Bloggfrslur mnaarins, mars 2007

Skemmtilegur dagur / Fun day

er dagur a kveldi kominn og mikil vinna a baki. g og Einar erum bnir a vera a vinna hjlinu mnu fr v kl. 8:00 morgun. a sem vi erum bnir a gera dag er eftirfarandi: Setja ntt pst, setja mijustandara, hkka hjli upp, setja nja standpedala, setja nja hlfarpnnu, setja ntt stri, setja njan bensntank. mis vandaml komu upp egar vi vorum byrjair essu. Eins og g sagi ur, komu engir leiarvsar me, annig a vi urftum a fikra okkur svolti fram me etta allt saman. Vi uppsetningu nja pstkerfinu kom ljs a a vantai nippil fyrir srefnisskynjara sem tengist beinu innsptingunni. essi festing er gamla pstkerfinu og frum vi me bi gamla og nja kerfi Hafnafjrinn ar sem hann r Plsson vinur minn leysti mlin fyrir okkur. Hannslpainippilinn af gamla pstinu og borai gat a nja og sau nippillinn ar. Mikill snillingur ar fer og hefur hann oft bjarga mr egar g lendi vandamlum. Einnig urfti a fra til msa hluti svo sem forabri fyrir afturbremsuna ofl.Vi uppsetningu nja og stra bensntanknum urfti a breyta nokkrum hlutum, - fra forabri fyrir klivkvann, a er n komi undir sti, finna sta og ba til festingar fyrir aukabensndlu, sem dlir r nesta hluta tanksins upp efsta hlutann ar sem bensndlan fyrir vlina er. Allt tekur etta tma og vi vorum semsagt nstum 9 tma a vinna vi etta. En aalatrii er a ll strml eru leyst og g get fari rlegri til Florida a hitta tvrfallegustu stelpur heimi, Herdsi konuna mna og Fanndsi Maru dttur mna, - get ekki bei ! En tminn lur og a eru ekki nema rjtu og tta dagar ar til a vi leggjum af sta !!!!! trlegt en satt !

Finally the day is over. Me and Einar, my brother have been working on the bike since 08:00 this morning. What we have done today is following: Put on new exhaust system, center stand, raise the bike by 3 cm, put on new footpegs, new sump guard, new handlebar and new and bigger fuel tank. A lot of small problems came up on the way, and there where no mounting instructions, sowe had to do it step by step. Also we had to move some things for example the brake fluid reservoir for the rear brake, move the reservoir for the coolant because off the new fuel tank, and also find a location for the extra fuel pump that comes with the tank. But all in all it took almost a whole day for two of us to get one bike ready. And off course the main thing is that all the biggest problem are solved, so I can go relaxed to Florida to meet the two most beautiful women in the world, my wife and my 5 year old daughter, - cant wait ! But times fly fast, only 38 days until we start the big journey. Unbelivable !!

En svon ltur hjli t nna eftir daginn: / This is how the bike looks after the day:

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a sem eftir er a gera: Hkka standara svo a a halli ekki eins miki, setja grindur fyrir tskur, setja tskurnar , leggja rafmagn topptskuna, mla hjli rttum lit, setja gleri , setja merkingar hjli.

What we have to do more is: Raise the side stand, put on the racks for the cases, put on the cases, put electricity into the top case, paint the bike, put on the windscreen and some labels.


Loksins, loksins ! / Finally !

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Loksins, loksins, n eru aukahlutirnir kominir sem vi erum bnir a ba eftir nokkrar vikur. grkvldi opnai g alla pakkana og skoai a sem kom. Mr snist allt vera me, nema hva a vi fundum enga leiarvsa me. a eru n egar nokkra tknilegar spurningar sem vi urfum a f svar vi fr framleianda aukahlutanna. En n er bara a bretta upp ermar og byrja a skrfa og sj hva g kemst langt me etta ur en g skrepp til Florida morgun. Plani var j a vera klr me hjli ur en g fer, en a er ljst a a mun ekki nst. Einar brir heldur fram a vinna hlutunum og vi ttum v a vera snggir a klra mitt hjl egar g kem til baka.

Finally, the items we have been waiting for has arraived ! We have been waiting for weeks now, so we are happy today. Last night I opened all the package and it seems that everything is there. But we did not find any mounting instructions, so I am going to call to Germany today to find out if the can send instructions. But now we have to roll up our sleewes and start working. Tomorow I am going to Florida, USA, for two weeks. The plan was to finish the bike before leaving, but for sure now, it will not happen. My brother Einar, will be working on the bikes while I am a away, so we should be quick to finish my bike when I arrive.


Vonbrigi / Disappointment

RTW  myndir 016Ekki fr etta eins og g vildi gr. a kemur ljs a kassarnir eru komnir, en ekki allir, .e. tveir pakkar af remur eru komnir. Og ar sem a allir rr pakkarnir eru einum reikning, er ekki hgt a tollafgreia bara hluta af reikningnum ! etta er flt ! g sem tlai a byrja a skrfa og breyta hjlinu dag. a gegnur sem sagt ekki. Tminn lur og a er nokku ljst a g mun lti geta gert ur en g fer til Florida. Tryggvi brir, sem vinnur hj slandspsti, er binn a hjlpa mr miki undanfarna daga vi a finna essa pakka og reyna a koma eim gegn. En v miur er erfiara a eiga vi Tollinn ! Einar brir mun v urfa a n pakkana eftir helgi og byrja essu n mn. a arf a byrja v a fara me tankana og fleira sprautun til hans Jonna Bifreiaverksti Jnasar, ar sem eir tla a grja etta fyrir okkur eins fljtt ogeir geta. framhaldi af v fer Einar a breyta snu hjli og egar g kem svo heim aftur, rumst vi mitt. g stti stin til hans Auuns blstrara gr og lta au vel t og lofa gu. Hannbreytti hallanum stinu og bjtil ga setu og setti mjktsvamplag efst.

Things didn't quite go as I had hoped yesterday. The packages have arrived, but not all of them, i.e. 2 of the 3 packages are in the country. And since the 3 packages are all on the same check, we can't geta part of the produckts through customs. That's frustrating! And I was planning on starting the modifications of the bike today. That's obviously not going to happen now. The time is my enemy now and it's obvious that I can't do a lot before I go to Florida. My brother, Tryggvi, works for slandspstur, the post office dealing with, and he's trying to find the packages and trying to get them through customs. But it's no joke trying to deal with the customs! Einar is going to have to get the packages after the weekend and start without me. First, he has to take the bikes toJonni who is going to paint the bikes. After that, Einar is going to start working on his bike and when I get back we're both going to focus on my bike. I got the seats from Auunn yesterday and they are promising. He changed the tilting of the seats and created a good seat with a soft spongelayer at the top.


Tminn lur ! / Fast forward !

Tminn ir fram og margt af v sem g tlai a vera binn a er g ekki byrjaur . g er a fara til Flrda nsta sunnudag og tla a vera tvr vikur ar. Plani var a hafa mtorhjlin klr ur en g fri, slaka svo vel Flrda, koma svo heim, ferma Hauk og san klra undirbninginn og leggja af sta. En eins og g er binn a segja ur, eru aukahlutirnir hjlin ekki enn komnir ! a var ekki fyrr en gr a g fann pakkana og binn a f stafest a eir eru komnir til landsins. N vona g a vi fum hlutina dag. er bara a bretta upp ermar og byrja a skrfa og breyta og bta. Gervihnattasminn kom lka gr, annig a loksins er eitthva a ganga upp hj okkur.

The time is flying by very quickly these days. I haven't even started doing a lot of the things I was planning to finish by now. I'm leaving for Florida this Sunday and I'm going to stay there for 2 weeks. The plan was to have the bikes ready before I leave, relax a little in Florida, and then when I come back I would do all the things needed for Haukur's confirmation, finish the preparation for the trip and then set off for the big trip around the world. But like I said before, the accessories haven't arrived yet! It wasn't until yesterday that I found the packages and somebody confirmed that they had arrived to the country. Now I'm hoping to get the packages today. Then I can finally roll up my sleeves and get to work on the bike. I got the sattelite mobile phone yesterday, so finally something is going right for us.


Kazakhstan ofl

kazakhstan_map2N hef g kvei a bta vi einu landi fer okkar kringum hnttinn. Vi munum fara inn Kazakhstan lka. Upphaflega var a tlunin a fara anga en eftir a hafa heyrt slmar sgur af rningjum og banditum ar, tk g Kazakhstan af listanum. En nna, eftir a hafa kynnt mr etta mun betur, s g a a er ekkert meiri htta arna en annars staar. g er binn a leyta mr upplsinga va og flestum stum er sagta arna s yndislegt flk og engin vandaml. annig a eitt land btist vi ! En etta ir a vi verum a breyta vegabrfsrituninni Rsslandi, og skja um 3ja mnaa multi-entry visa, eins og eir kalla a. g vona a a gangi upp.

Enn erum vi a ba eftir aukahlutunum mtorhjlin og er olimin enda!! g er a fara til Florda 1. aprl og tlai a vera klr me mtorhjli ur en g fri ! v egar g kem heim eru ekki nema rjr vikur til brottfarar, auk ess sem vi erum me fermingu ann 22. aprl. a er v ansi stuttur tmi til stefnuegarkem heim !

I have decided to add to the list of countries we're going to be visiting in our trip. We are also going to be visiting Kazakstan. The original plan was to go into Kazakstan but after hearing some ugly stories about bandits and other bad people over there, I decided to not go there. Now, after studying the area better, I realize that there isn't any more danger there than in some of the other countries we're going to be visiting. I've been reading a little bit about the country and I can't see anything bad, just descriptions of the lovely people that live there. So there should be no problems at all concerning that. So with one more country to go to, we have to change our plan a little bit. First of all we need to get our visa into Russia replaced with a so-called 3 month multy-entry visa.

We're still waiting on those accessories for our bikes and my the patience is running out! I'm going to Florida this upcoming Sunday and I wanted the bike to be ready by then! Because when I get back there'll only be 3 weeks until departure, not to mention the confirmation we are planning the 22nd of April. So I don't really have a lot of time when I get back!


Russian highway !!

Hr eru frbrar myndir a hrabrautinni Rsslandi sem liggur milli Moskvu og Yakutsk ! ennan veg munum vi fara.

Very good pictures of Russian Highway that goes from Moscow to Yakutsk. We will be riding this road !!

(ATH. arft a hafa PowerPoint tlvunni)


Dagurinn dag / Today

zumo dag gerist eitt og anna. Vi erum bnir a f afhent GPS tkin okkar. En a sem meira er, - vi kvum a nota anna tki en vi vorum bnir a kvea. Vi tluum a nota Garmin GPS278, en n erum vi bnir a kvea, samri vi Rikka Sig hj R. Sigmundsyni, (hann er snillingur) a nota Garmin Zumo 550! etta er frbrt tki sem er srhanna fyrir mtorhjl. Vatnshelt og hggtt og trlega einfalt oggilegt notkun. Svo eru allskonarauka eiginleikar sem eru skemmtilegir lka. Tki virkar sem smi, notarbluetooth,mp3 spilari ofl ofl. Frbrt tki. Nna er g me tki blnum svo a g geti leiki mr svolti me a.

www.garmin.com/zumo/ www.rs.is

Anna sem gerist dag a frum me stin af hjlunum til hans Auuns blstrara Krsnesbrautinni til a breyta stunum fyrir okkur. Vi ltum hann minnka framhallann stunum og einnig a breikka setuna og mkja. etta urfum vi a gera til ess a vi getum seti 10 tma dag hjlunum ! Sni myndir af stunum egar au vera tilbin. Svo frum vi FB og hfum samband vi Motormannen Svj til a ganga fr Carnet de Passage papprunum, sem eru tollapapprar sem nausynlegir eru Japan.

Today, some progress. We got our new Garmin GPS, but not the one we choose before. We decided to choose the Garmin Zumo 550, which I think is a great product. We was going to use the Garmin GPS278 but as I said before, we are going to use the Zumo. It has some nice features that is fun to use; bluetooth for your phone, mp3 player and more. I have it in my car now so I can play on it a little.The other thing we did today, was taking the seat from our motorcycles to Auunn, who will change them so we can sit on them day in and day out. I will show you pictures when they are ready.


Tskurnar / The luggage cases

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Hr eru tskurnar sem vi notum. Sterkar plasttskur fr Pelican og svo srsaumaar innri tskur fr Seglagerinni gi. a vera rjr tskur hvoru hjli og innri tskur tveimur eirra, .e. hliartskunum. Innri tskurnar eru saumaar r sterku Cordura nyloni og me sterkum rennils sem hgt er a renna bar ttir. Me v a nota innri tskur, getum vi teki allan farangur tskunum einu egar vi urfum a fara t.d. inn gistiheimili ea bara inn tjald. Plasttskurnar sjlfar eru a vel festar hjlin, a a tekur sm stund a skrfa r af. En me v a hafa innri tskurnar losnum vi vi a.

Here you can see the luggage cases we are going to use. Very strong plastic cases from Pelican, and custom made inner bags from Seglagerdin gir. We will use three cases on each bike and two inner bags in the side cases. The inner bags are made from strong Cordura Nylon with a strong zipper.


Tmatlun / Time schedule

russian_roads2Hr vinstra megin sunni er linkur su sem heitir "Lndinog tmatlun". ar er hgt a sj au lnd sem vi frum gegnum og einnig er ar tmatlun sem segir hvar vi verum hverjum tma. ( getur rugglega breyst eitthva ).

On left on page is a link named "The countries and timeschedule" . There you can see the countries we will visit and a timeschedule to see where we will be at any specific time. ( This will probably change something )


Nr tbnaarlisti. / New equipment list

Var a uppfra tbnaarlistann( er til vinstri sunni ). ar er hgt a sj hvaa hlutir vera me og mega ekki gleymast. Eins og sst listanum eru ansi margir hlutir sem arf a hafa me og lti plss hjlunum.

I have updated the equipment list (on the left on the page). You can see that it is a lot of things that one have to bring along and not so much space to pack it.


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