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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
I see you've exchanged the glaring pate for blur.
Could've been worse, could've called you royalty
God damned it....now I have to get more coffee...
There, fixed it
More pics from the days ride up to Olkhon Island.
Yours truly, waiting for the ferry - complete with bug debris on my shades:
Black and White ... two BMW X-challenges on Olkhon Island
The World Famous Terry Brown from Cambridge, England ...
The gang ... enjoying the good weather and the great scenery:
We stayed at Nikita's Place ... a hotel / hostel on Olkhon that is popular with backpackers. I told the guys, this was the last time you will see tourists for a long time. Our trip beyond here starts to get into the boonies.
What has happened to advriders?
There used to be time when photos of babes in bikinis were quoted again and again in Walter's ride reports. Now I see some guy in suit being quoted again and again.
No offense, Rod. You look good in the suit but much better on your KTM in proper gear.
Walter, have you any idea what has caused flat battery on your bike? Would you go with Lithium battery again? Would it be your choice when going alone to remote places?
Well I have a proper GF now ... I guess thats a negative for readers. Maybe I should be single next time I hit the road.
Yes ... turning the starter over and over until the battery ran out. Yes I would still use them ... and I would still take the special charger for it.
Hahahhahah that made me laugh
Damn good point too.
cannot resits to provide my 2cts to the crashbar topic ...
that happens when you try to ride curves too agressive
The good thing is that the cylinder head lid can be turned upside down and then with a little tape or so the journey can continue. That incident happened with the crash bar installed (now a few mm thinner ). Without that crash bar, I am afraid the head/valves would have been damaged.
Then u need crash bars for asphalt riding. :) rather than for off road riding.
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Guys I am not claiming there is a right or wrong opinion re crashbars or that other people ought to follow my view on crashbars ... but if someone does specifically ask for my opinion on them or why I dont have them, then I am kinda obliged to give them my opinion.
Its only my opinion at the end of the day. Its not everyones opinion and its not necessarily the right opinion.
I dont want to get off topic again with pages of different responses about crashbars. It is still a ride report primarily rather than a bike building thread
+1 Get on with it then
To put an end on the crash bars topic..
Someone started a thread on them here
After those words from our sponsors...back to today's scheduled programme...
Guys. About Baikal...did anyone get a swim or is it feckin' freezing?.
I've swum in Loch Lomond in the summer, and the North sea off Shetland, and on both occasions I turned in to a mannekin ...i.e i had to find my tadger with braille despite even more vigourous than normal "massaging". When it finally poked its miserable self, blinking, out of the rest of me I could have been forgiven for thinking I'd developed a bad pimple. :eek1
Just wondered if Baikal has similarly emasculating properties .....It's a chilly minus 15C there right now and about to drop to a piss freezing -27C across the next day or two.
Ice storm here, car in the shop and no conditions to ride the Buell...
I think I will start from the beginning and read through this EPIC thread...
I got my KTM back from the shop yesterday.
Today it is pouring down rain.
In the desert.
I'm not sure whether this ride report makes that fact more, or less, annoying.
But either way, please continue.
Iran was very nice and if you are in the area you should pay it a visit. Very friendly people and many nice places and areas to visit. I had absolutely no problems except for language problems. Reading signs and a menu can be problems. In cities and tourist places you'll find people who speak english. Hand language is international and you will learn to master it well :)
I'll post some photos from Iran, but are thinking of making an own thread too avoid messing up this thread. People are very friendly and as long as you threat people with respect and don't being stupid you will have a great time in Iran. I tried to avoid discussing religion, politics and women rights there.
In the beach pic, the lady laying nearest the rock face seems to have lost something before her nap!
Since 'piping in' is acceptable I have to say this report is tremendously addictive, and it hasn't even reached the BAM road
Not a RTW traveler, but can say in the 6 countries I've been riding these past few years, the foreigner can/may be blamed, with or with out cause, simply as it's perceived your the one with the deepest pockets. I covered a lot of miles in northern Thailand, and witnessed too many accidents, and as I carry good first aid kit, stopped often to offer assistance at accident scenes never once being assumed at fault(?). Thou I was soured on this in India years ago on a group bicycle tour; I'd stopped to assist a elderly local with a flat tire, as I was prepared and kitted for this, and a couple of toughs in the large gathering mob fingered me as at fault. My intentions were to help but I found myself surrounded by a mob of maybe 30+ angry people demanding I pay an amount likely equivalent needed buy a new bicycle. And I did feel very threatened, and have at other times when in a group ride where one of our group losses their temper at being blamed (Not A Good Idea) for a minor vehicle collision. Twice in that situation in SE Asia the locals quickly brought out the guns and the threat level went through the roof.
Can't wait for the BAM
If you ever come to Canada for SAR training, odds are it'll be at Trenton, main home for our SAR folks. I just retired from that base, drop me a line and we'll take care of you. I think you are familiar with the two bikes I can loan you, a gsa and a dr350.
I can absolutely vouch for Iran being one of the safest, most interesting, friendliest and most hospitable place to visit. I do regular trips all over the country (not on a bike unfortunately), and am always amazed at how different it is as nation and a people, to what we are encouraged by western media to believe. One of the big misconceptions is that Iranians are on the whole, staunchly conservative Muslims. The reality is that they are a remarkably progressive and well educated lot, who just want to get on with life in spite of their government.
Never ever judge a nation by its politicians. My own country would be one of the most disgusting places on Earth if we were to do that!