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Old 04-28-2013, 02:22 PM   #1456
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:17 AM   #1457
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Received a care package today

I received the new Siskiyou panniers and dry bags from GiantLoop today. They are too clean and I can't wait to get them dirty!





Also, After 4 months in Georgia, I finally had my special lady friend sign the moto.




Tomorrow is my last day here. Then I'm on the road again!
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:33 AM   #1458
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Looking forward to reading about these next few months, looks like you got the 690 sorted well for the next go round
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Old 04-29-2013, 08:42 AM   #1459
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I received the new Siskiyou panniers and dry bags from GiantLoop today. They are too clean and I can't wait to get them dirty!




Those paniers look pretty sweet! Are they mounted to the RR luggage carriers? Do they/ will they make refuelling stops any easier than the Great Basin?

Thanks, and can't wait for more of your ride report!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:11 AM   #1460
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Those look sweet!! Good luck.

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Old 04-30-2013, 01:11 AM   #1461
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Those paniers look pretty sweet! Are they mounted to the RR luggage carriers? Do they/ will they make refuelling stops any easier than the Great Basin?

Thanks, and can't wait for more of your ride report!
They are mounted to the RR carrier. They fit quite well but I did have to remove the handle on the carrier.

I'm not sure about refuelling. When the bags are mounted, you can't see the gas cap. a small modification might be needed for the 690. All in all though, I'm quite impressed.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:02 PM   #1462
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Hey Noah,

Good to see your about to hit the road again looking forward to reading about this next part of your trip!!!
I have a question for you. How has your Rally Raid gear held up on your trip. I,ve made the decision to go with the 690 because of the weight savings for my trip when I get back. New bike has been ordered and will be waiting for me when I get back from Antarctica.
Thinking about adding the rally raid twin tanks and fairing along with a rear tank.
Just interested on your experiences with the gear on a similar trip.

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Old 05-01-2013, 08:05 AM   #1463
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Looking forward to more travelling soon Noah. Hope you are able to keep sending picutures and updates from the road, I wonder how reliable access will be as you head east.

I was looking at those soft panniers the other day in a local shop here. Curious to hear your thoughts on them after a couple of weeks travelling.

Before you leave, any pictures of the Ski Lodge/Facilities where you've been riding all year. I have pictures in my mind of a soviet-era tractor hooked-up to an old cable, but am guessing it's much more modern.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:36 PM   #1464
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Hey Noah,

Good to see your about to hit the road again looking forward to reading about this next part of your trip!!!
I have a question for you. How has your Rally Raid gear held up on your trip. I,ve made the decision to go with the 690 because of the weight savings for my trip when I get back. New bike has been ordered and will be waiting for me when I get back from Antarctica.
Thinking about adding the rally raid twin tanks and fairing along with a rear tank.
Just interested on your experiences with the gear on a similar trip.

Patrick
Rally Raid gear holds up really well. It is made to be tough. John (Ktmmitch) is the kind of guy who will not sleep at night if something isn't right with a design and he can't wait to get back in the shop to fix it in the morning. I have made some small adjustments to the original kit, but many of these little issues were corrected with the Evo 2 kit.

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Looking forward to more travelling soon Noah. Hope you are able to keep sending picutures and updates from the road, I wonder how reliable access will be as you head east.

I was looking at those soft panniers the other day in a local shop here. Curious to hear your thoughts on them after a couple of weeks travelling.

Before you leave, any pictures of the Ski Lodge/Facilities where you've been riding all year. I have pictures in my mind of a soviet-era tractor hooked-up to an old cable, but am guessing it's much more modern.
Soft bags are great so far. I will have to do a small mod for the gas cap location on the 690. I will be cutting a hole in the large velcro that crosses the back of the bike. Pics in the next few weeks when i do it.

I have some pictures of the ski facilities but not much. Lifts were all pretty good. A couple Doppelmayr 3 and 4 person attached, a Doppelmayr 4 person highspeed, and a Poma 8 person gondola. The resort itself has very current equipment. All the snow cats were Pistenbully and many were recent. Finding someone who could drive them was a different story. The electrical system amazed me more than the resort equipment. Power outages were common.

I was walking back to my apartment one night and there was a light coming from a fence... like a small welding light. The fence was wood posts with metal wire. It was not supposed to be an electric fence but it was getting energized by a transformer that was about 30 feet from it. I think the grounding for the transformer was cut somehow and this fence was the path to ground. I threw some snow balls at the fence post and there were sparkies when the fence moved. I showed a georgian guy and he told me stuff like this is normal and don't worry about it. Apparently Georgian kids are much smarter than American kids when it comes to electricity, because I never heard of any of them getting shocked... And there are open wires everywhere. Just an observation.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:07 AM   #1465
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[QUOTE ]Rally Raid gear holds up really well. It is made to be tough. John (Ktmmitch) is the kind of guy who will not sleep at night if something isn't right with a design and he can't wait to get back in the shop to fix it in the morning. I have made some small adjustments to the original kit, but many of these little issues were corrected with the Evo 2 kit.

Thanks Noah,

Good to hear its holding up well!! Just ordered the rear tank and rack today will get the Evo 2 fairing and tanks next. Your doing the trip I want to do though I will just have to wait till I get back. Till then Ill be watching how it all goes for you!
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:25 AM   #1466
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:12 PM   #1467
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Great report dude, I've been following you on Facebook but have just now caught up on the real ride report here. I'm super jealous of your KTM and glad to see you're hitting the road again. If you find yourself in North Carolina give me a shout. Cold beers await.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:04 AM   #1468
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Great report dude, I've been following you on Facebook but have just now caught up on the real ride report here. I'm super jealous of your KTM and glad to see you're hitting the road again. If you find yourself in North Carolina give me a shout. Cold beers await.
Thanks guys. It is *somewhat* good to be back on the road. Azerbaijan is a royal PITA.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:18 AM   #1469
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May 1. 585 km. Tbilisi Georgia to Baku Azerbaijan.

I started the day waking up at 7:00 in the morning I had a quick breakfast of leftovers from the feast we had the night before. I also had some Kona coffee my sister sent from her coffee farm. A real treat. By 8:30 I was on the road and by 11:15 I was at the border crossing between Georgia and Azerbaijan. There was a long line of cars but people waved me to the front. About 45 minutes and 30 GEL ($20) later, I was heading into Azerbaijan.







The traffic in Az is just like Georgia. People driving fast and passing whenever they feel they can. "Feel they can" means they think the oncoming traffic will move over for them. I had to ride dirt on the shoulder many times because of this. My plan was to get to the Uzbek embassy by close so I could give them my passport for Visa. After the first time getting pulled over by the Az police, I soon realized that my bike was a magnet. In Azerbaijan, if you drive the speed limit, you will be passed by EVERYTHING. So it seems safer to go with the flow of traffic. This is fine if you have Az plates on your car or bike. The police let you go by. If you are American on a 3 day transit visa, they will F##k with you. You can't rely on traffic to slow down, and I think half the speed sings are missing. The speed also changes about once ever km. The speed cameras will take a picture of you and you will get pulled over at the next checkpoint. It was very ironic when one of the photos had a BMW 5 feet off my rear tire with AZ plates. I kept pointing at that car saying "where is he? Why didn't you pull him over? " Each time I got pulled over they demanded 500 euro so I would sit and argue with them. I ended up paying about $600 in bribes to keep going. This happened to be all my emergency money. F##kers. I snapped a few candid pictures when I first got pulled over but one of the police saw me and made me delete them. They also wanted to rev my bike. I thought why not, it might help them to let me go. They rev it 2 time soft the hold it wide open and bounce it off the rev limiter. This happened with a gas station employee and a border guard also. Not sure what is wrong with them but I had to hit their hand off the throttle.

The fun did not stop there. When it was just getting dark, about 100 km from Baku, my bike died and I coasted to a halt. The FI light was flashing. 3 long, 7 short. "Ignition Coil Fault". Turns out my low voltage + wire broke and this was the problem. I watched the sun set, ate a melted white KitKat bar and tore the bike apart by headlamp light on the side of the highway. 45 minutes later she was purring and back together. I got to Baku around 10:30 at night and finally found a hotel with a garage around 11:00. The hotel only cost $160/night.


At the restaurant I met some good guys.




Fading light.


Problem found.


This guy helped me find a hotel with parking that wasn't $500 a night. So I let him sign my bike.


Do I look spent and maybe a little pissed off at the day?

Baku is like a mini Dubai. Lots of lights and crazy architect. The first thing I notice were 3 buildings with thousands of lights that play animations. The "flame towers" sometimes have fire but when I first saw them, they had a guy waving a flag. Next I went through a tunnel that had colored lights that were changing as I went through. I through I had eaten some crazy mushrooms when I ate a kababi a few hours earlier. I found the hotel and went to bed.

"flame tower"

May 2 and 3 Baku.
The 2nd I woke up early and had some breakfast. I got ahold of the Uzbek embassy and they said I could come by at 4. Now to find the ferry terminal. Some of the only information I could find is here
The Baku port website is shit. Click on the "information center" link. It is a blank page. Just about as helpful as the people are.

When trying to find the ticket office, I met 4 guys from the Netherlands on Bullet 500 Enfields. They bought them in Nepal, rode them to NL and now they are on their way back. They were headed to Turkmenistan but they will be in Uzbek around the same time I will. (hopefully).
The place we found was the wrong place so I went back to another port and found the ticket office. There is an older Russian lady that doesn't speak much english and seems like she gets pissed off very easy. Or she is pissed off all day already. She explained to me that the ship to Aktau is not leaving today and I should come back tomorrow. So I came back today.. guess what.. its not leaving today either. I have to go back tomorrow. AZ only gives you 3 days with the bike in the country so now Katriana is sitting in the "secure" customs parking lot at the ferry port because today was my 3rd day. Now that I don't need to worry about a hotel with a parking garage, I can find a hostel and save some money. I just hope this boat will leave before the 8th of May because that is when my visa will expire and I really don't want to go through the trouble of extending it... if I even can.


Notice the clogs?




So last night I went with my passport to get the Uzbek visa and they said I had to make a bank transfer not pay cash. I wasn't able to find the bank until after 5 so I couldn't do a transfer last night. This morning I did the transfer, picked up my Passport with Uzbek visa and finally found the customs office to drop off my moto. I thought the best thing to do now was drink some Azerbaijan beer and update my report. I am going to be so glad to get to Kazakhstan. Whenever that will be.


Yes. I am drinking beer from a plastic bottle in a wine glass.

Tomorrow I will move into a hostel at 16 AZN a Night so I can try to recoup some of the money I have lost/spent in Azerbaijan.
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:32 AM   #1470
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Not a good first/2nd day on the road.
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