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Old 04-19-2013, 05:47 AM   #151
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Hi eustachius,

Enjoying your RR. How did the two Hondas compare side by side for distance travel like this.

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Hi Potski,

both were up to it, there is no doubt about that, but I still think that the Transalp is a 'better' bike for this kind of travel.
When the going is rough, you want to be on a lighter bike, like the Dominator but the Transalp is such a smooth bike, it's incredible.
Distances are huge. It took us 20 days to get from UB back to Austria, we covered 9,000 kms. I was riding Paul's Dominator for a while but was glad when I was back on my Transalp. Better wind protection, better fuel economy when going a bit 'faster', more space for luggage, no overheating, more power for overtaking trucks - and there are a lot in Russia and Ukraine. The Transalp never burned any oil. The Dominator did, especially on our way back. It wasn't really bad, but it was an issue.
On the tracks in Mongolia, both were doing fine as long as we didn't race. We were sometimes dreaming of riding orange bikes, but I had decided to go on a cheap old Honda because I simply didn't want to worry too much about what to do if I had a major breakdown.
My Transalp has 72,000 kms on the clock now(I trust the owner before me) and I would take it on another trip like that without any hesitation.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:29 PM   #152
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It's so easy to find good places for camp.

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You find bottled water everywhere.

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So much beauty in those open spaces was worth coming all the way. It was something very special for us Europeans.













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Before arriving at Tsetserleg.

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We met these three Spanish cyclists in the village. They were touring Mongolia for some weeks and we decided to have lunch together.

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When we saw this, we knew we wouldn't leave the place hungry. We are no vegetarians.






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Camp between Tsetserleg and Tsagaan Uul.

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Old 04-19-2013, 01:48 PM   #153
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #154
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It's amazing how parts of Mongolia look identical to places halfway around the world. The terrain, vegetation, vast landscapes, horses and two-track dirt roads look exactly like eastern Montana or Wyoming.

Keep the pics coming! :-)
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Old 04-19-2013, 02:08 PM   #155
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After some nights in the tent we were heading for Mörön where we wanted to stay in a hotel to get civilized again. We needed a shower and had to do some laundry.
Mörön is one of the biggest towns in Mongolia (40,000 habitants) and the coldest provincial capital. There are plenty of forests around and many of the smaller houses are built of wood.



Breakfast, mixed pickles, bread, cheese, instant coffee.



And after some kilometres a Bounty or a Snickers.



Plenty of Edelweiss everywhere.





Herdsmen walking around an ovoo, clockwise, three times.

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They were driving a flock of goats to Mörön.



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They were on a Sunday outing with their side-car.




Mörön from the distance.



They didn't have a parking lot or a garage, so we didn't stay.
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Old 04-19-2013, 07:37 PM   #156
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Great pics Eustachius!

Specially the one you two are resting along the river bank! Awesome!
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Old 04-20-2013, 01:23 AM   #157
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Hi Potski,

both were up to it, there is no doubt about that, but I still think that the Transalp is a 'better' bike for this kind of travel.
When the going is rough, you want to be on a lighter bike, like the Dominator but the Transalp is such a smooth bike, it's incredible.
Distances are huge. It took us 20 days to get from UB back to Austria, we covered 9,000 kms. I was riding Paul's Dominator for a while but was glad when I was back on my Transalp. Better wind protection, better fuel economy when going a bit 'faster', more space for luggage, no overheating, more power for overtaking trucks - and there are a lot in Russia and Ukraine. The Transalp never burned any oil. The Dominator did, especially on our way back. It wasn't really bad, but it was an issue.
On the tracks in Mongolia, both were doing fine as long as we didn't race. We were sometimes dreaming of riding orange bikes, but I had decided to go on a cheap old Honda because I simply didn't want to worry too much about what to do if I had a major breakdown.
My Transalp has 72,000 kms on the clock now(I trust the owner before me) and I would take it on another trip like that without any hesitation.
You are spoiling us with your photos and descriptions here; keep them coming. It seems this part of the world is becoming more and more popular as an ADV destination as there have been several RR's lately in the region and I can see why.

Yes, I swapped from big singles XT500 and DR600 to a Transalp, it's a different world. The Transalp imo is a superb allrounder, brilliant on the road and not too shabby on the dirt either, I haven't done any big trips like yours yet on mine, but it has certainly seen some use here in the Pyrenees (France, Spain and Andorra with 67,000Km's trouble free.. off again in an hour for another little trip actually :-)

BTW, the Dominator is around 168 kilos; original Transalp was alledgedly only 175 !!.

Like yourself, several inmates on here have traded big beemers for them and headed off on huge trips even two up.

Thanks again for taking us along, keep it coming

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:43 AM   #158
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Only waiting for my daughters to finish college to get out and ride!
Your time will come Carlos....Here is a man who knows Transalps!

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Old 04-20-2013, 03:22 AM   #159
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Great pics Eustachius!

Specially the one you two are resting along the river bank! Awesome!
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Same place, different angle.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:41 AM   #160
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So we decided to stay in this ger, one kilometre from the town centre. It's so much more comfortable to have the bikes right next to where you sleep, no unloading and loading.

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And a swing.

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On our way into town, looking forward to a nice drink and food.

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Now what's so funny?

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Is it for better insulation that they put a layer of bricks over the wooden walls?
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:12 AM   #161
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We had this picture taken of the three of us some kilometres east of Mörön.

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We stopped for lunch in this village. It was getting very hot all of a sudden.




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We put up our tents on a hill with a beautiful view to the west. He was our neighbour and after he had taken his son home, he came back for a cigarette.

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They ride with so much ease and without any effort.





Sunset on a hot summer day.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:02 AM   #162
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Really enjoying the RR Eustachius, maybe I missed it but what camera did you use?
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:38 PM   #163
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Really enjoying the RR Eustachius, maybe I missed it but what camera did you use?
Hi DCrider,

it's a Canon G7, nothing special. With the landscapes and light it's not difficult to take some nice pics.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:11 PM   #164
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thank you for this great RR with stunning pics,

do you have car accompaniment only through mongolia or all the way.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #165
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It's a good thing I am not one of your riding buddies .If I were, you would loose me for more than a day. I would strike a deal with one of the horsemen for little horseback adventure .Like sheep or Camel herding.
Thanks for my daily fix.
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