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    I've been running a SPOT (Gen1 and now Gen3) since 2010. I just cancelled my membership yesterday. I saw the price increasing every year and the functionality is limited. I figure if I am spending that amount on monitoring, I am going to have 2-way communication. The SPOT has been flawless. The Gen3 is great, perfect sized and has never let me down. I have used it once to let my wife now I was stuck. This is where it is limited. I was in the boonies, no cell coverage, and planted the 990 in some 'skeg. I struggled for a long time and then finally hit the button my SPOT I had programmed to say "I'm stuck or my bike broke, but I am ok. Please come get me.". She got the message, but was an hour from home. She headed home, and started calling all my buddies and throwing random crap in my truck. She had no idea how to get to me other than the way points (this is my wife). I end up getting the bike unstuck, blast to cell coverage and phone her. She had not left, but was about to attempt to get me. Fast forward to summer 2017. A group of us do the CDR from Canada to Mexico and back. We have one fellow go down, break 4 ribs, collapse a lung, etc etc. We are out of cell coverage in backcountry Montana. We have 2 SPOTS and an Inreach. We decide to use the Inreach. The 2-way communication sold me on the Inreach. The GPS coordinates that the emergency services got was about 500m off the actual forestry road we were on, but being able to send and receive messages sorted things out. Just the peace of mind knowing they received the SOS and their reply to that was so reassuring. SPOT informed me that my monitoring would not be $215USD/yr. When I signed up in 2010 it was $162USD/yr. Inreach is more expensive on all accounts, but I know my message is out and I can communicate with the other side. I'm not slagging SPOT. I love my device, but as their service cost continues to rise it is pushing me to a provider that actually provides more.
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    Lets talk sprockets and chains.

    I've got >24,000km on my current chain sprockets on my 990. This is a 16/42 setup, OEM ktm sprockets with a chain from the local dealer. Chain still seems great, sprockets only showing slight "wave" profile. I keep the chain adjusted and sometimes lubed...it only gets dusty miles. I have a new set of JT sprockets and an RK X-ring 525 chain on the bench ready to go on. Call it a preventative. We have a 7000km run down the CDR and back to Canada this summer and I have found in the past when a chain starts to go, it goes fast. I didn't want to be half way through an EPIC ride and have chain issues.
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    Continental Divide Ride 2017

    We're planning on 9 days down and 4-5 days back. Total distance is around 7,000km give or take a few hundred. Back will all be secondary highways. Down will be the CDR>
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    Continental Divide Ride 2017

    We're doing this from North to South the last 2 weeks in July. We'll be running pretty light, 3x990's, 1x1190, & 1xHonda AT. We'll be carrying our camping stuff, camping most of the way, grabbing a room when we get too rank etc. I have a few sets of gpx files from various spots around the interwebs and other forums. I'm generally a Klim Badlands setup, but given the heat and majority of this is offroad I'm thinking my Leatt Airfit and a jersey will be the plan. The Badlands does not pack down at all, so I'm thinking of a packable rain jacket like the Scott Ergonomic DP Rain Jacket. My only concern is the 3000km blast back home will be mainly on pavement and I would prefer more abrasion resistance. Given that the CDR will be a decent paced affair, I could just stick with the Klim and it does move enough air as long as I stay moving.
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    ADV Bike training stuff

    We did the big-bike course with him west of Rocky Mountain House/Caroline near Ram River. This year we are doing the 2-day course out near Revelstoke. Chris has a summer tour through Canada now where KTM Canada gives him a couple bikes and he moves across the country putting on classes. He will finish up this year at the KTM-Canada Rally in Vernon at the Silverstar Mtn area at the end of September.
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    REV'IT! Women's Gear

    When I moved to Tunisia in 2010 and took my 990 with me I figured I would invest in a Leatt to stay safe in a non-1st world country, minimize the risk and all. I wore it once and then it went on the shelf. This was a first gen Leatt and would not fit well over my Rev'IT Cayenne jacket. Now, when I ride offroad, I use my Leatt. I have an Airfit 3Df Leatt suit I wear under a jersey and it all works seamlessly. When I am on my 990 wearing my Badlands jacket, I do not use my old Leatt brace as it still doesn't work well over a jacket I find. I think the newer generation of neck braces do fit better.
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    New Yamaha Concept: T7

    I like. If/when Yamaha builds this thing it will be interesting how much of this concept makes it to production. Can't wait to see what the 790 looks like too!
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    ADV Bike training stuff

    I recently picked up a 2003 CR250R for the cross training. I did a Chris Birch course on the 990 last year and am fairly capable on the big bike, but want to use the smaller to fine tune things. Ok, some will say a CR250 is not a great training bike, but this 2-stroke is actually bored to 265cc and ported/piped for mid-range. It is running a 200W e-line stator (heated grips, yes please, this is Canada after all) and a Rekcluse clutch (Verdict is still out, this is almost like cheating, but I think could develop bad habits on clutch control). Suspension has been redone and is plush. 3 gal Clarke tank ensures I have the range to play at least for 100km. I would have gotten into a 300XC-W, but the price was right on this as an entry to light bike cross training. In the group I ride in there is a range of 200/300xc-w and they are all capable. The 200 is so friendly and will go anywhere. Bottom line, this thing is so easy to ride. I'm sure I am going to get myself into more trouble on the 990 now as I think it will go like the CR. I do have a truck and I do have to haul this thing to OHV riding areas. I'm in luck that I have many options for that close by. Now a small group of us has a 2 day private Chris Birch course setup for this year on the small bikes!
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    What Route planning software are you using?

    @AdvRob I like to do my initial planning in Google Earth. The satellite imagery helps me find cutlines and trails. Once I have the track drawn in Google Earth I bring it into Basecamp. Up here in Canada I am running the Backroads Mapbooks Western Canada gps chip for my Garmin. I then compare it to the labeled trails and do my editing/cutting/splicing in Basecamp. I find Basecamp a very powerful tool to edit my tracks and get everything organized for use. I spent 5 years living in North Africa and if wanted to find trails, the satellite imagery was the way to go as there was no solid mapping software at the time.
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    What Route planning software are you using?

    Google Earth. I trace the routes I want out in Google Earth and then export into Basecamp and on my Montana. I generally only do tracks as most of the things I want to ride won't route. I'll throw in some waypoints to keep bearings as sometimes my picked tracks don't always work out and you find your way out with the braille method. It is tedious, but when you are exploring the backcountry I find it works best. I have not progressed to app-based navigation on my phone. I did check out the Rever site and it looks pretty slick. I might have to try it out in parallel with my current method. I think the track I make in Google Earth would drop right into Rever, so it should be slick.
  12. Not reliably. I did a Chris Birch course on my 990 last year. We all asked Chris to show us wheelies on the big bike. He said it is one of the hardest things he does. Given the long wheelbase and massive power you end up spinning more than wheelie-ing. He then hopped on a students 1190R, did two passes to get the feel, and then kept popping it up to a high angle, low speed wheelie. It did take him 2 attempts, but then he got the feel and could pop it up at will. He stressed you need to put a lot of energy own into the forks (like surge your body down), pull in the clutch, add some revs, and then time everything to give it that tug up as you release the clutch and get the front to come up. Bottom line, easier said than done and I never rely on being able to wheelie on the big bike. Take things slow. One of the learnings was "Speed gets you into trouble. Acceleration gets you through trouble." Don't go rushing into things on big bikes!
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    GPS mount for KTM 990 ADV

    I have the Touratech mount on my 990 for my Garmin Montana. I've had it for quite a few years as I bought the Montana when it first came out. I like the locking feature of the mount as I frequently leave the GPS on the bike when I am out and about. When I get in the really rough stuff it does bounce, but nothing too bad. I recently added a Perfect Squeeze phone mount. I mounted an old RAM base to the Touratech brace and have the Perfect Squeeze sitting over the GPS. We're planning on doing the CDR this summer and the phone will supplement my GPS for nav in the US.
  14. I ride a 990 that has been de-ABS'd, Rottweiler'd, and has a custom underseat storage tray. On the bike: - Left hand body work - 21 & 18" tubes (where the canister used to live) - Under the seat - First aid kit, tow strap, air compressor & patch kit, tools/repair stuff, cables for microstart. Luggage: - Tankbag - Wolfman Blackhawk - Goggles/sunglasses. Microstart battery. Ear plugs. Powerlet USB plug+USB cables, heated vest power cable. - Tailbag - Kriega US30 - clothes, heated vest. If the trip is more than 1/2 days or I am camping I will supplement with 2xKriega US10 bags and a small drybag for the tent/sleeping bag and other camping equipment. This is the girl loaded up for 5 days, 4 nights of offroad/backcountry camping with all my camping gear. She is nice light and narrow.
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    Motion Pro Bead Breaker(s)

    I've been using the 9" Bead Pros for a few years now too. They have no problem breaking the bead on my 990 (I've been running Mitas E09/E07 combos for a few changes now). Great piece of kit. Nice and light and stay with me all the time. In short, I am in agreement with all the above comments and highly recommend them.