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Old 1 May 2008
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Tyres/oil/petrol in Central Asia

I will travel to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.

I think I know the answer about the tyres but I am asking just in case: Is there any possibility to find them in any of those countries? The size is 3.10-21 (90/90/21) and 4.60-18 (120/80/18).

I ride an XR250 and I use 20W50 API SF oil for cars when I cannot find anything better. I read that it's available in the cities of some of those countries. Does that apply for all the above countries?

Is there any long route (more than 400 kms) without petrol? I have 700 kms autonomy, so it's ok but if you know any specific route where I must be careful, I'll appreciate it.

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i have no answers for your questions, but, i have tried to access to your web site and couldn't do it. just fyi.

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I went to the Stans, and one thing for sure, it will be impossible to find 21'' tyres. They just don't have any bike with that size. 18'' my be possible, depending on the size, I'm not sure, but better carry some with you (major hassle, I know!).

Oil is available everywhere if you're not too picky about it (you shouldn't). After all, Urals (Russian bikes) use massive amount of it..

Petrol is generally not an issue if you're not too picky about the quality. In the most remote parts of Kirgizstan/Tajikistan you'll buy some on the road side, what they mix in is anyone's guess but the octane can get as low as 76, this added with the altitude will be your biggest worry .

For range, 700km will get you through all of the Stans easily, I guess the longest stretch would be in the Pamir Highway, maybe 500km.

Have fun!

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I think I know the answer about the tyres but I am asking just in case: Is there any possibility to find them in any of those countries? The size is 3.10-21 (90/90/21) and 4.60-18 (120/80/18).

my man runs a motorcycle tire business here and i think has answers to your questions.
send an e-mail to
ask him directly
as i know we sure have dealer in Baku, Azerbayjan

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sorry for the wrong e-mail adr. got it corrected now. yes the only destination outside russia is Baku. and of course in turky (not Kurdi region) you'll no problem get tires if ordered beforehead.
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