The Eastern Trail Nirvana - BE to Central Asia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by OldManJoris, Jul 20, 2017.

  1. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    I am sad this RR is nearing the conclusion , it has been great to be able to ride along vicariously with you @OldManJoris .

    Thank you !
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  2. Runswithscizzors

    Runswithscizzors Been here awhile

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    Bear with you for only 2 more posts !!!

    Sir, I’m going to go into withdrawal! This has been a most entertaining report. I’m not looking forward to it ending. (Although I know it has to.....)

    The narrative and pics were great.
  3. OldManJoris

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    Thanks both! Much appreciated.
  4. OldManJoris

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    D59: July4 - Lots of driving - Kyrgyzstan8 - Stator Challenge

    We had another tough evening, with lots of fluid gold consumption. All in the assumption we would split up this day. In the early morning, Ben packed his bike and we prepared for a goodbye

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    And then Deniyar (hotel owner) showed up, talking on the phone with great enthusiasm. He explained there's a workshop in town where a bunch of Russian workers refurbish alternators. There's a high chance they can recoil Ben's troublesome stator… Well isn't that a golden opportunity?

    We immediately wiped our tears and cancelled the goodbye. Time to get to work!

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    Just a stupid habit… but useless on this bike as all bolts were same length :)
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    You'll see Ben doing all the work. That's our rule: only the owner works on his bike, unless he asks for help. In that case, you only help for what he asks. Best way to avoid problems and conflict.

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    There he is!
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    Deniyar took us into town in his big fancy BMW. He led us to a dirty part of town full of factories.

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    This was the place
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    But it wasn't a big success. These guys (all great dudes) didn't have any experience with motorbike stators or alternators. They did their best to find the problem

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    But concluded the stator was fine, even though our measurement proved the opposite. They insisted the magnets were at fault. Discussing that further would be useless, so we had to try something else. Those discussions should have been recorded. I don't speak Russian, they don't speak English, but we had lots of techie talk about windings, resistance, star/triangle topology and other crap using signs.

    Deniyar knew another guy who worked on bikes somewhere in a garage box. As we had no other option, we went for that.

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    He agreed with our conclusion, the stator was fooked, we needed replacement. He called around and there you go: there should be a garage box at the other side of the city with a few old GS650 bikes for parts. We didn't ask how they got there of course :). Before we went to the box, Deniyar showed me his pride and joy

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    There are not many motorbike owners in Kyrgyzstan for many reasons (price, import, ..). He was one of the few.

    At the garage box, we did indeed find a pile of parts, engines and frames. The mechanic told us to dig around, take what we want to fix the problem and return unused parts later. He would discuss a price afterwards. After some digging, we found what we needed, albeit in questionable condition

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    Good enough. Let's put that thing in Nikita and see what's what. We also had a rectifier, just for safety sake

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    Before we could mount it back, a new connector had to be soldered on the stator leads. I carry tin, wire and insulation crimp socks, just had to secure a soldering iron somewhere.

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    See the broken sides on the stator? Besides that, just like new :)

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    Let's put that thing back together.

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    Ben was very very nervous when he hit the start button. But have a look at that:

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    We could call that a big success! There you go, a crap stator from a funky looking garage box somewhere in the middle of nowhere saved the day. The stator would do just fine for the next months, all the way to Vladivostok.

    Sense of achievement, that calls for more beer :). We thanked Deniyar of course and arranged for payment (no rip off, price was good). The day ended again at the steak house, and again we went nuts.

    Now there was no more option to escape the inevitable, my flight was for next day in the morning.
  5. DGR

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    Such a shame that your trip is over. Really enjoyed the daily reports! Quality of the story and pics was top notch :clap

    @BensonCrusoe , I wish you all the best for the rest of your trip!:thumb
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  6. Oldfatbeerman

    Oldfatbeerman Enroute to a PUB

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    :clap for the result with the stator , :cry for the end .
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  7. OldManJoris

    OldManJoris Rider

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    Thanks so much guys. Very much appreciated.
    By the way: Ben is still travelling and not so much online. I've asked him to check all your messages now, he'll reply soon
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  8. OldManJoris

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    D60: July5 - 10000Km give or take - Back home

    That was it for the trip, it was over. I had to take a taxi early in the morning, so would leave before Ben. We said our goodbyes, which was a difficult moment. We are both emotionless assholes (my wife agrees with that 100%) but it was a unexpected tough goodbye.

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    It wasn't a real goodbye anyway. We're still in touch on daily basis and making plans for future rides.

    The rest of my day was nothing worth mentioning. I took a flight in Bishkek and arrived in Istanbul, where i got really uncomfortable at the crazy mayhem going on there. Too many people, with too many smarthphones. Found shelter at a Starbucks-alike place waiting for connecting flight, but whatever i ate there didn't process in my stomach. The second leg of the flight home was spent on the airplane toilet.

    Arriving back in Belgium was super. My girl and parents were there to pick me up. I was totally relax, had trouble getting back into Western rotation and didn't give a crap about anything.

    Got cleaned up a bit

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    Got word from Sambor that my bike was loaded on the truck and on it's way back

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    The bike arrived at my doorstep a month later in good shape. All lugage was on there, nothing dissapeared. It started right up after a cough or two and am still enjoying riding it in the woods. It's now being refurbished for whatever comes next.

    Bills would come in, so took the other bike out again and went to work. I avoid driving cars, always on 2 wheels, but in Europe you're better of with something different than a DR. You sort of need front brakes and ABS :)

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    After riding the DR for two months, this monster felt like a fat annoying bitch! Took me a while to get used to it again. But a man has got to do what a man has got to do :)
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    And that my friends, concludes this Ride Report. It was just an experiment in the beginning (live daily facebook report during the trip) and led it's own life soon with a super enthousiastic audience. You're also part of that, for which my thanks. Writing a log and managing the pictures every day, after hours of riding in the heat, took some efforts, but it was all worth it.
    A big thanks to my girl at home. She was the "moderator" during the trip and managed the posts i sent her via Inreach satellite messages (which was a total bitch to type by the way), whenever we failed to have internet connection. She also supported this trip from start to end (idea, planning, budget, execution) and dealt with my annoying over-enthousiastic sillyness like a pro.
    Thanks to all the people I met on the road, providing assistance or a friendly chat. I hope i can provide the same service one day. Please let me know when you're passing through Belgium, there will be a roof, bed and food/beer for you.

    I've thanked Ben already too many times. Here's one more: thanks dude, you rock!

    And last: thanks all of you guys out there. As i said before, it was just an experiment in the beginning. Something to let the folks at home know i'm doing ok and that there's nothing to worry about. Their (and your) daily feedback worked as an extra booster rocket on my bike. The fact that every day was a happy day, was mostly linked to that. Thanks guys.

    In case you missed it, the highlights of the trip are in this 4-min video



    Later dudes.

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    Joris & Rocket, signing off
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  9. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling Long timer

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    Well done and thank you very much for sharing.
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  10. Nickhob

    Nickhob Armchair adventurer

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    Great stuff :clap:clap
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  11. BensonCrusoe

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    Thanks Mate!I am in Vietnam riding the most crappy motorbike on the planet,so i can need all good wishes!Well.Actually its no match to what has been before;)
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  12. BensonCrusoe

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    Joris.Thanks for all the warm words.Thanks for all the effort you put in the documentation and most of all thanks for the time we could ride.
    I can actually not summ up how much i learned about riding,mechanics and motorbikes in this two months-a lot credit to you.
    Actually,this time set the foundation of my further riding and helped me a lot to get along with further challenges on the road.
    Reading the ride report brought me back to the start of the trip and i could ride along a second time.Thanks Old MAN!
    As i am currently crossing Vietnam from North to South on a crappy 110 cc deathtrap those months seem most of the time pretty far away.Reading your stuff brings it back!Thanks for that!
    We will ride again,thats set.Its only a question of time.
    With all respect and a beer in my hands to drink to your honor,
    Ben
  13. BensonCrusoe

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    The night ,when i failed to cook spaghetti and to buy proper beer;)Yes i remember;)
    I am still curious about the guy we met on top of the pass.How far he might have come before calling an helicopter for evacuation?
    Best quote "yeah i just bought this bike,its cheap so its not so bad if something happens!"...that clarified a lot.
    I hope he made it to his destination and had a good ride anyway!
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  14. BLucare

    BLucare Ambitious, but rubbish

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    Well done, Joris! Glad you made it home safely. You might be riding your BMW more nowadays, but I would venture to say that Rocket has a bigger place in your heart :raabia

    Thanks for your inspiring words, and of course, the photography. You've helped to move this part of the world up a few notches on my riding bucket list. All the best, mate :thumb Let's get a beer when I'm in Belgium someday!
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  15. C5dad

    C5dad Man on the Run!

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    Joris and Ben

    Thanks for sharing one of the best ride reports and your adventure. The video at the end was a great way to wrap it up. I look forward to re-reading this in the future.

    Stay safe and keep the rubber side down!
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  16. OldManJoris

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    Amen bro!
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  17. OldManJoris

    OldManJoris Rider

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    Thanks, good words! Rocket is my buddy now, and i'll never make him leave my side.

    Thanks! This kind of positive feedback (yours and others) is unexpected and much appreciated. Happy to share an adventure with the rest of you guys, after reading so many cool stories.
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  18. DC950

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    this is the best ride report I've read in many, many years. Reports like this are why I still come to this site. It really is one of the best and after 13 years I'm qualified to say so IMHO.

    Thanks again! :bow
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  19. OldManJoris

    OldManJoris Rider

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    Too much!! Way too much!!! But appreciated . Thanks


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  20. macadom

    macadom Adventurer

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    OldManJoris,
    You're the best !
    So, to read your adventure was a very big pleasure. What you achieved with your bike is exactly what I dream of, but just not able to do it. Therefore, it was fantastic for me to be able to do it thru your eyes and your writing and your camera. You're definitely a very great biker, a very great mechaniker, an exceptionnal route researcher and finder, very good in preparation, very clue, and a very sympathic person.
    There are some more, but it's already enough for one man !:clap
    The landscapes and the tracks in Tajikistan are extraordinary.
    Your desert crossing was great, but... in fact, everything was awsome.
    What a trip !!!
    So then, thank you so much to share that here for everybody !

    Ah oui, et aussi.... Vive la Belgique !
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