Biker Babe: Debra Lee




How old were you when you started riding? What was your first bike?

I took my 2B license when I was 18.  The Yamaha WR200 was my first bike! 

What other bikes have you owned since then? 

After my Yamaha WR200, I have owned and ridden a KTM200 EXC, Honda XR250 and the Kawasaki Versys 650 that I own currently! I am also subriding my boyfriend’s new Honda Africa Twin if that counts!  


Why did you start riding?

I always wanted to do dirt biking, and I did, even competing in small local races in Malaysia. More recently, I’ve discovered the joys of touring with my motorcycle but it’s difficult to get time off from my working schedule to enjoy long road trips. 

What’s your dream bike if you did not have a budget?

I like big bikes and I cannot lie! My dream bike will be the BMW GSA for sure. The boxer engine and the design just calls out to me! 

Why did you choose the Kawasaki Versys 650?

The maintenance costs, fuel consumption and power of this bike is outstanding. The price to performance value against other bikes makes it an extremely good buy. The only downside is that it is a little heavy for a 650cc bike and due the exhaust placement being under the belly, the clearance is kind of low so it’s more of a road tourer than a true adventure machine.


We noticed that you have some Tattoos, can you tell us about them?

I rarely show people my tattoos actually because they are for myself and not for showing off! I currently have 6 cat tattoos on my back and sides, and they each represent special personal meanings for me. I’m not done yet, I still want three more cat tattoos so that i can have 9 cats to symbolise 9 lives! 

What other hobbies do you have other than riding?

I’m trying very hard to think of what other hobbies I have other than riding motorcycles but I can’t think of anything else I love doing as much! I’m either working or maybe playing dota2 during my free time if I’m not on my bike! Oh, i like cooking occasionally too but I’m all about motorcycles!


Have you ever crashed? Tell us more about it.

I crashed many times playing off-road but that’s very normal. Once I self skidded on my Ktm 200 EXC at a sandy corner in Simei and I was using off road tires. Luckily, I only suffered from some abrasions. I got into a serious accident in 2015 when a van cut past the chevron markings abruptly and hit me at the Bishan flyover. I didn’t know I had multiple fractures in my hand only till the next day. I was in an arm cast for 3 months, only to see no progress and the displacements in my bones getting worse, so I had no choice but to go for surgery. Because my tendons were inactive for so long while casted, they shrank a lot. I have a 4-5cm scar on my left hand and I am temporarily handicapped now; I can’t do a full fist anymore. I still can clutch in my levers but can’t push my bike in certain situations like slopes or uneven terrain because I can’t grip onto my handlebar tight enough. I’m thankful that my friends and boyfriend are always willing to help me push my bike and not treat me like a burden while I undergo physiotherapy to recover.

Do you prefer riding in Singapore or Malaysia?

MALAYSIA FOR SURE, especially along the B-routes. The kampong people are really friendly, plus the scenery combined with the windy roads is fantastic. Don’t get me started on the food, I love stopping by street stalls to enjoy the local food. Singapore is just full of traffic and buildings with not much greenery. 


What’s your most interesting touring experience so far? 

I think my most interesting experience is still my virgin touring trip up to my Cameron Highlands with my riding kakis called the #bojio group. I had a pillion at that point of time and we had suffered a punctured tyre halfway through. We unknowingly rode up the bends at Cameron Highlands with a semi flat tyre. When we stopped along one of the bends for photo taking, the wind was so strong that my bike dropped together with my helmet, it was such a hilarious situation. I also almost ran over a huge monitor lizard on the road, it just stayed there despite me honking away. Luckily it ran away at the last minute but my adrenaline was all pumped up by then.


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