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Old 01-02-2014, 10:13 AM   #2716
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Safe travels and enjoy Vietnam
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:38 PM   #2717
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Happy New Year to you and Happy Trails

I just have to say after reading a load of ride reports over the Christmas break, yours was an inspiration. So much so, I had to ride and plan something! I shall be following your ride and others over the next few months. Good luck mate and have fun out there All the best.....
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:25 PM   #2718
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Wow

Hey Noah, been reading along and I am blown away by your trip. I have a 530 EXC that I love, but as you know the oil capacity is shit, and I don't like changing oil every 2-3 days, but its great on single track, which we have a lot of in this state. Known I have wanted a 690 when a guy had one on the last Mexico to Canada ride I did. If your back in Portland OR and need a place to crash dont hesitate. No I am no a fucking hipster, I am one of the few who grew up here. When do you plan on making your way south down the Baja, and into south America? I must say I never thought I would be attracted to the desert growing up around so many trees, but Baja is some of my favorite riding. If your here in a year may be i'll get a 690 and go down through Baja with you, many of the roads I have memorized. Cheers, keep it coming.

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Old 01-04-2014, 12:30 PM   #2719
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Thumb tank options

Also do you feel you went with the correct tank options for increasing fueling distances? What other options were you looking at? Thanks so much

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Old 01-04-2014, 01:36 PM   #2720
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Great Adventure!

I am enjoying your ride report greatly! Hope you have a good Christmas holiday and am patently waiting your return to riding and writing, Safe travels to you!
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:47 PM   #2721
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Enjoying the RR Noah. If you need any help or have any questions while in a Thailand just PM me.
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:59 AM   #2722
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Rick's MOSFET Reg.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gen View Post
HNY!

I'm also going to do a preventative MOSFET reg/rect. replacement so will look forward to your report. Are you going to replace the crap KTM connectors?
I put one of Rick's regulators on my wife's '08 690 in the fall (in prep for the LA Barstow Vegas ride - which was great - kudos to AMA D37!). I had a Shorai battery in it too. The day of LAB2V the battery was dead. Being well prepped 690 riders, I just pulled out the jumper cables, and was shortly under way. I've read that some people think the Lithium batteries are part of the regulator problem on the 690's (that they help cause the problem.)

Luckily the dealership sponsoring the start had a lead acid battery that fit the 690. Made for a fun morning hustling to get a new battery in the bike, get our rollcharts loaded, etc., and to get on the trail while the organizers where yelling at us to get moving before the sweep riders went out.

The old reg seemed to act up when the bike was under load (sand). Well, we did 400 miles over LAB2V weekend, with a LOT of sand (under heavy load), and the bike was perfect.

Make sure you have some extra wire, solder and ring connectors as the leads that come with this regulator are not long enough to run from the regulator to the battery (Rick recommends to run it to the battery directly instead of the stock connector.)

As everyone else says - great ride report, and Happy New Year!
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:45 PM   #2723
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I have read from page 1 all the way to the end

Fantastic RR Noah and awsome pictures - Keep em coming and keep on having tons of fun !!
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:17 PM   #2724
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still enjoying reading this noah, and STILL waiting for my local dealer to get the 14 690s in.
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:52 PM   #2725
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Hoping you're still alive!!
Been craving an update!
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:57 PM   #2726
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Alive.

Vietnam is crazy. My friend and I have lots of video but you will have to wait. Sorry.

In the mean time, here is an interview I did for my local Minnesota radio station.
http://www.wtip.org/drupal/content/a...ive-noah-horak
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:38 PM   #2727
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Excellent !!
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:07 PM   #2728
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Cool radio interview, Noah. Most enjoyable indeed.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:38 PM   #2729
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Great interview Noah. Happy New Year!
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Old 01-12-2014, 08:38 AM   #2730
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So what kind of bike did you get in Vietnam?
Did you rent or buy?
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