With an HU blog, you'll get a lot more readers than in some obscure corner of the web, it's all set to go, no setup required, and it's free! The top four spots unsurprisingly went to the four Japanese manufacturers, with Yamaha taking the top spot for most reliable bike brand. Tips & opinions from over 150 travellers! Meet some of your fellow travellers! But if you do want to take a bike and all your stuff with you, start here: Choosing and outfitting the bike. MCN UK. Which bike is right for me? - Extended Dates! "This DVD will save you a fortune!" is 5.5 hours of tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike & deal with breakdowns and emergencies. "Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Phil, Australia And talk to as many current KTM owners as you can. I am Francois and I’ve loved anything with wheels since I can remember. After turning down a KTM 690 Enduro R that the salesman suggested, Aaron Steinmann has amassed over 60 000 miles on his super light-weight KTM … Unlike you I don't seem to have figured out how to make the chassis behave how I want it. He has seen 50 countries on six continents. it's not ktm 690 enduro R which is discontinued but 690 Duke, different bikes. For more info, check out my about page: https://adventurebiketroop.com/about-us/, 7 Reasons Why 2-Stroke Motorcycles are so Loud. These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. How do I pack it all? BMW immediately said yes and became the bike of choice for many motorcyclists, after they successfully rode from London to New York, the Long Way Round. This Duke sounds like permanent fun rather than fading as day-to-day realities grind on. The KTM 690 Enduro R's 67-horsepower single is buzzy, its seat is rock-hard and its 3.2-gallon tank limits range. This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. New Duke 690 is looking good, but I am scared about reliability and longevity of the engine. We peddle dreams, the achievable kind, creating an addiction to overland travel. helps answer the question - Why Go? - Extended Dates! Become an HU Member and Supporter! :-). Thomas, Germany. The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. I've test ridden many Harley Davidsons over the years, and every... Hey! I've been riding motorcycles since I was in school and have traveled thousands of miles on various bikes through more than 10 countries. For the most part this bike has been a proper laugh and managed to turn even the dreariest of commutes into a smile-inducing experience. Shortly after getting married my wife and I rode from Cape to Cairo on 200 cc Chinese road bikes. This section will help you to stay connected to your friends and loved ones, and make new friends along the way! Gear Up! The questions usually start with anecdotal evidence of reliability issues, but is often met with stories from KTM owners that have covered many thousands of miles without issues. Collectors Box Set All 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. Never pushed a bike in my life. They will encourage you, share their experiences and advice on how to do it! Haydn, Australia Except I don’t want something more sensible, I’ve got plenty of time to be sensible, like when I’m retired. Grant & Susan are veteran motorcycle travellers - RTW north to south, two up on a 1986 BMW R80 G/S. Charley was very upset, as he had his heart set on a KTM. BMW, incidentally, came in 11th place. After turning down a KTM 690 Enduro R that the salesman suggested, Aaron Steinmann has amassed over 60 000 miles on his super light-weight KTM 500. Why they can't get the range meter right is a mystery, coz BMW seem to have perfected it years ago. "This is the answer to all my questions." An exciting and punchy engine, assured and precise handling from well-damped WP suspension and a firm chassis, plus strong brakes and a class-leading set of electronics ensured that the KTM 690 Duke never failed to deliver come playtime. Check out this post to find out. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's.". I am interested, too. Based on a survey of more than 10 000 bike owners, Consumer Reports ranks KTM in 8th place in terms of reliability. Wondering what this motorcycle adventure travel gig is all about? Although good for shits and giggles on the daily grind (it’s very good in traffic thanks to its low weight and supreme manoeuvrability), the 690 Duke’s not made for crossing the capital - it’s a fun lovin’ scaplel made for slicing up the twistiest pieces of tarmac and it does that with aplomb. On the Road! That does not mean BMW’s are bad bikes, but it does support the suggestion that KTM is not as bad as some people may think. After all this time with it, I still don’t think it’s a particularly good-looking bike. "Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. 2 - First service and a track day at Brands Hatch, 3 - Good at the boring stuff, but not good at being boring. (If its distance, the train's usually faster). Already have an account? The Horizons Unlimited Bulletin Board or HUBB is a fact-based forum connecting over 50,000 adventure travellers. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB. See the trailer here! Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes! New to motorcycle travelling? At the weekend, the rituals of putting my kit on and removing the locks and chains from the KTM took place against the background anticipation of the fun that lay ahead, and that never diminished during the nine months I had the Duke in my care. etc. Many adventure bike riders have ridden their KTMs around the world, and since 2001, KTM has won the Dakar Rally 18 years in a row. Carefully selecting circuits is a must though: Brands Hatch Indy, Cadwell and Mallory Park – Yes. How do I prepare the bike? I like bikes that that have a bit charm, character and performance and the KTM 690 Duke has all three in a package that delivers a pure riding experience and doesn’t make concessions to the dull stuff. AdventureBikeTroop.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Colin, UK Visordown is part of the CMG Full Throttle Network. What turns you on to motorcycle travel? From time to time I write motorcycle reviews for sports magazines and the local newspapers and attend the odd bike launch when I have to opportunity. Search Forums ONLY searches the HUBB, and not well. As a bike for unadulterated fun, it’s the dog’s danglies. See the trailer here! If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us! Travel Books Motorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you! I don't think this is the case anymore, ktm got better and others got worse. Dreaming of a motorcycle trip to distant climes? Confused? Scouring adventure riding forums, the question of KTM reliability does not take long to surface. Informative and entertaining DVDs to help get you on the road! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." An exciting and punchy engine, assured and precise handling from well-damped WP suspension and a firm chassis, plus strong brakes and a class-leading set of electronics ensured that the KTM 690 Duke never failed to deliver come playtime. The Dakar Rally is the world’s most grueling bike race. Details... We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love. This section will help you to plan your trip, whether it's to the next state, country or all the way around the world! "Near Varna" "My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) "This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." The petrol gauge range indicator lies, btw. When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. I've only sat on this bike, read a few reviews. It’s OK, but it’s more appropriate to describe it as looking right because the Duke’s aesthetic conveys so much of what’s in store once you’ve turned the key, done a burnout and wheelied off down the road (terribly, if you’re me). The excellent traction control helped with that too.