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Old 10-26-2012, 03:52 AM   #196
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Nice!

I've been a silent reader in the previous rr's, will definitely read this one till the end again. Sounds like a great ride!
If you or any friends ever need to pass trough Holland again, you're welcome for some fine European beers and berenburg.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:05 AM   #197
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Hey mate - glad to see the report coming together after all this time. Looking forward to seeing how the trip went in a bit more detail. How did the new forks work out in the end?
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:16 AM   #198
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Hey mate - glad to see the report coming together after all this time. Looking forward to seeing how the trip went in a bit more detail. How did the new forks work out in the end?
Very nice ... they were plushly sprung and with the SKF seals, were like silk. Terry's were working really well too, but he had stiffer springs in his. Possibly too stiff for a 3 month trip. I think he has changed them since to a weight more like those in your forks mate, since coming back.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:20 AM   #199
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how come you have a white number plate......

wish i was going too......





i'm presuming you are the reason i had to be Walter2
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:41 AM   #200
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how come you have a white number plate......
Well you can see in this pic, I began in the UK with a standard huge yellow UK number plate:



But as soon as I got out of the UK, while in Holland, I fitted a small 12 quid white show plate (see pic below) and left my stock yellow UK plate there in Holland, to be fitted if the bike needs to come back to the UK. German style white plate suits the bike colour better, smaller size acts less like a parachute, and outside of the UK, no-one is going to pull you over for having a non-standard plate. Its not like the cops in a Ukrainian village have any ideas what is and isnt technically legal re UK number plate sizes and colours. Even in Europe, even in the extremely unlikely chance that a cop pulls you over and says "that seems small compared to other yellow UK plates I have seen - whats the story?" - you can always make something up ... like - because I use this bike in competitions, they issued it with a smaller white plate. Or - yellow is standard but for 10 quid extra they will issue you with a white plate. You can say anything. Similarly UK cops wont have a clue about every possible permutation of Slovakian number plates for example. If its got the country and the number on the plate, and that number matches the number on your registration paperwork, then everyone is happy.

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Old 10-26-2012, 05:24 AM   #201
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Very nice ... they were plushly sprung and with the SKF seals, were like silk. Terry's were working really well too, but he had stiffer springs in his. Possibly too stiff for a 3 month trip. I think he has changed them since to a weight more like those in your forks mate, since coming back.
Glad to hear that, was a bit worried after that last message before you headed out! Does Terry run the WP40'S too? How'd the fairing hold out btw or will all be revealed at a later date?
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:48 AM   #202
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thought there may be shenanigans involved.... just hope VOSA dont do cultural exchanges......


bike looks absolutely fit for purpose.....pleasure to look at
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:26 PM   #203
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Great pics as usual Walter, looking forward to seeing the rest that wasn't up on Facebook.

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The rather attractive girl who sold us our insurance had recommended a hotel in the first town that we should stay at, 8 km (5 miles) down the road. One of us, cant remember who, suggested she join us for a drink at the hotel bar, but she assured us she had to work until 6am on an all night shift, and would not be able to join us for a beer or several.
Normally I know who I would suspect but with the lot you were traveling with I'm not quite sure...

And what's Terry's trick to packing so light, does he just not change his underwear as often?
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:38 PM   #204
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Well you can see in this pic, I began in the UK with a standard huge yellow UK number plate:



But as soon as I got out of the UK, while in Holland, I fitted a small 12 quid white show plate (see pic below) and left my stock yellow UK plate there in Holland, to be fitted if the bike needs to come back to the UK. German style white plate suits the bike colour better, smaller size acts less like a parachute, and outside of the UK, no-one is going to pull you over for having a non-standard plate. Its not like the cops in a Ukrainian village have any ideas what is and isnt technically legal re UK number plate sizes and colours. Even in Europe, even in the extremely unlikely chance that a cop pulls you over and says "that seems small compared to other yellow UK plates I have seen - whats the story?" - you can always make something up ... like - because I use this bike in competitions, they issued it with a smaller white plate. Or - yellow is standard but for 10 quid extra they will issue you with a white plate. You can say anything. Similarly UK cops wont have a clue about every possible permutation of Slovakian number plates for example. If its got the country and the number on the plate, and that number matches the number on your registration paperwork, then everyone is happy.

You folks on the other side of the pond do have some enormous plates. Looking forward to the report!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:41 PM   #205
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Walter, are you always able to get premium fuel while on these trips ???? if not what do you do to keep the engine from detonating ( knocking), my 650 X BMW really sounds bad when it doesn't get good high octane fuel.

Also, I noticed you have raised the handle bars up quite a bit, did you have extra length throttle and clutch cables made???

Thanks
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:02 PM   #206
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Hi Lukas
To be honest, i thought i was carrying too much...., the bulkiest thing seems to be the exped mattress and spare tubes, i have a plan for my next trip to carry less bulk.... all top secret at the moment
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:54 AM   #207
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The show begins - the first morning

The following morning, the weather cleared and we saddled up for day 1 off road. The last 3 days of rain was going to make whatever track we had planned a little slippery, but hopefully throughout the day it would dry off a bit.

We rode back down the dodgy asphalt road towards the border we had crossed in the pouring rain two nights earlier, and halfway between our hotel and the border post, was our turnoff. The track began here.

A lot of the pics to follow are vidclips ... stills from the Go Pro helmet cam video I was shooting. So forgive the quality.

Here are the guys, just off the main road:



The trail began ...



And a few miles later ...

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Old 10-27-2012, 03:53 AM   #208
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Another Great RR for me to read now that

winter is heading our way. One suggestion you might consider C. I would suggest starting a second NEW RR addendum called ASK Colebatch for everyone who wants to know your camera model, riding helmet size, bike mods, girlfriends name, place of residence, how you pay for all this riding, zodiac sign, how you pack your bike bags, your favourite brand of monkey butt, beer, vodka, whiskey or scotch, etc etc, and then this RR could be all about the ride

Seriously though, after reading your previous RR's you are definitely the go to guy for putting it all together.

Thanks for Posting.

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:07 AM   #209
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I'm in. Can't believe I didn't see this before. 14 pages for day 1 off road, I'm just in time. Looks like I'll be getting another DVD..

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Old 10-27-2012, 04:15 AM   #210
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The the mud began

Just half a dozen miles into the ride, and the recent rain had left us with our first serious challenges. Ruts. mud, muddy ruts, all descending into some nice temporary swamps:









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