RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. dave6253

    dave6253 aka. dave62538675309

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    Awesome trip and report Noah. It just keeps getting better!
  2. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    Cortez - What no snowmobiles??

    Noah - Great stuff as usual, how dem Europeen girls treating U?:evil:evil

    also, probably better off not talking politics when imbibing, mostly nothing good comes of it:freaky:freaky

    Stay Safe
  3. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    That Fiat Panda 4x4. These cars are pretty damn good off road and in the snow, they can keep a Land Rover honest!

    Can't agree about Ford diesels though - the fewer diesel engines in the world the better.

    I can't remember what your plans are for winter. How are you going to avoid the european winter. Fly to India or somewhere maybe?
  4. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I would love to try a panda in the snow.
    It depends on the application and the fuel but diesel engines are much more efficient if done correct. It is much easier to make bio-diesel then it is to make a bio-gasoline alternative. The fact that they don't even offer a diesel in the US is why I bring it up.
    I'm going to spend 4 months snowboarding in the mountains of Georgia. I will be trying to learn some Russian, getting visas and prepping the moto for Siberia in the spring. I hope to be renting a place by mid January. At this point it will be another type of Ride report for a few months.
  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'd be surprised if there's more then a couple of dealers in the whole country.
    Those things cost twice as much here then in US, and peple here tend to
    drive $2000 cars.. so.. do the math. :D
  6. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Wish it was.
    It's a rather big Fiat Doblo Cargo Maxi van.. FWD only. :cry
  7. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Great pics and update, was that a raised eyebrow smiley I saw for the fiat panda, crazy little things.....and speaking of eyes, that red haired lass has beautiful eyes:wink:
  8. Lutz

    Lutz Killer Rabbit

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    Well, Noah, this is awesome! I can only imagine the experience. I'm loving the pics of the places, the people, the critters...my imagination runs wild. So many places/experiences I wouldn't want to leave behind, and yet so many I'd want to hurry up and get to.

    I will say, though, some of my favorite pics so far are some of the crazy road signs... the car driving off the cliff into the ocean in Scottland... the car driving into the tree in Germany (?)... the child with the giant lolipop in Poland. Serious signs, but with sense of humor it seems to me.

    Here's my small world story. C-zulu turned me onto this thread quite a while back (prior to the bike theft) - though I haven't been able to catch up until today. He told me there was a friend from Tofte taking this trip around the world. So as I was reading through the thread, I noticed people mention your parents & Cobblestone Cabins. In the back of my mind that got me to thinking about a past neighbor whose daughter ran the place. Eventually I came to this post:
    That's when I finally made the connection. My wife and I rented the house next door to your grandparents for a year or so, back in '05-'06'. It was nice to see a picture of them now. I had a some nice conversations with your gramps, and from the cobwebs I seem to remember him telling me about his engineer grandson about the same age as me. Now I know who he was talking about...it'll be nice to actually meet you sometime when you're back home.

    Anyway, have a great winter, and I'll be tagging along watching you see the world. Good travels.
  9. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Noah!

    Jealous.........
  10. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Its a small world man! :freaky
  11. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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    I'm referring to the silver small blue 2 door Panda car.

    [​IMG]
  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Oh, sorry. :D

    I always wanted the newer one..
    [​IMG]

    Also available with 4x4 and a 70hp diesel.
  13. RingGap

    RingGap UK Expat

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    Noah, good luck on your trip

    My 2 cents experience " get rid of that Scotts stainless steel filter" I and others have experienced engine wear & damage......!!!!!
    Metal mesh is 2D while paper types are 3D and collect / trap particles that will slip through mesh filters, sorry don't mean to hijack just
    some sound life experience advice
  14. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I always welcome advice :deal

    Is it bad if I will run them even if its as an experiment? I figure I have been running them for almost 50,000 km so I might as well continue. I love the idea of a re-usable filter.. its so nice not having to find filters in the middle of nowhere. ... so I'm hoping my luck? results? continue.
  15. RingGap

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    You will probably be ok, ?
    But the theories I have read by oil lube specialist say imagine a micro needle like object that could pass through the smaller micron metal mesh screen, logic says that if will also thru the larger micron paper element, but in practice the paper types have may micro hairs both sides of there flat surface which have much greater chance of trapping these particles, this is what has been analyzed via microscopes.
    There are many opinions out there, but also I along with many others only run diesel HD truck oil Chevron Delo 400 / Shell Rotella 15w/40 (and there equivalents if it states approved by Cummins Cat Detroit) + paper elements filters in everything ; bikes - cars - trucks.
    Modern oils are compromised race oils make more BHP but don't last long Motul etc and nearly all the syn's are compromised not to contaminate Cat's provide improved fuel efficiency etc etc.
    Truck oils are the only oils tested to 1 million miles they work by keeping carbon - sludge - fuel - & metal particles separated not allowing these items to join up, among many other attributes.
    Well i've said way too much here, i'm sure I will upset many people but just google it you will be surprised how many people on many different motor forums follow this philosophy, I'll trade a little less bhp in exchange for increased engine life.

    Just do oil analysis now for couple oil changes then again after the switch proof is in the testing, any fleet truck place can do this for you until you leave the westernized part of the world.

    Good luck.
  16. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Oh no you didn't just turn my RR into the diesel oil discussion :lol3:rofl:lol3:

    KTM says 10W-60 synthetic for my bike. So that's what i'm running in her. At a minimum if I have a problem and take it to a dealer they can't blame it on the oil. :deal
  17. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Since we're talking about earl, I swear by

    :lurk

    :lol3:lol3:lol3
  18. toniton

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    Great trip you're doing.
    I don't speak english very well, but I can understand most of what you write.

    I saw it late and you've already gone through Spain. I live in Valencia, I don't know if you went through here or just on the highway when you went to Morocco.
    In the photos of Morocco, I saw this photo with the sticker I put in 2009 in Zagora.
    This is your photo with the sticker marked
    [​IMG]

    And this is the picture I took then. Now there are a lot of new stickers!
    [​IMG]


    the theft of your bike :annie, but luckily appeared and even bought another, you could continue.

    If you are going to the BAM and BONES road, one from Spain did it this summer and in this post there are a lot of photos an videos (all in spanish).
    http://www.motostrail.com/vb2011/showthread.php?27832-Euskadi-Siberia
  19. Rossbike

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    Thanks for a great report. You're living the dream. Now lets see some boarding shots of fresh powder.
  20. chemboi

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    spent my entire day reading your rr, all 70 + pages of it. loved it. if by any any crazy chance your rtw trip brings you to the philippines a bed and a round or two of beers are waiting for you.:clap