KTM 690 SMC comments and links please

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Migs, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. RoteEddie

    RoteEddie Been here awhile

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    I don't see the problem with oil. 10W60 and 10000 km intervals on the 12'. Mine uses next to nothing,
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  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Well hell, let's not even get into the price of air and oil filters, tires, chains and sprockets, talk about stupid expensive!!! :rofl
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  3. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    Here is the survey of what KTM owners are using in their bikes that I put together on Supermoto Junkie:

    http://www.supermotojunkie.com/show...o-you-use-and-how-many-miles-are-on-your-bike

    About 1/2 of the people were using Motorex 10w50 (which I was only able to find on Amazon.com around Indy). While there is a lot of talk about folks using cheaper Rotella, my survey only showed a few people actually doing so.
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  4. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    So you can handle the vibration? Maybe it's just how I'm built, but after 90 minutes, my wrists hurt, and my nether regions would get tingly (sleepy tingly, not the good kind). It reminded me of riding on a hard road bicycle seat. I tried the factory seat and the SeatConcepts conversion; neither were acceptable to me. I heard the gel seat was better, but have never tried it.
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  5. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Hoping my skill exceeds my horsepower

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    I would also try to find a newer 690 so that you avoid the problems that were had with the old style speedometer. Again, I created a poll (both on SupermotoJunkie and on AdvRider). The SupermotoJunkie poll showed a 73% failure rate on the old dashes out of 40 voters! To me this was symptomatic of a speedometer that wasn't built to handle the big time vibrations that the 690 thumper was putting out. I believe they got it fixed on the newer versions, but it was a real headache on the older ones.

    http://www.supermotojunkie.com/show...Did-you-have-a-problem-and-how-did-you-fix-it

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=770815
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  6. RoteEddie

    RoteEddie Been here awhile

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    The 2012 Owner's Manual states you can use either 10W/60 or 10W/50 JASO T903 MA oil. They recommend Motorex KTM Cross Power 4T and Power Synt 4T.So no requirement to stick to Motorex.
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  7. Albie

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    No problem at all with the vibes. I've got a Renazco seat. The only bike I've ever had an issue with like what you're describing is with an original Duke.
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  8. Albie

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    I had 2 replaced, and the last one's been working fine for over 15K miles so I think they finally fixed the issue.
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  9. Albie

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    BTW, Cycle Gear sells Motorex products so you can always get them to order the 10W 60 if you want it. Watch for their oil sales when they drop the prices 25%. I bought 3 cases of Castrol full synth the last time they had one of those sales. :clap
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