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Old 04-28-2014, 12:09 PM   #3226
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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   #3227
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Old 04-28-2014, 01:29 PM   #3228
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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   #3229
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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   #3230
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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   #3231
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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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Old 04-29-2014, 05:39 PM   #3232
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Noah, sort of off topic

What kinda of sleeping bag are you using and how well has it worked? I'm putting together a minor setup for a quick trip up to Alaska. I currently got a bunch of bags however none any smaller that 12 X 25 compressed and was wondering if you have somthing smaller, I'm finding that space is somewhat of a concern on 600 CC adventure bikes
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Old 05-01-2014, 04:21 PM   #3233
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Noah, sort of off topic

What kinda of sleeping bag are you using and how well has it worked? I'm putting together a minor setup for a quick trip up to Alaska. I currently got a bunch of bags however none any smaller that 12 X 25 compressed and was wondering if you have somthing smaller, I'm finding that space is somewhat of a concern on 600 CC adventure bikes
Marmot Sawtooth #22660 sleeping bag and REI Compression Stuff Sack 11 liters this combination will compress to a very small package . Both can be found at your REI store.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:58 AM   #3234
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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/
Time will tell. As I've said before, I'd love to be a test pilot. I'm not sure if I will pony up the money for the next travel bike or build the ultimate 690.

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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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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......
Ehh.. it is what it is. As long as someone steps just a little bit out of their comfort zone, they might find just a little bit of truth and want more.
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:05 AM   #3235
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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?
We are heading into Malaysia in the next few days. PM sent.

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Noah, sort of off topic

What kinda of sleeping bag are you using and how well has it worked? I'm putting together a minor setup for a quick trip up to Alaska. I currently got a bunch of bags however none any smaller that 12 X 25 compressed and was wondering if you have somthing smaller, I'm finding that space is somewhat of a concern on 600 CC adventure bikes
I have a Western Mountaineering down 30 degrees f bag. My camp pad is a Therma Rest Neo air or something. those go in a small (12 liter?) dry bag. This goes in a 25 liter GL drybag with my Sierra design 2 person tent.
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Old 05-03-2014, 03:20 PM   #3236
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This goes in a 25 liter GL drybag with my Sierra design 2 person tent.
Now that's good planning right there.
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Old 05-03-2014, 07:30 PM   #3237
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Now that's good planning right there.
Even for 1 person, the 2 person tent is better. You don't save much weight with between a 2 person tent and a 1 person tent. When you have to sleep in the rain, you have 1/2 of the tent to put your gear... Jacket, helmet, pants, and electronics you don't want sitting in the rain. If its really raining hard, I will sleep diagonal in the tent so my feet or head don't touch in the night. Even the best waterproof tent will let water soak through if you are touching it from the inside all night.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:23 AM   #3238
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Even for 1 person, the 2 person tent is better. You don't save much weight with between a 2 person tent and a 1 person tent. When you have to sleep in the rain, you have 1/2 of the tent to put your gear... Jacket, helmet, pants, and electronics you don't want sitting in the rain. If its really raining hard, I will sleep diagonal in the tent so my feet or head don't touch in the night. Even the best waterproof tent will let water soak through if you are touching it from the inside all night.
Sure, that's why you got it!
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Old 05-04-2014, 12:27 PM   #3239
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Agree 100% on having a two person tent. So much more room to organize your things and stretch out. I quickly switched over to them in my solo roaming/ camping about the USA days.
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Old 05-04-2014, 02:09 PM   #3240
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I remember you had to weld your rims in ¿Japan?, but how often you tighten your spokes?

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