Three’s com­pany

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Launch - — JAY WONG

MOTOSIKAL Dan En­jin Na­sional (Mo­de­nas) has part­nered with In­di­a­based Ba­jaj Auto Lim­ited (BAL) for their engines and have launched three new mo­tor­cy­cles for the sub-200cc bike mar­ket - namely the V15 cafe racer, naked Pul­sar NS200 and Pul­sar RS200 sport­bike.

Priced at RM5,989 (in­clud­ing GST) and avail­able in Black/Red or White/Red, the V15 cafe racer uses an air-cooled 149.5cc twin-spark dual-valve sin­gle-cylin­der DTS-i mo­tor that’s fed by a 13-litre fuel tank and pro­duces 12PS at 7,500rpm and 13Nm of torque at 5,500rpm.

With a wet weight of 136kg (the light­est of the trio), the V15 has a wheel­base of 1,315mm and has a ground-clear­ance of 165mm, while mea­sur­ing 2,044mm-long, 750mm-wide and 1,070mm-tall.

While rolling on 18-inch (front) and 16-inch (rear) wheels that have been fit­ted with 90/90 (front) and 120/80 (rear) tyres, its stop­ping power comes from a 240mm disc (front) and 130mm (rear) drum.

The V15’s ride and han­dling is taken care of by the front tele­scopic and rear mono-shock sus­pen­sion as the 55W low and 60W high-beam pro­vides for­ward il­lu­mi­na­tion.

The NS200 and RS200, costing RM9,222 and RM11,342 re­spec­tively (in­clud­ing GST), uses a six-speed man­ual gear­box to man­age the 199.5cc sin­gle-over­head cam, four-valve, liq­uid-cooled, triple-spark, sin­gle-cylin­der mo­tor pro­duc­ing 24.5PS at 9,750rpm and 18.6Nm of torque at 8,000rpm.

Both bikes, with a wet weight of 155kg, use 17-inch wheels fit­ted with 100/80 (front) and 130/70 (rear) tyres as well as front tele­scopic forks with an anti-fric­tion bush and Nitrox­filled rear mono-shock ab­sorber.

They are also 1,993mm-long, with the naked NS200 hav­ing a ground clear­ance of 167mm and is the only one that uses a 12-litre fuel tank while colour op­tions are Red/Black and Black.

It also has the long­est wheel­base at 1,363mm and the widest at 804mm, while be­ing slightly taller than the V15 at 1,075mm (+5mm).

Stop­ping power comes from two hy­drauli­cally op­er­ated discs - 280mm (front) and 230mm (rear), and a blue-tinged au­to­matic H4 (55Wlow and 60W-high beam) head­lamp has been fit­ted as stan­dard.

For an ad­di­tional RM2,120, the more sportier RS200 (avail­able in White/Blue and Black) has a wheel­base of 1,345mm and comes fit­ted with an au­to­matic (55W low and 65W high-beam) pro­jec­tor head­lamp in­stead, as well as anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem (ABS) for the up­rated 300mm (front) and 230mm (rear) discs.

In terms of di­men­sions, it comes in as the slimmest at 765mm, the tallest at 1,345mm and has the low­est ground-clear­ance at 157mm.

”I am es­pe­cially happy with this lat­est col­lab­o­ra­tion with BAL, as it has given us the op­por­tu­nity to pen­e­trate into a fresh seg­ment which is boom­ing and con­tin­ues to grow stronger in the years to come,” said DRB-HI­COM au­to­mo­tive dis­tri­bu­tion and man­u­fac­tur­ing & en­gi­neer­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Harith Ab­dul­lah.




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