Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

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

  1. ZagE

    ZagE Snake-man

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    Hi everyone!

    It was a surprise to see here my wife`s happy face! :ricky

    Actually, we are riding Africa Twin and Super Sherpa.

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    That time, in Altay, we were travelling by car, so we didn`t look like cool riders. :D But we were happy to see great equipped 2-wheel machines and to have some chat with their pilots. :)
  2. Evilstare

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    In addition to all the other praise already posted by everybody else, I really love how circles get closed. First the Australians, then a bunch of updates on Victors health and now the russian "tourists" who get in touch. The internet has turned the world into a village!
  3. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    What happened ,when i looked up towards bas, i saw something with a bushy tail and four legs....i mentioned it to Linda, who said it must be Bas crawling around....,What has he grown a bushy tail,? Then through her binoculars we could clearly see a really vicious looking animal ,with big nasty fangs sitting right at the top of the ridge looking down at bas and licking his lips.!:eek1
    Really don,t know what it was to be honest, but it looked to me like the hound of the baskervilles :rofl:rofl:eek1
  4. MattBrasovBMW

    MattBrasovBMW MattBrasovBMW

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    Was the Beasty like this Terry? :hmmmmm


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  5. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    The French transport minister tried to institute some very anti-bike measures but I understand there were widespread protests by bikers and these have been quietly postponed and will probably disappear. Not sure if the requirement to carry spare headlight bulbs met the same fate. Hoo-ray for our French moto-brethren!!
  6. V_king

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    great ride report. wonderful pictures. thanks

    was a big septic of helmet cameras, but Colebatchs' way of taking snapshots for the report makes sense. Stopping for the photo is not my thing, but just keeping the camera rolling sounds like a good idea :)

    BTW, Walter, been to south of Ukraine mountains, very familiar to Altai, just greener. Might be worth editing the route, by adding south Ukraine, then to Chernobyl :wink:

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  7. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    First the cattle now this.

    I think Bas is a werewolf. :deal


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  8. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    Yes Mattbrasovbmw, thats exactly what Bas looked like........:eek1
  9. Prutser

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    After a good night's rest and a breakfast we packed our stuff to start our daily expedition.

    But this was something we didn't expect............

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    We just tried another one. But that track stopped in the middle of a dense pine forest.

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    We all agreed we deserved a pistachio and chocolate biscuit break. Those were becoming our addiction this trip.:lurk
    Not knowing if we would ran into a shop later that day, we filled our water bottles in the stream.

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  10. Nomadix

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    From your description, I can confidently identify the beast as a yeti. Apparently, since the onset of Global Wetting, their numbers and their range have increased dramatically. Be assured that however gruesome they may appear, they are in fact harmless, gentle and occasionally curious herbivores.
  11. Prutser

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    The next track we tried looked promising. Long forest trails with lots of curves going up and down the hills.
    After an hour we ended at the top of a mountain were the track ended.

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    We have been looking for other tracks to get of the mountain. But everywhere we looked we found a steep hillsides dropping into a river. So we had to go back again.:loco

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    After trying most of the tracks we could find we decided to try our luck on the other side of the M52.
    Once we were back on the M52 we stopped in a little town called Kuray.
    In the town we stopped at the local супермаркет (supermarket). While we were trying to get all our food supply into our panniers some local drunk came begging for пять рублей for his next shot of alcohol.
    After he finally understood we were not going to help kill himself he left us.

    The GPS showed a track through the town leading into the mountains we could see in the distance.
    We decided to give it a go, at least we could find a nice spot to spend the night.

    And so we did.

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  12. hunter151

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    Phenomenal ride report! Traveling these areas is definitely very high on the bucket list, considering I grew up in Russia but havent had a chance to travel much while living there.

    One potentially stupid question (I havent done much adventure riding at all, in fact only currently own a street bike): none of you guys have engine guards. Especially with the airhead, is there ever worry of damaging the the engine in a drop of the bike on the side?
  13. Prutser

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    Walter and Beamster's bikes have radiator guards. Together with the hand guards and bash plates they have enough protection to drop them once in a while :D
    The airhead engine is pretty tough. I have seen that crash bars can do a lot of damage to those engines. Plus they make the bike heavier and wider. So I will take the risk doing without.

    Because I shortened my brake and clutch levers they are less vulnerable. When you drop the airhead the handlebar hardly ever touches the ground. But i'm going to mount hand guards to stop branches hitting my brake lever.
  14. casperghst42

    casperghst42 Been here awhile

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    Ok, there are photos, and then there are photos, this one is just simply awesome.


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  15. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Hand guards also protect ... YOUR HANDS! :lol3 Not only from trees when riding fast in narrow woods, but (hence the term "Bark Buster"), branches and such.

    They also can help in a crash when you hit the ground. I've actually ridden the bike down, slid along the ground still holding onto bars, no damage to hands or to levers or controls because they were safe inside the hand guard.

    Good hand guards can also help prevent handlebars from bending in a crash. (like if you FLIP the bike at speed) I leave all my lever perches and controls just "snug" not super tight, this way they can move bit in a crash, less likely to snap off.

    Those Air Head cylinders are tough for sure ... but I managed to punch a hole in a valve cover once. Easy fix with Quik Aluminum of JB Weld. I've seen steel cylinder crash guards break off critical frame and motor bolts in a crash. Hard to fix in the field.
  16. Jurassic

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    I couldn't agree more, that is a truly stunning picture Prutser!:eek1:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  17. shizzle

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    Just wow, finally my first ride report of Cole I can sort of follow in real time. Read a few before but now I just have to say how stunned I am. Thanks to all of you who are contributing to this fabulous RR. Simply amazing, keep on posting, I'll keep on reading. :clap
  18. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    You said it!
    It has the full range of tonality, a wide range of planes in depth, and colors and detail.
    It is picture perfect as in any painting of the grand masters.
    Set it up against a Casper David Friedrich, and it will hold its own.:yum
    Well done!
  19. rdwalker

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    This thread is like a big international campfire, with participants from all over the globe. Wonderful!
    Welcome to the asylum and your first post, ZagE!
  20. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Could not agree more. Front page material for sure.:deal