The R1's Borneo Romp

Discussion in 'Malaysia - Road Trip Reports' started by FB666Y, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    So the bike sprouted wings and flew Pegasus like over the ocean and found itself in Kuching.
    Here are some pics of the recent Borneo trip: from Kuching through Brunei and into Sabah.

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    While the bike flew the expensive seats in MAS I had to take the cheapo seat on Air Asia from KL to Kuching.
    The is the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) - sounds as bad as Budget Terminal.

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    The bike in Kuching cargo building

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    Unleashed and in the streets of Kuching.

    Here are some pictures of Kuching:

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  3. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    Bako National Park is amazing - huge and beautiful but you better be fit if youre planning the walks through the jungle.
    Our 5.8km walk through the jungle lasted 4 hours and we were drenched in sweat. Some pics from Bako:

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    I paid one of the stalls to look over the bike while we were off galavanting in Bako National Park

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    Crocodiles!

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    Bako National Park

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  4. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

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    Riding to Matang Wildlife Centre and got caught in a Barisan National rally.

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    Almost there

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    The road into Matang

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    Finally at Matang

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    Matang Wildlife Centre

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  5. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    The ride from Kuching to Sibu is about 450km and passes right next to the Indonesian border.
    The roads are bumpy - too bumpy for the R1 - it was bone jarring at times.

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  6. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    We rode from Sibu to Bandar Seri Begawan in Brunei - another 450km-ish distance.
    I was very glad that I hadnt seen a single palm tree. I was soon to be disappointed -
    the new route that run parallal to the sea to Miri was choked full of kelapa sawits.
    At least the route was in good repair and the R1 was pushing up to 160kmh.

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  7. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    Border formalities are pretty straightforward - the only problem is that there are 10 - yes ten - border crossing, ie Sarawak to Brunei, Brunei into Sarawak, again Sarawak into Brunei, finally out of Brunei into Sarawak, and finally Sarawak into Sabah. You will be stamped at every entrance/exit.

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    Finally into Brunei - damn shouldnt have filled so much in Sarawak!
    I wish petrol prices were like this! The R1 will fill up under ten dollars. They had controls though - Malaysian vehicles couldnt fill up more than $10.00.
     
  8. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    Some pictures from Bandar Seri Begawan. BSB has my vote as the cleanest city in South East Asia.
    The city gets somewhat deserted by early evening though - most of the action is along the waterfront area:

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  9. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    The ride from BSB to Kota Kinabalu involves waaaaay too many border croassing and 2 ferry crossings:

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    The road to Kota Kinabalu

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    Clouds over the sea in Kota Kinabalu
     
  10. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    Short of time we decided to stow the bike in Kota Kinabalu for a few days.
    I spoke to the bell-boy and he let me park the R1 in his house for a couple of days.
    Before we knew it we were dipping our toes in the Cebu Sea in Pulau Mabul and Pulau Sipadan.

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  11. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

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  12. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

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    Under the waves Pulau Sipadan

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    Under the waves Pulau Sipadan

    And that pretty much concludes the trip pictures!
     
  13. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    FB666Y
    Love your report yet again. You really like getting out there on the R1 don’t you?

    Laos on the R1
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorc ... t1522.html
    in August 2006 was a beauty

    Plus you’re Himalayan Adventure in October 2007
    http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorc ... t2896.html
    with the G/f riding pillion on the Enfield 350!!

    How many kms do you have up on the R1?
    Any troubles with the bike?
    No need to ask how you rate the bike either I guess – it’s “pretty good” with a great rider like you!

    How much was the air freight?
    I think there are now a couple of guys in Cnx interested in a similar trip.

    Thanks again for the contribution.
    What’s next?
     
  14. FB666Y

    FB666Y Ol'Timer

    LOL - David you left out Northern Vietnam on the Minsk: http://www.gt-rider.com/thailand-motorcycle-forum/northern-vietnam-on-a-minsk---february-2006-t1315.html

    Well, I have been riding R1s for about 10 years now - this is my 4th R1. Its up to 110,000km at the moment.
    Besides those I have been tramping all over Malaysia in the past couple of year plus the track day in Sepang and track in Pasir Gudang every other week.

    I have had some problems - I have changed the rectifier and generator (some call it the stator), and I had the dreaded TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) problem - but as you see its all electrical or elctronic in nature. Havent had a mechanical problem yet.

    The air freight from KL to Kuching is 800RM. The bike weighed in at 194kg.
    From Kota Kinabalu to KL its 1000RM - go figure, the price per kilo in Sabah is quite a bit.

    You can do it all on your own - get in touch with Maskargo: http://www.maskargo.com.my/ get an Airway bill and a booking (depending on bike size they might need to fly it in a wide bodied aircraft, and you might have to wait a for that - might be an issue if you pressed for time). Other than that you need the bike registration - customs did have a glance at the chassis and engine number though its more like a cursory look.

    What's next - I am thinking of Bali, Sumbawa and Flores - seems there's a ribbon highway that runs runs the lenght of Flores along the mountains. And those dragons in Komodo ...
     
  15. burnjr

    burnjr Ol'Timer

    fby
    nice ride report bro..intresting with r1 :D :lol: :arrow:
     
  16. Rhodie

    Rhodie Ol'Timer

    Great & gutsy stuff.
    Bravo - you surely get out and about on xtreme machines.
    Keep the rides going and the reports coming!
    Thanks for the effort & adventure.
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  17. wimpy

    wimpy Ol'Timer

    Wow. I'm impressed! :D
     
  18. sargent

    sargent Member

    Hi FB666,
    Have always liked your reports and apperciated the photos, you are one of the who have been there and done it.
    Solid bro keep it up.............
     
  19. scot harper

    scot harper Ol'Timer

    :p Hey guy love the adventure of your posts, keep liv'n the dream, an stay upright.

    I'm still planing the next on, an have to keep tell'n Murphy to @#$% off, keep them coming, Bali you will love an lombock, Tom Forde did it on Doris a few years ago, look up his posts.....(Hi TOM)..
    Scott
     

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