Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Yep. You were there. I remember well. We picked up with you at Scandinavia, Booze Bub, Papa's, then ending back at Bourbon St where Rod and I had started. A quiet night compared to some with you.:freaky

    I hope my memory does't start going when I get to your ages!:rofl
  2. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos not listening

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    Damn you Rod Currie. Damn you to hell.:wink:
  3. Snarfy

    Snarfy Adventurer

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    Although I won't be doing such rides as Walter and Rod, I will be in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2 months (may 2013) on my good old 1150GS.

    Who knows, maybe I will be bumping in to some of you guys !
  4. mbravo

    mbravo Adventurer

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    It'd be an honor; if you or anyone from this thread's cast of characters heads toward St.Petersburg, PM me and I'd do my best to show you the city, at the very least, or help otherwise, provided I'm not on some adventure of my own. (tbh any ADVer in need and in these parts is welcome).

    Yeah, I know, I briefly visited the headlands of Tweed and such, though not on a bike sadly, which will need to be remedied some time. Same thing here - we get nice sunny summers, unless you happen to be busy in the office that day.
  5. Phrog

    Phrog Terra Australis

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    Happy birthday mrs towrope :D
  6. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    Hi Bli55, My X Country has ABS but I ALWAYS switch it off. Even on tarmac.

    I wouldn't worry about the unsprung weight. It's only a few grams and it's mounted close to the centre of the hub.
    And my ABS sensors were not smashed after this trip... But my bike was never thrown into a bongo truck.:D
  7. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    :rofl Touche Mr Currie!!!!!!!! :deal :lol3
  8. mario33

    mario33 Howling around...

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    Another one was built in Warsaw, as a 'gift' or, as Poles observed it, as 'guarding tower' :evil. Later it was commonly called 'Stalin's tomb'. Official name - Palace of Culture and Science.

    [​IMG]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_Culture_and_Science
  9. Edge

    Edge Been here awhile

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    Extreme is only phrase that suits this ride
    Question
    Is there a link to the bike build on the 650 X country.
    Tough bike
  10. Metalcarver

    Metalcarver Geezer Berserker

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    My brother got carpal tunnel syndrome from hitting the "refresh" button.
  11. * SHAG *

    * SHAG * Unstable

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    :lol3 This just keeps getting better :freaky
  12. Rwelch360

    Rwelch360 Been here awhile

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    This has been a marvelous journey. I am so glad the guys got to complete the summer road. Just goes to show you that if you really want something, you find a way to make it happen.

    And with that Rod where is the pictures of the hostel chick!! :rofl
  13. 00-SEB-00

    00-SEB-00 Been here awhile

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    On the Moscow thing: we stayed at hotel "Baikal", cheap, but then you also get what you pay for. We stayed there 4 or 5 nights, can't remember and there's a guarded parking in front of the place. It's in the North of Moscow, but just walk 300m or so to the Subway and then you're in for a nice ride to the city centre.
    The Subway is only about 1€ or so, so we figured that if you're in Moscow you have to do the subway anyway, so why not win on both sides...

    Just a tip. We would stay there again next trip to Moscow.
  14. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I had been in touch with EtronX at Tomtor. We had a chat on the phone after I received the message:

    "Tomtor. Old road full of water. Flooding in Tomtor. FS. Returning to federal road."

    A rational discussion followed on the phone in which we discussed the risks to going ahead to do the main part of the Old Summer Road. We discussed the weather forecast. I discussed with him the Russian guys (Pate, Mishutka, Cherepakha etc) who did the OSR in the pouring rain and flooding in 2011. It took them 6 days, and required truck loads of team work ... but they did it. In the end, EtronX's mind had turned around.

    The next and last message I received from the guys in Tomtor was:

    "We'll give it a shot "

    A day and a half later and the following came in:

    "Done".

    The guys had made it to Myaundzha :clap:clap:clap
  15. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    I want to say a big "Thank You" to all the contributors to this Ride Report. You have kept me engrossed now for months and I can't wait to read how it all turns out. Its like a frickin' Soap Opera - but with more motorcycles.

    I have to say, that his is one of the most amazing collaborations I have ever read. From Walter, Rod, Terry, Rod, The Vikings and Prutser and Beam(st)er (:raabia) this whole story never seems to end!

    So, keep it rolling, and while I'm not looking forward to the end, I can't wait to see what's next.

    Thank you all.

    C.
  16. Twinmike

    Twinmike Grandpa

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  17. Bike Nomad

    Bike Nomad Been here awhile

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    Logging in to the advrider website I noticed Walter featured on one of the first pictures on the slideshow. As I watched the rest of the pictures come up I was amazed to see that 6 out of 26 photos were all from this ride report! That has got to be some sort of record—is it GB? Thank all of you very much for the many many hours of planning, riding, slogging, writing, photo and video taking that went into this absolutely epic ride report. Unlike others who have urged y’all to hurry up in the posting, I sort of wished you’d slow down—after all I guess it will be next fall at the earliest before we are treated to another Co-operative Compendium of a Colebatch Continent Crossing Consortium. Can you stretch out the arrival in Magadan until the start of this springs riding season? I'd only have to suffer through 4 months of being Colebatch ride report deficient that way.:D
  18. beat

    beat Double Dutchie

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    8 :clap
    you can start at page 1 again, you didn't read every page :deal
  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  20. O'B

    O'B Long timer

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    Beemster I must say I truly love your wit. Are you sure you are not Irish?:lol3