Asama Hill Climb is a popular event started in 2012 in Komoro City, Nagano, where visitors enjoy a city parade as well as demonstration performances of automobiles and motorcycles. As the third year of the event, thanks to the cooperation of parties related to this event, the public road was closed during the hill climb performance, and that made the racing machine performances possible, which can generally be seen only at circuits.
From Honda, the RC213V for FIM Road Racing World Championship Moto GP class joined this event, and performed an exhibition ride. The rider on the machine was Takumi Takahashi, who is now on the top of the ranking for the All Japan Road Race Championship this season.
A test riding with the CBR1000RR was scheduled on Friday, June 13, the day before the event, but, due to the bad weather with hail, Takahashi had no choice but to rehearse with an automobile. He first rode the bike on the course just on the day of the event.
On Saturday, June 14, the exhibition ride for the event was held twice. A cheer went up from the large audience for the RC213V riding on the public road, which you can not see anywhere else. Continue reading “Honda RC213V MotoGP Machine Joins Asama Hill Climb”
Dutch TT at Assen was an eventful flag-to-flag contest, with a wet track at the start of the race rapidly drying over the twenty-six laps, but in the end there was no stopping Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez who adapted best to the changing conditions for his eighth consecutive victory in 2014.
Marquez traded the race lead with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso in the early stages of the race while on wet tyres, before the leading pair swapped bikes on lap six and headed out of pit lane on slick tyres to resume their battle. Marquez made the race-winning pass on Dovizioso on the fifteenth lap and then upped the pace – almost setting a new race lap record on lap 19 – to eventually take the chequered flag 6.714 seconds ahead of Dovizioso who claimed an excellent second place. Dani Pedrosa ensured two Repsol Honda’s made the podium by seizing third place.
Rain fell leading up to, and for the first few laps of the race but once it stopped the track dried extremely quickly at which point the riders on slicks were able to lap much quicker than those still on wet tyres. By the eighth lap all the riders that started on wet tyres had changed to slicks to take advantage of the improving track surface. Twenty-one riders started the race on the soft compound wet tyres front and rear with only two riders; Pramac Racing’s Yonny Hernandez and Paul Bird Motorsport’s Broc Parkes starting the race on the soft compound slick tyres front and rear. The slick tyre options that were used on the riders’ spare bikes after they changed bikes for the dry conditions were the extra-soft and soft compound front slick, and the soft and medium compound rear.
Marquez has amassed 200 championship points courtesy of his flawless win record, while Pedrosa and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi are joint-second in the standings with 128 points each. Continue reading “Round 8 Assen MotoGP: Marquez blows away the field in fantastic flag-to-flag Dutch TT – 1st Marcquez, 2nd Dovizioso, 3rd Pedrosa”
A beautiful livery of the recently launched CBR250R in black and yellow. Already available in some bike dealers shop. Continue reading “2014 Honda CBR250R Black and Yellow – RM19,999”
That is a very long title that I have to write. Yes, the rumors are correct and indeed the 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight has finally landed to Malaysia. Most of the changes are cosmetics like the obvious use of the dual headlight compared to the 2011 Honda CBR250R that use single headlight. This design follows the design of the headlight of the CBR1000RR. In Indonesia, the CBR250R gains few optimization on the intake airflow and new exhaust muffler design of the 1-cylinder 249cc DOHC MC41 engine with the bore and stroke dimension of 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm that maxes out 29ps at 9,000RPM with the torque rated at 23Nm at 7,300RPM. For Malaysia version, we can’t confirm about this changes since we are not able to get the official technical specification yet, but since this CBR250R is Asean CKD in Thailand, we think it should carry the same specs like the Indonesian and Thai version.
The price of the 2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight is RM19,999 for the standard version, RM20,999 for the Repsol and RM22,999 for the Trico and C-ABS version (all prices are basic not including tax, insurance and registration). This number is way above our estimation of RM16,500 because we thought maybe Honda wants to fight the price of the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL at RM17,689. For that, we’d say sorry. Continue reading “2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight launched and CB650F, CBR650F previewed in Malaysia – standard RM19,999, Repsol RM20,999, Trico and ABS RM22,999 (basic)”
Ducati Malaysia (Next Bike Sdn Bhd) maintained its steady momentum with the second half of 2014 looming with the launch of its most performance-oriented Ducati Monster variant yet – the 1200 at an event held today at Monkey Garage Café, Bangsar. Present at the event were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels & Four Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd. Ducati Monster 1200 comes with 135hp at 8,750RPM and 116.6Nm at 7,250 RPM . The more powerful version of the Monster 1200 carry the S insignia that gives out 145hp and 124.7Nm for a rider who are hungry for more power.
“The latest incarnation of the ever iconic Ducati Monster is a very important model to Ducati and Next Bike Sdn Bhd. To date, many have found homes in Malaysia. We aim to sell 100 – 120 units of this Monster 1200 family in 2014,” said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies. Continue reading “2014 Ducati Monster 1200 and Monster 1200 S unveiled in Malaysia by Next Bikes Sdn Bhd – 1200 RM106,888, 1200 S RM119,888”
A spyshot of this Yamaha YZF-R25 has been posted to MM fb page by Mohd Adib and it shows that HLYM are actually testing this bike for the preparation for the Q1 2015 launch. It has been launched earlier in Indonesia as the world premiere and soon, it will be in our land. Price for the Yamaha YZF-R25 in Indonesia is Rp 53million or RM14,983 (direct conversion).
Thanks to Mohd Adib for the tip!
Demak Motor has unveiled this 2014 model named Skyline. Based from my research on the net, it seems that this bike is powered by 200cc engine and enclosed in deltabox frame. At first, it looks like FZ150i but on closer inspection it looks very different. You’ll notice the tail light design on the picture after the jump:
Continue reading “2014 Demak Skyline 200 – RM9,710 (basic)”
A note from our friend, Mr Norick, has tipped us about the upcoming presence of the Yamaha YZF-R25 which is planned for CKD production on first quarter of 2015. This can be a great leap taken by HLYM since it has been a very long time we haven’t seen any 250cc bike from Yamaha in Malaysia. If this is true, YZF-R25 will fight against the popular Kawasaki Ninja 250 which is also a 250cc bike equipped with inline-two engine. Yamaha YZF-R25 is a very interesting bike since it features a powerful engine in its class for a 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine with a styling that looks Japanese enough. The bike can produce 35.5hp at 12,000RPM and 22.1Nm at 10,000RPM. Based on this information, we can see that this engine is a high-revving engine and because of that it can gives a nice growl when it get revs high. Continue reading “2014 Honda CBR250R dual headlight are coming this Friday 27th, Yamaha YZF-R25 are coming to Malaysia on Q1 2015”
After series of leaks and rumors, the 2014 Yamaha MT-09 has finally being unveiled in Malaysia by Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia. It comes with 850cc 3-cylinder inline engine that maxes out 115ps at 10,000RPM and 87.5Nm at 8,500RPM. One information to note is that this CBU model is not equipped with ABS.
Yamaha MT-09 is one in the Dark series along with MT-07 and MT-125 and it has been the most powerful too. The styling is a naked streetfighter with lightweight engine to get its handling quick to turn and managable when riding whether in town, city or open road.
Check out the technical specs after the jump: Continue reading “2014 Yamaha MT-09 unveiled in Malaysia – CBU RM54k, CKD Q1 2015”