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Old 01-12-2013, 03:15 PM   #2536
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I think that 30 grand bike has had a top ten finish in stage 8 of the Dakar today. Money well spent......
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:54 PM   #2537
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I think that 30 grand bike has had a top ten finish in stage 8 of the Dakar today. Money well spent......
sure did...a great 9th position

this RR is epic thanks guys and girl
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:56 PM   #2538
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Well, I just spent a lot of time to get caught up on this RR. Its been great so far.
You have done a lot of reading since Thursday night!
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:38 PM   #2539
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Rod, Prutser and Beenster -

Thank you for your part in this adventure. Rod for your humor and resolve, Prutser for your natural curiosity and Airhead, Beemster for your determination and perspective.

Phenomenal. I can't believe it's just 2/3 over.

Walter, your 'story telling' abilities have come a long way. Well done.

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Old 01-12-2013, 06:57 PM   #2540
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Are we making fun of this photo now?

You can tell its a KTM cause they needed to use a rock on the sidestand to keep it from toppling over. I'm wondering if they're parked there waiting for a UPS truck with a new fuel pump?

Epic ride guys and girl!
The bike pictured is a 640, this is a carbed bike , no need for a fuel pump...

This was the bike that Rod wished he was riding when his 690 was having all the problems...
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:59 PM   #2541
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Walter is well on his way to having the two most-read ride reports on here.

Very impressive, yet not at all surprising.

Thanks Rod, Pruster, and Beamster!

Can't wait for the rest!
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:02 PM   #2542
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Well, I just spent a lot of time to get caught up on this RR. Its been great so far.

One question I didn't see yet ask is about budget. What is a reasonable budget for riding here? Not equipment or gear, but on-the-ground costs like fuel, food, lodging, border crossings, etc.

Thanks in advance and thanks for taking the time to document this journey.
Overall I budget approx EUR 60 - 75 per day. Thats everything except for my flights to and from Moscow :)

The remote areas of Kazakhstan and Mongolia are cheaper than Russia and Ukraine in general, because we were camping a lot. So the on the road budgets of Rod, Prutser and Beamster would have been less. I advised Prutser before the trip to plan for EUR 2000 per person for costs on the road, for his and Beamsters 6 weeks. Plus the logistics costs of getting themselves and their bikes to Astana and from Irkutsk. Prutser may be able to advise how accurate / conservative my budget estimate was.

Typically, costs per person are about EUR 15 per day for fuel (300 km a day avge), about the same again for food. Then there are the occasional hotels, insurance fees, other random costs.

Costs vary by region ... fuel is more expensive in Mongolia, but food and hotels are cheaper than in Russia. Remote areas of Russia (like those that will feature in the coming weeks in the RR) are more expensive for everything - food, hotels and fuel.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:18 PM   #2543
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Just a rough guess, but I reckon that pic was taken in Australia.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:23 PM   #2544
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yeah i reckon ya right.

only an ozzie would be silly enough to sit on the ground with a perfectly good caravan is there
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:25 PM   #2545
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30 grand

I bought a brand new DR had it ready to go for $8500 3 years ago.

Here is a basic list of what I do to them

Bark-busters (hand guards)

Skid-plate and case savers

Cogent or Ohlins shock and Intiminator fork re-valve with upgraded springs front and back.( Must do mod )

Fork brace

Jd jetting kit if you us a a aftermarket exhaust.
A adjustable needle and mixture screw are all you need if fuel milage is a concern.

A must is to re-grease it from front to back stock does not have enough grease to keep water out in river crossings.

Lock tight neutral safety switch inside of engine case

Larger tank locking cap

Upgraded seat-foam and cover

Luggage rack and Wolfman or Giant loop soft luggage.

3 teeth larger rear sprocket for better single track sand etc runs real happy between 100 and 120 KMH

The Dr,s low compression engine runs best with low octane fuel, burns anything you can find.

It takes 2 seconds to drain the tank or carb if need be.

The upgraded suspension is better than anything you get stock on the highest priced adv bikes today.

Running a Upgraded stock bike makes getting parts easy .

Done for around 10 thousand Canadian dollars.

One can build anything wild and exotic and become your own victim when riding a one of where parts are halve a world away. Or have something you can fix with a screwdriver and weld on any street corner.

Most likely you just ride it .

That is just my Take on a Adventure bike. Keep it simple.

Thanks for a awsome report . Cant wait for the next part
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:31 PM   #2546
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Walter, your 'story telling' abilities have come a long way. Well done.

Well sink or swim I guess.

I recall the first ride report I posted ... Tuva.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=519357

I thought this would generate a lot of interest. A stunning beautiful region, where no westerner had ever ridden before - certainly no-one had ever photographed it and documented it on a motorbike.

I packed it with what I felt were jaw dropping pics, and by the time I was finished, I had a grand total of 2400 views.

Thats when I had to take stock and study other ride reports and I realised that no matter how amazing the subject, or how good the pics, readers want a narrative to tie it together. So if you want to make it work, then you really do need to invest the time to put together a narrative to link together the pics. Also I saw that readers really respond to open thoughts ... tell them how you are feeling. Tell them how exciting some scene is to you - share it. People really do want to read about your ups and downs. The trials and tribulations as it were, or adventure motorcycling. And of course, readers love it when you can furnish them with a bit of background, cultural or historical, about the places you are visiting.

Three years later, the Tuva report is now up tenfold, to 24,000 views, but I still remember the lessons from it.

So to any new ride reporters ... those are my tips. You are telling a story, not just blasting a bunch of your favourite pics up on the screen. And you have to think of how it reads to a third party. Its more than telling your own story. The story has to do more than make sense to you, it has to make sense to third parties. And finally, share your inner thoughts ... I think Metal Jockey does this better than anyone.
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:32 PM   #2547
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yeah i reckon ya right.

only an ozzie would be silly enough to sit on the ground with a perfectly good caravan is there
Hey its a caravan WITH WHEEL CAPS ... Pimped !
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Old 01-12-2013, 11:36 PM   #2548
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The can of International Roast is a dead giveaway.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:53 AM   #2549
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The can of International Roast is a dead giveaway.

Glad someone else picked it too.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:28 AM   #2550
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Hotel

We were starting to worry that we might not find anywhere to stay at all, but Terry remembered a hotel not too far away from where we were that might not be killer expensive, so we set off in Terry's wake across the mad Mongolian traffic.
It truly was the worst I've ever encountered in any major city-I live in London and that's pretty bad but nothing on UB. It's like they've built the system to cope with the 1950s levels of traffic and 2010 has appeared overnight.
The amount of conspicuous wealth after the austerity of rural transport was also surprising. The tool of choice seems to be V6 or V8 powered SUVs. The is a serious amount of money being made in UB right now and everyone wants a slice.

Terry led us round to the hotel and I wandered in to see if they had any rooms. Frankly I was disinclined to argue about the price whatever it might be within reason, but for a capital city centre hotel it was pretty reasonable at about 55 Pounds per room. They also had secure parking which was a major concern for us all so it was a done deal.
I temporarily snagged a couple of rooms and told the guys, who I think were like me-lets just get somewhere as we don't want to go back out in to that traffic not knowing where to try next. We took the rooms.
Secure parking was a real necessity as like any big city, UB attracts the indolent, the disaffected and the dissolute and the consequences are the usual thieves, beggars and workshy. The indigenous population know this, so the thieves' prey is the dumb tourist-us. Walter had warned us that UB is statistically the worst city on earth for pickpockets so we were all warned and guarded.

We all trooped in and dumped out gear. The hotel was far better than we might have hoped or settled for. Clean , bright , modern with wi-fi in the foyer so we all logged on and checked Email -wish I had a pic of us sitting like 4 teenage geeks staring at out iPhones.

There was I think no restaurant in the hotel ( or we were maybe just happier to explore-can't remember) so we met up later in the evening and set off walking in the city. AS we left we said "which way..left or right. Bas chimed up "Right" so we wandered off in search of a resto.

Bas was worried that leaving at another day would just cut it too fine knowing how complicated Russian bureaucracy can be, so he and Linda were due to bale out the next morning to get up to Irkutsk and sort out their transport to get the bikes home. It was about a day and a half's hard ride and they had flights already booked so there were imperatives that couldn't be ignored.

Terry and myself decided to spend a day in UB, rest up ..get our pockets picked-it's part of the tourist experience don't you know-check the bikes over and get some tourist snaps and a beer or 3.:
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