Loving a KTM 690 Enduro R :)

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by JParanee, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. JParanee

    JParanee Adventurer

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    I've been riding bikes since I'm about 6 years old

    I'm 45 now and over the years I've spent a ton of time and miles on street , dirt and snowmobiles

    Years of AtV's, quads and three wheelers.

    The last few years I have not ridden to much except a big old Kawi Brute force for working around he woods and running dogs

    I still have a pumped up Ducati that was one of many that I will never sell


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    I just sold my old YZ that had everything done to it and used to ride every weekend but alas I had not thrown a leg over it in many years

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    I almost cried as it went down the driveway :)

    So.......... I had a strong urge to get a big Enduro

    I had very fond memories as a boy of riding an old Honda XL 250

    Of all the bikes I had that old Enduro hauled me around for many years on many an adventure

    I still have it in storage even thou I have not started it in like 30 years

    So after some research I decided on a KTM 690

    Only problem is I quickly found out that they are rather hard to acquire

    I finally found one in Indiana, bought it and than bought a one way ticket and flew out and bombed back the 725 mikes in under 12 hours to PA

    I had the dealership mail me the knobbies and had them mount a set of Pirelli MT 90 which I love for the long ride home.

    Bits and pieces of my first 725 mile ride

    http://youtu.be/IAOJHr-zZV4

    As soon as I got back it went in for its first service and I started ordering parts

    Nothing crazy

    KTM Tank Bag
    FMF slip on
    K & N filter
    Kouba Link
    GPR Steering Dampener
    Rear spindles
    Flat Lander Bash Plate
    Tail rack with Roto Pax mount
    Power point
    GPS mount

    I have a 30 inch inseam so the 36 inch seat height was not cutting it for a daily driver hence the Kouba link that got the bike down to a more comfortable height

    I played with the suspension a bit but ended up at my old suspension tuner from days of old club racing and had him help me dial it in

    All I can say is I love this bike

    I have logged some time on it now after the initial long first ride and I love the simple mods and I can honestly say I have not had this much fun on two wheels for many years

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  2. JensEskildsen

    JensEskildsen Long timer

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    Great little writeup :1drink
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  3. chekamus

    chekamus Adventurer

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    great little write up, glad your loving your new bike! having fun on two wheels is what its all about hey!
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  4. Chillis

    Chillis Land Barge Pilot

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    Nice ride!

    Pretty cool to see the crash tested cars on the transporter during the first couple minutesof the video.
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  5. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I set mine up similar, but with a Scotts instead of a GPR. I had to cut my side stand after installing the link. Did you too?
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  6. JParanee

    JParanee Adventurer

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    Yes I did

    I took an inch and a quarter off and it seems to be perfect :)

    How much did the Scott's raise your bars ?

    Thanks everyone for the kind words
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  7. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    I have the Rotopax mounted the very same way.

    Thanks for the writeup.

    Ride Safe,

    Dirty
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  8. JParanee

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  9. JParanee

    JParanee Adventurer

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    Thanks for the kind words

    I'm really enjoying it
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  10. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    I feel the same way about my 690. It is a keeper! Other bikes come and go, but the 690 stays.
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  11. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I don't really know, but probably about the same as yours. I only took a half inch off my stand and it wasn't quite enough. I'll do it again so I can slide the forks up an inch to get my seat height a little lower. I am still tippy toes and have dropped it a couple times in parking lots.
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  12. JParanee

    JParanee Adventurer

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    Here is a quick video on my way to work

    Nothing crazy

    Have not had chance to do much off road work yet but I'm really enjoying commuting with it :)

    http://youtu.be/Omi9XuX_r18
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  13. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    That was fun - I am still amazed how easily the thing power wheelies.

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  14. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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    Nice! I can think of no better way to get to know a new bike than riding it home from another state.

    I bought a 2013 690 myself earlier this spring. No matter how shitty a day I've had, the 690 always puts a grin on my face. IMHO, there is no better dual sport bike for the type of riding I do.

    A quick question: I've been looking for a small/light tail rack for mounting a tool kit. I want one that allows me to keep the rear grab handles. Do you know if your will work with the handles installed?
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  15. JParanee

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    As is no it won't work but maybe you could fabricate the right spacers

    I thought I would miss the handles but you can still grab there to lift the bike on to a stand

    Jumping on and doing 725 miles was quite the trial by fire but I only came out of it really liking this bike

    The tires were great in the rain

    I've had a ton of road and dirt bikes and I reall y am having a blast on this thing :)
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  16. JParanee

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    It really loves to power wheelie and I'm starting to get used to it

    Just a really fun bike to play with
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  17. JParanee

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    It really loves to power wheelie and I'm starting to get used to it.

    It also really corners well

    Just a really fun bike to play with
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  18. Night Falcon

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    Nice looking set up. :clap

    The power exuding from the LC4 amazes me every time I get mine out of the stable. Its not the perfect bike but after 3 years it still puts a stupid grin on my face after every ride....at the end of the day, you can't ask for much more than that from any bike, let alone a dual sport.

    The 690 is definitely a keeper; hope you have many happy adventures together.:dllama
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  19. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Touratech alloy rack works with or without the grab rails

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  20. JParanee

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    Where did you find a windscreen for the 2013 690 ?

    Thanks in advance
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