Holland to Mongolia; 18.000km, 15 countries, one '62 Vespa, one car.

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Laurus, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Next year in the beginning of May I will drive to Mongolia on my '62 Vespa GS. Another team will do the same trip by car. The route looks as follows (we won't drive through Iran, google maps doesn't understand ferries):

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    For this trip I will prepare a Vespa GS160. The scooter will stay as original as possible and will be equiped with some original crash bars and a front and rear luggage rack. I will mount a P200 engine with the carter protection of a T5. Also a glovebox of a PX will be fitted.

    Last week I started stripping the GS.

    Gs still partly together:

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    Some time later:

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    In the upcoming weeks the GS will be powdercoated and I will start working on the engine and front fork.

    Also take a look on our blog and facebookpage: http://www.facebook.com/threebravemen and http://www.threebravemen.tumblr.com

    To be continued!
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  2. hahmule

    hahmule Balding Gloriously

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    I'll be lurking with interest. :1drink
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  3. steveindenmark

    steveindenmark Adventurer

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    Is this the Mongo lRally or the Mongol Charity Rally?

    If it isn`t I would check out their sites if I were you as this is the same route they follow. There are lots of books written about the rally which may help you.

    Steve
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  4. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Thanks for your response! No this is not the Mongol Rally, we are doing this on our own initiative. I have already spoken to some people and I will speak to a guy who has done the same route last summer. However if people have good tips or comments, please tell.
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  5. Kurro

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    The fuel tank is small. Have you thought of installing an additional tank?. Do not forget to bring 2t oil, not find good quality on the road.
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  6. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    for some strange reason, the more i read these scooter ride reports the more i need to get a scooter! in!
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  7. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Thanks for your reply! Yes I have thought about it. I will enlarge the original tank, in this way I will have at least 9.5 liter of fuel. They are sold as well. But I am still thinking about it. On the other hand, I could also bring one or two (5l) jerrycans with me. That will give me 14,5-19.5 liter of fuel which will give me a range of approximately 300-400 kilometers. I know about the oil, I am thinking about sending oil and tyres to a hotel or adress in for instance oezbekistan.
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  8. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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  9. Fbn

    Fbn Adventurer

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    I'm in! I love reading reports about adventures on ill suited vehicles, like that Mongolia one that just wrapped up.
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  10. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Unfortunately not a lot of news, for now enjoy some pictures of last summer when I drove to Paris with my girlfriend and make sure you like and check out our facebookpage: www.facebook.com/threebravemen

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  11. mart´n

    mart´n Adventurer

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    I´m in, what a great adventure you are about to take.
    Looking forward to follow you!
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  12. Morizzi

    Morizzi Been here awhile

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    I can only wish you well on a scooter.

    I traveled from the UK to as far as Gallipoli in Turkey last year on a Guzzi with 18" wheels. Once I got east of the old Nato line road maintenance was sketchy to say the least. There were pot holes and wheel ruts that would swallow a scooter.

    Romania is a name that must mean "so many trucks.":eek1

    http://guzzista.wetpaint.com/page/Touring+the+UK+%26+EU+on+a+850+T5+Polizia

    May be some info in there that you can use. :deal

    Cheers

    Rod
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  13. squonker

    squonker Eat my shorts

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    Fantastic! :clap I very much look forward to reading this!
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  14. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Thanks for the responses!

    @Morizzi, of course I will have to watch out for potholes, I will probably have to decrease my speed drastically on such roads. Still, indeed, bad roads will probably be my worst enemy, I will protect my engine for rocks and stuff and I will make sure that I can renovate my shocks on the way... Btw, an advantage of the Vespa is that it has a small wheelbase and it was built/designed in a time that roads weren't as smooth as they are nowadays.

    Coincidently I found a picture of probably an advertisement in those days:

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  15. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    I did some welding:

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    And brought the Vespa to the powdercoater:

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    Now I can start the actual rebuild, I started on the suspension and front fork yesterday:

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    Always a good atmosphere at the place where I do the work:

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    And I found some inspiration:

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    Better pictures coming soon!

    For up to date information, also visit our facebookpage: www.facebook.com/threebravemen
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  16. beat

    beat Double Dutchie

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    goed bezig! dit gaan we volgen
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  17. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Dank!

    It has been a while that I posted an update but do not worry, we are still busy with the preparations. Our route has been planned in detail and we are now busy with a travel agency to sort out some visa. In the meanwhile I am also working on my vespa and at the moment it looks like this:

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    Since I do not want to bother you with more 'vespa rebuild pictures' you can follow the entire rebuild here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.499265756760654.110495.474179539269276&type=1

    Only FOUR months left and still so much to do!!!
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  18. Laurus

    Laurus Greenhorn on a Vespa

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    Ow and by the way, happy and adventurous new year everyone! As a littel new years gift, here is an adventure picture of the old days. It shows Roberto Patrignani who drove his Vespa from Milan to Tokyo in 1964 on the occasion of the Olympic Games.

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  19. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    This is awesome. Can't wait to follow along. I need to get my lambretta back on the road.
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  20. 0theories

    0theories Enthusiastically Skeptical

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    Great start. Looking forward to this adventure! That looks like a spot in Morocco (but the road was better when I saw it)... anyone?
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