A collection of photos from the Shell Advance #Advance2Langkawi Ride that we organised recently.
Loyal readers would know by now that our friends at Shell Malaysia held a special consumer campaign late last year through its Shell Advance brand called the Shell Advance #Advance2Langkawi campaign. (Read about it here)
The campaign was a special social media-based photo contest where more than 700 entries were submitted using the campaign’s #Advance2Langkawi hashtag.
From that, Shell Malaysia chose just seven winners in the form of Keith Ow, 29, from Penang; Ng Yao Ding, 29, from Ipoh; Zahed Abdul Rahman, 43 and wife, Hamidah Hassan, 43, from Rawang; Koong Wai Hoong, 32, and Shamsul Ridzuan Idris, 42, from Kuala Lumpur; and Miazil Jores, 28, from Johor Bahru.
Each of the seven winners was rewarded with an all-expenses paid biking road trip to Langkawi Island and back. On top of that, each winner was also treated with a complimentary service and oil change using Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology facilitated by our friends at Moto Aladdin.
And in case you were wondering, Shell Malaysia got the BikesRepublic team to organise and manage the group ride. While it wasn’t an easy task, we were fortunate to have a few key partners that helped us along to way.
In total, the ride covered approximately 1,200km across a span of five days. Of course, words do little at explaining how things went, so here’s a collection of images we snapped whilst riding up to Langkawi island and back with the winners.
Our editor Keshy Dhillon took up the daunting job of being the ride’s lead marshall and sometimes as fuel pump attendant too. By the way, all winners had their bikes fuelled up using Shell’s V-Power 97 premium fuels throughout the ride.
One last safety briefing before everyone geared up.
Being an experienced rider himself, Zahed Abdul Rahman @ Abang Zed was more than keen in sharing his wealth of experience to the other winners as most have never done long-distance overland rides before.
Riders being flagged off from the Shell Station just off the Nortbound Jalan Duta toll plaza leading towards the PLUS North-South Expressway.
One of the ride’s key partners was Isuzu Malaysia who kindly loaned us three Isuzu D-Max 3.0 V-Cross pick-up trucks. From ferrying luggages, cargo and crew, these trucks were key logistical assets in our ride.
We also roped in the folks from Motobike Bulance for this ride. Having such a service for a major group ride offered great peace of mind.
Winners having lunch together with the team from Shell and our crew in Ipoh, Perak.
Hamidah Hassan, who is also Abang Zed’s wife, proved that a ‘small’ capacity bike like her Kawasaki Ninja 250 had no problems in covering long distances.
Abang Zed enjoying the view astride his prized Kawasaki Versys as we charted across Kedah.
Winner Miazil Jores enjoying the view and ride astride the Victory Vegas 8-Ball which packed a massive 1,731cc V-twin engine!
Errr, Thailand’s actually further up Abang Zed!
One of the biggest challenges in this ride was the daunting pre-ride work, especially in preparing the necessary documentations for all the bikes and crew vehicles to enter Langkawi.
All seven winners together with the Shell Malaysia team posing for a photograph after reaching one of Langkawi Island’s famed landmark, Dataran Lang.
Participants, crew and the folks from Shell Malaysia tentatively listen to the comical stand up from one of our lead crew members who occasionally moonlights as a stand up comic.
Back on the ferry leaving Langkawi Island for the next leg of the ride to Penang Island.
Not only did winner and Penang native Keith Ow had it easy covering the miles on his Kawasaki Versys, he also got got a good homecoming of sorts as in the ride’s Langkawi to Penang leg.
Our editor Keshy Dhilon had quite a blast astride the new KTM 1050 Adventure. The Austrian marque’s entry-level adventure-styled tourer proved to be the perfect bike when tasked as the lead marshall’s ride of choice.
Who would’ve thought that the perfect convoy sweeper bike was a maxi-scooter!
Winner Shamsul Ridzuan Idris enjoying the view astride his Triumph Street Triple as we cruised along the Second Penang Bridge back towards the mainland.
Lastly, we’d like to thank everyone that made this ride possible. You can check out more images in the gallery we’ve prepared below.
Shell Advance #Advance2Langkawi Ride