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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    Portugal was cold at night, great for sleeping. I was cold crossing Spain. Riding to Marseilles today was good. Now I'm on a ferry to Corsica. Fingers crossed for nice weather and poor roads there! :wink:
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Good luck with that.. :D

    We're having some strange/rather warm weather on and off here in Croatia
    so I was wondering..
  3. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Well, hopefully that will last so it is warm when I get into Croatia in December.
  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    There are parts of Croatia that will most likely be covered in snow, actually
    it's already a miracle they're not.

    While most that live along the Adriatic coastline usually can ride all-year long,
    last year we had some crazy winds and even snow in those areas where
    snow falls once in 10 years. Ice rain too.

    This is your best source for weather forecast here:
    http://meteo.hr/index_en.php

    The Road Warriors love the road from Rijeka to Dubrovnik (along the coast),
    can't help much with offroad stuff. :cry

    I live in Osijek, far east near the Serbian and Hungary border.

    I might be able to offer a place to crash, but I live in a building and I know
    you're more concerned about sleepin quarters for your bike then yourself.
    :D

    I'll probably be on the road for 5-8 days in December going all over the
    place (in a van :huh) but I'd love to meet you if our paths cross!

    You might even get a free meal!
    :eek1

    Let me know if you need any help with planning stuff here!
  5. francs

    francs Been here awhile

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    It won't last. Predictions for next week is -10°C and high possibility for snow (for Slovenija) .
  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    First snow in Croatia expected this Saturday.

    While you may be able to ride on thin snow coverage, there's not a chance that
    you'd be able to ride in the wind that we get here (called Bura). Most main roads
    are closed for motorcycles (and everything other then normal cars) during that.

    We may be able to steer you around those roads though if it gets ruff.
    Drop me a PM if that happens, I'll respond as quickly as possible (I'll get
    a notification on my cell phone).
  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I will stay near the coast and if it gets to bad, I'll have to get on a ferry to get south of it all. I hope I get to see atleast SOME of Croatia.
  8. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    The "Bura" happens along the coast only, and when it gets as bad as it
    got last year, ferries are a no-go too.

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    This road is the most enjoyable, and the worst re: wind.
    It's often closed just south of Rijeka and all the way to the end (near Zadar).

    You can hit highways A1 and A6 to get south (toll roads), those won't be
    closed and won't be so windy but you really wanna see those cities along
    the coast.

    Pula, Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Omiš, Makarska, Dubrovnik.. from North
    to South.

    If you try going east at any point on that road, you'll end up climbing very
    high and very fast, and those areas are usually covered in snow from
    November to (sometimes) April.

    It gets warmer (and lower altitude too) somewhere south Split, and you'll
    probably find people riding in flip-flops in Dubrovnik, after riding on snowy
    roads just 12h before around Rijeka.
    :evil
  9. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    I completely agree with Cortez. You can crash at my place in Zagreb, but if the weather continues as it does during this time of year, it will be very difficult to get to the coast from Zagreb. Snow covered mountains and freezing temperatures are between the two. Good luck.
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    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Also worth mentioning that the first highway they close when the weather
    hits is the A6 (Karlovac-Rijeka).. right about the middle, from Delnice to Rijeka.

    There's a bypass road there that's usually cleared of snow very often since
    it remains the only passable road between the seaside and continental parts,
    even with a lot of snow fall.

    It'll be tricky.

    ..and this is exactly what you don't want to see:
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    That's here:
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  11. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Once you get down to the coast in Croatia the weather is usually completely different. I've had lunch sitting outside in a t-shirt in December near Sibenik.

    Nice pics from Morocco Noah! :clap
  12. ClayR

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    Great fecking adventure Noah! Like many, makes me want to quit my job and take off on two wheels. Keep it up!
  13. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    + 1 ! :clap:clap:clap
  14. RMOTO

    RMOTO Doing secret stuff

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    Hats off Christophe, nice editing, cool vid :thumb
  15. HamAce

    HamAce Adventurer

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    Sounds like a great time so far Noah, video was excellent cheers Christophe.

    Question, what brand is the helmet that the first guy in the vid is wearing?

    Safe travels!
  16. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Damnit. Now I have to watch the video again :rofl

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    This one? This is an Icon. Christophe... we called him Robocop
  17. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I have been getting pictures on facebook and in the email from people I have randomly met along the way.

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    On the Italian/French boarder from a guy named Friedrich.

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    In northern Italy. You should see the girl behind the camera. :deal

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    Working on the moto in western Portugal wine country last week.

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    My ex 690.. the 2010. Peter Bookey (the guy I rode around Ireland with) has cleaned her up nicely and given her a new look. No more snow camo.
  18. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    You might remember this post From this spring in the Yukon. Well, Anna has her ride report up now. Its pretty great so check it out.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831213
  19. HamAce

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    Yeah, thats the one. Badass helmet, robocop definitely suits :p
  20. GuiltyParty

    GuiltyParty drifter

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    hey man how ya doin? i'm just catching up on the RR...between you, Keith and Christophe you've nailed the Morocco trip :clap

    Was great riding with ya hopefully if all works out we can ride the 'stans to Magadan together...we've decided we're gonna ride west to east now via Georgia so could meet you around there. russian lessons have begun in earnest...but you'll be fluent by then especially if you bed down with one of the locals :evil