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Old 29 May 2006
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Off-road riding North Africa/Mongolia

I'm an eperienced trail-rider looking for somebody (or 2) to join me on an off-road adventure. I haven't decided on a destination but expect to leave in 2007 as the seasons dictate. I have kitted up a KTM400EXC (23l tank, racks, GPS etc) that I'm shaking down at the moment.
Wherever we go it will be as much off-road as possible, unsupported with as much camping as possible. Kit will be lightweight (20kg max) + water and allow independence if necessary.
I'm a kiwi with heaps of practical mechanical and electrical skills and camping/ off-road experience. I will be leaving from NZ, flying the bike to the kick-off place, wherever that is.
I've looked at the Kudu expeditions, which appeal, but don't want to spend NZ$45k to ride an F650.
I expect to spend 3 - 4 months riding with no fixed itinerary.
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Talking Off road riding

Hi , if you are looking for top of road riding go to Asia, I was there the last two years and that is the place , Cambodia,Laos , vietnam,Mongolia should be great for you.These cuntry are cheap enough to travel for a long time and there are not too many rule as far as riding. GT rider is a good site for more detail info.
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Hi Ian,
I am planning to ship my '02 KTM 640 Adventure to Vladavostock from the USA in May/June of 2007 and ride thru Mongolia and then thru Russia again to the Pamir Mountains and into Pakistan. I think this route will have the most off road and camping available on the planet. I plan to travel as light as possible.
Mongolia speaks for itself. Do a search on the Korakorum Highway and the Pamir mountains, the Silk road, you get the idea of the route I have in mind thru to India via Pakistan. Not sure who has gone this way but it will be a good one. What do you think. Six months of riding for me. Leave the bike wherever and head home for six months, return and ride again. India and SE Asia, NZ and Auzzieland and then Africa. I have done North and South America. It's a big world.
Bill Shockley
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North Africa

I will be doing a north / west African trip on 00 640 Adv, sometime in late 06 / early 07. I generally prefer to travel solo, but as I intend to ride a number of the Saharan pistes in Chris Scott's book, it would be good to have another rider along for part or the whole trip.

Trip timing / duration is very flexible but it will need to be in the saharan winter, as I don't fancy riding through in summer.

PM me if you are interested.

Matt Roach
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Sorry I couldn't e-mail or PM you. Can you e-mail me. What you are planning sounds good to me. The exact destination is immaterial to me, just getting out there, meeting people and to experience challenges and adventure. I have not done any overlanding outside NZ but heaps of off-road riding and enjoy camping.


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