Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Letter to Han Son on Motorcycling & Bicycles

Hey Han,

Thanks so much for this great letter. A BIG response to my wee little comment, but I do still enjoy seeing your photos posted from Europe.

Back to work eh, and more investments on that property in Brussels, it's ok, your retirement to travel the world is secured, what a great investment it has been. We never would have met in Gyeongju, had you been a salary man with a desk job all your life, wouldn't that be Zzzzing!

I'm well familiar with the RF900R, I remember the adverts in motorcycle magazines, and I always compared bikes, dreaming of some I would like to ride. Unfortunately, I never had the budget to ride and travel, so as you ave done now, I would buy either the small 500cc sport-styled Suzuki GS or Kawasaki EX, and cross country (USA/Canada). Then I got lucky a couple times and bought the beautiful '86 Kawasaki ZX600R, red/white/blue, paint in immaculate condition, foot peg, mirrors and signals were broken on 1 side, owner considered it a write-off, I bought the entire bike for $400USD, straightened the right handlebar with torches in a local Windsor, Ontario garage, and a Heli-welded did the footpeg for a case of beer, $20 and some burned Turkish music. I rode that bike from Windsor, ON to Colorado, USA to Phoenix, Arizona and then San Francisco, CA and up to Vancouver, B.C. that was my last great tour on a motorcycle. Later in 2000-2001, I picked up the Honda VFR 700 in San Francisco, through Auto Trader bike sell magazine.

The '86 Honda VFR 700, fixed all the cracked bodywork (fiberglass and bondo), sprayed all the pieces and the tank flat-primer black, and water-sanded smooooth, then sprayed a light hard coating of clear paint to shine/seal it. Had the VFR in California in 2000-2001, and also a CBR 600 F4i in 2005 (too fast, braking too slow!).

I've retired to bicycle touring until I finish the 25000km ride in 2012. Then I would like to try anything, if time and vacation present itself.

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About the Korean-World Author

Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.

In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.

Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).

Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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