Tales of the Unexpected...

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

I am planning a camping trip in Petchabun this weekend. The KM7 group have invited me and won't take no for an answer, so I Just went out for a little test run on the C70.

I fitted a Tiger 124cc Engine last week and hope to go 380kms!! this weekend, and back again!!!. Thought I would take a run out to Phi Mai. An Historic City 60kms away, as it is a wonderful day with blue skies and not too searing heat. Filled up and funnily after only two days ago reading about petrol station scams, I am sure I got ripped off by the "forgot to reset the pump" scam so I pay for mine and the guy's before me (who obviously paid too...) Anyway its a 25p issue and I have bigger fish to fry. I set off up the road and the bike is going well...

I also fitted a remote alarm and remote starter to the bike on Saturday ( modding is my life!!) So I make a right turn 10kms from Phi Mai and look down at my exposed carb wondering if I should have a filter on it and Burlppp..... Engine Dies.

Damnblastis Bastardos!!!

I take off the covers and check for a spark as it felt electrical... none to be seen. I try the remote, nothing. So I know there is no power... I check the battery... Ah... Its cooking and has exploded virtually under my fuel tank on top of which rested my @rse!:shock: Lucky for me God was not testing the big bang theory today...

In the middle of nowhere I start pushing the bike back to the last junction... They don't have RAC in THailand and here is why...

As I am composing a text to a buddy who offered to come and help I am aware of the bike next to me. A thai with his son is offering to push me to the nearest bike shop after I explained my plight... People here are too kind. turns out I was going in the right direction and the bike shop was two minutes away with his help. Got a battery and fitted it and was sorted. Kind chap in the shop made sure I didn't forget my sunglasses (that cost more than the engine!!) and even made me tuck my money deeper into my pocket for fear it might blow out... What a nice chap. On I went to Phi Mai... lovely ruins. reminded me of my bike....

On the way back, bag drops off the back into the spokes and drags the wheel out of alignment. God is testing me. I walk back to the nearest rest stop and the man at the garage would not help me. This a first in Thailand. I spot a Westerner and he speaks English. hasn't got the right spanner on him but will ride me back to his place with his dog:shock: and bring me back with the right spanners to help fix it:D

Now I did consider the possibility that I will never be seen again...

David, (for that was his name) told me about his trip to England ( his mum is British) told be about the 7 years he did for crimes he committed with his pommie cousins:shock:) all this is going on as we get deeper and deeper into the kinda country that nobody ever gets out of alive unless they "know people". I spotted some wild life that sent shivers up my spine as I was not "in control". I had visions of being eaten alive by lizards, the Snakes, him!, his cronies, his thai family...

Turns out there really are some wonderful people in the world. We go 10kms across dirt tracks two up on a scooter with the dog between his legs. Turn right around and come back and fix my bike. the wheel is not quite right but it got me home. I'll put the standard ride height springs back on tomorrow or tonight... :)

All this happened while you were having a nice day at work...;)


Now its 5:30pm and time for a shower. :D
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