KL Motocross Park By Ex-National Racing Champion
Not too long ago, Vulcan Post wrote about FreeW, a start-up by Alison Grün that offers bike lessons for women who want to learn and have fun with it.
In fact, they run their classes on an off-road track at Kampung Sungei Penchala called Most Fun Gym (MFG).
MFG also offers its own motorcycle lessons. Currently, it is run by a 66-year-old man called Oh Kah Beng, or Foreman Oh in his heyday.
It is a motocross facility aimed at city dwellers who want to experience driving on two wheels in a safe and controlled environment, not too far from home.
Dictionary time: Motocross is a timed motorcycle race on a closed course consisting of a winding dirt trail with hills, jumps, sharp turns and often muddy terrain.
Grow up around big toys
Oh Kah Beng earned his Foreman Oh nickname when he was a young boy because he spent a lot of time in his father’s bike shop. It was almost like a playground for him.
“When the kids went to Toys ‘R’ Us, I was riding motorcycles, sweeping the shop floor, and helping my dad get out. I just felt very comfortable getting dirty in a workshop, ”Kah Beng told Vulcan Post.
“I was fortunate to have been surrounded by big toys at such a young age, but at the same time I also broke a lot of bones while playing with them.
When Kah Beng helped his father in the workshop, one of their clients was an Australian motor racing club where Kah Beng’s father maintained the bikes.
While helping, he also had the opportunity to test these bikes himself. Finally, one day he was offered to try racing in a motocross facility.
He had a Montessa loaned by one of the Australians on a dirt bike circuit. Kah Beng was only 16 at the time, he told Biker’s Republic.
After this experience, he couldn’t get enough of his newfound love for bike racing, so he ventured into road racing, using his childhood nickname of Foreman Oh.
Unlike motocross, road racing is done on a closed circuit like in Sepang and not on a dirt track.
From repairing bikes in a workshop to becoming national champion
After a lot of time and practice spent in road racing, Kah Beng finally won the title of national champion in the 1980s.
He won the National Grand Prix Championship races for Kawasaki and Suzuki. Kah Beng’s highest personal achievement has been racing with Wayne Gardner, a former Australian GP professional motorcycle rider.
Wayne Gardner is a world champion, but Kah Beng shared with us that he managed to beat Wayne when they ran together in Kuala Lumpur.
Being the top national rider for many years has given Kah Beng some traction, especially from the oil companies.
Kah Beng ended up working at Shell for almost 14 years, Lotus for 17 years and another oil company for 4 years.
“I was lucky that one of the oil companies hired me to be their sales technician. I was racing with this motorcycle which was the first of its kind in Malaysia. It was a very high performance bike which was also very expensive, ”he recalls.
Although working in a company was very different from a racing career, he didn’t mind because everything related to bike racing was his passion. For Kah Beng, it was like getting paid for his hobby.
Withdraw from the race early
Although Kah Beng has always been aware that his passion comes at risk, it has never discouraged him from pursuing it.
Unfortunately, he could not escape this risk because he had a serious accident at the age of 28 while racing.
“I flew 100 miles per hour over the handlebars and watched the race while waiting for the ambulance with my broken arm. The bone was sticking out of my leather but I didn’t feel any pain because I had so much adrenaline, ”he told Vulcan Post.
At the time, he was also married and already working with Shell, so his parents told him to forget about racing and focus on his marriage and work.
In fact, his wife even told him to stop running if he wanted to start having children and starting a family.
However, after recovering, he ran for another year, even though he was already semi-retired.
In addition, his broken arm was still recovering at that time, which affected his confidence and stressed him.
But he did it anyway, because he didn’t want to disappoint those who paid him to run.
Don’t give up on your first love
As damaging as this accident was for Kah Beng, it wasn’t the last time we saw him on a racetrack.
In 2014, Kah Beng left the corporate world to return one last time to his passion for racing and launched MFG.
The timing was perfect as Kah Beng was almost 60 at the time and was about to retire. He had found land in Kampung Sungei Penchala and decided to build a private motocross track there.
From 2015, he started getting requests from people wanting to learn more about biking, which prompted him to open up the trail and charge people for it.
Today they have around 20 students per week and increased their inventory to 15 bikes from 3 bikes when they started.
- You can read more about Most Fun Gym here.
- You can read more about the other Malaysian startups we’ve written about here.
Featured Image Credit: Oh Kah Beng, Founder of Most Fun Gym
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