RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RoninMoto, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Hunter-Douglas

    Hunter-Douglas rube

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    Yeah I know right. The two longest running ride reports I've followed. That would be just great.
  2. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    Hey, I resemble that remark... :rofl
  3. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    Resemble or resent?
    Ha ha, two similar words that give that sentence completely different meanings!

    Also, Noah! I need my fix! We need an update! Found a new radiator yet??
  4. stan.riner

    stan.riner Been here awhile

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    I'm an American living/working in North East Vietnam. I'm in Cẩm Phả in Quang Ninh province. I'm also a bleed-orange KTM guy but haven't been able to find one here so I had to settle for something else. I have a Honda XR 250 and my wife has a TTR 250. I have a 300 2T back in Hawaii for the dirt and I just sold my 2013 KTM500EXC with motard wheels in July before coming here.


    Let me know if you make it over this way. Maybe I can take a few days off and ride a little with you. Or we can at least have a some bia hoi (draft beer) if the timing doesn't work out.

    I follow your thread pretty consistently. My dream is to "ride home". Our home base is Hawaii so I want to try to ride across Asia, Europe, and North America to the West coast once our time here is done (at least another three years). We hope to ride around SE Asia in the mean time as we get time.
  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I think he's well aware of that.
  6. Eddy Alvarez

    Eddy Alvarez Always dreaming of the next big ride!

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    Noah,
    I am embarrased to admit how much of my free time this week has been spent reading the entire thread from post #1! Your ability to convey your experiences through beautiful photos and narration is amazing. I anxiously await more posts and photos! I honestly don't know how you take so many excellent photographs!
    You have inspired me to do a couple of things: 1. Take more pictures when on trips. I often return home from a two or three day bike ride with nothing more than a few pictures on my iPhone to share with my family. 2. LEARN MORE ABOUT MY BIKES! I have made my schedule, family, responsibilities and ability to pay others an excuse to no longer do any wrenching on my bikes. I have come to the conclusion that I must learn how to do more than just change an oil/air filter if I ever plan on doing any type of motorcycle travelling. 3. Maybe I CAN do an extended ADV trip. Unfortunately, I wasn't smart enough to to it pre-career/wife/kids/mortgage BUT who's to say I couldn't start with a TAT crossing with my 7 year old boy in a few years when he gets his license!? (He's getting plenty of experience now on his KTM 50 at the MX track!)
    Again, sincere thanks and please keep it coming!
    Eddy
  7. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    ....I wasn't correcting him, I thought what he said was funny...:rolleyes
    Anyways... Back to the previously scheduled program
  8. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    I hear that KTMmitch is sending a lightly used radiator to Noah. Lots of KTM dealers in Japan but you pay full price for parts.
  9. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Hey all, I'll try to get an update soon. I realize I'm over a month behind again. :cry

    Fire me a private massage or email so I have your contact info. I'll try to stop in.

    Sorry to waist you free time. :D
    I hope you can do the Tat with you son. That should be an amazing trip.

    This is true. KTMmitch sent me a radiator. Cheaper having him ship from the UK than buy from KTM shop in Japan. Plus, no shop in Japan had one. I just looked at the DHL tracking and the radiator is in Osaka. I should have it on Monday which will give me enough time to make it to MotoGP in Motegi. :deal
  10. motoreiter

    motoreiter Long timer

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    You need to get out more--that's an old Rodney Dangerfield line.
  11. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    :tb for those who might not have clicked the link provided by Noah, you 'gotta hear this thing.

    <iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eaRop_ZMwo0" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe>

  12. Tallbastid

    Tallbastid Let's get tropical

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    Wow that sounds insane! What is gained by going to a six cylinder vs a single or twin in 250cc?
  13. c-zulu

    c-zulu Resident Dirt Burner

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    :eek1 sounds like a modern F1 car at times. Very Kool.:thumb
  14. WJW

    WJW Adventurer

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    It sounds a lot cooler.
  15. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    A bazillion RPM's and horsepower up there. These little things (pictured below) do not make torque. Back in the day, Mr. Honda hated two stroke engines, and put his efforts into four cycle engines. :evil

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  16. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Sounds better and smooths out power delivery :dunno
  17. Hessian42

    Hessian42 Been here awhile

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    Japan huh? You got balls or maybe it's lack of sense?! Hope you're carrying iodine pills and in the least one of those radiation dose stickers. Don't even want to think about the food.
  18. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    Care to share with us where you get your facts on this topic? Maybe you live in Japan in Fukushima? Maybe you are a nuclear engineer? Maybe you have had experience working at the Chernobyl site?

    As of today, not one person has died from radiation from the Fukushima accident. Zero people.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster
  19. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    had a meggie on my 350 duc,uncle said he could hear me going over the fwy 4 miles away while riding his johnie pop.reving it indoors would result in some serious noise.
  20. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    For those who love the sounds of old GP and other racing bikes such as this one, Phil Read sells a CD, "The Superior Sound of Classic Racing Bikes." At least, I guess he still sells it, out of England. I've listened to it over and over. It includes single, twin, 4, 5(!), and 6 cylinder bikes 250cc and under. Regarding dividing a given displacement into multiple tiny cylinders, this achieves high rpm and corresponding horsepower. Torque is sacrificed. Think Harley Davidson, the opposite.
    Hope Noah doesn't feel his thread hijacked. Philip Island is today, Motegi is next weekend!