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    Zoe Complex.

    When in Rome.... Checking out the rules first is always a good idea. Buying a beer from 7 11 and then waltzing into any establishment and expecting a warm welcome is a bit stupid. I amazes me when I see people act like this. They would never do that in their home country so why do they think they can do that here? The same applies to those shirtless yobs who walk down the street with a large Chang in one hand. In fact I have seen a few 'women' doing this too (Alas they were not topless). Sometimes Zoe attracts the wrong crowd but generally it's fine. Years ago it was a very shady/dangerous place if you didn't behave. It has mellowed somewhat, but that's not to say that staff will put up with drunk rude idiots. Respect goes a long way and it's easy to have a good time there if you show some.
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    Motorcycle Helmets "Good!"

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    Methinks Honda has got the press release all stuffed up. The figures just don't make sense. Honda is or should be better than this poor HR release. We all want a low maintenance bike with more oomph than what we currently have. If they do their homework then they can be on a winner.
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    Zoe Complex.

    It appears that whatever deal was to go through fell over. The landlady informed all tenants of the Zoe in Yellow area/complex that there will no longer be a move/shift. However all those that wish to remain must now pay nearly double the rent. How typical! I've been trying to get the missus to give up her bar but now there is probably no show of trying to on sell her lease agreement. I bit like many places here...if the owner isn't getting enough profit from their business just increase the cost of everything they sell. So if the customer won't pay 100 baht for a beer they might pay 150 baht. Thai logic evades me as much as it evades most Westerners
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    We will just have to wait and see. Not much point in second guessing however dreams are free. I would love to see a bike that I could convert to a nice little motard machine, without the high maintenance costs of a competition bike. Purely a personal idea but one that could sell well here. Hopefully when I return in a year the outcome of this will be much clearer.
  6. I know of a metal fabrication shop out Mae Rim way....it's actually a shop that makes aftermarket exhausts/mufflers/silencers for motorbikes. I don't know the name of it but they produce the Home brand of slip on mufflers. I've had several welding jobs done there. Mild steel and alloy and their welding is very good. If you look for or head towards Sala Cafe then you are in the right area. At a T intersection there is a shop on the right known as the red bar. Drive straight ahead about 150 metres and the shop is on the right. Word of warning, the guys don't speak a word of English.
  7. Sad to hear Stu closed down, I think the rent was just getting too high amongst other things. When he took over the shop he got his own workers in and trained them to his standard. The previous people weren't so exacting and Stu knew this. I had a good conversation with him some time ago, he was so mad with shoddy workmanship that he decided to have his own shop. I wouldn't know where to take a good bike to now....
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    My oh my....if this appears in Thailand I expect it to sell like hot cakes in the expat community. I've been ranting on for ages about Honda bring out one here. Hopefully they will bring out a road version like the CRF250M as well. Although I have been looking at the Suzuki DRZ400SM for a while, this would definitely change my focus in Thailand. Maybe something to look forward to for my return in a year or so.
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    Bigger bike for 185cm rider

    I missed out on a very gd deal about 6 months back. A guy was selling a 5 yr old 500F for 85k in Korat. He had done most of the mods to it and added a bit of bling too. Only had 24k on the clock. Wished to hell I'd bought it but in hindsight as I am about to move back to NZ maybe it's better that I didn't I will look again if I return in a year.
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    Lifan KPT 200

    It looks ok. Nicer if they fitted a 300cc into it IMHO.
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    CRF Bagger..

    They may be cumbersome if you actually go offroad/cross country but on the tarmac they are fine. As for the silly little tool bag... If the cap fits...
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    Bigger bike for 185cm rider

    You can get 2nd hand CB500F for under 100k nowadays. Very nice bike and easy to handle. It's a 2 cylinder machine and quite smooth and with enough power to cruise about. If I return to Thailand it's a bike I'd get.
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    Honda HRV

    Although a lot of these new SUVs are starting to look the same the Toyota C-HR is very unique. Initially I liked the design style but after a few more views from different angles my mind is changed. It really is quite ugly in the rear. I had the same thoughts with the Nissan Juke, and that's been around awhile in Europe but newish to Thailand. Initially I loved the Rally style look it has. Lately I'm not fussed with it. However styling is only but one part of driving pleasure...I'm sure even super cars like Lamborghini and Ferrari may look great but some are absolutely a pain to ride in. But I wouldn't complain if I won one. As previous people have said, sit in vehicles you like. If possible take one for a test drive. If not possible hire a rental. That way you will get a better idea of what suits you (Albeit for a short time) Good luck