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Old 06-21-2013, 10:34 AM   #9421
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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, 10:34 AM   #9422
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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, 10:54 AM   #9423
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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, 11:01 AM   #9424
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These look pretty similar to me...

Sure.



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Old 06-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #9425
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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, 02:49 PM   #9426
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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, 02:55 PM   #9427
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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, 03:06 PM   #9428
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:43 PM   #9429
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Is this a new must have upgrade for better off road ability - KTM 690 Fork Inserts by Tractive. Wonder what the price will be. Someone needs to buy these now and let us all know how they work out
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #9430
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Is this a new must have upgrade for better off road ability - KTM 690 Fork Inserts by Tractive. Wonder what the price will be. Someone needs to buy these now and let us all know how they work out
I'll bite! I should have my 990 back together by the time those are for sale (if the Safari tanks ever get out of Customs) and I'll be ready to rework the forks on my 690.

As for the fellow asking about the 690 if you don't ride two up the 690 would be the only bike you really would need. Just change tires and stuff and you have a really nice track, commuter, dirt and adventure bike. I've not taken mine to the road track yet but I did go to a local MX track and had a blast a couple of weeks back and at 60 MPG, WOW!
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #9431
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Check it out! Managed to get the touratech crash bars to work with my flatlands racing skidplate. Had to grind down the tabs and lengthen the holes. It will be a bit of a pain to take off for oil changes but it works. Just thought you guys should know it can be done!
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #9432
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Is this a new must have upgrade for better off road ability - KTM 690 Fork Inserts by Tractive. Wonder what the price will be. Someone needs to buy these now and let us all know how they work out
No doubt I will be ordering those inserts!
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:10 AM   #9433
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I probably couldn't even get a foot down with 300mm ; it is kind of tempting if I only used it for dirt riding since dealing with crazy high seat heights and short legs in traffic is kind of fail.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:12 AM   #9434
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:15 PM   #9435
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Just got back from a week riding the NWAT (Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail). What an awesome time! Aside from the stupid air intake temp sensor wire breaking on the second day YET AGAIN, the 690 was great! Logged just a bit under 1K miles of ATV trails, dirt roads, and some paved stuff. Had a minimal load so the bike wasn't weighed down to badly. Had no problems in slippery mud, deep sand, or rocky hill climbs. Will definitely go back sometime in the future!

The first day of the ride



4th day:



Did have a pretty good get off on the last day on a wet wood bridge. Shouldn't have tried to wheelie over it no damage at all to the bike, just some very sore muscles and a very bruised ego.
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