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post #1 of 9 Old 04-18-2008, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
 
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Road of Bones to Istanbul, Solo on KLR650; Book Published

Dear KLR forum, I am a new member (found out about this forum on KLR Net).

I have just self-published a book that recounts the solo journey I took on a KLR650 from Magadan (in Siberia), across the Road of Bones and on through Russia, CHina and Central Asia to Istanbul in 2005. 20,000kms through 10 countries, and I did the ride without any previous motorcycle experience. I met many wonderful people and had many adventures along the way.

You can browse my blog, see some details from my trip (and photos) and also order a copy of the book if you're interested

www.users.bigpond.net.au/AdrianScott

I hope you enjoy,

Adrian
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-20-2008, 12:48 PM
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Gratz on your trip and your book! I think I good speak for all of us when saying we would love to see an photos of your trip if you could post a few here. I checked out your blog and am very tempted at buying your book when this semster is out for summer, no time for pleasure reading with work and nursing school. I checked out the blog and read some of the dispatches. Nice job and do you still own that 1994 KLR?
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-25-2008, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey mtneering - nice to hear from you. I tried uploading some photos - but they're too big, so will extend the collection of photos on my blog...just give me a few days. Sounds like you're busy!

BTW, it was an almost new 2004 KLR650 - demo model with a few hundred kms on it. I rode it out of the dealership and directly into a shipping container bound for Vladivostok (bike was used pretty much stock for my trip).

The bike took a bad beating on the trip (including a bad crash on day one). I also destroyed the clutch plates through sheer incompetence and bloody-mindedness across endless tracts of mud and swamp in Siberia...

But the KLR was still the best choice by far and I would recommend it to anyone considering a similar trip.

Good luck with your studies.

Adrian
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-06-2008, 06:39 AM
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I have a copy of Adrian's book and highly recommend it. Well done, Adrian.

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-08-2008, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Have posted some photos (not on my blog) that cover the first month of my trip across the Road of Bones in deepest Siberia; hope you enjoy.

http://s297.photobucket.com/albums/m...view=slideshow

Adrian.
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post #6 of 9 Old 06-09-2008, 09:53 PM
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That sounds like an amazing trip. I'm watching Ewan McGregor's mini-series "Round the world" where he and a friend ride across the same basic route, though they end up going around the world from London. Except they're on BMW's. Its pretty interesting. I'm about to go turn on the episode (on DVD) where they start hitting Siberia.

Those look like some amazing photos. I take it, none of these were planned meetings with people? Looks like a great adventure.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-14-2008, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey KLRofCDA,

Thanks for the post.

Yes, that trip by Ewan and his mate Charlie is incredible. I got an early copy of the DVD about 2 months before I went on my trip and to be honest, the section on Siberia, esp the Road of Bones, scared the willies out of me...wait till you watch it...but it left me thinking dark thoughts.

It was the people who made my trip come to life and it was all spontaneous, I just kept meeting great people all along my journey who opened up their houses and adopted me like a son/brother. It was an amazing experience to see this happen with complete strangers.

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I just ordered your book.

Taking a 9 day trip to SW Colorado soon and look forward to spending the evenings reading.
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Hey Texas Red - thanks so much for buying my book.

I hope you enjoy my stories and have a great trip to Colorado.

Ride Safe.

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