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Old 02-07-2013, 01:33 PM   #3526
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Sorry to interrupt. Have to look it up Geir, but I'm quite sure it's white and red. Brown is always earth with BMW and has actually no (not that I know off at least) function in this little loom

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And his clutch switch brother:



I'm sorry, embarrassed and apologise that the mount gave you guys so much trouble . I underestimated the weight and leverage of the quite large KTM fairing. It's probably my racing background that sometimes makes me overdo it at weight saving. Walter took a proto of this setup to Morocco, fell heavily with it and eventually rode it as the maniac he actually is and it survived. Maybe we should commit to do proto testing a little nearer to home? See you in spring for the mounting of V2.0 mate.
You are right about the colors my friend. I take this of my sometimes meandering mind, but to make sure I just cut them all

No worries with the subframes. We got them tested properly and it was just spice on the trip

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Old 02-07-2013, 01:42 PM   #3527
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Chara Sands

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Now that your team is leaving Chara, I believe it's an appropriate time to ask whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески).

Not what comes to mind when you think of Siberia, thus what makes it that extra-special:



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Repeat question for Walter...
Is your bike still running on original clutch plates, fuel pump and injector?
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Unfortunately we did nit see the Chara Desert, but I've been to another one further north, the Kuzomen in Varzuga

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:22 PM   #3528
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The BAM and the rail road bridges

After Chara there are a lot of rail road bridges going East We crossed one after another. Some small and some big. We soon decided that we couldn't stop and walk every bridge. It would take ages. In the beginning we stopped and looked very carefully. Then rode over.




Then after a while we just checked our mirrors and went for it. Here Steve and I have crossed and we hear the train coming. Erik didn't




Erik after the crossing He just got off...




Then things went pear shaped For the record; there is room between a bike and a train in these small booths. We know...




Then the spring that holds up the side stand of Steve's bike fell off. On the middle of a bridge Erik rushes in and ties the side stand up with a TT strap




Then it got dark

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:30 PM   #3529
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... whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески) ....

Repeat question for Walter...
Is your bike still running on original clutch plates, fuel pump and injector?
Thanks!
I wanted to ride the Chara dunes this year, but the weather was crap ... if the weather was good and I had been on the bike that day, I would have led the guys our there ... the track to the dunes comes out from Old Chara.

I have changed clutch plates at 60,000 km to be safe ,,, and the old plates were an indiscernible difference in thickness from the new replacements. i.e. they had no measurable wear in 60,000 km.

Injector, no. Still original.

Fuel pump yes. I replaced the fuel pump assembly about 45,000 km ... but there was no problem with the pump. Just really wanted to change fuel filter and the only way to do that was to change the whole assembly. Now that Terry has found a great way to change filter for less than 20 pounds, I will not be doing that again.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:35 PM   #3530
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Erik after the crossing He just got off...


That looks like the same bridge TonyP almost got hit on 3 years earlier. Heading in the opposite direction ... same deal ... Terry and I heard it, but Tony didnt.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #3531
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I'm sorry, embarrassed and apologise that the mount gave you guys so much trouble . I underestimated the weight and leverage of the quite large KTM fairing. It's probably my racing background that sometimes makes me overdo it at weight saving.
No way ... Do not apologise mate. Dont even think about it.

If people like you didnt take risks to develop new products for adventure bikes, we probably would be there. Sometimes it takes a while for issues to show through. I certainly gave it a thrashing in Morocco, but I really do feel this years ride was the toughest ride for bike and rider I can imagine. The BAM is just a tiny part of the overall off road ride from Europe.

Developing products is always going to be a risky especially when they are thrown into very harsh environments. But I would beg you and other product developers like you to keep taking those risks for the benefit of all people on these forums. The more guys like you develop product for the ADVmarket, the better off we all are.


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See you in spring for the mounting of V2.0 mate.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #3532
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Then things went pear shaped For the record; there is room between a bike and a train in these small booths. We know...

You actually mean that a train went by while you were crossing? Holy shit, that must have been scary... Take it easy guys, looks like you got a bit careless there...
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:48 PM   #3533
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Then it got dark

At this stage, Terry and I were following EtronX's spot tracker on my smart phone. By the time it got dark it was 10pm ... and the spot tracker was still moving !

I was thinking to myself as I looked out our hotel window in Chara, at the rain pissing down outside, while we sipped beers, that these Norwegians sure like it wet. They got some discipline and balls riding in these conditions like that. I admired that.
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:49 PM   #3534
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Olyokma River

Finally after a hard days ride we got to the Olyokma river at about 2300. We drove down to the bridge to take a look, but decided against crossing due to it being so late. We knew there was a guard on the other end and we didn't want to alarm him by crossing at night.

We headed back to find a place to put up our tents. Everything we had on was wet and it would be nice to dry something out. Just before the bridge on the West side there is a rail road station. We took a look around and then found this big house placed on poles. Maybe we could fit the tents below the house. We checked and there was enough room We just put up our inner tents and hang everything we had around for drying. There was a good breeze blowing under the house. We had great hopes that everything should be dry in the morning We hit the sack and soon ZZZZZZ's were the only sound heard, except for the occasionally train that comes every five minutes during the whole night

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #3535
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No way ... Do not apologise mate. Dont even think about it.

If people like you didnt take risks to develop new products for adventure bikes, we probably would be there. Sometimes it takes a while for issues to show through. I certainly gave it a thrashing in Morocco, but I really do feel this years ride was the toughest ride for bike and rider I can imagine. The BAM is just a tiny part of the overall off road ride from Europe.

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I 100% agree. Keep up the good work Erik. We thank you for letting us have all this great stuff for our bikes

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:03 PM   #3536
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[Monty python] Stop. This is silly. get on with the ride [/Monty python]

Is there an emoticon for blushing?

Get this show back where it belongs: on the road

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:09 PM   #3537
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Sorry for the interruption, but what is the purpose of the angle iron, which runs parallel to the tracks on the rail bridges?
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:12 PM   #3538
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Sorry for the interruption, but what is the purpose of the angle iron, which runs parallel to the tracks on the rail bridges?
In case of derailment, it keeps the wheels of the cars from wandering too much, so the derailing car doesn't impact the actual bridge structure.

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:16 PM   #3539
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Just stunning....

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Now that your team is leaving Chara, I believe it's an appropriate time to ask whether you considered, or have done, seeing the sand dunes. (Чарские пески).

Not what comes to mind when you think of Siberia, thus what makes it that extra-special:

WOW... beautiful scenery.... totally breathtaking ... wondering why its called what is called "Devil's Sands"- any info on it from our russian adv-erers?

Thanks all the "troops" for briliant RR... Hats off to you gents...I'm totally amazed ...

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #3540
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20 k's from Khani was the firs big river with no bridge. The Yus-Kyuel, a side river from the mighty Khani. We checked the river out and decided we could not cross at the normal place.
Hi Geir

some of the forced bridge crossings are new. When I was in Chani end of july the people told me that the week before some bridges between Oljokma and Chani had been washed away, due to heavy rain and therefore heavy flooding. Just at the first crossing after the Chani river it was obvious that they had already made a new ford to cross the river (freshly cut trees). The truck driver I met at that ford just warned me, that the next crossing would not be that easy. He was right and I then discovered the joy of riding on the dam (I followed the traces of some baltic motorriders, that came through a week before). Although they yet had not made a new ford there, the same day two jeeps from Moscow crossed it (people told me they were supposed to take a platform). I met them the day after, waiting at the Olyokma bridge. They would need a special permit to cross, but I don't know if they got it.
There was a nice hut between Olyokma village and Olyokma bridge, where I stayed the night:



At this stretch of the BAM, most of those huts were open and clean (I didn't check them all), but they are usually not painted that nice.

Christian

@Bli55, how do you get there? From old town Chara? In any case you have to ford? And at which time of the year have you been there, with the snow the mountains look more like Tien Shan or so.

PS the road from Chara to the first river crossing, where you got help pushing the bike, is in good estate as it serves a mine. From Ikabya to that mine somewhere in the woods was a round the clock delivery of petrol, so there are a lot of trucks on the road.
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