23 April, 2008
17 April, 2008
The last few days have been the usual whirlwind of completing last minute arrangements, remembering all the things you forgot, then promptly forgetting them again, and general disorganised chaos.
I had a final sendoff last Saturday night from the family so the following are a few pictures from that night.
Myself, Natalia and Kimie
Natalia, myself, Rokshana and Julien
All of us including mam and dad.
08 April, 2008
The Burgie is quite a different bike to my usual crop of large capacity sports-touring bikes, and is a midrange 2 cylinder maxi-scooter tourer. It features an electronic Constant Velocity Transmision (CVT) , with manual electronic gear selection over ride - the first of its kind on any bike. The amazing thing is that for such a heavy bike (240kg unloaded) with massive slipstreaming and wind protection it offers a great combination of speed (180kmh+) and economy (23km per litre on the open road or 65mpg). Most of all though, it is incredibly comfortable and versatile - quicker than many sports bikes around the twisties when the roads get interesting.
Here's a shot of the Burgie taken 4-5 months back at the start of summer - no it's not a preview of Siberia in mid winter, instead it was taken at the top of Mt Hotham in the Victorian Alpine region.
I'm not anticipating too many days as wet and cold as this one was, but in order to stay dry I've bought myself a set of fishing waders - guaranteed waterproof. :)
For those of you reading this who are unfamiliar with bikes, staying dry is the biggest bugbear. Although clothing manufacturers advertise their gear as waterproof, it never stays that way after hours in the saddle at 100kmh.
As well as the waders I also have a rubberised sailing jacket, 5 pairs of gloves and rubber kitchen gloves to use as waterproof liners. The Burgie has tremendous weather protection by comparison with most bikes, and together with all my riding gear, it will hopefully help me avoid the curse of riders everywhere - the dreaded wet bottom disease!
Here's another from the back, and one of the Burgie sitting up in its crate with the seat, windscreen and top box removed so that I can work out how best to fit it all in. You can see how much my dear wife Kimie is looking forward to reclaiming a bit of garage space now that the bike and crate have moved on.
07 April, 2008
The 10 point route to happiness is now:
1. Ship Burgie to Busan (Korea).
2. Fly to Vietnam, rent bike to ride from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.3. Take bus across border from Vietnam to China and buy a small offroader (probably a QingQi - Suzuki TW200 clone) - ride North through China and into Mongolia.
4. Ride back into China & down to Shanghai. Sell bike & take ferry to Korea, collect Burgie in Busan, ride up to Sokcho & take car ferry to Russia (Vladivostok).5. Ride West from Valdivostok through Siberia to Kazakhstan.
6. Ride South into Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekhistan7. Ride West and back into Russia.
8. Ride North to Moscow / St Petersburg and then up into Finland.9. Ride South through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Croatia to my final destination - Italy.
10. Ride South along the coast in Italy to Palermo, Sicily where I will ship the Burgie back to Melbourne.
Edit after end of journey: The above is the actual route I travelled