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Old 05-07-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Russia,Mongolia,Ukraine.....Netherlands on a KLR

I am adding the below link to show the route I took. The son of a friend made the map and daily links of my travels so his mother could follow along easier. I wish I knew how to create things like this.
http://user.xmission.com/~bendigr/dougtrip.html
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I am planning to ride my '06 KLR650 from Cincinnati to Vancouver,Canada the last week of May. From there I want to fly the bike to Seoul,Korea. From there I will need to get insurance,license,and hopefully nothing else to ride in their country.I will ride it to a port on the Sea of Japan and put it on a ferry to Zarubino,Russia.I want to use this ferry instead of Vladivostok.The huge amount of traffic going to Vladivostok means you may wait 4 days after arriving,just for your turn in customs. The ferry going to Zarubino just started service March 17.So there is a possibility something could go amiss.

I know of several others going about the same time.Hope to meet up with any of them if possible. I was going to post my blog on Horizons Unlimited (never done that before) because they seem to be more oriented to Asian travel.But after looking at how to set it up,I threw in the towel. Way too complicated for my simple mind.

With 2 weeks to go,I am not looking too good.I have the rear shock apart waiting for parts.Last night I started replacing the fork seals and oil.With 32,000 miles on the bike,I thought I better replace the worn bushing also.All my parts should be here by Thursday.Below is what the bike looks like now.





I am not ready for this trip in any way. Schedule,route,things to see,language skills,or packing. I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to replace my netbook.It looks like a year learning curve.So I won't be able to use it to full potential.It does have a translation app. Of course I know nothing about apps. I read that I could buy a hotspot and a sim card (whatever they are) when I get there,and use the tablet as an international phone.

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:06 AM   #2
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Oh hell yeah Doogle

I'm so in for this one
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Old 05-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #3
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Oh hell yeah Doogle

I'm so in for this one
You're in for this one? Does that mean you want to go with me? You could postpone your return to S.A. for a while.
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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Something similar...

Hey, I'm thinking of doing something kinda similar to this on my KLR in about a year. Korea, Russia and so on (maybe Thailand on the way there). Looking forward to a detailed report on how you pull this off... Good luck on getting ready! Sounds like an amazing trip that I'll be following
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:11 AM   #5
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Your going to have more than one person who wants to do this trip watching you. Motorcycle travel is a bug that keeps biting you. Good luck with the bike and have an excellent trip.

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Old 05-09-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:54 PM   #7
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most excellent!

Hey Doug,

good to see you are at it again!
Let me know if you plan to stop by Almaty, would be cool to catch up a bit... can't believe how long it has been since we last met!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:02 AM   #8
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Hey Doug,

good to see you are at it again!
Let me know if you plan to stop by Almaty, would be cool to catch up a bit... can't believe how long it has been since we last met!
I wanted to go to Kaz but ran out of time.Had to send my PP away to have $82 worth of pages added. Then the Russian visa time.I probably could have gotten it in time.But decided not to take the chance.Besides,I couldn't name anything there that I wanted to see.

I didn't know you were there.If you would show up at the ALARR once in a while,I would know these things.
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Good luck mate. I ride a KLR and will be very interested in how you set it up and how it performs.
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Old 05-11-2013, 08:40 PM   #10
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My shock is back together with a new heavier spring.My forks are back on the bike with new seals and bushings.I replaced fuel lines and cooling system hoses.One old hose leaked antifreeze as I grabbed it near the water pump.I raised my front fender.I lowered it before my last trip after reading it would be more stable at higher speeds.

LEI is the freight forwarder that will fly my bike to Korea.Pacific Motorsports motorcycle shop will probably crate my bike for the flight.I will post costs later.
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:38 PM   #11
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Subscribed...best of luck to you and take lots of pictures
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As a fellow KLR owner, I can't wait to see how yours holds up on this ride. Best of luck to you.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:24 AM   #13
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:22 PM   #14
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Good to have everyone following.

I had to truck the bike home yesterday. I had a fuel delivery problem.My float valve stuck closed.I ordered a new needle valve and cleaned the valve bore/seat (not replaceable) the best I could. I'm glad it happened near the comforts of home and not in the middle of Kansas. ThrottleMeister would have had to save me there.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:15 PM   #15
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Good to have everyone following.

I had to truck the bike home yesterday...

ThrottleMeister would have had to save me there.
I remember very well getting saved by Doug and company in the middle of NM forest one time pushing a rather heavy dirt bike at least a good part of a 1/4 mile mostly uphill


Freaking sucks leaving your bike ditched in the woods Second time for me now, once in Panama and once in NM here:





I'll be more than happy to help you out where ever I can. Good luck man


Glad to hear you're getting that beast sorted out. I'd love to be with you along on this adventure put I've got plans with the knife man to get some iron removed from my leg.

You might just run into A Lewis are your way West, he should be headed East later this summer, think he is working on all or parts of the BAM on a dizzer.

See you around amigo
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