KTM 690 OWNER REVIEW, KNOWN ISSUES & PROBLEMS

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  1. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Encouragement award recipient. tEAM iDIOT.

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    No shit, I know what it means.

    So you going to claim the RFS engine is an LC4? the XC4?

    KTM have several single cylinder LC 4 stroke engines, they are not all called the LC4.

    All I am saying is that the original LC4 engine (left kick, right hand side chain) share nothing with the 690 based engine except the name.
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  2. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    Apparently the Race Spec™ types run 'em like this in order to save weight Rear sproket picture for Mark.jpg
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  3. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    I love this review.
    That said, I'm a die hard 690/701 fan. It has its issues but every bike does and once sorted I think it's far better than other bikes in its size class.
    However, I hate the current trend of moto reviews. Whether that's for gear or bikes, no one is critical about anything. Read any of the current adv magazines or websites and they never have anything negative to say. Obviously if I was handed a bunch of free gear or bikes to ride I would be hard pressed to find negatives as well. However, the problem remains that, for those of us that actually have to spend money on stuff, we need it to be good quality.
    Reviews like this make a more well informed buyer once balanced with other reviews.
    Keep up the good work!
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  4. cyclopathic

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    Well what do you expect? Rags exist on advertising dollars and access to things to review. What would happen if they to give negative review? How long it would take the phone to go off and threats start flowing?

    For the very same reason you don't see any reviews on cheap good gear, unless it is tucked in dark corner and frown upon. Do you think say Arai would be tolerable of someone stating that $100 lid is as good as their $600 offering?

    I would be surprised if when they (manufacturers) give stuff for review they give it without contract which gives them the power to review, edit or pull the plug on review, simple common sense if you are in cut throat business.
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    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    Exactly.
    I don't expect it to be different, I just wish it was different...
    It's like Klim taking a $200 helmet, sticking their logo on it and selling it for $550. Then the reviewers and magazines go bonkers over it saying it's the best thing ever invented by Klim....
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  6. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    Lots of sources for independent consumer reviews these days. Anyone buying a bike or a helmet relying solely on magazine reviews is working with one eye closed.

    So, get back to your 690 bashing.....
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  7. sprouty115

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    If I hear the phrase "apex predator" one more time in a gear review...
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  8. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    FWIW, the guy that does the fortnine video reviews seems pretty unbiased.

    Also, I haven't had any problems with 690 owners but I've only met a couple.
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  9. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    Reading this thread, I guess us 690 owners are a pretty uninformed, love to spend, non technical types......at least as compared to DR650 and 640 owners. For the record, I think both are fine bikes. But I like my 690 better.....so there!
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  10. B1

    B1 Carbon-based bipedal

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    i suspect most hard copy magazines have seen the writing on the wall and do whatever they can to stay afloat nowadays. it was certainly different years ago, they could tear strips of a crappy new model and the dealer or distributor would accept this and keep supplying bikes.

    i've linked in with that free online traction erag because they are sticking to the old school style. but anyway back to 690s. one thing i forgot was the amazing fuel economy - when my mate first got his he was getting about 35% more miles than my derestricted DR650! once he remapped it to make it run properly it dropped to about 25% better but it still shows a modern engine is way more efficient... even if there's more to go wrong with it.
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    ^ Traction eRag is a great read, and bike reviews are warts-and-all.
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  12. darren70

    darren70 KTM, Ready To Spend

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    yes thats true, but read the 701 thread, they leave them for dead..

    I'm not going to comment on the 690, i already get death threats..
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  13. Anders-

    Anders- 690R

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    True, tons of noobs ready to spend in there, I actually stopped reading the thread partly due to that :lol3



    And in case there's any 701 owners here, your stock seat totally sucks compared to the 690s!



    :hide
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  14. sprouty115

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    Is that really possible?
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    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    My buddy's Renazco makes his 690 one of the most comfy bikes that I've ever ridden
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  16. Anders-

    Anders- 690R

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    Yep, tried one today, definitely less padding than the standard 690 one.


    I might also have gotten a bit too close to a 500 at the shop, neat machine :-)
    Turns out all the exc models (2 and 4-stroke) 250cc and above come ready to be registered for road usage here in sweden. No abs, no cats, no fluff - happy surprise.
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  17. cyclopathic

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    Self-explanatory
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  18. 1coolbanana

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    Really.....So what does LC8 stand for?
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  19. Motomochila

    Motomochila Moto Scientist and time traveler

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    Two 4-strokes hooked together, that combined go really fast???
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  20. cyclopathic

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    Yeah but for how long? I had posted a video of leaking Forma boots on youtube and it didn't even took a hundred views to get lawsuit threats.
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