Needing to get out from the long hours I did over the last few week, I decided to take a lone trip up Khao Krajom; a day trip there and back. Iíve done it a few times in a 4x4 and I went so far on the Versys with the supplied Dunlops before turning back some time ago.
On this occasion it was a little wet in places and rained on my decent. The only thing I can say is I expected to fall off, and I did!
The camera doesnít do the steepness justice at all, in fact, it looks flat on the video. At the first stop as I walk away from the bike, you can get an idea of how steep the hills are, some were much steeper.
Just before I walked away from the bike to check the surface, I glanced back and stopped the bike, and even though the bike was on the tarmac that was left, the bike slipped backwards with wheels locked.
Eventually when I passed the first climb, at one point I reached a section of wet clay and thought best to try and power up the hill keeping momentum as it was very steep, but the Scorpions had no traction at all and I lost the back-end, subsequently I went one way and the bike the other. Unfortunately the jolt messed both action cameras up so I didnít record this event. No damage to the bike, however.
On the decent I was a little apprehensive in the wet section from the previous fall so I took it steady and tried to keep where there was gravel or a little rough, but like a noob I forgot to disconnect the ABS on the first decent which is very steep, sending the ABS into a frenzy. As I was building momentum I turned the wheel into a bit of a rut to stop the bike before letting it on its side. Oddly the action camera makes the hills look flat, believe me, theyíre not. My third I was standing on the pegs leaning back a little as the rear was trying to swing round, but the front lost it and I ended up in a ditch.
In hindsight it was a bad decision to do the run by myself. My two biker mates planned a 3 day trip to Hua Hin which I couldnít join, so I took a day trip out myself. Falls and all I thoroughly enjoyed it!
It was cloudy, but the view and cool fresh air for a change was beautiful.
The music in places is because the drift ghost s mic is terrible!
The photos are robbed from other group rides with more suitable and lighter bikes.