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Old 09-09-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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From Moscow to Rybachiy peninsula

We had done this trip a few years ago, but I thought it will be interesting to read about another russian RR... Sorry for my not perfect English in advance.

We had three weeks of vacation. We went on three motorcycles from Moscow, Russia. Yamaha XTZ660 Tenere, Yamaha TT250Raid and Honda 250 Degree.

As usual, it was a lot of problems before the departure, so we did not get enough sleep.



From left to right: Tanya and her Degree, Ivan with Tenere, some local girl, me and Pavel on his Kawasaki VN400. Pavel planned to go with us, but he could not to go with us. Tanya is one of crazy russian bike girls, she came from Krasnodar to Moscow on her 250 cc bike.



Near a local tyre service. I have pierced my rear tube.




Near Rostov Velikiy stella:



On Rostov`s monastery wall.







We arrived Yaroslavl city. It`s the oil plant as the background. Take a look at the Russian motorcycle licence plate - it have the same size as plates for tractors.



The village Bukhalovo. It means "Drinking of alcoholic beverages" in English. As you can see, some Russians (may be hunters?) first drink, than shoot at road signs.





Some Russians have the business of trading mushrooms or raspberries at a side of a road.



We arrived Vologda city. Inside Wild Winds MC clubhouse:



Our camp in a morning:



It was rainy.



The Kuk`s spring. The water looks like boiling. There was the tradition in ancient times to dip a newborn baby into this spring. If the water stops "boiling", than a child will be dead soon.





Than we met a couple of guys from Saint-Petersburg, they had going to Vologda on their IZH motorcycle.



At the gas station near Onezhskoye lake:



Anoter that day`s meeting - a couple of guys from St. Petersbourg on two BMW F650GS:



Some abandoned wooden buildings near Poshekhonye - Vologda region`s district center.





We arrived Karelia republic, one of Russian regions. In the past, Karelya was the part of the Finland, as I know.


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Old 09-09-2010, 12:41 AM   #2
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Fascinating ruins!


What is "Rybachiy?" Near Kaliningrad?
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Old 09-09-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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There was a new to me weather phenomenon in Karelia - it was sunny, and there was some small raindrops at the same time. It was because of the high air humidity - there are a lot of lakes in Karelia.

There are wooden roadsigns at the side of the road sometimes also:




And there was a lot of wild strawberry at the roadside.



A common russian country road:





The church near the beginning of the White sea-Baltic sea channel. It`s restricted to photograph the channel itself, unfortunately...



We have rode that day till late, so we just turned from the main road and set our tents.





Waiting for Taniya. Why girls are so slowly usually?



Somewhere at the road to Murmansk:



Getting speed tickets.



Just some water at the roadside.



The stella near Arctic circle. It is about 10 kilometers from actually Arctic circle, as I heard.


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Old 09-09-2010, 01:02 AM   #4
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Klay, no. It`s the northest part of Kolya peninsula, the most northest point of European continental Russia.
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Klay, no. It`s the northest part of Kolya peninsula, the most northest point of European continental Russia.

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Old 09-09-2010, 01:25 AM   #6
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We wanted to stop just near that place, on the shore of some lake. But heavily loaded Tenere jammed into the swamp.



Some tyre changing:



The lake:





Monchegorsk - the most polluted place on Kolya peninsula. It`s some trees and grass there now, in the past there was only the naked ground.





Our friend Alexander met us in Murmansk.


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Old 09-10-2010, 08:40 AM   #7
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Bikers in Murmansk city is able to ride only about two or three months every year.



Near Murmansk nautical school.



Some local riders:



Murmansk city`s landscape.



Pretty trails lead up to the monument of a WWII soldier.



His name is "Alyosha" (Alex). The same one plased in Sofia, Bulgaria.




Than our local friends conducted us to the waterfall in Abram-Nos.





The farewell photo.



We have left Murmansk. There was a lot of polar grouses, they darted from the front wheel sometimes.




The monument of warriors of Polar Division of Red Army.



Copies of soldiers` dying letters.



A tarmac has ended. We entered Sredniy peninsula, the only way to Rybachiy.




We have stayed for the night near the place, where were printed the soviet most northern newspaper "Severomorets".




It`s the abandoned city on the other shore of the bay, on Rybachiy.



The road to Rybachiy:




Leaving the camp.







A water crossing.



There was a lot of creeks that cross the road, or just some large puddles.



An abandoned Russian military base:







We have found the camouflage net.



On the shore:





The view from the inside of some military defence construction:



There was a lot of very evil mosquitoes. It was almost impossible to stop - they started to sting.





The polar night.



Some military base:



Than we have reached Nemetskiy cap. It`s just slightly south than Nordcape.









The most nothern point of continental Russia in the European part. We have done this.



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Old 10-20-2010, 12:31 AM   #8
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Getting speed tickets.


Excellent report! It's a real ADVENTURE! - thanks for posting.

By the way, were these tickets expensive? How does it work in Russia, do you also get penalty points against the license?
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rdwalker, there are no penalty points against the license in Russia now. But there are some traffic violations that involve a direct driver license nullification. Theese are:

- overspeeding more than +60 km/h. It means that you must ride 120+ km/h in a city or 150+ km/h outside a city.

- drunken riding. Now it`s the zero per thousand law in Russia

- left side riding. There is the right side driving in Russia - just same as in USA.

- riding without a license plate. Avoid to lose it somewhere in a field.

- riding a bike with HID lights, if HID is not OEM

- riding a bike with strobe lights or something the same

- riding through a closed railway crossing

- if you do not pass a vehicle with a special lights (I don`t know how it`s to say it in English right) - police, ambulance, firemen, etc

- provoking an accident that entails middle or hard injuries to somebody. It may be even you. If you crash and get injuries - they will take your license.

- leaving the accident`s place

- drinking alcohol after an accident but before the police alcohol test

Overspeeding for +20 km/h means 100 Russian roubles fine (it`s about 3 US $). +40 - 300 RR. Less than +60 - 1500 RR.

Russian police (militia in Russian) is corrupted totally, so you can give them some money and go further. It`s the Russian reality.
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Interesting! Especially the fact that they consider non-OEM HID lights to be such serious offense.

OF course, regarding paying your way out of a ticket, that is not limited to Russia - it seems to be often in places where the police are not well paid, but often deal with drivers who appear to be well off. Bribery is an equalizer, I guess.


Here in the States, there is a form of bribery as well, although it is an official bribery, with proceeds going to the municipalities. If you are willing to spend money for a lawyer and for "special" non-points violations, you may be able to renegotiate your ticket to a higher fine, but without points. Needless to say, that makes you feel ripped off just as much as if you'd have to pay a corrupt cop on the roadside.
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Donogh, great adventure story and pictures

Thank you for sharing this with us!
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Old 06-15-2014, 11:47 AM   #12
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rdwalker, there are no penalty points against the license in Russia now. But there are some traffic violations that involve a direct driver license nullification. Theese are:

- overspeeding more than +60 km/h. It means that you must ride 120+ km/h in a city or 150+ km/h outside a city.

- drunken riding. Now it`s the zero per thousand law in Russia

- left side riding. There is the right side driving in Russia - just same as in USA.

- riding without a license plate. Avoid to lose it somewhere in a field.

- riding a bike with HID lights, if HID is not OEM

- riding a bike with strobe lights or something the same

- riding through a closed railway crossing

- if you do not pass a vehicle with a special lights (I don`t know how it`s to say it in English right) - police, ambulance, firemen, etc

- provoking an accident that entails middle or hard injuries to somebody. It may be even you. If you crash and get injuries - they will take your license.

- leaving the accident`s place

- drinking alcohol after an accident but before the police alcohol test

Overspeeding for +20 km/h means 100 Russian roubles fine (it`s about 3 US $). +40 - 300 RR. Less than +60 - 1500 RR.

Russian police (militia in Russian) is corrupted totally, so you can give them some money and go further. It`s the Russian reality.

I would have been in jail for life... I often exceed 140+ KPH on my way to and from work and my cruiser bike does have an "evil" (non OEM) HID light.

Good RR. I often considered traveling through Russia on my dual sport bike but road safety and corrupt police keep me from pulling a trigger. Language would not be an issue as I speak Russian fluently.
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Old 06-15-2014, 12:48 PM   #13
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Gyprat, thanks
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:53 PM   #14
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Why can't photo the channel? is it a border?
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The church near the beginning of the White sea-Baltic sea channel. It`s restricted to photograph the channel itself, unfortunately...

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Because it`s some kind of a military object, as I understand.
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