The Ultimate Adventure Accesory

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Jan from Finland, Nov 12, 2005.

  1. Jan from Finland

    Jan from Finland Been here awhile

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    After crossing the Sahara these two guys turn their bikes (KTM 640
    Adventure and Yamaha TT600) to paddlewheel powered rafts made
    of empty oil barrels. Then sail towards Timbuktu (930 miles away) on
    the Niger River until the KTM's top end fails weeks later.

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    You can read more about their story on the latest issue of UK Bike Magazine (November 05). I had never dreamed of this kind of bike adventure before reading this…
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  2. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    The bar for "Wild and Crazy Guys" has just been raised considerably.
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  3. bmwktmbill

    bmwktmbill Traveler

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    That is real crazy shit. Why didn't I think of it???

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  4. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    I wonder how fast those things get on the water..
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  5. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    They took living life to the fullest, and playing hard, to a whole nother level...

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  6. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    god bless them.
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  7. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    I'm thinking that "accessory" might provide a lot of customers for "Insight Cylinder Head Service." :evil

    Maybe you ought to write up a "How To" tech article for folks to construct their very own Paddlewheel raft for their 640 Adv's. Whadya think, Creeper?

    :D
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  8. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    There's a common phrase used in JM Anthony that I believe applies... "Are you high?"
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  9. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    Maybe. What exactly is your definition of "high?"
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  10. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    Thick as a brick...
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  11. Buckster

    Buckster Banned

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    Yep, he qualifies.
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  12. Jan from Finland

    Jan from Finland Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately the Bike article doesn’t give exact numbers. Anyhow it
    says that on the first night they did 33 miles. The whole journey from
    Koulikoro to Mopti took ten weeks. So the average speed was only
    about 4 miles per day. It seems that they were stuck on sandbanks
    or making repairs more than once on the way.
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  13. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    speechless. :bow

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    nominating #2 for the front page :tb
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  14. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    That may be even one up on Esteban who rigged a square sail as the only power on his bike.
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  15. Buckster

    Buckster Banned

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    That'll be the day, when meat is speechless.
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  16. Nom de Guerre

    Nom de Guerre Long timer

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    Hey Gov...

    Pot.
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    Black.

    Don't make me come back to the U.K. to teach you some manners, you wanker :D
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  17. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    Junkyard Wars, but for real. :clap

    I wonder how they kept the bikes cool when they were paddling down the river? The TT600 is a pretty bulletproof slug of a motor, but the KTM musta got hot. Real hot. Unless he built a heat exchanger :dunno or moved a radiator into the river water to dump the heat.

    All the same, amazing stuff. An adventurer's spirit is a helluva thing to try to thwart.
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  18. slide

    slide A nation in despair

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    OK, not heard first hand, but I did hear from a good source that Joel Katz said the BMW engines on the 1100/1150 GS (etc.) could be left idling forever w/o overheating to siezure. Also the cops let their K1000's idle for a long time while on the side of the road hoping to play evil cop and snag some guy out for a pleasent ride.

    At least these bikes were moving some. Still, it's a good question.
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  19. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    It happened once before, but creeper really freaked me out. :arg
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    Boo.
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