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Old 18 Aug 2010
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Some news ....

Hi all,

after a month in Damascus I returned to Europe and spent two months in Spain on my second bike - an Africa Twin. In November 2010 I will take a boat from Spain to Brazil to complete my journey the other way around on the Africa Twin.

This is what I received on 30.07.2010 from a French biker, that I met a few days after my bike was stolen in a bar in Damascus old town.

Hallo Mika,
my name's Sébastien, we met in Damas in january 2010, i am the lonely rider with the transalp, do you remember?
life is strange sometimes but two weeks later, i have met the people who have stolen your moto in an internet café close to the bar we met,
they were a group of people from libanon (i suppose) showing the pictures of your moto on the screen and talking in a loud way about the price they expect for the machine with skype that i could hear all the discussion. (vulgar bandit)
they speak a lot of language and seem to be real trafficants, i was feeling scare cause my moto was staying less than hundred meter from that place...
I wish you will start new travels soon, with a new bike,
good luck mika, who know, you maybe find your bike one day, i will concentrate the research in Libanon in your place
Here my answer 30.07.2010 to Sebastien:
Hello Sebastien,

good to hear from you. How are you, where are you?

I spend a month in Damascus, so I was there when you met the thiefes. Did you get any additional information? Skype name? Car number or bike number? Was one of them black? Why do you think they are Libanese?

Do you know, that I still want my bike back and that I havnt given up. So I need more informations from you. Why didnt you contact me earlier?

Thank you, I am waiting for your answer.

Here Sebastiens answer 01.08.2010

hallo Mika,
i just found your mail adress on the paper you write me few days ago, i am back to france since about one month after a 14000km trip,
i am almost sure this guy were libanese, i am more sure that they were not arabs.
i haven't seen any black with them, they got a white face, they were big and shaved hair, vulgar (like russian mafia...)
that is nice that you didn t gave up, i hope you wil find your machine, were are you staying now?


Today is the 18.08. and I have sent Sebastien a couple of emails with no reply.

Also my "friends" from Damascus do not answer any of my emails.

More later - inshallah

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Originally Posted by vicky250gt View Post
Mika, I feel really bad to read about your bad luck and hard times you are going throuh. Having travelled in Syria for almost 2 weeks, i cannot imagine such a thing happening to me.

Hats off to alibaba, chris and the others helping you out in such times. Makes us all realise how strong the bond of being motorcyclists/travellers is.

wishing you the best
Hi Mika, sorry I cant help but I agree with vicky's post here. I really hope you get these rats.

You have helped others who read this. You have had great support from HU people, who have been so good at trying different ways to help.

Lets hope you get a result. I am, like you, disappointed with the French rider.

We hope to hear from you about this.
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Originally Posted by Chris Scott View Post
Didnt some guy get his AT pinched down this way a few years back - and after a splash Honda stepped in with a new one? Would be great if Yam came in with the new Super Ten... You never know.

Otherwise, hope it turns up and you can carry on RTW.

Chris S
as far as remember that was in dubai and honda dubai gave him a same color AT.


hope you will get it eventually mate.. it is really sad story!
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