MB Single track sunday ride- Northern Thailand - Nham Prae - 2 Betas, DRZ, KTM and a KLX - Down the river to the Moto Bistro Hut

EndoJim

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Five of us showed up at Moto Bistro Single track Sunday ride May 5th around 9am. Took us about an hour to get going. I had been busy rebuilding Ricks front suspension the night before I was not prepared very well. We stopped off for fuel before heading up Ob Khan national park road. Turned off on a dry rocky single track trail which heads south east towards Mae Wang. Very Hot day but all were happy to be out riding. It helped knowing we were headed to the Mae Khanin river to hopefully get our boots wet.

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Ra in deep though about something...

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Out of the single tracks and headed to Mae Wang to pick up the river trail
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Not sure what this river is but Pond and I had rode up it a few days earlier trying to find a dirt route to the Mae Khanin.

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The river bed was firm so no dramas getting stuck this time...
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Ra had some battery issues. No kick starter on the DRZ400 so we ended up swapping my battery into his bike to continue on.
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Looked swampy but no issues

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Big Rick blasted right up the levy embankment almost taking with off the other side. Well not really but he had me thinking he might for a moment

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Ponds turn...
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Nice wheelie at the top.

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To be continued,,,
 

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EndoJim

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From my camera… Love riding the 350rr

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Country Ricky KTM200 running strong and looking good.

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Ra dealing with battery issues
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Big Rick standing up on the pegs charging like a pro
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Glad he clamped down on the brakes before going off the other side.
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To be continued...
 

EndoJim

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Pictures from my Gopro on the single tracks prior to reaching the first river crossing.
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I rode the trail alone two days prior to this ride just after a rain and it was sweet. You would not know it had rained two days before by looking at the pictures this day.

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Love the power and handling of the 350. Standing wheelie on demand :)

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To be continued...
 

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EndoJim

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We headed out towards Mae Wang and the Mae Khanin river on the levy road. It was dusty but not to bad.

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We made it to the Mae Khanin river trail and riding towards the Ob Khan Nat. park
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Rick getting a little squirrely and making a nice save.
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Rick looking like he might give the bridge a try.

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Thankfully he thought twice and decided to take the safer bet.

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Entering a cool bamboo forest section.

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Very fun and scenic route... guess that's why we're always riding home on it...
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We've been cutting in a new section of trail so we do not disturb the farmer at the end of the trail.
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Dropping into the Mae Khanin river.
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This is where Big Rick literally drop down into the river
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EndoJim

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Down onto the Mae Khanin...

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Big Rick decided to make a more direct route into the river
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Me telling them we need to document the situation :)
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Ra decided to walk his bike down
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Country Rick opted to ride down
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Found a soft patch
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To be continued...
 

EndoJim

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Country Rick found a nice place to take a break.

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Time to cool off
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Pond knows how to cool down... :)
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Loads of people on the river with nets... Not sure what their catching...
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Stop off for some Jungle Chicken and a cold beer.
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To be continued...
 

EndoJim

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Back on the trail headed to the Moto Hut.

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Big Rick nearly lassos his on a thick hanging vine. He went to his default setting... Gas It and made it through

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Little log hop with a nice save at the end. You can see he gassed it straighten him self out.
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When in doubt Gas It
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To be continued...
 

EndoJim

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More action shoot curtesy of Big Rick...

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Bamboo was at least 4 inches in diameter. Unfortunately for Rick the gas it method was not enough this time :)
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The bamboo didn't have a chance
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Nice road rash
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Cleaned up and dressed Ricks road rash and these guys pulled in. Great guys
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To be continued...
 

EndoJim

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Headed back home...

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Rick jumped the log like a champ on the way out
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The vine that nearly hung Rick on the way in....
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Big Rick taking the Black Diamond route... :)
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Nearly pulled it off. Just missed riding out of it by a couple feet. We made this rut nice and deep on the Moto Hut clean up ride with the truck and trailer.
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Exact same place I fell on my ass after getting the monster tuck stuck a couple months ago. The rut is quite deep considering those are 37inch tires :)
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To be continued...
 

EndoJim

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Nice hat and smile from the lady.

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Locals going home after enjoying a day in Ob Khan.
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This corner caught Rick out on the way home. A blind corner with a rise and a blind corner. I've almost gone down in the same corner not paying attention.
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As soon as I came out of the corner I had a funny feeling and looked over my shoulder. Sure enough Big Rick was standing on the bank with Ra and Pond bike parked in the road.
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He came into the corner a little to hot and washed the front end out.
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Probably better to lay it down rather than hitting the barbed wire and into the pond.
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Of course he said he was okay but I could hear in his voice he had the wind knocked out of him. He must have rolled to his feet quickly because when I looked over my shoulder he was already on his feet.
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He tore up the nice bandage job I applied at the Moto Hut.
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Pretty sure he took a handle bar to the rib.
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Making sure he did not break his collar bone or dislocate his should.
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Old goat is tough as nails... Gave the thumbs up and we were on our way.
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Look like he was not the first to be surprised by this corner.
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Still smiling... Don't know many 70+ year old that could take this kind of punishment and keep going. He did spend a day close to home but was back at it the next day.
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Cracking stuff i bet that water was a relief from the heat, remind me if Rick's bike comes up for sale i don't want it :lost
 
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