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Old 07-12-2012, 12:46 PM   #376
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I've lost 10 hours of work reading your report and checking links in between. Thanks for that and I look forward to loosing more time and money reading this great RR.

I was originally planning on setting out to S.A. on my DR but, I have an Orange Heart and I miss the Katooms of my youth. I'm not really a tiny bike guy although the DR650 is my #1 overall favorite bike I've owned. I think I want to just spring for a 990 or old 9 Fiddy.

Glad your KTM and you are holding up fairly well. Did I miss your explanation of that last crash or did you just not mention how you went down?


Anyway, onward my friend.
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Old 07-12-2012, 10:19 PM   #377
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Did I miss your explanation of that last crash or did you just not mention how you went down?.
I twas back a few pages.. but I will relive it. Its a good "lessons learned"
I was in Yellowstone park on a road I driven many times. The tourists in front of me were moving at a snail's pace. I thought to myself.. I should pull off and take a breather, drink some water, and snap some pictures... but the passing lane is right around the next corner. Look down at the speedo... 25 MPH! WTF! look back up and see brake lights. Squeezed that front brake a bit to hard and washed out my front tire. Moral of the story... when getting antsy.. pull off and get your wits back.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:25 AM   #378
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I twas back a few pages.. but I will relive it. Its a good "lessons learned"
I was in Yellowstone park on a road I driven many times. The tourists in front of me were moving at a snail's pace. I thought to myself.. I should pull off and take a breather, drink some water, and snap some pictures... but the passing lane is right around the next corner. Look down at the speedo... 25 MPH! WTF! look back up and see brake lights. Squeezed that front brake a bit to hard and washed out my front tire. Moral of the story... when getting antsy.. pull off and get your wits back.
I had a close call the other day that made me think of your wreck and your right i should have just pulled over and had a drink and chilled.. Im glad your Badlands worked so well I've got the same one and love it,would you post a pic of the repair I'm curious what Klim is going to do to fix it.
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:13 PM   #379
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Already sent the jacket and pants in.
They will totally take care of you. Fixed my adv v1 pants zipper and some other stitching I did not even notice and returned them to me within a week.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:34 AM   #380
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They will totally take care of you. Fixed my adv v1 pants zipper and some other stitching I did not even notice and returned them to me within a week.
Always nice to hear of good customer service
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:24 AM   #381
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amazing show in the sky...

This is common in northern MN during the winter.. not so much in the summer. I feel so lucky to have caught this. The event lasted for 3 hours.









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Old 07-15-2012, 07:32 AM   #382
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is that the 'northern lights', cant spell the latin name
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:35 AM   #383
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Seeing the northern lights in person is still high on my list. You're a lucky guy to have caught this, and in July!
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:07 PM   #384
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Nice pics, Noah! Was that from the crazy storm on the sun? I'm assuming it was and that's why you were able to view them so early in the year.....that's on my bucket list. I've never seen them..
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Old 07-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #385
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Nice pics, Noah! Was that from the crazy storm on the sun? I'm assuming it was and that's why you were able to view them so early in the year.....that's on my bucket list. I've never seen them..
I grew up with northern lights so I never considered it a big deal.. until I lived in places where you couldn't see them. It has been over 10 years since I saw them this good. When I was in Tok ak, there was a solar flare so I set my alarm for midnight. Turned out it was to light to see the lights.. I had to be at a lower latitude.

I hope all of you can experiance it!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:41 PM   #386
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I have seen them in rural Alabama. Getting away from light pollution is imperative to understanding history. DO NOT hijack this thread because I said it, but to emphasize my point the sun gods from the northern hemisphere were all born on December 25th.
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Old 07-15-2012, 10:13 PM   #387
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Also from MN, might know your family???

Hey Noah,

I just sent you a PM with more detail and contact info...originally from MN and know some Horaks quite well.

If you pass through Iowa and need anything, don't hesitate to ask.

All the best,

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:15 PM   #388
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Another MN'er chiming in

Noah,
Great report and nice choice of bike. Just wanted to wish you well, add another subscription and mention that we probably met as children. My folks and I stayed @ Cobblestone cabins a few times and I remember the place and your family fondly.
Take care and enjoy the trip!
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Old 07-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #389
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Awesome!

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Noah,

LOVE THIS TRIP. Love your ethos of taking it slow and not rushing through it all.

I'm a bit late to the game but if you get to Seattle on your second RTW lap you have a place to stay…

Only route suggestion I'd make: find a way to get to Iceland, the riding is really unbelievable and perfectly suited for your 690. When I was riding there, I met some German dudes that took a Ferry from the mainland to Iceland with their bikes. I can send your more if you are interested. You won't regret it.

Great pictures… great commentary. The snowboard on the bike is awesome.

As others have said, love any/all commentary on the 690.

Have a great time, be safe.

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Old 07-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #390
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I grew up with northern lights so I never considered it a big deal.. until I lived in places where you couldn't see them.

Coming home from studio at MSU - 2:am I saw the flickering above Story Hills and drove up there to see it like your photos - except wildly flaming above us and then back down near the horizon with no noise - one of the most dramatic natural phenomenon to witness - just like you said
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