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Old 07-22-2010, 10:22 PM   #46
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She went st petersburg-magadan-vladi & back, on an Izh! (If I remember right?)

crazy chick!
Yes you remember right. a 2 stroke Izh planeta 5. I've not met her, but she is still about and riding. She sure aint the most feminine girl in the world but she must be one of the toughest.
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Old 07-22-2010, 10:33 PM   #47
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Yes you remember right. a 2 stroke Izh planeta 5. I've not met her, but she is still about and riding. She sure aint the most feminine girl in the world but she must be one of the toughest.
I have a couple old Planeta 1's here in BG.
Tough bastards, but not sure Id wanna travel on one very far.
At least it was easy for her to find parts, those things are everywhere in RU.

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Old 07-24-2010, 08:03 AM   #48
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Vladivostok - settling in

By the time all of this was done, it was almost 4pm. Ilya the biker met us again and led us to the clubhouse and workshop of the Iron Angels. Sherri Jo needed an oil change, and the Iron Angels guys had that rarest of lubes, 10w60. We might as well use the guys to change her tyres, since they have a moto wheel balancer too. Sherri Jo had the finest French shoes fitted –a Michelin Desert rear and Michelin T63 front..



As soon as we got to the club, we met a quartet of bikers from Kazakhstan who had just come to Vladivostok and were getting some servicing done.

I chatted to them about where they had been and they had actually ridden part of the BAM road … from Bratsk to Chara. From Chara onwards they had taken the train, but their stretch did include the mighty Vitim River Bridge. Respect. Even more so as they had actually RIDDEN over the bridge.



They told me they had taken the train from Chara as there were no bridges on the road further. I told them “it is not quite true. There were some bridges! And the road is rideable to Tynda.”

Sherri tried some Kvas, a traditional Russian drink, while I checked out the bikes from Kazakhstan.







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Old 07-24-2010, 08:57 AM   #49
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:36 PM   #50
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Is Sinus still kicking around? He can play a mean didge mate. Put us all to shame. He gave me all his pictures from his Aussie trip. All 15 or so cd's!!!! Awesome photographer.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:43 PM   #51
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Vladivostok - shipping bikes out to Magadan

We returned to the bike club, where the guys were preparing for this weekends big feast and drink-a-thon, the 3rd birthday of the Iron Angels bike club. Sherri spoke to the mechanic who had been working on her bike, trying to communicate how much she owed him for changing and balancing her tyres and changing her oil. He however was having none of it. No charge. Just pay the club boss for the oil we used. That was her introduction to the friendliness of Russian bikers.

While she was sorting out Andrei, the club boss, for the oil, I had a Russian biker-ess trying out my bike. “A bit taller than my chopper” was all she said. I wondered to myself did she actually ride her bike with the hot pants and high heels?



A call came in, from one of the shipping agents regarding Magadan. One of the ships was in a day early and needed to be loaded tonight for a tomorrow morning departure. This was good news. The bikes would probably be in Magadan on Tuesday, same as us. We threw stuff onto our bikes and rode them down to the port, stopping briefly for the obligatory Vladivostok foto … in front of the submarine.



The young shipping agent met us there in his new Range Rover and told us we had to wait. We couldn’t ride the bikes onto the dock because its technically a border zone – we needed a Russian citizen … so a biker friend of the agent was coming down to help out. The friend turned up in a souped up Porsche Cayenne. He was about 28. SJ and I looked at each other and raised our eyebrows. Business is booming in Vladivostok I see.

The bikes were ridden away to be loaded on to the boat. We had secured a really good deal. It was unofficial.



A mere 4000 rubles each to ship the bikes to Magadan. Vladivostok to Magadan is a hell of a long way. Its 4 hours in a jet plane. 80 quid to send each bike over 2000 miles (3000km) was a bargain in anyone’s language. Two days earlier we had purchased our air tickets. And as luck would have it, we got an decent deal there too. Tony had paid 24,000 rubles last year from his Magadan to Vlad flight. Sherri and I scored them this year for 16,000 each.

The only thing left on the agenda for Vladivostok is the 3rd Birthday party for the Iron Angels bike club this weekend. Tony and Terry were at the 2nd Birthday party for the club last year … and we all know how that went!
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:00 PM   #52
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Eh? Uh........

why do I feel my productivity % dropping off the scale again?

Subscribed and in for the duration (again)

Many thanks for taking the time to put it all together and am looking forward to another Colebatch Classic.

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Old 07-24-2010, 06:33 PM   #53
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Vladivostok Sightseeing - part 1

With the bikes gone, and the weather looking good, it was time to take a stroll around Vladivostok, do some sightseeing and see what the locals get up to on a sunny summers day.

But first, we checked the internet. We both have these little USB GPRS modems that work over the mobile phone network here, so as long as we get good mobile coverage, its just plug n play internet whereever we are.



Then it was down to the "Badge Bird", the girl who was making up some Road of Bones badges for me. She had a proof in and wanted me to check it out. I suggested a few small changes and she said she will go away and churn them out over the weekend. Who's business card is that there on the table???



Back in May was the 65th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over the Nazi's ... there are still posters all over town ... and for traditional reasons, they still use the old Soviet Union's symbols:



The Primorye region, of which Vladivostok is the capital, is one of the last areas in the world where wild tigers still roam. The main tiger region is about 4 hours north east of the city, but everywhere you look in Vladivostok are references to tigers. Sherri Jo, who also serves as a director at a tiger refuge in the states, was ecstatic about the extensive tiger-ness of Valdivostok.



It is Navy Day in Russia on Sunday ... and with Vladivostok the home of the Pacific Fleet, there were bound to be celebrations. I decided to stroll down to the embankment and check out what was going on:



Bumped into some Japanese sailors on the way:

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Vladivostok Sightseeing - part 2

Sherri Jo bumped into a bunch of US Naval Officers taking a stroll around Vlad. Naturally enough, with all the paranoia out there, their first question was something like "are there any restaurants here with decent food, and where the locals wont be hostile". Sherri Jo laughed and told them that's what she was expecting too when she arrived in Russia 7 days ago ... but the food is pretty good and the locals friendly. Assorted friends and acquaintances of SJ had told her it was a suicide mission travelling thru Russia - that she would be mugged daily and probably kidnapped and sold into sex-slavery. I told her on the boat over from Korea to ignore everything you have heard about Russia in the past - its pretty much all wives tales. And so far, its been just like a week anywhere else in the world.



The Enlisted men bumped into Shrek:



And I bumped into some fine legs;



A twin rotor Kamov helicopter flew over the Marina:



While these salty old dogs took in the view:



Which naturally enough included a mother in a thong bikini:

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Vladivostok - Weddings, Parties, Anything

As we strolled back into town, a pink stretch Hummer limo caught my eye ... it was a wedding party:



They had stopped off for some pics at a scenic spot, overlooking the bay:



We continued towards the centre of town where the wedding groups were now thick and fast ... saturday afternoon in summer in Russia is wedding time !!! They were everywhere. We must have seen 10 wedding groups at least.



Some wedding guests scrubbed up rather well:



But not all:



A trike was doing great business doing wedding rounds around the block:





By and large, everyone seemed to be having fun:

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Is Sinus still kicking around? He can play a mean didge mate. Put us all to shame. He gave me all his pictures from his Aussie trip. All 15 or so cd's!!!! Awesome photographer.
Tried to email him, but no response ...
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Tried to email him, but no response ...
He's there, we talk on ICQ pretty regular.
he lives down the road past the fortress, I think I have his address with me if you want it.

Oh, and that yellow trike at the wedding was built by my friend Sergey. He was working on building another last summer

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3rd Birthday Party - Iron Angels Bikers Club, Vladivostok

this is going to take a while. There are so many blog-worthy pictures, I will be working on them for some time. So lets break it down into pieces ...

Fighting over the first beer with Ilya and Vanya


Sherri Jo tries on one of Iron Angels vests:


Russian Biker Dudes:


Vanya and his girl, Anya:


Girls wanted to chop me up for making disparaging comments about their tomato slicing technique:
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Iron Angels - part 2

Myself, in a huddle with Dodz, the mad MC for the evening and Andrei, the head honcho of the Iron Angels.


Dodz - getting himself warmed up:


Sherri Jo having a beer with Vanya:


The flags are out:


And the Shashlik is brewin
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