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Old 07-21-2009, 03:38 AM   #31
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Let me show you how a man does it




You've got to do it in style and look cool




Hook up with a girl




And take her for a ride of her life time




Bring along a picnic basket and she will fall for ya for sure
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:50 AM   #32
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On the receiving end....




The last guy crossing is a miner with spare parts for his drill rig




Yeah, I can do that in style too...





Rocky shores of Nujiang




A Lisu girl in her tribal costumn




Moon rock is the landmark of getting close to Gungshan




Village on the river bank




Another Lisu girl in morden outfit doing traditional needle work
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:01 AM   #33
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View from the terrace




Lisu arts & crafts




The Nujiang gorge channels the warm and moist air stream from Indian Ocean making the inland area lush & green.




Hallmark of Moon Rock




Garden of Eden




We are very lucky with the weather. Gungshan has been raining for days before we arrived. The youth hostel we stayed in has no guests except the two of us. So a big parking lot just for 2 bikes.




Since there is on one else around except for the hostel staff, I even left my riding jacket on the bike and no one took it.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:04 AM   #34
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:52 AM   #35
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Wow. What a trip. Looks amazing.

I was planning on a long motorcycle trip this summer in China, but with the motorcycle committing hari kari and having to work, I am out of luck.

I wonder if my Honda Rebel 250 could have kept up with you guys.
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:11 PM   #36
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Luke,

I love your replies. Always sincere and there are feed backs. I plan to do a coast to coast tour of US in 2011 and perhaps a trip down to the southern end of S. America the following year. Any advise?

Say hello to your family. If they want to read my RR in Chinese, I can always send you the link to biker forum in China.

Take care,

Franki

Franki,

I will hosting you on the West cost in 2011!


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Old 07-21-2009, 06:25 PM   #37
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Franki,

Your trip is simply amazing. I left HK when I was 10, over 4 decades ago. My dream is to do a China trip, some day, when the kids are out of the house. Hope I will be young enough by then.

Is your home in Hong Kong? Being such a densely populated place, I wonder if you guys have any chance to get out of 3rd gear with the big bikes. I grew up in New Your City, live in New Jersey now. If I still live in NYC, I definitely get a smaller bike than my 1250cc now.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:47 AM   #38
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Hey, your support is my driving force to post. Keep it up man.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:50 AM   #39
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Wow. What a trip. Looks amazing.

I was planning on a long motorcycle trip this summer in China, but with the motorcycle committing hari kari and having to work, I am out of luck.

I wonder if my Honda Rebel 250 could have kept up with you guys.
Rebel 250 will not survive on these roads. You need an XR250. In fact both of us were bitching about getting a 250 enduro bikes to do this trip again. 600cc is too big and heavy.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:52 AM   #40
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Franki,

I will hosting you on the West cost in 2011!


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Luke,

Start looking for good conditioned used bikes for me in early 2011.


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Old 07-22-2009, 01:57 AM   #41
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Franki,

Your trip is simply amazing. I left HK when I was 10, over 4 decades ago. My dream is to do a China trip, some day, when the kids are out of the house. Hope I will be young enough by then.

Is your home in Hong Kong? Being such a densely populated place, I wonder if you guys have any chance to get out of 3rd gear with the big bikes. I grew up in New Your City, live in New Jersey now. If I still live in NYC, I definitely get a smaller bike than my 1250cc now.
Xroad,

Nice to meet a Hongkie here Keep dreaming and soon you will find it will come true in a few years.

I still keep a XL1000V, KTM690sm & XV750 in HK. I do use 6th gear whenever there is no speed trap around

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Old 07-22-2009, 02:47 AM   #42
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From Gungshan we planned to go to Dulongjiang where it border with Myanmar. We were told the road condition is not good since not many people go there. Max. traffic on that road is less than 20 vehicles per day. That sounded like music to our ears We are heading that way... When we talked to the hostel manager whose husband is a truck driver, she said the road has been closed for a week now due to rainy weather. Avalanche is the cause of blockage. She then called her husband to find out more. Good news, the road may be cleared tomorrow. All drivers will gether at the entrance of that road 9am in the morning to confirm the road is cleared, also travelling in a convoy will guarantee safety to a certain extend. Some truck drivers were commenting on us going in with such a big bike and gave us the thrumbs up sign. We just smile at them as we get this hand signals from other drivers all the time.


We arrived at the T junction 9am after bought some water and biscuits for a picnic lunch and found all drivers already there. As motorcycle travel faster on bad roads, we decided to be the first to start so not to be blocked by slow vehicle in front of us.


10km into this road, we were wondering if this is a joke. The road is perfectly paved.





The scenic view is great so we stopped many times to take pictures.




15km from the entrance, the good paved road came to an end. There is a sign over the small bridge telling people to becareful when travelling onwards.



Since my sign is dragon, Dulongjiang means Lone Dragon River, it is netural for me to ride the dragon




As soon as we started to climb from +1500m (1500m x 3.28=4920 feet) the road becomes very narrow, only a 4x4 or a small truck can pass.




The river gorge down below is the Dulongjiang, unlike Nujiang, the water is very clear. It is very easy to taste the water. Just drive off the road and you will find yourself in the clear blue water 100m down. There is no barrier on the side of the road for the next 100km.




Road surface worsened as we move on.




I found a flat spot to park my bike so I can record the road condition.




I rode at a slow speed as my bike is heavy and the non-adjustable suspension is designed more for paved road. I have already deflated my tyres to 18 psi.




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Old 07-22-2009, 03:34 AM   #43
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The road is the stream, the stream is the road




Riding only in 1st & 2nd gear, we took it easy and made many rest stops to cool off the hard working engine.




Rehydration is important as I rode most of the time with my mouth opened gasping for air. This was taken at 3000m.




Trees are big in this part of the country




I dropped my bike 4 times on this road and this is the only picture I took. I have lost the mood afterwards




Even our China travel expert BT on his nice KTM is scratching his head due to bad road condition




Closer to the summit at 3500m, we can see pools of water in the valley from the melting glacia.




Since our slow pace, we have been passed by a few trucks while we rest and take photos. Then we were bloacked in by this truck.




There is no way we can pass this truck so we waited patiently.




Snow from the winter is still there.





Pools of water made me wanted to take all my clothes off and go for a dip. But there is a long way ahead....




BT decided to make use of the time to have his biscuit lunch




By the time I get to 3500m I am exhausted and struggled to break out a grin for the camera.
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Old 07-22-2009, 05:32 AM   #44
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Luke,

Start looking for good conditioned used bikes for me in early 2011.


Franki
Franki,
San Diego is the best place to look for good used motorcycles in the
entire USA (now the secret is out!)
Motorcycling is very popular in San Diego, so the supply of used bikes
are plenty and the good dry weather kept the non-used bike in very good
condition. Neighboring place like Riverside county,Orange county and San
Bernardino county are with same used bike buying conditions.
Best time to look for bike is right before and right after the season that is when people start getting new bikes or adjusting their bike inventories.
Even though we rode 12 months a year but Summer(July-Sept) are off- season for off road and dualsports bike and Nov- Feb are off-season for road bike.
When the time come I will send you what is available in the market.


Luke
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:00 PM   #45
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Franki,
San Diego is the best place to look for good used motorcycles in the
entire USA (now the secret is out!)
Motorcycling is very popular in San Diego, so the supply of used bikes
are plenty and the good dry weather kept the non-used bike in very good
condition. Neighboring place like Riverside county,Orange county and San
Bernardino county are with same used bike buying conditions.
Best time to look for bike is right before and right after the season that is when people start getting new bikes or adjusting their bike inventories.
Even though we rode 12 months a year but Summer(July-Sept) are off- season for off road and dualsports bike and Nov- Feb are off-season for road bike.
When the time come I will send you what is available in the market.


Luke
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Luke,

Please check PM.

Regards,

Franki
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