Vienna to Magadan - BAM Road and Road of Bones

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Xdream, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Xdream

    Xdream Been here awhile

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    Well this is the start of my first ride report on the ADVrider Forum. I have not really planned to do so, because I did not know any of you guys and you don´t know me either. So I thought you might not be interesed. But guess what - I don´t care :evil

    Before I went on my trip, I read many ride reports that helped me planning my trip and my route. I did not really ask for help, just the information that is on the forum helped so much. So I thought I will give something back and write down my story plus a few notes that I was searching for and did not find. (but found out by myselfe now)

    So for the start of the story, here is a short appetizer. So you can judge within a few minutes if this will be an interesting one for you or not.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1ikZ-Dtc_M

    But before you just skip this report - beware - I will disclose the well hidden secret why adventure travellers all over the world are buying BMW´s for their adventure rides.

    And here are some facts:

    Rider: just me (and those weird voices in my brain appearing from time to time) + a few nice guys I met during the trip
    Bike: an old worn out BMW 650 Dakar which I bought just for that trip with 135.000 km on it when I bought it for not much money
    Route: Basicly the shortest way from Vienna to Magadan which took me EXACTLY 13.000 km + 100 meters
    Days: 21 (19 riding days)

    30% of the ride was on tarmac
    30% was on gravel and sand and mud
    40% i did not see what I was riding on

    more to come ...

    btw. is there a way to insert youtoube videos right into the forum?
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  2. Ridesolo

    Ridesolo cereal lurker

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    wow, cool vid. I'm in. For attaching video, click on the "share" and then click on "embed",then copy paste the link.
    . <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/h1ikZ-Dtc_M" allowfullscreen="" width="420" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe>
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  3. JediMaster

    JediMaster Adam Lewis

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    Great video xdream. :thumb

    What helmet cam were you using? What format did you shoot in?

    That's some of the best quality helmet cam footage I think I've ever seen.:clap

    Adam
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  4. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    This looks like it is going to be pretty epic ride report:ear

    Some neat country over there from what I've seen in the reports. And that is quite statement about the bmw:amazon(I like my dakar very much too)

    :lurk
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  5. Xdream

    Xdream Been here awhile

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    Thanks. The Cam is a Gopro HD. So nothing really special. Maybe I just used it right :D

    It shoots in mp4 format. and i have put the video together with the Live Movie Maker from Windows.
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  6. Xdream

    Xdream Been here awhile

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    So here the story goes:

    I left Vienna on the 29.th of July at 10:00 am. My plan was getting to Poland to the Boarder between Poland and Belarus. Everybody told me NOT to go to Belarus. So I decided to go there.

    I arrived at the border at around midnight after 900 km of riding. There was a lot of traffic and people told me before that some waited for more than 10 hours to cross the boarder. So I thought gettin in line now would be better than stay in Poland overnight and stay in line the next day.

    Nobody complained when I passed all the cars and so I got out of Poland within bout 10 Minutes. Then it starts gettin funny. I passed all the cars again. Again no complains from anybody waiting in line. So I got to the boarder to Belarus quick. A stamp here, an insurance there, pay insurance at another counter. pay insurance for bike, pay another insurance for medical whatever, get a stamp for whatafuck, pay for that stamp, get back to get a stamp that you paid for dontknowwhat. get to the guy at the boarder again with all the stamps and papers and then get to another window to show them your papers. Then get to the customs and get another stamp and pay. And then --- I´m in? Yes!!! NO!! Give back half of the papers I stamped. NOW I´m in Belarus :clap I think I paid money about 20 times to any office chick. Overall it costs me around 7 Euro :lol3 And it took me just about 2 hours. That was perfect. And by the way, even if it was a lot of stamps and insurances. Everybody was really nice and helpful.

    Wenn then - I was in Belarus, it was 2 o´clock in the morning and I did not have clue where to go, so I went to the next city (Brest). Streets were dark and there was not a person on the road. I stopped at a traffic light and a small van came up. 3 guys were in the Van and waved at me and showed "thumbs up". I asked them for a gastiniza (hotel). Lots of talking. I did not understand much, but I had to "high five" like every minute. *lol*

    Then they asked me to follow. We drove about 10 minutes. We got out of town and were driving somewhere between trees. I thought "nice. 10 minutes abroad and I get raped by 3 guys, fucked in the ass and get robbed afterwords" (order may vary). Everybody told me - but I did not listen. I thought I knew it better than everybody else.

    But suddenly we came to a Hotels which looked like a prison, but it actually was a hotel and I got a room for the night.

    What a first day

    pictures to follow ;-)
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  7. Redbull Addict

    Redbull Addict I need another one...

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    Fantastic video!

    It looks like that bike spent more time in the water than on dry land. :D

    We want more!!!
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  8. Xdream

    Xdream Been here awhile

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    This is the proof that 2/3rds of the worlds surface is water, only 1/3rd is ground :D

    In Sibiria it´s 2/3rd water and 1/3rd bridges
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  9. John K.

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    In! :thumb
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    Speed3 Getting ready for TransTaiga

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  11. booger1

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    Great video, looking forward to the RR.
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    :lol3 Wasnt there any stamp to proove that you got all the stamps, or maybe a stamp to ensure that you have the stamp that proofs the stamps that......... :lol3
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  13. Flood

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    I saw that video a few weeks ago and now I'm very much looking forward to this report.

    :thumb
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    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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    kick. ass! :clap
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  16. Yeti.at

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    a great achievement, this trip alone and in this short time. inconceivably :super :clap
    many thanks that i could be thereby, when you showed the pictures and videos.
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  17. Xdream

    Xdream Been here awhile

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    guess I have to continue here.

    Here are the pics of the first day:

    This is the BMW 650 GS Dakar. I bought it with 130.000 km on it. The plan usually was to buy a cheap bike - because I did not have an Endurobike before - drive it to Magadan and just leave it there. The big Tank and all the other extras were already on it. i did not invest much in the bike. This is also all the luggage I took with me. Light and fast was my credo. :evil

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    at the Boarder to Belarus. Nice and easy to cross.

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    First night in Belarus.

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  18. Xdream

    Xdream Been here awhile

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    As I did not have mucht time, I wanted to get to Krasnojarsk as fast as possible. So I started very early only after about 5 hours of sleep. I did not know anything about the roads in Belarus und further to Moscow. And everybody was taling to me that I will get stopped and fucked by the police all the time. Nothing happened so I got to Moscow the same day without any troubles.

    Vienna - Moscow. 2.100 km in 2 days.

    I know, it´s a pitty to rush through countries that fast, but I did not have more than 3 weeks of holiday and I wanted to get to Magadan. It´s not that I wanted to do a race or be "faster" than others.

    The Hotel the next morning. Looks more like a prison,

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    But is was secured very well by a very scary dog

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    The road in Belarus was perfect. No traffic, no police. Just me (and rain).

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    Russian language is very easy (I started to learn russian 3 month before I started my trip) Omelett means Omelett in russian :D So that was my breakfast for the next 3 weeks.

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    Got into Russia after 600 km of straight and perfect road. Not much difference in Russia. Just more Police on the road, but they did not stop me once.

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    Got into Moscow at night (after riding hours in the rain). Crazy driving on the roads in Moscow. I don´t think they know anything about lines on the street. I stopped at a police stop and asked for a hotel. You should have seen their faces. I think I was the first person ever to stop on purpose and not get stopped by them. They were leading me to a nice and cheap hotel. it was dark by then. I went to bed after I got something to eat at a supermarket near the hotel.

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  19. HH

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    Lovin this.

    Hell, I just fell off one of the bridges watching the video.:lol3
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  20. MikJogg

    MikJogg Weekend Adventurer

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    IN :nod :lurk

    Great video,hope the same for the pics!
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