RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    happy new year Noah, keep on rolling :clap
  2. mrwwwhite

    mrwwwhite Been here awhile

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    Happy new year dude! I'm sure your adventure will rock on in 2014! We re still in the south Cambodia so maybe we catch up again after your ride from north. Cheers!!!
  3. inti

    inti nord-nach-süd

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    I wish you a happy new year. If you ever pass by here in northern Germany, you have a bed, a tent spot, a shower, breakfast, laundry and so on...
  4. nanox14

    nanox14 Adventurer

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    whissing you a happy new year and safe travels, keep having fun and those wheels rolling,
  5. sdd04

    sdd04 Long timer

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    Hope you're having a great Christmas on the island, and wish you the best for the New Year:beer
  6. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Thanks for all the New Years wishes! It is 7:30 pm here in Hawaii so I'm jumping the gun a little bit :D

    I've had a great time on the island with family. I didn't get on a motorcycle the whole time and I'm itching again. We have been helping my sister clear invasive plants off her coffee farm to help get it back to good production. I fly out early tomorrow morning and I'll be in Hanoi on the 3rd. I'll have about 1 month in Vietnam on a little honda.


    My bike is in storage in Phnom Pen. I'll be back there around the end of Jan for about a week. Some friends of mine asked me to talk at their school. I also have some new parts to install on the bike... including a new stator, new Mosfet Reg/rec and a Baja Design Onx light bar. 4x 10 watt LED... Should tell people "Get the fook out of my lane!" :deal
  7. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    HNY Noah

    Safe Travels back.

    Looking forward to more posts
  8. Wanted

    Wanted Been here awhile

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    This is the first time I have seen crash bars on a 690. Thoughts? Is it worth looking at or not even worth it? (they're custom)


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  9. tommymerle

    tommymerle advwanabee

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    I like crash bars when I'm riding alone and tip over I can get my leg out from under the bike.
  10. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    Look forward to the comprehensive install writeup for this lot. :D

    Happy new year Noah. Been great following your trip over the past couple of years.
    And if you get to New Zealand, there is a bed here for you in Dunedin.

    Cheers
    Trev.
  11. gen

    gen Been here awhile

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    HNY!

    I'm also going to do a preventative MOSFET reg/rect. replacement so will look forward to your report. Are you going to replace the crap KTM connectors?
  12. ShaneBaby

    ShaneBaby Been here awhile

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    Hey Noah HNY if ur alive after SE asia then youd be ready th
    e snow season in NZ :evil club feilds like Temple Basin have a great chill vibe and cheap/steep powder on offer starts July. Hope to meet you somewhere heading north from darwin bout april i reckon ;)
  13. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Safe travels and enjoy Vietnam :clap
  14. MarKTM

    MarKTM Garmin Geek

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    I just have to say after reading a load of ride reports over the Christmas break, yours was an inspiration. So much so, I had to ride and plan something! I shall be following your ride and others over the next few months. Good luck mate and have fun out there All the best.....:1drink
  15. kaseyk

    kaseyk Adventurer

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    Hey Noah, been reading along and I am blown away by your trip. I have a 530 EXC that I love, but as you know the oil capacity is shit, and I don't like changing oil every 2-3 days, but its great on single track, which we have a lot of in this state. Known I have wanted a 690 when a guy had one on the last Mexico to Canada ride I did. If your back in Portland OR and need a place to crash dont hesitate. No I am no a fucking hipster, I am one of the few who grew up here. When do you plan on making your way south down the Baja, and into south America? I must say I never thought I would be attracted to the desert growing up around so many trees, but Baja is some of my favorite riding. If your here in a year may be i'll get a 690 and go down through Baja with you, many of the roads I have memorized. Cheers, keep it coming.

    Kasey:freaky
  16. kaseyk

    kaseyk Adventurer

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    Also do you feel you went with the correct tank options for increasing fueling distances? What other options were you looking at? Thanks so much

    Kasey
  17. RiderRick

    RiderRick Been here awhile

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    I am enjoying your ride report greatly! Hope you have a good Christmas holiday and am patently waiting your return to riding and writing, Safe travels to you!:clap:clap:clap:clap
  18. Litemup

    Litemup Been here awhile

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    Enjoying the RR Noah. If you need any help or have any questions while in a Thailand just PM me.
  19. wadventure

    wadventure Mellow Adventurer

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    I put one of Rick's regulators on my wife's '08 690 in the fall (in prep for the LA Barstow Vegas ride - which was great - kudos to AMA D37!). I had a Shorai battery in it too. The day of LAB2V the battery was dead. Being well prepped 690 riders, I just pulled out the jumper cables, and was shortly under way. I've read that some people think the Lithium batteries are part of the regulator problem on the 690's (that they help cause the problem.)

    Luckily the dealership sponsoring the start had a lead acid battery that fit the 690. Made for a fun morning hustling to get a new battery in the bike, get our rollcharts loaded, etc., and to get on the trail while the organizers where yelling at us to get moving before the sweep riders went out.

    The old reg seemed to act up when the bike was under load (sand). Well, we did 400 miles over LAB2V weekend, with a LOT of sand (under heavy load), and the bike was perfect.

    Make sure you have some extra wire, solder and ring connectors as the leads that come with this regulator are not long enough to run from the regulator to the battery (Rick recommends to run it to the battery directly instead of the stock connector.)

    As everyone else says - great ride report, and Happy New Year!
  20. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile

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    I have read from page 1 all the way to the end

    Fantastic RR Noah and awsome pictures - Keep em coming and keep on having tons of fun !!