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Old 04-19-2010, 01:23 PM   #16
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Tires: ... Colebatch send us in the direction of Denis Panverof in Russia (http://www.motorezina.ru). He sells tires and can ship them to most major places in Russia. He now also sells Mefo tires. Good deal!! We are in the process of making final arrangemenst to have tires shipped to Novosibirsk. That will get us thru Mongolia on fresh rubber and back to Europe.
Just for good orders sake, I think Denis supplies the Heidenau K60 tyres ... pretty much identical to the Mefo's for all intents and purposes, and made by the same factory. The only miniscule difference is the Mefo's have a very slight rounding to the centre tread blocks, while the Heidenaus have an sharp angle in the centre.

Mefo:


Heidenau:


(Dont want you arriving in Novosibirsk and thinking "the sneaky Russian sent us the wrong tyres" )
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:10 PM   #17
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Yes, you are right, we are actually getting the Heidenaus from Denis. I had forgotten about that.

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Old 04-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #18
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Good luck guys and all the best!

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Old 04-23-2010, 09:17 AM   #19
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Good luck and be safe guys. We'll miss you at Paonia this year
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:18 PM   #20
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Bike Shipping - a brief note

Any way you cut it, shipping a motorcycle is an expensive hassle. While most bikers favor airfreight, we chose surface. Every spring, Knopf Tours loads up several containers with bikes and points them to Heidelberg, Germany. In the fall they turn it around. The upside of surface shipping: cheaper and no need for crating (Knopf has purpose-built racks). The downside: we had to get the bikes to Orlando, Florida the first week of March for delivery in Germany at the end of April. Our plan was to ride from Colorado to Florida, but work commitments for Karst and a nation-wide cold snap had us resorting to a Budget rental truck.

The out-the-door cost from Orlando to Heidelberg: $1300 including all port charges, insurance for the bikes, and one month of mandatory European road insurance (Green Card). Here's the truck loaded up on a cold night ready for me to head eastward.


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Old 04-24-2010, 02:29 PM   #21
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Hey Shu great talking with you this morning at breakfast.
How's the water heater ?
Looked up you RR as soon as I got home sounds amazing. Wish I was going along. I will be following along the whole RR. It will be more interesting following along since I know you and Karst, and hi to ProfTom.
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Old 04-24-2010, 07:23 PM   #22
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Hey Shu great talking with you this morning at breakfast.
How's the water heater ?
Hey milehimike:
Arrggh! The damn water heater. Need a new one. I wonder what else will break at my house before I take off? I hope my wife won't have to deal with a lot of crap like that while I'm gone. For one thing, we could spend up the money I need to get home from Mongolia. I might be stuck there with winter coming on.

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Old 04-25-2010, 12:08 AM   #23
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Its always these little unexpected things that keep life interesting, eh.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:34 AM   #24
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Damn, I really regret having to bail on going on this trip with you guys. I will be following your RR and your spot page.

Karst, watch out for one ways and the rear ends of other bikes! (I finally got the back of my bike straightened out!)

Shu, I hope you improved your water crossing technique! I'm sure you are fluent in Russian by now. You should be a spokesperson for Rosetta Stone.

Tom, I'm glad you could join. You are riding with a couple of great guys!

Have a great trip and ride safe.

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Old 04-28-2010, 01:59 PM   #25
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Old 04-28-2010, 03:57 PM   #26
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Shu, I hope you improved your water crossing technique!

Now Don, one low speed dump in a big mud puddle does not equal bad water crossing technique. You're just upset 'cause my boots stayed dry standing in the puddle and yours got soaked and never dried out.


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Old 04-29-2010, 10:56 AM   #27
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Hello guys.... I really hope to meet you in Central Asia.... I'll ride with Marco, another italian guy, overthere. Marco attached our "trip plan" in the forum Paolo & Marco ...... so maybe there will be a possibility to drink a nice cold beer somewhere in the Stans.... take care buddy
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:04 AM   #28
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Thanks for all the great info so far - Ill be doing this trip this time next year (May 2011) so all very useful to me.

What kind of insurance did you get for the bike and self for the trip? Did you get a carnet? Thanks for any info.

Good luck!
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Old 04-29-2010, 12:59 PM   #29
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When we picked up the bikes in Heidelberg Stephan had arranged the insurance for Western Europe. It is mandatory to get the bikes out of claws of German customs. Not cheap at approx $150 for 30 days of liability insurance only. It will get us thru Greece and we'll have to go country by country from ther eon out. I am not sure how this will all work out. At the Turkish border we can buy insurance we have been told, the other countries I do not really know. Any feed back from others would be very helpfull. I have read pieces and parts on other rider reports, but I never compiled the insurance info.

No carnet needed from what I understand anywhere, although there are some in Turkey who say you need a carnet there. There are too many reports to the contrary that I am taking my chances.

Not much help, but it is the best I can do. As mentioned any further info from others would be welcomel. Don't forget HU, there is a huge amount of info there.

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Old 04-29-2010, 05:55 PM   #30
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Following along...

It is great to read your ride report as you are travelling. Over the years, it seems like I only talk about rides with you when you visit the shop. Have a great time, looking forward to following your ADVENTURE.

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