ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Bikes > Thumpers
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-30-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
Shooter1 OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Shooter1's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2004
Oddometer: 463
690 Enduro what would be a good model year?

I've long since been sniffing the 690 Enduro's and may be getting close to buying one. I can't spend the entry fee for a 2015 but would consider newer than an '08. So, were there any model years inbetween '08 and '15 where any significant changes were made that would prompt you to buy one model year over another?

Thanks
__________________
-Harvey
#1017
'00 FXDX SG Sport, '06 300XCW,
'07 EXC450, '01 640 Lc4E
Shooter1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 08:18 AM   #2
Orangecicle
Beastly Adventurer
 
Orangecicle's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2007
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Oddometer: 2,460
690 Enduro what would be a good model year?

I wanna say the gauge upgrade came in '11 or '12. Earlier models are taller. I have a 2010, and I'm considering lowering it just a tad because it's taller than my 2005 950. I think ABS started with the 2013 model.
__________________
"I'd like to meet the joker who had the nerve to call this a road!" -- Walter Sigmann
"Gravity is a very fickle mistress." -- Unknown
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/brad.horn.9
Orangecicle is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 08:44 AM   #3
wbbnm
Beastly Adventurer
 
wbbnm's Avatar
 
Joined: Dec 2007
Location: Abq NM
Oddometer: 2,062
I have a 2013 which I was happy to get used. I was on the verge of buying a 2014.

The 2013 has the larger engine and a better seat than earlier models.

There were a number of other changes made in the ~2011 time frame.

If you want ABS brakes, get the 2014. This really turned me off. I didn't want to pay for ABS brakes and then pay more to defeat them.
The 2014 models have drive-by-wire which I believe is an electrical rather than mechanical link from the throttle to the fuel injector. This sounds like a good thing to me.
They also have two spark plugs, which is probably a positive thing.

A few friends of mine had problems with fuel delivery on 08 and 09 models which I think they solved by filters and in some cases carrying spare fuel pumps and injectors.

There have been occasional failures of the rocker arms on all pre-2014 models. I am in the process now of upgrading the rocker arms on my 2013 to the latest part numbers.
wbbnm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 09:46 AM   #4
DrKayak
Retro Rider
 
DrKayak's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Shingle Springs CA
Oddometer: 765
2012-13 are the best
2011 second best

Lack of the turning radius update discounts the 2009-10
ABS and no TuneECU discounts the 2014 and up.

The choice is clear.
__________________
2011 690 Enduro R
2013 Beta Evo
07 450 EXC
04 FZ1

DrKayak screwed with this post 12-30-2014 at 10:57 AM
DrKayak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 10:33 AM   #5
dirty_sanchez
Dirty_Sanchez
 
dirty_sanchez's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2006
Location: Louisiana, Baton Rouge
Oddometer: 2,887
Quote:
Originally Posted by DrKayak View Post
2012-13 are the best
2011 second best

Lack of the turning radius update discounts the 2009-10
ABS and no TuneECU discounts the 2013 and up.

The choice is clear.
You can still load TuneECU maps on the '13 bikes, the '14's and '15's are locked down and must be remapped by the local friendly dealer.

Dirty
__________________
No, really, the mustache means I love you.
dirty_sanchez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 10:57 AM   #6
DrKayak
Retro Rider
 
DrKayak's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Shingle Springs CA
Oddometer: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirty_sanchez View Post
You can still load TuneECU maps on the '13 bikes, the '14's and '15's are locked down and must be remapped by the local friendly dealer.

Dirty
Yep, typo... fixed it.
__________________
2011 690 Enduro R
2013 Beta Evo
07 450 EXC
04 FZ1
DrKayak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 11:25 AM   #7
Shooter1 OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Shooter1's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2004
Oddometer: 463
Sounds like 13 is a good year. I don't want abs. I did ride a new 14 and was quite impressed with it. I know I can google it, but what is the rocker arm issue and what causes it? Thanks
__________________
-Harvey
#1017
'00 FXDX SG Sport, '06 300XCW,
'07 EXC450, '01 640 Lc4E
Shooter1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 11:45 AM   #8
DrKayak
Retro Rider
 
DrKayak's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Shingle Springs CA
Oddometer: 765
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shooter1 View Post
Sounds like 13 is a good year. I don't want abs. I did ride a new 14 and was quite impressed with it. I know I can google it, but what is the rocker arm issue and what causes it? Thanks
I believe 12 and 13 are identical bikes. So don't pass on a deal on a 12.

The rocker arm issue is a metal quality issue. Easy to keep and eye on when you check the valves. As with all issues like this, newer bikes should be better.
__________________
2011 690 Enduro R
2013 Beta Evo
07 450 EXC
04 FZ1
DrKayak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 02:37 PM   #9
neilios
Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Co. Durham UK
Oddometer: 48
I have a 13, I did have a 15 on order but changed my mind after riding a 14 off road with ABS and fly by wire. Spent the additional money sorting out the suspension and adding extras to improve the usability of the bike which would have cogs more on the 15 with the new forks and modern gizmo's.
neilios is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 02:44 PM   #10
Dagwood_55
Beastly Adventurer
 
Dagwood_55's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2007
Location: The Ozarks
Oddometer: 1,328
I bought my used 08 dirt cheep and with low miles. Then spent the money saved for RR tanks and Konflict suspension and a ton of other stuff. And I'm as happy as can be and still can sell it for more than I have in it.

So, the moral of the story is: don't snub you nose at any year if its a killer bargain, they all smokem.
__________________
Live long, love much, laugh often, and
Ride, Ride, Ride.....
Dagwood_55 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 04:09 PM   #11
wsmc831
Studly Adventurer
 
wsmc831's Avatar
 
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Central Oregon
Oddometer: 706
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shooter1 View Post
I've long since been sniffing the 690 Enduro's and may be getting close to buying one. I can't spend the entry fee for a 2015 but would consider newer than an '08. So, were there any model years inbetween '08 and '15 where any significant changes were made that would prompt you to buy one model year over another?

Thanks
08/12+ use larger dash/headlight with tach, 30mm shorter suspension. 12+ went from 654cc to 690cc. 09-11 are nearly identical, slightly different triple clamps in 11 supposedly helped turning radius. The larger dash is easier to work with vs the 500cc+ style dirtbike dash on 09-11 but some like myself prefer the smaller for a bike that is ridden mostly offroad.

I've ridden most years, near impossible to tell them apart. Get any year that is well sorted and you shouldn't be disappointed.
__________________
97 TL1000S
2010 690 EnduroR
2013 500 Exc
wsmc831 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 07:37 PM   #12
Shooter1 OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Shooter1's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2004
Oddometer: 463
Good input all around gents. Thanks
__________________
-Harvey
#1017
'00 FXDX SG Sport, '06 300XCW,
'07 EXC450, '01 640 Lc4E
Shooter1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 07:53 PM   #13
MTK
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Mar 2014
Location: PNW@PDX
Oddometer: 104
They made a lot of updates to the 14 motor, no SAS, dual plugs, single ECU, fly by wire.
I'm not sure why everybody complains about the ABS. It has an off switch and it's not a bad thing when the bike is forced into the occasional commuting duty.
One common denominator for all years has been finicky fueling.
I have not heard one person say that about a 14.

MTK screwed with this post 12-30-2014 at 07:56 PM Reason: Because speak to text is not perfect
MTK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 07:58 PM   #14
D K
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: On a big white boat with 2 Gas Gas 300's
Oddometer: 466
I was going to start a thread like this myself...

What year did they change from the "E" to the "R"?

Or were there any years with both?

Is it possible to get the bigger engine with the 30mm taller suspension?
Does anyone know exactly what was changed on the suspension?

Also, what year did they change the forks to comp on one and reb on the other?


This might end up being my next bike..
__________________
------------------------
'13 EC300 Racing
07 950SE - sold
08 950SE - sold
09 FE570 - sold
D K is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2014, 08:02 PM   #15
xcflyn
Beastly Adventurer
 
xcflyn's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Rocky Mountains
Oddometer: 1,138
I vote 13. I held off for a nice used 13 and am very happy. The only real complaint is the front suspension sucks ! The rear is ok for a #160 rider, but I suffered for the first summer and tried to dial it in -now its sitting with James at SuperPlush and I believe that will be the best upgrade I could make ! Its a hooligan bike and I love it, fits perfectly between my 450 and 990.
xcflyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 07:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014