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Old 12-09-2012, 02:53 AM   #1171
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Just wondering why no center stand on the XChallenge? Mine works great and not having any friends to help lift the bike its a must have for me.
Extra weight ... we dont need it to change tyres, or fix flats. The XCs are light enough to lean over and support on the side stand and with roacks or a stick under the bashplate.

Centre stands are heavy items ... typically 4-5 kgs.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:54 AM   #1172
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I think someone asked earlier, but I never saw an answer - do you use some kind of water purification system?

Thanks for taking us along for the ride. I will be ordering my DVD.
Nope ... we just bought bottled water in this part of the world. In other parts like the Altai, Mongolia and SIberia, we drink water from the rivers. I have a water purifying pump, but again, its bulk and weight that all adds up. If you take the things you think you might need, you could take a truck along. I prefer to only take the things that you know you will need. The only areas I think you need water filtration in the former soviet union are industrial areas. And they all have shops selling bottled water. Out here there were no rivers, so nothing to filter anyway.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:56 AM   #1173
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Walter, in this photo you look like you could be long lost brothers.

Great report mate.
Hahaha ... yeah - Zhan holidays on the gold coast. You'll catch him chatting up schoolies at the Broadbeach pub every November.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:07 AM   #1174
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Again an awesome rr so far, only a pity the KTM has its problems. One general question: what tyre pressure y'all runnin' on these trips, with different kinds of surfaces(gravel, sand/mud, tarmac and such)?

Keep up the good work!
Greetz, Hans.

P.s.: are you and the gang by any means sponsored by Klim or AdventureSpec?
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:11 AM   #1175
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Extra weight ... we dont need it to change tyres, or fix flats. The XCs are light enough to lean over and support on the side stand and with roacks or a stick under the bashplate.

Centre stands are heavy items ... typically 4-5 kgs.
If my center stand wouldn't protect my exhaust I would take it of too. The boxer's stand is about 2.5 kg.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:20 AM   #1176
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:24 AM   #1177
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Again an awesome rr so far, only a pity the KTM has its problems. One general question: what tyre pressure y'all runnin' on these trips, with different kinds of surfaces(gravel, sand/mud, tarmac and such)?

P.s.: are you and the gang by any means sponsored by Klim or AdventureSpec?

Normally I would run about 1.6 bar at front and 1.7 at the back .... if it gets sandy I would drop that a bit ... maybe 1.3 - 1.4 bar. Cant go too low on these kind of rides cause you really dont want to spend too much time fixing flat tyres.

KLIM were not sponsoring us. Just most of us chose their gear. (Rod wasnt wearing Klim pants, and none of us were using the Klim helmets on this ride - they only make a full face helmet). Some have mentioned that the gear may not be ideal in the baking sun. Nor is it as good as a totally waterproof unbreathable plastic mackintosh material in all day thunderstorms, nor as good as snowmobile gear in the freezing cold. But we have to take gear that will on balance work the best in all conditions we were likely to encounter. There is not the luxury the way we ride of stashing an extra pair of pants in the gear (thats too much volume to carry). So thats why I we have made the choices we have made. Seriously if you look at the gear Terry took along for this 3+ month trip, he had his camping gear, his spare parts and tools, and then he had 1 pair of chinos. 2 technical long sleeved t-shirts, a few pairs of underwear, a pair of sandals, and his i-phone charger. Thats it. So the riding gear really has to be extremely multi purpose and adaptable for all climates. No-one likes stopping when a rain shower comes along, digging out a waterproof layer, and putting it on. All you want to do if it rains is to zip up and get going again.

Adventure-Spec have supported a few rides both myself and Rod have done over the years and they helped us out with good pricing on any gear we needed for this trip. The two guys that own it are both mates of mine and both genuine adventure bikers, so I like to support them too.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:27 AM   #1178
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Hahaha ... yeah - Zhan holidays on the gold coast. You'll catch him chatting up schoolies at the Broadbeach pub every November.

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Old 12-09-2012, 03:42 AM   #1179
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I didn't see you there

He was with the rest of the toolies, in the watch house.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:00 AM   #1180
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Quick question about the montana GPS.

I use a satmap for trail riding here in the UK which is like a digital ordnance survey map you save routes into and can record routes into it while out riding to follow.

Is the montana the same thing? can be used as a gps too but doesn't tell you proper directions just shows a direct line to the destination you put in?


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Well as CIedema hinted earlier, we had a track to follow. A hand drawn track. You load that track into your Montana or whatever GPS you have, and you follow it. Its that simple.

I think most GPSs can be set up to do that ... The Montana is just capable of loading much longer more detailed tracks into it than other GOSs I have used in the past.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:07 AM   #1181
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Question South America in the red GS650?

You have a Ride Report from your trip to South America in the red GS650?

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Old 12-09-2012, 04:07 AM   #1182
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:13 AM   #1183
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You have a Ride Report from your trip to South America in the red GS650?
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No ride report from that trip ... That was a trip with a girlfriend 7 years ago.

There will be a south american ride report from me after this one ... but very geographically focussed ... not a huge amount of travelling.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:32 AM   #1184
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There will be a south american ride report from me after this one ... but very geographically focussed ... not a huge amount of travelling.

something to do with a record of some sort...?
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:07 AM   #1185
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Seems unlikely to me that wolves were responsible for the deaths, with them all so close together, I'd be much more inclined to think some type of poisoning or even a lightning strike. Some plants can induce a form of bloat that kills pretty fast.
Nothing mentioned seems likely given the small dead zone but obviously something did. I'd think lighting with enough force to drop 5 cows in that small of an area would leave some kind of mark on the ground? I wonder if they butchered and salvaged what meat they could. a fascinating footnote to a fascinating ride.
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