|10-22-2009, 04:58 AM||#1|
Coming in Hot.....
Joined: Sep 2009
Greetings from Malaysia
This is my first ride report here and the only reason i'm posting is to say a big thank you to all the inmates here for making me curse my luck every day at work .
I've been reading so many RR's here , and there are some truly epic ones ,with fantastic pics and a view of the world and people which i've never got from any conventional media.So here are some pictures of my part of the world and maybe someday i can show it to you personally.
Recently i managed to get a few days off from work and an even more difficult task , i managed to get a few days pass from the interior ministry (read wife ).
I've been taking day rides all over the place but for the first time ever i managed to get 3 days 2 nights to my self to ride.Oh yeah !!!
Compared to the ride reports i enjoy so much this is nothing but
i guess you've got to start somewhere.I took a 3D2N ride from ,D1 Kl-Gerik -Banding
Lake-Gerik ~ 440km. D2 Gerik - Kuantan via Kelantan and Terengganu ~ 550km.
D3 Kuantan - Home ~ 260km.I left home early on Saturday to bright sunshine(very
important as its been raining the past 2 weeks).And surprisingly there was 3 days of great weather.Took the NS highway to Kuala Kangsar and then the trunk roads to Gerik.
Checked in and took a ride to Banding Lake.I had to see the lake on the first day as the next
day was going to be brutal.
On the second day i rode from the state of Perak-Kelantan-Pahang.That was a real test of my endurance.8 hours on the bike.3 states and thank god for my Airhawk seat as the roads were all B roads
.Reached Kuantan around 3pm and checked into the Hyatt again.I actually wanted to stay at Cherating Beach but the pictures of the hotels were not very bike friendly.Had a nice long soak, a nice long massage and a nice long dinner.After some medicinal spirits it was time to retire.
Left the next day for home.After the previous days ride ,the ride home of 260km of highway was over in an instant.Total trip 1,234km .More smilies than miles : )
Top of the pic is Thailand.Left is Indonesia and below is Singapore.
Eventhough it was a relatively short trip it stil covered the northern half
of peninsular Malaysia
On the north south highway near Bukit Beruntung.
View of Ipoh from the hills
Nice surroundings in the rest stop.
View of whats to come.
Finally the road to Gerik.Excellent roads , mainly long sweepers.
Beautiful top gear sweepers
Lake Raban on the way to Gerik.
Virgin jungle surrounds you.
As it was a public holiday a lot of bikers were out and about
Nice peak in the distance.
Stayed at Gerik rest house as the Banding lake resort was full.
Nice room though.
Left my bags and rode to Banding Lake.Really nice and big.
The road to get here was 40km of twisties from Gerik.This after
a few hours ride.Woohoo.
Its so spread out i could only photograph parts of it.
Army camp next to the lake.Nice amoured car.
WTF ?????? Seriously??........it says - Caution wild elephant !
Love these roads.
And the scenery.
When i got back to my room there was an evil helmet gremlin waiting for me.
Managed to catch the bugger
On the way to Kelantan the next day.Again ,virgin jungle
and twisties .oh yeah.
Climbing up the Titiwangsa Range.
View behind the bike from the previous pic.Hills above the clouds
At the top of the Titiwangsa.Beautiful huh?
Interesting rock formation
Somewhere in Kelantan.A short break
Third stop in Terengganu.Nice coastal roads all the way to Kuantan.
See the Airhawk seat.Without it i would have not made it this far.
Quaint village houses in the background.
After 8 hours and 550km of B/trunk roads i finally reach Kuantan.
Now Hafabusa can rest in the bike friendly private parking
After a bath and a massage i had the best calamari and lasangna EVER.
View from the Italian restaurant
Had a well deserved rest and left the next morning for home
A break along the east west highway
Going to go up in life soon.
I've never ever seen Genting Highlands so clearly before.Ever!!
Reached home tired but happy.
This trip has been long in planning due to the nature of my stupid work
Thanks to my wife and it being a public holiday ,i got to indulge.
Hope you enjoyed this journey with me as i have so many times with you
p.s here are some pics from some other rides
Sepang gold coast
Batu Dam ( i've no idea what those things are)
lots of this
Restaurant with a view of the whole Kuala Lumpur
closer.....(this is the extreme right of the previous pic)
And finally your new inmate
Thats all for now guys.Ride safe.
griffin146 screwed with this post 10-22-2009 at 05:07 AM
|10-22-2009, 05:19 AM||#2|
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Diamond Bar, CA.
Thanks for a peek into a part of the world I have never been to.
Perhaps some day...
|10-22-2009, 05:24 AM||#3|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Sydney, Australia
Nice, looks like a good place to ride.
Finesse:Gusto ratio imbalanced.
Peak Hour Tourettes afflicted.
|10-22-2009, 05:38 AM||#4|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Karlovac, Croatia
Nice RR and thanks for posting pics form you part of the world.
Croatia - A small country for a great vacation!
|10-22-2009, 06:15 AM||#7|
The Kanto Pain
Joined: Jul 2009
Location: Château d'If
I did some brilliant diving off the coast of Kota Bharu on the Thai border years ago. Sure was some beautiful sea.
The roads going up north from KL were good at first and then got progressively worse further up north. This is going back a few years and I am sure things have changed. The roads in your RR look tip-top all the way. I need to revisit Malaysia.
Nice Kwaka, is that the ZX636R ? I am loving the rear-shock action on the bike. Totally cool! Looks like a very good choice of machine for those roads.
|10-22-2009, 06:45 AM||#8|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Port Kennedy, Western Australia
Great report. I've just been over to Malaysia and am quite impressed. Langkawi in particular.
'13 Triumph Sprint GT; '04 Triumph Tiger 955i
|10-22-2009, 07:02 AM||#9|
Coming in Hot.....
Joined: Sep 2009
and the roads are ok.I mainly got the good spots as i didnt stop at the bad patches.
|10-23-2009, 04:02 AM||#11|
Melbourne , outer east .
Joined: Dec 2007
Memories , I lived & worked in KL for a few years , nice place , nice people .
Very busy roads in KL .
Salamat Malam .
|10-23-2009, 05:08 AM||#12|
You can call me "Mike"
Joined: Aug 2008
Nice to see a report on Malaysia, one of my favorite places. Been to KL, Miri, Penang, and caught an F1 at Sepang a few years ago. I hope to get back soon. Thanks for the posting the pics too!
|10-23-2009, 06:58 AM||#13|
Joined: Dec 2003
Location: Wanneroo, Western Australia
Thanks for the great pictures and story, have been to KL a few times but never up to the Gentling highlands. Sounds like a place to visit.
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