New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. Dusty Rider

    Dusty Rider Seeking Neverland

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  2. willmaniac

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    I'm sure this is just the start and KTM will come to the party on a small scale. But lets remember they have given us a light weight race bike that is reliable enough to ride around the world, what greater gift could they give ! KTM throw soo much money into racing , win on Sunday sell on Monday. They want us to think of all those Dakar wins not two winging poms struggling in easy off-road terrain ! Like Red Bull KTM has been very consistent in their marketing and the growth has been incredible. All the best Aaron really enjoyed this report.
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  3. Aaron.S

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    They have a comment section at the bottom of the article you can voice your opinion.
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    Done and done.
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  6. Bt10

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    The reasons for the wheelie in front of KTM don't match between your report and their story?:lol3 Love the report!
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  7. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile Supporter

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    The shipping saga continues.
    I got told to be at a warehouse at 1pm on Thursday just outside or Port Klang where I could work on my bike.
    1pm comes and the shipping agents turn up saying the customs want to see me and my passport. We drive half a hour to get there yet they didn't bother seeing me. One of the agents went from one person to the next to the next while another guy was taking paperwork between buildings.
    Then we had to wait for one lady to put the last signiture on the paperwork but no one knew where she was for a while. Finally she turned up and at about 4 they said it would be released.
    We drove back to the warehouse waiting for the delivery truck and when it finally turned up I was so stoked but then when we opened the back up my heart sunk and me temper flared a tad as instead of a crate with my bike there was a old Royal Einfield that had dust and bird shit all over it.
    Ughh you can imagine how pissed off I was.
    Where was my bike? No one knew.
    Lots of phone calls by the agents and we decided to go to the port to the co-loaders warehouse to try find it.
    It's about 6pm now and luckily the agent convinced them to stay open. He was saying in 29 years of shipping he has never seen an incorrect item get out of the port. The issue was going to be getting that bike back in and another out because as far as the port is concerned I have my bike because all the paperwork had been done and signed for.
    How do we prove we got the wrong bike?
    The whole time I was really pooing myself so bummed out thinking I might never get to see my bike again.
    At this point the bikes not worth much in monetary value but I have so much sentimental value in it that it really would be a massive deal to me to never have it back. I'll never sell that bike. She's turning into a ornament.
    We got very lucky as the security was either between shifts or slack so they just waved us through and the truck when we flashed our security ID's we had got at the guard post.
    Well we got to the co loader and found it. Wow what a relief but now it's to late to do anything with it.
    We got them to load it on a truck and take it to a warehouse outside of the port and organised them to deliver it the next day to the airport cargo area.
    I can't stress how amazing the shipping agents were. There is no way I could of dealt with this alone and they went above and beyond to get this taken care of. They were on top of it the whole time.
    So the next day (Friday) I met the agents at their office downtown and we went to the airport so I could pull the side off the crate. Luckily I had given the bike a good clean in Magadan and also it got cleaned again in Vladisvostok so with the battery out and fuel already drained it was just a couple hours giving it a once over and putting the crate back together ready to be flown out on Monday night.
    I'm flying to Perth on Sunday.
    Now just fingers crossed all goes smooth on the Aussie side.
    I think it's going to be easier dealing with air cargo to have it released than a port that's for sure so I'm not too worried. 20191018_171826.jpg
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    Jeez, what a relief to be reunited with your bike. Then having to watch it go away again. Must have been agony. Hope things go better in Perth.
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  9. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Wow - what a shock and what a relief
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  10. skibum69

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    Yikes!
  11. Aaron.S

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    I went to pick up my bike yesterday.
    First I went to Menzies the co loader. they charged me 300 AUS . Ouch just to get it from the plane 500m to their warehouse?
    Then of to customs to get the Carnet sorted.
    Then to the Dept of Agriculture where I had a to pay 80 AUS for the inspection and book a time.
    The first one I could get was about a hour and a half later yet I wasn't allowed to open the crate until he arrived.
    He was a nice guy originally from Croatia so as soon as he said that I was like .. Oh I loved Croatia and told him a few stories etc.
    It took a while to open the top of the crate and I had my bike cover on so all he said was pull that off. He looked down at it then asked for the VIN. Mine is behind the headlight so I undid the rubber straps he took a photo then ran his finger under the front mudguard it came out clean. Asked me to open my bag at the back and pull out one of my dry bags. It happened to be the one with my cooker and pots in then he said all good and left me to it.
    To easy.
    It was late afternoon and the cargo place said I couldn't work on pulling the crate apart or bike in the warehouse but if they put it outside they couldn't bring the bike in again if I wasn't finished in time so I decided to come back the next day and get it done so I didn't feel rushed.
    I went back today and put it all back together. It took a little longer than I thought it would to fire up but luckily the battery is pretty new and had a bit of charge in it.
    I noticed one front fork seal is leaking ( not long since I've had it done) but the front forks had been pulled down for 2 months.
    I'm taking the bike in tomorrow to get the valves checked and I need to get some indicators.
    I got in contact with MotoZ here and they are helping me out with a set of tyres for free. Bonus!!
    The pressure has certainly lifted that's for sure and I can't wait to hit the road and start getting back into travel mode.
    I have to admit though riding it back to my mates place from the airport I was thinking shit this thing vibrates a bit and the seats a tad hard who would want to ride one of these around the world? :)
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  12. Blumtnman

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    Good to see you reunited with your bike :clap.
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    Fantastic that you will be back on the road again.
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  14. Roundtuit101

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    Bloody awesome Aaron. So glad it all ended well. My heart sunk when I read about you opening the grate and found the Royal Enfield. Hope everything goes to plan from here on.
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  15. reed valve

    reed valve Just ride.....

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    Dude, for a bike that has worked hard being ridden around the world, it sure does look damn good!
    Like new
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    Bike is looking spotless, mate :thumb Glad to see you're back at it!
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  17. skibum69

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    Right on!
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  18. anadel

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    My 2018 500 is fine on the open road at speed. The bars have no more vibrations than my DR790 and if you push down hard on the pegs you can feel the vibrations but it never intrudes on a days riding. The biggest issue is having a decent seat. Congratulations for the consistently excellent photos from your trip. In the age of YOutube vlogging, it is great to see that the humble camera still has a place.
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  19. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    Like the mud disc at the back ... oh... and the flipflops / thongs!
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    Thanks for the amazing thread!! Welcome to Australia, see you in Alice ;)
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