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Old 05-24-2013, 06:41 PM   #2251
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Yes, ducttape is correct. I have that 1 5/8" link on it with the standard length stand. I had him send me an extra set of pads in case I wanted to shorten it. The rear tire is probably 3" off the ground so i'm thinking the 1" would be right around 2" off the ground.

**I am trying to sell that 1 5/8" link so I can get the 1". I'm 5'10" and it works great! Very happy with the height but I want to give the 1" a try. Also have an fmf apex like new for sale. Shoot me a pm if interested.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #2252
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Yesterday we drove about 300 km gravel roads and trails and all five of us had a KTM 690.

A pic taken before, we all got dusty.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:38 AM   #2253
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Question Why a Center Stand...

I never thought about installing a center stand on an enduro.

I bought my new KTM 690 and got hooked on ADVider 690 Foruns.

Now it all makes perfect sense to have a center stand on THIS enduro. Especially If you are way out there, and need to change a tire, or do some other repair. Please indulge me a few questions


1. Does having the center stand remove the need to purchase a motorcycle jack or stand for repairs at home?

2. How high off the ground should the rear tire be?

3. Any negatives to sporting a center stand on the 690?

DuctTape, palmstatecrawler and other inmates please chime in.

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Old 05-27-2013, 05:58 AM   #2254
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Yesterday we drove about 300 km gravel roads and trails and all five of us had a KTM 690.

A pic taken before, we all got dusty.
You guys rent them? Or do all of you have impeccable taste :)
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:19 AM   #2255
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Makorider- I seriously wrote off getting a 690 because the thing didn't have a center stand. I've always had them on the 640A's and grew rather fond of the little buggers. Owning a bike without one-just like you said it'd be a PITA to try to prop the bike up for a tire change without one.

Some may say-eh, just find some rocks to use. Well, in south Louisiana we don't have rocks.

In Noah's RTW thread I saw that very simple adjustable height bike prop for roughly $30. I forget the name though, but it works like a champ though.

This simple little device rides in the tank bag of my 690 wherever I go.

Why add 10 to 15 lbs to a bike for an aftermarket centerstand?

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Old 05-27-2013, 06:38 AM   #2256
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id say its all pretty much a preference thing. Id rather have a few pounds of center stand than a chunk of pipe in my tank bag.

i figure around an inch is a good lift for the wheel off the ground, I got one of Lost Dogs "experimental" length stands and with my 1 inch kouba, its not quite an inch... im going to raise the forks a bit though and it will be close.

as far as a jack? eliminate? would really depend on what work you are doing.

negatives? not to me.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:09 AM   #2257
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id say its all pretty much a preference thing. Id rather have a few pounds of center stand than a chunk of pipe in my tank bag.

i figure around an inch is a good lift for the wheel off the ground, I got one of Lost Dogs "experimental" length stands and with my 1 inch kouba, its not quite an inch... im going to raise the forks a bit though and it will be close.

as far as a jack? eliminate? would really depend on what work you are doing.

negatives? not to me.
Are those of you that are running the 1 inch Kouba link finding that you need raise the forks to balance the bike, and if so, how much?
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:14 AM   #2258
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Makorider- I seriously wrote off getting a 690 because the thing didn't have a center stand. I've always had them on the 640A's and grew rather fond of the little buggers. Owning a bike without one-just like you said it'd be a PITA to try to prop the bike up for a tire change without one.

Some may say-eh, just find some rocks to use. Well, in south Louisiana we don't have rocks.

In Noah's RTW thread I saw that very simple adjustable height bike prop for roughly $30. I forget the name though, but it works like a champ though.

This simple little device rides in the tank bag of my 690 wherever I go.

Why add 10 to 15 lbs to a bike for an aftermarket centerstand?

Dirty
I think you mean the Trail Stand great bit of kit - you can take off front or rear wheels using it as well as waxing the chain. Very easy to use by yourself as well.

There's a thread on here somewhere about them.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:47 AM   #2259
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Are those of you that are running the 1 inch Kouba link finding that you need raise the forks to balance the bike, and if so, how much?
I'm raised about 15mm. I personally run more SAG than most do. I've considered pushing them down some to slow down the steering for high speed stability. Right now with my 29" inseam, ground clearance gives way to touching the ground with at least a toe.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:10 PM   #2260
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Having the centerstand eliminates the need for any lift or stands. As for how high the tire is off the ground, that is subjective to too many variables. All stock it is about 1/2" off the ground. There really isnt a down side to having a centerstand. When I do serious offroading with jumps, which is rare, I ziptie a leg to the swingarm just in case. To each their own but if there is a centerstand for any of my bikes past, present or future I buy it. It just makes life easy and its nice to have a stable seat I can sit on wherever my bike is parked next to a cooler.
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Old 05-27-2013, 12:53 PM   #2261
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Makorider- I seriously wrote off getting a 690 because the thing didn't have a center stand. I've always had them on the 640A's and grew rather fond of the little buggers. Owning a bike without one-just like you said it'd be a PITA to try to prop the bike up for a tire change without one.

Some may say-eh, just find some rocks to use. Well, in south Louisiana we don't have rocks.

In Noah's RTW thread I saw that very simple adjustable height bike prop for roughly $30. I forget the name though, but it works like a champ though.

This simple little device rides in the tank bag of my 690 wherever I go.

Why add 10 to 15 lbs to a bike for an aftermarket centerstand?

Dirty
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I think you mean the Trail Stand great bit of kit - you can take off front or rear wheels using it as well as waxing the chain. Very easy to use by yourself as well.

There's a thread on here somewhere about them.
there's also an australian 'anderson' stand for $45 AUD which is the same / similar. Don't know which came first

http://www.andersonstands.com/tour_prop_stand.htm
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Old 05-27-2013, 03:13 PM   #2262
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I think you mean the Trail Stand great bit of kit - you can take off front or rear wheels using it as well as waxing the chain. Very easy to use by yourself as well.

There's a thread on here somewhere about them.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:54 PM   #2263
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Are those of you that are running the 1 inch Kouba link finding that you need raise the forks to balance the bike, and if so, how much?
mine are flush at the top. bike handles great, im gonna try em 10mm up or so just to see...
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Old 05-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #2264
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We got out for a Memorial Day ride. Here's my Ginger
She's kind of a showoff.





My son on my old bike 525exc


Some of the cool rock formations we went thru.







My instrument package. Please no crap comments on how I use my SPOT.



This is a D606 on the front of a KLR we met on the way back.
You think he gets his moneys worth out of his tires??

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:03 PM   #2265
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For me I need the center stand and a winch because I ride by myself. (Bunch of pussies around here love their 4 wheelers. I guess because you can ride one with a beer, shorts and barefooted.)


Anyway, the center stand makes everything from maintenance, tire changes tight turn arounds both left and right and fork removal etc a snap solo. It also makes mud removal very nice if you remember to carry some sort of base plate with ya. My rear tire is 5/8th of an inch off the ground which seems okay and if you need it higher you could always weld a thicker foot plate on it.

If you always ride in a group and let the dealership maintain your bike the money could probably be used else where but I love mine and just got done jumping my 690 yesterday and never even knew it was there.
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