Doi Inthanon Around

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Doi Inthanon's the highest mountain in the country & has scores of trails running around it.

Years ago my favourite day trips were out & around some of the Inthanon side "roads."
The weather was & is always a bit changeable out there & it's not common to get caught out in the wet & on greasy trails.
None of this should be a problem for an experienced dirt rider on an off-road bike with nice tyres, but the old Honda Wing 125 road bike didn't have them (& I could not be bothered to fit them).
So it was make do with what you got & just ride as good as well as you can.

Wheels of snot, slipping & sliding.
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In good weather, earlier in the day.
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Sometimes you got caught out in the dark
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And this happened
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if you could not see the greasy roads clearly.

The Karen hill tribe villages on the sides of Inthanon were awesome & many of them still are!

Nong Tao?
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The junction of R1013 & R1284. The Nong Tao / Khun Wang turn off
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The Nong Tao road R1284
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A favourite route was the Khun Pae trail, starting just before Hot.
Easy at the start in the dry
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But if it rained pure grease 'n snot as they say.
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Hmong Pa Kluai was the midpoint drink & eat stop.
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All these trails are still there (some of them are now partially asphalt) & on the GT Rider MHS Loop map. Check them out for day rides from Chiang Mai!

 
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For those greasy trails full of ruts I would pick my YZ490 with a BIG knobby. 555
 

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Were those all rental bikes ? Or the only model available that was half way capable ?
Pic above shows 3 that look identical
 

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Were those all rental bikes ? Or the only model available that was half way capable ?
Pic above shows 3 that look identical
The Honda Wing 125 was the most popular rental bike of the day, along with the mighty MTX 125.
My bike ended up being pretty special with a 175 kit, modified cam, oil cooler, fork brace, spotlight, Koni suspension, bigger battery & front disc on the last model. Most of the work done by David Lek, AKA The Snail. I should have kept the bike, it was very special, but upgraded to Honda NV400SP, then 250 Baja, then the Africa Twin ++
 

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Doi Inthanon's the highest mountain in the country & has scores of trails running around it.

Years ago my favourite day trips were out & around some of the Inthanon side "roads."
The weather was & is always a bit changeable out there & it's not common to get caught out in the wet & on greasy trails.
None of this should be a problem for an experienced dirt rider on an off-road bike with nice tyres, but the old Honda Wing 125 road bike didn't have them (& I could not be bothered to fit them).
So it was make do with what you got & just ride as good as well as you can.

Wheels of snot, slipping & sliding.
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In good weather, earlier in the day.
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Sometimes you got caught out in the dark
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And this happened
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if you could not see the greasy roads clearly.

The Karen hill tribe villages on the sides of Inthanon were awesome & many of them still are!

Nong Tao?
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The junction of R1013 & R1284. The Nong Tao / Khun Wang turn off
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The Nong Tao road R1284
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A favourite route was the Khun Pae trail, starting just before Hot.
Easy at the start in the dry
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But if it rained pure grease 'n snot as they say.
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Hmong Pa Kluai was the midpoint drink & eat stop.
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All these trails are still there (some of them are now partially asphalt) & on the GT Rider MHS Loop map. Check them out for day rides from Chiang Mai!

That photo with the water buffalo is sensational!