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Old 10-16-2014, 07:34 PM   #1
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Kitted out 690 sales seem to be up. Why?

Fellow riders,

I have been in the market for a ktm 690 with a rally raid kit. I have been unable to purchase one to date for a variety of reasons. Just in the past 3 weeks I have seen 3 incredible bikes with kit, some which are barley broken in for sale. My questions to you all are;
1. If the bikes are as sweet as I think they are why are people selling them?
2. It seems like ton of money to dump into a bike just to turn around and sell it with on a few thousand miles on it, am I missing something in the performance blogs?

I have Noah's rtw and fishfund's blogs as well as several reports on the 690. Just wondering what others were thinking.

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Old 10-16-2014, 07:50 PM   #2
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Maybe they bit off more than they can chew.

I took mine out after work yesterday afternoon and holy 'effin cow it's a bear of a bike. Makes me smile like a stupid kid every time I go out for a spin

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Old 10-16-2014, 08:46 PM   #3
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the 690 is an AWESOME ride. but I think it appeals to a segment of the market that doesnt really need it, and regrets spending the money. I dont really need it, but the money wasnt an issue(sort of) and I liek it that much.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:41 AM   #4
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Same reason there are all kinds of nice new used bikes for sale. The owner either finds they don't like them, don't ride them enough (in their opinion), just plain bought too much bike, scared the shit out of themselves or didn't scare themselves enough. Happens daily in every type of bike from pit bikes to tourers.

When it comes to the kit, the buyers simply jumped on all the trick stuff right out of the box instead of waiting to see if the bike is the right one.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:17 AM   #5
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Naw...we're all posers. A few of us realize the truth and return back to reality, sell the beast and go back to scooters. Me...I haven't completed my poser yet. She's still in the final stages of farkling.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:47 AM   #6
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Folks are dumping them in anticipation of ktms new secret mid sized adventure bike...
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:17 AM   #7
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Count me as one of those who dumped a ton of money into a 690 then ended up selling it. I loved the bike, but ended up trading a 990 SMR for a 500 EXC, so for awhile I had the 690 and 500. I decided to stick with the 500. Both great bikes, but I love the 500s lighter weight and better suspension. At the cost of much worse highway capability. All trade-offs. Loved my 690 though and sometimes regret not keeping it.
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Old 10-17-2014, 01:02 PM   #8
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Another thread on the same subject --

If I had to say why -- to some the 690 is too big for a dirt bike and too much like a dirt bike to be a good street bike.

For others the 690 can do both perfectly well.
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:39 PM   #9
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The 690 really is a great all-rounder. It is a beast but can be handled. I am by all means an amateur but I do alright on it. Got tired of buying and selling bikes and just went all in on a bike I will probably never be good enough for If you want to own one and only one bike then the 690 is perfect. If you want a great street bike and a great offroad bike you need two. That would be my guess as to why some are selling theirs. No idea why the others are selling. Maybe they are upgrading to 14 and 15s?
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Old 10-17-2014, 04:56 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by DrKayak View Post
If I had to say why -- to some the 690 is too big for a dirt bike and too much like a dirt bike to be a good street bike.
This. And for what they cost you could buy two bikes that do both things better.
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Old 10-17-2014, 06:34 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replys. I look forward to owning one in the near future. I always like hearing other peoples input, and I know everyone has their own reasons.
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:01 AM   #12
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I have just sold mine. Tons of money spent on it but the ciecumstances has changed and I need something with ability for civilised pilion riding and also something more street oriented. But I miss it really. It is the best bike I have owned up to the date.

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