I had considered doing the ride alone, but was so excited about how cool the route was in terms of awesome riding and awesome scenery, that it was inevitable that I would have to tell people.
My old mate Terry Brown asked me late in 2011 what my plans were for this summer, once the Husaberg Andes Moto Extreme
altitude ride was over. I went over to Terry's place, and over a few glasses of wine, explained the Sibirsky Extreme Track concept. Immediately his response was "can I come along?"
Terry is one of the guys I rode on the BAM Road with in 2009. Before that, he had decades of enduro racing behind him. Since then he has ridden all over Central Asia, the middle east, Iraq, etc. He is a veteran of both off road racing and off road adventuring, and a guy whose personality makes him very easy to get along with. I had no hesitation is saying ... "sure mate, get your visas ready".
So here's Terry "Old Blue Eyes" Brown
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Terry was riding a BMW G650 X-Country, on which he had already clocked up 35,000 miles / 60,000 km in the previous two years on his rides through central asia and the middle east. Naturally, the bike was heavily modified - usually by Terry himself or in a friends workshop -, [Terry, feel welcome to pipe up here if I have left anything out], roughly:
- Marzocchi 45mm factory series 300mm travel forks, revalved and resprung
- Hyperpro rear shock
- KTM 21 inch front wheel / Excel front rim
- Scheffelmeier rally bashplate
- custom seat
- custom 7 litre additional fuel tank
- Terry Brown oil cooler
- XT660 plastics
- HID50 bixenon projector headlights in custom mount
- Remus exhaust
For luggage, Terry also used the Adventure-Spec Magadan bags, with a Touratech tank bag up front. As the master of packing light, Terry has no need for any rear luggage whatsoever, even on a 3.5 month trip. Respect !