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Old 07-22-2010, 08:49 AM   #31
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I'm in for more Colebatch Kool-Aid.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:19 AM   #32
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Then I'll start to butcher an innocent bike for another summer of fun & shenanigans
you might wanna try this thing called "suspension" ... its popular in Europe!


I mean, I like you n all Doug, but I never want to have to think about your ass. And if you tell me you will ride to Magadan without rear suspension, I cant help but wince and think of your ass. Everytime you post an update, I will wince an think of your ass. Its not where I want to be next summer. !!!
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:16 AM   #33
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I have seat springs.

I did the transalpina in romania this past weekend. highest road in romania. they are paving it, but there was about 40-50km under construction, or unpaved. My ass & back still hurts from that ride.
It was big fun tho!

But no, for my stans/mongol/magadan trip, Im gonna wuss out & build something a bit more 'suitable'

its still gonna be 'unconventional' tho

and the thought of you thinking of my ass makes ME wince

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you might wanna try this thing called "suspension" ... its popular in Europe!


I mean, I like you n all Doug, but I never want to have to think about your ass. And if you tell me you will ride to Magadan without rear suspension, I cant help but wince and think of your ass. Everytime you post an update, I will wince an think of your ass. Its not where I want to be next summer. !!!
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:46 AM   #34
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I dont know about you guys, but a good Russian warship always captures my attention:
There was a warship there?
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Old 07-22-2010, 12:35 PM   #35
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I scanned the horizon for more Russian warships in Peter the Great Bay, next to Vladivostok, but I couldnt seem to find any more:
Well, no more russian warship but a very nice view indeed

I like the improvements on the XChallenge and for me looks better in white, and it will look even better with some mud stains on
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:02 PM   #36
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Old 07-22-2010, 01:06 PM   #37
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Russian warship

Isn't that the warship class with open bridge?
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:36 PM   #38
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The plan for this summer is to lead the first tour on the Road of Bones, and to make Sherri Jo Wilkins the first non-russian woman to ride the Road of Bones.
Oooh, that's a bold claim mate.
I took some tyres of a pair off Polish guys in Novosibirsk who did the ROB and had a girl pillion. That's getting close, isn't it?


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Has anyone taken a Harley up there?
Peter Forwood might have. This doesn't list all his adventures.

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Old 07-22-2010, 03:17 PM   #39
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didnt an ozzie couple do it a few years backs on little 250s with plastic drums roped to their bikes as panniers?
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #40
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didnt an ozzie couple do it a few years backs on little 250s with plastic drums roped to their bikes as panniers?
I heard a vague story about an Aussie girl solo a while back, apparently in that Magadan-ish part of the world, but never got any details. If anyone knows anymore... ?

Taco, I know of a few girls have done it pillion (there was a Czech girl last year too pillion), but I am obviously talking piloting here.

There is a legendary Russian adventure biker woman who rode it in 2005 - Sasha Teplyakova - but thats all I have firm. I have heard a couple of rumours over the years but many turn out to be trans-siberian highway. If anyone has anything more concrete, l would love to hear.
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:32 PM   #41
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Peter Forwood might have.
Petes not been up there ... yet
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Old 07-22-2010, 05:52 PM   #42
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Isn't that the warship class with open bridge?
You'd need to check with the skipper
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:41 PM   #43
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Taco, I know of a few girls have done it pillion (there was a Czech girl last year too pillion), but I am obviously talking piloting here.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:43 PM   #44
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Vladivostok - Arrival

Vladivostok, Russia:

I spoke too soon … for reasons I didn’t understand, the boat went to Vladivostok direct, rather than to its usual destination Zarubino. So we arrived, in big old Vladivostok - but we hadnt done any miles in Russia. You see, we were in Vladivostok, but our bikes were not. The bikes were still on the ferry boat. We got in too late for Russian customs to be interested in processing them, and so we have been told to leave the boat, check into a hotel and return tomorrow morning after 9am to unload the bikes.

I called a local biker from the Iron Angels bike club, Ilya, and he met us down at the ferry port, introduced us to his club and then took us to a hotel. It was almost midnight but we were hungry after more than 24 hours on the boat in which we ate none of the onboard food. I took Sherri out to the Gutov Beer House, scene of last years Vladivostok headquarters for the initial Sibirsky Extreme Project, and despite the late hour we had a bang up meal. The first western style meal for Sherri since she left Australia several weeks ago.

We went down to the dock the next day and as promised they were unloading our bikes. But it was a Saturday and despite having the bikes now unloaded, they were destined to sit in customs until the vehicle processing guys returned to work on Monday morning. If we had arrived in Zarubino, the bikes would have been ridden off the boat, been processed by customs as part of the normal arrival procedure and we would be all clear by now.

While down at the docks we saw three bikes waiting to go onto the ferry, and sure enough, we soon met the owners. A trio of guys from Montenegro were on their way around the world (www.theridearound2010.me). They had just come down from Magadan and were making their way to Korea and onwards to North America.



They were BIG guys … all about 190cm tall and had big bikes. One on a 1200 GSA and one on an Africa Twin – the other bike was a more sensible F650 Dakar. They asked us what we were riding and we told them we were on a pair of 650s. They nodded – “sensible choices” they said. Even these very big guys said their bikes were too big for the likes of Mongolia and Siberia. We swapped information, part of which was them giving us the address of a nice cheap homestay type place to stay. Then they clicked – “Oh so you are the Sibirsky Extreme guy !!… we have visited your site many times. We already have a link to your site on ours”
“Yes, I am back in Siberia” I replied. I wished them well for their travels ahead. They seemed like nice guys.



We found a café with wi-fi internet and camped there for the afternoon, with laptop keyboards clicking away furiously. Sherri Jo reckons she is a long way behind schedule with her blog. I still like to do my blogging on a daily basis … at least I like to update my draft blog daily. By the time we emerged from the café, the Dong Chun ferry had sailed … they 3 Montenegrins were on their way to Korea.

It was a rainy weekend in Vladivostok and the city was fog bound for most of the time. Humidity accordingly was between 95 and 100%. A walk up the street turned into a sweaty, sticky hike. I never liked humidity. I was always more of a dry air kinda guy.

We got a local sim card for Sherri sorted out, so her Australian iPhone is now fully functional here in Russia. I had told her to make sure it was unlocked (in terms of networks) before she got here, so I am pleased to know foreign iPhones can work perfectly well in Russia with a local sim card – if you ensure your home network unlocks it before you arrive here. I, ironically, struck a problem with my new smartphone. Despite making sure Sherri unlocked her phone, I bought a new locked phone in London a month ago, and forgot to get it unlocked. Now I have a wait of 2-3 weeks to get the unlock code, rendering that phone useless here unless I use my UK sim card. The idea of 50 quid a day on phone bills doesn’t turn me on, and I have two spare unlocked telephones, so they will have to do for now.

- - -

Monday began well, after a weekend of solid rain, there was sunshine and patches of blue sky. We hoped to get the bikes out of customs today. We went down to the port and the agents who handle the Dong Chun ferry helped us get the paperwork together. By the time we had the paperwork together, and had driven up to the Customs building that handled vehicle imports (not at the port) they had just about closed for lunch.



I wandered around to get some pictures of the location on my phone-camera. By now the cloud had totally cleared and we had a fine hot muggy Vladivostok day. I spotted some customs girls also taking in the view on their lunch break and wandered over for a chat.



They were very friendly and with them onside, the customs documents for the bikes, with “as long as we wanted” timescale (we kept it at 3 months since that was the limit of Sherri Jo’s visa) came soon after lunch. It confirmed my view that it’s always good to make friends with the right people.

I took a few fotos of my new customs officer friends, but only on the condition that they must have faces blanked out if used on the internet. So sorry, but thats the deal - i promised:



Armed with our approved Customs declarations we headed back to the port to get our bikes released. But it wasn’t so simple. Because it was Vladivostok and not Zarubino, there was also a port charge for handling the vehicular cargo, of 2600 rubles (about 55 quid).

I made a mental note (and now a written note) … when taking the Dong Chun ferry, avoid the runs to Vladivostok like the plague. Going to Vladivostok by the ferry will cost you in port charges and will be a bit of a pain to get the customs stuff done (nice customs girls excluded). Unloading at Zarubino is a “ride the bike off the boat and straight to customs where you will be fully processed in under 2 hours” deal .. So it’s got to be Zarubino!
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:36 PM   #45
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Its the same problems in leaving via vladi instead of zarubino.
last year, heading to japan, it took 3 days & many fees to clear out of vladi.
in 06, when I went out of zarubino, it took an hour.
Im told its because of all the crap that comes from japan to vladi.
I'll also hope to never ship to/from vladi again.

Have you ever met that girl Sasha? I know a guy that rode the trans-sib in 05, he travelled with her some. She went st petersburg-magadan-vladi & back, on an Izh! (If I remember right?)

crazy chick!


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