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This series of images are actual gps screen shots of the roads we ride on our various Golden Triangle motorcycle tours.
We have selected 25 of the more dramatic tracks in this series, but just as easily could have uploaded 50 or even 100 or more similarly convoluted tracks. These 25, however, should be sufficient for you to begin to comprehend the riding skills needed for many of the roads we ride on our Golden Triangle motorcycle tours.
Try to visualize that the roads these gps tracks represent are not flat (nothing is flat in the Golden Triangle) but rise and fall in elevation, often dramtically, sometimes over 10 meters in elevation within the space of a single hairpin.
This slide is a screen shot of the elevation profile of one of these tracks. Note that over this single 14 km. stretch starting at 570 meters, it tops out at 850 m., drops down to 600 m., climbs back up to 820 m, then dives down to 560 m. Incredible stuff!
To get a sense of scale, each image is approximately 10 kilometers wide (around 6 miles) by 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) in height. Further envision that the size of the small red arrows that appear inside the gps tracks represents the approximate space that a motorcycle convoy would occupy.
Also be aware that the surface conditions of the roads in the Golden Triangle are constantly changing, from brand-new and smooth asphalt all the way to decrepit, heavily pot-holed sections. This ratchets up the difficulty level a couple of notches.
The width of these roads do not show up on the gps tracks. Sometimes the roads are a full two-lanes wide with shoulders, while other roads are barely wide enough for two vehicles to pass each other.
Bottom line: Our Golden Triangle motorcycle tours are not for beginner riders. All participants must be fully comfortable handling a motorcycle under challenging and ever-changing conditions.
But do not dispair. All a rider needs to do is negotiate the very next turn. You just have to do this a couple thousand times a day! If you think your riding skills are up to this, and if you stay within your own comfort window, you should do fine.
There will be no more captions in this slide show. So sit back and relax and marvel at some of the roads you will be riding on a Golden Triangle motorcycle tour. Come ride them if you can!
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