Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    There's not a huge difference in the steppe here and the steppe between Volgograd and Orenburg ...

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    After a morning on the double track, we came to a village located on a highway ... this would be our lunch stop.

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    A cafe frequented by truckers on the side of the highway was always likely to be a good bet:

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  2. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    In, and thanks for the PM response. This is gonna be great.
  3. _cy_

    _cy_ Long timer

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    still no rear brakes?
  4. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    After lunch, the cafe girls came out to wave us off ... we must have made a positive impression.

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    We continued along smooth double track ...

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    Which was becoming increasingly sandy:

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  5. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The sand diminished and the double track became very fast again

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    And as the shadows began to get long, we rejoined civilisation to find fuel and a hotel at Oktyabrskoe .... 2 more days to Astana and the end of the first third of the trip.

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  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Nope ... just front. I was limiting my speed a bit out on the steppes.
  7. deaninkl

    deaninkl Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you are at it again Mr Colebach. Looks like I have some catching up to do as I've only just discovered thios thread.

    Best of luck and safe riding.
  8. Phipsd

    Phipsd Been here awhile

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    Walter: I've read all your ride reports here; but I'm really enjoying your book, especially the great selection of your pictures. I especially like the big pan from Tuva. That alone made it all worthwhile for me. I can tell you already that this book while not cheap, is going to be a prized possession to be savoured over and over.

    Brilliant. Worth every penny and then some.

    Dave
  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Much appreciated Dave. :clap Tuva was really unique. Never seen anything like it, before or since. Really quite stunning.
  10. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Spent all of 20 minutes grabbing some clips and throwing then together for a bit of moving picture fun of the same stuff that the stills show.

    And its in HD.!

    <iframe width="1280" height="720" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5Ss9YdoK-Eg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  11. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos brb

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    looking forward to reading about how the 690 copes with long distance travel :)
  12. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  13. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Ummm....I beg to differ.... that has to be the actual definition of a victory by walk over....pun inteded obviously.... 4-4 :deal:lol3

    As always, love your reports. Wish you'd used more regular camera shots as well, these GoPro's are very grainy and wide angled. But, am reading as a book a few new pages every day just to stretch it out.....sadly catching up with real time though :freaky

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    Caught up to real time :cry
    Retract my statement regarding the pictures I as too were fooled by the number of video stills and didn't realise the number og regular camera photos were the same as in previous RR's
  14. Center-stand

    Center-stand Been here awhile

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    Are these animal tracks?

    Wild or domestic?

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  15. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Domestic ...

    Sheep, goats, cattle, horses

    And thats a splattered bug on my go pro lens
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    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Bug in the lens :lol3 I had about 30 pics with that on my Canon G12 this summer. Just taking pics on the move with the left hand. Bet I check the lens more often now. Kinda makes me shy of getting a GO Pro set up down here in South Louisiana with our immense bug population.
    Great vid and shots, :clap:clap:clap
  17. Jaqen H'ghar

    Jaqen H'ghar Valar Morgoulis

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    This is a great read and now I'm all caught up to date. Thanks for taking me along.
    So how many miles did you ride using only the front brake? How well did it hold up?
    Another thing I wonder about, you guys are out in the middle of nowhere, at times hundreds of miles from medical help or police, do you not worry at all about your security out there from wild animals, a deadly snake or even bad people? I doubt your armed but I know I would not sleep well out there. Is it unthinkable in Europe to carry a handgun in those countries?
    If you tell me your security is a pocket knife out there then I'm re-thinking taking my 357 on the CDR.
  18. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Its not only unthinkable, but you simply can not cross a international customs border with a firearm. If you get searched and they find it, you would get thrown in jail and they'd throw away the key.

    I really dont fancy seeing the inside of a Kazakh prison.

    We had no security but ourselves, our smiles and the speed of our motorcycles. The reality is, if you want to travel internationally, thats all you're ever going to get - apart from maybe a big knife.

    Thats the deal.

    The flipside of that is you dont need any security except your smile, your wits, and your motorcycle.

    Dont take my word for it ... take it from the girls ... Sherri Jo Wilkins, an American / Australian rider who has been riding around the world non stop for 3 years ... doesnt even carry a can of mace let alone anything else. And Tiffany Coates ... who has been everywhere in the world on her bike in the last 15 years and doesnt carry anything apart from the occasional (female) pillion passenger. So if thats what the solo girls who ride around the world do, then as a guy, you dont want to be looking like you are more worried and needing more protection than the girls !

    Security is pretty simple ... take a chain for your bike and be friendly to locals. :deal
  19. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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  20. ttr

    ttr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing I loved this report