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Old 01-05-2013, 05:04 AM   #2161
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Mong puts on a show

The day was warm, the sun was up, the bikes were going like trains and the trails were perfect. I managed to score a couple of pics on my iPhone but they were not great. I think P and T have some good stills. Here's a taster.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:06 AM   #2162
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Todays target was Altai so we finsihed our tea and set off again. We were getting low on gas and stopped in a little town to fill up-maybe one of the guys has a pic but I've none.
We do have more pictures mate, but are visiting our best mate in Cambridge at the moment so I'cant post them now.

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In the end the kid decided to keep his own bike and P just had to soldier on with his Bavarian iron.
Boy I was glad I got my bike back. The seat started to hurt my ass just wen we were taking the picture
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:49 AM   #2163
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Well I think he is dead right - except its not parts of the US, its the whole world.

HD sales went thru the roof in the 90s as non traditional customers jumped on the brand. Many lawyers or dentists who bought a Harley were new to the brand - just wanted to add a slice of bad boy rebel to their image.
The best/worst example of this I have seen was in Key West a few years ago.
We were watching the annual powerboat races down there and chatting to the guy who watched a car park outside a hotel on the end of Duval, the main street. He'd had a request for 40 or so parking places for guests to park their Harleys during a Harley convention-thing. The guy doing the booking said he'd want the places at 1100, so the car park guy asked " how do you know that's when you want the places. The guy replied " cos that's when the truck will arrive with the bikes".
So the truck arrived, the bikes were unloaded and all the Bad Boys ...Sales managers, dentists, lawyers, accountants, flew in, checked into the hotel,...donned their denim, bandanas and leather chaps and went down to the car park at the alotted time. Soon the air was shaking with the sound of 40 Harleys and Mean Dudes revving them up.....then they all set off down Duval..pulled in to Sloppy Joe's about 200 yards away...(the bar where Hemingway drank)...had a couple of beers each but then couldn't ride as they'd be over the limit. So the bikes stayed there 'til the next day when they were loaded back on the truck and carried back whence they came. You truly couldn't make it up.......

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:51 AM   #2164
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We do have more pictures mate, but are visiting our best mate in Cambridge at the moment so I'cant post them now.



Boy I was glad I got my bike back. The seat started to hurt my ass just wen we were taking the picture
OK P. I'll post a little more then leave it until you can put some pics up.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:13 AM   #2165
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P will post some stuff around the outstanding places we stopped later, so I'll hop ahead a few hours.

We had one of the best days ride of the entire trip and were heading into an area that Walter had thought during planning might have a route through- But it was by no means certain that the roads actually were linked so it was something of a "let's wing it and see".

We gassed up (more 80 octane margerine) and stocked with biscuits, bread, tins of tunafish etc in the last wee town before the untested trail as we'd be camping wild tonight.
It was still lovely and warm, and the sun was starting to drop so we started to look for a quiet camp area.
We rode down a quiet valley and could see a flat plateau high above the valley floor, so we scrambled up the steep climb-B, ever the sensible one went round and came up the easy climb on the other side-and found an ideal place. Doesn't look quite level here but that's the photographer rather than the location.

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I pitched my tent so I could look out and see this. As ever the perspective of height has been somewhat flattened

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During the evening we heard a small motorbike approaching and my heart sank a little as in some places that might mean visitors when maybe you don't want them-like during the night.

But I needn't have worried, a shepherd (horseherd?) rode his bike as far up the slope as it would take him, then got off and started calling his horses down off the high ground. He walked up towards them as they started to descend and he and his dog rounded them up and started to move them down the valley -maybe away from wolves? I dunno but he wanted them where he could guard them. When he got back down as far as the bike he hopped on and rode down deadstick with the dog scooting away in front. I stopped watching then but T & P watced him until he was out of sight and it took him over an hour to get them down.

The morning after was a glorious dawn and I went and sat on a rock with a cup of tea before the guys were up.
The silence was absolute, the sense of peace profound, and it bled in to me from this beautiful land.

When the guys got up T was looking at the view and spotted something, just a white blob ...was it a wolf?..sitting right at the top of the peak in the pic above, and watching the valley floor. P looked through his glasses and it was a massive vulture of some type. He'll tell us I'm sure but it was impressively big.

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Old 01-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #2166
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Vulture/Eagle

I was in Mongolia March 2012 (not riding, too damn cold) teaching a class. We were taken out to the steppe by some members of the class and one of the things we were shown were vultures/eagles locals use to hunt wolves.



By way of reference the local holding the vulture is a little over 6' tall (tallest Mongolian I've ever met). Those things are huge and are trained to hunt and kill wolves.



Great ride report. I had hoped to ride while I was there but had no control over the dates of the class and the highs in mid-March were 20F with lows around -20 to -30F.

The Mongolians are amazing people and I really enjoyed being there and will return someday on a motorcycle (not my 1200GS)
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Old 01-05-2013, 07:21 AM   #2167
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Maybe, just maybe, Walter himself didn't bring the right tool to the jobsite in his early days.

the first time Walter did a trip like this was on a Honda Transalp 400.

see: http://www.tokyotolondon.com/
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:09 AM   #2168
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Here's the view from the hotel window.






We picked through the other somewhat limited choices ( I know its all part of the experience so please don't chime in accusing me of being a spoiled westerner) and managed to get something -maybe omelettes but I can't remember-we could enjoy and it was surprisingly good
I bet you were thinking of me when you wrote the above ,eh? Rod..
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:17 AM   #2169
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Day 59

Rod / Prutser ... I think we have the day counts mixed up ... The day we rode from Tsengel to Olgiy in the rain was Day 57.

So for you guys Olgiy to Hovd was day 58 and Hovd to Altai City was Day 59

For me, Day 59 began about 35 kilometres east of Bayantes, at 6am. I wanted an early start. The lady of the house (ger) was also just getting up and she insisted I stay while she puts on a fresh brew of Mongolian tea.



A look around the inside of the ger showed one corner full of electronics ... A computer, a TV ... all seemingly running off 12V DC ... a car battery that was recharged via the solar panels that are now on the outside of every ger (yurt).



Outside, the scene was peaceful ... with the bike parked just beside the solar panel and satellite dish.



After my tea, I bid farewell to the lady. Her husband had not yet woken up, but I needed to get moving.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:17 AM   #2170
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The silence was absolute, the sense of peace profound, and it bled in to me from this beautiful land.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:53 AM   #2171
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Well I think he is dead right - except its not parts of the US, its the whole world.

HD sales went thru the roof in the 90s as non traditional customers jumped on the brand. Many lawyers or dentists who bought a Harley were new to the brand - just wanted to add a slice of bad boy rebel to their image. Harley has ridden that boom wave for two decades. But the current trend is not to add a bit of bad boy rebel to your motorcycling image, its to add a bit of Bear Grylls wild man adventurer to the image.

Thats the key driver behind the explosion in the adventure biking segment and why almost every major manufacturer is trying to get a piece of that action - from Honda to Ducati. Right now adventure is the hottest marketing image in motorcycling. And the 1200GS is the reigning king of that image.

I am kinda hoping some TV producer gives me a call to open up a reality tv adventure bike building business called Colebatch County Adventure Bikes
Very well put, Walter. It is a new trend of adv bikes over HD, and it was probably kicked out by LWR series which brought lots of following (including the Starbox riders) to GS and big revenue to BMW, and encouraged all other brends to follow the suite.
Good idea to have your own show, we'd never miss an episode.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:58 AM   #2172
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Day 59 - part 2

I was making slower progress that I hoped this morning, but did still have my share of amazing views



The weather was in and out of rainy areas, but i was pretty lucky and skirted most of the rain. Just had to deal withe puddles on the road and lots of running water crossings, and a few horrible muddy sections.

And the odd yak:



I eventually made Moron about 1:30pm and stopped to get food and fuel and some more mongolian cash. I had a couple more fuel stops ahead and needed cash for it. Now it was dry, hot and sunny.

I left Moron about 3pm. I had about 200 km left of the dirt, then another 300-400 km on asphalt to the Mongolian border. 60 km out of Moron I came across another biker. Like the guys a day and a half ago in Ulaangom, this guy was Russian. They were the only other non local bikers i saw on the Northern Route ... 3 Russians.



And cause he was from Moscow, the Moscow boys knew him and asked around to get this foto looking back

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Old 01-05-2013, 09:48 AM   #2173
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I can see they use Russian letters in Mongolia. This is also true to other former Russian republics in the east and middle Asia. Russians introduced their own lettering over there. This makes me wonder why Mongolia wasn't part of Russia as well.
Now, is Mongolian sounds more like Kazakh or Chinese? Also, is the solar power the only electricity they have? Ho do they managing getting on supplies like food and other stuff, etc?

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Old 01-05-2013, 10:41 AM   #2174
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To be fair to the German chaps, before finding this website that's exactly the sort of bike I thought I would have to have ridden in order to do this sort of trip. Ewan and Charley have a lot to answer for.....

Sent from my campfire using digital smoke signals.
Agree the Sibirsky Group is way ahead of the curb.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:16 AM   #2175
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Question. I keep reading how your beverage of choice is tea during your breaks and mornings but is coffee available also throughtout the area's you have been riding?
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