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Old 01-06-2013, 10:04 AM   #6766
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Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R and can't reach the ground when I sit on the thing (GREAT fun to ride though). I'm curious about the lowering link that's available for it and what are people's experiences.

http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-690-lowering-link

I'm 5'10 with a 31" inseam. I sat on a 2013 model at the bike show (yesterday in fact) and I am on my toes which I'm totally fine with. I know KTM lowered the bike 25mm for the newer models and it seems that my 2010 needs to come down the same (or 1 inch which is basically 25mm).

Anyone have any input or reviews they know of?

Thanks a ton!
I tried the 1 5/8 lowering link and i was hitting the tank with the tire. Even when it wasn't loaded. My suggestion would be find someone who has the shorter suspension and is looking for a taller ride. They might just want to trade strait.

If you are going to get it lowered, have Superplush or someone do it in the shock. Lowering links don't work off road in my experience. Of coarse it will cost you.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:52 AM   #6767
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You could always see if someone with an 08 or 12 wants to swap suspension with you.

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Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R and can't reach the ground when I sit on the thing (GREAT fun to ride though). I'm curious about the lowering link that's available for it and what are people's experiences.

http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-690-lowering-link

I'm 5'10 with a 31" inseam. I sat on a 2013 model at the bike show (yesterday in fact) and I am on my toes which I'm totally fine with. I know KTM lowered the bike 25mm for the newer models and it seems that my 2010 needs to come down the same (or 1 inch which is basically 25mm).

Anyone have any input or reviews they know of?

Thanks a ton!
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:59 AM   #6768
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I did a little search and couldn't find an answer for this...

So I turn my bike on (2011 690 enduro r), it does the start up procedure, normal noises/lights. Then when its done, I push the starter, but it makes a whirring/wheezing noise for anywhere between a fraction of a second and maybe up to 2 seconds, then it fires and starts.

What is that sound?
It doesn't happen every start.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:52 PM   #6769
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Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R and can't reach the ground when I sit on the thing (GREAT fun to ride though). I'm curious about the lowering link that's available for it and what are people's experiences.

http://www.ktmtwins.com/ktm-690-lowering-link

I'm 5'10 with a 31" inseam. I sat on a 2013 model at the bike show (yesterday in fact) and I am on my toes which I'm totally fine with. I know KTM lowered the bike 25mm for the newer models and it seems that my 2010 needs to come down the same (or 1 inch which is basically 25mm).

Anyone have any input or reviews they know of?

Thanks a ton!
Got a 2011 R and a 30" inseam. Also have stiffer spring. Don't see the need for any lowering link and it seems to cause more issues than it solves
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #6770
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Originally Posted by Canadian_Bacon
Hello Everyone,

I recently purchased a 2010 KTM 690 Enduro R and can't reach the ground when I sit on the thing (GREAT fun to ride though). I'm curious about the lowering link that's available for it and what are people's experiences...."


Hey, CB, Ya Hoser....

I am 5"11" and have a 29" inseam....and an '09 690. I have no experience with the lowering idea as my limited research into the idea reflected comments already made here. I have adjusted to the height by looking for something about 3-6" high when stopping to park so I have something to assist my initial step-off (like a curb or a rock/stump. hollow in the trail).

I must admit that I have sometimes used the sidestand "down" to mount the bike....er...., I mean to get on the bike...

Try your alternatives that are free before changing the geometry of the bike.....and good luck and enjoy your new ride
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:59 PM   #6771
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I've got a 1" 5/8 lowering link and it's made hardly any difference in lowering the bike in my opinion
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:01 PM   #6772
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Also, Pantah says his steering lock works with his Scotts setup. Does yours, creedyflyr?

Here's from Scotts website:
http://www.scottsonline.com/Stabiliz...os.php?ID=1323
I too have the rubber mounted submount from Scott's/ BRP and the steering lock absolutely works with it. The tower pin mounts on top of a plate that clamps to the frame so the lock is unaffected. I know that the rallyraid mount and rbott (?) Tower pins mount using the same bolts as the lock cylinder but the pin is between the lock and the frame and spaces the locking pin back far enough that it no longer engages.

As far as height goes the sub mount raised the bars 20mm and they can only be mounted in the #3 position. I had 30mm risers in the #4 position (furthest forward) before and I don't miss the height. I'm 6'5" for referrence.

I took the 690 out trailriding for the first time since I installed the Scott's on friday and was not expecting much difference from the stabilizer being that I've never had one before. I was wrong. Scotts stabilizer, where have you been all my life? My suspension has been heavily warmed over so I can already charge hard through the rough but with my low speed on the stabilizer set between 6-8 I can hold my line over choppy rocks and shallow ruts with way less body English. Its like I was expecting a hit or bobble and it just never happened.

I also noticed that I could determine the model of car behind me in my mirrors now instead of just noticing that something big was behind me so I guess that means the rubber mounts are actually making a difference.

The whole setup looks great and works even better. I'd recommend the Scott's stabilizer and BRP/ Scott's rubber mounted sub mount 100%!
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:04 PM   #6773
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I wouldn't bother with the lowering link (30" inseam here.) Good chance to practice your karate kick. Dismount to the high side keeping low leg on the peg (Capt Morgan style.)

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Old 01-06-2013, 06:08 PM   #6774
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Also, Pantah says his steering lock works with his Scott's setup. Does yours, creedyflyr?

Here's from Scott's website:
http://www.scottsonline.com/Stabiliz...os.php?ID=1323
I also have the rubber mount BRP/Scott's setup on my 690R. The seering lock works just fine, the lock unit is not moved to install this product, so the steering lock is not affected.
I found it is just slightly rearward, no more than 1/4 from straight under the centerline of the forks, and just under a inch rise. With tall bars it is perfect for me, and I have a long reach.
As noted earlier, the vibes are significantly reduced, making higher rpm runs more enjoyable.
I run a Scott's damper on all my dirt bikes, so that benefit was to be expected.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:24 PM   #6775
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RallyRaid Evo-2 Tanks
Has anyone fitted the new Evo-2 tanks from Rally Raid UK?
Without the Adv of rally fairing – i.e. with the RR tank shrouds only?
If so, could you provide some pics? From each side, and from the rider’s perspective.
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:34 PM   #6776
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Hahaha, I'm actually familiar with this story. I'm in no rush to mod out the suspension as the weather is typically Canadian right now. :) But come the start of the riding season I'm going to live with it for awhile and see whats what. Given my research it's looking like I will lower the suspension 1" (or 25mm) rather than use the lowering link.

Thanks for all the input guys!!



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I wouldn't bother with the lowering link (30" inseam here.) Good chance to practice your karate kick. Dismount to the high side keeping low leg on the peg (Capt Morgan style.)

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Old 01-07-2013, 01:47 PM   #6777
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Hahaha, I'm actually familiar with this story. I'm in no rush to mod out the suspension as the weather is typically Canadian right now. :) But come the start of the riding season I'm going to live with it for awhile and see whats what. Given my research it's looking like I will lower the suspension 1" (or 25mm) rather than use the lowering link.

Thanks for all the input guys!!

Just out of curiosity canadian_bacon, would you lower it by instaling another shorter shock and than driping the forks or is there some other way??
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:54 PM   #6778
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The motorbike show was this past weekend where I live and luckily there was a suspension shop that specializes in KTM's. My original idea was to simply get the lowering link but after looking into it and getting some advise from experts the lowering link with affect off road performance which in no good as I plan on building my 690 E into and adventure bike (Evo 2 tank kit and all).

As far as the shorter shock question, this shop builds custom springs so I haven't started talking to them in detail yet but I will let you know what they/we come up with when the time comes. To be honest I kinda knew that the lowering link solution would be too good to be true because of the extra weight that will be thrown on it.




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Just out of curiosity canadian_bacon, would you lower it by instaling another shorter shock and than driping the forks or is there some other way??
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:00 PM   #6779
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The motorbike show was this past weekend where I live and luckily there was a suspension shop that specializes in KTM's. My original idea was to simply get the lowering link but after looking into it and getting some advise from experts the lowering link with affect off road performance which in no good as I plan on building my 690 E into and adventure bike (Evo 2 tank kit and all).

As far as the shorter shock question, this shop builds custom springs so I haven't started talking to them in detail yet but I will let you know what they/we come up with when the time comes. To be honest I kinda knew that the lowering link solution would be too good to be true because of the extra weight that will be thrown on it.
K, thanks... Reason I asked is because I'd prefer about 8" (aprox 200mm) of suspension travel for agressive street and odd track day riding ( with 17"wheels) which will be my primary use. For the lame off-road rideing that I do (from experiance) this is a good compromise for me. But like you I will spend some time with it first and see how it goes.
I'm buying a 2013 next week and looks like buying it will be the cheap part lol. I'm also looking at Evo2 (tanks only).

Havent picked a dealer yet, alltho I will shop around. Having said that if the price difference is not to drastic I'd reather go with a dealer with good repor. Any sugestions in AB?? Heading to Fort mac for work next week so I need to lock one in before theyr all gone as I wont be done till end of March.

Thanks
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:21 PM   #6780
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If you are going to be ripping around the track maybe consider the new duke 690? Same engine, frame, more suited for aggressive road riding. Would be a lot cheaper than getting a brand new enduro, evo kit, and 17" wheels and rubber. :). The new duke is listed roughly $1200 cheaper than the enduro, then I'd get a cheap dirt bike or dual sport to go play in the dirt with. Fixing and kitting up a 690 enduro can get pricy.



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K, thanks... Reason I asked is because I'd prefer about 8" (aprox 200mm) of suspension travel for agressive street and odd track day riding ( with 17"wheels) which will be my primary use. For the lame off-road rideing that I do (from experiance) this is a good compromise for me. But like you I will spend some time with it first and see how it goes.
I'm buying a 2013 next week and looks like buying it will be the cheap part lol. I'm also looking at Evo2 (tanks only).

Havent picked a dealer yet, alltho I will shop around. Having said that if the price difference is not to drastic I'd reather go with a dealer with good repor. Any sugestions in AB?? Heading to Fort mac for work next week so I need to lock one in before theyr all gone as I wont be done till end of March.

Thanks
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