I’m feeling mad… I’m feeling violated. I had my top box molested this morning as I was making payment for petrol in Shell Johor Bahru (JB) this morning. Yes, it was my fault for keeping it unlocked (I thought that it was locked). The crook came up behind me on a kup and pretended to wait in queue for the petrol pump. He struck when I walked over to the counter to make payment – opening up my topbox to search for any content worth stealing.
Yeah! Yet another weekend ride trip! Tanjung Piai – the “southernmost tip of Mainland Asia”. I was expecting the ride to take about 2 hours (1:40mins when I last “researched” it on Waze), but it took merely just over an hour from the Checkpoint to Tanjung Piai National Park. This time, I was in a group of 3 bikes. None of us have ever been there, and so this is an adventure of all 3 of us. Continue reading “Ride to Tanjung Piai”
It was a relaxing Sunday morning ride. At the last Pulsarians makan session, I was chatting with Angad and told him that I would love riding up north but as I’m still considered a “new” rider, would prefer nothing too challenging. So he recommended a quick trip to Renggam via Layang-Layang. According to Waze, it’s only an approximately 1.5hr ride each way. So that’s it! It was planned for the Sunday morning – returning to Singapore just as about the time the Missus and little one get out of bed.
So I punched in the route on my iPhone Waze app and off I went! The morning ride was beautiful! Low traffic, nice cool air, and awesome views! Continue reading “Sunday morning ride to Renggam and back”
It was an unexpected trip. But yes, I’m riding up to KL again. This time, I will stay over for at least a night. Since my last trip up was just a week ago, I’ve learnt much about my faithful machine, and a few things I wanted to try.
First, I’ve got myself some extra luggage space. Soft bag panniers! They mounted on easily and offered some much needed additional space on the storage-deprived bike. Unlike larger bikes or scooters, the 200NS comes quite literally with no storage space on it’s own. I’ve considered the hard-shelled side boxes, but being a new rider, I’d prefer the side-protruding storage spaces do not poke out any further than the width of my handlebars. This gives newbies like me Continue reading “2nd Singapore-KL Road Trip”
SG-KL-SG. Yes. It was a touch-and-go trip. I had some business to settle there and therefore the last minute trip. Left SG around 13:30 yesterday afternoon, and reached back SG around 01:30 in the night. Total distance – 760km. Couple of things I learnt about my 200NS from this trip:
1) The 48L Shad topcase was just barely enough to hold my stuff. I need to rethink about storage solutions if I were to make a similar trip again. Yes, it did hold my hand carry luggage (was initially planning to stay over for a night), rain coat, bike cover and some other small stuff. But I had to force the lid to close. Not good. Almost couldn’t squeeze in my bottle of chain lube – speaking of which…
2) I need a smaller can of Continue reading “10 Things I learnt about my Pulsar 200NS from the Singapore-KL-Singapore trip”
Was surfing through the facebook page of Singapore Reckless Drivers and watching the user-submitted videos of accidents happening around Singapore. I am alarmed, though not surprised, by the number of accidents involving motorcycles. Sometimes it appears to be the rider’s fault, other times, no fault of the rider at all. But nevertheless, riders are always vulnerable in an accident. I’m a relatively new rider myself and have been driving for many years (still am driving).
I noticed that while generally, most riders lane-split responsibly, there are some who seem to treat it as an exclusive lane. I don’t think there are any laws in Singapore which prohibit nor promote lane splitting. But please remember that we are lane-splitting at the courtesy of the other road users (namely drivers). It is not a right of travel passage for bikers. Yes, drivers should be courteous Continue reading “Lane Splitting in Singapore”
It was a surreal moment, like living a dream. Finally got my 2B, got myself the 200NS and went riding this morning – first actual ride. Did a silly rookie mistake. The Pulsar 200NS is a carbourated bike. Last night, when I got home, I turned the fuel petcock to the OFF position. This morning, I forgot all about that, started the bike, and went riding. Managed to get about a kilometer or so from home and stalled the bike at a traffic light junction!! Thank goodness the bike didn’t stall when i was in the middle of riding. Tried to start the bike and it wouldn’t start. Only after a couple of seconds, I remembered about the fuel petcock and turned it back ON. So malu. Hahaha…
But all that said, riding is FUN!