::: VFR800 Interceptor and ACE MTSG with weekend Dalat tour

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by VietHorse, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. VietHorse

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    Close to X'mas, ACE MTSG - a big bike rider group in Hochiminh City - set up a short trip during weekend.
    Trip destination is Dalat (Đà Lạt) - a beautiful highland City in southern part of Vietnam.

    We divided in two group, first one departed from Friday PM, the second one, just me and a friend departed Saturday early AM as we still had to work on Friday.

    This thread reports from my departure.

    And here is the tracklog for the trip:
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  2. VietHorse

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    Departed from home about 4 o'clock plus, the City seemed still asleep, yeah, no wonder, that 's Saturday AM.
    Heading to Dalat with thinking of all the twisty passes ahead, Bao loc and Prenn passes.
    Weather is too nice for a morning ride. It's quite cool, abt 18 degree C.

    Stopped beside a artificial lake - it was a valley, then a dam has been built and the valley become a lake, utilized for a hydro-power plant.

    The Sun was rising, but still yet to appear on the sky:
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    My bike:
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    My friend's:
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    Took a last shot before getting back on my ride - The Sun still yet to come:
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    This time, we did not see any fog along the way, different from the last time, even though it's colder.

    Stopped by beside La Ngà bridge:
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    So peaceful river:
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    People make the cages and tents on the water to raise fish
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    Rode on for about 60km more, we stopped for breakfast.

    My friend's Hornet 919 - I had own two of Hornet 919 previously. That bike damn strong with high torque and stable performance.
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    Crazy heavy VFR made me do a reversed parking to avoid rolling the bike after a full breakfast:
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    (... to be continued...)
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  3. VietHorse

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    Reached Bao Loc pass, the pass I have captured a video and shared with you guys.

    Photos again:
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    Then keep riding toward the cool highland:
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    Here's how I can have the riding photos:

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    Green along the road:
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    Do you know what 's on the ground?
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    The things in brown on the canvas - anyone knows?
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    (to be continued...)
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  4. VietHorse

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    Stopped for fuel:
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    Just a little chicken strips as I have passed the Bao Loc pass with about 10km twisty road.

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    Most of the houses beside the road having such thing spreaded for drying: [​IMG]

    That's coffee, guys. Vietnam is famous with Coffee, just Vietnamese coffee style - stronger than any coffee from Starbuck, Highland, etc...
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    (Coffee with hot water in filter)

    Here 's how we make a cup of Vietnam coffee everymorning:
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    Kept riding:
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    Kept shotting:
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    My friend might say chees:
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    Clear road:
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    (to be con tinued...)
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  5. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Nice work! Very interesting on the coffee!
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  6. VietHorse

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    Thank you. Wish you can taste that. So cool..........

    Almost 10:30AM, we reached Dalat, called our friends who have been there for the meeting place.
    They all were ready and awaiting for us before going to a friend's house.
    Met and waited infornt of a Tourist place, called Golden Valley:
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    This place is very nice, peace full and very cheap for any kind of services, from accommodation, food, etc...
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    Here is where the Forestry station:
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    What 's hell this guy doing?
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    And here, this guy must be taking care of trees:
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    We took aout 15mins at this place to get all of our lunch to be arranged. We would be heading to my friend's house, it 's about 15km deep inside the forest with very limited of service if not saying no services.

    Got on bike, we took abt 10km twisty roads, then about 5km offroad - damn really offroad. Will have a video for this later on. After this, found that VFR can do offroad also! Dude!

    All team stopped beside the stream. This season, there is not much water. But during raining season, this gonna be a flooding source. There were at least 02 offroad cars has been drifted with the stream.
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    Our bikes were not advised to pass the wooden bridge:
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    My bike with the stream:
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    I passed the bridge, then looked back:
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    (to be continued...)
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  7. VietHorse

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    Okay, now we done all the difficult parking, moving into my friend's house area - need to pass 02 streams thru wooden bridges:
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    Where we take a rest:
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    This area very peaceful, silent, cool and so beautiful. To have this, the owner has spent a lot of money, time, his head and mind. To get here, he did build a temporary road/trail abt 4.5km long. The main road is @ Elev:+1500m and the house area is @ Elev: +1350m. It takes him almost 7 years to get the thing like now:
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    A building in progress:
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    Our stuff:
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    Chit chat:
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    This is firs house of the owner here. Now he is modifying the basement to make an entertainment room:
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    We visit the hydropower machine:
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    It's s hydropower generator - take water from the hill, this could provide almost of the living power users here:
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    Passed the noon time, looked at this, feel hungry and wanted a bite of BBQ:
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    Waited to long for the food to come, we gotta satisfy with the instant noodle... hic hic...:
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    A handy job:
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    Yamy...
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    (to be continued...)
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  8. rdcyclist

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    Good stuff! It's good to see pictures of places we may never get to see otherwise. Thank you for your efforts here.:clap
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  9. VietHorse

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    Thank you for your comment.

    Some more nice spots at the place:
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    Endless chatting:
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    Construction is still going on....
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    What a smell... [​IMG]:
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    (to be continued...)
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  10. timmie415

    timmie415 n00b poster but not rider

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    Until I do make it over to Vi&#7879;t Nam I rely on others to share their experiences. Thank you for posting your trip.

    Are big motorcycles becoming more common? I was under the impression that they were very expensive there?

    Cà phê s&#7919;a nóng for the win!

    -tim
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  11. VietHorse

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    Hey Tim, you have correct wording for the Vietnamese sentence. I m wondering how did you do that :clap.
    Big bikes here actually not commond. However, there are many big bike club and we are one of them. We normally ride at the weekend or holiday. Not very good idea to go to work in the City with those bikes. Price of the bike here almost tripple than MSRP including shipping fee, taxes and registration fee...
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    Sorry for getting you guys waiting for long... report continues:
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    Lastly, the food came.
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    We have "c&#417;m lam" - the traditional rice with the cooking style of the remote area people:
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    For the normal rice, they cook by boiling in a cooker. But for "c&#417;m lam" (~ green rice), they use a segment of bamboo tree instead of the cooker. Rice, with special leaf (to add the flavor) with water put inside the bamboo segment, cover it by another leaf, then provide heat from burning wood. When eating, just pull the leaf then the cooked rice will come out:
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    Really great:
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    Some mountain chicken as well:
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    We have sang so many songs...
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    This friend came back from Westminster, CA, really enjoy with us there:
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    The guy was great with romantic guitare:
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    In the jungle with love :clap:
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    (to be continued...)
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    We took some time for rest after lunch.
    Almost dawn time, we started to gather for heading the city.
    Took some nice photos at the peaceful place before saying goodbye:
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    Heading to the way back, thanks to the place owner for the very good time:
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    There was the difficult part ahead, even turning the bike:
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    I am ready:
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    This is a valley, so the sun came down very fast. Saw it almost down:
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    Almost of bikes are ready:
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    This damn heavy, waiting for the owner to come and we turn it toghether:
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    There were still some more works:
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    (to be continued..)
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    Fantastic! :clap Really appreciate you posting up these photos. Very interesting to see a place we have all heard so much about, but never really seen the local (or moto) side of life. Ride safe, and keep posting. :D Thanks!
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    Excellent report
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  15. VietHorse

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    We heading back while the sun coming down the hill.
    The dark came so fast, really different from our imagination. On the way out, we stuck there for abt 20mins as there was a malfunction truck at the middle of the road.

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    Safely back to the hotel. Took the water hose to have light cleaning to our bikes.

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    Bikes were right at our windows:
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    Used taxi to go for dinner. Here 's dinner place:
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    Some add-on, very suitable with the cold here:
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    Small black chicken inside:
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    Impressive:
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    Afterward, we went to Dalat night market:
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    Almost people there are tourist. Lots of foods on the street.
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    Some clothes for winter:
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    Chitchat again:
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    Get some more breads at the coffee shop:
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    Slept very well that night.

    (to be continued...) <!-- End noi dung bai viet -->
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  16. VietHorse

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    I got up early the next morning. Started my bike for a while for warming up at wake up others.
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    Breakfast at hotel:
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    Oh, here 's the welcoming flowers from hotel to us - thanks to the hotel's kindness:
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    We gathered in front of the hotel for a group photo:
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    All feel happy:
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    (to be continued...)
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  17. Porrick

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    Thanks for this great report VietHorse! Motorcycles, good friends, good food, a nice place to hang out -- hard to beat that. Nice pics too.

    I've been to VietNam a few times now --even went to Dalat very briefly on my way to Nha Trang --but I haven't gotten a chance to ride there at all. I'm hopefully heading back in July and may try for a ride then. My buddy did a guided tour with Easy Riders from HCMC up to Hue and had a great time. I will be Hanoi and then Vinh. Do you think a ride along the coast from Vinh to Hue would be fun/interesting?

    Porrick
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  18. 0theories

    0theories Been here awhile

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    Very nice! I really liked Dalat when I went through there on a Honda Bonus 125 cc :) I actually had my engine rebuilt there by the easy riders Bonus master. The whole time I was riding in Vietnam I wish I had my sweet VFR so I'm pretty jealous that you get to ride there AND on a sweet bike. It was still an incredible experience, but I really missed the VFR :cry
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  19. VietHorse

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    Hey, you must know well about Vietnam, must'nt you? Don't know when did you make the trip from Dalat to Nha Trang. If it was 2-3 years recently, you may passed the Khanh Vinh pass, which is wonderfull road for any biker. Before that, the road still like a trail.
    July may be a good time for riding up north of Vietnam as there are not much rain, however, it's a bit hot. The coastal road from Vinh to Hue is not very much nice. That road is not really a coastal road as most of them are inland (I meant you could not see the sea from road).
    If really like to ride on coastal road, recommendation is from Hue to DaNang or the best would be from Nha Trang up to shouthern of Vietnam, i.e to Vung Tau.


    What year is your VFR? You missing your VFR means you already sold it? This is my second VFR. I bought it from Ohio (US) and shipped here July2011.
    Bonus is one of quite common bike for rent on highland area of Vietnam. Is this you with the Bonus??

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    If you travel northen of Vietnam, you 'll see lots of Minsk - a Russian made motorcycle - very robust and realiable.
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    Thanks for your comments.
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  20. VietHorse

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    Done the group photo, we took a ride around Xuan Huong Lake - the lung and the heart of Dalat City - to say goodbye to the beautiful place:
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    On the way back Ho Chi Minh City, we met our friend from HCMC to join us. It was so pitty to him that he was hanging around with other business so could not be able to join with us from trip beginning:

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    A place to rest ourselves and our bike:
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    Belows are some snapshots on the way back to Ho Chi Minh City, just to show you guys how Vietnamese roads look like:
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    Dalat is very famous with flowers, vegetables and also strawberry. This fellow bought some kilos of fresh strawberry for his wife. Gud man:
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    This is end of my trip report.
    Hope you all enjoy with the beautiful and peaceful Vietnamese scenes.
    It's our pleasure to have you visiting Vietnam.

    Ride safe, guys.
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