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Old 08-27-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Hannover to Istanbul (hopefully)

Hi, each year for the past 22 years a few school/Uni friends and I have done a bike trip, usually 1-2 weeks. Over the years we have ridden in/accross the US, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Peru and most of Europe. This year's trip is our biggest adventure, a 3 week trip from Hannover to Istanbul via Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania and Greece, then back via Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech. My mates will join me, starting from the UK.

This year we plan to go back to basics and wild camp. Note we haven't camped for many years, you know how it is when you get older.

I bought a 1190 adventure last summer, have spent the last few months getting the bike ready, the usually offroad stuff.

I have also been to "Adventure days" in Sweden and "Bukkerittet" in Norway for a couple of test rides to get the bike on the gravel

The trip is planned to start on Friday 5th September. I have a SPOT tracker to keep the wife happy, but it can be followed here :
http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0E13UZO5kqBIWDkBErGvq9QGLBKVWV6 Yt

But, my bike would not start on Sunday, So after lots of playing with it, it went to to KTM on Tuesday, and today they have confirmed the compression has gone, and it needs a full top end rebuild!!,

Just reviewing the options, repair in time?, rental bike, borrow a mates bike?, I hope to work it out in the next few days
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Old Yesterday, 11:47 AM   #2
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Damage Confirmed

KTM have stripped the bike, needs new pistons and cylinders, spares arrived today, should be rebuilt by Tuesday, so the trip on
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Old Yesterday, 11:55 AM   #3
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Adventure before "the adventure" begins. Can't miss this one
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Ok I'm in

Subscribed, I'll ride along, stay safe, have fun!
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Old Yesterday, 07:18 PM   #5
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Hang in there!

Hope it all works out for you. Do let us know how KTM treats you, and where the problem is.
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