::: Offroading South Vietnam

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by VietHorse, Oct 13, 2015.

  1. VietHorse

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    This is my first extreme enduro trip after approx 10 months playing with dirtbike. Actually I missed one trip due to my wrist injury. This one I should not miss. More, couples of my friend really encourage me to join them for this trip - the most "crowded" trip ever :)

    I am not so confident with my bike, it's a track bike, only kickstart, no kickstand. Well, whatever, I have bunch of friend in the trip, they would help me out anyway.

    People told me that this trip is also sort of an epic one. There would be some very technical and challenge terrain. So they asked if I found too difficult then I can stop at end of day 1.

    Damn it, very nervous.

    We have separated trucks for bikes and bus for people. Great arrangement by friends.

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    Money first :)

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    Breakfast time:

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    Thought I gotta have a real meal for starting the day:

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    Fueled up the bikes at the gathering point:

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    Gathering point:

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    Colorful, funny, noisy, that's all about us this time:

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    Everyone seemed very excited. Is it too many for an offroad tour?

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    Got onto the ferry:


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    I was on the first batch of the ferry, we need two for all:

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    Inviting forest...

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    Waited (1st time) for the 2nd ferry:

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    Formality procedure before entering the forest:

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    Hell, a foreigner biker has flat tire right at the gate:

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    Waited - 2nd time:

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    Done the tire for that guy, I was hurry to hop on the bike for the first group. Not for long, we meet the first muddy session:

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    My bike has no electric starter, so I tried to avoid stopping at such places, however, it's not easy to pass those guys, especially on the left side channel.

    It was fun here:

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    I said fun. Don't you think so?! :))

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    There are someone not really happy :

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    Waiting session 3 - Had no sign of the behind groups.

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    Man, we lost. The other guys turned into the jungle somewhere before this. We gotta turned back. Someone dropped there bike, first one I guess:

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    So after we come back on right track, our first group became last one. We still had some sunlight sometimes in the jungle:

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    Slippery somewhere :

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    wet somewhere:

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    All stopped. Look at the road - fun began:

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    Yeah, real fun:

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    I noticed the guys in front of me all stuck. Thought of staying here for a little while to wait for them clear the route:

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    Too long waiting. I could not wait any more. Whatever prices, I gotta hit the mud anyway.

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    Everyone packed on the left side and left the right channel empty. The left one looked muddy, but the right one looked like a real water hole. Now what? I don't like gambling but I may have exception this time. Even though the right one looked like an unhappy ending :)

    See, one bike was spinning its rear wheel with no luck. I gotta make a move:

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    It was really deep water, with mud at the bottom. Full and steady gas and my bike slowly swam thru the channel. Sounded like water ingresses into my air intake, it made the bike sound real bad. The bike halted once, but lucky me it fired up right away with only one kick. Finally I made it to the other side of the crazy muddy session.

    Saw this family on there scooter right after the mud. Hell, how can he survive this? With such small bike, with kid and his wife!!?? WTF!!!

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    Told him that it was too much deep mud in front of him, then I made a move to a drier place for the bike. All of those survived the mud:

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    We have ATV back to save the other guys. Waiting session 4.
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    We have ATV back to save the other guys. Waiting session 4.

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    Another lost in the middle of nowhere:

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    Back and forth this place was nightmare. It was so stuffy, hot and high humid. My YZ experienced first time this thing.

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    We found the way out - but it was not an easy way. Gotta cross a strong flowing stream. We had to line up across the stream to support everyone:

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    Someone enjoyed swimming after a super hot time:

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    Crossed the stream, I was almost exhausted. Parked the bike and sat down like a dead man. Same to the guy in front of me:

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    My face may not be able to tell it all.

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    yeah, boss !..... :super lookin' good :thumb some gnarly shizzit !!!
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    :lol3:lol3 I was almost totally exhausted myself. Could not start my bike for a while. Soooo tired.
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    We still have someone were struggling with the stream, so I had sometimes to recover. Hell, so tired. It was middle of the day. No lunch yet. The guys said we could not out of jungle until mid-night if cruising with that speed.

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    There was another stream, narrower but looked deeper. There was a temp bridge, but it was spoiled by the first bike:

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    So we had to jump into the water:

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    It was not an easy pass. Some of us felt into water, some hit the trees after wheellie out of the stream.

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    Gotta wait..

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    It was raining around:

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    Not sure why people all stopping here.

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    After the stream, we did some more steady ride, almost hit the local roads. Wait for the behind groups:

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    Looks like a soggy jungle adventure, enjoying the story. What is the moped looking bike with pedals in your group? It looks very rugged for a moped style bike.
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    Thanks.
    I don't know what's brand of those mopped. They imported the frame and so, then buy Honda Wave engine (scooter 110cc) to install on the frame.
    Of course they can not go fast and very difficult to get over the hard parts. But the bike is very light, they can walk it many times.
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    VietHorse

    thanks for sharing!

    Whilst I'm solo rider (99% of the time) and don't do light dirt bikes (rarely ;) ) - well it looked exciting!

    It was actually in Vietnam where I rode my first "big" (400cc or something) motorcycle, no license... just turned 17 at the time and did a month of backpacking in Vietnam on my own... still have the fondest memories of that trip, half a lifetime later. ;)
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    Oh man, you were riding 400cc in Vietnam solo backpacking when you just turned 17? :doh:eekers
    It was super difficult to own a big bike in Vietnam before 2000. Surprising me. :hung
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    Me in the background with a bunch of local hunters, on the hills around Phan Xi Pang ... (but that's another story)

    17 - well I come from an odd family... we have a bit of a history of going off alone, early...

    Motorcycles... I rented one - I didn't even know what it was, most likely old military stuff... it was pretty worn and didn't run too well ;) and I had been riding smaller stuff before so had a basic clue of what it was, but really not much of an idea...
    certainly did not do Offroading on this... but it was a brilliant time.
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    I'm in. Most of the Asia ADV seems to be scooters. Real dirt bikes on this trip. :-)
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    Sorry for delay. I was busy with this interesting stuff: LINK. Kinda my brainchild. Sure you guys also love it.

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    Rained. We made it to the road without problem. Nice riding on the sanding road, no dust, tires gripped very well.

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    Great ride on this session. Speeding like hell. Stopped after another stream, but looked nice and friendly:

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    What a clean bike!

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    Move on!

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    The other groups had fun bike wash:

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    It was really fun - pix by others. I was far before them:

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    We gathered all together at a junction, it was 2:30PM:

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    What a hard day - this guy was with his customized motoped:

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    he motoped looked really fun, but not on such terrain.

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    He definitely had a fun day:

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    This ATV guy, friend of mine, who got me into this sh*t :)).

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    He got clean jersey:

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    Another fun moment:

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    We got some boiled egg for pre-lunch:

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    The eggs was pretty hot, but who cares:

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    Stopped for lunch after about 10km:

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    Oh my! So sorry for those who HAVE TO see all the below sh*tty stuff :imaposer:imaposer:imaposer

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    All the dogs here seemed to be pushed away by the smell. Hehe. :y0!:y0!

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    Real Lunchtime. Looks like at a prison or a refugee camp: :lol3

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    Too hungry, everyone must fight for their own food:

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    Looks awesome! I would really like to do something like this in Vietnam one day
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