New Zealand to Alaska on a KTM500exc now RTW!

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

  1. climberevan

    climberevan planning the next journey

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    This is an interesting side effect of using race bikes for travel. I bet in the next few years we'll have more reports of people flying around with their motors in the middle if RTW trips. Aaron is kind of a pioneer, but Paul is jumping on the bandwagon, and others are clearly inspired.

    I have used my RFS for long trips, but nothing big enough to require significant engine work in the middle of the trip. I just do the work after getting it home, and then it's ready for another 8k mi or so without further attention.

    If enough people start doing this maybe a standard method of motor transport and re-importation will emerge, with wisdom on which countries make it easier, etc....
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  2. DesertRatliff

    DesertRatliff Tinker Tinker Ride Ride

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    Well, thanks to Aaron's findings, we all know just how far this newer XC4 motor can go and how far it could have gone. I'm much more inclined to just run mine...and keep running it.
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  3. radmann10

    radmann10 Fred

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    Did you get the motor through customs yet?
  4. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    No. Let's see what Monday brings.
  5. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Fingers are still tapping on the motor but a couple more positive emails early this morning.
    In the meantime I've been on a bit of a buying spree replacing worn out camping gear.
    My MSR has done awesome but I've used the shit out of it and zips are starting to go along with getting thin in spots so it's due.
    I was super keen on the Nemo Dagger 2p tent but I never saw it on sale and MSR gave me a discount so I ended up getting the latest Hubba Hubba. I like how they changed the pole design on the ends where it splits.
    Also a new sleeping bag and I went a tad warmer with a 15F -9c Mountain hardware. I had the same bag before but it was a 32f and I felt it was a tad cold for me for a true 3 season. Side by side there is a big difference between them. New pillow and sleeping bag liner gees I'm about to go just camp outside the house tonight to test it out but nah gives me something to look forward to... sore hips again ha.
    Had a freak thought about midnight a couple weeks ago thinking it had been ages since I last got my Kiwi passport and so I got up to check and it's due soon. Too soon so panic stations the next day and I had to apply for another one which turned up today according to the fedex note on the door when I got home from work.
    Sometimes it's about those little things and I'm at the stage where I'm starting to think what have I forgot to do or put off for to long and I need to pull the trigger on them now.
  6. radmann10

    radmann10 Fred

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    I love my Hubba Hubba you can't go wrong with MSR or Mountain Hardware gear! It will be great to see you back on the road.
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  7. liv2day

    liv2day Is Anyone Here a Marine Biologist! Supporter

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    Hope the motor carp gets sorted soon @Aaron.S and you're able to get her installed and back on the adventure soon. Missed grabbing beers and whisky with you while you were back in PDX for the winter months, looking forward to following along as you continue this incredible journey.

    Safe travels man :ricky :thumb
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  8. Lancelb3

    Lancelb3 n00b

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    Ditto'
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  9. BelgardaBuddy

    BelgardaBuddy Adventurer

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    Thanks for sharing gear updates. I find it very interesting, especialliy since the pack volume is limited.
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  10. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    +2 - top of the line gear with a long history of making quality outdoor products by both manufactures.

    On shield experiences,, has anyone tried this set up?

  11. Aaron.S

    Aaron.S Been here awhile

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    Well it looks like we finally cracked the nut!!
    Fifty plus emals and a few midnight phone calls later and I think we have found a solution to get the motor released and it should be shipped out after the weekend to Rushmore motorcycles of Georgia.
    Huge piece of mind.
    I also came home to a big box of gear from Giantloop including something I haven't carried before which is a 7.6l or 2gal gas bag. I know there will be a few places I'll want to carry extra gas.
    I spoke with Dave Lomax from Adventure Spec a few days ago and they are still on board and happy to help out with clothing, parts for the bike and some tires I'm really happy to say.
    I felt a little weight come off the shoulders which is nice but there still seems like lots to do before I leave and I'm trying to work as much as I can while I can and happy to be working 6 days this week. I need the cash.