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

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

  1. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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  2. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    I noticed a reference to Cipro in one of the posts on that link. Be very careful, Cipro is a nuclear bomb when something not so powerful might do. It has screwed me up (Google Cipro problems), I just had a tendon on my pinky finger break, there is also THIS THREAD here in ADV.

    To the OP, enjoying the RR. Here's hoping you start feeling better.
  3. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    Marvin, good buddy. You are answering my prayers. I found quite a few on eBay and sent questions. None have answered yet.But it is Sunday. My KLR is a 2006.I want one from 2000 to 2007.They are the same before 2000.But I don't want older unless I have no choice. They changed after 2007.They should have a bearing on one side next to sprockets.I think they all will be that configuration anyway. Of course I want to get it very soon.I'm not sure how long these wonderful people will put up with me.I'm in Ulan Ude, Russia. I'll need to get an address for shipping.

    Say hi to the gang for me.Today my diarrhea seems to be getting under control. So I feel good.I was nervous about going to Mongolia as I was
    Thanks again.

    Doug
  4. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the thought. I've taken Cipro before. And I have been in contact with my good doctor from home. As of this morning I don't think it will be necessary. I think I may be over the hump.Next thing to fix is my motor. Hope it doesn't take 2 weeks.
  5. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    I am staying at my mechanics house. His name is Sasha, his sons name is Stas, I don't know the wife's name, and Stas friend Andrey seems to be here more than any of them. He has been looking after me a lot. 99% of our communications are with translators.Nothing better than being taken in by a family and experienceing real Russian life. I'll post pictures tomorrow. I'm too tired tonight. I mean this morning.

    About 3pm these 2 21 year old boys asked if I'd like to go to Russian baseball. Well yes.They loaded a truck with 2 quads, generator, refrigerator, amplifier and sound system, etc.We get there and the five of them need 1 more. So I'm in.3 against 3.I'm older than the combined age of the other team.You hit the ball, then you sprint about 60 yards before the opponents get the ball and hit you with it.About my 3rd sprint, just before getting hit with the ball, I pulled my hamstring. Old man playing a young mans game. I'll limp for a while, I don't care. Had a great time. Then a young woman came. She ran by me and jumped and did a twisting flip in the air, landed and went another 20 feet and did it again.One guy said that is Ilena.I wondered if her last name is Lot.He said she is a world champion fighter. What kind of fighter got lost in the accent. You get the picture now. A world champion is my backup.

    We get home and I get to clean my stink off.It's been a while. Not like home. No bath tub.Pictures in the morning. I'm tired. Good night.
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    Please! Spare us! :lol3:eek1:wink:
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    Awesome. Thank you!
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    Hang in there wild man! If you can get Cipro it will help. I had some nasty GI stuff in afghanistan, medic gve me Cipro. After a 17 hour nap and 3 MREs... I was back to normal. Good luck bro.
  10. gandydancer

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    Are you looking for used crank only.
    I can check bike shops but they are closed on mondays.
    E-mail me if possible roadvike@gmail.com
    marvin
  11. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    When we went to play Russian baseball yesterday, it started with riding these machines.
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    This won't give you a very good idea of what Russian baseball is like, but it's the best I've got.
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    This is the truck that brought most of the stuff. Generator to the side, music system set up, and refrigerator with lots of drinks.
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    Stas helping another customer. There must have been 20 or 30 renters for the day. They were waiting in line.
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    This is the door for the wood burner that heats the hot water. To the right is the door that goes into my bathing area.
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    This is the bathing area. You can just see the spigot for the hot water on the left. I put about 1 inch of hot water in the red pail.Then about 4 inches of cold water from the black hose on the right. There is a sauna room to the left. Wash and rinse. The water goes through the wood floor slats.I was feeling good when I was done.
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    This is half of their roof top garden area.
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    Stas and his cousin Andrey at breakfast.
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    This afternoon Andrey and another friend Wellingteen took me on a city tour Wellingteen is a locomotive engineer and just got off working all night He has some English and was very helpful As we got to town we ran into Igor and Penny. They will stay here another night before going to Lake Baikal.
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  12. Doogle

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    After seeing Igor and Penny, we walked a couple blocks to the Lenin head.
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    A couple blocks later Wellingteen wants to take my picture in front of a fountain. He takes a few, then walks over to 4 girls and a man with a camera. After he said something to the girls, they look at me and start walking towards me and the fountain. When I asked Wellingteen what he was doing, he smiled. So they surrounded me for a few more pictures. I thought it was a bridal party. But he said it was just a photo session.
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    Another 2 blocks, and were here.
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    We went into this church. I always seem to go see churches when I'm out of the country. The Russians sure like to gold plate things. And it looks really good.
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    And now I've got good news. My crankshaft has been ordered and will ship today. I think it will be here before the weekend. Then it's 96 miles to Lake Baikal. I want to spend 1 night there before going to Mongolia. I will backtrack through Ulan Ude to go to Mongolia. I'm certain there will be some adventure there.
  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Good news re the crank :clap
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  14. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    YES on the crank! But, I'm really wondering what may have caused it to go out. Didn't seem like you had that many miles on it.
    Lovin' your pictures and narration. Keep them coming.
  15. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    I think I probably ran low on oil in Washington state. The last time I got gas my oil was at the low level line. I didn't add oil because
    I was going to change it when I stopped. A little later I stopped at a Walmart for something. As I was leaving there, I heard some noise from down under. Didn't know what it was. I changed out my chain and added oil. The noise went away. I think I was too low on oil and did some damage. The KLR has a tough level checking method. It's hard to tell when the bike is level for checking without a level. A little off level at the top seems to make a big difference in the site glass. I won't play Russian roulette with my oil level again. Especially since my engine uses some oil.
  16. white_bear

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    Doogle-
    I am stuck in Kemerovo with a bad clutch on DR650. I had friends send parts from Germany. There are some VERY BIG MISTAKES that can be made to get parts into Russia.
    1. Only ship something from a Person to another Person. If you go Company to Company the paperwork is endless. DO NOT mix people >> Company, or vice versa.
    2. Expect 10-15 times the vaule of parts for customs tarrif.
    3. It takes forever.
    4. Try to find something,anything that will work instead of importing parts.
    5. Be very patient. It took me 3 days,20+ telephone calls, just to get where the package is.
    6. The local bike shops do not want to have anything to do with goverment or customs - too much bother and bureacracy red tape (papers, stamps, notary, custom agent, $$$$$$, etc).
    7. Tony P also suggests parts out of original packaging, just wrapped. You still declare "clutch, bearings, whatever", just make it low-key.

    This just my experience. If you find different, you must not be in Russia. The bike folks will help all they can and some of these folks can just do wonders. I would like to share info on friendly bike places, MC clubs, I know some in Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Omsk, and Moscow.

    Anyway, I have had limited internet, so I write all my daily RideNotes and have all photos numbered. I will put it on ADVrider when I get back to US. I just can't deal with some of the internet/non-wifi/slow stuff with photos.

    I did get a B-line USB-Modem and it works out here in SIber and the "east". It is the best choice, I am told for this stuff.
    Anyone else with contacts can chime in or send email message to me. I will share.
    wb
  17. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    Today I wanted to get my hair cut and register my passport. If you're in one place 7 days or more, you must register. Usually the hotel you stay in will do it for you. Mid morning Andrey came and said 10 minutes, excursion. I had no idea where we were going. We drove out of the city a few miles. We stopped on a hill where 2 horse figures were overlooking a river.
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    Then we drove another 15 minutes to the Datsan Buddist Temple. It is the most important Buddist Temple in Russia. Sasha and I stopped and spin the prayer wheels as we go by.There were maybe a dozen of these stops which had wheels grouped with 2 to 6 wheels of varying sizes.
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    There were a lot of buildings in the complex.
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    This is the main temple.
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    On the way back in town, we stopped at a hotel to get my passport registered. They wouldn't do it.Sasha called someone after we ate. Then we got in the van and drove a couple miles towards town. An office for foreign citizens. Then we went a few blocks away to get copy's made. Then back to fill out forms.I didn't know what was going on.Sasha and Mrs Sasha filled everything out. I think it took an hour and a half.
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    When we were at the temple, Sasha bought me a small souvenir. So when we got home, I gave him my American headwear.
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    No haircut today. Maybe tomorrow.
  18. gandydancer

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    Sounds like you are doing better and having good time even if bike isn't running. Hopefully everything will get better.:clap

    Marvin
  19. Doogle

    Doogle Been here awhile

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    These people are taking care of me like I'm a dieing rich uncle. It's as good as a bad situation can be. But I want to get on the road again. Want to visit my wife eventually.
  20. gandydancer

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    Hey I can go over and make sure your Harley gets some miles on it.
    What are friends for:lol3
    Marvin