MotoMavericks ride WR250R's RTW. Motos, Beer, Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CJ, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    Please tell me if the location of the spare tubes was good where the AIS was? I posted in another thread with no response. I want to free up some space.
    Regards
  2. manybike

    manybike Omnipresent Supporter

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    Actually...that does make sense.
    Lots of new bikes out there to select from. Looking forward to what was decided at the top secret Squamish summit.

    This will be good !!

    Cheers
  3. kito

    kito Been here awhile

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    Come on then spill the beans or was the to many beer to remember the plan lol
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  4. Dirtpatch

    Dirtpatch Getmesome

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    Can you review what the shortcomings of the bike are and also it's strengths for a trip like this.
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  5. thatislandguy

    thatislandguy The Journey is the Reward

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    yes! excited to find out what the next contender is!
  6. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    You gonna come fish alaska this summer? Predictions are that a record year is coming!
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  7. kalonji

    kalonji nihilism or nothing

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    I saw your response in the build thread. Thx.
  8. Shomani

    Shomani Adventurer

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    I know this could be time consuming (and boring for you) but I'm looking at buying a WR and a list of the mods with pro's / con's would be greatly appreciated instead of having to sift through the whole post.
    That being said, your adventure helped me get through the long dreary days at the office. I'll be on the look out for your new adventure.
    Thanks for sharing with the community.

    Cheers
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  9. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    I wish man I wish! Not this summer... Aren't you in southern Mexico right now?
  10. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    Yea in Guatemala right now actually! Gotta start working our way back north in a few weeks so we can get back for the fishing season
  11. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    Come for a visit when your back up this way? I've got a spare room for you guys any time.
  12. Kass

    Kass n00b

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    That doesn't sound right...can you clarify this? Why so expensive???

    Thanks!
  13. CJ

    CJ Wheelin' & Dealin'

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    Getting into Russia is very difficult. A simple tourist Visa which only allows 30 days and a single entry is not too difficult to obtain. John just bought a simple "Transit Visa" for this season that is only valid for 5 days and it cost him about $500 CAD.

    We needed business Visas which required letters of invitation written by legitimate companies in Moscow that are recognized by the Ministry of Foreign affairs in Russia. Being that our purpose of travel was obviously not "business" these letters didn't come cheap. We also had to provide fingerprints to the Russians. It turned out to be even more than $1200 CAD when it was all said and done.

    That being said, if you have any better avenues for securing a multiple entry visa valid for 6 month or more please share it with us!
  14. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    If you have a US passport go to my website there's a link for a Russian/US travel agent that does 3 year multiple entry 3 year visas for about $350.
  15. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    US is the only western country that has easy access to Russian visas ... ironically. There is a mutual easy visa scheme (the Russians only do things mutually). Each side (Russians and Americans) give each other 3 year multi entry tourist visas by default. For all other western passports,including these guys, its an expensive PITA ... because our visas for Russians are an expensive PITA (reciprocity)
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  16. motomaverick

    motomaverick Been here awhile

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    Alright, before we head off on another leg of this adventure I better pull my finger out and at least throw some pics up of my time in Mongolia.

    Lots of wide open riding following the forever crisscrossing tracks
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    Rickety bridge
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    A gas station at the end of the day that was manned by a bunch of drunk police officers. They didn't seem to want to give me any fuel or any of their beer so I carried on.
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    I got a bit of course here looking at something and ended up in super lump world.
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    Enjoying a beer after a long day
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    I put this on chain in Peru, the sand of Mongolia finally wore it right out so I put on a new one.
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    Blasting across the desert
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    The track down to a fabulous lake surrounded by sand dunes
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    It was so nice here I decided to spend two nights and relaxed
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    From the lake it was back up over the mountains through more high country, if you look hard enough in Mongolia you can always enough wood for camp fire.
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    I decided to take the short route back to the track in the morning, it was steep, rocky and rough. Luckily it went through cause I wouldn't have been able to get back up here.
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    These guys stopped one morning at camp, they were hunting something, birds I think from memory.
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    I was stupidly following the track on the GPS and not really bothering to think about how deep this might be. Yet another lungful of water for the poor old WR. This pic is after I've turned the bike around and am struggling to get it back out of the muck.
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    It was a soft bottom
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    This is the spot where I discovered my bags were all full of water and my computer was ruined, again. I was tearing the bike apart and trying to dry my stuff out when the rain started.
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    It rained hard.
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    the next day was one of MANY river crossings. Early they weren't too bad
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    But as the day wore on and the rain kept falling the water got deeper and browner as I moved downstream.
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    Eventually I was able to get up out of the valley and into some rolling hills, the temp started to drop and pretty soon this
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    I was wet, cold and cranky so I found a place to camp in some trees and did my best to stay out of the sleet rain
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    The next day was a long slab day into Ulan Bator, one the way in I met some bikers on BMW's that insisted I follow them to their hotel. Turned out to be the famous Oasis Guesthouse. It was a welcome relief to be able to have a shower and eat some food, I ordered two full meals of shnitzel and bolognese and wolfed them down in short order! As it was getting to the end of the season Oasis wasn't that full but there was a good crew of people there and we all had a good time drinking too much!
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    The giant Chingis Statue. Its miles out of town but pretty impressive.
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    To be continued......
  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    About time !
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  18. Shomani

    Shomani Adventurer

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    Glad to know you're back on the road ... safe travels!
    Cheers
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  19. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Yeah - pictures and story to continue - let the words continue - great!
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  20. Kass

    Kass n00b

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    The magadans got full of water??? what's going on there