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About Lucky33

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  1. Cambodia Trip

    They always give me 30 days but I usually only stay a week or ten days. The only thing that you have to do in Cambodia is have a switch on your bike so that you can cover your headlight during the day or have some tape you can put over the headlight. Having your headlight on during the day is illegal in Cambodia, go figure .
  2. Cambodia Trip

    I have friends in Sihanoukville so I make the trip two or three times a year. The road is fairly good and I enjoy riding through the Cambodia countryside.
  3. Cambodia Trip

    And here are a couple of photos of the beach in Sihanoukville around the hotel and some monkeys that were always playing around there.
  4. Cambodia Trip

    I made a motorcycle trip from Pattaya to Sihanoukville, Cambodia last week and I thought that I would put up a few photos from the trip. The bike is a Honda CB650F and I have it fitted with a set of Hepco and Becker panniers. For me it's a 600 kilometer, ten hour trip and I usually spend the night halfway in either Koh Kong on the way down or Trat on the way back. Immigration is a breeze, all you need are your passport and a green book with a bike in your name and they pass you through customs with no problems. The first couple of photos are from a small store and the road from Koh Kong to Sihanoukville.
  5. Carls Jr Central

    The last two times that I visited Carl's Jr. they were out of beef and didn't have any burgers. I've never heard of a burger joint being out of hamburgers, there must be more to this story that we don't know. This is in their Pattaya store in Central Festival. Needless to say they weren't doing any business. <deleted>!
  6. Another shop in Pattaya that does excellent repair work on Ducatis is X-Rider Superbikes. I've taken mine there several times and I've always been pleased with their service. They are located out on the road that runs parallel to Sukumvit beside the railroad track. https://www.facebook.com/Xridersuperbike/
  7. I've been one of Ducati Pattaya's harshest critics the last few years. I first bought a Monster 800 in 2012 and then traded up to a Diavel in 2013. I still have the Diavel and I still enjoy riding it but service at Ducati Pattaya was terrible, one time when it needed two new pressure sensors they kept my bike almost two months waiting for parts. Also when I wanted to take it in to have it serviced they made me make an appointment and the soonest I could take it in was two weeks after I made the appointment. That was terrible service. Here lately I've had to take it in a couple of times for service and I called and made an appointment for the next day. Both times the bike was ready the afternoon of the same day and one time it was for new pressure sensors, the same thing that they had kept my bike for six weeks to repair before. I've been a regular at their shop now for five years and they have completely changed their staff, I didn't see one person there my last visit that was there two years ago. They still don't speak much English but IMO they are heading in the right direction. Maybe the Ducati service issue in Pattaya will soon be a thing of the past, I hope so .
  8. No, I don't know. When you exit Thailand customs and receive your documents they ask you how long you will be staying but I'm usually staying 5-7 days so no problem. In the dozen or so times that I've taken my motorcycle on trips to Cambodia I've only been issued Cambodia customs documents once. I always stop at the customs shack but they are usually busy with something else and just wave me on. My guess is that 30 days would be OK but I don't know for sure.
  9. You can do it either way. I usually get mine online and save a few minutes at immigration but you can get a visa at any one of the crossings with an immigration office.
  10. I probably won't go again until late November when rainy season is over.
  11. I haven't heard of any. All of the hotels where I stay either have 24 hour security guards in the parking areas or they bring your motorcycle inside at night. It is Cambodia, of course, but I feel very confident that my bike is going to be waiting for me the next morning .
  12. Yes, once you get up near the summit of Bokor Mountain it is noticeable cooler, I put my jacket on about halfway up. It's a new, wide road and perfect for motorcycle riding and hardly any traffic to boot. Here are a couple of photos that I took on the way to Bokor Summit, the panorama is about half way up and shows the scenic nature of the road and the other one is the French Catholic church built in the 1920's. The border immigration checkpoint is about 100km from Trat.
  13. It's very recent, I made my last trip about three weeks ago. I always go via the Koh Kong (Had Lek) crossing because I have friends that I visit in Sihanoukville. No reason to visit land and transport that I know of. AllanB one of the places that I enjoy visiting that isn't very touristy yet is Kampot. I've never seen a tour bus there and very few tourists and Bokor Mountain is very close which is a great bike ride IMO. I don't know of any size restrictions, the most important thing is to turn in your Thailand customs documents on the way back, it's a 10,000 baht fine if you forget .
  14. I make the trip to Cambodia quite frequently. All you need is your green book and the bike in your name. Just make sure that you have a switch on your headlight as it is against the law in Cambodia to have your headlight on during the day. You can also cover the headlight and get by that way. It's an easy trip, getting your bike through Thai customs is fairly easy, you have to go to three different agents but it only takes about 15 minutes. Cambodia customs is much easier, usually they wave you through with no paperwork but sometimes they will give you a customs form. With or without the form I've never had any trouble. Good luck on your trip.
  15. I have a Ducati Diavel and previously had a Monster. I also have a Honda CB650F that I use on longer trips. IMO the Yamaha is hands down the winner as far as reliability and maintenance go. I had my Monster a year and never had a problem so I never found out about Ducati service. Now I've had a couple of problems with my Diavel and I have found out Ducati service is some of the worst that I have ever experienced. Ducatis are great bikes and I still don't plan on getting rid of my Diavel but you can be out of commission a couple of months with a mechanical problem with the Ducati not to mention that it's going to cost at least 2-3 times as much to get it fixed.