motorcycle news in malaysia

  • Pasukan pengilang Yamaha kini dikenali dengan nama Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP.
  • Mereka turut memperkenalkan kemasan grafik baharu untuk jentera Yamaha YZR-M1 2019 bagi kejohanan MotoGP musim 2019.
  • Monster Energy telah mengambil alih penajaan utama dari Movistar.


  • An Associate Professor told Bernama that 4 out of 10 Malaysians use the phone while driving.

  • A 5 to 10 second distraction equals 160 metres on the road.

  • As motorcyclists we must always mitigate our risks and look out for signs of impending danger.

1 out of 4 Malaysians are using their smartphones while driving – as if many other things distracting them inside a car isn’t enough.

University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia Highway Engineering expert, Associate Professor Mohd. Ezree Abdullah told this when contacted by Bernama.

A driver distracted for 5 to 10 seconds at normal highway speeds is equivalent to turning the car into a runaway vehicle for 160 metres. How far is 160 metres? It’s the distance from the pedestrian crossing outside Suria KLCC and Avenue K to the Jalan Ampang-Jalan P. Ramlee intersection.

Voice calls isn’t the only distraction. There are so many apps to distract drivers such as Waze/GPS, Whatsapp/WeChat, SMS, Facebook and games. Yes, we’ve spotted drivers playing games on their smartphones while driving!

Drivers are think that they are paying attention as long as their eyes are on the road. But how many times have drivers “zoned out” even when they are just driving along?

Remember that a car driver may be distracted by other occupants, his favourite song on the radio, blindspots, an itch in the crotch… etc. etc. etc.

This article is not about blaming car drivers (there are motorcyclists talking on the phone while riding, too!). Instead, we wish to highlight that we should always trust our judgment when we ride and not leave our fates to other road users. We should always mitigate the risks around us by paying attention to “signs” of impending danger, such as the driver ahead is about to stop or switch lanes suddenly.

As such, adhere to traffic laws at all times, including not charging away from the red light!

Red light accident. Notice the red traffic light in front of the motorcycle – Credit Sinji Ng and Malay Mail Online
  • The Yamaha factory team is now called the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP.

  • They also launched the new livery for the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1 for the MotoGP 2019 season.

  • Monster Energy takes over from Movistar.

The factory Yamaha MotoGP squad unveiled their new Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP livery and the 2019 Yamaha YZR-M1.

Monster Energy has taken over from Spanish telecommunications company Movistar as the main sponsor of the team. Hence the new livery consists of more black paint matched to the traditional Yamaha racing blue. The energy drink brand was already sponsoring both Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinalez prior to this.

Whatever it is, the factory Yamaha team is looking forward to leaping back into contention after a dismal 2018 season. The longest losing streak in the brand’s history was thankfully broken when Vinalez won at Phillip Island.

The dearth of meaningful results even prompted Yamaha’s Project Leader Koiji Tsuya to issue a public apology to the riders, team and fans. He then stepped down last month and replaced by former head of chassis division Takahiro Sumi.

Riders Rossi and Vinalez will finally get to test the new bike during the first Pre-Season Test at the Sepang International Circuit from 6thto 8thFebruary.

Valentino Rossi

“I like it very much – Yamaha is always blue, and the blue of the Yamaha is beautiful, but I like the black of Monster because the colour of my soccer team, Inter, so I feel comfortable.”

Maverick Vinalez

“I can’t wait to start, the holidays were already too long,” Vinales said. “I would like to be on the bike. I’m really curious to see the steps forward we did and see if we can push the bike at the maximum already in the first test.”

  • Boon Siew Honda launched the Honda Super Cub C125, Honda CB1100RS and Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP today.

  • They provide Malaysian motorcyclists with more choices in Honda motorcycles.

  • Boon Siew Honda also announced a positive 2018 with approximately 156,000 motorcycles sold.

Boon Siew Honda launched three more models to the Malaysian market today to kick off 2019. They are the Honda Super Cub C125, Honda CB1100RS, Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP.

Being of different segments, the additional models provide Malaysian motorcyclists with even more choices in Honda motorcycles.

Honda Super Cub C125 (from RM 13,999)

Honda started a revolution when they introduced the Super Cub C100 in 1958. The Super Cub has evolved over the last 60 years. By then, it had become the largest-selling motorized vehicle of all time with more than 100 million units sold worldwide.

The Super Cub is now back in the guise of the Super Cub C125.

While its styling is reminiscent of the original Super Cub, the new bike is thoroughly modern.

  • Unmistakable and unique styling.
  • Full LED lighting.
  • Honda SMART Key system.
  • Electrically locked seat.
  • Powered by a 125cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC, single-cylinder engine.
  • It produces 9.1 bhp (6.79 kW) at 7,500 RPM and 9.98 Nm of torque at 5,000 RPM.
  • Front disc brakes with Nissin caliper.
  • Cast alloy wheels.

It is offered in Pearl Niltava Blue, Pearl Nebula Red and Pearl Shining Black.

Honda CB1100RS (from RM 75,999)

The CB1100RS harks back to the days when Honda’s inline-Four engines were the king. Specifically, it started with the CB750 in 1969, which was rightfully called “first superbike.”

Since then, Japanese motorcycles with multi-cylinder engines, round headlights, high handlebars, and bench seats became known generically as the UJM for Universal Japanese Motorcycle.

The UJM styling is timeless as Honda continued selling the CB line-up such as the sublime CB 400 Super Four VTEC and later the CB1100 over the years in many markets around the world. Except Malaysia.

Perhaps 2019 is the year to remember with the launch of this bike.

As with its predecessors, the CB1100RS looks like a 70’s bike but it a modern motorcycle in its essence.

  • LED headlight and LED classic taillight.
  • Seamless fuel tank.
  • Signature Honda DOHC valve cover.
  • Showa SDBV (Showa Dual Bending Valve) forks.
  • Twin Showa rear shocks with remote reservoir.
  • Radially-mounted four-piston front brake calipers.
  • Aluminium 17-inch wheels.
  • 1140cc, air-cooled, 16-valve, DOHC, inline-Four engine.
  • It produces 88.5 bhp (66 kW) at 7,500 RPM and 91 Nm of torque at 5,500 RPM.

It looks like a torquey machine judging from the spread between maximum torque and peak power.

The Honda CB1100RS is available in Darkness Black Metallic and Matt Beta Silver Metallic.

Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP (from RM 114,999)

The “SP” version of the CBR1000RR Fireblade brings more fire to the table. It is endowed with more power, less weight and equipped with more technology compared to the “standard” Fireblade.

While other manufacturers kept pushing up the power output of their superbikes, Honda chooses to adhere to their “Next Stage Total Control” philosophies. You could say “What’s power without control?”

  • First Honda motorcycle equipped with Öhlins Smart Electronically Controlled suspension.
  • Compact, 16-litre titanium fuel tank.
  • Full Brembo brake system.
  • Quickshifter.
  • Cornering ABS.
  • Weighs in a t 195 kg, dry.
  • The 1000cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-Four engine punches out 189 bhp (141 kW) at 13,000 RPM and 114 Nm of torque at 11,000 RPM.

The Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP is offered in HRC Tricolor only (no Repsol thank you very much!).


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