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No, I’m really in love…

fz6 photoOK, just kidding again.

By the time you read this, I may be the proud owner of a Yamaha FZ6. I still own my other bike I got a number of months ago, the 1994 Suzuki Impulse, but I don’t know how much longer I’ll keep it. I have a few buyers who are looking at it with my Suzuki Impulse ad on craigslist.

However, I couldn’t pass up this Yamaha and think I’ll be o.k. with the finances as long as I keep building up my income. Plus, I really wanted something that will get through the winter more comfortably given that the Suzuki did have some starter issues a long time ago. At the same time, the starter issues went away after I got the rocket battery and so that’s why I’m contemplating keeping onto the bike as well. The bike is a bit nice looking, in my opinion and a classic look that almost makes me feel like it’s a better looking bike than most. If I do put some money into it and a little more TLC, I think ti may be a classic in the long run.

For now, I’ll be putting a bit of focus into my new FZ6 which wikipedia says is a 600 cc motorcycle that was introduced in 2004 as a sporting middleweight sport bike built around the 2003 YZF R6 engine. The engine is retuned for more usable midrange power. It comes with a somewhat soft suspension. It is very well suited for sport-touring, commuting, or just having fun on curvy mountain roads. So, this should be perfect for commuting to my new University job at the Korea Maritime University.

2006-Yamaha-FZ6bI almost decided not to buy this after seeing this Yamaha Fazer review on Motorcyclist Online, but after a number of factors and consulting with my great coworker Matthew, I went ahead and decided to get it.

There’s also this FZ6 forum I’m going to have to take advantage of hopefully soon so that I can learn more about it.

I have no idea if I’ll ever get it to 200 kph like this video shows when comparing it to a Ducati 749, but I’m quite impressed at how strong this bike may be.

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So, do I get a new motorcycle?

Not sure…

Just rode this today and thought it was a bit too light and the engine was a bit too noisy for power which seemed lacking.

honda cb 400ss

This Honda CB 400 SS was retailing for about 3.3 million won and was a 2004.  So, about 10 years newer than my Suzuki Impulse.   I guess these CB 400 SS’s aren’t available in the states according to this blog.  I don’t know, but I’m starting to like my bike despite the constant starter problems, the fact that I’ve swapped out the battery 3X’s and every bike shop guy doesn’t seem to know how to deal with the problems.  On top of that, the thing sucks gas like a thirsty bear.  I think I’m getting about 6 kilometers per thousand won or maybe closer to 10-14 kilometers per liter.   I’m thinking this is very low compared to reading online that it should be producing about 20+ as high as the 30 kilometer range per liter.   Am I misestimating?

I’m going to look at this tomorrow and wondering if it will be more fuel efficient or just simply faster?

Yamaha FZ6Yamaha FZ6

According to this fuel economy website, this bike should get about 68.24 kilometers per gallon which would equal about 18 kilometers per liter which is definitely a bit higher than mine and it also has a bit more output at 600cc which is about 50% more powerful than my current bike.  So, more power, more fuel efficiency for about I’m thinking 3.5 million won extra?   I’m hoping to get at least 2.5 mill won for my current bike.  Honestly, I love it these days especially after feeling the difference between it and the Honda CB400 SS.  However, should I plop a few million won down extra?

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Expect the won to drop to 1300 to the dollar by year end

An International Herald article and Goldman Sachs report says so from last week.

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Korean websites where you can find computer/laptop deals

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kohjinsha laptop

kohjinsha laptop

My coworkers recently showed me some Korean websites to shop for computers since I said I was looking for a cheap laptop to replace my current solutions.  I have a couple old laptops that take forever to bootup.  One also has problems with the keyboard where it seems like a hotkey is stuck and the regular keyboard keys don’t function — basically, I can’t type anything on it or navigate properly.  The other one has problems connecting to my wireless LAN and I have to pull it out and insert it along with sometimes rebooting it.  It’s sad though when I think about the fact I’m complaining about moving my hand just a few times and being patient a few minutes longer.  It’s funny how society’s become more and more impatient about just a few minutes (or maybe it’s just me?).  Anyway, the websites are: Continue reading


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1 month left in Seoul’s Grand Sale

I didn’t realize it since I’m down here in Busan, but up in Seoul up through the 31st of August is Seoul’s Grand Seoul.  More here:

Seoul Grand Sale

Seoul Grand Sale

How does this sound to you? Watching the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and stopping over in Seoul for an affordable shopping spree?

A citywide discount, aimed at attracting summer vacationers to Korea on their way to or from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, is in full swing.

Seoul City is hosting the “Seoul Grand Sale 2008” from 19 July to August 31, offering shopping deals, bargains on accommodation, cheap meals at restaurants and so on. Continue reading

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Just short of 600 views…

Like I said “porcupines,” “Korean women” and many others like “how to say hello (or thank you) in Korean” are dominating the traffic on the blog these days.  For a snippet of the rest of the popular posts, check out the following WordPress stats for The Real “South” Korea: Continue reading


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An isle of English in Hangul ocean

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March 05, 2008

She only meant to stay here a year or two, but this year marks Anne LaDouceur’s 11th in Korea. With her pet project, Korea4expats, an e-mail newsletter and Web site, LaDouceur has found a reason to stay.
LaDouceur’s bimonthly Korea4expats e-mail newsletter and Web site,, has become a gateway to vital information on life in Korea for many expatriates here.
More than 5,000 people, mostly expats, receive the newsletter, which provides tips and information about Korea. LaDouceur compiles and updates the data on her Web site on a regular basis. Continue reading

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Find inexpensive airfare for travelling to Asia (from Europe & maybe elsewhere?)

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Tips on finding cheap fares from Europe to Asia

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I have the same question that you answered (Nov. 23) about the best Web sites for buying discounted business-class tickets to Asia, where we are planning to make an extended trip – but from Paris instead of the United States. John Murray, Paris Continue reading

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