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Old 10-18-2012, 12:53 PM   #46
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Introductions ... Part 1

First name on the riders team sheet was, obviously enough, me. I had no idea if anyone else would be stupid enough and have time enough to attempt a ride like this with me, so when I came up with the plan, I was prepared to do it alone ... or at least large stretches of it alone.







The bike I was riding was the rebuilt X-Challenge that featured in last years Morocco ride report - http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=727119

The modifications are numerous and detailed on the bike build thread here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=524638, but for purposes of being brief ...

The big ticket highlights are:
- Hyperpro Shock
- Marzocchi twin chamber 50mm forks, resprung and revalved
- Hot Rod X-Tank (9.5litres)
- Hot Rod X-Rack
- Hot Rod KTM 690 Rallye fairing assembly
- Excel Rims (A60 up front)
- Scheffelmeier bash plate
- Rayz seat
- HID50 projector lights, ballasts and bulbs
- SR Racing exhaust
- Assorted hard parts from Scheffelmeier, Hot Rod and Adventure-Spec
- Terry Browns prototype X-Challenge oil cooler

Luggage:
I used the Giant Loop Fandango tank bag, a 49 litre (not the big one) Ortlieb roll bag on the back, but the main panniers were a product (Magadan Bags) that I had been developing over the last year or so since nothing else did the job, now produced and distributed by Adventure-Spec.

When the bike emerged from the workshops of Hyperpro and Hot-Rod just 10 days before departure, it looked like this:





In adventuring mode, on the road, it looks like this:



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Old 10-18-2012, 01:15 PM   #47
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Здравствуй Walter, I sense some brutal Siberian mud-madness!
Trust you won't be dissapointing?

Oh and please do a side-story post in your usual style, about going from google earth to real earth...

PS. you are v.close to convience me to build my future perfect bike on an x-challenge...
just hope they will still be alive in a couple of years after all such trashings!!!

Спасибо.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:57 PM   #48
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[QUOTE=Colebatch;19847671]
In adventuring mode, on the road, it looks like this:



There's a bike in this picture?


Thanks for taking us with you!
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:27 PM   #49
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In! Best reading on the planet!
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:43 PM   #50
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Absolutely in!
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #51
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i'm in...are you freaking kidding me another epic ride report is about to unfold...as you ride east and potenial cold days and nights i'm heading south and it gets warmer daily, i feel for you i needed some good reading on the road...go Colebatch and his crazy crew
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:35 PM   #52
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Oh I am so in, I would not want to miss this one!!!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:41 PM   #53
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whoaa, a new sibirsky extreme, in!!
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:44 PM   #54
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I was just thinking to myself, "I'm ready for another Colebatch adventure.." I open up Ride Reports, and THERE IT IS!

Thanks Walter. You really do a service for those of us not able to do these rides!
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #55
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This is too early. I'm still riding for at least another 3 weeks. At least have the common decency to wait until I'm snowbound and need a good read.

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #56
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great ride... subscribed
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:57 PM   #57
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I was waiting for this moment, Walter!
Now I understand your earlier reply "Something ambitious" to my remark: "I'm missing your epic rides, are you preparing for something soon?"
Sapsibo, anxiously awaiting your posts.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:42 PM   #58
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:00 PM   #59
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Another epic Colebatch ride report!!! I'm totally IN for this one. Actually caught it at the start for the first time. I thought I recognized at least one face from previous rides.

No way could I do that but I'm happy to read about those that can.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:18 PM   #60
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wow... nice trip!!
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