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Old 10-09-2013, 07:37 PM   #2296
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Noah awesome report. Excellent pics and videos. Had a question about the ignition wires that keep going out on you. Is there a more permanant fix so as to keep it from going out in the future? Or something that someone planning a trip on a 690 could do to prevent it from occuring?
Yeah, You could heat shrink the crap out of them... then ziptie them so they don't vibrate.

Much of my problem stemmed from the previous owner. When the Rallyraid kit was installed, the wires weren't long enough so they were lengthened with 2 short wires. The the Ignition coil uses 1 small and 1 large connector, when he installed the wires, he used 2 large wires. These came loose, then broke then, then came loose again. I think I have a pretty good fix now.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:59 AM   #2297
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Yeah, You could heat shrink the crap out of them... then ziptie them so they don't vibrate.

Much of my problem stemmed from the previous owner. When the Rallyraid kit was installed, the wires weren't long enough so they were lengthened with 2 short wires. The the Ignition coil uses 1 small and 1 large connector, when he installed the wires, he used 2 large wires. These came loose, then broke then, then came loose again. I think I have a pretty good fix now.
That's what I did to my wife's ignition wires (2008 690 E). We bought it used with RR tanks and got stranded in Taylor Park, CO with a broken ignition wire. I soldered on new spade connectors and about 2 inches of heat shrink. No problems since then (with those wires anyway). I do plan to lengthen them, maybe this winter, as they are tight and the RR bracket does put the wires at their limit.

Thanks again for the ride Noah! Awesome vicarious Nirvana!
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:53 PM   #2298
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That's what I did to my wife's ignition wires (2008 690 E). We bought it used with RR tanks and got stranded in Taylor Park, CO with a broken ignition wire. I soldered on new spade connectors and about 2 inches of heat shrink. No problems since then (with those wires anyway). I do plan to lengthen them, maybe this winter, as they are tight and the RR bracket does put the wires at their limit.

Thanks again for the ride Noah! Awesome vicarious Nirvana!
Just think about how boring it would be if every bike performed flawlessly for a 100k miles in grueling conditions. Sounds like no fun...
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:05 PM   #2299
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Great report Noah! Curious about your Sidi Boots that packed it in...were they Rains or the Gore-Tex ones? How long did you have them for?
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:51 AM   #2300
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Just think about how boring it would be if every bike performed flawlessly for a 100k miles in grueling conditions. Sounds like no fun...
I'll take trouble free anyday. I want to ride not wrench.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:50 AM   #2301
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I'll take trouble free anyday. I want to ride not wrench.
Yeah, that's nice, but there is a bond you develop with a bike when you wrench it. It can go to far, if all you ever do is wrench. But, there is something special about these 690's. I used to have a 640 and regretted selling it (ended up crashed and burned 20 miles short of Ushaia!) The 690 is definitely the new and improved version.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:56 AM   #2302
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Yeah, that's nice, but there is a bond you develop with a bike when you wrench it. It can go to far, if all you ever do is wrench. But, there is something special about these 690's. I used to have a 640 and regretted selling it (ended up crashed and burned 20 miles short of Ushaia!) The 690 is definitely the new and improved version.

I bond from preventive maint. but break downs "break" the bond for me. Reliability is king. Its different strokes for different folks. For some , break downs are part of the journey, for others , break downs are journey interruption. I'm in the second group.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:07 AM   #2303
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I bond from preventive maint. but break downs "break" the bond for me. Reliability is king. Its different strokes for different folks. For some , break downs are part of the journey, for others , break downs are journey interruption. I'm in the second group.
Me too, which is why this thread is entertaining and useful. I expect my next adventure ride will be on the KTM and I want to pre-load for success, which means no break downs.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:09 AM   #2304
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Only stumbled across this RR now, but thanks a lot for posting up in detail on getting into Japan without a carnet. Do you have any advice to share going the other way? That is shipping/flying into Japan with an exit to Russia?

Will have to backtrack and read the whole report now :)
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:10 AM   #2305
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having said that, I'm a road rider so I can't really even wrap my head around trip of this magnitude. I don't know if any adventure motorcycle can do such a thing and not encounter some problems.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:20 AM   #2306
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I think it's a matter of location and severity, jimtom. My "adventure" rides don't come close to Noah's ride, but if I'm stuck in the Rocky's 50 miles from civilization, my trip is still degraded. I'd rather whistle over the mountain, stopping to take pics rather than getting tools out and working a problem. My idea of fun wrenching puts the bike on my lift at home in a clean environment.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:25 AM   #2307
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I think it's a matter of location and severity, jimtom. My "adventure" rides don't come close to Noah's ride, but if I'm stuck in the Rocky's 50 miles from civilization, my trip is still degraded. I'd rather whistle over the mountain, stopping to take pics rather than getting tools out and working a problem. My idea of fun wrenching puts the bike on my lift at home in a clean environment.
yes, we have the same idea of fun wrenching . Road wrenching not only interupts my trip but sometimes others are inconvenienced if I'm riding with someone else or a small group. There is one thing in this world i hate to be , a burden.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:26 AM   #2308
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I give originals to boarder crossings... but i always have copies. If I get pulled over by police I give copies.. in case they try to ask fro bribes.
Speaking of bribes. How do you handle this? I've never been to places where it's SOP to smooth things along with a bribe. Do you haggle a bribe? Wait to be asked? Offer before being asked? When/where is a bribe considered illegal? The bribe isn't a reflex for most of us. Just wondering how you handle this side of extreme places.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:23 AM   #2309
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Hey Noah. Where will you spend your 30th? Thailand?? I'm the 22nd, but ill be sure to toast to you in a bit over a month. Watching with great interest
I Think I'll be in Thailand for my birthday.

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Great report Noah! Curious about your Sidi Boots that packed it in...were they Rains or the Gore-Tex ones? How long did you have them for?
They were non gortex and I had them about a year and a half. They stopped being waterproof after about 9 months. They started falling apart after a year.. and were unsafe to ride in after 1.5 years.

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Only stumbled across this RR now, but thanks a lot for posting up in detail on getting into Japan without a carnet. Do you have any advice to share going the other way? That is shipping/flying into Japan with an exit to Russia?

Will have to backtrack and read the whole report now :)
I think the only way to enter Japan without a carnet is on a ferry. If the bike comes in a container, you need a carnet. Easy to go ferry to Russia though.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:21 AM   #2310
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Just think about how boring it would be if every bike performed flawlessly for a 100k miles in grueling conditions. Sounds like no fun...
You can always fix someone else's bike if you get bored.

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I bond from preventive maint. but break downs "break" the bond for me. Reliability is king. Its different strokes for different folks. For some , break downs are part of the journey, for others , break downs are journey interruption. I'm in the second group.
I look at it as a "learning opportunity". No bike is 100% reliable. People get frustrated and something small can ruin the trip. Sometimes it is an interruption. I was trying to make it to a travelers meeting in Nagano next weekend. But today, my radiator got a pretty good leak. The fan vibrated loose enough to put a hole in one of the fins. I was on a crazy forest road in the rain and I had just gotten to pavement when I noticed the steam. I was able to find the leak and put "leak stop" in to get me to a hotel.

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Me too, which is why this thread is entertaining and useful. I expect my next adventure ride will be on the KTM and I want to pre-load for success, which means no break downs.
Again, you cant prepare for everything. No bike is 100%. That being said.. I would never start a trip without prepping a bike. And there are many things I will do to the next bike that were not done on this one from the start.. "lessons learned". I will definitely have a build thread on the next bike.
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