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Old 11-18-2012, 10:38 AM   #676
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Backwards?
Didn't you know? 690's come with those new fangled reverse rear sprockets now, but it must be used in conjunction with an expensive orange chain or it won't work.

KTM are so confident of their bikes they even have this related product: KTM part no. 3B87190
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:12 PM   #677
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If you only adjusted the pedal stop downward and didn't re-adjust the master-cylinder actuator rod (probably longer), then you created a full-time braking situation (which would lead to the result you have). As much custom work as you have done, I would be surprised if you missed this though...
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Old 11-18-2012, 12:39 PM   #678
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If you only adjusted the pedal stop downward and didn't re-adjust the master-cylinder actuator rod (probably longer), then you created a full-time braking situation (which would lead to the result you have). As much custom work as you have done, I would be surprised if you missed this though...
The moment I read about your problem I also thought of this. There must always be a bit of free play on the actuator rod, if not the mastercylinder piston cannot move fully back to the rest position where it opens a small hole in the mastercylinder bore to allow the returning brake fluid back into the reservior. So every time you used the brake it built up more pressure in the system.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #679
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is that subframe aluminum,it is shunned in aviation engineering to drill a lightening hole in al sheet on a production basis as the chance of vibration cracks are highly probable without the necessary radius, polishing and crack inspection applied.
100 years back the saying was that the sea was relentess, the sky even more so( no place to park) and now the adventure ride without pity(my addition).
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:54 PM   #680
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Day 31 - Offroad in Kazakhstan

First stop in todays agenda was the mining town of Rudny. We pulled in to get some fuel and look around again for SIM cards.

The guy in the fuel station welcomed us into the little shop attached to the station and asked if we need any motor oils? I told him no, its OK ... our bikes are very specialised and we need special synthetic oils specifically for bikes.
He replied ... yes I know, look ... and showed me a load of LiquiMoly (good German brand) specific motorcycle oils in a variety of weights including the rare and elusive 10W-60 ... their top of the line oil. I was amazed ... even here in Rudny, you can get proper top quality synthetic bike oil at a sensible price.

I had done my oil recently in Volgograd and Terry had some coming into Astana with our new arrivals, so we passed, but it brought a smile to my face to know that good bike oil can (sometimes) be found out here.

As for SIMs, I cut my losses and got a standard SIM to put into an old phone. It meant my internet access would be poor in KZ (my old phone that took the big SIM was a slow one and mobile coverage here was a long way behind Russia ... so far I was getting mainly 2G). In Ukraine and Russia, we had 3G coverage almost everywhere ... even out in the middle of nowhere. We were taking pics in the middle of the steppe with nothing around and uploading to facebook in 2-3 seconds. It wasnt going to be like that for us in Kazakhstan.

We crossed the river at Rudny, looked back at the town ... before heading into the empty steppe:

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:25 PM   #681
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Day 31 - Part 2

There's not a huge difference in the steppe here and the steppe between Volgograd and Orenburg ...







After a morning on the double track, we came to a village located on a highway ... this would be our lunch stop.



A cafe frequented by truckers on the side of the highway was always likely to be a good bet:

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:31 PM   #682
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In, and thanks for the PM response. This is gonna be great.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:32 PM   #683
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still no rear brakes?
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:33 PM   #684
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Day 31 - Afternoon

After lunch, the cafe girls came out to wave us off ... we must have made a positive impression.



We continued along smooth double track ...





Which was becoming increasingly sandy:







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Old 11-18-2012, 11:40 PM   #685
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Day 31 - The Evening

The sand diminished and the double track became very fast again





And as the shadows began to get long, we rejoined civilisation to find fuel and a hotel at Oktyabrskoe .... 2 more days to Astana and the end of the first third of the trip.

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #686
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still no rear brakes?
Nope ... just front. I was limiting my speed a bit out on the steppes.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:03 AM   #687
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Glad to see you are at it again Mr Colebach. Looks like I have some catching up to do as I've only just discovered thios thread.

Best of luck and safe riding.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:19 AM   #688
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Walter: I've read all your ride reports here; but I'm really enjoying your book, especially the great selection of your pictures. I especially like the big pan from Tuva. That alone made it all worthwhile for me. I can tell you already that this book while not cheap, is going to be a prized possession to be savoured over and over.

Brilliant. Worth every penny and then some.

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Old 11-19-2012, 02:19 AM   #689
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Walter: I've read all your ride reports here; but I'm really enjoying your book, especially the great selection of your pictures. I especially like the big pan from Tuva. That alone made it all worthwhile for me. I can tell you already that this book while not cheap, is going to be a prized possession to be savoured over and over.

Brilliant. Worth every penny and then some.

Dave
Much appreciated Dave. Tuva was really unique. Never seen anything like it, before or since. Really quite stunning.
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Old 11-19-2012, 02:20 AM   #690
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Day 31 Video

Spent all of 20 minutes grabbing some clips and throwing then together for a bit of moving picture fun of the same stuff that the stills show.

And its in HD.!

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