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Old 09-14-2012, 01:58 PM   #5566
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Don't ya hate it when theres an issue with a bike and all the " my bike is the greatest people " talk ya down
not so much of the "all my bike is greatest people" there B2... my bike IS the greatest and I love banana's in PJ's
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:41 PM   #5567
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not so much of the "all my bike is greatest people" there B2... my bike IS the greatest and I love banana's in PJ's
Yeah your right my bike is the greatest aswell but i do respect and if possible try and help people with an issue not call them a liar- beautiful weather here in brissy night falcon you must be lonely over there
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:56 PM   #5568
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Yeah your right my bike is the greatest aswell but i do respect and if possible try and help people with an issue not call them a liar- beautiful weather here in brissy night falcon you must be lonely over there
it's odd to complain about a problem and then get bitchy when you don't get the answer you want to hear...

pick one...

Tires, air pressure, sag, suspension set up, steering head bearings and in some cases....the rider
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:01 PM   #5569
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Hey Crankshaft, you just need to wik it up a bit when that happens. What's the worst that can happen?

I never had head shake on my 690, but on other bikes it was always badly worn or improperly inflated/balanced front knobby. Sand is always a problem because the trail measurement always goes to zip unless you keep the front light.
I trail brake in the loose stuff, it's amazing how a little bit of rear brake settles things down.
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #5570
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it's odd to complain about a problem and then get bitchy when you don't get the answer you want to hear...

pick one...

Tires, air pressure, sag, suspension set up, steering head bearings and in some cases....the rider
I think the latter is more likely the only thing i havn't checked
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:12 PM   #5571
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I like the new tanks... but also like the old tanks too still. anyone want to sell me their old RR tanks if they buy the new ones?
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:56 PM   #5572
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Don't ya hate it when theres an issue with a bike and all the " my bike is the greatest people " talk ya down
My 2010 690 is not perfect and I acknowledge that. Yeah, no question, "I am trying to talk ya down"! Huh? Some try to characterize the 690 as having many problems and then try to say the bike is complete shit and don"t buy it. Their opinion. I will be the first to acknowledge certain common issues exist and I accept them. I fixed my bike so that I did not suffer various kinds of failure because of them. Some of the problems related here are one off's due to rider maintenance/abuse. Several posters here site a problem and then try to attribute it to KTM and all 690 owners. I don't buy it. Just saying!
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Old 09-14-2012, 05:59 PM   #5573
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Tires, air pressure, sag, suspension set up, steering head bearings and in some cases ... the rider
Size of the rider actualy AND ambient air temp ... Every tuesday night we have a riders meeting. When I go there: head shake. When I come back later at night: never. Obviously, same bike, tire, pressure et.c.

I don't mind about headshake however.

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Old 09-14-2012, 06:08 PM   #5574
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Don't ya hate it when theres an issue with a bike and all the " my bike is the greatest people " talk ya down
did you ever read my posts here or the ones in the blown away 690 thread????????????
I have had shit loads of problems. some my doing, some cause i try to do stuff this bike wasnt designed for and some cause KTM has some shit problems

but

this bike is the closest for doing what I like to do
and we did give the guys some suggestions as to what may cause the problems and some suggestions ar to how to ride around them
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:21 PM   #5575
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did you ever read my posts here or the ones in the blown away 690 thread?????
Me don't remember ...

You gonna have to write it all over again

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Old 09-14-2012, 06:25 PM   #5576
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Yeah your right my bike is the greatest aswell but i do respect and if possible try and help people with an issue not call them a liar-
I've asked a few questions in here...you don't always get the answers you wan't but most of us try to help if we can

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beautiful weather here in brissy night falcon you must be lonely over there
Had a great ride this morning; brilliant weather, seals on the beaches, came accross a group of classic Triumphs out for a spin, stoped to assist one rider who'd dropped their bike on a strech of gravel, got stuck in the mud [again] got helped out by some rasters and narrowly avoided being star fished on the front of a people carrier who over shot a blind corner and skidded to a halt right in front of me...the guy leaned out the window and said "man that was whooa moment" . And all that before lunch! Lifes never lonely or boring when ya own a 690 my friend
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:00 AM   #5577
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They have been designed to fit all years
Awesome. I was going to order a rally kit yesterday from you guys. I'll hold out until production starts. Will there be rally kit as well as an adventure kit?

Sorry for the piece-meal questions.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:22 AM   #5578
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So the bearing in the exhaust rocker on my '11 ER bit the dust. I can't find a dealer with one in Canada & KTM say the part is on back order until OCTOBER 29th. WTF.

Anyone out there have an exhaust rocker they can sell me?
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:24 AM   #5579
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Head shake

Took a full year to resolve my head shake. The final cure involved substantially dropping the fork below the tripple clamp level amongst others. Half a turn more rear pre-load and I have it again. Clickers, dampers, off-set changes or tyre pressure have no effect on mine.

Have to admit that the "mine never does that" posts busted my balls as well. The fact is that all the advise is actually sound. You just have to find it within your set-up, your handle bar position, your weight and where you sit on it (which is like the only real variables). I have a hunch that if you would ride Nippybit's bike (by way of example) you might actually get headshake as well.

I took my tools and a mx stand and set up under a tree next to a corrugated dirt road with 2 turning humps that was guarenteed to make the bike unstable. Spend an entire day before I had a break-through.
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Old 09-15-2012, 04:29 AM   #5580
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Took a full year to resolve my head shake. The final cure involved substantially dropping the fork below the tripple clamp level amongst others. Half a turn more rear pre-load and I have it again. Clickers, dampers, off-set changes or tyre pressure have no effect on mine.

Have to admit that the "mine never does that" posts busted my balls as well. The fact is that all the advise is actually sound. You just have to find it within your set-up, your handle bar position, your weight and where you sit on it (which is like the only real variables). I have a hunch that if you would ride Nippybit's bike (by way of example) you might actually get headshake as well.

I took my tools and a mx stand and set up under a tree next to a corrugated dirt road with 2 turning humps that was guarenteed to make the bike unstable. Spend an entire day before I had a break-through.
Agreed. There are many subtle things that influence the characteristics for each rider. I have been very lucky with both my stock 2010 and the 2011 fitted with the RR kit. Neither have suffered heads have at all. 100kmh is soft sand and hard pack gravel were fine. 160kmh on the highway and no problem. Does the engine vibrate, yes. Changing my rear spring improved handling considerably. Also consider the tyre and tubes you are using. Perhaps one way to eliminate a potential source is to start with a balanced wheel.

Have I had other issues, yes. Both my bike have a flashing cluster. Others don't have the problem. I can hardly bitch when someone says 'never seen that, my bike has never suffered from that'. Seen first hand 2 others on same bike that never had the problem. Despite all the other niggling problems I've had, I still enjoy this bike and wouldn't trade it for any other. When it finally dies for good one day, I might just mount it above the fireplace, like some keep ashes of loved ones in an urn on the mantelpiece. Till then, I'll keep on riding it and taking care of all those little problems. Besides, a day in the garage working on my bike is still better than being stuck behind a screen in the office any day.
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