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Old 01-07-2015, 06:27 AM   #1
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Riding is the common language--Weekend rides around Beijing,China

I suppose it's a little bit stange for a non-English-speaker to hang around on this forum. Just can't help it! You guys have shared the most amazing pics on motorcycle trips.

Encountered this website weeks ago, and for weeks I've indulged myself in viewing your ride reports from all across the world, with all sorts of bikes ,telling all kinds of splendid stories. Inspired by your enthusiasm I even went on a ride on the first day of 2015 under extremely cold weather. OK, a bit of exaggeration, it's only -8 Celsius, but I indeed shivering like a Parkinsonism patient all along the ride due to the coldness.

Now I wanna share the beautiful sceneries on my rides around Beijing. I bet few of you guys have seen the kinda unique oriental landscapes. Actually I doubted that some even have no idea of where Beijing is. Yeah, it's the capital city of China , populating 20 million people, which I hated the most. I really love the idea of a few folks living in medium sized town scattered across a big countryside, people visiting each other within hours' ride .So you bet it's crowded with 20 million living within a place no bigger than NY, traffic is hopeless in rush hours, that's one reason why I chose motorcycle for commuting.

The second reason is, I'm just loving it! It's in my blood, and I think it's the same for you guys ! First time on a bike, I was like only nine or ten. It was an old China-assembled 70cc single cylinder motorcycle. It belongs to my classmate's dad's friend. One day, me and my dude just sneaked into the yard where the bike was parked and hopped on. After a kick start, I stepped into first gear. The next thing I knew, I crashed into a big empty gas tank. Luckily, both me and the old bike are OK.

The thing is, I never really got the chances to ride bikes until now, I graduated from a college with a master degree. That's about 18 years without bikes. For one thing you should know, it's very common for us Chinese to really focus on study until your graduation. Before all that, you didn't get the chance to really develop your own interests, especially for a commonly-considered-dangerous-enough-to-kill-you interest like riding.

First thing after my graduation, I took the riding license test for motorcycles. Believe it or not, the bike used for test is the same old bike I ran into that pathetic gas tank. I would have nailed it if the test includes running into gas tanks.


This is the very bike I used to take riding license test and running into gas tanks

taken when I was taking riding lessons, red hats ready to go!

After some research, I found out this old bike kinda an old legend. It's called JH70, with air-cooling 4 stroke 70cc single cylinder. Most of its parts are imported from Japn, and then assembled in China. Its original is Honda CD70. It's a great bike for modification, easy to ride and maintain. Check out some good cafe racer modification examples.

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Old 01-07-2015, 06:30 AM   #2
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Sorry the image links don't work, figure this out and I'll be back shortly
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Old 01-07-2015, 06:35 AM   #3
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And long story short, now I'm a licensed rider with less than 1000km (that's a slightly more than 600 miles) riding experience and 1 drop down. The first drop down was falling of my bike when I was doing a stair wheelie with a 125cc bike and lost grip of handle bar. Good thing is, my bike didn't suffer much of a damage, and after my reparation, it's in good condition now.




As mentioned above, the little 125cc single cylinder machine runs swift like a rabbit, and it has a size of a rabbit too. It's a minibike with a seat height of merely 700mm, more or less. It can do 90km/h(that's about 60mile/h), which is really a slow speed even for a novice. So I'm thinking of a 400cc bike like duke 390 or honda CB400. Really can't afford now, but I will! You know, thanks for the government, the tax for importing motorcycles is quite high. For instance, a basic Harley Davison 883 costs about 16000$. Funny thing is, we tried so hard to join the WTO!

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Old 01-07-2015, 06:52 AM   #4
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My English is not that well, but I suppose you guys can get it, or maybe I should speak Chinese? Anyway, riding will be the common language between you and me.

Here comes load of pics!

Before all the ride pics, I'd like to present Miss Mia Lee, she is my girl friend and the reason why I obey every traffic rules to get home safe. She is supportive and understanding for my riding, and for that I'm really grateful



This is the satellite view of where I went on riding on the first day of 2015. Too cold to take the camera out, so... really great U turns!



My lego ktm, when I can't go out riding, I ride it on my office desk, you can tell it's a V2-cylinder engine



My camera for ride shooting, wrap some 3M tape to look more professional, you would's recognize it's sony RX1, would you?

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:06 AM   #5
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Welcome to ADVrider, some great riding out of Beijing once the weather is more pleasant and warm....

Some basic day rides out of Beijing below, all start and end at Michael's German Bakery....
Michael's German Bakery (GPS: 40.023856 116.512364)
Bakery > Chongli > Chicheng > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/LgT3w
Bakery > Cuandixia > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/mwoq3
Bakery > Shidu > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/oxhWL
Bakery > Black Dragon Pool Road / Miyun Reservoir > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/8vL83
Bakery > Jinshanling Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/IxkgB
Bakery > Mutanyiu Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/QgxuS
Bakery > Jiankou Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/RjLXY
Bakery > Simatai Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/PebHe

Michael's German Bakery http://www.michaels-german-bakery.com
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:32 AM   #6
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Ride to Fragrance Hill firebreak. There's a park there that goes back to year1186, famous for red leaves in autumn. But my ride to there was like late November, not much red leaves left.

Bit of cold on morning




Air pollution is a very serious problem in Beijing, already got used to it and just think it's smog and I'll be just fine


this mountain really extends


you can barely see the downtown


Felt well going through these pine trees and breather some FRESH air, and the bends really require some riding skill too.


Not many red leaves, but plenty yellow ones though




this little rabbit only did 3500km till that day


it has a relatively huge front tire for its size


views of the other side of the mountain is quite peaceful


these guys and that yellow-haired guy went on climbing for exercise, weather is a little chilly though


road is smooth

stopped for this, you never know what you will find


talked with that grandpa for a few minutes, he was a civil engineer before and now retired


That's all for tonight, or for today cos it's daytime for you guys. I'd really like to know where this lad get his recorder!
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:09 AM   #7
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Welcome to ADVrider, some great riding out of Beijing once the weather is more pleasant and warm....

Some basic day rides out of Beijing below, all start and end at Michael's German Bakery....
Michael's German Bakery (GPS: 40.023856 116.512364)
Bakery > Chongli > Chicheng > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/LgT3w
Bakery > Cuandixia > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/mwoq3
Bakery > Shidu > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/oxhWL
Bakery > Black Dragon Pool Road / Miyun Reservoir > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/8vL83
Bakery > Jinshanling Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/IxkgB
Bakery > Mutanyiu Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/QgxuS
Bakery > Jiankou Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/RjLXY
Bakery > Simatai Wall > Bakery = http://goo.gl/maps/PebHe

Michael's German Bakery http://www.michaels-german-bakery.com
thx, great Cruising report in Australia

lost last post for no reason, and the links didn't work out again...
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:18 PM   #8
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Thanks DuoZhil, looking forward to your pictures and stories!
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:09 AM   #9
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Cool! Can't wait for the pictures!
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:55 AM   #10
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I am also very happy to read these posts, and look forward to seeing the pictures. Your English is amazingly good!

It is my opinion that there is very little difference among motorcycle riders across the world. Reports like this are my evidence......

I am looking forward to more.
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