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uk to Vladivostok

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Thinking of riding to Vladivostok at end of July/Augest on my Goldwing. Anyone rode direct? How long without sightseeing?
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Blimey, a Goldwing! And I've just questioned another posters suggestion I go on my B-King. What are the roads like? Do you know. I want to go to Japan.
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Thinking of riding to Vladivostok at end of July/Augest on my Goldwing. Anyone rode direct? How long without sightseeing?
Direct to Vlad it's 12,000 Km (7,500 miles).
At 400 miles a day (generally doable but hard to maintain for so long) you should allow 3 weeks minimum to get there from UK. Factor in some rest/sightseeing as well as other possible delays.
Tarmac (variable quality in some places), fuel, food and reasonable (price and comfort) accomodation all available all the way.
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Thinking of riding to Vladivostok at end of July/Augest on my Goldwing. Anyone rode direct? How long without sightseeing?
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What are you planning once you get to Vladivostok?
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Similar thread.

Hi,

I just posted a similar question to yours on a different thread then stumbled across yours. Check out the responses to mine here:
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...ugh-time-61682

It seems like a really long way. I was quite surprised at the suggestions of 3 weeks. I'll be on a little smokey DRZ400 but will allow myself 10-11 weeks. Hopefully this is easily sufficient.
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this will be the worse you come across unless it pours with rain lol


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Looks like it's going to be a busy road this coming summer
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So that's what it looks like all the way? Pretty busy. I was surprised. Still want to do it though.
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All these UK-Vladivostok posts have got me wanting to do it too...

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Taf along with me, lad. What is your mount?
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Taf along with me, lad. What is your mount?
You're going to get me into trouble lol..

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I think I've owned 50 bikes over the last ten years....
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Well, mine is a Buell Ulysses, which I wouldn't dream of going on, for obvious reasons. I fancy an XT660R.
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Well, mine is a Buell Ulysses, which I wouldn't dream of going on, for obvious reasons. I fancy an XT660R.
You might as well pay a few extra pennies and get the 660 tenere.. It has the tank, fairing, clearance, seat etc etc.

I'm looking to add one to my fleet eventually... Ticks all my boxes.

I just wish it was a little lighter....
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I see a Mid Route Party coming together
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Blimey, a Goldwing! And I've just questioned another posters suggestion I go on my B-King. What are the roads like? Do you know. I want to go to Japan.
Me and Bushman did our RTW last year from the UK but went westwards across USA then flew to Vladivostok (via Bejing) and waited for our bikes to arrive by container from Seattle. The first bikes we saw in Vlad (these had been ridden east from Netherlands across Russia) were two low slung Harleys - the next two bikes to arrive in the car park were ANOTHER two Harleys ridden by two Fins from near Helsinki (called themselves "The Old Farts"). We also saw two small scooters along the route pretty much proving that you can do it on pretty much anything. As Bushman says the journey will not centre on the actual ride but more upon the interaction with the locals along the way - wonderful people.


As for the road being busy... not really, some days you can travel for a few hours and only see a handful of vehicles (mostly ferry drivers delivering cars inland from Vladivostok). Now and again you might hit a pocket of traffic, mostly caused by the many half hour waits at level crossings waiting for trains to pass.

... And as Tony has also mentioned - many sections of the road are just mind numbingly boring with precious little change in scenery.

You can get some idea of what to expect along the way from my blog Round the World in 80 Ways - 8th July 2011 onwards covers the Russian journey (Vladivostok itself between 9th June and 7th July)
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