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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 5:45 am 
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...aka "Twoton drives Triton". That deal with the Devil I mentioned the other day? It's totally worth it. After an exhilarating afternoon last Saturday on one of the many offroad-roads (half of the roads here qualify as offroad....and then there are the unspeakable logging tracks for the discerning fearless connoisseur!), I feel a new obsession growing in me. And damned if I don't live in one of the best places on Earth for 4x4ing! Plus, here in East Malaysia, gas only costs peanuts, and diesel is even cheaper. As a naturalist and champion of Mother Earth, I should really be ashamed of myself :-))

(Mitsubishi Triton, 2.5 liter commonrail turbodiesel.)

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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 6:02 am 
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Thats a hot truck . . it looks like its got good haunches :thumb:

And of course - black! Is there any better color for a baddass truck?


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 12:04 pm 
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Nice ride...but where are the vanity plates? (2TON HRPR) (SCHLANGE) (4X4 HERPN) etc... :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 13th, 2012, 5:58 pm 
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Black gets dusty really quick. It's also the worst color you can have in a sunny country. But there simply is no other color, as you say :-)

Vanity plates....nah, that thing was expensive enough. While gas and taxes are negligible here, import taxes are very high. And driving a Malaysian brand is out of the question....I've done it for eight months and won't do it again :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 3:09 am 
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Nice ride, Hans.. Are those karst peaks that I see in the background? I would stay there forever.. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 3:13 am 

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Looks great, and room for a few Australians in the back tray...


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 3:16 am 
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MaartenSFS wrote:
Are those karst peaks that I see in the background?

Yes, they is. The famous limestone peaks of Bau, Sarawak. Quite close to Kuching

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room for a few Australians in the back tray

Not for long. I'm getting a lockable metal cover for the pickup bed next week. No sense in wasting all that wonderful luggage space....even if it will lok less cool :)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 10:40 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
MaartenSFS wrote:
Are those karst peaks that I see in the background?

Yes, they is. The famous limestone peaks of Bau, Sarawak. Quite close to Kuching

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room for a few Australians in the back tray

Not for long. I'm getting a lockable metal cover for the pickup bed next week. No sense in wasting all that wonderful luggage space....even if it will lok less cool :)


I dont think it will. Like if a panther and a tool chest had a baby - it would be that truck. TM :D


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 4:32 pm 
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Hans: Now all you need to outfit that rig with is a set of Hellas or Nightsuns. They'll light up those dirty, muddy roads real well especially when it's raining or a New Moon. Also. make sure you have a spare or two. Seasoned offroad truckdrivers always make sure they've got at least one spare rim and 1 or 2 tires. Undetected rocks and tree roots can exert unimaginable damage to a wheel. Here's how we outfit 'em in 'Amerika' for offroading. Notice the lifted suspension, winch,bumperguard and extra large tires:
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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 4:45 pm 
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Thanks, klawnskale - I'll keep all that in mind. Medium large tires are already planned for my birthday, as is a set of kangaroo hunting lights - not because I plan to offroad at night (I'm too timid for that), but for herping purposes.

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if a panther and a tool chest had a baby - it would be that truck.

That is an absolute classic. In all seriousness, you should try to sell that to Mitsubishi. The offroad consultant for Mitsubishi Malaysia is my son's rock climbing teacher...I could introduce you.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 5:00 pm 
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How large is the area that those karsts occupy? Quite beautiful. I wish there were more karst rainforest left here. I really need to visit you some day. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 14th, 2012, 5:10 pm 
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About 30x30 kilometers, I believe. And you have a standing invitation, as you know :-)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #29: New HerpMobile
PostPosted: March 15th, 2012, 5:59 am 
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O, that's smaller than I though. The one over here is thousands of kilometres. Still, Borneo and year-round "summer". Those roads look to die for, especially in your new car. I appreciate and hope to accept said invitation in the next several years. ;)


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