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Old 11-09-2013, 11:25 AM   #4801
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Thank you

Just completed the report, what an excellent journey! It was a very entertaining read, the adventure, the comedy, the knowledge extracted from these pros!
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:35 AM   #4802
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Soooooo... When's the next ride report???
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Old 11-16-2013, 08:35 PM   #4803
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Some interesting stuff here from 1997 Turtle Expedition (4 wheels) trip across Russia using winter roads, http://turtleexpedition.com/adventur...ntroduction-2/
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:05 AM   #4804
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Touratech rack etc

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Hello Rod
I'm replacing my 640 Adventure. I'm leaning towards a 690 Enduro. My only concern is the subframe fuel tank combo. I see from the pictures that you have a Tourtach pannier rack. Did that combo give you any trouble? About how much weight did you load on it? Any reinforcements other then the weak bolts that have been documented on other web sites? Thanks chip
Hi Chip. Sorry not to have responded sooner-I don't log on every week - I hear you all...shame on me.

Tourateck rack was on the bike when I bought it and in terms of usability it's as much use as a chocolate fire-guard, having about as much plate "area" as a small sandwich. No Idea what TT were thinking when they designed a "rack" that's not big enough to carry anything longer than 1 foot without it resting on the exhaust...unless it was in recognition of the inherent weakness of the standard design as well documented.

All I can say is it supported my "sausage" bag just enough to allow the weight to rest on the Rally Raid luggage racks-now they ARE excellent. The weight doesn't rest on the subframe per se, but is transferred down to the footpeg mounts.
The only mod I had was indeed the subframe top and bottom bolts. Also RallyRaid Products and they're excellent too...but to avoid accusations of favouritism or sponsorship (we had none):

There Are Other Manufacturers Too ...




they just aren't as good IMO...(Damn' ....couldn't help myself )

Weight I carried on the rack?..dunno but not lots. I put the heavier stuff in the side bags. Up top in my sausage bag I just have tent, thermarest and sleeping bag with my sandals on top and a bottle or two of water stuffed through the straps.

If you do get a 690 just get the tank mods and luggage racks that follow the principles above and then forget it. You'll be fine.

after the 640....Get ready for a vibe-free life.

Thanks for the question. RC

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Old 11-17-2013, 12:30 PM   #4805
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Hi,

I need opinion from you experienced people.

Next year I planing an Euro-Asian trip. Greece-Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgistan-Kazakhstan, Russia (Altai)-Mongolia-Russia-Ukraine-
Hungary-Slovenia

Here is my "problem",,,,first i plan to start my trip in the beginning of may...but now I'm start to thinking about the option to start in the first week of April.

What do you think, and suggest about weather conditions in these periond. I'm specially worried about the Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, special Pamir "highway".

What are your knowledge about these part in the beginning of may?

And the second...

About fuel experience. I have Rotax V-twin engine 800cc. EFI. In user manual the producer suggest min. octane 91RON. What is your experience about fuel in these area, and

high altitudes on Pamir higway. Did anybody have any problems with water in fuel?

Thanks for your answers in advance.

Best regards,

Igor

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:56 AM   #4806
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Hi,

I need opinion from you experienced people.

Next year I planing an Euro-Asian trip. If I may please see my web page (on the right side is a small English section).
http://www.goeasttour.com/

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Best regards,

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Igor these arent really questions related in any way to this ride report - so why dont you send me a PM instead
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:04 AM   #4807
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Dear Walter...

Please accept my deep apologise. I was just hoping not to borough everyone with my plans and route.

And I was hope, to get the answer from as much as possible people who have any riding experience from these area and I know. that they all

ride your RR because it is (at least for me) like bible.

Sorry again if I made mistake...that was certainly not my attend.

Please be so kind And send me your opinion about my question on my PM.

Gratefully

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P.S. Ill just corect my previous post...again, I really didnt have any bad atention with link...

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Old 11-19-2013, 11:22 AM   #4808
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Dear Walter...

Please accept my deep apologise. I was just hoping not to borough everyone with my plans and route.

Sorry again if I made mistake...that was certainly not my attend.
No problem ,, it was not a criticism, Just advice :)
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:39 PM   #4809
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Thanks Rod. I did get a new 2013 690 Enduro R. Love it. chip
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:01 AM   #4810
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Thanks for this great Report!

so this ist my first post an advrider, but im reading the RR of Walter and his siberian adventures several times. Now i finished the third time reading of this wonderful story. Thank you for the pictures an stories around the BAM and RoB, the Stans an Mongolia
The result for me is, that i`m going to travel this roads in 2015. I`d talked to my Company and they agreed to give me 3 - 4 Months holiday for the trip
Now i am at the beginning of the preparation.
But thats an other story which will be continued.

Tha fact is, that Walter, Mr. TeeBee, Rod, Beamster, Prutser and last but not least the grat Vikings Geir, Erik and Steve are guilty in puttung this damned adventure spirit in my heart...
Now i had to live with it and i think, it`s allright

Thank you very much that i could participate on this journey!
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Old 11-21-2013, 10:06 AM   #4811
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Old 11-21-2013, 03:21 PM   #4812
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so this ist my first post an advrider, but im reading the RR of Walter and his siberian adventures several times. Now i finished the third time reading of this wonderful story. Thank you for the pictures an stories around the BAM and RoB, the Stans an Mongolia
The result for me is, that i`m going to travel this roads in 2015. I`d talked to my Company and they agreed to give me 3 - 4 Months holiday for the trip
Now i am at the beginning of the preparation.
But thats an other story which will be continued.

Tha fact is, that Walter, Mr. TeeBee, Rod, Beamster, Prutser and last but not least the grat Vikings Geir, Erik and Steve are guilty in puttung this damned adventure spirit in my heart...
Now i had to live with it and i think, it`s allright

Thank you very much that i could participate on this journey!
DrWolle, it will be a trip of a lifetime :-)


Don't look back, you are not going in that direction :-)
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Old 11-22-2013, 12:13 AM   #4813
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DrWolle, it will be a trip of a lifetime :-)


Don't look back, you are not going in that direction :-)

I know this because of this great ridereports and your enthusiasm during the ride and your description of the journey!

As i worked out the first skript to plan my route, at some moments i felt really little about the dimensions of the distances i had to keep just to reach the Altai-Mountains
But now i am sure, that i will take the challenge!
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:01 AM   #4814
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Some interesting stuff here from 1997 Turtle Expedition (4 wheels) trip across Russia using winter roads, http://turtleexpedition.com/adventur...ntroduction-2/
very interesting folks ...
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Old 11-22-2013, 02:00 PM   #4815
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Kinda late to the party...ok, very late.

Walter I know you wear the open face helmet so people can see your face as you approach. But looking at your pics all geared up as you ride I'm wondering if people wonder if you're a cop on a adventure bike? All that's missing is the flashing lite.

Loving the RR and thanks so much for allowing us to share your adventure. Keep on rollin brother....
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