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Old 02-21-2013, 12:59 PM   #7381
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Don't be put off the 690 as an adv steed! with the right farkling it makes an ideal adventure bike. They have their issues but so does every other bike. Mine has been as reliable as anything else I've owned. The days when you ride it hard, dump it in the shed and forget about it till next time are gone with modern bikes (if they every really existed). you need to get on board with regular servicing!

Deep exploration in the bush on your own is not just about bike reliability, what about if you bin it and break something, or worse break yourself? You should have an emergency plan in anycase. If you do ever have a malfunction, then manage it and deal with it.

Enjoy it, ride it, don't sweat it!

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I wonder what sort of press the early dual sports would have got it the "whinger net" was around in the 70's
True: but my point was not about things going wrong - which all bikes do and always have - fixing things by the road is a given ...

My point was about the inherant complexity of the 690 - specifically, the fact that noone has yet managed to solve the flickering oil light issue - I was querying whether this sort of complexity is compatible with going bush ...

But the point has been raised and discussed and we can probably move on now ...

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:36 PM   #7382
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But the point has been raised and discussed and we can probably move on now ...

whatcha wanna talk about?
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Old 02-21-2013, 01:46 PM   #7383
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Ok, the 12 enduro/smc-r are known to have flashing oil-lights. Bad sensors I belive.

New sensor should sort that out.

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Old 02-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #7384
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Ok, the 12 enduro/smc-r are known to have flashing oil-lights. Bad sensors I belive.

New sensor should sort that out.
They do??? I guess I will have to get glasses again, I haven't seen it on mine.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:09 PM   #7385
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They do??? I guess I will have to get glasses again, I haven't seen it on mine.

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Old 02-21-2013, 02:54 PM   #7386
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I've been having a look through the standard service schedule from the 2013 690 Enduro and find it odd that cleaning or replacing the fuel filters aren't listed as a standard service item at either, 1000k, 10,000k, or 20,000k. It does mention doing a fuel pressure check so I imagine they are expecting you would pick up any issues from the pressure reading, but I think I'll go with a regular replacement of the screen and filter maybe 5,000k or at least 10,000k.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:12 PM   #7387
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I moved my fuel filter to the outside of the tank so I can change it any time it suits ME. Without having to tear half the bike apart.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:12 PM   #7388
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True: but my point was not about things going wrong - which all bikes do and always have - fixing things by the road is a given ...

My point was about the inherant complexity of the 690 - specifically, the fact that noone has yet managed to solve the flickering oil light issue - I was querying whether this sort of complexity is compatible with going bush ...

But the point has been raised and discussed and we can probably move on now ...

3,000km on the island of Borneo off road going bush enough? Out of 3 bikes, one had fan stop working which turned out to be a poor connection in the fuse box. Other than that some minor issues all fixed with a small toolkit.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:27 PM   #7389
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I moved my fuel filter to the outside of the tank so I can change it any time it suits ME. Without having to tear half the bike apart.
I'll be doing that after my warranty period is up.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:44 PM   #7390
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Ok, the 12 enduro/smc-r are known to have flashing oil-lights. Bad sensors I belive. New sensor should sort that out.
Tks Noyah - this is being worked through under warranty, and I believe that a sensor replacement is next on the list in what is essentuially a 'therapeutic trial' ...
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:44 PM   #7391
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I moved my fuel filter to the outside of the tank so I can change it any time it suits ME. Without having to tear half the bike apart.

i know its not rocket science, and theres many that would work, but what filter did you use?
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:45 PM   #7392
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i know its not rocket science, and theres many that would work, but what filter did you use?
The recommended unit is the NAPA 3095. I personally used the Purolator version. That's what they had at Pep Boys.
I believe it was a F23172
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:57 PM   #7393
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For those folks concerned about their fuel filters, I wonder if a profill filter would help?
aka "gas tank condom"

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Old 02-21-2013, 06:51 PM   #7394
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Those filters were in demand a few years ago. I bought one but the way the 690 gas tank is designed it is a major pain to try fill the tank through that filter. Also I have had the fuel pump out a few times and the plastic pre filter that fits on the pump has never had any stuff in it. Not sure if it has anything to do with where I live or what. Maybe the gas is cleaner here? I did a week in Baja and no dirt from the gas there either. I changed the filler cap to aftermarket from new so never had any dirt falling into the tank either.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #7395
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I moved my fuel filter to the outside of the tank so I can change it any time it suits ME. Without having to tear half the bike apart.


Yep, but pray your hose (or clamps) will never fail, 'cause the day it fails so close to the exhaust: KABOOM !!!

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