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Old 11-02-2014, 03:28 PM   #1
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1190 to 690

Gentlemen....no insult intended..

I am considering the purchase of a brand spanking new 690 R.

Any of you guys move over from the big bikes to the thumpers ?
How does your 690 handle the highway ?
Do you miss any thing about your larger bike?

My current ride is a 1190 standard..... this bike is big fun on the highway and well maintained fire roads.....can carry all the camp gear I need (I pack light) and burn up a lot of miles with comfort.
My intent is to replace the 1190 with something more fun on the dirt, and with the ability to handle any highway miles with some comfort.
I realize that these two bikes are not alike in any way other then some orange paint.

Thanks to all with any insight into these questions.
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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300 mile day rides on a 690 are no problem. Plenty of options for carrying luggage too.

Swap to a 42 tooth rear sprocket, and you can cruise 65 miles per hour at 4,000 rpm and get 60+ mpg all day long.

Fuel capacity is just over 3 gallons, so your range is 150 to 165 miles before the reserve light comes on.

Add an aftermarket seat, the KTM touring windscreen & rubber foot peg inserts.
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Old 11-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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I can only talk about moving from a KTM 950 adv to a 690 . The 690 will do highway (get a good seat)and will for sure be easy on off road . I love mine yet i did buy a super Tenere (as an addition to the 690)after few month to cover for the long hauls and my commuting, knowing I can hit some double tracks and fire roads on the big bike if they come up my way .
all depends how much you ride i guess and how much you can take the extra vibrations of a big thumper versus a twin .
but no doubts the 690 is an awesome bike in my book even better with extra tankage .
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:24 PM   #4
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I went from a 640 that I had for 4 years then to a 990 for 18 months, now on a 690.
The only times I wish I had the 990 back is on long highway sections.
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Old 11-02-2014, 05:45 PM   #5
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I've got a 690 and a 990.

The 690 is way more fun in the dirt, more like a big dirt bike. I previously owned a 2010 690 and recently upgraded to a 2014 which is much improved, the twin spark motor is excellent.

In my opinion the 690 can do everything the 990 (1190) can as long as you can overcome the lack of top end on the long haul sections and a slightly less comfy seat. Go and have a try on one before you commit, they are very different bikes
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:31 AM   #6
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You need both!

I have a 1190R and a 690R, they do different things very well - can't see one taking the place of the other.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:10 PM   #7
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1190 to 690

My klr was better on the hwy. Not even close in the dirt. 690 is not a comfortable bike on the hwy. If your going to spend more than 50-60 % on the highway. I would stick with the bigger bike. I think I am going up in size and maybe doing a little less technical dirt riding. I do a lot of distance riding and would not want to be on my 690 for more than 200 miles.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:38 AM   #8
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1190 to 690

I have just done that. Sold my 1190 ADV and bought a 2014 690R.

I have to say that I also have a 2014 BMW LC ADV so my situation is a bit different from yours.

First off. These are 2 very different bikes and my best advise is to have both.

The 1190 has all day long crossing countries capability and pleasure. It can go to 270 km/h and dice any superbike. It is great 2 up long distance touring. It has relatively good offroad capability on easy dirt roads and I have done a pass or 2 with my bike and many happy km's offroad. Never done trails or very technical routes. The BMW is better here imho because it carries all its weight low down and has a lot better electronics etc. I have been riding some of the same roads with both the large bikes and the BMW is more stable in sand for me. The problem with both these bikes is that they are made for easy offroad touring and not any technical stuff. When they fall over the cost is significant.

The 690R is about 100 kg lighter that both. It has a 21 inch front wheel and full offroad suspension and can cruise at 130km/h comfortably if you backend can stand the seat. When it falls, it is easy to pick up and just go and does not cost a small fortune to repair. However, there is a huge difference in long distance comfort between the bikes. I can go about 200-300 km on the 690R on tar where as I can go all day on the 1190. Also, the 690 is challenged to carry anything and have limited carry options where as the 1190 has touring boxes and can carry a lot more weight in comfort.

I like the 690 in traffic as it is narrow and just slice through. I also like its far better offroad capability and there is a reason that its the preferred RTW bike. It can go anywhere and cross any terrain. It is not a 300 enduro bike but pretty close.

I prefer to have both. Riding touring with the BMW with my wife and getting offroad with the 690R . It is the best of both worlds.
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