Sydney to London on a105cc Honda callled Dot

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nathanthepostman, May 4, 2009.

  1. rogerdodger

    rogerdodger Been here awhile

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    Hey Nate, nice meeting you the other day in Manali. Sorry we didnt get to chat longer. Like I said it was weird that Id just got a PM from Chanderjeet that you had been in Dehli and then I walk out the door of the interent cafe and there you are!

    Safe travels and happy adventures
  2. afk40

    afk40 Been here awhile

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    Ive jist read that awesome encounter to the boat,,,,,,,,an it got me all fired up an raring tae go.. the longest haul ave done was when a wis 19 now 50. a done fae glasgow tae Telford on a cb125.....a loved it

    All the best Nathan.........mabozzar...
  3. afk40

    afk40 Been here awhile

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    Nathan,,,,,,,, yer awesome, an am only at page 7 only another 69 tae go. man thi sis the best read ave had in ages.. ma longest haul was when me an ma Wife done a 76 hours straight thru bus ride fae NY tae Calif on a greyhound BUs a loved that...........when a now look back at Laurel an Hardy doin the longway around.... an think o the money that went intae that expedition, wi their two back up trucks, their two camera men... as they had one doolie filmin the other doolie filming laurel an Hardy doin their thing. they even had a Doctor at Large..........man when a think back tae their trip an think o them a see them now as a couple o Pussies.....

    an heres wee Skinny Nate on his Trusty DOT, doin HIS thing wi shorts a t shirt an a pair o baseball boots on.........Man now they other two really take the biscuit......... fur Nate, there was no endless nites arguing over a cuppa in a sodden garage thinkin about an plannin a world trip.. we on the other hand are hopin our boss will let us have a whole 10 days off so as we kin go do a couple o hundred miles on our superbikes. Man its an embarrasment tae say the least. they other two Laurel an Hardy... their bank accounts are probably now looking as is if theve a photo oa agy wi a humph in it as they`l be bulging wi cash fur what they made of that series.... then there s wee Skinny Nate....

    Man a hope a meet ye someday an shake yer hand.......you an Lois on the Loose......... Nate your wee bike Dot if ye still have her, wid make a mint on EBAY.. anyway am in here tae the end. 69 pages o sheer pleasure a wait me....... see ye an all the best Dude...Mabozzar Fae Scotland
  4. afk40

    afk40 Been here awhile

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    Post 116 said this. That sucks when you lose a post like you did
    I'm not sure if this is what happened to you but I know when I was doing a report if you go to long without activity(other than typing) it buggers up the post
    I found if you preview the post periodicly it keeps from knocking your post out
    Hope that helps and looking forward to more.

    That above an before this post was jist me. i wrote a long winded reply as to what ave enjoyed so far, it took me around 10 mins tae read over it, then when I clicked the save,,,it dissapeared hence the shorty above..... thanks 116 good tae know.. cheers Mabozzar

    ps also enjoyed the vid in page 8 when he was goin tae get his camera.....whos the band..an the track called. a know a know it but cant think.....
  5. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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  6. afk40

    afk40 Been here awhile

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    Cheers fur that ... its funny how = when ye hear the answer like you said an i read it. Snow patrol. ye always say I thought ot was them..... am at page 14 now an lovin it......Nate, ave been told that a write in ma scottish slang an a write long an winded emails. but a think a put somethin in it like yerselve........ I enjoy thew way ye write an put yer pics an vids in.. a heard some oneelse say you cpould be making mony out o this, WHy NOT. if others can write a book on adventure motorcycling. why cant you........man keep it up, an if yert ever in Scotland, a`l gie ye a bed an a meal an even take ye out.........

    seriously all you guys whos reading this, i think we should start a wee fund fur Nate, doesnt have tae be much, but whatever it is it`l help him repay his pals visa, an hey its we`re reading all tis an being blew away at the adventure of it all....... maybe thats been set up already a dont know as am only at page 15, but a sure would give him a few pounds in a fund.... some one want tae set it up even a paypal fund........... where he can then start tae payback, an we kin keep enjoyin readin his dream....

    Nate. ride fast an take Chances..Mabozzar in Scotland
  7. afk40

    afk40 Been here awhile

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    ave been trying tae think who Nate looks like, as hes around the same height an has the same smile. an it jist came tae me. the Guy who plays Sean in Eastenders, a soap on english tele.........
  8. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Me and my G/F may be passing your way next year
    Could I take you up on that?
    (sorry 'bout the high jack Nate)

    PS
    keep reading there's alot of answers awaiting
  9. petefromberkeley

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    I resemble that remark :lol3 What kind of a looser rides a BMW around the world?

    Edit: I'm wearing that black T-shirt right now and that bike is parked outside my office window.
  10. rtwdoug

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    Hey Nate,
    the russia georgia border is closed. you can take a boat from sochi to the port in georgia near tliblisi, or boat all the way to turkey & bypass georgia. I'd prefer to see georgia myself, but the border crossings are all in chechnya, ossetia or dagestan, all of them full of conflict right now.

    Good luck!

    Doug
  11. nathanthepostman

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    Morning glory.

    Just up and about, packing, tea drinking, fixing and tinkling. Old Dorothy had a puncture as we crept up the KKH so having been refused a fix by a couple of the local spanner men I finally found one who had a new tube and a smile not a scowl.

    Strange place Pakistan. In one town sublime, hospitable, warm and welcoming. Stop for directions and that's it, you're ordered to dismount and sit while one man brings you tea and another rips a comb through your mattered hair. Then the biscuits come out and so do the guide books to help explain to these folks up in the mountains just exactly where it is you've come from.

    An hour later you leave with a whole village of Pakistani brothers.

    And then on the other hand, in some villages along the KKH, kids try and poke sticks through your spokes as you drive past or jump out to try and scare you in to the gutter. I stopped at one shop for a Fanta and a packet of biscuits and the man almost thrust the bottle through his own counter. He stabbed the numbers into his calculator to show me the sum and sneered at me as I sat outside in the blazing sun.

    So I've kept my head down for the most part, even taken to wearing an Omar Sharif or whatever the baggy pajama style suit's called that everyone here wears. It's not much cop as a disguise though. Everyone still registers you as a foreigner, even the police on the checkpoints who so far haven't escorted me like they have the other overlanders. I think it's because I look poor and figure no one would take me for ransom. Or see Dot and just consider her to fast to be persued.

    'Cause I have to admit she's so far flew up the mountain. We haven't yet reached the 4700 metre top but something tells me we won't be having the same problem as we had in India. She just seems more sprightly, lighter on her toes. Her front ends a bit battered though. Because my left fork seal is leaking I topped it up with a bit of oil. I don't think the level's are now the same though so she's a bit limp over the bumps and with a lose sheath that holds the headlight in place I ride with the most terrible clank and racket as it bashes up and down the left leg.

    I've fixed it with a shoe lace so it should be okay til England.

    Not far to go now. I met a couple on an old Beemer bike who say they've done 15,000kays from England to here. I've done 25,000 from Oz so we're over half way. Still working on the route but having learnt about borders being closed and countries still at war I've hoping I can get a transit visa for Russia and sail straight through to the Ukraine.

    I'd still very much like to skirt through Syria, Jordan and Egypy before crossing the Med by boat, but I'm yet to find one that's not sunk so I might not have to bother. But we'll see.

    Exciting times though and if I'm honest these are the best. Thailand and India looking back were a real drag and really sapped the life out of the trip in many ways. Waiting for girls, waiting for visas. Both unfathomable. But now, give me a few more passport stamps and I'm free to roam and saunter whichever way the wind blows back through Europe. In fact I just sit and stare at the map tracing fingers across the page to find every time a different route. Price is the only limitation but I'm hoping to call in on a few folk I've met along the way and borrow their sofa for the night. That's if Dorothy's safe outside.

    So all good here. No complaints. No pictures either. I don't know, I just don't feel too comfortable firing the Canon in the faces of folk who don't want care for you being there. I flicked through a book in the hotel last night. It was pictures and words of a French groups tour of the country and you could read just what it was the photographed local was thinking, 'would you just fuck off.'

    And I don't want to be like that. Not when I'm still a bit twitchy about the situation and aware of the lack of love some of the places have for a white fella on a motorcycle.

    As for the KKH being better than the Manali to Leh road, I don't know. or me the scenery was better in India, the people friendlier and the sense of cammeraderia at the tent villages just that much nicer. So India on this occassion pips Pakistan. But for free cups of tea, I'd take Pakistan any day.
  12. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    Well described. :thumb
    Orthodox community that pakistan.

    They do have some Indian hospitality etiquette though. :lol3
  13. nathanthepostman

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    finally found a connection quick enough to upload. Just another video from Manali Leh highway.

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    And Chanderjeet, I know I bag India but at times I do confess to having a good time there. Just don't tell anyone.
  14. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    Crossing the border into China - Requirements
    <HR style="COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->I have been reading the forum in the past few days regarding entering China and I see sometimes what seems conflicting information. If you do not mind, I would like to try getting most answers sorted out in one thread.

    Basically what are the requirements for both the person, and the bike?

    * Registration - foreign registered bike is ok?

    * Driving license - foreign and international are ok? Or do I need to get a Chinese license, as I read in other posts?

    * Cross the border riding, can I? I read somewhere suggestions about getting the bike on a truck for the border crossing.

    * Traveling across China - Are permits needed from each province?

    * Guide/escort - I read somewhere that I need to hire a guide/escort to go with us for the lenght of the trip. Is this real?

    * Insurance - what is required?

    And please comment on any other matter that I forgot about.

    Thanks.

    Howard
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    Just had my attention brought to this. And as far as I know the only way to get a foreign registered vehicle through into the country is to pay a company a wad of money to arrange all that for you.

    For that you get the chinese licences, number plates, a guide to escort you which you MUST have at all times. They even sort out hotels and provide a taxi while I'm in Kashgar.

    There are all sorts of rrumours about rocking up at a border and bribing your way through, but I wasn't brave enough to risk that, not crossing from Pakistan. Maybe it's easier from one of the Central Asian countires at a remote border, but not at the KKH crossing.

    The cheapest way to do it is to find a group so you can split the cost of the guide. The $500 fee for the paperwork is standard for everyone, it's the guide costs that really add up.

    Damn you Iran for not letting us through.
  15. nathanthepostman

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    Forgot to say, to anyone who's Facebooked me and said hi from ADV I just wanted to say a collective thanks and great to have you on board.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention. Here in Pakistan, when they fit a new tube, they cut the old one and lay it inside the tyre for added protection. I thougt that was cool.

    That and it only cost 30pence to have the man do it.
  16. overlandr

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    30p?? - I'm being ripped off!:evil
  17. chilango13

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    Nathan,

    You are an inspitation man. Keep up the fucken great job you are doing.

    My wife asked me how is it that I can sit here for four hours, then I think about what you have been through, and I smile...and she walks away thinking I'm crazy for enduring sitting her for what she calls "an eternity."

    God bless and enjy avery second.

    Roman
  18. russjt

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    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome !

    Hey mate youre an absolute legend ! a real inspiration .

    keep up the good work .
  19. weelz

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    Excellent!

    Nice work my man!

    Just spent all weekend reading this thread. It's going to make going back to work tommorrow so very, veerryy, HARD.

    Good luck, but as you said, you're generating a fair bit of your own I think.

    Cheers
  20. husqzilla

    husqzilla Been here awhile

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    I hope when Nate eventually gets safely back to the UK and gets on with things and takes up some form of employment, when he at times stares off into space with a look that says he's somewhere else at that moment his employer recognizes he's hired an International Postman and as such he's still required to make occasional virtual deliveries. The rest of you slackers reading this thread on paid company time haven't quite earned that. :D