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Old 04-19-2012, 01:12 PM   #1246
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One year ago today Nick and I were sitting in South Africa waiting for our bikes to arrive.

Life travels by so quickly. Time is of the essence. I am so happy and thankful that we were able to pull this trip off. It's a big monkey off my back. This trip was all I could think about for a long time. Well Nick and I have been talking and we are starting to get the itch again. Starting to feel a little Antsy. I want to do it again, but in a different way next time. A much looser schedule, a different more simple bike. Not Africa.

Anyway, I was just thinking about how short life is, and for all you guys that dream of this, just make it happen. Don't save this trip for later, do it now. You will not regret it.
I need a job to come back to.
I need money to leave with.

don't really see a solution to my being stuck in the ghetto
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:38 PM   #1247
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This is the first RR I've read that's an actual page turner. Brought me back to my extended Land Rover trip through Africa many moons ago. Great fun that was, and much less difficult than what you've experienced. One thing I did learn from you: Not to buy that KTM 690 I've been thinking about!
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:54 AM   #1248
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What an incredible journey.

Thank you for sharing.

It's been a very long time since I've read a RR that's captivated me like this one. I lost interest in ride reports for quite a while, came across this one on a whim & WOW. Had a hard time turning off the puter & going to bed at night until I was done.

Most epic tale of friendship, hardship, perseverance, & awesome story telling & pic's.
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Old 11-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #1249
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Thank you gentlemen for taking the time to do your RR, it's not always easy I'm sure.

Very simply: a great story.
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:02 AM   #1250
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Old 11-10-2012, 07:10 PM   #1251
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Sweet RR guys. Soooo jealous!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:49 PM   #1252
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Great RR!

A friend pointed me to this RR. Sure has been entertaining, and an eye opener too. If you guys do intend to tour the "stan" states, strongly suggest staying out of Afghanistan. I spent a little time there - while there are many fantastic Muslim folks doing their very best to better their lives there, and if not welcome, at least tolerate westerners, there are also not a few who'd rather see (very) bad things happen to westerners, and Americans in particular. Western Pakistan is just as risky/dangerous IMO... The middle east region seems like such a powder keg right now (understatement?), with unrest and stuff happening all over the place; probably best to avoid the predominantly Muslim regions altogether until things cool down. Too bad, they have an interesting culture and there's so much to see.

Thnx for taking the time to put your RR together.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:08 PM   #1253
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Wow

Guys, I stumbled across Luke's South America report (awesome) and rolled straight into this one. Like a good book it was hard to stop reading.

You guys are some great dudes. I'm very impressed at how you deal with adversity in a positive way, and still manage to have fun and look on the bright side. This should be your theme song:



I sure hope you do some more rides and reports. A ride with Colebatch and Rod Currie would be so cool.

If you are ever on the western shores of Lake Michigan it would be fun to meet up.
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:20 PM   #1254
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Captivating

Well, it's 5.17am on a Monday here and I started reading this RR after dinner on Sunday Couldn't stop reading through the night!

Amazing ride, great photos and refreshing honesty throughout your story.

Clearly, I will be absolutely ruined at work in a few hours but it was so worth it. I'm sure people will be reading this RR fo many years to come. Look forward to the day that I stumble across your next ride.
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Old 02-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #1255
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Look forward to the day that I stumble across your next ride.
I'm planning on doing the TAT with some hooligans this September. :)
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:11 PM   #1256
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:00 PM   #1257
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Old 04-14-2013, 03:05 PM   #1258
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Finished reading and a fantastic report. Appreciate the effort to post in real time.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:46 PM   #1259
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After 4 different ktm injection disasters of mine which were:

RC8= Probably one of the most amazing designs and handling with the WORST injection management ever!
Superduke 990=Great ergonomics and handling, somewhat the least horrible injection among the 4
690 SM and Enduro(my actual suffering)

most probably I will try to avoid KTM at all costs!

BUT that doesn't make bmw or any other 'Adventure' bike available now a viable option for me;

They are all heavy and getting heavier, I do not want to imagine a bmw adv or a new tenere collapsed in a muddy hill...

They are all getting more complicated and vulnerable: My friend who has a brand new 1200 gs got stranded 3 times because of electronic failures
1-the alarm anten broken
2-fuel pump ecu broken-the service told us to carry a spare one!!!!!!!!!
3-The second and new fuel pump ecu is broken again....
Not to mention numerous cases of broken shaft drives and subframes and other electronic gremlins...

I'd rather have my adventures on land, not on a broken two wheeled truck which requires a russian army heavy duty chopper to be rescued and a beverly hills beauty center look-a-like service -plaza- to be serviced ; )


Thought I may be missing out not riding orange, but this RR is making my Husky 610 sound better all the time. Heck I can't even find a Husky dealer in my state / def no beverly hills beauty center look-a-like service -plaza.
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Old 05-06-2013, 08:36 AM   #1260
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Thought I may be missing out not riding orange, but this RR is making my Husky 610 sound better all the time. Heck I can't even find a Husky dealer in my state / def no beverly hills beauty center look-a-like service -plaza.

Keep in mind that the majority of FF's issues came from one undiagnosed issue. The 690 is a great bike, and seriously brings the grin factor... to 11.
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