The Star2 online portal for The Star newspaper in Malaysia reports on the amazing tour of Sri Lanka by a group of bikers including ten Malaysians, three Indonesians and a Briton.
It notes that “with its beautiful countryside and Unesco heritage sites, this island country in the Indian Ocean is fast become a popular destination for big bikers around the world”.
The jaunt was organized by Buzzword Events, which organises “unforgettable rides in Sri Lanka for the owners of high powered motorcycles (600cc and above)”.
Says tour director Leslie Tilak Jayawardena: “The uniqueness of this tour is that foreign riders get to ride their own motorbikes in Sri Lanka where government regulations do not allow the registration of bikes bigger than 400cc. Only a handful of Sri Lankans are allowed to ride their big bikes on public roads.”
The 14 bikers travelled 3,300km over 16 days on a route through the northern tip of the island, the east coast of Trincomalee, the central mountainous areas of Kandy, and down south to Tangalle, gateway to some of the most beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka.
They covered 17 cities which included Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy, and Galle. The bikers enjoyed the wonderful flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine and fresh seafood.
On average, a five-hour daily ride would cover about 200km. There are stopovers for re-fuelling, quenching bikers’ thirst with thambili (fresh king coconuts which are indigenous to the tropical island), lunch breaks and shopping at fruit stalls and handicraft centres.
Read more here.