‘R5K made me ride to Kazakhstan’

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Phil had the trip of a life­time, rid­ing his BMW R1200GS along the Eu­ro­pean route E40; a road stretch­ing from Calais, France to Rid­der, Kazakhstan, near the bor­der with Rus­sia and China.

“It’s a pledge to ride 5000 miles, so it seemed like a sign. I came across the route on Wikipedia about ten years ago. It takes you through lots of ex­otic places in around 5000 miles, so it would have been rude not to. But there was a whole list of peo­ple I had to con­vince about the trip be­fore leav­ing and I may face many years of pay­back,” Phil said.

His big­gest scare came when the bike got a cracked rim and flat tyre, leav­ing him stranded on a desert road near Beyneu in Kazakhstan. Thank­fully, with the help of some re­source­ful lo­cals, the wheel was welded and a new in­ner tube in­stalled, al­low­ing him to con­tinue. Tempt­ing fate, Phil joked: “Two botched welds and an in­ner tube later, off we go again. What could pos­si­bly go wrong?”

Ah, so that’s what an R1200GS looks like when you rip it apart Lo­cals of Kazakhstan came to Phil’s res­cue, weld­ing up his cracked rim

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