and in my FOUR whole days of riding my late '70s Vietnamese Army Ural purchased 2 months ago, I've needed: 1) A sense of humor 2) A sense of the absurd 3) Some wrenching abilities 4) A LOT of additional time added to my ride "schedule" 5) Cash 6) More humor 7) My tent, sleeping bag, and cot 8) A strong stomach 9) The word "F*CK!" (more than a few times) 10) Laughter Day 1 was a great ride through the countryside of Vietnam (see here and here) that ended in a collision (see here). Day 2 (last Thursday) was about 2 weeks after Day 1--the first ride after the collision damage was repaired. It was a nice relaxing ride that included a broken weld that dropped my left mirror and a flat tire repair that included the purchased-the-previous-day (Chinese-made) scissors jack collapsing. I left the jack as a gift for the guys who helped me lift the bike to get the pusher wheel back on. Day 3 (last Friday), the beautiful ride ended prematurely with a fried ignition coil and a Vietnamese tow (click here for video) to the nearest hotel where I waited almost 24 hours for a replacement coil, drill and bits (to remove the rivets) and rivet gun (to install fresh rivets). Day 4 (last Saturday), the parts arrived, the repair is done, and once again I'm on the road. After hours of riding through small villages, down alleys barely wide enough for the rig, and a fair amount of off-roading, today's ride also ended prematurely. You guessed it--ANOTHER fried ignition coil. This time it happened right in front of a restaurant and truck tire repair shop (two separate businesses). I pitched my tent behind the repair shop and used the showers at the restaurant that was really more like a truck stop. The people were quite friendly and a little too helpful. The restaurant served me two of the worst meals I've ever had in my life, but the waitresses were cute and it's the only place for 10 km. Sunday I blew off the rest of my planned trip and got a truck to haul the bike (and me) home. The winch you see was brought out, I think, for show. Five of us man-handled the rig up a 20+% incline into the bed--with less than 2 inches of clearance on each side. I wish I had a video of that... It's now at a different mechanic's getting an electronic ignition and a complete check of the electrical system. The prognosis is that I'll have it back in a week with a one-year warranty on the work done. Looking forward to Day 5... The actual Ride Report with a route map and more photos is coming soon; link will be posted here when it's written.