KLX/D-Tracker Kawasaki Caravan Trip to Khaoyai - Mar23-24

Discussion in 'Eastern Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by jsbkk, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. jsbkk

    jsbkk Ol'Timer

    We meet up at Kawa Rama 9 on the 6.30am. 30 guys with KLXs and Dtrackers.
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    Ready to go!
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    On our way ...
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    The caravan is led by K.Ek (Outdoor Thailand)
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    After refuelling, we reach our first destination ..Wat Tham Phra Pho Tisak. Beautiful Thai temple and Cave.
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    Kids were our guides on our way to the caves. Earned 100baht from K.Ek.
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    All of us are hungry after the walk to the cave .. time for lunch!
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    Fantastic place. Very beautiful and lots of food.
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    We hang around for till about 3pm and leave for Wang Nam Kheo.
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    One of the bikes has a flat tire.
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    No problem. The Service van is with us.
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    Dirt action.
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    I am glad, I made it.
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    We reach the resort. Welcome drink and foot massage. We love it!
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    Shower and we meet up for dinner. Food, Drinks, Games, Singing and Dancing. Lots of fun.
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    Next day early morning..
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    Ready to leave for Khaoyai
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    K.Ek, our caravan leader, briefs us about the trail to Khaoyai. The trail is going to narrow and rough. We will have to ride in pairs and maintain distance from the pair ahead and behind us. This is to avoid dust and noise pollution. Point noted. We reach the entrance of the trail and line up.
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    It seems its a very remote trail thru the jungle and entry for outsiders is prohibited. We are told the place doesn't have enough budget from the government for the authorities to develop the area. They have place for a camping ground but no equipment to clean up the over-grown grass. Hence Kawasaki has decided to sponcer a lawn-mover for them and gets special permission for us to go thru. ;)
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    Time for another group photo
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    A few kms inside, one of the guards takes us to a "Salt-lick". A place where the animals come to lick salt.
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    K.Ek informs us more about the place.
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    At the Salt-lick. The National Park Authorities mix additional salt and food suppliment in the soil for additional nourishment for the elephants, Krathings (Bulls) and other animals who come to lick the soil.
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    As a goodwill gesture to the National Park and the Authorities working there, Kawasaki's trip members offer help digging the soil and mixing the salts.
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    K.Ek himself..
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    Finally we leave the place and get to the dirt.
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    We reach a remote spot on higher ground
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    We manage to spot "Krathing"
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    and a family of wild boars
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    on the way back more dirt ..
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    One of the smaller bikes which doesnt make thru..
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    It was an excellent trip and a great adventure for me. All of them were youngsters, and had experience with dirt riding. Luckily I had one dirt riding training session at Redbull Park a month ago and I got to use all skills I had learned. The Thais were extremely friendly and fun loving. K.Ek is a very nice person. The food, accommodation and other arrangements were fantastic. 5 meals, overnight accommodation, insurance etc all for just 1000bht.

    To my surprise, very few knew about the ECU bypass mod on the KLX. The shorting of the cables close to the clutch. I could easily keep up with the top guys with all the hardware mods on their KLXs and D-Trackers. I was happy on the road, but had a real tough time on dirt. We did almost 100kms of dirt track and there were some real tough patches where no one stopped for taking pictures and the service van couldnt follow.

    One really needs to be extremely fit for riding off the saddle. Something I find extremely difficult.
     
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  3. jsbkk

    jsbkk Ol'Timer

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  4. yychow0812

    yychow0812 Ol'Timer

    Nice pics and looks like you had a blast.

    How are these things organised and how do you get to hear about it? I bought a Versys a year ago and have not ever been advised of any Kawasaki outings. I'm looking to buy a KLX in the very near future so would really like to hook up with these sort of rides to learn how to ride off road (never done it before).
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Nice photos & looks like a really cool professional well organized trip.
    Well done Kawasaki.
    Thanks too for posting the report & taking the time to contribute.
    If you've got anymore - please post 'em.
     
  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Looks like a fun weekend! Khun Ek always organizes top trips! I wanted to join but raced in the Khaomaikaew charity enduro event that took place on the same weekend.

    I understand there is another off-road ride planned for this coming weekend to Ratchaburi- are you going?

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    Let the Good Times ROLL!

    Tony :happy1:
     
  7. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    I posted an events calendar in the Kawasaki section here:
    [h=3]Kawasaki Thailand Events Calender 2013[/h][​IMG]

    This schedule is subject to change so best to double check with your nearest Kawasaki dealer to confirm and book.

    Also, the dealers organize other trips and events that are not on the calendar above. Here's an upcoming trip organized by Motoaholic, the Kawasaki dealer in Thonburi:

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    Both of the Bangkok dealers are on facebook too-

    https://www.facebook.com/realmotosports
    https://www.facebook.com/Motoaholic

    Let the Good Times ROLL!

    Tony :happy1:
     
  8. jsbkk

    jsbkk Ol'Timer

  9. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Great report and looks like a lot of fun.

    I need to get on one of these Kwaka trips..

    Thanks for the post and great pictures.

    Cheers
    Brian
     

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