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Old 02-14-2013, 12:12 AM   #3736
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I have a question regarding the GoPros you use. Did you do anything to prolong the battery life on them? Or simply just switch them on for the spots you wanted and charge them at night?

I gotta say great job to everyone on this ride. It's made me look forward to riding Russia more than anywhere else so far.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:43 AM   #3737
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Walters epic travel report on his travels in Asia are wonderful----the countries---the people---Especially the people. One real advantage Walter has---that a lot of us would not----is that he speaks, and can understand, languages and dialects enough to communicate with the people he encounters. His proficiency in those areas is reflected in his being able to spell the names of the places he visits. I would guess that Australia, also, would provide a vast amount of country---thinly populated in the interior from what I can tell by looking at a night time map here:

http://www.daylightmap.com/?hl=en

I would assume that 'English" would be the language common in Australia? So I am wondering if Walter (or others) would comment on what travel conditions might exist in Australia----roads and trails, accomodations---fuel, etc. I'm sure there are Adventure Rider reports of travel there---but I've not yet found them so would appreciate anyone taking the time to provide their thoughts on travel conditions there?

I don't mean to interupt the flow of this thread-----so perhaps it would be better to PM me with information and / or links where I could find information.
Lots of places to ride and Oztralian is like English and most here speak a version of it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:31 AM   #3738
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I think getting the risers right is critical for that. Risers that go forward as well as up is imho vital to getting the ergonomics right. Normal risers actually bring the bars closer in to your body due to the angle of the forks. That can make standing tiring and more work.

Like this? I'm quite long in the leg, but even with the standard foot pegs I was comfortable standing and could do so over a distance, if needed.


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Old 02-14-2013, 03:34 AM   #3739
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:08 AM   #3740
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Walters epic travel report on his travels in Asia are wonderful----the countries---the people---Especially the people. One real advantage Walter has---that a lot of us would not----is that he speaks, and can understand, languages and dialects enough to communicate with the people he encounters. His proficiency in those areas is reflected in his being able to spell the names of the places he visits. I would guess that Australia, also, would provide a vast amount of country---thinly populated in the interior from what I can tell by looking at a night time map here:

http://www.daylightmap.com/?hl=en

I would assume that 'English" would be the language common in Australia? So I am wondering if Walter (or others) would comment on what travel conditions might exist in Australia----roads and trails, accomodations---fuel, etc. I'm sure there are Adventure Rider reports of travel there---but I've not yet found them so would appreciate anyone taking the time to provide their thoughts on travel conditions there?

I don't mean to interupt the flow of this thread-----so perhaps it would be better to PM me with information and / or links where I could find information.
Mmm ridden in both places, though not the BAM or ROB yet, the middle of Australia is very sparsely populated and in places carrying fuel is a must, but the gravel roads are generally better. Along the well known travel routes (Simpson desert, Strezlecki Track, Cape etc) there are many overland travellers and travel is easy. Outside the big cities it like camping in Mongolia and the center is like the Khazak steppe..

Which one would I choose? Russia - everytime. Even with limited Russian. Much more to see in Russia and Central Asia I loved the place and people and am looking forward to returning, I see you are from Utah - ever been to Mexico? I found more English in Russia than I did in Mexico. So if you can do Mexico, Russia is just as easy.

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:43 AM   #3741
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X lite 402gt.....Caberg Hyper x.....both open face with removeable chin bar.....i have the Caberg, would be better with a peak, i love the vision of an open face, but feel a tad vulnerable, the Caberg even with the chin piece fitted has huge visibility

they offer a good crossover of both types of helmet, but...the chinbars do seem a bit flimsy....i'm sure some maker will come up up with a good version in the future

the Nolan that Walter wears is the same as the Nolan Air N43 (i think) which has the chin bar extra, i used one for road riding for a couple of years

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Old 02-14-2013, 11:04 AM   #3742
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This thread needs a sub-forum for equipment. :)

The Roof Boxer line of helmets have chin bars that reverse to the back of the head, and can be ridden chin down or chin up. I suppose you could quickly go from menacing to "it's just me!" as needed.

http://www.boxer-helmets.com/roof-boxer-v8-helmets



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X lite 402gt.....Caberg Hyper x.....both open face with removeable chin bar.....i have the Caberg, would be better with a peak, i love the vision of an open face, but feel a tad vulnerable, the Caberg even with the chin piece fitted has huge visibility

they offer a good crossover of both types of helmet, but...the chinbars do seem a bit flimsy....i'm sure some maker will come up up with a good version in the future

the Nolan that Walter wears is the same as the Nolan Air N43 (i think) which has the chin bar extra, i used one for road riding for a couple of years
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #3743
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This thread needs a sub-forum for equipment. :)
My point was to find an offroad helmet, so with peak at least and suitable for that, that can convert to open-face jet. I did not mean to open a thread for the 50 different model that convert from road full to jet. Sorry for the thread high jack, moderators may delete my posts as appropriate.
Back in the 90 I had an Arai offroad helmet where the chin bar was adjustable and removable to make it trial jet. It was 1200g, they dropped this design to add safety. I wondered if modern versions with peak and removable chin bars are just marketing designs or OK for offroad adventure.
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Old 02-14-2013, 11:51 AM   #3744
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Apologies ... Norwegians tell me they have been busy at work ... but will be back later today to drive this story forward from Tynda.
Why them? You and Terry on strike.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:35 PM   #3745
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I would assume that 'English" would be the language common in Australia?
Kind of ....

Bear in mind the current Australian Prime Minister started her first speech in Europe to a ASEM meeting with most heads of government from Asia and Europe by saying ... even the English speakers among you may want to access the translators, due to my broad Australian accent.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:38 PM   #3746
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here is a good example of the speed required to make riding across Western Australia interesting

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Old 02-14-2013, 01:01 PM   #3747
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #3748
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i think its a bit quiet on the RR, so hopefully not hijacking the thread



the Schuberth looks good for off road ADV type riding, but just 25mm of plastic over that bar or a flatter bar would make it look 100% better......then it looks ideal.....and stops a face plant....
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:40 PM   #3749
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Maybe in the meantime, Rod might produce his story about coming back to UK ? Even in separate thread that might be later merged into here when the others reach Magadan ? Would be nice, wouldnt it ?

I miss your Scottish sense of humor here, mate. Although Geir's own is not that bad - something that I wouldn't expect from a Viking

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:18 PM   #3750
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Ride report tynda to yakutsk

After a couple of days rest and repairs on the bikes in Tynda it was time to get on the bikes and head north. While staying in Yakutsk I had ordered a set of new tyres from Moscow to Yakutsk and hopefully they will be there before me. The tyres I've got on have been heavily worn at the BAM road.

Max picked us up at the hotel around 8 o'clock and the rain were pissing down. Combined with temperatures at around 6'C this was going to be a wet and cold day. Max took us to his garage where we had parked the bikes the last two nights. Thanks a lot for your hospitality Max!

After a quick photo shoot at Max's place and a quick fuel stop we started the journey heading north. It was still pissing down and I drove with my shoulders lifted all the way up to my ears. Trying to avoid water and cool winds from entering my neck. Within the first 15 minutes my feets were completely soaked and I guess they would not dry for the next few days. Luckily the roads were not too bad and the first tens-of-kilometers and we drove on pretty good asphalt roads. After an hour or so (Walter know the numbers) we finally hit the gravel roads and it changed everything. I guess the guys in the front did not notice too much, but in the back the dirt were flying and it was hard to get good visibility through the visir (Windscreen) of my helmet. I tried to use my glove as a windshield wiper, but just smeared it all out and after some few seconds of OK visibility they were just as bad again. I tried to change to my goggles, but it ended up having a similar effect. Especially while catching up and passing trucks it was quite bad.

It also seems like some of the dirt get thrown off from the front wheel flying forward and fly over the front fender and ends up in my face. I guess if I still had kept my big front windscreen it would be something I could somewhat hide behind. This was now in a DHL box on the way back from Irkutsk to Norway.

At the next fuel stop I noticed that my front rim had got some new dents in them. I had now been riding slower and more taken it more easy than on the BAM road and it seemed like it were weaker than before. Maybe the heat treatment in Yakutsk had made it even softer than it was. A borrowed a large hammer from a truck driver at the gas station. I banged it as hard as I could to try to straighten it. (Any footage here Geir?). Not that I care to much about the looks of the RIM or that it is a little bit bent, but it is a good idea to keep the edge of the rim to seal against the tyre to avoid sand, water and dirt to enter. That will only give punctures and troubles.

We continued the journey north and it was the most muddy, wet, cold and miserable day so far. We took a early lunch and got some warm drinks, foods and got some dry wool socks on the feet. Some of us added a extra layer of clothing to try to keep warm. Some places the roads were so muddy it felt almost like driving on snow and you had to watch the bike and where it was going. Especially at some places with roadworks all of us had some troubles and a hard time keeping the bikes straight in the deep mud. With this 15cm deep mud the rear were moving around like the tail of a fish. Luckily we all came well through with no accidents!

At this time I was wondering what the hell are we doing here - what is the rush? It would be so much nicer to be home now with a nice girl, something red in my glass and fire on my fireplace. At this stage I was really homesick. I think some of the rest of the crew also had the same idea.

After around 450kms of driving we stopped in Aldan we had to find a place to stay for the night. We were all cold and miserable and needed warm showers, dry clothes and a bit of rest. We found a small place which had a garage were we could park the bikes. Perfect! They only had a 5 man room and all five of us were cramped in on this small room. With 5 set of wet clothing the room became quite humid. We grabbed some food and a couple of beers and all went to bed quite early. With 5 tired men in the same room it became quite a spectacular snoring concert that night.

The next morning we packed up and some of the guys had to replace the rear brake pads on their bikes. These conditions with wet mud flying around can easily wear down a set of rear brake pads in one day. Even without using the rear brake. So always bring spares! We drove out of Aldan and hoped to reach the banks of the Lena river within the end of the day. It was still raining and it seemed like we would have the same conditions as the day before. Luckily we got less rain than the day before, but the roads were still muddy and the dirt were flying around like yesterday. With the mud flying around everywhere and no rain to wash it of the bikes and riders were just packed with mud everywhere.

My front rim did not hold up very well and it started to look more and more like something you would expect to see in a flintstones cartoon. It was now starting to look really really bad and this rim really need to be replaced. Preferably before entering the road of bones. Let's see what we can do about it in Yakutsk.
Suddenly the warning lamp for the engine started to flash on my F800GS, Fu.. what is this? Here I find myself in the middle of nowhere hundred of kilomteres away from the closest village and thousands of kilometres to the next BMW dealer. I pulled over and stopped the bike immediately. The engine and radiator were quite packed with mud and I suspected it could be either a overheating issue or something wrong with the oil pressure. I found some water and tried to wash the radiator as good as I could. I started it up and the light were gone - thank you dear god - it was that easy!

After a couple of kilometers the light started to flash again. This is more severe than I had hoped for in the first place. What now? I picked up my instruction manual and it suggested the bike should be checked out by a BMW dealer. Fu.. here I am miles away from any civilization, the rest of the guys were ahead of me and did not see me stopping. What now? I started to think that I should stop a truck and see if I could get the bike aboard and get it to Yakutsk. It was turning dark within a couple of hours and I really did not want to stay here.
Than my phone called, it was Walter. "Where are you mate? We are waiting for you". I explained my problem and I tried to check if I could see my oil circulate which were quite hard since the clutch is throwing things around down there. We decided that it was propably a faulty censor or similar and decided just to keep up driving and hope it was not an oil pump issue. I caught up with the guys with the light flashing like hell, but it were still running so we figured out that if it was anything serious it would already had a breakdown. Things got dryer and when we hit the banks of the Lena river we felt almost dry. My warning light were still flashing, but we hoped to get the bikes washed and sort out things tomorrow.

Now waiting for the ferry to cross the Lena river it was starting to get dark and we had to wait about 30 minutes for the ferry. We looked like a couple of hardcore dirt bikers covered in mud from top to bottom. The bikes almost beyond recognition.

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