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Old 11-03-2013, 08:23 PM   #76
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That's the bad part. (You get from these movies the notion that you need a lot of stuff and support to do things).
(Cr@p; I guess this takes the cake for an old thread revival, eh?!)

Absolutely. Rode solo around Indonesia (Java) on a Monstrac 250cc with a "custom" backpack rack. But for the a couple of breakdowns (broken clutch cable; front sprocket AWOL/UA; rear ended during "mudik", breaking my rack; leaking oil fitting; seizing a piston in Semarang) it was quite an enjoyable experience. I may not have had a formal backup crew, but I sure found plenty of people ready and willing to lend a hand along the way.


Not only would I only do it all again, but I would have no qualms doing everything I was intending do: Sumatra, Borneo, and eventually riding up Malaysia to Cambodia, Vietnam, etc. If only I had been able to import my DRZ400SM! Nowadays, I would try importing the GS, though size is not always everything. Either way, it was an excellent experience, and the best way to melt into the population (as much as a westerner could!) With the right resource ($) you really don't need to take all that much with you. It also would be critical to use a bike that is actually either common to the area, or easily repairable on the local economy. The GS, not so much, but I can easily see any Japanese bike getting fixed locally.

Jakarta-Merak

Merak-Sumur

Sumur-Pelabuhan Ratu

You get the idea.

As for the bike, look at http://www.elnonio.net/web/pic_crawl.php?dir=mcycles under Monstrac for a laugh!
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:39 AM   #77
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I thought he always wanted to have a KTM Adv
It seems he sticks with Beemer..

... Not that it is a bad choice...
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:42 AM   #78
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... Wish I could have got some pics of Charlie, but he was swamped with people doing his signing. I could not get close enough for a good pic.
I'd never guessed that old Charlie is still such hot item.
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:55 AM   #79
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I'd never guessed that old Charlie is still such hot item.
If there is some kind of BMW event or a new dealer or something BMW related in the UK you can be sure that Charly will be there. It's nothing special anymore seeing him over there. He's part of the BMW dolls that you see in the shop window
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:42 PM   #80
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Shame on me- I didn't notice that it was a re-animated 5 year old thread!
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:20 PM   #81
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I would be honored to do a ride with Charlie Boorman. I suspect envy is a big part of the criticism on this report. Charlie, all you gotta do is PM me and I will be there to share your epic rides.... Like that is going to happen.?????
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:39 PM   #82
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I would be honored to do a ride with Charlie Boorman. I suspect envy is a big part of the criticism on this report. Charlie, all you gotta do is PM me and I will be there to share your epic rides.... Like that is going to happen.?????
I suspect you hit the nail right smack on the head
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