South korea riders

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

  1. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Hi
    3 of us from the UK who are riding around the world are camping at the beach at Mangsang if any bikers want to call in for a beer. were camped on the right just past the shower block.

    PS were loving our time in Korea
  2. jonpurdy

    jonpurdy Adventurer

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    Awesome! Do you have a blog or anything with your stories?

    How'd you get the bikes in? Boat?
  3. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Hi.

    We arrived in Donghae last Thursday from Vladivostok on the DBS ferry . were staying in Korea till the 8th August . The bikes get shipped to America from Masan on this date.

    We will then be taking a 3 week Holiday in Thailand before flying to America to collect the bike and Head to Alaska.

    we have been posting our photos and write up here .

    http://www.bmwgs.co.uk/viewforum.php?f=10

    Regards . Dazzer and Leigh
  4. Skitch

    Skitch Riding the range

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    Welcome to the ROK! I'm all the way over here on the west coast, plus i got this "work-thing" going on too, so I'll have to pass on the invite...

    You are in a great area for great roads. Check out ROK Riders on Facebook too. Very active page. Lots of folks on there that can help if you need it or just have questions about riding here in the country.

    Good luck with your ride!
  5. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Hi and Thanks for the info we will check it out. were having a ride to the DMZ tomorrow then back to the beach because it Mud Wrestling on Wednesday :evil
  6. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Road Dragon

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    Are you guys staying in Mangsang the whole time you're here in Korea?
  7. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Hi
    Were staying here till the 2nd August then making our way down to Busan.

    Tomorrow were having a ride up to the DMZ to do some more sight seeing.

    we will be at the Lotteria fast food bar on the beach in the evening as we can get wifi there.

    Dazzer
  8. Hot Stuff

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    Enjoy your stay. There is some great mountain riding just inland from where you are staying. And it's cooler up there. :deal
  9. Dazzer

    Dazzer Been here awhile

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    Your spot on. Were now in Sabuk and although the days are still Hot, its nice a cool on a evening. The roads are also excellent switch backs . After riding across Russia we had almost forgotten how to take a corner..:wink:


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  10. wuichet

    wuichet super geek

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    I will be headed to Seoul this fall for a couple of years... can't wait to bring my bike and ride over there.:clap
  11. Hookapelli

    Hookapelli Meat Popsicle

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    I'll be there Mid January for a 90 day TDY. Is there a place to rent a bike and get in some weekend rides or should I maybe spend the $$ and ship the GSA for my stay? I plan on taking some leave during the trip.
  12. Hot Stuff

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    There are some rental places, depends on what you want to rent. Shipping and customs hassles probably wouldn't be worth it unless you are planning to live here for a while. Note that it will be waaaay cold in January, with possible snow/ice on the roads. And even if the roads are "clear", there will definitely be sand on any inclines. Of course, by the end you your 90 days, should be excellent weather.
  13. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Disappointed today. I was going to go from Pyeongtaek to Donghae and hit the mountains in Gongwon-do again...freakin cold rain ALL DAMNED DAY. It'll be my last open weekend too, I'll be gone all of November and the family will be here in December. Oh well, there's always Spring.
  14. Taelan28

    Taelan28 Thunder

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    I dont think I've had a warm day in Gangwondo. When your first time in the province involves scuba diving in Sokcho in January and second time was going to the DMZ in mid october without a jacket in cloudy, rainy weather then one as dumb as me believes Gangwondo and alaska have the same climate.
  15. Hookapelli

    Hookapelli Meat Popsicle

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    Pushed to April... See you all then!


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  16. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    This Summer in Gongwon-do was fantastic. Hot at times even. I'll plug in the heated gear and go, if there's a warmish and sunny day this winter...we'll see.
  17. Hot Stuff

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    I ride all winter as long as the roads are clear...but admittedly the trips are shorter, mostly due to the reduction in the number of hours of daylight available.

    Note, however, just because the roads are clear locally doesn't mean carp out in the country or in the mountains. Also fun in the hills is squelched by the amount of sand that is spread on the roads.
  18. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    I know I'm digging up a zombie thread, but it seems to be my best bet to find some answers. I'm heading to Korea this summer, for at least a year (military) and probably more like three or four years. I'll be alone the first year, then my wife will come over.

    Right now I have a 2006 Buell Ulysses, a 2006 KLX250S, and a 2009 Triumph Daytona 675. The 675 is my track bike, so I'm going to sell it, (I still have all the street items) since I've heard that there's not much of a track day scene over there. I'm thinking about selling the Buell too, since it's 7 years old, and it will be a bitch trying to get parts over there. From what I've read here, I probably won't get much dirt use out of the KLX, so I'll probably sell it too.

    I'm tempted to go to a dealer and find out what I can get on a trade of all three bikes, to buy something new, ride it for a couple of months, and ship it. I'm thinking about a more road-oriented bike - something my wife and I can ride two-up when she arrives.

    What do y'all think - keep the Buell, keep the KLX, or get something different? :ear
  19. Skitch

    Skitch Riding the range

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    I just got done doing one year in the ROK. I was stationed at Osan AB. Where will you be stationed?
    Once you figure out the roads, and where to go, you'll find Korea offers some of the best riding anywhere. There are tons of beautiful mountains over there and few straight roads. You will not regret making the effort to bring a bike with you.
    As for which bike.... When I went I had the choice of bringing a DR650SE, a BMW R1200RT, and a VSTROM DL1000. I opted to bring the bullet proof and versatile VSTROM. It proved to be a great bike for the mix of city and open country riding. And it is as reliable as a hammer.
    I did have one mx issue with the Strom (it was pushing 35k when i brought it over), and finding Vstrom specific parts/service was a little tough. Ordering parts on-line and sent to an APO box was easy enough. There are plenty of excellent mechanics in the country, and they will work hard for you, at reasonable rates, even if they've never worked on your brand bike before.
    I only saw one other VSTROM in Korea the whole time I was there. I saw a ton of harleys and BMWs, and there are good dealerships for those bikes all over the country. Jap bikes seem less popular over there. Might be some lingering ill-will from WWII, but I think Koreans are very brand concious as well.
    Given your list of bikes, if you trust and enjoy riding your Buell, that would probably be a fine bike to bring.
  20. Hot Stuff

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    +1 on the Buell. Once you get into the mountains there are some roads that turn in to gravel or dirt and I have missed out on exploring those becuase I have a pure road bike that can't handle potholes and ruts very well. As for track days, there are tracks here but most are located in the rural countryside. Bring some track-day leathers and there is a track here were you can rent a 250cc bike set up for the track (I think they are CBR 250s). There is not enough dirt here to justify the KLX. It would make a good around town bike, but probably too small for serious touring. I've been riding here for 4 1/2 years and it's awesome once you get out of the cities. I have a few ride reports here on ADV if you want to see what to expect, or PM me if you want to see my ride albums on Farcebook.