We are gone, another trip over a long distance (going RTW, back home for now)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.

  1. squadraquota

    squadraquota mostly harmless

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    Well, it probably is extremely dangerous… for the mental health and well being of those that invent such silly rules! :loco

    After what you have seen and experienced on your travels, it must be a bit challenging to adapt again to the solutions we in the western world have conceived for such major problems :hmmmmm
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  2. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile Supporter

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    WOW!

    Glad you two are safely home! What a ride, to say the least!

    It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and share the road with you! I'm glad we had some good times and rode through some of the prettiest country Patagonia had to offer.

    Take your time getting re-accustomed to being home. I'm sure it will take a bit since you were gone for so long.

    Ride safe and ride far!

    Steve
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  3. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    One day the motor will be back in my 640.
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  4. RICK IN BALI

    RICK IN BALI Adventurer

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    Truly some fantastic scenery down there. Safe travels
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  5. RICK IN BALI

    RICK IN BALI Adventurer

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    TRY COCA COLA, IT ROTS EVERYTHING ELSE !!!
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  6. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Was busy again and all bikes are getting close to being street legal again. Subframes are changed, repaired shock is back in Sandras bike, and the bikes are running again. (and the BMWgot a new Batterie as the old one was weak after Standing around for 3 years).

    Here is what we look like today

    my bike before Transformation

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    the rear is off after some Hours of work

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    and done

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    Ready to ride again
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  7. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    After the bikes I was busy cleaning and storing all the Things we had with us. Especially the bags and the tent needed a good scrub to be halfway clean again.

    I looked at my maintenance charts I keep for every bike I own and thought some numbers might be interesting for some of you inmates. They are not complete I guess, but give you an idea about how the bikes performed and what I had to do to keep them running over the last 3 years.

    Before our departure I took the bikes apart (there is a rebuild thread in the thumper section) completely (frame and engine), gave them a good check, replaced what was necessary, and brought them into a good shape as they were not new – 15 years old and 60000 km of partly hard life. We did ca. 90000 km on the KTMs during this trip and had following problems, repairs, things to take care of:

    · 1 crankshaft bearing went bad, took the engine apart and replaced it (that was the one major issue)

    · Front wheel bearings on both bikes and rear wheel bearing on one bike went bad, replaced (that was after all the water in Russia)

    · 1 ignition coil went bad, replaced it

    · 1 fan stopped working, replaced it

    · 1 leaking fork leg, replaced seal (I rebuild both forks after 42000 km)

    · 6 flat tires (not bad for 90000 km with 2 bikes -180000 km and thousands of km of dirt)

    · 1 chain guard replaced on each bike

    · 1 bearing in the linkage of the suspension on each bike was going bad so I replaced them

    · 2 rear and 1 front brake disc replaced on each bike

    · 2 front and 2 rear brake pads on each bike

    · 3 chains and sprockets per bike

    · 4 front and 5 rear tires per bike

    · 15 oil-changes (I change the filters every second time)

    · A couple of air filter cleans

    · Some small electrical problems that I fixed

    · And one shock just started leaking on last couple of hundreds of km before home, but made it without losing all its oil

    · Apart from that - normal maintenance

    I probably forgot some things, but that was most of it and it gives you an idea what work I had to do during those 90000 km.

    The BMW we bought and sold to ride the lower 48 in winter ran over 27000 km troublefree apart from oil and tire changes and valve adjustment.
  8. DunkingBird

    DunkingBird Been here awhile Supporter

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  9. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Wow! 2 air filter cleanings? You must have kept a large distance between bikes.
  10. XR Valdeez

    XR Valdeez Been here awhile Supporter

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    Good write up Thomas! Not bad at all given the terrain and time you two spent on the road.
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  11. fastring

    fastring Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing the maintenance log, that is interesting data!
    Thanks for sharing your travels, I enjoyed the read!
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  12. Normlas

    Normlas Been here awhile

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    Hi Thomas and Sandra, congrats on a great trip and a safe return home. It was lovely to meet you guys and hang out, next time we'll have to do some serious riding together!

    I've been home a month now and still haven't really adjusted to it at all - feeling very restless! It will be interesting to see how you guys adjust to life back home.

    Best wishes!
  13. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    A couple doesn´t mean 2!
    I surely cleaned the Filters more than twice, but not too often as I hate doing it. I do use the Twin air filter oil and I think it is very good because even if the filter is very dirty there is not the smallest grain of dirt after the filter.
    The filter on Sandra´s bike is Always dirtier than mine that is because she Always rides behind me (although she does Keep her distance when it is dusty) and her bike is lower than mine so Closer to the Ground (might be another reason).

    but definitly more than twice:D
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  14. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Hey Arjan,
    setteled in quite well at home . Had a lot to do on the bikes getting them Ready for Inspection which is next Monday. All 3 bikes iin one day.
    Apart from that I am thinking About new travels allready and trying to do some short trips around here. Did a ride to Italy to meet Ed (flyingdutchman177) and relax at one of the lakes in the moutains.
    Take care and say hi to Lisa from us
    Cheers Thomas
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  15. SDR82

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    Hi Thomas and Sandra, i've found your report through Ed's european Edventure, I see i have some catching up to do here as i'm only at page 3 yet.
  16. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    You got a Long way to go in that case :1drink
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  17. creambulgaria

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    Excellent RR.
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  18. bwear

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    Thanks for the RR! I came late, but really enjoyed it! Keep it up!
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  19. SirLancelot

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    Thanks so much for this wonderful RR - kept me highly entertained during quite a few hours. Your great pictures confirm nature is still the best show on Earth!
    Looking forward to your next trip report.

    Thanks again Thomas & Sandra for sharing this epic journey with us!
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  20. Thomas B.

    Thomas B. desert racer

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    Glad you liked it.
    well the next trip is Always in planning (actually there are Always several ideas), but unfortunatly life got a hold of me and I cann't leave in the near future.
    We are working on it though.