Hi all. I'm 28. I have No wife. No kids. No house. My RTW trip started April 5th 2012 in Mojave CA and it will end in a few years in Tofte Mn (my home town). I'm on a modified 2010 KTM 690 enduro R. For the past 5 years I have been building windfarms all over the US working as an electrical engineer. I saved up some money and now I'm off. The fly rod is joining me on the whole trip and I'll be shipping my snowboard to choice locations to ski bum it for a bit also. .
The Job I left behind.
Edit June 14. 2013
Alaska Page 15
Dublin and the bike stolen Page 29
New (2008 KTM) Page 45
Belgium, France and Switzerland page 54
Morocco Page 67
Croatia Page 76
Georgia (snowboarding for 4 months) Page 81
Starting into the "stans" Page 99
Pamir Highway, Tajikistan Page 109
Since I've been getting so many questions about the reliability of the bike, here is the on going list of problems I have had. Updated Oct. 2, 2013
1st 690 (2010 690R)... 0 to 25,000 km.
tipped over.. radiator leak 4,000 km. California
broken chain. 20,000km. Yukon
touratech shit broke. (all the time)
2nd 690 (bought with 25,000km) 2008 enduro E
35k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead came loose. Morocco
48k km. Auto decompress/cam contacting exhaust roller taking off hardening. Exhaust and Intake rockers replaced. Istanbul.
50k km. Cam, auto decompress replaced to fix previous problem (also cam chian, bearings, and guides. just because i was in there) Georgia
51k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead broke. Azerbaijan.
60k km. Regulator Rectifier failed. Tajikistan.
63k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead came loose. Kyrgyzstan.
65k km. Leaking fork seals from dried mud on fork tubes. Cleaned them under them... and it fixed them.
66k km. Ignition coil low voltage lead broke. Russia.
69k km. Cracked front rim. I hit hard. I mean HARD. Mongolia
70k km. Auto decompress weight screw came loose. This allowed the weight to pull on the auto decomp shaft and over time the clip came out of the shaft groove. The shaft slid out of the cam slightly and the bike wouldn't start because there is to much compression. I didn't have the right clips so we fabricated one. Russia
73k km. Leaking fork seal.Dried mud. Fixed by cleaning under seal. Mongolia
75k km. Bike wouldn't start in Irkutsk a few days ago. (cant turn over). The clip had come off again. The auto decomp weight is now fooked because the screw had come loose and "oblonged" the hole. It has to much play and can pull on the decomp shaft making the simple clip fail. I made a Bushing/washer that tightened the slop in the weight.
83k km. New decompress weight and clip to replace the warn ones.
86k km. Leaking counter shaft seal.
86k km. Rubber bushings in cush hub are getting sloppy so they are getting replaced.