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Old 11-24-2012, 07:08 AM   #826
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Terry had been watching all of this ... and decided he wasnt going to play the game any more - He wasnt going to give the river the chance to even up the scores. He took the safe option, and walked the bike over.



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Old 11-24-2012, 10:07 PM   #827
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Day 38 - (June 25th) - Leaving Astana

We woke up bright and early, packed the bikes up ... waited for breakfast ... and assembled , ready to go:



Then in single file we headed off to pick up our route across Astana, with myself in the lead.

At the second corner (about 500 metres from the hotel) I stopped to check we are all present and in formation, but there was just Terry and Beemster with me. We had lost Prutser and Rod already.

A minute or so later they caught up with us and I asked everyone for the thumbs up.

But it wasnt forthcoming.

There was a problem with Rods bike. It was sputtering a dying after a few hundred metres. After 5 minutes on the side of the road in the baking 35 degree (95F) sun, I suggested we pull into the shade of a nearby shop, and look at it in the shade.

An hour or so later, Prutser and Rod had come to the conclusion that this was no easy fix and that the rear subframe, fuel tank assembly would need to be removed. I made an executive decision that we abandon play for the day, return to the hotel sort Rod's bike out properly and depart in 24 hours time.

We returned. Moved into our old rooms again. Got changed and Prutser and Rod began stripping down his bike, while Terry, Beemster and myself drank Kvas and asked for regular updates.



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Old 11-24-2012, 11:15 PM   #828
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very cool this RR, as usual with Walter
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:11 AM   #829
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Broken 690 know how that feels when Nicky’s 690 kept blowing ignition fuses



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Returning to the hotel must have been hard but the best plan for sure

Great RR as always really enjoying, many thanks again for taking the time to post

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:46 AM   #830
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sorry for interupting but on which page are the close up pics of the grain elevators

thanks

sorry for interupting.....
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:03 AM   #831
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Hi Louis. Was Nicky's a 2K8? Walter and I have a suspicion, based upon some anecdote and some wider hard eveidence that these bikes were seriously flawed and the later machines are what they should have been all along. I thought my great adventure was over after just a few hundred yards

before we left

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All, It wasn't as if I'd just bought the bike, thrown the bags over and set off without prep. I'd seriously torn the bike down and changed wheel and headstck bearings, brakes, chain and sprockets the usual fluids and most importantly for this problem, the fuel filter that sits within about a metre of shit quality convoluted plastic hose in the tank. Bas (for 'tis Prutster)and I took all the gear off and removed the tank to get this stuff out. We suspected that the hose was kinking ands restricting the fuel flow, so we changed the filter for one of the spares I was carrying and very carefully fed the hose and associated gubbins back into the tank without kinks and rebuilt the bike. I then took it for a long test and it seemed to be sorted. Phew!

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Old 11-25-2012, 03:10 AM   #832
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Surprising how soon you get it down th this

Sorry its another neck-bender guy and gals. I'll rotate them from now on....honest injun


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Old 11-25-2012, 03:17 AM   #833
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[QUOTE=ROD CURRIE;20112555]Sorry its another neck-bender guy and gals. I'll rotate them from now on....honest injun


To take a positive from this , what the above pic shows is just how deep you can take the 690 in to water without too much fear of drowning the bike. As ever though it's not just the depth of water that'll stop you, the current flow is the real decider and a rocky river bed with not much more than a foot of water can truly present a battle if the flow is aggressive enough. All the above and more you'll see across the next weeks .
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:46 AM   #834
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The 690 definately wins in the style stakes though. Lovely looking yoke.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:43 AM   #835
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Got changed and Prutser and Rod began stripping down his bike, while Terry, Beemster and myself drank Kvas and asked for regular updates.
Sorry to hear about your bike Rod, but I find this just hilarious I'm picturing the 3 muskateers sitting on the side being fed grapes, washed down by Kvas by beautiful russian maidens (and a lone stud), while the two of you fumble with the bike. Classic
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:05 AM   #836
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Sorry to hear about your bike Rod, but I find this just hilarious I'm picturing the 3 muskateers sitting on the side being fed grapes, washed down by Kvas by beautiful russian maidens (and a lone stud), while the two of you fumble with the bike. Classic
Feck me lad, you'd better call the paramedics now!
When you see the troubles we have over the next weeks you'll either bust a gut or spontaneously combust. There's often just one answer and we retired to it several times
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:30 AM   #837
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Awesome RR

Thanks for all the info and entertainment over the last few days. Been on holiday here lots of time to read. Hope you guys get that 690 sorted out. All that prep work and still gremlins....makes me feel better that it happens to all of us not just me.
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:37 AM   #838
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The 690 definately wins in the style stakes though. Lovely looking yoke.
Both the above are a serious pain...At one point you could have had the 690 for a 50 quid and a ticket home. I kid you not. The offer is alas expired now.

The high maintenance woman left my life years ago
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:38 AM   #839
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Hi Louis. Was Nicky's a 2K8? Walter and I have a suspicion, based upon some anecdote and some wider hard eveidence that these bikes were seriously flawed and the later machines are what they should have been all along. I thought my great adventure was over after just a few hundred yards
Hi Rod

Not sure what 2K8 means but Nickys bike is an 2008 model, turned out to be the ignition switch so hot wired it with a remote fuse holder acting as the switch ( but was a bit worrying at the time as any electrical problem is )




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We suspected that the hose was kinking ands restricting the fuel flow, so we changed the filter for one of the spares I was carrying and very carefully fed the hose and associated gubbins back into the tank without kinks and rebuilt the bike. I then took it for a long test and it seemed to be sorted. Phew!

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I had the same problem with the kinked pipe, I used part of the old filter as an Insert to stop the pipe kinking, look forwards to hearing about your other problems with the 690 (that’s not meant in a bad way so please do not get upset) I did a lot of research about 690 problems but more importantly how to get over them.

Thanks again

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Necessity is the mother of invention eh?

Sorry Louis, I did mean is it a 2008 bike. Nicky's being a 2008 just lends a little more credence to the theory that bikes of that year are the ones giving the problems. The guy who does the Roadkill Cookout thing at Horizons Unlimited sold his in the end as he just couldn't get it to run reliably. I suspect the guy who had the bike before me sold it as he couldn't bottom the problem.
I of course had no contract with KTM having bought the bike second hand, but the question in my head was "How dare KTM sell crap like this when you've bought the bike on their reputation for reliability and durability and yet here they are saving a couple of quid a bike by fitting inferior components"

Sorry to rant everyone, but to ride with these guys an a trip of this size was a dream come true, that took months of planning, and cost ...considerably and it was almost lost. Grr
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