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Modenas and Kawasaki team up for assembly JV


Following the increase of Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Japan’s stake in Malaysian motorcycle maker Modenas from 19% to 30% last year, news has emerged that Modenas will be assembling Kawasaki motorcycles soon. Although no specifics were given as to the models or capacity of the Kawasaki models likely to be assembled, we were informed by a source inside Modenas that “the business plan is still being finalised.”

Modenas has an assembly plant in Gurun, Kedah which currently assembles a variety of Modenas rebadged models. Modenas currently sells a variety of motorcycle models, including the Dominar D400, the NS200, RS200, NS160 and V15, all rebadged from Bajaj.

Other models in the range include the Kriss 110, Kriss MR2 and CT115S kapchais, as well as the Karisma 125 and Elegan 250 scooters. The Elegan 250 is a rebadged Kymco scooter, sold alongside the Kymco Downtown 250i.

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2020 Modenas Pulsar NS200 with ABS to be launched in Malaysia soon?


The badging collaboration between Malaysia’s Modenas and world’s third largest motorcycle manufacturer Bajaj Auto of India has seen the introduction of the Modenas Pulsar NS200 and RS200, the Dominar J400 as well as the recently launched NS160. Hammy the Dirty Badger has heard that the Pulsar NS200 naked sports will receive ABS as a model update this December.

This is still an unconfirmed rumour but since the Pulsar RS200 is offered with single-channel ABS, it only makes sense an essential motorcycle safety feature is offered in for the companion model. Currently, the Pulsar NS200 is on sale in Malaysia at a price of RM9,300, while the RS200 is priced at RM11,350 and the NS160 goes for RM7,577.

It remains to be seen if the addition of ABS, whether single- or two-channel, will have an impact on pricing for the NS200. Typically, ABS-equipped motorcycles are priced at between RM1,500 to RM3,000 more than the non-ABS version at the base end of the motorcycle market.

The current model NS200 and RS200 were launched in Malaysia in 2017 and marked Modenas’ first foray into the ‘real’ motorcycle market. Both come with a single-cylinder, three-spark plug, liquid-cooled power plant that puts out 24.5 PS at 9,750 rpm, and 18.6 Nm of torque at 8,000 rpm.

Fuel is carried in a 13-litre tank, and a standard telescopic fork holds up the front end, while a Nitrox monoshock props up the rear. Braking is done with a single hydraulic disc front and rear and weight is claimed to be 154 kg.

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