Russia,Mongolia,Ukraine.....Netherlands on a KLR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Doogle, May 7, 2013.

  1. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Awesome!!! :freaky:freaky:freaky
  2. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    good wrap up to a great ride
  3. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Is that all about the steed that took you all that way? Sounds like that was not the bikes fault though. Your motor issue and repair was well covered. What about the rest of the bike and riding equipment too?
  4. Breezyrider

    Breezyrider Adventurer

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    Amazing report and wonderful pictures , i can only dream of making a ride like that . Thank you so very much for posting so we can share .
  5. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    The only other problem I had with the bike was the rear wheel breaking. That could have been ugly. Post #260 has a picture. I don't think I would ever take another trip that involved off road riding with an aluminum wheel.

    I don't think a tent and sleeping bag are required.And they take a lot of room. If there is a need to camp,you can sleep in riding clothes and helmet..I've slept this way for taking 3 hour naps over the years. I did it over night in Germany in a rest area.Didn't want to waste the time setting the tent up. But many people need to camp to save money.

    If you plan to ride across Russia,you should learn their alphabet.It doesn't take long.If you can semi proniunce words,you will recognize many of them.I probably only knew 20-30 Russian words after being in the country nearly 2 months.

    I carried a spare clutch cable and speedo cable.I needed both even though the ones I had were fairly new.

    I didn't take any cooking gear. I would carry some emergency food.Candy bars and cookies.I might eat them if I didn't find a place to eat that I cared for.Or just didn't pass anything.But when I'm on a long trip,I don't think about eating a lot.And I can get through a day with a Snickers bar and a bag of potato chips.

    There are a lot of good things about the KLR.I wish it had more power so I could gear it higher. If you ride it 75-80 mph GPS speed (speedo reads about 10% higher) for many miles,you are burning oil.

    I didn't take many clothes-and could have taken fewer.Antimicrobial poly shirts don't smell and wash and dry quickly.And wool socks and long sleeve shirts are even better.

    And that's all I have to say about that.
    For now anyway.......
  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Doogle, nice post trip summary. From my 2 decades of travel in the area I think your summary was pretty damn accurate:

    About the Mongolians; about the Russians; about the fuel requirements (I have never needed to ride with more than 22 litres [5.5 gallons] there); about other peoples opinions of the roads ...

    Glad you made it all the way after the earlier issues! :clap:clap:clap
  7. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    :clap nice rr
  8. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Thank you Walter. It feels good getting a complement from the Guru of Asia.And thanks again for your POI files.
  9. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    I've been home about 2 months now. And I've seen 3 people that I met in Romania on my trip. Three weeks ago 2 German riders I met in Brasov,Romania stopped at my house. Gunter has a cousin that lives about 10 minutes from me. He and his friend rented Harleys and rode down to the Tail of the Dragon. Then they stopped at my house for a couple hours visit.

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    The day after meeting Gunter in Brasov, I met Jim while riding the Transfagarasan Road in Romania.
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    Jim moved to Dayton,Ohio (It's about 25 miles from my house) a month ago,after moving back from Germany. Wednesday night I met Jim at a bar in Dayton to collect a free beer he promised me.

    I met 2 people on my 18,000 mile trip that had a connection to places close to my house. I met them both in Romania 1 day apart.They were both living in Germany. And I meet up with both of them here,a couple months after getting home. What a coincidence !!!!!!
  10. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    just another benefit to travelling the world :clap
  11. Nata Harli

    Nata Harli Accidental Tourista

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    One of these years BOTH of you will show up. We'll just keep on meeting until that happens!
  12. RideN

    RideN Been here awhile

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    I just ran across this report and spent the last week reading the entire thing. I really appreciate the different perspective that you have on riding. Instead of saving money on camping and then buying a brand new bike, you rode an old bike and stayed at hotels more. Great write-up.

    Thanks. :nod
  13. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    When I am done riding for the day,I want to Skype and update my RR.If I'm camping,there is a lot of time setting up and repacking.And probably no internet.And as soon as I'm off the bike,a shower is nice.Not always available when camping.I sleep better in a bed and my wife feels I am safer.And I meet more people staying in hotels/hostels-Always interesting.

    I considered buying a new bike.But the KLR is a good bike-if you keep oil in it! And if a KLR is stolen,crashed,or needs to be left behind, it doesn't hurt as much.And maybe not as big of a target for being robbed as someone riding that shiny new BMW.
  14. ChazW

    ChazW Adventurer

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    Just read your ride report end to end. What a Great adventure. Congratulations on a successful journey. Even more impressive since you did most of it alone.

    I'm just getting back into riding after a long hiatus and hope to do some cross country riding to get into the groove. My goal is to do the TAT in the next 5 years. Waiting for the kids to move out :)

    Again, Congrats and thank you for the fine report!
  15. daviduk

    daviduk n00b

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    Great read, looking forward to my little trip in May.
    Regards David
  16. Doogle

    Doogle Do it while you can

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    Just going through my RR again and didn't see where I responded to you. I think I discovered ADVrider in 2009. I posted A RR on my TAT ride from 2007. It was the best I could remember after 2 years. When I rode it, the start point was in Jelico, Tennessee. Below is the link to my report.

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/transamerica-trail-2007.534252/
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