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Old 01-31-2011, 08:21 AM   #6016
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My 640A works great as an all day mile muncher to tour on, now all I need is more time!
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Old 01-31-2011, 08:36 AM   #6017
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I just finished up a 3500+ mile ride from colorado to california to baja to arizona. I put the bike in every type of terrain immaginable from rough tight single track to 80mph multi-hour freeway. After being abused for over a month I finished with a 400 mile highway day riding anywhere from 60-85mph with two stops. Bike did fine, I'm checking the valves later this week and did before I left. I highly doubt they even moved. Changed the oil once on the road and will again when i get home. No worries.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:02 AM   #6018
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I just finished up a 3500+ mile ride from colorado to california to baja to arizona. I put the bike in every type of terrain immaginable from rough tight single track to 80mph multi-hour freeway. After being abused for over a month I finished with a 400 mile highway day riding anywhere from 60-85mph with two stops. Bike did fine, I'm checking the valves later this week and did before I left. I highly doubt they even moved. Changed the oil once on the road and will again when i get home. No worries.
it's snow here, but similarly I did the TLH for a 4000 km run to CroMag a few years ago, with one of those days being 15 hours and 1100 km's on the road in 80º heat. There was 1200 km's of dirt before a few days of technical offroad that led to a final day getting home of another 1100 km's at 40º and the bike ran great with zero issues for a total of 8400 km's.
Last year we spent a week 2up riding to New Brunswick to catch AC/DC, it ran way better than I expected with both of us but the only issue was me being short and only having 2 toes on the ground for stops

It had a top end rebuild last year to replace the base gasket and an unfortunate boo boo by the mechanic resulted in new rings too, but his assessment was that valves etc were in great shape-time for a road trip!
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:18 AM   #6019
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it's snow here, but similarly I did the TLH for a 4000 km run to CroMag a few years ago, with one of those days being 15 hours and 1100 km's on the road in 80º heat. There was 1200 km's of dirt before a few days of technical offroad that led to a final day getting home of another 1100 km's at 40º and the bike ran great with zero issues for a total of 8400 km's.
Last year we spent a week 2up riding to New Brunswick to catch AC/DC, it ran way better than I expected with both of us but the only issue was me being short and only having 2 toes on the ground for stops

It had a top end rebuild last year to replace the base gasket and an unfortunate boo boo by the mechanic resulted in new rings too, but his assessment was that valves etc were in great shape-time for a road trip!
Well, your shortness is nothing that can't be fixed with a pair of good highhhhh heels....
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:59 AM   #6020
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Well, your shortness is nothing that can't be fixed with a pair of good highhhhh heels....
damn! Why didn't I think of that?
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:27 PM   #6021
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parts?

Hey fellows just got my first 640 adv added to the family of ktms, just wondering the best place to get parts for it, like ktm twins for the bigger bikes.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:23 PM   #6022
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Hey fellows just got my first 640 adv added to the family of ktms, just wondering the best place to get parts for it, like ktm twins for the bigger bikes.

I use www.ktmcyclehutt.com they've been good for me, even get a discount when ordering in bulk/expensive items. But, twice I've had a long wait. Once for a waterpump housing and most recently for a airbox to carb boot (over 4 months!) If you know an item is likely to need replacing/rebuilding soon (I did the waterpump and clutch slave cylinder around 12,000 miles) plan ahead and keep spares ready. Bolts, bearings. etc. seem to be on hand as they are pretty standard. Have fun, it's a great machine and remember locktite is your friend
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Old 02-03-2011, 12:20 PM   #6023
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This is Barry Higgins old shop. Most of the same guys are still around. They can get you just about anything KTM offers. At one point I think I read they were the largest KTM dealer in the world. Good guys.
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Old 02-05-2011, 08:55 AM   #6024
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This is Barry Higgins old shop. Most of the same guys are still around. They can get you just about anything KTM offers. At one point I think I read they were the largest KTM dealer in the world. Good guys.
+1 om KTMworld .......

I go through them instead of my own local shop for ordering parts .....

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Old 02-06-2011, 09:23 PM   #6025
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Just bought a 05 640 adv r. Im curious, suggestions for tires? I have a set of street tires, im looking for knobby tires for off road, that wont wear fast on pavement. Any suggestions? I know there is no perfect tire, just looking for what you all have found to be best and did you find sizing made any difference?
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:04 PM   #6026
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I get like 2000ish miles out of a D606 rear, and probably a little more out of a T63 rear. As for front, I'm getting about double that for any DOT knobbie.

The 606 is far superior in dirt. I'm debating going non-Dot knobbies and seeing what happens. If not, I'll probably just stick with D606's and I ride a fair amount of dirt.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:13 PM   #6027
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I get like 2000ish miles out of a D606 rear, and probably a little more out of a T63 rear. As for front, I'm getting about double that for any DOT knobbie.

The 606 is far superior in dirt. I'm debating going non-Dot knobbies and seeing what happens. If not, I'll probably just stick with D606's and I ride a fair amount of dirt.
Hey thanks for the fast reply. Do you do much pavement? Im just asking as I was thinking a longer trip where Im on alot of mixed dirt then pavement, or highway runs, if they would hold up at higher speeds over longer times??? Ive heard a few people mention D606 so they seem poular for sure.
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Old 02-06-2011, 10:41 PM   #6028
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:49 AM   #6029
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Tyre choice is for sure very personal. What kind of terrain would You be raidin' in?

Generally speaking: for more pavement riding a set of Continental TKC80 seems to be a good choice. It is not a very good choice for mud, single track conditions but for gravel they work very well.

My choice would be a set of Pirelli MT21 - they seem to gather also a few good reviews here though. Good self cleaning profile in most off road conditions, fair enough grip on tarmac, fair enough on wet tarmac.

For serious sand work a set of Michelin T63 seems to be the peoples' choice. You can also consider a Pirelli Scorpion for that. Anyway - for sand get a steering damper, too :)
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Old 02-07-2011, 05:04 AM   #6030
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The KTM just featured in the latest UK Top Gear Episode...

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