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Old 02-20-2012, 09:22 PM   #271
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more details would be helpful...where are you flying into? where you want to fly out of at the end?

I have no doubt someone will sell/rent you pretty much any kind of bike you want...do you have any ideas what you'd prefer?
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #272
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Yes you are right, let me rewrite that. I was passionate and did not explain well :)

Looking for a bike to
- buy second hand from the 1st of August 2012.
- OR rent for August and September 2012.

Where ? Anywhere in the West. I will start the trip where I will find a bike to rent/sell.

My itinerary : 60 days totally up to the opportunities and the feelings. August and September 2012

The type of bike : A reliable bike. Can be an adventure bike // a roadster // a sportbike // an enduro bike. Price has to be under 3000 USD.

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:44 PM   #273
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Yes you are right, let me rewrite that. I was passionate and did not explain well :)


The type of bike : A good looking bike, reliable. Can be an adventure bike // a roadster // a sportbike // an enduro bike. Not too expensive.
Wow - all that's pretty subjective, especially the good looking part and the Not too expensive part.

Do you have a budget? By August of this year there will probably be several good reliable bikes available from at least one of the folks I ride with, and I'm sure from more than one inmate here. A good deal will depend on your budget.

Heck, the '87 Ninja 600 that is in the first stages of refreshing will be ready well before then - and I'm sure will be well within your budget if you want to purchase one - or renting would be a possibility as well.

The more info we have the more we can help.

Looking forward to seeing you when you get to the States.

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:47 PM   #274
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Alright, let me edit the post then!

I'm adding the budget : less than 3000USD.


Looking forward to meeting you too Jdg!
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:10 PM   #275
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Frederic, look at it this way...if you were to request some very specific bike be available for rent/purchase in August of 2012, you can just about guarantee that the ADV community here in America can make it happen. Lets say, for example, that you wanted a 94 Honda Africa Twin

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/hon..._twin_1994.php

chances are better than 50/50 that it can be made to happen.

so, what I'm saying is... unless you want to get 947,312 offers of bikes for sale/;rent filling up your PM inbox, you might wanna get semi specific on what you'd like to ride.

Heck, maybe there's some classic bike you've always wanted to get some seat time with...whatever floats your boat...
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:15 PM   #276
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I like this idea Sion.

I am coming back soon with a list of dreambikes then. Let's make it big :)

Thanks for your help.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:42 AM   #277
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No bikes are available in the US until this ride report gets finished
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:01 AM   #278
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:40 AM   #279
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:05 AM   #280
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Old 02-27-2012, 04:55 AM   #281
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=736935

Free bike here! First needy ADVRIDER member gets it!

I just cant store it until August.... maybe an inmate is willing.....
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:57 AM   #282
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EDIT :

The bike is great !

After checking some reports of trips in the western US, I noticed that there are some awesome gravel/dirt roads leading to some astonishing landscapes, therefore I am now looking for a light bike (<150kgs) that I could take anywhere !

Something like a Suzuki DR350.

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Old 03-02-2012, 03:58 PM   #283
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As long as you write a ride report...... and finish it
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:53 AM   #284
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Episode 10: Stuck in Kazakhstan, time to party

Don’t tell my Mom I rode 17,000kms from China to her house in Normandy, France with a stolen Yamaha XT250X prototype crossing the middle east on the way.

Episode 10: Stuck in Kazakhstan, time to party.

Hi my deers!

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack to the report.

Where the hell are we ? In Kazakhstan. You know, this country that you did not even know before you saw the movie Borat.


Welcome to Kazakhstan.

Guess what, it is the 9th largest country on this planet ! Larger than Mexico!

It is also the country where whenever you see a policeman on the side of the road, what you really have in front of you is a huge toll gate with a random fee, to pay cash, usually quite high considering the road has not been repaired for the last 30 years.

Oh and guess what, they also do that in the cities. Policemen are telling you that you were exceeding speed or whatever the fuck they want. How do you react to that ? I personally start juggling with anything I find on the side of the road or I ask where the fuck are the toilets because I can't hold it and have to go pee.
Works pretty well.

Anyways, so, here I am, in Kazakhstan, driving in direction of the main city of Almaty. Night is falling pretty quick, it is the end of summer. I have to stop at a restaurant for the night, I do not have any local money but they are very friendly and offer me food and let me sleep on a table of the restaurant. To thank them I hided a bill of 20 euros somewhere, so they'll probably find it in 2 months and will be happy about it.


Almaty, the main city

Next day I am reaching Almaty. Hot weather, a lot of traffic, I am going around the city and feeling like in Eastern Europe. Chatting with some people, looking for a hotel room somewhere, eating at cool restaurants. So different from China.


The typical street store




Cool decoration in this cafť

Question was : Where the hell was I going next ? Russia ? Uzbekistan ? Turkmenistan ? Iran ?

I really wanted to go through the Arabian countries and visit Israel also. Pure curiosity.
It was also really hard to get a visa for Russia and it would take 2 months to get one for Iran.
So the plan started looking as follows : crossing the Caspian sea by boat in order to get from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan and then go into Georgia, Turkey and the Arabian countries.

It was really hard to get an Azeri Visa and took a lot of time.

During this time I met Tim Dzaman (Canada), Cory Hanson (Canada) and Petar Rikic (Croatia) who just arrived in Kazakhstan from Mongolia and Russia. They were the first adventure riders I met since the start of my trip (not counting the Chinese guys on electric scooters).

We spent an afternoon at the visa office together, looking like 4 huge chickens ready to give out a lot of money to all the corrupted officers. Anyways, after a few hours I felt like I knew Tim, Cory and Petar for years. We headed out for some crazy time in the Kazakh clubs and it was a lot of fun.


Here you can see my bike (the bicycle on the left) and Tim's, Cory's, Petar's bike on the right



Don't eat my bike Petar please!!




After this, waiting for my visa to get ready I started couchsurfing with some friendly Kazakh people. Going out every night, eating chicken and planning the next leg of the trip was my daily life.
I got chased by the police one more time because I had a girl without helmet on the back.

The funny thing around here is that many young Kazakhs guys were telling me that they hate Borat. Many times I heard : “Hey man, look, we have beautiful cars, beautiful girls and money ! You see it is not like in Borat ! Tell all your friends in Europe that Kazakhstan is not like in Borat movie !”

Anyways, I was riding around Almaty city, waiting for my Azeri visa to be ready. But I did not have many days left on my Kazakh visa now, it was time to leave, quickly.

Oh and let me accomplish my promise to some Kazakhs people : guys, let me tell you, the Kazakhs girls are beautiful it is not like in Borat movie and there is a lot of money flowing around here, a lot coming from petrol.

Next episode: Episode 11 – Reaching the West Coast of Kazakhstan. Rich Russians, boats and guns.

Frederic Shiffer
7th march 2012

PS: Any ADVRider in Beijing ? I am there until the 15th of March.

PS 2: Still looking for a Suzuki DR350 (or something similar) to rent/borrow for 2months (August/September) somewhere in the western US for a 60 days motorcycle camping trip around the western US this summer!
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Old 03-08-2012, 10:15 AM   #285
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Thanks for the latest installment. Waiting eagerly on the next!
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