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Old 04-24-2014, 02:27 PM   #3211
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wtf is with all these beers?!

i'm packing and coming too, screw you guys!
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:16 PM   #3212
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...all this writting for money business makes me laugh and definitely strikes a cord with me.

As an aside, but perhaps a little more relatable than the lofty production ambitions of some random dude on ADV, is a recent article on bikeexif.com written by the owner of Classified Moto, john Ryland about how to build bikes for a living ( http://www.bikeexif.com/build-custom-motorcycles) His shop is one of my favorites in the custom scene right now...and in the article he touches on the fact that having a regular J.O.B. while building bikes is essentially a must. Pretty much the idea he's pushing is to keep your hobby a hobby until the gains out pace your real world job.....then its a matter of taking a leap of faith and going for it. Interesting either way....
I read this guys article. I have also liked his bikes.

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Just in case you come up with a plan for the week, i am just a day or two's ride from you now in southern Cambodia and heading your way.
If you are not on the skinny part of thailand and heading south, let's meet up for another beer
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We are north of Phuket now for a few days. I think you are planning on heading north again? We will probably have to take a rain check on that beer till somewhere else.

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WTF is with all these beers?!

I'm packing and coming too, screw you guys!
As with most ride reports.. the number of beers, number of girls and overall rockstar status might be exaggerated some
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:59 PM   #3213
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Definitely agreed. It is so important to travel, to see how others live, to look back at your home country from abroad, to get new perspectives on yourself. It will change you, for the better.
If the culture in the US was more like that of the Dutch, the Germans, the Aussies or Canadians to name a few, and world travel for their young was as important, our young would have far less fear that turns into hate. B
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:23 PM   #3214
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Forma vs Sidi

Noah, excellent adventure! I just finished from start to current.

I am wondering how those Forma Adventures are holding up compared to the Sidi Adventures?

Do you think the Gortex version of the Sidi would have made a difference? It looked like at the end there the Sidis were having some structural issues.

I have always been a Sidi fan but the cost of the Gortex version are almost twice the cost of the Formas here in the States. I'm thinking that Sidi needs to belly up to the table with a stronger offering.

There's nothing like a real world testing laboratory with visible results for all to see.

Stay safe!
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:43 PM   #3215
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If the culture in the US was more like that of the Dutch, the Germans, the Aussies or Canadians to name a few, and world travel for their young was as important, our young would have far less fear that turns into hate. B
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:45 PM   #3216
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If the culture in the US was more like that of the Dutch, the Germans, the Aussies or Canadians to name a few, and world travel for their young was as important, our young would have far less fear that turns into hate. B
Yes. Young kids need to experience the world and make their own opinions. I would avoid south east Asia though... at least at first. 20 year old Noah in a place where parties, girls and all sorts of temptation would have not really been beneficial to me. But who knows.

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Noah, excellent adventure! I just finished from start to current.

I am wondering how those Forma Adventures are holding up compared to the Sidi Adventures?

Do you think the Gortex version of the Sidi would have made a difference? It looked like at the end there the Sidis were having some structural issues.

I have always been a Sidi fan but the cost of the Gortex version are almost twice the cost of the Formas here in the States. I'm thinking that Sidi needs to belly up to the table with a stronger offering.

There's nothing like a real world testing laboratory with visible results for all to see.

Stay safe!
Formas are holding up better it seems. I don't like the Sidi adv. They should be called the Sidi touring. They don't have a strong enough sole offroad. And yes, they fell apart. I cant talk about the Gortex compared to the ones I had. But I am not sure how Gortex would help it structurally.

If/when I do central asia again, I won't use waterproof boots. I will wear motocross boots with an enduro sole.
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:13 PM   #3217
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If/when I do central asia again, I won't use waterproof boots. I will wear motocross boots with an enduro sole.
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:14 AM   #3218
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Loving it Noah, keep it up man! From one engineer to another, you've got an eye with that camera...even if you never make a dime off these photos they will bring a lot of joy hanging on a wall of yours some day!

Don't be too sad you missed the winter, it will come again! Besides you skipped out on one of the worst seasons the west has seen in recent history, I'd call that good timing for a moto trip!
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:02 AM   #3219
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Ride a KTM 690. Then go ride anything else. You will make up your mind. I have not had problems with reliability.

As far as a bike that is "proven reliable"...
My 690 has outlasted many friends XR 650Rs and I don't need to change the oil every 1000 miles.
Look at the MotoKiwi's thread about the reliability of a DR. (they are both on a 950 ktm now.) Of course Jammin has been rocking a DR with minimal problems.
Look at Fletch's thread about the reliability of the KLR 650. (and you get a heavy bike with no power and shit suspension! Yay!)

The 690 is reliable. It has great mileage. It has power. It can cruise at highway speeds. It can do offroad very well. It comes factory with OK suspension (even though the 690 has the bottom of the line WP suspension, it is still way better then most other bikes.) Unless you plan on making a thumper like the Walter and the boys, than the 690 is a great bike.

Since motorcycle manufacturer don't listen to people like us and build a small displacement ADV bike with a large oil reservoir and long maintenance interval, we have limited choice as to which bike can get the job done. (See bmw 1200, KTM 1190 adv, Yamaha super tenere, bla bla bla) Where is the 450 adv?

My next ADV bike will be another 690 or a custom thumper. Think KTM exe frame with rally fairing and a duke 390 motor. 42 hp is enough for me.
Well said. I''m loving my 690 already (replaced the 450 due to service schedule) . Also use Formas btw- very happy with them and would get them again. Great read too, thanks for posting. Following our friends "twomotokiwis" and living vicariously until Europe next year. Have to be content with up coming snowboarding season meantime! ;-)

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Old 04-28-2014, 12:09 PM   #3220
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Ride a KTM 690. Then go ride anything else. You will make up your mind. I have not had problems with reliability.

As far as a bike that is "proven reliable"...
My 690 has outlasted many friends XR 650Rs and I don't need to change the oil every 1000 miles.
Look at the MotoKiwi's thread about the reliability of a DR. (they are both on a 950 ktm now.) Of course Jammin has been rocking a DR with minimal problems.
Look at Fletch's thread about the reliability of the KLR 650. (and you get a heavy bike with no power and shit suspension! Yay!)

The 690 is reliable. It has great mileage. It has power. It can cruise at highway speeds. It can do offroad very well. It comes factory with OK suspension (even though the 690 has the bottom of the line WP suspension, it is still way better then most other bikes.) Unless you plan on making a thumper like the Walter and the boys, than the 690 is a great bike.

Since motorcycle manufacturer don't listen to people like us and build a small displacement ADV bike with a large oil reservoir and long maintenance interval, we have limited choice as to which bike can get the job done. (See bmw 1200, KTM 1190 adv, Yamaha super tenere, bla bla bla) Where is the 450 adv?

My next ADV bike will be another 690 or a custom thumper. Think KTM exe frame with rally fairing and a duke 390 motor. 42 hp is enough for me.
What do you think of the CCM GP450? Seems like it might fit the bill quite nicely with the BMW engine, 5k mile service interval, 286 lbs (dry) and 235 mile range.

http://www.ccm-motorcycles.com/gp450.asp#.U16kfvldWCk
http://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/cc...ion-confirmed/
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:14 PM   #3221
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:29 PM   #3222
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Awesome work Noah! I have ridden for as long as a week 2up on my 640A so I know how that works, it sure is cozy.



Still really enjoying following your exploits and I wish you safe travels. As I've said before there is an open invite if you wind up in NL, feel free to bring any friends along.


To jump in on the hobby/work thing I was a skibum for 20 years and learned partway through not to make my hobby my work and stayed at the bottom of the corporate ladder skiing every day, as I got older I was fine patrolling etc and making my ski days my work days… we all change. Eventually my life changed course and now as much as I'd love to go back into it, (please take me back to Japan), I can't afford those pay rates.

Now one of my biggest passions is beer and I'm running a beer of the month club with a buddy that's gone from 100 to 2700 members in 1.5 years by word of mouth. This game has led to much studying, gaining Certified Cicerone status, writing a biweekly newspaper column, soon teaching educational seminars to Newfoundland Liquor Corporation store staff. We are also planning beer themed tours for next year: one a canal tour through the Netherlands and Belgium and a motor coach tour through Belgium where I will be the beer guide. I'm probably going to be a local liquor agent importing as well. My original idea has kicked off the beer revolution in NL in a pretty big way and new things keep popping up to add.

This has been a fun few years travelling all the time for work doing product research (tasting a LOT of beer), meeting great people and bringing as much as I can home to the eager people where I live. This is still pretty much a hobby that doesn't generate much $$, I still work for a living for a couple of different employers and have managed to keep my freelance/seasonal lifestyle rarely working for longer thank 3 weeks at a time. What else can I say? Life is good despite not getting enough two wheeled time in.

It all depends how you look at your hobby/fun/joy/life balance, it takes choices and decisions and yes it can be quite easy to burn yourself out if you can't get the balance where you need it.

Sorry for my long winded hijack, back to the regular programming.
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Old 04-28-2014, 05:08 PM   #3223
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Once you see the world first hand and realize that the way they do things back home ain't the only or best way, you definitely start to see things in a different light. But I'll let Noah speak for himself....
Ain't that the truth.....always was curious about the world, but for a lot of reasons, none good, didn't travel when I was younger. But starting in 2003, got to start traveling for work to some pretty obscure places.......and some not so obscure. Wow, what a eye opener. What a great opportunity. Definitely changes the outlook on a lot of things in life.

I just am stunned when I run into travelers who can't or won't open their minds to rest of the world.......

Sad really......
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Old 04-28-2014, 07:06 PM   #3224
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I just am stunned when I run into travelers who can't or won't open their minds to rest of the world.......

Sad really......
Such a person is not a traveler, merely a tourist.
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Old 04-29-2014, 06:12 AM   #3225
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going for my Indo visa tomorrow in Dili, Timor wondering if Ill get to see a big part of the inspiration for my trip along the way somewhere in Indo maybe? Which direction will he turn next folks? Or will he shack up with a girl in an obscure part of paradise somewhere and learn to surf and import more KTMs into SE Asia?
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