MY KTM 690 Adventure

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Night Falcon, May 17, 2010.

  1. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Having been the previous owner of a KTM 990 Adventure, which I had to reluctantly sell due to medicinal purposes, i'd been looking around for a suitable lighter weight replacement. My extensive rersearch lead me to the only reasonable option available due to the demize of the very capable 640 Adventure, namely to build my own....a much more exciting prospect than simply buying an off the self bike.

    Many have already chosen the KTM 690 as a base on which to add the nessacary essentials to construct the allround adventure bike, and for good reason. Thus I scowered the forsale coloums looking for a suitable 2nd hander with no luck. Fortuneatly a KTM dealer was able to get first dibs on the KTM press bike (the very one i'd been researching in one of our bike mags) and I was able to purchase it for substantially lower than new price.


    I have now already completed most of the build but would like to pass on to other DIY bikers some ideas of how I turned this:

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    into this:

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    My list of add ons include:

    Safari tank - 14ltr - mileage range approx 550klm
    Rally Fairing
    FMF Exhaust
    KTM 990 front fender
    Koubra 1 inch lowering link
    Zumo 550 GPS & mount Bracket
    Seat upgrade - essential!!
    30mm bar risers
    Scott oiler
    KTM 690 Head light protector
    KTM 690 pannier racks
    Custom top box mount
    Pelican panniers & top box
    KTM 990 indicators
    Front rim lock
    Perrelli Scorpian AT rear tire
    custom dash board including:
    12v power adaptor
    Relocated (Warranty replacement) speedo
    Relocated Map control dial & housing.

    I hope this thraed will be of use to anyone contemplating Adventuizing their KTM690.

    Cheers
    SPDDY.
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  2. Oscar

    Oscar Curmudgeon

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    Good work.
    Now transfer all the Kiwibiker thread over here....with large pics:lol3
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  3. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    Yeah. I'm getting worried about my thread now :deal
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  4. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Free at last...I'm Free at last!!!:clap
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  5. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    First bits to go on:

    Safari Tank:



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    Seat & Panier Racks
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  6. Laromonster

    Laromonster Vesperado !

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    How in gods name can you get 550km's out of a 14 liter tank ? :huh



    Unless that includes a refill :lol3
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  7. MTBiker78

    MTBiker78 ENDURO Wanabee

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    additional 14liters + 12 in main tank?? = 26l ??

    simmilar at G650X Challange - 9l standard + 16 from safari = 25l ...
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  8. gsstampeder

    gsstampeder Long timer

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    now if you can just get the reliability issues straightened out you'll be good to go.....





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  9. Laromonster

    Laromonster Vesperado !

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    **slaps forehead** D'oh of course :freaky
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  10. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Yeah I've been reading comments on fuel pumps failing, mostly from American sold bikes? In NZ & Australia the problem seems less apparant. Theres a chap on the 690 rally thread who thought his pump had failed only to discover it was dirt clogged up in an injector or filter (Something like that).

    The problem is not helped by the poorly designed rear petrol cap which encourages dust and mud to get into the fuel tank. There is an after market "necked" filler cap available which is more inline with the traditional front filler cap....but at a cost. Still maybe worth the investment in the long run.

    My bike has done 7500klms with zero problems of any kind....but I don't do any hardcore riding on it...just gravel, sand and the odd fire break.
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  11. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Very nice looking bike, and more range is always better!
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  12. rosscoact

    rosscoact need constant supervision

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    come on big fella, let's get to the front:D
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  13. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    I had one problem with my front fairing which turned out to be an 08 not an 09 (bigger headlight).

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    So out came the coping saw...

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    I decided not to do any welding on the fron stem for the mount so came up with a clamp system...works real swell (cool az for down under lurkers)

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    Head light brackets were a bit more challenging. I ended up trashing the top (smaller) bracket shwon on the next picture as it was messingwith my dash board.
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  14. southbora

    southbora Adventurer

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    Hi, nice setup! I'm going to try do the same!!
    Can you tell me wich fairing are you using?
    And more pictures of it!!!
    Thxs
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  15. rosscoact

    rosscoact need constant supervision

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    That looks like you didn't stick the light right through to the flat ledge? I made a template and I need to cut through 2/3rds up the sides
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  16. gsstampeder

    gsstampeder Long timer

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    speed daddy....of course I was only joking you've done a great job.
    And I'm extremely envious of your ride.:tb

    Enjoy!
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  17. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Hey Rosscoact,

    The headlight dose fit snugly into the new opening but I decided to set it back abit. as I was always intending on fitting the swarvy looking KTM head light protector and i didn't want it all pokin to far out the front. My faring bracket set up is fully adjustable if I want to push it forward more.

    If there are any pictures you would specifically like to see...just ask.

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  18. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    The fairing comes from Darren Wilson at USM Sign Manufacturers in Australia. Darren is a top bloke and their quality is very good. Cost was $300.00 au plus freight. Very reasonable compared to other manufactures...some of which were more than double the price!

    Contact deatils are below if you are interested...oh an don't forget to tell him what year your 690 is!

    USM Sign & Stainless Manufacturers


    e: usmsigns@bigpond.net.au
    a: 2 Energy Crescent, Molendinar, QLD 4214
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  19. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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  20. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I hope KTM remembers to give out royalties when they get around to finally doing what you've done (for them). :beer
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