MORE than 40,000 visitors turned up at the Art of Speed 2017 event last weekend.
The event, now in its sixth year, is an annual event for motor fans. Held at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS), it showcased customised car and bikes, art galleries, interactive activities and a stunt show.
This year, the AOS Invitational Bike Build Off 2017, powered by Petronas, saw 10 builders from Malaysia and Singapore vying for a RM10,000 cash prize (jury selection) and RM5,000.00 cash prize (public choice).
Muhammad Khalid Musa, 30, from Rusty Factory, won the jury selection prize for his Honda CX500 build.
The Ipoh man also took home the Public Choice award with the most votes, beating nine builders.
This year’s event also saw a collaboration between the organisers and Boon Siew Honda, whereby a number of factory-fresh Honda motorcycles were sent by the distributor to four garages: Legend Racing Garage, BWB, District Shop Gallery and Ah Ho Motors.
Builders from Japan also presented their machines.
Hideya Togashi from Hide Motorcycles featured a 1975 Harley-Davidson FL model, Gen Love Art displayed a 1981 Ironhead Sportster, while Daisuke Sakon from kustomstyle featured a 1949 customised Ford Shoebox.
There was also the House Of Vans Skateboard & BMX Competition and art workshop with activities for children and teenagers.
Among the notables present included Hot Wheels’s lead designer Jun Imai from the United States.
Oh Chentaku performed the opening act on Saturday and band Hujan closed the event on Sunday.
Two daily lucky-draw winners walked away with a motorcycle each.
A CMC XY400 was given on Saturday to Abdul Halim Mat, and a fully-customised Yamaha RX-Z twin engine by FNG Works & Beautiful Machines was given on Sunday to Mohd Fadly Mohd Zerain from Perlis.
Aside from the custom cars, bikes, shows and events, motor heads also had a treat with manufacturers showcasing their vehicles and products.
KAWASAKI GOES RETRO
Team green showed its a new, retro side at AOS. Occupying two lots, Kawasaki Malaysia Sdn Bhd booth’s highlights for the event were the Kawasaki Estrella 250, 250TR and W800. Of the three, only the W800 is available in Malaysia.
Also on display was the manufacturer’s lineup of 11 models.
The bikes included the Vulcan 900, Vulcan S, Ninja 250 and 650, the Z650 and 900, the Versys-X 250 as well as the flagship Kawasaki H2, which took pride of place at one corner of the booth.
The manufacturer also conducted test ride sessions.
HONDA EMBRACES ‘JIWA KUSTOM’, LAUNCHES REBEL 500
Boon Siew Honda released the 2017 Honda Rebel at RM31,798 - including GST but excluding road tax, insurance and registration - at the event.
With a 471cc, DOHC liquid-cooled parallel-twin, the small cruiser boasts a power output of 45.4 hp at 8,500 rpm with 44.7 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm, and comes equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS).
But the stars of the show for Honda were the tastefully-done MSX125s and EX5s modded by the local customisers and Art of Speed.
TRIUMPH WINS BEST OF MARKETPLACE
Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia won the Best of Marketplace category at Art of Speed 2017, with an elaborate ‘barn’ recreation reminiscent of its Bobber photoshoot. On display were the Bobber and Bonneville as well as a number of the manufacturer’s motorcycle models.
DUCATI LAUNCHES TWO SCRAMBLER VARIANTS
Next Bike Sdn Bhd, the distributor of Ducati motorcycles in Malaysia, launched two new variants of the Scrambler model, CafÈ Racer and Desert Sled, at the event.
“The Ducati Scrambler brand has been an excellent platform to get into the growing customisation scene here. The introduction of two new variants will elevate the scene further,” said Datuk Wira S.M. Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, group executive chairman of Naza World Group of Companies, at the launch.
Except for the Sixty2 variant ,which is equipped with a 400cc engine, the Icon, Classic and Full Throttle variants are powered by a 803cc, L-Twin, Desmodromic powerplant that makes 73 hp at 8,250 rpm and 67 Nm at 5,750 rpm.
The two new variants joins the Scrambler line-up.
The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is priced at RM68,899, including GST, while the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer is priced at RM68,899, including GST.