AD: Tissot & Auto Bavaria Host Mass Ride Out To Rimba Valley

By thoriq, 08 May 2019

Leading Swiss watch marque Tissot and authorised BMW purveyors Auto Bavaria teamed up once again last weekend to host its renowned Ride To Live convoy ride initiative just before the holy month of Ramadan began.

Christened as ‘Ride To Live 2.0’, the event was held as part of the Auto Bavaria Grand Special weekend. Once again, the ride event centred itself as a platform to promote road safety awareness amongst riders.

This time around, the ride’s destination was the famed Rimba Valley campsite in Janda Baik, Pahang. A total of 180 bikes took part in this mass ride event, which also prompted organisers to seek assistance from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). Present to facilitate the ride too were instructors from Skills On Wheels.

Given its sheer size, PDRM had deployed 30 officers in total from its traffic division to serve as outriders and marshals for the mass ride, which was flagged off early last Saturday morning from the Bukit Jalil Stadium parking lot – where the Auto Bavaria Grand Special was held.

The participants, comprising almost exclusively of BMW Motorrad owners, were treated to a series of special activities centred on riding safety at the ride’s starting point. Included here was a pre-ride warm up exercise, followed by a briefing on convoy riding etiquette and techniques conducted by PDRM officers deployed.

Upon reaching the Rimba Valley campsite, further activities were held. Organisers Tissot even seized the chance to show off its latest 2019 collection, the bulk of which were on sale with special discounts offered exclusively to participants present.

Those who purchased a new Tissot timepiece here were also treated with a lucky draw to win VIP hospitality access to the 2019 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix weekend at Sepang Circuit this November.

And while feasting on a scrumptious lunch buffet spread that featured lamb barbeque, open dialogues on safety were held as well. Notable keynote speakers here included renowned BMW Motorrad instructor Faizal Sukree, as well as first aid consultant Shuhaimi Marche.

For the more adventurous lot, the draw of exploring the Rimba Valley’s renowned trails was hard to resists. Special mini-excursions and river crossings were held too, all led by the park’s guides led by its chief operator and renowned local motorcycling figurehead Datuk Captain Nik Huzlan.

The ride resumed shortly after lunch with another convoy ride back to the Bukit Jalil Stadium. Despite the heavy late afternoon rain, PDRM officers deployed for the ride ensured a safe return trip for all. By day’s end, Tissot, Auto Bavaria and PDRM have hailed their second Ride To Live collaboration a success once again.

“In conjunction with May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, 'Ride To Live 2.0' serves as the perfect platform to educate the public and pay attention to the risks faced by motorcyclists on the road, especially during the return trip during this holiday season,” expressed Kim Lim, vice president of Tissot Malaysia.

The exec further added that the Swiss watches firm seeks to host more of such safety-driven activities and initiatives next year.