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Old 12-22-2013, 06:27 AM   #2686
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Noah, is there room to put a gusset at the welded repair point? Often times when metal has fatigued to the point of cracking just welding the crack over isn't enough to keep it from happening again only much faster. If you ever run across a wrecked bike that is the same model as yours try to salvage that part of the frame. then cut out the bad part of yours back to a good spot away from the fatigue and weld in a replacement.
Just a little shade tree builder advise.
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:15 AM   #2687
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Thanks for the concern. That must be a hair or something. We had a really good look at the area by 4 different people and it looked good. I will check again when I get back to the bike.
Just use crack detector.
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Old 12-23-2013, 05:29 AM   #2688
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:53 AM   #2689
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Thanks for the update. Totally enjoy you take on Japan. I loved the place when I was there in the early 60's via Marine Detachment on a Navy Cruiser.
Course , yen was 360 to the buck back then. Big difference now.
Awaiting the Thai section now.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:48 AM   #2690
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Noah, Thanks!! and what a great RR!! safe travels...
you are living the ride most of us can only dream about...
i starting following it about 6 months ago ..3 months into it i bought a 690
and a rally raid kit...
KTM should cut you a big sales bouns check!!..i hope they are following along.....

have you tried bib mousses instead of tubes
i see a lot of flats on the many ride reports..
also there is a tire made in US called teraflexx it has about a 1.5" of tread...
safe travels
Matt.....
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:59 AM   #2691
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Awesome

Been following since day 1. Merry Christmas Noah.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #2692
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been following since day 1. Merry christmas noah.
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #2693
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:58 PM   #2694
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Power READ! just caught up!

Hey Noah..first off I want to thank you for sharing your amazing adventure and I look forward to many more posts! Second, Merry Xmas!! Hope the holidays are treating you well!
I just started reading your RR a day ago and since work was shutting down for the holidays, I had time to kill…so I powered through…..Wooo! What a journey! Funny thing about your RR, I chose it at random because I enjoyed another RR by another inmate. Imagine my surprise when I was checking out your pics from Morocco and I spotted a familiar face…Craig a.k.a. Guiltyparty!
As I mentioned before, I chose your RR at random because I enjoyed another RR, the one Craig and Patty had started. What are the chances of that!…well….maybe better than I think, but I thought it was pretty cool non-the less as I am always experiencing the “small-world” effect.

I also loved your Italy posts as I lived in Rome for 3 years and loved riding there immensely, specially the north! Made me miss it big time!

Thanks again dude…looking forward to more posts of your adventures…on a Katoom no less…IN Thailand! FACK! One of my fav countries….really making me want to get out there on my 990.
Cheers,
John
P.S. Loved the Honda museum and the fact that there were sooo many awesome old Ducatis kicking around Japan! Don't see many of those around these parts. ;)
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:42 PM   #2695
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Old 12-24-2013, 11:17 PM   #2696
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Merry Christmas Noah! Looking forward to a new year of your travels. Be safe and smile!
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Old 12-25-2013, 12:15 AM   #2697
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Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks for all the love.

As for running bib mousses.... I don't think they are good to run on the pavement because of heat. Plus, they are a pain to change. Also, I haven't had so many flats in 92,000 km. 1 front in North America (nail), 1 rear in Italy (torn valve stem), 1 rear in Kazakhstan (staple), 2 rear in Russia (rim strip), 5 rear in Mongolia (Tire shot so cords were poking tube). So that's only 10 flats for the whole trip. And 5 of those were caused by a tire that decided to poke the tire with the cords. So all and all.. not bad.
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:09 AM   #2698
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Merry Christmas to you too, Noah! Thanks for the regular updates. The photos from Japan are awesome.
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Old 12-25-2013, 06:37 AM   #2699
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Hope you've had a Merry Christmas Noah!

Ride Safe.

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Old 12-25-2013, 09:41 AM   #2700
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Merry Christmas Noah.

It doesn't quite compare to your season last year in Georgia but the snowboarding so far this season at Pico hasn't been too bad. Even though we have had some warm weather and rain lately.

Any way, thank you for this RR and the great pictures.
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