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Old 07-25-2012, 08:16 PM   #4681
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Self ventilating clutch update...

So... If any of you guys hear a squeaking/ chirping sound that does not seem to come from any of the obvious places (ie; skid plate, engine mount bolts, etc..). Do yourselves a favor, and tow/ truck the bike home, drain the fluids, pull the clutch clutch cover, and check the clutch assembly for play.

It seems that my bearing for the main shaft into the transmission let loose, and took some of the engine case with it...



Those needle bearings I was hoping were the problem sure held up well..











Not bad for 30k miles..







I decided to put away a few of these after I realized I was dealing with the worst case scenario.

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Old 07-25-2012, 09:47 PM   #4682
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omfg.
I hate to see such horrific photos.

I'm saddened by your loss.

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Old 07-26-2012, 12:12 AM   #4683
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chain guard objection

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Now now be nice. This guy did a lot of things mentioned...His work has a very steam punk quality to it but it is good to see progress. I have not touched a bike in about a month due to other things in life going on.


I do have to ask why the massive 13th century chain guard?...Looks like an invitation for disaster or accelerated chain wear at the least.
Hope i got this reply thing right...that chain guard is a work of art ...that is ''modern art '' ...it actually takes a lot of fiddling to come up with a workable,secure functinal chainguard prototype [ which is what it will stay ...function before form ...i dont need show pony stuff !! ]
Why a chain guard ?? well i live on beach sand , pure fine chain grinding silica added to the fact the beach is great to ride on [legal here ] and that is just 200 meters away ..220 yards where u come from.
I can assure u it does its job, has not and will not derail or rub on the chain... its a sprocket and chain saver......say no more, say no more says Monty Python....
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:00 AM   #4684
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The headlight on my 2010 R is melting away. So I'm looking at buying a new complete set.
Since the stock is crap, I thought about swapping it for a 2012 light. Any one done that? Think that the 2010 speedo panel will fit on the 2012 mask?

What I would really like is to get one of these. But there's no way I'd get it through our bureaucracy masters at the customs office.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:10 AM   #4685
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If I knew sooner, you could have ordered it to my house - my cousin is currently visiting and going back home this Saturday...

If it helps at all, I am coming at the end of December and then again in April - let me know if you need me to bring anything as a "gift" - easier to bring then ship and have to deal with the customs bullshit.
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:32 AM   #4686
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Yer !!! I liked the anal probe the best .
Anal, tee hee, he said anal
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:52 AM   #4687
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Accessory power outlet

On the 690-what is the best way and location to put an electrical outlet to power stuff like heated vest and Cycle Pump? BMW style outlet mounted? Or, just SAE dongle? What suppliers for these things?
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Old 07-26-2012, 07:44 AM   #4688
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Timely Rotopax Anecdotal Evidence

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Hi,
i am currently looking at upgrading my bike. one question i have is if anyone uses Rotopax, instead of buying the expensive tanks? would it be possible to just add one 2 gallons on each side of the rear rack?

thanks for your time,

Daniel
Just returned from a trip to Colorado and, along the way, ran into a KTM 990 (2010 model) owner at a Wendy's. He had been traveling around the U. S. camping and otherwise adventuring. He had a red Rotopax on the right side of his rear luggage rack and a black Rotopax on the left. Red for gas, Black for water. Said he liked them a lot and highly recommended them. Seems like a very viable and cost effective alternative to the large fugly tanks.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:44 AM   #4689
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Just returned from a trip to Colorado and, along the way, ran into a KTM 990 (2010 model) owner at a Wendy's. He had been traveling around the U. S. camping and otherwise adventuring. He had a red Rotopax on the right side of his rear luggage rack and a black Rotopax on the left. Red for gas, Black for water. Said he liked them a lot and highly recommended them. Seems like a very viable and cost effective alternative to the large fugly tanks.
Just to add that the Rotopax "safety" gas nozzle sucks. Pick up the yellow nozzle from the water can that Rotopax offers. Only a few bucks and well worth the convenience.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:53 AM   #4690
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Rotopax Nozzle Failure

I suppose a backup $2.00 plastic funnel would help if the Rotopax pull-out nozzle self destructs. This is how I get the gas from my 1 liter fuel bottles into my tank quickly without spilling.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:56 AM   #4691
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On the 690-what is the best way and location to put an electrical outlet to power stuff like heated vest and Cycle Pump? BMW style outlet mounted? Or, just SAE dongle? What suppliers for these things?
I used two cables directly from the battery. One is a Gerbings battery harness that emerges from the front of the seat near the key. It has a socket style port. I plug my GPS into that.
http://gerbing.com/Products/accessories.php

The second harness emerges below my seat on the side. It has an SAE plug for using a battery charger. I use a a short Powerley cabe to convert it from SAE to powerlet socket. My heated jacket liner plugs into that. I use heated glove liners instead of heated grips, so the two power prorts is all I need.
http://www.powerlet.com/product/sae-...ocket-cable/43
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:04 AM   #4692
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If I knew sooner, you could have ordered it to my house - my cousin is currently visiting and going back home this Saturday...

If it helps at all, I am coming at the end of December and then again in April - let me know if you need me to bring anything as a "gift" - easier to bring then ship and have to deal with the customs bullshit.
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind if I'll decide to go with that headlight.
In any case, consider yourself invited for a beer when you're in Israel.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:34 AM   #4693
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I decided to put away a few of these after I realized I was dealing with the worst case scenario.
You have my condolences. Any thoughts as to what precipitated the failure? Just high mileage, or did something get into it?

That drain plug picture makes me nauseous.

You can show me pictures of mangled limbs, however, and I'll just keep eating. One of the benefits of being married to a medical illustrator.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:48 AM   #4694
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Hey Guys,

Nate here from Bullet Proof Designs. Several of you guys contacted me about ordering a swingarm guard for your 690. I told you we were trying to get a bike in the shop so we could determine if we can build the guard for the 690. My local shop just confrimed I can pick up the 690 Enduro on Wednesday. Once we get some measurments I will let you guys know if we can start taking orders.

Thanks,

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Well, I just got done installing a TM Designs Chain Guide on my 690 and had truely buggered up my forward mounting tab. A rock hit directly on the forward mounting bolt bending it rearward and fracturing the mounting tab in half. (Almost the exact same failure as the first pic in the post above.) Luckily the forward half is intact.

I am a cheap ass when it comes to others working on my bike for me so, I decided to go the cheap, easy route and used a liberal amount of JB Weld to reattach the broken tab and beef the area up. I am now back to whole however, the tab is even weaker now and I am even more so interested in properly protecting this area.

So, this weekend I contacted Bulletproof Designs and asked them about a swingarm guard for the 690. I receive a response today from Nate that they will look into it and get back to me.

Fingers Crossed that it is an easy change from an existing part and they will soon start offering these for the 690 swingarm too.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:53 AM   #4695
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You have my condolences. Any thoughts as to what precipitated the failure? Just high mileage, or did something get into it?

That drain plug picture makes me nauseous.

You should have heard the other remnants clink into the drain pan when I removed the plug.

It would certainly be hard to deny that milage could have played a role. However, there are people with many more miles on thier 690's that have not reported any similar failures. (Sherri Jo, the guys who went RTW on thier 690's, FishFund?)

It would be hard to determine if something got in there since there are only 2 or 3 ball bearings left in there at this point.

My personal belief is that it was a simple component failure of the bearing itself. The bike was always dealer maintained until nearly the 17k mi mark, and I logged all my own maintainence on the front page of my shop manual as I completed it. I never fell outside of manufacturer's reccomended oil change intervals, and had about another 500 miles before I was due when this happened. I did new filters with every oil change, and cleaned the screens thoroughly each time as well.

I heard back from my dealer today. KTM USA basically said "Don't Know Ya". Not even some sort of price concession. Par for the course from them it seems.
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