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Old 11 May 2008
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Question Equipping a KTM 640 adv for Mongolia

Hi all.

I bought a KTM 640 Adv (2004, 13000k) a couple a days ago and I have now started to think about what i need to buy to set up the bike for my mongolian trip starting late june. For the transportation through Russia from Sweden I'll usa a van, so the bike will only be used 4 weeks in mongolia and 1-2 weeks in some areas in russia heading back.

Any comments on the list below would be greatly appreciated!

Already installed when I bought it:
Aftermarket Exhaust Muffler
Carb and airintake adjusted for muffler
Head Light Cover
Handle Bar Risers
Road Book Mounting System
Frame Protection

To be installed:

Aluminium pannier system (Touratech???)
Tank bag (somthing smallish???)
Tank Protection
Brake Disc Lock + Holder
Ortlieb dry bag for tent and other stuff (have one already)

Perhaps to be installed:
Chain Oiler (Loobman?)
Pac Safe Stuffsafe80 (any other similar options???)
GPS (I have an old one without map that I'll bring just for emergency)

Not worth installing:
Luggage Rack Extension
Top Box

Spare parts to change before trip:
Tires (TKC80) & Tubes (Thick)
Chain & Sprockets
Brake Pads (Front, Rear)
500k Sevice

Spare Parts to bring along:
Spark Plug
Fork Seals
Tubes (Front & rear)
Throttle Cable
Brake Lever
Clutch Lever
Wheel Bearings (Front & Rear)
Spokes (Front & Rear)

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Hi there,

I would consider bringing a small 12V pump. When you have to change pressure or repair the tire, you'll need it in the sun!

Also, extra water tanks, I always carried 6 liters, comes in handy, but depending on where you go. In the Gobi, I recommend it.

That's it I guess. Enjoy!

Amsterdam - Mongolia - India - Amsterdam 2005

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I wouldn't bother with a chain oiler. It probably wouldn't survive the vibrations. I'd focus on suspension and handling and work around that. Most of the other items are pretty personal really. I didn't like the TT panniers or Metal Mules really. So I'm building my own.
A 12v pump is definately not a bad idea.

He Martijn. Nice pictures mate, especially the picture of you and Evelien getting stuck in the mud. I didn't really believed it when you told me.
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Thanks for the replies!

I'll defenitly bring a 12V pump. I didn't put in in the list above because I see it as a tool and then the list would be much longer :-)

I'm glad you reminded me of the water. Had forgot about that...oops...Any favourite brand of water bag?

Yeah, I guess it'll be better to skip the chain oiler when thinking about it. I had a scottoiler on my f650 that worked very well on-road, but not so good off-road. It didn't break or anything, but the oil didn't drip on the chain when riding on uneven surface.

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There is a plastic protector that covers the forks...the forks are UpSideDown... So I guess that'll do. I'll bring along extra seals if they brake...
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I dont know if the newer 04 bikes are any better but my 02 bike used to have a problem with the front wheel spokes snapping, on one occasion resulting in a front wheel blow out on a busy road in Iran, which was a little unfortunate! I found that taping two spokes to together all the way round the front wheel cured this (a kind spoul on the HUBB sugeested it) as it dampened the vibes that caused the snapping but also even if they did, it kept them out the way so it wouldnt result in a blow out by going down into the wheel itself. Maybe worth doing just as a precaution/ Also dont forget to regulary release the pressure in the forks by loosening off the top bleed screw as this helps the fork seals last.

Hope this helps and have a great trip.


Some day so soon....
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Thanks for the tip Will - it sounds lika a good idea :-)
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