Riding the Eastern BAM Siberia 2014 on motorcycles.
The route will be starting from Vladivostok, riding the road around to Sovetskaya Gavan via Komsomolsk or possibly jumping on the train with the bikes (depends on time and availability). Sovetskaya Gavan is last stop on the eastern coast of the BAM railway and just past Vanino where we will stay.
Link on the BAM railway
From Komsomolsk we will ride to Vanino and Sovetskaya Gavan along the graded road, after which the real journey begins! Reading through Walter Colebatch’s 2009 blog and talking to him it looks as if no service road exists from the town north of Vanino called Mongokhto.
Our plan is to ride to Mongokhto and see if we can find the track and continue if possible, if not we will double back to Komsomolsk via the graded road and attempt the BAM to Tynda from there. Time permitting we will carry on and ride the western BAM then either ship the bikes back to St Petersburg or ride home ( this may involve splitting up as some would like to ride the horrendous roads home and some not ).
There’s not much information on the eastern BAM with only a few people attempting it, we did meet a biker in Tynda called Max that has apparently rode it on a 250 with some sections having to be done along the railway tracks. Walter Colebatch, Tony P, and Terry rode from Komsomolsk to Isa in 2009 but had to call it a day due to mechanically issues and road conditions.
There is also a crazy Aussie that rode it on a pushbike in 2013 but from Tynda to Komsomolsk , this will give us good and up to date information on both sides.
The team will consist or Mark and Kevin who did the 2012 trip through Russia and Mongolia, and 3 Irish lads Garry, Ned, and Jim.
Lets hope for good weather 🙂