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Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 12:27 PM
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Posted By poppawheelie
Merry Christmas, Ed. <a...

Merry Christmas, Ed.

<a href="http://s711.photobucket.com/user/poppawheelie_2009/media/IMG_0013.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img...
Forum: Ride reports Yesterday, 10:05 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Hey, nice to hear from you! PM sent.

Hey, nice to hear from you! PM sent.
Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Ship arrived late. Then customs selected...

Ship arrived late. Then customs selected container with my bike inside for through inspection, delaying release even further. Cleared customs at the worst possible time, just before the "Polar...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 55,203
Posted By poppawheelie
Rolling Hobo: "Then again, given the option, I...

Rolling Hobo: "Then again, given the option, I think most Mongolians would prefer to have decent roads through their huge country. I don't think it's in the common desire of any nation to remain the...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2014, 06:26 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 28,544
Posted By poppawheelie
Just stumbled across your thread today. I'm...

Just stumbled across your thread today. I'm really enjoying your pictures and stories, and now I'll be following along. I rode Chile and Argentina, including Ushuaia of course, in 2005.

More...
Forum: Ride reports 12-15-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 55,203
Posted By poppawheelie
Turkey, the Stans, Russia, Mongolia, even Europe...

Turkey, the Stans, Russia, Mongolia, even Europe are soooo different than the USA where land ownership rules. I don't believe these countries have such a concept of every square centimeter belonging...
Forum: Ride reports 12-14-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 55,203
Posted By poppawheelie
Regarding "The Shortcut." Now that's real off...

Regarding "The Shortcut." Now that's real off road Mongolia! :clap
Forum: Ride reports 12-01-2014, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
Hang in there man. We're all watching wishing you...

Hang in there man. We're all watching wishing you good luck.
Forum: Some Assembly Required 11-22-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 43,620
Posted By poppawheelie
Just tipped off your comment on the first page of...

Just tipped off your comment on the first page of my rtw thread to get to this thread. Didn't notice it there before as I was busy riding round the world.

I love Sportsters and will be following...
Forum: Ride reports 11-20-2014, 06:50 PM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
Romance, thrills, chills, compassion for...

Romance, thrills, chills, compassion for children, beautiful scenery, history, adventure. This story has it all!
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 102,420
Views: 20,056,367
Posted By poppawheelie
With the suspension lowered and heavy saddle bags...

With the suspension lowered and heavy saddle bags on, I found even the Suzuki short stand not low enough. I had it cut about 3/4 inch and welded to make it even lower. No problems now. Bought a can...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
Ditto.

Ditto.
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 11:07 AM
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Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
Way to go ED! This is the best adventure thread...

Way to go ED! This is the best adventure thread ever. :clap
I love the way you write it up, minimal text and just a few pictures a day. Like a coffee table book it's easy to read and keeps one's...
Forum: Ride reports 11-14-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,794
Posted By poppawheelie
Far East Russia

I can't find a write-up of Lensk to Magadan on "Ride Must Go On." I'd be very interested in that coverage, since I rode London to Magadan this Summer. I see you were ahead of me since your photo of...
Forum: Ride reports 11-06-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 355
Views: 83,470
Posted By poppawheelie
You timed it just right. A "Polar Vortex," as the...

You timed it just right. A "Polar Vortex," as the weather pundits like to call it, is about to drop down and make sub freezing temps in the USA all the way through the deep south. I have a motorcycle...
Forum: Ride reports 10-27-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
You know you're taking the perfect trip to...

You know you're taking the perfect trip to compose a book on "Wines of the World." Ever think of that? Could make some $$$.
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 14,178
Posted By poppawheelie
deja vu

I'm very much enjoying your pictures, having traveled much the same route this Summer. If you are posting in real time and in fact not yet in Ulaanbaatar, I will tell you there are great museums...
Forum: Ride reports 10-23-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
Cry Damn. No more Tam-Tam.

Damn.
No more Tam-Tam.
Forum: Ride reports 10-22-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 1,726
Views: 388,723
Posted By poppawheelie
Stelvio Video

You can upload the video to YouTube and post a link on ADVrider, without imbedding it.

Oops. Wait, maybe that won't help. In any event, I'm enjoying your new thread as much as your old. :clap
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 4,007
Views: 1,960,710
Posted By poppawheelie
Just read your "Open Letter to the Motorcycle...

Just read your "Open Letter to the Motorcycle Industry." :deal

Three cheers, total agreement here. :nod:nod:nod

BTW I just finished riding London to Magadan, albeit with the help of Compass...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Bike probably won't get to Seattle till end of...

Bike probably won't get to Seattle till end of October, will need steering head bearings replaced. Can you recommend a Suzuki dealer or private shop?
Forum: Ride reports 09-07-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Six to eight weeks. Shipping is handled by...

Six to eight weeks. Shipping is handled by Compass Expeditions as part of package. Unfortunately port of entry is Seattle instead of LA. May be a weather problem for the ride home by that time of...
Forum: Ride reports 09-06-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
The DR did well. Things that need attention as...

The DR did well. Things that need attention as any bike used this hard would:

Steering head bearings are badly dimpled. Need to be replaced ASAP.
Chain guard is cracked.
Chain guide is broken...
Forum: Ride reports 09-05-2014, 10:05 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Auto/ Moto Museum

I did get to the motor museum.
http://www.automotomuseum.vl.ru/

It's smaller than the National Motorcycle Museum in Iowa, The AMA Museum in Ohio, maybe even a tad smaller than the Museum in...
Forum: Ride reports 09-05-2014, 05:22 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
A trip too long

Some riders on this trip may not agree with me, but I know a few do. IMHO the route is too long. I'm not saying I wouldn't recommend Compass, but I wouldn't take this route if I had it to do over...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2014, 11:34 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Vladivostok

I'm not headed home yet. Magadan does not offer International flights, so we have all flown to Vladivostok, a very modern, wealthy looking, glitzy city, and we're all staying in the same hotel. If...
Forum: Ride reports 09-02-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Beauty of the Land

I was thinking as I rode through the incredible scenery here in Russia, it is hard to beat the riding beauty in the USA. What comes to my mind for paved and unpaved riding:

Blue Ridge Parkway...
Forum: Ride reports 09-02-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Parting Shots

THUS ENDS STAGE 1 OF MY ROUND THE WORLD TRIP. I STILL HAVE TO RIDE ACROSS THE USA WHEN MY BIKE ARRIVES SEATTLE IN 6 TO 8 WEEKS.

Now that the trip's over, Mick can take a rest. (Not really. He has...
Forum: Ride reports 09-02-2014, 01:25 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Magadan

City of about 100,000. City entrance.

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Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Yakutsk to Magadan, the Kolyma Highway

We arrived in Magadan one day late after 18 flat tires, 7 in one day :eek1 , fallen bikes, broken windshields, broken truck trailer springs, and unavailable gas. The road is rough. Flat tires were...
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Never watched LWR. Overheard comments in this...

Never watched LWR. Overheard comments in this group that they don't think much of the show or riders, that they didn't know what they were doing.
Forum: Ride reports 09-01-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Thanks but I don't think I'm coming that way....

Thanks but I don't think I'm coming that way. What I cold use is a place in Seattle, WA, where the bike is coming into in 6 to 8 weeks.
The couple that is on this trip is from NE Ohio. Dr. Walt...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
No particular reason for the SPOT on the bars....

No particular reason for the SPOT on the bars. Most riders put it there, but I've heard of solo adventure riders or lone day riders going into rough country keeping it on their body for good reason....
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2014, 02:05 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Final prep for the Road of Bones

New tire - other one was just replaced when flat. New chain and sprockets, new brake pads, tighten and remount several things like the chain guard which had fallen off and was retrieved by my buddy...
Forum: Ride reports 08-25-2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Oops

Oops! :baldy

L-E-N-I-N. I get rushed at doing these updates and don't have good Internet connection either.
Forum: Ride reports 08-24-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Yakutsk

Yakutsk is the coldest city on Earth with a record low of -84 degrees F and an average January temp of -38. It's 280 miles below the Arctic Circle. Summers are warm, in the 80's.

Diamonds and gold...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Heading towards Yakutsk on the M56

08-21-2014 Just like home, Osceola Mills, PA. Coal mineing equipment retired and on display in Neryungri, Russia.

<a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2014, 07:26 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Spot map

Those following me on SPOT.

http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0upmTJlgZPtdZXqLlDf7tt5dyC33nesRr

Hover over "map" and click on the "terrain" option when it appears....
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
M56

We are now on the M56 all the way to Magadan, now on the section known as the Lena Highway. It doesn't show in the video, but when the trucks pass, it causes total loss of vision for 4 or 5 seconds,...
Forum: Ride reports 08-20-2014, 04:53 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 61,539
Posted By poppawheelie
Last of the M55, Trans Siberian Highway

The M55 goes all the way to Vladivostok, but we don't. So here's a last look at cruising the Trans Siberian Highway pavement before turning north toward Yakutsk. There are few potholes, but the...
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