Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
apparently our new riding boots can't withstand this type of weather punishment...all the boots turn into a stinky aquarium... maybe next time should try out the yellow rubber boots...
Sunday, 27 December 2009
and the other good thing about this route are the road condition is better and cleaner than the Mt. kinabalu route and hardly see any big trucks on it....
this time we travel really light, just 4 of us. me, ED, Jason & Mr. I luv U. JW can't make it due to some work relate issue...
Slap on my saddle bag put on my gear and meet up with the rest of the guys at the usual coffee shop..after some strong coffee & some route discussion and we are on the road again.....
BUT for for all the shoes in the store, this is what he get, a pair of camouflage CONVERSE..a 50+ uncle wearing CONVERSE, not bad ya..
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
An idea popped out during my routine coffee session with my mates 2 days ago..(actually i'm the one who's always came out with all this stupid idea..) we will like to do a ride which will last us to talk about for a long long time...a Long Ride from the west coast to east coast of USA before we turn 45...initially only US..but..my mate propose to ride in New Zealand and later that night JW said ride in Australia..
now we have three destination to cover, so from now on we have to work our ass off to materialize these rides before all of us turn 45...
by the way..Andrew! you're in this as well before u turn 50..if you contributed idea means you have to go as well...
so i have decide next i'll attend more international Bike Fest such as Phuket Bike Week or Bali Bike Fest ( Borneo island International Big Bike Fest not include) ..at least twice a year... hopefully my mates can join me by than...
Monday, 21 December 2009
It was a sombre festival as deep into the second day of the event, tragedy had struck. A participant of the Borneo Island International Big bike Festival (BIIBBF) from the Labuan Tourism Department had met his demised as the motorcycle that he was a passenger of lost control and hit a tree.
Organisers and participants had mourned for the death of their fellow participant, where although according to those who knew him, he had only started working for the Labuan Tourism office and this biker event was his first assignment covering a biker event. Labuan LA Riders the host and organiser of the BIIBBF this year said that this was regrettable, and it was a sad day for all involved.
The accident occurred when the BIIBBF were in a convoy touring the island of Labuan. According to eyewitness, they viewed that the way he was sitting on the trike (three whelled bike) was very dangerous as instead of facing the front he was facing the back and to make it worse he was kneeling down on the back seat. One biker who had witnessed it all said that the convoy was going very fast, which was not advisable especially when there’s a big convoy and riding on narrow streets of Labuan.
The rider of the trike was looking back whether it was to check on his passanger that was facing the wrong way or to see the convoy it was not certain. What happened next was inevitable, as the rider looked back, he had hit a patch of uneven road. This had caused the trike to lift up on two wheels. The rider who was already veering off the road, had a difficult time to get the bike under control, especially at speed. He had hit the curb and a small mound of construction debris by the side of the road, this had launched the trike in the air.
The rider and his passenger were thrown off the bike. The bike had hit a nearby tree, while the rider had narrowly missed a block of bricks, that was placed at the side of the road. His passenger however was not as lucky, where he had hit the block of brick square on. They were riding about 80km an hour. His fibreglass helmet had split in three places, while he had sustained serious injury. Ultimately he had surrounded to his injuries and perished on site after about 25 minutes struggling for life, before the ambulance had time to arrive.
The unfortunate incident was the first ever recorded death in the history of the BIIBBF. The accident scarred bikers, as well as the BIIBBF event. Most bikers commented that in hindsight organisers should have put more emphasising safety protocols, where an ambulance and safety personal ic would at all time follow the convoy. However the rider’s biking experience on a trike and the seating position of the victim had also shed a light to the possible cause of the accident.
The Questions posed by most bikers during the BIIBBF.
Why was there not an emergency crew with the personal?
Why was a biker inexperinced using a trike allowed to use it?
Why was the passenger not drilled on safety protocals?
Why were the marshals idle in fulfilling their duties?
article & photos from http//biibbf.wordpress.com
P.S. i suppose it's made in china..
Saturday, 19 December 2009
And the other down-side for this Challenge is the number of custom bikes participate..in total less than 10 bikes, maybe is due to the small population of custom bike industry in Brunei...apparently most of the custom bikes that take part are done by SiBoy...