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trans-siberian highway

Has any one crossed Russia on the Trans-Siberian Highway, since it was completed.
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You posted virtually the same question at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...siberian-74412 The people who posted on that thread have ridden the road. As have 100s of others.
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This sounds like a definite case of too much kimchi IMHO
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I did not know that you can smoke kimchi
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I did not know that you can smoke kimchi
Try it ,, expands,,,minds and makes one smarter.
It will make you read more I've found.

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Well, my wife makes a lot of kimchi, and i love it.
But I never tried smoking it…..
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Give me a break; yes, it is the same question, but really, I think seouljoe is the only one that responded, that had stated he had crossed it completely (and thanks for the warning about brer rabbit's tar patch).

Of course the follow on question is about an motorcycle repair facilities and in particular, tires. Do you all take them with you, or???

From the pictures on Google Earth, the road is a new four lane highway (though it is a little bothersome that the 2011 ITMB Russia map shows no road btwn Tygda and Nerchinsk (1000 km)).
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Give me a break; yes, it is the same question, but really, I think seouljoe is the only one that responded, that had stated he had crossed it completely (and thanks for the warning about brer rabbit's tar patch).

Of course the follow on question is about an motorcycle repair facilities and in particular, tires. Do you all take them with you, or???

From the pictures on Google Earth, the road is a new four lane highway (though it is a little bothersome that the 2011 ITMB Russia map shows no road btwn Tygda and Nerchinsk (1000 km)).

I am seeing all the roads here ,,

https://maps.google.co.kr/maps?q=roa...ed=0CCIQ8gEwAA


https://maps.google.co.kr/maps?q=roa...ed=0CCIQ8gEwAA

Go see ,,
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...armin-et-63191

This will show minutest roads on your hand set.. for free.
MapsWithMe, detailed offline maps of the World for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and Amazon Kindle Fire

I used Sygic | Bringing life to maps
GPS on Android ,, even the smallest back alley was shown with accuracy.

Now if you will spend time reading ,, this is where I first started,, spending hundreds of hours ,, for very question ,,, where to eat,, sleep ,, repair ,, etc
I went through thousands of way points ,, discarded 90% ,, kept the essential ones. Amazing amount of info here,,
Load the GPS waypoints,, Walter and others put their hard work onto the Google Earth ,, over 10,000 way points,, showing your very road +
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...aypoints-50860

Your Honda has a shop in every major cities,, even small villages have it,, unless it's a major part,, then it will have to come from a major parts center in Russia.
You will be doing highways mostly, with the Gold Wing,, I see no harsh wear and tear.

Lastly ,,,
If you do a search here ,, you will see info not only on Trans Siberia, going back 10 years. But from Norway to S.Africa.. Antartica to Alaska. I've read and read ,, for my life depended on it.

I only want to thank those that went before me ,, and have spent their energy and good will to post their knowledge.
Our foremost job is to read first ,, then ask ,, if answer cannot be found.

Of all your angst ,, 50% of the journey is over ,, Once you bike hits Korea ,, then get on to the ferry to Vladivostok. After that ,, you will experience amazing scenery ,, great people of Russia (Most Part) and you will feel wonderful doing it.

Good luck,,
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Has any one crossed Russia on the Trans-Siberian Highway, since it was completed.
Never been done as far as I know. Don't do it, too risky.
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Here is an article from the St Petersburg Times, dated 28 Sept 2010, on the 'completion' of the Amur Highway, the last unfinished leg of the Trans Siberian Highway. Quoting the article: The paving of a final 140-kilometer stretch of road marked the completion of the highway, but much remains to be done.

“In my view, it’s still not a modern road,” Putin told journalists accompanying him in August. “It is a dependable, modern farm road, but not the Autobahn.”

Services — filling stations, hotels and auto repair shops — are rare on the highway, and lengthy sections do not have access to electricity.
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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Give me a break; yes, it is the same question, but really, I think seouljoe is the only one that responded, that had stated he had crossed it completely (and thanks for the warning about brer rabbit's tar patch).

Of course the follow on question is about an motorcycle repair facilities and in particular, tires. Do you all take them with you, or???

From the pictures on Google Earth, the road is a new four lane highway (though it is a little bothersome that the 2011 ITMB Russia map shows no road btwn Tygda and Nerchinsk (1000 km)).
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Here is an article from the St Petersburg Times, dated 28 Sept 2010, on the 'completion' of the Amur Highway, the last unfinished leg of the Trans Siberian Highway. Quoting the article: The paving of a final 140-kilometer stretch of road marked the completion of the highway, but much remains to be done.

“In my view, it’s still not a modern road,” Putin told journalists accompanying him in August. “It is a dependable, modern farm road, but not the Autobahn.”

Services — filling stations, hotels and auto repair shops — are rare on the highway, and lengthy sections do not have access to electricity.
Putin on the Transsib highway? :



One of the blokes who hasn't stated he crossed it completely has posted a vaguely useful thread in this Northern Asia subforum. See if you can spot it: It's a Sticky at the top and involves gps waypoints for all amenities/services and much much more. Also please browse/search the N Asia subforum. All your questions have been answered.
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Here is an article from the St Petersburg Times, dated 28 Sept 2010, on the 'completion' of the Amur Highway, the last unfinished leg of the Trans Siberian Highway. Quoting the article:[I] The paving of a final 140-kilometer stretch of road marked the completion of the highway, but much remains to be done.
There is far more, and more up-to-date, info on this site than in that article, including, as Chris mentioned, Colebatch's excellent set of waypoints. As Chris suggests, I recommend that you dive in with the research on this site and come back with any more specific questions that you might have.

Honestly, riding the transiberian is not that complicated--it's a long road with sub-standard, and sometimes non-existent facilities, but nothing that a bit of planning can't resolve.
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Thanks to all for the helpful info. The planning part is turning out to be alot of fun, especially the conflicting info on the mysterious 600 my road segment "centered" on Never (yea, go figure). Got our visas (3 yr multiple entry tourist, no problems, $324, 13 business days to process through Russian Visa Full Service and Support. Russian Visa Online | Russian Embassy - Get travel (tourist visa), business visa to russia. Go to Russia Travel. Get visa for Russia in Russian Embassy and Russian Consulate in London,San Francisco, New York (NY) and flights to Seoul. Heck, International Travel Maps said they would put add the road segment to their Russia map if we could adequately document it. (And of course we northern Californians are skeptical of 'new road/shortcuts', having grown up with the lore of the infamous Donner Party crossing the Sierras in 1846.)
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This northern Californian (Sierra County and San Francisco County) seeks to allay your concerns.

Probably the largest danger is boredom - a sudden pothole or stone will appear while you're "snoozing" in what is irregularly lovely scenery.

The roads less taken offer a lot more. (Even Sierra County's sole paved road is busy in comparison on weekends though quieter than most in Russia on the weekdays.)

There are lots of opportunities to enjoy Russia. The TransSib is just efficient at crossing it. (Consider I-5 vs 101 or even PCH.)

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