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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Yellow Pig, Apr 13, 2013.
This is how my poor 690 sits now:
I added a headlight cut off switch. Figured it's a good way to save power if the battery is weak or if the fan is on a lot riding the rough stuff. No kick-starter worries me some times.
on the rally raid blog there is some pics of the Evo2 tanks with the lynx fairing.I really like this setup.
If I was doing more dualsport stuff I might have gone w/ the RR setup, but for more aggressive offroad I think the Lynx will be better.
You are probably right. Main use of my 690 will be long travels on and off road. For single track and serious offload I have a Suzuki 400 that is perfect for me. Thinking to replace it with a beta 400rr....
I saw that, but this guy did something funky to his Lynx and it does not quite look right.
Got the RR tanks and the suspension installed. She runs like a champ.
On the hwy I got 50mpg and 45mpg min the dirt. That's a range of at a minimum 228 miles if I calculate for 40 mpg (worst case scenario) or 285 miles on the highway, way more than my butt can handle.
The RR tanks are nice, pretty slim between the knees. I wish I could select where I was pulling the fuel from. Ideally I would like to suck the front tanks dry first, then run off the under seat tank when I hit the rough stuff.
The suspension work has transformed the bike. Niel Hitchcock of Hitchcock Industries re-valved the front and rear and put a heavier spring in the rear.
The way it is set up now reminds me of the Super Enduro suspension Super Plush set up for me. Plush over rocks, roots and washboard, but still firm enough to catch air off of waterbars and whoops. Even when I filled the front tanks w/ the extra 2.5 gallons of fuel (an extra 15 lbs), the bike handled well and I could still catch air even if in a more moderate manner.
From today's test ride:
Yellow Pig, where did you get the tanks so quickly? Thanks
Ordered directly form RR.
I had a 690 then went to the SE for longer highway and dirt road travel.
To me the 690 is an amazing bike and every time I ride the SE I think about how magical the 300lbs 690 was. I'm torn, the 690 is a fantastic all-rounder. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread.
The SE is awesome but if I'm honest it's too much for me, I could not ride it like the 690. The 690 for me was overly harsh in the suspension department if I had gotten that sorted it would've been quite a weapon IMO.
600 miles into it and I'm digging the bike. Have done 3 oil changes and will do the valve adjustment next week when I have more time.
The Rally Raid tanks are nice, but I do feel a bit of thickness between the knees when riding. Additionally I need to fit a valve between the RR Tanks and the OEM Tank. Today I topped off all tanks and was pouring fuel out the overfill tube for a couple of miles till I decided to stop and close off the front tanks and burn some fuel off the OEM tank.
I fitted a temporary mini fairing while I wait for the Lynx fairing to come in.
Just that little fairing does wonders to keep the bulk of the air flow off the chest.
Finally got my euro spec XC-W style rear fender:
and added and extra brake light:
Still a bit of snow here in Colorado:
The seat concepts is cush on the tush:
I'm trading head 2 wind my SE to get my 690 back.... Your thread did it for me.
When installing the RR tanks, did you have to remove the emission stuff and if so did that set off any codes? Thanks, Tanks and Seat in transit!!!
I traded my SE for a 690 that had just about every mod done to it. I could never get use to the fuel injection on the bike, very jerky I didn't like it off road. It had the vortex and throttle cam on it also. I sold it a few months ago and got another SE. I am much more happy. I am also lucky enough that is not my only bike .
If I remember correctly you do not have to take the emission stuff off for the RR Kit, but I did anyway. Specially since I removed the stock exhaust w/ the cat in it.
I just installed some 1000 Ohm, 1/4 Watt resistors as per the instructions and it fired right up w/out any codes showing. I've got about 400 miles on the bike since the RR Kit install and everything is running fine.
On my 2013 the EFI is very smooth. I still have the stock mapping and it's running like a champ. No stalling or twitchiness. It's very smooth.
My 990 SDR instead is awful at low speeds .
I have heard that other maps or power settings (I have mine on #3, stock vs #2, Power), specially setting #3 can make the bike twitchy at low speeds.
So a few thousand miles later I have gone from this:
to it's final version:
I'll post an updated review when I get a chance.
WOW that looks really nice!!
I recently went on a 1500 mile tour with several KTM's. 1 640 Adventure, 2 KTM 690's, 1 XR-650R and 1 950 SE. I was amazed at how well those 5 bikes traveled together. I was one of the riders on the 690. Great bike to tour back country roads. The trip spanned from St George Utah to Ouray Colorado and back! Lots of great forest service roads!!