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Old 02-07-2013, 10:29 AM   #3511
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Walter, would you mind giving us a Google Map update so we can get a sense of where your location is...
Sure ...

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:38 AM   #3512
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nice commentary Walter. good to know that even seemingly "super" humans such as yourself have doubts, get tired, even discouraged.

what makes one "super" is to fight through it and to continue on. good stuff.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #3513
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Aluminum framed bike users might consider taking a couple of Aluminum Stick welding rods with you. Just remember to tell the welder to practice if he does not do that regularly and use DC stick positive.

Be sure to pack it so that the flux coating does not get lost.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:49 AM   #3514
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A side note

Not really for non UK readers, and I dont want to start a whole bunch of responses or similar posts ... but a guy in the UK just had his RD04 Africa Twin stolen and would really appreciate a shout out to anyone in the North East of England anyone may know to keep eyes peeled.

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-...h-east-uk.html
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:06 AM   #3515
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Not really for non UK readers, and I dont want to start a who bunch of responses or similar posts ... but a guy in the UK just had his RD04 Africa Twin stolen and would really appreciate a shout out to anyone in the North East of England anyone may know to keep eyes peeled.

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-...h-east-uk.html
Walter,

You should contact your mafia friend in the Ukraine so he can keep an eye out for it...or he may be riding it next week.

I hope they they recover the bike and nail the perp to a signpost!

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:10 PM   #3516
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Not really for non UK readers, and I dont want to start a whole bunch of responses or similar posts ... but a guy in the UK just had his RD04 Africa Twin stolen and would really appreciate a shout out to anyone in the North East of England anyone may know to keep eyes peeled.

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-...h-east-uk.html
the link seems to be broken. pretty sure it's this part: "africa-...h"
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:15 PM   #3517
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here is the link to the stolen AT:

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-...h-east-uk.html

Good luck in getting it back.

and to the Prick who took it
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #3518
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The Norwegians ride alone

We got the news from Walter in the morning. He and Terry would not ride with us to Tynda. They were both knackered and Walters subframe had cracked again. They would wait a day and then put themselves and the bikes on a train. We would then all meet in Tynda in two days time. We bid goodbye and saddled up.

PS! Not the best quality on the pictures from this day. It was raining like crazy and almost all of the pictures are frames taken from the GoPro.

First we needed to get some gas. No gas in Novaya Chara so we headed over to Chara to refill. About 15 clicks north.




We got our gas and headed East. It was raining steadily. After about 150 k's we came to the Olongdo river. The bridge was U/S, as is normal on the BAM




This is actually a nice crossing. You have to enter the river and then follow it for a while before you can cross over to the other side. It is not technically difficult as long as you pick the right line We got the XC's over easily, but in places like this the weight of the 800GS is noticeable. Steve got stuck a bit in the middle, but with the help of some locals we got the show back on the road.




We pressed on, but just outside Hani my GPS started to get blurry. I stopped to check if the mount was loose. Then I noticed something on the subframe. "Fhat the Wuck" The thing had cracked again

In Zhigalovo I only had a minor crack in the subframe and the weld that was done there was just at the crack. I tried to get them to weld some more in order to strengthen it, but due to language problems that did not happen. Now I got to pay the price. Nothing more to do than use some TT straps and tie the thing up as good as I could.

We had only gotten a few kilometers after this when my engine started to misfire. It was raining heavily now and I was getting severely pissed The engine sounded like a two cylinder engine running on one cylinder. No power. I stopped the bike and checked. Nothing found. I put it to neutral and started it again. It did run fine, but as soon as I put it into first gear it stopped. It had to be the kill switch on the side stand that was causing this. It is a known problem on the XC.

I remembered from when I did the rebuild of the bikes in Holland Erik of HotRod Welding told me about this. He also said it is the brown and white cable you have to cut. I got my Leatherman out and found the cables. It was a bit narrow, but I managed to cut the brown and white. Then I tied them together. The bike started, but as soon as I took it out of neutral it stopped There was one more cable. I cut that one to and tied the whole bunch together. Now it started and it did run in all gears. Problem solved The only thing was that I had no protection if I tried to start the bike in gear or if the side stand came down while I drove. Well, you win some and you loose some. The main thing was that I could ride the bike again.

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:30 PM   #3519
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Not really for non UK readers, and I dont want to start a whole bunch of responses or similar posts ... but a guy in the UK just had his RD04 Africa Twin stolen and would really appreciate a shout out to anyone in the North East of England anyone may know to keep eyes peeled.

http://www.xrv.org.uk/forums/africa-...h-east-uk.html
Blimey Walter,

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Old 02-07-2013, 12:37 PM   #3520
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It had to be the kill switch on the side stand that was causing this. It is a known problem on the XC.

I remembered from when I did the rebuild of the bikes in Holland Erik of HotRod Welding told me about this. He also said it is the brown and white cable you have to cut. I got my Leatherman out and found the cables. It was a bit narrow, but I managed to cut the brown and white. Then I tied them together. The bike started, but as soon as I took it out of neutral it stopped There was one more cable. I cut that one to and tied the whole bunch together. Now it started and it did run in all gears. Problem solved The only thing was that I had no protection if I tried to start the bike in gear or if the side stand came down while I drove. Well, you win some and you loose some. The main thing was that I could ride the bike again.

The first thing I remove when I get a new (to me) bike is to bypass the side-stand switch, they're a waste of time (IMO)
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:44 PM   #3521
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Sorry to interrupt. Have to look it up Geir, but I'm quite sure it's white and red. Brown is always earth with BMW and has actually no (not that I know off at least) function in this little loom

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And his clutch switch brother:



I'm sorry, embarrassed and apologise that the mount gave you guys so much trouble . I underestimated the weight and leverage of the quite large KTM fairing. It's probably my racing background that sometimes makes me overdo it at weight saving. Walter took a proto of this setup to Morocco, fell heavily with it and eventually rode it as the maniac he actually is and it survived. Maybe we should commit to do proto testing a little nearer to home? See you in spring for the mounting of V2.0 mate.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:55 PM   #3522
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Great story! Would have loved to see the Beamster smile when Walter and Terry boarded the train ...

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Maybe we should commit to do proto testing a little nearer to home?
Hey, I'm less then 2 hours away and wouldn't mind playing the test dummy! Also, I deal with welds and cracks for a living ...
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:16 PM   #3523
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On this site there are no gas stations,
but you can take gasoline in Olyokma from this man:

N57 01.421 E120 43.825



and in Yuktali at the geologist:
N56 35.514 E121 39.445
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:21 PM   #3524
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Now that your team is leaving Chara, I believe it's an appropriate time to ask whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески).

Not what comes to mind when you think of Siberia, thus what makes it that extra-special:



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Repeat question for Walter...
Is your bike still running on original clutch plates, fuel pump and injector?
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:27 PM   #3525
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Bluhduh The day of rain, overturns and rail road bridges

We pressed on. The rain was pouring down. In Khani we had stopped for some food. A lot of locals came and talked with us. Most of them drunk, but friendly. A friend of Walters also showed up and asked us to stay. We thanked him, but said we would drive on. Lots of people warned us about the rivers running high due to all the rain. Again we thanked them, but said we would try. If we couldn't make it we would come back and drink Vodka with them

20 k's from Khani was the firs big river with no bridge. The Yus-Kyuel, a side river from the mighty Khani. We checked the river out and decided we could not cross at the normal place.




It was now in the afternoon. We followed a track along the river a few hundred meters in order to find a better place to cross. Then we came to the rail road bridge and there was a small hut there. We were wet and tired and decided to check out the hut. If it was OK we would spend the night there. A quick look was all it took. We would continue. It was almost raining as much on the inside as the outside

For us to continue it dawned on us that we only had but one option left. The rail road bridge. We had only done this once before with Walter and Terry. Then we had walked the bridge first and put out lookouts at both ends in order to see if a train was coming. We figured out that this we could do ourselves

We did some scouting and found an embarkment that would put us up by the tracks. We drove the bikes up and parked. We did all the Indian tricks and both felt and listened on the tracks. Nothing. Then we decided that this was not quite the way to do it. We had to walk and use the old Eyeball 20/20. Erik walked over the bridge to the first turn. Steve walked back to the first turn. When they both gave me the OK signal I crossed. Then I went to the far end where Erik had been staying while Erik went back for his bike. New thumbs up and Erik crossed. Then Erik swapped places with Steve and Steve finally crossed, and Erik came back across the bridge for the fifth time I hoped we wouldn't need to cross to many bridges because this took forever. If we would use the same amount of time for each bridge it would be snowing by the time we got to Tynda




It was a fairly long bridge, but we succeeded Crossing this bridge on our own gave us confidence and new energy. This was fun We would continue as far as we could that day. The initial goal of the day was Yuktali. A stretch of 330 km. All proper off road and the few road bridges we crossed were very slippery.




We did ride beside the rail road for some stretches, but the missing bridges and high water level forced us up on the embarkment.




At first we didn't know what to do when a train came. Should we hide or just stay? Every time a train passed it honked its horn. We soon noticed though that they just saluted us and waved from the loc No angry faces. Just friendly waving. I love Russia




After we noticed this we all relaxed more and enjoyed the riding. In Europe we would have been arrested for doing this, but here we even raced the train

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