Now in its seventh year, the 2019 Givi Explorer was a 2,500 km, eight-day journey across Malaysia. Why do this you ask? Well, the original Givi Explorer, in Patagonia, was basically a group of Givi buddies taking a multi-day, epic ride in South America.
The tradition has continued over the years, with rides to places such as the Golden Triangle, South Africa, Morocco and now, in 2019, Malaysia. For its first visit to Malaysia, all stops were pulled out to ensure the Givi Explorers had a memorable journey and more importantly, a safe one.
Covering the length and breadth of Malaysia, the Givi Explorer ride was designed to showcase some of the highlights of the country. Naturally, as befits a ride organised by manufacturer of motorcycle luggage and accessories, the bikes, a mix of adventure-tourers from across the spectrum, came fitted with a prime selection of Givi products.
This included hard luggage such as the aluminium Dolomiti cases for that authentic overlander adventure tourer look to soft luggage suitable for sports bikes and daily use. Also on display were riding outfits custom made for the Givi Explorer ride, personalised to each rider.
There was a one-off riding clinic with coaching by Dakar Rally racer Jeremias Israel who was representing Givi in the 2019 Givi Rimba Raid off-road motorcycle enduro organised by Givi and local racer and stunt rider Acoi Pangkolo. Attended by about 20 riders, the majority of whom were racing in Rimba Raid, the clinic taught the bike control skills required for off-road racing.