Renting my way through Asia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, Mar 3, 2017.

  1. kevinsinvegas

    kevinsinvegas Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the RR! My plan is to travel Asia after I finish in South America. I also plan to do the bike rental or buy then sell while in Asia.
    cheers!
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  2. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    2017-04-10 Quangping- 305 miles Everything looks the same as yesterday

    I wanted to put in a lot of miles today. I left at 7:30. It was the same mess as yesterday. Light rain, hundreds of trucks, muddy water on the road I need to wipe my shield as often as I did in the snow. But this mess smears. And it's the same with the GPS. And, it has a touch screen. Nothing interesting to take pictures of. Same stuff I saw yesterday. About 1 pm, I stopped to look at the GPS. After cleaning it off, I thought something was wrong with it. I showed me being over 100 miles in the wrong direction. In fact, everything I saw today, I did see yesterday. I was going the wrong direction. Last night I routed the GPS from my hotel room to where I was the night before. It's the only way I can figure mileage. Then I forgot to reroute it to Beijing. So I got to ride the same miserable section of road 3 times.
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    It was busier than this picture. I had to wait for an opening so I could take this picture. All them trucks spraying mud on my shield. I only have 4 days left. My time is in a crunch now.

    I did about 75 positive miles today. I got to Quangping in the dark. The hotel receptionist said I needed to talk to the police about accommodations . She called a taxi to take me to the police station. It was only 2 blocks away. They said I didn't need anything. I can stay there.
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    They said for me to follow them back to the hotel. They talked to the receptionist. I have no idea what they talked about. But I gave her my passport and $30 and I got a room. Then the 2 cops took me to my room. And they carried my bags. What service.
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  3. Sanibel

    Sanibel Been here awhile

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    Last time 2 cops took me to a room was not so many smiles.
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  4. prince666

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    Oops the wrong way.

    Never mind you can see the same stuff again.

    Take note people even when a hotel don't expect western people.

    All it not at a lost the local police can normal sort it out with the hotel owner.
    The last thing the police wants to see is a tourist in trouble.

    Bad image for China.

    Well done matey sounds like you are having fun.

    Hope you find the right road tommrow
    Ride Safe
    Steve
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  5. prince666

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    Hi Sanibel
    Surely you mean a CELL.lol
  6. Culcune

    Culcune Been here awhile

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    Wow, you like to travel in style--POLICE ESCORT!! :wings
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  7. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    2017-04-11 Finally, North of Beijing 395 miles

    It was a beautiful day. What could possibly go wrong. It was foggy the first hour. Then the sun came out. It was warmer. Great roads. Nothing touristy today. But it wasn't boring. Then the bike wiggled. I thought I might go down. I had a flat tire.
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    I flagged a guy down. He said there was a place down the road. He would go there and see if they would help. 5 minutes later he came back. He brought another man from the shop. We lifted the front wheel into the 3 wheeled cart.
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    The 2 of us held the bike up as we drove to the shop.
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    I tried to to pay for the cart ride to the shop. But the man refused. Then he left for work. I had a new tube to install. A patch wouldn't have covered the hole the nail caused.
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    Once the tube was replaced, the repair man wouldn't accept any money either. Even when I tried to to stuff it in his pocket. From flat to finish was less than an hour. A small diversion for my long day.

    Good roads, good weather, good speed, good people. But then I came to a toll booth. I turned around and went back a quarter mile to a gas station to reroute. An attendant comes out. She wants me to come inside and sit down. Why not. Many questions from the 4 girls.
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    Using the translators of course. She indicated that I can go on the toll road for free. I'll try it. She is right. Finally good things are happening. As I approached my 3rd toll booth 2 hours later I heard a mechanical clunk. And I felt it through both foot pegs. Hopefully something got between the chain and sprocket. Because it was just a momentary sound. After going through the toll booth, I hear and felt the same thing. I stopped and looked at my chain and sprockets. They look good. The clip is on the connecting link. I'm hoping it's not the transmission. If it is, I can't do anything about it. So I rode on.

    I stopped at a gas station to get a drink and eat some cookies. After finishing my first ice tea, 2 men came over to me and said who knows what. They were different. Not friendly and wanting to take a picture. The one got rather indignant. He pulled out an ID picture of his own and pointed at it. Now he is getting loud and near pushy. I walk out to my bike. They follow. When I put my helmet on one guy is on his phone. The other tries to take my key out of the ignition. I grabbed his wrist and bent it over backwards. Then I put my leg over the seat, started the motor, and left in a hurry. I don't know what that was all about. But I didn't want to waste time finding out.

    20 miles down the road I hear the noise again. I stop and look again. It was difficult to see. But the master link was the problem. The back plate was completely broken. The front plate with the clip was all that was keeping the chain together.
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    I can't believe it would have let me go 1 mile. Lucky again. A guy on a cart will lead me to a shop 1/2 mile away. The mechanic brings out a new chain. The master link in it will fit my chain. He installed it. My rear brake pads are down to metal. He has something close. He had to grind a metal ear off one of the pads. He put them on. Now there are 19 people watching this process. When he is done, the bill is less than $4. Again, my problems are solved in less than an hour.

    When I got to Beijing it was dark. Less traffic. My route is counter clockwise around the city. I want to be close to the Great Wall in the morning and avoid city traffic. Again I need to find an approved hotel. My first hotel choice wasn’t it. But they offered to drive me to an acceptable one. Thanks anyway. I'm at the Long Mai Hot Springs Hotel. $53.

    Having trouble loading pictures again. I'll try tonight.
  8. Koonzee

    Koonzee Been here awhile

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    Smackit: Hello and thank you for your post regarding hotel rejection.

    Doogle: Hello. Your posts are great and you must be riding with angels. I am certainly happy you arrived in Beijing without any serious issues. I wonder if the gentlemen showing you their ID's were non-uniformed police and didn't care for you on the toll roads.... You are becoming pretty good at dodging bullets or mechanical failures. I am glad you identified the chain's master link when you did. A failure in heavy traffic would have been extremely dangerous. I hope you enjoy the Great Wall tomorrow. Roll on and ride safely!
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  9. Koonzee

    Koonzee Been here awhile

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    and if I recall correctly, you are riding with the better, more expensive chain. Your experience may help others compose a much needed spares kit for the Shineray. Enjoy Beijing!
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  10. Culcune

    Culcune Been here awhile

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    Maybe the two guys were playing 'bad cop' to the good cops the day before :lol3 I just hope they weren't cops and your photo will be splashed on all the news
  11. Smackit

    Smackit Life Is Good

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    It's almost impossible to get a good chain in China, there are so many knockoffs and you never really know if it's genuine. I had a dozen different Chinese motorcycles while I lived there and I always went to Hong Kong to get a good Tsubaki or RK chain. There are plenty of cheap moto parts that won't kill your trip, but a chain is just too important. A $100 investment and a couple of adjustments will get you 15,000 kilometers no problem. Doogle was lucky his trip was in more populated areas and there were plenty of friendly people to help out. In a more remote place you can lose a whole day of travel. He's also really lucky he found someone with the right chain size. 99% of the bikes on the road in China have 428 chain and it's tough to find a shop with 520.

    Hats off to you Doogle, I'm guessing your bike has passed the 5000 kilometer mark, that's when most China motos start to fall apart. Easy to keep running, but reliability can really start to take its toll. Glad you found friendly folks to help you along. The guys that gave you trouble were probably picking a fight over the drivers license issue. They know most foreigners don't have them.
  12. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    I haven't added up the miles. But I'm sure I'm over 3000 miles. The chain is stamped DID,which I use on my quads and bikes at home. I was told when I bought it, that it was a Chinese chain. With a thousand miles to go I thought it would be better than the stock chain. It was still working after 2000 miles. But it stretched /wore a look. When the guy fixed my flat, he took the master link off. I tried to stop him. But I was in his garage. When he put it back together, he used vise grips to compress the orings and install the clip. But that shouldn't have weakened the plate. I looked at the master link when it was out. The pins had rust on one side and wear on the other. No sign of grease anywhere. I thought it only has to go another 500 miles.
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  13. prince666

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    Check on TaoBao and DID chains are being sold for 70 RMB ($10) WTF there cost $100 all over the world.

    WHY.

    Because all these DID chains are cheap copys
    Got a DID VX2 on the TR-G purchased in the UK for $150 it's done over 15.000 km so far and not had to touch it once.
    No one buys DID in China.
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  14. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    2017-04-12 The Great Wall 110 miles

    I ate some breakfast at 8:30 and was ready to ride. The last 3 days the breakfasts have had no drinks. Not even tea. Before that, many only had milk. Yuck. And I think it's not dairy milk. Usually I have some kind of soup, just to get some fluids in me.

    Before going to the popular Badaling wall area I went into the boonies. Places on my GPS. I rode down some valleys where I could see the wall above. It was remote. I finally chickened out and turned around. I haven't seen anyone for miles. Any the bike hasn't made me feel warm and comfy lately.
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    So I returned to the Badaling area. Easy bike parking.

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    Old people entry fee is $3. And there were a lot of people there. But you can see miles of the wall from here. What a feat building this wall through these mountains. When I went up I turned left and went uphill. The majority of people went to the right, which was more gradual.

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    The incline was steep before getting to steps. I was slipping on the dry surface. Wonder how they managed in the snow? And the steps were steeper than a ladder.

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    This is the direction I didn't go.

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    I wanted to go to the highest point in sight. It's up this way.

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    And this is what y
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    Then you walk back down again.

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    Leaving the area I passed some people doing some landscaping. Wish I could read it.

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    Then I passed a sight I've seen many times. Cranes. Usually there in the cities. Building more apartments. They must have 1 crane for every person in China.

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    I set my GPS for the airport so I could find a hotel. No, not the airport in Sanmenxia. I booked the Super 8 hotel for the next 2 nights- $36/night. I washed a little bit of the dirt off of the bike. Tomorrow I'll look for a buyer for the Shineray. If I have any luck I'll do some sight seeing also. I hope good things happen. I'm ready to go home and drink a bottle of champagne with my wonderful wife.
  15. Sanibel

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    The plantings say "Great Wall of China"
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  16. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    I'd have to cut the beard and dye my hair. Maybe a Mohawk.
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  17. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Artist at work.
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  18. Sanibel

    Sanibel Been here awhile

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    Maybe I missed it, or maybe I am too nosy, but what did you pay for the Shineray?
  19. Koonzee

    Koonzee Been here awhile

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    >Maybe I missed it, or maybe I am too nosy, but what did you pay for the Shineray?<
    Sanibel: I'll save Doogle a couple keystrokes. He posted the following on page 4:

    "It looks good and sits comfortable. It's only $1300 with a new helmet included. It's the one I'm buying."
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  20. theoenhilde

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    We did enjoy your reports every day, but we also are glad you reached the end in good health!! Wish you a safe flight home!
    Your family from the Netherlands