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Old 01-13-2013, 02:30 AM   #2551
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Just a rough guess, but I reckon that pic was taken in Australia.
You're right, Gladeswood caravan park in Seaford, just south-east of Melbourne. That's what living out of a tent for almost a year looks like.
Picture was taken on Australia day (sunday). The day prior (Saturday) we somehow ended up at a fundraiser for a fieldhockey club in Melbourne where a good tie was had by all... well, I certainly had a good time



We were stuck in Seaford for 2 weeks while my bike was at Soutbank BMW waiting for waterpump seals to be flown in from Germany. Wish I'd known about Moto Hansa in Sydney at the time, since Andy told me he always stocked 10 waterpump kits...
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yeah i reckon ya right.
only an ozzie would be silly enough to sit on the ground with a perfectly good caravan is there
I'm Norwegian though...
They only had one vacant lot and that's it. They whole caravan park was inhabited by year round tennants, but the caravan behind me was empty the whole time we were there. The permanent trailer out of frame to my right housed a single mom and her teenage daughter. They would argue and bitch at each other for hours and then the daughter would slam the doors and take off for a few hours. Good times....
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Hey its a caravan WITH WHEEL CAPS ... Pimped !
Mitsubishi caps.... but I didn't see an EVO rear spoiler
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The can of International Roast is a dead giveaway.
Yeah, after a few trial and errors we settled on Int Roast.


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Old 01-13-2013, 02:41 AM   #2552
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I also reckon the `van is a Chesney brand, judging by the paint scheme, but I guess we'll never really know.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:12 AM   #2553
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Currently placed 53 in the Dakar. Go Lyndon!!
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:57 AM   #2554
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Currently placed 53 in the Dakar. Go Lyndon!!
Excuse me, Sir.

He took NINTH in yesterday's stage. Against the best in the world. First Brit in the top ten since 2001.

That 450rr is sweet, but way too expensive for me.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:49 AM   #2555
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[QUOTEExcuse me, Sir.

He took NINTH in yesterday's stage. Against the best in the world. First Brit in the top ten since 2001.

That 450rr is sweet, but way too expensive for me.[/QUOTE]

I stand humbly corrected-I couldn't find the rankings for yesterday.

In 2010 I was riding in a little fun competition we're invited to in the Pyrenees, and my pal Robin (another tough and determined little guy) and I were riding with Lyndon who was as ever on his 950 Adventure. During the evenings wind-down talk from the trip leader Austin Vince-all bow-if it wasn't for him most of us wouldn't know what adventure motorcycling is-Aust mentioned that a particular stage had been removed from the comp as it had been totally washed out and was in his opinion, impassable. I'm sure he was just thinking of hopeless saps like me but he took it out of the comp and said that we'd have a fun climb the day after the comp if anyone fancied a go. All the god (I meant "good" but the mistake must have been sent by The Lord ) guys ears pricked up and Lyndon said he's probs have a go on his girlfrend's DRZ400.
On the day, I went to watch the carnage and tried to WALK up the climb (!) even that was a struggle with fallen trees across the little stream that ran most of the way up, horrible BIG steps and gullies just wide enough to trap your tyre but give you no purchase..on and on-you get the idea. No fuckin' way I could have got a bicycle up there.

Anyway, as I was fighting my way up the first of the hardly souls came battling up on 250's, 350's 400's and it was seriously heavy going with then guys falling over, pushing, sweating, swearing and laughing ...then bouncing forwards at way too much speed barely in control.

What should I hear then?.....BADABADABABADA...FAAAAAACK!! The unmistakable booming of a LC8 ..He's only having a go on the feckin' 950. COME ON!!

What I saw then was an object lesson in what separates the great riders from the rest of us as he slid, hopped, mini-wheelied (I kid you not) this huge bike past the guys who were stuck or struggling and he made it to the top before anyone and was the first of only a handful that made it.
This guy is an extraordinary rider.

On the way home from the event I had a long time alone in the car towing the bike(it's about 1500 miles
from home) I did that ruminating thing ,and got to thinking that he could conceivably get a top 20 finish in the Dakar. I called Robin up from the car and told him my thoughts of throwing a few quid in to assist if he ever did enter.
Robin was up for it too so if you look on the bike you'll see Robin's company "Vegetarian Shoes"-don't laugh-this is one tough and determined Christian, non smoking, non swearing vegetarian guy.
I didn't care much about having my name on the bike, just to try and help in a small way make Lyndon's great dream possible.

Go laddie!!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:42 AM   #2556
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Rod, you are one of a very rare breed of exceptionally good citizens. Thank you!

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On the way home from the event I had a long time alone in the car towing the bike(it's about 1500 miles
from home) I did that ruminating thing ,and got to thinking that he could conceivably get a top 20 finish in the Dakar. I called Robin up from the car and told him my thoughts of throwing a few quid in to assist if he ever did enter.
Robin was up for it too so if you look on the bike you'll see Robin's company "Vegetarian Shoes"-don't laugh-this is one tough and determined Christian, non smoking, non swearing vegetarian guy.
I didn't care much about having my name on the bike, just to try and help in a small way make Lyndon's great dream possible.

Go laddie!!
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:41 AM   #2557
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The road could still catch you out, you'd breast a rise to find a rim-bending pothole right in front of you, or a ripple a foot high right across the road so you have to keep aware.
Rod, how did the GPS stand up to the KTM vibrations? I'm guessing you had it wired in and not running on its own battery? My Garmin Colorado (realise battery setup is different) has never been happy on the KTM (no problem on the YZ450) and cuts out. Might look to get a Montana instead.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:42 AM   #2558
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Rod, how did the GPS stand up to the KTM vibrations? I'm guessing you had it wired in and not running on its own battery? My Garmin Colorado (realise battery setup is different) has never been happy on the KTM (no problem on the YZ450) and cuts out. Might look to get a Montana instead.
Hi RJ.

You're right, the GPS is hard wired. The 690 doesn't vibrate like the old LC4s. My old one pictured in Morocco just a few pages back vibrated to hard that after my trip across the Sahara, I couldn't feel that twistgrip circle on my palm for 3 months. The 690 is so sweet in comparison.

I've heard some guys have had problems with the battery shaking about and so losing contact on rough terrain, but we'd all been forewarned so I had some sorbo strip stuff under the battery cover to preclude that by ensuring the battery can't move at all.
The only thing that's absolutely necessary is to lock the orientation of the screen to landscape-if you don't the device will try to switch from portrait to landscape 3 times a second as it perceives one or t'other is the "right" way up. Maybe I should just keep the bike the right way up!
Seriously if you don't do that it'd be unusable- but it's 30 second settings amendment. That aside, no problems.

As someone who's always avoided GPS 'til this trip I can't praise it highly enough.

All the guys were using Montanas so they'll I'm sure chime in if thay have anything to add.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:56 AM   #2559
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Lyndon's hat

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That 450rr is sweet, but way too expensive for me.[/QUOTE]

In the pic, Lyndon is wearing the Adventure-Spec hat that should be sold as " Wear this and look like a knob"..he's a good lookin' guy but you'd never know it.
I can see I need to talk to both Dave and Chris at AS and Lyndon, and improve the sartorial element of the range.

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #2560
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Robin was up for it too so if you look on the bike you'll see Robin's company "Vegetarian Shoes"-don't laugh-this is one tough and determined Christian, non smoking, non swearing vegetarian guy.
I'm hoping that Robin supplied a bit of synthetic fake suede for the seat cover next to his sticker.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:29 AM   #2561
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Day 64

Next morning we got up in time to say what we hoped would be temporary farewells to P & B, met them in the breakfast room of the hotel and went down to see them off.
They'd have a couple of pretty hard days ride up to Irkutsk, but least the weather gods were smiling at this early hour and we hoped it'd stay thus. They mounted up and disappeared in the the morning traffic.

Terry and myself spent a couple of hours pottering with the bikes, we both changed to taller sprockets and I spread my tent out to dry in the hot sun-it'd been in its bag wet for a 36 hours and I wanted to sort it before I ended up with a bag of mould!

We cleaned up and went for a touristy type walk in the city.
The main square is only 5 minutes walk from the hotel we stayed in, so that was our first destination.
It's an incredibly impressive square and an homage to Genghis Khan with an enormous statue of the Great Khan seated in front of one of those Halls Of The People buildings , and another 2 statues of him on horseback flanking the main statue.



These pics don't really do justice to the scale of the thing, but give you a flavour of how he is venerated by the Mongolian nation

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:30 AM   #2562
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After some reading evenings, I finally was able to catch up.

Fantastic reading ! Being born not too far from Ukrainian border, its like a call to the steppe I got from your RR. Need to explore it in person :) I need a new bike though... New Husky Terra that might be... I really appreciate some advice Walter given during this RR on bike-building.

You Sibirsky bunch are some nice people. thank you for the time you took to produce this stunning RR. Beemster and Terry are the quiet heroes here...

I have my hat off to Rod especially... Mate, your Brit sense of humour is killing me with laughing Just like in the old times I spent in Eastern Midlands... I'll drink a beer to you. Not that I wouldnt be honoured to buy you one... or three... or... well Cheers !
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #2563
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In the pic, Lyndon is wearing the Adventure-Spec hat that should be sold as " Wear this and look like a knob"..he's a good lookin' guy but you'd never know it.
I can see I need to talk to both Dave and Chris as AS and Lyndon, and improve the sartorial element of the range.
youre right mate

Its very Lomax ... but I cant see Marc Coma wearing something like that
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:40 AM   #2564
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youre right mate

Its very Lomax ...
I'd had a similar thought......

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Old 01-13-2013, 08:57 AM   #2565
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Day 64 july 21th Way to Irkutsk

Our goal was to get to Irkustk in two days so we had enough time to arrange transport for our bikes. In the morning of day 64 we met the guys for breakfast before we loaded our bikes so Beamster and I could hit the road.
It was about 9:30 when we left UB heading towards the Altanbulag border crossing.
That days ride was not real special, we didn't even bother to take pictures. So we just put on some music and drove on towards the border.
The part of Mongolia before the border is still beautiful but looks a lot like places we had been to before in western Europe.
The surroundings slowly turned into green hills with more and more trees.
In the last town before the border we stopped to fill-up the bikes and do some shopping.
We reached the border at 14:30 and it took us till 17:30 to get across. Just before we got there 3 big touring cars full of tourists drove to the customs. And I think waiting in line is not in their dictionary
All the time we have been in the customs building they were pushing, pulling, arguing and trying to get to the front of the queue. They were all traveling in the same bus...
But we made it across without a hassle.

On the other side of the border the landscape became even more greenish .
We drove on towards Ulan Ude following the A165 for a few hours. Near lake Gusinoye we decided to look for a place to pitch our tent and drove onto some forest tracks looking for a spot.
When we found one with a great view we could see big black clouds started rolling in over the lake.
That's why we decided to get back on our bikes to find a different spot and were hoping the rain would leave us alone.

We passed the town of Gusinoozyorsk before tried some other forest tracks in search of a good place to sleep.
Which we did eventually.

It was not the most beautiful spot but we were sure nobody would wake us that night.

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