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rtwdoug 04-27-2011 12:04 PM

Can a Harley make it to Magadan?
 
SPOT tracker link;

http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...b4de3265776584


I want to visit Magadan & ride the Road of Bones.

I could do it like everyone else, with a BMW, Africa Twin, KTM, or other factory adventure go anywhere bike.

and have a good time doing it.

But that just aint my style. I'm a bike guy, not really a 'harley guy' but I do like doing things with HD's that the moco had never planned on, and would probably frown on. Which is fine with me, because altho I like the bikes ok, I dont have alot of use for the moco or their minions. I dont even own a pirate hat.

So I hunted around, & found a low mileage 2003 1200 sporty. I really wanted an 03, as thats their special 100th anniversary bike (even tho it was actually only their 98th anniversary)

oooo....isnt it pretty!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...e/SDC10092.jpg

As Im from Alabama, I decided to jack it up a bit, which is what we do to our pickups & camaros down in these parts. I never could figure out where to mount the easy rider rifle rack tho, so I left it off.

this is basically how it looks now, altho I swapped out the alloy bags with soft bags, as when I tested it out in some mud, I could see those big ass bags causing me problems.

I call it an XL/GS Dirtster

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...e/SDC11741.jpg

ok, now I know Im gonna catch hell, yes, it has shocks. long shocks. and no springer fork. But have you ever seen pics of the RoB?
I do want to make it to Magadan, and in 1 piece.

so heres sorta my route, variances on whether I get a visa for Iran or not, which as of now, doesnt look to good.

Oh, you thought I'd take the short route to Magadan? :lol3

brown is my route there, white is the return

heres my Spot tracker link

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/f...rHbqMGqmBcSYjc


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...n/asia-map.gif

also, I'm hoping to visit the NE part of Afghanistan before the Pamir highway

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...hway_Route.jpg

right now, Im in Frankfurt, Germany, waiting on my bike to get here, then I'll be off, like a herd of turtles!

Doug

Mechanista 04-27-2011 12:10 PM

Haha!!!
 
I'm really looking forward to this ride report!:clap

USAIR 04-27-2011 12:16 PM

I'm with you can't wait to see how this goes. :thumb

Fred

MikJogg 04-27-2011 12:23 PM

Fantastic,a new adventure with Doug! :clap

No it´s time again to visit this forum every day :deal

Wish you a good and save trip and a great time here in germany :thumb

MJ

Abenteuerfahrer 04-27-2011 12:37 PM

Sure....it's not the bike but the biker..take care and don't plow into anything to prove your point. I am sure there is plenty of help out there. Do take along a few spare parts that to your knowledge tend to easily wear down on this model bike on gnarly roads.

Most of all always ATGATT, plz!!!:D

Good Luck and do post lots of pictures and comments...you'll be in good hands:rofl.

yamalama 04-27-2011 12:39 PM

:clap :lurk :lurk

Mr. Magoo 04-27-2011 12:41 PM

Have a nice ride. Send a postcard. :1drink

GZPainter 04-27-2011 12:45 PM

I have read your previous report... and definetely its not the bike but the biker...
so... I'm really looking forward to this ride report!:clap

Yossarian™ 04-27-2011 12:50 PM

Cool adventure!

What's your fuel range? :ear

dendrophobe 04-27-2011 12:56 PM

Wow, that's a heck of a Harley! The main thing that would really concern me is the weight; but it looks a lot better than stock.

Probably more offroad worthy than the Ulysses! :lol3

TomTom63 04-27-2011 12:58 PM

Subscribed :clap. I'll be following closely your up dates. Have fun in Germany.

That "Sporty" is a fine machine...:rofl

klaviator 04-27-2011 01:00 PM

This should be very interesting. :lurk

el guapo nada 04-27-2011 01:07 PM

YeeeeeeeHaaaaaw!
 
Love yer adventures Doug! IF I grow up, I'm pretty sure I wanna be like you!

Most excellent travels to you man! (and yes I still consider you the MAN, even though you added some cushy stuff for this ride).....( :lol3 )

scarysharkface 04-27-2011 01:12 PM

Awesome.

Drif10 04-27-2011 01:12 PM

I am so in. :thumb

You did, of course, use an AMF front end for authenticity, right? :D


Have fun, and a safe one.


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