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Old 12-12-2012, 05:49 PM   #1351
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I greatly admire the team spirit and apparent harmony in the group. Despite the inherent harshness of advriding, despite a mysteriously ailing bike.
How hard is it not if you're on your own and struggling with a reluctant mount? How much harder when in a group? How good must a group not be to coop well with such situation?
It gives the report a special aura that goes beyond the obvious excellent style and humour. This is supertop.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:51 PM   #1352
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Hey guys and lady. Loving this ride. Rod. How long have you had this bike and what kind of shake down were you able to do before this trip. I hope it all got worked out and you enjoyed the most that you could.
I think it is great the people that host you and show you a great time.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:02 PM   #1353
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I get the impression Beamster is the quiet achiever here. While you guys have all the drama and 'fun' she's just cruisin'.
She was ... When the going got tough she hung in there better than the guys did.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:12 PM   #1354
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Day 45 - 02 July 2012

After breakfast, Hassan and Yana took us up into the hills to check out the birds:



But weather was still crap ...



So they showed us a nearby marble mine / cutter / polisher complete with museum



Apparently it was one of the finest in the USSR and lots of marble works were commissioned initially by the Tsars and later by the Communists. Including portraits of Lenin and Marx:



Sibirsky Extreme had to sign the guest book:

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:20 PM   #1355
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Day 45 - Bike Work

We were going to have to do some work on the bikes this afternoon, and since the rain had eased up, now was a good time to start. The bikes were still caked in mud from yesterday, so we drove them into a nearby lake and began throwing buckets of water at them.



Prutser has more pics of bike washing to follow.

Then it was time to strip down the katoom:



We needed some bits n pieces ... Terry wanted some gasket goop to seal up the hole he drilled for wires to pass into his fuel tank. Rod had a small radiator hole so we needed rad sealant. Yana grabbed Rod's helmet and jumped on my bike to head 8 km (5 miles) to the nearest hardware / auto store.







Meanwhile back at the ranch, Prutser and Rod were working away on their own issues:





It was another day where the guys worked on their bikes and Beamster just stood around laughing at us...

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:26 PM   #1356
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The track we were on seemed untravelled in weeks or months ... in some sections I reckoned we might be the first vehicles this year ... it was pretty over grown with grass 3 feet high. Terry who was leading at the time only just saw this washed away section in time to brake. He then guided the rest of us around it.



Rod was losing his front wheel a lot now in this combination of slippery clay like mud and slippery wet compressed plants. And this is where he came to regret his front tyre choice. He had a TKC80 ... kinda OK in the dry conditions, but just nowhere near enough grip now. A comparative look at treads will show why.\
Simply LOVE this picture!

this is my kind of adventure! keep on keeping on, lads!

(and thank you very much for sharing!!)
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:33 PM   #1357
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If this face doesn't convey disgust of an inanimate object I don't know what does. Poor KTM, I suppose at this stage it was probably hard to show it some love

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:45 PM   #1358
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I mounted one after this trip....Not that I needed one but now it does feel more stable at high speeds.

May be i didn't make my self very well understood. [poor english]
Steering damper is not only good for stability at high speed, but its stronger point is that it allow you to keep the handlebar in your hands when you hit some obstacle like a boulder or a high root, and allow you to remain at vertical position when the front wheel is in a ditch and the back wheel is in a diferent one.

@ W
I ride a BMW too, but no matter what would i ride from now on i will always have a steering damper.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:30 AM   #1359
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The famous five!!! Legends of the adv world. This ride report has me gripped, like others on the thread have mentioned, it's addictive! Fantastic stuff, cant wait for more fun and frolics as the trip goes on.

P.S. Go easy on the Suzi Quatro remarks Rod, I was in love with that lass in the 70's, Ha ha!!, gunna go see if i can find some of my old bedroom wall posters now!.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:33 AM   #1360
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Hey guys and lady. Loving this ride. Rod. How long have you had this bike and what kind of shake down were you able to do before this trip. I hope it all got worked out and you enjoyed the most that you could.
I think it is great the people that host you and show you a great time.
Hi Xthumper

See from post 660 page 44.
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:59 AM   #1361
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May be i didn't make my self very well understood. [poor english]
Steering damper is not only good for stability at high speed, but its stronger point is that it allow you to keep the handlebar in your hands when you hit some obstacle like a boulder or a high root, and allow you to remain at vertical position when the front wheel is in a ditch and the back wheel is in a diferent one.:
I do understand you, but stability is stability in my experience ... I have ridden my X-challenge across rocky bottomed rivers (where you cant see the bottom and are feeling your way across in 1st or 2nd gear) hundreds of times and I have ridden a 690 across rocky bottomed rivers many times and I have ridden my Husaberg 570 across rocky bottomed rivers.

The XC is very stable and hard to deflect off its line, even when you hit big rocks. I went down twice in the rivers in the Urals this year, but both times it was due to slippery rocks, not from getting thrown off line. The 690 is twitchy and you have to grip it hard going into a rocky river where you cant see the bottom, and the Husaberg is totally unstable without a damper. I have a damper fitted on my Husaberg, and when both low and high speed damping are turned up to the MAX, the berg is STILL less stable (I am talking about rocks and ruts and the like) than the X-Challenge without any damper.

I know some people fit them on X-Challenges, but personally I have never found it necessary at all. On my Berg I have one ... If I get a 690 (which I might) I will get one.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:05 AM   #1362
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If I get a 690 (which I might)

Didn`t you discount the 690 and put more work into the Xc a few trips ago?
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:18 AM   #1363
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If I get a 690 (which I might) I will get one.
PLEEEEASE buy an '08!
Why should I suffer alone .
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:32 AM   #1364
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Didn`t you discount the 690 and put more work into the Xc a few trips ago?
I never discounted it ... just at the time (50,000 km ago) I felt I had plenty of life left in the XC and the 690 would be a big job to get one ready. The expense of building up a new bike, vs some minor tweaking on the XC at the time made it an easy choice.

Now ... after this trip ... The XC has close to 140,000 km on it now ... 2/3 off road. If I am going to keep doing this kinda travel on it, I am going to have to buy a low mileage X-moto and just swap all the modified parts over, cause too much is worn now to be economical to fix part by part. Too much of the bike needs refreshing.

This bike has had a brutal life. 140,000 km the way I treat it is amazing going.

So I m at another crossroads ... there are many possibilities in my mind.

(a) Keep my bike and do the X-moto swap ... swap my good bits over to a x-moto thats never been ridden off road and with 5000 km (3000 miles) on the clock. By the time I sell the Xmoto forks and wheels and other bits I will never need, I could have a near new bike for very little cost (only time).

(b) Keep my bike, change the engine for a new 58 hp Husky 650 rotax engine and fix all the other worn bits on the bike

(c) Use the Husaberg 570 (60 hp) which after the Andes project has so many high quality after market adventure worthy parts on it - just needs a oil cooler, luggage rack, lots more fuel and a fairing.

(d) do something with a KTM 690 - late models seems to be much more reliable than earlier ones. Even now has the bigger donk with 66 hp.

Lets see what emerges next.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:23 AM   #1365
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PLEEEEASE buy an '08!
Why should I suffer alone .
EUREKA!!!!!....your bike.....fishfunds bike......after very close observation i think i've found the problem

wrong colour frame

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