Russia dedicated thread

Discussion in 'Europe' started by tkach, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    It seemed strange that there isn't a sub-category or something dedicated specifically to Russia. I've heard from many people (forums, on the road etc) that they've been wanting to visit Russia but weren't sure about the political side of stuff at the moment; had visa issues; didn't know where or what to see; or something else.
    Initially the general discussion about avoiding Russia was raised in this thread - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/why-you-guys-avoid-russia.1274472/ and grew into something else...
    I think it may be a good idea to index up all the knowledge ADV has together with local updates from those who live here :D and maybe someone will find the answer he/she has been searching for. :type

    The first few post will be reserved for links of Ride Reports - short, long, rtw through Russia; etc pretty much as is the system on ADV; Current visa info; and general info like 'best rated roads/places'; bike posts

    Would be great to hear your thoughts on the idea...
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  2. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-russia-with-love.1231147/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/my-dramatic-trip-to-the-mountains.1197028/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/walk-on-the-ridge-musta-tunturi-northern-russia.1153993/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-russia-with-love-photos-from-an-expat.1087142/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-few-days-riding-in-russia.916123/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/russia-sunday-ride-moscow-vladimir-and-back.797115/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...kaluga-region-start-from-moscow-video.803270/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/southern-russia-sprawled-summer.1258652/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/southern-russia-and-crimea-2015.1167286/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-russia-to-lebanon-via-turkey.1103630/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/breaking-out-of-russia.1066455/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/enduroboxer-tour-russia-2015-with-simo-kirssi.1095112/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-trip-up-north-russia-and-kola-for-beginners.1081540/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...inese-motorcycle-in-the-altai-russia.1073782/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/estonia-russia-georgia-armenia-2014.1039569/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/offroadpeople-2017-video.1282821/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/short-trip-at-far-north-russia.836311/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-alone-on-the-sibirsky-extreme-trail.1254588/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/3-gs-riders-hit-sakhalin-island-in-russia.821062/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...russia-ukraine-poland-13-days-5300-km.864009/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...s-and-to-drink-russian-vodka-in-3-mot.850130/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/russia-how-i-pick-my-new-%C2%93ural-gear-up%C2%94-and-went-back-home%C2%85.707156/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/russia-scandinavia-solo-riding-for-beginners.762964/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-baltic-sea-foto-tour-2016.1187893/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/beyond-arctic-circle-russian-adventure.614915/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/beyond-clouds-through-russia-to-georgia.728911/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/trip-around-the-baltic-sea-including-west-russia.717317/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/russia-europa-2011.662109/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/why-you-guys-avoid-russia.1274472/page-6#post-34688340
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  3. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/going-north-2016-russia-norway-finland.1170034/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/scotland-to-russia-and-back.1270125/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/russia-a-motorcycle-journey-along-the-kola-highway.1283264/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/through-all-russia.1239428/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...eeks-of-rain-lets-go-babar-to-russia.1269539/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...moscow-vladivostok-17-days-10-000-km.1262826/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/back-to-russia-and-kyrgyzstan-again.1177765/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-road-to-mongolia-on-two-wee-bikes.1098228/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-saratov-russia-to-the-pamirs.1147027/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/4500-km-circle-across-russia-and-belarus.1156972/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...lack-sea-to-white-sea-crimea-caspian.1067576/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/klr-650-baikal-trip-russia.1009844/

    The famous RR's by @Colebatch that have inspired many :-)
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/sibirsky-extreme-2012-the-toughest-ride-of-them-all.834987/
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=569243
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/tuva-uriankhai-pure-photos.519357/

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-russia-to-iran-april-may-2014.1009960/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...per-alone-moscow-vladivostok-in-2014.1005926/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2-man-2-africa-turkey-crimea-russia-and-georgia.1013540/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-mongolia-ural-altai-winter-road-110.1006370/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/project-aurora-january-in-murmansk-russia.956024/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/5300km-or-a-small-circle-on-russia.929863/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...rn-europe-via-magadan-mongolia-russia.987688/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...pe-and-beyond-starting-june-26th-2011.699326/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/riga-to-murmansk-north-russia-6700-km.939619/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/mrkiwis-european-affair-with-red.1217493/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-europe-to-russia-and-back.889925/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/project-russia-2012.875919/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/murphys-silkroad-2017-stresstest-for-my-optimism.1244533/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/roundtrip-from-germany-to-mongolia-and-the-pamir.1271691/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-russia-central-asia-and-maybe-beyond.877576/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/through-russia-from-siberia-to-black-sea.850876/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ride-on-the-roof-of-the-world-kz-uz-tj-kg.1244791/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/3-months-eu-russia-balkans.825911/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...t-all-of-europe-and-east-to-mongolia.1100755/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-road-to-mongolia-on-two-wee-bikes.1098228/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/25-000kms-56days-just-another-ride-to-mongolia.1273369/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ia-and-mongolia-by-jacko1-on-a-vstrom.815291/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/finland-mongolia.1130112/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-carnet-via-korea-japan-and-mongolia.1064406/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-well-planned-and-expensive-adventure.844861/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/spain-siberia-mongolia-pamir-2011-and-back.735005/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-motherland-calls-russia-and-back.751231/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/two-twins-around-the-wild-baltic-sea.1165274/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-eastern-trail-nirvana-be-to-central-asia.1241490/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/21-countries-and-16000km-around-europe-in-1-month.1232480/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/swirish-invasion-of-russia-pics-and-video.744812/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/two-idiots-on-chinese-shi-cycles-across-siberia.1198051/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-central-asia-to-caucasus.1171494/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/path-of-a-dinosaurs-c.1268431/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...eport-excs-in-russia-with-float-tubes.697437/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...tm-1290-sa-summer-2015.1114364/#post-28336735
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...moscow-vladivostok-17-days-10-000-km.1262826/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/can-a-harley-make-it-to-magadan.681994/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/eurasia-solo-vladivostok-western-europe-via-magadan-mongolia-russia.987688/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/through-all-russia.1239428/

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  4. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    RTW or close to that through Russia

    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ay-european-marathon-2017-run-begins.1235673/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-russia-around-the-world-the-way.1062127/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/going-east-before-its-too-late.1223265/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/eastern-frontiers-arctic-russia-–-georgia-–-armenia-–-azerbaijan-–-kazakhstan.969459/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/around-the-world-advrider-mascot-relay-bacons-journey.287919/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-around-the-world-siberia-and-beyond.1276267/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/finding-freedom-world-wide-ride.810030/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/russia-mongolia-ukraine-netherlands-on-a-klr.885373/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-scot-and-south-african-go-long-haul.1168603/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ushuaia-to-quebec-on-xchallenge.1274495/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...d-for-almost-two-years-now-in-africa.1174366/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-pan-american-trail.1221585/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-side-dish-2-x-f800gs-15000km-25-days.810199/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/motomavericks-ride-wr250rs-rtw-motos-beer-adventure.1096260/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-ride-to-pamir-august-2017.1257524/
    http://wayaway.cz/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/chasing-rainbows-rtw-on-a-h-a-t.1172713/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/from-estonia-with-love-round-the-world.480532/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/around-the-world-again.1192044/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/around-the-world-ed-venn-ture-the-next-800-days.1000417/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/riding-rtw-and-back…for-as-long-as-it-takes-on-as-much-dirt-as-possible.1111160/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-trip-over-a-long-distance-going-rtw.1140511/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...gue-to-ushuaia-via-mongolia-and-more.1190510/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/uk-to-nz-travelling-ent.1224969/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ace-to-north-face.1262478/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/2-years-rtw-from-chili-on-a-klr.994439/#post-25521693
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ildren-around-the-world-on-motorcycle.858411/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/yarba-yet-another-rtw-but-amphibian.955061/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...o-the-next-level.958364/page-19#post-26246749
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...o-the-next-level.958364/page-26#post-27038438
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...pean-marathon-2017-run-begins.1235673/page-11
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...pean-marathon-2017-run-begins.1235673/page-17
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...pean-marathon-2017-run-begins.1235673/page-22
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-wrong-way-round-on-a-chopper.462017/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/around-the-world-on-a-48-indian-chief.205714/
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...around-the-world.1133646/page-5#post-33024430
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  5. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    tkach Long timer

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    Visa info

    I’ve heard from a lot of people that getting a visa is something scary for people and the whole process is something dis-encouraging about travelling to Russia. Here’s a nice write up about the process.

    Some general info:
    1. The list of countries who's citizen can enter Russia without a visa isn't too vast, updated information can be checked here
    2. Most of Europe, US, Canada, Oz, etc to require a visa.

    Visa types
    Private, business, transit, student and a tourist visa.
    In our case (MC touring) a tourist visa is the suitable option. They are either single or double entry and up to 30 days.
    A business visa is another option should you require a longer period stay (90/180/365 days and 3-5 years with a single/double/multi entry).

    You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the intended day of entry.

    Necessary documents:
    - Invitation (could be done through an authorized tour company, whether they're legit or not you can check on the ministries website)
    - Passport
    - Visa application form (2x)
    - BW/Color photo of 3,5 х 4,5 cm (have 2 just in case)

    Medical insurance is advisable, typically policies for 40-50k euro are made.

    Once you get an invitation letter you can either apple directly at the embassy in your country or through a visa center (check that they work with tourist visas, some don’t). There two companies worldwide that provide visa services:
    1. http://vhs-italy.com/
    2. http://www.vfsglobal.com
    On average it takes 10 days to get a visa.


    Here’s a write up by @Kristof Granit on the visa subject.

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  7. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    Top scenic roads of Russia
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    Original post in Russian here
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  8. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    Future updates reserved post 2
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  9. Kristof Granit

    Kristof Granit Long timer

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    Thanks for this work (the links).
    I will suggest a dedicated sub-forum with Russia + Byelorussia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazhakstan, Mongolia.
    @milkman67204 , hope you don't mind if I quote you, you have posted some nice reports and pictures after your rides in Russia and you are doing also a huge work about Ukraine, it will be nice if you can join us to get a dedicated sub-forum.
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  10. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    It's only the beginning, much is ahead and way more for one weekend. I was under the impression that a sub-forum would be on the table if there was enough 'traffic' not just a few inmates gathering info in one place. That's mainly why i thought of starting it at least this way. Will do a translation of a good article about 'top 20 scenic roads of Russia' tomorrow.
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  11. milkman67204

    milkman67204 Been here awhile

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    I dont mind it looks promising but basically what you are suggesting is a sub section for the former Soviet Union. I have some ride reports from my time in Russia floating around here. After 5 years in Moscow though I had to get out :) Its an amazing country and I would recommend everyone visit for sure!
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  12. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    would love to visit Kiev again, had some car adventures in 2011 and then all that stuff that happened, ehh
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    milkman67204 Been here awhile

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    I am American but ya I lived in Moscow for 5 years then moved to Kiev. Anyways you should feel free to visit Ukraine in general. I had many of my Russian friends visit and they had absolutely no problem. As normal just stay away from political talk and you wont have an issue.
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  14. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    I know, but i wanted to visit on my bike, Moscow plates might be a problem though.) My dad was from Kherson.
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    milkman67204 Been here awhile

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    Honestly I think it should be fine. I have seen Russian license plates from East to West Ukraine. Obviously I cant promise you no issues but I would find it very unlikly. As long as you dont drive around with a big Russian flag or screaming about how Crimea is Russia you should be fine.

    I tell my friends in Russia the same as I tell my Ukrainian friends. Not everyone in the opposite country is an ass. Yes there are stupid people everywhere but most people seperate the people from politics.

    Anyway I was going to include my ride report on western Russia here but I see something is wrong with ALL the links..... figures.... god sometimes I hate photobucket.....
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  16. Don T

    Don T Bike Addict

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    This thread is brilliant - good work tkach!

    Regarding the missing pictures hosted by photobucket:
    If you view the threads in Chrome, you can just add this to your browser and voila the pictures are showing as usual :)
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  17. tkach

    tkach Long timer

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    thanks, i reckon re-saving pics is the best option with this extension, get away from shitbucket as far as possible
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  18. Kristof Granit

    Kristof Granit Long timer

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    @DavidM1 , hope you don't mind if I answer in this thread.
    I don't really like Sochi, except one or two places in the center town (the central Marina), it reminds me a sort of Monaco: concrete, concrete and concrete... :fpalm

    Also you should really avoid this place during the summer season, too many tourists, even with a bike it's not very fun to ride in town... :lol3
    But just outside Sochi, it's a different story, you can go to the tea plantation and of course to Krasnaya Polyana.

    Some of my pictures during various rides:

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    Matsesta (Tea plantation)
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    Official site: www.matsestatea.ru

    On your way to Krasnaya you can stop at Adler to this museum:
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    Krasnaya Polyana (December 2011 and February 2013)
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    Added a brief translation-overview of a good article about the top scenic roads in Russia in post 7
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  20. edgeoftheworld

    edgeoftheworld Been here awhile

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    Thanks for putting this together. I am really interested in Eastern Europe. Ukraine and Russia are high on my lists of places to go to. Been to UA 3 times but not on a motorcycle. I want to do a trip in a couple of years through Europe focusing mostly on Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. I will be reading through this thread a lot.
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