Prepared by: Faudzi Din & Aswade
The offroad adventure genre has been garnering more and more followers in Malaysia. A bit latecomer in the scene, with Europe, Americas, Australisia, Russia and Africas have been doing it for ages. Expensive price of motorcycle is the main reason. In this region, Thailand has been ahead by a number of years. Personally, my search for offroad biking friends has practically ended, and I can enjoy more and more offroad buddies organizing trips, unlike a year ago when I had to join motorcross friends for offroad activities. BMW F800GS Facebook Group has taken the lead last year and this year, and I am happy to tag along these fellas.
Sg Bernam in Tg Malim is an ideal place for offroad motorcycling activity, being only less than an hour from KL. The trails are in abundance, you get to choose from easy routes, to the most challenging roin forest single trails exclusive only in a few places in the world, ours being the world's oldest rainforest.
This time, we have multitudes of made and models joing my modest trip: BMW R1200GS LCs, a Naza Blade, tons of BMW F800GS/A, a lone F700GS, my G650GS, three Vesys. a Suzuki Dr, one humungous KTM1190R and smaller motorcrosses. We were supported by Tg Malim Bikers who brought in food rations by 4WD. One biker rode all the way from Kemamag Ganu kiter to join this trip, while one shot from Singapore the Kiasu Land.
1. Abg Jani - F800GS
2. Faudzi Din - G650GS
3. Syed Kechik - F800GS Adventure
4. Ivan Yong - Tenere XT660Z
5. Iswandy - KTM1190R
6. Aswade - GS1200LC
7. Sierra Romeo - F800GS
8. Asmazi Omar - Versys 650
9. Adha Firdaus - Versys 650
10. Kiboo - F800GS
11. Kamalul - Versys 650
12. Azmi Laksamana - Blade 650
13. Syed Zafilen - GS1200LC
14. Zack - F700GS
15. Hanz - F800GS
16. Aznal - F800GS
17. Apik - KLX450
18. Rob Armstrong - DR650
29 JAN 2016 - FRIDAY (DAY 01)
A. RV AT PETRONAS R&R RAWANG (1100 HRS)
TEAM B: Syed Zafilen, Aswade, Azmi, Iswandi & Adha Firdaus
B. LUNCH AT MEDAN SELERA, TANJUNG MALIM (1200 HRS)(N 3.68336, E 101.52209)
C. FRIDAY'S PRAYER AT MASJID JAMEK, TANJUNG MALIM (1315 HRS) (N 3.683364, E 101.522097)
D. WAITING THE REST OF TEAM B
E. TANJUNG MALIM TO CAMPSITE (1500 HRS)
AZMI - BLADE 65
ISWANDY - KTM 1190 R
ASWADE - GS 1200 LC
QIB - GS F800
SYED ZAFILEN - GS 1200 LC
ADHA FIRDAUS- VERSYS 650
F. REDUCED TIRES PRESSURE
We stopped for a while to reduce tires pressure prior to Offroading for my bike, i normally reduced to 2.0Mbar (rear & front). I'm helping Syed Zafilen, who is first timer offroading with DP.
G.SINGLE TRAIL OFFROAD
The route considered EASY but will change to MEDIUM or DIFFICULT when raining.
We went eventful, with thousands of tertonggengs climbing steep slippery hills.
Many were first timers, and Izani Mat Il's definition of "track senang ajer" was way underrated. Semua kena conned. Back breaking lifting of heavy bikes. One of the riders just undergone pembedahan jantung recently, so I was rather afraid him collapsing dead in front of me trying to lift his 300kg monster.
All well end wells, like the title of Jackie Chan's movie. I had to turn around halfway to rescue a bike, so i didnt get the chance to complete the Day 1 route. Have to try again soon.
We reached campsite at 1700 hrs (N 3.717568, E 101.570507)
We need to cross wooden bridge, 5m before campsite.
Clear Crystal River of Bernam
Day one ended with nice dinner cooked by Pawi, Apik & Abg Jani.
BBQ by Iswandy
We started with freezing refreshing shower in the jungle, awaken by chirping sounds of krokkrekkrokkrek bugs, and birds.
After pulut breakfast, we trekked to Lubok Kawah.
"Setengah jam ajer" said Apik, the liar guide. It took us an hour climbing steep hills and fighting with millions of pacats. "Takde pacat, sebab semalam tak hujan. Pacat keluar kalau jalan basah aje", said Abg Jani earlier.
Lubok Kawah was awesome, the good swimmer somersault's heaven to Abg Syed, Rob and Aswade. For us rakyat marhein who can barely float, we looked in awe sambil air liur meleleh.
Lunch; Ayam Pasok, Iban's Dish cooked by Abe Jani
Have a nap after lunch.
Techical discussion in evening.
Kinda crazy idea. I thought I was joking when the idea was mooted a week before. Turned out this was the highlight of the event. Superb. We rode out to R&R Bernam for drink, and then went back in to the camp site via long way down, 20km of pitch black night offroading.
The winner of the night was Iswandy, the KTM 1190R rider, who being short, dropped his heavy bikes numerous times. Me being "official" photographer had the liberty to just look and pretend to snap photos without helping. I let others to help him lifting his bike. I have more important job to do haha...
All ended well. No injuries. No damage to egos. Except Syed Kechik lah kot. Motor bau kedai lagi tapi dah tergolek dog.
31 JAN 2016 - SUNDAY (DAY 03)
We left the camp site in Day 3 at 11am. Nice trip. Thanks buddies!
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