1st of June – 27th of June 2017 (Part 1) and 8th of July – 14th of August 2017 (Part 2)
Our Route Part 1
Our Video Part 1
Our Route Part 2
Our Video Part 2
Kilometers Per Bike
Euros For 2 People
Liters Of Petrol Per Bike
st of June – 27th of June 2017 (Part 1)
8th of July – 14th of August 2017 (Part 2)
Detailed Costs For 2 People And 2 Bikes
181 € petrol
1048 € hotel
360 € supermarket food
436 € restaurant food
5 € entry fee
16 € camping
11 € loundry
12 € eco import tax
17 € toll
120 € repairs / spare parts / oil
14 € new t-shirt for Xenia
14 € SIM cards
82 € entry fees and tours
12 € taxi and public transport
122 € new hard disc and some other electro stuff
Highest point: 4114 m a.s.l
Lowest point: 487 m a.s.l
Average Petrol Price
~ 0.42 Euros per liter
12x wild camping
Between -3 and 40 degrees
Summer in Kyrgyzstan is pretty hot in the lower regions and nice in the mountains. We mostly had good weather but also some thunderstorms as well. One night we even had snow while camping in a higher area.
Xenia: a one day flu in Karakol
Martin: a pretty bad stomage bug (on his birthday) that bothered him for quite a while
From perfect curvy tarmac roads (and of course really bad pothole infested roads) to crazy offroad challanges you find everything in this country. Perfect for motorbike riders we would say!
Problems / Breakdowns
XTR: A screw on the break saddle got lost, 1x flat tyre in the front
XTZ: 11x flat tyres in the rear, because we over did the tyre (over 23’000km). It was only one real puncture…the rest was a mess with stitching involved.
Gear: Lucy, our solar lamp stopped working. We got a new one by mail on warranty.
Martin: He lost his camera
Xenia: Lens of the Sony a6000 got damaged
Visa: Many countries get a visa on arrival for two month. Just make sure when you enter the country how many days it is valid.
Carnet de Passage: No need for a carnet
Insurance: We did not get one and did not hear that there is one available
So far this is our favourite country and it will be very hard to top. It is perfect for gravel/dirt lovers, has beautiful landscapes, perfect camp spots, nice people, interesting culture and is not very touristy. Therefore it is still pretty cheap (not the accommodations though but the beer and food). We will be back :)
Here some very country specific information:
There is an Eco-Tax when you enter the country with your own motorbike/car. The paper is valid for Kyrgyzstan, Kasachstan and Russia, therefore keep it!
Be awere of the police! They try to give you fines for nothing. They tried it with us a couple times and we never payed. It is good to have a helmet camera (even if you are not recording) and never give your original papers! Be friendly but best is to play stupid and bring enogh time, then you don’t have to pay
Wild camping is the best in Kyrgyzstan, as it is a nomads country and they understand what you are doing
Service / Work on the bikes
XTR: fork service (new oil and seals), oil change, tyre change (front and rear), replacement of front tube, new chain and front sprocket, new rear wheel hub cushions, new break pads in the rear, new tensioner, side stand adjustment (welded a piece on it to make it longer)
XTZ: fork service (new oil and seals), oil change, tyre change (front and rear), replacement of rear tube, new chain and front sprocket, new rear wheel hub cushions, new break pads in the rear and front, side stand adjustment (welded a piece on it to make it longer), fixing the cockpit (welding)
Favourite Places To Sleep
Riverside Guesthouse in Karakol, best place we have been on this trip so far (42.477593,78.384583)
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