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Old 12 Apr 2012
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Anyone in Central Asia, Altai-Russia & Mongolia between mid-July and end-August 2012?

Hi Guys,
As the thread title says: Anyone in that part of the world at that time? I’ve teamed up with a predominately Dutch group of bikers to share a container from Holland to Almaty in Kazakhstan, opening container on 16 July. Then most people are going their separate ways. Maybe some are going the same as me, who knows… Most seem to be riding back to Europe.

I intend to maybe do a 3 week loop through Uzbek, Taj, Kyrg and back to Almaty. Then in early August head through the Altai region of Russia and enter through the western border into Mongolia and ride to UB.

I’ll be on a modified (and ancient) Transalp (stiffer suspension, big tank, soft luggage and Pirelli MT21 tyres). I’ve done a lot of green-laning in the UK and abroad, mainly on a DRZ, so not scared of the rough(er) stuff, but I do like to drink in the evening. I intend to camp/stay in cheap guesthouses and eat in the street/off my camping stove.

Anyone in the area, maybe doing something similar? I’m not particularly looking for somebody to ride with the whole trip and I definitely don’t want to hold anybody’s hand, but possibly you’re going the same way on the same day and we can ride a little together.

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hi chris
i will start from france, end of may, thru austria, hungaria, romania, moldavia, ukraine, russia, kasakstan, uzbekistan, (perhaps kirghistan, and tadji) kazakstan, russia, entering mongolia early aug , russia( vladi) mid/end aug.
i ll drive alone untill mongolia, where i ll meet a friend at the western border with his bike - i want to spend a month in mongolia, i was there last year where i made a 5000km off road with a friend on small xt 250s, off road, and i want to explore more, in the south, particularly , western part of the gobi - and definitly going there alone out of beaten tracks is not the best option there.
i ll be with my adventure 950, well prepared for tough riding and as you, there will be lot of camping in the wild and flexible accomodation..
definitly we can cross our roads somewhere and do some legs together- if possible- i m struggling with my russian visa at the moment..
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Hiya Chris

We leave UK mid-May. Route is Europe, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan (Silk road), Tajikistan (Pamir highway, Wakan valley), Kyrgystan, Kazahstan, Russia, Mongolia for a month from mid July(Southern then Northern routes), then Russia and home.

Look out for a black XT600e and a BMW GS 1200A (a good example of the light or heavy question!).

I will check the HUBB from time to time so post.

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Look out for a black XT600e and a BMW GS 1200A (a good example of the light or heavy question!).
Or some might say, midweight vs heavyweight ... (just being saying on another post that a light adventure bike for me is sub 120-130 kgs)


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Hi Guys,
As the thread title says: Anyone in that part of the world at that time?
Sorry mate, will be thru there with about 6 other guys but much earlier ... end of June / early July
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'will be thru there with about 6 other guys but much earlier ... end of June / early July'


We'll probably be in Uzbek/Tajik/Kyrg/Kaz about that time. Maybe bump into you! (with our heavy bikes!!)



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i ll be with my adventure 950, well prepared for tough riding and as you, there will be lot of camping in the wild and flexible accomodation..
definitly we can cross our roads somewhere and do some legs together- if possible- i m struggling with my russian visa at the moment..
Hi tba01
Yeh, Our paths might cross. I'll post my more exact movements on this thread as they happen. Maybe we'll ride some together.

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Look out for a black XT600e and a BMW GS 1200A (a good example of the light or heavy question!).

I will check the HUBB from time to time so post.

Dan
Hi Dan
As mentioned above, I'll post my movements here and check the HUBB too. My Trannie is also black. Seems to be in vogue this season (although all my Rats have been and always will be black...)

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Sorry mate, will be thru there with about 6 other guys but much earlier ... end of June / early July
Hi Walter
Shame I'll miss you. I heard about your trip. Sounds interesting.

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Hi to you all,
I have planed to be in the area this summer.
My route:
Departure from Romania: 21 April 2012
Turkey – Georgia – Armenia – Georgia – Azerbaijan entering Turkmenistan from Azerbaijan by ferry: mid may 2012.
The Stans – 4 to 5 weeks - Uzbekistan - Tadjikistan - Kirgistan - Kazakhstan.
Russia - Mongolia: entering Mongolia around 25 June 2012 from Tashanta.
Tashanta - Ulan Bataar - Ulan Ude - Vladivostok.
Plan to be in Vladivostok around 15-20 of July, and from there ship the bike by boat to Magadan and fly there.
Magadan: beginning of August 2012
Road of Bones, Old Summer Road (depending on the weather) - Yakutsk – Viliustk Trackt - Myrni - Lensk mid August 2012
Lensk - Ust Kut (boat) - Magistralny (here I will decide on the BAm depending on time, weather, bike status etc.)
If BAM is a no go then to Magistralny and south on Zhilagovo Road - Olkon Island - Irkutsk – beginning of September 2012
In September coming back home from Russia via Transiberian highway, Volvograd – Kiev – Cernauti – Bucharest.

Also looking for riding partners to share the road.

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Hi to you all,
I have planed to be in the area this summer.
My route:
Departure from Romania: 21 April 2012
Turkey – Georgia – Armenia – Georgia – Azerbaijan entering Turkmenistan from Azerbaijan by ferry: mid may 2012.
The Stans – 4 to 5 weeks - Uzbekistan - Tadjikistan - Kirgistan - Kazakhstan.
Russia - Mongolia: entering Mongolia around 25 June 2012 from Tashanta.
Tashanta - Ulan Bataar - Ulan Ude - Vladivostok.
Plan to be in Vladivostok around 15-20 of July, and from there ship the bike by boat to Magadan and fly there.
Magadan: beginning of August 2012
Road of Bones, Old Summer Road (depending on the weather) - Yakutsk – Viliustk Trackt - Myrni - Lensk mid August 2012
Lensk - Ust Kut (boat) - Magistralny (here I will decide on the BAm depending on time, weather, bike status etc.)
If BAM is a no go then to Magistralny and south on Zhilagovo Road - Olkon Island - Irkutsk – beginning of September 2012
In September coming back home from Russia via Transiberian highway, Volvograd – Kiev – Cernauti – Bucharest.

Also looking for riding partners to share the road.

safe travels,
Adrian
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Hi Adrian
Nice trip you have planned. Looks like you're ahead of me all the way. Might spot you on your way home!
cheers
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Chris

Im out there in June - Aug

We met at the Bristol Hubb meet with Iain and Debz


My entry into Russia is via Turkey, probably Sochi, my Russian visa should start 1st June..

PS I have asked to be your friend of facebook :-)

Cheers
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Im out there in June - Aug

We met at the Bristol Hubb meet with Iain and Debz


My entry into Russia is via Turkey, probably Sochi, my Russian visa should start 1st June..

PS I have asked to be your friend of facebook :-)

Cheers
Geordie aka Will

Hi Will
Did you have the WeeStrom at Mendip? You're on a TT6 for this trip, I think?

Our paths might cross. Let's stay in touch.

I'll confirm you as my Friend when I get a moment I very rarely go on Facebook. So much hot air/ gossip to plow through to learning anything productive. For me, it's better to communicate via the HUBB or PM/Email.

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Yes Chris

Was on my wee strom, now gone to a new home :-(

the garage now has a Suzuki DR250 and my TT600, just finishing it off and adding panniers etc

Hopefully our paths will cross... a few s would be very welcomed

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Hi Guys

Looks like I am travelling the wrong way I am flying out to Almaty at the same time as Chris (I am one of the others sharing the container). Then will be heading West via Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and home to the UK. Leaving Almaty sometime in the 3rd week of July 20012.

By the sound of it I should meet most of you coming the other way. So look out for a blue DRZ400s. As I will be travelling towards ground that you have already passed I would be really interested in hearing your experiences over a few s, the first ones on me . I plan to wild camp and homestay mostly. I do a lot of off road stuff in the UK so am comfortable with the more challenging routes, obviously when travelling solo that has to be tempered a bit for safely so if anyone is interested in meeting up for a few days to try some more remote routes email me and hopefully something can be sorted.

I will have a Spot 2 gps with tracking so if anyone is interested send me a pm and I will send you the link to the tracking page and you will know where I am.

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The bike, ready to be loaded into the container to Almaty:

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Also in the area - dates are aprox:
- 04-14.Jun Iran
- 14-17.Jun Turkmenistan
- 17.23.Jun Uzbekistan
- 23-02.Jul Tajikistan (PAMIR HIGHWAY)
- 02-07.Jul Kyrgistan
- 12-20.Jul Russia (+TUVA)
- 20-02.Aug Mongolia
- 02.Aug - Hoping for heading to Vladivostok for shipping to USA (not decided)
ANYONE UP FOR SHIPPING VLAD to anywhere in North America in that periode?
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Anyone got a bike for sale in the Stans

Hi, Looking to buy a bike in Kazakhstan/Almaty or one of the other stans if someone has something, please get in touch. Or if anyone knows where I might pick something up, that'd be great. I'll be in Almaty in the second week on June about, but could be a bit flexible in this.

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