Can a Harley make it to Magadan?

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    I want to visit Magadan & ride the Road of Bones.

    I could do it like everyone else, with a BMW, Africa Twin, KTM, or other factory adventure go anywhere bike.

    and have a good time doing it.

    But that just aint my style. I'm a bike guy, not really a 'harley guy' but I do like doing things with HD's that the moco had never planned on, and would probably frown on. Which is fine with me, because altho I like the bikes ok, I dont have alot of use for the moco or their minions. I dont even own a pirate hat.

    So I hunted around, & found a low mileage 2003 1200 sporty. I really wanted an 03, as thats their special 100th anniversary bike (even tho it was actually only their 98th anniversary)

    oooo....isnt it pretty!

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    As Im from Alabama, I decided to jack it up a bit, which is what we do to our pickups & camaros down in these parts. I never could figure out where to mount the easy rider rifle rack tho, so I left it off.

    this is basically how it looks now, altho I swapped out the alloy bags with soft bags, as when I tested it out in some mud, I could see those big ass bags causing me problems.

    I call it an XL/GS Dirtster

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    ok, now I know Im gonna catch hell, yes, it has shocks. long shocks. and no springer fork. But have you ever seen pics of the RoB?
    I do want to make it to Magadan, and in 1 piece.

    so heres sorta my route, variances on whether I get a visa for Iran or not, which as of now, doesnt look to good.

    Oh, you thought I'd take the short route to Magadan? :lol3

    brown is my route there, white is the return

    heres my Spot tracker link

    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=03Odd0jSoM4L8jRerakrHbqMGqmBcSYjc


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    also, I'm hoping to visit the NE part of Afghanistan before the Pamir highway

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    right now, Im in Frankfurt, Germany, waiting on my bike to get here, then I'll be off, like a herd of turtles!

    Doug
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  2. Mechanista

    Mechanista manic depressive

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    I'm really looking forward to this ride report!:clap
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  3. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    I'm with you can't wait to see how this goes. :thumb

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  4. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    Fantastic,a new adventure with Doug! :clap

    No it´s time again to visit this forum every day :deal

    Wish you a good and save trip and a great time here in germany :thumb

    MJ
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  5. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Sure....it's not the bike but the biker..take care and don't plow into anything to prove your point. I am sure there is plenty of help out there. Do take along a few spare parts that to your knowledge tend to easily wear down on this model bike on gnarly roads.

    Most of all always ATGATT, plz!!!:D

    Good Luck and do post lots of pictures and comments...you'll be in good hands:rofl.
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  6. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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  7. Mr. Magoo

    Mr. Magoo n/a

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    Have a nice ride. Send a postcard. :1drink
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  8. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    I have read your previous report... and definetely its not the bike but the biker...
    so... I'm really looking forward to this ride report!:clap
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  9. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    Cool adventure!

    What's your fuel range? :ear
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  10. dendrophobe

    dendrophobe Motorbike Junky

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    Wow, that's a heck of a Harley! The main thing that would really concern me is the weight; but it looks a lot better than stock.

    Probably more offroad worthy than the Ulysses! :lol3
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  11. TomTom63

    TomTom63 Motorradfahrer

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    Subscribed :clap. I'll be following closely your up dates. Have fun in Germany.

    That "Sporty" is a fine machine...:rofl
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  12. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    This should be very interesting. :lurk
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  13. el guapo nada

    el guapo nada Been here awhile

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    Love yer adventures Doug! IF I grow up, I'm pretty sure I wanna be like you!

    Most excellent travels to you man! (and yes I still consider you the MAN, even though you added some cushy stuff for this ride).....( :lol3 )
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  14. scarysharkface

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  15. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    I am so in. :thumb

    You did, of course, use an AMF front end for authenticity, right? :D


    Have fun, and a safe one.
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  16. Locus

    Locus Adventurer

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    I am in........................
    :bubba I must admit you have gotten me curious Doug and your ride seems very capable.... like a 'factory' adv'r, but still a Hardley..... :rofl
    Good luck !!!!
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  17. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV aka Oso Blanco

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    Looking forward to following along Doug :freaky
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  18. pinocono

    pinocono Husky Dü

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    Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!:clap
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  19. oldfool

    oldfool Been here awhile

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    You can ride anything you want anywhere. People have ridden honda 90's around the world. Have a great time. Richard
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  20. Lunatic

    Lunatic Dan Keyhoety

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