Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. BoxerPaul

    BoxerPaul Adventurer

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    To all the group that contributed to this absolutely amazing adventure I bow down to you.
    Your sense of adventure, camaraderie, diplomacy, humor, fun et al is a testament to the human spirit!
    And all the effort to put it down in writing and posting great dialogs and pictures puts to shame anything I have ever seen on tv or the web!!
    So, again, I thank you heartily, and extend an invite if you are ever in this (very tame) part of the world!
    Paul
  2. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

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    The start of a family pic if I've ever seen one. Now you two go get married and have children and show them THIS PIC. :)
  3. 25jack

    25jack WhateversComfortable

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    The reason is the lack of private land and therefore no fences. One of the unintended consequences of Socialism is a good adv motorcycling terrain.
  4. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Oh let's not turn this "beyond epic" RR into a political debate....ixnay, I say!
  5. RingGap

    RingGap UK Expat

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    Great RR (FYI Montana 7 people / sq mile) its all relative
  6. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    yah, the great thing is that there are still some places where you can just ride and ride............and ride some more! Thank you again Walter and the rest of the gang for bringing this all to glorious life for all of us! Only a few may ever follow in your tire tracks....but dreams have their own value, too.
  7. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    That'd be me .... I started this damn thread 3 or 4 days ago and am half way. I spend hours in various hotels reading. And the irony is that I am on a RTW trip myself. This RR is the best though.... :clap

    I'll have a HEAP of questions for Prutser when I get to the end of all this (I'm on an R80G/S). Also some observations on my own gear choices and what has worked for me in being on the road for 25 months (so far, in two pieces..first piece in 2006). Back to reading ....
  8. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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  9. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    More changes coming to Eastern Russia.

    "Russian Far East railway project may extend to Hokkaido"
  10. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    Turns out this group of "New Zealand motorcyclists" includes a very weathly Kiwi. So who knows who paid who what sum of money to get this sort of access.


    "Five New Zealand motorcyclists made a rare crossing of the world’s last Cold War frontier Thursday, riding their bikes over the heavily militarized border from North to South Korea.

    The crossing was part of a 9,000-kilometer journey that began in the Russian city of Magadan and aimed to traverse the mountain 'spine' of the Korean peninsula, from Mount Paektu in the North to Mount Halla in the South."

    http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/world/kiwi-bikers-make-rare-korea-border-crossing-2
  11. stemic01

    stemic01 Steve Royset

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    I have been asked several times how my BMW F800GS was rigged for my journey and also what tecnical issues I had and what has been replaced.

    RIGGING:
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    I pretty much bought a used bike (2000km) which were rigged for asphalt and light gravel riding. Not built or intended for the BAM or ROB, but I got it through. I would have done several things differently today! A lightweight bike and a soft luggage setup would be much easier and more fun!
    - Standard 2010 F800GS
    - Zumo 660 GPS with Touratech holder
    - Adventure spec Bashplate
    - Adventure spec Crash bars
    - Bark buster Handguards
    - Wonderlicht windscreen
    - Metal Mule Paniers
    - Giant loop tank bag

    REPLACED DURING TRIP:
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    - Tyres, tyres, tyres
    - Oil and filter (every 10k)
    - Airfilter
    - Front sprocket
    - Front wheel bearings
    - Front Rim (temporary solution)
    - Rear brake pads (x2)

    WORK DONE AFTER TRIP:
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    - New tyres front and rear
    - Oil and filter
    - Chain, front and rear sprockets
    - Replaced brake pads front and rear
    - Wheel bearings and seals front
    - Wheel bearings and seals rear
    - Steering head bearings
    - Front shocks overhauled and replaced seals
    - Rear shock replaced
    - Repainted all plastic parts
    - Repainted all black powder coated parts
    - Replaced chain protection
    - Replaced temporary spring for side support with OEM one.
    - Replace front rim and spokes(Excel)

    The bike has been very reliable and never let me down. A great bike for on-road and light gravel use. For offroad use - choose a lighter bike :) Just my opinion. Walter has some good points here: http://www.sibirskyextreme.com/blog-2/
  12. Matte Norrköping

    Matte Norrköping n00b

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    All in, head first in the tiles!


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  13. Matte Norrköping

    Matte Norrköping n00b

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    How do I subscribe (I'm using Tapatalk if that matters.)


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  14. FloorPoor

    FloorPoor Been here awhile

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    ^ The thread tools tab at the top of each page. (I had to ask too)
  15. mikecbrxx

    mikecbrxx Been here awhile

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    Im on Tapatalk 4 too. I just press the star at the top of screen so its yellow. I tjink that's all you need to do.


    Mikecbrxx on the move.....
  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I finally stitched some video clips together, to give you guys who are looking forward to a DVD from this trip, some kinda idea what to expect .... so here you go ... (set it on 720p)

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  17. Viking

    Viking Ækt trønder!!

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    flippin awesome,,,, pumped.
  18. Ravenslair

    Ravenslair Been here awhile

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    I have a lot of reading to catch up, but outstanding pictures.
  19. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    I had'nt checked this thread in a few months until now. Glad I did.

    That preview is awesome Walter! :clap
  20. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    Oh, hell yeah!!! Will be checking that website every day after Jan 1st! :clap


    I have learned that you just subscribe to Walter's reports, forever :lol3




    (I noticed in the vid that Walter dropped his bike in one of those crossings. Does that mean I can tell people I ride as well as he does?)