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Old 21 Feb 2013
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UK - Magadan/VLAD 2014/2015

I'm just throwing this out there.....

I'm thinking about doing this trip in the next 12-24 months. Vague I know !!

I'm interested in meeting like minded people planning the same trip to share ideas, planning and maybe the road with.

I'm thinking of heading through Eastern Europe, along the bottom of the black sea and riding through Kazakstan, Mongolia and into Russia. No real idea at the moment though.

I'll probably be taking a Honda XR650L and taking about 6 months(ish)

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Ted, Ive been thinking about this trip for last few months. The earliest I can do it is 2015, no restrictions re time. I didnt bother putting anything on here as i thought it would be too far off for most people. Mark
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Plan to do it on a r80gs basic by the way,
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Hi Ted!

I am planning to go the Russian Far East and Mongolia via the Stans starting April 2014. I was going to do it Vlad to Berlin, but I think I will now be starting in Ireland and travel with warmer dryer weather to the East.

I do not want to pay for a tour, and lack the balls to do it solo. I will determine what bike to take later. If figure it might be better to buy a ride in Ireland and save freight from the USA.

My itinerary is simple - point the bike east and stay flexible.

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Ted, you're such a tease, I was thinking of hanging up my helmet until I read this.

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Re: UK - Magadan/VLAD 2014/2015

You're too much of a deviant to leave your helmet alone mick.

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I need to stop reading your posts Ted - one by one you're doing all the trips that I have on my list and for various reasons (family, money and family taking money - the usual suspects) have had to postpone. It's like living my life second hand

Need any bits for the XR-L ? - I've got 20L (Clarke see-thru) and 40L (Acerbis in white plastic) tanks + one of Chris Scott's Desert Riders bespoke racks sitting around doing nothing.
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Re: UK - Magadan/VLAD 2014/2015

Don't you dare sell any of that to anyone apart from me.. I want that 40l tank. Maybe the 20 too.

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Plan to do it on a r80gs basic by the way,
R80 will be quite heavy for those roads IMHO.
I would go with a lighter one.
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If you're taking an XR650L then I would recommend fitting an oil cooler. I have one of Mark Suttons oil colers (GS Mark on ADV rider) Sutton Cycle Works Honda XR 650L Oil Cooler on my 650 dominator (same engine as the 650L) and can highly recommend it. I found out the hard way what can happen when one of these engines overheats. My bike dropped a valve seat only 200miles after I bought it! My problem was caused by me caning the bike at 90mph with a damaged inlet manifold seal causing a lean mixture. The weak point of these engines is minimal finning on the head especially on the right hand side and the first thing to go is the RHS exhaust valve seat falling out the head. Honda's fix was to fit air scoops on the tank of the 650L but you won't have them if you're fitting an oversized tank so an oil cooler would be prudent. I believe that the later heads were cast from a better quality alloy so are less prone to this problem (mine's a 1990 bike) so a later 650L with a cooler should be bombproof.
Here's what mine looked like when I pulled it to bits.


Once repaired though I did 3100 miles in 11 days on a round trip from Scotland to the Pyrenees to take part in The VINCE with no problems at all.
Best of luck with your trip
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If you're taking an XR650L then I would recommend fitting an oil cooler. I have one of Mark Suttons oil colers (GS Mark on ADV rider) Sutton Cycle Works Honda XR 650L Oil Cooler on my 650 dominator (same engine as the 650L) and can highly recommend it. I found out the hard way what can happen when one of these engines overheats. My bike dropped a valve seat only 200miles after I bought it! My problem was caused by me caning the bike at 90mph with a damaged inlet manifold seal causing a lean mixture. The weak point of these engines is minimal finning on the head especially on the right hand side and the first thing to go is the RHS exhaust valve seat falling out the head. Honda's fix was to fit air scoops on the tank of the 650L but you won't have them if you're fitting an oversized tank so an oil cooler would be prudent. I believe that the later heads were cast from a better quality alloy so are less prone to this problem (mine's a 1990 bike) so a later 650L with a cooler should be bombproof.
Here's what mine looked like when I pulled it to bits.


Once repaired though I did 3100 miles in 11 days on a round trip from Scotland to the Pyrenees to take part in The VINCE with no problems at all.
Best of luck with your trip
cheers
Stewart
Mines a 1995... I'll deffo look into the oil cooler !!

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ted forget the 40L tank . I did this route on a xt600 with 23L tank and a guy on a xr650l with 22L tank and we were fine . the fuel is 150 miles in russia
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i'll throw my hat in the ring as a maybe on this...
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Any chance of having a meeting behind the bike shed at Donnington on your idea? Ride safe.

ps bring your own carryout.
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Yeah. Good idea. After the clock strikes midnight under the crescent moon, wear black cloaks and mutter the pass code "big beautiful bananas".....

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