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21. Posted by U-85 (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

offtopic - phrases that breaking my mind:

- are you on holidays? (meaning that I'm in vacations)
in direct translation, using in Runglish - holidays - it's a not-working days when something is celebrating, and vacations - it's a month, given you by your employer for rest.

- breakfast-lunch-dinner
from schools Russians learning that meal in morning is call breakfast, in afternoon - dinner, and in evening - supper. but suddenly, in the rest other world, dinner is a lunch, in evening is a dinner, and supper - it's something biblical!!

therefore, when you will in Russia, remember that dinner time - it's about 13-14 p.m. :)

22. Posted by xjessie007 (Budding Member 22 posts) 3y

I have seen a documentary on it (or some parts of it). The road was not paved with asphalt, it was just a packed dirt road, so it was very dusty. There was one truck driving behind another one, and it was like driving in a fog. So, I would suggest to take a few new air filters for your bike. :)

23. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member 27 posts) 3y

thx for your thoughts jessie. tell you that i'll be happy to have always busy roads, especially on siberia.

yeah, i'll have 2 x-tra filters, i'll have a washable air filter upstream the bike's original one, i'll have a spare fuel pump. the bike itself has 2 spark plugs per cylinder. i have the laptop loaded with the bike's ecu software to diagnose and control the bike's computer's activity. i'll have to finish a full gym program, a full bike's training, it's not very easy, but it's freaking wild, exotic, on top nobody's encouraging me. it's stupid, it's tempting, i'll do it.

24. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member 27 posts) 3y

Quoting U-85

offtopic - phrases that breaking my mind:

- are you on holidays? (meaning that I'm in vacations)
in direct translation, using in Runglish - holidays - it's a not-working days when something is celebrating, and vacations - it's a month, given you by your employer for rest.

- breakfast-lunch-dinner
from schools Russians learning that meal in morning is call breakfast, in afternoon - dinner, and in evening - supper. but suddenly, in the rest other world, dinner is a lunch, in evening is a dinner, and supper - it's something biblical!!

therefore, when you will in Russia, remember that dinner time - it's about 13-14 p.m. :)

i guess this is because the lunch in russia in the summer starts at noon and finishes late in the night,
and in the winter it's always night,

see i have an explanation for everything, ...

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2011, at 01:09 by Tsunnami ]

25. Posted by xjessie007 (Budding Member 22 posts) 3y

Quoting Tsunnami

i have the laptop loaded with the bike's ecu software to diagnose and control the bike's computer's activity.

Just a thought, do not forget solar power supply. They are quite reasonable in terms of price and weight these days and might be handy especially in that end of the world.

26. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member 27 posts) 3y

thx mate, when i said "bike", i meant motorcycle. i have power from my battery.

27. Posted by Tsunnami (Budding Member 27 posts) 3y

Quoting U-85

oh vey... bears...
when I'm abroad, almost every foreigner in conversation asks me "HOW MUCH BEARS DID YOU SEEN LAST WEEK??" In fact, your chances to meet a bear along the road is less than 1%, yes, sometimes little bears are coming to road and drivers feeding it, but it's a quite rare thing. I have never seen a wild bear, especially walking by the city streets...

there are a lot of movies like this on youtube :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Xjnm-aQgYU

mosquitoes - yes, it's a little problem, but insecticide sprays are effective against it.

Federal highway Chita-Khabarowsk (M-58), was built about 1 year ago, one of the best routes in Russia.
http://www.sdelanounas.ru/blogs/4706/
former condition of this route - photos below the video, much of regional routes in Russia in same condition (especially in autumn). G-classe on Russian routes.. be merciful, don't try to kill the car..

I will search a suitable maps in pdf at weekends. the most detailed, and free.

hey man, just in case you are aorund, what's the quality of the gas in siberia? you have any idea if i can get 2-3 liters shipped in romania?

28. Posted by U-85 (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Hey!

I’m receiving messages about new posts in topic on e-mail.

At first, under the word "gas" you meaning gasoline, isn’t it? In Russia is more preferable use words “fuel”, “oil” or the Russian word “benzin” – in other case people could understand that you need a natural gas :)

Mostly, the quality of gasoline in Russia isn’t bad and comparable with European standards –but if you ONLY buy it on brand-name gas stations. The widest chains of gas stations with controlled gas quality are Rosneft, Gazpromneft, LukOil, TNK-BP – it’s all a gas stations of the largest Russian oil companies. Major minus – you will not meet this gas chains behind the Irkoutsk region – all territories that eastern of Irkoutsk have a specific business conditions… But almost in each region you could find a local chain of gas stations with suitable gas quality. Buying a fuel in sole no-name gas stations near a road is not a good idea – you could kill your bike engine.

Most of gas stations sells next types of gas:
Ai-80 – gas only for very old cars and vehicles
Ai-92 – the most common type of gas, suitable almost for every car
Ai-95/96 – premium gas for premium cars
Ai-98 – the most pure gas, some gas chains calls it “Finnish” (probably, it really imported from Finland, but maybe, it’s simply an advertisement) – usually, it price a twice more than Ai-95/96.

Anyway, if you are buying a gas anywhere except brand-name gas stations like a Rosneft or Gazpromneft, your best choice is Ai-92 – with 80% probability you’ll be sure that you are buying true Ai-92 from true fuel plant. In other case, you could receive a fake Ai-95/96, upgraded from Ai-92 or Ai-80 by chemical mixes in nearest basement. About 60% of Ai-95/96, selling in Russia is a fake – there is no such power of all fuel plants in Russia for producing such a lot Ai-95.

29. Posted by martin_norton17 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

Hi,

I am also planning a trans-siberian journey, by car.
I was glad to find out useful things about travelling to Russia. My plan was to start from Bucharest to St. Petersburg, travel the TransSiberian, visit major cities and Lake Baikal, and then cross to Alaska and Canada.
I am thinking of a Land Cruiser 78 properly fit, which is diesel.
Can anyone give me some info on the quality and possibility to fing diesel fuel for cars on the TransSiberian?
Thanks!

30. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 410 posts) 3y

Sorry, but its impossible to drive to Alaska. The roads in Russia end at Magadan- and even the road to Magadan is almost unnavigable. Then, in Alaska, there are no roads down to the Bering Strait. So, you'd have a huge gap on both sides. Not to mention the Bering Strait itself, which has neither bridge nor ferry, and rarely completely freezes over.

There is a ferry from Vladivostok to Japan- you could drive around Japan, instead. Or south, through China.