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The Ballad of Brutal Cramped Fingers


“EVEN if you ride a bicycle but you can keep up with us, we don’t mind,” Bill tells us with a shrug, expressing an invitation to join the “Brutal Cramped Fingers” on their normal weekend rides. Not long ago, Charles “Bill” Nicolai and his three biking hombres, Anselm Ashraff Lim (Ashraff), Tan Ching Ming (Ming) and Haji Zen Abdullah Tenny ... Read More »

Kiki gets a kick from bikes


There is a saying that goes “if you can’t beat them, join them.” And in the biking world, Nurul Alis Aidil Akhbar takes the lead. Otherwise known as “Kiki”, one might recognise her as a former RTM sports presenter or spot her on the highways proudly sitting astride her Ducati Monster. As her career in the media industry took off ... Read More »

A ‘choppie’ affair


The customised 1976 Honda C70 Che Norazizan Che Non is astride on holds many memories. Called a “choppie” because it has been designated to look like a chopper bike, the City Hall enforcement division employee reveals it is more than just a pretty piece of iron. “It is a tribute to my late father, a paddy farmer who used to ... Read More »

A classic ‘Norty’ guy


For the record, classic bike enthusiast Alex Foo’s moniker, “Norty”, has nothing to do with the question of character. As the senior site engineer of a Japanese construction firm explains, the name is a combination of two British brands – Norton and Triumph. “Because when you combine both, you get the best of both worlds. The Triumph is reputed for ... Read More »

Fifie the race darling


When Siti Norafizah bt Muhammad or Fifie, as she is better known to the racing fraternity, won her first QT pocket bike race at age nine, she could not believe Lady Luck could be so generous. “My brother was supposed to take part but on the very day of the race, he decided to follow a relative to the beach. ... Read More »

A true blue motor head


a href=””> You’d be surprised to know that AmBank auto finance division head Shahrul Hisham Tahir, a newbie to the very macho world of motocross riding, does not drive to work. He takes the LRT instead from his residence in Jalan Gasing to Jalan Yap Kwan Seng in Kuala Lumpur. “My journey time is 20 minutes in, 20 minutes out,” ... Read More »

The making of a biker girl


by Mimi Patrick FOR 20 years, Norcilla Omar was a faithful pillion rider. Then one day, she told her husband that she wanted to go solo. “The urge to ride came when my husband, Lob Muhammad, and I were in Milwaukee in 2010. There were 14 of us and 13 bikes in all. Though we had a great time, I ... Read More »

Charting a nature-fuelled future


At one point in Prof. Datuk Dr. Amru Bin Nasrulhaq Boyce’s career, the now head of the Institute of Biological Sciences of University of Malaya was required to climb a 150-foot tree in Endau Rompin. If there was ever an appropriate time for Amru to be referred as a tree hugger, that moment would be it. “I shouldn’t have looked ... Read More »

The mellowing of an aural delinquent


At 15, Jerry Lee was loud and proud of his age. As a bonafide audiophile, he and his brother, Kenny who was five years younger, were not just blasting it, they were installing basic Pioneer, Sony and Rockford car audio systems from their father’s shop in Klang, considered a pretty advanced way for a teen to earn some extra pocket ... Read More »

No woof-ing around


Ladies who drive Mitsubishi Tritons have always come across as tough chicks and Mary Tan, founder of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, is no exception. At 58, this mother of three and her hardcore iron workhorse have built a two-acre sanctuary for abused and neglected dogs. With the help of its heavy duty suspension, she has hauled fencing, bags of cement, ... Read More »