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rtwdoug 04-27-2011 12:04 PM

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

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!

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

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

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

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


Mechanista 04-27-2011 12:10 PM

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


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


Abenteuerfahrer 04-27-2011 12:37 PM'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'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

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


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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