New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by crankshaft, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. nippybit

    nippybit Nippybit

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    I have been riding the dez, as Bobzilla says, for about 16 years now without a flat. The dez here shall mean Southern Nevada and Southern Arizona. Before that I rode in the Northwest, Seattle and east of the mountains like Uller, and prior to that in and around St. Louis, MO. I like Pirelli MT-21's (I know I am in the minority here) and Michelin Ultra Heavy Duty Tubes. Takes a lot of tape weights to balance the tires but I do it. Qualifiers: I don't slam into sharp rocks and cacti at 80 mph, I don't power through whoops at 100 mph, I don't ride up or down rocky creek beds with an angle of 70 degrees, I don't run my tires down to bald, I don't intentionally do g-outs, just by accident now and then. I know riders who rode like this for some time and they are now cripples. Bad knees, bad shoulders, bad wrists, bad ankles, broken stuff everywhere. Just what you need in your old age! In other words I am now a conservative and to many of you perhaps a boring rider. At 65 I take care of my body and the bike. I still manage to have a damn good time riding the dez exploring old gold and silver mines. I run off-road pressures of 16 psi (not exceedingly low but effective). I have to go back over 16 years to a time when I had rimlocks. So this is what works for me and my riding style, i.e. my lessons learned.
  2. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Are you sure about that?

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    :lol3
  3. Bill the Bong

    Bill the Bong Supern00ba

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    Yes. But fortunately it has more as well. Would have been a lot of money just for better
  4. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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  5. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    Holy Crap,

    Everything looks small when Crank sits on it ... At first I tought the bike was a 690 ...

    Paul Jr
  6. RoteEddie

    RoteEddie Been here awhile

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    After selling my Smc last month I have been looking for a suitable 12' Enduro R. Today I was offered a x-demo with 500 km. The interesting bit is that it is fitted with evo 2 cam and filter plus the Akra pipe and properly set up on the dyno. It also comes with sm wheels.
  7. gbx2001

    gbx2001 Geophiz

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    I have tried different tire pressures without any improvement. I doubt the vibration is related to tires or suspension settings though as the higher frequency vibes are evident at idle and increase with engine rpm in every gear, they are not directly linked with speed. I have not noticed significant changes in the vibes when switching between different maps, so I am less inclined to think the engine is the cause, especially after checking the mount bolts.

    Cheers.
  8. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    Fyi:
    Superplush is now making stainless shock collars for the 690e. Even the '08.

    I'm not sure if its on the website yet.
  9. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    So, today for the first time I got a big backfire on my 690. Immediately died and wouldn't start. i knew right away what the problem was since it has been talked about here recently. Blew off the boot on the throttle body. Just wanted to say thanks to you 690 "whiners" for keeping me from sweating my ass off today and making short work of getting my bike back up and running. :clap
  10. ktmmitch

    ktmmitch Been here awhile

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    We have built 5 2012 690 Enduro R Rally-Raid Adventure conversions so far,but the last bike blew the throttle body off after 20 miles,and there have been a few cases of this problem in the UK.This is not something we have seen since the 690 Enduro was launched in 08.

    Upon investigation we found that with the bike with the TB problem,it was possible to rotate the TB on the inlet stub of the cylinder head,even when the hose clips on the rubber connector were tightened fully.With the other bikes,this was not the case.The bike was checked for any problems with FI,valve timing,TPS and ignition timing problems,but all were found to be OK.

    The hose clips have a short steel spacer between the ears,to stop the screw being overtightened,and act as a stop,once we cut this 5mm spacer in half,it allowed the hose clip to be tightened enough to stop the rotation.It was only needed on the cylinder side hose clip.After doing this we had no problems with the TB blowing off.

    We have mentioned this to KTM UK,who have a '12 bike in their workshop,along with their own press bike,which both have this "issue" that they are aware of,and are looking into it.

    We are going to check the older 654cc engines to see if the inlet stubs on the cylinder heads have changed in diameter,compared to the new 690 Duke engine,or if the rubber sleeve has changed in inner diameter,athough it is the same part no. for all 690 Enduro since new,but they may have changed supplier,which might have caused a tolerance shift in the part,this has happened before with different suppliers manufacturing the same part.
    We will keep members informed of any further developments here in the UK

    www.rally-raidproducts.co.uk
  11. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    :lol3
    Dang your a big boy Aaron! :lol3 You need to do a photoshoot with the freeride!

    Whose the other guy here who bends his knees 30 deg while flat footing the 690? Is that letter J?

    C
  12. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Mines an '08 with 26K miles on it. Like I said, 1st time this has happened. I'd just filled up with gas, as I left the gas station and turned a corner, I rolled on the throttle and it backfired.
  13. The Letter J

    The Letter J lost in the 690 mega

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    :rofl


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  14. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I look like that......................... on a PW 50! :rofl
  15. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    This is me running a full size BackHoe......

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    :rofl
  16. mickd

    mickd crash test dummie

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    hi all
    can anyone put up a link or pic so i know what to look for if it happens to me

    thanks mickd
  17. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    Full size backoe ??? :lol3 How did you get into that ??? I presume the cabin was bolted on afterward ??? :lol3 Your wife complained you destroyed half of the backyard just to have some fun ??? :lol3

    By the way how's Seth with his fuel pump project ???

    Paul Jr
  18. Gros Buck

    Gros Buck Beef = Packed Vegetables

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9MCQA3JhxA&feature=plcp

    Look at the rubber mountings on this picture. It is deformed because the air box is pushed backward.

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    The rubber boot is out here,

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    I show here how I rerouted both radiator hoses. That way, they cannot push the air box backward. There's a cable cluster that could also interfere. I have re-routed it too. (Not shown) The way it is now, chances are that if a backfire happens the air box would go back into position.

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    And here:
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    Paul Jr 8
  19. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Uh, oh. I'm not seeing the photos.
  20. Hrspwr Hero

    Hrspwr Hero wipe off 50 or.....

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    Surely these have got to be the best alround adventure bike!!
    Had it for a month so far and am deep into the mods :evil:evil
    So far got the rally raid tank bolts, bash plate, pannier rack and safari tank (which took alot of swearing in order to fit).
    Today was very wet and with plenty of clay which was more like an ice rink, especially with a worn set of Twinduros!
    Its still fairly manageable in the really slippy crap (only had the ass end overtake the front once) :rofl.
    Cant imagine trying to manage a 990 or similar on that surface. I couldn't even stand up on some of the clay it was so bad.
    Then get into some twist pavement on the way home and its still a blast to ride.
    Safe to say I'm very happy with the purchase so far.