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Old 10-26-2011, 09:54 PM   #31
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D5 - 10/23 - Moscow

Pictures done near the Hotel (www.hotelvelotrek.ru):

Goldwind


Ural


Moscow City


Bridge open in 2007




Others pictures of this bridge::
http://russos.livejournal.com/tag/%D...BE%D1%81%D1%82

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D5 - 10/23 -- Moscow end of the bike season 2011.

Parade in town after 6pm, well: Moscow+night+rain+heavy traffic= you have to keep your eyes open...

Some lady with bikes from "custom" to "sport"






This one came after the parade:


Trike:






Gift from my friend Andrei:


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Old 10-26-2011, 09:58 PM   #32
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D6 - 10/24 -- Moscou Voronezh - 481km

7am departure and arrived 4pm at the entrance of Voronezh after 9h on the road ...
Two or three light rain but nothing too serious. Little bit cold, 3C to 5C

Tonight I take the comfort of a good hotel (5400 rub) and a massage to warm up a bit.
Already driven 2305km from the start and I still have 1000km to get home

On the road:


Hotel:






Massage room:


View on the most important:


Mileage of the day:
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:15 PM   #33
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D7 - 10/25 --Voronezh / Rostov (Bataisk) - 569km

Departure 7.30 of Voronezh and arrival around 17.45 at Bike Post out of Rostov I have about 380km to complete the course.
Nice day today, cool in the morning between 5C/7C but dry up and then 12C in the early afternoon with bright sunshine.

In the photos you can see the difference between the 4 channels and 2 channels, particularly unpleasant to ride on it, I have got the feeling that each wheel follows a different direction of the other 2 ...

On my way to Moscow I passed in front of this complex "Bike Hotel" hotel + restaurant + bar + spare parts for American trucks, but I didn't saw it... Today I stop and took some pictures.
I should admit that without the sun and if it was colder I would stop there for the night but given the good weather I preferred to continue.

At the Bike Post, I ask if they knows a hotel nearby and they indicated me the "Kartodrom" at 500m.
It is brand new and there must be one or two guests that night. The price is 2500rub. There is the WiFi without internet access ...

Whether the Bike Hotel or Kartodrom I'm not sure that's the kind of "images" you have in minds about Russia...

ps: Met some frenchs on the way, coming out of Voronezh I see a camper registered in France who leaves a station, I think "certainly a retired couple on a ride", I did not stop because I suspect they are going faster than me and effectively a few miles away they are behind me.
While I try to show them my "BZH" (Brittany my native place) which is on the right wheel, they flash the headlights and stop, I do the same and then they come up to me in English they ask me "What we had a puncture? " I laugh because not only the are not retired but youngs(*), and I explain my action in French ...
(*) French musicians on tour in Russia and they were going to Rostov ...

Enough talking, time to the pictures:










"Bike Hotel":









Bar:




"End of today's drive at the Bike Post"





"Newly open Kartodrom":
(with some pictures 10/26 in the morning)







Didn't cover the Ural but he start at the first time...
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Old 10-26-2011, 10:28 PM   #34
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D8 - 10/26 -- Rostov (Bataisk) / Novorossiysk - 389km



This summer when I passed near the farm complex, a plane was spreading but I have just stop for a photo at the paddy field, today I took the time to do these photos:


This one don't fly and the one of this summer went for maintenance:


Black earth (Chernozem) of Kuban:


An other plane few kilometres after:


I start my at the "Kartodrom" and I finish close to the "Tankodrom":



Home sweet home, picture on the beach, with the central Marina behind:



Final mileage for this ride:
4320km at the first day:

7583km at the last day:


Little ride of 3263km
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #35
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Outstanding ride report. Enjoyed it. I felt like I was right there with you.

I think I will go buy a Ural.
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:27 AM   #36
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Closing the season with a little ride, Day 1+Day 2= 729km
"Novorossiysk Krasnaya Polyana Novorossiysk -- D1 (303km)
December 13 - Start: 8.00am -- Finish: 6pm Kilometers: 303km
Weather: Sun +12C

Why 10 hours for only 300km?
Well by car from Novo to Sochi it's around 5 hours. Lot of cars and the worst: trucks. One miss a curve early morning and went done the talweg, rescue were still at work a few kilometers after one was almost inside an house...
6 places with half a way and traffic lights due to repair on the road, last year there was a landslide and no road until they remove the rocks and "secure" the place. To prevent such landslide the drive piles and built retaining walls.
Even with a good car, whatever the season, you get "tired" after this road: up&down - turn left/turn right, low speed, road in bad condition.

Then in Sochi I make a first stop at the central marina, then a second close to the church and I went to the tea plantation. There was two roads after the "factory building", the first goes to the "old" plantation then from the top I can see the green plantation, went down and go up, I was lucky the gate was open to the track so I have the pictures I wanted: after the Ural on the paddy fields the Ural on the Tea plantation.

Just before the entrance of a village I have been overtaken by a X6 M, very nice sound, the funny think is that 90km after I was just behind him... I was even suprised myself because I stop a lot of time to take some pictures but maybe he stop also a lot of time to refuel :lol:

Not far from the administrative area of Sochi I have been stop by the police, I know I wasn't speeding (don't laught), I haven't cross a white line either, so I suspected that as usual "pure curiosity" bingo... The policeman ask me:
Do you have your documents? Yes
They are ok? Yes
Well, he hesitate, then can I see youre driving license? Sure, I just pick my documents and was ready to open the folder to show him but he say: It's ok no need...
And of course we start to talk about the Ural, the specifications, the price, my country, ...
At the entrance of Sochi there is still a Police check point, in many place they have removed, so either you have to stop when they install the pannel or just go slowly. I stop and when I restart I clearly hear: "Au revoir" in french...
I didn't recognise my previous policeman so I suppose I just make a radio call to inform them...

More fun with the police:
At one traffic light I was the first, in fact I was following the others cars but the light was red they continue I stopped (good boy) so I was at the first place, then came a police car with the siren and the flashing lights, she overtook all the cars and trucks behind me but due to the overcoming traffic she stop close to me.
Green light:
I let him go first (good boy) the driver didn't put the sirens but was with the flashing lights on, I was just behind for a few kilometers, the road is narrow a lot of curves...
I was smiling (bad boy)
- when a Mercedes, crossing the white line, mean on the opposite lane, as pull quickly in front of the police car, not sure I will had pull so quickly if I was opening the road.
- also to see the interrogations of the others drivers: a police car with flashing lights and an Ural behind, usually it's a big german car :lol:

After the center of Sochi I went to the tea plantation, decide to follow the first road after the "factory" but it was the old plantation, nice view, I can see the new plantation not far, so just some pictures, went down then up again and I was lucky find the gate open so more pictures in the middle of the tea plantation.

Buy some tea at the factory store and went to an hotel near by.

Pictures:
Hooney





Sochi far away:














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"Novorossiysk Krasnaya Polyana Novorossiysk -- D2 (426km)
Start: 9.00am -- Finish: 9pm Kilometers: 426km -- D1+D2: 729km
Weather: Sun +12C

So, after some pictures at Adler on the sea side, including the buildings for the JO, I went to Krasnaya Polyana, As you can see on the picture no snow, at this level. To find the snow you have to go up using the cabins. I quickly try some access road but each time there was a security guard: "no tourist", access only with a badge for cars and truck working on site...
Ok it will have been "nice" to try the K37 on the snow but in the other hand, I have got a nice weather for this little ride, so maybe next time.

Nothing special today, some guy with Supersport bike were having fun a few kilometers after Sochi in a up&down - left&right section.
I have been stopped twice by the police at checkpoints.
- the first was as usual curious, but he check the bike document and my driving license, then looking at the picture, he ask me: "You sure it's you?" As usual I kept my helmet... We laught then I wish me a safe journey.
- the second, not curious for the Ural but for my documents: driving license, bike registration, insurance then he ask me my passport. So this time I remove my helmet and start to give him all except my passeport, I hold it and saw him the pages...


From the sea side at Adler to Krasnaya Polyana:





Construction for the Olympic Games 2014:




So for me this little ride is the end of the 2011 season, Monday I have to go to work far away.
I will clean the Ural tomorrow, then let him in the garage till mid-January.
Then back at home I will open the 2012 season :lol:

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up&down / left&right by Google Earth:







(no the straight line is not a road...)
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:42 AM   #37
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ps: At the Bike Center it was the evening of the BMW Club for the end of the season.

Bike Baazar:

Les pièces:


Sun at Moscow:

After a very quick wash



Hotell:



Stuck by BMW and a VMax: :)


Beginning of the BMW night:


Yes it's a Dyna




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Я был там в тот вечер
I have been there in that evening at the ending of bike season of BMW club
Шикарный отчет! Прекрасные фотографии! Как себя чувствует Урал?
Beautiful travel! I like your photos very much! How is Ural runing?
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:37 AM   #38
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Я был там в тот вечер
I have been there in that evening at the ending of bike season of BMW club
Шикарный отчет! Прекрасные фотографии! Как себя чувствует Урал?
Beautiful travel! I like your photos very much! How is Ural runing?
my travel by black sea
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" I like your photos very much!"
Thank you very much.

"How is Ural runing?"
Answer here: "Ural reliability?"
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=132
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Old 12-28-2011, 11:01 AM   #39
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What an excellent way to get your new Ural. Neat to see the flags flying in the factory, I recognized a few, Cuba, US, and Canada stood out easily. Guess they show support for their trade partners

Viva Russia I have to get over there on a bike, the scenery is unreal

Keep up the good work with the ride report!
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:34 PM   #41
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The place sure has changed in the 12 years since I was there! Great RR. Spasiba.
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Suddenly the sceptic in me has to wonder how this hard running Ural manages to keep going without a break down, and it's pretty good looking too. Too bad its only good for 25 miles per gallon and 60 miles an hour or so I've read. But they seem to have the reliability thing worked out. What a great road report. I hope we see more.
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:27 AM   #43
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Suddenly the sceptic in me has to wonder how this hard running Ural manages to keep going without a break down, and it's pretty good looking too. Too bad its only good for 25 miles per gallon and 60 miles an hour or so I've read. But they seem to have the reliability thing worked out. What a great road report. I hope we see more.
Hard running? Not only with the mileage...
One day I will fix a camera, when I play in the up&down, right&left roads along the coast

Regarding the reliability:
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....&postcount=132

Canuman, Throttlemeister & Canuman, thank you for the comments.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:29 AM   #44
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Thank you. Well done.
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Хороший байк! Nice trip! Espeсially bike hotel!
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