Russian Off-Road Challenge 2010

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

  1. SR1

    SR1 Going to America!!!!

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    Awesome, can't wait for more!
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  2. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    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 !

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  3. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    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!

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  4. capeklr

    capeklr Been here awhile

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    Great another Colebatch RR.
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  5. jpdude999

    jpdude999 Rider on the Strom

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    I like it! One of my favorite sayings is, "If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it needed replacing anyway!" :evil

    Not my personal motto, mind you, I just think it's funny.
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  6. Oisin

    Oisin Adventurer

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    Hi folks,
    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
    Oisin
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  7. rider1150gsadv

    rider1150gsadv Long timer

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  8. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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  9. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Yeah Walter, will you........:lurk













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    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.
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  10. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    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. :thumb
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  11. rockjohn

    rockjohn Been here awhile

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    If your Dad still has that 63, I'll Marry You. :raabia

    Oh, great RR, love all the different bikes, my money is on the KTMs.
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  12. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    With new shoes on the bikes, we began Pate's trail ... easing into the program with some light sand:

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  13. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    As we emerged from the sandy forest trails, the ground began to firm up:

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  14. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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  15. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Pate here charging into the water:
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  16. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    First technical problem of the trip.

    Pate's battery. The stock BMW battery was just not man enough for the job.

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  17. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    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:

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  18. Suqsuda

    Suqsuda Secret Sharer

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  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    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.

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  20. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    And so the proper sand began:

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