Come experience a rare and thrilling Motorbike Adventure Park called.
A true rider’s paradise, situated at the tip of Borneo.
Old tarmac roads that twist their way through remote Villages, high speed arteries that snake and climbing through breathtaking scenery to 5000 ft. Narrow gravel trails that take you back too how it once was, multifaceted roads and trails to savor and enjoy from both ends of the spectrum.
The Boar’s Head Run, circumnavigates Sabah.
2012′s…. Adventure turned out far better than I expected, as we experience at leased one unusual event everyday, this was over and above all the fascinating scenery and people we came across. Below is a very brief summary of each day, until I have time to give a more in depth revue, but this and the map should give you an idea of what is in store for 2013.
Day one. We set off from home base at Sinurambi and head towards Beaufort on gravel, then turn west to Kuala Penyu on tarmac for a short but unique boat ride to cross the KP river. Here we head south to Sipitang where we turned east to cross the 5000 ft Crocker Range to Tenom on the other side. (307 km )
Day two. North to Keningau where we filled our petrol tanks to over flowing for our trip down the isolated and deserted, half built Kalabacan highway that passes close to the Indonesian Boarder. Our next petrol is 270 km away, close to the limit of our bikes, then 40 km further to Hills Park for our second night out. ( 396 km )
Day three. East through Tawau to the small fishing port of Seporna, before heading north to Lahad Datu. Here we turned east again along the part of Sabah I call the Boar’s Head Snout. Narrow twisty roads take us as far east as you can go…. next stop from here is South America, but we stopped at the beautiful Felda Resort. ( 406 km )
Day four. This was my anxiety day, because we had a barge to catch, getting there and finding we’d missed it was not an option But I was in for a very big shock.
Early the following morning, we head back to Lahad Datu, where we turned north looking for an old logging road called Jeroco Road. This would take us through to a huge oil palm plantation, all we had to do was find the entrance. I needn’t have worried, as the company had arranged welcoming committee with a large welcoming banner. After drinks and photo’s we were escorted the 40 or so kilometers to the second biggest waterway in Sabah, the huge Kinabatangan river. Here another welcoming part was waiting and a very large steel barge bedecked in colorful flags was moored ready to ferry us to the opposite bank.
I take my hat off to IOI Plantations and their staff, they really did us proud and pushed the boat out for us. ;-) This great day ended with us staying at the Swiss Inn in Sandakan. ( 330 km )
Day five. Rain greeted us before we even set off and it didn’t stop all day. This was a shame because the trip north to Pitas is one of the best motorbike roads in Sabah, it has everything from high speed sweeping bends to tight Alpine turns. Our stop for lunch was in a remote spot, which had good hot food and a TV, and yes it was Saturday and as luck would have it MotoGP practice from Sepang. ‘Yes of course I took all the credit.’ Two hours later we all agreed to head straight to our hotel in Pitas and leave the trail up the Boar’s Right Ear till morning. ( 290 km )
Day six. It had rain all night, so our plan to tackle the Right Ear trail were tentative. Ten kilometers in, the surface was the consistency of lumpy custard. I stopped to discuss our progress with the others, 30 seconds later we were on our way back. ‘We can do it next year,’ they said.
So we headed around the coast line to Kota Marudu, then north to Kudat and the Tip of Borneo, but I had a little surprise in store along the way. A little gravel trail that I’d only found a few weeks previously, which takes you very close to nature. A couple of hours later we arrived at Tommy’s Place at the Tip in need of beer and a shower, it had turned out to be another great day out. ( 239 km )
Day seven. This was our last day, which took us south passed Kota Marudu to Kota Belud where we headed into the hills on gravel towards Mt. Kinabalu. Passing over the 5000 ft Crocker Range we dropped down into Ranau, before taking the beautiful and breathtaking road to Tanbunan. Here we turned west and climbed back over the Crocker Range back to base. ( 327 km )
2013….Now open for Bookings.
This year we will run from May 10th to the 18th, the 10th being arrival and orientation day, the 18th will be riders choice, either a boat trip to the islands or day out on Gravel.
NEW………Two price structures this year, as we are opening the event to those who wish to use their own bikes.
Using our Aprilia’s Pegaso Trails, and includes everything else, 9 nights accommodation, food, petrol etc. RM 1300 per day. ( 10,400 )
Using your bike. Will will supply everything else, 9 nights accommodation, food, petrol, support truck with trailer. RM 800 per day. (6,400 )
Please view the map if you’d like to learn more about the route.
If your coming with friends and don’t mind sharing hotel rooms (two to one room) then a small reduction in price can be arranged. ;-)
For those who’d like to take part, but are unsure about doing gravel, please contact me. As we can change your route slightly, so you can bypass most of the gravel. ;-)