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Old 01-28-2013, 11:52 AM   #3091
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I,ll try to break your record,next time Tony...
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My vote is to keep this particular record in what we can call "the original 3" since that is all many of us have as evidence

Hello Tony

my vote and 2 cents
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #3092
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We rote up into the backwoods of the Altai. The first 50 km, to Ulagan, was sometimes asphalted. But in line with our recent fate when it came to weather, as soon as we got off the asphalt, rain started falling. We continued along on a gravel road through pretty countryside (and light rain) until we hit this stunning valley:



Simply Gorgeous, it is because of places like this that I want to purchase an off road compatible bike to explore “off-the-beaten-path” places like this.

I’ve started reading this a few weeks ago trying to catch up… currently on page 110. I find myself wanting to blow off work & homework just to read… however I can’t. So I will catch up in due time.

I apologize if my following question has been covered somewhere before page 100 & I missed it or if is cover in the next 100+ pages I still have to read… What would you & the group estimate the cost of this trip for each one of you? Knowing a rough estimate would help the rest of us plan & save for such a trip.

Thank You to the Sibirsky Extreme 2012 Crew for putting together a wonderful tale of riding through faraway places that millions can only dream about… however not this guy.

Someday… Someday…
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:39 PM   #3093
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Iker. ... Hell of a guy. Hell of a rider. Fond memories of our time in the Pyrenees a few years back. On and off the bike.

I'm not surprised he pulls a stunt like that. Real daredevil with great riding skills.
It looks like that finally washed out-----a faded memory of a wonderful evening?

Now---onward ! What will we see next?
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:41 PM   #3094
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To be fair ... I think Steve and Erik didnt realise what kind of rider he was and how well prepared he was....Bear in mind, a Basque talking to a 2 Norwegians in English in Siberia is going to be subject to occasional misunderstandings.....
wow this RR just keeps on delivering the goods! greatest story yet told, Iker, #1!
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:44 PM   #3095
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Zhigalovo

On the road up to Zhigalovo we started on the proper off road part. From here on it would be next to nothing of hard surfaces until Magadan. As normal Walter and Terry rode quite hard, but we were able to keep up. Midway up Erik and I stopped and agreed that we should do some filming. I rode ahead and rigged up the video camera, but no Erik showed up. I waited for ten minutes before I headed back. A couple of click back he was standing by the side of the road. He was not a happy camper. It turned out that the subframe for the fairing was cracked. We patched it up as good as we could and continued the last bit. When we got to Zhigalovo I noticed that I also had a crack in my subframe. Sit happens and then you fix it

A couple of years ago two guys came through Zhigalovo on two KTM's. They needed some alu welding done and some small shop did it for them. We were to head over to that shop the next day. We spent the evening dismounting everything.

A new dawn came and we headed over to the shop with the alu frames.




After a little while a guy named Alex came over and said he worked there. We asked if he could help us. He was not sure if they could weld aluminum so he called his boss. Negative answer Bad new for us. But Alex was very keen on helping us. He asked us to wait a few minutes and took off. Four minutes later he came back in an old diesel Mazda. A decent size joint in his in his mouth and Vodka by his side. He told us to jump in The adventure continues




We headed over to a shipyard. In the middle of Siberia It didn't look right...




Lena is a pretty big river in Russia. It is also one of the main transport veins in the region. Maybe a shipyard is not so out of place anyway

If you have to deal with government or businesses of a certain scale the bureaucracy in Russia is interesting. Everything takes time and you need to talk to lots of people and get many stamps. Same here. We went through many offices. From the managing director and his secretary, whom I bet was a local champion shot putter, to the engineer who calculated the price. It took three hours. I practice Yoga quite a bit. Now I went to my Zen place Things work better then

When we were done at the shipyard Alex insisted that we should follow him home for a cup of tea. We could not say no after all the help he had given us. He took us home and served us tea and pulled out his guitar. Then he blew us away. The man could both sing and play He told us that he used to play in a band in Severobaikalsk before he came to Zhigalovo.




The house next door.




We did spend some time listening to Alex before we insisted we had to go and get the bikes done. He really did not want us to leave. This is the genuine Russian friendship and hospitality. We, in the "Civilized" world, do have something to learn...


Later that day it was time for food. Walter was leading the way

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:00 PM   #3096
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Later that day it was time for food. Walter was leading the way

Abbey Road?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:04 PM   #3097
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:11 PM   #3098
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Abbey Road?
Thought the same thing when I saw that.



Brunssd, Let's go retrace their route.

Show'em what KLR's can do.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #3099
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Ha! Brilliant photo. Had to do this to it. Hope you don’t mind.

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #3100
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:16 PM   #3101
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abbey road?

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Old 01-28-2013, 03:21 PM   #3102
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great report, can't wait for more BAM

and this guy Iker, wow, I mean WOW!!!, YIHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
AUPA IKER, YIHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!! : Clap: Clap: Freaky
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:04 PM   #3103
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Thought the same thing when I saw that.



Brunssd, Let's go retrace their route.

Show'em what KLR's can do.



Sounds great but I think I'd take something else the next time. I can still remember the lectures about bringing that "Ketayets krep" to Mother Russia and expecting to find parts. Anything but a Kawi was the strongly worded advice.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:56 PM   #3104
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Heres a video of that crazy little basque crossing the Vitim. One really nice guy, got to spend some time with him in UB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqtzm...FfXRmgtY9TcjQw
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:12 PM   #3105
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Heres a video of that crazy little basque crossing the Vitim. One really nice guy, got to spend some time with him in UB.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqtzm...FfXRmgtY9TcjQw
I don't know what's more bad ass, riding that bridge so fast or riding so many thousands of miles solo to do it. Congrats Sir!
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