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Old 01-18-2014, 07:51 AM   #2746
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Gas masks in the subway system. Paranoid much?

I suspect that is what happens when your neighbor to the north is insane.


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Old 01-18-2014, 12:07 PM   #2747
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I suspect that is what happens when your neighbor to the north is insane.


that may be.. but it is almost impossible to cross that border. And someone in south Korea probably wouldn't do it. And someone from north Korea who made it to south Korea.. probably won't want to go back. I just thought it was interesting. No other country have I found gasmasks in the subway.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:28 PM   #2748
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ya thats really odd. there is probably a hand dryer attached to the side of it..
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:32 PM   #2749
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Hey Noah.

It's been a while since I checked in and happy to see you're still at it!
Keep it up, one of these days I'll read from where I left off or maybe I'll wait to see the movie.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:09 AM   #2750
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No other country have I found gasmasks in the subway.
It's nothing to do with diet is it? I used to commute to work on the London Underground and I would have been prepared to pay good money for a gas mask, sometimes.
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Old 01-20-2014, 01:47 AM   #2751
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Hi Noah, I'm just one of the many readers and I've just caught up. I know what that means, yeah, gotta wait now for updates!
Excellent job mate keep it up, I (we) really appreciate the work you put in just on the reporting side, well done.
As a never take it to a shop guy myself I think your mechanical apptitude and sympathy with your machine is outstanding, good work. Long may you ride (and snowboard)!
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:22 AM   #2752
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Jealous! Glad you got some good turns.

How many ski bums does it take to screw in a light bulb?


...A least 5...

1 to screw it in... and the other 4 to yell "Nice turns bra!!"
hahaha thanks for that
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:21 PM   #2753
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Hi Noah,
Greetings from Spain. I've just finished reading your ride report. Cool, really enjoyed it, as I have done with many other good ride reports on here, but yours especially! Also, I sure appreciate your sincerity and it appears you're a true gent with the ladies . Good onya mate!

I will certainly look forward to the continuation of this excellent ride-port.
If you are passing northern Spain and need a place to stay let me know.
Take care and happy riding
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:27 PM   #2754
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that may be.. but it is almost impossible to cross that border. And someone in south Korea probably wouldn't do it. And someone from north Korea who made it to south Korea.. probably won't want to go back. I just thought it was interesting. No other country have I found gasmasks in the subway.
The gas masks aren't for people crossing the border either way.....they're for gas launched from across the border by some other means.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:16 AM   #2755
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Thailand (Bangkok)

Bangkok. Thursday December 5th to Monday December 16.

It was late, about 11:00 when my flight got into BKK. I took the airport link train toward the city and got off 1 stop from the end in Phaya Thai. I had no reservation and no idea where I would get a place to stay. I lied to all the taxi and tuk tuk drivers. I told them I had a place to stay even though it was obious I was searching most of them get a commission to take you to their hotel, their massage parlor or their tailor shop. I found a decent hotel in a part of BKK that was very Indian. It still had many Thia people but there the hotel and surrounding businesses were owned by Indian expats. I was excited for a good curry.

In the morning I found a taxi and told him I want to go to the protests. In December, the protests that I saw were pretty calm. But I wanted to see what they were about. Near the Democracy Monument the streets were blocked by people camping out for blocks in each direction. A stage was setup where speakers would talk. I walked around and snapped some pictures and watched the sun go down as I drank a beer listening and watching the protesters. They had whistles and plastic and clappy things like you would have a birthday party or something. No one was yelling. No one was burning anything. There was not even any police around.


Any street in BKK


Hmmm... seems wrong.






It was hot.


Coolest potato chip ever.








Heated game in the middle of the protests.




These guys had plastic sheets that must have been rejects from print factories. They were used to sit on, make shade or rain fly.










No riots tonight.








I walked the whole way back to my hotel. I did not feel like getting into one of these.


Many markets along the way.


Anything and everyting is for sale.


When the gates go down.. it does not mean the scooters will stop crossing the tracks. Its quite crazy.




Maybe some of you Harley guys can tell me what model this is?

I saw on HorizonsUnlimited a post "fellow travelers in BKK looking for a beer". Sounds like my kind of travelers. For the next few days I met up with Charlie and Oli. They had been traveling on an Atwin through Europe and the middle east. From UEA it was being shipped to BKK. They spent about a month riding an Ensfield in northern India. They had been in BKK for about a month waiting for their bike to get there.




Always like this. Bumper to bumper.




Oli


Charlie and Me


Outdoor movie theater


Rewinding the film by hand.


Street food! BKK has amazing street food. For extreamly cheap. You should never go into a restaraunt in BKK.


Papaya salad. So spicy. So good.




Dessert. Fried crape thing with nutella, cream and bananas.


Non fat they say... :P


The wires here scare me.








More good street food.





Getting the bike from Japan to Thailand was not cheap. $600 for the boat + $200 for customs in Japan + $800 for customs in Thailand = $1600 total. Could I have done the customs work in Thailand myself? Maybe. But most of the documents were in Thai. Could I have found a company who didn't bend me over so hard? Probably. This one was recommended on the GT riders website. They took me to get the bike, and to all the other offices in Leam Chebang. There is no way I would have been able to do it in 1 day. And this being a Friday, I was happy to get it before the weekend.

Finally, Oli and Charlie got their bike the same day I got mine. After getting my bike Leam Chebang, I had about 100 km to ride back to to my Hotel in BKK. It was hot and the traffic was horrible. It took me about 3 hours. For some reason, the bike was not charging so I could not even run my headlight. Luckily, not many motorcycles had lights and there were many streetlights. I stayed one more night at my hotel then checked in at their place for a few nights.

Oli and I worked side by side on our bikes. We talked about riding into Cambodia together. I wanted to leave sooner then monday. It was so great to see them get thier bike back. They had been with out if for over 2 months. To try to fix the charging problem, I replaced the Reg/rec from Tajikistan with a Chinese copy but the bike still wasn't charging. My voltage from the stator showed about 8 volts AC when it should be between 20 and 50. I also saw a short to ground on my stator. I called KTM Bangkok to see if they had a stator by they didn't. So I went to the shop because I knew there was 6 different forms of 690 there. I thought for sure I would be able to talk them into selling me one off a showroom bike. All my begging, name dropping and promises of great press couldn't get them to budge. I told them I had a flight in Phnom Penh Camboida and I couldn't wait for one to be ordered in. No luck. Time for a new plan.

I asked the KTM shop if they knew of a place that rewound electric motors. They wrote down an address and I got in a taxi. Never get in a taxi in BKK when you can get on a scooter. The taxi will take forever. The asshole took me almost out to the airport because traffic was blocking where I wanted to go. When he turned back go where I wanted, I had no idea where we were. But just then I noticed a small shop rewinding motors. "Stop the fooking taxi". The guy is saying something to me about how we are not there. "I don't care. Stop the taxi". He gets the picture as I open the door while it is still moving. I pay him about $13 worth and get out. I show the little shop my stator and they say its fooked. Yes sir, I know it is. I want some wire. Ohhh we can give you wire. He gave me about 5 meters of coated copper wire and wouldn't let me pay him anything for it. I decided to rely on the trains from then on. With copper wire, soldering gun, solder and epoxi in hand, I tore into my stator to the amazement of the other travelers at the hostel. Beers in hand, making a mess, I rewound the single pole that had a fault. But I didn't do a good job because when I was finished, there was still a fault. Then it hit me: There are 3 phases, 18 poles. 6 poles per phase which produce anywhere from 20 to 50 volts. If 1 phase was missing a pole, it would not be the end of the world. So I took the leads and soldered them together totally eliminating that pole. I put some silicon over the wire to seal it and put the stator back in my bike.


I stole this photo from another post from DanTheMan07. He had the exact same problem a few days before me. Even on the same pole. First 2 690 stators I have ever heard of going bad.


1 pole removed. Time to try to rewind.


This will work.. I think..

Charging at 14.1 volts. I love it when shit goes correct. Earlier I had also checked my valves and fixed an oil leak from one of my filter covers.


ODO = 91,1183 kms

Since I lost a day messing with the stator... Oli, Charlie and I made plans to leave in the morning after breakfast. Next stop.. Cambodia.
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:44 AM   #2756
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Nice write up

"I stole this photo from another post from DanTheMan07. He had the exact same problem a few days before me. Even on the same pole. First 2 690 stators I have ever heard of going bad."


Probably the only 2 690's in the world with that many hours on them also.

Keep it coming, you and Anna are doing an awesome job.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:05 AM   #2757
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Nice fix Noah. Keep the updates coming!!

Keep the rubber side down.

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Old 01-26-2014, 12:49 PM   #2758
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Nice improvisation there dude!

Good to catch up on the RR and see what you've been up to, last year.
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:12 PM   #2759
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Ha Ha! I think you know that's not a Harley.
Good thinking and good fix on the stator. Improvising keeps you on the road.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:42 PM   #2760
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JUST SPENT THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS DUCKING IN & OUT OF THE OFFICE TO READ YOUR ADVENTURE , NO WORK IS BEING DONE . i LOVE IT.
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