Madrid(NYC)-Mongolia solo on a KTM 790 Adventure

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Martincito, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. marc1

    marc1 Adventurer

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    I miss you buddy! Great RR. Look forward to all the details in person.
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  2. BeaterBike

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    A true privilege to be able to follow along on such an epic journey. You leave guys like me, sitting at their desk in an office, smiling, and dreaming of having a chance to one day follow in your steps. Taking the time to share your words and photos with all of us goes much farther than you may think!
  3. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    +1

    Spot on bro!
  4. FrankBlank

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    Sweet holy shit!!! What an amazing trip... I followed on Instagram, but didn't realize this thread was here, too.

    Just read through the whole thing. Great RR...can only imagine what it was like to experience it all first hand.

    Glad you made it back safe and sound. Look forward to hearing more details.

    Greg
  5. ex-xt

    ex-xt Been here awhile

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    Amazing, beautiful pictures and interesting .
    As we ( 2 or 3) are planning to make almost the same ride, but not further than Almaty I assume. With himalayan and maybe a triumph scrambler .
    Sen you a PM
    hasta luego
  6. yokesman

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  7. strongleftleg

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    @Martincito thank you for taking the time to share with us. Some wonderful pictures and stories. The organic ride review of the new 790 is icing on the cake!
  8. ArifUnal

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    Thanks..

    Great ride report. In fact this is not only ride report because it has several product reviews inside.
  9. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    Simply stunning!!!!
  10. bakercdb

    bakercdb Still searching

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    Have you spent much time on the F800GSA? (I didn't catch which GS you have).
    I recently returned from Africa (26 countries) and thinking about a replacement for more RTW travel.

    The big draw for the 790 is the significant weight savings (it seems). That likely shrinks when kitted out to match some essential standard equipment on the F800 GSA (luggage racks, heated grips, long distance seat, etc). I ride solo and picking up the GSA on slippery red clay, and navigating some of the nasty West African routes wasn't great, esp after months on the road.

    The F800GSA has been a great bike, and mechanically bulletproof. Unfortunately, the electronics side of these ADV bikes don't match the mechanical reliability, and at 70k miles of RTW travel, Electronics issues are starting to surface. All the electronics of the 790 don't thrill me, but 50 pounds? less would be a big plus.
  11. IanC

    IanC Been here awhile

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    I used to agree with this. But the image stabilistation on the GoPro Hero 7 Black compensates brilliantly. Here's an example:
  12. Gedrog

    Gedrog 1000 mile stare a 1000 stories to tell

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    @IanC what mounting system are you using and what Drone are you using? cheers
  13. IanC

    IanC Been here awhile

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    I made my own bracket from 3mm ali on my 1290, partly fitted behind the indicator but stabilised from the headlight mount bolt. And a Puluz aluminium case.

    And a Mavic Air.
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  14. Pongo

    Pongo Been here awhile

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    Adventure indeed. Amazing trip, write up and reviews. A hat trick!
  15. sgio

    sgio Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the ride report. Sounds like a great trip. Just the thing for me to read on this icy Sunday morning!
  16. Dodo56

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    Nice report, I just finished reading it as I was heading round Croatia and Italy as you were writing. Glad it (mostly) went well and the difficulties weren't too difficult. I'm doing much of the same route next year but heading Siberia-Mongolia-Silk Road - also on a 790 so it's good to hear the bike handled it well. After your report of mudguard clogging I may fit the high fender but otherwise it sounds like the S is the ideal adventure bike, as I hoped. Ride on :)
  17. Hydra5

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    Pretty glad to hear the Dirt Napper works. Great RR Martin!
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