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Old 04-14-2012, 05:21 PM   #1
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RTW with Noah on a KTM 690

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.




The route.


The (first) bike. 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R.




The Bike. 2008 KTM 690 Enduro R.


Edit May 7. 2014 from a beach on an island in Thailand
Index:

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
North Route Mongolia, Page 124
Altai Russia, Page 132
Bam Road Part 1, Russia Page 140
Japan part 1 Page 158
Vietnam part 1 Page 186Cambodia Start Page 201
Laos part 1 Page 212


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. (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.
79k km. Low voltage lead to coil broke again. Near Tynda on the BAM. Siberia. Russia.
83k km. New decompress weight and clip to replace the warn ones. Sakhalin Russia.
86k km. Leaking counter shaft seal. Japan
86k km. Rubber bushings in cush hub are getting sloppy so they are getting replaced. Japan.
89k km. Radiator replace. Fan rubbed holes on the back of the radiator causing leak. Japan.
91k km. Leaking clutch slave oring, leaking gear selector switch oring. Japan
92k km. Shorted stator. Not charging bike. Thailand
92k km. Motor mount/skid plate mount broke where skid plate mounts.
98k km. Broken footpeg mount where luggage rack mounts. (riding 2 up for 4,000 km prior)
101k km. Decompression weight sloppy. Replaced Decomp shaft, weight, screws and spring. Also replaced exhaust and intake rockers. (Thailand)
101k km. Lower bearing on shock wore out. Replaced whole shock with Tractive shock (testing for RallyRaid UK)
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RTW Ride Report --> http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893
Blog ------------------> http://rtwwithnoah.blogspot.com/
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Old 04-14-2012, 05:54 PM   #2
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As of right now I am 1700 miles in. Currently in Bend Oregon. The past 4 days it has been raining on me but it is still beautiful. Here are some pictures coming up the coast on Hwy 1. Big Sur, Lost coast, and the Oregon coast. Big Sur is always awesome.. except it was easter Sunday so the trafic was horrible. The past 4 days it has rained on me since leaving San Fran. All I can say right now is the Klim Badlands and the heated grips are worth thier wieght in gold!





Dinner in Bodega Bay. Salmon BLT.








Usal Road. Unfortunately all roads north of Usal beach were closed so I had to back track.


Usal Beach


Had to do it.. haha


Sad to see the end of HWY 1.


Breakfast in Shelter Cove




Overlooking Petrolia in the Lost Coast.




Very cool natural bridge on the Oregon coast.


Finally today I got some sunshine when I was going from Eugene OR to Bend.


Found some snow...








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Old 04-14-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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you are going to need klim and party if you head too far north too soon.
Best of luck on your journey.

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Old 04-14-2012, 06:04 PM   #4
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:28 PM   #5
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you are going to need klim and party if you head too far north too soon.
Best of luck on your journey.

YK
Thanks. I am trying to get to Anchorage by the end of may so I can snowboard some.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:09 AM   #6
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Let me know if you need a place to stay in NY when you get around this way.

Safe travels!
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:20 AM   #7
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Ciao, I'm Massimo "Polpo", I live in Torino, north Italy, whatever you need when you'll be in Italy, just call me,
347 424 11 10

Ciao.

Polpo.

P.S. One day is gonna be my turn for the RTW.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:14 AM   #8
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Thanks!

Thanks to everyone offering advice and well wishes. There are still some issues I am working out on the road... But that is half the fun. Today I am trying to find the rattle in my dash.

I am in Bend Oregon until Thursday morning then I am headed back to the coast to start going north again.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:42 AM   #9
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Sounds like a great trip. I'm super jealous. The bike looks great, looks like you're going through Quebec, its some great riding up there.

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:54 AM   #10
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Couldn't tell by your route if you were going to be in/near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. But if you get in trouble near here or need a place to crash I would be happy to help.

I am the part owner of a New shop DaD's Cycle and Sled shop and we can get you help 24hrs a day :)
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:04 AM   #11
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Valdez

Im in.

Epic winter here in AK. Should be plenty of snow when you get here. On your way to Anchorage I would detour to Valdez. It will blow you mind but you will have to hike for turns or bum a ride with a snowmobiler. Alyeska Resort may be on weekend operation by the time you get here.

PM me up if you need anything or for a beer, I am in Anchorage.

Safe travels
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #12
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Looking forward to following this!

If you want to spend anytime in Vancouver drop me a line, I'm right downtown with lots of secure parking right next to my 990.


Cheers,

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Old 04-16-2012, 01:26 PM   #13
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Ballsy riding a motorcycle to Alaska to go riding(snowboard)!!! Good Luck and Godspeed!
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:29 AM   #14
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Good to meet you this afternoon.

I have some info for you re shipping heading towards Australia.

Malaysia to Indo

Mr Lim
Cakra Enterprise,
187, 2nd Floor, Lebuh Pantai
Georgetown, Penang, MALAYSIAt
Email: cakrashipping@gmail.com
Mobile +60124709717

• Shipment is every Tuesday from Belawan to Penang you would need to check with Mr Lim for the Malaysia to Indonesia voyage
• Agent in Belawan is:

Mr Anan
Pt Melda Jaya (his shipping company)
49 Jalan Bangka Timur (tiny street in north Belawan)
Belawan, INDONESIA
Mobile: 081376510927 or 06177908505

As for shipping from East Timor to Darwin the company you Mede to contact is Toll Perkins.

Here is the shipping schedule looks like only once a month from Timor

http://www.tollgroup.com/cs/Satellit...&ssbinary=true

If you need directions to find their offices just give me a shout.

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Old 04-05-2014, 08:52 AM   #15
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Good to meet you also! and thanks for distracting me while I was trying to work on the bike

We will be back in town next weekend if you are still around.
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RTW Ride Report --> http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893
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