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Plan C: Introducing (to be named later).

Plan A was to sit on my ass and be miserable in some sort of public transportation (bus, train, tuk tuk, or boat.) Plan B was going to be kick ass. Fly back to South America buy a bike and ride back home. It turned out to be expensive and not within my time constraints ($2000 for a flight- crazy and a year six is a big no no, although I will be doing it later.) Then the travel gods got involved and Per (rhymes with beer) my “hardcore” trekking buddy (Ushuaia, Argentina (southernmost point)) posted on my website that he too was in Malaysia riding around on an old Suzuki 110cc scooter. It was kind of a shot to the gut especially since Sasha had just died but it was all part of the big plan I guess. During one of my mandatory walks as I no longer had transportation, I passed by a little shop across the road from the hotel. It was an old mans little shop he was running out of his front room. I noticed he had a couple of old beaters parked inside but never really paid attention to them. When I walked closer I was able to see that one of them was an old Suzuki. Yup, you guessed it, it was a FD 110cc Love. That was a bit of a surprise. I still wasn’t thinking much about it until one time when I walked by that there was another nice Honda parked out front with a little wooden sign stuck in the basket. It was written in Thai so I wasn’t sure what it said, but when I looked and saw the same sign in the Suzuki’s basket, I knew it was a for sale sign.

I did ponder the idea over night but with that much coincidence, how can you pass it up. Per had since written back telling me where and how much he had paid for his so I had a ballpark figure in mind when I went to talk to the old man. He started at 8000B but after some minor haggling I got it down to 7000B ($200US) which included an oil change, new brake cable, and a decent helmet (I gave all my stuff to that farmer and didn’t think it would be good voodoo to go back and take some of it back.) Anyways, with this one parts and repairs should be a lot easier as it is just another same same bike.

I did a bit of interneting to see if there was some info on it but that turned out to be fruitless as the only thing that came up was in Spanish (I think Argentina). Another Thai site about Gasohol showed it being only listed in 1996 which would make it the same age as Sasha. I have already started going through my stuff and tossing things that I wasn’t using as I want to travel lighter on this bike. I am not sure what to do with the laptop as that is around 2/3’s of my total pack weight. It is almost not worth the shipping costs to send home so it is making the decision harder. I will probably go a few sections with it and then decide afterwards. I finished Delta Force so not much to play anymore.

One of the new things that I would like to do is fishing. It is driving me nuts staying at all these beachy places and when it’s not a beach it’s next to a river. Every afternoon people are out wetting their lines while I have to just sit there and watch. This morning I watched a kid who had rigged up a 8” live catfish and was flipping it into a reed bed. I don’t know what the hell he was fishing for but whatever it was I wanted to catch it. If I can rig it so I can carry a rod and reel without too much extra hassle that would be most optimum. I could back down on the moving so much and just hit some good fishing places and hang around a bit like I did in Trat. All the towns on the east coast had those great fishing piers.

So life is getting interesting again. I still have to come up with a name for her. Per named his Smokey Joe but unlike Sasha this one is a four stroke which means gas only and no more killing the environment. Hell, someone should call Al Gore and tell him the environmental problem is over with Sasha dead. The other thing I need to come up with is something more masculine that scooter or moped. “I am scootering around SE Asia” just doesn’t sound as manly as “cruising around on my motorcycle.” Perhaps mega-motorized transportation beast would work.

And so, I am off to Malaysia on my mega-motorized transportation beast which hopefully is allowed to enter Malaysia. That would really suck if they don’t let me across. I have until the fifth of June to get a Thai Visa as that is the end of the Government’s free two-month Visa promotion. Once there I might have to hook up with Per to compare our mega-motorized transportation beasts.

This is where I found her tucked in next to that green thing in the garage. The silver Honda was the one out front with the sign. He wants 18000B for that one.

The old mans shop/house. I felt a good vibe from him first because his shop wasn’t full of young kid mechanics who just giggle when they see me and second because it was neat and clean, and finally because he had the silver Honda that was ready to go, the bike I bought that just needed some fine tuning, and the green one which he was working on at the moment. I don’t trust those shops where they have twenty bikes all torn apart spread all over the place. A knucklehead can take things apart, a mechanic is someone who puts them back together.

He had put on new rims and tires, rear wheel assembly, and a new front brake cable. I checked out the rest and it looked fairly tighty. The only glitch I have is that the speedometer doesn’t work. I think I might try and get that fixed as I didn’t have one for Sasha and it would have come in handy for finding turnoffs and such. I also have to figure out a new way to strap my bags. I am thinking big bag between my legs and bungee my small bag to the back of the seat. Otherwise I can try cross strapping the big bag to the back seat but the issue is that I have the laptop and it would hang over to one side. We’ll have to see. I might see if I can have one of those farmers racks put on. Perhaps get another pair of rubber boots…

I got the Green book which is an important commodity to register bikes in Thailand. I cannot/won’t be doing that myself but will make it easier to sell as locals will buy without a fuss as long as I have the book. The guy I bought it from wants me to sell it back to him when I am done so that brought out a little confidence. I doubt though that I will come this far south however another tourist my like the idea.

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8 responses to “Plan C: Introducing (to be named later).”

  1. Way to go Steve!

    If you wanna be sure to enter other countries on a bike from Thailand you have to get the owner to write a letter telling the officials that you have “borrowed” it from him to travel around. That can be a time consuming thing to do, because the guy you bought it from probably doesn’t even have it registered in his name. It can take up to 2 weeks to get the papers registered in his name, and sometimes they even have to change the licence plate…

    But… the easiest way to cross the borders without getting trough all that crab is to go over at the small crossings. There is one near Nara(something), called Tak Bai (I think). I crossed there, and if I hadn’t mentioned the bike to the official I wouldn’t have had to go back to the custom office to get the papers. It is ideal to get your bike over the border there.

    I got more then 20 kg. with me… heres a link to how I backed Smookey Joe daypack in the basket, and my backpac between my legs. shoulderstraps around the steeringwheel, and fasten the straps around the front. Maybe you have to get rid of the “metal-thing” thats on the bike, as it gives your back an ekstra inch or two.

    I can’t really see the panel and the steering isn’t 100 %, but you only need to make a full turn, when you are making U-turns on small roads. Otherwise you just lean down any way. The best thing is that I have the whole seat. I have even been driving around with a monk on the back of my bike, while I had all my gear on it. He needed a write for about 50 km.

    For driving there are a couple of spectacular routes, south of georgetown, and west of Kuala Lumpur. They have the oldest rainforrest in the world west of North West of Kuala Lumpur. I’ll be going there at one point. I allready have an airticket out of Malaysia now… going to China on the 22’nd of june. Would be fun to do some hardcore biking with you before I go.

    May the force be with you c”,)

  2. It makes it easier to get fuel in too. You don’t have to get the bags of the bike…

  3. by the way the only thing i have is my swiss armyknife and ekstra 2-stroke oil. Fuel is cheap in Malaysia only 18 baht pr. leíter. I’m off going to see Terminator 4 tonight.

  4. Snarky says:

    Whoops, I can see you did find another. Guess I should read all your posts before responding…

  5. Debi says:

    Check out this blog post on fishing in the Yucatan of Mexico. You don’t need no stinkin pole. Go Yucateco and use a roll of line. Might save money, weight, and space – see what you think!

  6. Acidspike says:

    Whoa… Did I catch in that post that you’re planning to come back to the U.S.? Say it ain’t so.

    You have to stay on the road, brother.

  7. Acidspike says:

    P.S. Gratz on the new ride. Now you’re riding Thai Style!

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