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Old 02-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #3721
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Really enjoyed Alexander's song.

Originally Posted by stemic01 View Post
Hi guys.
Here is a beta version from the BAM road. It is just a bunch of videoclips thrown together and is not very well edited at this point. Since theis is just a pre-release and not a final version I have chosen to password protect it. So consider this as a special beta version for you Advrider inmates. A better version with tighter editing will be available at some point later.
Photographers: This is a collection of videos filmed by the whole crew so thanks to Geir, Erik, Walter and Terry for your contribution.

Check it out here and use the password "rtw2012"
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:46 PM   #3722
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
I think getting the risers right is critical for that.
+1 Yup.
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Old 02-13-2013, 01:27 PM   #3723
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Colebatch you look big how you do to stand up for that many days I have troubles in just one day with my back for hard off road ride in a 450 MX.
Also. Buy a kidney belt. I tried it after terrible backache when I first started off-roading and the backache went straight away.. Yer use what works. Costs very little to try it however it works out.

But then again maybe I was just more relaxed in the same way that when you first start to ski you can't walk on the third morning. On the second holiday you've learned to use your muscles better so aren't as tense-thus it's not nearly so bad.

However-I've used one ever since and have no back problems-suggest you give it a whirl. WTFDIK.
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Old 02-13-2013, 02:01 PM   #3724
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Hello Walter,
I use open face jet helmet when enduro-touring/travelling and integral Airoh Stelt when offroading. I would never give up the chin bar protection when riding serious offroad. Face plant is practised vocabulary for me.
Ive found the GIVI X.01 Tourer as the only offroad helmet convertible between both. Do you know this helmet ? Would you consider it for such an epic ride ?
I have my doubt on the solidity of such removable chin bar, because of the high weight of 1600g (my Airoh is 1000g+goggles and I love this) and because Im not sure I would detach the chin bar when I expect to meet people (and put in my pocket ?).
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:26 PM   #3725
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and this one
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:46 PM   #3726
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Standing or sitting ?

My kopek's worth -

I rarely stand except in slow 'technical' stuff where higher vision of nearer surfaces mattered more, as well as weight more over the handlebars and more precise balance.
Maybe that is my aged legs feeling the strain, or it might come from car rally experience where you 'feel' things through the seat of your pants.

When bumps, undulations and rougher surfaces appear I raise my butt just above the moto's seat, thinking that putting my weight on the footpegs lowered the fore/aft pivot centre yet kept the overall centre of mass/gravity lower than standing.
This does put additional strain on arms and hands.

But does it work?

When I rode with Colebatch, on the one time he couldn't catch me over 20 or more miles on loose surface, I was generally seated, enjoying the sideways 'drift' on corners.
But one swallow does not make a summer - that was late one afternoon after many frustrating flat tyre stops. The rest of the 3 months he waited for me!
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #3727
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Originally Posted by tee bee View Post
We had to drain our fuel before the bikes were loaded on the train.

While we were doing this (syphoning into plastic water bottles), the 3 drunks were hassling us,then one of them took his cigarette lighter out and threatened to set us alight !.

By this time i was getting a little bit angry, so i stuck my finger in over the top of the bottle of fuel and went to throw the whole lot over him, Haha, that changed things, after that they backed off...,it was then that one of them revealed his hand gun......

To say i was happy to get out of there, is probably an understatement...

As walter said earlier,we were just in the wrong place and i,m sure if they had been sober they would have been as friendly as all the other Russians we met.
If you being a foreigner perhaps restrained them somewhat, imagine if I spoke clean russian. Try and convince them I'm an australian citizen then.

Although remote Russia certainly is not downtown Kabul, let me assure you, it's not all rosy. Saying that, it is an amasing part of the world.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:37 PM   #3728
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It was only a thought. I'd take a 950
You haven't been paying attention..... but go aheadand enjoy yourself.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:07 PM   #3729
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Originally Posted by jordiakof View Post
and a third: Nolan N44
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:11 PM   #3730
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Originally Posted by Colebatch View Post
I think getting the risers right is critical for that. Risers that go forward as well as up is imho vital to getting the ergonomics right. Normal risers actually bring the bars closer in to your body due to the angle of the forks. That can make standing tiring and more work. Different bikes have different peg to seat heights. I am lucky to be on a bike with very good spacing between the feet, seat and bars - but I still like the bars both 50 mm higher and more fwd.

Plush front suspension helps too
Right on. Good Ergos will save energy. And good suspension means at end of day you are not so beat up. Both critical .... but different for everyone.

Riding competition enduros you end up standing for a lot of the event (90 miles of HELL) about 4 or 5 hours doing between 14 mph to 24 mph speed average. (yes, knarly, tough terrain)

Pro riders will sometimes eat a Banana at the lunch stop ... but ALL took potassium supplements. Why? Leg cramps. I would get such bad leg cramps that I could no longer stand. Severe, sharp pain. A common problem for those not absolutely 100% fit or anyone slightly dehydrated. Upping the potassium and water levels helps a lot to survive standing all day.

I always sit down when possible (to rest) and still use this technique when I can. So sit when you can ... stand when you must. But standing works better for tackling tough terrain, hill climbs or nasty, steep downhills, nasty rock sections ...

I also like to stand on FAST, high speed open roads like in this report. Standing lets you see further ahead and read terrain better ahead. Hard to see anything looking through a screen ... and that could cost you your life.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:32 PM   #3731
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Wow 250 pages

Love your work guys! Hitting 250 pages, better than a book
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:48 PM   #3732
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Originally Posted by Twinmike View Post
Please, more from the RR
where are the Norwegians? maybe on snowmobile in the norwegian tundra
Apologies ... Norwegians tell me they have been busy at work ... but will be back later today to drive this story forward from Tynda.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:24 PM   #3733
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Originally Posted by Jamm View Post
You haven't been paying attention..... but go aheadand enjoy yourself.
Everybody has a different riding ability. Some guys can ride a big bike like a small one. What is right for one person does not always work for another.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:07 AM   #3734
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Asia or Australia ?

Walters epic travel report on his travels in Asia are wonderful----the countries---the people---Especially the people. One real advantage Walter has---that a lot of us would not----is that he speaks, and can understand, languages and dialects enough to communicate with the people he encounters. His proficiency in those areas is reflected in his being able to spell the names of the places he visits. I would guess that Australia, also, would provide a vast amount of country---thinly populated in the interior from what I can tell by looking at a night time map here:

I would assume that 'English" would be the language common in Australia? So I am wondering if Walter (or others) would comment on what travel conditions might exist in Australia----roads and trails, accomodations---fuel, etc. I'm sure there are Adventure Rider reports of travel there---but I've not yet found them so would appreciate anyone taking the time to provide their thoughts on travel conditions there?

I don't mean to interupt the flow of this thread-----so perhaps it would be better to PM me with information and / or links where I could find information.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:12 AM   #3735
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I have a question regarding the GoPros you use. Did you do anything to prolong the battery life on them? Or simply just switch them on for the spots you wanted and charge them at night?

I gotta say great job to everyone on this ride. It's made me look forward to riding Russia more than anywhere else so far.
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