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Old 06-29-2014, 05:37 PM   #3421
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Sure it's not petrified turds?
Yeah. Maybe from the Comodo Dragon? Not so bad though.. if its petrified its a rock now..

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Did you ever tally up how much year 2 cost? I seem to remember you did better than expected on the first year.

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About the same as last year. 3 months in Japan was quite similar to 3 months in Europe... even a little cheaper if I don't lump in my shipping and flights to see family. SEA was cheap but also easy to spend money if you get picky. Having a passenger to keep happy defiantly added to the lodging cost and I wasn't carrying my camping gear. Its crazy how some places $150 will last me for a week... and other days, especially if i'm buying parts for the moto ($60 for a dulop hd tube in java) the money just evaporates. Indonesia is cheap. $1 to $3 for meals. Less then $10 for accommodations most places. Bali is touristy so the price is more. If you want western food, you will pay $10 per meal. If you eat with the locals, you will pay $3.

I know this isn't really what you are asking.. but I don't really like the money question lately. Lots of people have been asking me in person here. "You must be rich.. how can you travel around the world for 2 years".

My reply was usually "No wife or kids and I was saving to buy a house". But lately if someone is being a dick about it, I've been saying something like "Its amazing what you can do if you are not a slacker". Of course I would never say this to a local. The South east Asian people love to ask how much stuff costs. But a $10k motorcycle is a concept most people cant wrap their head around. So my bike cost me $3k when someone asks. They still say "Wow.. so much money".
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:04 PM   #3422
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...The South east Asian people love to ask how much stuff costs. But a $10k motorcycle is a concept most people cant wrap their head around. So my bike cost me $3k when someone asks. They still say "Wow.. so much money".
See, if you were on a KLR your lie wouldn't be so big!
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:13 PM   #3423
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It's really none of their business so I'd answer however I felt at the moment. You're not lying if answering a dream notional.
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Old 06-29-2014, 08:33 PM   #3424
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See, if you were on a KLR your lie wouldn't be so big!
And he would still be in Siberia..
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Old 06-29-2014, 10:35 PM   #3425
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You guys are hilarious. I've been cleaning my bike for 2 days to go to Australia. I needed a good laugh.

I forgot to mention.. chicks dig KTMs. "I'll marry you if you buy me a KLR"... Said no woman ever.


True story
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:33 AM   #3426
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You guys are hilarious. I've been cleaning my bike for 2 days to go to Australia. I needed a good laugh.

I forgot to mention.. chicks dig KTMs. "I'll marry you if you buy me a KLR"... Said no woman ever.


True story
They are, they had me laughing too!
And I'm stealing that image Noah.

Just keep riding dude! No matter how you fund it, that's nobody's business.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:01 AM   #3427
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Noah has come so far. fare to say he got the tips that night pole dancing in Adv boots so sexy

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Old 06-30-2014, 03:56 AM   #3428
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But a $10k motorcycle is a concept most people cant wrap their head around. So my bike cost me $3k when someone asks. They still say "Wow.. so much money".
Damn thing is $13,5k here, without any farkles.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:24 AM   #3429
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:35 AM   #3430
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Heck Guy,
You really need that kind of bike for what you do with it. Me, not so much. I don't care what you spend or ride. Just keep on keeping on and reporting on your travels. Been a fan since day one, ain't gonna change that. ;-)
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:02 PM   #3431
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Except the 390 duke..

I was rolling it around in my head.. how can I get one of these in an Asian country and get it back to the states... I should probably just find a wrecked one and rob the motor/electronics.
India. A 390 Duke is 1.87 lakh (about $3,100). I once had the idea to buy a 200 Duke in India and ride it back to England. The difference in cost would mean I could sell it in the UK (maybe), for more than I paid for it.

The 390 weighs 139kg, the same as a 690. You get better mpg but you lose the benefits of a 70hp 690. All things considered, I'd stick with the 690. I'd like to know the weight of the motors though.

Pole dancing:

Were these pictures taken in a gay bar? Is there something you want to tell us? I'm beginning to wonder if perhaps she did get a visa for America after all, but just chose not to tell you
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:54 PM   #3432
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Turbines

Noah, I thought you'd find this interesting.

http://www.treehugger.com/wind-techn...ld-energy.html



Small wind turbines scaled to the right size for residential and urban areas have so far lived in the shadows of their larger wind-farm-sized counterparts. The power output has been too low for a reasonable return on investment through energy savings and the noise they produce is louder than most homeowners can deal with.
A Dutch renewable energy start-up called The Archimedes is working to solve both of those problems in a new class of small-scale wind turbine -- one that is almost silent and is far more efficient at converting wind into energy. The company states that the Liam F1 turbine could generate 1,500 kWh of energy per year at wind speeds of 5m/s, enough to cover half of an average household's energy use.
When used in combination with rooftop solar panels, a house could run off grid. "When there is wind you use the energy produced by the wind turbine; when the sun is shining you use the solar cells to produce the energy," The Archimedes CEO Richard Ruijtenbeek said.
The Liam's blades are shaped like a Nautilus shell. The design allows it to point into the wind to capture the most amount of energy, while also producing very little sound. The inventor of the turbine Marinus Mieremet says that the power output is 80 percent of the theoretical maximum energy that could be harnessed from the wind.
“Generally speaking, there is a difference in pressure in front and behind of the rotor blades of a windmill. However, this is not the case with the Liam F1. The difference in pressure is created by the spatial figure in the spiral blade. This results in a much better performance. Even when the wind is blowing at an angle of 60 degrees into the rotor, it will start to spin. We do not require expensive software: because of its conical shape, the wind turbine yaws itself automatically into the optimal wind direction. Just like a wind vane. And because the wind turbine encounters minimal resistance, he is virtually silent," said Mieremet.
The company is also working on even smaller wind turbine designs that could fit on LED lampposts to power them, on boats or in smaller bodies of water.


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Old 06-30-2014, 11:41 PM   #3433
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Pole dancing:

Were these pictures taken in a gay bar?
You wish

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Noah, I thought you'd find this interesting.
Its a new concept for blades which is cool. I'm not sure the archimedes screw blade would work on a 80 meter turbine. But I like the idea of it on a small scale. There is not "right" answer for our energy problems... unless you talk about a combination of stuff. So the more new ideas like this, the better off we will be in the future. Unfortunately in many places in the US, tax credits are only available in some places for fitting your house with solar panels. Almost no where is it available in US for small wind. Distributed generation will be what helps us solve the energy problem. Small amounts being generated all over the grid where it is being used. Not Large amounts being generated hundreds of miles away from the populations areas.

When I am king, every house with AC will be fitted with a solar panel to offset the AC usage. One of the hardest draws on the grid and generation is the hottest part of the day... when everyone has their AC on. This is also the time when transformers and power lines have to be "derated" because the air is to hot to cool them.
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:03 AM   #3434
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Today was the 4th day cleaning my bike. At ten this morning it looked like this:


Maybe it took me 4 days to clean because of distraction?

About 7 tonight. Just have to drain the oil and put the skid plate on. Ready to ship
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:23 AM   #3435
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The 390 weighs 139kg, the same as a 690.
I think both the (now old) 690 (with 652cc), 690R (which was actually 690cc)
and the new (current) 690&R are all rated at 149kg.

The 690SMC was 139kg.
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