RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. MidLifeBiker

    MidLifeBiker Adventurer

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    Yeah, reading your RR has already given me the bug. But...with two kids and a wife I think I will have to stay a bit closer to home!

  2. fastlane1

    fastlane1 Catching up with my past

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    Geez Noah, sorry to get this news. I just got back from a 3 day ride with 130 inmates to see this. I signed the front of your bike -BRITISH COLUMBIA- when we met on the ferry and I'm counting on that going the distance with you.

    I remember going into that shop in Lillooet with you and you not worrying about locking your bike there - too much care free Minnesota attitude while I have built in South African security paranoia DNA :huh
    I've had bad sh1t happen to me too and I agree with a previous post... you will look back on this one day as a part of what you took on, another crooked step in your world adventure and a crazy, unexpected and also good chapter in your life. Look at all the good new people you are meeting right now JUST because of this loss. So here's the thing - your trip will now be completely different to how it would have been just because of these changed plans etc etc -even if you do get Miss Katoom back. You'll stay longer in Ireland than planned, be on a different ferry when you leave where you meet an amazing woman and end up with better inlaws than the ones you might have had if your bike wasn't stolen :D:D
    It's a huge PITA right now but we are all rooting for you.

    So take all the positive out of this and you will be smiling a LOT one day!
    Lane
  3. kidcallahan

    kidcallahan Dempter or Bust

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    Honestly who steals a mans bike!? Especially a hardened adventure bike. It's obviously your only major possession. What a son of a bitch! I'd probably lose it if I came out and found my bike missing. And I mean lose it in the "check him into the nut house" kinda way. What a shitty way to start the European leg of the trip. I hope this doesn't end the trip for you, and I'm sure you can find a decent bike a bit of cash. Might mean forgoing some of the drinking on the rest of the trip.

    Good luck and I'll be checking on ya regularly.
  4. Luckies_AUT

    Luckies_AUT Adventurer

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    Hi Noah!
    Today I read what happend to you and I'm really sad about that. We met a lot of great people and had a fantastic time in the US. Now it would be a pleasure to help one of them who's in need. Please feel free to contact and count on me if I can do something for you. I hope this won't be the end of your trip and if you can made it to Vienna, let me know. ;)
  5. The Walrus

    The Walrus Gone and back again.

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    Noah,

    Just got my weekly update and realized that you've had misfortune......Good Luck with this setback......Stay calm and carry on as my British friends advise......
  6. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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    Noah,

    Just found your RR and caught up now. It's ironic that two pages PRIOR to your bike being stolen I saw it listed on my friends FB page. The bike looked familiar but you had hard cases. That's when I read the next page about the GL and saw the pictures...

    About locks. I had my XR650R attempted to be stolen in Guadalajara this past winter. I was on the edge of downtown and a shady area. The thing is the bike was parked on the street, covered and cabled locked through frame, wheels, and around a concrete park bench. They tried to smash the lock after failing to cut the cable....

    Point is, it'll happen anywhere. My guess it's not going to be the first time you run into this. I think the disk lock that's an alarm might help but as mentioned, they can get through anything easily if prepared.

    You are taking this very well. I hope the bike is returned! I hate how dishonest some people can be.
  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Thanks for the support guys. I will probably continue south tomorrow after figuring out a few things with insurance.

    Peter Bookey who owns Aaron Rider Training here in Dublin has given me a place to sleep, food, drinks and he is letting me borrow a KTM 640 adventure for the next week so I can see Ireland rather then sit around and feel sorry for myself. I'll be buying him a few pints. :deal
  8. derideon

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    Hey Noah just caught up on your tread today.Traveling vicariously through you is even better after having met you but it seems it also hurts even more when things go astray.My daughter's really hoping her Alberta signature can continue it's trip RTW with you.How ever it turns out we know you can make the best of it and continue to enjoy and experience the world and it's people.Or most of them!!We're with you all the way.
  9. Rockcat

    Rockcat LDA

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    :clap
  10. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    Now that's more like it!!!! Have fun!
  11. KLRmonkey

    KLRmonkey Adventurer

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    It will take your mind off of everything that's happened - hope you get Katy back!
    My daughter says she will "give them karate chops" for you if the basterds are found.
    Thanks for the pics and taking us all along. Best of luck Noah! :1drink
  12. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Road magic. Quite a generous guy in my book. If I ever meet him, I'll buy him pints too.

    JG
  13. klimag

    klimag Adventurer

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    The solution should come from KTM. If I would be their marketing boss ........but I'm not. To finish this RTW with their support (rent a 690 for free or similar deal ) would be better advertisement than many traditional marketing tool.
    On their home page there is only media kontakt to write - if someone here knows concrete people there on hihgher level we can do a try to explain/convince.
  14. Supergringo

    Supergringo Hablar, bla bla bla.

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    Good luck mate! Really unfortunate speed bump.

    Best from another Minnesotan!
  15. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    This wouldn't have helped your particular situation Noah but on a trip I recently did thru SE Asia I camped in a hammock quite a bit of the time.
    I'm sure there are guys who could roll my bike away without waking me so I tied fishing line from the footpeg to a stack of bottles nearby which was enough to wake me.

    2 nights ago I parked at a hotel that advertised 24 hour security. I wish I got a picture but the security gaurd was sleeping sound as a baby, snoring with head back while leaning back in a chair against the hotel wall next to my bike. The bottle trick probably would have been good there too as it might have woken him up.
  16. mustakimqz

    mustakimqz n00b

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    Hey Noah,

    Sorry to hear what happened and I'm praying for its recovery so that you can continue your journey soon man.
  17. Shibby!

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    Maybe this could alleviate their general consensus that the 690 isn't reliable. Much of that came from Fishfund's adventure through Africa. To the best of my knowledge KTM did nothing in that regard too.

    The problem is once anything was accepted there would be rules. One of which saying anything bad about the bike, etc. If I were in this situation I'd love it, but I don't know if I could be refrained from saying my actual feelings about the bike.
  18. nordicbiker

    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    Hello Noah!

    I have not read now all those last pages since I figured out that your bike was stolen in Dublin. Man, this sucks! And I really hope that there is a way to get you on the road again.

    When you come then to Sweden (See, I don't write "if"! :clap) I would be glad to offer you accomodation for a night or two at my place in the north of Stockholm. Whenever you are around, send me a mail a few days ahead and we will arrange something. I have one week of vacation in September (I think it's 10-16. Sept) when I will be out with the bike myself, but that can hopefully be handled flexible.

    Keeping both thumps pressed hardly that you are soon rolling again!

    Best regards from Stockholm / Sweden
    Kai-Uwe / nordicbiker
  19. snooker

    snooker AttitudeIsEverything

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    Noah, I guess my post on Friday was overly optimistic, I had the impression it had been found and would soon be recovered.

    From your other thread KTM 690 stolen in Dublin obviously this is not the case if you are looking for another bike. I'm so bummed for you but hey when you are old with grandkids this will make another memory you'll never forget, right? :wink: DAMHIK

    At least you didn't get shot or stabbed in the process, just a victim of not knowing a particular neighborhood where an especially large group of scumbags frequent. It could have happened to any of us in the same situation.

    Ride safe, ADV is a living breathing organism of brothers and sisters and we are all behind you!
  20. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Noah, man, this really sucks balls. I feel for you, she was a beauty! :cry

    Love the positive attitude though, I've always liked the saying that as long as you can solve it with money, it's not really a problem. :clap

    The UK is a good place to pick up cheap used bikes. As heavy as that damn Tenere is, it's probably the best out-of-the-box adventure bike right now. You should be able to pick one up for $5k easily, and you can then sell it for more than that as a collectors item when you come back to the US... :rofl

    Otherwise, from reading your post I assume you have been in touch with Luke and John at Rally Raid about that US plate 690?