NEWS: New Colours for YAMAHA YZF-R15

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. (“HLYM”) has announced 3 new colours for the YZF-R15.

The YZF-R15 is powered by a 155cc liquid-cooled, 4 valves plus the fuel-efficient technology Variable Valve Actuation (VVA), mated to a six-speed gearbox, producing 19hp and 14.7nm of torque. It also comes standard with upside-down forks and Assist & Slipper clutch to help downshifts smoother and prevents locking up the rear wheel.

The three new colours are Race Blu, Yellow, and Black.

The basic selling price remains unchanged at RM 11,988.00, excluding insurance, roadtax, and any other fees and is now available at all authorised dealers nationwide.

Kawasaki Bakal Lancar Model H2 Naked?

Baru-baru ini, Kawasaki Motors telah memuat naik satu video pendek di saluran YouTube mereka. Video bertajuk Supercrharged: Feel The Force tersebut yang berdurasi 11 saat hanya mengandungi pergerakan kipas turbin dan diikuti dengan logo “Z” yang digunakan pada model naked Kawasaki.

Apa yang kami boleh simpulkan daripada video pendek ini, Kawasaki bakal melancarkan model “Z” baru yang akan dilengkapi sistem supercharger, berkemungkinan besar didasarkan daripada Kawasaki Ninja H2 yang dilancarkan pada tahun 2014.

Konsep SC-02 “Soul Charger”

Rekabentuk model ini masih belum diketahui, namun ada peluang ia akan menyerupai model konsep SC-02 “Soul Charger” yang ditontonkan di EICMA 2015. Jika betul, model “Z2” ini bakal menjadi salah satu motosikal naked paling berkuasa di dalam pasaran setakat ini.

Sama-sama kit nantikan pelancarannya sama ada di Tokyo Motorcycle Show ataupun EICMA Milan tahun ini.

TEST RIDE: TVS Apache RTR 200 At Elite Speedway Circuit

There is no better way to experience a new bike than by riding it. TVS Motorcycle distributor for Malaysia and Brunei, Daju Motors Sdn Bhd, invites the members of the Media, Bloggers and YouTubers to see, touch, hear and ride the latest offerings from TVS Motorcycle, the Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0. The test ride was located at the Elite Speedway Go Kart Circuit, where riders were offersed a safe environment to test ride TVS Motorcycle model. Currently in Malaysia n markets, there are 2 TVS models which is the Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 and TVS Neo X3i 110.

The Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 is the first motorcycle in its class to be equipped with an advanced A-RT Slipper Clutch, a race-derived technology to complement the racing DNA of RTR 200 4V Engine. The motorcycle sports all-new dynamic racing-inspired graphics based on an aero-form theme along with a stylish and exclusively designed fly-screen for an aggressive racing stance. The FI variant pushes track performance to the limit with Twin Spray Fuel-Injection technology developed in conjunction with BOSCH.

Apache RTR 200 4V Race Edition 2.0 is available in three colour, Matte Red, Black and White and it is priced at RM10,950.00. While the Neo X3i is available in four colours, Blue/Black, Red/Black, Orange/Black and Green/Black and priced at RM3,801.00.

Honda Siap Sedia untuk WSBK 2020: CBR1000RR Baru, Bautista dan Takahashi, Sokongan Penuh HRC

Usai pusingan WorldSBK di Misano, San Marino pada 8 September lepas, terbit pula berita bahawa Alvaro Bautista tidak akan kembali ke MotoGP dengan pasukan KTM untuk tahun 2020, tetapi akan kekal di WSBK namun bersama Honda dan jentera CBR1000RR baharu.

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Franco Morbidelli Sertai Hafizh Syahrin dan Michael van der Mark Untuk 8 Jam Sepang

Sepang Racing Team mengumumkan penyertaan pelumba pasukan PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli dalam acara endurance 8 Jam Sepang yang akan julung-julung kali diadakan pada 13 hingga 15 Disember ini.

Morbidelli akan berkongsi jentera Yamaha YZF-R1 dengan pelumba Pata Yamaha WorldSBK dan pemenang 8 Jam Suzuka sebanyak 4 kali, Michael van der Mark serta pelumba MotoGP Malaysia yang pertama, Hafizh Syahrin. Jentera YZF-R1 tersebut pula akan menerima sokongan daripada YART Yamaha EWC, bekas juara FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC).

Perlumbaan tersebut akan dianjurkan di bawah sinaran lampu limpah yang baru dipasang di litar Sepang International Circuit, sebagai gabungan perlumbaan bermotor dua dan empat roda di bawah tema Races of Malaysia. Selain perlumbaan FIM EWC itu, acara tersebut juga melibatkan perlumbaan FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) yang turut disertai oleh Hafizh Syahrin.

NEWS: KAWASAKI MALAYSIA OFFICIATES NEW NINJA STORE & EXCLUSIVE SERVICE CENTRE

KAWASAKI Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd (“KMSB”) officiates another Kawasaki Ninja Shop and Kawasaki Exclusive Service Centre (also known as “KESC”) in Klang, Selangor.

With the latest introduction of the new Kawasaki Ninja Shop, this marks yet another official store here in the Central region. The new store is owned and managed by Wah Motor Superbikes.

For interested parties residing in or close to Klang who are looking to purchase the latest Kawasaki motorcycle, you may visit Wah Motor Superbikes at No 2, Lintang Gelugor, Kawasan 17, 41300 Klang, Selangor.

FIRST RIDE: Kawasaki Z400

Looks like it’s gonna rain I thought, It was balmy and a cloudy day. According the weather forecast it would rain. Always the optimist, I was hoping it would not rain before I throw my legs over the bike for the test ride.

Luck was, however, on my side, the actual ride was rather pleasant with a cool weather. A mix of highway road straight for the obligatory “up to specification” function test, winding two-lane road for the testing the handling and the annoying town road with the numerous traffic light stops (good way the evaluate the engine cooling system and heat venting design). I was lucky as I was reaching the end of the ride; back to our starting point it started raining. And it rained really hard, just stop short of raining actually cats and dogs. But I digress.

The details

The Z400 SE ABS is the newest member of  Kawasaki beginner motorcycle and the first 400cc Kawasaki Z series of bikes to be available in Malaysia. With a deluge of sub-300cc motorcycles from Chinese manufacturers such as Benelli, new and higher capacity bike such as Z400 is a very welcomed addition.

Kawasaki officially unveiled the Z400 back at the 2018 EICMA show. It’s based off the Ninja 400 motorcycle. Most major components  – the chassis, the engine, and much of the bodywork (tail section, seat, tank) – are the same pieces used on the sportbike variant. Although there are some slight improvements such repositioning the thermostat to the inside engine and more significant improvement; standard ABS.

What made the Ninja 400 instantly popular also works very well for the Z400. Kawasaki claims the 399 cc liquid-cooled parallel twin makes 44 hp at 10,000 rpm, and 28 lb-ft of torque at 8,000 rpm. Like the Ninja 400, the Z400 uses a trellis frame, with a bolt-on plate mounting the swingarm directly to the back of engine. With this arrangement, Kawasaki claims it reduces weight (167 kg at the curb) while stiffening the chassis.

Being part of the Z-series, the Z400 lacks the Ninja’s full fairing and sports minimalist bodywork up front, in line with the Malaysian crave for naked bike. The six-pot LED headlight design looks rather attractive, something I haven’t said about many Kawasaki naked bikes (although they’re getting better). Overall, the bike’s styling is supposed to show off Kawi’s “Sugomi” design philosophy, giving you the visual impression of a crouched predator about to strike its prey. The bike does embodied the philosophy if you look closely. However, to be honest, aesthetic is on the 3rd place on my priority list when considering a bike; performance and comfort comes 1st and second, respectively.

As with most bikes designed as a naked bike, the bike comes with a standard handlebar, mounted higher and closer to the rider than the Ninja’s clip-ons. The suspension is also slightly revised from the Ninja 400’s spec, with softer spring rates for bumpy public roads. The front forks are non-adjustable, but there’s five-way spring preload adjustability in the rear. Kawasaki says the shock is adjustable with the onboard toolkit, and from what I could see, it looked like it’s easily accessible. So what that means is you don’t need a hand the size of a toddler to reach and make adjustments yourself. The headlight is similar to the Kawasaki Z650. That mini-windscreen redirects air flow rather well at highway speed although I doubt it’ll you provide adequate protection on long trips.

The bike does not disappoint. Riding out from the golf club parking lot onto a light traffic town street, there was no need for high revving, no unpleasant engine buzz, as I pick up speed due the abundance of torque for such small and light bike. The Z400 is actually quite pleasant to ride in urban traffic; although it makes its power higher in the rev range, there’s still enough torque down low to comfortably navigate hectic traffic without feeling like the handlebars are about to rattle off. However, the buzzing of the engine (typical of in-line twin) seems to peak around 5000-7000 rpm. It seems the 5th gear is the sweet spot for leisurely ride as the rev is not too high to ruin fuel efficiency or too low that the rev is inside the peak buzzing range.

Moving into the more rural two-laners, the engine continued to impress. It has more than enough power to snake through the rural area, as long as you keep it above the buzzing range. The torque spread is quite wide in the rev range so you don’t really feel it underpowered in most riding situation. Thus, the Z400’s motor was well-suited to the tight back roads we spent much of the day on. Plus, a big thanks to Assist & Slipper system, with the assist-slipper clutch it helps if you ever make a mistimed downshift.

On the open straight stretches, it pulled all the way to an indicated 140 km/h, and there was still power left on tap. At this speed, the handlebars did get a tad buzzy (which explains why Kawasaki installed bar-end weights), but for a 400-class machine, it performed way better than expected.

The power delivery was smooth, and although the engine has that cheap-sounding parallel twin rattle at idle, there’s a very distinctive howl from the intake when you’re at speed. It was not particularly a hot day and I did not really feel any heat radiating towards me from the bike during the numerous traffic stops.

When we headed down some pretty bumpy asphalt, the Z400 suspension works brilliantly. During the initial presentation, Kawasaki’s reps talked up all the tuning put into the Z400’s suspension; and boy it doesn’t disappoint. The front end (Showa 41 mm fork) went exactly where I wanted it to, with no vagueness or reluctance, even on uneven and patchy pavement.

The factory brakes are more than sufficient, did what needs to be done and then some more; they certainly got the job done on the street, although you want to use both front and rear if you really want to slow down in a hurry; with ABS as standard, locking brake during panic braking is now is a thing of the past.

Z400 still enough bike for anyone to have fun with, especially if you’re on back roads and twisties. With Z400 SE ABS priced at about RM28,755, RM1,200 cheaper than the Ninja 400 SE ABS, should be enough incentives for Malaysians who likes naked bikes to own this bike. For those two reasons, I think the Z400 will make an impact on the market, particularly in faraway residential areas, where most Malaysian would prefer riding over driving a car to work.

Contributed by Rashid.