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Old 02-14-2013, 03:34 PM   #3751
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I would guess that Australia, also, would provide a vast amount of country---thinly populated in the interior

So I am wondering if Walter (or others) would comment on what travel conditions might exist in Australia----roads and trails, accommodations---fuel, etc.
Vast; yes. Thinly populated; probably more so than the route we're following here. The big difference is there's no regular towns with cafes, fuel and accommodation. You have to be far more self sufficient in the outback, with massive fuel reserves if you want to see it all.

To give you some idea of how remote parts of the country are, Anna Creek Station (a ranch if you're American) is the same size as the European country of Belgium. Out bush, the stations can have driveways 100km long.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:37 PM   #3752
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Tynda to Yakutsk the photos

Due to bad weather we did not take too many photos on this part. Here are some of the ones I've got - can you fill me in here guys?












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Old 02-14-2013, 04:20 PM   #3753
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This thread needs a sub-forum for equipment. :)

The Roof Boxer line of helmets have chin bars that reverse to the back of the head, and can be ridden chin down or chin up. I suppose you could quickly go from menacing to "it's just me!" as needed.

http://www.boxer-helmets.com/roof-boxer-v8-helmets

I would not recommend the Roof Boxer as an offroad helmet. It's a bit heavy and way too clunky for offroad riding. Visor up the aero loads are killer. Cool helmet but not recommended for long range riding.

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Old 02-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #3754
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Thanks for the update, Steve!

Good to see you guys are still smiling after a very heavy day .
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #3755
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great report Steve

and photos!
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:56 PM   #3756
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thank you for the update
i hope next year i will be on the same road,
and i will be prepared

guys you are realy hardcore
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:02 PM   #3757
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Ugh, the Lena highway is not a fun road in the best of circumstances, I can imagine in rain and cold. At least you missed the dust, which is pretty bad when the road is dry. No big deal except when you're passing a truck and can't see a damn thing...
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:19 PM   #3758
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I'm off to Baja for a 10 day ride. I will miss this thread, I will catch up when I can. The Sibersky team inspire me. As always, hardcore is the common denominator with this thread.
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Old 02-14-2013, 10:59 PM   #3759
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Terry and I draw some conclusions

105 km north of Aldan, on the infamous gravel Lena Highway to Yakutsk, Terry and I were taking our turn to ride at the back of the pack. The others were several miles ahead, but we figured we could speed up and catch them if we needed to. It was, as Steve mentioned, cold and rainy. I guess about 7-8 degrees C (45F). The weather was miserable and the road was miserable ... and as Steve said, it was the kind of day that makes you ask the question - what am I doing here?

Then in front of me, near the apex of a gradual corner, I saw Terry gingerly slow down and gently come to a stop. He was swinging his handlebar from side to side, but the front wheel wasnt moving. He had snapped a handlebar riser bolt again. We worked quietly together, strapping the bar up with luggage straps - fixing to the forks as best we could. As we neared the end of this operation in the shivering rain we began to talk. I mentioned he was very lucky - we had been travelling at above 80 km/h (50 mph) when it happened. If it had been on a sharper corner, with a big tree on the apex, it could have been disastrous for Terry. He agreed, and said that he felt like he had just used up all his luck. I mentioned we better catch up with the guys ahead, then went to jump back on my bike. It was then I realised my rear shock had lost its oil. Pressing on my seat was like pressing down on a pogo stick. I thought the ride this morning was way too bouncy.

Both these issues could be fixed properly in Yakutsk. But to fix my shock I would need replacement seals sent out from Holland. That will take two weeks and potentially a lot of customs fees. From Yakutsk to Magadan is less than a weeks ride, even via the Old Summer Road. Theoretically I could make it without a shock. I was in a group of five. I knew the road. But why? I had done the road before. I had completed my mission for the year. I had mapped a dirt track from Europe to the Pacific. I was hanging on now only for Terry. I turned to Terry and asked him ... mate what do you think?

I didnt have to elaborate. He knew what I was thinking. He said back, "Walter, you know I havent done the Old Summer Road yet, and I really wanted to this year, but I dont have to prove anything to anybody. I have had a really good ride this year. I am happy to leave it here." With Terry having lost all confidence in his handlebar bolts, and my bike now a pogo stick ... one look was all it took. After 3 month together across Eurasia, we had reached that stage. One look, or one raise of an eyebrow was enough to convey 1000 words. And he certainly didnt need to prove anything to anyone. Terry is one of the most seasoned adventure riders there is and a fantastic riding companion. There was just a week to go to Magadan, but we had had enough. We were exhausted. And now the bikes were telling us they were exhausted too.

I thought about the Norwegians ... They had done well on the BAM Road. They were 3 times fresher, their bikes were 3 times fresher. I thought I could sit down with them and brief them thoroughly on the Old Summer Road, and they would be fine to ride it - as long as they stuck together as a group of three.

As Terry and I saddled up, we decided we would ride nice an easy up to Yakutsk. I suggested we both think about it during the rest of the day, in case either wanted to change our minds, and if not then we would break the news to the Norwegians that we were calling it a day, once we reached Yakutsk.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:49 PM   #3760
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ride to yakutsk

The ride to Yakutsk was cold and wet and miserable. My summer riding gloves were soaked through and my hands were freezing. EtronX lent me a spare set of handlebar muffs. We stopped several times at roadside cafes just to warm up, Up here, the roadside cafes were never more than wooden shacks. Sometimes they were just kitted out shipping containers. But at least they were warm, and had warm lemon tea. It was early August, supposed to be the warmest time of year, but instead we were all freezing. None of this of course did anything but confirm to Terry and myself that we had made the right decision. But still we kept quiet. We had agreed to give it a full day on the bikes to see if our minds changed.

As we approached Yakutsk, or more specifically Nizhny Bestyakh on the opposite bank of the Lena River, we passed a police checkpoint. There was a cafe here. Terry and I parked up the bikes and went in. I mentioned to the police who had waved us through that there would be three more guys coming shortly.

Five minutes later, we heard bikes, and Erik and EtronX rolled up and came in side for a cup of tea and a snack. But 15 more minutes went by with no sign of Steve. Eventually I called him. He was close enough to have mobile phone signal. He said his oil light was on and was thinking about sticking the bike on the back of a truck. I have had experience with my own oil pressure light on my Rotax powered BMW. It comes on sometimes when it gets wet. A faulty sensor issue. I discussed the issue with Terry, far more of a mechanical guru than me. We thought that there were several mechanical oil pumps in the engine, and its unlikely they could just fail. If the oil pressure light was on for a good reason, then it was probably because he was out of oil. I asked Steve to check his oil level. oil level was good. I asked him to try and see if the oil in the oil tank was circulating when he idled the bike, If he could see that it was then it would be a faulty sensor. Unfortunately Steve could not see clearly enough to make a call on that.

But with full oil, and it being quite unlikely that the mechanically driven oil pumps would fail, I told Steve that while I cant guarantee it, I was pretty damn sure that it was just a faulty sensor, that I have had that issue many times before, and to ride onwards and catch up with us at the cafe. If it wasnt just a faulty sensor then his ride to Magadan was over one way or another anyway.

Steve took the advice and rode on to meet us at the cafe. From here it was just 10 km to the ferry across to Yakutsk. The 10 minutes he had ridden to the cafe, without the engine blowing up gave him confidence that perhaps it was indeed a faulty sensor. We tried to look into the engine to see if we could see oil circulating, and while it wasnt clear, it did seem as if there was circulation. We all breathed a sigh of relief

We rode on to the ferry to Yakutsk ... its a half hour journey across 7-10 km of river, and it was here that Terry and I broke the news to the gang, that we would be leaving them at this stop.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:04 AM   #3761
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:34 AM   #3762
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Woaah!!! What a great video!!

As is the rest of this RR, thank you guys & girl!

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Hi guys.
Here is a beta version from the BAM road. It is just a bunch of videoclips thrown together and is not very well edited at this point. Since theis is just a pre-release and not a final version I have chosen to password protect it. So consider this as a special beta version for you Advrider inmates. A better version with tighter editing will be available at some point later.
Photographers: This is a collection of videos filmed by the whole crew so thanks to Geir, Erik, Walter and Terry for your contribution.

Check it out here and use the password "rtw2012"
http://vimeo.com/59360179
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:46 AM   #3763
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Though days you had now.

But I imagine the feelinig at this point.
Its one of those moments on one trip when you know and you feel you are really far from your home.
It give you the feeling of completeness of the trip.

Thanks for making it interesting for us.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:05 AM   #3764
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Walter, how can you see if the oil is circulating in the engine?

Bad news, i am sure we all hoped and wanted to see you completing this project. Yes you managed to map an off road sibirsky extreme, but is it doable? it seems that it brings man and machine to the limits. Can it be done without both rider and bike get so tired to make him stop?
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:17 AM   #3765
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I'm off to Baja for a 10 day ride. I will miss this thread, I will catch up when I can. The Sibersky team inspire me. As always, hardcore is the common denominator with this thread.
Baja is a great area too. Had some great days there in October
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