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Old 06-20-2011, 05:38 AM   #1
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Where is the bloody tiler?

My first ride report, so please be gentle. It’s going to be live report, because I like them the most and being lazy I wouldn’t be able to write anything after my return.

Some seven years ago I was flying to Australia to do some more studying. From the plane I could see a lot of interesting stuff – mountain ranges, deserts, forests. I thought it would be nice to go there on a bike one day. It would be even nicer to go and visit my family in Poland on a bike, going across what I saw. Australia to Poland on a bike...

Couple years later I found out about Motosyberia guys on some Polish website. From their blog I learned about Advrider and became a massively addicted lurker. LordMaciek showed me the way. Later came other highly inspirational riders – Mataljockey (from which I learned about G650Xchallenge and how to enjoy riding), Colebatech (this guy is just a legend and I hope his bike is not copyrighted). Dr. Rock and LDF with their Mobius Trip are heroes too – one day I’ll take my wife for a ride (although I might need to knock her out of consciousness first...), today I’ll just take handful of riding ideas and solutions. Oisin – Jesus, I really laughed reading his stuff! Mongolian section of his ride report effectively forced me to go there. Rtwdoug with his unique choice of motorcycles and relaxed attitude is always a good read. At the end of my short list came Nathan riding Elena with a lot humour and Luke & Nick with their constant problem fixing exercises. Evan and Charlie are on a list too, although for a while they fooled me into thinking that I can’t leave my village without 10000000$ budget and five people crew. So here comes my BIG THANKS to all of you, for your advice and/or inspiration.

In 2007 I got my first bike in Australia – KTM 690 motard . I loved it so much I wanted to take it for cross-continental ride. Luckily my brain woke up right in time to stop me, although it could add more challenge to the mix. Idea was growing in my head rapidly so I started to look for companion. Riding solo if fun, but sometimes it’s good to have someone to cover you in trouble or talk to by the campfire.

Here comes Jonathon – highly unlikely choice since he is not a motorcycle rider. But he’s a top bloke in all other aspects of blokeness. Such a minor obstacle is not enough to stop me of course, so I poisoned his brain with my master plan. His lovely wife might still hate me for that... I showed him my route plan, itinerary and possible budget requirements. It happened over a beer in local pub and that’s it on the photo below. It was enough to plant a seed in his head. Sometimes I think men are way too simple if that was enough to make him a proper adventure rider...


Fast forward three years – I got BMW G650Xchallenge. It was slightly
used, but already nicely equipped. I got it at the right time – when previous owner ran out of enthusiasm. Despite that I still managed to strap a lot of good stuff to it. During last Easter weekend I took it for 5 days, 4000km trip and it worked great. I certainly hope that lots of preparation will make up for a lack of talent...

Visas sorted (6 of them), flight booked, shipping agencies aligned. The only problem is that John was still missing a bike. I used my Jedi powers to force him into shopping mood and he got F800GS. Truth is that he lives in Singapore and had to get bike in Australia (price here is ridiculous, but still lower than over there). It took him some time to get here and find something. Slightly used, but looks like new. Due to lack of time for customising he takes it in stock form.

Right now bikes should be somewhere between Australia and Korea. Wendy Choi is going to pick them up and transfer to Donghae for Sunday, 26th on June ferry. I should be in Korea on Saturday morning, bit of touristy crap in Seoul, handshake with Wendy and bus ride across the country. From Vladivostok it will be pretty straight forward – first we need to go along the Chinese border to Mongolia and then south to -stans. I’ll try to put proposed map of our route in the next instalment. I’m sure everything will work out somehow.

And yes – I’m a tiler and my clients must hate me for this trip
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Old 06-21-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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Trip map

Approximate map of the whole trip looks like this:



Detailed, although still not exact route:










It only shows the key locations we want to visit, and it's still just a rough idea. For sure we want to ride through all those countries, but there is a lot of good old freestyle to be done. Nothing is planned for European leg of the trip. I guess we will worry about that when we get there.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:36 AM   #3
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Love the first map, just needs a scale bar!
Hope you have an awesome trip
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:15 AM   #4
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:49 AM   #5
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Love the first map, just needs a scale bar!

You're asking for too much - that's as far as my 3'rd grader's geography knowledge allowed me.. after couple of beers on backside of a beer coaster.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:31 AM   #6
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Bike prep

Bike prep


I got the bike with few extra bits:
-TT tank
-front suspension upgraded - although I do not know how much better it is now and what was the upgrade about, for all I know it could be only the stickers...
- rear Ohlins suspension
- rear rack



It looked like this:



Since I had not enough time to ride the bike like it deserves, it left me with enough money (not spent on petrol..) to upgrade this and that.

First came the front fairing with mudguard – wind protection and better lights, with a lot of cockpit space. Then muffler – I bought the cheapest on the market, which was a mistake. Leo Vince is attached in one spot only and tends to drop, causing burns on water hose. I might have to pay for that later... The reason for change is that original has a cat converter that heats up a lot – my plan was to get Giant Loop bag that could get burned. I don’t care about power and noise – after KTM it’s too quiet and powerful like a postie bike anyway.
Bag came next and is big enough for my needs. Just in case I got Wolfman duffle bag, just as a spare space. Who knows – I might buy a goat or something!

Next on a list – steering. Wider bar, steering damper, clutch lever, levers protection. I was stubbing in the dark and got the wrong stuff after all. Zeta clutch lever is awesome – two fingers is better than four, and stock one looks like it belongs to some kind of farming equipment anyway. It has no neutral light switch though and no mirror mount, so I got some plastic one that shakes like an alcoholic.

Damper – the cheaper the better, right? Wrong! Scotts unit might be good, but mounting is crap. Some sort of tower/pole/lug needs to be welded to the frame. It is too tall, load is too high and it cracked after two days. Welding itself was so expensive, that I ended up being north of 1000$ for this exercise. Plan was to weld it back again in Russia - cheaper for sure and cannot get worse than it is now.

Next on a list – lever protectors. Zeta makes a nice ones, with built-in blinkers. Too bad it doesn’t work with ABS stuff. There is a lot of hydraulic connectors behind brake lever and it all would be devastated during first tip-over to the right. I got Barkbusters then - much better fit, designed for this particular bike model.

Both Scotts and levers protection will end up on my other bike, so it’s not a complete waste.

Stock seat is just bad. Hard like a brick, shaped like a brick and nice like a brick too. XPC seat is much better, although still seems a bit hard after four 10-hour days in a saddle during my test ride (slight baboon-ass syndrome). Just in case I take Airhawk with me.

Bashplate – TT with toll compartment. It’s good to keep heavy stuff way down, but I wonder how it’s going to work out during water crossings. I see some rusty tools in near future

Stainless steel wheel spacers – better than stock aluminium that allegedly wears out quick.

Booster plug and K&N air filter for good measure and I was ready to go!
Being qualified bush mechanic I decided not to touch engine as I would have no clue how to fix it later.

I was brave enough to do some electickery – three switches on cockpit to switch off GPS power supply, grip heaters and cigarette socket. Grip heaters have their own control unit, but at that time I wasn’t sure what model I’ll get so it was a precaution rather than necessity. Cigarette socket is crucial to charge phone, Scala Rider and Spot batteries during ride.

I’ve got a feeling that there is something I missed but anyway – that’s how it looks now:



There was also a front view photo, but there is some ‘no nipples’ policy here that I have to respect.

Side view, ready to go:



There is also last minute update on steering damper - Scotts will meeet Ms. Hacksaw Blade in Korea, replaced by RalleMoto unit.



It looks like ash cloud is gone so I'll be gone tomorrow too!

Spot - http://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?...54dfe024e6086d

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Old 06-23-2011, 05:52 AM   #7
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Old 07-10-2011, 07:31 PM   #8
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Hey Mate I hear your point on the looking at woman thang, But I got to say after my girl read your report on the high heels and all how all the women look like models and your comment on how you'd be tempt to rape in daylight... Well its not something the other women in your life would like to hear their bloke say... and that leads to them getting all sorts of thoughts in their heads... My girl would be spewing at me if I wrote a report like that... great report and excellent photos.. have fun. MY girl would say remember the ones that love you are at home waiting for you...
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:30 AM   #9
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your comment on how you'd be tempt to rape in daylight... Well its not something the other women in your life would like to hear their bloke say... and that leads to them getting all sorts of thoughts in their heads... My girl would be spewing at me if I wrote a report like that...

Well - I meant if it was by the end of long trip, spent with other stinky guy then it could be hard to stay cool. But I agree - I got carried away a bit, apologized and explained the best I could. My girl is spewing at me too and she's right. I was a bad, bad Bart.
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Old 07-14-2011, 09:04 PM   #10
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Your report has been talk of my mates and their girls for the last few days. Def got them talking. All the girls dont blame your missus for spewing they reckon they wouldnt be waiting for their man to get home, they would run a mile look look as much as you want, but keep those ideas to yourself that way the missus dont know. Im sure your missus will eventually forgive you. Keep having fun on your ride. I got a trip coming up in Nov will be away 3 weeks from my Girl and she is already starting to warn me about the women thing, but its only nature she says all women do it if they really love the man they have and if she didnt say anything upfront to me before I went she would be stressing the whole time im away riding the USA roads. She is the love of my life and I will be asking her to marry me (before she runs) when I return from my trip, there is no way I want to hurt her by making crude comments, so take it a big lesson to be learnt for all of us blokes, we need to treat our women like gold otherwise some one else will tear them away.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #11
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Let's see some fuckin' wheelie action !
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:02 PM   #12
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Let's see some fuckin' wheelie action !
I 2nd that....
Bart your report has been great ! keep it coming man...
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:13 PM   #13
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look as much as you want, but keep those ideas to yourself
Alert! Hypocracy report!
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Old 07-18-2011, 09:35 PM   #14
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Day 16 – Lawn – Butt Crack Mountain

What a day! It seems like every next day brings something better. In the morning I had nothing better to do than to try and figure out how to make Scala work. I got two paired units before the trip, but one broke few days prior to departure, so I got one more unit while waiting for a warranty claim to be processed. I had no time to pair it at home and of course it was nightmare to do it since we started riding. It was great to listen to the music, but I couldn’t figure how to talk to each other. Finally I went through all the permutations of the setup, I even read the manual, which is very girly of me. This morning when Jonahton spoke, I could hear him. After a while we started to regret that as none of us is a great thinker and listening to our intellectual product is just a waste of time.
Mongolian thinker:


Buddhist temple:



Local shop with staff and stuff:



Proof that Aussies are good people - this guy run ouf of petrol, it happens I always have plenty so gave him 2 liters



Dirt road (double track most of the time) was great – it took us to the town called Tsetserleg. First really nicely organized town – it even had some sort of suburbs! So far all the towns looked like they were designed by some lunatic so this was a nice surprise.



From there we took road south – thin red line on Canadian map, solid line on gps. Easy enough, it seemed. The only problem was that the road climbed to the mountain pass at some 2800 m, most of it was just stones and there were about 253243 water crossings. Apart from that it was just gorgeous. With every corner our jaws dropped by a little. The best road so far in my opinion – a bit hard to ride due to the stones, but very rewarding in terms of scenery.

Racial segregation Mongolian style:



Local beauties are checking us out:



There were yurts every kilometre or so accompanied by a massive amount of animals. Quite often people were flagging us down and we always stopped for a chat. By now we became masters of a game, in which you have to say something complicated without using a word. One family gave us fermented horse milk – it was good at that time. Strong smell, strong taste. The problem was that it left aftertaste similar to the one you have after puking.






Local boys wanted to test other means of transportation - we are always happy to stop and have a 'chat':





The horse - very minimalistic edition:





Underwater road:





At the end of the day we decided to stop by the stream. We were riding across it many times today, but right when we wanted to stop it got surprisingly deep. We needed to cross it so I went for it – right when it was too late to sop I noticed that it was waist deep right on our side, so I just gave it all hoping that front will lift and the rear will somehow manage. I was right – it worked well, I wasn’t even wet. Then it was Jonathon’s turn . Before he took off I told him over Scala that there is shallow part just 30 meters further, but it was too late – he was committed to become our new dare-devil. The only problem is that he’s got zero dirt bike experience, so he didn’t know about whole front wheel lifting idea. His front went too deep too hard, he went ass over tits and bike followed him. I saw it and it was quite entertaining. The problem was that bike was submerged, John was submerged and there was about 80 km to the next town, over dirt road made of stones. Fuelled by the panic, John jumped from under the bike in about 5 milliseconds, fired it up and surprisingly the engine worked. Water spray from exhaust reached about 3 meters, but engine worked ok. After a while all the dashboard ignited like a Christmas tree, so I disconnected battery and we went to sleep. It was a very cold night – we were still high in the mountains.

Freshly washed:





Camp at the Butt Crack Mountain:




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Map - http://ridewithgps.com/trips/313669

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Old 07-18-2011, 09:49 PM   #15
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Day 17 - Butt Crack Mountain - lawn


That’s the shortest day in terms of mileage so far, but at the same time the more challenging. To begin with we were woken up by two guys, who visited us the evening before. This time they came on horses, had rifles and a dead animal. I think it was groundhog or something. They were proud of their hunting skills and even though our Mongolian vocabulary still doesn’t exist it was easy to tell. We hoped that they don’t hunt for tourist.




Daily ride:





John's straps require constant adjustments:





Road out of the valley to the nearest city presented a serious challenge – it was covered with stones in all shapes and sizes and crossed the river about 200 times. Every next crossing was deeper as river grew in size. It started ankle deep, ended with all wheel under water. We dropped bikes few times, but never drowned them. By the end of it we were wet, exhausted and happy it’s over. The views were spectacular, but it was hard to focus while dodging big stones hidden under water.





Road got narrow:





..and then got wide again:






We got to the city and it was as nice as the previous one. As I understood it is low season now – during winter most of the yurts are being relocated to the city and that’s when it’s the most busy. We had something to eat, got some supplies, refuelled and continued west. I also had to find short in electrical system - water made it a bit funky.





We were seriously shagged and it was easy to tell – it was hard to concentrate, John had problems picking the line between potholes, I was riding in my sneakers as my riding boots were drying at the back. This time I was Gypsy ambassador... After about 90km it was time to head to the nearest village for some water. It was 8 km cross country – easy in this terrain. After just one kilometre I spotted some old lady pulling buckets of water from the well. Perfect! She not only filled our water bladders but also invited us to her yurt.





I’ve heard before that you can’t say you’ve been to Mongolia without being in the yurt. I disagree. In my opinion it’s not fair to invade private life of local people just so I could tell I’ve done that. I’m happy to visit if I’m invited though and she wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. We followed her to the yurt, where she lives with her daughter, son in law and granddaughter. In fact they have two yurts, but we’ve been to one of them. They feed us with all sorts of goat products – milk, cheese and meat. Recipe for meat soup is simple – water, pieces of dried goat meat and onion, cooked for a short while. Surprisingly fillling buta bit tastless - there are no spices at their disposal. We felt really honoured to be with them at their house. They leave the hard life, there is no doubt about that, but at the same time they are so happy to share whatever they have. In return we gave them most of our provisions, suspecting that it’s not the stuff they have everyday – canned fish and few Snickers. They were really happy to have some sweets, so I guess it was a good present. It was also the time when we felt like a morons for our lack of Mongolian. It would be really polite to say at least few words in their language. Bottle of fresh yoghurt was their last gift for us.








It was getting late, so after saying goodbye to our host we moved some 2 km and set camp for the night. So far it seems that every spot is better than the previous one.







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Map - http://ridewithgps.com/trips/313670


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