Russian Off-Road Challenge 2010

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, May 14, 2010.

  1. muskeg

    muskeg Been here awhile

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    Great read, Colebach. Thanks!
  2. SamRus

    SamRus Been here awhile

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    That's great man!!!!
    I'm originally from Russia and this report rocks :-) I had no idea we had ADV riders in the motherland... Dang, you guys are hardcore :clap:clap:clap
  3. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    Great photos Colebatch. Looks like a great ride.

    You're got me interested in these 650's, although I'll need something with a lower seat. The XChallenge will be too high. How do you rate the XCountry?
  4. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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    AMAZING!!!!!!!!! :bow :thumb :tb
  5. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I think we crashed your photo site.. I'm very much enjoying the report but I'm on page 10 and motoadventure.users.photofile.ru has stopped responding :(:

    I'll try again later.

    :freaky
  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Dont know it well. Terry, who I rode with in SIberia last year on the BAM road ride report has just gone out bought one and is riding thru central asia at present. Best to ask him when he gets back.

    But the engine and frame are the same
  7. giodog2000

    giodog2000 Been here awhile

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  8. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    If you take post 259 and 261, find 4 more good shots and we could drool on each one for a couple months!:evil
  9. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    Post 350 is another one for the calender!:D
  10. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    AMAZING stuff! I cannot wait to go riding through the world myself... to feel that freedom of just heading where I feel my motorcycle should be pointed, not necessarily the way the DOT does. To meet the real people of the world... the ones made by the land... and not the other way around.

    unfortunately it will be 12-14 year before I can truly escape into the world (in the military and have that long until I retire)

    but your reports, pictures, words both ease the anxiousness I feel while stoking the fire in my heart to travel.

    I read your reports over and over visualizing my DRZ running through the landscape, meeting the people you do, sitting around the camp fire with genuine people.

    I truly envy you. I hope one day to run into you on the road and possibly buy ya a drink and shake your hand.

    Thank you Mr. Colebatch.
  11. Moab

    Moab Been here awhile

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    I noticed that none of the riders (including you) have hard sided panniers. Is the reason because they would not have held up with the amount of spills you had? or is it a safety thing? or maybe a financial decision?

    What are your thoughts? loved the report btw

    :clap
  12. Erik RS

    Erik RS Three Wheel Maniac

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    Hi Moab.
    wrestle yourself through a few of the first of these pages
    All will be explained :D
  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    As Erik says, more detail above ...but a brief sumamry ... Hard panniers are more suitable for 'grand touring'. If you are mostly on asphalt roads with a bit of gravel roads thrown in, they are fine. For a trip like this which is largely full off road (not even graded gravel roads) hard panniers would be a massive liability. No experienced rider I know would use hard panniers for this kind of trip.

    Too heavy, too dangerous, too impractical.

    The tougher the terrain, the more you need soft panniers.
  14. tracyprier

    tracyprier Adventurer

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    Agreed :)

    When you actually get alongside a dually with the larger T/tech type hard cases you realise just how wide they make the bike! A slender go-anywhere machine turns into a big wide girl who needs at least two economy-class seats to be comfy ;)

    Tracy

  15. 6USMC6

    6USMC6 -U-

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    Sort of like a two-tripper.

    If somebody yelled "haul ass", she'd have to make two trips.


    :hide
  16. Abraxas

    Abraxas The last one

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    You guy do what many of us just dream of.

    On the top of that, this time you add a gorgeous wild girl to the story, so this is round now.

    I hate you, I am now at work just thinking what the F** am I doing with my life....

    Sorry, is time for my medicine:huh :huh :huh

    Serously, great trip, pics and report, thanks for shearing.
  17. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    CoolBatch:photog Pics:eek2 . Dammit. You're really doing great job Comrade Colebatch.
    Greetings from here.:freaky
  18. Onion

    Onion What?

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    Wow. Thanks Colebatch and company for writing that up!
  19. Qwik

    Qwik Adrenaline Addict

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    Nope. She was on an all black machine.
  20. BusyWeb

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