Kawasaki Enduro Riding Course and Racing at Khao Khiao, Thailand October 27-28th

Discussion in 'Asia' started by TonyBKK, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. TonyBKK

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    Fantastic enduro weekend at Khao Khiao, Chonburi with Team Green abd Siam Enduro Club!
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    We met up at Kawasaki HQ in Bangkok on Saturday morning-
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    Breakfast at a restaurant across the street courtesy of Kawasaki, Thailand :dg

    Hit the starter button at 0800 for the ride down to Khao Khiao, Chonburi. Our destination:
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    Good turnout- about 90 bikes in total-
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    Saturday was a riding course hosted by the professional riders from Siam Enduro Club. I'm still a dirt bike noob and learned a ton this weekend.
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    The focus this weekend was on how to ride in deep sand and in water. Challenging and fun!
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    Beautiful day and very nice setting in the "Khao Khieo Camping and Green Resort"

    Awesome Thai lunch courtesy of Kawasaki, Thailand :dg
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    Some nicely kitted bikes-
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    Some videos from the Siam Enduro Club Riding Course-
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    Shyte, why is it not possible to post videos in this section of advrider?? Can post vids in other sections but not in the Asia section... Weird :/
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    In the afternoon we learned how to ride over submerged rocks- quite a challenge, and one where the added ground clearance of the KLX 250 gave me a distinct advantage over shorter bikes like the KLX125's and KLX150's. (While the added clearance was nice, the extra weight of the 250 proved to be a handicap in most other areas.)
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    Finally, after the riding course was complete we had a chance to explore the course that the Siam Enduro Club had laid out for the next day's racing. I didn't get far before I got hopelessly stuck :lol3
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    I didn't feel so bad though, because the pro riders struggled here too- no traction in the creek so very difficult to get enough momentum to get up the soft muddy bank-
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    Most guys needed help getting up this river bank. I call this vid "Face Full of Dirt":
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weYEnBKEqHs

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    Kawasaki catered a fantastic 6 course Thai dinner in the evening and I went down the road to find some beer :freaky
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    The huts at the resort were basic, but fine- after the days exercise, big meal and plenty of Beer Leo I slept like an angel :evil
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    Woke up with an aching head and sore muscles from the previous day-
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    Seems no one really wanted to wake up ;)
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    The day started off nice and cool but the temperature climbed quickly. Sunday was a lot hotter than Saturday.
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    Sunday is "Race Day" :clap

    Other than the open class race it's an amateur class event and there is no purse so it's really all about Thai-style fun aka SANOOK!

    First race is KSR110-
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    Then came D-Tracker 125, KLX125, D-Tracker 150, KLX 150, Ladies Race, D-Tracker 250 and KLX 250. Last race was Open Class and was a lot of fun to watch-
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    Real shame I can't embed vids as there are some good ones- check these out for some of the Open Class racing mayhem :evil

    Open class race start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaNBx0d9O00

    Down the creek, over the rocks and under the bridge- watch your head!! [​IMG]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gJaqtJWBa90

    Across the creek, through deep sand, then up some rocks-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ctiLuTcXyH8

    This was the spot where my chain came off on the last lap-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tzcfjYolJxU
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    A few random pics- forgive the poor quality of my camera phone-
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    A bunch of guys were unable to make it through 5 laps- here's one racer cooling his feet in the creek-
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    Another exhausted competitor calling it quits-
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    Other random shots-
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    The spot where I lost my chain. Funny how flat this looks in a pic...
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    Last lap! Go go go!!
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    Exhausted racer stalls on the obstacle and gets hung up on a tree [​IMG]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr8yVlze8rw

    Some scrapes and bruises but no serious injuries (ambulance and medical staff were present both days)- all smiles on the podium after a fun day of racing with Kawasaki and Siam Enduro Club Thailand-
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