China or bust...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by beemer boy, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Beemer Boy, thanks for the great travel stories and the glimpses at motorcycle exotica.

    I recognize the motor on your new bike...it's the same as a Suzuki DR200 in the US. The countershaft sprocket guard and the oil filter cover are styled differently, but the rest of the motor appears to be pure DR200. If it's as rugged as the Suzuki version, you've got a fine scoot. Do you know if Qingqi are building them for Suzuki?
  2. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    Hi BB,

    I have test ride the JH600 today and it handles well except it is not as powerful as the F650GS. But with a 20L tank and a 3-4L/100km fuel consumption, it should work well touring China. The subframe seems to be strong enough to add a pannier case frame with full 40kgs load. Factory engineers told me that it is built to mil spec and has been well tested by PLA. I will look further into this. Anyway, I shall be riding to Mianyang tomorrow and stay at Xing Ya Hotel. My ETA is about 6pm. I am looking forward to meet up with you for a chat. 60 riders from all over China will be with me so you will also get to meet them too. Have a good trip.

    Franki
  3. Joyseeker

    Joyseeker a biking sweetie

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    got to see this..... and make sure you eat some good food! :ddog
  4. franki

    franki NB Rider

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    This is what the map to the resort which is E of the city.

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  5. thumper gman

    thumper gman GLEN

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    i would like to see photos of those 60 bikes dam:eek1
  6. gpothoven

    gpothoven whatever

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    THE definition of Adventure Rider IMO!:clap
  7. roverjohn

    roverjohn Been here awhile

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    I want one of those little vans. Please stash one in your luggage for the trip home.
    Thanks, John...
  8. humanbeing

    humanbeing Adventurer

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  9. sok

    sok n00b

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    sweet new bike, looking forward to updates!
  10. T125

    T125 Slightly Overdressed

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    Fantastic report, BB! Keep it coming as you're able! :thumb

    (BTW, the ad copy at the ChangAn website is hysterical. It has that "Po Ling speaks excellent English. Let him do the website." feel to it. Good fun!)
  11. Baycode

    Baycode n00b

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    Hi BB. I have just joined AR to write you. As a group of 200cc Chinese bike riders living in Turkey we are watching your journey. Just to let you to know. Take care and please continue to share us your adventure. :clap
  12. nerudarider

    nerudarider nerudarider

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    Well BB, what's the answer?:ear
  13. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    Ok, back on the road again !! Been a long time off the bike, was very happy to be packed up and moving !! Here is the bike fully loaded and ready to roll. I did change out the tires to ones that were a bit knobbier. Will miss the great Tex Mex food and strawberry shakes in Chengdu but the open road calls. And I know you guys are waiting to see what new punishments I will visit upon myself.....
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    Decided to head up north to catch up with Franki and test ride the new Jialing dual sport bike. However no visit to Chengdu would be complete without visiting the giant panda center. Paid my fee and start walking around looking for pandas out playing in natural settings.
    It is midday, and this is what I see....
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    Hmm, no pandas in sight. Then see a small building with a sign in front that says due to the weather please see the pandas inside. And sure enough there they are, kicking back in air conditioned cages chomping down on bamboo. Basically escaping the heat which makes perfect sense.
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    Here are some pint sized ones.
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    Another area had red pandas. They are fairly small about the size of a medium dog. Also clearly a lot tougher as they were out in the outside area playing around, and eating of course..
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    Here showing off the zoom on my new camera.
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    I must have a warped sense of humor, since I got a kick of a sign there warning Chinese tourists not to pester the foreign tourists for pictures.
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  14. Rick Lee

    Rick Lee Long timer

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    First time I was at that zoo it was raining and it was before the renovation, so I only saw three other visitors in the whole place. Back then you could pay $40 for this kind of photo.

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  15. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    A pretty uneventful ride up to Mianyang for the Jialing motorcycle event. I had no idea how big the city was. I had been given the name of the hotel from Franki, and thought no problem to find it. They knew otherwise, and had two people waiting for me to arrive at the outskirts of the city. Out of the corner of my eye saw these guys waving and screaming as I went by. So they escorted me WAY out of town to a resort where the event was held. The resort was on a lake. As I walked around the hotel area I noticed this cable car down to point of land across the lake. It was no longer in operation, think you would have to be a very brave person to take this...
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    I did not know a soul at the event except Franki whom I had never met in person before. We had only exchanged emails. Yet everyone there treated me like a long lost brother. I was truly amazed. They also took endless pictures of themselves with me like I was a motorcycle touring superstar. I did not have the heart to tell them I was just an ordinary bozo wasting my time riding around. And of course they spent lots of time spent examining the modifications I had done to my bike.
    The whole event was very elaborate and well done. Here is the parking area after all the test riders came back from the day's ride.
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    Franki being interviewed by a film crew. He is a very well known rider in China.
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    Jialing is a major motorcycle manufacturer in China. They wish to enter the large bike market with this 600 CC dual sport bike. So they invited 60 riders from all over China to come on a three day road trip to test ride the bikes. With Franki's help I just sort of weaseled my way into the party.... Here are the test bikes lined up.
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    One of the bike clubs there. They forced me into their photo...
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    A few assorted non Chinese bikes were there as well.
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    And no bike gathering would be complete without a big nightime party. Let's see, beautiful dancing girls ?? Check !!
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    A stunning girl who was an excellent violin player.
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    And of course a guy wearing a mask blowing out gouts of flames.......
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    Franki is from Hong Kong, and speaks perfect english as well as Chinese of course. So he very graciously acted as my translator the whole three days.
    Think he told everyone that I was famous, because everyone kept coming over to my table and wanted a toast. Or maybe it was because I was the only white foreign devil there.
    When you toast here I was told you have to drink the whole glass at once. So by the end of the evening Beemer Boy was turning into Blasted Boy. Had a great time though.
    Good food, good friends, and lots of motorcycle talk. A little piece of heaven!

    Next day time for a test ride on that bad boy. As the bike is basically targeted for Europe they were very curious what I thought of the bike. Notice the sort of evil grin that is saying what were these Jialing people thinking letting a maniac ride one of their prized new bikes....
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    A stop along the way...
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    Rider POV..
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    Overall I liked the bike. Plenty of power, actually better roll on power than my Africa Twin. Mild surging from the fuel injection was the main issue for me. Am sure that can be mapped out. Also a bit heavy for a 600 CC bike. But I think the bike will sell well.

    Lunch stop. Basically I ate like a king the whole time. The point and shoot method of ordering food is on hold for a couple of days. Now I sit down, wait, and endless plates of delicious food keep showing up. Yeah baby !!!
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  16. rosmoe

    rosmoe Been here awhile

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    Liked your Chinese Sign at the Panda Center. Could use a few of them here around the San Francisco area, but it might be too late !!!!
  17. cybertron

    cybertron n00b

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    hi bb,
    i'm new on the forum but i have read your thread and it is great!

    I have the same bike as your new one here in sweden, and it is great so far!
    I look forward to reading more on your trip and your new bike

    drive carefully
  18. BDKW1

    BDKW1 KL"X" not "R"

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    I have that same grin every time I get in a rental car :evil
  19. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Awesome updates, BB!! :clap
  20. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    :dealCan I have your autograph??:lol3