|06-25-2010, 09:46 AM||#91|
Joined: Feb 2007
Thanks for the RR! Looks like you had a great ride.
Hope to see you guys on the road one day.
Go ride while you can.
|07-08-2010, 12:17 AM||#93|
Joined: Jun 2010
Scooligans, North Peninsula Malaysia Loop.
Ever since I bought the Majesty 12 years ago, I discovered that a scooter with about 30HP is more than enough to do Touring duty in this region. The RTs, STs, GTRs and GS and the like are cool machines, and all offer a riding experience that will be most satisfying,but a desire to ride fast all the time can be taxing. Riding slowly on these machines is pointless. The Goldwing and other full dressers are too much bike for too little road in Malaysia and Thailand, and too cumbersome at times.
Harleys can be good cruise machines, but the lack of dynamics when a nice corner comes into view will mean that the essence of the two wheel experience will be dulled. The air cooled V-Twin motor, apart from making beautiful music, is accompanied by heat that provides unwanted roasting of the lower body.
Way back in 2000 I rode my Majesty all the way to Kota Bharu, riding alone along the Bentong - Gua Musang road, and although the cruise speed was only 110-120 km/h, the journey did not take much longer than it would have been had I ridden my GS. It took me just under 6 hours to cover 528kms, including rest stops for petrol. And it was supremely comfortable, akin to sitting in an armchair while the countryside rolls past at more than a mile a minute.
Just last June I rode my Fuoco to Southern Thailand, then joined a Harley convoy of about 50 bikes, and the Fuoco was easily the fastest bike in the group, despite it being the smallest, with just a 500cc single pushing the three wheels.
The storage compartment, the comfortable riding position, and the wind protection makes the journey less tiring, and allowed me to enjoy the scenery that would normally be missed when on a more powerful ride.
I floated the idea of this ride to my usual sportsbike riding buddies, and expectedly, they fell off their chair laughing. To imagine that they can tour on scooters where the top speed is less than a litrebike 1st gear at redline is inconceivable. All thought that grass at the side of the highway would grow faster than the speed of the bike. Watching paint dry would probably be more interesting.
But the more we talked about it, the more they warmed up to the idea, and eventually from three people the group grew to 9, with one riding pillion. Perhaps the thought of beautiful roads, the nice places we will be passing through, and the company of friends were the motivating factors.
We departed Friday, 2nd October and returned Monday, 5th October. We all agreed that since we are riding 'wimpish' two wheelers, we will not have more than 4 hours total saddle time, so each segment was not to exceed 400kms. The first day will be from Kuala Lumpur to Cherating, about 300 kilometers. Then it was the coastal road passing rustic fishing villages from Cherating to Kuala Besut. The third day will be a 300 kilometer ride across the backbone of Peninsula Malaysia on the famed twisties of the East West Highway to Betong, Thailand. The final day of the ride will be the journey home, about 360 kilometers on a combination of A Roads and the North South Highway.
No bikes broke down, no one collapsed due fatigue, and we did not take half a year to arrive at our planned destinations. Most importantly, we all had FUN. On very little money. And the little scooters gained a lot of respect.
The Riders and their ride;
Pian, on the smallest of the lot, the Taiwanese made SYM, with a 180cc motor
Don Archer, on his Aprillia Sportscity. His normal rides are the Futura and the RSV
Sean, also on the Sportscity, leaving his K7 at home
Ariff, on his traditional Vespa, but with an untraditional fuel injected 250cc 4 stroke motor....
Amir CR, on a borrowed Majesty
Faisal on his Nexus
Amir Isa and his Fuoco. A series of firsts for Amir. First time riding out of Taman Tun. First Convoy ride. First long distance two wheeld tour. Make that three wheeled.
Me on my GP 800.
Adeeb, who will be riding pillion behind Faisal and me. Most on bike shots are from him, using a Canon Ixus 80 camera.
The Group at Kuala Besut
More to come....
|07-08-2010, 12:18 AM||#94|
Joined: Jun 2010
The first thing I did after waking up was to scan the Eastern skies for any sign of rain. While it is so much better to be on a scooter than on any other two wheeler in the rain, nothing beats starting out on a long trip dry.
What i saw made me happy......
The GP800 has a relatively small underseat storage compartment, a problem I solved by installing the tail carrying case on a mounting specifically made for this model. Packing for the trip was dead easy, with plenty more space left unused.
By 0830 I was already at the RV point, a petrol station just after the Gombak toll at the beginning of the Karak Highway.
Ariff, Sean and Don arrived within minutes of each other and they proceeded to pump gas into their tanks.
Amir arrived just after the three
While waiting for the others to arrive, a number of Goldwings arrived. These "Land Yachts" turned out to be going the same way, and when they found out that we are headed the same direction, there was a look of disbelief.
Don, Ariff and Sean checking the Wings out....while Amir looks on....
Pian and Amir arrived soon after.....
And it was decided that I will wait behind for the latecomers while the early birds leave early. We agreed to RV at the Temerloh RnR, about 108 kilometers away. Just as we were leaving, the Wingers also left for Temerloh.
The guys left the petrol stations, and I was amused as I watched them pull away on their little scooters on the same road they would be blasting their litrebikes on every Sunday.
The bigger scooter boys arrived about 10 minutes after the early group left. We'd think it should not be a problem for the bigger scooters to catch up.
After about another 10 minutes, the Fuoco, Nexus and the GP800 began our journey.
We took it relatively easy on the straights.....
more to come......
|07-08-2010, 12:25 AM||#95|
Joined: Jun 2010
The first batch of Scooligans arrived at Temerloh in just over an hour. The Wingers were slightly faster arriving at the same place.
L-R, Sean, Don, Pian, Ariv, Amir CR.
Despite riding sub 20HP machines, in true Sportsbike Riders' spirit, the arguments about who's faster started as soon as the sidestand was deployed. Clearly the idea of casual riding on scooters were put aside as soon as they departed the last Gas station.
The Megascoots arrived shortly afterwards, greeted by the Wingers with a handshake. The Lady of the group wasted no time handing me a bottle of mineral water. Nice gesture....thanks....
I was being 'poisoned' to get a Wing by the Wingers......
Sean was complaining about his Sportcity not being able to keep up with Don, who was on an identical bike. Amir CR then removed the air filter element from Sean's bike, trying to squeeze what little HP the scooter has to offer.
Meanwhile, Ariff was feeling pleased with his Vespa. We expected Ariff to always be last, but he was able to keep pace with the rest.
After a couple of cigarettes, some fuel, we mounted for departure, with the next RV point at the Jabur interchange.
The Sean and Don show.
Ariv on the road....
Behind the faceshield Ariff has probably put on his 'Race Face' that would do justice on the MotoG grid.....
Pian pouring on the coal on his SYM, the smallest bike in the group at 171.2CC.
We had the road to ourselves as there was very little traffic. While it doesn't look like it, these three were at their throttle stops, doing 2 kilometers a minute.
By this time it looks apparent that Don, now renamed Demon Don, is turning into the Valentino Rossi of the pack. However, I cannot be sure whether Demon Don was smiling or if it was the windblast that's reshaping his face.
Sean, who realised his Sportcity is gradually turning into the Sportshitty, had to get serious by adding the racer crouch into his list of 'Go-Fast' strategy. It clearly worked as his speed increased from 110km/h to 111km/h. He would probably catch the rest by 2010 January......
Eventually, with Don disappearing into the horizon, Sean had no choice but get his KERS power boost system into action.....
With the group strung out over a couple of kilometers, I decided an unscheduled RV at Maran layby was in order to regroup.
Sean who arrived last became the natural BUTT of jokes.....
Ready to depart for Cherating, with another 130kms to go...
The East Coast Expressway is billiard table smooth...
To make up for his tortoise pace Sean had to stick out his knee while exiting the ECE for Jabur
And despite the Goldwings having more CCs than all the small scooters in our group put together, we arrived at Cherating at the same time....
The Scooligans on the Cherating road
After a short ride we arrived at our destination, found by Ariff on the Internet, and led there by the magic of Garmin GPS.....
The 'Lobby", if it can be called that, does not look like much....
It was an amazing first day ride. We arrived at our destination within 3 hours and a bit, including stops, on probably RM20 worth of gas, not at all tired, certainly feeling better that if we rode conventional big bikes. The little scooters, while not fast on the straights were clocked at 129km/h on my Garmin on the straights. We had so much fun along the way, no one had a moment while riding. Amir Isa, who is a newbie to this riding thing was riding like a veteran despite this being his first trip riding ou of the Taman Tun safety zone
As we were checking in, we were all eager in anticipation of the fun we will be having over the next few days......
More To Follow....
|07-08-2010, 12:30 AM||#96|
Joined: Jun 2010
Tanjung Inn Resort is smack where the Cherating Tourist belt is. What was formerly rustic fishing villages has now turned into a mini industry to provide tourism services.
None of the resorts in this area falls into the high end segment. A few are downright tacky, but the one we stayed in was very tastefully done, although the front 'office' gave no indication of that being the case.
The Front Office
We were pleasantly surprised on being told that we can ride our bikes right up to the Chalet doorstep. As we rode around the front office, the Resort revealed its well manicured compound...
The pathway to the Chalets was just right for our scooters.
The Chalet I shared with Amir Isa for the night sits at the edge of a Lily pond, with the balcony hanging over the water.
Amir Isa's Fuoco and myGP800.
The view from the Chalet.
Another angle of our Chalets.
The Majesty parked in front of the Chalet shared by Ariv and Amir CR.
The South China Sea, just 100 meters from our temporary domicile...
I really thought that the Lily pond was a nice touch.
After settling in, we jumped on our scooters to get some lunch. again the advantage of the scooter shines through. Normally, after a ride on big bikes, we would be reluctant to ride again as it involves getting into cumbersome boots and riding gear, but on scooters, its just a matter of swinging a leg over, and twisting the throttle.
Sean will pass for a 'Wild Hogs" rider if he had a Harley between his legs.
Don Archer, Scooter Demon, Sambal Belacan eating " I use my fingers" Mat Salleh from Colorado enjoying his food.
We returned to the Chalet after lunch, and the wonders of modern telecommunications meant that Amir Isa can continue with his quest to sue the pants of unwary people at his client's behest ( he's a lawyer you see ), doing so while enjoying the scenery......
Later in the evening, we all walked to the beach, hoping to see the sunset, forgetting that we were in the East Coast. :oops: we observed a family of Hornbills instead. There was also the local monitor lizard swimming in the lily pond, and we all sat back to enjoy our National Geographic moment....
The Biawak Monitor Lizard
Dinner was at the Duyong restaurant, about 5 minutes away by scooter.
We left at abou 11PM, ready to turn in for tommorow's leg. We will ride from Cherating to Kuala Besut using the coastal highway covering 285 kilometers.
Next; Day TWO - Cherating to Kuala Besut.
Cheers from PJ, Malaysia
|07-08-2010, 12:52 AM||#97|
Joined: Jun 2010
Day TWO - Cherating to Kuala Besut.
Fine weather again this morning. We will be covering about 270kms, riding parallel to the blue South China Sea, passing quaint fishing villages framed by coconut trees and lagoons as backdrops.....
Our two machines; three cylinders, 1300cc, and 5 tyres between the two.
Checking Out. Our Chalet, air conditioned, twin queen sized beds with hot water, made of tropical hardwood, costs all of U$D 25.
Short Ride to breakfast.
Don shows Amir how to use a bandana. Heaps better than the balaclava he has been wearing so far.
Somehow i got separated from everyone else, and thinking they were ahead, i balsted my way all the way past Kuala Terengganu and stopped at Merchang. I got a call from Faisal and an RV point was arranged
Meanwhile....I was here while they pumped gas at Marang.
Knowing that it will be a bout one hour before they get to the RV point, I explored the area. Turns out that this was one of the jetties from which holidaymakers use to get to Pulau Perhentian, a group of islands about 45 minutes away by speedboat. Slightly bigger than Isle of Manx, the clear waters around the islands are perfect for diving and snorkeling, untouched corals jealously guarded by the Marine Police.
Waiting at the RV point
The guys on their way there
They finally arrived
Back on the road with another 70kms to Kuala Besut.
The Penarik road has very light traffic, and very straight and smooth, with no potholes. We made good progress. I wanted to stop the guys for some beachside pictures, but, being motorheads, they were too busy chasing each other........
Don started the ball rolling by overtaking Sean
Sean again trying hard to beat Don
The rest of us decided to enjoy the view
Sean eventually slowed down and decided to enjoy the view instead
Amir Isa and me stayed behind soaking the scenery.
On reaching Kuala Besut, my cousin was waiting in his SUV to lead us to the jetty for some keropok lekor, a local specialty.
The scooters at rest
While we enjoy our snacks. My cousin is 4th from the left. He later paid the tab and arranged for dinner at a local restaurant. The menu was fish over charcoal, really good stuff. there's no experience better than to eat fresh fish that has just came off the fishing boat a couple of hours ago.....
Pian, Sean and Ariv.
Shortly thereafter we proceeded to our Hotel ( 13 Quid for an aircon double ), about 10 minutes away, led by my cousin Jazzlan. He was initially supposed to join us on his 400cc Suzuki Burgman scooter, but the workshop could not fix his bike in time, and he does not want to ride his Beemer or R6 so he aborted the plan.
That night, just as we were about to leave the hotel for dinner it poured cats and dogs, so Jazzlan ferried us in his SUV, making two trips to the restaurant. He also picked up the tab for dinner, real Besut hospitality. Thanks Coz.......
We got back before midnight, looking forward for tomorrow's segment from Kuala Besut to Betong, Thailand, riding the East West highway across the Northern Mountain Range of Peninsula Malaysia, a distance of just under 330kms.
|07-10-2010, 03:47 AM||#99|
Joined: Jun 2010
|07-10-2010, 04:14 AM||#100|
Coming in Hot.....
Joined: Sep 2009
Cars are part of the scenery.Like the 2 legged scenery in Colebatch excellent posts
griffin146 screwed with this post 07-10-2010 at 04:27 AM
|07-18-2010, 12:57 AM||#101|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: Bogor, West java, Indonesia
I haven't seen Bedoqstar from WTR magizine ride report in Indonesia from sumatra to east java then to Borneo here?
TEMMY REDDEVIL HIMAWAN
Jakarta - Indonesia
"Just For The Love Of The Ride"
T-REDZ screwed with this post 07-18-2010 at 01:02 AM
|08-12-2010, 01:23 AM||#102|
slow and steady
Joined: Mar 2010
We hope our friend Bedoqstar will have some nice report to share with us in this forum.
|08-14-2010, 08:39 AM||#103|
Joined: Apr 2009
Adventure riding paradise!
One of the place we went...
|08-15-2010, 11:27 PM||#104|
Joined: Feb 2008
Location: KL, Malaysia
Some nice pictures there Khaitronic, Malaysia certainly is good for Adv riding.
"don't wait for your boat to come in... swim out and meet the bloody thing"
|08-18-2010, 02:03 PM||#105|
Joined: Jul 2006
Great stuff Capt
Our Indonesian and Indian friends certainly proof that
One can have an Adventure on any size bike---- Cannot agree more
Our recent Recce trip into Denmark Norway and Sweden on Honda Kap Chai
Norway was awesome and the Honda didn't miss a beat
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