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Well the bar is not that nice. Ok, I don’t get hassles but I don’t get anything else either
I got my chain sorted a few days ago. I dragged my arse along to the place recommended to me, VS Motors. Nice guy who owns it, big wide smile and very helpful. It’s mostly a custom bike shop, lots of shopped hogs and silly paintwork but he had a few chains. Nothing that fit but he went off and got one that would. While he was gone the dumbest looking kid I’ve ever seen had to cut my old one off. I helped him but mostly just made sure he didn’t damage anything. The mechanic came out to argue that my chain was in great condition and didn’t need changing. I explained the issues, ie it’s stretched to hell and the rollers are literally breaking up. I even showed him the stress fractures, tight links and signs of wear but he still didn’t seem to get it.
While he was gone another guy showed up with a complaint that there was a funny noise coming from his tail ever since they fitted his new chain. There was literally no plan in it whatsoever. Even without a rider there was no deflection. I was slightly concerned. The chain he got was too long but we cut off some links and all was well. He tried to fit mine fully tight but I stopped him and adjusted it myself. The concept of me sitting on it and checking deflection was a new one them so I did it and checked it again back at the hotel properly. Strangely there was a guy there having work done on his Buell. I asked what he was having done because it couldn’t have been what it looked like. It was, he was having heated grips fitted. I asked if he was going away. No, just staying here next to the beach where it’s 30 degrees in the winter. This country is strange.
It was a huge relief to have it running properly again. Any biker will know how it feels when you machine has troubling issues and how it feels to put them behind you.
So I tried to get some spark plugs too but no chance. I even found a dealer with two BMW F650CSs in stock but no chance of getting plugs. He told me that any plug would do
So I reckon I will be giving the English bar a miss from now on. It’s actually getting slightly more expensive to eat there as I have to order custom food without meat which is cheaper to make but costs twice the price.
So i looked for a biker bar online and found one. I was relieved, this could be communication with real people at last. With my GPS still not functional I thought i’d best draw up a map from google. I searched the hotel I was in and the bar i was looking for and created a map. It was two doors down and i can see it from my window. It’s not a biker bar at all, it’s just a typical girlie bar where some bikers hang out a few times a week because the logo looks vaguely like an American Indian symbol. I didn’t bother and the boredom flared up once more.
What a contrast! With Marcin this place was just one long party, without it’s just part of a long one.
So I only have tomorrow night and I’ve done 7 nights and need to decide what the hell to do next. I guess I will see if Dave is coming to Pattaya, if not I guess i’ll move on. I’m thoroughly fed up with this place. If he is I’ll hang on until he gets here, if not then I’ll head off to Cambodia and see what happens.