Cikgu Offroad Rides the Aveta Ranger Max Explorer to Teach

Cikgu Ben Zaid, affectionately known as Cikgu Offroad rides the Aveta Ranger Max Explorer.

Aveta Malaysia, the local motorcycle manufacturer, assembler, and distributor of the Aveta motorcycles presented Aveta Ranger Max Explorer all-terrain motorbikes to assist Cikgu Ben Zaid and two of his teaching colleagues in their effort to educate children in a remote Orang Asli community in Kelantan during. The “Off-Road Education Outreach: Teachers Rally with Aveta” handover ceremony was held at the Royale Chulan hotel in Mutiara Damansara yesterday.

Cikgu Ben Zaid and his colleagues traverse 60km of rough timber roads and jungle trails to reach and teach children of the Orang Asli community in Pos Balar, Kelantan, each weekend. Their journey into the interior takes around 3 hours under favourable weather. However, the trails would become treacherous during the rainy season, turning their journey into a 10-hour slog.

‘Cikgu Offroad’ as he is known on social media, recorded and shared videos of the teachers’ epic roundtrips to and from remote Orang Asli communities. As such, many Malaysian netizens contacted Aveta to highlight Cikgu Ben and his colleagues’ efforts following the launch of the Aveta Ranger Max Explorer in November 2023. They suggested that the company’s new motorbike’s off-road capabilities would greatly help the teachers in their trailblazing educational journeys into the jungle.

“Teaching my students in Pos Balar is a privilege which I gladly accept. No doubt there are challenges which we face in our teaching travels. However, education is crucial to enable everyone to participate in our country’s progress and this fuels me for my journeys. I am grateful to my channel subscribers who highlighted my mission to Aveta Malaysia and thankful to Aveta for the support that they are giving. There is no doubt that this donation will really help us to focus on our teaching responsibilities,” said Cikgu Ben Zaid at the handover ceremony.

He added, “The Ranger Max Explorer’s off-road features, including the double piston disc brake, dual-purpose tires, and high ground clearance, make our journeys to and from school a lot smoother. The patented double T-bone design ensures excellent stability and easy handling. Plus, the impressive loading capacity lets my colleagues and me carry more equipment and supplies for the children on each trip.”

Steven Lim, Managing Director of Aveta Malaysia, said “When we unveiled our Ranger Max Explorer, we received an outpouring of messages and comments from netizens, all highlighting the admirable dedication of Cikgu Ben and his fellow educators. Venturing off-road is a daunting feat, with only a select few motorcycles possessing the versatility for such endeavours. Amidst challenging terrain that tests both vehicle and driver, the perseverance of these teachers in educating Orang Asli children is truly inspiring. Their noble efforts moved us deeply, compelling us to lend a hand. With these three specially-equipped bikes, tailored precisely for this rugged terrain, we aim to alleviate the burdens of Cikgu Ben and his team, allowing them to focus wholeheartedly on their educational mission. Additionally, we are providing them with a 2-year warranty giving them peace of mind as they embark on their important educational trips. We hope this donation will make a valuable contribution to the education of the Orang Asli children in Pos Balar.” 

Steven continued, “The Malay saying goes ‘guru bagaikan pelita’. Teachers like Cikgu Ben and many across the country do their best to educate the next generation of Malaysian talents and prepare them for the future. As a Malaysian company through and through, we feel it is important to support them in their nation-building effort.” 

The Aveta Ranger Max Explorer excels in off-road conditions thanks to its impressive ground clearance and versatile dual-purpose tires. The bike features multi-spoke rims, and a sturdy, partially-exposed, patented double T-bone frame, along with an extra-large fuel tank. Comfort is enhanced by telescopic forks at the front and dual gas-charged shock absorbers at the rear.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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