2017-09-10T07:01:06+00:00March 5th, 2015|2015-16 Ride|

How do you describe the feeling?! Your bike is going in a crate and is about to leave the country! All the months of planning, Paul’s meticulous paperwork (lots of spreadsheets!), modifications to the bike and gear, saying goodbye so many times – all of a sudden we are leaving and the emotion is overwhelming! We’ve done organised tours with bikes overseas but taking your own is a whole different kettle of fish! Our crates are very large so they don’t remove the front wheel – they just tilt our handlebars, remove the screen and mirrors and start loading all our panniers around it. Suddenly we are left with very little to carry and the lid is going on…gulp – this is it!!

The last farewell with Sarah and Jamie at the airport – hang on – it’s the kids that go away like this – not the parents!! The checkin chick at Malaysian Airlines asks to see our itinerary – we smile at each other and hand it over – enjoying her reaction. Sighting our plane at the gate at the same time as the two bikes are being lifted into the side front of the aircraft – such a neat feeling knowing they are under us as we wing our way out of Australia.

It doesn’t get light in KL until after 7am but we decide to go straight to freight after landing and see if we can get the bikes. We don’t know the procedure and all the blogs tell us different things. We luck in at the airport as we take a limo taxi with an English-speaking, very patient, driver on board who negotiates to stay with us. What an asset he turns out to be due to the distance between each procedure. After getting a day pass for the freight area we head up to MAS Kargo and find our matching waybill paperwork – yay! The next eight hours are spent going backwards and forwards to counters, assembling our bikes on the dock floor, sneaking petrol in under the taxi’s front seats to top our empty bikes up, more checkpoints and the next minute we are hurtling down the freeway towards one of the great cities of the world! Five lanes of packed traffic all going at 110kmh – bring it on!

KL is like an old friend for us, warm and welcoming – Paul worked here for fifteen months. The Malays are so lovely, non-aggressive and obliging. I love watching their hands when they point and do things – it’s a cultural difference that I always seem to notice! Our friends here have found us a guest house which is just great and $20 each per night including wifi and undercover parking for the bikes. The boys all come round to touch base and the next day Feizal comes and escorts us to his house where we finally meet his wife and three boys for tea. Malays eat five times a day – breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper – everyone is always eating! Our “tea” is Malay style with many different dishes. Curry puffs, satays and peanut sauce, noodles, fresh vegetables and fruits, little cakes of compressed rice, chilli sauces. I especially enjoyed this tiny sweet cake called Kuih Bakar – local leaves make it green on the inside with the consistency of a firm cheesecake and sesame seeds were on top – it was delicious! This was all washed down with a sweet root beer. The oldest boy loved showing me his drawings. The afternoon storms are regular, loud and make everything nice and cool again.

Pete and Tili arrive tonight from Melbourne. They have shipped their bikes so will be delayed getting away from KL. Mark arrives tomorrow from Brisbane and his bike is already at the airport. Paul will ride out to meet him and assist with procedures.

So we are poised ready to start our journey north – Kerry Koala has found her spot – let the adventure begin…

Preparing for KTM ride around the world




  1. alison morgan March 10, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Hi Lee just checked my emails can see it all now much better than facebook love Alison xx

  2. PVG March 9, 2015 at 2:09 am

    An auspicious start indeed!

    • admin March 9, 2015 at 2:11 am

      Thanks PVG xxx

  3. Hilda Pye March 9, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Hi Lee + Paul

    Great reading – so happy for you both and that your planning has turned into reality. Looking forward to all the posts. Hilda:))

  4. Gayle Davis March 9, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Hi Lee & Paul,

    How great you have got off to such a great start. Hope the rest of the trip goes as smoothly!
    Safe travels, have fun….

    Love, Gayle

  5. Toni March 8, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Great to see the next adventure has begun.
    fyi Picked up my new F700GS in Sydney and rode it back to MEL. Goes a treat. Will be watching your posts with envy……

    • admin March 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

      Good news about your bike, I’m sure you’ll enjoy – do you still have old faithful?!

      • Toni March 23, 2015 at 1:06 am

        Just saw your reply and question re holding on to the bumble-bee. Yes, it’s still there, although lots of pressure from you-know-who to sell it. He thinks my F700GS rides better than hi F800GS….I agree of course.

  6. Jim March 8, 2015 at 9:47 pm


  7. Susie March 8, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Woohoo! You sound so organized. Enjoy every moment and we shall enjoy your blogs. 🙂

  8. Gail dickason March 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Hi lee and Paul,
    Great to read your blog and know that all is well. I have passed on your blog details to a friend Greg who has a daughter like Emma.
    Stay safe and have fun

    • admin March 8, 2015 at 1:17 pm

      Thanks Gail, that’s awesome xxx

  9. Paul Skerman March 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Great post, Lee – absolutely captures your moment. Such fun to read! Travel well!
    Best wishes from Viki and me.

  10. JILL STONNELL March 8, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Im SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Jealous 🙂 🙂 have a blast looking forward to more reading and photos.
    Ride safe 🙂

  11. Vera March 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

    What a great read. I am so looking forward to reading about the trip. Sounds like it is going to be a blast. Good luck. All the best and take care. Love Vera

  12. Janice March 8, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Most enjoyable reading yr 1st blog. I could “see” what you were writing. Sounds so very exciting.
    So yr trip has begun and I look fwd to hearing about your next stages.
    Love to you both
    Janice xx

  13. Dave Pidcock March 8, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Hi guys – great to hear from you.
    Glad things have gone so smoothly – an auspicious start!
    Say hi to Feizal and the boys for me and have a great ride north when you get started in a few days.
    Take care

  14. Mary Batty March 8, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Hi Lee & Paul, hard to believe you’re already there and easy to roll. What an organised session you had getting the bikes and sorting the paperwork, is the taxi driver your new best friend ??

    I’m going to love reading your blogs you’ve brought so much to life and made me very hungry !! The Malay people are very lovely, so it was a good place to start. Look forward to keeping up with you, travel safely. Mary & Ken xx

  15. Aunty March 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

    A great blog Lee. If this is what we are going to get we are going to be very much part of your trip! Sounds like a great start to your adventure! Lots of love!

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