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Old 07-12-2014, 11:30 AM   #3511
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You gotta be kidding!
Yeah, that's a stupid thing to suggest, my bad.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:32 PM   #3512
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I love your RR Noah! Been following from the beginning. Your writing, photos, and wit have been wonderful to follow.

Everything you've been through on the trip and all the fixes you've done, I can't help but think that your multimeter is one piece of equipment that is essential for diagnosing problems on a [newer] bikes. It makes me realize I should pull mine out and finally decipher the cryptic looking symbols that look like they came from an episode of Lost.

Of course, if you found time your journey's to write down a 'How to Diagnose Electrical Problems on Motorbikes", in a journal, pamphlet, or back of a napkin, I would pay good money for it!
It is great to hear you made it OZ. Looking forward to the rest of the trip!
I'm thinking of something like this.

Lesson 1. Ohms law and why it matters.
Ω is the "ohm" symbol. It is resistance. It is exactly what it sounds like. It restricts flow of electricity.

Ohms law says V=IR. Voltage = Current x Resistance. If a wire has a resistance of 3 ohms and you hook it to a 12v batter... you would get 4 amps of current. V/R=I. 12v/3ohm = 4 amps.

That's all fine and dandy.. but how do you use this for electrical troubleshooting?

A broken wire will have infinite resistance. Most multimeters will also "beep" if there is a low enough resistance or "contact". You can test from one end of a wire to the other by touching both ends of the wire with the leads. If you hear a "beep" or see a low resistance, the wire is *probably* ok.

A "short" is when a wire is touching "ground". This makes a low resistance path to ground. This will "pop" the fuse. This is due to the high current (higher then the fuse rating). You can test for a short by touching the wire and battery ground with your leads. If you hear a "beep" you need to start searching for the short.

Of course with motorcycles and cars, many times the problems only show them self when the bike is being ridden. So when looking for a problem, move and shake the wire harness to try to find the problem.

When all else fails, bring it over to your nerd friends house with a 6 pack of micro brew as a bribe and make him fix it.
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Old 07-12-2014, 11:56 PM   #3513
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Thoughts?

My carnet expires in September. I got it just before I entered Japan last year. It is about $900 to extent the carnet for another year. I'm thinking it might not be worth it to ship into NZ, then out AND pay to extend my carnet.

I'm thinking about finding a cheap bike in NZ to see the country for a few months. I could send my bike on a boat to south America while I do.

The problems: 1. My bike would have to leave Oz by September 9 because that's when the carnet is finished. 2. It would probably definitely beat me to South America so I would have to have someone to ship to to avoid storage fees. 3. I wouldn't be riding my KTM 690 in NZ
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:39 AM   #3514
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Hey Noah, i have a bike for sale here in new zealand if your interested and if you dont decide to bring the ktm here, i bet you will miss `having the ktm to ride around on though!
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Old 07-13-2014, 05:18 AM   #3515
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I'm thinking about finding a cheap bike in NZ to see the country for a few months. I could send my bike on a boat to south America while I do.
I don't think you will find something for less than $900 that you will enjoy yourself on for the few months you are in NZ.

I would pay to renew your carnet and enjoy NZ on your 690.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:59 AM   #3516
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What Ba said^^^ did you check that link I told you to save? some gnarly good gpx tracks you can just follow at will and fish stay in Doc huts for fuck all. I know you want to be at the Dakar when is that? Id say if ya got more 2 months time to see NZ which I think youd do pretty easily if there is any beerfest kiwi girls around. Id extend.
If not my CR125 needs a run in Auckland to get your dirt fix. I know of a GN250 you maybe able to borrow lol no shit...
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:43 AM   #3517
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Dakar?
Are you telling us you want to participate??
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Old 07-13-2014, 02:55 PM   #3518
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Problems solved.. I think. I can do a temp import into NZ without a carnet

I have to pay a cash deposit of the import tax. Once I am exiting the country, I'll be able to get this back. This looks like it will be the ticket. I just have to make sure I get my bike out of Aus prior to my carnet expiring.

I'm not racing in Dakar. As much as we all like to think we are racers.. I have done a few rallies.. and I know I'm not. I can concentrate hard for about 5 minutes then my mind starts to wander. Not what you want when you are flat out across the desert. Maybe it will be different now but this is how it was a few years ago. The key is to keep going and finish. Advice for anyone getting into rallying. Don't try to go fast Just try to finish. I've knew a guy who had the 2nd place overall in a A2 VW Golf in the High Desert Rally in California. He drifted wide through the last corner through the timing then rolled the car. Even though they had their timing, they could not complete the rally because the car would not make it back to the final check point.



I was able to collect some hardware even though I crashed a few times. I don't care if there were only 5 people with points for the year
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:16 PM   #3519
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Been enjoying the updates from Asia, all the best for Oz!

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Problems solved.. I think. I can do a temp import into NZ without a carnet
Yep, just pay a 15% deposit for the GST. You'll miss a lot of Oz, but you won't run out of things to see & do in NZ. Like Shane says, lots of neat spots to camp for cheap or free, many cool trails, good fishing & you might even catch a bit of snow if you get down south early.

Come & stay when you are around Rotorua & if you have any major maintenance coming up on the bike you are welcome to use my garage.

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Old 07-13-2014, 07:30 PM   #3520
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ozland and kiwiland, cuz.

Hey Noah,
Have you got any plans to do any of the big trips while your in Australia? Like the Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Highway, Simpson Desert, the Border Track or anything like that? All names worthy of researching, and a crime not to. You could ride around here for months and still have heaps left to do. I know there's a lot left on my list.... but I might be stuck in Australia for a while so no bad thing.

I lived in NZ about six months of the year for the last eight or nine years. For me, even being Australian...., its like one big country town. Some of the friendliest peeps you will meet anywhere in the world, and definitely the friendliest traffic cops. The bonus for travel by road is everything is about two hours away, where I live everything is 5 hours away. local shops 130Kms. hope you get the logistics sorted mate.

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Old 07-13-2014, 08:51 PM   #3521
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I have to pay a cash deposit of the import tax. Once I am exiting the country, I'll be able to get this back.
Yes, a piece of cake, just did it.

As an option, email Deanne at TNL Auckland to receive the bike. She'll take care of the tax and the refund and walk it through quarantine. They were so slick I'll use them for Oz coming up.

deanne@tnlintl.co.nz
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:01 AM   #3522
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nz a must

noah you have to come to nz, you'll love the roads, people, beer, food ,chicks, fishing, maybe not the weather. my buddys the local ktm dealer so if ya come over ill introduce you. i better start brewing more beer.
not sure what month you are arriving but i may be up riding in vietnam, if so and also if I'm here, you're welcome to my place to yourself, nice little farm on waiheke island, google it. got a garage full of bikes too.
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:31 AM   #3523
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noah you have to come to nz, you'll love the roads, people, beer, food ,chicks, fishing, maybe not the weather. my buddys the local ktm dealer so if ya come over ill introduce you. i better start brewing more beer.
not sure what month you are arriving but i may be up riding in vietnam, if so and also if I'm here, you're welcome to my place to yourself, nice little farm on waiheke island, google it. got a garage full of bikes too.
Well dang! I wanna go here!
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:36 AM   #3524
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Aaahh, New Zealand! I went there in 2011 and rode around the North Island. I was so flabbergasted by the scenery, the roads, the people, that I returned the next year with a group of friends for a dream ride , this time through both islands. The experience was pure bliss.

NZ= Motorcycle Heaven
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:28 PM   #3525
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Noah,

This bring back any memories of a former life?



Was playing hurry up and wait at a steel mill this morning in Brazil, decided to take a pic of the hard hat. Forget which critter we weren't allowed to trench through its nest on that job. But do remember hours of training about the critter
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