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Old 02-02-2011, 08:44 AM   #76
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EXACTLY!!!, I have a reputation to maintain. Can't be doing any 2-up riding.

And the adventure begins (kinda lol)!!!
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:24 AM   #77
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Shipping motorcycles sucks! After doing some research we decided it would be better to ship our bikes by air instead of by ship, but it didn't work out for us. We were told by our shipping company (Shipping-Worldwide) that we needed to bring our crate to there warehouse 1 week before we wanted it to arrive in Cape Town. We did. We dropped it off 10 days before we were suppose arrive. A day or so later we received an email telling us the price was being increased by $500 because it was the "busy season". We didn't have much of a choice so we just bent over and took it. A few days after that we received an email telling us the estimated arrival time was going to be January 9th, not the 4th like we expected. We had no choice but to bend over for that one too.

Finally we arrive in Cape Town. Now the company is telling us the bikes won't arrive until the 13th. They said the bikes were still at US Customs waiting to be cleared. Then they say the bikes will be there on the 18th, we don't buy it anymore. Good thing too, they didn't arrive on the 18th. Finally I call the airline they are suppose to fly on. They tell me the bikes will be in Johannesburg and have to clear customs. Somehow I send 20 emails and make about 30 phone calls just to find out we have to wait for them to be loaded on a truck and driven to Cape Town (which I would think the US company should have done for us since the bikes weren't in Cape Town yet). The bikes arrive in Cape Town on the 22nd. Too bad we can't get them since customs is closed on the weekend. Finally Monday the 24th rolls around. WE ARE PUMPED! We wake up early like kids on Christmas morning to get our toys. After walking all over the place getting paperwork and finding the building they are in, we still have to have them clear customs in Cape Town. Swissport is the Company that trucked them from Johannesburg so we go there. They tell us another company is handling customs for us. So we sit around and wait for them to come pick us up.



We get to there office (Broadspeed Logistics) and are excited to find out they are friendly people that seem to want to help us out. Unfortunately our paperwork is a disaster. They are telling us that our bikes have been in Johannesburg since the 28th of December and all our paperwork was lost. Which is a different story than the company in the US told us. Since our paperwork is a disaster we can't get our bikes that day. They tell us to come back in 2 days and see if they can sort things out for us.



While we wait for the airport shuttle we have to do the mandatory tourist picture.



It has become obvious to us, and everyone else, that we have been waiting for a long time. We're not too worried about it though. I'm too busy watching TV in the background.



After waiting the two days we had back to Broadspeed hoping to get the bikes cleared through customs. We went with the company to the customs office, so the customs office would see travelers were bringing bikes into the country without carnets instead of weasels trying to sell motorcycles and skip out on import tax. It didn't work. I guess they could sense Luke and I have a little weasel in us. The new plan of attack is to make a temporary import which is 14,000 Rand per bike, and then export them at the boarder and get our money back. So they give us a driver to drive us to a bank so we could get 17,000 Rand in cash (about $2,500). The good news is riding in the back of a truck is always fun.



The fist bank we went to said foreigners could withdraw 30,000 Rand from the atm per day. Luke manage to get 10,000 Rand before his debit card wouldn't let him get out anymore. Mine didn't let me get out any. We were then told by the bank that they could manually do it. The bad news was the machine that withdrew from Visa cards was broken, AKA Luke was screwed and I wasn't. Joke was still on me though. My bank declined the withdraw. Luke managed to find a different bank that allowed him to get out all the money he needed. My bank declined every attempt to get out enough money. After calling them I was told I should be able to do it. They lied to me. I only was able to get out 3,500 Rand. It's not too big of deal, we've got pretty good at bending over the last few weeks, touching our toes is no problem anymore. I spent the rest of the day on the phone with my bank in Michigan trying to work out a deal. They agreed to up the amount I could withdraw from the atm to $2,500 for one day only. Finally some good news. The bad news was I had to make the withdraw at 1:00 in the morning on a very shady street. On the way to the atm we got offered drugs before we opened the metal gate to our hostel. So we gathered a posse to escourt me to and from the atm.

The next morning we head back to Broadspeed and gave them the money. Talk about feeling like a baller with all that cash.



We wait around for a few hours and they tell us we won't get the bikes that day and they will email us when it's time to come back. The next day we get an email telling us to come. So we call up Steve, the guy that is going to take transport the bikes to the BMW dealer, and head out to get out bikes. We are very excited to be reunited with them again. Joke was on us though. We had 3,000 Rand in fees to pay and luke left his money at the hostel. So Martin (our driver from the other day) takes us to the closest atm. In the meantime Steve waits with the bikes.



Joke was still on us, Lukes bank was not letting him get any money out. We went to three atms and all of them declined his card. Good news is my bank let me get out another 3,000. We head back to Broadspeed, pay our fees, get the procedure for exporting, and exchange digits, AKA emails. Then we head to BMW to unload the bikes and put them together.



Needless to say we were very excited to finally had our bikes. We got some weird looks while we did a small victory celebration.




I can't describe how great the guys at the BMW dealership are. First they let us leave all our stuff at their office for 3 weeks. Then they let us work at their shop for free. They even helped us put part of our bikes together and get them of the crate.



Shane in particular has been incredibly helpful to us.



We get the majority of the bikes put together at their shop and decide to finish the minor details back at out hostel. It feels really good to ride our bikes again!

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Old 02-02-2011, 10:34 AM   #78
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Waaaahoooooo!!!!!
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:31 AM   #79
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Look up Mutemwa lodge on the internet. Get hold of Penny or Gavin . They are about 2 hours up stream from Victoria falls and one hour down stream from Ngonya falls.
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Do you have any contact info? We really want to see the Zambezi.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:05 PM   #80
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Great stuff Luke and Nick! I'll be following the whole way. Keep shooting video!
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #81
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It took longer than expected to receive your bikes but they made it OK, thats always a good thing. Now let's see some riding, good luck on your adventure, Im subscribe.











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Old 02-02-2011, 09:20 PM   #82
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:56 AM   #83
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Congrats on getting the bikes out of hock and on the road!

Can wait for the MRR to begin!
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:20 PM   #84
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Look up Mutemwa lodge on the internet. Get hold of Penny or Gavin . They are about 2 hours up stream from Victoria falls and one hour down stream from Ngonya falls.
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:43 PM   #85
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Bike Problems

So we finally got the bikes. They were only 3 1/2 weeks late, whatever. Let's get out of here and head to Namabia. Well 100 yards out of the BMW dealership, my bike quits. It acts like it ran out of gas, which is funny cause I know that I had 2 gallons in it at least. I know this because when you ship your bike you are supposed to empty the tank and I may have not completely emptied it. I assume the shippers must have emptied it some how for me. After all, the crate was completly missing three sides when it showed up and Nicks bike had oil around his filler cap like someone got in there and took a sample of it.



Luckily Mr. Nick has a spare gas can and takes off to find some gas for me.



I have three different tanks on this bike that all feed to the same fuel pump. How do you run out of gas with three tanks?



I put two gallons in and we take off for Cat and Moose (the place we are staying.) It feels so good to finally be on the bikes and to drive on the wrong side of the road. We make the 4 mile drive and I notice my bike feels a little weak on the way there, but don't think anything of it. Right before we get there my bike stalls while going about 20 mph, but I hit the starter and it fires back up. I didn't even have to put a foot down. The workers open the door for me and I try to drive the bike inside. I mean the door is plenty wide, I just can't keep my bike running. I stall it about 6 times and restart it trying to drive it down the hall and up the steps. It's not me being a bad driver, the bike is just acting like it's out of gas again. Once again I don't pay any attention to it as I am distracted by all of our friends cheering for us that our bikes have arrived. A celebration is in order and we all go to the local supermarket to pick up meat and veggies for a Braai (barbeque)

The next morning we get up with plans to leave once I am done putting my bike together. You see, my bike build up was pretty much a last minute thing. The last two weeks before I left, it seemed like I had at least one package come in the mail per day. My mom can attest to that. (That's right, I'm 27 and was staying at my parrents house.) Moving on...so once I did the last minute mods to my bike, we geared up to do a little cruise of the city. I pushed the bike down the hallway and hit the starter. It wouldn't start. I tried it over and over again. The first two tries it popped once or twice, but that was it. Now I'm getting nothing. I let the bike sit and try an hour later. Nothing, I guess we aren't leaving today...

I pull the bike inside and put my hand on the tank, trying to feel a vibration from the fuel pump. I hit the on button and don't feel the vibration. Ok, I think. Broken fuel pump. This is a common problem for 08 KTM 690's. Do a google search and you will find this out. It is in fact the reason why I tried to buy an 09 vs an 08. However, when I drove 16 hours one way out to Rhode Island earlier in the fall to buy an 09, I discoved it was actually an 08 when I looked at the title. The owner claims it was an honest mistake, and I believe him. He dropped $500 off the price and I hauled it home in my Escort Wagon crossing my fingured that I wouldn't have any problems with it in Africa.

Turns out I do have a problem, but problems can be fixed right?

This is the story of the next 3 days.

We start taking plastics off and empty the tank.





Once the tank is emptied and the pump is pulled you have to figure out how to very carefully pull the 2-3 feet of corrugated plastic tubing out of the tiny hole without kinking anything. Very difficult.



Once the hose was removed we found this. A KINK IN THE HOSE!!!!



This is awesome, this is good. Fix the kink and we should be good to go. This explains why the fule pump won't buzz. The line is kinked and already pressurized. It also explains why when the bike when it does run feels like it's running out of gas. Ok, good. Now lets fix the kink. John at Rally Raid, http://www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk/ says this has happened to him before doing a tank install. He tells me over Skype how he fixed the line. You use pliers to get the kink out then you take a hose with a bigger diamater than the corrugated tubing and wrap it over the Kink. Apply small zip ties over the rubber hose and the kink is fixed.



We put the bike back together carefully not rekinking the corregated line. I turn the key and it fires right up. Problem solved. Now we can load up to leave. 20 seconds later the bike starts to caugh and dies from what seems like running out of gas. The rest of the day we trouble shoot this problem. I post my symptoms in the 690 thread on ADVRIDER and start getting suggestions from other 690 owners. Everything I try does not work. I keep getting more and more basic with our tests until at one point we have just the fuel pump in a bucket of gas with alligator clips going straight to a battery. It seems to run the pump strong for 3 seconds then peter off. Good, this is the problem I think. I drill some more holes in the plastic housing where the fule pump sits, and repete the test. Now there is a steady flow. Problem solved. The holes allowing fuel to the pump before were too small. When I installed my Rally Raid tank kit, I must have not drill a big enough hole to allow a steady flow of gas to the pump. I put the bike back together and start it up. It runs for about 1 minute and I am convinced we have fixed the bike.

Nope, around the 1 1/2 minute mark the bike start to drop RPM's and stalls from lack of fuel. We are back at square one. Now I install the pump and attach the alligator clips to the electrical lines comming from the pump directly to the battery.



I then pull the fuel line right before the injector on the fuel body.



I connect the other ends of the alligator clips to the battery and watch the fuel flow. It is a strong constant stream. There is plenty of fuel pressue. Hmm...I start the bike and it dies again in 20 seconds. I pull the injector out and watch it shoot an intermintent spray of fuel. Everything looks good there too.

This is the abridged version of the story. The actual time frame here is 3 days of wrenching. I can't remember anymore details, but I know their were tons more tests. You wouldn't believe how many times we gave each other fist pumps conviced that we solved the problem, but the end led to this.



We did our best, but now it is time to get the professionals. We towed it downtown through heavy traffic and on the Interstate to the KTM dealer. You wouldn't believe how easy footpeg to footpeg towing is. I wrap the end around the footpeg once and stand on the strap. I could steer one handed and film with my other hand on the way there. (Towing video soon...?)



Kevin is the main mechanic at Cape Town KTM and he really seems to know the bike, so I hope they can sort this out. The problem is they are really busy and at first said they can't get to it this week. Next week Kevin is on vacation so that puts it at almost two weeks out just to take a look at it. This is not good. Kevin knows we are in a bind and said he was going to try to sneak it in. I asked him if at least minimal he can plug it into the computer. If the computer shows nothing wrong, then any mechanic should be able to trouble shoot it and get it running. The BMW guys are over the top helpful here and they said they would take a look at it for me if I want.

So that's were I am right now. It's been at the KTM dealer for two days now. Kevin said on the phone today he was going to get a look at it this afternoon, so in the morning, I'll go down there and talk to him about it. It would be nice to get on the road soon. As much as I like the Cat and Moose, I think I will like camping for a change.
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Funny, I was looking for your thread over on the KTM section and couldn't find it, now I did.

Good luck figuring out what the problem is. Camping in Africa should be interesting - instead of bears getting into your tent it'd be hyenas, lions or warthogs (or elephants getting ON your tent). Should be an adventure at least!

Btw, nice tow line.
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luke,
you try running the bike with the cap open? sounds like you're creating a vacuum inside those auxillary tanks and it's not letting the fuel flow. might be why it pumps in a bucket but not when you stick it in a closed system.
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you try running the bike with the cap open? sounds like you're creating a vacuum inside those auxillary tanks and it's not letting the fuel flow. might be why it pumps in a bucket but not when you stick it in a closed system.
Just found your RR and was about ready to post the same thing. When I installed a larger tank on my Honda 650 the fuel cap was not vented. It had a hose but the center of the cap was not drilled out and it would run about 3 mins at idle and die every time.
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Just found your RR and was about ready to post the same thing. When I installed a larger tank on my Honda 650 the fuel cap was not vented. It had a hose but the center of the cap was not drilled out and it would run about 3 mins at idle and die every time.
We thought of that too. I ran the bike with the main take gas cap off. We have done so many tests, I can't remember if we had the aux tanks caps off, but they are vented caps.
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We thought of that too. I ran the bike with the main take gas cap off. We have done so many tests, I can't remember if we had the aux tanks caps off, but they are vented caps.
And the vents are giving proper airflow? I wonder if there is some sort of baffle or diaphragm that got tweaked during shipment. The bikes were flown correct? So rapid pressurization changes of the aircraft up to about 8,000 ' or so.

Did the bike run at home w/ the aux tanks w/ no issue?
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