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

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

  1. Martincito

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    I got pulled over for speeding. Cops here are hard to deal with and even colder and showing less empathy than in the US.

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    Now I'm close to Antalya resting in a beautiful campground. The road to here was quite epic. Like a hundred miles of twisties with the ocean on the right and mountains on the left

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  2. Hogges

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    LOL you had me there with the pull-over story until I scrolled down to the next picture :). Just goes to show how 2D photography uses our brains to fill in the missing information.
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    How did the KTM hold up with both of you on it?
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    Valuable information! Thanks
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  5. Martincito

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    After the beach I headed to the mountains of Cappadocia. It was a long drive quite scenic through mountain roads.

    I was in Spain and Italy for Eastern, then Greece for Orthodox Eastern and now they are in Ramadan in Turkey. They are ok serving food to travelers but is so different now. People here are all the time in the streets sipping tea, now when I ride through farm towns they are sitting outside but drinking nothing.

    I stopped on a restaurant in the road and a bus full of Chinese tourist stopped as well, saw my bike and starting taking photos with me. I may become popular next time I travel over there.
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    Cappadocia is very beautiful and the landscapes are astounding and great to ride around but the touristic attractions itself can get quite Disneyworld. I camped two days there on a magnificent location.

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    Got lost at some point on this road but not far from the town.

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  6. Martincito

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    Yesterday I woke up with loud noises, opened the tent and have this
    for my eyes.

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    I packed up and headed to the Black Sea where I'm writing this now. I spent 12 hours in the bike and got here exhausted. Today I'm crossing to Georgia.
    Bike is riding great but there is some air in the brakes and feel quite bad. In two days I'll be in Tbilisi and get a KTM dealer (6th in the trip so far) to take a look at it.
    Also I al out run of fuel on a mountain pass. I have to coast all my way down to get to a gas station. It was the first time that passed the 400km on a tank.

    The road up to here was quite impressive.
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  7. Martincito

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    A few screen grabs from the Gopro. I got one for the trip and still figuring out how to get the best of it. Mounting, format, etc. Any advice on that?
    So far I have it mounted on my left mirror and using time-lapse to grab pictures, eventually is the road is great I switch to video mode.

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  8. Martincito

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    C18A0E3F-C7A5-48BA-8AF8-D909A0CD9663.jpeg Yesterday’s ride.
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  9. madend

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    If you have time try to do Soganli Pass from Bayburt to Uzungol. Unpaved road full of hairpins and incredible scenery.
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  10. beltipox

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    Hello great report. About the GoPro the settings depend on the camera model and what you want to achieve: great video? great photo? a final video to elaborate?
    Generally speaking light is your best ally, and if you have enough sd space you can record in 4k. More light less framerate, and viceversa, until you need framerate to make slow motion videos. Can you edit the video making color correction? well use flat color profile, otherwise use gopro color.

    Change often the place of the camera to show different angles, so you can show the scenery, or you can be more personal showing your face, or the bike. Do some timelapse of scenery mountains, maybe when the sun is raising. Well there are a lot of advice, on YT you can find a lot of tutorials...but ask anything you want and i'll try to help :)
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  11. Martincito

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    I had big expectations on this trip about Georgia. Is not a touristic place yet but it's up and coming to become a main destination so better catch it before gets ruined.
    Django Reinhardt has it always on his mind.
    I crossed the border from Turkey to Batumi, Georgia, a beach destination on the Black Sea.
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    A place where you can play pool in the parks. I didn't play, actually I never played pool at daylight without a beer on my hand.

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    From there I headed up to Kutaisi, the second biger city after Tbilisi. It has a famous church.
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    Drivers in Georgia are really bad. Italian may be worse because they are very aggressive but Georgians they just drive awful in a senseless way. There is a lot of crashes.
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    Gory, birthplace of Joseph Stalin.

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    I left my bike at Bikeland a motorcycle shop and get a oil change and front braked needed bleeding, there it was some air on them and the lever was getting loose.
    The bike next device was spouse to happen at 15k km but I don't feel comfortable not changing the oil for so long so I have an intermediated service at 7k.

    There is a very good night life scene and great food in Tbilisi. The city is small but with great views. I really recommend visiting.
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  12. Martincito

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    From Tbilisi I rode north to prepare crossing the border with Russia. Beautiful roads though the mountains towards Stepanstminda. Georgia.
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    One of my favorite places ever where I've camped with a motorcycle is Meat Cove in Nova Scotia but this one could be my new favorite.

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    Futuristic architecture at the waterfront. Reminds me of SciFi illustrations of what life would be like in the year 2000 haha!
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  14. Martincito

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    Next day crossing to Russia was a pain in the ass. I use my Argentinean passport that doesn't need visa fro Russia, the agents in general where nice and talking about soccer with me all the time but I goes sent to a room for questioning, had to give them my phones and passwords, etc. Four hours to cross the border plus two more riding till Grozny, the capital of Chechenia.

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    Grozny got devastated after the war so everything has been rebuilt, looks new and has some nice parks and a beautiful mosque.

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    KFC adaptation to the local market.

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    Is that you laying out next to the tent...time for a shave.
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    Great RR. Looking forward to seeing the more of the trip. Safe travels.
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    Riding with Adam and his KTM 790 R
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  18. Spoilyfarts

    Spoilyfarts whomp whomp

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    What IS that laying by your tent? Food? Local mutt? Tired sheep? Pillow?
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  19. Martincito

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    It's a dog, a shepherd taking care of animals and tourist like me. Was very protective, barking to anything getting close to m tent.
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  20. Martincito

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    Sorry guys again for the lapse. I've been riding a very desolated area between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Five days, no people few gas stations and poor internet. Yesterday was my first non ride day for almost a week. Now I'm in Bukhara heading to Samarkanda and I will take some days off to rest and update the RR.
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