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Old 11-02-2011, 03:32 PM   #1561
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Got my DVD also.. Very good. I second the less than rock solid case comment. My CD was loose in the case, on arrival, but it appears only a small part of the video is effected.

Nice work on the video.

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Old 11-04-2011, 01:50 PM   #1562
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Sir, you are an awesome adventure rider and a scholar!
Scholar? ... Maybe.

Awesome Rider? ... Definitely not!

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There's this haunting piece at the end of the 'Stans, between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan which starts after that stop in Hostap(?) where they had the flickering light from that 2-stroke petrol generator... What is the name of that piece and where do I find more? Just kept listening to that mesmerizing swing
Khostav ... This belly dancing track?

http://youtu.be/wogFHw0FRz8?t=20s

Its called Yalili Ya Aini ... by Jah Wobble

You can find this track and more similar stuff on an album called Arabesque Zoudge 2
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Arabesque-Zo.../dp/B00005LAOJ
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Old 11-04-2011, 01:57 PM   #1563
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Got my DVD also.. Very good. I second the less than rock solid case comment. My CD was loose in the case, on arrival, but it appears only a small part of the video is effected.

Nice work on the video.

WW
If it is affecting the video, drop Adventure Spec an email explaining it and I am sure they would be happy to exchange it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:00 AM   #1564
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Hi,
Great RR, read all 105 pages yesterday in about 5 hours. Could you tell me what the best way would be to get sponsors? You said you had 9 of them, did you have them before this trip already?

Thanks!
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Old 11-14-2011, 11:13 AM   #1565
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Could you tell me what the best way would be to get sponsors?
Colebatch has answered this elsewhere.

What I think (but don't know) is that you must sell yourself with a proven 'track record' of ability to do what you set out to do and generate awareness, publicity, loyalty and technical feedback - as appropriate.
The Sponsor can give his money away to anyone, and the queue would be endless. What he wants is something for his money or product.. You have to show him what you have a proven ability to provide this better than others - and determination to do so again.

But think about it. It is hard work both before, during and after your trip keeping your side of the deal.

The actual costs of trips are not really beyond reach. This trip could have been done on an old/cheaper bike as long as it was sensibly prepared. Excluding bike and equipment, my entire 4 months away from London and back on this ride cost me $8,500 including everything door to door, fuel, food, accomodation, air and sea fares, spares, repairs and bike consumables. That, as a daily amount, is not greatly different to what it can be just being around home - yet the experience......!
No contest.

And once you have a Sponsor you have to work for him, and hard, if you want credibility for a next one. That reduces your trip being YOUR trip.

I know nothing of Colebach's arrangements, but I totally admired the dedication that he put in every evening writing up the days events, backing up text, everyones photos, videos etc into hard drives. This was done without fail, no matter how knackered we were (and he had had the extra efforts of picking up my bike so often!) and irrespective of where we were. Places I particularly remember are all the BAM railway buildings you have seen and read about on this thread and particularly elsewhere in Tuva after a day battling through bogs, in a tent pitched on snow/ice and frozen ground at 8,000 feet altitude above a frozen lake with him in a wet sleeping bag following a bad river crossing. Without fail every night he was typing and working away long after I had fallen into sleep despite the uncomfortable conditions.

That dedication benefits us all by enabling us to enjoy the read and pictures here, at least. (Appreciated, Mate!)

You want sponsorship? Prepared to work?
OK, go out do it first time so you can sell your second time.

Personally I would prefer not to have such obligations to Masters but enjoy the trip for myself.
I do accept though that I am at a stage in life where I have the luxuries of time, a little cash, reasonable health and still a strong personal determination to 'go for gold and get it done'.

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Old 11-14-2011, 08:10 PM   #1566
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Tony:

Thank you for the insight you offered in the post above.

I enjoyed immensely meeting you in Moscow and sharing some beers

All the best, and to new meetings, wherever that might happen around the world...
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:58 PM   #1567
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:51 PM   #1568
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I enjoyed immensely meeting you in Moscow and sharing some beers
All the best, and to new meetings, wherever that might happen around the world...
Sasho, Hi.
Me too. Was a good night out.

I virtually repeated it last weekend with Andreii who rode with Colebatch through Uzbekistan earlier on that SibirskyExtreme.
Similar good company, same bars and same headache next day - although we missed out on the Long Islands!!

Keep well, and in touch. You know how to find me.
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:43 PM   #1569
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I finally wandered across this thread. Thanks so much for your great insights and insanity. Those who've never been to Russia have a hard time grasping the place -- and particularly the generosity of the people. I spent time in Mari-El province and near Kazan. Whenever I visited an apartment, it was rare that that my hosts wouldn't scour the place for some small gift for me "to remember them". People that had only pennies would put out more food than you'd see at a Thanksgiving feast here.

I learned to appreciate the Siberians, also. My late friend Igor was from Perm. He could fix almost anything. It wasn't always pretty, but it worked. He would work on live propane lines while smoking. . .

Do you have a US outlet for the DVD yet? I'd be very interested.
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #1570
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Do you have a US outlet for the DVD yet? I'd be very interested.
No need. I ordered from the normal outlet and received it in less than 10 days!
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:03 AM   #1571
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Anyone ride the BAM this year?

Epic RR. Been going through it page by page trying to figure out if this is a route I should take this summer. You've documented it so well it is enjoyable to read as well as informative. I'm going to be traversing eurasia this year on my little DRZ and this looks like a ton of fun if I can convince atleast another person to ride the BAM together..

I saw the post a few pages back about the dutch couple who rode it this year (from July).

Anyone have any blogs/RRs/contacts of people who rode it this year?

Thanks!!
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:58 AM   #1572
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Xdream rode it this summer solo, here is his thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=728074

I think a few others did as well, including a group of several Russians, although I don't think they've posted about it.
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Old 12-14-2011, 07:58 AM   #1573
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Epic RR. Been going through it page by page trying to figure out if this is a route I should take this summer. You've documented it so well it is enjoyable to read as well as informative. I'm going to be traversing eurasia this year on my little DRZ and this looks like a ton of fun if I can convince atleast another person to ride the BAM together..

I saw the post a few pages back about the dutch couple who rode it this year (from July).

Anyone have any blogs/RRs/contacts of people who rode it this year?

Thanks!!
I reckon about 25 people did the western BAM this year (between Severobaikalsk and Tynda). 2 people attempted the Eastern BAM but didnt make it more than 100 km past Fevralsk (having started at Fevralsk) - the Dutch couple.

So yes the Western BAM is becoming very accessible and doable. It has, as some readers described 2 years ago, become a bit of a benchmark ride. The Eastern BAM however, remains an enigma.

This will probably be of interest to you in particular. The blog of a pair of British guys who went to Magadan via the Western BAM this year ... one of them was on a DRZ400.

http://brighton2expeditions.co.uk/siberia/home/
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:01 AM   #1574
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Epic RR. Been going through it page by page trying to figure out if this is a route I should take this summer. You've documented it so well it is enjoyable to read as well as informative. I'm going to be traversing eurasia this year on my little DRZ and this looks like a ton of fun if I can convince atleast another person to ride the BAM together..

I saw the post a few pages back about the dutch couple who rode it this year (from July).

Anyone have any blogs/RRs/contacts of people who rode it this year?

Thanks!!
I might just be your huckleberry Dave. I'm always working my way around and that road is along my route Thinking XR400 with an ebutton and kicker for it though along with safari tank We'll see I might just take the exxon vladez since I like to work a little harder
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Old 12-14-2011, 10:07 PM   #1575
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