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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    They're cheating! They have 3 "S"s and 3 "TS"s and some other fake sounds they baptise as "letters" to boost their number up! :rofl (at least in Serbian they do, I'd guess it's the same deal on Russian)
  2. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Cheers Scooter,

    I should have a soft copy of the DVD ready to show at the UK Horizons Unlimited meet in a weeks time.

    And remember, its not just that you "dont need" a big BMW to see interesting places, ... its that you would not even be able to see many of them on a big BMW. A small BMW can get to a LOT MORE interesting paces than a big one :D:evil:1drink
  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    yeah some of them are not even letters, but then some of them are sounds that should be individual letters in the latin alphabet. We have shortcomings such as no single letter for SH CH ZH KH TH DTH sounds etc that we should have letters for, and yet then have completely irrelevant letters like C which have no need to exist at all because they don't have their own sound.

    Not sure what greek is like ... but you guys were the basis for Cyrillic, so it should be pretty similar, no?
  4. GSequoia

    GSequoia I know a few things about radios... Supporter

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    I'm of the opinion that English was invented by a group of assholes who wanted to thoroughly confuse foreigners.
  5. MrKiwi

    MrKiwi old enough that I should know better Super Supporter

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    let alone us english speakers...
  6. tserts

    tserts Chaotic Neutral

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    Cyril and Methodius used the Greek alphabet as the basis for the new alphabet so many letters look and sound the same but all the sounds we don't have might use a Greek letter but with totally different sound (for example H is a vowel in Greek "i" and a consonant in the Slavic languages "n"). Then there are the latin characters which ring a bell (visually) and finally some letters that simply don't make sense, kinda like the predator's letters if you get my drift... The end result for a Greek is a very funny looking text that is as if a drunk Greek kid was experimenting with random character drawing... :rofl

    Truth be told, if someone walks you through each letter, one can start reading somewhat correctly in minutes, but most Greeks, who in majority speak English at some level, can read Croatian (latin alphabet) out of the box but not Serbian (in Cyrillic)..

    I believe text to speech correlation in French is much worst than in English but you do have funny spelling to say the least... :deal
  7. scooter noob

    scooter noob Been here awhile

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    Excellent, too bad I'm not in the U.K. Let me know when it will be on sale. Again, great pics of your journeys and a great site. Here hoping for safe rides in your future.
  8. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    The DVD will be on sale at Adventure-Spec.com in about a month :D:evil
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    Awesome!!!:clap Can't wait to get my copy when it comes out. Thanks for making it, even as my wife dreads it...I think she might be worried that I'll try to do it. She has nothing to worry about tho, I'm nowhere near ready for that type of adventure ride. :lol3
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    Any idea how long until the US spec edition wil be on sale? :evil
  11. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Just a follow up on Vladivostok customs ... some of you guys may have heard, there was a big scandal and drama last year in Russia, when Vladivostok Customs staff got in a fair bit of trouble after making a rap video about life in Customs. Both girls in the above foto featured extensively in the video :) (particularly the dark haired girl in the high heels)

    <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/eibWF_OL5Ao" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Maybe that means I can show faces now? Whats the etiquette here :)
  12. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Speaking of videos.

    A preliminary cut of the Sibirsky 2009 video was indeed shown at the recent Horizons Unlimited meet in the UK. Some technical sound problems plagued the debut screening (3rd party equipment). It was only the 2nd time I had seen the film (it was shown to me by the editor 5 hours earlier).

    There are still some minor bits of tuning to be done. Sound levels balanced, colour balanced, and a few clips are in the wrong order and wrong place. A few subtitiles (translations) need to be added. But its almost there :D
  13. Tijuana_Taxi

    Tijuana_Taxi Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wow after watching the video I think it's safe to say you can show whatever you have of them!! :lol3
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    Hey Walter. Sorry if this has already been asked, but, will Adventurespec have a dvd properly formatted for the US? Really looking forward to seeing it!!!:clap
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    Loved the video of the Vladivostok customs. .50 Kopeck and Fatman, classic stuff. I suppose if you had to be delayed, this is as good a spot as any. I spent 3 months working for our Embassy in Moscow in '86. Always thought Russian women had a certain beauty. Haven't seen anything in this thread to change my mind. Thank you, Mr. Colebatch!
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    Yes I guess it will be easy enough, once I have the final cut, to make 2 versions ... an NTSC version for the US and a PAL version for the rest of the world. Even tho I know many modern DVD players and TVs are compatible with both formats.

    Adventure Spec have 2 versions of pretty much most of the DVDs they sell, cause they sell a lot to the states anyway.
  17. BubbaZanetti

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    dude, that is TOO funny

    first your BAM thread then this one, have been life savers over an incredibly tedious last few nights working the 8pm-8am thing here in midtown. my job affords me a good chance to work/live for considerable periods of time in some of the places you've traveled, i'm dying to bring a motorcycle along.:clap
  18. Lozza

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    Thank's for the great RR Walter:clap

    It's a great story well told!!!

    I hope you and your son got to spend some good quality time together!
  19. enfielddnepr

    enfielddnepr Been here awhile

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    I've just found this topuic and.. i want something like this too!
    i have some questions;; Browsing this topic, it seems that a mnay dutch folks travel here?? How come?
    2 it it difficult-how to find out- where you can get petrol in time?
    3 as i had owned a dnepr with sidecar, can you tell us, did you see a lot of urals and dneprs, or more IZH's?
    Were you able to talk to locals about russian bikes?
    i am told the newer(post'90) izh's are bad quality, can you tell something about it?

    4 you have a relative powerfull modern bike, did you cruise often over 80km/h, or-concluding, can you also do this on a smaller bike(like my enfield diesel)
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    (1) I dont think there are that many Dutch people there. There are some, but you are more likely to meet Germans, British, Scandinavians, Australians, Poles, Czechs or Americans. Its just that late in the trip I met 2 pairs of Dutch guys. They were the only Dutch people I met on the whole trip.

    (2) It is not difficult to get fuel. Anywhere there are cars, there has to be fuel to fill them. Simple really. Otherwise there would be no cars. If you get to a remote village and you see cars there, then there has to be fuel, either in the village, near the village or in the trunk of many of the cars in the village. A bit of logic goes a long way! Any where you are likely to go on a diesel bike, you will not have a problem finding fuel.

    (3) Mostly Urals and Izhs ... Not many Dneprs or Minsks. Yes I often spoke to locals about Russian bikes. Generally, they mock their own bikes. Only old farmers in the villages use them. The only Russian made bike that seems to be "acceptable" to Russian bikers is the Ural Wolf "Chopper" (http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2008models/2008models-Ural-Wolf.htm) which some of them modify at will. Most Russian "bikers" (as opposed to farmers in the countryside) ride on BMWs, KTMs, Hondas, Yamahas, Harley Davidsons, even Moto Morinis.

    (4) yes I cruise mostly above 80 km/h ... you can do it on any bike, depending on how hard you want to make it for yourself