Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. LGT

    LGT Been here awhile

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    WOW guys. I want to ride in the steppe too :rofl

    Walter, at the beginning you had bad weather. Which is your equipment for raining time?
    Do you put something over your clothes, or the Klim is enough?

    PAolo
  2. Phipsd

    Phipsd Older but not wiser.

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    Cord: I'm in Surrey BC and I ordered my copy from Chapters. I always have my stuff sent to the store which makes pick-up a breeze. I too am still waiting........
  3. OUtback UFO

    OUtback UFO GLOW IN DARK SPACEINVADER

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    The only hardsided side cases i have found that seem to hold up to the abuse of serious off roading are pelican cases. Though you still have mounts to deal with. I ride with them 80% of the time even in really rough off road situations and have going over more time then to count. They get scuffed but not cracked or broken... though when I rode in Australia i had the soft cased for the reason as you stated about the metal cases. The more extreme riding i have two water tight dry bags on the back.
  4. Shwafish

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    I was wondering the same thing.
  5. moto rrad

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    Hi Walter - Lovin the shots of Terry given er the beans. :wink:

    I've got a couple questions for you regarding gear (hopefully you won't be repeating yourself). The Klim suits you and Terry were sportin - How did they hold up? Any complaints, comments ect? I'm interested if they are worth the pretty price.

    Second thing: Those fancy soft bags. Again interested how they held up, and what you thought of the design and durability after travelling cross-continent? (Hard to criticize your own design :evil)

    Enjoying the story as it unfolds.. thanks for taking the time to entertain us!

    cheers
  6. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    Shit! Late to the party; lots of catching up to do.
  7. Wal2

    Wal2 Been here awhile

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    when you are riding off tarmac, how do you know which trails you are legally allowed on, or which are on private land
  8. Leo.G

    Leo.G Is still learning

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    Well.. This steppe zone is really much like my area here in Argentina...

    The only difference is that here almost all the land is cultivated and there are crops growing everywhere (there are trails between the private lands of course)...

    Really nice RR so far!
  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    They held up well. Its the second crossing of Eurasia for my suit. Terry knew from previous rides with me that I dont like to stop for rain, so he decided to shell out for a Badlands Pro. I will let Terry comment on his. As for mine, Its not perfect, but its the best riding gear I have owned. I also had planned to ride in a Badlands Pro, but my Badlands suit arrived back from South America a week after I departed. So I wore a Klim Rally suit I used in 2010. Biggest problem with the Rally suit is there are no vents in the arms - not an issue for the Badlands Pro which is very well vented.

    I have ridden in BMW rally pro gear before Klim came on the scene, and as I said, its the best gear I have ridden in. I think its a lot better thought out than the BMW gear. A lot more practical too.

    My pants are beginning to leak, but Klim and Goretex guarantee the stuff for life, so I will just send it back to them and they repair it or replace it if it leaks.


    Yeah I am not the best guy to give objective feedback on that, but personally I was very satisfied with how they worked out. Terry and I were sporting units from a pre production batch, and within a week or two I sent back a list of minor tweaks to AS to incorporate into the production models. Things like I wanted the holes in the front and rear pockets that allow a horizontal strap to pass though to be slightly wider, so that rok strap buckles can be passed through. By the end of the trip, so many things on the bike were broken. It really turned out to be a super brutal experience, this much off road, back to back for 100 days, but the luggage was one of the very few things not to give me problems. That and the fact there was nothing apart from those few early tweaks to go into the final production models that I wanted to change or alter in the bags after the 3 months. i.e. I was totally satisfied with how they performed.
  10. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Love the latest updates Walter. From looking at your pics, I can only imagine how much work went into putting together the tracks!

    I noticed the Ukranian flag was gone; did it fly off or are we making room for a different one now that you've entered another country?
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    Although this is early in the summer season, I notice the vegetation is not uniform, the crops look short and parched, the grasses are often yellow. Was the region experiencing a drought this year?

    BTW, the terrain/scenery could be anywhere in the Canadian prairie that I grew up in. No wonder so many Ukrainians immigrated to our region.
  12. zulu-5

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    Hey Walter. I love your rides. Ever since I found your 94 trip.

    It's double interesting to me, bacause I speak russian and english equally well. And I've been to a lot of places out there as a kid and I can surely relate to the expiriences. Doesn't look like lots changed though)))

    a question though: do you think a 450, say Yamaha WR450F, would be able to make the trip? In a rally suit, with some sprocket mods, a few extra bits and pieces and light luggage.

    Igor
  13. Tracks1

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    Looks like dry-land grain farming. The harvest is almost upon them.
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    and judging by the quality of the screen caps, well worth every byte...
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  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The whole concept of private land there is totally different. There are no fences. You can ride anywhere.

    If there is somewhere you cant ride (like a military area) then it WILL be fenced off.
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    WR 450 might be too service heavy (too short service interval) - dont know enough about that bike ... can you increase the oil capacity and add a cooler? Stick on a JVO fuel tank and fairing kit?

    Try a Husaberg 570 for a reliable light bike. - one of my colleagues ("Beta" of this parish) took one 19000 miles (30,000 km) this year up Ojos del Salado for our world record, then he rode it all the way back to Montana from southern Chile, with nothing more than oil changes about ever 50 hrs.

    or a 2012/13 model KTM 690 with Basel Defy Rally-Adventure kit on it :deal
  18. dopra

    dopra Been here awhile

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    Hi Walter, 1,5 Year ago I bought Vango Apex 200 like Yours, but I have sometimes problem with pitch a tent, on pictures I see You do not use side tape, how do You do it?
  19. Colebatch

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    Side tape? Sorry I don't understand ... Can u show pictures?
  20. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Got a PM asking about whats happening on the GPS display:

    The main part of the screen shows the track we need to follow, in a track up format. So in the pic below, its a wierd shaped part of the track, but we curve slightly to the left and then there is a 90 degree left hand turn coming up after that.

    On the right of the screen I have 4 sets of info:

    On top is speed in km/h (in this shot 45.8 km/h)

    Second is distance to the next waypoint (30.9 km)

    Third is distance to destination - the end of the current days track (30.9 km) - these two usually read the same since the next waypoint i had was usually the end of the track.

    At the bottom is the local time (16:03)

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