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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by strikingviking, May 11, 2004.
After a great weekend SV rides off into the sunset.
Those photos donât do justice to the steepness of that dune. I was there, it was steep.
Hey SV, good luck on the trip. Please keep those of us chained to our desks well informed of your adventures.
I'm still in Buenos Aires (easy place to get stuck in). I couldn't ship my bike directly from here to Vlad. either. It's on a slow boat to Japan (should have flown it though) and will be there in two weeks or so. I have all the info. for taking the ferry from Japan to Vlad. if you want.
I should be in Russia a week or so before you, but we should meet up somewhere. I really want to see that big nomad festival in Mongolia which means being there by July 10 and it's a LONG way from Vlad.. I know a guy who lives in Ulan Bataar who is meeting me at the Mongolian border on his R-100 GS.
Hope to see you there comradski
If I don't see you in Vlad. How a
So we traded lessons alright. I was out riding near Palm Springs and I called Glen. He said come on by, it was a throwing class. Not the best for my first time but since I knew how to ride a motorcycle, I'd be OK.
And then he had me pair up with a 110 pound girl who had me on the mat quicker than Flug checking a SV post for pictures.
It was like overload and I am anxious to go and learn more.
Actually, the ways we treach are quite similar and he is exactily right about the practice part. I actually practice stuff that is way harder than I'll ever encounter in the regular world so it seems easy when I get to it. And my level goes up quite a bit. What I considered hard a few years ago is way easier that it used to be.
Heather doesn't like me practicing all that Judo stuff on her all the time though.
hey SV, as you say, practice, practice , practice. The slow speed skills are the ones that help at higher speeds, stand up ,keep your feet on the pegs and momentum. Being able to slow down , keep your balance and choose the best line are skills everybody needs and most dont have. Figures of eight and tight circles in 1st and 2nd gear can be done anywhere, it always gets people watching...
I understand your dilemma re posting TMI , and trying to sell a book. The idea you have of a pictorial book is imho, the right one. Obviously you will need to chronicle the problems and solutions, way points and local customs, especially the women (jo momma rules will be good in a coffeee table book) that hint of exotica.... and of course the riding. You have been doing it long enough to know what is needed, and from what i have seen you rock.
perhaps you could sell subscriptions to the book as you travel, so that when you finish ,some of the funding is in place. Have you tried American express for sponsorship.? You know the saying.. dont leave home without it
Godspeed, good luck, keep it upright. Vege.
I'm so glad that you are making such a trip, estoy verde de envidia (de la buena).
Have a safe trip and take care, remember it's a jungle out there (after riding in Mexico anything is peanuts).
Keep us posted
Man reading about Jimmy's class kills me. We need someone like that here in Texas!! Jimmy, you know anybody over this way that does that kind of thing?
SV, I'd really like to know what kind of gear you will be using: riding gear, luggage, what you pack, etc,...
I sit around fantasizing about doing a trip like this all the time. My wife can tell when I get that far away look and just rolls her eyes. She has no understanding of that nagging feeling that eats away at me to get out there and see the world before I get so bogged down in daily living that it never happens.
I hope you have a safe and great journey!
If you are saying that by standing on the pegs, one lowers the CG, then I disagree. I hope this wasn't one of the lessons in physics that you alluded to earlier in your otherwise excellent post.
I hear that a lot. I don't have a degree in physics nor have I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express lately, but here comes a wad of specualtion on my part to muddy the waters Standing on the pegs actually RAISES the combined center of gravity of the rider/bike. However, what it also does is change the location where the mass of the body acts against the bike relative to the ground. When sitting, the inertial forces from the mass of your body generally get trasmitted to the bike at the seat. The moment arm for those forces is from the seat to ground, a rather long moment arm. However, when you stand, those forces are now transmitted to the bike at the pegs resulting in a much shorter moment arm relative to the ground. The reason I think this helps is because your body can get tossed around without generating as much of a distrubing torque on the bike from side to side. It also makes it easier to quickly shift your weight to the front/back or side/side.
Against U.S. law or Russian law?
I think when seated the mass of the bike and rider are one, when standing, because the bike can move independently, they are somewhat seperated and so you now have two entities to deal with
Also the riders load on the bike is moved from above the seat to the footpegs, closer to the fulcrum point of the tyres contact patch.
Sit down and weight the pegs and very little happens, stand up, and you can completely control the bike by loading the pegs.
OOh arrgh big words from a manky manc like fulcrum! But when you stand up you have so much further to fall!
I think Houllier uses your logic in relationship to league table positions
Where the hell you been scally
An alternate would be to fly your bike to Japan and ferry across to Vladivostok. http://www.seejapan.co.uk/transport/sea/international.html
Scroll down to the bottom for Japan/Russia schedules
Re: GPS in Russsia. I have been in touch with Herbert and he says it's wise to declare it upon entry and maybe cover it at check points. He doubts they will know what it is anyway.
I intend to list it as an electronic map in the customs declaration so I won't get hassled when I depart Russia.
Pete--Where did you buy your carnet down in BA? How much was it? See you on the Mongolian border 7/10.
Hey SV. Dont worry man, I'd buy your book even if the entire thing was published on the net for free. Not to blow smoke up your ass, but I like to support people who have the guts to pull off the type of stuff that you do.
How come Jimmy looks taller than you? Did you use some kind of weird lens on the camera for that shot?
glad to see you around here.
I'm being following your progress to comun friends,,I hope the bikes gets better and you can continue your journey in a short time
NOTE:will be nice if you post a link to you "Diary" for others to follow,,don't you think..
I guess Herbert would know regarding GPS in Russia. I normally call it an electronic map anyway when people ask what it is. When I try to explain to people that I'm using satelites to get around, they tend not to believe me anyway.
I got my carnet by contacting Suzanne Danis at the Canadian Automobile Association on Grant Johnsons recomendation (you have to call, because her spam blocker blocks you if you're not on her approved list). She really knows here stuff and was a pleasure to work with. It should be at Dakar motors by Tuesday, arriving by Fed Ex. It costs about $400, but you have to post at least the value of you bike. If you are going to somewhere like India (which I recommend) you will have to post 300% of your bikes value. Plan on at least 120%. I tried telling her my bike was only worth $1,600, but she used the blue book value. The CAA hangs onto the money and if you bring the bike back to the US, you get the money back (no interest). You have to get the carnet in the country the bike is registered in so if your bike is still registered in Panama, you better get to work. The US is the only country that does not participate in this system, but the Canadians have agreed to do it for us (and charge us more than Canadians pay).
See you on the road.