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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    Hi Stashek,

    The tent we used was a Helsport Rondane 3 light. Which is a great tent if you only need a place to sleep.
    But with the bad weather it would have been nice to have a bit more height inside.
    Normally I would use a smaller tent together with a wing that I only pitch when the weather sucks.
    For this trip I didn't take the wing because it would be extra weight and space in the panniers.

    Finding a place big enough to put up this tent was no problem. Its a bit shorter than the Fjallraven Abisko.
    The helsport is just a few cm's wider at the end compared to the fjallraven which gives more space for two mattresses.
    I used a Fjallraven akka RS2 for a few years. But the inside was a tiny bit to small for our mattresses and we would wake up with a damp mattress and sleeping bag.


    The stove we used was a MSR Whisperlite which I used a lot in the 15 years that I own it.
    It has some disadvantages. Reducing the flame enough to stop your food from burning is a bit hard.
    But using the right pans helps a lot. Stainless ones are the worst imo as it doesn't conduct the heat fast enough.
    Titanium ones are much much better IMO.

    Its reliability, simple design and easy cleaning makes it a great stove. A local outdoor shop showed me some examples of broken stoves due to vibrations. But this had never happened with the Wisperlite so they told me.
    After 15 years still :thumb (you do need to clean them once in awhile)
  2. Mehaniotis

    Mehaniotis Been here awhile

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    I'll look for one .Thanks.
  3. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    :lol3
  4. StepOnIt

    StepOnIt Assitoner

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    I also have a MSR Wisperlite International for about 15 years and it is a great small stove. Taken a beating on many trips and the best thing it burns almost any fuel. Would highly recommend it for RTW trips


  5. sion

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    another great update and photos...thanks

    I'm curious about that square of rocks behind and to the left of the bikes...did you guys do that or was it there when you arrived (and if so, got any idea what its purpose is)?
  6. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Exactly what I was going to ask. Mighty queer for Mongolia.
    It looks like Archimedes has returned and is brushing up on his Euklides.
  7. 2WheelieADV

    2WheelieADV Been here awhile

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    Walter, is there a mapping software which indicates unpaved roads vs paved ones? I know it was said here before about google earth, but I don't see this on google. Mapsource has brocken lines if it's unpaved but not always 100% accurate, and mapsource is not a convenient software to use.
  8. roscoau

    roscoau Been here awhile

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    'Shaken, not stirred'
  9. sion

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    aahhhh...now it all makes sense :lol3
  10. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Rod. You are one of the funniest feckers I've ever heard. Next time I'm in God's Country, I'm gonna track you down and pour a couple pints down your throat. You just need to get them to remove the friggin sparkler from the pump:1drink
  11. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    no. not that I am aware of.

    Maps traditionally dont indicate it. Maps are meant to indicate the importance of a particular road or track, not necessarily it surface.

    Any map of Mongolia for example is covered with roads that appear like highways on the map - because they are the main trunk transport arteries across the country. In the real world they are often little more than wheel ruts that see a handful of vehicles a day. Like where I had to replace my wheel bearings. On one hand its potentially part of the Northern Route - one of two main tracks across the country. On the other hand I saw no vehicles apart from local motorbikes in the 7 daylight hours I was there.
  12. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    What is Terry saying to Rod in this infamous foto - as they get driven across 2 inches of water?

    [​IMG]

    I will suggest another one:

    "You know what Rod, this is really the way to do it. I reckon there's a market for this. Terry's Adventure Tours. Take all the hassle out of Adventure Biking. Ride to Magadan in the comfort and safety of the back of our truck. I could even thrown in picnic hampers."
  13. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    Oh no,i,m never ever gonna live this down....and its all rods fault,i fell for it hook line and sinker ,it was all a conspiracy to make me the laughing stock.:cry:cry:cry
  14. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    How about "Edelweiss can kiss my ass." :deal
  15. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    Wow! Finally got through the whole thread........ Awesome! :clap
  16. norseV4force

    norseV4force Adventurer

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    "Rod, you're a fool. This is possibly the most dangerous part of the trip and you've taken your helmet off. This gungho approach will be the undoing of you young man!"
  17. elias

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    "Dont laugh man, I am telling you i really saw a shark in here, it was like a monster!!! It was to risky."

    or

    "Ok ok, i know my Russian is not so good, i just thought they were asking if we are fine"

    or

    Hey Rod, this trip is over, i am tired of your bike failures..... I am not towing you any more!!!!
  18. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    He was perhaps concerned that if he fell off the truck the weight of his helmet may flip him upside down in the raging torrent and drown him.:wink:
  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  20. Packer

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