Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Schmyr

    Schmyr G narley Adventurer

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  2. DyrWolf

    DyrWolf Been here awhile

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    Terry Did the bolt break or threads strip? And was it a stock bolt. I worry about the bolts on my XC because they don`t
    thread in very far and my fairing brackets are between the top clamp and riser. Just a few mm but I have though of lengthening the bolts 5 to 10 mm. Yours or Walter`s thoughts appreciated.
  3. 25jack

    25jack WhateversComfortable

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    Do not see any Steering Dampners. These machines do not need it? Would think it could help reduce arm fatigue but maybe not.
  4. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    The K74 is a motocross racing specific tire, to propel a light weight bike, no luggage, etc...It will not work well in this application. Not designed to carry a load at all. The K76 or more aggressive K60's will handle the weight and have served me well through about 3 sets of each so far. I am getting unbelievable "mileage" on the larger K-60s with the center rib type pattern. I try to mount a tire that is suitable for 80-90 percent of what I am riding which is not easy ( I know its easy to find what you want if you are not out on a trip like you guys!) There is a lot of different mud out there and as seen earlier in this great report, some of it just chokes a bike up. Sometimes, a really good mud tire will get you further in the mud, but maybe not through it, then you need a longer winch line than anyone else to get your muddy ass out. :lol3
  5. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Watched his Nepal segement and he's openly rude and abusive to Nepalis on three seperate occasions.

    Sorry, I don't have any time for the guy.

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  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    With Terry's bars all strapped on, we continued to Novy Uoyan

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    I wanted to ask locals to recommend us a mechanic. We stumbled across these guys celebrating what turned out to be paratroopers day in Russia:

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    Judging by the state of the guys beer belly I figured he wasnt a paratrooper. or at least not an active one. They offered to take us to the mechanic, so long as we posed for a pic or two first.

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    Then Terry could extract out the snapped bolt.

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  7. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    While Terry was doing that, Steve and Erik were eating melon with the revellers, and Geir and I were cutting up an old plastic oil container to extend our mudguards for the roads ahead.

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  8. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    With Terry's bike back on the road, we continued on our ride to Taksimo ...

    With only one road to follow, and the road reasonably simple, the group often spread out, with Terry, Geir and myself racing each other at the front of the pack. Sometimes there was an alternative track in the rail ballast beside the track ... and often some riders would stick on the main road while someone seeking to sneak ahead would shoot up to the rail track to try and scoot ahead unseen.

    I spent more time up on the rail embankment than anyone else so missed a few of the funky bridges like this one:

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    But Geir, Terry and I pulled over to wait for the other guys at the foot of the Severomuisk range. A 16 km rail tunnel goes thru the mountain but we were going over it.

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    Terry grabbed another chicken samsa, a snack we had stocked up with that morning in Severobaikalsk
  9. Ni3ous

    Ni3ous Double Axle Rider

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    Yea, we are back on The Road again!:clap
  10. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    Looking back i think the problem was that i used bar risers, which put more strain on the bolts, they both broke even though i changed them for stronger stainless steel before i left.

    I,m trying to find a solution to the problem at the moment, i have one or two ideas...

    They actually broke again , later on.....:eek1
  11. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    By the time we reached the other side, I noticed the time was getting on. While the sun was still up, it wouldnt be for long - the shadows were getting pretty long. I looked at my watch. It was 9pm. The late start, over an hour spent at the river crossing, Terry's broken bolts ... We still had 100 km to Taksimo and had to get a move on.

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  12. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    It was dark by the time we arrived in Taksimo.

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    I called upon a few hotels, but nothing. The place we stayed in a few years aback was no longer a hotel. A couple of other hotels were full. But the receptionist in the last hotel we went to, said she had a friend who would let us stay at her house, have a banya and feed us, for 500 rubles (12 EUR) each. We accepted ... but had to wait an hour for the woman to finish work and come and meet us in the centre of town.

    It was well after midnight when we finally got to sleep!

    Tomorrow we had a big day ahead ... the Vitim River.

    From Taksimo onwards, the BAM Road gets more serious. :clap
  13. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Stainless steel bolts have nowhere near the tensile strength of proper high tensile bolts. Get bolts that are marked 12.9, if you are worried about rust make sure that the bolts are cadium plated.
  14. noisytoys

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    Just had the same quest for these bolts, SS is to soft for that specific use, got 8.8 flanged bolts from Fabory, not to soft not to brittle
  15. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    I'd go for 10.9 grade, not as hard as 12,9. But either should do the job I guess

    But let's get back on the road :ricky
  16. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    We crossed a few bridges while on the BAM and one thing stuck out. Since it is a single track the trains come from one direction for a while. Then it is quiet for some minutes and then they come from the other direction. About every 50 - 60 km there is a small unmanned rail road station with a sidetrack where they pass each other.

    If we didn't see a train for a while we waited a bit. When one came we crossed the bridge right after. This sort of worked most of the time. Two times though the second train came within a minute. That called for some excitement amongst the crew :eek1
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I did warn you, they stack them ... sometimes 3 or more trains straight after the other ...

    You never know when a train passes, if there is any more behind it .... you can be reasonably sure there is not one coming the other way, but you never know if there are 0, 1, 2, 3 more trains behind one that just passes you.
  18. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    mini-hijack alert!
    I was by now in Moscow (more much later)and came across these guys in Red Square on the same day.
    I think they'd need space shuttle quality parachutes to bring some of these guys in :wink:, so it's fair to say that everyone who is or has been a paratrooper is allowed to celebrate the day with a surfeit of Happy Juice and boyish (just occasionally loutish) behaviour to which the nation turns an indulgent blind eye.
    I watched these guys for a while on Red Square and there was a huge "Band of Brothers " warmth between them, I'm sure the guys you met were the same.

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  19. capeklr

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    Sounds to me like Russian Roulete. :D
  20. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Familiar hills.