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  • Team Suzuki Ecstar telah melancarkan jentera Suzuki GSX-RR 2019 bagi MotoGP musim 2019.
  • Para penunggangnya adalah veteran pasukan Suzuki selama tiga tahun, Alex Rins dan penunggang rookie, Joan Mir.
  • Motosikal GSX-RR 2019 telah dipertingkatkan dalam beberapa buah bahagian utama tanpa menjadkannya sebuah jentera serba baharu.


  • Team Suzuki Ecstar has launched the 2019 Suzuki GSX-RR for the MotoGP 2019 season.

  • The riders are three-year Suzuki veteran Alex Rins and rookie Joan Mir.

  • The 2019 GSX-RR is improved in a number of key areas without being completely new.

Team Suzuki Ecstar has launched the 2019 Suzuki GSX-RR for the MotoGP 2019 season.

Unlike other teams, Suzuki chose to unveil their bikes through a video on YouTube, instead of a “live” launch event. The team unveiled their all-Spanish rider line-up last season. Three-year factory veteran Alex Rins is joined by newcomer Joan Mir. The latter replaces Andrea Iannone who left for Aprilia. Sylvain Guintoli continues his role as test rider for Suzuki.

Alex Rins #42

Alex Rins finished in second place in the last three rounds of 2018 and hopes to move up to the front step in 2019. Suzuki last won a race with Maverik Vinalez in 2016.

“After the last test in November I left clear feedback for the engineers to work on, as far as I know the improvements we will try in Sepang will not be drastic but many small improvements in many areas, which is totally the Suzuki philosophy. We know what we were missing on the bike, so I believe the R&D in Japan will deliver a package which will help us to improve further,” said Rins.

Joan Mir #36

Joan Mir made his first Moto3 appearance in 2015 to replace the injured Hiroki Ono. He crashed out after making contact with John McPhee. Mir came back as a full rider in 2016 and finished 5thoverall. In 2017, he dominated the series with 10 wins and a 91 point advantage over his closest rival. Pundits felt that he could be the next Valentino Rossi or Marc Marquez.

He moved to the EG 0,0 Marc VDS team in Moto2 in 2018 where he captured 4 podiums and finished the season in 6th.

“Of course I still need many more hours on the bike, there are so many things I still need to understand to be even more effective, but I feel very supported by the team and I will rely on their wealth of experience to improve, and also to contribute my own improvements to my bike,” he said.

2019 Suzuki GSX-RR

The 2019 bike follows the basic shape of the 2018 model with some visible but small modifications.

2019 Suzuki GSX-RR
  • Fatter tail section.
  • Different front brake calipers.
  • New wheels.
  • The front suspension also appears to be different.
  • The footpegs are placed higher.
  • New graphics with bolder yellow and gray stripes on the upper fairing, extending to the fuel tank.
  • The news bikes are shown in their “raw” form before being modified later to each rider’s individual preference.
2018 Suzuki GSX-RR

Those are differences we could see, but the team’s Technical Manager Ken Kawauchi said that the factory has developed a new engine, chassis, besides improvements in the electronics and fairing. He also added that Suzuki’s approach to the MotoGP project is by taking step-by-step improvements rather than redesigning something completely new all the time.

That last statement proves how important it is for the riders to start off their new season with something familiar yet improved, instead of riding something which completely alien to them. It helps the rider to familiarize himself to the bike quicker and hopefully translate to great results from the beginning.

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  • Model Yamaha YZF-R15 adalah sebuah motosikal lumba ringan.
  • Kelebihannya adalah pada kelajuan menyelekohnya dan kelincahannya.
  • Unit yang kami uji telah mengagumkan kami dengan kelajuan tertingginya.


  • The Yamaha YZF-R15 is a lightweight sportbike.

  • Its strengths are its cornering speed and agility.

  • The unit we tested surprised us with its top speed!

The cliché “Good things come in small packages” certainly applies to motorcycles too. We found it true after riding this Yamaha YZF-R15 for one week.

First and foremost, an introduction. This is the 3rd-generation R15, hence its “R15 V3″ nickname. It is definitely a handsome bike, having derived its styling from the YZF-R6 which in turn derived its styling from the YZF-R1.


The 155cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder engine features Yamaha’s VVA (Variable Valve Actuation). At 155cc, it’s probably adopted from the NVX/Aerox scooter. While being only 155cc, the R15’s engine punches out 19 bhp at 10,0000 RPM and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 RPM. 19 bhp doesn’t seem a lot, of course, but that’s good in terms of specific horsepower from 155cc.

The engine’s power is fed through an Assist and Slip (A&S) clutch on its way to the 6-speed gearbox.

Its suspension consists of gold-coloured upside-down forks up front and a monoshock at the back. The forks and monoshock are non-adjustable. However, we noted that the shock acts through a set of rising rate linkages instead of being mounted directly to the swingarm. The frame is an updated Deltabox.

It features LED lighting and turn signals. The twin headlights flank a large (fake) air scoop. The windshield is as large as the R25’s. Apart from that, the instrument display is fully LCD.


The R15 felt front heavy at first, but it’s because we didn’t lower our upper body, causing us to push down onto the handlebars. During that moment, it felt like a steering damper that’s adjusted too tight. However, it disappeared as soon as we lowered our torso and relaxed our arms. Now the bike was very, very agile.

However, the bike became very stable at speeds above 90 km/h on the highway. It didn’t weave about even when hit by strong sidewinds. Credit goes to the well-designed aerodynamics.

The engine revved a little slowly under 5,000 RPM. You need to keep the engine RPM up to 2,000 RPM before dumping the clutch to charge off the line. However, the bike charges ahead when the VVA activates at 7,500 RPM (there’s an indicator in the instrument cluster). The engine smoothens out from 8,000 RPM, too.

The real fun of the R15 is in the corners since it’s lightweight, besides having a slipper clutch and sporty riding position.

The slipper clutch means you carry much more rolling speed into corners, even when you go off the throttle. Conversely, having too much back torque will slow you down mid-corner. On the R15, you charge into corners a gear higher than you normally do.

The lower handlebars allow you to hang off comfortably when you charge through corners. Just move your body to the inside and let the fuel tank support your out upper arm.

In fact, we kept flying through corners from 30 to 40 km/h faster than we would normally do. The R15 inspires lots of confidence when you chuck the bike in due to its low weight and quick-turning character. It holds the chosen line while you’re able to modify your line even while you’re sparking the footpegs.

Helping to realize this kind of riding is the suspension. We’ve tested all of Yamaha’s road bikes (apart from the R1 and R6) but it’s the R15’s suspension that’s the best calibrated. You may take big hits while riding slowly, because the bike is light, but the suspension becomes very well damped the faster you go. There’s no bobbing or wallowing at speed.

Another measure of the suspension was when the bike ran through wet patches and standing water while leaning inside corners. The stock tyres felt a little slippery on other bikes, but they felt perfect on the R15. We could only imagine how well the bike will perform on better tyres.

Yes, we know naysayers say the Yamaha YZF-R15’s riding position is uncomfortable, but that’s just because you need to know the correct technique. We’re not criticizing, just that it’s something riders have to learn.

Secondly, we know some may say it’s slow because it’s only 155cc. Yes, we admit it took time to build up speed (it’s not a 1000cc bike, so c’mon!) but the top speed we hit surprised us thoroughly. How fast? 150 km/h on flat road (right at the 12,000 RPM redline) and almost 160 km/h while charging down a slope. Slow? No way!

And no, there wasn’t any stock Y15ZR that could keep up on the straight line and in the corners.

Finally, the engine was remarkably fuel efficient despite us riding at 110 to 130 km/h all the time, after charging full throttle from idle. We averaged 310 km per 11 litres, and we only refueled the bike once in the one week! The computer showed 2.6l/100km, which equates to 38.5 km/l.

By the way, we tried really, really hard to find something negative but found none…


The Yamaha YZF-R15 really surprised us to no end, because it demonstrated just how capable it is. This is definitely the best 150cc sportbike in the market.

It is priced from RM 11,988 (basic selling price), and offered in Blue, Yellow and Black.


Menteri Pengangkutan Anthony Loke – Sumber:
  • Menteri Pengangkutan, YB Anthony Loke berkeras tidak akan memberikan diskaun bagi saman JPJ.
  • Langkah ini adalah bagi memberi pengajaran kepada para pengguna jalan raya dan memastikan para pesalah tidak terlepas dengan hukuman yang ringan.
  • Dia juga telah berbincang dengan pihak berkuasa tempatan dan menggesa mereka untuk tidak memberikan diskaun untuk kesalahan trafik.


  • Minister of Transport, YB Anthony Loke insists on no discounts for JPJ summonses.

  • Such measure seeks to educate road users and not let offenders off lightly.

  • He may also talk to local authorities to not provide discounts for traffic offences.

It is very evident that the Minister of Transportation, YB Anthony Loke is determined in revamping the transportation system and lowering accident rates in Malaysia.

Consequently, he is aware that certain quarters of the Rakyat will feel angry at his measures. “You can be angry at the Minister of Transport if you want to,” he said during the launch of Ops Bersepadu (Integrated Ops) and Road Safety Campaign 2019 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, at the southbound Dengkil R&R.

The Minister made the remark after insisting that no discounts will be considered for the summonses for traffic offences issued by the Road Transport Department (JPJ – Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan).

He justifies the decision as a move to reduce traffic accidents hence deaths among road users. To him, the attitude of waiting for discounts gives the impression that the summonses are unimportant, instead of educating road users to road safety.

“We don’t want road users to take the summonses lightly,” YB Anthony said.

He further added that he knows the measure will incur the ire among road users in the country.

“You can be angry at the Minister of Transport, if you want. But my task is to lower the accident rates in the country. That is part of my Key Performance Index (KPI),” he said.

He also said that he will intends meet with local authorities to not provide discounts for traffic summonses.

Sumber gambar: SoyaCincau
  • JPJ telah menyenarai hitam dan mengeluarkan waran tangkap untuk 39,311 pengguna jalan raya yang tidak melunaskan saman AWAS mereka.
  • 98,850 saman telah dikeluarkan sejak pemasangan 45 kamera AWAS pada bulan September 2018.
  • Pesalah trafik mempunyai 60 hari untuk melunaskan saman mereka atau mereka akan diheret ke mahkamah.


  • JPJ has blacklisted and issued arrest warrant to 39,311 motorists for not settling their AWAS fines.

  • 98,850 summonses were issued after the installation of 45 AWAS cameras in September 2018.

  • Traffic offenders have 60 days to settle their summonses or be dragged to court.

The JPJ (Road Transport Department) is making serious demands into unpaid AWAS (Automatic Awareness Security System) summonses.

According to Bernama, 98,850 summons notices were sent out after 45 AWAS cameras were installed in September 2018. However, only 10,876 of the summonses were settled as of 21stJanuary 2019.

As such, the JPJ proceeded to blacklisting 39,311 motorists with unpaid summonses. Worse, arrest warrants were also issued to them.

JPJ Director General Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said, “Traffic offenders have 60 days to settle their summonses beginning the date the summonses were issued. JPJ will take the cases to court for prosecution (upon expiry of the 60-day period).”

He added that 39,358 drivers were prosecuted in court as of December 2018.

The Director General also said that the department plans to implement four more AWAS cameras at the Menora Tunnel after the Chinese New Year this year.

Our recommendation to our readers is to quickly check in portals such as see if have outstanding summonses. While you may be able to appeal to lower your fines in court, you may also run the risk of being fined higher. Plus, no one enjoys having the Police showing up at your doorstep or workplace to serve the warrant and arrest you.

  • Hong Leong Yamaha Motor telah melancarkan motosikal lumba ringan Yamaha YZF-R25 2019 pada hari ini.
  • Ia menampilkan penggayaan dan panel badan baharu, diilhamkan dari jentera MotoGP YZR-M1.
  • Motosikal 2019 ini tidak berubah dari segi mekanikal, kecuali untuk fork terbaliknya.


  • Hong Leong Yamaha Motor launched the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25 lightweight sportbike today.

  • It features a new styling and bodywork, inspired by the MotoGP YZR-M1.

  • The 2019 bike is mechanically unchanged, apart from upside-down forks.

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor (HLYM) launched another eagerly-awaited model, the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25.

The first-generation YZF-R25 (R25) found popular standing among many Malaysian motorcyclists. Sales was kept going despite being in the market since 2015. HLYM sold thousands of R25s since its introduction.

That is why there are many R25 owner clubs in Malaysia. In fact, thousands will show up for official convoys, including the annual ride to the Malaysian MotoGP.

The 2019 R25 features a new bodywork and styling, mimicking its larger YZF-R6 brother. Indeed, it’s easy to mistake the new R25 for the new R6 due to the multifaceted fairing, new aggressive headlights and taillight, and tail-section. The headlights and taillight are LED.

However, the engine and frame remain unchanged, although the 2019 model features upside-down forks.

Yamaha claims the new R25 gets an 8 km/h increase in top speed.


  • Aggressive, MotoGP YZR-M1 inspired styling.
  • 249cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, parallel-twin engine.
  • The engine produces 35.5 bhp at 12,000 RPM, 22.6 Nm at 10,000 RPM.
  • Updated LCD instrument display.
  • New upside-down fork front suspension for chassis rigidity and feedback.
  • Rear shock absorber with preload adjuster.
  • New LED headlights and taillight.
  • New 3-in-1 main switch inspired by Yamaha big bikes.
  • 14.3-liter fuel tank.
  • 166 kg wet weight.

HLYM will announce the 2019 Yamaha YZF-R25’s price at a later date. It is offered in two colours: Metallic Blue and a new Matt Red.

The bike was launched at HLYM’s annual Dealer Conference in Genting Highlands.

  • Hong Leong Yamaha Motor telah melancarkan motosikal sport-tourer Yamaha Tracer 900 GT 2019 pada hari ini.
  • Ianya merupakan sebuah evolusi bagi model MT-09/Tracer 900 ‘standard’ dan tampil dengan pelbagai olahan semula.
  • ‘GT’ pada namanya itu melambangkan semangat ‘Gran Turismo’ sebuah motosikal tourer berprestasi tinggi, yang akan membawa penunggangnya merentasi jarak yang jauh dengan pantas dan selesa.


  • Hong Leong Yamaha Motor launched the 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT sport-tourer today.

  • It is an evolution of the “standard” MT-09/Tracer 900 and with many revisions.

  • Its GT name reflects the Gran Turismo spirit of a performance tourer, which carries its rider over long distances in speed and comfort.

Finally! The 2019 Yamaha Tracer 900 GT was launched by Hong Leong Yamaha Motor today.

After months of waiting the middleweight sport-tourer, three-cylinder Tracer 900 GT is here. The bike is the next step in the evolution of the Yamaha Tracer 900, and it carries more features over the “standard” Tracer. As the GT (Gran Turismo) name suggests, Yamaha promises the bike to carry the rider over long distances with more comfort while at speed.

But the GT is not just a kitted-out standard Tracer 900. Instead, Yamaha has carried many revisions to arrive at the GT.


  • 847cc, inline-three-cylinder, crossplane crankshaft, engine.
  • The engine produces 115 bhp at 10,000 RPM, 87.5 Nm at 8,500 RPM.
  • Quick Shift system.
  • Adjustable windscreen.
  • Cruise Control system.
  • New Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrument display (no more “TV screen” from the old Super Tenere).

  • Fully-adjustable front suspension.
  • Adjustable rear shock absorber with new remote preload adjuster.

  • YCC-T Yamaha Computer Controlled Throttle (ride-by-wire throttle).
  • D-Mode ride modes with integrated Traction Control System (TCS) and ABS.

  • 60mm longer swingarm to keep more weight over the front wheel.
  • 30mm longer passenger footpegs for more comfort.
  • Narrower handlebar.

  • Comfort seats.
  • Full-LED lighting all-around.

The 2019 Yamaha Tracer GT is priced at RM 58,888 (basic selling price with SST but not on-the-road). Its competitive pricing will place it as a serious contender of the Malaysian middleweight sport-touring market.

The bike was launched at HLYM’s annual Dealer Conference in Genting Highlands. Keep following us today as HLYM will also launch the 2019 YZF-R25 tonight.



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