Dropped my 690 Enduro right after getting it

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by mndza, May 7, 2018.

  1. mndza

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    So I just got this bike today. I haven't ridden in a few years and my previous bike was a sport bike. I kept worrying that the KTM was too tall for me and this proved true for now. I ride around my neighborhood a couple times and then came back to my incline driveway. I put it in neutral and suddenly lost balance and fell left. I tried so hard to stop it and really pulled my shoulder bad. Still fell down. Brand spanking new. Only thing that looks scratched was the guard on the left grip and the worst was that the shifter dug into the clutch cover. Can't really see it unless you look from the back, but now I know it's there. Embarrassing and hope I didn't mess anything up. I just ordered a clutch cover from R&G. Kinda too late.
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  2. SoCalCub

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    Why neutral? Better in gear feathering the clutch.
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  3. mndza

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    I was just about to turn it off.
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  4. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Hacked off

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    Were you going to park in an incline in neutral? Anyway I have a rule any new bike I buy walk over to it and tip it over before leaving the dealer. Then I don't have to worry about scratching it anymore.
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  5. SoCalCub

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    Most riders shut down in 1st to keep the bike from rolling off sidestand
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  6. mndza

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    Yeah I can't remember exactly what my plan was. All I know is that I need to practice stopping with this bike. Both feet I can only get toes down. However, this was with gym shoes. I know that's a stupid thing to do, but my boots don't arrive until Wednesday and I wanted to try the bike out immediately. Hopefully the boots give me some height.
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  7. newjerseyduke

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    When I buy a new bike I either immediately ghost ride it off a high bridge or have the person who drove me to the dealer run it over a few times in the parking lot before I ride it home. You know, just for luck.
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  8. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    I have a 690 too and it’s taaaalllll. And I’m 5’9”. I did put on a one inch lowering link for what it’s worth.

    However, if you plan on riding it on dirt you’re going to have a lot more scratches soon! So you at least have that going for you! :lol3
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  9. Swinefahrt

    Swinefahrt RooteR

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    Well, you've gotten the inevitable out of the way. Ride on.
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  10. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Relax. It's a dirt bike. It's supposed to get banged up. :bubba
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  11. ZEmann

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    if you can only "Tippie toe" it then this will be the first of many drops IMO
    and this was on inclined but flat ground, think about sand washes or rutted trails.
    even at 6'3" i had to dial my xrl seat height down a bit to keep myself from dumping the bike in off camber situations.

    glad you got the first drop out of the way ;-) hope that new cover is a upgrade? I have case savers on both my foot levers
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  12. OrangeYZ

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    Both at once or one tip toe at a time? If you can get both, that gives you room to pick one side and one flat foot can be better than two tip toes.
    One tip toe at a time, well good luck.
    Also pay attention to the ground. If there's a pot hole near where you want to stop, put your wheel in it and that will get you a couple of extra inches.

    Anyways, welcome to dirt biking :D
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  13. mndza

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    Haha thanks. Yeah I can get both feet at the same time. I definitely need a lot of practice.
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  14. greasyfatman

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    It's totaled I'll give you half price for it.

    First of many for a dirty bike like that.
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  15. outty

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    I usually douse my new bikes in gasoline and torch them, just to get it out of the way - makes accidental explosions less heartbreaking.
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  16. AndyBoundy

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    If it’s not banged-up a little, other KTM riders will laugh and call you mean names - all good now.
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  17. Sifox

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    The scratches only add to the character of the bike. At least you didn't get hurt.
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    Gravity happens.

    I dropped my new (to me) Harley twice on the first day.

    Teasing aside, you do have to learn how to handle a tall and hefty bike. Much more demanding of you the rider when you stop.
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  19. O.C.F.RIDER

    O.C.F.RIDER Loose nut behind h/bars

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    I like the way you think!
    BTW, where in North New Jerseystan? I'm in West Milford.

    Ride On!
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    After fighting the height for several years I finally gave in recently and had a KTM suspension guru cut the height down properly by almost two inches front and rear, re spring it for me, and cut the side stand down too. I have much more fun with the bike now. Also, put on a Scotts damper (with the rubber mount, which did take some vibes out) and the bike is much calmer now at 85 on the freeway, not to mention off road.

    My suspension guy won't do the lowering links, says they unbalance the suspension and mess up the bikes geometry. I tend to agree. Be careful dropping the forks in the triple tree, as there is not as much extra clearance as you think and you may end up locking the front wheel if you fully compress the forks.
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