China or bust...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by beemer boy, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    beemer boy, nice job on the Qing Qi, it's almost a whole unique new model!

    You might have to wait for things to cool down in Tibet before you have a go at Lhasa. I'd guess travel there is not looking to good right now, especially with foreign tourists and journalists being kicked out recently.

    Lhasa was awesome when we were there in 2001, sadly not on a bike...but oh how I wish I could have been on a bike, especially on the road we traveled over the Himalaya's to Nepal!

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    -=Clif
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  2. leewildwater

    leewildwater rrrrRide Man rrrrRide

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    hiya beemer boy

    just finished reading your very best ride report:clap

    thank you for taking them time and making the effort to share your adventures.

    my wife carolyn and i certainly enjoyed our visit to chaing mai as guest of jan marc and his family last winter. the xr250 we rented from mr mechanic and the loop north we made has been a real highlight of our lives together. looking forward to our next trip.

    THANKS AGAIN
    lee
  3. Culcune

    Culcune Been here awhile

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    There is a thread on supermotojunkie discussing the Qingqi motard (known as the Qlink XF200 in the US) I know it's a little off topic, and I am probably hijacking, but as 'beemer boy' mentioned, many are interested in the bike, but if you look towards the last few pages, one of the members, 'gdavis2265' has done some modifications to "his" bike (it's really his daughter's, but he has taken a liking to it). Here is the thread:

    http://www.supermotojunkie.com/showthread.php?t=49024
  4. ontic

    ontic

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    Awesome thread Beamer Boy!

    no place better for my first post!

    I've done a couple of rides in SE Asia, and with some serious heart pangs (and winter city depression) urging me to start planning my next one I came across this site- and fellowship:clap

    This place is going to be a great help for next time when I want to be buying a bike rather than renting.

    My tales are sadly lacking in too much graphic digital evidence.


    Vietnam:
    My first decent trip was in Feb 2001 with one of my oldest friends (a girl) on the biggest things we could get- 125 'road scooters' starting from Hanoi and doing a loop up NE past Dien Bien Phu, up to Sapa and back down West and South to Hanoi. Mist and mountains....Simply Amazing. Changed my life.

    My last one was in 2005- July-
    Laos:
    Hired two 250 Baja's with my other oldest best mate who was living in Bankok at the time: started from Vientian, went up to Vang Vien and then against all advice went back down and then pushed west to Xaisombun ('restricted zone' at the time)- then up north to Phonsovan and looped back to Vang Vien and Vientian.
    The ride from Vang Vien to Xaisomboun and from Xaisomboun to Phonsovan was insane (not to mention terrifying at times- wet season- and serious military activity going on in the mountains)- Some of the wildest and most beautiful riding I have done- oh yeah and the ride from Phonsovan all night through the rain (in our rather bitumen unfriendly knobly tires) back to Vang Vien was interesting:huh

    Just thought I would say thanks for the thread-
    brought back so much for me-
    the terror and random danger of riding at night-
    the pain of my three Knee ops (not bike related) including the sticking of one of those horse syringines right into the middle of my knee to drain black blood out:eek1... The sleepy bueaty of Luang Prabang- and that blue water fall...
    etc....

    Over the next couple of years the friend I did the Laos trip with and I are planning to do a bigger longer pan-SE asia- and maybe China- trip, buying bikes etc- and generally going a little more prepared:D
    Your thread- and this site in general have been a watershed (no longer do I have to just try to figure this stuff out on my own and as I go- as I have tried so far).

    heres a couple of the few shots I have from Laos.

    A very tame peice of the road to Xaisomboun
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    My mate and our chariots in Xaisomboun (as you can see- we packed small- barely a pair of dry fishermans pants to change into at the end of the day)
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    attempting to get out of Xaisomboun on what I dubbed 'mud mountain':rofl
    (this is the 'pretty angle' if I had only taken a photo the other way (kicking myself I didn't) you would see my bike burried in 3 ft of red glue... took us about 4 hours to dig it out and build a ramp onto the shoulder and then a couple of passing hill tribe boys to help us push it out.... then another two hours to get through the scariest muddiest cliffiest ride... until we hit decent trails again)
    This was hot, like really hot- muggy and hard work- of course the half liter of water we had was gone in the first 5 minutes.... I almost drank puddle water and we were making plans as to how we would spend the night there:lol3
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    Hope this wasn't a thread Jack-
    I look forward to following your next adventures- and learning as much as I can here for our next- and properly planned- trip.


    Cheers,
    Hans.
  5. appealmobile

    appealmobile n00b

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    I have just spent the last 4 hours reading your story mate
    My totasl and utmost respect and thank you for sharing it
    Fantastic
  6. gavo

    gavo Slacker

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    Hi I have started to read this thread then no pictures then looked at the date, a great read so far but I'll wait if you are going to re link the pic's . A trip of a lifetime no doubt.:clap:clap
  7. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can Supporter

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    My 2 cents worth on the bike stopping. I'd check to see if you have free gas flow with the fuel line to the carb removed. There could be sediment partially blocking the filter in the tank. Or the tank vent my be blocked.You could try riding with the tank cap off or loose to check it. If that doesn't help,I would start looking at bad gas or water in the tank.

    Good luck
  8. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

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    Hopefully he'll read this in time to fix the problem.

    Oops, too late. :lol3



    This still ranks up there as one of my favourite ride reports.
  9. gavo

    gavo Slacker

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    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
  10. trailwing

    trailwing Been here awhile

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  11. Rick Lee

    Rick Lee Long timer

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    I took a gondola up to the Grossglockner in July once and just about froze my balls off. The road through Heiligenblut is AWESOME. If you have time for a sidetrip and will be between Spitall and Salzburg, stop at the Porsche Museum in Gmuend. It's right off the hwy., very easy to find.
  12. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    Ok gavo and appealmobile. I finally have some free time from my child rearing duties, and I have now relinked all the photos in the ride report.
    So enjoy !!!
  13. Hevy Kevy

    Hevy Kevy ADDRider

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    Just read front to back, fantastic. China, you either love it or hate it. I have over a year in backpacking it, speak no Chinese and just love it. So big, diverse and awesome. Thank you for sharing.
  14. BustedLens

    BustedLens Overly socialised

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    And for your next instalment?

    :D
  15. beemer boy

    beemer boy Oh no, he's gone Asian

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    Haha, yes of course there is a next installment..... It is here.
    "Lhasa, Tibet... third time is the charm"
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=463179

    I changed photo servers, so will relink all the photos in the next couple of days. Please be patient...
  16. twinie

    twinie Gabe

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    What a journey!