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Old 03-06-2014, 08:49 PM   #14371
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Oem air box

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Actually it's not that unusual, and it most certainly applies to OEM air boxes as well. A number of inmates here have had this happen.
Interesting, I figured between the air box mounting bolts and the rigid throttle body throat mount to the rubber manifold, it would be next to impossible to blow it off the throttle body. Learn something every day.
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Old 03-07-2014, 04:06 AM   #14372
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Aaaaahhhh! NOW I remember. Thanks for the info. Just have to find a 22k ohm resistor in my wallet somewhere...

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Old 03-07-2014, 07:48 AM   #14373
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After reading 39 pages on the 2014 690 I now know about everything that changed from the 2013
but
the last KTM I came close to was the 84 LC4
so hell I have no idea about the 2013 690
or the 2012 690
or ...

currently I own a Sertao that does not quite live up to my old beloved Dakar
decission is made, the Sertao has to go
make room for something lighter

my parameters are:
max. 150Kilo dry
min. 50 horses, OK 45 true horses might do
19 or 21" front wheel - not 17" for sure
spoke wheels
title = street legal

now, if I don't want it to be 25+ years old
it looks as if a KTM 690 Enduro
is pretty much the only bike, that does fit

my riding?
north GA mountains, trying to aggravate the supersport guys on blacktop, forestry service roads, maybe an occassional singletrail, the ride from the metro to the mountains and maybe commute, but for commuting and grocery shopping I do have a vintage Honda twin with big saddlebags

what I do not want is a bike that requires constant tlc, I am tired of unbolting turn signals to do an oil change, I don't want to have the roadside assistance's number on speed dial anymore (4 new beemers!),
I woud like to just ride, change oil, check valves and whatever else every some thousand miles and keep riding, I don't want to change oil every 20 hours (CRF450) and feel bad, when I do not change the piston, too

now, this is where you guys come in:
anybody with miles on his/her 690?
issues? experience?
anything to assure me, it's the right bike to spend 11grand on blindfolded, since the dealer will 'let me sit on it'
anything to convince me I need to look elsewhere, whereever that may be

grateful for any input that helps me make a decission,
as is I am in turmoil and not getting anywhere
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:43 AM   #14374
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Get the 690, you won't regret it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 08:47 AM   #14375
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Get the 690, you won't regret it.
a little more detailed, please
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:21 AM   #14376
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I'm trying to sell my seat... not brand new but I sent you a PM anyway.

what is one of these seats worth?
There was one in the FM a few days ago that the seller was asking $60 shipped for. I missed out on that one, but I'm looking for a '12+ complete seat myself. Rumor has it that they are ~20mm taller than the '08-'11 seats.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:27 AM   #14377
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a little more detailed, please
Get the 690, you won't regret it, because it's light, nimble, easy to ride with plenty of power and it seems to fit your needs!
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:40 AM   #14378
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a little more detailed, please
Detail = Pages 1 - 961
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:46 AM   #14379
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a little more detailed, please
I don't pick up my 2014 for a week or two so take what I have to say with a grain of salt. I did months of research before I made my purchase because I am very careful how I spend my money.

The 690 ticks most of your check boxes. Does it require TLC? Of course it does. Its a high strung, race-inspired thumper. I probably doesnt need as much loving as your CRF450, but a machine like the 690 deserves some respect. If you treat it right and dont mind replacing a few things here and there, the 690 is a fantastic bike. To me, you buy the 690 for the fun factor. The regular maintenance and occasional repairs are part of the cost of ownership. Having said that, there are several people on here that have gone around the world on them. Were their trips 100% problem free? Nope, but they ran those machines a lot harder than the average joe would. That makes it reliable enough for me.

In the end, only you can decided if the juice is worth the squeeze. A BMW M3 takes a bit more pampering than a Honda Fit. We all know which is more fun to drive (the Honda Fit....jk). Good luck with your bike shopping and let us know what you decide on.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:53 AM   #14380
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a little more detailed, please
60+ HP, 140Kg dry, 10Km service intervals, 55mpg (US gal) and it rides like a giant dirt bike. Where else are you gonna find that combination? Beef up the tank bolts change out the RR if you feel the need and have at it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:01 AM   #14381
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Valve Shims

Getting ready for my first valve lash check. I live in the "boonies" (ie 3 hour round trip to a KTM or HD dealer), and would like to have shims on hand so that I can finish the job. I've seen some shim kits on the web. Is there any particular kit that you guys have had better luck with than another for handling this?
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:15 AM   #14382
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10Km service intervals
so do the G650s
what they did not mention,
that it is a real challenge putting 10'Km on a Challenge
because it spends twice as much time at the dealers than in your garage
happened with only 2 out of 2 I owned

I do not need to hear what I can read in the KTM flyer
I look for people who actually put miles on the bike, or the predecessor,
and have experience not catch phrases
please, pretty please?
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:25 AM   #14383
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so do the G650s
what they did not mention,
that it is a real challenge putting 10'Km on a Challenge
because it spends twice as much time at the dealers than in your garage
happened with only 2 out of 2 I owned

I do not need to hear what I can read in the KTM flyer
I look for people who actually put miles on the bike, or the predecessor,
and have experience not catch phrases
please, pretty please?
I've got over 8k miles in less than a year on my 13 if that helps you. More importantly, I smile every time I ride it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:29 AM   #14384
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that is a first step in the right direction
and I take it you always did ride your bike home on wheels
not on the bed of a truck?


a normal year for my every-day-bike would be about 20'mi
so let's see what else pops up
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:47 AM   #14385
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that is a first step in the right direction
and I take it you always did ride your bike home on wheels
not on the bed of a truck?


a normal year for my every-day-bike would be about 20'mi
so let's see what else pops up
I have had 2 690's,....I found this answered all my questions

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=722987
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