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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, May 14, 2010.
Awesome, can't wait for more!
The ride down to the staging area was done on whatever old discarded used up tyres we could scrounge around. No-one wanted to waste brand new dirt tyres on the 600 km highway ride to the first track. The old road tyres would be thrown away at the end of day 1 and replaced with "proper" tyres for the following 2 weeks.
Mishutka here indulging in some last minute bike prep - russian style. If brute force cant fix it, its not worth fixing !
Campsite by a lake.
PG insisted on changing his tyres on the spot, well into the darkness, while I said "fuggit, I will just go to a tyre place tomorrow morning and get them to do it on the machine, while i have a cup of tea and watch". As far as i was concerned, sunset by a lake is a time for beer, not tyre changing.
Gelos here is appropriately enough for him, surrounded by an orange halo!
Great another Colebatch RR.
I like it! One of my favorite sayings is, "If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway!"
Not my personal motto, mind you, I just think it's funny.
just wanted to throw out a big thanks to Colebatch aka the motpornographer.
He's been a world of help to not only me but countless folks making their way through Russia. No matter what the question even he always takes time to answer it...a true gentleman and a scholar!
I only hope that one day i'll be able to give him half the help hes already given me
colebatch!....the force is strong with you!
over and out
will you marry me??
Yeah Walter, will you........
Russia looks like fun when you hook up with the locals that aren't only interested in getting smashed. Looks like times are changing as well. Last time I was there the only type of bikes I saw were covered in leather tassels.
Here here. Not many people around that take this much time to study the places they visit and equipment they take AND are happy to share this knowledge.
If your Dad still has that 63, I'll Marry You.
Oh, great RR, love all the different bikes, my money is on the KTMs.
With new shoes on the bikes, we began Pate's trail ... easing into the program with some light sand:
As we emerged from the sandy forest trails, the ground began to firm up:
Pate here charging into the water:
First technical problem of the trip.
Pate's battery. The stock BMW battery was just not man enough for the job.
With Pate's battery out of service, PG and I made a run 80 km (50 miles) to the nearest town to try and source a replacement battery. We found a cheap Chinese 9AH battery for less than 20 EUR to replace the genuine BMW article.
Pate, meanwhile had been planning our campsite by the River Khopyor:
PG, Gelos, Pate and I had travelled down a little earlier to get some extra riding in, and on the sandy banks of the Don River, we met up with the other 5 guys, Che, Mishutka, Grom, Intruder and Nachalnik.
And so the proper sand began: