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Old 05-31-2007, 12:27 AM   #211
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Hi BB. I have just joined AR to write you. As a group of 200cc Chinese bike riders living in Turkey we are watching your journey. Just to let you to know. Take care and please continue to share us your adventure.
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:25 AM   #212
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Originally Posted by apb
BB, any difficulty getting new plates for your new bike? They don't require a chinese license or insurance? If not, then picking up a new bike and setting it up for touring sounds like the way to go for those of us hoping to ride china at some point...
Well BB, what's the answer?
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:11 AM   #213
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Ok, back on the road again !! Been a long time off the bike, was very happy to be packed up and moving !! Here is the bike fully loaded and ready to roll. I did change out the tires to ones that were a bit knobbier. Will miss the great Tex Mex food and strawberry shakes in Chengdu but the open road calls. And I know you guys are waiting to see what new punishments I will visit upon myself.....

Decided to head up north to catch up with Franki and test ride the new Jialing dual sport bike. However no visit to Chengdu would be complete without visiting the giant panda center. Paid my fee and start walking around looking for pandas out playing in natural settings.
It is midday, and this is what I see....

Hmm, no pandas in sight. Then see a small building with a sign in front that says due to the weather please see the pandas inside. And sure enough there they are, kicking back in air conditioned cages chomping down on bamboo. Basically escaping the heat which makes perfect sense.

Here are some pint sized ones.

Another area had red pandas. They are fairly small about the size of a medium dog. Also clearly a lot tougher as they were out in the outside area playing around, and eating of course..

Here showing off the zoom on my new camera.

I must have a warped sense of humor, since I got a kick of a sign there warning Chinese tourists not to pester the foreign tourists for pictures.
If you can't pick it up by yourself, it is not an adventure bike.

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Old 05-31-2007, 08:24 AM   #214
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First time I was at that zoo it was raining and it was before the renovation, so I only saw three other visitors in the whole place. Back then you could pay $40 for this kind of photo.
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Old 05-31-2007, 09:21 AM   #215
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A pretty uneventful ride up to Mianyang for the Jialing motorcycle event. I had no idea how big the city was. I had been given the name of the hotel from Franki, and thought no problem to find it. They knew otherwise, and had two people waiting for me to arrive at the outskirts of the city. Out of the corner of my eye saw these guys waving and screaming as I went by. So they escorted me WAY out of town to a resort where the event was held. The resort was on a lake. As I walked around the hotel area I noticed this cable car down to point of land across the lake. It was no longer in operation, think you would have to be a very brave person to take this...

I did not know a soul at the event except Franki whom I had never met in person before. We had only exchanged emails. Yet everyone there treated me like a long lost brother. I was truly amazed. They also took endless pictures of themselves with me like I was a motorcycle touring superstar. I did not have the heart to tell them I was just an ordinary bozo wasting my time riding around. And of course they spent lots of time spent examining the modifications I had done to my bike.
The whole event was very elaborate and well done. Here is the parking area after all the test riders came back from the day's ride.

Franki being interviewed by a film crew. He is a very well known rider in China.

Jialing is a major motorcycle manufacturer in China. They wish to enter the large bike market with this 600 CC dual sport bike. So they invited 60 riders from all over China to come on a three day road trip to test ride the bikes. With Franki's help I just sort of weaseled my way into the party.... Here are the test bikes lined up.

One of the bike clubs there. They forced me into their photo...

A few assorted non Chinese bikes were there as well.

And no bike gathering would be complete without a big nightime party. Let's see, beautiful dancing girls ?? Check !!

A stunning girl who was an excellent violin player.

And of course a guy wearing a mask blowing out gouts of flames.......

Franki is from Hong Kong, and speaks perfect english as well as Chinese of course. So he very graciously acted as my translator the whole three days.
Think he told everyone that I was famous, because everyone kept coming over to my table and wanted a toast. Or maybe it was because I was the only white foreign devil there.
When you toast here I was told you have to drink the whole glass at once. So by the end of the evening Beemer Boy was turning into Blasted Boy. Had a great time though.
Good food, good friends, and lots of motorcycle talk. A little piece of heaven!

Next day time for a test ride on that bad boy. As the bike is basically targeted for Europe they were very curious what I thought of the bike. Notice the sort of evil grin that is saying what were these Jialing people thinking letting a maniac ride one of their prized new bikes....

A stop along the way...

Rider POV..

Overall I liked the bike. Plenty of power, actually better roll on power than my Africa Twin. Mild surging from the fuel injection was the main issue for me. Am sure that can be mapped out. Also a bit heavy for a 600 CC bike. But I think the bike will sell well.

Lunch stop. Basically I ate like a king the whole time. The point and shoot method of ordering food is on hold for a couple of days. Now I sit down, wait, and endless plates of delicious food keep showing up. Yeah baby !!!
If you can't pick it up by yourself, it is not an adventure bike.

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Old 05-31-2007, 09:38 AM   #216
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Liked your Chinese Sign at the Panda Center. Could use a few of them here around the San Francisco area, but it might be too late !!!!
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:57 AM   #217
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hi bb,
i'm new on the forum but i have read your thread and it is great!

I have the same bike as your new one here in sweden, and it is great so far!
I look forward to reading more on your trip and your new bike

drive carefully
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Old 05-31-2007, 01:13 PM   #218
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Originally Posted by beemer boy
Notice the sort of evil grin that is saying what were these Jialing people thinking letting a maniac ride one of their prized new test bikes....

I have that same grin every time I get in a rental car
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:32 PM   #219
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Awesome updates, BB!!
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:29 PM   #220
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Can I have your autograph??
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:54 PM   #221
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Great report. I like your positive attitude, something I struggle to keep in the daily grind of China.

So they gave you bike number 4...the unlucky number. They must really think you are the Riding King; you have the power to overcome the evil curse of this Bike Number Four!

Ride on.
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Old 06-01-2007, 02:02 AM   #222
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As usual wonderful, amazing, I check every day if you post something new.
This bike, you tried, is looking like the old 650 BMW Funduro, before the 650GS( this is the name in France, I don't know if it is same everywhere ).
Is it a copy ??

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Old 06-01-2007, 08:10 AM   #223
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:14 AM   #224
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Looks like a great trip! I hope I can get off the armchair someday soon and do a similar round china trip.

Thanks for the ride report. Exciting read and best of luck with the rest of the trip.
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:21 AM   #225
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take a look at the gas cap
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