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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    Just look at that scenery! NZ looks like a true ADV paradise.

    What's the story with those huts? Are they a paid rental, like an Air BnB of sorts? Or just open to the public, first-come first-serve basis?
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  2. oldgriffo

    oldgriffo Adventurer

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    Dam you Aaron, you are making me homesick..........
    The views on Nevis are awesome, and yes the weather is being kind to you.
    Time to make a trip home to curb the sickness. (it never goes away you know)
    Thanks for the great pictures and report.
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  3. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    FB_IMG_1584408377109.jpg FB_IMG_1584408383368.jpg My FB post a couple days ago.
    I have been a little slack on my RR so just a copy and paste.
    I still have more to come.
    It's over!
    After 139870k through 51 different countries on 6 continents taking over three and a half years yesterday I finally made it to Bluff the end of my journey.
    I hadn't planned on going there yesterday but after seeing rain was in the forecast for the following day I decided to head to Invercargill and before I knew it I was doing a wheelie on the beach Burt Munro raced his bike on then standing by the signpost in Bluff.
    It seems appropriate because this is how my Forrest Gump type journey has been mostly which is unplanned and taking it day by day.
    I never set out to ride around the world.
    I had made it to Oregon my goal then decided Alaska was a better ending point and then for whatever reasons I thought I'll turn around and ride it back home to New Zealand.
    A big thanks to Harold Olaf Cecil at Giant Loop, Dave Adventure-Spec, MotoZ tyres who have supported me with gear but especially I would like to thank all of you who have either been following my journey on here, opened up your home to me or I've been lucky enough to meet in person and click away some K's on the road together, drink a beer and share some laughs with.
    It's starting to feel like a Grammy speech and I hear the music so I better hurry.
    I've been humbled and grateful for all the kindness I've experienced along the way and it's given me faith in humanity which is one of the awesome things about traveling so no matter what size of the journey you have in mind or type just go do it and experience the kindness out there waiting for you.
  4. forgorin

    forgorin Stuck in Japan

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    I can't remember if this has been posted before and I am too lazy to go and look for it; have you done a post about your expenses? I would be interested in finding out what you have spent adn on what!
  5. NoelJ

    NoelJ Long timer

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    Congratulations Aaron, it's been a hell of a ride!
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  6. wizz

    wizz Up a creek......

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  7. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Well done, Aaron! We all owe you for your contributions to this forum, and to the world of ADV moto travel. Thanks a million for bringing us along :thumb Can't wait to see what's next!
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  8. Blumtnman

    Blumtnman Rider

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    Well done one ride finishes, therefore the next adventure is waiting. Thank you very much for bringing us along,:clap:clap:clap.
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  9. TuckerNZ

    TuckerNZ Adventurer

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    Congrats mate, good to see another Kiwi pulling hard. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. BarryB

    BarryB Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have thoroughly enjoyed your journey! Thanks very much for bringing us along and I hope you will have more travels in the near future!

    Gotta find something else to read, now!
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  11. radmann10

    radmann10 Derf Supporter

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    Aaron, thank you!
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  12. climberevan

    climberevan planning the next journey

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    This will be remembered as one of the great ADV RRs. Thanks so much for going to the trouble. I've done enough of them to really appreciate the dedication it requires.



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  13. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Great journey Aaron,

    just made it home before global shutdown - great timing.
    Friend of mine is just stuck in NZ in his bike trip with canceled flight...

    Would be great to read a summary about working equipment on such a long trip.
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  14. ColumboNH

    ColumboNH Been here awhile

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    Awesome, Aaron! Thanks for the updates and your candid writing style!
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  15. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Thanks Aaron for proving a 500 EXC can go around the world, looking forward to going further on my 525. Come on by our Moto B&B if you ever go north east in North America.
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    dano619 Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks Aaron!! Quite the Adventure!! Was sure fun following along!!
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  17. brucemuzik

    brucemuzik Adventurer

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    I second this, Aaron. I bought my 500 because of you. Thank you for the great read and inspiration.
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  18. AdvMoto18

    AdvMoto18 NORDO Supporter

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    A heck of a ride Aaron! And equally written RR over the years!

    Likewise, I don't think I would have bought my gently used '16 500 if not for Aaron's thread. I rode my 350 regionally around the tri-state area but would have never considered riding the similarly equipped 500 around the world, for the most part, with a factory setup.

    My 500 is well beyond a factory setup now thanks to RTW Paul's "Adventurizing a 500 for RTW" thread.

    Now to extend my horizon!
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  19. powderpig

    powderpig Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks, Aaron for bringing us along on your incredible journey. All the best as you discover the next steps in your life!
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  20. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Congrats Aaron, what an accomplishment and achievement. You've crafted something amazing in this report, likely inspiring far more than you'll ever know.

    If you make it back to OR and have time to grab a whisky, please let me know - be an honor to buy one or three for you.
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