Day 2 New KTM 690 Enduro R

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by OhBoy, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Yesterday traded my 07 Wing for the KTM.
    First impressions
    I need a good GPS now, Wing owners complain about the factory GPS but, it shows dirt roads really well.
    Wing owners complain about the seat, they should experience the thong provided by KTM. I stand on the pegs alot now.

    Today,
    Started off on a trail along the local railroad track, out and back.
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    Headed north on 132. Near the Shaker Farm started riding every dirt road I could see and then some power lines for some change of scenery.
    Came upon Hagget Farm Rd. Stopped to choose left or right. Decided the former. Stalled it on a slight up hill, road dropped off to the left, left foot trying to stand on air, down we go...small scratch on hand guard.
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    Road eventually disappeared into the woods turned into narrow ruts, big rocks, branchs, I was worried if I'd make it...stayed on the gas, no problemo.
    At the end popped out onto a dirt road, took that to the right. It turned into Bean Rd.
    About this time I was thinking about going home and thought about calling home. WTF where is my phone...note to self, do not carry phone in small pocket of painter pants when doing Enduro.
    Turn around, couple miles and go down that rock fest looking for the phone
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    Found it!
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  2. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Forgot to mention a road called Misery.
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    The road just keeps getting smaller, then a trail sign appears, now I am interested. Axle deep mud puddles, soft mud, rocks branchs. Then the trail disappeared into a pond, I was not brave enough to attempt it solo.
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    New GPS is needed.
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    My last gratuitous New Bike shot, 120 mile day.
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  3. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Not as much storage as that Wing either, right? :rofl

    Good job breaking in the KTM, BUT! you gotta take a picture when she's sleeping. It's in the forum rules... check it out!


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  4. T O Double D

    T O Double D Pogue Mahone

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    Very cool bike that will probably be my next purchase. Congrats!
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  5. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    I like this scoot.
    Dawn Patrol, 5am left with bike in back of truck. Headed for Jericho Moutain State Park. Two hours later unloaded.

    Spent an hour and half or so putting around this place, predominately for ATVs. The park has a 25 mph speed limit.

    On Scenic Trail
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    The KTM needed to breath more freely, sooo went a few miles north on 110 and picked up York Pond Rd. Starts paved for a while, turns to dirt.
    Big Fish Hatchery out there.
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    Turned around in search of "14 Mile Loop Rd" A perfect road and no traffic except for the grader.
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    Then some road still smooth
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    Time to go home with my Enduro ensconced in it's place of honor.
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  6. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Looks good!

    So you're 600 mile service will be sooner rather than later???
    :beer


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  7. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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  8. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Yup, forgot to take the "nap" shot. :lol3

    Might hit 600 this weekend.

    Changed the "map" today. Wow, hang on baby. Wheelies anyone? Just twist the throttle and discover your inner Hooligan.

    Storage needs to be addressed, maybe a tank bag. for now I carry the tools, water, phone and duct tape in a Camelback. Trying to keep the rear deck clear. Don't want to hang up on anything during a quick get off.

    Today rode a sand pit, power lines, some paved two lane and a few unmaintained dirt roads. All within 10 miles of home.

    On the list of, "most favorite signs"
    #1 the "esses" sign, then these two.
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  9. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    :thumb

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  10. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    great roads for a great ride
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  11. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    Adjusted the sag this AM. All according to plan untill one of the frame bolts spun in the tank and wouldnt come out (following Slavens video) Back up plan, use ratcheting tie downs to compress the spring, then spin the rings round and around. tap tap tap...etc. Ride height is much better now.

    9AM on the road headed for Clough State Park. Been thru there before, but untill you have a dirt bike you dont see the trails.
    Lots of tight single track, some sand, some scenery, lots of whoops and dirt road to air out the 690.
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    And found one of my favorite signs on the way home, paralleling Bow Bog road.
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    :D
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  12. jtemple

    jtemple Been here awhile

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    I would have bought one of these myself if the local KTM dealer wasn't so snobbish. I shipped a Husky instead.
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  13. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    The owner of the dealership could have called my Momma a nasty name, I still would have bought what I wanted, the price was right!

    Seriously, take your business where it is appreciated.

    Today went exploring dirt roads in Candia and Exeter. Found myself in a corn field at one point.
    For some reason I cannot resist power lines.:D
    At this point a u-turn was required.
    Can you see the UFO?
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  14. riceless

    riceless Let's Ride!

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    Good stuff :thumbup
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  15. roadracer75

    roadracer75 Adventurer

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    Looks like the perfect places to test out this great bike. Congrats and enjoy!
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  16. jtemple

    jtemple Been here awhile

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    Here's the story. I was on the fence between the KTM 690 Enduro and the Husky TE630. All things being equal, I actually preferred the Husky (looks, gearing, price, etc).

    The problem was, there are no Husky dealers within about 400 miles of me. There's a KTM dealer 10 minutes from where I work. I'd prefer to buy locally, in case there are any warranty issues. I do my own wrenching, but anything can happen.

    I called the KTM dealer, who basically said "Eh, we don't carry THAT model. Go to dealer X; they're just another 350 miles down the road."

    Well, 350 files might as well be 450 miles, which is precisely how far away the nearest well-known Husky dealer was, Hall's Cycles. So, I sent them an email. I even called Husky directly to voice my warranty concerns, not having a dealership nearby. To make a long story short, Hall's shipped me a TE630 and I was the first kid on my block to get one!

    If the local KTM dealer didn't blow me off like they did, I'd be riding the 690 right now instead.
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  17. Shiveley

    Shiveley Adventurer

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    Welcome to the club. I got a KTM (mine is well used, though) earlier this year and I am loving it. All of the things that you find to be uncomfortable on it are just because it prefers the dirt to the pavement. I am definitely interested to here what you think of the 690 LC4. Congrats.
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  18. NewHampWoodsRider

    NewHampWoodsRider Tag Captor

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    Nice bike!

    I was looking at the photos and said to myself: Damn those places look familiar!

    Grew up with Clough in my backyard, rode there a bazillion times!
    690 Must of been a hoot on the pit off of stark pond loop!
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  19. OhBoy

    OhBoy Got Out

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    I spent a little time in "the pit". The 690 just sucks up the bumps under full throttle. Next thing you know you are going at a crazy fast speed and gotta hit the binders before you run into the forest on the other side.
    Being new to dirt bikes of the 690's stature requires the novice, me, to be prudent in the application of throttle, brakes and steering inputs.

    I gotta go back and get some more of that place !
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  20. Ryman

    Ryman Been here awhile

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    690 be good. :nod
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