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Old 02-03-2013, 12:51 AM   #3301
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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.
Correct ... I was using the Rugged AMPS mount ... I believe Rod Currie and Prutser used the same one with their Montanas too ..;.. See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=89575&ra=true I had also replaced the security screw at the top with a more easy to use thumb screw. (Or rather Prutser had replaced it for me)
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:20 AM   #3302
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Day 77 continued

I dismounted after crossing the Vitim and had a chat to Terry.


(pic by Steve)

I explained that Steve had missed the turnoff and we may have to go back to look for him, but as we were talking, 600 yards away on the far side of the Vitim bridge, we saw two motorcycle headlights ... Steve and Erik.


(pic by Steve)

Steve: Remember, the guy had just learned to ride a bike 3 months earlier ... he rode across the bridge! KUDOS !




(pic by Steve)

Erik played it safe ... I guess a sky diving instructor is more aware of the risks than most people, and has probably seen more than his fair share of the results of risk miscalculations. This shot, better than any of the others, gives a good sense of perspective regarding the height of the bridge relative to its width.



All across ... just enough time for a few more glory shots:


(pic by Steve)


(pic by Steve)

And this is my "welcome to the bridge" look


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Old 02-03-2013, 01:38 AM   #3303
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We all had a good start in Taksimo. That helps For the record, I only bought motor oil from that girl
Yes ... The reason we started this day late, was that EtronX needed an oil change after sucking some water in yesterday. This was the lady that ran the local auto parts store. Very friendly ... couldnt help us enough. Wanted pics with our bikes ... which was pretty normal for this part of the world:



While we were talking pics with our bikes, another local guy rode up on a Suzuki ... with a sticker on it I recognized ... the Kolyma 2011 sticker was from the Moscow based OffRoadPeople club (a bunch off off road touring guys I know in Moscow) ... I asked how he got the sticker, and he said they too stopped to buy some parts at the store and gave him a sticker last year on their way over the Western BAM and Old Summer Road to Magadan.

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:46 AM   #3304
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Kuanda - Part 1

We pushed onward to the town of Kuanda ... passing plenty of streams along the way:


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In Kuanda we stopped for a drink and I asked the lady in the shop what the going rate was this year to cross the Kuanda rail bridge. I wanted to be sure of my negotiating position when we arrived there and had to discuss options with the bridge guards. 5000 she told me. 5000 rubles (about 125 EUR) to let a car over the bridge.

We rode 8km beyond Kuanda to the problematical Kuanda rail bridge. The guys in charge of watching over the bridge insisted that we couldnt cross. I offered them 5000 rubles in total, 1000 rubles per bike ... told them we would be across in 2 mins max.

He said no.

5000 rubles per bike.

We argued with him for about 15 minutes, but he wasnt budging. 25,000 rubles is about 800 USD ... thats an insane price to cross the bridge for all 5 of us. He was a grumpy young SOB too ... He said if we tried to cross it without his permission he would telephone ahead to Chara (the next town) and get us arrested for terrorism.

We decided to ride down to the river and have a look around. There was clearly a fording area about 200 metres downstream from the rail bridge. A track into the water on our side, and a beach marked by truck tracks on the other side. But it looked deep. And it had a decent current.

I decided to jump in and check it out. I tried to walk across and find a way ... but everywhere I turned was too deep. At one point the depth and current swept me off my feet and I began drifting downstream, unable to get traction with my feet due to my buoyancy. When I finally regained my feet, now 20 - 30 yards downstream from where I lost my feet, I decided thats enough. I cant even walk across the river, there is no way we are going to get the bikes to ride through it. Now soaking wet up to my chest, I returned to the guys waiting by the shore and told them we would have to backtrack 8 km to Kuanda township and see if we can find a truck to take us over.
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:27 AM   #3305
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Guys.
Sorry to hijack the thread for a minute but a guy I've ridden with in Affriky, and friend of myself and Walter is riding the mighty Dakar right now. He's the most gifted motorcyclist I've ever come across and is sponsored by our friends at Adventure-Spec. Lyndon Poskitt...

So go on the Dakar website and follow him too.

Go Pyndon!!
Rod, I made the fatal mistake of 'switching off' this ride report during the Dakar to folllow Pyn (we are one of his sponsors) and now find myself over 100 pages behind ................................:ro fl
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Old 02-03-2013, 02:52 AM   #3306
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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

"Biltemastropp's" can come in very handy...

Emergency repair when Yngve's Zega pannier ripped my Ortlieb pannier off my bike.... long story
Carrying extra fuel so we could ride the Gibb river road
Preventing the bike from falling over while having some emergence repairs to the shock


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Old 02-03-2013, 03:04 AM   #3307
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:13 AM   #3308
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Correct ... I was using the Rugged AMPS mount ... I believe Rod Currie and Prutser used the same one with their Montanas too ..;.. See https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=89575&ra=true I had also replaced the security screw at the top with a more easy to use thumb screw. (Or rather Prutser had replaced it for me)
Walter another question for you.

Is that screw an ordinary one or is it a special one from Garmin. I pretty much dislike the ideea to use a torx anytime i want to remove my Montana from the bike .
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:24 AM   #3309
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you are wondering some of us think this RR is excellent.

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Old 02-03-2013, 03:28 AM   #3310
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Walter another question for you.

Is that screw an ordinary one or is it a special one from Garmin. I pretty much dislike the ideea to use a torx anytime i want to remove my Montana from the bike .
its neither. Its a special one i got from Prutser ... who got it from some other Dutch guy who makes them. I have no details on them sorry.

But yes ... I wanted a screw to act as a lock on the release mechanism so the Montana doesn't come out on bumpy roads. But I didnt want to have to tool it off everytime I took it off the bike at night. Garmin doesnt make anything that sensible unfortunately. So I would PM Prutser for more details.
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Hi, my name is Walter Colebatch, and this is jackass
and today we are going to wheelie over the vitim bridge ... !
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Kuanda part 2

We started the day late ... it was after 1pm when we left Taksimo. Then altogether we lost an hour when Steve missed the turn to the Vitim bridge ... Then there was the Vitim bridge ... and then we faffed around at the Kuanda bridge for ages working out how to get across.

By the time we returned to Kuanda to look for a truck to take us over the river, it was 6pm.

On the road into town I spotted a guy working on a 6WD truck. It was a good enough place to start asking about trucks.


(pic by Steve)

But he couldnt help us ... he did suggest we ask around the centre of town though and gave us an address. And so we went back to the centre. While checking out the address, we were stopped by a guy in 4WD who asked what we needed. I explained a truck to take us over the river. He said no problem ... pulled out his cell phone and made a call.

Then he hung up and told me 7pm, 3000 rubles for all 5 bikes.

Done !

While we waited a few locals began chatting to us. They told us of a group of 6-7 Foreign bikers that had been stranded in Kuanda for a couple of days before getting the train over, a week earlier. I knew who this was. This was the Kudu Expedition guys. Kudu had contacted me earlier in the year to ask about routes waypoints etc on the BAM. I told them as much as I could but thought they were nuts for trying to lead a commercial expedition on this road. But here they were ... doing it ... massive kudos to Kudu ... they had the commercial balls to actually give it a go.

By 7pm, we were at a makeshift loading ramp, on the side of the main track through town. Our driver came up in his 6WD KAMAZ and backed in. We loaded all 5 bikes on the truck and tried to pack ourselves and the bikes as tight as possible for the 8km ride in the back of the truck back to the river. It was going to be bumpy as hell.

When we got to the river, the trucked turned to where we had found the fording area, and just engaged low gear and ploughed in. As we looked upstream we could see the rail bridge guards staring at us from the rail bridge ... they had thought they would get 25k out of us ... and we were getting across for about a tenth of that.

On the other side, our driver backed into another makeshift loading ramp and we unloaded .... giving our driver, Grisha, his 3000 rubles.


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While we were talking pics with our bikes, another local guy rode up on a Suzuki ...
Walter, what sort of Suzi was that? Is a local bike like that rare in those parts?
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:55 AM   #3315
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Walter, what sort of Suzi was that? Is a local bike like that rare in those parts?
Think it is a Djebel mate ... 200 or 250cc, I have heard of Japanese guys riding them round the world. I would guess this one would have begun life in Japan, then was a 2nd hand import to Russia - loads of bikes and cars come into Russia that way, as second hand Japanese imports. They are kinda related to a DRZ250, but with a rack on the rear, big headlight with protection, 17 litre tank on the Djebel XC ... they are reasonably popular in Russia as a lightweight off road travel bike - ready to go off the shelf so to speak, if your needs are simple and not too fast. Saw a Russian girl a few years ago about to ride one into Mongolia for a month.



They were produced up to 2008 before emissions regs meant the bike was environmentally obsolete. More info here:

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/suz...250xc_2008.php
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