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...my KTM found asleep
« on: June 23, 2015, 10:32:18 pm »
...dreamin' hard about the next trip out west to Moab, Baha, AZ, and Death Valley 

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2015, 10:33:37 pm »
^^^^I tried to delete this post!  I apologize, can you mods please move it to sub-forum "other motorcycles", thanks!
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2015, 11:14:12 pm »
Looks like it showers before bed.

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2015, 11:38:36 pm »
Or on a sit down strike for not being ridden.
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 01:53:35 am »
Thanks for moving this thread to the right forum  :beerchug:
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2015, 01:55:58 am »
Happy to help, Steve!   :beerchug:

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2015, 02:11:25 am »
for an off road bike that thing is WAY too clean!   ;) ;) ;)

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2015, 02:22:57 am »
for an off road bike that thing is WAY too clean!   ;) ;) ;)

Yeah, thats what I was doing is detailing, changing oil in engine, changing oil in transmission, changing air filter, etc.  Its a euro bike thats high maintenance but the lightest and best performing tagged full on dirt bike i could find. Its my desert/moab/rock crawler bike. It has to be laid down to change the oil filter itself.

Honestly I started prepping it to sell it the other day, and messed around and rode it, through mine and some neighbors back yards that was a mistake because the adrenaline rush of that beast hit me again and now I can't sell!!

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2015, 01:16:58 pm »
that was a mistake because the adrenaline rush of that beast hit me again and now I can't sell!!
Gotta hate when that happens.  ;)
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2015, 01:58:51 pm »
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"Its a euro bike thats high maintenance but the lightest and best performing tagged full on dirt bike i could find."

I think that light weight is why Ewan Macgregor and his buddy considered the KTM for their "Long Way Round" trip (but settled on the BMW). For those who haven't yet seen it, it's a must see. Incredible trip. Oh, to be wealthy and 10 years younger/less injured!

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2015, 06:56:08 pm »
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"Its a euro bike thats high maintenance but the lightest and best performing tagged full on dirt bike i could find."

I think that light weight is why Ewan Macgregor and his buddy considered the KTM for their "Long Way Round" trip (but settled on the BMW). For those who haven't yet seen it, it's a must see. Incredible trip. Oh, to be wealthy and 10 years younger/less injured!

Yeah those guys stressed they wanted the KTMs. In 2004 when that happened KTM wasn't making endurance/long distance bikes, but race oriented bikes.  Nor did they have a global dealer presence then.  So they wouldn't back the boys, being worried about breakdowns and no hope for repair!  Weird, because BMWs break like crazy even to this day  :-X ;D
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2015, 08:43:05 pm »
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"Its a euro bike thats high maintenance but the lightest and best performing tagged full on dirt bike i could find."

I think that light weight is why Ewan Macgregor and his buddy considered the KTM for their "Long Way Round" trip (but settled on the BMW). For those who haven't yet seen it, it's a must see. Incredible trip. Oh, to be wealthy and 10 years younger/less injured!

Yeah those guys stressed they wanted the KTMs. In 2004 when that happened KTM wasn't making endurance/long distance bikes, but race oriented bikes.  Nor did they have a global dealer presence then.  So they wouldn't back the boys, being worried about breakdowns and no hope for repair!  Weird, because BMWs break like crazy even to this day  :-X ;D

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2015, 01:59:45 am »
I've been looking hard at adding a BMW to the stable!  :o
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2015, 05:35:44 am »
Yeah those guys stressed they wanted the KTMs. In 2004 when that happened KTM wasn't making endurance/long distance bikes, but race oriented bikes.  Nor did they have a global dealer presence then.  So they wouldn't back the boys, being worried about breakdowns and no hope for repair! 

That's odd.  I wonder what it would have cost KTM to put together a support team to follow them around?  Surely less than the value of the advertising they would have gotten from an evergreen like that!  Or maybe not.  I'll freely admit that I've never financed such an expedition...

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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2015, 05:39:49 pm »
Yeah those guys stressed they wanted the KTMs. In 2004 when that happened KTM wasn't making endurance/long distance bikes, but race oriented bikes.  Nor did they have a global dealer presence then.  So they wouldn't back the boys, being worried about breakdowns and no hope for repair! 

That's odd.  I wonder what it would have cost KTM to put together a support team to follow them around?  Surely less than the value of the advertising they would have gotten from an evergreen like that!  Or maybe not.  I'll freely admit that I've never financed such an expedition...

I suspect it was partly because it was back in the day when most folks didn't take a few guys serious when they said "we're going to ride ADV bikes around the world". Nowadays KTM and BMW will even help you pass into countries we're not allowed to freely go into without a reason  :great:
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2015, 02:23:01 pm »
They certainly made a big change in bike type going from considering KTMs to settling (getting sponsored) on the BMW. They really struggled in the sand, mud and water crossings with those beasts, but I suppose the pavement sections really were the blessing they cheered about in the films. I did enjoy most of the two Long Way Around films, although I watched them in the wrong order.   
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Re: ...my KTM found asleep
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2015, 04:53:58 pm »
mine never struggled with any of those, plus lighter and more pow-ah than its jap counterparts. but its not an "early" KTM  :beerchug:

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