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SSR / GTR ride from Bangkok-CNX-Chiang Dao-Phrao-Phrayao-Nan-BKK

Discussion in 'Asia' started by TonyBKK, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Location:
    The Big Mango, Bangkok, Thailand
    Brilliant ride and everyone made it back in one piece!

    The cast of characters from Bangkok:

    Frank- Yamaha R1
    Bakerboy- Honda VFR 800
    Dr. G- Ducati Monster
    NakedAir aka BananaBoy- Yamaha FZ6
    Ithailian- Kawasaki Ninja 650R
    TonyBKK- Kawasaki Ninja 650R
    Dunder- Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R
    Spud1- Yamaha R1
    Hawkhill- Ducati 1098S

    We left Bangkok almost on time [​IMG]
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    About 50km south of Pitsanulok the VFR800 shyte her chain... [​IMG]

    Talk about fortune though- this happened in the middle of nowhere and within minutes a jolly old fellow shows up in his pickup and drives the VFR800 all the way to Pitsanulok for a mere 1000 Baht. In Pitsanulok we are lucky enough to find a big shop on Soi Sanambin (Airport Road) that has a 530 chain in stock and they install it in about 15 minutes. Job done, Ride On!
    Woohoo!
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    Somewhere near Uttaradit- where the road starts to get interesting!
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    A couple of Ninjas [​IMG]
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    Here's a pretty cool video riding West from Den Chai to Lamphun on Highway 11-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZw3wtWP3DU

    This is a brilliant stretch of road-
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    Pitstop-
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    That's it for Friday the 4th.

    Will continue with the rest of the weekend soon!

    Happy Trails,

    Tony
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  2. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

    Joined:
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    Location:
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    The view from my hotel room on Saturday morning-
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    Most of us stayed at the Chateau Chiang Mai Hotel. Hardly a "Chateau", but the rooms were big and clean and the breakfast buffet wasn't too bad and it was conveniently located right next to the Sirinart Hotel where the CM Bike Week was being held.

    It was pretty fun watching guys walk past the bikes. That stunning Ducati 1098S in the middle always gets people's attention! [​IMG]

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    Today's plan was to ride up the 107 to Chiang Dao, then hang a right on the 1150 to Phrao and on over to Ban Pong and back to Chiang Mai on the 118:
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    Spud and HawkHill are ready to ride!
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    Here's a pretty cool video of me chasing Spud on his R1 through some of the twisty parts of the 107- man that guy can ride! [​IMG]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFDA94xd0pk

    Some guys thought the 1150 was a bit too narrow and dirty but personally I just love that road. No traffic whatsoever, amazing views, and a very cool mix of canyon and ridge roads.

    Shortly before the town of Phrao:
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    Here's a pitstop some ways east of Phrao-
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    Leaving Phrao to climb over the next mountain range we were a little vexed by water all over the road and we did eventually catch up with the offending water truck which was probably just about empty after sloshing his load all over the road for our entertainment... [​IMG]

    Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txyznNBdUvk

    Ah well- TiT- gotta be ready for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! At least it wasn't diesel!!! [​IMG]

    To be continued! [​IMG]
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  3. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

    Joined:
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    Location:
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    Following Dunder on his Ninja ZX10R, Frank and Spud on their Yamaha R1's. (Sorry for the shaky vid- This is the last video before my camera snapped off...) Ha ha! Ride On!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aax5RqX0Kt4

    Stopped at Cabbages and Condoms for lunch before riding back to Chiang Mai-
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    Sorry, no pics of the food, but the northern style Gaeng Hunglay was excellent! [​IMG]

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    Blasted into Chiang Mai on the 118 at a blistering pace- wow, that road is a real racetrack! Only bad thing is that my video camera snapped off it's mount. I was rather lucky, rather than falling off the bike and getting run over (like my last camera) [​IMG] this time the camera somehow bounced into the fairing and got wedged between the fairing and exhaust. I didn't even notice the camera was missing until Dunder spotted it hanging out from under the bike. [​IMG] Fortunately the memory card is still ok, but I forgot the camera at Frank's house so not sure if it still works... Need to start looking for a new bike cam- anyone have any recommendations? The Contour HD seems an excellent camera but it's also VERY expensive...

    More to come!
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  4. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

    Joined:
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    Location:
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    Hit the Chiang Mai Bike Week on Saturday evening and was very happy to run into a lot of old friends, including David U, Ian, Pikey, Franz and Dougal. Didn't have my camera along so sorry, no pics, but the Yamaha dancing girls weren't half bad and there was one pretty in the Kawasaki booth that was very appetizing [​IMG]

    Peter and Franz told us of their plan to ride to Nan the following day with Marco and were kind enough to invite us along.

    We weren't able to make their 0830 departure time as we had one bike that was in desperate need of a new tire. I was quite surprised that there was a tire shop open on a Sunday in Chiang Mai that was able to sort the bike- I don't think that would ever happen in Bangkok!

    So, off we went- terrible traffic getting out of Chiang Mai, then northeast on the 118 then the stunning 120 up over the mountains to Phrayao. That 120 remains one of my favorite roads (and I think it's a new favorite for a few other guys too). I wish I could have captured it on video, but alas, no camera... [​IMG]

    I forget the road numbers we took between Phrayao and Nan, but they were great! I did stop to snap a few pics-
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    As you can see it's pretty late in the day, but fortunately we were headed east and the setting sun created some beautiful colors.
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    We rolled into Nan right about sunset and were warned by Liam, who had arrived earlier in the day that all the hotels in Nan were FULL! [​IMG]

    Well, first things first! We headed to the river where who should we meet? The Three Musketeers? Larry Curly and Moe? No, but close [​IMG] Marco, Franz and Dougal! [​IMG]

    Awesome to see you all again! A few pics from the evening- who can remember how many bottles of Jack Daniels and beer we consumed? I have no real memory of getting to the guesthouse but here there was some guys that wanted to break a chair over my head? [​IMG]

    Marco and the Panzer Wagon!
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    Hey... That's one way to get a drink... [​IMG]
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    Apparently some farts smell like laughing gas... [​IMG]
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    Franz was in good form and looks excited for Monday's ride-
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    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR DINNER FRANZ!!!

    THANKS AS ALWAYS TO FRANK AND MO FOR SUPPLYING THE JACK!

    Wow- check out Marco's HIDs and footwear! Ha ha ha!
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    Dougal kept the jokes coming and had everyone in stitches as usual!
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    I don't know where I slept that night but big thanks to Liam for finding a place- It was only 350 Baht, clean, quiet, hot water and a very comfy bed. What more do you need?

    Monday's fabulous ride to Phu Kha coming up next!
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  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Brilliant ride on Monday December 7th [​IMG]
    The Phu Ka Loop:
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    Left town with Franz, Marco, Dougal and Liam as there was confusion about what the other guys were doing. Alas Derek and Spud decided to head to Pitsanulok so they missed out on one of the most beautiful rides I've ever experienced in Thailand, but fortunately the rest of the group caught up with us a little later in the Phu Ka National Park.

    An amazing climb up the mountain with tons of switchbacks- once again, amazing to see how Marco and Franz throw their big bikes around those tight corners!

    Franz and I made it up in double quick time, giving Franz time to yuck it up with the National Park guards at the entrance gate-
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    The rest of the group wasn't far behind-
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    Marco the conehead... [​IMG]
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    (What's Liam doing???) [​IMG]

    Ready to continue on into the Phu Ka National Park-
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    Designated a National Park on the 17th June 1999, Doi Phuka National park is situated in the mountains of Northern Thailand. The park is named after the highest peak in the park boundaries, Doi Phuka, which sits at 1,980 meters (6,600 feet) above sea level. Phuka is Northern ThailandÂ’s largest national park, at 1,704 km2 size.
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  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Wow it was chilly up there in the mountains! We stopped at the Lan Doo Daw viewpoint where there is also a campsite- (You can see the tents behind the sign)
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    The park staff told us it had gotten down to 12 degrees Celsius the night before and that it's not unusual for the temperature to go down to single digits in the winter months. [​IMG]

    All I can say is that when I went to wash my hands the water was ice cold- I wonder if any of the campers took a shower that morning??? [​IMG]

    Absolutely gorgeous up in the mountains and some stellar views. This area is also famous for some very odd prehistoric palm trees. I hope Liam will show us some of his pictures because my camera really wasn't able to capture them very well.

    We stopped here for lunch and could hear a sport bike off in the distance- who should it be but BananaBoy! Grinning ear to ear and going on about how not even Bakerboy could keep up with him today as he was "IN THE ZONE!!! Ha ha ha! (More on that a little later) [​IMG]

    Marco couldn't find a chair that would support him, but not for lack of trying [​IMG]

    Off we go- stunning roads and views the entire way...

    Except perhaps for the places where there was no road.... [​IMG]
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    Ha ha! Seriously though, there was NO ROAD at this spot- Once the construction crew saw us they MADE us a "road" of sorts and I rather suspect they were taking bets on how many of us would wipe out on their soft dirt "road". [​IMG]
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    This wasn't the only spot of construction and it wasn't too long after that BananaBoy decided to get his knee down, and then some... [​IMG]
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    Liam was right behind him and witnessed the whole thing. Apparently Trent had some trouble negotiating another spot of dirt, hit a big rock in the middle of the road and had a gentle low speed spill. Very minor damage to the Fizzer (since apparently it landed on top of Trent!) Ha ha! [​IMG]
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    Ah- we finally reach the 1081 [​IMG]
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    Dougal promised us biking Nirvana, and he wasn't lying!
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    Stopped here to get some videos-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv8OzydAVMo

    A little further on is where Marco took this awesome video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT6vNvN4VmQ

    We just couldn't get over what a perfect road this was and we were also wondering why in the world it was built?

    I think the entire time were were on the 1081 we passed ONE car! Not that we're complaining mind you! Thailand continues to impress with her amazing roads. This one is definitely on my short list of all time greats! Thanks again Dougal for showing us this secret gem! [​IMG]

    I can't wait to go back there and explore some more!

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    Smiles all around- what a great day!
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  7. Fustercluck

    Fustercluck Been here awhile

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    Very cool, thanks for posting!
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