To serve customers better, Hong Leong Yamaha Motors (HLYM), distributor for Yamaha Motorcycles in Malaysia, has opened the Yamaha Lifestyle Station at the HLYM Complex in Sungai Buloh, Selangor. The new facility provides servicing for Yamaha motorcycles, customer care and incorporates a training centre. Taking up an area of 13,000 square feet, the Lifestyle Station is separated into two sections, the service centre and the Gen Blu Cafe. The completely revamped service area is now fully air-conditioned and has 13 service bays, possibly the largest of its type in Malaysia. A customer waiting area is provided with ready stock of spare parts for the 13 locally assembled motorcycles and scooters in HLYM’s range. Adjacent to the service area is the Gen Blu Cafe Sungai Buloh which serves local delicacies such as nasi lemak and fusion food like the Y Suku teriyaki chicken, accompanied by a variety of beverages like aromatic coffee. On display in the Gen Blu are motorcycles from … [Read more...] about Yamaha Malaysia opens Lifestyle Station in Sg Buloh
It looks like Kawasaki is back in the market with a bang with several new models coming out next year, first of which is the 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650. Replacing the previous generation Ninja 650 – launched in Malaysia in 2017 – the new Ninja comes with a full-colour TFT-LCD screen and LED lighting. The engine and chassis of the Ninja 650 stay the same, making this an update rather than a brand new model with power coming from a DOHC parallel-twin displacing 649 cc producing 67.3 hp at 8,000 rpm and 65.7 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. A six-speed gearbox and chain final drive along with Assist and Slipper clutch gets power to the ground. Other items staying the same are the 41 mm diameter telescopic forks, preload adjustable monoshock, 300 mm drake discs with two-piston callipers on the front wheel and single 220 mm disc at the back. ABS is standard and fuel is carried in a 15-litre tank while weight is claimed to be 193 kg. The all-new full-colour TFT-LCD screen connects to a … [Read more...] about 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 650
Ahead of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October, Yamaha has disclosed two new motorcycle models will be making their international debut. However, no details were disclosed about which market segment this might be for but of note is the number of electric vehicles Yamaha will be putting on display. Yamaha’s booth theme this year is “There Is Greater Joy Yet to Come — ART for Human Possibilities” with six motorcycles debuting in Japan and as said earlier, two yet to be shown internationally. Aside from motorcycles, electric powered two-wheelers are being put forward by Yamaha as well as a drone and an unmanned helicopter. The E01 and E02 commuter scooters are electric and Yamaha says power output equivalent to 125 cc and 50 cc cc scooter engines, respectively. Still in concept stage, the E01 and E02 are designed to be light and easy to handle in an urban environment. Building on the idea of mass centralisation aiding handling manners, the YPJ-YZ is an … [Read more...] about 2019 Tokyo Motor Show sees Yamaha go electric
Outpost LiveWire NYC 2019 Part of an ambitious marketing plan to lure in a younger rider demographic, American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson (H-D) issued the LiveWire electric motorcycle but pre-order sales have not been as electrifying as hoped. Part of the problem lies with the LiveWire’s price – USD 29,799 (RM125,098) – according to H-D dealers interviewed by news agency Reuters. Coming into the market in January of this year, the LiveWire has been available for pre-order but take-up of H-D’s electric bike with new riders has been poor. Instead, most of the orders in the book have come from existing riders in the senior category. This data was culled from interviews with 40 out of the 150 US H-D dealerships located in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, California, Nevada, New Jersey and New York. The dealers have said the LiveWire is not being ignored by younger riders but many find the buy in retail price prohibitive. LiveWire 2018 … [Read more...] about 2019 Harley-Davidson LiveWire fails to electrify?
After being taken off the 2020 MotoGP roster for Red Bull KTM Tech3, Malaysian MotoGP racer Hafizh Syahrin returns to the Moto2 class with the Angel Nieto Team. Hafizh will join Spaniard Aron Canet, who moves up from Moto3 after a season with the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team managed by former MotoGP champion Max Biaggi. “I think that together with the Angel Nieto Team we can do a good job next season. Moto2 is not a new category for me because I already spent several years there,” said Hafizh. “I have raced against the majority of riders in this class and I think I can mix it up in front. I will give my best to be a top five rider,” Hafizh said. It was announced in July Hafizh’s place in the team would be taken by South African Brad Binder and while speculation was rife as to his next move, it was predicted that a return to Moto2 would be most likely. Binder is currently competing in Moto2 with Red Bull KTM Ojo and currently sits third in the championship. … [Read more...] about Malaysian racer Hafizh Syahrin goes back to Moto2