I hear from one of our fellow trip advisor%26#39;s that renting a motocycle or scooter may be a problem.
Can anyone advise if there is such a service in or around KL airport or Sepang area?
Motorcycle or Scooter rental
I don%26#39;t think you can rent scooters in KL or from KLIA. It is not recommended to drive scooter as roads are poorly sign posted and motorists are generally reckless.
You can rent a scooter in islands such as Langkawi but not in cities.
Motorcycle or Scooter rental
In KL... don%26#39;t do it!! You will seriously be taking your life in your hands in the city!!
Penang, Langkawi no problem...
I%26#39;d take the advice of both the above posts. Seriously !
What were you going to do ? Surely not come out of KLIA with your suitcase/backpack and jump on a little motorbike ! That would be crazy ! Its miles away from KL, and what if there was a tropical downpour !
Don%26#39;t rent in KL either, use the taxi%26#39;s or public transport. It will cost you more by taxi, but at least your wellbeing will be safeguarded.
As has been suggested, rent a bike/scooter out on the islands, but when on the mainland leave the driving to those who know the roads and local road etiquette (none or get out of my way).
This is lifted from www.Penangtalk.com
1. One hand on wheel, one hand on horn: IPOH driver
2. One hand on wheel, one hand out the window with cigarette: KEPONG
3. One hand on wheel, one finger out window, cutting across all lanes of
traffic: DOWNTOWN KUALA LUMPUR driver.
4. One hand on wheel, one hand on parang, foot solidly on accelerator:
5. One hand on wheel, one hand on non-fat double decaf cappuccino,
cradling cell phone, brick on accelerator, hands-free on the lap: BANGSAR
6. Both hands on wheel, eyes shut, both feet on brake, quivering in
terror: FOREIGNER, driving in MALAYSIA.
7. One hand on 12 oz. double shot latte, one knee on wheel, talking on
cell phone, foot on brake, mind on radio game, banging head on
steering wheel while stuck in traffic: SUBANG JAYA DRIVER.....on the
8. One hand on wheel, one hand on passengers head rest, alternating
between both feet being on the accelerator and both feet on brake,
throwing rambutans or durian shells out the window: KARAK HIGHWAY ;
9. Four-wheel drive pick-up truck, READY-TO-KILL attitude, rear window
stickers read ';Make my day';, beer cans on floor, wedding ribbon still
attached to antenna: CONSTRUCTION SITE....PUCHONG driver!
10.One hand on the handphone, another hand picking nose, One leg on the
dash board, another leg crossed on the seat with a beer can
in the middle ~ turning anywhere he likes, parking anywhere he likes, in
fact, driving anywhere he likes. aaahhh..... this is a heaven for
drivers......welcome to PENANG!
I think it gives you an idea of what to expect. Oddly enough it was written by a Malaysian !
Relax guys, metrobird is only driving around in Sepang and KLIA area for the Grand Prix period. I should think he%26#39;s an accomplised motorcyclist.
Maybe you can sort him out by recommending a rental place at KLIA or Sepang then !
It will still be chaos around Sepang during the GP.
I have a friend who is a professional chauffeur for a very high profile VIP. He is a highly trained driver, does “evasive driving” courses every year (so he could foil kidnap attempts on his VIP passenger), he goes every year to Norway to practice driving on frozen lakes at high speeds, trains monthly at a local racing track on all kinds of surfaces from oil to torrential rain, trains driving in good to extremely poor visability. Has driven in almost every European capital city with no problems. This guy is as cool as a cucumber behind the wheel, because that’s what he’s trained to be. He drove us once from Ampang to Petaling Jaya and said it was the worst driving experience he has ever had, he visibly aged during that 1 hour drive, lol. He refused point blank to drive us back, and just abonded the car. Others mileage may vary, but I think experience is a moot point, unless that experience is in similar traffic conditions to KL with similar driving mannerisms to KL.
And no, I have never noticed anywhere in KL that rents motorbikes or scooters. I don%26#39;t think there is a big market for this kind of rental - infact I doubt if there is ANY market for motorbike rental.
Thistlegirl, then your friend hasn%26#39;t been to China yet. I nearly had heart attack there. :) It%26#39;s not that bad in KL I%26#39;m sure, i%26#39;ve been driving for years on the roads...there%26#39;re some bad apples among us as anywhere else... I can vouch we%26#39;re better drivers than the Italians or the Chinese, or the Thais or Vietnamese or Filipinos, to put things in perspective.
No offense, Norway has more deers than humans in their city....and they%26#39;re famous for their salmons...:)
Rio, the key word is perspective - from your perspective Malaysia has better drivers than Italy, from my perspective it hasn’t. I find Italy a positive walk in the park compared to Malaysia. That’s probably because we both come to the table with different perspectives and different experiences and different attitudes to what’s “normal” and what’s “weird”. (Arguably) I am more used to/more familiar with the Italian style of driving and you with the Malaysian style. So we form different opinions, based on different experiences and different definitions of normal driving behaviour – there’s absolutely nothing unusual in that.
I have driven in both Malaysia and Thailand and I personally find Thailand easier, purely because I find it easier to anticipate road situations/ drivers reactions in Thailand. But that’s neither here nor there.
The only point I took issue with on your post was the suggestion that an experienced driver could cope driving in KL. I think that’s rubbish if that drivers experience has only been in Europe. Sure if he can drive in Bangkok %26amp; Beijing he can drive in KL. The PLACE the driving experience has taken place is much more important that the LENGTH of the driving experience. A 20 yr old born and brought up in KL who just got his driving license yesterday would have coped far better on the Ampang to PJ ride than my highly experienced professional driver friend. I know enough expats in KL who are still struggling trying to drive after two years or more in KL, and many more who just give up and use the taxis/lrt, and they’re all experienced drivers. They just lack the experience of judging Malaysian driving mannerisms.
BTW, I think you misunderstood the Norway bit, he doesn’t go to Norway to drive on roads (as you rightly said Norway is hardly well known for gridlock traffic and mad drivers), he goes to Norway to practice driving techniques on frozen lakes (theory being if you can control a car at speed on a frozen lake you can control a car period).