RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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

  1. Dillard

    Dillard Seeker

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    Hey man, I'm really enjoying your Blog. Nice work with the photos and write up.

    Tough luck with the rim. Hope you get it sorted soon.
  2. kwakbiker

    kwakbiker Been here awhile

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    Unlucky on the wheel........on the bright side it could of been worse:cry
  3. ScottyBoy

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    Happy 4th Noah!
  4. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding...

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    ****newsflash change of plans for you*****

    just read on the HUBB about Vietnam (as i'll be heading there from the opposite direction) they are letting big bikes in, even a few GS have got thru, so us orange riders should have no problems :deal

    you need to enter and exit the same border it appears and there is only one you can use 'Cha Lo' on route 12, coming in from Laos, where you need to get your visa in Pakse, Laos...here's a link...

    still watching, keep the good shit coming and good luck on that rim, a tip to add to the strength if you do need to ride...if you have some safety wire fix to spokes either side of the crack to stop it opening more and creating a larger stress fracture

    Oh, and happy Forth
  5. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    I believe it was teebee that broke his triple and they did a repair,had a pic of a guy that welded auto wheels which had sections cracked out of them,might want to pm Colebatch for the shops location.they are former aerospace workers i think. you can stop drill the crack to keep it from growing,deburr the edges.
  6. BearGrylls

    BearGrylls n00b

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    Ahh yes the road from Jala-Abad to Kazarma, it's bringing back good memories :D

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    I were there in 2009 on my way to Ulaanbaatar during the Mongol Rally.... I really loved the scenery and the road. I passed by in the middel of july and there were still some snow.

    I had 4 wheels but we were also 2 people :nod I'm on the roof and my mate is driving the car from the window.

    By the way, loving the report. Keep on going and be safe.

    Rasmus
  7. Wotnext

    Wotnext Been here awhile

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    I have been following for some time and have now caught up. I backpacked Europe 35 years ago and am now planning a motorcycle trip from the Arctic to Antarctic. In between, some living happened :wink:. I am in the planning stage now and find the various motorcycle forums a huge help and loaded with good information.
    Roll on and keep happy.:D
  8. sigmund freud

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    what is your paypal account? :D
  9. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    If you are getting one shipped in, go the whole hog so you never have to worry about it again. Get an Excel A60 rim (I know from experience they are much much more damage resistant than even the Excel signature rims). If you really want to be safe and sure, get HAAN in Holland to build up an A60 with a Haan hub and send that in ... then all you have to do is swap the brake disc over
  10. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    And frees them up to continue to attend to the social aspects of their duties abroad which include getting all peacocked up to attend parties at other embassies. Rampant in Afghanistan, Brits, US, Can and others fawning over each others self importance.

    That said when some idealist arrives to convert the dirty unwashed masses and ends up getting kidnapped it does make the diplomats life difficult, it shines a lot of heat and light on them and if they suck and can't so much as get a meeting with a decision maker in the host nation, well it reflects in their ability to influence anything beyond what cocktail to serve at the next function.
  11. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    John and the Rally Raid boys have a spare front for me. I'm just paying shipping. The DID dirtstar may not be an A60, but it sure took a beating before it went. 70,000 in Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Not bad. The rock I hit.. I was coming down off a "woopty" and my front for was completely compressed when I hit it. It cracked my pannier frame I hit it so hard.

    I'm back in Mongolia after a week in Altai and some Tuva. In a few days I'll be in UB and I can finally do an update. I have some news that has slightly changed plans but that will have to wait. Don't worry, I'll still be doing the BAM and Road of Bones. :deal
  12. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    I have information here. If you feel you must donate i'm not going to stop you:D
    http://rtwwithnoah.blogspot.com/p/contact.html

    That being said, I would rather do something to give back to the places I am traveling... I have information on that link.

    When my bike was stolen in Dublin many people donated. I didn't feel right about taking the money so the majority of it I gave to a childrens hospice in Ireland. The Irish people had been so good to me I felt better about giving the money to someone who needed it more.
  13. mountainJ

    mountainJ I wanna RIDE!

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    You're a class act Noah! :thumb But since I can't afford to do the trip you're doing I could afford to buy you a beer for letting me tag along. Thanks for the continued report.
  14. ThrottleDave

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    Subscribed......great story so far!
  15. moto rrad

    moto rrad ADV n00b

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    all the best noah, still tuned in !:freaky
  16. moto_dmitriy

    moto_dmitriy que?

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    Funny have you seen "The Beach"? The gist is the same.
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    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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  18. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Cats out of the bag...
    Craig and Patty had an off in Tajikistan. They are alright but the bike looked fooked. I got the email about a week ago.

    He said it was beyond repair.. after a few days of pondering it looks like they will try to get her back together! :deal

    Good luck guys! It is unclear right now if Craig will join us for the BAM and Road of bones.
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  20. RoninMoto

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    June 14. Almaty to Camping in the middle of nowhere Kazak. 372 km
    I was slow to get on the road in the morning and didn't leave until afternoon. It was hot and traffic leaving the city was horrible but soon it opened up into a long straight road going north. Soon I started to get tired and I stopped at a small cafe for a salad and some coffee. Back on the road. Around sun down I rode up into the mountains and found an amazing campsite. The view of the sunset was great. I ates some noodles and went to bed. Good to be back in the tent listening to the wind in the grass.

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    Its not shown very good in this picture, but there were weird mounds in areas where the rest was flat.

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    Someone else was here?

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    June 15. Camp spot to Zhangiztobe. 587 km
    The sunrise was just as good as the sunset. I love waking up with the sun and getting on the road early. It was still a little cold but soon it warmed up nicely. The roads through central Kazakhstan were not very interesting. Mostly grasslands with the occasional lake. In the afternoon I met 5 amazing people riding old.. I mean OLD bikes. 2 Ensfields, a Triumph and a BSA single. We chatted over some duck shashlik and coke. These guys were awesome. I feel like I was cheating. I We exchanged contact info and I headed north, they headed south. In the evening it started to rain some and I found a place to sleep. It was just a bed in a room. I thought there was a shower.. but no luck. Oh well.

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    2 up on a 50 year old BSA 500? You guys rule!

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    What I would give to find a sidecar like this on the side of the road in the US.

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    June 16. Zhangiztobe into Semey
    Construction and mud was what happened the last 50 km into Semey. I was not planning on staying long in Semey but some guys pulled up and said to follow them. They had a bike club. My luck. I had access to a garage to clean the bike and work on it. I did a valve check and installed a my "new breather 3-way" that I had bought in the bazaar in Almaty. We found that my rear rack was cracked and went to work welding it as well as making a brace to triangulate the rear rack so it would not bounce and crack again. The guys also took my mirror mount to an aluminum welder and I was told it would be ready in the morning. That evening I met many bikers and some very nice people. Great to practice my russian. They keep apologizing for their english but its far superior usually. I got to ride a Ural custom for the first time. Kinda a joke but it was fun. 750 cc and basically no power. They did look kinda cool though. For dinner I tried horse for the first time. It was quite nice. Way better then the dog I ate in Kyrgyzstan. I slept on a guest bed in a new friends house.

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    S.T.U.C.K.

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    $3 worth of parts from the Bazaar in Almaty.

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    June 17. Semey
    After a breakfast of leftover horse, I got to work on the internet trying to find a schematic for a 2006 HD road king. One of the guys in the club had an HD that had been down and it would not start. I told them if I couldn't fix it, I could at least find the problem. I was not able to find a schematic for a 2006 but I found one for an 2004. It would have to work. We got to work on the HD right away and found a few problems and got them resolved. After a few hours we were able to fire her up. While putting the controls back together, one of the guys turned the screw to hard and broke the pot metal crap that the controls are made of. About half the work we did finding a short in the wiring went to waste because he would have to replace the controls anyway. Next I fixed a few outlets in the clubhouse and put my moto back together. Getting close to the evening I here a small thumper pull up and I go outside. I see a small Russian girl climbing off a Honda XR250 Baja. My heart skipped a beat when she said she was going north. "What speed do you ride?" she asked. "What ever speed you want". She smile. I tried to contain my excitement. For the next few hours we tore into her bike straightening the headlight rack that had bent when she went down on some gravel. We went back to one of the biker's house and made plans to leave in the morning for Russia. I could ride with her for the next few days or longer if I wanted. I was already thinking of ways to spend more time with Sveta.

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