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IT’S FINALLY HERE | HONDA MSX 125cc or the GROM

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Hey it’s finally here…the much anticipated Honda MSX 125 or widely known as THE GROM that has been flooding the internet lately.

Back in the 70’s and 80’s we would call them Monkey bikes…and the trend is back.

These are a hit in asia as well around the globe. I was in Siem Reap 2 months back and I kept seeing these MSX 125’s on the streets. Was talking to myself…Eh when lah Malaysia…

Guess what it is finally here and this is some head turner. Not by its super bike looks which there aren’t, but the intriguing design of it that gives you an impression that even a child can ride it. Here are the dimensions. 1,755(L) x 730(W) x 1,000mm (H). No wonder it is so senang to cilok as they say (weave through traffic) and a favorite amongst users. Nice one Honda!

Small and low profile tyres, the ability to customize and all. I was on youtube the other day and I came across a video of a Grom/MSX125 hitting the corners like there was not tomorrow. I was like….really? I had to take a 2nd look…

This will be an awesome play bike and your daily commuter that will not blow your money bag.

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Burning Red

So what is the MSX 125 all about?

It’s powered by a potent 125cc air- cooled single cylinder 4-stroke engine that delivers maximum power of 7.2kW at 7,000rpm and maximum torque of 11Nm at 5,250rpm. Not bad at all…no wonder it was hitting the corners effortlessly.

It has a 5.7 litre fuel tank, Fuel Injected and a Euro 3 standard compliant engine. Meaning cleaner emissions. That we like.

Chassis wise, it is constructed from an extremely strong and durable steel mono-backbone frame claiming to provide confident handling in all conditions (Yet to give it a good go). Its underbone frame is claimed to be rigid yet flexible enough to allow a certain degree of yield, which enables it to better respond to changes on the road. Ideal dimensions of 1,755(L) x 730(W) x 1,000mm (H) with a make the MSX 125 very easy to manage and navigate through tight traffic.

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Very familiar Meter Display

It also comes with a sleek fairing with its LED headlight & taillight. The LCD display with speedometer, twin trip meters, fuel gauge and clock although taken from the CB series is definitely refreshing in lines with Honda’s  revamp plans to prioritize new designs with technology in every new line up.

So what is the Price tag on this…? Well not too hefty.
Currently it has an introduction showroom price of RM11,128.94 (GST included), with a manufacturing warranty of 2 years or 20,000km (whichever comes first).

The MSX 125 available in two color options, Hyper Yellow and Burning Red.

For more details, you can get in touch with Boon Siew Honda @ www.boonsiewhonda.com.my or call Boon Siew Honda Toll-Free number at 1800-88-3993 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, except for public holidays).

Time to GROM yourself out….

Otomoto…”The journey is in the Ride”

What an MSX 125 can look like…

What potential

What potential

Nice

Nice

Will this make shores?

Will this make shores?

This is what i'm talkin about

This is what i’m talkin about

 

 

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REVEALED | All new Honda BEAT PGMFi 125cc

Boon Siew Honda Malaysia in collaboration with UKM recently revealed their new Honda Beat 125cc.cimg7674cimg7688cimg7709cimg7719

Targeted for the 17 – 25 year olds, that would mean Fresh university students, young and new riders, campus commuters and even first time owners. Honda Beat is poised to garner a fair market share for the AT segment. Honda markets its BEAT as a Young Active Lifestyle Vehicle are expecting to sell 12,500 units in Malaysia.

In recent times, Honda dropped to the No 2 ranking in Malaysia for the motorcycle segment. However Honda is  poised to gain it’s No 1 ranking by 2018 .

Its main boost would be the renewal of its line up in the coming months and years leading to 2018. A fresh appeal coupled with innovation and design is always a winning formula which I felt was missing in Honda as well and I would be right to say that the line ups has been rather Un-excitable and Soft.cimg7791

Coming back to the Honda BEAT. A bike is just a bike and a scooter like the BEAT is just like any scooter right? So how different can it be?

Well lets take a look at their selling points

  1. CBS – Combi Braking System
  2. EEV – Energy Efficient Vehicle
  3. eSP
  4. PGM-FI – Programmed Fuel Injection
  5. Digital Meter

So What did I like about it after riding it  around the campus compound?

  1. Fuel Injection system (PGM-FI). Although silent at idle, it was a lively and perky experience as you hit the throttle. Comparing it to it’s older sibling the Spacey, this was definitely a winner with better response at get go.
  2. The CBS system. Combi Brake System. What is it?  Basically, a front brake assisted system while applying the rear brakes. Why did they do that? Based on the recent research on rider habits, 32% of new riders were found to only use their rear brake when stopping and we all know or should know that using the rear brake alone will not help in emergency situations or even for that quick stop as compared to 60% of the market users that use both front and rear brakes which would be the safest thing to do to enable your bike to slow down safely and efficiently.I found the CBS rather useful and after doing the brake test, braking distance was considerably shorter as compared to the test on the Spacey with no CBS.This is a good thumbs up and as BEAT was kept inline when braking.
  3. I found the digital meter to be a refreshing and premium like especially with the affordable price tag of around RM 5500.
  4. Honda claims of excellent Fuel Economy figures @ 2 litres to 100 kilometres. Will definitely give this a try once a test unit lands in our hands. If all is said and done…what a saver that would be.
  5. Handling wise, the BEAT is a very nimble and easy to handle scooter with good ergonomics that is if you are 5ft 7 or shorter. I did find it a little small for my liking.

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Overall, it is a well built scooter with good pickup and smooth power delivery. A good commuter for the young at heart. It is definitely lean looking and very nimble. An ease to ride. From how I see it, women would be seen best riding on the BEAT in this case. Just my honest opinion.cimg7856

More new models releases are in the pipeline for Boon Siew Honda and we are anticipating the launch of the new FUN bikes. Can’t wait to give them a go!

Till then …you have a bike? Just get out there and Ride like the wind!

 

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VESPA | Turns 70 Years Old (1976 – 2016)

I remember the time when I was about 6 or 7 years old browsing through the family photo album and seeing dad happily on his Lambretta Scooter in Penang where he worked as a police officer and the place where he met and courted mom who is a Penangite. He went everywhere with his scooter.Dad would have been 73 this year. Mom is now 73. At that time in the 60’s, they too were influenced by it’s younger counterpart, the VESPA.

Vespa is Celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. It was a totally different era back in the 60’s..it was their era. Vespas were everywhere and even my late Granduncle Akob in Singapore continued riding his PX150 after retirement back in the 90’s.

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Vespa is the Italian brand manufactured by the Piaggio Company. It started it manufacturing in 1946 and has now evolved to a household brand when it comes to scooters.

Famous for its painted, pressed steel unibody combining a complete cowling for the engine, a flatboard and a prominent fairing into one unit.

70 years on, it still retains all of those features but with a modern twist to it. Its motto “not just a scooter but a way of life” lives on till this day.

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Over the weekend of 19th Nov 2016, Vespa Malaysia held its 70th Anniversary Celebrations kicking it off with a convoy ride of 500 Vespa lovers ending their journey at Publika Shopping Gallery. The parking bays were dominated by a sea of  Vespa scooters from the Classic PX 150 to the latest and Special Edition Models.

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Classic, Elegant, Cult Following…That is Vespa and that was the Golden Era of the 60’s and 70’s where vespa’s took on the world by storm.

70 years on, the brand is now making its presence felt even more  retaining its classic and poise charm with a wide variety of new models to choose from to suite each individual. Customization is always a must for a Vespa.

Naza Premira Sdn Bhd being the official imported and distributor for Vespa, revealed 6 new models that will flood the Malaysian Market in conjunction with its 70th Anniversary.

The atmosphere at Publika was a grand and happy one especially for participants as there were activities and also a lucky draw where the main prize was a Vespa Primavera 125 scooter.

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Chief Operating Officer Farouk Faisal of Naza Premira gave everyone a warm welcome and made things light for the event.

I  managed to view the new models that were there on display. Vespa has kept the colour Turquoise as its official color and will be available in all variants.

The Vespa PX 150 70th Anniversary was the star of the show . A Limited special edition model of the Classic Vespa with a Clutch and Gear. The classic 2 stroke Engine is retained retained but with modern day reliability and technology. A beauty to appreciate and I foresee an appreciation in value over the years. It retails  at RM 26,000 pre GST.

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I must say though. While keeping production costs low with  the same chasis and powerplant matching it to different designs…The Finishing  was En point. I just love the minuit details that was put in to these designs that is perhaps the contributing factor to its appeal. Honestly, its finishing is even better than some Ducati models….Good for Vespa not so good for Ducati….

Price wise, Vespa positions itself in the upper segment of things that are classy and refined. However it has gained favoritism from all walks of life, it’s like a must have item or fashion accessory . Would I want one….Most definitely yes if I can justify the cost to own a 125cc scooter that cost more than ten thousand ringgit in Malaysia. One thing for sure…it is definitely a HEAD TURNER!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VESPA!

 

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