Question for experienced Lao riders

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  1. ray23

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    I have aymaha 535 that I will never l het inyo Lao, no book. However I. f do have great pahntom 150, with a book. Are parts avialble the little guy in Lao if we take it there. Now we are talking a road bike, but I would assume thtthere are some routes we could use it to at least check it out when the cooler weather comes again, wouldn't want o try it in rainey season.
     
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    The phantom is ok. I even think that you can find some parts in the bigger cities or they will order to you from Thailand in 24 h. Then about driving in rain and why not dark. I do not know how many times I promised not to drive in the rain or in the dark and there you end up doing it. It is not always up to you but you may stop for the rain and it just continue....If you dont like to stay overnight in the bush you have to drive in rain and dark HIKO
     
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    Act ually I was thinking more of the road conditions on unpaved roads during the rainey season, phantom handles wet asphalt roads just fine. I really don't like driving at night on roads I don't especially on the Phantom terrrible head lights even when you add the small extra ones on. I've done it but I don't like it. One trip from Khan Kean to Udon at night I found a pickup running about the same speed I wanted to travle and used the pickups headlights to see further down the road. LOL
     
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    Do not go out on unpaved roads with the phantom. The red stuff will fill up your tires and then it is like ice racing and that is fun but not on a phantom. My remarks about driving in the wet or in the dark were more general, there is many time occasions that you can not plan and there you are left in the dark and wet driving.....If the generator stand an extra light that must be good and you already know that catching up a car driving suitabble speed is the easiest and safiest way to get back home in the dark.hiko
     
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    David,

    you know my sidecar carriage, I´m craving to go to Laos when the next wet season is over.
    Would you design a trip for me along the lines of above?
    To be with a group is safer and may be more fun, thought of even using a tour operator.
    But again because of the sidecar my driving style is probably not much fun for others, e.i. I am ( with Sao) a lone rider. And I miss the group compromises.
     
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    Ray

    I have just completed over 800 kms on a clapped out chinese copy of a Honda Wave. It even has Wave 125 S stickers on it but I think the bike is more like 100/110 as i own a 125 in Phuket, have had it for 6 years so know how a 125 goes.

    Elle (who you met) and I have just done Vientiene all the way to lang prabang and back, 2 up, and we just pulled back into L P midday today.

    Whilst riding we have seen a couple of Phantoms. The roads are not a problem, sealed all the way, as spares i would say bring spare tubes and perhaps throttle/clutch cable. We had 2 punctures on the way up, but luckily all okay on the return trip.

    I am thinking of coming back later on my Phantom, and would even think of doing part of the trip by boat on the mekong.

    The scenery unbelievable, will post a report later whenwe get back into Thailand, and here in Vientiene, 20kms rom theborder, DTAC/AIS phones work perfect, and i waseven able to buy pre paid DTAC phone card. (Mind youjust looking over river and there is Thailand)

    More later on report, but get over here withyour Phantom Ray, its great
     
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    What a shame it would be to live this close and not go. Maybe we can hool up aftre October and take a shot at it on the Phantoms
     
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    Well we certainly have the time to plan it might be real fun.
     
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    you got me hooked , gentlemen[:I]
     
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    Hey guys, the way we are going, might have to leave the Phantom up here.....

    I certainly dont mind doing the route again, especially as the return journey is good to see the scenery from the opposite direction.

    Just had lunch with Jimeoi and Craypot, Craypot couldntbelieve i just did the whole trip on the Chinese Wave, and I even wentback to the shop yesterday to hire it for another day...
     

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