Going Walkabout on an 800xc through Russia & Central Asia...and maybe beyond...

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by GuiltyParty, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. CaptnSlo

    CaptnSlo Derelicte

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    Oh man that picture of your bike just breaks my heart. I hope you guys are back on the road, on 2 wheels, in no time.
  2. GuiltyParty

    GuiltyParty drifter

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    Thank you all for the well wishes and support. Luckily we are both ok, only a couple of bumps and bruises but otherwise in good health.

    We don't think this is the end of the trip, this is all part of the adventure :D
  3. GuiltyParty

    GuiltyParty drifter

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    With a spring in our step...but not too springy because the exertion causes the altitude headache to come with a vengeance we loaded the bike into the back of a transport jeep.

    Our host family have been amazing and so helpful and very understanding of our situation.

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    The road between Murghab - Osh is an adventurers wet dream. Remote, towering mountains of all different colours and open valleys with wildlife running beside the road...mostly orange beaver looking things. We were in a Russian made van with no windows so taking photos was difficult. :cry

    Life at 4,655 metres

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    You can just see the chinese barbed wire border fence on the far right.

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    Karakul lake. The camera doesn't come anywhere close to capturing how beautiful this place is

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    Someone's brave, busting through the chinese fence

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    I thought this was hilarious. In a non-english speaking country at a military checkpoint MC Hammer still makes an appearance

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    Bouncing along in our jeep on mostly sealed roads listening to relaxing local music the radio would occassionally wake us from our thought to the tune of "mama said just fuck you up". I don't think he spoke english.

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    This has been my single most jaw-dropping view, ever. The natural mix of colours blew my mind. This is right on the Tajik border

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    We rolled into Tes Guesthouse for the second time and there were 16 bikes parked out front. Perfect. They were on a tour and the guide (Patrick) approached me and said he has a mechanic and a welder and a workshop where I can leave my bike until it's fixed. MuzToo http://www.muztoo.com/index.php/en/

    We loaded the bike up in his 4wd and strung it from his garage where I could inspect it properly.

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    The radiator is bent out of shape. I don't know if the mount at the top bent in this accident but my suspicion is it took a knock awhile ago before I installed the SW-Motech bars and that would explain the overheating.

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    The cylinder head seems ok. You can see where the SW-Motech bars hit it but it hasn't cracked it.

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    The crank case looks ok. The bash plate took enough of the impact to smash the sump but the fact the plastic oil pickup has only very minor damage to me means the crankcase didn't take a big hit.

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    There is a pipe next to the oil pickup that I can't identify from the workshop manual so I'm not sure where it attaches, if at all. Any ideas?

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    Exhaust seems ok. There are a couple of knocks but I can't tell if there are cracks or not. I suspect not.

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    The yokes are ok. Forks compress as normal.

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    Frame is broken all the way around and has a 3mm crack running from it. We can drill a small hole to stop the crack travelling and weld and brace it all up. Makes me happy it's a steel frame. Weight in the pannier should put the cracked frame into compression not tension and according to the few people I've spoken to is repairable.

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    Plastics are all smashed to shit but that's the least of my worries

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    Cockpit and headlight assembly is completely smashed and wasn't recovered. The wires connecting the headlight had a few cut but fixable.

    So once all is said and done it looks repairable, at least enough to finish the trip and get it to Oz where more permanent repairs can be done. If this accident happened in Oz or UK it would be a 'constructive write-off' to use insurance speak but right now we're in Kyrgyzstan mid-trip so we can't abandon it like that.

    I emailed and called Triumph central to see if there is anyway in which they can help by way of recommending a repairer and telling me where the closest parts outlet is so I can save on postage costs. UK team couldn't help and overseas team took my email but I'm yet to hear from them.

    I contacted Jack Lilley Triumph UK for a quote of the parts and included some photos so they can help me select the parts I need to get it going. I heard from them almost immediately and they had some questions which I've answered now I'm waiting for them to come back to me.

    I think Triumph's response will be important through all this if the 800xc is to live up to the adventure name that it's being touted as. If a dutch guy can make an enfield run on corks as clutch plates then we still have hope.

    Today I will look over it again with a fine tooth comb and see if there is anything I have missed.
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    Glad you two are OK.... as a bike builder buy trade, from your photos its definitely repairable, it'll take some work but you'll be amazed what the locals can do...NOTHING goes to waste, and i mean NOTHING...if i can help in anyway from mechanic/ welder/ builder point of view drop me a PM
  5. jtb

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    You're attitude is awesome! :clap:clap:clap:clap:clap Not only do you continue to take photo's you continue to post a report for us sitting at home watching and wishing you well from afar.

    I sat here looking at some of your sump pics thinking "That's farked! He'll just leave it and walk away" only to find you are going to see if you can fix it and continue:eek1

    I would have told the insurance mob you were going to go back to England... and when you got here cancel the policy.:D

    Good luck! I have nothing that I can offer you, for if I did I would:deal I wish you all the best and thank you for sharing the highs and lows with us :bow:bow:bow
  6. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Glad you guys are ok. When I got your email the other day, all I could think was F**k.

    I hope you get her running.

    Will you plan to just run the trans Siberian to Vlad or will you try to catch us for the BAM? We will start Aug 1 from Irkutsk. As of now, you still have 2 tires waiting for you in Irkutsk.
  7. pirate63

    pirate63 SUPA 10 PILOT

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    So glad you two are ok...
    Hope you can get it fixed for the journey to Oz
    We were the two ozzies on the Strom we met near Bishkek
  8. cold comfort

    cold comfort Been here awhile

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    As stated your can-do attitude and documentation is impressive-both of you! Great you are not also broken- (I like my Tiger too but its just a machine after all). You certainly go the extra mile with the 'real world" testing.:rofl
  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    +1

    If Triumph is smart, they'll do what they can to help out. This is a perfect publicity opportunity for them. They'll likely not see the big picture though if the pencil pushers get involved:cry
  10. Spaggy

    Spaggy Long timer

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    Patty's reaction to the trucker running off shows what kind of a person she is. Even if your bike never goes again, you're still way ahead of the game if you hang on to her.
  11. motoreiter

    motoreiter Long timer

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    Well, while I seriously doubt they'll be of much help, you might want to at least check with the Triumph dealer in Moscow, you never know. Here is their website: http://shop.granmoto.ru

    Very impressive that you're trying to get the bike back on the road, best of luck to you.
  12. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    that frame crack is at the point of heat concentration-weakest point.

    here is the FAA publication for repairs, the welding of steel tube ,paragraph 4-62 and on will give you all the details.

    as far as the other repairs to your plastics it is there.

    anyone else needing any type of pre-engineeered repair can look at this document for info.

    almost forgot to add the file;
    http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgAdvisoryCircular.nsf/list/AC%2043.13-1B/$FILE/CONTENTS.pdf
  13. Gizzaride

    Gizzaride Banned

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    I'll not repeat (hopefully) what everyone else has already said guys.

    My opinion of you two is that you are selfish as hell because you have made the rest of the World see how adventurous they aren't!!:deal

    You have made the bond between the both of you even stronger for your future lives together, & one day when you're both settled down in a 'burb outside Brisbane (or Sydney or Perth or.....) with sensible jobs & 2.3 children & a mortgage & ..........................

    Hopefully that will be in years to come, so you two enjoy your lifelong adventures together & just keep making the rest of us jealous!:cry


    ..................................SELFISH BASTARDS!!!!!!!.......................:freaky
  14. swimmer

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    The combination of scenery and story just can't be beat. Glad you both are doing OK and seem to be in decent spirits.
  15. TarmacSurfer

    TarmacSurfer Adventurer

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    Thanks for keeping the RR going! Best of luck outhere!
  16. riverman

    riverman Life is great !

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    +10 to all the comments of support and best wishes. If you guys could bottle and sell your fantastic attitude to life you would be millionaires. Scratch that - you already are millionaires if we count what is really important !! :clap
  17. Dirty Barber

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    Good Luck! Great story so far. I hope you're able to get it repaired and back on the road soon.
  18. New-Rider

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    Thank you all so much for the comments of support, It's been a journey that we will never forget the fun times, the amazing scenery, the great people you meet along the way and the hard times are all part of this big adventure. :jkam We want to continue our trip on the Motor, it's just a great way to see the world.
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  19. AmauryAML

    AmauryAML Been here awhile

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    I've been following your ride since the beginning. Thanks you for all these wonderful pictures and tales, but most importantly, I wish you all the best for the second part or your trip because you're only half-way ! Good luck with the repairs !
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    That pipe is called a "PIPE, BREATHER DRAIN" per the parts diagram at bikebandit.com . Sells for $9 from them.