KTM 640 Adventure owners, sign in please...

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

  1. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    is it brand new. it looks like it.

    john in Idaho
  2. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    Ha Ha Ha - Now THAT was funny.
    $4800. I was quoted $6100 by a dealer for a used '01, but I kept looking...
  3. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    All 3300 miles were road miles. It does look new; like I said, I'm going to feel a little bad when I start thrashing the hell out of it.:evil
  4. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    Just bought an 05 today
    I guess its on a boat somewhere between here an Europe
    Cant wait to hit Mexico with it

    Once I figure out how not to spend another 1150 on bags...any suggestions???
  5. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    You might try Happy Trails here in Boise. Great People and I have had two sets of them. Their mounts work well with Ortlieb bags too.

    john in idaho
  6. darmahman

    darmahman "Illogically Deluded"

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    Happy Trails - Solid -Well built.
  7. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    By the way where are you going in Mexico?
  8. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    Boise? Theat where I bought it
    do they have a web page and pics?
    these are soft bags right?
  9. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    heading last two weeks in april to Baja with a buddy in Boise (Threeply here on advrider)
    we will cross at Mexicali and then follow the wind
    We are compiling a map of places to see and will just take it as it comes
  10. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    I took my Aprilia Falco out for a spin Saturday and decided there is no where to ride it here in Mountain Home. Pulled out on the interstate that runs through our town and ran it through 3 gears. I was going 119 mph and then loaded it up on the trailer and put it on consignment at the local dealer. As soon as it sells I will be buying a new KTM hopefully.

    john in idaho
  11. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    I am wanting to take a trip to Copper Canyon in the Spring. I am wanting to visit Justin Lopez at his new lodge. If I dont have a 640 by then I will probably trailer my 450 EXC to Creel. I just registered it here in Idaho last week and they gave me a license plate with no questions and there is no inspection sticker. I love this state.

    later.

    john in Idaho
  12. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    did that with a 400 sxc a few years back

    CC is awesome
    went there aboot two years ago on the GS
  13. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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  14. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Here she is, 03 640 Enduro, shown here in touring mode with 18L tank, roadish tyres & my homebrew carrier & luggage racks that I clip my saddlebags onto.
  15. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    Great job on the homebrew racks clintnz! :thumb any description or closeups?
  16. Mack

    Mack Gone, but never forgotten. RIP, Mack...

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    Keeping this one to yourself are you! This is one party I might crash. :thumb

    PS: I'm moving back to Oregon, it rains to damn much in Texas...... (The moving part is only in my dreams, the rain is a stark reality of late.)
  17. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    That for soft bags?
    interested in some detail if you care to share
    sharp bike!
  18. clintnz

    clintnz Trans-Global Chook Chaser

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    Thanks Meat, a friend with a TIG did the actual welding but they're mainly my work. The top mounts bolt on top of the grab rails with a longer cap screw & the front is bolted to the old pax footpeg bolt hole.
    They are made out of 1/2" stainless tubing, first I made the rear mounting points by welding a bush to the inside of a bit of the tube, recessed in on the outside for the head of the cap screw, & protruding in on the inside to fit in the recess in the grabrail mounting hole where the head of the original cap screw sat.
    Then I worked out the angle (by eyeometry) that the down tube had to go from there to follow the plastic, & filed the tube end to shape for the butt joint. I left plenty of excess length on the down section.
    Once Paul had welded that together I bent the curve a bit in the vice (with aluminium soft jaws), starting at the mount end, then bolted it on & checked that I was matching the curve of the side guard, bent a bit more, bolted it back on & checked, bent bit more....
    The horizontal (ish) bars were made the same way, except the mounts to the old footpeg mounting holes were simpler, just a bit of tube with a washer welded on the end. Again I left excess length then just bolted them on the bike & marked where the 2 bits of tube crossed at the lower rear corner of the side guard. I cut, butted & tacked them in place (after shielding the plastic & disconnecting the battery) then took them off & Paul fully welded them.
    Cromoly would be a better material for the job, but I had the stainless lying around, so that's what we used.They seem to do a decent job of stopping the bags from flapping around & scuffing the plastic & only take a couple of minutes to put on.
    The carrier was really easy to make - just a few bits of aluminium riveted together, It clips under the grab rails & bolts on at the back. I do need to get some nice dome head cap screws to attach it with though.

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    2013 Edit! After several years of service I made a stronger version of my pannier rails out of cromoly:

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    SEE HERE for more details.

    Cheers
    Clint
  19. Scary Mc

    Scary Mc hellgrammite

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    Is there a structural reason Al Jesse does not make bags for the 640?
  20. Surly

    Surly surly adventurer

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    yup...he is a structural asshole