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Old 01-23-2013, 09:42 AM   #2911
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I don't think there are any MacDonalds west of Kazan.
I think you mean east.

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Good news (or is it?), two days ago McDonalds Russia announced obtaining permission to open 5 outlets in Novosibirsk. http://en.rian.ru/business/20130121/178917508.html

I suppose it is just a matter of time before there is one at the end of the Vitim Bridge

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Old 01-23-2013, 09:59 AM   #2912
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Spoiled

It seems we have all been spoiled in a good way here! Bear in mind if this report was in "real time", it would be days, if not weeks between posts

Let the good folks update when they have time, rather than pressure a "rush report" on what is an epic trip! More time they take is sharing, the better I say! (uh, to a degree )

Our job as spectators and admirers will be to decrease the bongo jokes, and "witty" one liners listed under reposted pic after reposted pic, which DOES affect the very modern way that this report is being shared with us.

Thank you for sharing Team Sibirsky, members new and old! Much apprecitated for both entertainment, and for guidance/learning experience factor!


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Old 01-23-2013, 10:42 AM   #2913
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Our job as spectators and admirers will be to decrease the bongo jokes, and "witty" one liners listed under reposted pic after reposted pic, which DOES affect the very modern way that this report is being shared with us.

Thank you for sharing Team Sibirsky, members new and old! Much apprecitated for both entertainment, and for guidance/learning experience factor!


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Old 01-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #2914
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http://youtu.be/ABnmab720FY More unibikes, unimoto, monobikes or what ever!
The only rule is that the front end may not touch the ground.

Great report btw!
Been reading for weeks now, gave me reason to join the forum

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:30 PM   #2915
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I think you mean east.

BUT

Good news (or is it?), two days ago McDonalds Russia announced obtaining permission to open 5 outlets in Novosibirsk. http://en.rian.ru/business/20130121/178917508.html

I suppose it is just a matter of time before there is one at the end of the Vitim Bridge
Yes... yes that sounds better, I wonder if this has something to do with why I got lost in Mongolia

I wonder what it will do for pork fat sales.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:35 PM   #2916
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Day 71 - to Olkhon

We woke by our Baikal campsite and Geir and Steve packed up ready to head back into the bike shop in Irkutsk to collect Steve's tyres. Erik, Terry and I would take our time and take a short cut through Irkutsk, and wait for the guys somewhere on the north side of town.

Geir and Steve rode off bright and early ... then two minutes later Geir returned with the fateful words ... Houston we have a problem.

He had snapped a clutch cable.

I had a spare clutch cable and offered my spare to Geir.

We decided Erik would now accompany Steve to the tyre depot, while Terry, Geir and I took our time, packed up camp and replaced Geir's clutch cable. With 4 of the 5 bikes in the group now being BMW X-bikes (up from 3 out of 5 in the Stage 2 group), we were all an easy source of spare parts for each other.

So while Erik and Steve were stuck in unpleasant summer Irkutsk traffic, The rest of us cruised into a chicken joint on the north side of Irkutsk on the road to Olkhon Island and waited.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:48 AM   #2917
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availability of unleaded fuel

enjoying your report very much

one question - according to some info (http://www.unep.org/transport/pcfv/P...ruary2009.pdf) there should be no problem to find unleaded fuel in Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia.

Any comments how well that corresponds to the reality?
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #2918
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Its all unleaded. At least 2/3 of the cars on the road there are modern European or Japanese cars - which only run on unleaded. So a modern European or Japanese motorcycle will also have no issues.


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enjoying your report very much

one question - according to some info (http://www.unep.org/transport/pcfv/P...ruary2009.pdf) there should be no problem to find unleaded fuel in Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Siberia.

Any comments how well that corresponds to the reality?
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:03 AM   #2919
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Lets roll on guys.
We are hungry for more of this report.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:40 AM   #2920
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Go Pro footage takes up truck loads of space. I took 2 x 1TB hard drives with me, and filled one of them
Yes, digging up an old post
You say you filled up only one - didn't you take backups?
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:15 AM   #2921
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I hope its not too much of an annoyance to quote back a few pages, as I catch up, but this image floored me.
Thank you all so much for this RR.

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:56 AM   #2922
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Crash bars not ideal for the trip?

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Steve was riding a pretty stock F800 ... with crash bars. Not ideal for the job, but then if I hadnt thought it could get the job done I would have told Steve not to bother.
Colebatch - Except for the weight factor, why else would you describe crash bars as 'not ideal for the trip'?
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:12 AM   #2923
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I read that as the F800 was not ideal for the job, not the crash bars.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:19 AM   #2924
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And presumably that wire you can see is attached to his balls as an "incentive" to keep up if his feet should slip off the pedals
Haha either that or a kill switch...

Wish I had one of those attached to me when my knee blew on the treadmill a few years back!

(And no, I'm not a geezer...just a fit 26 year old with a few extra "aches and pains" from life choices I've made!)
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:20 AM   #2925
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I read that as the F800 was not ideal for the job, not the crash bars.
I guess so, makes sense. But while on the topic, I noticed that none of the bikes on the trip had bars fitted - again, except for the additional weight, any specific reason why nobody rides with them?
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