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Old 12-16-2009, 03:09 AM   #76
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:12 AM   #77
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I would do anything to be on this ride with you guys.
You can!

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Old 12-16-2009, 03:16 AM   #78
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Robert, you my friend have licence to post whatever you like on this BAM thread.
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:35 AM   #79
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Really appreciate the 'senior adventure scene' you got going there, with fellow riders not born yesterday. I hope to be able to pull off something like this myself - "when I'm sixty-four" :)
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Old 12-16-2009, 03:51 AM   #80
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Robert, you my friend have licence to post whatever you like on this BAM thread.
Colebatch Thank you! I will not write much, your post. My English is tragic. Great to read how your trip was. What were your problems and a battle with nature and the road. Motorcycle underground? You have contact? I did not know that there is in Poland.
Africa Twin and BAM, it's a stupid idea. The motorcycle is heavy, you must raise. BAM from Tynda Severobaykalsk to know. We thought that there would be a good Africa Twin. Our friend has traveled this route 4WD. We had a map. The plan was such that flow from Kamachatka to Vladivostok and Tans Siberian Highway to Tynda and already BAM. After two days on board the captain said that they do not sail to Vladivostok (the change of plans), on Sakhalin Island and sailed later Vanino. And as we were in Vanino, the east part of the BAM. Only we did not know that there will be horror...

And, Я думаю, что нам нужно, чтобы пить водку.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:00 AM   #81
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and sailed later Vanino. And as we were in Vanino, the east part of the BAM. Only we did not know that there will be horror....
Robert. So you did the east BAM by accident. PHEWWWWW....

It was good following in your tracks - many people remembered you.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:48 AM   #82
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Robert. So you did the east BAM by accident. PHEWWWWW....

It was good following in your tracks - many people remembered you.
Tony P, this road was the horror of a people? Always helpful, never let you leave. " I' help you today, tomorrow you help me." Always been so. I have a small dream to go to Etyrkien, meet Roma and go BAM and continue to Tynda Severobaykalsk. For us, the end of the BAM was Fevralsk. There were only 12 days to get to the Polish. In Irkutsk 2 more days for the documents for motorcycles. From Irkutsk we traveled to the Polish 7 days ...
Day we passed 900 km, and the 3 000 km from the Polish, it was:



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Old 12-16-2009, 05:00 AM   #83
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Fantastic

Thanks so much for sharing, I may not be able to work at all today!!!
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:19 AM   #84
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Really appreciate the 'senior adventure scene' you got going there, with fellow riders not born yesterday. I hope to be able to pull off something like this myself - "when I'm sixty-four" :)
I tell you what, I was surprised, pleasantly surprised by the guts and determination of guys like Tony ... he never wavered in his determination to get it done. He didn't want to be babysat, he didn't need comfort, he never complained ... he just wanted to achieve it. And he did.

This road, turns into as much of a mental challenge as it is a technical challenge. The road goes on and on ... when you are in the middle of it, you feel like you will never finish it. At one point we did 65km (40 miles) in 3 days of very hard riding. Dawn to Dusk. Very physical. Picking bikes up, manhandling them through bogs, pulling them out of mud. And then when you've got one bike 50 metres through the mud bog, we all go back to do the next bike ... and then the next one. Only to find 100 metres further on there is another 50 metre wide bog. And all the time you are aware that you are doing only a few hundred metres an hour and thinking its 150km to the next village! And all the time you are getting savaged by massive aggressive mosquitoes.!!

That's where you need the mental toughness. And Tony is mentally the toughest guy I have ever met.

I realised after this trip that age has very little to do with it ... its all about being mentally tough.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:54 AM   #85
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I thought that once turn back, I'm not going on ... But I knew what the road is behind me. I did not want to go again. Next MUST be good ... But it was not .. it was only worse. Dreamed to go 2 km away at a speed of 30 km / h. But those were only dreams, the path was different.
Anyone who has driven this route deserves respect. You can be super off road driver, but you have to be strong mentally and physically. There can only help a friend. I remember the Etyrkien Roma told the story, when the bear came to the local cemetery, broke new graves and ate the corpse. It is said that in Khabarovsk country bears more than dogs. Shot him. You do not know when it will be a threat and what is before you.

I do not know or understand me
Colebatch, I do not write nothing. Please pictures and relationship

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Old 12-16-2009, 06:31 AM   #86
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Я думаю, что нам нужно, чтобы пить водку.
Blyad' ya ponimayu kak ti vodka pit! Lyudi v Etyrken skazal ... 3 dne vodka pit!.

You are famous in Etyrken for your vodka performance !
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:47 AM   #87
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Blyad' ya ponimayu kak ti vodka pit! Lyudi v Etyrken skazal ... 3 dne vodka pit!.

You are famous in Etyrken for your vodka performance !
Oooo... W Etyrkien my byli adin dnia. Kto tiebia skazal szto ja 3 dnia wodku pil? Kak my byli na Kamciatku, to wodku mnogo my pili. Sejcias tolko ciut, ciut Wy se nie bojatsa nas. Szto ty w Irkuckie dielasz?
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:01 AM   #88
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Komsomolsk ... or perhaps it should be "Bike Repairs and Small Bikinis"

First thing we did in the morning was to head to the workshop to have a better look at Tony's Bike and the broken shock. The shock was ok, but the two alloy mounting lugs on the bottom had snapped off. The bike, however, looked like it was a wreck ... and a 3 month restoration project. "We might be here a while" I thought to myself.



Komsomolsk was pretty much a closed town in the good old days. There was and still is a lot of military and hi-tech manufacturing here. Most of the guys we were meeting either worked for Sukhoi (KNAAPO) aircraft factory building jet fighters or the submarine factory. Despite being 500km upstream from the mouth of the Amur, the river is more than big enough to handle ocean going submarines! The new great white hope for Russian civil aviation, the Sukhoi Superjet, is also being built here in Komsomolsk. If that's not enough, the Sukhoi T50, the third 5th generation jet fighter aircraft in history (after the US F22 and F35) also is being built here in Komsomolsk.

With all that hi-tech manufacturing, its not too surprising that no-one we were meeting was born here. They all moved here because they had specialised skills. So most guys here (including all our biker pals) were skilled metal workers one way or another. And good quality alloy and steel would also not be hard to find, should it be needed to repair Tony's ill machine.

Yegor took at look at my cracked rear rack and did some touch up welding for me:





Spring compressors arrived and the spring was removed from Tony's shock. The broken end piece of the shock was removed and Kostya felt the best solution would be to remake the same part, in steel for strength, We agreed, if indeed it was possible. And they assured us it was.

While Tony supervised progress on his suspension repairs, Terry and I took a ride down to the river, a popular sunning spot in town, and did a little sunbathing of our own. In Komsomolsk, because of the low angle of the sun, the locals have worked out its more effective getting a tan standing up, rather than lying down. Tanning is a standing process in Komsomolsk.



It occurred to me, while Terry was bathing himself in the river, that large bikini bottoms (big pants) may not be in season in Komsomolsk;







Now I am an open minded guy, and I don't like to nail my colours to one post or another too hastily, so in the interest of even handedness, I think its important to show that there were also plenty of big pants bikinis around too.







But they didn't always stay up as well. Functionality is important to me. I mean, what use is a bikini that doesn't stay up?



When we returned to the garage, there was more bad news re Tony's bike. While the shock piece was off getting remanufactured, the local lads had taken a look at Tony's front rim. It was all over the place. The local view was it was unfixable. If the locals think its unfixable, and they can fix almost anything, then its unfixable.



A steel 21 inch rim (quite a bit heavier than Tony's original) was produced. It wasnt new, but was still in good shape. Tony's wheel was stripped and the local motorcycle wheel builder (actually just another of the gang) went about rebuilding the wheel in Yegor's garage. A couple of hours later and it was basically finished.



We took the gang (Yegor, Oksana, Kostya, Kolya (the wheel builder) and 3 other local bikers) out for shashlik. They were housing us and looking after our bikes (including doing extensive repair work to Tony's) so it was the least we could do ... before heading back to Yegor's for evening beers.

It was hard to work out how to thank these guys enough. We knew they would probably refuse payment for all this ... so we had to find a way to pay them, and buying the food and beers during our stay was one way to do it.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:19 AM   #89
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Great read, I especially like the fact that you take the time to give some history of the areas that you ride through. I would love to join your next trek in Jul 2010 but I'll probably be getting settled at my new assignment.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:30 AM   #90
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It occurred to me, while Terry was bathing himself in the river, that large bikini bottoms (big pants) may not be in season in Komsomolsk;







Now I am an open minded guy, and I don't like to nail my colours to one post or another too hastily, so in the interest of even handedness, I think its important to show that there were also plenty of big pants bikinis around too.







But they didn't always stay up as well. Functionality is important to me. I mean, what use is a bikini that doesn't stay up?

Now I know why you do not like vodka. And I know why you're in Irkutsk. Just tell me which of these women
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