The BAM Road - ultimate test of man and machine

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Y E T I

    Y E T I Unpossible

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    Yesterday for me!
  2. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Well done you guys who got the DVD.

    Lil' ol' me - I'm still waiting to see it! :cry



    W & T
    Those RUS guys clips were enjoyable. Great reminder of how hard some of the riding was. Nice to see video not concentrating on THAT bridge.
    And they, like us, seem to have not had thoughts of switching the cameras on when it really got tough and needed effort and concentration (and mates!).

    Did my rear end really look that big?
  3. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Mine came and I just watched it. :clap:clapBe sure to watch the extras. The scenery and water crossings are stunning. BTW, regular shipping from England just took around a week and was rather inexpensive.
  4. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    ""Did my rear end really look that big?""

    NOT TO WORRY Tony, while watching the DVD some friends were over , all much younger than you and I (77) and they were truly impressed that you do such rides. They give me s*#t for taking some of the off roads we do but I am sure you get the same, maybe more "if he can ,we can "admiration.

    I do not remember looking at your 'rear' but will check with wife the next time we are watching that DVD again.:lol3

    Thanks to you and Terry for taking part in all this with Walt.

    ciao, gale
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572583
  5. Tony P

    Tony P Doddery Old Fart

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    Gale.
    I just looked to the last page. You made the Circle, more than I did!
    I'll read through next week - I have Dacha duty this weekend.

    Seriously, thanks for the kind words - past and present. It all comes down to "How do I get out of this? I know what's behind and no way am I going back. So.... "

    Don't let others tell you otherwise - we both know the date in the (much used) passport is wrong and it's only the mirror that's getting older!:freakyI'm the guy on the left - just keeps going!
  6. jimrobinette

    jimrobinette Been here awhile

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    Walter,

    Got my DVD in about a week from order, all the way to California! :clap
  7. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Makes me smile.

    I did have a long and vigorous debate with the guys who put together the main film.

    I wanted a lot more material in it ... but they were very adamant on the need to keep it tight. In the end I hit on the idea of putting together a lot of footage that I felt was interesting and relevant into a series of "extras" ... that would also appear on the DVD, thus getting the footage out there and yet not spoiling the integrity of the main film from the film makers perspective.

    They agreed, but I had to make the extras films myself. I locked myself in a room for a week to edit and compile the extras films. :cry:cry

    But to hear many people tell me the extras are absolutely worthwhile, brings it all back home. Cheers guys, and thanks! :clap:clap:freaky:freaky:D:D
  8. sion

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    according to the Adventure Spec site, the main film is 31 mins and the extras are 73 mins...seems like maybe they went overboard on the tightness of the main film, eh?
  9. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    When I first watched the main movie, I really thought it was too short and started watching it again. I realized that what it was it was. But then I watched all of the extras, and that's the parts I REALLY liked.

  10. Gale B.T.

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    BIG PLUE ONE to the last few comments and since I truly drool over all your ADV RRs I was really looking forward to this DVD of yours.

    I was kinda "WTF" when the first part was over and did the same as many , started to watch it again to see what I had missed , then WOW there were all the specific links on the right side of the disc.

    Please forward to Adventure-Spec that I would have been very VERY disappointed with only the "main film' and what encouraged me to purchase the second DVD for a friend was the 'specials' you added yourself Walter!!

    So big thanks to you Walter , your addition saved many disappointed riders out here.

    me 0.02 worth :lol3

    gale
  11. Mochaos

    Mochaos Click here______

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    Loved the movie...but for some reason having trouble getting the extras to work....Tried on the computer also..:becca
  12. Timmer

    Timmer Curious Adventurer

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    Walter,

    Feel free to tell the producers from my perspective that the main movie needs to be 90 minutes, not 30.
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    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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    Great trip and thread ,
    Did you notice what kind / brand scooter they were using ?
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    Great Video's Walter, i can see now why smaller is better, no GS on that trip for me

    How does one set up a trip like that, what's involved?

    Great job on the RR, keep it up

    Scott
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    stephen.stallebrass Been here awhile

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    They say you shouldn't judge a book by the cover... but this book cover looks AWESOME!!!

    What's up with the Sibirsky Extreme website? None of the links seem to work.
  17. beat

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    i didn't want to say it right away but...
    the extra's are better than the "main movie" but than again you spoiled us with a rr that is epic
    on the other hand, if you are not used to this stuff the main movie is already overwhelming...
    every time i watch it..i'm eager to watch more
  18. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    You know, after our ride in 2009, the ride report here and the Vitim Bridge video from Michal Rej in the 4WDs, about half a dozen people got up and did the Western BAM in 2010. This year about 30 people seem to have done it. Its really been put on the "Adventurer's Fantasy Destination Map" so to speak.

    But so far, all those people post 2009, including us, I still know only of single cylinder bikes doing the Western BAM. The biggest heaviest bikes I know that have gone over there out of the 40 odd in the last 3 years are a pair of XT660 Teneres and some BMW Dakars. There were a bunch more X-Challenges this year and KTM 690s. There were Honda NX650 Dominators, DRZs, an XT600 or two, and even a WR250 and TTR250 this year. Even the 4 Kazakh guys I met in 2010 who had just finished it at least as far as Chara, were on a Dominator, a Funduro, a XR650 etc.

    There were a couple of Aussies on KTM 950 Super Enduros that began the Western BAM last year but had to turn back due to busted front wheel bearings and a badly hurt ankle.

    So yes it doesnt seem to be a road for the GSs (thats throwing down the gauntlet :evil:evil:evil Waiting now for next year's top RR - "Heavy Metal on the BAM")

    Similar story for the Old Summer Road branch of the Road of Bones ... its not really big bike country. The 2 x 950 Super Enduros mentioned above did the OSR, but did it tough, and they had a considerably tougher time on the water crossings and semi frozen bogs than the 25 kg lighter 640 Adventure that went with them. There are a couple of F800GSs that have also done the OSR in the last 3 years, but I dont know of any of the big (1100, 1150, 1200) GSs in the last 5 years.

    So from what I know of and what I have seen, about 90 % of the moto thru traffic on the OSR is single cylinder, and 100% on the BAM Road.

    Both are possible with a GS, for sure. But it would be a lot harder - a lot more work. I cant imagine enjoying the BAM if trying to take a GS over it. Whereas talking with the guy who rode the WR250 this year, he had an absolute ball on the BAM Road.
  19. Colebatch

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    Thanks :) Hopefully book is with us later this month or early next month.

    Website is bunk, cactus, toast. Not sure why. Will have my team of gurus look at it whenever they can remember who I am.
  20. solorider

    solorider Been here awhile

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    Walter,
    Excellent ride!!! Any way to get get the DVD but in some form of mp4,avi or some such format? I will still pay for DVD if I can just download the file since I haven't used a DVD in so many years now. If no, then I guess I can order DVD and extract the mpeg files, join them and convert to mp4.

    Keep up the good work. :ricky