KTM Oryx 690 Impressions

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by kamanya, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    I ride an SE with a rallye fairing kit and all I have to say, is that it has given the bike the legs it didn't have.
    It is pointless (for me) to have a DS bike that can do 80+ mph all day long without the wind protection to actually do it.
    If on the other hand such speeds are not needed, then these bikes are not needed either and one can be better off with a lighter and more dedicated enduro machine.

    By the way, this 690 Oryx looks plain amazing! :clap


    PS I had the 'enduro screen' mentioned above before going full fairing and all I have to say is that it is not totally useless. It works very well if there is no headwind, with sustained speeds up to 90mph being realistic. With headwind though, it adds very little to stock configuration. On the average, it adds 10-20mph to the comfort zone, depending on the direction of wind.

    The full fairing is a different story. It also adds stability at high speed 'slabing', since the steering input becomes independent from wind pressure. Money very very well spent.
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  2. xcflyn

    xcflyn Long timer

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    Yes it is-just plain sexy :knary
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  3. Bill the Bong

    Bill the Bong Supern00ba

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    I have that crashbars on my 690R. I bought it from a vendor from the wilddog site. It came in bubble wrap without any form of identification. This makes me think that it was most probably made in South Africa. It certainly works as advertised.
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  4. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    Thanks for the info. I posted over on that site as well, asking for someone to identify the vendor.
    Hopefully, between these two sites, someone can identity its source.

    ktm950se
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  5. Bill the Bong

    Bill the Bong Supern00ba

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    Oh, ok, sorry, misunderstood your enquiry. This is where I got it: www.offroadcycles.co.za e-mail info@offroadcycles.co.za

    Hope that helps3
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  6. Aquatic

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    What ever you do, DON'T ask Conrad for discount!!! You have been warned :deal



    :lol3:lol3:lol3
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  7. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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  8. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Actually thats pretty damn cheap. A new 690 costs about $10,000 USD and the full rally raid kit is around $3000 - $5000.
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  9. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    Found the engine guards!

    I do them, but I will only be back in the office on the 4th Jan 2012, I will give you prices then...

    Conrad Koen
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    Tel: 012 333-6443
    Fax: 086 531 5497
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  10. Possu

    Possu de-nOObed!

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    Not sure what's so special about that engine guard / bashplate? It doesn't extend rearwards to protect the rear master cylinder unlike the GiT part from Adventure Spec in the UK. I copied the GiT design and made an extension which a friend welded to my KTM Hardparts bashplate:

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    If I was to buy a replacement, this is what I'd buy:

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    Note the welded on lip that offers additional protection to the leading edge of the clutch cover.
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  11. ktm950se

    ktm950se Banned

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    'Not talking about the bash plate, but the black, tubular engine guard shown in the pic, just above the bash plate.

    ktm950se
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  12. stevh0

    stevh0 Super Retard.

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    The Oryx is a great bike.

    The only complaint/s I had when we did the review was

    1 - The power parts seat was too hard (harder than a 450 enduro bike)
    2 - Suspension was to hard in the front (easily sorted)
    3 - 16t front was too long for technical riding. Id slap the stocker on it and be happy to cruise at 130kph. With the 16 on, I could cruise at 150kph easily, but the bike wouldn't pull above 166kph on the speedo. I believe that the Akroprovic pipe did give it more grunt than the Leo Vince.

    Its a great bike and turns heads. However, I like pillioning and riding fast when in a hurry. Im not confident that the bike will handle 150kph for hours on end like a 990 will.


    Hell, what am I saying?! I love the bike!
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  13. 13x

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  14. Jan from Finland

    Jan from Finland Been here awhile

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  15. MaxThePanda

    MaxThePanda Psycho Panda

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    The first one is KTM Cape Town's basic Oryx kit (around R130,000 installed with a new bike or around R40k separately), all locally manufactured, and the second one is their kit based around the 450 Rally fairing from KTM and a locally made tank. It's more expensive, uses a separate fuel pump in the front tank (I think the standard one is gravity fed) and requires re-routing of the exhaust in the lower rally position. But if youse wants the full rally look... :)

    The last one is made by Omega in Johannesburg, and is their latest kit (around R50k as far as I know) in kevlar/carbon. Expensive, but very fancy looking. http://www.omegafibre.net

    New pictures here: http://www.omegafibre.net/690-studio-shots/

    Both of these kits are high quality and cater to the pretty big local market that wants a 690 adventure and/or to play at rallying. Our distances are pretty big and trips often involve plenty of high-speed riding, so there's a pretty strong preference for a 690 over a 500/530 for lightweight touring.
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