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Old 10-02-2012, 09:26 PM   #5791
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I lost the exhaust rocker bearing on my 11 a month back. It didn't drop the needles into the case but I figure it was very close.

How long did you guys run those engines with noise before it went catastrophic? Just curious.
Just saw this now.

For me im not totally sure, I was wearing ear plugs. If I had to guess I'de say 100 - 150k I certainly hadn't noticed it at the last gas stop. Maybe it was the oil I was using... we should have an oil discussion for sure
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:29 PM   #5792
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Yep....some ol' farts like to ride the 690's here and there....

My break was a twist in silt going slow....BobZ musta been going fast cuz his balls are bigger....or ya just can't talk any sense into a desert rat

I have to be careful here....don't want someone to spank me because I don't have a gearhead comment in this post

so here it is:

Motoz Desert HT rules....and they last:






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Old 10-03-2012, 07:03 AM   #5793
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Not to be a turd, but this isn't the sell-your-stuff section so I thought I could be direct.
Understood, but I figure it would get more attention here since it's for the bike we're talking about. The Flea Market posts get buried so fast, I'm surprised anything gets sold over there.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:38 AM   #5794
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Understood, but I figure it would get more attention here since it's for the bike we're talking about. The Flea Market posts get buried so fast, I'm surprised anything gets sold over there.
Fair enough and no matter to me. Nice hubs, though.
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:12 AM   #5795
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To avoid you guys from looking on page 3 for the thread, I'm making this important post. This useful information brought to you by the makers of Pyong-Tong and other family health-care products.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:57 AM   #5796
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To avoid you guys from looking on page 3 for the thread, I'm making this important post. This useful information brought to you by the makers of Pyong-Tong and other family health-care products.

???????

Geezuz....first post in several days and that's what we have?????


No link, no pics, no smart-ass replies????


No..."I can race better than you" ????


No velcro???????


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Old 10-05-2012, 10:56 AM   #5797
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Still bike shopping....How does the 690 compare to a XR650l? Had 2 of them, but looking for my next bike and am curious what the extra 3 grand gets me. Class 4 and gravel roads with some twisty pavement thrown in. Not much single track and no highway stuff. Considered the 500EXC, but the 690 seems more pavement friendly. It would be new so I'm curious what issues the new ones have or is all well now in 690 land? No previous KTM experience.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:06 AM   #5798
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Still bike shopping....How does the 690 compare to a XR650l? Had 2 of them, but looking for my next bike and am curious what the extra 3 grand gets me. Class 4 and gravel roads with some twisty pavement thrown in. Not much single track and no highway stuff. Considered the 500EXC, but the 690 seems more pavement friendly. It would be new so I'm curious what issues the new ones have or is all well now in 690 land? No previous KTM experience.
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I had the XR650L and the engine was a dog. The 690 is seriously fast right off the showroom floor. Also the bike is more flickable due to the weight of the fuel being down lower. Overall the build quality is light years above that of the XR650L. The difference between these two bikes is huge.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:51 AM   #5799
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Hard Starting motor

Hey everyone.

Just picked up a 08 690 Enduro and I've been addressing the hard start issue that crops up. At first I thought it was a weak battery, but it is putting out plenty of volts and current.

So after digging in the thread, it sounded like the decomp spring is the culprit. My only question is, I am not sure how the spring should be correctly set up.

Here is a link to a very close up picture, and I am pretty sure this is not how the spring should be but just want someone else to chime in.

http://imgur.com/Ka9AE

I figure the spring needs to be under, not over that grey guide.
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Old 10-05-2012, 12:16 PM   #5800
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Still bike shopping....How does the 690 compare to a XR650l? Had 2 of them, but looking for my next bike and am curious what the extra 3 grand gets me. Class 4 and gravel roads with some twisty pavement thrown in. Not much single track and no highway stuff. Considered the 500EXC, but the 690 seems more pavement friendly. It would be new so I'm curious what issues the new ones have or is all well now in 690 land? No previous KTM experience.
Thanks!
I've had both. The XR is just a solid, reliable, no thrills, cheap dual sport. Plenty of gently used ones out there in the $3k range.
But... what are you really getting for the money? How much will be needed to invest to get it to perform somewhere near the 690 level?
In the long run more money will be spent getting the XR up to par with the 690 and it will still be an XR with a low resale value.
Sure the 690 has its faults but IMO is the better choice.
That said, I've been looking at some EXC's lately.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:21 PM   #5801
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OK - dont throw stones for asking this timeless question

MT21's or 606's

Offroad, gravel, firelanes, singletrack, and pavement(with the wife aboard sometimes)

Somethings gotta last longer than the stock Pirelli's
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:30 PM   #5802
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Hey everyone.

Just picked up a 08 690 Enduro and I've been addressing the hard start issue that crops up. At first I thought it was a weak battery, but it is putting out plenty of volts and current.

So after digging in the thread, it sounded like the decomp spring is the culprit. My only question is, I am not sure how the spring should be correctly set up.

Here is a link to a very close up picture, and I am pretty sure this is not how the spring should be but just want someone else to chime in.

http://imgur.com/Ka9AE

I figure the spring needs to be under, not over that grey guide.
Yup. The spring needs to be underneath that right hand guide, to pull the lever toward the center of the cam gear. As it sits right now, the decomp is in the "closed" position.
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:33 PM   #5803
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Yup. The spring needs to be underneath that right hand guide, to pull the lever toward the center of the cam gear. As it sits right now, the decomp is in the "closed" position.
That's what I though, thanks!
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Old 10-05-2012, 02:52 PM   #5804
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OK - dont throw stones for asking this timeless question

MT21's or 606's

Offroad, gravel, firelanes, singletrack, and pavement(with the wife aboard sometimes)

Somethings gotta last longer than the stock Pirelli's
M-12 front and what ever is cheap in the back
enjoy for 500 miles and replace
its a dirt bike it aint supposed to get milage
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:21 PM   #5805
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Hey everyone.

Just picked up a 08 690 Enduro and I've been addressing the hard start issue that crops up. At first I thought it was a weak battery, but it is putting out plenty of volts and current.

So after digging in the thread, it sounded like the decomp spring is the culprit. My only question is, I am not sure how the spring should be correctly set up.

Here is a link to a very close up picture, and I am pretty sure this is not how the spring should be but just want someone else to chime in.

http://imgur.com/Ka9AE

I figure the spring needs to be under, not over that grey guide.
My 08 was hard to start as well. After the installation of a Power Commander V I have zero issues with the bike starting.
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