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Forum: Latin America 01-06-2013, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By katalyst
Thanks for the replies. If I were able to...

Thanks for the replies.

If I were able to find a US-registered bike, would title documents (in the seller's name) plus a notarized bill of sale enough to pass over borders with the bike, or would...
Forum: Latin America 01-04-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By katalyst
Bike for Panama to the US

Hi all,

I'm in the planning stages of a possible trip from Panama to San Fran.

I'm looking at the legalities/practicalities of buying a bike in Panama, with the idea of then selling it in...
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-14-2012, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,522
Posted By katalyst
January 2012. I went HCMC - Vung Tau - Phan...

January 2012.

I went HCMC - Vung Tau - Phan Thiet - Mui Ne - Da Lat.

Mui Ne is fairly horrid: it really is nothing more than a strip of guesthouses and restaurants on either side of a road that...
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-13-2012, 11:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,522
Posted By katalyst
I'd head for Da Lat - it's a scenic and pleasant...

I'd head for Da Lat - it's a scenic and pleasant place to visit. Of the others:

Hue: the main attractions are temples and the imperial palace. What remains of the palace isn't impressive; my...
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-07-2012, 12:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,555
Posted By katalyst
By the way, a bike from Cuong or Flamingo should...

By the way, a bike from Cuong or Flamingo should be fine, but it should only take one glance at the descriptions of bikes being sold by travellers via the Internet (invariably, something like "engine...
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-07-2012, 12:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,555
Posted By katalyst
It is worse than normal in Vietnam, and it kinda...

It is worse than normal in Vietnam, and it kinda ruined the experience for me: I came to regard almost every interaction with the Vietnamese as adversarial.

Hehe worked well for me recently in...
Forum: Asia Pacific 10-06-2012, 11:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,555
Posted By katalyst
Riding solo: not a problem. Most hotel/guesthouse...

Riding solo: not a problem. Most hotel/guesthouse operators speak passable English, and pointing and gesturing will generally be sufficient for food, petrol, etc. Language can be a problem when your...
Forum: Asia Pacific 07-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,167
Posted By katalyst
Thanks for all of the advice, Witold! ...

Thanks for all of the advice, Witold!



I'm increasingly thinking that I will do it CW - it gives me more time on tarmac for the shake-down, for full acclimatisation without Diamox, prior to...
Forum: Asia Pacific 07-24-2012, 11:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,167
Posted By katalyst
Hehe sorry - I did mean both Kashmir and Ladakh....

Hehe sorry - I did mean both Kashmir and Ladakh. A few other riders have had the same advice, and it's something that I'm seriously considering, though it might cause problems with the plan to go to...
Forum: Asia Pacific 07-21-2012, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,167
Posted By katalyst
[Edit: nevermind - sorted these out] A...

[Edit: nevermind - sorted these out]

A couple of specific questions while I remember:

Keylong and Manali aren't high enough for acclimatisation, but Pang and Sarchu are just tents; is there...
Forum: Asia Pacific 07-21-2012, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,167
Posted By katalyst
Trip to Kashmir and Ladakh

Hi all,

I'm planning to be on a flight to Delhi on the 3rd of August to ride Kashmir.

I've been reading through every single RR that I could find at advrider, HUBB, BCMtouring, xBHP and...
Forum: Asia 12-19-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,537
Posted By katalyst
Riders in Vietnam in January/February 2012

Hi all,

I've just arrived in HCMC for the start of a six-month trip through south-east Asia. The first leg is to ride Vietnam, through the Mekong and then northwards to Hanoi (both along the coast...
Forum: Equipment 12-06-2011, 12:27 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 14,096
Posted By katalyst
I just bought a Samsung 11.6" netbook to take on...

I just bought a Samsung 11.6" netbook to take on a ~5000 mile trip through SE Asia. I had considered a tablet/iPad, but the flexibility of a notebook (albeit a small one) was the crucial factor:...
Forum: Asia 11-26-2011, 10:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,331
Posted By katalyst
Of course. I'll finish work at the end of this...

Of course. I'll finish work at the end of this week, so I'll have a couple of weeks in Sydney to finalise preparations, part of which will be to commence a report with all of the usual preambular...
Forum: Equipment 11-22-2011, 08:57 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 95,624
Posted By katalyst
I think I'll go with the Latitude - ultimately I...

I think I'll go with the Latitude - ultimately I want the most functional and durable equipment, and the slimmer fit that has been reported in this thread is a bit of a comfort.
Forum: Equipment 11-22-2011, 08:28 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 95,624
Posted By katalyst
I completely agree with all of that, and they're...

I completely agree with all of that, and they're the things that my rational mind keeps telling me, but then I put the Klim gear on and it just felt so damn goofy :D
Forum: Equipment 11-22-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 95,624
Posted By katalyst
Well I managed to try on some Klim gear, albeit...

Well I managed to try on some Klim gear, albeit the Traverse suit. I can make the sizing work, but the question that has now arisen is whether I need the Latitude suit or something like a Rev'it Sand...
Forum: Asia Pacific 11-17-2011, 04:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,501
Posted By katalyst
Private message sent, afrostar

Private message sent, afrostar
Forum: Asia Pacific 11-17-2011, 03:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,501
Posted By katalyst
I'm flying into HCMC December 19, and I'll be in...

I'm flying into HCMC December 19, and I'll be in the country for a while, then on to Laos and Thailand - should we all keep in touch? :D
Forum: Equipment 11-17-2011, 01:33 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 95,624
Posted By katalyst
I'm determined to somehow make myself fit a...

I'm determined to somehow make myself fit a Latitude or a Latitude fit me, so I called Klim and I think that pants can be solved, but the jacket remains to be seen. I'll see whether I can try a...
Forum: Asia 11-17-2011, 01:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,331
Posted By katalyst
Oops - I misread the original post and thought...

Oops - I misread the original post and thought that you were taking a whole year off! I'll probably post a trip report here or at HUBB, so there might be something to learn from my desultory...
Forum: Equipment 11-14-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 95,624
Posted By katalyst
I measured from the crotch to the floor (per the...

I measured from the crotch to the floor (per the guide at Revzilla), but maybe that measurement should have been to my ankle. Some gear will fit me: a small jacket and medium pants for the Revit Sand...
Forum: Equipment 11-14-2011, 03:28 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 95,624
Posted By katalyst
I'd love to order a Latitude, but with the...

I'd love to order a Latitude, but with the measurements below, I just don't think that it will fit me. :cry

The alternatives that I had in mind (where two of the principal 'wants' are Goretex and...
Forum: Asia 11-14-2011, 03:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,331
Posted By katalyst
Cheers Tim. Fingers crossed that I make it that...

Cheers Tim. Fingers crossed that I make it that far :D
Forum: Asia 11-11-2011, 08:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,331
Posted By katalyst
Fellow Australian here, who also recently decided...

Fellow Australian here, who also recently decided to take a break to go travelling.

The plan is to adventure tour through South-East Asia, with route (as it stands) being to start in Vietnam,...
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