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Old 11-30-2013, 10:56 PM   #151
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You are taking me to places I never knew existed. And I have a Honda 90 in the garage. I'm looking at that bike in a whole new light.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:22 AM   #152
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Are you going north from Penang?
I was really looking forward to a Photo of Petronas Twin Towers and the postie.....
No, not really. Just kidding :-)
I'm finding myself recently, looking at the map over places I've never been to, and probably will never get to. Thank you Robin. Going through all this for us.
Stay safe and keep posting.
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Old 12-01-2013, 04:20 AM   #153
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You are taking me to places I never knew existed. And I have a Honda 90 in the garage. I'm looking at that bike in a whole new light.
Mate get on it and ride to Indonesia, you'll be a superstar here. Then you could get it pimped before taking it home.

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Old 12-01-2013, 04:25 AM   #154
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Are you going north from Penang?
I was really looking forward to a Photo of Petronas Twin Towers and the postie.....
No, not really. Just kidding :-)
I'm finding myself recently, looking at the map over places I've never been to, and probably will never get to. Thank you Robin. Going through all this for us.
Stay safe and keep posting.
KV.
Yeah, that would be a good pic, I might get back to KL after the New Year.
You can repay me by treating me to one of those famous hamburgers from the resto near your house, when I get back to Japan.

Never give up the dream Viking, it took me a long time to realise mine.
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Old 12-01-2013, 05:14 AM   #155
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Yeah, that would be a good pic, I might get back to KL after the New Year.
You can repay me by treating me to one of those famous hamburgers from the resto near your house, when I get back to Japan.

Never give up the dream Viking, it took me a long time to realise mine.
Thanks a lot. I'll buy you many burgers. And I'll never touch my iPhone again, camping together with you. Just listen, listening to what the wise man has to say. I guess it will be you this time, sitting there with your Nokia, updating your RR, he he.
I'm impressed by how up to date you are.
A really new favorite in my day, reading your reports. Thank you.
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Old 12-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #156
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Hi RDT953
Thank you for bringing us along on the ride with you. I followed Nathan and Big Fella through Indo and now you have given us yet another entertaining and informative ride to follow. Safe travels and follow that front wheel.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:56 AM   #157
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To Medan

The rain persisted down all night and the whole mountain area was blanketed in light misty rain the next morning. No use hanging around to go sightseeing unfortunately as I now had time on my side again with Medan being just a two hour jaunt down the hill.
A big sign on the outskirts of the town encouraged "Say No To Drugs" well by the way people were hurtling around blind corners, hanging off and out of buses waving all sorts of banners and flags I reckon there were plenty who had said a resounding yes to some sort mind altering substance that morning.
It was still wet enough to have on the wet weather gear, the road was crappy and now bloody idiots all over the road to contend with, this is not the mood I wanted to end my Indonesian experience with and I kept trying to be positive and relaxed about it. Eventually got below the rain area, got out of the wet weather gear and the road improved along with my mood.

Then to my delight I see these guys on the roadside.

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They had been heading up the mountain but had mechanical issues with the S90 It was decided they would accompany me to Medan, it just so happened that the hotel I'd booked that morning was pretty close to their club base camp. A great way to end my Indonesian leg of the trip, meeting more friendly Indonesian bikers.

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Then they escorted me to my hotel and we arranged to meet later to see some of the sights.

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Thanks C70 Club Medan, you rescued my day.
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Old 12-02-2013, 01:53 PM   #158
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RDT great RR and trip thanks for posting!

I too have a ct110 bought new in 1984. You've put more miles on your bike on this adventure than my bike has total !

I was wondering, does your bike have a low and high range transmission?

Tail winds and good weather to you.

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Old 12-02-2013, 04:02 PM   #159
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Wow, great report and pics, thankyou!!! My better half is out on her 67 CT90 fetching my lunch as I peck this out. We speak old Honda 'round here.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:06 PM   #160
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Standard Postie

Thanks for the feedback, nice to know people are reading and appreciating.

My little PB is the old Post Office bike and does not have the Hi-Lo range box. There have been maybe two or three instances on the trip where the low range could have been useful but with a little leg power thrown into the mix the fully laden PB has managed to conquer every hill encountered so far.
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Old 12-02-2013, 07:37 PM   #161
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To the port

There's a fantastic Toll Road out to the port, unfortunately motorcycles are not permitted on the Toll Road so I had to take the now neglected highway. To call the road from Medan to the port a highway is a joke, it's a series of muddy water filled potholes laced together with a thin mosaic of the bitumen that used to be the road surface. It's completely clogged by motorcycles, cars and bloody trucks that should be on the Toll Road.

Then for short distances the surface improves back to a real road only to revert back again to the crap of potholes etc.

Among all this mayhem and despair and thankfully on a good part of the road I came upon this gem.

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And this is his Super Cool Ride.

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I had some directions acquired from HU to the shipping agent and had the phone GPS to guide me in. These next couple of pics are for those readers also going this route.

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It looks nice and orderly on the screen with nicely set out roads, HA. It's a bloody mess on the ground. Where the road curves around to the right and then does a 90 degree to the right it goes over a railway line into a rabble of shops and traffic.
A Peddycab driver came up so I showed him the address and name on the paper and he took over. About five minutes later we arrived, I gave the driver way too much money even though he asked for nothing and he smiled and rode off.

If you intend coming this way it might be worth printing a copy of this sign to show the peddycab drivers.

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From here the fun begins, getting the bike signed out of Indonesia by a bloated and lazy Customs Department took the rest of the morning and I suspect some greasing of palms. PM me if you want more details of the process.

Eventually delivered PB to the shipping warehouse to be loaded on this for the cruise to Penang.

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Old 12-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #162
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welcome to malaysia via penang

hi
where are you goin after this from penang. which route are you taking?
just curious.
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:02 AM   #163
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where are you goin after this from penang. which route are you taking?
just curious.
Hi Rahza, glad to see someone from Malaysia is following along. I have a bit of a dilemma, I have to be in Chiang Mai by December 14, my wife is flying over for her Christmas holiday. It's a bit over 1800km from Georgetown to CM so I have two options.
1. Make a beeline for CM to get there in time and then return to Malaysia later in 2014
2. Leave the bike in Malaysia, take a bus or train to CM and return after the holiday to collect the bike and then continue.

Right now I'm leaning heavily in favour of option 1 as it gives me the bike to zip around CM with and I want to attend the HU meeting there on January 14, it wouldn't be right to not have PB there for that. Also I haven't really seen the northern part of Sumatra and I'd like to come back here when the weather is better.

I've seen some of the heavily modified Honda Cub bikes here in Indonesia and am toying with getting PB slightly or heavily modified before sending it back to Oz at the end of the trip and maybe Malaysia is the best place to do that.

Hope to make contact with the Honda Classic Community in Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam after the great experience I've had with the community in Indonesia.

I still have a long way to go before this trip is over.
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Old 12-03-2013, 01:00 AM   #164
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Hi................... this is one of the few reports I have read all the way through. I love the bike and your progress, on the road and with the local riders. I love the range of bikes available in SE Asia and the opportunities for pimping them up. I would love something like that in Paris.

Looking forward to the next instalment from Penang, one of my fave Malaysian places
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:33 AM   #165
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nice RR...
I have a honda S90, it's 1969, was dreaming doing what you did now...
yes there is some thing about those old little honda...
I was following you via FB, and wondering when you reach jakarta, as I live here.
but then I just found this RR.
thank you for " introducing" Indonesia "differently"
well, safe travel sir...
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