If you think about it and ride the 640 Adventure I believe you will come to the conclusion that it is a travel bike that excels in the second and third world.
It is a secondary and tertiary road bike offering wind protection and additional fuel range to the traveler.
It's a race bred travel bike...that's why it is so cool and there is no other motorcycle quite like it in the world.
It isn't the easiest motorcycle to work on until you learn it.
After around 40K miles it really comes to you and nothing else seems quite like the right motorcycle.
That said I never rode the 690 with a big tank and wind protection set up with a 33 inch seat height.
The 690 is a better engine in every way except that it lacks simplicity.
The 640a's will be running 20 years from now like the BMW R80GS.
Some motorcycles get it all and change the way we think about motorcycling in general by raising the bar with their standard of excellence.
$2500 for a 2001 640a is a deal I'd have no trouble justifing to myself.
I do my own mechanics.
'02 KTM 640 Adventure-lowered
"On the road there are no special cases."
Cormack McCarthy-The Crossing
The faster it goes the faster it breaks.
And high performance=high maintenance.
bmwktmbill screwed with this post 01-04-2013 at 08:13 PM