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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ChrisUK, Mar 13, 2014.
A quick overview map of the trip so far
Ch 3. Irkutsk to Olkhon Island
After hitting the main paved road at Babushkin we headed around Lake Baikal to Irkutsk. Here's a traditional piece of architecture, rather than the horrid Soviet stuff that also became so popular in parts of the UK when Huddersfield's favourite son, Prime Minister Harold Wilson (I live near Hudds), was Housing Minister after WW2.
3 wheeled scooter with Italian plate outside the most expensive hotel in town. Unfortunately we never met the owner. ANY vehicle can ride/drive the slab (aka Trans-Siberian Highway) from Europe to Vladivostok. Especially if you've got a winch on the front
Takin' a picture of you takin' a picture of me. At the bike workshop round the corner from where we got our new tyres and other supplies. From left to right: Andrew, Adam (who had already been Irkutsk for a week when we arrived), Jon and Pete. Denis at MOTOREZINA.RU - свежая моторезина по разумным ценам. motokolesa, мотоколеса, моторезина, резина для мотоциклов had posted the tyres from Moscow to Irkutsk for us. top bloke.
Pete fitting a new chain and sprockets.
Tyres for all seasons. Note the stickers on the left. Recognise any of them?
Setting off from the hotel in the rain. Spare rubber (in my case Mitas C-02 (An aggressive tyre in 17 inch. Wow!) and Pirelli MT21) to fit later on up the road. Jon and Pete.
Waiting to board the ferry to Olkhon Island. Sorry to be "Ginger-ist": Ginger and Afro! This guy needs a haircut...
Brighty causing trouble. Pushing in to get on the ferry first. Must be my German genes!
The ferry was free! The first time in Russia where I was pleasantly surprised at the (literally) lack of cost of something. Everything in Russia, except petrol, is expensive.
Pete catching the rays between rainclouds.
My bike looking tough, until the going got tough where it retired hurt.
Traditional local transport
Shamen flags at the Shamen rock
Shamen rock at Olkhon Island
Enjoying the holiday snaps Chris.
Yep proper grand
Great stuff, Chris. Keep it coming...
Many thanks for the kind words!
Ch 4 Olkhon Island to Severobaykalsk
We left Olkhon Island and joined the main paved road north. About 150 clicks before Zhigalovo the road became dirt. And our first opportunity to admire the mighty Lena river
One of many punctures on Jon's KTM. He and Andrew were sponsored by a well-known Czech brand of tyre manufacturer. I think the tyre was just plain shagged and he was trying to coax life out of it that just wasn't there
Swapping the back tyre outside the hotel in Zhigalovo
Jon, being the great guy he is, changing the front for me, in the garage next to the hotel, as it had started to rain
Jon preparing a veritable feast :) In his underpants
This is a normal road, with some interesting traffic
Adam always has a good eye for an interesting photo
The Zhigalovo Road up to where it joined the BAM was pretty boring. Long and straight, but it was good to be off the pavement and on the dirt
Not short, and not winding
After we reached the BAM turn-off to head east, things got more interesting
Adam gets his front wheel off the ground
The BAM road follows the Baikal-Amur Mainline railway... Some info can be found at Baikal–Amur Mainline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jon had plenty of opportunity to test the support that propped his bike up
And it gave us the opportunity to take in the pleasant views
Arriving at the Severobaikalsk hotel the Shed's radiator started expiring. The road hadn't even been that bumpy. It could and would only get worse.
A map of the route between Irkutsk and Severobaykalsk at the northern tip of Lake Baikal
Sorry for the horrendous shade of green on the line
Nice one Chris...looks a stunning area!
Shame about your pal Bod, trust he's ok now.
Watching out for the Transalp's demise
In for the follow! Also curious about the demise of the mighty Honda!
This looks awesome!! I'm in!!
I believe he's fine. Back in the UK getting treated well by his gf
The Trannie never completely "demised". Just retired hurt.
Ch 5: Severobaykalsk to toasted clutch river
Adam: Give the man a map, 2 tins of sardines and 2 tins of Heinz baked beans = Heaven
Anti-freeze and rad-sealant. Adam had helped me fix the hole in the rad the night before. That hole held. Other holes appeared virtually daily.
Trying to get my bike road worthy
Eventually ready to go
This is what you call ground clearance.... And fit for purpose!
We bumped into these 3 cool Russian guys from Ekaterinburg(?) who were riding 250 cc thumpers they had bought in Vladivostok home. We couldn't understand why they had been riding for 12 days since Tynda. We reckoned you could do it in 5. How wrong could we be!
One of the bikes they bought. Is that a glass bottle strapped to the front of the engine? We told them where they could find our old disguarded tyres in Zhiglovo
One of the Russian dudes had a suspected broken ankle. The journey must go on...
Andrew chatting with a local chap who had the best set of steel teeth, but I think he knew I was only taking his pic because the teeth, so kept his mouth shut
Adam, master-craftsman at work
This one wasn't towing a caravan... Sorry, in-joke... Some people know what I'm talking about, hey Kurt/ Felix/ Noah/ Phil/ Mark :)
An overview of the (easy) riding conditions that my big shed wasn't really enjoying, leading to a "little" river crossing (which, in comparison to what was to come 500km down the track was an utter piece of p!ss). The suspension on a touring bike like my Trannie (despite my Shed having a rebuilt and stiffened shock and fork springs...) is completely substandard compared to a pukka enduro bike like a DRZ400/ XR400/ orange 690.
Move over fat boy, this is how it's done!
Exhibit A. Did we also mention low ground clearance? Airbox under seat? Chocolate tea-cup clutch?
When Facebook goes 'ping' and I see its another RR entry from you it makes me smile...
Then I come here, look at the photos, read your comments and that smile breaks into a grin so big you could peel the top of my head open.
GREAT memories of GREAT riding with a GREAT group (notice I didn't say bunch...ggggrrrrr) of people.
HI to Pete, Jon and Andrew - I know you're all reading.
Keep it coming
Looking forward to the next part.... where you will sell your soul!!!
I'm in !