RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Good to see CCM coming back to bigger bikes, the 640 was a hoot from a few years ago, was/is part owned by Carl fogarty's wife

    Oh and that looks tasty
  2. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    There probably is a market for that type of bike, but not at that price or at that weight.



    Anyway, back on topic...Noah, great trip report. I've read it start to finish over the last few days (not at work!), and it's been a great read all the way through. Just one quick question if you have the time: I'm curious as to how you plan where you're going to sleep for the night. Are you basically rolling into towns and sorting it out on the fly, or is it more organized? And as for camping, are you stealth-camping or is that planned as well?
  3. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Planning stuff sucks. I just want to ride. On my GPS I have a count down to sunset. I usually try to stop riding about 1 1/2 hours before sunset to set up camp or find a hotel. If you pay in advance, then you HAVE to make it there and sometimes you run into problems then end up riding at night. The only time I plan ahead is when I am going into big cities, then I make sure I find a place with secure parking. Especially If I'll be there for a while.

    As far as the 450 goes, I would pay that price for a small adventure bike. I had more money into my previous 690 when it was all farkled and ready to go. And it weighs less then my 690... Would need more then 17l of fuel though. It has peaked my interest since I first heard about it at RallyRaid UK this past summer. :deal
  4. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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    Still following along since day 1. Thanks again for the pics and stories
  5. award900

    award900 Been here awhile

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    In!
  6. LethPhaos

    LethPhaos brb

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    almost back on the road :) congrats on the 1 year, looking forward to the next :)
    and don't skip Nippon like someone suggested, it's an awesome country, even more awesome probably if you have a bike to travel around (I had to stick with trains)
  7. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    What oils have you been able to source for the 690 along the way? Have you been finding the 10W60, or just using what's available?
  8. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I have not had so much problem finding 10w60. I usually try to find a KTM dealer and they let me work on the bike. So far it has been Motul and Motorex. If I know I'm coming up on an oil change I will buy a few liters and carry it. Agip, Liqui Moly and a few other brands make high quality 10w60 synthetic for motos.
  9. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Nice!

    I wish it was easier to find the magical 10W60 here in the states. In Denver the KTM dealer does not even stock the stuff.
  10. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Well done Noah.....keep safe and enjoy yourself over the next year. I'll tell the French Connection of your updates.
    Best wishes
    Keith and Family
  11. sprouty115

    sprouty115 Long timer

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    Incedibly impressive and inspiring.
  12. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Really?!? Thats crazy considering its the factory recommended oil for most of the model line.

    Thanks man. I will try to keep it up to spec.

    Thanks Keith. If you haven't heard... Craig will be meeting up with me in Mongolia to ride the BAM and Road of bones with me. He will be riding 2 up in the stans till July with his girl. She will fly to Korea and the real fun begins. :deal
  13. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    Excellent Noah!!......sounds like a plan......enjoy your time with Craig and again keep safe.
    I wish you all the best....

    :D





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  14. RhinoVonHawkrider

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    Don't piss off the Georgian neighbors, apparently some of them don't like Americans.

    Stay Safe Noah
  15. pdxbrit

    pdxbrit Been here awhile

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    Anywhere you go I'm sure there are people that don't like Americans. I'm sure Noah will change their opinion quick enough. :)
  16. nanox14

    nanox14 Adventurer

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    I just read this whole RR for the second time (office time really well spent):deal ,,,, is just amazing ALL the Ups and Downs and the awesome photography.. Keep living the dream man :clap ,, Cheers from Venezuela
  17. CordR

    CordR Been here awhile

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    Happy Anniversary, Noah.

    It's great to see you are continuing on. I'm enjoying living vicariously through you.


    Cord
  18. multistradadark

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    Finally caught up, thanks for sharing! Epic adventure ! I know it take's a lot to keep this up we appreciate it!
  19. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Today was the last day snowboarding for the season. Yesterday was great but last night it got cold enough to freeze everything. Today the sun didn't come out so the snow was bulletproof.

    I have been working on the bike quite a bit with my friend Niko in his dirt floor, no-electricity garage.

    -New camshaft, cam chain, bearings, sprockets, auto decompress (see post from Istanbul)
    -New starter.
    -New steering head bearings.
    -New rear suspension bearings.
    -New drive chain, front and rear sprockets.

    I needed to re-shim the valves after putting the new cam in. Niko used to work with KTM Georgia but quit a few months ago. The owner of KTM Team Georgia is a German guy named Slava. This dude wouldn't sell me the shims or the new rear tire I had him order for me... because I was working with a former employee of his. So long story short I told him to go f**k himself and had my friends from the UK send some parts in. I lucked out and found a pair of 90% tread TKC 80s from a local guy that took them off a newer 690.

    Long story short, don't trust KTM Team Georgia for anything. They will overcharge you and the only mechanic is an Armenian dude who is used to working on scooters with a hammer.

    The final parts I need will be here tomorrow or the next day. We are still waiting on my new Giant loop bags to get here. I got my Kazak, Azerbaijan and Russian visa now. I will get Uzbek visa in Baku AZ when I go there on the 1st of May.

    Thanks for following along. I'll be doing 1 more post for Georgia in the next few days then i'm back on the road. :clap
  20. Canadian_Bacon

    Canadian_Bacon Been here awhile

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    RIGHT ON NOAH! Looking forward to your news posts on the road.