As we’ve already mentioned we caused quite a stir on a recent visit to Malaysia when we took our bike gear with us, borrowed a bike from a family member we know over there and did 1 days riding around the island of Penang and 3 days riding in the Cameron Highlands. The area is one of the hilliest in Malaysia and the highest points are over 5,000ft. It is also home to Route 185 – a real must for motorcyclists and up there as one of our top ten roads to ride. The total length of the road is nearly 200 miles but the section we rode was over 35 miles of curves and bends through lush green landscape and not a village or town to interrupt the flow of the ride.
On our way to the Cameron Highlands we met up with a group of Kawasaki Riders who were out of a days ride-out. They had a VN900, a Versys 650 and Versys 1000’s in the group and we met Jack and Jill (and no these were not nursery rhyme characters!), who had been riding their orange Versys 1000 for over a year. They’d added a slightly higher touring screen but no other changes and they had the same view as us with regard to comfort of the seat and excellent fuel range.
Our next Kawasaki encounter came at the end of our ride of Route 185 in Simpang Pulai. Given the temperatures had risen to 34 degrees we’d pulled over at a local café for a cooling drink and a leg stretch and met a group of 9 Kawasaki riders who were about to take the ascent into the Highlands. They clearly had a passion for their bikes which ranged from Z1000SX to Z800 and Z750’s all immaculately presented and some great colour schemes….
Their grasp on the English language was far better than our Malay, however, talking all things bikes is a great leveller and we were very glad to have met such a great group of riders. We are certain they would have enjoyed Route 185 as much as we did.
If you want to see what Route 185 is like you can visit our YouTube page and watch a short film we uploaded there recently….. we hope you enjoy 🙂