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Old 12-18-2009, 02:14 PM   #151
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Yes Colebatch, when the river was deep, is riding a bridge. If the plate is riding river. The only car that was on our way BAM is KRAZ 6WD. This was too Etyrkien. But he went in another direction.





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Siema IZI, tylko nie pisz ile piliśmy. Dotychczas robiłem dobre wrażenie
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Old 12-18-2009, 03:48 PM   #152
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Siema IZI, tylko nie pisz ile piliśmy. Dotychczas robiłem dobre wrażenie
Dobre wrazenie przeszlo. Zreszta zawsze byly pewne watpliwosci czy trasa mogla byc planowana na trzezwo... Ale wciaz jestesmy pelni podziwu, wiec nie gra roli.

Impressive story & pix - both you and Colebatch! Wonderful!

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Old 12-18-2009, 10:24 PM   #153
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Walter and Tony, amazing pix, can't wait to see the rest! Am leaving town soon for the holidays, hope to see you both soon!
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:31 PM   #154
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Vstrom?
No V-stroms anywhere near these roads chaps. Robert met them on the Trans Siberian highway (note in the photo the lovely smooth asphalt road!).

Robert took this BAM road as far as Fevralsk ... after that he had to cut back and take the main Trans-Siberian Highway home as he was out of time on his Russian visa. Thats where he met those guys.

You can do the Trans Siberian Highway on a Goldwing if you want! (and people have). But the BAM Road is a very different proposition from the Trans Siberian!
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:35 PM   #155
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And then the rains came!

An early start was called for and delivered via my alarm. We packed up in front of the railway station building and prepared to leave when I was approached by a curious guy asking where we were going. We got asked this 100 times a day so I didnt pay too much attention to it. We had planned to get to Fevralsk today and he apparently lived in a town about half way there, called Etyrken.

We went back to the cafe from last evening, where the food had been very good, but it didnt open until 11am. It was 9:15 now. We asked around and the only place we could get any prepared food was the hospital store, which sold the likes of piroshki and tea (Russian fast food). So we went there, for a disappointing breakfast, but we needed something solid in the stomachs to power us thru what would probably be a tough day. It had rained last night for the first time since we had been on the road and the weather was not looking much better this morning. It was heavily overcast.

There were quite a few Polish GPS notes for this section (implying a problem area) and it seemed the weather too was not going to be as kind to us as it had been in recent days.





By 9:40 we were on the road. The first 50 km was a breeze. Graded gravel road. We passed the village of Alonka by 10:30 and I set my sights on Etyrken for lunch. It was another 90km down the road. But as soon as we passed Alonka the road deteriorated again. Unlike earlier stretches, this section had very recently had rain - the last few hours. This road was water hole city! We were carving s-shaped tracks in 1st and 2nd gear to try and get around the puddles.





The puddles became deeper and larger and more frequent - every 5-10 metres. Streams ran down the middle of the track. In many places, the road bed of logs was visible. There were holes in the road where streams ran below the road - when I say holes I mean holes a foot or two across in the middle of the road that went thru the roadbed to a stream a couple of metres below.



It was challenging riding and required full concentration. The first river crossing came up soon after we had passed the first vehicle of the day, a large 4WD GAZ truck. 10 minutes later, we arrived at the river crossing, pondering our options, and then the truck caught us up. We asked for and received a lift over the river. Always with these truck rides, the main issue is to find some sort of loading site, a ramp high enough to push the bikes onto the back of the truck. First I went over, then the other two bikes. It was the only other vehicle we had seen all day and the only one we would see for many more hours ... and it had come along just after we arrived at a river crossing. It was very lucky timing. We offered the guys payment for the lift, but they just laughed and waved it away.



Here our man tells us how high the river will be after a couple of hours ... as rain was on the way!



Then the rains came and the already wet track became much wetter. Visibility fell. The BAM Road was tough enough when it was dry. Today we had been introduced to awkward wet roads, and now the heavens were opening above us.

This BAM Road was now getting tough.
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:51 PM   #156
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Real good reading walter and great unseen (by me) photos. If you remember the first night we stayed with yegor and oxanne was even more incredible as it was there 3rd wedding anniversary, thats why the party. We just gatecrashed.

Real good to hear from robert movistar, 250kg bikes? they were (b!!!!y) crazy.
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Old 12-19-2009, 01:36 AM   #157
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Real good reading walter and great unseen (by me) photos.
Hello Terry and welcome to the thread. Yes I have been sorting and editing a much wider selection of fotos than i had on the blogsite, for a more comprehensive report on the BAM specifically.
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Old 12-19-2009, 03:51 AM   #158
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Old 12-19-2009, 04:19 AM   #159
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No V-stroms anywhere near these roads chaps. Robert met them on the Trans Siberian highway (note in the photo the lovely smooth asphalt road!).

Robert took this BAM road as far as Fevralsk ... after that he had to cut back and take the main Trans-Siberian Highway home as he was out of time on his Russian visa. Thats where he met those guys.

You can do the Trans Siberian Highway on a Goldwing if you want! (and people have). But the BAM Road is a very different proposition from the Trans Siberian!
We met them in Magdagachi - Transsiberian Highway. Visas were still valid 1.5 months, only the end of the holiday.
Colebatch, you have a 100% reason! Way of Moscow - Vladivostok, you can ride Honda CBR 1000R. Only a short stretch of the Chita to Khabarovsk (+ / - 900 km) wide is a typical "Russian way".

Alonka Station, the road from the water, wrote of her Colebatch





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Old 12-19-2009, 04:50 AM   #160
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Real good to hear from robert movistar, 250kg bikes? they were (b!!!!y) crazy.
Weight of the bike when we sent them from Moscov to Kamchatka. Of course, the weight bike with a minimum amount of luggage. The real weight bike with full fuel and luggage at BAM to 265 kg.
You can be sure it was not good



But the Africa Twin was going perfectly! I love this bike though it is not young!
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:56 AM   #161
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Super great report and pictures. WoW FACTOR on the fine looking ladies of Russia. Makes me wish I was in my 30's again so I could just take off and go travel on an enduro type bike. Oh well, maybe there is an after life where I'll come back and be able to do a journey such as yours. Thanks so much for the work of sharing your two incredible journeys.
uhhhhhhhhh any more pictures of those horrible ladies?
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:02 AM   #162
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OK first, loving the ride report...excellent, just like the rest of yours.

I just watched the linked video...silly and insignificant question here but do you know what the outriggers on that bridge are for? They almost look like sections of a dilapidated foot path or something.
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:04 AM   #163
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Dobre wrazenie przeszlo. Zreszta zawsze byly pewne watpliwosci czy trasa mogla byc planowana na trzezwo... Ale wciaz jestesmy pelni podziwu, wiec nie gra roli.

Impressive story & pix - both you and Colebatch! Wonderful!
The first version of the Magadan. The second version of the Magadan and BAM. I ended up on the third version that is Kamchatka and BAM.
The plan was the first version of the sober, the second version of less, and the third ....
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:41 AM   #164
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Makes me wish I was in my 30's again so I could just take off and go travel on an enduro type bike.
Why wish?
Age is not important - attitude is!

I would jump at doing it all over again in the years to come - assuming my health, and nearly 68 year old body, holds up.

If fact I would like to think I would be a better rider of it next time from what I learned this time, even though the BAM road will have deteriorated further.

Go, do it.....
Where most people fail is at the very first inch (2.5cm) of the journey.
They just dont get that far!
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Old 12-19-2009, 09:53 AM   #165
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Why wish?
Age is not important - attitude is!

I would jump at doing it all over again in the years to come - assuming my health, and nearly 68 year old body, holds up.

If fact I would like to think I would be a better rider of it next time from what I learned this time, even though the BAM road will have deteriorated further.

Go, do it.....
Where most people fail is at the very first inch (2.5cm) of the journey.

They just dont get that far!
May I also wish you well on your trip , just go and do it . I did not ride for 20 odd years, to my shame . Now I regret it,however I am back in the saddle!!
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