San Franciso to Atlanta for Turkey Day on a KTM 690 (Gobble, Gobble!!)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by marshy19, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. marshy19

    marshy19 Georgia Clay

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    That is me with my new KTM 690 in San Francisco. So now the story begins&#8230;
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    Far too many years I have said "should have, could have". So I was 41, newly divorced and not liking what was looking back at me in the mirror. As children we think of grand adventures. Rescue the princess from the castle and live happily ever after. We unfortunately the grind of life nearly ground me to nothing. <o:p></o:p>
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    One of the adventures that I always wanted to take was riding a motorcycle to see the world. I started riding when I was nine. On my trusty XR80, I explored the hundreds of acres behind my house in Oklahoma. Great memories. I sold my last bike when I was 13 as my family moved to Texas. <o:p></o:p>
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    Fast forward approximately 27 years. I finally bought another bike, an old beat up YZ 125. It didn&#8217;t matter, I felt like a kid again. The sound of a screaming two-stroke brought all the memories back.
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    Then divorce entered my life. Enough of that. It was tough and don't wish it on anybody. Again I was without a bike. <o:p></o:p>
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    Some months ago I stumbled upon ADVrider.com. I started reading some inspiring stories. Some of my favorites:<o:p></o:p>
    - Many, many, many TAT ride stories
    - Getting&#8217; Dirty with the Wans: 8400 miles<o:p></o:p>
    - coast to coast (and back?) on an Italian Supermodel (thx AntiHero!)<o:p></o:p>
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    Well i needed a bike and started looking for a new ride. For me at this point if my life it is a KTM 690. I found one. Only one little issue: logistics... It was located in San Francisco. I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Ship it? Nah. Keep looking.<o:p></o:p>
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    Then a thought hit me. Go get it and ride it home. Note that this was Wednesday November 14 approximately one week before Thanksgiving. I was already taking the week off work and planning on driving (a car) to Texas to spend Thanksgiving with my family. <o:p></o:p>
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    No I can't. Excuse after excuse. Then I thought, why the hell not. You have been making excuses all your life.
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  2. Kyron

    Kyron Oncler Inds

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    Sounds perfectly normal to me
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  3. marshy19

    marshy19 Georgia Clay

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    The plan ride from San Francisco to Atlanta, Georgia in 7 days. With a stop in Texas to have Thanksgiving with my family.<!--?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /--><o:p></o:p>
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    Day 1 November 19, 2012<o:p></o:p>
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    Starting Location: Atlanta, Georgia<o:p></o:p>
    Ending Location: Santa Cruz, California<o:p></o:p>
    I got up early. 3:00am. So much for 8 hours of sleep. I had already packed the night before so I was not stressed about being ready for the trip. I rolled around in bed and then gave up. Soon my friend, Rick was banging on the door to take me to the airport.

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    - Rick driving me to the airport

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    - At the airport

    I breezed through security without any cavity searches.
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    The flight. Let&#8217;s just say it is over, done and forgetten. 5-1/2 hours in a seat designed for someone under 5&#8217;6&#8221; and under 120 pounds is not fun (I&#8217;m 6&#8217;2&#8221; and 200#). Add to this that they guy in front of me nearly broke the seat since he was trying to get it to recline past the engineering specs and his kids (18 mos and 6) were crawling all over the plane. Believe me I have kids and know the HELL that parents go on a flight.
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    -back of the bus
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    Erkkk (whatever that sound is when airplane tires hit the runway). I&#8217;m now here. Off to baggage claim to get my box with the tools. I thought about trying to carry them on but didn&#8217;t see how I could explain that a tire iron is not a lethal weapon.

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    Don was there to pick me up and off to downtown San Francisco.
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    He took me straight to the shop (a Ducati one no less) where they were mounting the new Pirelli MT90s for my little adventure!
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    The pictures of the bike did not do it justice. They bike was practically new. Don really takes care of his stuff. He walked me around the bike giving me a download on the bike. It definitely seemed ready for this trip.
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    After packing up and putting on my gear, I was ready to finally go!
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    It was already 3:30 (I think). I was in downtown San Francisco. Not exactly the best place to ride a new bike. After making a turn onto a one-way street (mind you all the other cars were going the wrong way). Ahhh!!!!
    I calmly pulled it over to the side and made a quick u-turn and nailed the throttle. Whoa!!! So that is what a 690 can do. The little evil grin was plastered on my face!

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    I pulled onto 101 South and guess what? Parking lot. What can you expect? So I got lots of practice with starting and stopping, starting and stopping, starting and stopping.... Well you get the gist. I was really nervous riding in the traffic conbined with trying to get a feel for the bike. After about an hour, I noticed a &#8220;scenic parking&#8221; sign and pulled over as I needed a break. It was a good call as the sun was just about to set over the mountains. Beautiful.
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    - Sorry for the bad pic.

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    Don and I had talked prior to me leaving about which route to take. He asked me if I had ever ridden Highway 1 on a bike before. No, I answered. Well it is a cool ride if you can make the time for it. Nuf said, off to Hwy 1.

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    I got to Santa Cruz, CA. Found a motel and grabbed a much needed shower.
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    - Air Freshener!

    I then walked down the street for some awesome Mexican food. Just simple meal but very tasty. A chicken taco with soft corn tortillas and a steak burrito. That sauce had a nice KICK to it. Yum!
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    - Off to bed. Nite nite bike&#8230;<o:p></o:p>
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    P.S. Why the heck did I eat all that food? My stomach looks like an alien is growing inside of it!<o:p></o:p>
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  4. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    OK I'm in. Being a new owner of a 690 myself and having ridden coast/coast a few times, I gotta' see how this turns out.

    :D

    PS: I loved my old YZ 125 too. After having no bikes for many years after the YZ, I bought a Ducati. But then I found this site and started dreaming of distant places. I was going to buy a BMW twin. Then I sat on a KTM950. It reminded me of my old YZ and I bought it on the spot. 7 years and 60k miles later I downsized to my new 690R. Very happy. I had to get a new seat, though. :deal
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  5. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Great start, I'll follow along...
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  6. everetto

    everetto Been here awhile

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    I'm in too. I am very interested in a 690 myself, and who knows - I might be doing something similar to this myself in the near future.

    Ride safe, have a blast and keep up the reports.
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  7. brailman133

    brailman133 Adventurer

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    Sub :)


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  8. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    You know you can split lanes in California, right? :evil

    Anyway, awesome start! :clap
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  9. p-luc

    p-luc Let play out-side

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    Why not, that my ''MODO''.
    2 years ago, I did Montreal to Toffino,BC, round trip and I come back with a new bike. Left with a KLR and come back with a brand new 990 adv, ''why not''.
    We have to enjoy life now not tomorrow. The best picture a got from my la trip.
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  10. RTODAHL01

    RTODAHL01 Been here awhile

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    HEYYYY
    Were is the rest?
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  11. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    I made a similar trip from Indy to Albuquerque a few years ago. I hope your trip is as transformative as mine was.
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  12. marshy19

    marshy19 Georgia Clay

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    Sorry guys for not updating. Work and family responsibilities catching up. I'll make time later this week.
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