigale V4 SP2, Honda’s Fireblade SP, or BMW’s M 1000 RR, where manufacturers crafted high-performance machines accessible to the public.

While specific details regarding BMW’s active aerodynamic system remain undisclosed in the patent, it’s inferred that the winglets are equipped with actuators, potentially integrated with lean-angle sensors prevalent in modern superbikes to complement existing traction control, stability systems, and drift modes.

Regardless of its eventual consumer application, BMW’s foray into active aerodynamics promises an exhilarating future. While not every rider may harness its full potential, enthusiasts outside the elite echelons of WSBK, Isle of Man, and MotoGP can anticipate a new era of performance innovation in the superbike landscape.

Honda has been actively developing self-steering rider-assistance systems, with recent innovations focusing on countering crosswinds and introducing haptic feedback for riders. The concept aims to strike a delicate balance between providing assistance and maintaining rider control.

The system, detailed in patents, utilises a servo-assisted steering device integrated behind the steering head, resembling a rotary steering damper. (more…)

Following the resounding success of the BMW Motorrad Days held in Berlin in 2022 and 2023, BMW Motorrad has announced the continuation of this iconic event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen nestled in the breathtaking Alps. BMW says it is responding to the passionate call of motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide, the world’s largest BMW Motorrad gathering promises to deliver pure motorcycle culture, a festive ambiance, and unparalleled riding experiences against the stunning Alpine backdrop.

For over two decades, the BMW Motorrad Days have captivated motorcycle enthusiasts from across the globe, becoming an annual highlight cherished by riders everywhere. Previously hosted in Berlin, at the heart of Europe where BMW motorcycles have been crafted for over half a century, the past two years have witnessed historic celebrations, including the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad, uniting BMW Motorrad employees and enthusiasts worldwide.

Through the BMW Motorrad Days, BMW Motorrad fosters a deep emotional connection with its global community, epitomising the brand’s commitment to its enthusiasts. For 18 consecutive years, Garmisch-Partenkirchen has been the host of the world’s largest BMW Motorrad gathering, set against the majestic Alpine panorama.

In the “Year of the GS,” Garmisch-Partenkirchen emerges as the quintessential venue, boasting magnificent surroundings, meandering roads, and nearby alpine passes—a haven for unforgettable motorcycle adventures, especially with the renowned icon of adventure riding, the GS.

Thus, it’s fitting that the BMW Motorrad Days return to this legendary locale from July 5th to 7th, BMW Motorrad will electrify the international community at the base of the Hausberg mountain, offering a showcase of new products, exhibitor displays, exhilarating test rides, and, of course, the cherished Bavarian traditions and legendary party atmosphere.

Stay tuned as BMW Motorrad will unveil more details about the BMW Motorrad Days 2024 in the coming days.

MotoGP and MotoAmerica have announced the thrilling inclusion of the Mission King of The Baggers Championship in this year’s Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, scheduled from April 12th to 14th.

For the first time ever, the Circuit of The Americas will host the powerful V-twin machines amidst the MotoGP™ extravaganza, featuring two Baggers races within the series’ 18-race season.

The action-packed weekend will kick off with two points-paying races on Saturday. But that’s not all – Friday afternoon will witness a gripping three-lap Mission Challenge, showcasing the six fastest qualifiers vying for victory and a chance to claim the US$5000 prize.

Wayne Rainey, President of MotoAmerica, expressed his excitement about this groundbreaking opportunity, stating, “This is a great opportunity for MotoAmerica and our King Of The Baggers series. Having our teams and riders compete at a MotoGP event is ground-breaking and I know the MotoGP fans are going to be surprised and excited about what they see at COTA.”

Rainey extended his gratitude to MotoGP for their collaboration, as well as to sponsors Mission Foods and Parts Unlimited, and the manufacturers involved. He eagerly anticipates the reactions of the MotoGP paddock and fans to witness the Baggers in full throttle.

It will be quite a spectacle to watch the big, heavy V-Twin machines racing on the same weekend and on the same track as the ultra-advanced MotoGP race machines.

You can catch the Mission King of The Baggers Presented By Drag Specialties races live on MotoGP™’s YouTube Channel, MotoAmerica Live+, MAVTV, and the MotoAmerica YouTube channels.

KTM has unveiled fresh colour schemes and graphic updates throughout its RC Supersport range, drawing inspiration from past prototypes and the current Factory Racing colour combinations.

The KTM RC range epitomises the quintessential Supersport model within the KTM family, boasting new sports bike aesthetics, agile handling, and formidable performance both on the road and the racetrack.

While the range remains unaltered for 2024, it introduces new premium colour options inspired by the ultra-focused KTM RC 8C, KTM 1390 Super Duke R, and the iconic Grand Prix racing team liveries.

At the pinnacle of the line-up, the 2024 KTM RC 390 debuts two captivating colour schemes: orange-on-blue and orange-on-black variants. Both feature distinctive orange frames, with the orange-on-black model showcasing orange rims for added visual impact.

The market-specific KTM RC 200 also introduces two fresh colourways, incorporating a similar blue/orange theme alongside a stealthy black and white design reminiscent of the KTM RC 8C liveries. These editions come complete with black frames and orange subframes.

At the entry-level, the 2024 KTM RC 125 showcases all-new black-and-orange and blue-and-orange colour palettes, offering a dynamic starting point for riders. Both options boast gloss black wheels and frames, complemented by dark-tinted screens to accentuate the vivid colour highlights.

The 2024 KTM RC range remains deeply rooted in its racing heritage, boasting undeniable pedigree and featuring sharp, attention-grabbing Ready To Race colours to match.

Since this update is more of an aesthetics exercise, as such no improvements have been made to the powertrain, suspension or the electronics.

Moto Morini has done quite well for itself after its brand reintroduction and the X-Cape 650 is probably its most popular model. It goes up against the likes of the Yamaha Tenere 700, Aprilia Tuareg 660 and the KTM 890 Adventure, but it trumps them all with affordable pricing.

The X-Cape 650 is powered by a 650cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine making 60hp. It also has some impressive tech with Brembo brakes, Bosch ABS, and fully adjustable Marzocchi suspension. Besides that there is also a seven-inch display with Bluetooth based smartphone pairing and an adjustable windshield. And it gets better for 2024.

The 2024 Moto Morini X-Cape Black Ebony edition distinguishes itself with a sleek all-black design, adding an element of refined stealthiness. From the tank’s side to the tail’s bottom, a subtle grey accent complemented by a vibrant red stripe introduces a tasteful contrast. Additionally, the X-Cape offers customisation options through a range of optional accessories, including crash protection and luggage attachments which may or may not be available in local markets depending on the distributor.

Regarding pricing and availability, Moto Morini indicates that the Black Ebony edition of the X-Cape 650 is accessible through its dealership network across the globe. However, there is no info if it will be available in Malaysia. With regards to pricing, the X-Cape 650 is priced at RM39,999 while the 650X Is priced at RM43,999.

Amidst the scenic Madonna di Campiglio during the Campioni in Pista spectacle, Ducati unveiled its latest marvel: the Desmo450 MX, a groundbreaking venture into uncharted territory.

The result of twenty trailblazing engineers who embarked on a journey of pure creation, shunning imitation in favour of originality, a hallmark of Ducati’s ethos.

“Our odyssey began with a meticulous study of our rivals,” remarked Davide Perni, the visionary mind behind Ducati Corse Off-Road. “In the realm of off-road racing, where regulations have stagnated for two decades, our competitors have reached the zenith of innovation. Yet, we were driven to craft something unique, something quintessentially Ducati.”

Guided by Claudio Domenicali, Ducati’s visionary CEO, the directive was clear. “Ducati resonates with discerning patrons seeking excellence and passion,” he declared. “By venturing into the off-road domain, we aim to captivate a younger audience, beckoning them to embrace the thrill of off-road adventure and perhaps sow the seeds of future Ducati loyalists.”

The project’s genesis was resolute: to birth a lightweight, high-performance machine tailored for the fervent Ducati faithful.

“We are immensely gratified,” continued Perni, “for the Desmo450 MX is a testament to our relentless pursuit of innovation. It’s not just a bike; it’s a testament to our ingenuity.” Though veiled in secrecy, Perni hinted at the monumental effort invested in its creation.

“The chassis, a departure from convention, posed a unique challenge,” he divulged. “It was a question of steel or aluminum, a delicate balance between agility and resilience.” In the end, aluminum emerged victorious, embodying Ducati’s unwavering pursuit of excellence.

At its core lies the Desmodromic valve actuation, a testament to Ducati’s technological prowess. “The Desmo system, often misunderstood, is our pièce de résistance,” explained Perni. “While intricate, it embodies our commitment to excellence.”

But this is no ordinary engine; it’s a racing masterpiece, meticulously engineered for durability and performance. “Our goal was to craft a racing engine with the reliability of a street-legal counterpart,” clarified Perni, “offering our patrons unrivaled performance with manageable maintenance costs.”

The symbiotic bond between Ducati Corse and its production arm is palpable. “Working in tandem with the Desmo system,” Perni elaborated, “allowed us to draw insights from MotoGP and production departments alike, propelling us towards innovation.” Collaboration extended to fuel development, with an eye toward eco-conscious solutions.

Internally dubbed “Project 21J,” this odyssey commenced in 2021, a testament to Ducati’s meticulous approach to innovation.

The arrival of nine-time world champion Tony Cairoli infused fresh energy into the project. “Though a newcomer, Tony’s expertise is invaluable,” remarked the technical director. “His insights will prove pivotal in steering our endeavor towards greatness.”

Antonio Cairoli’s illustrious career speaks volumes. Dubbed the Valentino Rossi of motocross, he’s a force to be reckoned with. “After years of triumphs,” Cairoli reflected, “this project beckoned me. It’s a testament to Italian ingenuity and innovation—a legacy I’m proud to uphold.”

Alessandro Lupino, a rising star in motocross, brings his own flair to the project. “Ducati’s dedication to excellence is evident,” Lupino affirmed. “The Desmo450 MX is a marvel—an ode to innovation.”

The Desmo450 MX’s debut in the Italian Motocross Pro Prestige MX1 Championship marks the beginning of a new chapter. Racing will refine its edges, with eyes set on the MXGP Championship in 2025.

Ducati’s journey into uncharted terrain is fraught with challenges, but one thing is clear: the Desmo450 MX is not just a bike; it’s a testament to Ducati’s unwavering pursuit of excellence.

Inspired by the original written by Cycle World.

Peugeot may be known for its four-wheelers these days but it is also one of the world’s oldest motorcycle company, tracing its origins back to 1898 when it produced its first machine. After a prolonged focus on scooters, the brand made a significant return to the realm of “true” motorcycles in 2022 with the introduction of the PM-01, which available in some markets in 125cc and 300cc variants.

Recent reports though are suggesting Peugeot is ready to expand its motorcycle lineup, evidenced by the filing of trademark applications for the names PM-02, PM-03, and PM-05 in the European Union. These trademarks signify a departure from the brand’s scooter line, hinting at the development of larger-displacement motorcycles.

As a backgrounder and for some context, the Peugeot legacy extends to the early 1800s when it commenced operations as a steel foundry in 1810. Evolving with the times, the company diversified into bicycles, automobiles, and motorcycles. Notably, Peugeot Motocycles operates independently from its automotive counterpart, with its ownership history witnessing a significant shift.

In 2014, a majority stake in Peugeot’s motorcycle and scooter division was acquired by the Indian conglomerate Mahindra. Subsequently, in 2019, Mahindra assumed full ownership, marking a definitive break from its original parent company. In 2023, Mahindra divested its controlling stake to the Munich-based equity firm Mutares, which currently oversees the brand.

Although the PM-01 300 model, featuring a 29 hp, 292cc single-cylinder engine sourced from China, was unveiled in 2022, its production is slated for later this year, with the 125cc version taking precedence. Both iterations boast a distinct headlight design reminiscent of a lion’s claw, paying homage to Peugeot’s iconic mascot. The engine powering the PM-01 300 is manufactured by Qianjiang, featuring specifications akin to those found in CFMoto’s 300CL-X engine.

Speculation surrounds Peugeot’s upcoming models, the PM-02, PM-03, and PM-05, as hinted by the trademark filings, suggesting the inclusion of larger-displacement and multi-cylinder motorcycles. Notably, these plans materialised post the transition of ownership, indicating a fresh direction for the brand.

Following the acquisition by Mutares, Peugeot forged a partnership with French electric motorcycle manufacturer DAB Motors. This collaboration aims to mass-produce DAB-branded electric motorcycles leveraging Peugeot’s manufacturing prowess, while also enabling Peugeot to develop its own line of electric motorcycles using DAB Motors’ technology. Consequently, there’s a possibility that one or more of the newly trademarked names could be associated with battery-powered bikes.


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