Paddling Istanbul's Golden Horn

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Sami
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Paddling Istanbul's Golden Horn

Post by Sami » Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:03 am

I don't own a car, only a dinky 150cc motorcycle, so when I learned about portable kayaks several months ago my first question was whether I'd be able to transport one on the back of my motorcycle. Without being sure whether it would fit, I ordered an Air Fusion Elite and brought it back with me to Istanbul.

No problem! Two Rok Straps hold the bag very securely on the back of the motorcycle. It is about a 20 minute drive from my apartment to the Golden Horn (Grand Halıç). There I park the motorcycle just a few meters from the water, set up the kayak, and off I go! The motorcycle actually works better than a car given how close to the water I can park. Usually I spend a couple hours out on the water and make a leisurely 10k round-trip out of it (including a stop for a fish sandwich).

The Golden Horn does offer its own unique challenges. There are rather large ferries that you have to steer clear from. And seaplanes that take off and land in your path. And sometimes you must squeeze your way between fishing lines as you pass under the bridges. All part of the fun!!

If you are ever in Istanbul and happen to have your kayak with you, send me a note!

Photo 1: Kayak packed on the motorcycle (in front of my apartment).
Photo 2: Assembled next to the launch site.
Photo 3: On the southern end of the Golden Horn. To the left is the Galata Tower. To the right, the Suleymaniye Mosque. Center-right, further away, the Hagia Sophia.

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rlpugh1
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Post by rlpugh1 » Fri Feb 06, 2015 3:48 pm

Hey Sami,

Great post! You should share this and the images on Advanced Elements' "Share Your Adventure" page as well. Check it out here:

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ddchen
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Re: Paddling Istanbul's Golden Horn

Post by ddchen » Sat Sep 05, 2015 9:06 pm

[quote="Sami"]I don't own a car, only a dinky 150cc motorcycle, so when I learned about portable kayaks several months ago my first question was whether I'd be able to transport one on the back of my motorcycle. Without being sure whether it would fit, I ordered an Air Fusion Elite and brought it back with me to Istanbul.

No problem! Two Rok Straps hold the bag very securely on the back of the motorcycle. It is about a 20 minute drive from my apartment to the Golden Horn (Grand Halıç). There I park the motorcycle just a few meters from the water, set up the kayak, and off I go! The motorcycle actually works better than a car given how close to the water I can park. Usually I spend a couple hours out on the water and make a leisurely 10k round-trip out of it (including a stop for a fish sandwich).

The Golden Horn does offer its own unique challenges. There are rather large ferries that you have to steer clear from. And seaplanes that take off and land in your path. And sometimes you must squeeze your way between fishing lines as you pass under the bridges. All part of the fun!!

If you are ever in Istanbul and happen to have your kayak with you, send me a note!

Photo 1: Kayak packed on the motorcycle (in front of my apartment).
Photo 2: Assembled next to the launch site.
Photo 3: On the southern end of the Golden Horn. To the left is the Galata Tower. To the right, the Suleymaniye Mosque. Center-right, further away, the Hagia Sophia.

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That is an awesome shot out on the water. :D

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