Get Off The Tarmac

Get Off The Tarmac

Malaysia is known for its sky-rocket high tax for imported vehicles. Sadly, this also apply to motorcycles. They are vehicles too, aren't they? I'm not going to talk about the political decisions on these taxes. Let's talk about riding.

Riding a big bike in this country is not cheap. First, the bike itself. With price range of between RM 30,000 upwards to near RM 500,000, it's not a luxury many can afford. These figures are just the bike, let alone the accessories, gears, fuel, maintenance, road tax, insurance, and the cost of treating your spouse a nice dinner as a reward for letting you go out riding in the sun and rain.

So one day me and a friend were talking about random ideas on a substantially lower-cost way of enjoying the motorcycle hobby. One idea pops up - Off-road (a.k.a dirtbike). The conversation went something like this:

Friend: "How much would those bike cost?"
Me: "From what I know it should be in the RM 8,000 range. No more than RM 10,000 definitely"
Friend: "Really?"

That's how it begins. We contacted another of our friend whom we know have some kind of links with these off-roaders. He agreed to join us for dirt biking.

Fast forward to about a week after that, and each one of us got our own, entry-level Kawasaki KLX 150S dirt bike.

So now you have three noobs with their shiny dirtbikes. Of course, first we need some gears for dirtbiking, since our existing gears are all for high-speed road bikes. I'll share again about the gears in another post. For now, here's some photos of our adventures.

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