Oz/Kiwi KTM 640 ADV riders sign in here please.

Discussion in 'Australia' started by overlandr, May 10, 2006.

  1. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    Thanks for the well-wishes and support, it does help at times like this.

    I have just had to take a pragmatic view of things. They are gone, all 9 bikes, and no amount of wailing or hand-wringing is going to bring them back.

    So I have accepted it, it is what it is, and I am looking forward and planning for the future, which I can still influence.

    I don't deny it is a huge personal loss, but I survived and got my dogs out alive so things could have been a lot worse, and are a lot worse for many others. It has literally wiped my slate clean, out of all the stuff I had, including the first toolbox and toolkit my late father gave me when I started work as an apprentice, a full adult lifetime of gathering "stuff" that was valuable or useful to me, all that I have left is a $20 pair of dri-rider gloves I left in the kitchen by accident. All tools gone too.

    So I guess this is an opportunity to gather minimal "stuff" and travel lighter for a while.

    The insurance assessor will give me an idea if spares and clothing are covered, I lost at least $20,000 of riding gear, a lot of high-end stuff. Even more dollar value in spares, I don't know if I can actually quantify the dollar value of the extensive spares collection I had for those 9 bikes. Many years of saving/spending, gone in 30 minutes.

    Here they are :

    Ratty. I had a lot of fun with this one.
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    This one I bought from the late, great @Gwilli. It ate deserts for breakfast.
    I will miss it as much as I miss @Gwilli, it was a memento of him and it is lost to me now. His loss is still raw with me.:cry
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    Sad days indeed.
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  2. enookway

    enookway Are we having fun yet?

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    There was an 05 625SXC with 99 rallye tank and fairing (purple/orange) on ebay for $4k.
    Owner had just ridden it from Darwin to Melbourne.
    I kept getting emails about it for months but now I cant find it.
  3. braaap!

    braaap! Long timer Supporter

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    ^ If still for sale might be a good buy for someone... But it's not and never will be a 640Adv. As Tom says, the 640's are irreplaceable and certain spares are getting very much harder to find.
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  4. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    To my knowledge KTM are the only factory to produce a proper factory-integrated rally bike as a production model. Others do look-alike jobs, or cosmetic jobs on another basic model, upspec trailies or enduros, and good luck to them, but there is only the 625/640 Adventure that fills this particular niche. The number of rally-developed parts that made it into production on these is a testament to that commitment from KTM.

    And just like land, they aren't manufacturing any more. They are going to become rare. (And collectable.)

    Another inmate looked at my photos and has offered me a rally-style bashplate he no longer has a use for, for free. I am feeling the love.:raabia It is hard to describe what these gestures mean at a time like this. I am humbled.
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  5. twqqis

    twqqis Adventurer

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    Sir, my condolences for your loss
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  6. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Condolences mate. I would not like to contemplate losing the contents of my shed, all the memories as well as the stuff.

    If you need a ride in NZ to take your mind off it my 640 is in the shed ready to go. Luggage, tools, camping gear, riding gear if it fits. Near Rotorua. Send me a message if yer keen.

    Cheers
    Clint
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  7. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    So who knows how to do carbon fibre? :ear

    Or has a good idea who does know how to do it? :lurk

    Rally-style front masks and c/f tank guards, who could make some up from the molds I got via @tileman?
  8. tileman

    tileman Long timer

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    That sucks Tom. I'll have a look round to see if there's anything I've still got lying around.
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  9. rowie

    rowie Been here awhile

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    Has anyone got a spare water pump shaft laying around? I have 2 and both are shagged

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    Couldn't find one in stock in Australia and it will be 4 or 5 weeks before the one I ordered arrives.