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Old 12-02-2012, 04:06 PM   #991
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X Towing performance?

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Terry on the X Country took up the towing duties: ... And would be towing the KTM for much of the rest of the day.
I'm please to see X could perform the heavy lifting while enduring the hot conditions.

What's your estimate for the towing average speed?

What was the impact on fuel consumption while towing?
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:23 PM   #992
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Sweet report! Be careful out there!

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Old 12-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #993
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meanwhile I limp back to the UK and listening to Rods wise words, I purchase a very low mileage R1100s and head into the Alps

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Ended up visiting about 12 countries over the next couple of months while the other crew played in the mud!

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Walter & Rod.....Hope this was not too much of a hijack!
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:22 PM   #994
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Hi Walter are you planning to add this RR to your website? Where I can be lazy and just read the RR
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:52 AM   #995
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I'm please to see X could perform the heavy lifting while enduring the hot conditions.

What's your estimate for the towing average speed?

What was the impact on fuel consumption while towing?
I don't know how much more fuel Tee Bee's bike used towing the KTM.

But I know Rod came up with a name for this trip.

From London to Magadan on a Gallon !!
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Old 12-03-2012, 04:07 AM   #996
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Excellent stuff, though not entirely what one had envisioned when Walter's RR started.

I mean, looks to be at this stage, it is Beamster the Country Lady who's got in all together, except having to wait for the boys to fix their damn bikes every turn of the way - their trousers dropped and all.

I feel for her.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:09 AM   #997
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Hi Walter are you planning to add this RR to your website? Where I can be lazy and just read the RR
I might do - but website is playing up at the moment. Google is reporting some malware on one oc the pages and I dont have a clue where to start trying to find it amd remove it.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:56 AM   #998
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Nevermind... I thought you were posting in real time. LOL
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #999
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We continued for while on this road which alternated between gravel and old asphalt, until the heat killed the KTM.



We waited the usual 15 mins for it to sort itself, but the bike still wouldnt run.


Prutser got out his towing rope ...


Terry on the X Country took up the towing duties:


And would be towing the KTM for much of the rest of the day. There were patches and windows when the KTM ran under its own steam, but they were no longer predictable to us. We thought letting the fuel pump rest for 15 minutes was solving the problem, as it had for the first day and a half, but now the KTM wasnt even playing by those rules.

Hey..........some b*s*ard's been photoshopping the pics to make me look fat. I'm normally like a racing snake- I clearly hadn't had time to suck in the lame gut.

The bike behaviour was weird. It ran for hours at 70-80 mph without missing a beat but after the rest at the bus stop it ran just a few miles then faltered and died . After that it was towed more than it ran.

The country started to change and we climbed up into cooler air and pine forest. Beautiful..especially at 25mph. :0(
I'll post some pics later this evening .
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:50 AM   #1000
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I don't know how much more fuel Tee Bee's bike used towing the KTM.

But I know Rod came up with a name for this trip.

From London to Magadan on a Gallon !!

ROFL :) maybe he's found a new niche market...towed bike adventures :p - BYOTR - the green alternative ;p
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:02 AM   #1001
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I might do - but website is playing up at the moment. Google is reporting some malware on one oc the pages and I dont have a clue where to start trying to find it amd remove it.
Contact Google and ask them! Same happened to Tamper Talk site couple of weeks ago! Google is wrong!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:21 AM   #1002
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When they started making adventure bikes 15 years or so ago, they used top of the range 50mm WP Extreme forks in their 620 Adventure - with DLC coated tubes. Same forks they ran in the Dakar. Now the adventure bikes get the lowest level of forks to come out of the WP factory down the road. The cheapest, simplest forks in the range. In 15 years KTM adventure bikes have gone from having the best suspension they could possibly get, to the worst. Cause now they know ... for 98% of buyers, it just doesnt matter.

And if you are in the 2% that care, then you get your wallet out again ... whether you ride a KTM or a BMW or whatever.
Ducati does the same thing.. when many models have come out over the past 20 yrs I have seen them they start out with fully adjustable and rebuildable/upgradable Showa stuff, couple years later the same model has unadjustable forks, and a preload adjustable Sachs shock, etc. Take for instance new Multi 1200S, originally came with Ohlins electronic suspension, now comes with Ducati's own electronic suspension (to early to tell if an upgrad or same/same).
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:33 AM   #1003
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Poo Yii, Guess I'll just keep my hi tech KLR and be happy. But, then I ain't gonna be going where Walter, Terry and the Men go.
Next installment please!!!!!!
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:06 AM   #1004
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"What was the impact on fuel consumption while towing?"

Depends which end of the rope you were on....

Following the back of terry's jacket wuz the cheap end. But I hadn't come 5000 miles to scuttlebutt along at 25mph chewing exhaust gas.

Alas for the rest of the day that's how it went. Terry would pull alongside, pass me the rope, we'd wrap it round a peg apiece and off we'd go. After the bike had grabbed some ZZs I'd button her up and I'd ride off again until it died. Sometimes 20 minutes, other times just a mile or two..Terry would pull alongside...repeat to fade.
We suspected temperature was the deciding factor, but had no idea at this time whether it was an electrical fadeout through overheating -all the electrics were now shrouded under the tank instead of getting a blast of cool air-or some other factor. You'll just need to wait and see if we sorted it....or if I had to do the Ultimate Walk of Shame.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:20 AM   #1005
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Here's Terry wearing his "Piece of shit KTM face". I can hardly blame him.The guy was a prince and never complained once. At least not to me. Not sure I'd've been so tolerant.

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The country was taking on a Scottish look.... but without the midges and bad beer.

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