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Old 11 Nov 2011
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Vitim Bridge - western BAM road

Two separate riders have reported being told this summer that the Vitim River bridge is to be dismantled to recover the metal.

Personally I would be surprised. There is so much scrap metal lying around on the ground all over Russia that there must be easier and safer opportunities than this.

The nearby rail bridge is heavily guarded with armed military so the only means of crossing would then be to put your bike on a train.

Anyone wanting to do the bridge, part of the western BAM, might like to bring their plans forward, just in case.

Current record times (moto) across the 600 metres are-
- FASTEST Staffan Johanssen 2011. 1 minute 12 seconds http://vimeo.com/30032234
Runner up. Hansjorg. 2011. 1 minute 24 seconds YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
- SLOWEST Me! 2009. About 42 minutes (but I walked/pushed and had to stop and wait half way for a severe storm) The BAM Road - ultimate test of man and machine - Page 40 - ADVrider second post #587. Colebatch on page 37 #552

The category for 1200GSA, fully loaded with 'essential' BM/TT extras, remains unfilled ...

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Drats, looks like I'll never get to cross it then...

Somehow I'm more relieved than disappointed!
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Can you use your influence and have a chat with Mr Putin so that it gets removed earliest in 2014? The latest version (I'm already in double figures... ) of the "plan" is ride Europe to Mongolia via the Stans in 2012 and ride UB to UB via BAM et al (as discussed in http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...a-2012-a-59454 ) in 2013.

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Originally Posted by Tony P View Post
Current record times (moto) across the 700 metres are-
- FASTEST Hansjorg. 2011. 1minute 24seconds YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
- SLOWEST me! 2009. About 42 minutes (but I had to stop and wait half way for a severe storm) The BAM Road - ultimate test of man and machine - Page 40 - ADVrider second post
Both with F650GSs.
Staffan Johanssen did it in 1min 12 sec this year
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Originally Posted by colebatch View Post
Staffan Johanssen did it in 1min 12 sec this year
Thanks for the correction.
My opening post has been amended - and now has an extra video link, for Staffan's epic.

Apologies and Respect to Stafffan.

No takers for my record I note (or the 1200GSA) !!

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I wish Staffan will hold for very long his record with no other crazy Nordic trying to beat it!

To understand the achievement (and the videos), the picture after your 42 min record report (really good story!) is definitely a MUST...

I'd be happy to compete for the slowest crossing without bike in the "crawling with sh*t in my pants" category... I'm sure it'd be a record tough to beat!
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I might be stuffed then with a 4x4 in August/September 2013

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Originally Posted by colebatch View Post
Staffan Johanssen did it in 1min 12 sec this year
They even got some minutes at swedish television, I used to drive with Victors father some years ago.

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