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Old 02-14-2013, 12:07 AM   #3736
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Asia or Australia ?

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.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:12 AM   #3737
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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   #3738
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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.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=157779
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:31 AM   #3739
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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   #3740
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:08 AM   #3741
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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   #3742
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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   #3743
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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   #3744
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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   #3745
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:35 PM   #3746
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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   #3747
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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   #3748
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:33 PM   #3749
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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   #3750
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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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