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Old 12-16-2009, 08:12 AM   #91
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:15 AM   #92
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A bit overdue perhaps ... a map

For those with wide enough screens, here is a map of south eastern Russia ... The Trans-Siberian Highway is in blue, and the BAM Road in purple.

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Old 12-16-2009, 09:18 AM   #93
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You sure you aren't in Sweden? All those blond haired blue eyed gorgeous women.
If it was Sweden, most of the women would be chubbier.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:24 AM   #94
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If it was Sweden, most of the women would be chubbier.
We need the direct link to your FULL photos!
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:08 AM   #95
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Colebatch, thank you very much for your most excellent report! I really appreciate and enjoy the historical and cultural aspects of the BAM and the Russian people that you are including. My roots go back to Russia. I feel privileged to be reading your report!
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:47 AM   #96
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Colebatch, thank you very much for your most excellent report! I really appreciate and enjoy the historical and cultural aspects of the BAM and the Russian people that you are including. My roots go back to Russia. I feel privileged to be reading your report!
Cheers!
Hi Patrice
This sounds like a good ride?
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:51 AM   #97
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WOW! Serious road. Or, should we say TRAIL? Thanks for sharing. Oh yes, the girls make those bikinis look good.
are you kidding me you don't need alot of bikini for those tiny tiny things called breasts
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:05 AM   #98
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Hi Colebatch,

A cracking tale of derring-do. Many thanks. Looking forward to finding out how Terry's XT660R held up.

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:25 AM   #99
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Awesome!

One question... What's the furthest distance between gas fill ups? I'd imagine the gas stations are few and far between...
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:09 PM   #100
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Another fantastic report, looks like a slow work day for me!keep it coming and thanks for posting.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:17 PM   #101
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About all I can say is WOW!

This is gonna be gooooood.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:21 PM   #102
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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.
EXACTLY.

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Old 12-16-2009, 01:28 PM   #103
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We need the direct link to your FULL photos!
You want more?? my additional archives?? of Tony's broken shock I assume?
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:40 PM   #104
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You want more?? my additional archives?? of Tony's broken shock I assume?
Exactly! Since I work at a BMW dealership, it will be good to see what went wrong for future refrence.
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Old 12-16-2009, 01:48 PM   #105
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Komsomolsk - Day 2

Oksana started the day by repairing my tank bag that had the mounting strap torn in my crash yesterday. Then she put a leather patch over the hole in my riding jacket. Oksana does all the clothing, badges, embroidery leather work etc for the bikers in Komsomolsk. Its not her job, just a hobby. She has a normal full time job, but the way bikers work in Russia is that everyone pitches in to help everyone else, lending their own skills to the group.



Tony went down to the metal shop, where the new shock end piece with lugs was waiting for him. It had been made out of some aviation grade stainless steel, and had "Made in Komsomolsk Russia" engraved on one side and "From Russia this [sic] Love" on the other.


And the price for the metal shop guys to have made this new piece? A 200 ruble ($7) bottle of Armenian cognac. Not bad for 2 days work ... and they insisted on putting in the Hard / Soft damping adjuster in ... which would have been more machining than the rest of the work!





It was a Friday night and every Friday night at 8pm, the bikers of the town meet at the Railway station car park for a ride out. We were told to come along and join in, though Kostya insisted on staying behind so he could start putting Tony's bike back together.



Yegor lent Tony his second bike and Tony took his first ride on a chopper as we headed out to a spot by the river.





And we finished up again insisting that we take some of the guys out for dinner. They were reluctant to accept as we suggested one of the most expensive places in town. but we had a few takers:
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