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Old 02-15-2013, 12:14 PM   #3796
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Originally Posted by GSlite View Post
Breaking news out of Russia:
530EXCR and a bunch of 2 strokes that you dont want to read about. :)

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:25 PM   #3797
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Originally Posted by ROD CURRIE View Post
Didn't realise I'd fired Skype up!......still not sure if the heels suit these stockings though
that right there is some funny shizzit!.... hehehehe....

gotta say, your perseverance, demeanor and wit marks you as one of the finest kind... if i ever get to the UK, i would be honored to buy you a beer....or nine....
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:27 PM   #3798
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In Russia about this incident speak that
it is a doomsday delivered by Russian Post.
Or that that from it remained.
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Old 02-15-2013, 12:50 PM   #3799
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Originally Posted by stemic01 View Post
At the next fuel stop I noticed that my front rim had got some new dents in them. I had now been riding slower and more taken it more easy than on the BAM road and it seemed like it were weaker than before. Maybe the heat treatment in Yakutsk had made it even softer than it was. A borrowed a large hammer from a truck driver at the gas station. I banged it as hard as I could to try to straighten it. (Any footage here Geir?). Not that I care to much about the looks of the RIM or that it is a little bit bent, but it is a good idea to keep the edge of the rim to seal against the tyre to avoid sand, water and dirt to enter. That will only give punctures and troubles.

Trying to fix the rim.

I need tools...

I use tools...

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Old 02-15-2013, 12:56 PM   #3800
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To keep it in Skandinavian terms: The Hammer (= wrath) of Thor is manifested on that rim

Looking at it it, you had all rights to mistrust that, Stemic01
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:43 PM   #3801
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Gees but that rim looks like crap, heard they were weak but... nice write up and pics from the other guys for a change. Real pity you cant take a 2 week break and resume which you might be saying over a beer in 2 weeks time. But then youre at home already and have done that
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #3802
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Comets - Meteorites in Siberia

Siberia is a common part of the world for this kind of behavior ...

From the legendary Tunguska Event:

to the Bodaibo-Vitim Event just a few years back:

And if you really want to get kinky with this stuff, there is this explanation:

Which is located near the road to Udachny that TonyP and I rode in 2009.
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Old 02-15-2013, 02:22 PM   #3803
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Rim Fixer - The old "Beat it to fit, paint it to match" ploy.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:29 PM   #3804
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Originally Posted by elias View Post
"Dont worry Terry , only if a meteor hits the earth can make you stop this trip"
Rod, I not sure I believe your in IT, I think your really a spin doctor for Mr Cameron (prime minister of the UK) as I see 2 people in that bongo and you seem to have successfully made poor Terry the only river crossing pussy.

Luving the report, ur sense of humour and cannot wait for the ROB. Andy
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:21 PM   #3805
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
It is theoretically repairable en route ... if you have a needle that can add 12 bar of nitrogen into the reservoir.
That's what I was afraid of, already.
So maybe a less sophisticated shock like an emulsion type might be a better choice for this kind of trips, KISS.

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Maybe I should do a shock repair course with Prutser at some stage.
If you do, give us (HotRodErik and me) a shout, never old enough to learn some tricks.

I'm just wondering what a nitrogen charged shock will do if it has lost it's pre-charge and oil and your only option is fix the seal, fill up the oil and leave the nitrogen.
I'll be meeting Erik tonight for drinks and diner, might as well talk technics over a smoke and scotch after dinner while the wives do the washing-up.

Geht net, gibbet net.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:41 PM   #3806
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Oh no, it's coming to a close. Now what will I do with my time? Work?

Cold and wet = miserable. Cold and wet X many days = unbearable. I don't blame you guys one bit. Thanks for the ride.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:04 PM   #3807
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Erik, Steve, and Geir.....please continue when you have time. I am really enjoying your point of view on everything from bikes and equipment, to the roads and food.

Walter.....bummed you're packing it in. Don't blame you a damn bit. it's cool to think how many people know you in the world, and how many people are following in your footsteps. Thanks for being an inspiration.

Terry, you're just a bad ass, man. Going to miss you pov, as infrequent as it was, it was always full of wisdom and funny shite. Thanks....hope when I grow up, I'll be just like you.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:02 PM   #3808
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I'm sure that you can use air in a shock for a temporary and probably for a permanent fix. I have owned air planes for 22 years and just sold my last plane. We prefer to use nitrogen in the shock struts, but air is OK, especially if it is dry air. The main reason for nitrogen is if something can get really hot, like in the tires of a jet where oxygen can be a bad thing. The main reason for not using air in the struts is that air compressor air may have moisture in it which could cause internal corrosion. However, if it is an emergency fix, air will be fine, it is, after all, 78% nitrogen. So, if you had seals and the skills to fix it, and a high enough pressure air compressor, that would do the job to finish the trip.

I have really enjoyed this story and Walter's other trips as well. Really good stuff.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:27 PM   #3809
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Originally Posted by Colebatch
But 15 more minutes went by with no sign of Steve. Eventually I called him.
It is amazing how the phone signal is available in such remote places. Even here in States you can be left without any service in many, not even that remote areas.

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Old 02-15-2013, 09:28 PM   #3810
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A heat-treated aluminum rim should never be heated to ease knocking it back into shape. As Steve now knows: It'll be tough as butter once that's been done to it.

A big hammer and a suitable piece of hardwood are your friend. Softwood won't work. You need a solid chunk of hardwood. Don't be afraid to use a sledge-hammer.

It ain't a job for the timid.

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