SPOILS OF VICTORY: The Best Adventure

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Winner announcement on iMotorbike.com’s Facebook page

In our coverage of the convoy called Ride Sakan KTM Malaysia to Gopeng, we mentioned Mr. John Chong, the winner of a contest born through the collaboration of KTM Malaysia and iMotorbike.com.

The winner of the contest was slated to experience a KTM motorcycle, but KTM Malaysia went one better and included John during the aforementioned ride. So, John had not only experienced the joys of riding a KTM but also came away a very happy man as that ride featured the best activities of any KTM Malaysia ride thus far.

They included shooting down a river rapid in tyre-tube floats, hiking and caving in the 400 million-year-old Gua Tempurung.

But don’t take it from us, because here are John’s thoughts.

John Chong, the winner of the KTM Malaysia – iMotorbike.com Experience Contest

iMotorbike.com (IM): How did you find the overall experience?
John Chong (JM): It was a great experience spending time together with other KTM owners, at Natasya Resort, Gopeng. Although I didn’t join the water tubing activity (too tired from travelling), I truly enjoyed the cave expedition on  the second day and also riding with fellow KTM  owners from northern part of Malaysia.


IM: How did you find riding a KTM, particularly the 690 Duke?

JC: True to its tag line, “Ready to Race”, this naked bike really felt ready to race. Chassis feels solid in corners and high speed. Power delivery is smooth. I was surprised at the power it produces. I could overtake cars effortlessly, without even had to max out the throttle. All this from a 690 cc, single cylinder engine. Amazing.

The only downside is the wobbling, which I found it occurs during speed of more than 140 km/h. But I believe it has to do with the strong crosswind and also the fact that naked bikes has less fairing, thus less aerodynamics.
IM: What’s your occupation?
JC: NGO social worker and entrepreneur.
IM: What’s your riding experience and/or bikes that you’ve owned and currently own?
JC: I started from riding a kapchai at 13. My first real motorbike was an Aprilia RS250. Second bike was a Naza Cruise 250. Third and current bike is a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Went for my first track day at Sepang recently and looking forward to the next and subsequent opportunities.
IM: What do you look forward to in the future from KTM Malaysia?
JC: I think KTM Malaysia has been doing a great job for its customers from what I heard. Great customer support, aftersales..etc. And also, events like this trip to Gopeng. It keeps the KTM community active and together.
Honestly, I look forward to KTM Malaysia to just keep up the good job and continue to do what they have been doing.
As I’m more inclined to track riding, I hope KTM Malaysia will organize more track days or even races.


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