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Old 02-02-2013, 02:53 PM   #3286
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This crossing really looks scary especially when filmed from helmet camera
Wonder how much chance you have to recover any unbalance mistake or loose focus only 1 sec towards end of this deadly long bridge

Respect to the finishers
Due to the fact that three very experienced guys walked the Vitim in 2009 I had a pretty open mind about what to do when I came to the bridge. I had a low threshold for walking the bridge. I have a wife and a few kids back home. No stupid heroics here

I had been riding shotgun with Terry the whole day. We had crossed some bridges and it all felt good. When we came to the start of the bridge I took a quick look at it and felt this was doable. I asked Terry to double check that my GoPro was on and saddled up. I started easy. Got the bike into second gear and stood up. It felt good. I was very focused. My eyes were locked about 20 - 30 meters ahead. I listened to my breathing. It was very calm and very deep. I actually heard it.

When I came to the bump in the middle I just had to stop in order to shoot some pictures




Things got a bit more interesting towards the end. I now had to drive between parallel planks that were about 4 cm high I felt relaxed though. I am not a very seasoned off road driver, but this felt completely normal that day




We all had a good start in Taksimo. That helps For the record, I only bought motor oil from that girl

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Old 02-02-2013, 03:01 PM   #3287
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For the record, I only bought motor oil from that girl
Sure glad that's cleared up and all sorted out! Carry on !!
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #3288
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I started easy. Got the bike into second gear and stood up. It felt good. I was very focused. My eyes were locked about 20 - 30 meters ahead. I listened to my breathing. It was very calm and very deep. I actually heard it.

Really neat...I felt like I was with you after reading this line. Bravo to you sir, for riding across it and just being Zen with the moment. Thanks for remembering and explaining how you were feeling.....
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:44 PM   #3289
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I was kinda hoping one of the Norwegians would have some pics of the 5 of us jammed into two rooms in that old wooden shack in Taksimo ... maybe some video stills.? Guys?
Sorry for being a bit late here I only have one picture of the estate we were living in. It is from the outside.




When we came to the place it was dark and I was feeling miserable. When we stopped at the Severomuisk range we agreed that Walter and Terry should drive ahead and arrange some housing in Taksimo. I should wait for the rest of the gang. When they came we headed of.

Then, in a silly little stream I tipped over. Flooded the engine with water. Erik and Steve gave me a hand and we got the bike ashore. I was wet from my helmet to my boots. We drained the air filter housing and took out one plug. Then we put the bike on its side and cranked the engine out of the cylinder. I was now getting cold. When we got the bike to run again it was getting dark. We had 100 km's to go. I checked the oil level of the bike when it was running OK. The oil looked like milk. Nothing I could do about it before I came to Taksimo.

Trans Sibir eXpedition velt from EtronX on Vimeo.




It was a long and cold drive. I was wet to the bone. When we finally got to Taksimo I was freezing We found the guys and the place we should stay. The kind lady there fired up the Banja and soon I was a happy man again
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #3290
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Is it me or is that Submarine video only 35 seconds long, but you uploaded 7 minutes of dead video?

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Old 02-02-2013, 03:55 PM   #3291
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Going to Taksimo

Just afew more pictures from the road to Taksimo

Here we have Terry's bike after being fixed with "Biltemastropp" The crazy part is that Terry didn't slow down afterwards




A normal BAM bridge.




Terry with our helpers in Novyy Uoyan.




We tried, but gave up and took the rail road bridge. These guys just had to try the river




Lunch

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #3292
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Etronx

Is it me or is that Submarine video only 35 seconds long, but you uploaded 7 minutes of dead video?

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Dan, you are so right. Will be fixed.

Thanks for telling me
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:01 PM   #3293
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Are those Terry's pink slippers?
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:44 PM   #3294
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The trails gave us a lot of confidence ... smooth and predictable. We were soon cranking up the speed again:




Walter,
it may have been asked already somewhere in the 200+ pages of this amazing ride report (THANKS to you and the whole crew for this !) but I am curious about your GPS mount : As far as I can see on this picture, you are using the standard Garmin mount, but is it the simple handlebar one (and in this case how did you manage power ?). How securely does it hold the device in place ?
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:03 AM   #3295
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aaahhhhh .... nice smooth and flat road surface
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:09 AM   #3296
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aaahhhhh .... nice smooth and flat road surface
Looks like a standard South Australian road to me
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:23 AM   #3297
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Walter,
it may have been asked already somewhere in the 200+ pages of this amazing ride report (THANKS to you and the whole crew for this !) but I am curious about your GPS mount : As far as I can see on this picture, you are using the standard Garmin mount, but is it the simple handlebar one (and in this case how did you manage power ?). How securely does it hold the device in place ?
I can't speak for walter, but what I did:


1+2 = handle bar mount, unpowered
3 = powered AMPS mount
Seperate 1 and 2. Add 1 to 3.
1+3 = powered handle bar mount.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:39 AM   #3298
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Then, in a silly little stream I tipped over. Flooded the engine with water. Erik and Steve gave me a hand and we got the bike ashore. I was wet from my helmet to my boots. We drained the air filter housing and took out one plug. Then we put the bike on its side and cranked the engine out of the cylinder. I was now getting cold. When we got the bike to run again it was getting dark. We had 100 km's to go. I checked the oil level of the bike when it was running OK. The oil looked like milk. Nothing I could do about it before I came to Taksimo.

It was a long and cold drive. I was wet to the bone. When we finally got to Taksimo I was freezing We found the guys and the place we should stay. The kind lady there fired up the Banja and soon I was a happy man again
Hi Geir

I think there were others having problems too, isn't this the Kamaz-eater-ford of the other Sibirsky report?
When I was there a motorbiker pushed through the stream, locals (with 2 WD this is the point where they reverse) told me to go over the railwaybridge, which is blocked for normal traffic. When I was over the bridge, the biker was still pushing. Those big stones are not nice to drive.


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Old 02-03-2013, 12:41 AM   #3299
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I can't speak for Walter eider but this is what i've done:

I get the Garmin Montana Rugged Mount https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=89575 and uset it with RAM Mounting Kit https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=8130. I fact i already had the RAM mounting kit from my previous Zumo 660.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:50 AM   #3300
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Are those Terry's pink slippers?
Yes, you can see Terry in socks just behind them .. he must have just taken the pink slippers off :)
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