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Old 11-18-2013, 12:39 PM   #76
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Just managed to get one of the last 2013 bike in the UK the past weekend. Incredible bike.

It looks to my untrained eye that the side plastics at the same size and shape. Here's to hoping the they are interchangeable. White side panels would complete the look I have in mind for my bike perfectly.

Ditto the black front engine subframe/mount. Depending on the cost, a pair of those might be a better buy than powder-coating my existing one as I was otherwise intending to do.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:45 PM   #77
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The 690 is up on the US site

http://www.ktm.com/us/enduro/690-end...l#.UorCNGTEqfY
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:19 AM   #78
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While I wouldn't care about having ABS or not in the 2014 model (you can switch it off), I am skeptical about the ride-by-wire system.

If one uses the 690 primarily for offroad and it may likely fall every now and then on the sides, is the ride-by-wire really robust against such mechanical impact?
Also, how direct does the ride-by-wire feel in the dirt? To me a very strange idea.

The only advantage I see is that the twin plug ignition may better prevent stalling and the engine might be smoother like a nice carburator.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:42 AM   #79
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I have ridden the 690 Duke with that engine and throttle and it is very good, sublimely smooth fueling. Your concerns about the impact resistance of the r-b-w throttle is interesting but I don't think there would be many moving/breakable parts in the throttle housing itself plus no broken/snagging throttle cables?

I am surprised the off-road dongle isn't standard on the Enduro (I can understand it as an option on the 1190 but the 690 is surely intended to be off-road most of the time?)
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:06 PM   #80
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OMA-KTM in Phoenix OR had four 14's ordered. The first two to arrive are already spoke for though.... MINE... ALL MINE!!! MUWAHAHAHAAAA!!!
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Old 11-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #81
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OMA-KTM in Phoenix OR had four 14's ordered. The first two to arrive are already spoke for though.... MINE... ALL MINE!!! MUWAHAHAHAAAA!!!
Early congrats B3EAR...be sure to post a couple pics upon delivery!
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:14 PM   #82
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Will do! I can't tell you guys how excited I am. Did a 2000+ miler this last summer on my trusty Dizzer400... It did the job but... Need/want/lust for more power, better ergo's, EFI, and now switchable ABS?! Say what?!!! I think my brain just exploded...

Most of the guys I ride with have KTM's and love em'. I've definitely developed a case of agent orange and couldn't be more excited. Jan/Feb time frame for when the BEAST get's here. Until then... I'll be perusing everyones threads and racking up a HUGE FARKLING list!
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:55 AM   #83
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I searched a bit here. It seems that there are others too, not trusting the ride-by-wire for offroad destinations. Dirt and electronics...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=158
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=159
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:03 AM   #84
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Surely there are equal arguments to be made for mechanical pull cables, throttle springs, adjusters, throttle cams etc etc etc.
All I know is that the Duke throttle was super smooth
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:18 PM   #85
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I'd like the 690, IF they weren't so ugly looking. That headlight sux, the fenders look to small, and everyone mentioning the abs, yeah, look how they appear to be just hung on like an after thought that seems like they would get snagged on branches and just ripped off from any off road ride.

If they made it look more like the EXC line, then I'd be in. The only thing I do like about it is that they changed the ugly old style radiator shrouds.
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:50 PM   #86
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Selling my 950 , just ordered a 690 . Time will tell if I was stupid to let go the fantastic bike that is the 950 .I do not have delivery time yet
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Old 11-21-2013, 06:05 AM   #87
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Selling my 950 , just ordered a 690 . Time will tell if I was stupid to let go the fantastic bike that is the 950 .I do not have delivery time yet
I've ridden both. I like the 950 a lot, but I don't think you'll have any regrets unless you do a lot of superslab slogging to get to the dirt.
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Old 11-22-2013, 03:51 PM   #88
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Selling my 950 , just ordered a 690 . Time will tell if I was stupid to let go the fantastic bike that is the 950 .I do not have delivery time yet
I went the opposite route 2 years ago, selling my 2009 690R for a 2010 990 Adventure. I miss the light weight of my 690, but otherwise think I made the right choice for me and the riding I do. I hope you have great luck with your new 690R (if only I had the room and budget for 2 bikes ...)
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #89
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Selling my 950 , just ordered a 690 . Time will tell if I was stupid to let go the fantastic bike that is the 950 .I do not have delivery time yet
I had a 950 and now have a 690. It really depends on what you want to do and where you want to ride. There's no doubt that the 950 is a much better hiway bike. But, for the riding I REALLY like, I strongly prefer the 690.
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Old 11-22-2013, 05:43 PM   #90
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Just put my name on the list for a 2014 690

10600 out the door 9800 than tax lic

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