RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    We ain't got sh*t here for new snow...

    Oh wait... hang on...

    Keep fingers crossed...

    JG
  2. Clem Kevin

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    I heard Tahoe was great over the weekend, that they got 6".
  3. LordSteven

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    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Im just glad you even tried to show us your skills.. Wtg
  5. RicoAJP

    RicoAJP ADV Dreamer

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    Noah, i've been a longtime lurker and have followed you from the start. Thanks for the great story and photos. I can't wait for you to end your skibum phase and get riding again :D

    Now i'm not sure if i've missed it, but can you give us and update on the bike? Has it performed well and if you were to do the trip again, would you still pick the 690? Just curious as to why you picked a 690 over the proven choices like a DRZ, DR and XR 650's. I'm not against the 690 at all, in fact I'm planning for a RTW in 2017 on one but I just have this heart vs brain debate going on; heart wants a KTM, but brain tells me to take other alternatives for their proven reliability and their cheaper cost.
  6. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Ride a KTM 690. Then go ride anything else. You will make up your mind. I have not had problems with reliability.

    There are basically 2 ways to ride RTW... Learn how to fix your bike.. or be a millionaire and trust EVERY single mechanic around the world. I feel like I can fix... or at least troubleshoot any problem on the 690 now.

    As far as a bike that is "proven reliable"...
    My 690 has outlasted many friends XR 650Rs and I don't need to change the oil every 1000 miles.
    Look at the MotoKiwi's thread about the reliability of a DR. (they are both on a 950 ktm now.) Of course Jammin has been rocking a DR with minimal problems.
    Look at Fletch's thread about the reliability of the KLR 650. (and you get a heavy bike with no power and shit suspension! Yay!)

    The 690 is reliable. It has great mileage. It has power. It can cruise at highway speeds. It can do offroad very well. It comes factory with OK suspension (even though the 690 has the bottom of the line WP suspension, it is still way better then most other bikes.) Unless you plan on making a thumper like the Walter and the boys, than the 690 is a great bike.

    Since motorcycle manufacturer don't listen to people like us and build a small displacement ADV bike with a large oil reservoir and long maintenance interval, we have limited choice as to which bike can get the job done. (See bmw 1200, KTM 1190 adv, Yamaha super tenere, bla bla bla) Where is the 450 adv?

    My next ADV bike will be another 690 or a custom thumper. Think KTM exe frame with rally fairing and a duke 390 motor. 42 hp is enough for me.
  7. live2ridetahoe

    live2ridetahoe RN

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    Sounds like someone needs to get into the custom ADV bike market when he gets home...

    Give me a call...

    Jeff G.
  8. jackalsour

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    Amen
  9. GuiltyParty

    GuiltyParty drifter

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    haven't heard from the man in a while...busy snowboarding? girl? or taken the job offer?
  10. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Probably all three:evil:rofl
  11. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    That would explain why there are no snow bunnies in his reports:lol3
  12. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I've been boarding every day. Spring time riding is always fun. Easy to build good jumps. I will be doing a write up about our road trip to Mestia in the next few days.
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    And don't worry.. I won't be taking a job anytime soon. The adventure continues. oh.. and Siberia is going to rock. Glad you decided to come with!

    Guiltyparty is planning on meeting up with me to ride Mongolia, BAM and Road of bones. We had so much fun in Morocco... this is going to be epic. Hopefully his triumph is up to the beating he will be giving it. :deal
  13. MeinMotorrad

    MeinMotorrad Long timer

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  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Epic picture! I switched to snowboarding 3 years ago, so I'm nowhere near that, but I'll never get on skis again, I know that! Riding a Burton Custom now, but curious about Capita boards???

    Can't wait to see how an XC does on those roads. Thinking it'll be way too heavy, but...
  15. hardwaregrrl

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    I don't know shite about winter sports, but am seriously enjoying the pics. But......I miss the bike in them.:shog

    Hope it's about to warm up.
  16. davidbrundage

    davidbrundage Been here awhile

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    Rodeo?
  17. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    No.. just a simple backflip. I'll have to get a backside rodeo at least once this year though.
  18. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    There is a small town tucked in the mountains in northwest Georgia called Mestia in the Svaneti region. We heard stories about a ski resort with only 1 lift and lots of trees. After riding Gudauri for a couple months which is 100% above tree line, some forest riding was needed. The way the crow flies its less then 200 km from gudauri but on roads it is about 550 km. My girl and I left Gurauri on the "bus", a over crowded Mercedes Sprinter van at 5:30 in the afternoon. We met up with our friends in Tbilisi and loaded the Mitsubishi Delica. The Delica is a right hand drive 4x4 van that fit the 7 of us and our equipment well. Our last stop out of town was a supermarket were we loaded up on about $300 worth of alcohol... should last 7 people 4 days :freaky

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    found room. :lol3

    We got into the town of Mestia just as it was getting light. From the time we left Gudarui it had been 12 hours. Places the road was down to 1 lane because of slides and such. Mestia is best know for its "towers". Each family built these towers long ago and they still stand today.

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    Every tower has lights on it.. makes for great night pictures.

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    And ofcorse the food was epic.
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    Khinkoli..

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    The resort itself isn't very big. 1 lift about 2 km long. Maybe 8 or 900 vertical meter? There are 3 buildings. A restaurant at the bottom, one at the top, and a shack to sell tickets out of. The parking lot can fit 25 cars max. My kind of place. We rode for the next 4 days shredding every pillow line we could find.

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    The view from the top.

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    The crew +2

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    And a few action shots pulled from video... which I need to edit.
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    Even my girl can shred pillows

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    It was snowing on the night we were supposed to leave.. we almost stayed..

    The trip back took about the same amount of time. All night. The ride in the van was horrible but you seem to forget about that when the riding is so good. I'll try to put together a short video clip.

    On a side note, on Friday I'll be getting my bike back out of storage. The RTW will continue May 1 as I go into Azerbaijan. I'll also be trying to do some exploring here in the mountains this spring. Especially if the snow doesn't last. Oh oh! and I got my Russian visa! :clap
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  19. Long Trail

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    Sounds like my kind of mountain. I live in the northeast USA and have several resorts to choose from to go riding. Killington is a short drive from my house, however I would rather drive a bit further to a smaller, more out of the way type of place. I like the less crowded atmosphere, and the feeling that the mountain is open for you.

    I just want to say that I have been following your report from almost the beginning. I lurked around these forums for quite some time before joining. I don't post often but thought I would let you know that I really enjoy reading about your adventure. Looking forward to when you get back on the bike. Until then keep shredding.
  20. eakins

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    Rock on dude.

    I use to live in Steamboat and near Crested Butte and spend alot of time riding in the backcountry w/ a snowmobile lift assist and some hiking plus the occasional day$ riding a cat. We'd also hike to cool spots inbounds looking for a nice rock to huck. In the end, love to get freshies more than anything else. :clap