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Old 08-19-2009, 05:27 PM   #136
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Is it the norm to do a follow up post for a ride report? Do you guys care what we brought? What we'd do differently? If someone actually wants to read that stuff, I'm happy to write it...


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By all means. Any first hand experience is great to read. Any equipment or gear you used has definitely been put to the test.
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:29 PM   #137
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Might I suggest a nice grassy field to practice on.


...hopefully without any backhoe-action in it

That was an awesome trip. Heal up soon and next time we'll hope to see "two bikes" doing the trail!

Thanks for all the great posts and writing. I thoroughly enjoyed tagging along!

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:42 PM   #138
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liked the (RR) and yes my wife and I would like to know what worked and what did not.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:35 PM   #139
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Old 08-19-2009, 08:06 PM   #140
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Agree with everyone else, great write up and job overall. My hat is off to both of you.

Congrats on finishing.

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:07 PM   #141
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update from Matt:
What about the bike, you ask?
Right after the crash in the ditch, the most obvious sign of damage was that the fairings and console seemed closer to the triple clamps. This was making it difficult to turn with lots of rubbing. I was able to convince the speedo subframe to go back into position without too much trouble. Next, after riding about 50 yards we realized we had some pretty serious contact between the front tire and something. I assumed we must have bent the forks. Later, I spun the upper fork tubes 180 degrees and the rubbing decreased. They're bent. We were able to continue the trip, experiencing tire rubbing only during heavy braking or really rough areas.

After making it home I was able to take a good look and did not like what I found.



Here is a close-up of the stake through my heart.


I'm starting to think about fuel injection, if you know what I mean.

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:26 PM   #142
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Awesome report! Was a great read! Hopefully my wife will be up for that kind of adventure when we can get out and start riding together...

Sorry to see that snapped frame pic... That sucks big time... But look on the bright side... at least now you can get a new bike! Yay!
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:38 PM   #143
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Here is a close-up of the stake through my heart.


I'm starting to think about fuel injection, if you know what I mean.
so sorry to see / hear about the disaster. i don't know enough about the frame / welding kind of things... is that even repairable? or is it something where you have to replace the subframe?

good luck...
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:43 PM   #144
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Epic! I love it!

You two DEFINITELY need to do South America. It has everything you loved about the TAT and much less of the bad things. Awesome dirt roads, amazing natural beauty, endless remote areas to explore, you can always find good food, riders are treated like heroes by everyone. Go!
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Yup, get back on that horse. Might I suggest a nice grassy field to practice on.
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...hopefully without any backhoe-action in it
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junker! hilarious!

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:48 PM   #145
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so sorry to see / hear about the disaster. i don't know enough about the frame / welding kind of things... is that even repairable? or is it something where you have to replace the subframe?

good luck...
unfortunately, that's the frame. and there doesn't seem to be a single 950/990 frame in the US at the moment.
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Old 08-20-2009, 05:29 AM   #146
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so sorry to see / hear about the disaster. i don't know enough about the frame / welding kind of things... is that even repairable? or is it something where you have to replace the subframe?

good luck...

It should be repairable since the damage is in the straight sections - if it's done properly (i.e.: sleeved). AFAIK, the KTM frame is just steel tube. There should be a lot of tube expertise out there in Cali - think buggy/rock crawler shops....
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:01 AM   #147
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agree with sailwa66, but make sure that when you get it welded the geometry is right. There's a motorcycle frame company that does chassis geometry but for the life of me I can't remember what they're called.
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Old 08-20-2009, 06:25 AM   #148
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Frameman in sacramento, have heard great things about him. Nice ride report guys, Matt I think I rode with you at one of GCDSR outings. Nothing like getting passed on the singletrack of Georgetown by a big fella on an adventure twin.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:56 AM   #149
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Is a new frame THAT expensive? In my experience,a new frame is surprisingly cheap in UK. I realise it's a bit of work to replace all the bits but i think it's what i'd do.

Fuel injection? Nah,not for me!!
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:53 AM   #150
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Frameman in sacramento, have heard great things about him. Nice ride report guys, Matt I think I rode with you at one of GCDSR outings. Nothing like getting passed on the singletrack of Georgetown by a big fella on an adventure twin.
Heh, matt loves to pass - hope he wasn't too pushy
Thanks for the ref. for Frameman - matt called and got some info. seems like a great shop. We're mulling it over...

BLUE(UK) - it's not that a frame is too expensive, we simply can't find one here in the US. Matt has been calling around and everyone is out of stock of 950 and 990 frames with no e.t.a. I think he was almost looking forward to replacing the frame, up to his elbows in ktm parts...
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