Jan 1, 2020 - Chiang Mai to Amsterdam (stage1 of my 5 year plan)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by TRX Rally, Dec 5, 2019.

  1. TRX Rally

    TRX Rally Adventurer

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    Starting a thread for my upcoming Solo Adventure Ride departing Jan 1, 2020 from Chiang Mai, Thailand riding to Amsterdam, Netherlands via Central Asia and Eastern Europe. This is stage1 of my 5 year plan to ride Asia, Africa, South and North America.

    Bike: 2018 Honda CRF 250 Rally aka "TRXRally"
    *Upgrades to be outlined later*

    Short summary: Route will be updated as the trip goes West. At this point only the following route is confirmed. Chiang Mai to Myanmar border crossing at Mae Sot/Myawaddy. Myanmar route is from Myawaddy to Tamu / Moreh India. Google Map link

    Once in India, i will head to the Imphal / Ukhral region for a few days, then ride towards the Sikkim area. From Sikkim/Darjeeling area into Nepal towards Kathmandu and Pokhara. After a few weeks in Nepal back into India (undetermined crossing point based on riding and meetups with friends/events)

    From India to Pakistan (routes TBD) to Iran (Visa issuance pending) to Turkey and into Eastern and Central Europe ...... with a plan to arrive in Amsterdam sometime in early June 2020.

    Stage2 - Spain/Morocco down the West of Africa to Cape Town, SA.
    Stage3 - Cape Town, SA up the East to Egypt
    Stage4 - South America to the US.


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    *Dream Chasing and Dream Catching*
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  2. TRX Rally

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    starting to get real...

    The Carnet De Passages En Douane for my CRF arrived today from AutoTurist.cz (link) < you might need to use google translate > I highly recommend them if you need the CDP. Even with my unique requirements, they were easy to work with and very professional / helpful. ie. US citizen, living in Thailand w/ CRF registered and title in my name in Thailand. AutoTurist was great about all my documents, provided excellent customer service and the price was extremely fair. ~$250 for issuing the CDP and i put the value of my bike for the bond.. Simple, quick and easy.



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  3. AV1US

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    I'm going to be checking in on this one. AIT, Advanced Intensive Training, in a bio-haz symbol; that's about right...

    A friend was just telling me about these Carnet things... bureaucracy at it's finest. There is a map on Wiki showing all the countries that require or desire this. I had never heard of this until the other day, should be interesting...
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  4. TRX Rally

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    Agreed, but for overland / international travel is standard practice.. All part of the Adventure!
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  5. Smidty

    Smidty Been here awhile

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  6. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    Where in Thailand will you be leaving from?
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  7. TRX Rally

    TRX Rally Adventurer

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    Chiang Mai.. I live here.
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  8. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    If you're around in the 22nd wanna grab a beer? Would love to hear more about your plans!

    I'm flying in from Japan for a few weeks of jungle riding.
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  9. rsuncloud

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    How do I find hook ups for a coup[e pf weeks of jungle riding?
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  10. Lost Cartographer

    Lost Cartographer Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Message @The Bigfella here on advrider - he owns Riders Corner in Chiang Mai and has a fleet of rental bikes - both street and dual sport bikes.

    https://www.riderscorner.net/shop/
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  11. kelbor

    kelbor n00b

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    Wow, sounds like fun!
    Also - couldn't help to notice they crappy 'blacking out' of your name on the permit...you have a triple innuendo name (at least for here in the the US)?
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  12. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    Yup, like lost cartographer said. Or if you don't want to go through him, there are other places to rent bikes from. However, the bigfella is a wealth of information on where to go and what to see. I'm just gonna head into the jungle and see where the trails go!
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  13. TRX Rally

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    Sound good. Drop me a private box note and i'll send my phone number. Safe travels.
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  14. TRX Rally

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    Parts list.. Special thanks to a number of companies and people who helped directly and indirectly.. All noted below.


    Suspension
    Ohlins Fork Spring FSK123 - https://www.ohlins.com/product/ohlins-fork-springs/
    Ohlins Shock HO703 - https://www.ohlins.com/product-item/62646/


    Zeta Racing (Special thanks to Zeta Racing in Japan!)
    Triple clamp - www.zeta-racing.com/clamps/tripleclamp/index.html
    Armor Bend hand guards - http://www.zeta-racing.com/handguard/armor_bend/index.html
    X3 Pro - http://www.zeta-racing.com/handguard/x3/index.html
    Pivot levers - http://www.zeta-racing.com/lever/pivot_lever_cp/index.html
    c/s sprocket drive cover - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body_guard/drive_cover/index.html
    Revolver Shift pedal - http://www.zeta-racing.com/pedal/shift_revolver/index.html
    Trigger Brake pedals - http://www.zeta-racing.com/pedal/trigger/index.html
    Rear brake clevis - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body/rear_brake_clevis/index.html
    Oil Filter cover - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body/oil_filter_cover/index.html
    Oil Filler plug - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body/oil_filler_plug/index.html
    Zeta-Racing Foot pegs - http://www.zeta-racing.com/pedal/foot/index.html
    Throttle tube - http://www.zeta-racing.com/handle_acc/alminum_throttel_tube/index.html
    Titanium Front Axle - http://www.zeta-racing.com/ztitanium/axle_shaft.html
    Titanium Rear Axle - http://www.zeta-racing.com/ztitanium/axle_shaft.html
    Rear Axle Blocks - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body/axle_block/index.html
    Rear Axle Nut - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body/axle_nut/index.html
    Magnetic oil drain bolt - http://www.zeta-racing.com/body/drain_bolt/index.html

    DRC Edge 2 Taillight - http://www.drcproducts.com/elect/d45-18/index_crfl.html
    DRC radiator hoses - https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/4851

    Seat
    Seat Concepts seat (All black) https://seatconcepts.com/products/honda-2012-16-crf250l?_pos=1&_sid=121286dc9&_ss=r

    Intake / Exhaust / Oil
    K&N Air Filter - https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/6440 (HA2513)
    K&N Oil Filter - https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/6365 (KN112)

    FMF Exhaust https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/6584
    FMF Mega bomb header pipe - https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/6580

    Motorex Motor Oil 15w50 - https://www.motorex.com/en-us/moto-line/motor-oil/top-speed-4t-sae-15w50/
    Motorex Chain Lube off road https://www.motorex.com/en-us/moto-line/chain-care/chainlube-off-road/

    EJK Electronic Fuel Injection Kit - http://www.electronicjetkit.com/DirtBike/viewproduct.asp?partnumber=9110044


    Brakes
    Golfer Brake Pad - https://galferusa.com/product/honda-2017-crf-250-rla-rally-abs-front-pads-fd409g1054
    Core Moto Brake Lines - https://www.motostuff.com/adv-rally/crf-250l-rally/brake-system.html

    Clutch
    EBC Clutch - CK1313 - https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/6388
    Barrnett HD Springs - https://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/355_358_362_364/products_id/6399

    Judder Spring Removal post here

    Bars / Grips / Mirrors / Lights
    Protaper bars Evo / black - https://www.protaper.com/product/36/evo-handlebars/black
    Pro Grip Grips 714 Rally - https://www.progrip.com/shop-en/motorcycle/off-road/grips/rally-grips/714-grips.html
    Double Take Mirrors Adventure - https://www.doubletakemirror.com/build/components
    Rigid industries Light bar (on front) - https://www.motostuff.com/rigid-daylighter-led-driving-light-kit-2017-2018-honda-crf-250l-rally.html

    Wheels / Hubs / Sprockets / Chain
    Dubya provided/built DID wheels w/ Talon hubs (Thanks Cole at Dubya)
    DID Dirtstar Wheels - https://www.dubyausa.com/products/complete-wheel-sets/
    DID Dirtstar Rim ST-X - https://www.dubyausa.com/products/rims/
    DID 520 ERTV Chain (Special thanks to Clay at DID and John at Southern MC) http://www.southernms.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/08_drive.pdf
    Talon hubs - http://www.talon-eng.co.uk/product-type/hubs-wheels/
    Talon sprockets - https://www.talon-eng.co.uk/?products=radialite

    Tires
    Mitas (tires) - https://www.mitas-moto.com/en/products/motorcycle--trail--tires/e-07-plus (special thanks to Mitas CZ)


    Luggage Rack / Kickstand base / Headlight cover / USB dashboard
    SRC rear rack (Thank you Scott) https://www.motostuff.com/adv-rally/crf-250l-rally.html
    SRC Kickstand base - https://srirachadesign.com/product_detail.php?product_id= 60
    SRC headlight cover - https://srirachadesign.com/product_detail.php?product_id= 57
    SRC USB Dashboard - https://srirachadesign.com/product_detail.php?product_id= 79
    SRC Rear Master cylinder Cover - https://srirachadesign.com/product_detail.php?product_id= 372

    Custom made (Makerspace TH) CNC 5mm Aluminum “X-Plate” side mount to properly mount the Kriega OS22 panniers to the SRC rack and provide additional weight support.
    Custom made CNC Aluminum TRXRally “X-Plate” top brace across SRC rack for additional horizontal strength.
    Custom made Stainless steel rear rack support (Expert fab & welder Thai gentleman at Door Metal shop) https://goo.gl/maps/H2HEM32a5ipoaf2u5

    Windshield / Engine Guard
    Motoskill Windshield https://motoskillthailand.com/products/windshield-honda-crf-28?variant=14237728669753
    Motoskill Engine guard https://motoskillthailand.com/products/crash-bar-honda-crf-25

    Panniers / Soft Luggage
    Kreiga OS22 side panniers (Thank you Richard) https://kriega.com/adventure/os-22

    Graphic Kit
    SKDA in Australia - https://skda.com.au/
    Betfury_io - Partnership


    Riding Gear
    FoxRacing Legion Pants / Jersey / Jacket https://www.foxracing.com/moto/mens/gear-sets/legion/
    Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro Boots - https://www.alpinestars.com/products/mx/boots/tech-7/tech-7-enduro-boot
    Arai XD4 Helmet https://www.araihelmet.eu/en/collection/detail/tour-x4 (Special Thanks Arai Japan)


    Images to be added over the next few days..

    Social Channels for Trip (Content starts Dec 28)
    https://www.instagram.com/trxrally
    https://twitter.com/trxrally
    https://www.facebook.com/TRXRally1/

    Without dreams and goals life is boring.
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  15. TRX Rally

    TRX Rally Adventurer

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    Day 1 - Dec 28 2019
    Thailand - Chiang Mai to Mae Sot
    Trip starting KM 5560
    Starting time 9am
    Distance today ~360 KM

    Sleep > Wattana village resort > https://web.facebook.com/pages/Wattana-Village-Resort/245254882154213

    The adventure started today! Left (home) in Chiang Mai at 9am after last minute stop, and it was a nice cruise all the way down to Mae Sot. Typical Thai quality freeways with wonderful sweeping canyon road from outside Tak to Mae Sot. Interesting the truck drivers when they break down on the climbs, it seems to be in the fast lane, be careful. Lots of smoke and burning the whole ride.. Sad but Burn season is already here.. and it's still Dec.

    TRX Rally is running great, cruising at 100-110km on my speedo with ~15% error. 2 fill ups. 254km on one tank-full.


    Special thanks to those helping me directly and indirectly.
    #AraiHelmets #Alpinestars #FoxRacing #SKDA #Kriega #ridekriega #Motoskill #SRCUSA #Motostuff #DIDChain #Talonhubs #talonengineering #MitasMoto #RideMitas #MitasTires #MitasTyres #mitase07 #RigidIndustries #DoubleTakeMirror #ProGrip #ProTaper #EBC #CoreMoto #coremotousa #Galfer #GalferBrakes #ElectronicJetKit #DobeckPerformance #Motorex #KNFilters #SeatConcepts #DRC #ZetaRacing #dirtbikeplus #FMF #Ohlins #ohlinsusa #CRF250Rally #TRXRally #titanium $BFG $TRX #TRON


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  16. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    Ah. Thought you weren't leaving for a few days. Looks like I missed my chance to meet you. Oh well, have a great trip!
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  17. TRX Rally

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    Day 2 - Dec 29 2019
    Thailand - Mae Sot
    Rest / Prep Day
    Distance today ~30KM

    Sleep > Wattana village resort > https://web.facebook.com/pages/Wattana-Village-Resort/245254882154213

    Today was restful with nice sleep in and family catch up w/ RTW tech support / “how to use” Instagram. After, rode to the border to check out the crossing area for tomorrow. Never know the chaos at borders. It was the expected mad house, and tomorrow should be the same yet it will be smooth as typically getting out of a Country is faster / easier than getting in (overland anyways) #TRXRally should already be in the Thailand Customs computer system from my crossing into Cambodia a year ago.. Let’s see how smooth it goes.

    Easy afternoon at the Resort, organizing and reorganizing my bags.. all the gear and bags are a puzzle and its great when all the pieces fit together nicely in their place.

    Early start tomorrow (Monday Dec 30) to ensure enough time to exit Thailand and meet the guide + other group members.

    Destination for Monday is Bliss Golden Hotel in Kyaikto. > https://goo.gl/maps/JQ2KrN81bxjtyCZu5


    Special thanks to those helping me directly and indirectly.
    #SeatConcepts #DRC #ZetaRacing #dirtbikeplus #FMF #Ohlins #ohlinsusa #CRF250Rally #TRXRally #titanium $BFG $TRX #TRON #Motorex #KNFilters #Kriega #ridekriega #RideMitas #MitasTires #MitasTyres #AraiHelmets #Alpinestars #FoxRacing #SKDA #Motoskill #SRCUSA #Motostuff #DIDChain #Talonhubs #talonengineering #MitasMoto #mitase07 #RigidIndustries #DoubleTakeMirror #ProGrip #ProTaper #EBC #CoreMoto #coremotousa #Galfer #GalferBrakes #ElectronicJetKit #DobeckPerformance

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  18. TRX Rally

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    Day 3 - Dec 30 2019
    Thailand - Mae Sot to Kyaikto
    Myanmar Border crossing from Mae Sot, Thailand
    Distance today ~240km
    Sleep > Golden Bliss Hotel > https://www.facebook.com/golden.bliss.18


    Border crossing from Thailand into Myanmar today. Everything went smooth with the Thailand departure, interesting note about 30 days, let’s see how that plays out long term… The team from Osuga Travel https://www.facebook.com/osugamyanmartravels/ met us on immediately after crossing the “friendship bridge” and had all our documents prepared for the Myanmar entry.

    The road to Kyaikto was 80% under construction. Lots of dust... Aside from the non stop bumps and poor road conditions, and after you got through the continuing 1/2 km long dust clouds, there were actually wonderful views of the Myanmar country side.. Beautiful villages, rice fields and other farms, big rivers, unique rock formations, and the occasional bridge. Plenty of livestock crossing the road at random too..

    Special thanks to those helping directly and indirectly.
    #SeatConcepts #DRC #ZetaRacing #dirtbikeplus #FMF #Ohlins #ohlinsusa #CRF250Rally #TRXRally #titanium #TRON #Motorex #KNFilters #Kriega #ridekriega #RideMitas #MitasTires #MitasTyres #AraiHelmets #Alpinestars #FoxRacing #SKDA #Motoskill #SRCUSA #Motostuff #DIDChain #Talonhubs #talonengineering #MitasMoto #mitase07 #RigidIndustries #DoubleTakeMirror #ProGrip #ProTaper #EBC #CoreMoto #coremotousa #Galfer #GalferBrakes #ElectronicJetKit #DobeckPerformance

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  19. 9w6vx

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    Following this thread with interest! Keep the RR coming.
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  20. redlava

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    You get all for free??
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