ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 05-31-2014, 10:05 PM   #3316
flyingdutchman177
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2012
Location: South East Asia
Oddometer: 6,092
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoninMoto View Post
Yeah, I am glad he was ok. He lived in Phuket. I see a syndrome of some bikers... when they get in groups they ride like idiots. This isn't everyone, but theres a reason I was at the back of the pack. For someone who only rides on the weekend, passing that truck before that curve might seem like a good idea. Sure I can do it also.. but really whats the point?

Riding in all these different parts of the world has taught me some patience. There is time for aggressive riding and there is time for taking it easy. Having a girl on the back of the bike has been an interesting reminder. Many times I have been frustrated in traffic in a city and she would rub my back or my shoulders and say "take a breath". I hope I can take this lesson with me into other aspects of life.



Yes. 5000 km. key must have stuck or something. I heard you are fishing in AK. Of all the realities.. thats probably not a bad one

It is not the job that sucks, it is my loss of freedom.....doing what i wanted , when i wanted.
Ride and be free Noah.......everyone is watching including me
Have a glass of wine for me and i will try and catch up in a couple of months.
flyingdutchman177 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 12:56 PM   #3317
casperghst42
Gnarly Adventurer
 
casperghst42's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands (in exile)
Oddometer: 213
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cortez View Post
Why not 7 speeds?

I don't know what bike manufacturers are waiting for, ALL bikes
could use an overdrive. I'd take the KTM 690, add the 7th gear,
make it more reliable, drop the power and weight (maybe 10hp and
20lbs), make it a 550-600 thumper. 20% better fuel efficiency please!
And move the fuel cap somewhere sensible please...
casperghst42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 01:31 PM   #3318
JHpowderhound
Adventurer
 
Joined: Feb 2014
Oddometer: 55
Noah

Loving your trip. I don't know if you've left Indo yet but I have a good friend that spends his summers surfing on Bali, I'm sure he and his wife would love to hook you up while your there. Let me know and I can get you his info.

Roll on.
Eric
JHpowderhound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 02:58 PM   #3319
hudson6161
Adventurer
 
hudson6161's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: NE PA
Oddometer: 30
Following. Great story. Great trip.
__________________
For sure, you have to be lost to find a place that can't be found, otherwise everyone would know where it was
hudson6161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2014, 05:40 PM   #3320
RoninMoto OP
Wanderer
 
RoninMoto's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2010
Location: In the mountains?
Oddometer: 1,680
Quote:
Originally Posted by gen View Post
You can get a 450 Dakar replica bike- but you cant get a 690 ADV. What does that say?
As they say, the 640 adv didn't sell many bikes. I understand them not wanting to put the effort into developing a 690 adv.. except for the fact that they could have just copied the 690 rally in the design.

The 450 dakar replica is a no-brainer for ktm though. They developed all the tooling to build the bike for Dakar and the Rally teams. So why not pump some more out for the dreamers and privateer teams?

The more and more I think about the 450 motor, I don't understand why they don't make a more travel worthy enduro 450. They could call it an EXC-T or something. For anyone who trail rides on the weekend, uses the dual sport for a commuter, or travels... it would be amazing. Hell, even desert race teams would love to have a motor that is bulletproof like 690 but in a FIM legal package.

Quote:
Originally Posted by casperghst42 View Post
And move the fuel cap somewhere sensible please...
Yes. Not the biggest complaint of mine. but still.. yes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JHpowderhound View Post
Noah

Loving your trip. I don't know if you've left Indo yet but I have a good friend that spends his summers surfing on Bali, I'm sure he and his wife would love to hook you up while your there. Let me know and I can get you his info.

Roll on.
Eric
In Sumatra right now. I get the bike back today. I will be in Bali in a few weeks maybe? I have to ride through Sumatra and Java first. Fire me a PM. I know one person in Bali but its a girl from Ukraine... And the last time I saw her in Georgia.. but my friend did this with an ax to the car she was driving...

Not her car.. some french dude she was "only hanging out with". The kid with the ax was freshly dumped 23 year old with lots of vodka in him. Many of us thought it was hilarious.. but she didn't. So yeah, I probably don't have a place to stay in Bali.
__________________
Noah 08 KTM 690 ADV. 125,000 km. 42 countries. 5 continents and counting.
RTW Ride Report --> http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893
Blog ------------------> http://rtwwithnoah.blogspot.com/
Facebook------------> https://www.facebook.com/RtwWithNoah
RoninMoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2014, 01:31 PM   #3321
rickypanecatyl
SE Asia adventure tours
 
Joined: Jan 2008
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Oddometer: 1,113
Quote:
Originally Posted by RoninMoto View Post
The more and more I think about the 450 motor, I don't understand why they don't make a more travel worthy enduro 450. They could call it an EXC-T or something. For anyone who trail rides on the weekend, uses the dual sport for a commuter, or travels... it would be amazing. Hell, even desert race teams would love to have a motor that is bulletproof like 690 but in a FIM legal package.
I like the idea of an EXC-T and would certainly buy one! I do about 25-30,000 miles on my bike a year; commute weekdays, travel for work/fun, play/race on the weekends and and go a couple big adventures a year. While that may sound like an odd riding schedule for a single bike to a "first world person" that's the way the majority of guys ride over here!

The EXC 450 is a pretty comfy bike with a great transmission on the freeway. (No of course that is not what it was made for and no of course that is not my favorite place to ride - my only point is it's every bit as comfy as dual sports made for commuting such as a KLX250.)

Slightly de stressed, more oil/oil cooler, cush drive hub, real lights, more electricity, strong sub frame... shoot for an average life of 60,000 miles and I'd be happy to pay 1.5X the price of a regular EXC!
rickypanecatyl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2014, 07:41 PM   #3322
frieda
gone too far
 
Joined: Sep 2012
Location: Germany
Oddometer: 19
To show another step in the right direction about the 450 discussion...
See here http://www.zweiradcenter-bernhardt.d...bauten,26.html 450 EXC Adventure. Maybe not perfect yet (esp. the engine) but something to think about for KTM!

frieda

P.S. Produced by KTM might be a bit cheaper though than individually build?!?
frieda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2014, 07:22 AM   #3323
ramdu
Adventurer
 
Joined: May 2009
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Oddometer: 67
Quote:
Originally Posted by frieda View Post
To show another step in the right direction about the 450 discussion...
I always loved the dark blue on KTMs.
__________________
Execution is easy. Fear is everything. - J. Altucher
ramdu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2014, 07:33 AM   #3324
Tau Anvil
African by trade
 
Tau Anvil's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Tulbagh, South Africa
Oddometer: 265
4 days of working .....aagggghhh I mean reading from start to here. Dude respect and great adventure story telling.

I would have used a KLR if I was you......
__________________
Yamaha Wr450f JVO Rallye kit -SOLD-
2013 YAMAHA WR450F
2008 KTM 990 S
2012 BMW 1200 GSA 21" front
The Tool from Toolbag
Tau Anvil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2014, 08:01 AM   #3325
achesley
Old Motorcyclist
 
achesley's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2003
Location: Jennings, Louisiana
Oddometer: 3,468
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tau Anvil View Post
I would have used a KLR if I was you......
Pluezzzzzzzzzzze don't get him started.

Still enjoying you post Noah. Look forward to them as have since you started this journey.
__________________

A '00 KLR 650 40,000 miles, A '07 1250S 74,000 , A '03 5.3L Chevy Truck 78,000 + '43 style dude , Simper Fi ;-)
achesley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2014, 06:27 PM   #3326
hardian
n00b
 
Joined: Mar 2013
Location: jakarta, id
Oddometer: 5
welcome in indonesia noah!!
looking forward for your journey, safe ride
hardian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2014, 09:58 PM   #3327
RoninMoto OP
Wanderer
 
RoninMoto's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2010
Location: In the mountains?
Oddometer: 1,680
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tau Anvil View Post
I would have used a KLR if I was you......
Not everyone is blessed with common sense.
__________________
Noah 08 KTM 690 ADV. 125,000 km. 42 countries. 5 continents and counting.
RTW Ride Report --> http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781893
Blog ------------------> http://rtwwithnoah.blogspot.com/
Facebook------------> https://www.facebook.com/RtwWithNoah
RoninMoto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2014, 06:17 AM   #3328
rastawheel
Pittsburgh, PA
 
rastawheel's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Steel City. Single track and No-trail heaven.
Oddometer: 139
I rented a KLR two weeks ago in MT to go some surveying and I hated it. Heavy, slow, no ground clearance. Love my XR650.
__________________
Keep The Round Side Down!
rastawheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2014, 10:18 AM   #3329
Jbone11 11
Studly Adventurer
 
Jbone11 11's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Back Home Wintery Ottawa, Bleh!!
Oddometer: 738
Poor KLR...everyone picks on it. No wonder they try to commit suicide...one bolt at a time!
__________________
2011 990 ADV
2000 996 SPS (SOLD)
2002 748E Bip
2003 Honda Hornet 600 (SOLD)
1969 BSA Royal Star - Let the Resurrection Begin!
Jbone11 11 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2014, 05:03 PM   #3330
just jeff
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Nov 2012
Location: LacLaBiche Alberta Canada
Oddometer: 1,086
I used my KLR last weekend to ride 500 kilometers to buy parts for my KTM. There's irony for ya!!
jj
__________________
ErikMotoMan: "People struggle with many things in their lives. But the answer to struggle isn’t MORE struggle. It’s peace. If you want more joy, peace, love, happiness… you have to GIVE those things first. You have to THINK those things. You have to have faith that they’ll come to you, despite what you may see. The truth isn’t in what you see with your eyes. It’s what you feel in your heart."
just jeff is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2015