Bullets, Buddhism and Beer - A Solo Circumnavigation of the Subcontinent

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Chat Lunatique, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    Just a few weeks and I'll ride Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. Won't be as death defying I hope

    Any inmates who have done this ride in Vietnam, I'm open to your advice, ta!
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  2. ExplorerFrog

    ExplorerFrog Been here awhile Supporter

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    Looking forward to the Thailand, Vietnam report. And I hear there is a New Year's party one night followed by a Full Moon party the next night on Koh Phangan. Sounds like fun!
  3. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    Yeah, New Years on the 31st, full moon on the 2nd. After 6 weeks here I'm bored titless. Can't wait to get back on the road
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  4. Hometoroost

    Hometoroost Adventurer

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    What are you riding in Thailand, Vietnam?
  5. Balanda

    Balanda No, I don't believe I will

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    Given the state of the roads you encountered, do you think that a Himalyan would have been a better all round ride than the Bullet, even with the Pulsar shocks ?
  6. ex_MGB

    ex_MGB Been here awhile Supporter

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    Great RR. Matches up the visceral nature of motorcycle travel with a challenging (to say say least) landscape, road network, climate, people and culture.

    Not for the faint of heart.
  7. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    I'd have to qualify my reply as yes and no. You can't beat the comfort of the Bullet. Really good saddle and riding position. But the travel length of the suspension just can't handle the roads when loaded down, even with the Pulsar shocks. The Himalayan would be my choice if I do it again.
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  8. dickosaurus

    dickosaurus Geezer Coalition Supporter

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    Loved your ride report and certainly looking forward to the Vietnam RR. Haven't been there for about 50 years now so I always enjoy
    reports from Vietnam. Oh yeah, your avatar is pretty cool also.
  9. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Thanks for the ride....enjoyed it immensely!
  10. 1hp

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    What a brilliant RR, Bill. I had been waiting for it for many months. Read it one straight go. Thoroughly enjoyed it And it’s always interesting to hear about India from someone else’s viewpoint; particularly someone who knows this country well but hasn’t grown so accustomed to it to lose perspective altogether.

    Ride safe and look forward to hearing more about your current adventures.

    Cheers
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  11. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    Sorry for the late reply. I rode a CR150 Honda in Vietnam, great bike! In Thailand I rode a CBX500 Honda. Loved it so much I may ditch my 650 Versys for one. 400+ km range. That buys a lot of peace of mind in the boonies. I'll do a RR for Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar when I finish this trip. Right now I'm chilling in Pokara, Nepal planning a ride up to Muktinath inthe Himalaya.
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  12. Balanda

    Balanda No, I don't believe I will

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    Presently in Pokara ? Could you show us sneak preview please. That is a great place to chillax. On the mighty Bullet too ?
  13. Chat Lunatique

    Chat Lunatique aka El Gato Loco

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    Naw mate, gonna ride a real dirtbike. The road was washed out when I was here in 2016 and I had to take a pass. So I'm renting a Crossfire 250 from these guys to ride

    http://www.heartsandtears.com/solo-guided

    Leave in two days....woohooo!
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  14. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    So does that mean you are a "partner" via shared trust only...no legal recourse if the use wants to shrift you....like sell w/o your approval, keep the money etc. etc.? Realize this may come up or be answered later in some way but this is the point I'm at in your RR.
  15. muddysoles

    muddysoles Been here awhile

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    Thoroughly enjoyed your RR.. thanks for sharing. Ride safe!
  16. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Long timer

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    Just found this via. Kams rr on the Himalayan page and looking forward to exploring this journey.
    First up, sorry for your loss, and congrats for getting 'back' on the bike :-)

    No surprise that the spare cables etc. weren't used...
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  17. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Excellent report. Thanks.
  18. Muzzadownunder

    Muzzadownunder Dogone Supporter

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    Really enjoyed this RR, your writing style and humour keeps the reader engaged. Wife and I rented a bullet from Lali Singh many years ago, and toured northern India.
    As you said, someone with an open mind will enjoy India, and those with a closed mind will loath it.
    Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
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    yokesman Long timer

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  20. Eastbay Dirtbag

    Eastbay Dirtbag one track mind

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    Excellent summary of the enigma that is India. Great RR showing so many fascinating facets and locations. Thank you!
    I was curious about your trip after your post on my Himalayan thread.
    You mentioned their road building techniques earlier. Hope you don't mind me sharing these pics from Burma that show how it's done.

    Melt the tar
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    Drip tar over rocks using a can with holes punched in the bottom. Road base is ~ 3 layers: 1st "dragon's teeth", 2nd rock, 3rd gravel. All done by hand with pans and brooms except they had a huge modern roller to compact the rock layers. Note the toddler playing nearby while hot tar is being spread. IMG_4639.jpg