..Poland to Mongolia and back on XT600

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by yeuop, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 10

    I love sleeping like this. Some years ago it usually took me a lot of time to find a proper place to sleep but not anymore. When it starts getting dark or when I feel I do not want to ride my bike anymore I just park my bike 10 or 20 meters from the road and sleep there.
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    I am going to Omsk but it seems I will not get there today.
    It's not hot anymore, roads are very good, pure pleasure. For the first time during this trip I added some 200-300ml of oil.

    Another example of Russian sense of humour:
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    Damn. I will probably have grandchildren before I get to Mongolia.

    My zipper worked today a bit but now it's totally KO. And it seems impossible to find someone who would get me a new one.

    Distance: 413km
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  2. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 11
    This is another boring day on the road. (fantastic book!!)
    I remember some time ago Sambor wrote about Russia: "Maybe it's exciting for you but for us it's boring". At that moment I thought he was crazy :huh But now I understand.. :D
    But I am still practicing my singing. I don't really think it gets any better but at least it's fun. Does anyone of you know Alexander Abreu? What a fantastic voice! :eek1

    In the very morning I met three off road cars from Slovakia going to Vladivostok :clap
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    Some hours later I met two guys from Spain going to Mongolia, then back to Russia to Vladivostok, South Korea and Japan :eek1 That is a pretty long trip!!
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    They rode quite fast so I decided not to join them.

    Distance: 549km

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  3. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 12

    Mosquitos did a real massacre on my face during the night. It seems there won't be any sleeping without tent any longer.
    This is another day of hundreds kilometres with not much to see. You just ride and have all day to think about whatever you want.
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    Sometimes nature is a bit different and you feel a bit like in....... Scandinavia? I don't know.
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    And another example of Russian sense of humour:
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    Distance: 429 km
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  4. bumblebee14

    bumblebee14 Adventurer

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    I like the zipper fix. :clap I once fixed a flat in a tubeless tire with superglue and some sand. It was all I could find in the little shop and it actually worked until I could get out of BFE.
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  5. bikerooter

    bikerooter the hard way

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    shit mate...why not try to find a bed next to them little beauties!!!!!!!!
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  6. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 13

    I get up quite late. First 30km are ok, then it starts raining like shit. :puke1
    It's cold and my sexy suit for rain does not work good enough so after few hours of riding in rain every part of my clothes is wet.
    Terrible combination: I'm wet, it's cold, I'm hungry and I need to piss.
    I stopped at the gas station and suddenly I hit the ground :eek1
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    WTF?! Did I forget about side stand?! Nope. My side stand just said goodbye. :cry
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    I waved at the guy working at the gas station to help me lift the bike. I asked about a welder. "Right there!" he showed. So I pushed my bike some 50m, found a welder, but he had no working welding machine. He gave me direction of another welder. Yeah, there was welding machine, but the welder was already gone. So I went to another place. Surprisingly there were both welder and a welding machine. :clap
    It is still raining like shit, I'm still wet, hungry and still need to go to the toilet. :lol3 But I found the right guy to help me!
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    In a couple of minutes he was done with it. He even reinforced it a bit.
    "How much do I owe you?"
    "Nothing"
    "Come on.."
    "We bikers have to help each other."
    He rides a Ducati ST3. And also making his own pocket bike for stunts.
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    Still raining and I have not done my magic exercises yet so I went to a cheap hotel in Kemerovo. Firstly the lady did not want to allow me enter the hotel as a foreigner (she could get a fine for doing that :eek1 ) but I smiled at her and she said ok. But I had to get lost at 7AM.

    Distance: 466km
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  7. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Amazing! Loving it! Thanks so much for the time and work to share your journey. :clap :clap :clap
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  8. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 14

    I start crying as I leave the town. After some thousands of straight roads there are finally some curves. :clap
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    These curves are fantastic!! Road surface is very good and these curves are quite fast ones. So as you may imagine it is pure pleasure. Both my tyres started reminding squares after so much riding with actually no curves.

    Anyway, in the afternoon I saw two bikes parked by the KAFE. I need to find out who they are!!
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    Well, so let me introduce you these two travellers who accidentely met here shortly before I came here :lol3
    It's Andrej on R1200GS going from South Korea to Finland and Dominic on XT660 Z Tenere from Belgium making a trip around Caspian Sea. :clap I hope you guys did well.

    Of course Dominic and I were suspecting there must be somewhere a support car that is travelling along with Andrej on his BMW :lol3 But it didn't show up so either they only meet in the evenings or BMWs started being reliable enough nowadays :wink:

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    Along with the sunset it rapidly became quite cold. I stopped by KAFE (usually 24/7 restaurant with good food) and built my tent right there. You have access to food, water, so what else do you need?

    Distance: 458km
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  9. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 15

    So this is how I spent last night.
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    Somewhere close to Krasnoyarsk we are celebrating someone's birthday :clap
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    When I get back home I might sell my bike as almost new, right? :wink:
    No way!! I decided not to sell my XT. Never!!

    After Kansk road is not good any longer.
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    Andrej warned me this was going to be shitty road. I even rode a bit at night because moon was very bright so I could see something. Normally I never ride at night. So after many many km at night I found a KAFE where I ate some food and asked lady from KAFE whether I could sleep here on the table. "Da!!" - she said it that way like if it was so obviuos I even didn't have to ask her. I put my head on the table and fell asleep.

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    Distance: 440km
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  10. GreeKKTiNoS

    GreeKKTiNoS Been here awhile

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    :lol3:rofl:lol3
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    :poser:poser:poser

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  11. ichallein

    ichallein Been here awhile

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    You have an admirer in Spain. I love your style.


    Thanks for letting us go along with you.
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  12. Ploddit

    Ploddit Adventurer

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    I like this RR

    Cheap bike, cheap equipment - a very honest RR, love your sleeping arrangments!

    Makes all the €/$25000 bike and kit gang think abit?
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  13. harald750

    harald750 n00b

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    Keep on ridin`
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  14. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 15
    For the first 70km there was a superb road. So it means the bad road is gone? Pfff.. no way!!
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    In the very beginning I rode on first gear on that shitty road. Damn, I do not know how to ride it properly. :dunno
    But once the good road was cut like in the picture above and I didn't even notice it while riding around 50km/h and......... yeah!! That's it!! So either you ride 5-10km/h or at least 50km/h!!
    After some time spent on that shitty road I noticed that it gets even better when the back wheel loses its grip. So either you give it a lot of gas on 2nd or 3rd gear or you may give it a little shot from clutch. (Damn, I don't know how to say this with clutch but I bet you know what I mean :lol3 )
    Then back wheel can ride through anything and front wheel is quite light so it doesn't hurt front suspension that much when it gets in hole or hits small stone. This is important because I have a feeling I might brake my suspension in case I didn't ride here properly. And do you think I have money for a new suspension? Come on :lol3

    Met a biker on a KLR 650 with 55liter gas tank..
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    And here is my biggest hero I have met on this trip :clap
    It's Michail (Mikhail) from Chukotka (better check where that is) going to Europe and back on that small 250ccm :eek1
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    As usually I slept next to the gas station.

    Distance: 379km





    I tried but it did not work as it is not as tight as my t-shirt.
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  15. ichallein

    ichallein Been here awhile

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    I like the pictures of fellow bikers you meet on the road.
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  16. GreeKKTiNoS

    GreeKKTiNoS Been here awhile

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    Chukotka is near to the USA !
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  17. longwaybackhome

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    Hello Piotr!

    You camped near Zhytomyr where I have relatives..!

    We had that funny meeting in Marinsk on 24th of July. I first met Dominik from Belgium and had lunch with him in a roadside cafe when you dropped in.

    Great to see that you have started reporting, I haven't got that far yet for various reasons (although I came home already 17th of August).

    Look forward to continuing reading your report.

    BR,
    Andrej
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  18. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 17

    The road is finally good!! :clap
    I finally reach the city from which it should be close to Mongolia.
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    I meet biker on a Gold Wing. He explains me where local bikers meet. We rode a bit together into the town and damn.. I must confess this heavy fucker (Gold Wing) got better acceleration than my XT :eek1 Until today I didn't know there exist bikes with such good acceleration!!
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    I asked for a room in one hotel. These idiots wanted 3400rubels for 1 night. :eek1 (nearly 100 euros) Also met there guys from Ireland. It seems there's more of us going the same direction.
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    Andrej I met 3 days ago told me about a nice hostel in Irkutsk but they had no free room. So I went to another hostel and went to see town. Quite nice. But big though.
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    Then I went to see local bikers because I need to get a new oil for my bike.
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    One of them offered me help finding oil. He rides custom Ural (damn, have I just made faux pass? I hope it is Ural..) and guess what!! That bike also got better acceleration than my XT!! :eek1
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    Here's the list I made specially for you of bikes with the best acceleration in the world.
    1. custom Ural (it was louder than the GW which means it is faster)
    2. Gold Wing
    3. XT 600

    We found suitable Motul oil so I thought I would change it right now. Ural rider wanted to help me and.......... FOOOOOOOOCK!!!!!!!!!! He destroyed the rifling. :huh No oil leaking (at least not more than few drops in one hour) but can't let it be like this.

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    In the evening I met a biker who said he would help me with this tomorrow. Ok!

    Distance: 379km








    Glad to see you're ok!
    Start reporting, your trip will be very interesting for all advriders :wink:
    Gretings from Poland
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  19. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Outstanding! :thumb It's always good to see riders helping riders in foreign lands. Thanks for the updates. :lurk
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  20. yeuop

    yeuop Been here awhile

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    Day 18

    I get up somewhere around noon and take my bike to visit the mechanic I met yesterday. Fortunately rifling in bike was ok, only screw was damaged so he gave me new one.
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    He also creates a trike. He will put in it engine from some Subaru :eek1
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    I checked the bike and no oil is leaking. Weeeeeeeeeee :clap
    Rest of the day is full of chillin' and relaxing etc. I spent 2nd night in a row in tha hostel. I bet I will run out of money someday. :lol3

    Distance: 15km
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