Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Steve has gone a little ahead of us with the pics here... My fault as I have been away from the internet all weekend. Smartphones are great, but not for doing ride reports :)

    We left Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island with our target for the day being Zhigalovo, a town halfway between Olkhon and the BAM.

    Waiting for the ferry with the locals:

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    Erik and Geir on the ferry back to the mainland:

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    (pic by Steve)

    The road is a scenic one and follows the Lena River after the town of Kachug. As we left Kachug, I turned around to Steve and Erik and tried to show the point on the road that was the end of the asphalt between here and Magadan, but it was difficult at 80 km/h.

    The weather was looking dodgy and no-one wanted to stop and waste too much time ... so we powered on, beside the early stages of the River Lena.

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    There were some nice distractions:

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    And we arrived in Zhigalovo in good time but in the rain. It was the first days ride as the new group of five, and though we had enjoyed the pleasure of a few short torrential downpours on the road, I was happy that the new boys seemed comfortable.

    We were going to take a rest day here in Zhigalovo, change tyres and get some welding done on Geir and Eriks front subframes to strengthen them up for the BAM. It was now or never in terms of bike prep.
  2. TRIPPEEE

    TRIPPEEE ugh!

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    Incredible report/pics so far. Looking forward to more photography like this. Bravo gents! :clap

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    More bad weather moving in
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    Hurry up!! :ddog

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    ^^^ Thank you! I just learned F5 refreshed the page... I know, I know. I suck at the interwebs.
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    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Mr. Colbatch has an impressive history for Making Things Happen.

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  6. Colebatch

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    Me heading off to change the tyres:

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    Erik and Geir head off to find an alloy welder.

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  7. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well I said earlier that Steve hadnt ridden a bike before 3 months earlier, so it follows that he had never changed a tyre or wheel bearings. After a bit of chat and the lend of a couple of tools, Steve was going to have a go at it.

    I really admired his attitude. Steve was a guy who was going to have a go at anything. We were in Zhigalovo .... a dusty out of the way village in the middle of the Siberian forest, a days or two's ride north of the Trans Siberian Highway, about to tackle the BAM Road, and Steve was about to change his first wheel bearings and his first tyre.

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    And if you are wondering why there is a touratech luggage strap around his waist ... its cause he lost so much weight since beginning travelling, that he needed to keep his riding trousers up.
  8. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The day off was my birthday ... and once we had the bikes ready to go, we grabbed a few beers and headed back to our hotel. The mechanic who helped us with some work earlier also joined us ... bringing a bottle of vodka ... and his guitar. It was a birthday singalong ...

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    I always seem to have birthdays on the road ... in dusty one horse towns. Such are the sacrifices of adventure motorcycling ...
  9. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Happy birthday
  10. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Happy Birthday Walter.:thumb
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    bend27 by hook or by crook

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    Looks like we are finally back on track!
  12. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Steve proved to be a very handy photographer ... so much so that once we got on the BAM, (coming up shortly), I gladly surrendered much of the photo taking duties to him. :clap
  13. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Hi ,
    just a short bike question: looking at Terrys bike in one foto it looks like he is on the original rims the x comes with.
    Ok the front is a 21" but that looks like a x challenge wheel. Can one of you give details to that, please. And if the rims are standart how did they stand the beating?
    Thanks for your answer.
    Nice report by the way. Really enjoying it.
    Cheers Thomas
  14. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    The rear is original xcountry 17",and still on original bearings, the front is a secondhand ktm wheel thomas.
  15. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Terry's front wheel, as mentioned, is a stock 21 inch KTM wheel with an Excel signature rim (not all KTM wheels use good rims) - so its pretty tough.

    I cant recall but think he had custom wheel spacers, and or axle made up. Terry? enlighten us?

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  16. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    and what were the vikings riding on their x's.
    Stock wheel? were they though enough?
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Yes stock wheels

    Kinda tough enough to survive in some cases but not in all cases - stay tuned for details as they emerge
  18. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    ok, Walter, I'm waiting.
    thanks for the answer.
    Thomas
  19. Twinmike

    Twinmike Grandpa

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    Hi Walter

    Do you know the travel weight from your XC with all the modification and full fuel front and back and your luggage.

    Thank you
  20. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    Yes i had the original axle lengthened, and had some spacers laying around that fitted .

    Sometimes things just fall into place real easy, this was one of those times.:clap