Kawasaki Versys Road Trip to Pala-u, Thailand!

Discussion in 'Asia' started by TonyBKK, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    My first tour on the new Versys and first camping trip for my son. O Dark Hundred and we're ready to roll!
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    Meeting at Kawasaki Rama 9 in Bangkok-
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    BIG Group! More than 30 bikes! Ninja 250R's, ER6n's Ninja 650R's, a few Versys and Khun Channarong on the ZX10R!

    Beautiful day- nice and cool, perfect riding weather!

    Pitstop-
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    We stopped to tour the King's Project-
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    Small scale water treatment and mangrove forest restoration-
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    Is this a "Jorake"?
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    Fantastic lunch at a scenic spot near Cha Am-
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    Dunno what the story is with this "monster" in the ocean???
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    ER6n and Versys at the beach!
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    The Versys isn't so easy for short people! [​IMG]
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    34 bikes! [​IMG]
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    My son was having a great time!
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    TO BE CONTINUED!
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  2. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    The ride to Pala-u continues! [​IMG]

    Some fun roads took us up into the hills near the border with Burma. In places the roads were a bit rough and that's where I was happy to be on the Versys instead of my old Ninja 650R. The superior suspension on the Versys does a much better job on rough roads than the 650R or ER6n. [​IMG]

    Finally we arrived at the campground-
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    Sorry folks, no phone service up here!!! 555! [​IMG]
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    Bikes-
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    More bikes-
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    Kawasaki Versys- I LOVE this bike! [​IMG]
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    Beautiful spot, nice big tents, comfortable mattresses and warm blankets for the cool night temperatures-
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    Here's my little guy "helping" to set up a tent [​IMG]
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    Our leader and trip organizer Khun Aek (sp?) of Outdoor Thailand-
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    A refreshing dip in the river-
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    COLD!!!
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    Water Fight!!!
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    Attack!!!
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    Camping is FUN!
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    Cold?
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    Warm sweater and a good book [​IMG]
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    Pala-u "wildlife" [​IMG]
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    Excellent dinner and all you could drink beer and whiskey! FANTASTIC! [​IMG]
    (Sorry no pictures as I was too busy stuffing my face) [​IMG]

    Karen music and dancing!
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    Somebody looks sleepy...
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    Good night! (-_-)Zzzz

    TBC!
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  3. mcc66

    mcc66 Been here awhile

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  4. Rabbitson

    Rabbitson Been here awhile

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    Looks like you're having a good time there and that statue in the sea is quite impressive! (if a little strange)

    David
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  5. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    Looks a great time on the Kawasakis!
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  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Thank you for all the kind compliments guys! Can't wait to do it again!

    Kawasaki Ride- Day TWO!

    A warm cup of ovaltine is always a nice way to start the day-
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    Good morning!
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    I haven't been camping in a long time but I slept REALLY well! Was so much fun in fact that we're going to go camping again this coming weekend!

    Everyone brought their bikes over by the tents for pictures-
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    Watch out! Slippery when wet!
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    Some pics in front of our tent-
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    Some of the guys checking out the Versys-
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    One more cup before we hit the road-
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    And we're off!
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    Pit stop for gas-
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    We rode up to Kaeng Krachan National Park. Some really nice roads in Prachuap Kiri Khan!

    My son, it would seem, is quite popular with the ladies [​IMG]
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    Rolled in to a gas station that only had one attendant so we helped ourselves [​IMG]
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    My son already knows how to start the bike but here someone showed him how to twist the throttle-
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    Thank goodness he can't reach the gear lever yet!

    Excellent lunch on a river boat- not sure exactly where we were, but on a big river near the highway to Bangkok-
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    After that it was a tough battle through Bangkok traffic to get home in one piece. Of course my little guy got tired, but his head down on the tank and fell fast asleep!

    Really really fun trip! Wasn't sure my son could handle such a long ride but it turns out he's a trooper and can't wait to do it again!

    Let the Good Times ROLL!

    Tony and Kristhawee
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  7. AustinJake

    AustinJake DR650 - Versys

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    Great report, loved your pics and family orientation.
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  8. dpouwel

    dpouwel Petualang

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    Nice way to spent time between father and son :freaky

    yeah its true, I own a ninja 250r and it's suspension is suck especially for Indo road condition
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  9. canoli

    canoli human

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    Rama 9.. guess the secret is out on the Secret Soi Riders :lol3

    Congrats on the new Versys. Nice ride. Let me know when you want to get it dirty.

    Still have the ninja for track days?

    Canoli
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  10. mamm

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    Can't imagine a more "father/son bonding experience" than a bike road trip, congrats.

    But may I suggest a full face helmet (and gloves, and boots) for your kid?
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  11. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Awesome trip :clap :clap :clap
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  12. Frankko

    Frankko Midnight Rambler

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    Nice trip and camping report. I enjoyed it very much..

    When I get back to Thailand I will try to go on a ride and probably meet up with you all.


    Home is Chiang Mai.

    Enjoy your bikes and the nice cool weather.

    Frank
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  13. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    LOL, the original "Secret Soi" is nowhere near Rama 9 I assure you :evil

    Taking the Versys to Laos next week. Hope it will come back nice and filthy :D

    Sold the Ninja 650R a couple of days before I picked up the Versys.
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    These are my current track toys-
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    Assuming I get back from Laos on time and in one piece I'll be racing the ER6n "RR" at the Kawasaki Track Day at BIRA Circuit on the 18th, and the Gixxer at the Pirelli Track Day on the 26th.

    Ride On!

    Tony
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  14. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Not at all easy to find quality kids gear here in Thailand but agree with you 110% he should be wearing better gear. May have to mail order and just hope it fits...
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  15. Ranti

    Ranti Adventurer

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    The boy sure has that 'iron butt' dna in him. Won't be long before he rides his own along me think :rofl

    I currently pick the KSR110 for Bangkok traffic and will leave the Versys in Chiang Mai where it belongs. Just to tell you drop me a line if a Northern trip is in your agenda.

    Rang
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