definately try the Kamchatka 4WD guys
There was a big expedition earlier this year which I guess that poster is referring to when the Kamchatka 4WD club drove from Petropav to Magadan. They did it over the frozen swamps in March in very heavily modified vehicles and it took them 2 weeks. (or was it 2 months ... I cant even remember now).
Dont know if they made it in 2008 ... because the Magadan 4WD guys I spoke to were impressed they had made it this year.
As you say, there are limits to how far you can take an Africa Twin, and Robert and the Polish XRV guys pretty much push that limit. They are quite hard core, and absolute Africa Twin extremists. They would never even consider other bikes. I was astounded at the section of BAM road they had also ridden that we rode this year.... It was tough on 650 singles. On Africa Twins my personal thoughts were they must be insane to have done what they did on those bikes.
The reason its hard to get anywhere that is not the same province or 'oblast' is everything to the remoter towns is supplied with help from the state. So it comes from the regional capital, not from the nearest town. An example was in the older days, it was allegedly easy to get from Magadan to Okhotsk by ship. They are only 800km apart. Now its impossible. There are no ships. Everything going in and out of Okhotsk comes from Nikolaevsk or Vanino - smaller towns much further awayb... because Okhotsk is in Khabarovsky Kray, and so are Vanino and Nikolaevsk. I would imagine that similarly with Palana, everything going in and out comes from PetroPavlovsk. Similarly the new road built to Ust Nera from Kyubeme was built because Ust Nera is Yakutia and needs Yakutsk as its main connection with the world. The old summer road from Kyubeme to Kadykchan served neither the interests of Magadan Oblast or Yakutia under the post soviet political architecture and so has been abandoned.
Happy to hook up in January and share maps and ideas of Siberia as I may be returning next year. Just read your Africa pages. Nice report!
Last edited by colebatch; 28 Oct 2009 at 04:42.