It was a last minute decision to join Sibu Bike Week event last year. After calculating the cost and checking my schedule, I finally contacted our group admin for hotel booking. I invested in a new bag pack for this trip (it’s a 35 litre Adventure bag) changed the rear tire of my er6f for safety reason. Travelling is never cheap right?
[Pit stop in Betong, due to rain]
On the day itself, I waited for our team to arrive at Serian Shell Station. I met some other bikers waiting there too. One of them was Suffian, a friend whom I got to know a few months back before the trip. Surprisingly, many bikers went down to Sibu for the event. Probably because Sibu is strategically located in Sarawak, where the East and West bikers could easily meet.
[Our bikes, ready for washing]
We felt safe travelling in a big group. However, bad fortunes were upon us. A few bikers travelling from Kuching were involved in road mishaps and one of it was fatal. I was told that a Brunei biker passed away in the mishap. Thankfully, all of our group members arrived Sibu safely. The only thing that I wasn’t happy about was the bad weather. At certain spots, we rode under the rain. Our bikes became ugly and dirty. I think it’s really unnecessary to spend money and sacrifice our time to send our bikes for thorough washing.
[At the exhibition site]
THE GOOD THINGS
The towkeys in Sibu must be very happy with our present: The hotels, pubs, eateries and massage parlours were fully occupied during the event. Some of us were really looking forward to watch the beauty contest on that day. But some were more interested in shopping for goods. I bought a few things for myself such as t-shirts, a Kawasaki lanyard and some local delicacies.
[Beauty pageant contest]
We stayed at Kingwood hotel. Thanks to Jeremy who did the booking early, otherwise, we wouldn’t have a place to stay. Luckily he managed to rent two rooms adjacent to each other. The rooms were beautiful and the snoring at night was marvelous, similar to an orchestra performance in London (that’s what happens when you sleep with bros…hahahaha!)
[At Kingwood hotel]
WHAT WE DID
We didn’t do much during the event. We only parked our bikes at the exhibition site and took some photographs. After that, we went to Wisma Sanyan and had drinking sessions at night. Our activities might seem simple, but we had a good time hanging around with each other like brothers in arm.
[At Wisma Sanyan]
On our way back to Kuching, Liam, was frustrated over his Harley Davidson. The bike gave up on him while he was riding it. We helped him find a Good Samaritan who was willing to transport his Bike to Lachau. This was the second time I helped people loading a huge bike on a 4WD car. Lifting a bike could strain your muscles.
[Liam’s Harley Davidson]
Well, this was a memorable experience for me. All these while, I only rode around my comfort zones, Kuching-Serian-Sri Aman. Never would I thought that, I’d be riding to Sibu. Maybe, next time, I should go further. Miri perhaps?