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Day two in Koh Lanta and the island seemed far more affable. For starters the sun was out and the sand was soft underfoot as we sauntered off for some breakfast. We decided to explore the south of the island which becomes increasingly less populated as one nears the southern tip, a Thai National Park. We hired a moped and set off riding through lush jungle which allowed glimpses of pristine bays below.

I ride a bike pretty much everywhere in London. More often than not I manage to avoid crashing or falling off. Mopeds however, are different beasts to bikes and require slightly speedier reactions to those with which I have been blessed. Accidents often seem to happen in slow motion which can make them seem avaoidable when considered with hindsight. Its fair to say that our accident was avoidable. I could have stuck to the nice tarmaced road instead of turning onto the steep, rutted, rock strewn dirt track. Less of a track and more of a hillside really. But I had the power of 50 horses at my fingertips and like a horse whisperer I had complete control. This muddy wasteland would be conquered with ease. We came off immediately, I somehow landing elbow, knee and face first and c a moment later on my back. Nil points for style, ten for effort. After limping down the hillside we found a restaurant and set about cleansing our cuts and grazes whilst a group of Thai locals set about cleansing and mending the bike. As the adrenaline wore off and the pain kicked in we realised how lucky we had been. Apart from my damaged pride, our wounds were superficial and the kindly locals had done a superb job in fixing up the bike.

With a straight-back-on-the-horse attitude we headed tensely for home (shed). We had about a mile left to go when I saw the large black snake coiled on the road ahead of us. C signalled that she too had seen the evil looking beast by performing what must have been some kind of a snake spotting dance on the back of the bike, sending us into a dangerous wobble. “well thats good” I thought to myself as things went into slow motion “as if one bike crash is’nt enough, now we are going to have a second, at higher speed, on tarmac and with a snake thrown in for good measure.”

Either heroically (in my mind) or luckily (in C’s) we avoided the crash and the snake, making it back in time to catch the sunset over the Andaman Sea. We were however, extremely vigilant in checking the shed out before bed, in case the serpent had come back for round two.

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2004-06-10 16:48:07 by unclejay

Mopeds just cant keep up with traffic. They advertise 40 mph but really only go 30 and cant accelerate, a NYC taxi medallion wont look good on your butt. Maybe a used Honda , Yamaha or Suzuki scooter. But still gets back to 'need license and training'. How short is commute (I know NYC 'hoods you can just say which 2 between)

That thing is fast enough, just learn

2008-10-14 19:36:30 by gmn17

How to shift it without burning up the clutch, when I first started back up in february, mopeds were beating me off the line, now you need a 1000cc or higher to beat my 600cc, it's fast enough to cope with traffic no problem, my first bike was a 250 suzuki 2 stroke, I was zipping all over the place, like I said, show him you got the skills first,

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2004-06-10 16:21:30 by unclejay

Either vehicle presents major lifestyle changes, they are not just fun runabouts. IN SF, forget mopeds, cant make the hills. Scooters can work but you need training just like a cycle, and a cycle license. They are a good idea, just do your training. Check out Honda Reflex and Suzuki Burgman scooters. Forget Vespas, poor quality, ditto anything Asian.

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