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Old 08-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #5191
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FMF Power Bomb

Does anyone have any experience with the FMF Power Bomb head pipe on the 690. Wonder if there is $350 difference in performance. Supposed to make the bike quieter and a 10% improvement in?
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:38 AM   #5192
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I have set the map select switch to soft but have not messed with the Vortex settings. The bike just gets a little jumpy in rough sections.
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I got a VORTEX about a month ago. I'm really happy with the result. However, for heavy off-road I bought the ultimate accessory for my 690R: a KTM 250 SX-F.
Are you guys using more than just one of the maps or just staying in the one that you find to be the best? Can the maps on the handlebar be switched without turning the ignition off and on?
Sorry about all the questions but it is a lot of dough to drop on one item!

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Old 08-24-2012, 07:47 AM   #5193
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Does anyone have any experience with the FMF Power Bomb head pipe on the 690. Wonder if there is $350 difference in performance. Supposed to make the bike quieter and a 10% improvement in?
I've got one on mine. The reason is that the stock header broke and it costs $250 MORE then the Power Bomb. I didn't notice any power differences and it obviously had no effect on noise.

I wil say this, the welds on the FMF were shitty and eventually one of them broke. I sent it in and they repaired it and actually went back and re-welded all the shitty welds the way they should have in the first place.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:00 AM   #5194
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Are you guys using more than just one of the maps or just staying in the one that you find to be the best? Can the maps on the handlebar be switched without turning the ignition off and on?
Sorry about all the questions but it is a lot of dough to drop on one item!
I leave it on setting 1 since I mostly use it off road. I haven't really touched the vortex, it came on the bike when I bought it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:46 AM   #5195
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Hi there KTMers,

I'm looking at getting an single-lung adventure bike (2nd hand) for a big ol' Central/North American ride and am currently interested in the 690 Adventure or DR650. Some might say these bikes are chalk and cheese but this is what I've narrowed it down to for my own reasons...I've come here looking for your opinions on comfort of the 690 and to ask what sort of maintenance I'd be looking at if I owned one of these things.

Can any of you kind gentlemen shed some light on these topics? Obviously I'm looking at a ton of miles so comfort is paramount but so is maintenance once I get off the beaten track.

Thanks in advance for your help and hopefully I'll see you on the road!
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Old 08-24-2012, 02:18 PM   #5196
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Hi there KTMers,

I'm looking at getting an single-lung adventure bike (2nd hand) for a big ol' Central/North American ride and am currently interested in the 690 Adventure or DR650. Some might say these bikes are chalk and cheese but this is what I've narrowed it down to for my own reasons...I've come here looking for your opinions on comfort of the 690 and to ask what sort of maintenance I'd be looking at if I owned one of these things.

Can any of you kind gentlemen shed some light on these topics? Obviously I'm looking at a ton of miles so comfort is paramount but so is maintenance once I get off the beaten track.

Thanks in advance for your help and hopefully I'll see you on the road!

the 690 is FI not carbed so has the added complication of a fuel pump & computer mapping. they don't apear to like dirty fuel much either and the standard seat is woeful for anything remotely long distance. A lot of people new to FI bikes do struggle when something goes wrong as the technology can be frustrating to deal with especially out in the whop whops. Having said all that I have an 09 and have had little trouble with it apart from chains breakng which is my bad maintenance in anycase.

I have owned a DR as well (2nd hand) and can tell you the seats on those things are plain evil after 1-2 hrs. The tech on them is more familier to most people being that they are 30yrs old

The 690 needs oil changes every 5000 klm (the oil is not cheap for them either!) and valves checked every 10K but not much else. The DR will run on any old rubbish and has longer service intervals (can't recall what they are...10 yrs or something like that )

If you have it serviced by someone who knows what they are doing and dont try and outsmart the techs who designed the mapping, don't put the worst grade mongolian vinagar in it for fuel the 690 is a reliable bike.

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Old 08-24-2012, 04:41 PM   #5197
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Doing the CA Cycle pump. and I'll probably mod the pump housing for more flow around the new pump for additional cooling.



Also, thinking I may replace the quick disconnect with the NAPA filter (part number?) Will the filter fit in the stock location of the disconnect?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:28 PM   #5198
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On tarmac which consumption do you obtain with the vortex?
I hardly ever ride tarmac , but I think with the Vortex on the economy mode it would be similar economy to standard. A lot of the Vortex maps give a noticable decrease in economy .
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:13 AM   #5199
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Hi there KTMers,

I'm looking at getting an single-lung adventure bike (2nd hand) for a big ol' Central/North American ride and am currently interested in the 690 Adventure or DR650. Some might say these bikes are chalk and cheese but this is what I've narrowed it down to for my own reasons...I've come here looking for your opinions on comfort of the 690 and to ask what sort of maintenance I'd be looking at if I owned one of these things.

Can any of you kind gentlemen shed some light on these topics? Obviously I'm looking at a ton of miles so comfort is paramount but so is maintenance once I get off the beaten track.

Thanks in advance for your help and hopefully I'll see you on the road!

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Old 08-25-2012, 02:25 PM   #5200
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I don't have any problems with the stock seat but i do stand up alot on the rides i do
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Old 08-25-2012, 03:40 PM   #5201
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I don't have any problems with the stock seat but i do stand up alot on the rides i do
Nice one B2..... that about sums up the seat comfort question....it's ok as long as you don't sit on it
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Old 08-25-2012, 04:58 PM   #5202
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Nice one B2..... that about sums up the seat comfort question....it's ok as long as you don't sit on it

Or have a cinderblock for an ass.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:17 PM   #5203
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I got 16 km/l yesterday over a 350 off-road loop using Vortex's economy map. I was the only bike that had severe range issues.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:52 AM   #5204
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Nice one B2..... that about sums up the seat comfort question....it's ok as long as you don't sit on it
yeah - if you only do rides that you sit down on buy a tiger 800 xc
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:25 AM   #5205
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Hi guys,

The damper does completely remove headshake on the new KTM 690 Enduro.
I went 110 mph yesterday on TKCs without any headshake. After advice from Scotts/California I adjusted some settings on the damper. It was essential to turn both Sweep control valves by 180 to the 6 o'clock position. (It is delivered and preset to 12 o'clock which damps only in a narrow angle.) At 6 o'clock the complete steering angle is damped. This made the big difference because it can compensate for the great force exerted at high speeds. Also the Highspeed valve is highly effective. I turned it 1/4 counterclockwise from the stiffest setting. This setting will remove the headshake completely.
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