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Old 06-23-2014, 05:50 PM   #1186
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Great stuff Paul, keep it coming!
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Old 06-23-2014, 08:09 PM   #1187
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Awesome update!!
You'll see quite a few vendors selling produce and whatnot along the road.

If you crave some greens, buy the wild garlic, or che-rem-shah in Russian. Really tasty and loaded with vitamin C. Cut it up, add some oil and vinegar and you got tasty salad. It will keep you strong and healthy . Also the Russian ladies are attracted to it














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Old 06-23-2014, 08:45 PM   #1188
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Looking forward to the Eastern Siberia part

Great report Paul,

I wish the guys well on the BMWs but I would not do that ride on one unless I was in a group with a truck. Mines still down after 4 months in Argentina. Changed my view completely and got me completely rethinking hardware. I'm now looking at a DR 650 as a base for ADV.

Great photos as usual Paul you're getting better all the time.

Is the bike still the right choice. I have a 690 but might be better with a carb. I know Noah and others use the 690 all over the place but what if the ECU f**ks up ?? again, OK with a pick up support.

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:26 AM   #1189
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Great stuff Paul, keep it coming!

Will do...would have added more right now but the dive motel im in has wifi but won't give me the password (doing this with tapatalk)...for the price it was worth it not to camp as there'll be so much in the next few weeks
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:28 AM   #1190
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It will keep you strong and healthy . Also the Russian ladies are attracted to it














OK the last bit I totally made up
Dude you're funny...i like it

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Old 06-24-2014, 06:39 AM   #1191
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Great report Paul,

I wish the guys well on the BMWs but I would not do that ride on one unless I was in a group with a truck. Mines still down after 4 months in Argentina. Changed my view completely and got me completely rethinking hardware. I'm now looking at a DR 650 as a base for ADV.

Great photos as usual Paul you're getting better all the time.

Is the bike still the right choice. I have a 690 but might be better with a carb. I know Noah and others use the 690 all over the place but what if the ECU f**ks up ?? again, OK with a pick up support.

cheers, dave
I just see the bmw as too big and heavy even before luggage is added...just a breakdown waiting to happen. Mechanical or structural...also one of the guys dropped his bike getting on the ferry and it took FOUR people to get it back upright

My bike is good there's no perfect bike but mine weighs in at 291lbs so its lighter than most 250's...that is good. Power is good and having a carb makes it serviceable but lacking power at altitude is an issue that's where FI wins...a FI bike is just fine as long as you have the maps on your computer to service and reset the ECM if need be...i would be more concerned about the fuel pump and how it reacts to low grade fuel...i can switch mine to run on 80 octane not sure if the 690 can



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Old 06-24-2014, 11:45 AM   #1192
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Amen to that, Brother. Traded the '12 GSA you saw for a '14 Water Head and I'm loving it as a sport tourer - feels much lighter than spec weight on pavement - but in the dirt it seems to gain about 200 lbs.

But I can pick it up by myself. Barely. After unloading it. On the right surface.

Hence the new KTM.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:56 PM   #1193
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The problem is if your are here in a place with real bad ground you're going down maybe a few times s day...now pick that big bmw up 5-10-15 times. The try it in sand, mud or if it goes in a ditch handlebars downwards then say how much its the right bike

Its a game changer...lighter and smaller is better

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Old 06-24-2014, 02:08 PM   #1194
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Its a game changer...lighter and smaller is better
Yep, if you are doing 95 percent paved, the big bikes make more sense if comfort is your goal. I missed my 990 until I really started riding my 625 and came to the realization that it was superior for dirt travel. Now I can't imagine going back.
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Old 06-24-2014, 09:08 PM   #1195
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The problem is if your are here in a place with real bad ground you're going down maybe a few times s day...now pick that big bmw up 5-10-15 times. The try it in sand, mud or if it goes in a ditch handlebars downwards then say how much its the right bike

Its a game changer...lighter and smaller is better

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Does that mean you are going to start looking for a Postie Honda like we talked about???

Hey Paul, your visit inspired me to get back to why I ride so I posted in the Tent Space thread.......thanks for giving me the inspiration!

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Old 06-25-2014, 05:04 AM   #1196
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Does that mean you are going to start looking for a Postie Honda like we talked about???

Hey Paul, your visit inspired me to get back to why I ride so I posted in the Tent Space thread.......thanks for giving me the inspiration!

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I rode a postie bike when i stayed with west isles foo foo...he challenged me to ride it without smiling....it was impossible...so lighter is better and happier



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Old 06-25-2014, 05:06 AM   #1197
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Oh and cheaper...you could upgrade to an $8 room in Nicaragua
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Old 06-27-2014, 02:45 AM   #1198
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Bumped into the Iron Tigers and have been with them for days at their clubhouse then riding 1000 km's with them to the far east bike fest in blagoveshchensk ....lots of crazy shit been going on ill get internet sometimes this week and post...but for now somewhere between Moscow and Vladivostok





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Old 06-27-2014, 10:13 AM   #1199
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Sweet! That sounds like a blast!
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Old 06-28-2014, 04:18 PM   #1200
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Im in

planning to ride to Cuba this winter. I'm in
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