Thursday, June 30, 2005

I am pissed off...

Asrin Mohsin passed away yesterday.

It seams that news like this gets flashed in our dailies more and more these days. Senseless murder, rape, robberies etc. I always read such news with a tinge of sadness and fear as to how unsafe our country is turning into. But this particular incident strikes a raw nerve and pissed me off...

You see, Asrin's death was a result of being brutally beaten by a "motorcycle gang" comprising on youths. The term "motorcycle gangs" have always had a outlaw ring to it. The image of burly rowdy tatooed men in leathers riding Harleys come to mind. Members of the Hells Angels MC in the USA has been linked with drugs and crime by the FBI and the media (incl. many movies) has portrayed bikers in a bad light.

Here, the "motorcycle gang" are usually a bunch of youth on small cc motorbikes or mopeds, typically modified mopeds or 125 - 150cc bikes emmiting clouds of smoke and noise. Go to Bangsar, Damansara Utama or Dataran Merdeka on weekend nights (or early morning) and you can almost always see them hanging around. I've seen them riding reckessly in packs, terrorising other motorist (esp. if they see young ladies driving alone), racing illegally and pulling stupid stunts on public roads.

Increasingly, a number of these motorcycle gangs have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Remember the incident where a petrol station owner was brutally beaten to death by a motorcycle gang? I cannot forget the watching the news clip of a illegal racer knocking down a cop in a roadblock. Also, numerous reports about illegal racing, illegal stunts, crimes commited by these motorcycle gangs etc. etc.

There was also one incident that happened to a biking buddy. She (yes, a she) was riding at night in KL with her sister who was visiting from Japan (they're both expats) and was asking for directions to KLCC. Unfortunately, she asked a group of youth on motorcycles, about 10 of them, who so "kindly" agreed to lead them there. Instead of KLCC, they were led to the dark roads in Bukit Tunku and were beaten and robbed. Thank God they were not raped or murdered.

Imagine, 10 guys beating up 2 girls. Really pisses me off just thinking about it again...

And now, this had to happen. Will Asrin be just another headline? just another victim? a number to a statistic? This goes beyond seeking justice and punishing the lower-than-scums that did this to Asrin. Heck, if I had it my way, I'd punish them to death in the same manner that they murdered Asrin. But, the bigger issue here is the state of our society today that produces such youths. Where are their sense of right and wrong? responsibility? accountability? morals? value of human life? Where were their parents in their up bringing?

Too many questions, too little answers.

And I am sooo pissed off...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Need for speed...


The speedometer from a riding buddie's latest toy. 340kmh!!!

If you are wondering what the bike looks like...


A Suzuki GSX1300R "Hayabusa". Talk about power between your legs...

"I feel the need, the need for speed..."

GPZ update 1...

Rode the GPZ to work yesterday. First problem, no luggage space, so I had to use my backpack and stuff my laptop, document etc into it. Damn heavy lar. Second problem, engine heat. Hot baby!! DAMN hot!! The heat from the engine is blowing right at my legs. At low speed, it not very comfy. Had to keep it above 90kmh to get some decent cooling from the wind -not an easy feat in KL traffic, mind you.

But, those we're my only complaints.

The ride to work was... fast, and overtaking was a breeze. On the highway, other vehicle seem to be on snail mode. The GPZ is also narrower than my regular ride, so lane splitting was much easier. Great for mornings when you oversleep! I too a longer route home so I can get a good go with the bike on the NKVE. Suffice to say, I got home with a silly grin on my face. Not bad for a 20yr old bike.

Riding position takes a bit getting use to as it is totally different from my cruiser. But after a while, you kinda get used to it.

Couple of scary moment though. Brakes aren't as good as I like them to be, so, there were a few minor "oh shit!" moments.

Will keep you guys updated on my saddle time on the GPZ. So far, so good...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Top Gun...

Remember the scene in Top Gun where Tom Criuse was riding a bike alongside a fighter jet?

Well... I got hold of the same bike last night!

(Note: Picture above is sample to give you readers an idea of how the bike looked like)

Its a Kawasaki GPZ900R Ninja. The unit I got is a 1984 model and red (of course!) in color. It belongs to another riding buddie of mine who is going overseas on business for a month. He asked me if I would look after it - a request I could not refuse!

The GPZ900R is a pretty darn fast bike (even by today's standards). Runs on a 908cc liquid cool 16 valve engine that churns out over 110bhp. Easily pulled a 180kmh on the highway on the way home last night after picking up the bike. Could have gone faster, but I ran out of road *wicked grin*

Something tells me I'm gonna enjoy July...

Spotted...

Hah hah hah!! Finally I have been spotted. It was only a matter of time...

Yup, bro, I've decided to try something new and started this blog. So, be gentle, be kind, your advice is always appreciated.

The Snark (also known by another name and another name - private joke between the snark and I) and I have been friends for a few years now. Brought together by our common passion for motorcycles. Have ridden with him many times and have learn many things on bikes and life from the man.

Proud and humbled that he considers me a brother.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Mini me??

This guy is so funny...

He's got this quiz on his site that compares your personality with other Malaysian bloggers. Since I'm a newbie in the blogging world, thought I'd check to see who I can emulate and perhaps get a glimps of what my blog may turn out to be.

So, ladies and gentlemen... *drum roll*....



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Congratulations bikerwannabe, you are...




minishorts of minishorts.net


You are outgoing, direct, smart, pretty, and a definite go-getter. You are frank, a little too frank perhaps that sometimes you get on people's nerves and make them very upset. If people attack you, you hit back with triple the force without blinking because you are the kind of person who knows exactly what you are talking about or else you wouldn't talk about it. Your quick-thinking is what makes you special. You are an elitist.



Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?




Eek! This can't be right. Let me change some answers and try again...



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Congratulations bikerwannabe, you are...




minishorts of minishorts.net


You are outgoing, direct, smart, pretty, and a definite go-getter. You are frank, a little too frank perhaps that sometimes you get on people's nerves and make them very upset. If people attack you, you hit back with triple the force without blinking because you are the kind of person who knows exactly what you are talking about or else you wouldn't talk about it. Your quick-thinking is what makes you special. You are an elitist.



Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?




Whoa?!?!? Again?!?!? Ok, 3rd time lucky...



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Congratulations bikerwannabe, you are...




minishorts of minishorts.net


You are outgoing, direct, smart, pretty, and a definite go-getter. You are frank, a little too frank perhaps that sometimes you get on people's nerves and make them very upset. If people attack you, you hit back with triple the force without blinking because you are the kind of person who knows exactly what you are talking about or else you wouldn't talk about it. Your quick-thinking is what makes you special. You are an elitist.



Which Malaysian Blogger Are You?




WHAT THE?!?!? Ok, the quiz MUST be flawed. Outgoing? We'll, kinda... direct? hmmm.. sometimes... Pretty!?!?!? ME? Pretty? *slap on the forehead*

C'mon Kenny, I'm no where close to be like minishort....

Until i saw this post. Freaky.


Hey, at least I didn't do it 12 times...

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Hacking away...

yup... but not the computer kind.

Sometime last week, I got hit by the flu bug. Usually, I'll shake it off in a day or two. Just pump myself full of fluids and a couple of doses of vit-C usually takes care of it.

Now, a week later, my nose is still running like the Niagara Falls, my whole body aches and I'm hacking my guts out... Either the bloody flu bug's gotten stronger or my body ain't what it used to be (in reality, probably a combination of both). God knows why I took this crap for a whole week, but lots of things happening at work that required my attention. Looking back, I was probably not very productive anyway...

Think I'll head home early today and pay a visit to the doctors...

Hope I can ride straight though...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Slacker...

Gosh...

Its been more than a week sinced I blogged...

and considering my blog is only about 2 weeks old, geez, that doesn't really say much about the bogger, me.

The term "slacker" comes to mind... (I could think of a few more, but lets try to keep this PG13 ya?) But in all fairness, work has been rather heavy for the past week. But, hopefully I should have more time later this week to continue my blog.

... hmmm......

(I'm now pondering the need for an "apology for not blogging" note to my readers, considering I probably do NOT have any readers!! hah hah hah!!!... *sigh*... so sad...)

Nevertheless, to anyone out there, sorry for not blogging for a while. I'll be back...

Friday, June 10, 2005

T.G.I.F. and T.G.M.W....

Yippie!!! The weekend is finally here...

Unfortunately, I've got to study 3 proposals over the weekend...

and loads of laundry to do...

and house cleaning...

and half completed D.I.Y. home projects...

*sigh*...

There goes my weekend. It was fun while it lasted...

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Rubber side....up!

Went to change my bike's rear tyre over the weekend and got a couple of rude shocks...

First, my rear tyre was down right to the thread. Just a few of weeks back, I had at least a couple of mm of rubber on it, which would have lasted me a couple more months. I guess it must have been the recent interstate ride I did - a 1,000km plus spirited ride thru the mountains.

Anyway, it was due for a change anyway, but what I was unprepared for was....

Prices of tyres have gone up!! The tyre change cost me close to RM450 and thats for one tyre (to put things in prespective, I've also recently change my car tyres, all four of em, and it cost me less than RM400). Used to cost me less than RM350...

I need a raise...

Rain rain go away...

Crap...

It just started raining here in KL. And of all the days I choose to park my bike outside...

Guess I'll be spending some time tonight washing it...

Normal...

Another normal ride to work.

What is "normal"?

For me, its a 30km road trip to the office consisting of 70% highways and freeways, and 30% city roads, usually encountering one, a combination of, or all of the following cagers*:
  1. Tailgaters
  2. Signal lights / rear view mirror challenged cagers
  3. Cagers using their mobile / shaver / applying make-up / having breakfast / reading papers (no kidding!!)
  4. Drifters (not the racer boy variety, but cagers who drift in and out of their lane for no reason other than poor control of their cages)
  5. Lane splitters (Now this requires some explanation. Lane splitting is a term used when motorcyclists negotiate thru traffic by going in between lanes. Some cagers think they can do that....)
I'm sure there are more types, but I guess the above are the general bunch of joes I meet on the road each day... not counting other bikers and pedestrians....

Sure makes life interesting every day.....

* Cager is a term used by bikers for anyone operating a cage (i.e. any enclosed vehicle with 4 or more wheels)

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

It's a wrap...

What a day....

2 meetings, 3 conference calls, built half a model, worked thru lunch..... and starting this blog :-)

Can't wait to get on the bike and ride home.....

My ride...

I guess a logical thing to post next would be....

My motorcycle.

Its a metric cruiser, red (red bikes go faster...so they say...), lots of chrome and loud... not the "really-piss-off-your-neighbours" loud, but just enough to get you noticed in traffic.

Owned the baby for almost 6 years now... and absolutely love every single minute of it :-) Over the years, it has taken me round the country and out of the country; and has been given a customised job (for the uninitiated, its kinda like plastic surgery for bikes).

Recently got it properly fitted for long distance touring... luggage box and windshield. Makes the bike look kinda dweeby, but, hey..... it beats having a heavy backpack strapped to you while hanging on desperately to the bike as you are being hit by 140kmh winds and slowly loosing visibility from the increasing amount of bug's gut spread all over your helmet visor.

Isn't biking fun? ... ;-)


Maybe I'll post a pic of my bike one day.....

My first mile....

Whoa.... my first attempt into the world of blogging.... and what happens?

*Blank*

Writers block (...or is it blogger's block?)

I guess a short intro is in order... me... your average Joe.. absolutely loves motorcycles.. and rides one on a daily basis.

Just thought I'd share my daily adventures( and challenges, frustration, etc..) on two wheels.

Hope you chaps out there enjoy this blog and would love to hear your comments, advice and tip for this newbie blogger...

Cheers and ride safe!