Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. DaveyDave

    DaveyDave Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear that, was a bit worried after that last message before you headed out! Does Terry run the WP40'S too? How'd the fairing hold out btw or will all be revealed at a later date?
  2. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    thought there may be shenanigans involved....:lol3:lol3 just hope VOSA dont do cultural exchanges......


    bike looks absolutely fit for purpose.....pleasure to look at
  3. LukasM

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    Great pics as usual Walter, looking forward to seeing the rest that wasn't up on Facebook.

    Normally I know who I would suspect but with the lot you were traveling with I'm not quite sure... :rofl

    And what's Terry's trick to packing so light, does he just not change his underwear as often? :D
  4. Scribe

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    You folks on the other side of the pond do have some enormous plates. Looking forward to the report! :thumb
  5. wiggins

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    Walter, are you always able to get premium fuel while on these trips ???? if not what do you do to keep the engine from detonating ( knocking), my 650 X BMW really sounds bad when it doesn't get good high octane fuel.

    Also, I noticed you have raised the handle bars up quite a bit, did you have extra length throttle and clutch cables made???

    Thanks
  6. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    Hi Lukas
    To be honest, i thought i was carrying too much...., the bulkiest thing seems to be the exped mattress and spare tubes, i have a plan for my next trip to carry less bulk.... all top secret at the moment:eek1:eek1
  7. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The following morning, the weather cleared and we saddled up for day 1 off road. The last 3 days of rain was going to make whatever track we had planned a little slippery, but hopefully throughout the day it would dry off a bit.

    We rode back down the dodgy asphalt road towards the border we had crossed in the pouring rain two nights earlier, and halfway between our hotel and the border post, was our turnoff. The track began here.

    A lot of the pics to follow are vidclips ... stills from the Go Pro helmet cam video I was shooting. So forgive the quality.

    Here are the guys, just off the main road:

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    The trail began ...

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    And a few miles later ...

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  8. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    winter is heading our way. One suggestion you might consider C. I would suggest starting a second NEW RR addendum called ASK Colebatch for everyone who wants to know your camera model, riding helmet size, bike mods, girlfriends name, place of residence, how you pay for all this riding, zodiac sign, how you pack your bike bags, your favourite brand of monkey butt, beer, vodka, whiskey or scotch, etc etc, and then this RR could be all about the ride :lol3

    Seriously though, after reading your previous RR's you are definitely the go to guy for putting it all together.

    Thanks for Posting.

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  9. MizzouRider

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    I'm in. Can't believe I didn't see this before. 14 pages for day 1 off road, I'm just in time. Looks like I'll be getting another DVD..

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  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Just half a dozen miles into the ride, and the recent rain had left us with our first serious challenges. Ruts. mud, muddy ruts, all descending into some nice temporary swamps:

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  11. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    Looks like fun, I'm in.
  12. up2nogood

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    urg, that slop will make a mess of fuel economy....
  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I have loads of video from this morning, so plenty of vidcaps (from the GoPro) of the type of terrain the trail was taking on day 1 of 100.

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  14. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Approaching lunchtime on the 1st day, we reached a small hill on the outskirts of a tiny village. It was as muddy and slippery as you could possibly imagine. Walking on this clayish mud was near impossible

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    Rick, whose bike was both heavier outright, and very top heavy in its weight distribution, struggled:

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    And went down more than once. (note the thick slippery sticky clay clinging to the bottom of Terry's boots)

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    We eventually got Ricks bike up the hill:

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  15. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Even at the top of the hill, it was still slippery, and Rick went down again ... this time hurting his hip

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  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    After a break, we continued on along improving tracks towards the first day lunch stop, the city of Lviv. The track took us across farmland, forests and rural villages:

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  17. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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  18. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    :clap:clap:clap Egads, what roads! :huh 30 years ago > bring it on . Today > Nada. :lol3:lol3
  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    As the morning wore on, Terry and I found ourselves waiting more and more often for Rick to catch up. The falls and the pain in his hip were clearly affecting his riding speed:

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    This section was probably this final straw. A deeply rutted stretch in which Rick went down again, hurting his already sore hip dramatically more:'

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    It was no more than half an hour on easier trails from there into the city of Lviv and our lunch break, But Rick was deep in thought. By Lviv he told us that he had come to a decision. He needed to rest and protect his hip. On top of that his bike wasn't running well and the steering and suspension were not right. He was going to say goodbye to us in Lviv and return to Western Europe, sort his bike out, and sort out his hip.

    We said our farewells to Rick:

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    It was only lunchtime on Day 1 (of about 100 days) of offroad: - we had done just 50 miles of a scheduled 12,000. We had lost Rick already - a seasoned veteran of the TAT and Continental Divide Trails. This trip was already taking casualties.
  20. freefallen

    freefallen down with gravity

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    I can imagine what lies ahead of you!
    Walter, how have you chosen such roads? Is your GPS had these country roads or you got them with the help of locals?