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Old 10-17-2012, 07:05 PM   #7546
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I can give up a little on the tarmac for more funny dirt ride.

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Old 10-17-2012, 08:17 PM   #7547
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They're huge. I was expecting the vibes I kept hearing about, but I didn't expect the bike to walk across the shop floor while it idled on the center stand.
Huge? I actually wish it were a little more roomy but then again I was raised on big framed husky's, Cam Am's and KTMs of the 80's. I'd like to find a taller saddle some day but the Rencazzo the previous owner put on it is like a sofa.

I had to drop my truck off once for undercoating, I unloaded the 640 to ride to work, set it on the center stand to let it warm up and got my riding gear on. I turned to get on it and to my shock, it was gone! I kept turning and saw it had vibrated down the parking lot and the rear tire was hanging into the street.

My friend, the previous owner, rode it 4000 miles to Alaska and back for the Alcan 5000. Said he'd do 500 miles or more a day and lay in the motel at night still vibrating!

Personally the vibes don't bother me, I can ride the beast all day long.
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Old 10-17-2012, 08:46 PM   #7548
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Big for me. I'm 5'8" and not a big guy. On the center stand, the seat on these bikes almost comes up to my elbow. I'm coming off an XR-75, loads of real metal 60's - 80's Vespas, and a YZ 450.

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Old 10-17-2012, 09:10 PM   #7549
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They're spendy, but a kako (however you spell it) throttle lock is money well spent which will allow you to shake out that throttle arm to get the tingles out of your fingers here and there.
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I tried an inexpensive thumb lock style (forget the brand) first. The vibes in the bars were too much for it, never held more than a few seconds. The kako works!
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:23 PM   #7550
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Throttle lock and bar end weights.




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Old 10-17-2012, 11:13 PM   #7551
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Hi everyone, I'm a new KTM owner after years of drooling and dreaming. Back in '03, I checked the 640 out at the dealership and fell in love. After almost 10 years, I just picked up my 2003 640 Adventure. Drove 1800km's and 20 hours to get it, and it was worth it. I took it for a burn today and it's better than I imagined. She's bone stock but that just means I have a clean slate....time to accessorize!

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:23 PM   #7552
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Welcome to the club, Legs.

You have come to the right place for advice on these bikes.
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:37 AM   #7553
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Nice bike and welcome from across the pond
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Old 10-18-2012, 03:52 AM   #7554
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I can give up a little on the dirt for an easier tarmac ride.
Spoken like a true KLR rider!

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I can give up a little on the tarmac for more funny dirt ride.
Spoken like a true KTM rider!




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Old 10-18-2012, 04:58 AM   #7555
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Throttle lock and bar end weights.



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Bill, were the weights on when you bought it? Mine were but kept snagging trees in the woods so they are dampening the shelf now




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Old 10-18-2012, 08:57 AM   #7556
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You know I also have a Buell X1. The KTM skips along the driveway at idle. The Buell moves the driveway.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:02 AM   #7557
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Bill, were the weights on when you bought it? Mine were but kept snagging trees in the woods so they are dampening the shelf now




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I put them on back in the day for traveling. I'm not riding single track...I blew my knees, hell my legs, out long ago riding enduros and mx in the '80's so I stick to the ATV trails now.

If I was woods riding on single tracks I would cut the bars, ditch the bar ends, gear down, run knobs, yada yada.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:15 PM   #7558
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You know I also have a Buell X1. The KTM skips along the driveway at idle. The Buell moves the driveway.

I wish I could get the grunt of the Buell I rode in the motor of my 950. That thing made all it's power between 400 and 4000 rpm it seemed. I guess if it revved higher, it'd vibrate itself to death? Sometimes it feels like my 640 has more low end than my 950
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:23 PM   #7559
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Yeah the Buell is very quirky. Vibrates like a bastard until 2500 rpm then you are on a cloud (comparatively speaking of course). But for all that torque is does have quite a narrow power band. The old tube frame models (x1s) are the bargain of the decade right now. Never got to ride a 950/990. Was offered at an ADV event, but I was on my KLR at the time, and just knew I would be crying in my helmet all the way home if I did.
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Old 10-21-2012, 08:36 AM   #7560
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