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Old 05-22-2013, 07:23 PM   #76
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Hooray! You're posting to ADV again!

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Old 05-22-2013, 08:04 PM   #77
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Wow

Stunning pictures. Will you tell us what camera equipment you are using?
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:35 AM   #78
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Great pictures. Really give a taste of the country.

How's the Scram holding up?
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:33 AM   #79
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I'll do an update shortly, just having too much fun at the minute!
And that is what it's all about. Trouble is us armchair travelers can't wait for updates.
Fantastic photos and really captures the people of the regions.
Keep it coming
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:57 AM   #80
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Brilliant pictures, convey your epic ride pretty well, can't wait for more!
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Old 05-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #81
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Stunning pictures. Will you tell us what camera equipment you are using?
I know he's using a Canon 60D. Not sure what lenses. Most of the images look like they've been heavily color-corrected and/or sharpened plus had filters like a heavy dodge around the edges or blur along top/bottom (like tilt-shift effect).

But, having lived in Mongolia for 2 years, totally agree that he's a got a great eye for a good shot in the hoodoo (countryside) and hot (city). And the images speak for themselves. Glad he's posting again!
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:30 PM   #82
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Excellent ride!

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Old 05-24-2013, 04:12 AM   #83
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Russia

This should have come before Mongolia


Military Parade in Mongolia




Vlad







Khabarovsk Bike Festival














Interviewed for Russian TV


I really struggled on the wet mud with street tyres and and zero offroad experience, this scared me for what was to come


Tina after my 2nd crash


Sergey was a beautiful man who helped me repair my panniers and clutch and mirrors, him and his wife were amazing hosts!



Teaching English in the Local school in Svobodny





Next Stop Mogochy


The hotel for the night






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Old 05-24-2013, 06:53 AM   #84
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Tina after my 2nd crash

It worries me that you don't have any crash bars. The gear lever particularly is vulnerable. The shift shaft can bend and can rotate 90 degrees upwards very easily.....internally!
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:47 AM   #85
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Whoa, you have to have more information on this bike, maybe a AT hidden under all that custom tank Someone put some serious thought into that setup. Dakar like Rally setup, I would love to hear more about the history on this one.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:56 AM   #86
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I really struggled on the wet mud with street tyres and and zero offroad experience, this scared me for what was to come
That road actually looks in quite good condition. I'm sure you'll find much worse and "real" mud up the track. Give yourself some "learning curve" time to sort all this off road business out. It will come.

Very tough to learn off roading starting out on a fully loaded Bonnie.
First thing I would do is spoon on your knobbly tires. Run low pressures, around 22 PSI front, 25 PSI rear. Huge difference in handling/control in soft conditions.

A few off road riding basics for you to try:

Vision is key! Keep your gaze fixed WAY out ahead, read the terrain and pick your lines way in advance. Like 20 or 30 meters ahead. This alone will have make an incredible difference in how the bike gets through nasty, soft sections. Most novice riders look straight down, just beyond their front tire.
WRONG!

Learn to stand on the pegs and steer with your feet. RELAX your grip on the bars. Steady on throttle and use slight acceleration when bike begins to get out of shape. Weight back in this instance.

And lastly ... do NOT FORGET TO BREATH. Many do, and unknowingly hold their breath during nasty sections! This will exhaust you quickly, cause arm pump and generally ruin your day. BREATH.
All the best, safe going!
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Old 05-24-2013, 06:14 PM   #87
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Excellent photos, Ellio! Keep 'em coming! Would also love to hear the story on that custom bike with the home-welded tank.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:02 AM   #88
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Whoa, you have to have more information on this bike, maybe a AT hidden under all that custom tank Someone put some serious thought into that setup. Dakar like Rally setup, I would love to hear more about the history on this one.


So this is Sergey's bike, he was the professional biker I stayed with in Svobodny and helped me to repair my bike after the mud road crash, he was a very interesting character. Svobodny is a very rural town in Eastern Russia with pitted mud roads mixed in with a bit of tarmac, house's rarely have running water and the toilet is an out house. Yet through this simplicity Sergey led this intricate life of of custom motorcycles, the one pictured is a Honda XLV750 from the 80's, he made a custom dash and then made the 55ltr aluminium tank, he's missing a cam cover for which i'm trying to help him to source. He also had the a KTM given to him by Lyndon P of all people, he's done a tonne of Siberian routes and long distances in and around Russia, I followed him once on the Honda and he was effortless in his offroading ability. Great guy, Sergey in Svobodny.

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Old 05-25-2013, 06:53 PM   #89
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Nobblies make her look like a scrambler now. I hope this helps me on the rough stuff.




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Old 05-25-2013, 07:25 PM   #90
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Whoa, you have to have more information on this bike, maybe a AT hidden under all that custom tank Someone put some serious thought into that setup. Dakar like Rally setup, I would love to hear more about the history on this one.
mmm hmm. i was just about to ask the same thing man. strange creature that one.
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