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The Great Ride of China Press Conference

A lot of work by a lot of people went into the GRC press conference. It was a completely new experience for both Amy and I, something that was both exciting and stressful as well as a great learning experience.

A couple weeks of hard work went into the event (at the same time as I personally spent about 40 hours in 1 week on planes trying to figure out visa issues) but in the end the event turned out really well. Our charitable partner, 免费午餐, invited a local broadcast reporter 成亚 (Cheng Ya) to host the event and the General Manager of CFMOTO as well as the head of the board of 免费午餐 came to speak.

Amy and I were also introduced to a local connection of the charity’s from BTV Youth Network that was interested in doing a spot on us which we ended up filming a couple days later.

The whole thing though was a lot of fun. We had a pretty good turn out. Not quite as many press turned out as we had hoped, though it was to be expected since we hadn’t actually done anything yet. Quite a few friends turned out too to give their support as we were presented with a flag from the charity and officially unveiled the motorcycle with Zhu Xiangguang from CFMOTO.

After the whole thing was taken down, we had a get together with all our friends from our time in Beijing as well as many of the people involved with the conference at a local bar. It was quite a nice opportunity actually to get to say goodbye to everyone before setting out on our adventure!

A lot of work by a lot of people went into the GRC press conference. It was a completely new experience for both Amy and I, something that was both exciting and stressful as well as a great learning experience.

A couple weeks of hard work went into the event (at the same time as I personally spent about 40 hours in 1 week on planes trying to figure out visa issues) but in the end the event turned out really well. Our charitable partner, 免费午餐, invited a local broadcast reporter 成亚 (Cheng Ya) to host the event and the General Manager of CFMOTO as well as the head of the board of 免费午餐 came to speak.

Amy and I were also introduced to a local connection of the charity’s from BTV Youth Network that was interested in doing a spot on us which we ended up filming a couple days later.

The whole thing though was a lot of fun. We had a pretty good turn out. Not quite as many press turned out as we had hoped, though it was to be expected since we hadn’t actually done anything yet. Quite a few friends turned out too to give their support as we were presented with a flag from the charity and officially unveiled the motorcycle with Zhu Xiangguang from CFMOTO.

After the whole thing was taken down, we had a get together with all our friends from our time in Beijing as well as many of the people involved with the conference at a local bar. It was quite a nice opportunity actually to get to say goodbye to everyone before setting out on our adventure!

About Buck

Buck, originally from New York, first came to China in 2006 traveling with some friends and immediately fell in love with the country, returning frequently including a semester studying at Tsinghua University in 2009. He finally moved to Beijing after graduating from the University of Toronto in 2010. He has a passion for adventure and travel, completing numerous long distance motorcycling and hiking trips around the U.S., Canada, and China including a circumnavigation of the U.S. (13,840km) and a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail (3,500km). When he's not wandering (and sometimes when he is), Buck works as a web developer and marketing consultant in Beijing.

6 comments

  1. Looking forward to your ‘on the road’ blogs 🙂

  2. Dear Buck & Amy

    Sounds like a great trip you have planned i allso ride a CFMOTO bike and find them very good cant wait to find out if the 650TR stays the course will you be reporting on the bike as well GOOD and BAD ??? because this is just as importance to
    many readers to find out how the bike holds up to 25,000km around China well good luck to you both and please be carefull ..

    All the best

    Stephen

    • Hey Stephen,

      Thanks for following! Which CFMOTO bike do you ride?

      We will definitely be reporting on some of the problems we encounter with the bike. We’ve setup a tag for posts called “mechanical problems” where you can see any posts that mention specific problems we encounter.

  3. Dear Buck

    I ride the CFMOTO CF250T-8 which is called JETLUX 300 i have posted picture here.

    http://www.mychinamoto.com/forums/showthread.php?134-Post-pics-of-your-China-Street-Bike/page11 .

    The Jetlux is not seen much as CF is still selling the Jetmax had the bike about 1 1/2 years now done about 10k and runs fine can top out at 140km on the toll roads ??? yes we go on the toll roads ok not legal but all the other club menbers do and are all chinese so i just do as am told lol . next bike will be the 650 TR so that why i am intrested about “mechanical problems” because if it makes the trip ok then i will buy one which is good news for CF and the kind of “NEWS” you must of pushed to get them on board you done well to get CF to help out nice to have a “uncle” lol I see you are in Harbin just now big city my wife come from Harbin so i know it well i see or i think you are on the north side of the river “sun island” which is the better side to be on lol i read you went to Dandong. The best ride i done was from changbaishan mountains down to Hyesan then followed yalu river all the way down to Dandong 1300km so of the best rides i have done in china and at Hyesan we went up river to see how close we could get to North Korea at one point we was only 5 meters away from North Korea wacthing the kids swim in the river was fun untill a North Korea army guards pulled up his gun … time to leave. But the best bit was when we was just upstream to a Dam so i big lake was formed took a small boat trip out on the lake with this local chinese fisherman who took as over to the North Korea side of the lake and at one point was 2 meters away ?? so i just had to ask “can i get out and get a picture taken” no no you will be shot no no i will be shot like most things in China money talks so out come a 50 RMB note and he said OK ??? so i did get out and i did get onto NK with no Visa heheh and got back alive ok some Trip well buck you ride safe and have a great time

    Stephen

    • Wow, not bad at all for a 250. Very impressed!

      Totally agree about the riding around the Yalu river. Easily some of the best riding I’ve done, in China and otherwise.

      Hope you keep following with the trip and keep in touch!

      • I read it every day lol just to make sure you and amy are ok but looking from your map you only done abit of the Yalu river looks like you went north about 60km up the S319 then you cut left onto the S202 i think. Well at this point to your right was the island of Hekoucan which you could of drive on one end and come of the other end well this island has the “other” bridge thats was bombed by the yanks is here but this bridge gap is very short so you can see the colour of the amy guys on the other side lol and just a long the river road that runs a long the Yalu you come to the 2nd dam along the river you had allready passed thge first one but with this one you can drive up the hill road to the very top of the dam and look over to NK and when i say the further north you go along the Yalu the better the views get and the roads are just beyond belief the roads are cut into the side of the hills running along the river with views over NK all the time and on a scale the first part that you done was a 4 and the rest are 9/10 maybe on your next trip do from Rason in the north to Dandong in the south must be near to 2000km of the best road and views you will see in china well sorry buck i go on abit well good luck again and i will look in on Monday 30th

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