Singapore - Mt Everest Base Camp along Gobi Desert, Great Wall of China, Silk Road

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by yempaul, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. ADVFlyer

    ADVFlyer Long Distance Rider

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    Nice ride report. Many years ago (in the late 1970's) I rode a Honda XL 250 from Adelaide to London. The most memorable (or rather, forgettable) part of my trip in Singapore was having my full face helmet confiscated by the Singapore Police. Sounds like the government is a bit more enlightened these days as your helmets are all full faced!

    Thanks for the detailed info. :clap
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  2. yempaul

    yempaul Adventurer

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    Never heard of such ruling ... i am still a young lad by the way. The Singapore government encourages uses of full face helmet now.
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  3. samonthe

    samonthe n00b

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    Await your next big adv trip...well done Yem and SG.
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  4. najisaurus

    najisaurus Tigerist

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    A very well done ride report.

    Would have loved to join you guys!
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  5. ADVFlyer

    ADVFlyer Long Distance Rider

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    Just checked my old diary and faded photos - I am in my late 50's now. It reads, "..... had my new Bell full face helmet confiscated by the Traffic Police and issued with a S$100 fine ....... I am not going to pay this one....". Traffic cop explained politely that motorcyclists are not allowed even to wear clear visors over their faces, in fact, nothing that obstructs from the forehead to the chin. Tried to explain that full face helmets are safer but he kept saying only thugs used them for bank robberies. Also from my diary, the newspapers at that time were promoting having 2 children only as ZPG (Zero Population Growth) was the big news, Cliff Richard was banned from performing unless he got a haircut, etc. I made it as far north as Thailand, then had to back track to Penang to ship my bike to India. The Asian Highway from London to Singapore, through Burma was closed permanently, as I recalled.

    Nice RR, by the way. Wish I could have ridden China, but it was under Mao and strict communism then and very insular.
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  6. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke No idea

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    Fantastic RR. Simply stunning images, great effort by all the riders.

    I lived in Penang in the 1970's, Dad had a Honda 90, only open face helmets were allowed. There were signs up in all the government buildings that long haired people had to be served last. Backpackers were given extensive searches at border crossings.
    As a family we travelled without any problems, visited Singapore many times, also lots of other places in SE Asia. Really enjoyed my time travelling (even though I was 10-12 years at the time).

    Well done Paul.
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  7. yempaul

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    You recorded all those? I do remember the 2 child policy tho.

    Penang is still a lovely place. Love the food there. Thanks guys
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  8. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    the pics are absolutely awesomely stunning! without a doubt, one of the top reports/trips on this forum. there is just so much in that part of the world that us westerners have yet to be able to see.... i am totally envious.....

    and i think the pic of the chinese geezers giving the 'ADV Salute' is probably the best one of the bunch.... hehehehe.....:evil
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  9. superfunkomatic

    superfunkomatic Funky Monkey Trunk

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    What an inspiring adventure. Thank you for sharing.
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  10. thomas.tc.young

    thomas.tc.young Been here awhile

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    thanks for posting! china is my dream ride.
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  11. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke No idea

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    That first image has got to be front page material!:rofl

    Is the second image a traditional wedding?

    Third, Monk with a mobile!

    A few more questions for you Paul. With your group, what is the common language?
    What language was used in that those parts of China, Cantonese or Mandarin?
    How is the rider with the broken bones?

    What was your impression of the rapid growth of technology/buildings/infrastructure doing to the local customs?

    Once again, thanks for the time you took to do this repot.
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  12. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    :clap
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  13. yempaul

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    You'd be surprised at what other gadgets they're holding on to.

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    Those area of Tibet / Sichuan border don't receive much foreigners compared to bigger Chinese towns so they're much relatively untouched and they practiced their customs openly as much as they wanted. Astonishing sights to view. We tried as much as we can to spending time in these remote areas rather than big cities.

    We have 2 Mandarin speaking riders and a few of us can speak startling Mandarin so not much of a big issue when it comes to conversing.

    Yes all the injured riders are recovering well. Thanks for asking.
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  14. biker7one

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    Stunning pics, excellent RR, thank you for this.
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  15. yempaul

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    My pleasure ... it was all but good expedition and an eye opener ...:freaky
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  16. kLrough

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    nice picture and great RR...:wink:
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  17. yempaul

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  18. ridz_o_rama

    ridz_o_rama Adventurer

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    Im working the graveyard and just took approx 2 hours sitting in the office going through and imagining myself on one of those epics. Wonderful RR.
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  19. yempaul

    yempaul Adventurer

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    Thanks ridz

    Here's Part 2

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2oj5LvdD_E
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  20. yempaul

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