Family of 3 riding a sidecar through (almost) all of Europe, and east, to Mongolia..

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by bizoo_n, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. sages

    sages Been here awhile

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    Brilliant pics mate. Keep it going.
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  2. Homer GSA

    Homer GSA R1200GSA 2008

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    Me too. What a wonderful exciting life.
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  3. jwmitch

    jwmitch Running on empty

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    Brilliant pictures, a totally absorbing thread, thank you.
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  4. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    PRIME, absolutely prime stuff. What a fantastic read (and those pics are beyond fabulous).
    So glad to have tripped over this yarn, you guys are an inspiration (and a throwback to the "good-old-days"...all in one hit).
    Thanks so much!!
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  5. John & Johnny

    John & Johnny n00b

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    So glad Glitch shared this thread. I hadn't noticed it. The wrap up in post number 132 bought tears to my eyes.
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  6. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    And then Greece...

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    Meteora monasteries.

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    And lake Ohrid, in Albania.

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  7. thewildcallsjon

    thewildcallsjon Aesthetic Voyager

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    this is absolutely amazing, you are just awesome! The coolest family i ever seen.
    bizoo_n - Your the best dad ever. I don't have a father, but if I did I would want him to be like you. Your family must be real proud of you.
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  8. Sumo64c

    Sumo64c Been here awhile

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    Amazing, I'm on the fence about getting a Ural rig but RR's like this.........must resist temptation. Incredible report, you've inspired many me included.
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  9. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    The Dalmatian coastal road in Croatia.

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    Lake Bled in Solvenia.

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    And the second bee sting right near my eye.

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  10. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    Austria, heading for the European Ural meeting, in Postalm.

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    Aaaand, we're there!

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  11. T-Bear

    T-Bear bageldog

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    Thank you for sharing your family's story with us. You have a beautiful family and an incredible photographic talent.

    Blessings for you all for Christmas and your many adventures to come.

    BTW - Could you tell me about the tan tent with the large vestibule that appears in your adventures? Manufacturer and thoughts? Thank you.
  12. Nelliott

    Nelliott Adventurer

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    Great pictures. (do I hear an echo?)
  13. bavarian

    bavarian bavarian

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    Awesome pictures! And an awesome, inspiring trip! Thanks for posting!!!!
  14. bizoo_n

    bizoo_n Been here awhile

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    Thank you everyone for your appreciation, and please forgive me for not finishing this report. The New Year's about to come and I cannot leave things like that. Here it goes. Readers beware, it might look like a sad ending, but it's definitely not. So here we were, after almost two months on the road, and having ridden some 8.000kms, after the Ural European meeting, heading home, to Romania. We teamed up with two other Romanian sidecar families, planning on getting home in two days. After the first day we split, and we continued with only one of the families, Silviu's.

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    27 kilometers to the border with Romania, on a straight road, raining, we were doing 50m/h, when Mr.Zair, our Ural decided he's not going back home and stopped in a terrible cranking noise. There was a certain question that I always had to answer, ever since I mounted the rope on the sidecar nose. "What is it for?". And I always said "I hope I never find out". Good news: now I know. Silviu towed us till the next petrol station, where he was eager to spread my engine open. I had to persuade him we shouldn't. The sound I heard was out of this world and it stood for something bigger than anything that can be solved in a petrol station. So we continued 25kms more, crossing the border tied to each other.

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    After crossing into Romania, I called Alex, from Heavy Duties. Many of you might know him as he and his brother are producing gear for the thirsty adventure rider out there. He came and we trailed Mr.Zair 300kms more, to Cluj. Then we took him to Silviu, who owns a motorcycle service. The next days we were busy taking the whole bike apart, to see what the problem was.

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    The engine was full of scrapings and what we found was that the bearing that stays between the piston's connecting rod and the crankshaft broke. Reason? Unknown. Bad news was that the metal scrapings got everywhere, damaging cylinders and pistons. And there we were, sticking to the plan, going to my home town, by bus, and from there to Bucharest, with my father's car.

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    A few weeks later, after the replacement parts got to me, I went back to Cluj and put everything back into place. But first, we had a drink from our new cylinders.

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    So yeah, everything's fine. Mr.Zair is back and he's eager to ride further. Our dreams are high, and our plans are bigger. For those that want to start questioning Ural's reliability on this thread, please don't. I'm not questioning it, you shouldn't either. I have a good amount of pictures and quality memories for which I'm thankful to Mr.Zair. For me it was bad luck and nothing else. I always say that if you take good care of your bikes, they, in turn, will take good care of you. It got us away from home, and back home safely, and that's the most important thing. May all the bikes brake 27 kms away from home. May this be the the biggest problem of your and our travels. And that's about it. The last picture is with our bike, completing the tour, last autumn, back on three wheels.

    God bless you all and may you have an adventurous new year! Over for now.

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  15. Yoggie

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    Amazing adventures! Thank you for sharing! I cant wait for your next trip!
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  16. theycallmetrinity

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    How do you manage to have so much feelings in your images? Amazing work!
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  17. MUDHWY

    MUDHWY Between rock bottom & sky high

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    One of the best threads!
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  18. Cycle Goon

    Cycle Goon Been here awhile

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    I really like you picture heavy reports that look like they are out of the pages of National Geographic.
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  19. Scott of the Sahara

    Scott of the Sahara Been here awhile

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    What was the total mileage before the engine fail? Was is cramped in the sidecar with 2 people?
  20. ScottA

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    Thanks for sharing! Ural would probably sell quite a few motorcycles using your pictures.
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