Lighting up a KTM 690

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  1. excTC

    excTC Carbon Ktm lifeform

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    I am at the point of trying to get a better light on the front of my 690R. I am not intending to do night riding but to be able to ride when still out and needing to get somewhere. Of interest is how much light, will the lighting circuit cope, ease of fitting, protection from rocks , reliability and cost. Options I have thought of:

    I have tried the option of new higher watt bulbs and that works a bit but the bulbs seem to fail often and the light is still minimal.

    The E 690 light appears top be an option but my take on this is that is only a larger reflector and the bulb is similar.

    990 lights as part of the rally raid fairing.3 $1100

    Led driving lights mounted under the bars. Cost about $300. Against for me is more complexity wiring, gear, clutter but attractive is backup of multiple lights and probably better coverage of the track.


    High out put replacement bulb. Halogen bulbs are available from $50 but don't have low beam and may not be legal. A Xenon kit has dual bulb as an option but is around $500 and has a bit of clutter to it.

    Cyclops 7" driving light or similar. Cyclops is $350 plus bulb plus adapter. A similar unit from Ktm twins, trail tech is 8" and about $300. I worry a little about these being hit with a rock and taken out.

    Some other dual light unit. Trailtec X2 $100 to $300 but I couldn't find a unit listed for the 690.

    Any contributions, experiences or ideas would be appreciated.
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  3. excTC

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    Thanks steponit. Trailtech light might be a good option and I think they have a more expensive and probably more powerful version.
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  4. LukasM

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    If you mean the X2 HID, I wouldn't recommend it. It's known to be unreliable, and while TT customer service is great, repeated failures can get annoying, if not dangerous if it's your light failing you during a night ride....

    The TT 7" unit is nice in terms of light output, but not good for the street. For dual sporting I'd get the Cyclops which is a TT frame with a Hella high/low reflector in it.
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  5. clintnz

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    The 690E headlight is actually not too bad. If it's only for occasional use I'd go with that.

    Cheers
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  6. Mudguts

    Mudguts when in doubt GAS IT

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    Renazco has a hid kit for the stock headlight
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  7. excTC

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    The cylops light looks good and sounds like it does a good job but I worry that it is vulnerable to rocks.

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    This light bar is something new and also about $350. Any one tried it??

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  9. Barman

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    The Cyclops works fine. The H4 adapter plug is only like five bucks. I put a clear plastic guard over mine that is purpose built for headlight applications. No stone chips. And if you can find someone else that needs one it will cut your cost in half. http://www.xpel.com/products/universalhl.asp And don't use the provided instructions, they recommend using a water alcohol solution on the light then apply the guard then squeegee out the water. Didn't work for me. I just cleaned the bulb thoroughly then applied the guard. Be careful it is extremely sticky. You'll have one chance.

    Here's the light with the plastic guard installed.

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  10. StepOnIt

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    Thats what you use the water so if you do not get it right you can a bit of play. The alcohol is to clean it, then spray some water on it and squeegee all the bubbles out. Recommend starting in the middle and going left to right or up and down then do the other half.
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    I did not use the HID X2 light but this one
    Torch Dual-Sport Model-Specific X2 Kit: Orange - KTM - 70W

    Trail Tech Torch Dual-Sport X2 with model-specific KTM connectors.
    For use with stock or Trail Tech High Output Electrical System.

    KTM EXC/MXC/XC-W/XCF-W/EXC-R 2000-2012 CARBURETED ENGINES ONLY

    Color: ORANGE
    Lamps: Halogen Dual-Sport

    Model-specific KTM X2 Halogen lights fit all KTM off-road models with factory lighting capabilities. This light will run on either AC or DC power.

    Model-specific power wire harness 3600-SWHA included.
    Graphic sticker decal sold separate.
    Not compatible with rock guard.
    It is not for road use but.... no problems so far :clap
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  12. Barman

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    Good luck, it's a convex lens..... YMMV.
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    Squadron LED w/ dimmer!

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  14. excTC

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    Clintnz I would have to go out and buy an E light and I have had regular problems with bulbs blowing. I think that I would rather put the money towards something that has the bling factor aswell. Cyclops is looking good.
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  15. excTC

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    Mudguts I had a look at the HID and it has what looks like a box (ballast?) which would have to be squeezed in behind the current set. I find at times that the front guard causes a shadow with the current set up too. Anyone running one?
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  16. excTC

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    Yellow pig what's the light from the LEDs like and does it have low beam?
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  17. Velociraptor

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    I have been running the Trail Tech X2 HID on my 2009 690r for at least six months with no issues. I just got back from six straight days of all day riding in Baja also with no issues. So far the X2 HID is doing OK for me. Only downside is properly aiming the light as adjustment options are very limited. The Cyclops looks great except that I have a nice little windscreen that fits on the X2 plastics so the Cyclops would entail a complete redo of that to get some wind protection and at this point I do not want to do that.
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  18. StepOnIt

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    Looks like there are a bunch of LED options out there, not sure what is the best bang for the buck. Some even come with a nice faring also. But for now money goes to fixing what the dealer fawked up:cry.
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  19. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    The Baja Designs Squadron LED light is fantastic. This thing puts out incredible light in a very warm spectrum, feels like 4300K, but I think it's listed as 5000K.

    The light can be installed w/ a PWM Dimmer which lets you choose what power setting you want for Low beam (0%-100% power) adn runs at an eyeball melting 100% power for low beam.

    The light is compact, lite and very durable. It's a bit expensive, but a great value for what you are getting.











    KTM 950 Adventure with OEM lights and Squadron LED


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  20. ramjet

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    Wow. Unbelievable change. Got a pic of what it looks like on the bike?
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