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Old 09-28-2012, 12:19 AM   #76
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Great Ride Report and what i like most is, it is not the bike but ability to have fun which makes any trip great.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:22 AM   #77
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Great ride report. One of the best I have read this year.

I am wondering, as opposed to rallying a big-bore dirt bike through the desert for days, it seems this trip was much more laid back. Were the Chinese bikes fun at all? Were you ever wishing for a little BRRRRAAAP? Or were you just tickled to be where you were?
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:57 AM   #78
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Laid back is a great way to put it.

Notes on the Chinese all terrain mopeds. We chose them because that's what ended up making the most sense for our budget and time frame. The goal was to ride around Mongolia on motorcycles. We decided we would ride whatever type of bike it took to make that happen. Of course we were all wishing we had our big bores but there is always the consideration of something breaking and the availability of parts. This is not an issue with the chinese bikes since even some of the smallest shops out in the country have parts. Also, there is something about traveling around like the rest of the population does. I mean, EVERY freaking nomad had a chinese bike.

The Shineray "Mustang" 150 is basically a modded street bike. They've put in heavier springs, use large enduro style 18" tires front and rear (only one size tube to carry!), simple drum brakes, and add a beefy rack to strap your goat hides to. They are marketed to the nomads. And they do the job. I can't say anything about longevity, the jury is still out on that.

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Old 09-28-2012, 07:24 AM   #79
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Day 8
With Hatgal being a tourist destination the road is being paved from the larger town of Moron which is about 100km away. We made good time on this stretch.


It wasn't long before we rolled into Moron which is a larger town by Mongolian standards.


We had to stock up and boil more eggs because we got too drunk the night before and left our eggs out for the Magpies to feast on. While Moron isn't as charming as Hatgal, it would make more sense to spend a day here to regroup since there are lot's of resources here. There are numerous larger supermarkets, a large black market, and a few decent looking hotels. We didn't stay, just got some stuff and kept moving.


The road was an actual improved road for a short stretch out of town.


The route quickly turned back into buttery two tracks and we came across these guys with a flat. Of course we have to stop and see what's going on. Flat occurrences are always very social and entertaining at least for everyone except the guy doing the repair. We we always classify the flats and this one rated as a "class 2 slice". Turns out these guys had patches but no glue so we pulled ours out for them. It's pretty funny how you can communicate with people without knowing each others language.


Pretty soon we started into a canyon that we hoped would lead us to a pass up over a small range. The riding was getting really good!


The route was smooth with a handful of easy river crossings.


Then we stumble onto this scene. We notice all the bikes neatly lined up and we think maybe we should go see what's happening.


Upon closer inspection we notice bodies strewn about, some kind of barely moving like they'd been drugged! One guy is stumbling around. Our senses tell us to keep moving.


The route continued up this beautiful drainage. The two track was perfect!


It just kept getting better as we continued up, tightening up a bit more.


Next it starts to open up a bit and…….


BAM!! We're riding through a very broad high meadow.


We find an awesome camp site overlooking the drainage we had just rode up. We all converse about what a weird scene that was back at the ger camp where Jim Jones and the Kool Aide Kids were hanging out.


During the evening Minxter announces that Buuuuurrrrt and I both have some rogue eyebrow hairs that she can't take looking at anymore and we'll need to have her do some manicuring. Too funny! She definitely has a very feminine side of her.


We had made some good time that day and really enjoyed the riding. We couldn't stop wondering what the hell was going on at the ger camp with the people flopped out everywhere?!!

174km for the day.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:45 PM   #80
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Great ride and report really digging it thanks for taking us along
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:58 PM   #81
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Nothing..........love that kind of terrain. AKA (Wyoming grass lands, west desert, etc)
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:26 AM   #82
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Little delay with the report. Had to get reacquainted with the big bores.

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Old 10-01-2012, 08:49 AM   #83
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Day 9
Another awesome sunrise on our desolate camp.


We did the morning routine of coffee, noodles and a hard boiled egg then hit the two track. The riding is so good!!


The weather was perfect. We got a little off track and had to cut across this field to get back on the route going through the pass in the distance here. The terrain is so smooth that even with the minimal suspension our bikes had it was still a pleasant ride across.


Back on the route. It's funny that this type of road is actually marked on a map.


Soon we came into a valley and were waved in by this nomad family.


They were so nice!! All they wanted to do was share some tea and cheese with us. We noticed that a lot of the mongols are a little funny about getting their picture taken especially inside the ger. This is a classic scene right here; ger, solar panel and chinese bike.


We stopped for supplies in the next town. Slim pickings here and then we noticed it was a dry town!! No beer or vodka. We found this quite odd.


There are still a few of these beasts running around. They are a Russian built two stroke pig that has the unreliability of the Royal Enfields. They were the bike of choice a while back. The Chinese bikes are phasing these things out.


We started down a large valley and were hitting all these great sections of single track along side the standard two track route.


The single track was incredibly smooth sailing.



So typical; nomad, ger, solar panel, chinese bike. Check out the bird on the post.


The birds we were seeing were really cool!


Mmmmmmm, single track!!


Next thing you know, we come across this group of three bikes, one with a flat. His friends are all standing around talking and laughing. He's got his shirt off and is sweating and getting filthy as he's working on the flat. It's so funny because this is the EXACT same scene that happens to us in The States - someone flats out, everyone else finds a comfortable spot to heckle and watch the victim struggle.


These guys didn't have any patches or glue so we helped them out. He had three holes which were classified as a "single class 1 patch failure" and a text book "class 2 snake bite". This group was just yucking it up!!


One of them was riding this Mongol "full dresser". We were jealous.


After the flat episode we decided to clean up in the river. Very refreshing.


It was getting late in the day when we passed through the next town where we found a bottle of vodka and some other supplies for our Steppe Stew.


Then we found the "hutag" to fill up our water. I love the guys peeking out the window, controlling the flow of water.


The days ride couldn't have ended any better than with this buttery section of two track.


We find another perfect camp site and start in on the Steppe Stew.


Pretty soon we have a visitor. He's just heading into the hills toward his ger we suspect. He's riding the same bike we have.


He had some bolts that came loose on his rack so we pulled some out of our spare parts and bolted it back together. Remember, no english with any of these guys!! Another awesome day in the remote territory of Mongolia.

128km for the day.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:38 AM   #84
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There are still a few of these beasts running around. They are a Russian built two stroke pig that has the unreliability of the Royal Enfields. They were the bike of choice a while back.
Are you sure?
I own a couple of those IZH Planetas here in Germany. I ride one with a sidecar as my everyday ride in winter. 1000 km per month with no problems at all. I use that russian bitch also for long distance rides in winter. 500 km a day is really no problem ...





And my Enfield. Build in 2005 it has more than 45.000 km on it. I rode 35.000 of them. No mayor problems. Everyday in the summer and as usual for long distance rides ...



A motorcycle is always the result of its mechanic. It might be different in Russia and India but basically they are not that bad
How ever. Just my two cents and I really like your RR. Keep on riding!
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:44 AM   #85
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Amazing country. Not what I though Mongolia looked like at all. On a really good year our country around Flagstaff AZ looks a bit like that, just not often.

I respect the go light approach, I have a lightweight backpacker tent I carry in addition to your kit. Love the Big Agnes, small, yet comfy, and gets you a good deep breathing excersise every evening.

So, camera? What do you carry, and where to you carry it. I put my Canon G11 in a front pocket of my Flak Jacket, but it has nearly cost me broken ribs a time or two. Please don't tell me all of this beautiful photography is with an IPhone.

Thanks for a great report.
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Old 10-01-2012, 07:03 PM   #86
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Best day of your report yet. Amazing photos and terrain!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:37 PM   #87
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Heh, heh, heh. I don't really have anything against any particular brand bike, I just like to poke at some that don't have the best reputation to get you fanatics to come out of the woodwork! Sorry. I really do like all kinds of motorcycles and can appreciate that most have a purpose.

The camera is nothing too special, just a middle of the road point and shoot. I prefer a decent brand like Cannon, but it has to have a 12x optical zoom lens. It helps greatly to know how to really use them as most of those point and shoots can do much more than most people know about. We wear them on the shoulder straps of the backpacks.

Trackhead, we'll end up doing a ride sooner or later as it seems we have similar tastes.

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Old 10-01-2012, 09:27 PM   #88
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Outstanding write up...........The Vodka must be much better than the water I would assume. Keep it coming the valleys are so vast and pretty.............
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:20 AM   #89
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Trackhead, we'll end up doing a ride sooner or later as it seems we have similar tastes.
Yup. The little kid that entered my life put a temporary hold on my moto days, but I'm going to start riding again next summer.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:31 AM   #90
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Day 10
We woke up and talked about where we were in the trip and what we wanted to do for the rest of it. It was decided that we would like to see the Gobi Desert, so, we came up with a new mantra; "Get to the Gobi!" That was our new mission. The valley we were camped in was desolate except…..


Here comes our first visitor of the day with his heard. He was very curious about our scene.


He just walked around our camp checking things out, then, off he rode, tending his heard of sheep.


We packed up and took off, instantly stumbling onto a great section of single track!


Then up a wide valley on smooth two tracks. We were trying to get over a medium sized mountain range by an obscure route.


We came across another Soviet era resort with hot springs again in these little buildings.


These were a little more appealing but it was early in the day and we had our mission; Get to the Gobi!!


Some locals were just leaving and they liked the iPhone gps mounted to my handlebars. They had a stereo system mounted on the front of one of their bikes and the owner proudly kicked it on with a remote control from about 10 feet away. Too funny!!!


Now things start getting interesting. The route is getting thin and we come to a difficult river crossing which doesn't go well for Minxter.


She goes down in the middle of the stream. The boulders were very large, too much so for the suspension on our bikes.


We pushed forward crossing the stream a few more times. We resorted to just creeping through with our feet in the water to steady the bikes. Minxter needed a hand with this being only 5'4" tall. Then the route ended.


After exhausting any possibility of advancing, we had to retreat to the last intersection back down the valley where we studied maps and eventually flipped a coin (actually a rock) to decide our fate.


The rock toss had us backtrack to a better mapped route going through the range over a less intense pass. This turned out to be the best choice as we looked back and saw the clouds lower and start raining along the high country.


Meanwhile, we enjoyed buttery two tracks along a beautiful river.


And of course, nice little sections of single track.


Late in the day we come into this logging town and restock. The weather doesn't look to good as we head out of town.


At the edge of town we stumble upon this little ger camp with hot springs. Bingo!! We're in!!


We settle into the ger for the night.


Not exactly a natural hot spring but this suited us just fine!!! The camp uses thermal springs and pipes it into this rock basin that they built. They filled it as soon as we showed up. I can't tell you how much we needed this!!


There was a light rain while we soaked in the tub and relaxed. This stop couldn't have been any better. We really needed it. Perfect!!


We decided to get dinner at the camp rather than cook our Steppe Stew and we weren't disappointed when they brought out our Buuz, which are steamed goat dumplings. Another beer and a couple shots of vodka and LIGHTS OUT!!

125km for the day.
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