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Old 06-30-2009, 08:05 AM   #1
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From Estonia with love (Round the World)


The crew:

Margus & Kariina

Origin: North-Eastern Europe, Estonia
Race: a mix of everything - Estonian, Polish, Swedish, German, Russian... you name it.

Objective: to see the world with an open mind, explore ourselves and the world instead of looking down on it from the bad-news-makes-the-news viewpoint of the media.

And off the bike.

The bike:

Well used and abused, well tested and offroaded, proven 1998 BMW R1100GS with over 50 000 miles on the clock before the beginning of the expedition - over 150 000 miles when finished the historical expedition - carrying the first Estonian motorbikers around the world.

BMW R1100GS basic specs:

Capacity: 1085 cubic cm
Bore: 99.0 mm
Stroke: 70.5 mm
Compression ratio: 10.3:1
Front suspension: BMW telelever, w/o dive under breaking
Rear suspension: BMW paralever, single sided swingarm with torsional damping
Front suspension travel: 190mm
Rear suspension travel: 200mm
Final drive: shaft (oh yes, ours is proven reliable!)
Final drive teeth pattern: Kingelnberg-Polloid spiral
Final drive ratio: 33:11 or 3.00:1
Top speed: 122mph (never needed it outside European autobahns..., but at least unlike any thumper on the Planet Earth it sings, breathes and is vibey free w/o absolutely any stress @ 85+mph all day long)
ABS: yes.
Alternator output: 700W @ 4000rpm of engine speed
Factory spec dry weight: 224kg
Wet weight with full tank: 243kg
Seats: comfty for both of us.

Measured dyno specs @ crank:

Torque: 103Nm @ 5600rpm (the best low grunt in its age/class of bikes for 2up + full gear)
HP: 60kW (80hp) @ 6900rpm (enough for overtakes and all day long highways with all that weight)
Fuel consumption: average around 5L/100km (47 US MPG), city 5.8L/100km (40 MPG), legal speeds freeway 4.5L/100km (53 MPG).

A preview of what's inside this 150+ page ride report:

Our expedition has seen it's ups and downs, since we really were on a tight budget and had to take certain risks. We're very thankful to our readers who motivated us to continue delivering quality pics and reports on the road. Not many people know this, but it's actually a lot of work to produce text, pictures and videos while on the road to make up all those countless reports.

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Old 06-30-2009, 08:28 AM   #2
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Old 06-30-2009, 08:38 AM   #3
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It's been a pleasure hosting you two at the ADVenture Loft... , and great hearing your stories and seeing photos / audio and video clips.

I wish Google's Estonian-English translator were a little more better, but porting your blog to a RR here should be a snap regardless...

For the rest of you FF's, you're in for a real treat.

Oh, and Estonia is NOT part of Russia!
"I came into this game for the action, the excitement; go anywhere, travel light... get in, get out... wherever there's trouble, a man alone... Now they got the whole country sectioned off; you can't make a move without a form." --Robert De Niro as Archibald 'Harry' Tuttle in Brazil, 1985. The Mobius Trip index | Spot tracking live 4/18-5/4/13 | AdventureLoft™ Tent Space
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:00 AM   #4
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Subscribed. Any report that the Mobius architect describes as 'a treat' *has* to be worth a look..

And I have a softspot for the R1100gs too. Wish I never sold mine..
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Old 06-30-2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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Let's have it ...

I'm excited already!

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Old 06-30-2009, 10:57 AM   #6
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I'm signed up for this report -- can't wait to see how things unfold.
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:54 PM   #7
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I am looking forward to your ride adventures. According to your map, you'll be passing through Houston area. Welcome to stay the night here with us when you come through.

Happy Trails!
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:16 AM   #8
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On the wheels again

So after many days in Buenos Aires Argentina we've seen most of the highlights. The city has it's charm, but max 4-5 days would have been nicer. The final few days were much better in Dakar Motos where I did some work on the bike and we got a chance to meet other travellers.

Some Buenos Aires point'n'shoot pics (on panoramas click on the picture to enlarge):

A girl and pigeons...

Modern Puerto Madero part of Buenos Aires.

Puente de la Mujer bridge sunset.

Recoleta cemetery.

At the airport they took away our insurance paper, which we found out later at the hotel. So it was additional 2 days waiting (all stuff closed for the weekend) to get a new insurance on Monday. On Tuesday it started to rain+thunder badly (it is spring here) which resulted in one more day of waiting = 12 days of Buenos Aires.

But it was soooo good to be finally on the bike... Till some 200km from BA a copper stopped us and said we had been speeding, 7km/h over limit = 300US dollars fine please sir :eek: . We knew we hadn't speeded, and also the quoted fine was clearly overestimated per local fine standards. So we knew it was a bastid police officer wanting to suck tourists. We used the old recommended method, acting as if we had all day to argue with them (don't try to talk in Spanish, talk in "hazy" English, talk fast, talk a lot...) till they got tired from us (we consumed their precious time to catch other potential payers ;) ), gave back our papers and quickly rode off. jug:

Las Palmas park.

Another palmy road...

We arrived to Puerto Iguazu yesterday to see the falls today and to put our Brazil visa applications in - fingers crossed.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:34 AM   #9
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Just discovered your trip report and will be following your travels! You're welcome to look me up when you get to the USA... Especially if you'll be traveling thru Ohio.

BTW, my grandmother used to live just down the road a little ways from you... She was born in Lithuania!

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Old 07-14-2009, 10:07 AM   #10
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Great RR and pics!

Thanks for sharing!

Best greatings
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:29 AM   #11
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simply fantastic!

this is the kind of riding i dream of...

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Old 07-14-2009, 11:49 AM   #12
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Analog gallery MK I

I must apologise in advance. In some ways I'm still oldschool - I didn't buy any digital SLR with me like 99.9% motorcycle travellers nowadays do who seek good photos. So I took my beloved film camera instead since I do love to be different, and personally I love the aspect that the film gives to all the digital boredom that is facing you everywhere you step. This is why you don't see much "bike here - bike there" type of motorcycle travelling shots here - those I keep for our point and shoot cheap digital camera that other threads pictures are made of. Hopefully you'll understand.

Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Modern Buenos Aires.

Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires.

Puerto Madero, BA.

Architecture in La Boca, Buenos Aires.

Typical houses in La Boca, Buenos Aires.

La Boca colours.

Lots of people, Iguazu falls, Argentinian side.

Iguazu falls.



A decent trail road leading through Argentinian cordilleras.

A stop in Uruguay.

Typical Uruguaian beach village architecture.

Punta del Diablo (The Devil's Point), Uruguay

Punta del Diablo.

Punta del Diablo, close to the village.

Dune, Uruguay.


A sunset in Uruguay.

Uruguaian sunset.

Beach at sunset, Uruguay.

Atlantic ocean in Brazil.

São Paulo, Brazil.

Sé cathedral in São Paulo, Brazil.

Under the Brazilian palms, our hosts Fernando & Maraisa.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro.

Rio in the night.

Brazilian beach.

Brazilian beach.

Our broken tire in Brazil.

Enjoying sunset in Salvador, Brazil.

Young folk singing in Salvador, Brazil

Salvador, Brazil.

Salvadorian Beach.

Stray pure-breed dogs in Brazil.

Colonial architecture in Paraty, Brazil.

Paraty streets.

Donkey power, Brazil.

Trindade, cliffs against the ocean, Brazil.

Massive shockwaves, Trindade.

Trindade, Brazil.

Chapada Diamantina park in Brazil.

MKII gallery will come in near-future - I'm working on it...
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:18 PM   #13
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