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Old 05-30-2012, 12:12 PM   #61
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absolutely LOVE this thread... great pictures... i have always wanted to visit Russia. beautiful scenery and gorgeous women!!!
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:07 PM   #62
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The photo of the road above looks like fun in the night or on a foggy day. Nice Ride Report keep it coming...
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:44 PM   #63
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05.29 Kirov / Nizhny Novgorod 585km

The roads conditions were better than yesterday but there was still some bad sections. Nothing special to report.
Nizhny Novgorod is a nice city.















05.30 Nizhny Novgorod, before we left to Moscow I took some pictures near the hotel:








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Old 05-30-2012, 10:06 PM   #64
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05.30 Nizhny Novgorod / Moscow 400km

There is a 2x2 road most of the time, a "sort of highway" in good condition. Not good as the M4 (Moscow/Krasnodar) but good enough.
The previous days we didn't see any police car on the roads, but today there was almost a patrol car in each villages and time to time on the road all for speed limit.
We just been stopped once at the exit of Nizhny Novogorod at the main check point, like before Perm we went inside the building and they took just a copy of the bike documents. Never ask for my passport, just the driving licence.

Just before Moscow we stop for wash the Ural, of course a few kilometers after the rain start but not heavy and we reach the Bike Center by 9pm







There was some work going on the bridge at only one lane open, so a big queue:




Arrival at Moscow (Bike Center):
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:06 PM   #65
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Very nice, thank you for posting this ride. I enjoyed your trip with the Gear Up.
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Our ride across the USA on a Ural Gear Up- http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781149

Escape from NY- http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=955520
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:53 AM   #66
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06.03 - End of this ride 3621km today. Report later but some pictures.

05.31 - Moscow
















06.01 - Moscow / Voronezh
Noting special to report, 2x2 "highway" all along, so a little bit "boring" for us with the Ural.

06.02 - Voronezh / Rostov

Mechanical failure on the V-Rod (...) we didn't wait the truck with Nicolai and we meet them in the evening at the hotel.


At the arrival at the hotel there was an "event" for Cosmopolitan review:










06.03 - Rostov / Novorossiysk
Excepted a bad section just after Azov, the road is in good condition.
On the beach just at the arrival after 3621km from Irbit:
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:25 AM   #67
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05.31 - Moscow
Why did we plan to join Moscow by the 31st? Because it was the 23rd birthday of the Night Wolves.
We didn’t know the exact program for this day, just that we were supposed to start a “parade” to reach the military Theater by the end of the afternoon for a concert.
But in fact as soon we arrive at the Bike Center, they ask us to go to the Red Square with a few others bikes, it’s was an “interesting” ride due to the usual Moscow’s go-slow… The bikes in front were “opening” the way between the cars for the two sidecars…
At the Red Square we met with the participants of the 2012 EuroTour then we accompanied them to their hotel and we went to the Theater.
After the concert we all went back to the Bike Center for a long night. This time we were escorted by the police and no need to “find a way” between the cars.





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Old 06-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #68
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06.01 - Moscow – Voronezh
After a short night we start our journey to Voronezh, there is a 2x2 highway all along, in a very good condition. For us it was even a little bit boring but at least we and the sidecars have some rest after all those bad roads. At the arrival to Voronezh there was some go slow due to work going on the road, as usual the emergency lane was full of car but the “Ural lane” (nice embankment) was free so we didn’t lost too much time and we met our friend at the hotel.
06.02 – Voronezh – Rostov
Nothing special to report, two of the HD (Dyna+V-Rod) left first, we one hour after and the others HD + the Suzuki latter.
They catch us, almost 200km after we had left the hotel, few kilometers after they overtaken us there was a gas station, I have look but due to a lot of trucks I didn’t see anybody, Nikolai saw the Dyna and V-Rod checking their hands and he think there was just greeting him so he didn’t stop…
Less than 5 minutes after that we were catched and stopped by the Suzuki guy, he informed us that one of the HD as a problem and we should go back to the gas station. Of course on this part of the highway there is no way to cross to the opposite lane so once again we used the “Ural lane” to join our friends.
There was a mechanical failure on the V-Rod and the initial plan was to let the bike at the gas station and taking with us the owner but they managed to call a truck so we left them and continue our ride to Rostov.
Little “surprise” at our arrival at the hotel, the journal Cosmopolitan was doing a photo session with some recently married girls and some of them request to be taken in pictures on the Harleys and also on the white Ural.
To come back at the gas station, half the way I used this track:


Voronezh at the hotel:


Rostov:

06.03 – Rostov – Novorossiysk
I left the hotel by 7am and was at the central beach by 1pm, Nikolai left by 9am and arrive only by 9pm. Not only I didn’t take the shortest way but he decided to “test” the 2WD in the forest before he stops his ride…
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:28 AM   #69
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Conclusion:
Nikolai 6700km -- Kristof: 3600km
Problems:
Gear Up 6700km:
- crack on the side due to the vibration of the search lamp on the bad roads.
- support of the jerrican get broken and the jerrican went away.
- support of the seat to be re-welded.
- one puncture on the hack rear tire.
- one turn signal bulb replaced.
- The bottom bolt of the cylinder protection get broken due to Nikolai “figure”, but hopefully he has done his job and no damage on the cylinder.
Retro 3600km:
- few bolts have to be tied up after the Perm/Kirov section.
- the head lamp went broken in the same section and I use the hight lamp all along, we didn’t drove by night and I even bend the lamp to avoid “disturbing” the oncoming traffic.
Gear Up / Retro
After a few kilometers, especially in the legendary Moscow’s go-slow, the Retro get warmer than the Gear Up. But for both, it can be considered as extreme conditions to be avoided, as it is really not the best place for the Ural.
To have a rough idea of the handling of the Gear up / Retro, from my point of view it’s like a Jeep / Volvo estate. For long distance I am a little too tall for the Retro and after 300km I get my knees tired, never happened on the Gear Up.
On the bad roads, of course I prefer the handling of the Gear Up and for the highways and good secondary roads the Retro is sweet. But in any situations they have both done it well.
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Old 06-07-2012, 01:59 PM   #70
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Great report.

Love the pictures.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:14 AM   #71
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Bike Show 2012 - Ukraine

Today I start my "new ride" to join the Bike Show at Sevastopol in Ukraine.

07.16 - Novorossiysk / Sudak
Not many kilometers today, around 300 but more than 12 hours...

Port Kavkaz in the line for the ferry at 10.30


2 hours latter


4 hours latter - After the first gate


6.30 since the arrival, I am inside the ferry


7.30 On the Ukraine side


The crossing himself it's only 30 minutes...

On the way to Sudak, some pictures:










Tomorrow I go in direction of Yalta.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:15 AM   #72
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07.17 - Sudak / Sevastopol
After a night at an hotel in the next bay after Sudak, I started my day in direction of Sevastopol.
The road is a succession of up&down curves in the montaigns with a "short pause" when it's close to the beachs.
At the entrance of Yalta there was some go slow so I didn't went to the center and continue in direction of Sevastopol. This section of the road is "new" , still some up&down curves but you can drive at 80/90 km/h easily
Just before Sevastopol I reach the BikeShow, they are still working on the preparation, found some friends and I went to the nearest town, Balaklava, to take some pictures then I join my friend Andrei, (Ural Patrol from Moscow), at his Hotel.



























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Old 07-23-2012, 07:16 AM   #73
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07.18 - Yalta by the forest road

Today we went to the entrance of Yalta, not by the coastal road but by the montaigns. First on a forestery track, difficulty level? For the Ural: zero but for our friend with the FZR not so easy to stay on the track due to all the stones...
After this tracks, paved roads until Yalta but full "up&down curves in the montaigns".
Our first stop was at a restaurant owned by a native of Tatarstan, bought some "home made" vine, cognac and honey.
Close to Yalta we found a quadracycle based on a Dnepr.

After the first part of the track, no pictures too much dust...


At the restaurant:




Paved road in the forest:
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Andrei:


Quadracycle:




Yalta:


















Our Hotel:




Part of our "shopping":




The "shops":



(The yellow road sign is to inform the drivers about the "dangerous curves in the mountain road")
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:18 AM   #74
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Ural with a Daihatsu diesel engine.
This english guy met Mr Cob during in tour in Europe.




Doug & Polly on their Black Sea Tour.
During the parade Polly left her bike at the camp and came with me on the Ural to take some pictures. Doug & Polly received an "award" from the Night Wolfes.
His ride report on ADV: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=805263














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Old 07-23-2012, 07:19 AM   #75
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The Bike Show:

Full version of the show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODxumMb1nPg&

http://www.ria.ru/tv_culture/20120721/705528204.html



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