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Laurus 10-19-2012 12:04 PM

Holland to Mongolia; 18.000km, 15 countries, one '62 Vespa, one car.
 
Next year in the beginning of May I will drive to Mongolia on my '62 Vespa GS. Another team will do the same trip by car. The route looks as follows (we won't drive through Iran, google maps doesn't understand ferries):

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/Routedef.jpg

For this trip I will prepare a Vespa GS160. The scooter will stay as original as possible and will be equiped with some original crash bars and a front and rear luggage rack. I will mount a P200 engine with the carter protection of a T5. Also a glovebox of a PX will be fitted.

Last week I started stripping the GS.

Gs still partly together:

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/P1060308.jpg

Some time later:

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...a/P1060314.jpg

In the upcoming weeks the GS will be powdercoated and I will start working on the engine and front fork.

Also take a look on our blog and facebookpage: http://www.facebook.com/threebravemen and http://www.threebravemen.tumblr.com

To be continued!

hahmule 10-19-2012 12:19 PM

Excellent!
 
I'll be lurking with interest. :1drink

steveindenmark 10-19-2012 12:31 PM

Is this the Mongo lRally or the Mongol Charity Rally?

If it isn`t I would check out their sites if I were you as this is the same route they follow. There are lots of books written about the rally which may help you.

Steve

Laurus 10-19-2012 12:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by steveindenmark (Post 19855487)
Is this the Mongo lRally or the Mongol Charity Rally?

If it isn`t I would check out their sites if I were you as this is the same route they follow. There are lots of books written about the rally which may help you.

Steve

Thanks for your response! No this is not the Mongol Rally, we are doing this on our own initiative. I have already spoken to some people and I will speak to a guy who has done the same route last summer. However if people have good tips or comments, please tell.

Kurro 10-19-2012 01:16 PM

The fuel tank is small. Have you thought of installing an additional tank?. Do not forget to bring 2t oil, not find good quality on the road.

vintagespeed 10-19-2012 01:17 PM

for some strange reason, the more i read these scooter ride reports the more i need to get a scooter! in!

Laurus 10-19-2012 01:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kurro (Post 19855773)
The fuel tank is small. Have you thought of installing an additional tank?. Do not forget to bring 2t oil, not find good quality on the road.

Thanks for your reply! Yes I have thought about it. I will enlarge the original tank, in this way I will have at least 9.5 liter of fuel. They are sold as well. But I am still thinking about it. On the other hand, I could also bring one or two (5l) jerrycans with me. That will give me 14,5-19.5 liter of fuel which will give me a range of approximately 300-400 kilometers. I know about the oil, I am thinking about sending oil and tyres to a hotel or adress in for instance oezbekistan.

Laurus 10-19-2012 01:35 PM

@vintagespeed, you won't regret it! ;)

Already in 1964 adventuring on (motor)scooters was done: http://threebravemen.tumblr.com/image/33792959962

Fbn 10-19-2012 01:37 PM

I'm in! I love reading reports about adventures on ill suited vehicles, like that Mongolia one that just wrapped up.

Laurus 11-06-2012 02:36 AM

Unfortunately not a lot of news, for now enjoy some pictures of last summer when I drove to Paris with my girlfriend and make sure you like and check out our facebookpage: www.facebook.com/threebravemen

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...8/DSC00665.jpg

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...8/DSC00649.jpg

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...8/DSC00617.jpg

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...8/DSC00598.jpg

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...8/DSC00545.jpg

http://i814.photobucket.com/albums/z...8/DSC00535.jpg

martīn 11-06-2012 03:24 AM

Iīm in, what a great adventure you are about to take.
Looking forward to follow you!

Morizzi 11-06-2012 03:45 AM

I can only wish you well on a scooter.

I traveled from the UK to as far as Gallipoli in Turkey last year on a Guzzi with 18" wheels. Once I got east of the old Nato line road maintenance was sketchy to say the least. There were pot holes and wheel ruts that would swallow a scooter.

Romania is a name that must mean "so many trucks.":eek1

http://guzzista.wetpaint.com/page/To...850+T5+Polizia

May be some info in there that you can use. :deal

Cheers

Rod

squonker 11-06-2012 08:19 AM

Fantastic! :clap I very much look forward to reading this!

Laurus 11-06-2012 12:51 PM

Thanks for the responses!

@Morizzi, of course I will have to watch out for potholes, I will probably have to decrease my speed drastically on such roads. Still, indeed, bad roads will probably be my worst enemy, I will protect my engine for rocks and stuff and I will make sure that I can renovate my shocks on the way... Btw, an advantage of the Vespa is that it has a small wheelbase and it was built/designed in a time that roads weren't as smooth as they are nowadays.

Coincidently I found a picture of probably an advertisement in those days:

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...44949554_n.jpg

Laurus 12-08-2012 04:45 AM

I did some welding:

http://sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...37127931_n.jpg

And brought the Vespa to the powdercoater:

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...21001379_n.jpg

Now I can start the actual rebuild, I started on the suspension and front fork yesterday:

http://sphotos-c.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...16354736_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...13276690_n.jpg

Always a good atmosphere at the place where I do the work:

http://sphotos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...70455211_n.jpg

And I found some inspiration:

http://sphotos-g.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...08392517_n.jpg

http://sphotos-e.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...10271840_n.jpg

http://sphotos-h.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...35245578_n.jpg

Better pictures coming soon!

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