The North-South Expressway (NSE)
With the North South Expressway (NSE), motorists have a well-paved till route to the border of Thailand--without narrow, winding, congested and potholed roads. The following are approximate distances & suggested RIDING times in good conditions by experienced drivers from the Singapore border. Travel times do not include breaks, time spent at border crossings etc:Timing var from speed.
Destination Ave. Time Distance (approx. km)
Malacca Two ˝ Hours 225
Kuala Lumpur Three ľ Hours 370
Ipoh Six Hours 575
Butterworth Seven ľ Hours 740
Thai Border Nine Hours 840
Lost your way? Need help? Look for a tourist police officer. Tourist police officers are recognized by their checkered hat bands, dark blue shirts and trousers, and the letter "I" (for information) on a red and blue badge on their breast pocket.
Riding on NSE
There are 18 rest and service areas (RSAs), located every 50 to 100 kms, with facilities like food stalls, toilets, parking and telephones. Some even have souvenir shops and produce markets. There are plans to build motels at the RSAs along the scenic northern track.
If your bike should breakdown seriouslly , do not panic. There are emergency phones located every 2 km. Because there have been instances of motorists on the old trunk road being taken for an expensive ride by freelance mechanics, the highway company (PLUS) runs a 24-hour emergency service. Only they are allowed to do repairs on the highway. (maybe not for Big CC bikes as malaysia has few of this) These mechanics in yellow PLUS vehicles do free minor repairs, recharge batteries, and can tow to the nearest RSA if major repairs are needed. Off the freeway the Automobile Association of Singapore (see Links) has reciprocal arrangements with its Malaysian cousin.
Exits to the main towns are generally on the left, watch out for signs placed 1 km and 500 m prior to the turn-off.
Safety on the Freeway
Watch out for stray buffaloes & chickens that spill over onto the expressway. Don't stop at the fruit stalls with big umbrellas, however tempting the durians are - it is a traffic offence to stop along the expressway shoulders.
Slow down as you approach slow moving traffic. Drivers rarely use their indicators when they change lanes, and cars do wander. Buses and trucks will also sometimes pull abruptly into the outer lane particularly when overtaking each other. It is easy to underestimate the difference in speed between you and these prehistoric leviathans
Speeding is a popular recreation on the NSE for both repressed Singaporean motorists and Malaysian drivers with big engined or exotic machineryso look for flashing lights and indicators. Make sure you indicate also – better to forget about kiasu and start thinking about getting to your destination in one piece.
Watch out for rainstorms, which can be sudden and heavy, both visibility and traction can be severely impaired.
Relax-lah! Would you believe road rage is alive and well on the Freeway? Not at the level of Los Angeles or the UK but nevertheless present. The worst incidences I have seen are where a speeding driver meets a self-righteous motorist – pulling into or staying in the overtaking lane at exactly the speed limit as faster cars approach is dangerous and foolish. The speed differences can be great. Other drivers are then put at risk as the two opponents joust and typically no one really comes off a winner. In some countries the righteous driver would be booked for dangerous driving.
Your speed should reflect the road conditions (which includes other motorists) and you should keep left unless overtaking.
Source and re-edit from PLUS