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Old 05-27-2010, 08:49 PM   #5311
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Looks sweet!
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Old 05-28-2010, 07:56 AM   #5312
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That is a sweet bike.
I am doing the north nevada rally next weekend.
Question for the 640 people:
Do you remove the luggage racks to try to shave some weight? Or... leave them on to in case you fall to try to save plastic.

I am leaning toward removal.
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:20 PM   #5313
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I vote removal. Cheaper to replace plastic than break your legs on the racks in a fall! (Remove some plastic before you go if you want...)
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:21 PM   #5314
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I vote removal. Cheaper to replace plastic than break your legs on the racks in a fall! (Remove some plastic before you go if you want...)
I guess i didn't think about getting tangled in the bike.. Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:45 AM   #5315
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Just now joined the ranks...

Purchased a 2003 640 Adventure off of fellow ADV Member MT950... Great stand-up guy to do business with...

It arrived just past Midnight on the 30th. After attending the Indy 500 during the day, I was able to take her out for a 40 mile first run through asphalt, gravel dirt and grass last night...

I'm really going to enjoy this bike!

Planning a 30 day trip to Alaska in 2011...

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MT950's pic from the sale ad...


Bike is equipped with:
  1. New MEFO "super-exploreres" mounted F/R
  2. New X-ring chain
  3. KTM 41 FCR carb and upgraded air box
  4. Chris Barnes carbon fiber tank protection
  5. Laminar lip windscreen
  6. Holan crash bars
  7. Holan headlight guard
  8. Heated grips kit (not installed)
  9. Hard wired for batt. tender
KTM hard parts;
  1. Tank Bag/ Tail bag
  2. Skid-plate
  3. Fork "air bleeders"
  4. Access. plug
Touatech;
  1. Ext. footpegs
  2. Rear luggage rack
  3. Kickstand "foot"
  4. Risers
  5. Zega panniers
  6. Pannier mount
I've learned a lot from this forum already and hope that I can be a worthy contributor.

I will be installing:
  1. A Fuse Block
  2. KTM Roadbook Mount
  3. Garmin Zumo 660 GPS
  4. Touratech Zumo 660 Mount
  5. StarCom1 Helmet Communications System
  6. Kenwood 2 way radio (works with StarCom1 to enable bike-to-bike communications)
  7. And a couple of additional accessory ports for heated gear
I may also add a Renazco or Rick Mayer seat at some point in time before the big Alaska trip in 2011...

Looking forward to being a part of the ADV community...

Jeff
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:54 AM   #5316
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Just now joined the ranks...

Purchased a 2003 640 Adventure off of fellow ADV Member MT950... Great stand-up guy to do business with...
Jeff
Cool very nice specced and condition 640 Jeff. Welcome to the world of 640 ownerhship!!
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:11 PM   #5317
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Cool2 2006

Here's the latest addition, 2006, ready to ride......



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Old 06-01-2010, 04:04 AM   #5318
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both of those look sweet, congrats!
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:02 AM   #5319
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This thread has just about convinced me to sell my 625smc and get a 640adv. Although the pull to step up and buy a 950se is very strong too.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:08 AM   #5320
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chain tension and tires

New guy to the site.
I just bought a 2005 that is in mint condition.
I love it!
Just curious about chain tension: According to the manual the chain should have 0mm of gap at the swing arm, just behind the bottom of the chain slider. When I got the bike it was tighter than that and I adjusted it to the manual specs. But it looks loose. Sprockets look new so I don't believe I'm working with a worn out drivetrain.
Then there's the tires. New MT 90's. They work great on the pavement but I am not loving them on the trail.
What tire will get me down the road safely at a brisk pace but also not scare the bejeezus out of me in the weeds?
Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2010, 01:46 PM   #5321
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New guy to the site.
I just bought a 2005 that is in mint condition.
I love it!
Just curious about chain tension: According to the manual the chain should have 0mm of gap at the swing arm, just behind the bottom of the chain slider. When I got the bike it was tighter than that and I adjusted it to the manual specs. But it looks loose.
Thanks!
It should look loose. Too tight a chain is likely to wear out your countershaft bearing rather than your sprockets.

Tyres are always a compromise, the bike will do lots of things well if on the right rubber, I actually have 4 sets of tyres on the shelf for different occasions; My usual everyday combo for paved & gravel roads & mild offroad is a Dunlop D605 on the front & on the rear a Mitas E0-7. Lots better than MT-90's offroad. The Pirelli MT-70 is also a really good rear for a mix of riding, quite sticky on paved roads & not bad in gravel but they do wear quickly.

To go a step knobbier I've had good results from both Pirelli MT-21's & Dunlop D606's... not quite as good for the brisk road riding though.

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Old 06-01-2010, 02:43 PM   #5322
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Looks sweet! I bet the Akropovic sounds amazing. I just orderded a stainless 2 into 1 for my Aprilia 550. I know there was a few posts on this before.. But where can i find carbon fiber tank protectors?!?!?! (or any for that matter.... I tip over sometimes )
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:31 PM   #5323
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Just curious about chain tension: According to the manual the chain should have 0mm of gap at the swing arm, just behind the bottom of the chain slider. When I got the bike it was tighter than that and I adjusted it to the manual specs. But it looks loose.
As clint says, it should look loose - that's a result of having 300mm of travel at the axle!

Basically if it looks merely loose, it could be too tight. If it is so loose the road riders take one look at it and get the heebie-jeebies, it's probably spot on!
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:06 AM   #5324
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a question

Need some advise from you all.
Over the past weekend I started servicing my '99
Here is my drain plug when I pulled it.


I did a complete servicing when I purchased it this past winter, but this is my first service after riding it a while. The cartridge filter has nothing in it, the screen had a few very small shavings on it, nothing I would be worried about, but this magnetic plug worries me. It was about 1/2 teaspoon of ferrous metal.
This can't be normal...The engine package seems to small to loose this much metal.
I pulled the clutch to check the main transmission shaft bearing. I still have the ball bearing, but it seems in good condition still. There is no unusual play and I don't think it's the cause of the metal. However I will replace it.

Next I pulled the cam cover. The roller bearings, cam bearings, etc, all look good at the top end as well. There is nothing unusual up there.

Should I open the engine further? Is it possible the clutch plates can make this much metal? I consider myself a an adept shifter, No clutchless shifts. Transmission seems pretty tight(from the outside)

Or should I put it back together and keep going?

My riding so far this season has been commuting to work. 3000 miles of commuting 80 miles a day, 20 of which are unpaved. Fairly gentle riding 50-70 mph rough roads in rural North Dakota. Perhaps this is too long between oil changes, I was just going by KTM's recommendation, with good quality oil.




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Old 06-02-2010, 06:43 AM   #5325
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welcome to the furry land of ktm drain plugs...
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