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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.
Soooooo... When's the next ride report???
Some interesting stuff here from 1997 Turtle Expedition (4 wheels) trip across Russia using winter roads, http://turtleexpedition.com/adventures/russia/introduction-2/
Hi Chip. Sorry not to have responded sooner-I don't log on every week - I hear you all...shame on me.
Tourateck rack was on the bike when I bought it and in terms of usability it's as much use as a chocolate fire-guard, having about as much plate "area" as a small sandwich. No Idea what TT were thinking when they designed a "rack" that's not big enough to carry anything longer than 1 foot without it resting on the exhaust...unless it was in recognition of the inherent weakness of the standard design as well documented.
All I can say is it supported my "sausage" bag just enough to allow the weight to rest on the Rally Raid luggage racks-now they ARE excellent. The weight doesn't rest on the subframe per se, but is transferred down to the footpeg mounts.
The only mod I had was indeed the subframe top and bottom bolts. Also RallyRaid Products and they're excellent too...but to avoid accusations of favouritism or sponsorship (we had none):
There Are Other Manufacturers Too ...
they just aren't as good IMO...(Damn' ....couldn't help myself )
Weight I carried on the rack?..dunno but not lots. I put the heavier stuff in the side bags. Up top in my sausage bag I just have tent, thermarest and sleeping bag with my sandals on top and a bottle or two of water stuffed through the straps.
If you do get a 690 just get the tank mods and luggage racks that follow the principles above and then forget it. You'll be fine.
after the 640....Get ready for a vibe-free life.
Thanks for the question. RC
I need opinion from you experienced people.
Next year I planing an Euro-Asian trip. Greece-Turkey-Iran-Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgistan-Kazakhstan, Russia (Altai)-Mongolia-Russia-Ukraine-
Here is my "problem",,,,first i plan to start my trip in the beginning of may...but now I'm start to thinking about the option to start in the first week of April.
What do you think, and suggest about weather conditions in these periond. I'm specially worried about the Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, special Pamir "highway".
What are your knowledge about these part in the beginning of may?
And the second...
About fuel experience. I have Rotax V-twin engine 800cc. EFI. In user manual the producer suggest min. octane 91RON. What is your experience about fuel in these area, and
high altitudes on Pamir higway. Did anybody have any problems with water in fuel?
Thanks for your answers in advance.
Igor these arent really questions related in any way to this ride report - so why dont you send me a PM instead
Please accept my deep apologise. I was just hoping not to borough everyone with my plans and route.
And I was hope, to get the answer from as much as possible people who have any riding experience from these area and I know. that they all
ride your RR because it is (at least for me) like bible.
Sorry again if I made mistake...that was certainly not my attend.
Please be so kind And send me your opinion about my question on my PM.
P.S. Ill just corect my previous post...again, I really didnt have any bad atention with link...
No problem ,, it was not a criticism, Just advice :)
Thanks Rod. I did get a new 2013 690 Enduro R. Love it. chip
so this ist my first post an advrider, but im reading the RR of Walter and his siberian adventures several times. Now i finished the third time reading of this wonderful story. Thank you for the pictures an stories around the BAM and RoB, the Stans an Mongolia
The result for me is, that i`m going to travel this roads in 2015. I`d talked to my Company and they agreed to give me 3 - 4 Months holiday for the trip
Now i am at the beginning of the preparation.
But thats an other story which will be continued.
Tha fact is, that Walter, Mr. TeeBee, Rod, Beamster, Prutser and last but not least the grat Vikings Geir, Erik and Steve are guilty in puttung this damned adventure spirit in my heart...
Now i had to live with it and i think, it`s allright
Thank you very much that i could participate on this journey!
Great first post!
DrWolle, it will be a trip of a lifetime
Don't look back, you are not going in that direction
I know this because of this great ridereports and your enthusiasm during the ride and your description of the journey!
As i worked out the first skript to plan my route, at some moments i felt really little about the dimensions of the distances i had to keep just to reach the Altai-Mountains
But now i am sure, that i will take the challenge!
very interesting folks ...
Kinda late to the party...ok, very late.
Walter I know you wear the open face helmet so people can see your face as you approach. But looking at your pics all geared up as you ride I'm wondering if people wonder if you're a cop on a adventure bike? All that's missing is the flashing lite.
Loving the RR and thanks so much for allowing us to share your adventure. Keep on rollin brother....
I had a related experience while riding on a remote winter road North of my home. I met two Quadders with rifles who hightailed it into the bush. It was not any where near hunting season. I also wondered how much I looked like a police man in my full riding gear and loaded up bike!! Of course that may not be the image one wants to project in a third world country!
Solution...always buy orange!
(Says the owner of a major-appliance-white ktm....now checking prices on blue flashy lights)
I was going for this look ... Jon & Ponch from CHiPs - Just need to try & get KLiM to make a Adventure jacket that looks like a Khaki short sleeved shirt with a white t-shirt underneath.
In the summer I commute with my Badlands jacket open and fastened at the top so you can see my shirt underneath. On two separate occasions at a gas stop I was asked if I was a bike cop. I have a military haircut and had on a blue shirt with a black tie. I got home after the first time and realized how a layperson could make that mistake. After the second time, I avoided wearing those clothes.
Hi Walter I remember near the start of the thread you had mentioned something about how you would like to make the trail available to the public... I must have missed you final thoughts on this . So my Q is how will it be available ? Sorry if this has already been said.
A bit of an unusual Q but what handlebar grips are you guys using to give enough comfort and still last such a long trail?
Yes I will make it available, but my current view is that the trail should be purchased from me direct. We had some issues last year when I gave it to testers to try, and I would want to have a quick online chat with anyone using the trail to make sure they are adequately prepared mentally and in terms of the bike, for what they can expect.
If you are wanting to do the trail, PM me or email me and we can take it from there.