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Old 10-14-2013, 06:26 AM   #2311
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I give originals to boarder crossings... but i always have copies. If I get pulled over by police I give copies.. in case they try to ask fro bribes.
Speaking of bribes. How do you handle this? I've never been to places where it's SOP to smooth things along with a bribe. Do you haggle a bribe? Wait to be asked? Offer before being asked? When/where is a bribe considered illegal? The bribe isn't a reflex for most of us. Just wondering how you handle this side of extreme places.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:23 AM   #2312
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Hey Noah. Where will you spend your 30th? Thailand?? I'm the 22nd, but ill be sure to toast to you in a bit over a month. Watching with great interest
I Think I'll be in Thailand for my birthday.

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Great report Noah! Curious about your Sidi Boots that packed it in...were they Rains or the Gore-Tex ones? How long did you have them for?
They were non gortex and I had them about a year and a half. They stopped being waterproof after about 9 months. They started falling apart after a year.. and were unsafe to ride in after 1.5 years.

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Only stumbled across this RR now, but thanks a lot for posting up in detail on getting into Japan without a carnet. Do you have any advice to share going the other way? That is shipping/flying into Japan with an exit to Russia?

Will have to backtrack and read the whole report now :)
I think the only way to enter Japan without a carnet is on a ferry. If the bike comes in a container, you need a carnet. Easy to go ferry to Russia though.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:21 AM   #2313
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Just think about how boring it would be if every bike performed flawlessly for a 100k miles in grueling conditions. Sounds like no fun...
You can always fix someone else's bike if you get bored.

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I bond from preventive maint. but break downs "break" the bond for me. Reliability is king. Its different strokes for different folks. For some , break downs are part of the journey, for others , break downs are journey interruption. I'm in the second group.
I look at it as a "learning opportunity". No bike is 100% reliable. People get frustrated and something small can ruin the trip. Sometimes it is an interruption. I was trying to make it to a travelers meeting in Nagano next weekend. But today, my radiator got a pretty good leak. The fan vibrated loose enough to put a hole in one of the fins. I was on a crazy forest road in the rain and I had just gotten to pavement when I noticed the steam. I was able to find the leak and put "leak stop" in to get me to a hotel.

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Me too, which is why this thread is entertaining and useful. I expect my next adventure ride will be on the KTM and I want to pre-load for success, which means no break downs.
Again, you cant prepare for everything. No bike is 100%. That being said.. I would never start a trip without prepping a bike. And there are many things I will do to the next bike that were not done on this one from the start.. "lessons learned". I will definitely have a build thread on the next bike.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:21 AM   #2314
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Noah

Did you get to Suzuka for the F1 race?

It was a good one.

At the very least you could've shown Honda what a modern day dual sport looks like.

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Old 10-15-2013, 05:12 AM   #2315
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Noah

Did you get to Suzuka for the F1 race?

It was a good one.

At the very least you could've shown Honda what a modern day dual sport looks like.

Sent from the basement. Hey Ma more meatloaf.
no.. and I was really close also. Tickets were a bit spendy.

I plan on going to the MotoGP in Motegi. While I'm there I'll check out the "Honda Collection Hall". I really want to see the old RC166 (250cc 6 cylinder) and some of the other crazy old hondas.
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Old 10-15-2013, 05:54 AM   #2316
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I would never start a trip without prepping a bike. And there are many things I will do to the next bike that were not done on this one from the start.. "lessons learned". I will definitely have a build thread on the next bike.
That's a thread I don't want to miss.

Also, really looking forward to your ride through Thailand. I lived there for two years back in the '70's, in Korat, Udorn Ratchitani and Ubon-Thani. Beautiful place, but I never got far from town. Do you expect to get into Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos?
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:29 AM   #2317
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That's a thread I don't want to miss.

Also, really looking forward to your ride through Thailand. I lived there for two years back in the '70's, in Korat, Udorn Ratchitani and Ubon-Thani. Beautiful place, but I never got far from town. Do you expect to get into Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos?
Yes, yes, yes. and a few more yeses.

I still don't know if I can get into Myanmar with the KTM. So I might be peddling some this winter.

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Speaking of bribes. How do you handle this? I've never been to places where it's SOP to smooth things along with a bribe. Do you haggle a bribe? Wait to be asked? Offer before being asked? When/where is a bribe considered illegal? The bribe isn't a reflex for most of us. Just wondering how you handle this side of extreme places.
I don't want to pay bribes. Bribes are usually demanded when the officer is corrupt. He wants the cash for his pocket not for what you did "wrong". Since you are a foreigner, you are an easy target. Make a scene, don't pay and most of the time they will let you go. Azerbaijan was the only country I had problems. You can also take out your phone and tell the police you are calling the US embassy. I wish I would have know that trick in Az. You live and you learn.
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Old 10-15-2013, 06:45 AM   #2318
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Originally Posted by RoninMoto;22555644While I'm there I'll check out the "Honda Collection Hall". I really want to see the old [URL="http://www.petrolicious.com/honda-rc166"
RC166[/URL] (250cc 6 cylinder) and some of the other crazy old hondas.
You ought to hear that 250/6 run . . . so loud it is painful.
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:40 AM   #2319
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I plan on going to the MotoGP in Motegi. While I'm there I'll check out the "Honda Collection Hall". I really want to see the old RC166 (250cc 6 cylinder) and some of the other crazy old hondas.
My photos from 2005 of the Motegi MotoGP parking lot and the Honda Museum.

Here is the Honda EXP-2 for a teaser.

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Old 10-16-2013, 09:15 PM   #2320
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SE Asia

I am doing a little RTW trip of my own and I am heading to SE Asia later next month.
It would nice to meet up somewhere along the way.

Around the World in 800 Days

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Old 10-17-2013, 01:33 AM   #2321
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What might the next bike be? Another 690?
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #2322
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I am doing a little RTW trip of my own and I am heading to SE Asia later next month.
It would nice to meet up somewhere along the way.

Around the World in 800 Days

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My two favorite ride reports combined...that would be awesome!!!

Let's see some freaky Japanese culture shit already Noah.
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:02 AM   #2323
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Yes, yes, yes. and a few more yeses.

I still don't know if I can get into Myanmar with the KTM. So I might be peddling some this winter.


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You can also take out your phone and tell the police you are calling the US embassy. I wish I would have know that trick in Az. You live and you learn.
Good stuff to know. Thanks!
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:39 AM   #2324
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My two favorite ride reports combined...that would be awesome!!!

Let's see some freaky Japanese culture shit already Noah.
Yeah I know right. The two longest running ride reports I've followed. That would be just great.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:09 PM   #2325
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Hey, I resemble that remark...
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