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Old 10-04-2008, 01:59 AM   #1
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Suzuki DR 350 a ride to Italy-Russia-Kazhakistan-Kirgyzstan-Uzbekistan

HellÚ everybody , my name is Maurizio (aka Momi), i live in Italy and this year i bought a Suzuki DR 350, my first motorcycle. Since I was young I just had driven a scooter, Vespa PX 125 all around West Europe
In 2006 I was for 3 weeks in Alaska in the north on Noatak River by canoe, and 1 week in the south, in the Kenai peninsula, where I rented a little motorbike, a Yamaha 225 XT, driving for 1000 miles.

In 2007, during my trip in South Asia ( Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand) I rented for some days little motorcycles ( 100 cc ) doing some little trips.

So during winter 2008 I began to plan a vacation on motorbike.
Place: i want to arrive to Samarcanda (Uzbekistan), I donít really know why
How: crossing Russia and formers Soviet Republic

First the motorcycle. I really donít understand nothing about mechanical problems ( just put petrol, check oil and tyre pressure): so I need of a strong and reliable motorcycle. A little more big than the Yamaha 225 XT, but I went to some shops and I understood that 600 cc or more are to big for my experience.
Simple: in these countries could be difficult find spare parts or assistance for really new kind of motorcycle.
The DR 350 appeared to be good:
  • Electronics : just ignition
  • Engine: four stroke, single cylinder
  • Weight: just 130 kg ( 286 pounds)
  • Low fuel consumption: around 28ų30 km/lt ( 17,5ų18,5 miles/0,22 gallon)
On internet I found a good bargain: year 1999, just 8000 km ( around 5000 miles) price 1500 Ä ( 2000 $).
I bougth on february . A mechanic that work in a Suzuki shop and has the same motorcycle prepared my DR with special tank: 16 liters (3,52 gallons), and so I have a range around 450 km ( 280 miles).
I bought lateral stiff bags and prepared myself a back roof rack.
I started on 19 of july and my plane was to reach Samarcanda in Uzbekistan crossing Russia, Kazahkistan and Kirghigistan .

3 days before the start

my technical equipment

the night before

the route


Cracovia (Poland)


a really particular camping near the border with Latvia

breakfast with the owner


itís the afternoon of the fourth day and I reached the Latvia-Russia border

Russia !!!!!

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Old 10-04-2008, 05:06 AM   #2
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Awesome, it's like watching my bike ride around the world!
Great trip, it looks like.
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Old 10-04-2008, 05:30 AM   #3
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That's quite the adventure on your first bike.

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Thank's guys and excuse me for the grammar: translate is a relly hard job especially if you've never had study english.
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Old 10-04-2008, 10:25 AM   #5
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Your English is just fine besides the pics tell the story.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:07 PM   #6
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From Mosca to Kazakhstan border

My first hotel along the M9: always during my travel i used motel for truck driver. From my own experience normally they are cheap, somebody always take care of your truck, or motorcycle or car. You can even get good information about directions and road status

this motel has not room, ma little houses with one room

my first russian dinner: soup and fish

the next morning ( my 5th day of ride) I started to Mosca

finally Mosca (Mockba) and now how reach midtown ? I didnít have a GPS just maps and some fotocopy of cities from some books. Easy: ask to the people wherís the Kremlin. It is right in the middle of the city ! Mosca is a big city: 45 minute to reach Kremlin

my hostel was really close to the Kremlin in Arbat street, that was a promenade so I had to push my motorbike along the street, but it was possible put it inside the entrance

my room has 8 sleeping bed, and there was common kitchen

Nadia and Olga the receptionist whith my book guide

The next day a classical tour Kremlin and Red Square

a picture with a Japanese tourist group. When you are traveling and arenít sure about the best position to take a picture of you and a monument or special place, look at the Japanese: they always choose the best position for the classical souvenir picture

S. Basilio Cathedral: beautiful

the Bolshoi Theatre

in the afternoon i went to a bar near my hotel. The day before I had seen a lot of russian biker and I was searching a mechanic to can check my Suzuki: there was any particular problem but I had did still 3000 km.
They was nice and one of them that could speak english called a mechanic, Igor and fixed an appointment the morning after near a motorshop: Motorland.

the shop and Igor

after two days I started again along east: here this russian tourist want to take a picture with me

in this motel i was in a 9 people dormitori, but i was alone

a stop to dine

the Volga river: very wide, it isnít ?

not bad this motorway cafŤ

a typical russian city

Sasha the truck driver by which I sleped in the same room: nice he helped me a lot, ordering the breakfast and giving some indications for the roads

today I was heading for Urali Mountains

around 8 pm it began to rain a little, so I take a break to prepare some rice ( in my bag I have food and a blazer)

on the road again and finally around 9,30 pm a motel, a little bit strange

another day, another motorway cafŤ

Here Iím in Del Abinsk, near the Kazakhstan border

this isnít a motelÖbut a bar

the Russia-Kazakhstan border !

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Old 10-05-2008, 02:21 PM   #7
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Keep it coming my friend! Great pics!
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:29 PM   #8
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Great pics! Keep the story coming!
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:49 PM   #9
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Great pics!
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:12 PM   #10
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Wow! This is amazing. Keep up the awesome posts!
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:17 PM   #11
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fantastic report

Can't wait to read more of this report! Great work!
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:19 PM   #12
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Yes, but you can't imaginate how hard is translate ...i'll keep up
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Old 10-05-2008, 06:44 PM   #13
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What a great adventure! Those Russian gals are really Buff!

BTW, When are you comming to the USA?

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Old 10-05-2008, 10:49 PM   #14
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Simplistic yet so fulfilling your adventure seems to be.
Thanks for the pics.
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Old 10-06-2008, 03:59 AM   #15
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Congratulations, for your first big, bike ride. Thats a serious one.

Thanks for posting.
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