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Old 02-03-2014, 08:11 AM   #76
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That bike is amazing!!! What is that?
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:00 AM   #77
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It's a 1942 Harley Davidson that Dirk has been riding around Australia and Indonesia as part of a charity ride for an orphanage in Indonesia.

You can find out more at Classic HD Rally on Facebook.

We are now riding together to Medan and then onwards into Malaysia where he will ship the bike back to Holland.
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:27 AM   #78
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Padang in Padang

Today was a really big day for getting some kilometres done as Dirk is on a pretty tight timeline to get his bike exported or at least get the paperwork stamped before his Carnet De Passage expires.

Did over 550km which does not sound like a lot, but believe me in Indonesia it is a very long way.

Had a little delay as a bearing failed in the bike generator. With a bit of Dutch and Kiwi bush mechanic skillets it was removed and we took off the drive gear and reinstalled it. No generator but the bike runs fine off the battery.

Dirk works on his 1942 Harley Davidson





Burning off the rain forrest for more Palm Oil plantation. Bio Diesel no thanks.



Another wondering soul from Medan.



Now for the reason we are here. Padang in Padang, job done.

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Old 02-04-2014, 07:31 AM   #79
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Another wondering soul from Medan.



Am I seeing this right? Is his left thumbnail like an inch long?
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Old 02-04-2014, 07:39 AM   #80
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Am I seeing this right? Is his left thumbnail like an inch long?
It certainly looks that way, didn't notice it when we were chatting at the service station.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:12 AM   #81
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Padang to Panyabungan, Sumatra

After a lazy 8am breakfast at our luxury hotel in Padang (splashed out $40) after they originally said about $120. Trick to get the price was to ask them to recommend a hotel for $40 or less....instant discount.

The roads today consisted of crowed, boring towns, flat roads with the occasional pothole to keep you awake and some of Indonesia's mostly twisty and fun roads around mountains and following the rivers. We could not wipe the grins from our faces.

Took some video with the Gopro, just got to figure out how to load it.

Some photos from the day.

View down a valley


Nice little waterfall


Made it the the Equator


So did Dirk


This is the most outrageous thing I have encountered yet in Indonesia......I just have to get one. A local guy has been touring the country for 2 months on this with his mates on Vespa's.
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Old 02-07-2014, 03:34 AM   #82
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To Toba and beyond

Well now that I have had Padang in Padang it's time to move on.

Dirk and I are on a bit of a timeline due to our shipper in Medan who is exporting the bikes to Malaysia is insisting we have the bikes and paperwork to by midday Friday.

A few photos from the past couple of days.

Crossing over Sumatra


Still got a thing for rice paddies.


Coffee time


Lake Toba and a very white Dutchman


Time for a swim


Ouch on Lake Toba


Fuel for the bike and for me


We are now in Medan and have spent the day running around getting paperwork completed to export the bikes to Malaysia. Had to leave the bikes with the agents for loading Monday.

Will stay here till Sunday and then fly to Penang and get the bikes back on Wednesday. Will try again to load some video of the roads over the past few day if I can get some good wifi.



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Old 02-08-2014, 05:14 PM   #83
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Hope this work

Having some problems loading video from my ipad to Smugmug for posting.

Hope this link works

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151996437418261

Look out for the results of the Indonesian habit of grossly overloading there trucks.

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Old 02-10-2014, 11:35 AM   #84
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Dang! Stay safe dude. Thanks for the video update.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:10 PM   #85
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Gobi Side Cases

How do you like those cases? Are they wider than your handlebars?

What is the system like for removing the case? Quick and easy?

I have the BMW Adv Aluminum cases and dont like the width and when I crash they are bent forever. Never the same again.

Great report and pics. Thanks for sharing

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Old 02-12-2014, 06:36 PM   #86
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Medan and then onwards with the bike to Malaysia

We made it into Medan after a few scary moments on the road including being forced off the road a 80kph by one of the killer buses.

Found a hotel and started to get things ready for the shipping of the bikes the next morning. The process was pretty good, but it took most of the day running backwards and forwards between various customs offices. Had to leave the bikes with the shipping company, first time without my bike for a while.

Found a new form of transport



So we took a flight to Penang in Malaysia to await our bikes.



Kept ourselves amused with food and a bit (lot) of duty free





Then it was time to get the bikes back. Again this turned out to be a all day job with lots of waiting around. If anyone needs the details on the shipping just message me.

At least my bike was packed so it could not fall over



Off they come





Then we headed off next morning for a quick boring highway ride done to Kuala Lumpur as Dirk has to ship his bike back to Holland.

A few pictures from KL

Hotel view



Dirk and our not so 4 star hotel



Dirks has now headed off to the shippers and I am about to move us to a new Hotel near the night markets of Jalan Brickfields.



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Old 02-14-2014, 01:55 AM   #87
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Enjoying Kuala Lumpur


Have spent the last couple of days in KL.

It is the final day of the Chinese New Year today so there is a lot of celebration and fireworks tonight.

Some photos from the past couple of days.

View from our original hotel



Moved to Jalan Brickfields, Little India



Little India at night



Great food



Dragons out blessing businesses













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No more Dirk


Well Dirk has departed to Singapore and then onto Holland and his partner Jane.

His bike is with the shippers and should arrive in Roterdam in about 5 weeks.

Have greatly enjoyed our time together in Indonesia and look forward to riding with him again in Europe in 2015. We may even get the chance to ride New Zealand together which would be a fantastic opportunity for me to show off what I consider to be the best motorcycling country in the world.

Here are a few photos of Dirk and our adventures.



















If you want to see more of Dirks adventures on a 1942 Harley Davidson you can check him out on Facebook at Classic HD Rally

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Old 02-16-2014, 12:43 AM   #89
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Have left Kuala Lumpur


After a hearty Indian breakfast and a couple of coffees it was time to hit the road again.

All credit to KL for the road system it was so easy and quick to get out of the city this morning. Would have been better if I did not miss a turn and ended up on the wrong tollway, but it don't have to be anywhere soon.

Stayed on the Tollway heading to the East Coast. Some nice sweeping bends complete with a few of the local boys out giving the corners a bit of a hiding. I was moving along at around 120kph so some of those boys were up around the 160kph or more.

Mostly it was pretty boring with some good views of the hills and some jungle, what was really disappointing was the Palm Oil Plantations. They are just everywhere and it seems more and more of the native trees are being cleared to make way for bloody palm trees. DO NOT SEE HOW CHOPPING DOWN RAINFOREST IS AN ENVIRONMENTALLY GOOD THING....

Anyway I made it to the East Coast of Malaysia and a place called Kuantan where I had checked out a hotel. Did not look that promising and the town it's self will probably not be making the tourist top 10 anytime soon, so off we head up the coast. Eventually get to a place called Cherating Beach. Looks OK, has a nice beach, surf, restaurants, bars, beer and Hotels.

Of course this was my first choice....I wish



Not too bad a beach





The luxury continues



What a room.....at least they remembered Valentines Day



The blue room complete with cold water and a bucket



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Old 02-17-2014, 05:45 AM   #90
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From the beach to Kota Bharu

Had an enjoyable night at the beach that included a nice sunset, cold beers, good food and some interesting people.

After a good nights sleep I was up and on the road by 8am, but I had no particular destination other than heading in the general direction towards Thailand.

I have to admit that the roads here are well thought out, designed and built, but they are bloody boring. So nothing for it I bailed off into the hills looking for some bends. Unfortunately there were not a lot to be found.

Did however run into a Police car parked at a T intersection that turned on its flashing lights and indicated for me to pull over into the car park opposite. Being a law abiding person this is what I did and parked the bike, but when I turned around the Police were gone. Waited around for a few minutes and when they did not return I decided to just leave. Hope I am not on Malaysia most wanted list for running from the police.

Headed towards a large lake called Kenyir, quite nice but a bit of a tourist trap with jacked up prices. Nice spot for a cold drink and a bite to eat under the shade of a Jacaranda tree.

Then it was on to Kota Bharu and a date with the Thai Embassy to get a 60 day. Found a half decent room at the Sabrina Court Hotel in the centre of town with Air con, Hot water and parking for my bike on the footpath next to the reception desk. All this for about $20 per night. Will probably stay two nights because of the visa process for Thailand.

The beach last night



A little beach bar for a few brews



Bit of beach football



Lake Kenyir





Boring Road



Back to the green of the rice paddies



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