New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. RobBD

    RobBD Been here awhile

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    Fantastic report - thanks for taking the time to do it so often and answering all the questions you get - well done Sir !
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  2. keepshoveling

    keepshoveling DNF

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    All you need to do is get up to about 350 and you'll be able to flat foot it at almost any height.
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  3. young1

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    Greetings from the "Naki". Thank you for taking the time to share your incredible journey
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  4. jackbyo

    jackbyo @sunnysideup_mc

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    I KNEW katos were unreliable!
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  5. kito

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    [QUE="Aaron.S, post: 31234878, member: 355855"]My right hand is the only power setting on my bike. It will have the EU map in it and no smog stuff as I brought it in NZ. No power loss that I can tell. I'm not sure about maintenance because I am in two minds. On the one side it would be smart to throw a new piston and rings in check out the bore. On the other side I'm really curious to see how far it will go before it pops. I think I'll do wheel bearings.
    I think id be thinking the same. Would be interesting to see how far it can go
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  6. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    I headed back to the coast and stayed in Ventura a night then headed up the PCH 1 but due to rain and mudslides it was blocked at Ragged point so I stayed in a little town just before that. Today back to heading north on the 101 cut back in below Santa Cruz and staying just out of San Francisco. Couldn't help myself had to do a little wheel stand on the golden gate Bridge. Too much traffic though. I also stopped when I saw this guy (Dave) and we had a chat for a while. He's been walking across America for a year he started in Florida up through Colorado cut in below Portland now heading south. [​IMG]
    And wearing KTM colours
    We all have a journey in us if we decide to take it.

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  7. colloquialoatmeal

    colloquialoatmeal Thumpin'

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    This thread is awesome!! I remember seeing you and me and my buddy were riding into Baja! I think it was either the 31st or the 1st, we were on a XR650L and DR350, saw you bombing down the highway somewhere around San Felipe!! We're back in Eugene, Ore where we live now, send me a message so we can buy you a beer man and hear some stories! Good luck!
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  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Thanks. Yeah that would of been me. I'll be back in Portland on Saturday all going well. Unfortunately I won't be riding through Eugene as I'm going up the coast or I would stop in. I'll be around Portland for quite awhile though so keep in touch. If interested in any other pictures Instagram Aaronsteinmann1

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  9. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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    Are you heading up the coast from SF? If so send me a message and I'll buy you a beer in humboldt arcata/eureka area.
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  10. Luke308

    Luke308 Been here awhile

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    Not sure if I've missed it Aaron, but could you share some details of what you brought along in your bags? Tent? Sleeping bag? Tools? etc.

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  11. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    I started out with a tent and sleeping bag. .. read thread.

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  12. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    San Francisco to Crescent city today. It was cold! But I hit a little milestone on the bike today it broke the 500hr mark. The distance is in kilometers. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  13. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Holy crap.
    KTM should buy the bike and tear it apart, the way Toyota did for a 1 million mile 2007 Tundra.

    Be careful coming into PDX, current prediction is for continued freezing conditions of cold and dry through Sunday. The roads still have slick spots.
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  14. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Well I made it to Oregon!! And that was the point of the thread so it's a win. One more day to Portland the finish line. Cold day today but clear keeping an eye out for ice patches it didn't seem to get much above 0 to 5 deg C today. It felt really good crossing the state boarder. Great views and another day my bike was fun and can you believe it it made it? I had a few doubts when I brought it but I had no doubt that on a day to day basis that it would be a fun bike. Light with some grunt. Great for everything .. I will rant about it later. No matter what bike pack light. Touring cyclists do it and camp. One more day to Portland. The roads don't look great there due to snow so fingers crossed [​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junky

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    Great Job Aaron! My hat's off to you, that's quite the achievement.
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  16. Aaron.S

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    Thanks

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  17. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Congrats! Looking forward to your breakdown on gear used and what worked and what you would change next time.

    Are you going to reverse and ride back?
  18. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Good job Aaron!!

    :clap

    Just found your instagram account.
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  19. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    No I'm staying in Portland for a while. Even if I weren't I don't think I would want to. I would be more interested in continuing forward and seeing new places. Just like when I go hiking I prefer loops rather than walking in turning around then walking the same way back.

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  20. Aaron.S

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    Thanks Dan!!

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