The excitement is brewing as the highly anticipated GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara returns for 2023.

  • The off-road competition for large capacity adventure and dual-purpose motorcycles is set to kick-off on 31st August 2023 at Kuala Tahan, Pahang, and will be the 8th Edition of this thrilling series.
  • The event is already shaping up to be grander than ever before, boasting a record-breaking number of participants and diverse representation from 25 nationalities.

With 270 participants, 32 Race Teams, and 19 unique brands of manufacturers, the GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 promises to be an unforgettable experience for both riders and spectators alike.

Among the participants, 20 daring female riders (there was only one female competitor last year) from 6 countries will join their 250 male competitors, all vying for the honor of conquering the challenging 220km route surrounding the ancient 130-million-year-old rainforest in Taman Negara Kuala Tahan (National Park). The Jungle Rally will take racers through long-abandoned trails, crossing through primary and secondary rainforests, along with numerous hills, mountains, and river crossings.

The event will feature several iconic obstacles along the route, such as the renowned “Bukit Tobat,” the formidable “Cerun Neraka,” the challenging Tembeling Sandbank, and the infamous “Gate of Despair.” These obstacles test the mettle of even the most seasoned riders, contributing to the event’s allure and excitement.

In 2022, only 40% of the participants managed to complete the demanding trail, with 99 out of 242 riders reaching the finish line. However, this year, organisers are anticipating an increased success rate of 65% as competitors have been engaging in early training on similar trails, improving their mental and physical states.

Additionally, many participants have upgraded their motorcycles to better tackle the challenges, adopting a more aggressive and competitive attitude.

The GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 has not only attracted individual racers but has also given rise to the “Road to Rimba Raid” selection competitions held by various sponsors worldwide.

Motorcycle manufacturers have also capitalised on the event’s popularity by organising their own peripheral events and riding clinics with similar classifications and rules. Notably, the KTM Road to Rimba Raid selection process held in 8 countries provides winning racers with the opportunity to participate in the GIVI Rimba Raid event using the famed KTM 790 Adventure R.

The grid will feature a comprehensive assortment of motorcycles, divided into three distinct classes based on engine capacities:

  • MasterClass A: Adventure/dual-purpose (series production) motorcycles with multi-cylinder engines above 1000cc.
  • Class B: Adventure/dual-purpose (series production) motorcycles with multi-cylinder engines between 250cc and 999cc.
  • Class C: Single-cylinder series production motorcycles of 250cc and above.

The GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 boasts an impressive lineup of 53 participants in MasterClass A, 66 in Class B, and a whopping 151 in Class C.

Meanwhile, Class B will feature an intense battle between the Yamaha Ténéré 700 and the KTM 790 Adventure R, with KTM determined to dethrone the reigning champion from last year’s podiums.

With 119 multi-cylinder large capacity adventure motorcycles already confirmed, and the possibility of 20 last-minute joiners, Class C, limited to 150 participants, has an additional 60 participants on the waitlist, making it one of the most successful rally races of its kind, regionally or even globally.

Notably, the GIVI Rimba Raid series stands out for its exclusive use of series production motorcycles, ensuring that the competition remains accessible to riders and does not rely on expensive one-off purpose-built prototypes. This setup also serves as a proving ground for motorcycle manufacturers, putting various motorcycles through their paces in a real-world environment, thus showcasing their strengths and weaknesses.

The popularity of the event was evident as race slots for GIVI Rimba Raid Taman Negara 2023 were filled within a week of the announcement, with Class C slots snapped up within just 45 minutes of registration opening. Foreign participants, especially from far-flung countries like Canada, Russia, and Colombia, confirmed their attendance early on to ensure a smooth and trouble-free race effort.

Thailand is emerging as a strong contender to watch, having dominated the top spots in various classes during the 2022 edition. This year, Thai racers are even more prepared and determined to maintain their supremacy, though there could be surprise podium threats from selected riders representing various ASEAN countries, chosen through KTM Asia’s Qualifier Events.

Suzuki Malaysia has launched the 2023 V-Strom 1050 DE (Dual Explorer) with a price tag of RM88,800. The latest V-Strom 1050 DE boasts a range of off-road features that make it perfect for adventure enthusiasts.

  • the V-Strom 1050 DE boast off-road oriented features including 21″ wheels and longer travel suspension. 
  • Also added to the electronic package is Gravel Mode which increases the bike’s off-road capabilities. 

One of the most significant improvements in the V-Strom 1050 DE is the 21-inch front tires, which provide better stability and control on rough terrains. The swingarm section of this bike is also longer than its predecessor, the 1050 XT, which increases the wheelbase and improves handling.

Moreover, the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE offers a ground clearance of 190mm, which is significantly more than the 165mm provided by the V-Strom 1050 XT with 19″ front tires. The Kayaba suspension on this variant has also increased by 10mm at the front and rear, providing a total travel distance of 170mm.

Suzuki has also improved the electronic package on the V-Strom 1050 DE, featuring a ‘Gravel’ mode matched with the latest IMU system. The bike’s ABS system can now be entirely turned off, and it is equipped with the latest setting from Bosch. Additionally, the 1050 DE comes with a 5″ TFT screen replacing the LCD digital display found on the 1050 XT, making it easier for riders to navigate.

The V-Strom 1050 DE also comes with a ‘quickshifter’ function as standard, enabling riders to shift gears without having to use the clutch. This feature makes the bike more comfortable to ride and is perfect for adventure touring.

Powering the 1050 DE is the 1,037cc 4-stroke, 90° V-twin DOHC engine – similar to the one found in the previous 1050 XT – that makes 107hp and 100Nm.

In conclusion, the new Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE is a perfect motorcycle for adventure enthusiasts who love to explore off-road terrains. With its off-road features, improved electronic package, and enhanced TFT screen, this bike is a must-have for anyone looking for a perfect adventure tourer.

Dunlop, one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, has launched its latest 50/50 trail motorcycle tyre, the Trailmax Raid, derived from the company’s rally raid programme.

  • The new Trailmax Raid is the most off-road capable tyre in the Dunlop lineup. 
  • The new tyre combines Dunlop’s touring, adventure, and off-road experience and knowledge to offer superior on-road and off-road performance.

Dunlop’s Trailmax Raid tyre features tread blocks similar to those found in Dunlop’s D908 RR rally raid tyre, providing excellent traction on loose terrain.

Compared to the Trailmax Meridian, launched three years ago, the Trailmax Raid is specifically designed for riders who demand regular off-road performance.

The Dunlop Trailmax Raid will be available in three front sizes, covering 19- and 21-inch wheel sizes, and in six rear sizes, covering 17- and 18-inch wheel sizes.

The company plans to launch the initial sizes on 1 March 2023, with the remaining sizes arriving by the second quarter of the year.

According to Luca Davide Andreoni, Marketing Manager, Dunlop Motorcycle Europe, the Trailmax Raid offers an ideal 50/50 tyre that excels in various conditions.

Furthermore, the tyre delivers superior performance on wet roads, providing exceptional braking and traction on a range of surfaces, unlocking more versatility than riders might expect from a trail tyre.

The launch of the new tyre strengthens Dunlop’s trail offerings, providing riders with an opportunity to experience superior on-road and off-road performance. Dunlop’s Trailmax Raid is an excellent tyre for riders seeking a true 50/50 tyre that performs on and off the road.

Aprilia is set to return to the off-road arena after announcing its “Back To Africa” rally-raid programme, with the Italian firm set to utilise its Tuareg 660 motorcycle.

  • Aprilia announced its return to off-road racing with the “Back to Africa” project. 
  • Aprilia to develop a rally-raid machine with the firm’s latest Tuareg 660. 


Italian rally raid and enduro rider Jacopo Cerutti will help to develop the new rally-raid version of the Tuareg 660 with the involvement of Romano Albesiano and Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola. 

The project delivers a different challenge for Albesiano and Rivola, who have dedicated most of their lives to MotoGP. Nonetheless, Aprilia’s success in the world championship will provide a significant boost in developing a winning machine. 

“With its ‘Back to Africa’ project, Aprilia Racing is returning to the world of off-road racing, to the races that forged the division. 

“We want to keep growing in the world of Grand Prix motorcycle racing and in on-track races. We want to discover new talent through our SP 250 Championship and the RS 660 Trophy, but we are also embarking on a completely new project with the extraordinary Aprilia Tuareg. 

“It’s an additional sign of development for a racing division that has grown significantly over the past years, achieving results never before seen by Aprilia,” said Rivola. 

According to Aprilia, GCorse – a company run by the Guareschi brothers – will also provide technical assistance. GCorse already worked with the Tuareg 660 in the Italian Motorally Championship 2022; hence their hands-on experience is crucial for the programme. 

Aside from Cerutti – a multiple-time Italian and one-time European enduro champion – the rally-raid Tuareg 660 will also be piloted by Francesco Montanari. 

The all-new Ducati DesertX has finally landed in Malaysia exactly a year after its global introduction back in December 2021.

  • The DesertX is Ducati first fully-capable off-road middleweight adventure bike. 
  • Features the tried and tested, Testastretta 937cc 11-degree Desmodromic engine. 

Coming in at RM112,900, the Ducati DesertX is the latest contender in a competitive ADV category which includes the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally, Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin and the upcoming MV Agusta Lucky Explorer 9.5.

Catch our review of the 2022 Ducati DesertX in Italy:

According to Ducati, the DesertX is heavily inspired by the rally raiders that competed in the Paris-Dakar Rally during the 80s and 90s.

Dressed in an all-white with red accents, the DesertX appears in a heavy off-road elements combines with a distinctive twin circular LED headlights with DRL (Daytime Running Light).

The Ducati DesertX is built around an all-new steel trellis frame, aimed to improve rigidity especially in rough terrain. It also come equipped with a dedicated long travel suspension settings paired to a 21″ front and 18″ rear wheel.

The suspension system is handled by a full-adjustable Kayaba 46mm upside-down front forks and full-adjustable Kayaba monoshock with preload adjustment.

Other standard features available on the DesertX includes:

  • Wheelie Control
  • Engine Brake Control
  • Ducati Quick Shift
  • Cruise Control
  • Ducati Brake Light
  • USB power Socket
  • Steering damper
  • 21L tank (with additional 8L tank as optional)

Meanwhile, braking is done by 320mm aluminium flange semi-floating disc paired to a Brembo M50 callipers and assisted by Bosch Cornering ABS.

At the heart sits the 937cc Testastretta 11-degree Desmodromic engine capable of producing 110hp @ 9,250rpm and 92Nm @ 6,500rpm.

However, in respect to the same engine used on the Monster and Hypermotard, Ducati has updated the powerplant with lighter components.

In turn, the new Testastretta on the DesertX is now 1.7kg lighter, contributed by a new sound absorbing covers, new clutch, new clutch cover, revised gearbox and ignition stick coils.

According to Ducati, the engine has also been tweaked to allow for more seamless low-speed changes.

Ducati also optimised the riders seat, to ensure comfort on-road and off-road with an adjustable saddle. The pillion seat can also be remove.

Taller dashboard also allow riders to to see the 5″ TFT dash while standing up.

The DesertX offers six riding modes comprising of Sport, Touring, Urban, Wet, Enduro and Rally. Riders can also adjust the power modes accordingly.

In addition, Ducati Malaysia also brings a wide range of accessories and DesertX-themed apparel for every Ducatisti.

Ducati has just unleashed the new Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally for 2023.

  • The 2023 Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally features a new adaptive ride height function similar to the Harley-Davidson Pan America.
  • Equipped with longer suspension travel and a bigger fuel tank. 

Set to go head to head with BMW’s R 1250 GS Adventure and Triumph’s Tiger 1200 Explorer range, the Multistrada V4 Rally gets more range, better off-road capability and improved comfort.

However, the new variant is born for dirt, as the name suggests. 

New for 2023 is a longer suspension travel that now sits at 200mm, an increase of 30mm. 

In addition, the top-spec semi-active Showa Skyhook suspension also features self-levelling ability. 

Ducati also added a new power mode on the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally that allows for a better riding experience for extreme off-roading. 

The new Enduro Riding Mode reduced the power to just 114hp and adjusted the traction control switches to a lower intervention level. Wheelie control and rear-wheel ABS are also deactivated to adapt to off-road riding. 

However, peak power and torque remains at 170hp @ 10,500 rpm and 125Nm @ 8,750rpm.

The new Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally also comes with spoked wheels as standard, a feature that is an option on the V4 S.

Coming on to the best bits, the new Multistrada V4 Rally is slapped with a massive 30L fuel tank, pushing the bike’s range to about 370 kilometres. 

According to Ducati, the Granturismo V4 engine now features rear cylinder deactivation that’s not only operates during a standstill but also while riding gently. The new feature can help to boost the bike’s fuel economy.

Also new on the Ducati Multistrada V4 Rally is the introduction of an adaptive ride height function similar to the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250.

The suspension will lower the bike’s height when the ignition is turned on, making it easier to get on and off the motorcycle. 

Ensuring the KTM 890 Adventure R remains to be the most capable motorcycle, the house of Mattighofen has introduced a host of technical and electronic updates for 2023.

  • 2023 KTM 890 Adventure R now features serious off-road capabilities.
  • Latest upgrade include fully-adjustable suspension and revised bodywork. 

Coming in new for 2023, the KTM 890 Adventure R now gets the fully-adjustable WP XPLOR forks and WP XPLOR PDS rear shock inspired by the firm’s Dakar Rally beast, the KTM 450 Rally. 

Thanks to redesigned bodywork, the KTM 890 Adventure R features new fairing, revised fuel tank and cowling to boost the bike’s aerodynamic and ergonomics.

In addition, KTM also fitted the 890 Adventure R with a shorter windshield, higher front fender and engine protector. 

Electronically, the middleweight dual-purpose motorcycle now features a new 5-inch TFT instrument cluster that include turn-by-turn navigation and coloured pictograms.

Also new on the 2023 model is a new Offroad ABS setting and the optional Rally Mode.

According to KTM, owners can also have a taste of Demo Mode, which allows riders to experienced all the specs and options for the frist 1,500km before deciding which pack to acquire.

Nevertheless, the KTM 890 Adventure R continue to pumps out 105hp @ 8,000rpm and 100Nm @ 6,500rpm from its 889cc parallel-twin, 4-stroke 8-valve powertrain. 

The all-electric and two-wheel-drive (2WD) Robo Systems Ultra Bike is built to go off-road, traverse boulders, and wade into water.


GasGas brand introduces new ES 700 dual sport and SM 700 supermoto, marking its first foray into on-road bikes.


Sources indicate that a larger and peppier Yamaha Ténéré 900 is already in advanced development stages.


A more off road-focused Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 ‘Rally’ is supposedly in the pipelines, rumoured to pack an improved powertrain, transmission and on board electronics.


  • Siri perlumbaan KTM Malaysia Orange Enduro 2018 telah pun berlangsung di Litar Enduro KTM Malaysia di Sungai Buaya.
  • Perlumbaan kali ini telah disertai oleh 101 orang peserta, dibahagikan kepada 7 kategori.
  • Bagi pusingan kali ini, Kategori Dual-Purpose dan Wanita telah ditambah.



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