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Old 05-27-2011, 02:53 AM   #616
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Real adventure bike behind it though
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:15 AM   #617
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after 42 sites of blabla.....where are the pictures?
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:17 AM   #618
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The swing arm on that is pretty trick. Not so sure about the chain tensioner though...
trick but steel would be better in the back end of Siberia where just about anyone could weld it. You're right about the chain tensioner, it looks a bit vulnerable for an off road bike.

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Old 05-27-2011, 03:24 AM   #619
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Real adventure bike behind it though

u mean the orange one
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:49 AM   #620
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Yeah Sure Harley will make it to Magadan, Having very Killing Looks of .. I like Its
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Old 05-27-2011, 04:24 AM   #621
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How's the air intake height on the Dirtster? Sufficient to handle Siberian water crossings? How does it compare to the intakes on other DS bikes?
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:28 AM   #622
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It's higher than my Klr or the dr for that matter
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:59 AM   #623
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It's got the latest is broomstick technology for a kickstand as well....Sweet
That's a special order Harley part. I can provide them for you, but they're not cheap, about $75.00 each plus shipping. Chrome costs extra. Hey, it's a part for a Harley, so whatdya expect?. I have to cut them to order by hand, you just povide the length that you need.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:06 PM   #624
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Yeah, That broomstick is old, outdated technology. I use an adjustable cane on my Uly. It's much higher tech.

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Old 05-28-2011, 12:50 AM   #625
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I left Umag heading southeast, thru Rijeka, sun was out, a nice warm day. 20km out of town, the temp dropped, & the rain started, & didnít stop. Was not a fun ride anymore. I took the hiway thru the mountains, then south on a small road over another mountain. Road was bad, & it was slow going. I had been in contact with a friend from Bulgaria, who was in the area, & we decided to meet near the border & spend the night at a hotel. Last year Dimo did the Pamir highway, so this gave me a chance to ask many questions, because I donít really plan much in advance before a trip, I just sort of get an idea & run with it, and figure stuff out as I go.
Sure, it makes for many more problems on the trip, but its supposed to be an adventure, right?
So I learned about some of the rules in the different countries (Iím sure to get in some trouble somewhere, so many rules, who can remember them all?) and that I need a special stamp from the embassy for the Pamir (I had no idea)
I will be busy in Ankara playing the embassy shuffle!
So we had dinner & went to sleep, so we could go to Sarajevo in the morning.
Was a bit cloudy, but wasnít supposed to rain too much. He said for me to go first, as he usually travels fast, & would ride at my pace. Haha
I travel slow. I stop a lot to see things, & enjoy the scenery.
On the good side tho, he said that he did see a lot he would have usually missed, & his gas mileage improved!
We got to the border, no BS, no stamps, just looked at our passports & let us in.
The drivers here were a lot slower, the roads were a bit worse, and theres still a lot of damaged/destroyed buildings. Beautiful country tho, lots of mountains, very good for riding.
I hadnít been here before, so I tried to learn a little about it by talking to people. Bosnia is actually Bosnia & Herzegovenia. The Herz part is the Croation part, from what I could figure out (Iím no historian, so I may have some/all of the facts wrong, as usual)
But, there is also a big part that is the Serbian part, called the Republic of Srpski. I hadnít heard of this before. Theres signs welcoming you to the different regions, as we sort of wandered in and out of them all day. So, ĎBosniaí seems to actually be 3 countries. They even have 3 presidents. (there are no checkpoints between the regions, just signs)
But, the differences are evident, Srpski has churches, & everything is written in Cyrillic. Bosnia has mosques, & things written with latin letters. I wasnít in the Croatian part much, its more to the SW of where I was at. A lot (most) of the villages we passed were about Ĺ inhabited, with the other houses in ruins, & some were just piles of rubble. Most of the people we met were pretty nice, I didnít really notice much difference in the regions of the people.
It spit some rain on us off & on, but overall, it wasnít too bad, just cloudy all day.
We finally got to Sarajevo at dark, and stopped in the old town to find a room. We found a guy that rents rooms in his house, & the fire dept next door let us park the bikes there. The guy we rented from lived here during the war, & told us stories of hiding in the basement as the shelling & shooting was going on. Many of the buildings here were damaged or destroyed, & the house next to him was still just a pile of rubble. The next morning we walked around a bit, then Dimo headed to Monte Negro, & I did some more site seeing before heading to Serbia.



Rijeka





Hiding from the rain



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Old 05-28-2011, 12:52 AM   #626
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In Bosnia




Jajitsa, which is a very old city with a castle at the top. We stopped & had Cevap for lunch. Very good stuff, its like a small spicy sausage









Bombed out church





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Old 05-28-2011, 12:59 AM   #627
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This village was about Ĺ gone. Some of the houses were nice, some in ruins. Theres a blown up train bridge that has never been repaired



Looking out over Sarajevo in the morning



The house next door to me


On the other side, still a pile of rubble


We went to a cafť, & Dimo wanted to have some coffee. You have heard the phrase Ďstrong enough to peel paintí? Well this shit will strip off powdercoating

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Old 05-28-2011, 01:21 AM   #628
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Many metalworkers here, Dimo got a 40mm shell casing with nice scrollwork done on it. They fill it with lead, hammer the designs into it, then heat it & pour the lead back out.





The old part of town





Bomb damage



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Old 05-28-2011, 01:25 AM   #629
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The corner where the Austrian Prince was killed, starting off events leading to WW1


Theres a small museum at this spot


The top pistol is the one used by the assassin


The size of Austria/Hungary before the war. It’s a bit smaller now


Sarajevo was an important city during this time, & claims many firsts. I am not sure that the last one on the list was such a good idea tho.
Next thing you know, they will start letting them vote!



OK, time to head east!
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Old 05-28-2011, 01:53 AM   #630
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Looks like we are up and running for real, thanks Doug.
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