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Momoto MM1 – Bringing the Petronas FP1 Dream Back

07/19/2012 @ 8:32 am, by Jensen Beeler28 COMMENTS

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Remember the Petronas FP1? Sure you do. It was the fire-breathing three-cylinder rolling piece of sex-on-wheels whose teal livery rode to the podium twice in the 2004 World Superbike Championship.

Though the 900cc triple was campaigned by Carl Fogarty and ridden by Troy Corser with some early success, the move to 1,000cc for all motors in WSBK diminished the team’s chance of winning with its homologation special. Spearheaded by the Malaysian petroleum company Petronas, the project was ultimately abandoned in 2006.

Said to have built 150 units to meet homologation requirements (100 of which were available for purchase), the actuality of that number varies depending on whether or not you believe the rumors about shipping containers from England to Malaysia and double-counting.

With the project scrapped long ago, it seemed the Petronas FP1 dream was resting six-feet-under, until now. Rebranded under the name Momoto, the Momoto MM1 is the Petronas FP1 in new clothing. Said to be once again available for public consumption, our details and information on the bike are sadly very sparse. Though we do have a bevy of media waiting for you after the jump. Thanks for the tip Zaini!

Just about all we know beyond the rebadging of the units (said to be some of the original 150 made), is that the new venture was to launch at Sepang International Circuit earlier this year. Considering the virtually non-existent press from that launch, we’ll have to assume it was either a local affair, or that it didn’t occur.

There was a pre-launch event however, which several Malaysian publications attended. Hopefully more information will be available soon, though judging by the company’s official website, this isn’t exactly the most professionally run venture.

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Source: Momoto & MotoMalaya

Comment:

  1. Soul_Reaver says:

    Hmm, always had a soft spot for the FP1, so I think it’s a shame that they just painted and rebranded them.
    That being said: couldn’t they have slapped on some radial brakes and some more stuff?
    Because, personally, I don’t associate axial brakes with high performance motorcycles, at least not in 2012…
    I think that now people will just look at them as “butchered ” FP1′s.

  2. chris says:

    “Though the 900cc triple was ridden by Carl Fogarty with some early success”

    seriously… did anyone actually read that before posting? fogarty never rode it. early success = 12th in 03 and 9th in the 04 championship? congratulations, you got me to stop reading in four sentences.

  3. Ryan says:

    Hooray for Triples!!!

  4. MikeD says:

    Call me Ignorant and w/e u will………..but i don’t see nor found anything special about this “most probably glorified/overpriced legalized racer of yesteryear”…

    Like Soul said: For the amount of coin they are going to try to RAPE your bank account they should have at least bothered to slap radial caliper fork lowers + radial calipers on this thing… does anyone else smells Y2K all over it ? Maybe older ? !

    I would GLADLY take a Benelli Tornado 1130 over this Hag any given day of the week.

  5. MikeD says:

    …and yes, HOOORAY FOR TRIPLES…just not this one.

    Can someone clarify something for me ? Does this thing have a “reversed” cylinder head ? I ask because i see the exhaust pipe coming from underneath the fuel tank. That would be pretty neat/different still by today’s standards when compared to what’s out there at the moment.

    I still think it looks like a “Kit Bike” that someone bought online and put toghether on his/her garage.

  6. Dr. Gellar says:

    @chris

    Yeah…I caught that too. It was Corser who had limited success on the bike…mostly in qualifying.

  7. Marc F says:

    Chris and Doc, to be fair it WAS Foggy’s team and bike. Just Corser riding it. It was one verb shy of accurate.

  8. Hisham Noh says:

    anyway, my Friend painted this bike and if you notice,”Creative Makeover” is his shop name. His shop is a growing name in Malaysia. He also rode the lap around Sepang, wearing Bell helmet

    Maybe this bike doesn’t succeeded like other established brand Like Ducati,Honda and Yamaha. But this was Petronas initiative to put the bike on WSBK grid. As Malaysian, i’m proud that we have one and Petronas had done a great job developing this bike especially dumping their money on this bike. Put aside other story and not being a greatest bike in the world and WSBK grid, well, at least we did something. I don’t know who actually Momoto(please advice) but watching the bike revived and did few lap at Sepang by my friend is breathtaking. If i have the cash, i would buy one to show the Malaysian spirit of motorcycle and our initiative to make it competitive in premier class production bike racing.
    Unless you have ridden it, don’t be a douche commenting about this bike. I never rode it, but at least i’m proud it’s by Malaysian.

    Here is the review of this bike
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaNFRuNz0Zw&feature=g-user-u
    PLEASE HAVE A LOOK

  9. Zaini says:

    In my opinion the revival/rebranding of the FP1 is just an exercise in reviving/resurrecting the presumed dead of a decommissioned ‘race homologation special’ bikes. I see no further upgrades to ‘current technology’ specs unless Momoto decides to built more bikes. Being relatively new company I don’t see that happening anytime soon. The Momoto will be sold ‘as is’ with only a change of clothes for now.
    I guess as punters, we could purchase one of these bikes (have it repainted in Foggy Petronas racing colours) and treat it as a collectors item. The FP1 is based on a technology devised almost ten years ago and I’m pretty sure it will be no match to the current sportsbikes we have today but an awesome machine to own and ride no less.

  10. froryde says:

    I’m with Soul on this – should’ve left it in Petronas colors. Love it or hate it – part of what defined the bike was the colour!

  11. MikeD says:

    @Hisham:

    (On Red’s voice from “That 70′s show”)—–>GOOD FOR YOU BOB !

    Stand for what you believe ! We are all entitled to our very own opinions and beliefs…(^_^)

  12. Jeram says:

    To all the people bitching about wanting radial brakes, who here is a fast enough rider to need radials?

    My homemade GP500 replica track bike uses the same brake package as the petronas bike and I put the bike up on one wheel with a single finger, the feel and power is that good!

  13. Soul_Reaver says:

    @ Hisham Noh : Well, in that case, I’ll continue to be a douche by commenting on it, even if I haven’t rode one ( and probablt never will ). The point is that they’ve taken a piece of racing heritage, as it’s a homologation special, and repainted and rebadged it. And now they expect us to be all excited about it. While I applaud the fact that someone bought the remaining bikes and did something with them, I would’ve liked it if they had done it differently. In a way they now have diminished the value of the remaining bikes that were not in public hands and have bumped up the price of the original FP1′s in collector’s hands, thus rendering it even more impossible to aquire an original one for decent value.
    It’s like buying a bunch of Ferrari F40′s, repainting them in a colour of choice ( as long as it’s not red ) and rebranding them as AutoMotoMiniMaxi ( or something to that effect, you catch my drift ) and then expect people to say “Woow, that is awesome, what a fine kit of machinery, I’ll gladly pay a lot of money to have one.
    For some people it would work , for others, who know the heritage of said car , it’s considered a shame.
    I’m not hating on the company and the fact that some people want to become a renowned brand but in my humble opinion they should’ve done it otherwise, with a motorcycle that was a bit less special.
    Sorry for my rant, but I thought that it would be better to just explain it to you.

    @Jeram ; the fact that we are bitching about radial brakes is simple : they rebranded the bike, thus launching it as an essentially new bike on the market. That is the problem : modern performance bikes, in a way, demand radial brakes as it’s “normal”. On a GP500 replica, that is something different : it’s a replica so it has to be true to the bike it’s based on. Nobody would be bitching about radials if they had just sold the FP1′s in their original state because that was the way they were launched originally.

  14. Damo says:

    Bike looks cool and all, but as Reaver said would it kill them to have put a tiny bit of updated tech on it for the asking price?

    Let’s be honest though, these types of machines are getting sold to people that are going to be riding 8k miles a year.

    (P.S. The Soul Reaver and Legacy of Cain series is one of my favorite of all time)

  15. buellracerx says:

    shame, they took a beautiful bike w/ rich heritage and disguised it in different clothing + colors. best of luck to momoto, hope selling off what’s left of the ~150 serves to inject start-up funds into your company, b/c that’s all it seems you’re doing.

  16. Kyle says:

    Yeah let’s take a great bike that arrived to the party to late and ruin it by hiding what it is. Next bike will be the rebranded r7 in pink…

  17. Jaybond says:

    Why on earth it took extremely long time for Petronas to sell to the public the 150 units, is still remains a mystery. I guess if Momoto did make any profits on selling the bike, perhaps they could start thinking about re-engineering this bike (if they happened to have the blueprints) to transform into a new model. You can’t compete with the Superbike Big Boys nowadays..just need to downsize the engine to In Line 3, 675cc capacity, and you will have a decent Supersport contender..Boleh punya..

  18. Kurt says:

    I’m a die hard fan of the FP1. I’ve been in contact with a gentleman in europe who has been importing and legalizing the homologated FP1′s after he ships them from Malaysia. If I could afford it… I would gladly toss my hard-earned coin towards a Panache Green FP1 in the blink of an eye. Having said that… I’d also gladly buy one of these Momoto’s. I’m all about being unique, and the bike still is. People should realize… This is somewhat like dropping 40-50 Grand USD on a “Shelby Kit Car”. It’s not the most technological. It’s not the best performing. It’s not the fastest, nor does it stop the quickest. Granted, you could get a new Mustang GT for less, and have a better all-around machine. But, for those with the means… this is not what they want. They want that exclusivity of owning something unique. I’m a huge fan of Triples, carbon fiber, and pure sex on wheels. This bike checks all those boxes, and more. And, if you really want the FP1… get it, have it painted Panache Green, and put the Petronas Decal Kit on it. PRESTO!!! Your very own GP Repli-Racer.

    It’s time you folks on the internet stopped judging everyone else and exercised some adult(ish) maturity. If someone says they like something… who are you to tell them their affections are wasted for the want of sophisticated, cutting-edge brakes and other hardware.

  19. Soul_Reaver says:

    @ Kurt : In my opinion everyone that has commented on this article has done so in an adult way. We just voiced our opinions, and we’re entitled to one, that’s the fun part about the internet. Same goes for you : you ( and other people who like the Momoto’s ) can voice your opinion.
    It’s not like we were scolding at each other was it?

  20. MikeD says:

    Soul_Reaver said:

    “the fact that we are bitching about radial brakes is simple : they rebranded the bike, thus launching it as an essentially new bike on the market. That is the problem : modern performance bikes, in a way, demand radial brakes as it’s “normal”. On a GP500 replica, that is something different : it’s a replica so it has to be true to the bike it’s based on. Nobody would be bitching about radials if they had just sold the FP1′s in their original state because that was the way they were launched originally.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    P.S: I think we have kept it polite around here on this one (no personal attacks, YET) just personal opinions so far……….now………….electric bikes articles……..not so much……..LOL.

  21. JoeD says:

    Mike D, you have excellent taste. (I own a Benelli and can vouche for their awesomness) Benelli actually had the original 900 triple ready for WSBin the late 90′s until the sizes went from 750/4 to 1000/4. That forced the change to the current 1130. Checa gets extra CC’s against the fours so why not a bit of room for the threes?I really hope the FP1 gets another go as as others have said, Hooray for triples! The low down torque with that basso profundo sound goes to a hair raising shriek with a power rush that really gets her down the road. As for the non-radial brakes, I don’t need them. I would challenge any one to find fault with the Brembo ones. I really really dislike the brakes on anything from Japan. After using Brembo items for about 20 years, anything else is well, second.

  22. alan says:

    anybody want to buy a shed load of petronas parts, i have fairings, wheels ,tanks, seat unit, road and track, engine parts, walkers garage board, pit board,chair, silencers , exhaust pipe, dash board, race clock, loads of other parts, brackets, the empty bottles of champs for taking 2nd and 3rd place. covers for all the panels, the fairing is signed by all the riders and garage crew. build your own bike, iam in the uk, will not ship outside uk..

  23. MikeD says:

    @JoeD:

    What can i say…when it comes to the Tornado 1130 the motorcycle whore inside of me get’s loose. LMFAO…no shame.

    I don’t get tired of contemplating her “still looks like a bike ahead of it’s time” looks…she may not be comfy, fastest, most HP, lightest or w/e are her negatives…..but boy she is one HOT piece of a machine.

    I guess that’s just how the others feel about the Petronas Machine…i can relate to that even tho i don’t like at all. Im down with that.

  24. Kurt says:

    Maybe I was a bit quick to assume people were bashing my ultimate Dream Machine. My apologies. I get a bit touchy when people point out the weaknesses in a design that I consider near to perfection. A close second would be the Mondial Piega Evo. My apologies for the twitchy trigger finger on the keyboard. I’m with MikeD and the other Benellisti. I love the Benelli Triple and the bikes they put it in. Barring the fact that the engine is a 13 year old design, and sounds like an old agricultural Tractor… I wouldn’t trade the Cafe Racer 1130 that I own for many other bikes. With proper tuning and setup… the Benelli 1130 engine is capable of running neck and neck with many riders on today’s modern machines. For evidence… view the following link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEQtkQA_EBw
    How u like THEM apples…?

  25. Renaissance Man says:

    The internet is full of know it all’s and Wannabe’s.
    Most buy mass prodution superbike’s,kit up their bikes with all the lastest and best components then spray it up to factory race team,go on track thinking they are the next GP or WSBK hero…lmfao!

    Back to Momoto,surely they would have to re-brand..Petronas had these sitting in warehouse all this years and did not know what to do with them, its good that Momoto acquired all the bikes and now available for the public,essentially its still FP1 regardless of new paint scheme.
    If Momoto had upgrade to radials and others,im sure there will be a few here whinging about the bike not being in original state..lol

    ” this isn’t exactly the most professionally run venture.” comment from the report

    ” this isn’t exactly the most professionally run website “. my comment

  26. Ryan says:

    @ MikeD, I lol’dat your comment on ebike articles. Spot on, I’ve found myself in the middle of some of that miscommunication.

  27. MikeD says:

    @R.Man:

    “If Momoto had upgrade to radials and others,im sure there will be a few here whinging about the bike not being in original state..lol”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    U make a very valid point there. The way we are i wouldn’t doubt it the least. LOL.

  28. Jasrie says:

    130 Units still available.
    For enquiry.. email me at jasri@momoto.com.my

    ??? still want the original FP1 …….you will get it :) Untouchable ;)

    Regards, MOMOTO Sdn Bhd