Five weeks, 12 countries and just practice!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by edog200, May 29, 2011.

  1. edog200

    edog200 Long timer

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    Dear readers

    I apologise for not keeping this blog up to date. I've had a number of technical difficulties, particularly with uploading photos that have put me behind the eight ball by my miles.

    At this stage I think the best thing I can do, is kick this off when I am back in Australia, when the photos can be incorporated into the story.

    In the interim, it's worth following on FB, BUT I would emphasise, this is light, and won't go into technical stuff, or gear. I will get this blog up to date and when I return to Sydney and be available for interaction and questions.

    We hope to leave Katmandu for Bangkok before the end of the week, where we will hopefully fairly quickly blast down through Thailand and onto Sumatra. Due to a number of factors, including my brief hospitalisation, we are behind schedule. At this stage we hope to be in Darwin around the 1 October.??

    Cheers,

    Dave
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  2. mdw403

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    No probe Dave just sort it when you can.

    I'm enjoying this one:clap

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  3. edog200

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    y

    Just back read some stuff and need to clarify.

    It is true that the fuel pumps packed it in on both bikes, about 1,500 km apart. The distance apart is significant to understanding the problem. You may recall Darren sustained a horrific broken wrist about a month before we left. During the trip, for about 1,500 km, we put his bike in a van because he was having so much pain.

    Anyway my fuel pump packed it in Russia. I had a spare, but because of poor preparation on my part, I couldn't disconnect the old and replace it with a new one. We towed the bike to Samara, where a KTM mechanic called Alex replaced it in about 5 minutes. More importantly he taught me how to disconnect and reconnect the fuel pump.

    1,500 ks later, Darren's pump packed it in , in Kazakhstan, at a crucial time as we were racing to the Chinese border and time frames were tight. We didn't have a replacement, but had to continue forward as the Chinese would not accept us if we were even a day late. So we placed Darren's bike in a truck and later a train and KTM forwarded a fuel pump. Now armed with the knowledge, I fixed it in minutes and we were off.

    In China we had time to take the old fuel pump apart. You will find pictures of this on that FB link. The fuel filter was black and smelt like resin, or something that certainly wasn't petrol. It is our belief that Darren and I received some dodgy fuel around the same time, that did something to the tanks, that ultimately went into the fuel pump.

    For us it is just too coincidental that, had they were ridden the same distance, and would have gone at the same time, displaying exactly the same symptoms before dying and with the fuel filters looking the same.

    Currently in Katmandu and the KTM dealer here inspected our fuel tanks and he said the stuff we have in there now doesn't smell too much like petrol. We are having the fuel tanks drained.

    ultimately this discussion is why I need to complete this thread, as there are many things like this we need to talk about.

    For example, due to the towing we were two days late leaving Russia. Weren't allowed to leave, fingerprinted, photographed, fined as illegal aliens. Look forward to telling all. Being threatened with 5 years gaol wasn't pleasant.
  4. Night Falcon

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    Can't wait for the full installment Edog. People are quick to bag the 690 but in my experience its a great bike and an excellent platform for an adventure bike!

    Safe travels mate take care :D

    NF
  5. edog200

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    Mission accomplished, now just got to catch up with this ride report.

    In the meantime here is a celebratory video of sucessfullly completing the trip.

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  6. potski

    potski Wiley Wanderer

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    A BIG well done Dave and Darren. You have obviously had troubles along the way, guess it wouldn't be an ADVenture if you didn't; but you both got there in the end.

    Bet there isn't a single person on this site who hasn't been or doesn't know of someone effected by cancer, so hoping that the fundraising goes well. Perhaps we all should do our bit too...

    Congratulations.:clap:clap:clap:clap

    Looking forward to reading and seeing more as you get chance.

    Cheers
    Potski :freaky
  7. edog200

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    Himalayan Mountains China side were a challenge. With altitude up to 5,000 metres life becomes difficult when wrestling bikes.

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  8. El Ponkin

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    Reading about your fuel pump issues, firstly changing a standard install pump is a nightmare as you found out because the moulded plastic piping is so god damn moulded and obviously the KTM crush clips can't be reused.
    For this I went with using Gates submersible fuel hose and EFI clamps from the so called quick disconnect down to the pump, to change the pump in the bush you only have to pull it out far enough to access the two clamps, easy.
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    Secondly the grey/black shit you found in your filter, I run a Profill filter at pump inlet instead of the standard screen and my internal tank filter is now external.
    http://www.profill-australia.com/e-store/STORE.html
    Filter is the #HUS01

    When I changed my Profilter at 15000km it also had the residue on it but not enough to interupt fuel flow at that point. Obviously being pump inlet it is stopping the residue contaminating the pump but if I don't change it often enough it could cavitate the pump. In your case the pump is swimming in the stuff and when the standard filter clogs in the outlet from the pump it will soon overheat and die.
    As you have recieved sponsorship from KTM I would feedback that they have an issue with the construction of the tank and that certain fuels maybe breaking down the resin and contaminating filters to the point of pump failure.
    It isn't rocket science and they should acknowledge the fact at least, but I am sure they won't because of the warranty claims. I have heard Shell Fuel is worse but I stick to BP Ultimate as much as I can except out bush.
    Andy
  9. edog200

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    Well the movie of the London to Sydney ride is complete and has been available in DVD form in Australia for the past couple of weeks.

    The disappointing thing about this thread is that it is disjointed and lacking prose, primarily because video editing takes so much out of you to do.

    Anyway I think the best way to conclude this thread is by posting of the next couple of weeks the full Continental Drift movie that will be serialised into 4 or 5 episodes of around 10 to 15 minutes each.

    Looking forward to getting this thread up and running for the final stretch if anyone is interested.
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    Let's share this spirit of adventure.

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    We did it tough during this section, but we also had fun!



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    Kyrgyzstan = Adventure Land

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    Great adventure riding here.


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  15. edog200

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    And so the story ends. A little disjointed but this chapter is now officially closed. I hoped you've like it.



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  16. nameless

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    Yes, great adventure! thanks for sharing, i really enjoyed those 5 episodes. I'll try to get my hands on the dvd :):D
  17. edog200

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    Thanks mate