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bones road kolyma trassa

be aware that the gas station in Artaka is no longer in working position. Came 3 weeks from there.
The federal road can be use by any motorbike or even normal 4x2 cars.
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Old Summer Road

For anyone wanting to get more detailed info on the now rarely travelled Old Summer Road between Kyubeme and Kadykchan via Tomtor, there are a couple of detailed accounts from 2010.

My picture heavy account begins here:
Siberian Extreme 2010 - Back for More - Page 17

A quite different account (and a very good warning to anyone not to leave it too late in the the year) can be found here:
Donkey and the Mule - The Road of Bones

Note #1: there is 92 octane fuel at Tomtor ... and there is a lady in town (Tatyana) there who rents out rooms in a spare apartment.

Note #2: Tomtor to Susuman (the next fuel station) is 380km ... 200 km of that is quite tough slow going. On some bikes that can lead to a big increase in fuel consumption. The 950s in the 2nd report above didnt make it, despite 32 litre tanks. I made it with 19 litre tanks on a 650 rotax, just. This is the fuel critical section on the route.
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hi walter,
no the 950's didnt quite make it, although we went very close (i needed another 2 litres), and had the going been marginally easier i think it would have been fine, 2.5km in a days riding doesnt make for good fuel economy!

I think for anyone planning this, just be sure you can do at least 300km on a tank of fuel, which will take you from Tomtor back to the highway into Susuman which is well travelled. You'll find someone on that road to help with fuel, it's Russia after all, the locals are amazing like that. Just make sure it's daytime when you hit the highway, being out of fuel on the side of a mountain pass in the dark in minus 15 deg is no fun!

We also saw a few other signs for fuel after we turned off the old road and before Susuman, but dont know if they are functional

The new highway from Yakutsk to Magadan was all in very good condition when we went through in early October, a little ice and mud at the end but generally able to maintain over 100km/hr.

i'm off to japan in 2 days then into se asia and making my way home from there, paul flew out this morning, and barton leaves on wed too, sad to say goodbye.
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