South korea riders

Discussion in 'Asia' started by Just_P_Dirty, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    I'm glad Koreans (or at least the ones that live in my apartment complex) are either honest or ignorant. I rode my bike home from work Tuesday and parked in the parking garage, but drove the car on Wednesday. Late last night I was looking for all the stuff I'd need for work today, and couldn't find my bike key.

    It was sitting in the ignition. For 30 hours or so. :eek1

    Apparently everyone is either straight as an arrow and wouldn't think about stealing my nice new BMW or they just had no idea that the key is in the ignition. I shudder to think what would have happened if I'd done that when I live in Atlanta or Newburgh, NY.

    I'm going to tie a bright piece of orange cloth to it from now on, so I notice it when I get off the bike. Of course, if I do forget it, the orange cloth will draw thieves' eyes to the key... :lol3
  2. Rectaltronics

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    I've done that in NYC a couple of times without it ending badly. OTOH on at least one occasion the VFR's alarm sent a van full of potential thieves scurrying. And one of my VFRs disappeared from my garage in the middle of winter, disc lock left lying on the garage floor in two pieces. Timing and luck.

    As for honesty, it seems to come in flavors.

    My mother in law speaks of there being crime and insists on fugly razor wire -topped fences around the building but you never actually hear of anything substantial happening. Only problem we ever have is anarchy -type bullshit like neighbors deciding our parking lot is a free-for-all, walking their dogs on our yard (which requires trespassing our driveway and lot!) or dumping garbage (the idiots left identifying papers - haha), or other basic trespass kind of crap. We had one moron who would walk up our driveway, smoke a few cigs in the lot, leave his butts where he stood or toss 'em in our planters :huh then head off to work. WTF. No boundaries with these folks.

    When confronting these people about their behavior they are almost always indignant. But I doubt any of them would ever consider actual theft, etc.

    So when you see even modest properties bordered with tall concrete walls and motorized gates, now you know why.
  3. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Road Dragon

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    Squelch, how did you end up getting your bike to Korea? As I recall, you couldn't get the gov't to approve moving it in your Household Goods shipment.
  4. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    I shipped it myself through Suddath. It cost quite a bit, but it is totally worth it to have it here for a couple of years.

    I'd still like to strangle the little paper-pusher at the Fort Leavenworth transportation office who wouldn't let it go with my HHG. :boid
  5. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Glad you got it here. I'm recovering from a broken collarbone but should be able to ride later in the year if the weather holds.
  6. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    SR1 - Good deal - heal up quickly! I broke my collarbone playing football about 25 years ago, and had to wear a strange figure-8 brace that made it look like I was walking around puffing my chest out. I hope medicine has advanced since then...

    I went out exploring a bit this weekend. I've been riding my bicycle a bunch too, so I've spent quite a bit of time on two wheels over the past week.

    I found Route 902, out of Daegu, to be a pretty decent road. I'm going to wait until I have a fellow rider to start getting too far off the beaten path, but eventually I'd like to try to find some spots where the Pusan Perimeter was.
  7. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Did you join the Facebook group ROK Riders yet? There are some riders in your area.

    If you want a Korea GPS (Garmin) in English let me know, I can help you get one (no discounts, but I have done it, so I know how, that's all)...

    There's an F1 race near Gwanju on the 6th, some of us might ride/drive there, if you'd want to try to make that.

    PM me.
  8. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    I haven't joined ROK Riders yet, (I don't think) but I will do that soon.

    I already loaded Open Street Maps on my Zumo, and it seems to work pretty well so far. It knew the best route to get through the city to my apartment, although it took me about a block out of the way one time.

    I'd be up for a ride to Gwanju, and was actually thinking of trying to ride out there anyway. It would be much better to be with a group though. :lol3
  9. Rectaltronics

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    Oh cool, I had no idea about the F1 track...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea_International_Circuit

    If you have written instructions for the Garmin, I can host them on one of my web sites. If you want.
  10. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I don't think I have that level of data yet. Maybe over the weekend.
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    Rectaltronics Barned

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    No sweat; any time. You can email me whatever you have whenever you have it, brad dot berson at bytebrothers dot org.
  12. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    I sent some rudimentary directions...hope it helps!
  13. Hot Stuff

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  14. FLANKER

    FLANKER Be Prepared.

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    'bout damn time!
    I came here to Korea 3+ years ago. At that time, ADV had NO Korea threads. Glad to see times have changed. THANK YOU. Glad to back on the forum.:freaky:clap

    And Oh, If anyone wants to ride, PM me. Fall is a great time to get out there.


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  15. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    Flanker - I'm in Daegu, and just got my bike a couple of weeks ago. This weekend I plan on going out exploring. Last weekend I had to work, but the weekend before I went down 902 (I think - the road south of Daegu that goes over the mountain). It's great here, from what I've seen so far.
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    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Squelch, we have a typhoon coming in this weekend. Even if it's not a typhoon by the time it comes ashore, it will bring some shit weather. For this weekend, consider screen golf, LOL.

    Almost healed from my collarbone! I am sooooo planning to get out once I'm all healed up! (two more weeks maybe!)

    Flanker, where are you?
  17. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    Ok, this weekend looks like a good one. Anyone in the Daegu area want to go exploring? I've got a 4-day and I know how to use it... :lol3
  18. Hot Stuff

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    My club is riding to Naksan Beach on the east coast, south or Sokcho and just north of YangYang airport. You are welcome to join us, it would be a great ride. We will be staying Saturday and Sunday nights. Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you the details.
  19. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    Sadly I can't stay out all that time - though it's a 4-day, what that really means is that I can go to work in a shirt and shorts instead of my uniform this weekend. I'm looking more for day rides. If you send me the details I can look at the route and maybe tag along half the day Saturday...
  20. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    SO I ditched work yesterday and went out riding all day - was able to go for a whole three hours before my Blackberry started ringing, but by then I was three hours away and I had no idea where I was. :lol3 So I had to do a little crisis management over the phone on the side of the road. Anyway, I rode from Daegu down to the coast - I think the town where I hit the ocean was Gangdong-dong.

    Flanker - it was good to meet you at the PX gas station. We'll have to go out on a ride sometime. The way I typically ride is to try to maintain a certain heading for a while, hoping to eventually get to some specific place. I take whatever road is available. But it's always good to have someone there in case shit goes seriously wrong...

    I have to say, I have not hit a bad road yet. The mountain roads are perfectly curvy, and the little backwoods roads are off the beaten path enough to feel like I'm actually adventuring. Here are a couple of videos I took.

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