Camping at Tiger Waterfall

I returned to Air Terjun Harmau Berjermu – of Tiger Waterfall. This time, I didn’t ride alone. 6 of us had planned to travel the 50km of unpaved road to camp inside the jungles of Peninsular Malaysia. And our reward? The beautiful Tiger Waterfall.

Gathering at GP Petronas before we commenced our ride.
Taking that obligatory group shot after our first fill-up in Segamat.

We started our journey at 6am. But as we took a leisurely pace, which included a stop at McDonald’s for breakfast and another stop at a nearby local supermarket to purchase some last minute supplies, we managed to arrive at the entrance of the trail only at around 1115h – almost midday.

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Off-Road Training – Level 2

I think some of the best money spent is on training. After doing the Off Road Level 1 training 2 weeks back, I’m back for the Level 2 course this weekend.

Braking drills.
Riding down the big slope.

During Level 1, we went through drills such bike balancing, braking, u-turns, and hill descents. My biggest fear was in that steep downhill descent. And I’m back this week to greet it face on – at Level 2 training.

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Day Trip to Air Terjun Harimau Berjemu

What better way to use my new-found off-road riding skills than to go for an actual off-road ride?

Today, I head in to Air Terjun Harimau Berjermu – or Tiger Waterfall. It’s an approximately 100km of off-roading for a round trip into the waterfall and back out.

Taking my first break after completing some distance on the trail.
Riding through some scenic palm plantations.
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Off-Road Training – Level 1

The bike is only as good as the rider on it. And the kind of adventure one does on a large adventure motorcycle is usually limited by rider, and very seldom by the machine.

For this weekend, I decided to sign up for some off-road training with BMW-certified off-road instructor Tommy Lee from Route 55 Enduro Park!

Going through the theory before the practice.
Walking the bike, engine running and with just one hand was part of the training.
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SMR – Riding the UCDP “Novice” Trail

We couldn’t get enough of dirt riding fun in Ulu Choh, and so we planned to head back there again. This weekend, we decided to attempt some of the trails instead.

I found a GPX trail in Wikiloc called “UCDP Novice Route”. Novice, right? Should be easy peasy… right? We were so wrong!

The quirky dirt team.

Arriving at Ulu Choh Dirt Park, we were a quirky bunch of riders that somehow look misplaced in a dirt park. Yes, the G650GS and the Yamaha XTZ with knobbies are somewhat at home here. Then there are the heavy adventure bikes – the R1200GSA and the Tiger 800 XCX. The Diversion with its street tires was obviously not the most appropriate machine here. And then there’s the cutesie bunch – the small, ultra-lightweight class – a 36year-old Vespa, a probably about as old Honda C90, and the midget Honda Grom, all gathered for some off-road trail fun. But what all these bikes have in common, is a rider with an adventure spirit and a can-do attitude.

The Cutesie Team – a 1983 Vespa, a Honda C90 Cub, and Grom.
The Diversion that could!
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Ulu Choh Dirt Park #2 Sunday Ride

We loved the dirt so much that we’re back in Ulu Choh! This time, we head there in the morning – while it’s still cool. Last week’s visit in the peak of the noon’s heat was a bad idea. I was overheated, dehydrated and throughly exhausted. And this time round, we went as a bunch of learning noobs and had some really silly fun!

You can’t go to a dirt park and not rest on soil! But oh boy! This??
Getting comfy on my BMW G650GS Sertao.
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