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Hossein contacted me on Facebook to ask me to edit my last message because "its not good for him"... Asking my mate to pay 50 bucks for his 1 night stay was a mistake of his father apparently... Good to know but I doubt my mate will see his money back any time soon...
What the F***? How can you make a mistake in asking for that money? Maybe the amount was wrong....

I'm so dissapointed about Hossein!!! That he is contacting people so hard shows me just that the conclusion we'd drawn has been absolutly right!!! Btw he is still contacting me after every single post here, that it isn't the truth, pretends stupid explanations and says it will hurt his "reputation" and so on....

Man, they only one who hurts your reputation are you self!!!

He is very desperately trying to care about the "business" that he is obviously loosing ...

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It was not a mistake!!! ....
You will not miss anything if you skip Urmia and Hossein
I totally agree....
Take the east side along the lake and visit Tabriz!
That's what I'm going to do next year!

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Yup, two of us now giving this guy and Urmia a miss due to the postings here. Even if he'd been up front about charges, that would have been fine - no-one minds paying for food/accommodation/help but pretty much everyone resents being duped and/or ripped off.....
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Similar experience as others

Hi Guys

Hossein has asked my to request Jereone deletes his comments.

I've just read through all this and all that Jereone says is true.

Also the insurance thing, yes around 100 Euro for a week or two is fairly expensive. I didnt think there was any alternative so didnt go looking elsewhere. This was the last insurance I bought for this trip.

My biggest concern was with the tripmeter and GPS mileage being reset on my bike when I foolishly loaned Hossein the bike for what i thought was 10 minutes. Turned out more like 5 hours! Never doing that again. for anyone.

Left me with a bad taste in my mouth but I put it down to experience, smiled and carried on.

Hossein and his family are nice, but to be perfectly frank, if I'd had known that it would cost me, I probably wouldn't have gone there in the first place.


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no-one minds paying for food/accommodation/help...
Just for comparison. We were staying in several hotels in Iran (Yazd, Newshahr, Rasht, Tabriz...) and not one of them were more than 25 dollars for double bed for night and breakfast. The most expensive hotel was in Tabriz with 3 stars and it was 25. And we also got all the support, help or advices we needed. Never cheated us. At Hossein we paid 60 after negotiations cause they wanted 80.

Just for thinking.
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Please advise if he reappears on this site under a different alias.
Hi Chris!

2 weeks ago he tried to enter the HUBB again with a new user named "iranandtravellers". But for me it was just too obvious, so I posted my conlusion, right away! And a few hours the whole thread was gone and dissapeared, because he deleted it again...

So I contacted Grant and told him about all this and he merged both clients and banned this bastard!

I hope we are rid of him and he will not find another way to cheat travellers in such unfair style so soon....


How is you BG-preparation doing, Chris???

I will get back to the camp in July, I guess. Are you around there in the summer time, as well?

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My biggest concern was with the tripmeter and GPS mileage being reset on my bike when I foolishly loaned Hossein the bike for what i thought was 10 minutes. Turned out more like 5 hours! Never doing that again. for anyone.
Have read a similar story about sbdy. else, who lent his bike to Hossein...

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Rethinking of my stay at Hossein, I dont recomend it. These were my very most expansive nights and furthermore there were other situations I could still get angy about. He changed me money in a exchange office - I should not come in, because it would be more paperwork to change for a foreigner. I got no recept and a rate of 30.000 per Euro. A week later I changed alone and there was no paperwork and got 43.300 Rials per Euro!!! How could that be?
He wanted to test my bike around the corner, I expected him to be back in 5 to ten minutes. He was gone for more than two hours!



If you will ever travell yourself, Hossein, I wish you to receive all the same great "support" you gave to others before....
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Hi Alex
More likely Grant deleted his other alias. Have packed the thermal underwear .

FWIW, if you have an issue with any user, click the "Report Post" button in that particular thread and a message is sent to various moderators (you can tell who they are, because their name is either red or green) who will then deal with it as appropriate. Mods rarely have much to do on the HUBB because 99.9% of the members are great people and the prats usually disappear again (are disappeared) quite quickly.

I'm riding the BG bike back to my parents' house in Germany at Easter. In summer I'm riding it's twin sister (I have 2 identical Transalps ) around Siberia (it is currently parked in Mongolia), so unfortunately won't be in BG then.
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Yes, 99,9 great and real..

Personally very happy to meet such marvellous friends in İstanbul after some talks here...So only here personally to share the spirit of adventure travelling, give current information online for biking in Turkey,customs purposes,and if asked to recommend routes..

What is your program for İstanbul during the freezing!!! days..

New club and building is under consruction until end of february..If you have tent,sure you can put it up here inside the building and do some maintaince yourself..all tools,lifter,trye change machine etc..available...All friendly in real istanbul..Try to have a weekend with us when you are here..

All photos available here on facebook pages...
https://www.facebook.com/groups/kuzgunmotor/

Kuzgun Adventures have chosen this part of the city because closer to black sea coastline, and forest where we have barbecue,free camping almost every weekend..
Just near the toll road from boarder to istanbul,last exit before the main toll booths on the toll road..You will take the Ispartakule,altınşehir,gümrük exits and roadsigns..Opposite of Altınşehir post office(PTT)by the lakeside..

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Hi Alex
I'm riding the BG bike back to my parents' house in Germany at Easter.
I will be in Germany around Easter, pretty sure! If you pass my area and I'm there, you are very welcome....

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I will be in Germany around Easter, pretty sure! If you pass my area and I'm there, you are very welcome....

Ciao Alex
Are you still in Bitburg? My folks live near Moenchengladbach, "just up the road" from you.

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I've also had an email from Hossein asking me to comment that he is a great trustworthy guy etc. Problem is I've never met the guy.

In terms of Iran and peoples hospitality I was put up for three days in Tabriz, taken to all the local festivals and some sights, somewhere safe to lock the bike up etc. People didn't ask for a penny and I got a free shave and haircut into the deal.

I then headed to Tehran, where a bunch of people has offered to put me up but I never made it there because my engine ate it's piston rings, overheated and died leaving me stranded by the roadside. A passing trucker picked me up, took me to his family home where they looked after me very well, wouldn't let me pay for anything, took me andthe bike to the airport so I could get the bike to Delhi to have parts sent out and fix it. They realised I was fairly low on cash, negotiated 500 dollars lower freight fee for me. This I could pay but also needed a passenger ticket and girlfriend was waiting for me, and then people I have never met before had a whip-round and bought me a plane ticket. I was gobsmacked by how incrediby nice everyone was.

In short Iran is amazing, but I can't vouch for Hossein. I'd like to think everyone is a good person but you'll have to read other peoples experiences.
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I've also had an email from Hossein asking me to comment that he is a great trustworthy guy etc. Problem is I've never met the guy.

....

In short Iran is amazing, but I can't vouch for Hossein. I'd like to think everyone is a good person but you'll have to read other peoples experiences.
Hi Henry!

Thanks for sharing the fair and honest statement! I also believe in that 99,9% in Iran and maybe even all around the world are great and helpfull people! I wish to have some experiences like you, although I hope my engine still stays complete for a longer while...

This thread is only according to one single guy, at whose place a lot of traveller got dissapointed and for me I don't put it in a certain relation to the country he is living in.
And now by contacting people, who even have not met him to write about their experiences...??
He tries to gain back some "reputation" for himself by relying on the other folks in his country...

I don't know what else to say about all this....
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Is there phrase in Farsi equivalent to "When in a hole, stop digging"? If Hossein carries on at this rate, he'll reach the centre of the earth pretty soon.
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Is there phrase in Farsi equivalent to "When in a hole, stop digging"? If Hossein carries on at this rate, he'll reach the centre of the earth pretty soon.
English/Persian

هنگامی که در یک سوراخ، توقف حفاری

(Google translate, FWIW....)

+1 on Iranian warmth & hospitality, generally.
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