::: Vietnam Adventure - not quite, but it's somehow a new begining.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by VietHorse, May 25, 2013.

  1. VietHorse

    VietHorse Long timer

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    During my time in Austin - Texas, I was with a spor-tbike (Zx6R) riding in the middle of a GS gang, it made me angry, you know... :evil

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    Then after flying home in Vietnam, I still riding with my lovely VFR and keep thinking of getting for me a GS to enjoy all all kind of terrains in Vietnam.

    That's reason why I made my decision to get a R1200GS as "a trial".
    Looking for the bike. Found it. Wired money. Then ... wait...

    And the first day when the bike home:

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    Cleaned the bike, repaint some plastic parts. Made some new stickers. And how you can see it now - ready to roll:

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    With this GS, my hope is to go for real adventure trips to discover all beautiful landscape in Vietnam as well as some neighbor countries.
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  2. VietHorse

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    A weekend, Hochiminh City Ducati Club invited our team (ACE MTSG) to join their club birthday in Mui Ne, around 200km away from Hochiminh City.
    To me, it would not be fun enough if riding straight from home to Mui Ne, so that why I created a round trip, to very far away from Mui Ne then back.

    You can see how's my route for that Saturday:
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    And below is the tracklog for the way back home from Mui Ne:
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    Early morning, we gathered up also with the Ducati Club guys.

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    You may see I have numbers of TWT stickers - that's what I brought back from Texas.

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    Then we followed our own route, different from the Ducati Club, they went straight to Mui Ne.

    Some stops along the way - here's where we tried to find the gas station where they sell A95 petrol:
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    Some of riding buddies:

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    The KLR rider is really funny guys. He always ask me to go with him for the real adventure routes:
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    Having breakfast [​IMG]:
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  3. VietHorse

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    Oh hell, how come people bring an additional petrol tank for us:
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    A good equipped Vstrom:
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    And a cool new bike, Honda NC700X, great bike:
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    And a cool GS, of course [​IMG] [​IMG]:
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    Honda 919, dang, I even owned two of them sometimes in the past:
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    A friend with his Honda CB1000:

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  4. VietHorse

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    We rode on a quite good twisty road. I think I have posted about it somewhere here on TWT.
    Well, never mind, it's good road though. I can confident saying so as the GS handling is pretty much different from all the bikes I have ridden. It helped me handle the rough surface, no concern of pot holes, which are terrible even to my VFR.

    Done the first pass, estimated around almost 400km away from home, we stopped for lunch and waiting for another bike group came down from Nha Trang, from 600km away from HCMC.

    Then we joined together for the next pass. That's long one, 100km with around 70km all twisty.
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    Rest stop after that pass, Ducati Hypermotard biker looked so happy as he had no chicken strips:

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    Lucky him, there was no rain:
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    Chit chat and stretching:
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    My GS with simple set-up for both GPS and Contour camera:

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  5. VietHorse

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    There are some riding clips which are captured on Gia Bac Pass.

    Part 1:
    When I was behind of group 2 then tried to catch the first one:
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    Part 2:
    Catched the first group around the 3rd minutes:
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    Part 3:
    With the group until end of the pass:
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  6. VietHorse

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    We really had a great time:
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    This buddy also on his Multistrada Bikepeak first time out of the City:
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    My GS:
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    Smiling but actually sweating like hell inside.. :evil

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  7. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    Looks like you and your friends had a good time. Thanks for sharing!
    Your Bike looks very nice.
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  8. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

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    Awesome! I'm go glad it all came together with you. How's that bike run? :D
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  9. VietHorse

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    Thank for coming along my trip.

    Howdy. It's great to me though.
    Bike's cosmetic issue may be an issue to you guys in the US, but that's considered minor in Vietnam. Because the guys here can fix all the cosmetic issue without any concerns with reasonable price.
    There are still tons of things need to do to the bike actually. I heard some strange noise under my ass when pulling or releasing the throttle or changing gears. Don't know that's from the final drive or gear parts. No time to send to shop now. Just ride and live with it for now.
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  10. VietHorse

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    Some photos of the Gia Bac Pass were taken by a friend, who sacrificed enjoying the twisty roads :D

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  11. mrphotoman

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    Thanks for the photos and videos. I always watch/read all Vietnam threads on this site, I hope to go there for a motorcycle tour of the country at the end of this summer or middle of next summer.

    It looks beautiful there as always, how is the traffic going in and out of the cities, is it manageable or is it dangerous to a new visitor of your country?

    Thanks
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  12. VietHorse

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    Thank you.
    You may see some threads from my signature as well. I was with Sport/sport touring bike, and mostly concentrate into riding, so that there are not many daily-life photos as other foreigners did when riding in Vietnam. Hopefully with this GS, I have more time to do so for you guys to enjoy.
    About riding culture, it's really hard for any foreigners who never been riding in SE Asia. Out the village might be easier, but there are lots of people crossing the road without any attention to the traffic. Buffalo, dog, chicken, pig, crop drying everywhere. In the city, you gotta face with traffic jam, people crossing, horn everywhere, wrong direction vehicle, confusion of traffic lights and signs, cops, etc...
    FYI, you can confidently ride anywhere in the world if you can ride in Vietnam. :lol3
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  13. VietHorse

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    We arrived Mui Ne quite early, the sun was still shining hard.
    My GS started its adventure life - became my clothes hanger after I had a bath :rofl

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    Ducati club is almost ready for the party:
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    Some of the coolest bikes:
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  14. VietHorse

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    We have the riding contest, it's slow riding contest:
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    We normally like speedy - that 's why slow riding contest is really challenge:

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    Winer for the races:
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    Gifts for the good racers:
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    Ducati club received a trophy from out team:
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  15. JaxObsessed

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    Wonderful!!! Thanks for showing us part of your beautiful country. :D
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  16. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Congrats on the new bike. Did you sell your VFR?
    You have to get me one of those Vietnam ADV stickers :D
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  17. VietHorse

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    Howdy,
    My VFR is still. Just a little bored coz now I spend more time with the GS. :cry
    Vietnam ADV sticker is great looking one. I spent two night to make it. Come on over, you can have a dozen for free! :freaky
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  18. timmie415

    timmie415 n00b poster but not rider

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    Thanks for posting more of your adventures!

    I have always enjoyed the wild places you have taken your VFR so with your new Moto addition I can only imagine where your next adventure will be...

    Is that offer for unique "Vietnam ADV" sticker open to all that make it to your amazing country? :rofl
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  19. VietHorse

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    Thanks Timmie.
    Appreciate that you have gone thru my trips with the VFR.
    The Vietnam ADV stickers would be a special mark or milestone for me to switch to a new Adventure life.
    More ADV trip reports are ready to come...
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