Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Aarrff

    Aarrff Gravel Grinder

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    I am checking in several times a day if I can!!! There seems to be a lot of spikes in those rotted bridges that could snag a tire. Was that a problem or did that happen at all?
  2. O'B

    O'B Long timer

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    A big plus one!:1drink
  3. agentsteel53

    agentsteel53 some guy

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    I can't really tell how long that gap is where the cylindrical transverse posts are missing. does a truck (6wd or the like) need to very carefully tread on the longitudinal planks, or can it just power through without getting a wheel stuck?
  4. wanneroo

    wanneroo Adventurer

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    I do wonder how long the BAM is going to be ride-able for with so many of those road bridges continuing to deteriorate, especially over the next 5, 10, 15 years. Theoretically if you have to end up fording in so many places it will chew up fuel, food and time one might not have.

    Great trip and pictures. I've followed from the beginning and it's been one of the most interesting trips I have read for a while.
  5. Pamirski

    Pamirski Adventurer

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    The BAM will be as long ride-able as the railway continues to be serviced. There are usually two tracks, the old construction road and a track that leads directly along the rails. The latter is used by the railway workers, that circulate with their trucks. Those trucks often have to leave the dam when it goes over a bridge, then they have to ford as they seem not to be allowed to go over the rails at the bridge, but usually on a motorcycle you can stay on the dam. This dam track is still maintained and on some stretches also the old construction track (for provision of mines).
    btw riding on the dam is more enjoyable, but for the ballast, you have greater views (tries are cut and you are higher).

    The major obstacle on the western BAM seems to me not the Kuanda bridge, as this one has alternatives, but the Oljokma bridge. The river is bigger than Kuanda and I think even than Witim. Therefore you have no alternative by truck (only in winter). We'll see how they get over it this year
  6. rick3foxes

    rick3foxes Been here awhile

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    Walter, my curoisity is killing me...

    When you come up on these "rustic" bridges, do you stop and cross by foot to plan a route between the cracks/joints/gaps, or do you just tell one of your companions to "GO FOR IT, YOU BIG SISSY!" and then follow if he survives?
  7. Pongo

    Pongo Been here awhile

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    Looks so much like British Columbia that it is scary.
    Almost anyone from central BC would say thats where you are.
  8. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Nature has it's frontiers, but no borders? :wink:
  9. Ryan Hobbs

    Ryan Hobbs Riding in the trees

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    Totally agree :D
  10. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    Thanks Walter... Nice sharing with you guys. Here are some more from my archives :)

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    The captain

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    Unloading the bikes

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    The team posing

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    Russian truck drivers

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    Nice view

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    Geir and Walter

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    Nice bridge
  11. Schannulleke

    Schannulleke Been here awhile

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    Steve, it strikes me that every picture you are in, you always have the biggest smile on your face :thumb

    2012 Norway, Europe, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
    - The Pamir Highway, Tadjikistan, Kyrgistan, Kazakhstan

    - BAM road, Road of bones, Russia to Magadan
    - USA, Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Equador, Peru.


    Are we going to get a ride report with nice pictures of the rest of your trip as well? :ear
  12. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    they do the moonwalk in Norway??! :D
  13. lipsee

    lipsee Been here awhile

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    Me too,,it was hard enough watching the vids,,,
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    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    :nod
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    GSlite Bothan spy

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    No joke. My palms started to get a little clammy.
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    :eek1 Let us not forget the current. :yikes
  17. ADKbeemer

    ADKbeemer Understanding Serendipity

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    ....Its funny how we will think nothing of walking along a sidewalk with cars going by at 60 mph a few feet away, yet add in the exposure and the fear of falling we freak out.

    The thing that gets me is not the exposure, but the idea of having a wheel hit one of those parallel ties or metal plates just the wrong way - yikes! No question the look straight ahead at your line, not at whats right in front of you is good advise anywhere, especially here.

    You guys (and gal :D) have been awesome....bring on more of the BAM!

    We can't get enough of this trip! :clap
  18. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The gap in the pic above, is the same gap as the gap in the pic below.

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    A bike could fall through it. I got to this particular bridge first ... found a few loose planks nearby ... put a couple together in the middle for the wheels, then spaced a couple of outriggers for feet to use to balance on. Thats pretty normal on the BAM ... you are responsible for the track you take so often have to adjust what can be adjusted to suit you.

    No vehicle that uses that bridge could ignore that gap .... you would need to use planks. Reality is the big heavy 6WD trucks wouldnt use the bridge ... they would detour through the river. For every rotting bridge, there is also a ford nearby that the big trucks use.
  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    No. You often stop if there are obvious hazards like the one above, then walk across it first and plan the line. Often there are 4-5 "hazards" on one bridge, so the line is a zig zag path around the hazards.

    On easier bridges like these ones below, you just ride them. For these you dont stop.

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  20. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    loads of spikes and nails yes ... you learn to ignore them after a while as they dont seem to cause any problems. touch wood.