KTM 640 Adventure: Is it any good?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Travop, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. Hockeygod

    Hockeygod Been here awhile

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    Bill is a master wordsmith... This is the second time he has so eloquently described the 640A and I agree wholeheartedly!

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  2. Dirty3

    Dirty3 Just add sauce

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    I'm in the market for a new bike. Stepping up from a 250 Yamaha. Want to do longer touring trips plus dirt trails etc. Basic 4x4 trails, getting out in the bush.
    All i've read here mentions you need to be an experienced rider etc. But for me its about the height. I'm 6'4 so for me height is all important, plus weight ok, is heavier than my old bike but other options (BMW Dakar etc) are heavier.
    Can you do road miles comfortably on these or is the vibe thing a real issue. I'd be looking for as late a model as possible.
    Any feedback would be helpful.
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  3. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    I think it would be a good fit, given your size. I am 6'6" tall, and find the ergo's just about perfect (after adding bar risers, a higher Renazco seat, and lowered foot pegs).

    You don't have to be an "expert" to ride the 640 (heaven knows, I am far from one!). I think most people complain its hard to ride simply due to the height of the bike.

    The motor definitely has plenty of zip, but it does not come on so fast that it catches you unaware. The bike can be ridden either balls out, or in tractor mode.

    As far as vibes go...that is tough to tell. I have heard people say that a DRZ400 vibes....I had one, and never ever noticed a single vibe.

    Does the 640 vibrate? Yes. Does it bother me? No.

    I tend to notice it most while the bike is warming up on the centerstand. My driveway is cement and has a bit of a slope to it. The bike likes to start making its way towards the road before I get on it.

    Once under way, I seldom notice it. The most important thing to improve "streetability" is to get a good seat. I have a Renazco Racing seat, and it greatly improves comfort.

    Your best bet is to track one down, and some how convince the owner to let you take it for a test ride.

    For what its worth, I will never sell mine.
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  4. mountaincadre

    mountaincadre Been here awhile

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    +1
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  5. 640 Armageddon

    640 Armageddon Do or Do Not. There is no try.

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    tHe best bike ever ! Will take you everywhere :wings

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    In the last one, thank God the bike was wearing Chris Barnes tank protectors... :evil
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  6. fredN4

    fredN4 Adventurer

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    I enjoyed reading that. Next time I am in Brisbane I will look you up! One of my daughters lives in Ashgrove and her husband is a bike nut. I am looking for something lighter to ride off road. Will check out the 940A.:1drink
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  7. CJBDRdude

    CJBDRdude Ridin'offroadCJ

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    I've owned my 2000 640E for a bit over a year now.. Unbelievable motorcycle!! It is (imho) much better than a 690. Hell its the best, most powerful, take you anywhere you dare to go D/S bike out there! Big question.. Why did KTM stop building the LC4? Good luck finding one..very hard to come by and most guys I know that own one won't part with it! Its probably the only motorcycle that I've ever owned that I will keep forever.
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  8. Dirty3

    Dirty3 Just add sauce

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    Cheers Yooper Bob. Thanks for the advice. :clap
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  9. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    You're the first person I've heard say the 640 is better than the 690!!

    They didn't (haven't). The 690 is the next-gen LC4.
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  10. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    I had read and was worried about the vibrations with the 640 adv. I had a chance to buy one two weeks ago. Their a rare bike here in Ireland. I've only ever seen 3 in total. One on a uk plate and the other 2 where imported buy my mate from the UK and registered here in Ireland.

    I had an Africa Twin RD07a but wanted something lighter for playing on. When my mate offered me one of his 640's I put the twin up for sale. It sold that night and was collected 2 days later.

    I bought the 640 and although it's still early days I am enjoying the 640. It has vibration in comparison to the @ but nothing i cann't live with. I ride it to work every day a distance over 50 miles and although it doesn't have the speed of the twin it is well able to sit at the speed limit and still have power at hand to battle the strong winds we're been hit with here at the minute. The sound of the high revs on motor ways will take a bit of getting used to though. Sitting now just over 6200rpm at 120kph I thought it would rev the head off but am assured its perfectly fine and capable of sitting at those revs.

    I am 6ft 3" and find it fits perfectly.

    I haven't yet taken it off road but this Saturday I'll be on some greenlanes and fire tracks so really looking forward to it.

    I don't think I'll regret buying it. A smile on my face every time I ride it.

    The only down side is it has drawn some unwanted attention in that I had a visit from two scum bags yesterday at 1:30 in the afternoon. I had just left the house when they showed up, parked their car and jumped the wall to where I keep the bike. The lad that lives at the back of me saw them and ran the little fuckers back over the wall.

    Someone has tried for every bike I've owned through the years so I don't expect this to be any different but less then 2 weeks and their around already. Just a point to note when buying one.

    Mine is an MY07 640 adventure R on a 08 plate with 11500km now on the clock.
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  11. bikemoto

    bikemoto Tyre critic

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    I've done 4 SaddleSore 1000-type rides on mine. I think my most intense road trip was over 3400km in 4 days. Mostly B/C (D?) roads not motorways. I've done many 1000km days without a concern.

    However... the vibes vary with the bikes, and so do people's tolerance for them. Best you test ride the one you want. I've test-ridden an MXC400 that blurred my vision and chattered my teeth at 110km/h (smoothed out at 130km/h). Some people report LC4s like that, mine certainly is nothing like that. Yet mine vibrates way more than a friend's low-flow bike did.
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  12. CJBDRdude

    CJBDRdude Ridin'offroadCJ

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    I ride with guys that have 690s and 640s. A lot of ppl preferred the older LC4. The 640 leans a bit more toward the dirt, the 690 a bit more towards the pavement. The 690 is the next generation, but don't confuse it with the LC4 engine. The 690 is a different 'beast' altogether!
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  13. philosobrad

    philosobrad problem_solvent

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    Sold my 690 SM last year and missed it.

    RIght up until I purchased a 640 ADV less than a week ago. The 640 has more "soul". You know, if you're into that kind thing :)
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  14. bmwktmbill

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  15. mountaincadre

    mountaincadre Been here awhile

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    What final drive are you running on it? i have the enduro with 16-42 and it has a sweet spot around 60ish, at this speed there is next to no vibration, going to be putting a 17-42 combo on just to make the sweet spot nearer the 70 mark for longer trips. If you get a chance to come over the water drop me a line.
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  16. ericGSsti

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    All I know is the lad that owned it said he dropped a tooth for better off road responce. Not sure where from though. Front or rear? It's an up graded sprocket in the rear though so Possable its that one.

    I'm heading for Wales this May bank holiday weekend to take part in the Taffy Dakar. You should register and head down for the few days. Camping beer and "racing" trail riding. ( not officially a race as its public areas but there's a first, second, third etc etc etc.) :deal
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  17. mountaincadre

    mountaincadre Been here awhile

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    It's probably got a tooth or two less on the front Eric, mine had a 14-42 combo on it when i got it, 1st and second felt like i was riding a 50cc, then it went mental.:evil
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  18. bikemoto

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    Umm, I don't think I'm the one who's confused:

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  19. BillyD

    BillyD Been here awhile

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    The 640 Adventure is ugly and buzzie... but is also my second most favorite bike of all time.:clap
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  20. dolphins13

    dolphins13 orange rules

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    Get a DR,XR,KLR,or XT. Then when you get a 640 you can really appreciate it.:wink:
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