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The OFFICIAL Motorcycle/Scooter thread!
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Psilo



Joined: 25 Nov 2012

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey guys, I heard Americans need their drivers licenses apostilled now in order to swap them for a Korean license. I was wondering if I should do this in America before I come to Korea and if that is even an option.. or if I should just go to the American embassy once I get over there and figure it out then? I want to be driving within a couple weeks of getting there.
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darkjedidave



Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Shanghai/Seoul

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, when's the last time you guys have been out riding? Seems like forever for me (mid/late November) I have a Hyosung GT650 and Honda Shadow, the slick salt and ice in spots is just not worth the risk for me on heavy bikes....
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andrewchon



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
Location: In my goshiwon cubicle. Seeking moksha.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last rode on the first heavy snow day (mid Dec). Fell down and got myself a lumbago. Took physio for three weeks. Broke the gear pedal. Cost me $170 to replace that.
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

been dry enough for a while. Been riding okay last week. but snow is scheduled for this Monday and a few days thereafter so I won't be riding then.
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globusmonkey



Joined: 19 Aug 2011
Location: Seoul

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

andrewchon wrote:
If you are in good terms with your motorcycle-bang guy, he can 출장 (work away from shop) it for you at a price. He can put your scooter on his truck and drive to Seoul.


Thanks, Andrew. I am on good terms, and my guy is helping me taekbae it up to Seoul for a good price. Once I thought of that option, it was easy cheesy. Here's to next spring and buying a good touring motorcycle...
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

andrewchon wrote:
Last rode on the first heavy snow day (mid Dec). Fell down and got myself a lumbago. Took physio for three weeks.


I'm lazy today. What is that?

Also, when I say I take my bike out, I mean local rides in Seoul. I wouldn't ride it outta the city either. You could hit a shadowed area with an ice patch and bad things would happen.
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andrewchon



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
Location: In my goshiwon cubicle. Seeking moksha.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lumbago is strain and sprain of lumbar spine. I think it's also called lower back muscle spasm.
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I:

1) hate those city street cleaning employees who throw snow onto the roads, making my rides more dangerous

2) hate taxi drivers
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

got a flat on the Honda CBF 125. Paid 25,000 출장비 (dispatch fee) just to have air pumped in ... no motorcycle shops by 청담 station, so ... then 30,000 to put in a new tube.

I knew something was wrong, but didn't figure out it was a flat until it got serious. I didn't really want to push it all the way back across the river, nor ride it on the rim.

Everybody else is dead! I figure I can update stupid stuff like this until you all get back on your bikes. Don't you have any long johns people??
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jonpurdy



Joined: 08 Jan 2009
Location: Ulsan

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys have to live in Busan or the south. Riding all year round with barely any snow at all! And it's a lot quicker to get out of Busan and Ulsan to the twisties than out of Seoul.
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IlIlNine



Joined: 15 Jun 2005
Location: Gunpo, Gyonggi, SoKo

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was always jealous of people living outside of Seoul -- it's such a big hassle fighting the traffing in and out of the city on a weekend.

I sold my bike, sadly - due to marriage... but I was thinking today how cool it would be to pick up a 1000cc sport bike... in the meantime, can anyone recommend any good places to rent?
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

as for the marriage/anti-cycling thing ... yeah, I honestly do get it.
On the other hand, I don't know where you live, but a bike is great for commuting, and should be kept, but a 1000 cc is a little too much for the Korean roads. (context: my officetel-mate had to sell his Hayabusa saying it was just too powerful, and my brother's little 125 maneauvers better than a bicycle between all the lines of cars here in Seoul; I have compromised with a 250)
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darkjedidave



Joined: 19 Aug 2009
Location: Shanghai/Seoul

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I find the 650GT to be the perfect fit for me in Seoul, slightly less maneuverable than my 125 Troy was, but the ability to get out of the way in a split second makes up for it. My buddy rides a Shadow 1100 and say he will never go back to his 750 Kawi. To each their own, I guess.
Hope you''re able to buy another bike soon I|I|line, must be odd being the OP and rideless Shocked You could try here http://www.r-rentcar.com/ or here http://www.eggmoto.com/default/scooter/price.php?topmenu=2
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IlIlNine



Joined: 15 Jun 2005
Location: Gunpo, Gyonggi, SoKo

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

joesp wrote:
as for the marriage/anti-cycling thing ... yeah, I honestly do get it.
On the other hand, I don't know where you live, but a bike is great for commuting, and should be kept, but a 1000 cc is a little too much for the Korean roads. (context: my officetel-mate had to sell his Hayabusa saying it was just too powerful, and my brother's little 125 maneauvers better than a bicycle between all the lines of cars here in Seoul; I have compromised with a 250)


Oh, trust me, I know all about how great motorbikes are for the commute. I had mine shaved down to 18 minutes. By car, it's closer to 50.

They Hayabusa is a big bike - I can see how it may sometimes be a bit of a hassle to wrangle through traffic - a (say) Honda 1000RR can make quick work of any kind of traffic. My 600 was great for this.
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joesp



Joined: 16 Jan 2008

PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys can all call me inexperienced .... I have never ridden anything bigger than a 250, the thought still scares me ... they just look too big and powerful.
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