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Old 04-01-2011, 12:29 PM   #151
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Talk about keeping folks wait'n
Great updates...let's get riding!

Go riding Happy Buddha, don't wait for me!

I still have a couple of days of sightseeing before I start riding...

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Old 04-08-2011, 02:40 PM   #152
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Meeting the Iron Tigers

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07.07.2010 - Day 7 on the road
Start: Port of Vladivostok
End: Vladivostok, Iron Tigers clubhouse
Distance: 15 km (on the bike)
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Relieved by the great success in customs the day before I slept very well and woke up late. Had a quick breakfast, packed my things, wished the other travellers “Happy Travels” and took the bus downtown. The apartment block where "See You Hostel" is located.





It was very crowded in the customs warehouse. Hundreds of used cars are imported through the port of Vladivostok every week. Each and every of them need to be released by the small office outside the warehouse. For years rumours that Putin (!?) any time is going to stop the import of used cars from Japan has boosted the import. These two Uzbeks (one born in Shymkent, Kazakhstan and the other in Karakalpakstan) are working in Vladivostok since years and collected some 10 cars this day.





Bike in the customs warehouse.





The first meters on Russian ground behind me. The port terminal on the left, the start of the transsiberian railway to the right.





The Vladmoto shop / Iron Tigers clubhouse is located in a Vladivostok suburb. I had found a free tourist map the day before and found the place easily. Upon arrival I was greeted by Andrej, Michail and the rest of the gang. It was busy day at Vladmoto http://www.vladmoto.ru/ . Their main business is to import motorcycles from Japan(!) and distribute them to their partner companies throughout the country. The shop was crammed with bikes waiting to be shipped / sold. Their motorcycle repair shop is also very busy. If you have an issue on your bike, Vladmoto is the right address.





I was showed “the box”, which is the room on the top floor where travellers are hosted. It is at the same time the place where Andrej’s rock band practices (summertime motorcycle travellers seem to have priority?).




Bjoern had been riding some days intensively and had a late arrival the evening before and sleept until after noon time. At certain stage I thought he was dead. We had a great lunch with the Vladmoto guys in a “Stolovaya” (workers lunch restaurant). In the afternoon we went to the nearby “magasin” with Bjoern to buy something to drink and eat in the evening.





Some of the Iron Tigers characters, Mischa.





Sasha, the Iron Tigers star mechanic (thank you for helping us out when the neighbourhood banya was closed).





Kostya





Mr. X.





Kostya and Artom. Artom is a well know paintbrush artist in Russia. He has done a number of cars and motorcycles. Check out his work on this link http://www.art-tom.ru/ (guys, do not miss the bodyart section...).





You are a jerk? Buy a bike from Vladmoto and you will get the hottest chicks.





Speed sells.





Many greetings from world travellers that have stayed in the box (and some party shots as well).





Two Finns, Jorma Kähkönen and Jari Ikonen, had visited Iron Tigers some days earlier and left a souvenir (and forgot their underwear in the box as well). They first rode up to Murmansk continued to Vladivostok and returned via Mongolia to Finland. For those of you fluent in Finnish there is an interview in the 23.05.2010 Uusimaa newspaper.





It was a quiet evening at the clubhouse. I was eager to learn about Bjoern’s experiences during his two month odyssey from Germany through Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia to Vladivostok. I was going westbound along more or less the same route. How were the roads? Was there enough places for refueling? What about the people? Motels along the road? See Bjoerns travel route and blog here. Bjoern forgot his shaving gear at home in Germany when he left two months earlier.





We decided to go downtown for sightseeing the next day and the Iron Tigers asked if we wanted to join them to a speedway competition in the evening. Full program.

It was late when we called it a day and climbed up to “the box”.


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Old 04-08-2011, 03:52 PM   #153
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They are some great guys. I always have fun hanging out with them, & have spent several nights in 'the box'

I have a couple of my cards somewhere on that wall as well :)

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Old 04-08-2011, 04:26 PM   #154
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Looking forward to meet the guys. Will bring an extra set of knickers with me!!!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:26 PM   #155
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Just got here and caught up.....can't wait for the rest!
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:00 PM   #156
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I have heard about guys doing longer tours on KTMs as well but I am not sure it is true. It is probably an urban legend.

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:32 PM   #157
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late to the party. awesome trip, this one is in my books as must do.

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Old 04-09-2011, 01:44 AM   #158
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I do not have a problem with KTMs, it is just jealousy...

BTW, looks like excellent riding in Turkey. Must try it one day.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #159
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It was a quiet evening at the clubhouse. I was eager to learn about Bjoern’s experiences during his two month odyssey from Germany through Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia to Vladivostok. I was going westbound along more or less the same route. How were the roads? Was there enough places for refueling? What about the people? Motels along the road? See Bjoerns travel route and blog here. Bjoern forgot his shaving gear at home in Germany when he left two months earlier.



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Hehe, that´s me. Yes, even back home now I still forget my shaving gear from time to time

Nice to hear from you, Andrej, hope everything is well with you and your family?!

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Old 07-15-2011, 04:09 PM   #160
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:59 AM   #161
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Hopefully the OP will finish the story as it looks like a great trip.
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Old 07-16-2011, 01:13 AM   #162
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I assume that he has a slow internet connection. It takes three months to send one picture.

Seriously. I hope he is alright and nothing happened!
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Old 07-16-2011, 04:03 AM   #163
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1 bottle of bourbon, can't talk much, f*#ken awsome, I luv this site!!!! this is a great trip!!!!!
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:44 AM   #164
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Really enjoying your report!
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:30 PM   #165
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Fantastic report and pics,(we) wait for more...

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