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Old 04-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #1
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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?

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!

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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I'm really looking forward to this ride report!
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:23 PM   #3
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Fantastic,a new adventure with Doug!

No it´s time again to visit this forum every day

Wish you a good and save trip and a great time here in germany

I don´t like mondays...

...and winter

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #4
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Oddometer: 2,305'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!!!

Good Luck and do post lots of pictures and'll be in good hands.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:39 PM   #5
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:41 PM   #6
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Have a nice ride. Send a postcard.
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Old 04-27-2011, 12:45 PM   #7
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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!
even the worst day on a motorbike is better than any day at the office...

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Old 04-27-2011, 12:16 PM   #8
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I'm with you can't wait to see how this goes.

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Old 04-28-2011, 06:00 AM   #9
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oh boy!!!!

I'm in.....
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:12 AM   #10
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Yep. You got me. Watching this one for sure!
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:07 AM   #11
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Doug. When I read the thread title, I thought you had gone totally bonkers, but looking at your choice of bike and configuration I'm canceling the lobotomy for now...though a syringe is at the ready.

This looks like fun...I'm in!
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:12 AM   #12
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Doug , If you make it to Dagestan I can hook you up with a crash pad and a local tour.

Paka , Dan

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:08 AM   #13
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Nothing like an RTWDoug RR. I'm in.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:42 AM   #14
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Alright, Doug, and the Harley travel again.... IN ALL THE WAY.

Safe travels my friend.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:47 AM   #15
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an impressive before and after alteration to the Harley but your mailbox is still leaning way over.
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