Freedom51; a journey of life

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by goodcat, May 27, 2016.

  1. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Glad you are enjoying the advice festivities :robin

    About Egypt and your proposal...
    1st.... I've craved to see the Egyptian ruins ever since I was a child and every time I made a plan to go it fell threw.
    So for me it's a top priority destination and hopefully get to Jordon as well.

    2nd--- A deal eh? Hmmmm, now you have my attention :jkam
    You may have opened a can of worms that could get out of control here LOL

    But on a serious note... I have heard from several people that a woman should NOT travel alone there as perversions are rampant. Michnus can tell you about him and Els experience's there.


    I don't do much FB these days and still cringe everytime I open it up. Lately I just browse quickly to see friend's post's and get off right away.
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Trade my ride for a chaperone experience?
    Not sure that's gonna happen, but I must say he put forth a very delicate discussion topic. I don't even want to think about what is going through people's minds about it. And I'll choose my words carefully :lol3
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    That is a good one. Can you believe that was ten years ago? Wow.
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  5. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Ya I still read it once in a while.
    It's so raw and honestly written with narly adventure and full of great photos. Good humor added as well.
    I know Michnus did a magazine article with it, but I believe it could be made into a book as well.
    Hey Michnus.... hint hint haha
    Maybe when you're in rocking chair you'll find the time lol
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  6. Goldie05

    Goldie05 Fast George

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    Oh, I will read it, just have to find the time. Thanks

    BTW, I was kidding of course about my wife going with a stranger to Egypt but I just can't seem to see myself going there, not sure why, I would rather see Mayan, Inca and Aztecs pyramids :lol3
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  7. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    haha, ya I know it was a joke and I'm sure people will respond with a gentlemen's sensitivity haha

    The Maya stuff has my soul but I need to see the comparison in real life. It's a must do.
    Now that would make for a great book.... Maya/Egypt ruins; an in depth report by Shawn aka goodcat :imaposer

    I'm actually thinking of flying to Egypt before I start work. It would be an Epic finish to this RR

    I really enjoyed @dagsvstheworld RR on his Egypt adventure. He's another guy I really enjoy following. It doesn't get any more raw and honest than that guy :rofl:photog
    And it's good to see that he's back out there again and taking on the world in his own way.
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Right on, man! You won't find me in that area of the world either. Not willingly, anyway. And luckily I don't have to worry about my wife wanting to go. We have our hands full with desired Latin American destinations anyway.
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    Goldie05 Fast George

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    I would read the book, I prefer the Commoner view :imaposer

    What do you mean "Start Work" and "finish to this RR"?
    Don't tell me your trip will end soon :hmmmmm
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I think "suspended" or "on hold" would be a better description than "end".
    I hope.
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  11. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    With deep sorrow I must inform you that yes, it's getting close to the finish line. Or maybe just an interlude. You'll come to find that I am a confused traveler and don't have a clue what my next strategy is. What I think and what I do have nothing to do with each other :jack That's a paraphrase from Archie Bunker and I still remember it to this day. Funny, I thought this journey would give some clarity but it has only made me more unsure of life and my journey in it. To me the world is an incredible place and the more I experience it, the more amazed and confused I am on WTF is going on !!!!
    I need to go home for awhile and replan Part 2.
    Maybe I'll see you on the road when your time comes.

    Man i gotta get a move on and post some real travel reports :D
    My next stop is to Zacatecas and see La Quemada ruins. These are the main tourist ruins, but the region holds many others.
    It's odd that at home I call the widlerness my church and place of tranquility but here in Latin America, its the ruins that give me solace.
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    I hope so too
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  13. goodcat

    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Only people that have owned and traveled with KTM 9x0's can judge accordingly.
    So here's my breakdown....
    First... it is the BEST stock adventure bike made. Out of the factory it is almost all muscle. Nothing out of the factory can compare and that's why I chose it. And that includes going up against modern models. It's incredible the abuse it can take and keep running. The parts are very strong and it is well balanced. You can dump the fker and nothing or near nothing will bend or break. Even the stock mirrors are well designed and there is no need for those aftermarket thingamabobs. The foot peddles and handlesbars wont crumble and leave you screwed. This bike is a 500lb dirt bike and is made to make the grade and this sucka loves the dirt and hates city riding. The LC8 is one of the best motors ever made. The trellis frame is rugged and gnarly. A bike built for the Dakar Rally and many years in the Winner's circle proves it's top notch. And it's the very reason that it was banned and now you see the 450 class for everyone. It's a highly wanted bike for damn good reasons.

    There's really not much bad that can be said about them, but there are a few things that make it not a great long distance adventure bike. Other than the problems listed online about specific years, the thing that makes it not a great long distance adventure bike is this....
    It runs hot and hates the heat,
    The rear brakes don't hold up and will fail, and I haven't come to understand why yet. It could be the pin mechanism is skued.
    It's a heavy bastard off road
    The parts are expensive
    The fuel economy sucks beyond reason
    It absolutely HATES slow riding and city traffic
    It takes alot of time to tear it down and some parts are not easily accessible
    It has ALOT of torque which means adjusting the chain quite often (not really a big deal since the low end torque aids supremely in slow off road conditions)
    Front suspension is weak and the stock front springs dive like a bobblehead. Why the fk KTM put 220lb springs in a 460lb bike is beyond me.... But for the casual rider I guess they work.
    It's a little finicky just like a dirt bike
    there's more but not much more negative to state....Anything more can easily be found online

    I don't fully understand this bike and will make no claims that I do.

    If you can upgrade some functions/parts and can ride well off road, then this bike is really a gem of manufacturing. In fact, it far superior to the newer 1190's and 1290's for RAW superiority and real dirt bike feel.

    And as a matter of personal opinion.... there is no cooler looking bike made right outta da box and sounds like pure muscle with the right pipes. If you like muscle cars then the KTM 950 is the equivalent of muscle adventure bikes. If you prefer RAW over rinky dinky modern technology then this is IT !!!!

    And to be more accurate... it's the 950 that is a far better machine than the 990. And that's why i own it.

    Shit, I may have just convinced myself to keep it :queenie
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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    :D
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    I knew you'd like that.
    In fact, it was especially written for you amigo.
    But I cannot tell lies... what i said is pure truth as I know it.

    Here's a cool lil story....
    I just went to OXXO at 2am and the doors are locked with only the window in the door for purchasing. But when I walked up to the door, the girl opened the door and let me in free to browse the store on my own while others have to buy goods thru the window. And NO.. there is nothing kinky going on between me and the store girl. So get your minds outta da gutta.
    It's nice to be nice to the nice..... a quote from Frank Burns MASH.

    I have been spending alot of time watching Maya documentaries lately.... which means what for my future I don't know, other than the fact i need more of it !!!
    And it won't be long before the Western world realizes how important the Maya were and were more advanced in some areas than the ancient Europeans.
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    Donnie was talking about the plus and minus of the KTM, he mentioned that it ran real hot, especially in low speed city riding. He put almost 100,000 miles on his 990. He likes his new Honda Africa twin; lower seat height, runs cooler. He told me he thinks the front forks seem better (stiffer) then the KTM, but the rear is softer. But again he is riding two up with aluminum boxes. He likes the Honda better. I am sure thar both are awesome bikes. It just comes down to preference.
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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Yes Donnie told me he likes the Africa Twin much better than his 990. And really loves the transmission. He said its really smoooooth. Michnus also said he liked riding the AF.
    One day I'll take the AF out for a test ride.

    But if I do decide to switch bikes, it will be for a much lighter bike.
    I'm still convinced that the DR 650 is the best single cylinder option if properly set up.
    The KTM 690 w/ Rally Raid is very appealing as well, but again it's a finicky bastard and needs to get sorted out before attempting long travel (suspension and rockers to start with).
    I don't think I could go any lower than a 650cc with my weight and luggage. I do need some reasonable speeds on the highway or I would fall asleep on some of those long stretches haha
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  18. DunkingBird

    DunkingBird Been here awhile

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    I'm just back from a 4 day trip with my youngest daughter and am suprised what a amount of insight is waiting for me.
    As a father of four daughters I certainly couldn't travel longer then four days :D

    Since the last 26 years I travel with old ATs. Meanwhile I collected over 200'000 km.
    Solo I prefer the RD 03 (650) and I'm still surprised about its Offroad-capabilities.
    Two up I prefer the RD 04 (750).
    There is nothing like driving a half a ton to check Newton's First Law.
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    The seat has an extension (white part).

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    goodcat Changing latitudes, altitudes and attitudes

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    Nice bike DB
    I'll be spending alot of time devoted to checking into different bikes.

    The one MAIN thing I've learned about long adventure travels, is to have a bike that I'm willing to walk away from in cases of survival situations. My misadventure in the MX mtns taught me that and I have discussed it with other rider's. David's story about his trip into the off road Copper Canyon supports my idea. Him and his buddy left both their bikes behind due to survival situations. When and or if the time comes that one MUST make a desperate choice, it's alot easier to walk away from a cheap bike.
    So if I was was going to give any kind of serious advice to anyone... it would be this.
    And the second important choice, is to have a bag or backpack that you can carry out all your must have essentials.

    These are my 2 most important points I've learned about adventure riding.
  20. DunkingBird

    DunkingBird Been here awhile

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    Good point goodcat.
    Moneywise I could indeed walk away but it would break my heart :permazot

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