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Old 10-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #11356
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Hi I'm on the lookout for a new bike and at the moment it looks like the 690 with RR evo 2 tanks is at the top of the list. I will be buying secondhand so are the any year models I should avoid or be looking out for ? I see a lot of you guys are changing your exhaust. Is this just to get away from the CAT ? If so has anyone removed the CAT from the OE and welded it back up ? (I did this on my x challenge and it worked great) if I did this would the bike need to be remapped ? ( on my BMW it never) . Are the any known faults I should be looking out for when going to see 690 ? What are they like to work on ? Iv never had a KTM so it's all new to me.
Sorry for so many questions
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The main reason for exhaust swap is that the stock boat anchor gets so hot it's regularly referred to as nuclear. It's not safe and it's heavy.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:06 PM   #11357
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Get a real 690CC bike, swap the can and swap the pleated filter for the UNI twin pod and you'll be ace!

No need to bother with a remap. It'll run like a scalded ape just the way it is.

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:12 PM   #11358
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The main reason for exhaust swap is that the stock boat anchor gets so hot it's regularly referred to as nuclear. It's not safe and it's heavy.
Yer that's what was what was happening on my x challenge. But I'm cheep so just removed about 1KG of unwanted crap from inside the exhaust and it then ran a lot cooler.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:34 PM   #11359
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Yer that's what was what was happening on my x challenge. But I'm cheep so just removed about 1KG of unwanted crap from inside the exhaust and it then ran a lot cooler.
The 690 is a thing of beauty. She is like a fine whiskey.. you don't mix her with diet coke. Wings and FMF both make beautiful looking and sounding high quality exhaust for not a lot of money. Call it your birthday present to yourself or something. I promise you will be happier then bastardizing the stock can for the sake of saving a few bucks.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:18 PM   #11360
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Big sharp hits like that can damage steering head bearings, so try to get the front wheel off the ground and check for any notches or clicks or play in the steering.

Also your forks may be out of alignment. If you know how to check this you should or have the dealer check.
I have a piece of thickish plate glass which I keep specifically to align forks. You'll have to disassemble the plastic slider guards and remove the front wheel.

While you have the axle out, spin the inner/male tubes around inside the female uppers. The inner parts should spin perfectly on their own axis. If they describe a "cone" when rotated (i.e. the ends swing around as you rotate them) then they are bent.

To perfectly align the forks, lay the plate glass across the exposed inner slider and check the tubes for parallelism: if the plate glass rocks corner-to-corner, then the tubes aren't parallel.

Loosen the bottom triple clamp pinch bolts, and slightly loosen (leave snug but not tight) the top pinch bolts. Adjust the alignment buy turning the bars to the steering stop and giving the top clamp a tap with the rubber mallet. Tighten the bots and recheck with the plate glass.

I invented this process, and it has impressed some suspension tuners with the ease and accuracy of adjustment. Of course, you need to buy a piece of glass, which is a slight PITA. You may refer to it as The Roadracer Al Procedure.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:37 PM   #11361
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I invented this process, and it has impressed some suspension tuners with the ease and accuracy of adjustment. Of course, you need to buy a piece of glass, which is a slight PITA. You may refer to it as The Roadracer Al Procedure.
That is indeed brilliant! They would call that Jugaad in India.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jugaad
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:54 AM   #11362
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I invented this process, and it has impressed some suspension tuners with the ease and accuracy of adjustment. Of course, you need to buy a piece of glass, which is a slight PITA. You may refer to it as The Roadracer Al Procedure.
Thanks Roadracer Al. This place continues to amaze.
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Old 10-06-2013, 11:45 AM   #11363
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She is like a fine whiskey.. you don't mix her with diet coke.

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Old 10-06-2013, 11:59 AM   #11364
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Hi I'm on the lookout for a new bike and at the moment it looks like the 690 with RR evo 2 tanks is at the top of the list. I will be buying secondhand so are the any year models I should avoid or be looking out for ? I see a lot of you guys are changing your exhaust. Is this just to get away from the CAT ? If so has anyone removed the CAT from the OE and welded it back up ? (I did this on my x challenge and it worked great) if I did this would the bike need to be remapped ? ( on my BMW it never) . Are the any known faults I should be looking out for when going to see 690 ? What are they like to work on ? Iv never had a KTM so it's all new to me.
Sorry for so many questions
Thanks kito
The first post in Noah's epic RTW thread gives a good list of the issues his two 690's have had. They are representative of what to expect. It's a great bike. Caution: if you haven't started this thread already, you'll likely be needing some sleep real soon.
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:17 PM   #11365
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a fuel stabilizer for storage?
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #11366
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a fuel stabilizer for storage?
Just come South and keep riding....
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:06 PM   #11367
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Just come South and keep riding....
Haha, not really an option right now.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:46 PM   #11368
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Does anyone have any recommendations for a fuel stabilizer for storage?
Just drain it.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:26 PM   #11369
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Just drain it.
It is a plastic tank...nothing to rust. Pump should be fine.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:38 PM   #11370
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...but the fuel will be old and rotten regardless of what the tank is made of
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