PHOTOGRAPHS BY KIMMUN/HOPSCOTCH STUDIO / WORDS BY ZECH PHARAMOND
ART DIRECTION BY JOYCE LIM / MAKE-UP BY WAN NING & RACHEL WONG / HAIR BY ANGELINE LOW & RACHEL WONG

 

“I sold biking to my wife as something awesome we could do as a couple. And it worked out for us because her only condition was, if I get a bike, she gets one too.

“She got hooked and that’s that,” retells Fariq.

“And in six months, I felt I had outgrown that bike. It was just too slow. The first time I was out on the highway, I took the bike to 100km/h. That was fairly easy,” says Zaleeka Zailan, the missus in question.

Several years on and a couple of tumbles since, they’ve both got matching collar bone plates and their seven-year-old, Anya Annabelle Fariq, is taking dirt-riding lessons on the weekends.

I ask why the passion for bikes.

“For a fraction of the price, you can get all the thrills of speed and more. On a bike, everything is so much rawer, and you have to be that much more sensitive and connected to what’s happening around you,” Fariq answers.

“As husband and wife, riding has given us more stuff to talk about, and even be competitive with each other. Once we get on a bike, it’s almost like we don’t know each other and we’ll attack the riding full on,” he jokes.

Together, they’ve owned gorgeous bikes including KTM’s Duke 690, Triumph Daytona 675R, BMW’s S1000RR and the Ducati Sport Classic.

When the time came, their daughter Anya asked to learn how to ride. She’d known about motocross riding for kids and wanted to take it up. So mum and dad obviously approved, but only if she learned to ride a bicycle first.

It didn’t take long.

In fact, in the span it took for Zaleeka to take a toilet break and come back out in 15 minutes, Anya was riding on two wheels. The logical next step was to shop for a child’s helmet on Mudah.my. And that was that.

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