Rider's Corner - Bar, restaurant, rooms & bike rental

Joined
Apr 1, 2019
Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bikes
KTM 950SER & EXC, BMW R90S & Dakar, MZ250, BSA B33, Norton 16H, Honda - 500 Fs & X, DRZs, XLs XRs CRFs CT110s etc
If we had to limit ourselves to one sentence to describe Rider's Corner it would be this:

Bike friendly establishment with good food, good atmosphere and the drive to contribute to the region's motorcycling community.

Opened in December 2010, it was acquired by former Head Chef, Tum and regular visitor, Ian in August 2018. Since then, our focus has been on upgrading the ambience, improving the amenities and generally just refining a good thing. There's new menu items, including signature Chiang Mai dishes, like Khao Soi - and patrons regularly tell us that it's the best they've eaten. We've gone big on coffee... with our own blend of beans which are ground to order. We've upgraded rooms and a big new upgrade of amenities and the bar will be completed before Songkran.

We don't limit ourselves to bar, restaurant, rooms and bike rental. We live and breathe bikes. We ride. We help bike riders who need help.

Call in for a coffee, a beer or just to shoot the breeze around the table of tall tales.
 
Joined
Apr 1, 2019
Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bikes
KTM 950SER & EXC, BMW R90S & Dakar, MZ250, BSA B33, Norton 16H, Honda - 500 Fs & X, DRZs, XLs XRs CRFs CT110s etc
Here's one for the table...... a young rider called in. Do we know anyone who can inspect a bike for the rider, please? Tell us more.

The bike went under a guard rail, is an insurance repair and the rider doesn't feel qualified to sign off on the repair without some advice.

Sure... we will have a look, ride it around the block and tell you what you might want to discuss with the repairer. We aren't experts in repair... but we know when something's bent, etc. We're not in the business of offering guarantees, but we sure as hell will help a biker who needs help with something like this.

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Joined
Apr 1, 2019
Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bikes
KTM 950SER & EXC, BMW R90S & Dakar, MZ250, BSA B33, Norton 16H, Honda - 500 Fs & X, DRZs, XLs XRs CRFs CT110s etc
and I'd been so careful to not bring sex into it... o_O

I think the issue was one of experience... or the lack of it. That corner is a full 180% hairpin... and there was a loss of control, possibly caused by clutch action - loss of rear grip as a result... BANG, rider down. Yes, incredibly lucky... as she just missed a minibus and ended up further down the mountain than the bike

The skid marks tell the tale.... as they so often do

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I was recently on a ride with another relatively inexperienced rider. Three days in, they mentioned to me that they thought they had "mastered the friction zone. I hope I haven't been damaging the bike too much whilst getting the hang of it". Ahhh... please explain. What do you mean. "using the clutch to keep the revs in the right range through the corner". Okaaaaay....

I suggested that rider might want to focus on getting into the right gear BEFORE the corner... that way, avoiding the need to even think about the clutch during the corner. There's more than enough else for a new rider to concentrate on and taking the clutch out of the equation boosts the rest of the deal. I got a nice thank you after that ride.
 

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Joined
Apr 1, 2019
Location
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Bikes
KTM 950SER & EXC, BMW R90S & Dakar, MZ250, BSA B33, Norton 16H, Honda - 500 Fs & X, DRZs, XLs XRs CRFs CT110s etc
Can I please have an explanation as to why a moderator is altering my posts?
 
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