Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    You may be right. Truthfully I didn't look all that closely at it.

    Walter, Terry, anyone? Was it real?
  2. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    None of us looked at it closely, but I doubt it. Owning of handguns by the public in Russia is as rare and as difficult as it is in Western Europe. Rifles can be common, but handguns seem rare.
  4. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I will do it like the Trans Am Trail ... make it available for purchase - bearing in mind the 4 years that have gone into making it. It will be in digital format rather than a roll book - a Garmin compatible GPS track. The trail route will be available in 3 parts ... each part will come with notes and video in the form of a DVD.

    I will also do a general mainstream DVD of this year's actual ride. (possibly a blueray version is there is demand for blueray HD version)

    I think thats the easiest way to do it. That way I can put together a DVD for entertainment, and yet put 3 times more detailed footage together for people preparing to do the trail (or parts of it), along with commentary on what to expect for upcoming sections in terms of riding. Potential areas to avoid if the weather is bad etc.

    I am supposed to be starting it all now, but am still doing this ride report :evil
  5. CordR

    CordR Been here awhile

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    Wow.

    I don't log in for a day or so and I'm 7 pages behind, Walter is considering going to the orange side (joiiiiiin us), crazy hats and karaoke, Hot Yana is now Frisky Yana........but luckily Rod's bike is still shite, so I haven't missed everything.

    :evil

    That will teach me to take 24 hours off!

    Selfishly, I'm hoping Walter goes for the 690 because if he contributes to the 690 thread the same way he built the XC thread, we'll all be better for it. Plus he'll come up with about a dozen after market products/fixes etc.

    Speaking of which (small hijack almost over) - Walter - I purchased a custom bashplate from Stefan last August based on your experiences with him. He truly seems like like a great guy and does great work.

    Ok - small hijack/plug for Stefan now over.


    C
  6. Teeds

    Teeds Don Quixote

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    Walter:

    If the DVD of this ride is half as interesting as the book and DVD of the 2009 ride, it will be fantastic.

    I am reading it now as the economic world finally got off my back and I felt like I could splurge and get it. Now if I can only get a bit more of the world off my ass maybe I can get back on the trail as well.

    I'm likely past the age where I could realistically complete this ride, but reading this tread has take me to parts of the world and introduced me to the people and countryside in a way that cannot be measured.

    Thanks to all of you for the effort in spinning this tale. It is fantastic and I, like the thousands of others reading alone with me, am enthralled.

    In that I bleed orange I cannot wait to hear the end of the saga with Rod's bike. My gut tells me we are close to learning the solution to the problem and it has nothing to do with a funeral pyre or a signal fire like the Husky in OAS.
  7. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    My memory has faded now ... maybe it was the vodka the previous night ... but I sorta kinda think Rod left early in the morning with his bike in Hassan's van, heading north to Barnaul 600 km (400 miles) away ... or maybe he was still with us and my memory has turned into cheese.

    In any case ...

    There would be no more of this scene that had dominated the trip since Astana ... Rod playing with the ass end of his bike, and Prutser lending his mechanical expertise.

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    We were down to 4 riders now ... But we knew we had to cross the Mongolian border as 5. Rod was prepared to go to extreme lengths to make that happen. In the meantime, the plan was the rest of us would head towards that border and do some riding around that area (the Altai Republic) until Rod rejoins us. I couldnt help but feel very sorry for Rod because when I outlined this ride to Rod back in 2011, the area he was most enthusiastic about was the Russian Altai. This was the bit he wanted the most, and now he would have to miss it.

    We had a last lunch with Yana

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    And said our farewells to the cozy lodge that had been our home for two nights ... a find of gold after the cold wet miserable day that brought us here.

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    And Yana ran around taking pictures of her new motorcycling friends.

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    Terry was packed up and ready to go ...

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  8. FLICKIT

    FLICKIT Been here awhile

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    Love your work Walter... :clap

    Thanks for the time and effort you put in to these ride reports :thumb

    :)
  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    It was an uneventful day on the road. The significant amount of recent rain meant I decided to take more travelled roads thu villages, rather than forest trails.

    But it was still remote enough to catch some very surprised looks from the locals:

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    A few brief hours later we reached the target - it had actually been my target for the day that we ended up at Yana's ... a small hotel in the village of Petropavlovskoe where I had initially met up with TonyP 3 years earlier. The hotel was all locked up, but there was a sign on the door with a phone number to call for hotel guests. I called it, and this gruff but funny lady appeared and opened it up for us.

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  10. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    You Americans and your GUNS!

    Didn't someone say it was a lighter. Looks like a lighter to me. Pic of the gun on its side with a lighter nozzel in the barrel.

    Now back to the RR...
  11. wlas

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    You guys and girls sure know how to have fun, love this ride and have been following along from the first post. Sometimes it puts me behind with work, but it's so good.
  12. wingnut11

    wingnut11 generally strange

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    Hey Walter you mentioned the possibility of using the TR650 engine to refresh the X. So I'm curious, why not just buy one and modify it? Are the differences between the two so great? I think the husky may be a little heavier, but I'd think some of that is in the change to a steel swingarm. As far as that goes that weight is pretty low on the bike, so isn't as bad as if most of the weight difference is up high. The reason I'm asking is I really like your setup, but decent x bikes are getting harder (and will only get more so) to come by. So I've been looking at the options for when it's time to add another bike.
  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Its a possibility as well ... a 5th option.

    Many of my existing aftermarket parts are unlikely to work on the different bike tho. Everything from bashplate to fuel tank will need to start afresh. Its a lot more effort when I already have stuff thats easy to swap over..
  14. Babelbabek

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    this is really entertaining RR, thanks for the effort guys & gals! :clap
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    Looking cool whilst dry humping a bannister is always a difficult one to pull off but I think Walter just about gets away with it in this pic :D

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  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Its not easy sneaking perversions past you eagle eyed lot. :1drink
  17. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    I'm thinking this will be a fairly popular trek for next summer.. :evil
  18. Jao

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    From where I'm sitting, nothing on this excellent RR is uneventful!

    A quick guess is that have been more than a few "Wish I was there!" sighs by fellow-Sibirsky-wannabees :)
  19. AtlasExp

    AtlasExp beer me

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    To all of you Sherlock Holmes!!!! Its a sigaret lighter!!!!!!!!! You can tel by refill hole in the handle!!!!!!!!!:D
  20. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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    The shot that launched a thousand motorcycles.