KTM 640 Adventure owners, sign in please...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by creeper, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. darenb68

    darenb68 Adventurer

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    Where did you get the paniers, and why is your bike in the kitchen? Looks lovely!!!
  2. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    PMed you some contact info on a tank for sale...
  3. darenb68

    darenb68 Adventurer

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    Anybody had recent experience with ordering a hard bag setup specifically for the 640a?
    Read a few threads on other bikes and it seems a 50/50 split on great vs crap. Hardly anyone sits in the middle.
    Looking at the Tetons. Main issues that others have had is the quality of rack fitment.
    Is there another rack I should consider purchasing to go with the HT panniers?

    Cheers
  4. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I run the pelican 35 l cases on my 640s for hard boxes and they work very well if you use a center stand which keeps the bike vertical.. I purchased 4 net liner bags, 2 per side when stacked, perfectly fit the interior space of the box.. I have 2 straps per side that hold the bags in place with the doors open and some drawbridge wires that keep the door just above level so you can use it for a sorting shelf....

    I have the HB/Tourtech racks on one 640 and the Motosport {no longer available} racks on the other... I've made adapters so I can switch luggage between the 2 different racks... I've had the MS racks on my main bike since day one and they have taken a beating and needed to be welded a couple of times due to stress cracks.... The HB/Tourtech racks are probably the strongest option out there but there are a few things I don't like about them... The main issue is that they hang out way farther than need be, my HB racks have been cut and re welded to bring them in closer to the center of the bike.... The second issue I don't like is the little brace arm that goes up to the side panel bolt, this brace is more cosmetic and it makes a little more hassle to pull the filter cover off, I may end up sawing it off on mine... The HB/Tourtech racks also hang the load farther back than my MS racks: this is better for choppy ground riding as you have less chance to hang a calf on them but it also moves the COG back which is not that good...

    You have the Happy Trails and the Sw Motech available as well but with both I have heard they have some durability issues... http://www.twistedthrottle.com/shop...nture-enduro-sxc-sm-sc-sxl-07?brand=SW-Motech

    If I was to buy a new set of racks from what I know and what is available, I would probably go with the HB/ Tourtech because of their all out strength ...

    This thread may be helpful if you haven't seen it:http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=286747
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity

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    thanks for the tool and rack tips folks
  6. darenb68

    darenb68 Adventurer

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    Thanks Gunnerbuck
  7. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    I've always wanted a 640 adv. I'm thinking of picking up a 1999 with 11K miles at what seems a good price. Is there anything in particular I should look for with this year? Is this a year to avoid?

    Thanks in advance.
  8. mada

    mada Adventurer

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    Nothing wrong with 99 model and the color is the best looking of all years IMO.
    As always with 640 Adv, I definitively recommend a fcr41 carburator as the stock mikuni or dellorto sucks big time. Besides that a geat bike.
    [​IMG]
  9. TripleThreat719

    TripleThreat719 Track Addict ADV Wannabe

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    Love my FCR41... Best mod you can make to a 640 Adventure... Hands Down...
  10. liferider

    liferider Never It's enough

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    Do you like the Touratech GPS Mount in particular, or you may consider other options?
    I see you already have the KTM roadbook carrier installed: I have mounted my Garmin Zumo with the OEM RAM Mount on that very same carrier, and this duet supported 50.000Km, most of them offroad, and never had a problem.
    The only thing I have thought should be a good idea was to put a hard rubber roll between the RAM Rail Base and the carrier. That was enough for the setup to be there successfully functional and firm for 6 years.

    [​IMG]

    Don't know how much cost today the pricey Touratech Mounts, but the OEM RAM mount is about u$30/u$40... just in case this could be of interest.
    Cheers!
  11. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    If you don't mind me asking, where did you get your panniers, and how much did they run? Thanks!

    Ken
  12. CanadianViking

    CanadianViking Adventurer

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    I'll check out the RAM mount, I have one laying around but I never really thought of using it. thanks for the suggestion.

  13. CanadianViking

    CanadianViking Adventurer

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    I picked up the panniers at my local KTM dealer, they ran $480 each. Not quite as expensive as the sport panniers for my BMW K13R, but just about!

  14. bigboyxl

    bigboyxl Been here awhile

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    :eek1 that's a huge load of money...
  15. deepfreeze

    deepfreeze Adventurer

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    Finally had some energy to install Vapor to replace the crappy original Tripmaster. It sometimes worked but usually not...

    I checked the prizes from TouraTech for a new unit and instead decided to use TrailTech Vapor.
    Its small enough to go inside the original box and it has some nice features. Now I can see the engine temp, outdoor temp, real speed etc..

    And the prize is bargain.

    S

    picture:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/o8z08copgizvyvr/vapor.jpg
  16. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    I have been planning on doing this conversion to mine as well. How did the install go? What issues, if any, did you have?
  17. deepfreeze

    deepfreeze Adventurer

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    It was actually easier than I thought.

    When You remove the Tripmaster and take it apart - You´ll notice that Vapor fits inside the box tightly.

    My friend made me a new cover from 5mm plexiglass and used the Tripmasters cover for dimensions. New cover has a Vapor-shaped hole in middle so You have access to Vapor buttons. If You paint the downside of plexiglass black You get nice looks too. Dont worry about water - Vapor is waterproof. Bottom of the Tripmaster-box You have to drill couple of more holes to get wires out and make one more for the Vapors reset-button. More about that later...

    Under the dash is a handful of cables and connectors for Tripmaster - You get rid of them too :clap Keep the tacho-wires intact.

    Sensors and wires:

    Power. You get power from the old wires.

    Speedo. My 2001A used some kind of 3-wire sensor (Vapor uses 2-wire) and the thread size was like 8 or 10mm. I ordered a KTM sensor from Trailtechs catalog but it was obviously for some other model since it came with smaller threads. It was still better choice to work with, than the huge plastic flat-sensor wich is the Vapors "one fits all" solution. By carefully drilling trough the old sensor I managed to make room to fit Vapor-KTM sensor inside the old KTM-sensor. Some 2-component superglue and now it fits the old fastener. It,s neat too.

    Temp. Lift the tank and placed the sensor in left side upper corner radiator hose. That is (as far as I imagined) easiest place and leads to shortest wiring too. The hose makes a tight curve there so to make it fit You have to be careful.
    Now we get back to that Vapors reset-button. Once You have installed all the wires and sensors and You still have the dash open - You have to press the reset button once. That is related to temp-sensor. All other sensors work straightaway but temp-sensor needs this reset after You have connected it.

    Tacho. Just use the ignition wire and wrap the sensor around it.

    s
  18. mxchamp

    mxchamp Registered Lurker

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    Deep freeze!

    You should do a write up with photos and full story to put on the index thread.

    Then I will buy you a beer!!


    Sent from my iPhone 4 because I am too cheap to buy the new iPhone 5!!
  19. Low594

    Low594 Adventuring Creep

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    Good stuff! When I first considered it, I contacted Trailtech and they advised a 75-100 would fit. Is that the one you used?
    X2
  20. deepfreeze

    deepfreeze Adventurer

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    Sorry - cant find that product? Can YOu send me a link.

    I used this:

    http://www.trailtech.net/101-06.html

    And that neede some modification as I said.
    If You find the one with same threads it´s easier.

    s