Wonderful Rainy Season

Discussion in 'Northern Thailand - Road Trip Reports' started by ianyonok, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    Rainy season is a favourite time of year to ride. Minimal traffic, mostly cool, lush green scenery and low season prices.

    I had just fitted a Morgo rotary oil pump on the '71 Tiger so that seemed a good enough reason for a decent test ride.

    Original Triumph plunger oil pump

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    The new Morgo Rotary oil pump.

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    The bike has already been fitted with a Morgo 750cc conversion and 9.5:1 C.R. pistons so is quite a powerful machine. But a new Morgo oil pressure gauge had revealed that from cold start to hot tickover in traffic, the oil pressure with the standard Triumph plunger pump would drop from 70 psi, to 7 psi when sitting at traffic lights in the city. What a difference the rotary oil pump makes. Now, I see cold start at 80psi (maximum and when the pressure release valve opens) to about 35 psi on tick over. Seems to me the big end bearings should now last forever...

    Morgo are a family business now run by the company founder's daughter & husband and make top quality products in Bradford, England.
    I recall seeing adverts for Morgo Rotary Oil pumps when I was at school...... over 40 years ago......

    http://www.morgo.co.uk/

    I took a quick blast down to Phrae to see a friend who is also a LICME member (Lanna Independant Classic Motorbike Endeavour).

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    We took a ride out to the Doi Phaklong National Park to see the Phu Khao Hin Phakarang (the Coral Mountain).

    A good climb up to see it..

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    ..but certainly some amazing rock formations.

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    Next morning I headed northeast and found Thailand's "Golden Rock".

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    I had the valve gaps set a bit too tight, so needed the tickover a bit faster than ideal.



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    I didn't see any vehicles for about an hour after leaving Phrae.... superb. Then headed out to the wonderful 1216 over the Khun Sathan National Park.

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    Had lunch in Na Noi, then turned south on 1339 to the Sirikit Reservoir. After Na Meun, all new wide tarmac and no-one around...

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    Down to Pak Nai to the ferry port......

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    Not quite what I was expecting...

    Look Mum, no hand rails, no ropes.....

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    Off we go, for a 30 minute boat ride.

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    Looks a like a worried expression to me..

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    But the ferrywoman was confident.

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    The reservoir was lower than it should be for September. Need more rain...

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    That's what I was expecting to go boating on.

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    50 klms of fun with a road to myself.

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    Stayed in the Nam Pat Resort; very nice, clean, new, undercover parking and all for 500 Baht.

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    Next morning, off north up the eastern border roads of Uttaradit .

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    Also, very quiet out here.

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    The Phu Soi Dao range was lost in the clouds. The peak is the 5th highest mountain in the country at 2120m.

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    Kengluang, over the Nan river, heading into Nan province. Dad and daughter fishing in the swollen river.

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    A little further along the 1083 you come to the promontory of Pha Chu.

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    The panoramic view from the park at the bottom of the cliff is spectacular, looking down on the Nan river.

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    Upon arriving in Nan I went Tony's Place to pay my respects to his wife, Wan, following his death earlier this month. Tony was a great guy and great cook. They worked closely together during his last few weeks, so that she would know how to prepare all the dishes in order to continue running the restaurant.
    Let's wish her all the best in that and visit the restaurant whenever passing through Nan.

    I took a visit to the Nan Museum which is most interesting.

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    Their prized piece is the Black Tusk.

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    The dynastic chart of the Lords of Nan.

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    The last Lord of Nan, a rather stern looking gentleman.

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    A work from a former Royal artist from Nan.

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    Thai Lue

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    A huge table

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    Suebjata

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    I stayed at the Nan Noble Garden on the bypass. If you don't need city life, a great place to stay for 800 Baht.

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    The resort is owned by the descendants of the last Lord of Nan, hence the name of the resort.

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    Teak leaves under the bike to soak up the oil drips....

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    Next morning, woke with a smile on my face. I was going to ride the 1148 in the morning and 1155 in the afternoon... should be a great day.

    This is the lovely 1027 to Song Kwae.

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    I hiked 300m upriver to find a more private place for a dip. Looks like not much traffic here either..

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    Interesting colours in the rock.

    Tadman waterfall has 6 cataracts over 1.7 klms.... the 2nd level would do me.

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    Onto the wonderful 1148 and the Sakoen viewpoint from either side

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    Lunch in Chiang Kham and then on to the 1155. Phu Chee Fah ("the mountain finger pointing at the sky"), can be seen quite clearly when heading north, middle right of the photo.

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    It was a beautiful afternoon, sunny with blue skies.

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    My favourite view on the 1155..

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    The "chicken strips" are looking suitably minimal on the Avon Roadriders as you would expect on this road.

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    Then back up alongside the Khong.

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    4 days without rain and a fantastic ride. About 1,000 miles trip and leaked about 3/4 litre of oil. The sound of the Tiger's engine bellowing through the open mega's provided a constant accompanying music. Wonderful Rainy Season.....
     
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  3. CraigBKK

    CraigBKK Ol'Timer

    Thank you for the great trip report. I love the shots of the 1216 over the Khun Sathan National Park. Looks well worth a visit.
     
  4. ronwebb

    ronwebb Ol'Timer

    Thats a great sound idling - even better with a bit of throttle. Nice photos too, all lovely and green.
     
  5. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    What a Great Trip Ian. Love the Old Triumph! And another Golden Rock! There is one here in Mae Rim as well.
     
  6. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Thanks Ian for having us take part in this beautiful tripreport of yours and marvellous fotos !! These chickenstrips are as far as you can go on these Dunlops, some of the worst tyres I ever fitted on bikes such as the NT400, SRX400 & 600. Take it slow with them as they are not to be trusted, especially in the wet. I know, there's not much choice of tyres for these old bikes, just a warning as mine sent me into the ditch not only once..............Cheers, Franz
     
  7. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    Hi Franz,
    Thank you for your concern. Sorry, I don't know what bikes you are talking about, I don't ride modern road bikes and know nothing about them. The tyres on the Tiger are Avon Roadriders, 8,300 Baht for the pair (plus tubes) from BKK, made in England and feel great to me on good road surfaces (like the 1148...), very confidence inspiring. Avon make these tyres in a great range of sizes which include classic sizes. I really don't know how good they are as I don't normally use modern type tyres either. Dunlop (Japlop) Gold Seal K70's are what I normally fit and they seem OK too for a narrow tyre, but not as sticky on smooth tarmac as the Avons. But the K70's (which are cheap but don't last that long) are blocky and good for a bit of offroad too, whereas the Avon don't feel as good on dirt roads. A future upgrade to this bike will be to replace the Wassel Girling copy rear shocks and fit a nice pair of Hagons. That should make things even better.. Progressive fork springs also on the list.....
    Ian
     
  8. Franz

    Franz Ol'Timer

    Sorry Ian, just saw that the thread on your is slightly different and that on the sides one can see the Avon writing. I meant the Dunlop GT501 which are quite similar to your Avons and in 18" size for these older Jap SRX thumpers. Enjoy your rides! FR
     
  9. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    Hi Franz,
    Thanks, I've not come across GT501's but maybe I'll steer clear if I do.
    Ian
     
  10. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Another beautiful RR! Thanks for the inspiration Ian! :mrgreen:
     
  11. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    What a little beauty - rainy season - September the wettest month & yet you get to put together a magic ride like that.

    It's good to see that you can take photos in the Nan museum too now, becaue that is one of the best ones in the country I reckon.

    I particularly like these shots too

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    & I reckon your photography has definitely gone up a grade or two - have you got a new camera?

    Thanks for the tip off re the Nam Pat Resort, as I believe quite a few guys have been looking for info on something decent out there for awhile.

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    Hope to catch up you again soon.
    BTW watch out for the next GTR DEstination Thailnad TV Clip, because I think it has some of those fantastic classic bikes you've got up there at Wiang Yonok Resort.

    Thanks again for the report.
     
  12. Jurgen

    Jurgen Ol'Timer

    Great stuff and pictures Ian, it makes me feel bad that I have not yet started the rambling season. You show that there is no harm to drive or take pictures even in the wet season … you just have to make the best out of it … and, when needed, cover the gear J
     
  13. ianyonok

    ianyonok Ol'Timer

    You might get wet but you may not.
    Beautiful green scenery, crystal clear air for stunning mountain views, low season hotel rates, very little traffic and it isn't cold.
    Best time of year for riding.
     
  14. Ian, what a great pictorial report. Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. chiangsaen.peter

    chiangsaen.peter Ol'Timer

    Thanks Ian for your excellent report.
    I will be back in Thailand soon.
     
  16. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer Staff Member

    Fantastic photos and great report.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers
    Brian
     

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