Todays top tip;
Why pay $70 for an "adventure motorcycling tool tube"
When you can call up the local farm/tractor supply store and buy the same part for $20...
"Adventure Tool Tube for BMW" - http://www.adventuremotorcycle.com.au/sw-motech-tool-tube-f…
Tractor Operators Manual Canister - http://www.agrisupply.com/manual-canister-large/p/67670/
A lot of people ask me what happens if I break down?
Not being a mechanic by trade or hobby like many other travelers, this should be a genuine concern for me.
However, when the world is full of good people, it's usually the least of my worries....
This was a mantra I was able to see in action when my GSXR broke down in Montenegro on the way from Holland to Turkey
Another day, another visa; Pakistan!
This was the visa I had the most concerns about getting as they not only required a large amount of paper work but also stated a 4 to 6 week turn around with no options for a rush fee.
In addition to the standard paperwork of confirmation of employment, bank statements, justification of not having flights and hotel bookings (cancellable of course); I was also able to boost my application with a personal letter of invitation (LOI) as oppose...d to a tour agency invitation as well as an invitation from a Pakistani motorcycle club as a guest of honour.
It must have been a solid application as I had the visa back in my hands within 3.5 weeks with no questions asked even when I mentioned that I would be traveling by motorbike to the sometimes difficult northern Gilgit-Balistan region which nearly had further travel restrictions imposed by the Pakistani government by way of a No Objection Certificate (NOC) requirement which would have all but barred me from the country.
For more on my visa journey, check out the latest blog post over on www.7d1s.com
Ever wondered what a Mongolian visa looks like?
After sending my passport and all the necessary documentation to the Embassy in Canberra I waited patiently.
3 weeks in, I thought I'd better call and check, only to be told that they didn't have a record of it ever arriving!...
Thankfully, with the reference of a postal tracking number, they confirmed that they did in fact have it and that it would be sent the next day 😐
Check out the latest blog post for details on visa processes for the countries I will visit in my first 6 months.
Before the adventure comes the paperwork.
Here's a rundown of the processes and perils for the visas for the first 6 months of my journey through Russia, Mongolia and the Stans
Spotted something today that could have meant HUGE problems before even crossing my first border
Turns out that the engine number listed on my registration papers doesn't match the number stamped on the block
Now for a slightly more local, yet equally bureaucratic process to get this fixed up
Nearly 3 months to the day before I leave for my next ride; a brief outline of what I'll be doing and why I'll be exploring these particular parts of the world.
Whilst I have been busy with the tremendous amounts of research and paperwork required for this trip, I've enlisted the help of the guys at TNT Motorcycle Care to strip down my bike and go through it with a fine tooth comb to ensure that it is in the best possible shape with a few added "farkles" to make it Mongolia-proof
Started an interesting little built today
Creating a dual purpose GSXR600 for an out of this world adventure
Photos of subframe getting removed to box and str...engthen up
Removed tank and air box to get to the injectors for cleaning and do the valves ect
More pics to come as we progress with this one
Procrastinating on preparation so may as well procrastinate with Long Way Round.
One of my first introductions to adventure riding besides reading ride reports on ADVRider
Many people criticise their big bikes, whinging and support vehicles but still a good watch....
Seeing the big BMWs struggle in the mud makes me wonder what kind of mess I'm getting myself into
Just downloaded a new offline GPS app (Maps.Me) that has come highly recommended
But best of all, having never used a dedicated GPS before, managed to import over 2000 waypoints from a Garmin file collated by travelers over the years....
Fuel, accommodation and food fears for Russia, Mongolia and the Stans somewhat diminished!