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Old 12-31-2012, 03:30 AM   #2011
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.....Beginners often think more is better so go for a GS 1200 or a 950/990 Adv. For most of us its the biggest mistake you can make. Truth is most of us haven't the skill and strength to pilot that much mass through mud, deep sand etc.......
Hear hear !
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Old 12-31-2012, 03:38 AM   #2012
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+1...great insight. I know quite a few owners of the big GSs who would never consider venturing off pavement.
Over here, when the R1200GS first came out, it came with cast alloy wheels and spoked ones were an option. Add a pricetag of NOK 245.000 (USD 45.000) and you see that it's no longer meant as a RTW machine like the R80GS was in 1980....
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:15 AM   #2013
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Olgiy?

We rode until the sun went down and as the light was fading at maybe 10.30 we arrived in a little town that I think -but W will correct me if I'm wrong-is Olgiy.
Walter led us into the town and we attracted the usual Martian monster interest from the locals whilst he battered on the hotel doors the see if we could get somewhere to stay and have something to eat. Alas both hotels were closed and now it was almost dark, so we left town to find somewhere close-ish that we could camp and not be disturbed.
The night was overcast and cool but dry. We went along the side of the embankment of the river that borders the town until we came to a "ramp" that led down to a grassy plateau 50 or so yards wide and a few hundred yards long that we could all pitch our tents on.
As usual the mossies and midges followed us and prepared to feast on us po' white folks blood, so we all pitched up pretty quick, hid within and scoffed whatever food we had to hand. Not sure if P & B cooked up a storm as normal, but ZZZzzs were flying out of W & T's tents in minutes.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:22 AM   #2014
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One horse town

I woke up early next morning and it was fine and dry, although again overcast. The mossies were in fine tooth so standing still wasn't really the best option.

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It was still only about 7, so I packed up my camp and and took the bike for some exploration and took a few pics.
Here's the lonesome horse.


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The weather was looking worse all the time and by the time I got back it was about 8.30 I thought I'd better see if the guys are up and about, and what the plan is for breakfast and todays itinerary.

Terry was first to appear and as the rain started to fall he began to pack up and get ready...the others were soon moving about and wasting no time getting their gear away.
Now it really started to rain

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Old 12-31-2012, 04:32 AM   #2015
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We rode until the sun went down and as the light was fading at maybe 10.30 we arrived in a little town that I think -but W will correct me if I'm wrong-is Olgiy.
Walter led us into the town and we attracted the usual Martian monster interest from the locals whilst he battered on the hotel doors the see if we could get somewhere to stay and have something to eat. Alas both hotels were closed and now it was almost dark, so we left town to find somewhere close-ish that we could camp and not be disturbed.
The night was overcast and cool but dry. We went along the side of the embankment of the river that borders the town until we came to a "ramp" that led down to a grassy plateau 50 or so yards wide and a few hundred yards long that we could all pitch our tents on.
As usual the mossies and midges followed us and prepared to feast on us po' white folks blood, so we all pitched up pretty quick, hid within and scoffed whatever food we had to hand. Not sure if P & B cooked up a storm as normal, but ZZZzzs were flying out of W & T's tents in minutes.
The town was called "Tsengel" and me and Beamster didn't cook that night. To much flying blood suckers out there !
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:35 AM   #2016
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Mong shows us its face

This truly was a knockout location and on a sunny day would have been hard to beat, but under skies unbrokenly as leaden as these we weren't seeing it at its best, and we regarded the coming day with some trepidation.

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We went into town to seek out gas and breakfast.
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:36 AM   #2017
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The town was called "Tsengel" and me and Beamster didn't cook that night. To much flying blood suckers out there !
Thanks P, wasn't sure where we were...not for the first time
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:45 AM   #2018
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Thanks Rod. Done lernt me a new word. trepidation I'm gonna learn to talk proper English yet.
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:20 AM   #2019
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thanks Prutser/Walter....don't want to ride too sedately.. suppose the best bet is to have some fun on the easier terrain and back off when the bike is not coping so well with terrain its not up to .........i was thinking, possibly a 2nd hand (1-2year old) 650 bmw with some limitations is still better than not doing it
If you're serious about trying to do something on a single 650GS you just have to do a few simple mods and you're off;
  • Replace the springs in the forks
  • Add lock washers to all frame bolts
  • Have someone fab or buy a luggage rack
  • Remove the sidestand kill switch
  • Add a chain guide

The one spare you absolutely must carry is a waterpump seal kit, other than that just regular tools, fuses, bits to repair wires, zip ties and a few screws and nuts.

It will quite literally go around the world without any complaints, just remember that it is neither a motocross bike nor a MotoGP bike.

Those are the must do's, and if funds permit I'd add
  • Bar risers
  • Touratech rally peg relocation kit
  • Better headlight and led tail light
  • Smaller, flexible turnsignals
  • Other mirrors, ones that can be swung back instead of breaking off

After that the list is of course endless
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:03 AM   #2020
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Good morning Tsengel

Rod was so happy that the KTM was running again he had to wake us with his roaring engine....
The weather wasn't stimulating us to get out of our tents.



This is a street view of Tsengel with its bustling city life.



After getting our bikes re-filled we continued our journey.

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:34 AM   #2022
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There was one more foto on the way to Tsengel:

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Day 56 - 13 July 2012

its normally a stunning part of Mongolia,but with the drenching rain, I decided to err on the safe side and head towards Olgiy. We could have lunch there, regroup and replan our route.

By the time we got to Olgiy we were all totally soaked. We made our way to restaurant oddly called the Irish Bar, which seemed to have nothing of an Irish bar about it.

The waitress certainly wasnt Irish



While the rain howled down outside, we stayed put in the restaurant. For over 4 hours.

When it finally eased, we went down to the bikes, and were met by a man offering accommodation and somewhere to dry our soaking wet clothes. It was now almost 4pm. It felt wise to accept the offer. We followed him through the streets of Olgiy to his compound where we haggled over the price of a room before accepting it.
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... The waitress certainly wasnt Irish ...
But she was a reminder that there are stylish women all over the world, no matter what the geography or economy or culture.

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