Beijing- Qingdao- Shanghai by motorcycle June 21st-29th 2017

My plan was to fly to Beijing, pick up the bike I had purchased and then ride it to Shanghai by way of coastal Shandong. I took 9 days of leave to achieve this.

My planned route…things changed. (It was 17000km as shown here, but I wouldn’t be taking any Expressways)

Getting to Beijing – 21st June

Crazy day, up at 6am didn’t sleep a lot, off to do a sidecar tour in Shanghai. By 10:30 it seemed I and the CJ750 I was driving was not needed. So I took the bike around with my friend.. first time navigating alone, so got somewhat lost and the heavens opened. Realised it was getting late and I had a 3 o’clock flight to catch, stuck in a one way system, always able to see the destination but zipping past it, I decided to take the only route in front of me that took me to my destination, a twenty meter section of Yanán road stood between me and the endpoint. Although I saw the no motorcycles sign, I went for it and was immediately pulled over by a motorcycle policeman and given a ticket in barking orders. Thankfully no points (edit three points- freaking disaster tbh). Got  the bike back, in the rain and took a taxi home in heavy traffic then rushed to Hongqiao. Got my flight in the nick of time.

Packing- everything I took (except the saddlebags- China post bags!)

Got to Beijing, tried to avoid taxi touts at the airport but became frustrated with them, eventfully got to the seller’s house in the evening and packed up the back. Thought to myself upon inspection “the petcock is closed” and then did nothing about it. Finally set off and the bike conked out down the road. Pushed it back. I confirmed with the previous owner that yes, the petcock was closed. Took off again, dropped the bike a couple of kilometres away. The previous owner came and told me I’d killed the battery. We push started it.. Something learned.

She’s fully loaded

Found a hotel after a fair amount of time and phone running out of battery. Just a backdrop to the real journey. More to come..


Failures (learning points)
– Got ticket in Shanghai I need plenty of time for driving in Shanghai and a map with the no-go roads on
– trust your gut (and open the blooming fuel valve)
– My new bike’s carburettor is easily flooded when dropped
– The electric start on the new bike will drain the battery quickly if over-used (get a kick starter in future- qingqi gy200? and /or be very careful with the electric start.)

Basic stuff, you might say.. but I’m at stage basic:)