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Old 05-06-2013, 09:23 PM   #1261
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Keep in mind that the majority of FF's issues came from one undiagnosed issue. The 690 is a great bike, and seriously brings the grin factor... to 11.
Very true, in fact most people reading this do not notice that Nick's BMW broke down more times than my KTM. it's a shame that I bought a lemon but even then it had fewer errors than the F800GS. That's not to say that my bike was pleasant to deal with. I would have much rather dealt with the many crapy easy to fix problems of the BMW than constantly dealt with the one mystery faulty voltage regulator.
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Old 08-11-2013, 09:53 AM   #1262
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Very true, in fact most people reading this do not notice that Nick's BMW broke down more times than my KTM. it's a shame that I bought a lemon but even then it had fewer errors than the F800GS. That's not to say that my bike was pleasant to deal with. I would have much rather dealt with the many crapy easy to fix problems of the BMW than constantly dealt with the one mystery faulty voltage regulator.

I do not know that it is safe to say that. I think your bike seems to have broken down several dozen times, it was just the same thing most of the times. But honestly each time you thought (or implied that you thought) you had it fixed and each time it broke again. I think that your KTM wins several times over the BMW on number of breakdowns. Even number of breakdowns per country. ;)

That being said, I just read your RR and I really enjoyed it. I am glad that a different RR I was reading had referenced this one.

You mentioned going with the two of you again on another trip. Did that ever happen? If so would you kindly point me towards the RR for it as well? Take care, and thanks a lot for letting a guy stuck in Afghanistan live vicariously through your adventures.

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Old 08-12-2013, 09:21 AM   #1263
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Extremely late to the party!(Don't know how I missed this thread??) Up to end of Page 27 of this RR and I am loving your Africa RR so far! I have no idea where you are right now but it will be matter of time before I catch up and know where you are. That's part of the excitement of live updated RR.

Ride safe and good luck getting to North Cape (If that's where you are going to in Norway)! Cape Agulhas to North Cape is among my bucket list and this is first RR of the trip I am reading beside the Dave Barr book. (He fell few hundred times!)



EDIT (8/16/13): Just finished the RR.. it seems that as you get to the end, it was less challenging after replacing the fuel pump. And I admit I am curious where is the landmark pic of North Cape? Anyway, thanks for this awesome RR and it helped me get a better idea visually what Dave Barr were trying to say in his book (his camera performed poorly and he lost a lot of pics before the digital camera era) I will now read your Mexico RR and am looking forward to your next trip.. Siberia??

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Old 02-27-2014, 02:45 PM   #1264
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One year ago today Nick and I were sitting in South Africa waiting for our bikes to arrive.

Life travels by so quickly. Time is of the essence. I am so happy and thankful that we were able to pull this trip off. It's a big monkey off my back. This trip was all I could think about for a long time. Well Nick and I have been talking and we are starting to get the itch again. Starting to feel a little Antsy. I want to do it again, but in a different way next time. A much looser schedule, a different more simple bike. Not Africa.

Anyway, I was just thinking about how short life is, and for all you guys that dream of this, just make it happen. Don't save this trip for later, do it now. You will not regret it.
Absolutely fantastic report! All the way from the poop to theese words

I missed this RR the time being written since i bought a house at the same time and had other things to do than read. If i knew i had gladely let you guys stay at my home when you rode thru Sweden

Thanks for the inspiration!
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