Sibirsky Extreme 2012 - The Toughest Ride of Them All

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Colebatch, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. legasea

    legasea Ape on wheels

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    So did mine.
    Charged with a common electronic tender, came to a steady 13.35v meaning about 90% capacity.
    Started a K12 very easily several times. Hope she might come back from a possible dead situation and be ready for a few years service.



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    In the growing process of migration to the new technology, might serve someone the way I adapted mine.
    In this photo is missing another plus. On the front pannel was fitted a "loudspeaker box pressure connector" for GPS and other fused low amp's aplications. There's plenty of room.

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    Colebatch,
    Your rides and reports are most appreciated. A great source of information, entertainment and dream feeding, they are.
    Many thanks to you and the gang.
  2. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    After we got the bikes off and I had collected all the various bits -panniers etc -Sambors guys had taken off so they could get all the bikes on the trailer I remembered I didn't have much gas left in the bike after the trip from London to Bas' shop near Amsterdam, where they were trucked from.
    The gas station was just a couple of hundred yards from the hotel, so I hopped on and scooted off to fuel up. Just as I was pulling up to the pumps the bike gave a cough and died. My initial thought was "some bugger's siphoned the bike when the trailers been unattended", so I let it roll to the pump and filled up. I then restarted and nipped back to the hotel without further incident. Why am I telling you something so boring? you'll see.
  3. tee bee

    tee bee Been here awhile

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    They look like a very good tyre pate,i ought to try them next time.
  4. Putts

    Putts Gettin' there.

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  5. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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  6. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    We woke up bright and early, packed the bikes up ... waited for breakfast ... and assembled , ready to go:

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    Then in single file we headed off to pick up our route across Astana, with myself in the lead.

    At the second corner (about 500 metres from the hotel) I stopped to check we are all present and in formation, but there was just Terry and Beemster with me. We had lost Prutser and Rod already.

    A minute or so later they caught up with us and I asked everyone for the thumbs up.

    But it wasnt forthcoming.

    There was a problem with Rods bike. It was sputtering a dying after a few hundred metres. After 5 minutes on the side of the road in the baking 35 degree (95F) sun, I suggested we pull into the shade of a nearby shop, and look at it in the shade.

    An hour or so later, Prutser and Rod had come to the conclusion that this was no easy fix and that the rear subframe, fuel tank assembly would need to be removed. I made an executive decision that we abandon play for the day, return to the hotel sort Rod's bike out properly and depart in 24 hours time.

    We returned. Moved into our old rooms again. Got changed and Prutser and Rod began stripping down his bike, while Terry, Beemster and myself drank Kvas and asked for regular updates.

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  7. LGT

    LGT Been here awhile

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    very cool this RR, as usual with Walter
  8. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Broken 690 know how that feels :D when Nicky’s 690 kept blowing ignition fuses

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    Luckily the Hp2 gives great shade

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    Returning to the hotel must have been hard but the best plan for sure

    Great RR as always really enjoying, many thanks again for taking the time to post

    Louis
  9. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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    sorry for interupting but on which page are the close up pics of the grain elevators

    thanks

    sorry for interupting.....:hide
  10. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Hi Louis. Was Nicky's a 2K8? Walter and I have a suspicion, based upon some anecdote and some wider hard eveidence that these bikes were seriously flawed and the later machines are what they should have been all along. I thought my great adventure was over after just a few hundred yards

    before we left

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    All, It wasn't as if I'd just bought the bike, thrown the bags over and set off without prep. I'd seriously torn the bike down and changed wheel and headstck bearings, brakes, chain and sprockets the usual fluids and most importantly for this problem, the fuel filter that sits within about a metre of shit quality convoluted plastic hose in the tank. Bas (for 'tis Prutster)and I took all the gear off and removed the tank to get this stuff out. We suspected that the hose was kinking ands restricting the fuel flow, so we changed the filter for one of the spares I was carrying and very carefully fed the hose and associated gubbins back into the tank without kinks and rebuilt the bike. I then took it for a long test and it seemed to be sorted. Phew! :clap

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  11. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Sorry its another neck-bender guy and gals. I'll rotate them from now on....honest injun


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  12. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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  13. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    The 690 definately wins in the style stakes though. Lovely looking yoke.
  14. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Sorry to hear about your bike Rod, but I find this just hilarious:lol3:lol3:lol3:lol3 I'm picturing the 3 muskateers sitting on the side being fed grapes, washed down by Kvas by beautiful russian maidens (and a lone stud), while the two of you fumble with the bike. Classic:clap
  15. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Feck me lad, you'd better call the paramedics now!:wink:
    When you see the troubles we have over the next weeks you'll either bust a gut or spontaneously combust. There's often just one answer and we retired to it several times :beer:beer:beer
  16. Butcho

    Butcho Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the info and entertainment over the last few days. Been on holiday here lots of time to read. Hope you guys get that 690 sorted out. All that prep work and still gremlins....makes me feel better that it happens to all of us not just me. :huh
  17. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Both the above are a serious pain...At one point you could have had the 690 for a 50 quid and a ticket home. I kid you not. The offer is alas expired now.

    The high maintenance woman left my life years ago :clap
  18. Louisdut

    Louisdut Been here awhile

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    Hi Rod

    Not sure what 2K8 means but Nickys bike is an 2008 model, turned out to be the ignition switch so hot wired it with a remote fuse holder acting as the switch ( but was a bit worrying at the time as any electrical problem is :D )

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    I had the same problem with the kinked pipe, I used part of the old filter as an Insert to stop the pipe kinking, look forwards to hearing about your other problems with the 690 (that&#8217;s not meant in a bad way so please do not get upset) I did a lot of research about 690 problems but more importantly how to get over them.

    Thanks again

    Louis
  19. ROD CURRIE

    ROD CURRIE Been here awhile

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    Necessity is the mother of invention eh?

    Sorry Louis, I did mean is it a 2008 bike. Nicky's being a 2008 just lends a little more credence to the theory that bikes of that year are the ones giving the problems. The guy who does the Roadkill Cookout thing at Horizons Unlimited sold his in the end as he just couldn't get it to run reliably. I suspect the guy who had the bike before me sold it as he couldn't bottom the problem.
    I of course had no contract with KTM having bought the bike second hand, but the question in my head was "How dare KTM sell crap like this when you've bought the bike on their reputation for reliability and durability and yet here they are saving a couple of quid a bike by fitting inferior components"

    Sorry to rant everyone, but to ride with these guys an a trip of this size was a dream come true, that took months of planning, and cost ...considerably and it was almost lost. Grr:mad?:mad?
  20. nickgindy

    nickgindy KLR Basher

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    2k8 is another way to say 2008