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Old 08-30-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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Hey all,

If you've ever wondered whether a KTM 1190R can make the PanAmerican Highway trip -- here's your chance to find out. I'm leaving tomorrow!

El Gran Camino: The ADVrider Ride Report



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  • Jesse Odyssey II 10" luggage
  • Touratech upper crash bars
  • Touratech headlight guard
  • BDCW skid plate with sidestand relocation
  • BDCW platform footpegs
  • BDCW oil cooler guard
  • Russell Day-Long Sport seat
  • Wings standard exhaust
  • Wings seat cooler panels
  • Touratech above-dash GPS mount & locking bracket
  • Uniflow filter
  • SW-Motech Kobra handguards with LED turn signals
  • DoubleTake mirrors
  • Giant Loop Fandango Pro tank bag, wired for 12V
  • PDM60 power distribution system
  • Scottoiler E-System
  • Oxford heated grips (wired into KTM harness)
  • LEDRider LR4 spots with dimmer (mounted into front dashboard)
  • Admore bi-color running/turn/brake LED strips integrated into Jesse cases
  • Admore large light bar (integrated into top case)
  • WARN recovery winch
  • RotoPax locking gas and water canisters (1gal each)
  • Custom-welded large sidestand foot
  • CJ Designs adjustable sidestand

(and probably a couple of others I'm forgetting)

Questions? Hit me.
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like an awesome trip, and I like what you've done to the bike. Nothing but the basic and necessary. It will be a good test for the 1190. What does all the gear weigh?
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:19 PM   #3
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Have you considered mounting the fuel / water containers on the front of that top box or on the pillion seat area (assuming you're riding alone) to help shift some weight toward the centre of the bike (and sliding the jesse side cases forward for the same reason)? Also, what's your plan for tires and oil changes?
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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Can't wait to see that winch in action!!!!

Good luck!
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:41 PM   #5
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Rad guard?
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Old 08-30-2014, 04:48 PM   #6
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Rad guard?
Right!
  • BDCW radiator guard

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Old 08-30-2014, 04:50 PM   #7
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Have you considered mounting the fuel / water containers on the front of that top box or on the pillion seat area (assuming you're riding alone) to help shift some weight toward the centre of the bike (and sliding the jesse side cases forward for the same reason)? Also, what's your plan for tires and oil changes?
Yeah, the fuel/water container location is not optimal. I really wanted to mount them in front of the side cases, but they aren't large enough for that.

My girlfriend will be joining me a month or two in, so the pillion area can only be a temporary storage location... unless I can convince her to buy a bike in Central/South America (she rides already, so not as crazy as that sounds)

The Jesse cases are as far forward as they can go while still leaving the passenger pegs accessible.

Tires and oil changes -- I have some friends in the US embassy in Panama and will mail them a set of K60s :)
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Old 08-30-2014, 05:23 PM   #8
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While it would be highly untraditional, I actually wonder if you have enough clearance to mount the water onto the front of the blackdog skid plate though I'm sure most people here would advise against that. Do you think they're too big to undermount onto the jesse side cases so you don't sacrifice width and it keeps the weight down nice and low? I know...who wants to drill holes into perfectly new jesse cases, right?
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:48 PM   #9
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Good luck.
If you come thru Veracruz, drop me a PM.

Ride safe.
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Old 08-31-2014, 07:02 AM   #10
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Nice setup and trip ahead of you! I'd like to see some more pics of the Admore and Jesse setup. I have Admore lighting and Jesse panniers, though not integrated as are yours. Sounds nice.

You're going to love South America! I don't know what your time limits are, but, IMHO, get off the PanAmerican Hwy as much as possible. I spent 2 years riding in Central and South America and can't wait to return.
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Old 09-25-2014, 09:11 PM   #11
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We're finally in Mexico. The bike's held up wonderfully so far -- no major problems.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1005987#15

Minor problems: the biggest has been the gas gauge "sticking" on some value. Shaking the bike back and forth will reset it to the right value. It seems to have fixed itself after a couple of falls offroad :)

On that note: the 150/70 rear K60 Scout is absolute ass in the mud. Nope nope nope. I'm either cutting the center strip or ditching it for something else. The front TKC is holding up fine.

My left-side Jesse case got pretty banged out of shape after a fall in the mud. It's deformed enough that it has trouble latching back on.

wpid1398-20140923_1108_30347.jpg

I banged it back into shape, enough to get it going. Hopefully a bit more hammering will make it seat properly. The other problem is that it's no longer quite rectangular, so the lid doesn't close. Another job for the hammer :)

Any questions about how the bike's performing offroad heavily loaded?
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Old 09-26-2014, 04:53 AM   #12
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When you get a chance some more photos please

Sorry to hear about the panniers, makes me even more glad I went with the Wolfman Side bags. Skiving the rear center strip on the K60 would probably help some but even then its a big heavy bike so ......

Good luck and even with the pannier issue sound like a great trip.
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Old 09-26-2014, 06:48 AM   #13
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I am afraid you will have to do a diet on your gear before you reach your destination. Looks like you have a lot of luggage.

I have a 990 A and Jesse luggage and they are great, but for off road I don't like them. I had some minor crashes on my last trip in Argentina and managed to bent a bit the panniers rack. I also manage to have my right foot trapped under the pannier and I was lucky not to break my foot (I have an excellent Sid boot that protected me). If I was alone it would be almost impossible to remove my bike from my foot.

There is a Brazilian that road the world recently on a BMW that spend more than a hour with his GS on top of his foot on an abandoned road in Asia for help. His wife was with him but could not move the motorcycle to free him.

Now I got a set of soft luggage for off road trips and will try to adapt to this system.

If you plan to visit Brazil let me know, I am near São Paulo.

Have a safe and great trip.

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We're finally in Mexico. The bike's held up wonderfully so far -- no major problems.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1005987#15

Minor problems: the biggest has been the gas gauge "sticking" on some value. Shaking the bike back and forth will reset it to the right value. It seems to have fixed itself after a couple of falls offroad :)

On that note: the 150/70 rear K60 Scout is absolute ass in the mud. Nope nope nope. I'm either cutting the center strip or ditching it for something else. The front TKC is holding up fine.

My left-side Jesse case got pretty banged out of shape after a fall in the mud. It's deformed enough that it has trouble latching back on.

wpid1398-20140923_1108_30347.jpg

I banged it back into shape, enough to get it going. Hopefully a bit more hammering will make it seat properly. The other problem is that it's no longer quite rectangular, so the lid doesn't close. Another job for the hammer :)

Any questions about how the bike's performing offroad heavily loaded?
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:11 AM   #14
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I am afraid you will have to do a diet on your gear before you reach your destination. Looks like you have a lot of luggage.
That was my first thought too, at least a third too much luggage on that bike. I traveled the same way with about 65 liters worth of storage/stuff and ended up not using 15liters at all.

Carlos, any thoughts on whether a KTM with the 8" jesse panniers would be easier to lift, less prone to catch on anything than the 10" he has mounted?
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:25 AM   #15
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looks great

hey looks great..... have fun!
after riding some slick conditions are you finding mud collection under the front fender? would you do the fender lift?
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