Articles by: Warren

Honda XR150 Vs Yamaha XT125

If you do much riding in SE Asia beyond Thailand you will encounter countries with motorcycle engine capacity limits and find these two bikes in rental shops. I have completed two tours on each and kept a couple of notes. I first rode the XT125 in southern Vietnam from HCM […]

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Six days with the Honda CB650R

For this years ride in Northern Thailand I rented a CB650R and have a few notes on the bike. I like this class of motorcycle. Mid size naked. It doesn’t suit my current location but if I was back in my old stomping ground I’d probably own something in this […]

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Three and a half rides

I’ve been travelling about SE Asia during some of the long Japanese winter and enjoyed riding Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This post is merely a few thoughts or images that do not fit my usual motorcycle trip reports on the blog (as suggested by readers I add to the blog […]

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Ho Chi Minh Road

I find myself in Vietnam instead of India but seems in life things happen for a reason and thus by chance I have stumbled onto some of the best riding I have yet experienced in Asia. Lets wind things back briefly. 12 months ago I decided to join a group […]

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Thailand

This is my sixth motorcycle tour in Thailand which means I will have completed more tours here than in my home country. It really is a road riders paradise. From Myanmar I flew to Chiang Mai and went to Pop’s bike rental to sort out a bike. I had planned […]

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Myanmar Ride

Despite having been to Thailand many times I have never been to Myanmar. Not sure why I guess I never thought of it as a ride destination so I am going to correct that now. Brief stop in Bangkok where by good fortune I could meet with my mate from […]

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Unwritten rules

How many unwritten rules do we feel compelled to follow and which ones should we perhaps ignore. In Japanese society there are 1000 unwritten rules. Simple one is you must remove shoes if entering carpeted area on the car ferries I often use. That keeps the carpet clean so everyone […]

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Blogger to WordPress – my two cents

Coming up to a year since I commenced the move to WordPress and I have a few thoughts for moto-bloggers considering the same. Every site I read prior suggested it was as easy as falling off a log and ‘you will wish you had done it years ago’. Well that […]

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Ratchet type helmet locking t-bar

If you own a helmet with a ratchet type strap rather than the D type strap then it is a challenge to secure these using said strap. It’s not something I have needed to do frequently but in some locations I really want to leave the helmet on the bike. […]

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Motorcycle punctures

One thing that is on my mind a lot recently is getting a flat tyre on tour. In the past riding with tubeless tyres this had never troubled me. I always carried a tubleless repair kit which I still do here in Japan with gas canister although I have breakdown […]

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Book review – Waypoints

I have a few motorcycle travel e-books I have been reading lately when flying and have become bogged down in about four of them. However Waypoints by Bud Miller I breezed through on my recent travels to Vietnam. Mostly because it’s not a very big volume, but also as it […]

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56 Design – Edwin rider jeans

Ahead of a trio of rides in SE Asia next year I decided to get a new pair of riding jeans. I’ve owned a couple pairs of rider jeans over the years. Alpinestar and Draggin items, neither of which I liked because they were not comfortable on the bike and […]

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