TBR China ADV Riding

Discussion in 'Asia' started by TBR, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    Overnight stay in the Weichang Hotel, typical very basic Chinese hotel with a few associated restaurants and KTV / Karaoke outlets next door...

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    Breakfast from the snack bag preferred as I am not a big fan of rice porridge, century eggs and dumplings....

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  2. TBR

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    Some basic Weichang chinese food available in roadside restaurants and at street stalls....

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  3. TBR

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    Great Wall section up the mountains from the famous Mutanyiu Great Wall area, no crowds on a Wednesday late afternoon, perfect opportunity for some pics.....

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    Heading back to Beijing checking out a new bike shop, all tarted up and fully farkled Chang-Jiang 750 sidecar (China 1938 BMW R71 copy) on display....

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    Quick break and snack stop along the Black Dragon Pool Road in the mountains North of Beijing, pair of lizards perform a little sideshow.

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    After the snack break on top, riding into the Black Dragon Pool valley for some exploring.

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    Rolling back to Beijing, my second puncture right on the expressway, must have driven over a lane divider reflector or reflector bolt mounted into the asphalt as the hole was a perfect round, shaped like a bullet hole.
    Had to use two sticky ropes to seal the puncture perfectly and secure. Now the real danger was standing in the right lane (emergency lane), in China crazy drivers use the emergency lane as a regular driving lane all the time..... TIC = This Is China!

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    Trail riding in the mountains to one of the very few know arch ways in the Great Wall of China approx. 85k's from the Beijing....

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    Chinese food at trout farm and restaurant near the Mutanyiu Great Wall section after the arch way trail ride....

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    Quick lap around the famous Tianamen Square in Beijing before packing up for the return to Shanghai and saying goodbye to Capital City Beijing....

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  13. TBR

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    The MTS arrived back in Shanghai by overnight truck shipment from Beijing, a few weeks of B+B (business and biking) went by in a flash (riding distance = 1x Pirelli Scorpion Trail 190/55ZR17 -rear tire-, approx. 6000k's extensively twisting the throttle).
    The Italian Diva performed great and flawless. Ducati MTS = absolute brilliant bike and will get a lot of TLC incl. a decent wash and polish in the next few days thats for sure....

    Had a blast around the greater Beijing region going for afternoon rides, overnight trips and full day cruises on the expressways (gets you out of the city and the touristy areas pretty quick, fully legal and very convenient) to the brilliant mountain roads and the beautiful grasslands.....
    Enjoyed catching up with quite a few old mates and made a few interesting new contacts in the Beijing biker community and planning a longer stay up in Capital City later in the year once again.

    ps: checked the Beijing traffic ticket website once again and as of today no traffic tickets listed to my bike with Shanghai "A" plate cruising all over Beijing incl. the downtown CBD areas like Guomao, Sanlintun, Chaoyang, etc....

    Beijing rocks.... stay and ride safe!

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    On a last note, really hope the government powers refrain from turning the great mountain ranges and grasslands around greater Beijing region into the "big modern city dream".......

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  15. Lago888

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    hi TBR
    good having you up in the BIG SMOKE for some great riding,,, and even some Great Wall Riding
    look forward to our next go 'rounds
    bestest ,,,, TL
  16. ERD

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    Makes me want to go ADV riding there. The last time I rode in China I was on a GL1800 for 2000km - not exactly the bike for the country, but fun nevertheless.
  17. TBR

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    Had a new BMW1200GS water-cooled for a testing weekend from the official BMW distributer / importer in Shanghai.
    Nice bike with a lot of new developments but would not trade in my Ducati MTS1200S.
    The MTS rides like a revved up super-moto on steroids. It has some ADV / dirt bike feel but super-bike performance in the twisties and feel more comfortable on a lighter powerful bike like the MTS compared to the big heavy beemer.

    Next test rides will be on the new BMW F800GS ADV and the BMW F700GS (don't like the cast wheels) once they are in the country.
    Loved my old F800GS "Bumble Bee" and the new model can only be better but time will tell......

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  18. Texas Aggie

    Texas Aggie Been here awhile

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    Looking good there my man!
  19. TBR

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    Thanks, all fine an well over here, went for a nice ride yesterday morning along the Great Canal passing through Liantang Town, in the Qingpu District of Shanghai over into Jiangsu province and back via Diashan Lake. Very nice and pleasant weather without the high humidity....

    Liantang Town, former home toen of Chen Yun: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Yun

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    Hope to get over to your neck of the woods for an overnight trip just after the National October holidays, shall keep you posted.
  20. Texas Aggie

    Texas Aggie Been here awhile

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    I have partners/clients in country for factory visits October 7-11th. I will be hop scotching all over China those days with work but should be available other than those days to meet up. Keep me posted.

    I learned a little from your Chen Yun link. Thanks for posting.