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RoninMoto 04-14-2012 05:21 PM

RTW with Noah on a KTM 690
Hi all. I'm 28. I have No wife. No kids. No house. My RTW trip started April 5th 2012 in Mojave CA and it will end in a few years in Tofte Mn (my home town). I'm on a modified 2010 KTM 690 enduro R. For the past 5 years I have been building windfarms all over the US working as an electrical engineer. I saved up some money and now I'm off. The fly rod is joining me on the whole trip and I'll be shipping my snowboard to choice locations to ski bum it for a bit also. .

The Job I left behind.

The route.

The bike.

Edit June 14. 2013

Alaska Page 15
Dublin and the bike stolen Page 29
New (2008 KTM) Page 45
Belgium, France and Switzerland page 54
Morocco Page 67
Croatia Page 76
Georgia (snowboarding for 4 months) Page 81
Starting into the "stans" Page 99
Pamir Highway, Tajikistan Page 109

Since I've been getting so many questions about the reliability of the bike, here is the on going list of problems I have had. Updated Oct. 2, 2013

1st 690 (2010 690R)... 0 to 25,000 km.
tipped over.. radiator leak 4,000 km. California
broken chain. 20,000km. Yukon
touratech shit broke. (all the time)

2nd 690 (bought with 25,000km) 2008 enduro E
35k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead came loose. Morocco
48k km. Auto decompress/cam contacting exhaust roller taking off hardening. Exhaust and Intake rockers replaced. Istanbul.
50k km. Cam, auto decompress replaced to fix previous problem (also cam chian, bearings, and guides. just because i was in there) Georgia
51k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead broke. Azerbaijan.
60k km. Regulator Rectifier failed. Tajikistan.
63k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead came loose. Kyrgyzstan.
65k km. Leaking fork seals from dried mud on fork tubes. Cleaned them under them... and it fixed them.
66k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead broke. Russia.
69k km. Cracked front rim. I hit hard. I mean HARD. Mongolia
70k km. Auto decompress weight screw came loose. This allowed the weight to pull on the auto decomp shaft and over time the clip came out of the shaft groove. The shaft slid out of the cam slightly and the bike wouldn't start because there is to much compression. I didn't have the right clips so we fabricated one. Russia
73k km. Leaking fork seal.Dried mud. Fixed by cleaning under seal. Mongolia
75k km. Bike wouldn't start in Irkutsk a few days ago. (cant turn over). The clip had come off again. The auto decomp weight is now fooked because the screw had come loose and "oblonged" the hole. It has to much play and can pull on the decomp shaft making the simple clip fail. I made a Bushing/washer that tightened the slop in the weight.
83k km. New decompress weight and clip to replace the warn ones.
86k km. Leaking counter shaft seal.
86k km. Rubber bushings in cush hub are getting sloppy so they are getting replaced.

RoninMoto 04-14-2012 05:54 PM

As of right now I am 1700 miles in. :freaky Currently in Bend Oregon. The past 4 days it has been raining on me but it is still beautiful. Here are some pictures coming up the coast on Hwy 1. Big Sur, Lost coast, and the Oregon coast. Big Sur is always awesome.. except it was easter Sunday so the trafic was horrible. The past 4 days it has rained on me since leaving San Fran. All I can say right now is the Klim Badlands and the heated grips are worth thier wieght in gold!

Dinner in Bodega Bay. Salmon BLT.

Usal Road. Unfortunately all roads north of Usal beach were closed so I had to back track.

Usal Beach

Had to do it.. haha

Sad to see the end of HWY 1. :cry

Breakfast in Shelter Cove

Overlooking Petrolia in the Lost Coast.

Very cool natural bridge on the Oregon coast.

Finally today I got some sunshine when I was going from Eugene OR to Bend.

Found some snow...

yellowknife 04-14-2012 05:59 PM

OK - Subscribed
you are going to need klim and party if you head too far north too soon.
Best of luck on your journey.


tele-steve 04-14-2012 06:04 PM

I'm in...
Enjoy the ride.:clap

Tarheel Wheeler 04-14-2012 06:25 PM


Uller 04-14-2012 06:51 PM

This is so cool. I'm subscribed.

Noah, If you need a couch to crash on before the border I'm up in Marysville, WA.

FYI if you haven't seen the Pacific NW isn't like the rest of the country. We are still in winter. It still gets down into the high 30's in the lowlands at night and any dirt options are more than likely covered in 10 to 20 feet of snow.

Barman 04-14-2012 07:01 PM

Ambitious. :deal Subscribed. :evil

Coots 04-14-2012 07:04 PM

So in
Good luck on your trip, we will be with you all the way (if only on here). Total envy.....:evil

booger1 04-14-2012 07:13 PM

Good luck to you, safe travels and send lots of pics.

pizzaboy 04-14-2012 07:22 PM


Jman955i 04-14-2012 07:45 PM

Oh yeah, I'm in like Flynn

D-Stylz 04-14-2012 08:04 PM

So in! :lurk

Ride safe. :ricky

Hokem Malarky 04-14-2012 08:33 PM

Subscribed! :lurk

jtb 04-14-2012 10:53 PM

Subscribed as well:ear

I'd love to hear about the bike... why you made the choice you did... anything you'd change as the trip progresses as well.

From your map I see you're doing the east coast of AUS... see if you can get inland away from the coast. There are more dirt roads and less of the 'tourist traps' and more 'real' Australians in their natural environment.

Looking forward to your write up! So keep it coming...:*sip*

RoninMoto 04-14-2012 11:28 PM


Originally Posted by yellowknife (Post 18458458)
you are going to need klim and party if you head too far north too soon.
Best of luck on your journey.


Thanks. I am trying to get to Anchorage by the end of may so I can snowboard some.

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