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The Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most remote regions of Russia. It borders the international time zone and its capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, is located 9992 km from Moscow. This is one of a handful of Russian regions that caters to almost every kind of extreme sport: from hiking and climbing to motorbiking through forests and across beaches. We tried to find out what motivates local daredevils to embark on their sporting adventures by talking to motorsport fans who cannot imagine life without speed and adrenaline.
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The Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the most remote regions of Russia. It borders the international time zone and its capital, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, is located 9992 km from Moscow. This is one of a handful of Russian regions that caters to almost every kind of extreme sport: from hiking and climbing to motorbiking through forests and across beaches. We tried to find out what motivates local daredevils to embark on their sporting adventures by talking to motorsport fans who cannot imagine life without speed and adrenaline.
Local motorcycle rider Igor Mulakhmetov told RBTH how he fell in love with motorsport. \ "It began with the purchase of an old off-road motorbike from Japan. Japanese hardware, even 20 years old, is very reliable and low maintenance. I’ve been riding for 5 years."

Elena Safonova

Local motorcycle rider Igor Mulakhmetov told RBTH how he fell in love with motorsport. \ "It began with the purchase of an old off-road motorbike from Japan. Japanese hardware, even 20 years old, is very reliable and low maintenance. I’ve been riding for 5 years."
"Motorsport on Kamchatka is witnessing a revival. More and more people are buying motorcycles, taking part in competitions, and traveling to remote parts of the peninsula. New destinations for travelers on motorcycles are opening up all the time."

Elena Safonova

"Motorsport on Kamchatka is witnessing a revival. More and more people are buying motorcycles, taking part in competitions, and traveling to remote parts of the peninsula. New destinations for travelers on motorcycles are opening up all the time."
"In 2013, the first dedicated track for owners of Enduro-class motorcycles appeared in Kamchatka. Enduro involves riding over very rough terrain. Since then, owners of these motorcycles have been taking part in competitions."

Elena Safonova

"In 2013, the first dedicated track for owners of Enduro-class motorcycles appeared in Kamchatka. Enduro involves riding over very rough terrain. Since then, owners of these motorcycles have been taking part in competitions."
"The Enduro track is littered with logs, hummocks, and other obstacles — to simulate natural terrain. We plan to hold cross-country competitions and invite riders from other regions of Russia, even from abroad."

Elena Safonova

"The Enduro track is littered with logs, hummocks, and other obstacles — to simulate natural terrain. We plan to hold cross-country competitions and invite riders from other regions of Russia, even from abroad."
Training on a special track, especially competitively, gives the rider (or motorsport cyclist) essential experience, which comes in very handy for riding in the forest, trips in the wild, and other kinds of extreme motorsport.

Elena Safonova

Training on a special track, especially competitively, gives the rider (or motorsport cyclist) essential experience, which comes in very handy for riding in the forest, trips in the wild, and other kinds of extreme motorsport.
Kamchatka is a unique region because you experience the "wow-factor" at every turn. Majestic, dangerous volcanoes, untouched wild flora and fauna, the mighty Pacific Ocean. That’s more than enough to fall in love with Kamchatka once and for all.

Elena Safonova

Kamchatka is a unique region because you experience the "wow-factor" at every turn. Majestic, dangerous volcanoes, untouched wild flora and fauna, the mighty Pacific Ocean. That’s more than enough to fall in love with Kamchatka once and for all.
A motorcycle is the ideal mode of transport on Kamchatka, providing large suspension movement, low fuel consumption, high off-road speed, and access to remote places.

Elena Safonova

A motorcycle is the ideal mode of transport on Kamchatka, providing large suspension movement, low fuel consumption, high off-road speed, and access to remote places.
One of the most interesting places for a motorcycle trip is the Pacific coast. The terrain is so varied: you can even do jumps or just ride on the sand, right on the water's edge.

Elena Safonova

One of the most interesting places for a motorcycle trip is the Pacific coast. The terrain is so varied: you can even do jumps or just ride on the sand, right on the water's edge.
Vadim Bobrishev explains how a moped rider can become a proficient Enduro racer. // "Like many on the Kamchatka Peninsula, I began riding Japanese mopeds back in childhood. My dad put me on a scooter, and being a keen Enduro rider himself later bought me my first motorbike."

Elena Safonova

Vadim Bobrishev explains how a moped rider can become a proficient Enduro racer. // "Like many on the Kamchatka Peninsula, I began riding Japanese mopeds back in childhood. My dad put me on a scooter, and being a keen Enduro rider himself later bought me my first motorbike."
"It was easy for me to start riding a motorcycle. I already knew how to ride and handle the gearbox on a scooter. Now, after 5 years of practice, I’m constantly trying to improve my technique, explore new places, and learn new tricks."

Elena Safonova

"It was easy for me to start riding a motorcycle. I already knew how to ride and handle the gearbox on a scooter. Now, after 5 years of practice, I’m constantly trying to improve my technique, explore new places, and learn new tricks."
"Kamchatka is one of the best regions for motor tourism and extreme riding. You can ride on the slopes of a volcano, along the Pacific coast, across the hilly tundra and black sands"

Elena Safonova

"Kamchatka is one of the best regions for motor tourism and extreme riding. You can ride on the slopes of a volcano, along the Pacific coast, across the hilly tundra and black sands"
"There are excellent rides for Enduro amateurs and freeride motocross pros alike — there’s something for all."

Elena Safonova

"There are excellent rides for Enduro amateurs and freeride motocross pros alike — there’s something for all."
"What do I get out of motorbiking on Kamchatka? One hell of an adrenaline rush at the first turn of the throttle!"

Elena Safonova

"What do I get out of motorbiking on Kamchatka? One hell of an adrenaline rush at the first turn of the throttle!"
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January 29, 2014
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