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Old 12-18-2013, 06:03 PM   #181
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Quality Time

Enjoy your Quality Time at Christmas Rob. Seasons Greeting to both you and your lady Wife.
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Old 12-20-2013, 08:22 AM   #182
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Greetings from the Netherlands

Hi Robin.... haven't had time to look for a few days - have just now read about the accident. Hope it all works out OK and best wishes to you and Joy for Christmas.
Ken Janny & Ben
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:11 PM   #183
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Happy Christmas to the three of you in Chiang Mai, real respect to you for doing 600kms in one day on a PB! Very glad that the damage to both you and PB was repairable.

You're missing Kansai Riders Xmas party tonight, but I'll make sure we all raise a glass or three to you.

A big kampai from your buddies here.

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Old 12-29-2013, 07:06 AM   #184
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Thanks for the Christmas wishes and words of encouragement.
New wider bars mounted on risers on PB feel great.
New Garmin Montana GPS is on order for navigating the next phase of the trip. Getting some good tips and advice from people at Riders Corner in Chiang Mai about northern Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Looking forward to 2014 and more Postie Bike adventures.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:41 AM   #185
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Great

Looking forward to you getting back on the road, great report to follow! Thank You and stay safe.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:28 PM   #186
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2014, the ride continues soon.

Had a great time in Chiang Mai and surrounding area over Christmas and New year with my lovely wife and our good friend. Now I'm solo again and getting ready to continue.
I've had the engine rebuilt with a new piston and rings and bearing by a good mechanic at a total cost of Aus$100. The same mechanic has found and fitted new wider bars and risers.

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And a nice new Garmin Montana to play with, I should be able to get completely lost now.

Got rid of the front crash bars and relocated the tube for the tent poles.

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These brackets were hand fabricated while I waited in a nearby cafe; total cost 200 baht.

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Bought a new Coocase complete with LED brake light to replace the smashed box.

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Got to meet some interesting older Chinese riders touring SE Asia on heavily loaded small capacity Chinese Cruisers.

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Went for a ride through the nearby hills to test the rebuilt engine and found a yard with a collection of older cars slowly deteriorating in the weather.

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Came to an interesting camp ground with these leaf structures.

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A group of local bikers were camped there with a couple of nice bikes. They seemed to have been in an all night session and were pretty rowdy so I didn't approach them.

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The motor performed well but is still suffering in the hills through a lack of HP. Some of the hills we I saw on a car trip up north would certainly have defeated my little motor so the hunt for more power continues. I looked for a 125 from the Honda Wave but the cost is prohibitive then while walking to my guesthouse I came across this.

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:44 PM   #187
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its nice to hear you had a nice holiday with your wife, the bike is all fixed up, and you are starting again.

i have been wondering if you regretted the choice not to take your garmin or other dedicated GPS device. i guess the purchase of a montana answers that question!
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:38 AM   #188
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Thank you for liberating us from our everyday boring life. Work starts again now, and all the couch-adventurers were waiting for some updates from the real life adventurers. Thank you.
What's up with the engine? Waiting waiting. Can't sleep tonight.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:51 AM   #189
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Yeah, the Zumo I have in Japan would have been a waste of time going on previous experience trying to use it anywhere else other than Japan so that's why I didn't bring it. The phone has filled in pretty well but without a routing capability it really is just a "where the hell am I" device and it has been useful several times for that. I'm going to have to learn how to use this new device now but initial impressions are positive.

Nothing wrong with the motor, it's doing all that it's designed to do which unfortunately with the gradient of these hills is not quite enough.

Looking forward to getting back on the road next week. Think I'll head over to Nan and then make a loop north along the Laos border and then swing west to follow the Burma border and then continue to follow it south towards Malaysia. I sat up until pretty late last night studying maps and it all looks very promising.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:28 PM   #190
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Drag us along. Enjoying the trip.

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Old 01-08-2014, 02:49 PM   #191
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FinBro

I like the "Pain Black" best :-)
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:02 PM   #192
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Loving the ride report.

I did a ride from Canada to Baja and back on a postie last year. Was a great deal of fun. Missing that bike a lot.



That is a pic of the setup in its first stages.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:40 PM   #193
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not sure if the routing problem you had was related to the zumo. i think it is probably related to the open source maps as i had the same problem with my GPSMAP62 and OSM Indonesia, which is more similar to the montana than the zumos. at any rate the montana is probably the best choice for RTW, especially for a bike with little surplus power to give to a navi like the postie. looking forward to hearing how you like it!
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Old 01-09-2014, 03:21 AM   #194
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Earth to Rob....

Where are you mate? All go OK?

I'll try and find a local phone to call you on, but if you are coming past... I'm at RC. 525 is in for its work. I fly out Sunday
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:16 AM   #195
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Heart Transplant

Well the lust for more power got the better me and I went ahead with the new engine fit.

Don't worry Honda Purists, no changes were made that aren't reversible and the original power plant is being well taken care of and carefully stored for possible future use.

This was supposed to be a straight "Plug and Play" operation but Postie Bikes are different to other bikes in the Cub range so the mechanics had a bigger job on there hands than they anticipated. The head man is a bit of a perfectionist as well, which I appreciated but it has dragged on for two days now, the first ending at 11pm and the second at 8pm and it's not over yet.

So I'll let the pictures tell the story.

On to the operating table little fella.

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Out you come.

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Just need to put in a set of peddles now.

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Or perhaps this.

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Seems to be fitting OK.

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Except for this lower engine mounting point.

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No problem we'll fabricate something.

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And trim a bit off the sides.

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Perhaps just a bit more.

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Going to need a bigger diameter exhaust pipe as well.

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What the hell is an 8 hour day? Work went on well into the night.

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To be continued.......
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