Discipline depends on the biker, not the bike

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PETALING JAYA: Superbikers aren’t as innocent as Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi may think, according to Azlan Sani Zawawi, who leads the biking group called Ikatan Silaturrahim Brotherhood.

Azlan, who is better known as Lando, was commenting on Zahid’s praise of superbikers and their associations in a statement he made at the closing of the Borneo Solidarity Ride event in Kota Kinabalu last February.

Zahid said superbikers had a good record of road discipline and should share their knowledge and skills with users of low-horsepower motorcycles (kapchais).

Lando told FMT it was easier to spot kapchai riders violating road rules only because there were so many of them.

“Road discipline is subjective to the rider, not the ride. Since the majority of road users are kapchai riders, you’re bound to find more of them violating road rules.

“But if you compare big bike riders with small kapchai riders on highways, then you’ll see who tends to ride above speed limits more often, whether we’re talking about solo riders or those riding in convoys.”

He said following rules was a question of having a civilised mentality.

“In Australia, even if you ride a Hayabusa (a brand of superbike), you will still ride according to the speed limits.

“Even if you ride a little scooter, other road users will still respect you on the fast lane as long as your pace is at 110kph. They won’t tailgate or try to scare you off the lane.”

He said it all came down to respecting one another “no matter what you ride or drive”.

As an aside, Lando questioned why Zahid had not voiced concerns over problematic roads in the country.

“There are still a lot of our brothers dying because of bad roads.”