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Old 21 Mar 2009
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Personal safety - Murmansk Russia?

Hi All,

A mate and I are travelling from Ireland to Nordkapp and then across the Russian border to Murmansk, south then to Kandalaksa and then west again to the Russian Finnish border at Salla and into Finland.

I have been to Russia a few times but never by mororcycle and a bit more concerned since the mate just bought the most gleaming shiny new vfr800.

Any advice on personal safety (other than don't go)

Thanks in advance!
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Dont wash/polish the bike.
Dont leave it unattended unless locked to something solid.
Park overnight in secure parking.
Ensure luggage is secure and tamperproof.
Dont wear expensive 'civvy' clothes, shoes, watch, rings, chains etc.
Think where you park/walk.

Big cities create and attract wealth -> envy -> theft. Remote country areas where they never see it flaunted, do not - or not as much. I think the most dangerous parts of anywhere are outside but near to cities. All cities have their problem areas. Learn to recognise the signs - generally run down areas - graffitti - small groups of people lolling about - smashed windows on buildings -litter - broken car window glass on road sides - abandoned/stripped out old cars.

If it's going to go it's going to go! Just make it look harder for them so they may feel it is easier to look elsewhere.

Really Russia is as safe or as unsafe as anywhere. Dont be put off - just think and take care AND ENJOY.
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