RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    No worries Noah! By MN you will be a true KTM 690 expert! I hope I am 100% wrong on the Ironman and your chain goes forever. :freaky
    Rubber Side Down Mate! :clap
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  2. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I got my first flat today on the trip. Just riding around town picked up this nail in the front. Figured out that my hand pump is not up to par with where it should be. It worked great on my snowmobile shocks but not quite enough volume for the moto tire. Any suggestions for pumps?
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  3. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Check out wally world , they have a small self contained pump by SLIME called Tire Top Off , has a lite, Gage, extra long

    power cord for 12v outlet ,packs in its own container & fits in the tank bag

    Best of all it's cheap.:clap
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  4. AtomicFlyer

    AtomicFlyer n00b

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    Swapping the arc flash suit for riding gear sounds like a good trade. Have fun. I'll be following along!

    Marc
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  5. Olleg

    Olleg Adventurer

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    What is your experience with RR fairings? Windprotection? Wish you a good ride and if you are passing Serbia in your tour, will be very glad to welcome you.
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  6. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    The fairing is way better then stock. my head still gets moved around from blustery wind but not nearly half as bad then stock.
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  7. PilbaraGoat

    PilbaraGoat Been here awhile

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    RTW with Noah on a KTM 690
    <!-- #dg-post-title --><!-- message -->Hi all. I'm 28. I have No wife. No kids. No house.

    Well... I'm older than that..............I have a (hot) wife (f$%k yeah!!.....she'slooking over my shoulder)..............(typical) kids and a (ridiculous) mortgage........................and I'm not (f$%king) going RTW...


    Enjoy young man, it sounds like you've earned this adventure.


    Mongolia in 2013 sounds like a bloody good idea to me......

    Thanks for the RR, we all appreciate your efforts and follow along with envy.

    PS
    If you decide to do the West Coast of Australia, I'd be happy to tag along for a while - lots of space out here and no-one to hassle you (except my hot wife and typical kids who all enjoy motorbikes).

    PPS
    690 is a great choice!
    690 spares - Fishfund found that a voltage regulator can be the cause of electric gremlins.
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  8. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    100% in brother. I'll read this thread every morning!

    On pumps, I think there are basically two routes that people take:

    1) Slime (already mentioned, heard a lot of good things about it but a few folks I've read have broken theirs after continued use)

    2) Cyclepump - I have one, it's bulletproof. It's like 5x times more expensive than the slime though.

    Good luck!

    Nate
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  9. geauXplor

    geauXplor gō-ikˈsplôr

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    Geaux Bobcats!!! Class of '91.
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  10. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I carry a 2 speed hand operated bike pump and CO 2 cylinders on all my rides... The 2 speed pump should be still available at mountain bike shops... They work pretty good, use the high volume setting to air up quicker and then shift to the high pressure setting to bring it up to final pressure...


    On a longer multi day ride I'll throw in an electric pump... I used an electric pump that I picked up from an auto supply store that works pretty good, but is a little bulky... Most guys rip the cover housing off these pumps to make them much more compact...

    I recently picked up the much more compact Slime pump after watching one in action as to where it was used to fix several flats and performed the job flawlessly...

    Both the slime pump and my auto store cheapy outperformed the Cycle Pump at 1/10th the price... I found the Cyclepump to be slow and prone to overheating....
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  11. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    U heading East??

    If so, hit me up via PM for info help in PA/NJ/NYC
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  12. ini88

    ini88 Been here awhile

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    You go Noah! Best of luck, wish you well and lots of adventures. Get a hold of me if you get to New York City, you can stay with me and we can pick up ladies :)
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    Subscribed :clap:clap:clap
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  14. Nut Clutch

    Nut Clutch was Steve Lavigne

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    Cool trip man. RTW and snowboarding is a great combination. I hope you use the 690 to get to some amazing out of the way places to snowboard.

    I sent you a PM regarding couch space and skiing / snowboarding in the Seattle area.
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  15. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Thanks. I plan on hitting baker for closing weekend then whistler. Next winter in europe I plan on parking the bike somewhere for a month to board. Maybe republic of georgia? There is a ski resort south of merrekesh morocco I am determined to get to also.
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  16. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    That pretty much sums it all up! :clap very good comments!
    I used my first elec. pump doing Copper Canyon in '98, a generic sports pump whose housing I broke off. It worked OK but within a month self destructed from being bashed around in the luggage. I've had two SLIME pumps. The latest one is OK, comes in it's own little case. Slow, gets hot, takes up space. I've gone back to using Q U A L I T Y ... bicycle pumps.

    They too get trashed riding where I keep mine. But replacing them once every two or three years is worth it. It's still work to pump up ... most times I pump only to 15 PSI ... then ride to compressed air ... if possible.

    Here is my bike pump mounted on my DR650. FUNKY! but it always works!
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    I now wrap the pump in old bicycle rubber tube and wrap in Elec. tape. Keeps crud out of pump.
    Not all pumps are created equal. Get a good one.
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  17. BK.RD.RNR

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    Take lots of pics!! I've been dying to see Georgia since seeing the movie 5 days of war, and then reading this ride report, really put the bug in my ear.
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  18. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Today at Bachelor was amazing... Until I broke my brand new board.. after 2 days. (2nd broken board in 3 days). I think its time to get back on the bike. I'm leaving Bend tomorrow.
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  19. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Snapped another one!?

    I guess we shoulda made contact and showed you around this morning dang it - have an awesome trip!

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  20. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    We were riding far skiers right. Lots of fun windlips and natural terrain. It was still a great day :D