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Old 06-04-2007, 08:07 AM   #241
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One of the best threads ever, BB.


Don't let the government see this -- it'll wreck all the propaganda they've been shoveling.

























(Er, OUR government, I'm talking about...)

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Old 06-04-2007, 08:55 AM   #242
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Uhhh, errrrr, ummm I really appreciate being put on the front page. However I feel in the pursuit of truth I must point out that that picture was of me crossing the Mekong over to Laos from Thailand. That shore in the background is in fact Thailand. Maybe title it " On the way to China " ?


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Old 06-04-2007, 09:06 AM   #243
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Hi Pete:

The HID light was great, made all the difference in the world at night. Again I do everything possible to avoid night driving but sometimes you are just stuck and have no other choice.


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BB, Crazy Carl tells me you are having spoke problems with the new bike. I wish you the best in a speedy repair.

You are a resilient guy so I imagine you will have 10 little China guys all over that thing doing a 30 minute repair all the while you practice English with the girls college there in town.

Anyway, in your next report how about a review and recomendation on how that HID light worked out? I'd like to try one of those light over here (socal).

Ride on.............Pete
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:20 AM   #244
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Ok , guys here is the deal on riding in China. Send me fifty bucks and I will tell you how to do it.... Just kidding. As a tourist you are not allowed to buy a bike in China. It must be purchased in the name of a Chinese person. This can be an agent or a friend. The process took one day in Chengdu, and includes the license plate. Other provinces may be different. The agent will then create in essence a bill of sale transferring the bike over to you. This paper works fine for crossing borders. Not sure about reselling it as I have not tried to do that yet. I have had many encounters with the police here, and no one has ever asked for a Chinese license. I think that is a non issue. The bike is insured automatically when it is first registered. So one day of paperwork , and then you are off exploring China. Simple as that.....


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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...
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:29 AM   #245
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What happened to the post from the guy in Macau ?? He was saying all these nice things about me, and then talked about a free dinner in HK. Then his post disappeared....?????
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:40 PM   #246
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His bike, which was styled a bit like the Jialing 600. It was a Suzuki 650.
That's an XF650 Freewind, completely brilliant bike, probably the best ever made, not that I'm biased Lovin' your report

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Old 06-05-2007, 03:39 AM   #247
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This is very definatley first class entertainment. Makes me want to throw away the television.
My thoughts exactly. Absolute brilliant compulsive reading. I first started reading this on the GT Rider thread but it went cold, glad I got onto this forum for continuing "fix"
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:33 AM   #248
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BB,

Glad to see your new camera is working out okay and also that you're meeting some cool people on the road. The bikers in China are a real blast and almost 100% of the time top-notch super friendly. In general, I think motorcyclists all around the world are pretty cool.

As you head NW, lots of changes ahead. What's your current route plan?

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Old 06-05-2007, 06:44 AM   #249
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Finally reach Xian in the late afternoon. Wheel is way out of true so going pretty slow. No need to press my luck !! Next day off to the local bike shop. They send off to somewhere for spokes, and replace every spoke with larger ones. Hopefully the the wheel will not be an issue in the future. First pull the offending wheel off.


Then the new spokes are put in. Now time to true it up. Let's see , no trueing stand in sight....Hey no problem, just use the edge of a stool as a reference.....Came out perfect. Ready to roll onto the next adventure.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:49 AM   #250
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Please tell me you're going to tour the Qin Tomb while in Xi'an. It would be a tragedy to miss the Terra Cotta Army there. It's the most awesome thing I've ever seen. It will bring a tear to your eye. Check out the old city wall too and be extra careful in that traffic circle in front of it. I crossed it on foot and that was adventure enough for me.
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:07 AM   #251
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Hey Rick stop reading my mind...I am going to see the tomb tomorrow morning. One of the great sites in China I have been told. The only place of dead people that brought tears to my eyes was visiting Arlington National Cemetary. Seeing those endless rows was stunning....
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Old 06-05-2007, 07:16 AM   #252
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Well, there are not really any dead people in the Qin Tomb, as far as anyone knows. The 7000 or so Terra Cotta Soldiers are not people. And, IIRC, they have not yet found the emperor's actual tomb. The whole thing was stumbled upon in 1974 when some farmer was digging a well and brought up some shards from the destroyed figurines. In fact, sometimes that old farmer is at the museum and you can talk to him. They kind of put him on display and he's a national hero. If you think Eli Whitney invented interchangeable parts, think again. You'll see how the the Chinese had factories for each body part of the Terra Cotta Soldiers, legs, arms, torsos, etc., but every face is individual. Unreal. Oh, and if you think the Germans invented galvanization of steel in WWII, think again. The Terra Cotta Army was found after 2300 years, holding weapons that were as shiny as the day they were buried.
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Old 06-05-2007, 08:17 AM   #253
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:46 AM   #254
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Thanks for the great stories!

Just wanted to drop in and thank you for the great stories!

I didn't know it was so easy paperwork wise to secure a new bike in China.
Was interesting to read that procedure. Maybe one day I will get to do such a great trip.
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Old 06-05-2007, 12:44 PM   #255
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Hi BB,

Just got back from Beijing tonight. Had a phone conversation with CC while climbing the Great Wall. He told me that your bike needed some fixing. Too much Chinese food, my man!

Did you managed to buy a bike for your brother? If you need any help in Xian, please give me a shout. I am having work up to my ears these few days. So call or send me e-mails.

By the way, how do you like the girls I set up for ya?
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