New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Aaron.S, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. BillUA

    BillUA Las Vegas, NV

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    Aaron, followed since the beginning, Congrats!!! Well done and thanks for brining us along..
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  2. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Thanks for joining me for the ride .
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  3. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I don't rely on the kick stand I just kinda throw my leg straight over the seat not around. I'm 34 as well.
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  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I appreciate the positive feedback. Cheers and I hope it gives you some inspiration.
  5. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Ever get the feeling if you fall asleep to long you might wake up in a different country?
    I'm twiddling my thumbs in Vladivostok.
    Accommodation isn't cheap but there are a huge amount of tourists from South Korea here.
    I heard it's cheaper for them to fly here for a few days and eat crab and seafood than going out for 3 days back home.
    Some hotels are set up for them.
    Hence...
    Not exactly my tent but the cheapest option for me at the moment . 20190818_134425.jpg 20190818_134511.jpg 20190817_134700.jpg 20190817_134647.jpg
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    Blumtnman Rider

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    Wow!
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  7. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    What does something like one of those cloisterphobia tubes cost? And where do you keep your stuff?
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  8. Davidjohnson

    Davidjohnson Been here awhile

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    you having an MRI done? lol
  9. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    About 25 a night and you get a locker. The space age one sucked because the mattress was so thin I was basically laying on the ground. Worse than my sleeping pad by a long shot. I went back to the other place today and got the double room one. Really comfy bed in it. close the blind throw in your ear plugs and not to bad. The toilets and showers are really nice and clean. The cheapest normal room is over 60us I could find close enough to walk into town and it was a shit hole.
    Money is getting super tight and I have a huge payment of shipping coming up from Vladivostok to Malaysia. I'm starting to get a little stressed about it to tell the truth.
  10. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    That's frickin' crazy man, the one with the blue lights looks like something out of a sci-fi movie :lol3. Don't imagine there's any monkey business going on in one of those tubes.

    I hope the $$$ side doesn't become a huge stresser @Aaron.S, that type of worry sucks. Any chance you can do some temp work while you're waiting for all the travel/shipping crap to be sorted? Maybe help with an English class or something? Probably a stupid idea, but thought I'd throw it out there :-)

    Keep your chin up man, have enjoyed following this thread for so long :thumb
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    outbacktm Bullrun Bison Supporter

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    The rooms look more like sarcophagus
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    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    That would have been Grom. He is an inmate here and a key member of the russian "Off Road People". He is usually the one who makes their crazy videos.
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  13. duggyb

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    108 pages and I finished it! Absolute best read by far. Would love to donate some funds to you as reading this thread is like me buying a book from a good author! Cant thank you enough for sharing your experiences, loving your cowboy attitude(how i am also) and wish there was more people in life like this. Hope one day I am privileged enough to buy you a beer! If you are ever back in Calgary , AB or the BC rockies give me a shout. I just finished getting my FE450 more setup for some distance stuff. You commented on my post on fbook the other day about my windshield being too tall( it is for sure) and i have to cut it down before my trip to Revelstoke. Cheers!
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  14. kvango

    kvango Been here awhile

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    Great read, but everyone knows you can't ride a 500 EXC rtw, that is BMW territory. Your photoshopping in the EXC over your GS has been excellent!
    :hide

    But seriously, congratulations. And your comment echos others that the world is getting paved pretty quickly. I'm sure it is 'progress' for some, but other areas not so much (i.e. China's belt and road projects). Hope the carnet/shipping goes smoothly, and I will pickup part one (NZ to Oregon) when this trip ends!
    - Kevin.
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    All i have to say is DAM! I just found your RR 3 days ago and read every single page of the last couple years, it was better than most published books! I know you had to leave alot out over the years, but I have to say I really appreciated your candor and honesty with how things went down and how you mentally dealt with things as they hit you in the face. Thank you for not only taking us along this crazy journey but also giving us a small glimpse into your life, I know that can be really challenging to let people see into your world and expose your-self to peoples criticisms and opinions of how you should do things. Thanks for staying yourself the whole time man, and telling people to F off when needed. Congratulations on finishing your RTW, I feel morally obligated to buy you a beer.... Ill just have to drink an extra one for you. Holler if you ever make it back up to Alaska. Keep rockin man and I look forward to your future updates!!
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    Well done, Aaron! I've often wondered how I would ride if I had lots of time. Like you, I get itchy feet after just a few hours of down time. I don't think most people realize how many miles/kms one can do comfortably on the 500.
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    Add me as a follower, and expect a lot more of us, since your RR is featured in the latest ADVrider email. Haven't read the whole report, yet, but plan to when I get 'round to it. Interested in your trip, your 500, and your style. Thanks.
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    EtronX Been here awhile

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    His name was Graham Vavangas. He was my old boss.
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    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I appreciate your positive feedback and if a book comes out please buy it !!
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    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    I'm sorry you lost a friend. I didn't want to mention his name incase people thought it was insensitive or something. Often it is hard for me to know what to say about these horrible things that happen to people I don't know.
    I lost a very close friend in a motorcycle accident and he was on a Harley.
    I was horrified at some of the comments people wrote on the comments section of the news article. Saying things like just another middle aged wanna be biker that can't ride been stupid etc. I knew he had dirtbikes as well and was a great rider.
    Once again sorry for your loss and to his family.
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