RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Ah.. the G40 & G60 VW's were probably their most unreliable cars.
  2. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    So were the 1.8 and 2l 16valve cars.. but I loved my 88 GLi. It was so gosh darn fun.
  3. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    Loving your report, man.

    I saw you popped into Bosnia real quick and was wondering if you were planning on doing any more adventuring around there. I visited Sarajevo and Mostar last summer on a road trip and Sarajevo very quickly jumped to one of my favorite cities. Having gotten a good sense of your interests and general vibe from reading your report I am very confidant that you would really, really like the city and what it has to offer. Definitely worth a detour if you have the time in your schedule.

    Keep up the good reporting!
  4. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I am in Istanbul right now and I plan on being in Georgia by this time next week. I would have loved to spend months in the are that I just rode through in 1 week. It really is a shame but I guess I will have to come back and do it again sometime.
  5. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I was checking the valve clearance today and they were all loose. I noticed the roller on the exhaust lifter looks warn funny. I sent pictures to my friend Martin at Torque Racing in the UK and he said it looks like the hardening is coming off the roller.

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    Tomorrow I will adjust the valve clearance back within spec. The rocker will need to be replaced but that will wait until Georgia. I have 1700 km to Tbilisi then I will be giving this bike the TLC she deserves. The snow is calling and I would rather wait for parts on the slopes sipping irish coffee with ski bunnies than waiting for them here in Turkey.
  6. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    Great RR Noah! And if you loved Croatia now you should definitely come during summer. Even more women... in summer dresses :) I also recommend some island hopping and dropping by some national parks.

    How come you will stay for 4 months in Georgia? For the love of snowboarding or waiting for the snow to thaw to be able to go on? Russia to the far east?
  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Mostly for the love of snow. Did I say love? I meant addiction. I have been skiing since I could walk and snowboarding since I was 11. I have heard good things about the snow and mountains in Georgia and I need to find out for myself.
    Along with boarding every day, I will be securing my Visas for Russia and the Stan countries. I have the Rosetta stone for Russian and I will hopefully try go get some of the language in my head before starting in the spring. I also plan on making sure the bike is up to the task.

    Have you seen the movie "Never Ending Summer"? Its a surf movie made in the 60s. These guys take 1 year and go surf all around the world. When I decided I was going to travel, I was considering trying to do the same thing with a snowboard. Not riding a moto for a few years would be tough on me. Just as tough as not snowboarding. So I figure the best way is to ride in the summer and ride in the winter. :deal

    I don't know where I will be next winter.. I was thinking Gulmarg in Kashmir. But getting there before winter would be tough after crossing Siberia. I don't want to rush through south east Asia. My next thought is Japan. Take my time through Siberia then try and get a job in japan for the ski season then keep on the moto after. There is also the possibly of switching summer for winter and heading into the southern hemisphere to New Zealand?

    When I started I thought this trip would last 2 years. Well it has been 9 months now and I don't think 2 years will work for me. I'm thinking 5 would be better.. I have started to put the feelers out for contract engineering employment. If the timing is right or the need is there to make some money, I would have no problem working. Even if that means flying back to the US to do a 6 month windfarm contract then continuing to travel.
  8. gunnerbuck

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    Hi Noah,
    It is not common for the valve clearance to loosen and this usually points to other issues... Normal operation and valve wear will drop the valves farther into their seats and thus reducing the clearances to the tappets...

    Usually on the 640 and 690 when the clearances open it means that actual cam follower roller needles are on their way out and have developed slop... When it is run closer to the point of failing the cam follower bearing may quit turning altogether and gall up the camshaft lobe... With a keen ear you can usually notice a change to the tappet noise and how it emits a louder klikety klak before it does any damage... The next time you have the rollers exposed try giving them a wiggle to see if there is slop...

    A couple of videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBwmIaa0PDk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtwCl_yGa-Y
  9. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Thanks for the update; love the Croatia pics :clap
  10. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Thanks for the heads up David. I will check tomorrow. I put the valve cover back on to keep the dirt out but there is easy access.

    The videos are great.
    To the rest of the world.. please note the beautiful backdrop in these videos. This is the area around Vancouver Island. It is beautiful and there is some great riding to be had.
  11. NovaMoto

    NovaMoto Been here awhile

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    This video doesn't do much justice to the actual movement of the rocker on the pin but you should be able to get the gist:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DLzuSiJ51I

    That was my '11 at 7000km. The engine was quite noisy & once removed the needle bearings were about to fall out!
  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    What he said.
  13. RoninMoto

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    Thanks guys. Now you are making me feel even worse about not spending more time there:deal:cry:rofl

    Ok. MIne aren't that bad. The local KTM shop here in Istanbul is looking for an intake and exhaust rocker for me. From what I can find you cant' only replace the bearing like on the 640. If they don't have the rockers I will re-shim and put her back together to make the 1700km ride to Georgia. From there I will have time to order parts in.
  14. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I haven't even started yet..!
    :gerg
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    Wow I thought I was one of the only ones who mounted my snowboard on my motorbike. I see you mounting it in differnt ways (even horizontal). If you need info about mounting it you can always contact me. Or just look at the pictures on www.wonderfulldays.nl

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  16. RoninMoto

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    Yeah bud! nice work on the rack! Although mine is temporary for now. Next spring I will ship it, sell it or give it away.
  17. RoninMoto

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    KTM here in Istanbul had both exhaust and intake rockers so i'll be replacing both. My friend Tolga is at the KTM shop right now. He convinced them to let me borrow a shim kit and bring back the ones I don't use tomorrow :deal:rofl

    Pays to have an ADV friend who can speak Turkish!:clap:clap:clap
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    Fcuking Epic

    Happy New Year Noah - All the Best for U in 2013.

    Ur Dalmatian Coast trip is something I've wanted to do for the last few years. Looks great, but as stated by the Croats I would have gone to Dubrovnik:evil

    Well here is to hoping you get some snow bunnies in Georgia:freaky

    Feliz 2013
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Lookig at the coast from far north (Rijeka) to far south (Dubrovnik), the
    best motorcycle roads are between Rijeka and Zadar (about 1/3 down),
    but from Zadar and going south the sight-seeing stuff starts.

    The road isn't interesting until you pass Split (IMO) and is great all the way
    to Dubrovnik again.
  20. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    I found the movie - but the title is 'The Endless Summer'. I'll make sure to see it! Sounds great. NOw that I've read a little bit about the movie and seen what you are doing right now, I am beginning to understand what it means to live one's dream :) Congrats man!

    I suppose that it would be relatively easy to find a job in the wind/solar/alternative energy industry in Japan, considering it's one of the countries that is almost completely dependent on imported gas and oil? I mean, as far as I know precisely because of this dependence that they pushed the solar energy technology development as far as they have. But it's one of the most expensive countries also... How much can one save while living there?