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Old 12-16-2012, 08:41 AM   #1561
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F**K the ktm get a BMW, There i had to say it. I would sell mine if i had one. Really were looking at 4 bmws' 1 ktm. I have seen this played over and over. That in not hard to figure out. Happy Trails!
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:48 AM   #1562
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Next day

I'm an early riser so the next morning I got up at 5.30-ish and packed up to go . It was a beautiful morning with almost nothing on the road, so I cracked up the bike and scrambled it out of the wee hollow I'd hidden it in. I needn't have bothered really but I didn't want to be disturbed.


I was passing people who were camping (you just camp where you want in Russia) in starting to move about lighting their campfires and making tea. They all waved as I went by -on a bike in Russia you're too cool for school-and the temperature was just right for riding. I had one of the best rides of my life and arrived at Aktash about 10-ish where the team were just sitting down for breakfast. It was great to see them again. Sorry this is a little misty



I was and still am sorry to have missed the Altai but the taste I had will ensure I return.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:07 AM   #1563
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Originally Posted by ROD CURRIE View Post
I just knew it was sorted.
Great stuff Rod

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:34 AM   #1564
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the mechanical suspense was killin' me!... all that for a fuel pump!.... i think there's a certain kind of men that take mechanical problems very deeply, and feel a tremendous need to correct them, i know i can't stand to have something not right. i guess it's a control thing.... i guess i'm saying that i feel your pain, bro..... hope the rest of the trip went/goes better.... i really like that bike though... i gotta 450 SMR that rocks....

yeah, and i'm an idiot too, forgot about your loss.... really sorry about the dog... you can always fix a bike, you dig?.... i always say that i like dogs alot more than people....

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:56 AM   #1565
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Wow Rod! What a story! What determination! I for sure hope the rest of the trip went so much betta for U.
I know your feeling for the dog. We had to put one down a few years back that had been with us for 12 years. Very sad day.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:01 AM   #1566
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Wow.....just wow.

Thanks for the reply Rod. That little adventure was truly rediculous and definatley deserves the title of Epic. Sorry to hear about the passing of your woofer, never a nice thing to have to do despite you knowing that it's the right thing to do. She looked a corker.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:18 AM   #1567
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Fuel pump failures - often with weird symptoms - are classic on 950/990s. Classic to the point where everyone I know who rides one will carry a spare almost from the time the bike is new. Typical failure rates have been between 8K miles and 15K miles with only one or two surpassing 20K.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:33 AM   #1568
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Originally Posted by ROD CURRIE View Post
My labrador dog had been diagnosed with a cancerous tumour...
... so my first task on the Saturday was to take my faithful pal to her death. It's still hard to think about it.
Goddammit... is it just me or it really dusty in here?

That sucks, dude. You have my deepest condolences.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:11 AM   #1569
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Sorry for dog.

And fucking awsome for the troubleshooting.

Nail it
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:12 AM   #1570
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HI Rod, congratulations to your revived KTM
this is the spirit !!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:34 AM   #1571
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your tenacity is impressive, Rod.
this report is fantastic, thanks guys.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:48 AM   #1572
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Glad to hear you fixed the KTM. Darn friggin pump

I feel with you concerning the dog. Had one same size and will never ever get another one. Never. It was so awful when I had to go same way you described. Will never want to experience that again. Makes me sad even it was a deace ago....

Keep on reporting pls.

Take care
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:50 AM   #1573
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Rod, Well done min for the effort you put in to sort the KTM,I suppose you didnae hae a lot of options.

And that's a bugger about your dog,sometimes the hardest thing to do is the kindest.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:09 PM   #1574
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I love the rithym you guys - and lady - are giving to this report. It sounds truly like a good jazz band, everyone waiting for the right time to make its solo.

Amazing, keep it coming please
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:26 PM   #1575
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Fawk Me. Balls out determination dude. you managed on the other side of the world is amazing.
Sometimes I think about the walk if I should break down just a few miles into the woods. (and dread the thought)
Guess the survival skills start to kick in.
You WANT to save this fantastic trip any way you can.
I've been following your challenges with a vested interest, mine is a 2010.
Start slow then ease off
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