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Old 06-21-2013, 04:47 AM   #9376
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Thinking of dumping my 06 drz400s for a 690. What do you guys think honestly? Is this 690 worth the big price tag? What are its advantages? Disadvantages? Must do mods? Thanks for any help in advance
Picture your DRZ with twice the power, six gears, good suspension, and quality brakes... 690
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:57 AM   #9377
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Thinking of dumping my 06 drz400s for a 690. What do you guys think honestly? Is this 690 worth the big price tag? What are its advantages? Disadvantages? Must do mods? Thanks for any help in advance
Like many I suppose, I went from a DRZ to a 690. I had a 39mm FCR and a Yoshimura Rs2. We had some great times together. The 690 feels like a DRZ improved in every way to me.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:00 AM   #9378
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Like many I suppose, I went from a DRZ to a 690. I had a 39mm FCR and a Yoshimura Rs2. We had some great times together. The 690 feels like a DRZ improved in every way to me.
I had a 950 Adventure and a DRZ prior to the Husaberg and 690 that I have now. The DRZ feels just like a 690 in the same way that a 1971 Land rover Series III feels like a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:55 AM   #9379
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so you guys are saying I should dump the drz then........the 690 is so expensive though......drz is easy on the wallet
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:17 AM   #9380
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so you guys are saying I should dump the drz then........the 690 is so expensive though......drz is easy on the wallet
Then enjoy the DRZ while you save money for a 690 in the future?
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:52 AM   #9381
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We might be biased

I like my 690; it does everything I want it to do and weighs the same as the DRZ 400. Yes it's more expensive, but most other bikes in it's engine class and that are near it in power output are usually 80-100 lbs heavier. You can't easily remove 80 lbs from a bike like a F650 Sertao or a KLR.

So the the 2012 $9,600 I paid for my 690 is for a bike that makes more power than others in it's engine class, is a bit smoother running (from my experience), and has the lowest weight in it's engine class. Those are all things that aftermarket can't really address, so for me it was worth the price premium.

That being said aftermarket parts and OEM parts for the 690 are quite expensive, the bike is expensive, BUT there's not much else out there that can really compare this against due to the specs.


Another thing I always like to mention is my 2012 690 enduro makes more horsepower than my old 650 v-strom and weighs about 160 lbs less, and has the suspension and handling characteristics to hit the quad/single track in the mountains after riding across the state on the interstate at 75 mph.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:33 AM   #9382
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~23.8-26 celsius (75-80 Fahrenheit). Heavy stop and go traffic the radiator fan was running almost constantly. I filled all three tanks on the bike that morning and had about 30 miles on them. After about 50 minutes riding through stop and go traffic gas was leaking out of the right RR tank vent and cap. The cap was installed tightly.


I'm running the stock header pipe with an FMF Q4 slip o with an EVO-1 airbox and FI map. 2012 690 Enduro at 1830m elevation (6000ft.)
I'm also forgetting 10th grade science but being at 6,000' ASL would significantly lower the temp at which gas boils no?
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:34 AM   #9383
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so you guys are saying I should dump the drz then........the 690 is so expensive though......drz is easy on the wallet
You can pick up used 09-11 husaberg 450's and 570's for very good prices and they are more of a direct step up from what a DRZ does.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:34 AM   #9384
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...The DRZ feels just like a 690 in the same way that a 1971 Land rover Series III feels like a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
These look pretty similar to me...

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Old 06-21-2013, 09:54 AM   #9385
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I'm also forgetting 10th grade science but being at 6,000' ASL would significantly lower the temp at which gas boils no?
Not significantly. Water boils at 95C instead of 100C here, so only a 5% drop.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:01 AM   #9386
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These look pretty similar to me...

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Old 06-21-2013, 10:52 AM   #9387
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Hey guys
Thinking of dumping my 06 drz400s for a 690. What do you guys think honestly? Is this 690 worth the big price tag? What are its advantages? Disadvantages? Must do mods? Thanks for any help in advance
I have a 450 Husaberg for sale http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=896277
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:49 PM   #9388
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au contraire, a 340 lbs bike can make joe average feel like a hero in the desert, i miss my 530 sometimes
My point is we can "dual-sport" and "adventure" on ANY bike....some bikes are better suited to particular applications....so we are agreeing that one bike is better than another in certain conditions....

I have a 450, a 690 and a GS1100.....and try to pick the right tool for a particular job....and I find adventure on each bike. I have toured on the 450 and 690, but have stopped single-track bush-bashing with the 1100

If I had to pick one bike for the rest of my life, it might be the 450....it just changes how much crap I pack for trips longer than one day.

I met a British guy at Tecate one time who was on a Honda 125....traveling around the world....so the 125 was an Adventure bike, for sure....


Call them what you will, and hopefully the bike of one's choice will get them there and back.
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:55 PM   #9389
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Not significantly. Water boils at 95C instead of 100C here, so only a 5% drop.
Petrol/gasoline has a wide temperature range at which it boils and if it's a winter fuel, will boil at lower temperatures. At sea level a reasonable assumption would be 95C. Octane, butanes and isobutanes, ethanol content all have an impact on the temp at which it boils too. At 1,800m, this will be lower at around 90C; but possibly even lower.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:06 PM   #9390
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