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Old 08-18-2012, 05:42 PM   #7351
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I think it's good for city work too, I really have no issues starting warm/cold, choke is easy to manage on mine.
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:35 PM   #7352
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Hello lucky 640Adv owners!

I'm riding a tricked out Honda XR400 for tight trails, looking for a second and bigger bike for longer offroad trips, no highway, but it would also be my daily commuter in city and lower roads. There's no doubt it will be great for the trips, but my question is: how convenient is a 640Adv for commuting in 3/4 part of the year (climate: eastern Europe), easy (re)start cold/warm, tinkering with choke needed?

I understand it's not a scooter, I can live with compromises. I had a WeeStrom before, that was a really start-and-go bike with it's EFI, of course I'm not expecting the very same from the 640Adv. I also understand a 690 would be better, but I'm sold on the design and history of the 640Adv.

I would be grateful to hear about your experiences, many thanks.
Diravi, I drive home/work/home 2 or 3 days a week, route/city 50/50, 24kms total: It's not a scooter, that's for sure.

IMHO, it's not as comfortable as I would like for street riding, given the transmission relation I use, but I can live with that: I just keep accelerating on and on . I feel that it constantly ask me for the next gear... may be it's me...
I use stock teeth relationship since it's a good balance for allround off-road for me. If you feel the same as me, may be you can change it to get a smooth street riding.
I also had an XR400 some years ago. Having ride both... I wouldn't do the change back for the world!

And about the choke and being a start'n'go bike... I never had any issues: put full choke, it starts in no time, take off the choke, that's all. I had started it as well at -10 Celsius degrees, it just need a battery in good health (I never needed to use the kick start, I used once just to know how it goes).
In my case, for cold starts, I always use the choke, even at hot weather because it starts faster and this preserves the battery life.

Hope this can be useful, cheers!
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Old 08-24-2012, 04:49 PM   #7353
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big trouble with little 640 me thinks, my starter clutch quit, then I lost power, then the really nasty valve clacky noise it was making after a 7500 km trip last year came back. 3 days into a week long run, fortunately only 3 hours from my mechanic. Tomorrow rip off the top end and see if the crankshaft is disintegrating, dammit!
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:22 PM   #7354
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big trouble with little 640 me thinks, my starter clutch quit, then I lost power, then the really nasty valve clacky noise it was making after a 7500 km trip last year came back. 3 days into a week long run, fortunately only 3 hours from my mechanic. Tomorrow rip off the top end and see if the crankshaft is disintegrating, dammit!
Skibum, we perfectly know it can happen... but we hardly assume it... hope you have the smallest possible damage!
And to be that close to your mechanic... you are so organized
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:26 PM   #7355
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if I'd gotten onto the boat I was supposed to this afternoon I would have been more like 7 or 8 hours away in the middle of absolute nowhere. I too am hoping for the best
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:20 AM   #7356
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if I'd gotten onto the boat I was supposed to this afternoon I would have been more like 7 or 8 hours away in the middle of absolute nowhere. I too am hoping for the best
Skibum, I always forget to highlight how much I like your "Slave to gravity"... so ruthless, so true...
It seems we share similar sports experiences...

I always indoctrinate my children with "If you are not falling any more, you are not improving your performance".

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Old 08-25-2012, 06:14 AM   #7357
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Many thanks for the replies about the "commuting friendliness"!

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Old 08-25-2012, 06:19 AM   #7358
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Skibum, I always forget to highlight how much I like your "Slave to gravity"... so ruthless, so true...
It seems we share similar sports experiences...

I always indoctrinate my children with "If you are not falling any more, you are not improving your performance".

Cheers!
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I'll remind myself of that as I start tearing down the motor
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:52 AM   #7359
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Need some help. Have an '06 Adventure and just got back from a 4k offroad trip. Speedo and odo where jumping around mid way through the adventure. Will be tearing into it soon but am wondering how do I check to see if it is just the speedo cable or the on board digital readout? Any insights would be appreciated.
Check the tightness of the battery terminals, esp. "-" (ground wire). Also check the connection of the ground wire to the frame.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:56 AM   #7360
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Cam roller failure was the culprit, new roller, idler bearing and cam for my poor little bike. Now I guess a hotter cam is calling? Anyone have experience with this? Brand preference?
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:10 PM   #7361
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Cam roller failure was the culprit, new roller, idler bearing and cam for my poor little bike. Now I guess a hotter cam is calling? Anyone have experience with this? Brand preference?
I know Barton (Beta) put a Rallye cam (or something) into his 640. DJH built his motor, so you could probably send DJH over at KTMtalk a pm.
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:33 PM   #7362
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thanks for that
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:44 PM   #7363
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There is a "hotter" cam available from KTM - it was for intended for 660. Just search for the # at MunnRacing in the fiches...
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:09 PM   #7364
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Rekluse Clutch - Supplier Anywhere?

Anyone know where I can source a Rekluse clutch for my 640 Adventure? Rekluse discontinued it once production of the 640 Adventure stopped...
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Old 08-25-2012, 05:37 PM   #7365
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thank you for that
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