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Old 12-07-2012, 02:52 PM   #1126
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:53 PM   #1127
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:56 PM   #1128
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what is a nightjar?
In Indiana you might call them a Whippoorwill or a Night Hawk. They feed on the wing for insects.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:57 PM   #1129
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:49 PM   #1130
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Kazakhstan looks to be about 1/2 the size of the US so from my perspective you're riding from Texas to Maine across a whole lot of nothing.
It is the 9th largest country in the world, about 1/3 the size of the lower 48.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:03 PM   #1131
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Was that rock platform a result of fused sand from a nuclear blast do you think?
Good Lord, you've been reading too many sci-fi movies. Looks like a normal lava flow type outcrop.

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Old 12-07-2012, 04:08 PM   #1132
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I was wondering why itīs always Rod / Terry towing combination. It gives me an impression of
Rod = VIP
Terry = service
Tell me Iīm wrong...
Did you count the total towing miles ? World record of offroad towing distance ?
At this point the KTM failed again and again, why didnīt Rod + KTM get on a truck to get his bike fixed a few 100km away, he would then catch up by the road, the trip is long enough and you guys are still somewhat slower offroad ?
Terry =service
After i towed Walter when his battery was flat and when he went down I towed some more meters.(on purpose)
So they never asked me to tow again.....

There were no ktm dealers within a few 100km's at this point.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:20 PM   #1133
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In Indiana you might call them a Whippoorwill or a Night Hawk. They feed on the wing for insects.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:54 PM   #1134
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Terry =service
After i towed Walter when his battery was flat and when he went down I towed some more meters.(on purpose)
So they never asked me to tow again.....
There were no ktm dealers within a few 100km's at this point.
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Old 12-07-2012, 10:55 PM   #1135
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Day 42 - Wake up (29 June 2012)

In the morning, the scene looked remarkably like it did the previous night.





Except for the fact that I had a flat tyre ... my first for the trip. As well as the lesser grip the T63 fronts have over the Desert fronts, they were also not as tough. This year was so far continuing my record or no flat tyres ever with Michelin Deserts. But the front I changed for a T63 in Astana. Now I paid the price.







With the tyre fixed and gear packed up, Terry and I rode up the rock flow to scout around:

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Old 12-07-2012, 11:14 PM   #1136
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Day 42 - A strange encounter

We took off and had barely gone 2 km when it was Rod's turn to get a flat. by this time he was about to set fire to his bike. He was saying some pretty nasty things to it that polite folk in Mattighofen would never want to hear. He was about to abandon the bike and walk out of the Kazakh steppe alone.



While Rod fixed his tyre, Terry, Prutser and I were all fooling around on the bikes taking some video and pics.







I noticed while I was shooting the other two, that occasionally, there seemed to be a figure silhouetted on a ridge 500 yards away watching us. Couldnt tell what animal it was. I have often seen huge eagles sitting on rocks, that from a long distance seemed much the same shape.

20 minutes later, the first signs of life for over 15 hours. A 4wd was heading towards us on the track. A big Kazakh guy got out and asked what we needed and what we were doing there. Then he helped us put Rod's front wheel back together.



After being with us for 10 minutes while hardly saying a word, he looked at me and finally smiled. He told me to follow him to his place for tea. I said we would not have time for any diversions to our plan, but he insisted, and said his place is on this track, just 800 yards away.

We did. He introduced himself as Zhan. Amazingly he had a farm with about 15 people working for him, and they were just over a mile away from us all this time. We thought we were in the middle of nowhere. Apparently they had been watching us all this time, suspecting we were gypsy thieves or cattle rustlers or something. When we stopped to fool around just 800 metres from his farm he finally decided to confront us, and then realised we were just foreign motorcyclists out here for fun.

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Old 12-08-2012, 03:20 AM   #1137
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Hey Walter, could you tell me a bit about you and Rod's methods for swapping/patching tubes with the wheel on the bike! I have never, ever seen nor heard that you could do that??!!

Again , thanks so much for the report!
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Old 12-08-2012, 03:45 AM   #1138
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Hey Walter, could you tell me a bit about you and Rod's methods for swapping/patching tubes with the wheel on the bike! I have never, ever seen nor heard that you could do that??!!

Again , thanks so much for the report!
Well if you can find the hole (by pumping the tube with air) then you can patch it without taking the wheel off. Front tyres are easy to break the bead with, just using your thumb. Pop one bead of the tyre outside the rim, pump up the tube and rotate till u find the leak. I learned it from Terry. I have never seen terry remove a front wheel except to change tyres.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:21 AM   #1139
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Hey Walter, could you tell me a bit about you and Rod's methods for swapping/patching tubes with the wheel on the bike! I have never, ever seen nor heard that you could do that??!!
If you look at the repairs they do, youīll also notice:
- On Walterīs bike, the pile of rocks under the engine, opposite to side stand to keep the bike balanced, or:
- On Rodīs bike, Terry pulling the handlebars one side to keep the bike balanced on the side stand when necessary.
Both choose the side without brake, more space to do the patching work.

Actually possible also on the rear, putting some weight over the front end, rocks under the rear of engine or front of swing arm opposite to side stand, or pulling on handlebar. Sometimes one wouldnīt be able to disengage a rear tyre from rim bed like that, especially a desert, but with a fresh puncture with still warm tyre and tyre been rolled flat, this work is sometimes already done. There sure one would not choose the chain side to pull the tube

Sure one canīt replace a tube like this, although taking the wheel off is just one step ahead.

Alternative is to lay the bike flat (close petcock if carburettor, watch out if overfill), advantage is one can easily push the tyre from (front or rear) rim bed with boot heels, faster, easier to do if alone. Drawback if soil is muddy/soft, and also maybe impossible with big side luggage or flat-twin beemers.., as for this trip.
PS: tested with Michelin Desert, using ultra heavy duty tubes makes it a more difficult job, so I used HD

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Old 12-08-2012, 05:58 AM   #1140
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If you look at the repairs they do, youīll also notice:
- On Walterīs bike, the pile of rocks under the engine, opposite to side stand to keep the bike balanced, or:
- On Rodīs bike, Terry pulling the handlebars one side to keep the bike balanced on the side stand when necessary.
Both choose the side without brake, more space to do the patching work.

Actually possible also on the rear, putting some weight over the front end, rocks under the rear of engine or front of swing arm opposite to side stand, or pulling on handlebar. Sometimes one wouldnīt be able to disengage a rear tyre from rim bed like that, especially a desert, but with a fresh puncture with still warm tyre and tyre been rolled flat, this work is sometimes already done. There sure one would choose the chain side to pull the tube

Sure one canīt replace a tube like this.

Alternative is to lay the bike flat (close petcock if carburettor, watch out if overfill), advantage is one can easily push the tyre from (front or rear) rim bed with boot heels, faster, easier to do if alone. Drawback if soil is muddy/soft, and also maybe impossible with big side luggage or flat-twin beemers.., as for this trip.
The beemer has a centerstand, which I normally use to get the tire loose from the rim.The wheel is mounted with 3 bolts ,so only takes a min. to get the rear wheel out.
The tires we used this trip were really tough. It can be done but would be a challenge to get them loose using boots or heels.

I'm thinking about trying this one http://www.adventure-spec.com/defaul...-tool-set.html.
Than I don't have to take the wheel out at all to break the bead.
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