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Old 04-16-2012, 02:04 PM   #76
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Thank you,
I graduated from MSU in Bozeman so I have some college friends to see.

Go Bobcats! I'm class of '82 - Nineteen eighty two that is!
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:15 PM   #77
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What kind of mileage are you getting on that KTM? When I was motorbiking Thailand a few months back, saw a few riders that started in Italy. Definitely Do-able man.
I have been as good as 52 mpg in the lost coast and as bad as 45 mpg going through LA. Riding in the desert hard i regularly get between 45 and 47 mpg.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:16 PM   #78
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Go Bobcats! I'm class of '82 - Nineteen eighty two that is!
Class of '06. BS in EE.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:36 PM   #79
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RTW on a 690? Great lightweight choice. Wish you good luck.
How is the bike at Highway speed loaded?
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:10 PM   #80
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RTW on a 690? Great lightweight choice. Wish you good luck.
How is the bike at Highway speed loaded?
Shes great. Suspension is revalved and stiffer springs. Cruising at 75 mph is pretty easy. My milage doesn't suffer to much.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:10 PM   #81
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Wow. This is a lot to think about. I carry a spare front sprocket. Since its on the bike im gunna run it. By mn we should have a good answer whether the sprocket is legit.
No worries Noah! By MN you will be a true KTM 690 expert! I hope I am 100% wrong on the Ironman and your chain goes forever.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #82
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First Flat

I got my first flat today on the trip. Just riding around town picked up this nail in the front. Figured out that my hand pump is not up to par with where it should be. It worked great on my snowmobile shocks but not quite enough volume for the moto tire. Any suggestions for pumps?
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:31 PM   #83
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pump

Check out wally world , they have a small self contained pump by SLIME called Tire Top Off , has a lite, Gage, extra long

power cord for 12v outlet ,packs in its own container & fits in the tank bag

Best of all it's cheap.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:45 PM   #84
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Swapping the arc flash suit for riding gear sounds like a good trade. Have fun. I'll be following along!

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:11 PM   #85
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What is your experience with RR fairings? Windprotection? Wish you a good ride and if you are passing Serbia in your tour, will be very glad to welcome you.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:13 PM   #86
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What is your experience with RR fairings? Windprotection? Wish you a good ride and if you are passing Serbia in your tour, will be very glad to welcome you.
The fairing is way better then stock. my head still gets moved around from blustery wind but not nearly half as bad then stock.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:44 AM   #87
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RTW with Noah on a KTM 690
Hi all. I'm 28. I have No wife. No kids. No house.

Well... I'm older than that..............I have a (hot) wife (f$%k yeah!!.....she'slooking over my shoulder)..............(typical) kids and a (ridiculous) mortgage........................and I'm not (f$%king) going RTW...


Enjoy young man, it sounds like you've earned this adventure.


Mongolia in 2013 sounds like a bloody good idea to me......

Thanks for the RR, we all appreciate your efforts and follow along with envy.

PS
If you decide to do the West Coast of Australia, I'd be happy to tag along for a while - lots of space out here and no-one to hassle you (except my hot wife and typical kids who all enjoy motorbikes).

PPS
690 is a great choice!
690 spares - Fishfund found that a voltage regulator can be the cause of electric gremlins.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:41 AM   #88
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100% in brother. I'll read this thread every morning!

On pumps, I think there are basically two routes that people take:

1) Slime (already mentioned, heard a lot of good things about it but a few folks I've read have broken theirs after continued use)

2) Cyclepump - I have one, it's bulletproof. It's like 5x times more expensive than the slime though.

Good luck!

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Old 04-17-2012, 07:32 AM   #89
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Thank you,
I will be down in Montana by then. I graduated from MSU in Bozeman so I have some college friends to see. Plus beartooth pass south of Redlodge MT is on my list of places.
Geaux Bobcats!!! Class of '91.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:38 AM   #90
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Flat repair

I carry a 2 speed hand operated bike pump and CO 2 cylinders on all my rides... The 2 speed pump should be still available at mountain bike shops... They work pretty good, use the high volume setting to air up quicker and then shift to the high pressure setting to bring it up to final pressure...


On a longer multi day ride I'll throw in an electric pump... I used an electric pump that I picked up from an auto supply store that works pretty good, but is a little bulky... Most guys rip the cover housing off these pumps to make them much more compact...

I recently picked up the much more compact Slime pump after watching one in action as to where it was used to fix several flats and performed the job flawlessly...

Both the slime pump and my auto store cheapy outperformed the Cycle Pump at 1/10th the price... I found the Cyclepump to be slow and prone to overheating....
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