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Alan & Clint's Ancient Tribal Enduro

Loading a dirtbike onto a boat to cross the Mekong

After a challenging three days of constantly fixing the bikes we’d rented for Rob’s tour, (see previous blog) I was looking forward to being back on our beloved blue steeds; the trusty Yamaha WRF. Every tour has its challenges but you have to be able to rely on the ride and at Kickstart we take great care to ensure our bikes are running top notch. This tour had it's own challenges too, from unfamiliar terrain, exhaustion and a nasty crash that put me out of action for 7 months.

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Mini Coastal Scramble

Ferry crossing near Stung Hau

Rob who is a regular on Kickstart’s day tours and fun rides had invited his mates over from the UK for the festive period and he was keen to show them the real Cambodia. We decided to start in Phnom Penh and head to Sihanoukville as they wanted to get to the islands for New Year. We decided on a three day adventure that took in Kirriom, Kampot & Kep, which are beautiful provinces with some awesome riding. We drove down from Siem Reap with Rob the day before we were due to meet the lads at the airport. They’d flown to Bangkok and were trying not to have too big a night as they would literally jump on the bikes as soon as they got off the plane.

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Jungle Mayhem

Muddy, rutted section on the way to Preah Khan... WR covered in mud

There are times in life when you stop and ask yourself…”Why the f@#k am I doing this?"This is what I said to myself on a recent tour through the jungle to Preah Khan Temple, Kampong Svay district. We ended up riding for 19 hours; 15 of that in the Jungle and 10 hours of that in the dark. The silly thing was that the last 15 hours was only a 30km stretch, but with ruts that could swallow a bike whole, thick gloopy mud up to your knees, completely flooded sections, and river crossings, it made the going tough. Like all adventures, where you push yourself to the limit, when all energy is gone, we wonder why we do the things we do in the name of fun. It’s because dirt biking is frikkin awesome! When you get through whatever obstacle or challenge you have to get through and you roll in to your destination, the sense of achievement you get, there really is nothing quite like it. I see this again and again with our customers, of all levels and background. People push themselves to their limits, and come out of it, knowing what they achieved, and are left with memories to last a lifetime; it always brings a smile to my face.

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The Tomb Raider

In front of Preah Khan Temple

Having just finished a nine day tour I rushed back up to Siem Reap to meet with Kurt from the USA, who had signed up for our Tomb Raider tour; Six days of jungle tracks, dirt roads and remote temples.

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