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Old 07-03-2013, 10:35 PM   #4681
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I notice that Iran is in red as well. My fiancee has been though there on a RTW expedition and has said how friendly people are. I also watched a YouTube video recently of a guy who bought a small bike and was taveling though Iran. He was there to debunk the "Iran is evil" myths that many governments and media companies have started...

After watching his video, and listening to the stories from my fiancee, I am curious about exploring this country. They seem like very friendly people with an oppressive government. They would not be the first ones...

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at the risk of going all CS&M, people are good, governments and media not so much. I saw the vids by Ed March. He's a crackup, and crazy for riding on his Honda 90 (but, aren't we all a little crazy?)
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:02 AM   #4682
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yeah I will join the chorus saying that that info on the chart is a load of rubbish. Anyone who is following this thread http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...885373&page=13
and seeing the hospitality that Doug the American is receiving at the hands of the Russians, couldnt help to think that extremely unlikely he would have received hospitality like that anywhere in the west.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:54 AM   #4683
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Eek Bloody Ridiculous...

...that chart

Venezuela?? Friendliest country in S America after Brazil.

Iran?? people falling over themselves to make me welcome

Mauritania?? as above

Pakistan?? Ditto

I could go on...but I won't.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:08 AM   #4684
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Well, the methodology seems more than a little suspect: they are asking people "How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?". But what does that question even mean? It could be interepreted as two very different questions:
--"How much would you personally welcome foreign visitors to your country?" or
--"Generally, what is your assessment of your country's welcome to foreign tourists (including visa rules, tourist infrastructure, etc.)?"

You'll get very different answers from these two questions, and I would think that Russia would fare rather poorly if answering the second question. In the abstract, I don't even think that many Russians would give a favorable response to the first question either. But when you appear in their local village they generally adopt a more friendly attitude.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #4685
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So how brutal on suspension is the Sibirsky Extreme Trail?

Well I had brand new forks at the start of the trip ... with brand new crystal clear fork oil.

The bike is now finally getting a full service, having not been ridden since the end of the trail ... We opened the forks ... guess what it looked like after the Trail ...

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Old 07-04-2013, 01:26 PM   #4686
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:45 PM   #4687
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That's insane. Always wondered about that stuff after hard use.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #4688
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So how brutal on suspension is the Sibirsky Extreme Trail?

Well I had brand new forks at the start of the trip ... with brand new crystal clear fork oil.

The bike is now finally getting a full service, having not been ridden since the end of the trail ... We opened the forks ... guess what it looked like after the Trail ...

Wow that looks better then what is in a KLR.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:28 PM   #4689
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So how brutal on suspension is the Sibirsky Extreme Trail?

Well I had brand new forks at the start of the trip ... with brand new crystal clear fork oil.

The bike is now finally getting a full service, having not been ridden since the end of the trail ... We opened the forks ... guess what it looked like after the Trail ...

Wow. That is terrible looking. Did water get in? Those look far worse than my new-to-me KLR's 12 year old fork oil looked... Like not even in the same league. Though, you can't really judge fork oil until you've tasted it... As I found out after popping seals with compressed air WITHOUT covering them with a rag. Blech!

BTW, when is the DVD due out?
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:17 PM   #4690
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[QUOTE=Colebatch;21791488]So how brutal on suspension is the Sibirsky Extreme Trail?

Well I had brand new forks at the start of the trip ... with brand new crystal clear fork oil.

The bike is now finally getting a full service, having not been ridden since the end of the trail ... We opened the forks ... guess what it looked like after the Trail ...

Wow!
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:56 AM   #4691
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hmmm, seems like NORTH Korea is far more welcoming than the SOUTH, maybe I should go there on holiday...

oh, and I quote: "The WEF gathered the data from late 2011 through late 2012 by asking respondents, 'How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?'" I guess that explains why North Korea in in blue...



what a load of
Yep, this is complete crap. I just spent 3 weeks in Iran on holiday and they are easily the most friendly and hospitable people I have met anywhere. Incredibly friendly and welcoming. We were given all sorts of things, juice, bread, biscuits, fruit by complete strangers just because its a nice thing to do.

I cant wait to go back.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:08 PM   #4692
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Wow. That is terrible looking.
yeah ... after a lot of hard use, you do expect the fork oil to be grey or black - it gets a brutal churning on tough roads / fast off road ... but what really amazed us was how much SLUDGE had been created by the oil in the closed cartridge. Definitely suspect single chamber forks are more suitable for the long run, for adventure riding.

DVD is a huge project. Minimum another 6 months. The amount of footage to wade thru was insane. At least that is done now. Its now a matter of stitching it all together into a coherent watchable format.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:10 PM   #4693
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but what really amazed us was how much SLUDGE had been created by the oil.

I'm thinking some water and/or other contaminants must have sneaked past the fork seals in order to create that sludge
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:06 PM   #4694
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yeah ... after a lot of hard use, you do expect the fork oil to be grey or black - it gets a brutal churning on tough roads / fast off road ... but what really amazed us was how much SLUDGE had been created by the oil in the closed cartridge. Definitely suspect single chamber forks are more suitable for the long run, for adventure riding.

DVD is a huge project. Minimum another 6 months. The amount of footage to wade thru was insane. At least that is done now. Its now a matter of stitching it all together into a coherent watchable format.
Maybe a Box Set for Christmas!
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:20 PM   #4695
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