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Old 10-15-2013, 06:30 AM   #76
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So how long are you going to make us wait to find out what was wrong with the Super Enduro?

Great RR as usual, Q.

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Old 10-15-2013, 07:39 AM   #77
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Day 8: September 13th, 2013 - KTM Event Day 1.

It was another rainy night in Camp Snuggly.

The next morning, the hardy campers emerged from their tents and did the usual wandering around trying to wake up.


Today was the first day of the KTM event and we were all eager to ride the new 1190s.

So I geared up, and rode the SE to the event location.


Red Bull was there with their big media truck, blasting music and giving away red bull.


I took the SE to the parking area, and signed up to ride the 1190 and 1190R.

Jeff showed up too and was ready to try out the new bikes.


So I did ride the 1190 and 1190R.
In summary: I would say that these bikes are very smooth, very powerful, and are all around a significant improvement to what KTM has made in the past. The bike had plenty of power and delivers is smoothly. The brakes are excellent, and the ergonomics will provide easy riding and a good riding position. They will be worthy competitors for bikes like the Ducati Multistrada, BMW K1300GT, and other powerful Canyon chaser bikes.
However, this is not the type of bike I prefer. It's too smooth, too quiet, and too complicated. Six separate computers. Complicated ABS and traction control systems. Fuel injection and chipped keys / anti-theft systems. These are all things I don't need to be worrying about when I'm hundreds of miles from the nearest paved road.

Surprisingly I did not take any pictures of the bikes.

I spent the rest of the day socializing and talking to vendors, and scoring SWAG.

That evening we were all going to go to Taco Cabo and take part of the event the owner was throwing for us.

On the way to the restaurant I found a cool new ride.

Yee Haw!

We then rode the rest of the way to Taco Cabo.
A lot of other people and KTM's were already there.


We all had a good evening, talking, drinking beer, and eating really good food.
As we ate, the sun began to set.


It was quite the sight.


After dinner CJ had his prize drawing, and was then able to finish eating.


Good times eh' CJ?

Thanks for a great evening!

No Stats for the day.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:23 AM   #78
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Day 9: September 14th, 2013 - KTM Event Day 2

The next day I rode back to the KTM event.
Breakfast provided by KTM was excellent and abundant.


While I was there I told a few folks about my bike problems...
Oh poor me...

After breakfast, I went back the the event site.
I was more worried about my Super Enduro.
It had been running poorly the whole trip, and while I had the KTM factory mechanic there, I figured it was a god time to open it up and see what the problem was. So I pushed the bike under the KTM trucks canopy, and started taking it apart.
Luggage, Fuel Tank, Air Box...
We noticed that the slide for the rear carburetor was not moving a fast as the front one. Tyler the KTM mechanic said that was indicative of a torn diaphragm. So taking things apart a bit more we found this to be true.
Monkey Fighter!

So I went to all the vendors, including Steamboat Powersports, and Scuderia (KTM Twins) and nobody had the part in stock. So we checked the local On-Line inventory... No parts were anywhere in the US.
Bugger!

So I talked to CJ, and he said he had some back at his shop in Wisconsin.
He called a friend who would be able to ship the part on Saturday, and it might get to Steamboat Springs Colorado by Monday.
Better!

So with that, I wandered around the vendors section.


BRP and Ned Suesse's Dakar bike(s) and his Super Enduro.



Meanwhile everyone else got a change to try out the 1190's or go on group rides.




I told my mechanical problems to Ned Suesse, and he's like, "Hey man. If you want to take the diaphragm out of me SE go ahead. Just ship me the replacement part when you get them."


"Seriously?
Take apart Dakar rider Ned Suesse's Super Enduro and use it for parts?
That's like God offering me a Kidney... sort of.

I was desperate... so I took him up on the offer.

I pushed his SE next to mine under the KTM canopy and got to work.
Imagine the scene. KTM only made 3000 Super Enduros. Less than 1500 are in the USA. And now I've got two of them side by side and I'm taking them apart right down to the jets and slides inside the carburetors.

In about three hours I had the part from Ned's bike installed into mine, put it back together, and started it up. VROOM! VROOOM! ROAR!!!
It's alive and well!

I carefully put Ned's bike back together and return it to him.
He will trailer it home and rebuild the carburetors when I send him the replacement parts.

So I took mt Se for a test Ride and it's definitely fixed. I nearly wheelied into the back of a bus.

So I'm happy again!
Sorry, I was too busy wrenching to take pictures of the repair process.

I treated myself to a Red Bull.


Wolfman was roaming around talking to everybody, including my good friend Jesse Ziegler.


In the afternoon, KTM had their obstacle course, and slow race.
Again, I took no pictures. I may have been mooching beers from the vendors.

As the afternoon rolled to a close, the weather threatened to rain, just like it did every afternoon.

But we were told that tonight's dinner will be held on top of the ski area.
To the gondola we go!


Wolfman stops to do a little Shakespeare recitation...


The gondola starts up...


Jesse Ziegler leads the way.


We board the gondola and start the ride the top of the mountain.




Wolfman is contemplative and enjoying the views.


We keep ascending.




It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top.


We get to the top, and head towards dinner.
But watch out for Mountain Lions.


Please don't feed the kitties...

Wow! What a place to have dinner!


I line up for a beer.


Here's the view from the deck outside.




A picture of me on the deck.


Everyone else was enjoying themselves too.


Dinner is served!


Prime Rib? Why yes, I think I will!


Feeding time!
Non nom nom...


Meanwhile the weather weather turned foul.


Dinner conversations and food comas ensued.


Katie and CJ.


Thanks KTM!


After dinner and awards, we took the gondola back down to the base.
I got on the Super Enduro and rode back to the campground, happy that the bike was running correctly again.

Good dreams ensued.
A really good day...

No Stats for the day besides me getting my bike fixed.
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:59 AM   #79
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Good stuff guys,
I got everything else Wolfman sells---except the chest bag.
Got to order one right now

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Old 10-15-2013, 01:34 PM   #80
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Q, mate, you riding some of the old stomping grounds, good stuff mate. Pics rock as always......I wish I had known you were hitting the area and the KTM event, I was thinking about doing that. Hell, Id rode out just to hang out with you young guns, maybe show the old guy some trails, try not to slow you down.

GREAT RR mate. Be well......
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Old 10-16-2013, 12:33 PM   #81
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Day 10: September 15th, 2013. Steamboat Springs to Idaho Falls

Well, today was the day I had to ride home.

I awoke to a cold and damp morning.


I took down Camp Snuggly, carefully packed the bike up, and said a last goodbye to all my ADVrider friends.

Today was going to be a big pavement day.
I had planned on finishing the COBDR, but the fact that it had been raining so much recently, and the fact that most of the route is the CDT, I decided just to head home on pavement.

So I said goodbye and headed West.
In the next town, about 30 miles I stopped and filled the 8.5 gallon Safari tank up with gas.
I continued West and about a mile, the bike started to stutter and loose power. I coasted to the side of the road and the engine died.
I started it again, gave it some gas, and when I got to about 30 mph the bike stuttered again and died.

WTF?
I worked fine yesterday in the test ride and last night riding home from dinner.

I called CJ.
He suggested that the Carburetor had come unseated from the intakes.

Ok. I'll check.
So on the side of the road: Out come the tools. Off comes the luggage, the seat the 90 pounds of fuel in the safari tank.
I get the side of the airbox open, and use the special tool in the KTM tool kit and start tighening all the clamps under the carbs. Sure enough, one of them had not been tightened. I hope that was it.
Close the airbox, put the gas tank back on. Put the tools away, put the seat back on as well as the luggage.
This took about 30 minutes.
Put my helmet and gloves back on.
Turn the key, push the starter...
Check for traffic, and accelerate...
10 mph, 20 mph, 30 mph...
So far so good.
Give the SE gas, and were doing 60, 65... and...
and everything seems to be good again!

Thanks CJ!
At the next town I stop and leave CJ a message telling him his diagnosis was correct.

Now we just have to ride 450+ miles.


We enter Wyoming...




Some small town along the way...


Gas wells dot the landscape...


More open spaces...


At the junction of I-80 I stop for a self portrait...
Not looking so good. I've been living off the bike for almost two weeks...


I-80.


In Rock Springs, we take 191 north.


As I near Pinedale, we ride through a really big storm and the temperatures drop.


Super heavy rain make sit impossible to take pictures, and I was weary.
Highway mode.... just making distances...

Once we get near Jackson Wyoming, the rain stops, but we still have a few more hours to go.


We follow the Snake River towards Alpine.


Then West towards Swan Valley.


The dry farms near Ririe ID.


And the final stretch to Idaho Falls gets us home.


It's good to be home!
Mr. Purr was waiting for me.

I missed him.

But we really know what he was doing while I was away...




Stats for the day:
470 miles Total Hrs 9:11
Moving Average 67.4 Moving time 6:58 Stopped 2:13

Wow...
We covered a lot of country, and saw some really cool stuff, but what I remember most was riding and hanging out with my friends.

Thanks friends!
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #82
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Is that a expedition Tacoma?

Looks like the 908 held up pretty good. I imagine it wouldn't look as good if the bike was running right on the way out there :)
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:17 PM   #83
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Is that a expedition Tacoma?
Why yes it is...




Linky:
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:23 PM   #84
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Questor, I guess your job requires you to have all those cool toys!
They should be tax deductible .
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Linky:
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Daaaaaaaaaaaamn.
That is a helluva build. Nice grocery getter.
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Old 10-16-2013, 02:40 PM   #86
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Wolfman was roaming around talking to everybody, including my good friend Jesse Ziegler.

I didn't know Jesse was working for KTM now!
You must miss him.






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Mr. Purr was waiting for me.

I missed him.

But we really know what he was doing while I was away...

Mr. Purr!!!



give her some kisses for me (Q, mr. purr is a lady cat! she really is. MAG told me so.)








Also - nice tent top!!
That's awesome!




Thanks for the report, it was great!
I'm glad the SE is happy again.

It was nice to see your truck and kitty again, too.
Hope all is well at Casa Questor.


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Old 10-17-2013, 06:12 AM   #87
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Why does this not surprise me?

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Old 10-17-2013, 07:14 AM   #88
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Great RR, Love the truck, Be well mate........
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:02 AM   #89
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Great RR, Love the truck, Be well mate........
Hello Uncle Vance.

It would have been really great to see you again.
It's been a while.
Good times when we rode together last 'eh?

I'm sure we will ride again soon.
Stay well.
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Old 10-17-2013, 03:27 PM   #90
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Great ride report and pictures. I even spotted one of my friends from here in one of the KTM dinner pictures. Now about Mr. Purr, she's a mighty pretty kitty and I bet she's a lot of company but don't let her drink that beer it's not good for her. Nice that she holds down the fort while you are out riding.

That Tacoma is very cool, you have good taste in toys and pets.

Now go for a fall ride so you can do another ride report. The fall weather should be nice in your area right now. Fall in the desert, ooooooooooo.
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