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Last Night I had planned out a route to ride up to a Buddhist Shrine in the mountains near Pyeongtaek. As I rode to breakfast at Bacon-N-Eggs (http://www.bacon-n-eggs.com) I noticed that just down the street there were about 30 bikes lined up and a bunch of riders standing about. So I order my breakfast and while it was cooking I set out to find out what was up. I had stumbled upon the American Steel MC annual Poker Run.

Having never been on a Poker Run, I thought WTH. I went back and finished my Breakfast (English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich and Coffee) and went to go register. What I quickly learned was that I would be the only Triumph in a sea of HD Bling. There were a couple sport bikers in the mix. What I also learned was that there were a lot of the local MC folks: Boozefighters, Streetbikers United, Road Rats, and the Host American Steel. I thought to myself, this should be interesting.

I was told the route would be about 80 miles total and there would be three intermediate stops. Lining up I was put at the back of the pack with the Independent Riders, even while I am a Member of a Club, I am the only one in Korea and it was not an issue worth pushing. Starting out of Anjeung-Ri about 70 Bikes rode 2 by 2 parade style on Highway 45 though Pyeongtaek and NE Towards Yongin.

The first stop was Gosamgeo Reservoir, a Manmade lake in the Central Mountains. the ride there was mostly Highway/Freeway speeds. and a lot of variable speeds. Riding with a giant group like this was a lot like riding on the back of a caterpillar. catch up only to slow down only to have to catch back up. I was glad to get off the highway and onto secondary roads. While the roads here are narrow, they are not unridable. Once we all arrived at the reservoir, the view is spectacular. like any mountain lake in Oregon. Locals were out fishing. and enjoying the day.

The road to the next stop was a winding secondary road to the opposite side of the Reservoir. On thing I saw was that on the opposite shore was a empty fuselage on a CH-47. I intend to go back and check it out.

The road we were on continues to Juksan where it merges onto Highway 17. This stretch on asphalt from Juksan to Jincheon. we stopped there and I got gas. so far that it the most expensive 2/3 of a tank of fuel I have put in this bike. 17000 Won ($15.00 US) for about 2 gallons (7.6 Liters) of gas. I think I'll be getting gas on base from now on.

Highway 34 between Jincheon and Hajang is a super twisty mountain road with pristine tarmac that was lined with Sport Bike and Motard riders on one end and cops on the other. three lanes (two uphill, one downhill) and rivals some of the canyons I've ridden in North LA. ther only bad part was that I was bunched in with all these HD guys. Again, I'll have to come back to this stretch.

Arriving back into the valley, it was a straight shot back to the start. as far as the poker run, I drew a pair of 8's, didn't win anything, but didn't care. had a chili dog and checked out everyone else's junk. a lot of chrome and a lot of HD bikes that I cannot identify. Among the Sport Bikers was a Buell 1125R. One of my co-workers noted that it seemed that everyone was interested in my bike and that how could I spend the day answering questions about it. The fact is that if you ride something different, people are going to ask questions. there is no reason to be an ass about it. I told him that I used to get bent over it because I never saw my bike as anything special, but have come to accept it because it is obviously special to others. (I still think my junk is the coolest junk on the planet).

All in all it was a really good day, a fun ride. no crashes, nothing broken and no speeding tickets. I am glad I altered my plans.













 

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That is a great report, thanks for sharing. I have been stationed in Korea twice; while some of the driving can be outright horrorifying, Korea does have a spectacular countryside to check out. I ride on my own most of the time as well, I like the aspect of spontaneity you can have when your solo and probably would of done the same thing if I was in your place. Great looking cafe bike you have too by the way...I can see why you were drawing attention especially with the sea of the military Harley guys.
 

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Great post and pics! I'm a stateside Triumph rider who happens to be in Seoul on business for the next week. I've seen a local Harley and Victory dealer, but I assume there's no Triumph presence at all in Korea? I can't seem to find anything on Google. I was hoping to get a cool dealer T at least...
 

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Hey all,

I started a Blog on my year in Korea. I'll still post stuff here but don't want to soak up bandwidth with my drivel, so I'll keep it short here and post longer stuff to the blog. if anyone is interested in following it, http://bonesbir101.blogspot.com/

to answer the question above, there is not currently a triumph dealer in Korea. there was, but closed down owing John Bloor a ****load of money. The Royal Enfield dealer is currently applying for a dealership and talks are underway, but I doubt I will see it while I am here.
 

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Great stuff Bones, really brings back loads of memories of the time I spent in Korea....actually miss the place...Good old Humphrey's...spent 1 year Humphrey's and 1 year JSA. On the border no time to ride then. following blog fully enjoy...thanks

PS. Tell my ex in Osan that I will come visit...LOL
Oh yeah and in TDC...
 

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A local Korean found my Blog and sent me some pics that he had take of me. I was not aware of the last pic and was surprised when I opened the e-mail







 

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Awesome report! I'll go check out your blog. I was stationed in Korea back in 96-97, up in Seoul, I worked at SUSLAK. I'd give anything to go back. We LOVED Korea! THe last set of pics are really great and I really love the last one! What a great surprise!
 
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