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Old 10-05-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Mongol Rally 2014 (Not those Mongols)

UK to Mongolia on a 125 cc bike

I'll be riding a Suzuki Van Van

19th July 2014 - 30th August 2014

The MR is not a proper rally. The organisers are in it for laughs (and to make a profit) and it is more a trek by any route possible from the UK to Mongolia and points in between

http://www.theadventurists.com/the-a...s/mongol-rally

So the deposit is paid for 'Team Bongo'. The name is provisional and may change subject to sponsorship.

I hope to raise several thousand pounds for charitable causes.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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I can already picture the finish line

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Old 10-06-2013, 03:00 AM   #3
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:45 AM   #5
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I'm going to put down some of my planning here. It may be useful for others (or a warning )

Preliminary thoughts:


1: Route:

This dictates timescales and visa requirements.
I'm looking provisionally at a route through Ukraine Russia Kstan & Mongolia.


2: H & S:

Medical
Innoculations
Medical Insurance (the MR have a recommended broker)
Dentist (don't want this impacted wisdom tooth playing up in the 'stans)
Optician
First aid kit / emergency kit.


Bikes:

Two or three VanVan 125s have to be sourced in the UK.
Joined the VanVan forum, very helpful so far.
Pre - FI models 2006 or earlier
Larger tanks (DR200 may fit and gives 300+ miles range)


Preparation

Luggage: Topbox, soft panniers and seat roll bag, tankbag,
Rotopax fuel and water tanks
GPS
Service
HD chain and sprockets
Heavy duty tires and wheel bearings
Spares (tubes, levers, gear shift, oil seals, bulbs, cables, fuses etc)
Tools


Camping gear:

Lightweight tent, bag, very basic subsistence.


Documents and permits:

Carnet
Visas
International licence
Check on mandatory requirements for riding ex-Europe


Web Site

Need to raise 1000 GBP per team rider sponsorship as part of the terms of entry
Separate sponsorship luggage and bike related (Team VanVan, Suzuki?)

Lots of fun. To be continued.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:01 AM   #6
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Don't think you'll need a carnet unless you do go via Iran.
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Don't think you'll need a carnet unless you do go via Iran.
Thanks Paul. Want to join the team?
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Thanks Paul. Want to join the team?
Very tempting
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #9
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Was just about to put down my deposit on an organised trip to Ladakh next June. Saw this and haven't done it. Yet. I'm planning with a buddy to ship bikes to Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan in 2015 and ride them back.

Will probably stick with Plan A but thinking about it.
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Was just about to put down my deposit on an organised trip to Ladakh next June. Saw this and haven't done it. Yet. I'm planning with a buddy to ship bikes to Mongolia or Kyrgyzstan in 2015 and ride them back.

Will probably stick with Plan A but thinking about it.
Hold the deposit. Read Henry V
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:32 AM   #11
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No carnet needed unless you go through Iran. My only comment on the route is that you could also consider going across the Caspian sea by ferry and go through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, though the route above does limit visa costs. Hopefully this won't be taken as trolling, but if you really do have charity in mind then the Mongolia Charity Rally is also an option, the Mongol Rally and Mongolia Charity Rally started as the same event, the Mongol Rally went profit making through the Adventurists (but still retained a requirement to raise money for charity), the Mongolia Charity Rally remained charitable and the UK adventure charity Go Help was founded to run it and keep it as a non-profit event. Either way you'll have an amazing time. One thing to watch though: I understand that this year teams on the Mongol Rally can't leave their cars in Mongolia and have to either drive them back or pay for them to be shipped back. This isn't the case for the Mongolia Charity Rally, where cars are donated or auctioned for charity in UB. I was one of the first guys to do the southern route in 2004. It was amazing, whatever you end up doing it will be incredible. Good luck!
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Old 10-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #12
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and Bongo buys a bike.
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