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Old 02-09-2010, 11:41 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by David gt-rider
I have never heard of but you can rent a bike or two in Chiang Mai and get a GT-Rider map (sold in many places in CM) and ride on your own.

The GT-ridermap is the best map of Northern Thialand bar none!!

Thanks for your reply David
we are booked with them and are leaving from Chiang Mai early April heading up to the boarder, we figured this will be a reck trip and next time do our own thing
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Old 02-24-2010, 02:51 AM   #17
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Daewoo is right about the bike scene, tho the MHS Loop is still great to do if only once.
Stay in Soppong rather than Pai tho.

As for tour operators, if you are looking for invigorating riding along the Burma border
- West of Fang, around Doi Ankang is sensational -
there's one professional outfit run by an Aussie MX champ who is the best in the biz,

Check out the vids and ride reports on his site.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:15 AM   #18
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I live in Chiang Mai & know of numerous people that have rented from POP Rentals in Chiang Mai and have had pleasant experiences, even when negotiating with Sompong (owner) about repair costs. The fact that he's so successful & a businessman brings the usual jealousy, which Darryl below is portraying.

I'm involved in renting 100's if not 1,000's of motorcycles for rider's that come to the SE Asia region. In Chiang Mai the best choices for motorcycle rentals are C&P Service (All the motorcycle tour companies rent from him as he has the best maintained bikes) & POP Rentals. There's a detailed list of bike rental companies inventories in Chiang Mai in the link below:

Also, there's a good list of motorcycle tour operators in SE Asia in the link below:

There's plenty of tour guides available in Chiang Mai, with some wonderful riding available. Below is a link to a ride I did last week, some new, unmapped, trails:

Originally Posted by daewoo View Post
I have heard some bad stories about Pop Rental, I know that TonyBKK won't agree, but he is just a disagreeable pr!ck anyway Hi Tony

They won't let you write this on the Thailand websites, so I will write it here...

Pop's bikes are alegedly all paid for laundering money from organised crime, 10Million Baht this year... he makes his money back by hitting riders up for damage, real or imagined... I have this from a very good source with nothing to gain... although it seems to be pretty widely known amongst the riders in CM...

Lots of guys rent from Mr Mechanic in the vain hope of getting a leg over the manager Miss Gung... I have hired from them before and think their bikes are as bad as any others I have seen...

Tony's Big Bikes bikes are usually better, as they are maintained by westerners to western standards, but as with most hire bikes they are 15 years old and have had a hard life...

The exception to this (unfortunately Tony's doesn't have any) are the shops that have just bought new from Kawasaki ER6N/Fs and D-Trackers... Pop, Mr Mechanic, Mr Beer and many other shops have the relatively new and therefore, unmolested bikes... to my mind, defiantely worth the money over a 15year old war horse...

I used Mr Beer and had no problem with him... address details are all on the GT-Rider site...

Upcoming Chiang Mai to the Tibet border tour details just finished ---

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Old 04-02-2013, 10:53 AM   #19
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And who knows any good enduro tours company when riding out of bangkok?
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:52 PM   #20
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Try the Baan Ricky guys, they can set something up for sure

(they live in Bangkok)

Contact details below:

Baan Ricky is
N 14 26.095
E 098 52.684
right side direct at the HW 323, between KM 77 + 78 in Sai Yoke Yai
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