Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. 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
  2. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    Hurry up!! :ddog

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  3. max384

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

    Lornce Lost In Place

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

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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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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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  6. 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.
  7. 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 ...
  8. no

    no how

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    Happy birthday
  9. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Happy Birthday Walter.:thumb
  10. bend27

    bend27 by hook or by crook

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    Looks like we are finally back on track!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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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  15. 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?
  16. 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
  17. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    ok, Walter, I'm waiting.
    thanks for the answer.
    Thomas
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    No - never specifically weighed it.

    But if you look at this page ... http://www.ultimatejourney.com/prep.html ... you will see their F650 Funduros with metal boxes weighed 240 kgs ready to ship (no fuel), and 300 kgs once in the shipping crate.

    Terry and I shipped our bikes back at the end of our journey this year and each bike with all the luggage and in full wooden crate was an avge of 248 kgs - and we still had fuel in the bikes because we truck / freighted back, whereas the numbers on the page above for the F650GS were without fuel because they were airfreighting. So our bikes would be about 55 - 60 kgs less than the F650s above if we had no fuel in the bikes.

    Now, about 20 - 25 kgs of that difference will be the basic bike difference (XC vs F650 Funduro weights). The other 35 kgs will be the much lighter luggage, and no metal boxes (the guys above used full size Jesse Panniers).

    If you assume the crate weighs about 60 kgs (as per the information above), the the bikes all loaded with luggage but light on fuel are about 188 kgs. Call it 195-200kgs with full fuel, all tools, spare parts and full luggage. Terrys would be slightly lighter than mine, with a few kgs less luggage and without the front fairing.

    That would compare to about 250-260 kgs for a Dakar with metal boxes, or 290 -300 kgs for a 1200 GS all loaded up with metal boxes and full of fuel.

    If you are thinking GSA or Super Tenere or Tiger Explorer, with the sorts of luggage you see people carry on those big rigs, then you are potentially up around 325 -350 kgs for a wet fully fuelled bike with full touring luggage, spare parts etc.