Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Definitely true - you saw in the video how pumped up even a guy as skilled as Iker was after the bridge! And that was his third crossing of the bridge that day. Even for him his earlier crossings were slower and more measured.

    Someone will have an accident there one of these years. It wont be pretty. I can only advise anyone trying to think carefully and have two practice runs there and back to get as familiar as possible with the bridge and its surface first before a third run for the record.

    But lets leave further bridge talk till we get to the bridge. Its still a few days away.
  2. kuhjunge

    kuhjunge 3wheel enthusiast

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    Great RR and full of surprises :clap:clap:clap

    Vitim River Bridge will be clearly a challenge to be faced one day :norton

    Thanx also for the hints and links to other related stuff like the shipping crate shop
  3. hardwaregrrl

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    Walter, excelent RR as usual....

    Can't wait to see new pics of that bridge. This one still resonates.

    <a href="http://hardwaregrrl.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/TCAT/19150455_xBrpJh#!i=1501206354&k=MWmJrqG&lb=1&s=A" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"><img src="http://hardwaregrrl.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/TCAT/i-MWmJrqG/0/L/3864502586_5ab69fa432_o-L.jpg" title="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

    Got me thinking I need to take a better look at my rims.:huh
  4. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Still scares the sh1t out of me too !

    But as Colebatch says, save the bridge for later. There will no doubt be pages of comment and discussion then.


    Yes the BAM is a rim killer!
    That one in the pic on my Dakar there was an old steel rim from an old JAWA.
    My original rim had bent beyond unbendability and the wonderful crew in Komsomolsk-na-Amur build this one onto my existing hub and spokes.

    But, as you see - even that bent and dented.
    And poor Steve hadn't reached the BAM proper yet! But he is smiling.
  5. ac72

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    Looking at that photo, with what Colebatch says above, and with my kayak hat (helmet) on, not only is that a long drop from the bridge but that's evil, boiley, retentive looking water, especially downstream of the bridge - I wouldn't fancy anyone's chances in it, even without biking kit and after a fall from the bridge :(
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    My kind of crash bars! Protecting the obvious...:rofl
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    Shouldn't the Michelin Man be white? And a goofy hat?
  8. straight cut

    straight cut Been here awhile

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    Great Ride Report everyone
  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    A couple of hours later, we arrived in Severobaikalsk, set ourselves up in the local hotel, and walked down the road to the local cafe for some beer and meat.

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  10. Gravel Seeker

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  11. 25jack

    25jack WhateversComfortable

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    So no problem carrying a laptop on this trip. Using a flash drive? Disk drives do not handle vibration very well.

    This report is an education. Love it!
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    ^^^ Haha, yes. Hence my photo manipulation back on page 207. This was the first thing that came to mind:


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  13. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    I think I like yours better :clap
  14. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    I brought with me a new 13" Macbook Pro with a standard 1 TB HD. I kept it in a dry bag behind me. No problems. I downloaded pictures, videos and Garmin tracks onto it every night. Then I backed everything up on two different external hard drives, of which I carried one and Erik carried one. Every time we slept over in a hotel, or the likes, I charged the MacBook. Between us we had taken a total of 2.300 video clips and over 6.000 pictures :evil
  15. Lornce

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    Interesting to note: KTM's Dakar competition bike uses a carburetor. Is this a Dakar "rule issue", or is KTM simply hedging they're reliability bets and avoiding the complexity of a an FI system (ie: fuel pump). :scratch

    :dunno

  16. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    This is a short, but true story, about Erik and our newfound friend Alex. The story begins one beautiful morning outside a shop in Zhigalovo :evil

    Walter and Terry had just scooted off to put on some new tires on their bikes.

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    Erik and I was waiting outside for Alex, who shortly arrived.

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    Just as Alex arrived Erik realized he had to take a dump. Not in five minutes, but now :huh A bit frantic in his eyes he tried to explain this to Alex with not much success :eek1 He was getting quite desperate when finally Alex got it :bash He jumped over a fence and indicated for Erik to follow him. Erik jumped over with the speed of a man in need. They went to the back of the building and there was an old outhouse with two doors. Erik jumped in through one and squatted down. It was pretty filthy, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. Then he realized there was no paper. He called Alex who gave him some old newspaper that was lying on the floor.

    Due to the fact that these were strange conditions to Erik shit, literarily, stopped up. Then Alex, now next door, called out for paper. Erik wobbled to the door, stretched out and gave some well used newspaper to Alex who thanked him and finished up. Then Erik wobbled back and concentrated on the job at hand. As he got more comfortable with the situation and the surroundings he relaxed a bit more and got back to business. Then the door opened and Alex was there starting a conversation with Erik :lol3 So there was Erik, squatting down with his pants on his knees in an old dirty outhouse in Siberia trying to take a dump and Alex wanted to converse ten inches in front of him :lol3 This was totally normal for him it seemed :lol3

    I just love the Russian boondocks :clap
  17. stemic01

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    I brought my old Thinkpad (Lenovo) upgraded with a SSD drive which has worked very well for me. No problems except it needs to be charged. Two backup disks for photo and video! I also got a dropbox account with copy of vital information and documents just in case. To save weight for the BAM and ROB I sent home the computer and some other stuff from Irkutsk. Watertight bag is smart :)
  18. C/W

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    I would suggest more of an ease of maintenance issue rather than a reliability issue. Simplicity greatly increases maintainability. Carbs require more routine maintenance, but are easily maintained. FI requires less routine maintenance but can be a hassle to debug.

    Carbs can be harder to setup in terms of proper & smooth running bike, but rarely does a poorly tuned carb result in an inoperative bike.

    In a rally, it's going to be much easier to swap a new carb versus debug a mysterious FI problem. Case in point, the KTM in this report suffered from a fuel pump issue that seemingly baffled the riders for many days. Is it the fuel pump, the electrical system, the ECU, the injectors, the pressure regulators, etc, etc...
  19. ttr

    ttr Been here awhile

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    I've been reading this report twice and I find it great, it gives me a different idea about russians and for sure I'll visit it by bike in the next years.

    I'm in for the book&dvd that I'll buy asap. In the meanwhile, after I read the BAM road report, I have some questions for all the team (Walter&Co). I apologize if my questions were already asked:

    - before the trip started did you make any phisical training?
    - if not, would you reccomend it to any adult? (any means an exercised one)
    - exept for the fall (s), did you experience particular issues during the trip like: pain in the back/lower back, wirsts, shoulders - neck, or any muscle inflammation.

    I use to ride a yamaha ttr600 2002, I experience some wirsts/arms pain in trips >400 km/day. I think is a normal thing but I can't figure how did you manage it on a very long trips like the Sibirsky and the BAM.

    Anyway, after reading those reports I don't think will be so heavy to cover higher distances :rofl:rofl
  20. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    We spent two nights in Zhigalovo. It took some time getting the bikes ready and we had to celebrate Walters birthday :freaky I won't say much about that except that it involved a substantial amount of Vodka, guitar and singing :kumbaya

    What happens in Zhigalovo stays in Zhigalovo :wink:

    We hit the road in the morning and stopped on the outskirts of the town to get gas and the obligatory Snickers. As normal the locals wanted pictures. What I like though is that most Russians are always very polite and always asks permission before to see if it is OK.

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    After gas we drove a few clicks before we crossed the mighty Lena on a floating bridge. Walter leading the way.

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    At the intersection between Chikan and Magistralny there is a road sign. It was marked by Sibersky Extreme in 2009 and now it was time to mark it again with the Trans Sibir eXpedition sticker :D

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    After the intersection the roads turned worse. It was a pretty wet, slippery and bumpy ride. For a while I was behind Walter and I flagged him down because I thought he had a flat. No such thing. Just his new tires that were extremely slippery in the mud. He was all over the place.

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    Both man and machine needs fuel :1drink

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    My XC with the Dakar Carbon front fender.

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    After a pretty rough day we made it to BAM proper. All alive and none hurt. Just a bent front wheel on the list :clap

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    We got some gas from the local gas station. This one might look basic but just wait and see :evil

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    Next stop was Severobaikalsk :D

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