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Old 05-09-2012, 08:08 AM   #3136
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I still haven't bought the 2012 690 enduro , the more I read it seems that its mandatory to change pipe, air filter, tank bolts etc... could this bike be left stock and it not cause issues? any body have a list that really should be done for reliability, I'm not looking for more performance, I've never ridden one but feel the bike would have more than enough power. . I can see why these threads disappear KTM must be watching, I was ready to buy last week until I started reading these threads,
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #3137
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could this bike be left stock and it not cause issues?
Yes.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:47 AM   #3138
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I have an 08, factory replaced the speedometer and I did nothing but change the oil and ride the hell out of it for the first 4k miles. Then I made a luggage rack that supports the tank so I have not had tank bolt issues. I also tubed the fan shroud,easy fix. I did not know to zip tie the gaurd to the radiator til it was to late but that is fixed .
It has somewhere around nine thousand miles on it now and other than above listed I have only checked the valves.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:19 AM   #3139
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I still haven't bought the 2012 690 enduro , the more I read it seems that its mandatory to change pipe, air filter, tank bolts etc... could this bike be left stock and it not cause issues? any body have a list that really should be done for reliability, I'm not looking for more performance, I've never ridden one but feel the bike would have more than enough power. . I can see why these threads disappear KTM must be watching, I was ready to buy last week until I started reading these threads,
Leaving it stock?

If you are going to pack luggage, you will have issues with the tank bolts.

If you are not super super careful, you will burn yourself or your clothes/soft luggage on the (too hot) stock exhaust.

If you are not replacing the radiator bolts with zip ties, if you ride proper off road where you crash you will sooner or later rip them out and have a leaking radiator.

If you are not spacing the fan shroud away a bit, your fan blades will eventually rub through the fins and the radiator will leak.

Engine mods are not needed, they are mostly for performance and better running, no stalling.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:32 AM   #3140
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If you are not replacing the radiator bolts with zip ties, if you ride proper off road where you crash you will sooner or later rip them out and have a leaking radiator.

If you are not spacing the fan shroud away a bit, your fan blades will eventually rub through the fins and the radiator will leak. Do these mods need to be done on the 2012 model also
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:35 AM   #3141
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Do these mods need to be done on the 2012 model also
Doubt it, it's not needed on my 2011.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:43 AM   #3142
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Just picked up a new 11 690R Enduro I am going thru the bike makeing it usuable, flatland skid plate, tourtech rack, gps mt the usualy stuff for dualsport, this bike is going to replace my trusty DR650 so I hope it works out.
By the way Iam 68 and have been rideing since I was 14
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:58 AM   #3143
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.....btw 690 is not stalling ....it wont start but i have not had time to even take the luggage off it yet. i feel like a one legged man in an ass kickin contest right now
Bob,
I am encouraged to hear that you haven't unpacked the bike since our Grand Canyon Loop (Inmates, Ride Report to develop in a while ). My gear is spread around the garage and basement, but I took the 690 out for a 100-mile rough ride on Sunday without 60 lbs of gear and was reminded that the bike is way more fun that way in the rough stuff....

And, we missed the campfire discussion of brothels....I rely on you locals for such intel ....I guess I saved some $$$$

My next bike project is to put the Recluse in the 450 this weekend, replace shifter seal and some plastic, and rip around on the 450.....haven't been on it for a year

Let us know what you discover is the 690's "won't-go" problem...now that you showed me how to tear down and reassemble a 690 three days in a row in the desert I have learned some important things about trouble-shooting.

Ya know, as Dr Dave in Escalante said...."It's the green wire under the airbox..."

Are you sure you didn't check that again???
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #3144
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Riders,
There is 2010 690 demo model for sale in Kamloops, British Columbia for $9000 at RTR Performance (250-374-3141). No dings except for flesh and fabric melted onto end of stock muffler....
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:03 AM   #3145
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come on out i can do better than that
i have a detached 1200 sf garage that is even heated.
btw 690 is not stalling
it wont start but i have not had time to even take the luggage off it yet. i feel like a one legged man in an ass kickin contest right now
My plan is to get out that way and do some desert riding next year. My brother lives in LA and I owe him a visit seeing as he's here right now on his '93 FJ1200. I can't even manage a 500 miler on the 690 and he's going through Canada on the way back. Nut job. I'll definitely have the 690 in the pickup and NV is on the way.
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:41 AM   #3146
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I just picked up a 2012 690. Happy to report that @ 120mi I have not had 1 issue! :)
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:04 PM   #3147
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sure is nice to hear some positive things of a bike I've been obsessing over.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #3148
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Leaving it stock?

If you are going to pack luggage, you will have issues with the tank bolts.

If you are not super super careful, you will burn yourself or your clothes/soft luggage on the (too hot) stock exhaust.

If you are not replacing the radiator bolts with zip ties, if you ride proper off road where you crash you will sooner or later rip them out and have a leaking radiator.

If you are not spacing the fan shroud away a bit, your fan blades will eventually rub through the fins and the radiator will leak.

Engine mods are not needed, they are mostly for performance and better running, no stalling.
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Insulate the wiring with tape to prevent dust build-up. Sand+vibration+wiring=short circuit=problems. I treated mine with self-amalgamating tape, just to be sure.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:44 PM   #3149
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sure is nice to hear some positive things of a bike I've been obsessing over.
I've had good luck with mine. Only a stalling issue that was due to intake and exhaust mods with the stock maps but that was easily remedied. Other than that it's all about preventive maintenance with these bikes. If you wait till you have a problem it will take an effort to chase it down. There's not one bit of constructive maintenance procedure in these threads that I haven't performed or improved upon on mine.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:20 PM   #3150
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My plan is to get out that way and do some desert riding next year. My brother lives in LA and I owe him a visit seeing as he's here right now on his '93 FJ1200. I can't even manage a 500 miler on the 690 and he's going through Canada on the way back. Nut job. I'll definitely have the 690 in the pickup and NV is on the way.

Just got back from racing the MEX1000 and I'm totally addicted to the desert now. It was my first time and I learned a lot. The SE was a blast on the dry lake beds One of our stages was 175 miles long, imagine that I'll be returning next year with a built up 690RR bike, no question
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