Any ADVriders in Hong Kong?

Discussion in 'Asia' started by hk_rider, May 20, 2004.

  1. JZH

    JZH Global Bodger

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    I've yet to get any of my bikes on the road (that's a long story), but I've seen all kinds of bikes in HK. Among the big bikes, BMWs and Ducatis seem very popular. I live in the New Territories or, as I like to call it, "the sticks". Yes, it's a fair commute to Central, but I needed a garage--and the roof terrace and panoramic view of the South China Sea is nice, too! :1drink

    Ciao,
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  2. greybeard146

    greybeard146 Been here awhile

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    Anyone up for a spin?

    See ADV HK Rideout # 2 post! :deal
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  3. FLYNLOMOTO

    FLYNLOMOTO Adventurer

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    Hey! There are off road tracks in Hong Kong. I have ridden them. I sold my KLX 250 last year and bought a Ducati but I am close to buying a second dirt bike soon. Let's go for a ride. Check out X Camp HK on Facebook. It's small but a good track. See you there soon!

    :clap
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  4. ThomasOz

    ThomasOz Been here awhile

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    Hi everyone,

    I just arrived (end August) in Hong Kong. The move hasn't occurred yet, so the bike (2006 Transalp 650) is still in Melbourne with all the gear for adv. I miss it badly, it was my only mean of transport as well and damn, I miss it.

    I've been looking at means to hire something here (or find a tourer to go into mountain loaded south west China, around Dali and Shangri-La on a bike would be absolutely awesome). No luck. At this stage, I'm feeling desperate to ride something, anything.

    Anyway, you are not alone anymore, except that I don't have a bike :cry.

    Cheers,
    Thomas
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  5. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    Backpacking in Asia, in hk right now. Lots of scoots, a few bikes most of them are the glam BMW or ducks. Police have nice bikes, vfrs I believe and some BMW maybe a k series. Lot of nice twisty roads on the way to big Buddha. Wish I could have rented a bike. On the flip side I can use the money I would have used to rent a bike to go to the bar since this place is hot Asian chick heaven
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  6. ThomasOz

    ThomasOz Been here awhile

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    It's hard to hire a bike here. I've been looking for weeks without much success. Let me know if you score (a bike I mean)
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  7. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    During my tenure in HK, I was limited to commuting. And doing so was worrisome because while I was there (and maybe things have changed) there is no theft insurance on bikes, and no one rents there. Rides to the south side of HK island were fun, as well as rides into the new territories.....and that's about it. The bike thieves there either grab it and stuff in into a van and split, or they will disable it and come back for it later. One of my bikes almost became victim to scheme number two. I paid a watchman to keep an eye on it overnight until I could arrange a tow to a ship to get it repaired. I was lucky.

    Living on Taiwan was different. I didn't take advantage of the beautiful island I called home for three years. The mountains, the tribal people and the food were amazing. I only experienced 1/100th of what the island had to offer. I miss it horribly. :cry

    Sorry, went a bit off topic here.
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  8. VFR Titus

    VFR Titus Adventurer

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    Sorry, didn't check Adv rider as often as I used to. You can rent dirt bikes here for some fun on their track: http://www.mxclub.com.hk/

    Not much places to do adv style rides here in Hong Kong and there's no companies renting out bikes for sure unless you trick a dealer into giving you a test ride LOL

    I ride with a group on Sundays we meet up in Ma On Shan's Shell station 7am sharp and do the Route Twisk aka Tai Mo Shan and Luk Gang breakfast routine.
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  9. VFR Titus

    VFR Titus Adventurer

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    It's gotten a lot better with the bike thefts now that mainland Chinese can buy them legitimately (although at crazy tax rates). Though it all depends on the make and model of your bikes; there must've been at least 3 that I know of for the new Honda 700s that were stolen when they just came out "last" year. Compared to what I was used to in Vancouver, Canada I'd say we're pretty safe here where not many people buy comprehensive insurance.

    Taiwan is a much larger place where touring on a bike is nice.... there's a lot more companies now catering to renting out bikes like in Japan; never too late to relive the life =)
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  10. ThomasOz

    ThomasOz Been here awhile

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    Hi HKers,

    Well after a stunt in Hong Kong for 5 months in 2012, I am back in HK for good.
    The saddest part of transferring for Hong Kong, is that I had to sell the Transalp back in Melbourne and, well, that was really painful. :cry But my superbly lovely wife promised she'd get me a new bike in HK :rofl

    Well so here I am: finding a bike here. And after spending some time on bikehk.com and ibike.hk, I am a little bit disappointed by what's on offer. I was sort of hoping there'll be more 600cc here in HK, but it's sport or SM here.

    Clearly HK is a "Day-trip" land (unless I've missed the website that explains how I can go into China from HK by rode on a HK registered bike).

    I'm not keen on sticking to tarmac all the time, I'm not a really good off-roader but I've heard of some nice tracks in the NT.

    So what do you guys have/recommend? I've seen quite a few dual-sport here, but all supermotarded :huh

    Cheers,

    Thomas
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  11. VFR Titus

    VFR Titus Adventurer

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    Heard there's still a grey Super Tenere over at the Yamaha showroom? :evil
    But yea due to the urbanization, you probably find 95% of the bikes here as asphalt oriented...
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  12. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    Mines parked in an alley on HKI near Wanchai, no problems at all after several months. Two locks, bike cover, chained to a lamp post, they'll go elsewhere.
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  13. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Gents, I'll be there for CNY. Does anyone know of a place I can rent a bike for a day and hit some twisties?

    anyone want to go with?
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  14. zenbon

    zenbon n00b

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    thanks for all the information guys
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  15. Thirsty Horse

    Thirsty Horse Adventurer & Writer

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    Hi,

    You are not alone. I'm also looking into getting set up out here. Currently running an XJS1200, which is fabulous - but not off road. Been eying up either a CRF250 or XT250. I'll post when I get one. Meanwhile, good luck.
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  16. Futura

    Futura Been here awhile

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    I'll be in Hong Kong for a week in May.
    Always interested in checking out motorcycle gear.
    Any good stores you can recommend?
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  17. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Only in Chinese but by far the best available HK info for motorbikes, parts and gear: http://www.ibike.com.hk
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  18. paulboombang

    paulboombang n00b

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    I get most of my gear and other stuff at motomart ( http://www.motomartco.com ) Biggest selection I know of in Hong Kong and friendly service. + when you buy there for some time you'll get their member card, which means 10% off..

    Also, Sanwa motorcycle Co. ( http://sanwamotorcycle.com.hk/ ), bought my Sidi Adventure Gore Tex there and with a bit of bargaining managed to get them for more than 10% less than the already good usual price (compare to the US for example)

    Enjoy the time in Hong Kong!
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  19. CapCal1000

    CapCal1000 Uhhh....

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    Hey HKFF's!
    I'm here now too. Who wants to hook up for lunch and help me hunt down a bike worth buying?
    :freaky
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