New Zealand RTW and back on a KTM500exc.

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

  1. Tsin

    Tsin Adventurer

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    Congratulations! You have done something big. Thanks for taking us along.
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  2. Dusty Rider

    Dusty Rider Seeking Neverland

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    Burt Munro would be proud!
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  3. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Open to public usually first come first served. 5 to 15 dollars or something like that. I think some you can book.
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  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    I have a flight on Monday to Portland but yet to know if it's going still or I'll take it.
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  5. radmann10

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    Aaron, thank you for taking us along, great RR!
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  6. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks for all the messages I really appreciate your positive feedback.
    I started heading north from Invercargill on a pretty dim rainy day.
    I took some back high country roads untill I made it to Alexandria.
    It was pretty wet and cold so for the first time since I've been in NZ I treated myself to a room since I told myself I deserved it after completing my journey.
    I proceeded to get a little bit drunk. Ha.
    The next day as I was about to turn off the tarmac I looked down and noticed my radiator wobbling.
    I stopped and saw both mounts had broken through completely on the radiator.
    I've cable tied it up and it's pretty solid but I can't trust it will hold on the rough stuff so I'm going to have a baby it back to Christchurch.
    I've certainly haven't gone easy on the poor old girl on this N.Z leg of the trip.
    Here's one photo of the road and the others are from Skippers 20200317_121759.jpg 20200315_110446.jpg 20200315_110131.jpg 20200316_134826.jpg 20200315_112058.jpg 20200315_115810.jpg canyon from the other day.
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  7. cidi

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    Congrats! What a great trip. Thank you for the fantastic report along the way.
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  8. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    It has but since you are to lazy to look then I'm to lazy to answer your lazy arse.
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  9. Blumtnman

    Blumtnman Rider

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    ^ Good answer, :lol3.
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    frankynowell n00b

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  11. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Canada/US border just closed
  12. DC950

    DC950 Microadventurer

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    if you come back and we don't all die of the Kung Flu, I will have to ride down for a beer.
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  13. roadcapDen

    roadcapDen Ass, Grass or Gas, no free rides.

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    Most Epic Aaron! Where will the ornament stay?

    From October 2016

    "Thanks! And it has become mine. I think it will turn into a ornament. Don't think I could sell it after this trip."
  14. anadel

    anadel Been here awhile

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    Like the others, your exploits are one of the main reasons I moved from Japan to Austria ie DR to EXC. The 500 feels special everytime I hit the dirt, even if it is a flat road. And congratulations on the consistent quality of your photos. You obviously take some time to work out the composition/exposure of each photo and we have ended up with spectacular ones, right up to those rippers in NZ. Just goes to show that video isn't the be all and end all of bike riding reports. There is so much average to poor stuff on Youtube I now skip most of them.
  15. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    When I read that your trip was over I shed a tear knowing that a friend that I never met but knew well was leaving and I would never hear from him again.
    The optimist in me thinks that there is another adventure lurking in the back of your mind.
    Best of luck in the future.

    My 2012 500 EXC just reaching middle age at 969 hours and 39900 K on the clock. At 1000 hours I will take it apart and freshen it up, or not.
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  16. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Not sure. I guess it will depend on where end up.
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  17. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Long timer Supporter

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    Thanks and that's getting way up there in the hours!!
  18. BLucare

    BLucare What could possibly go wrong?

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    Was just thinking today: Have you thought about putting a map together to show your whole RTW route? I always like seeing that from RTW travelers, but hey, no pressure. Cheers, mate :thumb
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  20. Brainflex

    Brainflex Been here awhile

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    Is there anywhere that you wished you had gone?
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