RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. Skyclad

    Skyclad Original Bastard

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    The thing that you have to remember about the ADV bike market is that most ADV bikes are not purchased by ADV riders. Most are like SUV's in the US, bought by folks who want to look the part when they go to Starbucks. These folks think bigger is better and they are the buyers BMW and KTM are going for.

    We are just a minority that does not have enough financial pull to make it worthwhile for the bigger companies to build bikes like we want. Of course, that does leave a gap for interesting creations like the CCM to fill.
  2. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

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    Of course no stereotyping here. Some people buy whatever they have for a reason other than Starbucks. On second thought....I like Starbucks.:D

    [/QUOTE] We are just a minority that does not have enough financial pull to make it worthwhile for the bigger companies to build bikes like we want. Of course, that does leave a gap for interesting creations like the CCM to fill.[/QUOTE]
    We? Who's in that group? I like 'em all. Some I can afford, some I can't. Would like to try the CCM too. :wink:
  3. just jeff

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    Northern Hemisphere clockwise. Southern Hemisphere should be counter clockwise.... Equator straight down? :rofl:rofl:rofl
    Regards....justjeff
  4. toomanykaws

    toomanykaws n00b

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    Keep it going Noah. Been on your report from the beginning. Too funny the KLR comments. :rofl I had an 04. Lets just say not many bikes get abused and used the way that poor KLR was and still run. But its like riding a couch with no legs or power. :cry Got me a 13 690R and an 07 990 adventure now.
    My body appreciates suspension and power. Be safe Mate.:freaky
  5. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    I've never been on a KLR... so I'll leave them be, but I feel a bit the same way about the bigger adventure bikes.... especially the wider ones. Riding in Java and then Sumatra was the start of that for me. Being on a narrow bike means you don't have to sit in the diesel smoke... you can overtake between trucks, or go up the dirt strip. Then there's the mud tracks... and its been the mud tracks that have taken me to the most enjoyable places. That's what led me to downsize from the Super Enduro to the 525 (but I kept the Super Enduro for back home).

    .... now, as for the Equator, I missed it too. I recalled seeing a white line on the road later on. Would have stopped it I'd realised it... but, such is life.
  6. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Last I heard it doesn't make any difference which side of the equator you're on for the direction the water goes down the drain. Just sayin'
  7. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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    Well you heard wrong.

    It rotates in the opposite direction on each side of the equator.
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    Prove it:lol3
  9. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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  10. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    Didn't they disprove this on Long Way Down???:D
  11. JustBob

    JustBob Uh...who me?

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    That's cool. The physics is obvious but I'm surprised that it makes itself known that close to the equator.
  12. jackalsour

    jackalsour Dreamer

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    It doesn't.
  13. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Good stuff,not sure I buy it that close to the Equator though,this all refers to the coriolis effect I believe,but then again I wonder why ghost wear clothes so I'm over in the corner with drool runnin down my cheek,just sayin:1drink
  14. crunchiespg

    crunchiespg Long timer

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    lol. i think it's a hoax used by the locals to con tourists into paying to see it happen...

    i think the shape of the sink or whatever has more of an effect than the hemisphere.
  15. rdkyote

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    <sigh> i'm so jealous of you right now... i've been following this for the last 2 years since i bought my 690. what a RTW! awesome.
  16. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Sumatra was cool. Not a lot of people. Java is crazy. But good.

    Apparently, Java is the worlds most populated island. There are more people on the island of Java then in Honshu Japan. There is a similar population of people in Russia. Java population density is 1117 people per square km. :huh
    Russia has a population density of 8 per square km. And Mongolia only 2 per square km! Talk about extremes. Soon i'll be going to Australia which is 3rd on the low populations density list. Pretty excited about that.

    Anyway, Yesterday I met some people from France and they invited me to go on a powerboat ride to Krakatoa with them. It was very cool. Snorkeled with colorful fish, got close to an active volcano, ate lunch with a Comodo Dragon and found some floating rocks.

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    I should have some good internet in the next few days to post up Malaysia.. and try to get (somewhat) caught up.
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    nice dragon
  18. motocopter

    motocopter new place explorer

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    The eye of the dragon resembles the shape of headlights on some cars these days.

    Maybe even some Ducatis!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
  19. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    are the rocks pummice stone or something, guessing very aerated style to let them float
  20. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Yeah. Something like pumice. Its not very strong and some of it kinda looks like fiberglass.