Afghanistan ride. How to enter, survive and return in one piece...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by sambor1965, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Indochine

    Indochine 'Bikes are OK, but . . .

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    First class among first class reports. [​IMG]

    My desktop wallpaper file is filling up with Sambor photos. In fact, between Sambor and SuperSignet (China) photos, I don't have much else.
  2. MiamiMotorcyclist

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    Looks like a Cannondale.
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    Great stuff, thanks for posting it....keep it coming.
  4. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    This year we used Mitas E09 Dakar (rear) and Trelleborg (front). Very good and cheap choice...

    I attach a map to show you our route in Tajikistan...

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  5. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Ok. I am back. We reached Khorog Friday afternoon. Border crossing is impossible on weekends. We had free sat/sunday. So we deceided to make a little ride...
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  6. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    there are two popular routes from Khorog toward Murgab. M41 called Pamir Highway and southern loop through Iskhkhasim.
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  7. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    We choosed third route through Roshtkala.
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  8. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Asphalt disappeared and beauty dirt route began...
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    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    we found good camping place. Night was cold (it was 3500 m)...
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  10. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    It was beautifull enduro day...


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  11. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Road went higher and higher

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    No cars, no tourist, no people...

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    Just me, my friends and our bikes...

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    No bridges...

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    Ok, there were some...

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    Finally we reached 4300 meters...

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  12. Badjayhawk

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    Absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing this. An EPIC RR.:clap
  13. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    There were some section really hard. As usually no pictures from really difficulties. Was too difficult...

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    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Anyway worth to visit. We started descending and after some difficulties we reached back Pamir Highway...

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    Visited old friends in Ali Chur...

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    We met some Germans travelling on BMW...

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    And MAN truck! This guy had even coffee machine inside...

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    Boring but beauty

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    We had to reach Murgab to fill up... And I love this valley...

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    Finally we found petrol

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    And good place for camp

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    2morrow will add something...
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  15. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    there were some...

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    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    It was taken at night, 2 am. f/3,5 and 69 sec!
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  17. Ridesolo

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    Wow.. simply amazing! Beautiful scenery, central asia is adventure paradise.:clap
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    Man, these pics bring back lots of memories .. I wish I could go back there ..
    Once the Stan-virus gets to you, it never leaves you.

    The roads haven't changed much :rofl

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    Polish stars:wave , i really enjoy your ride reports, they're great and funny.
    You brave sexy Polish guys:D bringing us distances close.:nod
    That's what i call adventure.:super
    Most of the pics are great but some of them are priceless.
    Thank you very very much:thumb
  20. sambor1965

    sambor1965 Been here awhile

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    Popescu: I have never been in Iran so I can't compare. But I am a fan of Romania, the best enduro country in Europe.


    Tomski74: I am ready to compete in drinking. Maybe in Central Asia?

    Not. Metaljockey is my idol. His RR is unrivalled.

    Well, I am not sure if my mum knew it... Probably I said: Central Asia, as usually...

    Bike preparation? Bikes are always prepared. I hate people who spend a fortune for Touratech parts and than have no money for travel. We modified our AT, but we have some bikes and our favorites we left at home. In these there were some modification, I had WP suspension, K&N filter, Dyno Jet etc. We also "modified" air boxes... But it is not essential...

    timolgra1: Don't study other reports. Finish yours. Your pictures from Mongolia are the best on advrider this year. I wait for stuff from Tien Shan and Pamir...


    Indochine, send me your picture. If it is similiar to your avatar I will upgrade my desktop too...