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Old 09-24-2011, 06:26 AM   #1
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Vienna to Magadan - BAM Road and Road of Bones

Well this is the start of my first ride report on the ADVrider Forum. I have not really planned to do so, because I did not know any of you guys and you dont know me either. So I thought you might not be interesed. But guess what - I dont care

Before I went on my trip, I read many ride reports that helped me planning my trip and my route. I did not really ask for help, just the information that is on the forum helped so much. So I thought I will give something back and write down my story plus a few notes that I was searching for and did not find. (but found out by myselfe now)

So for the start of the story, here is a short appetizer. So you can judge within a few minutes if this will be an interesting one for you or not.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1ikZ-Dtc_M

But before you just skip this report - beware - I will disclose the well hidden secret why adventure travellers all over the world are buying BMWs for their adventure rides.

And here are some facts:

Rider: just me (and those weird voices in my brain appearing from time to time) + a few nice guys I met during the trip
Bike: an old worn out BMW 650 Dakar which I bought just for that trip with 135.000 km on it when I bought it for not much money
Route: Basicly the shortest way from Vienna to Magadan which took me EXACTLY 13.000 km + 100 meters
Days: 21 (19 riding days)

30% of the ride was on tarmac
30% was on gravel and sand and mud
40% i did not see what I was riding on

more to come ...

btw. is there a way to insert youtoube videos right into the forum?
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:19 AM   #2
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wow, cool vid. I'm in. For attaching video, click on the "share" and then click on "embed",then copy paste the link.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:44 AM   #3
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Question What helmet cam?

Great video xdream.

What helmet cam were you using? What format did you shoot in?

That's some of the best quality helmet cam footage I think I've ever seen.

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Old 09-24-2011, 08:44 AM   #4
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This looks like it is going to be pretty epic ride report

Some neat country over there from what I've seen in the reports. And that is quite statement about the bmw(I like my dakar very much too)

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Old 09-24-2011, 09:50 AM   #5
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Great video xdream.

What helmet cam were you using? What format did you shoot in?

That's some of the best quality helmet cam footage I think I've ever seen.

Adam
Thanks. The Cam is a Gopro HD. So nothing really special. Maybe I just used it right

It shoots in mp4 format. and i have put the video together with the Live Movie Maker from Windows.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:07 AM   #6
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So here the story goes:

I left Vienna on the 29.th of July at 10:00 am. My plan was getting to Poland to the Boarder between Poland and Belarus. Everybody told me NOT to go to Belarus. So I decided to go there.

I arrived at the border at around midnight after 900 km of riding. There was a lot of traffic and people told me before that some waited for more than 10 hours to cross the boarder. So I thought gettin in line now would be better than stay in Poland overnight and stay in line the next day.

Nobody complained when I passed all the cars and so I got out of Poland within bout 10 Minutes. Then it starts gettin funny. I passed all the cars again. Again no complains from anybody waiting in line. So I got to the boarder to Belarus quick. A stamp here, an insurance there, pay insurance at another counter. pay insurance for bike, pay another insurance for medical whatever, get a stamp for whatafuck, pay for that stamp, get back to get a stamp that you paid for dontknowwhat. get to the guy at the boarder again with all the stamps and papers and then get to another window to show them your papers. Then get to the customs and get another stamp and pay. And then --- Im in? Yes!!! NO!! Give back half of the papers I stamped. NOW Im in Belarus I think I paid money about 20 times to any office chick. Overall it costs me around 7 Euro And it took me just about 2 hours. That was perfect. And by the way, even if it was a lot of stamps and insurances. Everybody was really nice and helpful.

Wenn then - I was in Belarus, it was 2 oclock in the morning and I did not have clue where to go, so I went to the next city (Brest). Streets were dark and there was not a person on the road. I stopped at a traffic light and a small van came up. 3 guys were in the Van and waved at me and showed "thumbs up". I asked them for a gastiniza (hotel). Lots of talking. I did not understand much, but I had to "high five" like every minute. *lol*

Then they asked me to follow. We drove about 10 minutes. We got out of town and were driving somewhere between trees. I thought "nice. 10 minutes abroad and I get raped by 3 guys, fucked in the ass and get robbed afterwords" (order may vary). Everybody told me - but I did not listen. I thought I knew it better than everybody else.

But suddenly we came to a Hotels which looked like a prison, but it actually was a hotel and I got a room for the night.

What a first day

pictures to follow ;-)
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:24 AM   #7
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So here the story goes:

A stamp here, an insurance there, pay insurance at another counter. pay insurance for bike, pay another insurance for medical whatever, get a stamp for whatafuck, pay for that stamp, get back to get a stamp that you paid for dontknowwhat. get to the guy at the boarder again with all the stamps and papers and then get to another window to show them your papers. Then get to the customs and get another stamp and pay. And then --- Im in? Yes!!! NO!! Give back half of the papers I stamped. NOW Im in Belarus I think I paid money about 20 times to any office chick. Overall it costs me around 7 Euro And it took me just about 2 hours. That was perfect. And by the way, even if it was a lot of stamps and insurances. Everybody was really nice and helpful.
Wasnt there any stamp to proove that you got all the stamps, or maybe a stamp to ensure that you have the stamp that proofs the stamps that.........
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:10 AM   #8
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So here the story goes:

Then they asked me to follow. We drove about 10 minutes. We got out of town and were driving somewhere between trees. I thought "nice. 10 minutes abroad and I get raped by 3 guys, fucked in the ass and get robbed afterwords" (order may vary). Everybody told me - but I did not listen. I thought I knew it better than everybody else.

But suddenly we came to a Hotels which looked like a prison, but it actually was a hotel and I got a room for the night.

What a first day

pictures to follow ;-)
My "Adventures" are looking a little weak..

This is great stuff, the video is awesome! I hope he comes back?

I'm in..
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Old 12-22-2011, 08:13 PM   #9
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We could ping him at the Austrian site and let him know he had a following. Anyone's German less rusty than mine? (Haven't used for about 24 years.)
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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One of those cool RUSSIAN ADV. R.R.'s

I love this stuff.

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Old 12-27-2011, 02:34 PM   #11
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:59 PM   #12
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wow did not expect that much interest. Sorry I did not continue with my story so far. And thanks Steve for letting the community know that I am still there.

I was superbusy the last few month. Sorry about that, but I was busy at work. On the other hand, I get very very rich now and can afford a support crew for next trip. Just like the one RTWDoug had on his trip. The so called invisible support crew.

Sorry again for letting you wait.

Lets continue with the boring part of the story:

31.07.2011
Its my third day from home and I had a good rest in a very nice room. Breakfast was served to the room. (not because it was so luxurious, more because of the fact that there was no restaurant at the hotel). At 8:30 I had packed all my bags and was ready to go.

The hotel I stayed in, was within a shopping complex. To get to the parking lot, I had to walk about 10 minutes through the whole shopping center. It was sunday that day and everything was closed. So instead of taking the elevator, I had to take the stairs. And instead of walking the "short" way throug the mall, I had to walk around. But all the doors were closed, so I did not find a way out. I found a way through the mall, but could not get into the garage. Well, all this with all my motorcycle cloth on and a 25 kg bag on my shoulder. I was sweating and wet allover (and I also had to pee) until I finally found a way to my motorcycle. Unfortunately the way out of the garage was closed too, so I had to lay the bike down and push and drag it under the bounds. (is it called that way?)

What a start into the day.

The original plan was to leave Moscow as fast as possible and just get away from the city, as everybody told me, that driving into the city is really dangorous. I was in front of my scedule and the roads looked empty this Sunday morning, so I decided to take a short ride into the center and have a look at the famous sights. It was a very good choice. I really enjoyed the Basilika and other buidlings.









I took one of the 5-lane roads out of town and the riding was crazy. A bus in front of me looked really funny going straight but somehow sideways.



Short excursion to russian traffic laws: Lection one - pedestrian crossings.
On russian roads within the city limits you are allowed to go around 50 km/h, (or 40 or whatever) Actually everybody is going around 80 to 100. On the Highways you can go between 90 and 110. Even on a 3-lane Highway, there are pedestrain crossings. If a person appears on such a crossing, normally nobody cares and everybody blazes by. I always was kind of unsure what to do. In Austria we stop, if somebody wants to cross a street at a pedestrian crossing. To cross Highways we dont have those crossings, we prefer to use bridges or a pedestrian underpass. A few month before I started my trip there was a new law in russia. (I learned a few days after). You have to stop at pedestrian crossings. The fun thing is - still nobody cares! Hold on, thats not right. Some care.

Imagine appoaching a pedestrian crossing with 80-100 km/h within a autocade driving the same speed on a 4 lane road. Suddenly one driver hits the brake to let the pedestrian pass. You are right behind that car. Your eyes pop out and only the screen of your helmet prevent them to fall out. You hit the brake as hard as you can and try to avoid to hit that car in front of you. Not that you really look into your rear view mirror at that stage, but still you see this big, rusty bus, that is going sideways getting bigger and bigger in your mirror, finally passing you with still about 50 km/h of speed just a few cm to your left. In Austria we would say "Um ein Schamhaar" what means, not a pube would have fit in between (if google translator is right)


Anybody understands why I dont like russian pedestrian crossings anymore?

Got out of town short after 11 am heading east.

to be continued.... promise

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Old 01-02-2012, 04:12 PM   #13
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:15 PM   #14
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Thanks for coming back and filling us in!
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:47 AM   #15
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to be continued.... promise


I'm waiting you arrive at Magadan to start my report
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