1992 Route 109 Fang - Mae Suai

Discussion in 'Golden Oldies' started by DavidFL, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member


    Anyone remember this guy?
    A wonderful funny guy, who ran a "pub" that had the best ever Happy Hour in Chiang Mai: a free hot dog with every beer or spirits drinks 2 for 1. The Happy Hour inevitably ended up being hours long & many a night I seem to recall "being recalled" home.
    Joe from Joe's Bike Team started renting out bikes from here & the joint used to be the number # 1 biker's hang out in Cnx in those days. I think Walter from Siam Enduro tours was also a partner with Joe at the time, renting & fixing motorbikes.

    It was nigh impossible for the publican to get a leave pass to go riding, but this was his 1st overnighter - The Fang / Mae Suai Loop with a night in Fang.


    109 in those days was still "raw country" with heaps of hill tribe villages beside the road.


    Or off-road

    109 was being upgraded to a real road with asphalt, but first they had to widen & cut the road through the mountains.


    It took them a few years to get it right.



    But it ended up a beautiful smooth flowing biker’s road!


    While it was dirt it was a road you would not want to get caught on in the wet.



    In mid 92 a couple of mates on MTX 125s left Fang at 3PM to slip across 109 for a night in Chiang Rai. They hit torrential rain in the middle mountain section & the road turned to mud. Even on MTXs they could not get up the muddy slopes & literally had to drag & lift / carry their bikes up & over the mountain in the dark! It took them 6 hours & they eventually arrived in CEI around 11PM. Quite an adventure.

    Now back to the guy in the picture – Hard Rock Louie. His pub was called the Hard Rock Café & he was the first legally registered Hard Rock in Chiang Mai.

    Hard Rock was not impressed & I think he eventually had to change the name to Rock Hard.

    Louie started the HRC in 1988 and had a 3 year lease....Roxanne Brown bought in as half owner in early 1992 and by mid 1992 Louie had left Chiang Mai.

    But who was Roxanna Brown. She recently tragically died in a police cell in the USA while under police investigation for fraud involving ceramics.

    Roxanna was a SE Asian ceramics expert & adventurer in the 70s covering the Vietnam War as a young journalist. The Nation (Bkk Post?) Newspaper is currently running a 3-part story on her life & times in Thailand / Asia, watch out for it.

    The Roxanna Brown story



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  3. w.fenske

    w.fenske Member

    Yea good old Hard Rock Louie,

    definitely one of the "Golden Oldies" of the mid 90ies.

    Unfortunately haven't got pics from this time but will check again.

  4. scotty007

    scotty007 Ol'Timer

    Yes, I renember the MA LAWNS at The Hard Rock well, many a beer and G&T and Louie of course.
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Bender on R109 July 93

    The start at the West / Fang end.

    Heading up & East..
  6. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    October 1993

    riding with Two Moons on the AX1s


  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    March 94 with Armin Schoch.

  8. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    Great old photos..... thank you.

    I was on the road a month ago and there were roadworks halfway along due to a big rockfall.

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