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Old 02-06-2013, 01:00 AM   #3451
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Please do that! And thank you all for this fantastic report.

Steve, one more question: what jacket and trousers are you wearing? And how did you like them?
I was wearing the Touratech Companero suite for this part of the trip. I kind of like it, but I might prefer the KLIM badlands for this kind of trip due to less components to drag around. But the suite worked out very well and seems to be well engineered and well made. The main advantages of this suite is that you have a two layer system. The first layer is the "summer suite" which you put on first. This also contain all the protection, several pockets and is made with sections of very breathable materials. This actually makes it a bit too cold when it gets below 20'C which tells you how efficient this ventilation is. Thumbs up for ventilation on the hot days! When it gets cold or rainy you put on the second layer Goretex suit. This gives you good protection and this part of the suit can be zipped/buttoned to the inner part of the suite if you want it to act more like one unit. What I don't like too much is that most of the time I would drive with the summer suite only which is nice, but the problem is that you than have to store the goretex suite somewhere. Remember - you want to travel as light as possible and you might not have the extra space it takes to store the goretex part of it on your bike. If you need to wear the both layers with the goretex on a warm and rainy day I guess it will be quite warm and damp on the inside.
KLIM: I also have a KLIM Badlands suite which I like too. The klim is a Goretex suite with large ventilation. Main advantage is that it is a one unit suit and you don't have to transport the outer part of the suite, and if it starts to rain you don't need to stop to put on a extra layer. You just close a couple of zippers and you are waterproof and fine. The quality of the KLIM feels very good. The disadvantage on the KLIM is that in low-speed scenarios on a warm day - it can get too damp and hot inside the suit. Especially if you get stuck in traffic in a city on a warm day on red lights and slow traffic it can be very warm. I bought a cool west to put inside my KLIM which turned out to be a perfect combination.
I feel that the protection on the KLIM trousers were a little bit "too loose" and it felt like they could move out of place in case of an accident. I would like the knee and hip pads placement to be customizable and also how "tight" you want them to stay in place. The protection on the touretech seems to be more adjustable and you could tighten it to stay more in place. Maybe it is not a problem.

If I'd were about to do the same trip again I guess my choice would be the KLIM suite - due to less hazzle with fewer parts, more user friendly regarding rain and less to carry around and pack down.

PS! I would like the manufacturers to make trousers with more adjustments or better belts to keep'em in the right place. I lost some weight and ended up using a touratech strap around my waist to keep the trousers on. I guess a set of suspenders would have been a better solution. You take what you got :)


The rest of our team had other gear than me and I guess they all have opinions about it and what they prefer. Walter and Terry riding the KLIM suits, Erik and Geir riding the BMW Rallye suit. How did your gear hold up guys?

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That said - Please don't turn into another long off-topic discussion about riding gear and what is better or worse - there should be many threads in the forum about riding gear. Guess there are as many opinions as riders :)
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:27 AM   #3452
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""I guess a set of suspenders would have been a better solution. You take what you got :)"""" Whatever floats your boat!!!!!!
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Old 02-06-2013, 01:49 AM   #3453
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Thank you Steve! That was exactly the info I was looking for.

Now - as you said - back to the ride report: F5, F5. F5
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:25 AM   #3454
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Steve took some great shots of the scenery and of us riding along that day ....
When I would have to name the most beautiful spot on BAM, I would choose the region of the Leprindo lakes and the Kodar mountains. It is really awful, if you have the right weather there.




btw, I think there is a video of Iker on the Kuanda bridge. Yeha

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Old 02-06-2013, 03:49 AM   #3455
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The scenery in Siberia is simply amazing. Coming from a state in Australia (South Australia) where it's 65% arid or desert it really is an amazing contrast. Thanks to all of you for taking the time to write your trip up
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:15 AM   #3456
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btw, I think there is a video of Iker on the Kuanda bridge. Yeha
Link doubled up - try this.

PS: Can anyone provide a translation of what Iker is saying when he crosses these bridges? Please?
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:27 AM   #3457
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Can anyone provide a translation of what Iker is saying when he crosses these bridges?
"OK, Colebatch - beat that!"
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:33 AM   #3458
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:34 AM   #3459
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Steve, are using a touch of HDR in your archive photos? They look fantastic!!

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:18 AM   #3460
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Steve, are using a touch of HDR in your archive photos? They look fantastic!!

Steve
Thanks a lot Bluesjammer! No HDR - just shooting in plain RAW with a Canon SLR to get maximum details out of it and a quick brightness and contrast adjustment before saving for web.
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:27 AM   #3461
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so EtronX (whose confidence had been sky high ever since the Vitim Bridge) went back and volunteered to ride Terry's bike over.
Alright, in all serious, THAT says something about this bridge
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Old 02-06-2013, 05:36 AM   #3462
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Link doubled up - try this.

PS: Can anyone provide a translation of what Iker is saying when he crosses these bridges? Please?
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"OK, Colebatch - beat that!"
At one point I thought I heard him say "Bongo" ... but I may have been mistaken.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:10 AM   #3463
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Wow! That Vid of the big KTM with metal bags really gave more meaning to when Tony had to duck into that little side slot to avoid that train. Good thing he didn't have his metal bags on at the time. WoW!
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:55 AM   #3464
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I think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js5O6mMqBUo is a video of Iker on the Kuanda bridge. Yeha
Yes ... he may be one of the rare lucky ones ... like you. Seems no guards around for his crossing. Changing of the shift perhaps?

Thats not the usual story.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:04 AM   #3465
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Looks like Iker is having FUN!
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