25,000 miles with Luke and Nick

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fishfund, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. civhatch90

    civhatch90 Been here awhile

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    Wow its going to be hard to trust that bike even once its running properly...
  2. lstzephyr

    lstzephyr Solo con rambo

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    I doubt I would be able to trust it either.

    Awesome story. I am re-reading your old trip report, and I can't wait to see where this goes.:clap
  3. ian408

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    Once it's fixed, I'd trust it.
  4. lukeman

    lukeman Cool Hand

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    Its frustrating trying to troubleshoots motorcycles with all the electronics on them, only so much you can do on the side of the road. The KTM dealer should pick up that tow seeings as they didn't resolve the problem! :thwak


    Hang in there guys. :freaky
  5. Krabill

    Krabill Long timer

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    Love the report so far :clap












    . . . just another reason I will never buy a KTM, though.








    Ever.
  6. Not Fragile

    Not Fragile n00b

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    Hey, I know this will sound ..... stoopid .... but I'm thinkin ......someday soon someones bikes computer is gonna get a VIRUS!

    NF
  7. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    KTM doesn't trust it - their factory riders use carbs.

    What Luke is doing is far more challenging than a Paris Dakar rally. If you're Mark Coma or Cyril on a 690 you don't have those complicated parts. You've got the best KTM mechanics in the world with truck loads of spare parts at beck and call. Those mechanics are going over your bike every night; your bike is better taken care of there as if you were riding laps around the local KTM dealer!

    Luke sorry man - I can relate! I've spent many weeks in 3rd world country hotels waiting for parts for my 690. You start envying guys with step thru scooters. You start off as the cool guy all the kids hang around and want to play soccer with but at some point while working on your bike ... small parts spread out all over and having to answer the question for the thousandth time, "Hey Mister how fast is it?" "Hey mister... why doesn't it go?" you snap, threaten them with a pair of vice grips and from then on turn into the scary man!

    Don't do it! Let go of your plans and accept the adventure God gives you with a sense of awe, gratefullness and wonder! You're in Africa for Petes sake!! They have elephants there!
  8. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Bummer about the bike issues, but love your style. Can't wait for the rest :clap:clap
  9. BordenBmw

    BordenBmw TheFrenchRider

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    I have to take back"your bikes made it ok"!:ddog Hope your get it fix soon and don't have any more major problems with the bikes.:lurk
  10. ian408

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    Hmmm. I'd have to disagree with you here. The reasons are for another thread.
  11. trackhead

    trackhead Utard Wankster

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    Hope you guys sort out the bike soon. Great report so far. The style of video editing is perfect.
  12. cooperhawk

    cooperhawk Not A Sheeple

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    Why don't you let Fishfund have his RR without a bunch of people getting in a pissing contest?
    Then the mod has to lock comments and nobody can make any comments on his awesome RR.
    If you want to have a pissing contest, that's what PM's are for
  13. Bluebull2007

    Bluebull2007 Adventurer

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    :lol3

    I dont want to detract from Luke's trip, but its naive to compare this trip to the Dakar. There are plenty of guys out there on KTM's riding rallies without any mechanical support in off-road conditions a LOT more hectic than your average trans-African adventure. of course thats not to say that these guys are not going to have a fantastic adventure either.

    This is only a minor issue; wait till theyre dealing with armed 10yr olds doped up on coke. Whether they will see this depends on where they ride. :deal
  14. HickOnACrick

    HickOnACrick Groovinator

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    You dudes are smart!

    Using up all your bad Karma at the FIRST of the trip, before you're in the middle of nowhere...Brilliant!
  15. Skrow

    Skrow Been here awhile

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    "Steve left right after we called. Which was awesome considering we were two hours away and it was a Sunday afternoon. We had some time to burn so we figured we would go to the beach."----:lol3:jkam:jkam

    Good luck on the bike. Hope it gets sort right quick, so we can enjoy your RR.

    Skrow
  16. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Fish - I PM'd you KTM's top "690 fuel injection expert's" contact info but it looked like it may have bounced?? Let me know if you got it. He's been helpful to me while in Central America.
    I just noticed you had 759 thousand+ hits on your Husky report! That's 6X as many as Dirt Rider's monthly subscription! If anyone reading this has any pull with KTM Austria/USA/SA I'm sure it would be helpful to subtly and respectfully point that out!

    For what it's worth, I've also got the 2008 model but I've had the fuel injection,lambda sensors and fuel pumps replaced with 2009, 10 & 11 versions. I don't think there was any difference.
  17. Ed Muggles

    Ed Muggles oh, the other left

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    great ride report even if you are on page 8 and have got on the road yet :p

    keep it up
  18. trackhead

    trackhead Utard Wankster

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    No updates for a while, so I'm guessing they fixed the bike and are now DEEP into Africa, having a good time.
  19. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Or they tried slapping another elephant on the butt!
  20. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    or hanging out at the watering holes outside of the game reserves.. :eek1