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Old 10-30-2008, 05:20 PM   #61
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OK, so I pull up for gas in Bum Fuck Nevada off Hwy 50 on my 950 on the way from San Francisco to meet some buddies in Colorado and I see this dude with a new 990 loaded up like friggin U-Haul. We chat, we ride the desert together, stop at the Owl Club in Eureka NV and we get absolutly shit faced at the Hotel Nevada in Ely that night and have a great time. The next day, I pinch his spare tires in Delta Utah and we part ways. Great trip!!

Hey!!! I recognize that bike!! I was worried about the top box staying on. But it looks like it survived the trip.

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Old 11-03-2008, 08:38 PM   #62
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It looks like the KAT (as in KAT-OOM!!!) is out of the bag! Yes.

Orange. Powerful. Excessive. Obscene, even. My new partner in crime is indeed the mighty KTM 990 Adventure, the bike I’ve been lusting over since discovering ADVrider and purchasing Neduro’s clever DSR dvd. Damn you all for contributing to my madness!!!

After Gary dropped me off defeated at my doorstep I had some tough decisions to make: Do I fix my bike? That’ll take a week at least, and MULAH. I could delay the trip, but that sucks, THIS is my time! (Summer only comes around once a year, ya know...) Perhaps I can find a suitable used bike in the Texas area to start the trip on, like tomorrow...

I’ve been squirreling away my meager musician money for years, for the future and also for a new bike/gear. Throughout my life I tend to horde my money, foregoing small pleasures so I can live BIG. This has played itself out time and time again from childhood through the present. I can (and do) live on Clif bars and mixed nuts, and I can’t remember the last time I bought new clothes (moto gear being an exception), but when it comes to my tools I’m extremely motivated to have nice equipment that is suited to me, be it instruments or motorcycles. After extensive research the KTM 990 Adventure (with ABS) stood out as the only choice for me (the BMW R1200GS is also an obvious pick, but Big Orange ultimately revealed it’s self to be “the one” for various reasons).

Could I have chosen something more fitting a man of my means? Sure, and I probably should have. The venerable KLR is an obvious pick, and I sure do like that tall Honda XR650. My mind has this hang up about ABS, however, which complicates things and narrows the options. There are a lot of passionate riders who are anti-ABS, but it’s very important to me, and buying a bike that doesn’t have it would be a “downgrade” from my BMW in safety, so that rules out every thumper (except the BMW F650) and the KTM 950 Adventure, which is a damn shame ‘cause I’ve seen some screamin’ deals on that one over in the flea-market. When I started looking at the prices for “newish” dual sports (such as the KLR and DR650) I was surprised at how much I’d have to pay for a highway-worthy bike. I want what I want and I know I won’t be happy with a sub-50 HP single after coming from 100+ horse power... 990. That’s it, or I stick with what I have. Upgrade to the new bike I truly want or repair the one I have, nothing in between. Riding is about passion, so why would I ride a bike I don’t love? Okay let’s check the flea-market...

What’s this?!? Inmate Bwana just listed his nearly-new, tricked-out 990 Adventure, probably about the time my rear bearing was giving out. Drip, drip, drip...



Too perfect! The only hitch is that he (and more importantly the bike) are in Sacramento, CA...

Last season I was holding down two jobs, one of which was the Principal Viola position with the Tucson Symphony, so I had to fly a lot. It was the rock-star lifestyle, except without the rock, money, fame, drugs, groupies, fancy hotels, and outrageous wardrobes... So basically it was just the travel. BUT, I earned enough miles for a free direct flight to take me to my new adventure/assault vehicle.

After agreeing on a price and date Bwana picked me up at the airport and I started this portion of my adventure from Sacramento. Not too shabby. Packing all my gear for a month making music on the road on a flight to then pack onto an unfamiliar motorcycle was quite a challenge! The bike had luggage racks (thankfully), but no bags, so I bought a set of cheap-o throw-overs and brought them along, plus my POS top-box and tank bag from my BMW. Not knowing the tool kit or really anything about KTM’s I brought all kinds of tools: tire levers, compressor, ratchet, sockets, leatherman, zip-ties, bungees, a tire repair kit, and enough tie down straps to retrieve a beached whale from the sea if necessary. First-Aid kit, toiletries, clothes, camping gear (tent, bag, pad), trekking poles, riding suit, rain suit, heated vest, two sets of gloves, air-hawk seat cushion, chargers/adapters/computer accessories, maps, paperwork, and of course my Mac. Yikes, a big list already. But wait, there’s more: Carbon fiber viola, bow, shoulder rest, case, extra strings, a small stack of sheet music (some basic warm-up material all the audition material I need for later in the trip), plus the new Kelty pack that I carry the instrument in. Whew.

Here’s what I see waiting for me in his driveway. He pulled it out of the garage so I’d see it in the setting sun from the car as soon as we turned the corner. I freaked out! That’s MY bike! She’s even more beautiful in the flesh...









Bwana patiently waited and chatted with me as I started packing MY new bike (WOW! I like saying that!). I warned him that I’d be hanging out in his driveway for a while... Eventually he had to leave for a meeting, so we shook hands and said our goodbyes, but I still had a long ways to go... Sure enough, I was still packing when he returned, and I continued well into the darkness of night. Strap this here, secure that there, or maybe over there? The bike came with knobbies installed, PLUS the slightly used Pirelli Scorpions, so I have to come up with a way to haul these off into the night too. Bwana finally finds the solution: put them around the saddle bags. Damn, this thing is LOADED!!! Normally I would never travel this heavy, but these are extenuating circumstances!





This is the nicest vehicle I’ve ever owned, hands down. I’m so excited! This is the first time I’ve chosen exactly what I want, and purchased it so new. I’ll probably never buy a brand-new vehicle, bike or otherwise, and this seems better than new in many ways! FMF exhaust, Renazco suede seat, and it’s bristling with protectors for the gas tanks, controls, brake reservoir, radiator... all upgrades I would eventually make myself, cost allowing. Bwana said that he wanted someone to buy the bike that was going to really ride it like it was intended. I'm there for ya, bro!







Thanks for the amazing deal on the bike at an amazing moment in my life, and taking some great pics too! Bwana, you da man!

Now I’ve got to find some camping in the dark. I’m already mentally exhausted from all this excitement of the new bike, plus the “puzzle” of packing this thing. I finally hit the road at 9:30 pm. Nice test ride, eh? Riding into the mountains on an unfamiliar bike in the dark, dog tired...

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Old 11-04-2008, 04:54 PM   #63
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Oh, here's update on the insects from my first pictures near Guadalupe Nat. Park. My friend who's a professional bug-man sent me this in regards to my RR:

"Very sweet. Wish Iíd known about it sooner I could have told you that yes, tarantulas ďfangsĒ can penetrate skin and that big red bug is a mite. I donít recall the species though."

Good thing I left the gloves on, eh?
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Old 11-05-2008, 03:25 PM   #64
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So, do we now get pics from California back to Texas?!? And heckuva nice new ride!

And, BTW, did you keep the K12RS? That'd be quite a stable.


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Old 11-05-2008, 07:23 PM   #65
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Bwana finally finds the solution: put them around the saddle bags. Damn, this thing is LOADED!!! Normally I would never travel this heavy, but these are extenuating circumstances!
The 9X0 can be loaded down pretty good and still handle ok... just do not load one side down to much and not be able to lean the bike... can tip over from not leaning on the stand enough...

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Old 11-05-2008, 09:20 PM   #66
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The 9X0 can be loaded down pretty good and still handle ok... just do not load one side down to much and not be able to lean the bike... can tip over from not leaning on the stand enough...

Damn dude! I thought mine was outfitted... Impressive... Most impressive! I agree, I haven't experienced any performance problems with all the junk on board either, even the spares! It handles just fine. I like that orange dry bag, what kind is that?
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Old 11-05-2008, 09:24 PM   #67
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So, do we now get pics from California back to Texas?!? And heckuva nice new ride!

And, BTW, did you keep the K12RS? That'd be quite a stable.


Oh yes, there will be pics, I'm just getting started! What a ride...

The K12 will live again, I'll be mending her very soon. She's a spunky one, but my new love is ORANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-05-2008, 10:47 PM   #68
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Damn this bike is tall! Good thing Iím 6í3Ē. Itís a little scary riding into unfamiliar territory on a strange, full loaded bike, and in the dark too! Iím traveling on the cheap (a-hem, with the exception of the exotic European motorcycle ) so I canít let myself down and get a motel room, even for this one night. How could I live with myself if I rent a room on Day One?!? Nope, stick it out, I can find something...

I ride and ride to the north and east of Sacramento, trying to get to some areas that look like they have primitive camp sites on my paper AAA map. I end up in some mountain twisties which would normally be fun (and kinda the whole point, at least on my sport touring bike), but I find myself questioning my wisdom. I have a pretty high tolerance for staying awake and alert, but I know that Iím tired and my reaction time must be increasing. This just isnít safe. There MUST be camping in here somewhere, but there arenít clear signs at night I donít know where exactly to look. The road junctions are getting more and more remote and are no longer represented on my large-scale California map so I decide to make a big loop and get back to the Interstate. Well lessee, a fifty mile loop of twisties in the dark on a 990 Adventure... I guess there are worse ways to spend an evening!

11:00 passes and then midnight as I roll along trying to find some place suitable for a tent. I pull in a couple RV parks and inquire, but theyíre reserved for some RV clubs or something and Iím turned away. Seriously?!? I felt a little bad about rolling in during the middle of the night with my twin FMF exhausts grumbling away until they rejected me. I maintained a slightly higher RPM on the way out. Slightly...

FINALLY I swerve off onto an exit ramp west of Lake Tahoe about 1:30 a.m. and see some parked construction vehicles and a little dirt road leading off into the hills. Heeeeeeere we go! I try to muster another measure of concentration from the reserves for my first ďoff-roadĒ experience with this beautiful machine. Awesome! The terrain is nothing serious by ADVrider standards, but Iím amazed with the way the 990 soaks up bumps, rocks, and ruts... I tool around a while trying to find a place thatís far enough from the highway that I can sleep but not so far up this road that I might crash in my strung-out state. I found nice, grassy, reasonably flat spot. I pitched without the rain fly only an arms distance from my sweet new ride so I could go to sleep with one eye on the stars and the other on MY motorcycle.

The morning after:





Morning came too early, and of course I couldnít sleep with all the light coming in, so I might as well hit the road. Itíd be shame not to ride around Lake Tahoe, right?



I love this little camera (Pentax Optio W-30), but I sometimes wish for a greater zoom. I do like the waterproof camera!



In case you're wondering, the viola is on my back while I take these pics. Part of my reasoning for the viola pack is that it will be on/with me most of the time so I won't be tempted to leave it strapped to the bike. The instrument is tough for sure (that's why I bought it after all), but it could still be damaged or stolen very easily which would be a pain in the ass. Somehow I can still manage to worry about the "worry-free" instrument. Ce la vie. It's been ingrained in me from childhood to caudal and protect string instruments, and those habits die hard...





This is great! Itís a cool morning in the mountains, Iíve got a great view, and everywhere people are giving me thumbs up from their cars or stopping to admire my crazy/amazing motorcycle with all the gear strapped to it.

I peel away from Lake Tahoe and head north-east into the mountains. Riding on knobbies is a new thing for me, and as an aggressive corner-er Iím not sure how to treat these strange rubber protrusions through the turns. Eventually I pull over for a break in an empty parking lot on a mountain pass and what do I spy? Painted lines of a MSF motorcycle course! Funny, this would be a GREAT location to learn to ride, nice cool weather (in the summer) and a great view. I play around on the course for a bit and am quickly frustrated by my lack of low-speed cornering ability. Grrrrrr. I know Iíd be rocking this course on my BMW, but I donít trust these knobbies OR this bike yet (since I havenít owned it twenty-four hours yet), and itís fully loaded. Iíll get better.





At this point Iím on vacation, but my ďdestinationĒ is Logan, Utah to visit all my buddies. I served as Principal Viola for the Utah Festival Opera Company (UFOC) for a number of years and many of my closest friendships were made there in the orchestra pit during those hilariously fun summers. The pay is terrible and the hours are long, but itís so much fun that many of the players return year after year, mostly for the camaraderie. Iíve since gotten other professional opportunities during the summers (such as Cactus Pear Music Festival and others) that allow me to have time off for motorcycle trips, but I canít stay away from Logan! Itís a ďmust goĒ place for me. Besides, now I can go up and party, hike, ride, sleep, lounge, whatever with all my friends without working! Nice... Iíd love to explore California/Nevada/wherever more, but I must get up to northern Utah before the festival ends.

So across Nevada I go!
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:13 PM   #69
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:18 AM   #70
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Damn dude! I thought mine was outfitted... Impressive... Most impressive! I agree, I haven't experienced any performance problems with all the junk on board either, even the spares! It handles just fine. I like that orange dry bag, what kind is that?
Pacific Outdoor/ Medium duffle bag.

http://www.pacoutdoor.com/2008/index...=30&familyID=2

I have changed the hard panniers for the Jesse panniers, and the top case for a Carabou case to get the weight lower on the bike. Before you get too aggressive, you might want to drop some of the weight!!


PS... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310941 for tent list... locations for inmates who can put you up/let you camp/snag a room and meal. If you head for the mid west pm me and you are in for a couple of meals and room.
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Old 11-06-2008, 09:29 PM   #71
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Pacific Outdoor/ Medium duffle bag.

http://www.pacoutdoor.com/2008/index...=30&familyID=2

I have changed the hard panniers for the Jesse panniers, and the top case for a Carabou case to get the weight lower on the bike. Before you get too aggressive, you might want to drop some of the weight!!


PS... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310941 for tent list... locations for inmates who can put you up/let you camp/snag a room and meal. If you head for the mid west pm me and you are in for a couple of meals and room.
You are gentleman, sir Footprint. Perhaps someday I can take you up on your generosity!
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Old 11-06-2008, 09:57 PM   #72
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Uhg, Nevada is heating up.

I figure itíll take me two days to get to Logan, Utah. Iíll get as far as I can today and knock-out the remainder tomorrow, and it looks like I can maybe cut north on some dirt roads to cut the teeth on my new beast off pavement.

As I descend out of the mountains Iím called down into a valley by a twisting gravel trail. I donít really know what Iím doing when it comes to piloting a big-twin dual-sport, but Iím intrigued... Iíve got the bike, the tires, and here I am! It wonít take too long for a little side trip. Just a test, and a little taste...







These tires are pretty gnarly! I know Iím gonna grind off these knobs all the way down by the time I hit Texas a few weeks from now. Iím not really riding hard enough to justify such aggressive dirt tires, but oh well! I hope to get more experience along the way, and maybe Iíll change over to the Scorpions for all this highway work?



The suspension on this machine is amazing! Iíve never ridden a bike like this before (Ďcause there really isnít another bike like this! Ohhh, KTM...)

Damn itís hot, like jumping into a oven as I fly down, down, down. The landscape is getting flatter and dryer; yup, itís Nevada. I stop for lunch and a trip to Napa Auto Parts for chain lube and a gallon jug for extra gas. The attendants offer some advice on which dirt ďshort-cutsĒ I might try. Okay, Iím developing a route that will take me a little further on the highway before I head 80 miles north on some scenic dirt roads to connect me to I-80 which will put me parallel with Salt Lake City for tomorrow. Roll out!

Damn itís hot. Iím getting kinda bored and sun-dazed on these straight roads, but I can always day dream about riding my KTM. ;-) Oh wait, I AM riding my KTM!!! Sweet...

The next gas stop is Austin, Nevada (I think, is that right DaddyBigDaddy?) where Iím filling up my tank and the jug (just in case!) for my first big dirt odyssey on the Orange Beast. Iíve probably only ever seen a handful of KTM Adventures on the road (or anywhere for that matter), it strikes me as a highly exotic and rare motorcycle (part of the reason I like it so much! ). Actually I only recall ever seeing ONE before I discovered ADVrider, and now it seems like I see them all the time, but itís probably just virtually over in Orange Crush. So as Iím about to suit up and hit the road what do I hear approaching? The distinctive rumble of a LC8: a black 950 Adventure! Two KTMís in a one-horse town at the same moment.



Kenís bike got violated (which isnít even his bike, or some such nonsense). Free advertising for me!



The really ironic thing is that we were both traveling the same direction, a few minutes lost or gained in either direction and we wouldíve probably never seen each other as I was only five miles from hitting the dirt. Naturally both our bikes are sporting ADV stickers, so we chatted a bit and DaddyBigDaddy talked me out of a solo dirt mission and into riding due east with him to Ely, Nevada where he intended to drink margaritas. Okay! I was pumped up for some dirt, but this sounds like fun, and itíll be nice to ride with somebody for a while, especially another sweet KTM Adventure! Off we go, more pavement pounding...



Stopped here for a drink and a tee-shirt (which has a plot twist for later!)





Yes, there were camera sightings, and we have photographic proof.



Riding away from the sun is nice, itís pretty out here with all the nothing, but the road is kinda boring. Sigh... more KTM daydreams I guess! I doubled the mileage on the bike today. Suh-Weet!



Woooo, a long couple of days for sure. It turns out the night life in Ely Nevada can be pretty exciting with a little effort...
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:54 PM   #73
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:11 PM   #74
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The night in Ely (preface: DaddyBigDaddy is crazy!):

First off let's get some "extra" booze...



DaddyBigDaddy trades his new shirt from the Owl Cafe for a vintage Netscape polo from a random guy on the street. Everybody wins!



Let's party! I only gamble with my life (motorcycle) and career (classical music), not with real money, but it was fun watching Ken.



24 hour diner in the casino, excellent! (and $2 margaritas, oy...)

"Dude, where are the escorts?"




This guy was a local who showed us the "hot-spots" and invited us to his house to party it up some more. ADV SALUTE!!!




Bar hopping. Hot-ex-con-meth-head-bar-tender-moms apparently live in Nevada... DUH!!!



How the hell do you work this &*#^&@(*#& thing?!?



Oh man, we were outlaws that night. The pirate/harley gathering at the same hotel couldn't hold a candle to us so they went to bed leaving the two of us on the rampage in the streets. I haven't partied like that since college, I don't know where DaddyBigDaddy keeps his energy reserves at his age; he was an animal. Dude, I'm glad we bumped into each other, that was crazy fun!

Damn, if this is any indication of what kinda trouble my new KTM will get me into this should be a fun ride, eh?

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Old 11-08-2008, 03:20 PM   #75
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Man, I am SO jealous! That Adventure sure is pretty! I have your same "horde, spend big when the time is right" mentality. So I'm hoping a nice Orange Beast is in my future too.

Looking forward to the rest of your adventure!
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