BikeBrothers are back: Central Asia and Mongolia

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by BikeBrother, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. BikeBrother

    BikeBrother Motorisch gestoord

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    "On a cold morning, looking out over the Colca Canyon in Peru, holding a hot cup of coffee in my hands, i see a Condor hover in the canyon. Gliding on themal she circles higher and higher. Unlimited freedom!
    She flies over my head, looking down to me. In the corner of the eye I see my bike. Then I realize my DR is my wing. She takes me all over the world, let me fly into adventures, give me my freedom..."

    So inmates, it's time to be free again... time to fly away and start another adventurous journey on our motorbikes.
    But let us start to introduce ourselves.
    We are the BikeBrothers Harald and Udo from the Netherlands. We travelled all over the world on our Suzuki's DR 600. Although we did not write our travel adventures here on ADVrider, you can get a glimpse on our site www.bikebrothers.nl
    So this time we fly to Central Asia. This means we head for Kazachstan, Kyrgyzistan, Tadzjikistan, Russia and Mongolia.
    The plan started 2 years ago on the AllRoadManiacs.nl forum for who wants to go to Central Asia and ship the bike to Almaty in Kazachstan to avoid the long ride to get there. Working out the plan, we decided to use the transport option to get our bikes there. Finally a group of 12 adventure riders joined up and we ship 12 motorbikes in a container by railway from Holland to Almaty. The bikes are on their way and we fly on july 14th.
    The last winter we were busy with preparations of the bikes, paperwork, reading and much more.
    Harald prepared his DR650 in his garage:
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    And Udo took his DRZ400 in his kitchen cos his barn was too damn cold this winter...
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    In june we crated the bikes and delivered them at the harbour in Rotterdam for transport by train to Almaty, Kazachstan.
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    and after a looooooong day work it just fits.....:clap Time for a drink :1drink
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    So the next 3 months we want to share our adventures with you.

    To be continued...
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  2. burgerking

    burgerking echt bezopen

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    Cool

    Veel plezier :freaky
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  3. beduina

    beduina Adventurer

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    :clapIch freue mich für und mit Euch:rofl
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  4. francs

    francs Been here awhile

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    Good luck Udo!
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  5. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    'Hoping your new trip will be chronicled here! :D

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  6. airhead80gs

    airhead80gs n00b

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    ha Broers,
    geniet ervan, en drink niet te veel wodka!
    cheers, peter theuwissen
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  7. StevenD

    StevenD Hmmmm, dirt!

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    Define too much vodka.. :freaky

    Too much is never enough! :lol3
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  8. arjen

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    Hee Harald en Udo,

    Veel plezier mannen!
    On the road again!
    Keep the stories coming!

    Arjen
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  9. Olivier

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    Was daar in 2010; kon door omstandigheden niet mee, ben nu stikjaloers! Veel plezier daar :wave , vond vooral Mongolië onvergetelijk!
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  10. mattt

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    What an Adventurous life you have !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek2:eek2:eek2

    Really impatient to read you again guys!!!!!!:clap
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  11. BikeBrother

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    Just on the very latest moment we get our pasports with all the visas: friday 13th at 16.00 hours....Now we can sleep again... The next morning we fly to Almaty, Kazachstan. On monday morning the whole group gathers at the Turkestan Hotel and wait for the contact person from the shipping agent. At 11.00 hours he calls the hotel and say that the customs have lunch till 14:00 hour. So we wait more...Finally he shows up and we go by taxi to the warehouse to pick up the motorbikes. There we have to wait till 16.00 hour for the container is opened. Yes, we have our bikes:freakyBut due to the rough transport, the fuel tank of Haralds suzuki is leaking. We ride back to the hotel and luckely the bike did not catch fire.
    The next morning we visit the basar for breakfast with wodka and buy epoxy resin to fix the fuel tank.

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    Yep, enough vodka...

    Finally we are on the road. We want to go to the Singing Sand dunes in Altyn Emel NP in east Kazachstan. There are no signs at all so we follow one off the tracks into the NP. The tracks get worse and some times quit steep over the green hills. Although it is fun riding on your motorbike here. At a farm we ask for a direction but they can not tell us which way it is. They can not show us because the map is in english. So we ride on compass to the south and after some hours the track ends at a small russian truck where the park ranger lives in summer time with his wive.

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    He wondered why and how we get here since we never passed an entry gate to the NP. Udo is pointing to his GPS and explains "I just follow the compass to the south". Marat, the park ranger is laughing and say that we were total out of direction to the sand dunes. "You can only reach it through the main entrance and that is far away". He invite us for tea and biscuits. We decide to go back and forget the Singing Sand dunes. We had enough sand for today.

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    Uhm, maybe too much vodka?

    On our way to Kyrgyzstan we crossed a pass road with nice curves. Instead of going the max speedlimit of 50 km/hour we rode a little bit faster. On top of the pass was a police car with a speed camera. We and 3 other cars had to stop. The police man showed us the images in the car on a laptop which had recorded the speed of 76 km/hour. The fine would be 85 euro for each. All the car drivers are paying the fine but we are from Holland, dude. Udo don't have a wallet and Harald has only 9900 Tenge in his wallet which is about 50 euro. We show a credit card but the police officer with a very big police hat don't accept credit cards. He looks angry and is getting irritated. Udo is sitting next to the officer and is thinking, mmmhh, the hat would be a nice shelter if it is raining. After a while the police man takes 9500 Tenge and push us hard out of the police car, deal.:deal

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  12. beduina

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    Hallo ihr Beidenda habt Ihr ja schon einiges erlebt in den wenigen Tagen. Schöne Fotos.Es waren wohl am Vorabend einige Sto Gramm (Wotka)zu viel für die Suzuki,oder was hat sie im Sand gesucht :-)In der Wüste wächstdas Gemüse nicht , dass die Matka verkauft :-)ich sende Euch Grüße von zu Hause und wünsche weietr eine gute Reise.
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  13. beduina

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    Hallo ihr Beiden
    da habt Ihr ja schon einiges erlebt in den wenigen Tagen. Schöne Fotos.
    Es waren wohl am Vorabend einige Sto Gramm (Wotka) zu viel für die Suzuki,oder was hat sie im Sand gesucht :-)In der Wüste wächst das Gemüse nicht , dass die Matka verkauft :-)
    Liebe Grüße von zu Hause und weietr eine gute Reise.
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  14. beduina

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    Hallo ihr Beiden
    da habt Ihr ja schon einiges erlebt in den wenigen Tagen. Schöne Fotos.
    Es waren wohl am Vorabend einige Sto Gramm (Wotka)zu viel für die Suzuki,oder was hat sie im Sand gesucht :-)
    In der Wüste wächst das Gemüse nicht , dass die Matka verkauft :-)
    Liebe Grüße von zu Hause und weietr eine gute Reise.
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  15. beduina

    beduina Adventurer

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    sorry,
    ich bin hier noch nicht so fitt, wollte den 1.Text nur etwas ausbessern,nun habt ihr ihn gleich 3x
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  16. BikeBrother

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    The border crossing from Kazahstan to Kyrgyzstan tooks only 2 hours. 30 minutes was for the paper work and the rest of the time was waiting in the burning sun of 38 degrees celsius between 40 other cars with running engines.
    We stroll around in Bishkek and see a lot of beautifull buildings in suprisingly clean streets and well maintained city parks.

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    After a day Bishkek we hit the road to Naryn where we turn right to Kazarman. This is the most desolated area of Kyrgyzstan.

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    The first 100 km. of the track is corrugated, the next 100 km. very bumpy, between that a part of very bad bitumen but not at least it was all dusty.

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    After Kazarman the gravel road starts winding slowly through green hills till the foot of the Kaldama Pass. The Pass it selfs is in some parts very steep and has several hairpins. Most of the time the dirt road is narrow and if a 4WD comes down the track we can just pass each other. On top of the Kaldama Pass and looking to the other side we have spectacular views into the deep valley.

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    In the mountains we see everywhere yurts. These are from the nomadic Kyrgyz people that lives here during the summer months on the jailoos. A jailoo is a small green plateau of grass field in the mountain range.

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    It takes a while before we reach lower grounds and find a nice camping spot. Horses are grazing around the tent and a little boy on a mule is looking what the hell we are doing here. We are modern nomads on a jailoo.

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  17. beduina

    beduina Adventurer

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    :clapHallo Ihr Zwei
    das sind super Fotos von der Landschaft und Euren Erlebnissen. Am besten gefällt mir der staunende kleine Junge in den roten Hosen. Udo, was hast du denn schönes gekocht?
    Gute Reise:wave
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  18. peterstpeter

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    Very impressive! After Tunisia i'm a bit hungry for more, thanks for feeding.
    Peter Vergauwen
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  19. benzine

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    Geverdemme Udo, very nice pictures!! I envy you 2 guy's.
    why the susuki and not the KTM?? Maintenance??

    Have a nice time.

    Gr Koen
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  20. Shivanshu

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    great brothers, you guys seriously know how to be on road. Waiting for more pics with details.
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