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Old 11-25-2012, 03:17 PM   #856
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$5.00 says Prutser's airhead has zero problems on the trip.
Put $5 on the mighty Airhead for me
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:05 PM   #857
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They're just doling it out in little dribs and drabs. Come on, we're hungry!
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:16 PM   #858
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Hello Walter, rr great as always, a question, really worth wearing helmets open and give up the security of a full face helmet many kilometers??? sorry for my bad English.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:27 PM   #859
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Hello Walter, rr great as always, a question, really worth wearing helmets open and give up the security of a full face helmet many kilometers??? sorry for my bad English.
Walter has said he enjoys being able to the locals see his face. I believe they trust him sooner than a FF rider. But I also think he said in the tight stuff like a trails rider, he can "read" the terrain sooner.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #860
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Great RR guys, I'm loving it. Rod, I reckon you're bang on with the doubts about the early 690s. I had an 07 690SM (the ugly ones) and while it was great fun when it was going I had endless issues with it. In the end I lost all faith in it and sold it on (and have been bikeless since ).
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:53 PM   #861
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Thanks for posting this RR. The fortitude of all involved is quite admirable.
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:35 PM   #862
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Day 39 The first Water for the new guys

We left Astana, filling up both the bikes and our stomachs on the outskirts of town at a roadside cafe.







My route has us leaving Astana on the highway for about 35 km (20 miles) before turning off the begin the dirt trail, that went past some sort of small military base. Looked like an air defence battery for Astana.



We had done no more than a mile or two on the dirt when we came to our first challenge ... Water



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I had gone along to one of Prutser and Beemster's weekend offroad training rides - partly to have some fun, and partly to see how Beemster was riding. I guess its a natural prejudice we guys have ... if a girl is coming along on an offroad ride, you want to check out her riding to make sure she wont slow the project down at all. Well I totally needn't have worried. Beemster was throwing her X-Country around the tight trials / motocross track with speed and grace. I am not used to tight riding, so I could barely keep up on a borrowed X-Challenge. I told Beemster (who also seemed concerned not to hold back the testosterone fuelled guys on this ride) that she is going to be fine. She wont hold us back at all.

There were only two questions the varied motorcross track didnt allow Prutser and Beemster to practice ... the high speed riding, and water crossings.

Here Beemster confessed .... she was absolutely petrified of water crossings.!

And on the first few miles on the dirt, on the first day of the ride for her ... we had a BIG water crossing.

For all of the new guys, Rod, Prutser and Beemster ... this was the ultimate way to say "Welcome to the Sibirsky Extreme Trail" ...

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:44 PM   #863
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*snip*

And on the first few miles on the dirt, on the first day of the ride for her ... we had a BIG water crossing.

For all of the new guys, Rod, Prutser and Beemster ... this was the ultimate way to say "Welcome to the Sibirsky Extreme Trail" ...

Whoa!
There is nothing in this world like Baptism By Fire (or water?)! very nice!

Lovign every minute of this awesome RR
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:47 PM   #864
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And?

Damnit!

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:16 PM   #865
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Damnit!

hopefully he stopped to go take a shit and hell be back with more ride report and photos and video.... *fingers are crossed thats what is happening right now*
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #866
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Just found this ride report today. In 5 hrs have read the whole thing. Awesome!!! Its full winter here in Canada so there is lots of time to read your ride report and plan and prep for next year's trip. Your RR of the Russian Stepps has reminded me of growing up on the Great Canadian Plains. Similar terrain and wide open spaces.
I can't wait for the next installment.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:51 PM   #867
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Day 39 - Water - Part 1

Naturally enough, I went first - plunging in as I do ...

And soon heard the familiar burbling sound of the exhaust being underwater



But slowly made my way across. The water had a lot of uneven depths and it turned out the only safe route across was a complicated zigzag route trying to stay on sandbanks that would keep the depth kinda possible.

Halfway across I stopped my bike to return and start showing the others my recommended route.

That was a BIG mistake ... Never shut your bike off when in the water .....

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Old 11-26-2012, 02:07 AM   #868
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And?

Damnit!

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Old 11-26-2012, 05:42 AM   #869
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After a couple of hours on the trails, we cut back to the asphalt road at a town to grab some lunch. Usual story. Waitresses either wanted to sit on the bikes or pose for photos with us.


This made me sad for some reason.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:08 AM   #870
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Great RR guys, I'm loving it. Rod, I reckon you're bang on with the doubts about the early 690s. I had an 07 690SM (the ugly ones) and while it was great fun when it was going I had endless issues with it. In the end I lost all faith in it and sold it on (and have been bikeless since ).

Hi Jurassic.I've PM-ed you for a little more detail. ....and they're all ugly, that's why I made mine purty!
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