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Old 07-27-2012, 04:19 PM   #4726
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Problems with my 690:

I have done the SAS removal, added a Safari tank, had the suspension tuned, added a Scott stabilizer, had Uller do an ECU tuning, rode BAja for 10 days, rode around with BobZ and his posse for a week in the dez,, gone through 4 sets of tires in 13,000 kms, installed foam Uni air filter, added a Cyclops 7" light, an FMF pipe, custom seat, and probably a few other things....

My major complaints about the 690 are:




two rotator cuff injuries, and five separated ribs...

That 690 keeps on breaking ME !!!
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Old 07-27-2012, 04:51 PM   #4727
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Hey Ged
did you lshit the bed again?

im tired of looking at my ankle..........i mean yours............my tub aint that ugly
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #4728
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I would join the broken bones club but I just broke my right fibula skateboarding so I guess it doesn't count. No surgery. Just a cast for 4 weeks. Have not broken any body parts on the 690.....so far.....
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:48 PM   #4729
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Ha! Reminds me of my foot!


From a car accident...

I don't see the 690 the reason for injuries. Its US!
And the fact the 690 gets up to speed very fast (any speed ), then hard to slow on dirt/gravel surfaces.
Ride smart!
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:22 PM   #4730
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Speedy recover to you motogd. I'd have used sutures tho'
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #4731
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It seems like KTM's best FI guys are over on the Husaberg side of the fence. Maybe they could borrow a few of those guys to sort out the 690
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Old 07-27-2012, 07:35 PM   #4732
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Problems with my 690:
My major complaints about the 690 are:

"Picture Deleted for my Eyes"

two rotator cuff injuries, and five separated ribs...

That 690 keeps on breaking ME !!!
Maybe we need to get you a lowering link so you don't have so far to fall next time.







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Old 07-27-2012, 07:59 PM   #4733
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Hey Ged
did you lshit the bed again?

im tired of looking at my ankle..........i mean yours............my tub aint that ugly
Bob,
Uller did three days of that route I sent you....I did a slow highside on a downhill Day One and separated five ribs....nothing extraordinary, just painful

As for the tub....I like yours better....





Or your other one:
http://appliances.wonderhowto.com/ho...ot-tub-167717/

And I asked you not to tell this forum about my nocturnal BM's....no respect
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #4734
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Speedy recover to you motogd. I'd have used sutures tho'
RJ,
That fibula break (titanium plate, wire, and seven screws) was February 2011.....damn 690 in a silt bed....
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:14 PM   #4735
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damn 690 in a silt bed....

All it heard was "bed"
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:44 PM   #4736
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I have 23000km on an 08 and no problems as yet , oil changed every 2.5-3000km
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I'm at 9,000 mi. on an '08. Issues include: broken tank bolts, faulty ground, faulty Rectifier/Regulator.
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I have had two instances where my bike almost left me stranded. Both were probably due to coil connections but not 100% certain. Both times I was able to get the bike going and ride home. Since then I have replaced stock parts with more reliable replacements discussed in this forum. Thanks to all of you

Totally unknown is what % of 690 owners post here. I am guessing a low percent. Also unknown is the failure rate of the 690-how often a bike leaves a rider stranded. Maybe KTM has those numbers.

The week long Baja trip I did had 2 690s, 3 KTM 950s or 990s, 1 BMW GS800, and 2 BMW GS 1200s. All did fine with no real issues. The GS1200s had a lot of extra lights that got broken but nothing else.

Maybe we were just lucky or maybe that is the norm. I have no idea!
Thanks for the replies, everyone. It would be interesting to hear from even more who have have racked up many many miles to see what issues (or reliability) they have had so far! Keep em coming.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:10 PM   #4737
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So I switched out my thermostat switch again, and the new one doesnt work either, which is 2 in a row from KTM that are defective out of the box.

I can still jump my fan and im sure the temp is way above the "on" point using a digital thermometer. So I guess the next step is to try and get either a RMZ 450 switch or a LTZ 400 switch as Im supposed to be leaving on a 9 day trip through the alps and eastern europe next friday.

Im fairly certain the local KTM guy is sick of seeing me at this point
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:12 AM   #4738
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So I switched out my thermostat switch again, and the new one doesnt work either, which is 2 in a row from KTM that are defective out of the box.

I can still jump my fan and im sure the temp is way above the "on" point using a digital thermometer. So I guess the next step is to try and get either a RMZ 450 switch or a LTZ 400 switch as Im supposed to be leaving on a 9 day trip through the alps and eastern europe next friday.

Im fairly certain the local KTM guy is sick of seeing me at this point
Install a toggle switch across the thermo switch if you are in a pinch.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:17 AM   #4739
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Thanks for the replies, everyone. It would be interesting to hear from even more who have have racked up many many miles to see what issues (or reliability) they have had so far! Keep em coming.
I have 13k miles on my '08 that I bought in Summer of '10 with just under 400 miles (not a typo, four. hundred.). I won't say "zero" problems, but nothing that would leave me stranded.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:35 AM   #4740
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I have 12k km in my -11 690. Only issue so far is broken chain guard mounting which actually has broken twice. Now I have TM designworks chain guard which is far better than original one.
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