The malaysian superbike club is dedicated-a 300 percent import tax on sportbikes means coughing up $30,000 for a ride. That'll get you a house in malaysia.
A nighttime tour of Kuala Selangor confirmed it as one of the few places in the world where fireflies congregate by the millions.
The Batu Caves are a memorial to Lord Murugan, God of War, and include a 140-foot tall gold statue. During religious Hindu festivals 1.5 million people climb the 272 steps.
Zamora's dinner didn't have a chance against the blow dart.
Lush landscapes look like they're straight from your favorite Vietnam war flick.
We can't show the rest of the pic, but you can imagine why the grin is so great.
Rice paddies cover the northern part of the country, and The laborers love a good wheelie!
Religion is a big part of the Malaysian life. Muslim mosques and temples are everywhere and offer some of the most beautiful architecture on earth.
Malaysian culture mixes Malay, Indian and Chinese decent. The women are absolutely stunning-no wonder Zack went there to marry one.
Hitting monthly deadlines, drinking copious amounts of beer and chasing skirts generally occupies most of my waking hours and doesn't leave much time for taking vacations (though the latter two might be considered such).
Often, the only fun in the sun I get is opening the blinds in my office. But when one of our advertising monkeys asked if I wanted to take a motorcycle tour across Malaysia on work expenses the response was a definitive "Yes," followed by "Wait, where is Malaysia?"
As fast as I could type eight letters into Google and scan the subsequent Wikipedia review, certain I had armed myself with enough knowledge and was ready for an adventure.
With 18 hours of airtime ahead of us the only logical thing to do was take advantage of the free booze offered on the international flight.
My travel companion, and reason for the trip, was a native Malaysian scheduled for an arranged marriage. This was going to get interesting...
With a limousine waiting for us at the airport, it was already looking to be an epic trip even before the hapless groom was whisked away as I explored the men's room.
The only clue to my destination was a crumbled piece of paper with the wedding's address and a contact for a company called Malaysian Motorcycle Tours. This was, apparently, the link between work and executing some ridiculous form of a nuptial agreement.
After a quick phone call I was swooped up and given a 2007 Honda VFR800. The chase to catch the groom began, and over the course of the next few days I enjoyed a surreal experience of natural beauty and motorcycling bliss.
As the effects of the alcohol at 30,000 feet wore off so did my elaborate dream, but a good portion of it was based in true life events. OK, so Zack hadn't really been kidnapped by wild marriage enthusiasts, but I had actually toured this amazing country with the wind in my face.
Now if I could just remember who this exotic beauty is who keeps calling me "hubby..."
Special Thanks To:
Malaysian Motorcycle Getaways
Bikers Choice Motorcycle Rental
Do It On Two Wheels
Malaysian Motorcycle Getaways offers motorcycle tours that consist of an eight-day trip from the largest city in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, to Ipoh, at the Thailand border. There are over 1,000 scenic miles, and many offer some of the best twisty canyon roads on earth.
After leaving Kuala Lumpur, a jaunt up the mountain road led us through the scenic Cameron Highlands with its vast tea orchards. Midway through, we took a ferry to the island of Penang where we visited Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple and the National War Museum. On to Ipoh, the sites included tours of the King's palace and the leaning tower.
The tour finished with the amazing Deepavali festival of lights-a spectacle not to be missed by those interested in cultural celebrations.
The landscape ranges from bustling metropolitan areas that are as modern as New York or Los Angles, to grass huts deep in the jungle. It's a motorcycling heaven with thousands of miles of some of the smoothest winding roads through scenic jungles and tropical highways. The people are beyond friendly with their helpful nature and laid back attitude.
Nearly all of the population speaks perfect English - making self-guided travel easy and safe.
Daily Riding Log
Took a tour of Kuala Lumpur including the world famous Twin Towers and Batu Caves. Kula Lumpur is a bustling metropolitan that is as modern as New York or Los Angles. The Malaysia Superbike Club (www.superbikemalaysia.com) met with me the Naza dealership. The group of local bikers prepared me for the roads ahead.
Left Kuala Lumpur and headed North to Cameron Highlands. We stopped at a lake and waterfall along the way. On the way up we stopped at the Orang Asli village and shot blowpipes with some of the locals who lived in grass huts without electricity or running water.
The road was approximately 30 minutes out of the city and one of the best, most twisty roads I have ever ridden. It did take about 1/2 a day to get used to riding on the other side of the road.
We arrived at Cameron Highlands around 5 pm. We stopped at the tea plantation and had dinner at the scenic Hotel Casa de la Rosa.
Left Cameron Highlands to Penang.
As we traveled down the backside of the mountain, the road opened up and really allowed me to test out the Honda VFR from Bikers Choice (www.bikerschoice.com.my). The road was filled with long sweepers with great visibility. Simply put it was awesome riding.
We traveled via the highway to Penang Island. After a brief ferry ride we left the bikes behind and continued the tour.
Penang Island is a beautiful bustling city with lots of culture and great places to eat. While on the island we visited some Buddha temples, Penang Hill that overlooks the entire island, Georgetown Museum and the War Museum. The War Museum was especially memorable as it reinforced the Malaysian attitude of peace.
Bright and early we left Penang to Alor Star. We stopped at the Lembah Bujang History Center where we visited ruins that had been there for thousands of years. Along the way I got to ride through genuine rice paddy fields. What struck me the most is the generous hospitality of the host and the multigenerational families that work the field.
We left Alor Star and headed to Ipoh. We visited the Royal Palace of Kuala Kangsar and the first Royal Palace of Kuala. Eventually we stopped in Ipoh for the night.
On our final riding day we left Ipoh back to Kuala Lumpur. Before returning home we stopped by Bukit Melawati and fed the monkeys. After a quick cleanup we got dressed and headed to a state dinner with Mega Familiarization Program in conjunction with Deepavali Open House. After getting to view some traditional Hindu, Indian and Malaysian performances, I participated in the singing and even danced a bit.
Visited the Deepavali National Open House. I enjoyed an amazing day filled with amazing culture, music, and food. The perfect end to a perfect trip.