November 29-30, 2008: Bandung Ride
I’ve been very busy lately and can’t wait to ride my bike again. So, when some friends asked me whether I would like to join them riding to Bandung last weekend, I instantly say yes (although I have to make sure I finish my tasks and stay at the office after mid-night on Friday, while we have to start at 05.30 a.m. sharp on Saturday.
Well, you could easily guess what would be happening, if finally I went to bed at 03.15. Yup, I woke up late and when Iboy called my mobile, I said they better start. I will catch them up at Puncak Pass. So I rush to take a bath, put in all things that I have packed into the side boxes and the Top Box, warmed up my engine and was on the ride in very fresh early morning air..
I checked at the starting pint and was not surprised that no one there, I continued to ride through TB Simatupang Road and checked at the first Gas Station (where e used to fill in the as before a long ride), again, no one there. So, without any further doubt, I just ride by myself, open the throttle wide, and on my way to Puncak Pass. Riding alone at the relatively empty road via Depok and small twisty road to Bogor was fun. I was about 25 minutes late, so I enjoy a bit speedy ride on my Red Multistrada. Passing Bogor city and went out from Ciawi, I start rode up hill and enjoyed twisty mountain road beside tea plantation by myself. Wow.. it was really good fun.
• Jede (Monster S2R 1000)
• Iwan Rialdy (ST3)
• Yuke (Multistrada 1000s DS)
• Iboy (Multistrada 1000DS)
• Danang (Multistrada 1000DS)
• Jewel (Monster 900)
• Ochi (1098)
• Iwan (left his 848 at home and used GS 1200)
• Nugroho (Multistrada 1000DS)
Iboy on his Multistrada 1000DS
Ups.. The front group seems getting faster… It was too windy for taking pictures on that speed. I better put my camera on my pocket and try to cath them in front…
We then, went to Yuke’s house in Dago change our clothes which were wet, put off the jacket and boxes, and went for lunch at 12.00 and enjoying a big lunch of traditional Sudanese food in a Restaurant at Dago street. Not enough with that, we then went to have another cup of coffee at Hyatt Hotel and have a chat with Pak Arifin (the GM) who also ride a Multistrada 1000DS. It was rain in Bandung that afternoon, and we prefer enjoying our hot coffee and a portion of cake until the rain stoped.
After another big dinner at Nyonya Rumah Restaurant at Trunojoyo Street, I was fallen into a deep sleep up to the sunrise and get ready for moring ride back home.
We split the group into 2. The first group (Iboy, Iwan R, Jede and Ochi) will wide to Subang and being picked up there. The rest + Pak Arifin will ride back home via Puncak.
We intentionally took a turn in front Gasibu Park (in front Gedung Sate) to be able to ride from the beginning of the long Pasopati Bridge crossing Bandung city to Pasteur Street. It was still empty at 06.00 a.m. and we could start open the throttle wide. Hm…
Hm.. that was a nice break for all of us. What a good weekend.. 🙂