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Old 03-13-2014, 02:06 PM   #1
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Mongolia to Magadan: Any which (the hard) way

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Here’s a ride report from a bike trip I did in the summer of 2013: It involves off-pavement riding from Ulaan Bataar, the Capital of Mongolia across eastern Siberia in Russia via Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, the western section of the BAM Road, Tynda, Yakutsk and the Road of Bones to Magadan.

The journey started on a 1988 Honda XL600V Transalp (The Shed) and finished on a 2008 BMW G650 X-Challenge (The RBA). There were lots of adventures: Either because they would have happened on any bike, or special bonuses based on my unsuitable bike selection.

I met lots of great local people and had some super riding buddies. They were, in chronological order:
Mr Pete-the great dancer-Berry
Mr Bod Waters
Mr Andrew Don
Mr Jon Boulton (AD and JB’s website is www.jabamundus.com )
Mr Adam Lewis ( http://shortwayround.co.uk/ )
And last, but by no means least, Mr Felix -Mullets are back in fashion- Wright

Most of the images are mine, but some belong to the boys. I have asserted their copyright as appropriate. Thanks for letting me use them. There are also a few videos. They’re not really edited “with love”, but they hopefully help to tell the story of one hell of a trip.

I’d also like to thank Mr Walter Colebatch (http://www.sibirskyextreme.com/ ) for his advice and navigation aids (Next time I’ll follow the advice more closely…) and Mr Phil Kneller for allowing me to complete the trip on his bike while he spent more with the beautiful and charming Zarina.

Here are some pictures to give you a feel for what I encountered.















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Old 03-13-2014, 02:40 PM   #2
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Sounds good Chris, keep it going!
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:50 PM   #3
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I am curious. What was wrong with the Transalp? What made it unsuitable?
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:54 PM   #4
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Very nice, make sure to post up some more photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:12 PM   #5
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I am curious. What was wrong with the Transalp? What made it unsuitable?
There'll be more description to come, but in summary: Taking a Shed on a motorcross track is never the best idea.
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Old 03-13-2014, 03:39 PM   #6
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Looking forward to this, looks like you had some good company and a good photographer along with A Lewis.

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Can't wait to hear more about this trip
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:27 AM   #8
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Waiting for more!!
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:55 AM   #9
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We said doing those River crossing in The Yorkshire Dales would one day come in useful

Great photos keep it coming

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Old 03-14-2014, 04:51 AM   #10
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We said doing those River crossing in The Yorkshire Dales would one day come in useful

Great photos keep it coming

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Dropping my DRZ in the Corwen Carwash in Wales helped me to learn how to recover from a full drowning...






Note: This video is from Mongolia in 2012. In
2013 I (mostly... ) had learnt my lesson. Details to follow...

Oh yeah: The pic above of the X-Ch riding through the water is not a river! It's the road!
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:49 AM   #12
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:59 AM   #13
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Dropping my DRZ in the Corwen Carwash in Wales helped me to learn how to recover from a full drowning...

2013
Ey Up Chris..... this sounds like another Brighty good RR, even though my favourite bike the Honda Transalp dies a death by the sounds of it watcha been doin to it ?

Bloody hell Chris " the Corwen carwash" sh1t, been through there more than a few times; though usually in spring and in a Land Rover ...too deep for a bike I always thought


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Old 03-14-2014, 11:39 AM   #14
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Nice one Chris , wheres the rest

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