This Tour was arranged by Indonesian Big Motorbike Association (IMBI) who invited its Malasian brothers from Superbikers Association Malaysia (SAM). SAM arranged 50 Malaysian bikers to pasticipated in and IMBI as the host, act as the arranger, Road Captain, Safety Officers and Sweepers. Total bikes participated continuesly all the way long From Medan to Kuta, Bali (more than 3600 Km) are 70 bikes. Ducati represented by 4 Multistrada, consist of 3 Malaysian Participants and me from Indonesia as a Safety Officer.
29 April 2007 – Jakarta-Medan
Phisical activities were actually started on Saturday, April 22, 2007 when all bikes of Indonesian Team are loaded into container at Nusantara Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta to be sent to Medan by sea. On April 29, 2007 most of Indonesian riders and all supporting units (mechanic, medic, administration person and some policeman from the Police Head Office) departed from Jakarta to Medan by air. At the same time, we understand than the Malaysian riders and their bikes were also loading into a Malaysian Navy Carrier and departed to Medan by sea. Arrived in Medan, the Indonesian Team were busy to prepare all things for a smooth arrangement for tommorow’s meeting day.
30 April 2007 – Medan
After breafast, the Indonesian Team departed bu Bus to Belawan Port about 30 Km from Medan to meet with the Malaysian Team and to unload our bikes. We saw that the Malaysian Navy Carrier has arrived and we could also see the smiles from some familiar faces of our Malaysian friends…While the Malaysian riders start unloading their bikes, the Indonesian team split off to also unload their bikes on other part of the port. After unloading our bikes, we then rejoin the Malaysian riders and their bikes to fisrtly ride from Belawan Port to Medan.
Enjoying local Police escort, we smoothly arrived in Tiara Hotel, Medan followed by welcome speech, tour briefing, and check in for the Malaysian riders. In a spare time I decided to change my bikes’ tyres to use the standard tyre (which is hard compound and designed for all type of roads) of Multistrada (I had a soft compound tyre on my bike and have not got a change to replace it). That will give me a better confidence to ride in Sumatra Island where some times the roads might be unpredictable. Dinner was arranged by the North Sumatra Governor and attended by the Medan Bikers Community at the historical building, the Medan Club.It was raining when we start riding to the Medan Club but I am lucky to be able to wear my rain suit. Hm.. I need to be fit (and not to get cold) before the long ride… Filling the gas full tank, we return to the hotel at 10.00 pm and take a rest. Tomorrow morning the tour will begin.
Touring Day 1: May 1, 2007: Medan-Prapat
Wake up early morning, take a bath, have a breakfast, check uout from the hotel and get ready to start. The flag off was made by the Head of Police of North Sumatra in front of Tiara Hotel, Medan at 8.00 a.m., the convoy moved to Prapat. We decided to go through a smaller route via Brastagi with Mount Sibayak (2300m) fresh air but twisty roads, Kabanjahe and Merek. Certain parts of the road are under repair (polite way to say “bad”.. Hahaha) case problem to riders whe use Honda Goldwing with a low ground clearance. At one one of upward steep turn in a bad road, Datuk Zahid Mahidi the Chief the Mission for Malaysia, (riding BMW RT 1200) a bit too slow and loose the grap and falling down. Luckily he and his wife did not hurt and may continue the trip. Fisrt Break, in Tongging area. We dis not went down to Tongging Village beside the lake but stop on the the top of a hill which will be developed into a resort area. Stopped at a place called Café Kodon Kodon (the café is 90% finished but not fully operated yet) which is 108 Km from Medan, we can see a fascinating view of Toba Lake. We have a long break up to lunch time at this place.
Beautiful Toba Lake
At 2.00 p.m., after lunch, we then moved on to Prapat via Pematang Purba. Riding on the highland we could see the beautifill Toba Lake down there.. Although we still met some roads under repair, the rest of the road to Prapat relatively good and we could enjoy twisty roads down to Prapat city which is located beside the lake. Heavy rain welcomes us in Prapat. After fill in the gas full tank, we went straight to Niagara Hotel and spent the night in Prapat. Total jorney for today is only 200 km. I guess it was good to provide an introduction for our Malaysian friends who could get a better idea what the roads in Indonesia is looks like. Relaxing evening and having a dinner hosted by the Head of Regency of Simalungun at the Hotel.
Touring Day 2: May 2, 2007: Prapat-Sibolga
Wake up early morning.. (I guess it will become a routine for the whole trip..), get ready to start after a quick breakfast. At 7.00 a.m. we started the ride from the Hotel to Sibolga. This is going to be challenging ride since we will pass a twisty road that the local people called as “Kelok 1000” (1000 Turns). In fact based on the information we got from the North Sumatra Traffic Police, it is more that that and is exactly 1798 turns. Hm… We had a short break just before entering “Kelok 1000” to wait for one of the support car which got a technical problem. We also get a chance to wear a rain suit since the rain is just almost fall down. Hm.. I can imagine that it will not be too nice to ride in twisty road where we could expect that some parts of it would be under repair.. But well, that pasrt of the challenge right..? Ok, let’s moved on. Yes, as predicted, we may need to pass some broken roads which become slippery in wet. Ups.. An Indonesian rider’s bike was sliped out the road and fall down into ravine. Luckily he took a right decision to release the bike and did not hurt although his Honda bike may not be rideble any more and need to be separately sent home by car to Jakarta. Not too long after the first accident, Datuk also felt down again at one of the steep turn. But I guess it just a matter of un-firm decision at a broken and slippery road. He and his wife were ok, and may continue the trip. Hm.. I really feel confidence riding on my Multistrada on this kind of roads… Not long after passing 2 short tunnels we then arrived in Sibolga at the mid day. It is a small beach city on the west coast of Sumatra Island. Our convoy was welcomed by the Vice Major of Sibolga City who also provide us very tasty lunch at Gedong nasional (National Building). We then checkin to the hotel and have a relax afternoon. The participants were divided into 4 hotels due to the only small hotels are available in this city. Today’s journey was short (only 169 Km) but very challenging… especially passing the “Kelok 1000”.
Dinner was arranged by Sibolga Major at the same place. Although the food looks tasty, 4 people including me, silently skip out from the dinner try to find some sea food at a local restaurant.
Touring Day 3 : May 3, 2007: Sibolga-Bukit Tinggi
Flag off by the Vice Major of Sibolga, we started moving at 7.00 a.m. from Wisata Indah Hotel, Sibolga to Bukit Tinggi. After riding for 166 km, with one short break, we have our Lunch Break at 12.15 a.m. at Panambungan hosted by the Head of Panambungan Police. After lunch, filling in the gas full tank at Panambungan city, and continued the trip ast 1.50 p.m.
Another break in Panti at 4.30 p.m. we then continued the trip in the rain but good twisty road. In Lubuk Sukaping (just about 78 Km from Bukit Tinggi) we filled in the gas full tank and continued entering into Bukit Tinggi City in the rain at 8.15 p.m. and directly went to Bung Hatta Library Building at which the Bukit Tinggi Major has invited us for a dinner.
Entering into Pusako Hotel at 10.30 p.m. in Bukit Tinggi, took a shower and went to bed. I need to be able to wake up very early morning to start at 6.00 a.m. tomorrow. Today’s total journey is 384 Km.
Touring Day 4 : May 4, 2007: Bukit Tinggi-Jambi
Waken up by wake up call at 4.30 a.m., I took a shower, do morning pray (sholat), packing, have some breakfast and warm up the bike engine and ready to start at 6.00 a.m. sharp. Morning weather in Bukit Tinggi is always cool and fresh. Immediaty after started, our eyes was enjoying very beautiful Singkarak Lake view from the distance and we then rode along the lake side which is so awesome…It was pitty that I can not take some picture of it and miss the moment since we have to rush and push the convoy as long as possible while every body still fresh, for today’s long ride. Hm.. next time I will be back and enjoy the ride around this Singkarak Lake again…Due to a very limted time available, we also miss to see the beautifull Maninjau Lake.. Fisrt Short Break just after Singkarak Lake. We are then entering into Sijunjung area which provides a fascinating rock hill views. Again, I miss the moment to take some picture here… Second Break at 10.30 a.m. at Pulau Punjung (about 3 Km before Sungai Dareh), and filling in the gas full tank. So far we have been riding for 197 Km from Bukit Tinggi. We then continued the trip at 11.00 a.m.
The Third Break at 12.30 at a Gas Station in Bungo, we had a lunch, Friday Praying and ready to move forward there after at 1.45 p.m. Bungo is still about 350 Km from Jambi.
The Forth Break was at 4.00 p.m. in Sungai Bengkal. Filling the gas full tabk again after riding 199 km from Pulau Punjung. Continuing the rip, the road was relatively good with many twisty roads. Hm.. that was good fun, There are also some straight with an open view so we could run at 180 Km/h. 91 km from Sungai Bengkal, we had another Break (the fifth) in Batang Hari Regency at 6.30 p.m. Dinner hosted by the Head of Batang Hari Regency.
Music + Bikers = Dancing time.
We then moved on to Jambi at 8.00 p.m. and entering into Abadi Hotel in Jambi at 9.30 p.m. Hm.. this is long ride for a day at the Indonesian type of roads, 556 Km.
Touring Day 5 : May 5, 2007 Jambi
After long ride the day before, we got another relax day in Jambi. It is time we could send our dirty clothes for a laundry. After the breakfast, The Indomesian team and officer hold a coordination and evaluation meeting. We also got a time for clean up the bike. Together with some friends, I went to the local sparepart shops and motorbike service centre without success to see if they help fixing up some BMW’s rims that were dented (hitting holes on the roads up to Jambi).
Jambi Governor was the host of our dinner.
Touring Day 6 : May 6, 2007 : Jambi-Palembang
Started at 7.30 from Abadi Hotel we then rode to the Jambi Governor office and the flag off by the Jambi Governor for our next trip was taken place at 8.25 a.m. Fisrt Break at Bayung Rincil in Mekar Jaya, just 61 Km from Jambi we filled in the gas full tank. I felt a bit sleepy since we did not ride fast enough… Avarage speed of 70 Km/h might be suitable for a bif convoy but to slow for a Ducati in a smooth asphalt roads.
Second Break at Pagi Sore Restaurant (Jl Lintas Timur Palembang Jambi Km 101) in Sungai Lilin at 12.10 a.m. after 185 Km ride from Jambi City.
Continued the trip after lunch, we did refueling the gain in Sukajadi (just about 15 km from Palembang) after riding for 205 Km from Mekar Jaya (the previous refueling).
Entering into Aston Hotel in Palembang at 4.30 p.m., we enjoyed today’s 296 km ride. Although some spot were not too smooth, the road in general was good. I even could run at 185 Km/h at a bit long straight on the way to Palembang. Dinner hosted by the South Sumatra of IMBI at the Hotel. I went back to the hotel room at 11.30 p.m. after a touring officer’s coordination meeting.
Day 9 : May 7, 2007 Palembang-Bandar Lampung
Wake up late was the reflection of lower physical condition. Although being waken up by a morning wake up call at 4.30 a.m. I finally woke up only 10 minutes before 6 a.m. which make me had a very rush clean up and with having breakfast then ran to the bike just before started at 6 a.m. Flag off was made by the Head of Police of South Sumatra.
First Break in Prabumulih (98 km from Palembang) at 7.30. So far the road was good and the convoy moved on smoothly. The weather was also very bright and we turned left and moved forward to Baturaja.
Second Break and refueling and had some meal at Bukit Indah Lestari Hotel and Gas Station in Baturaja (209 Km from Palembang) at 9.50 a.m. Well.. this time we have to wait for some time since some cars (including Datuk’s car; he is not riding this morning) split out from the convoy and took a wrong way. So we end up waiting until lunch time here.
After lunch, we continued the trip and had another short break in Bukit kemuning at 2.30 p.m. Another break and refueling after riding for 208 km at 4.50 p.m. in Bandar Jaya (after passing small city of Kotabumi, and just about 50 Km more from Bandar Lampung). Claudy sky, looks like it was going to rain soon. I decided wearing my rain suit before moving at 5.20 p.m. Entering into Bandar Lampung City at 6.30 p.m. we rode directly to the Governor’s residence for a welcome drink and dinner. Splited into 2 groups, we then rode to the Sheraton Hotel and Indra Puri Hotel (at which I spent the night) Total journey for today (Pelembang-Bandar Lampung) was 482 Km.
Touring Day 8 : May 8, 2007 : Bandar Lampung-Jakarta
Flag off by the Lampung Governor, we start moving from Sheraton Hotel at 7.15 to Jakarta.
Riding for 89 km, the convoy arrived in Bakauheni Ferry Port at 9.00 a.m.
Loading all bikes into Ferry at 9.30 a.m., the Ferry departed at 10.10 a.m. from Bakauheni (the top south of Sumatra Island) to Merak at the top west of Java Island.
On the Ferry Bakauheni-Merak:
Beautiful Bakauheni Ferry Port:
Arrived in Merak Ferry Port
After sailing for more than 2 hours lebih, and had lunch on the Ferry, we arrived in Merak at 12.30 a.m. We unload the bikes and refueling the gas just outside Merak Ferry Port.
Continued the trip at 1.00 p.m., we rode directly to the Malaysian Embassy in Kuningan, Jakarta and arrived there at 4.00 p.m. Heavy traffic jam in certain small cities along the way up to Jakarta gave us real sign that we are now the the Capital City region. It was a totally different riding environment compared to the long ride in Sumatra Island. Local Police and Safety Officer have to work very hard to make sure the convoys did not spit into several groups and be in the Embassy on time. Total journey for today (from Bandar Lampung) was 218 km. Just before dark, Rosli, Rizal (both are Malaysian riders) and I with our 3 Multistrada slit out from the group to Ducati Service Centre. Rizal would like to have a Remus full system exhaust (like mine) installed at his bike. We then left the bikes at the sevice Cenre and return back to the Hotel by car. The 2 Multistrada of Malaysian riders were sent to the hotel later. After completing some arrangements for the convoy, I went home and spent the night at my home sweet home…
Touring Day 9: May 9, 2007: In Jakarta
One additional relax day made available for all riders in Jakarta. Dinner with the Jakarta’s Governor was arranged in Monas (National Monument), one of the Jakarta’s symbols, in front of the Presidential Palace. I make use to split off from the team to do some stuff at the office for 3 days. Tomorrow the convoys will move to Bandung, contined to Jogjakarta on the next day and to Surabaya the day after. I will stay in Jakarta and rejoin the group in Surabaya on May 13, 2007.
Touring 10 : May 10, 2007 : Jakarta-Bandung
Flag off by Jakarta’s Governor from Monas at 9.00 a.m. the convoy moved to Bandung via Puncak (mean the Peak), a mountain and tea plantation area. First Break in Gunung Mas a Tea Plantation and Factory, the participants enjoyed the fresh air and beautifull mountain and tea plantation view. Some members of IMBI Bandung pick up and joined the convoy here. peserta menikmati segarnya dan indahnya udara pegunungan dan perkebunan teh. Some members of IMBI Bogor also joined the group and rode to Bandung.
Enjoying twisty roads in Puncak:
Dinner was hosted by the West Java Governor at Gedung Sate in Bandung.
Touring Day 11 : May 11, 2007 : Bandung-Jogjakarta
Flag off by the West Java Governor, the convoy moved on to Jogjakarta. Close to Jogjakarta Special Provice area, riding in a heavy rain, one of Malysian riders sliped rail way crossing and falled down caused continues crash by subsequent 4 other Malaysian One riders get hurt (but later on recovered and getting well) and one BMW bike has to be carried by a back up service car up to finish in Bali.
Safety Officer: Are you ok?
Dinner was hosted by the Hamengkubuono X Sultan of Jogjakarta.
Touring Day 12 : May 12, 2007 : Jogjakarta-Surabaya
The trip was relatively smooth and the convoy eantering into Surabaya at about 6.00 pm.
Dinner with the East Java Governor arranged by East Java IMBI.
Touring Day 13 : May 13, 2007 : Surabaya
Another relax day in Surabaya. Morizt, Cindy (my wife) and I went to Surabaya by air and rejoined the group in the afternoon. Morizt’s and my bike were sent earlier by carrier truck and arrived yesterday late afternoon in Surabaya.
At 5.00 p.m. the participarts rode to Pakuwon Mall to see the Malaysian Festival and continued for the dinner at the Ciputra Golf Club.
After refueling, we all returned to the Surabaya Hyatt Hotel and ready to depart to Bali tomorrow morning.
Touring Day 14 : May 14, 2007: Surabaya-Lovina, Bali.
Wake up early morning, breakfast; warm up the bikes, ready to start at 7.00 a.m. from Hyatt Hotel Surabaya. We planed to climb Mount Bromo although not up to the peak to give some idea to our Malaysian friends about beautifull and famous Mount Bromo.
Crossing Sidoarjo Mud area:
After Nongkojajar we start climb up through narrow roads of Mount Bromo which were full off steep turns, uphill and downhill…
Hm.. Bromo track was very challenging and this time Pak Roesmanhadi (the Indonesian Chief the Mission) felt down with his Honda Goldwing. Again, a type of bike like Multistrada really enjoys this route.
A different angle of Beautiful Mount Bromo:
Downhill Bromo to Pasuruan
Due to limited time available, we did not climb Mount Bromo up to the peak and went down to Pasuruan. Some miss coordination because a supporting car went to a wrong way and we have to wait for a while and continued the trip thereafter to Pasuruan.
Other riding or other activities in Mount Bromo:
After riding for 167 km, we had the second break in Pasuruan and refueling all bikes at 11.00 a.m. then continued the ride. One of Malaysian bikes had a tyre leak and likely I bring a tubeless plug and electric pump on my bike.
Arrived at Pantai Pasir Putih (White Sand Beach) in Situbondo, we had a lunch break at Curin Restaurant at 1.00 p.m.
Have a cold Fresh Young Coconut water.. Hm.. that was nice….
Pasir Putih – Ketapang
Start moving again at 2.00 p.m. to Ketapang.
Just before Ketapang, a Malaysian bike did not trun on the curve and went out from the road. It was pitty since the bike in fact was rode by a non spare rider just after lunch without notifying the safety officer. The bike was broken and has to be carried on the truct to Bali and the rider crashed his shoulder bone. It was too expensive experience for an indisipline and inconsistent implementation of the mutual riding policy. Another Break and refueling at 4.oo p.m. in Ketapang (199 Km from Pasuruan) and just about 3 Km from Ketapang Ferry Port. Continued the trip to Ketapang ferry Port the top east of Java Island, we have to wait for a while to load the bikes at the sunset time and finally the Ferry departed to Gilimanuk Ferry Port in Bali Island at 5.35 p.m.
Beautiful Ketapang just before Sunset:
It was dark already and the wave was quite high and we have to hold our own bike on the Ferry.
Arrived in Gilimanuk at 6.15 p.m. Bali Time and directly rode to Lovina.
It was at 8.30 p.m. when we arrived at Sunari Villas & Spa Resort in Lovina. I went to the bath room, took a shower and join a dinner and farewell for Pak Roesmanhadi who will leave tomorrow afternoon.
Touring Day 15 : May 15, 2007: Lovina-Kuta.
Wake up early morning, Cindy and other women went to the beach and ride a small boat to see free wild Dolphins on the see. Lovina is famous place to see the Dolphins. I did not hoin and prefer to continued my sleep… At 9.00 a.m., the convoy start to Kuta. Pak Roesmanhadi Chief de Mission:
Cindy who was busy taking some nice pictures on the ride and I:
Finish at Kuta
Arrived at Kuta galary at 10.30 a.m., we were welcomed by the Vice Governor of Bali.
After the welcome ceremony and press conference, we conyinued the trip and finally finished at Ramada Bintang Hotel, Kuta at 1.30 p.m. and warmly welcome by water canon…
Cindy rushly changed her clothes and went to the airport to get 4.00 pm flight bak to Jakarta. Dinner hosted by the Bali Governor at his residence.
Total journey from Ketapang to Kuta (via Lovina) is 195 Km.
Day 18 : 16 Mei 2007 Kuta. Relaxing morning and afternoon at Kuta Beach. The Indonesian Team loaded their bikes to Carrier Truck..
Dinner and Farewell Party at Sahid Hotel, Kuta by Bus. This is the end of the whole agenda of Le Tour de Indonesia 2007. Some sad faces appeared in the participant faces after in the tour for more that 2 week crossing 3 Indonesian Islands (Sumatra, Java and Bali)
Good bye brothers and friends. We will see you later on the next tour… Total journey from Medan to Kuta, Bali is more than 3.600 Km.
May 17, 2007 : Denpasar-Jakarta.
Most of Indonesian team including me returned to Jakarta by air. Part of Malaysia participants also went home today and the rest would stay for one or two more days. Arrived at home safely, I felt alittle bit tired but saved by a long weekend before retun back to the office next Monday. Ugh… back to work ??