Sumatera at hardcore machinen, aka 150ccm trough the Jungle

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  1. raisto

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    A few-week trip to the paradise of cheap palm oil, orang utans and motorcycles of giant displacement and cruel performance. Specifically, the Yamaha Byson and Honda Streetfire, a hard 14-horse motorbikes. Perhaps a little lame horses just before he died, but in the final they both managed nearly 3,000 km of jungle and forest, on roads similar to the worst spots in the Balkans, just in unbelievable heat, moisture and vegetation. The country is beautiful and cheap, gasoline around 0,5 eur and consumption would be two liters per hundred kilometers, so super driving, 88 octanes was a bit worse, but what already :-)
    The humankind inhabiting Sumatra is, like almost everywhere, divine and peaceful, enthusiastic about the few tourists who appear. Unlike Bali, Thailand, and other locations around, damp and crowded with tourists, almost no one comes here, so the experience is 100 percent. You take pictures with the local population all the time, almost nobody comes here, so their enthusiasm for whites man on small bike, ranks high on the meaning of the word positive. Nature, of course, unbelievable, full of life, unfortunately the oil palm plantations are a bit spoiled, mostly in the lowland, mountains are amazing. Overall, I rate this trip closely on a trip to Kokorin, which wins sausage and beer, here only rice, but otherwise perfect :-) (maybe, this is bad Czechjoke)

    photos will be sent soon.

    Thanks for watching...
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    Yes, Sumatra rocks...
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    Awesome video. Thanks for posting.
    How about some details - like what did you eat ?
    where did you get the bikes ?
    what do things cost ?
    did you do packaged tours or go out on your own ?
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    Amazing pics!
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    Excellent.. really enjoyed :clap:clap
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    That brought back some memories! I worked in the swamps of central Sumatra (Pakenbaru, Duri, Rupat Island, etc) in the oil patch in 1959, 1960. Holy cow, that's 60 years ago!. Be interested to know where you traveled; Palembang in the south or maybe Medan in the north. Maybe you could expand on that. An interesting side story, totally unrelated to bikes or travel, is that the volcanic island of Krakatoa located between Sumatra and Java erupted in 1883 with, I believe, the loudest explosion ever known, generating a tsunami twice as high as the 2004 one to hit Sumatra, killing 36,000 people and destroying everything in it's path. Okay, so it's not adventure travel but it is a cool fact.
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    Another cool fact about SUMATRA is the story of LAKE TOBA, (the largest volcanic lake on earth and home of the BATAK/Megalithic people), occupying the Caldera of a SUPERVOLCANO, erupting to produce the largest known 'Violent Explosive Eruption/Index' event on earth in the last 25 Millionen years, which happened 'only' around 74.000 years ago...
    (NZ had the most recent VE I-8 event 26.500 years ago)
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    We drove alone, without a travel agency, I always do so, it's much cheaper and more interesting.
    We had bikes from this guy:

    http://www.gandarental.com/

    The price was $ 8 a day, motorbikes were ok, common faults, like a light bulb, nothing serious. Overall, it is a beautiful and cheap country, accommodation starts at $ 5, food at $ 3, a liter of gas $ 0.5, so really cool. Of course, it can be much more expensive if you want 5 stars hotels :-).
    However, with food it's weaker, mostly rice and noodles in different ways, occasionally dried fish, certainly not the most diverse country for food fans, like India.
    The prices are very pleasant, people too, nature is beautiful, the police almost nowhere and if, they want to talk.
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