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Forum: Thumpers 03-26-2015, 11:36 AM
Replies: 976
Views: 159,390
Posted By RoninMoto
Still happy with the 690... but she has 135,000...

Still happy with the 690... but she has 135,000 km on her now. I'm just trying to decide if I rebuild her or start with something lighter. Ideally I would have a 450 or 500 that was as reliable as...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 04:46 AM
Replies: 976
Views: 159,390
Posted By RoninMoto
Thanks for the info guys. Do you think its...

Thanks for the info guys. Do you think its possible to stretch the oil change interval longer? I'm trying to do a "feasibility study" if this would make a long distance travel Enduro.

When you do...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,634
Posted By RoninMoto
No worry. One week in NZ I was messaging/helping...

No worry. One week in NZ I was messaging/helping LukasM in Kyrgyzstan sort a stator on a 690, The Motoventure girls sort a stator and valve shims somewhere in south america on a drz400 and motokiwis...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 06:20 AM
Replies: 976
Views: 159,390
Posted By RoninMoto
In the never-ending search for the ultimate ADV...

In the never-ending search for the ultimate ADV bike, I've stumbled on the new Beta 500 RS. (If there is a better thread to post my questions in, please point me in that direction)

I've been...
Forum: Ride reports 03-24-2015, 06:00 AM
Replies: 769
Views: 187,622
Posted By RoninMoto
Hey Ladies (I am using that term loosely) ...

Hey Ladies (I am using that term loosely)

Great time drinking fermented grapes and hops with you too. The tent and equipment are working amazing and they will hopefully be returned personally. I...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,634
Posted By RoninMoto
Looks like a good bike man. If I can offer a few...

Looks like a good bike man. If I can offer a few thoughts I learned on the way..

1. You won't get it wright the first time. The bike will always be changing. Usually for the better as you learn...
Forum: Ride reports 03-20-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I'm not holding out. I'm just not anywhere with...

I'm not holding out. I'm just not anywhere with good internet. I'm backpacking in Argentina for a month or so. I had to see about a girl. I don't have a bike (biggest mistake of my life not having my...
Forum: Thumpers 03-20-2015, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 285
Posted By RoninMoto
I had about 80,000 miles on my top end when I put...

I had about 80,000 miles on my top end when I put new rings in her. 2 of the 3 were out of spec. Piston and bore were clean and didn't need anything.

The 690 is a very strong motor. it is very...
Forum: Thumpers 03-10-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 11,524
Posted By RoninMoto
Available through RallyRaid products now. I'm not...

Available through RallyRaid products now. I'm not sure of a price difference or if they will have them "in stock"
http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/ktm-690-enduro-wide-ratio-gearbox-nova-racing
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I felt really bad for Craig when I left him. He...

I felt really bad for Craig when I left him. He was so upset with himself. But it was not his fault. His bike was simply just to heavy. The day before a guy on a GSA1200 tried to tackle the simpson....
Forum: Ride reports 03-03-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
One of the hardest parts was leaving you Craig...

One of the hardest parts was leaving you Craig but we both knew what had to be done. Thanks for riding with me. I would not have done it if you hadn't helped me get that far.

You will return.. on...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Not all flies are there to land on dead stuff....

Not all flies are there to land on dead stuff. These seem to love water... or my spit or tears. I'm not sure where they all came from but they seemed to be there in a hurry. But as you know, Life has...
Forum: Ride reports 03-01-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I think its slightly ironic that the ONLY time I...

I think its slightly ironic that the ONLY time I wish I had a kicker was when it happened in the dunes. I can not recall another time where the starting system would have left me stranded, even if i...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I was running around 18 to 20 psi. Normally I run...

I was running around 18 to 20 psi. Normally I run about 25 psi.
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
The Simpson Desert. Finally!

July 31 Simpson Desert Crossing Day 1. 248 km
We woke up with the sun just like the past week. Its hard to sleep in when you are on the ground or in a tent. You are bundled from the night before and...
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Finishing up the van.

I guess I should show the inside.

I had more reclaim tongue and groove cedar and pine panel then I could use. I had reclaim 2x4s that were ripped into 2x4s for most of the frame work. I had...
Forum: Ride reports 02-26-2015, 01:52 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Bahahaha! He kinda looks like me! but nope. not...

Bahahaha! He kinda looks like me! but nope. not me. :deal

I'm sitting at an undisclosed location in the Washington rain forest sipping kona coffee and writing about the Simpson desert. A tethered...
Forum: Ride reports 02-25-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Lost trail got a foot on Saturday. Now i'm headed...

Lost trail got a foot on Saturday. Now i'm headed west again. Got a few things to take care of.
Forum: Ride reports 02-24-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
It was the North House. The night we did it had...

It was the North House. The night we did it had lots of snow. Great turn out though. Thanks for everyone who came!



I have a Simpson crossing video edited finally. Haven't uploaded it. I will...
Forum: Ride reports 01-29-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Wrong season. I had to stay on the coast to stay...

Wrong season. I had to stay on the coast to stay out of the snow. I would have loved to stay longer in Croatia. There are many many places I'll have to go back to.
Forum: Ride reports 01-25-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Don't remind me! Not quite. still...

Don't remind me!



Not quite. still working on how I'll incorporate it. Probably a rear bumper mount.
Forum: Ride reports 01-24-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I will get to Oz and NZ. I have been working...

I will get to Oz and NZ. I have been working EVERY day on this van. Its really starting to look good. Drivetrain is ready to go. Synthetic fluids in everything. New bearings/seals in the rear end....
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Not rattlecan! Leftover paint from my brother's...

Not rattlecan! Leftover paint from my brother's race car. Believe me, If I had KTM Orange, you know which color I would have chosen. But free is free.

<a...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2015, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I bet these wheels came from a KLR. Heavy and...

I bet these wheels came from a KLR. Heavy and steel. Maybe the KLR should be a dually because its so heavy :deal
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
It was -18 F the other day. The van project was...

It was -18 F the other day. The van project was outside. No block heater plugged in and it started after cranking over a few times. I am pleasantly surprised how nice it starts in cold weather.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-13-2015, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Funny message.

I got a message from a friend in Oz who I convinced to ride buy a 690.

"The 690 is a weapon. 2 kilometers on the clock and i almost had a run in with the highway patrol .. Blown away with this...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Yeah. Its really is sad. Apparently the guys who...

Yeah. Its really is sad. Apparently the guys who were with him had to ride 7 km to get cell service. I would have pressed my spot emergency button right away had I been riding with them. I was...
Forum: Latin America 01-03-2015, 09:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 260
Posted By RoninMoto
Bike? Car? Van? Wanted in Argentina in March

Hey all.
A friend and I are going to be traveling around Argentina for the month of March 2015. I'm looking for a vehicle. Anything really that would be able to transport 2 people for a month. Buy...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2015, 07:07 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
1 UK gallon = 1.2 Us Gallon (my mileage would be...

1 UK gallon = 1.2 Us Gallon (my mileage would be 15.6 per uk gallon)
1 = $1.54
1 Liter = .26 us gallon = .22 uk gallon.

We are paying and average of $3.20 per US gallon right now. This is the...
Forum: Ride reports 01-01-2015, 09:50 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
This type of propane heater will introduce to...

This type of propane heater will introduce to much moisture into the cabin. With extended winter camping, condemnation is a huge issue. Especially when you are trying to dry wet snowboard cloths.
...
Forum: Ride reports 12-30-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I figure even if the mileage and price of...

I figure even if the mileage and price of diesel... it will still be cheaper then hotel rooms every night in ski resorts. :deal

I'm not sure who can afford to pay $100+ a night. Plus, there will...
Forum: Ride reports 12-30-2014, 12:46 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Yeah. Its a 7.3 IDI non turbo. She cruises 65 mph...

Yeah. Its a 7.3 IDI non turbo. She cruises 65 mph all day at just over 13 mpg. I was thinking this is pretty good because its a fricken sail. I looked at the diesel furnace but it was more expensive...
Forum: Ride reports 12-30-2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I've been busy...

This thing made it from Mississippi to Minnesota with no drama.

<a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/9vX92JIGgBHNhzwsz6O0E-TbKXOQAk3cdPtc3IZhs7M?feat=embedwebsite"><img...
Forum: Ride reports 12-27-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Yeah, I couldn't get a straight answer on...

Yeah, I couldn't get a straight answer on Horizons from all the posts I read so I opted against it. Good to know its an option.
Forum: Ride reports 12-23-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Yes. I'm behind on everything. If you look at my...

Yes. I'm behind on everything. If you look at my blog, I'm still in Indonesia. I'm 4 countries behind. I've been a naughty ADVer this season.
Forum: Ride reports 12-22-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I was looking at World Nomads for a while but I...

I was looking at World Nomads for a while but I could never get a straight answer if Motorcycle injuries are covered. The other stuff covered by world Nomads are pretty good though.. Theft and...
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,776
Posted By RoninMoto
Great pics. It seems I'll have to go back. I was...

Great pics. It seems I'll have to go back. I was there for 3 months and it seems like I barely touched the tip of the iceberg.

Keep your tip up! Looks great!
Forum: Ride reports 12-20-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
Getting to Birdsville.

July 25. Blue Mountain to outside Lithgow. 106 km
We had a few things to sort in the morning but we finally got on the road. It didn't matter if we only got a 100 km in the afternoon, we were...
Forum: Ride reports 12-17-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4,161
Views: 2,199,669
Posted By RoninMoto
I would tell you I accept beer as payment, but I...

I would tell you I accept beer as payment, but I know Texas doesn't make any good beer :lol3

Glad I could help dude.
Forum: Thumpers 12-15-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 22,351
Views: 2,746,163
Posted By RoninMoto
Take your air box out man. Its 4 screws and a...

Take your air box out man. Its 4 screws and a hose clamp. then the shock will slide in very very easy.

It also looks like you removed the top and bottom mounting bolts for the tank. you only need...
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