RTW, Solo on my Triumph Scrambler

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Paulemery, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. chenghisean

    chenghisean n00b

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    I know he's using a Canon 60D. Not sure what lenses. Most of the images look like they've been heavily color-corrected and/or sharpened plus had filters like a heavy dodge around the edges or blur along top/bottom (like tilt-shift effect).

    But, having lived in Mongolia for 2 years, totally agree that he's a got a great eye for a good shot in the hoodoo (countryside) and hot (city). And the images speak for themselves. Glad he's posting again!
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  2. Lacedaemon

    Lacedaemon Been here awhile

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  3. Paulemery

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    This should have come before Mongolia


    Military Parade in Mongolia
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    Vlad
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    Khabarovsk Bike Festival
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    Interviewed for Russian TV
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    I really struggled on the wet mud with street tyres and and zero offroad experience, this scared me for what was to come
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    Tina after my 2nd crash
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    Sergey was a beautiful man who helped me repair my panniers and clutch and mirrors, him and his wife were amazing hosts!

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    Teaching English in the Local school in Svobodny

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    Next Stop Mogochy
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    The hotel for the night
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    Tasty

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  4. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    It worries me that you don't have any crash bars. The gear lever particularly is vulnerable. The shift shaft can bend and can rotate 90 degrees upwards very easily.....internally!
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  5. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Whoa, you have to have more information on this bike, maybe a AT hidden under all that custom tank:ear Someone put some serious thought into that setup. Dakar like Rally setup, I would love to hear more about the history on this one.
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  6. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    That road actually looks in quite good condition. I'm sure you'll find much worse and "real" mud up the track. Give yourself some "learning curve" time to sort all this off road business out. It will come.

    Very tough to learn off roading starting out on a fully loaded Bonnie.
    First thing I would do is spoon on your knobbly tires. Run low pressures, around 22 PSI front, 25 PSI rear. Huge difference in handling/control in soft conditions.

    A few off road riding basics for you to try:

    Vision is key! Keep your gaze fixed WAY out ahead, read the terrain and pick your lines way in advance. Like 20 or 30 meters ahead. This alone will have make an incredible difference in how the bike gets through nasty, soft sections. Most novice riders look straight down, just beyond their front tire.
    WRONG!

    Learn to stand on the pegs and steer with your feet. RELAX your grip on the bars. Steady on throttle and use slight acceleration when bike begins to get out of shape. Weight back in this instance.

    And lastly ... do NOT FORGET TO BREATH. Many do, and unknowingly hold their breath during nasty sections! This will exhaust you quickly, cause arm pump and generally ruin your day. BREATH.
    :clap:freaky:clap All the best, safe going!
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  7. chenghisean

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    Excellent photos, Ellio! Keep 'em coming! Would also love to hear the story on that custom bike with the home-welded tank.
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  8. Paulemery

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    So this is Sergey's bike, he was the professional biker I stayed with in Svobodny and helped me to repair my bike after the mud road crash, he was a very interesting character. Svobodny is a very rural town in Eastern Russia with pitted mud roads mixed in with a bit of tarmac, house's rarely have running water and the toilet is an out house. Yet through this simplicity Sergey led this intricate life of of custom motorcycles, the one pictured is a Honda XLV750 from the 80's, he made a custom dash and then made the 55ltr aluminium tank, he's missing a cam cover for which i'm trying to help him to source. He also had the a KTM given to him by Lyndon P of all people, he's done a tonne of Siberian routes and long distances in and around Russia, I followed him once on the Honda and he was effortless in his offroading ability. Great guy, Sergey in Svobodny.
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  9. Paulemery

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    Nobblies make her look like a scrambler now. I hope this helps me on the rough stuff.




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  10. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    mmm hmm. i was just about to ask the same thing man. strange creature that one.
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  11. gregMo

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    Awesome trip. Great pics & bike of choice. Im in for your adventure and thanks for taking us all along.
    Rubber up up man.:clap
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  12. Dirty Barber

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    You'll be fine... Keep riding

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  13. Paulemery

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    So I woke up this morning and found something covering my bike other than dust

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  14. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Hey dude. Loving the pictures. I just rode the Pamir Highway and it was AMAZING. You can get a Tajik visa in Bishkek. It takes about 1 hour and $75. Kyrgyzstan no visa is needed. Uzbekistan is nothing special. Just shitty gas, desert, bureaucracy and police checkpoints.

    So yeah, I wouldn't miss Tajik if I were you. One of the passes goes up to 4666 meters.. about 15k feet. Its like a different planet.
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  15. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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  16. iyaoyas98

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    Good for you man!
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  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Wise idea to skip the BAM ...

    Am a bit worried about how you are going to cross Mongolia.

    Nice pics. I gotta meet this guy in Svobodny next time I pass through.
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  18. RidingUpAndDown

    RidingUpAndDown Been here awhile

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    awesome picts man !!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap

    a yeahhhh, i'd say the nobblies will help, a good bit.

    thnx for the write-up.

    all the Best.

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  19. bighead3

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    Hey, things are kind of quiet around here since the pic with snow on the Scram. Did you get snowed in or something?
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  20. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well last report he was in Mongolia, in UB contemplating riding across the country to the Altai, and as I mentioned above, Mongolia is going to be hard work for an off road novice. It would probably take him 10 -14 days to cross the country and get to the Russian Altai.

    He should pop up in the next few days.