1st Ride On My New To Me KTM 690

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by kanur, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

    Jun 27, 2002
    Stanley, NC
    I actually had a 640Adv before the 950SE, and had two sets of wheels for it in an effort to use it as an only bike. It didn't have enough power for my riding with my streetbike buds, so I upgraded to the SE. That cured the power problem without giving up much, if anything, off-pavement. I guess the SE was kind of a compromise between a big street or adventure bike, and a 600-class dual-sport. It was huge fun, but I was trying to talk myself into selling it within a year of buying it. It took over 4 years to convince myself to do it.

    But, I was really missing riding in the woods, so I sold the SE and got an old 'Zook streetbike and a 530EXC. The 530 is kind of a compromise between a 600-class dual-sport and a true woods bike: manageable in the woods, and bearable on the street.

    Now, oddly enough, what I miss most about the 640 is riding it on the street. I love a big thumper on the street. So, the 690, helped by some recent discussions with friends who plan to get one, is on the radar.

    I guess to cover all my riding bases, I need three bikes.:norton
  2. MuddySump

    MuddySump Adventurer

    Nov 1, 2012
    Nice first ride for your new bike, good test to see what its really like :thumb
  3. dolphins13

    dolphins13 orange rules

    Jan 7, 2012
    spo wa
    690's SUCK.

    When you dont have one.:rofl
  4. Duken4evr

    Duken4evr Been here awhile

    Mar 10, 2011
    Parker, CO
    I have a friend with one of those. I like doing long wheelies (pretty good at them on my 'Berg 450) and want to bum a ride on his 690 for obvious reasons :evil

    Nice bike. Enjoy!
  5. DriftDragon

    DriftDragon Wanderer

    Jun 11, 2012
    Soddy Daisy, TN
    n I am not sure I want to have to choose between three bikes. If you had been a little slower I would own this puppy though... saw the ad just after you claimed it and it was just up the road dammit. lol.

    I would ask for a little more commentary on the distinctions between this bike and the 530. I just grabbed a 2003 525 and was thinking to fix it up a touch and trade to a 690.

    I weigh around 250 and my 525 needs work but still need a lot more low end I think. The 525 is pretty close but I am thinking 690 may be better given my size and desire for a baha capable machine.

    I normally run around on east tn mountain single track but want a dune eater too.

    BTW... thanks for the link on the signal lights! huge issue solved on my 525!
  6. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

    Feb 8, 2008
    Collingwood, Ontario
    From what I have read the 350 isn't easier to ride than the 500. Less torque with the 350, so more revs required. An older but very good Ontario rider, Warren Thaxter bought a new 350 EXC this past season, and sold it almost immediately, replaced it a 500 EXC, because he said he prefers torque to revs, and the weight difference isn't significant.

    Just saying, you might consider a pair of 500s.