RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. c-zulu

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  2. NZ Adventure

    NZ Adventure Another Fricken Newbie!!!

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    It is now fair to say you have had a proper adventure!! You have met people you wouldn't have, got to know how truly loyal this biking fraternity really is and I am sure that all of us on here are inspired at your courage to carry on (I am sure many of us would have quit and gone home). I do hope you are reunited with your machine though....good luck with that.

    I am from the UK and now living in NZ but my family originate from Ireland, and as you can testify the people of Ireland are without doubt some of the nicest and most caring people on planet. One scrotum has tried to ruin that perception and I am impressed that these generous people stood up and helped out.

    I hope you make it to NZ and look forward to catching up!! Good luck and safe travels.:freaky
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  4. zadaleko

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    I just got back from my holidays and just seen your raport.
    I'm living in Dublin, and I'm so sorry to hear that some wankers have stolen your bike,
    I'm hoping that their horses get diarrhea on their house steps, :D
    Good luck to you and ALL the BEST!!!!!:norton
  5. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Been here awhile

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    ADV member and Rally-Raid customer Noah,has recently arrived in Europe to continue his round-the-world trip on his RR kitted KTM 690 after leaving Montana in April,travelling through North America,up through Alaska and across Canada.
    After 15,000 miles he shipped his bike to Ireland and flew over last week,but unfortunately,after being in Dublin for less than 24 hours,he had his bike stolen from outside the hostel he was staying.
    He has been supported fantastically by the ADV community,both in Ireland and worldwide,and has now travelled over to RR HQ with Peter Bookey to collect Luke Swab’s(Fishfund) KTM 690 that has been in our workshops for some time,in order to carry on his RTW trip.
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  6. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Been here awhile

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    Posted on August 22, 2012 by Rally Raid
    Noah spent today going over Luke’s(Fishfund) 690,it actually looks worse than it is,it fired up and sounded great.
    He stripped off all the fairing and panels to assess what parts are needed.Maybe the rear tyre has 1 more trip left in it???
    Also,Noah is getting interested in the new EVO 2 tank moulds being machined on our CNC mill,we might yet have a job for him
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  7. ktmmitch

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    Noah has been pretty busy fabricating an alloy tool tray to go in place of the airbox,as Fishfunds old KTM 690 has a Uni-Filter fitted.
    It is looking pretty good now,not bad metalwork for an electrician!!
    He has also added our Rear Fuel Tank & Soft Luggage Frames to complete the set-up.
    He has had good news from his brother in USA,the new licence documents are on their way so he can carry on with his trip.
  8. ktmmitch

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    After a full few days fixing bikes,Noah cooked us a fantastic pad thai stir fry last night,it was great.We hope to have his documents arrive tomorrow from US by Fed-Ex,then he can carry on with his RTW trip.
    Thanks to Wesley Beane(aka Beaney from ADV) for re-mapping Noah’s new steed,he’s worried he’ll be spending too much time on the rear wheel!!!!
  9. ericGSsti

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    Great job guys. :clap
  10. RoninMoto

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    Peter and I had 4 days to see as much of Ireland as we could. Every dot on this map was someone offering a place to stay. This was only SOME of the offers! :huh
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    August 16 Loughshinny to Enniscrone 190km
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    Peter and I set off the morning of 16th on a KTM 640 and a confused BMW 800 (it thinks its a KTM):lol3. Our plan was to take the less traveled path. The thing is about Ireland, the less traveled paths are often paved. Even if they look like a 2 track because moss has grown in the center. Try to avoid the center when on a moto. :deal

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    The town of Carlingford

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    The "longwoman's grave"

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    Peter describes himself as "Tall, dark and Handsome" :lol3

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    Found some dirt!

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    Jim the owner of Ceol Na Mara and I

    August 17. Enniscrone to Valentia Island. 454 km.
    After crossing Ireland east to west in 1 day, it was time to do north to south. So after a great "traditional Irish breakfast" we headed south. We found some beautiful mountain lakes and roads on the way. The weather was amazing for us. Lots of sun.

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    Breakfast at the Ceol Na Mara. :clap I think I would get very fat if I lived in Ireland:lol3

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    :deal True story.

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    Arriving at the Atlantic Villa

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    Pints with Brian an Jackie (who own the Atlantic Villa). :D

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    "Transatlantic Telegraph cable laid in 1866 between Valentia Island and Newfoundland"
    The Atlantic Villa was originally the cable master's house. It makes you wonder what kind of voltage they had to induce on one side of the ocean to see it on the other side.

    August 18. Valentia Island to Watergrasshill. 248 km
    Woke up with another amazing traditional Irish breakfast. I think I will have to get back to oatmeal soon! We plotted a course that took us over 4 or 5 different mountain passes on the way to Gunner's house. Lots of twisties to keep us happy!
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    Saying our goodbyes.

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    A quick tour of Valentia Island

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    The black specks are people surfing. You will have to take my word for it...

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    Lots of critters in the road. Peter would wake them up and they would run in front of me.

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    Ballaghbeama Gap

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    All these are his. Gunner is the man. You should see his collection of military motos. No pictures of them unfortunately.

    August 19. Back to Peter's house. 340 km
    We met up with a friend of Gunners to some of the mountains on the way back towards Dublin. It rained most of the day and there are no pictures.
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    August 20. Peter's to Northamptionshire UK (Rally Raid Products UK)
    We missed the first boat at 8:05 because I don't know how to set an alarm. We made the second boat at 8:50. It was the fast one. So.. 2 up with all my crap, we decided to see Wales on the way. Wales looks amazing and I really need to go back some times. We had a schedule to keep so here are a few shots I took while we were moving.

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    Paul from UKGSer. Thanks again guys!

    So...
    Now I have been working on the "new" KTM 690. A 2008 with 16k miles on her. She has been from South Africa to the Arctic Circle. We will call her Katriana. John (ktmmitch) and his wife liz have given me a place to stay, food, a shop to work on the new 690 and many parts to get her ready. John's shop would make any man (or woman) jealous.

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    More pics of the bike and prep to come. I should be getting the licence plate tomorrow in the mail from MN. :freaky
    I'm thinking Isle of Mann this weekend to catch some of the Manx GP... :evil
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    :freaky:clap:clap:clap Whoo-hoo!!!! What a tale you still have to tell!! Good on you, Noah and all your Irish pals!
  12. J-Dub

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    Finally! Good to see you back at it after that depressing turn of events! I'll be watching.
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    Noah, good to see that you are rolling again. Makes me smile.

    I recently got done reading "The longest ride' By Emilio Scotto. I'm sure you've heard of him. If you're looking for any more inspiration (looks like you've already had TONS from the awesome ADV community) not long after Emilio was in to his trip everything on his bike was stolen and all he was left with was his his bike and the clothes on his back. He didn't let it stop him though and 10 years and many miles later he been around the world many times. Like him it's good to see that you aren't letting a bump in the road stop you. Everyone in the ADV community has your back and will do for your entire trip.

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  16. RoninMoto

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    I have that book. He is crazy.. A goldwing? :eek1
  17. c-zulu

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    Great Pics Noah..
  18. dunefreak

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    Agreed. Great shots!

    I've been subscribed and following your stories and pics from your adventure. Glad to see you are moving forward and enjoying your trip even after your bike was stolen. That made me sick to my stomach to hear.

    Wishing you many safe and happy travels, Noah!


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  19. GSF1200S

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    Any new plans on how to prevent another jackass from stealing your new KTM? KTM's are highly desirable bikes, which kind of sucks when you dont have a garage to stick it in. Im really glad to see you back on the road.

    P.S. Use your engineering prowess to electrocute the bike :lol3 If they manage to get it in their pickup, all you have to do is head to the nearest hospital :rofl
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    A friend of mine always carries a big chain with him when traveling abroad. The links are 1 cm thick and it would take a lot of sweat to break it. If he can't manage to find a garage, he parks his bike in a visible place (busy streets etc) and attaches it with the chain. So far it has proven to be successful. It is heavy, but well worth it, he says. And he also has a built in alarm, so...

    How do you guys manage if a garage isn't available?