Around the World in 800 Days

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  1. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    From his profile, he seems to enjoy riding more than just motorcycles around Bangkok. :rofl
    And i am going to need as many resources as i can in asia
  2. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    I plan to apply for residency there which i understand is easy to do

    And yes shipping the Flying Dutchman all the way to Thailand would be expensive.

    But if cost were my main concern, i would be riding a bike like a Honda Nighthawk 750 or an XR250. But for me, this trip is so much more than riding from point A to point B. This trip is about passion.
    Think of motorcycles like women. The Nighthawk does everything that you need and doesn't do anything that you don't
    Then think of a Ducati. The are sexy, seductive, fast and of course have nice lines and curves. But they can be tempermental, expensive, demanding and also high maintenance.
    My BMW is a good balance for me. Sometimes i can just sit outside and pub and just stare at it. And watch the faces of people that walk by to admire it. And i am proud to call it mine.
    So sure, an old Xr250 would get me around but my trip loses some of the passion that i want and need. And maybe if i was just going to keep the motorcycle for a few weeks, an XR would do, but the commitment i made to my BMW is forever and after 18 months, i would say "I do" all over again.
    With that being said, it doesn't mean i am not looking forward to renting some Russian two bit floosy in Vietnam and riding her until one of us calls uncle.
  3. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Flying with benefits
    Real French Champagne
    Empty seat next to us
    It's almost like flying first class

    Our cruise leaves tomorrow


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  4. MotoGypsy

    MotoGypsy Occasional rambler

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    If your looking at routes, you might want to check-out Helge Pedersen's of Globe Riders SE Asia route. It's about 8000 miles from Singapore to Hanoi. And they didn't do Malaysia or Indonesia (vast area of islands). Malaysia is more modern and less crowded as compared to Indonesia. Your in for some real adventure -- enjoy!
  5. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Good times ahead:clap
  6. Bob Allen

    Bob Allen Been here awhile

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    Well said
  7. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Our cruise was only $279 for the week.
    You have to wonder how they can make money at that price.
    I think they are expecting us to buy shore exxursions, drop money at the casino and order drinks at the bar.
    And those fancy drinks with the little umbrellas are expensive and add up. We could easily spend more on drinks than the price of the cruise.
    And you are forbidden to bring your own alcohol aboard.
    But that won't keep us from trying.
    We have a bunch of good wine, and a bottle of tequila and vodka that we have stashed in our checked in luggage.
    The tequila is going in my camel back bladder.
    The vodka is going in a water bottle and the wine is staying in the bottles.
    They x ray the bags so it is 50/50 that we will get away with it.
    I sure hope so otherwise I am going to be really upset.
    I have a bottle of vintage champagne that I brought all the way from France that I am especially looking forward to popping open.
  8. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider LQDesert Rider

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    Speaking of Baja the fastest guy I ever saw was Danny Hamel and he rode one bad ass machine

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  9. donho1959

    donho1959 n00b

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    One more envious rider watching your progress ....if you are remotely interested in renting a 2013 Honda CRF250 L in Viet Nam, I can highly recommend Mr Cuong of Cuong's Motorcycle Adventures in the old city in Hanoi. And while I'm on the topic of Hanoi, I'd also recommend stopping by the restaurant/bar "Highway 4" at nearby 5 Hang Tre, a hangout for expat motorcyclists - the food is great (and unusual) as is the plum wine.:D
  10. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    Rodrigo Santana and Carl Vella sends you besos barbie.
  11. AKoffroader

    AKoffroader Adventurer

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    Might contact these guys.

    http://laos-motorcycle-rentals.com/2010/10/honda-baja-250/

    Why buy when you can rent for $30.00 a day (Honda XR250 Baja)? If you're set on buying, they might have a used one you can pick up.

    I looked at shipping my bike to Africa in 2011. Found out it was cheaper to rent a bike (Yamaha Super Tenere) in Cape Town then ship our bikes over. Also a LOT less hassle. Told the guy all the countries we were riding through and he got us all the paperwork we needed in advance. Showed up, loaded our panniers and hit the road.

    When we were done, we dropped them off, got on a plane headed home. Lot less hassle!

    Enjoyed your report so far.

    Take care,

    Alaska Greg
  12. rlkefauver

    rlkefauver kefakruiser

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    Enjoying your ATW RR. Great life story, great pic's and great adventure! Now slow down so I can catch up. I am only on page 80 and my work is suffering. Don't know if your still traveling, married, living in a Volkswagen van in Mexico...
    Give me 3 more weeks and I will get caught up!! :lol3
    And I am sure this photo is unfiltered??
  13. squawk77

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    You can also negotiate longer term prices (I was paying ~$30/day for a Kawi 650cc ER6N which is unnecessarily huge in Chiang Mai so then under $20/day for KLX 250 dirt bike) If you arrange it and tell them you will ride it for weeks/months, the good shops will prep one up well and also usually provide service/recovery of some sort. I would also be inclined to buy one myself but the problem is not many locals own these "big" bikes, and the hassles of swapping over luggage every country might be less than the paperwork and maint etc. I saw some people bring very badly dropped bikes... and my jaw dropped when they were asked for merely ~$50 for what I expected at least 10, 20 times in damage (easily thousands by NA insurance prices)

    I did contact some riding friends in Chiang Mai about any possible leads on a used 250L for sale... the only ones they know of are rentals and it's the start of busy season now so those won't be for sale. It will probably be easier to find one once you're there. The guy I rented from (who is truly great and looks after his bikes himself and also kits them up well) he just bought 12 new Honda 250L this year, so they are out there! He also got some new adv touring Honda CB500x which look great.
  14. WØPGK

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    I feel like I am going through withdrawals... My daily fix on this forum is gone for a few weeks... :(
  15. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    Our cruise is almost over.
    We are in Cozumel Mexico now
    We rented a scooter and rode around the island.
    Felt good to be back on two wheels

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  16. flyingdutchman177

    flyingdutchman177 Edventurer

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    The weather has not cooperated with us
    We have had clouds and rain most days.
    But we are still having fun.
    Right now we are on the beach having a beer and some shrimp tacos in Cozumel.
    Sunday we will be back in Miami.
    Full report coming soon

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  17. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Awesome! You are truly enjoying life my friend!
  18. mediaguy

    mediaguy Adventurer

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    Ed, I don't know if you heard but Kurt Caselli was killed at the Baja 1000 just 100 miles from the finish line when it appeared that he hit a small animal and crashed. Sad, sad news about one of the greatest off road racers in our time.
  19. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    +1 RIP Kurt :cry
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    Finally made it to the front of the line.
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