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Old 6 Jan 2007
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sorry neebe with questions. don't know what to do!!

Hello! first off it's great to be here! glad I finaly found this site!

I live in Thailand, been here for 4 months after getting sick of the rat race in the USA so I sold everthing I won and put the rest on the curb and now here I am..
I lived in downtown San Francisco for the last 12 years before travling to Asia.

I'm concidering moving out of my apartment and hitting the road, I have a pack and basic light whight camping gear, I'm concidering buying a CRM250 because I'm samll 5'7" 140 lbs and know 2strokes inside and out, though I'm still not too sure about a two stroke being a very good idea for long distance travel..

so here are some questions.. (sorry I serched a bunch and just didn't find quite what I was looking to find out)
A whats the best country near Thailand to buy a bike? as in cost, legality, ease of entering outer countrys on it..
I know bikes in Thailand come with and without books (often w/o because a tax was not paid) so I was thining maybe buying a bike in Laos? ack! I don't know! I found a 1997 CRM250 in Laos but they wanted 2700.00 USD! insane!
I also worry that Having a bike will hold me back more that it will free me.. I've always ridden bikes since I was a kid, it's always been part of my life, but I've never been one for long distence travling..
there isn't really any place in this part of the world I wouldn't mind going.
so yea.. I'm confusesd about a buch of stuff, and didn't know where to turn, I tryed emailing friends back in the USA with out getting much usefull input outer than the CRM250 shouldn't cost over 2,000.00.
ok looking back this is a mess of a post, but if anyone would be so kind as to throw some wisdom my way it would be very much apreashated!

I'm going to go serch some more of the forems, while my cash runs out on this computer.. so thanks again for the help! and sorry I couldn't find them through the serches (limited time and $ on computer!)
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My advice... Move out of your apartment. Travel by public transportation for a while, if possible to remote places, just to see if you actually like being on the road. After a few weeks if you like the lifestyle, get yourself any kind of 2-wheels (even a good moped or a crappy 125, whatever you find). After a few weeks more, if you still think that the bike holds you back, if you miss the chicken-bus, then you'll know long-distance motorcycling isn't for you. And if not, get yourself something a bit bigger maybe, a good map, and welcome to the club! :-)

A 250 is plenty big enough in SE-Asia but watch out, it might not be allowed in Vietnam (max = 175cc).

Pierre - http://www.photobiker.com
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REally good advice Pierre! I was thinking exactly the same.
Travel around a bit on public transport, learn the ropes.

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thanks so much for the input!
I have been to Chaing Mai, Kho Chang, Laos, ect. thats actuly what got me into the idea of getting a bike again (that and it feels really odd not to have a bike for the first time in 20 years! and I'm only 29..)I whent to a small vilage in Laos and was blown away buy there intrest in me, the way they live there lives and how easy it was to make friends witht eh people who lived there.. that and I'm kinda sick of renting over priced, and under matained bikes everywhere outside of Bangkok (busses and boats are the way to go here for sure!)
I was thinking of buying outside of thailand for a few reasons, first I though thailand had a steep tax on bikes and plates (or so I was told, thats why so many bikes don't have books, because there imported from outside thailand and the taxes arn't paid) also I talked to one guy who had travled all over thailand (though I don't know how, last time I saw he he was telling me how he just discoved his xr250 was a leater low on oil!!) told me he had to get a thai guy to buy the bike because the shop wouldn't sell to him! he also said that the bigger the bike the more expencive the plate costs... is this true?
we shall see I meeting a thaifriend in afew hours who is going to go looking at bikes tomarow.. so we shall see how it goes..
I do have a free IT125 in Kho Chung waiting for me to rebuild but it has no lights and no plate so I don't know if I want to deal with that!!
anyways thanks again!! you guys are great! wow I'm excited!
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