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Old 05-06-2014, 07:23 AM   #1
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Southern Thailand & Phuket island

Here's my first ride report .... sorry for the poor picture quality ... everything was taken with the phone's camera.

5 days, 2,050 km and 9 bikes ... 4 Beemers, 3 Kawa's and 2 Hondas.

We started off from Kuala Lumpur at 6.15 am ...
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:30 AM   #2
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... before refuelling about 200km north outside the city of Ipoh, after a quick breakfast.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:34 AM   #3
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My friend Pete & his new R1200GS-LC
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:38 AM   #4
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Vince's 10 month old F700GS with barely 2,000km on it ... he's gonna double that just on this trip ..
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:46 AM   #5
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Day One was quite uneventful with pretty much highway all the way across the Thai border with a lunch stop at Sadao.

Then onwards to Trang, a small coastal town in southern Thailand known for it's diving & jungle trekking activities.
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:55 AM   #6
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After about 700km from K.L. to Trang, it was a quiet nite for most of us with dinner in the hotel itself ... the Rua Rasada Hotel, rated 4 stars by TripAdvisor .... here's a pix of the room which was quite decent for about $80 a nite
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:57 AM   #7
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:59 AM   #8
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:02 AM   #9
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Day 2 was a little more interesting with more twisty roads and scenic routes along the coast including the Pak Meng Beach area
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:10 AM   #10
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Lunch was early as we passed just short of Krabi, another popular tourist destination, especially known for its rock-climbing activities. The ride became more engaging with narrower & more winding roads.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:19 AM   #11
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Stopping for fuel in Thailand can be a little daunting if you're not aware that the standard petrol / gasoline is only RON/ROZ 91. With most of our bikes tuned for RON/ROZ95, our ride leader, Lionel had to look for a station offering this option.

All Shell stations in Thailand do not have RON/ROZ 95. Some Caltex do. But the most reliable station to go to, is this local one .... sorry I can't read Thai, so I don't know what it's called .. Best thing about it is that there's a 7-Eleven in all their stations.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:27 AM   #12
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Don't be fooled by the "95" at the orange pump ... like I was ...

The Orange 95 is actually petrol with 10% ethanol, a cheaper way to boost the octane level. The Green E20 next to it is with 20% ethanol, and God knows what that Blue one is ...

Good thing I filled up only about 4 litres .... but it was enough to cause a lag in my throttle response ...
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:29 AM   #13
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The right pump to go for is this very vague Yellow one, which is the true unadulterated RON/R0Z95 petrol / gasoline.
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Old 05-06-2014, 08:32 AM   #14
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Finally getting close to Phuket Island ....
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Phuket is linked to the mainland by the Sarasin Bridge ....
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