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Old 10-22-2012, 08:26 AM   #1
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China is easy. RR from Karakorum Highway and Taklamakan desert...

I visited China many times. More than 10x. It is easy, safe and even cheap. But by motorbike seemed to be difficult nad expensive. I spent last few summer in Central Asia, often travelling along chinese border in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. My first attempt took a place in 2008: in Bejing was Olympic Games and we tried... Everything was prepared, paid etc. but shit happened - riots started in Xinjiang and we were forced to leave the bikes on the border. Four years it is a lot of time - I explored Pamir and took my clients to northern Afghanistan on bikea, I changed my job, lost good friends, met another interesting people. I have done some stupid things on the motorcycle but finally survived.
I love Kyrgyzstan, it is the best adv country for me. Cheap, sunny, dry. Nice people who speaks Russian, language I speak better than English. But Kyrgyzstan is too small for me. Kazakhstan is flat and boring and Pamir in Tajikistan is just a pretty high altitude desert, so maybe let's try again China?
I rode chinese motorbikes in Eastern China (illegally of course), I was in Bejing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities. Cities are ugly, overcrowded, it is f... difficult to understand people even when they knows few words in English. So why to China?
I don't know: many riders are dreaming about riding China. It is just 350 km from Bishkek. It wasn't comercial tour. I organised it for my friends, whom I know for many years. I invited guys who travelled with me in Himalaya and Africa but also people who were newbie. There were heavy bikes with us (1200GS) and some light bikes (Xchallenge, DR650, LC4, old Tenere). Car is a must in China because guide has to travel with the group. I wasn't happy because it but this is the chinese law and we had to respect it. Renting 4WD in China is bloody expensive, so we took a car from Kyrgyzstan with us. Having a a car I didn't affraid to invite for this trip my 7 years old son, he was with us all the time.
This trip report is just about riding in Xinjiang, just one province. The biggest, but just one, Xinjang is 3 times bigger than France, Taklamakan desert is as big as Spain. China is really huge: same size as Europe incl. Russian part. So, sorry folks - it is not report about riding in China, title of this thread is misunderstanding - it was just like a week tour in France.
We spent 3 weeks riding, and done 6000 km. To tell you the truth it was holiday riding. Maybe I am getting older? Walter is presenting on advrider his toughest ride and I am presenting the easiest ;)
I will present here pictures taken by all participants. Sure some of them I took. Some were taken by professionalist (Kowal is a skilled photographer), some by unexperienced users...

Sorry for my mistakes, I will try to write here something more than just describing tracks and mountains (I know: one picture is worth a 1000 words). There will be some info about Uyghur and their history. It will be difficult for me to write and I believe it could be even more difficult 4U to understand ;)

I will start this RR atypically, with short movie presenting our trip. Then will start photo story...
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:32 AM   #2
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:40 AM   #3
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #8
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #9
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Love the video. But what is that wobbly effect? Is it the YouTube de-shaking option?

The beginning of two epic ride reports - this has been a great week. Looking forward to follow your trip, Sambor.
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Old 10-22-2012, 02:25 PM   #10
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China is a tough nut to crack having to use a guide and all, glad you could make it work
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:32 PM   #11
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:59 PM   #12
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I'm in, great way to start your report. I can't wait for it to unfold.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:14 PM   #13
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Loved your old RR's cant wait to see this
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:34 PM   #14
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Awesome video. Can't wait for more

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