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Need Help Near Vladivostok

07 July 2010

I am new to the forum and need some help. I have a 2004 R1150GS Adventure that just lost the starter...about 2-3 days west of Vladivostok. For a number of reasons, I have been stranded for ten days. I have a couple of things I need help with currently.

1. I need to know if there is anyone in Russia with a starter for this bike or someone coming this way soon who could bring one? For a number of reasons, it will take 2-4 weeks to receive on in from DHL/UPS/FedEx. I am fine with a used one. Mine cannot be repaired...be down this road.
2. I will need to extend my visa...how do I do this without hitting the major cities? If I just show up to the border, with a written note somewhat official, how hard will it be at the border? Can money take care of this...any experience is helpful!

If this is the WRONG place to post this, please let me know. Kindly respond to my outside email address at chris@planetearthquest.com as I am limited on communication and this is best.

Thanks so much!

Chris
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Your best bet is to head back to Vladivostok and ask the Iron Tigers (or give them a call or email). They might be able to help arrange to get one from Moscow but this as you have already stated will take 2-4 weeks. In Vladivostok, you might be able to extend your visa. The other option is to head straight for Mongolia. Which is a good week riding from Vladivostok (from memory) In Mongolia, its really easy to get a transit visa. Best of Luck. The Iron Tigers are great guys, who help a lot of HU people out. I partied with them at a big bikers meeting two years ago....
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