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Old 08-29-2010, 10:47 PM   #46
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Way to go Franki !!!

Is the area in the last set close to Leh-Ladakh on the Indian side?Looks quite similar.
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:05 AM   #47
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Franki,

i am not involved in adv travel business in china, though i wish i am.

The photos were from this link on a recent non-mc trip we did
http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3028

Yes Franki, the entrant fee is bloody expensive and so are many tourist places around china - but we just have to do it.

The MC in the background is indeed 500c Royal Enfield.

I wish i had taken the trip on a bike, but we did not have the time to entertain such an adventure - but i am living the adventure through your pictures - good work and good luck frankie!!!!!
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:07 AM   #48
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Hello Franki,

It's been a little while i've been wandering around on the ADV - and red through several of your trips. Really nice work and really showing how life and things are in more rural places than where we are used to spend most of our time in (unfortunately?).

I used to be in Guangzhou - now just moved to Beijing. Would like to have a chat - if you've got time later - about the Galaxy and all the preparation u've done on the bike. I would love to steal some of your secret recipes if you don't mind sharing

Meanwhile - beware landslides and other particular road conditions in lovely Mainland - i'll follow-up your trip !

Go go go & Jia You !
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Hi Marc,

Thank you for varifying my travel stories of China. It is always good to have a second opinion to reinforce my report. I have done some modifications on the Galaxy with the cooperation from the factory. I was told by the factory that they plan to put out a 'Rally Version' based on my modifications. But Galaxy is a very small factory, what they can acheive is not always what they planned. Contact the factory direct may be the best way to know what is on the shelf at this moment. If you plan to work on the bike yourself, I can give you some info as to what I have done.

Beijing is a nice city to be. Here is a good place for bikers to hang out.


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Old 08-30-2010, 01:26 AM   #49
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Way to go Franki !!!

Is the area in the last set close to Leh-Ladakh on the Indian side?Looks quite similar.

I am not familiar with India but I don't think it is too close to the area you have mentioned. However, the following photo shown is the road that leads to a town call Chayu about 120km away. An area that is disputed with India. No foreigners are allowed to go there.


And yes, all these goats are cashmere goats
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Old 08-30-2010, 01:34 AM   #50
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Franki,

i am not involved in adv travel business in china, though i wish i am.

The photos were from this link on a recent non-mc trip we did
http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3028

Yes Franki, the entrant fee is bloody expensive and so are many tourist places around china - but we just have to do it.

The MC in the background is indeed 500c Royal Enfield.

I wish i had taken the trip on a bike, but we did not have the time to entertain such an adventure - but i am living the adventure through your pictures - good work and good luck frankie!!!!!

ACERIDER,

Thanks for your reply. I can surely understand your constrain on travelling. That is why I wanted to show people there are plenty of good places that still has no 'highway robbery'. The Hilmalayas were not built by the government and therefore they should not charge expensive fees for people who just want to have a look at it.

Enjoy my RR and hope one day you will find time to do the adventure of a lifetime.
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Old 08-30-2010, 02:37 AM   #51
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ACERIDER,

Thanks for your reply. I can surely understand your constrain on travelling. That is why I wanted to show people there are plenty of good places that still has no 'highway robbery'. The Hilmalayas were not built by the government and therefore they should not charge expensive fees for people who just want to have a look at it.

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thanks, we have out of china for too long to know where to find those places. Whilst chinese ourselves, we feel like total foreigners when we visted.

In terms of fees, the problems we find are that it takes a few local "enterprising people" to set up a few gates and suddenly even pick up dirt on the ground will cost u money.

we are enjoying your RR.
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Old 08-30-2010, 03:38 PM   #52
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Franki, this is truly a stellar RR. Thanks for sharing
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Old 08-30-2010, 04:31 PM   #53
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Franki;
Still great reading & photos as always. I feel like I'm in Tibet with you.
I am curious about the aluminum bags on one of the bikes ( plate #F277V ). Who makes them? I have never seen them before. They are exactly what I have been looking for.
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:40 PM   #54
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Brilliant stuff. Compelling reading. Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:53 PM   #55
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thanks, we have out of china for too long to know where to find those places. Whilst chinese ourselves, we feel like total foreigners when we visted.

In terms of fees, the problems we find are that it takes a few local "enterprising people" to set up a few gates and suddenly even pick up dirt on the ground will cost u money.

we are enjoying your RR.

China is slowly moving to the world's center stage and internet is a very efficient tool to learn about thing from afar. I take avantage of the above.

The fee issue is a general practice in China, very short sighted and will do harm to its tourism industry. I hope they will do something about it real soon.
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Old 08-30-2010, 07:55 PM   #56
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Franki, this is truly a stellar RR. Thanks for sharing

Hey Jimbo, nice of you to drop in
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:05 PM   #57
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Franki;
Still great reading & photos as always. I feel like I'm in Tibet with you.
I am curious about the aluminum bags on one of the bikes ( plate #F277V ). Who makes them? I have never seen them before. They are exactly what I have been looking for.

MaJamie,

These are the 29L penniers specially made for this trip by a friend in a very small factory. The usual ones are 41L. It is strong and waterproof. However, the selection of mounting frames are limited. You may have to find a mounting frame for your year model and custom fit the cases to it.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:14 PM   #58
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Brilliant stuff. Compelling reading. Thanks for posting.
Thanks. I used to tour Japan a lot and it is a beautiful place to be. I also have a Varadero that I took to Tibet back in 2004. It still runs great.
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Old 08-30-2010, 08:15 PM   #59
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Enjoying the report mate - great work. It's nice to see your part of the world

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