Yamaha Super Moped? Y15ZR…


Once again, we came in late into the market to talk about what seems to be “the hottest bike” in the market for such price that is. Nevertheless we would like to pour a little bit of our opinion to the matter. Priced at RM7,999.82 after GST not inclusive of the on the road thingy and what not; the Y15ZR marks as a tipping point for Yamaha’s future sales health in Malaysian market. We’re foreseeing that the growth will be positive in the next 6 to 12 months.

Enough about our somewhat not too-economist like prediction on the bike’s sales and let’s get down to our expectation of how it should performs. In general, the number150 sounds like it should be more capable and powerful compared to the 135cc machined namely the Yamaha “LC”. But we’re curious if it can really proves to be a “better” performing bike than it’s smaller cousin.  Y15ZR should be able to beat it’s own benchmark sets by it’s own brand and also gives an astounding lead over it’s closest rival such as Suzuki’s Belang.

From our view, the design and general built quality doesn’t seem too bad and in some way it’s quite nice too look at. But we may be tricked into believing it that way since we’re getting to see the “media/public” exhibition model of it. So manufacturers all over the world tend to put the best specimen they have to show to the world. So just a reminder to all of us potential owner of this machine, don’t get easily excited from just looking at it and reading it’s specification. It may not be as good as boasted through the medias or even your friends.


Other than that, we are also looking to find out the efficiency of it’s new motors and how well it handles the “demands” of our everyday rider that commutes around 50km to 100km daily, maybe lesser depending on who’s riding. But then again, it doesn’t really matter on what kind of results it produces; there will still be die hard fans of it lining up to own it and modify it straight away and change the whole riding physics of it. Then it will be pointless to even talk about it in standard machine perspective.

Malaysian Riders being MR, we extremely love the handling part of any machine we’re testing; the super moped by Yamaha here should be interesting to be tested especially in a track condition or twisty roads like those in Kuala Klawang and really feel the easness of it’s handling. For sure it will be like “point and shoot” kind of riding, not much worries about it’s weight and already short wheelbase. It’ll be amazing, can’t wait to test it (coming from our test riders especially the guy with “siku buruk” reputation).

That is all for now, we’re hoping to talk about it in-depth in the coming weeks or months to come. Stay tune with us, Malaysian Riders; home to motorcycle enthusiast. Some say, the best platform to enjoy alternative kind of motorcycle information and entertainment; we like to believe that as well (LoL). Check us out on FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE for more of our awesomeness.

CKD MT-07 Introduced by Yamaha


SUNGAI BULOH, 08 JUNE 2015 – Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. (“HLYM”) today, introduced the Yamaha MT-07 locally assembled model, a 4 stroke, 689 cc liquid cooled, 2-cylinder engine with fuel injection motorcycle. The MT-07 motorcycle is the third locally big bike model assembled at the Sg. Buloh factory after the XJ series (XJ6, XJ6 Diversion, XJ6 Diversion F) and its predecessor, the MT-09.

The versatile MT-07 naked bike is designed to bring fun, affordability and enjoyment back to the streets, from its deep torque through to the agile chassis. Equipped with a compact and lightweight chassis for remarkable agility and easy handling, MT-07 is also outstandingly economical.

image credited to Luweh.com

image credited to Luweh.com

The new and locally assembled Yamaha MT-07 is priced at RM35,296 (inclusive of 6% GST, excluding road tax, insurance and number plate) and is available at selected authorised Yamaha dealerships nationwide starting from mid June 2015. It is also available in two color choices – Deep Armor (Violet) and Extreme Yellow.

The introduction of the Yamaha MT-07 will offer customers a bigger variety of bikes to choose from that can match their discerning lifestyles and riding preferences. Following from this update, Malaysian Riders will make it an effort to produce a film on this particular bike to share our perspective of the bike. Great things had been shared about this bike coming from all over the world be it from the owners and even test riders. We are sure, the MT-07 will be a great product for Yamaha in the next months to come.

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image credited to motorrad-biller.at

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Saiful Izman in action at Temerloh last weekend

17-year-old Saiful Izman Ahmad Zamani’s life had always revolved around the motorcycle. Son of former Malaysian top rider Ahmad Zamani Baharuddin, motorcycle racing had always been a big part of his life. With so many offsprings of former riders now entering the sport, Saiful Izman’s entry into Cub Prix was neither the first nor expected to be the last. Racing in his sophomore year of the PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix, Saiful Izman is beginning to show glimpses of his family’s racing heritage, especially when he won the Wira Final during the curtain raising leg of the 2015 season in Temerloh last weekend.

Although always placing within the top five during the practice sessions, Saiful Izman was never quite the fastest rider on the grid. He was consistently a few split seconds behind Kozi Yam Honda’s Mohd Harith Farhan Baharudin. But during the finals, Saiful Izman’s aggressive and rough riding style tore through Harith Farhan’s defense strategies and resulted in Saiful netting the first open-make win of his career. “While all riders thank their families for their success, in my case, it is doubly so as my father and uncles are also directly involved in my career,” said Saiful during the post-race press conference. “Growing up, none of them ever pressure me into taking up racing professionally but it was a hard topic to avoid as racing was always the centre of their conversation. Every time the television set was turned on at home, it was always to watch more motorcycle races.”

Saiful Izman with his uncles, Ahmad Fuad Baharudin and Ahmad Nashrul Baharudin

Saiful made his Cub Prix debut in 2014 through team FELDA AFB Tech Racing which was then managed by Ahmad Fuad Baharudin. This year, the Felda outfit has spun off into two squads – team FELDA PB Racing managed jointly by Ahmad Zamani and Ahmad Nashrul Baharudin that is taking part in the CP115 class and team FELDA AFB Tech Caldinals Racing owned by Ahmad Fuad Baharudin and focused on new talent identification in the age-capped Wira category. The young rider who is just in the early stages of his racing career admits that he has big boots to fill. “My father and uncle were both counted as some of the top riders in the Asian region. With their support and training, I hope to equal if not exceed what they have done.”

Izzat Honored with Yamaha Awards


Yesterday was a hectic day for us in Malaysian Riders. As we were present at Yamaha’s event through out the day to witness a few important events and milestone reached by the Japanese manufacturer. With the excitement of announcement and preview by Yamaha regarding their 250cc machine namely the R25, they have also taken the opportunity to hand over achievement award to some of Asia’s and Asean’s best riders.

Mohd Izzat Zaidi Salehan received a confidence boost ahead of the 2015 season as the Motul Yamaha YY Pang rider was presented with the Yamaha Spirit of Challenge Awards during the Yamaha Motorsports Asia/Asean Press Conference at Sama-Sama Hotel in Sepang on Thursday.Following its inaugural ceremony last year, the awards recognize the efforts of Yamaha supported riders who have delivered extraordinary results in the field of motorsports worldwide.

Izzat receiving the Yamaha Spirit of Challenge award at Sama-Sama hotel

Furthermore, Yamaha Motor Co.Ltd intends that these awards become a source of encouragement for their riders to continue delivering strong results and promote Yamaha’s image in motorsports and increase its fanbase.Izzat became the second Malaysian after Ahmad Afif Amran to receive the Yamaha honours following an outstanding campaign where he lifted the 2014 PETRONAS AAM Malaysian Cub Prix Championship CP115 title in spectacular fashion, bagging six victories from 10 rounds.

Besides Izzat, other Asian riders who received the honour were Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Japan), former ARRC challenger Chalermpol Polamai (Thailand), Masato Fernando (Philippines), Imanuel Putra Pratna (Indonesia), Reynaldo Chrisantho Ratukore (Indonesia), Sigit Purno Harjono (Indonesia).“I am extremely honoured and proud to receive this award. To get to this level was not easy and to have Yamaha acknowledge our efforts feels amazing. I am inspired, motivated and already looking forward to the new season,” said Izzat.

The Yamaha MT-07 Says Hello


Ladies and gentlemen, it is here! The Master of Torque 07 has finally arrived and it is ready to blast you away through the roads of Malaysia! The new Yamaha MT-07 was launched a few weeks ago during the MotoGP week in Sepang Circuit by none other than Yamaha’s own Factory riders; Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo themselves.

This new motorcycle from Yamaha was initially launched last year in other parts of the world, so it has been around for a while now, but Yamaha Malaysia has decided to carry this model in their inventory because of the rise in demand for middle weighted motorcycles with bigger capacity engines. Yamaha Malaysia has also announced that there will be a limited amount of CBU units ready to be sold now at RM42,000 a piece without registration, and in the future it will consider assembling the MT series here in Malaysia offering the CKD version at a slightly cheaper price.


 The MT-07 is in my opinion, is a hybrid motorcycle that is equipped with different types of gear that usually do not exist on the same bike, first you find 17 inch rims 120mm at the front and 180mm at the back bolted on a GP inspired long swing arm attached to diamond type Trellis frame, and propelled by, what Yamaha’s project manager said was the best engine that came out of the factory and installed on one of their commercial motorcycles, which is a fuel injected 689cc twin crossplane promising cheap maintenance, a lot of riding emotions and 75HP coupled with a mighty 68Nm of torque.

 Not forgetting that this bike fully loaded weighs only 179kg, we can see here that we have all the right ingredients that could make a great sport’s bike. But the MT-07 is not a sport’s bike, if it was it would have bigger breaks, better suspension, lighter wheels, etc. The concept of the MT-07 is being a cheaper motorcycle with lower running cost and that could also be a multipurpose tool, but above all it is promising a fun, safe ride with a handful of torque to keep you interested and awake while riding. Hopefully in the future we will be able to take it for a test and surely we will bring you some more info on this motorcycle full of potential.


All in all, us in Malaysian Riders will work our very best to get more of the Yamaha’s new motorcycle into the spotlight especially; through our main content of focus on Youtube. Feel free to hang around with us on Facebook and get the latest updates from time to time and be among the first to access our exclusively made contents.

words by Nader Tunsi


Yamaha YZF-R3: Now the race is ON!


It’s not really a Hot Piece of News about this highly anticipated small capacity Yamaha sportsbike, but it is now becoming a full blown attempt for the Iwata based manufacturer to go on a heads on battle with the rest of the manufacturers in the same segment. We are now talking about Yamaha’s attempt to build a 300cc sportsbike machine to cater the needs of those European riders which regulation is a bit different from here in Malaysia. All in all, it’s just a wonderful piece of news to everyone who are looking into getting their hands on a sub 50HP motorcycle to ride.

The news came quite a while ago as the people in Yamaha has given a nod that they are preparing to officially release the YZF-R3 for the European market next year. Hold on to your seat ladies and gentleman, we are on the course to witness an epic battle between the Yamaha, Kawasaki and the KTM for the entry level sportsbike machine as we step our foot on 2015 soon. Of course, by the time this nicely designed Yamaha is available on the market; the RC390 and the Ninja 300 is already way mature in terms of familiarity and sales.

R3 2

For us in Malaysia, don’t get your hopes too high or let’s not put any faith on it at all; because it seems highly unlikely that we’ll receive the machine here. But, we are awaiting the official release of the YZF-R25 here in Malaysia; and this is as we have been told by Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia that it’ll be made available in 2015. So about the YZF-R3, it seems much more powerful than the Ninja 300. The R3 will be producing 42hp and 21.8lb ft of torque, and this shows that the bike is capable to be an overall 2015 winner but let’s not predict too much about the future.

One thing that we really love from the piece of news we received is that the bike is lighter than the Ninja 300 ABS and it also comes standard with an ABS as well. This is good news for our road riders from the European part of the world. But what about us here in Malaysia? will ABS comes as a standard for our R25? Or will it be an option at all? That’s all remain to be seen. YZF-R3, RC390 and Ninja 300. We are sure being given a lot of choice nowadays and although it’s not the same for us in Malaysia, but at least we got something similar going on for us.

R3 1

We can’t really put any more words for this piece of story for now, but we are sure that more info will be made available soon by Yamaha. Please do stay tune with us in the future to get our version of the motorcycling news and films. For that, we really appreciate if you can hang out with us in FACEBOOK and our YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

Yamaha Safety Campaign: 16th Edition

The safety awareness demonstration being conducted by YSRS

Kuala Lumpur, 8th July 2014 – Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd (46829-P) (HLYM) launched its 16th Yamaha Balik Kampung Road Safety Campaign 2014. Jointly organised by HLYM and the Malaysia Motorcycle & Scooter Dealers Association (MMSDA), the road safety campaign themed “Brek Cermat, Balik Selamat”, echoed the magnitude of understanding the motorcycle’s brake function, condition and limitations. It also highlighted how vital it is to take a break when on a long journey back to the kampung during the festive season of Hari Raya.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Yang Berhormat Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, was there to officiate the launch at Sungai Besi Toll Plaza. It was evident during the event that performing maintenance of motorcycles regularly and having sufficient rest before and during a long ride were the main focus for this year’s campaign. These steps significantly help to reduce the risk of accidents and ensure riders’ safety which are essentially the key messages that Hong Leong Yamaha Motor hopes to spread to the entire nation. During the event, a free 15 point safety check on all brands of motorcycles as well as offering of advice to motorcyclists on the importance of periodic maintenance were conducted as they have been for the past 16 years. Another staple of the campaign is the Yamaha Safety Riding Science demonstration (YSRS) that is aimed at educating motorcyclists on safety riding skills from a scientific approach. The demonstration will be carried out at all five locations, starting from Sungai Besi Toll Plaza, this year.

YB Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi  being briefed on the 15-point safety check

This year’s theme “Brek Cermat, Balik Selamat” weighs in on the emphasis of skill, knowledge and better understanding of using the correct braking techniques. The campaign articulated the function of a brake, effects of braking and braking techniques in its attempt to reach out to riders all over Malaysia. “Understanding the capability and limitations of oneself also plays a big part in keeping safe. Arming yourself with merely the knowledge on how your motorcycle functions is certainly not enough,” said Mr. C.H Ng, Managing Director of Hong Leong Yamaha Motor. “The rider must also ensure the body and mind are not over-exhausted. If rest is necessary, then taking that break is far more important than reaching the destination fast.”

A strong support group that has continuously been committed to making this campaign a success are the Road Safety Department of Malaysia (JKJR), Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), Road Transport Department of Malaysia (JPJ), Ministry of Transport (MOT) and other relevant agencies. After all, aimed at educating all motorcyclists to inculcate safe riding habits and to prioritize vehicle maintenance certainly makes for a great campaign to hold close to the heart during this festive season.

YB Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi browsing through various helmets on display

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