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Old 01-29-2013, 02:59 AM   #3121
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I'm well aware of the dangers but think those arguments will only improve adrenaline...
Definitely true - you saw in the video how pumped up even a guy as skilled as Iker was after the bridge! And that was his third crossing of the bridge that day. Even for him his earlier crossings were slower and more measured.

Someone will have an accident there one of these years. It wont be pretty. I can only advise anyone trying to think carefully and have two practice runs there and back to get as familiar as possible with the bridge and its surface first before a third run for the record.

But lets leave further bridge talk till we get to the bridge. Its still a few days away.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:04 AM   #3122
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Thumb keep it coming

Great RR and full of surprises

Vitim River Bridge will be clearly a challenge to be faced one day

Thanx also for the hints and links to other related stuff like the shipping crate shop
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:56 AM   #3123
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Walter, excelent RR as usual....

Can't wait to see new pics of that bridge. This one still resonates.

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Got me thinking I need to take a better look at my rims.
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Old 01-29-2013, 06:01 AM   #3124
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Can't wait to see new pics of that bridge. This one still resonates.
Still scares the sh1t out of me too !

But as Colebatch says, save the bridge for later. There will no doubt be pages of comment and discussion then.


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Got me thinking I need to take a better look at my rims.
Yes the BAM is a rim killer!
That one in the pic on my Dakar there was an old steel rim from an old JAWA.
My original rim had bent beyond unbendability and the wonderful crew in Komsomolsk-na-Amur build this one onto my existing hub and spokes.

But, as you see - even that bent and dented.
And poor Steve hadn't reached the BAM proper yet! But he is smiling.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:23 AM   #3125
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Walter, excelent RR as usual....

Can't wait to see new pics of that bridge. This one still resonates.

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Looking at that photo, with what Colebatch says above, and with my kayak hat (helmet) on, not only is that a long drop from the bridge but that's evil, boiley, retentive looking water, especially downstream of the bridge - I wouldn't fancy anyone's chances in it, even without biking kit and after a fall from the bridge :(
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:49 AM   #3126
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My kind of crash bars! Protecting the obvious...
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:37 AM   #3127
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My kind of crash bars! Protecting the obvious...
Shouldn't the Michelin Man be white? And a goofy hat?
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:22 AM   #3128
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:25 AM   #3129
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Severobaikalsk

A couple of hours later, we arrived in Severobaikalsk, set ourselves up in the local hotel, and walked down the road to the local cafe for some beer and meat.

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Old 01-29-2013, 11:51 AM   #3130
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Later that day it was time for food. Walter was leading the way

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Old 01-29-2013, 12:27 PM   #3131
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So no problem carrying a laptop on this trip. Using a flash drive? Disk drives do not handle vibration very well.

This report is an education. Love it!
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:29 PM   #3132
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^^^ Haha, yes. Hence my photo manipulation back on page 207. This was the first thing that came to mind:


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Old 01-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #3133
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Ha! Brilliant photo. Had to do this to it. Hope you don’t mind.

I think I like yours better
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:59 PM   #3134
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So no problem carrying a laptop on this trip. Using a flash drive? Disk drives do not handle vibration very well.

This report is an education. Love it!
I brought with me a new 13" Macbook Pro with a standard 1 TB HD. I kept it in a dry bag behind me. No problems. I downloaded pictures, videos and Garmin tracks onto it every night. Then I backed everything up on two different external hard drives, of which I carried one and Erik carried one. Every time we slept over in a hotel, or the likes, I charged the MacBook. Between us we had taken a total of 2.300 video clips and over 6.000 pictures
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:48 PM   #3135
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Interesting to note: KTM's Dakar competition bike uses a carburetor. Is this a Dakar "rule issue", or is KTM simply hedging they're reliability bets and avoiding the complexity of a an FI system (ie: fuel pump).



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A 450 RR is not an enduro bike or MX bike thats been rallified. Its rally ready out of the box - In principle - everyone who has one seems to change the forks tho. A unique bike designed exclusively for long distance high speed off road riding. So it has a long swingarm and stable steering offset compared to normal off road bikes, big fuel tanks, high spec suspension, an effective fairing .... basically apart from the worked motor, its exactly what I look for in an adventure bike. Yes KTM make it. Its a separate and unique bike from everything else they make, and they sell a few hundred a year, but they arent on the KTM webpage. Supply is limited tho and so KTM prefer to sell them to people on the rally scene.

Yes Lyndon owns a 450 RR, and thats what he is rallying.

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