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Old 04-17-2013, 06:31 AM   #1426
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almost back on the road :) congrats on the 1 year, looking forward to the next :)
and don't skip Nippon like someone suggested, it's an awesome country, even more awesome probably if you have a bike to travel around (I had to stick with trains)
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:46 AM   #1427
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What oils have you been able to source for the 690 along the way? Have you been finding the 10W60, or just using what's available?
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #1428
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What oils have you been able to source for the 690 along the way? Have you been finding the 10W60, or just using what's available?
I have not had so much problem finding 10w60. I usually try to find a KTM dealer and they let me work on the bike. So far it has been Motul and Motorex. If I know I'm coming up on an oil change I will buy a few liters and carry it. Agip, Liqui Moly and a few other brands make high quality 10w60 synthetic for motos.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:22 AM   #1429
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Nice!

I wish it was easier to find the magical 10W60 here in the states. In Denver the KTM dealer does not even stock the stuff.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #1430
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One year ago today I started traveling! Hard to believe how the time flies when you are having fun. 52,000 km, 25 countries, countless new friends and so many memories. Thanks to everyone who is following along, given me support, and all my new friends. Cheers!

This pic was taken a few weeks ago.. but I thought it was to good not to share.

My mom must be proud.

Well done Noah.....keep safe and enjoy yourself over the next year. I'll tell the French Connection of your updates.
Best wishes
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:14 AM   #1431
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One year ago today I started traveling! Hard to believe how the time flies when you are having fun. 52,000 km, 25 countries, countless new friends and so many memories. Thanks to everyone who is following along, given me support, and all my new friends. Cheers!
Incedibly impressive and inspiring.
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:51 AM   #1432
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Nice!

I wish it was easier to find the magical 10W60 here in the states. In Denver the KTM dealer does not even stock the stuff.
Really?!? Thats crazy considering its the factory recommended oil for most of the model line.

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Incedibly impressive and inspiring.
Thanks man. I will try to keep it up to spec.

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Well done Noah.....keep safe and enjoy yourself over the next year. I'll tell the French Connection of your updates.
Best wishes
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Thanks Keith. If you haven't heard... Craig will be meeting up with me in Mongolia to ride the BAM and Road of bones with me. He will be riding 2 up in the stans till July with his girl. She will fly to Korea and the real fun begins.
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:07 PM   #1433
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Excellent Noah!!......sounds like a plan......enjoy your time with Craig and again keep safe.
I wish you all the best....







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Old 04-19-2013, 04:36 AM   #1434
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Don't piss off the Georgian neighbors, apparently some of them don't like Americans.

Stay Safe Noah
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:12 AM   #1435
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Anywhere you go I'm sure there are people that don't like Americans. I'm sure Noah will change their opinion quick enough. :)
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #1436
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I just read this whole RR for the second time (office time really well spent) ,,,, is just amazing ALL the Ups and Downs and the awesome photography.. Keep living the dream man ,, Cheers from Venezuela
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:27 PM   #1437
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1 year already?

Happy Anniversary, Noah.

It's great to see you are continuing on. I'm enjoying living vicariously through you.


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Old 04-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #1438
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Finally caught up, thanks for sharing! Epic adventure ! I know it take's a lot to keep this up we appreciate it!
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:47 AM   #1439
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Quick update

Today was the last day snowboarding for the season. Yesterday was great but last night it got cold enough to freeze everything. Today the sun didn't come out so the snow was bulletproof.

I have been working on the bike quite a bit with my friend Niko in his dirt floor, no-electricity garage.

-New camshaft, cam chain, bearings, sprockets, auto decompress (see post from Istanbul)
-New starter.
-New steering head bearings.
-New rear suspension bearings.
-New drive chain, front and rear sprockets.

I needed to re-shim the valves after putting the new cam in. Niko used to work with KTM Georgia but quit a few months ago. The owner of KTM Team Georgia is a German guy named Slava. This dude wouldn't sell me the shims or the new rear tire I had him order for me... because I was working with a former employee of his. So long story short I told him to go f**k himself and had my friends from the UK send some parts in. I lucked out and found a pair of 90% tread TKC 80s from a local guy that took them off a newer 690.

Long story short, don't trust KTM Team Georgia for anything. They will overcharge you and the only mechanic is an Armenian dude who is used to working on scooters with a hammer.

The final parts I need will be here tomorrow or the next day. We are still waiting on my new Giant loop bags to get here. I got my Kazak, Azerbaijan and Russian visa now. I will get Uzbek visa in Baku AZ when I go there on the 1st of May.

Thanks for following along. I'll be doing 1 more post for Georgia in the next few days then i'm back on the road.
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:06 AM   #1440
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RIGHT ON NOAH! Looking forward to your news posts on the road.
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