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Old 10-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #31
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Bloody hell ! That is one steep incline and a long drop too . There is a man walking about half way down the photo , right edge .
Good to hear that you came out of it unhurt and bless Maarten for his camaraderie .
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Old 10-21-2012, 12:30 PM   #32
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There is a man walking about half way down the photo , right edge .
That's Maarten with the river water!
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:19 PM   #33
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Love it! I'll be back in April to visit family (my wife is Kyrgyz). Can't wait!
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #34
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Hi ChrisUK,

Could you post a pic of your Gs ? Curiously about the final setup...
Cheers ,
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:02 PM   #35
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Hi ChrisUK,

Could you post a pic of your Gs ? Curiously about the final setup...
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"Gs"? What's that? If you're referring to a BMW GS, then I can't help. The bike is a Honda Transalp.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:07 AM   #36
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My mistake , I mixed up reports ... I wondered about Suzuki GS 500 but obviously not in this report .
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:14 AM   #37
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Good stuff ChrisUK. Thoroughly enjoying it

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Old 10-27-2012, 01:36 AM   #38
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Good stuff ChrisUK. Thoroughly enjoying it

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Hi Chris, same here! That part of the world is one I need to see before it's too late ... for me

And not to forget: Good morning Dave, good morning Kas

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Old 10-27-2012, 02:51 AM   #39
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GS........

Transalp all the way hey Chris.

Ride safe...or at least safer than you have been.

Cheers
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:53 AM   #40
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My mistake , I mixed up reports ... I wondered about Suzuki GS 500 but obviously not in this report .
-zie egret.
No problem. Here's the spec anyway. It's a hybrid of 2 Transalps. A 1988 frame/engine (hence to black motor (and oil consumption...) and everything else off a 1998.




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30 litre African Queens petrol tank with vaccuum fuel pump by some Japanese company whose name starts with a K

Progressive fork springs and harder oil than standard

Rebuilt OEM shock with sleeve so as to increase spring-preload

Wider footpegs (off a xr600)

Bar risers and Renthal Dakar high bars

Heated grips

Lower strung silencer by Scorpion, allegedly off a 125 Varadero (that's what the bike breaker who sold me it said), with a custom link pipe. This enabled the area previous occupied to be used for spares (until they fell off and were lost!...). Also less heat so the reg/rec should survive longer.

Giant Loop Great Basin bag: It leaks, despite seams sealed. Very sturdy though. Will pack more dry bag liners for next year's trip.

Touratwat tank bag. My first ever TT product! :-) It was cheap on ebay, ok!, because the seller could'nt spell. Probably my last too, the zippers broke quite quickly.

Tool roll on bash plate: Massey Ferguson tractor manual holder

Alli bashplate: very strong. Some of the Mongolian rocks that bounced off it were huge!

Tyres: Pirelli MT21 90/90/21 and 130/80/17 with Michelin HD tube in front. Rear has a normal tube as impossible to get a HD one. Rim locks in both wheels

Swingarm and disk brake off a 98 bike as well as double disk front forks

Crash bars (very strong ) with a couple of no name spots mounted.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:16 AM   #41
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Good stuff ChrisUK. Thoroughly enjoying it

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Glad you like the RR. I'll be in Turkey at Christmas on the Central-Asia-bike's twin bro, also a black late 80's Transalp.
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:20 AM   #42
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Hi Chris, same here! That part of the world is one I need to see before it's too late ... for me

And not to forget: Good morning Dave, good morning Kas

Cheers

Dirk
Go for it. Central Asia is getting easier. e.g. since July, Kyrgyzstan no longer requires a visa. My parents live near Duesseldorf and the "twin bro" of the Central Asia Transalp lives there. (When it's not in Bulgaria, like it will be tomorrow, tonight it's still in Romania).
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Old 10-27-2012, 10:22 AM   #43
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GS........

Transalp all the way hey Chris.

Ride safe...or at least safer than you have been.

Cheers
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Indeed, TA all the way. I have 2... Also got an Africa Twin.

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Old 11-09-2012, 03:40 PM   #44
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Things could only get better…

…and they did.

Sorry, no pictures of bikes in this episode.

After a parting of the ways with the others, I set off to nowhere in particular. Riding along I spotted a German TLC parked on the side of the road. Hans and Ingrid were really nice people and also told me of a big party starting at Lake Song-Kul a couple of hundred clicks down the road. So that’s where I headed. Over the next 24 hours about 3000 other people also went my way:


Some rode, some used the horsebox.


They were there to celebrate the 185th birthday of a Kyrgyz hero for whom they had just finished building a monument. A great place to build a monument too:


Horses going for a swim.


Some vehicles sported the not yet released in Europe nor USA 2013-model all new design, high tech, Touratech Alli panniers

They drank and ate…

The most disgusting smelling (and tasting) boiled horse broth. I again had to endure the stuff in Mongolia later in the trip. Conveniently in Kyrgyzstan other foodstuffs were available, unlike Mongolia.


The also came in Audi 80s. There were lots of them in Kyrgyzstan. Some showed off their pets.


They wrestled. The Kazakh and Russian competitors received the biggest boos. Luckily a Kyrgyz won the final.


People would regularly call you over and insist you took their picture. All they wanted was to say hello, shake your hand and look at the picture in the camera display. No requests for money, nor the “Donne moi un cadeau” sh!t as pedalled in central and west Africa.


I had the opportunity to meet young local women, dressed to impress...


...Watch horse against machine. Horse wins.


Spectate several round of "Horse murderball"(!?) (closest analogy is American Football on horses with a headless male goat as a “ball”)! You could tell it was a male goat because another part of his analomy hadn't been trimmed!


Said hello to local men, also dressed to impress.

The 48 hours I spent at Song Kul were some of the most memorable from the whole trip. Kyrgystan was my favourite country on the trip.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:56 PM   #45
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wow. just great and thanks putting up some incredible pics.
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