Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Yes ... you guys are who they were talking about ... a couple of Australians. The Altai couple were the ones we met at the picnic area end of the two track ... sadly the tall statuesque blonde was not with them this year. Nice bike BTW ! (And enjoyed your RR last year)

    Exactly the same spot. :1drink
  2. legasea

    legasea Ape on wheels

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    Even from here, it looks like a beautifull riding zone.
    Ride on.

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  3. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Hi Fechfech.
    It wasn't something I considered-not for any reason other than it just didn't occur to me that it might be an option. I'm not the brightest at times. :wink:
    What would I do differently.?....carry a feckin' pump for sure. I had 'most everything else I needed. I'd been told that maybe the rectifiers were iffy, some other parts were suspect but you can't carry everything you might need and have to find your own comfort balance. I thought I had it about right but clearly had it badly wrong. The thing that kept throwing us with the pump was when one switched on the bike, you'd hear the pump motor up and could feel it pressure the pipes up. There was also the heat dynamic and we thought it was maybe the electrics breaking down when there was no cooling airflow. Now of course I'm very wise-now that it's fixed.

    Good luck with your own pet and tough though it is for us, it's the last kindness we can do for them.
    Thanks to all for your kind comments about my girl.
  4. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Hi Camperdad
    It was faulty from the first day but would run sometimes for hours and hours without problems.
    In Kaz I would say Terry towed me a couple of hundred miles but maybe someone might disagree. Guys? For sure we got pretty good at it and again, here I was dependent on the good nature of another to keep my trip alive.

    I've just worked it out...Its ME..... I'm a feckin' jinx! :lol3
  5. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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  6. Colebatch

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    Yes I reckon about that ... I reckon in time terms it was about 25% of the time on the road since Astana ... but if you bear in mind that you are being towed at 35-40 km/h (20 - 25 mph) then cause you are going well under half the speed of normal riding, I reckon that 25% of the time translates into about 10% of the distance. And by this stage we had done about 3000 km (1900 miles) since Astana. So yeah mate, about 200 miles probably about right. Often you would be being towed for 15-20 minutes and then the bike would fire up and run.
  7. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    If you're going any further than an afternoon's ride ... Buy a pump laddie! There's a couple of aftermarket ones now but I wouldn't like to say which is better. Someone will chime in I'm sure. You'll need it at some point-if you happen not to need it you'll Ebay it to another Katoomer double quick for sure.

    Despite all the grief, it is as you'll see in the coming weeks a brilliant bike and if I'd just had a spare pump with me the trip would have been totally painless-but maybe not as rewarding ultimately?
  8. mikecbrxx

    mikecbrxx Been here awhile

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    Here is a picture of Viktor taken when I passed through Barnaul a few weeks later.....working on the bike of a rider from Vladivostok who had just come through Mongolia.

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    I saw 2 fuel pumps fail on KTMs at a rally race. A Super Enduro rider changing his midstage, and a 690 rider who didn't bring one.
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    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    Awesome. Thanks for doing all the hard work of posting a RR for the rest of us.
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    Walter and Terry drove ahead to Aktash while Beamster and me took it easy and did some more birdwatching and scouting the area.

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    We arrived in Aktash thursday the 5th
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    This would be the morning scene for a week until Rod arrived on friday the 13th (our lucky day):clap
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    WOW!!! Stunning
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    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Just staggering scenery. Thanks for the RR:clap:clap
  14. deathu

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    The pictures from the Altai region are absolutely stunning... they definitely make me want to visit the area at some point.

    Walter, I wanted to ask you, what lens(es) do you carry with you for the D90 on such a trip?
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    I am also a birdwachter :D

    only not in Altai region:dunno
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    Than we have even more things to talk about Peet.:D
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    First I would point out that I am posting pics taken by all team members on a wide variety of cameras - so thanks to the other guys for providing so much additional coverage.

    As for the D90 - I leave my more expensive lenses at home and take just the stock 18-105 lens with me on bike trips. Its light. Surprisingly sharp for a stock lens, and inexpensive - meaning its expendible. If I lose it in a water crossing I wont need to remortgage my flat. They are less than 200 quid on ebay.
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    <TABLE border=0 cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD class="dg-bbcode dg-bbcode-quote">Originally Posted by trailtosakhalin [​IMG]
    I am also a birdwachter :D

    only not in Altai region:dunno

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    Than we have even more things to talk about Peet.:D

    When it is dry maybe we will visit you on saterday afternoon. :D
  19. Tracks1

    Tracks1 Arctic Rider

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    Rod,
    Wondering how low you run your fuel level before refueling?

    FI pumps use fuel for lubrication and cooling and thus repeated low fuel quantity operations which uncovers the pump causes overheating and leads to sticky operation and is generally the initiator of the failure.
  20. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Between the main and auxilliary fuel tanks I have about 26 litres. That's about 6-ish (Ok 5.7) UK gallons and the bike has positively miserly fuel consumption. I used to work it out in my head when I was riding along ... 18 ( for example)litres fuel bought divided by 4.5 litres per gallon, then the miles covered divided by that number of gallons...
    Anal?...maybe but you're in your own head a long time on these trips :wink: and it worked out to not less than 70 to the UK gallon at 70 mph. So I had not less than 400 miles range. In Russia you're NEVER going to run out of fuel unless you're a total donkey-or you're towing a KTM Terry- as there's tons of fuel stations, and it's so cheap it's ridiculous. I don't think I ever ran into the reserve on the main-i.e lower tank for more than a few miles and the usual fill up was 16-17 litres. In essence (french joke!) the pump was never uncovered, but always covered....... in Essence Oh..my aching sides... .........Must get out more.
    How the bike was run before I got it I have of course no idea, but suspect that the bike was sold because the previous owner had the same issues I did but wasn't faced wit the same imperative as me to sort out, and managed to blag it into the dealer against a new bike when it was behaving.