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Old 04-14-2011, 09:40 AM   #16
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I gave the bike a real good clean and polish ready for the off, the time is now





Jack getting ready



Tight squeeze, first time I've seen this pic



We got sorted and had a bit more room, I think we'll have to have a bit of a re-pack before putting in some big miles



And we're away.



We made it safely to the port and as I type we're on the ferry enjoying a beer



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Old 04-14-2011, 11:27 AM   #17
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Wow, have a fantastic trip, you two!

Wishing you lots of fun, nice weather and pleasant encounters with the locals. Let me know if you need any German vocabulary...

Looking forward to your report.

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Old 04-19-2011, 10:02 AM   #18
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Hi Gav,

I reckon you've got exactly three shillings and sixpence in that tin.

Make sure you wear those Scorps out, I don't wanna see you doing a rally with them on
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:39 AM   #19
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Arrived home safe and sound at lunchtime today, uploading pics at the mo
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:28 PM   #20
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Eyup, now then

Sounds like tha's had a gud un. Urry up an gerrit rit so's wi can read it. th's probly ony you can read this. am off t france at t end ot month. ope yer finished yer report before then.
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Old 05-04-2011, 02:54 PM   #21
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Hi DeeGee...keep us updated with loads of pics

Ciao

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Old 05-05-2011, 04:23 AM   #22
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Cheers Glen and Nic

Just a tad of maintenance had to be done before the off

So here we go!

Before we departed I wanted to make sure that the bike was in tip top condition, as many Orange family members
are aware, to have the pleasure to own and ride the KTM the bike does need some good TLC and the right maintenance
in return. Not all of the following is vital, but I thought while the bike was having a tear down I may as well doa few modifications while the bike was stripped down.
First off was to order the parts for the full service and the water pump overhaul (the water pump seal is prone to wear
and is recommended to be changed every 15k miles)
Undressed


Goodies!

Water pump kit

The old seal didn't come out easily, so I had to pop it in the over to coax it out.

New seal and shaft fitted and ready to be bolted back onto the bike.

When I removed the clutch cover I noticed some decay on the cover, this was probably due to the protective casing
I had fitted and over time, mud and water had accelerated the decay.

A new cover was ordered and fitted.
Once it was bolted on I checked all was good.....It wasn't, oil leak and a water leak. Took the cover back off and
found the culprit.

Another new gasket and O rings ordered, when they arrived they were fitted and all was good!
Next up was to replace the original fuel pump (which can be prone to failure) with a facet model which are widly used
amongst the KTM folk.

This wasn't straight forward though, I won't bore you with the details, but a lot of help from the guys in the OC
and the UK KTM Forum was invaluable. Finally got it fitted.
The air filter was caked, so it was time to fit the Pyndon Pre-filter.


Voila

Valve clearances

While everything was apart I removed the secondary air system and the EPC valves as they're no longer needed if you
have after market cans on.

Then I encountered a problem when I tried dropping the oil, the drain plug on the oil tank stripped! I priced one up from the dealers, £330
plus VAT! Luckily one of the guys on the KTM Forum was selling one £40 delivered, result! But I still had to remove the oil tank.
had to remove


New oil pressure sensor switch was also fitted along with a new radiator cap.

Also a new battery was fitted, thanks to my mate and mentor Pete AKA Shep532

Now she was dressed and ready to hit the road!
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Old 05-05-2011, 05:31 AM   #23
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Now on we go.

We make the ferry port in good time with no hiccups.


Jack having a laugh at something?



First fuel stop in Germany, where we decided to hook up the iPod and intercom for the long haul.



Fuel for us too.



We were making a bee line for Poland as we knew if we went south first off we probably wouldn't make the trip to Auschwitz, we almost made it to Dresden, but we had both had enough for the first day and found a hotel in Weimar.



Second day we prepared to put another long day in as we headed into Poland. We passed the border and travelled on brand new motorways, my satnav hasn't been updated for a couple of years and kept informing me that we were travelling on unpaved roads and asking us to drive to the highlighted route. :) I thought we were mad riding all this way as the first sign we saw for Krakow was around 400 kms away, we both took deep breaths and carried on singing to the music and waving back at the kids who stared at us through their car windows.
We met a few Polish bikers at a filling station who were trying to be helpful advising us which route to take, we didn't know a word of Polish and they didn't know a word of English, but we understood each other funnily enough.



We finally made it to the town of Auschwitz and found a hotel directly opposite Auschwitz Museum.



We parked up after covering 994 miles over the first 2 days on the road and checked in for a couple of nights. The people were really friendly and spoke good English, we had a lovely meal and then hit the sack, personally with mixed feelings and a little trepidation of what the following day would bring.

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Old 05-06-2011, 03:17 AM   #24
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We made the short walk over to the museum, and to be honest I didn't actually realise it was the Auschwitz, probably
one of, if not the most infamous concentration camps from the holocaust, if you're interested more details can be found here http://en.auschwitz.org.pl/m/

We passed under the sign Arbeit Macht Frei
("work makes you free") and walked around from building to building viewing the exhibits within the walls.

Just a warning, some of the following pictures you may find upsetting.





The double wire fencing surrounding the camp was electrified.





Prisoners who made any attempt to pass the signs were shot without question.



Ovens for the disposal of the dead





Inside the gas chamber where the Zyclon B pellets were dropped.





Empty Zyclon B cans



Outside the chamber



This is also just behind the gas chamber where first Commandent Rudolf Hoss was hanged after his trial.





It was surreal to be here, having read books, seeing pictures and films regarding what happened here in Auschwitz. To actually walk on the same cobbled streets where many thousands had walked before us in very different circumstances it was very hard to take it in at times.
Inside the buildings some of the exhibits were shocking and gave one some idea of the scale of the "operation" which took place here.
The shoes were piled from floor to ceiling on both sides in the long rooms.





Suitcases with their owners names written on them.



Even the very young were not spared.





There were also rooms full of prisoners hair, quite unbeleivably this was used to make cloth. Other rooms were full of spectacles, brushes, crude artificial limbs, wash bowls and other personel possessions.On many of the walls hung pictures of former prisoners, all in identical poses. Many of them were only kids and one in particular will probably haunt me forever, it's obvious she had been crying, why? One can only wonder, and this was just one young child of many.





As you can see she was 13 years old. Throughout the rest of our trip on a few occasions for no reason whatsoever, and just out of the blue the image above came into my mind and continues to do so.



Living/sleeping quarters, where there was up to 5 people on one level.





Beyond this wall between blocks 10 and 11 was the execution wall where many prisoners were shot.



A former inmates portrayal of the wall.





This is the view from the holding cell for the prisoners where they had to get undressed prior to execution.



Once friends had learnt that we were going to visit Auschwitz many of them said to us that no birds flew over the former camp. When we were outside we could hear birds singing, but we rarely saw any flying around Auschwitz I, but there were a few flying over Auschwitz II - Birkenau.







We finally left the site and made our way to Auschwitz II - Birkenau.


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Old 05-06-2011, 05:12 AM   #25
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I have often thought of visiting these same places. Thanks for this ride report, subscribed.





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Old 05-06-2011, 05:25 AM   #26
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Welcome back. Excellent reading so far. Auschwitz/Birkenau is on my to do
list at some point.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:21 PM   #27
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Hi Englishman, who was in France, thanks for the interesting report of your technical preparations and about Auschwitz.
I' m now on my way home and I now do a last four days break to ride my KTM in the Ardennes/Belgium.

Where did you hide your pics from France?

It was very nice to have met up!

Greetz, to Jackie too
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:08 PM   #28
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Hi Englishman, who was in France, thanks for the interesting report of your technical preparations and about Auschwitz.
I' m now on my way home and I now do a last four days break to ride my KTM in the Ardennes/Belgium.

Where did you hide your pics from France?

It was very nice to have met up!

Greetz, to Jackie too
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Hi Jurgen

Great to meet up with you too I am now back in work to start saving for Morocco next year. I will come to the France pictures soon, I have a couple of you with that mighty fine bike you ride

Ride safe and I will pass on your regards to Jackie.

Thankyou

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Welcome back. Excellent reading so far. Auschwitz/Birkenau is on my to do
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Hi Mark

Thanks for the comments, I got some great pictures in Werfen also
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:38 AM   #29
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C'mon will ya......more updates ! I'm getting withdrawal symtoms here !!!!
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Old 05-07-2011, 08:42 AM   #30
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Looks like a great trip Gav if not a little sobering.
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