Just a quick report of my trip to Mae Sai and back. Decided to rent a CB400 for a quick 1 nighter to stamp my visa.( had to sell my bike recently and now have to rent until i buy a new bike!) My usual place was out of bikes and my second choice was also out. I saw a fairly new / good nick bike, but as my passport was needed, they wanted 20,000b straght up as deposit. ( as well as 20,000 for mae sai immigration???? Thai baht doesnt grow on my trees!)and he realy didnt want any kind of comprimise or alternative and as i dont usualy trust leaving this sort of cash with any shop, it was decided mutualy to call off the deal. Time being of the escence here as i was planning on staying Thaton after Mae Sai and it was now 11.00 i had to take what was going. It turned out to be 'Mr Beer' ( nice name, but more on the said shop later!!!!) He was in such a rush he only wanted whatever i had...my driving lisence. Took my money, gave me the key and was off again! (service whith out a smile) The bike seemed ok, except for having to release the clutch lever nearly fully out to get moving.(anyone with any smaller fingers wouldnt have a chance of moving.) The trip was fairly un-eventful. The roads are pretty good, except some road works for a few k's around Vieng pa-pao. Great riding weather. Clear blue skys with a bit of a fresh nip in the shade. Arrived in good time, stocked up on the usual cds/dvd's. Met a friend who was heading back about 17.30 on his honda wave. (hope he packed a jumper!) I stayed for a few beers and food, instead of the cold, dark return leg. It was on the way back next morning that the bikes electrics decided to play up and i lost my horn, indicators, and lights! ( only full beam worked.) Also had a car pull out straght in front of me, flashing me to get out the way. This was not easy when i had a bike to my left and behind! The ****er was determined to just ram straght through me! ( atempted murder in my books!) having to slam my brakes on and pull behind the guy to my left to escape certain squashing! left a big black stain on the road and a big brown one in my boxers!!!( just had enough time to flick a finger, its time like these small rocks should be kept at arms length to fly through their windscreens.) Calmed down by the river and continued on slowly. Got back to Chiang mai and i was about 3 hours late with the bike. I explained that the bike wasnt working and no saftey features ( except brakes luckily) were working and i had to take it slower due to this, but they wanted 300b extra!( i was also overcharged 100b at the start, but didnt have time to argue.) I politley told them that was slightly unfare due to the condition of the bike, but they didnt want to know. i explained politely if the bike was in full working order, which you should expect from them for 700b/day, then yes iam late, i'll pay, but shite condition, pay over the odds + extra 300b- FECK NO! I was taken to what i presume was the boss's wife. What a DRAGON! She literaly shouted at me from the first second, demanding the 300b and didnt see why if the bike wasnt in working condition should make any difference and she didnt care a toss. She made me speak to 'mr beer' on the phone, who also from the first second talked to me like i was a piece of shit falang who should just pay up and shut up! I told him to come and sort this problem out face to face. He said he would come but whilst waiting the old crone had to brocker a comprimise. It seems this company couldnt give a toss about the customer (not one person i dealt with during the rental period could even muster so much as a half smile!) and just want to bleed you for as much as they can and then move on to the next mug. I dont know how they have lasted this long. I was very polite and kept my temper intact despite great provocation! Iam not sure if any one else has had problems with them? Rented from them before? To top it all i had to wear my usual face protector over my head, under my helmet, as my helmet had got a bit funky the last few months of inaction, so it wasnt over my nose and face as usual. I then looked in the mirror to see the sight of my burnt red nose and cheeks, glowing brighter then any Christmas / New year decoration ever seen![!] I wont be seen on the streets of Chiang mai until my glow calms down!