Nan, Phu Chi Fa, Crash Tour!!!

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by Ian Bungy, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    There were a couple of Guys due for a Visa Run so what better way to do it than get a Group of Mates together for a Ride and do a Couple of Nights away on Fantastic Roads!!! Hence at the prompting of Pikey we left on Wednesday the 20th. First was the Ride up to Nan. Started out a bit Chaotic but finally managed to group up and off We went.
    Pikey, Triumph Bonneville.
    Ian, Triumph Tiger.
    West, Honda Hornet.
    Robert, Harley Davidson, ( Trick and Very Fast )
    Richard, Africa Twin.
    Duncan, KTM 640 Adventure.
    We stopped in Mae Kachan to regroup and found the Skid Plate hanging off Duncan's KTM so repaired that before heading to Phayao.

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    Had a Nice Lunch in Phayao. Here is Robert at the Restaurant.

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    Off to Nan weaving through the different back Roads. Arrived at the Dhevaraj Hotel Checked in and Time for a Beer. For Some Reason this Hotel is listed under a different Name in the GPS which is Bloody annoying when You are trying to give directions to someone else :twisted: . Had a Good Time besides all the Walking around looking for some entertainment which is pretty Sparse :? ??? Eventually We meet up with Mark, Luke & the Infamous Hasa at the Dario's Pizza Place and took it from there!!! Seems their Trip had been delayed By a Crash doing a Wheel-stand, ( This was the first Crash of the Trip!!! ) but they were in Fine Form as usual so No Worries!!! Luke had His Helmet Cam on but unfortunately it Failed so I can't Post the Video of it, Sorry! Big Night Followed :lol: This added these Bikes:
    Happy Feet, DRZ400M
    Luke, DRZ400M
    Hasa, ER6n
    Next Day We slowly meet up over Breakfast and got ready to leave.

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    On the Road again. Great Stuff!!! We followed a couple of different Loops which I hadn't done which was nice. With Such a Cross section of Bikes and Riders we all spread out at Our own Pace. Along the Ridge Road Duncan was following Robert and happened to Close in on Pikey who slowed to take a Photo. Duncan had His view blocked and never noticed till to late and His Evasive action ended up Putting Him down and nearly collecting Pikey on His Bonnie!!! Lucky for Us He had His Helmet Cam on so Check Out this Great Video Clip of the Road and Crash:

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    This was Crash Number TWO!!! No one Hurt so off again. Had a lunch at Chiang Kham, Relaxing in the New Air-Con Kentucky Fried Chicken. It was decided to take a Ride up towards Phu Chi Fa as some of Us hadn't been on this Road. Started out very nice and stopped for a Photo of the Pusang Waterfall, Really Beautiful 8)

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    After this it started to Climb and Road conditions also started to Deteriorate, Narrow with lots of Sand and Gravel on the Corners :evil: Again we spaced out at Our own Pace. I followed Pikey and got some Photos.

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    Everyone meet up again at the Crossroads of Lao U. This is a Very Scenic Ride, well worth the Excursion if You have time, but Be careful!!!

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    This Kid was making a good effort of Digging a Hole :? I laughed at the Old Bike, Not one Tyre yet a Huge Pile of Tyres beside it!!!

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    Myself and Mark aka "Happy Feet"

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    Off again in various little Groups. Great View as You drop off from this Lookout of the Road winding down to the Valley. Not five minutes later after this lovely section of Road i came down a Steep Hill followed by a Sharp Right hander, this corner was covered on the outside by fine Gravel :twisted: . There seemed a lot of Dust and as I looked over the Edge this is what i Saw, Crash Number THREE!!!

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    HELL I thought :shock: . Parked My Bike and Ran back to Try and Slow any unsuspected Bikes following!!! Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time??? Who was next, Duncan and His KTM. Getting put off By Me waving My Arms He went wide also and Down He went, Crash Number FOUR!!! Holy Hell???

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    Everyone was Very Quiet and Concerned about West but Robert found Him behind a Clump of Scrub quite a distance from His Bike!!! He was up but badly Winded and took some Time to recover before he could Speak. Luckily had the Local Village Head turn up with a couple of Pickup full of Local Workers so they snapped into action and Helped Us recover West and the Bikes with Ropes and Man Power! It was Bloody Steep over this Bank 8) .
    Here they get the KTM on its Wheels.

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    ***A little note to the KTM Thread here, No denying the Robustness of this KTM, He had crashed 3 times in 4 Days and besides scratches and cosmetic stuff it had no affect :wink: Something to Consider???

    Here is West catching some Breath after We got Him back on the Road, One Tuff Bugger!!! :shock: His expression says it all!!!
    *** Another Note Here, West is an Extremely Experienced Rider and Bloody Fast as some of You will know!!! He has Ridden all over the World and Rides Everyday on a fantastic array of the Various Bikes He owns!!! He is also an Active Member of the Track Scene in Thailand and Participates in Track Days on a Regular Basis so as such knows the Importance of Protective Gear. He had Full Armour, Top Boots, Gloves and Helmet plus a Full Leather Race Jacket!!! He snapped off 2 Concrete Posts and take a look at the knee on His Pants. All this and being thrown a good distance down a Very Steep Bank He was walking around supervising the Loading of His Bike!!! If He didn't have the Gear He did it would have been a Very different Story!!!***

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    Getting the Hornet out.

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    Considering the Crash the Bike wasn't really that Bad and looked Worse than it really Is. New Parts needed are Forks, Triple Clamps, Headlight & Mudguard. Pretty good all things considered.

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    Loading the Bike on to a Local Pickup.

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    This is another Great thing about Thailand. Within 1/2 hour of the Accident everything had been sorted, Bike Loaded and a Local Guy accompanied by His Son were Driving West and His Bike the 4 + Hours back to Chiang Mai and His Home!!! Amazing I doubt it would be that Simple in Our Home Countries???
    On Their Way!!!

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    I thought I had better take a Short Video to Explain the Event and Complement the Photos so if You want to take a Look check here:

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    So that was it, Quiet again. The Remaining Riders mounted up and off to Chiang Rai in a rather Subdued Mood. Road conditions from here on weren't much anyway so a slow Ride. Once we arrived we all checked into a Variety of Places and Out for a Big Night in Chiang Rai!!! We were even Joined By "Sean of the Dead" The Night was to big to explain!!!
    Next Morning I had things to do so Myself and Robert headed straight back to Chiang Mai while the others did their own thing once they actually Woke Up!!! :shock:
    I have been on quite a lot of Rides and rarely any accidents to note so this one was a real Rare!!! And I wouldn't care to Repeat it!!! Lucky No One was seriously Hurt. All the Best Guys and Ride Safe!!!! :idea:
     
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  3. Pikey

    Pikey Ol'Timer

    Nice report Ian and an update on West is that he is in good spirits and has only "minor" injuries - a broken collarbone and some broken bones in his hand. Like you said "tuff bastard"!!!

    Here's a few pics I took plus some I blagged off Duncan before he left for points south.

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    Lunch at Phayao

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    Going towards Phu Chi Fah

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    From Phu Chi Fah

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    Rich on his AT

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    Bungy on his Tiger.

    Cheers,

    Pikey.
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Bloody hell, sounds like you guys had a great time alright. I'm glad too, that you all survived & made it back to Chiang Mai.
    Bungy thanks for the trip report, it was a beauty.
     
  5. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Geez guys! :shock: Makes me think about giving up riding and just following along in my pickup truck to gather all the bits and pieces.

    Before the trip West asked me if I thought his Hornet would be OK for the roads. I told him "Sure, in fact I think you will have fun with it!" Doesn't look to me as if it was that much fun afterall. :?

    Glad to hear the injuries were not any more serious and hope you heal quickly West. :D

    Nice report Ian.
     
  6. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    id just like to say that the corner ole westy crashed on was a real a**hole of a corner. downhill, off camber, and littered with gravel the same colour as the asphalt beneath it. im sure if westy hadnt been kind enough to send that puff of dust up as a warning signal then we would have had all 9 bikes go off at that corner. it was an real nasty one for sure.
    here's to a full recovery and lets not forget the fun we all had before that!!
     
  7. saxonator

    saxonator Ol'Timer

    Nice trip report Ian, I'm happy you all made it back. Greetz to West, haven't seen him for a while.
     
  8. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Ha ha ha!!! :mrgreen:
    Awesome guys! Sounds like an SSR Hooligan trip! :lol:
    Glad everyone made it out relatively unscathed and yes, a good reminder of the importance of proper gear!
    Great to run into Ian this evening at the Bangkok Motorbike Show drooling over the new KTM's that are now ON SALE in THAILAND!!!!
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    Happy Trails,
    Tony
     
  9. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    Tony

    What where the list prices on KTM's?
     
  10. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Ian & Pikey, fantastic fotos and a perfect as always trip report !! Luckily no real bad injuries and all good wishes to West & Co, get well & riding again soon !!!
    Yeah Ian you're right, where else in the world would you get local help immediately that's what we love in LOS !! Cheers, Franz
     
  11. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

  12. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

  13. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    Haha. Landed back in the U.S. now and pulled up to the GT rider site. Gotta love the fun and mayhem. Looks like the boys were having fun and at least this time Luke was not waiting in the gravelly corner with a camera.

    Glad to see Wes is going be alright, and nobody seriously hurt on the jaunt.

    Pikey - Mate your pics look fantastic, more to you than meets the eye I reckon.

    Great report gents.
     
  14. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    mmm, its incredible what bad a state i was in after only crashing at low speed. thanks for using your nose to block the sun from beaming on me there riding buddy. really helped with my recovery.

    p.s ive never seen a stegosaurus in thailand before, i dont recognize the stretch of road where we saw it though, it must be in the bermuda triangle of north thailand, pong area. am i right??

    honky.
     
  15. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    I think the Honk must be aging a bit. Are those a bit of chicken strips i see not yet scrubbed on the sidewall of the DRZ???? Chicken strips :shock: , and taking breathers after looping the bike out, mate you're aging quickly. Twas only a couple years ago you could crash and remount before I could get my bike stopped for a pic. Down that slippery slope he goes, next thing you know you'll be buying a KTM and coming with me to Pattaya.

    I notice he has his helmet cam so hopefully Luke will post the event in all its glory for a bit of well deserved applause from the GT- Riders. So prey tell.....what gear did it come over in? I'm asking as only a true friend would you know.
     
  16. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    unfortunately, after many tries to recover it, the video footage that included the 4th gear loop out has been lost, presumably when the camera whacked on the ground during my dismount.
    it would have been posted for sure had the footage come out, sorry to dissapoint!
     
  17. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Well I guess you better do it again! And this time whack your head on the OPPOSITE side! Geez! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
     
  18. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    tony, i dont believe we've met. i would be honoured to have another smash on camera.
    schedule permitting ill be heading to nan next week for some proper roads. if your over there, it would be good to hook up with a fellow hooligan and get some more footage.
     
  19. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Cheers Honk,

    No, I don't believe I've had the pleasure of meeting you yet, but have greatly enjoyed reading about your adventures :mrgreen:

    Myself and some fellow Bangkok Hooligans will be riding up to Nan this coming Friday, February 12th for a weekend of riding and mischief, heading back to the Big Smoke on Monday. Franz will be coming from Chiang Mai as well. He's finally found some riders (Bakerboy a fellow Austrian no less) who can keep up with him :wink:

    I think we'll stay at the Grand Mansion Hotel as I've yet to find anything better in Nan and really don't like the Devarej.

    I'll send you my digits by PM so give a call or SMS if you'll be around that weekend and hopefully we can hook up then!

    Happy Trails!

    Tony
     

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