New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Oh Heck Yeah! Looks like a whole new bike, dude! :ricky
  2. Blumtnman

    Blumtnman Rider

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    Wow! Tess is looking really good. The temperatures are a bit shit everywhere at the moment, try 36* in the Blue Mountains. Whew eh? Good luck for the rest of your journey.
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  3. powderpig

    powderpig Been here awhile Supporter

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    Tess looking hot in her new outfit!
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  4. Aaron.S

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    My old mantra of it doesn't have to be fun just done will come in handy.
    I rate it highly. I don't know of another tyre that aggressive that you can get over 8k out of depending on conditions. Worked awesome from Mongolia to Magadan. It's horses for courses and if you are more local go for a more dirt oriented one but for me it was great to get through big distances when no tyres were available.
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  5. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    I think you made her blush.
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  6. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    No words needed on this one. 20191220_091659.jpg
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  7. BOOTLACE

    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum. Supporter

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    Feckn beautiful bloke.

    Ride on!

    Intended route from here?
  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Heading towards Tassie but unsure of exact route. South.
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    BOOTLACE Bikie Scum. Supporter

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    Kewl. Always bed and shed in South Gippsland.
    On the Grand Ridge Road. (2 minute walk to the brewery.....;-)

    Have fun, and carry water.
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  10. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Awesome. I appreciate the offer!!
  11. advrockrider

    advrockrider Long timer

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    So much good news! Really glad KTM stepped up for you, I spend a lot of money with them and feel better that they are taking care of our community. Did you get the go fund me worked out? If not I would love to paypal you some beer or gas money if it's needed? Keep up the awesome report.
  12. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Thanks! We did finally and it's covered the cost of repairs and my flight to Alice Springs so buy yourself a beer and continue the read.
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  13. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Michael Vroom ( Vroomy) picked me up at 7am on Sunday and took me to his workshop to load up my bike and hit the road again.
    I'm so thankful for all his help and getting my bike sorted out.
    It was a shame we are in a heatwave here with temps up to 45c (113f) otherwise we could of gone on a bit of a ride
    He won the Finke desert race some years ago so maybe I saved my lungs from a cupful of dust. Ha.
    I had looked at following the service road of the railway line down but in all honesty in this heat it just isn't really worth the risk.
    It really is a scary heat once above 40 and just to do a dirt road to say I've done a dirt road isn't worth the risk for me.
    My main goal is to get somewhere cooler so I'm trying to get some distance done as well.
    I clicked off a 450k day and stopped whenever I saw a gas station and soaked my Tshirt and jacket in water then carried on .
    It helped for about 20mins then I was dry and cooking again.
    It wasn't as bad as I thought but the next day even though much shorter (230 odd k)to Coober Pedy felt just as long and sucked because it was hotter right from the start and I had a strong head cross wind so I was feeling bad for the bike working in the heat.
    Tomorrow I'm hoping the wind won't be as bad because I'm planning on a bigger one to Port Augusta.
    It's a tad cooler there tomorrow at 38c but looks like back into the 40s in a few days.
    Funny how now seeing a forecast of 38c (100f) I'm thinking oh awesome that's not so bad. It still is way to hot!
    Biggest pain is at 44 camping without shade is sillyness so I got a room and Aussie is not cheap!!.
    I made the most of the room making sure my bike was secure. See photo. 20191222_075331.jpg 20191222_203238.jpg 20191223_101131.jpg 20191223_100621.jpg 20191223_114740.jpg
    Last night they said the water in the room wasn't good to drink so they gave you a 1.5l bottle and you had to buy water which was $6 a bottle.
    I brought a 4l sea to summit bag so with that and my camel back I have 6.5 so when I do find drinkable water or cheap i stock up.
    It's great to be on the move and will be better still once I get into some cooler weather and back to my tent and shade.
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    Glad to see you are rockin and rollin again!! Cheers!!
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  15. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Heeyyyyooooo! That's what we're all here to see! :thumb
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    Wondering how the bike feels?

    Betterer?
  17. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer

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    Actually it does.
    I had a spare fuel pump so they put it in with a new filter as they mentioned the fuel pump pressure was low.
    New brake rotors so it's stopping better and having the rear shock done makes it feel not so much like a lazy boy.
    New cylinder kit has to help.
    It kinda feels like the sweet spot is a little faster than before and holds it easier.
    All and all I'm really happy with it and this may sound dumb but I also put a new front mud guard on it from a new model which is a little different shape so it almost makes me feel like I'm on a new bike.
    The old one was faded and I could see where the stickers were and it was going to bug the shit out of me as it would of been a constant reminder so for 60 bucks I put a new one on.
  18. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Put the old one on ebay. :D
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  19. anadel

    anadel Been here awhile

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    Re bike security, I have an '18 500 and I bought an alarm disc lock for use on occasions where I might stay in a motel or similar. At least you can hear something if the bike is moved. I also wired in a simple cut out switch. That was an obliging motel owner. Tassie sounds like the best option at the moment, there is nowhere to hide from these hideous bushfires in the south east of the mainland.
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