The BAM Road - ultimate test of man and machine

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. Scalex

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    The funniest thing is what he explains.... Crossed once, realized nothing was recorded due to flat battery, so he had to go back and cross it again... meaning then he crossed 3 times in a row in order to get it recorded...

    Oh, and talking in the meantime...

    And taking a hand out of the handlebar...

    I guess next was doing wheelies...

    Quins collons....
  2. GiorgioXT

    GiorgioXT Long timer

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    Iker tienes huevos de hierro ... si senor!:deal

    And its sure a record to cross 3 times the bridge in so short time...:clap
  3. Mukaltin

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  4. Scalex

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    Well. Mukaltin.. not exactly, I would say...

    Never been there, but for what I see I would say crossing that bridge be much bravest (or crazy!) than facing a Bull weakened by hours of torture and keep of torturing him to dead...

    In fact, the mere thing of doing the BAM alone it's much more admirable to me...

    Probably off topic, I know, but I just couldn't resist. As mentioned in this very same thread many posts ago, it's all about the preception of things that the official media sell to the outside; I wonder how the hell is this torero-bullfighting thing explained outside of Spain, but, to keep it factual, I can tell many people would feel offended or at least unconfortable if called a "torero" (which of course is not the intention of any foreigner identifying a brave spaniard with a torero!!)

    Mode off topic over...
  5. Mukaltin

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    Apologies if this is a bad comparison, I drove over this bridge in 2011, rain fell, the bridge was slippery, I was scared
  6. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer Supporter

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  7. Scalex

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    Mukaltin.. Is one of those things, some people like s it, some people hates it; I just was driven to clarify that, whilst the image is that of toros and toreros being something so tipical and that everybody likes, it's actually a very controversial matter.

    Now going back to the topic; that bridge is surely scary, but in the rain, ecerything wet and slipery.. man, that must be brass balls too!!!!!

    It's amazing as well however how this has gone; not so long ago most of us had never heard about this bridge, now it has become sort of a reference point...

    No doubt Walter is good with his writing skills and marketing attitude, we all bought the product... XDDDD.; that's to be recognized too! :-)

    (nobody get me worng; I don't mean it's not worth it, only that it was so well explained, reading it was fascinating, and sometimes that's what really matters to realize how something you have never seen may make you feel!
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  8. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Just did the Western BAM again, 3 years later, with Terry Brown (again) and 3 fine Norwegian chaps on an ride called Trans Sibir 2012.

    They are filming for Norwegian TV and have put together a brief trailer of our time together on the BAM.

    For more on the guys, go to www.Sibir2012.com

    And yes, I will write up a ride report later in the year.

    Enjoy:

    <iframe width="853" height="480" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5UL9aWu34kk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  9. bigdon

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  10. dirtymartini

    dirtymartini Shaken, Not Stirred

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    I hope they offer a DVD...can't get enough of the BAM footage.
  11. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I hope so too ... and have told them they should
  12. Trondomatic

    Trondomatic To infinity and beyond...

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    Phew - what a read!

    I loved the dude, way back where somewhere, who said this story made him want to be a better man. The kindness of the Siberians made me feel the same way. I find myself thinking about them each time I'm presented with the opportunity to help someone. I say to myself, what would a Siberian do? Then I go help.

    Oh doG! What's happening to me?!!!

    Thank you for the awesome writing and photography Walter.

    Much appreciated.
  13. reustle

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    Can someone point me to where I can buy the dvd? Thanks!
  14. 6USMC6

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    amazon.com for sure and I believe the site Walter uses is adventure-spec.com
  15. GiorgioXT

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    http://www.adventure-spec.com/default/accessories/dvd-book.html

    As in the bottom line of Colebatch's signature.

    Heartily recommend it , and the guys at adventure-spec are really reliable.

    - Walter : usually passing time roads and tracks tend to improve, gravel replace dirt, pavement gravel and so on ,but I really doubt that this could happen on the BAM ...
    Can't wait for the report.
  16. Rob.G

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    I've loved this RR for a long time. Read it 3-4 times now.

    I've been toying with the idea of putting together a small group to do it in a couple of years, but it sounds like it's gotten too popular. By then it'll be like climbing Mt. Everest.. way too commercialized.

    On another note I did some Googling. I don't recall if you posted what time of year you did this trip in (particularly the Vitim crossing), but in June, that river flows up to 173,000 cfm. That's like 2/3 the flow of the Columbia River at its mouth. Yikes.

    Rob
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    Look what I stubled upon, reading around russian "loaf of bread" forums. :D

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    ...Walter, professional traveller, sponsored by Bavarians, second, englishman, riding around bored of his old age..:deal
    :lol3

    http://www.udarnik-truda.ru/puteshestviya/msk-magadan-vladik-2009/msk-magadan-vladik-2009.htm
  18. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    I don,t think you will find Tony bored of anything, he's seems to be having the time of his life in moscow ...:clap
  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Yeah we met those guys on the Road of Bones. Moscovites who decided to buy a "loaf of bread" (wazzik / khleboboulka) and kit it out and drive to Magadan. The Olive green "loaf of bread" behind us was their vehicle.
  20. Don T

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    I have really enjoyed following the story and it has sharpened my appetite to explore the former USSR.