Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. BamaTexRider

    BamaTexRider MOTO-MIKE

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    F**K the ktm get a BMW, There i had to say it. I would sell mine if i had one. Really were looking at 4 bmws' 1 ktm. I have seen this played over and over. :eek1 That in not hard to figure out. Happy Trails!
  2. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    I'm an early riser so the next morning I got up at 5.30-ish and packed up to go . It was a beautiful morning with almost nothing on the road, so I cracked up the bike and scrambled it out of the wee hollow I'd hidden it in. I needn't have bothered really but I didn't want to be disturbed.

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    I was passing people who were camping (you just camp where you want in Russia) in starting to move about lighting their campfires and making tea. They all waved as I went by -on a bike in Russia you're too cool for school-and the temperature was just right for riding. I had one of the best rides of my life and arrived at Aktash about 10-ish where the team were just sitting down for breakfast. It was great to see them again. Sorry this is a little misty

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    I was and still am sorry to have missed the Altai but the taste I had will ensure I return.
  3. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Great stuff Rod :thumb

    Louis
  4. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    the mechanical suspense was killin' me!... all that for a fuel pump!.... i think there's a certain kind of men that take mechanical problems very deeply, and feel a tremendous need to correct them, i know i can't stand to have something not right. i guess it's a control thing.... i guess i'm saying that i feel your pain, bro..... hope the rest of the trip went/goes better.... i really like that bike though... i gotta 450 SMR that rocks....

    yeah, and i'm an idiot too, forgot about your loss.... really sorry about the dog... you can always fix a bike, you dig?.... i always say that i like dogs alot more than people....
  5. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Wow Rod! What a story! What determination! :clap:clap:clap I for sure hope the rest of the trip went so much betta for U.
    I know your feeling for the dog. :cry We had to put one down a few years back that had been with us for 12 years. Very sad day.
  6. norseV4force

    norseV4force Adventurer

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    Thanks for the reply Rod. That little adventure was truly rediculous and definatley deserves the title of Epic. Sorry to hear about the passing of your woofer, never a nice thing to have to do despite you knowing that it's the right thing to do. She looked a corker.
  7. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 R.I.P. Party Boss

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    Fuel pump failures - often with weird symptoms - are classic on 950/990s. Classic to the point where everyone I know who rides one will carry a spare almost from the time the bike is new. Typical failure rates have been between 8K miles and 15K miles with only one or two surpassing 20K.
  8. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Goddammit... is it just me or it really dusty in here? :cry

    That sucks, dude. You have my deepest condolences.
  9. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    Sorry for dog.

    And fucking awsome for the troubleshooting.

    Nail it:freaky
  10. KL__07

    KL__07 ride your own way

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    HI Rod, congratulations to your revived KTM
    :freakythis is the spirit !!!
  11. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    your tenacity is impressive, Rod.
    this report is fantastic, thanks guys.
  12. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear you fixed the KTM. Darn friggin pump :evil

    I feel with you concerning the dog. Had one same size and will never ever get another one. Never. It was so awful when I had to go same way you described. Will never want to experience that again. Makes me sad even it was a deace ago....

    Keep on reporting pls.

    Take care
    Steve
  13. hummel

    hummel Adventurer

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    Rod, Well done min for the effort you put in to sort the KTM,I suppose you didnae hae a lot of options.

    And that's a bugger about your dog,sometimes the hardest thing to do is the kindest.
  14. Abraxas

    Abraxas The last one

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    I love the rithym you guys - and lady - are giving to this report. It sounds truly like a good jazz band, everyone waiting for the right time to make its solo.

    Amazing, keep it coming please
  15. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Fawk Me. Balls out determination dude.
    Rod...how you managed on the other side of the world is amazing.
    Sometimes I think about the walk if I should break down just a few miles into the woods. (and dread the thought)
    Guess the survival skills start to kick in.
    You WANT to save this fantastic trip any way you can.
    I've been following your challenges with a vested interest, mine is a 2010.
  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Those bikes needed a ATA carnet because the owners of the bikes were not with the bikes when they were imported. To save time and money they were all put on one carnet (i.e. it was one load). If each bike had a separate carnet it would have been no problem. But because of the way they entered the Russian- Kazakhstan customs union, it meant they had to exit together.
  17. FechFech

    FechFech Adventurer

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    Hi Rod,

    Did you consider the option to fly to Vienna and get the parts there ? It is about 300 km from Vienna to Mattighofen. Most guys working at KTM are bikers themselves, I'm sure they would have rushed the parts to Vienna for you to pick up. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them had even volunteered to fly out to Moscow with the parts to meet you there, had they known your story.

    Sorry to hear about your dog. We have a pet in the family which needs to be put down in the next couple of days, I know how it feels.

    All the best,

    FechFech

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  18. potski

    potski Wiley Wanderer

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    Rod...I don't know you mate but for me this has so far been your trip...what stamina determination and humour under stress; what an example to others on here you have shown...not least by doing the correct thing for you dog..like others been there myself twice, can't have another now.

    Ride safe

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
  19. AFCFORME

    AFCFORME Adventurer

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    Know im a few pages late. But been there as well and its never easy. She looks like an absolute sweetheart. Sorry for the loss(of your sister and the furry pal.)
  20. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

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    @Rod

    With the benefit of hindsight do you think there's anything you could have done earlier to diagnose the failure?

    Any idea what caused the failure?

    Love the report, keep it coming :) btw, you're all gits! it's reports like this that end up costing me a small fortune ;p