1. Harley-Davidson motorcycles from members of Kingz MG Malaysia all lined up

1. Harley-Davidson motorcycles from members of Kingz MG Malaysia all lined up

When I was selected to join in the convoy of the 2nd annual ride of Kingz MG Malaysia, I was ecstatic. I have covered quite a number of car and bike convoys but had always been on the sidelines. However, this time, I was part of the convoy.

2. a group photo before the ride begins

2. a group photo before the ride begins

The programme which I participated in was themed Eat.Travel.Ride.2017 #SayangMalaysia, jointly organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) and Gaya Travel Magazine.

3. Kingz MG Malaysia leather jackets

3. Kingz MG Malaysia leather jackets

So, the ‘Ride’ was where members of Kingz MG Malaysia played their part. Riding on their powerful Harley-Davidson motorcycles of various models, they were flagged off at MaTIC with members of the media (and yours truly) following behind in MPVs.

4. one more photo in front of MaTIC prior to flag off

4. one more photo in front of MaTIC prior to flag off

By the way, Kingz MG Malaysia, where abbreviation MG stands for ‘Motorcycle Group’, was established on 15th Dec, 2015. Its main objective was to bring together like-minded Harley owners who would ride responsibly and with respect.

Initially, the group only had 15 members but to date, it has increased to 80 in Malaysia and 12 in Singapore. This group organises annual rides. The first ride was last year to Penang, in conjunction with Malaysia Day.

7. fuel stop at Petronas

7. fuel stop at Petronas

Despite having 50 bikes and more than ten vehicles in the convoy, it was an orderly ride, thanks to the assistance of traffic police (PDRM) who diligently kept control over other vehicles as we traversed over 300km from MaTIC to our hotel in Nusajaya, Johor.

 5. first stop at KL City Gallery

5. first stop at KL City Gallery

The first stop was at KL City Gallery, followed by a short photo break at Nouvelle Hotel, one of the sponsors. And then it was straight on the North–South Expressway.

6. a stop at Nouvelle Hotel Kuala Lumpur, one of the sponsors of the ride

6. a stop at Nouvelle Hotel Kuala Lumpur, one of the sponsors of the ride

8. taking a break at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park, Melaka

8. taking a break at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park, Melaka

With many fuel stops along the way, it was only then that I realised how small a fuel tank these bikes have. Meanwhile, the longer break was taken at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park in Ayer Keroh, Melaka. There, the bikers were treated to refreshment and cultural performances.

 9. watching a cultural performance at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park

9. watching a cultural performance at Mini Malaysia & ASEAN Cultural Park

It was also in Melaka that we had our lunch break at Restoran Lot Lapan Lima before it was time to hit the road again. Despite the size of the convoy, there was a strict schedule to adhere to, you see.

10. Lunch at Restoran Lot Lapan Lima

10. Lunch at Restoran Lot Lapan Lima

Maybe because I was not on a bike or at the wheel, I felt as though the distance just faded away and we were soon able to check into our rooms at Millésimé Hotel, Nusajaya Healthpark.

11. on the road again after a fuel stop at Petronas

11. on the road again after a fuel stop at Petronas

It was at this hotel that Kingz MG Malaysia hosted their 2nd annual dinner and took the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of founder, Harry. Five new members from Malaysia and Singapore were also inducted into the club that evening.

12. Kingz MG Malaysia annual dinner at Millésimé Hotel, Johor Bahru

12. Kingz MG Malaysia annual dinner at Millésimé Hotel, Johor Bahru

13. new members are inducted into Kingz MG Malaysia

13. new members are inducted into Kingz MG Malaysia

14. celebrating the club's second anniversary as well as birthday of founder, Harry

14. celebrating the club’s second anniversary as well as birthday of founder, Harry

The following day, some of Kingz MG Malaysia members crossed the Causeway to proceed to Singapore, where they were joined by 20 Singaporean biker members.

 15. pristine Harley-Davidson bikes parked in front of Millésimé Hotel, Johor

15. pristine Harley-Davidson bikes parked in front of Millésimé Hotel, Johor

Those who decided to stay back in Johor went visiting their local biker buddies. Meanwhile, members of the media had other work to do as we were introduced to new tourism products in the state. I will write about these attractions separately, so stay tuned to emily2u.com.

 16. sparkling Harley-Davidson bikes parked in front of Millésimé Hotel, Johor

16. sparkling Harley-Davidson bikes parked in front of Millésimé Hotel, Johor

It was a full-day programme for both groups, so we did not get to spend time together. That changed on Day 3, when it was time to ride home to Kuala Lumpur. Pushing off early, the estimated time of arrival at MaTIC was 8pm.

 17. Puteri Idayu, says

17. Puteri Idayu, says “Sayang Malaysia!”

18. aha, that's the owner Abrosz on his Fatboy (L) and Carlos on his Forty-Eight (R)

18. aha, that’s the owner Abrosz on his Fatboy (L) and Carlos on his Forty-Eight (R)

19. checking out from Millésimé Hotel, Johor

19. checking out from Millésimé Hotel, Johor

20. fuel stop at BHPetrol before the long road journey begins

20. fuel stop at BHPetrol before the long road journey begins

21. the convoy snakes its way north

21. the convoy snakes its way north

22. that's Nuar riding pillion all the way back to Kuala Lumpur

22. that’s Nuar riding pillion all the way back to Kuala Lumpur

23. the journey is long

23. the journey is long

24. a quick stop at Putu Bambu Juriah, Ayer Hitam, Johor

24. a quick stop at Putu Bambu Juriah, Ayer Hitam, Johor

Fuel stops were made, as usual, and we also visited Putu Bambu Juriah at Ayer Hitam before going for a hearty meal of curry lamb rice at Restoran Kari Kambing 40 Hari. The queue for lunch was crazy but we did have our meal soon enough.

25. lunch stop at the crazily-packed Restoran Kari Kambing 40 Hari

25. lunch stop at the crazily-packed Restoran Kari Kambing 40 Hari

Shortly after being on the highway again, it rained suddenly, and heavily, too! Hats off to the bikers for persevering and kept focused on the task at hand. Thankfully, the skies cleared or it would be a most dreary ride!

26. it's time for refreshment at Hype Motorsports Hotel in Nilai, one of the sponsors for the ride

26. it’s time for refreshment at Hype Motorsports Hotel in Nilai, one of the sponsors for the ride

The last stop for the convoy was at Hype Motorsports Hotel, also one of the sponsors of the event. Obviously, it was courteous that we call on them! Not only did we have the chance to rest, we also refuelled our tummies. Haha!

Well, it wasn’t for long that the bikers had to get on their bikes again and hit the road. The sky was gloomy once more but the notorious after-work traffic was what we wanted to avoid!

27. arrival at MaTIC in Kuala Lumpur, wrapping up the 3-day 2nd annual ride of Kingz MG Malaysia

27. arrival at MaTIC in Kuala Lumpur, wrapping up the 3-day 2nd annual ride of Kingz MG Malaysia

And you know what? We arrived at MaTIC at 8pm on the dot! Syabas to all the riders and bikers and especially to PDRM personnel who helped pave the way all through the city.

What great memories we had during the three days. It’s a different experience being part of a convoy, rather than being an outsider covering the ride at pit stops. Thank you very much to the organisers and sponsors for making this ride possible for me.

May Kingz MG Malaysia continuously organise these cross-country rides to create awareness on responsible riding.

Event: 2nd Annual Ride of Kingz MG Malaysia
Venue: Kuala Lumpur – Singapore – Kuala Lumpur
Date: 8th – 10th Dec, 2017

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