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Old 11-10-2010, 12:56 PM   #886
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Originally Posted by BigWan
I would like to say thank you to Kelly for doing a great job and thanks to you all for reading.



Thank you for taking us on your journey. Reading about and seeing where you two went really impressed the daylights out of me. Now I have no reason to whine, moan or complain about ANY kind of terrain I hit. You covered it all two up and fully loaded!

How long have you been riding? What's your bike resume? Please don't say you just started riding 3 years ago on the 950...
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:59 PM   #887
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It's over?? NOW what am I going to do at work?

Thanks for bringing us along on your fantastic ride.
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Old 11-10-2010, 02:37 PM   #888
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Pretty sure this was the most thorough, funny and well written report of the year!

- Well done you two maniacs!
What's next? More action!
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:25 PM   #889
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Make the Wans your favorite!!

I loved every minute of it. I know it is a lot of hard work and doubly so with all your youtube links and sound clips. It's great you made your goals too!!

Thanks for taking us along and hope to see you on in the dirt some day!
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:46 PM   #890
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That was a great ride report. Thank you for putting so much into it. The links and other stuff you added made an awesome trip even better to follow!

make chipmunks your favorite!

I'm dyin' to hear what's next...........
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:07 PM   #891
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Little Wan and Big Wan you two are the best. Big Wan thanks for driving the school bus but yet stopping and letting Little Wan get the pictures she did to share with the rest of us.

Little Wan, this Ride Report is the best ! ! ! Thank you to taking the time to do it making the effort to find all the fun clips. You went above and beyond and it is greatly appreciated.

From now on every time I see a chimpmunk I'm going to think of this picture. What a great shot, I love it.

Make the Wans and furry critters your favorite.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:17 PM   #892
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Great report Kelly and Matt! Thanks for taking us with you! I definitely learned some tips and tricks for riding these long expeditions. Loved the pics of course!!!

So when is the next ride? Ya'll planning anything exotic or taking it easy for a while?

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:05 PM   #893
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So to see it end, and looking forward to the next one for sure.

Thanks to both Wans for taking us on such a wonderful adventure and all the time effort and sanity it took to complete it.

The links and humor definitely made this RR your own very personal, and sets it apart from the rest with such flair.

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Old 11-10-2010, 06:05 PM   #894
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Great report guys! I have been checking this thing a couple of times a day since the first few pages. Thanks a bunch for the writeup!

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:26 PM   #895
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Originally Posted by Questor
I bet KTM sales go up as a result.
Nice job!

My lust for the 950 was fueled by your last adventure, and this one might have been the straw that broke my back. (or the Camel's). We'll find out next week when I ride my 950 for the first time!

Thanks so much Wans big and little! A truly great report, entertaining on so many levels.

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Old 11-10-2010, 08:46 PM   #896
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Thanks to you both...

Thanks guys, great RR and the pics have been wonderful. What are we all going to do now that it's over? There must be some crap shows on the DVR I haven't watched yet... So the big question is, when does the next trip start???
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:56 PM   #897
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most excellent ride reportage

thanks for taking us along with
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:00 PM   #898
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Originally Posted by wachs
Pretty sure this was the most thorough, funny and well written report of the year!

- Well done you two maniacs!

+1 Everyday when I came home from work I was in dire need of comic relief and you were it my number one choice for the evening.

I thank you immensely for the dedication and tireless dedication to put this together!!! You are one funny gal. Guess we'll see you again next year.
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Old 11-10-2010, 09:34 PM   #899
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Definitly one of the more entertaining and enjoyable RR's on ADV.

Just want to say that was fun and thanks for taking the time...
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:15 PM   #900
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Originally Posted by BigWan
Now that Littlewan has finished the riding bits I guess I will have to do some kind of bike prep, gear review type thing.

We were really lucky this year, all of the mechanical issues we had were quite trivial.
Early on in the trip the bike started spewing coolant and overheating whenever pushed just a little.
Like all LC8 owners, I am always looking for signs that the water pump has failed.
The bike was using or loosing coolant, so I assumed the worst and started to think about where I was going to replace the pump.
After keeping a close eye on the water level and the engine oil for a couple of days, I ruled out a failed water pump since the oil never got that creamy oil water mix look.
After a quick look around Orange Crush I found a plausible culprit, a dirty or bad radiator cap.
I took off the cap cleaned it up and replaced it. Problem solved.

I have to say that without ADV and Orange Crush in particular, I canít imagine owning a KTM 950/990.
Itís a vital resource, the first place I turn to whenever thereís a problem with the bike.
So thanks to all those who take the time to share their experience and expertise with the rest of us.

The only other mechanical trouble we had was a dead battery on three different occasions.
This was always a problem on the 950 also.
Maybe the stock battery is a little undersized, I donít know.
It just canít keep up with the charging demands we place on it with the intercoms, AA batteries for the camera and gps.

Iím really not one to preach about bike prep and what you have to do or not do, but I donít mind sharing what worked for us.

For the big Katoom specifically:

-Changing out the stock clutch slave with one from Evoluzion gets rid of one potential problem.

-Replacing the low fender with the high fender was a big help.
Last year we got bound up in the mud and it made forward progress really difficult.
We had the same kind of sticky mud this year and were glad we made the change.

-This year we went with Nedís 2 into 1 pipe and extra gas tank.
It was a very convenient way to carry 2.1 extra gallons of gas. When we are loaded down we get 25 to 40 mpg, more often closer to 33.
It was nice to know you could always go 200+ miles if need be. I liked it much more than carrying the Kolpins like we did last year.
With the ADV tank we were able to have saddlebags, which allowed us to camp.

We did have a bit of rubbing and scraping on the swing arm from the ADV Tank mount. I think we can find a fix for it now that weíre home.

-As for gearing, we went with 16/45.
We tried to be in the dirt as much as possible, so I thought I would rather have a bike that would be comfortable in the slower tight stuff- even if that meant a slower top speed.
We rarely have the need to go over 90.

Things we did to the bike in general, mostly commonsense stuff people do when doing this type of travel.

-One of the most important improvements we made was to our skid plate. We went with the strongest one we could find made by B.D.C.W.
And we're glad we did. We had a (hopefully) once in a life time hit, directly on that little piece of armor that knocked the wind out of both of us.
If we had been using the stock skid plate, I think the trip wouldíve ended back in Oregon.
I used the stock skid plate on the 950- until it broke into 3 pieces, thatís when I got this one.

I transferred it to the 990, but after this trip we decided to upgrade to the latest version.
It looks even tougher than the original. I canít wait to test it out.

Our original Black Dog skid plate (below) was the first generation.
While it had some kickstand protection, it was in need of more.

Checkout the protection on the new one.
The kickstand switch is the Achilles heel of the 990, a good hit here and youíre walking.

-Another addition we tested on this trip were the Acerbis hand guards, any decent bark busters will work.
Bikes fall over, thatís what they do.
Itís nice to not have to worry about broken levers, however you still have to carry extra levers. Oh well.

-Luggage: We tried the new Wolfman Expedition Dry Line and loved them.
Barring any high speed sliding crashes they should last for years. I have nothing bad to say about them.
They are well designed and stay put.
We also switched tank bags from the KTM bag with the zipper to the Wolfman Explorer Lite.
The Explorer is 2Ē shorter then the KTM bag and I could really feel a difference in how far forward I could get.
The Explorer uses 4 parachute buckles instead of a zipper to attach to the bike, much easier to deal with.

-Tires: Everybody has their favorite tires, mine are 908 rear and 606 front. I think I might be changing the front favorite to a Pirelli Scorpion Rally.
It didnít cup like the 606 as it wore out.
To be honest though, I only used one so far, but I liked it.
We also used ultra H.D. tubes and had zero flats.

G.P.S.: Littlewan did a pretty thorough job documenting the exploits of Norman the Delorman.
All in all we are very happy with the PN60. It did everything we expected it to do and more.

-Intercoms: The Interphone 4ís worked perfectly, they provided clear wireless communication with batteries that lasted all day, 10+ hrs. per charge.
That being said, It was a bit of a pain to charge them while camping.
Also we were unable to listen to the same music and talk.
Our old Motocomm st1 did that really well.
I feel like a whiny yuppie after typing that. Oh well, if the Latte fits...

I guess thatís about it, Iím not really into this whole gear thing.
If you have a specific question that I might be able to answer, go for it.

One more pic of the bike, just because I love to look at it.

I would like to say thank you to Kelly for doing a great job and thanks to you all for reading.

Hi Matt and Kelly. First of all, thanks Kelly for posting the ride report. An Epic undertaking. I know how much work it takes to do a basic one so you must have spent countless hours ! but i'm glad you did as I have loved it and following your reports has turned our idea of coming over to do the TAT into a "plan". We were thinking 2012 but if we can save enough money we may be able to come next year. I had a long chat the other night to a guy that lives near me who has not long been home from doing the TAT and he has given me some valuable info on bike importing and insurance etc. They started and finished in L.A but we're thinking San Francisco may be better.
Those Pirrelli Dakar fronts look good. Spotted them in the Aussie ADV section. Cant get them in NZ but am going to get one sent over from Aus to try.
I also like the look of the Woolfman Exped panniers. Glad to see the stood up to the punishment. What did you do with the strap that goes over the seat, run it under the seat. That is my only concern with them as a strap on the seat could be annoying for the pillion.
Once again thanks for posting and now you may REST !!!!
Cheers Phil and Dawn
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