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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    Thanks Man. You should have heard how she complained about the people who do house maintenance there. She showed me all the stuff that she paid people to "fix" and made it worse or broke something else. Tough to find good help I guess.

    A bike is better than nothing. And I guess better than a scooter. :D
    Did you talk to Yeldos?

    Thanks for the PM. Hopefully that pans out.
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  3. RoninMoto

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    I guess if you had this scooter it would be ok.
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    But I shouldn't talk shit. I will be on one soon enough in Vietnam :rofl
  4. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  5. rhino1987

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    Noah, I'm stuck on the other side of the world away from my home and bike all summer. Reading your trip report makes me want to drop everything and do the same thing as you. Thanks for the great writing and pictures!
  6. hardwaregrrl

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    Hiya NOah.:wave


    Looks like you're moving forward as you should. Again, great pictures and fantastic reading.:thumb Thanks again.
  7. Red liner

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    What made you set out on this trip? And have you begun finding whatever it is that you were looking for?

    Great trip report. Loved all the pictures.
  8. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Thanks for following along. I am so thankful for all of you that give me encouragement. Without being held accountable to this RR... I might not take the time to write it down or take that picture. I'm a bit lazy like that. But you forget. And I'm happy that I can share it with all of you.

    Hiya Hardwaregirl! Glad you are enjoying. Cheers.

    The truth?
    I was working/living in southern California. I'm going to generalize here.. I found people to be rude, materialistic, fake, ignorant and not hard working (does not apply to ADV inmates :D ). I always said after 5 years with this company I would step back and look at my life. "Am I happy". I liked my job, but I knew I would have to stay in California for a few more years. It was not where I wanted to spend the remainder of my 20s.

    I was saving for a house. I had a pretty good down payment set aside. But again, I have no wife.. no kids.. why do I need a house? People always plan to travel when they retire. I am glad many of you get that chance. But I did not want to risk not making it to that point. I have changed so much in the past year.. good bad or ugly, my life will never be the same. It seems a shame to wait until I am old to learn about myself, the world and the people we share it with. No better time than now. I wanted to see the world before it is to fooked up to see. I wanted to experience culture before the western culture has infiltrated every last inch of the earth. No better time than now.

    I see people backpacking staying in hostels. They live by the lonely planet book. I feel sorry for them. They just don't get the same experience you do on a moto.. with an idea for a plan.
  9. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    What might be even sadder is a moto traveler totally relying on that same book:puke1

    It's a reference, not a bible, way more out there than what is listed in there.

    I will continue to work until I die, retirement is a pipe dream. Travel as much as you can before you're old and tired out, lots more adventure to be had:freaky
  10. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    spoken like a wise old man to be :thumb
  11. DCrider

    DCrider Live from THE Hill

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    Nice, all ya needed was this in ur hand filled with some pimp juice :lol3
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  12. CaseyB

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    DCrider quoted what jumped out to me as well...worth repeating

    that is priceless, hold on to it. :clap

    I'm 35 and when I was in my 20's, I was traveling around seeing new things, having new experiences....then BAMMM, I'm sitting in a cubicle, reading vicariously through others and 10 years have gone by....time moves fast


    Not just yours, but all these ride reports i've read over the last few years, has helped encourage me to get back to basics....thats why i've already booked up the month of september and early october for a MC tour.

    I don't comment much in your RR, but I have very much enjoyed it and always look forward to new installments.


    Thanks a bunch,
    Casey
  13. Kirkster

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    The past three years reading ADVrider made me realize that I needed to live more. It also made me realize that I was working for tomorrow and not really living Today...

    So now I am on the TAT on my KTM 690. If I did not have a wife and a couple pets I think I would just turn south at New Mexico and see what comes next...

    Sigh, the real world comes back on July 30...
  14. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Damn right ...

    Tha saddest thing of all about backpackers, and lonely planet disciples ... is that they are all on package tours - but they cant see it. There is no independence about it at all. They stay at the same hostels, eat at the same restaurants, take the same buses as everyone else carrying the stupid book.

    And they bump into each other, the same people, supposedly on independent trips, every few days.

    Its a social / dating tour package, rather than a guide to freedom. It doesnt encourage independence, but quite the opposite. It entrenches dependence. They'd be lost without the book. The book becomes their package tour guide.

    I avoid that type like the plague when I am on the road.
  15. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    Usually those types figure out how to really travel after their first trip, but many times they never take another trip. You can find good backpackers, they're just not where you think they'll be.
  16. RoninMoto

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    True. Don't get me wrong here. I'm not dissing on anyone who travels. I have met many good backpackers. One older lady I met in Tashkent had been backpacking for 20+ years. She was looking at the Lonely planet book and we started chatting about it. She said most of the time she uses it as a guide where to avoid.

    I meet many people who want to travel but don't want to step out of their comfort zone. The idea of pointing in a direction without a schedule is terrifying.

    Right now I'm in UB. I will meet up with Guiltyparty (Craig and Patty) in Altai around the 13th. North route? south route? who knows. Maybe middle route? :lol3

    So again.. sorry in advance for disappearing for a while. I need to get back into the wild to shake this post high-blues of traveling with Svetlana. Some camping, mud, sand, mountains and water crossings will do me good. :deal
  17. RoninMoto

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    A quick video I put together from Tajikistan. I keep forgetting to take footage but let me know what you think.
  18. Blue Icebreaker

    Blue Icebreaker Been here awhile

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    Pamir highway is breathtaking. As for the tunnel, you rode pretty fast there. Did you ever think of going behind a car, just to use it as a shield - especially when many drivers are driving on the left side?
  19. RoninMoto

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    I don't trust the cars. They stop with no warning. They swerve to avoid what they think will be bad. They have an air supply.. I don't. The air is so bad you want to GTFO as fast as possible. It is 6 km long with no ventilation. By the end of the tunnel I was dizzy.

    I was not riding faster than I felt safe. If there was light.. I would have been going a lot faster.
  20. travelingaustralian

    travelingaustralian Globe Trotting

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    Colebatch you hit the nail on the head!!! I spent 4 years driving overland trucks around Africa taking these backpackers and lonely planet disciples from place to place. So many people took the lonely planet as the bible and would not take the word of someone that traveled or lived there and seen it first hand. People leave there brain's at home on these sorts of trips and if it were not for the fact I ran the trips there is no way I could do one. People miss out on so much. 90% of the time sleeping and only care for the next camp were they can get pissed!!!

    Noah your on the right track and experiencing all that you can. I did the same thing in my mid 20's for almost the same reasons!!

    I can't wait till I return home from my current contract before I hit the road again for my second RTW trip starting in March next year.

    Keep up the great ride report!!:clap:clap