Underboning the World - 2 Symbas, 1 Couple, No Sense

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Underboning, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. CMS

    CMS Been here awhile

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    Wow , I hate to see your trip end. What a journey for you and all of us [ I wonder how many fans have ridden along with you on this trip?] Thank you for sharing, this is the best report and most interesting one I've ever seen. Hope you will stay in touch on the computer when you get home, my Underboning fix can 't be cold turkey , you will have to let us all down slowly. Today is the 7th of June, you will be home soon , Welcome back and thanks again for the ride, Bravo!! CMS [ Terry ] :clap
  2. Sp4Mike

    Sp4Mike Been here awhile

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    If you go through Cleveland (or the northern half of Ohio for that matter), I owe you two a beer!

    I don't often drink beer, but when I do, it's with awesome people like you guys.
  3. MaineScoot

    MaineScoot Been here awhile

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    I'm also sad to hear the trip is ending. And sad you won't be landing on the east coast. My blue Symba would love to go for a ride with your blue Symbas.

    Did you see this post on Lance Powersport's Facebook page: "Not much more to say other that what an AWESOME couple! and the People seem Great also!"<button class="like_link stat_elem as_link" title="Like this item" type="submit" name="like" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;>&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:22}"></button>They posted a link to this thread, too. :D
  4. Packer

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    A great report, an amazing trip. Thank you to you both.
  5. scrappyscooter

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    Thanks for the great report!!
  6. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    We will still have at least 6 days of riding after we get back to LA, so the trip isn't quite over! We'll try to let you down easy. :lol3
  7. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    We may be in Ohio in a few weeks. Re's parents live in the Youngstown area and we might be stopping in to see them. The bad news is that the Symbas will be making the trip in the back of a U-Haul.
  8. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    No, I didn't see that link, thanks for the heads up!
  9. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Not knowing what was going on today, Re and I decided to get an early start (for us) and were up by 7:00 am. We'd had a good sleep – between the relatively cool air and continuous rain overnight... It was not raining when we woke up, but the house was surrounded by a dense fog. Visibility was no more than 25 feet. Our original plan was to tour Bukit Fraser today and go on some of the hikes, but considering the amount of rain overnight, hiking seemed out of the question. We made the decision instead, to head back to the Cameron Highlands in hopes of drier weather and trails.

    After showering, we packed our bag and generally kept quiet until we heard other people moving about. A little while later, we stepped out and were invited to have breakfast with the family. After a yummy breakfast I looked outside to see that the mist had receded and decided to load the bikes. As I finished getting everything strapped down, it started to rain. Since Philip's plans involved hiking as well, they decided to wait to see if the rain stopped.

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    We joined them on the porch for pictures and an amazing spectacle of moths.

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    The outside light had apparently been left on last night, and it consequently attracted the most amazing assortment of moths we've ever seen.

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    Some were nearly three inches long, some looked like leaves, others were spectacular colors, and there were, literally, hundreds of them.

    Around 10:00 am, the rain nearly stopped, so we said our goodbyes and hit the road. With the stoppage of the rain, the mist returned. It was pointless to try and do any sightseeing on Bukit Fraser this morning since visibility was so low.

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    Instead, we made the ride down the hill, through the fog and into the eventual clearing. The ride down was nearly as much fun as the ride up (except for the wet pavement). I would love to return with a supermotard someday and just ride up and down the hill a few times. Near the bottom, the sky cleared and turned sunny as we rode toward the E1 (the North-South highway). We rode the E1 north to Tapah, where we exited for the ride to Tanah Rata. This too was a roller coaster of a road but with slightly worse pavement. At the Tapah exit, my GPS said it was 19 miles as the crow flies to Tanah Rata, but that by road it was 36 miles – it's a twisty road.

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    Another highlight of this part of the ride was a large reservoir that was flanked by mountains. We stopped for a short break and a couple of pictures. After strafing a thousand apexes, we finally pulled into Tanah Rata and rode directly to the Twin Pines, where we'd stayed before.

    We had a late lunch of coffee and fried dough and then went back to the room to check email. We got two bits of news; one that Ronnie had come down with the flu, and the other, that Ian (The BigFella) had arrived in Georgetown. It seems relatively dry here, so maybe we'll do some hiking here tomorrow and head north the next day. After spending some quality together time, we went out for a late dinner with a couple different kinds of nasi goreng (fried rice) and tomyam soup. The food was delicious, but you know you have a toothache when it hurts to chew rice. After dinner we grabbed some beers and returned to the room to celebrate ten months on the road today.


    140 miles in about 4.5 hours. Bikes are running well, no obvious permanent damage from the missing axle nut.
  10. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    By 2:00 am, we knew we weren't going hiking today. Shortly after we went to bed, the sky exploded in thunder, lightning, and torrential rain. It flat poured overnight, and the deluge continued for hours. We woke up to huge puddles of standing water and an overcast sky. We walked out for breakfast and considered our options. Everywhere we looked it was muddy, so hiking didn't sound like a reasonable option. Between my sore tooth, Ronnie's flu, and Ian's arrival in Georgetown, we decided to scrap our plans and head back to Georgetown today. My tooth has gotten so sensitive that whether iced or hot, coffee hurts to drink. Now I know that something has got to be done. We decided to get on the road as soon as possible to hopefully avoid any of the afternoon rains that seem to be popping up.

    After breakfast we jumped in the shower and I then got to work on the bikes. The air pressures have been holding fairly well. For some reason, I have started checking fasteners every day again, and while the oil level is good, Re's smells like it could use a change. We heaved the bikes off the center stands at 9:30 and thumbed the starter buttons. Re's Symba roared to life, mine made that funny starter solenoid sound. Dead battery. Fortunately, I could resort to the kickstarter. I guess it's time for those new batteries we've been putting off buying. Once we were underway, it was an easy but busy ride from Tanah Rata to Kampung Raja. After that, the tourist and agricultural traffic seemed to disappear, and the ride back to the E1 was perfect. We were greeted by bright sunshine, cool temperatures, crystal clear air, stunning mountains all around, and a neverending succession of fourth gear sweepers. This morning's ride reminded me why I love riding. It truly was an amazing ride, and I wished I could bottle it to save for later. Re pulled up alongside part way down with a huge smile and let out a big whoop.

    Too soon, that part of the ride was over, and we were back on the E1, chugging northward at 45 mph. Again, the ride through Ipoh was beautiful, but just north of there, the rain started again. While never heavy, the rain continued on and off for the next couple of hours, all the way to Georgetown. By the time we made it back to the bridge to Penang, the rain had mostly stopped, but it was very windy riding across. When we were near Ipoh, Re had called the Star Lodge to make sure they'd have a room for us. When we arrived, we were able to quickly unload all of our gear back into G5, our new, usual room. They were surprised to see us again so soon, and honestly, we were too. We ran out for a quick bite to eat and then came back to the room to clean up.

    We texted The BigFella later on and met him at his hotel around the corner around 7:30 pm. Ian introduced us to his KTM 950SE, and I have to admit to some serious bike envy. After that, we introduced him to our bikes on the way down to the Corner Bar. After a couple of rounds and some story swapping, we adjourned to Kapitan for tandoori chicken and naan before returning to the Corner Bar for a few more. We had a great time, laughing and talking until late in the night, so much so, that I almost forgot about my tooth.


    170 miles in about 5.5 hours. The bikes are running great, but it was a strange sensation to be riding that “fast” for that long. I think I even saw 50 mph at one point!
  11. MrBob

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    Have you tried using a clove next to the bad tooth until you can get it looked at? You don't want to see a more generalized infection develop so don't delay.
    The Symbas are quite impressive for their forgiving simplicity. I love the stories of rebuilds along the side of the road.
    Have you worked out your route in the States? I'm glad you have one another as you deal with the end of the trip, this phase of it anyway.
  12. Gooner

    Gooner Lanterne Rouge

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    This is my first post after lurking here for several months. Thank you both for sharing your adventure with us. It has truly been a pleasure to follow you along the way. I wish you both the best on whatever road your Symbas lead you down upon your return to the States.
  13. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    The tooth is better now, the antibiotics seem to have done the trick. We still are working on our US route, but it looks like it will be mostly Highway 395 from the California and up into John Day, Oregon. Then to The Dalles and onto Portland. Looks like it will be another 1300 miles or so!
  14. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the good wishes from everyone! This trip ahs been the best thing we have ever done and we're glad that other people are enjoying it, too.
  15. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    After roti for breakfast, Re looked online for a recommendation for a dentist here in town. She knows my love of visits to the dentist and took it upon herself to get me there. She found a recommendation for the Adventist Hospital Dental clinic and was able to get me in after lunch. For the rest of the morning, we did some shopping, including buying oil for an oil change. After a lunch of pork and rice, we went to the hospital, where the dentist looked at my tooth and said I should take antibiotics for several days and come back on Monday to see what the real damage is. I left with a prescription which I was able to fill at the hospital, and we took the bus back to the guesthouse.

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    We got a text from Ian around 4:30 and met up with him shortly thereafter. We took some pictures of the bikes together. Afterward, we headed back to the Corner Bar (the real name is Antarabangsa Enterprise, but that doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily) for a few pre-dinner beers. Later, we walked over to De Tai Tong for dim sum, and then back to the Corner Bar for the evening. The highlight of the night was the “18-year old” Chinese man, Lim, who sat with us for a while. He was quite a character and had us all in stitches. He was actually born in 1930 in Penang and had lots of good stories. He finished the evening by telling Re some rather salacious stories, complete with hand gestures! :lol3 Look for a special report from her soon.
  16. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    6/2 It Broke Again

    After breakfast, Re and I worked on some writing and posted some pics this morning. Today is the King's birthday, so many things are closed. After lunch, we removed the top cases from our bikes, since we won't need them on there until we get back to the US. While we were on our ride a few days ago, I gave Re a hand putting her bike on the center stand and thought I felt a wiggle from the rear rack. Sure enough, the welds from Cambodia had cracked in several places. Yay. Another thing to put on the “to do” list. The rest of the afternoon was pretty lazy, mostly spent talking with people around the guesthouse.


    6/3 Writing and Racing

    Re continued yesterday morning's theme by writing and posting to the blog. After lunch, we went to the bookstore, where Re bought some Chinese brushes and ink, and we bought a copy of the movie, “Totoro.” Since it was Sunday and the awning across the street was free, we took the opportunity to change the oil in both bikes. There seemed to be a lot of clutch material stuck in the oil screen, hopefully it is left over from my old clutch and not from the new one! I also gave the swingarm area of my bike a once-over and didn't find any permanent damage. Then it was time fore Moto GP. I spent the next 4.5 hours watching all the races live, before heading out for dinner.


    6/4 The Dentist

    I didn't particularly want to get up this morning, since I had to return to the dentist at 11.00 am. The tooth that's been giving me a problem already has a crown, which means the next step is a root canal. The good news is, the antibiotics seem to have done an excellent job of clearing up the sensitivity. This morning I made a point of chewing on that side of my mouth, and it was virtually pain free. While I waited around and fretted until it was time to go, Re got out a rag and soap and washed both our Pelicans and Ortliebs in preparation for our flight next week. Too soon, it was time to go back to the dentist. He spent about 15 minutes poking around, spraying water and air, and having me bite on chunks of cotton. His advice was to leave it alone for now and worry about it when I get back to the States since the pain is essentially gone, and he's concerned about finishing the process before we leave. In one way, I was relieved to not need a root canal today, but on the other hand, I hope this doesn't come back to haunt me in the next month or so.

    After lunch we walked down to our local motorcycle shop and bought new batteries. I checked my battery the other day after my bike wouldn't start, and sure enough, it was low on water again. Considering that we have refilled our batteries with tap water at least three times so far, we thought it would be better to return with fresh batteries that we promise to treat right this time. :lol3 We also got them now since they were a good price. A genuine Yuasa YB5L-B battery is just under 13 USD here. Back in the room, I started filling them with acid in preparation for installing them tomorrow.


    6/5 Rack Repair/Leg Shields

    We seem to have hit a rainy period in Malaysia, since it rained heavily overnight, and we in fact, woke to flooded sidewalks this morning. Re braved the rain to get us breakfast, and then we worked on a bunch of emails until the rain stopped. I removed Re's rack (heh heh) and went off in search of a welder, while she pulled off the leg shields from her bike in preparation for a lettering job. I had to walk around for a while to find a welder to fix the rack, but eventually found someone to do the job. It was a little more expensive here, costing 5 USD, as opposed to the dollar or two elsewhere. After I got the rack reinstalled, I found Re in the middle of her lettering job, which is looking pretty good.

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    Here are a couple pics of the finished product.

    After the leg shields were reinstalled, we headed out for lunch and to see, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” It was raining again, so watching a movie sounded like a better idea than installing batteries. After the movie was over, we collected the tools and other things we will need to ship in the crate with our bikes, since tomorrow is crating day. Dim sum and a couple of beers finished up the day. We are both definitely bummed that the end is near.
  17. sandalscout

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    The leg shields look GREAT!
  18. JimOBrien

    JimOBrien Been here awhile

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    If you need a spot to work on the bikes or just a place to crash for however long you need in Nor-Cal, Mi casa es Su casa. I'm in Redding, Ca. west of Susanville. Text or email works. Phones don't being deaf.
  19. DaBinChe

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    It's a kinda sad feeling when nearing the end of such a fun trip. So let me know your route/schedule in CA, I'll see if I can intercept and ride along for a short bit. Unfortunately I won't be on a Symba, sold it over a year ago and am on a newer Elite. Have yet to take a trip on it but maybe in August I will.
  20. Underboning

    Underboning Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the offer! I don't think we will be traveling that far west, but if we have a problem we'll keep you in mind.