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Old 09-23-2013, 06:50 AM   #2191
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The Alpinestars Toucan is their Adventure boot and unfortunately it has lots in common with SIDI Adventures and nothing to do with Tech7 or Tech10.
I have the alpinestars toucan tech series Gortex adventure boot and cann't fault them.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:51 AM   #2192
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Holey Moley!

Like many here I really enjoy reading R and R's like Noah's. It is exciting and you are almost riding along.

I now know that when I get rid of my Hardy Dardy for an adv moder scooter I am NOT going to get a Beemer. No. Seems the Orange path is the right one.

Thank you for doing such a fabulous job with your thread Noah. It is epic.

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Old 09-24-2013, 12:40 PM   #2193
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Like many here I really enjoy reading R and R's like Noah's. It is exciting and you are almost riding along.

I now know that when I get rid of my Hardy Dardy for an adv moder scooter I am NOT going to get a Beemer. No. Seems the Orange path is the right one.

Thank you for doing such a fabulous job with your thread Noah. It is epic.

Walt B, MI USA
I don't think all the 'Taos and Dakars run into as many issues as the one following Noah in Russia. That being said, the stock suspension is shit compared to the KTM, but they both have different pos/neg (and suspension is prone to upgrade with some Yamaha creativity on the Beemer )

Enough of that. Hopefully someone at KTM should be in contact with Noah to inform him that he's sold more bikes than the dealers this year. I wonder how many KTM ads get about 800k impressions ?
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:27 AM   #2194
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I don't think all the 'Taos and Dakars run into as many issues as the one following Noah in Russia.
Actually.. if you try to do any amount of technical riding on a Taos or Dakar, you will wish you had a KTM. The Dakar +40 kilos and -15 hp.
That being said, Kim piloted that pig through some gnarly stuff. But many times on the BAM, he says he wished he was on a lighter bike with better suspension. He is now selling the Dakar getting a "real bike" (his words). He is currently looking at Husaberg 570, KTM 690, or Husky 610.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:49 AM   #2195
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best update ever! Fantastic pictures too.

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Old 09-25-2013, 08:23 AM   #2196
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Really enjoying your journey Noah, love the video last week.

Hope you're taking lost of pictures of Japan, it seems a bit of a "Black Hole" for the ADV ride reports - every country has it's adventures, some more dangerous than others, but adventures none-the-less.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:43 AM   #2197
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Really enjoying your journey Noah, love the video last week.

Hope you're taking lost of pictures of Japan, it seems a bit of a "Black Hole" for the ADV ride reports - every country has it's adventures, some more dangerous than others, but adventures none-the-less.
I'm taking some. The country side here is unreal. The past 3 days I was riding where the Tsunami hit really bad. They are still rebuilding. Some towns you drive through and there is only foundations where buildings used to be. I went to a few hotels that were on my GPS and there was nothing but a few bricks from a few of the walls.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:15 AM   #2198
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..you will wish you had a KTM.
Been following along since you were in the states.. GREAT RR! Great resilience to adversity in Ireland when your bike was nicked!

Really enjoyed your experiences through Mongolia and Russia. (You were hauling a$$ across that bridge in Russia! ) Thanks for sharing your adventure!

Fishfund's trip through Africa kind of turned me off on the 690, but your report has me rethinking it.

I have a S10 that I really love, it has made me rediscover dirt riding (on a motorbike that is - been mtn biking for 20+ yrs, but raced motox in the 70's ), but off road, I know the day is coming when I will drop it and I'm dreading the thought of picking it up (I'm a little guy). So I have been seriously considering a 690. Are the main components to have with be a fuel pump and VR?
TIA.

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Old 09-25-2013, 11:40 AM   #2199
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Hope you're taking lost of pictures of Japan, it seems a bit of a "Black Hole" for the ADV ride reports - every country has it's adventures, some more dangerous than others, but adventures none-the-less.
Japanese riders write in Japanese, not English, so that's why there aren't a lot of ride reports here.

For ride reports in English from Japan, you should turn to one of the English-language moto forums for Japan, for example:

http://gaijinriders.com/
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:43 PM   #2200
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Maybe he meant people that travel to Japan don't do a lot of ADV RR?
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Old 09-26-2013, 11:25 AM   #2201
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Few pages back you wrote something about beard being practical in more than one way.
Here's another one

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Old 09-26-2013, 01:10 PM   #2202
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I wish

Noah
Dude
I've been lurking on this trip u have going for a while
It inspired me to join and I'm getting ready to get a Beemer
Should I give the 690 a real look?
I have a big single, and I step back and wonder about the mass of some of the bikes out their !?
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:59 PM   #2203
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Maybe he meant people that travel to Japan don't do a lot of ADV RR?
He did It's all good though, that http://gaijinriders.com/ has some good perspectives on riding in Japan. I always thought it would be a great country to explore by motobike if you were the adventurous type - which is why I'm looking forward to Noah's perspectives.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:12 PM   #2204
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So I have been seriously considering a 690. Are the main components to have with be a fuel pump and VR?
TIA.
I'm not even sure if the fuel pump is an issue on the new 690s. I have a stock fuel pump in my bike and I carry a spare. I Can recommend installing a profil filter on the 08-11 bikes. 12, 13 got and updated filter. I also have a stock reg/rec and I carry a spare. The hard thing about both these parts, is that if they do fail.. they can manifest in different ways.

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It inspired me to join and I'm getting ready to get a Beemer
Should I give the 690 a real look?
I have a big single, and I step back and wonder about the mass of some of the bikes out their !?
The cheapest you can get a new BMW 800gs is around $13,500 fully loaded for about $15,000. I bought my 2010 brand new for $10,200 and spent about $4000 making the best travel bike ever.

The weight I have talked about.

If you ride pavement then the BMW is probably a great bike. But there is no way I would attempt the BAM or Ride where I did in Mongolia on anything bigger than a 690.

If I was riding pavement... would I buy a BMW? Probably not. I would probably go for an older bike more soul... Like a rephased XS650 or an SR500 or any number of old 4 cylinder bikes.

When I was planning this trip, I was considering 4 bikes.
1. KTM 640 ADV which I already had. I loved it but it had 12,000 miles on it already and I wanted to start fresh. I wanted FI and less vibration.

2. BMW 800. I test rode it. It was uninspiring. I priced everything. the big tank from Touratech was $1900. I would be looking at a $20,000 bike by the time I was done trying to get it to perform for what I needed. Not really an option.

3. KTM 990/950. I looked at it new. but price tag was about the same as the BMW when I looked at everything I wanted. I saw a few setup used models but they were still as expensive as the brand new, well setup 690.

4. The 690. I didn't even test ride it before I bought it. When I took it for the first ride I had one thing on my mind. "Yessssss! this is the bike!!!!". I was backing it into corners in the Mojave desert after 20 minutes of riding it. I rode the LA Barstow to Vegas on the hard route a few months later. This bike will always ride better than I can. It is always willing to go further, faster, rougher terrain, more remote areas.

BMW (and the other manufacturers) are making a crap load of money selling a bike called an "Adventure bike". Most of them are too heavy for any offroad. You don't need a $20,000 BMW to go on an adventure. You don't need a 690. Hell, you don't even need a motor. Test drive everything you can and your choice will be clear. Just don't get a KLR. They are horrible.

KTM would sell way more 690s if they gave people the chance to ride them. But the problem is, they sell so fast so its hard to find them in a show room.

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He did It's all good though, that http://gaijinriders.com/ has some good perspectives on riding in Japan. I always thought it would be a great country to explore by motobike if you were the adventurous type - which is why I'm looking forward to Noah's perspectives.
I'm talking today to try and get caught up some. I also have to contact a KTM shop in Tokyo. I have an automatic chain oiler now Seems after 86,000 km my countershaft sprocket started to leak. Damn unreliable KTMs.
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:13 PM   #2205
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He did It's all good though, that http://gaijinriders.com/ has some good perspectives on riding in Japan. I always thought it would be a great country to explore by motobike if you were the adventurous type - which is why I'm looking forward to Noah's perspectives.
Phil Freeman, who runs Moto Quest in Alaska, raves about Japan. He not only runs tours there, he likes it so much that he has learned to speak Japanese fluently. http://www.motoquest.com/guided-motorcycle-tours-japan/ Of course, having a non-commercial opinion by someone like Noah is more meaningful.
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