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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    2day riding with fellow KTM 's sand, gravel, hill climbs, rocks, clay, firebreaks, tarseal...we did the lot!

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  2. PilbaraGoat

    PilbaraGoat Been here awhile

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    Man those seats on the silver bikes look so comfortable!!!

    How'd your adventure compare with that?? I trust you didn't run out of fuel this time?
  3. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    mate...the 690 was lazy boy chair comfortable with the sheepskin even after 700klm! No fuel problems this time, thanks to the new fuel tap. Did get stuck in soft sand a couple of times :D but had a blast with the 9fiddy boys!
  4. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Great day in Hawkes Bay!

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    Classic 950 fuel pump hickup!..cleaned contacts with pertrol..prayer...away she went!

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  5. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    The roses are bloomin down our way...pink, red, and orange blossom!

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  6. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Some shots from weekends riding through 42nd Traverse Central North Island NZ.

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  7. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    so now that you have a pile of miles on the adv bike vs just r. what has rattled loose, broken on wear and tear. how is the bike holding together?

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  8. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Well I'm no engineer but she seems to be holdin together! Probably the only thing I will be looking to improve is the GPS support as the Zumo 550 gets shaken a bit on real hard rutts. But I expect that would happen no matter where it was mounted.

    My panier supports are a work in progress only because I think there is a better way to do them....but the current prototye is working well.

    The front fairing is taken a lot of punishment from "bush bashin" and the like but is still solid likewise the front guard.

    If I could afford a wings exhaust I would go for it over my power core 4 which is noisy!! Even with a factory silence fitted I still where ear plugs but its better than the stocker.

    In all I'd have to say I'm pretty happy with the set up....there are better ones out there....Rally Management Systems Rally replica is awsome...but way more pricey than my humble budget can afford.

    My biggest frustration is finding tires that will last longer than 2-3000 klm with some decent off road capability....arhhhh theres always something to whine about hehehe! :evil
  9. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    how is riding with the big tank?
  10. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    no worries at all...actually sits better on the road...and bit more planted for faster shingle tracks....front end lifts easier as it empties though :evil
  11. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Speaking for myself.....I have a safari tank on my 690 as well. First I will say that the safari tank is not a big tank it just looks big. The tank is only a14 liters which puts it around 3.5 gallons. Added weight is about 30 lbs when the tank is full. That said I hardly notice the tank and most of my riding has been in rough off road terrain. The only thing I notice is occaisionally if I hit a jump wrong it feels like the bike tips forward more than it used to...makes sense....but is more of a riding error factor than a tank issue. I am 6'3" tall with a 34" inseam and a renazco seat. I don't find the size or with of the tank to be a problem unless I reach through a corner with my leg.
  12. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    TKC80 verdict...less than 3500klm and shes pretty well done. I hav'nt thrashed it but it has had some flogging. Will be trying an E07 140 next if I can get one.

    For comparison these tires have had about the same life!
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  13. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Just had the 10,000 klm service done. New filters,oil & grease. also needed valve adjustmet, mechanic also recommended replace stock air cleaner with oil/foam so will check these out. Also had him look at rear shock as it seems a little soft.

    I checked the bike sag which was 7mm out but the rider sag has no adjustment so may need a stiffer spring $250.00 - $300.00. Is there another option for this or will i need to get anew spring. (the bike tends to want to fall off the side stand when loaded up with paniers etc) has any one got any ideas that could help with this that I'm overlooking?...i am a bit of a suspesion noob so any advice would be appriciated.

    Anyway while my bike was getting serviced I got this to play on for a copule of hours :clap
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  14. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Molesworth Station South Island NZ

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    Famous land mark shot down in its prime :cry
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    McKenzie Pass
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    I love this country!!
  15. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    more adventures...
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  16. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    its starting to get wet in land of the long white cloud so out comes the high front guard...nice for a change



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  17. Dotbond

    Dotbond Africa, Africa

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    What is the seat that you have on the 690?

    Some friends and I did the Rainbow and Molesworth early March, great rides.
  18. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Its a modified stock 690 E seat....lot better for longer trips than the stocker but not perfect...yet :wink:

    Glad you enjoyed the molly...it cool alright!:D
  19. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    Have some spare time to kill thanks to some maintenance work beine done to left stableizer....

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    Now that I'm allowed off the couch I decided to see why my not so quite powercore 4 is SOOOOOO LOUUUUUUUD. Turns out theres a hole burnt through the packing. You can just make it out on the first packing layer (the dark black area). The rest of the packing including the outer layer was still in good nick (except for the hole). Don't know how this happened but hope new packing will quiten it up.

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  20. Mini Trail

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    Do your aluminum straps connect behind the stem (another set of bolts) or are they simply holding by tension?

    It looks like the headlight is the only thing mounted to the stem then the fairing is only mounted to the ears (with the orange tape). Where else is the fairing attached?