Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    I'm with Walter... I drink most everywhere I stop. My body has had a chance to adapt and grow stronger... only thing that has got me is food poisoning from bad chicken twice, a quick 11lb weight loss program and a short battle with Montezuma down Mexico way in 2008, (not cold fresh water either, but hot and filthy) just 3 days and cleaned me out nicely. :wink:
  2. buzzlightyear

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    What a STUNNING view! Thanks for taking us with.
  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The occasional sunlight meant we could grab some portrait shots:

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    A Russian tourist posed on Beamsters bike

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    While Prutser grabbed something from his luggage:

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  4. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Prutser, Beamster and Terry were keen to take their time returning to Aktash, so left them at the top of the pass. I wanted to rush straight back to mobile phone territory ... check if there was any news from Rod. So I took a few more pics and zoomed back to Aktash.

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    Back in Aktash, I grabbed a snack from the local snack girl:

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    I wanted to check my bike over very thoroughly before heading into Mongolia. The last couple of days was quite tough on the bikes. The Chulyshman tracks were quite rocky ... not like the smooth steppe trails. The shakier head cam video demonstrates how much more the helmet was shaking about.
  5. trailtosakhalin

    trailtosakhalin Adventurer

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    thnks so far
  6. Big Daddy D

    Big Daddy D Been here awhile

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    Those are some pretty pictures you took. I saved a few "for my personal pleasure" if you don't mind!

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  7. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    I used to get "beaver fever" as a younger man , but that was I think something entirely different :rofland the water never affected it.

    Regarding the water, I'm with Walter, have alsways drunk out of fast flowing streams in Scotland, the Pyrennees , USA and did this time in Mong. I've never ailed for a minute but maybe I've just been lucky.

    It's maybe as Nietsche says " what doesn't kill you makes you stronger".
  8. Sroz

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    That Valley was amazing!
  9. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    i think that pic of the 'russian tourist' on beamster's bike gave me beaver fever.... i think i got it bad!....:evil
  10. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Wow!!! Just stunning scenery!!!! Thanks for taking us along, Walter!!!
  11. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    What the manufacturers tell us is the ultimate adventure bike

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    and what an experienced adventure rider creates

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    Does anyone else think that the manufacturers have a different agenda?

    I can't help comparing the drive chain/sprocket combo weight with that of a GSA final drive system.

    Out of interest what material is the sprocket machined from? I assume that it is machined from billet and not a casting?
  12. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    "Beaver Fever" comes from an animal dieing in a stream, upstream of where you are drinking. For years I drank from creeks and rivers...one year I got the "fever". It was no joking matter, for 6 months I was sick.

    Its like playing a game of Russian roulette

    Great report, keep in coming please :thumb
  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Well they have an agenda to make maximum profits, not to make good adventure bikes. :deal Specifically in the case of adventure bikes, they are two very different things. A good adventure bike should be as light as possible to allow it to go to places that really are an adventure. But for the manufacturers .... Bigger bikes = higher selling px = larger profits. So larger profits and more pruposeful adventure bikes are actually heading in opposite directions. Even within BMW, the only reason that nothing smaller than the 1200 is allowed be branded "Adventure" is because all the money and the profits are in the 1200 model. The 1200 is the only bike they (BMW Marketing) want to be associated as being RTW capable.

    To be totally fair to the manufacturers, their job is to maximise profits. Not to make good adventure bikes. :cry

    The job of their marketing departments is to convince us they are making good adventure bikes when really their only concern is to maximise profits. Which brings us back to ... Bigger bikes = higher selling px = larger profits

    Dirt Tricks Ironman sprocket ... I love them. Laser cut nickel chrome molybdenum steel. They have the weight of an aluminium sprocket and the longevity of steel ... I put a new one on before every major project and never have to worry about it again or carry a spare. I always get over 50,000 km (30,000 miles) from one.

    http://www.dirttricks.com/ordering_sprockets.htm

    Nate there is your man.
  14. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    me too! :lol3
  15. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    I've started preparing my 640 Adventure for next year's big trip and was just exactly thinking which sprockets to install cause stock ones last only 6000-7000 km's for me
    thanks for that!!
    oh btw, did you order it directly from USA or from some EU vendor?

    can't seem to find information if you are using rim locks on your tubes?
    any advice?

    i'm reading this RR everyday!
    thanks for sharing and can't wait to see Mongolian part of it :evil
  16. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Ouch...point made.
  17. far

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    Colebatch and terry know how to not get sick with river water, just see the picture :1drink



  18. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    There is just so much that's so wrong in that pic. I love GSes, I have one but wouldn't take it off the slab unless it was a dare or a "lets just see".
    We'll come back to this point, and the astonishing efficacy of BMWs marketing department in a few days with 2 German guys we met in Mongolia.
  19. PaintLake

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    Sorry Deadly99, beaver fever isn't from dead animals. Beaver fever is also knowns as giardia, see this link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giardia

    Best RR ever!

    Cheers
  20. norseV4force

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    Ray Mears seems to think it's fine to drink out of fast flowing water so long as it has a gravel bed and there's nothing dead it in it within 10 meters upstream. Ray Mears is the man, if it's good enough for him it's good enough for me.