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Old 06-03-2013, 06:55 AM   #1621
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Nice video noah, waiting for the next update
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:58 AM   #1622
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Noah, I'm sorry that the bike I sold you developed the same regulator problem. I'm also very happy that you didn't go through 3 months of confusion, two KTM dealers and the cold shoulder at KTM Austria before my trusty Garmin 276C spotted the voltage spikes and ended my misery.

Push starting my bike in front of KTM head quarters in Austria is something that I will never forget.

I don't want this to sound bitter towards KTM. It's all water under the bridge now. I love how KTM pushes hard for performance and keeps their bikes light. I was just one of the very few unlucky guys. Now bring that 390 duke to America so I can have a town bike.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:06 AM   #1623
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Nice video noah, waiting for the next update
Thanks guys. I'll try and do some updates in the next few days. I just put new rubber on the front. The Karroo 2 had no more knobblies left on her in the middle. Made the mud on the Pamir interesting.

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Noah, I'm sorry that the bike I sold you developed the same regulator problem. I'm also very happy that you didn't go through 3 months of confusion, two KTM dealers and the cold shoulder at KTM Austria before my trusty Garmin 276C spotted the voltage spikes and ended my misery.

Push starting my bike in front of KTM head quarters in Austria is something that I will never forget.

I don't want this to sound bitter towards KTM. It's all water under the bridge now. I love how KTM pushes hard for performance and keeps their bikes light. I was just one of the very few unlucky guys. Now bring that 390 duke to America so I can have a town bike.
No worries Fishfund. Both my 690s have been great. And yes.. I think the 390 is scheduled for 2014 if the Rumors are correct. Please buy one and put er through the ringers. I have my eye on that motor for my next ADV bike. Smaller lighter faster.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:15 AM   #1624
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Noah, I'm become obsessed with the CCM GP 450. That will probably be my next Adventure rig if I can get my hands on one being an American. Smaller lighter faster!!!

A stock 390 duke would be a blast for around town when I'm not traveling.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:58 AM   #1625
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great compilation video
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:31 PM   #1626
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nice vid! The randomness made it complete.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:35 PM   #1627
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nice vid! The randomness made it complete.
Thanks,
I rendered it once with titles telling where everything was. But I found it too distracting trying to watch where everything is rather than watch the video.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:16 PM   #1628
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Sweet vid, thanks
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:38 AM   #1629
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Nice work Noah...if the 690 conks out on ya just chuck ya paniers on that donkey
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:41 AM   #1630
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Noah, I'm become obsessed with the CCM GP 450. That will probably be my next Adventure rig if I can get my hands on one being an American. Smaller lighter faster!!!
I am sure your old mate KTM Mitch can help out there ...
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:36 AM   #1631
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Cracking vid..........the donkey summed up the randomness nicely
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #1632
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Thanks for the video Noah. Here's to year two.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:42 PM   #1633
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Definitely a good video Noah, good luck on your next year.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:19 PM   #1634
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Thanks for the video Noah. Here's to year two.
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Definitely a good video Noah, good luck on your next year.
Thanks guys! Year 2 is going great.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:49 AM   #1635
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The Pamir Highway

May 23. Osh Kyrgyzstan to Karakul Tajikistan. 359 km
After a night of drinking a few to many балтика (Baltika beer) I was slow to get on the road. I left Osh about 1 in the afternoon and had some shashlik about 50 km out of town. The road to Sary Tash winds up a river valley and over a couple of passes, the higher about 3600 m. About 11,790 feet. This was just the beginning of my altitude training. Kyrgyzstan is so great to ride in because the scenery seems to change every 30 seconds. 1 minute you are riding in desert and the next you are in lush green hills and the next you are riding between snow covered peaks. You eyes are never bored. In Sary Tash, the fuel station only had 80 octane. I was not about to ride the Pamir highway on 80 octane so I went 30km to Sary Moghul where I had heard there was 93 octane. I am learning never to trust a local with distance in these countries. The gas station attendant said 16 km.. luckily I had enough fuel to cover the 30. The Kyrgyz post was easy and quick to get through. 20 km later of no mans land, a few water crossings and a muddy pass, you come to the Tajik border crossing. After about 30 minutes I was on my way toward Karakul. The lake was still 100% covered by Ice. After a quick noodle dinner I was in bed. I slept so well in the cold covered by many heavy blankets.




These cliffs looked like some sort of old fortress.








Sary Tash and my first view of mountains in Tajik.






Getting close to the border.


Small water crossing in no man's land.


In Tajik, but not really.




One part of a French couple peddling a crazy tandem bike.


That bike.


Soviet bike. No one for 15km in any direction.








The little one wanted to watch me eat.

May 25 Near Murgab to Langar in Wakhan Valley. 320 km
Quick breakfast of fried eggs and bread then on the road. It was a brisk morning with not much sunshine. There was not much wind so I was feeling good. Soon I was climbing what is the highest elevation I have ever been at.. on moto or on foot. The sign said 4666 meters. My GPS said 4635. Some maps say 4655. Regardless of the actual height, it is up there.. Just over 15,200 ft. Previously the highest I had been was 14,300 feet climbing in Colorado. I rode about 130 km before getting to Murgab. There were 3 peddle bikes next to a hotel and I had a funny feeling that I recognized one of them. I went inside to find my friend Raf who I had met in Greece months earlier. Since we had separated in Greece, he had been through Iran and a handful of other countries. We wanted to share some stories, but they wanted to keep riding. We agreed to meet up later in the day to camp. I had some tracks out by the Chinese border so I went exploring. For the first bit I eating the dust of chinese trucks every couple of minutes but soon I turned onto a road.. more like a track.. that went north through some beautiful territory. The trave varied between highspeed smooth gravel to muddy/grass/melted snow/stream crossing to rocky no road but the gps track I had recieved from my friends at Muztoo in Osh. (I'll talk about them later on). I made it back to the main road and found an arrow made of rocks point me north. About 6:00 in the evening I found the other 3 setting up camp. It was perfect timing because they had been there for about 10 minutes. We shared stories, food, a bit of Kyrg cognac and wisdom of the road. Soon the moon came up and the whole valley was lit up. A beautiful night. We were camping at about 4000 m, about 13,000 ft. It was a cold night and combined with the altitude, I did not sleep very well with a headache. The cognac probably didn't help. I am glad I put my water filter in my sleeping bag with me because the stream was frozen when we woke up. My ceramic filter surely would have been ruined since I used it earlier that day.




Great fast roads.


Loving the new GL setup.




What 15,200 feet looks like.


The other side




Raf and the German bikers.




Crater.








I love this one.. but my lense had sh%t on it! GRRRRR




View from a pass.


Track towards mud.





Found a sweet rack. Was about 3' across.. Wish I had room for it. Would look great on my dad's "antler shed"






full moon over camp.

You only get 2 days for now. The gods of the internet decided the last 3 hours worth of amazing post had an expired token. Fook my arse for not saving a word document before hitting preview.

I won't post till I simmer down. The rest of Tajik deserves better than I can do right now. It truly is/was epic.
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