Malaysia Weekend - Fraser's Hill & Melaka

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  1. twisticles

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    Just to be lazy I copied this from my blog, hence the weird spacing. Formatted version available here.


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    &nbsp;After a hectic few months at work, I managed to book a couple of days off for a solo trip north into Malaysia.

    Long stretches of motorway, torrential rain, mad drivers and a whole heap of the world's best roads.




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    I was late starting off on a sunny Sunday morning in March 2010. A fresh pair of Conti Trail Attack tyres on the steel pony, I wanted a trip on tarmac and I&nbsp;figured these would be better than the TKC80s.

    &nbsp;Leaving Singapore via the Second Link at Tuas I headed into Malaysia and followed the North-South Expressway. I took a wide berth of Kuala Lumpur to the West via the E6 and E35 which delivered me to Rawang, just north of KL.&nbsp; After 400km of tedious and very hot motorway miles, I head up Route 1 towards Fraser's Hill.

    The minute I got onto the fun roads the heavens opened with the kind of tropical rain you can only get in this part of the world.&nbsp; 60km to Fraser's Hill, climbing 1260 metres along twisty roads with severe drop-offs in the rain...nice!

    Fraser's Hill or Bukit Fraser is named for the Scotsman who discovered tin ore in the area and mined the wealth with a heap of opium-addicted coolies.&nbsp; Like Jim Thompson, he mysteriously disappeared one day but the area keeps his name.&nbsp; It's a small 'resort' area and much less commercialised then Genting or Cameraon Highlands...but the standard of accomodation is pretty dire.&nbsp; Not a five star hotel to be seen!

    Despite the rain, the cooler temperatures were welcome, down from 36 celcius around KL to the mid 20s up in the mountains</div>
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    "Quaint" is the word, a small slice of colonian England in the mountains.&nbsp; "expensive"would be another word, at over RM300 for a room for the night.&nbsp; The room was obviously very nice at some stage in it's life, but a little tired and damp.&nbsp; No heater to dry the bike suit out, and barely any hot water, but I was out of the rain and happy.</div>
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    Later on, we were treated to nature's own lightshow when the sun set.&nbsp; I don't normally post millions of sunset shots, but the colours were amazing:</div>
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    I timed breakfast perfectly to getaway in time to make&nbsp;the 10am &nbsp;"Gap".&nbsp; The last 8km of roads to Bukit Fraser are so narrow and winding that the traffic is only allowed one-way at a time.&nbsp; Odd hours to travel up, and even hours to travel down.</div>
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    <a href="http://s678.photobucket.com/albums/vv143/twisticles/Frasers%20Hill%20and%20Melaka/?action=view¤t=DSC06643.jpg" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;" target="_blank"><img alt="Photobucket" border="0" height="214" src="http://i678.photobucket.com/albums/vv143/twisticles/Frasers%20Hill%20and%20Melaka/DSC06643.jpg" width="320" /></a> Given the late start and thought of a long hot ride back from Cameron Highlands the next day, I decided to have a day on the twisties and followed Highway 55, 8(old), 9 and 61 down to Melaka.</div>
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    From the start there were no views more than 100m distant, as every corner was greeted with another corner.</div>
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    Too much riding fun to stop and take pictures.&nbsp; I mostly managed to keep ahead of the locals on their Honda Wave 125cc scooters.&nbsp; I guess familiarity with the roads helps when the turns are this thick and fast.</div>
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    The jungle vegetation and 15m bamboo forests thinned out to open up some spectacular views across the Titiwangsa mountain range.</div>
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    The rest of the route to Melaka was also plenty fun.&nbsp; No sign of traffic police on the back roads, or maybe it was too hot?&nbsp; I stopped for Nasi Goreng in one village and felt like a rock star when surrounded by what seemed like the whole village wanting to oggle the bike.&nbsp; I guess anything over 125cc here is still a novelty.&nbsp; I was surprised not to see any other big bikes on these roads, it think if I lived in KL all my spare time would be on these mountain roads.</div>
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    Rain hit again for the final hour's ride into Melaka, and didn't stop until I was nearly back in Singapore the following day.&nbsp; After another 500km I arrived in Melaka with just enough time to check in, massage and eat before bed.</div>
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    All in all I did around 1200km over the three days, and it was the first proper outing for my Touratech Standard Breathable seat.&nbsp; Comfort levels after 450km were as good as the first km.&nbsp; Its a great seat that maximises the long-distance ability of the bike, but in this kind of heat I guess any biker will suffer from monkey butt and a hot arse.&nbsp; Prickly heat powder liberally applied at every stop helps, but after 6 hours in the saddle I still get hot bits where the back of my thighs meet the seat.</div>
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    The Conti Trail Attacks are an incredible tyre.&nbsp; The pattern doesn't suggest much use on trail, and I didn't take on any gravel roads during this outing.&nbsp; But on the pavement, there was almost no difference between the dry roads and roads with 2" of standing water, I am very very impressed with these tyres.&nbsp; I am sure better bikers than me will easily scrape not only the pegs but probably the engine casing too with these tyres on.</div>
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    I've got to say that the highlands of Malaysia are a must-do for anyone biking in the area.&nbsp; Send me a message if you want a GPX file of my routes.</div>
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  2. BusyWeb

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    Nice ride...
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    Thanks for the sharing.
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  3. zadok

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    What a great ride! I've been to Malaysia a couple of times and it certainly has nice scenery.:clap:D
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