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Old 07-22-2011, 10:50 PM   #76
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:37 PM   #77
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Old 07-23-2011, 02:06 AM   #78
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:23 AM   #79
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Small update - John's bike doesn't work as it should and we had to return to Almaty, It works fine for 500km, then starts to work intermitently - it can last a couple of seconds and get back to normal but it can just as well last long enough to force him to stop completely.
I thought it might be loose earth cable or something simmilar. After previous cleaning it seemed to be ok, but today it reappeared. Fuel filter maybe? Does anyone know something about such a problems?

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Old 07-23-2011, 04:09 PM   #80
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Small update - John's bike doesn't work as it should and we had to return to Almaty, It works fine for 500km, then starts to work intermitently - it can last a couple of seconds and get back to normal but it can just as well last long enough to force him to stop completely.
I thought it might be loose earth cable or something simmilar. After previous cleaning it seemed to be ok, but today it reappeared. Fuel filter maybe? Does anyone know something about such a problems?

Bart
Hi Bart,,,
Sunday morning here in Oz but if you are still stuck tomorrow I can visit my local BMW guy and get some diagnostic advice for you.
Any lights come on or coughing /spluttering before the bike shuts down ?
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Old 07-23-2011, 05:55 PM   #81
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I would also suspect fuel filter, but could be that cheap chinese battery you bought. Try riding it with your X battery and see what happens.
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Old 07-23-2011, 09:36 PM   #82
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It comes without a warning on a dashboard - engine just cuts out, all the lights look nornal.

I reckon if it was the battery, it would happen more often. Right now it seems to be very random. We rode 500 km without a problem and then it happened after just 40 km. And the battery wasn't cheap! It was 15$!

I'll check fuel filter today since there is nothing better to do, but even if it works after that it's hard to tell if it won't happen after another 10 or 1000 km. This bike is like cheating partner - we trust it's not going to happen again, but it's hard to trust with such a bad record...
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Old 07-23-2011, 10:48 PM   #83
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I put torch on Jonathon balls and he confessed that there is something weird on the dashboard after all - during engine cut-off gear number dissapears. I'm sure is should help solving the problem, but I've got no idea how.

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Old 07-23-2011, 11:35 PM   #84
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Have you tried posting on the ADV GS650/800 thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=77
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:54 PM   #85
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Have you tried posting on the ADV GS650/800 thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=77
Of course, I'm also posting RR and problems on Polish forum so I hope there will be someone who can help.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:46 AM   #86
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Day 27 and 28 in one go – Terekty - Almaty



27’th day of our trip is worth remembering for two reasons. The first is that Jonathon’s bike ran without any problems. No flat tyre, no engine cut-off, nothing. For the first time in two weeks. The second is that police stopped us.

Lunch break:







We were dodging the storm all day:





Last look at the tubes, before they landed in the bin:





Up tp this point we’ve done a few kilometeres. 7000? 8000? Something like that. There was a swarm of police near Vladivostok, due to president’s visit I guess. Further away much less of them. In Mongolia we saw maybe two patrols. One was guy in undone shirt running police lights on a chineese motorbike in one of the small cities along the way. Dinner must had been ready I reckon.
In Kazakhstan it was back to Vladivostok standards. Every couple of k’s there is police with speed gun. I’m sure that we were measured speeding couple of times, but no one tried to stop us. John in the lead, I’m in pursuit. Super-cop from outer space chasing bad German. Makes sense.

In general I think that everyone braking speed limit on the roads we travelled deserves a bloody medal. For bravery or stupidity – there is thin line between these two. Roads are just crap. Potholes the size that could swallow family car, roadwork consisting of pile of gravel in the middle of the road and nothing more than that and something I’ve never seen before – washboard on a tarmac. How do they achieve such a result? There must be some special machine for that or they just pour liquid shit on the road.


Would you dare night travel?



Anyway... John had 80 km/h ona 50 km/h zone, I had 77. I accepted invitation to the prolonged negotiations in a police car. Where from, where to, how much it all costs and all this kind of talk. Their offer to exchange bike for a police gun was politely declined. Just as the next one – to visit their house, kill the goat and give bike in exchange. They were just as solid in declining my offers. Official booklet was grim – our sins were worth about 200$ each. That is a lot, even in my world.

So what do we do? Should I write the receipt? What for, General? I don’t need this paper. We were joking, swearing and threatening each other for good 15 minutes. At the end they wanted just 4000 of the local currency. I left them with 3000. After all they caught us with our pants down...








In the meantime ignition barrel in my bike starts to act funky. Mud bath wasn’t the best idea I guess. After pouring a lot of WD40 it still refuses to work from time to time. No real drama, but sooner or later I might need to do more bush mechanics.


Two Italians and Kiwi on a bloody 80ccm bike, met along the way. They stopped for a piss, we stopped to check if they have any bladder problems:





Road was really nice at the times, but drivers thought it was multi-lane motorway:





Country’s finest is looking at this all with a smile:





Entry to Almaty – a lot of casinos and Ali Baba’s house:





At the end of the day we made it to Almaty. Hotel was chosen basing on distance to the BMW dealership. It was bad, really bad. No internet, bathroom looks good only in total darkness and the floor makes you want to walk in riding boots all day. But they had a laundry service! I was left in one pair of shorts and the least stinky shirt.

Trip to the Tajik consulate was the first target for the day. It’s a bit off the city centre, hidden between tyre shops and a petrol station.





Consul offered to make everything ready for Monday. Good, but I’m sure he could do better than that. I made the Puss in Boots-like eyes and proposed to pick them up after lunch. And GBAO permit as a bonus. He’s such a nice guy. It was ready at 4 pm.


I might not like cities in general, but this one has a nice background at least:






Next thing was to visit BMW dealership. It was awesome to ride in just shorts, no undies, sandals and t-shirt. Traffic jam everywhere, very little risk of serious accident, 35 degree heat – it would give me a heatstroke to ride in full gear. Riding was so awesome, that we were invited to the next police car. U-turn on double solid line seems to be illegal here, especially on a street with ‘no bikes allowed’ sign. Initial 200$ was negotiated to 0$ in about 10 minutes. I’m getting better at this.

They still don’t have diagnostic tools here after all. Bike was running fine, so we didn’t really need that. Mechanic found some stone if John’s fan – the reason for oil light to come up in dense traffic every now and then. I swear the fan was spinning freely when I checked that...






There was snapped rear rack on my bike – fixed in 5 minutes. Ignition barrel was unfixable – it’s just a mechanical lock for the steering anyway. It connects two wires only, so if it dies I can splice them anytime.





ABS stopped working too, but it was too hard to find the reason, so I ignored it. Most of the time I run with ABS switched off anyway.


There was an opportunity to use their high pressure washing machine, so I jumped at it. Bikes are almost as shiny as at the beginning of our trip. After all it was cheap as chips – 13$ for mine, 30$ for John’s.


At the end we recieved a city map with most of the roads forbidden for bikes:





Around 4 pm we picked up visas. Consul stuffed it up a bit – he filled mine with John’s details. A lot of liquid paper (aka whiteout), few additional stamps and my visa received a truly Tajik makeover.


The master plan was to leave in the morning, heading for Kyrgyz border.



Stats for two days:






Map, also for both days: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/324911

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Old 07-24-2011, 02:15 PM   #87
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Awesome ride report .... what is it with crazy Aussies and posty bikes
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:22 PM   #88
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I just had to rip my apart during my last trip. You don't have to take the steering lock off, only the two phillips screws that attach the ignition switch to the steering lock. The switch itself was never suppose to come apart, but with some careful prying you can make it happen.

Here is what it looks like on the inside. The black/gray gunk on the switch contacts was keeping the bike from running. A quick wipe with my shirt solved the problem.



And here it is back together. We used plumbing tape to close up any holes or gaps (it also is holding the switch together because the plastic broke when we took it apart).




Awesome report!!!!
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Old 07-25-2011, 02:00 AM   #89
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I just had to rip my apart during my last trip. You don't have to take the steering lock off, only the two phillips screws that attach the ignition switch to the steering lock. The switch itself was never suppose to come apart, but with some careful prying you can make it happen....


Awesome report!!!!

Somehow I don't see the photos, but I understand it's easy to do. So far it works semi-fine, good enough to ignore it. I noticed there is one connector coming from under the display that needs to be disconnected and spliced in case of serious problems, so having two possible solutions makes me happy.

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Old 07-25-2011, 06:02 AM   #90
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Awesome ride report .... what is it with crazy Aussies and posty bikes
This guy is a Kiwi and his ride is just half the size of a postie bike! 80 ccm of pure fury!
He's got a fair share of flat fronts as well - something like up to 10 per day at some stage. It's somehow comforting to know, that we are not the olny retards on this road, not knowing how to fix it properly.
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