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Old 01-12-2014, 05:30 PM   #2731
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Bout time you showed up, glad to hear your having fun and looking forward to more reports

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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 01-13-2014, 07:18 AM   #2732
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Hey man, when I read your report I miss my ex 690 :)

Safe travels !

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:19 AM   #2733
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Thanks for sharing the radio interview

Excellent interview. Have been following your ride since the beginning, and appreciate all the work you put into keeping up this report so we can be along with you. Great advice about keeping it simple and not letting travel expenses
keep you from pursuing your dreams. Ride on, and safe travels And you have got me seriously thinking about a 690 . . .
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:53 PM   #2734
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Just listened to your radio interview Noah, combine that with the Motorbike show that was in town this past weekend and a big travel bug you're influence of strapping down the bike and riding for a year is TEMPTING to say the least.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:22 PM   #2735
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Very cool interview for sure. My youngest thinks you and I sound alike. Your pictures and insight are just totally amazing, find the strength to keep the blog going.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:36 PM   #2736
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Nice interview, sounds like you're still having fun.

As I mentioned earlier I got to Japan for a measly 4 days on Hokkaido on my way home from Taipei but they were some of the best powder days I've ever had. Fresh turns on every single run, it puked 3 meters in 2 weeks!

I made a few good turns, and tipped a beer for you

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Old 01-15-2014, 09:42 PM   #2737
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Thanks for all the well wishers. Been a crazy 2 weeks. My friend just flew back home last night so I'll be hanging out in Ho Chi Minh city for a few days. Hopefully I can get caught up on some stuff.

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This is the first time I have seen crash bars on a 690. Thoughts? Is it worth looking at or not even worth it? (they're custom)
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No. Not worth it. Crash bars on the 690 are added weight. Just rock the RallyRaid radiator protection and you won't ever break your rad. The RR tanks are super strong and they rarely ever break or puncture. The nice gents a RR are really good about replacing also.

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Look forward to the comprehensive install writeup for this lot.

Happy new year Noah. Been great following your trip over the past couple of years.
And if you get to New Zealand, there is a bed here for you in Dunedin.

Cheers
Trev.
That will come in a few weeks. I'll make sure to do take lots of pictures.

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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 will replace the KTM connector. Its crap. I'll replace with barrel connectors and heat shrink. I also have a solder gun now.. so I might solder/heat shrink. We shall see
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:48 PM   #2738
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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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I'll let you know when I'll be doing Baja or the west coast again. That is so far down the line I can't even think about it now.

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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

Kasey
Yes. The RR tanks up front are thin and keep the weight low. 10 liters up front. About 5 in the extra rear tank. I use this one as my "reserve". I know I can always go at least an extra 100 km when this is full. So its a piece of mind. My total kms is between 450 and 550 km depending on the fuel quality and riding style. In Uzbek pounding pavement on shit fuel.. I got 450. In Mongolia riding the desert tracks at a resonable speed.. I could get close to 550 km. I know this because in one town, the power went out so they could not pump the fuel. I decided to ride to the next. And I thought for sure I would run out of fuel. But I made it with liters to spare.

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Enjoying the RR Noah. If you need any help or have any questions while in a Thailand just PM me.
Will do!
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:55 PM   #2739
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Hey man, when I read your report I miss my ex 690 :)

Safe travels !

Cristian
Thanks Cristian. For those of you who have not seen Bob66's thread on Siberia, go check it out. A group of them rode through Tuva. This is very hard to do for foreigners so check out his thread. Amazing pictures of the amazing place. I was only able to tiptoe into Tuva because I didn't have a permit.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=902393

And to wet your whistle about Vietnam, this is a good report here :)
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=939561

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Nice interview, sounds like you're still having fun.

As I mentioned earlier I got to Japan for a measly 4 days on Hokkaido on my way home from Taipei but they were some of the best powder days I've ever had. Fresh turns on every single run, it puked 3 meters in 2 weeks!

I made a few good turns, and tipped a beer for you
Jealous! Glad you got some good turns.

How many ski bums does it take to screw in a light bulb?


...A least 5...

1 to screw it in... and the other 4 to yell "Nice turns bra!!"
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:31 PM   #2740
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6 days in Korea with no Moto.

I landed in Seoul in the evening of Friday Nov. 29th without a plan. I had no hotel, hostel or couch to surf on. Luckily the airport had wifi so I was able to find a cheap hostel (15$) in Itawan area. This was walking distance from the Thai embassy which was the main reason for me to go to Korea. That and a cheap flight. A flight through Korea with a few day layover was cheaper then a direct flight to Bangkok. The hostel was clean and was being rebuilt by a handful of very cool Serbians. Over the weekend I found out just how easy it is to kill time in Seoul. Going out in the evening quickly turns into going to bed at 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 in the morning. On Saturday night, I had the interesting situation of sharing my 6 bed dorm room with 5 female English teachers from around the world. They wanted to go out drinking and I'm a fan of beer... and smart ladies. So I joined them. It was another late night.
On Monday I went to the Thai Embassy to get a visa. I had heard I won't be able to import the moto into Thailand on the visa you receive at the airport. I didn't want to take any chances. I was hoping I could get the Visa back the next day because that was my flight. They said it would be 2 days so I had to change my flight to Thursday just to be sure. I explored the city with a new friend from Chile named Lalo. He was early 30s and had lived in Korea 7 or 8 years ago. He was big into photography and film so it was fun doing some of the tourist stuff with him.
I got my visa on Wednesday and I flew out on Thursday in the afternoon. Ready for Thailand. Not ready for the heat though.


Good view from the roof of the hostel.






Gas masks in the subway system. Paranoid much?


Traditional guards at the main palace/temple.





These 2 were students. They had the assignment to go speak English to strangers. Was a fun conversation.




Lalo and his fisheye. I can't justify carrying a fisheye lens right now but I want one when I get home. The Gopro takes great fisheye pics so it is good enough for now.




Golden dragons.




They were making a commercial or a movie of some sort.






I am not sure if this one is "movable type" or carved from one block. Impressive either way.


I was born in the year of the bore.




No comment.




Old and new.






home for the next 6 hours.
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:16 AM   #2741
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Great to hear you back on the road!

Great update! Fun interview! Hope the holidays where good!

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Old 01-16-2014, 06:49 AM   #2742
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Hi Noah, but why didn't you visit South Corea? I've seen pictures, it's very nice landscape..

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Old 01-16-2014, 10:31 AM   #2743
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Vietnam RR

Hey Noah,

Turns out, we were in Seoul at the same time! (We flew home from Vietnam Dec 1 and spend Dec 2 in Seoul)

Thanks for the plug with my Vietnam RR, should take me a few more weeks to finish it up. I look forward to reading about your 'Nam adventures, the route, the scoots, and seeing some of these videos you chat about. Hope you had a good time.

And yeah - the Seoul Incheon Airport was kick-ass! Did you find the zone with free showers, free massage chairs, sleeping loungers, etc.etc. in the 'relaxation center'??

It was rated the World's best airport for 8 years running or something of the sort and after being there I can see why.

Cheers!

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Old 01-16-2014, 12:51 PM   #2744
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No. Not worth it. Crash bars on the 690 are added weight. Just rock the RallyRaid radiator protection and you won't ever break your rad. The RR tanks are super strong and they rarely ever break or puncture. The nice gents a RR are really good about replacing also.
Will agree with RoninMoto on this one... Their tanks held up quiet nicely to all my drops of the bike when I broke my ribs on my TAT trip and could not hold up the bike when it got more than 15° leaned over on uneven ground.

When I dumped my 690 early in my TAT adventure and creased/wore/punctured a hole in my tank I called RR up and they got me a new tank shipped to my repair/refresh stop in Colorado lickety split (at their cost of the tank and shipping only). RR stands behind their product quite nicely.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:19 AM   #2745
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Hi Noah, but why didn't you visit South Corea? I've seen pictures, it's very nice landscape..

Cristian
My bike was on a boat from Japan to THailand at the time. It was nice and cold in Korea. Puddles were frozen in the morning. I had a good time walking around the city enjoying the cold.

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Hey Noah,

Turns out, we were in Seoul at the same time! (We flew home from Vietnam Dec 1 and spend Dec 2 in Seoul)

Thanks for the plug with my Vietnam RR, should take me a few more weeks to finish it up. I look forward to reading about your 'Nam adventures, the route, the scoots, and seeing some of these videos you chat about. Hope you had a good time.

And yeah - the Seoul Incheon Airport was kick-ass! Did you find the zone with free showers, free massage chairs, sleeping loungers, etc.etc. in the 'relaxation center'??

It was rated the World's best airport for 8 years running or something of the sort and after being there I can see why.

Cheers!
I didn't spend much time in the airport this time. But yes, it is a nice one.
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