Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Prutser

    Prutser Long timer

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    All of the bikes made it to the other side but these crossings were real time-consuming.
    And we had loads more to come :D

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    This was another one, Beamster was getting the hang of it and IMHO by now she could call herself an expert :bow

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    The valley kept showing us loads of [​IMG] moments.

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    Later we had to take a few steep trails were Beamster came off the bike while trying to do things with her G650 where using a trial bike would have been a far better option.
    In this steep climb just before the top there were several huge rocks sticking out of the track.
    She made it over the first few, but kinda landed in the wrong place hitting the next big rock which threw her over.
    The bike fell right on her foot that was now stuck between the bike and a pointy rock, just as Rod told in post #2294.
  2. ACP

    ACP Adventurer

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    Is it just me or does anyone else hit F11 (full screen) and make binoculars out of their hands so they have no peripheral vision other than the image on screen and try to imagine what it would be like to be in these amazing places in real life?

    No?

    OK, it's just me being a weirdo then...

    Don't catch yourself doing it now :rofl


    Prutser: out of curiosity, what binoculars do you use? Ever since I was a kid I had a love of raptors. I can only imagine the thrill of seeing a wild Saker. I have to make do with the odd Peregrine or occasional very Hobby...

    Cheers, Andy
  3. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    It struck me how the ger mimics the contour of the sacred mountain.

    when in a few years that ger has gone, wonder how the mountain will fare.



    :hide

    -"So, what do we do now, Rango?"
    -"Now? ... we ride"
  4. Prutser

    Prutser Long timer

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    These pictures are still's from video's made with my fruity cell phone. So my apologies for the bad quality.

    This shot was taken just after Tee Bee helped Rod to pick up his bike and save it from drowning.

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    Than Rod tried to jet propel the KTM onto dry land before I could reach for my camera........... :D:D To late Mate.

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    Tee Bee was next to take the bumpy ride.

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    I know its getting kinda boring, but here is ANOTHER crossing.

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    The white dots on the horizon were yurt's which we started to see more and more. That told us we were getting closer to Tsakhir which was our goal at the end of the valley.
    But before we could start searching for a nice hotel with a hot bath we had to cross at least 10 more streams.
    At one point Tee Bee stopped at a river that was at least 60 meters wide. By now we all thought NO NOT AGAIN !!!
    The river was DEEEEEP and fast flowing. But Tee bee noticed that the track continued just around the corner of a steep cliff on our side of the river.
    That meant we didn't have to cross it, but just follow the cliff and stay real close to the bank trying to keep out of the deep water.

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  5. Lupin 3rd

    Lupin 3rd Raygun Gothic

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    Just ... WOW :eek1

    Just one question: how do you manage when you're back home, far from all this beauty?!?

    Wonderful ride report, keep it coming! :clap
  6. Blackbert

    Blackbert Factory Rambler

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    Obviously I can't speak for Team Extreme, but when I go through the pictures I have taken on the wee rides I did, I'm there again. Same goes for telling the story in a RR.
    After that, I have a look at the pics from previous rides.
    After that, it's time to start planning again. :1drink
  7. Prutser

    Prutser Long timer

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    Hi Andy,

    I took my Swarovski EL 8.5x42 Its not small but i'm happy to carry that extra weight.
    Beamster took a Zeiss 8x30 classic which is a perfect size. But the 8.5x42 gives me a so much better view when the light is fading.

    Peregrine's and hobby's are not a rare sight in Holland but most of the time they fly by in a few seconds.
    Seeing this Saker hunting, sitting and feeding the youngsters was a real treat.
  8. ciedema

    ciedema мотоциклист

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    UB is the only place in the world I have seen a 450RR in the flesh. That's a 30K dirtbike.
  9. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Fantastic pictures and a great report. Thanks to all of you for taking the time
  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Funny you should say that, I was just thinking the same thing :1drink
  11. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    Walter, I'm reading your ride report from 1994 right now (that someone posted a link to earlier)... It is absolutely amazing. I have a feeling I will be missing quite a bit of sleep tonight attempting to finish it...

    Anyhow, how did you guys communicate with the locals in China. Did you guys speak any Chinese? Or did most of them speak English?

    Sorry that it is off topic, but I can't respond to the Tokyo to London website as easily!
  12. Babelbabek

    Babelbabek Adventurer

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    Ever tried using Nord-lock washers in bolt locking ? they are used in industry alot, whenever there is vibration.

    Demo video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgwmuZuJ02I
  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well we took a few Chinese lessons before we went - so could count from one to ten ... which in chinese means you can do any numbers. The counting system is incredibly simple and logical. Same with the grammar ... very very simple and logical. It makes other languages look ridiculously unnecessarily complicated and stupid. .... that is until you get to the writing side of it and the tonal nature of pronunciation - then the chinese side becomes the ridiculously unnecessarily complicated side. They seem to recognise this tho and teach their written language to their children via the latin alphabet (pinyin chinese).

    James was fluent in Japanese, so he could basically read Chinese and understand it. (The characters have the same meaning in both languages even tho the words are totally different and unrelated). So he could read road signs ... "three mountain city" is left at the junction ... for example. He could read the basics on the menus. What dishes were pork, chicken, rice, etc. Again the characters were the same.

    We were both quite surprised how quickly we learned it ... after 6 weeks in China, we were able to get just about anything we wanted easily and have conversations with locals. If you just ignore the complexity of the written language and just worry about speaking and listening, its not difficult at all.
  14. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    That is some clever engineering which deserves to be trialled, especially if the cost is reasonable.
  15. Babelbabek

    Babelbabek Adventurer

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    Quite reasonable i guess, M8 -> M10 sizes are around 1,5€ -> 2€ / pcs. here in finland.

    Sorry for offtopic! :freaky
  16. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Ouch ...that hurts.
    But while you're at it don't forget the smoked salmon. :1drink
  17. wimj

    wimj Wannabee adventurer

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    Thanks again guys and gal for this wonderful RR.

    Prutser, could you please give me the translation (Dutch) for the aforementioned part/tool? :jjen Thanks!
  18. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Is called the same in Dutch asfaik. Translation would be something like "gereedschap bus"

    This f.i.:

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  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Caviar with blinis to accompany your rosepetal martini sir?

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    I think Terry is asking you here ... "Rod, pass me my picnic hamper with the Foie Gras would you mate. This Adventure Riding really makes a man hungry"
  20. wimj

    wimj Wannabee adventurer

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    Stupid me... Should have translated word by word. Thanks!