Ride from BKK to Khon Kaen via Petchabun and Lom Sak

Discussion in 'North-East Thailand Road Trip Reports' started by TonyBKK, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

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    The STUNNING Highway 12 from Lom Sak through Nam Nao National Park- honestly one of the most beautiful roads I've ever ridden in Thailand!
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    Hmmm... Not too sure about the weather though...
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    Saturday morning the weather looks good! Let's Go!
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    Kawasaki ER6n and Ninja 650R and Yamaha R1 and FZ6!

    Waiting for Jim...
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    Finally ready to go!
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    My ER6n packed with new Pirelli enduro tires!
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    Peter molesting my bike yet again at a lunch stop in Lom Sak...
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    John from Khon Kaen met us near Lom Sak on his new Yamaha FZ1 and we rode to Khon Kaen together on Highway 12.

    Photo stop in Nam Nao National Park- what a beautiful road!
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    Mr Yeesip feeling a little tired and hung over...
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    Good times!
     
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  3. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    Good One Tony & Gang

    roads seems to be dry so weather wice it's look to be on your side.
     
  4. johngooding

    johngooding Ol'Timer

    Thanks Tony for putting up the report. Good to ride with you guys again.
    Well Marco, not quite the right conclusion on the weather. Coming from Lomsak the roads were generally good, but alternating wet and dry. Approaching Chumpae the heavens opened and the roads awash.
    Dried out a bit before black skies again dumped on us before reaching Khon Kaen.
    Out in the evening a thunderstorm threatened to dampen activities and caused a prolonged meal at the excellent Waterside restaurant. However the SSR boys were not to be put off and set of into the rain to find some suitable places to continue the night.
     
  5. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Good Report Tony.
     
  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Cheers Guys! Hoping to see John and Ray next month!

    Who says a little rain will dampen the fun?!
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    Ride On! :mrgreen:
     
  7. bard

    bard Ol'Timer

    Nice one Tony, too bad I missed out on this one.

    Cheers Bard
     
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Bloody hell, that's some rain! Glad you enjoyed yourselves despite the shower.
     
  9. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    Tony

    Nice pic and so nice to talking to you an other day,,

    Did you try to ride on that water level??
     
  10. Tubber

    Tubber Ol'Timer

    I went to see John G in KK on Friday, missed you guys by 1 day, might manage to meet up next time?
     
  11. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Sorry we missed you! (Have we met?) Hope to visit John in Khon Kaen again next month. See you then!
    Tony
     
  12. Auke

    Auke Ol'Timer

    Tony,

    How did your new Pirelli's perform? Were you happy with it in the rain and on the road?
     
  13. Tubber

    Tubber Ol'Timer

    No we haven't met, I swapped the FZ-1 with Johns FJR. I should have stayed another night in KK, it rained heavily all the way home. Going back to work next week for a couple of months so will miss you again, And that Nam Nao road is a good run.
     
  14. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Cheers Auke,

    Loved the Pirelli MT60's! What great versatile tires! Here's what John Gooding had to say:

    "Tony stayed on another day, because he was able to do the deal and hand over the bike to its new owner. He was a really lucky 'cock' because Jim decided he needed to fly back quick to BKK and so Tony got to ride Jims bike back this afternoon. And he described the tyres as great on the road, and the way he was flying around the bends even on wet roads, they must have been fine. Cheers John"

    And in my words-

    "Man- those Pirelli MT60's are actually quite good on pavement. I was a bit nervous at first not knowing how far I could push them, but by the time we reached the highway 12 twisties I had a pretty good feel for them and John and I blasted through the bends at a good pace.

    I didn't push the bike over as far as I did when running the Dragon Supercorsa Pros, but I was still able to leave softcock Pete and his groupies in the dust.

    John and I had to pull over a few times to let the slowpokes catch up :mrgreen: "

    So- for anyone looking for a good dual sport / enduro tire I would highly recommend giving the Pirelli MT60's a try!

    Ride On!

    Tony
     
  15. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Ah! Gotcha! Well, John certainly seems very happy with the FZ1 and I trust you're enjoying his FJR1300.
    Hope we can all hook up for a ride one of these days.
    Ride On!
    Tony
     
  16. Tubber

    Tubber Ol'Timer

    FZ-1 is a good bike but I just couldn't get comfortable on longer trips. FJR is obviously a big improvement in that respect. The 650 Ninja is really a very nice bike but I don't think I can justify 4 bikes in the garage. Hopefully we can meet December/January time for a ride. Have you been on the roads around Dan Sai, Phu Ruea?
    Regards
    Jim
     
  17. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Hi Jim,

    Yeah- the FJR is a real mile muncher- do you do a lot of long distance riding? We're planning a metric iron butt which we hope to do after the rains stop-
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    If you're around when we do this perhaps you can join us along the way.

    I've ridden some of the stunning roads between Loei, Dan Sai, Nakhon Thai and Lom Sak and can't wait to return to that area and explore some more as I'm sure there are plenty of good twisties that I've not yet ridden in that area.

    Happy Trails!

    Tony
     
  18. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    Darn Tony :lol:

    1018Km ride, that is 2km longer than i did,,, so i have to ge back in the saddle again,,soon...LOL
     
  19. Tubber

    Tubber Ol'Timer

    Hi Tony
    Problem with being so far east in Sakon Nakhon is everything is an Iron Butt ride, so yes I do some long distance riding. Probably more so with the FJR. I used to go up to Chiang Mai via Udon Thani, Khon Kaen then follow the 12, 11 and 1 up to Chiang Mai which was 900 odd km. I now go Udon, Nong Bua Lamphu, Wang Sa Phung, Phu Rua, Dan Sai, Nakhon Thai, Chat Trakan and then up the 11 and 1. It is shorter, quicker and beautiful scenery.
    If I am around when you do it I will definitely join you probably in Petchabun. I should be back mid-December but I have a sneaky suspicion you will have done it by then. I like Loei too and would like to ride around there more, Robot nightclub is a good place for a bit of debauchery. I also plan going to Song Khla at some point. Will have to do a trip report at some time too, now I have a camera.
    Regards
    Jim
     

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