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Hello Carole, It seem's your getting plenty of advise which is to be expected & valuable, but dont get too bogged down with details & structred planning, it will spoil the trip. I rode an 18 year old XT 600 25000 miles through Kazakstan, Mongolia, along the 'road of bones' up to Magadan, with out any real poblems, the roads were fine if a little challenging, particularly in Kazakstan & Siberia.Petrol is available pretty much everywhere even in ' outer Mongolia ' as many of the nomadic indiginous peoples have generators to run the satelite receivers, & the land cruisers ! Inner tubes were a problem as Russian rubber is very poor quality, tubless would be best as easily fixed in situ on the rim. 4 wheel drive not really needed if you look ahead & use your common sense & farmers experience. Shaft drive best, chains need quite a lot of maintainance. Insurance will be purchased at borders ( normally ) wether you want it or not, I paid $5 at the Mongolian border, for sure, not worth a wiggle ! Border crossings can be a real b***ard so be prepared to wait, dont get stroppy, it will slow you down even more. anything else ?, regards, john
Hi John,

Thanks for the info.......you are right about the planning.....I hate paperwork.and my only plan really is to get there....mind you I would be very interested to know the route that you took???

I have plenty of farming experience but I do intend to go see another guy I have spoken to on Quadbike forum > ATV Forums > Forums > Quad bike Forum > Quad Sales Forum > The Best UK Forum .he has very kindly offered me some of his time to show what to do when the quad refuses to rock and roll!!!

I should here back from a quad manufacturer on Friday this week as to wether they are going to sponsor me, so fingers crossed......

I have looking at wether I need a carnet and from what I can gather from the net is that I do not.....am I wrong.........???

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PS> I really would like to chat to someone who has done the route recently..so come on guys and gals.....please get in touch
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I've only done biking in Europe and Thailand - nothing like what you're planning but it sounds quite a trip! At least you've arrived at the right site to get the information you need.
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Hi Carole,

I work in Atyrau so am here most of the time. I have done the route from Uk to here 3 times, the last being in September 2008 just to get the bike back to Europe but a bit on the quick side, 4 days! (Bike now back here but I did the sourthern route, Croatia, Turkey, Baku and ferry across to Aktau in June/July)
I have a spare appartment here which is available most of the time so if you need it and it is free you are more than welcome. Also have secure parking and know a few people if you need any repairs doing.
When you cross the border you can get a 6 month pass for your vehicle, they normally try to fob you off with 2 month but if you are persistant they will give you 6.
As you are taking a year to do this I assume you will not be in this neck of the woods until the spring at least, if you are planning on getting here any earlier be aware that the average temperature for Jan and Feb is around -20 so everyone drives on the thick ice that forms.
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Hi Carole,

I work in Atyrau so am here most of the time. I have done the route from Uk to here 3 times, the last being in September 2008 just to get the bike back to Europe but a bit on the quick side, 4 days! (Bike now back here but I did the sourthern route, Croatia, Turkey, Baku and ferry across to Aktau in June/July)
I have a spare appartment here which is available most of the time so if you need it and it is free you are more than welcome. Also have secure parking and know a few people if you need any repairs doing.
When you cross the border you can get a 6 month pass for your vehicle, they normally try to fob you off with 2 month but if you are persistant they will give you 6.
As you are taking a year to do this I assume you will not be in this neck of the woods until the spring at least, if you are planning on getting here any earlier be aware that the average temperature for Jan and Feb is around -20 so everyone drives on the thick ice that forms.
If you need any more help just drop me a line.
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Hi Mike,

Thank you so much for the offer of accommodation....that would be absolutely fantastic....thank you very much...........as things progress I will keep you informed........

Have you done the more northern route? This is the route I favour more at the moment especially as a couple of guys from quads uk.net are thinking of coming along so far as maybe Germany but nothing is cast in stone as yet.

At the moment I am trying to research as to wether I need a 'carnet' or not............do you know the answer???

What sort of temperature would I expect to encounter in March? or April say?

Warmest regards

Carole

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I could well be in Atyrau myself in nov with work,im flying out for a week from the 14th sept so will spread the word that you are about to invade their country i live near to richmond
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I could well be in Atyrau myself in nov with work,im flying out for a week from the 14th sept so will spread the word that you are about to invade their country i live near to richmond
I don't think I will make Atyrau until March/April so your friends out there should have enough time to batten down the hatchs and prepare themselves for the onslaught of one mad fat old woman on a quad............they may not ever recover!!!

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Hi if you are looking at the Artic Cat in the UK they are marketed by MF tractor dealer,your nearest dealer i think will be Robson Tractors at Kirkbymiserton or Thirsk.
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Hi if you are looking at the Artic Cat in the UK they are marketed by MF tractor dealer,your nearest dealer i think will be Robson Tractors at Kirkbymiserton or Thirsk.
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Hi Coxy,

I don't have any experience of an Artic Cat....at the moment I am sticking with a either Quadzilla RS7 or the Outlander650 Max but if the situ changes I will look further into the Cat.

Looking forward to a momentous trip ......cheers mate

Noboby has still come forward who wants to come along......shame really 'cause it should be good........

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Do you know what the Quadzilla is "underneath"? I know they import from various, usually Chinese, manufacturers and re-brand them. I was just thinking that if you should in the end opt for them it would be well worth finding out what it is, to check about its availability in other markets. No doubt at some time you'll need spares, and if the only option is shipping from the UK it might be a bit of a pain, and a drain on resources.
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Do you know what the Quadzilla is "underneath"? I know they import from various, usually Chinese, manufacturers and re-brand them. I was just thinking that if you should in the end opt for them it would be well worth finding out what it is, to check about its availability in other markets. No doubt at some time you'll need spares, and if the only option is shipping from the UK it might be a bit of a pain, and a drain on resources.
..........just spoke to Quadzilla and it is a 'Dinly' engine....or at least I think that is what they said.........do you anything about them???

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Ah, Dinli, well I've heard of the make, their quads are sold under their own brand here in France, and I see they're sold in the US as well HERE. Quite what to make of the court ruling on that page I don't know. Other than that it's not a brand I know of.
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Hi Carole, I've driven to China and to Mongolia, if you still want to drive China this company was absolutely excellent!
China Adventure Tour, trekking, overland, festivals, special travel – NAVO
And they're very charity orientated, just tell them what you're doing.

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Hi Jelle,

I will check that out straightaway....thank you for the information.

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If you email tracy@navo-tour.com and tell her Rachael England sent you. She is fantastic.
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hi carol, whats going on with your trip?
last year i crossed africa with a quad and a little trailer (QUADRIDESAFRICA ). i got a 500ccm cectek gladiator with a real rear diff. it needed only 8-9 liters per 100 km and wasin a good condition with the 80 octan fuel in etiopia. may be an alternative for you?
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