RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    What he said, except my dog doesn't bite and I already have a good bike.:lol3

    Seriously though, if you need anything while passing through PA, don't hesitate to call out.
  2. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    What the hell. Add Rhode Island to your list. Here's your camp site
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  3. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    It turned out the KTM shop in Grand Prairie had fork seals, oil and neoprene fork "gaters" for me. It only cost me an arm and half a leg. And I had to promise my first newborn.

    I made it to Dan's house (derideon) around 5:30 yesterday evening. We started tearing into the 690 right away. The first fork took about 5 hours. The second fork took 1 hour.

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    Dan and his shop. He has some amazing posters on the wall.

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    KTM's new "hover bike"

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    One fork tube apart.

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    Mud from the Campbell Highway.. not supposed to be in there..

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    About to put her back together

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    When you don't have the KTM assembly tool T1402S... you can McGyver one out of a strong plastic bottle and a hose clamp. Make sure the edge of the plastic is straight that is contacting the bushing. Heat up the fork tube with a blow dryer and a few taps sets the lower bushing in place.

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    Dan's Little girl gave me proof of being in Alberta.

    This morning Dan and I rode from Hinton down through the "Icefields Parkway". It is quite and amazing ride. The mountains are so crazy. On one side of the road the rock layers are vertical and on the other side of the road they are horizontal. So the mountains are either flat on top or jagged and pointy.

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    Jagged.

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    Flat on top.

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    Glacier!

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    Right before Dan had to turn around and go back north.

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    I think the park ranger feeds the big horn's so you can get a picture with the waterfall behind them.

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    Lake Louise. So many tourists.. but it was purdy.

    Now I'm in Canmore in the Hostel Bear chatting with an amazing girl from Spain... So I am going to keep this short. I will try to make it to Missoula MT tomorrow. Thanks again Dan for the shop space, bed, food and tour of jasper and the Icefield parkway! You have a place to stay in MN anytime you want!
  4. zakou

    zakou Been here awhile

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    great bike ............:)
    great trip
    photos are excellent !!!

    keep on riding and bring more photos to us.

    Hello from Greece!:)
  5. Daytonacharlie

    Daytonacharlie 2 Wheeled Backpacker

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    I traveled the Icefields Parkway myself 10 years ago, most beautiful road I've ever been on.

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    Stayed at the hostel in Lake Louise, nice, cheap and friendly.

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    If you end up heading down through Kanaskis Country there's a campground that has teepees for rent.

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  6. GJRider

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    Awesome RR!! You have a great eye for pictures. Keep us informed and stay safe out there! :ricky
  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Great RR Noah. I am really enjoying this.

    JG
  8. jordiakof

    jordiakof Adventurer

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    suscribed!!: Clap great RR I hope in spain
  9. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    :rofl:rofl:roflNow that's funny! :rofl:rofl:rofl

    Keep up the great ride report and putting up your best to improve U.S. ----> foreign relations
  10. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    :D:rofl:D

    I think I will be in Spain around the end of the year!
  11. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Keep it coming, have u regretted having taken the trip on the 690 at all?
  12. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Not yet! would I admit it if I did? ..... well yes.. I will admit it if I regret it.
  13. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    It seems like the perfect bike for this trip, yet it seems like there's a lot of questions regarding it's suitability. Why? To me it seems like it's a good balance of off-road ability with on road ability. Lighter then a GS, better off road, heavier then a DRZ but more able to haul gear and do highway.

    It seems like any argument I can think of is equally applicable to any other bike. (FI complication? GS/Big KTM's have FI) Reliability of a KTM (the modern LC4/LC8 motored KTM's seem pretty reliable). I don't get it.
  14. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    Man, from what I understand most folks that are RTW are not riding superslab at 80mph but once in a while. You're missing a bit of top end, but who cares!!! Most of the worlds roads are unpaved, right!:thumb I totally agree that it is a perfect bike for this trip, manily because that is what Noah is riding! My 800 seems like overkill at times, wish it would go on a diet like the 690!
  15. pdxbrit

    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    The perfect bike is always the one you are riding at the time. Heck, even a Honda cub is perfect in the right circumstances.
  16. derideon

    derideon Adventurer

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    Noah had the use of my shop to change his fork seals as well as a bbq and bed to sleep in.<a href="http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/?action=view&amp;current=8a91115e.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/8a91115e.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a><a href="http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/?action=view&amp;current=8ea4f6c2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/8ea4f6c2.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a><a href="http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/?action=view&amp;current=64a9e94f.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/64a9e94f.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>he doesn't need the ladder to get on the 690,just to add fork oil with my high vise.<a href="http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/?action=view&amp;current=fd220d59.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/fd220d59.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>I rode a couple hrs with him to the Columbia Ice Fields<a href="http://s1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/?action=view&amp;current=351cc6c5.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1165.photobucket.com/albums/q594/derideon/351cc6c5.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>It was great meeting you Noah and all the best to you on this RTW ride.
  17. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Likewise! And thanks again! :clap
  18. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    Noah

    Great trip report!

    How's the Garmin 62st holding up?

    Are you running it exclusively off batteries?

    daryl
  19. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    It is doing well. I use the garmin voltage converter and I have an outlet specifically for the gps. I'm also running lithium AA batteries for when the bike is off. The gps won't charge (rechargable) batteries when it is plugged in which is too bad. I used 2 sided tape in the ram mount to keep the gps tight so it won't rattle. Only a few times has it shut off from harsh vibration. I don't like that it is powered by a usb connecttion but it is what it is. I wouldn't do anything different with it yet.
  20. dlh62c

    dlh62c Long timer

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    The reason I'm asking is that I use one myself. I haven't hard wired it to the bike. I've have good luck using Powerex batteries and a charger. I understand you used OSM maps in Canada. I use them myself. Their not perfect, but I'm getting what I payed for.

    Are you going to use them when traveling in the lower 48?

    If you need some help downloading and installing them on the 62, send me a PM and I can help.

    Does your 62st have a microSD card installed?

    Ride Safe!
    daryl