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Old 12-10-2012, 03:25 AM   #1201
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Dont think it would be much fun getting caught in a thunder storm on the steppe with the bikes

I m sure now that you guys are back in Russia, Rod must be considering to put his bike on the
trans siberian train and say f&$# it!
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:41 AM   #1202
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Walter et al,

was just wondering if you have any helmet comms set up so you dont have to stop to communicate? Or do you just ride up next to the other guy and yell "Hey, lets stop, I'm hungry"...?
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:01 AM   #1203
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Walter et al,

was just wondering if you have any helmet comms set up so you dont have to stop to communicate? Or do you just ride up next to the other guy and yell "Hey, lets stop, I'm hungry"...?
no.

We stopped every 20 mins - half hour or so as a group and chatted. In those remote regions of Kazakhstan, we stopped at every shop we could find. There wasnt much point being hungry anywhere else. Its not like we were passing a McDonalds every 15 mins
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:01 AM   #1204
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How is the border crossing near Shemonaikha? I am planning to cross the border here next year.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:03 AM   #1205
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Walter et al,

was just wondering if you have any helmet comms set up so you dont have to stop to communicate? Or do you just ride up next to the other guy and yell "Hey, lets stop, I'm hungry"...?
We used the "Hey lets stop method"
Or waited before Walter drove back the 15km's before he noticed there was nobody following him

(just kidding mate)
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:25 AM   #1206
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Dont think it would be much fun getting caught in a thunder storm on the steppe with the bikes

I m sure now that you guys are back in Russia, Rod must be considering to put his bike on the
trans siberian train and say f&$# it!
We all just ran for the tents -it came on us very quickly and was pretty savage, but passed very quickly too.

On the second point...how d'ya know i didn't? read on ...
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:33 AM   #1207
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Zmeinogorsk

"We crossed and made out way to the nearest Russian town, Zmeinogorsk, where I knew there would be hotels. Unfortunately when we got there, both hotels were full. It was raining now. Almost midnight. We rode into some woods on the edge of town and pitched our tents in the rain and in the dark. It was the end of a very long day."

As Walter said we camped in the rain in a wood just on the edge of town.

During the pre-dawn there was (another) enormous storm and I waas awoken by a huge strike of "Ball lightning" just a few yards away. Not the usual Super-Flash-Wham-Crack of a Forked lightning strike, but a giant elongated BZZZZSSHHOW noise with an accompanying flash lasting 2 or three seconds. As if a local electricity transformer had just shorted out. WOW! Spectacular or what.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:55 AM   #1208
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How is the border crossing near Shemonaikha? I am planning to cross the border here next year.
Its good. I have used it 4 times in the last 4 years. Its much quicker than the busy highway crossing on the main road to Rubtsovsk. And the countryside and scenery is much much better around the Shemonaikha crossing.

Its the most direct crossing to get to the Russian Altai and to Mongolia
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:02 AM   #1209
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Day 43 - Wake up

We woke up in our little woods on the edge of Zmeinogorsk ... the huge loud ball lightning Rod mentioned seeming just 50 metres away from us. I never saw it directly (was in my tent) but heard it, and indeed I assumed a high voltage transformer was blowing up nearby.





We still had a reminder of Kazakhstan - a bar of chocolate:

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:03 AM   #1210
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Thank you so much for this report. I am checking everyday on it ... Such great adventure to be had!
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:05 AM   #1211
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We used the "Hey lets stop method"
Or waited before Walter drove back the 15km's before he noticed there was nobody following him

(just kidding mate)
Between photo oportunities, call-of nature breaks and KTm stoppages we had plenty of occasions to plan and chat . If we'd eaten every time the feckin' thing packed in we'd still be in Kaz, and 20kg heavier.

As P said, in the cool it seemed to run fine and after we got on the slab (after the test site) it ran for hours without a problem at 70mph.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:30 AM   #1212
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Day 42 - Zmeinogorsk

It was felt a rest day was in order. The last day in Kazakhstan was a whopper. We had gotten into Russia late. Everything was now wet. We went back and tried the hotels and one room was now vacated. We took it, then headed into town to stock up on Russian cash. As Prutser, Beamster and Rod had flown into Astana, it was their first time in Russia. So we took a few photographs too.



Beamster didnt have much work to do ... just change a front sprocket to a shorter one now that we were off the steppe:



Then she watched all the guys fiddling with their bikes for the rest of the day.



Terry was going to do a kind of bypass job on his fuel tank connector:



But he needed to borrow a drill with a small (2mm) drill bit. We thought about asking in some of the nearby mechanics garages ... when along came the solution which has worked for me time and time again in Russia .... the humble Russian biker.



These guy saw us working on the bikes and came by for a chat and to ask if we needed help with anything. They actually asked if we needed help! We mentioned the drill and drill bit and half an hour later ... it arrived:



I have seen this movie before:



Prutser was going to give the airhead a decent wash ... since there was a pressure washer just 30 metres from our hotel:



It came out looking really shiny:



Meanwhile, a local kid had become a huge fan of us and our bikes ... and kept pulling wheelies on his push bike to impress us.



It worked on Rod, who promptly gave him a seat on the orange beast.



Meanwhile ... the main road outside out hotel was briefly taken hostage by cows ...

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:31 AM   #1213
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Between photo oportunities, call-of nature breaks and KTm stoppages we had plenty of occasions to plan and chat . If we'd eaten every time the feckin' thing packed in we'd still be in Kaz, and 20kg heavier.

As P said, in the cool it seemed to run fine and after we got on the slab (after the test site) it ran for hours without a problem at 70mph.

Sounds like a faulty throttle position sensor (TPS)...?

Great ride report Been checking this thread for updates 7-8 times every day for the last week.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:38 AM   #1214
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So when camping in the bush how bad are the mosquitoes and ticks??? or is that an issue? What have the day and night temps been like?
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:44 AM   #1215
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As P said, in the cool it seemed to run fine and after we got on the slab (after the test site) it ran for hours without a problem at 70mph.
fantastic ride fellas,as a 690 fan i cant wait to find out what the problem is

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