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Old 12-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #1831
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Day 54 Part 2

The next track we tried looked promising. Long forest trails with lots of curves going up and down the hills.
After an hour we ended at the top of a mountain were the track ended.



We have been looking for other tracks to get of the mountain. But everywhere we looked we found a steep hillsides dropping into a river. So we had to go back again.



After trying most of the tracks we could find we decided to try our luck on the other side of the M52.
Once we were back on the M52 we stopped in a little town called Kuray.
In the town we stopped at the local супермаркет (supermarket). While we were trying to get all our food supply into our panniers some local drunk came begging for пять рублей for his next shot of alcohol.
After he finally understood we were not going to help kill himself he left us.

The GPS showed a track through the town leading into the mountains we could see in the distance.
We decided to give it a go, at least we could find a nice spot to spend the night.

And so we did.

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Old 12-23-2012, 02:40 PM   #1832
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Phenomenal ride report! Traveling these areas is definitely very high on the bucket list, considering I grew up in Russia but havent had a chance to travel much while living there.

One potentially stupid question (I havent done much adventure riding at all, in fact only currently own a street bike): none of you guys have engine guards. Especially with the airhead, is there ever worry of damaging the the engine in a drop of the bike on the side?
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #1833
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Phenomenal ride report! Traveling these areas is definitely very high on the bucket list, considering I grew up in Russia but havent had a chance to travel much while living there.

One potentially stupid question (I havent done much adventure riding at all, in fact only currently own a street bike): none of you guys have engine guards. Especially with the airhead, is there ever worry of damaging the the engine in a drop of the bike on the side?
Walter and Beamster's bikes have radiator guards. Together with the hand guards and bash plates they have enough protection to drop them once in a while
The airhead engine is pretty tough. I have seen that crash bars can do a lot of damage to those engines. Plus they make the bike heavier and wider. So I will take the risk doing without.

Because I shortened my brake and clutch levers they are less vulnerable. When you drop the airhead the handlebar hardly ever touches the ground. But i'm going to mount hand guards to stop branches hitting my brake lever.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:40 PM   #1834
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:05 PM   #1835
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Walter and Beamster's bikes have radiator guards. Together with the hand guards and bash plates they have enough protection to drop them once in a while
The airhead engine is pretty tough. I have seen that crash bars can do a lot of damage to those engines. Plus they make the bike heavier and wider. So I will take the risk doing without.

Because I shortened my brake and clutch levers they are less vulnerable. When you drop the airhead the handlebar hardly ever touches the ground. But i'm going to mount hand guards to stop branches hitting my brake lever.
Hand guards also protect ... YOUR HANDS! Not only from trees when riding fast in narrow woods, but (hence the term "Bark Buster"), branches and such.

They also can help in a crash when you hit the ground. I've actually ridden the bike down, slid along the ground still holding onto bars, no damage to hands or to levers or controls because they were safe inside the hand guard.

Good hand guards can also help prevent handlebars from bending in a crash. (like if you FLIP the bike at speed) I leave all my lever perches and controls just "snug" not super tight, this way they can move bit in a crash, less likely to snap off.

Those Air Head cylinders are tough for sure ... but I managed to punch a hole in a valve cover once. Easy fix with Quik Aluminum of JB Weld. I've seen steel cylinder crash guards break off critical frame and motor bolts in a crash. Hard to fix in the field.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #1836
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Ok, there are photos, and then there are photos, this one is just simply awesome.


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I couldn't agree more, that is a truly stunning picture Prutser!
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:26 PM   #1837
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Just wow, finally my first ride report of Cole I can sort of follow in real time. Read a few before but now I just have to say how stunned I am. Thanks to all of you who are contributing to this fabulous RR. Simply amazing, keep on posting, I'll keep on reading.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:54 PM   #1838
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Ok, there are photos, and then there are photos, this one is just simply awesome.


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You said it!
It has the full range of tonality, a wide range of planes in depth, and colors and detail.
It is picture perfect as in any painting of the grand masters.
Set it up against a Casper David Friedrich, and it will hold its own.
Well done!
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #1839
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Hi everyone!

It was a surprise to see here my wife`s happy face!
Actually, we are riding Africa Twin and Super Sherpa.



That time, in Altay, we were travelling by car, so we didn`t look like cool riders. But we were happy to see great equipped 2-wheel machines and to have some chat with their pilots. :)
This thread is like a big international campfire, with participants from all over the globe. Wonderful!
Welcome to the asylum and your first post, ZagE!

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #1840
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Could not agree more. Front page material for sure.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #1841
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Ok, there are photos, and then there are photos, this one is just simply awesome.


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Really. That photo is insane. The depth is unreal.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:48 PM   #1842
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This is the best so far ....................
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:35 AM   #1843
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Hey Walter, guess what I found (in Asda supermarket in Dumbarton of all places)?

I'm not usually a fan of vodka but that stuff is indeed very good.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:41 AM   #1844
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:43 AM   #1845
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In addition to all the other praise already posted by everybody else, I really love how circles get closed. First the Australians, then a bunch of updates on Victors health and now the russian "tourists" who get in touch. The internet has turned the world into a village!
There's another of these closing circles experiences in a few days
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