KTM 690 Enduro R vs. 950 Super Enduro

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Rohair777, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Rohair777

    Rohair777 n00b

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    Looking for a commuter 10 miles each way. Any major issues to be concerned about? I have a KTM 300xcw for offroad riding. The enduro type bikes work good for me...can't handle low bars on my wrists.
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  2. wilmar13

    wilmar13 Long timer

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    Why not Supermoto for commuter if you already have xcw? 690SM is my vote for your money. :D
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  3. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    I would think that the 690 is geared too low for the freeway. I would go for the SE or a 950ADV.
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  4. stephanektm

    stephanektm Been here awhile

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    only for commuting??? come on!! when you start riding it one day your

    just not going to stop at work!!! your going to keep on going!! so yeah

    690 SM is reall good!! you already have a 300 for offroad!!

    stop asking questions, go for it!!
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  5. JOKER650

    JOKER650 Long timer

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    U got a "Dirt bike"...now get a 100HP dirtbike.
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    But I'm biased.
    The SE is prety good in the dirt and verry fun. On the pavement it's impressive how it really starts to pull in 6th at 130kph :clap


    A few guys I ride with have the 690.....and it aint no slouch on the road either, but the SE will do 130 all day long
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  6. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    What type of road is your commute? Will it be your only transport, or your fair weather one? How much you prepared to spend?

    I would look into another type of bike for a daily commute, possibly a 950/990 adv (or SM, if I go KTM) or even a Japanese four that can rack up miles with minimal maintenance. Plenty of fine bikes to choose from, in either case!

    I ride an SE and it can definitely do it, it also is my only transport, but I don't have daily commuting to do as such. Another thing to consider is that coming from a 300, the SE will seem to you as an absolute pig off road and it is an extremely tall bike with very limited choice of road only tyres. It also is a farkle attractor, so be prepared to spend on it.

    Good luck!
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  7. KTM450SX

    KTM450SX Been here awhile

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    10 miles is not much a commute I would think either one would be fine.

    Just did 220 on my SE with fresh knobs the other day.. 100+ dirt slabbed it home my hands and ass were numb on the way home. ( rode it from Bend Oregon to Laguna Seca last summer with not such agressive knobs and didnt have the numb hands problem..still the ass problem the seat is hard as a rock )

    Yea coming from a 300 the 950 will feel like a huge pig.. but I have a 250xc and its not that bad anymore I'm used to the 950 now and like it a lot. Single track is a hell of a workout other than that it will go anywhere.

    oh yea and this....
    I have not ridden a 690..but if your gonna have a big DS and a light smoker..might as well go big!

    I had a 450 EXC and a 250 xc...for awhile, much happier with the huge 100hp legal dirt bike and the small 250 as my weapons.
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  8. stephanektm

    stephanektm Been here awhile

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    got a question for you, i see you have the big tank same as me, do you find the front wanting to go down when you get off the pavement??

    i went in some mud and the front end just wanted to go down!!

    did you do some mods on the front suspension?? clicked it to be stiffer? left it stock??

    let me know! cheers!!
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  9. charlie264

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    I really really like the 690E,,but it aint no 950SE. I was going to pull the trigger on a 690 but after two days of riding one, it just did not come close to a road eater like the SE or ADV's are, buzzy at 70 mph. Off road its great but as you already have a off road bike....950SM or 990SMT is well worth a spinnnn:norton
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  10. triplenickel

    triplenickel Long timer

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    That's a stock tank.
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  11. Thisguy

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    Yes that is the stock tank. I just did a sand ride and have the Safari. I never filled it up, just kept is maybe half full. It was the first ride with the tank and did not how much of a reserve it has. I never got the low fuel light to come on. Did not feel much of a difference between stock and EXXON Valdes tank.

    Back on topic. The SE is a great bike. I sold my 625SXC becasue I could do just about the same off road on the SE, and a lot more road. With street tires, the bike is smooth. Spoon on a couple knobbies, and you have a beast off road.




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  12. stephanektm

    stephanektm Been here awhile

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    my bad!! it is a stock tank!! i think i need glasses......
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