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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by mightymatt43, Nov 6, 2011.
So it's been a couple months, any news or travel plans? :)
Hi Guys, long time no hear...
Wanna travel a bit more in comfort and be frugal at the same time get a VW Eurovan Camper or equivalent, which we did after our Sidecar Adventures...for us it was more because of our aging bodies!
See here of what we did via VW, you might like it; can bring your Doggie which you so dearly miss!
I wondered what happened to you two. Started reading about your last adventure; thanks for posting the link here or I would have missed it for sure!
I've been following this couple since they took off for Alaska on the Ural . Now nothing is heard nor have they updated their website since January. I've tried sending PM's via their email portal but get no replies. Does anyone have any clues....are they ok? Sure hope and pray so!
Several months ago I sent them photos of repairs on their bmw1200/CSM rig at Sealy Cycle Service and received a thanks but absolutely no contact since then. I guess they're in the incognito/privacy mode for some reason.
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Hey Guys! Sorry we've been a bit out of the AdvRider loop for awhile. Nothing too exciting has been happening, which I suppose is why I haven't posted much. We really have just been working hard and with a purpose - we're pushing ourselves hard so that we can financially continue to travel. Thankfully, business has been good and we're making progress. It's amazing how much easier it is to work when you have a goal...
I will say that Kristen started ordering maps... lots and lots and lots of maps. It's kind of ridiculous actually. Our apartment is flooded with travel research. What we're planning is going to take a ton of preparation so we need this time to get ready as it is. As soon as we have some more concrete things to report, we will definitely be posting...
I know for sure that at some point we will do something like that. I know our dog, Bacon, would love for that time to be now. He is absolutely pitiful when we leave...
Looks like you guys are having fun!
Thanks for your reply and update....sure good to know that "alls well" with you all. Looking forward to hearing about your next adventure!
I've spent the last three days reading this report off and on. Amazing stuff.
Looking forward to the next chapter.
How goes the planning for the next leg?
Matt, if you're still around the San Antonio area give me a call @ 685-3423 or send me a text. I've moved locations since we last talked --- what, at least a couple of years.
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Ladies and Gents -
After a bit of a hiatus, Kristen and I are back to the world of ride reports.
Don't remember who we are?
We rode a 2007 Ural Gear Up to the Arctic Circle in 2009.
In 2012, we spent a year and a half riding our BMW and custom sidecar through the USA, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Columbia.
And now, in celebration of our 10 year wedding anniversary (and the fact that we would like to ride all the way around the world), we headed to Australia and purchased a brand spanking new, 2015 Ural Ranger.
Here's the story:
After doing some serious research on renting a bike or sidecar rig in Australia, I found that it was much more cost effective to buy one and sell it at the end. Kristen and I only have a month to ride, and this way, we know exactly what we're getting. We reached out to Roland from Better Bikes in Sydney and after a week or so of communication, money had been sent and a new bike was waiting for us for when we arrived.
A little bit of a plug here for Better Bikes:
These guys are top notch. Roland not only worked with me and put me at ease, all over email mind you, but he also put the initial miles on the rig so that the first service could be performed before we got to the bike. I seriously cannot say enough good things about him. Really quality dealership.
So, on June 1st we headed to the airport to begin a long, long trek across the world.
Kris broke in her new Biltwell at the airport:
After being rerouted from LA, we headed to DFW and boarded the longest direct flight in the world. It takes between 16 and 17 hours to fly from Dallas,Texas to Sydney, Australia. In a very manipulative move, the in-flight computer immediately lied to us about the in-air duration. Im on to you, Skynet
After apparently traveling to the future, we arrived in Sydney on the morning of June 3rd. There is no amount of science or math or voodoo that can explain to me why or how we lost a day. Im nearly 33 now and at this point, I think all I can do is accept it.
After grabbing a cab to a hotel at Coogee Beach to drop off our stuff, we couldnt help but immediately head over to meet Roland and our new bike:
There will be plenty of time to talk all about the new bike and the significant changes that Ural has made since 2007, but its first necessary to discuss physics. Every rig that I have ridden has had the sidecar mounted on the right. Our new rig has the sidecar mounted on the left, obviously. Every instinct that I have developed over 8 years of riding sidecar rigs is now incorrect. Not even just incorrect, actually backwards. This revelation was compounded by jetlag, Sydney traffic and the mind-bending reality of riding on the opposite side of the road. As much preparation as I had done to ready myself for these changes our first ride was a bit harrowing. And by harrowing I mean fairly terrifying. And by terrifying I mean that Kristen compared it to riding on the tiny mountain roads of Peru (not a compliment).
More soon, amigos. Glad to be back...
So any time frame in mind for this part of your journey?
Whats a second hand 2015 Ural with 20k klm on it worth?
Enjoy and maybe see you both in Perth WA.
When you are ready to see the best.
Yep what he said.
and welcome to Australia and we look forward to seeing you over here
Awesome!! I have been following your RR for ages - it's great to see that you've come to the land down under
There's plenty of great riding to be had. How long are you here for?
Drop me a PM if you are passing through Brisbane or anywhere in south-east Queensland
And I am glad you are back also!!
Thanks. Welcome back. It's going to be amazing.
Ditto here, will be following along
I can't wait for more, love your sidecar adventures!!
Did you ever get prices on sending Big Boy over there? (Inquiring minds with a similar rig want to know ) Was it really that much cheaper to buy a new Ural and take the depreciation over immediate resale? Those bikes aren't as cheap (in construction OR in price) as they once were, that's a nice little chunk of change to plunk down for a month's adventure.
My wife and I cant wait to follow along!
Glad to see you two up and posting again!