need guidance. 690R,530exc,WR,DR,XLR

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by The Draft, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Those are the best trails, probably in the state.
    A few years ago I rode the MCCCT from Whitecloud to just north of the Big O,and that was just awsome.Check out my old thread "18 hour day on a Klr" in daytrippin on advrider for some sweet pictures of that trail.Hopefully the pictures are still there.Here is a link. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=663295
    This year I rode the MCCCT from Caberfae to ,I believe, Lincoln Bridge on a KTM 450.If you go north you go to Boon.That is some sweet single track also but more tight and technical.
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  2. Sliverpicker

    Sliverpicker Been here awhile

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    So tell me---How did it go stapling the new cover to the carbon fiber seat pan ? I had one hell of a time with that and finally took it to an upholstery shop---- he also had a hard time with that hard ass seat pan. :huh

    Looks good though and much--much better on the ass !
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  3. The Draft

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    The DR is looking pritty good and CHEAP!

    Why not go there!!
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  4. ScottyD

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    Have you checked out the Yamaha XT660Z Tenere yet? My requirements are sort of similar, and I'm so happy with the Tenere. Perfect all-rounder, straight out of the box.
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  5. The Draft

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    No I have not looking into this but I will. Thank you.
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  6. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Perfect? :huh One of the heaviest singles in the world, weighs almost 90 lbs more than a DR and even more than a 950 SE that has double the horsepower. The engine is pretty anemic and somewhat vibey at highway speeds, although not horribly so. Reliability record is pretty good, I'll give it that.
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  7. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    After spending some $25 on a staple gun and staples, I finally took it to an upholstery guy too, and he did a great job for an additional $75. :cry

    Oh well, it looks nice and it is very comfy, so I'm happy.
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  8. The Draft

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    Oh my!!
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  9. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    The group of guys that I ride with rode the CD on just about all the bikes you listed. The bikes that went were, not sure of how many of each, but I'm guessing here, 2-KTM 690's, 4-KLR 650's, 3-DRZ 400's, 3-BMW 650 (X-Challenge & X-Country), 2-WR 250's, 2-KTM 450's, and possibly a few others oddballs. The conclusion is, all bikes and riders finished, some riders a little bruised up and some bikes a little beat up. On some days some riders wish they had a bigger bike and on some days they wish they had a lighter bike. So there is really no correct bike, but pick a bike that is in your budget and skill level. Remember it's not a race, just surviving a 125-200 miles per day ride can do you in right quick.
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  10. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    Most DS bikes with some range would be fine for the ride. The commute mileage is going to cost with a performance machine though...time and/or money. A bike that blows through gas, oil, tires, chains, valves, bearings, etc., is going to get old quick. A bike that vibes like a paint shaker will suck. DR works for me. You may want a dirtier bike or a fancy fairing. That's up to you. I like having up to 500 miles of range, a smooth torquey motor, and great parts availability.
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  11. The Draft

    The Draft Adventurer

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    Still have not made the plunge on the new bike.
    I have my KTM 450sxf up for sale and looking hard at the following.

    The DR650
    or the XR650L

    What would you say the pros and cons are!

    We were thinking the winter might be a good time to pick up a 2012 at a good price.
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  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Factory says 15 hour oil change.........under racing conditions on a 530.
    Most people take this to mean change it every ride cause the bike is so fragile and highly tuned. These 08 to 10 KTM's can run a very long time with just normal regular care.

    For just plain old gravel road riding I use my DR650,my 530 is for the really fun rides,or when I need to slap a grin on my face doing wheelies and slides for days.

    My 530 is quieter mechaniclly then either my DR or the DRZ I had,smooth running quiet fast engine,just keeps pulling harder and harder..addicting. Never has used a drop of oil,I expect it to run a long time.
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  13. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    XR650L has some well known issues,over heating,weak sub frame,tall as well as heavy,old,old design air only cooled engine.

    DR isnt perfect but mine always works well enough after 26000 miles,still runs like the day I bought it.
    Both need settup work to be any good at anything.
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  14. The Draft

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    Thank you for the input!
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  15. Gustavo.Ramos

    Gustavo.Ramos Long timer

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    As a former DR650 owner, bike is good, very reliable, cheap to buy and to maintain. Good allrounder without being really good at anything. Farkled mine as much as i could and ended up selling.. maybe the project was no longer appealing.

    good for starters and if you just want some chill riding in back roads and some trails. No rant here.

    currently have a 690R. It is everything the DR was, but x10.

    Good suspenders, good range, great engine, very light, goes everywhere, i'm having a blast!

    Plus it has this great gizmo switch with three postions for engine power:

    Performance
    Standard
    Soft - aka DR650 mode :rofl

    So you can have almost 3 bikes in just one! :lol3
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  16. Lost on Row 1

    Lost on Row 1 Been here awhile

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    My vote would be the XRL, I think it is a better offroad bike than the DR. I also like tight woods trails so, most any DS bike I have spent any time on were taken down trails I like. I always come away impressed with how they do.
    The XRL or DR move will give you a opportunity to find out what kind of riding you want it for without investing a ton of money. If you want to move in a more specific direction later it will be a easy bike to sell without losing your pants.If you like the XRL but want current technology the KTM 690's are great. Normal maintenance will give you many years of good service, just like the XRL.
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  17. blackSP

    blackSP 62 6c 61 63 6b 53 50

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    The 690 for sure. Although I have not owned any of the others my mates have and the 690 kicks ass period! It's a bit expensive but the fun is worth it if you ask me!

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  18. Steveman

    Steveman Been here awhile

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    Didnt read most of the answers you got Draft, but considering the daily pave ride of 30 miles theres only one, if you want one which can handle also terrain really well. The KTM 690 Enduro. Period.

    test ride it and you'll be convinced for sure...:1drink
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  19. Kommando

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    Both are a bit heavy. The XRL is tall. The DR has less clearance.

    I'm a big fan of the DR. You can buy it inexpensively and improve the bike as you improve your skills. If you do your own work, you can inexpensively add high-spec suspension. You can add power. You can add over 400 miles of fuel range. It has a strong subframe. The motor is smooth. It's not known for overheating, even in the worst of conditions. It's not known for burning oil, even at 80MPH. It IS a chunky bike for the dirt, but it'll do it. It'll also haul a passenger and luggage down the slab or across the TAT. Don't expect it to be a race-ready bike and it works fine.
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  20. biosci

    biosci Tumbleweed54473

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    My grandson and I met you at the BP gas station, Rosholt , WI.

    Check out Cannontracks, Mobius Trip, Central Rally in Eagle River, the huge DR650 thread here. Also check DRRiders.com

    DR = Dependable Ride. Not the fastest, but an affordable work horse, that will get the job done. The DR400Z and many others have their advantages, but for spending two or more weeks living off a dual sport the DR650 is tough to beat. Chrome and glitz may not get you out of the boonies. The DR will.

    See you at the rally in ER.
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