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Old 12-14-2009, 05:00 AM   #1
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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: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=529114.

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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!



































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Old 12-14-2009, 05:05 AM   #2
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WOW! Serious road. Or, should we say TRAIL? Thanks for sharing. Oh yes, the girls make those bikinis look good.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:13 AM   #3
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wow!! that is the ultimate challenge!! Thanks for sharing your Siberian adventures

Looking forward to learning more about the BAM
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:18 AM   #4
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OMG, that looks like fun ...

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Old 12-14-2009, 06:12 AM   #5
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Get to it.
Looks like an awesome ride.
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Old 12-14-2009, 06:17 AM   #6
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:51 AM   #7
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WOW! Serious road. Or, should we say TRAIL? Thanks for sharing. Oh yes, the girls make those bikinis look good.
are you kidding me you don't need alot of bikini for those tiny tiny things called breasts
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:05 AM   #8
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Hi Colebatch,

A cracking tale of derring-do. Many thanks. Looking forward to finding out how Terry's XT660R held up.

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Old 12-16-2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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are you kidding me you don't need alot of bikini for those tiny tiny things called breasts
To each his own, my friend. To each his own.

Colebatch -- thanks for bringing us along. I read the whole ROB thread and I'm strapped in for the duration on this one.

Some day, cash permitting, I will be taking you up on the offer.
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:59 AM   #10
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Great report! Keep it coming!!!
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:55 AM   #11
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Several times in the night, we were gently reminded that we had camped 10 metres from a BAM railway bridge, and boy do the Russians put together a long train.

By 8:30am we were all awake in our tents, talking to each other about getting out. But each of us just sat in our respective tents, staring at the mosquitoes waiting in the tent 'lobbies'. About 9:30 we finally got enough resolve to decide that mosquitoes would not defeat the Sibirsky Extreme Project, but it was definately a close run thing.

Here is Tony after packing up the campsite:


We made good progress on the graded gravel road until just after 1pm, when we hit a bridge under construction, over the Amgun River. The bridge didnt reach across the river and the river was too deep and too fast to cross. Suddenly ... we were going nowhere.

We walked over to the railway bridge where there was an armed guard watching over the rail bridge, but he just barked at us to get away and waved his Kalashnikov around to show he was serious. The road bridge constuction guys, if there were any, were no-where to be seen. I tried to walk across the river but the current was too strong. We had little option but to wait.

An hour or so later, right on 2pm, the construction gang appeared back from lunch (we had seen a work camp a few kilometres back, I guess that was where they had been hiding). We met a few of the guys and were introduced to the boss man ... head of the construction team. He reckoned a Ural truck, which lives in the first village on the other side of the river, will come over in 2 hours and we should be able to buy a lift with him. And with no other option, we waited.





4pm came and the bridge workers finished up for the day. The boss man walked past us saying the Ural will be here soon. By 4:15 the site was deserted again, just the 3 crazy English motorcyclists waiting.

Terry and I walked over the 3/4 constructed bridge to see if there was any way to survey a route across the river. But it was too deep and the current too strong.



We did see the track leading away on the other side of the River though, and it was not at all encouraging. Completely overgrown, and where no grader had been in decades, the BAM road ahead of us was looking like hard work.

From here, it wasn't a road anymore. From here, it was clearly going to be tough. This was "grab the balls, clear the throat and remind yourself you are a man" time.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:48 PM   #12
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I've been meaning to stick this thread for a while.. it has all the elements of adventure, bikes and some lovely babes to boot
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I've been meaning to stick this thread for a while.. it has all the elements of adventure, bikes and some lovely babes to boot


could not agree more
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:52 PM   #14
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I've been meaning to stick this thread for a while.. it has all the elements of adventure, bikes and some lovely babes to boot
Cool. Now I don't have to search for it.....
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:09 PM   #15
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Yup, Stick it!

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I've been meaning to stick this thread for a while.. it has all the elements of adventure, bikes and some lovely babes to boot
Good choice GB, This thread is the glue of a quality sticky.

Some RR's just seem so large. So Fantastic.

What a piece Colebatch This is great stuff. Bikes, babes, adventure. It don't get much better.

May I ask, is Russian Vodka good? Allways wanted to take a sip.

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