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Old 08-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #1891
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...Bike wouldn't start in Irkutsk a few days ago. (cant turn over). The clip had come off again. The auto decomp weight is now fooked because the screw had come loose and "oblonged" the hole. It has to much play and can pull on the decomp shaft making the simple clip fail. Today I made a Bushing/washer that tightened the slop in the weight. I had a new Clip sent in with the new rim. At the time I didn't know the weight was bad also. I'll ride it to Yakutsk where a friend will meet me with a new weight. Its a $14 part..
So you guys gonna get on the road again? I am looking fwd to some pics, stories, drama ...
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:08 PM   #1892
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The dash in the E sucks. I've had it apart to clean/solder 3 or 4 times now. Istanbul, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. I'll take the little R dash any day of the week.
The redesigned version works great. I had to take the dash apart on my '08 to clean it up a couple of times...had it replaced by KTM, that one also failed. But the 2nd replacement was indeed a upgraded redesigned model, no issues at all with it after 6-7k miles.

Keep on keepin' on...
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:10 PM   #1893
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So you guys gonna get on the road again? I am looking fwd to some pics, stories, drama ...
Soon enough Colebatch. A few more small things to do today and we will head north tomorrow. You know as well as I do that the scenery and talent here in Irkutsk is crazy good and quite distracting.

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I'm guessing that your background as an engineer gives you a leg up on repairing your bike. It seem like you are pretty confident by now fixing things that go wrong. I think to attempt a RTW trip like yours, you have to be comfortable getting into the depths of the bike to figure things out. I remember seeing you bust out the volt meter in a previous post to work on the bike. I'm sure you used it at the motorcycle club in Russia to fix some of their outlets too. I have no idea how to work one of those. To me, it's a mystery box with wires. It's on my list of things to figure out how to work...

Having a laptop with a USB OBD port to plug in an figure out a fault code would be another tool that I'm guessing you would need on a trip like this.

Again, the simpler the bike the better on a trip like this. I would probably choose the 690 for this reason. I have not had good KTM luck in the past, but would consider one for this trip.

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When I started the trip I didn't even know how to check my valve clearance (thanks Uller!). But soon I realized that trusting a dealer's mechanic doesn't let me sleep well at night. There are few people in the world who I would trust to touch my baby now. Its like learning a language.. its sink or swim. No matter what bike you have, if you travel for it for months and years, you will know EVERYTHING there is to know about it.

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The redesigned version works great. I had to take the dash apart on my '08 to clean it up a couple of times...had it replaced by KTM, that one also failed. But the 2nd replacement was indeed a upgraded redesigned model, no issues at all with it after 6-7k miles.

Keep on keepin' on...
Good to know. Looks like I'll do that next time instead of solder. KTM should give me one dammit.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #1894
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Talking You should shared the scenery and talent

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Soon enough Colebatch. A few more small things to do today and we will head north tomorrow. You know as well as I do that the scenery and talent here in Irkutsk is crazy good and quite distracting.
You should shared the scenery and talent

Noah what is the difference in the 08 690E and the 10 690R
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:20 PM   #1895
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hmmm.. I wonder how much I will get this question?

I currently have 75,000 km. Here is my list of problems.

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I kind of mean, what are your limits with ambition in terms of reliability with it, i.e. would you take it 1000km through the Sahara desert alone and trust that it should get to the end without anything catastrophic stopping you that you alone could not fix
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Old 08-05-2013, 12:26 AM   #1896
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I kind of mean, what are your limits with ambition in terms of reliability with it, i.e. would you take it 1000km through the Sahara desert alone and trust that it should get to the end without anything catastrophic stopping you that you alone could not fix
I plan on riding this bike for another 75,000km solo. When something breaks, I'll fix it.

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Noah what is the difference in the 08 690E and the 10 690R
taller Suspension, smaller dash, and orange frame.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:46 PM   #1897
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:53 PM   #1898
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Noah, your travel story is amazing!!! I had to read all ~130 pages over 3-4 days, couldn't put it down. Your photography is very captivating.

I'll be following with interest, especially now when you travel through Russia. Some of the places you describe bring back good memories from not that long ago...

Safe travels!!

Oh yeah... If you happen to be back in Missoula and have time, I'd love to meet.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #1899
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pictures!!!!

I demand more pictures!!! :-)

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Old 08-08-2013, 04:14 AM   #1900
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Wise advice.

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Old 08-10-2013, 02:44 AM   #1901
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BMW just posted this on Facebook and I recognize somebody Noah, what are you thinking here? This photo need a caption



KTM should seriously be posting pics of Noah as well. Fishfund single-handedly convinced me not to buy one but Noah is changing my mind. With the exact same bike!
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Old 08-10-2013, 05:32 AM   #1902
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BMW just posted this on Facebook and I recognize somebody Noah, what are you thinking here? This photo need a caption

He is thinking ... Joe will never get this overweight piece of steel to the Vitim Bridge - even if he is an offroad instructor :)
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:55 PM   #1903
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He is thinking ... Joe will never get this overweight piece of steel to the Vitim Bridge - even if he is an offroad instructor :)


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Old 08-10-2013, 08:54 PM   #1904
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Noah, man, you are in our thoughts as you prepare yourself and your bike for the next leg. After reading Colebatch's and other RR, it looks like you are in for a real treat (looking forward to hearing your take on the crossing of the famous Vitim Bridge )!

Will you be riding the Road of Bones to Magadan after the BAM?

One to your health:
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Old 08-12-2013, 01:11 AM   #1905
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He is thinking ... Joe will never get this overweight piece of steel to the Vitim Bridge - even if he is an offroad instructor :)
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