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Colebatch 12-14-2009 05:00 AM

The BAM Road - ultimate test of man and machine
Warning: this thread will contain images of killer roads, awesome forest, riding across collapsed wooden bridges, Russian girls in rather small bikinis, extraordinary hospitality and 3 experienced riders pushed to the absolute limit by one of the greatest adventure biking challenges still out there ... the BAM road!

The BAM Road is one of the (if not THE) toughest adventure roads left on this planet. The Road runs 4300 km (2700 miles) across extreme Siberia from Vanino on the Russian pacific coast through Komsomolsk, Fevralsk, Tynda, Severobaikalsk, Ust Kut, Bratsk and back to the Trans-Siberian Highway near Taishet.

The road is split in half roughly at Tynda. There are only a few people who had ridden the western half, between Bratsk and Tynda. Only one pair of guys (Poles of course) had ridden the eastern part (from Vanino to Fevralsk).

Never before our journey, had someone seriously attempted to ride the whole road.

So how tough was this road? Compared to say, the Road of Bones?? Well put it this way ... the Road of Bones took us 3.5 days ... the BAM Road would take us a MONTH!!!

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This thread is designed to follow on from the Road of Bones thread posted here:

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Lets start with a brief pictorial summary (with some small pics) - a taster for what will unfold over this insane journey across Siberia!

achesley 12-14-2009 05:05 AM

WOW! Serious road. Or, should we say TRAIL? Thanks for sharing. Oh yes, the girls make those bikinis look good. :freaky :clap :clap :clap

GB 12-14-2009 05:13 AM

:bow wow!! that is the ultimate challenge!! :eek1 Thanks for sharing your Siberian adventures :clap

Looking forward to learning more about the BAM :lurk

Teeds 12-14-2009 05:18 AM

OMG, that looks like fun ... :clap


Zecatfish 12-14-2009 06:12 AM

:lurk Get to it. :D
Looks like an awesome ride. :lurk

DockingPilot 12-14-2009 06:17 AM

Terrific !:clap

prsdrat 12-14-2009 07:20 AM

In like Flinn! Can't miss all the eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

MoBill 12-14-2009 07:40 AM


Looks like a lot of dismounted recon getting done...

gregneedham 12-14-2009 08:45 AM


gun 4 hire 12-14-2009 08:55 AM

Best of Luck Gentlemen !
Hell yea....Will be grabbing a cocktail and checking in here :1drink

Colebatch 12-14-2009 08:59 AM

The BAM Team
Tony and I were the same two chaps who had just ridden across Eurasia the hard way, as per the Road of Bones thread. But to recap ... Tony is a 67 year old pensioner, with 500,000 miles and 50 years of motorcyling under his belt. He spend most of his younger days in the European car rallying scene, but now prefers to get his kicks exploring Russia on two wheels. He lives part of the time in Moscow and part of the time in London. Tony's steed? an F650 Dakar.

Terry is the new boy in the team. Terry, a fellow Englishman, is midway between my age and Tony's. Terry's motorcycling pedigree includes racing enduros for 20 years. Terry had a huge amount of off road experience, and has got into the more adventure side of things recently. His extensive enduro experience would be a huge asset to Tony and myself when the going got tough. Terry had very limited experience in Russia however, and pretty much no Russian language. Terry's ride? An XT660R.

And then there is me ... on my G650 X-Challenge. :johntm

Colebatch 12-14-2009 09:09 AM

Terry's arrival in Russia
We left off in the Road of Bones thread with Tony flying down from Magadan to Vladivostok to meet Terry. Terry had flown himself and his bike from England to South Korea, ridden across Korea and taken a ferry from South Korea to the Russian port of Zarubino. From there he rode the 4 hours into Vladivostok to wait for Tony to arrive.

You might think, for a fresh visitor to the country, and with no language skills, Terry would keep a low profile and await Tony's arrival. But no! Terry had immersed himself into Vladivostok's famous summer biker party season and had won a whole bunch of new Biker friends in town.

Sadly I wasnt there to witness the next couple of days ... I was in Moscow working, but this is how Terry was adapting to life in Russia:

Terry is the smiley one in the middle:

rider1150gsadv 12-14-2009 09:11 AM

Subscribed!!:lurk :lurk

Colebatch 12-14-2009 09:12 AM

Then it gets interesting:
Why mix with the boys, when there are so many Vladivostok girls about ?!

Colebatch 12-14-2009 09:17 AM

Yep, no doubt about it, Terry was doing it tough. Russia was clearly a frightening place! The Iron Angels bike club was obviously some kind of hell on earth.

Luckily Tony arrived to rescue Terry from this drunken debauchery ...

Then the Mariachi hats and Lenin Banners came out ...

And I don't know about you guys, but i am not sure I like where this one is leading ...

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