Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    We left Astana, filling up both the bikes and our stomachs on the outskirts of town at a roadside cafe.

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    My route has us leaving Astana on the highway for about 35 km (20 miles) before turning off the begin the dirt trail, that went past some sort of small military base. Looked like an air defence battery for Astana.

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    We had done no more than a mile or two on the dirt when we came to our first challenge ... Water

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    I had gone along to one of Prutser and Beemster's weekend offroad training rides - partly to have some fun, and partly to see how Beemster was riding. I guess its a natural prejudice we guys have ... if a girl is coming along on an offroad ride, you want to check out her riding to make sure she wont slow the project down at all. Well I totally needn't have worried. Beemster was throwing her X-Country around the tight trials / motocross track with speed and grace. I am not used to tight riding, so I could barely keep up on a borrowed X-Challenge. I told Beemster (who also seemed concerned not to hold back the testosterone fuelled guys on this ride) that she is going to be fine. She wont hold us back at all.

    There were only two questions the varied motorcross track didnt allow Prutser and Beemster to practice ... the high speed riding, and water crossings.

    Here Beemster confessed .... she was absolutely petrified of water crossings.! :evil

    And on the first few miles on the dirt, on the first day of the ride for her ... we had a BIG water crossing.

    For all of the new guys, Rod, Prutser and Beemster ... this was the ultimate way to say "Welcome to the Sibirsky Extreme Trail" ...

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  2. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I

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    Whoa!
    There is nothing in this world like Baptism By Fire (or water?)! very nice! :lol3

    Lovign every minute of this awesome RR:bow
  3. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    And?

    Damnit!

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  4. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    hopefully he stopped to go take a shit and hell be back with more ride report and photos and video.... *fingers are crossed thats what is happening right now*
  5. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Just found this ride report today. In 5 hrs have read the whole thing. Awesome!!! Its full winter here in Canada so there is lots of time to read your ride report and plan and prep for next year's trip. Your RR of the Russian Stepps has reminded me of growing up on the Great Canadian Plains. Similar terrain and wide open spaces.
    I can't wait for the next installment.:D
    Regards....just jeff
  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Naturally enough, I went first - plunging in as I do ...

    And soon heard the familiar burbling sound of the exhaust being underwater

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    But slowly made my way across. The water had a lot of uneven depths and it turned out the only safe route across was a complicated zigzag route trying to stay on sandbanks that would keep the depth kinda possible.

    Halfway across I stopped my bike to return and start showing the others my recommended route.

    That was a BIG mistake ... Never shut your bike off when in the water ..... :deal

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  7. Big Daddy D

    Big Daddy D Been here awhile

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    Damnit!

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  8. Laconic

    Laconic Hapless Rube

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    This made me sad for some reason.
  9. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Hi Jurassic.I've PM-ed you for a little more detail. ....and they're all ugly, that's why I made mine purty! :lol3
  10. chinchinete

    chinchinete Learning to fly

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    "Here Beemster confessed .... she was absolutely petrified of water crossings.!"

    Charge on, Beemster, I am as petrified as you are when river crossings show. :clap .

    Thanks for the RR
  11. Jurassic

    Jurassic Long timer

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    Cheers for the PM Rod. Your bike is truly gorgeous as you say (even if it is a little highly strung :D ). Mine was really, really ugly though (and still highly strung!) :rofl
  12. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    +1. And a beer.

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  13. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    I had a lot of practice this trip... :p3rry
    And a couple of weeks later they didn't bother me anymore! :D
  14. chinchinete

    chinchinete Learning to fly

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    Beemster ...Great!!! I wish I could say so:lol3:lol3

    BTW, I noticed you are using the Traverse Jacket. Are the pants Traverse or Dakar? So far that jacket is optimal (almost perfect) for my riding -commuting and ocassional off road here in Central America where humidity is one issue; showers and 30+ temperatures a free offer :evil. How did you like the jacket? Would you recommend the extra money for the pants?

    Cheers
  15. skiin_ian

    skiin_ian n00b

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    Just found the thread and it made my night! Just starting, but I bought the video about 6 months ago, and will buy this one as well, if you make one!

    One of these rides is DEFINITELY on my bucket list!

    I'm normally a lurker, but this is enough to get me out of the shadows! :-)
  16. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    For this trip the jacket was a bit too warm, so I think some more vents would have been nice.
    The pants is Traverse as well. No complaints...
    Except after rivercrossings the water stayed beween the lining and the outher layer.
    Which made my pants heavy and pulled down... :yikes :rofl
  17. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    I still had to get into adventure mode after being stuck in the hotel for 5 days when Walter drove towards this big shiny lake. He stopped and I thought he wanted to take a picture but all of a suddon he walked right in! What the f#@*??? I asked Walter what he was doing. Well we are gonna cross this river he said. I said this is not a river, this is a lake! I really thought he made a joke but a few minutes later I knew that he wasn’t...

    This all looked very challenging to me because I started offroad riding only one year ago. I started playing in sand, riding tight trials and motocross tracks, and I loved it! But river crossings... There are almost no possibilities to practise that in Holland.

    While I was watching the guys for a few minutes walking around in the water, I was wondering how I could persuade them that this was insane. But 4 guys, 1 girl, I knew I couldn’t win... So I also walked in, trying to find a route to the other side. Walter was already in the water with his bike. He was halfway and I thought it did not look good seeing his bike sink that deep! How the \*#@* am I gonna do this???

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  18. High Desert Rider

    High Desert Rider Been here awhile

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    I love this picture! The level headed gal and her bike thinking, "this doesn't seem like a good idea..." and the four brash guys already half way across walking/riding/pushing the bikes. We don't think; we just do. Sometimes it lands us in a bit of hot (cold?) water :lol3
  19. cuneesity

    cuneesity Ferendo

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    Just as long as Walter wasn't behind you, you were probably OK :lol3
  20. motorfret

    motorfret n00b

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    @Beamster:

    There were a lot of places to practice this in Holland. I know quite some of them here in the area.
    You just didn't ask me :D