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Forum: Road warriors 09-14-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 18,406
Posted By Bongolia
The only conclusion I can draw from this thread...

The only conclusion I can draw from this thread is don't buy a used bike from Steverino.
Forum: Road warriors 09-08-2014, 01:30 AM
Replies: 376
Views: 18,406
Posted By Bongolia
Are warranties invalidated by track use? ...

Are warranties invalidated by track use?

Sounds like it seized then released when cooler.

I remember the Nissan GTr had a chip that would record useage 'beyond that intended to be covered by...
Forum: EMEA 09-06-2014, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,678
Posted By Bongolia
I may be in for 2015.

I may be in for 2015.
Forum: Europe 09-06-2014, 01:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Bongolia
Thanks Guys, I've posted the link to his facebook...

Thanks Guys, I've posted the link to his facebook page.

Anybody out there in Samarkland, Uzbekistan can help the other guy?

Thanks again. :clap
Forum: Racing 09-04-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 481
Posted By Bongolia
Two riders need assistance on Mongol Rally

Original link here:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=25001172#post25001172


1: Geoff currently stuck in Almaty Kazakhstan with a GN 125 (!) and a lunched piston & valve

2: ...
Forum: Europe 09-04-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Bongolia
And there is a second guy down in Samarkland,...

And there is a second guy down in Samarkland, Uzbekistan. Chris.

'Richard I'm in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Need to find a mechanic. bike has a Honda 250cc engine. put a new carb today. electronic...
Forum: Europe 09-04-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Bongolia
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/northern-asi...

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/northern-asia/good-mechanic-in-almaty-58411

I've sent him that link, should have guessed Colebatch & RTW Doug had already been there :D
Forum: Europe 09-04-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Bongolia
Rider needs assistance in Almaty, Kazakhstan

Edit And another one in Samarkland Uzbekistan (see below)
Hi

A Mongol Rally entrant (Geoff) is stuck in Almaty. he was doing pretty well on the Mongol riding an old Suzuki GN125 but it has...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
I paid 20 pounds for a bowl of excellent soup, a...

I paid 20 pounds for a bowl of excellent soup, a pulled pork sandwich and an angel cake at the Temple café near here. Food sure tastes good when you've gone two days on hard rations.
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004...

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/s10_zps01061925.jpg

There were people swimming here off camera. I can only assume the midge had driven them offshore in desperation, or perhaps...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
Fortune favours the damp. ...

Fortune favours the damp.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/s9_zpsbcdedd3b.jpg

As usual, stop more than a minute and prepare to be covered in those abominable beasties. But...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
50 shades of grey. No cerulean seas yet. But...

50 shades of grey. No cerulean seas yet. But wait. What's this? The bloody clouds are rolling back and the sun is afoot. Praise the wickerman!
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
The West Coast of Harris was reputedly...

The West Coast of Harris was reputedly magnificent with long white sand beaches and cerulean seas but first I had to get there.
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
The Highlands are beautiful indeed, but do...

The Highlands are beautiful indeed, but do present some challenges.. Harris is not the highlands however. I'm in the 'Western Isles'
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
Saturday night weather was crap so a bunch of...

Saturday night weather was crap so a bunch of damp campers wound up in the blackhouse. We got a fire going and spent the evening drinking whisky (my half bottle and a bottle of single malt that a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 05:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
I was pondering the question why anybody would...

I was pondering the question why anybody would choose to live in this godforsaken place
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 05:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
On Sunday everything closes (stores, gas station)...

On Sunday everything closes (stores, gas station) so I was forced to head out Saturday or starve. This was pretty typical the first couple of days. Low cloud, rain, wind:
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
My pitch, courtesy wheel barrow, a rare moment of...

My pitch, courtesy wheel barrow, a rare moment of sun.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/s5_zps06ebb740.jpg

The view across the water. The wind and rain came from this side...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
My Cool Camping guide recommended a place called...

My Cool Camping guide recommended a place called the 'Lickisto Blackhouse' which has Yurts, pitches and campervan spaces on Harris.

How do I describe this establishment.. lets try 'built and run...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
Those great people at Calmac Ferries stopped the...

Those great people at Calmac Ferries stopped the cars and let me on the ferry when I eventually bowled up in Uig 15 minutes after my slot. Thanks guys, appreciated. Excellent people and service.
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
The next morning saw me up early at 7 am to pack...

The next morning saw me up early at 7 am to pack up and head off for the first ferry for Harris.

It was still and grey and I was the only meal for a mile radius at that time in the morning so...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-30-2014, 03:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
Thanks. A few more to follow. It blew up on...

Thanks. A few more to follow. It blew up on Harris :eek1



Thanks. That good weather on Skye was just a trap for Harris :lol3



I had a bottle of Avon 'Skin so Soft'.. don't laugh, the...
Forum: Road warriors 08-28-2014, 02:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,999
Posted By Bongolia
I had a Multistrada. Love the AC 2V Ducati...

I had a Multistrada. Love the AC 2V Ducati engine. But I currently ride an SV. The Suzuki 650/1000 engine is a peach, reliable, almost no maintenance, and a lot of character.
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
I cheered up that much I decided to continue...

I cheered up that much I decided to continue onwards to Harris so had a quick run down to Uig where the ferry to Tarbert on Harris departs from. I bought a ticket for the next days early morning...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
And then, as if by a miracle, the skye cleared...

And then, as if by a miracle, the skye cleared and the sun came out. I could dry all my clothes and even got sunburnt. I found a 'Bistro' in Dunvegan that did a credible fish chowder and I sank a...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
I had one of those moments of weakness and doubt...

I had one of those moments of weakness and doubt here on Skye that can beset the traveller in those early days away from the fireside and larder, where all seems to conspire to drive the intrepid...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
I had picked up a copy of this before setting...

I had picked up a copy of this before setting off.

https://www.coolcamping.co.uk/system/books/2/CC_Scotland2_9781906889043_HR-large.jpg

Recommended. Read it for the first time on the ferry to...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004...

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/route_zps2ee914a1.jpg

This was the route back. Outward was via the Skye Ferry.

It started pissing down shortly after arrival but I managed...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 4,620
Views: 388,834
Posted By Bongolia
I should look in here more often. How come I...

I should look in here more often. How come I never saw this thread before?

Great rides Kev. Keep it coming.
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 05:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
The next day i was up late after celebrating...

The next day i was up late after celebrating climbing Ben Lomond so it was a quick dash through Glen Coe/Fort William/and the road to Mallaig to bag the 4 pm or thereabouts ferry to Skye.
...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
Climbing Ben Lomond with my old mate Kev and a...

Climbing Ben Lomond with my old mate Kev and a hangover. Kevs Dad was a butcher. Handy fella in a rumble, this guy.

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/s18_zpsb110de5d.jpg

Loch...
Forum: Day Trippin' 08-27-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,067
Posted By Bongolia
Talking a quick run up to the Isles of Skye and Harris.

I found myself back in the UK for a couple of months at the beginning of July due to family business. Whilst i was there I thought it would be fun to ride up to Harris to see the Midges, as I needed...
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
Can't help with the bars but I've been looking at...

Can't help with the bars but I've been looking at MRA vario touring screens for the SV Naked. Good reviews, well made and engineered. Is that the make your Son has?
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
Yes Scotland. West Coast out past Skye. Thanks...

Yes Scotland. West Coast out past Skye. Thanks for the advice, matey.
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 12:59 PM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
Superb gearbox. Didn't hit a false neutral or...

Superb gearbox. Didn't hit a false neutral or miss a gear in the whole trip. Click Click Click.
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 10:09 AM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004...

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/riches2004x/s21_zpsd6ae0984.jpg
Forum: Road warriors 08-06-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
Shakedown run, 900 mile round trip to the Outer...

Shakedown run, 900 mile round trip to the Outer Hebrides and back.

The old girl didn't miss a beat or put a foot wrong. Might get a screen as the wind blast was a bit much at 80 MPH over a...
Forum: EMEA 07-28-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,761
Posted By Bongolia
Buy a PAYG SIM locally and agree...

Buy a PAYG SIM locally and agree route/stops/destination address before the days riding. I went to the Alps/Dolomites in 2012 with a group for the first time. We got separated several times in the...
Forum: Road warriors 07-28-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
It was too clean if you get my drift. You buy the...

It was too clean if you get my drift. You buy the seller and I wasn't convinced. Then sold before I had chance to check engine and frame numbers with DUK.

Sensible decision even if I didn't make...
Forum: Road warriors 07-27-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1,849
Views: 376,702
Posted By Bongolia
Valve check looks easy. Swapping shims would take...

Valve check looks easy. Swapping shims would take a fair while longer though, if not in spec.

Worth checking at 15K I'd say.
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