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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    Terry and I were introduced to a freight company by a local lady that had been helping out Kudu. They were going to freight our bikes back to Moscow for about 450 pounds each ...all crated up.

    As Steve said, we also met Christian the Swiss cyclist and Adrian the Romanian biker in Yakutsk, and the two guys behind the Kudu expedition, taking all their bikes back to London in the back of a van.

    Adrian took this foto of Terry and I do some fix-it things to our bikes while we waited to take our bikes to the freight people on the Monday

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    And of Steve's rim ...

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    And of the crew all huddled together to solve some problem in the corner.

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    I hope Adrian is out here reading this somewhere.

    Bolot also took a nice picture of the gang, in the Hotel in Yakutsk

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  2. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    It was quite a shock for us that Walter and Terry decided to call it a day in Yakutsk. Walter announced this on the ferry crossing the Lena river. We did understand it though. They had been on the road for a long time and they drive hard. No vacation pace and time to smell the flowers there.

    We tried our best to persuade them to join us to Magadan. Walter had been there before and lots of parts to pick up at Boris' place in Moscow :evil He definitively wouldn't go.

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    Terry really wanted to go, but was pretty knackered from the trip and tired off the handlebars falling off all the time :becca

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    We did though have a plan to try to turn Terry around. A few days of R&R would just maybe do it :evil How could we motivate the old warrior? We figured that a night on the town would do it :1drink I will get back to this matter later...

    The hotel was nice :wink:

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    And on Saturday the 11th of August we met Bolot. Bolot is a local guy from Yakutsk. He is very friendly and really helpful. He took the day of from the wife and kids and helped us get stuff. When he doesn't help foreigners on tour, he runs the Ask Yakutia web page. There you can find lots of info about the area.

    We rented a cab and went shopping :D By the look on Adrian's face I don't think he quite realized what kind of a gang he joined :happay

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    We got the stuff we'd set out to get. The better part of the day we did this.
    Bolot, Erik, Terry and Adrian at the Chinese market in Yakutsk :D

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  3. buzzlightyear

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    That is one properly fooked rim!
  4. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    In Yakutsk there are two places you can go to if you want to have a nice night on the town. The Chicago Bar and the Europa Club. There are probably more places, but trust me on this, these two will do :evil

    As part of our great "Motivate Terry Scheme", Steve, Adrian and I figured that a cosy night out with the lads would be just what the Doctor would prescribe for young Terry. Lets go and have a couple of beers, relax and talk quietly about the road ahead. Maybe this would get Mr. Brown on better thoughts :evil Erik and Walter decided to stay at the hotel that night :huh but the rest of the crew took responsibility :deal

    At about 1800 hours we trotted over to the Chicago Bar. It was only a 10 - 15 minutes walk from the hotel. The weather was nice and the temperature required no more than a shirt and maybe a thin sweater. We enjoyed looking at all the people smiling. It was a nice evening :D

    We got to the Chicago and quickly noticed that this was a more upper class bar. Perfect, this suited us fine. We just wanted some food and a beer. And maybe a small Vodka in order to celebrate our friendship and the fact that we had gotten all the way to Yakutsk.

    There were quite a few people there. Mostly tables with 4 to 6 girls. We got a table and ordered a beer. Everyone smiled and said hello to us. Russians are very friendly and nice :sweeti The beer came, but the food took some time. So we ordered another beer. And a small Vodka. People came over and chatted. Some brought Vodka and everything was A OK.

    At around 1930 I got some problems with my eyes. The focusing and stereo mechanism didn't quite work as good as it was supposed to. I didn't worry to much about that though. I just had to close one eye and the two Terry's were reduced to one again. Problem solved :rofl

    Now, I know that Terry is a bit older than me, but I still blame some on my age. At around 2000 hours my alzheimer light seems to have kicked in. Things start to get a bit vague from that time. I know we had a very good time at the Chicago Bar. Talked to lots of nice people with very long legs that never seemed to end :huh

    At what time we left the Chicago Bar I have no idea. I think we emptied the bar and they had to close the joint :freaky They are not used to us there. Last time the Vikings went shopping they didn't get that far East. They did get to the UK though. Thats why we have all the blond long legged girls in Norway and not in Aberdeen :evil

    Sorry about that last digression:rofl

    Somehow we continued this spectacular night and got ourselves over to the Europa Club. "Huston we had liftoff" :rilla

    Photo wise we don't have much documentation from this night and my recollection of the Europa Club is next to none. I only have one picture and one video clip. I'll let them speak for them selves :lol3

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    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/59804094" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/59804094">Trans Sibir eXpedition 2012 Europa Club Yakutsk</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/etronx">EtronX</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
  5. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    :clap:clap:clap:clapAmazing! Just simply Amazing! Thank you O so much for this. :clap:clap:clap:clap
  6. StepOnIt

    StepOnIt Assitoner

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    WOW what a great story (trip) this is turning out to be and it just keeps coming. Has to be some kind of joint book deal, all you need is a good catchy name....

    Sorry to see the two guys leaving and can fully understand why. I have never been on the road for that long and can see it finally wearing you out.
    Thanks for the great read everyone please keep it coming :clap
  7. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    ooooh nooooo, i,ll never live it down :eek1.

    I blame the Vikings !!!!!!!!!!!
  8. Prutser

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    I didn't know you had it in you mate :lol3
  9. EtronX

    EtronX Been here awhile

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    Terry old mate :evil You've e got the moooves :rilla And sorry for taking you out that night and leading you down that alley. Every hope we had of you going with us to Magadan perished that night
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    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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  11. elias

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    Now thats what i call adventure riding, after such a long way, this was the best place to celebrate!!!!! :freaky

    Walter could the rim from your XC fit in the F 800? they are both BMW. And then you could take a new one in Moscow. Steve could pay for that if you wanted.
  12. rdwalker

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    Now, let me get this straight. You built a wheel just by setting the spokes, without a rig? You are a damn magician! That is something I would never attempt - and I did work on bicycle and motorcycle spoke wheels.

    Apparently, it's true: necessity is a mother of brilliance!


    On another note: I thought you guys were riding in the middle of nowhere. Far away. Yet, anywhere you go, you meet fellow travelers. What's the matter. is the place totally overrun by moto adventurers? Is it like New York City, where the only pedestrians on a weekend are tourists? :rofl:rofl
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    jep, just like new york, but with only one street that is a few 1000 miles long
  14. mbravo

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    Walter, having read this far through the thread, and also after browsing quite a bit through your bike build thread as well, I felt the need to ask your opinion - do you think a g650 Sertao is a viable platform for adventurization similar in spirit to what you have done with XC? Naturally, the more why's you could list, either way, the better :-)
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    Walter and Terry

    I want to thank you both for taking us along on your travels, You have taken a trip most of us can only dream of.

    THANK YOU AGAIN

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  16. norexit

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    A fork or swing arm with a bit of cardboard taped to it works almost as well has a fancy stand.
  17. sion

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    I thought that guy (Bolot) looked familiar...see the first couple mins of this video:

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  18. asilindean

    asilindean Adrian

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    Hi guys,

    Great trip you had and an awesome ride report. I wont start mine until this one is ready :deal

    So, I was in Yakutsk now with Sibirsky Extreme ,Trans Sibir eXpedition 2012 and Kudu Expeditions. What better company could I have asked for.

    I was on my own solo trip which took me from Romania to Bulgaria - Turkey - Georgia - Armenia - Georgia - Azerbaijan - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Tajikistan - Kirghistan - Kazakhstan - Russia - Mongolia - Russia to Vladivostok and then by boat north to Magadan where my trip back would start.

    I was getting to Yakutsk after I have finished the Roads of Bones via the new road (Magadan, Susuman, Ust-Nera, Kyubuyme, Khadinga, Yakutsk). Did not manage to do the all of the Old Summer Road since I fried my clutch ..... Great experience and a huge thank to Russian Emergency Services for coming after my and my bike. :clap:clap
    Piece of advise: get a Spot Tracker.

    There is always a next time, and now I have a serious reason to go back :)

    I had a great time with the above mentioned guys. Was good to see Terry again, which I knew for Doug's Motocamp in Bulgaria in the previous year.

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    I finally meet Walter, since we knew each other only from the online.
    It has been said before, but Walter, we were there because of you. Thanks for all the work done to provide adventure motorcyclists with a huge amount of information about the area and for inspiration. Was great meeting you.

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    And it was great to know the crazy norvegians Geir, Erik and Steve. Great guys and we had a lot a fun in the city. Day and night :freaky

    Also there were Jeff and Neil from Kudu Expedition which I met 2 weeks ago in Magadan after finishing their London to Magadan Tour. Very nice people, very friendly and we had lots of beers together. Also very helpful a and give me some of their stuff and spares for the way back. Thanks guys!

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    When they left Magadan 5 days before me we said good bye and hope will not meet again in this trip, because if we did, some of us will be in trouble. We did meet, in Yakutsk and later in Moscow :rofl

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    Back to Yakutsk. We had a long ride by taxi in and around the city to look for spares, oil and other bits we needed. A huge thanks to Bolot for coming with us and help sort things out. Great guy. Check his website: www.askyakutia.com, he has a lot of useful information about the area.

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    In the evening we had some beers at Lena Hotel
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    The things in Chicago Bar started well, and continued even better. My memory is also fuzzy... especially after vodka shot number x...

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    The next day we went to see the ice cave from Planet Yakutia. Great experience, and safe since I was with the Jedi's and Dark Lord Terry (a bit of hangover he got, but so did we).

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    Packing and preparing to leave
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    After a few days of fun, repairs and rest it was time to get back on the road again. I will go towards Myrni, Lensk then down the Lena River to Lake Baikal, the TransSiberian and home to Romania. At least that was the plan.....:lol3

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    The norvegians prepare to take to Roads of Bones to Magadan via the Old Summer Road.

    Great year, amazing people and a hell of a ride. Thank you all!
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    Hey.... she's wearing a musician skirt.... or musikant-skjørt (les: mus-i-kant) as it's known in Norwegian.... and only the Norwegians will get that reference :deal:lol3