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Old 09-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #1
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Loving a KTM 690 Enduro R :)

I've been riding bikes since I'm about 6 years old

I'm 45 now and over the years I've spent a ton of time and miles on street , dirt and snowmobiles

Years of AtV's, quads and three wheelers.

The last few years I have not ridden to much except a big old Kawi Brute force for working around he woods and running dogs

I still have a pumped up Ducati that was one of many that I will never sell




I just sold my old YZ that had everything done to it and used to ride every weekend but alas I had not thrown a leg over it in many years



I almost cried as it went down the driveway :)

So.......... I had a strong urge to get a big Enduro

I had very fond memories as a boy of riding an old Honda XL 250

Of all the bikes I had that old Enduro hauled me around for many years on many an adventure

I still have it in storage even thou I have not started it in like 30 years

So after some research I decided on a KTM 690

Only problem is I quickly found out that they are rather hard to acquire

I finally found one in Indiana, bought it and than bought a one way ticket and flew out and bombed back the 725 mikes in under 12 hours to PA

I had the dealership mail me the knobbies and had them mount a set of Pirelli MT 90 which I love for the long ride home.

Bits and pieces of my first 725 mile ride

http://youtu.be/IAOJHr-zZV4

As soon as I got back it went in for its first service and I started ordering parts

Nothing crazy

KTM Tank Bag
FMF slip on
K & N filter
Kouba Link
GPR Steering Dampener
Rear spindles
Flat Lander Bash Plate
Tail rack with Roto Pax mount
Power point
GPS mount

I have a 30 inch inseam so the 36 inch seat height was not cutting it for a daily driver hence the Kouba link that got the bike down to a more comfortable height

I played with the suspension a bit but ended up at my old suspension tuner from days of old club racing and had him help me dial it in

All I can say is I love this bike

I have logged some time on it now after the initial long first ride and I love the simple mods and I can honestly say I have not had this much fun on two wheels for many years










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Old 09-18-2013, 12:13 AM   #2
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Great little writeup
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:42 AM   #3
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great little write up, glad your loving your new bike! having fun on two wheels is what its all about hey!
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:07 AM   #4
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Nice ride!

Pretty cool to see the crash tested cars on the transporter during the first couple minutesof the video.
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:38 AM   #5
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I set mine up similar, but with a Scotts instead of a GPR. I had to cut my side stand after installing the link. Did you too?
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:56 AM   #6
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I set mine up similar, but with a Scotts instead of a GPR. I had to cut my side stand after installing the link. Did you too?
Yes I did

I took an inch and a quarter off and it seems to be perfect :)

How much did the Scott's raise your bars ?

Thanks everyone for the kind words
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:35 AM   #7
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I have the Rotopax mounted the very same way.

Thanks for the writeup.

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #8
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Here's a quick video just riding to work and back

Nothing crazy

http://youtu.be/39M8SAP_tS4
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:00 PM   #9
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Thanks for the kind words

I'm really enjoying it

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Old 09-18-2013, 08:53 PM   #10
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I feel the same way about my 690. It is a keeper! Other bikes come and go, but the 690 stays.
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Old 09-19-2013, 04:40 AM   #11
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Yes I did

I took an inch and a quarter off and it seems to be perfect :)

How much did the Scott's raise your bars ?

Thanks everyone for the kind words
I don't really know, but probably about the same as yours. I only took a half inch off my stand and it wasn't quite enough. I'll do it again so I can slide the forks up an inch to get my seat height a little lower. I am still tippy toes and have dropped it a couple times in parking lots.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:59 AM   #12
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Here is a quick video on my way to work

Nothing crazy

Have not had chance to do much off road work yet but I'm really enjoying commuting with it :)

http://youtu.be/Omi9XuX_r18
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:23 PM   #13
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That was fun - I am still amazed how easily the thing power wheelies.

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Here is a quick video on my way to work

Nothing crazy

Have not had chance to do much off road work yet but I'm really enjoying commuting with it :)

http://youtu.be/Omi9XuX_r18
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #14
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Nice! I can think of no better way to get to know a new bike than riding it home from another state.

I bought a 2013 690 myself earlier this spring. No matter how shitty a day I've had, the 690 always puts a grin on my face. IMHO, there is no better dual sport bike for the type of riding I do.

A quick question: I've been looking for a small/light tail rack for mounting a tool kit. I want one that allows me to keep the rear grab handles. Do you know if your will work with the handles installed?
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Nice! I can think of no better way to get to know a new bike than riding it home from another state.

I bought a 2013 690 myself earlier this spring. No matter how shitty a day I've had, the 690 always puts a grin on my face. IMHO, there is no better dual sport bike for the type of riding I do.

A quick question: I've been looking for a small/light tail rack for mounting a tool kit. I want one that allows me to keep the rear grab handles. Do you know if your will work with the handles installed?
As is no it won't work but maybe you could fabricate the right spacers

I thought I would miss the handles but you can still grab there to lift the bike on to a stand

Jumping on and doing 725 miles was quite the trial by fire but I only came out of it really liking this bike

The tires were great in the rain

I've had a ton of road and dirt bikes and I reall y am having a blast on this thing :)
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