Vladivostock, this is the end my beautifull friend Ducati Multistrada

Khabarovsk/Vladivostock : last stage of my trip. During this journey, people always asked me where I was going like that, with all my bags ? I answered so many times « Vladivostock » that today, this is the end my beautifull frend :  Vladivostock. 

Khabarovsk from I start this last stage is really a nice town. At day time, it now looks like San Francico with its sloping streets and its nice houses. It was Sunday, it was market day. You could feel that the people were living a little. They had been working hard the whole week, it was also time to go to the Datcha to take advantage of sunny weather before winter comes. I love this carefree attitude moments. Like for me, today, nothing matters.

It is the end of my beautifull trip. I can’t stop zooming on the GPS to see the complete journey I made and I can’t believe it. 12.000 kilometers in 19 days, it is huge. Quarter of the way to go round Earth. Landscapes, people, adventure. I stopped one last time in a village to exchange with old people selling their fruits and cabbage. I spoke with the russian grandmas. I still do not speak russian but I don’t need it to understand that they can’t believe I am coming from Moscou. And when a grandma shows you a clove of garlic and puts her hand on her heart, it does’nt mean that she wants to mary you. This is just to make you understand that it is good for your heart.

I bought plums and took garlic with me. I will make a « Tchernobyl style salad » when back at home. I am just kidding, we’ve all took advantage of this rainbow. I sat off again on the road. Compared to Moscow, everything is different here. For me and from what I saw (I don’t pretend to know Russia) there are three Russias. The Moscow one, very noisy, fearlessly. Vladivostock area very close to Japan, only 2.000 kilometers, a city towards the sea. And the third Russia in between this two first, with the old Ladas and the old fashioned but lovely russian style.

On the way to Vladivostock, I can’t see anymore Ladas. Only second hand japanese cars are being imported here. Nadia, Chaser, Top Box, only strange names. I find it difficult and dangerous driving in Russia, but with a right hand driving car it is just suicid. When you follow a car which is behind a truck, you can clearly see the passenger giving instructions to the driver, wether he can pass or not he truck. There are advantage and inconvenience. If your wife is the passenger, the best is to wait that you have parked your car before you may think about overcoming. If your mother in law is the passenger, don’t listen to her. Overcome as much as you can, hopefully, her pacemaker will break down. If your baby is at the front, in his special sit on the reverse side of the road, you’d better let a blind personn drive, it is less risky.

This is funny, but I still can feel nostalgia. I am both happy to finish and I feel nostalgia. Nevertheless, I can tell you it’s been sometimes very hard here in Russia on a personnal point of view. Not being at home with my kids for the start of a new school year, see them having their first lesson of motorbike on a track …

But still, I had Spleen arriving in Vladivostock. I slowed down a little bit with the Ducati Multistrada, I removed my earplugs, and « opened » my nose. I looked really stupid, but I didn’t care. I started to look, ear and breathe as much as I could. More, it would have been a robbery and I would have been caught at the customs for importing illegal good : happiness !

Moscow/Vladivostock, I don’t pretend to be a hero but I pretend that I have had really nice time. And I will miss everything here in Russia. The people, fabulous. The holes in the tarmac. The long Transsiberain straight lines, the landscapes, sometimes monotonuous, sometimes incredible. The way people drive. I am not a travel agency, I don’t need to sell you anything, but about Russia, I take the whole lot.
I dragged my feet to Vladivostock and it was like in a dream. A wave of emotion came over me.

There was a light drizzle, some fog around, I almost expected a submarine coming out of the bay. At the hotel, I removed my bags and gave a huge kiss to the Multistrada. I promiss this is the truth. I am not Valentino Rossi to kiss my bike, I did not win anything but we trusted each other with the Multistrada. At the beginning, she told me, « my name is Multistrada Enduro ». I said « ok, we will see ». I took here on destroyed roads, off road, and she never ever disappointed me. She gave me confort, trust, and a huge personality.

By my side, I confess that I abused the trust of the Multistrada. I am going to tell you something I did not to anybody, even Ducati. The Bike has now 21.441 kilometers in total. At around 14.000 km, I saw a message on the dashboard saying « oil servivce » which meant that oil had to be replaced. I had no time for it. There were no motorcycle workshop on my way. Maybe if I could have find  oil but with poor quality. So I decidde to continue like that. In total, more 11.997 without oil change !  I added only 200 ml oil in the engine at half way. I set up once the rear chain tension, and changed the tire. That’s all. I really love its frame, its fabulous engine and its confort for that kind of trip. She became my best friend during this journey. A chinese mortorcylcle would have not survived event one day on those destroyed and bumpy road. So, thank you Mutistrada, and thank you Ducati Ducati for this unforgettable experience. Good luck for the next riders to keep on this nice story of Globetrotter 90.

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Joel Poulain
Aller courage Laurent, t'as peut être fait le plus dur!!!! En fait j'en sais rien mais tu as l'air d'avoir toujours le moral et la mob aussi.....
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Fylou Vtwin
Top, j'ai adoré !!!
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Honda Vfc Custom Amicale
It was a great adventure that I followed live from France. Lolo, I thank you for the quality of your comments on your trip and Russia!
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Patoche Twoteam
Vraiment Good Job for you Lolo!! The big boss very appy !!! Dommage pour le Drone enfin les images qui vont nous manquer !!! Gazzz rdv a Boulazac pour le moto tour!
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Jonathan Mortes
Bravo à toi lolo ! et merci de nous faire partager tes aventures on ce régale !! ;)
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Julien Potier
Trop fort ce voyage, à bientôt!
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Yves Mutzenberg
Félicitations pour ce magnifique roadrip, tu nous as fait rêver. Et voyager avec tes superbes images.
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moi lui
Merci Merci a toi , LOLO de nous faire rever , avec tous tes periples .Bises BETTY
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Christophe Bellevallee
Salut lolo !! Bravo pour ce super coup de meule !! Je te suivais à chaque post, et franchement, t'es le seul mec au monde a qui je demanderai un autographe si je te croisais !!! Continues ta trajo !! Bises.
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Baptiste G
Merci lolo!
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Reggae Reggaeman
Hi Lolo, Congratulation for such a long, hard way. And thank you for sharing with us your daily feelings and amazing stories. I will continue to follow up this special road trip around the world. Good luck and all the best to the next rider Jessica.
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Stephane Copin
Merci pour tes partages quotidien tout au long de ce magnifique road trip. Repose toi bien!
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Emonot Allan
Félicitations; et merci de partager tous ca avec nous .
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Mitch Fred
Félicitation pour ce périple en Russie, merci a toi de nous l'avoir fait vivre as travers t'est photos et vidéo. Bonne retrouvaille parmi les tiens et a très vite sur t 'a page Facebook bye bye
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Guido Brasletti
Bravo Lolo pour ce magnifique périple, et merci encore pour nous les motards. Grâces à tes posts, nous aussi avons pu voyager! Forza Ducati ! (Guido@916)
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Pascal Léchine Rolland
Merci LOLO c,était super. t,es un chef
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Stephane Biville
Bravo laurent merci pour cette belle aventure, un vrai bonheur de te suivre
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Avo Marc
Merci Lolo de nous avoir fait vivre à tes cotés cette superbe aventure et de représenter si bien et simplement notre passion partagée.
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Benoit Carette
Génial, comme toujours, c'est toujours un plaisir de te suivre dans tes péripéties, j'ai hâte de voir la suite, tu nous fais rêver ;)
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Philipe Jesottec
Well done ! :) Un grand merci pour avoir partagé ces moments avec autant de passion. Au plaisir de te lire/voir tes vidéos :) :)
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magie winx
Comme d'hab tu nous fait rêver merci a toi bis ,)
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Stéphane Seuret
Super Lolo, merci pour ces belles histoires ! vivement la vidéo
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Jean François Sertillanges
Ben voilà, c'est fini, comment peux tu nous laisser de la sorte :((((( nous abandonner au bout du monde alors que la ducat roule encore !!!!!!! On aura quand même passé de bons moments de lecture, de vidéo et de directs. Merci à toi de l'ensemble du groupe face " TRAILISTE " . Bon retour, bon repos, bon montage et on attend le long métrage de ce trip avec impatience.
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Gilles Mounier
Merci Lolo, change rien t'es parfait.On attend impatiemment le film qui regroupera tous ces supers moments. Merci à Ducati de t'avoir choisi.
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Laurent Roy
Géant !!! :-) ps: comment on "like" ? chuis teubé: pô trouvé de lien... :'(
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Laurent Bouffetier
Très belle aventure, avec toujours un excellent narrateur. Merci Ducati et merci Laurent Cochet.
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Nicolas Jouan
super LOLO comme d'habitude tu nous vends du rêve Merci aussi à Ducati pour cette belle aventure
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Benoit Suraud
Bravo pour le trip et merci pour le récit. Superbes images, superbe machine, ça donne envie !
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Eric Chaussepied
merci de nous avoir fait rêvé avec ce voyage ce que tu a réalisé restera pour moi un fantasme et oui les années passe et malheureusement ce style d'aventure devient de moin en moin probable pour moi donc encore merci de nous avoir fait rêver avec ma femme et d'avoir passer du temps sur Facebook malgré parfois la fatigue qui ce lisait sur ton visage a bientôt peut être sur la route mais pour moi certainement en France ;) Eric chaussepied
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Aubin Renault
Je viens de voir ton dernier direct. Merci Lolo d'avoir partagé ton aventure. À chacun des tes post tu m'as fait un petit peu rêver. L'été dernier j'ai traversé la France en moto sur 1100 bornes tout seul en ne prenant que des routes de campagnes (1 dixième de ce que t'as fait :p) et je retrouvais un peu de ces sensations que tu décrivais parfois. Sauf que toi c'est 11000 km et 19 jours à l'étranger ! Impressionnant ! Un grand bravo à toi ! Maintenant c'est l'heure du repos du guerrier. A bientôt pour le DDMT !
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Marie Bailleul
a good bike and the best of moto journalist. what else!!!!!
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Guillaume Do
Bravo! C'était cool! Les lives ont permis de vivre au plus près ce road trip de dingue! Félicitations!
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Fab Bcn
amazing road trip ! thx to share so many feelings and to push us to take our bikes and hit the road as you do !!!! Ducati rocks ! A bientôt ! :)
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Aurélien Loth
Nice trip ! I want to see the video :)
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Félix Freire Lopez
Bravo Lolo. Merci pour la narration et les videos de cette magnifique aventure. Bon vol demain!
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Pascalmurielle Hailloud
bravo lolo et felicitation pour nous avoir fait vibrer pendant ce road trip bon retour
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Bruno Villiere
merci à toi de nous avoir fait partager se périple. Avec la fermeture progressive de l'Afrique et du moyen orient, la Russie devrait devenir un nouvel espace de voyage. Ca me tente bien moi aussi!
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Yo Lcx
Super meule Super gars paysages a coupée le souffle j’attends avec impatience le film de cette aventure. Bravo encore LOLO
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Benjamin Saglio
Du très grand Laurent Cochet! Une belle meule, un beau voyage et surtout du rêve pour alimenter notre belle passion! Merci Ducati de faire rouler notre Lolo national. Et merci Lolo de ton engagement et de ta persévérance! Vivement le moto tour et peut être un jour un projet en commun avec les pilotes du MRH45 ;-)
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Christophe Flauraud
Comme a ton habitude tu nous fait rêver avec cette aventure extraordinaire , ton retour pro sur ton ressenti sur la moto et surtout .... De montrer a tous ce qu est la vrai passion Moto .... et tant pis pour le pilote australien qui n a pas eu son visa ;) de toute facon je parle pas kangourou !!! donc suis ravi que tu est eu ta chance et que tu sois arrivé au bout avec tant de panache et de professionalisme !! bises
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Mickael Herve
merci LOLO et Ducati pour ce superbe voyage!!!
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Té Quila Blues
Bravo Lolo pour ce road trip de dingue et tous ces partages le long de ce très long voyage. Bon retour parmi les tiens et encore merci pour nous avoir fait rêver. Au fait, n'oublies pas de nettoyer la belle...
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Netux
Merci à toi lolo, pour ta sincérité, pour ton engagement sur et pour moto, pour tes images, pour ton humour, pour tes projets tous plus délirants les uns que les autres et j'en passe ! Ne change rien et continue de nous faire réver , nous simples motards du dimanche ;)
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Philippe Koubbi
Bravo Lolo ! Merci pour ces trips à moto ! Bonne continuation !
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Anthony Poustis
énorme merci a lolo et a ducati de nous faire partager tout ça
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Mathieu Cali Langhendries
Au top Lolo, une très belle machine, un voyage qui fait rêver... On en redemande ;).
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Gérald Vincelet
tu as assuré un max lolo, profite du retour en avion pour dormir un peu, impatient de voir tes videos de cette belle aventure
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Val Laffont
tout simplement génial des photos à coupé le souffle et un pilote au top !!!
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Bruno Marzin
Well done Lolo ! .. meme si ton trajet en lui meme ne m'a pas fait révé, un voyage reste toujours inoubliable surtout dans ces pays.. culture, les gens etc.. c'est top ! Je connais bien aussi ce sentiment de "fierté" d'etre arrive au bout (a mon niveau hein..), mais en meme temps on se dit "ah bah merde, c'est fini .. et lundi retour au bureau ??" En tout cas merci de nous faire partager tout ca.. et après, on va ou ?
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account_circle Laurent Cochet
near_me Km 18350 of 41903
event 13/09/2016
room Vladivostok, Kraï du Primorie, Russie