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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
We will go to Pechenga And that will be another RR on advrider
The LED lights we have on our bikes are the Denali D1. I have mounted the same on my R1200 GSA. They are just great. If you want to be seen these lights are the thing.
Regarding weight I don't think they tipped the scale with regards to the cracking of the fairing subframe. Walter did not have the lights and his frame cracked to. Remember that we had prototypes of the subframe. They were built as light as possible and we tested them to destruction. The production subframe will be of thicker material and more solid. They will last, even on a trip like ours.
To be honest, everything in :) He was born in then Hungary. He used to stress in his 'Memories' he was Polish, but in fact he was partially Polish, Slovakian and Hungarian. Just a usual mix in those times :)
Thanks again all of you for the awesome ride report!
How did you manage the biketransport back to Norway?
Mine IS slow, poorly suspended, has terrible brakes, but I have never had to have a tow
The thing with that (and indeed phrasebooks), is they are great for initiating a conversation by asking the first question, but no help when someone actually replies
I LOVE IT !!!... Rods prolly not going to buy me a Beer in London for this ......But Ill buy him one for this fantastic Ride Report...
+1 Yes, I'd like to know how the bike transportation was arranged.
Holy Hell. I just discovered this thread late Saturday afternoon. It's now almost Monday morning.
Your summer ate my weekend. :)
And I'm a ROAD rider, a short gravel drive to an improved campsite is about as much "ADV" as I usually look for on my tours.
Now was it worth it,,my goodness YES
We did spend five days in Magadan. Through Adrian, which we met in Yakutsk, we got in contact with Olga Izotova. She runs an adventure company specializing in hunting and fishing trips and trips to the Gulags amongst other things. She also coordinated a lot of stuff for the BBC when they did some story about Tomtor in the winter.
Hotels in Magadan are pretty expensive and through Olga we rented an apartment for a few days. At a fraction of the cost of staying in a hotel.
When we were in Yakutsk Bolot told me that he had met a few Norwegians passing through Yakutsk on their way to Magadan in some old Land Cruisers. He even had a phone number. I rang the number and Audun answered in the other end. He was planning to ship his car home. We agreed on meeting in Magadan.
Our original plan, and the only way of shipping stuff out of Magadan, was to ship our bikes to Vladivostok by container. I know that someone previously (Walter) had managed to put the bike on the deck of the boat, but that option was now supposed to be impossible. So we were to ship the bikes and fly down to Vladivostok and wait there. This would take a week or two. Then when the bikes arrived in Vladivostok we would repack them in a new container and ship them to Norway. Then we would fly home. This would ad another two to three weeks to our trip. Just waiting :huh I wasn't too keen on that.
The reason you can't ship abroad directly from Magadan it that Magadan has no customs service, and therefore you can not ship directly abroad.
Anyway, the first few days we just wandered around in Magadan. Had some nice food
Then we met up with Ilya, Katja and Alexander and had a few beers at the Green Crocodile Pub
We went up to Maska Skorbi and had a look.
It was a very spacial place to be.
Olga was our guide and we met some locals.
They were celebrating something and when in Rome we did as the Romans
Anyway, back to the shipping issue. We did some research and figured out that it should be possible to ship directly from Magadan to Norway. We contacted Yuri in Vladivostok. Yuri is "the" man in Vladivostok when it comes to bikers. He is mentioned in a lot of different forums and everyone gives him the best recommendations
In order to ship something from Magadan and through Vladivostok you have to be in Vladivostok in person in order to do the customs. Thats the main rule. That was not really an option for us. Our trip was done and for us to just wait in Vladivostok for two to three weeks was not an option. After lots of back and forth we concluded that it was possible to ship from Magadan as long as we empowered someone in Vladivostok to act on our behalf and it seemed like Yuri was our man. The problem was that we had to arrange all the paperwork in Magadan :huh
We can order food in Russian, but arranging transport documents and going to government offices was a far fetch. We needed help and help we got in form of a very nice blond girl called Tanya Sorry no pictures
Tanya was the one Ewan and Charlie used when they came to Magadan. Tanya was effectiveness personated. We spent one day running around to different offices and finally we got a notarius publicus to sign the official paper.
What we had to do was to empower Yuri to act on our behalf with regards to the bikes. That also meant that he could sell the bikes if he wanted to :huh Based on what we had read Yuri was a man to be thrusted and we did that. We got the letter and sent it to Yuri.
That was it Now all we had to do was to pack the bikes in the container. We needed three bikes and one Land Cruiser in one 20' container. It was a bit short I demounted my bike and then put it in the back of the car. Along with all the rest of our stuff.
Then we fitted the whole lot into the container My bike in the back of the car. Steve's bike over the hood and Erik's in the front. We could now get the h**l out of Dodge and home to our loved ones
Steve left a day before us so we arranged the packing with Audun. Finally we said good bye to Olga and Audun, and went down to the bus station. Audun was staying a few more days since his passport was somewhere in Mongolia. But thats another story
Erik and I was now to leave this great country and as a last thank you mother Russia gave us a final hug. When we arrived at the bus station a local guy came over to us and asked if we were going to the airport. He and his wife were going to pick up some family members and if we needed a lift we could come along
Our great adventure had come to an end. The country and the people we have met has marked us for life. In the most positive way
Now a new adventure is in the molding pot. Same country, but different place. That will be another story here on advrider
To all the people who have followed us: Thank you very much See you on the road somewhere
there has been no ride report better than this one
Wow what a story.
Thanks everyone who contributed to it, without you it would have been as great.
To the Sibirsky Extreme team
Thank You for this great adventure Report that I followed from day one.
I realise, reading through it, and the tons of Information it conveys, how much different Russia is nowadays, compared to my trip there in 1994. The authentic russian spirit (and I don't mean vodka) is still alive, and it´s good so.
There is a very special room for Russia in my heart and soul, I was 21 when I travelled from France to there on my DR350 and finally worked there. Like the adventurers of this story, I was fascinated by Russia. I recall being the very first biker the customs saw crossing the Russian-Letvian border, the customs invited me for dinner, from the very first meter into Russia, I was to know their legendary hospitality.
Thumbs up to all the riders for sharing this adventure with us, and at the first place to Walter for this and all the work done
Thank you EtronX for this information obout the biketransport back to norway.
I think this way of transport back to austria for a solo rider like me would be very expensive.
That was one incredible story and I m looking forward to next one.thanks to all participant.
Not necesarily The cost of the container was about 5.000,-. We were four guys splitting that.
There are lots of people passing through Magadan in some way. If you are not in a hurry you will always find someone to share the cost with.
If needed I have the numbers for Olga and Tanya. Yuri you will find on the Hubb
that will be great via pm to me thanks
i have more time then money
for the trip to Sibiria, now i bought a XChallenge with 9k km in very good condition with most of the useful modifications.
My pleasure sir. Thank you for taking us along. See you on the road somewhere? That would be the day.
Stories like this one keep the faith by making it obvious the they feed us in the media has nothing to do with the real people in 'foreign' countries, be it far away or at a days ride from home. Thanks for spreading the word.
That is a nice job packing. What did it look like when it arrived in Norway? You hear stories that the containers sometimes recieve rough handling.