China, The rewards and punishment tour

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Smackit, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. richardktm

    richardktm Richard KTM

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    Hey lorne.. i just found your RR and i'm blown away.. your pictures rock.. and your galaxys are fine looking machines!
    I can't believe i did almost the same trip as you at the same time, we started in yangshuo and rode to loa's and back doing about 4500klms in total on the 323 most of the time.. my mate Tom even fell off on the same road as you, we stopped and took picture at the same view point, then set off racing down the hill, road looked good but was slippery as hell.. very shiny tarmac right! he went down at about 70klms\hr but slid in to a ditch on the left, great to see it on vid though!!
    I totally agree with you, china is awesome for riding, so much going on and petrol and generous people everywhere.
    Hope you and your missus are having fun in the states, i am leaving china in oct so let me know if your back by then to have a beer or two amigo..
    Going for some adventures in oz for a year or two.
    Will post my RR now you've inspired me
    take it easy
    Rich
    ps. supercross was cancelled due to rain last week but they have more planned in sept or oct, give galaxy a ring, they sorted me out with free passes.

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  2. DanKearney

    DanKearney I'm in no rush. . .

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    Great, great ride report! Thanks for sharing that with all us arm-chair guys.

    Cheers,

    Dan K.
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  3. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    :clap and THANK YOU for taking the time to share your report with us.
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  4. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    This RR is epic. I was hoping for a good view of China and your report delivers big time.
    It looks like before you crashed, you went through a pile of mud or animal crap. As soon as you leaned into the turn the bike let go. Darn lucky one of those big trucks wasn't coming.
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  5. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    NICE! NICE! Very well done ride report of a place most of us will never see in person. Who knows,maybe I'll make it over there.

    Thanks for the RR.!
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  6. southroads

    southroads old and tired

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    Thanks Lorne,, Great RR,, and the pics are just awesome!!!:clap:clap
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  7. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    Absolutely fantastic! :clap :clap :clap Thanks for the huge effort in putting this together!

    That mining road you took looks really awesome. BTW can you share any pics of the actual mining going on?

    The riding and scenery is very similar to what you get in the Peruvian Andes (minus the prayer flags of course!), but I was amazed at how much more vegetation there seems to be in China at the same altitudes.
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    Thanks again, I hope you will be doing some more similar trips soon. :freaky
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  8. Aidan1150

    Aidan1150 Call Me The Breeze

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    Thanks for the stunning report ChinaV. :clap:clap:clap
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  9. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    I think it must be a law of nature that all rr's in China are epic. I haven't read one yet that wasn't, and this one is no exception. great stuff, thanks.
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  10. BleiFuss

    BleiFuss Adventurer

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    Amazing trip and report. I've been to Shanghai and Nantong for 3 months this year. In comparision to Japan and South-Korea is China the best. I was impressed of the very kind people of China and the dimension of this country. But how did you manage to get a official travel licence ? I had always working permits so this is very different. Especially because you were driving to the Area of Tibet.

    kind regards
    BleiFuss
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  11. RealitySheriff

    RealitySheriff Attempting Awareness

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    Thanks for the fantastic report. I enjoyed it very much and it made me pine for my days in China. I have actually eaten at Salvador's in Kunming. I concur that it is a must do for any expat or westerner.
    Thanks again and safe travels.
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  12. philsb

    philsb Gentleman of Leisure

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    Great report and a stunning trip!
    It was a pity about the crash. Armco barriers are a bit solid but at least they would have saved your bike the long drop.
    Best regards
    Phil
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  13. yunwei cao-China

    yunwei cao-China Sichuan, China

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    Wow, the great journey, can you tell me, and you feel chinav xtr adv feel?
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  14. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    5 Stars, loved every word and photograph.
    Who says a China bike can't be reliable. :thumb
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  15. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    :D Selling the LC4?
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  16. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    The pictures vanished... :eek1 … thanks for nothing Apple and your crappy mobile me / dot mac fiasco. I re-linked all 245 images to my non-Apple photo hosting.

    Never did post the final GPS route we took, so here it is.

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    Cheers!
    ChinaV
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  17. Kennon

    Kennon Been here awhile

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    its a shame you can't ride a mainland plated bike into Hong Kong would be good especially in the new territories.
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  18. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    Just reread this fantastic trip report. Brought back memories. Your experiences paralleled mine, which is the kindness and generosity of rural Chinese people is astonishing.... Regarding your accident, I feel that Chinese tires are made from a very hard rubber compound. Long life, but a bit tricky in corners. My Chinese bike tires have dropped me twice .. :lol3 And yes Peter's has great Mexican food. I had to resist eating there every day...:rofl
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