In 2014 we started our leavinghomefunktion adventure on Ural motorcycles with sidecars. We chose the longest way to the West – the one that crosses the entire East. The original plan was to cross the Bering Strait into Alaska – travel through Canada and The US to reach New York. We started without a clue in mechanics and headed for the Caucasus Mountains. 5000 km later we setup our WINTERCAMP I in The Republic of Georgia where we got our first real lesson in doing things like the locals do.
// Leaving Halle (Saale) 07. September 2014
// One of the 300 gearbox changes we’ve had to do over the last 2 years
// Tserovani, Georgia,Winter 2014/15
After a great length of foreign bureaucracy and mechanical preparations we headed for our next big challenge: getting to know a true feeling for distance.The next 20.000 km was a full on experience through Kazakh thunderstorms, Mongolian staircases of sand and some pretty aggressive Siberian tiger mosquitoes. Somewhere where Siberia ends and the Far East of Russia begins we decided to put ourselves to another test: The Old Road of Bones. After 300 km of swamp, rivers and mud they realized how heavy things can get if we want to go further up direction Bering Strait…which is where the landway of this project turns into waterway…
// Darbi, May 2015 on the Trans-Mongolian highway// ‘Road of Bones’, Yakutsk, Russia, July 2015 // ‘Road of Bones’, Yakutsk, Russia, August 2015
// At Arkagala river, Yakutsk, Russia, August 2015
Setting up WINTERCAMP II in Canada we got another healthy dosage of local culture and managed to collect the necessary funds for creating an Amphibious Ural 650. We were finally ready to go back to the Russian Far East! This was the absolute extreme of our journey:1600 km of floating on the isolated Kolyma river with a float driven by the bitch of a Ural 650 engine.
// Kolyma, Yakutsk, Russia, June 2016
// Chersky, Yakutsk, Russia, July 2016
// Direction Egvekinot, Chukotka, Russia, August 2016
Our homestretch recently ended as we huffed and puffed all the way between Chukchi and Alaskan tundra making our way down to New York City…// Denali, Alaska, August 2016
// Idaho, USA, October 2016
// Manhattan Bridge, New York City, January 2017
But of course our story doesn’t end in the Big Apple – Our game is still on!!!
The time has come to settle back into our studios and show the world why we left our comfort zones and why experiencing the world would just not have been the same without a Ural 650…
Apart from working on our book publication with Tom Van Endert @Karren and with organising our upcoming film (which we welcome people to support through our PATREON page) we are hosting a series of live presentations in our living room where get the audience in touch with our whole breakdown experience. For more information you can check >> WWW.COMINGHOMEFUNKTION.COM
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