|10-30-2001, 11:30 AM||#1|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Iowa, USA
An Adventure Adventure
I am considering a trip to Panama and back of my 01 KTM Adventure this winter. Would be interested in any advise on special tools and/or parts to take. (I made a similar trip in '84 on my 81 R80GS but this is my first KTM)
|10-30-2001, 12:13 PM||#2|
a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave
Joined: Sep 2001
Location: Salt lake city, Utah
what about a ktm support vehicle from the paris dakar .just a joke!!! the experience i have with mine it,s preatty good for a european bike(but it,s not a HONDA) any part that brakes on here ,takes a long time to get to my hands, until ktm makes a real effort to make the parts more redelly available,i will take a japanice bike especially a honda; you can find parts for them any where in centro america y sur america .the adventure is a really great bike and really well put togheter soo may be she will due fine .
take malaria medicine just in case dont try to cross the darien gap (el tapon de el darien)with out it ,best of luck it,s a really cool trip
I'm looking for a cheap battery for my 11GS so I can get her running again..
|10-30-2001, 07:10 PM||#3|
Joined: Jun 2001
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
Good question. I rode my bike to Southern Mexico last year and forgot a spare low-beam bulb. Wow that sucked. And I lost my map (twice), and had a very tough time finding a replacement. Ran out of ear plugs and couldn't find any. Broke my helmet shield but duct tape saved me.
We're riding a KLR to Baja this Christmas so we need to develop the same list as you, but for a different bike. Off the top of my head, chain/sprocket repair, tire repair, fuel filter, electrical & brake probs top our list. We already fitted the bike with braided brake lines.
You might check out http://www.micapeak.com/info/mclist.html
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|10-31-2001, 09:29 AM||#4|
I am dead
Joined: Sep 2001
on a KLR I hear it's levers and foot controls as must haves. And a set of vise grips if you run out of foot controls. And something to bend/fix the fan shroud if it gets bent.
other than that it is the stock items you want.
anything that's cable operated (clutch, compression release) zip tie a spare alonside the current one. takes up no extra room and life would suck with out it.
clear packing tape. if you bust the headlight lens often you can tape over a hole or enough big peices that you won't short a bulb in the wet.
You have quiksteel...how about JB Qwik. A version of the JB weld that sets up faster. using beer can aluminum and this stuff it is amazing what you can fix. (Rainier cans work best)
Oh and speaking of quiksteel. In a pinch a warm power bar can be plastered over a case hole. I swear. Saw it done on a TDM850. Lasted all the way back home.
Bought any toys for the kids? Those plastic coated wire ties that annoy the snot out of you as the kid is jumping around like a cricket on crack are handy and can be stuffed/wrapped anywhere. Stronger than zip ties. But don't leave the zip ties either. Zip a few to the top of a fork or frame rail. If you pull one out, pull the zip tighter to retain the rest.
spare footpeg. or make sure the passenger peg is adaptable to the rider spot.
part of a wrecked inner tube. or the whole thing if you have space. A peice cut from one of these things gets used all the time. rattling part? wedge a peice in between the two.
And don't forget your brain. Necessity is the mother of invention, and imagination is the milk man that knocked her up. The children are getting your ass home and a good campfire tale.
I took off on my /5 one weekend to circumnavigate the Olympic Pninsula. Life was throwing me a series of curveballs and I was swinging for fast balls. And it was my birthday.
So I split. Now up here in Wa state, Seattle gets a good amount of rain. But we only get as much as the Olympic mountains on the peninsula let through. And in April, it's frog drowning weather over there. Of course I didn't think of that.
ROund about 10 PM i'm on some highway, soaked to the skin, hating life and everything in general. And I'm about to turn off the highway into a campground and my clutch vanishes. Nothing. nada. blup blup blup. The bike grinds to a halt.
So now I am on my knees in pine forest muck, rain pouring like an upended bucket and I have a small maglight in my teeth as I look over the problem.
The clutch arm on the BMW has a circlip to keep it retained. well mine had gone AWOL. and the pin had worked free. fortunately only far enough for the arm to flop free, but not enough to disappear somewhere back on the road.
just as I spotted this, a car pulls up. and I'm thinking, "oh great, just what I need. one of washington states famous serial killers in a black van come by to help" I look up and just as I recognize the state trooper car he hits me with the spot light. Like rusty nails in my eyeballs. Try it some time. sit in a dark roommwith your eyes closed for about 5 minutes. then turn on one of those bajillion candle daylighter/piaa/hella "I'd see a mile, you bet" spots about 3' from your face.
you'd scream like a gurl too.
anyhow. after my eye sight returned the cop was nice enough to shine the spotlight on the bike while I pulled out one of my earrings and used it to replace the circlip on the pivot pin.
That stayed like that for a good number of years until I replaced the clutch on the bike.
Amazingly enough, dealing with a problem like that makes the rest of the "bigger problems" seem to be a waste of time.
So when I got home, I had the flu, still had the problems. but I didn't care.
SOrry - that was longer than I ntended to be. What the hell is in my coffee?
off to go annoy Sparky some more....
|10-31-2001, 05:27 PM||#5|
Joined: Jul 2001
Location: Nicetown, USA
Yer fuicken killin' me ovah heah!!
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