being stationed in S korea

Discussion in 'Asia' started by mxdreaming, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. mxdreaming

    mxdreaming Adventurer

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    Im on orders to S korea, any members there that are korean? interested in learning the culture while im there and hopefully doing some riding too! :kumbaya
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  2. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Is your thread also open to non-Koreans in Korea? You kinda made it exclusive...
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  3. Watercat

    Watercat . . . gravity sucks

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    Recommend you take language course before you go and while you're there.

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  4. mrclean28h

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    I did 6 years at Humphreys and road a lot
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  5. mxdreaming

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    Open to all, need input. Just excited to ride the XRR on another continent and use motorcycling to bridge culture/language barriers wouldn't turn down rides with anyone irregardless of nationality

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  6. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I wish I had brought my WR250r when I came over here rather than my 1200GS. There are plenty of places you can go on a small dual sport. Of course, I get to see lots of places on my GS too due to comfort over distance... At least I have knobbies on it and try to find places to use them.

    Do you mean an XR250r by chance?


    Got room in your household goods???????????????????????
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  7. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    My wife is korean. Hope that helps.
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  8. snorske

    snorske Been here awhile

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    the road riding here in Korea is amazing. There are literally endless miles of twisties, with some of the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. Mountain roads, coastline curvies, bays and lakes. Its really a paradise of riding. I am in the south where the weather is milder, so the roads are typically in great condition.

    There are very few gravel or fire roads to explore though. Small land space combined with many people means nearly all roads are paved. Combined with most flat space being farmed and the majority of space being mountainous, there will be mostly paved curvy roads and steep hiking trails.

    The drivers are very conscious of motorcyclists. There are some strange rules such as motorcycles are not allowed on the major freeways. But overall there are little to no rules in respect to motorcycling, as long as you're not an douche.

    I might as well warn you, American soldiers get a very bad rap here. Many of it is deserved as well. Drunk 20's idiot meatheads stumbling around and trying to have sex or fight with everything that moves tends to not sit well with locals. Thus most expats and locals try and avoid the soldiers, and you will be refused in many bars/clubs etc. Don't be offended, its just the way it is. Tip - on the weekends try and diversify your friends, including hanging out with some Koreans. It will open up your world 100x fold.

    Good luck!
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  9. mxdreaming

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    SR1, its a XR659R, I'm glad that everyone has positive Korea riding experiences this is giving me hope.

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  10. snorske

    snorske Been here awhile

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  11. mxdreaming

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    With the draw down the people with a propensity to accomplish actions that seem like they came out of the movie idiocracy will be out of the army. The army has been getting away from the frat boy mentality but it doesn't happen over night

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  12. mxdreaming

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    Correction damn you auto correct XR650R not 659r

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  13. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Snorske, sounds like we'd get along well, shoot me a PM if you're still on the peninsula.

    And yes, MXDreaming, separate yourself from your contemporaries. Unfortunately, I see (very) embarrassing things from the junior enlisted groups nearly every weekend I stay in the city. I take my family away from those areas on the weekends whenever possible.
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  14. mxdreaming

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    Which is why me and my wife never stayed in garmisch in the alps and always chose the little guest houses..... When in Rome .... Just can't wait for some kick ass kimchi

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  15. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Are you coming with her or alone?
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  16. mxdreaming

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    Alone, stabilizes us in Washington awhile longer. It's only a year so ill look at it as a deployment with beer and good food and no IDF and the accompanying alarms that go off all night. I'm really looking forward to this as a experience

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  17. Jimbobvfr

    Jimbobvfr Jimbob

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    Welcome MX!
    I'm a retired Warrant, now doing the GS thing in Daegu. I brought a new 09 KLX250S and have already ridden on two of my new favorite roads! B(?) 79, and another one nearby.
    Not quite as nice as the Alps(I used to lead tours thru the Alps in Italy, SW, FR, and AU), but still pretty damn good when it gets right down to it. It seems most of the curvy roads are clustered with Tourist-traps, so once the weather gets better, it will have to be an early AM ride or maybe (gasp) weekday.
    I'm also interested in developing my off-road skills and found a road near Daelyu-Ri, but jetting problems were amist, so I didn't finish it.
    For the residents already here, I'm very interested in learning the language(I already speek German), as many of the roads and culture as possible.
    hit me up at greer_james@hotmail.com
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