RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    There is no other bike like it and I love it a lot. There is nothing it cant do. It might not do motorway very well, but its still light enough to tackle some pretty tight offroad bits. Plus, when I tip it over (and that happens often) I don't break stuff and I can pick it up my self.

    In stock form it is not thirsty. It just sips on the fuel. I am currently switching from an open Unifilter to the stock box so I can get my mileage back. The "new" 690 has a richer map to cope with the air flow and although the power is amazing, I need the economy. 20% reduction in fuel mileage adds up with the kind of miles I am putting on.
  2. goosecreek

    goosecreek fed up

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    That is good to know I just put a uni on my bike and have not checkes the milage.
    Thanks for for taking us along on your trip.
  3. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    The uni in the airbox is very close to stock. not much change. I have a uni connected to the throttle body and the stock air box removed with a very thirsty map. You shouldn't see a problem with your mileage if you retain the stock airbox/snorkel
  4. ac72

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    You know what, I think he might well be back... :)
  5. rwavaktm

    rwavaktm Been here awhile

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    He's a Smart guy I am sure he will!
  6. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    I love craftsman(women) that are carrying on old traditions in this day and age. That picture reminds me of Mark. One of the last remaining coopers worldwide producing wood casks for beer. Here he is with one of his creations at Marstons Brewery in Burton on Trent from our UK bike trip Summer 2010. So cool.

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    Sorry for mucking up your thread Noah, but thought I'd share!
  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    No bother!

    I loved the cask beer in the UK. Interesting to see how its made. Now I wish I would have toured a brewery there. GRRR.. guess I'll have to go back sometime.
  8. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    Sure you never even got to the Guiness Brewery here man. Sure if your ever back that would creat a lasting memory. You might even swear your never drinking again the next day. :puke1 :D

    Onwards. :norton
  9. anja und holger

    anja und holger Adventurer

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    Hi Roninmoto
    nice trip so far :clap. If you come around Siegen and you're in need of a bed, a beer and a breakfast just let me know. I reckon the bike is doing quite well so there won't be a need for some parts (if yes the KTM dealer is just around the corner)
    All the best
    Holger
  10. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Yes. Yes I did. After I got drenched in Scotland, I thought the stickers were ruined. They dried out and went on nicely.

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    I will let this be a teaser for the swiss alps.

    The scenery in France was nice also:deal
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    I will try to do an update in the next few days. I spent today putting the stock airbox back on the moto. I had to move the fuel filter like I had done on the old bike. I remapped her with the Akro/stock airbox map on map 3, RallyRaid (full power hold on to your butts) Map on 2 and... well no one really ever uses map 1. :freaky
  11. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Wow! Tofte, MN way up on da nort shore!

    I'm here down in the Twin Cities.

    Wow, what a fun adventure you are on! :clap Thanks for sharing. Maybe see ya in a few years...
  12. NoobIAm

    NoobIAm Far, far from the Garden.

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    Wow… what a trip!! Glad to see that things are working out after the theft.

    Keep safe!

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  13. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Scenary not bad at all.....not a blacksmith as well is she:wink:
  14. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    September 14 Rushden, UK to Alveringem, Belgium 370km and the EuroTunnel
    I had to stop at Martin and Donna's house to get Martin's passport. I volunteered to take it to Paris to bring it to the Moritainia embassy. We had some coffee and I was on the road again by noon. I sopped in a nearby town to get a big "fook off lock and chain" as the Irish would call it. Motorway around London and about 6:30 I made it to the EuroTunnel. There were some other guys on bikes in the tunnel with me and we had a good chat. It takes about 20 minutes and 80 pounds to cross under the channel with a moto on the train. When I got to France, my GPS maps of France were not working correctly and they had holes in them. I went east into Belgium and found a hotel in a small little town. The local bar had some amazing people and a pretty good party. The Belguim people kept appologizing for thier english and I had to keep reminind them that it was way better then any of my lanuages.

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    September 15 Alveringem, Belgium to Auberville (Normandie). 439 km
    Ludwig let me store the moto in his garage over night and his mother owns the hotel I stayed at so I thought he was a great choice to sign Belgium. I had a quick stop at the a near by town to see some of the last remaining WW1 trenches. Then I continued on, back into France. I took a combination of motorway and small roads. Mostly navigating blind becaus the GPS was still not working and the map of France I had was not detailed enough. I found a pay campsite near the normandie coast and slept as much as possible.

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    Ludwig and his mother.

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    Fishing Belgium style.

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    WW1 trenches near Diksmuide.

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    Love those french buildings.

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    A slice of home in France.

    September 16 Normandie to Poissy (almost Paris). 326 km
    Breakfast of cous cous, left over pastry from Belgium and coffee before starting toward the normandie landing beaches. I find it quite interesitng that there are houses build right on the beaches and battle feilds where so many people died. There are still very many reminders of the normandie landing so it seems like it would be hard to forget. I found the engineering for the harbor very interesting. Churchil had the idea to build a harbor because Hitler would destroy a harbor before he gave it up. I am not sure how they kept it safe for so long and it didn't get bombed. I took motorway to Poissy (15k west of Paris) because I knew there was a hostel there that was 21 euro a night. Plus, it was on an island in the Siene river so I thought the bike would be safe. Turns out they were full when I got there so I had to hotel it for a night.

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    A German Turret from WW2. It was completely shielded from a water attack but could fire on the beach or nearby streets.

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    Nice french girl filling my camelback.

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    Remains of the "floating harbor" near Arromanches France

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    The breakwall was floated from the UK in sections the sunk by opening valves to make the wall.

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    Not the best picture.. but you get the idea.

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    Old radio equipment.

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    Crazy weird "dance" on the tv near Paris. I don't understand whats going on.

    September 17 Poissy and Paris
    I dropped all my stuff off in the Hostel and took a train into Paris to go to the embassy. I don't speak french, they didn't speak english. With my shitty spanish and the help of John Mitchenson's french, we were able to get the passport sorted. I just have to return the next day at 2:00. Much of the afternoon I walked around Paris doing the tourist thing. I cought a few small fish in the Siene that night but nothing major. Beers and bed.

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    Lots of graffiti in Paris.

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    One of the best views is from train 6.

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    Smaller then a trash can?

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    Jack is everywhere.

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    I don't think they make a blanket like this for the 690. haha hopefully not.

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    The hostel.

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    The Seine

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    September 18 Poissy and Paris
    Instead of taking the train this time I decided to ride the moto into paris. The crazy ladies at the Hostel were drinking wine and wiskey at 10:00 when I finaly made it down stairs. Its very hard to decline alcohol when it is offered by a beautiful spanish or eastern european girl. But, I was on a mission. The ride into Paris took me through some long tunnels and by the end of the tunnel you feel like you will passout. In a car, you probably don't notice the lack of oxigen but on a bike, its like breathing into a bag for a few mintues. I went to the embassy and got the stamped passport and sent it back to the UK. Mission accoplished. Back at the hostel I was told if I help cook for the 30 or so German highschool kids, I could stay that night for free. That sounds like a deal to me. I even got some fishing in that evening and cought a pretty nice White Bream (i think). It was about 2 pounds, it hit topwater and fought like a bass. I threw it back because i'm not sure what kind of crap is in the water that close to Paris. We had a good night of beers with the people at the hostel.

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    I threw him back. I think he was a White Bream

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    September 19 Poissy to Monsauche in the Avallon Forest. 361 km
    Bitter sweet about leaving this place. This is the best and worste part about travel. You meet amazing people but you have to leave at some point. I found a KTM dealer on google and put it in my (now fixed) GPS. I needed a DID xring chain for a spare and some chain lube. By the time I got to the dealer, it was 12:15 and the place was closed for lunch. From 12 to 2. Every moto shop I stopped by was closed form 12 till 2. Onward. I camped near a lake in the Avallon forest after a dinner of sausage, zukini, french bread, cheese and beer. It got colder that night so I slept amazing.

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    Was tough leaving.

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    Part of dinner.

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    Beer with a cork?

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    Lots of fish activity but not enough time to set up camp and fish.. :(

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    September 20 Avallon Forest, France to Pleujouse Switzerland. 253 km
    Breakfast of sausage and zukini and coffee. The ride toward Switzerland was nice. Rolling hills of forest and farm fields. Avoided the motorway for most of it. I stayed at my friend Andrea's house who you may remeber from earlier in the trip. She was one of the Swiss girls who I met in Alaska who were touring in an F350 with a camper. To bed earlier because there is a long day "tomorrow".

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    rolling hills in eastern France.

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    September 21 Pleujouse Switzerland to Rüfenach Switzerland Via the Swiss alps. 388 km
    On the road by 9:00. The mist over hills in northern Switzerland is quite beautiful. I realize later that some of it is smogg and some of it is from the woodsmoke. By 11:00 I can see mountians and by 1:00 I am climing the first pass. I can not count the number of switchbacks, tunnels and bridges I rode. Some roads are tunnel, bridge, tunnel, bridge, tunnel, bridge.. It is quite crazy. The view from Furka pass was very worth it. Lots of bikes and neet old cars out. Once I got back down I took motorway up north of Zurich. I had to be at Andrea's parents house by 7 for dinner. The dinner was the Swiss equivelent of Korean Bbq. There is a hotplate/fryer thing in the middle of the table and you have all sorts of raw meat to cook on it. There are trayes underneat for melting cheese for the potatos, bread, veggies ect. I fully enjoyed it.

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    This part if Switzerland has more cows then people.

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    No one was home.. Would have like to see the ford in the background close up.

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    There is a road down there some where...

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    Lots of bikes and old cars out.

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    Old Jag?

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    Furka Pass. :freaky:clap:freaky:clap

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    My GPX in Google earth..

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    Sausage, brown bread, mustard and coffee for lunch.

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    The glacier in the upper right corner. It used to go all the way into the valley. This is why the road hugs the left side of the valley (next pic)

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    Only thing that would have been better... Motard rims and tires:deal

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    On the north side of the pass.

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    Red edition. Tastes like cranberries. I have not tried the blue or silver addition yet.

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    Andrea and her father Urs.

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    The family. They let me stay for a few nights. Use their garage to work on my bike and they fed me. They even sent a package to the UK for me and wouldn't let me pay them for the shipping costs. :huh

    I'm in Germany now. Heading north. It was raining hard this morning so I didn't travel. Up early tomorrow though. Until next time :freaky
  15. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Nice update Noah, those alpine passes are great, you planning on doing stelvio?
  16. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Yes, thanks for the new pics and report!
  17. NoobIAm

    NoobIAm Far, far from the Garden.

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    Hey Noah, those long poles those guys were using in Belgium (oops)…. did they have reels? Or were they like a modern cane pole? They seemed a bit over-the-top in the photo, but there's probably something I'm not getting.

    And the blacksmith in Scotland… son, you need to revisit that land. :raabia
  18. J-Dub

    J-Dub Combat Commuter

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    Noah, I'm loving this! Keep it coming. :freaky
  19. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Noah,
    SO glad your bike was found....:clap

    And, now that you are moving onward....thanks for the pics ....

    Furkan amazing road:

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    I'm loving the photos and stories! :clap