Bangkok to Nan with Kawasaki, Thailand!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by TonyBKK, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Just got back from a fantastic weekend ride sponsored by Kawasaki, Thailand and Outdoor Magazine-
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    Cool mix of bikes- mostly Kawa 650's (Ninja 650, ER6n and Versys, but also a few Ninja 250's, Z1000's, a ZX10R, a GTR1400 and the mighty new ZX14R)-
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    Early morning rendezvous at Kawasaki Rama 9 in Bangkok-
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    Departure-
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    Pit stop with drinks and snacks at the Kawasaki dealer in Nakhon Sawan-
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    Lunch!
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    We always eat well on these Kawasaki rides-
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    Fantastic Route 1339-
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    The 1339 ends abruptly at a reservoir with a dirt track leading down to a ferry crossing-
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    Panorama-
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    On the ferry to Ban Pak Nai, Nan, Thailand-
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    The "ferry" is actually more like a barge, and it's towed by a long tail boat-
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    Tom and Dam on the ferry to Ban Pak Nai-
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    Sunrise at Ban Pak Nai-
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    Early morning at Ban Pak Nai, Nan Province-


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    The ZX14R looks good at any time of the day :evil
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    Khun Pep with his Z1000 stunt bike-
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    Wat Pumin, Nan, Thailand-
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  2. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    We stopped at Ton Sak Yai National Park, home to the oldest living Teak Tree in the world (really??)
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    Stopped here to see the sights and enjoy some refreshments-
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    Can't really remember if it's the "biggest" or the "oldest" Teak Tree.... I imagine there must be some undiscovered teak trees in other parts of SE Asia that might give it a run for the money-
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    Route 1339 is a fantastic road!
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    Had some good fun chasing this KTM 990 Adventure. My pillion is a good sport :D
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    Eventually we caught up with some other bikes- ZX10R and Ninja 650R-
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    End of the road!
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  3. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Some more pictures from the Kawasaki ride to Nan, Thailand. Black and whites are all courtesy of Khun Yutt.
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    In front of the Thai-Lao border crossing Customs House at Thung Chang-
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    We discovered here that two of us had picked up punctures on the scuzzy border road from Bo Klua. (A third puncture was discovered later). I swear the villagers must throw scrap metal on the road- seems every time I ride this way some one gets a puncture.
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    Anyway, amazing Thailand- local tin shack mechanic had us sorted in 5 minutes flat for 50 Baht a puncture (about $1.60) :D

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  4. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    We stayed in the National Park Bungalows in Doi Phu Kha National Park-
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    Very nice!
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    I'm told they cost only 400 Baht (~US$13) a night for a 4 bed bungalow- amazing value!
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    Bikes parked out in front on Sunday morning-
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    Hearty breakfast and hot coffee on a chilly morning-
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    Our lovely house-mates, Tom and Dam-
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    Good morning Khun Pep! :evil
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    As they always do, Kawasaki handed out a bunch of prizes and souvenirs-
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    It was a LONG ride back to Bangkok- over 800km, and with a puncture and a long lunch and a lot of photo stops we didn't get back till after dark, but everyone made it back in one piece, no crashes, no drama, so all's is well that ends well! :clap
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    Thanks again Kawasaki, Thailand and Outdoor Thailand Magazine! Looking forward to the next one!
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  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Route 1081 to Bo Klua, Nan, Thailand- one of the best sport bike roads in Thailand! [​IMG]
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    This road just keeps going and going and going and is one of those rare roads where I find myself wishing for an extra 20-30 Hp! :wink:
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  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Route 1081 to Bo Klua continues. This video starts just past the junction with Route 1257, which is also a cool road-
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  7. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    A bunch more pics from the Kawasaki ride to Nan [​IMG]

    Early morning rendezvous for coffee and breakfast at Kawasaki Rama 9
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    Leaving Kawasaki Rama 9-
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    Quick stop for snacks and refreshments and photos at Kawasaki Nakhon Sawan-
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    Kawasaki dealer in Nakhon Sawan-
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    Kawasaki Nakhon Sawan threw in some T-shirts and other goodies-
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    Leaving Nakhon Sawan-
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    Lunch!
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    I think this is on the 1339 south of Ban Pak Nai-
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    Ninja ZX10R chasing the mighty ZX14R-
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    Here comes the ferry... Wow, looks a bit sketchy...
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    ZX14R waiting to board the ferry to Ban Pak Nai-
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    The fellow on the KTM 990 adventure was quite fast once moving, but struggled with low speed stuff on account of the height of the bike-
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    Boarding-
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    On our way to Ban Pak Nai-
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    See you on the other side... I hope!
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    Woohoo! We made it! Took four ferries to get all the bikes and support vehicles across.
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    Our luxurious accomodations for the night! It was pretty cold and I was glad to have the gf along for warmth [​IMG]
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    Good night!
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    Good morning!!
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    Khun Pep was the only guy brave(?) enough to jump in for a swim...
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    Sunrise at Ban Pak Nai-
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    A monk is collecting alms in his long tail boat-
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    Local kids are up early-
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    Lids-
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  8. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Thanks again Kawasaki, Thailand!
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    Let the Good Times ROLL! :rofl
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