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Old 08-01-2011, 12:34 PM   #1441
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Yea, i know mate...,its great to have a home to come back to,but it means theres always a time limit factor,(unless of course theres something better to stay away for).
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Old 08-03-2011, 03:25 PM   #1442
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Just hit page 33 and don't want to spoil the ending... Let me just say: F'in AWESOME!

--Finished now. Wish the BAM was longer.

Bravo gents.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:19 AM   #1443
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Greetz from Rob and Dafne

First of all I like to thank you all for your interest in our BAM-adventure.
Sorry that our blog http://rideonmt.blogspot.com is not as fancy as sibirskyextreme.com. If you are english speaking please keep scrolling down the Dutch parts. It's all there in English as well.

Although we did not cover too much terrain (about 3500km) we enjoyed every bit of it and had a lot of fun. So, the fact that we left something behind to enjoy in future times only feels great. When, we do not know exactly. In 2012 we have a full travel programm so we will try to go again in 2013.

Walt & Co. will probably have covered the whole length by then and done another great job mapping it all. It's not hard to imagine how good it feels to know that your map is accurate while riding. It's okay when you want to know which direction a path is going to ride part of it and turn around, but it's very frustrating to ride, having to guess if you are on the right track. Sometimes you cross some hard sections and having to pass those again on the way back drains energy, especially if you are riding on a time limit.

So Walter, I'll donate our tracks to your map as soon as possible. We crossed some bridges where you went through the rivers and we mapped the new road around Isa, and part of the road between Fevralsk and Isa (45km). It's not too much (sorry). We received word from a German couple on bicycles who are heading towards Baikal and who arrived in Fevralsk just after we left. Their website is www.radwandernde.de for those who understand German. I'll find out if they use GPS and make a tracklog.

Now, I know for sure that you are all keen to know what happened to Robs engine. He opened it up yesterday... and... well...

1) The cam-chain had moved on 2 steps on the sprocket and was totally worn out
2) One of the exhaust valves had been bent
3) There was mud inside the carburettor (around the piston)

It's really unbelievable that it ran again after it seized the first time. Some angel must have been watching over us.

Rob got it running again yesterday and the engine sounds better than it ever did befor (which it should with a new cam-chain). The total cost of the reaparation was not even 200 euro's.

So far for now. Keep an eye on our website www.Ride-onMotorTours.com if you whish to know where we are going (with and without groups). I'm not sure if we want to prolong this blogspot page. I may just put it all on our own website.

Greetz, Rob and Dafne

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Old 08-06-2011, 12:59 AM   #1444
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First of all I like to thank you all for your interest in our BAM-adventure.
Sorry that our blog http://rideonmt.blogspot.com is not as fancy as sibirskyextreme.com. If you are english speaking please keep scrolling down the Dutch parts. It's all there in English as well.

Although we did not cover too much terrain (about 3500km) we enjoyed every bit of it and had a lot of fun. So, the fact that we left something behind to enjoy in future times only feels great. When, we do not know exactly. In 2012 we have a full travel programm so we will try to go again in 2013.

Walt & Co. will probably have covered the whole length by then and done another great job mapping it all. It's not hard to imagine how good it feels to know that your map is accurate while riding. It's okay when you want to know which direction a path is going to ride part of it and turn around, but it's very frustrating to ride, having to guess if you are on the right track. Sometimes you cross some hard sections and having to pass those again on the way back drains energy, especially if you are riding on a time limit.

So Walter, I'll donate our tracks to your map as soon as possible. We crossed some bridges where you went through the rivers and we mapped the new road around Isa, and part of the road between Fevralsk and Isa (45km). It's not too much (sorry). We received word from a German couple on bicycles who are heading towards Baikal and who arrived in Fevralsk just after we left. Their website is www.radwandernde.de for those who understand German. I'll find out if they use GPS and make a tracklog.

Now, I know for sure that you are all keen to know what happened to Robs engine. He opened it up yesterday... and... well...

1) The cam-chain had moved on 2 steps on the sprocket and was totally worn out
2) One of the exhaust valves had been bent
3) There was mud inside the carburettor (around the piston)

It's really unbelievable that it ran again after it seized the first time. Some angel must have been watching over us.

Rob got it running again yesterday and the engine sounds better than it ever did befor (which it should with a new cam-chain). The total cost of the reaparation was not even 200 euro's.

So far for now. Keep an eye on our website www.Ride-onMotorTours.com if you whish to know where we are going (with and without groups). I'm not sure if we want to prolong this blogspot page. I may just put it all on our own website.

Greetz, Rob and Dafne
Hey Dafne ... great to hear the damage to Rob's engine wasnt 1000s of Euros worth, and you have it all fixed already !

Welcome back to Nederland! (I am here working on my bike at the moment too)
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:40 AM   #1445
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Blimey dafne you were lucky with robs engine, it really sounded to me that the bigend had gone,when the camchain moves or breaks it can cause untold damage.

Mr. honda is on your side.!!!!
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:19 PM   #1446
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... But Rob is not going to do it another time on a XR600. He wants a TTR250 as well. But...
They are not for sale in Holland as over here they are only sold without registration and used for motocross purposes. To find one with registration we need to go to Belgium or the UK.

So, if you know a good one for sale please drop us a line at info(a)Ride-onMotorTours.com

Dafne
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:26 PM   #1447
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Blimey dafne you were lucky with robs engine, it really sounded to me that the bigend had gone,when the camchain moves or breaks it can cause untold damage.

Mr. honda is on your side.!!!!
We knew it was not the bigend as it was a rattling noise. When the bigend goes it will be more like 'boink-boink'. We thought it could be the valves but also thought there would be sand in the cilinder, blocking the piston. We never thought about the camchain.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:46 AM   #1448
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Vitim River Bridge

A couple more really cool videos this year from the BAM Road / Vitim River Bridge ...

First up ... Dan Adams:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/26567922@N00/5993301345/
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:49 AM   #1449
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And Hans Joerg

Speed Record across the Vitim by a thrill seeking Austrian ...

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Old 08-23-2011, 05:26 AM   #1450
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He had a beautiful day to do it.
I've watched it three times t scares me every time!
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Old 08-23-2011, 07:42 AM   #1451
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Old 08-23-2011, 09:43 AM   #1452
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Colebatch,
You're right. That Austrian is nuts. The weaving toward the end was just, you know. Takes your breath away...
Great stuff, though.
I'm sure you will make a video of your own crossing soon.
Can't wait for the Bam video.
Next month?
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:38 PM   #1453
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Can't wait for the Bam video.
Next month?
Its always next month mate :)

But I have been promised September by the guys producing it :)

It must be close, as its available for preorder on the Adventure-Spec site :) http://www.adventure-spec.com/shop/s.../prod_343.html
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:48 PM   #1454
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Its always next month mate :)

But I have been promised September by the guys producing it :)

It must be close, as its available for preorder on the Adventure-Spec site :) http://www.adventure-spec.com/shop/s.../prod_343.html
It says "IN STOCK" on their website! I'm just waiting for the US version.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:37 PM   #1455
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Thanks for the vid, I was holding my breath the whole time.
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