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Old 12-21-2012, 09:38 AM   #6616
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690 Enduro Gear Indicator Questions

Ok, so I just got back from a 400+ mile off-road ride down into Mexico and on several occasions on my 2008 KTM 690E I felt the need to know what gear I was in. Mainly right before I began to propel myself down 4 story sandy grades followed by a quick right turn and then a 4 story rocky climb (OK, maybe it was only a few feet but it sure felt higher). After riding almost for 40 years now, I'm like most of you in that I just listen to my RPMs but either the pucker factor was so high or my ear plugs were in too far that I was having a lot of issues dialing it in as I went from one riding extreme to the next. I'm thinking that a gear indicator would have solved some of my anxieties (OK, winning a mega-million lottery would have helped also) on this ride. I did some research, to include scouring the forums on this website, and could come up with only GIpro-X from HealTech Electronics Ltd. as a viable solution. I went to their website and found some crude installation instructions via a PDF and my un-electronic capabilities (I'm more of a plug-n-play guy) kept keying in on the word "splice". I'm thinking that it might be a bit easier so I'm asking if anyone on this site has actually installed one of these gear indicators and if so, would step-by-step instructions peculiar to this year and model be too much to ask for?

I even checked YouTube but to no avail. They had other bike installations but not the 2008 690E as again, I'm keying in on the splicing task that was used on this vendor's site as my biggest concern. And lastly, I'm thinking of the red color for best display in sunlight. Has anyone else scene what the other colors look like in direct sunlight?

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Old 12-21-2012, 10:02 AM   #6617
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I have a similar gearshift indicator on my V-Strom, and have no trouble seeing it in full daylight.

The former owner installed it, and the only reason I keep it is because it also eliminates the stupid 1st & 2nd gear timing retard (on an already porky, "tuned for torque" motor... grr.)

Also, the LED number unit is pretty bulky -- the photo seems like it's smaller than the one I have, which would be desirable. I find the brightness distracting at night -- I frequently think my engine has run out of oil.
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Old 12-21-2012, 10:18 AM   #6618
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Having just traded my 990 for a new 2012 690 today (feels like i've been robbed there's nothing of it ), i am wanting to get a set of pannier racks. I use the Andy Strapz soft saddlebags.
It seems to be a toss up between the TT or the RR.
Any comments welcome.
I have wolfman racks on my 08 , well made
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:05 PM   #6619
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Having just traded my 990 for a new 2012 690 today (feels like i've been robbed there's nothing of it ), i am wanting to get a set of pannier racks. I use the Andy Strapz soft saddlebags.
It seems to be a toss up between the TT or the RR.
Any comments welcome.
Wolfman USA makes racks for the 690 for their softbags but I'm sure other softbas would work as well. They also make a crossbar for the rear as well.

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Racks/...ide_Racks.html

I bought the racks for my 690 and they are sturdy. Their Expedition line of waterproof luggage is very good quality as well.

The innmate D-Train is wolfman's sales manager shoot him a PM with any questions! http://advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=90243
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:23 PM   #6620
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Wolfman USA makes racks for the 690 for their softbags but I'm sure other softbas would work as well. They also make a crossbar for the rear as well.

http://www.wolfmanluggage.com/Racks/...ide_Racks.html

I bought the racks for my 690 and they are sturdy. Their Expedition line of waterproof luggage is very good quality as well.

The innmate D-Train is wolfman's sales manager shoot him a PM with any questions! http://advrider.com/forums/member.php?u=90243

I bought mine from Berg. He makes the racks.

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Old 12-21-2012, 12:51 PM   #6621
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I have the RR soft luggage racks. Very stout pieces for sure. I honestly have not had the opportunity to employ them loaded up yet, but one of the reasons I chose them over something like the Wolfmans, is the design.

The Wolfman racks look like they will allow more of the weight to be carried/ suspended by the tank/ subframe, that one piece of tube from the peg mount looks too close to parallel with the ground to allow it to carry most of the weight on the peg mount without giving in to the stresses created by riding offroad, thereby making the tank/ tank mounting area look more vulnerable to being damaged. Whereas the RR racks look as though they will transfer much more of the load to the footpeg mounting area.

Just my .02
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:44 PM   #6622
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Safari vs. Rally Raid Tanks

I like the style of the RR tanks, but how do they hold up in a crash?
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #6623
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I have the RR soft luggage racks. Very stout pieces for sure. I honestly have not had the opportunity to employ them loaded up yet, but one of the reasons I chose them over something like the Wolfmans, is the design.

The Wolfman racks look like they will allow more of the weight to be carried/ suspended by the tank/ subframe, that one piece of tube from the peg mount looks too close to parallel with the ground to allow it to carry most of the weight on the peg mount without giving in to the stresses created by riding offroad, thereby making the tank/ tank mounting area look more vulnerable to being damaged. Whereas the RR racks look as though they will transfer much more of the load to the footpeg mounting area.

Just my .02
I have loaded my Wolfman a few times on my 690 and much more on my WR250R. There is no need for the rear crossbar if you pack soft bags, but it is worth emailing berg@brmoto.com to ask first hand. He makes the racks.

Berg's crossbar is for those who will mount bigger hard bags. Personally, my kit is down to 35# including camp and spares. I can go for a week or a month because the gear is the same.

The TT rack is the biggest monstrosity ever made for such a sweetly designed motorcycle. Go clean and simple. More durable too. No broken tubes and mounts. I would never mount such a contraption on any motorcycle.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:45 PM   #6624
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And Santa has something for you....

Just in case you have some Xmas money still in your pocket....

Rear Ohlins shock: http://www.ktmtwins.com/ohlins-ktm-2...o-r-rear-shock
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:33 PM   #6625
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RR tanks hold up pretty good...

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Old 12-21-2012, 03:45 PM   #6626
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Old 12-21-2012, 03:50 PM   #6627
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RR tanks hold up pretty good...

So, why didn't the shooter roll into a concealed position while reloading in the prone position? Seems like he was always exposed while reloading, which is fine, cardboard doesn't shoot back
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Old 12-21-2012, 04:31 PM   #6628
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Center Stand 690R

I have been in contact with a gentlemen named Martin. He has been working on a center stand for the 690 the last couple months. Well today I was his first customer and purchased his center stand for my 690.
I plan on riding my bike this upcoming year into Mexico and the Copper Canyon area. As these trips when I venture to this area are not gnarly type rough terrain, I dont anticipate it hindering upon any obstacles. Also having a center stand greatly helps in fixing flats, both front and rear, depending on where one places weight to raise whichever end.
I am planning on converting my 690 to a more Adventure Lite, installing a RR front tanks and a fairing, and keeping the single track for the dedicated EXC dirt bikes.
After I install the unit and take it out for some real world testing, I'll give you my opinion of how it works out for me.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:40 PM   #6629
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I have been in contact with a gentlemen named Martin. He has been working on a center stand for the 690 the last couple months. Well today I was his first customer and purchased his center stand for my 690.
I plan on riding my bike this upcoming year into Mexico and the Copper Canyon area. As these trips when I venture to this area are not gnarly type rough terrain, I dont anticipate it hindering upon any obstacles. Also having a center stand greatly helps in fixing flats, both front and rear, depending on where one places weight to raise whichever end.
I am planning on converting my 690 to a more Adventure Lite, installing a RR front tanks and a fairing, and keeping the single track for the dedicated EXC dirt bikes.
After I install the unit and take it out for some real world testing, I'll give you my opinion of how it works out for me.
Shameless plug for Martin and his endeavor here http://lostdogproducts.com/
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Keep us posted about this bike stand.

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Old 12-21-2012, 06:43 PM   #6630
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So, why didn't the shooter roll into a concealed position while reloading in the prone position? Seems like he was always exposed while reloading, which is fine, cardboard doesn't shoot back
Wow, not one, but TWO uber lame video's!!
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