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Old 02-11-2013, 11:46 PM   #3691
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Drunks

We had to drain our fuel before the bikes were loaded on the train.

While we were doing this (syphoning into plastic water bottles), the 3 drunks were hassling us,then one of them took his cigarette lighter out and threatened to set us alight !.

By this time i was getting a little bit angry, so i stuck my finger in over the top of the bottle of fuel and went to throw the whole lot over him, Haha, that changed things, after that they backed off...,it was then that one of them revealed his hand gun......

To say i was happy to get out of there, is probably an understatement...

As walter said earlier,we were just in the wrong place and i,m sure if they had been sober they would have been as friendly as all the other Russians we met.

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:30 AM   #3692
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With fork springs I personally like stiffer springs with light oil or re-valve the fork for lighter compression dampening.

The spring holds the fork up in the stroke ( You need the travel when it gets rough) to much dampening with a light spring

puts the road impacts right through into your bike and handlebars.

If you bottom to easy-- increase the oil level slightly instead of using compression dampening.

This will result in fluid fork action with maximum travel and no bottoming.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:36 AM   #3693
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Well I dont know about the Norwegian guys ....

But Terry, myself, Rod, Beamster, Prutser have no connection with any military.

. but its often the bad days that make the good days truly excellent.
Correct no connection with the military...and doubly correct with the bad day/good day comment. It's the bad days that make you dig in to yourself and find those reserves of tenacity, endurance and maybe just a little courage that you didn't know you had.
The bounce back up when things are again going well is almost a high...allegedly m'lud.......and I never inhaled ....much.
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:02 AM   #3694
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Heheehhe whats the big deal !!! if I recall most of the scientists and engineers where German... I reckon most you you guys have never drove a russian car* or motorbike (though it had three wheels),,if you had you would wonder just how they managed to get a man in to space *the niva was not a bad car,,if a little rust prone!!

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Old 02-12-2013, 02:04 AM   #3695
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Epic Ride and Report.
As many have mentioned before, thanks for takings us along.

Walter,
When Pruster joined you guys, there was a mention of goodies, one of them is some kind of a chain oil dispenser. Would like to know your review on it.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:48 AM   #3696
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Such a valuable piece of writing for other riders planning similar rides. Fantastic.

A group of 4 of us from Oz are riding from Athens to Vlad via Iran etc, with a detour to the Vitim and the BAM in a few months. I'm interested in what broke. Sub-frames, bent rims, cracked pannier frames, I picked up on, but what else can we expect. One BMW 600-x or whatever, 2 DR650s and a '83 Tenere. All bikes have been well prepared and carrying a good range of spares.

The bikes go into container in a next week and we're all getting a bit toey.

keep up the good work
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:08 AM   #3697
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thank U

Thanks Walter and Terry and the other hooligans for entertaining the home crowds. Good to see some dutchies joining you in the beginning. I know its not that exciting to upload stuff and writing all this. Thanks for your Threads.

one question: When crossing those rivers with high current, would there be any benefit in going diagonal across with flow. I know it would be a "longer" crossing but the flow would not be as strong? Just a "noob" question. Thx.

as they say in Holland "de groeten en bedankt"
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:08 AM   #3698
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Back in the 1980s, While retelling a particularly wet and cold ride through the West Virginia Mountains, a Mantra for me and my riding partner formed. It was / is, "half the fun of having fun is not having fun."


I once read that Yvon Chouinard (famous mountaineer and founder of Patagonia) reflected on his most memorable experiences as not being very pleasant at the time.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:40 AM   #3699
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Epic Ride and Report.
As many have mentioned before, thanks for takings us along.

Walter,
When Pruster joined you guys, there was a mention of goodies, one of them is some kind of a chain oil dispenser. Would like to know your review on it.
OSCO - yes I will be keeping it on the bike. Some may debate the usefulness of chain oilers, but one that you can activate on some days but not others is a very useful feature.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:53 AM   #3700
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Jantje,

I see you have a solex. I haven't seen anybody do the BAM on one of those. You have an opportunity for eternal fame here.

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Old 02-12-2013, 10:06 AM   #3701
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It seems very stiff to me for ADV work. As I mentioned above, 4.8 is a standard spring rate on a 990 Adventure, which not only is a lot heavier, but has a less suspension travel. I weigh a similar amount to you for the record.
FWIW, I put a set of forks from a 450sx (with, AFAIK the stock springs for that bike) into a Tenere - which is approximately twice the weight with fuel. It works pretty well, even for rallying. The bike's heavier but I'm not landing from 20ft high jumps on it ;-).

The point is to use all the travel - and when you are gaining three or four inches of travel over the stock bike, you can afford to stay pretty soft on the springing without bottoming out.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:24 AM   #3702
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We had to drain our fuel before the bikes were loaded on the train.

While we were doing this (syphoning into plastic water bottles), the 3 drunks were hassling us,then one of them took his cigarette lighter out and threatened to set us alight !.

By this time i was getting a little bit angry, so i stuck my finger in over the top of the bottle of fuel and went to throw the whole lot over him, Haha, that changed things, after that they backed off...,it was then that one of them revealed his hand gun......

To say i was happy to get out of there, is probably an understatement...

As walter said earlier,we were just in the wrong place and i,m sure if they had been sober they would have been as friendly as all the other Russians we met.
Here is a trick a buddy of mine invented that works wonders when in the vicinity of drunks or a party with locals. In all my travels outside the US it always seems the locals wants the Gringo to sample the local moonshine or spirits to get a good laugh at the funny expression on the Gringos face(its all in good fun). Well after we partake we pull out a pint of Bacardi 151 and tell them try ours they are usually feeling no pain at this point and proceed to take a big chugg of the sissy gringo booze. Kaboom rubber knees,tearing eyes a dazed stagger like they just got caught with an Ali straight left jab. Then the enevitable question. Uno Mas Amigo. The enevitable reply no mas,no mas. It also is good when confronted by drunks that won't go away. You just wip out the 151 and offer them a drink if they take a big enough hit it will mellow them out enough to get your shit together and get out of Dodge plus you will make instant friends with the local Hooligans by offering them a drink. Its really good for snake bite too!
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:51 AM   #3703
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one question: When crossing those rivers with high current, would there be any benefit in going diagonal across with flow. I know it would be a "longer" crossing but the flow would not be as strong? Just a "noob" question. Thx.
On a bike, you take the shallowest route ... you dont get to pick that, you just have to find it. Often by walking the crossing many times. If you cant walk across it due to the current, you have no chance of getting a bike across it.

you also have to bear in mind where you want to get out of the water. There will be one spot on the other side where you have to climb up the opposite bank ... whatever route you take, you need to end up there,
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:56 AM   #3704
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OK Cole, I know I'm really late on this one but I must echo what you have heard from countless others...FANTASTIC! I am only just beginning the read and am enthralled! You definitely have my attention!
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:08 PM   #3705
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Is this the kind of trip where a couple of small cheap bikes like the TW200 would be a good choice....cheap..little worry about them getting damaged or stolen and easy to haul out of a bog if needed....vs say my KTM 690 which would be a bummer to lose.
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