Songkran and Bike Riders???

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by pianoman, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. pianoman

    pianoman Active Member

    As Songkran is just about upon us, I am wondering what most Bike Riders do for the Holiday.... Hold up in their homes to avoid the Wet & Wild, or just brave the roads and put up with being Soaked, Splashed and Splatered???

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  3. tiswas

    tiswas Active Member

    keep away from the accepted "play" areas, like near my place the road that hugs our river is to be avoided at all costs, the main roads seem to haveno problem as I've experienced
  4. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    I am going to Singapore. Good excuse to get away and also pick up some parts and accessories while I am there.

    In answer to your question; in past years I just restricted my riding to using my Tiger Joker stepthrough. Did most my running around in the evening or stuck to some of the back soi's where traffic wasn't as bad. Still always got wet. Made it all the way home from CM, about 10km, to my house without incident only to be soaked by my neighbor. I can't agree with tiswas, you are also a target on the main roads, just a little more room to maneuver. Watch for pick up trucks coming from behind with the "water brigade" in the back. They love to sneak up on you. Like I said, going to Singapore,,,,,,
  5. desmomonstro

    desmomonstro Ol'Timer

    i m still trying to understand this monkey and brainless festival.
    Where is the fun ...Everyyear it end up with accident.....
    Stay away from your bike if you can..
  6. Snail

    Snail Ol'Timer

    Totally agree with Silver hawk. I'm off to Japan for the same reason! It was a lot of fun the first few years but it's just gotten so out of control now it's no fun at all on the bike
  7. tiswas

    tiswas Active Member

    I'm off to Kanchanaburi tomorrow so we'll see, have fun in Sing & Yippon to Silverhawk & Snail. I'll post a report when I get back...if I'm dry enough !!!!!!!!!
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Songkran is a totally dangerous time to be riding / touring on a motorcycle. Dont do it!
    Many motorcycle shops in the North refuse to rent out their bigger bikes for touring at this time of the year.
    The reason: too many accidents, thousands of drunk people -drivers & pedestrians - on the roads. Plus bucket fulls of water are deliberately thrown at you, often directed at your face for the best impact & most inconvenience = danger!

    Up country in the North where it is "best" celebrated the kids in the villages throw water for about 10 days, not just during the official festival. They start before & finish after the festival. It's hot & it's also school holidays so they've got nothing better to do for 10 days. So if you're in & / or around Chiang Mai city & think that you will escape the mayhem by fleeing upcountry, think again - the kids will get you.

    Now if you're new on the Chiang Mai / North Thailand block, and it's your first one or two Songkran festivals, then enjoy the drunken debauchery, wet T-shirts & water throwing while you can, & before the novelty wears off. But please DONT try motorcycle touring!
  9. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Bikes parked it's no just getting wet, it's getting yuor vision blurred while riding a macj hine that can certainly hurt someone if thety are hit by it. They won't forgive you for the injuries in the name of the festival.

    I ride the rain all the time, rain does usually come with huge chunks of ice in it. Peopel can really get stupid this time of year. Want to go play get a tuk tuk and go experience it. But leave the bike parked.

    actaully one of the primary reasons I bouhgt a pickup. It hasn't started in Udon yet, but it will in just a few days. Altought the big water gun are not supposed to be used. Lotus ha huge bins of them forsale and people are buying like crazy. That high pressure is enough to blind you long enough to get in a lot of trouble evne if yuor lucky enough not to get hurt yourself
  10. tropicaljohno

    tropicaljohno Ol'Timer

    Just got back into Nong Khai from Khon Kean, and the water throwing has started allready, and its only Tuesday Going north as you come into Udon the locals have set up a free coffe stop, so for those Thais doing the long drive home at least they can stop for a free cuppa, good idea, they do the same in OZ over long week ends, but double the fines and demerit points, so you get a free cuppa, but can quite easily lose your licence as well
  11. Marco

    Marco Ol'Timer

    Hi Guys, My bike is and stays in Garage, during this seasson it wont start, never, but when it comes to touring, missus and undesigned are off to serious touring and exploring roads, starting from Ubon to Mukhadan,then nong Khai using border road,then still using border road all the way to mae sai and from there maybe Chiang mai and then TAK, from there to River Kwai and continue Ayuttaya and back to Ubon, also im testing my Garmin Nuvi 310GPS how it's working and accurancy.
  12. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper Ol'Timer

    Hey TJ were you in Kon Kaen on Monday ? I was there at lunchtime and missed my turn and ended up in traffic near the bus station. As I turned a corner I glimpsed what looked like a red Phantom and thought of you.
    I was in traffic and thought you were down South anyway. I was on a black Phantom with Top Box and a broken windscreen. I had just come in from Lom Sak headed for Sisaket.
    I'll be cranky if I came that close and missed you.
  13. Peter Hooper

    Peter Hooper Ol'Timer

    P.S. Copped my first bucket of water on the highway near Mahasarakham. Doing about 120 and wasn't expecting it. They were good shots and it hit with a thud. Took about half an hour to dry out
    Think i'll stick with the jakrayan for a few days.
  14. chiangsaen.peter

    chiangsaen.peter Ol'Timer

    Well I left Ch.Mai for Switzerland to pick up some more spares for my old beemer. regds,peter
  15. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    scenes from the 1340,.....full report to follow!


    there we are dave i figured it out....
  16. ray23

    ray23 Ol'Timer

    Yep more I think about it this might just be the right time to do paint work ect. The 535 is really sparkling what four days of waxing can do LOL

    One moer day my sanity returns I can ride

    Great photos
  17. tropicaljohno

    tropicaljohno Ol'Timer


    Back to the classroom and give it another try, the foto should look like this

  18. anon

    anon Member

    Nice photo.Motorcyclists seem to be one of the main targets.I noticed that they don't usually throw water at you if you are carrying a baby in front of you.Next year I'm thinking of adapting a big doll with a water jet or two.A big BMW with the panniers filled with ice cold water would do nicely.
  19. dirthonk

    dirthonk Ol'Timer

    i can do it that size johno but all i i seem to get is complaints that its too big!!
  20. tropicaljohno

    tropicaljohno Ol'Timer

    Luke how about metting me half way i.e. something a bit bigger thanyours and a bit smaller than mine I hope its not the girls complaining its too big.....

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